341 Main Street: The Isaac Yetter house

341 Main Street


s with a number of houses on this block, the house that exists now is on the site of a much older one.

Through most of the 19th century the house on this site was known as the Morris Earle house; Earle was a tailor very well known in the village. The house was evidently built by Luman Phelps, the innkeeper and owner of the Spencer farm in Benton. He probably never lived here, but there seems no question that his daughter and son-in-law did. Her name was Angeline Phelps and she married Lewis Vanderlip, another tailor, and when he arrived some years later Morris Earle set up in business with him at this location.

The Phelps heirs sold the house and its lot to a man named John Norcott in 1827, but there's no evidence he ever lived there. Earle was certainly there by 1833, as he received a quitclaim from the neighbors on the north, Maria Pierce and her mother Keziah Sabin. The deeds for property at this end of Main Street frequently show overlapping lines in the very early days, and there are numerous quitclaims to settle the boundaries into their modern locations. Earle lived in the house for the rest of his life, and his widow after that, into the 1870s.

In 1920 Isaac Yetter bought the lot with the old Phelps house, now nearly a century old; wanting to build his own dwelling, he moved the old Earle house upstreet, north of Head Street, onto the foundation of a house long used as a home for elderly Methodist women. Miss Celinda Soper lived in the old house for many years, and ran a small private school there. It still stands on the east side of North Main Street, a small structure with its gable end to the street, just a few doors north of the intersection.

The house at 341 Main Street now was built by Yetter in what's often called Craftsman style, a classic 1920s stucco bungalow. These were very liveable, well-built houses as a class, and no doubt Yetter was much happier with it than with the century-old frame structure he replaced.




Top right: This house was built by Isaac Yetter in 1920, soon after he removed the old house on the lot to a different location. This one is a Craftsman style house, or bungalow, very popular at the time and very comfortable to live in.

 People related to this lot and structure:

     Abraham Wagener
     Morris F. Sheppard
     William Babcock
     Luman Phelps
     Lewis Vanderlip
     Morris Earle

  Related sites:

   337 Main Street

 Related history:

   The County Seat