306 18th Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1935 & 2022 306 18th Ave NE

From 1935: “Brand New Sparkling Home – North Shore – Open for Inspection. Just completed last week. The very finest modern construction and material used throughout. Baths and kitchen in beautiful tile with chromium fixtures. Asbestos slate shingle roof. Handsome oak floors. All details, such as lights in closets, have been included. Price $6000.”

This house was initially owned by Leon and Kathryn Higer. Lee Higer, as he was called, was born in August of 1870 in Port Huron, MI. He was the 4th of 6 children, his father (Lewis) the owner of a clothing store in Port Huron. After receiving his schooling in Port Huron, Lee went to work (along with his older brothers, Morris and Philip) at his father’s clothing store which was then called “L. Higer & Sons”. In 1902 Morris and Philip left the family business and the name changed to simply ‘L. Higer & Son’.

Lee married Ms. Kathryn P. Cohen on September 18, 1911, and they had one child, a daughter, Doris (1920). Life went along smoothly in Port Huron for Lee and Kathryn and wasn’t long that Lee took over the running of the clothing store and continued to make it a very successful venture. In 1925, Lee’s father Lewis died, and Lee began to think about retiring, as he was now in his mid-50’s. It was on a cold fall day in 1930 that Lee committed to retirement and came to St. Pete with his wife and daughter for the winter. In 1931, Lee sold the clothing business and made St. Pete his main residence.

Lee, Kathryn and their 15 year old daughter, Doris, moved into this new home in 1935. Doris was attending SPHS, where she graduated in 1938. Lee and Kathryn were active in the city’s social activities and at Temple Beth-El where they were active members. In 1940, Doris married Dr. Allan S. Horn.

Lee died on July 7, 1948, at age 78. Following Lee’s passing, Doris and Allan moved in with Kathryn and stayed there with her until 1954 when the house was put on the market. The family had lived there for nearly 20 years. Kathryn died in 1957.

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