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Bernard  J. Treacy (1842-1897)

 

Prominent in the civic, social and business life of Lexington, 'Barney" J. Treacy, as, he was familiarly and affectionately known, was counted among the city's most progressive men and for nearly thirty years devoted his wonderful energy and tireless labor to the upbuilding of the city and the Improvement of the trotting and thoroughbred industry. His name and fame gained distinction not only in the United States but in the capitals of Europe, where some of the product of his Ashland Park Stock Farm became celebrities of the turf and stud.

 

The story of the career of Bernard J. Treacy furnishes much of pleasing interest. He was born June 24, 1842, in French Lawn, parish of Ballintubber, county Roscommon, Ireland and was one of seven children born to the union of John and Mary (Gavin) Treacy. John Treacy was a man of superior education and a civil engineer by profession and employed extensively on government work in County Roscommon, Bernard J. Treacy received a good practical education in the schools of his native country. At the age of twenty he married Miss Mary Ganley, of Rosmeen, parish of Ballintubber, County Roscommon, and soon afterward came to the United States, locating in Lexington. He obtained ready employment here with Dr. R. Underwood, a veterinary surgeon and horse trainer, with whom he remained until November 1863, when he offered his services to the government and was assigned to a position in the United States Army Quartermaster's Department at Camp Nelson, where he became superintendent of corrals and inspector of horses, being the last employee retained there by the Government. In this camp his oldest daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth T. Rogers, was born.

 

Returning to Lexington in 1865, Mr. Treacy began dealing in and training horses, and was identified with that business up to the time of his death.

 

For a period he kept his stock in the old Phoenix Stables, then with Montague and Aubrey, until he purchased the Underwood Stables on Short Street remaining there until 1877, when his constantly increasing business compelled him to move to more enlarged and suitable quarters. In that year he leased one thousand acres of the old Preston estate, naming it Ashland Park Farm, from the fact that is was situated directly opposite Ashland, the home of the greatest statesman Henry Clay.

With the practical idea of breeding for the highest standards in stack Mr. Treacy entered upon the work with earnestness and vigor and brought his establishment to the highest point of perfection in every respect. He was a close and intelligent student of everything pertaining to his vocation and had an exhaustive know!-edge of the speed producing families which were handled by him, one of the keynotes to his great success being his careful selection of brood mares, regardless of cost and their breeding to the best sires.

 

The Ashland Park Farm enjoyed a great reputation as the home of the highest class of standard bred trotters and thoroughbreds, and it was seldom that visitors to Lexington in quest of business or pleasure did not drive to this farm to view the horses and share in the hospitality that was always extended by Mr. Treacy. Notable among the men of fame who visited this place was President Arthur during his administration.

Mr. Treacy had great faith in the future of Lexington and at one time owned the property upon which is now located the new Phoenix Hotel (the site of the old "Horseman's Headquarters') and the ground upon which now stand the Lexington Laundry and the Embry Company buildings on Main Street.

 

The racing stables of Barney Treacy, both trotters and thoroughbreds, were conspicuous for many years on the turf, and many a famous trotter and runner graduated from the training barns of the Ashland Park Farm. The green and old gold racing colors of the establishment were first past the winning post in many big handicap and stake events.

 

Horseman's Headquarters, the Treacy and Wilson stable, was for a quarter of a century the scene of the greatest sales of .horses and the favorite gathering place for all the celebrated turfmen of the country. It was considered one of the finest equipped livery stables in America.

 

Mr. Treacy was one of the original members of the Kentucky Trotting horse Breeders Association and an active member of the Kentucky Racing Association,

Politically he was affiliated with the democratic party and served the city an the Board of Aldermen for several terms. He was a director of the Chamber of Commerce; trustee of the Catholic Cemetery Association; secretary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society; president of the Irish National Association; and a vice president of the local Land League was a member of the committee to meet and receive the honorable Charles S. Parnell on the occasion of his visit to Lexington in 1880.

 

To Bernard J. and Mary (Ganley) Treacy were born the following surviving children; Mary Elizabeth. widow of the late ex-Mayor James C. Rogers; William J vice president of the Kentucky Sales Company, Charles H., engaged in mining in Montana and Idaho; Bernard J., realtor and president of the Board of Commerce; James F., assistant secretary of the Combs Lumber Company; Katherine F., wife of R. J. Colbert, attorney and master commissioner of the Fayette Circuit Court; and Jane F. Mr. Treacy's beloved wife died in May. 1914.

 

In all the years of Mr. Treacy's residence in Lexington he stood staunchly for everything that inured to the improvement and betterment of the city and county, and among his fellow citizens he received the highest measure of confidence and esteem.

 

The Blue-grass blade newspaper of Lexington, described him in January 1891 as a supporter of the Prohibition party, "Mr Treacy used to be a saloonkeeper on Dewees street in this city about as hard a part of the town as there is in it" and as "a Catholic Irishman who has made a large fortune in an honest and legitimate way Time papers report that he is going to build a $50000 house. He came to this city a poor boy worked among horses until he knew the business and is now one of the largest dealers in horses."

 

In 1896, statements of his assets and liabilities amounted to $75,000 while his property at Ashland Park Farm and two livery stables in Lexington, including 177 horses, were expected to bring $50,000 under the hammer.

 

Colonel or Capt. Bernard Treacy died Boston 12th September 1897, after a fall when he was entering a friend’s house, Frank C. Lappin of South End. At that time he was very prominent in Lexington affairs, being a member of the Board of Aldermen and Chairman of the Police Committee. He was buried in Lexington, 18 September 1897. Many mourned his passing and turf journals and other publications throughout the country paid tender tribute to his memory.

 

Ref:

History of Kentucky, Volume 3

Ranck, Guide to Lexington, p. 76-7

John Lethem, [1887?] A Review of Lexington, Kentucky, as She is...New york

Obituary, New York Times, 14 September 1897.

The Horseman 1888

Kentucky Digital Library http://kdl.kyvl.org/

 

 

William Joseph Treacy (1868-1945)

 

Among men who have  stamped the impress of their characters and their  strong individuality on the people and the business  interests of Kentucky is William J. Treacy, whose  entire life has been devoted to the horse business  in one phase or another. Faithfulness to duty and a strict adherence to a fixed purpose have been dominating factors in his life, which has been replete with  success worthily attained. He is a scion of one of  the worthy old families of this locality, and many  of the strong characteristics of his progenitors seem  to have outcropped in him, so that he has ever enjoyed to a marked degree the esteem and good will  of all who know him.

William Joseph Treacy was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 14, 1868, and is the son of Bernard J. and Mary (Ganly) Treacy, who are mentioned specifically in a separate sketch elsewhere in this work.  Mr. Treacy received his educational training in St.  Paul's High School and St. Catherine's Academy,  which he attended to the age of seventeen years. In  1885 he became a student in Georgetown University,  where he was graduated in 1890, with the degree of  Bachelor of Arts. He then went to work for his  father, who was extensively engaged in the breed-  ing, raising and training of thoroughbred trotting  horses, and remained with him until 1897. He then  became connected with the well-known Thoroughbred  Record as assistant editor, which position he held  up to 1904, when he became one of the organizers  of the Kentucky Sales Company, of which he became  vice president and also served in the capacity of pedigree expert. This company became one of the best-known and most reliable sales corporations in the State  of Kentucky, and their sales, which are held four times  a year, are considered important events, being attended  by prospective buyers and interested horsemen from  all over the United States. Mr. Treacy also formed  a partnership with Ken Walker, under the firm name  of Treacy & Walker, a firm which has risen to prominent place in the horse world. Besides the successful  handling of a racing stable, including some high-class  horses, they are performing valuable service as racing  statisticians, registrars of horses, pedigree experts, catalogue compilers and theoretical breeding experts. They  are also agents for the livestock department of the  Hartford Insurance Company and publishers of the  American Thoroughbred Stallion Record.  

Politically Mr. Treacy is a democrat, but aside from  the exercise of his right of franchise he has never  taken an active interest in political affairs, having no  aspirations for public office. He is a member of the  Jockey Club and is popular among his associates.  

Mr. Treacy was married to Elizabeth Wolf, who was born and reared in Lexington, the daughter of  Frank J. and Kate (Canning) Wolf. Her father was a native of Germany, and he died at the age of seventy-six years, being survived by his widow, who was  born in County Roscommon, Ireland. Frank J. Wolf  was a teacher of music, in which he was an expert.  They were the parents of but one child, Mrs. Treacy.  To Mr. Treacy and his wife have been born three children, namely: William Joseph, Jr., who died in  1905, at three years of age ; James Rogers and Margaret Josephine. Mr. Treacy is eminently public spirited in his attitude towards community life, giving his unreserved support to all movements looking  to the advancement of the general welfare, and has  been a potent factor in the development and prosperity of this section of the country.

 

Ref:

History of Kentucky, Volume 4

 

Charles Henry Treacy (Nov 6 1873-bef 1953 Montana)

 

December 28, 1901 The Thoroughbred Record

Charles H. Treacy, of the Montana Racing Association, Butte, Montana, is spending the holidays with relatives in Lexington.

 

Katharyn Florence Treacy (1880-1953)

 

On September 21, 1916, at Lexington, Mr. Colbert was married to Katharyn Florence Treacy, the daughter of Bernard J. and Mary Treacy, and they have become the parents of a son, Richard J. Colbert, Jr. Although a quiet and unassuming man, Mr. Colbert has contributed to the general advancement of the community, while his admirable qualities of head and heart have won for him the esteem and confidence of the circles in which he has moved.

 

Ref:

History of Kentucky, Volume 4

 

Barney J Treacy (1882-1960)

 

Among the most prominent of the business men of Lexington is Barney J. Treacy, known not only locally but nationally as one of the best versed men in the country in his profession. He is a realtor.

 

Mr. Treacy was born in Lexington May 2, 1882, and is the son of Bernard J. and Mary Ganley Treacy. the father having been one of the most famous horsemen of his time, whose life also appears 'in this work Mr. Treacy attended St. Catherine's Academy until the age of fourteen, when be matriculated in the Lexington Business College, being one of the youngest students who was ever entered there. At fifteen be was employed by G. A DeLong & Company, a firm conducting a fire insurance and real estate business at 157 West Short Street lie remained here continuously until iio except for a few months when he was bookkeeper for the Lexington Brewing Company.

 

In 1906 he obtained an interest in the business of G. A. DeLong Company, the name being finally changed to DeLong and Treacy when Mr. Treaty became a full partner. At the death of Mr. DeLong in 1910 the firm was dissolved and Mr. Treacy opened his own office at 209 West Short Street. His business has grown to he one of the largest real estate concerns in the city, maintaining departments for the handling of lawn and country property.

 

Mr. Treacy was elected president of the Lexington Real Estate Board in 1914, and was one of the two realtors representing the real estate interests of Kentucky at a special session of the Legislature called to revise the tax laws in May, 1917. In his speech made before this body he recommended the plan of taxation which was adopted and became the present tax law of the state. He was chairman of the Board of Equalization named by the city officials on January 4, 1915, which was the first time in the history of Lexington that equalization of tax assessments had been made by real estate men. In 1914 he was chosen as one of the six men in the United States to lie a member of the Board of Managers of the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, He is also a member of the executive committee of this organization.

 

In September, 1918 Mr. Treacy went into the Government service s assistant manager of the Real Estate Division of the United States Housing Corporation, a $100,000, corporation authorized by Congress. March 1, 1919, he was made manager of this division and a director of the corporation, and served in this capacity until July 1, 1919, when he resigned to return to his business in Lexington.

 

He was elected president of the Board of Commerce for the year 1921. This, is an organization composed of 800 of the representative business men of the town and of which he had been a director for many years.  He has been most efficient in the work he has done and has not only accomplished greater things for Lexington in the way of bringing new enterprises to the town but has brought Lexington in closer contact with other portions of the state and made persons in other communities realize the advantages Lexington has to offer in business and as a home.

 

Mr. Treacy is one of the most public spirited men in Lexington and gives generously of his time and money to any movement that makes for the growth and progress of his town and state.

 

He was one of the organizers of the Bank of Commerce, one of the strongest financial institutions in the city, an organizer of the Young Men's Business Club, was a patron of the Oneida Baptist Institute, which has done such wonderful work for the people of the mountains. He has been for years a director of the Civic League and closely connected with and a co-worker with Mrs. Desha Breckinmige for the welfare of the community. He is a trustee of St. Peter's Church, a member of the V. M. C. A., the Kiwanis Club, the Oil Men's Association, the Lexington Club, Knights of Columbus, member of the Lexington Real Estate Board and chairman of the valuation committee of that organization.

 

On July 11 1919 Mr. Treacy was married to Caroline E. Turner of Louisville. Kentucky, daughter of Henry L. and Rebecca (Whitlow) Turner and granddaughter of Hon. Oscar Turner, who was in Congress for many years. Mrs Turner is a direct descendant of Governor Winthrop Sargent, first governor of Mississippi.

 

07/25/1960

Barney J. Treacy, 79, of Hampton Court, died today at the hospital after a long illness.

 

Ref:

History of Kentucky, Volume 3

 

 

 

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Bernard  J. Treacy (1842-1897)

 

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Ashland Park Stock Farm (Ranck)

 

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Horsemen’s Headquarters

 

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1921 Barney J. Treacy, "Insurance & Real Estate", 108 Lime to Upper (South) Lexington, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

1. John Treacy & Mary Gavin

               1.1 Bernard J. Treacy (b. June 24, 1842, in French Lawn, parish of Ballintubber d. Sep. 12, 1897 Boston Suffolk County Mass) m. Mary E. Ganley (1842 - 1914)

1.1.1  Mary Elizabeth Treacy (1865 - 1941) married to James Constantine Rogers on 19 Nov 1887

1.1.2  William Joseph Treacy (1868 - 1945) married Elizabeth Wolf Treacy (____ - 1963)

1.1.3  Charles Henry Treacy Nov 6 1873-bef 1953 Montana?

1.1.4  Jane F. “Gennie” Treacy (1879 - 1937)

1.1.5  Katherine F. Treacy (1880 - 1953) married to Richard J. Colbert on abt 1918

1.1.6  Bernard J. Treacy (1882 - 1960) married Caroline E. Turner (____ - 1956)

1.1.7  James Francis Treacy (1884 - 1959) married Anna Josephine Matlack (1883 - 1947)

 

1880 Census: 3rd Ward, Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky

 Name 

Relation

Marital Status

Gender

Race

Age

Birthplace

Occupation

Father's Birthplace

Mother's Birthplace

 Barney TREACY 

 Self 

 M 

 Male 

 W 

 38 

 IRE 

 Horse Dealer 

 --- 

 --- 

 Mary E. TREACY 

 Wife 

 M 

 Female 

 W 

 36 

 IRE 

 Keeping House 

 IRE 

 IRE 

 Mary E. TREACY 

 Dau 

  

 Female 

 W 

 15 

 KY 

 Attending School 

 IRE 

 IRE 

 William J. TREACY 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 12 

 KY 

 Attending School 

 IRE 

 IRE 

 Charles TREACY 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 6 

 KY 

 Attending School 

 IRE 

 IRE 

 Jane F. TREACY 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 1 

 KY 

  

 IRE 

 IRE 

 

 

Bernard J Treacy, Sr

Birth:      Jun. 24, 1842 County Roscommon, Ireland

Death:     Sep. 12, 1897 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Children:

  Mary Elizabeth Treacy Rogers (1865 - 1941)*

  William Joseph Treacy (1868 - 1945)*

  Charles H. Treacy (1874)

  Jane F. Treacy (1879 - 1937)*

  Katherine F. Treacy Colbert (1880 - 1953)*

  Bernard J. Treacy (1882 - 1960)*

  James Francis Treacy (1884 - 1959)*

Spouse:

  Mary E. Ganley Treacy (1842 - 1914)

Note: Also son Charles Henry Treacy Nov 6 1873-bef 1953 Montana?

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA

Mary Elizabeth Treacy Rogers

Birth:      May 23, 1865 Jessamine County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Apr. 17, 1941 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Note: Married to James Constantine Rogers on 19 Nov 1887

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

William Joseph Treacy

Birth:      Jun. 14, 1868 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Jan. 11, 1945 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Family links:

Spouse:  Elizabeth Wolf Treacy (____ - 1963)*

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Charles H. Treacy

Charles H. Treacy, 34, b. 1874 Lexington Kentucky, lives Butte  (s. of Barney J. Treacy & Mary Ganley) m. Florence E. Reed, 27, b. 1881 Cauton Ohio, lives Butte (d. of George Reed & Maliucda Thorsberry) on the 26 Jun 1908 Butte, Silver Bow, Montana

Jane F. "Gennie" Treacy

Birth:      Oct. 11, 1879 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Jan. 18, 1937 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Katherine F. Treacy Colbert

Birth:      Jul. 15, 1880 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Feb. 9, 1953 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Note: Married to Richard J. Colbert on abt 1918

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Bernard J. Treacy, Jr

Birth:      May 29, 1882 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Jul. 25, 1960 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Family links:  Spouse:  Caroline E. Turner Treacy (____ - 1956)*

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

James Francis Treacy

Birth:      Jun. 30, 1884 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Death:     Mar. 19, 1959 Huntington Cabell County West Virginia, USA

Children: Mary Lynn Treacy (1914 - 1915)*

Spouse:  Anna Josephine Matlack Treacy (1883 - 1947)*

Burial: Calvary Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Created by: ca groshong Record added: Oct 05, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 59642482

Ann Robinson [20 Oct 2016] This is my great uncle [Bernard J. Treacy, Jr ] who lived in Lexington. His brother was my grandfather and we lived in Huntington, WV

 

Other references

 

1860’s The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke

John Gregory Bourke kept a monumental set of diaries as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General George Crook [Indian Wars USA].

…Mr. Treacy, our gentlemanly cicerone, is the senior member of the firm of Treacy and Wilson, horse-dealers; he is a young Irishman who left his native district, - Roscommon – 25 years ago…

 

 

"The boarding school of Mary Todd Lincoln: a discussion as to its identification between C. Frank Dunn and William H. Townsend, originally published in the Sunday Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky" Privately printed 1941 [Link]

 

...General Preston leased "Rose Hill" and 160 acres to Richard Lowell not long after Madame Mentelle's death. Lowell assigned his lease to William Simmons, who set up a trotting horse establishment on the farm, his stallion George Wilkes heading the stud.

 

Bernard J. Treacy next leased the place, calling it Ashland Park Stock Farm, as the above picture shows. His famous stallion was Howard's Mambrino.

 

...But Mr. Dunn's discovery of the "Mentelle house" is, in my opinion, a case of mistaken identity—a triumph of hope over reality. This "attractive old gabled dwelling, zvings and all," which he says has remained "untouched"—not "altered one whit" for over a century, had no wings whatever for almost fifty years after Mary Todd finished school and for nearly eighty years after Mrs. Russell, quoting Mr. Dunn again, "turned over this house and five acres of land to the Mentelles!" For a good many years Mr. Bernard J. Tracy had these premises and a large adjacent acreage under lease. The picture of the house, an engraving, showing "Ashland Park Stock Farm, B. J. Treacy, Prop.," with which Mr. Dunn illustrated his article of April 6th, was taken from a small volume published by John Lethem in 1887 entitled: "A Review of Lexington, Kentucky." It is not drawn to scale, is distorted in delineation of objects, utterly fails to indicate the true proportions of this house, and attempts to present a "birds-eye" view without the sketcher being in the position of the bird. Besides the buildings and training track, it shows in the background a number of strange looking animals, one resembling a giraffe, another a rhinoceros. Mr. William J. Treacy, vice president of Tattersalls, says that his father and family lived in this house much of the time during the seventies and eighties and that his father built both of the wings about the year 1885. From Mr. Treacy, I understand that this residence, prior to the addition of the wings had, as it has today, a narrow hall and two rooms downstairs, a similar hall and two small bedrooms upstairs, with a dining room, kitchen and pantry or washroom in the ell. Mr. Treacy says that in all the years he lived in and has known this place he never heard that it was the "Mentelle house" or that it had any sort of historic association. Certainly Bernard J. Treacy, who served in the Commissary and Quartermaster department of the Union Army during the War Between the States, a man widely known, according to the author of the "Review," as "a close observer of men and things," never told his children that within these walls Madame Mentelle had entertained Lafayette, conducted her famous boarding school and taught the wife of Capt. Treacy's old Commander-in-Chief.

 

...Thank the Lord both Barney and Billy Treacy still are with us to identify this as the house their father leased from General Preston, else the hallowed domicile probably would be condemned and ordered razed by the building inspector before a wind-storm swept it and a row of houses with it down Lincoln Avenue. After reading Mr. Townsend's description, I hastily telephoned Barney Treacy to be sure I had the right house. Here's Mr. Townsend's description:

 

"This modest dwelling, doubtless pleasant, comfortable and, perhaps, attractive (a customary "aside" to the jury) during the Treacy years, is of superficial, unsubstantial build. Except for the chimneys, no part of it is brick, no part stone, or logs (why should they be?) The walls are thin with no storm siding—nothing at all —between scantily plastered laths and studded weatherboards, and the present roof is of modern composition (of course). The laths themselves are sawed poplar instead of split hickory or oak as usually seen in houses really old"—which summarizes fhe now fully discredited junk-pile perfectly—to the jury, but not to students of early houses.

 

Let's see if General Preston had such a detached view of the old Mentelle home when he leased it to Mr. Treacy—who hy the way, considered it good enough in which to entertain the President of the United States (Arthur), and—significantly—his secretary, Robert Lincoln. As you follow along with the text, refer to the picture above, which Ranck published in 1883, sans the "giraffe, rhinoceros," etc. I can guarantee it is not any "distorted" conception of John Lethem in 1887, and has no zoo substituted for Mr. Treacy's famous trotting horses. As Mr. Treacy ran the cut with his own ad in a Lexington directory, it is dollars to doughnuts he had it made ; approved and was proud of it, and would have resented any such criticism of his horses as quoted above.

 

...Next, lease January 1, 1877, General Preston to Bernard J. Treacy : "A certain tract lying on the Richmond turnpike about one mile South of the City of Lexington containing about 160 acres, composed of the lands originally leased by Wm. Preston to R. Lowell and assigned by him to Simmons containing 100 acres and also the field, bounded by Richmond turnpike, the lands of Mentelle (today's Mentelle Park) and Lowell's farm on the Northern line of Wickliffe's Hill (Rosehill) . . . and also the grass lot containing 16 or 18 acres rented last year to Simmons for $150."

 

Under this three-year lease, Treacy was to keep and use the place "as a grass and stud farm and trotting park." The fences were "not to be changed or altered without the consent of said Preston" and Treacy further agreed "to keep all the houses, buildings and enclosure in good repair and condition for the habitation of first-class tenants." General Preston, "as soon as the weather permits in April or May" was to make certain necessary repairs, and Treacy was "not to break the sod in the Road field lying between the trotting track and the turnpike now in the 16-acre grass field, nor in the inclosures of the house and trotting track." Treacy was not "to sublet the premises, nor any portion of them" and agreed to "keep the stables, houses and all other buildings and structures on the premises in thorough order and condition and to surrender same in such order." In case of destructive fire, "Treacy shall not be bound to rebuild the same, but it is not to be understood that any desstruction of sheds or smaller buildings other than the dwelling house or stable shall give such right of abandonment of the leasehold."

 

When Mr. Treacy on August 11, 1880, renewed the lease for five years (D. B. 61, page 387) General Preston really gave expression to his appreciation at owning the historic Mentelle dwelling. The property was "a certain tract of land lying on the Richmond turnpike about one mile South of the City of Lexington, known as the Ashland Park Place, bounded on the North by lands of Waldemar Mentelle (Mentelle Park), on the West by the Richmond turnpike, on the South by the line of fence commencing at the gate near the corner of the land heretofore leased to him by Wm. Preston" and to the line of "the Lexington and Big Sandy Railroad." (Compare the picture above—this lease was for five years from Jan. 1, 1880, to Jan. 1, 1885. The cut evidently was made in 1882—it was indexed in Perrins' History of that year but omitted somehow, and actually published by Ranck in 1883—and the glorified house then had wings and the complete contour of today.)

 

...Then follows the lease to Richard Lowell (assigned to William Simmons and by him to Bernard J. Treacy) of Rosehill.

 

...The record that dispels all doubt and supposition as to whether the present house on Lincoln avenue, now admittedly the residence of the Wilsons (Simmons' lease) and the Treacys, is actually the "Rosehill" of Mentelle school days may be found in Deed Book 54, page 79, Fayette County Court—the lease by General William Preston to William L. Alverson Jan. 1, 1875.

 

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Last update: 21 October 2016