Middle Bass Island
Wehrle's Hall in the 1860s or early 1870s
I had always thought that the 1888 picture of Wehrle's Hall (the original building on the site of the Lonz Winery) was the oldest good picture. In 2009, I got one that was clearly earlier, but in June, 2010 I got an even earlier one. The first one below probably dates from the period 1870-1873, contributed by Ruth Currie in 2009. The four major differences between it and the 1888 image are the following:
Also worth noting is that this picture may be the only one that shows the "original" south dock on Middle Bass Island.
In June, 2010 I received a surprising earlier picture that probably dates at least 2-3 years before the above, and is probably from the late 1860s, based on the size of the tree at the edge of the water near the east end of the building. The other surprise is that it shows a home beside Wehrle's that looks like a frame house, very different from the black brick home seen in later pictures. So there were at least two homes at that site, followed by the Hillcrest Hotel later. Click on the image below to enlarge it.
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Revised: 07 Jan 2011