The house was a two bedroom, one bath ranch, with two big great rooms dividing the kitchen from the bedrooms. One of the great rooms faced the front yard and had a big picture window. The other great room faced the backyard and the back wall was almost all glass, facing the river. It was a beautiful view. There was a fireplace in this room. The two great rooms were divided by double pocket doors.
The garage was under the house with a stairway leading up to the kitchen. The other 3/4 of the basement was unfinished and was where my grandmother did her laundry. I remember her using a wringer washing machine there.
For me, the outside was the most wonderful part of their "homestead". Grandpa had a small shed where he kept tools, lawn mower, etc. Down the hill in the
The property was a dream-come-true for kids. My brother and I had all kinds of room to run and play. We put pennies on the railroad tracks to smash them and listened for trains by putting out ears to the tracks. We stood and waved as the trains rolled by and often the engineers would blow the whistle and wave to us. We could go down to the river and wade in it and play. In the winter, we ice skated on it. In the spring we made rafts to try to sail away on adventures!
My grandfather had a pontoon boat, that was like the original party boat to us! The kids and adults spent many afternoons out on the river on the pontoon boat.
Being the oldest grandchild, I spent many weekends at the house with my grandparents. Even when I was in college, when I came home, I would go stay with them sometimes.
When my grandfather retired, they decided to move to Arizona for his health. They had fifteen years in their dream home. That doesn't seem very long to me now, but they had a wonderful time there. Their home on the river has always been talked about in the family as where some of our very best memories were made.