Peter Daniels

“My great great grandfather ran a buggy-making business on West Morgan Street. He had one of the first steam-powered lathes in the state. A fellow at the State Archives found some bills that the buggy company had sent to the State during the Civil War. Apparently, they used the lathes to turn the standards that the Cavalry flags were put on when the Confederate Army was going into war. One of the stories that my grandmother used to tell us was that when Sherman came through, they put all the silver in the bottom of the well. My sister had some of the silver repaired and the silversmith looked at some of the silver and said, ‘It looks like this silver has been in water for a long time…'”

“The house was always there for the family. When great grandmother died in 1929, there was a lot of re-grouping, there had to be some consolidations in living so all the sisters moved back in with one another with the sister who lived at 219 East Peace Street and that was not a large house. Everyone moved in, including my mother, and then they rented the Blount Street house. Those house really became economically unviable.”

“When I was growing up, Judge Winborne lived across the street from us, at 612 North Blount Street. He was deciding a case that the Klan didn’t like the way it was going. I remember dad getting us away from the front of the house because they were burning a cross on the front yard and Judge Winborne kept that cross as a real symbol (of pride) and I believe he’s donated it to the History Museum. That was in the mid-sixties.”

“We all played together. We grew up together. We went to each other’s houses without knocking because they were like aunts and uncles on both sides. My mother grew up with Judge Winborne. It was continuing the long-term family relationships… It was sort of magical. With society today, everybody’s so busy and there’s not connection. You don’t have the roots and the long-term connection. It’s not the same.”

Peter Daniels grew up at 603 North Blount Street, in his great grandparent’s home, the Thomas Yancey Home. The Thomas Yancey house was built in the garden of his great great grandparent’s home, which was built in the 1840s at 119 East Peace Street. Neither house is standing today.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized

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