COSTLY HOME BUILT TO PUT
HIS KITCHEN IN FOE'S PARLOR
(Photo by Star Staff Photographer.)
228 NORTH EAST STREET.
BY AGNES M'CULLOCH HANNA.
"I will put my kitchen in that
Warren Tate is said to have made
that boast fifty years ago and the
red brick house at 228 Nirth East
street stands today as Tate insisted
it should with a portion of his
adversary's frame house joined to it as
Warren Tate, called "War"
because of his easily aroused anger
and his implacable temper, came
here about the end of the civil war
from Lawrenceburg. He bought or
established a planing mill where he
made doors, sash and blinds, flooring
and other mill work. His advertise-
ment is carried in the city directory
of 1868, and the mill stood at 38 South
New Jersey street. He seems to
have lived in various hotels, Emeneg-
ger's, Pattison's and the National. In
1872 his address is given at the house
next to his mill.
Warren Tate was a tall, well-built
man, robust and strong. Some per
sons called him "a man about town."
He had a high temper and when he
disliked any one he made a violent
issue of the quarrel and earned his
nickname of "War" Tate. He was
a consistant hater and carried on
more than one feud in his day. There
was no length to which he would not
go to gratify his passion.
Killed Man in Court Room.
He was engaged in a lawsuit with
a man named William Love over the
matter of a note. During the trial
about the end of the sixties or the
beginning of the seventies, in the
court room in the presence of the
judge and jury, Tate drew a revolver '
and shot his opponent.
The court room was at once in an
uproar. There were instant threats
against his life and great danger of
a lynching. Tate, was removed to a
place of safety. His poor victim was
taken to his home on a shutter, as
there were no ambulances in those
days. Mr. LoVe died and law-abiding
citizens waited for justice to be
administered to Warren Tate. They
were disappointed. In the trial of
his case he managed to plead "self-
defense" and was allowed to go free
of punishment, but certainly not free
of public censure. It was always
considered that his attack was
unprovoked and that justice was not meted
out to him.
Against the background of sober
industry and conventional living in
the early days of our community, a
few men robust in their lives and
amusements stand out plainly, and
he was one. The town was small
and every one knew what form of
activities interested these more or
less colorful and certainly irregular
persons. With the coming of the
railroads and the increased exchange
of ideas and goods between this and
larger cities, there began to be
speculations in produce and gambling at
cards. The use of spirituous liquor
for more than medicinal purposes
increased, and there were men who
flaunted established standards of be-
Took Mortgage on Lots.
About 1875, Mr. Tate took a mortgage
for a large sum against lots
Nos. 1 and 2 in Square 40 at East
and New York streets. They had
been sold in 1837 and 1840 and had
passed through the hands of Judge
William W. Wick and Stoughton A.
Fletcher, until they became the property
of Milton Pouder, a handler of
meat. Pouder had financial difficulties
and borrowed money from Tate.
On the lot next to the corner Pouder
had built or bought a modest frame
house. The mortgage was foreclosed
and at the sheriffs sale Tate bought
in the property. One suit followed
another, reaching in two instances
the Supreme court of the state. One
claim was acted upon in the Hamilton
county court. At last Tate and
his wife, Helen Bailey, acquired title
to these lots and Tate's famous
threat became known:
"I will put my kitchen in that
man's parlor!" Tate instructed his
architect, Charles G. Mueller, to
combine the front of the old frame
house with the fine new red brick
house, which was designed for him
in the German renaissance manner.
There it stands today part and
parcel of the tall brick house.
Old German Architect.
During the last quarter of the nineteenth
century our country was
flooded with pictures, designs and
specifications of German houses with
carefully worked out details. It was
a house of that kind showing a South
German influence that Mr. Mueller
designed for Mr. Tate.
There is a graceful well-proportioned
tower with its finial, at the
left-hand corner; the arch at the
front entrance is true with each
stone by its stress holding the others
in place. The caps above the columns
are well carved, and the brick work
is especially good. A local architect
suggests that a bricklayer named
John Martin may have laid the
brick, the work is so well done.
There is fine detail work over and
under the cornices. There are three
groups of three windows and the
composition of the facade is academic,
showing plainly that the architect
had had training in his medium, and
knew how to get results.
By the front steps near the high
foundation of the house lies a stone
with the initials W. T. in high relief.
It was once the carriage block
which used to stand at the curb
before the house that the house
owner might step easily into his
carriage. And at the rear of the fine red
brick residence stands the frame
lean-to, part of the house Tate built.
That wood annex recalls that Warren
Tate had sworn to put his
kitchen in his adversary's parlor.
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