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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Gilbert/Polaire, 1950 Water Street NE, (LL)

One early resident was A. E. Gilbert, brother of A.C. Gilbert of the prominent Salem family. In 1907 it was the home of Jacob and Alice Wenger. Around 1913 it became the home of Batty and Mayme Cooper. In 1926 the property was purchased by Walter G. and Margaret A. Baker. In the 1930s Baker changed his name to Zero Polaire because he felt he had been "left out in the cold" in the matter of his family's will. Mr.
Polaire lived in the house into the late 1950s.

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