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Title Property Record of 31 Peck Avenue
Catalog Number 2007.09.296
Scope & Content Property Record of 31 Peck Avenue

- Lot 458 -

1880 Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly lease: Mrs. Evaline Evans, Tidioute, PA/ 99 years from 23 August 1880/ Term rent $120.00
1882 Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly lease: Elizabeth Hawks, Fagundus, PA
1891 Chautauqua Assembly lease: Thomas P. Hershberger, Pittsburgh, PA
1895 Chautauqua Assembly lease: Mrs. Martha A. Bortle, Akron, OH, and Mrs. Hannah Cooper, Akron, Ohio
1901 Estate: Hannah Cooper died testate, niece, Martha A. Bortle, Executrix and sole legatee
1904 Chautauqua Institution lease: Mrs. Loretta Hershberger, Pittsburgh, PA/ Note: Judging by the Tax Assessors' valuations, Mrs. Hershberger had improvements made to the cottage right away and continued to do more for a decade/ The 1904 valuation of $500 grew to $1000 by 1915/ In 1917 she modernized and enlarged it and the valuation jumped to $2500
1921 Chautauqua Institution lease: Mrs. Grace Aleda Harger, Pittsburgh, PA
1925 Chautauqua Institution lease: Mary A. (Mrs. Robert) Barker
194? Estate: Mary A. Barker died testate/ A Philadelphia Trust Company was the Executor/ The Will..."Life use of my Chautauqua cottage to my sister, Margaret Judson Clark...upon her death to First Baptist Church, Atlantic City, NJ"
1944 The church assigned its interest to the life tenant Margaret Judson Clark
1944 Chautauqua Institution deed: Miss Margaret Judson Clark/ In lieu of the 1925 lease to Mary A. Barker/ 786/488
1947 Margaret Clark Mercer, Pittsburgh, PA/ (A niece of Margaret Judson Clark)/ 796/4
2000 Margaret Mercer Steere, Wellesley, MA, (Mrs. Allen C. Steere, Jr.); (A niece of Margaret Clark Mercer)
2006 May 19 - Margaret Steere to Margaret M. Steere 2006 Revocable Trust, 15 Shelbourne Rd., Wellesley, MA 02481/ 297.32-4-30/ 53-3-1

Additional material available in the property file. See The Chautauquan Daily, July 17, 2004 and July 18, 2004, page B6.
Dates of Creation 2007
Collection The Arthur Wade Property File Collection
Search Terms Evans, Evaline
Hawks, Elizabeth
Hershberger, Thomas P.
Bortle, Martha A.
Cooper, Hannah
Hershberger, Loretta
Harger, Grace Aleda
Barker, Mary A.
Clark, Margaret Judson
Mercer, Margaret Clark
Steere, Margaret Mercer
Steere, Margaret M.
Real Estate
Object Name Property reference file
Classification Real Estate
Lexicon category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Need to Classify
Catalog type Archive
Dates of Accumulation 2007
Cottage Nickname Mercer Cottage