112 15th Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1935 & 2022112 15th Ave NE

From 1935: “The biggest bargain in North Shore. This delightful home is truly being sacrificed. It is a 2-story frame; lifetime asbestos slate roof, completely and nicely furnished throughout; gas steam radiators; 3 large bedrooms up, one equipped with twin beds, others with double beds; large bath, modern fixtures, built-in tub with shower. Spacious living room, large cheerful sun porch, handsomely furnished dining room, screened front porch, nice airy kitchen, electrically equipped with Graybar range, G.E. refrigerator, Hot Point water heater. Service porch with set laundry tubs; garage and separate servants’ quarters; plenty of closets, nice trees, and shrubbery. This home is all ready to live in. We don’t know of a better home at the price anywhere. $7,000.”

This 1925 house was originally purchased by Oliver and Mary Beeman as their winter home. Oliver R. Beeman was born on October 28, 1848, in Litchfield, PA., the youngest of three children, his father a carpenter. By 1855 Oliver’s father had relocated the family to Barton NY where he hoped to find more work. It was in Barton that Oliver received his education and upon graduating High School set out to learn the carpentry trade from his father. Oliver did learn carpentry and became a well-known ‘sash window maker’ in New York. During the late 1880’s sash windows were mainly made by hand.

Oliver met Ms. Mary Cheney Adams and on July 16, 1872, they were married, he was 24 and she, 20. They had two sons, Charles in 1883 and Marcus in 1886. Oliver and Mary moved to Cleveland in about 1880 (before the boys were born) where he and Mary set up housekeeping and where he opened his own Sash making business. In 1910, at age 62, Oliver retired, he and Mary began enjoying their golden years. In 1924, they decided to start spending their winters in St. Pete and the couple were soon out house shopping. They decided to purchase this featured house in 1925. Their son Charles decided to follow his parents to St. Pete, along with his wife and High School age daughter, where he became the local Studebaker distributor in 1929.

Oliver and Mary enjoyed the boom years in St. Pete very much and took part in the many local activities at Williams Park and downtown. In May of 1928, Oliver and Mary closed their house here in St. Pete and traveled back to Niagara NY for the summer. On May 25, 1928, Oliver suffered a stroke and died, he was 79. He was buried at Painted Post, NY. Mary returned to their St. Pete home for the next six winters until she passed away on March 26, 1934.

After Mary passed away, the family put the house on the market, it sold in 1936 to Eugene Fowler. Fowler sold it in 1937 to Rev Dr. John P. Jockinsen of First Congregational Church, who lived in this home with his family until 1946.

Note: In the photo: L-R Mary Beeman; Eleanor Beeman (granddaughter); Marian Beeman (granddaughter); Mrs. Charles Beeman (daughter-in-law); Charles Beeman (son). Picture taken in St. Pete in 1929 following a US coast to coast road trip in their Studebaker.

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