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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This Old House by Win Salmons

I got the following email this afternoon and am hoping that one of our Blog readers may be able to shed some light on the house in question.

Pete S

Hi Mr Stemmer,

I love reading your blog. I am attaching a photo of a Win Salmon's pen and ink drawing that I purchased at an auction. I was just wondering if you or any of the readers know what house it is of.

Sandy Cullen


  1. Pete The diamond shaped window in the front peak of the house makes it easier to possibly identify the house in the pen and ink drawing. While driving through New Gretna yesterday I saw no house with this type of window in the peak. I think my grandfather's house has one these windows on the side of the house but not in the peak. I only drove down N. Maple and Rte. 9 so there are more houses to check but I wonder if the house is either no longer standing or from somewhere other than New Gretna?

    Jim McAnney

  2. Pete,

    I wonder if the house in question that Win Salmon,s painted could possibly be the old Chalkley Sears house on So Maple Av. I believe Win and his wife, Ann Ddowns,) lived there at one time. NowIi may be mistaken. IT's the same house that Tiny and his wife ( Jack Mathis's daughter) live now.

    Don Maxwell

  3. Don,

    I checked out Tiny and Betty Jean's house on South Maple Avenue mentioned in your comment. It's definitely not the house in Win Salmon's sketch. I guess we'll just have to keep hunting. It may not be a New Gretna house. Could be from Tuckerton or West Creek.

    Pete S
    Pete S

  4. Pete,

    Did I see right?? Was on Rt 9, New Gretna when it looked like a diamond shaped window in a house across (nearby) from the liquor store. Is it possible Win took slides of the house years ago and embellished the painting a bit with the gingerbread trim? If so, he could have made the photo he probably used, copied from the reverse side. Also, he was known to use a little artists privilege now and then. Its a fact he did just that in the painting I have of Tuckerton Lake where he reversed the Methodist Church and Frazier home. Home now demolished. Oh well.

    Shirley W

  5. Shirley,

    I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in Tuckerton.

    Pete S

  6. I'm curious as to the value of this picture. Does anyone know?

    Nozy in NewGretna ; )