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Rosemary Thornton

Born: N/A
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Rosmary lived in Alton, Illinois.

Biography: Since 1999, Thornton has traveled throughout the Midwest studying, researching and learning more about Sears Homes. In that time, she’s written newspaper and magazine articles, in addition to several books. Along with the books she has published, she and Dale Patrick Wolicki wrote a forward to a reprint of ''California's Kit Homes: A Reprint of the 1925 Pacific Ready-Cut Homes Catalog''.Considered the country’s #1 authority on kit homes, Thornton has appeared on PBS (History Detectives), A&E (Biography), CBS (Sunday Morning News) and her book was featured in its own category on Jeopardy. More than 75,000 homes were built from kits supplied through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company in the first three decades of the 20th century. The 30,000 piece kits contained everything from lumber and nails, paint, wood putty, window weights and sash cord. About 70,000 Sears homes are believed to remain.

  • Rosemary was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rosemary Thornton on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Finding the houses that Sears built :
ISBN: 0971558825 OCLC: 56818606

Gentle Beam Publications, Alton, Ill. : 2004.

  Montgomery Ward's mail-order homes :
ISBN: 0971558868 OCLC: 664269282

  Sears homes of Illinois
ISBN: 9781596299399 OCLC: 660160933

History Press, Charleston, SC ; ©2010.

The houses that Sears built :
ISBN: 0971558809 OCLC: 54809566

The reality of real estate :
ISBN: 1878901710 OCLC: 29020070

Hampton Roads Pub., Norfolk, Va. : ©1993.

  The ugly woman's guide to Internet dating :
ISBN: 0971558841 OCLC: 502990715

Gentle Beam Publications, Norfolk, Va. : 2009.