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Former District Grocery Store (1930s), now private home

This private home, which I think is actually two houses joined together, used to be a branch of District Grocery Stores, as shown in the 1932 photograph below. The window on the left is wider than the other two as it used to be the front door of the grocery.

A real estate broker neighbor gave me a letter that included old photographs and information on our immediate neighborhood. It was written by Betty Junge, who was born in 1927 in what is now his house on the 100 block of 10th Street NE. Ironically, he read of her recent death while sitting in the room where she was born.

Mrs. Junge wrote: “My Mother and Father, Charles Mills and Mary (Kelly) Sizer were married in 1914 so were one of the earliest tenants if not the first. Their four children were born in that house – my oldest sister Dorothy Carter Peyton in 1915, my brother Joseph Mills in 1917, my other sister Georgette Bryner in 1924 and myself Betty Junge in 1927. I am the only one left of that generation.”

District Grocery Store, 1932, posted earlier

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fotabug11-Apr-2018 21:27
Love it!
Lamar Nix15-Mar-2018 01:27
That is a pretty interesting story. Photography is much more effective when it is tied to an accompanying backstory and you have communicated the pair very well! V
victorswan14-Mar-2018 20:48
very well that they are restoring everything there and that history is preserved, a very lovely report that you share with us nice work Helen Bv
Charlene Ambrose14-Mar-2018 00:37
Nicely composed image of this house! What an interesting history as well. V
Nick Paoni14-Mar-2018 00:03
What a distinctive home. Your ample DOF gives me a clear view down the street.
Dave Petersen Photography13-Mar-2018 23:33
They have done a beautiful job with the restoration. A beautiful job of capturing the architecture from this well selected POV. VV
globalgadabout13-Mar-2018 22:31
the ivy adds to the squarish buildings appeal...there could be some spacious rooms in this one...what a fine shot too..
janescottcumming13-Mar-2018 21:48
A sturdy looking place. V
Ton T.13-Mar-2018 20:59
A beautiful house Helen! V
Colin Storey13-Mar-2018 20:38
Great image and information.
Nirvan Hope13-Mar-2018 18:45
I would never have imagined this to have been a grocery store! Makes a great home. (interesting they painted over the brick...)
Jim Coffman13-Mar-2018 18:36
Looks like a nice place to call home...
Pierre13-Mar-2018 18:14
Un très bel édifice, de jolies fenêtres et une magnifique vigne murale! V
Tom Munson13-Mar-2018 17:54
This is a beautiful home. Nice shot!
cobler13-Mar-2018 17:37
WOW..... big house.....I could live there also.....V