Sunday, March 30, 2014

WIlliam Warren Mack House

If you enjoy looking at post cards of local scenes, you may have seen this one, or some much like it. The house was so over the top, that it attracted a lot of attention, at least from the photographers. All the cards say "Mack Residence" or "Mack Estate". So who was Mack and what happened to the house?

The house was on Main Street, just north of the Erie Canal. This map, from 1904, shows the house to the east of Main Street, and that Mack also owned the land that is now the baseball fields on Green Street.

Mack was William Warren Mack, who was born in Ira in 1821. Mack and his brothers set up a ships store in Oswego, and then later moved to Rochester where he ran Mack and Company, a tool manufacturing company. Mack had family in Weedsport, most likely a brother, but I haven't got too far into his geneology. His wife was Laura Jane Peck. Those who pay attention to history might recall the name of Sheldon Peck, but again, I haven't chased that down to see if these two are related. WW Mack died in 1901.

The 1875 map shows the owner as C G French. The newspaper reports that Mack purchased this house in 1880 from HB Baxter. Baxter was a local banker who was ill and seeking treatments at nearby sanatoriums. The paper says the sale was for $9000, or about $212,000 today. The paper called the sale a real bargain.  All the furnishings came with the house. The style of the house is Gingerbread Victorian which places it as post Civil War, so it must have been fairly new. The house was to be a summer home for the Mack family.

William Mack died in 1901. The next mention of the house that I can find is that in 1919, the Reid family moved into the house. In 1925, George and Lettie Perkins of Pelham, NY purchased the house and property with the intention of building a new house in the style of their home in Pelham. The Mack house was to be torn down.

The house that is there today is the Perkins House. It has barn like feel to it and the lighthouse is in the front yard. The house was willed to the school and used by the school for a number of years. More on this in later posts. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Main Street Garage

The caption for this photo says; "Harvey C. Ware, Main Street, PB". Below, the ad is from 1915.

Checking the papers, a couple articles are found that state that H.C. Ware and Nicholas Goss were the owners in 1915. But by 1920, Fred Clark is mentioned as the owner, and then in 1921, Graham and Pultz are shown as owners. In 1924, Pultz and VanDitto are owners.

The location of this business is unknown other then the fact that a newspaper article states that Ware put up signs at the corner of Rochester and Main to help people find the business.