445 18th Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1932 & 2022 445 18th Ave NE (North Shore)

From 1932: “Interior, including all oak floors in immaculate condition. Four upstairs bedrooms, 2 baths, glassed sleeping porch. Spacious living room and sun porch. Fireplace and radiator heated.  Maid’s room and bath. 2-car garage. The adjoining lot can be secured at a very low price, giving one a fine double corner, 120 X110, with south and east exposure.  A Splendid Buy. Sold by Harry A. Ford, Realtor.”

The permit for this home was pulled in 1924 by Clarkson & Rowland for a building cost of $10,000. The first owners (1926) were Edward and Villa Fisher. The Fishers lived in the house until the late 1930’s.

Edward Marsh Fisher was born on December 18, 1883, in Washington DC. Edward’s family moved to Ohio when he was still a young boy. He attended local schools in Oberlin Ohio and upon graduating he attended Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio (about 22 miles from his home in Oberlin), where he began studying business. While in college Edward met Ms. Villa E. Reed and the two became engaged in early 1905 and were married at her home on Thanksgiving Day 1905. At the time of their marriage, he was 22 and she 19. The couple never had children. Edward had purchased a small restaurant and was trying his hand at business. Unfortunately, the business was not a success, and, in the summer of 1906, Edward filed bankruptcy. Edward decided to get a law degree and by 1910 had applied to the Ohio Bar and was accepted. He was now working as a patent attorney. In 1920 Edward and Villa decided to move away from the cold north and come to St. Pete. When they arrived here Edward established himself in the Real Estate business working initially with Sharp & Latimer and later with Paul Boardman and others. He always kept his hand in his attorney business and was accepted to the Florida Bar in 1921. Paul was very active civically and was a past president of the St. Pete Civitan Club. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and past president of the St. Petersburg Realtors. In 1945 Edward and Villa moved to Orlando where he passed away on May 5, 1951, at the age of 67. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in St. Pete.

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