These are historically significant pieces of history that establishes the actual date of the contracting and building of the Kuser Mansion. In his later years, Fred "Fritz" Kuser gave information to Hamilton Township that the mansion was built and opened in 1892. In fact, as seen by the article above, and subsequent articles I have found over the ensuing years, the mansion was opened to the family in 1896; not 1892 as is noted on a wooden KUSER MANSION sign outside the building. This article fills in many heretofore unknown facts on the construction of the building. Especially interesting is the revelation that Fred Kuser had an earlier structure on the property which was dismantled and replaced by the current Kuser Mansion.
Gordon Kontrath said...This answers the question about why the blue prints for the house are dated 1895. this was a big puzzle when I was trying to date the and match the blue prints with other info that didn't match.
GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU GORDON! AS TO THE CORRECT DATE, I SENT A MUCH EARLIER POST VIA EMAIL (TWICE) TO THE TOWNSHIP POINTING OUT THAT THE SIGN THE BOY SCOUTS POSTED WAS IN ERROR, AND THE DATE SHOULD BE CHANGED. NO ONE EVER RESPONDED. THE DOCENTS SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THE CHANGE IN DATES AS THEY LEAD PEOPLE THROUGH THE MANSION. DECEMBER, 2012: THE OLD SIGN HAS NOT BEEN CORRECTED, AND STILL NO RESPONSE FROM THE TOWNSHIP AND THE INCORRECT SIGN REMAINS.