Sears, Roebuck & Company Catalog Home (Model # 2021 Concord)
ORIGINAL PHOTO OF OUR 1918 SEARS HOUSE
John & Mary (Lunz) Husler purchased Kansas land
in the spring of 1909 from Frank & Maggie Hammake.
The family lived in a dugout and then a granary until a
suitable home could be built.
In 1918, John & Mary Husler ordered a home from the Sears, Roebuck & Company Catolog.
Sears sold CONCORD model homes from 1911 - 1922.
Model #114 was sold from 1911-1916. Model #2021 was sold from 1917-1922
The CONCORD home ranged in price from $815.00-$2,546.00.
More than 75,000 Sears Kit Homes were built across the United States from 1908 ~ 1940.
(The house was painted dark gray with white trim).
Mr. John Husler
John Hussler was born in Landau, Germany in 1863.
The name changed when the family registered at Ellis Island.
John was born in 1863 & Mary was born in 1867.
John Husler passed away in 1940.
My Great Uncle John H. Meyer purchased the home 01-26-1946.
John H. Meyer died in 1954 ~ age 65.
Grandparents Paul & Christina (Gales) Meyer
inherited the home through the estate.
House was rented to various families over the next decade.
Bernard & Marcellus Koett ~ Tom & MavisBradley Richard & Sophia Schartz
John Husler Grave
John & Mary (Lunz) Husler Are
Buried In A Nearby Cemetery
John Husler Born 1863 ~ Died 1940 at Age 77
Mary Husler Born 1867 ~ Died 1932 at Age 65
Sears, Roebuck & Company Catalog
FROM SEARS, ROEBUCK & COMPANY CATALOG
OF OUR HOUSE.
1918 Sears Shipping Label
Shipping labels were attached to lathe throughout our house.
Sears shipped supplies via the railroad from Chicago.
Sears shipped approximately 30,000 pieces of building supplies.
( 750 Pounds of Nails )
( 27 Gallons of Paint & Varnish )
Sears shipped a 75 page Instruction Book
After reaching the local Kansas depot, horse drawn wagons delivered supplies to the Husler farm.
*( SEARS DID NOT BUILD HOMES BUT PROVIDED BLUEPRINTS )*
Our SEARS House 1960
Photograph taken by my Mother.
My parents moved into the home in 1960,
shortly after they were married.
House Colors Were Chosen By My Grandma Meyer.
(House Was Painted White With Pink Trim)
1982 Sears House Painting
Christmas Gift To Our Parents.
2006 Sears House
My Dad relocated to his childhood farm in 1990.
The Sears house remained vacant from 1990 - 2006.
~ January 2007 ~
House deeded to oldest daughter & son-in-law from Texas.
2009 Sears House
1. Chimney Flue Restored ~ Garland Mansel & Trent Sallee
2. Roof Replaced ~ Terry Long
3. North & South Porches Demolished ~ Al Troyer & Don Troyer
4. Original Horse Hair Plaster & Lathe Removed ~ Al Troyer
All Original Clapboard Siding, Entry Doors, & Windows Were Removed.
Unfortunately, Siding, Entry Doors & Windows Decayed Beyond Repair.
5. Rebuilt Front Porch ~ Al Troyer
6. Removed Load Bearing North Wall ~ Al Troyer, Chad Erway, Alan Youngers
7. North & South Porches Rebuilt ~ Al Troyer, Don Troyer, & Jack Bush
2009 - 2010
8. Windows ~ C & V Home Improvement (Provia)
9. Entry Doors ~ C & V Home Improvement (Provia)
10. Siding ~ C & V Home Improvement (Alcoa Mastic)
11. New Front Porch Lighting ~ Al Troyer
12. Central Air/Central Heat ~ Davis Plumbing & Electric
13. New Kitchen Lighting ~ Al Troyer
14. New Septic Tank ~ Davis Plumbing & Electric
2010 Sears House
All NEW SIDING, WINDOWS, & ENTRY DOORS
1918 Signature Uncovered
Blue Signature Uncovered ~ Southeast Side Of House.
Autograph by John Husler's Son,
Louie Husler ~ Age 10
We (3 Sisters) Were ALL Raised In Our SEARS House.
Each of us came as newborns and left upon reaching adulthood.
Sitting On Steps Of Northwest Corner Porch.
(PORCH NOW ENCLOSED ~ LARGER KITCHEN ADDITION).
We loved growing up on our Kansas farm!
Due To Increased Crime
Security Measures Were Installed.
Growing Up In A Sears House
Growing up in a SEARS House on a Kansas farm.
Our SEARS House stood proudly through sunshine, hail, & snow!
Ginger our dog with her puppies by our SEARS House.
Front porch of our SEARS House on my first day of school!
Our Kansas swimming pool by our SEARS House.
A HUGE THANK YOU!
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR MAKING THIS ALL POSSIBLE:
My HUSBAND, AL ~ For His Determination & Love Of Our SEARS House.
My DAD, JERRY ~ For His Giving Heart & History On Our SEARS House.
My Youngest Sister, ANGELA ~ For Her Photographs & History On Our SEARS House.
John Husler's Grandson, ED ~ For Original Photographs & History Of Our SEARS House.
Our Kansas Friends, The UNRUHS ~ For Sharing Their 1914 CONCORD SEARS House With Us.
Childhood Friend, JEANNIE ~ For Suggesting The Website & Blog On Our SEARS House.
Our Kansas Friends, The KINGS ~ For Sharing Their Identical Floor Plan House With Us.
ALL OF OUR FAMILY ~ For Their Tireless Hours Of Work On Our SEARS House!