By Brianna Blake
Edward and Alma Thomas moved into their home at 1376 Frankson in the 1930’s. Edward was a bookkeeper for a company that imported coffee. He enjoyed fishing on area lakes. He knew many people in the neighborhood whom he met while walking his dogs. Alma was a homemaker and a stay at home mom to James and Marjorie. James lived in the house until he joined the Air Force in WWII. Marjorie left home when she married in 1952.
When Marjorie’s 3 children, Patty, Karen and Tom, would sleep over at their grandparents’ house they would be kept up at night by the lions and tigers roaring from the Como Zoo! Edward and Alma lived in the house until Edward’s death in 1966. Alma died in 1976.
I’m Edward and Alma’s great granddaughter. I moved back to the neighborhood (Arona St.) with my husband Ryan and daughter Hattie. I enjoy walking past my great grandparents house and hearing stories from my Aunt Karen about what the neighborhood was like back in the day!
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