Sunday, February 16, 2020

Only $90 Raised of $425 Needed for Soldiers' Memorial Tablet, Feb. 16, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 16, 1920

More for the Tablet Fund

The latest contributors to the Tablet Fund are: G.A. Flowers, A.O. Davis, Henry B. Lane, Geo. W. Grady, Mrs. W.D. Adams, Bess Hackney Adams, W.D. Adams, Bill Adams Jr., Jas. H. Little, W.E. Bqrbour, Mrs. T.M. Washington, J.A. Corbett, Wiley Dew. We have only received $90 and we wanted $425. We are somewhat disappointed, and hope the people will take more interest in this matter. We feel this is very little for us to do in their memory—just One Dollar—when they gave their all for us. If you intend to contribute, please do so at once.
--James Dempsey Bullock

Complaints About Food Served Soldiers at Oteen Hospital, Feb. 16, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 16, 1920

Wouldn’t See a Reporter

Asheville, Feb. 14—Colonel W. H. Lysten, commanding officer at the United States General Hospital No. 19 at Oteen, when told by a reporter that a dispatch had been received here from Washington telling of a complaint made by two sick soldiers at the hospital regarding the food, not only refused to listen to the dispatch read over the telephone, but hung up the receiver in the reporter’s ear in the most discourteous manner. The telephone operator at the central exchange at the hospital, when called back, said that the officer refused to talk to any newspaper men after 10 o’clock at night.

This is not the first time complaints have been made to the Congressmen and Senators from this state at Washington regarding the poor food served the sick soldiers at Oteen, who are considered by many people as special wards of the Christian people of this city.

Flu Reports from Wilson, N.C., Feb. 16, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 16, 1920

Flu Cases Reported Today

Dr. Person, 6
Dr. Measley, 3
Dr. Strickland, 7
Dr. Mitchell, 3
Dr. Hackney, 40


Whole Family Sick

Mr. Charlie Mercer of near Black Creek and his entire family are down with the flu and he has pneumonia. They are badly in need of a nurse.


Two Out

Wright Bynum and James Norfleet, two faithful colored drivers of the mail wagons, were out sick today, and Mr. Griffin is right on the job.


With the Sick

Mr. A.D. McGowen is no better today.

Mrs. W.T. Lamm is in one of our local hospitals sick with the flu.

Miriam Ashford is improving.

Mrs. S.B. Denny is improving.

Mayor Hill is down with the flu. His daughter Mary Gilliam, is improving.

Mr. R.E. Townsend is sick with the flu.

Mr. Douglas Hackney is slowly improving from the flu.

Mr. J.W. Thomas is down with the flu.

Mrs. W.S. Whitson is better today.

Since Negro's Emancipation by G.E. Nelson, February 1920

From The Badin Bulletin, February, 1920

Since Negroes’ Emancipation

By G.E. Nelson

The first day of the new year 1920 was known in the heart of the Negro race throughout America as Emancipation Day. It is only a remembrance of that great day brought to bear by Abraham Lincoln more than a half-century ago, when more than 4 millions of Negro men, women, and children were released from the bonds of slavery. The significance of this day should be taught every American colored child, in order that he may know that it has not been a thousand years since he has had the chance to help shape the life of the faithful members of his race after the pattern of a high and commanding idea.

Since the year that the negro has been proclaimed a free American citizen, he has stretched out into every phase of human activity and work. The colored man constitutes more than three-fifths of the working class of people in America, and it is said that “Since the majority of negroes are in the working class, their permanent interests are as workers.” Very often you can see in the daily papers where the working class of men cause the attention of the world to turn toward them, as the medium through which they live and enjoy the pleasures of life. If this be so, that the negroes can in less than a century constitute more than three-fifths of the great body which turns the wheel that shapes the life and pleasures of the people of this country, it should destroy fear, cast down mistrust, and reveal to him the glorious relationship between him and the highest, and show him that he must be a friend of God’s, it points to a grander destiny for him.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Valentine's Manual of Old New York, 1920, is Online

If you'd like to read the Valentine's Manual, the Smithsonian has it online at

News From Friends Across Polk County, Feb. 13, 1920

From the Polk County News and Tryon Bee, Feb. 13, 1920

News From Our Friends Over the County


Claude Gilbert, son of L.J. Gilbert, was taken to Asheville Saturday on train 9 by R.L. Newman, Chief of Police, under a warrant issued by the war department, charging him with desertion of the army.

The Saluda Seminary has been closed for a few days as a precaution against the flu, there being several cases of a mild form among the leading students. We hope it will soon pass over, as the school has been doing fine work this year under the able management of Prof. Stevens and his corps of splendid teachers. They have been occupying their new buildings since the beginning of the fall therm, and have been going nicely until now.

Mrs. H.P. Corwith now has the pleasure of entertaining her aunt, Mrs. A.P. Thomas, and cousin, Miss Gertrude Thomas, of Rockford, Ill., who arrived here last Friday for a short stay. Hope the weather will be good while the ladies are here so they may enjoy their visit to the fullest extent.

Mr. O.B. Garren is hope for a few days from Newberry, S.C., where he has been for some time. He reports plenty of work there in the building line.

Dr. G.R. Little is continually doing something in the way of improvements to his already fine drug store. Just now he is putting in glass doors to all his shelves, so all his goods will be protected from the dust, thereby making the store more sanitary, as well as improving the beauty of the interior.

Miss Elizabeth Burns, one of the teachers at the Saluda Seminary, was suddenly called to the bedside of her sister in New York, who is very ill.

Mr. L.R. Luten and family motored up from Greenville on Monday last, coming through by Mountain Page church, report a good trip, finding the roads better than was expected.

Mr. J.M. Delock, who recently moved to the Huggins place, has returned home from a trip to Columbia, S.C., where he was attending court.

Mr. Fred Bailey is away for a few days with friends at Columbia, S.C.

Rev. W.A. Creason was called away from an interesting meeting in Alabama to be home with his family who are sick in influenza. We are glad to say that they are some better now.

Mrs. D.W. Pace is quite ill with influenza.

Mr. W.F. Little of Tryon spent Sunday with his brother, Dr. G.R. Little. Mr. W.F. is looking fine and seems to be doing all right in his present location. But, we would be mighty glad if he would make his home in Saluda, and be one of us as of yore. Anyway, come up as often as you can, Brother Frank. We are always glad to see you.

Mr. Bush, the worthy editor of the Polk County News, was in town Saturday, hustling around in his energetic way, attending to business for his own as well as other people’s interest. His slogan is “Boost others and they will Boost you.” Not a bad idea.


No services of any kind last Sunday in our village as thought best not to congregate the people, thus avoid all chances of flu. But quite a number of young people congregated Saturday night for a dance at the home of Mr. C.B. Edwards Sr. Inconsistency hath no bounds.

Miss Ophelia Thompson has been quite indisposed for several days.

Mr. Austin Hart of Flat Rock with his family have moved into our city one day last week, and is employed by the Tryon Hosiery Co.

The incorporated community election last Saturday for Bonds to build a better school building, etc., resulted in a majority in favor of the bond.

It is rumored that some of same parties opposed the school bond at Columbus that opposed the bond here last Saturday.

It is said that several voted against the School Bond last Saturday in Lynn that could not read or write and who had large families to school also owned no real estate to be taxed.

The Soldiers Memorial Association Directors met at Columbus last Saturday, as per call of president, and a few of the faithful were on hand. The directors discussed the plan of better organization, also style and cost of a fitting memorial.

Mr. N.W. Randall ran down to Shelby on business last Tuesday.

At this writing Mr. P.N. Hood is on the sick list being confined to his room.

Mr. T.A. Rippy and family have had a little epidemic of their own of the sore eyes.

It is reported that some were influenced to vote against the School Bond last Saturday by the aid of a little Booze. How does that sound?

It is said that some who had large families of children and no real estate voted against the Bond, while some others who did own real estate and had no children voted for the Bond last Saturday. It’s real funny how we all look at things, especially when a little tax figures in the proposition.

Miss Nora Jones is confined to her room with a case of old-fashioned sore eyes.

Mr. H.M. Covil ran down to Spartanburg last Tuesday.

Mr. Fred E. Swann left last Monday for High Point to buy furniture for his firm, the Ballenger Company.

Mr. (Mrs.?) John Rhodes left last Sunday for Atlanta to buy her spring stock of millinery.

Cedar Mountain News

Mr. Edward Anderson is having a new building erected on his farm.

Miss Bessie Foster and brother Barnard Foster spent last week-end visiting Miss Bettie Edwards at Landrum, S.C.

Miss Lucile Foster, one of the best Polk County teachers, has returned to her home after closing her school. Every one is glad to have Miss Foster home again.

Miss Beatrice Owens was the guest of Misses Lucile and Bessie Foster Monday afternoon.

Mr. G.W. Foster is steadily improving his farm. He has been busy for some time sowing grass and clover, and if his improvements continue, he will soon have a splendid as well as a beautiful place.
Mr. L.E. Hipp, one of our most up-to-date farmers, is always fixing things so he can do more work, by way of adding new machinery to his outfit, and has also ordered a new truck, so he will be able to handle his wood with speed and profit.


Two weeks of very disagreeable weather have passed and now we hope at least for better.

Lagrippe or flu has visited us. Clement Arledge and Walt Burgess’ entire families, we learn, have had it more or less seriously—better now.

Wm. C. Pace’s family have had the flu for the past week, but not very seriously.

Manning Case of Upward has been building the chimneys for I. Henderson’s new home the past week. I Henderson will move Tuesday into his new home.

Dr. Hooper came into the cove last Friday to see the Pace’s on professional business.

T.W. Bradley sang for the Mountain Grove choir Sunday last, and will sing for the Mount Lebanon choir on next Sunday.

Wm. Morgan visited in this section last week. His cancer, while not painful, is rapidly progressing and will soon end the career of a hard-working stout man.

Now as for the elections, voting for or against taxes for schools and the county home, which will be on, we will say that all or very nearly all true men are willing to build schools, churches, county homes or anything else that will elevate the county; but judging from the past, the way the public money has been squandered on roads, county home and school funds, wise, hardworking, honest men will be slow to vote another tax on themselves without some guarantee that the money will be used for what it is paid.

We have just learned that Curtis Newman is confined with grippe.

Melvin Hill

The flu has visited this little town again, but the patients are all on the mend now.

Mrs. McIntire, an aged lady, passed away last Friday night at the home of her son. She was somewhere in ninety, and had been ailing for some time.

We are glad to note that those who had the flu last winter are not having it this winter.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Henderson has been staying with their son Philips and family for the past two weeks, nursing them through the flu.

The Bible School closed here Friday and the teacher, Elder C.B. Miller, went into Mitchell county and is teaching there.

Mr. Tom Waldrop and family have moved to Henrietta.

The Melvin Hill correspondent has been down with the flu for the past two weeks.

It seems that the ground pig didn’t see his shadow although he might have seen it if he came out in the nick of time, when the sun shown for about five minutes on ground hog day.

News From Across the Nation, Feb. 13, 1920

From the Polk County News and Tryon Bee, Feb. 13, 1920

News of the Nation

The campaign against food profiteers and hoarders has netted a total of 896 arrests, the department of justice announces. While only a small number of these cases have been brought to trial, these prosecutions so far resulted in 28 convictions, officials say.

Definite plans for the first nationwide aggressive political campaign by organized labor to control congress and elect friendly national and state officials have been made by a committee of the American Federation of Labor and, it is stated, will be announced soon.

Pending a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on the constitutionality of the farm loans act, all future applications for loans from federal farm loan banks will be held in abeyance, Farm Loan Commissioner Norris announces.

District Attorney Charles F. Clyne brought suit in the circuit court of appeals at Chicago to have Victor Berger, convicted Socialist congressman, sent to Leavenworth penitentiary to serve out his 10-year sentence. The suit is based on new evidence alleged to have been procured.

Virtually the entire detective force of New York is searching for some clue which may lead to the arrest of the murderer of Miss R. Constance Hoxie, the talented 17-year-old music student who was brutally slain with a hammer in her home in West 88th street. The police are in doubt as to whether the girl was killed by an acquaintance or by a man who called to rent a room.

Two trainmen are known to have been killed and 15 to 25 negroes are believed dead in the wreck of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern passenger train, which plunged through an open drawbridge over the Tensas River in Louisiana.

Six children—two sets of triplets—within 15 months is the birth record in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Posey Livingstone of Albany, Alabama. The second trio of children were born February 2, and all are well.

Damages running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars at St. Augustine, Florida, have resulted from a tremendous downpour of rainfall, which amounted to 14.55 inches in 40 hours.

The potato section around St. Augustine, Fla., is under water, and the loss to that crop is estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.

Announcement by the prosecution at Tombstone, Arizona, that dismissal of the charges against three defendants because of absence of witnesses was being considered, was followed by abrupt adjournment of court in the trial of 210 men charged with kidnapping in connection with the deporting of 1,186 striking copper miners and they sympathizers at Bisbee, Arizona, in 1917.

Robert P. Hamilton Jr., University of Virginia graduate, Charlottesville, Va.; Paul Robinson Norton, Princeton University graduate, Princeton, N.J.; and Theodore S. Wilder, Oberlin College graduate, 1875 East 24th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, have been selected as the three Rhodes scholars at large allotted to the United States by the Rhodes trustees because of the unprecedented completion for the 64 scholarships filled last November.

An outline of what the government expects to prove against Truman H. Newberry, U.S. Senator, and his 123 associates, charged with conspiracy in connection with the 1918 senatorial campaign, was started in the federal district court at Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Frank D. Dailey, special assistant attorney general.

Drastic reduction in the number of national bank depositories is being made by the treasury department, with the result that less than 400 of the 1,331 such institutions holding federal funds on June 30, 1919, are expected to survive the pruning knife.

The Influenza Situation in North Carolina, Feb. 13, 1920

From the Polk County News and Tryon Bee, Feb. 13, 1920

The Influenza Situation

An abatement of influenza in North Carolina, with the situation in Asheville and Catawba county storm centers, under control, was indicted in reports to the State Board of Health from various counties of the State.

Decided improvement was reported to the State Board of Health for conditions in Asheville and two mill communities in Catawba county, but press reports from Asheville were to the effect that this declined was accompanied with an increase in pneumonia cases.

Because of the early closing ours of the County Health Department, reports were not available for Raleigh and Wake county. Meredith College, Peace Institute and St. Mary’s without a case of influenza in any of them, established quarantines. This, it was pointed out, is purely a precautionary measure.

At the Methodist Orphanage the crest of the epidemic, it is thought, has been reached, and while no new cases were reported, some of the 200 or more children are quite sick. Three or four pneumonia cases have developed.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Editorial in The Independent Refuses Ads For Patent Medicine Infamous Propaganda, Feb. 13, 1920

From the editorial page of The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

Infamous Propaganda

Of all the infamous propaganda with which the newspapers of the country are filled to-day, the propaganda of the patent medicine crooks is the most damnable. Taking advantage of the public fear of Influenza, the medical vendors are creating a very epidemic of hysteria by filling the newspapers with startling advertisements designed to make everybody feel they will have the Flu and inciting people to fill their systems full of this and that nostrum to save themselves. And the newspapers that take the filthy money of these patent medicine crooks and spread their propaganda are not honest enough or intelligent enough to tell their readers in bold type that the best way to cultivate a serious case of Influenza is to fear it and weaken your powers of resistance by taking drugs.

This newspaper does not print this hysterical, fear-provoking, disease-breeding medical advertising. When The Independent has to stoop to that dirty business to meet its payroll, then The Independent will be for sale to the highest bidder.

There is a drug store in Elizabeth City that is giving the public clean, honest, wholesome and invaluable advise as how to avoid the Flu. The Apothecary Shop in its advertisement in this newspaper says: “Avoid colds and influenza by keeping your feet warm, avoiding exposure to drafts, eating simply and regularly and refraining from worry. Eat fruits and green vegetables to keep the bowels open. Exercise freely.”

That’s the sanest, healthiest and most skillful piece of drug store publicity I have seen. It deals frankly with the public. And that is the kind of advertising that pays. The value of all advertising is measured by the public confidence and good will it creates.

A.J. Bailey, Norris Owens, Capt. R.C. Owens Have Died, February 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

A.J. Bailey Died

A.J. Bailey, for five years keeper of the Pasquotank County Home, died last Friday morning at the age of 78 years. He had been in feeble health for several years.

He is survived by three daughters and four sons. The daughters are Mrs. Alice Madrin, Mrs. Gertrude Haskett, Mrs. A.C. Garrett, all of this city. The sons are George Bailey of Norfolk, and Ben, Harry and Claude Bailey of this city.

Mrs. Bailey will give up her position as matron of the County Home, to the keen regret of the inmates and county officials. On account of the feeble condition of her husband for several years the details of the management of the Home have been in Mrs. Bailey’s hands and she has discharged the work skillfully and efficiently.


Lived One Year to a Day After His Wife’s Death

Norris B. Owens, age 76, an old and highly respected resident of Currituck County, died at his home in that county Sunday, Feb. 8, just one year after the death of his wife, Mrs. Frances Owens, who died Feb. 8, 1919.


Captain R.C. Owens Died

The remains of Capt. R.C. Owens, who died in Norfolk Feb. 5, were buried here last Saturday. Capt. Owens was 44 years old and had been ill three weeks with pneumonia. He leaves a wife and three children. He was a native of Dare County but later moved to Elizabeth City and lived here until 15 years ago. He had also lived in Baltimore for a number of years.

His five brothers, Amos Owens, R.L. Owens, F. Owens, and R.D. Owens, live in Elizabeth City. (Only four were listed in paper.) His two sisters, Mrs. B.S. Swindell and Mrs. O.R. Woolford, live in Baltimore.

Cost of Living Rose 80-plus Percent During War and Additional 10 Percent Since Armistice Signed, Feb. 13, 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

Costs Still Going Up

According to a resume given out on the last of December by the National Industrial Conference Board the cost of living has increased between 80 and 85 per cent since the beginning of the war. Living costs have increase 10.4 per cent, since the Armistice.

During December last food prices increased 5 per cent. Figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Department of Labor show that the general trend of prices upwards during the month for all necessities.

Schedule of increases from July 1914, to November 1919 is as follows:

Food, 92 per cent
Shelter, 38 per cent
Clothing, 135 per cent
Fuel, heat and light, 48 per cent
Sundries, 75 per cent.

The table of increases from July to November 1919 is as follows:

Food, 1 per cent
Shelter 7.8 per cent
Clothing, 15 per cent
Fuel, heat and light, 4 per cent
Sundries, 7 per cent.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Smithsonian Researcher F.L.J. Boettcher Dies of Flu, Feb. 8, 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

Master of 20 Million Words Died Feb. 8th. . . F.L.J. Boettcher, Brother of Wm. Boettcher of Elizabeth City, Was a Hard Working Scientist                                            

F.L.J. Boettcher, a brother of Wm. Boettcher of this city, died of pneumonia at his home in Washington, D.C., last Friday. He was 68 years old.

F.L.J. Boettcher was a student and a scientist of great versatility and ability. He did much notable work for the Smithsonian Institution and the past 25 years of his life had been spent largely in the perfection of a universal language, a work which required the collection, translation, classification and co-ordination of more than 20 million words in several hundred languages and dialects. The great work in which he spent so many years labor will probably die with its originator.

The deceased is survived by a wife, who is at this time the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Boettcher on Pennsylvania avenue.

Dr. N.H. Whitehill Here to Direct War on Hog Cholera, Feb. 13, 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920      

Will Direct War on Hog Cholera Here. . . Dr. N.H. Whitehill Takes Up Work Formerly Carried on Here by F.D. Owen

Dr. N.H. Whitehill has arrived in the city and will make his headquarters here while he engages in the work of eradicating hog cholera in the counties of Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie and Dare.

Dr. Whitehill will continue organizing the work as it was begun by Dr. F.D. Owen a few years ago. He will assist the serum administrators, give his help in diagnosis, and keep the work going throughout the section as thoroly as possible.

Dr. Whitehill has secured an office in the Chamber of Commerce rooms.

Impassable Roads Keep Mary Winsor From Her Speech on Equal Suffrage, Feb. 13, 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

Bad Roads Too Much for a Suffragette. . . Representative of National Woman’s Party Has Horrible Experience in Auto Between Elizabeth City and Norfolk

A large audience assembled at the Alkrama Theatre at 3 o’clock last Sunday to hear Miss Mary Winsor of the National Woman’s Party discuss the subject of equal suffrage, missed a corking good speech on the subject of bad roads. Miss Winsor missed her train out of Norfolk Sunday morning and attempted to get to Elizabeth City in an automobile, being assured by two jitney drivers that they could bring her thru for $25. Leaving Norfolk at 10:30 o’clock Sunday morning, Miss Winsor got within four miles of Elizabeth City by 4 o’clock that afternoon, after having been pulled out of the mud three different times. She finished the journey into Elizabeth City thru the kindly co-operation of an old Negro a mule and a cart.

And so the standard bearer for the Woman’s National Party, whose emblem is white, purple and gold, made her anything but triumphal entry into Elizabeth City at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, too late to get her audience by the tail. Miss Winsor is a veteran suffragist and one of the ablest speakers in the cause. She has traveled all over Europe and has crossed and recrossed the American continent in the cause of suffrage, and this was the first time she ever missed a lecture engagement. She has promised to write an account of her experience for this newspaper and it promises to be a lively contribution to the literature on North Carolina roads.

Miss Winsor was disappointed but not daunted. She says she will come to Elizabeth City again and get that speech off on an Elizabeth City audience, spite of our impassable roads.

In the absence of Miss Winsor, Sunday afternoon’s audience was pleasantly entertained by local talent. Mrs. Fred W. Simons sang two numbers, accompanied by Mrs. I.M. Meekins at the piano. Secretary Case of the Chamber of Commerce made a 30-minute speech.

60 Cases Flu Reported in Elizabeth City, Feb. 13, 1920

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920

60 Cases of Flu Reported This Week

About 60 mild cases of Influenza or La Grippe have been reported by local Medicos this week. The cases generally are of a mild nature. City Officer Dr. Wm. A. Peters in a published statement this week urges all persons who have symptoms of Influenza to go to bed and take no chances. He urged all persons who have Influenza to keep their children away from schools, churches, theaters or any public gatherings.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

On The Sick List in High Point, N.C., Feb. 12, 1920

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Feb. 12, 1920

On the Sick List

C.B. Spell is seriously ill at his home here with influenza.

J.L. Chernault has been quite ill at his home on Richardson street. He has been confined for several days.

John A. Holmes of the Welborn Furniture company is suffering from an attack of la grippe.

Miss Mabel Ivey is ill at the home of Mrs. Brown on West High street with influenza.

Mrs. John W. Price is confined to her apartment in the Redding building with la grippe.

Mrs. Al Moffitt, who has been ill for several days at her home on Richardson street, is reported improved.

John McIntyre and two other members of his family who have been ill with influenza are better.

Mrs. Helen Spivey is ill with influenza.

George Sheffield, who has been sick with influenza, was reported improving today.

Rev. P.D. Brown is confined to his home with illness.

Mrs. A.S. Parker is ill with influenza.

Allan Crowson, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Crowson, who has been confined for several days to his home on Rowland Park on account of the influenza, is recovering.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Brooks and daughter, Miss Emily, are improving from a siege of the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jarrett have been confined to their home with the influenza.

Mrs. Will Snow and son, William, are ill with la grippe.

Misses Jennie and Annie Miner are confined to their rooms with la grippe.

J. Wesley Smith is improving from an attack of influenza.

Mrs. William P. Ragan and two of her sons, Edward and W.P. Jr., are ill at their home on West High street.

A.E. Wall is confined to his home on Willowbrook street with influenza.

Miss Lillian Smith, daughter of W.L. Smith, has been confined to her home with influenza.

Mrs. S.D. Clapp and son, Paul, are suffering from the influenza at their home on Willowbrook street.

Hugh Hamilton, Hamilton street, returned to his home here Friday from Davidson on account of the flu situation there.

Miss Alice Riddick is much better after having been quite ill for several days with the influenza.

Little Joseph Weaver Jr. and sister Betty Gwinn, children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weaver, Roland Park, are ill at their home.

Mrs. A.M. Greer is rapidly recovering from an operation which she underwent last week at High Point hospital.

Aunt Lizzie Hargrave is sick.

Manager Crooks of Efird’s has the flu, sorry to note.

Cletus Chadwick, aged 24, died of flu at Jamestown Tuesday.

The editor’s entire family, including negro cook and wash woman, have and are feeling the effects of flu and event the cats and other domestics around the place appear to have a sympathetic ailment.

F.B. Stoner is improving after an illness of several days.

Miss Mildred Massey is improving after suffering from a severe attack of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jarrett are much better after having been confined to their home on Main Street for the past week with influenza.

Miss Viola Foust is suffering with a severe cold.

Henry Poole returned Sunday night from Granite Quarry where he went to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Cora Holselser, who died at her home there Saturday and was buried Sunday.

Mrs. T.E. McGee is ill at her home on East Green Street.

Mrs. Frank Gurley is confined to her home on West Green street with a severe cold.

Ernest Beck, who has been very ill of the influenza is improving.

Mrs. J.M. Cross, who has been visiting her brother, C.M. Cecil of Greensboro, who has been quite ill of influenza, returned Friday afternoon to her home here.

Mrs. J.V. Wilson is confined to her home on Lindsay street with an attack of the influenza.

The friends here of Misses Josephine Wood and Mary Ring will regret to learn that they are both suffering of influenza, being confined to their rooms at Greensboro College for Women.

Miss Esther Minard is ill with the influenza, it was announced this morning.

Miss E.L. Stoner, who has been confined to her home for the past week, still continues ill.

Don Stone, 38, Dies of Tuberculosis

Funeral services over the remains of Don F. Stone, aged 38 years, who died of tuberculosis at Asheville Wednesday, were held at the grave in Oakwood cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.A. Clarke, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Cashiers at Home Banking and Bank of Commerce Out With Flu, Feb. 12, 1920

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Feb. 12, 1920

Flu Causes Much Trouble

The banks have suffered considerably during the flu epidemic. The cashier at the Home Banking Company and the cashier at the Bank of Commerce were both out with the flu, as well as other help. In fact all lines of business have suffered and help is short. It would have been a pretty good idea to have offered jobs to the school teachers while they are out of school. Also the Boy Scouts could perform good service in the cause.

Greensboro Post Office Hit Hard By Flu Epidemic, Feb. 12, 1920

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Feb. 12, 1920

Post Office Hit Hard by the Flu Epidemic. . . 12 Employes Out and No Substitutes Available

The influenza epidemic raging in Greensboro is no respecter of persons or business. It has fastened itself upon the mighty as well as upon the citizen of low degree. It has crippled small businesses and the United States government is not immune. The post office, in fact, is about as hard hit as any business in Greensboro. Postmaster Cooke has 12 clerks and carriers out, or about 25 per cent of his force. He has no substitutes available and the business and the government, at least part of it, must go by default. Mr. Cooke has succeeded thus far in maintaining once a day delivery of first class mail in the city, but the rural routes have suffered while it has not been possible to deliver parcel post.

On Route No. 2, the route going out by the John Young place, there has been no delivery service for two days. Rural Carrier Will Wharton, who is on that route, is ill and no substitute has been found. But the Daily News, which is also crippled by the influenza epidemic, went to the aid of the post office and the people of that section and endeavored to give service. One of its employees, Harry Wharton, took a Daily News truck and carried the route. Postmaster Cooke has called for help, but help is hard to find.

The post office is not by any means the only place of business affected by the influenza. It is probable that there is not a business in Greensboro but what has suffered or is now suffering. The railroad is hard hit. It is understood that there are not enough men crews to handle freights and the freight service is uncertain and far behind. It is said that in Greensboro alone there are between 100 and 125 railroad employes not at work. All, however, are not sick. But those who are not ill and not at work are required at home to look after other members of their family who are ill.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Flu Situation as of Feb. 11, 1920, in Wilson, N.C.

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 11, 1920

The Flu Situation in Wilson

The increase in the number of cases both in town and country is considerable today, and the situation requires careful attention on the part of every one. There were two deaths in the past 48 hours, that of Mr. Taylor and the Ellis child.

All the doctors in the county and the city are not reporting to the health authorities but those who are as follows:

There were 32 new cases yesterday with one case of pneumonia. Today six deaths were reported in the county with 115 new cases.

Dr. McClees of Elm City reports two new cases.

Dr. Pearson of Stantonsburg reports 11 cases.

Dr. Brooks of Elm City, 9 cases.

Dr. Powell of Stantonsburg reports 9 cases.

Dr. Mitchell reports 9 cases.

Dr. Hackney of Lucama reports 16 cases.

Dr. I.W. Lamm of Lucama reports 7 cases.

The Moore-Herring hospital physicians report 39 cases of influenza and eight cases of pneumonia.

State Prisoners Moved From Caledonia Farm in Halifax County to Raleigh Prison, Feb. 11, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 11, 1920

Remove Prisoners From State Farm

Raleigh, Feb. 11—Several hundred prisoners confined at the Caledonia farm in Halifax county will be brought to Raleigh next week and placed in the state prison here until new quarters planned for the state prisoners on the prison farm eight miles from the city are made ready, probably some time later in the summer. The Caledonia farm will be abandoned by the state and turned over to the purchasers who bought it at auction last December.

Engineer B.R. Sowers Injured When Train Strikes Cow, Feb. 11, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 11, 1920

Cow Knocks Locomotive Off Railroad Track

Asheville, Feb. 10—When a switch engine on the Topton and Rhode struck a cow, the engine and tender were derailed and Engineer B.R. Sowers was injured. The cow was killed and the engine and tender were considerably damaged.

The engine turned a curve, it was stated, but owing to the short distance between the engine and the cow it was impossible for the engineer to stop his engine before the cow was struck. Mr. Sowers remained at his post and was thrown to the ground sustaining several very painful injuries.

W.P. McAllister Elected Illegally, Says Judge Allen; Case Appealed, Feb. 11, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., February 11, 1920

Welfare Head Held Illegally Elected

Lumberton, Feb. 1—W.P. McAllister, who has been serving as county welfare officer in Robeson, was declared illegally elected, the office declared vacant by Judge O.H. Allen, when the case started against Mr. McAllister by J.N. Buie of Red Springs, was argued before him on an agreed statement of facts. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court.

Monday, February 10, 2020

News Reports In And Around Monroe, Feb. 10, 1920

From The Monroe Journal, February 10, 1920

The Latest Happenings In and Around Monroe

Mr. Brooks Myers is ill with influenza.

Mr. Sebron Polk, well-known citizen of North Monroe, is seriously ill with pneumonia. His recovery is extremely doubtful.

The consensus of opinion among doctors is that the influenza epidemic is on the wane. Many people are ill, but few new cases have developed.

An improvement in the condition of Mr. E.J. Bivens, who has been seriously ill for several weeks, is reported today.

Mr. and Mrs. Brady Simpson are seriously ill at their home in Goose Creek township with pneumonia. Little hope is held out for the recovery of Mrs. Simpson, though it is believed Mr. Simpson will manage to successfully combat the disease.

Mr. Ray Funderburk, county superintendent, is ill with influenza and will not be able to be at his hoffice this week. The teachers’ meeting has been postponed until further notice. Mr. Funderburk requests teachers be prepared to stand an examination on Davis’ “Work of the Teacher,” which will be given in a few weeks.

The Monroe Iron and Metal Company has opened a branch office in Lenoir.

Mr. Fay Efird has entered the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, Mass.

Next Saturday will be the last day for listing polls, personal and real property under the revaluation act for Monroe township.

The Monroe Vulcanizing company is offering a ton-tested automobile tube free during the month of February to all purchasers of Pennsylvania Vacuum cup tires.

Mr. T.L. Crowell, who has been treasurer of the Masonic Lodge for the past three years resigned last Friday at their regular meeting. Mr. Crowell’s grand-father, the late Col. A.H. Crowell, was treasurer of the lodge for a number of years over 45 years ago.

Mr. Walter McCorkle’s loyalty to the city came very near costing him his life the other day. He is a member of the fire department, and when the fire alarm was turned in Saturday, which proved to be false, he hastened to the city hall to board the fire wagon. As a result of the exposure he was again taken badly ill.

An airship passed over Monroe yesterday afternoon. It was thought by some to have been operated by Lieut. Melvin B. Maynard, the “Flying Parson,” who, the papers announced a few days ago, was coming to North Carolina to secure recruits for the army. However, it was learned this morning that he was in New York state.

Mr. George Helms died yesterday at his home on Wadesboro avenue at the advanced age of 69 years. He had been ill about a week. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 3 o’clock by his pastor, Rev. John W. Moore, and interment was in the Monroe cemetery. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Messrs. Rufus and Luther Helms. The deceased was a good citizen. For a number of years he was miller for J. Shute & Sons, and was in their employ when he had the misfortune to lose his right arm.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wolfe of Waxhaw are still in Spencer with Mr. Wolfe’s father, Mr. S.S. Wolfe, who has been seriously ill for several days. News received Saturday stated his condition was not improved. His many Waxhaw friends wish for him a speedy recovery.

The Gordon Insurance and Investment Company continued to win recognition from the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company, whom they represent in the two Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. The latest is a silver loving cup which is on display in the Monroe Hardware Company window. On it is the following inscription: “Presented to the Gordon Insurance and Investment Company, State Agts. For North and South Carolina for the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company, in honor of their producing five millions of paid insurance business during the year 1919.”

Mr. T.B. Sullivan writes his kinsman, Mr. P.B. Blakeney, that he plans to have the Chicago White Sox baseball team, of which he is part owner, train at Monroe in the spring of 1921. He has made a couple of visits here in the past 12 months and was so impressed with the climate that he desires to bring his players here. Mr. Sullivan is about 60 years old, is very wealthy, and in good health for a man of his years. He likes North Carolina, having bought a farm near Elizabeth City some years ago. Mr. Sullivan wants one of Mr. Blakeney’s boys to accompany his team on its South American tour this year.

The Mutual Banking and Trust Company is a new corporation with an authorized capital of $50,000, for Marshville. The incorporators are Messrs. R.C. Newsome and E.H. Moore. They plan to secure banking quarters in the building now occupied by Mr. J.M. Meigs, but it will be some time before they can commence business. Mr. Newsome is one of Marshville’s largest business men, while Mr. Moore is the Seaboard agent at that place.

Nitrate of soda will play an important part in the interesting case between a landlord and tenant, which will be heard at the civil term of Superior court next week. The landlord, Mr. J. Walter Griffin, of Lanes Creek township, is suing his tenant, Mr. H.M. Mullis, for half of the crop, alleging that he rented the land on this basis. The tenant, in his answer to the complaint of the defendant, declares Mr. Griffin promised to deliver him a certain amount of nitrate of soda to be used on the land; and that the soda was not delivered to him until the planting season was over. In consequence of Mr. Griffin’s failure to furnish him with nitrate of soda at the proper time, Mr. Mullis says he only delivered one-fourth of the crop to him.

Mr. J.L. Price, a native of Union county who has been involved in a number of real estate transactions in Gaston county for the past year or more, is lodged in jail at Gastonia, where he was placed Friday following his arrival from Spartanburg in company with a policeman. Mr. Price was arrested upon warrants sworn out by T.J. Redmond on charges of false pretenses, embezzlement, etc. There are five or six cases, and his bond in each case is $2,000. He was given a hearing this morning. Until recently Mr. Price was considered one of the most prominent business men in Gastonia. He operated on a large scale, it is said. He is well known in this county.

Bigamy is alleged in an action for divorce, instituted by Enoch Hart, colored, against his wife, Francis Perry, which has been set for the February term of court, which convenes here Feb. 16. Enoch was married October 26, 1906. Since then he learned that Francis had a living husband.

Marshville News of the Flu (by Mrs. J.S.H.)

The influenza situation, so far as the spread of the disease is concerned, is better, no new cases having developed within the past 48 hours. However a number of cases of pneumonia have developed among those who are already stricken, which is causing considerable anxiety among the citizens. Dr. Peeler of Salisbury and Dr. Lonnie Smith of Polk ton are still here doing all they can to relieve the situation. All of the local doctors are once more able to go, and three trained nurses of Atlanta are assisting the doctors dividing their time among the worst cases. Some of the ones who were first taken are able to be out again. All stores will likely reopen during the week.

Dr. and Mrs. S.B. Bivens and Dr. Stokes Hamilton spent Sunday here with relatives. Mrs. Bivens will spend the week with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. A. Marsh, who are recovering from influenza.

Seabron Blair, oldest son of Dr. M.P. Blair, is very ill with pneumonia. The latest report from him says he is holding his own.

Mr. James Morgan returned Saturday from the Presbyterian hospital in Charlotte where he has been for a month recovering from pneumonia.

Miss Pauline Estridge of Rutherfordton arrived Sunday to be with her aunt, Mrs. Frank L. Harrell. Mr. and Mrs. Harrell are recovering from influenza.

Mr. J.C. Little of Raleigh is recovering from influenza at the home of his mother near town. He came to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law, Mrs. John Little, and was taken ill almost at once. His mother has bene critically ill but is improving.

Mr. John W. McCain Jr. who has been attending Newberry College has returned home as the school has closed to prevent the spreading of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Massey spent Tuesday in Davidson with their son Henry who is real sick with pneumonia.

Dr. Guion, who has been real sick with pneumonia for the past few weeks, is improving fact now and is able to sit up. We hope that in a few more days he will be able to get back to his practice.

Dr. McCaine is the busiest man we know of these days. With nearly 150 cases of flu scattered around over the nearby communities he has had his hands full. Dr. Guion developing flu just before the epidemic reached its height, Dr. McCain having to do all the practice himself. He rides form early morning until late at night and then he doesn’t get all of the calls answered.

Miss Janie Shotwell, who has been at her home in Henderson recuperating from an attack of grip which she had last week, returned to take up her duties here Monday.

Mr. Olin Niven spent Sunday afternoon in Pineville with his brother, Mr. John Niven, who is sick with the grip.

Think of Flu Victims Before Turning in False Fire Alarm, Feb. 10, 1920

From The Monroe Journal, February 10, 1920

Request From T.L. Crowell, Chief of Fire Department

While the epidemic of influenza is on, please be very cautious about turning in false fire alarms. The fire alarm is very annoying to sick people, and well people don’t care to hear it. We have a number of firemen down with influenza and some that are just getting out. One of our men answered the alarm last Saturday morning that has recently had the influenza and came very near dying as a result. My men are no slackers. Take into consideration, they are volunteers.

Dr. Rowe, Mrs. Bowman, Mr. Bailey, Mr. Calvin Helms and Mr. Jesse Helms, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Thomas All Have Died, January 10, 1920

From The Monroe Journal, February 10, 1920

In Death of Dr. Rowe, Methodist Episcopal Church Loses a Pioneer. . . Beloved Former Pastor of Monroe Church Died Monday at His Home in Salisbury

There has passed in the death of Dr. J.C. Rowe a beloved and honored figure from the thinning ranks of Methodism’s pioneers. Thousands today are mourning the loss of a personal friend as well as a spiritual leader. Every one who knew him respected and admired him, but only to those who knew him as a friend were the full treasures of his kindly spirit revealed. Always unaffected and sincere, he wished no higher honor than that of doing his Christian duty and no richer privilege than his fireside and friends.

Rev. John Columbus Rowe, D.D., pastor of South Main Street Methodist Church, died at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 9th, at his home in Salisbury, death being cause by pneumonia which developed Saturday. Funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o’clock at the parsonage in Salisbury.

Dr. Rowe was born in Providence township, Rowan county, 71 years ago. He had been preaching 43 years and had filled leading pulpits in the Western North Carolina Conference and had been presiding elder of Charlotte, Salisbury, Franklin, and Statesville districts. He was pastor of Central M.E. Church, Monroe, for four years in the early nineties and again for one year in 1903-1904, and presiding elder several years later, the membership of the church being unwilling to give him up, so great was their attachment to him.

Though weak in body for a number of years, there were none with more alert mental faculties and none that drew about him more admirers or more affectionate friends than our beloved Dr. Rowe. His life was a benediction to all who knew him.

“None knew him but to love him;
None named him but to praise.”

He was heard to remark during a visit to Monroe that one of the first faces he wanted to see when he entered the New Jerusalem was the genial, smiling face of Major L.D. Andrews, who was a life-long friend and who was instrumental in bringing Dr. Rowe to Monroe for his first pastorate. No doubt they are to-day clasping glad hands in the eternal home where tears and parting are unknown.

“It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And midst the brotherhood on high
To be at home with God.
It is not death to fling
Aside this sinful dust,
And rise on strong, exulting wing,
To live among the just.”

Dr. Rowe had reached the good age of 71, had reared a large and honored family of whom we extend our deepest sympathy, and has gone to reap the reward he so justly merits.

“Servant of God well done!
Rest from they loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won
Enter thy Master’s joy.”


In Ill Health, Mrs. Bowman Shot Herself Sunday. . . This Unfortunate Tragedy Stirs Marshville to the Depths. . . Mrs. Bowman Very Prominent, and a Faithful Church Worker

Marshville, Feb. 9—A tragedy which has thoroughly shocked and grieved the entire community occurred Sunday morning when Mrs. C.L. Bowman shot herself through the heart with a pistol. Mrs. Bowman had been very ill during the past week with influenza and was broken down from nursing others through the disease when she was taken sick. At times she was delirious, and extremely despondent, saying she was afraid she would never recover. However she was so much better that her family considered her out of danger and felt very much relieved over her condition. Sunday morning about 10 o’clock her husband, thinking she was sleeping, tiptoed out to get more coal for the fire. He had scarcely gotten out of the house when he heard the report and hastened back to find her lying in the closet with a bullet wound in her body.

Mrs. Bowman, who before her marriage was Miss Ruth Marsh, was born and reared Gilboa. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Marsh and was about 35 years old. In June, 1912, she was married to Mr. Charles Lee Bowman, and to them was born one daughter, Louise White, age 3 years. Having lived all of her life in this vicinity, she was well known and universally beloved by the ones with whom she came in contact. She was a devoted member of the Methodist church, giving great attention to religious affairs, always prompt in attendance at all religious meetings and among the first to go when hearing of anyone in distress or need of help. For years she had been treasurer of the woman’s missionary society of the Methodist church, and was very much interested in the subject of missions. She was a woman of wonderful executive ability and of calm, practical disposition. Her devotion to her little daughter was beautiful and frequently spoken of among her friends. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman had a year or two ago completed a lovely home here, and life was full and happy for her surrounded as she was by life long friends and her entire family. The dread disease of influenza attacked her when she was physically run down to lowest ebb and settling on her nerves caused the unfortunate act which ended a bright and useful life.

She is survived by her husband and daughter and the following brothers and sisters: Messrs. Cull, Benson, Steve, Erastus, and Fess Marsh; Mesdames Ed M. Marsh, Sallie Marsh Griffin, and W.G. Hearon. The interment will be in the Gilboa cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. S. Taylor conducting the services.


Bascom Bailey, a Leading Marshville Citizen, Dead. . . Influenza and Pneumonia Caused Well-Known Business Man to Succumb. . . Was Only About 30 Years Old

Marshville, Feb. 9—One of the saddest deaths to occur in the history of the town was that of Mr. J. Bascom Bailey on Sunday morning about 11 o’clock. Mr. Bailey was taken ill with influenza about two weeks ago and at once developed pneumonia and later pleurisy. Everything that medical service could do was done to save him, but an all wise God deemed him ready for his eternal reward and took him home. There was no man in Marshville more generally esteemed than Bascom Bailey. Born and raised in Marshville, he lived his entire life within the community and leaves behind him an enviable record of a life well spent. Though only about 30 years old he was one of the foremost business men of the town, being of an industrious disposition. He was for a number of years connected with the United Cash Sore then known as the Davis-Ross Company, but for the past two years he had been a partner of the Bailey-Davis firm. He was ever upright and honorable in his business relations, which won for him many friends. Mr. Bailey was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bailey. Early in life he was married to Miss Annie Marsh. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church and an earnest worker in religious affairs. He rendered valuable service during the late centenary drive of the church, giving both his time and money. He will be greatly missed in the church, for his place was scarcely ever vacant at a service. His death just in the prime of young manhood when life held so much in store for him is one of the mysteries which the finite human cannot comprehend, but which is as it should be coming from Him who doeth all things well. The town is stirred to the depths of sorrow this morning over the removal of two of the best known and universally beloved of its members. Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, his parents and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. H.T. McBride, Misses Kate, Mattie, and Annie Wade Bailey; Ellis Lee, Spofford and Tom Bailey. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Seymore Taylor of Morven Monday morning at 11 o’clock and the interment was in the Marshville cemetery.


Calvin W. Helms Dies

Mr. Calvin W. Helms died Sunday morning at his home a few miles from Marshville of pneumonia. Mr. Helms was a splendid man, an industrious farmer noted for his honesty, and his death, removing form the county such a desirable citizen, is deplored by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral Arrangement have not been made.

Death of Mrs. James Mills
Mrs. James Mills died Sunday morning at her home three miles east of Pageland after an illness of four weeks. Her husband and five or six children survive. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning by Rev. R.W. Cato, and interment was in Smyrna cemetery. Deceased was a native of Union county, and was a daughter of Mrs. Sallie Timmons. She was a Christian woman, and was liked by everyone for her good qualities.


Death of Mrs. Thomas

Following a week’s illness of influenza and pneumonia, Mrs. W.M. Thomas died here at her home near the graded school building Monday morning. She is survived by her husband, three children, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ella Montgomery, Mrs. Connie Richardson, Mrs. Odessa Polk, and Messrs. Brady, Roscoe and Milas Griffin. Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Griffin, and was born in the Mountain Springs community 39 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church, a good neighbor and mother.


Jesse D. Helms Dead

Mr. Jesse D. Helms died suddenly at his home in North Monroe Saturday. Funeral services were held yesterday morning, and interment was in High Hill cemetery.

Deceased is survived by his wife, five sons and three daughters. The sons are Messrs. Jesse Helms and Vann P. Helms of Monroe, Sylvester Helms of Charlotte, Octavius Helms of Norfolk, Va., and Jonas Helms of San Francisco, Calif. The daughters are Mrs. William Crook of Monroe, Mrs. Joseph Andrews of Concord, and Miss Lola Helms of Monroe. Mr. Wilson Helms of Marshville is a brother and Mrs. Wm. Benton of Unionville is a sister of the deceased.

Mr. Helms was an honest, Christian citizen, a good neighbor, and loyal to his friends. He was 77 years old last July. Mr. Helms was a Confederate veteran and volunteered in Co. B., 15th N.C. regiment, and his company was the first to leave Union county when the war between the States was declared. He served during the war and made a brave and true soldier.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pearson's Sermon on Angels, February, 1920

From the editorial page of The Fool-Killer, A Monthly Mustard-Plaster for the Blood-Boils of Society, Church and State, published monthly, James Larkin Pearson, Editor, Boomer, N.C., February 1, 1920.

A Little Sermon on Angels

I discover as I jog along that a whole lot of the orthodox wooden-heads are all balled up in the angel business. When I was a little bare-footed rascal going to the old-fashioned meetin’-house I used to hear ‘em punish a song that went something like this:

“I want to be an angel,
And with the angels stand,
A crown upon my fore-head,
A harp within my hand.”

And then the very minute one of them would feel a little pain across the small end of his misery somebody would have to go lickety-split for the doctor, and they would try every remedy under the sun that they thought might keep them from being an angel a little while longer.

And that put me to thinking. Even then, in my boyish ignorance, I could see that the good Amen Corner tobacco-squirters didn’t want to be angels one half as bad as they pretended to. That kind of sam-singing is just about one per cent religion, 19 per cent hypocrisy, and 80 per cent pure unadulterated ignorance.

I find some people yet who actually think that dead people go to heaven and become angels as soon as they die. They think all the angels they read about in the Bible are dead human folks that have been sorter revamped and made over and had turkey wings grated onto their shoulder blades.

That is all very foolish and unreasonable. There was just as many angels in heaven before Adam was made as there is now. God isn’t so poor and hard-run for material that he has to hang around and wait for somebody on earth to die in order to get the scraps to make an angel out of.

Angels are entirely a different order of creation from human beings. Angels are a higher order than man, just as the animal creation is a lower order than man and these different orders will not mix at all. You can’t make an angel out of a human being, any more than you could make gasoline out of branch water.

It does look like the orthodox fools would learn a little sense sometime.

Eternal Torment for Wicked Is Lie and Slander Against God, Says Larkin, February, 1920

From The Fool-Killer, Boomer, N.C., February 1, 1920, published by James Larkin Pearson.

Yes, my dear sheep, that is exactly what I said. The doctrine of eternal torment for the wicked is a lie and a slander against God. Many people still believe it ignorantly, and I am sorry for them. But a great many pretend to believe it who certainly do know better. And the Fool-Killer is going to make that class of hypocritical hell-spounters look mighty cheap. That slander against the Creator has been allowed to hold the center of the stage just long a-plenty.

James Larkin Pearson Explains His Fool-Killer Newspaper, February, 1920

From an ad in The Fool-Killer, Boomer, N.C., February, 1920, published by James Larkin Pearson.

Let Us Talk It Over

Well, dear sinner friends, this is The Fool-Killer.

How does it set on our stomach?

If you like it, you can get more at headquarters.

The Fool-Killer is not even a forty-‘leventh cousin to any other paper on earth.

It stands in a class by itself, and its field is as broad as the English language.

This paper wears no bell, muzzle, collar nor halter.

You can put that down to start with.

I am the fellow that works at the pump-handle on this pungent periodical of thrilling thought.
I never travelled any to speak of, but I have read a great deal, and have thunk some.

And then I started The Fool-Killer, just to quiet my nerves and to keep the old press from getting rusty.

From the seclusion of these wooded hills there will go forth each month a bundle of literary dynamite that will shake the rotten foundations of society and cause the Church Mammon to at least turn over in its sleep.

The Fool-Killer is nearly 10 years old, and getting older every month.

It preaches the truth so straight that each issue brings hundreds of old moss-backs and blind leaders of the blind to the mourner’s bench in a trot.

It “gits ‘em goin’ an’ comin’.”

It retails at 40 cents a year, or 25 cents in clubs of four or more, and circulates all over the Benighted States.

If you don’t like it, there is no law to make you take it.

If you do like it, you are hereby invited to subscribe and get up a club.

I want 50,000 new subscribers to this paper inside of the next six months, and so I do.

The Fool-Killer don’t crawl behind a tree to talk.

It don’t bust its crupper holding back to see what somebody else is going to say.

It is written with a red-hot poker dipped in razor-soup.

It rides the devil a-straddle without a saddle, and spurs him at every lope.

It is death to fools, rascals, and hypocrites.

The Fool-Killer always tries to make a man laugh right big, and then cram a truth down him while his mouth is open.

It is salted with wit, peppered with humor and seasoned with sarcasm.

Every line cuts like a whip, and every word raises a blister.

Tote this paper around in your pocket—when you go to church, the postoffice, the store, the mill, or wherever you go—and show it to everybody you see.

Ask them if they would like to sop their mental flap-jacks in my editorial molasses for awhile.

Be a missionary for this good cause.

If you can use a few sample copies, just send a wireless postal card
Set a resolution to send in one club every month, at least.

I want 1,000 agents who will agree to do that much.
--The Fool-Killer, Boomer, N.C.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Welcoming the Howard-Hickory Company, Feb. 7, 1920

From the editorial page of the Hickory Daily Record, February 7, 1920

Welcome to Hickory

The Howard-Hickory Company which will be chartered by the secretary of state to conduct a general nursery and landscape garden business, will be a new year present in which everybody in this section may take pride. In addition to establishing a great nursery business here, the new enterprise will bring to the city and section a man who has made good in his business and is ready to unite with progress business men in adding to the number of worth while enterprises here.

Mr. O. Joe Howard, for 22 years with the Van Lindley Nursery Company of Greensboro, is not only one of the foremost nursery men in the south, but possesses the business ability that is so essential to success. Mr. Howard and family will be quite an asset to Hickory.

The Record and all the people of Hickory will give the Howard-Hickory Company all the encouragement in their power and we will help the managers and directors to make it a success on a large scale. That is their purpose and our purpose should be to help.

Country Gentleman Editor Impressed With North Carolina Agriculture, Feb. 7, 1920

From the Charlotte Observer, as reprinted in the Hickory Daily Record, February 7, 1920

Fine Boost for North Carolina by Country Gentleman

William Harper Dean, editor of the Country Gentleman, has been making a tour of the country in an effort to acquaint the readers of that paper with existing agricultural conditions, and in the February number of his paper he makes note of what he has to say in the state of North Carolina and South Carolina. He gives an intelligent treatment of the condition of affairs in the Old North State, which he seems to have comprehensively covered from east to west, as indicated, with crops peculiar to each section of the state. He also provides for his readers a large picture of the Transylvania country club boys “starting off on an outing superintended by county agents.”

Mr. Dean saw wonders in the tobacco regions—“grows driving to market in five-passenger cars, the rears of which were loaded with tobacco—each load worth between $300 and $350.”

He was much impressed with the thrift of Catawba, the dairying and sweet potato county. Catawba, he found, leads the state in potato growing, the average yield being 200 bushels to the acre, and he made note of a 13-car load shipment that netted $4.50 a rate of three bushels. He gives the Hickory Chamber of Commerce an excellent “boost” as one “thoroughly awake to its opportunities and obligations in terms of the farming region.” The growth of the dairying industry in Catawba was another thing that interested Mr. Dean immensely, and this impression was emphasized as he went into the mountain regions, “where little dairying communities are hemmed in by towering ranges and sometimes removed a score of miles from railroad centers,” but “where on the hillsides are produced feed and grazing is unlimited abundance,” and where the dairy cattle “thrive even better than in the ore level areas,” and where, furthermore, the cheese factories have come to supply “the missing factor in the equation.” He thinks the soy bean is destined to become “an economic factor in the state.”

In the cotton region Mr. Dean found evidence of future prosperity, in the development of the cotton warehouse. He believes the system will “pay for itself in a jiffy.” He also finds the work of the North Carolina State Division of Markets worthy of complimentary note, and was not unmindful of the benefits that have come to the farmers out of the credit unions now in operation. But the biggest doing in the state and for the state, to his notion, is the development of hydro-electric power. He was advertent to the fact that North Carolina has been remarkably free of labor disturbances, chiefly because the percentage of Anglo-Saxon blood in her people is so high. “But a species of human vermin flattered by the title of radicals, in certain instances, made capital of illiteracy among the workers in some of the mill districts and sowed the seeds of discontent.” He is told, however, that the best citizens of the state are not worried over this, because education is going to undo it.

The Observer is included to regard the Tar Heel wanderings to the editor of this nationally-read paper a fortunate thing for the state chiefly for the fact that some intelligent truths about state and people are thus given publicity in a wholesome manner.