It was a place that many called home over the decades in Wellington.  It was a place where families were raised, and where both good and bad times were had.  The address that many called home, over the years, at 1621 W. 8th, on the west edge of Wellington, suffered major damage in an intentionally set fire Wednesday morning.  It was one of three residential structures that burned that morning.
For Connie Kimple, knowing the house where she grew up in the 1950s and 1960s suffered such damage was “heartbreaking” to hear about.  She returned there Wednesday afternoon and got as close as she could to take pictures.  As it is now a crime scene, she was only able to get so close owing to the police presence.  “Yesterday was not a good day,” she said heavily.  
As she stood there taking pictures, she remembered the parties her parents held there when she was a teenager.  She recalled swimming in Slate Creek.  “It was truly a fun place to be,” she recalls.
Her parents, Ed and Mary Nation, bought the house in 1955, having moved to Wellington in the 1930s.  Ed was in the grocery store business.  At one time, Connie says, there were three grocery stores in Wellington.  Ed owned Ed’s Grill, located on S. Washington down by the Santa Fe Railroad tracks.  He passed away at the age of 48.  Her mom went on to have the Siesta Motel and restaurant.  
Her parents, Connie muses, were “neat, wonderful people and are really missed.”
The house was actually altered dramatically when Highway 160, as well as the Slate Creek Bridge, was raised several feet.  The house was actually cut apart and separated, Connie explained.
It was originally a plumbing business.  One wing of the house was set aside for plumbing storage and living quarters.  This was apparently located where the worst of the fire damage was seen yesterday, Connie says.
The upstairs and the garage were added later.  Connie later married and lived with her husband in the house for a few years before moving to her current home out near Mayfield.  
As she remembers her childhood home as “a fun place to live,” she still feels bad” about what happened to it.  In the end, she knows that “life goes on.”