307A East Windsor
On the eastern lot the first tenant of 307A was Norman Ralph Spilman, wife Mattie and daughter Shirley. Norman was a bit of a floater, holding many jobs, few of them for long. And, indeed, by 1930 the house was vacant. The new tenant, from 1931, was Guy A Grimm, a 42-year-old painter and paper-hanger with his wife Nettie Virginia, 20-year old son Marion, salesman in a grocery store, 12-year old daughter Kate, 10-year old son John and 8-year old Gordon. The two eldest moved out in the 1930s, but Guy's father John moved in with them.
The Grimms stayed ten years, moving out in 1941. Moving in were the first individual owners, John G Morgan, a printer, and his wife Nancy Elizabeth, both born 62 years earlier in England and naturalized in the US. They moved here from Scranton so John could take a job with the GPO and closed on the new house in March of 1941, paying $4,000, paid for with a $3,000 mortgage. The kids apparently came with them. John and Elizabeth moved to Lorton shortly after the war, but the children took over the house: John Jr, a public school teacher, and Geneva, a customer service representative with the telephone company. John Jr left shortly thereafter and finally Geneva left in 1949. As a sad aside Geneva, who had also moved to Lorton, died in an automobile accident in December 1952 when she lost control of her car late at night in Fairfax at age 30.
September 1949 saw the arrival of new owners. Esther Bennington had been born in March 1910 in Rockingham and in July 1937 married Frank J Fannon Jr of White Plains, NY in Alexandria. They had a son, Frank III, but separated in June 1941. In January 1947 she divorced Frank and married William B Gallahan, a diver and engineer, that June, him nine years younger at 28. Notably, having once been burned in marriage Esther bought the house herself, inserting in the deed that it would be “free from the rights of all husbands, past, present and future.”
They moved into 307A with her son Frank and were joined by their daughter Virginia “Ginny” Gallahan in July 1951. In August 1962 the couple purchased house 307 next door, reuniting them in ownership for the first time since Wallace & Herring sold them separately in 1941. In 1973 Esther relented and executed a new deed for 307A that transferred ownership to her and William jointly. They stayed there almost 30 years, until William's death from lung cancer in October 1980 at 54 years old. It was long enough to see Virginia married (twice, actually) and Frank J move out on his own.
Esther passed away in 1998, leaving all her property to the two children, Frank III and Virginia DeFresne. They sold the two houses, along with other properties in Del Ray that their mother had accumulated in the 1970s, to Carl Jon Andreen in March 2000. He split the properties back up again, selling 307 in December 2000 and 307A in July 2001.