Olander Banks – ‘A Blueprint of Success’

From Left to right: Cardell Banks, Olander Banks Jr., Olander Banks Sr., and Ronald Banks (picture taken between 2002 – 2003)

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette’s story on Olander Banks dated October 11, 2018.

Dena Banks, the grandchild of Olander Banks Sr., and she is the daughter of Olander Banks Jr., assisted me in telling the story of her grandfather.

Additional information that was not in the article about Olander Banks and his wife, Margaret Lomax-Banks.

Olander came to Alexandria with his parents when he was five years old. When he was eight years old, his family was living at 934 North Columbus Street in Alexandria. Olander’s parents, siblings and grandparents were all living in the same household in 1930. His parents were Algie and Annetta. Olander’s siblings in 1930 were Algie, Jr., Marshall, Roscoe and Bertram Emanuel. Olander’s grandparents were Fannie and Isaac Banks. His entire family migrated from Danville, Virginia to Alexandria in 1927 except Bertram Emanuel and all the other children who were born after Emanuel were born in Alexandria, Virginia.

Olander married Margaret Lomax after 1940. Margaret was living in the household of her parents, Abraham and Ella Lomax, at 831 North Patrick Street.

You can read the rest of Olander Banks’ story in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper dated October 11, 2018 on page 8 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2018/101018/Alexandria.pdf.

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Behind the Scene with – John A. Seaton

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John A. Seaton – Washington Bee Newspaper – April 2, 1898

John A. Seaton, his father and his siblings were high achievers. Due to the required length of the newspaper article, “John A. Seaton – ‘A Giant of a Man’”, some unknown facts about John A. Seaton was not in the article.

In 1867, John A. Seaton opened up a bank account in 1867 at the U.S. Freedman’s Bank. On his account, he stated he lived in Alexandria, VA. He listed his wife, Virginia, his son, John A., and his siblings George L. Seaton, Lucinda, Laura, Martha and Mary Ann. He made a $200 deposit in his account.

John A. Seaton was a republican Chairperson from the seventh congressional district of Virginia.

John A. Seaton’s third wife, Elizabeth Ann Grant-Seaton, was born in 1849. She and John married in Camden, New Jersey on April 4, 1890. They had been living together in New York. Elizabeth died on May 23, 1929 at the age of 80. She died at the home that John built in Bealeton, Fauquier, Virginia.

Mr. Seaton last job before his death was with the Equitable Life Insurance Company in New York City. He was one of the bodyguards to Equitable Life Insurance’s vaults.

It was stated in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper, on April 13, 1898 that Mr. John A. Seaton died. The article stated, “Mr. B. Wheatley received from Baltimore, MD, a copper casket, six-feet- eight inches in length, in which the body of John Seaton, who died near Bealeton Sunday night, will be interred. By his will Seaton directed that he be buried in a copper coffin. His funeral will take place in Bealeton on Sunday next.”

You can read the entire article on page 12 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2018/092618/Alexandria.pdf.

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Char McCargo Bah on the “Tyra G Show” Frankly Speaking

Back in the Spring, I did a radio interview on the “Tyra G – Frankly Speaking Show” on “Women of Wonder.” Tyra upload the interview to YouTube. You can check out the 51 minutes interview at https://youtu.be/xrEeq7hKPDo.

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Ellen Elizabeth Carter-Goods – A Special Teacher

Ellen Carter-Goods
1937 Honeymoon Cruise

Behind the scene of the Alexandria Gazette’s story on Ellen Carter-Goods dated September 12, 2018.

Ellen Elizabeth Carter was born on September 21, 1907 in her parents’ home at 614 South Washington Street. Her parents were Douglas Robinson Carter and Elizabeth Campbell. By 1910, the family had moved to 603 South St. Asaph Street. In 1916, the family was living at 821 Gibbon Street. Her father was a skilled carpenter, his occupation was listed in the City Directory as a contractor/builder. He built his own house at 911 Princess Street between the years of 1916-1917. The family was living at the house in 1918.

Ellen was the oldest of ten siblings, only seven lived until adulthood. Between Ellen and her youngest sibling, Alfred Dubois Carter, there was a twenty-year gap. She taught several of her siblings, especially her youngest brother, Alfred. He was in her class at Parker-Gray School.

During the early 20th Century, many women stayed home until they married. Ellen was one of those women. She stayed home until she married Moses Goods, Sr. Also Moses Goods was living at home with his mother in Washington, D.C., when he married Ellen on June 7, 1937. They were married at Roberts Chapel Methodist Church. For their honeymoon, Moses and Ellen went on a cruise. The picture with this blog shows the thirty-year old Ellen on the ship.

Although Ellen’s parents were Methodist, Ellen converted to Catholicism. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. After Ellen and Moses’ honeymoon, they moved to 318 Hopkins Court in Alexandria, VA. After sometime, they moved temporarily to 2719 Sherman Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. In 1950, they moved to 2460 South Lowell Street, Arlington, VA and finally to 420 East Custis Avenue, Alexandria, VA.

You can check out the article, ‘A Special Teacher’ in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper on pages 12 and 30 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2018/091218/Alexandria.pdf.

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