Hardwood Floors--Not tongue & groove
I pulled up particle board from the house that I recently purchased and found plywood; under the plywood, I found what appears to be a vinyl carpet (not glued down), and under the vinyl, I found newspapers from 1958. Finally, under the newspapers I found planks of solid wood, only they're not tongue and groove. Do you think these could be the original floors or original subfloor? Or does it seem more likely that the original floors were removed?--maybe the foundation needed work?
I've only pulled up one piece of plywood and particle board so I don't know the length of the planks.
The house was probably built in the 1830's or 1840's and is an extremely humble dwelling.
Does anyone else have floors like this? Can they be refinished? Or will the slight gaps between the wood look odd?