Pictures from Chatham's Past: 1930's

Edited by Henry H. Mitchell

Terry Fertilizer Warehouse

Terry Fertilizer Warehouse, on Va. 57 (Depot Street) on the west side of the railroad tracks (see the line of boxcars in the distant background). Of the five figures in the picture, only the identity of the gentleman in the center is known: Charlie Terry, proprietor of the warehouse. (The photograph is from the collection of the late Garland Turner, nephew of Charlie Terry. The photo was taken by W. E. Grinnell, American Cyanamid Co., 635 Fifth Avenue, New York City, on March 20, 1930.) See also further Terry Warehouse photographs.



Lower Main Street, 1931

This photograph is from the Preston B. Moses Collection, and was probably photographed by Preston Moses. It was printed in the Star-Tribune, Chatham, Virginia, Thursday, October 6, 1977, p. 1B. The caption as written by Preston Moses is: "Lower Main Street in 1931, looking north when Whitehead Drug Store was in the building now occupied by Hampco. The Pittsylvania Health Department occupied the three upstairs rooms (windows with awnings). Rex Motor Company was in building now ocucpied by Pope's. Notice how cars are parked."



Col. Coleman D. Bennett Kitchen, 1930's

This photograph, taken prior to 1937, was labeled as the kitchen originally associated with the Col. Coleman D. Bennett house on North Main Street. It is said that during the Civil War period, the building served as the residence of Letitia Tyler Semple, who had served as hostess of the White House for her father John Tyler after Mrs. Tyler's death. A half-century before this photograph was taken, the Bennett main house had been replaced by the Shepherd home, later known as Magnolia Manor. The image is part of a file submitted by Mrs. Mattie Meadows on February 22, 1937, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).

There is some question as to whether the identity of this local photograph is accurate. Other photographs taken of the Bennett kitchen cabin during the 1930's and 1940's show a similar but perhaps not identical structure.



Pittsylvania County Courthouse, 1930's

The Pittsylvania County Courthouse, in a postcard image taken prior to 1937. The image is part of a file submitted by Mrs. Mattie Meadows on April 9, 1937, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).



Oakland, 1936

Oakland, on U. S. 29 South, in a photograph taken prior to 1937, probably by Preston B. Moses. The image is part of a file submitted by Mabel Moses on February 3, 1937, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).



Fairytale Cottage, 1936

The Fairytale Cottage on Reid Street, in a photograph assumed to have been taken in the winter of 1935-36, when it was owned by C. L. Glass. The image is part of a file submitted by Mrs. Mattie Meadows on August 27, 1936, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).



Belle Grove, 1936

Belle Grove, in a postcard image taken prior to 1937. The image is part of a file submitted by Mrs. Mattie Meadows on April 21, 1937, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).



Eldon, 1936

Eldon, in a photograph assumed to have been taken in the summer of 1936, when it was the home of Secretary of the Navy (and former Governor of Virginia and U. S. Senator) Claude A. Swanson. The image is part of a file submitted by Mrs. Mamie M. Ritter of Gretna, Virginia, on February 16, 1937, to the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project (sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History).



Main and Center Streets, 1936

This photograph is from the Preston B. Moses Collection, and was probably photographed by Preston Moses. It was printed in the Star-Tribune, Chatham, Virginia, Thursday, October 6, 1977, p. 19C. The caption as written by Preston Moses is: "Now the corner of Main and Center Streets — this is a picture made in 1936. located on the corner was the old Spruce Blacksmith Shop, turned into Byrd's Store. Next door is the A&P Store in Chatham."



Main and Center Streets, 1938

This photograph is from the Preston B. Moses Collection, and was probably photographed by Preston Moses. It was printed in the Star-Tribune, Chatham, Virginia, Thursday, October 6, 1977, p. 19C. The caption as written by Preston Moses is: "By 1938 a new building had been erected on the [Main and Center Street] corner — with Giles Cafe located in the [right] portion and Gregory's Pool Room adjoining."



Main Street looking north from Pruden Street

Main Street, looking north from the Pruden Street intersection (image from a postcard).



Main Street looking north from Pruden Street

Main Street, looking north from the Pruden Street intersection (image from a postcard published ca. 1938 by Gray & Thompson, Chapel Hill, North Carolina).



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