116 11th Ave N 33701

Then and Now 1931 & 2020116 11th Ave No.

In 1936: “$11,000 fully furnished. Located on a high ridge, this very desirable home has a large living room across entire front, beamed ceilings, beautiful fireplace, glassed enclosed porch off of dining room, fine front and rear tile porches, 4 good bedrooms with plenty of windows and closets upstairs, tile bath, extra toilet, open attic reached by stairs, roof asbestos slate. Rowles-Webster Realty Co.”

Walter and Grace Childs purchased this empty lot in 1922 and had this house constructed. Walter Henry Childs was born in Northamptonshire, England in 1869 and before his first birthday was brought to the United States with his parents who settled in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Walter received his schooling in McKeesport and upon graduating High School entered the plumbing trade, ultimately becoming a Master Plumber with a successful business in McKeesport. On March 10, 1892, at age 33, Walter Married Ms. Grace Ada Izod, who was four years his junior. The couple had three children, Walter Jr. (1893), Harry (1895), and Myrtle (1898).

Walter and Grace retired in 1921 (Walter was 52) and moved to St. Pete with their three children, who were between ages 23 – 29. The entire family moved into the house, since all three children were single. Walter Sr. began buying lots in St. Pete and building homes. Besides this house he built the house at 120 11th Ave No. The two sons commenced to purchase the “Freer Corner Drug Store” and opened “Childs Pharmacy” at 337 Central Avenue. They ran this pharmacy for 41 years, until their retirement in 1962. Myrtle worked at the pharmacy for a couple of years until she took a job in 1925 with the St. Pete branch of the Peninsular Telephone Co. (she is pictured in the photo working at the phone company). Harry moved out of the house when he married, leaving Walter Jr. and Myrtle living at home with their parents, Walter Sr and Grace. Within a couple more years Walter Jr. married and moved out and in 1935 Grace passed away, leaving Walter Sr. and his daughter Myrtle living together. Myrtle never married. She and her father lived together until Walter died on December 1, 1955, at the age of 86. Walter and Grace had sold this house in 1931 after both boys had moved out, they simply didn’t need the space.

Walter and Grace Childs are buried at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

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