Austin Measures purchased this lot from George Haskell in 1874 and built the house. The low-pitched roof, window hoods and corbels supporting the flat roof portico are of Italianate influence.
The 1900 Census records that Austin Measures was born in England in 1835. He immigrated to the U.S., married Lucy W. from Maine, and settled in Ipswich. The census lists one son, Daniel W. Measures, born in 1882. Daniel lived in Ipswich, was a member of the Masons and the Ipswich Historical Society. Records show that in 1944 he purchased a house in Epson NH, but owned it for only two years.
In the 19th and early 20th Century, Ipswich village maps showed the names of the owners of each property. The 1884 Birdseye Map includes sketches of each house. I used these maps to confirm the construction period of the Austin Measures house.
Austin Measures’ Candy Shop was a long-lasting institution in Ipswich. It was first located in a small building on North Main Street that was moved in order to construct the Colonial Building in 1904. It moved to a Central Street location that now houses the Subway.