In 1960, following the death of the he-we’s grandmother, the kitchen was renovated and a new furnace was installed. Later, in 1982, when we, the he-we and the she-we, moved back to Cooperstown following the he-we’s mother’s death, we renovated the kitchen again, redid the roof, removing the original cedar shakes which had been roofed over with asphalt shingles, and added a two story addition with a complete basement at the back of the house.
Sometime in the late 80s, we converted the vegetable cellar and adjoining laundry area into a bedroom suite, which included a full bath, for the wee-we. It was, we think an inspired decision as it meant our bedroom was at the back of the house on the second floor and the wee-we’s bedroom was in the front of the house in the basement. Thus during his high school years we, blessedly, never heard anything, like music for example, emitting from his digs.
And, since the he-we’s death in 1999, we have had the dubious pleasure of replacing the furnace in 2000 just before we replaced both the water and sewer lines coming into the house. We have also done extensive repair work on the front porch as well as yet another roof. And there have been, over the years, too many paint jobs to count. And now we know only too well that the garage is crying out for help.
All in all, 105 has more than qualified for money pit status. And yet costly as it is, it is nonetheless the Ellsworth family home, which has only ever been lived in and owned by an Ellsworth. And, given its venerable age, we suspect it is a one of a kind home within the village. Yet while we greatly enjoy living in, it is certainly not the most important reason we have to live here.