Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Speaker and Court of Queen Named for 1933 Founders' Day, Greensboro College

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933

Shaw to Deliver Address for G.C. College May 5th

Miss Mary Hix to be Member of Court of Queen on Founders’ Day

Greensboro, April 1—Dr. S.B. Turrentine announced today that Thomas J. Shaw, superior court judge of Greensboro, has accepted an invitation to deliver the address on the occasion of Founders’ and Benefactors’ Day at Greensboro College.

Judge Shaw was born in Montgomery County March 5, 1861. His father, the late Peter C. Shaw, was an educator who served as principal of a number of schools in the state, and Judge Shaw received his secondary school training in the schools of the various localities to which his father’s professional duties called him. He received his legal training in the law school of Dick and Dillard at Greensboro. Judge Shaw has served on the superior court bench since 1913.

Founders’ and Benefactors’ Day will be observed on May 6. A special feature of the occasion this year will be the observance of home coming day and the exercises in connection with the coronation of the May Queen, Miss Emma Blanche Warren of Snow Hill. The court of the queen will consist of the following: Misses Tommie Louise Mitchell of Kinston, a junior, who will be the queen’s maid of honor; Susan Exum of Snow Hill and Elizabeth Campen of Zebulon, senior attendants; Miss Imogene Boyles of Thomasville and Louise Taylor of Greenville, junior attendants; Mary Ellen Milard of Greensboro and Freda Strong of Stanford, sophomore attendants; and Mary Hix of North Wilkesboro and Elizabeth Lodge of Hickory, Va., freshman attendants.

World War I 'War Briefs' by Wire, April 24, 1917

From The Day Book, April 24, 1917

War Briefs by Wire

Christiania—If America refuses to sell foodstuffs to neutrals Norway will starve.

Christiania—Norwegian steamers Peive and Skjold torpedoed and sunk. Crews saved.

Washington, D.C.—President Wilson Signed $7 billion bond issue bill today. It is now law.

New York—Seven of New York’s biggest men’s clubs will go on war diet to conserve food supply.

Philadelphia—One of the most powerful radio stations in world being built at Philadelphia navy yard.

Washington—Petition for universal military service signed by 1 million New Yorkers to be presented to Congress today.

Washington—Despite U-boats, American exports in March reached $551,278,000, which has been exceeded by only one other month in the country’s history: last January.

The Hague—German foreign office has notified all remaining American newspapermen in Germany that their presence “is no longer desirable.”

Washington—Gen. Joffre, Premiere Viviani and the entire French war commission have expressed desire to visit Chicago. They will have their wish.

Paris—Since Germany has announced that, contrary to all rules of international law and humanity, it would torpedo hospital ships without warning, France will embark German prisoners on these vessels.

Philadelphia—Workmen repairing Hamburg-American liners Prinz Oscar and Rhaetie discover hidden bombs so arranged as to blow ships to pieces with American crews on board when engines would be started.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Mill Whistle Salutes Local Men Working for Uncle Sam, 1945

The Mill Whistle, April 9, 1945. Issued every two weeks by and for the employees of Marshall Field & Company, Manufacturing Division, Spray, N.C.

These two sailors are Marvin and Melvin Pruitt, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Pruitt of Draper. Latest addresses in our files show these boys are located somewhere on the west coast, or in the South Pacific.

Garvis C. Brown is somewhere overseas. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. C. W. Brown of Spray.
Pvt. Spencer Priddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Posey Priddy of Leakville. Pvt. Priddy is now located at Fort Meade, Md. He has two brothers, Ballard and Edward, and a brother-in-law, Bland Hunnicutt , in service. He was formerly employed at Karastan Mill.

Cpl. John W Hylton is with the 7th Army in Germany. He has been overseas about two years. His wife, the former Ruth Ward, resides with her mother.

Pfc. Paul R. Hylton entered the Army with the first National Guard unit and has been overseas 2 ½ years. His wife, the former Daisy Westbrook, lives with her parents in Spray. Both men are sons of Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Hylton.

Pvt. Bryan D Caston, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Caston, is now somewhere in Germany and has been overseas about three months. Mr. Caston is a foreman in the Woolen Mill.

Billie D. Tudor, S 1/c, is at present located somewhere on the West Coast. His wife is the former Miss Louise Haynes of Spray.

Pvt. Leroy Smart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Smart of Draper is now somewhere overseas, presumably in Germany, and has been in service about a year. He was formerly employed in the Blanket Mill.

If You're a Mason, Why Not Hire a Mason? 1929

From The Trestleboard, newspaper of the Masonic Lodges of Raleigh, April 15, 1929.

Positions Needed

Master Mason, member of a Raleigh Lodge, expert telegraph operator, experienced shipping and traffic clerk, some experience in life insurance. Married man with family. Hard uphill climb for about two years can you use him? Notify the editor, P.O. Box 1525.

Master Mason, member of a Raleigh Lodge, out of work since first of year. Experienced in landscape gardening, dairying, salesman (real estate), and the various lines agriculture including stock raising. Will be glad of any job by which he can make an honest living. Can also do rough carpenter work. Married man with family. Some of you folks should be able to use this man right away in fixing up your place for the spring and summer. If so, notify the editor, P.O. Box 1525.

Son of a Master Mason, 17 years old, says it is very necessary that he should work and will appreciate any offer made. Notify the editor, P.O. Box 1525.

Wife of a Master Mason, expert stenographer, experienced in other clerical work including bookkeeping. If you have need of such services, notify the editor, P.O. Box 1525.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Editorial Opinions from Hickory Daily Record on World War I, 1917

From the editorial page of the Hickory Daily Record, April 7, 1917, S.H. Farabee, editor, J.C. Miller, manager; and H.M. Miller, advertising manager.

We don’t believe for a minute that German agents have succeeded in causing unrest among the negroes of the south. The colored people are not suicidal by nature and they have as much love for their homes as many other people. That German agents have tried to cause all the trouble possible, we are ready to believe. Indeed there are people in the United States far removed from connection with Germany who would attempt anything if they were sure of putting it across. American home guards may be needed, but not for protection against colored people.
The munition makers now will be harnessed and their profits will go to the government. The plea that the United States was entering the war to benefit them was about the most ridiculous suggestion ever offered. Munitions makers are allowed to make all they can out of foreigners, but the United States will not be held up.
The New York American, which usually is anti-British and pro-German, is whole-heartedly American now, it is said. That paper is raising recruits for the navy and Mr. Hearst will give anything he has to the government. His conduct may have been infamous, but he has come up to scratch.
As far as we are concerned, the so-called espionage bill suits us to the letter, and the only criticism we have heard of it is from a few partisan newspapers which had rather feature an “issue” than give the administration justice. If we act as traitors, we should be slapped in jail and allowed to rot. That is the way the Record feels.
Everybody in Hickory would be pained at any incident that would reflect on the community during this crisis. The war is on and it is the duty of everybody to be loyal. If our hearts are not right, we should at least guard our tongues. No many should say anything to give offense.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Local News From Southport State Port Pilot, 1935

From the Southport State Port Pilot, April 24, 1935

Local News

Mrs. Warren Hood has been engaged as Society Editor of the State Port Pilot and the society page in this paper is under her direction. The Pilot is very fortunate to have secured the services of Mrs. Hood and we urge you to co-operate with her in making the society page one of the most attractive features of this newspaper each week. She will be glad to receive reports of parties, club meetings, visitors, etc.

City Nominating Conventions will be held here next week. As the time draws near there is a steady increase of local interest. It is pretty definitely assured that four men will seek the nomination for office of mayor. They are: Mayor Price Furpless, incumbent; C.L.  Stevens, a former mayor of the town; R.L. Thompson, now alderman from the first ward; and Captain John Erickson. No definite list of candidates for city aldermen has been announced.

Miss Victoria Phelps of Supply underwent an operation Monday at the Brunswick County Hospital for the removal of her appendix.

Miss Dorothy Bell, daughter of Mrs. Charles Bell of Southport, was recently elected managing editor of the High Point College weekly newspaper, The Hi-Po. Miss Bell is a member of the sophomore class.

D.H. Caison, prominent farmer of the Supply community, suffered a stroke last Monday while plowing in a field near his home. He was in a critical condition all last week but friends will be glad to learn that there has been a noticeable improvement during the last few days.

Frank Niernsee, Southpoint boy, is a member of the varsity tennis team at High Point College. In a recent match against the Guilford College racqueters, Niernsee and his doubles partner scored the only victory for his team. Frank is the son of Mrs. Frank Niernsee of Southport and is a freshman at High Point College.

The North Carolina Hospital Association will meet at the Southport Hospital on Tuesday, May 16. Dr. W.S. Rankin, in charge of hospitals and the orphanages in two Carolinas for the Duke endowment, and other important hospital officials will attend the meeting.

The American Legion Auxiliary has granted a charter to the Southport chapter, Brunswick County Post No. 194, and Mrs. C.J. Shumway, State President of the American Legion Auxiliary, will attend the unit Thursday evening, May 2, and speak in the Junior Order hall. Other prominent Auxiliary officials including Miss Arelia Adams, state secretary, are expected to be here with Mrs. Shumway.

A heavy frost last Tuesday night did considerable damage to early truck crops in Brunswick County. Beans, watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes, Irish potatoes and other produce suffered from the cold. There was one report that water froze in boats at Southport and several farmers of the county reported that they found ice on water that stood overnight on their premises.

Voters Have 30 Days If They Oppose Bringing Electricity to Kinston, 1920

The Daily Free Press, Kinston, N.C., Tuesday, April 6, 1920

Voters Have 30 Days More in Which Oppose City’s Move

The City Council Monday night by a vote of seven to three, Alderman George O. Brown, Joseph Kennedy and Joseph May voting negatively, finally adopted the ordinance for the reconstruction of the municipal electric plant at a cost of $250,000 or $300,000, with the proviso that it shall be tabled another 30 days for the presentation of any petitions that citizens may desire to offer for submission of the question to a vote of the people.

According to authorities, three-fifths of the qualified voters would have to sign such a petition.

Engineer W.C. Olsen was instructed to proceed to advertise for bids. Olsen returned to his present home of Sumpter, S.C., Tuesday, stating that he expects to locate here to supervise the work unless something prevents the construction.

There was no large delegation of citizens present and the discussion was tame.

Friday, April 21, 2017

J.T. Mitchell's Hiram Lodge News for The Trestleboard, 1929

From The Trestleboard, newspaper of the Masonic Lodges of Raleigh, April 15, 1929; J.T. Mitchell, 217 North Bloodworth Street, reporting for Hiram Lodge No. 40.

The W.M. reported a visit to a district meeting in Durham at which there were about 300 present, including the Grand Master and other notables. Several important and interesting talks were made and refreshments served. “A real Masonic gathering.” Lets have such a meeting here sometime this year. What say?

We were pleased to have with us at our meeting of the 18th Bro. Thos. W. Ruffin, recently elected to membership in our Lodge. Brother Ruffin made a very inspiring address to the Brethren. We hope he will make this a habit.

The charity collection of this meeting was donated to Oxford Orphanage for the purpose of buying toys for the children in the baby cottage.

Our meeting of April 1st was a huge success. “Magician” Bro. Chas. S. Perry had ‘em all fooled. Charles, several of the Brethren are asking what became of Scott when he disappeared from the Triangle. Fellows you had better watch him, he’s tricky. We extend to Brother Perry our sincere thanks for the entertainment; also to those who assisted him.

We also thank the refreshment committee for the way and manner in which the refreshments were served and the menu selected. Remember Brethren the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We appreciate your attendance Brethren. Come again.

Our Secretary Brother Goetze reported a trip to Oxford Orphanage March 22nd by Bro. Murray Wallace and himself where they exhibited several rolls of pictures for the children, these pictures loaned us by Bro. J.R. Summers of the Navy Recruiting Station here and were very much enjoyed by the children as well as the grown-ups. We extend to Brother Summers our sincere thanks for his kindness.


Bro. J.J. Gerard, ill in Rex Hospital, is getting along nicely after an operation for appendicitis. We hope t see him out soon. He will appreciate a visit from you.

Winder what became of Bro. Victor Stonebanks? Let us hear from you, Vic. Note the schedule of meetings in this paper and pay us a visit. Be glad to have you.

Bros. W.R. Trull and J.E. Johnson motored to Winston-Salem for the Moravian Easter services.

We note that Bro. Tommie C. Moore has joined the benevolent order of benedicts. May his voyage on the matrimonial sea be a pleasant one and all of his troubles ‘little ones.”

Two newsboys were watching Bro. Jim Brown at work in his barber shop. One of the boys spied a barber singeing a customer’s hair with a taper, he nudged his pal and said, “Say Mickie, look; that guy is looking for ‘em with a light.”

We are glad to report that Bro. A.W. Card is out again and able to be back on the job.
We regret to report the death of Bro. J.B. Goodwin’s mother. We extend to Brother Goodwin our heartfelt sympathy in his hour of sorrow.

Our Junior Warden Brother Mitchell and Bro. Wester, Master of Wm. G. Hill, motored to Norlina on March 19th, where Brother Mitchell conferred the third degree for Norlina Lodge No. 630, the Lodge in which he was caused to travel the dark and difficult road about 10 years ago. They report a very pleasant trip.

District Deputy Bro. Harrison Kauffman and Brother Mitchell visited Fuquay Springs Lodge on March 26th and witnessed the conferring of the third degree. Yu have heard of people passing the “buck.” I am sure Brother Kauffman has for when the Master called on him to deliver the Lecture he said, “Let John do it.” And John did it.

Remember Brethren this is your paper, let us have some news.

We are now signing off and this is Station H.L.No.40.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Proud Of Spray, N.C., Mill Workers Serving in War, 1945

The Mill Whistle, April 9, 1945. Issued every two weeks by and for the employees of Marshall Field & Company, Manufacturing Division, Spray, N.C.

William Allen and Mandluff Wilson are with the Atlantic fleet, we believe, although we do not have the latest addresses of either man. Anyway, luck to you, sailors.

Howard Jones, S 2/c, recently spent a week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.R. Jones of Fielddale. He’s stationed at Camp Peary. Three of his brothers are in service: Edward, Thurman and Marion. Edward and Thurman ae overseas and Marion, after three years overseas, is now in a hospital in this country.

Darryl Wilson is mighty proud of his father Glenn Wilson, who is now serving with the Navy in the Philippines and has been in the service one year. He was formerly employed in the sheeting Mill. We know Glenn is mighty proud of his young son, too.

Donnie Mason is one year old and is the son of Pfc. and Mrs. James A. Mason of Leaksville, Route 1. Pft. Mason is with the amphibious engineers somewhere in the Philippines.

Editorial Opinions on Banks, International Affairs, the Economy In North Wilkesboro Paper, 1933

From the editorial page of The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933. J.D. Carter and Julius Hubbard, were publishers, and the paper’s slogan was “Independent in Politics”

Ashe Banks Open

Opening of the Bank of Ashe at Jefferson last week placed Ashe County in the favored class of counties which have all their banks functioning again after the banking holiday. The First National Bank of West Jefferson was one of the first banks in the state to open, being granted license in the first list.

The Journal-Patriot congratulates and banking institutions and the county. Ashe County is within the North Wilkesboro trading territory and her people and the Wilkes people do business with each other with mutual benefit.

Normal banking operations there will be an aid to local business and aside from our purely selfish interest, we are glad for the sake of the fine people who reside in that county.

In Agreement

In the light of our oft repeated expressions regarding payment of the Allied war debts, it is quite natural that we should find ourselves in agreement with Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who last week declared that this nation “might not consider defaulting nations” in the forth-coming conference on the debt problems.

The ability of France to pay is a known fact. Yet she has defaulted, contending for further adjustment in the debts.

Great Britain, while desiring a debt conference, paid the installment when it became due, setting an example which other nations should have followed. The policy advanced by Secretary Hull meets the approval of the public generally, we believe.

A Dangerous Policy Against Jews

The wisdom of the new German government is open to question. However, the rest of the world can only look with alarm at the policy which seemingly is intended to eventually deprive the Jewish people of representation in the government and to relieve them of property rights. Reports are confusing, of course, and perhaps do not tell the whole story. No news which does not meet the approval of the government is permitted to go out over the telegraph wires.

Jewish people are in the main a people without a country. They are scattered throughout the earth and their right to be citizens of Germany is upheld in the opinion of the world.

The greatest of all Jews, whom the Jews themselves rejected, gave to the world a rule which should be applied in the treatment of our fellowman. Germany might well give the Jews the same treatment which they would themselves desire were conditions reversed.

Upturn in Economy Is Reported

An upturn in business is noted in a dispatch from New York, summarizing the nation’s business. This optimistic statement is based on the following points:

Retail sales have increased in various federal reserve districts.

265 national banks, with deposits of more than $350,000,000 were restored to 100 percent banking during the 10-day period preceding March 25.

The federal reserve system showed a gain of $44,444,000 in gold during the week ending Wednesday.
The B.F. Goodrich Company announced a 40 percent increase in production.

The volume of business for heavy construction work for the last week was better by $2,000,000 than the week previous.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced plans to step up its work week to five days of six hours each week.

Frigidaire Corporation recalls 500 men to make up a new eight-hour shift.

These are but fragmentary evidence of the general restoration of confidence in the nation. Further evidence is found in the street talk of the average man who feels that the future of the country is safe and that we are approaching better times.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hickory Boy Scouts Clean Up Lot Ignored by Dr. R. Reid Russell, 1917

“Hickory Boy Scouts Improve Ugly Lot,” from the April 7, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record.

Hickory Boy Scouts, under the direction of Scoutmaster D.T. Applegate, today began improving the vacant lot owned by Dr. R. Reid Russell of Asheville. There have been a number of efforts to have Dr. Russell improve this property, but as he lives in Asheville and the lot is in Hickory, he is not particularly interested, and has allowed it to grow up in weeds and be the receptacle of all sorts of rubbish. The lot naturally is beautiful, but the owner is holding it for profit, and apparently is not caring much what the people here think of it. This absentee landlord, however, probably will extend the Boy Scouts a vote of thanks for their work, as it will add to the value of his property, which already has trebled in value since he purchased it several years ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Still Destroyed, Liquor in Car Seized in Lewis Fork Section, 1933

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933

Dry Officers Capture Four…Eight Gallons of Liquor Found on Car; “Watch” Man Is Caught

Four men were arrested and eight gallons of liquor confiscated in raids made Thursday by prohibition agents in the county.

Cleve Marley was caught in the Lewis Fork section Thursday afternoon in a raid made by Agents H.C. Kilby and D.C. Dettor, who were assisted by Deputy Marshal H.H. Jennings, M.S. Phillips and T.M. Setzer. Marley, it was stated, was a “watch” man and fired a warning shot to operators of a still, which was later destroyed, who escaped. Before he could get away himself, however, the officers placed him under arrest. After a hearing before Commissioner J.W. Dula, he was released under bond of $500.

Agents J.L. Moore and N.S. Cooper caught Boss Absher, Doc Absher and Coy Pruitt with eight gallons of liquor on their car in the Lomax section. Pruitt was released until the next term of court under bond of $500, while the others, unable to furnish bond, were committed to jail in Wilkesboro.
Arrest of the trio was made Thursday night.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hickory Men Buy New Hudson Super-Six at Abernethy Hardware Company, 1917

“Two New Hudsons,” from the April 7, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record. This little story made the front page of the newspaper. I was curious about the car and found a photo on the internet at motorbase.com.

Mr. G.H. Geitner and Mr. J.D. Elliott each has purchased a Hudson Super-Six from the Abernethy Hardware Company.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Personal News, Local Items from Roanoke Rapids, Stancell, Rosemary, 1917

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, April 6, 1917

Roanoke Rapids Personal and Local Items

J.W. Sanderford of Raleigh has accepted a position with the Herald Publishing Company.

Nathaniel Macon has returned from Raleigh where he was taking a textile course.

Mrs. R.H. Parker of Tarboro spent Monday here with her son E.A. Parker, business manager of the Musical Walker Comedy Company.

Mrs. J.L. Daughtry spent Tuesday in Halifax on business.

Mr. G.D. Shell spent Tuesday in Halifax on business.

Miss Susie Zollicoffer of Weldon spent Tuesday in town on business.

W.B. Swindell was called to his home in Swan Quarter last week on account of the death of his mother. His many friends here sympathize with him in his sorrow and grief.

W.D. Tillery spent Tuesday in Richmond on business.

Mrs. W.B. Vincent and daughter of Vultare spent Tuesday in town on business.

Miss Zoe Porter spent Wednesday in Henderson as a judge in the Vance County Commencement.

Miss Mattie Rice of Greenville is visiting her sister, Mrs. A.B. Glover.

Miss Odessa Rowell of Garysburg spent Tuesday here with her aunt, Mrs. Laura Faison.

The Crochet Club meets with Mrs. J.R. Morhorn Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.

L.W. Clements of Stancell, N.C., spent Saturday in town on business.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivey Jones of Weldon spent a few hours in town Tuesday on business.

Willie Grimmer of Tarboro spent the week end with relatives and friends here.

Mrs. G.D. Shell returned Saturday from Baltimore where she has been on a business trip.

Mrs. T.R. Manning of Henderson is visiting her daughter, Mrs. C.A. Wyche.

Rev. Stanley White left Tuesday for a few days in Richmond.

Mr. Job Taylor, who has been in Chicago on business, returned home Wednesday.

The Presbyterian Ladies Aid will meet with Mrs. J.T. Chase Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock. The Easter mite boxes will be taken in and opened at this meeting.

Mr. George Robin and Mr. Howard Woodleaf of Durham are visiting Mr. and Mrs. John Mohorn.

Mr. Fred Peck returned Wednesday after a 10-days business trip.

J.T. Moyton and family of Durham have moved here to work for Roanoke Mills Co.

S.F. Patterson is in Philadelphia on business.

Miss Ella Lee Chauncey spent the week end at her home in Washington.

Stancell Items

Messrs. Charlie and Will House of Thelma attended the play here Saturday night.

Mrs. J.A. Vincent spent Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Jim Baird.

Dr. T.H. Valentine was in Emporia Friday on business.

Mrs. Lena Wynne and Mrs. B.W. Vincent spent several days last week with Mrs. Vaden Wynne at Camp 2.

Messrs. C.B. and R.H. Gray spent Monday in Jackson on business.

Mrs. Herbert Valentine and Miss Mosley of Valentine spent the week end here with Mrs. T.H. Valentine.

Rev. W.R. Bailey filled his regular appointment here Sunday A.M.

“Alice in Wonderland” was successfully played at Vultare School House Saturday night.
Messrs. B.M. Pugh and C.W. Vincent were in Jackson Monday on business.

Misses Katherine Bourne and Elizabeth Laye spent the week end with Mrs. T.H. Valentine.
Mr. Rufus Gray and Miss Blanche Vincent were in Emporia a short while Sunday.

Rosemary Personal and Local Items

J.H. Harrison spent Sunday in Brinkleyville with friends and relatives.

Alex Green of Weldon was in town Tuesday a short while on business.

W.D. Odom spent Wednesday in Jackson with friends and relatives.

Miss Pattie Byrd visited friends in Emporia Saturday and Sunday.

Mrs. Coley of Thelma is here visiting her daughter, Mrs. S.M. Thompson

Misses Elizabeth and Helen Fisher left Saturday for Baltimore where they will spend several weeks with relatives.

Miss Grace Crumpler of Franklin, Va., is visiting in the home of J.L. Britt.

W.E. Froelich spent a few days the past week in Winston-Salem with friends.

C.B. Moore of Henrico spent Monday and Tuesday here on business.

Mrs. Joe Brown left the past week for Rocky Mount where she is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. McDonald.

R.L. Byrd of Emporia spent the week end here with his family.

Messrs. G.H. Lewis and E.V. Hux of Aurelian Springs spent a few hours here Wednesday.

R.F. Cannon left the past week for Philadelphia where he has accepted a position.

H.E. Dobbins spent the day Monday in Halifax on business.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. McGee spent several days in Haw River this week.

Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Crews returned Monday from Richmond where they visited friends.

Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Clippard of Northampton County visited relatives here this week.

Easter Egg Hunt, 1933

Collecting Census Information in 1940 Trailer Park

I don’t know where this photo was taken, but it was used to train census workers, who would collect information from “transient” sites like trailer parks on April 8. I’m including it because it shows a trailer park in 1939 or 1940.

Training the census taker:

Procedure for enumeration of persons in hotels, tourist homes or camps, trailer camps, one-night lodging houses, etc.—Persons in hotels, tourist or trailer camps, missions, and cheap one-night lodging houses (flophouses) will all be enumerated as of the evening of April 8th. You are to complete the enumeration of all tourist or trailer camps, missions, and cheap one-night lodging houses in your district on the evening of April 8th, and of all hotels in your district on April 9th, except that it may be necessary to make callbacks after April 9th for hotels. If it is not possible for you to complete the enumeration of these places on the specified days without assistance, be sure to notify your Supervisor so that he may provide you with the necessary assistance.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poster Announcing 1940 U.S. Census

This federal poster went up in 1939 all around the country to remind folks that the 1940 Census was coming.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Social News, Kinston, N.C., April 6, 1920

The Daily Free Press, Kinston, N.C., Tuesday, April 6, 1920

Social and Personal

Mr. Allan Osborne, a student at the University, is home for a short stay.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon Saluerg and Mr. Sam Saluerg of Norfolk, Va., are guests of Mr. and Mrs. I.M. Anselowitz.

Miss Margaret Hayes of Louisburg has returned to Greensboro, where she is attending college, after a weekend visit with Miss Margaret Foscue, at 511 East Gordon Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Farley Hayes of Norfolk are visiting Mrs. Hayes’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnston. Mrs. Hayes was formerly Miss Leta Johnston.

An interesting wedding was solemnized at the residents of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis, 202 North East Street, Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock when Miss Elizabeth Lewis became the bride of Mr. Kinsey Howard. Rev. John R. Edwards, Methodist, officiated. Mr. and Mrs. Howard will make their residence in the city. Only a few relatives and friends attended the wedding.

The April meeting of the Community Music Club will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock with Miss Margaret Marston, at her home on King Street. The following program dealing with American composers will be rendered: Talk on Edward McDowell, Mrs. Lundy Abbott; selection by Nevin, Miss Vida West; song, ‘Thy Beaming Eyes’ by McDowell, Mrs. James McDaniel; talk on Composers With Romantic Tendencies, Mrs. James F. Parrott; selection by Nevin, Mrs. Nan g. Howard; song ‘The Rosary,’ Mrs. Wm. Gill; violin solo, Mrs. T.C. Ethridge.

The residence of Mrs. John C. Hood in Northwest Kinston was the scene of a significant Easter egg hunt at which certain letters were put together to reveal an interesting future event. The interior of the house was attractively decorated with peach blooms, wisteria, and bamboo. These were in profusion and hid the Easter eggs, which were hand-painted. Rabbits “popped up” behind conspicuously large letters lying prone on grass or leaning tipsily where they might attract attention. The guests assembled the letters into many words and some of the results of their endeavors were amusing. The letters when arranged as they had been intended spelled “Marianna and Oliver.” Small Miss Anne Dixon Hood as a Cupid with a bow and arrow entered and let fly a dart straight at the heart of Miss Marianna Stanley. The dart bore the date, May 12, 1920. The prospective bridegroom is Mr. Oliver Westbrook of this city. The refreshments were unique. Bridal bouquets adorned the cake. A frozen basket made of ice cream was heaped with whipped cream. Misses Lillie Stanley and Estelle Westbrook and little Miss Lucinda Hood served. Those present were Mrs. Arthur Blanchard of Raleigh, house guest of Mrs. Hood; Misses Marianna Stanley, Leora Hooker, Lucy Haskitt, Nannie Stanley, Sophia Knott, Sallie Stanley, Ida Oettinger, Mrs. J.A. Long, Mrs. Jack Temple, Mrs. W. Allen Knott, Mrs. George Knott, and Mrs. Chester Walsh.

Four Generations Photo: C.J. Vest, Daughter, Granddaughter, Great-Grandson, 1945

The Mill Whistle, April 9, 1945. Issued every two weeks by and for the employees of Marshall Field & Company, Manufacturing Division, Spray, N.C.

Shown here are four generations. At the left is C.J. Vest of Draper. In center is Mrs. W.G. Cochran, daughter of Mr. Vest. She is employed in the Sheeting Mill. At right is Mrs. Reuben Minter, daughter of Mrs. Cochran. Wayne Minter, son of Sgt. And Mrs. Minter is shown in his grandfather’s arms.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pat Williams Donates Radio to County Jail, 1933

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933

Prisoners Happy Over Radio Gift…P.M. Williams’ Donation to County Jail Welcomed by the Inmates

Wilkes County prisoners are happy over the gift of a handsome cabinet radio by Pat M. Williams, popular traveling salesman, who not only donated the radio but personally installed it in the county jail.

The gift was much appreciated, Jailer J.B. Sheets stated and the prisoners are very grateful to Mr. Williams.

The radio was installed several days ago and the inmates are enjoying listening to the programs over the air.

Spirit of Spring Pageant, Saturday Evening Post Cover, April 12, 1941

This little boy can't get into the spirit of his part in the school play. The illustration on The Saturday Evening Post, April 12, 1941, is by Frances Tipton Hunter.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mrs. Johnson's 18-year-old Guinea Hen Died, 1917

“Old Guinea Dead,” from the April 7, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record. This little story made the front page of the newspaper. I've added an old line drawing of a guinea fowl for people (like me) who aren't sure what they look like.

The old guinea hen belonging to Mrs. R.H. Johnson fell a victim to her hears this morning and surrendered a life that had been devoted to laying eggs and cackling for the children. The guinea was brought here from Salisbury by Mrs. Johnson and would have been 19 years old had she lived until next August.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dick Cashion Now Selling Esso Products, Opening New Gas Station, 1933

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933

Standard Products Handled by Dick’s Service Stations
Change to Standard Was Effected Saturday at All Stations…Standard Products Include Standard and Esso, Essolube and Atlas Tires

Dick’s Service Stations, effective Saturday, April 1, are handling a full line of Standard products.

A.A. (Dick) Cashion, proprietor of the stations, stated this morning that “we are always anxious to give our customers the very best products money can buy and we believe the products of Standard Oil Company meet the highest standards.

With the change to Standard completed, Dick’s Service Stations have the complete line of Standard products, which include Standard gasoline, Esso gasoline, Essolube, the only five-star motor oil, and Atlas tires.

Mr. Cashion has two stations in the city, and a new one on top of the hill is now being erected.

Do You Have Your Easter Bonnet from G.D. Shell?

Dipththeria Kills Children, 1933

Important enough to be put in a box with the words all bold, entitled IMPORTANT—READ,  on the front page of The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933. War didn't rate this treatment.


Children are killed by diphtheria, “the strangler.”
They can be protected easily by vaccination.
All children between the ages of six months and 10 years need protection.
Parents, see your physician NOW.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Monday Is Holiday to Enjoy Nature, Watch Ballgames, 1917

“Easter Monday Holiday in Hickory,” from the April 7, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Although Easter Monday is not a national holiday, but more of a festival occasion, the stores and many other businesses houses in Hickory will be closed Monday. According to custom, the people of the state will take the day off generally to spend the day in the woods and on the streams or attending ball games.

Monday probably will be mild and fair—one of the loveliest Easters in years—and everybody will enjoy spending the day out of doors. Most people, it is expected, will devote the day to their gardens or preparing for clean-up week, which begins Tuesday. The city wagons will begin in the first ward Tuesday afternoon and make the rounds by Friday night.

Lenoir College will meet the strong Spencer team in baseball here in the afternoon at 3:30 and a great crowd will witness it. At the same time Catawba College will be playing the Charlotte league team at Newton, and that will be an attraction for that end of the county.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

County's School Children Will Celebrate Commencement in Southport, 1935

From the Southport State Port Pilot, April 24, 1935

County Commencement to be Held Here Tuesday, April 30
Parade Will Get Underway at 10:30 o’clock and line of March Will be Through the Principal Streets of Southport...Will Award Seventh Grade Certificates...Following Parade, Literary Contests Will be Held in High School Building; Athletic Contests in Afternoon

More than 2,000 school children of the county and their teachers are expected to be in Southport next Tuesday for the annual County Commencement exercises.

Out-of-town visitors will arrive in Southport in time to assemble in Franklin Square near the old school building by 10:30 o’clock. The parade will begin at that point and the line of march will be through the principal streets of the downtown district.

At 11:20 o’clock, immediately following the parade, the seventh grade graduation exercises will be held in Franklin Square. At that time, certificates will be awarded all seventh grade students of the county who successfully passed their seventh grade examinations. These certificates will be presented by the county superintendent of schools.

Literary Contests

At 11:50 o’clock, the literary contests will begin in the high school building. The high school girls’ recitation contest will be held in the 10th grade room, each school to have one entrant. The boys’ declamation contest will be held in the 9th grade room, each school to have one entrant.

The reading contests for the first, second and third grades will be held in the first grade room; the contest for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades will be held in the sixth grade room. Each school will have one representative from each grade.

Spelling Match

The high school spelling match will be held in the school auditorium, each school to have two representatives.

The athletic contests will begin at 12:50 o’clock. In the high school group, the races will include the boys’ 100 yard dash, the girls’ 50 yard dash and the girls’ basketball relay race. Each school will have only one representative in the first two contests, but each relay team will have 12 members. The high school jumping contests will include the boys’ standing broad jump, the girls’ standing broad jump and the boys’ running high jump. There will be only one entrant from each school in these contests.

In the grammar grade athletic contests, the races will include the boys’ 100 yard dash and the girls’ 50 yard dash.

The day’s program will be brought to a close by 2:10 o’clock in order that school buses carrying children to distant points in the county may leave in time to be home before dark.
All contests will have judges and ribbons will be awarded first and second place winners.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Booker T. Washington Stamp Issued, 1940

April 7, 1940, the Post Office released a 10-cent stamp featuring Booker T. Washington, American author, educator, orator and adviser to presidents. Washington was born a slave on April 5, 1856, on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs in Virginia. He died in 1915 in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was the founder of the Tuskegee Institute, a black school that was established to train teachers.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

War Is Declared, U.S. Enters World War I, 1917

World War I--April 6, 1917. If you read the article under Negro Uprising you will learn that the uprising was actually supposed to be a mass migration. They were getting on trains and going to Mexico. Of course, that never happened.

W.D. Shore Carries Out Threat to Kill Himself, 1933

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933

Man Kills Self in Kitchen as Wife Looks On
W.D. Shore Is Suicide Victim; Used Shotgun to End His Life
Cause of Act Is Unknown to Family; Funeral Held Yesterday

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 11 o’clock from Union Church for W.D. Shore, young farmer of Cycle, who committed suicide at his home Friday afternoon. Rev. N.T. Jarvis was in charge of the service which was attended by a large concourse of people.

Mr. Shore shot himself in the head with a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun about 4 o’clock Friday afternoon in the kitchen of his home as his wife looked on. He placed the muzzle of the gun against his left temple and using his right hand to hold the gun, pulled the trigger with his left hand.

No cause for his rash act was known. He is said to have had no financial or family troubles and apparently had been in the best of health. However, for two or three days he seemed to lose his usual jovial mood and it was thought that he became mentally unbalanced.

At the time of the shooting, Mrs. Shore was pleading with him not to shoot himself as he had told her he was going to do. She is said to have struggled with him and before losing her hold obtained a promise that he would not harm himself. However, she had just stepped away when he fired the shot.

He was 28 years old on March 24. Besides his wife, Mrs. Minnie Shore, he is survived by two daughters, Kathleen and Fay; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Shore; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Roberts, Misses Ruth and Evelyn Shore; and two brothers, Harry and Paul Shore, all of Cycle.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Buy a Victory Liberty Loan Bond to Help Pay Off WWI Debt, 1919

Patriotic Americans supported the war effort in World War I by purchasing Liberty Bonds, first in June of 1917 and then in October of the same year, a third time in May, 1918, and again in October, 1918. And when the war was finally won, they "finished the job" by putting their money Victory Liberty Loan or Victory Loan Bonds, which were issued in May 1919 to consolidate short-term debt issued during the war. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mill Workers Urged to Spend 10% of Pay on War Bonds, 1945

The Mill Whistle, April 9, 1945. Issued every two weeks by and for the employees of Marshall Field & Company, Manufacturing Division, Spray, N.C. How did the United States pay for its wars in the past? In World War I and World War II the federal government issued War Bonds and patriotic citizens bought them, supplying at least some of the money to support the war. In addition to paying your taxes, you were strongly encouraged to spend another 10 percent of your take-home pay on bonds, and your employer and co-workers knew if you were doing this, because the money was withheld from your paycheck and those who bought bonds as requested were publicly praised.

Biggest War Bond Drive Now On

Six times since the war began our government has called on us to buy War Bonds, and six times the men and women of Marshall Field & Company have responded whole-heartedly.

Now our government is calling on us again; this time for more than we have ever subscribed before. The United States Treasury has established the highest goals for sales to individuals of any War Loan Drive to date, because it is absolutely necessary to secure this money to carry the war to a successful close.

In this drive each of our mills will direct its own campaign, and each department in every mill will be given a poster showing the quota for the department. This poster will show progress made from week to week and should be the means of keen competition between the various mills and departments.
Every employee of the company will be given an opportunity to participate in this drive, which begins on April 9th and ends on July 7th.

Our company has a goal to reach, and we must reach it. All purchases of Bonds during the dates of April 9th-July 7th—either through pay roll savings plan or cash—will apply toward the goal for our company.

One reason why our goal is high is because there will be only two War Bond Drives in 1945, whereas there were three in 1944. The total amount employees are asked to purchase is no greater than that of last year.

And remember, your money will be returned to you with interest. You are simply lending it for the purpose of bringing the war to a close much sooner, thus helping to bring home the men who are fighting it.

Monday, April 3, 2017

215 North Carolina Banks Failed, 1929-1933

Between the stock market crash of October 1929 and mid-March 1933, 215 North Carolina banks, with a combined $110,854,000 in assets, failed. 

For more information on bank failures and bank holidays in North Carolina, see http://www.ncpedia.org/bank-holiday-1933.

Bank of North Wilkesboro Reopens After Audit, 1933

The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, N.C., April 3, 1933. Without regulations and federal insurance of depositors' money, your money was lost if your bank failed. During the 1920s, an average of 70 banks failed each year. Just after the crash, in the first 10 months of 1930, 744 banks failed. In 1933, another 4,000 banks failed, and by the end of 1933, depositors, mostly just regular folks like you and me, had seen $140 billion disappear. 

Normal Banking Operations Resumed

Bank of North Wilkesboro Open for Business; Flood of Deposits Greeted Opening Day Saturday

Deposit & Savings Bank Opened Ten Days Ago With Large Deposits…Confidence Is Noted…Both Banks Are Operating Without Restrictions; New Directors Named

Normal banking service was restored here Saturday when the Bank of North Wilkesboro opened, the Deposit and Savings Bank, the only other banking institution in the county, having opened 10 days previous.

A flood of deposits greeted the opening of the Bank of North Wilkesboro. All day Saturday, customers of the bank kept the bank force busy receiving deposits.

Bank officials stated Saturday evening that the deposits were much larger than was anticipated.
With normal banking facilities restored, a new spirit of confidence was in evidence and the people freely expressed their faith in the local banks.

The Deposit and Savings Bank which opened March 22 has continued to receive heavy deposits. There have been no withdrawals except for legitimate business purposes.

While both the Deposit and Savings Bank and the Bank of North Wilkesboro were solvent and in excellent condition when the banking holiday was declared, the complete audits made by the state banking department and resultant steps assure the public that both are stronger and safer than ever before.
At a meeting of the stockholders Friday afternoon the following officers were re-elected: J.R. Hix, president; S.V. Tomlinson and A.A. Finley, vice presidents; R.W. Gwyn, cashier; A.W. Horton, Miss Essie Erwin and W.W. Starr, assistant cashiers. Directors are E.M. Blackburn, R.W. Gwyn, S.V. Tomlinson, Ralph Duncan, John E. Justice, R.G. Finley, A.B. Johnston, J.R. Hix and A.A. Finley.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Methodist Minister Describes Spiritual Famine in Church, 1900

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer as reprinted in the Roanoke Beacon, Plymouth, N.C., April 13, 1900

Decline of the Church…Its Causes as Described by a Methodist Minister of Ohio

At the Glenville Methodist Episcopal Church last evening the Rev. John F. Fisher, presiding elder of the Cleveland District, spoke upon the general topic of the decline of the church. “A grave condition,” he said, “confronts the Methodist Church. There has been a decline of 21,000 in membership during the past year. We congratulate ourselves that in the Eastern Ohio Conference there has been a gain of 2 per cent. and in the Cleveland District a gain of 4 per cent.

“The reason for this condition of affairs is a spiritual famine in the churches. The gulf between capital and labor threatens us on both sides; one side ‘not many mighty, not many noble are called.’ On the other strange forces are alienating the poor. The labor unions organized most compactly are much influenced by men hostile to the church. Their gatherings are generally on the Sabbath, thus keeping the men out of our reach. The submerged tenth has been allowed to pass out to other agencies.

“We seem in some places above our business. One border of this church has been frayed by thin speculations and vagaries of Christian Science. The powerful camp meetings of our forefathers have been superseded in many localities. This literature found in our homes is too often too light to nourish strong religious character. Books that furnish the reading for our youth are not selected with the same care with which we choose our friends. Amusements are sought after as if they were a necessity. Like little children, people of all ages think they must be amused.

“The moral and spiritual forces of the church necessary for the building of great and Christlike characters seem to be side-tracked. In many places the spirit of the world is dominant instead of the spirit which is of God. With some of our people the services of God’s house seem to be attended when it is convenient. This has been brought about by self-indulgence. The spirit of self-indulgence which characterizes France has struck this country, and there is no use denying this fact.

“What we must do is to hold to the Word of God as the law of the Nation, and when sin threatens stand firm against it.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Hairston Men are Brave Soldiers, 1945

The Mill Whistle, April 9, 1945. Issued every two weeks by and for the employees of Marshall Field & Company, Manufacturing Division, Spray, N.C.

Ben D. Hairston as he looked while with the A.E.F. in 1918. He spent several months in France with Pershing’s army, returning to work for the company for about 20 years. His son, Pfc. Bennie D. Hairston Jr., has been in service for two years, most of which has been overseas. He is stationed somewhere in Belgium.

The three brothers shown above are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hairston of Draper. Sgt. Harry Hairston has been in service three years. Lewis Hairston Jr. has been in service two years. Both Harry and Lewis are now somewhere in the South Pacific. Pfc. Ivery Hairston has been in service for one year and is now at Camp Kearney, Nebraska. All three men were formerly employed in the Blanket Mill.

Friday, March 31, 2017

'Old Hurrygraph' Tells Story of Jim Judson, Printer's Devil, 1917

“Young Jimsie Judson’s Horseshoe Episode by Old Hurrygraph,” from the Watauga Democrat, March 29, 1917. (According to Editor and Publisher, Jan. 19, 1918, James A. Robinson, also known as “Old Hurrygraph,” had been named editor of the Durham Sun and assumed editorial charge with a single word—“Howdy.”)
Jimsie Judson grew, as all boys have a way of doing. He reached the supreme height of his ambition to be a “printer’s devil,” and he was one. He soon became familiar with the ink and the rollers in the office of the Piedmont Virginian at Orange, Va. You could see from his hands and his face when he emerged from the office that he was in love with the “art preservative” and knew how to apply the ink but not altogether in the right place. A printer’s “devil” is the youngest apprentice in a printing office and is the editor-in-chief of the ink-rollers and the errand bureau.
Jimsie, having been initiated into the art of making papers, in those days on a hand press and by muscular power, he began to sharpen his wits and pick up things. The future dawned upon his young mind as a great aurora borealis, with a Washington hand press in the center, and there was a young mind scanning the horizon and absorbing thoughts and events.
In Jimsie’s search for knowledge he somewhere read that as far back as in the year 1813, in Monmouth Street, London, there were no less than 13 horseshoes nailed over the doors. He wondered and investigated until he found that it was an old superstition, carrying with it protection against witches. Like all other people on the subject, he had learned from the “old folks” that it was lucky to pick up a horseshoe in the “big road” and nail it over the door. Lord Nelson had one nailed to the mast of the ship Victory. The legend of the horse shoe is interesting. Jimsie seized it as a wonderful discovery. It is to the effect that the devil one day asked St. Dunstan—St. Dunstan was the patron saint of goldsmiths, being a noted worker in gold—who was also noted for his skill in shoeing horses, to shoe his “single hoof.” Dunstan knowing his customer, tied him tightly to the wall; proceeded with the job, but purposely put the devil to so much pain that he roared for mercy. Dunstan at last consented to release his captive on condition that he never enter a place where he saw a horseshoe displayed.
Jimsie, on a holiday fishing tramp, found in the public highway the treasure the legend had caused his young mind to covet. They might call him a printer’s “devil,” but the Virginian office would now bear the insignia that was a warning to his Satanic majesty. So Jimsie mounted his horseshoe over the entrance and breathed of wonders accomplished.
 But alas, for theories and luck, and of horseshoes over the door! At an untimely moment, as Jimsie was going out one day, that particular horse shoe left its fastening and dropped. It struck Jimsie a slanting lick on the head, not only with surprise, but with great force, and raised a knot as large as a guinea egg. That broke the charm with Jimsie’s belief in the luck of the horseshoe, and whenever he sees one, his hand involuntarily goes up and scratches the side of his cranium. His philosophy from that hour to this is—if you do not put your horseshoe on your horse’s hoof, put it outside the door on the floor. There was no peach tree blossoms in the ending of his youthful vision.
Jimsie is a big boy now. He has owned a daily paper of his own, which he ran successfully for 24 years in the chosen town of North Carolina, after following the fortunes of the printing office from the time he was a “printer’s devil” in 1869. The scenes of his childhood, the blossoming peach tree, the old lumber house, all of which have passed away, are the dearest pictures that hang on memory’s hall, and parental lessons then taught have been guideposts along the journey of life. Boys, fatherly correctiveness may seem hard to your young, untutored minds, but many a good boy has been spoilt by sparing the rod. You will see through it all if you live long enough, and then the memory will cast a beautiful glow and halo over its correctness.