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Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms

 
 
Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms Marker
Inscription.  At the turn of the century, social critics saw apartment living as morally suspect. Instead, single working men and women who could not stay with their families typically lived in rooming or boardinghouses, where housekeepers ostensibly kept an eye on their behavior. Housekeepers were typically women, as the business was one of the few options for married or widowed women to earn a living. The need for rooming houses was great; Missoula’s population had grown over 250% between 1900 and 1910, and people continued to flock to the booming community. Lydia McCaffery and her widowed daughter, Mary Kroll, had this rooming house constructed in 1910 shortly after Lydia’s husband moved to Mexico. A full-length neoclassical porch distinguishes the brick foursquare residence. McCaffery expanded the two-story brick building circa 1915, adding dormers, which created space for three new rooms in the attic; a back addition with a kitchenette; and a separate wood-frame home in the rear, which she also leased to tenants. A diverse population rented Mrs. McCaffery’s furnished rooms. They included a dance teacher, a shoemaker, carpenters, railroad conductors, nurses
Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms Marker and House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms Marker and House
The marker is on the porch.
at the neighboring hospital, and the widowed cook at the Northern Pacific Railroad’s lunchroom. Lydia died in 1921, and her daughter, by then remarried to local rancher George McCauley, took over the business. The McCauleys continued to live here and manage the rooming house into the late 1940s. More recently, the building has housed those in need, including families of patients at nearby St. Patrick Hospital.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 52.603′ N, 113° 59.908′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is at the intersection of West Alder Street and Owen Street, on the left when traveling west on West Alder Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West Alder Street, Missoula MT 59802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John S. Johnston House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Francis Xavier Church (about 700 feet away); Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 426 North First Street West (approx.
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0.2 miles away); Keim Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lenox Flats (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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