A Better Place to Live
Why a neighborhood association? Things happen every day that have an impact on our homes, neighborhood and way of life. A neighborhood association gives us a place at the table and a voice that carries weight.
What we are not: we are not an exclusive group--anyone may join and anyone may participate in our meetings, discussions and projects.
What are our boundaries: we don't think this really matters and the only reason we have established boundaries is for recognition at City Hall (its a legal thing) If you live outside our technical boundaries but near them you are still in East Hill, No one has kicked you out of East Hill. Roughly, our boundaries are Bayou Texar to 9th Ave. Fairpoint (tree tunnel) to Belmont. We frequently get involved in issues outside of but near our boundaries. In short, all are welcome to be a member of EHNA.
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Researching the history of your house can give you much more information than provide the date for your “CIRCA” sign. There are many sources of information including neighbors, previous owners, the Court House and of course the Pensacola Historical Society. However even those records could not solve my mystery. Did the Lurton’s live in my house prior to 1900 as photos indicate or was the house built in 1908 as the Court House Records indicate? (continued below image)
Ancestory.com’s census records (available for about thirty dollars a month) provided, not only more information about the house, but also about the entire neighborhood. By searching the census records for Lurton and Pensacola, I found that in 1900, the Lurton family did indeed live at 1102 East Gadsden so obviously the house was there prior to 1900. The Lurton’s lived at a different address in the 1910 census, so I seemed lost. Because census takers worked the houses pretty much in sequence by area, there is an every ten year snap shot of our neighborhood. I looked at the neighbors and traced them (kind of like a virtual historic stalker). I found the neighbors in the 1910 census but no entry for our address. There were however entries for 1920 and 1930. The Newton’s occupied the home in 1920 until sometime before 1930 when the Hartman’s moved in, did some major remodeling of the house and would be known thereafter as the “Big House”. There is, however, so much more. Census records show peoples occupation, sex, race, age, where they were born and even if they had a radio in 1930. The house and the neighborhood became a living thing as people come and go. Yet it seems that one thing remains the same. As I looked at our neighborhood and those around it, East Hill is still a place where people of all backgrounds live, work and enjoy each other.