Monday, March 2, 2015
The House at 1723 E. Erie in Lorain
Anyway, I was curious about the house. Who was the original owner – and what did he do for a living?
The house was not listed in the 1921 city directory at the Lorain Public Library, but it did appear in the next available book, the 1924 edition. (The Lorain County Auditor website says it was built in 1923.)
Charles W. Pomeroy (1864-1947) and his wife May were listed as the owners. His occupation was listed as 'traveling salesman' in that first book, before being shortened to just 'salesman' in the 1926 book and then 'broker' after that in all subsequent editions.
Since it looks like a pretty big house, it makes sense that the Pomeroys had other couples living there with them during the next several decades. Here are the listings from available directories
1924 William L. and Vera Taft
1926 Frank and Ann Gracey
1931 Stanley and Louise Goldsmith
1933 Edward and Ruth Kumbler
1937 Harold and Helen Reese
1940 August Allendorf and family
1942 August Allendorf and family
1945 Joseph and Helen Cullman
The men in these listings had professions such as federal officer, salesman, branch manager, foreman, steelworker and life insurance salesman.
Beginning in the 1947 book, Mrs. Mae Pomeroy is listed as the owner of 1723 E. Erie. The 1950 book has August W. Allendorf listed as the owner, and the next book (1954) lists Ruth E. Allendorf as the owner.
The Sandusky Register of August 9, 1949 sheds a little light on all this. That edition of the newspaper includes this obituary (below).
MRS. CHARLES POMEROY
Lorain, August 9 – Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pomeroy, 82, widow of the late Charles Wells Pomeroy, died Monday at her residence, 1723 E. Erie-av, following a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of Lorain for 34 years and was born in Put-in-Bay. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. August Allendorf and a grandson, William Allendorf of Sandusky.
So it all makes sense with the additional information gleaned from the obituary.
There is a lot of online family tree research regarding the Pomeroy name, and some of it makes reference to the Lorain branch of the family. Perhaps a distant family member will find this and be gratified to know that their relative built such a beautiful home on the shores of Lake Erie in what was then regarded as the elite part of town.