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Cowdery Home

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Julius N. Cowdery residence

Julius N. Cowdery residence

Cowdery Home.

An interesting Victorian style residence was built in 1871 by a young attorney named Julius N. Cowdery and his wife, the former Helen Marvin, a music teacher.
Side note: a young Bert Holloway was one of Mrs. Cowdey’s students.

The famous white way lighting of the avenue enhanced those gracious homes that were new in those early years. The house was razed in 1955.

The residence was at 624 Robbins Avenue and was quite traditional in structure with heavy cornices, a black walnut staircase with a gallery, French pressed imported woodwork and stained glass windows.

Julius N. Cowdery

Julius N. Cowdery. PO1.1094

Julius N. Cowdery was born on a Mecca Township farm in 1841. Attended Western Reserve Academy and graduated from Wetsrn Reserve University in 1861. He enlisted in the Union forces and served until disabled by typhus fever.

In 1871, he was graduated from the University of Michigan law school and opened his office in Niles that same year and continued in practice here for 46 years until his death in 1917.

History records that he was recognized as one of the ablest lawyers in the county and over the decades was, at various times, legal advisor for businesses, industries, the City of Niles, as well as individual clients.

He was also one of the first trustees of the new McKinley Memorial Library.

1918 map showing the location of the Cowdery house at 624 Robbins Avenue.

1918 map showing the location of the Cowdery house at 624 Robbins Avenue.

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