Then and Now — 1936 & 2023 — 2100 1st St N (now 101 21st Ave N)
This hollow tile bungalow was built in 1924 for $8,000 by Galen O. Elson a realtor and land speculator who came to St. Pete from West Virginia. The house had 7 rooms and garage, and has been expanded over the years.
This house has had 13 owners since it was built 99 years ago. I will list the owners sequentially:
1924-25: Galen O. Elson, Realtor/Land speculator
1925-27: Henry H. Hay, NY Investment Banker
1928-29: Benjamin F. McKeage, Insurance and Real Estate Sales
1929-33: C. Franklin Packard, Retired Textile Manufacturer from Maine
1933-37: John C. Winthrop
1937-45: Emma Chapman, widow of a famed church musician (William Chapman) from Maine
1945-49: Charles S. Jones, President of Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Battle Creek MI
1949-58: Benjamin F. Jacobs, President of St. Pete Mattress Co
1959: Address changes from 2100 1st St No to 101 21st Ave No.
1960 -72: Ervin R. Whitman, Ret Lt. Col. USMC
1972-89: Pete Buntyn, Circulation Dept. Tampa Tribune
1989-01: Caune Ilga
The house was sold in 2001 and foreclosed on in 2011. It was then sold by the bank to Mi Casa Properties LLC, who are the current owners.
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