The History of the Building
On the 1878 Scott Atlas, the lot is part 3311. On August 1, 1883, Samuel H. Troth purchased land from the Provident Life & Trust Co. (Book 137 p. 238). The house is shown on the 1886 Baist Map.
“Circa 1885, two-and-one-half story gable-fronted red brick Victorian. house with side entrance; corbelled brick below slate-shingled batten-and-board gable end and around building. Batten-and-board detail on projecting rectangular bays. Overhanging roof.”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, 1985)
Previous Residents of
1884: Death of Anna M. S. Troth, 30 years old, of 3309 Baring St. She was born in Philadelphia. (Phila. Death Index)
Anna M. Shipley, daughter of Samuel R. Shipley, married Samuel H. Troth at “Windon,” Chester Co. on June 27, 1883. They were married by Bishop Nicholson. (Phila. Inquirer, June 28, 1883)
1887, Oct. 6: Marriage of Josephine Corse to Samuel H. Troth. (Phila. Inquirer)
She was the daughter of Laura P. and William L. Corse, a bank cashier.
1887, 1889 & 1890 Directories: Samuel H. Troth, clerk
In 1880, he lived at
His three sisters lived at 3605 Baring St.
1890-’91 Blue Book: Mr. & Mrs. Samuel H. Troth
1892: Samuel H. Troth joined a law suit aimed at stopping the electric trolleys on Baring St. to replace the old horse-drawn streetcars. (See the Powelton History Blog for details.)
1895 Directory: Nathan H. Davis
1898, Sept.: Advertised for rent, 3309 Baring St., 13 rooms for $60 per month.
1899, March: Offered for rent for $60 per month
There are no entries at this address in the 1900 Census or the 1898-’99 Blue Book.
1902: “RELIEF OF CITY POOR.
“An appeal has been issued by the
"Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of the Sick and Infirm
Poor with Clothing," etc., for assistance in its work at this season. The
officers are : ... ; Cornelia N. Wright,
“A report of work done says : '' During the past season we prepared 3,053 garments for distribution, and paid to poor women $733 for making a large portion of them." (Friends' Intelligencer, Vol 59(1):28. Jan. 4, 1902)
Cornelia Wright was the daughter of Edward Needles of 1501 Green St.. She was married to William Wright, a banker. In 1900, they had two children: Francis P. and Edward N.
1906 Blue Book: Mr. & Mrs. William Wright
Benton K. Jamison 74 Bank president; was married twice
Blanche Jamison 20 Mother born in N.Y.
Jean Jamison 18
Philip D. Jamison 15
Annie Mason 35 Servant;
black; born in
(ED 488, 6A)
(Phila. Inquirer, April 1, 1909)
1900, they lived at
“In his time, Colonel Jamison was a director of five railroads, president of the Saltsberg Coal Company, trustee of the Pennsylvania Training School for Feebleminded Children at Media, trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital, president of the West Philadelphia Institute, trustee and member of the Walnut Street Presbyterian Church and was one of the organizers and for five years a trustee of the State Hospital for the Insane at Norristown.
“He took considerable interest in politics and was urged at various times for different State offices of importance, especially that of State treasurer. His party solicited him to become a candidate for the mayoralty of Philadelphia. He was a Democrat of the old school, but declined all political honors, owing to the pressing demands of his business and other claims upon his time.
“His principal relaxation from the mental strains imposed upon him by his large business and many public duties consisted in driving four-in-hand about the country during the summer months on a coach containing his family or friends. His coach, ‘The Rambler,’ built for him after his own ideas, with ‘four bays and one reserve,’ was for many years well known throughout this and many other states.
“Colonel Jamison was a member of the Masonic fraternity, being past master of Lodge 51, A. B. M., and was thirty-second degree member of Philadelphia Consistory. He was a member of the board of managers of the Commonwealth Club during its existence and a member of the Clover Club.”
(Phila. Inquirer, April 9, 1912)
Bloomsburg and Sullivan Railroad Company constructed a twenty-nine mile
railroad up Fishing Creek valley under a company organized at
K. Jamison of
K. Jamison convinced authorities to change the village name by substituting the
‘i’ in his name for the ‘e’ in the original name. The post office name was
(http://www.bentonnews.net/Features/railroad.htm, accessed Nov. 1, 2009.)
1911 New York Times: “
“Happiest among those who were about the streets were the prisoners liberated from the jail during the day. Many of them claimed they have been innocent of any wrongdoing. James Monaghan [Jr.] of 3309 Baring street, Philadelphia, a student in Swarthmore College, who went sightseeing in Juarex on Sunday, says he was arrested as a spy, and since then has been in prison, being forced frequently during the fighting to carry water from across the street to the Federal soldiers who fought from the top if the jail.” (New York Times, May 11, 1911)
For a photo and more on this adventure see the Powelton History Blog.
1912: “Monaghan, James [Jr.], C, E.; A. M.
For a brief introduction to the Monaghan family, see “A Quirky Family in a Quirky House” (Powelton Post, Jan., 2010).
James Monaghan, Jr., member of
James Monaghan 65 Lawyer in general practice; born in Missouri, parents in Pa.; owns with a mortgage
Anna J. Monaghan 63
Gertrude J. Monaghan 32 Artist, murals
Hannah D. Monaghan 30
(ED 682, 10A)
In 1900, they lived in Swarthmore. The 1906 Blue Book also lists them in Swarthmore. In 1910, they lived at 3316 Arch St.
James Monaghan published Pennsylvania Appellate Practice in 1912.
A biography of James Jr. was published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Winter, 1981 which includes a large portrait.
and Hannah moved to
1920: Monaghan, Gertrude, [class of] 1909.
James Monaghan 76 Supreme court
lawyer; married at age 28; born in
Anna Monaghan 74 Married at 26
Gertrude Monaghan 43 Mural artist
Hannah Monaghan 41
[?] Meak 21 Servant; born in
(ED 396, 7A)
1932: Mr. and Mrs. James Monaghan; annual members of Maria Mitchell Society
(Annual Report of the Maria Mitchell Assoc. vol. 30 1932)
1936: “William Alfred La Lande, jun., Assistant Prof., M.S., Ph.D.
His 1931 Ph.D. dissertation was entitled: “The Autoxidation of Precipitated Lead Rosinate”
1950 Directory: Marguerite E. Collins
James F. E. Gillespie
1961-1973: The Powelton Preparative [Quaker]
Meeting met at
1964: “The Powel-Tones (that harmonious group led by Kay Tatnall)
will be meeting at the home of Howard L. Matthews, 3309
2004: Purchased by Nell Stefel, the current resident.
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