I recently posted about gleaning some very helpful hints from envelopes. After I thought I had gotten all the additional information I could from them, I was surprised once again. I had been dealing with two addresses: 1605 Market Street and 16217 Manhattan Place, the former belonging to my great-grandparents, Pete and Ella Christensen, and the latter belonging to their son, Clarence. After Ella’s death, when Clarence was married with a child, they traded houses, as Pete’s was a much larger home.
After having gone through most of the letters and envelopes, I realized
there was a third address, 16029 Manhattan Place. Due to the similarity
to the other Manhattan Place address, I overlooked it completely. It
was an early return address for Pete and Ella Christensen in Gardena –
they apparently did not move directly into their home on 1605 Market
(162nd) Street. My mother confirmed that they lived in a smaller home
for a time when first moving to Gardena.
I then noticed another address: 1605 162nd St. I was struck by the fact
that the house number was the same as that of Pete and Ella’s house,
but was on a letter written by Clarence’s widow in the 1960s. Since
they had traded houses with Pete, this would tend to confirm my
suspicion that 162nd Street was once Market Street.
The return addresses, along with the postmarks, should help me pinpoint exactly who lived where, and when.