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 for January, August, October, November and December which were loaned by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter.]
Vol. 10; #1
Marriage Licenses Issued:
Mr. G.H. PAYNE to Miss Olive Inez MASON of Stumpy Point—December 6,
Samuel W. BOOMER to Miss Margaret H. SPENCER of Swan Quarter— December 12, 1932.
Linwood B. TUNNELL to Mary L. BERRY of Swan Quarter—December 12, 1932.
Mr. B.L. CHAPPELL to Miss Maggie M. DAVIS of Belhaven—December 19, 1932.
Jonathan TOMLINSON of Wilson, N.C. to Miss Myra L. SELBY of Engelhard— December 19, 1932.
Dayton R. NOBLES of Scranton to Miss Mary F. CLARK of Ponzer—December 24, 1932.
J. Allen HARRIS to Miss Edith DUKE, both of Swan Quarter—December 31, 1932.
Ralph CAHOON, Leechville, to Mrs. Christopher ASHLY of Bath, N.C.—
December 31, 1932.
Mr. Otis B. GIBBS and Mrs. Alice Lee COX, both of Engelhard, were united in marriage on Sunday evening, January 8, 1933 at 6:30 o’clock. It was a very quiet wedding with only a few friends present.
The 4-year old child of Harvey HARRIS of Swan Quarter died with bronchial pneumonia on January 5, 1933. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Floyd Talley HARRIS was born April 10, 1929 and died January 5, 1933. He was the son of Harvey Elmo HARRIS and Urcell Dell ROSE.]
On January 10, Mr. George Bell CARAWAN had a stroke of paralysis in the night. His wife went out to call for help and returned to find him dead. He was a blacksmith by trade with his shop located at Swan Quarter. He leaves a wife; two children, Mrs. Dannie SPENCER of Scranton and Mrs. Mildred ADAMS of Rocky Mount; four brothers: E. CARAWAN, Billie CARAWAN and Bennie CARAWAN, all of Rose Bay, and Columbus CARAWAN of Swan Quarter. He was a member of Swan Quarter Methodist Church. Burial services were held at the home of Rev. W.G. LOWE, assisted by E.R. STEWART. He was a member of the Beaufort-Hyde Burial Association. He was laid to rest on a lot near his home.
Mrs. C.F. GUTHRIE was born August 1, 1849 and died October 17, 1932. She was married to C.F. GUTHRIE on January 28, 1873. To this union were born eight children, two dying in infancy and six yet living, Mrs. S.D. COX, Miss Janie GUTHRIE and C.S. GUTHRIE, all of Engelhard, Guy M. GUTHRIE of Swan Quarter, Mrs. J.O. CREDLE of Norfolk, Virginia. (Only 5 living children were listed.) Besides these she leaves eight grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Mary CLAYTON, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Cora RUE and Mrs. C.A. SWINDELL. There are 2 great-grandchildren. She joined the Methodist church while quite young and remained a faithful member.
Rev. S. Tyler SMITH was born in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood 12 miles from Fairfield, July 19, 1871, and departed this life at his home in Fairfield on December 8, 1932. Funeral services were conducted at Fairfield Christian Church by Rev. Roe L. HARRIS and assisted by Rev. J.C. GROCE and Rev. W.R. HARDESTY. He was laid to rest at Fairfield cemetery. He began preaching the first Sunday in April 1910 at Nazareth Christian Church. Immediately after he began to preach he was recommended by the Fairfield Christian Church for ordination and on May 22, 1910, he was ordained by H.S. DAVENPORT. His first pastorate was his home church (Fairfield Christian Church) and was pastor there for 13 years in succession, after which he served Back Bay, Virginia Christian Church and others for eight years. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Clara SMITH, and by her he had Mrs. Etta Mae DAVIS of Pantego, Thomas SMITH of the home and Miss Nellie Gray SMITH of the home; and by his first wife, Mrs. Maudecie SMITH who passed away years ago, Mr. Loftin SMITH of Wenona, N.C., Mr. Langston SMITH of Fairfield, Mrs. Exedell BLAKE of Fairfield and Carroll SMITH of Fairfield.
Mrs. Louisa CUTRELL was born May 16, 1851 and passed from this life December 23, 1932, making her 81 years, 7 months and 7 days of age. Mrs. CUTRELL was the widow of William Wallace CUTRELL who passed away April 11, 1926. She leaves four children: Arthur CUTRELL, Amanda HUDSON, Ernest CUTRELL and Miranda ARMSTRONG; two sisters, Mrs. Betty SMITH and Mrs. Emma DODGE.
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Marriage Licenses Issued:
Mr. John CUTRELL of Scranton to Miss Mary Elizabeth GASKIN of Pantego— Jan. 18, 1933
Mr. Malcolm SIMMONS of Leechville to Miss Florence LIVERMAN of Leechville—Feb. 2, 1933.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Cordon GILL of Pittsburgh, a daughter, February 7. Mrs. GILL was formerly Miss Margaret SWINDELL of Fairfield.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lee ROPER, a son, William Lawrence.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. F.A. BERRY, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred BRINN, a baby.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ira ROSE, a girl.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie GIBBS, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.M. HOOKER, a son on January 31, 1933.
Chapter of Sorrow:
Mr. Carson MURRAY died at Rex Hospital in Raleigh and was buried at Amity Church on Sunday, February 12. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Carson W. MURRAY was born July 21, 1879 and died February 8, 1933. He was the son of Morgan Monroe MURRAY and Sarah Jane GIBBS. The death date differs from the newspaper article.]
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie O. GIBBS of Engelhard have lost their baby. Burial took place Sunday, February 12. (This is probably the same baby that was listed as born earlier in this issue.)
Mrs. Bertha JENNETTE died Saturday, February 11, and was buried at GIBBS burial grounds near White Plains, Sunday, February 12. Services were conducted by Rev. J.C. GROCE.
After a case of flu, Mildred DANIELS, the 14-month old child of Mr. and Mrs. Harold DANIELS, succumbed to death on February 8 and was laid to rest in the Fairfield cemetery. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Mildred DANIELS was born in October 1931 and died February 8, 1933. She was the daughter of William Harold DANIELS and Rachel M. SPENCER.]
Mrs. Bart HALL of Swan Quarter died on February 9 and was buried at Soule’s church. Rev. W.G. LOWE conducted the service. A husband, son and daughter, survive to mourn her departure. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Abydilla HALL was born January 18, 1870 and died February 9, 1933. Her husband was Bartlett HALL and she was the daughter of Singleton S. PEGRAM and Purlina SAWYER.]
On January 30, 1929, a little angel, Dorothy Leigh, made her appearance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton MOONEY. She stayed with them nearly four years. On December 17, 1932 God called her back home to be with Him in Heaven. She leaves behind a mother and father, sister Marie MOONEY and two brothers, Lindsey MOONEY and Clifton MOONEY, JR. (A poem written by Marie MOONEY followed this obituary.)
On Monday night, February 6 about 9 o’clock, after a siege of influenza developing into double pneumonia, Odell JENNETTE passed away at his home. He had gone through much suffering in the past 10 years. He was seriously burned then had hemorragic fever. He leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Manning JENNETTE; also four brothers and three sisters: Clarence, Forest, Jeff, Tug, Maggie Bell, Almo Grace and Mrs. Johnnie O’NEAL. Odell would have been 29 years old on May 28.
A little playmate, Cecila CARAWAN, died December 18, 1932. She was 6 years of age and started school this past September. She leaves a father, mother and 4 brothers. She was so bright and jolly and we little girls enjoyed playing with her. We all loved her, but the Lord must have loved her best. [Written by Annie Dell CREDLE, 4th Grade, Swan Quarter]
On January 29, 1933, Captain Elmass GIBBS died suddenly. Mrs. GIBBS and children went on a visit in the afternoon and returned about three hours later to find him dead in bed. He had been troubled with his heart for the past year. Captain GIBBS leaves his wife, two children and one brother. Captain GIBBS united with the Methodist church in early manhood. Services were held by Rev. W.G. LOWE and he was laid to rest at Souls cemetery.
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Miss Mary Susan FULLER, daughter of Mrs. Annie E. FULLER of Louisburg, will be married to Rev. Wilbur Festus WOODALL of Belhaven in the early spring.
Mrs. J.D. SELBY passed away suddenly at her home March 6. She was nearly 61 years of age. She leaves two brothers, Thomas SWINDELL of Washington and Joshua SWINDELL of Engelhard; Mrs. John COHOON of Elizabeth City, Mrs. Buena SWINDELL, Mrs. Bell COHOON and Mrs. Sarah STOWE, all of Engelhard, Mrs. Susana COHOON of Swan Quarter. She also leaves three children and 7 grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian church.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie MANN of Middletown, have charge of the Louise Hotel. They welcome the people of Hyde.
The Mohawk Boat, operated by Captain Charlie SILVERTHORNE, was sunk out from Engelhard, March 10. It had approximately 1200 bushels of beans aboard her. Mr. Tom YOUNG was seriously injured while they were getting her up. Several stitches had to be taken where his face had been cut.
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Mrs. P.E. SWINDELL is home from the hospital, improving.
Mrs. Macon CREDLE has returned from the hospital and is convalescing.
Mrs. Axie Lee FLOWERS, while at the hospital waiting on her sister, Mrs. Macon CREDLE, took sick with appendicitis. She was operated on and is back home again.
Ed SWINDELL is at the hospital and at last report was slowly improving.
Mr. Tom LONG is in Tayloe Hospital. He’s very sick.
After a long illness and confinement, Mrs. Mittie WILLIAMS, after a second stroke of paralysis, passed away. While a young girl she came here from a foreign country. She was about 78 years old and united with Rose Bay Baptist Church only a short while ago. She leaves to mourn her death, a husband, Mr. Rensey WILLIAMS, a son, Mr. Sam WILLIAMS, and a daughter, Mrs. Jennings SPENCER. She was buried at Mt. Olive Christian Church.
Mr. Donald WATSON died at the hospital recently. See May issue for more details.
Vol. 10; #5
The Times Publishing Company is now in new hands. It is being operated by Mr. M.D. JEFFERSON and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. COWEN. They will put the paper out each week on Friday.
Born to Rev. and Mrs. E.R. STEWART, a son. They have named him James Truitt. He was born March 26, 1933.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Macon CREDLE, a son named Garland Tooley. He was born January 27, 1933.
On Saturday night, April 15, Robert Glenn BAUM of Durham, N.C. married Miss Marina JARVIS of Swan Quarter. Mr. BAUM is well known over Hyde County, having resided in Fairfield until a few years ago. He is working with the American Tobacco Company in Durham. They couple will make their home in Durham.
James E. ADAMS of Scranton to Miss Myrtle Bell DANIELS of Belhaven— March 24
Wilbur WATSON of Ponzer to Miss Gladys WILLIAMS of Belhaven—April 10
John C. HOOTEN of Ransomville to Miss Essie Bell FOSTER of Scranton—
G.R. HARRISON of Spring Grove, Va. to Miss Ossie Dell SPENCER of Engelhard— May 4
William Robert O’NEAL of Ocracoke to Miss Helen G. HERMAN of Hopewell, Va.—May 4 [Helen was listed as Helen G. KERMAN is the June issue.]
Eight colored couples were married (no names mentioned)
Several weeks ago Kelley WHITAKER (colored), while under the influence of liquor, is said to have taken his shotgun and shot his wife through the right shoulder and also her hand which later had to be amputated. She recently died from her wounds. Kelley WHITAKER is in jail for murder.
After some months of illness and confinement in Washington Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C., Gen. Ben T. SIMMONS ended his career on earth April 18. His body was bought back to Fairfield, his old home town, and buried on April 24. Even though he had walked with Kings, when he returned home each year to Fairfield, he was just known as Ben SIMMONS. A large crowd of colored folks as well as a large crowd of white folks attended his funeral. A very plain service was held at the grave. Rev. W.R. HARDESTY, Rev. Roe L. HARRIS, and Rev. E.R. STEWART conducted the service. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Estelle SIMMONS, Taylor SIMMONS of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Miss Mary SIMMONS and Mrs. Mattie CARTWRIGHT of Fairfield. August 14, 1933 he would have been 63. He was a graduate from West Point in 1895. He was made General during the World War. He won a silver star for gallantry in action in the battle of Saratoga in Cuba. He commanded the 19th Division.
On May 10, after a long sickness and confinement to bed, Mr. Charlie GIBBS, father of Closs GIBBS of Engelhard, passed away. He had been helpless for nearly five years. He was a member of Amity Church. Services were conducted by Rev. H.A. CHESTER, his pastor. He was buried at Amity cemetery May 11. He leaves a wife and two sons, Closs and Frank GIBBS, both of Engelhard.
Mr. EDWARDS, from the Wenoca section of Washington, while in Hyde County a few weeks ago buying hogs, dropped dead. He was a Methodist preacher, holding his last charge at Bath. The Masons returned his body to Washington.
At age 82, Mrs. Mary CLAYTON, died at her home at the Clayton House in Engelhard, on May 2. She had been sick for several years, yet confined to bed only a few days. Burial services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. H.A. CHESTER, assisted by Rev. W.R. HARDESTY of Fairfield. She was laid to rest at Amity cemetery.
After several days of illness, Mrs. Claude MANN of Middletown died on May 6. Burial services were held on Sunday. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Bettie Matilda MANN, wife of Claudius Alexander MANN, was born April 11, 1867 and died May 5, 1933. Her father was Henry Sylvester GIBBS and her mother was Mary Jones SAUNDERSON. The death date differs from the newspaper article.]
Mr. Donald B. WATSON of Engelhard died at the Fowler Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 1933, following a brief illness. Interment was held at Amity Church in Lake Landing with the Masonic Lodge in charge. He is survived by a wife, three children, and four sisters. Brother WATSON was an active Mason of the Mattamuskeet Lodge No. 328.
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Marriage Licenses Issued since May 1:
John O. HOOTEN, Ransomville, to Essie B. FOSTER, Scranton.
G.R. HARRISON, Spring Grove, Va., to Ossie Dell SPENCER, Engelhard.
William Robert O’NEAL, Ocracoke, to Helen G. KERMAN, Hopewell, Va. (Helen was listed as Helen G. HERMAN in the May issue.)
Fred O’NEAL, Scranton, to Edna WILLIAMS, Scranton.
Macon WILLIAMS, Fairfield, to Mary Etta BERRY, Fairfield. [This is in error--Mary Etta Berry, age 16, married Fred Milton Williams, age 22, on June 4, 1933]
Jim MIDYETTE, Lake Landing, to Delia BENSON, Lake Landing.
Engelhard school closes May 23. There were 7 to graduate—Francis WATSON, Cleida HARRIS, Edna CREDLE, Agnes SPENCER, Charles PAYNE, and Dora HARRIS.
Fairfield school in closing on May 19. The following 4 will be graduating—Kirk BALLANCE, Grace SIMMONS, Camille SWINDELL, and Alice JONES.
The graduating class of Swan Quarter High School, which closes May 19, 1933, are Charles BERRY, Robert CARAWAN, Metrah HARRIS, Marie MASON, Frances WILLIAMS, Ruby Lee BRIDGMAN, Jessie EMORY, Melva JONES, Lenora BERRY, Mary Page SPENCER, and Woodburn C. WILLIAMS.
Graduates of Sladesville High School are: Lyndall DUNN, Annie Boyd WAHAB, Hattie Mae NOBLE, Russell JARVIS, Edsil BRIDGMAN, and Plum O’NEAL.
Wake Forest College held it’s 99th commencement on June 1. There were 117 graduates and among these was a fine young man from Hyde county. Walter Carr COX, who two years ago finished at Campbell College and now carries the honor of graduating from Wake Forest with an A.B.A. degree. We believe that Mr. COX is the first young man to graduate from this college from Hyde county since 1889.
On May 22, 1933, Mr. O.G. MASON, a merchant and farmer of Currituck Township, was discovered dead in his store. He operated a store for 20 years, known as the “Farmer’s Union”. He merchandised for around 40 years. He leaves a wife and Josh McKIRNEY, who he and Mrs. MASON raised from age 5. He also leaves one brother, Mr. H.W. MASON of Swan Quarter. He was buried at Rose Bay. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. Mr. MASON was 66 years old.
Mr. John LOWE, son of Bob LOWE, died at a young age of rheumatic fever. His body was interred at Mt. Olive cemetery. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR. states William Robert LOWE was born Feb. 17, 1918 and died May 14, 1933. He was buried in the Mt. Olive Church cemetery on Hwy. 264 near Ponzer. He was the son of Robert Everette LOWE and Mary Eureka BELL. The newspaper article stated his name as John.]
On May 26 David NEAL of the Rhodesville section died and was buried at Mt. Olive Church cemetery on May 27. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states David Lee O’NEAL was born August 1893 and died May 26, 1933. He was married to Nancy Jane WILLIAMS and was the son of Robert O’NEAL and Mattie V. SAWYER.]
On Friday, May 17, Edward SWINDELL died in Fowler Memorial Hospital, Washington. For months his friends in Hyde County had waited his return to us. It was only in the last 10 days or so that hope for his recovery began to lag. After his death his body was brought through Swan Quarter where he made his home for almost his entire life since arriving at young manhood. In recognition of the useful, helpful life that he lived, hundreds of his friends gathered in Fairfield, Saturday, May 20, to pay their last respects. The last rites were rendered by four Hyde County ministers, Rev. W.G. LOWE of the Methodist church in Swan Quarter, Rev. HARDESTY of the Methodist church in Fairfield, Rev. Roe HARRIS of the Christian church of Fairfield and Rev. E.R. STEWART of the Baptist church of Fairfield. In tribute of Edward’s war record, the flag which draped his casket, was presented to his mother as the casket was lowered. This flag was presented through the Veterans Bureau of the United States Government. Edward SWINDELL was the son of Mrs. J.R. SWINDELL. He was born in Fairfield 38 years ago. Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Carl CUTHRELL of Fairfield and Mrs. Henry Carol CUTHRELL of Fairfield; two brothers: Joe L. SWINDELL of Swan Quarter and Merle SWINDELL of Fairfield; one half-sister, Mrs. Monroe COX of Middletown.
Milton CREDLE, a prominent resident of Swan Quarter, died at the age of 71, on May 23, 1933. He was a member of the Providence Methodist Church for 57 years. Survivors are his widow; two daughters: Miss Marette CREDLE of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Harry BROWN of Washington; four sons: W.F. CREDLE of Raleigh, N.C., Clement G. CREDLE of Oxford, N.C., Carrol S. CREDLE of St. Vincent Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, and Joe CREDLE of Norfolk, Virginia; one brother: Mr. William CREDLE of Fairfield.
Mrs. Milton DAVENPORT of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., after a long illness, answers to the higher call. Her body was buried at Mt. Olive cemetery. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Margaret Ann DAVENPORT was born January 20, 1864 and died May 25, 1933. She was married to Milton T. DAVENPORT and was the daughter of B.L. DAVIS and Eliza (___?___)]
On Sunday, June 11, Mrs. J.F. HAWKINS, age 76, died. She was the Sunday School teacher of this editor. She and her husband joined the First Baptist Church in 1900 when there were only 40 members. She leaves her sister, Mrs. CHRISTENBERRY, and her niece, Miss Bertie CHRISTENBERRY.
Card of Thanks:
We wish to thank one and all for their interest manifested during the sickness, death and burial of Edward. [signed: Mrs. J.R. SWINDELL and children]
I thank one and all for their sympathy and helpfulness during the death and burial of my husband. [signed: Mrs. O.G. MASON]
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On Sunday, July 2, Mr. Romulous Saunderson SPENCER of Engelhard, was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Lee BAUM of Fairfield. The quiet wedding took place at the Baptist parsonage in Fairfield about 6:30 p.m. They will make their home in Engelhard.
Born to Sheriff and Mrs. CREDLE, a daughter, March 14, She is a fine baby and they call her Sally Blane.
After a long illness, Mrs. H.R. KEATON, a well-known and beloved resident of Belhaven, died Saturday, July 1. Rev. R.H. LUCAS of Plymouth, her former pastor, and Rev. W.F. WOODALL, her present pastor, officiated at the services.
Mrs. Fannie L. COX of Middletown passes June 30. The funeral was conducted by her minister, Rev. Arthur MARSHALL of Belhaven and interment was made in the cemetery at St. George’s, Lake Landing. She is survived by eight children: Mrs. Maggie SILVERTHORNE, Mrs. Belle GIBBS, and Walter COX, all of Middletown, Mrs. S.L. PURSER of Vanceboro, Mrs. Charles MANN of Washington, Mrs. Holden EDWARDS of Ayden, Dixie COX of Tarboro, and Angus COX of Asheville; one sister, Mrs. Alice THOMPSON of Washington; one half-brother, Sam ROLLINS of Middletown.
Mrs. Sarah L. HARRIS, age 74 years, of Engelhard, died July 6 after one week of illness. Rev. J.C. GROSS (GROCE in other places) conducted burial services. She was buried at Fulford cemetery. She is survived by Mr. Warren S. HARRIS and Mrs. Mahew SELBY, both of Engelhard, and Rev. Everett HARRIS of Mesic, N.C. Also one brother, Mr. Jones SANDERSON and one sister, Mrs. Laura LITCHFIELD, both of Engelhard. She was a member of the Christian Church.
After a long illness and several operations at the hospital, Mrs. B.J. MIDYETTE succumbed to the tragic disease of cancer. She died June 10. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Her body was interred at Fulford’s cemetery. She died at the age of 45 years. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states date of death as June 3, 1933. She was the daughter of Jonathan Graham NEAL and Julia Miller GIBBS. She was married to Benjamin Jackson MIDYETTE, JR.]
In memory of my dear husband, O.G. MASON, who died Tuesday afternoon, May 23. We had lived together 41 years and 2 months. He and I were sitting in the swing about an hour before he died and he was telling me how he wanted everything fixed. He told me his plans and asked me if that suited me and I said it did. He told me to go over to Joshua McKINNEY’S and get a code that might give me some idea as how to write the will. As we were talking he said, “But I might have waited too late.” I told him I wouldn’t stay long but he told me he was alright and as he did not feel like working, he would be in the store. So I went over to Joshua’s and Margaret’s and stayed perhaps an hour. When I came back to the store I found him lying on a bench. I saw something was wrong with him because his face was purple and his lips almost black. I knew he was dead. I heard a car coming so I ran out and it was Mr. Carlos BERRY. Then I called Mr. SPENCER who was plowing in front of the store. We brought him to the house and put him on the bed. Mr. BERRY told me he would rush to Swan Quarter for the doctor. As news spread rapidly, there was a crowd of his friends and mine that came to me in my sad hours. I want to thank each and every one of them for the kindness shown and the flowers that were sent. [signed: His wife, Mrs. O.G. MASON]
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[Many portions cut from this issue]
On Wednesday, August 16, a host of people from all sections of Hyde County gathered at what was formerly known as McGOWAN school house, now West Lake Community Church, to hold a dedication service.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. RABURN, a daughter, on June 6. Her name is Harriet Elizabeth.
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Marriage Licenses Issued:
Mr. Stotz Daniel CULLIFER to Miss Edith M. MIDYETTE of Scranton—August 24 (Actual Hyde Co. marriage certificate states Statz Daniel CULLIFER married Cora Gertrude MIDYETTE on August. 27, 1933 at Scranton, N.C.)
Mr. Daniel CUTHRELL to Miss Mabel ROSE of Engelhard—August 30
Many will be interested to know that Professor J.W. HEATH is to be married September 16. Prof. was principal of Fairfield High School for 5 years. He is now at the Raleigh School of Commerce.
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. SWEATT of Cherryville announce the marriage of their daughter, Gladys, to Mr. G.P. CARR of Teachy. Mr. CARR was graduated from the University of North Carolina and for the past few years has been principal of Swan Quarter High School. Mr. and Mrs. CARR are making their home at Swan Quarter.
On the morning of July 17, 1933, friends and relatives of Captain Billy SPENCER were greatly shocked by his sudden death. He was found dead in bed. He was in good health seemingly but God saw fit to call him at this unexpected moment. Captain Billy, as he was known throughout his community and county, was born and reared in Hyde and spent most of his life at Rose Bay where his home was at the time of his death. For a number of years he operated a freight boat from Rose Bay to Washington, N.C. The latter part of his life he spent at home engaged in the mercantile business, farming and logging. The funeral service was conducted from his home by the Methodist pastor, Rev. W.G. LOWE, assisted by Rev. Roe HARRIS. He was buried in the BRIDGMAN graveyard. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie SPENCER; one daughter and five sons: Mrs. Lillian SHEPPARD, Macon SPENCER and Walter SPENCER, all of Swan Quarter, Billy SPENCER of Scranton, John SPENCER and Charlie SPENCER of Rocky Mount. His death is also mourned by six sisters, two brothers and three grandchildren.
We extend our sympathy to all who mourn the going of Mrs. W.C. COX of Washington, N.C., formerly of Lake Landing. She is the mother of Mrs. Dallas BRIDGMAN of Fairfield, Mrs. N.O. MARSHALL, Mrs. Cecil H. SAWYER and Mrs. Lloyd R. LATHAM, all of Washington, and Mrs. George H. SULLIVAN of Wilson. She had been sick for over two years.
Mrs. Lizzie GIBBS, widow of the late Mr. C.E.P. GIBBS, died at Engelhard August 15 and the funeral service was held by Rev. CHESTER. She was buried at Amity Church. Mrs. GIBBS had been ill for a good while. She leaves two sons, Mr. Closs GIBBS and Mr. Frank GIBBS. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” GIBBS was born March 2, 1855 and died August 14, 1933. She was the daughter of Joel SWINDELL and Sarah Mann BAUM. Her husband was Charles Ebenezer Pettigrew GIBBS. The death date differs from the newspaper article.]
On Sunday night, September 10, Mrs. Martha CLARK passed away. Services were held at Swan Quarter by Rev. W.G. LOWE and interment was made at Amity on September 11. She leaves two sons and two daughters. [In memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Martha Spencer CLARK was born November 12, 1848 and died September 10, 1933. She was the daughter of William D. BALLANCE and Mahalia G. SPENCER. Her husband was Edward M. CLARK.]
Mrs. Sam FISHER underwent an operation in Washington hospital, developed pneumonia, and died September 7. She leaves a husband and family to mourn her going. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER, JR. states Annie Juanita FISHER was born July 29, 1887 and died September 7, 1933. She was the daughter of Jacob Gaskill YOUNG and Juanita Thomas GOELET. Her husband was Samuel Morgan FISHER.]
A sad thing happened a few weeks ago when Mrs. Kenny JARVIS was starting a fire and, while pouring kerosene on the fire it ran up the stream into the can, exploding and setting her on fire. She jumped into a ditch of water to extinguish the flames. This happened on Friday morning about 7:30 and she died Saturday morning about 4:30 a.m. She would have been 49 years old October 2. She leaves to mourn her departure, a husband, Mr. Kenny JARVIS; two sisters, Mrs. Jess SADDLER and Mrs. C.B. WILLIAMS, both of Fairfield; two brothers, Earnold and Jennings McKINNEY of Fairfield. Also there were the following children: Malcolm JARVIS, Marietta JARVIS, Carl and Olion JARVIS, all of Sladesville.
The Atlantic Ice and Sea Food Company of Belhaven recently purchased a lot from Mr. Closs GIBBS on the canal leading out from Engelhard. Plans are to build a large warehouse to store sea food and ice. When the road from Swan Quarter to Engelhard is hard surfaced we look for other structures to go up.
Card of Thanks:
We wish to thank our friends for their service so willingly and freely given during the illness and death of our father and mother. [Signed: Mr. & Mrs. C.F. GIBBS]
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Alonzo BURNS (should be BURRUS) of Hatteras to Helen Williams of Ocracoke—September 9, 1933
Professor E.W. JOYNER to Mrs. Josephine Reed PARKER, both of Pantego—October 1, 1933
On September 15 and 16 a storm swept the eastern coast with winds 75-80 miles per hour, laying waste to houses, trees, barns and crops. Fairfield township was hit hardest of any section of Hyde. Hundreds of pecan trees were blown down, houses blown off blocks and school buildings injured. Sixteen lives were lost. Tide water was said to be 10 feet deep in Oriental and 6 feet in New Bern.
Recently it was the misfortune of Thomas SMITH to meet almost sudden death when a tree fell on him and crushed his spine. He lived for a few days at Duke Hospital at Durham. He was away engaged in forestry work. He was the son of the late Rev. S.T. SMITH. He was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church. While in camp, he won the love in interest of his captain. His salary had been raised 3 times. At the time of his death he was to receive $45.00 per month. Rev. Mr. LEE, his pastor, Rev. Roe HARRIS and Rev. J.C. GROCE held burial services. He was buried at Fairfield cemetery.
On October 12, after being ill for a couple of weeks, Mrs. John WILLIAMS of Belhaven, formerly of Currituck township, Hyde County, succumbed to death. She had a heart stroke and later developed pneumonia. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving are 9 children: Mrs. R.S. COX of Engelhard, Mrs. Minnie SCOTT and Miss Lillian WILLIAMS of Rocky Mount, Miss Dora WILLIAMS, Miss Jessie WILLIAMS, John Small, Bearman, Willis, and Sidney WILLIAMS, all of Belhaven. Interment was made in Belhaven cemetery. Services were held by Rev. W.F. WOODALL and Rev. E.W. DOWNUM.
Vol. 10; #11
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Vol. 10; #12
Chapter of Sorrow:
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the angel of death came for Mr. B.L. BRINN. He answers the call at the age of 78. He was a life-long resident of Hyde County. He leaves to mourn him, his wife, Mrs. B.L. BRINN of Engelhard; one brother, Mr. R.L. BRINN of Stumpy Point; four children: Mrs. T.L. BERRY, Mrs. Jones L. GIBBS, Mrs. Addie MIDYETTE and Mrs. Myrandia WILLIAMS; 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E.J. McKINNEY, a boy on August 25. They call him Curtis Conway McKINNEY.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Julian BLAKE, a daughter called Dorris Elaine BLAKE.
Marriage Licenses Issued: From December 1932-November 27, 1933 there were 98 licenses issued from Hyde County—49 white and 49 colored. Below are licenses issued since the last issue of this paper.
James W. AUSTIN to Miss Florence S. BALLANCE, both of Hatteras—October 21
Harry SAWYER to Miss Myrtle SPENCER, both of Scranton—Oct. 28
Dannie Clarence MORRIS to Miss Evelyn Lucille CUTLER, both of Washington, N.C.—November 3
Lensy M. GIBBS to Miss Emily SPENCER of Scranton—Nov. 25
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