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Wheelock family papers, 203 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pa.


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Overview and metadata sections

203 Park Avenue was designed by William E. Jackson (1857-1930) who maintained an office with Wilson Eyre. It was built in 1904 for Rebecca P. Beistle, widow of Joseph N. Beistle who died in 1898. Their children attended Swarthmore College. Mrs. Beistle sold the house before 1920, and she and daughter rented in Swarthmore. Louis Ward Wheelock and his first wife Blanche Toulon Wheelock purchased 203 Park Avenue, and it remained in the Wheelock family until 1979.

Louis and Blanche had three children: Louis Ward, Jr., Blanche, and Hope. Wheelock worked for Stephen F. Whitman Company and died in 1950. After the death of Blanche in 1928, he married a second time to Marie A. Creamer. She died in 1976, and David Ffrench, Sr., purchased the house from Marie Creamer Wheelock's sister in 1979.

The collection contains publications relating to the house at 203 Park Avenue in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and Wheelock family memorabilia including a family tree and photographs

Gift of David Ffrench, Jr. and David Ffrench, Sr., Acc. SHS 2012.002

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Collection Inventory

Articles on 203 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pa., 1904-1907 and undated.
Scope and Contents

Includes a handwritten note by donor concerning the history of the house.

Photographs, 203 Park Avenue.
Wheelock family photographs, not labeled.
Wheelock family miscellaneous, 1942-1943, undated.
Inexpensive Homes of Individuality, 1912.
Scope and Contents

Published by McBride, Nast and Company. 203 Park Avenue is featured on pages 27-29 with photographs and floor plan.

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