Saturday, November 30, 2019

News from Neighbors in Polk County, Nov. 28, 1919

From Polk County News and The Tryon Bee, Friday, November 28, 1919

From Our Friends


Mr. J.E. Ridings has been suffering from a light stroke of paralysis for the past week. Physicians say it is not serious.

A joint debate will be held at Melvin Hill school house next Saturday night. Green river and Melvin Hill. Subject: “Resolved that a league of nations should be formed, and that the United States should join it.”

Green River school is progressing nicely with a good attendance even though there is a great deal of work that should be done by the children. But we are proud that the parents are making the sacrifice.

Mountain View

Mr. Hobart Jackson of Hendersonville spent Saturday night with home folks.

Mr. Henry Garrett was a pleasant caller of Miss Carrie Jackson Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Martin McCrain was the dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. McCrain Saturday.

Mr. Callie Halford and Mrs. Maude (Cochran) Halford were happily married last Saturday morning, Rev. J.T. Ruppe tying the knot.

Red Mountain

The farmers visit Spartanburg very often here of late with apples, cabbage, etc.

Mr. Reuben Wilson of Spartanburg spent Saturday night and Sunday with his father, T.N. Wilson.

Mr. Ernest corn jumped from a car near Mill Spring last Sunday, and was very seriously injured, but we hear he is much better.

Miss Lizzie Lee Wilson was the dinner guest of Miss Martha Jackson Sunday.

Miss Mamie Wilson spent last week end with her parents on route 1.

Miss Fannie Biddy was the guest of Miss Esther Wilson Sunday.

Misses Ola Haynes, Sue Jones and Mr. Dock Wilson entered school at Red Mountain Monday.

Mr. Clarence Whiteside of Fruitland Institute spent Sunday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.L. Whiteside.

We are having plenty of corn huskings at this time.

Mr. and Mrs. King Lawter left last Wednesday from Alexander Mills.

Several from here went to the party at Mr. W.D. Helton’s last Thursday night.

Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Ruff, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. N.L. Whiteside and Furman Jackson motored to Hendersonville and other places last Saturday.

Melvin Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morris of Cliffside called at Mr. and Mrs. Tom Waldrop’s Sunday.

Miss Love of Spartanburg, the good nurse who was as a visiting angel among the flu sufferers here last winter, spent last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Laughter.

Frosts have been letting up on us for several days now, and we are having pleasant Indian summer weather once more.


Just the kind of weather all like, cool and bracing.

It seems a little odd to see Wm. C. Pace drawing the reins over his father’s mules, who has been away attending to Uncle Sam’s business for 13 years. He talks of resigning his office in Panama at $175 per month and coming back to the mountains of the old North State, raising stock and fruit and enjoy life.

Elder S.P. Jones and daughter, Manda, of Cherokee, S.C., were pleasant visitors, both on business and pleasure, a few days last week.

A dog found a box that was set for rabbits one night last week and bagged the rabbit in the box and rolling it over the field for several hours, when finally he turned him out and we got to sleep some.

Quite a crowd of Fishtop youngsters went to Hendersonville Friday last.

Rev. Jackson failed to fill his appointment.

Newt Case visited in the lower section Sunday.

Misses Pearl and Vina Morgan visited Miss Flora Bradley Sunday afternoon.

J.B. Bradley has been and is yet suffering with a swollen finger, caused by a briar sticking in it.

Mill Spring Route 1

Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Edwards were made to rejoice when their son, Tench C. Edwards, returned home for a few days’ visit. He has been away from home almost three years, and everybody was glad to see him home again. He is visiting relatives in Spartanburg at this writing and will leave soon for Camp Taylor, Ky. He hopes to get his discharge in March.

Miss Dorcas Edwards, who is in school at Valle Crucie, N.C., was home on a short visit last week.

Mr. A. Ogle and family are moving to South Carolina this week. Their many friends will miss them and hate to see them leave.

Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Sheehan of Inman, S.C., visited at A.A. Edwards’ Saturday and Sunday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie Gilbert on last Saturday, a son.

Miss Mossie Edwards, who has been with home folks for several days, returned to Tryon Monday.

J.T. Edwards has purchased a Ford truck.

Prayer meeting was conducted by R.L.D. Gilbert at the home of J.C. Griffin last Wednesday night.

Mr. Bert Edwards was a caller on route 2, Sunday.

Mr. Talmag Allen was a caller on the route Sunday.

Some nice watermelon was served at the home of A.A. Edwards a few days past. Don’t you wish you had been there?

Delco Lighting Plants, Tractors, Give Farmers Something to be Thankful For, Nov. 28, 1919

From Polk County News and The Tryon Bee, Friday, November 28, 1919

Polk County Farm and Home

By J.R. Sams, County Agent

Last week was one of unusual interest as I went through Polk county. One who is not acquainted with NEW POLK COUNTY, would think she is still asleep; but she “aint” like Rip van Winkle. She is awaking from her long slumbers and putting on some real progressive movements. If you don’t believe it, do like I do, go around and see for yourself. Last Wednesday I left Columbus at 1 o’clock and went to Tryon to discuss the possibilities of growing sheep in Polk county with Mr. Vorhees from Michigan, and to attend a meeting of the directors of the Polk County Fair Association. There I convinced myself that old Polk is still on one corner of the map and certainly means to stay there as own by the pluck of these men to settle all premiums at last Fair and to have the best Fair in all north Carolina next year. It was then my pleasant lot to spend the night with Mr. James Scribens, which gave us opportunity to discuss Hampshire hogs, cattle, sheep, poultry and all round better farm methods and management.

Mr. Charles J. Lynch’s farm was next visited, when Mr. Lynch kindly took me through his home and showed and explained his Delco lighting plant. He said, “now if a farmer is not able to own both an automobile and Delco lighting plant, by all means leave the auto off and put in the plant. We first went to the basement and poured some kerosene oil in the tank and primed up with gasoline, and away she went till the batteries are charged and the thing grips off automatically. We then went to the living apartments and turned on the beautiful white lights. The next stunt was to set the electric iron going and then an old-fashioned jar was put into position and in an instant the sure-enough old style churn was in motion till the butter was on hand and that without any labor on the part of an already worked to death mother. Then a nearby sewing machine was put in motion by a touch of the toe and away she went without let or hindrance or exertion of a back broken woman. Then a kind of rattle dashing was started up in another corner and lo and behold it was a washing machine doing the work of three or four women without the aid of but one to put in and take out the clothes, and then—o---you just ought to see that thing twist the water out of them and the job is done. Well, the thing can do almost anything to be done about the house except eat and sweep the floor.

All of this is going on way out in the country on a farm. We then went out and inspected the grass fields which had been lately sown and bid fair to be a success. Mr. Lynch is secretary of the Hampshire Swine Breeders Association, lately organized, and is very enthusiastic for the beautiful belted hogs.

The next farm that attracted more than passing notice was that of Mr. W.B. McSwain. When I first saw in the distance the glimpse of this farm I saw something which resembled a cane mill in operation, and I thought my luck would be to see an old style molasses boiling that night; but when closer inspection was restored to, I discovered that instead of a cane mill, a stump puller was in operation and that 500 stumps had been pulled in less time than three days; on further investigation I found that all this tearing up of stumps meant that Mr. McSwain had just purchased at a cost of $1,400 a tractor and first-class plowing and general land fixing outfit. All this looked like progress, but when I looked around and found that he had sown four acres of grass and had the seen necessary to sow 10 acres more, and you just ought to see his cows and yearlings on that beautiful green pasture browsing and gracing on the green grasses sown one year ago I then went down on the creek bottoms that were covered with elders last year and found a negro ditching and acres of this low land that had been worth less, sown to grass and made valuable for pasture. See together, what Mr. McSwain is doing, puts him right in the lead of the most progressive farmers in Polk County, Mr. James Blackwell and Wm. McDade have cleared their fields of stumps and are ready for the tractor. Mr. Ed Lancaster was the first farmer in the county, so far as I know, to install a tractor. He, Mr. McSwain, Mr. Granville Thompson and Mr. Crawford Walker, making four farmers who now own tractors in Polk county. Now don’t everybody get crazy and buy a tractor, for every farm, even a large one, does not need one. But where several neighbors have small fields level enough and clear enough of rocks and stumps might cooperate and buy one together. So ow if you don’t believe that, just go around and see for yourself. Then come back to old Columbus and see stump pulling and tree digging going on right in the court house square. It’s a sight to see how they are tearing up dirt that has not been molested since the good Lord made the earth; but my—how the dirt is flying now. It’s all because old Polk is waking up never to sleep again.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Welfare Officer To Check Up on Frank Jenkins, 13, and Milton Lewis, 12

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Nov. 29, 1919. This was the first year that North Carolina used welfare officers to try and keep juvenile offenders and truants out of trouble.

Two Cases for Mr. Leonard

Mr. Leonard, who is at the head of the welfare work in this city, has in his charge two little negroes who were caught shooting craps. One of these is Frank Jenkins, aged 13, and the other is Milton Lewis, aged 12. Both were placed under probation for the period of six months and are to report each Saturday to show they have been bring to behave.

Jenkins lives with his grandmother and Milton Lewis lives with his father and mother. It seems, however, that they are kept by their parents under little restraint and are allowed to grow up more like weeds than in any other way. Both are going to school, however, and should know better.

Cases Settled in Mayor's Court, Nov. 29, 1919

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

Mayor’s Court

Ben Smith, colored, was charged $4.25 for an assault on his wife, Winnie, whom he slapped. Winnie withdrew the warrant, however, and he was charged only with the costs.

Robert Lee Wilkins, colored, was fined $9.25 for an assault on his wife. He was also fined $4.25 for reckless driving.

Ola McKiel was charged $14.25 for disorderly conduct.

Frank Jones was charged $14.25 for being disorderly.

Abraham Pou failed to pay a fine of $11.50 and went to the county roads.

Personal News From The Daily Times, Nov. 29, 1919

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

Purely Personal

Mr. W. Herbert Woodard has purchased nine beautiful building lots from Elder J.T. Farmer, Price $100 and other valuable considerations.

Mrs. Frank Hassell, who has been on a visit to Mrs. B.T. Cowper in Raleigh, returned home this afternoon.

Mrs. John E. Woodard, who has been on a visit to Mrs. B.T. Cowper in Raleigh, returned home this afternoon.

Mrs. U.R. Sills of Greensboro arrived today to visit Mrs. Williard Moss.

Miss Sudie Gay has returned from Raleigh, where she attended the convention of the State Musical Association in session there this week.

The regular annual meeting of the Wilson county chapter of the American Red Cross will be held in the court house Wednesday, December 3, at 3:30 o’clock. All members of the chapter, both in town and county, are requested to be present as officers are to be elected and other business transacted.

License to Marry

Duncan Boykin of Nash county, son of Mr. Monroe Boykin, has secured license to marry Miss Sadie Bray of the same county, daughter of Mr. Alex Bray.

Mr. S.C. Clark of Toisnot township, the son of Mr. John Clark, has secured license to marry Miss Stella Williams, the daughter of Mr. Calvin Williams.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Greeting, 1919

Thanksgiving Service at Methodist Church Will Include Taking Down the Service Flag, Nov. 28, 1919

The Jackson County Journal, Sylva, N.C., Nov. 28, 1919

Thanksgiving Services at the Methodist Church

There will be a Thanksgiving service at the Methodist church Thursday night at 7 o’clock, at which time the service flag of the church will be taken down, with appropriate exercises. The members of the Baptist church and all others of the community are invited to attend this service.

Thank Divine Being For Our Blessings, Opportunities, Privileges, Says Editorial in The Guilfordian, Nov. 26, 1919

From the editorial page of The Guilfordian, Greensboro, N.C., November 26, 1919


Another Thanksgiving season is approaching, a time that we all look forward to with joyous anticipation. We always long for this time of the year because of the joy and happiness it brings us. Usually, we either go to our homes or to visit our friends or take a trip to some noted place of interest. Thanksgiving, then usually means a happy time for us. But do we ever stop to think of the real meaning of this occasion which affords us so much merriment, and why we observe this day? 

Perhaps many of us will say it is because our Pilgrim Fathers did so. But do we always really observe Thanksgiving in the spirit that our Pilgrim Fathers did? We should celebrate this occasion with a true spirit of thankfulness. We, as students, should especially be grateful in college; for the ones who have made it possible for us to be in school; for our teachers who are giving us their best in order that we may become better fitted to meet the problems of our day; for our fellow students who bear with us the “burden and heat of the day,” helping us to understand humanity and to learn lessons of co-operation by which alone the world’s work can be done efficiently.

Let us then, on this day of thanksgiving, not forget to render due thanks to the Divine Being for all the blessings that we enjoy and for the opportunities and privileges which surround us.

Whooping Cough Closes Pumpkintown School, Nov. 28, 1919

The Jackson County Journal, Sylva, N.C., Nov. 28, 1919

Pumpkintown Items

As I haven’t seen anything from this place in quite awhile I will give a few sketches.

There is a lot of whooping cough throughout the community. Our school had to stop on account of it. I am sorry, as we were having a good school.

Mrs. A.A. Johnson has been very ill for the past few days. We hope she will soon be out again.

Mrs. R.D. Rogers is very sick. She is wished a speedy recovery by her many friends, as she has been in bad health for some time.

Messrs. P.R. Hyatt and John Stiles have moved their saw mill in and set it up and are now ready for business.

Mr. H.G. Crisp is about done logging and sawing the Pressley Cove and will move his mill to the Rogers timber in a short while.

Mr. L.A. Pressley has just completed his barn and it is a great improvement.

Mr. H.G. Crisp has rented Mr. R.D. Rogers’ place and moved to it for the next year. Mr. Rogers has moved to the old Higdon place.

Mr. Calvin Wilson has sold his steers and wagon to Mr. N.H. Passmore of Macon county.

Miss Birda Johnson has gone to Sylva to stay with her sister, Mrs. Beulah Wilson.

Mr. John Stiles made a business trip to Franklin one day last week.

Mr. T.C. Williams of Macon county is making his home at Mr. Mack Higdon’s.

Mr. Hughie Bishop is visiting relatives on Cullowhee.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

State to Divide and Auction Off Its 7,000-Acre Farm in Halifax County, Nov. 27, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Nov. 27, 1919

North Carolina Will Sell Halifax Farm in Parcels December 4. . . Prison Farm on Roanoke River Contains 7,000 Acres. . . Farm to Go at Auction

Raleigh, Nov. 17—North Carolina is going to sell its 7,000-acre farm in Halifax county—is going to sell under the urge of jazz and the spell of the auctioneer.

The farm will go December 4, with Governor Bickett and the whole prison board present, and it will be so cut up that the small farmer, the man of the $300,000 and $400,000 type, can take a shot at the lands and then leave plenty for his other poor neighbor who has no more land than this fellow.

For two administrations there has been an agitation for the sale of the farm. Governor Kitchin was entirely opposed to it because the administration found it a fine support to the State. Then the governor, who lives in the county and is himself a large farmer, knew something of the value of these grounds. He did not think the State could afford to sell it. Neither does his farm superintendent of that administration, Capt. Joe Laughinghouse. But it is a big place, very large for the penitentiary force which is continually being depleted by a growing humanity and the abandonment of the old plan of making money of convict labor.

And when this farm is sold the State will settle on other lands smaller in acreage. Durham and Raleigh are rivals in bidding. It is the purpose of the State to build a smaller farm nearer the central prison, which is yet the place of execution for all the capital felons. The act which authorized the transformation of the central prison building into a hospital for the insane and the removal of the outfit to the farm, failed to change the place of execution. Similarly it made no provision for performing a miracle, something necessary if the State converts its central prison building into a hospital. The construction is against the State’s plan and it will cost as much to make a hospital of that prison structure as it would cost outright to build.

News Briefs From Across North Carolina, Nov. 27, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Nov. 27, 1919

Across North Carolina

Durham—The life of the assessor is not always easy. It is calculated to spring surprises, as in the case of Robert Hopson in Patterson township, which occurred in the past few days. Spence Suitt and Gene Shepherd, township assessors of real estate, were in Patterson township and assessed Mr. Hopson’ farm of 48 acres at $1,800. Mr. Hopson objected to the figures in emphatic words, and said he would sell his farm at that price and consider that he got a good price for it. The two assessors too him at his word, and took his farm right there and then. Before the deed could be made out in their names they sold the place for the sum of $2,000. Mr. Hopson made the deed to the party to whom the assessors sold the place. Not every time is a man’s property assessed too high.

Hamlet—A meeting of former service men who served honorably during the world war was called at Hamlet Y.M.C.A. for the purpose of organizing a post in the American Legion.

Fayetteville—Margaret Alice Davis, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Davis of this city, died from burns received when her clothing caught fire from the flames in a fireplace in her home.

Kinston—Witnesses in the recorder’s court here swore they saw Willie Davis and Willie Lee, employed at Frank Taylor’s store at the “Iron Bridge” sell whiskey over the counter freely. A jury of six men, including several representative citizens, acquitted the men.

Raleigh—The chamber of commerce announced the perfection of plans for the erection of a big bonded warehouse in Raleigh, which will be available for the storage of all kinds of goods and merchandise by Raleigh merchants or merchants of other sections of the state.

Albemarle—28 members of the local textile union, including the president, H.M. Barbee, and the secretary H.M. York; also Marvin Rich, Charlotte lawyer and labor leader, and J.H. Graham, labor organizer of Concord, all implicated in the strike trouble, and rioting which occurred here at the Wiscassett Mills on September 15, pleaded guilty to the fourth count in the bill of indictment, charging conspiracy. Rich and Graham were fined $600 each and taxed with court costs and expenses which will amount to several hundred dollars.

Washington—Farmers on the south side of the Pamlico river will be able to bring their tobacco to town to do whatever trading they have to do in Washington by coming direct from Chocowinity to Washington over the new hard-surfaced road. Arrangements have been made to keep the road open for traffic for five days.

Winston-Salem—The late R.J. Reynold, the tobacco “king,” who died July 29, 1918, left an estate valued at $17,119,429.31, according to an inventory for Forsyth superior court by Mrs. Kathrine Reynolds, widow of the deceased and administratrix of the great estate. It has been figured out that the State of North Caorlina will receive an inheritance tax of approximately $528,575.

Fayetteville—A new candidate entered the field against Congressman Goodwin when it was announced that John G. Shaw, former member of the house of representatives, would be a candidate for the congressional seat form the sixth district.

Statesville—Iredell officers made a big haul when they captured a blockade distilling outfit near the Wilkes line. It was a 50-gallon still and was made of solid copper, being one of the finest and most complete blockade outfits ever captured. There were four men in charge of the plant when they saw or heard Deputies O.L. Woodsides, E.V. Privett, W.W. Woodward and J.L. Mihol coming and they made their escape in such haste that the officers were unable to catch them.

Kirkmans Thank Fire Department With Donation, Oyster Supper, Nov. 27, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Nov. 27, 1919

Makes Nice Donation to the Department

Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Kirkman last week presented to the members of the High Point fire department, through Chief A.B. Horney, a check for $100 as a token of appreciation for the efforts of the fire fighters in successfully combatting flames in the Kirkman home two weeks ago. Thanks to the efficient work of the department, the blaze was extinguished with but trivial damage resulting to the home. The gift is the largest the fire department has ever received.

Mr. Kirkman will also give the department an oyster supper on the night of Wednesday, December 3. Every member will be present and there will be speech making and the like. The note accompanying the $100 gift was:

“We wish to express to you and through you to the fire department our sincere thanks for the service rendered to us recently. Their heroic efforts and persistent work saved our home, and for this we can never thank you and the brave fire boys associated with you, enough. As a token of our appreciation we are sending to the fire department our check for $100.”

Charges Against Police Chief Orr, 30 Police Officers, Dismissed by Justice Alexander, Nov 27, 1919

From The Review, High Point, N.C., Nov. 27, 1919

Charlotte Case Settled. . . Policemen Acquitted in Magistrate’s Court. . . Justice Alexander Declares Nothing in Evidence Warrants Holding Them

Charlotte, Nov. 22—Justice Alexander, sitting in the case of Police Chief Orr and 30 Charlotte officers charged with the murder of the five victims of the rioting at the street-car sheds here on August 25 last, acquitted the defendants 15 minutes after he got the case at 12:30 o’clock today.

Concluding a 10-minute speech by defying public sentiment and the flood of criticism which he said he expected to be heaped upon him, the justice, while admitting an offense had been committed, said there was nothing in the evidence to warrant him in holding the defendants on a charge of murder.

Headed by Chief Orr, the policemen filed by the bench and shook hands with the magistrates and thanked them.

Final arguments in the case were made this morning by E.T. Cansler for the defense and Jake Newell for the prosecution.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

University Extension To Help Get Community Water, Electric Power, Telephones to Rural Communities, Nov. 26, 1919

From The University North Carolina News Letter, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 26, 1919

Country Home Comforts

The promotion of home comforts and conveniences in country homes all over North Carolina is planned by the bureau of extension of the University of North Carolina working with the State Highway Commission. A group of experienced engineering officials among the university faculty, with P.H. Daggett, professor of electrical engineering as director, has been organized to advise and assist, free of all charge, in providing for rural communities water supplies, electric light and power plants, to investigate natural water power possibilities for country homes, to prepare plans for their development, and to furnish specifications for the installation of rural mutual telephone systems.

Prof. J.H. Mustard will have charge of electric light and power projects, Prof. J.E. Lear of telephone systems, Prof. Thorndike Saville of water power and sanitation, Prof. E.C. Branson of social science engineering.

This organization for the promotion of country home conveniences and comforts grew out of authorization by the general assembly of 1917 to the State Highway Commission to carry on this work. The commission has enlisted the bureau of extension of the university and the headquarters of the work will be at Chapel Hill. Prof. Mustard was at the State Fair with the highway commission and already several projects are being planned. Profs. Daggett and Saville are spending this week in Virginia investigating successful rural telephones and small water power developments in the country around Lexington and Harrisonburg.

Demonstration Exhibits

To assist the work, exhibits will be built at Chapel Hill showing what can be done with small facilities. These include a model water power plant on a small stream near Chapel Hill, which will furnish power for lighting, washing, pumping, ice making, dairy use, and other home jobs. A sanitary engineering laboratory will shortly be available at the university for making texts on water and sewage, and a housing exhibit, which is expected to attract a great deal of attention on account of the present crisis in housing conditions in many parts of North Carolina, will be built. The various conveniences possible around a home, such as convenient running water and water carriage sewerage systems for the farm houses and rural districts will be planned in connection with the model water power plant. Adding to this will be a small demonstration telephone system showing the method of operating the various types of telephone apparatus.

Any of these contemplated improvements in country homes or country neighborhoods will be investigated, upon request, by engineering experts, professional advice will be given, plans drawn or criticized, knotty problems will be worked over, and general assistance of any nature will be rendered free.

Machine Power

“Every farmer in the State is limited by lack of man power,” said Prof. Daggett here today, in speaking of the work. “More help would make men more profits. Under existing conditions the only hope lies in replacing the labor of human hands with machinery. An electrical unit driving by gasoline, kerosene or water power will do many jobs that ordinarily take the entire time of someone until they are finished, jobs that can be done better with a small motor for a few cents an hour than by any farm hand. The bureau of extension will furnish free of charge engineering assistance in selecting, purchasing, installing, and operating electric light and power plants for farm and farm community uses.”

In talking further about the difficulties attendant upon the storage of labor and the efficiency of electricity in the farm home, Prof. Daggett said:

“Every farmer needs electric lights for safety, for a fire means the loss of a barn or a home. In addition he enjoys the advantage of the best light and a reduction in the insurance rate. The electric motor makes it possible to install a complete water system in the farm buildings together with a hose for washing the automobile, etc., and for the garden during dry spells. With a motor-driven buzz saw all the wood sawing could be done as the logs are brought in during the winter months. Milking is hard work and an electric milking machine will do the milking in a shorter time and better at a few cents per hour. The same motor will also separate the cream and church the butter. Such jobs as corn shelling, cutting ensilage, chopping feed, sharpening mower blades, corn knives, axes, scythes, etc., can be done at home, saving time that should be spent in the fields.

“In the home, sewing, washing, ironing, sweeping, mixing bread, freezing ice cream, sharpening knives, and numerous other jobs can be done with little effort and leave more time for the farmer’s wife to enjoy life as her city sisters are doing. In addition there are many other appliances that will increase the comforts and conveniences of the household, such as electric fans, toasters, bread mixers, water heaters, etc.

Players Recovering From Injuries Sustained in Saturday's Game, Nov. 26, 1919

From the editorial page of The Guilfordian, Greensboro, N.C., November 26, 1919

As we go to press we are glad to state that Algie Newlin, John Taylor and Murray White, who were right severely injured in Saturday’s game, are getting much better. White was able to get around all right by Saturday night. Algie’s collar bone has been paining him considerably and will until it knits back together. John’s hip has not yet permitted him to bear much weight on it, but we hope to soon see him around. Our heartfelt sympathy and thanks goes out to these boys for working bringing us the victory. We know how heartbroken they were at not begin able to stay in until the finish of Elon. Mere words cannot do much towards salving pain but, boys, in Guilford’s name, we thank you again for your courage and efforts.

War Revealed Lack of Intelligent Religious Convictions, Says Robert E. Speer, Nov. 26, 1919

From The University North Carolina News Letter, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 26, 1919

A Central Flaw

By Dr. Robert E. Speer

The war has revealed to us the magnitude and gravity of our whole problem of education. A democracy is not safe with such a mass of illiteracy as the war has uncovered. But the problem is not solved simply by decreasing the percentage of illiterates to the total population. We need not simply education, but Christian education—training that issues in religious conviction and Christian personality.

Among all the things that the chaplains and others who have been in touch with the religious side of the Army have revealed to us, few are more appalling than the lack of comprehension of the meaning of Christianity and of the elements of religious faith, which were found to be characteristic of great masses of our men, side by side with a widely prevalent and child-like religious instinct.

Such ignorance is a central flaw in a self-controlled and self-governed nation. Our strength lies in the intelligent religious convictions of our people.

In the more comprehensive sense of the term the whole problem of the church is now more clearly seen to be one of education. We have to bring every available resource to bear to make the pulpit, the Sunday school, the day school, the university, the theological seminary, all our educational factors, efficient in carrying out the great task of the church of training men and women in Christian character.

Dialectic Society Goes on Record as Opposing Rowdyism, Supporting Open Shop Companies, Nov. 26, 1919

From The Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, Nov. 26, 1919

Open Shop Is Favored By Dialectic Society

At its regular meeting Saturday night, the Di Society adopted a resolution opposing the spirit of rowdyism and ungentlemanly conduct that has come to the campus this year. W.H. Bobbitt proposed the resolution, which after a short explanation by G.D. Crawford, was passed by unanimous vote of the society. The most flagrant exhibition of this un-Carolina spirit was at the recital given by the Overseas Ladies under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A. The Di Society believes that such actions are not representative of the Carolina student body, and its hastening to stamp them with its firm disapproval, will, in the opinion of many, have a sobering effect on those who would drag down the fine reputation students of this Institution enjoy over the country.

The debate on the Open Shop question drew from the members of the society a heated discussion of the labor problem in general, and the regular debate with Boyd and Townsend representing the affirmative against Williams and Corpening on the negative, resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of the affirmative. Judging from the amount of sentiment expressed against the closed shop principle, the Di Society must be fully two-thirds in favor of the open shop basis for workmen.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Instead of Traveling Over the River to Grandmother's House for Thanksgiving, Crowds Will Take Special Trains to Chapel HIll to See Virginia-Carolina Football Game, 1919

From The Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, Nov. 26, 1919. Last name spelled Woollen and Woolen in original article; I don’t know which is correct.

Preparations for Big Crowd Turkey Day. . . Seats Will Be Sold Direct to Students and Alumni. . . First Virginia-Carolina Game Ever Here. . . Special Trains to be Run From Most Large Cities of the State

Preparations are being made at Chapel Hill to handle the Carolina-Virginia game Thanksgiving day, the largest crowd that ever saw a football game in this state. Bleacher seats to hold 2,500 persons in addition to the regular seating space in the concrete stands have arrived, and are being put up. 

Graduate Manager Charles T. Woollen has sent to the alumni this week application form for seats. Other arrangements are beginning to assume definite form from the point of view of the numbers and general interest, as well as in the playing itself, the game is expected to be the greatest football contest ever staged in North Carolina.

The present game is the first Carolina-Virginia contest to be played in North Carolina. Former games have been played in Richmond, except in 1907, when the game was in Norfolk. The agreement between the two universities calls for the game to be played before the student bodies of each university in alternate years and the next game will be played in Charlottesville.

The present concrete stands on Emmerson field will seat 2,500 persons and with the addition of the bleacher seats, which will be place on the opposite side of the field, seats will be provided for 5,000. Every one of these seats will be reserved. To prevent their falling into the hands of speculators, they will be sold direct to students and alumni. Several sections of the stand will be reserved for the cheering students, but all of the rest of the seats will be reserved to the alumni.

Application forms sent out by Graduate Manager Woolen call for the direct order of seats. The price will be $2. In addition to the stands on each side of the field, there will be standing room at each end of the field.

The general expectation is that the reserved seats will be sold out completely and that the crowd will number more than 5,000. The normal hotel and café service in Chapel Hill will be supplemented on Thanksgiving day by changes in the service at Swain Hall and University Inn, at both of which places light buffet lunches will be served.

Special trains are being arranged, one from Charlotte, another from Goldsboro, and others from Virginia and different parts of North Carolina. A great number of visitors are expected to come in automobile sand special arrangements are being made in Chapel Hill to handle the heavy traffic and the parking of the cars. During the day one building on the Campus, the Peabody Building, will be turned over entirely for the comfort and convenience of ladies.

State News From Raleigh by Maxwell Gorman, Nov. 25, 1919

From The Commonwealth, Scotland Neck, N.C., Nov. 25, 1919

Church Leaders Have Control In the City of Raleigh. . . State Labor Union Men Doubt Report That Union Labor Will Put Up Man to Contest in Ninth District. . . Teachers Intervene Tomorrow

By Maxwell Gorman

Raleigh, N.C., Nov. 25—The State Teachers Assembly, which begins its three-day annual meeting in Raleigh Wednesday night of this week, promises to be one of the most largely attended of recent years. Several hundred have registered by mail already. Contributing factors to the largest attendance on the better co-operation of the county and municipal school boards of the counties and towns, whereby the teachers who attend the meeting will be paid for the time and their expenses assumed by the school boards.

Labor union men here do not credit the report that they may yet put up a man to vote for in the ninth congressional election December 16th. The impression here seems to be that, as an organization, labor will take no part in the fight between Hoey and McCati (?) for the nomination. As to Morehead, it does not appear that he can enlist much strength among the organized labor ranks of the district.
Raleigh’s new mayor T.B. Eldridge, completes the trinity of the most pious set of commissioners the city has ever known if prominence in church conventions are to be classed as 100 per cent “piety.” Brother Eldridge teaches a Methodist Bible class. Brother ?? is a Baptist Tabernacle deacon, while Brother Pace is a pillar in the Presbyterian church here.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

First Presbyterian Church Accepts Hedge In Memory of Archie McIntosh, Nov. 24, 1919

From the front page of the Hickory Daily Record, Nov. 24, 1919

Presents Hedge for Archie McIntosh

Mr. Henry Chase of Huntsville, Ala., a former citizen of Hickory, has offered the First Presbyterian church an Amoor river privet hedge to go round the church property with the request that it be named for Archie McIntosh, a former elder in the church, and a citizen whom Hickory people loved. Dr. E.M. Craig presented the matter to the church Sunday morning and the sessions accepted the offer with gratefulness. The gift will be a memorial to a good citizen, a sterling churchman and a credit to the donor and church.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Jury Unable to Decide Guilt or Innocence of Charles Lacey, Nov. 21, 1919

From The Wilmington Dispatch, Nov. 21, 1919

Jury Still Out In Lacey’s Case. . . Reported to Court at Noon That They Could Not Agree

At 2:30 o’clock this afternoon the case of Charles Lacey, charged with murder, was pronounced a mistrial, the jurors were dismissed and federal court adjourned sine die. The case had been in the hands of the jury for 27 hours.

Shortly after 12 o’clock today the jury in district court for the eastern district of North Carolina, now in session here, reported to Judge Henry G. Connor, presiding, that the members of that jury saw no possibility of their being able to agree on a verdict in the case of Charles Lacey, charged with murder.
After hearing this communications, Judge Allen ordered the jury to again retire, declaring that he saw no reason why 12 sensible jurors could not agree in a case of this nature. He then gave instructions to have the defendant brought back to the court room at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon in anticipation that a verdict might have been reached by the hour mentioned. While that fact could not be established beyond mere hearsay, it was declared that the jury now stands at 10 for acquittal and two for conviction, after having formerly stood seven for acquittal and five for conviction.

This has been one of the longest drawn out and hardest fought cases tried at the present term of district court. The case was in the hands of the jury at 11:45 o’clock yesterday and it was then expected that a verdict might be returned some time Thursday afternoon. Thursday night shortly before midnight, when no verdict had been returned, Judge Connor ordered that quarters be secured for the jurors at a local hotel and they spent the night there. This morning at 10 o’clock they were reassembled, at which time they again entered the jury room. About 11 o’clock this morning they asked to appear before the judge and requested that official to again quote to them the law which applies to a matter of reasonable doubt being entertained as to the guilt of the accused party. This section of the law was read and explained to them by the court and the jury again retired. When the hour for the noon recess arrived, no agreement had been reached and Judge Connor declared that the case would be heard further at 2:30 o’clock.

Lacey is a negro and was first-mate on board the William H. Summer, at which time Capt. Robie E. Corkum, in command of the vessel, was shot and killed. The ship went aground off Topsail Inlet, these events taking place on September 7.

Town Topics From Wilmington, Nov. 21, 1919

From The Wilmington Dispatch, Nov. 21, 1919

Town Topics

Mrs. Lee Improving

Reports made public this morning by her attending physician wee to the effect that very marked improvement is noted today in the condition of Mrs. G.O. Lee, who suffered very severe burns at her home, 305 South Front street, yesterday morning. While Mrs. Lee will necessarily be confined to her bed for some days, her condition is no longer regarded as serious.

Captain DeVane Dead

Universal regret was expressed in Wilmington this morning when it became known last night that Capt. D.C. DeVane had died very suddenly at his home in Bladen county. Capt. DeVane was about 55 years of age and was well known to all the people of this section who had any occasion to travel, being a conductor for a number of years on the Atlantic Coast Line railway. Capt. DeVane is survived by his mother, several brothers and sisters, and nine children. The body of the deceased was brought to Wilmington this morning and interment will take place in Oakdale cemetery tomorrow. The funeral will be held from the home of his son, 129 South Eighth street, in the afternoon at 4 o’clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. A.D. McClure, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church.

Marked Improvement Seen

It was stated at the James Walker Memorial hospital this morning that marked improvement is to be noted in the condition of J.D. Kelly and that unless some complications develop, he will certainly recover. Mr. Kelly attempted to take his own life by shooting himself through the head with a pistol, but fortunately the bullet did not penetrate the skull and the wound is scarcely more than one of minor importance now.


A marriage of general interest to the friends of the contracting parties took place in Wilmignton Wednesday night when Miss Effie Carney became the bride of J.N. Shepard. Miss Carney is one of the city’s most popular and accomplished young women and has made her home for some time with her brother at 15th and Castle streets, where the ceremony was performed. Mr. Shepard is a well known farmer of the Middle Sound section and immediately after their marriage they left for his plantation. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.W. Crowley. Miss Elma Canaday attended the bride as bridesmaid, while J.W. Ennett was best man.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Surprise Wedding, Baseball Coming to Tarboro, Party for Miss Bennett, Nov. 22, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 1919

Our Tarboro Letter

By J.D. Foster

Many friends of Mrs. Annie Grey Ruffin of this place were given a decided “bump” Thursday. Her engagement had been announced to Mr. James Laurence Sprunt of Wilmington, and the wedding was to have taken place in Tarboro on Dec. 30. Several days ago she left for New York and Wednesday the family and several others received word that she was to be married in New York the following day, Thursday; and that’s when the “bump” came. She was married by Bishop Lloyd at Calvary church, New York, at noon. It was a most distinct surprise that the Tarboro citizenry have met with in some time. Mrs. Ruffin’s first husband was Mr. Allen Ruffin of Hillsboro, who held large interests in the cotton mill industry at that place. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Nash of Tarboro and nice of Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire of Raleigh. She is a real daughter of Edgecombe county, and has a high place in the community being considered, as one friend fittingly expressed it, “One of Tarboro’s finest women.” Mr. Sprunt is well known throughout the state.

The baseball fans of this community will have an opportunity next season to gratify a desire with which they have been obsessed for several years. It has been definitely announced that Tarboro is to be in the Eastern Carolina League. Henry (Pop) Bryan, who for 15 years fought every team in this and some 15 years fought every team in this an some other sections to a standstill, and held Tarboro on top of the list, is again to manage. Those who know old “Pop” know what to expect in the baseball arena next season. He is already combing the woods to find the finest players in the minor league and says that when the next season opens there will be something “sizzling.”

A real estate company for Tarboro is now an assured fact. Application has been made for a charter for the Edgecombe Realty and Insurance Company, with a capital paid in of $50,000, for the purpose of buying and selling real estate, writing fire insurance, building houses, etc. W.G. Clark, J.C. Griffin, B. Mabry Hart and H.P. Foxhall are the incorporators, with the latter as manager of the concern. Mr. Foxhall is a hustler, and the success of the enterprise under his management is assured at the start.

Geo. A. Holderness, C.P. McCluer and C.C. Todd left Friday for Raleigh to take up matters with the corporation commission.

The homes of F.G. Davis and F. Jenkins were entered Wednesday night by unknown parties. So far as has been learned, nothing valuable was taken.

“Cheer Up, Mabel,” played here Tuesday night to a full house, the majority of whom were disappointed. The comedy was fair and “Bubbles” was a feature, making a very good impression.

Misses Alice and Verna Skundburg entertained a number of friends last Wednesday evening at their home on St. James street. Various amusing games were played, after which delicious sandwiches and Coca-Cola were served. Dancing was then enjoyed and later chocolate cake was served. About 20 guests enjoyed the hospitality of the Misses Skundburg.

Mrs. C.M. Cobb of Norfolk visited friends in Tarboro Friday morning. She returned to Norfolk at noon, accompanied by Mrs. W.M. Horton, who will be Mrs. Cobb’s guest for the week-end.

Miss Isabel Bennett was very presently surprised Thursday evening when about 20 of her lady friends suddenly walked in upon her at the home of Mrs. Wade H. Andrews, with whom she lives. Miss Bennett leaves Sunday for Fayetteville, where she has accepted a position with the Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company, and a number of young folks decided to give her a surprise farewell party. Many old-fashioned games, such as “wink,” “consequences,” “trace the nail,” etc., were played, and at a late hour the guests brought forth previously concealed bags containing fruit, cakes, candy and a crate of coca-cola was opened and passed around. After the feast, Miss Elise Shipp bade the guest of honor arise and in a few words told her of the esteem in which she was held by her friends and in behalf of those assembled presented her with a lovely broach, cameo surrounded by pearls, as a token of their love and esteem. Miss Bennett very prettily accepted the gift and spoke of her appreciation of the whole affair and of her regret at having to leave such a host of friends. At a late hour the party broke up everybody declaring it a great success.

Bell Boy Confesses His Part in Theft of Jewelry, Nov. 22, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 1919

Negro Who Took Trunk Containing $75,000 Worth of Diamonds Bought Ticket to Western Town. . . Bell Boy Confesses

Raleigh, Nov. 22—John Cook, a bellboy, and two other negroes ae under arrest for the theft of a turnk from the lobby of the Yarborough hotel in this city early Friday morning containing from $50,000 to $75,000 worth of jewelry and diamonds.

Cook confessed to his father last night that he took the trunk from the hotel and was aided in so doing by a negro chauffeur. They carried the trunk to a woods three miles east of Raleigh, where it was left unopened. The police are looking for another negro, whom it is believed has in his possession. The officers went to the spot where the boy stated the trunk was left, and found indications that it had been opened, but its contents were not found.

The police believe that the negro who took the trunk left Raleigh on a west-bound train. He purchased a ticket for a city in the western part of the State, and the authorities are asked to watch for him. The trunk was brought here by Mr. Jack Goode, a well-known traveling man who represents a number of New York jewelry houses.

Judge Dismisses Case Against Charlotte Police, Nov. 22, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 1919

The Charlotte Police Dismissed From the Charge of Murder in the Car Barn Riots by Magistrate. . . Trial Ended Today

Charlotte, Nov. 22—The charges against the Charlotte policemen, who are under an indictment for the murder of five men in the car barn riots of the Southern Public Utilities Company, August 25, were dismissed today by Magistrate Alexander Sloan, before whom they were being tried.

Immediately after Attorney Newell had finished his argument, the magistrate announced that he did not find probable cause for holding to a higher court.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Should Bodies of N.C. Soldiers Buried Overseas Be Brought Home? Nov. 21, 1919

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Nov. 21, 1919

Want Our Dead Brought Home

Thousands of persons in North Carolina are interested in the proposition to bring home the remains of the Tar Heel boys buried in foreign countries.

Attorney General James S. Manning, whose son died in France, is anxious to have the body brought home. On account of his efforts the North Carolina senators have been very active in getting the war department to take up the matter, and get some fixed policy.

Senator Overman’s office was notified today that the secretary of the treasury had instructed the public health service to take over Kenilworth Inn for a “general hospital.”

The understanding is that if the government likes the proposition, it will purchase the property.

Congress Votes 142 to 22 In Favor Of Segregation on Railroad, Nov. 21, 1919

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Nov. 21, 1919

Racial Clause Is Cut Out of Esch Railroad Bill

Washington—The house voted 142 to 12 against injecting the race question in the Esch railroad bill. An amendment had been offered by Representative Madden, (republican, Illinois), providing that no discrimination should be made in interstate passenger transportation against any native born citizen. Southern and northern congressmen spoke in opposition.

H.E. White To Get $100 For Finding Stolen Car, Nov. 21, 1919

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Nov. 21, 1919

Capture Stolen Car

Mr. H.E. White of White Brothers Garage captured a stolen Overland car Sunday near Weldon. He found the car in a ditch by the road, and abandoned.

Mr. White brought the car to his garage and notified Mr. W.R. Strickland of Warrenton, the owner, who had offered a reward of $100 for the return of the car.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Struggling Family in Need of Clothing, Shoes, for Their Four Children, Nov. 20, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 20, 1919

In Need of Clothing and Shoes

A call comes for clothes for a colored family where the mother is very sick. The father is working and trying to keep the wolf from the door, but with the present high cost of living, doctor’s bills and wood and coal to buy, it is impossible for him to buy the clothing the family are in need of.

There are two boys, 8 and 10 years, and two girls, 4 and 5, who are in need of clothing and shoes. If you have a boy or girl who has outgrown their clothing and shoes, help this family by calling the health department, or call 311-J.

Wilson Mayor's Court, Nov. 20, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 20, 1919

Mayor’s Court

Jack Henderson was charged $29.25 for speeding.

Jem Lewis was charged $13.25 for assault on his wife.

Jake Boone was charged $14.25 for being drunk on the street.

Nell Catherine was charged $9.25 for gambling.

Charles Johnson was charged $9.25 for gambling.

George Williams was charged $9.25 for gambling.

Pink King was charged $9.25 for gambling.

Blake Smith was charged $9.25 for gambling.

Electrocution of Connor Brothers Stayed for Appeal of Case, Nov. 20, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 20, 1919

Negroes Doomed to Chair Are Given a Respite

Raleigh, Nov. 20—Doomed to die in the electric chair and only three more days before the date of their electrocution, Ralph and Sinclair Connor, negro brothers, Tuesday received the joyful news from Warren Busbee that they had been granted an appeal to the Supreme Court. The two men will at least get a stay of judgment pending the outcome of their case in the higher court.

The brothers were to have been electrocuted at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning, and preparations had been made for their death by Warren Busbee and his helpers at the State Prison. As a precautionary measure Warden Busbee Tuesday morning inquired of the clerk of court in Iredell county, where the negroes were convicted, and received the information that an appeal had been granted. He then told the condemned prisoners.

The Connor brothers were convicted and condemned to die at the October term of Iredell Superior Court for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Cleaningen of Mooresville. The crime occurred at Morrow’s School on Sunday, August 9.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Grand Jury Fails to Find True Bill Against Sheriff, Nov. 19, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1919

Grand Jury Fails to Find True Bill

Albemarle, N.C., Nov. 18—The high sheriff conspiracy, baleful ghost that haunted the preliminary hearing of the various defendants now on trial in Superior Court here, charged with conspiracy to break laws inciting to riot and various other things, set out in a 2,000 word bill of indictment, is laid out.

Solicitor W.E. Brock presented a bill to the grand jury based on evidence offered by counsel for defense of Marvin L. Ritch, J.H. Graham and some other 30 members of the local textile union. This bill charged certain officers of the town, together with the mayor and practically every employee of the mills who is not a laborer, with conspiracy to break up a peaceful meeting. The second count charges breaking up the meeting. The grand jury did not find a true bill.

Rafe Williams Carries Out Threat to Kill Randolph Allen For Scaring HIs Mule, Nov. 18, 1919

From the front page of The Monroe Journal, Nov. 18, 1919

Negro Boy’s Neck Broken by a Blow from Shotgun. . . Tragedy Results from Incident That Occurred in August when Randolph Allen Is Alleged to Have Scared Mule

Randolph Allen, 15-year-old colored boy of Marshville township, was almost instantly killed late Saturday afternoon when he was struck back of the neck with a shotgun by Rafe Williams, about 32 years of age. The killing took place near Mr. Ed Marsh’s place, a mile south of Marshville, where the little negro’s parents lived. Williams was arrested shortly after the deed was committed, and is in jail awaiting the result of his preliminary hearing in the Recorder’s court, which is being held today.
The affair is said to have resulted from an alleged attempt by Randolph to scare Williams’ mule sometime in August. Williams is said to have remarked, after the incident, that he would kill Randolph the minute he caught him away from home. Saturday afternoon he ran across Randolph, with two other little darkies, in a field a short distance from the house on Mr. Marsh’s place, and is said to have remarked :Oh yes, da-n you, I’ve got you now!” He was then alleged to have struck the blow that ended the boy’s life.

Williams, however, claims that Randolph advanced upon him with a drawn knife after some words relative to the occurrence in August had been exchanged between them. The two youths who were with Randolph are said to have denied this statement.

Astronomer Predicts Explosion From Sun Will Rain Fire and Brimstone on Earth Dec. 17, 1919

From the front page of The Monroe Journal, Nov. 18, 1919

Fire and Brimstone Coming Says Judge W.O.’s Friend. . . Sun Is Due to Throw Off Large Nebula Spot on December 17, and For Several Days We Are Going to Have a Time of It

Judgment day, or the next thing to it, is stated to occur Dec. 17, according to the astronomers, writes a friend in Kansas City, Mo., to Judge W.O. Lemmond. On that day the sun is going to throw off one of its nebula spots, which will bring a rain of fire and brimstone to the earth for several days. The letter of the Kansas City man, containing this interesting prophecy, follows:

“W.O., with my little knowledge of astronomy, I have been making some observations lately and, whether you agree with me or not, will not change any of the planets in their course. I will quote from Wieseman from Calif., who in my mind is the greatest astronomy of the age. He says in part that the sun spots we see are nebula fragments thrown off from the sun by some superior force and fund at some point between us and the sun. This, he says, is a seething mass of heat, which at stated times explode and throw tremendous flames of heat for millions of miles in every direction. The one nearest the earth and the largest one known to astronomers is due to explode December 17, 1919, and for several days, on or about this date, we will have a tremendous rain of Fire and Brimstone. Look out for the date.

Happenings In and Around Monroe, Including Baby Boy Left On Steps of Albright Home, Nov. 18, 1919

From The Monroe Journal, Nov. 18, 1919

Latest Happenings In and Around Monroe

--A baby boy was found on the steps of Mr. J.A. Albright in Durham last Saturday night, and no clue as to its identity has been disclosed. No one was seen near the home.

--Sgt. John C. Byrum of the Old Hickory division, who lost his left leg in the offensive that broke the Hindenburg line, is in receipt of a telegram from the Prince of wales requesting him to be in New York City November 22 to receive one of the world’s most coveted honors—the English medal of Honor for heroism. Sgt. Byrum’s home is in Edenton, N.C.

--A campaign for the introduction of pure bred hogs will be waged in this county beginning Dec. 1 and continuing for two months.

--Rev. John A. Wray urges the membership, so far as possible, to be present at prayer meeting services tomorrow night.

--Missing for 60 days from Hampton Roads and classed as a deserter, H.J. Harley, enlisted in the navy as a third class fireman, was found Friday evening under a bungalow at the naval base. He was in a semi-conscious condition and his weight was reduced from 161 to 61 pounds. Harley was wounded and shell shocked in France and it is thought the latter trouble returned when he became apprehensive of punishment for an absence. Groans emanating from his hiding place caused his discovery.

--Prices for the “Egg Shower” are on display in the Monroe Hardware Store. First and second prizes for schools making largest average donations are a large blackboard on a pedestal and a picture of President Wilson in a handsome frame. A small easel blackboard and desk combined will be presented the child making the largest individual donation.

--The Union Mercantile company on Franklin street will open for business tomorrow morning. The store is entirely modern, goods attractively displayed and it compares favorably with grocery stores of the larger cities. Officers of the company are W.A. Lane, President; V.H. Wood, vice-president; and W.B. McManus, secretary and treasurer. Mr. J.F. Carter, the efficient manager, will have associated with him Mr. Frank Elise, a most accommodating and business-like young man. Monroe and Union county people are invited to inspect the company’s line of goods, which is complete in every respect.

--All boys and girls under 18 years in the First Baptist church are urged to meet in the church auditorium tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock for the purpose of organizing and planning work for the campaign now on. Men and women of the church are already greatly interested but it has been remarked that the campaign will fail in its greatest purpose if the children are not enlisted. Last year they were taught loyalty to their country through work and giving of their small means. It is earnestly urged that all parents send their children tomorrow that they may be taught these things in regard to their church.

--An airman, temporarily sojourning in Charlotte, had planned to make exhibition flights in Monroe yesterday, but failed to show up. Judge W.O. Lemmond had already agreed to make the first flight with the bird man, and was anxiously scanning the sky during the day in hope that his ambition to soar above the clouds might be realized. It was announced that passengers would have been carried up for a price of $1 per minute, and several Monroe men had declared their intention of purchasing a five or 10 minute ride. Lack of a suitable landing field is believed to have caused the airman to give up his contemplated Monroe trip.

--An effort was made last week by a group of well-known farmers to order a car load of the famous Wannamaker big boll cotton seed, but they were informed that the section where these seeds are raised is under quarantine against the boll weevil, and that it would be impossible to ship seed form there unless a special permit was secured from the North Carolina department of agriculture. A well-known authority in this county says that good seed will be scarce this year, and that he believes Union county farmers, by holding their seed, can ship in car-load lots to the far South for prices ranging from $2 to $3 per bushel in the spring. Boll rot ruined high quantities of seed in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi this summer, and the farmers in those states are going to be hard put to get seed for spring planting.

--4,000 dogs were listed for taxation in Robeson county this year.

--The steamer John Owen, with a crew of 22, sank Nov. 15 in a terrific gale on Lake Superior. No lives were saved.

--By a vote of 142 to 12 the House on Friday refused to incorporate in the Esch R.R. bill a provison which would compel the abolition of “Jim Crow” cars on Southern railroads.

--The University of North Carolina is now foot ball champion of the State and much interested in being centered on the outcome of the annual Virginia-Carolina game. It will be played at Chapel Hill on Thanksgiving Day.

--Messrs. Ellis Hancoth and T.C. Curlee have opened a meat market in the Kendall building in North Monroe.

--Mary Frances, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Lemmond, fell while skating Saturday afternoon and suffered a broken arm.

--Messrs. Ira B. Mullis and Capt. W.L. Howie are offering the prizes for the best essays on good roads.

--The Icemorlee band goes to Pinehurst Wednesday to play a three-day engagement at the Sand Hill Fair. This band is earning quite a reputation over the state, and its services are in much demand.

--Rev. Y.T. Shelhane, a Baptist minister of Wingate, is carrying a broken arm in a sling, the injury having been sustained one day last week when he attempted to rank an automobile.

--Mrs. W.M. Bagby died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Swift in Greensboro, where she was visiting. Her husband was pastor of the Central Methodist church about 20 years ago, remaining here for four years. Mrs. Bagby was 66 years of age and was a most loveable character. She made many friends while in Monroe who will egret to hear of her death. At present Mr. Bagby is stationed in Montezuma.

--Mr. H.M. Presson, cotton weigher at Monroe, says the highest price cotton ever weighed here, to his knowledge, was that of Mr. T.B. Crook’s of near Carmel, sold to Mr. J.D.S. Plyler Thursday at 82 cents.

--A box supper will be given at Siler church on Thanksgiving night by the Ladies’ Aid Society. A very expensive quilt will be sold to the highest bidder at public auction. Funds to go for a piano. Everybody come.

--Mr. J.C. Austin is preparing to gold a Guernsey sail at his farm near Marshville some time during December. He expects to go to the west in a few days to buy 20 or 30 head of pure-bred cattle of this type to offer to the farmers of Union at the sale.

--Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Polk of Kansas City, Mo., who are visiting the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Polk in Polkton, spent Saturday in Monroe. Mr. and Mrs. Polk were recently married in Petersburg, Va. Mrs. Polk was Miss Vera Crook, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Crook of Charlotte.

Marriages Announced

--Many Monroe people will be interested to hear of the marriage of Miss Emma Sheetz of Fayetteville to Capt. William Caldwell Dunckell of Michigan, the wedding taking place at the home of the bride last Firday evening at 9:30. Miss Sheetz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Sheetz and is a young woman of unusual beauty. She was often visited in Monroe and consequently has many friends here. Capt. Dunckell is stationed at Louisville, Ky., and for the present that will be the home of the young couple.

--Miss Blanche Carter, formerly home demonstration agent for Union county, was married Saturday afternoon at 4:30 to Mr. John Samuel Weskett. The ceremony was performed in the Elise Presbyterian church and Mr. and Mrs. Weskett left immediately for a bridal trip to Washington and New York. They received many beautiful wedding gifts, among them two chests of silver, one from the groom’s parents the other from the Bank of Pamlico, of which Mr. Weskett is cashier.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Americans, American Institutions Will Bring Sanity Out of Current Travail, Nov. 18, 1919

From the editorial page of The Commonwealth, Scotland Neck, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1919

We Have Confidence

All the world knows that America is in a chaotic condition, but not all of the world believes that America has the brains, the will, and the determination to bring sanity out of bedlam.

We, however, have confidence that such will be the final outcome of the present era of brimstone and brutality.

We believe the government of Washington, and the congress of chosen representatives of the people, will arise to the patriotic heights necessary to restore order and fairness and justice throughout this land of a self-governed people.

We believe that the great mass of the American people will give to the government and the congress that loyal and unswerving support which is necessary in this hour of national travail.

We believe that every true American will exert his utmost to restore any country to that condition of tranquility which prevailed before this wave of agitation and unrest and profiteering engulfed us.
Regardless of the present deplorable conditions, we have confidence in America and American institutions.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mrs. Sarah Birmingham Killed Instantly On Way to Church, Nov. 17,1919

From the front page of The Hickory Daily Record, Nov. 17, 1919. Spelled “en route” and “enroute” in newspaper.

En Route to Church, Aged Woman Killed

Asheville, Nov. 17—Enroute to church last night, Mrs. Sarah Birmingham, an aged resident of Skyland, this county, was struck by a motorcycle driven by F.B. Burnett and instantly killed. No arrest was made.

Police Show Up at Church To Remind Congregation About Parking, Nov. 14, 1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Friday, Nov. 14, 1919

Police Get After Autoists in Church. . . Break Up Practice of Parking Automobiles on Both Sides of Streets at Churches

The appearance of a policeman in uniform at the First M.E. Church South in this city Sunday morning created something of a sensation when the word spread that he was after those who had violated the traffic laws by parking their cars on both sides of the street in front of the church. No arrests were made. The police served notice on the congregation thru the pastor that no arrests would be made in this instance, but that arrests would follow if the Methodist brethren don’t conform to the laws. It has been customary to park cars on both sides of the street in front of churches and the police served notice Sunday that not even church goers would be exempt from the new traffic laws requiring automobilists to park on one side of the street only.

World War Vets Ignore Armistice Day Celebration at Fair, Nov. 14,1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Friday, Nov. 14, 1919

Soldiers Would Not Join In Celebration. . . Wouldn’t Even Come and Get Free Lunch Prepared for Them by Red Cross

Northeastern North Carolina’s heroes of the World War refused to warm up to the Armistice Day celebration planned for the opening day of the Elizabeth City Fair. There were not a dozen home soldiers in uniforms on the fair grounds and hundreds of sandwiches, ice cream bricks, cakes and coffee prepared by the Red Cross grew stale waiting for the soldiers.

Only two or three home boys in uniforms were noticeable in the grand stand Tuesday afternoon when Col. Anderson of the War Department presented a Distinguished Service Medal to Mrs. Mary Perry of Okisko, mother of Corp. Seth Perry of the 119th Infantry, who was killed at Bellecourt.

Returned soldiers seem to be adverse to anything that reminds them of the European war.

Dr. Moss Asks Students, "Are You a Gentleman?" Nov. 15, 1919

From the editorial page of The Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, Nov. 15, 1919

Are You a Gentleman?

This was the question asked by Dr. Moss Tuesday night at the “Y” meeting. The deportment counts and the family counts, said Parson, but those things are only minor essentials. The gentleman has the right kind of feelings that bind everything to him. He relates himself lovably and amicably to everything he may touch. He is a man and not a mankin.

No gentleman can be a grouch. He never invades anothers’ feelings. He will not sneer at the other fellow’s snobbishness and rudeness and will never be rude himself. He doesn’t throw peanuts at the Pick Wick.

The real gentleman doesn’t talk of a Y.M.C.A. fund like ours was talked of this week. One would nevr hear a gentleman say that the “Y” has done him no good and therefore he will not support it, but he is willing and glad to give for the sake of the community.

The man who comes to the University and loafs away his time, and throws away the money of his parents is not acting the part of a gentleman. A gentleman owns his life and is never owned by it, is the way Parson interprets it. Then let us put it down in our lives to have the right kind of feeling toward everything with which we come in contact. Be guided by truth and goodness.