One of the best things about being Answer Man is hearing from my legion of loyal readers. I heard from several of you after last week's column on the "creepy house" near St. Marys Park and Saint Marys Hospital.
Jon Jacobson wrote, "Many moons ago (circa 1985) I delivered PB newspapers to this residence on my Second Street Southwest route. What I do know was the couple that lived there was probably in their late 50s, early 60s at that time. I never saw the male half and believe he was a doctor at Mayo. The woman that lived there was truly a gem of a person and they had a beautiful golden retriever named Rex, if my memory serves me right. I used to take Rex to play at St Mary’s Park as I always made this house my last delivery since it came with a can of Cherry Coke, conversation and always laughter. I wish I could remember their names, but the woman was so sweet and very intelligent.
"Perhaps the PB might have subscription service records to the house? The house was most certainly not creepy or spooky in any sense of the imagination back then!"
By way of PB photographer Traci Westcott, who took the photo of the house, I have this message from Andrew Wood:
"I read with great interest about the creepy house on Ninth Avenue Southwest in Rochester in the Answer Man article. My parents rented that house when they first arrived in Rochester the summer of 1942. My father, Dr. Earl H. Wood, was part of the top secret Areo Medical Lab at Mayo Clinic during World War II. They rented that house until 1946. I sincerely doubt that my parents are the ghosts in that house since they spent a majority of their time in their home on Second Street which is also not haunted. Below is a picture of my Dad in front of the Ninth Avenue house sometime between 1942 and 1946.
"So now you know more about the 'creepy house on 9th Ave,' which to me is not creepy but a part of Wood family and Mayo history."
And finally, there was a note from "T.Y.," who offered some background on the most recent previous owner of the house, Lawrence Eischen, who sold it in 1998 to Mayo Foundation for a cool $1 million.
T.Y. says that Eischen was a former U.S. Marine and Rochester assistant fire chief who died in 2018. He's buried in the military cemetery in Preston.
Mayo bought the property to add a buffer to St. Mary's Park, T.Y. asserts.
John Kruesel sent a note describing the property as the "Timmerman house," and implied some connection to the Grahams.
We're still not sure what the house is used for today, if anything, or why it was worth $1 million to Mayo, but perhaps that answer will yet reveal itself. Until then, my friends.
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