We became the fifth owners of our 101-year-old Ozarks Bungalow when we purchased it in 2009 from the fourth owner - local celebrity Wayne Holmes.
"Wayne was salty, opinionated, rough-edged, and devoted to the things he
held dear, which included his countryside, his stories, his family,
Shakespeare, and good writing." - Steve Wiegenstein
Wayne also held dear the Ozarks Bungalow. In a captivating tale, he told us how he had always loved the house and one day, he just walked up to the front door and rang the door bell.
When the third owners answered, he offered to buy it on the spot and
named his price.
Previously on this blog, we've told the story of how we came to own the Ozarks Bungalow: finding a For Sale sign in the yard via Google Street View from 1,000 miles away. During the purchase process, we had the opportunity to meet Wayne and his lovely wife Mary Lou and hear first-hand their story of how they came to own it. Wayne was the consummate storyteller and we have a copy of his memoir Rocky Comfort to prove it. He passed away in September 2014 but not before he had the chance to live in his dream house and leave his mark upon it.
Wayne and Mary Lou had a country home along Crane Creek. From there, they transplanted a variety of trees around the yard of the Ozarks Bungalow and installed a bent Osage Orange fence post at just the right angle to be used as a hand rail for the deck.