826 21st Ave N 33704

Then and Now — 1935 & 2022826 21st Ave N.

From 1935: “This distinctive Spanish bungalow in the Euclid section, near Crescent Lake; unusually well built; large living room, dining room and well appointed kitchen with breakfast room with every built-in feature to make this a livable home; three bedrooms with airy closets. Other features include fireplace, built in bookcases and writing desk, oak finish, and floors. Tile bath, steam heat, three porches, laundry, private water system, complete furnishings, two-car garage, large lot with plenty of fruit. Owner gone north and said sell it.”

This home, built in the mid 1920’s was owned by Judge Charles Hervey Jackson and his wife Marion. Charles, who went by the name ‘Hervey’, was born on September 12, 1862, in New Jersey, his father a New York stockbroker. Charles had one younger brother, Louis (who died in 1913 at age 49).

Hervey received his education in New York and after graduating High School attended the College of New York where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1882. Having an interest in Law, Hervey attended Columbia University where he graduated in 1885 with his Law Degree. Hervey immediately applied for the New York Bar and was admitted in late 1885.

Hervey practiced law in New York and entered many business ventures, including being President of the Portchester Standard Gas & Light Co. and a member of Coffin & Stanton, Bankers. He would later leave Coffin & Stanton and join as a partner in Hyde & Jackson, Bankers.

In 1887, Hervey met Ms. Margaret McElroy, niece of President Chester Arthur (who had just left office in 1885) and the couple fell in love. They were married on February 9, 1888, and had two children, Jessica (1892) and Charles Jr (1898).

The marriage however ended in divorce and on January 27, 1932, Hervey married Ms. Marion B. Herrick, 33 years his junior and two years younger than his daughter Jessica. Marion was a High School teacher in Hastings-On-Hudson and a graduate of Syracuse University. She had been married previously to Ellery C. Haynes, a marriage which only lasted a year between 1923 and 1924.

By 1935 Hervey and Marion decided to leave the harsh, cold, north and relocate to Sunshine City for their winters. They purchased this Spanish bungalow and began enjoying the social activities this city had to offer. They had only three years to enjoy life in St. Pete together as Hervey died at this home on May 17, 1939, at age 77. His body was sent to Troy NY to be buried in Marion’s family plot (Herrick family). Marion, being much younger, lived another 45 years, passing away on November 4, 1984, at the age of 89. She was laid to rest next to Hervey at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY.

Jackson Grave in Troy NY

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