Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sketch of George Henry Blair's Life Upon His Death at Age 68, 1916

“George Henry Blair,” from the Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916

The subject of this sketch was born March 25, 1847, and died Jan. 26, 1916, aged 68 years, 10 months and 1 day. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blair, who moved from Caldwell to Watauga in the early forties and settled on the beautiful farm on which his son died last Wednesday morning.

The house in which he [Henry Blair, the father] lived until his death in 1891 was erected in 1844, and the main body of the pretty Blair home of today is that built by Mr. Blair when he first moved to Watauga.

In this home Mr. George H. Blair first saw the light of day nearly 69 years ago and he died in the same house in which he was born.

Mr. Blair was first married to Miss Mary E. Councill of Boone on Jan. 2, 1872, who died Jan. 5, 1873, leaving an infant, Charlie Blair, who still resides at the old home. On Sept. 27, 1882 he was married again to Miss Mary A. Rousseau of Wilkesboro, to which union was born two sons and one daughter: Mr. Neal Blair who, with his little family, lives at the hold home; Mr. Julius Blair, a prominent business man of Greenville, Tenn., and Mrs. J. Gordon Ballew of Lenoir. He is also survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Horton of Boone R.F.D., now 80 years of age, and one brother, Dr. J.C. Blair of Lenoir, who is now 82 years old.

For many years Mr. Blair was a very zealous member of the Masonic Fraternity, and always took a lively interest in its welfare, being an earnest believer in its teachings. On Thursday evening last, his remains were buried in the town cemetery, and, despite the fearfully bad weather, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends were present to pay their last respects to the good man. The funeral was conducted at the home, but the Rev. John Carlton made a short but most appropriate talk at the grave, after which the body was turned over to the Order, who buried it with full Masonic honors.

In the death of Mr. George H. Blair it can truthfully be said that Watauga has lost one of her very best citizens. A scientific and prosperous farmer, a man who made money and was not afraid to let it go when charity or any other worthy object demanded it. His disposition was as sweet as a child, always meeting his friends with a smile, a word of cheer, and one always felt better after having come in contact with him. For many years he was a most devoted member of Three Fork Baptist Church, and we doubt if the church had a truer or more useful member than he.

Death never seems so sad when, to all appearances, a man’s life’s work is done—a highly respected family reared, an abundance left for them, and, above all, one who has lead the life of rectitude lead by our friend for whom we mourn today. He has passed to his reward, but his memory will ever remain green in the hearts of friends and loved ones, while his spirit is roaming in fields Elysium with the blood-washed and redeemed throng.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lincolnton County Fish Camp Operator Clfiton Peterson Kills Wife Betty, Self, 1951

“High Shoals Man Kills Self After Killing Wife,” from the Feb. 1, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

Lincolnton, Jan. 31—A Lincolnton county fish camp operator and his wife died early last night in a hospital here from gunshot wounds received about noon yesterday.

Clifton R. Peterson, operator of the camp near High Shoals, and his wife, Betty, each received a bullet in the head.

Sheriff Frank P. Heavner said that a preliminary investigation indicated that Peterson shot his wife with a .22 caliber rifle, then shot himself. The sheriff quoted two witnesses, Ola Gray and Roy Ivey, both of Charlotte, who were customers at the fish camp, as saying that Peterson and his wife were arguing, and that Peterson went into the camp kitchen and returned with the rifle.

Sheriff Heavner asserted that Ivey said Peterson told his wife, “I’m going to blow your head off.” He then raised the sawed-off rifle and shot Mrs. Peterson over the right eye. Ivey told the sheriff that Peterson then stepped back from the booth in which he had shot his wife and raising the rifle shot at his own head.

The first bullet, Ivy related, just grazed Peterson’s head. Peterson then cautioned Ivey to stand back and fired the gun again striking himself in the right temple.

Peterson succumbed at 6:10 o’clock. Mrs. Peterson died at 7:30 in the Reeves-Gamble hospital.

Sheriff Heavner said Ola Gray and Ivey were under $500 bond as witnesses.

The shooting occurred at Betty’s Fish camp, four miles south of Lincolnton, off highway 321.

The Lincoln county coroner, Dr. W.G. page, said that an inquest has been set tentatively for Wednesday morning, February 7, at 11 o’clock.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

J.H. Shuford Shares Information on Solomon Hoyle Family, 1917

From the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Solomon Hoyle was a son of John Hoyle and wife. John Hoyle married Margaret Costner. She was a daughter of pioneer Adam Costner. He first came to America and to the south from Germany.

Solomon Hoyle was born in 1783 in Lincoln Count and married Annie Summey, who was a daughter of Frederick Summey and wife.

The children of Solomon Hoyle and wife were:

Eliza, married Aaron Robinson; Emeline, married Henry Whitener; Elizabeth, married Lawson Hill; Philip, married Ellen Smith; Jacob, died single; Sarah Catharine, married Daniel Rhyne.

The children of Henry Whitener and Emeline Hoyle Whitener were:

Sue, married Eli Rhyne; Leroy, married Mattie Shuford; Peter Wilfong, married Kate Shuford.
Peter Wilfong Whitener lived in Catawba County, where he raised a family. Shuford Whitener, the present Mayor of Hickory, is a son of Peter W. Whitener and wife. Shuford Whitener, wife and children, always have old-time hospitality for the writer when he comes to Hickory. The writer wishes to inform them that he expects to be in Hickory some time in March. He knows they will be ready for him.

Mr. Leroy Whitener and wife are buried at Hickory. The writer boarded with them for some time when he was pastor of the Reformed Church at Grace in the summer of 1874 and was pastor of the church four years. As far as the writer remembers, he never paid them his board bill. As they are both dead and gone to a better world, this board bill will never come up again.
                --J.H. Shuford  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

News From Blowing Rock, Watauga County, N.C., 1916

“Blowing Rock Breezes” from the Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916. The “grip” in the following story, usually spelled grippe, is another name for the flu.

Rev. John Ingle having a previous engagement and the resident parson not yet out of his room from grip, there was no preaching in this town last Sunday, but the two schools held their morning and afternoon sessions, thus honoring the day. All honor due any effort in behalf of the Sunday school, and this correspondent desires to commend to the readers of the Breezes the ably written article on Sunday school work to be found in the Democrat for Jan. 20 last from the pen of Miss Mary Swift, Amantha, N.C.

Many of our people are suffering from that nation-wide malady, grip, but so far no deaths resulting therefrom, we are thankful to report.

The death of Captain Pitts, noted in last week’s paper, has saddened the entire community on John’s River, where for many years friend Pitts had made his home and where his neighbors loved and honored him. The funeral was conducted by Rev. John Ingle, an old friend and neighbor. Interment was in the cemetery attached to the Reformed Church near Green Park, this ground used by the entire community as a public place of burial, and, as this township has no public burying ground, it would not be taken amiss by the tax payers if an appropriation were made by the town authorities toward a fund having for its object the purchase of land adjoining the present ground, the whole fenced in as one, laid off in lots and kept sacred as “God’s Half Acre,” and a new chapel built where the present one now stands, which though kindly loaned by our Reformed bretheren, is often inadequate for the large congregations that at times gather there to pay a last sad tribute to the memory of a dear departed friend.

Mrs. J. Gordon Ballew of Lenoir passed through here last week, she and her brother Julius Blair of Greenville, Tenn., hastening to the bedside of their beloved father, our much esteemed friend, George H Blair, Esq., whose death has been chronicled in the state papers, his loss as a citizen, friend and neighbor very great, his place in the community hard to fill.

Mrs. George E. Coffee died on Sunday morning, her body laid to rest in the cemetery of the Reformed Church, the sermon preached Monday by her pastor, Rev. Eber Gragg, a prominent divine of the Advent Denomination, Mr. Coffey, the bereaved husband, Mrs. Kerby, the sorrowing mother, and the little orphaned children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community, many of whom have been most thoughtful and attentive during the long and serious illness of Mrs. Coffee, whose faith in God was strong, her hope anchored on the Rock of Ages, the Savor of Mankind.

In a recent number of the Democrat mere mention was made of the awarding of a medal to hour townsman, Mr. I.O. Rich, more mention due that honorable and honored veteran of the war between the States, not the Rebellion, as many historians across the Mason and Dixon’s line very thoughtfully term it, but a civil war resulting from “righteous indignation” let loose, to use a Scriptural term, the title war of ’61-’65 covering the field of action, offending no one and coming nearest the truth! Sergeant Rich, Company E, 42d Regiment N.C. Troops, Confederate Veterans, on December 23, 1915 received a handsome medal, more appropriately termed a badge of honor, which, through the indefigable efforts of Col. Fred Olds, himself a veteran of the Spanish American War, Sergeant Rich is wearing as his by “right of way” fought through the four years of that memorable struggle, presented by the Lenoir Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Mrs. H.C. Martin, regent, the badge a handsome maltese cross suspended from a bar, the whole bronze medal with the following inscription: “Untied Daughters Confederacy to U.C.V.” Reverse: Southern Cross of Honor—Deo Vindice—1861-1865. Sergeant Rich is held in honor and esteem hereabout and though well up in years, looks hale and hearty and with his faithful wife dwells in a homey little cottage on Linville Avenue, amid his rose vines, raspberries, chickens and grapes.

Virginia Sherril Dies of Flu Followed by Pneumonia, 1916

“Caldwell Lady Dies in Washington,” from the Tacoma Tribune, as reprinted in the Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916

The sudden death of Mrs. Virginia Sherrill Tuesday night was of immeasurable grief to her family and friends. An attack of grippe was followed by pneumonia and though she made a brave fight, she succumbed at a local hospital. She was spoken of as a lovely Christian mother and much loved by her friends. She leaves, beside her husband, three little boys, James, William and Kenneth, aged 4, 11, and 13 years, respectively.

Joseph Sherrill is manager of Sheldon’s cafeteria. The family has lived in Tacoma 10 years. Mrs. Sherrill’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Moore, reside at Globe, N.C. She also leaves five brothers and two sisters.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Society Notes, Feb. 1, 1917, Hickory Daily Record

Society Notes, from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Miss Reid Hostess

The Do-As-You-Please Club was delightfully entertained yesterday afternoon by Miss Gladys Reid with 12 members present. An hour was pleasantly spent in sewing and conversation and afterward the hostess served a delicious salad course. The next meeting will be with Miss Margaret Taylor.

With Mrs. Abernethy

The Cosmos Book Club was charmingly entertained yesterday afternoon by Mrs. F.A. Abernethy. The book for the afternoon was When a Man’s a Man by Harold Bell Wright. The hostess read very interesting criticisms, on the author and book. During the social hour Miss Louise Coleman, sister of the hostess, was a guest and delighted the club with several piano solos. The next meeting Feb. 14th with Mrs. C.E. McIntosh.

Mrs. Hutton Hostess

Mrs. G.N. Hutton was hostess yesterday afternoon to the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club with eight members present. Mrs. Hutton presided as president over the business meeting. The book for the afternoon was When a Man’s a Man by Harold Bell Wright. The hostess read interesting criticisms on the author and his books. A delicious four course luncheon was served. The decorations in the dining room being red carnations. The next meeting will be with Mrs. E.B. Menzies, February 28.

With Mrs. Abernethy

Mrs. C.E. Abernethy was the charming hostess to the Pleiades Book Club yesterday afternoon. An interesting discussion of her book Anthony the Absolute and its author, Samuel Mervin, was given by the hostess. After current events Mrs. James C. Shuford read an O. Henry story. In the dining room where and elegant four course luncheon was served, the table decorations were ferns and crocuses and the place cards hand painted pink roses. On this delightful occasion Mrs. W.E. McRorie, Mrs. E.C. Johnson and Miss Claire Sellers were guests. Mrs. Horace Lutz will have the next meeting February 14.

Hickory Book Club

The Hickory Book Club met at the home of Mrs. E. Chadwick yesterday afternoon. Ten members were present. The books were discussed with great animation and with widely varied opinions. The book for special consideration for the meeting was Domestic Life in Rumania. Mrs. Chadwick told of many interesting facts and customs of this country; recalled its gifted queen, best known by her pen-name Carmen Sylvia. Pictures of this lovely lady were shown and incidents of her life related. At the conclusion of the program, a most delectable luncheon in five courses was served, seasoned with wit and mirth and good fellowship. The centerpiece was a basket of daffodils, telling that spring is on the way. The place cards of yellow roses holding their upturned petals—not dew drops—but mints; were unusually attractive. The club adjourned to meet with Mrs. E.L. Shuford.

Philathea Class Meeting

The regular business meeting of the Philathea class of the Methodist Church will be held in the classroom tonight at 7:30. This is the first meeting of the year and a good attendance is desired. It is especially important that the officers be present with their reports.

Box Supper Saturday Night

A box supper will be given at the Sweetwater School Saturday night, beginning at 8 o’clock, and a fine entertainment is assured the young people who attend. This school is about a mile east of the corporate limits of Hickory and is easy to reach. Mr. C.E. Long is principal and Miss Charlotte Long is teacher of the primary grades.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

George S. Mabry, Committee on Race Harmony, 1904

George S. Mabry of North Carolina, member of the Committee on Race Harmony, National Sociological Society, Ways and Means Committee of the National Sociological Society. 1904. From the New York Library’s digital collection, http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-b749-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Walt Mason Says Help the Down and Out in Winter, 1916

“Down and Out” by Walt Mason, from the Winston-Salem Journal as reprinted in the Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916

The bum comes trembling to our door,
   He’s starved and cold and weak and sore.
Through whiskers full of snow and ice,
   He humbly begs you for the price.
He no doubt is a lazy skate
   Who never tries to pay the freight;
No doubt he loafs on summer days,
   When every busy farmer pays
A handsome wage to those who’ll toil,
   And push the plowshare through the soil.
No doubt he is a chronic shirk,
   Who has it in for honest work.
No doubt the kopeck you bestow
   Will to the grog dispenser go.
Yet loosen up nor ask the bo
   If rum has brought him down so low.
And can the helpful moral spiel
   That you have wound upon your reel,
All suffering to be unwound;
   For snow is deep upon the ground,
And bitter is the winter air,
   And hungry means a bleak despair.
Jack up the beggar man in May,
   If he won’t help to put up hay;
But when he teeters to your door,
   To touch you for a dime or more,
Upon a wintry morn, dig up, dig up,
   Nor point with scorn.
                --Walt Mason

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mrs. McLaughlin Receives Letter About Her Son's Death in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1948

“Mrs. McLaughlin Receives Letter About Her Son,” from the Feb. 5, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

Clyde McLaughlin, son of Mrs. C.C. McLaughlin of Cleveland, Route 2, died in Fairbanks, Alaska, on December 8, 1948. At the time of his death, which was caused by freezing when his airplane was stranded on a commercial run, an account was carried in the Jessen’s Weekly newspaper of Fairbanks. The editor of the paper, Mr. Jessen, spoke highly of the young man, his promise as a business man and his high character and the esteem in which he was held in Fairbanks.

Recently the Reader’s Digest carried a picture of Mr. Jessen and an account of his paper—“most widely read paper in Alaska, one that covers the land by sled, bush plane, boat and pack board t the most remote snow bound cabins.”

Mrs. McLaughlin wrote to Mr. Jessen, expressing an interest in the article and also recalling with appreciation his notice about her son. She said she never expected a reply from such a busy man but last week she received one.

Mr. Jessen in his letter written Jan. 26 to her said, “We knew your son well and were shocked and grieved at the tragedy that ended his career so early in life. He was one of the finest, most upstanding young men we have known and our opinion was shared by all in Alaska who knew him. It was thought he had a great future in aviation and his early death is a loss to Alaska as well as to yourself.
“You have however memories of which to be proud and you can take pride that he was your son and that your guidance in his early years molded his character to the fine pattern it was. We cannot understand some things in this world—as to why fine young men of promise are cut off in their youth while so much of apparent scum of the earth seems to live on forever. But we suppose there is a reason in the Divine plan of things that is unrevealed to us.

“Thank you for your kind words regarding the Reader’s Digest article. It has brought letters from all over the world as well as the states, England, Germany, Italy, France, Greece and Austria and also New Zealand.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

W.R. Cloer on Death of 7-Year-Old Edna Bingham, 1916

“A Tribute to a Little Child,” from the Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916

In this moral tillage God cultivates many flowers seemingly for their beauty and fragrance, for, when bathed in soft sunshine, they burst into flower, then the Divine hand gathers them from the earthly fields to be kept in crystal vases in the deathless mansions above.

Thus the little children die, some in the sweet bud, some in the fuller flower but never too early to make heaven fairer and sweeter with their immortal bloom.

When the Death Angel took from their home on Jan. 23 little Edna E. Bingham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bingham of Patterson, her short life’s work was done, she being only seven years, four months and fourteen days old. All who knew her loved her, and life is better, riper, richer even in this hour of bereavement than it was, and we thank God for the light which He kindled and burned with so pure a flame and taught so sweet a lesson. Her earthly ministry was well done, she has helped sanctify and lift heavenward our hearts that break at the sad words, “Farewell Edna.” She is not dead, the child of our affection, but she has gone to that school where she no longer needs our protection and Christ himself doth rule. There is a pair of little hands laid to rest forever more, there are two dimpled cheeks whose rich blossoming is o’er. Death has sealed her little eyes that will no more smile or weep—tiny windows of the soul. Little Edna is only sleeping.
            --W.R. Cloer, Patterson, N.C.

Monday, February 20, 2017

18-Year-Old Afraid For Her Life Sentenced to 28 to 30 Years After Shooting Husband, 1951

“Marie McLelland Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder, Gets 28-30 Years,” from the Feb. 1, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

At 12:10 Wednesday in Iredell Superior Court, 18-year-old Mrs. Marie Bunton McLelland was sentenced from 28 to 30 years in the Women’s Division State Prison for the shotgun slaying here on November 7, 1950, of her husband, Wilford T. McLelland, 28-year-old textile worker. One hour before sentencing, Mrs. McLelland, through counsel, had tendered a plea of guilty to second degree murder, which plea the state accepted. The grand jury had returned a first degree indictment against her.

The slight, bespectacled brunette wept quietly as Judge Donald Phillips, in pronouncing sentence, remarked, “This is a bad killing. There could hardly be any worse.”

McLelland was killed by one shotgun blast in the head as he lay asleep in their home, 613 West Sharpe street, this city at noon, after returning about an hour earlier, witnesses said in a drunken condition.

In her testimony, Mrs. McLelland, who is the mother of a one-year-old daughter and had been married to McLelland for two years, said that he had, when drunk, frequently beat her and told her “I will kill you if you ever leave me or get me in trouble.” She told officers, whom she called just after the shooting, that he returned from his work at the Seminole Mills here early on the morning of the killing and then left to take a friend home. He returned late in the morning, after having been drinking, and went to bed. She got the double-barrel shotgun, which he had brought to the home some time earlier, loaded both barrels, then stood watching him for some 20 minutes before firing the shot which blasted away the top of his head.

The defendant, when asked by the court if she still loved her husband when she killed him, replied, “Yes.”

Throughout her testimony she used the phrase, “I was afraid of him.”

In announcing acceptance of the second degree plea, Solicitor Zeb A. Morris said that after careful consideration of all aspects of the case he felt that a first degree conviction could not be obtained and that “the best interests of the state, the county, and the public will be served through accepting this plea.”

Mrs. McLelland, dressed in a short grey jacket, light tan corduroy dress, and white bobby sox, sat quietly with her eyes on the floor, in the courtroom between her father and mother throughout the testimony of arresting officers and the coroner. Her only show of emotion was the nervous clasping and unclasping of her hands in her lap. She was represented by Burke and Burke of Taylorsville, and John G. Lewis of this city. The defense presented three character witnesses, the mother and father of the defendant, and the defendant herself. States witnesses were Capt. H.M. Reid of the Statesville Police Department and former Iredell Coroner James E. Meacham.

Before pronouncing sentence, Judge Phillips remarked that in view of the nature of the case and the principals involved, he considered the state justified in accepting a second-degree plea.

The Alton Crouch manslaughter case, arising out of the traffic death last April of Mr. W.T. Summers, went to a jury at 11 a.m. and deliberations were continuing early this afternoon.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Local News, Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Feb. 23, 1922

From the Feb. 23, 1922, issue of the Rockingham Post-Dispatch

Town News

Mr. Oran Walker of Darlington, S.C., is preparing to build an up-to-date filling station just below the Parson garage. The stone is being cut for the building now, and work will start right away.

Mr. W.C. Rourke and little daughter, Jean, returned last week from Charlotte where they went the week before to visit Mrs. Rourke’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Black.

Mr. James Gobbel of Salisbury spent last week-end in town.

Mr. J. Reid Auman spent the week-end at his home in Norman.

Mr. Dewitt T. Meeks, who hold a position in Raleigh, spent last week-end here with his wife, who is at the home of her mother, Mrs. Belle Ingram.

Mrs. J.M. Maness and little son, Frederick, spent last week in Hamlet with friends and relatives.

Mrs. Carey Farlow returned Monday after spending a few days in Rockingham with Mrs. Dan Wicker.

Mr. Robert Thayer of Troy was a visitor in town Sunday.

Miss Thurla Turner spent the week-end in town with Miss Wilma Howie.

Mr. L.K. Sides went to Raleigh Tuesday, returning Wednesday morning.

Misses Eula Adams and Flora Belle Snipes spent last week-end at their homes at Hamlet.

Miss Capitola Capel returned Saturday from Charlotte where she spent two weeks with her sister.
Mr. Roy Bennett spent Saturday and Sunday at his home near Roberdel.

Mrs. D.C. Warner and children, Jack and Billy, came here from their home in Chapel Hill last week and are at the home of Mrs. Warner’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner. Mr. Warner, who is taking a course at Carolina, had to go to Troy on account of the serious illness of his father.

Miss Sallie Ewing of Covington entered school here last Monday. She is staying at the Baldwin House.

Little William O’Brien McIntosh came home last week to the home of his aunt, Mrs. J.M. Maness, where he will be for some time. It was necessary for Mrs. McIntosh to return to Charlotte Sanatorium where another operation was performed.

Miss Estelle Hermon, who is a graduate nurse from Dante, Va., has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hermon. She returned to her duties in Dante Wednesday.

Miss Hazel Dickson will arrive Saturday from Atlanta to spend the week-end.

J.A. Holmes has moved from Chester, S.C., to Charlotte, 1211 N. Davidson Street.

Born the 17th to Mr. and Mrs. John Lentz, a son, and to Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Collins, a daughter.

Mrs. W.D. Thomas will return next week from Miami where she went the 13th to visit Mrs. W.S. Wilson.

Mrs. L.D. McPhail will probably return home Sunday. She has been under treatment at the Presbyterian hospital in Charlotte since the 12th.

A thief broke the plate glass window of the Kirsch Bros. store at Hamlet before daylight on Monday morning, and stole a $50 suit of clothes. No clues as yet.

Mrs. Eugene Payne will go with young Eugene Jr. to Charlotte Friday and have the boy’s tonsils removed Saturday. Mr. Payne and Mary will go there Saturday noon for the week-end.

Mrs. T.A. Covington returned from the Stokes Sanatorium at Salisbury last Friday, where on Jan. 24th she underwent an operation. Her friends are glad to have her home again.

Mrs. W.R. McIntosh underwent an operation at the Charlotte Sanatorium last Friday. She will hardly return home under two weeks yet.

H.A. Haywood brought the paper an egg Saturday that weighed an even 4 ounces. It was laid by a Plymouth Rock hen.

Mrs. Z.Z. Hadley has returned to her home at Badin after spending a few days with her father, Dr. E.S. Davis, and sisters, Misses Sallie and Ella Davis.

Don’t forget the Indoor Carnival Friday night at the Fox house next door to Corpening residence. The freaks alone will be worth your attendance.

Miss Lillian Long is teaching the 4th grade at Pee Dee school, the position made vacant by the resignation of Miss Emma Porter who was married last Saturday.

Born at 2 o’clock Wednesday night to Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Hanlyn at Hamlet, a son, Calvin Howe. Our congratulations at this addition to the staff of the Hamlet News-Messenger.

Miss Leila Corpening will return today from Statesville and remain until Monday when she will go to Cheraw and accept a positon as housekeeper at the home of Mr. G. Walker Duval.

Mr. Robert L. Groover and Miss Lily Taylor were married at Wilmington Feb. 18th. Mrs. Groover is remembered here as Miss Lil Taylor, she having visited here several years ago.

Mrs. C.C. Crofton and Mildred returned Monday from a visit to Scotland Neck, coming home with her aunt, Mrs. T.H. Cooper, who will be the guest of herself and Mrs. J.B. Dickson for some weeks.

Mrs. C.K. Waddill has her house guests  Mrs. H.C. Dockery and Mrs. Lucy P. Russell at Cheraw. Quite a number of parties have been given in their honor. Mrs. Russell returns home the last of this week.

J.W. Stephenson of the Stephenson-Belk firm left here Monday at noon for New York. Forty buyers of the 30-odd stores of the Belk chain met there this week to look the market over and make purchases. In unity is strength, and some 30-odd stores buying as a unit would naturally tend to secure goods at a lower price. Mr. Joe Stephenson left here today to join the buyers.

Sheriff McDonald left here Tuesday morning for Graham county with Arch Manor, carrying him back to state prison camp. Manor has been brought here last week to testify in the Dennis Jessup case.

Mr. M.L. Morrison of Anson came the 9th to spend three weeks with his daughter, Mrs. John McPherson at Ledbetter’s. Mr. Morrison will be 85 years old June 12th and is one of the youngest old men to be found anywhere.

Dr. C.D. Dawkins, in charge of the free dental work in the county schools for the State Board of Health, was compelled to discontinue the work the last of January on account of illness. He was operated upon at the Hamlet hospital Feb. 1st for appendicitis. He has now regained his strength, and resumes the dental schedule today.

Saturday night a party went to Kill Kare Klub and enjoyed a “Weinie Roast.” They played games, roasted weinies over a big camp fire, and talked a bit too. Enjoying this outing were Leo Warburton, Miss Hornaday, Tebe Steele, Miss Louise Gill, John Scales, Miss Sheridan, Miss Brooks, Mr. Jackson, Miss Gaither, Laura Page Steele, Elizabeth Cole, and Bill Ormond.

Mrs. Sam. S. Steele has as her house-visitor Mrs. Causey of New York. Mrs. Causey will be remembered as having frequently visited here before her marriage as Miss Nan Wood. Mrs. Causey will be the guest of Miss Mamie Steele after today, Thursday, for some time.

Thursday evening of last week Miss Kathryn McDonald entertained the members of her Duplicate Club. After the game the hostess served a salad course with accessories. The prize was cut by Miss Ruth Harrison, who received a very pretty piece of lingerie. Present were Mesdames R.R. Simmons, Frank Leak, Henry Wall, Isaac London, Billy Everett, Fayette Cloud, Fred Bynum, J.M. Ledbetter, Arthur Douglas, W.R. Jones, Morris Purvis, Tom McRae, Misses Elizabeth Cloud, Octavia Scales, Mrs. Minor T. Hinson, Anna Leak Ledbetter, Jean and Glenn Fairley, Lois and Margaret Allen, Virginia Long, Elizabeth Covington, Mary Payne, Mary Reynolds, E. Cobb, Thelma Hicks, Sarah and Margaret Shores, John Henry Jr., John Swink, Ben McKenzie, Clyde Black, Patsy Leak, Evelyn Hopkins, and Billy Poplin. The little hostess was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. James Thredgill and Miss Netta Poplin.

Miss Mamie Steele entertained the members of her Book Club and a few special guests on Wednesday afternoon. Guests arriving soon realized that it was Washington’s birthday, for in the hall was a potted cherry tree laden with luscious looking red cherries. Score cards were soon given out, some decorated with branches of cherries, some American flags. When each had found her place at one of the five tables, the club game “42” was enjoyed. The hostess, assisted by Mrs. William Little Steele and Mrs. Sam Steele, served delicious creamed chicken in patties, country ham in two beaten biscuits, pickle and hot coffee with whipped cream, followed by wine parfait topped with red cherries and tutti frutti cake. The filling of the cake was largely of the cherries. The last course was brought in on each plate was a miniature cherry tree in a box which was filled with candy cherries. Books were exchanged and just before the guests departed it leaked out that this, too, was Miss Mamie’s birthday, so all had an opportunity to, not only, congratulate the hostess on such a lovely meeting, but to express some of the nice wishes that we all have for the hostess and that we may be with her to celebrate many more such occasions.

Friends in the city will be glad to learn of the improved condition of little Caroline Armistead, who has been quite sick with flu. Also that Mary Elizabeth Foster, who has been ill with pneumonia, is much better this Thursday afternoon. A trained nurse was summoned and came Tuesday night, as Dr. Foster, father of the little sick girl. Mrs. Armistead, who has had a slight attack of flu, is much better and hopes soon to be out again.

Mrs. Tom Cox of Wadesboro will today entertain a dinner party in honor of Mrs. Causey, guest of Mrs. Sam Steele. Going over from Rockingham for this hospitality are Mrs. Sam Steele, Mrs. Causey, Mrs. McLean Leath, Mrs. R.S. Cole, Mrs. Henry Ledbetter and Miss Mamie Steele.

Monday afternoon Mrs. Frank Leak entertained the members of her Bridge Club and a few specially invited guests. After the game the hostess served refreshments in two courses.

John Scales, accompanied by Misses Ruth Harrison and Jean Fairley, motored to Greensboro Tuesday, returning Wednesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Leak left Wednesday night for St. Petersburg, Fla., to spend a week. Mr. and Mrs. Minor T. Hinson will keep house at the Leaks while they are away and take charge of Tommy Jr.
Wednesday afternoon at the home of her parents little Miss Elaine Allred entertained about 18 of her little friends at a birthday party. This was the occasion of her 6th birthday and all the little folks came with a gift for their little hostess, which made her joy complete.

Friday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Covington on Ann street, Miss Carolina Covington entertained three tables of rook in honor of Miss Mamie West, whose marriage takes place next month. The game was thoroughly delightful and after several progressions, the hostess served delicious salad, chicken croquets, sandwiches, pickle, and hot coffee. To the honoree she presented a pair of silk hose. Those enjoying this affair were the bride-to-be, Miss Mamie West, and her mother, Mrs. J.T. West, Misses Berta West, Ophelia Ormond, Laura Page Steele, Elizabeth Cole, Marie Covington, Lucille Shore, Florence Covington, Hallie Covington, and Anna Leak Ledbetter.

Miss Mamie Steele entertained at Bridge honoring the guests of Mrs. George Steele, Mesdames Foster and Douglas. The home was most attractive with cut flowers and potted plants, and after the usual progressions, the hostess recalled the cards and served a salad course to her guests.

Tuesday afternoon at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Hinson, little Miss Frances and Emma Gay Hinson entertained the members of the Sunbeam Band of the Baptist church at a Valentine party. Various games were played and then they were all invited into the dining room where they were served with refreshments in red and white, carrying out the color scheme, and tiny boxes of red and white candy hearts were given to the children, also to each was given a Valentine.

Mangum Items

Mr. and Mrs. John Chandler of Lilesville visited relatives here Sunday.

Mr. W.C. Jarrell from Rockingham spent Sunday with his brother, Mr. J.R. Jarrell.

Rev. J.H. Shore, our presiding elder, preached a noble sermon at Hebron Sunday afternoon. The pretty sunshine permitted a large crowd to be present to hear him.

Mr. O.D. Stutts of Mt. Gilead visited in Mangum Sunday.

Master James Ross is right sick at this writing.

Mr. Jack Currie spent Saturday in Mt. Gilead on business.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Baldwin of Mt. Gilead attended church at Hebron Sunday afternoon.

Don’t forget the box party at the school house Friday night. The girls are invited to bring pretty, delicious boxes and the boys fat purses to buy them.

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the people for their kindness shown during the recent death of our beloved little sister, Sarah Margarette McDonald.
                --Her Sisters

Route 1 News

Mr. Oscar Hyat of Steele’s Mills was at Mr. Green Shephard awhile Sunday.

Mrs. Rose Goodwin spent Sunday at Laurinburg.

Mr. Carl Caulder was calling on Miss Annie Grant Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Bob Todd was at Mr. Frank Goodwin’s Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Pharaoh English were at Laurinburg Sunday.

Miss Beatrice Childers spent Friday night of last week at Steele’s Mills.

Mr. Paul Webb was calling on Miss Grace McRae Sunday.

Mr. Marvin Wrape spent the evening Sunday at Miss Grace McRae’s.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Diggs of Steels Mills were at K.D. Grant’s Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Eli English were at Mr. K.D. Grant’s Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Eli English were at Mr. Jim Liles’ a while Sunday afternoon.

Mr. John Bruton of Hamelt was over to see Miss Idell Meacham a while Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Ross and baby are very sick at their home on Watson Heights.

Mr. G.A. McRae, Misses Grace McRae and Idell Meacham attended the preaching at the Holiness church at Hannah-Pickett Sunday night.

Miss Helen Grant was at preaching at Hannah-Pickett Sunday night.

Mrs. Alice Roller and Miss Lillie Holder were visiting Mrs. K.D. Grant Sunday afternoon.
                --Pumpkin Head

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our most sincere appreciation and thanks to our friends for their sympathy and many kindnesses shown us during the recent illness and bereavement of our dear son and brother, John Jr., and especial thanks to his friends, the auto mechanics and drivers, for the beautiful floral offerings. May the Lord’s richest blessings be with you.
                --Mr. and Mrs. Jno. A. Baker and family

In Memory of James Roller
Kindly permit me space in your columns for a few lines relative to the life of James Roller. During his entire life I had personal acquaintance with him and I never knew a better boy. He was possessed by nature of strong, fine qualities of noble manhood. He used these qualities always for good and with a generous heart. His death was a great shock to his many friends and it is so hard to believe it came by his own hand.
James thy gentle voice is hushed,
   Thy warm, true heart is stilled,
And on thy pale and peaceful face
   Is resting death’s cold chill.
Thy hands are folded upon thy breast,
   We have kissed thy marble brow,
And in our aching hearts we know
   You are with us no longer now.
He is gone, but not forgotten,
   Never will his memory fade,
Sweetest thoughts will ever linger
   Around the grave where he is laid.
                --A Friend

Saturday, February 18, 2017

May Helen Morrison's Poems in Statesville Landmark, 1951

“Colored Girl Writes Poems,” from the Feb. 5, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

These two poems were written by a student at Morningside school.

What’s in Life?

I may not be what thou would be.
   I may not be what you’ll expect of me.
But whatever you might see,
   Will always be me.
You see me from sun up till night.
   I may do what ever I might.
I sing, I laugh, I cry, and smile.
   Praising God for the sunshine all the while.
Make the best of life where ever you are.
   Who knows, some day you may travel afar.
You may become a millionaire,
   Or just poor trash walking on air.

Your Life?

What does life mean to you today?
   Don’t sit and waste it away.
There are many things to do—
   No one knows by just ho,
But it may be for you.
Do a little deed here and there,
   Don’t always reach for a fare,
A friendly smile and a kindly “thank-you,”
   Will win you more friends than a few.
If you see an elder in distress,
   Help him with gladfulness.
You may never know
   How politeness shows.
Don’t let life just pass you buy.
   But look at it squarely in the eye.
So, my friends, make the best today,
   Only you can make your way.
                --May Helen Morrison

Friday, February 17, 2017

People at Resorts Must Not Be Allowed to Play Golf on Sundays in Watauga, Avery and Caldwell Counties, 1917

J.D. Garth on the demoralizing effect of playing golf on the Sabbath, from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Rev. Edgar Tufts of Banner Elk passed through Hickory last Monday on his way to Raleigh where he expected to seek passage of a bill prohibiting Sunday golf in Watauga, Avery and Caldwell counties. Visitors at Blowing Rock, Linville, and other resorts in the mountains have introduced the game and are demoralizing Sabbath observance, and are especially hurting the moral tone among the boys whom they use as caddies for their Sunday games. The good people are rising in arms against the practice.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Should North Carolina Join Six Other States in Outlawing KKK Masks, Burning Crosses? 1951

Editorial from the Feb. 5, 1951 issue of the Statesville Landmark

North Carolina’s two neighbors immediately to the south have taken action which promises to enhance the prestige of the whole Southern neighborhood.

Georgia this week became the sixth Southern state to outlaw hooded terrorism. A law forbidding the wearing of masks and outlawing the burning of crosses on private property without the owner’s consent was signed by Governor Talmadge, who was openly supported by the Ku Klux Klan in his 1948 campaign. Such fearlessness in George commands respect.

And in South Carolina, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave divided favor to the anti-mask bill aimed at the Ku Klux Klan, asked by Governor Byrnes. The South Carolina measure is drawn in the same vein as the Georgia law. It sets a heavy penalty for intimidation, threat or assault by anyone wearing a mask. It also outlaws cross-burning.

Such intrepid action on the part of two otherwise great states, long considered the strong holds of the worst elements of the Ku Klux Klan should have the commendation of every Southern state, whether they have displayed the same determination to rid themselves of this dastardly business or not.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sailor Signals Love in WW II Valentine

The sailor lass on this World War II valentine is holding flags. When you move the tab, she waves her flags.

Mrs. Lovedy Locklear, 110 Years Old, Has Died, 1949

“Funeral Held for 110-Year-Old Woman,” from the Feb. 22, 1949 issue of the Robesonian, Lumberton, N.C.

A large crowd attended funeral services for Mrs. Lovedy Locklear which were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from Harper’s Ferry church by Rev. L.W. Jacobs and Rev. Tommy Swett. Burial was in the Brooks cemetery near the church.

Mrs. Locklear, who was said to be 110-years-old, died Tuesday at her home in the Harpers Ferry section of Maxton, Rt. 3.

Beautiful tribute was paid to her Christian life and her faithfulness to her church by the officiating ministers.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Did Willie and Joe Price Burglarize Dr. Nicholson's Home? 1917

“No Developments in Burglary Case,” from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Formal hearing of Willie and Joe Price, who were held in police station, probably will be held tomorrow afternoon, but today there were no new developments in the burglarizing of Dr. Nicholson’s home Tuesday night. The bloodhounds were carried back to Asheville yesterday afternoon.

Hickory was impressed with the dogs and they were observed by hundreds, many going to the police station to see them. They are ugly rascals and look bad enough for any purpose.

Both boys insist that they are innocent and unless there is more proof than that produced by the bloodhounds, the lads probably will be released.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Deputies Kinlaw and McMillan Destroy Six Stills, 1949

“Deputies Destroy Six Stills in One Day,” from the Feb. 22, 1949 issue of the Robesonian, Lumberton, N.C.

Deputy Sheriffs J.J. Kinlaw and Paul McMillan arrested Stancil Carter, owner and operator of a liquor still in Saddletree township last Friday, and he is to be tried in St. Pauls recorders court Tuesday morning.

Six stills in all were destroyed by the deputies Friday, five just a few feet apart in the Lumber Bridge township.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Boys Fighting Mexico To Return Soon to Hickory, Says Capt. George Lyerly, 1917

“First Regiment Is to Leave Tonight,” from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record. While the troops were returning home from the fighting in Mexico, the United States was approaching entry into World War I, as can be seen by other headlines on the front page: “President Likely to Send Ultimatum,” “New Submarine Warfare Fraught With Danger,” “Neutral Ships to Remain in Port,” “Spain Talking of Action Also,” Lansing Confers on Submarine Issue,” “Germany’s Declaration Causes Jolt in England,” “Cotton Futures Tumble in Panic,” “Stocks Fly to Pieces Like Scraps,” and “Full Text of Germany’s New Note to United States.” Two months later, on April 2, 1917, Congress would declare war against Germany, and on Dec. 7, 1917 war was declared on Germany’s ally, Austria-Hungary.

Mrs. Geo. L. Lyerly received a night message from Captain Lyerly this morning saying that the first regiment would leave El Paso tonight for home and that the boys expected to be in Hickory Wednesday or Thursday of next week. The exact time of arrival here is not known of course, but Hickory people will give the soldiers a warm welcome when they hit the town again.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cabarrus Voters Outlaw Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, 1949

“Cabarrus Outlaws Sale of Beverages,” from the Feb. 22, 1949 issue of the Robesonian, Lumberton, N.C.

Concord, Feb. 22—(AP)—Cabarrus county has joined the parade of bone dry counties.

Voters in a special election yesterday outlawed the sale of wine and beer by a 2 to 1 majority. The county has prohibited the sale of whiskey for years.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

N.C. Senate Passes Law Forbidding Carrying of Pistols, 1917

From the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Raleigh, Feb. 1—The senate today passed a drastic law aimed at the carrying of pistols in North Carolina, providing for a minimum fine for the first offense of $50 or 30 days imprisonment.

Five educational bills designed to make uniform appointment of school boards through the central commission; elect county boards, and superintendents in all counties and one measure solely for Person County went upon the unfavorable calendar today.

These were the bills which were heard Tuesday evening. A conference this morning of the committee eliminated all, in the view of the report today it is accepted that there will be no material change in the educational policy.

The senate today passed a state boiler inspection law, with a $5 fee attached and providing a salary of $800 a year for the inspector.

The open formula bill, known legislatively as the Scales-Page or board of health patent medicine act, went to unanimous defeat in the senate committee last night, only one senator failing to vote against it. And he merely reserved the right to vote otherwise.

The house vote of seven to five last week looked overwhelmingly enough but the senate was sores for slaughter. There will be no minority report and the two houses may now work upon the Bennett senate bill and the Grantham house measure which has gone through the upper body and waits concurrence.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Man Charged for Not Supporting Wife, 5 Children, 1949

“Lack of Support for Children Is Charged by Sheriff,” from the Feb. 22, 1949 issue of the Robesonian, Lumberton, N.C.

David (Red) Herring was jailed yesterday on a charge of neglecting to provide adequate support for his wife and five minor children, Sheriff Willis C. Britt reported today.

On receipt of a complaint from the welfare department, the sheriff with Juvenile Judge B.F. McMillan Jr. Saturday investigated conditions at the farm home occupied by the Herring family in Wisharts township.

The officials found indescribably filthy and impoverished conditions prevalent at the home. They brought Herrings’ six-month-old baby to the Thompson Hospital here, near death from starvation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rev. Edmund Joyner’s Eulogy for Lucy Morgan Beard, 1917

From the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Lucy Jeanette (Morgan) Beard

Born at Petersburg, Va., November 28, 1852; fell asleep at her home Hickory, N.C., January 2nd, 1917.

Buried from Church of the Ascension, January 4th, the Rev. Edmund N. Joyner, her first pastor at Hickory, and the Rev. Samuel B. Stroup, her present pastor, officiating.

The beginning of Mrs. Beard’s life at Hickory dates from its day of small things, when the whole town was one big family. And it was through the zeal of such spirited, as well as public-spirited, characters as she, that the town made such progress that it began and continued to grow, reaching its present proportions within the comparatively brief period of her residence.

She was married at 18 to that great-hearted Christian citizen, Mr. James. B. Beard. Cherished was the union between them, and none the less, ever, after he had preceded her to “saints’ rest” by some years.

Mrs. Beard was brimming with a well-directed energy and enthusiasm, always as broadly interested as she could safely reach, and no farther. Never, with her powers and faculties, did she “so fight as one that beateth the air.”

Perhaps her peculiar genius lay in aptitude for teaching little children. She was long a teacher, and even after the need passed as a means of support, because she loved children, she rejoiced in the atmosphere of their stirring, happy ways. She kept her little school about her even until that moment when the teacher, who took his little ones up in his arms to bless them, with a quick summons dismissed her gentle spirit to its endless holiday.

One brother of the immediate family, Mr. Alfred Morgan, remains, and her niece, Miss Josie Person, who long shared her home and was as a daughter in a thorough and tender mutual affection.

Were I to describe Mrs. Beard in one word, as to all her relationships in life, that one would be the great word “loyalty.” From the path which led straitest to duty and to service she never flinched or swayed.

As touching her own family, in all its members, or their memory, having passed on, her constancy was woven of cloth of gold.

In the ties of personal friendship, and some were long years abiding, that word was of luminous application.

Among the people and interests of her city, that term is written in the way in which she will be universally, confessedly missed.

To her church, with charity which never faileth towards all who love her Lord in sincerity and truth, she was true in a devotion and zeal which made her path a shining light.

And last, and best: that which wrought the lustrous word into her whole life, to herself she was loyal; to her own convictions and standards and ideals she was absolutely true.

With quietness and confidence she held fast to her moral estimates and judgments, which fashioned and guided and restrained her Christian womanliness; she exacted of others nothing she did not require of herself; she gave freely of what she had and gave loyally of it all, to family and friend, to neighborhood and to the household of her faith.

She, and those like her, are thus enshrined in the Book of Wisdom.

“The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them. And they that put their trust in Him shall understand this truth, and such as ben faithful in love shall abide with Him; for grace and mercy are to His saints, and He hath care for His elect.

“Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand; for with His right hand shall He cover them, and with His arm shall He protect them.

Stover Wise Attacked by Bear That Had Been Killing Hogs in Little Lost Cover, N.C., 1911

 “Hunter Attacked by Bear” in the Watauga Democrat, Boone, N.C., February 2, 1911.

Linville Falls--The first authentic case of black bear attacking a man is that reported by Stover Wise, one of the most successful bear hunters of this region. It happened on a recent big bear hunt which ended a few days ago in the killing of the largest bear that has been taken in this vicinity for many years. He weighed about 300 pounds.

This bear has been living off the hogs kept at a sawmill in Little Lost Cover, about 8 or 9 miles from here toward Grandfather Mountain. The bears’ depredations being reported by Wise and Aldridge boys, they started after the brute with their dogs. It was the largest and hardest race on record here, lasting five days using up several packs of hounds and extending over much more than 100 miles. Bruno was chased up to Grandfather Mountain and over some of its roughest slopes and finally back to the place where he was started.

By making an effort, which only a life-long training made possible and which he says was the hardest climb he ever made, Stover Wise intercepted the bear on a ridge in time to get a shot at him from a distance of about 100 yards, using a Winchester. To his surprise, the bear turned and came straight for him, never stopping despite repeated shots until he was within 20 feet of the hunter. Then he went down.

Examination showed that five shots had taken effect, all in the head and shoulders, ranging back Wise says he is not certain whether the bear was dazed by the first shot and did not know what he was doing, or if he really meant to attack. All the old bear hunters hereabouts agree that a black bear never attacks a man, even when wounded, if he can run away.

This was the twelfth black bear killed within 8 miles of Linville Falls this fall and winter and most of them were secured much nearer.

Sorry for the skipped days but my baby sister is very sick now and I've been with her.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Women’s Club Members Will Not Discuss Women’s Right to Vote So That Everyone May Attend, 1917

“Woman’s Club to Be Formed Here Tomorrow Afternoon; Mrs. Lingle Is Honor Guest, from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record

Mrs. T.W. Lingle of Davidson, president of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs, arrived in Hickory today at noon and will deliver an address at the Hub Theatre tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. The occasion will be the organization of the Woman’s Club of Hickory, and the public, both women and men, is invited to attend.

Mrs. Lingle, who will be the guest of Mrs. Bost, will be entertained by the ladies of Hickory at several luncheons and meetings. Mrs. Bost gave a luncheon for her at 1 o’clock this afternoon, Mrs. E.P. Reid of Lenoir likewise being an honor guest.

At 3 o’clock this afternoon Mrs. T.C. Blackburn is entertaining the Thursday Study Club , at which Mrs. Lingle is the honor guest, and tonight Mrs. J. Worth Elliott will give an informal reception in her honor. The public is invited to attend.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock Mrs. K.C. Menzies will give a luncheon for the Traveler’s Club, when Mrs. Lingle also will be the honor guest.

The mass-meeting at the Hub will be presided over by Mrs. E.B. Cline, and Mrs. Lingle will explain the objectives of women’s clubs and the state federation. She is an unusually brilliant woman and her address will be well worth the time of the citizens of Hickory. The meeting is open to the public, and ladies behind the movement want it understood that questions related to civic betterment only will be discussed. The suffrage question will not be brought up, as some have supposed, and all persons who are interested in the welfare of this community will not be kept away by these suggestions.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Capt. D.P. Mast Remembered Orphans in His Will, 1911

“He Remembered the Orphans,” from the Winston Sentinel, February 1911

The last will and testament of the late Capt. D.P. Mast has been probated. It shows that the deceased left an estate of $7,500 and the provisions of Capt. Mast’s will show the deep interest he felt in humanity.

The deceased bequeathed $100 to the Barium Springs Orphanage; $50 to the Oxford Orphanage; $100 to the Mast Seminary, Presbyterian School in Watauga county; $100 to the Lees Mcrae Institute in Watauga county; $100 to the Presbyterian Boys’ School at Plum Tree, Mitchell county; $200 to the Glade Valley Presbyterian School in Alleghany county, and $100 to the North Winston Presbyterian Sunday School in this city.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Improvements to Infrastructure in Brevard, Sanford and Spencer, 1910

From the Municipal Journal &Public Works, and Engineer, February 23, 1910, page 290. This book is online at books.google.com.

Brevard, N.C.—City is considering extension of sewer system; will expend $15,000 on improvements to sewer system and water works.—W.E. Breese Jr. Mayor.

Sanford, N.C.—Citizens have voted $25,000 bonds for construction of sewer system.—J.C. White, Durham, Engineer in Charge.

Brevard, N.C.—City has issued $15,000 bonds for water works and sewerage.—W.E. Breese Jr., Mayor.

Spencer, N.C.—City has purchased Spencer Water Co.’s plant.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rex Hospital Operating Room, 1923

From “The story of Rex,” a history of Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., http://rexhealthcarefoundation.com/our-story/. I decided to use this photo today because I had surgery at Rex Hospital this morning.

Operating Room at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, circa 1923. This image is part of the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill Library.

UNC REX Healthcare springs from one man’s single act of generosity. More than 175 years ago, John Rex, a tanner by trade, acted on that desire to lift up his fellow man by making a bequest.
“I give and bequeath…all money belonging to me…to provide a comfortable retreat for the sick and afflicted poor belonging to the City of Raleigh in which they may have the benefit of skillful medical aid and proper attention.”
– John T. Rex, 1771–1839

“Mr. Rex was one of those unobtrusive, modest men who pursue, undisturbed, the even tenor of their way, content with discharging the duty they owe to society and studiously avoiding public notoriety.”
– Raleigh Register, February 1839
The hospital founded by John Rex opened in 1894 in a converted residence with a staff of seven. Today, Rex has facilities in seven towns and cities — Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, Wakefield, Holly Springs — take John Rex’s vision of hope and healing to more than 1 million residents.