Ella I. MacMillen (McMillen) holds the deed to Lot 3777 from 1898 until 1905. While she did own the property, she did not reside in the house often as she was frequently abroad from 1895-1920. Instead her husband and two of her three sons (Charles and Samuel), lived at 219 Ferncliff at least from 1892-1896.
Marietta College’s Special Collections holds a marvelous collection of family letters, photographs and concert performance material associated with the famous violinist Francis Rea MacMillen, one of Ella’s three sons. In one photograph you see Ella and a young Francis, likely around the time they moved to Springfield in the mid 1890’s. The family moved here so Francis could take violin lessons. He would quickly become known across Europe and America for his talents.