Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

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38 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine her father brought back from Korea. Michael Schlink's family history is not overlooked, however. ere's a wedding pic- ture of his mother, taken in Peoria, Ill. And he even fashioned some of the pieces. "He made the bedroom furniture before we got married," she said. Over in the master, a makeover exposed the back of a brick chimney in the now large shower. e clawfoot tub features a tray with some reading material, "e Art of the Bath." e vanity has become a sleeping berth for Archie, the family cat. "At least he's off the cutting board in the kitchen," she said of the feline's now favored spot. As for former inhabitants of the Schlink's North College Street home, two of the earli- est were Alice Fort and his sister, Mollie, who both graduated from the Chowan Baptist Female Institute, today's Chowan University in Murfreesboro. e sisters, later members of the Women's Missionary Society of Wake Forest, took ill in 1892, dying within weeks of each other while still in their late 30s, ac- cording to press reports. In the post-war years of the 1940s, it was home to Elijah Daniel Flowers and his wife, the former Maggie Jackson of Wilson, he be- ing a lawyer whose father was pastor of a Baptist church outside Rocky Mount. Later occupants included Dennis and Zelma Kin- ton, who once visited the old homestead and reminisced while upstairs. "My young'ins would roller skate up here," Parker Schlink said of Zelma Kinton's words that day. But conversation these days seems to re- volve around the majestic family portrait, a backdrop at Glenelg manor for Hannah Park- er Lowndes, her paternal grandmother and namesake, seen in a black-and-white photo- graph on display today in the household. "Glenelg was sold in 1941, just after my grandfather, William Bladen Lowndes Jr., died," Parker Schlink said. From there, it likely ended up at the family's other home in Roland Park, Md., she said, and then at an uncle's, Arden Lowndes, "who had his home built in Camden, S.C., to accommodate it," she said. Its next stop is uncertain. "Neither Mi- chael nor I have children," she said. But there is a cousin's offspring. 'I think they appreci- ate family pieces," she said. A vintage photographer shows Hannah Parker Lowndes — Parker Schlink's paternal grandmother — in front of the 1929 family portrait that today hangs in the Schlink's parlor.

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