Mohawk home once owned by U.S. treasurer to be auctioned


A Mohawk landmark and its contents are headed for the auction block.

An auction is scheduled for later this month to sell the real estate and contents of a home once owned by Gen. Francis E. Spinner, a local man who served as U.S. treasurer during the Civil War.

The historical marker outside the house at 47 E. Main St. reminds passersby that Spinner served as Herkimer County sheriff in 1834. He went on to serve as a member of Congress from 1854 to 1860 before President Abraham Lincoln appointed him treasurer, a position he held from 1861 until 1875.

The current owner of the two-story brick building he once called home will offer it and several antiques for sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25. A flyer that was available in front of the Spinner home lists the sale as an unreserved real estate and contents auction, and states that the home’s contents are “to be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price.”

For those who would like to take a look before bidding, there will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and another opportunity to look around one hour before the auction begins.

According to the flyer, the Greek revival house dates to 1841 and is set on a 110-foot by 340-foot lot. It features a brick front with Doric columns, an open front porch and a cupola. The flyer lists the assessment at $80,000 and total annual taxes, including village, town and county and school taxes, are listed as $4,037.94.

The house, being sold as-is by Peter Bergendahl, has six to eight bedrooms and two full baths, a front parlor with 14-foot high ceiling with plaster detail, a large library and living room with built-in, floor-to-ceiling walnut display cabinets, black marble fireplaces, a modern kitchen with oak raised-panel cupboards, a mahogany stairway, a two-car attached garage and other features.

Antiques and collectibles, to be auctioned immediately after the sale of the real estate, will include the 60-year collection of Raymond and Isabelle Bergendahl. The antique furniture includes grandfather clocks, a walnut Victorian parlor set, ladder back chairs, a platform rocker, a Tiger-Maple Chippendale chair, an oval marble coffee table, a curio cabinet, a pine blanket chest and a carved Pilgrim chair.

Bernard J. Brzostek of Brzostek’s Real Estate Auction Co. of Phoenix will serve as auctioneer. For more details, visit

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