Reader sees childhood home on Back Talk blog, visits young homeowners

We got this email from Yvonne Fritz a few weeks ago:

“I just saw the [Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour] slideshow you produced and was amazed to see my old home at 1134 Pioneer Dr. in Elmwood.

“I am 74 and lived there from the time I was born until I married in 1959.  My parents lived there until 1981.”

Turns out the home belongs to Lauren and David Schneider, a young couple who bought the house a few years ago.

The Schneiders have renovated the house. They painted the exterior, changed the front doors, put in some new flooring and cabinets, redesigned the landscaping, changed up the floorplan slightly. And when they covered up the original medicine cabinet during the bathroom renovation, they wrote a note about themselves, the house and their work on it. And they nailed the note inside the cabinet for some future homeowner to find.

They are curious about the 1925 home’s history, so they were thrilled to invite Yvonne Fritz and her husband, Bob, for an afternoon visit this past weekend.

Mrs. Fritz loves  the home’s new look. She took pictures of the rooms, asked lots of questions and told stories. She left the Schneiders with black-and-white photos of the house, as well as a deeper understanding of their 85-year-old home.

Watch video from their visit after the jump.


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  • Patti Erickson

    It was really nice to see the old “James” house in the January edition. My sister and I knew almost all of the neighbors along Pioneer in those days. It doesn’t matter how much time goes by, those homes will always, in my mind, be linked to the names of the families that lived there during my childhood : James, Smith, Payne, Brazelton, Sterrett, Fletcher, Bishop, Odom, Baston, Davis, and Grimes – just to name a few. Elmwood was a great neighborhood in which to grow up.

  • Carolyn Wright Tipton

    I loved seeing the video and am really sorry we “missed” the home tour this year as I would have loved to go back to the old neighborhood. My sister and I grew up in the house at 1127 Pioneer Drive from about 1954 until 1973/1974 when my parents (John and Lucille Wright) moved to the North Wynnewood Area. I’m sure my parents knew Mrs. Fritz and her parents. Mother and Daddy were good friends with everyone in the neighborhood. My husband and I are such die hard “Cliff Dwellers” that we bought our old house from my parents in 1981 and lived there for about 5 years. Mother passed away just last year; but, my father is still with us. I would love to know what Mrs. Fritz maiden name was and who her parents were.

  • Thanks for putting this together. My mom really enjoyed seeing her old house. She appreciates how much effort has gone into the renovations. I remember visiting my grandmother in the home.

    When I saw the picture, one memory instantly flashed in my head from when I was a kid (about 1972). All the houses had the little raised front step on the sidewalk with the curved ramps on each side. We spent many hours racing our Hot Wheels cars down those ramps. Great memories!!

  • Cliff Dweller

    And can we take a moment to recognize the time and effort of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League in putting on this tour every year? It really shows the rest of the city the Oak Cliff we all know and love.

  • Kristy Gaconnier

    I think it’s great that a 74 year old woman is reading the Advocate blog! The Schneiders were so generous to invite her for a visit.

  • Debbie Travis

    P.S. Great job by Advocate.

  • Debbie Travis

    Thanks to this young couple for taking the time to visit and open their home to the older couple. Great job on the remodel and so graciously sharing their time.

  • Scott

    I visited this house on the tour and it is quite charming. The owners have done quite an extensive remodel within the original footprint. Not just a lot of hard work, but real talent as well. What a tribute to the charms of Oak Cliff living that a resident 51 years removed still keeps up with what’s going on.

  • Eugene

    Good to see young couples moving into the area and fixing things up!