The History of the Building
3614-16: “three-story, Victorian double, brick with stone facade, flat roof with elaborate wood cornice; Victorian wood porch; incised stone lintels”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, 1985)
3614-16 are not shown on the Scott Atlas published 1878.
1875, Nov. 11: Title for 3614-16 Baring St. & 3621 Pearl St. transferred to Hiram K. Witner by Mary G. W. Maxwell
1879, July 1: Title transferred to Joseph Ashbrook by Hiram K. Witner
Hiram K. Witner lived at 1917 Spring Garden St. The 1880 census lists him as 44 years old living with his wife, Mary A. E. Witner (41), and their son William R. (15). Also living with them was Hiram’s brother-in-law, Frank P. Rosengarten. The 1880 census does not list an occupation. The 1870 census lists him as a commercial trader with real estate valued at $6,000 and an equal amount of personal property. The 1872 directory lists him as a trader in fish at the Spruce St. Wharf. The 1882 directory lists him as the secretary at 134 S. 4th St. In 1880, this was the meeting place of the Sons of Temperance.
1880 Directory (fall, 1879): Joseph Ashbrook superintendent of agencies, Provident Life & Trust Co. at 409 Chestnut
The 1879 directory lists his home address as 316 Carpenter.
Kate S. Ashbrook 35 Parents
William S. Ashbrook 11
Mary Tierney 29 Servant;
(ED 487, p 16)
In 1870, they lived at 315 Washington Ave. For a summary of his service during the Civil Was, see A Civil War Chronicle: Joseph Ashbrook on the Powelton History Blog. (More of his biography appears below.) Catherine Sinclair Ashbrook’s family history is summarized in a blog entitled Mrs. Joseph Ashbrook.
1881: Joseph Ashbrook appointed manager of the insurance department of the Provident Life and Trust Company
1899: Donald Sinclair Ashbrook listed as a freshman majoring in Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Ashbrook 59 President of Life Insurance Co.
Catherine S. Ashbrook 55 Married 33 years, 3 children, 2 surviving; parents born in Scotland
William S. Ashbrook 31 Life insurance clerk
Donald S. Ashbrook 19 Student, Univ. of Penna.
Mary Temple 40 Servant;
parents born in
Mary M. O’Halloran 20 Servant; born in
(ED 543, p 8B)
“Insurance manager of the Provident Life and
Trust Company of
(Who’s Who in Pennsylvania, 1904)
“Ashbrook, Joseph, life insurance officer; born at Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 4, 1840; son of James and Eliza (Garwood) Ashbrook; educated in public schools of Philadelphia; married, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 29, 1867, Catherine S. Sinclair; children: William S. and Donald S. Vice-president and director, Provident Life & Trust Co. of Philadelphia, until his resignation on account of ill health. Widely known as a writer and speaker on subjects relating to life insurance. Served as captain 118th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; was badly wounded soon after entering army ; brevetted major United States Volunteers for "gallant and distinguished services." Republican; Methodist. Member, American Historical Assn., Military Order of the Loyal Legion and Grand Army of Republic. Club, Union League of Philadelphia; Residence, 3614 Baring St. Office, 401-409 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.”
(Applegate Surname Genealogy. Men of 1914 Biographical Sketches, Page 5.)
1901, March 16: Death of Edward G. Ashbrook. Funeral services at 3614 Baring St. Burial at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
1904: William Sinclair Ashbrook a member of Pennsylvania Commandery, Military Order of Loyal Legion (Who’s Who in Pennsylvania)
1906 Blue Book: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ashbrook
William S. Ashbrook
D. S. Ashbrook
Miss E[lizabeth] Sinclair [Mrs. Ashbrook’s sister]
1906, Dec. 5: Marriage license issued to Julia H. Hays of 3503 Hamilton St. and Donald S. Ashbrook of 3614 Baring St.
In 1910 and 1920, they lived in Wilmington, Del. where he was a chemist for a cotton mill. They had two daughters. They divorced in the 1920s. In 1930, Donald was living in a hotel in Stonington, New London, Conn. where he was Vice President of a cotton mill. He remarried in the 1930s. In 1929, Julia married Frank G. Tallman, a widowed vice president of DuPont who had retired four years earlier.
Joseph Ashbrook 69 Vice president, life insurance company; owner, free of a mortgage
Catherine S. Ashbrook 65 Married 43 years; 3 children, 2 surviving; parents born in Scotland
William S. Ashbrook 42 Secretary in life insurance
Eliza W. Sinclair 67 Sister-in-law; single; parents born in Scotland
Catherine A. Devlin 42 Servant; born in Ireland, immigrated in 1880
Nora McLarthy 24 Servant; parents born in Ireland
(ED 492, p 5B)
In 1900, Elizabeth Sinclair was a boarder at 315 N. 37th St.
William Ashbrook got married about 1913 at age 45. His wife, Mildred, was 24. They raised three children at 4431 Spruce St.
1918, Aug. 11: Death of Joseph Ashbrook, 78 years old; funeral from his late residence, 3614 Baring St.
Catherine S. Ashbrook 75 Widow; parents born in Scotland; owner, free of a mortgage
Bertha Andres 22 Servant; born in Hungary, speaks German, immigrated in 1912
Anna Drew 42 Servant, cook; born in Hungary, speaks Magyar, immigrated in 1905
(ED 686, p 5A)
1925, Nov. 23: deed transfer registered from Catherine Ashbrook to A[lexander] H. Sinclair (2272, 43)
Alexander Sinclair lived next door at 3612 Baring St.
In 1930, Catherine Ashbrook, age 85, was living at the Garden Court Apartments, 4701 Pine St.
Ernest Cooper 52 Proprietor of an apartment house; married at age 32; born in England, immigrated in 1905; owner
Mathilde Cooper 52 Married at age 30; born in England, immigrated in 1905
Margurite Cooper 25 Secretary at a bank; born in England, immigrated in 1905
Howard Cooper 28 Reporter at an audit house; married at age 22; born in England, immigrated in 1905
Reland Cooper 29 Daughter-in-law; saleslady at a department store; married at age 23; born in Ohio
Ernest A Cooper 15
Mary L Rorer 60 Lodger; Office clerk at a hospital; single
Sarah Hunt 26 Lodger; married at age 23; born in West Virginia
(ED 398, 18A-B)
In 1920, they lived next door at 3616 Baring St.
1950 Directory: Howard Cooper
W. A. Lalande, Sr.
2009: current owner: Donna Martorana
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