Originally published by Laraine Shape on July 11, 2014
Can I share a little secret with you? I nearly fainted when I turned my head and saw this house from my car window tonight, sitting there just as prim and elegant as it could be. It was like seeing a ghost. A good ghost, mind you. I actually gasped.
Fellow Sears house aficionado, Cindy Catanzaro, told me that there was supposedly a rare Sears Preston in Wyoming (right next door to Hartwell) so I set out to find it. About a hundred times. Every time I went out in search of Wyoming Sears houses, I looked for it. And I came back empty handed, every single time. I found lots of other Sears houses in Wyoming, but not the rare and illusive Preston. It was like hunting for a rare, white orchid.
After driving up and down every street in Wyoming, asking staff at the Wyoming Historical Society and showing photos of the Preston to long time Wyoming residents, I threw in the towel and decided it must be a figment of someone’s imagination. (like the Sears 123 model that was allegedly built in Sharonville which eludes me).
Until tonight. And here, at long last, is the Sears Preston located at 59 Woodsdale Ave. in Hartwell. The icing on the cake would be a glimpse of the inside. Wow. Thinking about it gives me goosebumps. Stay tuned. You just never know when you’re going to get lucky.