506 16th Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1935 & 2022 — 506 16th Ave NE (North Shore)

From 1935: “Corner, 3 bedrooms, 2 tile baths, hardwood floors, hot water heat, attic fan, insulated, deep well, one car garage with small cottage. Property is nicely shrubbed and in immaculate condition. Price $18,000 unfurnished.”

This house was originally owned by Abram Odell who moved into it on his 100th birthday. Abram was born in Yonkers New York on March 21, 1836. His family were original settlers of Yonkers. His father, Jacob, was a successful farmer. Abram was educated in the local Yonkers schools and after graduating 8th grade he began working with his father on the farm. On November 27, 1861, Abram married Frances ‘Fannie’ Dudley and the two had one child, Charles (1864). Fannie died unexpectedly at age 35 (1870) leaving Abram to care for their young son, with the help of his parents. Abram married again on April 30, 1873; his new wife was Ms. Ella S. Runk. Abram and Ella had three children, Fannie Ella (1873), Evelyn (1876) and Herbert (1881).

By 1900, at age 64, Abram had given up farm life and moved with his family to Bridgeport CT., where he was working as a factory foreman. Abram’s second wife, Ella, died in 1926, she was 78.

In 1934 Abram moved to St. Pete with his daughter Evelyn and purchased this featured home in 1936. On his 100th birthday (1936) Abram was presented a huge basket of flowers from Vice Mayor Vernon Agee. The Times reported on that ”Abram Brevoort Odell turned the century mark yesterday, but he’s as spry and active as many a chipper young blade 20 years his junior, walking a half of a mile a day and reading without the need of glasses.”

Abram died on February 16, 1938, just shy of his 102nd birthday. He is buried in Yonkers.

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