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Society. “One of the ideals would be a wonderful display space for all the materials from the Baldwin Historical Society,” Montalbano told the Herald. “It could be a common space. The historical society is a great place, built by wonderful people, but it’s too small. You can’t see all the stuff.” Montalbano also floated the idea that the weekly antiques market could be re-established. “I think people would enjoy that,” she said.

One thing both Montalbano and Rollin were clear about is that they are not opposed to a new police precinct. They merely want the county to re-examine the irreversible demolition of a 112-year-old house they believe is important to Baldwin when a police precinct could be constructed elsewhere.

“We’re not trying to tell them not to build a police precinct,” Rollin said. “We just want to say, ‘Wait a minute, this building might be worth something.’”

“Once a landmark is gone,” said Montalbano, “it cannot be retrieved.”

Who was George Kellogg?
42 in Amherst, Mass., to a lawyer with colonial family roots in New England. He apprenticed for some time as a tinsmith (or “whitesmith,” according to records) in Pittsfield, and at the outbreak of the Civil War, in 1861, volunteered to fight with the 10th Massachusetts Infantry.

His infantry saw constant action for three years straight, from Antietam to Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville to Gettysburg. In fact, only two months before the 10th Infantry was to muster out, its members found themselves at the infamous and terribly bloody Battle of the Wilderness.

Kellog took a minie ball (a big lump of lead, a predecessor to the modern bullet) to the lung during the battle and was listed as
“severely wounded.” But he recovered, and returned to western Massachusetts after the war.

Kellogg established himself as a master tinsmith in Hempstead, and married in 1882. In 1889 he contracted an architect to design and build the house that stands in Baldwin today. He moved in around 1901.

Kellogg and his wife, Emma, raised their daughter, Anne, in the house, and George was very involved in local civic activities — especially as a decorated officer in the Grand Army of the Republic. He died in July 1918 and was buried in Greenfield Cemetery, just north of Baldwin. — Save the Kellogg House
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