Jeff Harvey

I want to thank those who have recently commented on some of my past columns which have surfaced on the Internet. Unfortunately, I don’t have the capacity to sell them, so my advice to you is to print them out if you can.

I also wanted to clarify the last paragraph of last week’s column concerning Mrs. Umberger. The words “lost her mind” came from Ella Holroyd’s account. She probably had a nervous breakdown but my intent was not to be flippant.

Speaking of Holroyd’s account as printed in the 1987 edition of the Mercer County Historical Society’s “History of Mercer County,” we come to the Goosman house on Caldwell Street. It was built by Bill and Bonnie Goosman after they moved from Parkersburg. He served as caretaker for Concord College as well as night watchman and “fixer”, plus he operated a dry cleaners near the college. Ella remembered him playing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on a harmonica during the college’s Christmas dinner.

After several lots on the left, the next house was the Mark Williams house. I remember Mr. Williams as a beekeeper.

The Bill Martin house was next on the list. It was a small house.

The old Scott home, originally owned by George and Mary Scott, was built by the Scott brothers in the early 1920s to replace an earlier home dating back to the 1800s. It was sold in the early 1930s to Mrs. McCoy, then to Victor and Lilly Robertson, then rented out.

Caldwell Street stretches outside the town limits, with the last home being that of Ben and Florence Wirtz on the left inside of town limits.

Caldwell Street is also called Missionary Ridge, with the later name coming from a female preacher named Nannie Osborne who purchased a lot at the end of the street from Ella’s father, James Holroyd.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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