Name : The Wizard
Location : North Beach
Built in : Not sure---my Grandfather purchased the cottage in 1942. It may have been built late 1800's
Origin of its name
It is still the original Victorian style, with a beautiful screened-in porch along the front of the cottage. In the attached historical photo it shows a cottage up the hill behind the Wizard. Well before it came into our family this cottage collapsed, but the foundation footings can still be seen on the hill. Our family purchased this lot in 1952.
Besides the L. Frank Baum history, there were many renters who autographed a wall in the basement--Secretary of Treasury, other renowned people. When we were young we had a club house in the basement and didn't appreciate all the writing on the wall so we made work of "cleaning it"--removing all the signatures. My Uncle almost did us all in!
Cottage related family name : Steffens, Phillips and now Linn
Generations in cottage so far : Three generations so far
Family established cottage in : Grandfather, Ben Steffens purchased the cottage in 1942
Name : Family traditions
- Every year since around 1975, we try to get a picture of the family on the front steps---grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren.
- We would celebrate any summer birthdays at the cottage. Grandchildren spent many overnights with grandparents and Aunt Anne and Uncle Len.
Name : Family Memories & stories