1016 Main Street
1016 is one of the gems of Main Street and on the early morning of January 23, 2011 suffered a tragic
fire (Click here for Video ) Built in 1870 on nine acres of land by C.C Sellers (who owned 1006 Main).
The property was sold to Ed Williamson in 1877 and sold to Dr.William Painter in 1885 who named
the property "Painters Garden" and practiced medicine there until his death in 1919. According to
the Montague web site, Painter had sold all but 3/4 of an acre when it was sold to a Dr. Carl Staub
who practiced medicine there until his death. His son converted the property to three apartments and
an office. Skiles Feilding Montague, and his wife Janet Hamel purchased and restored the property in 1977.
Skiles served in the Air Force and had a company that repaired flight simulators, known as
link trainers and one sits on the porch roof of 1018 (the blue plane). When Skiles and Janet moved to
Florida, the new owners kept the plane in place Local wags sometimes refer to the house as the
"Darby Airport" and point out that the landings are quite challenging. It is wonderful to see the house
Link Trainer Flight Simulator and the reason
that the property is sometimes referred to
as the "Darby Airport"
It was bitterly Cold. This is the
ice on one of the ladders
The Rebuild begins.....January 2012