Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kiwanians Fete Hickory Teachers, Lenoir College Faculty, 1922

“Teachers Night Observed by Kiwanians,” from the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922.

With the faculty of Lenoir College and the teachers of the Hickory public schools as guests, the Kiwanis Club put on one of its big nights at its weekly dinner and spilled Pollyanna stuff left and right. Practically every place was occupied and some of the youngest newly-weds among the Kiwanians insisted that they were single as they sat with a pretty teacher on either side. He who did not enjoy his partner was without one—that’s all.

The evening started out with spirit. It was the first meeting at which Donald T. Applegate, the new president, has presided over in his official capacity and he did the honors in style. The company sang America, Dr. John C. Perry asked the divine blessing and the rest of the dinner hour was enlivened with song. Smiles went strong before the crowd packed up their troubles.

Ray Abernethy, who have Alfred Moretz credit for working out the details, had charge of the program. He asked the members of the college faculty and the teacher to introduce themselves and as the 60 or more arose they were greeted with a glad hand. The high school orchestra, good last year and better this year, furnished music and the young musicians were given a round of applause as they presented themselves.

The hall was prettily decorated for the occasion, streamers running from chandelier to chandelier, noise-makers and balloon furnished by Everette Johnson being in evidence, and the eateries, the Central Café, serving an unusually good meal.

Miss Rosa Lee Dixon drew the attendance prize. A song by Miss Bertha Deaton called for another and then Miss Virginia Allen sang one of Rob Roy Peery’s compositions, Mrs. R.S. Brown being at the piano.

President Peery spoke briefly of the work at the college, called attention to football practice and the game with Guilford Saturday and invited Hickory people to attend. He expressed his appreciation for the greater interest shown in the college by the community generally.

Dr. Peery was followed by Superintendent Carver of the city schools who expressed his thanks for the interest shown in the schools and the teachers.

Dr. R.L. Fritz, who has seen Lenoir College grow from a high school to a first class college, told of the beginnings of the institution, its gradual rise to a place of prominence in the educational life of the community and state and asserted that its larger growth was assured. He said that a graduate of the college may register for the graduate course at the University of North Carolina or any other southern university and that students from here invariably do well at the university.

Miss Bouchelle gave a pretty toast and the company adjourned.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Is North Carolina Tax Burden of $1.76 Per Inhabitant Worthwhile? 1916

“Where the Money Goes,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 31, 1916.

The burden for taxation for state support in North Carolina in 1915 averaged $1.76 per inhabitant. The average was less in only one state and greater in 46.

The figures range from $1.64 in South Carolina to $10.36 in Nevada, the average for the country-at-large being $3.85.

So reads census bureau Bulletin, The Financial Statistics of States, given to the public two weeks or so ago. It is a mine of information about the finances of North Carolina and every other state in the union.

What is covered by this $1.76 and what went with it in detail was a follows:

1.       Highways and Public Recreations, less than 1 cent.

2.       Public health and sanitation, 5 cents.

3.       Protection of person and property, 10 cents.

4.       Conservation and development of resources, 11 cents.

5.       General government—legislative, executive, judicial, 14 cents.

6.       General expenses—interest, outlays, etc., 25 cents.

7.       Charities, hospitals and corrections, 39 cents.

8.       Public education and libraries, 71 cents.

The figures are illuminating. The common notion is that tax money goes mainly to support office holders and their families, to keep fodder in the rack of the ringsters. It is an inveterate, and in places an incurable notion—or apparently.

As a matter of fact for every dollar or state revenue that goes to oil the machinery of state government in North Carolina, nine dollars come straight back to taxpayers for the education of our soldiers, our blind and deaf, the victims of tuberculosis, the insane and feeble minded, for the protection of our properties from fire, our persons from disease, and our farmers from fraud; for the regulation of financial institutions and other corporations in the interest of public security; for the development and conservation of our natural resources, the protection and development of agriculture and the general public welfare.

For all these purposes of state the tax burden in North Carolina is $1.37 per inhabitant—the price, say, of two or three circus tickets.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

North Carolinians Serving in World War II

Life magazine cover, October 28, 1940, showcased a story on life in the U.S. Navy.

According to, about 2 million soldiers trained for combat at more than 100 Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard facilities in North Carolina during World War II. (

Some of the 2 million soldiers received basic training in Greensboro. The photo is from the Greensboro Historical Museum. This photo is online at
And according to (, more than 8,500 North Carolinians did not return home. The National Archives published lists of war casualties in 1946 and these are now online. The list of Army and Army Air Force dead and missing personnel are listed by county. The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard list is not broken down by county but it includes the names of all personnel wounded in action. You can search either catalog at

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If Parents Won’t Keep Kids Inside at Night, Police Will, 1922

“Curfew Law Is Made Effective in Lenoir,” from the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922.

Lenoir, Oct. 4—Lenoir is one of the towns that has set a determination to care for the youth of the community, and especially where the parents are lax in parental authority in allowing their children to have such hours as they please, and run on the streets until late hours in the night. Hence the curfew law has been invoked, and Mayor V.D. Guire has set his foot down flat and solid, and gives out of the world that the city ordinance, No. 72, of the town of Lenoir will be strictly enforced according to the letter and spirit of the law. Therefore, he has caused the town to be posted to that effect.

Commencing with the first night of the first day of October the curfew rang, and the edict went into effect, and it says: “Children under the ages of 16 years will not be allowed on the streets after 9 o’clock at night, unless accompanied by their parents. The courthouse bell will ring at 9 o’clock each night. Children found on the streets after that hour can be found by their parents at the city lock-up if wanted.”

That’s Lenoir’s new move to keep the kiddies at home, if their parents will not look after the matter themselves.

Monday, October 16, 2017

West Hickory Mentions, October 31, 1916

“West Hickory Items,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 31, 1916.

The Ivey Mill Company sure did some shipping during the week. They shipped 106 bales averaging 1,750 yards to the bale.

Mr. Charlie Jones, who has been second hand in the spinning room several years, resigned his work and moved to Altavista, Va., to take an overseer’s job there.

Miss Captola Beck, who is taking a course at Kings Business College in Charlotte, is spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Beck.

Miss Minnie Abee spent several days at Drexel last week visiting relatives and friends.

Mr. Mart Abee of Altavistas, Va. Is here at present visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Abee.
Mr. G.T. Barger is attending federal court at Salisbury this week as a juror.

Mr. Will Lackey, who has been here several weeks visiting his mother, Mrs. J. Lackey, left for his home in Michigan Friday.

Mrs. Moore of Henrietta is spending several days with Mrs. R.F. Hicks.

Miss Jimmie Abernethy went to Chesterlee, S.C., one day last week.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wife Died of Softening of the Brain and a Broken Heart, Writes Lucy Russell, 1922

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Oct. 19, 1922. The Woman’s Forum Conducted by Mrs. Lucy P. Russell, Rockingham, Rt. 1

By Lucy P. Russell

Mrs. Dobbins was dead. Judging from the faint smile on her thin lips she was glad of it. She had never been a robust woman, had been in a decline for a year and now the end had come. An early marriage had brought her many children; poverty added its burden to her lot of incessant care and hard work. She had been a very fair woman with soft, pale hair and pale blue eyes, never very far from tears. Her manner had been very gentle, even apologetic, and her submissiveness pained one like the submissiveness of a circus dog scourged through its tricks. At last she was “out of it all,” lying very straight and still in her small room. The only sound broke the silence was the sobbing of her children.

Two life-long friends lingered to draw the white sheet over the whiter face and to place between the wasted fingers a white jasmine flower. Then they sought to speak a few words of sympathy to the bereaved husband.

They found him on the piazza wrapped in gloom. Mr. Dobbins was a small man with a solemn and stately mien, his eyes, his nose jutted forward like a sharp boulder from the face of a granite crag and the corners of his mouth turned down like the points of a horseshoe. A grim, unsmiling man was Mr. Dobbins, especially if all about him were joyous and gay; now he appeared sadder than the saddest. The two ladies approached him with words of consolation and appreciation of the many virtues of his dead wife; they spoke of her kindness, her true friendliness, the sweetness of her character and her never failing industry.

“Yes,” replied the bereft one, “Annie was a good woman, I suppose, but she had her faults and nobody knew them better than I did. To be sure she was never a gad-about, she never belonged to these clubs and societies, she never read those novels and magazines, she never was no hand to run around the neighborhood gossiping. She went to church and sometimes to prayer meeting, she read her Bible, she stayed at home and cooked and washed and ironed and tended to her children. To be sure she never was much of a cook; I had to cook the steak and measure out the coffee and I always thought it took her longer to get out a week’s wash than anybody I ever saw. It was amazing the wood she burnt up a-ironing, just for six children and me. She was right good to wait on our lame girl but I got a sprain in my back right now from having to do all the lifting of the child. But she’s gone now and her faults lays between her and her Maker.”

Wrath and indignation flashed from the eyes of the small woman standing before her as she responded, “And she died of softening of the brain and a broken heart.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taking Tobacco to Market, Storing Corn in Caswell County, 1940

These photos, taken in Caswell County in October, 1940, were taken as publicity pictures for the U.S. Farm Security Administration. They are part of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Preparing tobacco to take to market on Caswell County farm, October, 1940

Gassing up to take the tobacco crop into Yanceyville.

Tobacco sold, this farmer has purchased sacks of flour and meal. The wood are tobacco sticks, which will be used for next year's crop.

Basically the same shot as above, but you can see the farmer and more of Yanceyville.

Shucking corn on the Hooper farm, Caswell County. According to a notation with this photo, the Hooper farm was located near Hightowers and Prospect Hill.

On the Hooper farm, Caswell County.

Getting corn in the crib on the Hooper farm.

This corn will provide winter feed on the Hooper farm.

Carrying a tub of shucked corn to the corn crib.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hearings On Deepening of Pamlico and Tar Rivers, 1916

 “Hearings to Deepen Two Good Rivers,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 31, 1916

Wilmington, N.C. (AP), Oct. 31—Hearings relative to the deepening of the channel of the Pamlico and Tar rivers at or below Washington, N.C., will be held in Washington on November 15 and Greenville on November 16, according to an announcement by Major A.E. Waldon, Corps of Engineers, United States Army. In the river and harbors act approved last July, Congress provided for a preliminary examination of the Pamlico and Tar rivers with a view to providing channel depth of 11 or 12 feet, with adequate widths at or below Washington, and such additional depth and width as may be advisable up to Tarboro.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Social & Personal' Column from Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 4, 1922

From the “Social & Personal” Column in the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922. A spreading adder snake is called an Eastern hognose snake and is harmless.

Mrs. D.A. Whisnant of Granit Falls was a Hickory visitor today.

Mrs. P.A. Healan of Lenoir is visiting her daughter, Mrs. John W. Moose.

Mrs. D.W. Holder, who was taken ill Saturday evening, is improving and was able to sit up today.

Mrs. Chas. Fort of Gastonia, who had her tonsils removed at Dr. Speas’ hospital Monday, is much improved.

Miss Beatrice Cobb was among the Morganton people her for the fair yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. H. B. Long went to Hildebran today to spend the day with Mrs. Pearl Lipe.

Mrs. F.L. Averill and little daughter of Raleigh are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Currie.

Mrs. S.L. Whitener, who has been ill since Monday, was somewhat improved today.

Miss Maye Bloomer will arrive from Asheville today to be the guest of Mrs. E.B. Justice.

Mrs. E.A. Taylor and Miss Margaret Taylor returned yesterday from Blowing Rock where they spent the summer.

Mrs. A.Y. Sigmon killed a full-grown spreading adder one day last week. She found the reptile in her back yard.

Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Rudisill of Henry River and Mrs. W.H. Little and son, Franklin, spent Monday in Lincolnton.

Owing to the fair being in progress this week the Business and Professional Women’s Club will not meet until Thursday of next week.

Mrs. Geo. C. Yoder is spending today in Newton with Mrs. L.F. Long. Mr. and Mrs. Long will leave tomorrow for California to spend the winter.

Mrs. T.W. Ebeltoft and daughter, Miss Elizabeth Ebeltoft of Shelby, left yesterday after being guests for several days of Mrs. J.L. Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Hall.

The meeting of Circle No. 2 of the First Methodist Church has been postponed until the second Thursday in October. Mrs. P.C. Sharpe will be hostess at her home on Eighth Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Stone and Mrs. M.L. Widenhouse of Concord are expected in the city today to visit Mrs. Daisy Stone. Thursday Mrs. Stone and guests will motor to Blowing Rock to spend the day.

Rev. S.B. Stroup has returned from a six weeks’ trip to Portland and the west coast, where he attended the meeting of General Convention and visited many interesting points along the way, both going and coming home. His trip from Portland was by way of the Canadian Rockies. He reports a fine trip, but is delighted to be home again. He will take charge of the services beginning tonight.

Clean Up Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Clean-Up Thursday in Hickory. The city wagons will remove all trash left near the street in boxes or other containers. If you have any trash, be ready for them.

Mrs. Simpson Returns

Mrs. R.E. Simpson returned Monday night from Roseacres, Miss., where she was called on account of the critical illness of her sister-in-law, Mrs. S.W. Crowell.

Mrs. Crowell passed away on Tuesday evening of last week. The deceased was the window of the late S.W. Crowell, a brother of Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. T.A. Mott of Hickory and Mr. A.H. Crowell of Newton. Mr. Crowell, who was a member of one of the most prominent families in this section, died a year or more ago.

Mrs. Bowman Hostess

Yesterday afternoon Mrs. D.P. Bowman was hostess at an unusually interesting and enjoyable meeting of the Ladies’ Aid and Missionary Society of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, this being the regular monthly meeting.

Mrs. Bowman’s home was beautifully decorated throughout with choice fall flowers, their vivid colorings blending prettily with the foliage and enhancing the attractive interior of the rooms in which the guests were received.

Mrs. P.C. Setzer was cordially welcomed as a new member.

The afternoon’s program was in the charge of Mrs. D.L. Russell who efficiently brought out some important and interesting facts in the lesson. The business meeting which followed was conducted by the president.

Thirty-two members were present and welcome visitors were Mrs. J.M. Deal, Mrs. Clarence Seagle, Mrs. R.K. Webb and Mrs. Tom Setzer. During the social period following the program and business, the hostess served a delicious ice course and Mrs. Setzer, Mrs. T. Bowman and little Miss Helen Flowers assisted. The next meeting will be held the first Tuesday afternoon in November.

Holy Trinity Lutheran

No services tonight as the pastor, Rev. Chas. R.W. Kegley and family are in Charlotte for a few days.

For Visiting Missionaries

Monday afternoon Mrs. G.F. Ivey opened her beautiful new home on Thirteenth Avenue to the ladies of the Methodist Church in honor of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Stewart and family, missionaries to Japan, who are visiting in the states.

Mrs. Ivey, Mrs. Nobel Shumate and Mrs. Laurie Deal welcomed the guests at the door and invited them into rooms which were exquisitely decorated with golden rod, cosmos and potted plants.

Dr. N.J. Wright led in the devotional after which a quartet was sung by Mrs. Ivey, Mrs. Thos. Golden, Mrs. O. Simmons and Miss Edward Clemnet. Mrs. J.W. Shuford, president of the Missionary Society gave a few words of introduction, followed by Mrs. Stewart who told very interestingly of the beginning of their work in Japan. Mr. Stewart followed and told of the plans for future work which occasioned his visit to the United States to lay his plans before the board. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were both heard with interest as they told of Japan, her customs and her people.

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart and family gave two sons in the Japanese language after which they entered into a conversation in the native tongue. During these exercises the children were dressed in Japanese costume, heightening the effect and giving an air of realism to the sons and dialogues.

At the close of the afternoon, punch and wafers were served by Mrs. C.R. Watson who presided over the punch bowl assisted by Mrs. Laurie Deal, Miss Estelle Wolfe and Miss Edward Clement.

Capping Ceremony, School of Nursing, Class of 1957

Photo from

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Catawba County Scheduling Children's Health Clinic Visits, 1922

 “Many Children Take Health Clinic,” from the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922

State Board of Health Tonsil and Adenoid Clinic for School Children October 10, 11, 12 and 13 at Newton

Through the bureau of medical inspection of schools it was arranged to have the school children of Catawba County have a thorough medical inspection which consisted of testing their vision, hearing, teeth, tonsils and adenoids. This inspection made known to the parents many of the remediable physical defects among their children. A total number of 700 children were found to be suffering from the effects of bad tonsils and adenoids. Through the county board of education and health it was arranged for the state board of health to do some follow up work for Catawba County school children, the state board of health now offers a plan by which school children suffering from adenoids and diseased tonsils may receive treatment, including operation by a good specialist, nursing care and accommodations in an emergency hospital in which the child remains overnight, all for the nominal cost of $12.50 and totally free in case of needy children. The above fee is charged to defray the actual cost of the clinic; no part goes to the nurses, who are paid entirely by the state board of health. This emergency hospital will be set up on the court house at Newton, one of the state’s most competent throat specialists will be sent here by the state board of health to re-examine any of the children who wish to be and only those found badly needing treatment for tonsils and adenoids will be advised to have an operation. After the specialist and family physician have decided that the child needs treatment, and the parent wishes to have this defect corrected, in order not to impair the child’s health in later life, then a thorough physical examination is made of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and temperature is taken to see if the child is in good condition to have this operation.

Every precaution is taken at these clinics. If the child is operated on, it is allowed to return home the following day, the parent being allowed to remain in the hospital all night with their children. This is a wonderful opportunity, by which the school children may receive attention in time to prevent any permanent defects in later life. Bad tonsils and adenoids will cause a great many noticeable defects, namely, weak eyes, earache, which may result in deafness, frequent sore throats, they will snore at night, breathe with their mouths open, be backward in their books at school, and as a usual thing they are not very playful, that is if it is a very bad case, and in later life it will bring on rheumatism, heart lesions, cause them to be nervous and underweight.

Now parents, will you willfully deny your child the right to develop into a healthy man or woman by neglecting the opportunity to have it examined by competent specialists, and if necessary have these remediable physical defects corrected before it has caused some incurable defect?

This opportunity of free examination for school children, and treatment if wanted and necessary is only offered by the State Board of Health once every three years. You must let Miss Ramie Williams, State Board of Health Nurse, Newton, N.C., know at once, in order to have a definite appointment. The clinic will be for four days—October 10, 11, 12 and 13. So send your names at once and you will be notified when to come for examination. Children who come to the clinic are not to have breakfast the morning they come.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After 4 Years On the Run, Yoder Gets Drunk and Is Captured, 1916

“Yoder Captured By Officers at Last,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 31, 1916

Make (Mike?) Yoder, for four years a fugitive from justice, is once again in the hands of the law, thanks to some mean corn liquor, Chief Lentz, Sergeant Sigmon and other agencies and elements that will be enumerated later. The capture occurred on the old Brookford road and was done so rapidly that Yoder, who is regarded as a desperate character, had little time in which to flee. Sheriff Isenhower, who was attending the speaking, was notified and he and several deputies got busy at once, but the Hickory officers had their man before the sheriff could reach the scene. The sheriff carried the prisoner with him to Newton Monday night and he is in jail there.

Yoder was sentenced to 18 months by Recorder Russell something like four years ago for breaking into a Southern Railway freight car, and escaped from the roads. At intervals he has shown up at his old home and near Brookford, much to the dismay of neighbors who feared him as they would a plague. A few months ago his father died and the estate was being settled this week. In company with Bill Deitz he had gone in a buggy to sign a deed, and both the men, it is said, imbibed too freely on liquor.

They got drunk and fell out. Yoder brought out his trusty knife and aside from hopping on his friend, cut the lines and ran Deitz out of the buggy. Chief Lentz was telephoned for and he and Sergeant Sigmon set out to track him. It seems that Yoder became lost and doubled on his trail, this fact enabling the Hickory officers to reach him before the sheriff and his deputies could reach the scene.
Chief Lentz drew his big gun on the man and ordered him to throw up his hands. The hands wouldn’t go up, and while the chief covered Yoder, Sergeant Sigmon embraced him about the neck, while Mr. Lentz placed the nippers. Mr. Jules Stafford accompanied the officers, and was ready to render assistance after the fellow had been handcuffed, the chief laughingly declared.

Yoder has been a source of trouble to neighbors and has eluded capture many times. His fall from the water wagon was responsible for his undoing this time, and many telephone messages of congratulations reached the officers during the night.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Scarlet Fever, Diphtheria, Typhoid Fever Quarantined Homes in Union County, 1917

“County Must Fight Infectious Diseases,” from the Monroe Journal, Oct. 5, 1917. To help control contagious diseases, the State of North Carolina passed a law that required quarantining homes of patients with certain diseases. The following is the first monthly report from the Union County quarantine officer. The homes under quarantine are listed by the name of the homeowner, not the name of the patient in the home.

New State Law Requires Physicians and Householders to Report Cases to Dr. S.A. Stevens, County Quarantine Officer…Law Now in Force

To reduce the number of infectious diseases in the county and thereby prevent numbers of deaths and save thousands of dollars, is the task that has recently been set before the people of this county. The new State Quarantine law imposes this task, but with it, it does not impose any hardship or impossibility. It requires only that every citizen shall do his duty in reference to any contagious disease in his household or community. It presupposes that every citizen wants to see his country rid of disease as far as possible and will do all in his power to bring this about. ….

Diseases to be reported are whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever, smallpox, infantile paralysis, typhoid fever and cerebralspinal meningitis. Any home having a case of any of these diseases, when it has been reported, will have placed on the front of it a large yellow placard bearing the name of the disease.  ….

The names of those reported to the quarantine officer as having a contagious disease last month are:

Scarlet Fever

Robert Clark, Monroe, Route 5
Hoyle Hinson, Monroe, Route 5
Chattie N. Cason, Monroe
Janie Clark, Monroe, Route 5
Mrs. A.M. Secrest, Monroe
Earl Curlee, Monroe
Willie Hilton, Monroe
Ward McGinnis, Monroe
J.A. Griffin, Monroe
Geo. Porterfield, Monroe
Walter Bartons, Monroe
Maude Trull, Monroe
Wyatt Whitley, Monroe
W.L. Griffin, Monroe
--- McGinnis, Monroe
J.A. Griffin, three cases, Monroe
David Williams, Vance Township
Flossie Hillian, Monroe
Rossie Hargett, Monroe
---- Hargett, Monroe
John Baucom, Monroe
Kenneith Lemmond, Monroe


Leanna Boyd, Vance Township
M.H. Rowell, Goose Creek

Typhoid Fever

W.E. Baucom, Goose Creek
Fred Stevens, Monroe
J.P. Spencer, Monroe
Mrs. J.P. Spencer, Monroe
Moore Bay, Monroe
---- Baucom, Monroe
Mrs. T.B. Young, Monroe
J.S. Stearns, 2 cases, Monroe
Arthur Helms, Monroe
Three cases at Hasty’s, Monroe
Vance Simpson, Monroe
Lula Griffin, Monroe
Easter Griffin, Monroe.

A placard placed on a house not only requires the patient and children of the household to stay within certain bounds, but it also prohibits outsiders from entering the house in question or allowing their children to enter or go beyond certain limits. Whether you are afraid of the disease or not, has nothing to do with it—the law says for you to keep away except under certain conditions and a failure to obey will render you liable to indictment. In conclusion, I wish again to ask the co-operation of everybody in carrying out the provisions of this law to the end that you may have healthier children and better schools.
                --Very respectfully, S.A. Stevens, Quarantine Officer, Union County, N.C.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Claude Gore Asks, Have We Forgotten the Common Good? 1922

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Oct. 19, 1922

By Claude Gore

Rockingham is a beautiful town, its people are above average in intelligence and possess more of this world’s goods than most people; but we are on an insane hunt for pleasures and on the wrong trail even for that. In this mad rush for pleasure we have discarded our one-time good community spirit, we have thrown it aside as if to lighten our load in the race to get that which will give us more to eat, more to wear, more to see, and more than the Jones’s haven’t got.  It is no longer a race to keep up with the Jones’s but a race to out-do the Jones’s. When a project come up that is designed to better our community the best of us prey upon it with the idea of getting all the personal benefit we can and, many times, it is at the expense of our neighbors. The common good seems to have been forgotten. It is a rush for personal gain, generally a money gain with a belief that money can buy happiness. It cannot be exchanged for that commodity. Money buys things that stimulate our desire for happiness and when the effect of that stimulant dies down we are worse off than we were before. Happiness comes from a deed well done; a piece of work well done; a kindly deed; even a kindly deed done with money leave a bitter tinge and happiness would be nearer complete if the money could have been left out.

Several years ago, I was on the train, bound for Wilmington and the train stopped at Lumberton. There was a very old woman in the seat opposite me and she asked if this was Lumberton. I told her yes and she said, ‘I was to get off at Lumberton,’ and I asked her why she did not get off. She said she could not walk; so I picked her up in my arms and took her off the train. The conductor said, ‘Why I forgot that old lady.’ There was no one to meet her, so while the conductor held the train, I carried that old lady still in my arms several hundred feet to the waiting room and did not put her down until the agent promised me that he would take care of her. It was after midnight. When the conductor signed that train ahead and I swung into my seat I felt much better. Did I make that old lady happy? No. I relieved her distress and made myself happy.

In addition to acts of kindness there is only one thing in the world that can make a man happy. That is love of his work. I pity the man who does not love his work. The grandest feeling in the world is to go home at night thinking on the way that you have done a good day’s work; done it well; a little better than you ever did before and better than anyone else could have done it—and then on top of that to get a good night’s rest and wake up in the morning with an eagerness to get on the job again and see if you can do even a little better today than you did the day before. Oh, how I pity the man who considers his work a drudge and considers payday and Saturday afternoon the only day worth while.

Our people do not appreciate large employers of labor as they should. These men are real benefactors. A red-blooded, true man, does not want anything given to him. He wants a chance to work and fair pay for what he does. Large employers of labor distribute more happiness than we realize. Ask any man who was recently on strike and he will tell you how difficult it is to loaf and be happy.

We should rebuild our community spirit. There are many ways in which we can help. Our town council is doing lots of construction work and we are indulging in lots of destructive criticism. Some of them are beginning to feel like they have a thankless job. Let us back them up with constructive criticism.

Our policemen receive almost no co-operation. Let us help them by obeying the speed laws, the parking laws and other laws that we are continually breaking.

Let us discard that selfish personal gain policy and deliver our influence to the policy that will bring the most good to the community. We must improve our schools more; we must improve our church property. Let us cultivate that neighborly feeling, which makes one feel so much better and the world look so much brighter. Let us abandon that policy of banishing the lawless and try to live so that they can not be lawless. Let us uphold the arm of our solicitor and not convict him before he has been heard. May we all realize what a mistake it is to think at the rate of 248.5 miles an hour ourselves better than the other fellow.

May we keep our school athletics pure and not let our desire to win smother our desire to be honest. May we enjoy the game but not let our excitement interfere with giving our opponent a square deal and the game if we can not win it fairly and as gentlemen should.

Screw up our courage and determine that we will fight vice and the customs that have not yet become vices but have a tendency that way. Fight them forever and a day or until they are completely banished from our community. Pray that the thoughtless age will be made shorter. Try to demolish that idea that the boy is all right; he can get along but the girl must be protected. There is no protection for the girl unless the boys are made clean. Shame on a town that will accept a man who has run away with another man’s wife and will not accept the wife. Where is our community spirit when we will not act for the common good?

And now with Francis Kimball, let us all say ‘a sacred burden in this life ye bear. Look on it, lift it, bear it solemnly. Stand up and walk beneath it steadfastly; fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin; but onward, upward till the goal ye win.’

Let us remember that happiness is the reward of right living, right thinking, right acting and that these then can not be right without work and our community will benefit whether we will or no.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

News Briefs: Steam and Railways, KKK Threat, 1922

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, October 19, 1922

Service of the New York, Wilmington and Fayetteville Steamboat company’s Cape Fear river line was inaugurated October 13th with the arrival of the first boat at Fayetteville. This marks the beginning of freight and passenger service on the canalized Cape Fear. The promoters evidently have no fear of a Friday the 13th starting date for boat service on the Cape Fear.


The Atlantic Coast Line railway is issuing $13 million in bonds with which extensive improvements are to be made. With the completion of the double tracking now under contract (by May 1, 1923), 60 per cent of the main line from Richmond to Jacksonville will be double tract. The new equipment to be bought now will include 45 locomotives of the most improved type; 50 passenger coaches, and 3,800 freight cars.


J.R. Harrison, member of the Fayetteville Board of Aldermen, received a notice a few days ago purporting to be from the Klu Klux Klan giving him until October 23rd to get out of that town, under penalty of being killed. Harrison says he’ll not leave.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Angry Uncle Shoots Bride, Kills Himself, 1917

“Angry Uncle Shoots Bride and Kills Self,” from the Oct. 5, 1917, issue of the Monroe Journal.

 “Durham, Oct. 4—Angry because she eloped last Saturday night with Lucas Sears, a young man of Chatham County, Fred Williams, well-known tobacco planter of near Apex, Wake County, today at noon shot and perhaps fatally wounded Mrs. Cassy Sears, his niece, until last Saturday night Miss Cassy Yates. He then turned the pistol to his temple and sent a bullet ploughing through his own head. He died shortly after 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Williams went to the home of Mrs. Catherine Sears, mother-in-law of the girl, this morning. The girl met him at the door and invited him in. Without speaking, he drew the revolver and shot. The bullet entered Mrs. Sears’ right eye. She fell unconscious in a pool of blood. He then shot himself. The elder Mrs. Sears witnessed the shooting. Her son and the girl’s husband of five days were in the field mowing hay at the time. The girl was rushed to a Raleigh Hospital.

Carl White Murders His Wife and Two Young Children, 1917

 “Carl White in Violent Fit of Insanity Kills Wife and Two Children,” from the Oct. 30, 1917, issue of the Monroe Journal.

Taylorsville, Oct. 27—Carl White, aged about 33 years, becoming violently demented today, shot and killed his wife and two small children at his home eight miles from here. Following the triple tragedy White walked down the road some distance from his home and, meeting a neighbor, told what he had done and asked to be killed. White had a struggle with the neighbor but was overpowered and lodged in jail here.

L.C. White of Statesville and Arthur White, a banker of Stoney Point, brothers of Carl White, were at a spring near the house and heard the gun shots. They hurried to the house to find the woman and children slain. Three older children in the family escaped injury. The Whites are prominent in this section.

Retired Hickory Man Shoots Himself at His Doctor's Office, 1917

“Hickory Retired Merchant Shoots Himself,” from the Oct. 30, 1917, issue of the Monroe Journal.

Hickory, Oct. 28—J.A. Sellers, aged about 61, retired business man of Hickory, ended his life this afternoon shortly after 2 o’clock by firing a bullet from a 32 calibre revolver into his right temple while alone in the office of Dr. K.A. Price, whom he had called upon in a social way a few minutes previous. At the time the deed was committed Dr. Price was in a café a short distance away and had left the deceased reading a newspaper and apparently in good spirits.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Only 1 Million Children 10 to 15 Are Employed in 1920, Half the Number Employed in 1910

Originally printed in the Portland Oregonian and reprinted in the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922

Child Labor Decreasing

With a million children between the ages of 10 and 15 engaged in gainful labor, as is shown by the federal census of 1920, just published, the materialism that permits such a condition is strong. Yet it encourages us somewhat to note that the figure indicates a very considerable improvement by comparison with 1910, when it was about double the present number and also that the decline as to the most hazardous labor is the most pronounced of all. One child in every 12 between the ages mentioned is a wage earner of sorts but in fairness to our social conscience it ought to be added that only 185,337 of the million are employed in manufacturing enterprises and that of these there are only 7,191 working in mines.

The word “only” is distinctly a relative term. The number is high enough, but we obtain an impression of progress from the fact that a decade ago one child in five of the specified ages was gainfully at work, that 268,932(?) were employed at manufacturing and 18,000 were occupied in mine work. The number classified under the heading “personal service” decreased in the same period from 112,071 to 54,006.

How far the decrease may have been due to the circumstances that the 1920 census was taken in January, while that of the 1910 was made in April, there is probably no means of determining exactly, but this may have had some effect owing to the difference in conditions governing outdoor work. This would have shown most conspicuously in agriculture—winter being the time of cessation of field work—and it is here that child labor would seem to be the least objectionable, if there is any defense for it at all.

So it would appear that there has been a distinct improvement in 10 years—which indicates that we may expect a further betterment in the next 10. For public sentiment is likely to need nothing more than a demonstration of the benefits of the more enlightened way to be enlisted solidly on the side of the right.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Eminent Surgeon Dies at 40 of Septic Infection, 1922

From the Hickory Daily Record, October 4, 1922

Prominent Physician Of High Point Passes

High Point, Oct. 4—Dr. H.W. McCain, eminent physician and surgeon and one of High Point’s most prominent citizens, died at 6 o’clock last night at a local hospital where he had been a patient for several days suffering from a septic infection caused by a carbuncle on his neck.

Although Dr. McCain had been in critical condition for several days and his death was not unexpected, it cast a gloom over High Point last night. It was on everybody’s mind and has caused profound sorrow throughout the city.

Coming to High Point nearly 12 years ago Dr. McCain not only built up a large and successful practice of his profession, but even of himself a wide circle of friends. He was a man of high ideals as well as integrity of service.

Dr. McCain was 40 years of age, having been born in Union County on February 27, 1882. He attended the Presbyterian college at Clinton, S.C., receiving his A.B. degree at the University of North Carolina, attended Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and also took a post-graduate course of 18 months in hospital work.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rural Women Filling Gap On Farms, 1944

“Virginia Homemakers Do Work on Farms” by Catherine P. DeShazo, from the October 1944 issue of The Southern Planter

“I’m doing work I never thought I would do!  I am helping with the dairy.”

“I helped harvest the small grain, actually ran the combine.”

“I have learned to run the tractor.”

“I take care of all the chickens and do all the family laundry.”

These were just a few statements heard at the recent meeting of the Virginia Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs held at Blacksburg. And not just one woman made such statements. Every woman at the meeting boasted of her increased ability to do new types of work, work that women have not been doing, work that is most essential to winning the war and winning the peace.

I said boasted and I meant it. A few years back the rural women who were forced by financial circumstances to do physical labor were very hesitant about admitting it. Today, when it has become a matter of patriotism, every rural woman is proud to take her part as a home front soldier. She wants the satisfaction of knowing that her boy, or her husband, comes home she will be able to meet him as soldier to soldier. She knows that he has not been a slacker and she is determined not to have been one herself.

There are over 27,000 women in this army of Home Demonstration Club members in Virginia, the largest woman’s organization in the State. It can be safely said that there is not a member of the organization who has not taken on additional war work. War work here means, first and foremost, production of food or conservation of food. There is nothing more essential to the war effort than food. There is no more patriotic “Commando Mary” than the Home Demonstration Club member.

Not only is the woman herself assuming the farm work, but all the members of her family are helping. One lady told, in a panel discussion, that she had to learn to operate the milking machines and attend to the work in the dairy house. The day that her two daughters arrived from college for the vacation they had to go to the barns and replace two men who went into service the preceding day.
Another member, one of the district presidents, told how she had been forced to help save the wheat and oat crop. She had ridden the combine. Then she had helped haul the grain to the barns. When you looked at that charming woman and saw the lovely complexion, groomed hands, well kept hair and splendid figure you were bound to feel a real pride in the Virginia rural woman. It makes you think back to the tragic days after the War Between the States when Virginia women met the challenge of their time nobly. Our women of today are no less great.

So far, I have mentioned farm work only. But our women do not stop at this, although it would seem to be a full time job. They can do many things at once. They are active in their church work. They are working with the schools, the welfare organizations, and all of the additional war efforts. Every district in the State reported active participation in the War Bond drives, Red Cross work, salvage, and, where needed, USO work.

I know of no finer example of what the Home Demonstration Club women do than the work that the newly elected Fifth District President is doing. Her son is serving in the Navy. She was chairman for the 1944 Red Cross Drive for her district. She sews regularly for the Red Cross. She is a volunteer OPA worker. She was in charge of the Community Fund Drive in Tuckaho District. She is a member of the “Order of Railway Conduction.” She was instrumental in organizing a Home Demonstration Club in her community. She is president of the Henrico County Home Demonstration Committee. She is treasurer of the Woman’s Auxiliary in the church to which she belongs. She is Mrs. R.D. Phillips, a perfect example of our fighting army of Home Demonstration Women.

Not only are these women meeting the needs of the day, but also preparing for the future. In the post-war planting greatest emphasis is being placed on health education. It is the dream of this organization that the day will come when all classes of people will be able to have adequate medical attention regardless of financial handicaps. The Federation has already set up a health loan fund which is available to any Home Demonstration woman who needs medical care, but lacks funds. Many of the counties have featured home nursing classes, first aid courses, etc. Health is one of the most serious problems of rural women. One woman reported that the only physician in her county was 60 miles from some o fher patients, and there is not a registered nurse in this county.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Americans Killed When Steamer Marina Torpedoes Off Ireland, 1916

Steamer Marina, Sailing from Glasgow to Baltimore and Newport News, Torpedoed and Sunk Off Ireland; American Lives Lost...Four stories below, all from the same issue of the Hickory Daily Record.

“Americans Are Missing From Steamer Marina,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 31, 1916. The United States had not yet joined World War I. Several articles on the incident made the front page of the newspaper. Incidents like this one angered many Americans.

Latest Reports From American Consul Indicate Small Chance of Several Surviving—Ship Sunk Without Warning, All Reports to Washington Agree

London, Oct. 31 (AP)—The number of missing from the British steamship Marina, which was sunk off Ireland by a German submarine has now been reduced to 13, according to a telegram received at the American embassy from American Counsel Frost of Queenstown. Fifty-two have been landed. Mr. Frost reports that some Americans probably are among the dead.

Mr. Frost’s telegram to the embassy follows:

“Fifty-two more survivors of the Marina landed at Castletown Pier. No less than 36 Americans aboard, of whom 24 are missing. There probably will be some American fatalities. Survivors report the Marina sunk without warning and sank in a heavy sea.”

Mr. Frost is obtaining affidavits and ascertaining the facts from survivors.

The American embassy today received a telegram from the American consul at Glasgow stating that the Marina left Glasgow October 25 for Baltimore and Newport News with 50 Americans aboard.
(The Irish town of Cobh was known as Queenstown from 1849 to 1920.)


There were 45 Americans in the crew of the Marina. First reports of her sinking said that only 34 members of her crew had been brought to land. Mr. Frost said the Marina had been torpedoed without warning.


16 Americans Survive

London, Oct. 31 (AP)—A private telegram received today from Crookhaven by Consul General Skinner says that among the survivors from the Marina who were landed at Cuxhaven, 16 are Americans.
Three North Carolinians Among Crew of Marina
Newport News, Oct. 31—The steamer Marina, reported sunk without warning by gunfire from a German submarine off the Irish coast with the loss of several American lives, was a bona fide merchant vessel, according to agents of the Donaldson line here, and was not in the service of the British government. The Marina sailed from this port for Glasgow October 25 with 50 Americans aboard, carrying a number of horses and a general cargo, most of the Americans having signed for the round trip as horsemen.

“The Marina was one of our regular steamers plying between here and Glasgow,” it was said at the office of the agents, “and was owned and operated as a merchantman by the Donaldson line. She carried general cargoes and sometimes horses for the British government, but she had not been commandeered, and still retained her character as a merchantman.”

Following are the Americans, all white, on board the Marina when the vessel sailed from here:
F.H. Smith, Philadelphia, foreman; J.S. Clarke and J.G. Robbins, Richmond, Va.; William Cullen, Philadelphia, assistant foreman.

Horsemen: S.A. Davis and George Rogers, Norfolk, Va.; Andrew Kraig, Springfield, Ohio; T.S. Hamlin, Edgar Miller, Charles Mines, Walter T. Blaney, E.W. Ryan, T.E. Engle, M.L. Hunt, and Charles Horky, Baltimore; A.T. Wence, Sheridan, Wyo.; H.B. Sinclair, J. Arnold, F.A. Arnold and Andrew G. Robinson, Baltimore; James F. Foley and James Bridge, Salem, Mass.; George W. Wheeler, Lancaster, Pa.; J.J. Harrison, Philadelphia; Eddie Martin, R.F. Clarke and N. Little, Chicago; John H. Olsen, Boston; F.C. Davis, Wake Forest, N.C.; Harry F. Jones, Baltimore; Tom Anderson, Oklahoma; Ed Kildal, St. Paul, Minn.; John J. Riley and L. Harvey, New York; P.D. Brown, Upperville, Va.; R.J. Brown, Edward Scherrer and J. Hancock, Washington, D.C.; H.B. Middleton, Fredericksburg, Va.; H.B. Plenson, Richmond, Va.; J.M. Hause, Norfolk Va.; Thomas J. Brannigan, Charleston, S.C.; Jack Davis, Roanoke, Va.; Robert Harris and Robert Barton, Richmond, Va.; George F. Ledberry, Fayetteville, N.C.; ;Daniel P. Thomas and John P. Thomas, Wilmington, Del.; and George J. Lancaster, New York.


Lansing Orders Reports of Marina Sinking by Cable; Won’t Comment

Washington, Oct. 31 (AP)—Secretary Lansing said today that his reports on the destruction of the British ship Marina with probably destruction of American lives still were too incomplete of any conclusions to allow him to discuss the case. Fuller reports with affidavits of American survivors have been ordered by cable.

The morning’s news dispatches said that some of the survivors had seen the wake of a torpedo before the ship was struck and that she was hit twice.

Officials noted, however, that the British admiralty was not clear that the ship was torpedoed and that Consul Frost reports she was destroyed by a torpedo. The advices from the first aspects of the case that indicate no conclusion could be drawn until all circumstances had been cleared up.

Admittedly the case was viewed as more serious than any others since the destruction of the Sussex since it was the only one involving the destruction of American lives.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

They May Have Been Joking But the Marriage License Was Real, 1917

“Married by Mistake,” from the Statesville Landmark, as reprinted Oct. 5, 1917, in the Monroe Journal.

A marriage that was intended for a joke was performed by Magistrate J.M. Matheson at the Campbell House Tuesday evening, but the parties—Miss Mary Sharpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Sharpe of Loray, and Lawyer L.F. Klutz of this place, son of Dr. Klutz of Malden, Catawba County—found that they were legally married. Miss Sharpe has a music class here and when in town boards at the Campbell House. Mr. Klutz boards there also. After supper the conversation on marriage and teasing about marrying, participated in by Messrs. Klutz, M.C. and Flake Campbell, Miss Sharpe, Mrs. Sarah Campbell and Mr. Rowell Morrison, the latter of Statesville, lead to Mr. Klutz handing Mr. Campbell a $5 bill to get the license. He asked if they wanted a real license and when told that they did, he called the register, Mr. W.A. Barnett, to his office and procured the license.

After some conversation about the matter, it was decided they would ask Mr. Matheson to perform the ceremony. Mr. Matheson did not want to go for he thought it was a farce, but they persuaded him to go in. He examined the license and recognized Mr. Barnette’s handwriting, and again questioned Miss Sharpe and Mr. Klutz, for he doubted their sincerity. When told to proceed, Mr. Matheson did so, and although the parties did not answer the questions there was no objection raised, and he pronounced them man and wife.

The license was signed by two witnesses and Mr. Matheson in the presence of Miss Sharpe and Mr. Klutz. Later they went to Mr. Matheson and asked him to destroy the license, for the whole thing was a joke, and he told them he could not do so. Neither of the parties had any desire to marry the other and an effort will be made to have the marriage annulled.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Society News from the Hickory Daily Record, 1916

“Society,” from the Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 25, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. E.V. Morton and family left today for Ardmore, Okla., where they will reside in the future. Hickory is loath to part with this splendid family and everybody here will wish them success. For a number of years Mr. Morton was publisher of the Hickory Democrat, selling out several months ago to the Daily Record. Mrs. Morton, who has a decided literary turn, was of great assistance to her husband in the business and all members of the family were popular in the city. Mrs. Morton has relatives in Ardmore and her husband will engage in business there.
Miss Florence Sharpe, who has been spending a few days with relatives in Rockingham, has returned home.
The first meeting of the Round Dozen Book club will be held Wednesday with Mrs. C.C. Bost.
Mrs. Robert Whitener returned today from Cherryville, where she visited her daughter, Mrs. Walter Brittain.
Mrs. Ottis Hull of Winston-Salem, who has been the guest of Mrs. J. Worth Elliott, returned to her home Saturday. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Worth Elliott, Mrs. W.E. McRorie and Miss Lily Jones, who remained over the week-end.
Misses Madge and Helen Wilkinson and Mary Brumley and Messrs. Vernon Brumley Jr., George Ridenhour and Jim Yates of Concord were guests Sunday of Miss Kitty Flowers, who motored with them to Bakers Mountain and spent the afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Henderson and little daughter, Mary Elliott, and Mr. A.C. Henderson returned last evening from Burlington, where they visited relatives. They were accompanied home by Miss Mary Knox Henderson. The party motored through the country.
Mrs. Anderson A. Boliek of Alexander County, one of the best women in that whole section, died Sunday morning at the age of 85 years. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from Shiloh Lutheran Church, interment following in the church burying ground. Mrs. Boleik is survived by her husband and six children—three sons and three daughters—who will bless her memory as long as they live. She lived right and died in the faith. Her sons are Mr. W.M. Boliek of Hickory, Rev. A.L. Boliek, and Mr. R.A. Boliek of Alexander County, and Mesdames Benfield, Laxton and Simms of Alexander County.

Many DWI and Illegal Whiskey Cases Tried in Duplin County Court, 1937

The Duplin Times, Thursday, Sept. 9, 1937

Recorder Tries Unusual Number of Whiskey Cases
Recorder’s Court got well ahead with two days’ docket last week, trying an unusual number of cases for driving while intoxicated and transportation of illegal whiskey.
Cases tried were:
--Charlie Simmons, negro, operating an auto while intoxicated and doing injury to personal property. Plead guilty. Sentenced to eight months in jail and ordered to work in the County Home so long as his work proved satisfactory and was of good behavior, to be sent to jail for remainder of sentence on violation of terms.
--Stacy Herring, operating an auto while intoxicated and transportation of non-tax-paid whiskey. Plead guilty. Fifty dollar fine and costs, and not to operate an auto in the state for 12 months. Driver’s license revoked.
--George Dobson, negro, public drunkenness and public nuisance. Plead guilty to charges and to disorderly conduct; 12 months on the roads for public nuisance and 12 months suspended sentence for disorderly conduct.
--John Sellars, negro, public drunkenness and public nuisance. Plead guilty to charges and to disorderly conduct; 12 months on the road for public nuisance and suspended sentence of 12 months for disorderly conduct.
--Emmett Ezzelle, public drunkenness, public nuisance, and resisting an officer. Plead guilty; prayer for judgment continued for two years on condition of payment of $25 fine and costs and good behavior for two year period.
--Ernest West, operating an auto while intoxicated. Plead guilty to reckless driving. Prayer for judgment continued for two years on condition of payment of $25 fine and costs and good behavior for two year period.
--Joe E. King, operating an auto while intoxicated, possession of non-tax-paid whiskey, and kidnapping. Plead guilty to possession and transportation. Prayer for judgment continued to October term on condition of good behavior. Kidnapping and operating auto while intoxicated charges nol pro(can’t read rest of word) with leave.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Homes with Scarlet Fever, Typhoid Fever, Diphtheria, Measles, Whooping Cough Quarantined, 1917

“New Quarantine Law Requires of Citizens,” from the Oct. 30, 1917, issue of the Monroe Journal.

Do you know what is required of you by the new State Quarantine Law? It requires parents or householders to report every case of whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, smallpox, scarlet fever and typhoid fever occurring in their homes to the county quarantine officer. It requires physicians to report ever case of these diseases that they are called on to attend to the county quarantine officer and to do this within 24 hours. It requires public school teachers to fill out and return the blanks furnished them by the county quarantine officer, and to follow the rules and regulations to protect them and their schools in case of an outbreak of any contagious disease. It requires county quarantine officers to send any parent or householder in whose home a contagious disease has been reported a yellow placard with the name of the disease printed on it with instructions for posting the placard on the front of the house. ….

The names addresses of those having a case of contagious disease during the month of October, which were reported to me, are printed below. If you know of other cases whose named do not appear here, such information given quarantine officer will be appreciated and held in strict confidence. It may be the means of saving a life or keeping down an epidemic.

Scarlet Fever
George Hargett, Monroe
Sara Hargett, Monroe
Ernest Plyler’s child, Monroe, Rt. 10
Joseph Stewart, Monroe
Jane Crow, Monroe, Rt. 5
Roy Wallace, Monroe
Chrissie Chress, Monroe
J.E. Hinson’s child, Monroe, Rt. 3
Calvin Wallace’s child, Wingate, Rt. 1
Martha Snyder, Wingate, Rt. 1
Annie Haynes, Monroe
Ethel Helms, Monroe, Rt. 1
Martha Williams, Wingate
Jimmie Pope, Monroe, Rt. 8
Willie May Hanes, Monroe

Typhoid Fever
Wilmer Williams, Monroe

Mrs. A.W. McCall, Monroe
Lee Helms’ child, Marshville, Rt. 2
D.L. Furr’s child, Indian Trail, Rt. 1
Fairley Drake’s child, Unionville, Rt. 1
Ida Ferguson’s child, Monroe
Tillman Long’s child, Unionville

J.D. Helms, four cases, Indian Trail, Rt. 1
Davis Helm’s child, Indian Trail

Whooping Cough
W.V. Williams, five cases, Wingate, Rt. 1

                --S.A. Stevens, County Quarantine Officer

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jack Morgan Says He Will Exchange Dress for Soldier's Uniform, 1917

“Will Take Off the Dress,” from the Statesville Landmark, as reprinted in the Monroe Journal, Sept. 25, 1917

Jack Morgan, hailing from Goose Creek Township, Union County, was in Monroe Friday for examination by the local exemption board, says a Monroe dispatch to the daily papers. The remarkable thing about Jack and the reason for this story was that he was in town for the same purpose that hundreds of other young men have gone to town these past few months, was that Jack wears a dress—has always worn one. Here’s the story:

“Morgan wears a real dress. He is about 25 years old and never donned a pair of pants but once in his life time. That was when he was a small child, and it is said that the ridicule of his companions so affected him that he took them off immediately, never to don them again. All his life has been spent around Rocky River. When friends come in sight, it is said, he will tuck up his skirts and fly for the sheltering river banks.

“The man is not insane. He recently bought an automobile. During the years that have rolled by he has accumulated a good deal of property, but he still clings to the garb of a woman. Morgan is unmarried, and if he is found physically fit he will in all probability be taken by the local exemption board for the county’s third quota.”

And then he’ll have to take off that dress.

Social News from Pink Hill, Bear Marsh, Cole's Chapel, 1937

“Pink Hill News” from The Duplin Times, Sept. 9, 1937
J.A. Worley and children spent the past weekend at Manteo.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Heath of Kinston RFD were guests of Mrs. E.K. Davis Sunday afternoon.
J.F. May has returned from a business trip to Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. R.A. Edwards, Ike Stroud, Willie Howard and Willard Smith were at Swansboro fishing Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Smith and children were recent visitors at Morehead.
Floyd Heath attended the opening game of the Coast Plain League’s Championship baseball finals at Snow Hill Saturday.
Mrs. Herbert Jones of Pink Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Hardy of Moss Hill attended the homecoming day at Mills Home at Thomasville Sunday.
Miss Connor Jones expects to leave for Washington, D.C., in a few days to resume her work as a teacher in the city schools. Misses Louise and Grace Jones are leaving September 11 for Louisburg where they will enter Louisburg College.
Reet Jones, Roland Smith, Rudolph Davis and Melvin Jones were at Swansboro Sunday.
The baseball game between a Wilmington team and the Pink Hill All-Stars on the local diamond Sunday afternoon was won by Pink Hill, 7 to 8.
A.J. Potter, former Davidson College football star, will assist E.M. Waller with the freshman team at State College this fall, so says the Raleigh News and Observer. Potter is a former Pink Hill boy and a son of the late Durham Potter, who was killed by an army deserter several years ago.
Mrs. T.A. Turner, Mrs. Annie Jones and Miss Grace Jones were overnight visitors at Charlottesville, Va., recently. They were accompanied home by T.J. Turner, who attended summer school at the University of Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wiliams of Live Oak, Fla., have been visiting relatives here and at Roxboro.
Mrs. Roy Rouse of Moss Hill spent Saturday with Mrs. Lela Pollock here.
Miss Doris Smith when to Stanhope near Rocky Mount Friday to resume her work as a teacher of the fourth grade in the school there.
Bear Marsh
The revival meeting opened at Bear Marsh Church on Monday, September 6, and will last a week or 10 days. The pastor, Rev. W.R. Stephens is assisted by Rev. J.M. Duncan from Murfreesboro. All come and hear the powerful messages being brought.
The boys and girls’ Sunday School class at Bear Marsh gave a weiner roast at Maxwell’s Mill last Thursday afternoon in honor of Boyd Walker, one of the members of the boy’s class, who is leaving the 14th of this month for Campbell College.
Miss Wilma Dixon of Greenville spent part of last week here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Dixon.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul King of near Rone’s Chapel, visited with Miss Annie Swinson awhile Sunday afternoon.
Mr.and Mrs. Lawton Hargroves and daughter, Louberta, visited in the home of J.A. Swinson of near Calypso Sunday.
Miss Nita Jean Brock of Mt. Olive spent part of last week in the home of her uncle, D.J. Brock.
Cole’s Chapel
Miss Lillie Brown spent Saturday in Wallace.
Lean James and Miss Lillie Brown motored to Richlands Tuesday night.
Lean James and J.B. Quinn were the guests of Misses Lillie and Alice Brown Sunday.
Miss Lennie Hatcher motored to Mill Swamp Sunday
Bill Quinn was the guest of Misses Alice and Adell Nethercutt Sunday. Lean James was the guest of Miss Lillie Brown Saturday night.
Miss Daisy Brown spent Sunday with her mother.
John Maready was the guest of Miss Lillie Brown Monday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Raynor spent Sunday with Mr.and Mrs. Hampton Dail.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Maready spent Saturday night with her mother. Miss Mary Ellen Likens and Robert Wood enjoyed a Sunday morning.
Miss Jennie Likins and Mike Burton were out riding Sunday evening.
Charlie Lanier was the guest of Miss Alice Brown Saturday night.