I walked down North Street to No. 185. She stands shyly, a little hidden among the trees. Her porches need a little work and her yellow paint could stand a fresh coat. She hopes there will be children laughing and playing in her yards again and adults sitting on her repaired porches having a cool drink and discussing the day's events.
The property the house stands on was at one time part of Military Lot No. 37, awarded to George Weaver, who was a private in the Revolutionary War. George Casey moved to Auburn in the fall of 1813 and bought part of this Military Lot and it became The Casey Farm. George Casey farmed this land until he sold it in 1829 to Captain George Brown Chase.
The house at No. 185 was supposed to have been built in 1860, and Captain George Brown Chase's son, George R. Chase, farmed the land and the family is supposed to have lived in it until the 1950s. George married Pauline A. McKinney and they had three daughters, Elizabeth, Eliza A. and Mary P. George became a hardware merchant. I have no information on Eliza A. Chase except she was living in Buffalo in 1918. Mary P. Chase married Charles A. Foster, a botanic physician, and lived in Auburn.
Elizabeth Chase married Dexter A. Smith. He was the son of Alfred Smith and Laura Paddock. Dexter was a veteran of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. He was a hardware merchant with his father-in-law and vice president of the Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Company. Dexter and Elizabeth had a daughter, Pauline Smith.
Pauline married Albert Warren Crocker. He was the son of Warren Crocker and Harriet Jane Bowers. Albert worked at Wegman's Piano Company and Cayuga County National Bank.
Warren Crocker, Albert's father, was a shoe manufacturer with Sartwell, Hough & Crocker and he was also vice president of Wegman's Piano Co. Albert had a brother, Fred J. Crocker, who lived in California, and a sister, Bessie M. Crocker, who married the Rev. Charles Mynderse Herrick and lived in Dansville.
After Pauline's death, the house had already been turned into a two-family home passed out of the family's hand and had several owners.
My sources for this article were information I found at the Cayuga County Historian's Office, The Local History Discovery Center at the Seymour Library and the Cayuga Community College Local History Room.
John R. St. Croix