Hi Catherine I had to search through my files to find my correspondence with your aunt Lorraine Oostdyk King between 1990 and March 20, 1999 when she wrote she was moving to a retirement home in Winston Salem, NC. She said her replacement was Mrs. Catherine Andrews, % Richard Edison, 8 Stormy Water Rd.. Exeter, NH 03833.
She made at least three Edison Genealogies based on the Mahlon Burwell Edison and Harry Edison branches.I copied the first genealogy published in 1985 and I copied all 8 pages from William R.Patterson's files in Kasson, Dodge Co., MI.I contacted Lorraine, supplied her with information, and she updated it in 1994 and the final version was in 1996 (27 pages) and a correction made in her last letter.It is somewhat difficult to follow since Mahlon Leo Edison, son of Mahlon Burwell Edison married his cousin Jeanette (Nettie) Edison, daughter of Marcellus Edison.Also, your father legally changed his name from Arnold Richard Ostdyk to Richard Edison.I am about one year older than he is.
In Chapter 6 of "The Edisons of Vienna" by Lyle Tait he says Henry Ford was buying up Edison memorabilia for Greenfield Village and came to Vienna in 1933 to buy the Samuel Edison home from the heirs of Mahlon Burwell Edison.Mr. Ford stayed several days at the Vienna Hotel and personally supervised the dismantling.Every board and cut nail was removed, marked, and packed.Even the plaster from walls and ceiling was salvaged, packed in bags, and reused.To make sure the roof would be authentic as possible, two new sets of shingles were made up so the shingles could be replaced later.It sounds like the people of Vienna who should have bought and preserved the house were caught flatfooted.All that remains is a historic marker marking the site.Lyal Tait was pretty disgusted and others I talked to also expressed the same sentiments.