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Well, a moderate one, but success nonetheless. I knew there had to be more information about Fenn and about the House somewhere, considering how important he was, as well as the Cedars (also spelled as Ceders in some of the Library records).

So, inspired by a movie which shall remain unnamed, I went to the Montclair Public Library to see what they have in their records. I was completely amazed. It is a treasure trove, combined with their online resources. This is what I found:

1. Photographs of Fenn.
2. Image of the portrait done by Lawrence C. Earle.
3. Illustrations and photos of the house from what is now the Southern elevation and the exact location of the work that needs to be done this Fall.
4. General information about Fenn by his contemporaries. It seems he was well liked by everyone.

Amazing. I've also found out that he got married on October 14, 1885, to a woman named Eliza Crawford Scotcher in Kingston, Surrey, England, which I believe was his hometown. That is actually very romantic. Do you suppose he came to America to "make it", built the House, and then married her? Hm...

But I also remember reading somewhere he got married in Brooklyn. Odd. Have to get to the bottom of that mystery.


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