Then and Now — 1929 & 2021 — 145 22nd Ave NE
From 1929: “Partly furnished, this beautiful new nine room house with garage, on lot 84 X 110 in Granada Terrace.”
This house was owned by William John Cermak during the 1930’s. Cermak was born on May 20, 1882, in Cleveland, Ohio and attended public schools there. After graduating High School in 1900 William attended (and graduated from) Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After earning his degree, he took a job as salesman in the family shoe store business in Cleveland. While working at the shoe store William met Nettie Liska and in 1907 the two were married. In 1908 they had their first child, Robert, followed in 1912 and 1918 by Elizabeth and Margaret.
In 1919 William made his first trip to St. Pete on a fishing excursion and became a devoted champion of the Florida West Coast. By the early 1920’s Cermak made the decision that he would move to St. Pete and leave the cold northern weather in Cleveland. After moving here, he entered the real estate business and began the firm Bouton and Cermak at 519 Central Ave. with his new partner Fletcher P. Bouton. It was during this period that Cermak devoted much of his time to the promotion of St. Petersburg. He invested heavily in Florida real estate and at that time owned much of what is now Redington Beach.
Cermak remained with Fletcher Bouton real estate agency until 1931 when he formed a partnership with James E. Bourne, and organized “Bourne and Cermak Real Estate Co.”
During the early 1930’s Cermak served as a City Councilman on the first Council formed under the City Manager form of government. Cermak was also active in the St. Pete social scene and enjoyed fishing and golfing. He became one of the best amateur golfers in St. Pete. To promote sports activities, the Bourne and Cermak Company donated many lavish trophies to be awarded for all types of local sports activities.
William Cermak retired from Bourne and Cermak in 1950 and died May 13, 1951, he was 68 years old.
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