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Where we lived: gentrified DC.

When she died in 1993 in Washington DC, the estate of Arnetta L. Randall, seventh of George and Fannie Aldridge Randall‘s nine children, included her home at 1377 Florida Avenue NE.

As has much of DC, Cousin Arnetta’s section of Near Northeast has undergone considerable change in the last decade. Her estate sold the house on 18 January 2001 for $12,000. Fourteen months later, it went for $135,000. Three and a half years later, the property again changed hands, this time for $191,000. Its owner held on during the real estate collapse of 2008, then sallied forth into a resurgent market in 2011. On January 25 of that year, he sold for $315,000.  The climb continued: two years later, in February 2013, the house sold for $485,000.

There is surely no part of this Arnetta Randall would have recognized. Neither the astounding amounts that have changed hands over her small two-bedroom rowhouse nor the house itself, renovated in its every nook and cranny and painted a bright yellow on its way to a half-million dollars.

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There she is.

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There she is.  That’s one of those dresses that Mama made for her to come to Hampton.  She came to Hampton a summer.  She stayed more than six weeks.  Must have stayed around eight or ten.  But anyway, she came here, and the things that she learned!  Oh, you would not believe.  All kind of things – artwork she could do.  Making baskets.  Oh, I don’t know what all.  That’s a blue taffeta dress with a white collar.  And you know we had a supervisor [Mary Charlton Holliday] who came to Statesville, and she particularly liked Golar, and she was a Hampton graduate, and she wanted Golar to go to Hampton so she could learn all this stuff.  All this artwork and everything.  And when she got ready, when Golar got ready to go, Mama had bought – this is a navy taffeta dress with a white collar.  And Mama had made all these dresses for her.  She had – this was a dressy dress.  And she had a pink dress, and she just, Mama just made her so many pretty things, you know.  And the, two or three nights before she was to go, to leave to go to Hampton, she broke down and cried.  Mama said, “What’s wrong?”  Said, “We’re gonna be, we’re gonna have your things ready.  You’re gonna be ready to go.”  And she said, “That’s not why I’m crying.”  She said, “I’m crying because Papa and Grandmama went to the bank and took out all of your money.”  Mama had paid into her Christmas savings account, and the bank just gave the money to Grandma and Papa, and that’s how they got her things together.  And she told Mama.  Ooooo

Golar Augusta Colvert was born in 1897 in Statesville, Iredell County, to Lon W. Colvert and his first wife, Josephine Dalton Colvert. She was about 9 years old when her widowed father married Carrie McNeely, and she grew close to her stepmother and adoring young half-siblings. When she was about 15, she enrolled at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh NC, where school catalogs show that she was a classmate of the Delany Sisters’ younger brothers.

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Annual Catalog of Saint Augustine’s School, 1913-1914.

In 1919, Golar married William Bradshaw, son of Guy and Josephine Bradshaw. Their son William Colvert Bradshaw was born in 1921 and daughter Frances Josephine in 1924. The little girl did not live to see two years. William worked in a furniture factory and Golar taught elementary school, and the family lived in a large frame house with a wrap-around porch on Washington Street in Statesville’s Wallacetown section.

In the summer of 1931, for reasons that are not at all clear, Golar traveled to Washington DC to undergo surgery.

Yeahhhh.  Went to Washington.  Had this operation and, ah, we got a letter from her.  Like, this afternoon, saying that she was all right, that they were gon take her stitches out, and she was coming home.  And she died that night.

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Statesville Landmark, 23 July 1931.

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Statesville Landmark, 27 July 1931.

Interview of Margaret C. Allen by Lisa Y. Henderson; all rights reserved.

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In memoriam: Richard B. Aldridge (1939-2013).

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Richard Bradley Aldridge, Sr., will be buried tomorrow just outside Washington DC. Born in Dudley, Wayne County, in 1939, he was the youngest child of John J. and Ora Bell Mozingo Aldridge.  Rick’s wife Carmen survives; their only child, Richard Jr., died in 1995. He is also survived by a brother, Edison Monzel Aldridge.

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