775 13th Ave So. 33701

Then and Now – 1936 & 2023 775 13th Ave So.

From 1936: “A modern up-to-the-minute insulated 6-room bungalow, asbestos roof, hot water heat, 3 bedrooms, full tile bath, extra maid’s toilet, large tiled floor, screened front porch, attractive living room with fireplace. Ornamental rugs, fine chairs, lamps, etc.; large dining room, breakfast room, an ideal kitchen, 2-car garage with electric pump; 2-lots 100X150, beautifully shrubbed, plus pear trees, orange, grapefruit, mango, etc.”

The permit to build this house was pulled in 1924 for the cost of $1,000. In 1926 a permit was pulled to add a porch for $400.

The house was owned from 1943 – 1965 by Fred and Emma Guerin. Frederick S. Guerin was born on December 21, 1874, in New Jersey. In November of 1897, Fred (age 25) married Ms. Emma Reed (age 21) in Newark NJ. Emma was a native of Drakestown NJ. The couple had four children, Julia (1899), Harvey (1902), Lewis (1905) and Albert (1914).

In 1900 Fred tried his hand at running a Standard Oil tank service selling retail oil. This however wasn’t meeting the financial needs of the family, so Fred purchased a dairy farm near Morristown NJ, and began his own business. Fred worked the dairy farm for 40 years. In the mid-1930’s (when their youngest son Albert left home), Fred and Emma started spending their winters in St. Pete. In 1936, Fred even had a fleeting thought of purchasing property in Pinellas Park to open a dairy farm, however, the plan never came to fruition. In 1943, Fred retired and he and Emma made St. Pete their full time residence. That same year they purchased this featured house.

Whether it was due to boredom or financial need, Fred took a job in 1950 (at age 75) as an elevator operator in a downtown hotel.

In 1947, Fred and Emma celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary here in St. Pete and their 64th Anniversary in 1961.

Fred and Emma were active members of 1st Presbyterian Church in St. Pete and took part in many of the churches circles and groups.

Fred died in January 1962 at age 88. After Fred passed their daughter Julia, a retired teacher from New Jersey, moved in with her mother. Emma passed away in 1965, leaving Julia to live in the home. Julia passed away on August 13, 1968 (at age 69). By 1972 the Salvation Army was in possession of the property, and sold it, so it is feasible that the family donated the property to the Salvation Army after Julia died.

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