As the project has developed a number of interesting facts have been found. The book contains over 330 pages, most of which are actual leases or copies. Fortunately, the leases themselves were prepared on high quality paper, as they were glued to the cheap, newsprint type paper in the book. Included in the book is a three-page document titled “Assessment of Land Rents for 1924,” which is probably the oldest record of its kind for Ardentown. The earliest date is May 19, 1923 – 23 leases issued on that day. The last lease in the book was issued September 16, 1940, which was for Leasehold 263.
The leases have all been signed by the various trustees through the years, but two other names appear regularly. One is Elizabeth B. Ritter whose name was found on 26 pages. It would be interesting to learn more about her and her connections with the village. Not surprisingly, the other most commonly found name was Fiske Warren.
We look forward to celebrating the Ardentown Centennial and learning more from this valuable record of the early days of the village.
In preparation for the opening of our Ardentown Centennial Celebration Exhibition the museum will be temporarily closing on August 1st. so your last chance to see “Images from the Ardens: 1900-1960” will be Sunday July 31st from 1-3 pm.