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[Antique houses],   pp. 32-33 PDF (879.3 KB)

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Ite TWO STOry rea oriCK ana TieiasTone parr OT Trlis awelling was built in
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It has a living room, small kitchen and pantry on the ground floor, with
bedrooms under the rafters. A frame kitchen was added in 1868, later a
bedroom was added on the rear.
August and Regina Albrecht purchased the property in 1874. He built and
operated a wagon factory around the corner. Grandchildren knew he
came home for lunch everyday about 10 am and were on hand to maybe
get a piece of kuchen or gooseberry pie, or a bit of blood sausage.
This graceful pink brick building with wood pillars is the original exterior
of the
house. The earliest information on this house is a Land Patent dated
December 10, 1840 by Martin Cole Whitman.
In the early part of the century, Mrs. Eliza Davis kept her very spirited
in the accompanying barn. She literally waged war with her horse and
buggy for she loathed the "devil wagons" as she called the new
motor cars. But her young neighbors of the time remember her treat of sour
cream cookies: 3 cups sugar, 1 cup butter, 1 tsp. baking powder (in flour),
1/2 tsp. vanilla, 3 eggs, 2 cups sour cream, 1/2 tsp. lemon. Add as much
as can be stirred with a spoon, Roll out, cut and bake in a quick oven.
Another of Rochester's graceful brick houses is next door. The house was
built c. 1845, later bought by John Wood, a blacksmith from England. It has
remained in the Wood family until 1974. Wooden additions were added in
1860 and 1896. It is thought that an upstairs room was used as an early
school, It was purchased by the Philip Clarks in 1974.
Labeled Greek Revival style, the red brick house was built in 1848 by Joseph
Jackson and is one of the many Jackson houses found in the village. It has
three interior walls made of stone. Joseph is listed as a boot and shoe
dealer, and this was the first house in Rochester to be wired for electricity.
                                                     Eileen Albright
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