Friday, August 18, 2017

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

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

Harrassed to Death

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

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

Virginia Wardlaw Starves Herself to Death in Prison, 1910

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

The Albemarle Press, Thursday, August 10, 1922

No Club Encampment to Be Held This Year

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

Average American Ate 82 Pounds of Sugar in 1909

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

All Took Sugar in Theirn’

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Benny Prinz Killed in Double Parachute Drop, 1910

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creamery To Help Stanly County Farmers, 1922

The Albemarle Press, Thursday, August 10, 1922

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

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

Chicago Would Send Negroes South Again

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

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

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Police Chief Bob Kendrick Locks Up 26 Boys Ranging From 9 to 14 Years of Age, 1919

From the Forest City Courier, as reprinted in The Eagle, Cherryville, N.C., August 7, 1919

It seems that young America is running wild in this section. Wednesday Chief of Police Bob Kendrick had 26 boys, ranging in ages from 9 to 14 years, in the lockup all at one time. These boys were charged with robbing watermelon patches and willfully destroying same. We are told that they did more than $100 damage in one field, going from one end of the field to the other, cutting the melons open, both ripe and green. They are said to have robbed many patches in this section.

Lena Kendrick, James Dart Hobbs Marry, 1919

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

Hobbs-Kendrick Wedding
One of the most brilliant weddings of the season was solemnized last Wednesday evening at 9 o’clock in the First Baptist Church here when Miss Lena Kendrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Kendrick became the bride of James Dart Hobbs of Bessemer City.

The church was beautifully decorated in rainbow colors with ivy-twined arches over the aisles and improvised altar.

Before the ceremony Haywood Kendrick, brother of the bride, accompanied by Miss Lois Kendrick, sang, “I Love You Truly” and “O, Promise Me.” Then to the strains of Mendelssohn’s wedding march, the bridal party entered. The bridesmaids were gowned in lovely creations of sheer organdy and carrying pink Killarney roses entered, the groomsmen meeting them from the opposite aisle. Miss Madge Summitt with Garrie Kendrick, brother of the bride, Miss Mable Browne with H.H. Allen, Miss Mildred Farris with Hazel Browne, Miss Lula Kennedy of Bessemer City with Lake Hobbs, brother of the groom. Miss Annie Lee Craft of Wadesboro, maid of honor, entered, dressed in yellow organdy with hat to match. Miss Craft also carried pink Killarney roses.

Preceding the bride, little Miss Margaret Summer, niece of the bride, dressed in dainty white organdy, entered bearing the ring in a cluster of bride roses, as the flower girls, Annie Sue McDowell and Hattie Bess Kendrick in net trimmed in satin ribbon and tulle and carrying baskets of white roses and pink rose petals came down opposite aisles.

On the arm of her father, the bride in a lovely dress of white pussy willow satin trimmed in pearls and a court train falling in graceful folds, entered the church and was met at the altar by the groom attended by S.Q. McCraw as best man. The bride’s veil was coronet style and she carried a bouquet of bride roses. The impressive ring ceremony was used by Rev. D.F. Putnam, pastor of the bride.

The group’s present to the bride was a handsome necklace of pearls. The many beautiful and costly presents of linen, silver and cut glass attest the esteem in which this happy young couple are held by their many friends throughout North Carolina and other states.

The bride is the attractive and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Kendrick, having received her education at Meredith College. The groom is a most successful business man who gave up his business here to enter the army and has just recently returned from France. He will resume his work here the first of September, opening a dry goods store in the building he formerly operated.

Immediately after the ceremony the couple, accompanied by the bridal party, left in automobiles for Charlotte. From there they left for Washington and other northern points.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheila Jones Reflects on the North Carolina Farm Woman's Life in the 1950s, '60s, '70s

By Sheila C. Jones

In 1950 women in the neighborhood met at the home of Elizabeth Davenport to form a Home Demonstration club with county agent Rita Preston. The agent would come to the meetings and demonstrate or talk about whatever was on the agenda each month. Wives and mothers were eager and came to learn.

For years the women knew they could call the agent for answers to many homemaking questions.  If she didn’t know the answer she would go to work to try to find answers.

Many wives got up in the mornings before or when their husbands did:  3, 4, or 5 a.m.  They cooked breakfast and helped where needed on the farm:  Working in the field, working at the barn, feeding chickens, picking up eggs, feeding the cows, milking the cows, making butter;  feeding the hogs, helping on hog killing days (cooking chitlins, making crackling biscuits, measuring the lard, cooking souse).  Their work was endless:  they chopped the garden, did the canning, freezing and pickling, cut hedges in the yard, took food to neighborhood funerals, washed clothes in a ringer washing machine and rinsed them in a tin wash tub (all by hand), hung the clothes out (with wooden clothes pins) on a clothes line that went from one pole to another or one tree to another.  In the middle of the clothesline there would be a long thin pole made from a small tree or limb from the woods (leaves stripped off). 

With this pole they would push the line up high so nothing would touch the clothes and they would be up where the wind could blow them dry.  They darned socks, polished furniture, cleaned windows, scrubbed floors, made clothes for their families, quilted quilts to keep them all warm, made homemade ice cream in ice tray’s in the refrigerator-freezer, cooked birthday cakes from “scratch”, made homemade cookies from “scratch”, cooked candy on the stove top, fixed beds, cleaned out cabinets and refrigerators. Some crochet, knitted, did smocking, painted furniture, upholstered furniture, painted rooms in the house, starched and ironed almost EVERYTHING.  Televisions and telephones and indoor plumbing was not yet in all county homes.  Even electricity was a wonderful new thing in the country in the 40’s and 50’s.

Many nights mothers were up long hours rocking a baby that couldn’t sleep or with a sick child or sewing or ironing or finishing something for the family or lending an ear over the phone or by the side of a friend or family member to console them for whatever sorrow they may have been burdened with.

They did not seem to be afraid to do or try whatever had to be done and STILL cooked three meals a day from scratch. They could kill a chicken, pluck the feathers, singe the hair off, cut it, wash it and fix all the fixings to go with it. Then they washed and dried the dishes all by hand.

 While things like all this was going on mother’s still found time for their children:  They went to their children’s school functions, helped them with homework, special projects, went to recitals and school plays, PTA meetings, cooked candies and cakes for grade-mother duties, told bedtime stories and while  swinging with them sing songs to the children or with the children.  They made sure elbows, knees and behind ears were clean, teeth and hair brushed.  On Sunday, day of rest, they made sure the children and clothes were clean, shoes polished and parents went with their children (maybe took neighbors with them) to worship at the neighborhood church.  We were taught to pray before meals and to kneel by our beds to pray before sleep at night, sometimes by example as well as being told.

The county agents that I remember in the 1960s were Virginia Credle and Carolyn Alligood.  They were extremely helpful for the Beaufort county women.

Before the 1960s were over, housewives began taking jobs outside the home and it became difficult to go to meetings (can you imagine why?!)  Clubs began to fold.  Only a few held on.

In 1976 Ernestine Woolard began a new club, the 76er’s. Some had looked forward to joining when they retired and some looked forward to returning when they retired and did so. These women, now in the ‘80s and ‘90s, are to be commended for all they have done. They went through the depression and WW2 and took care to make their family life special for their husband and children, their church, friends, neighbors. They worked many hours, day and night.  Women that wanted to learn and wasn’t afraid to work or try whatever needed to be done, they made part of this past 100 years a wonderful and innocent era for their children to grow up in. 

This is 2013, one hundred years after a much needed help system first began. This was a time like no other.  A system that helped many that wanted to learn what to do to give their family the best they could, in their time. 
Beaufort  County now has been blessed with a much needed, wonderfully sweet Liaison (County Agent): Louise Hinsley.

Home Demonstration is now ECA (EXTENTION and COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION).  May the tradition of helping continue!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seaboard Line Train #84 Rams Excursion Train, Killing William Jordan,1910

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

Rear End Collision at Raleigh

The Seaboard Air Line northbound train No. 84, at 1:10 Friday morning ran into the rear of an excursion train on the Southern Railway just returned from Durham, while standing under the shed of the Union Depot at Raleigh, killing one negro man named William Jordan, and injured probably fatally a colored man from Norfolk. Others injured were some half dozen.

N.C. Republican State Convention in Greensboro, 1910

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

N.C. Republican State Convention

Greensboro, N.C., Special—Preserving historic traditions of harmony and discounting prophesies of protracted warfare, the Republicans of North Carolina in convention assembled Wednesday afternoon elected Congressman John Motley Morehead state chairman by acclamation, put out a state ticket Wednesday night, and adjourned as a harmony assemblage that was heralded far and wide for weeks past as a likely free-for-all fight.

The convention adopted a platform which embodies a significant self-government plank, made radical reforms in its plan of organization and nominated candidates for the Supreme Court and the Corporation Commission.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Folks Using Liberty Bonds on Spending Jag, 1919

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

Getting Rid of Easy Money

One answer to the high cost of living problem is that people are holding their money too cheaply. Thousands of Americans who never were more than a dozen paces from the breadline are today owners of Liberty Bonds or some other form of securities and they have never learned the lessons which Ben Franklin sought to teach a growing nation. Some of the people are spending their Liberty Bonds. Their savings in these securities represent money that came comparatively easy, that is to say, the holdings were accumulated in small weekly or monthly payments, money that was hardly missed from the pay envelope.

The people are spending as furiously as they fought and worked in war times. They are on a spending “jag” so to speak, not only in this country where the fruits of victory seem to make spending a necessary part of the peace program, but in the rest of the world, not even omitting the countries of the Entente. The money of the times is apparently very cheap, it seems to come easily and go easily, but this condition can’t last indefinitely.

When spenders are free and easy, prices go up with equal ease. Those who hold their “easy” money too cheaply make hard buying for those who must part sparingly with their limited funds and, by the same token, those who demand luxuries without accounting the cost may expect to pay more for necessities. The trouble is not so much the high cost of living but the cost of high living.

Someone remarked very sagely that if all the wealth of the rich were equally distributed among those who have little or nothing, the rich would soon have it back again and the other class would being the same position as before the division was made. This the natural consequence because the rich, or the great proportion of that class learned to accumulate wealth by saving more quickly than the class that had never been accustomed to it.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Joe Cannon Returns to Wiscassett Mill, 1922

The Albemarle Press, Albemarle, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 10, 1922. Slogan under the banner: “The Press- The “Tongue” of the Country; May It Never Be Cut Out”

Operatives of Wiscassett Mill Give Great Ovation to Mr. Joe Cannon. . . Mr. Cannon Becomes General Manager of the Mills and His Return Gives Occasion to the Large Demonstration Showing Welcome to His Return…Mills Increase Work to Five Days in Week

The Directors of the Wiscassett Mills Company met in Tuesday for the purpose of electing officers. Since the death of Mr. J.W. Cannon, president, last year, there has been no permanent organization, and the meeting held Tuesday was one of considerable importance to the mill management. Mr. John Leslie of New York has been president since the death of Mr. Cannon, and we are told that he signified a desire not to be re-elected to the position. This vacancy fell naturally to Mrs. J.W. Cannon of Concord, and she was duly elected.

We give a list of the officers elected at the top of the adjoining column, and it is especially gratifying to the interested friends of this great institution in our midst that the old officers are to be retained—the men who have contributed to so much to the success of the mill.

During the past year or so, for health reasons and other causes, Mr. Joe F. Cannon has not been intimately connected with the management. But upon him, more than upon any one man, has been the management of the Wiscassett since its inception. That was in the latter part of 1903 that he was placed in charge, and about 18 years of the time following, he was operating the business course of the plant. He saw it grow from a beginning of 22,000 spindles to its present capacity of 94,000. And from a comparatively small plant to the giant and significant holdings of today, when eight mills, including the knitting department, together with 18 warehouses, two fine graded school buildings, park and pavilion, and one of the prettiest mill villages of the South.

During Mr. Cannon’s career with the mills, he became peculiarly popular, not only with the mill executives but alike with the operators. And his return to the general management was a final for a decided note of welcome on Tuesday evening in Wiscassett Park, staged by the operatives themselves.

A large crowd came out, and Professor Ludwig and his band were present to make inspiring music. A pyrotechnic display of fireworks in advance interested the large crowd, and when Mr. Cannon and some of his friends came to the stand in the pavilion, applause broke out.

Captain Thomas M. Denning, who has been associated with the mill here during the past years, as general superintendent, and who is reputed to be the best mill superintendent in the South today, made the remaining remarks. He started by stating that he was glad to say to the men and women and boys and girls of Wiscassett Mills, “I am glad after two years to see the ‘Old Boss’ back. He is a friend to all the people and has their interests at heart. I am glad that he has been re-elected, and I know our people are glad; because so large a number of them are out tonight.” Mr. Denning called Mr. Cannon to the stand.

Mr. Cannon said, “A am glad to be over again.” The speaker then reviewed the work and accomplishments of the Wiscassett Mill and its continued policy of expansion in becoming one of the largest mills in the state and of the South. This policy shall continue, and the speaker recognized that it has been possible only through the splendid co-operation on part of the people themselves. They are among the healthiest and best-looking people of any section of the land. The speaker was greeted in his address by prolonged applause.

Mr. Luther T. Hartsell of Concord spoke of “Joe” Cannon as a man of the people—one who mingles with the people. As school boys together, he and Joe ate pie from the same tin can. He has no false ideas of class.

Attorney R.L. Brown of Albemarle made a speech which called forth much mirth. He spoke in familiar terms of his relationship with “little Joe” as one who did things for people, and who would do much for Albemarle and for the mills under his management.

Professor Ludwig followed by saying that it was under Mr. Cannon that the band received its start, and they regarded him as a friend upon whom they could depend.

To the onlooker, the demonstration seemed to be one out of full hearts. The operatives seemed to want to show their appreciation of the fact that their former boss has returned, and to give evidence of their regard for him. If they show the same spirit of enthusiastic co-operation in their work as was manifest Tuesday evening, Mr. Cannon has just cause for feeling proud over the reception accorded him, and he has a large mission before him in living up to the expectancy of his people.

Mills to Run 5 Days in Week Instead of 4
During the demonstration, came the good news that the mills of Albemarle would increase the number of working days each week from four to five, and that very soon it is expected that they will be placed on full time. This means much to the business of Albemarle and the entire section, and comes as good news.

Officers Elected
President—Mrs. James W. Cannon
Vice President and General Manager—Joe F. Cannon
Treasurer—J.A. Groves
Secretary—M.A. Boger
General Superintendent—T.M. Denning

Monday, August 7, 2017

Earth Swallowing Houses, Trees in Virginia Town, 1910

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

Fear in Staunton…Earth Swallows Houses and Trees in Virginia Town…Geologist Goes to the Scene…Limestone Foundation Gradually Giving Away and Rivers Under Town…People Moving

Staunton, Va., Special—A two-story house and a large tree have been swallowed up into the earth, many other residences are sinking and have been abandoned by their occupants, and public buildings are endangered as the result of the boring of an 800-foot well in the public square here.

Wide cracks in the earth are spreading, threatening the post office and public school building. The walls of the school house already are cracked. Residents are much alarmed and heroic efforts are being made to prevent further caving of the earth.

Washington, Special—In response to an appeal to the geological survey from Staunton, Va., F.B. Van Hors, assistant chief geologist, has gone in to investigate the cave-ins, which have caused heavy property damage in the Virginia town. The theory held by the government geologist is that the trouble was caused by water percolating through the limestone, which underlies the entire sections, and thus has weakened the foundations of buildings and caused them to give way. Mr. Van Horn is familiar with the geological structure of that portion of Virginia and from press reports he judges that dissolving limestone is responsible for the trouble.

Mountain Scenes in Western North Carolina, 1919

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

Wonderful Mountain Scenes

Here is some fine rhetoric from a Burnsville Correspondent to the Toe River Herald:

“There seems at this season an alluring charm all out of doors. We go forth upon a mountain climb and watch the distant peaks rise up as we ascend. Passing through tangles of laurel, ferns and wonderful flowers which we are sure no one has ever seen the like, we reach the summit where it seems all creation to spread out before us, the dark blue heights of the distant peaks outlined above, the clouds below.

We are sure that of all wonderful scenes and the artful works of man, there is none to compare with the mountain scenes of Western North Carolina.”

Sunday, August 6, 2017

News From Across the State, Aug. 10, 1922

The Albemarle Press, August 10, 1922

State News
The Cone Mills at Greensboro have shut down for a two-week vacation, ending the 14th.

The Moore County News estimates that with last week’s wind-up, $3,000,000 was brought into that section this season through the crop of peaches.

Hickory is now concerned over getting an adequate water supply, and is planning to secure a gravity flow from Caldwell County at a distance of 15 miles, from Middle Little River.

Post office inspectors have finally apprehended the two thieves who robbed the post office at Oxford on March 8, 1920 of $34,000. The men were captured at Memphis, Tenn., last week.

Miss Mary Covington, daughter of the late D.A. Covington, was admitted to practice law last week before the court in session at Monroe conducted by Judge B.F. Long. It is not stated where she will practice.

The injunction issued by Judge Connor preventing striking employes from interfering with trains or employes of the A.C.L. Railroad is in force until September 2, says a Wilmington dispatch, but consent of all parties concerned.

J.L. Peake was convicted at Winston-Salem for the murder in the second degree of H.B. Ashburn, who was shot to death in his office there on last December. Judge Brock pronounced a sentence of 30 years upon the convicted man.

A terrific hail storm visited parts of Cabarrus, Rowan, Wilkes, Alexander, Catawba and Iredell counties last Thursday. It is said that stones large enough to split watermelons wide open fell, and reached a depth of 12 inches. Much damage was done to corn, cotton, and other crops.

Anson County, like other North Carolina sections, is claiming a good outlook for crops. Cotton probably the finest in years, despite the boll weevil, while the melon crop is providing a great factor. The “honey dew” cantaloupe has made its initial reputation this year in the county.

The North Carolina Cotton Growers’ Association is waging a sign-up drive to secure a total of 600,000 bales of cotton for the association. Dr. Clarence Poe was the first to sign the marketing contract, and his speech was made at Dunn Saturday in interest of the drive.

L.W. Barnhardt, a Trinity College man of the Class of 1921, has been elected professor of history in the technological high school for boys at Atlanta, Ga. Trinity College men seem to be quite popular in this Georgia city, as a number of them have won reputations in the Atlanta high schools.

“Judge” is a given name to a Charlotte lawyer and Republican who has been given a position in the prohibition unit under J.J. Britt at Washington City. The young ladies addressing Mr. Little without knowledge of the facts are said to have been somewhat embarrassed when they found out they were addressing a camouflage judge.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Thomas and Marvin Hager Winners in Gaston County Wheat Club, 1919

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

Good Wheat Yield

Thomas and Marvin Hager, aged 11 and 14 respectively, sons of Mr. J.A. Hager of Bessemer City R-1, are members of the Gaston County wheat club. Last year they won first and second prices competing with 27 members, raising 26 and 26 ½ bushels from one acre each. This year they expect to win first and second prizes again. Thomas raised from his acre this year 33 ¾ bushels of prolific and Marvin raised from his acre 33 ½ bushels of red chaff. The wheat this year followed alfalfa and red clover.

Mr. J.A. Hager, father of the boys, had 10 acres seeded to wheat this year which threshed out 221 bushels and made 428 bales of straw.

Friday, August 4, 2017

J.C. Chandler, 91, Still at Work at the Mill, 1942

From The Mill Whistle, Monday, Aug. 3, 1942

Young Fellow at 91

If you think you are getting too old to work just take a good look at the young fellow in the above picture. He is J.C. Chandler and is now in his 91st year, working as regularly as a clock and physically able to do a good deal more than a mere eight hours in the Sheeting Mill card room.

Mr. Chandler has been working for the company for more years than most of us have been living, and he is one of the most loyal employees that any company ever had. He has built himself a home out in the country near Draper, where he expects to retire some day and enjoy his old age, working his garden and puttering about the house. This truly remarkable man is universally liked and respected and his example of loyalty and perseverance is one we might do well to follow. Our hope is that his 100th birthday finds him as hale and hearty as he is today.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Farmers Institute at Sunnyside Was Success, 1919

The Eagle, Cherryville, N.C., L.H.J. Houser, editor, August 7, 1919 issue

The Farmers Institute at Sunnyside last Saturday was a grand success from every standpoint—large attendance, good picnic dinner, good speakers and sociability. Everybody likes to go to Sunnyside. There is not a more congenial people to be found in any section. Co-operation and progress are their watchwords. The nice, commodious new brick veneered school building in which the sessions of the institute were held testifies to this fact. The new modern brick church building recently constructed just a few hundred yards from the school building is other evidence of the community spirit and co-operation of the Sunnyside people. The young people of Sunnyside—Sample Hager, Walden Weaver, Gus Stroup, Tom Royster and many others have caught the co-operative and community spirit of their forebears—Sid Kiser, J. Kiser, I.H. Watts, Moses Stroup and others we can’t just now recall. The Sunnyside people will meet next Saturday night to consider the question of having a community fair this fall.

Mr. C. Lee Gowan, Gaston’s Farm Demonstrator, was master of ceremonies and had a program arranged which was interesting and beneficial to all present. Many useful suggestions were given by the speakers in regard to the growing of crops, health, house-keeping and live stock. And right here we want to say it isn’t what we know, it’s what we do with our knowledge that counts. Any study that is idle and adds nothing to a man’s stock in trade for his life work is wasted study. The man who knows a little and knows that little well is generally more useful to his fellow men than the man who has a smattering of all tongues and arts, and can practice none of them. Mere learning means nothing, the application of it is everything. Make these institutes count for something.