Approximate Chronological History of Estemere
(after Pitts, 1997)
Note: Items in [ ] are not from Pitts--added by Ward. All entries after 1997 added by Ward.
Per Dan Dees of Lakin, Kansas 316-355-7050 on 07 July 1999 (son of Wanda Dees (316-355-7737), whose father lived in Estemere in the 1950s): A huge painting of the "End of the Trail" hung in Estemere when the Dees first bought Estemere. Wanda's brothers were Andy, Harry, and Ronnie Krueger. "Granny died in '93, Grandad in '95. Dan said there is a book, "Palmer Lake Memorial," that has info on Estemere.
Per Jared Roten, 08 July 1999 719-481-2653 (came over with another man to look at the old kitchen cabinets we were giving away): Grace Best had photos of the Estemere flood (died ~1997); worked at the library and wrote books. See the principal @ Grace Best Elementary school for information. Jared remembers an organ with pipes on the walls. He also thinks the original floor plans are in the Palmer Lake library!
30 Aug 1999: Steve at Palmer Lake Water System said that there was a large bell in the oval garden about 25 years ago that the kids would ring at Halloween. He said the Leonard's boys would "camp-out" in the loft over the garage. He said "Palmer Lake A Historical Narrative" book by Marion Savage Sabin has photos of the 1965 Estemere flood.
Dwayne (Bonnie's husband; Bonnie works for the Water District; they live just behind the Little Log Church) said he has photos of the entire inside of Estemere circa 1970. He took them for insurance purposes—he was an insurance broker who insured Estemere for the Leonards after the flood. He said Mrs. Leonard was an antique dealer. Bonnie told Kim that Jim Peterson paid for a commercial sewer tap (~$7500) in 1990.
On 04 September 1999 Winnie Metzler and Vera Andrews drove up with Cassell Barrett, Winnie's friend. Winnie and Vera are daughters of Clarence Vessey, who owned Estemere in 1935. Winnie lives in Colorado Springs and Vera was visiting her from North Carolina. We walked around Estemere and I jotted down some notes:
January 2000: When the old bathroom wall on the second floor was demolished, a 15 inch square piece of drywall was inside the wall. It was dated January 26, 1966. This same date was on some of the drywall between the old kitchen and the butler's pantry.