Mrs. MaCaulay Writes of 1912 History
Mrs. Edward C. MaCaulay was kind enough to pen some
reactions and additional historical background on last week's 1912 Democrats'
story in The Yorktowner. The daughter of Jake Maurer, prominent Republican and
merchant of that era, Mrs. MaCaulay also gets our thanks for establishing the
original owner of the editor's house.
Your article on 1912 Democrats was most interesting,
especially to one whose parents' name was mentioned in the article. Time
obscures many facts, very often, so I am sure you will not mind a little
correction and additional information.
"Jake" Maurer, whom you referred to as a
prominent Republican, was my father. The two-story building (not one of
"three frame buildings") was attached to the former Dunning Garage but
was built and owned by my father, originally on the site opposite Harsey
Electric - which house, by the way, was the home of Edward Dunning. The building
contained apartments upstairs and three store stalls down - one of which was my
father's meat market and grocery store.
One of his tenants was Delaney Hardware (in those days
who had plumbing?) In fact, the iron pump and well which supplied all the
tenants with water is still three across from Harsey, or it was not so long ago.
The building was purchased by the Dunning family and
moved around the corner to become attached to the Dunning and Flewellen Garage.
For years, Charles Friedman had a similar type marked in the spot where my
father had his.
My father then opened another market by putting a front
on a Mansard House, now the Gift-Mart.
I can remember as a very small child the huge building
being escorted around the corner to its new location. The garage and 2-story
building was recently demolished.
You referred to my father as a German-American. It is
true that this father, Jacob Maurer, Sr. was a native-born German, but his
mother was a fiery North of Ireland immigrant. It was a very late marriage, and
she was fifty-two years old when my father was born, according to neighbor and
Now for my big surprise! My grandfather's home was the
house you live in on Hanover Road. My father was born there - a native American,
if there ever was one! My grandfather was a farmer. His fruit orchard was one of
my happy childhood memories - because he had varieties of apples that I have not
seen nor heard of since.
When my father married my mother, Emily Giehert
[Gilbert], also born on Hanover Road (the present Cummings site) our new home
was built on land adjoining my grandfather's land on the south, and which I
believe had been part of his land, because our farm extended up to and in front
of your present home, and south to Birdsall Land.
The house where my brother and I were born is now
Briccetti's, and has not changed family name since my father sold it to Tito
Briccetti many years ago.
James Fowler, also mentioned in your interesting article,
lived in the present Historical Society home (museum) when I knew him, but had
been a farmer formerly on land now Mohansic Park near the lake, he told me
My father thought so highly of James Fowler, as I did
also, that he made him executor of his will. But he died some years before my
father, who was also a prominent Real Estate Broker for many years (often
selling his market to Gordon McBride.)
My father died in Yorktown, still in business, at the age
of 84, in the year 1957.
The 4-H exhibit of old Yorktown at the Yorktown Grange
Fair - 1972 - and after exhibited at the Historical Society - not only shows the
exact location of my father's store, but reproduced the building with amazing
Source: Mrs. Edward C. MaCaulay, The Yorktowner, February 21, 1973
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