Zehr Estate

Bungalow 

7 Athens Street, Waverly, NY 14892

This was the former site of the octagon house which was moved here by Samuel Slaughter in 1879. The octagon house was originally built on the current west yard of 208 Chemung street, see Octagon House.

Samuel Wickham Slaughter purchased this property in 1877, it was an empty lot at the time and was part of the land that went with the Octagon home that stood in the current west yard of 208 Chemung street.

Samuel Slaughter had moved to Waverly in 1857 with his parents and sister to the home on the corner of Athens and Chemung street, at that time a smaller rectangular shaped home, and by 1869 it had been added on to, to have the current basement layout. The home was Dewitt Slaughter’s home, Samuel’s father. But as a wedding gift, Dewitt had the home totally rebuilt for his son, Samuel and Samuel's new wife, Charlotte Wells Slaughter. In 1873, the home at 208 Chemung street was given its Eastlake design by Waverly builder and contractor, Azariah J. VanAtta. Dewitt Slaughter died in 1875. Then in 1877, Samuel Slaughter purchased the octagon home to the west of his home on Chemung street, which included this lot at 7 Athens street, and in 1879, Samuel Slaughter moved the octagon home down here to 7 Athens street, in order to make a “park adjoining his magnificent residence,” on Chemung street. It was his private park.

Samuel Slaughter used the octagon home, here at 7 Athens street, as a two-family rental income property. The two - story, two - family octagon rental home with cupola, was kept in his family until sometime around 1933,when it no longer showed up on maps or in the phone directories or newspapers after August of 1933. The Evan’s family who had been renting it since the early 1900’s had moved out sometime after celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary in the home in 1933. So, something happened to the octagon home in or after 1933. The land remained in the Slaughter/Knapp family until the property was sold in 1945.

In 1945, Samuel’s daughter, Mary Gertrude Slaughter Knapp, sold off her family’s estate to Mary I. Fralick. Mary Fralick was the former Mrs. Loren Pierce, who with her first husband, Loren, owned the Marilorn Cabins. After Loren died, she remarried Ralph Fralick.

Mary Fralick turned the former Slaughter/Knapp estate into an apartment complex, while she and her husband lived in one of the first floor apartments in the main house on the corner of Chemung and Athens street. Mary turned the former carriage house at 9 Athens street into two apartments, the former outbuilding at 208 1/2 Chemung street into one very small apartment and added on cinderblock garages to the west of the small apartment, both on lower and upper levels. She turned the main house into 6 apartments, two on each level, which meant taking away the original third floor ball room. Then, in 1950, Mary Fralick sold off this lot, vacant at that time, with a large hole remaining in the ground where the octagon home once stood, to Mary Alamo.

As learned from the late, Miss Mary Elizabeth Alamo, the current home here at 7 Athens street was built for her mother, Mary Constantine Alamo, the widow of Dominic Alamo in 1950. We became great friends with Mary Elizabeth, who had told us to call her “Tina.” Tina had recalled that, her and her mother had looked all around Waverly for a building lot and that she didn’t necessarily remember it being for sale but that she approached Mary Fralick and had asked her to sell it to them and she did. Tina said the site was perfect for her mother to be able to walk easily to the Catholic church and to the downtown Broad street. Tina said her mother didn’t have a car and walked everywhere and therefor they did not need a driveway and that this site was very convenient. The house plans were designed by Tina, she said a man by the name of Louis Fenner from Binghamton, NY. built the house. The house was set back from the sidewalk to be in closer line with the newly converted apartments at the former carriage house next door at 9 Athens street and also the roof design was copied from the former carriage house so that this “smaller house wouldn’t stick out as much,” “I wanted it to blend in,” stated Tina.

1951 directory lists Mary Alamo at 7 Athens street and at 9 Athens street, the former carriage house is Mrs. George B. Knapp, former owner of the estate and Jules Helfner.

1953 directory lists Mary Alamo widow of Dominick, Lena Alamo employed at Knapp's Department Store and Pauline M. Alamo employed at Tioga County General Hospital, all at 7 Athens street. (Mother and daughters) (Pauline married Francis Bean April 13, 1953)

1958 , 1961 , 1963, 1965, and 1967 directory lists Mary Alamo widow of Dominick and Lena Alamo employed at Tioga County General Hospital. (Mother and daughter)

1969 directory lists Mary Alamo widow of Domenick, Lena Alamo employed at Tioga County General Hospital and John J. Alamo employed at IR Company in Athens, PA

Tina’s mother, Mary Alamo lived in this home until her death in 1970. Mrs. Mary Alamo left the home to two of her daughters; Lena and Mary Elizabeth, “Tina”. Miss Lena Alamo had also lived in this home with her mother. Lena passed away in 1973. Lena left her share in the home to “Tina.” Sometime after 1968, when Tina’s brother’s wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Alamo passed away, Tina’s brother, John Alamo, came to live in the home also. Sometime after Mrs. Mary Alamo’s death and Miss Lena Alamo’s death, in the early 1970’s, Tina came to live here in her late mother’s home, with her brother John, and stayed here until she passed in 2016. This home was in the Alamo family for 67 years.

1972 directory lists John J. Alamo retired and Lena Alamo employed at Tioga County General Hospital. (Siblings)

1974 directory lists Elizabeth Alamo sec Bath Veterans Hospital, home at 7 Athens street and John J. Alamo retired. (siblings)

In 2010 Tina remembered: "Years back, a couple stopped by my house and asked me if I knew anything about the octagon that was here."

"When I was younger, the neighborhood kids played over in the vacant lot and I remember a big hole in the ground." Mike Nolan 2010 (referring to where the octagon house once stood at 7 Athens Street.)

Tina Alamo was a great friend, who was very interested and excited about our restoration of Zehr Estate. She had known Charlotte Knapp (last immediate descendant of the original family who lived at 208 Chemung street), grandaughter of the late Samuel Wickham Slaughter, for they were a year apart in Waverly high school, Tina graduating in 1933, with Charlotte graduating in 1934. Tina enjoyed sharing stories of Waverly with us.

August 3, 1970 The Evening Times: Maria A. Alamo . Mrs. Maria A. Alamo, 88, of 7 Athens st, Waverly, died Saturday evening at the Tioga General Hospital following an extended illness. Born in St. Piedro, Italy, Dec. 20, 1881, she came to the United States at the age of 19 and had been a resident of Waverly for the past 69 years. Her husband Dominc, preceded her in death in 1948. Mrs. Alamo was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Legion of Mary of the church. Surviving are four sons, Francis P. Alamo of Endicott, John J. Alamo at home; Dominic M. Alamo of Johnson City, Anthony J. Alamo of Endicott; five daughters, Mrs. Angeline Garfield of Waverly; Mrs. Francis (Pauline) Bean of Nichols: Miss Elizabeth Alamo of Bath; Miss Lena Alamo at home and Mrs. John (Susie) O’Hara of Elbridge, N. Y.; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 9:30 a. m., followed by solemn requiem high mass at St. James Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. James Cemetery, Waverly. Recitation of the rosary will be held at the funeral home Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

The Evening Times Sayre, PA July 17, 1973
Lifelong Waverly Resident Dies. Miss Lena A. Alamo, of 7 Athens St., Waverly, died unexpectedly Monday, July 16, 1973 at 8:30 p.m. following a short illness. Born in Waverly, the daughter of the late Dominic and Maria Consentina Alamo, she had been a life long resident of Waverly and attended schools there. Miss Alamo had been employed at the former Knapp's Department Store in Waverly for many years and for the past 15 years had been employed at the admission office at the Tioga General Hospital. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Waverly and of its Rosary and Altar Society. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Ann Garfield of Waverly, Mrs. Francis (Pauline) Bean of Nichols, Mrs. John (Sue) O'Hara of Elbridge, N. Y. and Miss Elizabeth Alamo of Bath, N. Y another sister, Mrs. Mary Keene preceded her in death in 1967; also surviving are four brothers, Frank P. Alamo of Endicott, Anthony of Endicott, Micheal of Johnson City and John, at home; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Kolb Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St., Waverly, Wednesday from 7 to 9 and on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church where a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Rev. John A. Morgan, pastor. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly. Father Morgan will conduct Prayers for the Deceased at the funeral home Thursday at 8:45 p.m.

John Joseph Alamo born Dec. 5, 1906, died in October of 1994 at 87 yrs of age.

April 3, 2002 Elmira Star Gazette - Bean - Pauline M. 88, of Coryell Rd., Nichols, NY went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 1, 2002 following a period of declining health. Pauline was born on April 3, 1913 in Waverly, NY a daughter of Dominick and Maria (Constantine) Alamo. She attended school in Waverly and was a dedicated Practical Nurse at the Tioga General Hospital. Pauline retired from nursing in 1972 following 38 years of caring for others. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Owego and the Alter and Rosary Society. In addition, Pauline was a member of the former Nichols Ro-ki club and recipient of the Frank Thomas Award. She also enjoyed the fellowship with the Nichols Rainbow Lioness Club and the Nichols and Tioga Center Senior Citizens. Pauline cherished the many visits from family and friends. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Pauline is survived by her sisters and brother in law: Elizabeth Tina Alamo of Waverly; Susie and Jack O'Hara of Sun City, AZ; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Francis Bean; brothers Domminick, John, Anthony and Frank; sisters Anne Garfield, Lena Alamo and Mary Keenan. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 5, 2002 at 10:30 am at the St. James Catholic Church, Waverly with Rev. William A. Moorby officiating. Interment will be in the Nichols Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation and sharing of memories on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Those who wish may kindly remember St. Patrick School, 300 Main St., Owego, NY 13827 or Lourdes Hospice 169 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905 in loving memory of Pauline Bean.

Elizabeth Alamo Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Alamo, a long time resident of Waverly, New York established the Elizabeth Alamo
Nursing Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors at the Waverly High School in April 2008 because
she wished to help ensure a supply of nurses for the medical profession. Through her work in the
field she knows there is already a nursing shortage both nationally and locally and that an even
more serious one is predicted in the future.
The purpose of the fund is to offer a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior at Waverly High
School who is enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United State to obtain a
degree in nursing. The scholarship will be announced at graduation. A student may apply for
a second year scholarship award if they can demonstrate need and they are a student in good
standing at the school they are enrolled at. The student must maintain at least a C average the
first year in college to be eligible for a second year grant.
Ms. Alamo chose to use a selection committee consisting of the Waverly guidance department,
principal, and faculty members to select the scholarship winner each year. The scholarship
recipient must have the personal characteristics suitable for an effective career in nursing,
have demonstrated financial need, and earned at least an 80 grade point average while in high
school.

M. Elizabeth “Liz” Alamo (Tina) April 19, 1915 - September 18, 2016
M. Elizabeth “Liz” Alamo, 101, highly regarded resident of 7 Athens St. Waverly, N.Y. passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 at her home. Elizabeth was born in Waverly, N.Y. on April 23, 1915 the daughter of the late Domenick Alamo Sr. and Mary Constantine Alamo. A graduate of Waverly High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira, N.Y., she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in medical and surgical supervision and administration. Miss Alamo served on the nursing staff of the Tioga General Hospital in Waverly, the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and on the U.S. Public Health Service Staff in New York City. She was a former head nurse of the Clinical Research Unit of Staten Island, N.Y. and later became nursing arts instructor at the St. James Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Hornell, N.Y. and instructor in nursing arts at Alfred University. She also served as school nurse at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Miss Alamo retired as Educational Director of Nursing Services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bath, N.Y. where she served for 25 years. She assisted in preparations for the opening of nursing schools at Alfred University and Corning Community College. During her nursing career, Miss Alamo completed advanced work in nursing at Pennsylvania State College, Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. the University of Rochester, Fordham University and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She also taught classes for the New York State Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She was a member of a team of nurses representing the New York State Nurses Association in a work-study program in health clinics in Russia. For many years, Miss Alamo visited the sick and home bound and often drove for those in need. A devoted communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Waverly, she was actively involved in all aspects of her parish life as well as the greater valley community. Miss Alamo dedicated her time and talents to help with bereavement and senior citizens luncheons and monthly fellowship meals at St. James Church. She took part and also assumed leadership responsibilities with many non-profit organizations in the area and was active in pro-life efforts, valley revitalization and the Red Cross Blood Bank. Miss Alamo was formerly honored as Woman of the Year by the Valley Beta Sigma Phi Chapter at their annual Founders Day banquet as a woman who was always there for others in need. Additionally, Miss Alamo was honored by the Sullivan Trail Chapter Valley Branch of the American Red Cross for more than 50 years of service. Miss Alamo enjoyed traveling and visited many countries in Europe and Asia. She enjoyed music, reading, volunteering at the Tioga Nursing Home and providing a social ministry for peace and justice and advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised.
She is survived by: her sister, Isabelle “Susie” O’Hara of Sun City, AZ. as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank Alamo, John Alamo, Domenick “Mike” Alamo Jr. and Anthony Alamo, and by her sisters, Anne Garfield, Pauline Bean, Lena Alamo and Mary Keenan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, N.Y. The family will receive friends following the Mass at the church. Interment will be private in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. Memorial contributions are suggested to be directed to Food For The Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL. 33073 in M. Elizabeth Alamo’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, PA. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.

Tina left her home and belongings to her sister, Susie (Isabelle) O’Hara in Arizona and Susie’s son, John O’Hara.

We, Amy and Brad Zehr, purchased the property on January 17, 2017 from John O’Hara living in Farmingdale, NJ and his mother Isabelle O’Hara living in Sun City, AZ., Co-Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Alamo, a/k/a M. Elizabeth Alamo, late of 7 Athens street, Waverly, NY.

With the purchase of this property, 67 years later, Amy and Brad Zehr have put back together the original Samuel Wickham Slaughter and Charlotte Wells Slaughter estate, and will keep the history of this former “Alamo” home alive.

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