Sears Homes of Northern Illinois

In early 2009, The History Press contacted me and asked me to write a book on the Sears Homes of Illinois. Interestingly enough, the title was to be The Sears Homes of Illinois. In early February 2010, I left my home in Norfolk, Virginia and went to northern Illinois...

Sears and Wardway

What’s the difference between Sears kit homes and Montgomery Ward’s kit homes? Sometimes, not a lot. Sears was in business from 1908-1940. Wardway started in 1909 and jumped ship in 1932. Sears sold about 75,000 homes, and Ward’s probably sold about...

Jim Walter Homes – Where’d They Go?

In 1978, soon after my first husband and I were first married, we sat down and looked through a Jim Walter Homes catalog. The idea of building a kit home was hugely appealing to us. In the end, we decided to buy an existing home, but throughout the years, the idea of...