The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 10, 1906
Page 6 column 3
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OLD  LANDMARK
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Building To Be Removed to Make Room For New Station
One Of Oldest In City
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          The erection of the new interurban station on north Harrison street means the removal of an old structure that for many years has been a landmark in Shelbyville.  The old-fashioned, two-story frame building known as the Cottage Hotel, is familiar to all our citizens, but few know that this house is a sturdy survivor of the earliest pioneer days of Shelby county.
          The exact date at which it was built is not known, but it is certain that it was some time in the early twenties.  Captain Chandler Huntington, one of the early settlers of the county and one of the first Masons to take up his residence here, had the house constructed as early at least as the laying out of Shelbyville in 1822.
          Royal Mayhew  married a daughter of Captain Huntington and later purchased the Huntington residence.  He lived in the house until he removed to Indianapolis in 1844 to take up the duties as treasurer of state which office he had just been elected.  At that time the house was arranged much on the same plan as at present.  Mr. Mayhew, who was a practicing attorney, had his office downstairs, and the rooms occupied by the family were located upstairs.
          On October 17, 1833, the marriage of  Elbridge Gerry Mayhew, a brother of Royal, to  Sarah Smith, occurred.  The marriage ceremony was performed in the front parlors upstairs and was quite an event in the life of Shelbyville of that day.  The contracting parties were the parents of  Ed Mayhew  and  Miss Amanda Mayhew, of this city, and  Elijah Mayhew, now of Denver, formerly at Washington in the government service.  It is with reference to his marriage that the age of the old house is most easily determined, as at that time the building was between ten and fifteen years old.  It is built in the substantial methods employed in those days, the sills being made of oak logs, trimmed by the adze and fastened together by oak pins.  So excellent was the construction that today it is in good condition and could be moved as easily as houses built within the last few years.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
December 31, 1891
Page 3
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          Mr. Thomas Huntington  announces himself to-day as a candidate for the office of Sheriff.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Shelbyville  Weekly  Volunteer
Thursday, October 30, 1879
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A Sad Accident
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(From Daily of Monday.)
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          On Saturday p.m. as  Mrs. Henry Huntington, of Sugar Creek Township, who had been visiting  Mrs. Robert Stewart, on the corner of Jackson and Vine Streets, was preparing to go home, accompanied by her little son, Frank, and little  Willie Stewart, the horse attached to the buggy took fright and ran away.  The occupants of the buggy were thrown out at the corner of Washington and Vine Streets.  Mrs. Huntington received a deep wound on the left side of her head, producing considerable injury to the left eye, and was otherwise badly bruised about the body.  Her little son, Frank, had his right arm broken, just above the wrist.  Little Willie Stewart fortunately escaped without injury.  The injured parties were conveyed back to the residence of Robert Stewart, when Dr. J. W. Parrish was called in and dressed their wounds.  The parties injured are getting along as well as could be expected.  Frank was taken home on Saturday evening.  Mrs. Huntinton still remains at the residence of Mr. Stewart, not being able to be removed.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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