Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tom Graham, Leaving Senior, Looks to the Future, 1936

From The Clarion, The Brevard College Weekly, May 15, 1936
What Can We Do for Brevard College?
By Tom Graham, retiring president of the Student Council
We who are about to leave salute you, Brevard College. A part of us has gone into laying the foundation of a College which shall grow with the help of each succeeding class until someday it shall achieve wide renown. Is it possible that some of us do not realize the pressure that this brings to bear on every one of us? Success for ourselves and the College can be gained only by the best efforts of each of us throughout our only too short stay. Is it not true that we gain only as much as we venture in any enterprise; then is it practical for us to loaf on the job, only receiving a small interest from our investment and at the same time injuring others in many and devious ways?
We succeed as the College does. Unless we use our influence to shape correctly the many characteristics of college life, we too shall suffer with sluggards. Those who plan to enter universities will be allowed entrance only if the reputation of our College is good. If our College has a reputation for laxity in its rules, curriculum, and morality, a student has a poor chance of being accepted at any reputable college or university. Brevard College is judged by those students who leave here and enter other colleges or business concerns. If some students make bad records because of unpreparedness, immorality, or incompetence, many innocent competent students will be made to suffer. Is it not then to our advantage to strive always to do our best in molding the fundamental characteristics of a growing college so that in later years we shall reap a harvest of good will and honor?
We are a part of everything that we touch; we, therefore, gain because of the hard work we do in bringing honor to our College. If we could look into the future, I am sure we would be able to see many students whose characters will in many ways be shaped by rules, regulations, and traditions that we have fostered, governed, and left as our early college landmarks (our “footprints on the sands of time”). Let us, if necessary then, will to, and impart in, the corner-stone of Brevard College the best that is in us.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Army Pressing Investigation of Hospital Facilities, 1951

“Army Hospitals Said Run in Cold Blooded Manner,” from the Statesville Landmark, May 3, 1951
Washington, May 2—The army is pressing a sweeping investigation of its hospital facilities after a series of incidents that included two fatalities. There is a possibility that some military patients may be sent to civilian hospitals.
However, one army spokesman has said that many civilian hospitals apparently do not know that they can accept military patients and be paid by the government.
The army wants to know why Private Arthur Credighton (of Yazoo City, Mississippi) was refused admittance at Los Angeles County General Hospital last week. The soldier died on his way to the nearest military hospital 70 miles away.
The county superintendent of charities in Los Angeles General Hospital—Arthur Wills—says that usually military cases are not accepted. He went on…”It takes us more than a year to get paid.”
A nine-month-old boy—James Ballenger—died of influenza. His father, Sergeant Dale Ballenger, said he had been told to stand and wait with the baby until a line of soldiers had been treated. That was at the Fort MacArthur infirmary in Los Angeles.
The commandant of Fort MacArthur—Colonel Sidney Dunn—said: “The trouble is that military enlistments are increasing, while medical facilities are being cut back.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brock Birchfield Killed at Andrews Lumber Company's Choga Camp, 1915

Brock Birchfield Killed at Choga,” from the Cherokee Scout, Murphy, N.C., Friday, May 21, 1915
Last night at about 10 o’clock news reached here to the effect that Andy Williams, an employee of the Andrews Lumber Company, had shot and killed Brock Birchfield, a fellow employee.
From the report it seems that Williams and Birchfield were employed at the Choga Camp of the Andrews Lumber Company, and that yesterday afternoon some difficulty arose between the two which would apparently end in a fight but was finally settled to the satisfaction of both.
From the report it seems that Birchfield came to the camp where Williams was staying and on inquiring for Williams was told that he was in bed. Birchfield then started in the direction of Williams and before he reached the bed was shot three times by Williams, dying almost instantly.
Williams immediately surrendered to the officers and was carried to Franklin and lodged in jail.
                --Andrews Sun

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dare County Schools' Largest Budget in History to Cover Repairs, 1948

The Coastland Times, Manteo, N.C., published Friday, May 7, 1948
Dare County School Budget $27,060 Meets Approval…Highest Budget in History Needed to Make Up for Omissions in Repairs

The budget submitted by the Dare County Board of Education to the Commissioners this week met their approval with little objection. It is for $27,060 with an additional $5,000 tacked on to catch up with losses resulting from the slashing of last year.

Chief among the items needed for 1948-49 are new roofs, and paint, and desks, the latter for schools which are now using boxes. E.P. White of the Board of Education stated publicly this week that in the schools of his section fully 30 students are using makeshift desks.

Some of the repairs needed, as well as desks, will cost much more than they would have cost last year, had the Board of Education had the $5,000 to spend, that was slashed off the budget.

The complete amount needed to be set up for the coming year is $32060, and is apportioned among the schools as follows:

Manns Harbor
East Lake
Kitty Hawk
Stumpy Point
Roanoke Colored

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Photos From Cedar Grove Church, May 1940

Photos taken at a small church near Cedar Grove, N.C., May 1940. From the U.S. Library of Congress' online photo collection.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Brevard College Announces 'Superlatives' at Amateur Night, 1936

From The Clarion, The Brevard College Weekly, May 15, 1936
Freshmen Elect Superlatives; Amateur Night Winners Named
At the call meeting of the freshman class last Saturday, May 9, the freshman class elected class superlatives by Australian ballot, with no nominations made and each member voting for anyone he desired.
The election was conducted by two sophomores and the results were kept secret until Amateur Night, when they were announced by the president of the class as he took the sealed envelopes with the winners’ names tightly enclosed.
Winners of second places were first announced, and then the winners came to the rostrum to make their bow. Those elected were as follows:
Best-looking boy, Ward Everhart;
Best-looking girl, Bernice Brantly;
Best all-round boy, Odell Salmon;
Best all-round girl, Evelyn Smith;
Most intellectual boy, Marshall Houts;
Most intellectual girl, Evelyn Swaringen;
Most popular boy, Jack Armstrong;
Most popular girl, Satenik Nahikian;
Friendliest boy, Bill Patton;
Friendliest girl, Betty Brookshire;
Most original boy, Jack Armstrong;
Most original girl, Price Cornelius.
Entertainment for Amateur Night was given in song, dance and readings.
Jane Alexander, who played a semi-classical piano solo, was declared by the judges, Miss Rowena Orr, Mr. C. R. Douglas, and Mr. Robert Kimsey, as the winner. Miss Alexander was awarded an enlargement of herself and a school banner. Frances Goforth and Eunice McCall were second, Bessie Morrison, third; Jack Armstrong, fourth; and Alice Louise Scott, fifth. All of these were presented a school banner.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dr. Warren Is New State Health Official, 1919

“New State Health Official,” from the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, May 29, 1919

Dr. A.J. Warren, native of Hillsboro with two years general practice and almost as long as county health officer in progressive Rowan county, comes to the State Department of Health as assistant secretary of the board and the newest executive in the department. His arrival on the job is preceded a few days by that of Mr. H.E. Miller, who become chief of the bureau of engineering and inspection, both announcements having been made at the department.

Dr. Warren steps into his new job with the reputation of having been one of the finest county health officers in the State for 16 months, if not the finest. When he surrendered the general practice in his home town, Hillsboro, after finishing at Tulane University, he went to Salisbury.