Columns of Will Ball
Homes on East Broadway
The old house at 719 Broadway, soon to
be demolished, was undoubtedly built shortly before the Civil War and stands
today much as it was at first except for the addition of a front porch built
during the past two or three years.
An alley formerly led from Broadway
through to Market just west of this house.
A door in the first story portion of the house opened onto this
alley. During recent years, the alley
has been vacated and filled to the level of the house at 715. This filling
effectively closed the door. The first
While the house did not begin to compare
with the big square stone house on the corner of 7th, one half block
to the west, it stood out in comparison with the little one story brick house
next door, across the alley, occupied at one time by a family named
The father was a teacher in the
“Academy” on the southwest corner of 7th and Market Streets
conducted by the Presbyterian Church for 20 years or so during the 1850’s and
later. A son of Matthews, Robert B.
Matthews, known as “Breck” lived there later.
He had two sons, William and Robert, we believe, whom the writer dimly
The Matthews property was purchased in
the early 1880’s by William Bedwards, who removed the little brick and erected
the two story frame house which still remains.
That was a fine house and Mr. Bedwards was proud of it.
Mr. Bedwards was a partner of A.W.
Stevens, in a plumbing business conducted at 423 Market Street. Unlike most plumbing establishments, Stevens
and Bedwards had a shop well equipped with power machinery. There must have been money in the business
for Mr. Stevens also built a fine home at 824 Broadway.
For a long time there was only the
vacant lot between the stone house on the corner and the little brick house of
the Matthews. In the 1880’s Terrance
McGovern erected the house at 709, living there a few years, then building at
309 7th Street and moving over there.
The large stone house on the corner was
built by John W. Wright, one of the early settlers. He and his brother Williamson Wright were
very prominent citizens for many years.
Logansport Press, October 15 and 22,
Transcribed by Christine Spencer, April,
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