|Congressman Thomas S. Crago. Photo credit, greeneconnections.com|
|The Crago House in Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful, 1907, Fred High.|
|The Crago family in Atlantic City. From left: Margaret, Leah, John and Thomas. Later, another daughter named Ruth joined the family. Photo credit, Margaret (Waddell Baker), via greeneconnections.com|
|The Crago House in 1969. Photo credit: Joan (Short) Ater.|
Classical elements abound inside and out. Twelve dormers pierced the hip roof, three on each side, making the structure a full three stories. Framed by short Ionic columns, the dormers were pedimented and richly detailed. The central front dormer had a dramatic split pediment and Palladian window. At the very top of the house was a “widow’s walk” with decorative iron railing.
|Borders in the coffered ceiling and on the walls were hand-painted by New York artist Vincenzo Muola. Photo credit, Julie McCracken.|
|Margaret Crago and children Leah and John. Photo credit, Margaret (Waddell) Baker, via greeneconnections.com|
|Christmas 1971 in the dining room of the Crago House. Second owners, Robert and Erma Short with their daughters (from left): Rhonda, Robin, Glendell, Joan and Janice|
While work was underway repairing the walls and floors on the 2nd and 3rd floors, Dad gave each of us tasks in other areas of the house. He taught us how to gently remove wallpaper without scoring the plaster walls, how to work on cleaning the darkened woodwork with a mixture of linseed oil and other mystery ingredients. There was also a hand-painted frieze around the top of the walls in the dining room and library that had to be gently cleaned.
The list seemed endless but the time flew and we were actually able to move into the house in the summer of 1969 and complete the remaining work after that. Through all of it Mom kept very busy cooking, cleaning, taking care of the family and doing research on the side to help in the selection of new wallpaper, paint, window dressings, rugs, etc. And although much of the original furniture was gone at the time of purchase, many beautiful pieces remained and were purchased by my parents from Mr. Waddell.