My sister just bought an old house out in California. So now I have someone to commiserate with over stubborn wallpaper. Her house is younger than ours, built in 1966 (versus 1921 for ours), but that's pretty old for California. And since our effective year built is 1953, we are likely to encounter many similar problems.
So, to Ashley: I wish you fewer layers of wallpaper, working appliances, and many happy days in your new old house.