105 23rd Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1943 & 2020 105 23rd Ave NE (Granada Terrace).

Described in 1943: “New tapestry brick bungalow. Corner lot with well and pump for grounds. 3 lovely bedrooms, 2 colored tile baths, servant’s room and bath. Large well planned living room with open fireplace. Nice screened porch with tile floor, good sized dining room and as nice a kitchen as one would wish to see. Lovely breezeway furnished as a breakfast room connecting kitchen with garage. Oil heat, is equipped with Venetian blinds. There is a stairway to a floored attic. Sold by R.E. Wilson Realty (426 4th St No)”

In 1943 this home was purchased by Harold G. Williams from W.G. Amick (who was the builder and former owner). Williams, his wife and two daughters (Anne and Mavis) resided there.

Anne Williams (daughter) was married to T/Sgt. George E. Barton on June 11, 1944 (just 7 months after she had moved into this house with her parents). Anne was staying with her parents while her new husband returned to active duty following the wedding. Five months later Anne received a war department telegram stating that her husband, 23 year old T/Sgt. George E. Barton “who holds the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters” was killed in action while serving as a gunner and radio operator on a B-17 bomber in the European theater. George Barton had been based in England with the 8th Air Force and had completed 25 missions.

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