handyman special

c.1922 Handyman Special in Danville, VA Under $40K – Sold

862 Stokes St, Danville, VA 24541      $39,900 Sold

Handyman Special


This was the home of Willie Lee Norton (1894-1980)  and Viola East Norton (1899-1993).  Willie , a tall, slender man with light hair and blue eyes, enlisted in June 1917 to serve during WWI, but was discharged a month later and married in November of that same year. The couple purchased the home sometime in the late 1920s and the home remained in the family until Viola’s death in 1993, almost 70 years.  Their daughter, Dorothy Ann, and Viola’s widowed mother, Lillian East, lived with the couple. William was assistant secretary and treasurer at Clements and Parker Inc, a furniture company, and his mother-in-law worked at Herman’s Department store as an alterations saleslady. The home was valued at $5,000 in 1940.
I got a kick out of the story below that made the local newspaper in 1942.
The Bee (Danville, VA) 05 Feb. 1942


VERY LARGE ROOMS, high ceilings, hardwood floors, huge foyer, LR behind foyer and can use fam rm as 3rd br, TONS OF SPACE, bathroom and lg kitchen (with pantry) in great shape with minimal TLC. Giant front porch, furnace/ac 5yrs old, some new plumbing, updated elec, fenced in level backyard, cozy screened-in sunroom, and GIANT floored attic!! Oh the possibilities! 100yr birthday in 2yrs 🙂

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