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A 1937 photograph taken of the
Miller Blachley house. PO 1.459
Miller Blachley house believed to be the oldest existing brick
house in Niles. Located at 1010 Vienna Ave, it is listed on the
1834 tax duplicate of Trumbull County. Mr. Blachley and his two
daughters conducted a boarding school. Students came from as far
away as Pittsburgh by water. It was also
used as a meeting house by the Presbyterians after they organized
Different views of the Blachley
brewing over site of old boarding School.
Gina Buccino Niles Times Staff writer.
June 2, 1987
"There’s a controversy brewing between the owners of
two homes, located at 1010 and 853 Vienna Avenue. The controversy
is over which home is the older and which home was once a boarding
school operated by Eben Blachley. The Niles Historical Society believes
the home at 1010 Vienna Avenue is the older home and that it was
the boarding school operated by Blachey.
According to court records, the property at 1010
Vienna Avenue, was once owned by Daniel Eaton, brother
of James Heaton, who founded the city of Niles. Daniel,
who built a blast furnace in Mill Creek in Youngstown, dropped
the ‘H’ from his name because he felt it was unnecessary.
Daniel, who was a farmer in Weathersfield,
also served as a state senator and a state representative. He
was an advocate of adopting a national banking system long before
one was adopted here in the United States.The
property was later deeded to Milley and Eben Blachley and it was
during the time the Blachleys owned the property that the brick
home was built. Court records indicated the house was built in
The red brick home, which had a fireplace in
every room when it was built, was the first meeting place for
members of the First Presbyterian Church and it served as a boarding
house for girls. Eben Blachley, who operated the boarding
school along with his two daughters, attracted girls from as far
away as Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Eben and Milley Blachley also
served as elders of the church.
During the period of 1847 to the early 1850s,
the property was transferred to Edward and Irwin
Moore and in 1855, the property was deeded to H.H. Mason,
who was the first mayor of Niles. Aside from serving as mayor,
Mason also served as president of City National Bank and succeeded
his father, Ambrose Mason, as Niles postmaster.
The property was then transferred to Henry
and Oliver Kyle and in the latter part of the 1860s,
the home and property was deeded to William Ward, brother
of James Ward, the prominent Niles industrialist.
In the late 1870s, the home was
deeded to Loren and Austie Rogers and later
transferred to Frank Mears. Mears then sold the property
to Richard and Marie Stout, who are the owners
of the house today (1987).
Home at 853 Vienna Avenue.
Original front entrance door.
853 Vienna Avenue
The home and property located at 853 Vienna Avenue
has a rich history of its own. Daniel Eaton also owned the property
during the early 1800s. The property was part of the 201.64 acres
that Eaton purchased for $453.
Eaton transferred the property to Lewis Heaton
and the heirs of Lewis Heaton transferred the property over to
According to courthouse records, the brick home
was built in 1841 when Lewis Heaton owned the property.
During the period of time between 1854 and 1965,
the home was deeded to the following people: Jacob Robeson,
Danniel Warren, Irwin Moore, C H Andrews, Jacob Stein, Fredericka
Stein, Lillie Helen and Henry Giesel, Harry Scrivens, Ruth and
Charles Crow, Bert Sohayda, Joseph and Marie Gleeton,
F.D. Stein, the Howland Community Church, and
Jessie Crawford. The house today (1987) is owned by Jessie
Crawford’s son, Samuel and John Delo.
Samuel Crawford said he is presently conducting
a title search on the home because he believe that it was his
home in which Eben Blachly conducted a boarding school and not
the home at 1010 Vienna Avenue. He also said he is proud of the
fact that his home is one of the oldest in Niles.
Crawford said at one time the house was
painted yellow and he’s not sure which family painted the
house white. The home, of Georgian architecture, has solid walnut
stairs and the walls are constructed of brick. The original house
had eight rooms, of various sizes, and two large halls which Crawford
says, resemble rooms. Crawford is presently trying to restore
the house, placing many of the old locks, which were once attached,
to the doors. According to Crawford, the house still has the original