Milton History

a pictorial history of Milton, PA

Home of George S. Shimer

Home of George S. Shimer 216 N Front Street

In 1910 George Stout Shimer, President of Milton Manufacturing Company, lived here with his wife Libba Stuart (Moore) and children Miriam, Florence, and George Jr. The family moved in 1922 to the elegant Dickerman mansion (called Rose Hill) at 541 Broadway.

Courtesy of Homer Folk: On September 9, 1887, Samuel J. Shimer bought lots on the river side of Water Street, now Front Street, from John Runkle and his son-in-law, William A. Heinen. Located between Upper Market Street on the south and Locust St. on the north, the narrow lots were 100 feet deep from Front Street to the low water mark of the Susquehanna River on the west. Runkle's lot had a frontage of 114 feet, 3 inches and brought $3000. Heinen, who paid Ellis F. Gundy $350 for his 76 foot frontage lot on September 9, 1887, sold it to Samuel J. Shimer on the same day for $500.

On the north end, Samuel proceeded to widen the lot toward the river by having a stone retaining wall constructed from the lower river bank to a height that would be above what was called a freshet (flood) at that time. On this lot he built a stately house, now 246 N. Front St. This became the residence of Samuel's eldest son Elmer Stout Shimer.

George S. Shimer

George S. Shimer

On May 14, 1900, Samuel sold the home at 246 N. Front St. to Elmer for $6000.

Adjoining his son's lot on the south, he deepened the lot with a retaining wall and built another stately house. This became his own home, now 228 N. Front St.

His youngest son, George Stout Shimer, moved into the homestead at 231 Turbot Ave. On May 14, 1900, he sold the homestead and the lots on the east side of Turbot Avenue to son George for $8000, it being a part of two larger tracts of land bought from the Robert Mack estate and Allen Hottenstein. Also on that same day, he sold the remaining land to the south of his on N. Front St. to his son George for $1000. George proceeded to build a retaining wall and another stately house at 216 N. Front St.