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Out of Our Past: April 23-29

Statesville Record & Landmark - 4/20/2018

Twenty-five years ago: Record & Landmark, April 23-29, 1993

Obituary for Clarence Talmadge White, Sr., 71: "He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was the owner-operator of White Auto Repair. On Dec. 6, 1941, he married the former Annie Southers, who survives." (4/23)

Obituary for William F. Massey, 69: "He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a self-employed carpenter. He was married to the former Mary Clark, who preceded him in death. Surviving are three sons, 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren." (4/25)

"Sidney Bentley, former postmaster at Olin, has been appointed postmaster of the Union Grove Post Office. In 1992, she was named Postmaster of the Year by the North Carolina branch of the National League of Postmasters." (4/26)

"James Richard Campbell was named chief of the Statesville Fire Department this morning. 'I am really honored to be allowed this opportunity to serve,' he said. "I will give it 100 percent to make sure Statesville gets the best fire protection for the tax dollar.'" (4/27)

"Statesville's Greyhounds used a one-hit pitching performance by Jeff Peck and a two-run homer by Josh Harwell to down North Surry, 2-0. Harwell rapped his two-run homer in the fourth inning after his twin brother Jason had singled." (4/28)

"It's time once again for the opening of Rotary Farmers Market in downtown Statesville. This year Lester Millsaps, who was such a regular vendor at the market for almost every year it has operated, will be missing. He died recently." (4/29)

Fifty years ago: Record & Landmark, April 23-29, 1968

County schools: "Wilson White was named to serve with Robert C. Garrison as a committee to work with the administrative staff on a plan of integration which would be presented to the department of Health, Education and Welfare for its approval." (4/23)

"Unity's Green Hawks, with Robert Templeton pitching out of several jams, blanked Bessemer City, 3-0. Unity used single runs in the middle innings for the decision, with a triple by Jessie Cuthrell and doubles by Wayne Campbell, Jerry Morrison and Melvin Johnson." (4/24)

Supt. A.D. Kornegay announcement: "City schools will operate Saturday to make up for one of the days lost to bad weather. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and close at 1 p.m. No lunches will be served at any of the schools that day due to the short schedule." (4/26)

"South Iredell's Vikings posted their third straight victory behind the one-hit pitching of Ernie Pope. Watching the righthander work was Herman Starrette, former Cool Springs High righthander and now minor league pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles." (4/27)

"We want to call the attention church-goers and others to the fact that we shift to daylight saving time tonight. That means that you should adjust your clock accordingly. This, theoretically, at least, will give you more daylight time for work and play." (4/28)

"Police Chief J.D. Myers said today T.N. Tomlin, D.S. Smith and W.R. Moore will begin a course at Central Piedmont Community College on Wednesday to have them certified as breathalyzer operators." [Two certified operators had left the force.] (4/29)

Seventy-five years ago: Statesville Daily Record, April 23-29, 1943

"According to a message received by Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Jones, from the War Department, their son, Billy Ray, more popularly known as 'Keyhole', has landed safely 'somewhere' overseas. 'Keyhole" is in the United States Marine Corps." (4/23)

"Harry Abernathy, Jr., will leave Monday for Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi. Harry enlisted in the Army Reserve Cadet Air Corps a couple of months ago and a special delivery last night told him to report to Keesler Field, April 27, 1943." (4/24)

James Gregory, from Greece, received naturalization papers in federal court on this date: "Mr. Gregory has been a resident of the United States for twenty years and has operated the Statesville Hot Dog Stand in Statesville for a number of years." (4/26)

"Dr. David Pressly will be a member of the Long hospital staff beginning Monday of next week. He will serve the local hospital while awaiting his call in the service of the United States Army. Dr. Pressly is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia." (4/27)

Lt. Barney Arthur, awarded Army Air Corps wings in February, is stationed near Tucson: "He likes his duty as co-pilot on a B-24. He will be remembered as having been employed at Marett's and Ervin's Clothing stores here in Statesville." (4/28)

"Another war casualty will be the Junior-Senior banquet at Mitchell College, however, plans are completed for a Junior-Senior party. The program will include a hamburger fry on the north campus after which they will attend the current attraction at a local theatre." (4/29)

One hundred years ago: Landmark, April 23 and 26, 1918

Loray: "Very few who had not had measles escaped the epidemic which has swept this community. There have been some very sick patients, others got along with little trouble. There has been an epidemic of whooping cough and German measles ? some having all three diseases at one time. All are better now, we are glad to report." (4/23)

Statesville Rt. 3: "Mr. Ralph Suther arrived last Wednesday from Fort Sill, Okla., on a 30 days' furlough. Like the return of al soldier boys, the olive-drab uniform proclaims him the hero of the day from the small boy to he oldest man and woman of this community." (4/23)

"An unusual display in the heavens Tuesday evening about 8 o'clock was witnessed by a number of Statesville and Iredell people. The display is supposed to have been caused by a meteoric explosion. Those who witnessed it described it as a brilliant flash of light, lasting about three minutes, leaving a serpent-like trail of smoke behind which was distinguishable some little time after the light had disappeared." [Was seen across western NC.] (4/26)

Letter from George D. Renegar, Co. M, 119th Infantry, Camp Sevier, Greenville, S.C.: "We are expecting to leave most any time, although we may be here for quite awhile. We have gotten most of our equipment, I think, that we will carry with us when we leave. We have our new rifles and bayonets, which we will carry with us across the big 'pond'." (4/26)

One hundred twenty-five years ago: Landmark, April 27, 1893

"The high winds of Friday and Saturday tore quite a number of shingles from the spire of the new Presbyterian church."

"The spoke and handle factory shut down last Friday afternoon on account of the high winds and consequent danger of fire."

Mooresville: "Last Friday, the wind blew the shed off Mr. B.W. Pressly's saw mill at Coddle Creek, and Mr. Frank Brawley's corn crib was thrown off its foundation."

Harmony: "A heavy wind storm wrought havoc in this section last Friday. Much timber was destroyed, orchard trees broken off and fences demolished."

New Stirling: "The high winds of last Friday blew down a great deal of timber, fruit trees and fences. The hardest of the storm was about 12 o'clock."

Concord township: "To-day at noon it seems as if the wind would blow every fence and the timber in the forest all down." [Letter was written Friday April 21.]

"Last Friday and Saturday were the windiest days we have had since the campaign closed."


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