316 14th Ave NE 33701

Then and Now — 1935 & 2023316 14th Ave NE

From 1935: “North Shore. Solidly constructed and especially designed for year round Florida living conditions. A special feature of this splendid home is the EXTRA LARGE living room. Besides there is a tile front porch, exceptionally attractive dining room with built in buffet and china closets, convenient kitchen, large back porch, extra toilet and lavatory down. Three delightful airy bedrooms and tile bath up. Plenty of windows and closets. And that is not all. There is a large garage apartment of three rooms and bath, large porch in the rear which brings $500 per season. All for $7,500.”

Annie Oliva Easterlin

Mrs. Annie Oliva Grimes was the first to live in this house. Annie Oliva Easterlin was born on March 23, 1884, in Alachua County Florida. The 2nd of 6 children, her father a farmer who died at age 40 (1895) when Annie was just 11. Annie’s mother was left to raise the children on her own.

John Lincoln Grimes

Annie was married at age 18 to a local man named John Lincoln Grimes, who was 25 at the time of their marriage in 1901. John had opened a grocery store in High Springs in 1902 and would run it for 63 years when he turned it over to his daughter Olivia. Through the years John was active in community affairs in High Springs, serving on the School Board, City Commission, City Treasurer and Clerk and also served as Mayor.

John and Annie had five children, Henry (1903), John Jr (1905-died before his first year), Ruth (1907), Olivia (1909), and Daisy Dell (1912).

Something transpired that led to Annie moving to St. Pete in 1925 with her mother and daughters Ruth, Olivia, and Daisy. I could find no reference to what the ‘something’ might have been. John remained in High Springs running his grocery store and was listed in the 1930 census as “married”, but there was nobody living with him. In the same 1930 census in St. Pete, Annie listed herself as “widowed” and was living with her mother and daughters (ages 18 & 21), but none of them were listed as employed. The assumption can be made that the marriage wasn’t working and Annie moved to St. Pete and was receiving some sort of alimony/support from John.

The girls attended SPHS from where they each graduated. In the 1940 census Ruth was back living with her father in High Springs while her mother was still in St. Pete. In 1950 John was still listing himself in the census as “married” but was living alone.

John died in High Springs in April of 1962 at age 86 and is buried in High Springs Cemetery. Annie died on January 15, 1971, also at age 86, and perhaps surprisingly is buried next to John in the High Springs Cemetery.

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