Dickerson

The gang at the Mill House.

Pamela Pridgen Fragoso shared this photo of her father and friends standing in front of the Mill House, a windmill-shaped store that stood at the corner of West Lee and Pine Streets. Alvis T. Pridgen is standing left of the door, shirtless and holding a stick. He was born in 1934 and was about ten years old when this picture was taken. The boy sitting cross-legged directly in front of Pridgen is his pal Bobby Lee Dickerson, known as Chippy or Chipper. Dickerson appears to be younger than Pridgen and was born perhaps in the late 1930s. As an adult, he worked as a policeman in Teaneck, New Jersey. I have not been able to find out anything further about him.

Do you know Bobby Lee Dickerson?

Many thanks to the Pridgen family.

310 Finch Street.

The eighty-fifth in a series of posts highlighting buildings in East Wilson Historic District, a national historic district located in Wilson, North Carolina. As originally approved, the district encompasses 858 contributing buildings and two contributing structures in a historically African-American section of Wilson. (A significant number have since been lost.) The district was developed between about 1890 to 1940 and includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, and Shotgun-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

As described in the nomination form for the East Wilson Historic District, this house is: “ca. 1925; 1 story; Frederick Dickerson house; triple-A cottage with modified bungalow type porch posts; aluminum sided.”

The house was formerly numbered 308 Finch Street.

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Dickerson Fredk (c; Almeter) lab h 308 Finch

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 308 Finch Street, Fred Dickerson, 38, W.P.A. project laborer; wife Almeter, 39, tobacco factory laborer; and daughters Clyde, 18, Dora, 16, and Inez, 13. The Dickersons owned their home, valued at $700.

Almeter Edmundson Dickerson died 2 August 1975 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 20 February 1902 to Mack Edmundson and Ferbie(?) Edmundson; was married to Fred Dickerson; and resided at 308 Finch Street.

Fred Dickerson died 20 August 1979 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 4 February 1892 to Charlie Dickerson and Minerva Green; was widowed; and resided at 308 Finch Street.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, October 2018.

Teachers College graduates.

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Fayetteville State Teachers College Catalog 1944-45 (1944).

The 1944 graduating class of Fayetteville State Teachers College included Clyde Joan Dickerson, Nora Allen Mitchell and Helen Elveta Reid, all of whom graduated Darden High School in 1938. In addition, their FSTC classmate Azzalee Mallette of Wilmington, North Carolina, married Alvis A. Hines, Darden ’37, in Wilson on 5 April 1952.

 

 

Fred and Almeter Edmundson Dickerson.

Almeter E. Dickerson

Fred Dickerson

On 11 January 1922, Fred Dickinson [sic], 29, of Nahunta, son of Charles and Manerva Dickinson, married Almeter Edmundson, 23, of Nahunta, daughter of Mack and Harriett Edmundson in Fremont, Wayne County.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 308 Finch Street, Fred Dickerson, 38, W.P.A. project laborer; wife Almeter, 39, tobacco factory laborer; and daughters Clyde, 18, Dora, 16, and Inez, 13. The Dickersons owned their home, valued at $700.

Almeter Edmundson Dickerson died 2 August 1975 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 20 February 1902 to Mack Edmundson and Ferbie(?) Edmundson; was married to Fred Dickerson; and resided at 308 Finch Street.

Fred Dickerson died 20 August 1979 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 4 February 1892 to Charlie Dickerson and Minerva Green; was widowed; and resided at 308 Finch Street.

Photos originally published in History of Wilson County, North Carolina and Its Families (1985).

Go, TC!

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This 1945 photograph of Winston-Salem Teachers College’s pep squad depicts, front: senior Carl Hargraves, president of squad, Winston-Salem, N.C. and freshman William Stevenson, Winston-Salem; back: senior Ethel Ellerbe, Morven, N.C.; senior Joy Mae Hairston, Winston-Salem; sophomore Effie Dunston, Warrenton, N.C.; junior Marie Darden, Washington, D.C.; sophomore Hattie Russell, Manson, N.C.; and sophomore Dora Dickerson, Wilson, N.C.

Photograph courtesy of http://www.digitalforsyth.org/photos/7388.