535 22nd Av N 33704

Then and Now — 1931 & 2021 —  535 22nd Ave No.

From 1931: “The sale of this fine home to J.W. Cummings of Hamilton Ohio, was announced Thursday by C.F. Emmons, of the Wilkinson-Tippet agency. Mr. Cummings, former manager of the J.C. Penney clothing stores in Ohio, spent a number of winters in California before coming to St. Petersburg last season, but has become so attached to the Sunshine City that he intends to make it his permanent home. The house was built by George Polland and was only recently completed. Mr. Polland plans to construct another fine home for sale on an adjoining lot in the near future.”

John William Cummings was born on October 20, 1876 in Kentucky, the youngest of six children. On September 14, 1895, when John was 19, he married Ms. Hattie Row and they had two daughters, Maryanna (1898) and Daphna (1901). John had begun working in a general store and later took a position with J.C. Penney stores working his way up to manager in Ohio. In 1912 John was remarried to Ms. Carrie Spottswood, it was John and Carrie who purchased this house in 1931. Carrie died on March 24, 1936, from breast cancer, she was 50 years old. On August 5, 1936, John married Anne Ellerbee, 24 years his junior. John and Anne even held a dinner honoring J.C. Penney himself.

John and Anne were active in local charities, Anne was President of the St. Pete Garden Club, a member of the Hibiscus Circle, the Women’s Service League, the Science Center Guild, the Interlock Club, the Mound Park Auxiliary, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Cripple Children’s Hospital.

John died on January 18, 1958, at age 82. He is buried in Royal Palm Cemetery next to his second wife Carrie. Anne died tragically on November 3, 1965, in an auto accident on 34th Street South and 14th Avenue, she was 65. John William Cummings lived in this house for 22 years

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