Then and Now — 1935 & 2022 — 801 23rd Ave N
From 1935: “This large duplex home of northern construction of the very best workmanship and material. Containing two large apartments of five rooms and bath each. Rear porches of off back entrance. Large vestibule-front entrance. Interior in perfect condition, all hardwood floors. Large corner lot facing south with beautiful shade and fruit trees. Paved on three sides. All city improvements in and paid for. Northern bank requests sale and priced at $7,500 with terms.”
This house was purchased in 1929 by Mrs. Adelaide Harrington and her daughter Alice. Adelaide Lucretia Rice was born on May 5, 1848, in Jewett, New York, her father a farmer. Adelaide, or Addie, as she was called was the 4th of 10 children. On July 3, 1867, when Addie was 19, she married Emerson Goodsill Harrington, also from Jewett, NY. Emerson fought in the Civil War having volunteered in 1861 when he was 16 years old. Three years after the war he had returned home to Jewett where he and Addie were married. They had on daughter, May Alice, born in 1870. The couple moved to South Egremont, Massachusetts where Emerson had purchased a farm. Emerson, being an enterprising young man, and aspired to do more than being a farmer. It wasn’t long before they sold the farm and Emerson opened a mercantile business in town. He became successful and very active in town business and served many years as the town clerk. He also spent many years as the town’s postmaster. In 1892, having gained a taste for politics, he served his district in the state legislature, being elected on the democratic ticket in one of the liveliest campaigns ever held for the office. The district was largely republican, but Emerson by reason of his large acquaintance and popularity was elected. Later he became a republican and voted that ticket ever since.
Emerson died in 1917 at age 72 and was buried in South Egremont. Addie and Alice had a small income, including Addie’s widows’ pension from Emerson’s service in the Civil War, but they needed more money to make ends meet. Alice decided to open a Tea Room (and catering business) in Egremont which became a great success. Business was so good that Addie and Alice had money enough to start traveling south for the winters. Their first trip to St. Pete was in 1921 and mother and daughter fell in love with the Sunshine city. They returned every winter for eight years, and then in 1929 decided to purchase this featured house and moved to St. Pete permanently. Their plan was to rent the extra rooms in the duplex to earn some extra money.
Addie and Alice did well with room rentals, as many people had to sell their houses due to the market crash and were looking for room rentals.
Addie died at age 92 in 1940. Alice who had never married, lived to be 89, passing away on September 29, 1958.
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