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MY HOUSE IN S.W. WASHINGTON DC HOUSE

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Recently my son Stan located a photo of a House in S.W. D.C where my family and I lived.,and grew up. My father rented this house located at 713 4 1/2 Street S.W. around the late 20’s.The previous tenant of our house were .Mr.and Mrs Yoleson parents of Al Jolson world famous stage and movie actor. My brothers, Phil, and Sam,sister Sarah and I moved to D.C. from Cheyenne Wyoming My family were all born in Palestine-became Israel. Next door,on the left side was Sam Hyatt’s Barber Shop,Sam had many customers-price of a haircut for a young man was about 25 cents,price for adults about,50 cents to $1.00.Sam’s Barber slept in the Barber Shop on one of the Barber chairs,–in the evening he played solitaire on a ledge in front of the store window.Next door to our home on the right,were the Miller family.Mr. Miller operated a tin shop-He used the tin when necessary for many articles.Became friends with sons Irv, Sam,and Ben, and daughter Beatrice. remember that in later years Irving owned and operated a convenience store similar to a 7-Eleven, Sam and Benny bother owned DC stores.Family & I visit the S.W. neighborhood—-enjoying MANY INTERESTING MEMORIES!! recall that many small businesses existed on 4th Street S. W. –from the 900 Block to about the 300 block–Many small groceries operated on the corners of 4th Street as well as 3d Street S.W. Also there were a few drug stores, clothing and tailor shops, and small restaurants.In the late 50’s the entire S.W. neighborhood was redeveloped–Town Houses, regular homes, some large retailers and some office buildings replaced the old SW structures Some alleys were replaced with homes. remember that a waterfront existed in S.W. Where our family often purchased tickets on a large boat that traveled to an amusement park, called Marshall Hall. Not too long ago the entire SW waterfront was redeveloped, constructing new restaurants, retail stores,and new office buildings named THE WHARF.The Wharf attracts many visitors including many out t of towners.

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