Bob and Amy Crandall spent several Saturdays researching their Fairmount Avenue home and what they found was well worth their time.
For their effort, the Crandall's received a recognition marker through the Chatham Historical Society as part of the Dani McCulloch Adopt-A-House Program.
The Crandall's home was built in 1887 by the original owner, William Genung, in the traditional Folk Victorian style. According to their research, William Genung was a popular figure in early Chatham life. In 1897, he was elected to the Borough’s first Common Council. In 1876, William and other fellow Chatham leaders donated a sum of money for the establishment of Chatham's first official baseball team-the Passaics. The National Baseball League was created that same year.
An Interesting “Find”
While the Crandall's children were playing in a storage space under the front stairs they found someone had written on the wall. After inspection, Amy said, "We found scrawled in the plaster the name, E.R. Atteridg, Chatham, Jan 1, 1907. Then, we looked the name up in the Fishawack papers and found that Edgar R. Atteridg was a local Chatham man who did general mason work, brick, block and plaster work. He was locally renowned for working on churches and many homes in the area and he must have worked on our home."
Once the Crandall’s completed their research, they applied for a Historical Home Plaque which identifies homes over 100 years old. This plaque not only recognizes the home and the research that went into recording its history, but is also a wonderful way of making the home noteworthy and creating a sense of pride in our community.
The Society invites anyone who would like to research the history of their home to contact the Adopt-a-House Chair. Interested residents will receive an Adopt-a-House packet with a wealth of information to help guide them in their research.
Additionally, the Chair and members of the Historical Society are there to help every step of the way. After the required research is completed, and an application for a plaque is submitted, the Plaque Committee and the Adopt-a-House Committee will review the property and the homeowner will have the opportunity to obtain a beautiful plaque to display on their home. Through this program, the Society hopes to encourage residents to help preserve and share the architecture and history of Chatham Borough.
Pictured are Bob and Amy Crandall outside their home