629 24th Ave No. 33704

Then and Now — 1936 & 2023 629 24th Ave No (Crescent Lake)

From 1936: “ Six room English Colonial Bungalow – 3 bed rooms, extra lavatory, tile sun porch. All oak floors, large corner lot, 2-car garage, asbestos roof – $7,500.”

This house was built in 1936 by Contractor/Builder William James Hall.

William James “Bill” Hall was born on December 16, 1886, in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He was the youngest of six children, and the only boy. Bill’s father was a builder who came to Ontario from Scotland.

On October 14, 1910, at age 24, Bill married Ms. Alice Jean Jeffery, also of Ontario. Bill was working as an electrician at the time of their marriage and not bringing in much money, so the couple moved in with Bill’s parents and his two sisters that were still at home. Bill and Alice had two daughters, Alice Jeanne (1912) and Isobel (1913).

By 1922 Bill and Alice decided that they had enough of the harsh winters in Canada and boarded a train for the Sunshine City. When they arrived in St. Pete, Bill immediately saw the potential for building homes and turning a tidy profit. Having been trained by his father in the building construction business, Bill started purchasing properties and constructing homes, becoming very busy during the boom-time years.

Bill and Alice knew that they would not be returning to Canada and on May 27, 1926, the couple, both 38 years old, received their naturalization papers, becoming US citizens. Both daughters attended and graduated from SPHS in 1931.

Bill and Alice were active in, and founders of, Florida Boys Ranch. Bill was an honorary member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association and a special Deputy Sheriff of Pinellas County.

Alice died on March 19, 1969, at age 83 and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Pete. Bill lived another three years dying on August 22, 1972, at the age of 85. He is buried next to Alice.

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