This circa 1900 image shows the Hepler residence. Included are George C. and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hepler, and their two daughters, Lelia P. and Zella M. Mr. Hepler was employed at the Keister feed mill on North Broadway.
George is shown with a hand reel lawn mower. This home is still standing in Scottdale today, displaying a few different architectural details. Can you identify this property? (Answer below).
The first true residential mowers were made in 1872 and by 1900 were a popular machine needed by every home owner.
In case you're wondering (links open a new browser window), the first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1827 in Thrupp, England, just outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire and were used mainly for public gardens.
The circa 1910 image at right shows the Hepler residence with a different roof line and addition of the dormer on the third floor.
George O. Hepler died in 1906. Elizabeth and her two daughters are in the image with an unknown third lady. This home is located at 602 Pittsburgh Street on the corner of Pittsburgh and High street. Court records shows a structure/home built in 1873.
The top image shows a home with Italianate details, the low pitched roof, gable brackets, porch railing balustrades, and window trim details that reflect an 1860s to 1880s design -- thus being suspect to a home built when the town was still called Fountain Mills.
The image at right shows a turn-of the 20th century roof line and details.
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Was the roof line changed to update the property, or redone for a structural reason?
The Scottdale Historical Society wishes to thank Dave Ramsey and Carol Westerman for their help in identifying the Hepler family.
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