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The back of the photo says "1915 Loretto Englert Florence William & Catherine Dwyer. Taken at Aunt Gene Knobel's house on Hoyt ve. Ft. Lee NJ. House was removed when Geo. Washington Bridge was built 1930." Actually the Hoyt Ave. house was that of George and Ethel Searls. George, whose full name was George William Searls, was born in 1863 and died in 1933. His son Allen Henry Searls, my father, helped build the George Washington Bridge. The Knobels did live nearby. Aunt Gene, who liked to climb, etched "RE" near the top of a spire of diabase in the Palisades that could be seen for many years as one drove across the bridge. My father pointed it out often. GW Searls built the house around the turn of the last century, and it was knocked down in the 1960s, to make room for roads (specfically, Bruce Reynolds Road) built to accomodate the lower deck of the bridge, which was added during that time. See the map for the precise location.

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