525 26th Av N 33704

Then and Now — 1929 & 2021 –525 26th Ave No.

From 1929: “This property is situated in that growing residential section between Fourth and Ninth streets with Crescent Lake four blocks to the south. The sale was reported as $8,500. The building has four bedrooms, oak floors throughout, two tile baths and separate showers, living room, dining room and kitchen on the lower floor. At the rear is a two-car garage.”

This home was owned from 1937 – 1962 by George and Frances Lacy. George was born December 29, 1907, in Atlanta Georgia and moved to St. Petersburg in 1922 at age 15. George immediately took a job in maintenance at the Willson-Chase Department Store downtown and by the time he retired from there in 1960 he had worked his way up to Vice-President of the store. He was said to have been “Mr. E.B. Willson’s right hand man”.

While working at Willson-Chase, George met Ms. Frances Lewis who had moved from Kentucky to St. Pete in 1926 and started working for the department store. George was 19 and Frances was 18 — the two hit it off. They were married on Christmas Eve 1927 and had one daughter, Carol Lee.

George was active in the Kiwanis and Quarterback Club. He and Frances were long time members of 1st Presbyterian Church.

George died on February 11, 1962, at the age of 54 following a two-year illness. Frances died October 15, 1993, at age 87.

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