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Ottawa in LaSalle County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1333 Ottawa Ave.

circa 1852

 
 
1333 Ottawa Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 30, 2021
1. 1333 Ottawa Ave. Marker
Inscription.  
This property has been
designated a
Local Historic Landmark
by the City of Ottawa, Illinois
April 7, 2009

 
Erected by City of Ottawa, Illinois.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 41° 20.491′ N, 88° 51.534′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Illinois, in LaSalle County. Marker is at the intersection of Ottawa Avenue and River Lane, on the right when traveling east on Ottawa Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1333 Ottawa Ave, Ottawa IL 61350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fisher-Nash Cottage (here, next to this marker); Fisher-Nash Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Centennial Memorial Ottawa Illinois (approx. 0.3 miles away); War of 1812 Soldiers at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); William D. Boyce (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Cushman Volunteers (approx. 0.6
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miles away); Remembering the Tornado (approx. 0.8 miles away); Remembering the Radium Girls (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
 
Regarding 1333 Ottawa Ave.. Excerpt from the house's National Register of Historic Places nomination:
In January 1852, [George Smith] Fisher and his wife Martha (1825-1916) bought a 3.16-acre riverfront lot on the west side of Ottawa for $500. The Fishers built the substantial one-story brick home now called the Fisher-Nash-Griggs House. It faced the grandest street in town — a 126-foot-wide boulevard called Ottawa Avenue. Fisher was the first of three lawyer-bankers who owned the home for almost 90 years …

John Fiske Nash (1824-1913) and his wife Lura (1826-1916) bought the house in 1857 for $7,500. Nash was also a lawyer-banker. Nash had settled in Ottawa in 1847 at age 23, was admitted to the bar in 1849, served as clerk of the circuit court from 1857 to 1860, was secretary of the Illinois General Assembly in 1865-66, and was cashier al the First National Bank of Ottawa from 1865 until 1901.…

The Nashes' daughter Lura married Clarence Griggs in 1883, and they lived in the home the rest of their
1333 Ottawa Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 30, 2021
2. 1333 Ottawa Ave. Marker
Featured marker is on the right pillar.
lives … Clarence Griggs (1857-1939), husband of Lura Nash Griggs, was the third member of the lawyer-banker dynasty that ruled the Fisher-Nash-Griggs House. Griggs began his law practice in 1880 at the age of 23. He served as La Salle County state's attorney for 11 years, was attorney for the Stale Board of Canal Commissioners, and director of the First National Bank in Ottawa.
 
Fisher-Nash-Griggs House image. Click for more information.
via NPS, 1997
3. Fisher-Nash-Griggs House
National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on November 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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