Home was originally built for popular Smethport Pharmacist
Edwin F. Richmond & his wife Julia F. Bennett Richmond
Edwin Richmond, son of pioneer Smethport residents Nelson & Amanda Richmond. Edwin's younger brother Frank O. Richmond was the long time passenger conductor for the Bradford, Bordell and Kinzua. According to an interview with Kenton Abbey in 1982, the home was designed and constructed for the Richmonds by architect/builder Nathan W. Abbey, Kenton's grandfather, and completed in 1880. Edwin served as the first superintendent of the County Poor Farm after its completion in 1884. In 1926 Edwin and Julia's Grandaughter, Virginia Balsey, married Albert W. Johnson and the couple resided in the Richmond residence following Julia's death in 1930.
home of Member of US Congress Representative Albert Walter JOHNSON b. 1906- d. 1998
JOHNSON, Albert Walter, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Smethport, McKean County, Pa., April 17, 1906; graduated from Smethport High School in 1923; attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1926-1929; member, Smethport Borough Council, 1933-1934; John B. Stetson University Law School, Deland, Fla., LL.B., 1938; was admitted to the bar in 1939 and began the practice of law in Smethport; member of the State house of representatives, 1947-1963, serving as majority whip in the 1951 session, minority whip in the 1955 session, majority leader in the 1953, 1957, and 1963 sessions, minority leader in the 1959 and 1961 sessions; elected as a Republican, by special election, November 5, 1963, to the Eighty-eighth Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Leon H. Gavin; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served from November 5, 1963, to January 3, 1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; died September 1, 1998, in Boca Raton, Fla.
Johnson Campaign Poster: Mark & Claudia Caminite Collection
ALL THAT CERTAIN piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the Boro of Smethport, McKean county, Pa. bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the south line of Green Street the northeast corner of land conveyed by N. W. Abbey and wife to Orpha Callar; thence East along the south line of Green Street 4 roads more or less, to the northwest corner of land conveyed by N. W. Abbey and wife to Wm. Gifford thence south along the west line of said Gifford lo 7 rods to an alley; thence west along the north line of side alley 4 rods to the southeast corner of said Callar lot; thence north along the east line thereof 7 road to the place of beginning. containing 28 square perches of land, be the same more or less and being part of square No. Forty (41) un the General Plat of said Borough of Smethport.
Date August 29, 1912 Recorded September 4, 1912 Deed Book Vol.162, page
160 Consideration $1.00 conveys by General Warranty Deed, duly acknowledged,
Date December 9, 1930 Recorded June 28, 1932 Deed Book Vol. 222, page
145 cOnsideration $1.00 Conveys by Quit claim Deed, duly acknowledged,
the land at CAPTION II.
Date June 14, 1932 Recorded June 28, 1932 Deed Book Vol. 222, page 146
Consideration $1.00 Coveys by Special Warranty Deed, duly acknowledged,
the lands at CAPTIONS I and II Grating same rights and subject to same
exceptions, etc. as at Abstract No.1.