In a previous Swords post, I wondered what had become of the third company house build by the railroad. I think I have my answer.
I have a picture of the general store in which a roof is clearly visible, but seems too close to be that of the house that is beside the store now. I just finished reading this:
"In 1944, Frank Helmkay and his children, Isabel, Bernadette, Donna and Edward were living in the "company" house adjacent to the store when it burned at Christmas time."This story becomes doubly sad when you consider that poor Frank's wife had just died that summer after the birth of a baby. She had also finished her Christmas shopping before she died, and the family lost everything when the house burned.
So, maybe that solves the mystery of the third house. It seemed strange to me that the other two and the store have survived, but nothing remained of the third house. I had always assumed that it was located farther south, rather than directly beside the store.
|If my assumption is correct, the house would have stood on the far right of this photo.|
When I think about where I live, it's rather isolated. Quiet, little traffic. I can't imagine the bustling centre it used to be, not all that long ago. Again, I'm reminded of the hopes and dreams, sadness and joy that has gone before me. Lives beginning and ending in Swords, and increasingly fewer people left to tell the story.
Source of information -
Christie Historical Committee, Meanderings and Memories, 1894 - 1995, Christie Township