Zehr Estate

News Clips 2000 thru today

2002, Golden Jubliee of Queen Elizabeth II

2005 - 2012 about, at 337 Broad Street, Phoenix Kid's Cafe of Cornell Cooperative Extension

February 1, 2010 We, Amy and Brad Zehr, take over the property, per verbal agreement with Richard H. Morris, while waiting for the official signing.

March 17, 2010, The Closing! We officially own 208 and 208 1/2 Chemung St. with 9 Athens St. all in Waverly, NY. We name it the "Zehr Estate"

Brad was born and raised on the edge of the Adirondack's in Lowville, NY. He grew up on a dairy farm. Brad worked for a carpentry crew during his school years and also had a great uncle who taught him fine woodworking skills. We met during our college years at Alfred, NY. Brad built a home in Athens, PA where we raised our two children. In the past, Brad has worked as a research lab technician for the Guthrie Foundation of Research in Sayre, PA, as an analytical chemist at Osram Sylvania in Towanda, PA, and in marketing at Guthrie in Sayre, PA. He currently is employed at the Guthrie as a Circuit Librarian and is also self - employed, zehr.net, website related services. I (Amy) was employed in the past as a registered nurse on a medical/surgical floor for the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA and also as a Charge Nurse for the Sayre House, in Sayre, PA. I chose to be a "stay at home Mom" and also to homeschool our children. I continue to keep my registered nursing license current, but am spending my time working on this property's restoration and research along with a future goal of running the property as a business, hoping to share this piece of architectural history and Waverly's history with others. 

November 16, 2010 posted on internet site by Patti Martin. Her mother-in-law collected old Bibles and had this one: "Looking for descendants of a Catheline Middagh who was born 25 April/6 May 1734. I have a Dutch New Testament & Psalms in which she wrote her name, Catheline Middagh Her Book, and the above birthday as hers. Several other names mentioned in notes in the Bible are George W. Albertson of Rochester MI and Mr. A. J. Van Atta of Waverly NY as well as a label from his son John C. Van Atta a druggist in Waverly NY. In pencil inside the back cover is written in cursive William Smith (looks as though it was a child practicing)." Patti Martin is looking for any living family members to get it back to them. Ofcourse, we too, are looking for any living descendants of any of the people involved with the history of 208 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY. (I contacted her later and she did find a relative who know has the bible.)

August 14, 2011 The Daily Review, BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN (STAFF WRITER): Hundreds attend Bears on Broad Street festival in Waverly. WAVERLY, N.Y. -...
And two homes with historical interest in Waverly were opened up to the public for tours.
It was all part of a two-day festival in Waverly called Bears on Broad Street.
The additional activities include hayrides, a dunking booth, tours of Don Merrill's extensive collection of Waverly memorabilia, a dance performance by the Studio J school, a block party and youth dance at the Waverly Methodist Church, and tours of the Palmer House and Zehr Estate, both of which are of historical interest, Twigg said.

October 25, 2011 by Amy Zehr- (summary of my research, as of this date) - Revitalization In Progress Of One Of Waverly's Victorian Homes.

Amy and Brad Zehr, new owners of Victorian, Eastlake and Gothic style, estate at 208 Chemung St. Waverly, NY.

The property consists of the main house at 208 Chemung street, the possibly former stables with later added on attached garages at 208 1/2 Chemung street and the former carriage house at 9 Athens street. This estate, in the later half of the 1800's, was once home to one of Waverly's successful businessmen and "leader in the commercial life of Waverly", Samuel Wickham Slaughter. Prior to the Slaughter family owning the property, there was a blacksmith shop (pre- 1833) owned by Elder Jackson, on the current site of the main house. Also pre-1853 to 1877, there was an octagon home just to the west of the main house. The octagon home was purchased by Samuel Slaughter in 1877 and by 1887 he had it moved to 7 Athens street, Waverly, which at that time was also part of the estate, and remained so, until 1950, when Mary Fralick sold off part of the land to Mary Alamo, who had the current home at 7 Athens street built. (Since this writing have now found that the octagon home was moved in 1879)

Samuel Slaughter came to Waverly in 1857 with his father's family. They purchased the portion of the property where the main house stands and at that time, there was a rectangular shaped building on it, which was sold to them by Thomas J. Brooks. Local rumor has it that Samuel's father, Dewitt Slaughter, had the house built for Samuel. When the family came to Waverly, Dewitt Slaughter and his wife, Caroline, along with their children, Samuel and Antoinette all lived in the home. Dewitt Slaughter served Waverly as a trustee in 1864.

Samuel Slaughter married Charlotte Wells in 1873. They had one daughter, Mary Gertrude Slaughter, born in 1890. Mary later went by her middle name, Gertrude. Around 1914 - 1917, Gertrude married George Brinker Knapp, son of Joseph Warren Knapp and Frances E. Durkee Knapp, proprietors at that time of J. W. Knapp & Son on the corner of Broad and Fulton streets in Waverly. George and Gertrude had one daughter, Charlotte Slaughter Knapp born in 1916. The home was occupied by four generations of this Slaughter/Knapp family for about 88 years. Then in 1945, Gertrude Slaughter Knapp sold it to Mary I. Fralick who turned it into an apartment complex. Mary Fralick and her first husband, Loren Pierce, had operated the Marilorn Motel in Waverly for several years. Mary Fralick later moved to Florida with her second husband, Ralph Fralick. (Since this writing, I found that Gertrude married George on Feb. 2, 1915 and the wedding took place in our home. Article under News Clips 1910-1919.)

The estate had been used as apartments for the last 65 years, until Amy and Brad Zehr purchased it from Amy's father, Richard Morris, in 2010. The Zehr's have been working on the revitalization process since they took ownership. They just finished the outside of the former carriage house, drive by for a look at the regal plum color at 9 Athens street. The former stables or possibly a blacksmith's quarters has been started with a crabapple wine color. Amy and Brad's intentions are to someday open a bed and breakfast at their Zehr Estate with rental of suites, complete with private kitchenette, bathroom, living room, dining area, and bedroom. They are considering other numerous possibilities such as guided tours, rental space for small-scale special events, gatherings and meetings, special theme educational/hobby getaways, teas, and or meals. At this point in time, the future of Zehr Estate's possibilities are endless. For now and the next several years, they will continue with the restoration / revitalization process.

Samuel Wickham Slaughter was a druggist and owned and operated the "corner drug store", currently "The Phoenix" on Broad St., for more than 30 years. John C. Vanatta rented the building from Charlotte Wells Slaughter. Earl Payne later rented it from Gertrude Slaughter Knapp. In 1946, Gertrude Slaughter Knapp sold the building to Earl Payne.

Samuel Slaughter was a member of a Waverly debating society called "Societias Philalogo." Samuel was also vice president of the Citizen's Bank of Waverly from its organization in 1874 until his death in 1894. He was a stock holder in the Waverly Water Works and the vice-president of the Waverly Water Company in 1880. For many years, he was a member on the board of trustees for the Waverly Presbyterian Church.

Charlotte Wells Slaughter was an active community member in Waverly and other nearby communities. She was involved with the; Waverly Presbyterian church, Susquehanna Valley Home (state orphanage), Tioga Chapter D. A. R. in Athens, PA, and ladies' auxiliary of the People's Hospital. She loved to entertain. When Mrs. Samuel W. Slaughter wasn't entertaining in her home, she was helping her friends entertain in their homes. Many gatherings took place in the main house; musical events, bridge parties, Daughters of American Revolution Colonial Tea, reading circles, and social gatherings. She passed away in 1912.

Gertrude Slaughter Knapp also loved to entertain and did so frequently in the home, hosting parties and dances, and assisting her friends when they entertained. She too, was involved in the community. She was active with; the Waverly Presbyterian church, a dancing club, People's Hospital (treasurer), raising money for the Tioga General Hospital, Girl Scouts (president of committee meeting in 1933 and Scout Commissioner in 1934), the Tioga Health Unit (Executive Committee member in 1944 and elected director for 3 years in 1950), and Shepard Hills Country Club, being a member. She passed away in 1956.

George Brinker Knapp at one time; managed a farm and milk business, was an engineer at Wellington near Seattle, Washington, was a member of the Valley View Country Club and the Shepard Hill's Country Club, was a stock holder of the Citizens' Bank in Waverly, and was secretary-treasurer of the Finger Lakes Golf Association in 1924. He passed away in 1927.

Charlotte Slaughter Knapp graduated from Cornell University in 1938. She passed away in 1985 in Los Angeles, CA.

The designer and builder of the estate was Azariah J. VanAtta. He was an active person in Waverly for many years. He was a carpenter, architect, and contractor. VanAtta also designed and built other former Waverly buildings; the Shipman building, which was destroyed by fire in 1871, the Merriam block on the corner of Waverly and Broad streets, the building occupied by Simon Zausmer which in 1892 was a jewelry store, the town clock block which burned, the Methodist Episcopal Church, the old Baptist Church, and the water works plant. He also was superintendent of the Waverly Water Works. In 1871, he was master of the Waverly Lodge, No. 407, F. & A. M. VanAtta was a member of St. Omer's Commandery Knights Templar, of Elmira. He passed away in 1913.

November 8, 2011 Morning Times Serving the Twin Tiers since 1891: "Rebuilding History" By Kristy Westbrook Staff Writer. Waverly -...Over 150 years later, Amy and Brad Zehr are taking a step back in time as they re-build the Victorian; Eastlake and Gothic-style estate ...Present Day. Amy and Brad Zehr bought the home in 2010 from Amy's father and have been restoring the estate ever since....

February 29, 2012 The Daily Review, Towanda, PA: Code Officers Welcomed {by Amanda Renko (Staff Writer)}Waverly village trustees Tuesday welcomed two recently hired members of its code enforcement team. Code enforcement officer Mike LeRose and assistant code enforcement officer Bob Chisari gave a presentation to trustees Tuesday at their workshop meeting on their new roles. ...During the meeting, McDuffee commended the work of village residents Brad and Amy Zehr, who continue to work on restoring the Chemung Street house they purchased in 2010. The property consists of a large main house, a stable and a carriage house on Athens Street. Brad Zehr told trustees that they have had "lots of good comments" on the restoration, with many residents following the house's progress. The Zehrs eventually plan on hosting bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations at the house.

June 3, 2012 The New York Times by John F. Burns: LONDON - Braving a day of bone-chilling, rain-dampened weather, a crowd estimated by the police at more than a million people lined the banks of the Thames on Sunday to acclaim Queen Elizabeth II as she marked 60 years on the throne with a royal river pageant of a kind last seen 350 years ago. The stirring flotilla of a thousand boats, the highlight of a four-day holiday to celebrate the monarch's diamond jubilee, combined with the familiar miseries of the British climate to produce a vignette that some embraced as a demonstration in minor key of the character of Elizabeth's reign: unflappable steadiness.... Britain's only other diamond jubilee for a monarch was relatively recent. In 1897, Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, then 78, achieved the landmark. But Victoria was frail and reclusive then, and sent her son, the future Edward VII, to represent her at a review of a fleet of British warships at Spithead on the English Channel coast. The differing style of the two jubilees reflected the changes in Britain itself, from a global empire in Victoria's time to a medium-sized power now, struggling to find a comfortable role for itself between its ties with the Continent and its alliance with the United States....

February 2013, 337 Broad Street - the former "Corner Drug Store" from Samuel Slaughter's life time, now has a "for rent" sign

February 2015, 337 Broad Street is for sale. The former "Corner Drug Store" from Samuel Slaughter's life time

2015 The Waverly Historical Society has formed

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