A mile north of the village of Lewiston, New York, & about four miles south of where the Niagara River rushes into Lake Ontario, my great great grandfather, Dr. Pliny Harold Hayes (1824 ~ 1894) bought several acres of property with spectacular river views. He built a summer home for himself there around 1890, & was soon joined by his two doctor sons & his daughter. By 1892, each had his or her own ‘cottage’ in which to while away the long summer days. The house shown here was built by my great granduncle Dr. Francis Mason Hayes (1853 ~ 1916), & was named Ellengowan in honor of his wife, Ellen Russ Hayes. Immediately to Ellengowan’s south was Pliny’s own house, next to which was Uncle Harold Hayes’s. The fourth, & southernmost, was Cedar Bank, built in 1892 by Pliny’s daughter, my great grandmother, Susan Hayes Hobbie (1850 ~ 1928), & her husband John.
Granduncle Harold, his wife Carrie Tyler Hayes, alongside Great Grandpa John Hobbie & Great Grandma Susie, can be seen in Holiday In Ireland, enjoying a few minutes away from the Niagara River….