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Six Pewter Platter Cozies

by Lynne Belluscio

Last weekend the former residents of LeRoy House gathered to share their stories. If you weren’t able to get tickets, they might be willing to come back again next spring. The Historical Society depends on a dedicated group of volunteers to make this happen.

They all came together for a group photo in the front parlor after the last tour on Sunday night. Liz Carney

and Elizabeth Bolton portrayed Ingham students, Mary Cox and Anner Peck, and Cheryll Fernaays served them tea. Brenda Beal was Mrs. Spry and Jacob Williams portrayed her son, Robert.

Scott Ripley volunteered to help with the evening and became Roy McPherson, the first president of the Historical Society. Joanne Graham took the part of Secretary, Adrienne Sanderson. Sam Leadley came up with a thick Irish brogue to play Jacob LeRoy’s gardener, Florence McCarthy and Sylvia Fraser stoked up the fire in the kitchen and became the cook.

Joining the cast in the basement was Sylvia Furr, the governess and Evan Williams, one of the LeRoy boys, Augusta. The guides for the evening were Michelle Penepento, and Natalie Mistersaro  and Katlin Blackburn.  I portrayed Miss Marsh, a music teacher at the LeRoy Academic Institute.

All of the scenarios were based on people and events associated with the house. And although we take a few liberties to make the stories amusing, the underlying themes are based on historical facts. Jacob LeRoy did grow giant cauliflowers and his gardener, Florence McCarthy, was Irish and came to LeRoy from Herman LeRoy’s country estate. Mrs. Spry, who lived in LeRoy House, was on the welcoming committee for Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to LeRoy. Her husband was the superintendent of schools and they had a son Robert.

Mary Cox lived in LeRoy House with her father and she attended Ingham University. She did not think favorably of Madam Emily Staunton, the founder of the University. The Cox family did “inherit” peacocks left by the Bartow family. Anner Peck boarded at Ingham University and remarked about the soldiers who attended the Presbyterian Church. She also shared a room with a girl who played the guitar and interrupted Anner’s studying. She also hated the food that was served at school, especially the applesauce with nutmeg.  READ MORE

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