827-1 Douglas Avenue

General Information

No: 827-1
Street: Douglas
Name: N
Historic Plaque: N

Owner Info: N
Built: 1956
Sec: 28
Sub: Thomas R. Biggs - Gravelotte BLK 12
Lot: 1&2 (pars 5,6,101) SUB PT VAC OAK AVE
Cont/Build: Clermont Lumber (Ferd Critchell)

Description: 1 story Ranch with full basement, vertical siding, gable roof. Pease?
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: torn down except garage (see 827-2)

Add To:
Sub From: N
Replace: N

Changes Details: 1963 - Bechtels added a 12' x 16' screened porch. 1967 - Bechtels added 8' x 22' to the living room towards the front and screened porch on the back. Norval Julnes, contractor.


Current Owner:
Curr Date Fr:
Curr Date To:

Original Owner: Donald W. & Alys W. Greig
Date Fr: 1956
Date To: 1960

Owner 1: Halsey & Marie Bechtel
Date Fr 1: 1960

Owner 2: Marie Bechtel
Date Fr 2: 1983

Owner 3: Eppa & Carol Eveland Rixey IV Tr
Date Fr 3: 1993
Date To 3: 1995

Owner 4: Drackett & Harth Construction Inc.
Date Fr 4: 1995

1975 Owner: Halsey G. Bechtel Jr. Lot 1 pt 2 BLK 12 Gravelottee Biggs Sub Pars 5-6 Cons Pt Oak Ave Vac


: 1 Information from Esther Power: prefab built by Clermont Lumber Co., the only one they ever built (Ferd Critchell)
Story 2 : According to Barbara Hornby, older daughter of Halsey and Marie Bechtel, this original house was carted away by someone and re-erected in Athens (or was it Akron?) OH.
Story 3 : County Auditor's site says this house was built in 1935 but that must be wrong since, according to the realtor's listing, it was only 2 years old (actually probably 4 years old) when the Bechtels bought it from the Greigs. It was probably built in the 1950s with the Greig family being the first owners. The Bechtels bought it in 1960. This house does not show on the 1939, 1942 or 1951/3 maps. The Bechtels enlarged the living room out towards the front and added a screened porch on the back. ( See letter from Barbara Hornby in the T. P. Historical Society House File)
Story 4 : Halsey Guerin Bechtel was born 30 July 1906 and died 3 March 1983, aged 76 years.. Marie Foulkrod Bechtel was born 3 April 1908 and died 1 June 1993, aged 85 years. They are both buried in St. Thomas Columbarium, Section 4, Niche 114


1939 Map:

1942 Map:

1951/3 Map:

1959 Directory:
Donald William & Alyse Grieg (moved out of town)

1960 Directory:

1962-63 Direct:
Halsey & Marie Bechtel

1963-91 Directories:

1992-93 Direct:

1994-95 Direct:
Tony & Sally Kippins (renters from Eppa Rixey)