Friday, May 07, 2010

A couple of years ago the home that stood on this spot burned. It was a beautiful home built early in the 20th century by a Mr. Lovelace. In 1917 it was purchased by my grandparents, Oliver & Vita Wheeler. It remained in the Wheeler family until 1982 or '83 when it was purchased by a great granddaughter of Grandpa & Grandma Wheeler, Julie (Hall) Walker and her husband Gene. They made many improvements on the old homestead and then, mysteriously, one day when no one was at home a fire--possibly an electrical short--broke out. The house was so thoroughly destroyed that it was declared a complete loss and later was reduced to rubble and carted off to a landfill. The structure in the background is the Starrucca Viaduct built about 1846 by the Erie Railroad. The stone was from local quarries. It is an engineering marvel.

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At 2:25 PM, Blogger Mommy Becoming said...

It's nice to see you posting! Aunt Nancy showed me pictures of the house after the fire. It's sad that it's gone.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Dusty Penguin said...

I just happened to see your link on Nancy's blog! I haven't seen any pictures of the empty site before this.


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