The speed at which they built the house was remarkable; workers began preparing the construction site just seven months earlier, working through a winter with over 31 inches of rainfall.

Colonel James W. Oates is having 275 running feet of rough stone fencing built around his new home on Healdsburg avenue. It will be colonial style and is being done by Maxwell & Barnes.

- Press Democrat "Personal Mention" column, February 25, 1904

Colonel and Mrs. James W. Oates expect to occupy their beautiful new home on Healdsburg avenue in about three weeks. I think it is one of the most complete and artistic homes in town.

- Santa Rosa Republican "Society" column, March 25, 1905


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