As I walk around this neighborhood, I often find myself wondering about the people who have lived here since the second half of the nineteenth century, and I feel intensely curious about their distant lives. On the assumption that many of my neighbors must also share this fascination with the names and personalities of certain persons long dead, I am trying to gather on this blog some miscellaneous scraps of information about the former inhabitants of A Street SE (between Third and Sixth streets) on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. The emphasis is mainly on the people who lived on this street rather than the history of the buildings, though I am compiling any material that I can about the street’s past. There will also be some occasional notes about other addresses in the neighborhood, including of course St. Mark’s Church, which is at the corner of A and Third streets.

The easiest way to find all the posts relating to a particular house is to click on one of the Addresses in the dropdown menu at the right. The tag cloud below it includes surnames, names of institutions, and a few broad categories like photosdeaths, and marriages. The search box at the upper right is useful for doing more miscellaneous kinds of searches. Please note that after you do any of these searches, you will be presented with a list of posts in which that address or name occurs; at this point be sure to click on the title of each post for more details.

If you want to search for words or phrases in the newspaper clippings, you can do that in my Evernote public notebook, which includes the same body of material.

I am grateful to several persons who have supplied material for this blog: Gene Berry, Peter Clark, Eric Freund, and Mark Kantor. I welcome further suggestions and corrections.

—Bill Peterson (

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James McKnight: funeral

Washington Evening Star, 14 September 1903, p. 16.


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Nora Keleher: “her mind disturbed”

Washington Evening Star, 29 August 1903, p. 7.


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John Dugan: Warwick Athletic Club

Washington Evening Star, 28 April 1903, p. 9.


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Annie Evans: birthday party

Washington Evening Star, 13 February 1903, p. 6.


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Henry Tripp: building permit

“Building Permits Issued.” Washington Evening Star, 24 November 1902, p. 10.


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Nettie Hopkins-Tayman and Mabel Willoughby-Brown: birthday party

“The Social World.” Washington Evening Star, 6 September 1902, p. 5.


Washington Post, 7 September 1902, p. 20.



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George Ferneyhough: funeral

Washington Evening Star, 5 July 1902, p. 16.


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