Ann Eliza and William Saddler Jr. House, 30165 Lake Road, c.1876

Ann Eliza and William Saddler II house, 30165 Lake Road, c. 1876. Photo by Will Krause

The 19th in a series of articles to be published as a walking tour of Lake Road by the Bay Village Historical Society in 2026.

Tax records confirm that this beautiful Victorian Italianate style house was constructed in 1876 or 1877.

“Bay Village: A Way of Life” has extensive information about the couple that built it. She was a member of the Lilly family, residents of the center of Dover Township, direct descendants of Miles Standish. He grew up at 29737 Lake Road and ran a fishing business from boats harbored directly across the street. He also ran their large farm and was a skilled craftsman who made his own tools and designed this house which won first prize in a house contest in 1876.

They donated much of the land for the nearby Methodist church. They had five children: Jesse, a doctor and mayor of Bay; Ralph, a dentist; Burrett, a carpenter and Bay councilman; Frank, who continued to work the farm; and Florence, who spent the latter years of her life at this house.

At least three generations of the Saddler family served in Bay government and the local family included veterans from the American Revolution through WWII (except the Spanish American War).

William Krause

William R. Krause, retired as the Assistant Planning Director of the City of Westlake in 2020 after over 30 years with the city. He also served on the Bay Village Planning Commission for 9 years. He was a trustee for the Bay Village Historical Society from 2020 to 2021 and a former board member of the Westlake Historical Society. He was chair of their Lilly Weston Committee and was a member of the Reuben Osborn Learning Center Steering Committee. He is currently a Trustee of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians and the Gates Mills Historical Society. He has been married to Debra for 42 years and is the father of three grown children, grandfather of six and co-owner of a Yellow Lab named Sadie.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 8:45 AM, 11.07.2023