Perhaps you have never heard of the Courtright Block in Conneautville. I'm sure you will recognize the building pictured with this article. It is the third brick building to be researched to determine it's age. Unfortunately, this still has not been determined. Were you aware this was once a three story building, similar to the Legion Building located across the street?
A search of the Deeds tell us Cornelius Courtright and wife Fidelia M. sold the property to Fayette A. Temple on November 23, 1849. The Deed was recorded December 3rd, 1849. The price of $100. does not indicate what type of structure if any, was on this lot, but hereditaments, premises and appurtenances included in the sale indicate something was there. It also lists the dimensions starting from Courtright's "corner" located at Main and Pearl Streets.
Cornelius Courtright was still around in 1853 when he was elected Burgess of Conneautville. His death was June 21, 1857. His Will left all his estate to his wife Fidelia, especially a pair of bay three year old colts being stabled at James Power's.
We are still searching for a date of construction. Or why was it called the Courtright block and not the Temple block??? The more answers we find, the more questions we have.
Charles G. Melcher purchased this property in 1921, he was the owner who removed the 3rd floor in 1947. The 3rd floor once housed the Masonic Lodge and at some time in history, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were dinners, dances and many local celebrations (for those who could climb the stairs).
Our weekly newspaper reported the building was top-heavy and had been leaning toward the south for many years. By removing the third floor, relieving some of the weight, it would prevent the building from tilting further. It appears this procedure worked as the building is still standing erect, on a solid foundation, and will be around for many, many more years. Do you remember when this third floor was removed?