Then and Now — 1926 & 2021 — 376 18th Ave NE.
From 1926: “Eight rooms, two baths, three toilets, on street car line, (28,000) W.T. Conkling, Owner.”
W.T. Conkling was issued a building permit in 1925 for this house and upon completion in 1926 sold it to Dr. Joel Tillman Campbell, a local dentist from a Pinellas County pioneer family. Dr. Campbell, who at times went by ‘Tillman’, was born in Largo in 1891, his father a fruit grower and packer. On October 24, 1917 Dr. Campbell, at age 26, married Ms. Marie Allen at her parents home in Largo and after a short honeymoon made their residence in St. Petersburg where he set up his practice in the Willson-Chase Building (321-25 Central Avenue).
In October of 1918 Dr. Campbell was called up to serve in the US Army as a Lieutenant in the dental corp. He was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. In June of 1919 Dr. Campbell was released from service and returned to his private practice in the Willson-Chase Building in St. Pete.
Dr. Campbell and his wife Marie raised three children in the house pictured, Joel Jr, Rosemary and Allen.
By the 1930’s Dr. Campbell was running dental offices in St. Petersburg and Tampa. On February 2, 1933, while at his Tampa office, Dr. Campbell suffered a massive stroke and was transported back to Mound Park Hospital in St. Pete where he died the following day at age 41.
Marie Campbell and her children stayed in the home and for a time her sister moved in to help with the family needs. The oldest son, Joel Tillman Jr. served in WWII joining the army in 1942 as an enlisted man and working his way up to the rank of Lieutenant. He had received his Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida ‘in absentia’ in 1942. After the war Joel earned his doctorate in psychology.
By 1950 Marie Campbell sold the house at 376 18th Ave NE and moved nearer her children, she died April 16, 1976 and is buried in Georgia.
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