When we took off the paneling, Ken made this interesting discovery, penciled on top of the painted-over wallpaper under the paneling:
"This room paneled
July 25, 1966
1. Cool! New info about when things were done to the house.
2. Kind of morbid - someone felt the need to note that the paneling guy died.
3. Wait a minute - what?!? If Harry, "now deceased" paneled the room, how did he sign the wall?
Our best guess - supported by the thought that there is different handwriting that says "now deceased" is that Harry paneled the room, apparently died when he was mostly done, and someone else wrote "now deceased" as they finished up the loose ends like installing the small piece of paneling above the window.
Or else it was like that scene in the Holy Grail, the Castle of Aaaarghhh....