The Minotti-Gilmore House
|This imposing structure is one of only two houses left standing on Broad Street (Leon Sullivan Way).
Oddly enough, they were both funeral homes at one time. This
house was built by an immigrant from Italy, Dominic Minotti.
The home, constructed by 1900, is a
two and a half story, brick Classical Revival style
residence,with a columned portico. That an immigrant
could do so well in America is a testament of hard work and why,
people from around the world flocked to the U.S.. It's probably
one of the reasons why there were so may Italians in this area.
Leonoros restaurant was just across the street, and many
Italian business and homes were nearby. Lets take a further look
at the history of this house.... |
Mail article from 1925. Minotti's wife would die about 12 years
later and the property became a boarding house for awhile. In the
meantime, the house was put up for sale....|
Elizabeth Harden Gilmore lived and worked in
this house from 1947 until her death in 1986.
It's my understanding the Miss Harden was the very first female mortician in the state.
MISS HARDEN AND MY FIRST CAR
I turned 16, I wanted my own car to drive. Problem was that
as a poor kid, I didnt have much money. I knew Miss Harden (what
we called her) from simply growing up in the area. I'd see her
out all the time and she knew my family. Somehow, it was brought
to her attention that I needed a car. I received word one day to
go over to the funeral home and talk to her. She told me that she
had a car, a funeral family car,
that I could have for $50! We walked out back where the cars
were kept, and there.... looking showroom new... was a 1950 Cadillac
Family Car in forest green. As I recall, the car had around 31
thousand miles on it.|My
car looked close to this in body style. It was really long, a 4 door with a
rear seat area that was so large, it had jump seats in it.
These were fold down seats facing rearward so that the
family could sit facing each other. This car was HUGE, and an
early Automatic to boot. This meant that after you stepped on the
gas, you could wind your watch as you got up to speed because you had
plenty of time. Showroom new... $50. Breaks my heart when I think of it.
had the car less than a day when I came to a stoplight and the car
died. I was pretty sure that it was the generator because the car
simply died and had no power. I knew little about cars at the
time, especially cars that were the exact same age as I was. So
since I was close to the funeral home (by a matter of feet actually)
I went to Miss Harden and asked for my $50 back. Without question
or hesitation she gave me back my money. I sure wish I had that
Harden would occasionally stop by Bernies, my Aunt & Uncles
beer joint for a bowl of soup. It was more a neighbood tavern
that sold hotdogs & soups, and Elizabeth spent some time
talking to my grandmother who also worked there. |
Now, to finish this up with a mystery.....
|This photo was takem on Court & Dryden Streets at the very start of Urban Renewel. See this same photo earlier HERE.
You can see the railroad bridges that cross the Elk River on the
right. But look to the left: See that painting?
Let's blow it up a bit......|
painting on the wall area of the chimney is of a woman named Edith
Brown. Elizabeth Harden had a sister named Edith Brown and
Elizabeth owned several pieces of property on Couth Street.
Was that her sister that someone skilfully painted on the wall?
I would bet money that it is.|
The Minotti-Gilmore House is a
landmark placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
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