Oak Street was opened during the last decade of the 19th century. At that time a succession of pastures extended from Second Street east to what is now Highland Road. George Mercer, who lived in the present house at 23 Second Street, owned all of the land now the north side of Oak east to about 25 Oak Street. On the south side, the property of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Millar, who lived at 29 Second Street, extended east to about 26 Oak Street. Both George Mercer and the Millars sold off lots for development, the price generally being $300 - $400 per lot. Popular styles at the time included the Queen Anne style, although most of the houses on the street were less elaborate frame residences.