I was walking on west Genesee Street and I came to number 190. There it stands proudly between two much younger buildings. It is a fine example of a rise, with steps leading up to a long front porch with four large pillars and chairs beckoning you to sit and relax. The current owner proudly told me the previous owners had been business owners. The house is well over a hundred years old. I am going to write about a few of the families that have lived in the house.
Abraham Cornelius Groot bought the property in 1850. Abraham was a prosperous coal dealer. Their son, Cornelius Abraham Groot, was an army surgeon during the Civil War and he came back to Auburn as a doctor in 1894.
Isabella C. McCarthy, the widow of Eugene McCarthy who married the second time John Dunn Jr., bought the house in 1889. Her husbands were partners in Dunn and McCarthy Shoe Company. Isabella lived in the house for 19 years.
Charles W. Tuttle, the son of Bradley Allen Tuttle and Desdemona Adams, and his wife Alice Davies bought the house in 1921. Charles was a manufacturer of rakes, pitchforks and scythes. Their daughter Alice Davies Tuttle lived there with her husband Nelson Loudon Drummond. He was the son of Robert Loudon Drummond and Anna Electa Burke. Nelson was a lawyer. Their son Charles Drummond Tuttle was a writer and wrote plays about Cayuga County.
Robert hunter and his wife, Louise, lived in the house for about seven years. Robert was the owner of Hunters Diner, the head of the kitchens at the Owasco Golf and Country Club and Cayuga Community College.
Andrew George Tarby served in the Army from 1943-1945. He was a commercial photographer and lived in the house with his wife Alma. Andrew and his family were the last single family to live in the house before it and the carriage house in back were converted into apartments. The carriage house is a large building and like the house is worth looking at.
My sources for this article were information I found at the Cayuga Historian’s office, the local History Discover center at Seymour Library and the Cayuga Community College Local history room.
John R. St. Croix