Meet Charles Reynolds and family. They're the proud homeowners of the first house built on France Avenue in the newly platted Morningside neighborhood. Built in 1905 at 4300 France Avenue -- back when France Avenue was a dirt road -- the house still stands today. (See Google maps image below)
The house was included in our recent walking tour of Morningside, co-sponsored with the Linden Hills History Study Group and led by Peter Sussman. Because the porch is now enclosed, I didn't immediately recognize the Reynolds' house, although I had seen the photo many times and written about it for our 2005 Morningside exhibit.
I love the original photo because it includes the family: a young couple and their first child, who grew up saying she was the first child born in Morningside, according to Sussman. It would be hard to prove or disprove the girl's claim, but it seems likely.
Do you have a photo of your family standing in front of your house? We have one of my husband and me standing by the Edina Realty "SOLD" sign at the curb with the house in the background. I don't have one that includes our children, who were born later. I'll have to remedy that and take a family photo this weekend, even though my kids might roll their eyes and wonder why.
My answer, which you would think they would have memorized by now, is: you'll appreciate this some day.
I know this because so many visitors come to the museum looking for their childhood. They love seeing our photos of the house they grew up in. Once they see the image, they remember things like the huge front tree started out as a tiny seedling or the garage had yet to be built.
But one thing is missing from our photos. The city Tax Assessor files show the houses: the bricks and mortar, and often even cars in the driveway but usually no people. A few of the older photos in our collection, like this one of the Reynolds family, show residents with their homes.
Do you have a great photo of your family at your Edina home? I'd love to see it. Call me at 612-928-4577 or email me to tell me about yours.
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