Former Alamo Home - "Bungalow" Blissful Haven of Zehr Estate
7 Athens Street, Waverly, NY 14892
This is the former site of the octagon house which had been 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. 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 former 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 at 7 Athens street, 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 and 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 away 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.
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
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.