Tuesday, January 12, 2010

John E. McIntosh Home

This house on the corner of Genesee Street and Ross Place was the home of John E. McIntosh.

The house was built on land divided by E.D. Clapp in 1888. The Frank A. Parker family were the original occupants in 1889. Parker operated a business on Genesee Street where he sold crockery, glassware, silverware and chandeliers.

In 1886, John McIntosh joined with Yale engineering graduate James A. Seymour and formed the McIntosh & Seymour Co. in Auburn. The factory on Orchard Street produced reciprocating stationary steam engines. The business eventually would have 400 employees.

McIntosh, a native of the village of Cayuga, lived in this house in the winter. McIntosh served as mayor of Auburn in 1893 and 1894.

Upon John McIntosh's death in 1916 his daughter Florence lived in the home until her death. The house was then converted into apartments.

~ Information provided by Sheila Tucker, Cayuga County Historian

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