Excerpts from John D. Crimmins' Diary

Saturday, June 20, 1891

A new residence at Noroton, Connecticut, is now so nearly completed that today some of the furniture was received and we expect to occupy it next week.

For seven seasons we occupied the house of the late Mr. Hugh N. Collender, and for six years that was known as the Mansion on the Point and one year we occupied the house that is now Mr. O'Hara's.

I purchased from the Estate of Mr. Collender last year the Mansion and out-buildings and about 15 acres of land for $32,500. After occupying the house until September last, I commenced enlarging the house but found the part that I intended to use in such bad a condition I have been compelled to rebuild the entire old portion.

The progress of the building since has been tedious and the expense great, but in results, I think it will be satisfactory. I have built a dock with an approach, for the main line, of 160 feet.

Wednesday, June 24, 1891

Noroton. On this day, my family, Aunt Julie and the servants, took full possession of our new residence. Our postoffice address is Noroton, but this residence is in Darien Township, Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are in the enjoyment of good health, Thanks to Our Good Lord who watches over us. My eleven children, Susie, John, Martin, Lily, Mary-Christine, Tom, Constance, Cyril, Clara Mercedes, Evelyn and Clarence.

The house is very comfortable and the furniture is new. My garden looks plentiful. I have a farmer, a gardener, a man of all work and seven maid servants. In my stable are four horses for driving and two saddle horses. One for John and the other for Susie. We have three cows. The mechanics will be occupied for about a month in work about the house, stable and grounds.

My employment in the city will require daily attendance. The building of the cable railway on Broadway from Bowling Green to 45th Street and Seventh Avenue from 45th Street to 59th Street keeps me occupied.