Another little treasure that was uncovered during demolition was a small piece of lumber with a hand drawn fancy ampersand character, and an impression from the lumber company. It came from the enclosed porch on the back of the house that was added after the initial construction in 1912.

It was a little hard to read, but eventually I decided the letters said “RUCKER BROS. HARTFORD WASH.”. I always thought Hartford was in Connecticut. Anyway, a little searching yielded a wikipedia entry for Rucker Brothers that were based in Washington. They were entrepreneurs in the late 1800s/early 1900s that did a variety of things, a timber company among them. I dug a bit, hoping to find something that would help me learn when the enclosed porch might have been constructed, but my research was inconclusive.

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