Elm City Elevator, 25 July 1902.
Elm City Elevator, 25 July 1902.
More about Cromwell Bullock, known as “Crummell,” who lived at various times in the areas of Wilson, Edgecombe and Pitt Counties between the towns of Saratoga and Fountain.
Greenville News, 23 April 1919.
On the occasion of her induction into the Shaw University Athletic Hall of Fame, Annie Cooke Dickens shared memories of her school days in Wilson and beyond.
Wilson Daily Times, 14 December 1993.
Women’s basketball team, Shaw University Journal (1939).
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Hadley Street, railroad mail clerk Jerry L. Cook, 43; wife Clara, 39, teacher; children Henderson, 20, Edwin D., 18, Clara G., 14, Georgia E., 12, Annie, 8, Jerry L., 6, and Eunice D., 4; sister Georgia E. Wyche, 48, teacher; and nieces Kathaline Wyche, 7, and Reba Whittington, 19.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 916 East Green Street, railway clerk J.L. Cook, 54, born Wake County; wife Clara, 48, born Craven County; children Henderson J., 30, Clara, 24, Annie, 18, Jerry, 16, and Eunice, 14; and cousin Ella Godette, 18. Henderson and young Clara were born in New Bern; the remaining children in Wilson.
Saddlebag houses like this one in the Evansdale area were common in the landscape of rural Wilson County as recently as the 1980s. I don’t know who lived in this particular house, but it is typical of those inhabited by tenant farmers, many of whom were African-American.
The basic saddlebag form consists of two rooms side-by-side, each with a front door. This house, however, has four rooms.
The headboard ceiling and walls are likely original, but the door communicating between the two rooms was probably cut through much later.
A view of the back two rooms. The door between these rooms is also likely a later addition.
Photos taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, December 2019.
Wilson Daily Times, 3 September 1949.
In the 1940 census of Dunn, Averasboro township, Harnett County, North Carolina: widow Lula George, 60; her sons Wilbur, 22, and David, 14; granddaughter Cleo, 15; daughter Enice [sic], 29; and her son James D. George, 10. Eunice and James George reported that they lived in Wilson County in 1935.
Eunice George at left (I think) and James George, center.
Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user Donald George.
Wilson Times, 11 September 1896.
This, presumably, is a different William Hilliard than this one.
Wilson Daily Times, 23 July 1949.
Wilson Daily Times, 9 October 1941.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Will Bullock, 67, driving dray, and wife Pearl, 49, cooking.
Per his death certificate, Will Bullock was a native of Edgecombe County. He was working as a railroad laborer at the time of his death (at age 67), and his body was returned to Wilson for burial.
To my complete and utter shame, I am only realizing on May 29 that this is Virtual Preservation Month. I’m good, though, as one way or another every day of every month is dedicated to virtual historic preservation at Black Wide-Awake.
In the fall of 1951, having opened several modern — or modernized — brick buildings across the county, the Wilson County Board of Education moved to auction off its old colored school houses, some of which had been built with Rosenwald funds. For several weeks, the Wilson Daily Times ran lengthy notices identifying the properties by name and metes and bounds. Schools set for sale included Bynums, Saratoga, Yelverton, Stantonsburg, and Evansdale Colored Schools in Gardners, Saratoga, and Stantonsburg townships.