Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Harvey Ware Sr.

Do you know this man? Unlikely that you will as he died in 1926. This is Harvey C. Ware the senior. His son was Harvey C. Ware Jr., the man who ran a garage on Utica Street. In researching Harvey Sr., I came across this article that received play in many local newspapers. I print it here as it was written in the Syracuse Standard of November 24, 1885. By the way, the marriage lasted until his death, some 41 years.

Miss Crosby Eludes Her Mother and Travels Twelve Hundred Miles to be Married
A Young Man of Port Byron and a Young Woman of St. Louis Made Happy in Spite of an
Obdurate Parent
Weedsport, Nov. 23- [Special]- Harvey C. Ware, of Port Byron, and Alice L. Crosby, of St. Louis, were married at a late hour to-night at the residence of Burt Brown, on Jackson Street, by Rev. A.H. Hewitt. Miss Crosby’s presence in Weedsport was known only to a few intimate friends, she having made a hasty journey from St. Louis to elude her mother, who is expected to reach here at midnight for the purpose of preventing the marriage of her daughter. Until June last Mrs. Crosby and Alice were residents of Port Byron. Ware’s attention to the girl so annoyed the mother that the young woman was sent away to school at Brockport. Learning where she was, young Ware made the girl frequent visits, which, becoming known to Mrs. Crosby, Alice was sent to St. Louis, whither she was soon followed by her mother. In that city the young woman was employed as an amanuensis [ed- secretary] by George Barnes, a wholesale stationer. From a liberal salary she soon accumulated a considerable sum of money, which she intended to use in coming East again, but she was outwitted and her money disappeared. During all this time a close watch was kept on her movements, but she finally eluded the vigilance of her relatives, and with the aid of some sympathizing lady friends so disguised her identity that she reached here unrecognized. On Miss Crosby’s return, Ware was hastily summoned from Port Byron and the couple were promptly married, saving the solicitous friends of the young woman all further anxiety for her future happiness.

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.