Then and Now — 1935 & 2022 — 840 23rd Ave N.
From 1935: “Five-room bungalow, unusually well built, attractively furnished. Citrus fruit trees. Reasonable price.”
This house was built in 1934 and put on the market in 1935. The first owners were Arthur and Ella Whitcomb. Arthur Myron Whitcomb was born on March 14, 1869, in Boxborough Massachusetts, his father was a farmer. He and his older brother Waldo grew up helping on the farm and being educated in local schools. After graduating High School Arthur, being good with numbers, took a job with a dairy company as a bookkeeper. This experience opened the doorway to his future career in banking. Arthur started in the banking business at North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer MA. as a teller/cashier and worked his way up to being the Treasurer of the bank.
While working at the bank Arthur met Ms. Ella Florence Wetherbee, a school teacher, whom he married on September 8, 1897 when they were both 28. They never had children. Arthur and Ella lived a comfortable life in rural Massachusetts and began in 1922 to spend their winters in St. Pete. The amount of time they spent here during the winters increased each year and by 1935 they decided it was time to retire, they were both 65, and spend most of their time here in town. This led to the purchase of this featured house which they enjoyed for many years.
Arthur died on February 22, 1952, at age 82. Ella passed away 15 years later at age 98. They are buried side by side at Mt. Hope Cemetery in West Acton, MA.
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