Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sears Bandon in Philadelphia, PA

Probable Sears Bandon • 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Circa 1923
The deep bump-out on this side, is for the dining room. 

Sears Bandon1920s Sears catalog
Sears Bandon in my 1923 catalog.
You can see it online in the 1921 catalog, here.
We're excited to present yet another of the rare Sears homes: a Sears Bandon !  Last year, I found two of them in the Pittsburgh area, authenticated via mortgage records signed by Sears trustee William C. Reed, but I think that we only had one or two on our national database until that time.  The Bandon is a bungalow that is reminiscent of the larger, more elegant Sears Hollywood, especially because of the dormer with inset center window, that both models share. The Bandon is also known for two big, deep bump-outs, one on each side of the house.  

The two bump-outs on the Bandon are both for dining areas-- oddly, one is called a "dining porch", and the other is a "dining room"... even though the dining porch area is still inside the house!  Here is the floor plan, on which you can see that one side of the house has that deep bump-out up near the front of the house, and the fireplace-side of the house has the deep bump-out near the middle of that side:
Sears Bandon floor plan
Floor plan for the Sears Bandon. You can see that the bump-outs are both in dining areas.
Source: 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Another thing that we love on the Bandon, is the presence of the typical 5-piece bracket that Sears included on many of its bungalows (the Hollywood has the 5-piece brackets on one version, but much different brackets on the version that has the inset-window dormer).  On the Bandon, we see the brackets all along the eaves of each side, and on the dormer:
dormer with 5-piece brackets on Sears Bandon at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, PA
Typical Sears five-piece brackets on the dormer of the Bandon in Philadelphia, with its inset center window.
It looks like the center bracket was removed so that they could enlarge the windows there.

Sears Bandon catalog image of dormer with five-piece brackets and inset window
Sears five-piece brackets shown on the catalog image of the Bandon's dormer.

Sears 5-piece bracket on side of Sears Bandon at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, PA
Sears five-piece bracket close up on the side of the Bandon in Philadelphia.


series of five-piece brackets on Sears Bandon at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, PA
Series of five-piece brackets along the left side elevation of our Bandon on Crestview Road.  And, there's that "dining porch" bump-out!
Sears garage with five-piece brackets
It looks like the garage for this Bandon must also have come as a kit from Sears -- more five-piece brackets!

Sears garage with five-piece brackets
And, here's another Sears garage with five-piece brackets, this one goes with one of the Pittsburgh-area Bandons.

five-piece brackets on dormer of Sears Bandon at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, PA
Look at that nice tongue-in-groove porch ceiling! That's typical on these solidly-built homes of the 1920s.
Atthe top, you see the dormer with its inset center window, and five-piece brackets
If you'd like to see the real estate listing for this Bandon, here it is on Zillow (many of the photos in this blog post are from the listing), and here's one of the listing's images of the interior, showing that the house has nice, solid woodwork around the doorways and windows:
Sears Bandon interior view, at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, PA.

Who Lived Here?

County records say that this house was built in 1923.  I am not 100% sure of the residents at that time, but the 1930 residents (according to the census of that year, and the 1930 Philadelphia City Directory) were the Schwartz family.  Carl L. Schwartz, a teacher, and his wife Elisabeth, lived in the house until at least 1940. They had two girls, and two boys.  Carl and Elisabeth were married in 1911:
Carl and Elisabeth were married in 1911, and here's their marriage certificate!

And, here is the Schwartz family in the 1930 U.S. census, listed at this address:

And here is the Schwartz family listed at 800 Crestview Road in the 1930 city directory for Philadelphia.  I didn't find them listed at this address in 1925, so they may not have been the very first residents of the Bandon, but they certainly lived here for a good while.
Here's one last image of the Sears Bandon at 800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thanks to researcher Andrew Mutch for finding the listing for this Bandon, and allowing me to blog about it.  If you'd like to learn a bit more about the Bandon, and see the two Bandons in Pittsburgh,  visit my previous blog post.
800 Crestview Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • probable Sears Bandon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

800+ Sears Houses In Pennsylvania!

Andrew Mutch is one of the researchers in our group, and he loves crunching numbers with the list.

Our national database of Sears houses, which now lists just shy of 7200 houses, has reached a milestone for Pennsylvania: we have now found over 800 Sears houses in that state, the majority of which are in the greater Pittsburgh area.  To celebrate, I thought I'd showcase a few recent finds.

Now, when I say, "we", I mostly mean our cracker-jack, Google-driving, Sears-House-Finding group member, Karen D.  Karen herself lives in a Sears Hamilton in Pittsburgh, and has developed a love of finding us Pittsburgh houses to add to our list. And, man, is she good at it! Let's look at a few that Karen has found:  A Sears Osborn, a Sears Wilmore, and a Sears Hillsboro.

Sears Osborn
Sears Osborn • 5242 Towers Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sears Osborn • 5242 Towers Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sears Osborn catalog image
The Sears Osborn model was first shown in the 1916 catalog (according to our very favorite Sears house reference source,  Houses By Mail), as model No. 264P244, and was renamed the Osborn when Sears began giving names, instead of numbers, to its house models. It was offered through 1929. We love the look of it! This one, in Pittsburgh, has a matching garage, too.  The catalog image to the right here, is from the 1918 catalog (available here, on Archive.org).   The image above, shows that our Osborn in Pittsburgh is the reverse floor plan -- the covered side porch is on the other side from that shown in the catalog.


Sears Osborn • 5242 Towers Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Here's the side porch of our Osborn on Towers Terrace.
The catalog also shows a few images of what you could expect your Sears Osborn to look like, on the inside:
Sears Osborn interior spaces shown in catalog

And, here's the floor plan, as shown in the 1921 catalog:
Sears Osborn floor plan

And, the matching garage!

Matching garage for Sears Osborn • 5242 Towers Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sears Wilmore
The Wilmore was first offered in 1932, but was called the Jewel that year. From 1933-39, it was called the Wilmore, so that's what we usually call this model when we find it, unless we have a verified build date of 1932. It's a great-looking house that was very popular, and several other kit and plan-book companies had competing lookalike models. We've found many Wilmores, especially, it seems,  in New York State and New England.  This one is in Natrona Heights, a community in the greater Pittsburgh area, that lies within the township of Harrison, in Allegheny County. It's about 24 miles northeast of Pittsburgh (source).
Sears Wilmore • 1213 Fairmont Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
Probable Sears Wilmore • 1213 Fairmont Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
 Here's the Wilmore as shown in the 1935 catalog, thanks to our friends at AntiqueHome.org:
Sears Wilmore 1935 catalog
There is usually a furnace vent chimney to the left of the larger front gable, but this house has a chimney in a different spot, and the side section of the house, where the living room is on the original floor plan, has been enlarged.  I wonder if they re-organized the interior to extend the original dining room and turn it into a living room, off of the kitchen?

Sears Jewel 1932 catalog
Here's the same model, offered in the 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog, as the Jewel.

Sears Wilmore floor plan
Floor plan for the Jewel and Wilmore. You can see where a re-modeling to turn the dining room area into a living space off of the kitchen, would work well.

Sears Wilmore • 1213 Fairmont Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
And one last photo of this very attractive house.
Sears Hillsboro
This brick-veneer model, offered by Sears from 1932-1937, is another of Sears English-cottage-influenced models with a pointy front gable.  It has a nice, large front porch, big front chimney, and is one of the very few models that Sears offered with an attached garage.  This house in Pittsburgh, however, looks to have a separate attached garage, tucked under the side porch, so perhaps they turned the original garage space into living area. 
Probable Sears Hillsboro • 118 Poplar Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Probable Sears Hillsboro • 118 Poplar Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sears Hillsboro 1935 catalog
Everything looks to be in place in this Pittsburgh Hillsboro, including the decorative stone work around the door, and on the big front chimney. The space that you see on the back of the house, above, is normally an attached garage. I wonder how it is being used in this house, which is, by the way, the reverse floor plan to what is shown in the catalog.

The floor plan and catalog image, both from the 1935 catalog, were made available by our friends at AntiqueHome.org.  


Sears Hillsboro floor plan 1935 catalog
The floor plan for the Hillsboro shows that it usually has two side doors, one going into the kitchen area, and one leading into the garage. That second side door into the garage space is missing on the Poplar Street house, lending more credence to the supposition that the garage space was turned into extra living space. 

If you'd like to see an authenticated Sears Hillsboro, I wrote about one that I found a mortgage for, in the city of St. Louis (MO), here, in an earlier blog post. 

Probable Sears Hillsboro • 118 Poplar Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
There's that added, tucked-under garage.
Our research group's thanks go out to Karen for providing us with so many interesting finds in Pennsylvania!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Aladdin Pomona in Martinsburg, West Virginia

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona
Probable Aladdin Pomona • 22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia (source)
Aladdin Pomona 1918 Aladdin catalog
Fellow researcher Andrew Mutch (Kit House Hunters) recently shared with us the real estate listing for this great-looking Aladdin Pomona, in West Virginia.  We don't have any authenticating material for it, but it looks to match the model beautifully.  

To the right, you see the Aladdin Pomona as shown in my 1918 Aladdin Homes catalog. It's a great match.  

Below, you'll find a number of photos from the real estate listing, as well as a few images from the catalog, showing the floor plans (there were two -- this one, with upstairs bedrooms, must have been Plan 2), and interior drawings. Enjoy!


22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

Aladdin Pomona 1918 catalog
From a previous blog post of mine.

Aladdin Pomona floor plan 1918 catalog
From a previous blog post of mine.

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona

22 Upper Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia Aladdin Pomona
Aladdin Pomona Daily Bungalow
Source: Daily Bungalow

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sears Winona in Affton, Missouri

5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO Sears Winona model
Authenticated Sears Winona • 1930 •  5060 Lakewood Avenue, Affton, Missouri (Saint Louis County)

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1932 Sears Winona
The Winona in the 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog
There's a great little Sears house for sale right now, in Affton, Missouri, a suburb in the southern part of Saint Louis County.  I know all about this house, because I authenticated it a couple of years ago, by tracking down its original mortgage.  The Deed of Trust was filed in 1930, in the name of Joe Friedman, and Sears trustee E. Harrison Powell signed off on the mortgage.  This weekend, my realtor brought me in to see the house in person, and I was able to find stamped lumber on a couple of the basement rafters -- the sure sign that a home was pre-cut and fitted for the homeowner, so when their bundle arrived at the work site, they would be able to get busy putting together their house!

Sears houses were sold beginning in 1908.  They had their own catalog, the Sears Modern Homes catalog, so you didn't find them mixed in with plaid skirts and nighties and boys PJs and mens galoshes offered in the big Christmas catalogs that Sears put out.  No, they merited their own catalog, but it's important to note that in the earliest years, the lumber for the houses was not pre-cut and stamped, like that of our 1930 house in Affton.  It wasn't until the 1916 catalog that Sears began offering their house kits with pre-cut lumber (and still, there were some houses that did not come pre-cut).  The kit included almost everything: pre-cut lumber for every little section of the house (stamped with identifying letter-and-number combos that helped the owner know where to put each piece of lumber); nuts and bolts and screws and nails and hinges; interior doors and exterior doors; all door hardware and locks; windows and their framing; enough flooring for a sub floor and a nice oak floor or pine floor on top; baseboard trim; roof shingles, varnish, paint; exterior shingle siding or planks or wood clapboard; screens and storm windows; kitchen cabinets; and light fixtures for all over the house. All of that was included in the base price, and then the buyer could choose the bathtub and sink and toilet and faucets they wanted, and the wiring package... even window shades. All of this came bundled together in a few separate shipments, usually via train car (so the owner had to pick everything up at the train station, and cart it to the building site).  The only things that the owner couldn't have shipped from Sears, were masonry items: bricks, concrete, and plaster. However, Sears arranged for that to be picked up at a local supplier, so it was all part of your package price. 

Sears Modern Homes catalog covers 1929 1930
Covers of the 1929 and 1930 Modern Homes catalogs, featuring "Honor Bilt" homes designed by Sears architects.
You can browse through many of the catalogs by following this link.
(1929 catalog cover courtesy of Cindy Catanazro,  scanned by Daily Bungalow)
 From The Catalog
Let's take a look at some of the interior features of the house, and how they match up to the catalog.
Sears Winona Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930
The Winona as offered in the 1930 Sears Catalog
Floor Plan
The Winona, in 1930, was offered with two similar floor plans, A, and B.  B had six rooms, and the addition of a nice bump-out section in the dining room, providing space for windows, and a double-storage window seat. The Friedmans chose the six-room B plan, as shown below, in the 1932 catalog:

Sears Winona floor plan Sears Modern Homes catalog 1932

Here is the dining room, with the two storage cubbies making up the window seat in the bump-out:

Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Photo courtesy of the real estate listing (as are most of the interior photos of rooms here).
The wood in these storage cubbies, and around the windows, is just pristine.  It's solid, and it's in beautiful condition.  Let's take a closer look:
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
You can see that the original oak floors are in beautiful condition throughout the house.
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Here's a good side shot, showing the gabled bump-out.
Another difference in the Plan B floor plan, is this beautiful, deep, wall storage unit cabinet above the space for the refrigerator, in the kitchen:

Sears Winona floor plan B

Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Again, the wood is in beautiful condition, and these are solid cabinet doors.
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Here's the kitchen, with that extra storage cabinet over the fridge, and three beautifully-trimmed wood windows.
Here's the view into the dining room from the living room.  I was just looking at interior photos of another Sears house recently, and that house had the same size and shape of the curved entryway between rooms.
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Here we see the living room, with two nice big windows, and the Craftsman-style front door that enters in right next to the doorway to the front bedroom.
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO

Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
From the 1930 Honor Bilt Modern Homes catalog.
I do notice that the three sort of bumps under the window panes are thinner and longer than the catalog shows-- I wonder if the door look changed a bit with the size?
Throughout the house, there are gorgeous, solid-wood doors, of one of the better choices from the catalog.  If you're used to a modern, subdivision house with hollow-core vinyl doors, you won't believe the difference in the quality of these doors.
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
As offered in the 1930 Honor Bilt Building Materials catalog (source).
Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
One of the bedrooms, with two nice windows, and a solid-wood door to the closet.

Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
Here we have the beautiful door that leads to the basement, in the kitchen.

Sears Winona 5060 Lakewood Avenue St. Louis MO
The staircase to the attic space has its own door. The attic spans the entire length and width of the house, and was perfectly clean and ready to be finished into a great loft space for a family room or large master bedroom.

As mentioned above in the little snippet from the catalog about the B plan, the house comes standard with the Shefton design door hardware, and it can be seen on every door in the house.
Sears Shefton door hardware 1930 sears building materials catalog
From the 1930 Honor Bilt Building Materials catalog (source)

Sears Shefton door hardware 1930 sears winona
Sears Shefton door hadware.

Sears Shefton door hardware 1930 sears winona
Sears Shefton door hardware.
Another characteristic of a solid-wood home, is a tongue-in-groove ceiling on the front porch, and our Winona in Affton has that.  It could use a new coat of paint, but you can't beat the quality:
Sears WInona 5060 Lakewood Ave St. Louis Missouri

Quality Materials and Quality Construction
Because Sears, as a department store, was marketed as a store providing economically-priced goods that a working-class family could afford, some people assume that Sears homes were "budget-quality" homes. But, the exact opposite is true.  Sears homes are sturdy, solidly-built homes, with quality components, with much thought to the quality of the design of the construction.  Let's look at a page from my 1930 catalog, to see how construction qualities are described:

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930



Sears Modern Homes were marketed as "Honor Bilt" homes. 

There was also a more budget-friendly line, referred to as "standard built".  

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930
Missouri was part of the Western territory, so most of our Affton Winona's building components came from the Cairo, Illinois Sears factory. 

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930
Sears was proud to describe the quality of the wood shipped for their homes-- all solid, No. 1 Yellow Pine, clear Cypress, and White Pine.  Floors were made of clear Maple or Clear Oak, with Oak or Birch trim.  Trim pieces were shipped from the Norwood (Cincinnati), Ohio "Norwood Sash & Door" plant, owned by Sears.  For this reason, we often see shipping labels on the back of window or door trim, with that name.

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930
Quality sub floor and finish floor woods are described in the catalog.

Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930

Pre-cut wood was a big part of the Sears kit-home concept.  Kit-home companies always claimed that the buyer saved a good sum of money, and time, by avoiding on-site measuring and cutting.  Sears boards came cut-to-size, and labeled to help the construction crew know what pieces went where.  A sizable leather-bound manual came with the kit, and pieces of lumber were stamped on the ends, and on the face of each board, with a letter and 3-digit number.  I've read that C boards were 2x6 , and D boards were 2x8 boards.
Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930 marked lumber
One of the reasons that I was excited to be able to go inside of the Affton Winona, was because I was hoping to find some stamped lumber.  I've never seen any in person. Stamped lumber is a definite authenticating factor, so if we suspect that a house is a Sears house, and we find stamped lumber, we are thrilled.  In the case of the Affton house, I had already authenticated the house as a Sears house, through the existence of a mortgage deed through Sears, but, nonetheless, I was super excited to see stamped lumber in person. Annette, my realtor, and I, looked all over the rafters in the (very clean) attic, but couldn't find any marks.  As luck would have it, though, in the basement, I found two boards with the unmistakeable Sears stamp: a letter and a number combo on each of the two boards.
stamped lumber in a sears house
This looks to be C...88. I don't know if the space contained another number originally, or not.

marked lumber in a sears house
Here, we clearly have B 327 stamped, in figures about an inch or so high.
The basement of the Affton Winona is very clean, so I didn't mind looking around to find some marked lumber. The first spot I tried, was under the basement staircase, as, for some reason, this is often where homeowners find still-visible stamped lumber.  Unfortunately, this was the only spot that had some cobwebs, so I aimed my searches back up to the floor joists...and that's where I found my two spots of marked lumber.


On the exterior, unfortunately, we can no longer see the wood siding of the house, as it has been, sadly, covered over with vinyl siding.  That's my only complaint about the house, but some homeowners feel that its less maintenance.  Right now, our cute little vinylized Winona needs a good power washing, but that wouldn't take much time or effort.  On the front porch, however, the original wood support columns are still in place (wooo hooo!) -- and they are a sturdy support structure:
Sears Modern Homes catalog 1930
From the 1930 catalog.

Sears WInona 5060 Lakewood Avenue Affton MO
And here we have the original support columns on the porch.

Sears WInona 5060 Lakewood Avenue Affton MO
Oh, sure, they're a little dirty, but a little power washing or painting would fix that.

Sears WInona 5060 Lakewood Avenue Affton MO
This is what the house looked like after a fresh paint job, I suspect, in earlier sales photos, from 2012.

Sears WInona 5060 Lakewood Avenue Affton MO
Nice and clean, back in 2012.
Who Lived Here
Joseph Friedman is the man who took out the mortgage to buy this Winona from Sears. He took out a $3,900 mortgage, and my guess is that this covered not only the kit, but some, or all, of the construction costs as well (while some folks built their Sears homes themselves, Sears always advertised that they were ready and willing to connect you with a local contractor, as part of your overall price).
Sears home construction division ad
Here's an ad in the classified section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 22, 1931, page 47.
Sears home construction division ad
Sears home construction division ad
This ad appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 17, 1931, on page 48. In most markets, Sears did not offer solid-brick homes, but in St. Louis, brick center of the midwest, they must have decided that they needed to change their marketing strategy.  In the city of St. Louis, brick was the required building material, so Sears heavily touted their "We'll-design-to-suit" plans.  They also mention "Planned-Financed-Built" by Sears, Roebuck and Co.  
Joe lived in Affton, Missouri, and I had a heck of a time figuring out where this house was, because one of the Joe Friedmans in the family actually lived on a nearby street (right next door to another Sears house, the Clyde model), and another, the father of the family was renting nearby, in 1930.   Through a good bit of searching the St. Louis County Assessor's website, and online city directories and census records for St. Louis, I finally figured out that, though Joe Friedman signed the mortgage papers for this house, it was not he, but rather Clarence Friedman, who lived in the Winona at 5060 Lakewood Avenue.  In the Friedman family, father Joseph Friedman had a son named Joseph, and a son named Clarence.  One of the Joseph's must have either gifted Clarence this house, or signed the mortgage for him.  Clarence was six years younger than Joe, and when Clarence married Clara, they must have needed a home... and this was it!

The Friedman family originally lived in Beauvais Township, part of Ste. Genevieve County, a river area about an hour south of the Affton area of St. Louis,  and it has strong French settler origins-- though the Friedman family has German roots. Joseph S. Friedman was a farmer, born in Texas to a German father and Missouri-born mother.  He married Missourian Cecilia (who had a German mother, and a Missouri-born father!), and, in 1920, the Ste. Genevieve census tells us that there were five children in the household: Mary, Joseph, Clarence, Louis, and Wilma.  By the 1930 census, though, the family was in St. Louis, with son Joseph owning a house in South St. Louis, father Joseph renting nearby, and Clarence still living at home, at age 20.


joseph friedman cecilia friedman ste genevieve mo 1920 census

joseph friedman cecilia friedman ste genevieve mo 1920 census


Later city directory and census records put the two brothers in Affton (earlier known as Gardenville, and so referred to in the directories that way, or with the abbreviation Ga ), with Joe living on Waldo Avenue, and Clarence and his wife Clara, living in the Winona on Lakewood Avenue.

sears clyde model 1925 catalog
The Sears Clyde in the 1925 catalog.
However it came to be, Clarence and Clara Friedman lived their lives for many, many years, in the Sears Winona in Affton, Missouri.  Clarence was a mechanic at Sunset Auto Company (possibly what many of us know of as Sunset Ford?), and Clara was a home maker.
joseph friedman clarence friedman clara friedman cecilia friedman anna friedman st louis city directory 1943
Here is the 1943 St. Louis city directory, showing the Joseph S/Cecelia Friedmans living on Union Road, in Lemay; the Joseph Jr./Anna Friedmans, living on Waldo Avenue in Gardenville (Affton) [he was a postal clerk]; and the Clarence/Clara Friedmans living in the Winona, on Lakewood Avenue, in Gardenville (Affton).

clarence friedman and clara friedman in 1958 st louis city directory
The 1958 St. Louis city directory shows that Clarence Frideman was working as a mechanic, at Sunset Auto, and still living in the Winona.
Clarence and Clara were a couple for 65 years, living most of that in the Winona on Lakewood Avenue.  Clarence served in the U. S. Army from 1943-45, and it looks like they never had any children, but lived long lives, he until the age of 92, and she until the age of 98.  Both Clarence and Clara are buried together, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary
clarence friedman obituary
Source: Find a Grave

clara friedman obituary
Source: Find a Grave
clarence friedman grave stone jefferson barracks cemetary

clara friedman grave stone jefferson barracks cemetary
As is the custom at a national cemetary, a husband and wife are buried in the same grave,
 and their names are carved one on each side of the gravestone. 

One Last Note on the Winona
By the way, the Winona evolved over the years, ending its long run in the Sears catalog, with this model that the Friedmans lived in.  However, it was first offered in 1913, as the No. 205, and had a bit of a different look, and a smaller floor plan, with chunky porch columns.  It continued with that look through the years, until at least the 1926 catalog. The 1928 catalog is the first year that it is offered with the look that the Friedmans' home has.

sears winona early version sears no. 205
The earliest version of what later was called the Winona: the No. 205, on page 67 of Houses By Mail.
sears winona 1925 catalog early version 2 floor plans
The Winona in the 1925 Sears Modern Homes catalog.
Here is an endangered (or possibly now-demolished) older-version Sears Winona, in Dayton, Ohio. You can read more about it, and see more photos, in this Sears Houses in Ohio blog post by Cindy Catanzaro.
sears winona dayton ohio

sears winona dayton ohio

And, finally, here is a lovely old Winona that is being lovingly restored by the couple who write this blog, Eleven02Glen:
sears winona eleven02glen blog
Looks great to me in either color scheme!

If you're interested in more information about the sale of this house, you can visit the Zillow listing here