Further research is needed on the Holloways and other families who set up housekeeping here. By 1957, the McCleery family moved in and would remain for ten years before building a brick ranch home next door at 5945 Beechwood Avenue. After living at 317 South Arlington Avenue since the 1940s, Lee and Jane McCleery decided that it was time to move from that busy street. Mr. McCleery worked for the International Harvester Corporation. Many households along Beechwood hosted Harvester employees in the mid-twentieth century.
In the winter of 1957, someone from the McCleery family documented their property on Beechwood after a snowstorm. These beautiful photos show the home on a large wooded lot. Many of the trees still stand in 2013. The third photo, reveals the home on a spring day c1960. Mr. McCleery would later partition the lot so that he and his wife could live in a brand new one-story home next door. The final photo shows the home in the summer of 2013.
|Beautiful snowfall: 5949 Beechwood Avenue in the winter of 1957|
|The McCleery home at 5949 Beechwood Avenue in 1957. Beyond the home you can see a glimpse of the Kile home, which used to stand under the Kile Oak.|
|The McCleery home at 5949 c1960|
|5949 Beechwood Avenue in 2013|