1627 Patton Avenue

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Constructed 1956 – 57 for Stanley Fisher, clerk at the U.S. Post Office, and his wife Clotelle, a high school teacher. The builder was Clotelle’s father Mangie McQueen, perhaps the city’s most active African American contractor, who built many dwellings in McCrorey Heights.

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Stanley Coolidge Fisher ( _____ – 2004) grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He won basketball and football scholarships to Fayetteville State College in North Carolina, served in World War II, and went on to graduate from Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1953.  Noted his funeral program:

“A very interesting part of his life was his work history which started at age 11 after the death of his mother — when he declared his independence. Before entering college he worked as a horse groomer and trainer, waiter and traveled the Great Lakes as an attendant on passenger cruise ship lines. Later in life he was employed as a carpenter, painter, postal clerk, insurance agent, real estate salesman, housing inspector for the City of Charlotte, and as a bus driver for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.”

When the couple moved into this house in 1957, the city directory listed wife Clotelle Fisher as a teacher at Second Ward High School. Among the courses she taught was Drivers Education, becoming one of the first women in that role in 1958. After Second Ward’s demolition during urban renewal, Mrs. Fisher taught at West Charlotte High and later at Garinger High, which listed her impressive credentials: “Hampton Institute, Trade Diploma; Barber Scotia College, B.S.; Penn State University, M.Ed. in Occupational Economics.”  She and Stanley raised three daughters in this house; daughter Fayon Thompson taught 35 years in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, then became a librarian and substitute teacher at Providence Day School. Clotelle Fisher, age 86, still resided in this house in 2017.

Patton-1627-a-web

Architecture

Ranch house, 1-story. Red brick with unusual horizontal stone accents in the front facade. Main gable roof, small gable-roofed front porch. A shed-roofed section at the rear of the house dates from a 1967 permit by the original owner that allowed construction of an enclosed rear porch and carport; the carport was later turned into a garage. The house is located on the corner of Creek Street, with the front of the dwelling facing Patton Avenue.

Building permits

Patton-1627-permit
Date issued: August 27, 1956
Owner: Stanley Fisher & Wife
Contractor: Mangie McQueen
Other permit info: Build residence

Patton-1627-permit-a
Date issued: September 15, 1967
Owner: Stanley C. & Clotelle Fisher
Contractor: Mangie McQueen
Estimated cost: $2000
Other permit info: Enclose porch, add carport.

Building permit files, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

First appeared in city directory

1957 – Stanley C. Fisher & Clotelle N.
He: Clerk, Post Office. She: Teacher, 2nd Ward High

Clotelle was daughter of Mangie McQueen, active builder/contractor in the neighborhood.

City directory collection, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Obituary

Fisher, Stanley, funeral program in the Obituary Project notebooks, African American Genealogy Interest Group collection, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Resources

Garinger High yearbook, 1971. On-line at: http://www.e-yearbook.com/yearbooks/Garinger_High_School_Snips_and_Cuts_Yearbook/1971/Page_341.html

“1,225 Are in Driver Courses,” Charlotte Observer, November 2, 1958.

See also Arthur A. Wilson, Jr., at 1837 Patton Avenue, Charlotte’s first African American instructor in Drivers Education.