The Phelps family dwelled at 43 South Kitley Avenue for decades and might have been in the house on the day of this photo. Raymond Phelps owned and operated the Phelps Coal Company at 5543 Bonna Avenue. His ad in the city directory claimed that he sold "coal, coke, concrete blocks, cement, lime, sand, and gravel." In 1949, the company touted in another ad, "Phone Phelps for Fuel." Violet Phelps stayed home and raised the couple's three children.
Next door at 83 South Kitley Avenue resided the Fultz Family. William Fultz was a carpenter and built houses. Perhaps it was he who remodeled the simple farmhouse. Martha Fultz, his wife, worked for a press clipping service. Her mother, Katherine Mollenkamp, also lived with the couple. A 1933 Indianapolis Star article reveals that Mr. Fultz was arrested for drinking and driving after an automobile crash on the near east side.
Eventually, the site upon where Donna Garland stood was developed. In 2016, the corner is occupied by a hauling company. Both homes in the historic image are still standing.
|Donna Garland posed for this photo at the southwest corner of East Washington Street and South Kitley Avenue in 1941.|
|6525 East Washington Street in 2016|
|The Phelps family dwelled at 43 South Kitley Avenue for decades. Raymond Phelps ran the Phelps Coal Company on Bonna Avenue. (Photo 2016)|
|The Fultz family dwelled at 83 South Kitley Avenue in the 1930s and 40s. (Photo in 2016)|