The top photo was taken in 1917, probably right after my father was born. The birds appear to be either dove or quail. I have several other photos of him holding ducks after a very successful duck hunt. His Texas hunting license for 1924-1925 has all of the hunting regulations for the entire state are printed on the back of the license. If you read the back side of the license, you will see that the only county in the state closed to deer hunting was Bosque County. Ninety years later, I live in north Bosque County and the deer population is so large that they are a nuisance, causing large monetary losses every year for drivers and farmers. It now takes many pages in a booklet that is published each year to inform hunters and fishermen of all the regulations and restrictions that have come along in 90 years! The next photo of him holding a string of large mouth bass was the last one taken of him that I can find the month before his unexpected death on May 5, 1952. Look close in the photos. He always wore a neck tie when hunting and fishing, something I would never do!
I have been able to track down most of the houses my grandfather and grandmother lived in over the years since moving to Fort Worth. The only house I have not found is the 1205_?__ house they lived in starting in Jan. 1912. I think I know where it was located but that location is now a parking lot and I have found no supporting evidence that a house was at that location on that street. I believe the house was located on the north edge of the Fairmount addition. Sometime between 1912 - 1916 they moved to 2127 6th Ave. They were living at this address when my father was born on Aug. 23, 1917. In or around 1920, they moved to 1715 6th Ave. This house is shown in photo taken sometime in the 1980s. However, the house apparently fell into disrepair after the photo was taken. A later attempt to repair the home in 1998 which included an attempt to level the house caused it to slide off its foundation. The city deemed it unsafe for further occupancy or repair and ordered it to be demolished. Wiley, Mary Kate, and Wiley Jr. lived in this house until 1929 when he gave my grandmother the house he designed and had built at 2517 Ryan Place as a Christmas gift. They apparently sold 2517 Ryan Place in 1936 or 1937 and moved to 2604 5th Ave. This was a house he had designed for Elmo Sledd, a vice-president of the 1st National Bank. He purchased a house at 1417 Hillcrest in late 1939 in the River Crest housing addition in what was then west Fort Worth, and continued to live at 2604 5th Ave until remodeling was completed. They then moved to 1417 Hillcrest sometime in 1940. After my grandfather's death on May 5, 1952, my grandmother continued to live here until her death in Nov, 1974. My family moved into the 1417 Hillcrest house in 1966 after adding a south wing to the house in 1965. The photo of the Hillcrest home was made in Sept. 2012. The original house was basically a two story box with a basement. My grandmother added an ground level, very large bedroom as an east wing in the late 1950's, and my father added a south wing den and bedroom in 1965. Over the years, the house had grown to 4700 sq ft not counting porches and the full basement. It has been remodeled and expanded several times since after being sold in 1978. The Ryan Place home became my grandfather's showpiece home for the Ryan Place housing addition and has continued to be a well known example of his work. My grandparents chose to live in the areas where he had designed some of the finest homes in Fort Worth. Many of those homes are recognized as historically important to Fort Worth architecture.
1205 (unknown street) 1912-1916?
This house has apparently been demolished for commercial development. This is apparently the house my grandparents lived in starting in February of 1912. The woman on the porch is believed to be my grandmother.
In April, 1916, they were living at 1615 Washington Ave.
2127 6th Ave 1917 - 1920?
This is the house listed on the birth record of my father. The TAD lists this house as built in 1916. It is possible that my grandfather designed this house. However, if he did, I have no record of it and unfortunately, the TAD does not list architects. My grandparents moved into this house, the best I can tell, in 1916 or 1917. Coincidence?
1715 6th Ave 1920?-1929
The above photo was made in 1995. A resource told me that they believed it originally had a single Dormer going most of the way across. I do not know why he chose to move to this house. Those types of decisions were never discussed in later years.