Mort and Jennie Austin bought the Collins’ place on 9 acres of land for $300 from Emma Kelso Collins, wife of Tom K. Collins, in April 1905. The former Collins’ home (which was on Collins Road) became Mort and Jennie’s boarding house, Homestead Cottage.
Homestead Cottage could accommodate 15 guests. It was a ten minute walk to Highland Lake. The Shohola Railway Station, where Mort met the guests, was 6 miles away. It was a mile to the Eldred Post Office.