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Waverly, New York, Former Octagon House

Former Octagon House in Waverly, NY update as of April 2016

Andrew S. Rice bought a portion of Gilbert Hallet's land in 1846 for $1,900. This land had previously been part of; Isaac Shepard's farm land (1813), Elder Aaron Jackson's farm land and blacksmith shop (1824-1835), and Gilbert Hallet's 45 acres of farm land, all south of Chemung street. (1835) {In 1833, all of our property was a field of oats}

July 30, 1846 - Gilbert Hallett and Philipine E. Hallett his wife, sold part of their farm land to Andrew S. Rice for $1,900. This was previously part of Aaron Jackson's farm. This sale included current day 208 Chemung Street, 208 1/2 Chemung Street, 9, 7, 5, and 3 Athens Street Waverly, NY.

Andrew S. Rice had the octagon home built on Chemung street, which today (year 2016) would have been in the yard on the west side of the current Eastlake Victorian home at Zehr Estate, 208 Chemung St. Waverly, NY 14892. The octagon house was built sometime after 1846.

1850 BARTON CENSUS
TIOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
Andrew Rice, 40 yrs. old, Male, Foundry Man, 1,000
Eliza Rice 30 F England
Geo. Rice 4 M New York
Henry Rice 2 M New York
Frances Rice 1 F New York (They were family #92, and value of real estate owned was $1,000.)

In 1850, Andrew S. Rice had sold the northeast corner portion of his land to T. J. Brooks, where current house is at 208 Chemung Street and included the front part of current day 9 Athens street land.

1853 map shows the octagon house on Chemung St.:

1855 New York State Census: A. S. Rice 45 years old foundry man, Eliza 35 y.o., George 9 y.o., Henry 7 y.o., Frances 6 y.o., Arthur 1 y.o., family order of visit 104, Frame dwelling $4,000. (They lived in the octagon home.)

December 11, 1856 Andrew S. Rice to Luman Rice for $700.00, land of current day 3 and 5 Athens Street Waverly, NY. Andrew Rice, living in the octagon house on Chemung Street, was dividing up his land and selling it off. (In 1857 T. J. Brooks sold his rectangular shaped home to Dewitt Slaughter, who with his wife Caroline Mills Slaughter, and two children; Samuel Wickham Slaughter and Antonette Slaughter moved into the home.)

February 9, 1858, Andrew S. Rice sold the octagonal home to Amelia J. Foster for $1,500. And just 4 months later, June 25, 1858, Amelia J. Foster and Henry S. Foster (from Brooklyn, NY) sold it to Edwin Mills for $3,000. (In our Abstract) (This Edwin Mills was most likely Caroline Mill's (Dewitt Slaughter's wife) brother.

In November of 1867, Miss N. A. Williams, advertised to open a School for Young Ladies the “Octagon House,” Chemung st. Waverly. (Still owned by Edwin Mills)

1867 The Waverly Advocate: Young Ladies School. Miss N. A. Williams, Will open a School for Young Ladies the Octagon House, Chemung st. Waverly. Rates Of Tuition Per Term Of Eleven Weeks. Reading, Spelling, Object Lessons and Mental Arithmetic $2.50. Reading, Spelling, Pennmanship, Practical Arithmetic, Geograpy and Elements of Grammar. 3.50. Philosophy, Physiology Grammar, Composi'n including any of the above 4.50. Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy and Botamy 5.00. Extras. French, 3.50. Drawing, 3.00.Painting on Velvet 6.00. Painting in Water Colors 4.00. Monochromatic Painting 4.00. Pastil or colored Crayons 5.00. Oil Painting 10.00. Wax Flowers and Fruit each 6.00. Embroidery on Silk and Worsted and Fancy Work of different kinds. Tuition due at the middle of the Term. First Term will commence Nov. 4th, 1867. N. A. Williams. No deduction made on account of absence, except in cases of protracted illness. (Edwin Mills owns the octagon house)

An 1869 map shows a house at 208 Chemung St. (D. Slaughter) with Octagon house (E. Mills), probably brother-in-laws, on Chemung St. Waverly, NY:

In 1869, Edwin Mills started advertising to sell the octagon house. December 17, 1869 The Waverly Advocate: For Sale. The subscriber going to leave, will sell his House and Lot on Chemung and Athens streets, containing about Two Acres of Land. - Also, a Top Buggy and half Portland Sleigh, both nearly New. A One Horse Lumber Wagon and Shelvings. Edwin Mills (This is the octagon house. Dewitt Slaughter's wife, Caroline Mills Slaughter died in 1861 and was most likely Edwin Mills's sister)

In 1871 Dr. M. B. Weaver moved his practice into the "Octagon House" on Chemung street. (Still owned by Edwin Mills) April 7, 1871 The Waverly Advocate: Dr. M. B. Weaver has removed to the "Octagon House" on Chemung street, where those desiring his services will be able to find him at all hours. (Still owned by Edwin Mills) (Samuel Slaughter bought this Octagon House in 1877, would be today's 208 Chemung street, our yard on west side of main house)

The following two pictures are from an 1874 bird's eye, hand drawn map, not to scale at all. The "Octagon House" is towards the upper middle of picture, on Chemung street, our current yard. On the right side of octagon house is our main house on the corner of Chemung and Athens street. Waverly street is where the number 4 is in the picture. The street on the bottom is Tioga street.

A look out farther from our estate in 1874:

January 1, 1875 The Waverly Advocate: House And Lot For Sale Cheap, - The subscriber offers his House and Lot for Sale known as the Octagon House on Chemung Street with land enough extending on Athens Street for two Building Lots. Inquire of J. E. Hallett, Waverly, N. Y. or of the subscriber. Edwin Mills, Middletown, N. Y.

March 16, 1875, Edwin Mills and wife, Libbie B., sold the octagonal home to John S. Conkling.

July 2, 1875 The Waverly Advocate: The Octagon House, on Chemung Street, in this village, with One Acre of Land. Inquire of J. E. Hallet, Opposite the Premises. (was previously two acres of land, so now includes only 7 Athens street, back part of 9 Athens and west yard of 208 Chemung street.)

September 14, 1876, John S. Conkling and Addie sold the octagonal home to Charles A. Luckey. Then, a year later, September 5, 1877, it was back to Conkling. And, not quite 2 months after that, October 25, 1877, John S. Conkling and wife, Adeline, sold the octagon home to Samuel W. Slaughter for $2,600.

Samuel Wickham Slaughter:

October 1879 The Waverly Advocate: The old-Octagon House, formerly standing on Chemung street, has been removed to Athens street; and Mr. Slaughter is grading the grounds it occupied for a park adjoining his magnificent residence.


Sometime after the octagon home was removed to Athens street, current day 7 Athens street, The Slaughter and Knapp family rented it out as a two family home.

From an advertisement in The Waverly Advocate, October 6, 1882: Mrs. N. M. Bennett - Dress Maker, Octagon House, Athens St.

From 1887-88 Directory- Charles E. Scott, working at Loyal Sock Coal at 256 Broad st., lived in the octagon home along with Harry W. Gore, a drug clerk.

August 6, 1887 The Waverly Free Press: Charles E. Scott has bought the coal yard here, and will run it in connection with his yard below Waverly. All orders left with C. E. Clock at the depot will receive prompt attention. We are sorry to lose Mr. Campbell, as we have found him a gentleman in every way.

An 1888 Sanborn map shows the octagon house at present day 7 Athens St.

April 27, 1891 Daily Record Owego, NY: Miss Grace Woodruff, who has been the guest of Arra H. Ellis the past week, returned this morning to her home, No. 7 Athens street, Waverly.

1892: Emily Woodruff 42, Ernest 18, Grace O. 17, Louise E. 15, Mary E. 12, lived at 7 Athens street in one side of the octagon home. Chas. E. Scott 47 coal dealer, Georgiana 45, Effa 18, Blanche 15, Fanny 14 lived on the other side of octagon home. (Jacob Davis Woodruff {1842-1884} was a minister and Emily C. Hall {1849-1948} were the parents of Grace Woodruff, Olive Grace Woodruff.

1893 Sanborn Map shows the octagon house at present day 7 Athens St. :

1898 Sanborn Map shows the octagon house at present day 7 Athens St.

From the 1903 Directory of Athens, Sayre & Waverly: living in the octagon were William W. Emmons and William W. McEwen.

Gabe and Mabel Evans around 1906:

The Evans family outside the octagon home around 1906:

From the 1907-08 Directory were Gabriel Evans and Blanche Evans boarding.

July 5, 1907 The Waverly Free Press: Sayre Briefs. Foreman McCoy, of the U. S. Express transfer has resigned and gone to Utica, where he has secured employment and he has been succeeded in Sayre by Victor Emerson.

From the 1908 Directory: Victor T. Emerson and Gabriel Evans.

1908 Sanborn Map shows the octagon house at present day 7 Athens St.

August 27, 1909 "Waverly Free Press": WAVERLY BOY HORRIBLY BURNED Playing Fireman and His Waist Set on Fire by Gasolene He Threw on a Fire. At about 10 a.m. Wednesday forenoon, Henry Evans, 13 years old, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel W. Evans, of No. 7 Athens street, this village, was so terribly burned that the physicians, as well as the attendants at the Packer Hospital, to which he was taken at once, have little, if any hopes of his recovery. The boy, with two younger boys, Theodore and Kenneth Hovey, sons of Eugene Hovey of Howard street, were playing "fire company" in the back yard at the Evans home, the fire engine consisting of a tub of water mounted on a little express wagon, to which a piece of hose was attached. To make the fire more real, some papers were placed in a pail and set on fire. This they said was a "hotel on fire." To Make more of a blaze, young Evans procured, in a small open can, a small quantity of gasoline. In pouring this on the blaze, that in the can took fire. The boy then whirled around with the can and drops of the burning fluid flew out, one of them on his back. He had, on the upper part of his body, only a gauze undershirt and a thin cotton blouse. Instead of running into his own home, only a few feet away, the boy ran across the street, into the front door of the house of Charles C. Murray. The boys with him say that when he started there was only a little blaze on his blouse, but when he reached the Murray home, some six or eight rods away, the clothing was burned from almost his entire back, with the blaze reaching around under his left arm also. At the Murray home he ran through into the kitchen, with Mrs. Murray and her sister, Miss Charlotte Hosmer following. Mrs. Murray, as she ran, grabbed her son's coat from a rack, wrapping it around the boy and Miss Homer grabbed a towel which she used in the same way. Though the boy was jumping and running, in a frenzy of pain, they soon extinguished the flames. By this time the mother reached the boy and the father was summoned from Thompson & Price's mill, Sayre, where he is employed, and Drs. Carpenter and Betowski were called and before eleven o'clock the boy, attended by Dr. Betowski, was started in Geo. Miller's auto, for the hospital. The physicians say the skin (continued on page twelve.) {The octagon house was at 7 Athens St. at this time. This property was part of the Slaughter property (208 Chemung street) until 1945 when all the property was sold to Mary Fralick, who in turn in 1950, sold the then empty lot at 7 Athens street to Mary Alamo who had the current home built.}  {The home across the street that Henry ran into was at 6 Athens street, the home of Charles C. Murray, a sign painter with Salisbury & Murray on the corner of Fulton and Elizabeth street.}

Boy Horribly Burned. (Continued from First Page.) was off and the flesh blackened and wrinkled over the entire surface of the boy's back, from his shoulders to his waist, and also extending round under the left arm. As the clothing was taken off large pieces of skin peeled off, where it had not already been burned to a crisp. It is not thought the boy inhaled any of the flames, but with the shock and such a terrible sore as this, his recovery is considered very doubtful. He has since been resting as comfortably as possible, but the area of the burn is so extensive that it is thought he has little chance of recovery.

July 22, 1910 "Waverly Free Press": RECOVERING FROM HIS BURNS Waverly Boy, After a Year's Suffering, Slowly Coming Back to Health. The Ithaca Journal of Friday devoted a half column to a report of the case of the little Waverly boy who was so terribly burned by his clothing catching fire on Aug. 15 last. Aside from a report of how his back was burned while putting gasoline on a fire he had built in the yard, the Journal speaks of the case as follows: A little, pale, wan faced boy in a wheel chair, pushed about the city by his mother, has been a familiar sight to most Ithacans for the past six or eight months. This little fellow is Henry Evans of Waverly, N. Y., fourteen years of age, who was seriously and painfully burned on August 15, 1909, at his home in the above place. A Journal reporter has watched the little fellow while receiving his daily outing in his chair and has noted the gradual improvement in his health. Last week, through the doctor's orders, the wheel chair was discarded and Henry was compelled to walk in order to gain some strength. Last evening Henry Evans and his mother were interviewed. After he was burned, he was at once taken to the Packer Hospital where it was ascertained that nearly two square feet of his body surface had been burned seriously. Some weeks later he was brought to the Ithaca Hospital where he was attended by a local surgeon, who during the past six or eight months has made over twenty skin grafts from as many people. Little Henry remarked last evening that he was made up of a great many prominent personages and that he had as many as twenty odd skin grafts, the most of them being from professional people, such as doctors, lawyers and students. Chief among those who gave of their cuticle was his own father. Many of the grafts he stated did not grow and but about half of the burned surface of the body has healed up to this time and as he is gaining in general health and strength every day the doctor thinks that he will, in a very short time, recover completely. Henry Evans and his mother are living on Esty street and will remain in Ithaca, in the care of a local surgeon, until such time as Henry is perfectly well, when they will return to their home in Waverly. Henry Evans is a brave, intelligent little fellow and a perfect little gentleman; and while the subject was a painful one to talk about, the Journal man enjoyed his interview with this little fellow very much."

December 30, 1910 Waverly Free Press: Henry Evans, who was so badly burned over a year ago and has been at the Ithaca hospital for treatment for so long, was able to return to his home here Saturday. He stood the journey well, and as all the skin grafting is now completed and healing nicely, he will not have to return to the hospital.

From the 1910 census: Thomas Brown, a locomotive fireman, his wife, Millie and daughter, Ruth were living in one half of the octagon home. The Evans family was in one half.

April 21, 1911 The Waverly Free Press: Henry Evans Has Picture Taken. Henry Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans of Athens Street, was at Ithaca Saturday to have photographs taken of the scars which he bears from the bad burns he suffered more than two years ago. The case has attracted much attention among medical men as it was a remarkable one, and the amount of skin grafting the most in this locality.

March 1, 1912 Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mr. and Mrs. George Moffit of Portland, Ore., are guests of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans.

March 29, 1912 Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Moffitt, who have been visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans, are now at Norfolk, Va.

May 10, 1912 The Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: The engagement of Miss Blanche Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans of Athens Street to Ernest Hoyt was announced Wednesday evening at a party given by Miss Evans. Fourteen friends of the bride to be were present.

September 20, 1912 The Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mr. and Mrs. George Moffit; who have been passing a month with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans, have gone to Dallas, Texas.

October 4, 1912 Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mrs. Gabriel Evans and son, Henry, were at Ithaca Monday consulting a doctor regarding additional skin grafting for the latter, who was so badly burned some time ago.

April 4, 1913 Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mrs. Gabriel Evans was called to Knoxville, Pa., the latter part of last week, by the death of her father. Mrs. G. Evans has returned home after being called to Knoxville, Pa., by the death of her father, Henry Hobart, who was 93 years old.

October 24, 1913 Waverly Free Press And Tioga County Record: Mrs. E. C. Hart and Mrs. Gabriel Evans are at Atlantic City this week attending the International convention of the P. O. of A.

December 5, 1913 Waverly Free Press: Gabriel Evans is recovering from a severe attack of typhoid fever. Mrs. George E. Moffat of Dallas, Texas, came here Wednesday night to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Evans. Mr. Moffatt accompanied her as far as New York.

From 1914 Directory: Gabriel Evans and D. Earle Harding

1914 Sanborn Map shows ocatgon house at present day 7 Athens St.

August 19, 1915 Ithaca Daily News: Wilseyville. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Durham of Waverly are visiting at the home of Lester Howard.

From 1916 Directory: Gabriel Evans, a miller, and Henry Evans, shophand, and Andrew W. Durham.

December 19, 1917 Binghamton Press: Dies In Waverly. Waverly, Dec. 19. - Mrs. M. Moffet died early Tuesday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Evans, in Athens street. She was 32 years of age. She is survived by her husband, her parents, and a brother, Henry Evans, of Painted Post.

October 27, 1918 The Telegram: Waverly. -Elmira friends received word last week of the marriage in Buffalo, Monday, October 21, of Miss Blanche Evans and George Moffat, both of this city. The bride resided in Waverly before coming to this city where she has been employed at the Tepper Bros' store. {descendants of this family, said that it was the dying wish of the sister, the first Mrs. Moffat, that her sister marry her husband}

Evans' sisters:

From 1918 Directory: Gabriel Evans and George W. Edsall

From the 1920 census, the octagon home was listed as 7 and 7 1/2 Athens street; Henry M. Spear, his wife, Adelaide Spear, Gabe Evans, with his wife, Mable and brother-in-law, William Hobart, a widowed blacksmith.

From 1921 Directory: Henry Spear and Gabriel Evans

From 1922 Directory Guy M. Thompson and Gabriel Evans (July 1894 there was a Mr. and Mrs. Guy M. Thompson living on Tioga St. Waverly, NY)

March 14, 1925 The Binghamton Press: The last will of Henry M. Spear, late of Waverly, has been admitted to probate and letters testamentary were granted to Jay N. Andrews of Lockwood. The value of the estate is given as $6,500. (Henry Spear had lived in the octagon home in 1920 and 1921.)

1927 Sanborn map shows the octagon house at present day 7 Athens St.

August 26, 1928 The Sunday Telegram (picture sent to me by a descendant) Waverly, Aug. 25. - Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Evans of 7 Athens Street, Waverly, are today receiving the congratulations of their many friends in this village and elsewhere on their golden wedding anniversary which they celebrated at their home this afternoon and evening with a reception. Thirty-five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Evans came to Waverly to reside and have lived here ever since, having enjoyed a wide aquaintance and the respect and esteem of a large number of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Evans held a reception from 2 to 4 o'clock this afternoon and from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening at their home when a large number felicitated them on their 50th anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Evans were married at Sherman Wayne County, Pa., on Aug. 25, 1878, by the Rev. George Evans, father of the bridegroom, and a Baptist minister who came to this country from England with his family. Later, the happy couple moved to Elkland, Pa., where they resided for a time before coming to Waverly. Mr. Evans is an expert millwright as well as a miller. Both are lifelong Baptists, being communicants of the Waverly Baptist Church at the present time. They have two children living, H. G. Evans, well known truckman here, and a daughter, Mrs. George E. Moffat of Seneca Falls. Both Mr. and Mrs. Evans are in excellent health and expect to enjoy many more years of wedded happiness.

From 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1930 Directory: Henry G. Evans, trucking and Gabriel Evans
The 1931 Directory has the Evans family moved out of the octagon and living at 537 Chemung street. 1931 directory has both Gabriel W. Evans, retired as renting at 537 Chemung street and Henry G Evans, trucking and long distance moving at 537 Chemung street.

Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, PA: Evans, Alice L. Drake wife of Henry G. 1901 - 1932

August 26, 1933 The Evening Times: Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans of Waverly Observe 55th Wedding Anniversary. The 55th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Evans of 7 Athens street was celebrated yesterday. They were guests of honor at a dinner given them by relatives at the home of a nephew, Rev. George T. Evans, pastor of the Wellsburg Baptist church. Their son, Henry Evans, and grandson, Henry Jr., and Robert Evans, also attended the dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Evans were married at the home of her parents, 637 Chemung street, Waverly, by Rev. George Evans, father of Gabriel Evans, of Sherman, Pa. Mrs. Evans before her marriage was Miss Mabel Hobart, daughter of Henry and Jane Cleveland Hobart. (Octagon home owned by Mrs. Gertrude Slaughter Knapp.) (Interesting that the 1931 directory has them already moved to 537 Chemung street, yet in this year of 1933 Gabriel and Mabel are back at 7 Athens street.)

No mention found yet of 7 Athens street and the octagon home after August 1933.

1936 directory has Gabriel and Henry Evans both at 537 Chemung street, Waverly, NY. No 7 Athens street listed.

March 26, 1938 Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, PA: Evans, Mabel H. July 10, 1861 Eagle Bridge, N.Y. - . Mar. 26, 1938 Waverly, N.Y. Wife of Gabriel Evans. Dau. of Henry H. and Mary Cleveland Hobart

March 28, 1938 The Evening Times: Mrs. Mabel H. Evans, age 76, died suddenly at her home, 537 Chemung street Saturday afternoon. A resident of Waverly more than 50 years, Mrs. Evans was a member of the First Baptist church. She is survived by her husband, Gabriel W. Evans; a son Henry at home; a daugter Mrs. George Moffat ...

1938 directory only lists Henry Evans at 537 Chemung street, Waverly, NY. No 7 Athens listed.

1939 Gabriel Evans died.

October 18, 1939 The Evening Times: Gabriel W. Evans, 86, died Tuesday night about 7:30 o'clock at the home of his son, Henry Evans of 537 Chemung street. Besides the son with whom he resided, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George Moffatt of Auburn and three grand children. The body is in the Kolb funeral home on Waverly street where funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Floyd N. Darling, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery.

1940 directory only lists Henry G. Evans at 537 Chemung street Waverly, NY. No 7 Athens is listed.

1942 directory lists Henry Evans, Henry jr., and Robert, all at 537 Chemung street, Waverly, NY. No 7 Athens street is listed.

Circa 1945 Octagon house at 7 Athens Street is gone. Empty lot. Mike Nolan ( former neighbor across the street from 7 Athens St. at 6 Athens street) remembers playing ball on the empty lot that had a hole in the ground where the two-story octagon once stood. He remembers a "For Sale" sign on the lot. The late Margaret Costello, former neighbor on Athens Street at 5 Athens street, thinks she remembers hearing something about it burning down. (Cornell University, A Survey of Waverly, says that unfortunately it was demolished.) Notice the hole on left side of picture where octagon house used to stand:

In 1945, the property was sold out of the Slaughter/Knapp family to Mary Fralick, who in 1950 sold the empty lot, at 7 Athens street, where the octagon home once stood, to Mary Alamo. The current home at 7 Athens street was built for Mary Alamo in 1950.

1948 directory lists Henry G. Evans and Robert Evans at 537 Chemung street Waverly, NY. No 7 Athens street is listed. 9 Athens street is listed with David C. Meyer and Paul Lipp (former carriage house)

1951 Directory lists Henry G. Evans and Robert Evans at 537 Chemung street Waverly, NY. At 7 Athens street (new home built in 1950), Mary Alamo. At 9 Athens street (former carriage house) Mrs. George B. Knapp and Jules Helfner.

1972 directory lists Robert and Lillian Evans at 537 Chemung street and Henry G. jr. Evans at 537 1/2 Chemung street Waverly, NY. Has Richard and Joan Evans at 490 Cayuta Ave. Waverly, NY with Richard working at Stroehmann's bakery. Has Lena Alamo at 7 Athens street and Chas. B. Rimby at 9 Athens street.

Susie O'Hara, Amy, Tina Alamo:

Mary Alamo in the middle, with her husband, Dominic, on left and her mother on right:

June 25, 1971 The Citizen Advertiser, Auburn, NY: Mrs. Blanche Moffat dies unexpectedly. Mrs. Blanche E. Moffat died unexpectedly this morning at her home. She was a native of Elkland, Pa, and grew up in Waverly. She lived in Ithaca from 1947 to 1963 before moving to Red Creek. Mrs. Moffet was a member of the Christian Mission Alliance Church, Ithaca. She was the widow of George E. Moffat who died in 1962. She is survived by a son, George J. Moffat of Hammond; a daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Esther) Hill of Red Creek; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Jewell Funeral Home, Cato at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Chittenango. The Rev. Oscar Bate of the Sunnyside Community Church, North Rose will officiate. There will be no calling hours. (Blanche was the daughter of Gabriel and Mable Evans and lived in the octagon home at 7 Athens Street.)

Tioga Point Cemetery Athens, PA: Evans, Robert William. June 22, 1921 Waverly, N.Y. - July 17, 1978 Waverly, N.Y. Son of Henry and Alice Drake Evans.  Wife; Lillian Viola Bostwick Evans. Mar. 24, 1929 Nichols, N.Y. - Dec. 11, 1996 Waverly, N.Y. Dau. of Walter and Margaret Bowman Bostwick. (Robert would have been Gabe and Mabel Evans' grandson)

July 11, 2012 Sandra A. Manuel, 58 passed away at Elderwood Nursing Facility in Waverly, NY. She was the daughter of Lillian Bostwick and Robert Evans. (Sandra would have been Gabe and Mabel Evans' great granddaughter)

Recollections:

"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.)

"Years back, a couple stopped by my house and asked me if I knew anything about the octagon that was here." Tina Alamo at 7 Athens street, 2010. (I keep wondering who this was and hope they contact me someday)

"I recently found your website and I thought I would write you. I'm impressed with the amount of research you've done on the buildings and their inhabitants. I'm the great grand daughter of Blanche Evans who lived at 7 Athens street...." Catherine Wilson Dec. 27, 2011 (Gabriel, Mabel, Blanche, Esther, and Henry Evans lived in octagon home)

"I remember sliding down the hill on Athens street, we used to call it Paine's Hill." (Hiram Paine lived at 300 Chemung street in the late 1800's) "I remember the octagon home and seems that it was a two family home, but I don't know what ever happened to it or when." March 2013, "Doc" Al Dimon, 95 y.o.

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