Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Hallowe'en Card

Hallowe'en Parties and a Wedding, Oct. 31, 1919

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

Miss Marion Andrews celebrated her 17th birthday last evening with a party at her home on Pitt street, Tarboro. The parlor was decorated in Hallowe’en colors of orange and black, crepe paper, witches, cats, etc., being used. The lights were covered with Jack O’ Lanterns, giving the room a ghostly effect. The dining room, where dancing was enjoyed, was also decorated in the colors. Numerous games were enjoyed, after which delicious sandwiches and coco cola were passed around. Later brick cream and cake were served. Miss Andrews received quite a number of beautiful and useful presents and best wishes from a host of friends.


The Edgecombe Cotillion club gave a dance Tuesday evening in honor of Miss Placid Clark, whose marriage to Mr. Douglas Taylor took place Wednesday evening. The hall was beautifully decorated with green crepe paper and pine trees. Quite a number of out-of-town guests enjoyed the occasion.


The Girls Friendly Society had a Hallowe’en party Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Henry Johnson. The house was beautifully decorated for the occasion with Jack O’ Lanterns, witches, etc., everywhere. The girls all came in costume and had quite a lot of fun trying to guess each other. Madame Witch told fortunes and gave each girl a card on which was written a short fortune in rhyme. These were later read aloud to the amusement of every one present. Various ways of telling fortunes were tired and at a late hour delicious ice cream and cake was served.


Miss Hale Entertains

Miss Lanie Hales delightfully entertained the Thursday Afternoon Card Club yesterday afternoon from 3:30 to 6. After an interesting game, Miss Elizabeth McCraw was found to have made the highest club score, and Mrs. Frank Davis the highest guest score. The guests of the club were Miss Virginia Davis, Mrs. Steve Anderson, Mrs. Tom Hackney, Mrs. Frank Davis, and Mrs. C.K. Wright.


Mr. Loren H. Roberts of Dorchester, Mass., and Miss Emma Hawkhurst of this city were married at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. Mr. Behea at the residence of the brother of the bride. The young lady is highly esteemed and an employee of the Branch Banking Company, while the groom is a young business man in Dorchester.

In Superior and Mayor's Court, Oct. 31, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 31, 1919

Superior Court Today

The following cases were disposed of in the Superior Court now in session in this city today and yesterday.

Edgar Hardy against Eliza Hardy, divorce granted.

William Tomlinson against Addie Tomlinson, divorce granted.

E.J. Barnes against D.F. Scott and wife for the plaintiff and judgement for the plantiff for a crop and delivery proceedings.

The Welfare Auto Company against J.H. Gill, verdict judgment suing for an account amounting to $183.

C.W. Harrison against Cannon Brothers, judgement non-suit.

Woodard Brothers against J.A. Skinner, verdict non-suit.

Ben Owens against S.C. Scott and Walter Owens, verdict for plaintiff in suit for the sale of some tobacco.


Mayor’s Court

Vincent O’Brient was charged $29.25 for speeding auto.

Moses Wyatt was charged $4.25 for reckless driving.

Carter Lewis paid $1 for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.

John Johnson was charged $4.25 for reckless driving of an automobile.

Jack Price was charged $9.25 for being drunk on the streets.

Martha Parker was charged $15.25 for running a disorderly house.

Mike Saliba was charged $14.25 for trespass at the Southland hotel and disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Senate Passes National Auto Theft Law, Oct. 30, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 1919

National Auto Theft Law Is Passed

The national automobile theft law, which has been advocated for some time by the people of North Carolina, was recently passed by the Senate.

There is scarcely a town in the state whee automobile thieves have not been doing their stealing. The stealing had become a very crooked business, and cars form North Carolina have been carried to other states and sol, and there seems to be a syndicate of the thieves.

The bill approved by the Senate provides “That whoever shall transport or cause to be transported on interstate and foreign commerce a motor vehicle, knowing the same to have been stolen, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both.
“That whoever shall, with intent to deprive the owner of the possession thereof, receive, store, conceal, barter, sell, or dispose of any motor vehicle moving as, or which is a part of, or which constitutes interstate or foreign commerce, knowing the same to have been stolen, shall be punished by a fine of not to exceed $5,000, or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both.”

Some of 20 N.C. Orphanages Finding It Difficult to Continue Their Work, Oct. 30, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 1919

Need for Aid Is Urgent. . . An Appeal to All to Assist in Care and Education of Helpless in 20 Orphanages in State

Raleigh—The Publicity Committee of the North Carolina Orphan Association has issued a letter setting forth the urgent need of contributions from citizens of the state in aid of its orphanages. This is the usual Thanksgiving offering. The letter of the committee follows:

“The management of our charitable institutions are making patriotic efforts to adjust their work to the demands of changed conditions which have added materially to and made more essential most of the normal demands upon their resources. Some of the orphan homes are finding difficulty in continuing their splendid work, even on the same or a reduced scale, with applications for admission accumulating that must, of necessity, be denied for lack of facilities to warrant reasonable expansion.

“It is no small task even in normal times to secure sufficient funds for the maintenance of the orphanage work, and important departments in a number of orphan homes have been handicapped on account of this state of affairs. The talk about the needs of these institutions may become tiresome to some, but if the people are to sustain them they must know something of existing conditions. During the present abnormal times, with increasing demands of every sort which the war has made on philanthropy, it becomes necessary to keep our orphanage work before the people. Hitherto the editors of the state cheerfully co-operated with the committee in bringing to the attention of our charitably inclined people the imperative needs of our homes for dependent children. We again, and most respectfully, ask this favor.

“The suggestion of one day’s income is reasonable. Not one person in a hundred is unable to contribute of their income to that extent—and ALL can assist in bringing the matter to the attention of the people.

“The Publicity Committee therefore makes its appeal—

--To the prince of business to give out of his abundance the actual or estimated income of a day.

--To the landlord and money-lender to give one day’s rent of his houses and lands, or one day’s interest on his money.

--To the professional man to give one day’s earnings, specifically the day or taking the average day.

--To the salaried worker to give his or her salary for a day.

--To the laborers, with only pick-up jobs, to devote some special day to this cause.

--To the good housewife, with her ingenuity and devotion, to set apart the expenses of a day.

--To the boys and girls, with no regular income, to find work after school hours, or on some Saturday, and give the proceeds to the orphans.

--To everybody, old and young, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, we appeal to join heartily in this holy movement to assist the fatherless in their adversity.

Each of the 20 child-caring institutions in this state is worthy of all the encouragement a generous hearted people may feel disposed to offer, and we will ot realize the future delights of service to humanity until we provide adequate protection for those bereft of parents and denied the comforts of happy homes. It was the master who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
M.L. Shipman
J.R. Young
W.F. Evans
J.D. Berry
R.F. Beasley
Dr. Livingston Johnson
Miss Daisy Denson
Publicity Committee, North Carolina Orphan Association

Pickett, Idol, Morris, Smith, Clodfelter Death Notices in Oct. 30, 1919 Paper

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 1919

This Afternoon Honored Citizen Is Buried. . . Death Comes Suddenly in a Baltimore Hospital Early Monday Morning. . . W.P. Pickett Closes Useful Career in High Point

The citizens in general were shocked early Monday morning to learn that William P. Pickett, one of High Point’s’ most useful and influential citizens, had died in a Baltimore hospital a few hours before apoplexy of the heart, where he had gone a week before to consult specialists.

The deceased has been a resident of this city more than a quarter of a century and was classed among the wealthiest of the citizens. For many years prior to moving to High Point in the ‘80s, he conducted a tobacco business near this city, later moving to High Point and continuing the business on a large scale, which flourished for several years until the tobacco trust squeezed the life out of the independent concern.

Mr. Pickett was a good citizen in many respects, he had a strong conviction on many things and when he thought he was right, never moved a peg until convinced otherwise. He was strong in character, unpretentious and unassuming but kind and sympathetic to those who knew his inner nature.

Mr. Pickett was councilman of the city for several terms and served as mayor for two years. He owned controlling interest in a number of enterprises here, director in several of the local banks, besides being interested in various other enterprises.

The funeral services were held from the Main Street M.P. church Thursday conducted by the pastor, Rev. Geo. P. Brown, and interment followed in the family burying plot in Oakwood cemetery. The mayor, city council and other officers attended the funeral, a large concourse of people being present.
Deceased was a son of the late Samuel J. Pickett and was born in Davidson county on January 1, 1847. He moved to High Point with his parents when a young man. He was a member of the Methodist Protestant church in this city.

Besides his widow, Mr. Pickett is survived by two brothers, R.L. and F.M. Pickett; two sisters, Miss Lou Picket and Mrs. P.T. Feree, and the following children: Mrs. Herman S. Merrideth of Wilmington, Mrs. Charles F. Fynch of Thomasville, Mrs. Minnie Harrell and Miss Altah Pickett of High Point, and two sons John S. and Clyan Pickett, also of this city.

John S. and F.M. Pickett left Monday afternoon on train No. 36 for Baltimore to make arrangements for having the remains brought to this city. Mr. Pickett went to Baltimore 10 days ago to consult a specialist regarding his condition, which at that time was not considered serious.


From The Review, High Point, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 1919

Prominent Farmer Answers Supreme Roll Call

June (?) D. Idol, well known farmer residing six miles from the city, died a short while before midnight Friday, following a stoke of apoplexy an hour or so before.

The deceased was well and favorably known and perhaps the most prosperous farmer in this section. He was largely interested in various businesses in this city and was known as the raiser of the biggest peach and strawberry crops around here. He also trucked and farmed extensively. 

Mr. Idol was 58 years of age and the father of 13 children, seven boys and six girls, who with the widow survive.

The funeral services were held from Abbotts Creek church Sunday afternoon and interment followed in the family burying plot there. A large crowd attended the funeral.


Death of Mrs. Morris

Mrs. Lillie Mae Morris died at a local sanitorium Friday afternoon at 6 o’clock following an illness of about four months.

On November 17, 1917, she was united in marriage to Mr. Wade Morris and to this union was born one child, a son, Albert Stancil, four months old. She was 20 years of age and is survived by a faithful husband, a baby, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Henderson; one brother, Mr. Forrest Henderson of Meridian, Miss.; three sisters, Mrs. Omar Harwille and Misses Dorothy and Leona Henderson, of this city. She was a member of the Daughters of America.

Funeral services were conducted from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. Barber, pastor of the Mars Chapel M.E. church.

Everything that loving hands and willing hearts could do to relieve her suffering was done. That she was much respected and loved by the people among whom she lived was made manifest by the countless number of friends that assembled to pay their last tribute to her. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery. There in the cemetery amid the tears and sighs of loved ones, the body was laid to rest until the resurrection morning. The floral decorations on the grave were beautiful.

May our Heavenly Father comfort the bereaved ones and grant that somewhere and sometime they may all meet and greet each other where separation will be no more.

When the summons came, she was ready, hence we sorrow not as those who have no hope. This comforting assurance is the thought thst should linger in the soul of each who feels the loss so keenly.
“Safe in the arms of Jesus,
   Safe from corroding care;
Free from the world’s temptations,
   Sin cannot harm her there.”


Smith Infant

One of the little twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Smith, High Point Route 4, died Tuesday and was buried at Canaan burying ground Thursday.


Mrs. Barton Clodfelter

Mrs. Barton Clodfelter died at her home near Bethany Wednesday and the remains were interred at Shady Grove. She leaves one brother, Enoch, and several nephews and nieces, and son-in-law, Vean Sliceloff, to mourn their loss. Her husband and daughter, Mrs. Sliceloff, preceded her to the grave five years ago. She professed religion when quite young and lived a true Christian life. She was universally liked. She was a sister-in-law of H.V., R.M. and L.F. Clodfelter. She was a member in girlhood of Mt. Vernon church, but a few years ago moved to Shady Grove Methodist church. She will be greatly missed by all in home, church and community. She was 74 years of age. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Mr. Goode.

The Circus Is Coming to High Point, Nov. 7, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 1919

Circus Day Here November 7

What is there about a circus that thrills the blood of a healthy person? What is it that makes you restless and stand up on your toes when you hear the band coming up the street, playing that music with a swelling and vigor only heard in a circus band? You say that circuses are all alike and when you’ve seen one, you have seen them all, but still you walk fast—or even run—right in the heat of the day in order not to miss one bit of the fascinating street parade and then when the calliope has passed, you will rush to the return street and push several children out of the way to see it all over again. 

Why do you do it? Think it over. Then you will go to the show “just to take the children,” or possibly because your girl insisted on going and you did not wish to displease her.

It’s all right to alibi yourself almost everybody has done the same time and time again. Does not the flash and glare and glitter have a lot to do with your enthusiasm for circuses? Don’t you like the scintillating brilliancy and gaudiness of the ensemble? Sure you do. Let’s all be human when the Walter L. Main Fashion Plate Shows are in High Point, November 7th, and have a good time. Good circuses do not come often and they are not expensive. So meet us in front of the elephants when The Walter L. Main shows are in High Point and we will throw trouble to the winds and peanuts to the elephants.


People knew of the Walter L. Main Circus because the circus train had crashed in 1893, killing dozens of circus animals and the escape of dozens more into the Pennsylvania woods. To see more circus posters and photos, go to

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

State Corn Club Winners Selected at State Fair, Oct. 29, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 29, 1919. Corn club members today would be members of 4-H.

Corn Club Winners at the State Fair

West Raleigh, Oct. 29—Teddy Nichols of Purlear, North Carolina, in Wilkes county, had the best ten-ear club exhibit of corn at the State Fair, winning first place in the exhibit from the mountain counties, and third place in the sweepstakes contest open to both adults and children from over the entire State. Wayne Monday of Weaverville, in Buncombe county, won second place, and Duncan Wygall of the same place won third price in the exhibits from the mountain counties of the state.

For the Piedmont section, Hugh Leonard of Lexington, In Davidson county, won first prize for the best exhibit of corn from this section. E.P. Roberts of Stem, in Granville county, won second prize, and Harry Baker of Newton, in Catawba county won third prize.

In the Coastal Plain counties, William Sanders of Weeksville, in Pasquotank county, won first prize; Cecil Brake of Rocky Mount, in Edgecombe county, won second, and Herman R. White of Elizabeth City, in Pasquotank county, won third.

According to Mr. S.J. Kirby, Specialist in Crop Clubs, who has charge of this department for the State Fair, the exhibits made up by club boys this year were not up to their usual standard, due to a large measure to a poor growing season.

The clubs had only about 100 exhibits of corn this year.

Charlotte Police Face Murder Charges in Kiliing of Men in Car Barn Riots, Oct. 29, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 29, 1919. 

Charlotte City Policemen Are Being Tried for the Murder of Five Men Killed in the Car Barn Riots

Charlotte, Oct. 9 (29?)—William E. Orr, chief of police and the other policemen of this city were placed on trial before a local magistrate today on the charge of conspiracy and guilt in connection with the killing of five members of the strikers at the car barns in the recent street car strike in this city. The trial is expected to cover today and probably tomorrow.

Communities Working together to Start Baseball League, Oct. 29 and 31, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 29, 1919

Begin Work for Raleigh Baseball

Raleigh, Oct. 29—Steps were taken yesterday to have professional baseball in the city next year at a meeting of a few fans in the rooms of the chamber of commerce. A visitor at the meeting was Ted Sullivan, known throughout America as the king of baseball, who came to Raleigh in the interest of a North Carolina league.

The question of securing the old baseball park, now used as a garage by the Highway Commission, was the first subject considered. It was pointed out that the fans of Raleigh are ready for baseball and it is only a question of a park that hinders an active start toward the organization of a local club.
Before starting an organization, it was decided to ascertain if the old park can be secured by the transfer of the Highway Commission’s trucks to another site. A committee was named to confer with Mr. Frank Page, chairman of the commission, and report back at 5:30 this afternoon to the chamber’s baseball committee.

The question of a baseball club in Raleigh centers upon the use of the old park. The report of the special committee will have much to do with the future plans of Raleigh moguls. If the report this afternoon is in favor of the fans, the committee will proceed toward an organization and a name representative to attend the baseball meeting Friday in Durham.

Mr. W.G. Braham, president of the last North Carolina league, has called for a meeting of baseball enthusiasts for Friday in Durham and at that time an effort will be made to form a league. Representatives will be there from Durham, Wilmington, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Greensboro, Fayetteville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Danville, Roanoke, and Lynchburg. It is practically certain that Raleigh will be represented.


From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 31, 1919

Enthusiastic Baseball Meeting. . . Nearly $3,000 Raised Last Night. . . Delegates to Durham Today. . . $10,000 In Cash Needed to Start the Ball to Rolling

The enthusiasm manifested at the meeting of the baseball fans in the court house last night already insures baseball for the next season, and with the other towns in North Carolina moving actively in the matter there is every indication that a league will be formed and next summer will see good baseball in Wilson and other times.

After raising $2,870 last night in the meeting and the appointment of a committee to canvass the city to secure the balance of the $10,000 which the finance committee composed of Messrs. J.C. Eagles, W.N. Harrell, and Dr. C.A. Thompson, appointed at last meeting to ascertain, Mr. C.B. West, the local Y.M.C.A. secretary, and Mr. Homer Anderson were appointed to go to Durham today where a meeting has been called and the delegates invited to gather from the various towns in order to discuss the situation and prepare for baseball the coming season.

The meeting was called in order by Chairman Anderson with Secretary Holton Wallace at his post. Mr. Anderson stated that Dr. R.A. Smith, President of the Atlantic Christian College, was negotiation to secure a lot of land which he would let the Wilson Baseball Association have the use of, if the latter would construct the grand-stand, the bleachers, and do the other necessary work. He said that Dr. Smith was not able to be present at the meeting but was negotiating and would, he felt sure, have something definite to offer in a short while. This arrangement Mr. Anderson announced would be fine for the college and the ball team. It would insure a permanent ball park, and at the same time would give the College a place to practice and play. Several in the meeting voiced the same opinion advanced by Mr. Anderson, that they wanted to help the college, and thought the arrangement fine for all hands in the enterprise.

Mr. W.W. Graves, chairman of the committee on arrangements speaking for the committee also composed of Messrs. George Banafoot, and Lt.John Hackney stated that he had investigated the cost of the fence and the grandstand, which would hold 2,000 people, and at the present rate of labor he thought the total cost would be between $6,000 and $7.000. That this was merely approximate estimate secured from Mr. Moore the architect, and was not absolute. The cost might be somewhat less, he did not think it would be more. The fence would have to be made of good material. He said that he had talked with Dr. Smith and that not only the place that Dr. Smith had proposed but that others had been offered, and he did not think it would be difficult to secure a site. If necessary the people could go out some distance as every one had an automobile these days, and they could ride.
Mr. Anderson then called on Mr. J.C. Eagles, Chairman of the Finance Committee, who stated that after considering the matter, the committee thought it best to recommend a stock company to be incorporated under the laws of the State of North Carolina, and that it would take at least $10,000 in cash to prepare the grounds, and provide the first necessary running expenses, and that a stock company, with $10,000 cash paid in and authorized capital of $15,000 would take care of the proposition.

His proposal was accepted and tellers were appointed to move among those present and secure stock, the price of the shares to be $10 each. The following agreed to take stock: Messrs. W.W. Graves, W.D. Ruffin, Titus Harper, L.P. Bullock, B.B. Sharpe, W.F. Eagles, D.J. Pearce, Calvin Woodard, R.E. Hagan, A.C. Bardin, J.G. Overman, G.A. Lucas, E.L. Hawkins, C.A. Thompson, J.M. Gold, S.J. Borden, B.F. Eagles, Barnes Harrell Company, J.R. Raines, Ed. Warren, H.H. Walson, Kirby Woodard, J.D. Horne, R.A. Turlington, J.B. Gray, W.C. Pearson, Vance Forbes, Dr. J.R. Underwood, Dr. M.M. Saliba, E.J. Pearce, H.B. Wallace, W.B. Edmundson, B.E. Howard, C.P. Clark, John Hackney, J.C. Eagles, U.H. Cozart and Tom Noules.

Another meeting will be held next Friday night in the court house for the purpose of perfecting the organization, and hearing the report of the various committees and the report of the committee sent to Durham today to tell the meeting what Wilson expects to do. In the meantime the committee appointed last night to solicit stock from the people of Wilson will canvass the town and raise the balance of the $10,000. No trouble along this score is anticipated. Wilson has everything else, and it is believed that she wants baseball and baseball bad, and the committee will meet with a liberal response when they go to you for money.

This committee is composed of Messrs. Will Graves, Will Adams, John Hackney and Wiley Edwards.


From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 31, 1919

Delegates to Baseball Meet in Durham Today from Points in Virginia and North Carolina. . . Big Representation to Form a League

Durham, Oct. 31—Representatives from 14 cities in Virginia and North Carolina met here today with W.R. Branham, former President of the North Carolina League, to prepare for the organization of an Association of baseball clubs, into a league and to secure a franchise for same in order to prepare to play ball during the summer of 1920. Representatives were present from Durham, Henderson, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Wilson and other cities of the State.

Maj. Graham Responds to Wife's Demand for Allowance, Claim of Abandonment, Oct. 31, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Oct. 31, 1919. This story begins with a newspaper article published in this blog:

Allowance Asked Too Much

Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 29—Insisting that the allowance asked for is out of all proportions to his income, Major W.A. Graham, Commissioner of Agriculture of North Carolina, has filed an answer, thru his attorneys, to the suit instituted by his wife, Mrs. Sallie Clark Graham, charging abandonment and asking for an allowance of $150 per month.

The answer sets forth a marriage contract, drawn up before the wedding by which the defendant agreed to pay the plaintiff $4,000 in consideration of which she should relinquish all rights to a dower in his estate. Full payment of this amount was made in February, 1918, it is claimed.

Dislike to his son, the answer asserts, developed to such a point that the plaintiff ordered him several times to leave the house and threatened to call a policeman.

On the evening of June 19, 1919, the defendant claims his son visited him at his home on matters of business. At that time, his wife, the plaintiff, became enraged, abused the defendant’s son and threatened to prosecute him if he did not leave. Moreover, the defendant contends, the plaintiff started into the house to telephone for a policeman and asked her sister to go across the street to to call a lawyer whom she had consulted. The lawyer did not come but the plaintiff accused the defendant’s son of insulting her by shaking his fist in her face. This was denied, and the plaintiff, according to the defendant, turned on him and declared, “You are an old gray-headed liar. Somebody ought to knock you down and I would do it for your gray head.”

The defendant then according to the answer, went to a hotel to allow his wife to quiet down. When he arrived at home at 5 o’clock the next afternoon, in compliance with a note which he addressed to her, he found his suitcase packed on the front porch and the door locked from the inside.

The defendant states that he has a salary of $3,500 a year from his office as Commissioner of Agriculture and a 500-acre farm valued at from $6,000 to $18,000 but non productive since the freshet of several years ago.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monroe's Official Welcome Home Celebration to Solders and Sailors Set for Nov. 11th, 1919

From The Monroe Journal, Oct. 28, 1919

Welcome Home Celebration

Monroe’s official “Welcome Home” celebration to the men who served in the world war will be held Tuesday, November 11th. All soldiers and sailors with their families and friends are urged to be present on that day. Entertainment will be furnished the ex-service men, a feature of which will be a barbecue.

On this day, memorial exercises will be held for those Union county boys who made the supreme sacrifice.

The executive committee of the Union County Memorial Association met last Saturday and made plans for this service. It was decided that all member so families of deceased soldiers would be given an urgent invitation to attend and that seats be reserved for them. Messrs. G.B. Caldwell, R.B. Redwine, F.H. Wolfe and Clifford Fowler were appointed as a citizens committee to confer with soldiers regarding the exercises. Committees were also appointed to give publicity to the Peace Day celebration and to make plans for publicly welcoming the returned soldiers and sailor.

Deaths of Missionary in China, Mr. Cull Pressley in Goose Creek Township, Oct. 28, 1919

From The Monroe Journal, Oct. 28, 1919

Death of Mrs. Geo. Stevens. . . Occurred About Middle of September in China, But News Only Reached Relatives This Morning—Was a Missionary

Scores of friends of Rev. and Mrs. George P. Stevens were shocked at the sad news received here today of the death of Mrs. Stevens, which occurred about the middle of September at Taianfu Sung, China. Twin baby girls were buried with their mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Stevens, who was Miss Mary Thompson of Atlanta, went to China on the same ship several years ago and entered upon their chosen life work as missionaries. They were married about six years ago, and have two children, Janie aged 4, and George, aged 2. Mrs. Stevens is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Thompson of Atlanta, a sister in Atlanta, a sister in China, who is also a missionary, and several brothers. Mrs. Thompson sailed for China to visit her daughters a few days after Mrs. Stevens died, being unaware of her daughter’s death when she left the states. Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Stevens’ sister, and an American doctor were with Mrs. Stevens when the end came. Mr. Stevens was away filling an appointment, but arrived about two hours later. (filling an appointment meant he was preaching elsewhere)

Rev. Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Stevens visited relatives here several times during their year’s leave in 1916-17, and everyone who met Mrs. Stevens was attracted to her. She was a most beautiful Christian character and lady of such pleasing personality and attractive manner that she made hundreds of friends, who are shocked and grieved at her untimely death. Their numerous relatives here and in the country have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their great sorrow.


Death of Mr. Cull Pressley

Mr. Cull Pressley, a citizen of Goose Creek Township, died very suddenly last Saturday in the English drug store. Mr. Pressley left home in his usual health but on the way complained of feeling badly. On reaching the drug store about 10:30, called for a physician and very soon asked for a place to lie down as he thought he was dying. A few moments later, he died.
Funeral services were held over his remains Sunday at Emanuel church and interment was in the cemetery near by.

Surviving Mr. Pressley is his wife and several children. He was about 65 years old and was known by his friends and neighbors as an honest, upright citizen.

Maj. Graham Says Wife Called Him 'Old Gray-Haired Liar', Turned Him Out, Oct. 28, 1919

From The Monroe Journal, Oct. 28, 1919

Says His Wife Called Him An “Old Gray Haired Liar” . . . Major Graham Tells of Being Locked Out of Home After He Had Gone Away Seeking Peace

Major W.A. Graham, North Carolina’s commissioner of agriculture, has just filed his answer in the suit by his wife, who was Miss Sallie Clark, Sister of Chief Justice Walter Clark, in which she charged abandonment and demands an alimony allowance of $150 per month, which Commissioner Graham pleads is out of proportion to his income from salary and plantation near Charlotte.

The answer is filed through his counsel, Attorney General J.S. manning and Armistead Jones and Son. It is a lengthy document, setting out a most unhappy matrimonial state in which he pleads that he has striven by every possible concession to concilate.

Answering her charge that he abandoned her, he writes that he endured harsh treatment and abuse, including charges that he was an “old gray-haired liar,” and only left their home on an evening specified for the relief of a much needed night’s rest and on returning the next day found his suitcase of clothing on the front porch. Attempting to let himself in with his night latch key, he found the door locked against him from the inside with Mrs. Graham at home. He therefore emphatically denies the charge of abandonment and pleads that her demands as to an allowance are more than his financial condition would justify.

It is understood that there will be a superior court hearing in chambers first as to any temporary allowance for Mrs. Graham, pending the jury trial of the main suit to be had later.

Arrival of Boll Weevil in N.C. Marks Hard Times Ahead for Cotton Farmers, Oct. 28, 1919

From The Monroe Journal, Oct. 28, 1919

Boll Weevil Is Actively Breeding In This State. . . Pest Is Found in Columbus, New Hanover and Brunswick, Though It Is Not Thought Will Spread to Southeastern Counties

Raleigh, Oct. 27—The cotton boll weevil has to date been found at Tabor, Freeman and Bolton in Columbus county, and on the edge of Wilmington in New Hanover county, reports Mr. R.W. Leiby, assistant entomologist at the Agricultural Experiment Station. Since these two counties are north of Brunswick county the weevil is assumed to be established here also.

Mr. Leiby, in speaking of the spread of the weevil stated that the search had been made as far north as Burgaw and Hampstead in Pender county, and as far west as Chadbourn in Columbus county, but that it had been located at these points. During the coming weeks continued search will be made by members of the division of entomology, Department of Agriculture, in an effort to locate the northern limits of spread of the weevil.

In each case where located, the weevil was found to be actively breeding. At Wilmington, particularly, half grown grubs of the weevil were found in the young green squares, which indicate that it had been present in the State about two weeks before being located. The damage, however, to this year’s crop will be negligible, since the squares in which the weevil is now breeding would not mature cotton this season. However, it appears that the weevil may succeed in maturing a brood this year within the State, and this will cause greater destruction next year.

It is predicted by Mr. Leiby that the weevil will cause but little destruction in the southeastern corner of the State next year, but that the year following, its work will be very strongly in evidence and will cause great losses to the farmer who depends only upon cotton. Already reports have been received of the deprecations of the value of cotton land in Columbus county. This is declared to be untimely by Mr. Leiby, since the best way to beat the boll weevil is to grow less cotton and more of other crops.

The boll weevil spend the winter in the adult stage. It produces a number of generations during the year, requiring only 21 days with favorable conditions to develop from the egg to the adult stage. Winter weather, therefore, is an important factor in the increase or decrease of the weevils. But the pest has been known to survive zero weather in Louisiana, and it is believed that it will readily withstand North Carolina winters.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ministers, Citizens of Catawba County Resolve to Drive Out Blockade Liquor Business, Oct. 27, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Oct. 27, 1919

Catawba People to Enforce Law

Newton, Oct. 27—a mass meeting was held in the county courthouse Saturday afternoon for the purpose of organizing Catawba county to drive out the blockade liquor business. The meeting was well attended, the court house being filled with representatives from every township in the county. Some of the townships were represented by in considerable numbers. A large number of ladies were present.

The meeting was called to order by Rev. M.A. Abernethy of Newton, and Rev. W.W. Rowe of Hickory was called to act as temporary chairman of the meeting. Rev. W.R. Bradshaw, pastor of the First Baptist church of Hickory, led the meeting in a fervent prayer.

Mr. C.M. Yoder was made permanent chairman of the meeting and Mr. C.H. Mebane, editor of the News-Enterprise, was made secretary.

A committee of resolutions was appointed as follows: Revs. W.W. Rowe, M.A. Abernethy, A.W. Setyer, and Messrs. R.E. Haln, B.L. Finger, F.L. Rhoney, John Troutman, M.P. Sigmon, W.B. Sigmon, and David Arndt. While this committee was at work a number of enthusiastic speeches were made.

Dr. E.M. Craig of the First Presbyterian church of Hickory was the first speaker. He made a strong plea for the enforcement of law and order against the blockade liquor business.

Rev. R.M. Hoyle of the Methodist church spoke next. He reviewed the history of prohibition and temperance laws of this state. He said the present condition was a natural one in the process of the development of the prohibition laws of the state and of the nation. Mr. Hoyle said this meeting ought to have been held two years ago, that the work ahead of us was much more difficult now than it would have been then. His address was one of appeal to the people to do their duty.

Rev. Mr. Bradshaw of the Hickory Baptist church, was next called. His is a powerful speaker upon the subject of temperance.

He related his experience in Wilkes county and his connection with the Watts law and other prohibition activities. He said we must fight straight from the shoulder this liquor business. He told of the methods of the liquor forces, how they would flatter to keep off those who opposed them, then slander and do all they could to destroy those who dared to oppose them. He urged each individual and each community to take a bold stand on the liquor business that is doing so much harm in Catawba county.

The following resolutions were adopted:

“First, That an Executive committee of seven, four to be citizens of Newton township, be appointed to this body which shall be known as a publicity committee, which shall appoint an additional committee of three in each township to be known as information committees, whose duty it shall be to keep in communication with the executive committee and furnish the same with all the information procurable as regards the making and selling of liquor in every nook and corner of Catawba county. The executive committee shall also act as a publicity committee and pass upon all communications for publication coming into the hands of the committee.

“Second, That there be held public meetings in the school houses and churches in every part of the county and a strong effort made to secure the commitment of the citizenship of each community to stamping out the traffic in intoxicants. The places for above meetings to be suggested by the executive committees.

“Third, That we go on record as demanding 100 per cent service from our county, state and Federal officers in the breaking up of the liquor business in this county and hereby pledge them our utmost assistance and support.

“Fourth, We recommend that the executive committee be empowered to call a meeting at the court house once a month.”

In accordance with the report of the committee, the following executive committee was named by the mass meeting: Rev. M.A. Abernethy, C.R. Brady, W.T. McRee, Lafayette Huffman, C.M. Yoder, C.H. Mebane, and Joe Love.

Several sort talks were then made. C.R. Brady of Conover rang clear as a bell in telling what he has done and what he is willing to do in this campaign to restore the good name of our county and save our people from all the evils of this liquor business.

Archdeacon Griffith to Speak On Involuntary Sterilization of Women to Help With Social Problems, Oct. 25, 1919

From the front page of The Brevard News, Friday, Oct. 25, 1919. North Carolina involuntarily sterilized women until 1974. To read more about the history of the program in North Carolina, go to

Archdeacon Griffith at Court House Sunday

Archdeacon Griffith, who is holding a preaching mission in St. Phillips Episcopal Church and who is deeply interested in all questions pertaining to eugenics, has been asked to address the people of Brevard on the subject of Heredity. So on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock Mr. Griffith will speak in the Court House to those who are likewise interested. All ministers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, parents and thinking people in general, who are anxious for the betterment of the race are cordially invited to be present. An opportunity will be given to those present to ask questions concerning the uplift of the normal, delinquent, feebleminded and the like.

In these days of so many social problems with which the new order of the times has to deal, this talk will be timely.

Children under 15 years of age will not be admitted unless accompanied by their parents.

Mr. Griffith is not a sensationist (maybe meant sensationalist?), so noting will be said to appeal to anyone but what the subject implies, a good race of men and women. (Boldfaced type as used in the original article.)

Congregation, Area Ministers Praise Work Done by Rev. Poovey, Oct. 25, 1919

From the front page of The Brevard News, Friday, Oct. 25, 1919. The newspaper didn't mention the first name of Rev. Poovey, nor the first names of some other participants, nor the name of his church. 

Farewell Reception for Rev. Mr. Poovey

The Sunday evening service was devoted to expressions of appreciation for the four years of untiring service of Mr. and Mrs. Poovey.

The church had been beautifully decorated by Mrs. Z.W. Nichols. The chancel and pulpit were a mass of autumn flowers artistically arranged. Special music was furnished by the church choir and members of the Institute Glee Club.

Mr. Welch Galloway was spokesman for the church in discussing Mr. Poovey as the pastor of the church. He said, “There are few preachers that can stand before the same audience twice on Sunday and once during the week for four years and always have a real message from God’s word. Mr. Poovey has never fallen down on a sermon.” Mr. Galloway also said, “Mr. Poovey is not only a good preacher, but he is good at anything he undertakes. He can till the soil, build a house, or paint a picture equally well.

Mrs. Reece expressed gratitude of the Sunday School for Mr. and Mrs. Poovey’s faithful service. She said, “The Sunday School has increased 300 per cent in attendance and 700 per cent in collections during Mr. Poovey’s Pastorship.” He was always present at Sunday School and has taught a class the greater part of the time.

Mr. Trowbridge expressed gratitude of the Institute for Mr. Poovey’s willingness to help the school in every way. He mentioned many ways in which the school had found Mr. Poovey equally efficient.
In speaking of Mr. Poovey as a friend of other denominations Rev. Seagle said, “Mr. Poovey is too broad minded to not be a friend of other denominations. He has never failed to take interest in special services held in any of the churches of the town.”

Mr. T.H. Shipman represented the business man in speaking of Mr. Poovey as a citizen of the town. Mr. Shipman said, “I first met Mr. Poovey on a good roads meeting. I was favorably impressed with him thru the interest he took in improving the roads of the county. He has always been present at any meeting that was for the good of the people and he was not afraid to express his opinion on any subject.” Mr. Shipman spoke of the active part Mr. Poovey took in the Red Cross and war campaigns, of his service during the influenza epidemic. He said, “The business men of the town will feel a real loss when Mr. Poovey is no longer a citizen of the town.”

In the presentation of a $50 check as a gift from the church Mr. Ralph Zachary indulged in eloquence in sounding praises for service done the church and the town by Mr. Poovey.

In his response Mr. Poovey said, “When I came in I thought the church was decorated for a wedding, later I decided it was for a divorce, but these expressions of praise have sounded like it was a funeral.” Mr. Poovey offered to marry any couple that would step forward. His offer was not accepted.

J.M. Hamlin Reports on Transylvania Baptist Association Work at Its 3-Day Session, Oct. 25, 1919

From the front page of The Brevard News, Friday, Oct. 25, 1919

Transylvania Baptist Association

By J.M. Hamlin

The Transylvania Baptist Association met in the meeting house of Catheys Creek Church last Wednesday the 15th inst. In its 38th annual session of three days. The attendance on the first day was meager, attributable to the conflict of the last day of the county fair lapping over on the first day of the gathering. After this a good attendance was secured.

It is particularly proper to say at this point owing to the short notice given the church and community of Selica that they would be called upon to entertain an Associational gathering, the good women, doubtless assisted by the men showed themselves equal to the demands of swelling crowds. So did the public dinners indicate and the guests who invaded private homes thought each had made a hit in getting the best.

This writer, with other paupers, is consigned to the “Poor house” for present relief. The “relief” sought came in ample form around a long, groaning table which itself was much relieved.
After the introductory sermon, denominated by the speaker, rev. T.C. King, a mere talk, letters were read from nine churches, bare quorum.

A permanent organization was effected by placing Rev. C.E. Puett in the chair, C.B. Deaver, clerk, and G.T. Lyday, historian.

Reports upon the various enterprises of denominational work, each being under the surveillance of a committee for the last year began to be handed in for discussion. The first was the State paper, Biblical Recorder.

The Thomasville Orphanage

Dr. M.L. Kessler was present as its representative and delivered a most excellent address. While he urged loyal support of the orphanages he discountenanced the breaking up to homes while it was possible to maintain and educate under the care of a mother. Dr. Kessler was the only visitor representing a denominational subject. Other subjects were discussed without new departures form old customs, save missions and its relatives; upon them was placed new and renewed emphasis and made the special order for Friday afternoon.

However, one new feature was introduced and adopted: denominational enlistment work. This work is to be done co-ordinately by State, Home and Association boards.

The idea seems to be to employ a man of undoubted ability and piety for all his time to evangelize, indoctrinate and otherwise render himself helpful to the ministry and churches.

Miss Anna Logan of Buncombe, representing the woman’s work in the $75 million dollar drive, spoke in the afternoon and evening on the nomenclature of the campaign. Her instruction were almost volunious, entailing if rendered no little effect. If the enthusiasm of the speaker should fall upon the “teams” something will be accomplished.

There was nothing more enjoyable of all the exercises than the memorial service of Thursday evening. May speak of this next week.

The next session will be held with Oak Grove church, Quebec, 1920.

The hour for the consideration of the special order, the $75 million campaign having arrived, the Association not having formally defined its attitude toward the spirit and the matter contained in certain Bulletins over the signature of “Associational Director” appearing in recent issues of the Brevard News in which partisan politics couched in unbecoming language had been lugged into a religious movement and thinking that such failure now at the close of the session might be constructed possibly as tacit endorsement, this writer, that he himself might not be misconstrued in his own name and for his own behalf, arose and repudiated the spirit and matter therein contained and withdrew. So he stands today for weal or for woe.

The principles upon which this movement is based are worthy. A great world opportunity calls for personal sacrifice.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

In Wilson's Mayor's Court, Oct. 25, 1919

From the Wilson Daily Times, Oct. 25, 1919

Mayor’s Court

Sam Jones was charged $4.25 for allowing his chickens to run at large.

Alex Hinton was charged $4.25 for failing to stop at the street crossing.

Annie Crank and Callie Hampton were charged $9.25 each for disorderly conduct.

Fred Lane was charged $4.25 for being disorderly.

Father Asks Police to Catch or Arrest His Renegade 15-Year-Old Son, Oct. 25, 1919

From the Wilson Daily Times, Oct. 25, 1919

A Renegade Boy

James Brown, a worthy and industrious colored man of this city, has had his boy placed under arrest, or at least he invoked the aid of the officers to catch his son aged about 15, who had been buying clothes from merchants in the city and telling them to charge same to his father. The boy, according to the father, has been leaving home and staying away quite a while to return and secure another outfit and hike out again.

Tiler Riley Doing Well After Ford Car Collides With His Bicycle, Oct. 25, 1919

From the Wilson Daily Times, Oct. 25, 1919

Mr. Riley Improving

Mr. Tiler Riley is greatly improving, we are pleased to learn, and his injuries are not so great as was expected from the close shave that he had when he on a bicycle and a Ford car collided on Lee street.

Put Motor Cop Back on the Streets of Wilson, Oct. 25, 1919

From the Wilson Daily Times, Saturday, Oct. 25, 1919

Put on the Motor Cop

They cuss the motor cop we know, but when there was one on the streets, the accidents were fewer, and there were not so many people hurt, nor so many cars broken up. The only reason why there are not more people hurt in this good old town is because a merciful Providence and their guardian angels just jerk them out of the way.

Unless the cars on the county roads stop driving so recklessly, it will be necessary to place constabulary on them as they do in Pennsylvania to keep order in the rural districts.

Harnett County Man Asks For Additional Help in Fight Against Moonshiners, Oct. 23, 1919

From The Dunn Dispatch, October 23, 1919

Harnett Man Appeals for Aid Against Shiners. . . Says Whiskey Makers Are Active Around Bunn Level and Wants Godwin’s Help

Another appeal for federal assistance in curbing the liquor business in North Carolina came to Representative Godwin today from a citizen of Bunn Level in Harnett county, says the Washington correspondent of The News and Observer. Probably inspired by the announcement in this correspondence that revenue agents had been ordered by Commissioner Roper to Clarendon in Columbus county, this constituent asks Mr. Godwin to get the Department of Justice to take a hand in it.

The citizen says he writes in behalf of the better element of people and concludes his letter with the rater remarkable statement that it seems as if the county officials can do nothing more than make a raid now and then without much results. Mr. Godwin sent the letter on to Commissioner Roper.

Malcolm Jernigan Escapes Serious Injury After Robert Royal Attacked HIm With Axe, October 1919

From The Dunn Dispatch, October 23, 1919

Negro Tries to Kill Malcolm Jernigan

Malcolm Jernigan, a young farmer of Dunn, is suffering from an ugly scalp wound inflicted by Robert Royal, a negro, who is said to have attempted to kill Mr. Jernigan with an axe following an argument at the home of Hardy Warren in Sampson County Tuesday morning. The injured man came to Dunn without assistance and was treated by Dr. C.D. Sexton. The negro is believed to have escaped.

According to Mr. Jernigan he had hired the negro as a day laborer, giving him a homuse on his farm for himself, his wife and family. It was understood that the negro was to be permitted to work for others in the neighborhood when his services were not needed by Mr. Jernigan. It seemed, however, that he did not care to fulfill his end of the bargain, appering to rather work for others than for his regular employer.

Tuesday Mr. Jernigan needed him. The negro’s wife volunteered the information that he was working at the Warren place. Mr. Jernigan found him there and remonstrated with him for leaving his work. After some argument the negro ran to the wood pile, grabbed the axe and attacked Mr. Jernigan, attempting, it appears, to crush his skull.

Mr. Jernigan dodged, the blade of the axe cutting a gash about two inches long in his scalp. His injury is not considered dangerous.

Friday, October 25, 2019

City Generator Burned Out, Please Use Less Water, Light and Power, Oct. 25, 1919

From the Wilson Daily Times, Oct. 25, 1919

Ease Up On the Water, Light and Power, Wilson

Superintendent Grantham requests us to ask the people of Wilson to ease up on the use of water, lights and power until he can secure another machine from the factory, one of them having burned out yesterday. Another machine known as the “Exciter” has been ordered from Schenectady, N.Y., by express and should arrive in a day or two, though express nowadays is almost as slow and uncertain as freight.

The new machine will cost $2,045 and weighs heavy, so the express will be a considerable item.

In the meantime the machine which has been substituted for the one burned out is about half the size and therefore Mr. Grantham is afraid it might burn out, and if it does the city will be in darkness. So every light you turn out and every drop of water less that you use, and every wheel that you stop will take just that much burden from the already overburdened plant.

Halifax Welcomes Negro Soldiers Home, October 1919

From the Roanoke News, Weldon, N.C., Oct. 23, 1919

The Colored Soldiers

By R.J. Perry

The Red Cross Association of which Mrs. J.A. Alston is chairman gave an extended welcome to the soldier boys on Thursday, October 16th.

The exercises began promptly at 1 o’clock, with speaking on the campus of the colored Graded school. The speakers were seated on an improvised platform, and Dr. J.A. Tinsley was master of ceremonies. In a few well chosen remarks he introduced Dr. D.B. Zollicoffer, who had been delegated by Mayor Wiggins to deliver the welcome address. The Doctor was at his best. He paid an eloquent tribute to the courage and bravery of the colored soldier in the world war, and complimented them for their conduct since their return. He also spoke of the good feeling that always existed between the races in Weldon. He closed his admirable address by admonishing them to become good citizens and quit themselves like men.

Mr. W. Gomez responded to the address in a logical and forceful manner, and dwelt particularly upon the fact that as the negro soldier had fought to “make the world safe for democracy, and fit to live in, he ought to have a square deal.”

After Mr. Gomez had concluded his address, Prof. Smith Jones was called upon to introduce Dr. J.A. Cotton, president of Henderson Normal and Industrial Institute, who had been invited to address the soldier boys. Dr. Cotton is a very graceful and effective speaker, and his eloquence at times brought forth round after round of applause. He said that history would always accord to the negro his bravery on the field of battle. It was at Boston that “the first drop of negro blood was shed in the Revolutionary war by Crispus Attucks, while in the Haitian Revolution Touissant L-Overture, a negro, had astonished the world by his generalship; and coming down later to our civil war and the war with Spain, he had shown the highest form of bravery, while in Mexico the honors of the stars and stripes had been upheld on more than one occasion. With this glorious record behind him on the battlefield, the soldier was reminded that “peace had her victories no less than war,” and he begged them to bend all their efforts in acquiring the citizenship of which the world will be proud. To live high and reach the summit. “Beyond the Alps lies Italy.”

With the response of Mr. James Hargrove thanking the ladies of the Red Cross for their work at home during the great war and declaring that it would have been impossible to have won without them, the large crowd, headed by the Weldon brass band, marched to Odd Fellows Hall where the ladies had prepared a splendid dinner of barbecue, Brunswick stew, chicken, ice cream, etc., for the soldiers and visitors.

Will the Spanish Flu Return? Halifax Is Prepared, Oct. 23, 1919

From the Roanoke News, Weldon, N.C., Oct. 23, 1919

Organization to Combat Flu in Weldon Township

The state organizations to combat influenza are divided into county organizations, which are subdivided into township organizations. Each county has a supervisor who appoints the township supervisor, who in turn appoints the committees to serve under them.

The supervisor for this township is Mrs. Willie Green Cohen. On her rests the responsibility for the relief work in this township. The State Board of Health has a corps of doctors and nurses who will be sent on the request of the township and county supervisors to aid, should the necessity arise, but all calls for outside help must come from the local supervisor. The supervisors will keep in touch with the community through the committees to learn their needs.

The following committees have been appointed to aid in the work here should influenza become epidemic again this year.

Intelligence Committee—As the name suggests, this is the chief source of information. They are to gather information daily concerning the needy, new cases of flu, condition of old ones, etc., also whether or not any supplies are needed. The doctors can help this committee. This committee is Mrs. T.C. Harrison, Chairman; Mrs. W.A. Pierce, Mrs. W.L. Knight, Mrs. I.E. Green, Mrs. W.L. Scott, Miss Kate Garrett, Mrs. R.T. Daniel, Mrs. M.M. Drake.

Finance Committee—A finance committee should secure voluntary contributions for afflicted families which may be destitute. This committee is Mrs. George Green, Chairman; Mayor W.W. Wiggins, Mrs. Lee Johnson, Elliott B. Clark, Mrs. L.C. Draper, Mrs. R.S. Travis, Mr. G.C. Green, Mr. W.T. Whitehead, Mr. J.L. Shepherd, Mr. W.E. Daniel.

Nursing Committee—Mrs. W.G. Suiter, Chairman; Miss Rosa Rodwell, Mrs. C.P. Bounds. This committee should secure the names of those who will agree to do voluntary nursing.

Transportation Committee—Mrs. Ida Wilkins, Chairman; Mr. Howard Bounds, Mr. Barnes, Mr. Jesse Harvell, Mr. Eugene Daniel, Mr. J.A. Johnston, Mr. C.P. Vincent. This committee should e prepared for furnish a local guide and means of transportation should a doctor or nurse be sent here by the State Board of Health, and should also be prepared to meet the needs of the other committees.
Food Committee—The committee should be able to furnish simple wholesome food to the needy. Mrs. Ovid Pierce, Chairman; Mrs. J.S. Turner, Mr. J.I. Wyche, Mr. Harry Smith, Mr. E.G. Garlick, Mr. L.W. Murphrey, Mrs. R.P. Morehead.

The State Board of Health urges every committee to be prepared and not to be found sitting around idle should the epidemic come on us again. If it should not come, so much the better.

Local News From Harnett County, Oct. 23, 1919

From The Dunn Dispatch, October 23, 1919


James Smith and Braxton Baggett have recently accepted a positon with the E.V. Gainey Garage. Mr. Smith is an experienced automobile mechanic and will be glad to have his friends come to him with all their car troubles. Mr. Baggett, too, is a mechanic of several years’ experience.

Sergeant J.J. Stuart of Greensboro and Private B.B. Gillen of Raleigh are here on the trail of recruits for the regular army. They will be here until Monday morning and will accept enlistments at the post office at any time from 4 to 6 o’clock in the afternoon and from 7:30 to 8:30 at night. They will also furnish any information desired concerning allotments, travel pay and insurance due discharged soldiers or their dependents.

For census enumerators in Harnett County Representative Godwin has recommended Otis P. Shell, Averasboro; T.W. Harrington, Barbecue; Ed Blanchard, Buckhorn; J.A. Williams, Black River; A.F. Fowler, Duke; L.L. Turlington, Grove; J.S. Johnson, Anderson’s Creek; Henry Morrison, Johnsonville; John Collier, Neill’s Chreek; Walter Pearson, Hector’s Creek; A.L. Johnson, Lillington, Hassie Trulove, Stewart’s Creek; W.C. Davis, Upper Little River.

The last of three fires within a week Monday morning destroyed a barn in the alley fronting the Methodist Church. Marvin Wade was the owner of the barn. Much farm machinery and feed stuff belonging to Ernest Pope was also destroyed. The two other blazes were at the home of Robert Barnes on the corner of Pope and King Ave. and at the George F. Pope mill. Robert’s home with its furnishings was destroyed. Damage at the Pope mill was to the shaving house entirely.

Dr. J.W. Halford was fined $50 and cost at Lillington Monday for carrying a concealed weapon. The case was tried before Judge Otis P Shell, vice-recorder, serving in place of Col. Dan Hugh McLean who did not care to preside over the proceedings It grew out of an affray between Dr. Halford and E.W. Norris at Lillington during the September term of Superior Court. Dr. Halford is alleged to have drawn a pistol upon Norris after Mr. Norris was tried before Judge Shell on a charge of simple assault and was fined $25 and costs. Paul Norris, charged with the same offense, was adjudged not guilty and Clyde Norris, a third alleged offender was not prosecuted. Clifford & Townsend represented the Norris men. Charles Ross appeared for Dr. Halford.

Carlisle Bain returned Monday from Fayetteville where he had been receiving treatment for the after effects of German Gas he encountered while in service in France.

Work has been started on the new Free Will Baptist Church, which is to occupy the southwest corner of Cumberland Street and King Avenue. This structure is to cost approximately $20,000 and will be completed by early spring, it is believed.

Cotton sales on the local market reached 12,000 bales early this week with prices ranging up to nearly 37 cents. Car scarcity has been so serious and receipts so heavy that the whole of Lacknow Square is filled with the staple, nearly 4,000 bales being left there nearly every night.

Henry Lee, Ralph Wade, Wesley Thompson, Jesse Wilson, Alcy Parker, Lewis Strickland and Elija Lockamy left last night for Raleigh where they will attend the first annual reunion of the Hogan Gang, a soldiers’ organization created while they were quartered at Fort Caswell.

Rev. James M. Daniel, pastor of the Divine Street Methodist Church, is preparing to attend the next conference which is to be held at Wilson beginning November 19. He has been importuned to accept a position as director of the Trinity Alumni Association’s effort to raise $125,000 to build a memorial to the college men who died or were killed during the war. It is possible that he will accept this position. The Methodists of Dunn, however, are striving to induce him to remain in the pulpit Bishop U.V.W. Darlington will preside over the November conference.

Charles Lee Guy spent Monday at Clinton on business.

Claude A. Stewart of Angier was a visitor to Dunn Tuesday.

P.A. Lee is again on the job after several days’ siege of tonsillitis.

Worth M. Pope returned Monday form a visit to Raleigh and Greensboro.

Robert F. Smith and his little son, Robert F. Jr., were in town Tuesday night.

Mrs. C.P. Wailes of Edenton is here to spend several days with her husband.

K.A. Stewart of Lillington spent Saturday and Sunday here as a guest of friends.

Mrs. M.T. Young and Miss Gladys Young have returned from a visit to Philadelphia.

Mrs. Jack Lee returned Monday from an extended visit to relatives at Hendersonville.

J.W. Wilson was among those of Dunn who attended the circus at Fayetteville Tuesday night.

Mrs. J.J. Lane, Mrs. Ernest M. Jeffreys and Mrs. R.S. Kelley have gone to Richmond to spend several days.

Mrs. Marsh Morrow and Miss Lucille Harris left Monday night for Richmond where they will visit Miss Harris’ aunt.

Miss Juanita Crockett of Lillington was here Saturday and Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Crockett.

William Troy Monds and Joe Creel, stock dealers, left Tuesday for Richmond, where they will purchase horses and mules for their stables here.

Miss Grace Crockett returned Monday to Elon College after spending the week of the Fair here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Crockett.

Claude Gardner is again able to be up after several days of serious illness following an operation in the Fayetteville hospital for the removal of his tonsils.

Mrs. Margaret Capps, mother Calvin Capps, the gallant young lieutenant who lost his life in France, was here last week from her home at Lucama to visit friends and relatives.

Eugene T. Lee and J. Lloyd Wade left Sunday for Washington, where they are attending the biennial session of Scottish Rite Masons as delegates from the Wilmington consistory.

Miss Claudia Jones of Raleigh was among last week’s visitors to Dunn. She was a guest of her sister, Mrs. Herbert B. Taylor while here and was a participant in the several dances held during Fair week.
C.A. Moore was a visitor in Fayetteville Tuesday night.

Mrs. James M. Daniels is visiting relatives in Greensboro.

L.D. Barnes left Tuesday night for a brief visit to Richmond.

Mrs. Harvey McKay is visiting relatives in Richmond and Petersburg.

Mrs. Lela Hodges Humphreys of Birmingham, Alabama, is here to visit her parents.

Roy Lewis continues very ill at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Lewis.

Mrs. Clara Eldridge of Newton Grove is here to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Butler.

Misses Margaret and Naomi Walker of Petersburg are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Butler.

Mrs. Mackey W. Jones has returned to her home at Atlanta, Ga., after having spent several days here as the guest of Mrs. S. Shaw.

“Valley Farm,” a drama in three acts, will be presented at Shady Grove High School Friday night, October 31, by the students in the school.

Miss Jessie Holliday returned Monday to her studies at Atlantic Christian College after spending a week here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. McD. Holliday.


The first series in the Lyceum course was presented at the school building Saturday evening. The attraction was The Knowlton Banjo and Glee Club, which was indeed entertaining and worth while and quite a large number of people went out to hear the splendid entertainers in spite of the disagreeable evening.

L.E. Johnson of Zebulon spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Johnson.

Miss Hattie Gardner of Angier spent the week end with her sister, Mrs. Elbert Barnes.

Mr. and Mrs. Ang Stewart of near Dunn were visitors at the home of Mr. T.V. Stewart’s Sunday.

Herbert Grimes went to Raleigh Monday on business.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wiggins spent Tuesday in Dunn shopping.

We are glad to see Mr. B.L. Langdon out again. He was right sick last week.

Junious Beckwith of Durham is visiting his mother, Mrs. B.B. Gilmore.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Byrd and Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Garten spent Sunday afternoon in Duke.

Misses Callie Stewart and Laura Parrish and Messrs. Elidridge Coats and Alcie Byrd motored to Dunn Monday night.

Mrs. John Foster of Chapel Hill is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wiggins this week.

Henry and Guy Stewart spent Sunday at Benson.

Miss Iva Johnson of Angier spent the week end with Miss Edna Beasley.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Byrd of Benson are visiting at the home of W.G. Williams.

Mr. Yearby of Durham was a business visitor here Tuesday.

Dr. Parker of Benson was in town a few hours Wednesday.

Miss Pearl Strickland of Four Oaks is visiting her sister, Mrs. W.M. Keen this week.

Prof. J.A. Campbell of Buies Creek was here Tuesday. He has been very sick for the past several days and his many friends are glad to know he has recovered.

Holliday-Spain Wedding

Harper McDaniel Holiday and Miss Agnes Spain were married in the pastor’s study of the Methodist Parsonage Wednesday afternoon at 6:30 o’clock, Rev. James M. Daniel, pastor, officiated. Miss Blanche Thomas of Burington, R.G. Taylar, Jr.., and Leslie Wood were the only attendants.

The wedding came as a surprise to the many friends of the young couple here. No intimation of their intentions to wed had been given any one until a few hours before the ceremony. Immediately after the wedding they motored to Fayetteville, whence they returned to Dunn this morning.

The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Spain of Greenville. Her father is one of the most prominent tobacco warehousemen of Eastern Carolina. She came to Dunn as a teacher of music in the Dunn schools when they opened this fall. Mr. Holliday met her when she was on a visit here last summer. She is a young woman of rare charm and lovableness, accomplished in all the arts.

Mr. Holliday is a son of McD. Holliday of the Barnes and Holliday Company here. He is one of the town’s most popular young men.