Saturday, February 29, 2020

New Garage, New News and Fruit Stand, and Expanding Furniture Store in Badin, March, 1920

From the Badin Bulletin, March 1, 1920. To see a nice photo of Yadkin Motor Company, go to

Opening of New Garage
The Yadkin Motor Company’s new garage and sales room opened for business recently. Located in a building designed especially for their needs, at the intersection of three main highways, they are prepared to give the best in motor service. The Trouble Department, with its corps of expert repairmen, is on duty day and night to meet the demands of the motorist.

The Sales Department, in addition to an up-to-date line of accessories and supplies, will sell such well-known cars as Chalmers, Willys-Knight, Overland 4, Maxwell, and Maxwell Trucks, these cars having been received and now on display.

News and Fruit Stand Coming
It is announced that Badin is to have a news and fruit stand, which will open in the room formerly occupied by Saleeby. Mr. Herman Jenkins will be manager, and he states that he will give the public a clean and attractive place. He is making arrangements to have on hand all the popular magazines and papers that are in demand in Badin. A soda fountain will be installed in the near future, which, in addition to the fruits, cigars, and candies, will make this a very attractive place.

Furniture Company to Occupy Handsome Building
One of the largest and most commodious buildings in Badin is that to be occupied by The Parker-Little Furniture Company. Badin’s furniture houses are among its most progressive stores, carrying a line that would do credit to a city.

News from Narrows Power House, Badin, March 1, 1920

From the Badin Bulletin, March 1, 1920.

Electric Sparks from Narrows Power House

Spring is almost here, and you know that natural feeling which starts up, as the flowers do, but more often lasts no longer than the life of a flower. Old Dan Cupid more often appears in the springtime, but very seldom claims that which is his until up in June. This is the opportune time; and why should any good looking young man allow the opportunity to pass. It is the chance of a lifetime. Just think of it! You, Mr. F.L. Gamble, a couple of trips to Rock Hill, S.C., and then everything would be fixed up. Fred would almost get down on his knees before the big boss and beg for your release for a day or so to visit High Point, N.C.

The Electrical Superintendent, Mr. B.L. Gomo, seems right much interested in his men here lately, and it is a question of what it is all about. From the way he talks when around the single men, we are included to believe that he is handing out a clever hint for the boys to get busy and rush their business, with the understanding that if they succeed a brighter future is ahead. His slogan is: “Do good for someone, especially the dear fair ones, those who really know how to appreciate a kind word, deed, love n’everything.”

We regret very much that Childers and Killian are boarding at the same place where D.D. Drye boards. We are also in sympathy with the boarding house people for being so unfortunate as to have a man like Drye. That fellow Drye actually wears red shirts like drug store clerks wear, and worst of all he has been seen carrying parts of a skeleton around with him in a long paper bag. But we have got to hand it to Drye after all, for he always finds some way to break the monotony.

We are carrying a load of approximately 40,000 kilowatts on two units. Of course the units are overloaded, but not enough to cause any trouble. The temperature has been up to 95 degrees centigrade several times, but that is not enough to cause any trouble by any means. These units are designed to run indefinitely with a 25 per cent. overload, which would be 22,500 kilowatts each; but we never had run with the 25 per cent. overload, only for a test.

The post office inspector was down to see Fred Childers February 24, in regard to the appointment to the postmastership of the Badin post office. After having a very few minutes’ consultation with the old boy, Fred declined his first intentions, and wrote out a statement to the First Postmaster-General that he was no longer a candidate for postmaster of Badin post office, and passed the statement to the inspector, and said; “Au revoir, Monsieur.”

At the Mountain Club, a voice like this: “Chu, chu, spring, hong, plunk” any time of the night can be heard. The only way that the people of the Club can account for this is, John Page has two automobiles—one a six-cylinder and the other a four-cylinder. Some of the Club people think that Page stays up at night and works on the automobiles, while others are inclined to think that the old tired-out, run-down automobiles are having nightmares.

The Power House is “spick and span” now, and we would suggest having a few visitors once in a while. The Narrow is an interesting place, so I would suggest that the Badin High School come down and give the place a look-over—I mean the teachers. We have a man, Mr. Clark, on the operating force, who shows a great deal of interest when lady teachers are around.

School Teacher Run Over by Mr. Jack Williams, Feb. 27, 1920

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Feb. 27, 1920

Miss Lizzie Dalton Run Over by Auto

Miss Lizzie Dalton, a member of the school faculty, was very painfully injured last Saturday at noon in an auto accident at the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Second Street.

Miss Dalton, while attempting to cross the street, was knocked down and run over by the car of Mr. Jack Williams, superintendent of the Roanoke Fibre Board Company. The accident seems hard to explain. Eye witnesses state that Mr. Williams was not running fast when the accident occurred.

The small bone of one of Miss Dalton’s ankles was broken and bruised. She was taken immediately to the Roanoke Rapids Hospital where her injuries received the proper attention we understand that Miss Dalton is getting along as nicely as could be expected.

Influenza-Pneumonia Takes Charles E. Kirk's Life, Feb. 14, 1920

From the Badin Bulletin, March 1, 1920. Middle name was spelled Elliot in headline and Elliott in story; don’t know which is correct.

Charles Elliot Kirk Dies

Mr. Charles Elliott Kirk died Saturday, February 14, of influenza-pneumonia at his home near Badin, following an illness of a few days. Mr. Kirk was well-known in Badin, he having been a barber here for some time. He was 32 years of age, and is survived by his wife and four children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Hoey of Albemarle and Rev. J.M. Arnette, Sunday afternoon, the burial being in the family graveyard. The pallbearers were: Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Sells, H.C. Nash, Linnie Myers, A.S. Smith, and Clarence Cotton.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Influenza on the Rise, Says P.C. Carter, Feb. 27, 1920

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Feb. 27, 1920

Influenza in County Is Still on the Increase

By P.C. Carter, County Health Officer

There was reported during the past week 354 cases of influenza in this county, making a total of 714 cases reported up to the end of the past week. With 11 cases of pneumonia reported during the past week, making a total of 28 cases of pneumonia reported during the epidemic.

As a general rule the majority of cases are people who did not have flu last year, where they did have it last year it is as a rule a milder type of flu.

A great many people are making good their opportunity to take the Pneumonia Saline Vaccine furnished by the Army Medical school and the State Laboratory of Hygiene. It can be had from the County Health Department, Weldon.

Local News Items From Roanoke Rapids Herald, Feb. 27, 1920

From the Roanoke Rapids Herald, Feb. 27, 1920

Roanoke Rapids Personal and Local Items

Mr. Roger Warren last Monday sold his interest in the partnership of Cook and Warren to Mr. S.C. Cook, the other member of the same. The business will be continued by Mr. Cook at the same stand. We understand Mr. Warren will go with the Weldon Grocery Company as traveling salesman.
Mr. Ivey Mohorn has accepted a position with Harrison & Thomas.

The friends of Lewis N. Taylor are glad to see him on our streets again. Mr. Taylor suffered a severe attack of influenza while visiting his parents at Oxford.

Mr. Gaines Thomas, who is a student at the University of Medicine in Richmond, was the week-end guest of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Thomas.

Miss Mabel Fourham of Baltimore has arrived to take charge of the B. Marks Millinery Department.

Mrs. W.S. Hancock and son Allen spent Wednesday in Littleton with relatives.

Rev. Stanley White spent several days in Richmond this week.

Dr. D.F. Patchin has returned from New York to spend some time here.

Mr. Bruce Tillery is spending some time here in the home of his parents.

Mr. Francis F. Patterson spent several days in Charlotte this week visiting friends and relatives.

Messrs. Whitehurst, Ivey Moore and Irvin Pender of Tarboro spent Sunday here with friends.

Miss Fannie Towe is spending some time here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Towe.

Misses Verna Davenport and Alma Grooms of Richmond spent the week-end here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Jones.

Mr. Witherspoon has accepted a position with the National Loan and Insurance Company.

Mr. F.C. Williams spent the week-end in Franklin with his parents.

Mr. J.B. Edmonds is visiting relatives in Henderson this week.

Mr. F.M. Coburn and Harry C. Shell spent several days in Lynchburg and Richmond this week on business.

Mr. Herbert Brantley has accepted a position with Roanoke Pharmacy.

The Roanoke Rapids Mothers Club will meet next Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with Mrs. J.W. House.


Powelltown Items

Many new cases of influenza have been reported this week but few pneumonia cases.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cook spent Sunday at Jackson with relatives.

South Rosemary School celebrated George Washington’s birthday with an interesting program Friday morning at chapel. Misses Cherry, Leatherwood and Williams were guests. Several school patrons were present also.

Miss Burwell Patterson is ill at her home in Littleton.

Miss Mamie Fulgham called in Powelltown this week.

Mrs. Powell’s kitchen was the scene of a candy stew and pull Saturday evening. Several Powelltown young people pulled candy with the teachers.

Mr. Doc Hux and son of Norfolk, Va., were guests of Mr. Jerry Hockaday this week.

Mr. L.A. Daniel has sold his garage to Messrs. Root and Davis.


Powellville Items
Miss Iola Gray entertained a very surprising affair in honor of her 19th birthday last Friday at 8. The list of guests included some of our well known citizens in this community. Mr. G.W. Myrick of Roanoke Rapids, Mr. P.W. King, Mr. Jerry Hockaday and Miss Hockaday of South Rosemary, Misses Medlin, Harrison, Snipes, Bettie Shell, Lottie Hudson, Lula and Annie Bell Gray, Mr. Eugene Etheridge, Mr. Bryant of Rosemary, Bryant Gray, and Mr. Shell. We wish for her much success in the future.
Rosemary Personal and Local Items

Messrs. Davis and Spence of Norfolk, Va., have purchased the Daniel garage in South Rosemary. We learn they are expert automobile men. They say it will be around 10 days before they can get ready for business.

Mrs. Lee Cooper of Philadelphia is visiting Mr. and Mrs. B.P. Cooper at the Shelton Hotel.

Mr. Wm. Teiser of Raleigh spent Wednesday in Rosemary.

Mr. T.H. Williamson of Goldsboro was here Wednesday.

Mr. Ley of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., spent several days in Rosemary this week.

Rev. A.G. Carter left yesterday afternoon to attend a church meeting at Sharpsburg.

Mrs. A.G. Carter left yesterday to visit relatives in Rocky Mount.

Mr. John L. Patterson of Richmond spent Wednesday and Thursday in Rosemary.

Mr. R.E. Gill of Fredericksburg, Va., spent Wednesday in town.

Mr. W.H. Boydton of Hampton, Va., was here Wednesday.

Mr. Earl M. Stauffacker, aviator, who was injured by being struck by the propeller of his aeroplane near Rosemary a few weeks ago, has sufficiently recovered to be able to travel. He left Thursday afternoon for a visit to his relatives in Ackley, Iowa. Mr. Stauffacker made many friends while here who regret his departure.

Kent Greer to be Tried on White Slavery, Car Theft Charges, February, March 1920

From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, February 26, 1920

Hearing of Kent Greer on White Slavery Charge to be Held Before Commissioner Guthrie Friday Afternoon at 2 o’clock

As noted briefly in last week’s Post-Dispatch, J. Kent Greer was arrested by U.S. Marshal Tomlinson of Fayetteville on Thursday afternoon, February 19th, shortly after the Greer robbery trial had ended. He was carried into U.S. Commissioner H.L. Guthrie’s office and allowed to give a $1,000 bond for his appearance for a preliminary hearing February 27th.

This hearing will take place before Mr. Guthrie tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Kent Greer, who was last Thursday bound over to superior court, April 5th term, to answer to the charge of conspiracy to commit highway robbery, is now charged with white slavery. It is for this that he must appear before Mr. Guthrie. It is alleged that he and W.R. Clinard, who was killed the 14th by a Richmond county posse in self-defense, spent Thursday night, February 12th, at the Cheraw hotel with two women whom they had brought from Greensboro. That they got several of the colored bell boys drunk, and “cut up Jack” in general; and it is reported that then the Covington hotel clerk asked Kent was he married, that Kent is said to have replied, “Yes, and here is my license”—at the same time shoving a pistol against the clerk’s side.

The Post-Dispatch will in next week’s issue give in full the evidence that develops at the hearing tomorrow.


From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, March 4, 1920

Kent Greer Bound to March 30th Term of Federal Court Under $1,000 Bond on White SlaveryCharge..  Details of Evidence Before Commissioner Guthrie at Hearing Last Friday

As a result of a hearing before U.S. Commissioner Henry L. Guthrie at Rockingham, in the Clerk’s office, last Friday afternoon, Feb. 27th, J. Kent Greer was bound over to Federal Court under $1,000 bond. The next term begins March 30th at Laurinburg.

The charge against Greer is white slavery, or, as the Federal warrant reads “that J. Kent Greer did unlawfully carry certain females from North Carolina into South Carolina for immoral purposes, in violation of an act of Congress known as the ‘Mann Act.’”

The above warrant was served on Kent Greer by Deputy Marshal J.W. Tomlinson of Fayetteville on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 19th, at 5:30, just after the magistrate’s trial had concluded, wherein Kent was bound over to April 5th term of Superior Court under $3,000 bond on the charge of conspiracy to commit highway robbery, this being a part of the sensational hold-up of Robert Steele Jr. on Feb. 13th, as a direct result of which one man, W.R. Clinard, was killed, and the other robber, Robert Greer, is on $10,000 bail for April 5th term. After serving the warrant, Kent was allowed to give $1,000 bond for appearance for trial Feb. 27th.

And so the hearing took place before Commissioner Guthrie Friday afternoon, last.

Representing the Government were Ex-Solicitor A.M. Stack of Monroe, James Lockhart of Wadesboro, and W.S. Thomas of the Thomas & Phillips law firm (Mr. Phillips at the time being sick at Laurinburg with flu). Appearing for the defendant were T.J. Gold and Leonidas Williams of High Point, and Walter R. Jones of Rockingham. Sitting at the defense table with the defendant and attorneys were his brother, U.S. Greer, and brother-in-law, W.F. Taylor, both of High Point.

Father of Greer’s Wife

The first witness called to the stand by the Government was the father of Kent Greer’s wife—J.R. Long of High Point. By Mr. Long the Government proved that Kent Greer is a married man, his wife the daughter of Mr. Long, and on or about Feb. 13th Mrs. Greer was sick and that Kent Greer was out of town for three days during that time.

The defense put no questions to him.

Cheraw Hotel Clerk

Next witness was James Simmons Felder of St. Matthews, S.C., and at present clerk at the Covington Hotel at Cheraw, S.C. Felder is a youth probably 18 years old. He testified that on Thursday night, Feb. 12th, two strangers and two women arrived at the hotel. That one of the two men (this man is supposed to have been W.R. Clinard, deceased), came to the desk and registered as “J.R. Borwn and wife,” and immediately under his name he registered for the other man as “C.F. Baileyi and wife,” and gave their address as “Charlotte.” While “Brown” was registering, “Bailey” was standing 20 feet distant talking with the two women. After registering, the clerk gave the room keys to a colored bell boy and assigned “Brown and wife” to room 57. He wore that the four left the hotel the next day (Friday, 13th) about 1:30 o’clock in a green Hudson Speedster.

Negro Bell Boys Drunk

The next witnesses were three colored bell boys of the hotel, and each of these three were made drunk by liberal partaking of a bottomless jug from the rooms of “Brown and Bailey.” That gallon jug has played a prominent part—the leading role, as the theatrical people might say—in all the subsequent unfortunate happenings. And from the many gallons that jug evidently must have contained, it would seem that it had a wonderful faculty for expansion.

The first of the three bell boys examined was Paul Poe, a rather thick-headed coal-black boy of 20 or thereabouts. He testified that he was given the keys to rooms 50 and 57 on the night of Feb. 12th by the hotel clerk and escorted to these rooms two couples who had registered as man and wife. That he left the “Brown and wife” at room 50 and “Bailey and wife” at room 57. That later the four were in room 50 and had some sandwiches, and when he returned one of the men told him to get a drink. He said he poured from a jug on the bureau a swallow. There is an old saying that one swallow does not make a summer—but evidently one swallow from that jug made Paul a very drunk boy. His “swallow” must have been of camel-like proportions. At any rate, he testified that the next time he saw any of the four was when he passed the room later and saw “Bailey” and a woman in bed.

The defense then gave Paul a severe cross examination, conducted by Attorney Jones. Mr. Jones asked him could he recognize the two men if he saw them again. Paul answered yes. “Are the two in this room?” asked Mr. Jones. “Yes, sir.” “Point them out, then.” And Paul proceeded to point out Kent Greer as “Mr. Bailey,” and then pointed out U.S. Greer, a brother of Kent, who has no connection with the case, as “Mr. Brown.” The defense made much of this, endeavoring to show that it the witness could make such a mistake as identifying U.S. Greer for “Mr. Brown,” then he must and could be mistaken in the rest of his evidence.

Jerome Poe, the second bell boy, testified that he saw the man “Bailey” and “Brown” in room 50, with two women, about noon on Friday, 13th. That they appeared to be feeling especially “good.” And that one of the men offered him a drink from the same old jug. He drank—and got drunk.

Marion Wilson, the third bell boy, carried ice water to room 50 Friday afternoon about 1 o’clock. “Brown and Bailey” and two women were in there. Marion likewise was offered a drink, and too polite to decline, he took a wee slug from the l. o. j.—and forthwith walked among the stars. Verily, that little old jug contained “some” kick.

Hotel Manager Testifies

B.P. Wallace, the manager of the hotel, testified that the two men and two women left the hotel about 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, Feb. 13th, in a green Hudson Speedster, the man “Bailey” driving. He identified positively J. Kent Greer as the man who was registered as “Bailey,” and whom he saw leave the hotel in the Hudson Speedster.

Connecting Up

The Government then introduced several witnesses to show that Kent Greer has passed through North Carolina with two women.

G.W.C. Rush of Biscoe, testified that a green Hudson Speedster passed Biscoe Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12th, and stopped in front of his store. That he recognized Kent Greer as the driver; that two women were also in the car. They came from towards the north and were headed south.

Sam E. Covington, chief of police in Rockingham, testified to seeing a green Hudson Speedster drive slowly up the street of Rockingham shortly after 7 o’clock on Friday night, 13th. On the front seat were a a man and two women.

E.E. Hamer, night policeman of Rockingham, testified to seeing a green Hudson Speedster, with ma man whom he thought looked like Kent Greer on front seat, with two women beside him, drive down the Main street about 8 o’clock, and that when the man observed a big crowd gathered with guns around a Ford Coupe, he instantly quickened his speed and turning the courthouse corner literally shot down the hill and away.

Government Rests

At this point, after evidence lasting an hour and a half, the Government rested its case.

The attorneys for the defendant asked permission of the Commissioner to retire with the defendant for a conference. They went into the vault of the Clerk’s office, and in five minutes returned and stated that the defense would put on no evidence at this time.

Probable Cause Found

Commissioner Guthrie thereupon announced that probably cause existed and bound Greer over to the Federal Court that meets at Laurinburg March 30, placing his bond at $1,000. This bond was signed by U.S. Greer and W.F. Taylor, brother and brother-in-law of Kent. Commissioner Guthrie made each of the bondsmen swear that he was worth more than $1,000 personal property, over and above all encumbrances.

And so ends for the present the charges against Kent Greer of white slavery. The next chapter will be unfolded in the Federal Court.


From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, March 4, 1920

Kent Greer to be Tried at June Term of Court at Danville, Va., for Car Stealing

J. Kent Greer was to have been tried in Court at Danville, Va., last Tuesday. He is charged with stealing an automobile from a man named Seth Taylor of that city. He was under $1,000 bond to appear for trial. At the appointed time Tuesday he appeared in court at Danville, but when it was explained to the Judge that he was to face trial in Rockingham in April for highway robbery and White Slavery, the Judge continued the case against him until the June term of Danville Court. His bond was thereupon renewed at $1,000.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

17 Deaths Reported in Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Feb. 26, 1920

From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, February 26, 1920


Mrs. Catherine Dawkins
The sixth death from influenza in Richmond County is that of Mrs. Catherine Dawkins, which occurred Feb. 13 at her home at Cognac; she was aged 69 and has been ill eight days.

James W. Dawkins
The seventh flu death is that of James W. Dawkins, who died about 24 hours after his mother, Mrs. Catherine Dawkins, died. He lived at Cognac and was about 45 years old.

William McRae
William, the 8-year-old son of Mr. J.A. McRae, near Ellerbe, died of Brights disease February 19th and was buried the 20th at the Bennett graveyard.

Alton McLean
Alton, the 3-year-old son of Mr. Kenny McLean, died at Roberdel No. 2 February 20th and was buried at Eastside cemetery.

George Kelly
George Kelly, aged 65, died at Roberdel No. 2 February 20th, and was buried at Mizpah the 21st, Rev. Leon M. Hall conducting the funeral.

Mr. McMurray
A Mr. McMurray, aged 17, died near Ellerbe February 21st of heart trouble, and was buried at Ellerby the 22nd. The family had but recently moved from Anson county.

Jesse Stephens
Jesse, the little son of Mr. John Stephens, died at Hannah Pickett mill February 21st of burns sustained several weeks ago. The child was two years and seven months old. The remains were carried to Tarboro for burial.

Mrs. Corinna Thomas
Mrs. Corinna Thomas died at Great Falls February 21st, aged 41. Remains were interred at the graveyard beyond Polkton the 23rd.

Mrs. Elmo Wicks
Mrs. Elmo Wicks died at Entwistle Monday night, February 23rd, of pneumonia, following influenza, her death making the toll reach eight for the county. She was 25 years old and a daughter of Ed Rentz. The remains were shipped Tuesday night to Union, S.C., for interment.

Daniel Parsons
Possibly the oldest citizen of the county died Monday morning at 7 o’clock. This was Mr. Daniel Parsons of Steele’s township. The interment was at the family graveyard near his home, Tuesday. Mr. Parsons was born Feb. 18, 1836, and therefore had just passed his 94th year. Surviving are two children, J.A. Parsons, with whom he lived; and a daughter, Mrs. James H. Covington of Rockingham.

John C. Dockery
The ninth flu victim is that of Mr. John C. Dockery, whose death occurred at his home at Rockingham Saturday morning at 6 o’clock. He was taken with influenza Feb. 10th, pneumonia developed the 17th, and death came the 21st. The interment was at Eastside cemetery Sunday. A sketch of Mr. Dockery’s life appears elsewhere in this issue.

Mrs. Alsie Steen
The 10th death from influenza is that of Mrs. Alsie Steen, who lived four miles north of Hamlet. She was 65 years old, and died Feb. 20th. Interment at Tabernacle church, near Ghio, on the 21st.

J.B. Davis
Flu came its 11th victim Feb. 20th—J.B. Davis, a young Seaboard flagman living in Hamlet. He died Feb. 20th, and was buried at Morven the 21st. He was 23 years old, and leaves a wife and infant.

Tom Rowrie
The 12th flu victim in the county and the second in Rockingham was the death of Tom Rowrie, a 19-year-old colored youth on Green street Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25th. The entire family of five are ill with influenza.

Mrs. Lillie Gray
The 13th flu death to be briefly noted is that of Mrs. Lillie Gray whichoccurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. R.L. Meacham, 8 miles west of Ellerbe, Wednesday. The funeral was held today at Worthville, Randolph County.

Mrs. Noah Deaton
The 14th death from flu is that of Mrs. Noah Deaton at Roberdel No. 1 today (Thursday) between 12 and 1 o’clock. Surviving are her husband, two boys and four girls.

Pleasant Long
Mr. Pleasant Long of the Mt. Olive vicinity, two miles east of the city, died Wednesday night, as a result of a stroke of paralysis suffered a few days ago. He was aged 70 years, 11 months and 10 days. The interment will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Eastside cemetery at 11 o’clock.

James Oscar Biggs
Mr. S. Biggs, druggist, received a wire from Wilmington this (Thursday) morning stating that his brother, James Oscar, was dead. He was about 64. Burial Friday at Currie, 16 miles from Wilmington.

Flu Striking Hard in Rockingham and Surrounding Countryside, Feb. 26, 1920

From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, February 26, 1920

Flu Conditions Not Improved. . . Daily Average of Flu Cases Larger Than for Preceding Week. . . 14 Deaths in County

The flu epidemic appears to be spreading over the city and county instead of decreasing.

For week ending Feb. 12, the new cases in Rockingham were 25, an average of four a day; for mills and surrounding community, 82 a day, an average of 12.

For week ending Feb. 19, city 64, daily average 9; mill etc., 121, daily average 17.

For week ending today, Feb. 26, city 88 new cases, daily average 13; ills etc. 276, daily average 40.

From this it is seen that the number of new cases in town and county have steadily increased. The tabulated report given further down shows the daily increase. Read it.

To date, the total deaths from flu in the county are 14. Two of these were in Rockingham, and two in Hamlet. The Sandhills, east of town, appear to have the disease in its worst type.

No doubt the rainy weather of Sunday to Tuesday night contributed to the spread.

Most of the cases in Rockinham are very mild, though there are several pneumonia cases. Five in the Hendley family have flu. Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Odom and four children have it. W.C. Thomas, wife and three children also, but all are doing satisfactorily.

The conditions are not alarming in town or county, the number of cases to date not being as many as in the fall of 1918, or as serious. The school is still closed, except 10th and 11th grades; nor will the other grades open for 10 days at least yet. And maybe not then. The picture show is still closed.

Hamlet conditions are improving. Daily averages about five new cases. Unless a fresh outbreak occurs, the schools there will reopen next Monday, and the picture shows, too.

Welfare Sup. Reynolds, with the Rockingham Red Cross and King’s Daughters, are responding to calls and assisting in every way possible. Both the Red Cross and King’s Daughters are trying to get a community trained nurse. The nursing, transportation, clothing and nourishment departments of the Red Cross are functioning smoothly.

Among the numerous cases of flu in town (there are many whose names the writer simply has not learned) are (and most of these are very mild, some being free of temperature today): M.H. Fowlkes, Lynwood and Frances Folkes, R.P. McKeithen, Joe Stephenson, Hill Parsons and young Hill, Walter Covington, Don Phillips (went to Laurinburg Sunday night), L.G. Fox, Mrs. W.C. Leak, V.J. McLaurin and wife, Walter L. Scales Sr., Mrs. Steele Lowdermilk, Billy Poplin and little Elizabeth, R.L. Johnson, Mial W. McRae, Mrs. Roy Allred, W.E. McNair, June Diggs (Rt. 1). Also, Jack and Willie Covington, two bright young men of the Post-Dispatch force. And S.W. Covington, B.F. Palmer and Marion Lee Hinson, W.G. Atkinson, W.O. Doster and wife, Sarah Belle Terry, Mrs. Sam Wright.

Daily average as follows:
Mills & Country

Joke Turns Deadly, Feb. 26, 1920

From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, February 26, 1920

Vester Dennis Accidentally Kills His Brother, Velt, in Steele’s Township Saturday Night. . . Tragic Death

A tragic death occurred in Steele’s township Saturday night, wherein one brother accidentally shot his brother, tearing the youth’s head almost completely off. The brother who so carelessly and heedlessly handled the shot-gun is, of course, overcome by his unintentional act—but that does not bring back the life of a stalwart young man.

Coroner A.M. Smith was called to Steele’s township, near Mangum, Sunday to investigate the killing. He empanelled the following as a jury: T.B. Andrews, H.H. Chandler, D.M. Ross, D.N. Currie, W.C. Lisk, W.C. Jarrell.

After hearing the evidence, the jury returned this verdict: “that Velt Dennis came to his death by a gun-shot wound from the hands of his brother, Vester Dennis, by accident through carelessly handling the gun.”

The facts as brought out at the hearing were in substance as follows:

Vester Dennis, aged 22, works at a saw-mill in Steele’s township, and Saturday afternoon his brother, Velt Dennis, aged 17, came over from Stanly county to take him home. They were to go home Sunday early. A party was held at J.F. Staton’s and along towards midnight Velt Dennis and Charlie Jarrell decided to walk up to W.C. Jarrell’s store or commissary and get some coco-cola. (how it was actually spelled) After they left the house, Vester Dennis, Nash Jarrell and Homer Lisk make up a plan to scare the boys. Accordingly, Vester blacked his face, so the report is, and went up to the road to “waylay” the returning boys. As Velt and Charlie neared them, Vester threw up his shot-gun and ordered them to halt and give up the ale. Charlie ran, but Velt held his ground, remarking to the boys “you needn’t try to scare me; I know you.” To this Charlie Jarrell says Vester replied, “No, you don’t. You are a d--- liar.” And with that the gun fired, the load taking off the top of Velt’s head and killing him instantly. The testimony is that the entire crowd were in good humor, and Vester states that he was trying to fire over his brother’s head in an effort to scare him and that he didn’t mean to hit him; that his finger touched the trigger evidently before he raised the gun high enough. Immediately after Velt fell, Vester exclaimed “My God. I’ve shot my brother,” and ran to him, but he was dead.

Though the evidence adduced shows that this was an accident, yet it should be a warning to other young men to cut out the rough joking. Life is too serious a matter to be trifled with.

J.G. Lawton Returned to Farm Demonstrator Post, Feb. 26, 1920

From The Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Thursday afternoon, February 26, 1920

Demonstrator Returns

J.G. Lawton, Farm Demonstrator for Richmond County, returned to Rockingham Sunday, after an absence since last fall. He is now again on the job.

Mr. Lawton served in France in the 105th Engineers, and was so badly gassed that he was in an overseas hospital for over two months. Last fall it became necessary for him to undergo treatment again, and he has been in a Baltimore hospital for three months, being dismissed from the hospital but three weeks ago.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rural North Carolina Schools Consistently Short-Changed, Feb. 25, 1920

From the University of North Carolina News Letter, Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 25, 1920

Town and Country

According to the latest publish report of the State School Superintendent, for the school year 1917-18, four-fifths of North Carolina’s entire school population of 846,000 are rural and live in the country regions. The other fifth live in towns and cities.

The total available school fund for each rural child was $7.71; for each town or city child it was $16.23.

The value of the school property provided for education for the four-fifths was $7,800,000; while the value of the school property for the one-fifth was 6,000,000.

The annual salary of the teachers of rural children was $244. The annual salary of the teachers of town and city children was $468.

The rural children went to school 113 days. The town and city children went to school 165 days.
The town and city children had more than twice as much spent for the supervision as was spent for the supervision of the country children.

Nearly three times as much was spent for the operation and maintenance of the schools for city children as was spent for the operation and maintenance of schools for the children of the rural regions.

So long as these conditions continue, can we have the children of North Carolina’s, the often boasted equality of educational opportunity?

'Committee of 48' Seeks Progressives, Feb. 24, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 24, 1920.

The Committee of 48 Is Preparing an Organization in This State. . . Republicans Actively Connecting Up With the Movement

With offices permanently established in Raleigh, Wade B. Leonard, State Chairman of the “Committee of 40,” is conducting a campaign to perfect the organization in North Carolina.
The purpose of “The Committee of 48,” according to Mr. Leonard, is the organization of a new progressive and liberal political party in the United States, and it hopes to win over one-time members of the Progressive party, Progressive Democrats, the farmer and labor vote. The first national conference was held in St. Louis December 9-12 last year, at which time tentative platform and statement of aims were unanimously adopted. Following the St. Louis meeting, plans were at once started for the organization in every state in the union, and very satisfactory progress is being made, Mr. Leonard says.

Dr. J.M. Templeton of Cary, vice president of the State Farmers’ Union, is at work organizing Wake County. John W. Jenkins of Asheville in Buncombe and the Tenth District; E.C. Faires, secretary of the State Farmers’ Union, is a member of the State executive board of “The Committee of 48,” and is being assisted by E.G. Lindeman and Miss Lena B. Ullington of Greensboro in Guilford county.
Mr. Leonard, a native of Statesville, Iredell county, is a brother of Paul Leonard, secretary of the State Merchants Association. For a number of years he lived in Texas.

Following is the tentative platform adopted by the St. Louis convention and which is being used as a basis for state organization:

“Public ownership of transportation, including stock yards, large abattoirs, grain elevators, terminal warehouses, pipe lines and tanks. Public ownership of other public utilities and of the principal natural resources, such as coal, oil, natural gas, mineral deposits, large water power and large commercial tracts.

“No land (including natural resources) and no patents to be held out of use for speculation to aid monopolies. We favor taxes to force idle land into use.

“Equal economic, political and legal political and legal rights for all, irrespective of sex. The immediate and absolute restoration of free speech, free press, peaceable assembly and all civic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We demand the abolition of injunctions in labor cases. We endorse the effort of labor to share in the management of industry and labor’s right to organize and bargain collectively through representatives of its own choosing.”

No decision has been reached by the Supreme Court in the case in which the law license of H.L. Snyder of Greensboro is being held up because of the withdrawal of the character endorsement of Judge W.P. Bynum.

Flu Kills 5 in Lackey Family, Feb. 24, 1920

From the Newton News-Enterprise, as reprinted in the Hickory Daily Record, Feb. 24, 1920

Influenza Takes Toll of Five in One Family

Mr. W.C. Lackey of Newton has lost two brothers, two nephews and a niece from influenza during the past two weeks. The first to die was Ralph Lackey, aged 19, and the second Newton, aged 21, both brothers of Mr. Lackey. Their deaths occurred in North Iredell about a week apart. A few days later Mr. Lackey’s brother, Mr. Lonnie Lackey, lost two sons, one 3 years and the other 2 years old. Mrs. Janie Warren, sister of Mrs. Lackey who lives in Caldwell county, lost a small child last week. All these deaths were caused by pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Flu Situation Better, Scarlet Fever and Chicken Pox Plague Families, Feb. 24, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Feb. 24, 1920

Situation Better in Hickory Today

The influenza situation continues good in Hickory, according to the reports of physicians. There are several families in which nearly all members have the disease, but it is believed that it is no longer serious in the city.

Reports from Burke county to Dr. H.C. Menzies, city health officer, are more serious, and many families are ill. The proportion of cases in the country, Dr. Menzies said, is much larger than in Hickory and he could account for this condition only by the supposition that the disease skipped certain communities in 1918-19 and made up for lost ground this time. Some pneumonia is also reported in the country.

Two cases of scarlet fever were reported this week, and chickenpox has been rather worrisome in a few families.

Monday, February 24, 2020

J.G. Thorne Describes HIs Family's Struggle With Flu, Feb. 24, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 24, 1920

Anything to Get Us out of This Old Grouchy Groove

By J.G. Thorne

I have suffered from an attack of the “flu.” In our home we had four in bed for three weeks, perfectly helpless. My mother was the only help we could get to come to our assistance. She stayed with us until she lost the use of her left arm and hand. There we were, but we have all pulled through, thank the Lord.

Now I have a son, 13 years old. He has recovered and is doing me lots of good by helping with the cooking. I have tried; I can’t hire any one to help us. My wife and daughter are still suffering from the disease and not able to do any work.

Now if the movies open up again, I think it best to keep mine at home for a while. I want them to open as early as possible for the benefit of the proprietors who are conducting those shows for a living, but I will keep mine hope for a while yet. Also from school until the “flu” is more settle in Wilson.

(The rest of the article was torn and can’t be read.)

Flu Situation in Wilson and Middlesex, N.C., Feb. 24, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 24, 1920

The Flu Situation

Dr. Smith is out from his recent attack of the flu and so is Mayor Hill and a meeting was held at 5 o’clock this afternoon to determine whether to reopen the churches, schools and moving picture shows. The meeting was too late to give the action of the Board in this afternoon’s paper.

The general opinion seems to be that the trouble is blowing over here, but that the trouble is worse in the county. We trust, however, if the health authorities decide to reopen that every one will observe due precaution since we do not believe the danger is near over.

We trust our people will not congregate any more than possible and the children in the school should be warned not to play together, and they should be provided with handkerchiefs and when they sneeze they should place it over their nose.

In the churches and the moving picture shows, the people should sit in every other seat and keep as far away as possible from each other. It is very hard to tell the difference between a cold and the flu at its incipient stages.

Dr. E.L. Strickland of this city reports two cases.

Dr. Grady, seven cases with three pneumonia.

Dr. Putney of Elm City reports four cases.

The health authorities report to date 1,138 cases in town and the county. All physicians have not reported, however, and these are of course not all the cases that have occurred.

Dr. Smith requests us to thank his friends and neighbors for their kindness to him during his illness.

Flu Conditions at Middlesex

The flu situation at Middlesex continues bad, and a number of people are down with the disease.
Several deaths have occurred among them, Messrs. P.H. Lewis and Mr. Harrington, prominent citizens of the place. Mr. Harrington’s wife and little girl are in the hospital in this city.

Mr. L.S. Land’s family is also down and three members of same are sick.

Miss Lessie Taylor and her mother, Mrs. Taylor are down.

Mrs. Joe Taylor is also down with the disease.

Miss Bettie High is sick.

Mr. J.T. Moore and his daughter, Mrs. Phillips, are down with the flu.

Mr. Cleveland Bissett is sick and has lost his baby with the flu.

Courtship Leads to Double Homicide, Feb. 24, 1920

From the Hickory Daily Record, Feb. 24, 1920

South Carolinians in a Parlor Gun Battle

Columbia, S.C., Feb. 24—Allie Cone, aged 20, and Orbic Cone, aged 17, were instantly killed and John Brant, 22, slightly wounded in a gun battle in the parlor of the home of E.P. Phillips, a prosperous farmer living near Allendale, about 8 o’clock Sunday, the news reaching Columbia last evening.

John Brant and his brother, Earl Brant, 17, are under arrest, charged with the double killing. The slain Cone lads were first cousins. The shooting occurred in the presence of two of Mr. Phillips’ daughters, upon whom the men involved were calling, according to the police authorities. Details reaching here as to the cause of the fight are conflicting.

Use Leftover Smoke-Making Material to Signal People of Planet Mars, Feb. 24, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 24, 1920

A Crazy Scientist Breaks Loose

Bryn Mawr, Pa., Feb. 24—The use of the Government surplus of smoke making material left over from the war in signaling Mars was suggested by James. G. Crenshaw, associate professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, who served in the chemical warfare section of the American Expeditionary forces. Smoke screens hundreds of miles in width would be more like to be discovered. He contends that an area as large of the state of Pennsylvania should be used with black and white streaks of smoke to attract attention of the people on the planet.