Saturday, April 28, 2012

Aerial Views of Whitworth Campus and a Question

The real question I have is: who knows whose big white house that is in the upper right hand quadrant? I think it would be approximately where Boling Motors was once located.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jerry Case and John Case, we have a better idea of the home's origin and demise. It was built by Thomas H. Perkins Sr.  Date unknown.  John Case's sister Sue says that the house in 1948 was either owned or rented by their Aunt, Reba Durr, who in turn rented out rooms to boarders.  At some point, John and Sue's father was hired to demolish the house, but I am not clear on when that happened.  The staircase got a reprieve and went on to serve a useful purpose in the Case home in Bogue Chitto. (Reba Durr was the dietician at Mamie Martin and later, Whitworth College, when it re-opened.)

Thank you to Jerry, John and Sue for your help.  If anyone knows when the house was built or any other information, specifically a picture from ground level, please send it on our way!

Update: Bill Perkins reports that the house originally belonged to Ella May Perkins. A treasure trove of Perkins' pictures and other pieces of family history, which included an old photo of this once magnificent home, was destroyed not long ago in a house fire.  How very sad.

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