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General Information

No:  608-1
Street:   Myrtle
Name:  null
Family:  null
Historic Plaque:  null
Owner Info:  N
Built:   1930
Sec  23
Sub  C. R. Stuntz's Terrace Park
Lot:  10, 11, 12
Architect:  null
Cont/Build:  John Busam

Description:  
#Owners:  2F
Original Use:  Residential
Current Use:  torn down (see 608-2)

CHANGES - As Built:  Y
Add To:  N
Sub From:  Y
Replace:  Y

Changes Description:   1995/96 - 1930 house destroyed and 608-2 Myrtle built.


Owners:

Current Owner: James J. & Gibson B. Burchenal Date Fr: 1994 Date To: 
Original: John W. & Bertha F. Busam Date Fr: 1927  Date To: 1930
1: Edith M. Schmidt Date Fr 1: 1930 Date To 1: 1942
2: Henry & Sarah C. Kurtz Date Fr 2: 1942 Date To 2: 1994
3: David Kurtz Date Fr 3:  Date To 3: 
4:  Date Fr 4:  Date To 4: 
5:  Date Fr 5:  Date To 5: 
6:  Date Fr 6:  Date To 6: 
7:  Date Fr 7:  Date To 7: 
8:  Date Fr 8:  Date To 8: 
9:  Date Fr 9:  Date To 9: 
10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10:  1975


Stories

Story 1   Henry and Sarah Kurtz both sang in the St. Thomas Church choir for many years. Sarah was from the White Mountains in NH and went back there every summer. The last memory of Sarah by a neighbor on a very snowy day just before she moved to Dayton OH was of Sarah calling in her son, David, for maple sugar on snow - certainly a New England tradition.
Story 2   John Busam, builder, owned several properties in the Myrtle/Home block. This house was built for his daughter who was married to Fred Schmidt, interior decorator in Oakley. John Busam also built 315 Harvard for John Schmidt's aunt and uncle H. A. Ratterman. Mrs. Ratterman and Mrs. Fred Schmidt must have been sisters, daughters of John Busam. John Schmidt was 5 years old when his parents moved into the 608 Myrtle home. He once told Patti Normile that one summer he had the job of stenciling house numbers on the edge of the street. I wonder if that was when Terrace Park houses first got street numbers. In later life John Schmidt (now dead) had a superb eye for mixing paint colors - a real art!


Directories:

1939 Map: Schmidt

1942 Map: Kurtz

1951/3 Map: Henry J. Kurtz

1959 Directory: Henry & Sarah Kurtz

1960-93 Directories:

1994-95 Direct: ----- (1995-6 Kurtz home destroyed and new house built)