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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-07-30 14:03

The places they called home...

I finally took my camera and went in search of four homes where my Baldings, Chapins, and Williamses lived in Little Rock.

The first one - the address listed on the World War I draft registration card of my great grandfather, Victor Claude Balding - was at 223 Rice Street. He signed his draft registration card on 12 Sep 1918.

The house is still there - although I'm sure it looks a bit different today than it did 93 years ago.

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Next, I went in search of the houses at 213 and 217 Dennison.

They are next door to each other.

My maternal grandparents, Joe Duffie Williams and Doris Geneva Balding, lived at 213. I found them at that address in city directories from 1940 to 1949.

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A whole bunch of people lived at 217 for many years - including my grandother's parents and siblings, as well as her maternal grandmother, Eada Belle (Parrish) Chapin after the death of Fred Chapin right after Christmas in 1938.

According to Polk's Little Rock/North Little Rock City Directories, Fred and Eada lived at 913 North Valmar, and Eada was listed at that address in the 1939 City Directory. (I'll have to make another photo journaling trip to see if that one is still standing.)

But by 1940, Eada made her home with her daughter, Hattie Belle and son-in-law, Victor, at 217 Dennison.

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In 1940, the house at 217 Dennison must have been full to overflowing, with Victor and Hattie Balding, Hattie's mother, Eada Chapin, and adult children, Ellington (Linky), daughter Marion (Murney), Marvin and Vera. All the children were employed except Linky, who was the youngest.
Across town, my grandfather's parents, Jo Desha Williams and Maxie Leah Meek, lived at 2310 South Ringo Street.

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That was the home to which my grandfather, Joe Duffie Williams, took his bride Doris after they married on Halloween in 1926. They were still there when the census was taken in 1930.
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[personal profile] openscarf 2011-07-31 04:13 (UTC)(link)
217 reminds me of a church, maybe the arched doorway and the windows on the sides of the beautiful brick chimney with the reflection of the car (yours?) call to mind stained glass windows.
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[personal profile] dadadadio 2011-07-31 06:11 (UTC)(link)
Hey Lady, why are taking pictures of my house? It's not for sale.

[identity profile] nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com 2011-07-31 18:16 (UTC)(link)
So envious of your ability to take these pictures on any given day - and they are wonderful. It does amaze me how many people lived together. We're so used to privacy and space. Not sure I would manage too well!

(Anonymous) 2011-08-03 03:38 (UTC)(link)
The first three houses are so neat and tidy and very-well kept. No doubt they didn't have vinyl/aluminum siding on them a hundred years ago, but they look in really good shape. It's wonderful that you can go there and take photographs. Wish I didn't live so far away from the homes of my ancestors so I could do that, too.

The Places they called Home...

[identity profile] lifefromtheroots.blogspot.com 2011-08-04 16:50 (UTC)(link)
I enjoyed this post, and it was fun looking at the styles of houses. Just love the one on Dennison, I think I'd move in if I could!
Thanks Dee.