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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

An Early Event in the History of Pelhamwood

Just north of the Pelham station of the New Haven Line is the lovely neighborhood known as Pelhamwood. The neighborhood was developed in the early 20th Century by Clifford B. Harmon and his company, Clifford B. Harmon & Co. A full history of the neighborhood was published in The Pelham Weekly in 2004. See Bell, Blake A., The Early Development of Pelhamwood, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 37, Sept. 17, 2004, p. 12, col. 2.

William B. Randall, who once lived between Park Lane and Beech Tree Lane in the Village of Pelham Manor and served as President of that Village for a time, bought the lands that became Pelhamwood in 1907. He intended to develop the land. Within a short time, however, he sold those lands. The actual development was performed by Clifford B. Harmon & Co.

While researching other matters, I recently ran across a brief item published in 1907 in The Sun [New York City]. The item describes Randall's purchase. I have transcribed it below, followed by a citation to its source.

"Miscellaneous. . . . .

William Bradley Randall of Pelham Manor, associated with Charles T. Barney, president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company; Col. Wallach, of the law frim of Wallach & Cook, and Frederick L. Eldridge, vice-president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company, has bought from the Richard Lathers estate the tract of land known as Winyap [sic] Park, Pelham, containing over 132 acres. They have incorporated as the Winyap Park Realty Company. It is the intention of the company to lay out the property as a high class residential park. Washington L. Jacques, proprietor of the Murray Hil Hotel, and Thomas Leclaire Jacques, president of the village of Pelham, have organized a hotel company for the purpose of erecting a hotel to cost about $350,000 and to contain about 300 rooms. They have also taken an interest in the land syndicate."

Source: Miscellaneous, The Sun, Jun. 21, 1906, p. 8, col. 2.

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