Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield Monthly
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard


[All issues loaned for filming by the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University except January and May which were loaned by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL. The August issue is missing.]

January, 1932
Vol. 9; #1

Recently the McGOWAN school house was purchased by the people living in the Fairfield school district for the purpose of having community church services.


February, 1931
Vol. 9; #2

Golden Wedding Anniversary:



Chapter of Sorrow:

March, 1932
Vol. 9; #3

At 7 o’clock on Monday evening, February 8, the doors of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Emmet BAUM were thrown open to a host of friends and relatives, the occasion being their golden wedding anniversary. As each guest arrived he was asked to inscribe his name in a beautiful gold an white registration book. Mr. BAUM looked very happy beside his bride of long ago, who was dressed in midnight blue silk with a shoulder bouquet of yellow snapdragons. A very interesting contest, “A Romance of Fifty Years Ago”, was prepared by Miss Helen LAVENDER. She also wrote a beautiful tribute to the bridal couple which was read by their granddaughter, Mrs. Max GUTHRIE. An ice course and a sweet course were served to the 55 guests.

As we go to press the LINDBERGH baby has not been found. World-wide efforts are being made by individuals, groups, newspapers and radio. Our sympathy goes out to the father and mother as they anxiously wait, hoping and praying, listening and watching, for the return of their kidnapped baby.

Candidates for Sheriff of Hyde County:

Poems Written:


April, 1932
Vol. 9; #4


Candidates for Registrar of Deeds of Hyde County:

Candidates for Representative:

Seniors at Fairfield High School:

Seniors at Lake Landing High School:


Mr. Clifton MOONEY of Fairfield, who a few months ago opened up a new place on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Fairfield, is now adding on to his plant an addition to take care of all kinds of feeds.

Mrs. Lindsey MIDYETTE was called to the bedside of her aged, sick father, Mr. H.N. WARD, of Tyner, N.C., a few weeks ago. He died April 4th.

May, 1932
Vol. 9; #5

Rev. E.R. STEWART writes a letter stating that on May 28, 1932 he will complete 10 years of service as missionary and pastor in Hyde County and there has been born to his home two girls and two boys.

Candidates for County Commissioner:

Graduating Class of Swan Quarter High School:

Graduating Class of Scranton High School:



A lengthy poem written in Memoriam to Andrew P. BURRUS who died March 22, 1932, by Mrs. Delana TWIFORD, his daughter.

June, 1932
Vol. 9; #6

Hyde County Election, Second Primary, July 2, 1932:

For Sheriff:

For Register of Deeds:

For Representative:

The following commissioners were elected in the first primary:

Marriages Reported:

On Wednesday evening, June 15, Rev. Dennis M. CLEMMONS of Fayetteville was married to Miss Iva CARROLL of Wendell, N.C. Dr. B.W. SPILLMAN of Kinston officiated. The wedding took place in the Meredith College auditorium.

There will be the usual Fourth of July celebration at Baum-Town. The group meets at the home of Mr. Johnnie NEAL this year.

July, 1932
Vol. 9; #7

A lengthy letter from O.L. WILLIAMS thanking the 1008 citizens of Hyde County who voted for him in the primary held Saturday, July 2.

Mrs. Mary SPENCER died June 24, 1932 at the age of 82. She was born September 7, 1850. Her husband, Kit SPENCER, preceded her by four years. Mrs. SPENCER had been a shut-in for several years. She was a member of the Christian Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Everett HARRIS. She was buried at Fulford cemetery. She was born and raised in Hyde county and had lived at Engelhard all her life except one year which was spent at New Bern. There are left to mourn her going five children, W.J. SPENCER, J.M. SPENCER, S.D. SPENCER, R.S. SPENCER, and Mrs. Alice COX. Also 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


After July 6 the postage rate on letters will be 3 cents.

August, 1932
Vol. 9; #8
[This issue missing]

September, 1932
Vol. 9; #9


October, 1932
Vol. 9; #10


On October 17, Judge R. Hunt PARKER opened the fall term of Hyde County Superior Court. Judge Garland D. (sic) MIDYETTE was scheduled to hold this court, but met with sudden death. Also Mr. Drummond SADLER, the court crier, died Sunday night, October 3. These men are missed from this session of court. [A Pasquotank death certificate indicates Garland Eugene MIDYETTE died in Elizabeth City, N.C. while holding court on September 20, 1932. He was born on January 17, 1874 in Fairfield to Thomas Gibbs MIDYETTE and Margaret Gray SPENCER. He was married to Mary BUXTON. In Memory Of by Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states William Drummond SADLER was born December 31, 1876 to James B. SADLER and Lydia F. CUTRELL and died October 3, 1932. He was married to Mary Alene SPENCER.]

Washington, N.C.

November, 1932
Vol. 9; #11


December, 1932
Vol. 9; #12

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