Today we are excited to share some of the original 1904 documents from the purchase of the building that now houses Paddington Station!
The first photo (upper-righthand corner) is the front page of the warranty deed, which was signed on August 15th, 1904.
The second photo (bottom left) is of a written contract dated August 18th, 1904 that reads: “It is hereby mutually agreed by and between J.P. Dodge and C. H. Veghtz, Owner and Contractor, respectively, that in consideration of certain work performed by the latter upon a new building for the Owner, that the Contractor is to be paid by the Owner, real estate property, and all buildings thereon, for a stated cash value of sixteen hundred and fifty dollars ($1650.00) Said property is located on the West side of Morton Street, North of the Boulevard, and designated as Lots #21, 22, 23, and 24, Hunsacker Addition to the City of Ashland. Said Property to be deeded by the Owner to the Contractor upon the completion of a certain building contract, and to be considered as the final payment of said contract. Said contract being identified by the signatures of the partner hereto.”
The top right picture is of a check dated June 10th, 1904 for $20.00, “payment for 40 feet frontage of Let near opera house…” referencing the Ganiard Opera House that used to be on the corner of E. Main and N. Pioneer Street!
The final photo is one of the pages of the deed that describes the property as it existed in the early stages of the building.
We are so fascinated with all of the wonderful history of our building and hope you enjoy these peeks into life in Ashland over 100 years ago!