Would anyone have any information about the Mary Lew Tea Room in Le Roy, New
York, that was in operation from approxomiately 1925 until it burned,
possibly 1933 or 1934?
I am writing a book about the Boddy family and would love to know more about
the Mary Lew for my book. Here is what I know.
My relative Ethel (Lewis) Bryant (Mrs. Harold Bryant) was a co-owner and
operator of the Mary Lew. It is believed her co-owner may have been Mabel
Harris, also of Le Roy. It is believed that the Mary Lew was located at 105
West Main Street.
Ethel Bryant's obituary further states...that she "was co-owner and operator
of the Mary Lew Tea Room on West Main Street in the former Ernest Townsend
property, which is now  the Oatka Hose company's club rooms. Mr. and
Mrs. Bryant moved to Geneva, where for some time they managed the Geneva
Yes, apparently after the fire, Ethel and Harold Bryant moved to Geneva
where they were host and hostess of the country club in Geneva. On October
16th, 1940, however, they were visiting in Le Roy and passed the Frank M.
Harris home where a fire was in progress at his neighbor's, Louis Murray's.
Harold immediately went to assist in putting out the blaze and later in the
eveing suddenly died from a heart attack due to overexertion in helping to
put out the fire.
If you or anyone you know (older relatives or friends) has any information
about either fire, I'd appreciate knowing more.
I would be delighted to know more about the Mary Lew Tea Room, too,
especially if you or someone you know could relate their experiences there.
We are hopeful to find an old photograph or two, so any help with that is
also greatly appreciated.
(Mrs.) Patricia Boddy Tharp
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