Stotts House - 1213 Cranford Pl

 Print Listing Historical Name - Long House; McMurdo House
Style - Bungalow
Built Year - 1926
State ID - 5WL3682

Description - Constructed in the late 1920s, this bungalow residence is located on the north side of Cranford Place, in the block between 12th and 13th Avenues. The house is supported by a low coursed sandstone foundation with 3-light hopper basement windows. Built of wood frame construction, the dwelling's exterior walls are cladded with painted yellow horizontal wood siding. The house is covered by a low-pitched front gable roof, with grey asphalt shingles, and with exposed rafter ends, beneath widely-overhanging eaves. Decorative purlins and a ridge pole adorn the house's upper gable ends, on the façade (south elevation) and on the rear (north elevation). One red brick chimney, with a corbelled cap, is located just below the ridge, on the west-facing roof slope. Single 6-over-1 (ribbon style) single-hung sash windows are located at either end of the façade. Bands of 3-light (ribbon style) hopper windows are located at the south end of the west elevation, and at the south end of the east elevation. Windows, otherwise, are 4-over-1 and 5-over-1 (ribbon style) double-hung sash. All of the home's windows have painted white wood frames and surrounds and metal storm windows. A stained natural brown wood-paneled door, with three upper sash lights and a projecting locking rail, leads into the home from a screened-in porch on the façade. This porch is approached by four concrete steps at its east end, and features wood frame knee walls and squared post piers which support a gabled porch roof. A rear entrance is located on the north elevation, where there is a painted white wood-paneled door, with one upper sash light, and with a white metal storm door. This entry door opens onto a concrete stoop, covered by a shed hood with knee brace supports.

Historical Background - This bungalow has served as a single family residence from the time of its construction in approximately 1926 until the present. According to Greeley city directories, the homes original residents were Jared B. and Aletta Jones, who lived here in 1928, while Mr. Jones worked for the Home Gas and Electric Company. From this location the Jones family moved to 1930 11th Avenue. Following the Joneses, this dwelling was occupied for about a year by Dr. Paul McKee, a renowned professor of Elementary Education at Colorado State Teachers' College. In the 1940s, Dr. McKee lived a block to the south at 1215 19th Street. Following the pattern established by Mr. Jones and Dr. McKee, this property changed hands frequently until the mid-1950s. Residents of the property between 1931 and 1953 included Roy Seaman, Myron and Winifred Anderson, Sheldon D. Brooks, and Maurice W. Long. Myron E. Anderson, who lived here in the mid-to-late 1930s, was among this house's most interesting occupants. He was born on December 29, 1902 at Loomis, Nebraska, and grew up in Nebraska and Wisconsin. He came to the Greeley area in 1922, and was married to Winifred G. Mason at Greeley on October 4, 1933. According to his obituary, Mr. Anderson was an accomplished jazz musician, playing the cornet with many bands, most notably the Ted Weems Orchestra. He was also a skilled marksman, and for many years was a member of the Colorado Rifle Team which competed in national matches at Fort Camp Perry, Ohio. Mr. Anderson owned and operated grocery stores in Greeley and Eaton until his retirement in the 1960s. He passed away in Eaton on November 29, 1977. His wife Winifred, twin sons Keith and Kent and daughter Karen survived him. Between 1954 and the late 1960s, this property was owned and occupied by Edith McMurdo, the widow of Ward H. McMurdo. Ward and Edith McMurdo, who previously lived at 1117 19th Street, had been married at Marissa, Illinois on July 5, 1919. Following their marriage, they came west to Greeley, where Ward gained employment at Colorado State Teachers' College. The 1931 Greeley city directory lists Mr. McMurdo's occupation as "Treasurer - CTC." Ward McMurdo passed away at a relatively young age, in 1939. Mrs. McMurdo passed away many years later, in November 1978, at the age of 78.