The History of the Building
Built by Wilson Brothers for Robert Gibson (Catalogue of Work Executed, Wilson Brothers & Co., 1885, p. 7.)
“three-story red brick Victorian house with wood porch; originally half of a double, now joined with its neighbor 210. The original front door has been completely bricked in. The building has a flat roof and decorative pressed brick trim which is also used for splayed lintels. Altered in 1920 by architects Hoffman-Henon.”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the national register of Historic Places)
1969: The houses on the west
side of the 200 block of
Previous Residents of 208 N. 34th Street
1879, Oct. 20: Title transferred to Elizabeth R. Gibson by Henry D. Justi
Robert Gibson 41 Builder; father born in Ireland
Elizabeta Gibson 39 Father born in MD.
Maggie Gibson 11
Bessie Gibson 7
Elizabeth Eager 76 Mother[-in-law]
Mary Lovingood 21 Servant; mother born in
(ED 483, 1-2)
In 1870, Robert and Elizabeth Gibson and her mother Elizabeth Eager lived in Lewistown, Pa. where he was a bridge builder. It is likely that he worked for the Wilson brothers who built the house for him and who started out as bridge builders for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
1887 Directory (compiled fall of 1886): Robert W. Gibson, contractor, 330 Walnut, h 208 N. 34th
1888, Jul. 19: Title transferred to Dwight B. Fuller by Elizabeth R. Gibson
1889: Marriage license issued to Ida Hoff Snyder and Joseph Cutler Fuller
In 1900, they lived at 413 N. 41st St. By 1905, they were living at 309 N. 34th St.
1890 Directory: Dwight B. Fuller, Jr., dentist [D.D.S. from Univ. Penna., 1887]
Dwight B. Fuller
John G. Fuller, dentist [D.D.S. from Univ. Penna., 1889]
1891, April 21: Marriage of Alice Carey Jenkins of 3703 Powelton Ave. (previously of 3720 Baring St.) to Dr. John G. Fuller of 208 N. 34th St.
“MANY APRIL WEDDINGS.
“West Philadelphia Ceremony Witnessed by Many
“One of the prettiest and most fashionable weddings of the season was solemnized yesterday in the Northminster Presbyterian Church, Thirty-fifth and Baring streets, when Miss Alice Carey Jenkins was married to Dr. John G Fuller. The ceremony was performed by the pastor of the church, the Rev. Robert H Fulton, D. D., assisted by J. Addison Henry, D. D., of Princeton Presbyterian Church.
“The bridesmaids were Miss Eleanor List, Miss Lilian Fitler, Miss Bertha Welsh [3419 Hamilton St.], Miss Mary Lowery, and Miss Ella Fuller, sister of the groom. The ushers were Albert E. Hoskins; of New York, Robert E. Foster, of Harrisburg; Dr. Dwight B. Fuller, brother of the groom; Robert H. Jenkins, brother of the bride; Henry F. Cook, Henry G. Riebenack [227 N. 34th St.], Marshall E. Collinsworth and Louis A. Hill.
“After the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of the bride's father, 3703 Powelton avenue….”
(Phila. Inquirer, April 22, 1891)
“On April 21 Dr. John G. Fuller, of the Pennsylvania Bicycle Club, will marry Miss Alice Cary Jenkins, of West Philadelphia.” (Phila Inquirer 4/12/1891)
1892: Dwight Bailey Fuller, Jr. awarded M.D. at Univ. Penna.
1892, Oct. 18: Marriage of Carrie Belle Fuller to Marshall Scott Collingwood
"At the Princeton Presbyterian Church, Powelton and Saunders avenues, last night, Miss Carrie Bell Fuller, of 208 North thirty-fourth street, was married to Marshall Scott Collingwood, of 3941 Locust street, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Dr. J. Addison Henry, the pastor of the church.
“The maid of honor was Miss Ella H. Fuller, a sister of the bride. The flower girl was Miss Rachel Collingwood and the ushers John F. Sheaff, Jr., J. R. Collingwood, of Roanoke Virginia, Dr. D. B. Fuller, Jr., J. Henry Laughlin and Robert E. Christie.
“The bride was attired in a white corded silk with tulle veil and orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of white flowers. Among the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Collingwood, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. James Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Allison, Miss F.V. Allison, Miss M. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Laughlin, Mr. W. J. McCahan Dr. and Mrs. Collier, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harkness and Rev. Dr. and Mrs. C. M. Reid." (Phila. Inquirer, Oct. 19)
In 1900 and 1910, they lived at 873 N. 41st St. They then moved to 3415 Hamilton St. Carrie died in 1922 at the age of 57.
1894, April 25: Death of Dwight B. Fuller, 79 years old. Funeral at his late residence, 208 N. 34th St.
Property inherited by Dwight B. Fuller [Jr.] et al.
[Sarah] Fuller 65 Born in NY, parents in
Dwight D. B.
Fuller 36 Physician; born in NY in 1863, father in
Ella Hewitt Fuller 26
Katie Logan 19 Servant: born in
Mary Coneey 27 Servant; born in
(ED 483, 3)
1902, Aug. 16: Death of Ella H. Fuller, 29 years old, died at Inlet, Hamilton Co., N.Y. Burial at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
1906 Blue Book: Mrs. Dwight B. Fuller
Dwight B. Fuller. M. D.
Dr. & Mrs. John G. Fuller & daughter
Sarah J. Fuller 75 Born
in NY, parents in
Fuller 46 Own income; born in NY, father in
Mary T. Brennan 26 Servant
Grace McFadden 25 Servant;
(ED 533, 1B)
Sarah J. Fuller 65 Born in NY
Dwight B. Fuller 53 Physician, eye specialist, self employed
Mary Drewry 40 Servant; born in
Margaret Friel 48 Servant; born in
(ED 688, 1B)
1920, Jan. 12: Death of Sarah J. Fuller, 86 years old, widow of Dwight B. Fuller. Funeral at her late residence, 208 N. 34th St.
1920, Apr. 21: Title transferred to Ada B. Marshall by Dwight B. Fuller [Jr.] et al.
1921, Sep. 9: Title transferred to Dwight B. Fuller by John G. Fuller
1920, Oct. 23: Title transferred to John G. Fuller by Ada B. Marshall
1926: Marriage of Ellen M. Fleming to Dwight Fuller
1929, Aug. 1: Death of Dr. Hugh Bradshaw Meredith, 75 years old, of 208 N. 34th. Cause: chronic mycarditis; burial at Episcopal Cemetery, Danville, Pa.
He previously lived at 3305 Arch St.
Fuller 64 Medical doctor; married at age 60 [his
2nd]; owner, value of house was $28,100; born in N.Y., father in
Ella F. Fuller 50 Married at age 46
(ED 397, 4B)
1931, Dec. 21: Title transferred to J. Edgar Spielman by Dwight B. Fuller
Then it was immediately transferred to Dwight B. Fuller and Ellen, his wife.
Dwight B. Fuller 76 Born in New York; five years of college; owner, house valued at $9,800
Ellen F. Fuller 61 One year of college
— next household
Benjamin Pendleton 69 Born in Va.; 8 years of education; renting for $50 per month
Inez S. Pendleton 65 Born in Va.; 8 years of education
Morris H. Lech 35 [Step?] son; school teacher; born in Va. ; four years of college
Benjamin S. Pendleton 30 Clerk for shipping company, earned $1,800 in 1939; born in Md.; four years of high school
— next household
Sarah L. Neel 52 Public-school teacher, earned $2263 for 42 weeks of work in 1939; single; five years of college; renting for $40 per month
Jane L. Irwin 22 Single; five years of college; in 1935 she lived in Tulsa Oklahoma
(ED 693, 3A)
All the occupants lived here in 1935 with the exception of Miss Irwin.
1943, Jun. 28: Title transferred to Sadie Wolinsky by The Pennsylvania Co. for Insurance and Investment, etc., Trustee