Timeline of the Property Events at
504 and 508 N. 2nd Street
(compiled by Debra Pickman and Jennifer Talbert)
The following information has been taken from numerous sources. Due to ambiguous records, flooding in the town of Atchison resulting in the loss of records and other issues beyond of our control, some of the information may be inaccurate. If any changes need to be made please contact admin for this site.
April 17, 1857 – Lots 9 and 10 were sold by the Atchison Town County to Samuel C. and Lucy Pomeroy.
April 5, 1859 – They sold Lot 9 to Thaddeus and Theodore Hyatt of New York City.
April 24, 1859 – They (Hyatts) gave power of attorney to handle the property to Willis or Millis E. Gaylord and Samuel C. Pomeroy.
1866 – Michael C. Finney acquired the property lots 9 and 10, where 504 and 508 N. 2nd Street houses would be built.
1867 – 508 N. 2nd Street house built. According to Agnes Finney’s obituary, her father MC Finney built the house.
1872 – September 27, 1872 M C Finney died at 10 pm in the house.
1874 – Charles James Kathrens, father of Kate Finney, died July 14, 1874. He lived with Kate and her family at the time of his death.
1874 – Richard Edwin Finney, son of the late MC Finney and Kate Finney, died September 29, 1874.
1879 – 504 N. 2nd street was built by James K. Finney (red house north of the Sallie House).
1881 – October 11, 1881~(pertains to 504 N. 2nd St.)
Deed #57~James K. Finney gave the lot to Kate Finney.
1882 – October 23, 1882~(pertains to 504 N. 2nd St)
Deed #61~Kate deeded the land to Mrs. Catherine Bayes.
1899 – June 26, 1899~(pertains to 504 N. 2nd St)
Deed #129~Lot deeded to Joanna Barnes, a single woman. Mortgage dated same day for $130 held by Catherine Bayes.
1905 – October 6, 1905~(pertains to 504 N. 2nd St)
Mortgage deed #143 for Joanna Barnes and held by Robert McCrie for a home improvement.
1906 – April 18, 1906~(pertains to 504 N. 2nd St)
Deed #142~from Joanna Barnes to Agnes M. Finney for $300.
1910 – Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.
1916 – Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.
1918 – May 4, 1918 at 7 am, after spending the last three days unconscious, William A. True dies at 508 N. 2nd St.
1920 – Agnes Finney True is taking in boarders at 508 N. 2nd St, after the deaths of her husband and mother.
1924 – Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.
1926 – Agnes Finney True still calls 508 home.
1928 – Agnes Finney True still living at 508.
1939 – Agnes died Nov 28, 1939 at midnight in the house. Had been ill for the last three years.
1941 – Fred Kenner and family are now living at 508.
1947 – Charles H. Finney and wife, Mildred, live in 508 until they decide to move.
1948 – December 1948 Dick Mize and family moved into 508 N. 2nd St. They live in the house for a short time. One of their children is named Sarah “Sallie” Margaret Mize. (She is still alive)
1950 – Vacant or used as rental property.
1957 – Roscoe Cook and wife, Henrietta, live at 508.
1958 – Ethel Anderson lives at 508 N. 2nd Street from 1958 up through 1990. She is the ex-wife of Dr. W.L. Anderson. Though she never reported any kind of activity, it has been that there was a mysterious fire in the nursery and no cause was ever found
1990 (?)-1992 – At some point, Bobby and Colleen Humbard moved from 504 N. 2nd St to 508 N. 2nd St. Their daughter Heather, played with an “imaginary” friend named Sallie. She later identified a drawing that Tony Pickman made as being her friend Sallie.
1992 – Les Smith Jr, and his brother, both residing in Atchison, Kansas purchase the house
1992-1994 – Debra and Tony Pickman rent and live at 508 N. 2nd St. as renters
1999-2001 – Mary Liggett lived at 508 N. 2nd St. as renters. It was reported by her daughter that there was some strange and frightening non-physical activity
2004-current – for the most part the house has remained vacant, and paranormal investigators have been allowed in to do research