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A. H. Watkins Papers


Allen H. (A. H.) Watkins (1906-2003) was a Greensboro, North Carolina business man. In 1936, he began corresponding with Frank Stick and Theodore S. Meekins regarding the purchase of land on the Outer Banks in order to build a summer home. He bought land from the S. E. Tillett Company and began constructing a house in Kill Devil Hills in 1939. The structure was designed by Louis Voorhees, an architect based in High Point, North Carolina. Watkins corresponded with Frank Stick during much of the construction of his house. The A. H. Watkins Papers contains correspondence, blue prints, bank statements, canceled checks, and construction crew payroll records.

Title

A. H. Watkins Papers

Collection Number

PC.5097

Date(s)

1936-1941

Box 1Box 2Image Box 1
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
0.88
Abstract

Allen H. (A. H.) Watkins (1906-2003) was a Greensboro, North Carolina business man. In 1936, he began corresponding with Frank Stick and Theodore S. Meekins regarding the purchase of land on the Outer Banks in order to build a summer home. He bought land from the S. E. Tillett Company and began constructing a house in Kill Devil Hills in 1939. The structure was designed by Louis Voorhees, an architect based in High Point, North Carolina. Watkins corresponded with Frank Stick during much of the construction of his house. The A. H. Watkins Papers contains correspondence, blue prints, bank statements, canceled checks, and construction crew payroll records.

Physical Location

4A3-4A4

Creator

Watkins, A.H. (Allen H.), 1906-2003

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


This collection is arranged into two main series: Correspondence and Personal Papers.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, August, 2009

Encoded by Kelly R. Grimm, October, 2009


Allen H. (A. H.) Watkins (1906-2003) was a Greensboro, North Carolina business man and a graduate of Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tennessee. Watkins, an aviation enthusiast, received his pilot's license in 1923. He served during World War II as a base commander of Coastal Patrol Base #16, at Manteo, North Carolina. After the war he had a career in business as secretary-treasurer of the Bogle-Watkins Corporation and president-treasurer of the Watkins Oil Company. He later worked for Triangle Hosiery. He married Elizabeth Adams of Greensboro, daughter of John Hampton "Hamp" Adams and his wife Elizabeth. In 1936, he began corresponding with Frank Stick and Theodore S. Meekins regarding the purchase of land on the Outer Banks to build a summer home. He bought land from the S. E. Tillett Company and began constructing a house in Kill Devil Hills in 1939. The house was designed by Louis Voorhees, an architect based in High Point, North Carolina. Watkins corresponded with Frank Stick during the much of the construction of his house.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-97.


[Identification of item], PC.5097, A. H. Watkins Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


The bulk of the collection was purchased through an Ebay auction in 2006. The photographs of World War II air bases in Manteo were donated by LeVern Davis Parker in January 2019.


The A. H. Watkins Papers contain materials related to the building of a summer cottage located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. It contains bank statements, account books, correspondence, blueprints, canceled checks, deposit slips, receipts, payroll records and blueprints. Also included are three aerial photographs of Coastal Patrol Base 16 and U.S. Navy Base operations at the Dare County airport in Manteo, N.C., during World War II. One of the images depicts Watkins's plane, the Curtiss-Wright A-14-D. There is considerable correspondence between Watkins and a number of local businessmen, including S. E. Tillett, E. W. Baum, R. Bruce Etheridge, Theodore S. Meekins, and Frank Stick. The correspondence deals with the purchase of land and building supplies, accounts due, and the possible purchase of the Croatan Hotel.


  • Stick, Frank, 1889-1966
  • Watkins, Allen H. (A. H.), 1906-2003
  • Dare County Construction Company
  • Building--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Real estate development--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Runways (Aeronautics)
  • Nags Head, (N.C.)

Folder: 1:2.1  
General

Folder: 1:2.2  
E. W. Baum

Folder: 1:2.3  
R. S. Chapell

Folder: 1:2.4  
Theo S. Meekins

Folder: 1:2.5  
Frank Stick

Folder: 1:2.6  
S. E. Tillett

Folder: 1:2.7  
Louis F. Voorhees

Folder: 1:2.8  
Bank of Manteo

Folder: 1:2.9  
Building Supply Company

Folder: 1:2.10  
Crane Company

Folder: 1:2.11  
Elizabeth City Iron Works

Folder: 1:2.12  
Garrett Hardware Company

Folder: 1:2.13  
Jones Wholesale Company

Folder: 1:2.14  
Kramer Brothers Company

PC.5097  
Price Quotes and Invoices

Folder: 1:3.1  
General
Folder: 1:3.2  
A. R. Winslow, Jr. Lumber and Millwork
Folder: 1:3.3  
Building Supplies Company
Folder: 1:3.4  
C. A. Nash and Son, Inc.
Folder: 2:3.5  
Crane Company
Folder: 2:3.6  
E. W. Baum General Merchandise
Folder: 2:3.7  
Elizabeth City Iron Works
Folder: 2:3.8  
Garrett Hardware Company
Folder: 2:3.9  
J. H. Meyers Plumbing, Heating and Gas Fitting
Folder: 2:3.10  
Jones Wholesale Company
Folder: 2:3.11  
Kramer Brothers Company
Folder: 2:3.12  
Pipkin and Reid Sheet Metal Workers

Folder: 2:3.13  
Bills of Lading

Folder: 2:3.14  
Way Bills, Virginia Dare Transportation Company

Folder: 2:3.15  
Receipts

Folder: 2:3.16  
Bank Statements, Bank of Manteo

Folder: 2:3.17  
Deposit Slips, Bank of Manteo

Folder: 2:3.18  
Canceled Checks

Folder: 2:3.19  
Account Books

Folder: 2:3.20  
Detailed Notes on Account Payments

Folder: 2:3.21  
Misc. Notes About Invoices and Accounts

Folder: 2:3.22  
Construction Crew Payroll

Folder: 2:3.23  
Blueprints, A. H. Watkins' Summer Cottage

Folder: 2:3.24  
Notes of Types of Materials Used in the Building of A. H. Watkins' Cottage

Folder: 2:3.25  
Building Supply Flyers

Folder: 2:3.26  
Student Work Program Affidavit Forms

Folder: 1:3.27  
Photographs of Coastal Patrol Base 16 and U.S. Navy Base Operations at the Manteo, N.C. Airport During World War II
1940s