Friday, May 31, 2019

Hospital Association Formed for Tallassee Power Company Employees, Families, June 1919

From The Badin Bulletin, Albemarle, N.C., published monthly by the employees of Tallassee Power Company, June 1919 issue.

Hospital Association Formed

The Tallassee Power Company Voluntary Hospital Association has been formed to place at the disposal of all Tallassee Power Company’s employees at Badin, the services of the hospital at a low cost. This service is available for the employee and his immediate family, but being limited to his father and mother (if dependent), wife, and children.

This service includes medicines while patient is in the hospital, board, room, X-ray fees, operating-room fees (includes anesthetics, towels, gauze, expenses of sterilization, etc.), dressings (material only), laundry, obstetrical fee, and general nursing.

The service contemplates only use of the wards by the patients. Private rooms—when available—can be held at an additional charge of 50 cents per day. In case the wards are full, the patient shall be placed in a private room without extra charge until there is a vacancy in the ward.

Doctor’s services are not included, and are to be arranged with the doctors.

The hospital is to be under the supervision of Dr. W.T. Rainey, and in his absence under his associate, Dr. D.B. Moore, with Miss Edna Heinzerling as head nurse.

Services of a special nurse are to be paid for by patient. Special nurse will be arranged for upon notice to the head nurse.

The laboratory and drug room will be under the direct supervision of the head nurse, and medicine shall be issued on prescription or requisition only.

Arrangements can be made with Dr. Rainey to do any X-ray work.

Dr. Rainey will be in charge of the operating-room, and arrangements for its use can only be made thru him. A responsible practicing surgeon will be allowed to use the room on request of the patient and the approval of Dr. Rainey.

Any member of this department who is under the care of or employs another doctor may continue under such doctor after going to the hospital.

It is understood and agreed that the necessity for the admission of any patient shall be left to the decision of the attending physician, but their length of stay at the hospital may be terminated upon an agreement between the attending physician and the general superintendent of Tallassee Power Company.

In obstetrical cases, at least 30 days’ written notice should be given Miss Heinzerling, in order to be sure to have a room for the patient.

Membership in this Association is open to all employees of Tallassee Power Company, but application must be made prior to July 10, 1919. Such application must be accompanied by the first month’s dues.

Any employee of the Tallassee Power Company who is in the service of Tallassee Power Company prior to July 10, 1919, and does not become a member of this Association prior to that time, will be barred from membership until July 10, 1920.

Every new employee of the Company  must make application for membership prior to the expiration of the first four weeks of employment with the Company. If he does not become a member in that period, he is barred from membership until he has been employed one year.

Membership fees are as follows:

Married men with families, $1.50 per month.

Single men, $1 per month.

Any member not paying his dues on or before the 10th day of each month will automatically be dropped, and cannot again become a member within one year from the termination of his membership.

A member who is released by the Company, upon again becoming an employee is entitled to immediate membership upon payment of dues.

Payment of membership fees are to be made to the cashier, at the Rent, Light, and Water Department office. Application for membership should also be made at that office.

The hospital will be available to non-members of the association at the regular rates, vis.:

Private room and board, $18 per week.

Ward room and board, $14 per week.

But members of the Association will receive preference in being admitted for treatment.

Aiken Moore's Story In Rhyme of The Turbine Test at Tallassee Power Company, June, 1919

From The Badin Bulletin, Albemarle, N.C., published monthly by the employees of Tallassee Power Company, June 1919 issue.

Story of the Turbine Test

By Aiken Moore

Now Papa Groat, he had three boys
   Away up in P.A.
He said, “Let’s see about the joys
   They have down Badin way.
Come now, pack your trunks with zest;
   Let’s get an early start,
We’ll go and have a turbine test”
   (A sport dear to his heart)

They said, “We’ll take a friend this time,
  A beau of Cousin Alma’s.”
(That name is just to fill the rhyme—
  It’s really Alice Chalmers.)
That’s why they took young Roberts, too,
   And made the party five;
They thought that four might be too few
  With such a job to strive.

Now Svitz was a handsome youth,
   Admired of females fair—
I think it was, to tell the truth,
   The way he fixed his hair;
While Ely was to be sedate
   A little bit inclined;
The things about him they relate
   Were rather of that kind.

Bromelmeir had a tongue
   Quite sharp, as you’ll discover
(It got that when when he was young,
   And never did recover.)
Roberts dressed in early morn,
   And dressed again for lunch;
At dinner, too, he would adorn
   Himself—he played a hunch.

Now that we’ve learned the personnel
   Of this delightful party,
I’ll hasten on—there’s much to tell—
   Of deeds they did, right hearty;
And if I seem to stretch the truth,
   That’s but to be expected,
When we consider every youth
   So carefully selected.

To the Badin Club they came,
   Their welcome was the best;
For Far abroad had gone the name—
   The magic turbine test.
If E-510 B. Y. N.
   Is mounting rather high,
Remember what we’ve gained in men,
   And pass the matter by.

In work like this, so delicate,
   Of course opinions vary;
But Papa Groat, I must relate,
   Pursued a plan most wary.
A fish was caught, a healthy pearch,
   Stretch your imagination!
The work was to be as a search
   For signs of agitation.

An humble rabbit wouldn’t do
   To send down thru the penstock,
Because they are so subject to
   Those fierce attacks of shin-shock.
The fish was started down the flue,
   And he was scared a-plenty;
With pulse a hundred sixty-two,
   And temperature at twenty.

Said Papa Groat, “See what I’ve planned”
   (A smile lit up his face),
“We test once at the turbine, and
   Again down at the tailrace.”
This, too, he said, with conscious pride,
   And paused to scratch his dome;
“We’ll put a lot of salt inside,
   So Fishy’ll feel at home.”

Thru surging wave, in mad surprise,
   Onward sped our hero.
The salt was dashing in his eyes,
   His temperature was zero.
On poor Fishy, Roberts pounced,
   And laughed with fiendish glee.
His pulse was taken and announced—
   “Two hundred sixty-three!”

With fearless mien, and purpose true,
   At tailrace Sivitz waited.
He knew exactly what to do;
   The trap was set and baited.
This final chapter was to tell,
   And prove our fondest hope,
That our turbines turbined well,
   According to the dope.

He brought along a periscope,
   Also a micrometer.
Of course he had a stethoscope
   And very strong thermometer.
With calipers of finest grade,
   A small tough rubber sack—
You know young Fishy must be weighed,
   His scales were on his back.

Alas! the test is now in Dutch,
   For, to their consternation,
 Someone turned a valve too much,
   And spoiled the situation.
Fishy waved a glad good bye.
   A fond adieu he kissed ‘em;
 Another channel he did find
   Into the oiling system!

Oh! breathe a prayer for Fishy dear!
   His grave is dark and dank.
He chose a strange place for his bier—
   A thousand-gallon tank.
Blame not the men that did fail
   But pluck up hope, Oh! Brother;
Their reappearance you may hail—
   They soon will start another.

Give Our Soldiers a Place on North Carolina Farm, May 31, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 31, 1919

Give Our Soldiers a Place

On April 28th we mailed you a list showing the names of a number of soldier farmers who are anxious to obtain positions on North Carolina farms. We are now handing you a revised list of soldier farmers who wish positions on farms in North Carolina. Some of them desire to rent or buy. This list was referred to me by Mr. S.G. Rubinow of Raleigh, assistant to director, Co-Operative Extension work in Agriculture and Home Economics, State of North Carolina, with request that we assist him in locating these men. Many sections are in need of farm labor and almost every section would welcome young men who are able to buy a farm.

Please give this list all possibly publicity, and please do what you can to help these soldier farmers find suitable places.

G.A. Cardwell, Agricultural and Industrial Agent
A.C.L.R.R., Wilmington, N.C.

The list follows:

Carl B. Pethel, Kannapolis, N.C., Box 215. Single, farmed all life. Wants position in general farming.

Russell R. Shuford, Lenoir, N.C. Single, 25 years’ experience. Interested in general farming.

Harlan I. Banks, Hiddenite, N.C. Single, 8 years’ experience. Wants position on corn, wheat or tobacco farm.

Clifton J. Knowles, Wallace, N.C. Single. Farmer 20 years. Interested in general farming position.

William Byers, Ft. Caswell, N.C. Married. Farmer 5 years. Interested in general farming position.

William Byers, Ft. Caswell, N.C. Married. Farmer 5 years. Wants position on general farm.

Alex Outlaw, Ft. Caswell, N.C. Married, 1 year’s experience. Wants position on general farm.

Ralph Wade, Ft. Caswell, N.C. Married, 7 years’ experience, interested in general farm position.

Vannie L. Hughey, Forest City, N.C. Single. Farmed 6 years. Interested in farming as a tenant or in buying.

Orin M. Honeycutt, Elmwood, N.C. Single, Farmed 10 years. Laborer.

W.M. Pickens, 6th, 2 Tr. Bn., Camp Jackson, S.C. Single, 2 years’ experience on fruit and truck farm.

Ben C. Stewart, Grover, N.C., Rt. 2. Single. 10 years’ experience. A farm laborer.

L.E. Alfred, Bayboro, N.C. Married. Wants position on farm in the eastern part of the State.

W.R. Hudson, Brickstand, N.C. Married. Farmed 25 years. Interested in general farming tenant.

James D. Keeter, Weldon, N.C. Single. Farmed 12 years. General farm laborer.

Wm. H. Johnston, Troutmans, N.C. Single. Farmed all life. Interested in general farming as tenant.

Robert L. Freeman, Bolton, N.C. Married. Farmed 5 years. Wants general farm position. Route 1, 
Box 23.

R.E. Elrod, Granite Falls, N.C. Married. Farmed 20 years. General farm laborer.

Victor G. Williams, Vanceboro, N.C. Single. 18 years’ experience. Interested in general farming.

Paul W. Gay, Garysburg, N.C. Single. Farmed all life. Interested in stock and general farming. Will rent.

Mallie Wood, Fuquay Springs, N.C., Rt. 1. Married. General farmer.

W.G. Andrews, Sanford, N.C. Single. 1 ½ years’ experience as a tractor driver.

Walter F. McAdams, Mebane, N.C. Married. Farmed all life on general farm, tobacco a specialty.

Alex Francis, Ridgeville, N.C. General farm worker. Wants good position on general farm, can care for stock.

Robert S. Everhart, Advance, N.C. Farmed all life. Wants position as farm manager on general farm.

Clyde J. Hoover, Asheboro, N.C. Single. Farmed all life. Wants position on general farm.

John H. Ross, Raleigh, N.C., Rt. 6. Single. Farmed all life. Wants position as farm laborer, and caring for stock.

Henry R. Story, Gibsonville, N.C. Single. Farmed 9 years. Wants position as farm manager.

Franklin G. Davis, Mooresville, N.C. Single. Wants position on general farm, dairying or live stock.

Dallas C. Martin, Jonesville, N.C. Single. Wants position as farm manager. Farmed all life.

Gurney W. Burton, High Point, N.C. Married. Farmed all life. Will rent or farm on shares.

Robert H. Scales, Bridgewater, N.C. Farmed with father. Wants position in general farming.

Enice H. Clark, Holly Springs, N.C. Single. Was farm supt. on 250-acre farm. Wants position as farm manager. Tobacco a specialty.

Foy M. Buxton, Hampstead, N.C. Single. 4 years experience. Wants position taking care of live stock on general farm.

R.I. Haynes, Boone, N.C. Wants to buy farm.

Richard F. Linville, Rusk, N.C. Farmed with father. Wants to rent or buy.

Lewis C. Burch, Goldsboro, N.C., 307 Ash street, wants to buy farm.

Rike Wilson, Mocksville, N.C. Wants position on general farm.

Chasley Payatte, Pyatte, Avery County, N.C. Wants position on general farm.

Ed. Baldwin, Rockingham, N.C. Colored. Wants to rent a farm.

John Legrand, Rockingham, N.C. Colored. Wants to rent a farm.

Lemuel Johnson, Norlina, N.C. Colored. Wants to buy 75 acres in N.

Walker Jowers, Wadesboro, N.C. Colored. Wants to buy 50 acres in N.

Richard Harris, Marcusville, N.C. Colored. Wants to buy farm.

George Hargrove, Orange, N.C. Colored. Wants to buy farm.

Walter Council, Dunn, N.C. Colored. Wants to buy farm.

Families of John Thomas Ring, John William Neal Jr., Gift Trinity College In Son's Honor, May 31, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., May 31, 1919

Two Gifts to Trinity College

Members of his family at Kernersville, N.C., have established an endowed scholarship at Trinity College in honor of John Thomas Ring of the class of ’16, who was killed in action in France.
Many Trinity students will remember John Ring, the lovable, bright young boys, perhaps the youngest member of his class, and it will give them pleasure to know that his memory is thus to be perpetuated at his Alma Mater.

Dr. J.W. Neal of Monroe, N.C., has established a loan fund in memory of his son, John William Neal Jr., who died a few weeks ago. Young Neal was in the Students Army Training Corps till the end of the war and afterwards a member of the present Freshman class, and while he had been a member of the college community for only a short time was respected and very much liked by his college mates.
Former students of college will recall his two brothers, Doctors Paul and Kemp Neal, who have since leaving here taken their medical degrees and like their youngest brother were both in the wartime service of their country.

Local News Including Big Celebration at the Hass Home, May 31, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 31, 1919

Local Items

A large number of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Hass, one mile east of town, Sunday in honor of their two sons, Wilson and Eugene, who have just returned from France, they being members of the 105th engineers of the 30th Division. This being Mr. Hass’ 63rd birthday also, a large table was spread under the big oaks in the yard and was loaded down with all kinds of good things for the inner man. All of the nine children were present except one, Mrs. J.E. Howard, who lives in Statesville. The most prominent figure at this occasion was Mr. Hass’ mother, Mrs. Martha Jane Hass of Hudson, who is in her 94th year and still stout and hearty for one of that age.

An interesting service will be held at the Episcopal church tomorrow morning to which everyone, but especially returned soldiers, are invited. If it is fitting to celebrate their home coming by a celebration, it must be even more fitting and proper that God’s house is a most appropriate place to hold it.

The Chero-Cola Bottling Company of Hickory bottled Orange-Crush advertised in the Record, and another another bottling concern, as the attractive ad in yesterday’s paper made it appear. If one wants the best orange drink that has appeared on the market, in the opinion of many, he will give Orange Crush a trial.

Mr. R.J. Foster has sold his bungalow on Tenth avenue to Mr. Geo. F. Ivey, but Mr. Foster and family will continue to occupy it for some time.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Self, a son.

Mrs. J.A. Gaither left Saturday for Greensboro, where she will enter a hospital for treatment.
Mr. Cowles Gaither, who has been attending Davidson college the past year, has gone to Norfolk, Va., to work in the navy yard during his vacation.

Mr. Z.B. Buchanan has purchased from the W.P. Huffman estate the lot in the rear of the Lutheran church on Ninth avenue, the lot fronting the railroad and Twelfth street. This is a valuable piece of property and probably will be developed at an early date.

Mrs. Vena Little Goode, who has charge of the music department in the graded school at Shelby, is visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Little on Tenth avenue.

Hickory Lodge No. 343 will meet in regular communication on Monday night for the purpose of electing officers and transacting other business.

Announcement was made in Concord that Cannon mills would resume operation Wednesday morning. All former employes may return to work if they desire.

Polk County News Devotes Front Page to County History, May 30, 1919

The front page of the May 30, 1919, issue of Polk County News and the Tryon Bee was devoted to Polk County History with photos. To read W.H. McFarland’s history, go to and then

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Decoration Day Races, May 30 and 31, 1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., May 30, 1919

Great Racing Program Is On. . . Fast Horses Try for Big Stakes Here To-day and To-Morrow

Much interest is being shown in the Decoration Day races to be held at the old fair grounds, Elizabeth City, Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31. An unique feature of the program is the evening attraction, in which the horses will race by the brilliant glare of scores of electric lights and a big bonfire in the center of the track.

The aggregate of the purses to be given totals over $1,200. It is divided as follows:

2:25 pace stake, purse $400, 13 speedy racers already entered;

2:25 trot stake purse $400, 14 fast trotters entered;

Free for all, trot or pace, purse $300;

2:25 pace or trot for local horses, purse $50, fee of $10 to enter;

Local trot for pace for horses never raced before, to be driven by owners, purse $50, no entry fee;

Mule running race, open to all, 1st prize $10; 2nd prize $5.

Matinee races to be arranged later.

All races will be in mile heats, three heats to a race. The price of admission will be adults, 50 cents in the afternoon races, children under 12 free, and 25 cents for the night performance, with no extra charge for the grand stand and no charge for parking autos.

Digest of Everything Worth Knowing About Old North State Folks and Things, May 30, 1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., May 30, 1919

N.C. State News. . . A Digest of Everything Worth Knowing About Old North State Folks and Things

—Following an examination of the child by physicians, O.L. Godley 35-year-old carpenter of Smithfield, was arrested and placed in State prison on a charge of criminal assault on Mamie Beasley, 9 years old. On the day that the crime is alleged to have been committed, Godley picked up the little girl on her way home, and took her for an automobile ride. The warrant was sworn out by the child’s father, and mob violence being threatened, Godley was later placed in State prison for safe keeping. Godley denies all knowledge of the crime.

—Alexander Sprunt and Son, noted cotton exporters of Wilmington, for 54 years a partnership, have recently filed a $3,000,000 charter of incorporation with the Secretary of State.

—Wake Forest College has just closed its most successful year with respect to its debating teams. For the first time in the history of the institution three successive inter-collegiate debates have been won, and without a defeat Wake Forest presents a record unrivalled among the colleges of the State, for the past year.

—After a first successful attempt, and with the aid of a blanket ladder, four prisoners in the Fayetteville jail made good their escape. Bloodhounds trailed the fleeing prisoners without success.

--The new “Coast to Capital” highway, which will begin at Columbia in Tyrrell county, will pass through the cities of Plymouth, Jamesville, Williamston, Robersonville, Bethel, Tarboro, Rocky Mount, Nashville, Spring Hope and Raleigh. It is expected that the proposed highway will bring a new era of commercial and industrial prosperity to this section of the State.

--The shippers of North Carolina are much interested in the big freight rate fight which is now being waged in the Federal court at Raleigh between the railroads and the U.S. Railroad Administration on the one side, and the North Carolina Corporation Commission and 12 Chambers of Commerce on the other. The case affects every man in the State who ships or receives shipments of goods. At present the freight rate from New York to Raleigh is practically double the rate from New York to Richmond, despite the comparative mileages. In the same way it costs no more to ship to South Carolina than to North Carolina from New York, and in some cases even less, and it is on account of this apparent rate discrimination that the case is being fought in the Raleigh court.

--The new State revaluation act is being favorably received all over the State. Governor Bickett says: “This act should be entitled ‘an act to make the tax books speak the truth’ whereas under the old policy all the people were permitted to engage in a monumental lie.”

--Following an attack on the constitutionality of the taxing clause of the new State Warehouse Act, requiring the payment of a tax of 25 cents on each bale of cotton ginned in North Carolina in the two years ending June 30, 1921, the Supreme Court has rendered a decision that the clause is constitutional.

--Harry L. Montgomery, Charlotte business man, was murdered last Friday night while out motoring with his financee, Miss Lorine Owens, 17 years old. The latter declares that Montgomery was killed by a negro. No motive for the crime has been unearthed, nor has any definite clue to the slayer been found.

--Miss Beatrice White of the Winston-Salem high school, is the winner of the $10 prize offered by the State Bureau of Infant Hygiene, for the best essay on diarrheal diseases of infants. Fully 500 essays from 350 schools of the State entered the competition.

--Farmers who plan to build silos during the months of June, July and August should write to the Animal Industry Divisions of the Department of Agriculture, Raleigh. J.H. Helton has been secured by the Department to render assistance and give advice in the construction of silos.

--If any grower or shipper has not received copies of the regulations and grades according to which all graded potatoes must be graded that are offered for sale in North Carolina, they may obtain copies by applying to the office of the Division of Markets of the Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, N.C., also copies of Federal inspection offices were are located upon leading consuming markets. Last year graded potatoes brought from 50 cents to a $1.50 a barrel more than ungraded. This would have made a gain of $500,000 to $1,000,000 to growers and shippers if all had graded their potatoes according to United States Standard last year.

--The North Carolina Methodist conference has exceeded its quota of $1,608,455 in the centenary drive by $22,259.65, it was announced Monday by the conference campaign manager D.W. Newsom of Durham. Pledges secured $1,630,714.65. Belated returned are expected to give a still greater surplus.

--Senator F.M. Simmons of North Carolina has placed himself on record as unequivocally opposed to the repeal of the wartime prohibition act, in answer to questions as to his attitude on this issue.

--Harnett, Chatham, Lee and Moore counties will cooperate in staging a big Fourth of July celebration of welcome for their returning soldiers. A feature of the day will be a camion tribute to the boys of these counties who died in the service.

--The indictment against Harvey Johnson, returned soldier charged with manslaughter in the Raleigh courts, was amended to a charge of homicide in Monday’s session of the court. Johnson, under the influence of liquor, was out auto riding April 27 with Thelma Johnson, a 10-year-old girl. The automobile was overturned, and Miss Johnson was fatally injured. Other persons in the car were unhurt. Johnson stated that he got his liquor in Richmond at the time of his discharge from the army.

Help Save Mt. Lebanon A.M.E. Church, Elizabeth City, May 30, 1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., May 30, 1919

Under the Hammer! Will You Help Save it?

MT. LEBANON A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, the most imposing religious edifice ever erected by the colored people of this city is under the hammer, to be sold to satisfy a mortgage of $13,000 held by a man in another state. The membership of Mt. Lebanon is asking the white people, regardless of their place of residence or religious denomination, to help them save their church. The white people probably will respond generously to this appeal. No one who believes in missions can turn it down. It is just as important to save a church at home as it is to build a church for black people in Africa or yellow people in China. The church at home is a community asset.

The independent. [volume] (Elizabeth City, N.C.) 1908-1936, May 30, 1919, Image 1

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First Battalion, 308th Infantry, Parade Before Crowds in New York City, 1919

First Battalion of 308th Infantry, marching in New York City in 1919. Associated Press Photo. This parade was not on Memorial Day. Many parades were held in cities throughout the United States when large contingents of men returned home. Since a number of large groups landed at the port of New York, New York City had several parades.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

R'ham Lad Writes Humorous Letter From France, May 29, 1919

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday, May 29, 1919

Letter Home From France

Aigny le Duc, France
April 15, 1919

Well, old scout, it seems that just about every member of the old gang will beat me home. But listen: don’t let any of those hot house boys getaway with any hero stuff. Why, pal-o-mine, I’ve been “over the top” more times than those birds have ever been home, and I will look no less important than John L. McIver when I blow in wearing one of those Croix de Guerres and other badges received for “gallantry in action.” Boy, I am there—far be it from me to kid you.

So you asked me when you passed through Liverpool, did you? And no one knew me? Evidently you didn’t ask my friend Lloyd George. Boy, I had some time in Paris. Had to wear an assumed name to keep from being jerked up by the Peace Conference. Pres. Wilson and I hit Paris the same day, and it was quite a celebration they put on for us. However, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman who was patriotic enough to let me hold a hundred francs!

So Corbet is in the electrical business. Getting ready for the “chair,” I guess. May a live wire do its duty.

At $150 a month I admit that you are letting your company get away with an enormous bargain. Candidly, I think the bird that hired your ought to e examined by a Psychiatrist. (Oh, no; that is not the name of a French M.P. He is merely the guy that works in cooperatin with the squirrels—namely, goes after the ‘nuts.’

Well, son, I have told you all there is to tell—and it’ll not make you any wiser. Have no idea when we’ll get home, but you can count on our making up for lost time when we do come.

France is a wet country.

R’ham lad in France

Pvt. William Faris Moved From Missing in Action to Killed in Action in Official Casualty List, May 29, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., May 29, 1919

Casualty List

The following casualties are reported by the commanding general of the American Expeditionary forces:

Killed in action, 6
Died of wounds, 3
Died of accident and other causes, 20
Died of disease, 6
Wounded severely, 22
Wounded, degree undetermined, 59
Wounded slightly, 428
Missing in action, 3
Total, 547


Wounded Slightly

Sergt. Geo. W. Hodges, R.F.D. 1, Washington, N.C.

Sergt. Samuel R. Brown, Macclesfield, N.C.

Corporal Barnie A. Henry, Selma, N.C.

Wagoner Pink Walston, R.F.D. 3, Stantonsburg, N.C.

Wagoner David A. Britt, Blancoe, N.C.

Wagoner Kirby Heath, R.F.D. 2, Deep Run, N.C.

Wagoner Ollie Hodges, Grimesland, N.C.

Wagoner Peter Kendrick, Spray, N.C.

Private Sidney Mitchell, R.F.D. 2, Clayton, N.C.

Killed in Action—Previously Reported Missing in Action

Private William Faris, R.F.D. 1, Madison, N.C.


Open Back Privy, Uncovered Garbage Pail, Stable, No Screens Mean Swarms of Flies in Homes, May 29, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., May 29, 1919

Baby Week Sees the Destruction of Many Flies

“Into one home which I visited last week, and which was my first visit to that house, flies were swarming like bees. I studied to myself how to bring up the fly subject without making the housekeeper mad. Finally, she went out of the room for a little while and I offered the two little boys 10 cents for 100 flies swatted in the room. They started with a rush, and after killing the flies and listening to my talk of the danger of flies and how they breed and grow, they went out and brought in switches and we all went to work driving out the pests. After this we swept the floor and when the housekeeper came back she looked around, and missing the flies, she said “My, but you’ve run out all the flies, but they will come back quick enough.”

However, we all, the woman included, went to work, beating them out, placing fly paper about, and the next day I took mosquito netting out and placed it over the windows. There is a sick child in this house, and I begin to think that perhaps they will give him a chance to get well.”

This from a letter from one of the volunteer workers for Baby Week, which was generally observed in North Carolina.

In one community in Wayne county 12 families joined in buying wire at wholesale to screen their homes, the men in the families doing the work. This piece of work was the direct result of the war waged on flies by school children, suggested by the Bureau of Infant Hygiene of the State Board of Health.

At another place, in Martin county, a little girl secured the prize of $1 offered by the Welfare worker for swatting flies in a screened house. She has 18,700 flies to her credit.

Kathleen Smith and Herman Baker, pupils of the Caraleigh School, each won $1.50 for leading in the fly swatting contest in Wake county. One of the pupils in the colored schools of Wake county announced that he had swatted lots of flies but he did not want a prize for it for fear people would think his home was “nasty.”

It does not follow that a house shall be unclean if there is an open back privy and uncovered garbage pail or stable within 300 feet of the residence.

Every precaution must be taken to get rid of the flies at this time as every week they are increasing and deadliness to humanity.

American Crew Makes First Successful Transatlantic Flight

Albert Cushing Read, U.S. Navy, makes first Trans-Atlantic Flight

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., May 28, 1919

Crew of NC-4 Was Decorated by Portugese Government for Making first Trans-Atlantic Trip. . . May Have Started for Plymouth

Lisbon, May 28—The crew of the Naval Seaplane NC-4, which arrived at Lisbon last night, was decorated with the grand cross of the tower and sword by the Portuguese Foreign minister. The city is in gala attire, and the Americans are receiving an ovation.

Washington, May 28—No word has been received at the Navy Department this morning from the NC-4 that it had left Lisbon for Plymouth as it intended to do had the weather been favorable. The last message received from Lieut.-Commander Read was that he intended to make the start.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sgt. James Graham, Officially Reported Wounded Sunday, Is Already Home, May 28, 1919

From the Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, N.C., May 28, 1919

China Grove Boy Wounded

The commanding general of the American Expeditionary Forces in France reports as slightly wounded James E. Graham of China Grove, the information being given out at Washington Sunday.

Sergt. James Graham, who has been in France, returned several months ago, but a brother, J.D. Graham, is still there.

Thad Sharpe's Letter From France Is Shared

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., May 27, 1919

Letter from Thad Sharpe

April 2, 1919
Dear Mother:

Will say a few words to let you hear from me. I received six letters today. Was glad to know you all were well at the time you wrote and hope you are now. I am feeling good all the time, and eating hearty every day. I am o.k. and I trust youi prayers may be answered, in order that I may have good health and a safe return to the good old U.S.A., “the garden spot of the world.” I am trying to not worry over going home. Of course I want to go, and if I had a million dollars I would give it to go rather than stay in France a month longer. But I’m not losing any sleep about it. Why? Because I know I can’t go until Uncle Sam says for me to go. So why should I worry after being in the service nearly two years. Well, one can’t be a good soldier if he is going to worry over home affairs. Not a moment passes that I do not think of home. But know I can’t go until Uncle Sam says the word. I just sing that old army song, “What’s the use of worrying? It never was worth while, So pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile!”

Well, Mama, you can’t imagine how sorry it made me feel to hear of Frank Gardner’s death. I feel so sorry for the family. I know it went hard with them all. You said he was only sick about a week. It must have been a very severe case. I just can’t tell you the kind of friendship that always (word obscured) between frank and myself. I don’t know what made it, but seems like for the last month or more I had thought of Frank every day and I thought I would write to him. Seems like he was on my mind all the time. I know the family feels that they will never get over the death of one so devoted to the pleasure of the family. But as you say, God has the power to help them in time of need and surely He will do so. May His richest blessings come upon the sad and bereaved ones who knew and loved him most. Each day of my life I try to ask God to spare my life and give me a safe return to home and loved ones, and I believe He will. Though if I should be called away and could never see my people and home again I am sure you all would be blessed. So don’t worry about me. 

I think my health is better than it has ever been before, and I’m taking everything in the easiest way possible. Am hoping to be home “toot sweet” as the French say when they mean “right quick.” I must close for this time.

Don’t forget to write me often.

Your loving son,
Thad Sharpe

Guilford College Graduates 13 Students, May 28, 1919

From The Guilfordian, Greensboro, N.C., May 28, 1919

Commencement Exercises. . . Prof. John H. Latane of Johns Hopkins University Delivers the Address

Saturday, May 24

8 p.m. Students’ Recital

Sunday, May 25

11 a.m. Baccalaureate Address, Willard O. Trueblood, pastor, First Friends’ Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

8 p.m. Address to Christian Associations, Dr. E.L. Bain, pastor, West Market Street M.E. Church, Greensboro, N.C.

Monday, May 26

4 p.m. Senior Class Day Exercises on the green

8 p.m. Banquet of Alumni, old students and friends of the college

Tuesday, May 27

10 a.m. Commencement Exercises, announcements and reports; conferring of degrees; address to the graduating class, Prof. John H. Latane

The degree of A.B. was granted to the following:

Georgianna Bird

Clara Blair

Ruth Coltrane

Vivian Hayworth

Gertrude Hobbs

Eula Hockett

Roger Kiser

Clarence Macon

Kathrine Smith

John White

Hervie Williard

The degree of B.S. was granted to the following:

Hobart Patterson

Joseph White

The following scholarships and prizes were awarded:

Haverford Scholarship—Joseph Dixon White

Bryn Mawr Scholarship—Kathryn Smith

Websterian Oratorical Prize—Arthur Lineberry

Websterian Improvement Prize—Charles Robinson

Henry Clay Oratorical Prize—Gladstone Hodgin

Henry Clay Improvement Price—George Doughton

Zatasian Oratorical Prize—Josephine Mock

Zatasian Improvement Prize—Mable Ward

Philomathean Oratorical Prize—Edna Raiford

Philomathean Improvement Prize—Henrietta Lassiter

Mill Strikes in Charlotte and Concord Continue, May 28, 1919

From the Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, N.C., May 28, 1919

Strike Situation in Charlotte Is Ugly. . . President of Highland Park Mills Is Roughly Treated by Striking Element

Charlotte, May 26—The cotton mill strike situation here, which has been steadily growing worse for days, reached the ugly stage today when President C.W. Johnson of the Highland Parks mills, one of the plants affected, was roughly treated by the striking element. Eggs were thrown at Mr. Johnson as he was entering his automobile and abusive language hurled at him. The police were called but there was not sufficient to control the crowd. The strikers are determined that no one shall work in the Highland Park mills.

The Louise mill owned by A.J. Draper was closed today. Mr. Draper will not employ union men and the men continuing to join the union until there were no operatives left, the mill was forced to shut down. The situation is the worst that has ever existed in the mills here.

Little Change in the Situation at Concord

Concord, May 26—There is little change in the local labor situation. Kannapolis mills are running full time and giving a 50 per cent bonus which is almost up to the war scale of 66 2/3 percent. The unionized mill at Mooresville is paying only 35 per cent bonus. The other mills here are closed, no new developments announced. A representative of the department of justice at Washington recently made a special investigation of the situation here, it is said. Union meetings are held almost nightly and thousands are joining. M.G. Ledford, of the national executive council, of the Textile Workers of America and a national organizer, has been on the ground for weeks. He says that the entire mill population of the south will be unionized sooner or later.

Some of the mills here are paying each week those who refused to join the union $20 for families of four and $10 for families of two and $5 for each one during the close down.

The union people distribute daily food necessary to their members who cannot work and are in need. Many have gone to the farms and to other work but a large number are moving away to other mills.


From the editorial page of the Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, N.C., May 28, 1919

The cotton mill situation at Charlotte and Concord continued to grow worse, which is to be regretted. The Watchman has all the sympathy necessary for the cotton mill workers and also the owners, between whom peaceful and profitable relations existed until the outside agitators, probably emissaries sent here by the jealous northern factory owners, arrived on the scene. There should be no objection to the employees organizing for their own improvement and material interests, but there ought to be some way to prevent outsiders coming into a section or State and turning peace and prosperity into chaos. Men who are not citizens of the State and have no rights as such should not be accorded the privileges he assumes.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Some N.C. Soldiers in Wildcat Division Leave Brest, France, May 27, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 27, 1919

Some 81st Boys On Their Way Home

By the Associated Press

Brest, May 27—The American battleships South Carolina, Minnesota and Missouri are sailing this afternoon with the first troops of the 81st division, “the wildcat division,” for repatriation.

The troops are from North and South Carolina and Georgia. On board also are the 156th artillery brigade and the 306th ammunition train complete.

Commander A.C. Read in U.S. Seaplane NC-4, Is Attempting to Cross Atlantic, May 27, 1919

U.S. Navy Commander A.C. Read Pilots Curtiss NC-4 Plane in attempt to cross Atlantic.

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 27, 1919

NC-4 Making Good Headway in Flight. . . Famous Seaplane Has Covered More Than Half Distance in Few Hours. . . Favorable Weather for Start from Azores This Morning. . . Near Lisbon Now

By the Associated Press

Washington, May 27—The NC-4 passed station ship 9 at 16.12 Greenwich time (12:18 Washington time).

Station ship nine is approximately 350 miles from Lisbon and 450 miles from Horta Del Gada. The seaplane made the 450 miles flight in approximately six hours.

By the Associated Press

Ponta Del Gada May 27—The American seaplane NC-4 started for Lisbon at 10:18 this morning Greenwich time (6:18 Washington time).

Progress of Flight

By the Associated Press

Washington, May 27—Station ship No. 5 more than 250 miles east of Ponta Del Gado reported the NC-4 had passed at 12:35 Greenwich time (9:35 a.m. Washington time).

Station ship No. 6 reported the plane passed at 1:05 p.m. (10:05 a.m. Washington time).

Made Good Start

By the Associated Press

Ponta Del Gada, May 27—With Commander A.C. Reed confident that he would reach the coast of Portugal before darkness tonight thus receiving the coveted honor of making the first transatlantic flight, United States seaplane NC-4 started for Lisbon at 10:14, Greenwich time.

The crew of the seaplane, which was the same as that which made the memorable flight to Newfoundland, boarded the plane an hour before sunrise, but it was not until seven hours later that the giant machine taxied outside the breakwater, headed windward and rose gracefully into the air.

She headed for the harbor and headed for her destination amid the cheers of soldiers and sailors who lined the decks in the harbor and the piers, together with the sounding of whistles in the harbor.
The weather was almost perfect this morning, with the warm spring sun shining brightly on the waters of the bay. There were but few clouds in the sky, and only a faint northwest wind blowing, which was favorable to the flyers. Lieutenant Commander Read (Spelled Reed at beginning of story and Read here) expected to spend the night in Lisbon and resume his flight tomorrow.

The course between here and Portugal is marked by 14 American destroyers.

Over Half Way

By the Associated Press

Washington, May 27—The NC-4 passed stationship No. 8, more than half way to Lisbon, at 15:15 Greenwich time (11:15, Washington time).

Jeff Watson, Soldier in France, Sent Money to His Father for Safekeeping; Now Money Is Stolen, May 27, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 27, 1919

Soldier's Money Stolen From Trunk

The young white men who entered the home of Mr. Charlie Watson of Connelly Springs last week and carried off $205 in cash have not been captured yet, but one of them, Roy Aiken, a grandson of Mr. Watson, has been seen frequently since the affair. The money that the boys are alleged to have stolen belonged to Mr. Jeff Watson, a soldier in France, who had sent it home for his father to keep until his return. On the night of the robbery somebody robbed a beehive in town and made off with the honey.

Roy Aiken ate breakfast at his grandfather’s house on the morning the money was stolen and while his grandmother was in the lot giving water to the calf, must have gone into the trunk where the money was kept. He disappeared almost immediately and with another boy beat his way to Hickory on a freight train. Here he was chased for several hours, but eluded the officers.

Hickory Nuts, Military Entertainment Company of Soldier-Actors and Performers, May 27, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 27, 1919

Hickory Nuts Are Coming to City

The Hickory Nuts, the authorized show of the 30th division, with 36 in the company and a band of 16 pieces, are coming to Hickory for a matinee and evening performance on Friday, June 13. The company is endorsed by Generals Pershing, Tyson, Faison, Lewis and all other commanders. Col. Otis P Shell was here today making the necessary arrangements for the two performances.

The soldier-actors are receiving a great welcome wherever they appear and newspapers pronounce them the best ever. They come 36 strong, with band and orchestra, 17 men in the organization wearing wound stripes and three honored with decorations for bravery.

Twenty-five per cent of the proceeds will go to the reunion fund of the 30th division. Captain O’Hay is in charge and a great treat himself.

A member of the 119th infantry, Mr. H.L. Kennerly has seen and heard the Hickory Nuts in France and he told the Record today how these entertainers made life more pleasant for the soldiers. His regiment was carried in trucks to see the show, and it was a treat from beginning to end. Nothing in France appealed more to the soldiers than the high class vaudeville and musical numbers rendered by the Hickory Nuts, Mr. Kennerly said.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Airmen Rescued After Sopwith Fails to Cross Atlantic, May 26, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 26, 1919. Harry Hawker, a test pilot for Sopwith Airplanes, and his navigator Kenneth Mackenzie Grieve were trying to win the Daily Mail’s 10,000-pound prize for the first flight across the Atlantic. They set off from Mount Pearl, Newfoundlant, in Sopwith biplane on May 19, 1919, but the engine overheated and they changed course to intercept with the shipping lanes, and landed near a passing freighter, the Mary. The public didn’t learn of their rescue until the Mary reached Scotland six days later. Hawker died July 12, 1921 when his Nieuport Goshawk crashed while practicing for an air derby. This photo was taken in Newfoundland, May, 1919, shows Hawker with his Sopwith. It was taken by Bain News Service, New York City. For more photos and more information, see

Rescue of Men

London, May 26—Harry G. Hawker and Lieutenant Commander Mackenbie Grieve, the two airmen who started last Sunday in an attempt to fly across the Atlantic ocean from St. Johns, Newfoundland, have been picked up at sea. Both men are in perfect health.

It is officially announced by the admiralty that the aviators were picked up in latitude 50.20, longitude 29.30, having alighted close to the little Danish steamer Mary, owing to a stoppage of circulation in the water pipes between the radiator and the water pipe.

The airplane, a Sopwith machine, was not salvaged.

The first report of the aviators since their “jump off” last Sunday came when the Mary, which was ound from Norfolk to Aarhuus, rounded the Butt of Lewis Sunday and wigwagged the fact that she had Hawker and Grieve aboard.

“Saved hands of Sopwith airplane,” was the signal.

“Is it Hawker?” was the question sent out by the flags form the Butt, which is the most northwesterly point of the Hebrides group off Scotland.

“Yes,” laconically replied the Mary.

The admiralty immediately sent out a fast torpedo boat destroyer in an endeavor to intercept the Mary and take off the aviators. There was an anxious wait of several hours, when the word was flashed that the destroyer had come across the steamer and transferred Hawker and Grieve and was taking them to Thurso, on the northern coast of Scotland, about 100 miles east of the Butt of Lewis.

The destroyer, the Revenge, reported to the admiralty this evening that Hawker and Grieve would sleep on board tonight. The aviators will reach London at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening.

The news of the rescue has electrified all Britain. All destroyers, after a thorough search of the Atlantic for 300 miles from the Irish coast, had given up the quest and there was practically no hope that the airmen were alive.

Yesterday morning, however, the forlorn hope that the aviators might be picked up by some craft without wireless was realized. The Danish steamer Mary, crawling along at nine knots, was the lucky vessel, and her brief message to the watchers at the Butt of Lewis, as she proceeded on her way to Scotland, left the public to speculate wonderingly over the details of the airmen’s adventures.

The Admiralty immediately dispatched destroyers from northern points to intercept the Mary and the Daily Mail instructed all signal stations to try to communicate with the captain with the urgent request to land the aviators at some Scottish port. The admiralty quest succeeded, and a wireless message came from the destroyer Woolsun late in the evening that she had overtaken the Mary and had transferred the aviators.

Hickory Soldiers Return to States From France, May 26, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 26, 1919

Lieutenant Elliott Back From France

Newton, May 26—Mr. A.E. Herman has returned to his home at Catawba from Camp Lee, Va., where he received his discharge from the army a few days ago and is now the guest of his father, Mr. J.F. Herman., Mr. Herman has the distinction of being the only Catawbian to be wounded in the world war. He was wounded in November and has been undergoing treatment in hospitals in the states since January. The death of his mother while he was overseas makes his coming home a sad one. Before sailing for home from Brest, Mr. Herman was a patient in Base Hospital No. 65, of which Mr. Don Sherrill, another Catawba boy, is a member, but neither knew of the other’s presence at the time.

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Elliott have received news of the arrival of their son, Lieutenant Kerley Elliott, in New York from France. Lieutenant Elliott is with the aviation corps and has been overseas since last July.

Mr. Ralph Whisenhunt arrived in Newton yesterday from Norfolk where he recently arrived from Cuba. Before enlisting in the medical corps he was a student at Catawba College. He enlisted at Philadelphia in April 1918. Mr. Whisenhunt is spending a two week’s furlough here with his parents, Prof. and Mrs. A.P. Wisenhunt.

Mr. Marshall Warren of the 105th engineers, who was in a hospital when his company left for home, arrived in Hickory yesterday with his discharge and is at his home in Brookford.

Burke County Men Never Made It to Trial, May 26, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 26, 1919

Burke County Men Hurt in Accident

Several Burke county men, driving a Ford, were more or less painfully injured this morning shortly before 9 o’clock when their car turned around and over about midway between the Hickory Spinning Company and Hildebran. The men were en route to Newton to attend the trial, but all said when their injuries were being dressed here by Dr. O.L. Holler that they were as near Newton as they expected to be this day.

Ed Britton was driving the machine and he sustained the worst injuries of any of the party. He suffered two broken ribs. G. Cornelius Abernethy had both bones broken in his arm; Charlie Stephens suffered cuts on the ear and face; Everett Britton sustained injuries about the face, and J.B. Britton was hurt in the shoulder.

It was said that the steering apparatus went wrong as the car was making a short turn. Mr. Ed Britton, who was driving it, said the machine turned around and then piled up on top of the party.

Gwin Sentenced to Die June 27, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, May 26, 1919

Gwin Is Sentenced to Die on June 27. . . Only Matters Apparently in Doubt Late This Afternoon Was Date Judge Will Name for Execution. . . Great Crowd Present for Trial

Newton, May 26—(3:25 p.m.)—Tom Gwin, negro, was convicted of committing a criminal assault upon a high school girl, in Catawba supreme court this afternoon and sentenced to die in the electric chair at Raleigh on June 27.

The jury took the case at 3:10 following Judge Webb’s brief charge and was out only 10 minutes.

Gwin will be taken to Raleigh at once, there to await his execution.

Newton, May 26—The grand jury at noon today returned a true bill against Tom Gwin, negro, charged with committing a criminal assault upon a young high school girl, and Judge Jas. I. Webb, who is presiding over a special term of Catawba superior court, adjourned the trial at noon until 1 this afternoon.

The selection of a jury to hear the evidence and to pass upon the guilt or innocence of Gwin was begun. Solicitor Hayes stated to the Record’s representative this afternoon that he did not think it would require much time to select a trial jury and it was expected that the case would be disposed of some time this afternoon.

Judge Webb will hear any arguments that the solicitor and defendant counsel may care to make, deliver his charge and send the jury out to deliberate.

Thee does not appear to be the slightest doubt of Gwin’s guilt and the only question this afternoon seemed to be the date set for the execution. The crowd that was large this morning increased during the afternoon, but there has not been any disturbance of any kind.

Five witnesses were examined this afternoon and the evidence pointed unerringly to Gwin as the guilty brute. Several men said they saw Gwin driving a team of mules on the day of the crime and a Mr. Miller said he saw Gwin and his team about 100 yards from the young woman. Others testified to seeing the wagon standing by the road.

The victim then took the stand. She was asked by Judge Webb if Gwin was the assailant and she declared positively that he was. She had seen him on several occasions. She said he knocked her off her bicycle on the afternoon and threatened to kill her if she cried out. She hollered, but he carried her into the woods.

Jurors Selected

Judge Webb charged the grand jury and warned the jurors and the crowded court house of the penalty for mob violence in this state. He read the law in the case and asserted that it would be enforced in his court. The judge was impressive.

At 11 o’clock the officers arrived with Gwin. They drove the car up against the court house and rushed the prisoner through a window into the vault in the office of the clerk of court. There was a great commotion when it was learned that Gwin had arrived, but no disturbance. Sheriff Isenhower, many deputies and police officers and a number of soldiers are standing guard.

The grand jury was selected promptly and presented a bill of indictment by Solicitor Hayes. J.W. Hollingsworth appears for the defendant.

W.A. Rudasill of Hickory is foreman of the grand jury, the other members being Wade Bostian, W.L. Herman, J.H.L. Coulter, A.A. Spencer, A.M. Hoke, H.L. Cline, J.B. Drum, T.E. Hyder, R.L. Moose, John R. Smyre, F.G. Coons, F.L. Beatty, Frank Saunders, M.S. Smyre, T.E. Bowman, H.H. Abee and B.S. Cline.

Story of the Crime

The crime for which Tom Gwin, negro, faced trial in Catawba supreme court today, was one of the most diabolical in the annals of this county. On Tuesday afternoon, April 29, he is alleged to  have waylaid a 16-year-old girl as she was returning to her home three miles west of here from the Hickory graded school, dragged her from her bicycle and carried her deep into the woods, where the foul deed was accomplished. The negro had a large club which he waved in front of the girl, and before releasing her threatened her with death if she mentioned the affair.

It happened that several men had seen Gwin’s team standing by the roadside just before a big rain storm came up; the victim also knew him by sight and the officers had no difficulty in describing him so accurately that officers arrested him without difficulty at the Burke county road camp at Valdese, whither he had driven rapidly after the affair.

Chief Lentz, Sergeant Sigmon and Deputy Sheriff W.L. Eckard of Hildebran made the arrest, carried the negro to Newton jail, and from there he was again removed following an unsuccessful attempt of a mob of about 60 men to remove him from a steel cell in which he had been confined. Jailed (says jailed but I think it means jailor) J.O. Gilbert thwarted the mob at Newton, the lights being turned on, and Sheriff Isenhower and other officers spiriting Gwin out of the county for safe keeping. Gwin was taken to Lincolnton and the next day removed to another county.

Governor Bickett ordered a special term of court to convene today and assigned Judge Jas. L. Webb to preside.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Service for Sgt. C.A. McCraw and Pvt. Benjamin Ellis Held at Brevard Institute Chapel, May 23, 1919

From the Brevard News, Friday, May 23, 1919

Memorial Service for Soldiers

A memorial service in honor of Sgt. Coleman Almarene McCraw and Private Benjamin Ellis will be held Friday evening at 8:15 in the Brevard Institute Chapel. These two young men were killed in the service of their country from among the 69 students and ex-students of Brevard Institute who were in the service. Sketches of the lives of these two young men will be read and some statement of their relation to the Institute will be given.

In connection with this service, addresses will be made by a few of the citizens of Brevard and an opportunity will be given for the soldiers to sing camp songs and to relate war incidents. Some statements may be made about the plans now under consideration for forming a Transylvania veterans’ league to look after the interests of the soldiers of the county. The Brevard Institute service flag will be displayed and the roll of names represented by the stars will be called and an opportunity will be given for the friends of the soldiers who are not present to make a statement of the war record of soldiers who cannot answer for themselves. If by oversight any names have been omitted, it is hoped that the roll will be made perfect.

All the soldiers of the county are invited to be present promptly at 8:15 in uniform whether their homes are here or in other counties. If a sufficient number are present at that time, they can participate in a drill on the campus if the weather is favorable. The Institute faculty hopes that a large number of our people may turn out on this occasion to honor the living soldiers as well as those who made the supreme sacrifice in whose honor the meeting is specially provided.