Next I searched old Oshkosh City Directories and made an interesting discovery. In the 1891 directory, the first one to publish a street directory, Edward P. Stevens, a builder and contractor in list as the resident of 274 Merritt Ave. Further the 1866 directory lists Mrs. Stevens, (sic) s s Merritt b Bowen and Hazel and indeed 274 cum 919 Merritt is on the south side of the street between Bowen and Hazel. Rosella Stevens was widow of Hiram Stevens who in 1852 moved his family from Waldo County, Maine to the village of Oshkosh. Hiram became a dealer of wood and lime, operating a kiln across the lake at Clifton (High Cliff).
In 1861 he and his eldest son William enlisted in Oshkosh Company B, Third Wisconsin Cavalry and served a three year attachment with Western army in Missouri, his younger son Edward joined the next year. The riggers of service took a harsh toll on Hiram and he returned to Oshkosh and died in March of 1863.
Rosella had twelve children four of whom died as infants the rest grew to be adults. William O. Stevens survived the war and became a successful stone cutter and mason. Edward P. also a war survivor was a mason, builder and contractor. Daughters Addie and Lilly married and moved to Milwaukee and Missouri, respectively. Sons Fredrick B. and Charles O. moved to Suamico in Brown county, while George a lumberman lived in Menominee, Michigan. Ephraim Eldorus Stevens worked as a carpenter, mason and apprenticed with architect with D. M. Harteau of Green Bay, later forming a partnership. In 1878 he returned to Oshkosh to open his own office. There is so much to tell of E. E. Stevens, I intend to devote more posts him and his work.