Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Hoovers of Kenmore Road

Walter D. and Lillian Hoover moved into their spacious brick American Four Square at 68 North Kenmore Road in 1919.  The Hoovers had three children and they became a fixture at the corner of Kenmore and Lowell.  Mr. Hoover was an important chemist for Eli Lilly & Company. In 1937, the corporation profiled him in a company publication lauding his patience and skill.  By the early 1940s, the Hoovers moved out of Irvington Terrace for South Bend, Indiana.

In the top image, Mr. Hoover posed on the day of his daughter's wedding on October 18, 1942. The photograph has been inverted, but he is actually standing in his front yard at 68 North Kenmore Road.  Behind him, you can see the brick bungalow at 301 North Kenmore Road and the rear of a home on Ridgeview Drive.  The contemporary images show the beautiful homes in 2014.

Walter Denny Hoover on October 18, 1942.  Although the photo is inverted, behind him you can see 301 North Kenmore Road and the rear of a home on Ridgeview Drive.  

301 North Ridgeview Drive in 2014

Company profile of Walter D. Hoover in 1937

Lillian Gladys Hoover c1940

68 North Kenmore Road in 2014
The historic images are courtesy of Ed Hermsen via Ancestry.com

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