Swett Ranch Homestead: Five-Room House

This final house was built in 1929. A carpenter from Manila was hired to help build the sawed log house. The kitchen had a wood-burning range; a wood/coal heater was located in the living room. Coal oil provided fuel for lamps. A Delco generator replaced coal oil in 1953-54 and electricity replaced the generator in 1960. Water was drawn from the creek east of the house. In the 1950s, water was piped into the house. A phone was placed in the house when the Civilian Conservation Corps built phone lines in the Greendale area.

With electricity and running water in the house, Emma wanted a modern bathroom. And why not, would you want to walk outside in the snow to go to the bathroom? After seventy years of using an outhouse, Oscar considered having a bathroom inside the house unsanitary. So as a compromise, a modern bathroom was added to the house in the early 60s, but it was entered from the porch.

Photo showing a present day view of the exterior of the house.

Photo showing a present day
view of the exterior of the house.

 





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