26 January 2013

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Introduction

400 block 1949

[Photo: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.]

As I walk around our 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 menus under the header above and  in the menu Addresses 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.

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

—Bill Peterson (wsp@umd.edu)

3 July 2015

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David Wolfe Brown: talk at high school

Washington Evening Star, 12 December 1892, p. 10.

[He lived at 314 A St., S.E.]

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3 July 2015

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David Wolfe Brown: lecture

Washington Evening Star, 12 January 1893, p. 3.

[He lived at 314 A St., S.E.]

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3 July 2015

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Residents of 314 A in Boyd’s Directory

[Originally posted 20 February 2014; revised 3 July 2015.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 314 A Street, SE:

[1872] James McMahan [sic] (laborer); Mrs. Margaret Corcoran.

[1875] James McMahon (laborer); Joseph Jackson (oysters) [apparently a business address; his residence is described as at the corner of A and Fourth St., S.E.].

[1887] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives).

[1888] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives); Nora O’Connor (servant).

[1889] Margaret Wolfe; David Wolfe Brown (stenographer).

[1890] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives).

[1891] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives); Margaret Wolfe.

[1892] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives).

[1893] David Wolfe Brown (reporter of debates, House of Representatives); Edna D. Town (teacher); Mary L. Town (clerk); Edwin A. Hazlet (clerk, Census Office).

[1894] Mary L. Town (clerk, Post Office Department); Waring E. Evans (clerk, Interior Department); Hanna D. Davis (widow of Harry Davis).

[1895] Annie A. Gant (domestic); George S. Hamlin (laborer); Myrtie G. Young (teacher).

[1896] Edna D. Town (teacher); Mary L. Town (clerk, Post Office Department); Myrtie G. Young (teacher).

[1897] Edna D. Town (teacher); Mary L. Town (clerk, Post Office Department); Kate W. McCowan (clerk, Pension Office); Myrtie G. Young (teacher).

[1898] Llewellyn L. Cook (clerk).

[1899] Gertrude W. Ashby (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1902] Olive L. Dunn (widow of William R. Dunn); William E. Ambrose (lawyer).

[1903] Olive L. Dunn (widow of William R. Dunn).

[1904] William E. Ambrose (lawyer); Olive L. Dunn (widow of William R. Dunn).

[1905] William E. Ambrose (lawyer).

[1906] Olive L. Dunn.

[1908] William E. Ambrose (lawyer); Olive L. Dunn (widow of William R. Dunn).

[1909] William E. Ambrose (lawyer); Olive L. Dunn.

[1911] Mary Werres.

[1912] Mary K. Werres (caretaker).

[1915] Cora E. Beard (printer’s assistant, Bureau of Printing).

[1916] Cora E. Beard (printer’s assistant, Bureau of Printing).

[1919] Cora E. Beard (clerk).

[1920] Cora E. Beard (clerk); Leila Bean (clerk); Dorothy Ishell (nurse).

[1921] Julia E. Duval (clerk, War Department).

30 June 2015

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Gershom Bradford: death

Washington Post, 16 April 1978, p. C8.

[He had lived earlier at 312 A St., S.E.]

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30 June 2015

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Mary E. Beadle: death

Washington Post, 17 January 1983, p. D6.

[She had earlier lived at 312 A St., S.E.]

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30 June 2015

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Mary E. Beadle: building permit

Washington Evening Star, 7 December 1940, p. 24.

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30 June 2015

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Residents of 312 A in Boyd’s Directory

[Originally posted 19 February 2014; revised 30 June 2015.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 312 A Street, SE:

[1872] William H. Barry (gasfitter); George Emmerich (clerk, Post Office); John Malony (laborer).

[1873] Joseph S. Fletcher (barber).

[1877] Julius C. Shailer (2nd lieutenant).

[1899] Gershom Bradford (assistant, Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1903] Gershom Bradford (assistant, Coast and Geodetic Survey); Mary A. F. Winsor (widow of Charles F. Winsor).

[1905] Gershom Bradford (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1906] Gershom Bradford (assistant, Coast and Geodetic Survey); Minnie G. Bradford.

[1908] Jennie Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1909] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); John B. Beadle (reclamation service); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1910] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); John B. Beadle (clerk); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1912] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); John B. Beadle (student); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1914] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); John B. Beadle (clerk, boards); Mary E. Beadle (teacher, Madison School, boards).

[1915] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); John B. Beadle (clerk); John H. Beadle (clerk, reel server); Mary E. Beadle (teacher, Madison School).

[1917] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1921] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle, teacher); Mary E. Beadle (teacher).

[1922] Jennie C. Beadle (widow of John H. Beadle); Mary A. [sic] Beadle (teacher).

29 June 2015

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Harvey Hodgkin: missing in action?

[The Hodgkin family had earlier lived at 306 A St., S.E.]

Washington Evening Star, 11 October 1916, p. 20.

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29 June 2015

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Residents of 306 A in Boyd’s Directory

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 306 A Street, SE:

[1871] James B. Austin (clerk, 6th auditor).

[1872] James B. Austin (clerk, 6th auditor).

[1873] John C. Hogan (awnings).

[1876] William E. Lusby (brassfinisher); William Burford (real estate, boards); Benjamin Van Keuren (clerk, Pension Office).

[1878] William E. Lusby (brassfinisher).

[1880] Frank Fraser (pressman).

[1881] Charles I. Corick (painter); William W. Rodrick (printer).

[1882] Ida Horn (dressmaker).

[1883] Edwin Horn; Ida Horn (dressmaker).

[1884] James H. Leighter (carpenter).

[1885] Charles E. Walstrum (porter).

[1886] Charles E. Walstrum (clerk); Edward Walstrum (clerk).

[1887] Charles E. Walstrum (janitor); Edward Walstrum (clerk).

[1888] Edward Walstrum (clerk).

[1889] Edward Walstrum (clerk).

[1890] Charles E. Walstrum (janitor).

[1891] George Clark (messenger).

[1893] Charles W. Stanford (H. H. Stanford & Brother, shoes).

[1894] Charles Gates (Bureau of Printing).

[1895] Charles Gates (Bureau of Printing).

[1897] James Richardson (pilot).

[1898] William A. Keleher (fireman).

[1899] William Callahan (fireman).

[1901] Marian B. Fant (widow of Joseph N. Fant); William A. Keleher (fireman).

[1903] Marian B. Fant (widow of Joseph N. Fant); William A. Keleher (fireman).

[1905] W. A. Kelcher (Geological Survey).

[1908] Clara D. Hodgkin (Library of Congress, widow of Derwin Hodgkin); Harvey Hodgkin (clerk); John D. Hodgkin (usher); Lincoln Taliaferro (clerk): Mollie Taliaferro (widow of Howard Taliaferro); Strothers Taliaferro (messenger).

[1909] Lincoln Taliaferro (clerk): Mollie Taliaferro (widow of Howard Taliaferro); Strothers Taliaferro (messenger).

[1911] Nina A. Holland (bookkeeper); Richard H. Holland (Navy Yard).

[1915] Nathan B. Williams (attorney and counsellor-at-law).

[1918] Sarah A. Bunyea (widow of Seymour Bunyea).

[1919] Moizelle Gryder (clerk).

[1920] Moizelle Gryder (clerk).

[1921] Sarah M. Gryder (clerk, War Department).

28 June 2015

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Frank Fraser: 1880 census

Federal census, 1880, 306 A St., SE., Washington, D.C.

  • Frank Fraser, 24, works in Government Printing Office, b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y.
  • Christie Fraser, 24, wife, keeping house, b. in D.C., father b. in N.Y., mother b. in Bavaria.
  • William Fraser, 4, son, suffers from constipation, b. in D.C., father b. in N.Y., mother b. in D.C.
  • Nige [?] Fraser, 2, son, b. in D.C., father b. in N.Y., mother b. in D.C.
  • Josephine Bates, 17, sister-in-law, single, at home, b. in D.C., father b. in N.Y., mother b. in Bavaria.

28 June 2015

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William M. Stanford: 1880 census

Federal census, 1880, 304 A St., SE., Washington, D.C.

  • William H. Stanford, 42, carpenter, b. in D.C., father b. in Md., mother b. in D.C.
  • Elizabeth L. Stanford, 37, wife, keeping house, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
  • Marian J. Stanford, 17, single, at home, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
  • Edward G. Stanford, 14, son, at school, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
  • Sadie E. Stanford, 1, daughter, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.

28 June 2015

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Residents of 304 A in Boyd’s Directory

[Originally posted 3 February 2014; revised 28 June 2015.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 304 A Street, SE:

[1872] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1879] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1880] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1881] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1882] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1885] Edward H. Stanford (clerk): William M. Stanford (clerk).

[1886] William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1887] Samuel J. Thomas (carpenter).

[1888] James Hughes (bricklayer).

[1890] John L. King (machinist).

[1892] John L. King (machinist).

[1893] John L. King (machinist).

[1894] Charles H. Fernald (surveyor).

[1895] William J. Travers (stairbuilder).

[1897] James Finnegan (police captain).

[1897] Mary A. Johnson.

[1903] Ida Bitz (bookbinder); James L. Stoddard (clerk).

[1915] Patrick J. Malone (Capitol Police).

[1919] Annie E. Boarman (clerk, Department of Agriculture); Rowland Williamson (Library of Congress).

[1920] Wallace E. Mattingly (inspector); Rowland Williamson (Library of Congress).

[1922] Wallace E. Mattingly (inspector).

27 June 2015

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Robert Clements: estate worth $20,000

[Clements lived earlier at 300 A St., S.E.]

Washington Post, 31 December 1927, p. 20.

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27 June 2015

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Robert Clements: death

[Clements had lived earlier at 300 A St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 20 December 1927, p. 9.

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27 June 2015

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Robert Clements sued

[Clements lived at 300 A St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 11 May 1904, p. 5.

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27 June 2015

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300 A Street: title transfer from McMahon to Clements

“Real Estate Transfers.” Washington Evening Star, 21 November 1899, p. 10.

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27 June 2015

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Dr. William Handy: death

[Dr. Handy had lived earlier at 300 A St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 29 February 1933, p. 7.

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27 June 2015

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Dr. William Handy: letter to Washington Post

Washington Post, 10 June 1889, p. 6.

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[This is the article he refers to: Washington Post, 9 June 1889, p. 10.]

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27 June 2015

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Residents of 300 A in Boyd’s Directory

[Originally posted 3 February 2014; revised 27 June 2015.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 300 A Street, SE:

[1872] Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1879] Annie Beck (clerk).

[1881] William E. Handy (medical student).

[1883] Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1885] Edward H. Stanford (clerk).

[1886] Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1887] Annie Beck; William E. Handy (physician to the poor, Health Department, D.C. government); William M. Stanford (carpenter).

[1888] Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy); William E. Handy (physician to the poor).

[1888] Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy); William E. Handy (physician).

[1889] William M. Stanford (carpenter); Annie Beck.

[1890] Robert Vose (notary and real estate); William M. Stanford (carpenter); William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1891] William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy); Annie Beck.

[1892] William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1894] William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy).

[1895] William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy); Thomas Joseph (driver).

[1896] William E. Handy (physician); Isabel Y. P. Handy (widow of Edward G. Handy); Edward F. Washington (driver).

[1898] Emma M. Helmick (Department of Agriculture); Frank M. Helmick (printer); John B. Falconer (carpenter).

[1899] John B. Falconer (carpenter); J. Edward Falconer (cornicemaker); John B. Falconer (carpenter); Mary M. Falconer (dressmaker).

[1903] Robert E. Clements (grocer); Annie Harding (bookkeeper).

[1905] Robert E. Clements (grocer).

[1907] Elsie Luckett (bookkeeper).

[1908] Ida Lewis (clerk).

[1909] Robert E. Clements (grocer); Ida M. Lewis (clerk).

[1915] Leroy C. Clements (clerk).

[1922] Jessie Clements.

28 May 2015

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Residents of A Street in 1973

“Street and Avenue Guide,” Boyd’s Directory (1973).

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[Surnames: Kelly, Donnell, Driskill, Brown, Dehnel, Lamb, Holusha, Alter, Burr, Fitzmaurice, Patterson, Cline, Brandhove, Robbins, Fleet, Tappan, Powers, Shapley, Ottaway, Stephenson, Walters, Lane, Underwood, Burch, Zens, Katz, Turner, Guyol, Cymrot, Engle, Mixson, Daly, Baldwin, Lucas, Mills, Stewart, Beveridge, Kidd, Nolan, Hill, Halling, Waggoneer, Hodgson, Bixler, Hendricks, Dyer, Doudoumopolous, Mauro, Nolan, Berz, Fogarty, Norris, Lee, Martinez, Holton, Schramm.]

28 May 2015

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Residents of A Street in 1956

“Street and Avenue Guide,” Boyd’s Directory (1956).

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[Surnames: Clements, Quade, Drikill, Richards, Dulin, Hollinger, Allen, Roberts, Wall, Brandhove, Buck, Lindholm, Tappan, Draper, Shapley, Grant, Price, White, Smith, Cole, Wells, Padgett, Krolinowski, Connon, Sikeyev, Guyol, Thompson, Bryant, Kinney, Kreitzer, Gilmore, Hodges, Covey, Greer, Burton, Poole, Heller, Brown, Davidson, Bixler, Dyer, Holocek, Mauro, Kronheim, Hartley, Paige, Ladd, O’Connell, O’Donnell, Waple.]

28 May 2015

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Residents of A Street in 1934

“Street and Avenue Guide,” Boyd’s Directory (1934).

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[Surnames: Clements, Ray, Miller, Beadle, Lambert, Hollinger, Allen, Payne, Wright, Shelton, Brand, Gannon, Hammer, Tappan, Draper, Herold, Donnelly, Kasofsky, Hood, Peterson, West, Smith, Nolan, Membert, Forbes, Varrella, Royall, Jameson, Tripp, Sewell, Kerby, Sandidge, McMullen, Bolvin, Hodges, Hodson, Bixler, McGarvey, Smith, Dorsey, Quade, Hesse, McLean, Rowles, Castle, Carr, Hartley, Bass, Ladd, O’Connell, Ennis, Phillips.]

17 May 2015

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A. L. Otterback: death

[Otterback lived at 518 A St., SE during the 1890s.]

Washington Evening Star, 6 July 1928, p. 9.

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VETERAN CONDUCTOR DIES
A. L. Otterback, 63, Served Pennsylvania More Than 40 Years.

Anderson L. Otterback, 63, 513 Seward square southeast, for more than 40 years a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad, died at Georgetown University Hospital last night after a long illness.

Mr. Otterback is survived by his widow, Martha R. Otterback; four brothers, William H. Otterback, Morgan Otterback, Robert O. Otterback and Guy Otterback, and two sisters, Agnes C. Otterback and Mrs. Emma Davis. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock. Interment will be in Congressional Cemetery.

17 May 2015

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Joseph F. Arth pays fine

[Arth lived at 518 A St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 21 April 1911, p. 16.

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17 May 2015

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Rev. Owen M. Miller

[Miller lived at 518 A St., SE.]

“A New Baptist Church.” Washington Evening Star, 5 May 1891, p. 9.

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[. . .] The church was organized in December, 1884, with thirty-three members, and was known until recently as the East Capitol Street Baptist Church. Rev. W. M. Ingersoll, now of Cleveland, Ohio, former pastor of the Second Metropolitan Baptist Churches, served the church as supply for several months and was succeeded in August, 1885, by Rev. Owen M. Miller of Russellville, W. Va., who served the church with great acceptance until October, 1838, when he was compelled by failing health to resign the charge of the church, going to Colorado Springs, Col., in quest of health, where he died in January last, never having preached after leaving Washington.