Long before UW students moved into houses on W. Dayton Street -- back when freshmen had to live in dorms if they didn't live at home and women had curfews -- this area was home to Centralites. Monday, The Capital Times reported that the house at 415 W. Dayton Street (which is about a block from Washington School) is for sale for $1. The catch (and you know there had to be a catch) is that it's only the house, not the property, that's for sale. If you buy it, you have to move it to a new location.
Just for the fun of it, I skimmed through my copy of the 1962-63 "Number Please" address book, published when we were sophomores by the Madison Central High School Student Council Finance Committee, to see if I could find someone who was actually living in that house back then. I found sophomore Mike Hampton living across the street at 414 W. Dayton Street. When I checked the juniors, I discovered Dawn Huett living a couple of houses away at 423 W. Dayton Street. And I hit the jackpot when I skimmed through the seniors: Gail Shea was living at that address then (at least according to the information in "Number Please"). I vaguely remember Mike; Dawn was unforgettable; and I know nothing about Gail.
So the question for the day is: Did you or anyone you know live in this area? Click HERE if you want to read the entire article from The Capital Times and see a smallish photo of the house. And let me know if you decide to buy the house. I'd love to watch you move it.
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