Home, Sweet Home
After living with Pop’s parents for a time Frank and Madalene were able to get a home for their family and move out (probably about 1935.) At the corner of Vincent Avenue and Wolcott Street in Flint, they moved into a house next to the house owned by Pop’s sister and her husband, Nonie and Ted Vaughan. Pop and Gram had a close relationship with Pop’s sisters and their husbands, and they spent a lot of time together. I know they played a lot of cards as a family, and after their kids were all grown they traveled together sometimes.
These pictures were taken several years later in 1946, but they show these two couples having fun together on a bicycle built for two.
Financially, Pop and Gram were still recovering from the Depression, and had to be very careful how they spent their money. A home telephone was not in their budget, but Pop and Uncle Ted ingeniously designed an extension line between the two homes. The men ran a wire across the vacant lot that separated the two homes, rigged a buzzer system, and installed a rather crude extension phone. When callers wanted to talk to the Pratts, they called the Vaughan’s number and Aunt Nonie would buzz the Pratt’s home and someone would answer on that extension. No doubt that system was probably illegal or against regulations of some kind, but it worked very well for the time needed.
Some years later Frank and Madalene bought a home at 127 E. Myrtle and lived there for a number of years. They paid about $1800 for the house, but took about 15 years to pay off the mortgage completely. They never failed to make a payment, but the small monthly installment didn’t add up very fast.
When they finally sold that house, they made a huge profit because real estate prices had jumped considerably. As a result they were able to buy a nice home in Grand Blanc, a suburb of Flint. These pictures were taken at that home.
I have vague memories of this home – mostly centered around the kitchen eating area that had a bench built into the corner. Do any of you have memories of the house in Grand Blanc?