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Where we worked: 1922 — G.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the seventh in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Gaines, Charles, elevator operator, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gaines, Dora, domestic, 528 Smith
  • Gardner, Alice, maid — Wilson Sanatorium, Sunshine Alley
  • Gardner, George, farmer, Spring Street Alley
  • Gardner, Preston, clerk — Peter Artis, Wiggins Street
  • Gardner, William, tobacco worker, 602 South Lodge
  • Garrity, Mary, teacher, 400 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gaston, Lorenzo, tobacco worker, 118 Manchester
  • Gaston, Mancie, barber — W.S. Hines, Elm City
  • Gaston, Sattena, dressmaker, 118 Manchester
  • Gay, Albert, porter, 623 East Green
  • Gay, Charles, tobacco worker, 625 East Green
  • Gay, Rachel, tobacco worker, 812 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Gay, William, tobacco worker, 713 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gear, Cora, maid, 505 East Nash
  • George, Arthur H., teacher, 401 North Vick
  • Gerald, Edgar, tobacco worker, 108 South Vick
  • Gibbs, James, tobacco worker, 604 Park Avenue
  • Gibbs, Priscilla, domestic, 604 Park Avenue
  • Gilchrist, Harrison, tobacco worker, 904 Mercer
  • Gilliam Cafe, 509 E Nash, Rachel Gilliam proprietor
  • Gilliam, Mary, domestic, 646 Wiggins
  • Gilliam, Matthew S., physician — 516 East Nash, 805 East Nash
  • Gilliam, Rachel, proprietor — Gilliam Cafe, 228 Smith
  • Gillis, Walter, helper, 411 South Goldsboro
  • Glenn, Price, laborer, 800 South Lodge
  • Globe Theatre (moving pictures), 543 East Nash
  • Godwin, Robert, laborer, 903 Robinson
  • Goffney, Clinton F., tobacco worker, 704 Suggs
  • Goffney, Joseph, tobacco worker, 206 Manchester
  • Goolsby, Kirby, helper, 536 East Nash
  • Gordon, Elmer, barber — W.S. Hines, 721 East Green
  • Gordon, Oscar C., hairdresser, 511 East Nash
  • Gorham, Ernest, laborer, 405 East Bank[s]
  • Gorham, George, tobacco worker, 417 South Goldsboro
  • Gowen, Walter, tobacco worker, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Graham, Henry, tobacco worker, 414 East Walnut
  • Grant, Mary, trained nurse, 203 Pender
  • Grantham, Dessimore, barber, 309 Forbes
  • Grantham, Garfield, carpenter, 908 Viola
  • Gray, Albert, tobacco worker, 606 South Lodge
  • Gray, Mattie, laundress, 606 South Lodge
  • Gray, Sam, tobacco worker, 105 Manchester
  • Green, Arthur, laborer, 202 Pender
  • Green, Edwin, tobacco worker, 13 Stantonsburg Road
  • Green, James, tobacco worker, 546 East Green
  • Green, Marion, laborer, 314 Pender
  • Green, Mary, domestic, 518 East Nash
  • Green, Minnie, laundress, 135 Narroway
  • Green, Missouri, laundress, 507 Grace
  • Green, Naomi, domestic, 202 Pender
  • Green, Nelson, grocer, 420 South Spring, 502 South Lodge
  • Green, Oscar, tobacco worker, 606 South Lodge
  • Green, Richard, Laborer, 314 Pender
  • Green, Walter, tobacco worker, 314 Pender
  • Green, Wash, laborer, 518 East Nash
  • Greenfield, Clarence, driver, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Greenfield, Luvenia, cook, 522 South Lodge
  • Griffin, Boston, tobacco worker, 503 Viola
  • Griffin, Mary, tobacco worker, 705 South Lodge
  • Griffis, Delia, laundress, 310 North East
  • Griffis, Donald, blacksmith, 310 North East
  • Griffis, John H., farmer, 310 North East
  • Grimes, Carrie, tobacco worker, 306 East Walnut
  • Grissom, Hattie, domestic, 201 North Vick
  • Grissom, Lydia, hairdresser, 201 North Vick
  • Gunn, Daniel, tobacco grader, 512 South Lodge, 514 South Lodge

Notes:

  • Peter Artis was a confectioner with a shop at 502 East Green.
  • Dessimore Grantham’s Forbes Street? I have never heard of it, and it’s not listed in the directory’s Guide to Streets.

Where we worked: 1922 — F.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the sixth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Fagin, Mittie, laundress, 602 South Spring
  • Faison, Colonel, blacksmith, 406 East Bank[s]
  • Faison, Rufus, tobacco worker, 303 Mercer
  • Faison, Thomas, tobacco worker, 504 Bank
  • Faison, William,¬†tobacco worker, 504 Bank
  • Faithful, Mamie, teacher, 303 Stantonsburg Avenue
  • Farmer, Alfred, laborer, 605 Spruce
  • Farmer, Annie, laundress, 309 Hackney
  • Farmer, Annie, laundress, 215 East Spruce
  • Farmer, Blanche, laundress, 404 Young’s Alley
  • Farmer, Charles W., butler, 611 Spruce
  • Farmer, Eli, laborer, 144 Narroway
  • Farmer, Ella, tobacco worker, 412 South Spring
  • Farmer, Essie, tobacco worker, 409 South Goldsboro
  • Farmer, Eula, domestic, 205 North Reid
  • Farmer, George, porter, 507 West Hines
  • Farmer, George, driver, 613 Spruce
  • Farmer, Jefferson, porter, 404 Young’s Alley
  • Farmer, Jesse, tobacco worker, 611 West Hines
  • Farmer, John W., driver, 706 East Green
  • Farmer, Julius, laborer, 810 West Nash
  • Farmer, Lawrence, porter, 503 Viola
  • Farmer, Lelia, laundress, 138 Narroway
  • Farmer, Maggie, cook, 611 Spruce
  • Farmer, Mamie, laundress, 613 Spruce
  • Farmer, Mary, laundress, 500 Grace
  • Farmer, Orlando, laborer, 804 East Nash
  • Farmer, Richard, laborer, 412 East Jones
  • Farmer, Viola, tobacco worker, 138 Narroway
  • Farmer, Waverly, janitor, 616 East Green
  • Farmer, William, porter, 205 North Reid
  • Farrior, Henry W., Rev., 203 Pender
  • Faucette, John, tobacco worker, 208 Manchester
  • Faulkland, J.R., barber — James H. Barnes, 718 Viola
  • Faulkland, Walter, barber — The Mayflower, 721 East Green
  • Fentress, John, laborer, 407 Spring Street Alley
  • Ferguson, Mary, domestic, 404 Whitley
  • Ferrell, Ernest, cook, 704 Suggs
  • Fields, Henrietta, domestic, 714 East Green
  • Finch, Rosa, domestic, 122 Pender
  • Finch, Solomon, tobacco worker, 122 Pender
  • First Baptist Church, Pender corner Nash
  • Fisher, Harrison, tobacco worker, 304 Spring Street Alley
  • Fitts, Courtney, teacher, 1005 Washington Avenue
  • Fitts, Howard M., teacher, 1005 Washington Avenue
  • Floyd, Amos, butler, 420 East Green
  • Floyd, Carolina, maid, 315 South Goldsboro
  • Floyd, June, section hand, 711 South Goldsboro
  • Floyd, Mattie, laundress, 420 East Green
  • Ford, Curtis, carpenter, 604 East Green
  • Ford, Freda, cook, 607 East Green
  • Ford, Sula, domestic, 400 East Hines
  • Ford, William, helper, 700 South Spring
  • Foster, Henrietta, trained nurse, 203 Pender
  • Foster, Hugh, carpenter, 411 East Green
  • Foster, Maggie, domestic, 411 East Green
  • Fox, Dervis, carpenter, 1203 Carolina
  • Fox, Lula, laundress, 1203 Carolina
  • Franklin, James, laborer, 523 South Lodge
  • Frankin, John, laborer, 506 Grace
  • Franklin, Mary, domestic, 413 South Railroad
  • Franklin, William, laborer, 413 South Railroad
  • Frazier, Mitchell, laborer, 317 South Goldsboro
  • Frazier, Evan, tobacco worker, 904 Mercer
  • Free Will Baptist Church, East Vance corner Elba
  • Free Will Baptist Church, Lane near Woodard Avenue
  • Freeman, Hattie, domestic, 1115 Atlanta [Atlantic]
  • Freeman, James A., porter, rear 110 West Nash
  • Freeman, Julius, bricklayer, 1115 Atlanta
  • Freeman, O. Nestus, bricklayer, East Nash extended
  • Freeman, Rosa, cook, rear 110 West Nash
  • Furney, William, tobacco worker, 306 East South

Notes:

 

Where we worked: 1922 — C.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the third in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Calvary Presbyterian Church, Green at corner of Pender
  • Cannon, Charles, carpenter, 724 East Green
  • Cannon, Lavalier, domestic, 724 East Green
  • Cannon, Mack D., barber, 505 East Nash, (home) 201 Pender
  • Cannon, Stattie, dressmaker, 724 East Green
  • Carroll, Dave, plasterer, 113 South East
  • Carroll, Lizzie, tobacco worker, 412 Spring Street Alley
  • Carroll, Mack, chauffeur, 412 Spring Street Alley
  • Carroll, William, gardener, 412 Spring Street Alley
  • Carter, Clarence, laborer, 418 East Green
  • Carter, Harry, drayman, East Nash extended
  • Carter, Isabella, domestic, 904 East Nash
  • Carter, Milford, cook, 905 Viola
  • Carter, Robert, bicycle mechanic – C.H. Darden & Sons, 904 East Nash
  • Carvit, Henrietta, cook, 610 South Spring
  • Chambers, Peter, laborer, 314 South Lodge
  • Chambers, Zeb, laborer, 200 West Lee
  • Chambliss, John, tobacco worker, 137 Narroway
  • Cherry, Henry, bellman, 411 East Green
  • Chestnut, Ben, tobacco worker, 304 Spring Street Alley
  • Chick, Cleveland C., barber – W.S. Hines, 311 Pender
  • Chiney, Patience, cook, 109 West Gold
  • Christ Disciples Church, 707 South Spring, Rev. Bryant Kornegy pastor
  • Citizens Garage, East Nash Road extended, Joseph Williams proprietor
  • Clark, Ada, domestic, 805 Wiggins
  • Clark, Bettie, domestic, 606 East Green
  • Clark, Flora R., student, 706 East Nash
  • Clark, John H., carrier – Post Office, 706 East Nash
  • Clark, Letha, dressmaker, 606 East Green
  • Clark, Meta, tobacco worker, 805 Wiggins
  • Clark, Mittie, cook, 607 West Vance
  • Clark, Samuel, laborer, 810 Robinson [Robeson]
  • Clark, Sarah, laundress, 606 East Green
  • Clayton, Freeman, farmer, 515 Smith
  • Clements, James, tobacco worker, 905 Robinson
  • Clements, Mollie, laundress, 905 Robinson
  • Cloffer, George, helper, 310 South Lodge
  • Cobb, Arthur, laborer, 703 East Nash
  • Cobb, Bettie, laundress, 1010 Robinson
  • Cobb, General C., cook – Leonard C. Lewis, 1010 Robinson
  • Cobb, Isaac, tobacco worker, 617 East Nash
  • Cobb, Sherman, cook, 1010 Robinson
  • Cobb, William, laborer, 416 South Lodge
  • Cobb, Willie, domestic, 617 East Nash
  • Cofield, Julia, tobacco worker, 410 South Lodge
  • Coleman, Lucy, laundress, 611 East Nash
  • Coleman, Samuel, tobacco worker, 611 East Nash
  • Coley, Alonzo, plasterer, 915 Washington Avenue
  • Coley, Eva J., teacher, 401 North Vick
  • Coley, George, cook, 118 Ashe
  • Coley, Henry, barber, 401 North Vick
  • Coley, Jasper, bricklayer, 401 North Vick
  • Coley, Laura V., teacher, 401 North Vick
  • Coley, Maggie, domestic, 611 Gay
  • Coley, Rosa, laundress, 708 Walnut
  • Coley, Rufus, janitor, 1010 Atlanta [Atlantic]
  • Coley, Victoria, domestic, 604 East Green
  • Collins, Allie, domestic, 707 Suggs
  • Collins, Esther, domestic, 212 South Reid
  • Collins, Peter, porter, 707 Suggs
  • Collins, Sun, drayman, 301 Stantonsburg Road
  • Commercial Bank of Wilson, 426 East Nash, S.H. Vick president, J.D. Reid active vice-president, H.S. Stanback cashier, phone 982

  • Connor, Flossie, domestic, 407 East Green
  • Cook, Alfred, laborer, 615 Stantonsburg Road
  • Cook, Cora, domestic, 605 Moore
  • Cooke, Jerre L., clerk, R.M.S., 512 Hadley
  • Cooper, Church, driver, 507 Hadley
  • Cooper, George, tobacco worker, 419 South Goldsboro
  • Cooper, Hazel, domestic, 407 South Railroad
  • Cooper, Millard, laborer, 523 South Spring
  • Cooper, Savannah, cook, 609 Spruce
  • Cooper, William, gasfitter, 108 South Reid
  • Coppedge, George W., plasterer, 200 South Vick
  • Coppedge, Mittie, domestic, 200 South Vick
  • Coppridge, Jane, domestic, 113 Manchester
  • Council, Alberta, domestic, 710 Suggs
  • Council, James, farmer, 710 Suggs
  • Covington, Alice, domestic, 531 Smith
  • Covington, Mary, laundress, 707 East Green
  • Covington, Ruth, clerk, 724 East Green
  • Coward, Bryant P., Rev., pastor St John A.M.E. [Zion] Church, 119 Pender
  • Cox, Harrison, tobacco worker, 305 North East
  • Cox, Lula, domestic, 111 South Reid
  • Cox, William, laborer, 116 [sic] Viola
  • Crank, Annie, tobacco worker, 519 Stemmery
  • Crawford, Clarence A., bricklayer, 616 East Green
  • Crawford, Daniel, watchman, 605 South Spring
  • Crawford, Josephine, domestic, 206 North Reid
  • Crawford, Theodore, student, 605 South Spring
  • Crawford, W. Clyde, president – Wilson Building & Construction Company, 206 North Reid
  • Crawford, Wilhelmina, teacher, 605 South Spring
  • Crawford, Willard, student, 605 South Spring
  • Creech, Haywood, tobacco worker, 416 East Green
  • Crum, Julia, laundress, 209 Stantonsburg Road
  • Currie, Nancy, cook, 304 East South

Notes:

  • Who were W. Clyde and Josephine Crawford, and what was the Wilson Building Construction Company? The family is not found in a Wilson census record.

Page 27, Hill’s Wilson, N.C., City Directory 1922-23.

Where we worked: 1922 — A.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the first in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Adams, Bessie, domestic, 107 South Carroll
  • Adams, Ella, cook – Wilson Sanatorium, 410 South Goldsboro
  • Adams, Gertrude, proprietor – Lynnhaven Hotel, 537 East Nash
  • Adams, James, laborer, 105 West Walnut
  • Adams, Jesse, laborer, 1114 East Nash
  • Adams, Millie A., nurse – Wilson County Home
  • Adams, Ned, laborer, 704 Walnut
  • Adams, Roy, tobacco worker, 604 South Daniel
  • Aiken, Georgie, domestic, 120 Pender
  • Alexander, England, laborer, 511 Warren
  • Alexander, Lillie, domestic, 511 Warren
  • Allen, Henry, laborer, 523 South Lodge
  • Allen, Jesse, laborer, 527 South Lodge
  • Allen, Mary, laundress, 609 South Spring
  • Alston, Lucy, dressmaker, 417 Walnut
  • Alston, Robert T., jeweler, 552 East Nash
  • Alston, William, farmer, Mercer near Five Points
  • Anderson, Ed, porter, 213 Manchester
  • Anderson, Mabel E., dressmaker, 202 South Vick
  • Anderson, Mary, domestic, 608 Stantonsburg Road
  • Anthony, James, dressing, 113 Pender
  • Armstrong, Alice, tobacco worker, 521 South Lodge
  • Armstrong, Bessie, tobacco worker, 645 Wiggins
  • Armstrong, Ernest, barber, 510 Railroad
  • Armstrong, James, laundress, 523 Stemmery
  • Arrington, Allie, shoe polisher, 213 East Spruce
  • Arrington, Ernest, ice cutter, 705 South Lodge
  • Arrington, Levi V., carpenter, 206 North Reid
  • Arrington, Mary, laundress, 404 South Goldsboro
  • Arrington, Roxie, cook, 711 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Arrington, William, laborer, 711 Robinson
  • Artis, Columbus E., proprietor – The Delicatessen, 308 Pender
  • Artis, Emma, laundress, 310 East Walnut
  • Artis, Ezekial, drayman, 407 Bank
  • Artis, James, bellboy, 518 East Nash
  • Artis, Pauline, tobacco worker, 514 Smith
  • Artis, Peter, confectioner, 502 East Nash
  • Artis, Plummer, eating house, 901 East Nash
  • Artis, Sumner, cement worker, 1108 East Nash
  • Atkinson, James, tobacco worker, 307 Stantonsburg Road
  • Austin, Alice, tobacco worker, 208 East Jones
  • Austin, James, laborer, 507 East Green
  • Austin, Samuel, tobacco Worker, 208 East Jones
  • Aycock, Pat, tobacco worker, 414 South Lodge

Notes:

  • “Domestic” likely encompassed domestic work done both within one’s home (i.e. the work of a “housewife”) and for an outside employer.
  • The Wilson Sanatorium, founded in 1896, was Wilson’s first hospital. It was located on East Nash Street next to what is now Imagination Station.
  • The 1922 Sanborn map reveals that the Lynnhaven Hotel was a boarding house occupying the second and third floors of a four-front commercial building at 535-541 East Nash.

  • The Wilson County Home was likely the “poor house” located beyond southern city limits on Goldsboro Street.
  • A “dresser,” perhaps, was a valet.
  • Wilson Ice & Fuel Company was located on South Lodge at the Norfolk & Southern Railroad.