The house was built between 1880 - 1890 and owned by the
Genoe heirs and the structure was known as the Natchitoches Ice Company,
On October 10, 1904 it sold to Dr. Edward G. Lawton and
was used as the Cottage Sanatorium. In 1917 Dr. Lawton started using
the house as a family home. Through the years he added several rooms
to the original four. He, and his wife, Marie Catherine Prudhomme,
had four Children, A.G., Elisabeth, Dorothy, and Ferdinand. Dr. and
Mrs. Lawton continued to live in the home until their deaths.
Dr. Edward G. Lawton
Dorothy Lawton Poleman
In 1921 Dr. Lawton's daughter, Dorothy, married George
Poleman, Sr., son of the City's Mayor Theodore Edward Poleman, who was
assassinated in 1922. Upon their return to Natchitoches, Dorothy
lived in the home with their children, Mary, Jane, and George, Jr.
The home was sold to George Jr., Who raised his six children there, George
III, Terry Elisabeth, Patricia Ann, Kenneth Lawton, James Craig, and
Jennifer Marie. After 84 years in the Lawton family the house
sold in 1988.