225 9th Ave N. 33701

Then and Now – 1937 & 2024225 9th Ave N.

From 1937: “This attractive home located at 225 Ninth avenue north was purchased recently by Alexander O. Hoeftmann as a home for his daughter, Miss Maud Hoeftmann, and himself. The home is new and has many unusual features, including a large cathedral living room with beamed ceiling, two tiled baths and a heating system.”

Alexander Otto Oskar Hoeftmann was born on March 12, 1856, in Berlin Germany to Oskar and Antonia Hoeftmann, his father was a telegraph operator. Alexander was the eldest of three sisters.

Alexander’s parents moved the family to London, and this is where Alexander was raised and received his schooling. He was listed in 1881, in London, as a ‘mechanical instrument maker’, he was 25. This same year Alexander married Ms. Alice Priscilla Thyeridge, eight years his junior, and they had three children, all girls, Maud (1883), Alberta (1884), and Elsie (1886).

From 1873-1896 the British economy was in what became know as the Great Depression of 1873-1896, and it was during this time that Alexander and Alice decided to move the family to the US and make a new start. They arrived in Ellis Island in 1893 and all would become naturalized citizens in 1901.

In 1898, Alexander took a job with the new American Steel & Wire Co. in Worcester, Massachusetts, which would later become a subsidiary of the US Steel Co. in 1901. In 1904 Alexander became one of their superintendents and has several patents under his name.

Maud Hoeftmann

In 1913, Maud, then age 30, was engaged to marry Raymond Storms Osborne, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, but the marriage never happened, and Raymond married another woman in 1916 in Pittsburgh. Maud’s younger sisters each married and moved away leaving Maud at home with her parents.

On May 5, 1927, Alice died unexpectedly, she was 63. Alexander, then 71, and long retired, decided that he and Maud (44) needed a change of venue, so they boarded an Ocean Liner to Europe in 1928. Their travels included many exotic destinations throughout north Africa and the Mediterranean.

Alexander and Maud decided that it was time to turn their backs on the cold harsh winters up north and moved to St. Pete in 1939, Alexander was now 83, and Maud 56. They purchased this featured house, and they settled in to a quiet life in St. Pete.

Alexander lived another five years, passing away on January 10, 1944, at age 87. His body was sent to Hope Cemetery in Worcester for interment.

Maud finally did marry. She had met William Alfred Savage, a recent widower, and they were married in 1950, Maud was 67 and William, 70. Maud sold this featured house and moved into her husband’s house at 1020 Beach Dr. N. They took their honeymoon to Europe on the Queen Mary.

In 1958, Maud and William moved to Indian Rocks Beach where they lived until she passed away on June 5, 1972, at age 89. She is buried in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Sharon Massachusetts. William died in 1979 and is buried next to Maud, also in the same plot is William’s first wife, Harriette.

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