Historic Pelham

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Friday, September 08, 2006

An Image of The Brotherton Store in Pelhamville Before It Burned in 1890

Before the incorporation of the Village of North Pelham in 1896, the area north of the New Haven Main Line railroad tracks was known as Pelhamville. During the 1880s, a man named Loftus Brotherton ran a tiny grocery store located on 5th Avenue near what was then known as 4th Street (today's Lincoln Avenue).

According to an account by former Pelham Historian William R. Montgomery, Brotherton's "was noted for its high grade groceries. It was well patronized by . . . families from Mount Vernon and New Rochelle as well as Pelham."

The store, shown in the image immediately below, looked like a classic country store with a covered porch extending along nearly the entire front of the building that looked more like a residence than a commercial structure. Loftus Brotherton likely lived above the store on the second floor of the structure.

The store burned to the ground in May, 1890. Before then it reportedly was the gathering place of a local organization known as the "City Island Social Club". The photograph above shows a gathering of the City Island Social Club in front of the store. The giant banner on the left is difficult to read because it is turned backwards to the camera's view, but it says "City Island Social Club".

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