341 9th Ave N 33701

Then and Now —  1913 & 2021 341 9th Ave No.

From 1913: “This is the House that Pittser Built – It was built by day labor, thus insuring best workmanship. The owner inspected the work each day as it progressed. Shingles dipped before being placed and brush coat afterward. Shingles only 4 inches to weather. Other run 4 ½ to 7 inches. Chimney built of best pressed brick, safeguard against wet ceilings. Three coats paint outside and inside, costing over $300. Handsome buffet built in dining-room, and elegant piece of work.

Best grades hardware and plumbing money could buy.

House faces south on lot 50 X 128 and contains 3 large rooms with front, back and east porches downstairs, with 3 large bed-rooms; sleeping porch and bath upstairs. Thirty-four windows and doors all screened with best copper wire. Electric lights, city water, hot and cold; sewer, fireplace, piped for gas, modern in every detail.

House thoroughly furnished, including $300 piano. New kitchen range and ice chest, etc, etc. Only a few reservations made. You step right in, we step out. Only two blocks from the car line, grocery, and meat store. J.J. Pittser — P.S.—This is high-grade property and there’s not a BETTER BUILT house in the city.”

Jesse Jacob Pittser was born in Ohio in November of 1867. In 1893 Jesse married Lillian Griffith and they had three children, Hazel, Margene and Robert. The Pittsers moved to Hoopstown, Illinois where Jesse was an insurance salesman. In 1905 they again moved to Hillsboro Ohio where Jesse purchased the New Vienna Reporter Newspaper. In 1909 Jesse and his family relocated again to St. Petersburg where he was a frequent contributor for the St. Pete Times, sold insurance, and dabbled in real estate. In 1914 the Pittser’s had their third child, a son, unfortunately Lillian died one month after giving birth, at age 42. Lillian’s body laid in state in this house at 341 9th Ave No. Lillian was an officer in the local chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, which group conducted graveside burial services at Greenwood Cemetery.

Jesse seemed to never recover from his wife’s sudden passing as he had a ‘lingering illness’ which finally claimed his life on November 15, 1918. He is buried next to his wife in Greenwood Cemetery, St. Pete.

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