Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

January 12, 2013

My House

Filed under: Blast From The Past,Childhood Memories — Janice @ 1:33 am


If I were to count up the nights that I spent in each of the houses I have lived in my life, the house I live in now would probably be on top. And that just boggles my mind. I mean, I’ve only lived here for almost 14 years and I feel like I’ve hardly gotten started. Now THIS house, the one in the picture, has been the one that has always had the record and always will have when I think about homes that made an impression on me. This was the house I grew up in.

The house was originally built in 1902 in Amarillo and was owned by the first postmaster of Amarillo. Someday I need to do some research about him. We (I say “we” as if I had anything to do with it)… Daddy and Mother bought it in 1964 when the part of town it was in was being cleared. They moved it to the country and sat it on a bare piece of plowed field. We (again with the we!) fixed it up and lived there until 1969 when we moved to Colorado. But we came back to it in 1971 and I lived there until I moved to the dorm at college in 1977. Dorm life didn’t suit me so I came home and lived at home through 1978 before moving in with a friend in town. So I guess my house here in Austin has already beaten out the Canyon house for length of time living there.

I took this picture in 1978 when I was in college and taking a photography course. I not only took it, I developed it.

I have lots of stories about this house. And I should tell stories about film and developing film since that is a lost art.


  1. Your “we” is right. You had a lot to do with the fixing up of that old house. Some of it was historical or “antiquish” I suppose, but the wiring, plumbing, etc. was downright OLD and took all hands and the cook to make it livable.

    Comment by pat — January 12, 2013 @ 7:41 am

  2. I loved that house. The family that lived there was (is still) pretty special, too!

    Comment by sandy — January 19, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

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