Fannie Henry House Info

I've been determined to find out more about the Fannie Henry House, before we start deconstructing it. Thanks A LOT to everyone who has helped me (Cathy Fletcher in particular). Just in case you're curious, here's what I've uncovered so far, FYI. I love this part of uncovering the history of these old buildings. Feel free to chime in and add more, if you have any info!

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The Fannie Henry House was built in 1941, using traditional construction methods for the day. Plank roof and flooring, circle-sawn timbers for the framing, tongue and groove pine boards for the walls and ceilings, and white oak T&G for the flooring. Sash Counterweighted windows were employed throughout the home (although the weights are now missing), and one external fireplace remains. It appears that a second fireplace, connected to the kitchen was originally there, but only the sealed flue in the wall, remains today. The average cost of a new home in the early 40’s was about $4,000.

I haven’t been able to find any record of who had the home built or who constructed it. But I hope to connect with some of Pryor Wright’s family for a little insight, since the Wright home was located next door to the Henry place.

As for Ms. Fannie…Fannie (Fannel) Henry was born in 1912 and passed away in 2007. She was the daughter to Beverly (aka Bev) L Henry (father) and Celita (aka Cleta) Harris Henry (mother, 1890-1966), lived first in Jefferson then in Commerce, where she remained until her passing. She had one sister, Agnes, a year older.

According to the 1940 Census, Fannie and her mother were living in Commerce and both working as seamstresses at an “Overall Factory”, which I assume was Blue Bell, from which Ms. Fannie ultimately retired. She was also a member of First UMC of Commerce. At the time of the Census, her and her mother each made $375 for the year, which was only about a third of the typical average. However, the census reports that they didn’t normally work a 40-hour week, so it could be that hours were short during that time. As the US entered the war though, hours likely increased dramatically. Mrs. Celita was listed as the head of the household, so I’m not sure what happened to Mr. Henry by this time.

It appears that Ms. Fannie never married, but did have a number of nieces and nephews. Cathy Fletcher told me that she recalls her making wonderful pound cakes.

We might assume that Ms. Fannie was named for a paternal grandmother or great aunt. According to a Letter to the Editor from The Jackson Herald on July 15, 1881, a gentleman wrote of Harmony Grove and of living in the home of “Mrs. Fannie Henry”. (Born And Raised In the South,http://ltc4940.blogspot.com/…/harmony-grove-commerce-ga.htm…)