|View of North 25th Street facing north from Manchester.|
After several months of working on the house, we decided to check out the neighborhood a bit more. During our research connections between the people who originally owned and built our house were made with people who lived a block or two north.
Our house was built by George Washington Pridemore. He was a railroad conductor with the L&NRR who built our house at 406 N. 25th St around 1924.
According to the City Directory, in 1912 Eugene E. Cowden, dispatcher with the L&NRR, lived at 611 N 25th Street. The same directory showed Mrs. Pridemore and Miss Sallie Pridemore living across the street at 608 N 25th Street. Cowden recounted in a Middlesboro Daily News article about how Lee Turner “was my nearest neighbor on North 25th, last two houses, me in the Chumley brick and Lee across on the 25th.”
A quick review of Sanborn maps showed where these two houses were located at.
|A view of the neighborhood from the 1923 Sanborn Map. Yellow highlighted house is ours shortly after it was built. A few blocks north the Lee Turner House (right) and Eugene E. Cowden House both of which are gone.|
|Site of the Edward E. Cowden House.|
|Location of the Lee Turner House.|