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First Henry E. Fries House

First Henry E. Fries House

This photograph is inscribed, “1st Henry Fries House on Main Street (per Elizabeth Vogler)” and “Old Hendrix Residence.” The house was located on Main Street close to the corner of Belews Creek and Main Street (near the Mickey Tin Shop). Henry E. Fries was president of the gas company and the Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad as well as mayor of Salem. In 1914 he would build a neoclassical revival house in the Washington Park neighborhood. The people in this photograph have not been identified.

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  1. I believe that the “Old Hendrix Residence” in this photo was the home of Lee Hendrix at 234 S. Main Street, not the home of Henry Fries, who lived in the same block at 208 S. Main.

    Deed records show that Lee Hendrix purchased Salem lot 107 in 1880 from HA and Ellen J. Siddall. Comparing the EA Vogler 1876 maps of Winston and Salem to the later Sanborn Insurance Maps shows that lot 107 is the same location as 234 S. Main Street. This address was noted as the residence of Lee Hendrix in the 1900 census. City directories prior to 1900 also show Lee Hendrix as living on Main Street north of Cemetery, which was the location of 234 S. Main.

    The Sanborn maps show that the dwelling at 234 S. Main Street was a 2-story brick dwelling with a 2-story frame extension (front porch), which matches the photo. The map shows that the front porch does not run the entire length of the front (east side) of the dwelling, but there is an unusual one-story brick section along the north of the dwelling that extends out as far as the front of the porch. In the photo, this single-story extension can be seen to the right of the 2-story portion of the home. Also, the building to the north of the home is a 2-story brick structure according to the maps, and this building can be seen in the far right of the photo.

    Henry Fries lived at 208 S. Main Street according to the 1900 and 1910 censuses, as well as city directories in the early 1900s. This location was several lots to the north of 234 S. Main. The characteristics of the dwelling at 208 S. Main Street on the Sanborn maps do not match the home in the photo. From an 1899 deed, it appears that Henry and wife Rosa Mickey Fries acquired the 208 S. Main Street house as part of the settlement of debts of his father-in-law, Julius E. Mickey, of the Mickey tin shop. The 208 S. Main Street house had belonged to Julius Mickey, who had purchased the property in 1857. The 1884 Salem City Directory suggests that the Fries were living at that location as early as 1884. Later directories and censuses suggest that they continued to occupy the residence until 1915.

    As a young man, Lee Hendrix had worked for John Nathaniel Blum at the Salem Mill, and later became a successful businessman, eventually becoming the owner of the Salem Mill. He married twice, first to Martha Louisa Fisher, who died in 1882, and then to Emma Lucinda Shore. Lee Hendrix appears to have owned the property at 234 S. Main from 1880 until his death in 1902. His widow continued to live there until her death in 1912. Deed records show that Robert L. Hendrix, nephew and heir of Lee Hendrix, sold the property in 1913 to Mrs. PC Clinard, who owned it for a number of years. In 1913, Henry E. Fries was living at 208 S. Main, prior to building his house on Cascade about 1914. It does not appear likely that the home in the photo belonged to Henry E. Fries, but that he lived in a location on Main Street just north of the Lee Hendrix home.

  2. When I zoom in on this photo I see the same people in the Lee Hendrix-Garden photo.I think that this photo just got mixed up.Please Look close And you will see.

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  4. I agree with Dee’s comments of April 4,2014. I believe that Lee Hendrix is the man with the long beard in the Lee Hendrix garden photo and in this photo. He was born in 1834, and purchased the lot on Main Street in 1880. So Lee would have been at a minimum in his mid 40’s in the photos, but probably older. Lee raised his nephew Robert Lee Hendricks who was born in 1864. I suspect Robert Lee is the other male in the garden photo–he also appears on the far right in the photo here. The younger man is holding a lily in the garden photo, so the occasion may have been Easter, which seems a good time for a family photo. One of the women in the garden photo was probably Lee’s wife Emma Lucinda, whom he married in 1885, so the photo may have been taken after 1885 meaning Lee would have been at least in his 50’s. It appears that the same 2 women in the garden photo are on the porch in this photo of the house. The younger woman might have been Robert Lee’s first wife Mary Siddall Hunter. Her parents lived at 218 S. Main Street in the same block as this house.

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