Only a Land of Ghosts and Fear

This is another shot of the house on Jantz Road. In doing a bit of research, I discovered the former owners.

In 1900, a man named Henry Horst was granted permission by Adams County to “reserve his crop along the line of the George Hulburt road before the same is finally ordered open.”

While I couldn’t find out where George Hulburt Road was located, by 1912, Henry Horst had built a house on this site and bought up several square miles of land surrounding it.

In 1918, Henry Horst died and was buried in Emmaus Cemetery, about ten miles to the west. He was only 28 years old. He is buried near his brother Jacob and sister-in-law Louise.

However, he shares a stone with someone named Anna Marie. Typically, this would be how a husband and wife were buried. But Anna was born in 1897, and was only nine years old when she died in 1906. At the time of her death, Henry would have been 16. It’s likely that she was his sister for whom he was providing.

Whatever the arrangement, by 1918 the entire Horst family was dead.

But their house did not sit empty. Soon the newlywed couple of Heinrich (“Henry G.”) and Hanna Heimbigner bought the land and lived on it (probably) until his death in 1962. Hanna lived until 1986.

This amazing house, then, should be known as the Horst-Heimbigner House.


‘Only a Land of Ghosts and Fear’

Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962)
Lens: 127mm f/4.7 Rodenstock Ysarex
Film: Kodak Royal Pan (x-03/1970); 100ISO
Process: HC-110; 100+1; 60mins

Jantz Road, Adams County, Washington


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