In 1917, the Charles MacMaster house was completed in Lake Luzerne, NY. It was in keeping with Victorian architectural design. It is not known by me what Mr. Mac Master’s business was at the time; however, it could very well have been the tannery business. In any event, he had to have been of substantial financial means to build this unique home.
At some point, the Charles R. Bishop estate purchased the property from the MacMaster family as well as all of the land along Route 9N.
Charles was a carpenter by trade and worked for the Paper Mill in a high enough capacity to enable him to finance, build and complete his residence at 1 Bay Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 in 1917 at the young age of 68.
Charles was born on March 17th, 1849 in New York and died on July 5th 1930 in Lake Luzerne at the age of 81. The MacMaster House was valued at $4000 and it carried a mortgage.
Charles’ father lived in Vermont and at the age of 19 Charles was living in New Bedford, MA according to the census. He married his first wife Minnie when they were 23 years old. Minnie S. A. (middle name, last name) was from Saxony, Germany. She was born August 25th, 1849 and died just 47 years later May 28th, 1896. They had four children William C (B: May 24, 1875 D: April 18, 1881) and Mary B (B: October 26, 1878 D: April 6, 1881) who passed away in the same month of April 1881 just 12 days apart at the ages of 6 and 2.5. One wonders if they had some kind-of-illness the struck these two children as one other child Mildred (B: October 26, 1878 D: unknown) Mary’s twin survived. A fourth child, Isabelle (B: August 19, 1883 D: June 6, 1961) married Nathanial Corlow and moved to Glens Falls as a dress maker and finally Whitehall, NY.
In 1900, Charles was a widower. Sometime thereafter he married Clara G. MacMaster and they embarked upon the entrepreneurial task of building the MacMaster House. When Charles passed away in 1930, Clara was 67 years old as she had been born in 1862.