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Story of Annie Stevens' Two Homes.
The Residence was originally built by George
Robbins and his wife at the turn of the century in 1905 and
the garage was built in 1936. Harry Stevens, known as
'The Hot Dog King', bought the house in 1911 and his only daughter,
Annie Stevens Rose subsequently acquired the house and
lived at 1210 Robbins Avenue for many years. Jesse Scott,
a local realtor purchased the house in 1990.
This photograph shows Harry Stevens seated in
a rocking chair at the far right with members of his family. The
convertible is parked on the drive-way at the side entrance to
the house. Tall trees adorn the yard and the drive has plantings
along its path.
Plat map(1930) of the Robbins and North Crandon
Avenue area with the Stevens' and the Hosack's parcels highlighted
in light red.
Stevens family owned land on both sides of Robbins Avenue and
extending up Crandon. The family built the house next door to
them at 1224 Robbins in 1923. It was ready for the couple when
Annie and C. Homer Rose were married and they moved there.
Some sources list the year as 1925. Unfortunately, Homer died
soon after that and Annie moved back to her parent’s home
next door, taking the wedding gifts with her. The house remained
empty for some time.
John Hosack and his wife Elizabeth,
who was a descendant of the Thomas family, lived with
their daughters down the street. They were looking for a larger
home and approached Annie about buying her house. It was something
she had not considered before but told them that it had been built
for a happy family and that she would sell it to them.
The Stevens property is listed under Mary
Stevens' name. Mary was the wife of Harry Stevens and mother
of Annie Stevens.
The red brick house that the Stevens family
built in 1923 at 1224 Robbins Avenue beside their home at 1210
The Hosacks extended the back of the house
but the rooms, the woodwork and the lighting fixtures remained
as they were when the house was originally built. It is a fine
After Elizabeth Hosack died in 1992, Anne
and Jim Townley purchased the house at 1224 Robbins
and continued to live there until they sold the house in 2018.
In 1936 the land was donated for
Stevens Park and the Stevens Youth Cabin was dedicated in 1948
in honor of Harry Mozely Stevens and the Stevens family contributions
to their community.
Harry Stevens (14 June 1855 –
3 May 1934) is buried in Union Cemetary.
The First Presbyterian Church
across from The Stevens and Hosack residences on Robbins Avenue.
Annie Rose donated
the land for the Presbyterian Church on Robbins Avenue and the
Methodist Church on Crandon. She belonged to the Presbyterian
Church, so they had first choice.
The new Methodist Church at the
top of Crandon was dedicated in May, 1956. The new Presbyterian
Church on Robbins Avenue was dedicated in 1957.
It is said that, “she wanted
her church to be on Robbins Avenue across from her house so she
could look out her window and see the church she attended”.
1210 Robbins Avenue
Pictured on the left
is the Stevens' home
as it appeared in 2013. The portico has been extended over the
drive and some of the tall trees and plantings along the drive
are gone from the 1911 house.
located at the entrance to Stevens Park.
"In 1936, this land was donated by the Stevens
Family to the residents of Niles for the development of a park
in memory of Harry M. Stevens.
In the sporting world there are two things which
are undeniably invaluable: the scorecard and the hot dog. Harry
Mozely Stevens introduced them both.
Stevens made Niles, Ohio his home after emigrating
from England in the early 1880s. He created the baseball scorecard,
introducing it in Columbus, Ohio marking his entrance into the
world of sports concessionaires. This led him to the Polo Grounds
in New York, where he personified the great American dream when
he introduced the concept of the hot dog and laid the foundation
for the largest family-owned sports concession company.
Today this company serves the fans at Candlestick
Park, Churchill Downs, Giants Stadium. The Astrodome, Fenway Park
and over thirty other famous stadiums, arenas and racetracks."
Dedicated: August 15, 1984