42 North Street


The original part of this house was built in 1877 by Dennis Cottrell for his residence. Mrs. Cottrell died in 1890 at the age of 74 and Mr. Cottrell in 1901 at the age of 79. They had two sons, James and John, and they ran a livery business. John died in 1907 and James, who never married, in 1917. In 1918, John’s widow deeded the house to her daughter, Bertha and her husband William Totten, with whom she was residing. The following year, William and Bertha Totten sold it to William and Mabel Birge. At this time, it was advertised as a “nine-room house.”  Mr. Birge was employed as a janitor by the college.  In 1944, fire did extensive damage to the house and contents. The house was repaired and rebuilt and in 1947 sold to Walter Hubbell.