648 Commercial Street

648 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

648 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Buz and Carol Plesser, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Buz and Carol Plesser, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Of the handsome gambrel-roofed cottages built by Horace Albertus Spear Jr. for his family in the late 1800s, No. 648 is still used and occupied by Spear’s descendants to the third, fourth, and fifth generations. For that, and The Fraser Budget for Personal or Family Expenses, we may thank Horace’s daughter Alice (Spear) Fraser, whose cottage this was. She married LeRoy Fraser and spent many summers here. It is now owned by two of her grandchildren, Carol (Fraser) Plesser (pictured with her husband, Bernard “Buz” Plesser) and LeRoy “Scott” Fraser III. What inspires such long-term loyalty? Well, moments after telling me about her family’s history in 2012, Carol answered the doorbell. “Two cherubs were delivering a handwritten invitation to an ice-cream social across the street,” she said. No further explanation was needed

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