I saw this ornate brick two story house not far from the southern Michigan town of Hudson. I got to wondering about it’s history and found it has an interesting story.
Hudson businessman and banker William Treadwell began construction of this magnificent house in 1862 but he never got the chance to live in the house. William was raised in the town of Hudson and worked at the People’s State Bank. In 1859,With capitol from his father, he purchased the bank and managed it. A few years later he was accused of embezzling over 60,000 dollars from the bank and had absconded with the money in a suitcase. The weeks after he disappeared he was captured in Ohio. He was tried and convicted and on the day of his sentencing he escaped from jail with the help of an accomplice. The accomplice later murdered Treadwell for the money in his pocket and Treadwell’s body was found in the woods two weeks later. The house William had started constructing was never completed in time for him to live in it before he was was apprehended for his crimes.
The house still stands today and is privately owned. When I saw it I thought it was an interesting house but I would never imagined I would find such an interesting story about the man that constructed it. The house was designated a Michigan State Historic Site, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974