Two Rivers Landing location).103 Bixler’s son, E. Stanley Bixler, and his grandson, S. Fordham Bixler, both later became Chairman of the Board of Orr’s Department Stores.104
Floyd Bixler was also an Easton historian, writing (among other things) a history of Easton’s early taverns, and a history of the Bixler family.105 He served on the Executive Committee of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society when it was founded in 1906.106
Floyd Bixler continued to live in the Spring Garden Street house until after 1920.107 By 1925, however, he had moved to 722 Carrell Street,108 and sold the Spring Garden Street property to investor Frank Kurlansik,109 who lived in the house.110 [Mr. Kurlansik was the owner of the Kurlansik Building at 118 Northampton Street, among other things.111] Floyd Bixler retired in 1928, and his firm was discontinued.112 He died five years later (in 1933) in his Cattell Street home, one day after his 90th birthday.113
After Bixler’s death, the Spring Garden Street house was reacquired from Kurlansik by Floyd Bixler’s daughter,114 Esther D. Bixler, in 1931,115 and retained by the Bixler family until 1960.116 Among other tenants, it housed the Adams Funeral Home in the 1930s, before that establishment moved to the Bull Mansion at 226 Bushkill Street in 1943.117
1 City of Easton, , Attachment: Building Description Survey Area 1 Zone E (City Council Resolution approved 12 May 1982). The construction dates of c.1980-1919 in this report obviously reflect a typographical error.
2 Deed, , G2 86 (25 Jan. 1800)(Lot No.59; also included Lot Nos.80 and 240 for sale price £75); Deed, , G2 516 (15 Dec. 1802)(Lot No.61). A.D. Chidsey, Jr., Plan of Easton, Map 2 (Vol. II of Publications of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society 1937) Northampton County Tax Records map, www.ncpub.org.
3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, “Samuel Sitgreaves”, searchable from bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp (accessed 3 Jan. 2005); David B. Stillman, , Paper presented to the Northampton County Historical Society 17 Jan. 1946, Historical Bulletin of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, No. 3 (Sept. 1947) (avail. Marx Room, Easton Public Library), at 3, 6-7; Rev. Uzal W. Condit, 148-49 (George W. West 1885 / 1889); Ethan Allen Weaver, xxi, xxvi (Eschenbach Press, Easton, PA, 1900); Papers Read Before the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, 18 (1964).
4 Easton Area Public Library Website, www.eastonpl.org/, “Our History” (accessed 3 Jan. 2005); Dr. Elinor Warner, , for Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference 2000, www.kutztown.edu/paea/paeaconf/2000/easton/walk_tour.html (accessed 4 Jan. 2005).
5 Warner, , ; Rev. Uzal W. Condit, 152 (George W. West 1885 / 1889).
6 Georgie Lake Chidsey, “And This I Remember”, in Fortnightly Club, II 240, at 245 (paper read 2 Mar. 1951); , Interview with William Oliver Andes III (Archive) (9 August 2007) (based in part on an old picture of the house that he had seen).
Mrs. Chidsey was in a position either to know first-hand, or from very reliable contemporaries, how the two houses had looked. Although she was born in the State of Delaware, she had been in Easton as a girl