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Appointment of Samuel M. Wilcox

6 March 2017

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Washington Post, 9 April 1881, p. 2.

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[By 1882 Wilcox was living at 503 A St., SE.]

 

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500 block, south side (DCHistoryQuest)

1 December 2016

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The following notes are taken from DCHistoryQuest, “an interactive GIS map that provides historical data on approximately 127,000 extant buildings in Washington, D.C.” To save space, I have deleted lines that are left blank. Please keep in mind that if no building permit is cited, the construction date is usually conjectural.


503 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square— 0842
Lot — 0812
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0225
Permit Date: August 16, 1880
Original Owner — Ruff (Sarah J.) & Davis (Virginia M.)
Builder — Schaffert, J. L.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,600.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0058
Rooms — 0
Width — 18
Depth — 57
Stories — 2
Store? 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — brownstone courses
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — Latrobe(s)


505 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0813
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0225
Permit Date — August 16, 1880
Original Owner — Ruff (Sarah J.) & Davis (Virginia M.)
Builder — Schaffert, J. L.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,600.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0058
Rooms — 0
Width — 18
Depth — 57
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — brownstone courses
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — Latrobe(s)


507 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0814
Year Built — 1885
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1858
Permit Date — May 25, 1885
Original Owner — McLean, F.
Builder — Rhodes & Simms
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $2,000.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0086
Rooms — 0
Width — 19
Depth — 45
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


509 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0815
Year Built — 1887
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0351
Permit Date — August 1, 1887
Original Owner — Marche, Thos. B.
Builder — Cox, Oliver
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0108
Rooms — 0
Width — 15
Depth 30
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


511 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0816
Year Built — 1887
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0351
Permit Date — August 1, 1887
Original Owner — Marche, Thos. B.
Builder — Cox, Oliver
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0108
Rooms — 0
Width — 15
Depth — 30
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


513 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0033
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0


515 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0818
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0


517 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0819
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0

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Residents of 503 A in Boyd’s Directory

1 May 2016

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[Originally posted 27 January 2014; revised 1 May 2016. The most recently added information is highlighted in green.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 503 A Street, SE:

[1877] John Fisher (waiter).

[1882] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1883] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1884] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1885] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1887] John C. Hesse (clerk, Adjutant-General’s Office); Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1888] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1889] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1890] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1891] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1892] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1893] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1894] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1895] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1897] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1898] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1899] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1900] Samuel M. Wilcox (clerk, Pension Office).

[1903] Robert A. W. McKeldin.

[1904] Robert A. W. McKeldin (clerk, War Department).

[1905] Robert A. W. McKeldin (physician).

[1906] Robert A. W. McKeldin; William R. Rodenberger (clerk, Capitol).

[1907] Robert A. W. McKeldin (physician); William R. Rodenberger (clerk, Capitol).

[1908] Caroline A. Mack (widow of Frederick Mack); Nellie M. Mack (teacher).

[1911] Caroline A. Mack (widow of Frederick Mack); Nellie M. Mack (teacher).

[1912] Caroline A. Mack (widow of Frederick Mack); Nellie M. Mack (principal).

[1914] Charles W. Bland (notary); James Trimble (bookkeeper, boards).

[1915] Mary Doyle.

[1916] Charles W. Bland (notary); James Trimble (accountant).

[1917] Charles W. Bland (notary).

[1919] Charles W. Bland (notary).

[1920] Mrs. Jane T. Bland.

[1923] Mrs. Mary T. Gaddis.

[1925] Mrs. Mary T. Gaddis.

[1928] Mary T. Gaddis.

[1932] Clement V. Poland.

[1934] Mrs. Anna Smith.

[1936] Francis E. Knott.

[1956] John S. Poole (contractor).

[1967] Paul Nolan.

[1973] Paul Nolan.

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Jane T. Bland: 1920 census

25 December 2015

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Federal census, 1920, 503 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Jane T. Bland, head, owns (free of mortgage), 77, widow, b. in Ireland, parents b. in Ireland.

Mary T. Gaddis, sister, 81, widow, b. in Ireland, parents b. in Ireland.

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Classified ad: house for rent (1964)

8 May 2015

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Washington Evening Star, 30 April 1964, p. 66.

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Building permits

11 April 2015

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The following list is adapted from a summary of Capitol Hill building permits created by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society.


Unidentified A Street address

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 2020, 4 April 1879. Estimated cost: $2,200. Owner: Madison Davis.

301 A St., SE

56′ x 73′ brick church, permit no. 126, 19 July 1888. Estimated cost: $20,000. Owner: St. Mark’s Church, Trustees. Architect: T. Buckler Ghequier. Builder: W. H. C. Thompson.

304 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 185, 13 July 1909. Estimated cost: $5,000. Owner: D. J. Murphy. Architect: L. Norris. Builder: D. J. Murphy.

306 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 185, 13 July 1909. Estimated cost: $5,000. Owner and builder: D. J. Murphy. Architect: L. Norris.

312 A St., SE

19′ x 34′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 360, 9 September 1898. Estimated cost: $3,500. Owner: Gershom Bradford. Architect and builder: James M. York & Son.

314 A St., SE

23′ x 26′ brick dwelling, permit no. 252, 5 August 1885. Estimated cost: $8,000. Owners: Mrs. M. Davis and Mrs. Ruff. Architect: Emil S. Friedrich. Builder: John H. Edelin.

316 A St., SE

23′ x 26′ brick dwelling, permit no. 252, 5 August 1885. Estimated cost: $8,000. Owners: Mrs. M. Davis and Mrs. Ruff. Architect: Emil S. Friedrich. Builder: John H. Edelin.

317 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1519, 30 October 187 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $1,500. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

318 A St., SE

[This entry is partly illegible.] Brick private garage, permit no. 787. Owner: Charles Shelton. Architect: William B. Shelton.

320 A St., SE

19′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 3638, 21 February 1912. Estimated cost: $3,000. Owner: Julia A. Chase. Architect: B. B. Adams. Builder: William S. Spencer.

322 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 180, 28 July 1899. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: J. N. Avery. Architect: Edward Woltz. Builder, J. C. Yost.

323 A St., SE

20′ x 28′ brick dwelling permit no. 1418, 10 October 187 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: Henderson Fowler.

325 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 856, 3 July 1878. Estimated cost: $3,200. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

327 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 856, 3 July 1878. Estimated cost: $3,200. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

329 A St., SE

24′ x 28′ brick dwelling and store, permit no. 215, 29 July 1885. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: George W. Barnes.

400 A St., SE

21′ x 40′ brick dwelling, permit no.2391, 18 May 1887. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: H. P. Godwin.

402 A St., SE

21′ x 40′ brick dwelling, permit no. 2390, 18 May 1887. Estimated cost: $3, 000. Owner: F. A. Wood.

404 A St., SE

21′ x 34′ brick dwelling, permit no. 453, 25 August 1892. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner and builder: N. Hilliard. Architect: N. T. Haller.

405 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

406 A St., SE

21′ x 34′ brick dwelling, permit no. 453, 25 August 1892. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner and builder: N. Hilliard. Architect: N. T. Haller.

407 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

408 A St., SE

23′ x 63′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1878, 4 April 1892. Estimated cost: $8,500. Owner: Mary L. Hill. Architect: N. T. Haller. Builder: John H. Nolan.

409 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

410 A St., SE

19′ x 45′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1008, 24 November 190 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $3,500. Owner: Henry E. Tripp. Architect: John Webster.

411 A St., SE

31 x 32 brick dwelling, permit no. 1203, 3 December 1891. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner, architect, and builder: F. S. Obold.

413 A St., SE

16′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 641, 17 September 1889. Estimated cost: $7,000. Owner: Dr. J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: W. F. Kirby & Brothers.

415 A St., SE

16′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 641, 17 September 1889. Estimated cost: $7,000. Owner: Dr. J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: W. F. Kirby & Brothers.

417 A St., SE

20′ x 36′ brick dwelling, permit no. 366, 15 August 1892. Estimated cost: $5,200. Owner: J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: S. J. Prescott.

503 A St., SE

18′ x 57′ brick dwelling, permit no. 225, 17 August 1880. Estimated cost: $6,600. Owners: Sarah J. Ruff and Virginia Davis. Architect: J. L. Schaffert.

504 A St., SE

22′ x 58′ brick dwelling, permit no. 805, 31 January 1883. Estimated cost: $2,500. Owner: Bernard Kernan.

505 A St., SE

18′ x 57′ brick dwelling, permit no. 225, 17 August 1880. Estimated cost: $6,600. Owners: Sarah J. Ruff and Virginia Davis. Architect: J. L. Schaffert.

506 A St., SE

21′ x 58′ brick dwelling, permit no. 282, 26 July 1906. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner: John C. Hesse. Architect: W. S. Plager. Builder: George W. Barkman.

507 A St., SE

19′ x 45′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1858, 26 May 1885. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: F. McLean. Architect: Rhodes and Simms.

509 A St., SE

15′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 351, 2 August 1887. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: Thomas B. Marche. Architect: Oliver Cox.

510 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1979, 24 December 190 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $4,300. Owner: Henry A. Hesse. Architect: W. S. Plager. Builder: George W. Barkman.

511 A St., SE

15′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 351, 2 August 1887. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: Thomas B. Marche. Architect: Oliver Cox.

516 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1045, 4 March 1880. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: B. D. Harrison.

518 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1045, 4 March 1880. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: B. D. Harrison.

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Classified ad: house for rent (1959)

8 April 2015

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Washington Evening Star, 5 February 1959, p. 64.

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John C. Hesse retires

7 September 2014

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Washington Post, 11 August 1920, p. 12.

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John C. Hesse: awarded Medal of Honor

7 September 2014

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Washington Post, 14 May 1905, p. F3.

[At various times Hesse lived at several addresses on A Street, SE: 503, 506, 508, and 510.]

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This document explains why and how the Medal of Honor was eventually withdrawn: Interments in the Historic Congressional Cemetery.

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Francis E. Knott: death

7 September 2014

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“Deaths.” Washington Post, 28 May 1964, p. C16.

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[He had lived earlier at 503 A Street, SE.]

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Jane T. Bland: value of estate

7 September 2014

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Washington Post, 1 September 1921, p. 18.

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[She lived at 503 A Street, SE.]

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Gaddis–Trimble marriage

7 September 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 16 June 1883, p. 8.

[She later lived at 503 A Street, SE.]

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Jane T. Bland: will

7 September 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 4 August 1921, p. 10.

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Amos W. Hastmor: 1930 census

14 August 2014

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Federal census, 1930, 503 A Street, SE, Washington, D.C.

  • Amos W. Hastmor, head, rents for $55, 24, married, 21 at marriage, b. in Va., parents b. in Va., clerk, U.S. government.
  • Susie D. Hastmor, wife, 23, married, 20 at marriage, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
  • Edwin B. Hastmor, son, 3-1/12, b. in D.C., parents b. in Va.
  • Marilyn R. Hastmor, daughter, 1-9/12, b. in D.C., parents b. in Va.
  • Edith Hastmor, daughter, 10/12, b. in D.C., parents b. in Va.
  • Anna C. Hough, sister-in-law, 29, single, b. in Va., parents b. in VA.
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James Trimble: dies at home of Mrs. Charles Bland

4 May 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 30 March 1919, p. 7.

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The McKeldins: “The Saucy Seven”

28 April 2014

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“The World of Society.” Washington Evening Star, 6 May 1905, p. 5.

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Mrs. R. A. W. McKeldin: party for Clara Trow

27 April 2014

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“The Social World.” Washington Evening Star, 19 November 1904, p. 6.

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Dr. and Mrs. R. A. W. McKeldin: visitor

25 April 2014

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“The World of Society.” Washington Evening Star, 22 January 1904, p. 5.

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Contents of 503 A St. SE to be auctioned

23 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 1 April 1902, p. 13.

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1943)

23 March 2014

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“Rooms Furnished.” Washington Evening Star, 19 July 1943, p. 30.

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1944)

31 January 2014

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“Rooms Furnished.” Washington Evening Star, 7 May 1944, p. 58.

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Nellie M. Mack: death

30 January 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 17 March 1915, p. 14. [She lived at 503 A St., S.E.]

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Washington Evening Star, 18 March 1915, p. 23.

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Classified ad: girl wanted for housework (1890)

30 January 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 16 April 1890, p. 2.

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1944)

30 January 2014

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“Rooms Furnished.” Washington Evening Star, 16 December 1944, p. 18.

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Francis E. Knott: 1940 census

29 January 2014

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Federal census, 1940, 503 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Francis E. Knott (rents, $50), head, 31, married, completed 2 years of college, born in D.C., lived in same house in 1935, policeman, D.C. police, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $2,300.
  • Anna T. Knott, wife, 35, married, completed 8th grade, born in Irish Free State, naturalized citizen, lived in same house in 1935, not employed.
  • Francis E. Knott, Jr., son, 4, born in D.C.
  • Patricia A. Knott, daughter, 1 month, born in D.C.
  • Anna M. Smith, stepdaughter, 18, single, completed 3 years of high school, born in D.C., lived in same house in 1935, not employed.
  • Dorothy L. Smith, stepdaughter, 13, completed 7th grade, born in D.C., lived in same house in 1935.
  • John J. Dugan, brother-in-law, 39, single, completed 8th grade, born in Irish Free State, naturalized citizen, lived in same house in 1935, carpenter, D.C. WPA project, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $1,800.
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