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108 North Blacknall Street, 1999


  • Submitted by phillip maynard on Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 11:20pm

    I lived at 108 N. Blacknall St. for eighteen years and remember seeing a picture of our house many years ago on the internet.

    Now everthing is gone ; torn down and I didn't know it was going to happen and have no items that could have been important.

    If anyone knows about this street and the houses that were there, please let me know. I can be reached at: pmaynard9@gmail.com

    I have written a book titled: ' Broken Hearts Mended ' that pieces together my childhood in Edgemont and also the Marine Corps.

    Hopefully I can find an editor and get it published someday.

    Phillip N. Maynard

  • Submitted by phillip maynard on Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 1:08am

    This is finally the house I lived in until I was 18 and had graduated from Durham High.

    However I do remember a better picture of our house when I visited a city site online prior to 2006, but cannot find that picture today.  I knew they were going to demolish the house as they had already started with others and I wanted so badly to get a door or window as a keepsake.  I well remember my daddy and myself putting up a celetex ceiling in the far left bedroom and I wrote our names and the date on one of the ceiling tiles, threw it up inside the ceiling and we finished the job.  I know it was still there when torn down.  This picture does not show the little square entrance panal on the front top gable, where you could go inside the attic.  We found an old civil war sword there and I guess daddy sold it.  Someone must have reboarded that front gable later.  That was another world with people everwhere and the house painted with flowers in the yards.  It seemed so large to me with the dirt street (no curb and gutter as you see here)  and the backyards with the huge oak tree and creek that ran from Long Meadow Park over to Angier Ave.  I waked inside the street tunnel many times and it was scary and dark with the water trickling around your feet.  Thanks Gary for all you do.

    Phillip Maynard

  • Submitted by Barbara William... on Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 8:19am

    Phillip: I lived at 118 N. Blacknall St around 1941. The house was on the corner and it has since been torn down. Interested in your book...please advise.
    Gratefully, Barbara.... p.s. .I am now 75 years old and interested in the homes of my youth. I went to Edgemont School. and Durham High School.

  • Submitted by phillip maynard on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 6:07pm


    I too went to Edgemont school and it was a horrible experience.  The teachers and methods of those days were far from what we have today.  My older brother, Ralph, is also 75, ten years older than me.  My older sisters are, Shirley, Beverly and LaRue.  We are all still living in Durham, except for Shirley who lives in Memphis, Tenn.  My uncles were DuVall, Coleman and Homer Noell and my parents were Jeddy and Fleta Maynard. We lived next to the Mays, Longs, Dennis', Glenns, Hollomons, Veaseys, Brays, Seaparks, Capps (and had lot's of friends in Few Gardens where daddy worked.  Thanks for checking in.

  • Submitted by Paula Walters on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 3:25pm

    I am intrigued by your comments because my family lived in Edgemont. When you listed LaRue as one of your sisters, I vaguely recall my mother mentioning that name as someone she knew. My grandparents were Anna and Winston Ives, who lived on Taylor St., and their daughters were Jacqueline, Pauline, and Grace.

  • Submitted by phillip maynard on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 4:30am

    paula:  Sorry I'm so slow with answering your note.  I will mention this to LaRue and Beverly, my two sisters in Durham. LaRue married John Thornton and later divorced.  Beverly is still married to Sam Williams.  My older sister Shirley, married Keith Boyd who died about ten years ago.  My brother Ralph, married Nancy Lee Anderson, who's brothers were Jerry and Bill.  I'm still married to Brenda Spring.

    I'll get back to you on this.  Thanks for your interest.



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