Friday, August 18, 2017

Trial of Sisters Continues After Death By Starvation in Prison, 1910

Eastern Carolina News, Kenansville, N.C., August 17, 1910

Harrassed to Death

Newark, N.J., Special—The prosecution of Mrs. Carolina B. Martin and Mrs. Mary Snead will not be interfered with in any way by the death of Virginia Wardlaw, the third sister indicted in connection with the mysterious death of Ocey W.M. Snead, the East Orange bath tub victim. This statement was made by Louis Hood, special council for the state in the Wardlaw case.

An autopsy performed showed conclusively that Miss Wardlaw had died of starvation. She will be buried in a cemetery near here beside Ocey Snead.

Virginia Wardlaw Starves Herself to Death in Prison, 1910

Eastern Carolina News, Kenansville, N.C., August 17, 1910

Woman Dies In Prison…Higher Court Will Declare Miss Wardlaw’s Guilt or Innocence

Newark, N.J.—Miss Virginia Wardlaw, who, with her two sisters is indicted for the murder of Mrs. Ocev Wardlaw Martin Snead, died here in the house of detention. Her death, it is said, will materially affect the prosecution of her two sisters. General decline is given as the cause of death. Miss Wardlaw was at one time a resident of Tennessee.

The fate of the aged woman in this respect paralleled that of her alleged victim, for doctors who examined Ocey Snead before her death said her ailments were all due to lack of nourishment.

In the opinion of jail attendants, Miss Wardlaw deliberately starved herself to death. This has revived rumors circulated at the time of Ocey Snead’s death when the history of the mysterious household was under investigation that a suicide pact existed between Miss Wardlaw and her niece.
When she was removed from jail there was found in the cell she occupied a quantity of stale food which the prisoner had concealed.

At the aged woman’s bedside when she died were her sister, Mrs. Richard Pringle, and her brother, the Rev. Albert Wardlaw, both of Christianburg, Va. But her other sisters, Miss Carolina B. Martin and Mrs. Mary W. Snead, jointly indicted with her, were in their cell as she expired.

What effect the death of Virginia Wardlaw will have on the fate of her sisters is still to be determined. She was the dominating influence of the strange household, and predictions are made that Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Snead may never be brought to trial.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Home Demonstration Agent Let Go; No 4-H Camp in Stanly County, 1922

The Albemarle Press, Thursday, August 10, 1922

No Club Encampment to Be Held This Year

The Stanly County Boys’ and Girls’ Annual Club encampment will not be held this year, due to of the discontinuance of home demonstration work.
                --Myrtie Keller

Average American Ate 82 Pounds of Sugar in 1909

Eastern Carolina News, Kenansville, N.C., August 17, 1910. Just for comparison, the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar today.

All Took Sugar in Theirn’

Washington, Special—The average American ate 82 pounds of sugar last year, which was more than he ever had before in the history of the country, according to figures made public by the Department of Commerce and Labor for the 12 months ended June 30.

The total amount of sugar eaten by Americans during the year is estimated at 7 ½ billion pounds. Only in two previous years did the total ever approach the 7 billion mark, and only on four other occasions did it exceed 6 billion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Benny Prinz Killed in Double Parachute Drop, 1910

Eastern Carolina News, Kenansville, N.C., August 17, 1910

Every Bone Broken…Boy Balloonist Turns Over and Over 2,000 Feet…Head Severed on Apple Tree…Across 4,000 Feet…First Parachute Opened Successfully…Ropes Snapped on Second Drop

New York, Special—Benny Prinz, a young balloonist, met a horrible death Friday afternoon at the close of the aviation meet at Asbury Park, N.J. In making a double parachute drop, the second parachute failed to open and he fell more than 2,000 feet. As the swaying body neared the ground, it struck the limb of an apple tree and the boy’s head was transfixed on the limb like an apple on a sharp stick. As it struck the ground the headless body was crushed into an unrecognizable mass.

Prinz was 26 years old and a daring balloonist. With Samuel Hartland of Neward, he went up in a hot air balloon. At the height of 1,000 feet, Hartland cut loose with one parachute and made a successful landing. Lightened by the drop of Hartland, the craft shot up until it reached about 4,000 feet. Then Prinz cut loose. Those who saw his figure say he fell 500 feet before his parachute opened. He sailed slowly earthward for another thousand feet and then cut loose again. There was another terrific drop of about 500 feet when the second parachute opened it checked his fall for a second, then the ropes snapped and the body of the young man shot straight down. Over and over the figure turned, faster and faster, gaining momentum with each revolution. He was shooting head down first when he crashed into the tree, impaling his head on a limb. In the headless trunk every bone was broken. Several of those who witnessed the accident fainted from the horror of the tragedy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creamery To Help Stanly County Farmers, 1922

The Albemarle Press, Thursday, August 10, 1922

A Creamery for Stanly…What It Is and What It May Mean to Farmers of the County

For the past several months, the question of getting ready for and the establishment of a creamery for Stanly County has been kept before the people in some shape or form.

The matter assumed some shape at the banquet given by the farmers of the county, when a number of business and professional men were invited to participate therein. We published the names of the creamery committee in our past issue, and these men will very soon make a report of their investigations.

Some have only a vague idea as to just what a creamery is and what it means to the county. It is a co-operative in the sense that a number of farmers or farmers and business men join together and form a co-partnership, corporation, or become joint stockholders in the enterprise. In its organization, it resembles any other business venture, and stock certificates are issued according to the amount invested by each participant.

To establish a creamer for the making of butter alone, would perhaps cost in equipment alone around six or eight thousand dollars. If ice cream should be one of the objects or products, then additional machinery and equipment would be required, and the sum total would about double this estimated amount.

In addition to cream, butter, and ice cream, it is easily seen that a poultry business could be added to the other, and the sale of chickens and eggs would increase the revenue to be derived therefrom.

In its practical working, in order to make it a success, some 300 cows are first necessary. These may be owned by farmers in every section of the county, and will be. Milk routes will be formed, and the creamery will send a collector out once or twice each week. The cream has been separated by the farmer from the milk, and the collector has a means for determining the strength of the cream, or the percentage of butter fat therein. A ticket or memoranda is made thereof, and notation of the amount of cream so furnished by each farmer, and settlement is made in cash or otherwise at stated intervals.

With weekly or semi-weekly collections of cream from 300 cows, the whole goes into bulk and is manufactured into butter at the creamery, or into both butter and ice cream, as the case may be, and the creamery itself markets this product.

To make it a success, there must be good business management, and like any other business the success will depend upon the activities of the management and the quality of the product. For the first year or perhaps two, the investment might not yield a dividend, and if one at all only a small one, for the reason that a new concern does not have the advantage of one already established.

But it is easily seen that it provides regular sales of cream from the cows owned by a hundred or more farmers. It likewise means that Stanly County will place her imprint on the quality of butter made, and that this should find ready sales at home and elsewhere. Its possibilities will expand each year as the business grows, and we know of no effort farmers can make which would mean more in a business way for the general welfare of the county than by the establishment of a creamery.

Monday, August 14, 2017

North Carolina Can Take 25,000 Negroes As Long As They Haven't Become "Tainted With Dreams of Equality" 1919

The Eagle, Cherryville, N.C., August 7, 1919

Chicago Would Send Negroes South Again

Raleigh, Aug. 6—Chicago would welcome the return of many negroes to the southern states, according to the tone of a telegram received by Governor Bickett today from The Chicago Herald-Examiner. The telegram says:

“Many negroes who came here for war work are anxious to return south if the south needs them. The spokesman ask us to inquire how many your state can absorb. They are of the most industrious class, distinct from the bad element responsible for difficulties here. Please rush answer.”

The Governor’s answer was that North Carolina can absorb 25,000 negroes who want to return from Illinois to the South unless they have become tainted or intoxicated with dreams of social equality or political dominion.