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My (former) place in history
June 14, 2008 - Bill Ackerbauer
You may have read Mike Anich's report last week about the California woman who has bought an historic house in Johnstown and plans to convert part of it to a women's suffrage museum.
The house at 9 S. William St. is where Susan B. Anthony lived, and where she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked in 1884 on "The History of Women's Suffrage vol. III."
Guess who lived there in 1999 and 2000? Yours truly. Quite a coincidence, huh? My wife and I rented the apartment in the back section of the house from Mike Hojohn, who owned the house for 20 years and lived in the front section. Apparently the front part, which is the original section of the house and therefore of greater historical significance to everyone but me and Jen, is the part that will be made into a museum/education center. The new owner plans to live in the cozy quarters in the back.
Jen and I tied the knot in July 2000, a few months before we bought our own house and moved out of 9 S. William. We still keep in touch with Mike, who's now living up at Canada Lake and enjoying his escape from the hustle and bustle of "the city."
We had some good times at that house, and I wish the new occupant more of the same. Indulge me while I take a brief photographic stroll down memory lane:
Here's a photo I took of one of my guitars leaning against the Japanese flowering maple that's in front of the house:
Here's a shot of the same guitar in a less flattering location on the property (I needed to finish the roll of film in my camera (I was predigital in '00), so I decided to have some fun with my instruments):
We had a great St. Patrick's Day party at that house in 2000. There was even a live band in the kitchen. I think they were called "The Balding Brothers: Unplugged & Unrehearsed."
Finally, here's a shot of Jen with our cat, who was just a wee kitten then (we got a good heap of snow that winter):
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