The House as a Home
In any event, Dom, Edith and Margaret had moved in by 1934, along with tenant Helen Giddens, who had left DC and was working as a clerk while she divorced her husband Sylvester. Helen stayed through the war, but left around 1946. She was followed by a succession of tenants, usually married couples, usually only there for a year or two. The most interesting of these, from our perspective, was Samuel G Luciano, Edith's brother, and his wife Eleanor. Sam had joined the National Guard in 1940 and was inducted into the active Army in 1941. After the war he married Eleanor and took a job with Pepco, the Virginia power company. They moved into the house on Raymond around 1951, but had moved out within about two years. They lived most of their long lives thereafter in Takoma Park.
Dom was not so fortunate. His health seems never to have been great, By age 60 he was suffering from spinal degeneration and osteoarthritis, which must have significantly impacted his ability to work. His general health continued to decline and he passed away at Circle Terrace Hospital on the last day of 1955 at age 64. An autopsy found massive carcinoma of all the major organs, so severe it was impossible to tell where it began, although they speculated it was probably the pancreas.
Edith, of course, was about 24 years younger and apparently active and in good health. She continued to live in the house, until she finally sold it in March 1960. The sale covered both the main lot on which the house sat and a small triangular lot in between the main lot and the house that they had purchased in 1938.
She moved out to California, finally passing away in Huntington Beach in 1984. By that time she was known as Edith Antonio, that version of the surname having been used from about 1945.
The lots were purchased by Murray and Beatrice Goldberg and Max and Jacqueline Ratner. From then on it was simply a rental unit, being resold to Lou Herring in August 1961, then to the Caldwells in 1963, who actually held onto it for a while, then to Howard Wheaton and David Lackey in 1976. Lackey bought out his partner a year later and then sold it himself a few months later.
There then followed a further succession of landlords, but the history of the house had already been written, by Edith and Dominick Antonio, almost certainly doing the best they could under difficult circumstances.