Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Life Along Beechwood Avenue--1950s

Tom and Evelyn Schneider Ferling purchased 5823 Beechwood Avenue in 1952 from Robert W. and Kathryn Wetzel Ferling, Tom's brother and sister-in-law. Members of the family would remain in the bungalow for the next forty years. Tom was an accountant for the Internal Revenue Service. The couple raised their two children, Bill and Jean, in the house. Their photo collection is filled with scenes of the neighborhood children.

In the top photo, the Ferling family gather in the front yard for a photo in July of 1954. Behind them and across the street, you can see 5820 Beechwood Avenue. That same house appears behind Mike Blaisdell, Bill Ferling's good friend, who lived along Oak Avenue. It is likely that Mike rode up just after the family photo was taken.

In the third photo, Bill Ferling poses with his beloved beagle, "Spottie" in the summer of 1954. Behind him you can see three bungalows across the street at 5828, 5832, and 5836 Beechwood Avenue. The contemporary images show the same views in 2012. The historic photos are courtesy of Bill Ferling.

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