E. L. Ingram Family
Chatham, Virginia, 1918

By Henry H. Mitchell

E. L. Ingram, Raleigh Goods Salesman

E. L. Ingram

E. L. Ingram, Raleigh Goods salesman, is pictured with his mule and wagon in front of the Sims House at 242 Whittle Street in 1918. He and his family were renting (from Georgia Industrial Realty Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Railway) the first floor of the house, while the second floor was occupied by the family of a Mr. McCrary, who sold Watkins Products in a different part of the county from Mr. Ingram's Raleigh Goods territory (thus they could be non-competitive friends!).

Barely visible above the porch rail are the hat, head, and arms of Mr. Ingram's young daughter Lucy. An unidentified person stands in the door behind her.

The Sims House displays details which disappeared in later years. Elaborate brackets decorate the tops of the columns. Flat-sawn balusters contain a fleur-de-lis pattern. At the lower front of the portico are seen three windows; the central opening now is a doorway, accessible by way of steps into a well just behind the position of the mule's front feet. Interior shutters are visible behind the double-hung windows of the bay. A small vertical pipe, probably a drain, follows the left column to the ground. The roof drain now drops only from the right column (just out of the frame of this photograph), and the diameter of the modern pipe is much larger than shown here.

The photograph was mounted on a postcard back, indicating that it was likely produced by an itinerant photographer. The photograph is from the collection of the late Lucy Ingram Campbell, with explanation from her sister Maj. Sallie Ingram, USA Ret.


Molly Ingram and Her Mother

Molly Ingram and Mrs. Stevens

Molly Ingram (right) and her mother Mrs. Stevens are seen standing at the end of Whittle Street. The Sims House is out of view behind the photographer. The recently-constructed Guyer home is behind and to the left of Mrs. Ingram and Mrs. Stevens; the Episcopal rectory (later home to the family of C. G. Sours, Jr.) is in the distance at right.

Generational differences in clothing style are striking, Mrs. Stevens' attire being evocative of the mid-Victorian era of nearly forty years before, while Mrs. Ingram's dress seems to demonstrate the influence of the sporty Gibson Girl.

This photograph was also mounted on a postcard back, and so is assumed to probably be from the same date and photographer as the picture above. It is from the collection of the late Lucy Ingram Campbell, with explanation from her daughter Patricia Campbell Strader.


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