n/a - 615 18th Street

 Print Listing Historical Name - n/a
Style - Craftsman Bungalow
Built Year - 1914
State ID - 5WL.5904

Description - 615 18th Street is a modest, south-facing Craftsman Bungalow with a concrete foundation, vinyl siding, and a side gabled roof with asphalt composition shingles, wide, overhanging eaves, and decorative, triangular knee braces. The home’s façade has a central dormer with a gabled roof, triangular knee braces, horizontal wood siding, and a six-light window. The full-width front porch has a centered front door flanked by a pair of one-over-one aluminum windows, and squared columns and a half-wall clad with stucco. The porch is accessed by five concrete steps and partially enclosed with windows on the east and west ends. The east elevation has three one-over-one aluminum windows, a one-by-one window, and three basement level windows. The west elevation likewise has three one-over-one aluminum windows as well as a pair of one-over-one aluminum windows and three one-by-one basement level windows. Slatted vents are present under the gable ends on both the east and west elevations. A paneled door at ground level provides access to the north elevation, which also has a one-by-one window on the east end. A brick chimney that protrudes through the roof is also visible from the north elevation.

Historical Background - City Directories list Superintendent of City Schools George E. Brown and his wife, Myrtle as the first occupants of 615 18th Street in 1920. From 1922-50, Mrs. Maggie R. Smith, the widow of Frank, lived at the address. Unfortunately, little information was available about Mrs. Smith. Edward W. and Margaret Stoite lived in the home from 1954-57; Mr. Stoite worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. In 1959, Harold Specht, a carpenter at the college, and his wife Jeannette moved into the home; they lived there through 1965. From 1966-69, many people lived in the home, including Mrs. Ethel Stromsta and several college students. Ethel Alice Sanger was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 24, 1910. She was raised in Chicago and worked there for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company until her retirement. She moved to Greeley in 1965. In 1929, she married Russell Stromsta, who died in 1963. In 1968, she married Hamilton Clark, who died in 1974. In 1973, retired couple Hamilton A. and Ethel A. Clark were listed as owners the residence. Mr. Clark passed away in 1974, but Mrs. Clark continued to live at the address. In 1981, she married Fred Schumacher, who died in 1988. Throughout her retirement in Greeley, Mrs. Schumacher was a dedicated volunteer, serving organizations such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Schumacher moved to the Gray Cara West Alternate Care Home in Evans in 2001. She passed away on April 16, 2002. 615 18th Street is currently owned and occupied by Thomas P., Timothy J. and Diane M. Nugent.