John Slicker: First Property – Purchased at Age 16

The year was 1873. The economy which had flourished in the years following the end of the Civil War was coming to a slow. But that slowed economy didn’t stop John Slicker, 16, and his step-brother, Conrad Stinogle, 26, from purchasing a property from Captain John Gilmore and his wife, Susannah.  The property, a part of Gilmore’s Addition, was located at the north end of Webster, a small village in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

1876 Atlas Map of Webster and Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, PA

Webster, Westmoreland County, PA 1876
The black arrow points to the approximate location of the property purchased by John Slicker and Conrad Stinogle in 1873. Copied from Atlas of Westmoreland County 1876, Reading Publishing Company, 1876 (Public Domain).

On June 2, 1873, John and Conrad, who were working as coalminers and supporting their mother, Magdlena, signed their name to a deed agreeing to pay $600 for three adjacent lots: Lots 143, 144, and 147. Each lot was 50 feet by 100 feet.

2017 Image of Boundary Lines for Lots 143, 144 and 147

2017 GIS Tax Map of Lots 143, 144 and 147.
Here are lots 143, 144, and 147 as they appear on 2017 GIS tax map of Webster, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Note the dotted lines on lot 144. These are the original boundary lines that separated lot 144 from lots 143 and 147. Source: Westmoreland County. GIS Maps. wcgis.us/apps/public, accessed May 15, 2017 for Lots 143, 144 and 147 of Webster, Westmoreland County, PA.

Although these three lots were originally equal in size, overtime their boundary lines shifted. Today the lots sizes are as followed:

Lot 143    38 x 100

Lot 144, PT LT 143 and 147     76.79  x 100

PT Lot 147     35.29 x 100

 June 2, 1873 Property Deed

1873 Property Deed, Book 364, Pages 77-78.
Source: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book 364:77-78, Captain John Gilmore and wife to Conrad Stiernogle and John Slicker, 2 June 1873; Recorder of Deeds Office, Greensburg.

You can read the description of the property in the image of the deed given above, or read it below. As you read it, try to follow the boundary lines on the image of the GIS map given above.

Starting at the corner of lot No (148) on first street thence along said Street one hundred and fifty feet to corner of lot (140) Thence along said lot one hundred (100) feet to water street Thence along said Street one hundred fifty feet to corner of lot one hundred and forty eight (148) Thence along said lot one hundred feet to first street the place of Beginning

Unfortunately, I do not have an 1873 photo of these three lots; but I do have 2017 photos. The down-side: the “Mansion” house that John, Conrad and Magdlena called home is gone.

Present-day View of Lots 143, 144 and 147

2017 view of property once owned by John Slicker.
Here is a 2017 view of the property once owned by John Slicker and his step-brother, Conrad Stinogle. The deteriorating concrete building on the right is sitting on lot 147. The wooden fence on the left marks the approximate border of lots 143 and 140. Source: Photo taken by Robin Slicker, April 2017.

 

2017 view of property once owned by John Slicker.
Here is the property taken from a different angle. The yellow house barely visible on the right side of the concrete building sits on lot 148. Source: Photo taken by Robin Slicker, April 2017.

I have added a few more photos for those who are not able to travel to Webster to view the town John Slicker and his mother, Magdlena, called home.

The View East of the Three Lots

View on east side of property purchased by John Slicker.
This is the view John, Magdlena and Conrad would have seen from their front porch. It no doubt looks different today then it did in 1873. Source: Photo taken by Robin Slicker, May 2017.

 

North end of Webster looking back towards Webster

View from north end of Webster looking towards town.
This photo was taken across from the east boundary of lots 143, 144 and 147 looking back toward present-day Webster. Of course, in 1873 there were no paved roads; and as seen on the 1876 Atlas map of Webster there was only one road entering Webster from the north end. Source: Photo Taken by Robin Slicker, May 2017.

 

Webster, PA – Late 1800s.

Webster, PA late 1800's
This is a photo of Webster, Westmoreland County, PA. It is believed to have been taken in the late 1800s. John’s and Conrad’s property is not visible in this photo. Source: Public Domain.

Should you want to find lots 143, 144 and 147 on Google Maps or to drive out to see them in person, here are their present-day addresses:

Lot 143   vacant lot    Nulled Address

Lot 144, PT Lots 143 and 147 with mobile home   121 Bargehr Lane, Webster

PT Lot 147 with Building    123 Bargehr Lane, Webster

(to be continued in the next post)

© 2017, Robin Slicker. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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