Lovin’ tiny houses

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Forty years ago there was an article in The Brewton Standard about some of the work being done at the Escambia Brewton Career Vocational School. Some of the students were using their new knowledge of construction to build a junior sized house. I don’t know what ever happened to the little house, but it reminded me of a trend that is going on today.

If you watch much HGTV you know that tiny homes are the rage right now. I don’t think it has hit the Brewton area yet, but I am fascinated by the idea.

There are companies all over the country that are coming out with their own version of the “tiny house.” Last year I actually saw a place near Panama City, Fla., that had the houses set up for sale, and if I had not been in such a hurry, I would have stopped to check them out.

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Anyway, if you are not familiar with them, tiny houses are just what the name implies, very tiny. They range from 100 square feet on up. You can buy all sorts of floor plans to complete the home and the cost is so much less than a regular house. Think about it. It is so tiny that some of them can be pulled around from place to place and it has all of the necessities of life. All of those places making and selling storage houses should try the tiny house.

Well, enough about that. It was 40 years ago that the space behind the courthouse was cleared out to put in more parking spaces.

The Escambia County Rescue Squad was seeking donations to purchase new equipment.

K-Mart was getting ready to have a grand opening here in Brewton. I remember it well. I really did like K-Mart and miss it. I have some fond memories of it. I remember standing in line to get a Cabbage Patch doll (and I didn’t even have a daughter). Everybody else was buying them so I thought I needed one too. I still have it and my great grandchildren enjoy tossing it around.

There was a story about U.S. Congressman Jack Edwards, who was asking the Senate and House Works Appropriation Subcommittee for funds to study the local flooding and flood control for this area.

Peggy Bracken presented a program on silk flowers to the Newcomers Club. Now all of you probably knew Peggy. She was one of the nicest people I ever met. She always had a smile on her face for everyone.

The first solar powered water heater was installed at the airport. Solar power was much talked about back then. I guess it has become so popular that we don’t think about it so much anymore.

Mayor Malcolm Edwards was in a photograph telling about the upcoming Pioneer Days. The main reason I noticed it was the jacket he was wearing at the time. It was not in color in the newspaper, but it was a wild plaid print. It caught my eye and made me remember fashions of the time.

Lastly, there was a photograph by the Standard photographer, Tommy Garrett, that was very interesting. It was timed to  take over a period of 15 minutes and showed the track of the stars.