The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.
Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE,
Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson
Judge Prendergast's Yard Town of Ellicott
In August 1814, Judge Prendergast built a small one story
house, consisting of one large room, two bedrooms in the east end, with
a passageway for the stairs to the garret between them. In the end
toward the street was but one window that lighted the garret. There
were 2 windows on the south side and two on the north side, with
a door between the latter two.
A large Dutch fire-place and chimney occupied
the west end. This house was made of planks and covered with wide
unplaned clapboards, and was guiltless of paint. It stood on the
ground now occupied by HEVENOR'S store, on the west side of Main
St., and its east end was about 15ft. from the street. As long as we can
remember, Judge Prendergast's "yard" as it was called, extended from Main
St to Cherry St, and from Second St, to a line drawn at the north side
of the store now owned by L.L. MASON.
Judge Prendergast's "yard" at that early day was
the playground of all the children in the town, and we dare say they consumed
at least a milkpan full of Aunt Nancy's doughnuts daily, and better
doughnuts were never made either in the village or city of Jamestown.
In Judge Prendergast's "yard", the east half of
which was in grass, the west in smart weed, was the house before described,
and several small buildings for poultry. On the west there was a
large barn, immediately north of the present Chautauqua Democrat building,
and barnyard, and a large goose pond where the Journal building now stands,
which was fed by a large and constant stream of water arising from the
swamp above, passing across Second St. west of the Journal Printing establishment.
We have attempted to be explicit in our description of this old stamping
ground of Jamestown's early youth, hoping that our description will induce
some house painter to commit it to canvas.
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