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Tall commercial buildings abound, with no residences in sight.
But back in 1900 when the Nevin family had recently moved in to their new home, the neighborhood was quite different. William G. Nevin (1855-1902) was General Manager of the Santa Fe railroad, appointed in 1897 after a tour in Chicago as Purchasing Manager for the company, capping a long career in railroading. In the house in 1900 were his wife Ella (b. 1854), son William (b. 1881), and daughter Helen (b. 1889). Back then the southeast corner of the intersection looked like this:
|700 S. Garland in 1906|
|Nevin in 1901*|
Unfortunately in 1902 at age 47, William Sr. had a heart attack at his home and died the next day. His burial location is not currently known. Wife Ella remained in the house well past 1910.
*As printed in Men of the Pacific Coast, 1902 (copy at archive.org)