Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 72

JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Continued from page 67 Before coming back to Texas and discovering the house that Patsy and her family would invest a great deal of their time and love into, the Hales lived in Ohio where her husband, Bill, completed his residency. Patsy instantly fell in love with the old plantation-style house. But with four children and two dogs she was afraid no one in Texas would rent a house to them. The Hales discovered the house by accident, driving along the back roads between Weatherford and Fort Worth by Mary’s Creek. “I said, ‘oh my gosh, look at that old house up there.’ We actually drove up and looked at it. I was just so fascinated,” Patsy Hale said. The house was built by John Fowler in 1929 as his summer home. Fowler’s primary house was in the silk glove neighborhood of RiverCrest in Fort Worth. Even today you can still see the resemblance between the two houses, despite the changes some of the owners have 70 made. Upon moving, and having found the house but not buying it straight away, Billy and Patsy Hale were surprised when a client of theirs came into the veterinary clinic and told them they’d bought a house. “He said, ‘Oh, you’ll never believe it, Patsy. We’ve bought the most charming old home and we’re going to move it to some land we own,’” she said. “And I just knew he was talking about the same house we had seen. So it was kind of the end of a vision or dream we had aspired to.” But then one day that same client came back and asked if the Hales were still interested in the house. “He said he’d done most of the ground work and that H.G. Snow was the only one who could move the house,” Patsy Hale said. “Fortunately, I had some trust money that I could get access to. It was $36,000 just to move the house.” Snow had moved a house out to Patsy Hale’s father’s ranch before, so they knew who he was. “Mr. Snow told me, ‘I’ll tell you what, you take a glass of water and you put it on the banister of the spiral staircase that’s on the first floor as you come in and not one drop is going to spill,’” she recalled. “So he moved the house, and as a matter of fact, I have a video of the move, and it was before the interstate was built.” With the construction of the interstate about to begin they almost ran out of time. They cut it close, moving the house a mere two weeks before the interstate construction started. “It was a tremendous undertaking. We built a swimming pool first to encourage our children a little,” she said. “We still had a house in Fort Worth but we had to be here to get them in to Weatherford schools. They were in private school, but we took them out and put them here.” Renting an apartment in Weatherford so their children could stay there and go to school, the Hale family was living between three different houses: the apartment, the Fort Worth house, and the new house in Parker County.