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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, Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form, 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, John and Richard Penn to Samuel Sitgreaves, G2  86 (25 Jan. 1800)(Lot No.59;  also included Lot Nos.80 and 240 for sale price £75);  Deed, John and Richard Penn to Samuel Sitgreaves, G2  516 (15 Dec. 1802)(Lot No.61).  Compare A.D. Chidsey, Jr., The Penn Patents in the Forks of the Delaware Plan of Easton, Map 2 (Vol. II of Publications of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society 1937) with 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, Easton in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century, 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, The History of Easton, Penn’a  148-49 (George W. West 1885 / 1889);  Ethan Allen Weaver, “The Forks of the Delaware” Illustrated xxi, xxvi  (Eschenbach Press, Easton, PA, 1900); Papers Read Before the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, The Old County Courthouse and other Northampton County History 18 (1964).  

4 See Easton Area Public Library Website, www.eastonpl.org/, “Our History” (accessed 3 Jan. 2005);  Dr. Elinor Warner, Easton, Pennsylvania Walking Tour, for Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference 2000, www.kutztown.edu/paea/paeaconf/2000/easton/walk_tour.html (accessed 4 Jan. 2005).  

5 Warner, Easton Walking Tour, supra;  Rev. Uzal W. Condit, The History of Easton, Penn’a 152 (George W. West 1885 / 1889).  

6 Georgie Lake Chidsey, “And This I Remember”, in Fortnightly Club, II Papers on Easton History 240, at 245 (paper read 2 Mar. 1951);  accord, 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

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