Thursday, April 7, 2011

58 Layton Avenue: John J. Mansberger


While was watching the permitted “restoration” of the house across the street at #67 (I use quotes because only a small fraction of original materials exist …something I will surely be writing about once it’s completed) I became smitten with this adorable cottage and just recently looked into its history. I especially love its eyebrow window. Aren’t original eyebrow windows so much nicer with their real ogee geometry than the those built nowadays?


This house was built upon property that was once, like so many others, a large swath of Halsey farmland. This Halsey was Charles S. In September of 1908 though, he sold part of his property to John Mansberger who built he and his family an adorable home circa 1909 which seems unchanged to a large degree.


John J. Mansberger (b. 1869) immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1884. He met and married his German born wife, Wilhemina, who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1888, in 1904 the U.S. They had daughter Elizabeth in 1905, who eventually became a public school teacher, and son Walter in 1912. John was a house carpenter.


Son Walter got the house next, followed by daughter Elizabeth, who married Harold J. Korte Jr. The property stayed in the family until 1968, a total of almost 60 years. So nice.


Property Owners (present to past):

Robert M. Horton, 1996-present

Sharon Lee Moore, 1980-1996

Dr. Gilbert & Mary K. Baumslag, 19?-1980

Mildred Banner, 1968-19?

Harold J. & Elizabeth M. Korte Jr., 1951-1968

Walter Mansberger, 19?-1951

John Mansberger, 1908-19?

Charles S. Halsey

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