Before the 1980s, 2049 White Street was actually listed as 2057 White Street. The first recorded residents were Richard “R.D.” Marcus and his wife, Anna. Prior to moving in, Marcus was known for being a member of the Kiwanis group and the Lee Street Merchants’ Association. Marcus owned a realty firm with Harry Levine, and after dissolving the original firm in 1921, opened another in 1922. That year, Levine married Dena Shaeffer and moved in as a boarder into Marcus’s home. A year later, Harry and Dena had a daughter in the home. In 1926, R.D. and Anna had their first child, a daughter as well. Marcus became a general insurance agent with an office in the Hotel Bentley in 1929, and was still listed at the home in the City Directory. By 1931, his family left the home, and the Daniels moved in. Later the Marcus family was listed it at 1737 Marye in 1938, and in 1945, they lived at 2236 Hill Street. By 1951, R.D. Marcus received the Guaranty Insurance Loving Cup Award and was a Police Jury Candidate in 1955. RD Marcus passed away on March 26, 1963.
Edwin Broadus Daniels was born in 1881 in the state of Missouri. In 1930, he was renting 2411 Elliott Street and was a sales manager of a wholesale flour business. He lived with his wife, Grace, and their children Edra, Jim, Norma, and Jack. By 1931, he was listed as inhabiting 2057 White Street in the Alexandria City Directory. A year after, he was reported in the Town Talk for being in a serious car accident. In 1934, Edwin was working as a traveling salesman. By 1940, Daniels was a guard at Camp Claiborne. At this time, his son Jack still lived with them, along with his widowed daughter, Norma Taylor, and her fourteen year old daughter Jane. Norma was working as a clerk in a retail dress shop. They moved out of the home between 1940 and 1941. In 1947, Edwin and Grace had moved to 142 Sunset Drive in Alexandria.
Abraham “Abe” Goldberg was born in Balberzinhek, Russia in the year 1880 and immigrated to the United States in 1887. In 1920, he was living in Cheneyville, Louisiana, making a living as a retail merchant with his wife, Bessie, and children Margery and Harold. By 1930, they are living in Lecompte, Louisiana and added Julian to the family. Abe is still listed as a retail merchant, specifically in dry goods. After 1940, the family had moved to 2057 White Street and Abe secured a building permit for a garage and fence. The Goldbergs opened their home to a boarder by the name of James Leggett Jr., who did clerical work for the Certification and Intake Bureau and served in World War II. While inhabiting the home, Leggett received a promotion to First Lieutenant in 1944. Bessie passed away in Alexandria, Louisiana in January of 1946 and was buried in Pineville, Louisiana. After her death the family appears to have moved from the home and scattered around the country. Abe passed away on the 31st of January in 1956 at the age of 79 and was laid to rest beside Bessie.
Since the Goldberg family’s departure from the house, it has been owned by the Ritchie, Helverson, and Deville families. It is now owned by a new family and we are excited to see how their story unfolds in this home. Welcome to the neighborhood!