A 50th Birthday for our House.  April 12, 2019.
        Wes Hayward, April 13, 2019.  copyright

We are not exactly sure of the date, but it was very close to the middle of April, 1969 that we moved into our house in Beaverton, OR.    Looking back at a calendar, April 12, 1969 was a Saturday, so that was probably move-in day.   I remember borrowing a pick-up truck from my friend Parker for the move.     We had been living in a rental duplex since June, 1968 when I started a job at Tektronix.   The house is a side-split, a tri-level design with three bedrooms on the upper level.   The basement and garage were unfinished.   We were thrilled with the house and had hopes that it would serve us well for a few years.   It has done just that, and continues to be comfortable.    The neighborhood has been great.    Most of the original owners have moved on.   However, it's wonderful to watch the area evolve.

The first photo (below) shows the lot shortly after we initially made our choice in 1968.   Shon and one of the boys can be seen exploring what would become our yard.   The other boy was probably with me when I was taking the photo from somewhere in what would become the Wentzek's yard.   Temporary power poles were in the area to facilitate construction, but were eventually replaced with underground power service.   I recall a dirt road when we selected the lot, but streets were in by the time construction started.    Houses were being built on our street, but there was no more construction to the west of us.    The land extending to Murray Blvd would be built a year or two later.

The photo below shows the house during the early stages of construction.   Both boys are in this shot; Roger is near the power pole and Ron is in the lower left corner.   Plywood was on the studs.   Cedar siding would then be applied.    The initial roof used cedar shingles, which produce a handsome appearance.    Such roofs were common in the area, but are by now rarely seen.   The cedar is no longer available, or very expensive, and presents a fire hazard, so the roofs are almost all composition.     As I recall, we moved to a composition roof in the 1980s.   We still have the original cedar siding.    We elected to include hardwood floors.
going up

The house, as it appears 50 years later in 2019 is shown below.   The tree in the back yard is an original native Oregon Ash that has continued to grow.    The tree in the front yard is a Copper Beach that we planted
in 1969 shortly after the yard .   The original house color was green, but that has evolved to the present gray-blue.
house today

The next photo shows the
present back yard.   
back yard
Our trees are still devoid of leaves, but the Camellia bush next to the back of the house is in full bloom.   The vertical pipe is a support for an amateur radio antenna.   Antennas have always been allowed in this area, which was one of the reasons we picked this development.    The other reason was that it was only 2.5 miles from Tektronix, allowing me to walk or bike to work.

Some background for the house:    The area is called Hyland Hills.    This is not just a clever name.   The Hyland family was one of the early land owners in the area.    The area was developed by a local contractor, Allen C Edwards.    This company had their own construction crews, but also had a few other contractors that they called associate builders.    Our house was built by one of these, Jack McCloud.   We picked him because we were enamored with one of his signature designs.   We almost bought one of those houses, but then decided that something slightly larger would better suit our needs.     It's been, and continues to be a great house for us.   The boys are, of course, gone by now, but Shon and I still enjoy the neighborhood and the house.