The house was originally owned by her grandfather, Charles Peter Guokas Sr. (1863-1939), starting in 1908-09. That is the year the family is first listed in the Houston city directory at this address. Previously, from 1899 through 1907, the family was listed as living at 1314 Railroad.
I believe this photograph was taken shortly after the family moved into the house. In the enlargement below, you can clearly see 1717 above the door in two places. My great-grandmother Elizabeth (Elžbieta) Banevich (Benevičiūtė) Guokas (1875-1929) is standing in the doorway.
There's a tree that's been planted just in front, visible between the two little girls.
On the 1930 Census, my great-grandfather was still living in this house, along with his youngest son Roy Lee Guokas (1917-1959), my grandfather, my grandmother Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald (1907-1997), and my one-year-old mother and her older brother, Charles Guokas III (1927-1999).
My mother's family lived in this house until June 1933, when they moved to Austin when my grandfather was appointed secretary to Governor Miriam Amanda Ferguson. My great-grandfather continued to live in the house until his death in April, 1939. The house was left to Roy who lived there until at least 1942.
I drove by this address in April 2012, only to discover the house had been torn down, apparently (according to Google Maps) by July 2011. The property (Lot 12, Block 299, Baker Addition) and the adjacent lot have recently been subdivided into single-family townhome lots for construction of three-story (plus rooftop terrace), three-bedroom, 3.5 bath homes selling for about $395,000.
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