Leo & Erika Talaska Family Homes

1991 - 2011  |  547 Hwy 317, Ashdown, Arkansas
Leo and Erika loved living here for friends, fish fries, golfing, fishing, both fire station volunteersCountry living; fairly safeCurbside appealLeo and Erika paid around $86,000 cash for the house and brick guesthouse on three acres
Lee and Eric reconditioned for resale; very faulty roof trusses; many disagreements led to court battleResold house for $114,000; extra slightly sloped, undeveloped lot with water and power for $4,000Many ambulances and several helicopter airlifts for Erika; Erika passed in the back family roomVery far drive to most amenities (Texarkana)Hard times with cellular carriers to get cell phone reception and hotspot workingHard times dealing with septic system and making illegal modifications to save moneyHard times keeping up with the yard work (mowing, limbs)Much of the interior was dark (wood panels) and depressing; outdated; low popcorn ceilingHostile climate, weather and pest zone
1986-1991  |  RR1 Box 43D 110, Ashdown, Arkansas
Friendly neighbors; safe areaClose to fishing (for Leo)Could ride golf cars and four wheelers all around without getting a ticket (at that time)Lived across street from a senator (Wayne Dowd)
Many ambulances for Erika's asthma (should have moved); near death eventsVery far from amenitiesMobile home / trailer; surrounded by other trailers; lots of trailer trashBumpy, potholed roadsBad high school for Eric's last year; should have waited in Texarkana until he graduatedHostile climate, weather and pest zoneCareless mail service: Carrier mixed mail with another woman with Erika Proach
1978-1986  |  6410 Belair Dr., Texarkana, Texas
Erika and Leo liked it here; friends came over to play cards a lot; Leo oil painted a lotGood, low need for law enforcement neighborhoodExtensive public nature trails close by (now developed and private)Interesting architectural features (split level Spanish)Leo paid around $65,000 around 1978
Erika began her asthma attacks here after her first on on a Millwood Lake beach; near death eventsSmoking inside (except Lee and Eric); toxic fumes from garage rose up to next levelsVery uncomfortable climate control to save on energy costs; hot nightsFights, particularly over TV channelsEric got bored and shot a .22 through the walls; Leo got drunk and shot a BB into his car windshield and cracked itDirty shag carpetScary boar and deer heads mounted up high above stairs terrorized Eric as childWas purchased with damage resulting from apparent violence (hammer marks in walls, etc.)Hostile climate, weather and pest zoneExtreme fleas and flying roach infestations; dangerous indoor and outdoor pesticide use
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