Individual Author Record
Name: Rosemary ThorntonPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Born: N/A Sites:
Illinois ConnectionRosmary lived in Alton, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationSince 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.
*''The Reality of Real Estate'', Hampton Roads Pub Co Inc, 1993*''The Houses That Sears Built; Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sears Catalog Homes'', Gentle Beam Publications, 2002*''Finding the Houses that Sears Built; A Guide to the 60 Most Popular Designs'', Gentle Beam Publications, 2004*''The Houses That Sears Built'', Gentle Beam Publications, 2004*''The Ugly Woman's Guide to Internet Dating: What I Learned From 70 First Dates'', Gentle Beam Publications, 2009*''Montgomery Ward's Mail-Order Homes; A History and Field Guide to Wardway Homes'', Gentle Beam Publications, 2010 - written with Dale Wolicki*''Sears Homes of Illinois'', The History Press, 2010