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‘Cardinal Charlie’: Still many Dowagiac homes dating from 1800s

Published 11:58pm Wednesday, August 31, 2011

‘Here are some things of interest I found of a lot of those beautiful old Dowagiac homes that many are still standing.

At 108 Green St., the house was built in the late 1800s, possibly by Mark Judd.

House at 206 Green St. built by Attorney Clarke in 1858.

House at 301 Green St. built for Arthur Adolphis in 1898.

House at 303 Green St. was built in 1877 (house there now in 2011).

House at 307 Green St. built in 1890 for Henry Lee.

Gardner Mansion at 511 Green St. built in 1898 for Archie B. Gardner.

House at 208 W. Division built in 1849 by Francis Van Antwerp; 303 W. Division built by George Howes, 1911; 306 W. Division built in 1870 for Frank Jones; 400 W. Division built in 1875 for the Colby family.

House at 201 Main St. built in the late 1800s.

House at 402 Main built by Ed Paxon, 1912.

House at 403 Main built 1880 for Mark Judd’s son, Will.

House at 505 Main built around 1868.

House at 519 Mian built in 1924 for Charles and Cora Criffield.

House at 203 Orchard built by Mark Judd in 1883 for maybe James Heddon.

House at 204 Orchard built in 1895 for Evan Kanpp.

House at 307 Orchard before 1886.

House at 301 Center St. built in 1860s for Blish family.

House at 307 Center St. in 1860 by Cyrus Tuthill for Jacob Hirsch.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 306 Courtland St. built in 1859.

House at 403 Courtland St. built late 1800s-early 1900s for Burgette Dewey.

Catholic Church, 210 N. Front, built in 1891.

Catholic rectory, 212 N. Front, built in 1906.

House at 204 W. Telegraph built in 1895 for William Hoyt; 302 W. Telegraph (circa) 1830.

House at 205 W. High St. built in 1907.

House at 402 W. High St. (1906-1910).

House at 208 Indiana (1900).

House at 208 Michigan Avenue built in 1887 by Lindsley Lumber Co. for John Lindsley.

I’m sure there are some that are not included in these I’ve mentioned.

I know that Dr. Prindle’s house at 402 Orchard was built way back.

I bet the houses at 203 Main and 205 Main and 206 Main and 301 Main are real old ones.

I bet there are more that some old-timers could think of. Two of the more current homes that come to mind are 404 Main St. This house was built by Earl Keyser for Sidney Mosher about 1930. And 601 Main St., the date was unknown, but had to have been late 1890s or early 1900s.

The house at 408 W. Division was another Earl Keyser house built for Vern Redner in 1924 or 1925.

There sure is a lot of old Dowagiac history in these homes, wouldn’t you say?

“Cardinal Charlie” Gill writes a nostalgic weekly column about growing up in the Grand Old City. E-mail him at

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