129 11th Ave NE 33701

Then and Now — 1930 & 2021 —  129 11th Ave NE

From 1930: “A Charming Bungalow – Contains 5 rooms and bath, screened porch, servants’ room, 2-car garage, Lot 40 X 110. House faces south. $5,200 unfurnished, $6,200 furnished. Half cash gives possession. Easy terms on balance.”

This was the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Rutland from 1925 – 1930.

Hubert Rutland was born in Evergreen Alabama on February 18, 1894 and was the 3rd or 7 children. On September 19, 1918, at age 24, Hubert enlisted in the US Army, just about a week after the signing of the armistice on Sept. 11th. He served barely two months until he was honorably discharged on December 7, 1918. Upon discharge Hubert returned to his hometown of Evergreen and took a position as a salesman at a grocery store. It was in 1918 that Hubert’s older brother Jefferson moved to St. Pete and within a year went into partnership with T.J. Northrup at the Norwood Co. under the new name ‘Northrup-Rutland Co.” department store. In September of 1921 Hubert followed his brother to St. Pete and took a position with his brother’s company. Two years later, September 1923, Hubert went into partnership with D.C. King and formed the “Rutland-King” men’s clothing store which he ultimately took full control over and changing the name to “Rutland’s Men’s Store”.

On April 29, 1924, Hubert married Ms. Helen Sterchi, she was 23 and he 30. After the wedding the couple moved into this house where they lived for five years. They had two children, Betty born in 1926 (in this house) and Hubert Jr. born in 1931. The conclusion can be drawn that Hubert and Helen needed to move into a larger house with Hubert Jr. on the way and was the reason they sold this house in 1930.

Hubert began his banking empire in 1955 with the formation the St. Petersburg Bank & Trust Co. He also was a successful rancher. His headstone reads “Hubert Rutland- Merchant Rancher Banker”. In 1985 Hubert Rutland was declared incompetent and his banks were sold to  First Florida Bank of Tampa.

Helen Rutland died on July 28, 1963, at age 63. Hubert lived to the ripe old age of 94, he passed away on April 18, 1988. He is buried at the Rutland-Bussey Cemetery in Manatee County.

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