The History of the Building
3612-14: “two-and-one-half story Second Empire style brick double with side and front Victorian porches. Second floor projecting bays. Slate shingled mansard with two dormers.”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, 1985)
1866, Apr. 27: Title for 3614-16 Hamilton St. transferred to William Bowler, et al. by John Magrow
1867, Jun. 25: Title transferred to George D. B. Kelley by William Bowler, et al.
George Kelley 45 Manufacturer of doors, blinds, and sashes; born in
George Kelley 14 Born in Mass.
Charles Kelley 10 Born in Mass.
Edwin H. Kelley 4 months
Laura McNatt 20 Domestic servant
(ED 77, 15; 2nd enum. p. 21)
The second enumeration in November, 1870 lists a second domestic servant
The 1867 city directory lists George Kelley, doors and sashes, 409-411 Brown St. and George D. B. Kelley, builder, 405 N. 35th St. In 1890, they lived at 3313 Spring Garden St. and in 1900 they were living at 3711 Powelton Ave.
1878, Mar. 9: Title transferred to James McGeogh by sheriff
1879, Nov. 8: Title transferred to Andrew Young, Guardian by sheriff, George D. B. Kelley
1881 Directory: Ellis Y. Brown, clerk
Ellis Y. Brown 29 Railroad clerk
Sarah W. Brown 28 Born in N.Y.
George T. Brown 68 Father; retired merchant; born in Mass., father born in Mass., mother in N.H.
1887 Directory: Edward G Ashbrook, insurance, office 409 Walnut
In 1900, he lived at 3603 Baring St.
His older brother, Joseph Ashbrook, lived at 3614 Baring St.
1890 Directory: Lucy Adams widow of Stephen L. Adams
Stephen Adams died in July, 1888 when they were living at 3620 Powelton Ave.
1895 Directory: George P. Pilling, Jr., clerk
Charles J. Rice 39 Wholesale [unreadable] produce; renting
Caroline B. Rice 24 Married 6 years, no children
Jeannette L. Ellinger 50 Mother-in-law; widowed, 1 child
(ED 543, 9A)
1905: “COLLEGE MATES AT WEDDING
“Interesting Feature of Marriage of Mr. Shupp and Miss Patton
“An interesting feature of the wedding ceremony of Irvin Shupp, Jr. of West Philadelphia, and Miss Florence F. Patton, of 1938 Wallace street, on April 6, will be the fact that all of those participating in it were college mates of either the bride or the groom.
“Mr. Shupp is a lawyer and a graduate of Princeton University, and from among his classmates all of whom, with one exception are at the bar, he has picked his best man and ushers. The bride in selecting her attendants has also taken young women who were with her during her school days and who are now attending various educational institutions.
“Rev. J. W. Cochran, of the Northminster Presbyterian Church, Thirty-fifth and Baring streets, will perform the ceremony at the Roosevelt, after which a reception will be held there. The maid of honor will be Miss Mary R. Shupp, sister of the groom, and the bridesmaids, Miss Edythe G. Patton, sister of the bride, Miss Julia Brecht and Miss Margaret Steen [401 N. 33rd St.]. James Hugh Moffet, of the faculty of the Central High school, will act as best man and the ushers will be A. Hunter Boyd, Jr., and A. Frank Smith, of Baltimore; Thomas J. Snyder of Reading; Rev. LeRoy Urban, of New York, and Charles T. Patton, brother of the bride. After an extended Southern trip they will reside at 3612 Hamilton street.” (Phila. Inquirer, March 22, 1905)
Francis K. Lear 50 Railroad tin smith; renting
Myrtle E. Lear 42 Married 24 years, 3 children, 1 surviving
Madeline G. Lear 17
James H. Hodgson 22 Lodger; bank clerk
(ED 492, 3B)
1919, Nov. 25: Death of Rebecca Shaffer (nee Nash) of 3612 Hamilton St., wife of the late William Shaffer. Funeral services at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, Pa.
Morrow Palmer 36 Artist/illustrator; owner with a mortgage
Willa Palmer 34
Owen M. Palmer 4
Andrew E. Palmer 23 months
(ED 686, 4B)
Morrow Wayne Palmer was the son of George W. Palmer, a stock broker. In 1900 and 1910, he lived with his widowed father brother at 4005 Powelton Ave. He married Willa Shaffer in 1914. In 1918, he registered for the WWI draft from 3622 Hamilton St. He was working as a “draftee statistician” for J. G. Brill & Co. which made street cars. In 1930, they lived in Rose Valley, Delaware Co.
Dorothy Clark 32 renting for $60 per month
Lillian McCarthy 37 Lodger; artist
James Cooper 35 [or 25] Lodger; department store salesman; married at age 25 [or 35]
Helen Cooper 26 [or 36] Lodger; married at age 25
(ED 398, 8A)
Mac Leiter 38 Machinist with ball bearing manufacturer; earned $2000 in 1939; born in NY; lived here in 1935; 2 years high school; renting for $31 per month
Sarah Leiter 29 Wife; 4 years high school; lived here in 1935
David Leiter 3
Olga Leiter 2
Judith Leiter 5 months
— next household
Raymond Nickel 45 U. S. customs inspector for U.S. Treasury, earned $2100 in 1939; lived in Reading, Pa. in 1935; 4 years of high school; renting for $35 per month; a veteran
Marguerite Nickel 35 Wife; married at age 23; lived in Reading, Pa. in 1935; 4 years college
— next household
Julia Kaestner 38 Department store saleslady, earned $1000 in 1939; lived here in 1935; widow; 8 years of school; renting for $30 per month
(ED 686 8A)
Revised: 11/18/2012 About Powelton Village