Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Cottage Reappears 44 Years Later

The last time anyone saw the Fisher-Mullin home was in 1968.  It was torn down in that year to make room for a commercial development along South Ritter and Bonna Avenues. This late nineteenth-century house at 203 South Ritter Avenue was first the home of the Fisher family. Charles Fisher was the Warren Township Trustee in 1910. Later, Elmer R. Mullin, a tinner and furnace man, moved his family into the home and remained there from the early 1920s through the 1940s.

203 South Ritter c.1920...note the old street sign

200 block of South Ritter in 2012

Robert Montgomery, the grandson to Mr. and Mrs. Mullin, recalls the trains which passed by his childhood bedroom window near the Pennsylvania Rail Line.  Seventy years later, he noted that the sound of a distant train reminds him of his childhood years in Irvington. In the historic photo, taken around 1920, you will note that the house still had its fish scales in the upper gables as well as a wonderful Queen Anne porch.  If you look closely, you can see Mr. Mullin's tin shop behind the home at 5517 Bonna Avenue.

This historic photo is courtesy of Robert Montgomery.

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