This is the house that my grandfather's father built. It was on the corner of 13th and Burnett here in Ames. When I was a boy my great aunts (my grandfather's sisters lived here. Aunt Liz was the oldest and did all the cooking when I was little. She had gone to North Dakota to homestead and sold her homestead and came back here. The house did not have a refrigerator when I was young nor a gas stove. They had an "ice box" and an iron stove where Aunt Liz cooked. She had a household allowance and would walk all over town to save a few pennies. One of my favorite stories about her was when she got so she could not do the shopping. She would make out the grocery list for her sisters to do the shopping that she had loved to do. At the bottom of the list she wrote "Go to Hell." She was not happy that they made her give it up. She had the bed room in the front of the house on the right side. I think they called it the "front room." It was the room you entered as you came in the front door and that was where the TV was after they got one. They had a large radio also..
My grandfather's brother Lewie John used to bring his wife (another Kate called Kate Mike as her maiden name was McMichael) to eat on a Saturday night and he would load us up and take us for a drive. Many times he would go out to Red's Barber Shop in Campus town and get his hairs cut while we waited in the car. I can remember one time when I could finally stretch across the backseat of his old Nash Rambler and reach from my head to my toes.
These were a part of my extended family. I walked to my great Uncle Lew and Aunt Kate's place every day for lunch and spent Wednesday nights at their place. They lived in the house at 522 Crawford that my great grandfather Underwood build.
I know that every person has a wonderful family.. well most everyone. I am extremely fortunate to have had the one I had.
The house at 522 Crawford still stands the house at 13th and Burnett was torn down and the Assembly of God church built a large church there. I am sure that it would have come down eventually but I will always remember with fondness the Cole House.