Sylvia G. And Richard S. Ruby House

35.980109, -78.909793

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From the National Register nomination form of 2005, completed by M. Ruth Little

1-story side-gable Minimal Traditional-style house with front-gable wing, interior chimney, 2-bay front porch with a classical column, and vinyl siding. Windows are 8-over-8 sash and a multi-pane fixed window under the porch. Richard S. Ruby, a salesman at Graves Jewelry, was the occupant in 1950. [1950 CD]   Robby Poore, whose families lived in 426 and 421 Carolina Circle, has posted some fabulous mid-century photos of Carolina Circle, and Durham in general, on his personal Flickr page.  There are several albums (1948194919501950-1954195719681969, and 1970).  Individual images of 420 Carolina Circle include two 1969 pictures of the rear of the house from the alley (here and here) and a portion of the front of the house (from 1950 and 1951).

The following information comes from the City Directories and general web searching:

Year Occupant(s) Occupation(s) Other information
1949 Sylvia G. Ruby Richard S. Ruby   salesman Richard worked at Graves Jewelry
1952 Louisa L. McGarity Joseph L. & Mary L. McGarity department manager students  
1954 Innes B. Hornsby Aubrey T. Hornsby   physician Aubrey worked for the Veterans Administration
1956 (vacant)        
1957 Katherine H. Trexler John C. Trexler   representative John worked for the Hospital Care Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield.
1986 Katherine H. Trexler       Katherine was likely widowed by 1986.
1994 Teresa R. Smith        
1997 Christopher Perrien       Christopher worked for IBM as a Technical Business Development Executive with a concentration in the Financial Industry.
2002 Andrea Yarger Michael D. Yarger      
2006 Brian S. Emerick        
2008 Laura M. Yavanian Brian C. Yavanian      
2011 Amanda Lee Pete Seidl      



Do you have any other photos and/or more detailed descriptions for this house? I'm writing a story and this would be the perfect home for one of my characters.

Thank you.

Roger Maxwell

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