2000 SOUTHGATE STREET-CORNELIUS WOMBLE HOUSE

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2000 SOUTHGATE STREET-CORNELIUS WOMBLE HOUSE

2000
,
Durham
NC
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Built in
1921
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This is a 2-story hip-roofed house with asbestos siding, 2-over-2 original sash windows, and a full Craftsman porch sheltering 2 front doors.  The home was owner by Cornelius Wombley, who worked as a cooper. 

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  • Submitted by Durhamite on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:07am

    Coopers like Cornelius Womble were skilled laborers employed in large part in the tobacco factories handling the assembly and maintenance of the hogsheads, which are large barrels holding about 1000lbs. of tightly packed and flavored blended tobacco. The ageing of tobacco smooths out/mellows its flavor and may take a year to as many as three depending on the product. Recipes were proprietary, so specific ingredients for tobacco flavoring were guarded, In these hogsheads, the tobacco was stored and aged in the warehouse complexes around town near the factories. All the factories employed coopers.

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  • Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:51pm by Karen

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2000
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1921
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

 

 

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(Below in italics is from the 2004 East Durham National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

This is a 2-story hip-roofed house with asbestos siding, 2-over-2 original sash windows, and a full Craftsman porch sheltering 2 front doors. 1925-1940 CDs: Comelius S. Womble owner/occupant. 1937 SM. This became a duplex after 1960.  

Cornelius Womble lived in the house with his wife Victoria. Cornelius worked as a cooper, which is someone who makes or repairs barrels and casks, or other similarly constructed items like buckets, butter churners and tubs.

In the 1929 Hill's Durham City Directory, there were over a dozen people whose profession was lilsted as "cooper".  I would think it's safe to say that number is closer to zero nowdays. 

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Coopers like Cornelius Womble were skilled laborers employed in large part in the tobacco factories handling the assembly and maintenance of the hogsheads, which are large barrels holding about 1000lbs. of tightly packed and flavored blended tobacco. The ageing of tobacco smooths out/mellows its flavor and may take a year to as many as three depending on the product. Recipes were proprietary, so specific ingredients for tobacco flavoring were guarded, In these hogsheads, the tobacco was stored and aged in the warehouse complexes around town near the factories. All the factories employed coopers.

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