Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Kind Wishes for the New Year

The Courier Wishes You Health, Prosperity, Peace for 1920

From the front page of the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

The Courier’s New Year Wish

This strikes us as being a very appropriate time for us to express the hope that every man, woman and child in this county will in the year 1920 enjoy the best of health, abundant prosperity and all of the peace and comfort and happiness it is possible for them to have.

We are quite sure none of us are dissatisfied with the year which has just gone by, if we will look at it in a sensible light. It is true that trouble has come into many hearts, but there has always been enough sunshine and happiness following to balance. We look back upon things that would be done in a different manner if we had known at the time what the outcome would be. And yet each mistake was worth something to us in that we learned not to make the same mistake again. And we go into the New Year that much stronger than we were in the old. So, all in all, we have no just reason to complain with the old year, nor the way it treated us.

We have but one thought now, and that is of the future. We have but one duty, and that lies before us. We owe it to ourselves to make this year a happier and a more prosperous one than last, and we can do so if we will. We can be a little more considerate of those about us; we can be a little more helpful and a little more liberal with our kind words and neighborly suggestions. And all of this will serve to brighten the whole year, not alone for ourselves bur for all those with whom we come in touch.

And, as we stand on the threshold of the New Year, here is the sincere wish of your friend, the editor of this paper, that the year 1920 will bring to you and all yours the best of health, abundant prosperity and all the peace and comfort it is possible for you to have.

Wilson County Poultry Show Week of Dec. 30th, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1919

Wilson County Poultry Show Opens Next Tuesday, December 30th, and Holds for the Week. . . Prospects Are Fine

A number of enthusiastic poultry fanciers and those interested in the feathered fowls and the success of the coming Wilson County Poultry Show which opens in this city in the Centen Brick Warehouse and holds one week beginning Tuesday, Dec. 30th and closes January 3rd, gathered in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce last evening and put the finishing touches on the preparations for the exhibit, including the election of officers and the appointment of a committee to solicit funds in order to finance the enterprise.

We bespeak for the committee a generous donation that the show this year which promises so auspiciously may excel and the previous shows which have placed Wilson on the map from one end of the country to the other and marked it as the center of the poultry industry of the South. Right here we desire to commend those who have worked so indefatigably to make it a success, and in that way have contributed to the prosperity of the country and the better living of the folks for succulent fowls and eggs are a most delicious and nutritious diet and more of them should be raised in this country.

At the meeting last night Secretary G.T. Fulghum read a number of letters from various fanciers over the country expressing a determination to have their birds on exhibit, and the general attendance promises well. The indications are that the exhibit of birds from this section will be larger than ever and the people here are urged to send their birds in. One purpose of the show is to quicken the interest in poultry among the people of this section and eastern North Carolina.

After the various details of the show were discussed and the details arranged, the election of officers was gone into which resulted as follows:

President—E.F. Killette

Vice President—E.C. Fulghum

Secretary and Treasurer—G.T. Fulghum

Assistant Secretary—A.A. Ruffin

Superintendents—Ed Nutall and W.W. Simms

Directors—Kirby Woodard, Doane Herring, W.W. Simms, E.F. Killette, Elmer Oettinger, Fred Eagles, R.P. Watson, R.E. Townsend, I.J. Williams, G.T. Fulghum, E.C. Fulghum, Ed Nutall, Tom Cozart.

A committee composed of Messrs. E.C. Fulghum and A.A. Privett will call on you and help out in this enterprise.

Another meeting will be held in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce at 8 o’clock Friday evening. Be certain to attend.

Four Eclipses Coming in 1920

From the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

Four Eclipses in 1920

During the incoming year of 1920 the phenomena of four eclipses, two solar and two lunar, will occur. A total eclipse of the moon is scheduled for May 2, visible in eastern North America.

The second total eclipse of the moon is scheduled for October 26-27, visible in western North America.

A partial eclipse of the sun will be seen on May 17, invisible here.

The last eclipse of the year will be off the sun on November 10, visible in eastern North America, Africa, Europe and the Atlantic ocean.

Monday, December 30, 2019

American Soldiers Overseas in Europe, Siberia Suffering from Flu, Diphtheria, Measles, Dec. 28, 1919

From the New York Tribune, Sunday, Dec. 28, 1919

Influenza Is Checked Among Soldiers Abroad. . . Troops on Rhine Suffer Mild Epidemic of Measles and Diphtheria

Washington, Dec. 27—Epidemics of influenza in the American forces in Germany and the Siberian expedition are under control, according to health reports received by the War Department to-day.

Mild epidemics of diphtheria and measles prevail with the forces on the Rhine, and a number of influenza cases have developed into pneumonia. Two deaths from these diseases resulted during the last week. Among new cases which have developed 11 were cases of diphtheria, 11 of measles, 12 of influenza, and 4 of pneumonia during the week ending December 19.

The influenza epidemic with the American troops in Siberia began during the week of November 14, when 2127 cases were admitted to hospitals. During the succeeding weeks a reduced number of cases was reported, due to the preventive measures taken by the medical department. The largest death rate was for the week ending December 5, when 23 of the 40 soldiers stricken with pneumonia during that week died.

American Troops Remaining in France Should Start Home in January, 1920

From the New York Tribune, Sunday, Dec. 28, 1919

Last of A.E.F. in France to Start Home in January

Washington, Dec. 27—The American Expeditionary Forces in France and Belgium will embark for home during the month of January, the War Department was advised to-day by Major General W.D. Connor, commanding officer at Paris headquarters. With the return home of the A.E.F. in these two countries, all American military forces will be out of Europe except for the army of occupation in Germany.

General Connor informed the War Department that he would close the offices of various services on January 1 and his headquarters about a week later. He asked that the transports Martha Washington and Kilpatrick be held until January 6 and the Northern Pacific until January 11, by which dates the returning troops, he said, would be ready to embark.

Congress Considers New Calendar, With Month Named Liberty, Dec. 30, 1919

From The Pinehurst Outlook, Dec. 31, 1919

The Liberty Calendar

A certain doctor claims our present calendar is a “ferocious mess” and he is exactly right. A more inconvenient arrangement could hardly be conceived. There is no regularity in its construction and its months are of several different lengths.

We absolutely must have a better method of “measuring time” and here it is.

The new Liberty Calendar will, when adopted by Congress, give us months of exactly four weeks each.

This is done in the following manner:

First, the New Year Day becomes an independent legal holiday. It is not included in any week or month.

Second, another independent legal holiday, called “Correction day,” is provided for leap years. It is not included in any week or month.

Third, the remaining 364 days are divided into 13 months of exactly four week each, every month commencing with Monday.

That’s all there is to it. Every month will be just like it for a million years.

Neither the number or length of our months is governed by the moon or any natural law, hence they can be changed as we see fit. The months in the new form are January, February, Liberty, March, etc.
The use of the word “Liberty” is especially fitting, and in more ways than one.

The advantages of this form cannot be overestimated. The saving of time and mental effort would be immense. All holidays and anniversaries would always fall on the same day of the week. A promissory note given for any number of weeks, months and years would always come due on the same day of the week it was given. The plan would also provide that Good Friday and Easter Sunday shall always be observed on certain fixed dates. This was contemplated when our present calendar was adopted.

This splendid simplified form has been approved by the highest authorities. It could be adopted to take effect on Sunday, the first day of the year 1922 and the change would cause scarcely any jar or friction whatever.

A bill has already been introduced in Congress.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

News Briefs From Wilson Daily Times Published Dec. 27, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Fine Lot of Hogs

Mr. T.J. Cannady of Black Creek killed six hogs last week weighing 1,567 pounds. He says this meat cost him only 4 ½ cents per pound to raise it, and it is worth 30 cents per pound.

Bought Farm in Sampson County

Mr. P.H. Holland, who has resided near Kenly, has moved to Sampson county and purchased 350 acres of land at a cost of $36,000.

Back to North Carolina

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Holston of Birmingham, Ala., have removed to Pitt county and will make their residence in North Carolina. Mr. Holston and wife, nee Miss Lillian Keel, daughter of Mr. T.E. Keel of Farmville, were at the time of their marriage employes of the P.D. Gold Publish Co. They went to Birmingham, where Mr. Holston was employed in the linotype department of a Birmingham paper. Later he purchased a farm and went on the farm. He has sold his farm in that state for $18,000.

Bank Hours

Beginning January 2 the banks of this city will close at 2 o’clock every day except Saturday. Saturdays we will be open until 3 o’clock.

Company K to Organize

There will be an important meeting in the court house Wednesday night, Dec. 31, at 8 o’clock, to reorganize Old Co. K. All ex-service men are requested to be present.
--Carl F. Batts, W.E. Dunn

Auction at Joshua Barnes Place

I will offer for sale at public auction January 3 at Mrs. Annie Branch’s place, better known as the Joshua Barnes place, on the waterworks road: 1 mule, 1 horse, about 10 barrels of corn, 10,500 tobacco sticks, 1 cotton planter, 1 tobacco transplanter, 1 smoothing harrow, 1 disc harrow, 1 stock cutter, 1 cotton weeder, 2 one-horse wagons, and other farming implements.
--J.G. Raper

His Horse Is Better

We are pleased to learn that Mr. Moore’s horse which has not eaten anything for more than a week was able to take food yesterday morning and that has been mighty pleasing to Mr. Moore, who feels toward that horse as one of the family for he has driven him on the route to Saratoga which is Route 4 from Wilson for 13 years. This was not as nice as a Christmas to the old gentleman who has served his people faithfully all these years, as it might have been, for this is the first time he says he was not remembered at all by some one on his route. In other words it shows that sometimes we are more generous in adversity than in plenty, for a fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind.


Mr. Hilton Farmer and Miss Maud Winstead were united in marriage last night at 9:30 by Dr. I.M. Mercer of the Baptist church. Miss Winstead is the attractive daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Winstead of this city, while Mr. Farmer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Farmer of this city, and is employed by the Welfare Auto Company.

Purely Personal

Mrs. G.T. Purvis has returned from Richmond after spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Weisiger.

Messrs. C.P. Clark and Elmer Oettinger were in Greensboro yesterday on business.

Mrs. C.P. Clark and baby are at Conetoe on a visit to Mrs. Clark’s mother.

Mr. B.J. Boyles and daughter, Miss Myrtle, are spending the holidays in Winston-Salem, visiting relatives.

Rev. Joseph P. Watkins of Henderson is visiting his brother, Mr. J.B. Watkins.

Mr. A.O. Davis left yesterday for Keysville, Reidsville, Richmond and other places in Virginia to visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Easly Pace arrived today to visit Mrs. William Smith. They will remain here while Mr. and Mrs. Smith are on their trip to New York.

Major and Mrs. T.S. Pace have returned from Petersburg, where they spent the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Easly Pace.

Dr. S.H. Crocken of Stantonsburg was in the city today.

Bank President Recognizes Scam and Saves Berry Williams' Home, Dec. 27, 1919

From the editorial page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Saved Their Home

It is related that Mr. R.G. Briggs, president of the Citizens Bank, saved the home of Berry Williams, a colored man of this city, from a slick individual who wanted them to let him have money to find gold which he told them was under their house and that he would find for a recompense. He agreed to produce $2,500 for $1,100, and for $1,000 he was to produce $2,000. The papers were prepared and when they went to the bank to get the money and Mr. Briggs found out after he had questioned them that it was a real gold brick scheme, he tore the paper up and told the colored people it was all a fake and merely to get their money.

M.L. White Shares Christmas News from Rock Hill, Dec. 27, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

A Good Letter from Rock Hill

Editor, Wilson Times:

This is to tender compliments of the season to your management and clientele and to assure you that Rock Hill school is still on the map and partaking yuletide festivities.

On last week we were honored by a visit from superintendent of public welfare, S.E. Leonard, Mrs. Boyette, county demonstrator, and the Cullom music instructor, who made a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Mention was recently made in the Times of a box party and “beauty show” at this temple of knowledge in which $126 was footed up as the gross receipts, current money with the merchant.
On Christmas evening the lamps again shown over fair women and brave men, and the occasion was a Christmas tree. While the leaves of the tree were not for the healing of the nations, its fruits gladdened the hearts of many a child and radiant damsel. At 8 p.m., Santa Claus, patron saint of happy childhood, appeared, and his wife was with him. He was heralded by a blaze of trumpets and a Christmas song, and truly there was a sound of revelry by night. The audience was lively and exuberant; but good humor prevailed. Misses Daisy Simpson, Ina Glover and Zelma Lamm were decorating contingent, and the tree was resplendent. All these ladies seemed blessed with Christmas presents, especially Miss Zelma Lamm.

Your ancient scribe and pilgrim, with doubt and fears, warbled in a weak tremulous falsetto voice,” “Is my name written there?”, and managed to score on the home stretch. Being a native of martial Kentucky, you will excuse him for talking horse in vernacular of the race course.

Also, being from Cleveland county, where he has been a citizen since 1882, you will please excuse him for wanting everything political on earth and it fenced in. But not belonging to royal family of that region, he hung his harp on a weeping willow and caught the tall forest. But he found the land of the long-leaf pine, golden-leaf tobacco, pretty girls, and peace and plenty.
--M.L. White

Wilson House Fires, Car Accidents After Christmas Day, Dec. 27, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

For Mr. Evans

Mrs. S. Ward, in addition to the amount turned in yesterday, reports the following today for Mr. W.H. Evans, whose home and contents were burned early yesterday morning. Yesterday’s paper had her name incorrect and instead of Mrs. A.S. should have been Mrs. S. Ward:

Hackney Wagon Co., $5
Hackney Buggy Co., $5
Robert Fulghum, $1
Sheriff Sharpe, $1
Geo. Stronach, 50 cents.
Other amounts paid to Mr. Evans were:
Mike Barker, $5
J.A. Stephenson, $10
Anon cash, $5.


From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Two Negroes Burned

Two negroes by the name of Taylor, from near Bull Head, were almost burned to death in Greene county near here Christmas Eve. It is supposed that the negroes lay down in the edge of the woods while dead drunk from drinking monkey rum and set themselves on fire by smoking. Neither of them are expected to recover.


From the back page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Two Men Burned To Death

Goldsboro, Dec. 27—According to a report reaching here, Berry Taylor, son of Burl Taylor, and a negro man whose name could not be learned were burned to death yesterday morning in Saulistown township, following an accident the two men had in an automobile.

It is reported that the automobile ran into a ditch and overturned tearing a hole in the gasoline tank and that the clothing of the two men saturated with the fluid. It is said that both men escaped injury and had managed to get the automobile out of the ditch, the negro had gotten into the car and had started the motor when young Taylor stopped to light a cigarette, and in some manner the flame of the match came in contact with his clothing and in a few seconds the young man was envelop in a mass of flames.

The negro jumped form the car and in trying to extinguish the fire was soon enveloped in the blasing gasoline himself. In the excitement the two men fought each other like caged tigers until utterly exhausted and then fell to the ground, their clothing completely burned off. It is said that both were burned almost beyond recognition about the face and upper part of their bodies. The lifeless bodies were found by a party a short time after the accident.


From the editorial page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

A Fine Response

Mr. S.E. Leonard is greatly pleased with the way that Wilson people have responded to his calls. He feels that the people of Wilson are truly hospitable and generous and they deserve the wonderful prosperity the Lord has showered upon them. The response to his appeal for Christmas in order to give the inmates of the county home and the jail and convict camp a pleasant Christmas was exceedingly fine and every one was remembered. Not a single inmate of these institutions was overlooked.


From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Mr. Kinchen Watson Owned House

Mr. Kinchen Watson owned the house which was burned early yesterday morning and not Mr. London as stated. Mr. London recently sold the place to Mr. Watson and in this way we made the mistake. Mr. Watson had no insurance on the building and therefore the loss, which he believes will approximate $3,000, will be total as far as he is concerned. Notwithstanding this, however, he will donate to Mr. Evans and his family $200 due on rent.

Mrs. Ward late today reports the following contributions to those given in this morning: P.L. Woodard & Co., $5; Will Bryan, $2; and Clark Bros., shoes and underwear.


From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Goldsboro, Dec. 27—Frances Bogue, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Bogue of this city, was painfully burned yesterday, but her wounds are not considered serious. The little girl was playing near the stove in the sitting room when her dress came in contact with the red hot heater. The blaze was quickly extinguished. One of the child’s arms was badly burned.

Friday, December 27, 2019

After a Shutdown of Two Months, Pilot Mills Will Open Monday, But Company Refuses to Recognize Union, Dec. 27, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919

Will Resume Work Monday

Raleigh, Dec. 27—After a silence of more than two months, the whistles of Pilot Mills will blow again Monday morning and, according to announcement of the management of the mill, operations will be resumed with as many of the 200 employes of the mill who went out on a strike for recognition of their union eight weeks ago, as will return to work. Seventy men, Mr. A.Y., Kelly, manager of the mills, claims will return to work. No announcement of change of policy however has come from the operatives who have repeatedly restated their determination to return to work at the mill only upon recognition of their union, which is refused.

Veterans Hoping for Bonus, Dec. 25, 1919

From the front page of the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

Service Men May Get Big Bonus. . . Men of Rutherford County May Get Big Sum

More than $250,000, nearer $300,000, would be distributed among men from Rutherford county who were in the military service, if the bill providing a dollar a day bonus for every day served should be passed by Congress.

We understand that there were approximately 7009 men from Rutherford county serving either in this country or abroad at one time during the war, in the army, navy and marine corps. The average number of days that each man served would be hard to arrive at, but it is safe to assume that the average length of service of each man would not be less than 400 days. A bonus of a dollar a day, or an average of $400 for each ex-service man, would mean the disbursement of about $280,000 bonus money in Rutherford county.

Whether this bill will pass cannot be safely determined at this time, although it is practically assured that the government will reward the service men in some way.

The bill to provide for a loan of $4,000 to each man at 4 ½ % interest, for a period of years not exceeding 60, seems to be gaining more favor among congressmen than the dollar a day bonus, according to those who know. However, they are separate bills and it is possible that each may pass either in present or amended form.

Two hundred and eighty thousand dollars in addition to the large amount of currency already in circulation in Rutherford county would further stimulate business in general and have a strong tendency to increase values.

Educated, Experienced County Agents Offer Free Information to Farmers, Dec. 26,1919

From the front page of the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Friday, Dec. 26, 1919

Farmers Want Advice That Can Only Come From Those Who Know

Preparatory to closing his work in eastern North Carolina Mr. N.B. Stevens, District Agent of the Agricultural Extension Service, has collected a sample list of the questions asked by the county agents by farmers during one week’s time. His compilation shows that during this week 211 different inquiries were made. Of this number, there are some questions which would stagger the best informed men of the country. Some of them have an important relation to every day farming operations and some bear on future plans for the farmer. As a whole the questions show that the farmer of today a much more progressive individual than the farmers of the past. They indicate also that they are thinking about improved agriculture, and better marketing facilities, and, that in planning to improve conditions on his farm, he needs the suggestions and help of a trained agricultural man who is constantly in touch with the latest developments and findings of the different stations of the country.
Many farmers do not know just what constitutes a county agent. In appointing a man, the Agricultural Extension Service tries to get the best and most suitable person available, whether in North Carolina or in some other state. This man must have scientific and practical training in agriculture, which means that all new appointments now are graduates of an agricultural college, and have considerable farming experience as well as the natural qualities of initiative and leadership.

The services of this man are free to the farmers. The Extension Service especially desires that he be used as much as possible to aid in progressive farming. The same thing applies to the women agents in their relation to the efforts in the isolated rural homes of the State.

State Has Permission to Build Bridges Across Roanoke and Brunswick Rivers, Dec. 26, 1919

From the front page of the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Friday, Dec. 26, 1919

To Construct Bridge Across Roanoke River

Permission has been granted by the War Department to the State Highway commission for the bridging of two navigable streams in the state, the Roanoke River between Halifax and Bertie Counties, and the Brunswick River two miles west of Wilmington. With the approval, the Commission will shortly advertise the two projects for contract, according to an announcement made by Mr. Frank Page, chairman of the Commission. The total expenditure on the two projects will approximate $600,000.

The bridge over the Roanoke River, with the approaches, is the largest single project yet to be undertaken by the Commission and will involve an outlay of about $400,000. The bridge itself will be 400 feet long with a draw to permit the passage of ships, and the approaches to the bridge will be two miles in length on either side, broken at intervals by shorter bridges and trestles. It will be the only bridge within 50 miles on that stream and its construction will present considerable engineering difficulties.

The above announcement appeared in the News & Observer Wednesday of this week, and comes as a welcome relief to motorists of this section who have practically no exit from this Roanoke-Chowan section to our neighboring county of Martin and Halifax. The bridge at Weldon heretofore has been the only dependable route.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

North Carolina News Briefs Published Dec. 25, 1919

From the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

To Lead in Club Work

That the mountain counties of the state will lead North Carolina in organized club work in 1920 is the prediction now being made by officials of the agricultural extension service. In practically every county the men and women agents in this section ae showing an unusual interest in the work, and are meeting with a fine response on the part of the young people in the schools.

The extension service is planning to have only organized clubs next year.

Must Suffer Sentence

Dennis Lovelace, Southern railway bagman who killed his father-in-law, H.E. Edwards of Rutherford county in August of last year, has lost his appeal in the supreme court. He was sentenced to electrocution.

Provide for Incinerator

The state board of public buildings and grounds authorized the board of commissioners of the city of Raleigh to use the old rock quarry site, a mile east of the capitol, as an incinerator.

Two New Charters

The Henderson Community Center was chartered by the secretary of state to promote the social, educational and moral interests of the community, with $15,000 authorized capital and $1,250 subscribed by C.A. Lewis, W.T. Watkins and T.T. Hicks and others, all of Henderson.

Charter was also issued for the Bank of Turkey, at Turkey, Sampson county, with $25,000 authorized capital and $5,000 subscribed. The incorporators are J.A. Grady, J.T. Hudson, C.J. Carroll, all of Turkey.

Improving Watts Hospital

Durham—It was brought out at the meeting of the Board of Aldermen that extensive improvements will be made at the Watts hospital. Mr. Geo. W. Watts, the founder of that institution, and chairman of the board of trustees, has definitely authorized the building of a new structure for private patients, and homes for some of the employees, at a cost of approximately $150,000, and it was stated that he will furnish the funds necessary. Not only these but other improvements are contemplated.

Bid for Hotel Accepted

Shelby—At a meeting of the Cleveland Springs company, bids were accepted for the plumbing and heating of the new 50-room hotel.

Bids were submitted for the construction of the building, but on account of delay in receiving shipments of brick, the contract has not been let as yet for the building. Considerable stock has been subscribed, but more is being solicited in order to complete the proposed building with all modern improvements and beautify the grounds.

Coal Tied Up at Reidsville

Reidsville—For the past few days 56 cars of coal have been standing on the sidetracks in the Southern yards at Reidsville. This coal was consigned to Reidsville manufacturing plants—30 cars to the Edna Cotton Mills, 17 to the American Tobacco Co., and the balance to R.P. Richardson & co., and other concerns. The shipments are being held by the railroad administration on orders from the U.S. regional committee.

Orders for release of this coal are expected soon.

New Co-Operator Editor

Greensboro—Dr. H.Q. Alexander is now president and editor-in-chief of The Co-Operator and E.C. Faires is secretary and treasurer of the paper, and of The Farmers Union.
John A. Smith, who bought the paper some time ago did so under the agreement that the union officers would try to get union dues raised so as to make every member of the union a subscriber. This plan failed. It is said that the paper will be independent and non-political.

Other News Briefs From Across the State

Maxton—The highest price paid for farm land in this section of the state was paid by Arch Gibson of Laurinburg for the farm of S.A. Snead of Maxton. The farm, consisting of 148 acres, sold for $62,275, or a little more than $468 per acre.

Marshville—The sale of Guernsey cattle, which took place at J.C. Austin’s farm here, was a success in every way. About 2,000 people gathered from every direction to bid on the fine stock and the sale went with a snap. Forty-eight head were sold, ranging in price from calves at $300 to cows at $655.

Asheville—The moonshine industry in western North Carolina is running wild, both county and federal officers agree, that with high prices of the product and the ease with which it can be manufactured. Despite the efforts of the city courts and federal authorities to round up the operators, and they have succeeded in getting a larger number this year than ever before, they still flourish.

Charlotte—The 23rd annual show of the Charlotte Poultry association will be held in Charlotte, January 6 to 9 and from present indications will be the largest ever held by the organization. This show will be held under the rules of the American Poultry association. All standard bred fowls will be recognized at the show and awarded prizes. All entries must be in by January 3.

Salisbury—Rowan county has raised the salaries of several of her officials. J. Frank McCubbins, clerk of the court, is given an increase of $350 as clerk, his salary formerly being $4,000, and as judge of the juvenile court, which formerly had no salary, he will now get $1,000. Register of Deeds Deaton gets an $800 increase on $3,700. Treasurer Crowder and Auditor Neave each goes from $1,800 to $2,400.

Winston-Salem—Quite a number of Winston-Salem people will go to Wilmington on December 27 to attend the launching of the big steel ocean freighter, “The city of Winston-Salem,” which was built by the Carolina Ship-building Corporation. Miss Dewitt Chatam, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chatam, has been chosen to sponsor this big ship, which is named after this city because of the record made in the Fourth Liberty Loan drive.

Statesville—Statesville is to have a modern opera house and moving picture theater. The plans were materialized with Messers. Cooper and Barkley purchased from Mr. D.F. Jenkins a lot adjoining the People’s Loan and Savings bank. The lot is 50 by 100 feet, the size of the proposed building to be erected. Work will begin as soon as plans are completed by the architect. The cost of the theater will be approximately $75,000, and will be one of the most beautiful design.

Charlotte—A total of $1,164.17, unclaimed witness fees, will be turned over by the clerk of superior court to be used as a school fund. This amount represents the fees that have not been called for at the clerk’s office for the years 1914 to 1916, inclusive.

Greenville—Mr. James Allen Sutton, a well known citizen of this county, was found burned to death in his home in Pitt county. He was alone, and it is thought that he must have had a stroke of apoplexy and fallen into the fire.

Hertford—Hertford disposed of $200,000 of public improvement bonds to Brice Craven of Trinity, and at the same time, entered into a contract with engineers and contractors for a first class electric light system, and two miles of concrete streets and sidewalks.

Laurinburg—at the recorders court a new drink was in evidence. Put up in pint bottles with a small label about the size of a dime with S. & D. manufacture printed on it, the concoction had an unusual effect, according to defendants for being drunk. It is called the “no name drink” and sells for $3 per bottle.

Rockingham—The daddy rabbit still of this section was captured by federal officers and the blockaders were also bagged.

Rutherfordton—Spindale is planning for a new modern Baptist church. The fund is now being collected and work will begin soon. The town is just finishing a new $9,000 modern school building.
Forest City—Forest City is to have a new $100,000 modern hotel at an early date. Work is going forward rapidly on it now.

Asheville—Unless the government makes extensive steps at once to curb the advance of the chestnut blight, a disease that attacks the chestnut tree and kills it in a short time, there will not be a chestnut tree in North Carolina by 1930. The blight, one of the most dreaded and feared diseases of the woods, is now on the North Carolina-Virginia line and is advancing southward.

North Carolina Leads Nation, But Not In a Good Way, Dec. 25, 1919

From the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

North Carolina Leads

The annual report of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1919, shows that North Carolina continues to lead the Union in the number of illicit distilleries seized, the total for North Carolina being 814. Georgia comes second with 789; Virginia third with 356; Alabama fourth with 348; South Carolina fifth with 280; Tennessee sixth with 226; New York seventh with 126; and Kentucky eighth with 125. In no other state were as many as 100 distilleries seized during the year.

Forest City Briefs Published Dec. 25, 1919

From the front page of the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

News Letter From Route 2

The box supper at Doggett’s school house last Saturday night was a grand success. A large crowd was present and the behavior was fine. The boxes were auctioned off by Mr. Joe Hardin. Fourteen boxes brought $55.50. Every box brought a good price and some brought as high at $10. Mr. M.C. Erwin drew the lucky number and got a nice box of candy which was sold for $5. A cake was given to the prettiest girl, Miss Callie Morrow, with Miss Johnnie Ruth McDaniel a close second. The cake brought $78.45. The last contest was a cake contest for the ugliest boy. Marvin Kiser won the cake. The total proceeds amounted to $144. We wish to thank everyone who helped.

Misses Loney and Viola Morrow spent Sunday with their uncle, J.R. Morrow.

Mrs. Reba Hodge spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Quince Jones.

Born unto Mr. and Mrs. Tilman Bridges, a fine girl, Hazel.

Local News Items

Attorney Paul W. Gay is spending the holidays with relatives in Garysburg, N.C.

City Clerk W.J. Davis and City Electrician A.W. Lynch spent several days in Atlanta, Ga., last week.
Mrs. S.N. Watson has been reappointed census enumerator for Cool Springs township.

Chas. Lamb of Lucama, N.C., spent the past week-end as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Gudger Edwards.
Hague Padgett, who is with the Main Belting co., with headquarters in Philadelphia, is spending the holidays with relatives in Forest City.

Hicks Kiser, who has been in the lumber business in Saluda county, S.C., has moved his family back to Forest City and will be associated with John Poole in the automobile business.

Governor Bickett has paroled Dock Ripple of Rutherford county, conditioned on good behavior and remaining a law-abiding citizen. Ripple was convicted at the May term of court, 1914, of incest, and sentenced to 10 years in the state prison.

Sergeant Lloyd H. Biggerstaff, keeper of books, records and crown seal corks of the local Coca-Cola Co., informs us that the modern version of the old “wine, women and song” proverb is “Bevo, chicken and jazz.” (Bevo was a non-alcoholic malt beverage brewed by Anheuser-Busch.)

Rev. W.C. Jones, who was assigned by the recent Methodist conference as pastor of the Forest City circuit, has been forced to resign on account of ill health. He is now at his home in Greensboro.

The music recital given by music pupils of the Forest City school, under direction of Miss Parler, at the Methodist church last Thursday night was a complete success and showed splendid work of both pupils and director. A large audience enjoyed the recital.

Weldon T. Keeter, former citizen of Forest City, accompanied by his son Waiter, visited his brother, A.C. Keeter here last week. Mr. Keeter lives at Mayworth and this is his first visit to the old home in three years.

The Courier will observe the usual custom of weekly newspapers and give the printers a few days off for the holidays. Therefore, there will be no issue of The Courier next week.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tots Greet the Merry Old Elf, December, 1919

Local News Published Christmas Day, 100 Years Ago

From the front page of the Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Dec. 25, 1919

Local News

--Here’s wishing you and the rest of mankind a very merry Christmas.

--A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Garrett last Saturday morning.

--The out-of-town teachers of the Graded School have gone to their respective homes to spend the Christmas holidays.

--The recital given by Miss Folger’s music class at the Graded School last Thursday night was largely attended and highly creditable.

--It hailed here last Friday morning, falling to the depth of nearly two inches. It has been real cold since and some of the hail is still here.

--The following Graham people went shopping in Greensboro Monday: Mesdames C.P. Harden, M.R. Rives, R.L. Holmes, J.J. Barefoot, Allen B. Thompson, Edward D. Scott, and Misses Estelle Brown, Margaret Hunter and Lucile and Maxine Holmes.

--Graham Welding Co., Mr. D.S. Myers, manager, has nearly completed the installation of its machinery. It occupies the building next to the Fire House on W. Elm St., and will be prepared to take care of a class of work that has had to be sent out of the county heretofore.

--At the Presbyterian church Sunday night the members of the Sunday school brought gifts in white, consisting of flour, meal and other articles, which were packed and shipped to the Barium Springs Orphanage.

--Mr. Phil S. Dixon, our townsman, has purchased the Gov. Thos. M. Holt residence at Haw River and will occupy the home about January 1st. This is one of the best homes in Alamance, besides being one of the most notable places in the county. Mr. Dixon is fortunate in securing this fine property.

--Mr. Julius Thompson has bought the home of Mr. Dixon on S. Main St. and will move in about January 1st.

Eightieth Birthday

On Tuesday Mr. Peter Hughes gave a dinner in celebration of his 80th birthday to which is family and a few immediate friends were invited. Mr. Hughes is a one-armed Confederate veteran. His friends wish him many returns of the occasion.

Christmas Advice From Alamance Gleaner, Dec. 25, 1919

From the front page of the Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Dec. 25, 1919

A Few Don’ts for Christmas

Don’t court indigestion.

Don’t grumble, whatever you do.

Don’t half fill the kiddies’ stockings.

Don’t give presents which will be useless.

Don’t forget the mistletoe. Romance still lives.

Don’t forget that it ought to be a merry Christmas.

Don’t deny the little ones’ ideas about Santa Claus.

Don’t worry about unpaid bills—at any rate until tomorrow.

Don’t scoff at the lingering superstitions of the good old days.

Don’t for the show of things, buy presents which you can’t afford.

Don’t expect too many presents. Take what you get and be thankful.

Don’t, if you get up on your wrong side, make everybody else miserable.

Don’t forget to think at least once during the day what Christmas really means.

Don’t give a present unless you want to. Better not give at all than give insincerely.

Don’t forget that the giving of Christmas boxes, like charity, should begin at home.

Don’t, if you are a girl, stand under the mistletoe until you see the right chap approaching.

Don’t kiss somebody else’s best girl, even though she is under the mistletoe. There might be a row.

Don’t work on Christmas day if you can avoid it. If you have to, however, don’t make a song about it.

Don’t give Johnnie a trumpet and Peter a whistle and expect to have a quiet time. It’s unreasonable.

Don’t send an electric runabout to a freezing widow with five starving children. This is like throwing a rope of pearls to a drowning man.

Don’t look pained with somebody tells a fifty-year-old Christmas story. That’s one of the unavoidable circumstances of the festive season.

Don’t give a new song to some one who doesn’t sing; but be still more certain that you don’t give a new song to some one who imagines he can sing.

Don’t refrain from giving because you can’t afford to give much. The intrinsic value of a gift counts for nothing. It is the thought which prompts it that matters.

Don’t let the wife give you a Christmas present in the form of cigars. If she persists in doing so, don’t smoke them—give them away again, without letting her know about it, of course.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Wildcat Veterans to Hold Reunion in 1920

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1919. I don't know if the above medal was designed by Daniel Silverman of Asheville, but it was the only one I could find online. This one was made by Bastian Brothers.

Wildcat Veterans to Hold a Reunion

Asheville, Dec. 24—With 15,000 members of the 81st Division enrolled in the Wild Cat Veterans’ Association, a campaign is being conducted by officers of the organization to include every man who fought in the division in the membership. It is proposed to hold a reunion during 1920, but plans for this meeting are only in tentative form. Asheville already has placed its invitation before the organization while Columbia, S.C., has asked that the veterans come there for their first jubilee reunion.

To increase interest in the association, a descriptive insignia will be made up into medals that can be worn on watch fobs. The designs for the medals were made by Sergeant Daniel Silverman of Asheville, his sketches being accepted over several others submitted. The front side bears the likeness of a fighting doughboy with the words: 81st division. Wildcat 1918-1919. The reverse side has the famous Wildcat re-production with the words: Meuse, Argonne Vosges, Verdun—the scenes of the principal fighting by the division. The medals are to be made in bronze, double plated gold, sterling silver, and 10 karat gold.

Christmas Eve Dance at Country Club, Dec. 24, 1919

From the front page of The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 24, 1919

Dance Tonight

Don’t forget the dance tonight at the Country Club. Garber-Davis will furnish the music.

Mayor's Court Disposes of Five Cases on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 24, 1919

Mayor’s Court

Will Thomas was charged $9.25 for gambling.

Joe King $9.25 for gambling.

Jim May $9.25 for being drunk and disorderly.

J.B. Strickland drunk on the street $9.25
Charlie Brantley drunk and disorderly $14.25.

L.P. Haynes for taking a bottle of perfume from the Welsh store, was continued.

J.D. Foster Reports "Happy" Barnes Is Happy With His New Boat, Dec. 24, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 24, 1919

Tarboro Letter

By J.D. Foster

George A. “Happy” Barnes, whose love for water is equal to that of a duck, has just completed the construction of a new motor boat which he has placed in Tar river. “Happy” had two boats in the river before building this but owing to the fact that the water has been low for some time he has been unable to use them. The new boat is especially designed to run in shallow water and it will run in 6 inches of water, the propeller being so placed that it is above the line of the bottom of the boat. Now Happy says “the river may rise or the river may fall but I can ride on just the same.”

A very pretty wedding took place Monday night at the Farrer Hotel when Miss Marcy Charming and Gen. Brandt were united in the bond of matrimony. The ceremony was performed by Rev. R.A. Lapsley Jr. of the Presbyterian Church. Only a few friends were present to witness the solemnization. Miss Charming, whose home is in Baltimore, has for some time been at the store of Rosenbloom-Levy Company as milliner. Since she first came here she has been admired as one of the most beautiful girls in the community. Mr. Brandt, whose home is in Greensboro, is connected with the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company at Tarboro. The couple left at noon Tuesday to spend some time with the groom’s parents in Greensboro.

Commander Adolphus Staton of the U.S.S. Tennessee, is spending the holidays with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. L.L. Staton. Commander Staton was Lt. Commander on the transport Mt. Vernon when it was torpedoed by a German submarine, during the late war.

Mr. Henry Staton, a prominent attorney of New York City, is visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. L.L. Staton for the holidays.

J. Howard Sorey, formerly local manager of the Western Union office here, left Sunday for Greensboro where he will be connected with the company.

Mrs. James Lawrence Sprunt of Wilmington is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Nash.

Monday, December 23, 2019

In "Drinking Frolic," Man Beats Wife, Decides to Kill His Kids, Is Stopped by His 13-Year-Old Son, Dec. 23, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Dec. 23, 1919

South Mountain Lad Shoots His Father

As a result of a drinking frolic in the South Mountains of Burke county, Edward Lail is in the jail at Morganton on the charge of killing his father and his mother is reported in a serious condition from injuries sustained at the hands of her husband. The boy is only 13 years old. It is aid that he went to the rescue of his mother and brothers and sisters and prevented his father, reported as drunk, from killing them. The boy used a shot gun.

The Record called Deputy Sheriff W.L. Eckard of Burke county over the phone this morning, but he was absent from home. It was said that the officers had heard nothing of the affair when he left home early today.

Hickory Handle and Warlong Glove Companies Present Gifts to Emplopyees, Dec. 23, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Dec. 23, 1919

Good Fellowship Shown at Conover

Good fellowship obtained at the plants of the Hickory Handle Company and Warlong Glove Company at Conover today at noon when good will and cheer were passed around by both companies and the employes. Always the best of relations exist between the managers and their employes, but at Christmas this feeling is intensified by evidences of mutual regard.

The appreciation of the loyalty of their employes, these two companies presented each of the 80 men and girls a basket containing a 31-piece set of chinaware, topped with oranges and apples, a pair of gloves and holly, and a card containing the words, “Christ head of the house.”

Every Christmas the good cheer is scattered at Conover and each year the gifts are even more appreciated than in former years. The two Conover plants closed at noon until next Monday. Mrs. A.L. Shuford is president, Mr. G.F. Brady is vice-president and general manager, and Mr. A.L. Shuford is secretary and treasurer.

Preparing for Christmas in Hickory, Dec. 23, 1919

From the front page of The Hickory Daily Record, Dec. 23, 1919

Christmas Morning at Reformed Church

The Christmas morning 6 o’clock service at the Reformed church is one of interest always to the people of this community. This service has been held regularly in this church for over 30 years and is always one of great inspiration. This year the service is a very interesting one. The music, appropriate to the occasion, will be inspiring. It will consist of hymns, anthems, solos and quartets. There is much musical talent in this congregation and the public may look for something good. The people of Hickory are cordially invited to the 6 o’clock service of Christmas morning.


Contributions for Poor of Hickory

Christmas cheer is in the air these days. The last-minute shoppers are filling the stores and hundreds of people are thinking of friends and relatives at home and in other places.

Thoughts of the poor also are in evidence. The appeal for aid for the unfortunate in Hickory has found a ready response and Chief Lentz, who is general superintendent of troubles, reports $50 as having been contributed ot the Associated Charities.

It is hoped that the worthy poor of this city and county will not be forgotten.


Birthday Dinner

 Mrs. Hiram Poovey celebrated her 80th birthday anniversary on Sunday with a big birthday dinner, which was enjoyed by many relatives and friends. There is no finer woman in this section that Mrs. Poovey and it was a pleasure for her many friends to enjoy the day with her.


To Attend Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Morrison leave today for Lenoir to attend the marriage of Miss Doris Tuttle to Mr. O.C. Cloninger tomorrow morning. Miss Tuttle is a former teacher in the Hickory schools and Mr. Cloninger is a young business man of this city. Their marriage will be an interesting event.


Mrs. Jones’ Brother Dead

Friends of Mrs. E. Bryan Jones will sympathize with her in the death of her brother, Judge Walter M. Pierce, which occurred at his home in Christiansburg, Va., last Wednesday, at the age of 52 years. Judge Pierce was unmarried. He visited Mrs. Jones in Hickory several years ago.


West Hickory Items

The general talk here at present, especially with the children and young people is about Santa Claus and preparing Christmas presents for themselves and friends. It does seem now that all are trying to be ready to have a nice time at Christmas.

Mrs. B.C. Mace of Marion is spending the holidays with friends here.

Mr. G.C. Wilson, who has been working at Draper for several months, came home Saturday to spend the holidays with his family.

Messrs. Holler and Hilton, the butchers, have been about the two busiest men in town the past week. They report making an average of killing 4 hogs a day and still have contracts ahead for several days.
Squire G.T. Barger is rejoicing. His milk cow cam in fresh Saturday, presenting him with male twin calves. Mr. Barger considers this a double Christmas present.

The employees of the Ivey Mill have been preparing and arranging the past few days to give some nice presents to overseers for Christmas.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Am I My Brother's Keeper? Dec. 18, 1919

From the front page of the Forest City Courier, Thursday, Dec. 18, 1919

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Above all else this country needs a nation-wide revival of old-fashioned prayer-meeting relation—

A religion that makes men realize that if there is a heaven, there must also of necessity be a Hell—

A religion that makes a man realize that every act is recorded on his own conscience, and that though that may slumber, it can never die—

A religion that makes an employer understand that if he is unfair to his employees and pays them less than fair wages, measured by his ability and by their efficiency and zeal, he is a robber—

A religion that makes an employe know that if he does not give full and efficient service, he too is a robber—

A religion that makes a farmer who packs bad fruit at the bottom and deceives the buyer by the good fruit on the top, realize that is a theft just as much as the one who robs a hen roost at night—

A religion that makes a man who robs a railroad of its fair or its freight bill know that he robs himself of all right to feel that he is an honest man—

A religion that makes a man realize that by driving too hard a bargain with his servant, his employe, or his merchant, he can be just as much a profiteer as the seller or producer who swindles by false weight, false packing or false charges—

A religion that will teach church members who fail to contribute to the extent of their ability to the support of religion, and that compels them to recognize that if they are paying their pastor less than a living salary, they are robbing God and man alike—

A religion that will make the laboring man, who, by threats or by actual violence against the nonunion man, strives to keep him out of employment, realize that he is at heart a murderer and is murdering the individuality, and the liberty of his fellow man, and is displaying a hatred which, if it has the opportunity, will commit physical murder—

A religion that will make the politician who yields principle for the sake of party, who worships at the feet of any class and sells his soul for political preferment know that he is not only a coward and a poltroon, and unworthy of the respect of any decent man, but which will also make him see that he is helping to murder human liberty, as great a crime as murdering the individual man—

In short, we need a revival of that religion which will make every man and woman strive in every act of life to do that which, on the great Judgment Day, they will wish they had done, as with soul uncovered they stand before the Judgment Seat of the Eternal.

Until the people of this nation accept and live this religion there will be strife where there should be peace, there will be strikes and lockouts and murder where there should be co-operation and harmony; there will be hatred where there should be friendship and love.

In the Golden Rule, followed in the fullness of the spirit of this kind of religion, there would be found a solution for every business trouble; there would be created friendship between employer and employe; capital and labor would work in harmony and with efficiency, efficiency for the capital and efficiency for the labor, with profit to both.

Religion of this kind is not measured by the hope of a Heaven hereafter but by the full fruition now of “Peace on earth to men of good will.”

It is not merely the chanting of hymns here or in the world to come, but it is in the recognition and full application by rich and by poor, by learned and unlearned, that each one is indeed his brother’s keeper that we can bring this country and the world back to safety.

A nation-wide acceptance of this, the only true religion in action, would bring business peace and world peace where there is now turmoil, and men would then cease to seek to gain their aims by lawless acts of immorality, but would in spirit and in deed follow the Divine command, “All things whatsoever ye would that men do to you, do ye even so to them.”

John Campbell Gives Life to Save Woman and Children, Dec. 18, 1919

From The Dunn Dispatch, Dec. 18, 1919

John Campbell Loses Life to Save Woman and Children

Fayetteville, Dec. 9—John Campbell of Harmony died in the Cumberland General Hospital here this afternoon from injuries sustained while attempting to rescue the wife and children of his employer from the path of a train on the Aberdeen and Rockfish road. Mr. Campbell was brought to this hospital at an early hour this morning.

The traffic accident occurred at Thomas station about 6:30 last night when the wheel of an automobile belonging to C.A. Harrelson, driven by Campbell, became “locked” in the crossing of the railroad. After the two men had vainly endeavored to extricate the wheel and unfasten the curtain of the car in order to liberate Mrs. Harrelson and the children, Harrelson ran down the track to flag the oncoming train, and succeeded in attracting the attention of the engineer in time to slow up the train but not soon enough to avert the tragedy. Campbell was still striving to loosen the wheel, and his skull and right arm were fractured when the train his the automobile. The woman and children in the car were unhurt. Campbell was carried to Raeford and later in the night was brought to this city by special train, provided by the railroad. He was a married man of middle age and leaves a wife and several children.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Help the Naked, Hungry, Hopeless Children in Armenia and Syria, Dec. 19, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Dec. 19, 1919

Rev. B.M. Lackey of Winton Appointed Chairman of Syrian Drive in Hertford County

Announcement has been made that Rev. B.M. Lackey of Winton has been appointed chairman of the Armenian and Syrian Relief Campaign in Hertford County and selected to put the county “over the top” in the drive for the adoption of homeless children of the Near East. 

He will soon begin his work which will include a Christmas appeal in behalf of hundreds of naked, hungry and hopeless little ones who are today pleading for the Americans to give just a morsel and place to lay their heads in peace.

In accepting the responsibility of the relieve work in this County, the newly named chairman is expected to have no trouble in securing adopting of the county’s quota of orphans. He will have the assistance of loyal workers and will wage this drive with the confidence that characterized his previous war efforts during similar campaigns for relief.

Geo. H. Bellamy has accepted the leadership of North Carolina and he is now organizing his forces to carry this grand old State “over the top” for the little ones.

News Briefs From Colerain, Winton and Powellsville, Dec. 19, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Dec. 19, 1919

Colerain News

Rev. Lineberry and neighboring pastors started to Murfreesboro last Tuesday to attend the pastors’ conference but owing to car trouble did not reach the destination.

Mr. H.W. Early of Windsor, County Superintendent, was in town last Tuesday.

Miss Willie Forehand, who has been milliner at Pocomoke, Md., returned home last Tuesday for the Christmas holidays.

Miss Minor, the county supervisor, was in town Tuesday and visited the school.

Mr. Claud Grant of Aulander was in town last Wednesday and Thursday.

Professor Raynor and the other teachers of the graded school attended the teachers’ meeting at Mars Hill last Wednesday.

The ladies of the Methodist church will hold a bazaar on next Thursday and Friday, the proceeds to help on their church.

Mrs. Addie Williams and her daughter, Lucille, of Harrellsville were visitors in town on last Friday.

The sale of Mr. East Fairless, deceased, was held last Saturday at his home place.

Mr. Joe Stokes has accepted a position in the new garage.

The Royal Ambassadors and young ladies of the auxiliary were to give a public meeting at the church on Sunday night but on account of the bad weather it was postponed.

Dr. and Mrs. L.A. Nowell went to Norfolk Monday.

Messrs. Robert Phelps and Carlton Mitchell of Ahoskie were in town on Monday.

Mrs. W.S. Sessoms went to Norfolk Monday to do some shopping.

Mr. Edgar Stokes has installed a Delco-Light Plant in his home and also his outbuildings. Mr. Stokes says he would not take the price he paid for his plant for the lights in his barn and lot alone, not counting the lights in the house, that are a great comfort and help to Mr. Stokes and all the family.

Winton Waveletts

The Winton Betterment is planning to have a Christmas tree at the town hall for the benefit of the new building for the school. The tree will be loaded with beautiful handiwork, good things to eat, toys for the children, etc. In connection with the tree we will have a box supper and other amusements. Everybody is invited to come and have a good time. Buy your gifts for Christmas and help a worthy cause.

Miss Hattie Parrott, a member of the State Board of Examiners, visited our school Tuesday.

Mr. C.A. Pearce spent last Sunday and Monday in Norfolk.

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Blount entertained at rook last Friday night. Those who attended were Misses 
Bessie Lee, Ruth Vann, Lillian Shaw and Messrs. Troy Jenkins, Robert Britton and Joash (Josh?) Rhoads.

Mrs. A.P. Hines and son, Frank, spent a few days in Suffolk last week visiting friends.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Jordan, Dr. Pollard and Mr. P.E. Shaw motored to Suffolk last Friday.

Misses Pearl and Gladys Jenkins of Winston and Miss Gladys Jenkins of Mapleton spent last week end with Miss Fannie and Mae Hill, near Harrellsville. (two Gladys Jenkins?)

Mesdames W.M. Eley and M.B. Carter were in Norfolk a part of last week doing their Christmas shopping.

Mr. R.C. Bridger attended court in Edenton last week.

Miss Ima Vinson of Sebrell, Va., was the guest of her aunt, Mrs. R.C. Bridger, last week.

Powellsville News

Messrs. W.S. Wynne and M.L. Harrell made a business trip to Norfolk, Va., last week.

Dr. Ruffin has recently opened his Drug store next door to White and Earley’s store.

Mr. J.A. Bass, Mesdames S.B. Carter and K.W. Bass, and Misses Mary Overton, Mildred and Virginia Carter went to the town of Colerain last Saturday.

Miss Kate Davis was a visitor in Ahoskie last Friday.

We are sorry to report Mrs. J.C. Alston very ill at this writing. We are hoping for her a speedy recovery.

Owing to the bad weather on Sunday the unveiling of the monument to Mr. Moses Barnes and Mr. Herbert Mizell was postponed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Firemen Honor Engineer L.F. Murray, Dec. 17, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 17, 1919

Engineer Murray Leaves

Last night in the firemen’s hall a most delightful supper was served in honor of L.F. Murray, who has served the town and the firemen in a most satisfactory manner for five years and eight months.

Mr. Murray was in Wilson when we received our first fire-fighting truck and has kept the machines in perfect condition. It is with a feeling of sincere regret that the town, and especially the volunteer firemen, are to lose the services and companionship of Mr. Murray. So to show the real appreciation of his services and friendship, the active members of the fire department assembled last night and enjoyed a most delightful supper. The supper was of three courses, and was prepared by Needham Herring, L.K. Wilkins and Tom Wilson. There is not a fireman who was present last night that will ever forget that supper. Waldorf Astoria chefs could not have improved it.

During the supper, L.K. Wilkins presented Mr. Murray with a gift from the firemen, a solid gold Junior Order ring.

After a few talks by members of the department, a table was spread for the colored firemen, who paid a high tribute to oysters, turkey, cranberry sauce and tipsy cake. Ben Mincey, chief of the colored firemen, made a splendid talk and in most fitting words praised the work of Mr. Murray and expressed words of regret on account of him leaving, because the colored firemen as well as the white firemen had learned to like Mr. Murray on account of his generous disposition and never failing services. In closing his talk, Ben Mincey made an earnest request that when he passes from this world to another that the entire fire department attend his funeral and carry one length of hose as a last token of respect.

Mr. Murray has resigned as engineer of the fire department to take effect Jan. 1. Too much cannot be said of his services during his five years and eight months employment by the town, and it is with deep regret that he leaves us.