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1925 LeRoy Directory

It's Good to be Alive in LeRoy

A couple of weeks

ago, I purchased a colorful Le-

Roy advertising fan on Ebay

with a charming little girl and a

kitten on the front. On the back

was this notice: “Compliments

Thos. M. Philibin Meat Market

and Real Estate Phone 56.“ So

you could stop by Mr. Philibin’s

and buy a pot roast and chicken

thighs, and take a look at hous-

es or farms for sale. (I can only

imagine the meat market on one

side and an office in the back

for his real estate business.) We

did a little sleuthing to find out

more about Thomas Philibin

and found his 1946 obituary in

the LeRoy Gazette. He was born

in 1892 and attended St. Peter’s

Church. In 1914 he opened a

grocery store at 47 Main Street

but he left his business and en-

listed when the war broke out.

When he returned home, he

went into the retail meat busi-

ness at 72 Main Street across

the street. In 1924, he combined

his meat business with the real

estate business and relocated

once again to 47 Main Street.

(Street numbers changed, so it’s

not certain that Philibin’s store

at 47 Main is 47 Main today –

which is where the hardware

store is now.) But the 1924 date

gave us a clue to the possible

date of the fan. So we went to

the 1925 LeRoy Directory and

sure enough, there was an ad-

vertisement for Philibin’s Meat

Market and Real Estate busi-


A few days ago, Steve

Barbeau gave us a metal shoe-

horn for Daggs shoes. A quick

search in the clipping files in-

dicates that Charles Daggs was

born in 1889 and died in 1945.

He worked as a clerk in a cou-

ple of the shoe stores in town,

and once again, the 1925 LeRoy

Directory has an advertisement

for “Reliable Footware Charles

D. Daggs Main Street.”

The 1925 Directory

was published by Joseph C.

Barone. According to the front

page, he “was born of Italian

parentage in LeRoy in 1897. He

attended LeRoy public schools

and reached his third year in

high school in 1917, when he

left school and went to Gene-

va to become a foreman in the

plant of the Geneva Preserving

Company, where he remained

for four years. Returning to

LeRoy in 1921, he engaged in

the manufacture of cheese un-

til 1924, when he established

the advertising distributing and

posting business, in which he is

now engaged. He presents this

directory in the hope that it will

serve as a public convenience

and a record of the people living

in LeRoy in 1925.”

While looking through

the Directory I discovered an

advertisement for the “Parkside

Home Mrs. Martha E Tillou

Proprietress LeRoy’s Boarding

and Rooming House 15 East

Main Street.” I was pretty sure

this was the house just east of

LeRoy House, but I needed to

check the address, because it is

now 27 East Main Street. (Just

an update on 27 East Main. As

some of you know, the house

was put up for auction on No-

vember 18. The Historical So-

ciety was prepared to bid on

the house but the bank, HSBC,

offered over $100,000 for the

property, which was much more

than we felt it was worth, and

the bank now owns it. Since

that time, we have been trying

to make sure it was secured,

since the front door and a base-

ment window were often wide

open. Although the doors are

now locked, a large basement

window is wide open, and we

have learned that there is a lot of

water damage because the pipes

froze and burst. The Historical

Society has registered the house

with New York State as a Zom-

bie House and we will continue

to make sure the bank is main-

taining the house as outlined by

the new state law that went into

effect on December 20.) Again,

I looked through the Directory

for some clues. I was pretty

sure that the house that John Al-

len lives in today (formerly Gar-

denview B&B) was the home of

the Townsend family, and in-

deed it was and in 1925 it was

11 East Main Street. The house

between LeRoy House and the

Townsend house didn’t exist in

1926, so I wanted to confirm the

address of LeRoy House. I was

certain that the Superintendent

of LeRoy Schools lived in Le-

Roy House. The Directory listed

Mr. Earl B. Taylor as the super-

intendent and sure enough, he

and his family lived at 13 East

Main Street - - LeRoy House.

(The LeRoy House today is 23

East Main Street.) So, this indi-

cates that what is 27 East Main

Street now - - the house just east

of LeRoy House - - now owned

by HSBC - - -was the former

Parkside Home.

Joseph Barone wrote

in the Directory “Days come

and go in LeRoy as in every

other community. The whole at-

mosphere breathes the thought

‘It is good to be alive; indeed it

is good to be alive in LeRoy.’ ”