519 N. Bever St., Wooster, Ohio
The large wood frame house located at 519 N. Bever St. was likely built by property owners Aaron and Julia Lehman sometime between 1865 to 1868 as a local newspaper article reported that Aaron Lehman built a one-and-a-half-story frame dwelling with wing for a reported cost of $2,000. However, the couple did not live in the house very long as they sold it to a relative, attorney Henry Lehman, in 1869. Henry Lehman, lived in the house until about 1873 when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and from there, in 1887 to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Henry Lehman sold the house in 1875 to Sarah A. McCoy.
The house has obviously been through a number of renovations and additions over the years so that it no longer retains any of its post Civil War architectural features. It now stands two-stories tall with a hipped roof and several dormers protrude out of the attic level. The front porch dominates the facade with an ashlar base and square wood column supports.
- February 20, 1868: "Building in Wooster", Wooster Weekly Republican, p. 3.
- March 24, 1897: "Death of Judge Lehman", Wayne County Democrat, p. 3.
Wayne County Recorder Property Transfers
- 1816: William Henry, Joseph H. Larwill, Abigail Larwill To John Bever Vol. 1 p.100 $1
- 1837: Last will and testament of John Bever deceased gave to daughter Mirtilla (Bever) Bowman married to James L. Bowman land containing 68 acres.
- 1861: Jacob B. McKennan To Joseph Caldwell (mis-spelled Cowell in Index) Vol. 59 p.312 Old Lot No. 170 $357
- 1864: Joseph Caldwell To Aaron S. Lehman Vol. 61 p.523 part of Old Lot No. 170 $375
- 1869: Julia A. Lehman, Aaron S. Lehman To Henry Lehman Vol. 74 p.382 part of Old Lot No. 170 $4,500
- 1875: Henry Lehman To Sarah A. McCoy Vol. 94 p.142 (after 1870 renumbering) Lot No. 1357 $3,500
- 1912: Anna M. Graeter, Court Appointed Trustee Houseton vs Johnson To Dexter E. Phelps Vol. 166 p.392 Lot No. 1357 $3,000
- 1919: Dexter E. Phelps To Paul Bresson Vol. 183 p.407 Lot No. 1357 $7,273 according to $8 revenue stamp
- 1937: Paul Bresson To Cora Bresson Vol. 232 p.592 Lot No. 1357 $5,000 according to $5.50 revenue stamp
- 1943: Cora Bresson To Charles L. Swartz, C. Glendon Baker, etal Vol. 249 p.223 Lot No. 1357 $6,000 according to $6.60 revenue stamp
- 1959: Charles L. Swartz, Mabel Swartz To C. Glendon Baker, Arlene Baker Vol. 360 p.460 Lot No. 1357 $1
- 1961: Chester Glendon Baker, Arlene Baker To Emil W. Baxstrom, Margaret J. Baxstrom Vol. 372 p.690 Lot No. 1357 $15,000 according to $16.50 revenue stamps
- 1968: Emil W. Baxstrom, Margaret J. Baxstrom To Sadie Axe Vol. 434 p.679 Lot No. 1357 $67.50 conveyance fee
- 1972: Sadie Axe To Thomas E. Silver, Donna Jean Silver Vol. 468 p.639 Lot No. 1357 $89.00 conveyance fee
- 1989: Thomas E. Silver, Donna Jean Silver To Home Place Housing Corp. Lot No. 1357 $145,000
- 2012: Home Place Housing Corp. To Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Lot No. 1357 $0
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