The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 10, 1906
Page 6,  column 3
Building  to  Be  Removed  to
Make  Room  For  New  Station
One  of  Oldest  in  City
          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 live 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 Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, September 26, 1878.
          B I N G H A M ,   W A L K   &   M A Y H E W ,   No. 12 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, are the leading Jewelry firm of the State.  Persons attending the State Fair should not fail to take a look through their establishment whether they wish to purchase or not.  Their recent purchases include all of the very latest designs and many novel ties not seen in any other house.  [The article continues-pmf]
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  National  Volunteer
April 13, 1853
          Concert on Tuesday, directed by Mr. Batchelder, music teacher.  Mr. Batchelder,  Mr. and Mrs. Rockwood,  Mrs. Hatch,  Miss Moore,  Miss Rebecca Peaslee,  Dr. Bussell, and  Messrs. Comingore,  Stewart,  Abe Peaslee  and  Elijah Mayhew  performed.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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