New Owners, New Occupants
How could Catherine Lynch afford the rent for this house?
Catherine Lynch paid the Heard family $50 a year to rent this side of the house. In some years, she got a partial credit toward her rent payment by doing laundry for the Heards. The rest she paid in cash. What seems like a small sum today took much of Catherine's income as a laundress, her daughter's wages, and rent from boarders who lived with her.