Old Address: 30 Woodland Avenue; 90 Riverside Drive
Year built: At least by 1903. 1
According to Esther Mirick, it was always a cure cottage. It had one cure porch on the first floor, and the second floor had a porch room at $28 per week in June, 1928. Miss Mirick characterized the Spear Cottage as a "nice nursing cottage," and stated that they "gave service" and were "very kind to their people." 2
A private family who later owned the house once found a group of visiting Norwegians outside, anxious to see the cottage where Norwegian sailors were cared for during World War II. Norwegians visited again in 2014. Later still, a bad fire destroyed a good part of the house, which was rebuilt on the old structure.
From an undated letter to Natalie Leduc
Mrs. Spear, right across the street from our house had Norwegians in her cottage. I knew my mother was teaching them English, but I had forgotten that they painted our house... I'm sure you know the story about the Norwegian sailor who got out of his bed, went to Lake Placid, won the ski jumping contest, and mysteriously disappeared from the scene so his doctor wouldn't find out...
1. William Henry Jackson panoramic photo, Library of Congress.
2. Notes from an interview with Esther Mirick, Mary Hotaling, 10/17/1983.