(3) 550 E. Fourth Street

550 E Fourth"This two-story brick building was built by Dr. Andrew Willing in 1887 and was where he and his daughter, Dr. Mary Willing, practiced medicine. Dr. Andrew Willing moved his practice to Wheeler. Dr. Mary married W. Leonard Owen, son of W.B. Owen, who also became a doctor and they moved to South Bend. The building was bought by Mr. Bullock and used as a home and rental property. Sam Routes later owned the buildings and his son, John, had his dental office here. It is now occupied by Manis Transmission."

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Dr. Mary Willing circa 1898.
♦ In the right background of this 1953 photo, to the right of the house with the trellis on its porch (which is still standing), you can just make out the two-story brick building described above.

1 comment:

Lloyd said...

The house that is still standing in the back of the present Odell-Smith Jewelers was last owned by Ed Edstrom. Him and his wife are both now deceased, I would love to see this house in full restoration. To me this is a real landmark of downtown Hobart.