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.
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.
The next photo shows the present 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
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