415 Elm Avenue

General Information

No: 415
Street: Elm
Name: Gilliland/Gatch House
Family: Pettit
Historic Plaque: N

Owner Info: Y
Built: 1890
Sec: 23
Sub: Camden City
Lot: 544-552 Pt vac alley Adj Camden City Pr 6. 15-544-545 cons

Description: 2 1/2 story brick & shingle siding Victorian, gable roof. Could this be called Eastlake Victorian? (see Ellis Rawnsley's Village Views Article. 8/1983)
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Residential

Add To: Y
Sub From: Y
Replace: N

Changes Details: 1944 - screen porch added by Graces. 1968 - screen porch converted to family room by Petits. 1944 - Graces removed 2nd floor screened sleeping porch at rear of house and added large brick patio with wall. The original wash house was converted to a grill house (see story 3). 2006 - Peggy Pettit sold off the side lot (to the north) to Debra L. & Steven D. Fletcher Tr.


Current Owner: William R. & Peggy Mae Schulte Pettit
Curr Date Fr: 1958
Curr Date To:

Original Owner: Traber? (see deeds)
Date Fr:
Date To: Date To:

Owner 1: Gilliland
1889? Date To 1: 1906

Owner 2: Lewis N. & Mary (Greeno) Gatch (later estate)
Date Fr 2: 1906
Date To 2: 1943

Owner 3: Loren G. Gatch, & Minna & John Gatch
Date Fr 3: 1943
Date To 3: 1944

Owner 4: Nancy B. Wallstead ?
Date Fr 4: 1944
Date To 4: 1944

Owner 5: Dale & Eloise W. Grace
Date Fr 5: 1944
Date To 5: 1956

Owner 6: Paul & Pris Connell
Date Fr 6: 1956
Date To 6: 1958

1975 Owner: Peggy Mae Pettit. 545-552& pt vac alley Camden City (pars 6 to 15 & 554,545)


Story 1 : Lewis & Mary Greeno Gatch moved here from 614 Wooster Pike with their 2 children John (father of Ann of 635 Valley View in Terrace Park - earlier 602 Miami) and Loren (later at 104 Miami). We don't know when they moved to 415 Elm but at least by 1906 or 1911-12 and probably earlier since their boys grew up there. Since Lewis was a struggling young lawyer Ann Gatch suspects their parents helped them get the house.
Story 2 :
Story 3 : 1944 - The original wash house where laundry was done was converted to a grill house and abutted to the patio. It contains a wonderful grill, hood, exhaust fan and cabinets for storage. It has a work top for food preparation or display and storage under that (originally for wood logs, converted to gas by Pettits). Originally there was a well on the site of the patio. Since laundry water still empties into the old well, the area is hot from detergent. When it snows the snow melts over the old well site. Originally the house had a slate roof.
Story 4 : 1911-12 Directory : Lewis Gatch - attorney, John & Loren Gatch, university students (at Princeton)
Story 5 : An oral history of Mike Grace is available at the TPHS archives.
Story 6 : Paul & Pris Connell 1956-1958: built and moved to 114 Red Bird, renting 415 Elm to Stu Proctor's parents when they moved back to Terrace Park from Milford (see 701 Miami).
Story 7 : After buying the house, the Pettits rented to Dick & Sally Eggleston as their new house wasn't built yet and the Pettits couldn't sell their Wyoming OH house as soon as they wanted.
Story 8 : 2006 - Peg Pettit sold side lot to Fletcher to build 413 Elm.Peggy Mae Pettit was born 4 March 1929 and died 28 October 2010, Craver Riggs Funeral Home, buried in St. Thomas Church Columbarium. Memorial Service St. Thomas Church, 6 December 2010.
Story 9 : William Bill R. Pettit was born 26 April 1916 and died 22 December 2000, aged 84 years, buried in St. Thomas Church Columbarium, Section 5, Niche 136, Evans Funeral Home.


1939 Map:
Galloway (rented from Gatch owners?)

1942 Map:
Galloway (rented from Gatch owners?)

1951/3 Map:
Dale Grace (newspaper photo during Grace residency)

1959 Directory:
Dick & Sally Eggleston (renters) (moved to 625 Valley View)

1960 Directory:
William & Peggy Pettit

1962-2001 Directories:

2002-03 Direct:
Mrs. William (Peggy) Pettit

2004-07 Direct:
(Side lot sold 2006 to build 413 Elm)

2008-09 Direct: