|8804 Olden, Overland, Missouri • Authenticated 1924 Sears Elsmore|
With summer vacation upon us, I decided to go back to the St. Louis County mortgage records, to re-check the 1920s listings for Sears Trustee Walker O. Lewis. I researched them last year, but remembered, recently, that I had skipped a few years, because I was finding so few hits for Walker O. Lewis. So, I finished looking through the 1924-1929 records, and the very first mortgage that I found that day, led me to this beautiful Sears Elsmore, in Overland, a suburb in the north-western part of St. Louis County.
The Elsmore was first offered in 1913 as a companion model to the beautiful Sears No. 126, and was listed in the catalog as the No. 208. The No. 126 and the No. 208 shared the same floor plan, with a long living/dining room combo stretching the length of the right side of the house, with the two bedrooms on the left side of the house, though the two models had a very different look to the front elevation.
|1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog, page 12|
Beginning in 1916, the Elsmore earned its own spot in the catalog (the No. 126 model was discontinued), listed as the No. 2013. Beginning 1921, a second floor plan option was made available (No. 3192), and by 1925, that second floor plan became the only one offered for the Elsmore, which was discontinued after 1927 (thanks for the date correction, Cindy Catanzaro!)
|The Elsmore's two floor plans, as shown in the 1923 catalog, available on Archive.org.|
|Those look to be the original porch railings -- see how they match the catalog image?|
|The Elsmore as shown in the 1923 catalog, available here.|
|Note the Sears 5-piece porch roof brackets.|
|The left side of the house. |
It's so great the the original tracery on the front gable peak is still intact,
and the house retains its original wood clapboard, and has not been covered over in vinyl siding.
|Sears porch pillars, and another look at a 5-piece bracket.|
|Notice the inset front entry, indicative of the original floor plan of the No. 208 and No. 2013,|
as well as the original porch railing, just as shown in the catalog image.
|We so rarely get to see the back of our Sears houses, but this one sits on a spacious corner lot.|
The Elsmore at 8804 Olden, was built by Peter M. Jaeger, who, according to the 1930 census, was a foreman in an electric plant in St. Louis. A listing in an October 1924 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, shows a Peter Jaeger taking out a marriage license to marry Emma Eisele:
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 11, 1924|
However, the 1930 census shows that the Peter M. Jaeger who lived here at this address, was married to a woman named Margaret... and, they had, living with them, two of her children from a previous marriage, along with two other Jaeger children. So, I don't know whether Emma Eisele Jaeger ever lived in this house, or if she was married to a different Peter Jaeger.
|The Jaeger family in 1930.|
I just found a 1992 St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper article (October 7, page 142, in the "Home" section), written by Darcy O'Neill, called, "Home Sweet Home by Sears", that showcases this wonderful Elsmore. Here is the portion of the article that deals with this house, bit by bit (if you have a Newspapers.com subscription, you can access the article here.)