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Seven Children In The Family Raised In The Maine Home Built By Dad And Mom.

Over sixty years in one Maine home built by a couple with seven kids is what I toured Monday.

As I wander houlton maine market squarethrough with one sibling, you feel, hear, begin to see a sense of the holidays, life events of the family raised in this Maine home.

Pretty impressive to think of the Maine home being built from scratch and the sacrifices made, the patience needed to slowly get it weather tight, nice and warm for the family.

I never met, talked with the father but in a small town you feel like you do know him because all the kids are familiar.

Working with several during Maine potato harvest in the fall picking spuds to earn the new winter coat, other clothing to pitch in to support our families. 

This man who always wore a railroad hat because he used to work on train bridges but was away from home a lot.

So he became a house, not railroad bridge carpenter any more for a local landlord with many multi family homes to keep repaired.

He walked his small dog daily. You could not help living in Houlton Maine and not notice him doing the rounds with the K-9. Never actually talking to the man but feeling a connection anyway. You knew who he was, all of his kids.

He wore the railroad hat, you could set your watch to his daily walks to and from his Houlton Maine home with the dog.

Now the garage sale is are over, Mom is settling in to a new apartment and all the kids pitched in to buy new furniture for her new digs. There are six of the seven kids alive and they take care of their remaining parent proudly. The mom has hung up the car keys and each Thursday, a different local sibling steps up to make sure she gets to the grocery store. And visits with her in the process happen. Dad lived in to his nineties, was ten years older than mom who is now 86.

As I tour the Maine home to arrive at a marketing price, to come up with a short list of need to do this, this and this before the real estate sign gets speared on the front lawn, I see a fast forward of the last 60 years in the home.

In the cellar, concrete walls poured by hand by the father with help from the kids.

But some dirt in the center of the cellar still in square neck high shapes. Easily removed with a conveyor and opening the outside entrance hatch.

One job the dad did not get to but I still marvel at all he did do with he and his wife stretching the one pay check to feed, clothe and raise seven kids. As a Maine real estate agent, broker, REALTOR we are invited in to homes, the most special, intimate, private place of a family because a house is a home with laughing kids.

Dad carving the holiday turkey, another mental flash slide showing mom with fresh hot donuts and home made cookies waiting with a glass of cold milk after school.

I am glad I live in a small Maine town, where we are all connected, help each other, know each other.

Some of the folks we know happens over the years, out of the corner of our eye.

Maine, we dream in blue and green here. Get here quick as you can to Maine.

Maine REALTOR, Andrew Mooers Serving 04730 | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 8 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • October 25 2011 07:39AM


Andrew, I love your communication of the sense of history, the value of relationships, the connections between the house, the builder, the family and you by living in the same small town. Great job and have a great day.


BTW - suggested.

Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 9 years ago

Hi Andy,

Wow, I love this as well.  Cal really hit the highlights.  I could just feel this family and my heart pains a little for the past.  I am going suggest as well.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 9 years ago

Andrew....I love the way you tell the story of this house. It makes it come alive.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - almost 9 years ago

This what I miss from small town living. You always capture the spirit of your town Andy...non better than the word smithery in this one.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 9 years ago

(Hammer sound with anvil) Play by play of a REALTOR's small town adventures. We'll be back with more after these commercial messages from our sponsor, Active Rain. (fade to black) Thanks gang.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 9 years ago

Andrew, Thanks for bringing this family to life. We in this business don't often get the heritage and full history of a true community.

Unfortunately today, the duration of a home is a lot shorter than the life of the house.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Andy, small town living is what so many do not get anymore and you describe it wonderfully!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Andrew-That's a facet of business and life that most of us city slickers miss out on.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 9 years ago

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