I was able to go back to Burlington recently and get some pictures of the house, which is still in great shape, though it's been converted to a duplex now.
|The house Otis Vaughn built in 1888-1889, on Lewis Street just off of 36 downtown.|
You'll remember from Corinne's scrapbook that there were a few newspaper clippings regarding Otis building the house:
"1888: Mr. Otis Vaughn is hauling stone for the foundation of his new residence to be built early next spring on his fine corner lot at the rear of the Opera House, opposite the old 'Sawyer property' on Washington and Dyer streets."
|The stone foundation that my great-great-grandfather Otis laid in 1888.|
"1889: Mr. Otis Vaughn and family moved into their new house on the corner of Washington and Dyer streets last week, and will soon be comfortably settled in their fine, cozy home."
|The house as it looked when it was first built. Note the barn behind the house and the size of the tree in front.|
|Today the barn has been torn down and there are houses close on either side. The little tree has grown much taller.|
It is a piece of my family's history that is still a living, contributing part of the community in Burlington, Wisconsin. I hope that someday the people who live there now will read about Otis and learn to appreciate his handiwork the way I do, 125 years later.