The story goes that Claude and Leoria are separated for some time before their divorce. How long we don’t know. However, since Claude is a teenager during World War I and drafted during World War II, it is understandable that he would want to marry in 1943. A year after the war ends, he and his new wife purchase three parcels of land on Montague Street in Binghamton. Leoria has three children left at home, Carolyn, in college, and two teenage boys, Burt and Dick. She is scrambling to make ends meet for these children by working in a department store doing alterations, making slipcovers and playing the organ for weddings on weekends. I heard through the family grapevine that she roller skated from place to place to save on walking time. The old IBM country club life seems like a dream at this time.
Alice and Claude are buying acreage and enjoying the perks of the 50s IBM executive corporate lifestyle. Children move between the two households, but none stay long with their father. In 1946 they buy from Lewis H. Greene, lots 22, 23, and 24. At some point in the next years, they build a new house. Five years later, in December 1951 the Barber couple decide to add lots 19, 20 and 21.
The reason for a six lot area is unknown. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they planned to give it to his children?