Rodefer Moss #ThursdayDoors

There will be doors.

Went to get my taxes done. This year and next year, because of my mother’s passing and because of delays in getting her holdings transferred to my name, I have tax on tax on tax. Not so much to pay, but so much to organize.

We actually have two tax preparers. One is for our simple personal taxes, and one is for Mom and her estate.

That one, the complicated one, is Rodefer Moss, in the Beanblossom Building. They’re lovely people; Mom had her taxes done with them for years, which is one of the reasons I’m having them do her and her estate’s taxes. They’re also into complicated stuff, so I feel comfortable with them.

As comfortable as one can be with taxes.

Atmospheric AF

Gorgeous building. Click on any photo in the gallery below to view the pictures.

For you history heads, the plaque on the side of the building says:

The Dream Theatre is shown on the left and the John Tipton cabin is on the right. The cabin was later razed to make room for the Miles Building.

Beanblossom Building

This two-story brick building was built by Emmett Beanblossom in 1911. Originally designed with two storefronts and an upstairs apartment, The Dream Theatre was located in the west downstairs room until 1930when it moved to 205 Nort Capital Avenue. Popular films at the time were Westerns with Tom Mix and comedies with Charlie Chaplin. The Quaker Maid Grocery opened in the east section in 1924, folowed by the A & P Grocery. The A & P moved in September of 1931 to the northwest corner of Capital and Chestnut Streets.

After 1930, Emmett Beanblossom and his sons, Noble and Ira, operated a funeral parlor here. The building was sold to Sam Foley in August of 1943, and the Beanblossoms moved their business to Oak Street. Mr. Foley operated a three-chair barbershop on the first floor while his wife maintained a beauty parlor on the second floor. In later years, the Lincoln Hills Restaurant and the Indiana License Bureau were located on the first floor.

Thursday Doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, do what he says, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Who does your main character’s taxes?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Rodefer Moss #ThursdayDoors

  1. Ally Bean

    March 28, 2019 at 12:26pm

    BEANBLOSSOM! I love that last name. The letter slot is a real glimpse into the past. Beautiful photos.

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  2. Deborah

    March 28, 2019 at 3:26pm

    What a cool last name Beanblossom! The history is cool, and the details of the building inside and out are lovely. Tin ceiling right?

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  3. Norm 2.0

    March 29, 2019 at 1:38pm

    I have a soft spot for tin ceilings so you had me hooked right away just with that.
    I hope that dealing with the taxes wasn’t too stressful πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      March 29, 2019 at 2:18pm

      I was tickled to have the woman who prepared my business’ taxes come out and thank me for organizing everything and summarizing it in a table. She said it made it SO MUCH EASIER for her. As the daughter of an accountant, I’m pleased to get approval from somebody who works with figures and the backup for those figures. πŸ™‚

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  4. joey

    March 30, 2019 at 11:52pm

    This is strangely familiar to me, the names Beanblossom and Rodefer Moss. I wonder if you have mentioned them before or I am astral traveling? Great Letters. Wish we saw more of those in our regular lives.
    I’ve got to catch up on all the responses I don’t get notifications on here… Maybe tomorrow.

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      Marian Allen

      March 31, 2019 at 2:49pm

      I may have mentioned them before. Or you may have run across them elsewhere in the state.

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