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It was really back in the 1950s when I was a kid, a folks in Salisbury North Carolina always loved to talk; whether in the barber shops and or in the beauty salon; and sometimes they would get on this subject about someone or some incident/event. This was when I really first became jolted by the House name. It was my mother's maiden name. I had no idea that soon it would mean so much to me. Everyone talked about Mattie House and how she always managed to keep her girls in line. You see Mattie House was my grandmother. She died when I was just an infant. The House sisters (yes they had brothers) were Maggie House who married a Reverend John Heilig; Theola House married Lee Morgan; Frankie House married James "Bub" Barnhardt; and my mother, well that's a long story. She was the rascal of the bunch; always looking for work to back in the 1930s, sometimes disguising herself as a man just to work on the railroad tracks; got married to a West Indies named Jerome Belser, who worked as a chef onthe trains. They had three daughters in different cities, but my mother was not fit to be tied down. She and her daughters went to N.C., stayed awhile until she met my father John Evans, whom she got pregnant and Iwas born. They never got married, though; he stayed in N.C.; she left and came to Washingto,D.C. where I was raised. Maggie House was more of a housewife, stood by her minister husband, but had this arrogant little way about her that I loved. She was crazy about me though. Gave me anything I wanted. If I wanted a toy she gave it to me. Clincher: She already had ten children. Theola was quiet, the 'Spiritual one in the family, always in church though. Frankie was very educated, attended Barber Scotia for awhile, started teaching, but gave it up and she and Bub had seven children. She lived her life in Maryland; died in LaPorte Texas. The House Sisters are deceased now; but each one had their own little way. I loved them all. Joseph

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