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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Photo: Charles Giddens Had a House on Irvington Avenue in South Orange, New Jersey

Another photo found in my grandmother's album. This was her brother's home in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1930, Charles W. Giddens reported that he owned the house and its value was $12,000.  From, I learned that this, 1,672 square foot home at 263 Irvington Avenue, was built in 1923 and was last sold in 1987. 

Charles and his wife, Louise moved from Newark, New Jersey into the house sometime after 1925. By 1927, they were living in the house at Irvington Avenue along with my grandmother, Edith Giddens, and Louise's mother, Louise Uhde. My grandmother moved to Newark in 1928. Charles and Louise remained in the house for more than 10 years often taking in boarders and family. 

Charles entered the Navy during WWII and they moved to Florida sometime during the war. It is unknown as to when they sold the house. 
263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, New Jersey at Google Maps

I wondered about the welding sign seen in the front yard. Did Charles have a  
welding business? A search at indicated that Charles worked for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company while living in South Orange. And, a Google Map search for the house revealed that it still looks very much the same and welding sign was not in the yard, but on the side of a shop next to the house. 

This photo, labeled Charlie & Louise's Trailer - 1930s,
was on the same page as the house photo on Irvington Avenue. 


© 2015

Resources U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

"Google Maps." Google Maps. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"South Orange Home." 263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 Is Off Market. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

Year: 1930; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1343; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0611; FHL microfilm: 2341078

Year: 1940; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2340; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 7-352


  1. I remember a trailer next Louis & Elizabeth James' summer house in Carpentersville New Jersey along the river. I believe it was Uncle Charlie & Aunt Louise's trailer. I think it was the first time I saw Uncle Charlie's cut-off finger. He used to wiggle it & make us laugh. He was a very pleasant, fun loving man & had a sense of humor.

  2. Thanks, Aunt Janet! I guess they used the trailer at the summer house. Did you see that it was attached to a car in that photo. I wonder where they were going . . .

    I love the story about his finger. It's amazing that's all that he lost in the accident.