“To Protect Public,” from the Hickory Daily Record, January 3, 1916
A gate and watchman at the railroad crossing east of the depot are needed. Sometimes traffic is blocked for a few minutes, as when a freight train lumbers by, and then a stream of humanity pours across the track. There have been narrow escapes from injury or death, for on several occasions another train has come in just as the other was drawing away. A gate and watchman at this crossing would be a sound investment for the railroads and a protection to the citizens of Hickory, nearly all of whom are compelled to cross the tracks.