The subdivision of Norwaldo was platted
on November 6, 1912 - a man named Lafayette Perkins was
somehow involved. The plat is bounded by Lake Street,
Zarthan, 34th Street, and Webster.
A document from 1927 advertises
lots in Norwaldo. The map shows that the eastern
boundary is a straight line that approximates the route of
Highway 100. However, the highway wouldn't be built
for another few years. It seems that the subdivision
and the Highway were both bounded by the 5th Meridian.
The ad, titled Closing Out Prices, was issued by C.C.
Wolford, who "lives on the addition." Plots were
available for $5 down, with no interest for one year, and no
payments when sick or out of work. Weekly payments
ranged from $1 a week to $3 weekly. Each street had a
minimum amount that you had to spend to build your house.
They ranged from $800 to $3,000, with the highest priced
homes to be built on Lake Street and Minnetonka Blvd. A big
advantage of the tract is that the streetcar to Minneapolis
ran along Lake Street.
After a rather complicated payment schedule, the flier
included the following:
No lots sold to colored people or
unnaturalized foreigners, belonging to the "Dago" class.
Be sure and get Christian name and middle initial of
purchaser and have him spell out his name and the name
of the street on which he lives.
If the purchaser is a woman state whether she is a Miss
or Mrs. and get her first name and not her husband's
Unfortunately, such clauses that are
unthinkable today were common in real estate literature.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.