Maternal Kin, Paternal Kin, Vocation

Where we worked: cafes, restaurants & eating houses.

Larry Artis, Norfolk VA – butcher, 1897.

Lloyd Artis, Norfolk VA –baker, 1897.

Celebus Thompson, Goldsboro NC — restaurant keeper, circa 1913.

Columbus E. Artis, Wilson NC — operated an “eating house” at 214 Goldsboro Street, circa 1912; proprietor of The Delicatessen, circa 1922.

Milford E. Carter — husband of Beulah Aldridge Carter; chef at the Lincoln Inn, Coatesville PA, circa 1917; New Britain CT, chef, circa 1924; Queens NY, restaurant chef, 1930s-1960s.

Tilithia Brewington King Goldbold Dabney,  Norfolk VA — owned and operated Strand Cafe, 426 Brambleton Avenue,  as early as 1920.

Mike Taylor, Wilson NC – cook, café (probably his son-in-law’s), circa 1920.

William I. Barnes, Wilson NC – husband of Madie Taylor Barnes; owned and operated café, circa 1920.

Barbara Brewington, Brooklyn NY —  wife of Elijah Brewington; worked in a “tea room” circa 1930.

Luther McNeely, Bayonne NJ — restaurant chef, circa 1930.

J. Maxwell Allen, Washington DC  — waiter in restaurant, circa 1930.

William J. Murdock, Statesville NC – husband of Bertha Hart Murdock; caterer, owned and operated Bill Bailey’s Steakhouse, 1930s-1944.

9 17 1943 reopening

Bertha Hart Murdock, Statesville NC – managed husband’s restaurant/roadhouse, 1930s-1940.

Allen Aldridge, Goldsboro NC — Central Cafe, Center Street, circa 1940s.

Milford Aldridge, Goldsboro NC – Central Café, Center Street, circa  1940s.

Adam H. Artis – restaurant cook, 1960s.


The first in an occasional series exploring the ways in which my kinfolk made their livings in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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