Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Will Kelly Not Guilt of Assault Says State Supreme Court, July 12, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Monday evening, July 12, 1920

Kelly Held Not Guilty in Assault Case

By the Associated Press

Spartanburg, S.C., July 12-The state supreme court in an order received here today set aside the verdict of guilty and ordered the release of Will Kelly, an aged negro of Cowpens, this county, convicted of an attempted attack on a little white girl and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The court held that there was no evidence as to his guilt.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

News Briefs From July 9, 1920 Brevard News

From the July 9, 1920 issue of The Brevard News

Short Cuts in State News

Lynchburg--The Lynchburg Motor Car Company has secured an amendment to its charter to increase its capital from $25,000 to $50,000.

Danville--Decreases in prices ranging from 15 to 20 per cent were announced by local lumber firms., the new prices effect dressed lumber, flooring, ceiling and siding. No explanation of the drop is given.

Lynchburg--The Third Company of the First Virginia Provisional Regiment, National Guard, will take about 70 men to the State encampment, wich opens at Camp Lee July 12.

Lynchburg--A bridge over Beaver Creek, near Six Mile Bridge on the Concord Road, leading from Lynchburg, is reported to be in an unsafe condition and traffic is warned against its use.

Clifton Forge--George W. Stevens, president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, gave a birthday dinner at his home at Greenlee, entertaining officials from all over the road, numbering about 100. Miss Helen Stevens acted as hostess.

Danville--Lee Beard, charged with manslaughter in the Henry County Circuit Court, as result of the accident near Martinsville several weeks ago, in which Joel Dodson lost his life when a car driven by Beard turned turtle, was exonerated of that charge.

Lynchburg--John A. Merryman, a traveling salesman here, who was injured in a Norfolk and Western wreck at Walton December 13 last, has recovered $25,000 damages from the railway company in the Corporation Court here. The4 swuit was instituted for $30,000.

Bristol--Following the announcement coming from Apalachia, Va., that a modern Moose homed is to be erected at the cost of about $40,000, an announcement is now made that plans are being made for the erection of a modern new structure to be occupied by the People's National Bank here.

Danville--J.F. Davis, formerly first sergeant in Company C, 116th Infantry, has returned to Danville with his French wife after extended service overseas. Since the armistice Davis has been attached to the ordnance department and quartered at Coblenz. In the occupied area. He is the only Danville soldier who won a French bride while he was in service abroad.

Danville--A novelty in building is evidenced here. The new storehouse for Efird Brothers now being constructed was threatened with indefinite delay through inabllity to get steel trusses shipped here. The contractor instead of waiting for the girder needed for the second floor is now putting on the roof. In other words, he is working from the top  downwards.

Fredericksburg--Mrs. J.D. Smith of Berea was bitten by a large copperhead moccasin snake while crossing Greenback Farm in Stafford County. She was returning home when she stepped on the snake, which was coiled in her path. The poisonous reptile bit her on the right ankle before she could spring out of the way. Mr. Smith brought his wife here to the Martha Washington Hospital, where the wound wae cut and the poison extracted.

Fredericksburg--While crossing the tracks of Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomic Railroad Saturday at Lorton, Mrs. Martha Murphy was struck by a southbound fast train and perhaps fatally injured. The engineer stopped the train and took the injured woman to Quantico, where she wasw given first aid treatment at the U.S. Marine Base Hospital, and later was brought tothis city and placed in Martha Washington Hospital. She is suffering with a fractured skull, a badly lacerated arm, and an injured hand.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Governor Trying to Settle Labor Dispute at Landis Mills, July 10, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Saturday evening, July 10, 1920

Governor On Job at Landis Today

By the Associated Press

Landis, N.C., July 10--Governor Bickett arrived in Landis this morning to attempt to settle the labor difficulties which have been prevalent here for the past five weeks. The trouble assumed serious proportions last week when the Linn mill was opened at the request of a number of employes who returned to work and were alleged to have been jeered at by pickets as they entered the mill for work.

Governor Bickett immediately upon arrival at Landis went into conference with the union and remained with them all morning. About noon he called officials of the Corriher and Linn mills, both under the same management. This afternoon he will talk with the employers of the Linn mill who have returned to work.

One of the employes of the Linn mill was arrested this morning charged with cursing members of the picket. Except for this incident everything was apparently quiet this morning.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Authorities Promise Investigation Into Lynching of Ed Roach, July 9, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Friday evening, July 9, 1920

Thorough Probe Into Person County Lynching

Durham, July 8--Thorough investigation into the Person county lynching has been promised by Solicitor S.M. Gattis for Wednesday of next week it was learned.

The solicitor made a short investigation Wednesday, but was called away to Roxboro to fill a previous engagement. The inquiry made by the solicitor failed to reveal the identity of any of the 150 or more citizens who were engaged in the act of swinging Ed Roach, the negro, to a tree in front of a negro church three miles north of Roxboro. Mr. Gattis stated, however, that he believed Sheriff N.F. Thomas is blameless for the affair, having been alone in his efforts to block the mob movement.

Roxboro, it is said, remains quiet following the lynghing Wednesday morning. The gang of negroes, of which Roach was a member, engaged in road work in Person county, has quit work. Other negroes of the county, however have shown no disposition to make a fuss over the work of the mob.

The body of Roach, which was interred in Potter's field at the Person county home, was disinterred yesterday upon request of relatives and was shipped to his home at Reidsville.

Prior to the removal of Roach from the limb to which he was hanged, photographers took pictures of his bullet-ridden body.

The lynching, according to oldest citizens of Roxboro, is the first that has even occurred in Person county. It was carried out, however, with great efficiency. Stories told today are to the effect that the mob placed armed guards at every street intersection to prevent possible interference from citizens.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Joseph Lipe, Blanche Huffman, Lula Setzer Death Notices, July 8, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Thursday evening, July 8, 1920

The Death Record

The funeral of Joseph Lipe, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Lipe, was held at Hildebrand and the remains were carried to Charlotte for burial. The infant was aged seven months


Miss Blanche Huffman, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. J.V. Huffman, died at Oxford Ford on Saturday and the funeral was at Piney Grove.


Mrs. Lula Setzer, aged 87 years, died at her home in West Hickory at 1 o'clock this morning and the burial will be at Piney Grove church. the exact time of the funeral to depend on the arrival of a son from the west.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ed Roach Lynched in Roxboro, July 7, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Wednesday evening, July 7, 1920

Negro Lynched by Mob at Roxboro

By the Associated Press

Roxboro, N.C., July 7--Ed Roach, negro man about 24 years old, charged with an attempted attack on a 13-year-old white girl, was removed from the jail here this morning and taken about two miles from here and lynched.

The negro was arrested late yesterday, about eight miles from Roxboro,  the scene of the alleged attack, according to Sheriff Thompson. The little girl identified him, the officer said.

The mob collected quietly during the night and about 3 o'clock this morning gained possession of Roach and hanged hum. An investigation is being made into the lynching, but no arrests have been made. Everything was quiet in Roxboro this morning and there is no danger of trouble.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

North Carolina Has Fewest Hospital Beds of All States, July 7, 1920

From the University of North Carolina News Letter, Chapel Hill, N.C., July 7, 1920

Our Hospital Facilities

These are flush times in Carolina. Already we have an average of $50 apiece invested in motor cars--counting men, women and children of both races, and we are buying automobiles faster than any other state in the Union--some $140,000 worth a day, including Sundays!

But in hospital facilities we stand at the bottom of the column. Even South Carolina stands three places ahead of us! A recent survey by the editors of the American Hospital discloses 143 hoswpitals in North Carolina with only 1,777 beds, for two and a half million people.

And this count includes hospital of every sort, private, public, semi-private and institutional.
As for free public hospitals, there are only a bare half dozen in the entire state, counting the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium, two county hospitals and three municipal hospitals--three of these on a tax foundation and three established and maintained for the most part by noble private philanthropy.
Not a free public hospital in the state for negroes, and only four private hospital with fewer than 250 beds for oiur colored people! Only one hospital bed anywhere for every 3,000 negroes in North Carolina.

Is it not time for Carolina to consider the establishment of at least 10 regional clinics and dispensaries? And county group hospitals as in other states of the Union?

How else can we care for our 25,000 cases of open, pronounced tuberculosis? How on earth can these stricken sufferers be cared for in a state institution with fewer than 300 beds?

Disease prevention and health promotion is essentially a local responsibility, and our cities and counties must assume it. And with our abounding health, we will be heartless beyond words if we cannot hurry to this task.

Forsyth and New Hanover are nobly leading the way.

Wake is struggling forward against odds strange to say. With 700 cases of tuberculosis in Wake--or enough to fill the state sanitarium twice over in this county alone--how can Wake hesitate?

How can any other county in the state hesitate in this matter of hospital facilities, abundant, and freely open to the public?

We are today sending away into another state a well-nigh friendless boy, to be examined and treated for bronchial tuberculosis. And in this one little villege there are seven other piteous cases of this dread disease.

And no place in North Carolina for them! Or so only after perilous delay!

Have a heart, Carolina, have a heart!

Surely with all our wealth our hearts are not fat, our ears heavy, and our eyes shut, as were those of Israel in Isaiah's day!

If so, Israel's curse may well be laid upon Carolina.