George W. Bush Childhood Home Ind. Adopts ownership of 1950s ear Bush house

‘Midland can be proud of what the Board of Realtors is doing.” – Jenna Welch, Laura Bush’s mother

Restoration of President George W. Bush’s Midland childhood home to its 1950s condition and décor made progress, at least in title, on Wednesday when the George W. Bush Childhood Home Inc. officially took possession of the 1,492 square foot house at 1412 W. Ohio Ave. As history will and does attest, the modest pier-and-beam house with the prominent bay window, fireplace, 8-foot-ceiling, knotty-pine wainscotting and plank siding was the home of two United States presidents and the governors of Texas and Florida.

Mark Edmiaston, who in the early 1990s had purchased the house unaware of its historical significance, deeded the property over to the 13-member George W. Bush Childhood Home Inc., a non-profit organization. It was inspired by the Permian Basin Board of Realtors of Midland and Big Spring.

“It’s great for the community,” Edmiaston, executive director of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Dallas, said after the signing. He had purchased the 1940-built house when he was working for the ACS in Midland.

“When he (George W. Bush) became president, I knew that Midland really wanted to make the statement that George Bush was from here,” Edmiaston said at the ceremony. So, he contacted Bill and Sandy Scott, husband-wife Midland Realtors, about the sale and preservation of the old Bush house. “And they worked with the Permian Basin Board of Realtors to make it happen,” Edmiaston said.

Jenna Welch, mother of first lady Laura Bush, said the restoration of her son-in-law’s childhood house is “a wonderful project. Midland can be proud of what the Board of Realtors is doing.”

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