In 1919, Lawrence Kaczmarek ordered materials to build his own Westly. Although the house was demolished in 1974 in the name of progress, his grandson-in-law saved original letters detailing the purchase. These correspondences allude to some historical facts. For instance, choosing fire-proof asphalt roofing instead of the original cedar wood acknowledged that wooden roofing had a tendency to catch fire when hit by a spark from trains and chimneys. The extra price was well worth the safety factor.These letters offer a unique chance to see what life was like before modern convenience became the norm. Home improvement and home construction sure has changed.
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