Hello my name is Tom, principal of T.G. Heuser Company - Expert Historical Inquiry, and welcome to my recently renamed and redesigned digital publication: The Puget Sound Recaller. Prior to January 2022, I focused on the history of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood under the name The Capitol Retrospective. However, now that my work has begun to take me places outside of Seattle's Capitol Hill, it only seemed fitting to find a new name to better capture this shift. It also seemed like a good time to properly introduce myself. The purpose of this publication going forward will be to share some of my endeavors in historical research and preservation.
Today, I start by showing you where I work and the story behind it. This is my cozy, pandemic-inspired home office tucked into a 30 square foot walk-in closet. You gotta start somewhere.
The best thing about it though, is the desk. Not only is it a fine yet simple piece of antique craftsmanship (and now adaptive reuse 😃), it came with a unique story that I have yet to fully research. It last belonged to a now 74-year-old gentleman named Ken Kenyon. According to Ken, his grandmother's best friend, a woman named Louise Judges from Salt Lake City, built it in the 1930s and it was in Ken's family until he sold it to me last year.
In a future post, I will dive deeper into the desk's origin and Louise's background. All I know so far is that she was a teacher. Stay tuned for more.
In the meantime, be sure to subscribe for more stories like this as well as sneak peeks into my research, site visits, and who knows what else. I am excited to see where this takes me and to have you along with me on the journey.
Now if you wish to learn more about what I do and the services I offer as a historical research and preservation consultant, simply visit my services page or check out my resume if you haven't already. And if you have a project in mind, reach out and let us discuss!
Thank you for reading.