Hyde County Messenger
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.]
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.
Captain George THOMPSON, a former resident of Hyde, living on Tiney Oak Road, moved to Fort Landings, near Columbia. Recently his 4 year old child went out to meet the children coming home from school and fell into a ditch and drowned, unknown to the family until they missed him. He drowned on January 7 and was brought back to Hyde and buried. [In Memory Of by Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. indicates that this child was Harold Glen THOMPSON who was born October 26, 1927 and died January 7, 1932. His father was William George THOMPSON and his mother was Rosa Odessa WILLIAMS. He was buried in the George Hodges WILLIAMS cemetery on Tiney Oak Road.]
Harry SPENCER of Engelhard died at the hospital in Washington, Monday, January 11. He had complications of mastoiditis, meningitis and stroke on one side of his face. He was unable to undergo an operation. He was a member of the Christian Church. He was brought back and buried at Engelhard. He leaves a wife and a widowed mother and several brothers and sisters. Harry was a very quiet and industrious young man who had a host of friends. He oystered for a living. [In Memory Of by Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Harry Lee SPENCER was born in June of 1905 and died June 11, 1932. His father was Garland Theodore SPENCER and his mother was Addie Jane O’NEAL. He was married to Eva Mae O’NEAL.]
Mrs. Joseph Anna BERRY, daughter of Joseph and Sallie A. SWINDELL, was born April 5, 1850 near Lake Landing. She lived there until five years ago when they moved to Fairfield, where she lived until grown. She later moved to Swan Quarter where she was married to the late Alexander BERRY. She died January 8 at 10 a.m. at the age of 82. She leaves three children: Mrs. Leta B. BROWN and Mr. A.B. BERRY of Swan Quarter, and Mrs. G.V. CREDLE of Norfolk, Virginia; also 9 grandchildren. She was a consistent member of Providence M.E. Church, South. She was the last of 10 children. She was buried at Soules cemetery.
On December 17 after only a day and night of sickness, Alice Reginia, the 14 month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Closs GIBBS, died with heart trouble. The child was buried at Amity cemetery.
Vol. 9; #2
Golden Wedding Anniversary:
Mr. and Mrs. S.E. BAUM of Fairfield, celebrated their 50th anniversary of married life by inviting a host of their friends and relatives to their home on the evening of February 8, 1932.
Alvin P. CARAWAN to Miss Ellen OVERTON, of Swan Quarter—December 9
Wilton A. GIBBS to Miss Ercell R. GIBBS, both of Lake Landing—December 22
Manning M. CARAWAN to Sarah T. BARNETT of Belhaven—December 30
Cecil B. GIBBS to Miss Zuma NIXON of Middletown—January 5, 1932
Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HARDESTY, a daughter.
Born to Mrs. Harry SPENCER of Engelhard, a girl. [See Jan. 1932 for her husband’s death]
Chapter of Sorrow:
Mr. Jim SIMMONS of Norfolk, Virginia, a former resident of Fairfield, recently died at Norfolk, February 9 and was brought back to Fairfield and buried on February 11 in Fairfield Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, two sons: Edward and Lee, both of Norfolk; two brothers: Leslie SIMMONS of Belhaven and P.C. SIMMONS of Fairfield; also 2 grandchildren. Mr. SIMMONS was the 5th to died in his family in the past 8 years, his father, mother, aunt and brother, having preceded him. He held his membership with the Baptist church.
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:
Sheriff E.C. MILLER, Middletown
Mr. Jeff CREDLE, Scranton
Mr. Alander JONES, Scranton
Mr. F.M. YOUNG, Fairfield
Mr. Monroe COX, Middletown
Mr. Jack WINDLEY, Swan Quarter
P.C. SIMMONS, Fairfield
Miss Ethel GIBBS, Scranton
Mr. Leslie O’NEAL, New Holland
“Life” by Virginia MIDYETTE, Fairfield-Chicago
“Spring” by Marjorie LEE, 6th Grade Swan Quarter School
“Tulips” by Marjorie WILLIAMS, 6th Grade Swan Quarter School
“Birds” by James Franklin BENSON, 6th Grade Swan Quarter School
Mr. J.M. RAYBURN of Swan Quarter to Miss Mary E. LUPTON of Sladesville— February 27, 1932
Vol. 9; #4
Born to Mr. and Mrs. C.O. GIBBS of Rose Bay, a son. They call him Carrol Dalton GIBBS, born March 31, 1932.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Will WILLIAMS, a daughter on March 27, 1932.
Candidates for Registrar of Deeds of Hyde County:
Miss Kate CREDLE, New Holland
Miss Texas SEARS, Scranton +Mr. T.A. HARRIS, Swan Quarter
Mr. Edgar GIBBS, Swan Quarter
Mr. Thomas FISHER, Swan Quarter
Miss Maggie BRIDGMAN, Lake Landing
Candidates for Representative:
Mr. George E. DAVIS, Lake Landing
Mr. O.L. WILLIAMS, Swan Quarter
Mr. Thomas S. LONG, Swan Quarter
Seniors at Fairfield High School:
Seniors at Lake Landing High School:
Jennie Mann FISHER
George Thomas MIDYETTE
Pinta D. WILLIAMS and Wilma B. AUSTIN of Ocracoke—March 3
Leslie Merritt GIBBS (surname should be BROOKS) to Maggie Lee JONES, both of Lake Landing—March 17
Alvie W. SICKLE to Grace J. SPENCER of Engelhard—March 19
Wahab GARRISH, JR. to Maude T. WILLIAMS of Ocracoke—March (no date written in)
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.
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:
Jerome JARVIS, Swan Quarter
Bill PAYNE, Middletown
Warren WATSON, Lake Landing
J.D. HODGES, Scranton
John LUPTON, Scranton
Graduating Class of Swan Quarter High School:
Ollie Lee HARRIS
Hester Credle BENSON
Mary Belle WILLIAMS
Sam BONNER, JR.
Graduating Class of Scranton High School:
Margaret Jane SMITHWICK
Essie Mae SILVERTHORNE
Olive T. JARVIS
Lydia Louise LOWE
Lena M. JEANNETTE
Eula Lee CUTHRELL
Isabelle H. CREDLE
Joyce S. SAWYER
De Lon G. JEANNETTE
Laura Gertrude SAWYER
Myrtle L. SPENCER
Fletcher Austin MANNING
Hazel Odelle CLAYTON
Charles WAYERS (should be Charles Wather AYERS, JR.) to Miss Sybil JENETTE, both of Scranton—No date
Sherrill MIDGETTE of Lake Landing to Lidie E. PAYNE of Stumpy Point—No date
Williams A. PATRICK of Engelhard to Miss Archie M. HARRIS of Swan Quarter—No date
Dr. Elliot SWINDELL of Raleigh, N.C. to Miss Florence CLARK of Lake Landing—No date
Mr. L.H. SWINDELL, one of Hyde’s oldest and most prominent citizens, died in a Washington hospital resulting from complications from several diseases. He was registrar of deeds at Swan Quarter for 8 years; served as a steward in the Methodist Church there for 50 years; was a member of the Swan Quarter Masonic Lodge and was one of the section’s largest farmers. He was nearing his 84th birthday. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Iredell Credle SWINDELL of Swan Quarter; four daughters: Mrs. Herbert STILLEY and Mrs. H.A. SWINDELL of Washington, Mrs. Lelia BRINN of Lillington, N.C. and Mrs. Herbert Griffin of Swan Quarter; two sons: Dr. L.H. SWINDELL of Washington and E.S. SWINDELL of Durham, N.C.
Mrs. Eben SAWYER answered the call upward on April 28. She had been an invalid for several years. She was a member of the Rose Bay Baptist Church, attending as long as she was able. She was 71 years old and leaves to mourn her going, a husband, 5 brothers, a son, Mr. Alton SAWYER, and a daughter, Miss Jennie SAWYER, both of Rose Bay. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor and her body was laid to rest at Wade’s Point, her former old home place.
A lengthy poem written in Memoriam to Andrew P. BURRUS who died March 22, 1932, by Mrs. Delana TWIFORD, his daughter.
Vol. 9; #6
Hyde County Election, Second Primary, July 2, 1932:
E.C. MILLER, Middletown
Jeff CREDLE, Scranton
For Register of Deeds:
Miss Kate CREDLE, New Holland
T.A. HARRIS, Swan Quarter
G.E. DAVIS, Lake Landing
O.L. WILLIAMS, Swan Quarter
The following commissioners were elected in the first primary:
Mr. Chas. W. AYERS, JR. of Scranton to Miss Sybil M. JENNETTE of Scranton—April 14
Mr. Sherrill MIDYETTE of Gull Rock to Miss Lidie E. PAYNE of StumpyPoint —April 15
William A. PATRICK of Engelhard to Miss Archie M. HARRIS of Swan Quarter —April 29
Dr. J.E. SWINDELL of Raleigh to Miss Florence M. CLARK of Lake Landing— May 3
Mr. R.H. BRINN of Scranton to Miss Eula L. CUTHRELL of Scranton—May 6
Mr. J.H. SMITH, JR. to Miss Evelyn W. BROWN, both of Plymouth, N.C.—May 6
Samuel B. SANDERSON of Swan Quarter to Miss Enlis BROOKS of Lake Landing—May 13
Robert L. McKINNEY of Scranton to Miss Mary E. JARVIS of Swan Quarter— May 14
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.
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.
Mr. John G. CARAWAN, JR. to Miss Claudia E. WILLIAMS of Scranton—June 18, 1932
Mr. Julian H. PAYNE of Stumpy Point to Miss Edna M. GIBBS of Engelhard—No date (A Hyde Co. marriage certificate indicates this marriage took place July 2, 1932 at Swan Quarter)
After July 6 the postage rate on letters will be 3 cents.
Vol. 9; #8
[This issue missing]
Vol. 9; #9
Mr. A.B. CREDLE of New Holland to Miss Eunice L. MANN of Lake Landing —August 15
Vol. 9; #10
Mr. Tom PUGH of Lake Landing to Miss Lucy HARRIS of Swan Quarter—No date
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.]
Vol. 9; #11
Mr. W.M. JARVIS, at Rose Bay, known by many as “Uncle Bill” JARVIS, had a stroke of paralysis on Sunday night, November 6 and died Thursday morning, November 10. He was born January 19, 1850 and would have been 83 years old his next birthday. He leaves to mourn his going a number of nephews and 5 grandchildren. He was buried at North Creek Primitive Baptist church. He had never affiliated himself with any church. He was the first to die as a member of the Beaufort-Hyde Burial Association. His burial expenses cost him 25 cents as he was the first member to die.
Vol. 9; #12
Chapter of Sorrow:
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl BERRY of Engelhard, a son on October 25. They named him Stacy Wade BERRY. He died November 17, living only 23 days.
Tom PUGH to Lucy HARRIS of Lake Landing (Oct. issue states of Swan Quarter)—Oct. 7
Earl T. SANDERSON to Aydell ROSE, both of Swan Quarter—October 29
Thomas HOWARD to Gertie O’NEAL of Ocracoke—October 29
Leonard SMITH to Ava Blanche COHOON, Swan Quarter—November 3
Scephas R. HARRIS of Swan Quarter to Nellie PAYNE of Gull Rock—November 11
Maxwell HARRIS, Swan Quarter, to Mamie GIBBS, Lake Landing—No date
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Lee BRATCHER, a daughter on September 1. They have named her Hazel Lee BRATCHER. This young couple formerly resided at Fairfield but now live at Little River, S.C.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold DANIELS, a girl on October 27, 1932.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. T.D. BLAKE, a big boy. They have named him Leroy BLAKE. (No date given)
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