An Oshkosh neighborhood near the intersection of Bay and Washington Streets, within the sound of the bells of St. Mary’s Catholic church was a popular with business owners no doubt because of the proximity of Main Street and the business district. There were in that district several homes with similar features which I believe to be design by William Waters.
At about the same time Mr. Mehlmann had his house built, Mr. Peter Stein had a fine house constructed just up the street and around the corner on Washington Avenue. What the Mehlmann house lacked in decoration, Peter Stein’s more than made up for it. Mr. Stein showed up in Oshkosh in 1889 and was the proprietor of the Royal Bodega sample room on Main Street and live on Waugoo Avenue. The saloon business must have been good as Peter soon could build a fine home. His house was in the familiar Queen Anne cottage template with some ornate features; a picture window flanked by six lights on each side adorned the center of the first floor, above that was a set of triplet window which combined with a fan light in the attic to give the look of a Palladian window and in the peak of the gable was a carved festoon. Missing was any sort of dormer on the roof above the front porch but the elevation to the right had two gables and a full-length bay.
This style must have had great appeal for in 1895 Charles Stroud had a house built that was a combination of the Mehlmann and Stein residences. Stroud was a partner in Stroud and Thomson, dealers in oil, lubricants and paint and business must have been good for Mr. Stroud built a fine dwelling. Stroud’s home was just down the block from Peter Stein’s place and it appeared some-what larger but not as ornate. There was a dormer above the front porch, not seen on the Stein house but there were double gables on the side and a two-story bay, just as with the others.