Weekly Acorns

A Ramble Down Memory Lane

September 3rd, 2014

This is a test article to see if I can edit on this blog.   Stay tuned as there will me more updates soon!

Updates To Weekly Acorns

March 5th, 2014

Weekly Acorn #67

Recently the Historic Oak Crest website has undergone some changes.  The most major of these changes is that website is now a stand alone site and no longer piggybacked on my business website Oak Crest Natural Bodyworks.

As a result of these changes, I have just realized that many of the hyperlinks in the Weekly Acorns posts and the photos that were able to be enlarged no longer work correctly.   As time permits, I will be correcting these issues.

I will also be going through all of the past posts and editing them as necessary for accuracy and completeness.  Currently, each post is numbered (i.e. Weekly Acorn #__).  Since I will be deleting some posts that no longer have any relevance, such as announcements or events that have already occurred,  I will probably discontinue and remove the numbering system.  However, the titles will remain the same and the original post dates will remain the same, so you will be able to locate a post by its title or date.

I will also be editing the websites Photo Gallery as well.   There is still a lot of new material that will be added to both the Weekly Acorns and the Photo Gallery.

In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to view the website and for your patience while the updates are taking place.   A website of this nature takes many hours of hard work to maintain.  I take great pride in providing an attractive medium to preserve and present the rich history of our beautiful neighborhood and surrounding community.

Happy New Year ~ 2010

January 3rd, 2010

Weekly Acorn #66

Hello neighbors and friends ~ Happy New Year!  A new year and a new decade is here!   I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous year and decade.

Last year was not a great year for moving forward with Weekly Acorns and the Historic Oak Crest project.  I hope that this year will allow more time to resume both of these and to continue towards our goal of revitalizing and preserving Oak Crest and petitioning for historic designation.

Although I may not be able to publish posts on a weekly basis, I will at least try to publish one each month for now and increase to every other week whenever possible.   There is still much information to share on the unique and interesting history of our wonderful neighborhood.   Be sure to check back here often.   Meanwhile, I will resume the individual house histories in the Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Weekly Acorn #65

The walking history tour of Oak Crest will be held on Saturday, May 30 (rain date June 6) at 11 am.  We will meet in the upper parking lot of Forest Heights Retirement Community on Polo Rd.  The tour is expected to take about two hours, so be sure to dress comfortably, wear good walking shoes, and put on sunscreen and/or wear appropriate attire for sun protection.   Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  

Weekly Acorn #64

Now that spring is in the air, I cannot think of a better time to plan a fun social event for the neighborhood.   When I walk through Oak Crest I am still amazed at how much I have learned about our community over the past 4 years since I began investigating its history.   Sometimes I stop and talk to neighbors who are working in their yards as I walk by and share with them some of the interesting facts I have uncovered in my research.   This sometimes leads to me making additional discoveries as well. 

Several residents have expressed interest when I suggested doing a walking history tour of Oak Crest.   So, I am planning to conduct a tour probably sometime in May (maybe May 9, 16, or 23).  This would certainly be on a Saturday with a rain date for the following week. 

The tour will require a lot of walking and will probably take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  It will consist of detailed facts about the entire neighborhood as well as individual houses and families who have lived (or currently live) in Oak Crest.  A handout may accompany the tour to help clarify certain facts.  Also, the tour will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. 

For further details about the tour as well as to confirm the date and time (TBA), please visit the UANA website

Weekly Acorn #63

As much as I regret it, I need to temporarily suspend the Weekly Acorns posts due to an illness in my family in which I am the caregiver.  I do not have the time to conduct interviews and research information needed for them.  Hopefully, this will only be for a short period of time.  Meanwhile, as (or if) time permits, I will be making updates to individual house histories (i.e. all property owners, house style, block/lot numbers, etc) in the Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery  since this is information I have already researched and can work on from home.  

Same House, New Address

January 11th, 2009

Weekly Acorn #62

In the past few years that I have been researching the history of Oak Crest, there have been several mysteries that I have had problems solving.  This is one of them.  If I had not met and talked with one of the owners of a particular house, I would have never known of its interesting past.   I have talked with several long time residents and studied maps and plats enough that I believe I have figured this one out.

The house I am referring to is 111 Idlewild Dr.  So, let’s start from the beginning…..

Friendship Cr was an original street that was created in 1923 when Oak Crest was platted into 27 parcels.  Two of those parcels (parcels 8 & 9) were subdivided and a new street, Idlewild Dr, was cut between the two parcels in May 1936.  Idlewild Dr was divided into 26 lots.   These lots were very large, ranging in size from 85-100 feet across the front and 205-540 feet deep.   

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This original plat shows the subdivision of Oak Crest parcels 8 & 9 into 26 lots and Idlewild Dr in May 1936.  This plat also shows lots 25 & 26 before they were subdivided into smaller lots (lots 101, 25B, 26B, 25C, and 26C.)  Click on the plat above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Lots 25 & 26 were located at the east corner of Friendship Cr and Idlewild Dr.  Both lots fronted Friendship Cr and they were among the smallest in size of these 26 lots.  G W and Lois Nicks purchased these two lots in June 1936 from the Buena Vista Co, the developer who subdivided the original parcels and created Idlewild Dr. 

The Nicks’ built a house on the property in 1938 that became -?- Friendship Cr.  [I have researched in all of the places I could think, but have not been successful in obtaining the original house number.  If I were to make an educated guess, based on the number pattern on Friendship, I would lay odds that the house number was either 137 or 147 Friendship.]  Also, in March 1938, the Nicks’ split the back portion of their two lots to create a new lot (lot 101) that fronted Idlewild Dr and sold it to S L and Nellie Naff.  The Naffs built a house on that lot the same year that became 121 Idlewild Dr. 

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The house on the left is 111 Idlewild Dr which used to face Friendship Cr until it was rotated in 1950.  The section on the left with the bay window was added years later after the house was rotated.   The house on the right is 121 Idlewild Dr.  This is the house that DeParx Stimpson renovated and enlarged.  In order to add the garage on the right and the additional lawn, he had to purchase and move the house on the corner in order to accomodate that lot’s now smaller size.  Click on the photos above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

Then in April 1940 the Naffs sold their house (121 Idlewild) to DeParx and Ethel Stimpson.  The next year in October 1941 the Nicks sold their house (-?- Friendship) to John and Helen Jones, Jr. 

Later in February 1950, the Joneses sold their house to DeParx Stimpson.  This is when the fun began.  The Stimpson’s now owned both houses.   Mr Stimpson was a very successful engineer and also the inventor of the heat pump.  I will have to do a post on him at a later date.   Anyway, Mr Stimpson wanted to do major renovations and additions to his house at 121 Idlewild, which is why he purchased the adjacent house on the corner.  He needed more land to accomodate the expansion of his house.  He decided he could get the additional land from the adjacent property.  But, in order to do this, a couple of things had to take place. 

First, the house on the corner (-?- Friendship) needed to be moved in order to allow the extra land to be added to the adjacent property.   So, the corner house was rotated clockwise 90 degrees which made it face Idlewild Dr instead of Friendship Cr.   This also meant that the address had to be changed from -?- Friendship to a new address, 111 Idlewild.  By rotating the house, it allowed it to be centered on what was left of the original lots after they were to be split up.  However, the driveway and single car garage were left intact and still accessed from Friendship, now behind the house rather than beside it.

Mr Stimpson took approximately 72.5 feet from the back of lots 25 & 26 (-?- Friendship) and that became extra footage across the front of his lot (lot 101) making a total of approximately 152.5 feet for 121 Idlewild.  

Lots 25 & 26 (renamed 25A & 26A prior to the split) were subdivided and called 25B, 25C, 26B, & 26C.   So, these new smaller lots 25B & 26B became the additional footage for 121 Idlewild, now consisting of lots 101, 25B, & 26B.   What was left were lots 25C & 26C to accomodate the corner house, now called 111 Idlewild.

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This revised plat shows the resubdivision of lots 25 & 26 into lots 101, 25B, 26B, 25C, and 26C.  Click on the plat above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

After Mr Stimpson completed these transitions he sold 111 Idlewild to Ruby Davis Moran in December 1950.  Since then, 111 Idlewild has had several owners, a major addition, and the single car garage was replaced with a two car garage with bonus room above it.  And most recently, city records has changed the property from lots 25C & 26C and is now being called lot 102.

Now that I have you thoroughly confused and crosseyed, if you will take the time to read it again and look at the plats (above), it should all make eventually sense. 

Happy New Year ~ 2009!!

January 4th, 2009

Weekly Acorn #61

Hello neighbors and friends!  I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas Season and I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2009! 

The project that I was working on during the holidays (Weekly Acorn #60) of adding plats to some of the previous posts is still not completed.   It has turned out to be much more involved than I anticipated.  I will continue to work on it as time permits.  (Time has been very limited for me lately).

Also, I am going to temporarily suspend the Oak Crest Businesses series in order to complete interviews and gather information for the remaining parts, which I will resume at a later date.  In the meantime, I will be posting other interesting articles for you to enjoy. 

Plats To Be Added To Some Posts

December 7th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #60

Last spring I did a multi-part series titled Neighborhood Boundries, which included the boundries and streets of Oak Crest and the other neighborhoods surrounding it and as well as West Polo Rd.  Because I did not have copies of the plats at the time, I could only name and describe each street.  Well, now I have copies of those plats and will be inserting them into those posts during the next several weeks.   I will “activate” a link to the following posts as I update each of them. 

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Weekly Acorn #23

Weekly Acorn #25

Enhancements To Weekly Acorns

November 30th, 2008

Weekly Acorn #59

While I am still researching information and waiting on pending interviews, I decided to make some enhancements to the existing Weekly Acorns.

Most of my posts include photos, plats, or maps which are sometimes difficult to view because I had to reduce the size to fit them in the article.  Now all of the photos, plats, and maps can easily be enlarged simply by clicking on them.   A much larger size will be opened in a new browser window.  Also, all of the previous “links” have now been cleaned up and replaced with underlined text (hyperlink) to take you to that location by name.

I will continue working on more enhancements throughout the next week or two to make your viewing experience more informative and pleasant.  In the meantime, please continue to catch up on any Weekly Acorns you have not already read.

Again, thank you for your patience.

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