for Hyde Co., NC
Eugene O'NEAL is passing out cigars this week. He is the father of a 8 & one-half pound boy born at Belhaven Community Hospital. (The Coastland Times -Friday, January 11, 1952)
IMPRESSIVE WEDDING AT ROSE BAY CHURCH
In a candlelight ceremony Sunday afternoon, January 6 at 4:30 in the Rose Bay Baptist Church Miss Marlene JENNETTE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. C.B. JENNETTE, became the bride of Corporal Jack EVERETTE, son of Mrs. Addie EVERETT of Pantego. The Rev. Oscar EDMONDS, pastor of the family, officiated at the double-ring ceremony in a traditional green and white setting. A program of nuptial music was presented by Mrs. Robert Glenn BAUM, organist, and Charlie JONES, soloist. The bride and groom entered the church together. Miss Arlene CAHOON of Raleigh was maid of honor. The bridegroom's brother, Millard EVERETTE of the U.S. Navy served as best man and the ushers were C.D. GIBBS and Billy EVERETTE. After a short wedding trip the couple will make their home in Pataluma, California where Cpl. EVERETTE is stationed. Mrs. EVERETTE graduated from Swan Quarter High School and attended Hardbarger's Secretarial School in Raleigh where she was employed in the State Health Department. Cpl. EVERETTE graduated from Pantego High School and is an alumnus of North Carolina State College in Raleigh, N.C. (The Coastland Times - Friday, January 11, 1952; pg. 3)
TENTH ANNIVERSARY CLASS REUNITES AT ENGELHARD
The 1941 graduating class of Engelhard High School held a 10th anniversary reunion at Engelhard Community Building on Christmas Eve night. Rev. Horace THOMPSON, husband of a class member, gave a prayer. The reunion was so enjoyed by all that it was decided to have another in 1956. Mr. & Mrs. P.D. MIDGETT, III entertained with several games and then holiday refreshments were served. Those attending with their families were: Mrs. Grove Watson McKINNEY, Pres., P.D. MIDGETT, III, Vice-Pres., Christine Fulford RAMON, Sec., Sunshine Harris MIDGETTE, Treas., Charlotte Marshall NEAL, Gilbert GIBBS, Verna Gibbs CARAWAN, Mary E. Midyette THOMPSON, Elizabeth Cahoon LYON, Dorothy DAVIS, Mildred M. GIBBS and David SELBY, class mascot. The flagpole in front of the school is a gift from the 1941 class. (The Coastland Times - Friday, January 11, 1952; pg. 8)
300 FRIENDS HONOR CREDLE'S ON FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Gratz CREDLE celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently with a reception for 300 friends and relatives in their Sladesville home. The guests were greeted at the door and asked to sign the guest book, then visited with Mr. & Mrs. CREDLE and other family members in the receiving line. Mr. and Mrs. CREDLE were married November 18, 1901 and have been lifelong residents of this area. The couple have four children and six grandchildren. Sons: Eugene CREDLE and wife Mabel and their children Jack, Kathryn, Hazel, Margaret and Fay of Sladesville; Edward CREDLE and wife Betty of Greenville. Daughters: Isabelle, now Mrs. J.V. BURKHART, and daughter; Margaret, now Mrs. W. Gordon SAUNDERS of Chicago. (The Coastland Times - Friday, January 11, 1952; pg. 8)
BURLINGTON GIRL WEDS CHARLES L. BURRUS
Miss Fannie Ida SUTTON, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William SUTTON of Burlington, and Charles Lindbergh BURRUS, son of Mr. & Mrs. William P. BURRUS of Engelhard, were married Saturday, December 15 in Burlington in First Christian Church by Rev. Henry E. ROBINSON. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a dress designed by her and made by her mother and grandmother. Miss Eloise SUTTON was her sister's maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Barbara Jean KIMREY of Burlington and Sheila Ann WHITE of Guilford College. Honorary bridesmaids were Miss Nancy Jean FUQUA of Burlington, Miss Sarah Ann WHITE of Guilford College, Mrs. R.E. PARTON of Graham and Mrs. Robert BURRUS of Richmond, Va. Sue SUTTON, the bride's niece, and Jimmy BURRUS, the groom's brother, were junior bridesmaid and usher. Robert BURRUS of Richmond, Va. was his brother's best man and ushering with the bride's brother were William SUTTON, JR., Waldo Lonnie DICKENS, Paul ROSSER and Wilburn McKINNEY, all of Elon College. The couple will make their home at Elon College following their wedding trip. The bride was graduated from Burlington High School and is employed at Western Electric. The groom is a senior at Elon College. (The Coastland Times - Friday, January 18, 1952; pg. 2)
GIRLS INJURED FRIDAY AS STUDEBAKER UPSETS
A Studebaker automobile driven by two Hyde County girls went out of control near Lake Landing Friday afternoon about 4:15, swung to the left and catapulted into the field of Emmett SADLER. The girls were Miss Alethia BLAKE, daughter of Matthew BLAKE, and a Miss RAYBURN of Swan Quarter. Tools and groceries spilled out of the car and a tub in which was 50 pound of ice flew some distance down the road on the hard surface. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 1, 1952; pg. 2)
THE WRECK OF THE "STEAMBOAT HOME"
by Walter Howard
Ocracoke Island the Scene of the Greatest Sea Disaster in History of NC Coast 115 Years Ago; A True Story of a 19th Century Tragedy as Compiled by Walter Howard of Ocracoke Island
When I was a small boy, I used to sit at night and listen to the older people tell of the shipwrecks along the coast of North Carolina, especially around Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island were I was born. "God help the sailors on a night like this!" was, and is to this day, a household saying in our section of the country.
Old Arcadia WILLIAMS, who has been dead these many years, is responsible for the tale I'm about to tell. We will call her "Kade" as that was her nickname. Kade "slept out"; what I mean by that is, she didn't sleep at home by herself, but always slept at some neighbor's house. Kade's people had been dead for years and she was all alone and afraid to sleep at home for fear, as she said, of being "taken with the miseries" and dying without anyone knowing about it.
Kade lived in an old house framed entirely from the beams of old shipwrecks. The rafters and sills still contained the bopper bolts and wooden pegs used in the original construction of some unfortunate derelict of the seas. The stairs was a companionway which had been salvaged from the square rigger. The clock over the fireplace had been designed for some "Queen of the Seas". There were wooden windows (as little glass was used in those days) and a wooden chimney which was always a source of wonder to me. I could never understand why it never caught on fire with so many sparks flying up its sooty exit, but it never did. Kade still did her cooking in the fireplace. The boys wanted to take up a collection to buy her a stove but she would have none of it. Her excuse was that old Ben Franklin was an infidel and that she would have none of his doings or inventions in her house, that the fireplace had been good enough for her folks and it would have to be good enough for her.
Kade could "cuss like a Turk" and woe be unto anyone who "ruffled" her feathers the wrong way, or should by any chance, be the recipient of her caustic, venomous tongue lashing. She is still remembered today for her biting wit and vitrolic sarcasm. Aside from those human weaknesses she was a good soul and didn't have an enemy in the world. As a story teller her equal has never been found, by the writer at least.
It was my good fortune that Kade stayed at our house for five consecutive years. Although she could not read or tell the time by the clock, her arrival and departure didn't vary thirty seconds. She also had the misfortune of being a cripple. She was a short, squat woman with a friendly, round face which boasted of countless fine wrinkles. She parted her hair in the center and drew it into a tight knot terminating in the nape of her neck where she fastened it with two wire nails whose protruding heads gave the appearance that a carpenter had been trying to hail her head fast to her body without any marked success.
In the Days of Red Flannels
She wore a suit of red flannel underwear, seven or eight underskirts and leg-of-mutton shirt waist buttoned down the front, a slat bonnet of a dark grayish material and a black dress whose hem always touched the ground. A cane made from a broom handle served the same purpose as a centerboard and at the same time accelerated locomotion.
A deep pocket was made on the inside of the outer dress for a snuff box which was a half-pound size baking powder can. Last but not least she wore a small checked apron with an additional pocket for her toothbrush. Not the kind of brush we use for scrubbing our teeth, as that art of hygiene and personal cleanliness was wholly unknown to her as it was to the rest of the Islanders. Kade's toothbrush was a small branch or twig from the black gum tree about ten or twelve inches long (varying, or course, in length at the user's discretion) of which the larger end was chewed for an indefinite period of time until a mop had been formed in the shape of a whisk broom. This was then opened in the manner of a shaving brush and dipped into the sniff box until the proper amount of snuff had accumulated with the aid of saliva. Then the so-called toothbrush would be inserted into the mouth, and "seated" in the jaw forming a lump about the size of a goose egg, and giving the alarming appearance to the casual observer that she had concealed an inflated balloon in her cheek, or was suffering from a large wen? which had formed spontaneously on that side of her face. That filthy snuff dipping habit is still practiced today in this section of the island, although only by a few of the older people.
We were not allowed to speak during the time that this snuff dipping marathon was in progress, for fear we might upset the equilibrium of this pastime. Sometimes my grandmother would being her dipping just about the time Kade had finished hers, thereby prolonging the suspense out of pure cussedness. Finally the snuff dipping came to an end and Kade settled back in her chair and commenced the following narrative.
A Vivid Dream of Death
"It was in the fall of the year," she began, drawing the big cuspidor a little closer so as to get a better range for her spitting. "It was in October, a heavy Northeaster had been blowing for two days and getting worse by the hour. It never blew any harder nor rained any more since Noah's Ark. It blew that big oak down, Clarissa (turning to my grandmother), that stood to the eastward of our smokehouse, and those two red cedars that stood between our house and old Kit NEAL's place. Young'uns, I thought every gust of wind would be the last, as that old house of ours wasn't any too strong. It kept up for eight solid hours. Along about two o'clock that night Father Jack who had lain down upstairs, had a nightmare. Young'uns, he almost scared all hands of us to death. Brother Wid (short for Dinwiddie) pulled him out of bed and sister Beck (short for Rebecca) threw a pitcher of water in his face. During all this time, mind you, the wind and rain was roaring so loud we could hardly hear each other talk. Finally we brought him out of his fit and he told us his dream. He said he had dreamed of going down to the sea and beholding a terrible disaster with hundreds of people washed upon the sand and that he had picked up an infant only to discover it was drowned. As he stood there on the beach holding the child in his arms, the sea had turned itself into a horrible monster and was reaching out with clutching hands trying to grasp him and pull him in with the rest of the drowned."
While we were listening to this story, continued Kade, literally hair on end and mouth agape, there came a knocking at the door, and when brother Wid opened the door there stood as fine a figure of a drowned man as ever I laid eyes on. Before anyone had a chance to speak to him, he turned loose the door knob and pitched head foremost on the floor, landing about two feet from where I was sitting on a stool in the corner of the fireplace. The men folk managed to get him over by the fire and thaw him out. It was fully a half hour before he was able to speak. He told us that he had just washed ashore from a steamer that had struck the beach about five miles away and he believed everybody aboard was drowned. Upon reaching the beach, he had seen a dim light in the distance and had walked toward it until reaching the woods where he lost sight of it. He had groped around in the dark until he spied the light in our window. He said the steamer had sprung a leak after rounding Cape Hatteras and the captain had run her ashore in a futile effort to save the passengers and crew. Her name was the "Steamboat Home" bound from New York to Charleston with about 150 passengers aboard.
After his clothes had dried and we had given him some hot coffee and a bite to eat, he told us the whole story. He introduced himself as Mr. HUSSY and while we drew our chairs up close to him he told us this story.
The Voyage Begins
"We left New York Saturday," said Mr. HUSSY. The weather was pleasant and all on board appeared to enjoy in anticipation a delightful and prosperous passage. On leaving the wharf, cheerfulness appeared to fill the hearts and enliven the countenances of our floating community. Already conjectures had been hazarded as to the time of our arrival at the destined port and high hopes were entertained of an expeditious and pleasant voyage. Before six o'clock a check to these delusive expectations was occasioned by the boat being run aground on the Roamer Reef Shoal near Sandy Hook. It being ebb tide, it was found impossible to get off before the next flood; consequently the fires were allowed to burn out and the boat remained until the flood tide took her off, which was between ten and eleven o'clock at night, making the time of detention about four hours. As the weather was perfectly calm, it cannot reasonable be supposed that the boat could have received any material injury from this accident, for during the time that it remained aground it had no other motion than an occasional roll on the keel from side to side. The night continued pleasant.
The next morning (Sunday) a moderate breeze prevailed from the northeast. The sails were spread before the wind, and the speed of the boat, already rapid, was much accelerated. All went on pleasantly till about noon when the wind had increased and the sea became rough. At sunset the wind blew heavily and continued to increase during the night. At daylight on Monday, it had become a gale.
During the night much complaint was made that the water came into the berths, and before the usual time of rising, some of the passengers had abandoned them on that account.
The sea raged frightfully from the violence of the gale, causing a general anxiety among the passengers. But still they appeared to rely on the skill and judgment of the captain and officers supposing that every exertion would be used on their part for the preservation of so many valuable lives entrusted to their care. Early on Monday land was discovered, nearly ahead, which, by many, was supposed to be False Cape on the Northern tip of Hatteras.
Ship Springs Leak
Soon after this discovery, the course of the boat was changed from southerly to southeasterly, which was the general course through the day, though with some occasional change. The condition of the boat now was truly alarming--it bent and twisted when struck by the wave as if the next one would rend it asunder, the panels of the ceiling were falling from their places and the hull, as if united by hinges, was bending against the feet of the braces. Throughout the day the rolling and pitching were so great that no cooking could be done on board.
As I have already stated, the boat was, during the day, on a southeasterly course and consequently in what is called the trough of the sea, as the wind was from the northeast. Late in the afternoon the boat was reported to be in 23 fathoms of water when the course was changed to a southwesterly. Soon after this it was observed that the course was again changed to northwesterly, when the awful truth burst upon us, that the boat must be filling, for we could imagine no other cause for this sudden change. This was but a momentary suspense, for within a few minutes all the passengers were called on to bail in order to prevent the boat from sinking.
Immediately all were employed, but with little effect, for notwithstanding the greatest exertions on the part of the passengers, including even many of the ladies, the water was rapidly increasing, and gave the most conclusive evidence that unless we reached the shore within a few hours, the boat must sink at sea, and probably not a soul left to communicate the heart-rending intelligence to bereaved and disconsolate friends.
Soon after the boat was headed towards the land, the water had increased so much so as to reach the fire under the boilers and it was soon extinguished. Gloomy indeed was the prospect before us, with about 130 person in a sinking boat far out at sea on a dark and tempestuous night, with no other dependence for reaching the shore than a few small and tattered sails; our condition might be considered tragic. But with all these disheartening circumstances, hope, delusive hope, still supported us.
Women Were Lashed to the Boats
Although it was evident that we must soon sink, and our progress toward the land was slow, still we cherished the expectation that the boat would finally be run ashore and thus most of us be delivered from a watery grave
Early in the afternoon the ladies had been provided with strips of blanket that they might be lashed to such parts of the boat as could afford the greatest probability of safety.
In this condition and with these expectations, we gradually, but with a motion nearly imperceptible, approached what to many of us was an untried and almost an unknown shore. At about eleven o'clock those that had been employed in bailing were compelled to leave the cabin as the boat had sunk until the deck was nearly level with the waters and it appeared too probable that all would soon be swallowed up by the foaming waves. The heaving of the lead indicated an approach to shore.
Soon was the cheering intelligence of land -- land announced by those on the lookout. This, for a moment, aroused the sinking energies of all when a general bustle ensued, in the hasty, but trifling preparations that could be made for safety as soon as the boat should strike. But what were the feelings of an anxious multitude, when instead of land, a range of angry breakers were visible just ahead, and land, if it could be seen at all, was but half perceptible in the distance far beyond.
No One Would Listen to Reason
As every particular is a matter of interest, especially to those of us who had friends and relatives on board, it may not be improper to state that one individual urged the propriety of lowering the small boats and putting the ladies and children into them for safety with suitable persons to manage them before we struck the breakers. Bt this arrangement, had it been effected, it is believed that the boats might have ridden out the gale during the night and have been rescued in the morning by passing vessels and thus all, or nearly all, have been saved. But few supported this proposition and it could not be done without the prompt interference of those who had authority to command and who must be obeyed.
Immediately before we struck, one or two passengers, aided by some of the seamen, attempted to seek safety in one of the boats at the quarter deck when a breaker struck it, swept it from the davits and carried with it a seaman who was instantly lost.
A similar attempt was made to launch the long-boat from the upper deck by the chief mate, Mr. MATTHEWS, and others. It was filled with several passengers and some of the crew but as we were already within the verge of the breakers, this boat shared the fate of the other, and all on board, about ten in number, perished.
Now commenced the most heart-rending scene of all. Wives clinging to husband, children to parents and women who were without protectors seeking aid from the arm of a stranger, all awaiting the results of the next moment, which might bring with it either life or death. Though an intense feeling of anxiety must, at this time, have filled every breast, yet not a shriek was heard nor was there any extraordinary exclamation of excitement or alarm.
Death Rode the Waves
A slight agitation was, however, apparent in the general circle. Some few hurried from one part of the boat to another seeking a place of greater safety. Yet most, and particularly those who had the charge of wives and children, remained quiet and calm observers of the scene before them. The boat, at length strikes--it stops--and is as motionless as a bar of lead. A momentary pause follows as if the angel of death shrunk from so dreadful a work of slaughter. But soon the work of destruction commenced. A breaker with a deafening crash swept over the boat carrying its unfortunate victims into the deep. At the same time a simultaneous rush was made towards the bow of the boat. The forward deck was covered. Another breaker came with irresistible force and all within its sweep disappeared. Our number was now frightfully reduced. The roaring of the waters, together with the dreadful crash of breaking timbers, surpassed the power of description.
Some of the remaining passengers sought shelter from the encroaching dangers by retreating to the passage on the lee side of the boat that lead from the after to the forward decks, as if to be as far as possible from the grasp of death.
The destruction of the boat and loss of life was doubtless much more rapid than it otherwise would have been from the circumstance of the boat keeling to windward and the deck, which was nearly level with the water, forming an inclined plane upon which the waves broke with their full force. A large portion of those who rushed into this passage were ladies and children with a few gentlemen who had charge of them. The crowd was so dense that many were in danger of being crushed by the irresistible pressure. This passage contained perhaps thirty or more persons consisting of men, women and children with no apparent possibility of escape. Enclosed within a narrow aperture over which was the deck, and both ends of which were completely closed by the fragments of the boat and the rushing of the waves. While thus shut up, death appeared inevitable.
Already both decks were swept of everything that was on them. The dining cabin was entirely gone and everything belonging to the quarter deck was completely stripped away, leaving not even a stanchion or particle of the bulwarks. All this was the work of about five minutes.
Paddlewheel House Quickly Demolished
The starboard wheelhouse, and everything about it, were soon entirely demolished. As so much of the ceiling forward of the starboard wheel had fallen during the day from its place the waves soon found their way through all that remained to oppose them and were a few minutes time forcing deluges into the last retreat of those who had taken shelter in the passage already mentioned. Every wave made a frightful encroachment on our narrow limits and seemed to threaten us with immediate death. Hopeless as the condition of those thus hemmed in, yet still no a shriek was heard from them. One lady begged earnestly for someone to save her. In time of such alarm it is not strange that a helpless female should plead with earnestness for assistance from those who were about her.
Another scene witnessed at this trying hour was still more painful. A little boy, the son of Hardy B. CROOM of New Bern, N.C., was pleading with his father to save him but the unhappy father was too deeply absorbed in the other charges that rested upon him even to notice the imploring child. For at that time, as near as I could see from the darkness of the place, his wife hung upon one arm and his daughter of seventeen upon the other. He had one daughter besides, near the age of this little boy, but whether she had been washed overboard at that time I am not certain.
After remaining here some minutes the deck overhead was split open by the violence of the waves which allowed me an opportunity of climbing out. This I instantly did and assisted by wife through the same opening. As I had now left those below, I am unable to say how they were lost as that part of the boat was very soon completely destroyed, their further sufferings could not have been much more prolonged.
A Scene of Terror
We were now in a situation which, from the time the boat struck, we had considered as the most safe and had endeavored to attain. Here we resolved to await our uncertain fate. From this place we could see the encroachment of the devouring waves, everyone of which reduced our thinned numbers and swept with it parts of our crumbling boat. For several hours previous, the gale had been sensibly abating. For a moment the pale moon broke through the dispersing clouds as if to witness this scene of terror and destruction and to show the horror-stricken victims the fate that awaited them.
While the moon yet shone, three men were seen to rush from the middle to the stern of the boat. A wave came rushing on. It passed over the deck and only one of the three was left. He had barely time to reach a large timber to which he clung when this wave struck him--and he too was missing. As the wave passed away the head of two of these men were seen above the water but they appeared to make no effort to swim. The probability is that the violence with which they were hurled into the sea disabled them. They sunk to rise no more.
During this time, Mr. LOVEGREEN of Charleston continued to ring the ship's bell which added to the gloom. It sounded like a funeral knell over the departed dead. Never before perhaps was a bell tolled at such a funeral as this.
Afloat on a Raft
While in this situation and reflecting on the necessity of being always prepared for the realities of eternity, our attention was arrested by the appearance of a lady climbing up on the outside of the boat abaft the wheel near where we were. Her head was barely above the deck on which we stood and she was holding to it in a most perilous manner. She implored help. I ran to her aid but was unable to raise her to the deck. Mr. WOODBURN of New York now came and with his assistance the lady was rescued. She was then lashed to a large piece of timber by the side of another lady. The former lady, Mrs. SHROEDER, was washed ashore on this piece of wreckage beside me. I had previously relinquished my place on the piece of wreckage and was compelled to get on a larger piece of the boat that lay near. This was almost immediately driven from its place into the breakers which instantly swept me from it and plunged me deep into the water. With some difficulty I gained the raft and continued to cling to this fragment as well as I could but was repeatedly washed from it, sometimes plunging deep into the water and coming up under it. After encountering all the difficulties that seemed possible to be borne, I was, at length, thrown on shore in an exhausted condition.
At the time I was driven from the boat there were but few left. Of these four washed ashore with me were Mrs. SHROEDER and Mrs. LOVEGREEN of Charleston, Mr. COHEN of Columbia, S.C. and Mr. VANDERACE of New York. On reaching the beach there was no appearance on inhabitants but after wandering some distance I saw your light and followed it. "I left the four I have mentioned sitting on the beach while I came to look for help." And thus Mr. HUSSY finished his story.
"While this man was telling his story", Kade continued, "someone in my family sneaked out of the house and gave the alarm that a steamer was ashore. "It wasn't very long before everybody knew about it and the whole population of the Island (about 300 people) turned out." "Men began to run by with lanterns and torches, screaming 'Wreck on the Beach' and 'Vessel Ashore'. All the men folk went down to the wreck that night. It happened about five miles up the beach at a spot called the "Hammock". As soon as the men arrived at the scene, they started to pull the drowned from the water. My father said that the last thing he found was a drowned child, the same as he had seen in his dream that very night. The following day was a sad day for this Island as well as for the survivors. The menfolk had worked from four o'clock that morning until sundown. Every piece of canvas was used to sew up the dead in for burial, as well as all the bed quilts that were donated by the people here on the Island. Most of the dead could not be identified and were buried just as they had been washed ashore with their clothing and jewelry on. Their hands had swollen so it was impossible to get the rings and bracelets off. Diamonds, pear necklaces and jewelry of all descriptions were buried with the bodies and still remain in the sand until this day." "These earrings," pointing with pride to her ears with the end of her toothbrush, "were taken from the body of one of the ladies who had washed up on the beach." "My mother had a complete outfit salvaged from an old trunk on the boat. It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. The owner must have been a very wealthy lady. My mother never would wear it. She hung it upstairs where she could look at it now and then until it rotted away."
Having now finished her story, Kade removed the toothbrush from her mouth, fired one parting shot at the spittoon, toddled over to the window, looked out into the darkness and said in a voice almost inaudible, "God help the sailors on a night like this." (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 1, 1951; pgs. 3 & 6)
[NOTE: It is highly unlikely that Arcade "Kade" Williams was witness to this tragic shipwreck although her father, John "Jack" Williams, certainly could have been. John W. "Jack" Williams was born about 1804 and died after 1860. He married Euphema Salter in 1827 and they had 9 children. Arcade was one of these children born about 1842, a full 5 years AFTER this wreck occurred. The 1850 census gives Arcade's age as 8 but the 1900 census states she was age 53 born in January 1847. In 1910 she is listed as age 63. She did live next to Christopher "Kit" O'Neal as she stated in this story. Arcade never married.]
HYDE MAN SLASHED, ROBBED IN VIRGINIA
Cecil SWINDELL of New Holland, who is employed as a watchman in Newport News, Va., was brutally slashed with a knife in the throat and robbed by a Negro wearing a soldier's uniform on the night of January 15. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 1, 1952; pg. 8)
HYDE MAN'S COW HAS TWINS BORN A WEEK APART
A calf a week for two weeks is a record of a cow owned by D.M. SWINK, well-known farmer of the Hydeland section of Hyde County. Mr. SWINK's Jersey cow gave birth to a calf Saturday, December 29th and the following Saturday the same cow had another calf. All doing fine. One a bull, the other a heifer. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 1, 1952; pg. 8)
Mr. & Mrs. Bryce CREDLE of Swan Quarter announce the birth of a daughter, Cora Sue, Saturday, January 26, 1952 at the Pungo Hospital in Behaven. Cora Sue is their second daughter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 1, 1952; pg. 8)
SWAN QUARTER NEGRO HURT BADLY ON 264
William B. HARRIS, a 33-year old colored man of Swan Quarter was severely injured last Sunday when the car he was driving on Highway 264 ran off the shoulder on the left side a short distance east of Douglas Cross Roads. HARRIS attempted to get the car back on the highway but it skidded and turned over. HARRIS was taken to Tayloe Hospital where it was said he has a broken back. The other occupants of the car, the driver's father, and his two-year old son, and Walter Willis, a 19-year old colored boy were uninjured. The car was completely demolished. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 8, 1952; pg. 2)
SLADESVILLE LEADER GOES TO REST SUNDAY
William Henry BERRY, 74, prominent merchant and leader of the Fortescue Creek section near Sladesville, Hyde County, died Friday at his home after a long illness. He was buried Sunday in the Beulah Church Cemetery nearby, services having been conducted from the home at 2 p.m. by Mark ALLIGOOD, minister of the Christian church. Despite bad weather, a large crowd attended. He was the son of the late Wm. W. and Mary Boomer BERRY of Hyde County. He is survived by an adopted son, Oscar BERRY of Scranton; a brother, John BERRY of Washington, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Fred HOOTEN of Washington; a sister, Mrs. Maggie SILVERTHORN of Norfolk. Pallbearers were Odia WILLIAMS, Harold SPENCER, Archie CARAWAN, Kenneth GRAY, Lloyd WILLIAMS and Harry SAWYER. The Berry Company funeral directors.
W.H. BERRY DEAD - William Henry BERRY, 76, died at his home Friday night after a long illness. At the time of his death he was keeping a small store. He also was engaged in logging and farming until his health compelled him to retire several years ago. He was married to Minnie SILVERTHORNE, June 1898, who survives him. Also one daughter, Mrs. Fred HOOTEN of Washington, N.C.; one son, Oscar BERRY; four grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Lizzie CLARK of Washington and Mrs. Maggie SILVERTHORNE of Norfolk; two brothers: John T. BERRY of Washington and Walt BERRY; several nieces and nephews. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 8, 1952; pg. 5 & 7) [NOTE: Both of these obituaries were in the same issue although they differ somewhat.]
Cora Lee & Connie MIDGETTE of Greenville visited their mother, Mrs. Ludie MIDGETTE on Saturday. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 15, 1952; pg. 5)
FORMER HYDE COUNTY COUPLE MARRIED 70 YEARS
Mr. & Mrs. Dayton Ralph MIDYETTE of Ashland, Va. celebrated their 70th anniversary on January 17, 1952. Mrs. MIDYETTE was the former Carolina WEBB, daughter of a Methodist minister of Hyde County. They were married at Lake Landing 70 years ago. Mr. MIDYETTE, now 91, and Mrs. MIDYETTE, 88, are still alert and active. They have 8 children. Mrs. Sallie SPENCER, a former Engelhard resident and now living in Washington, D.C., is a sister of Mr. MIDYETTE. Mrs. SPENCER is about 82 years old. The late John T. MIDYETTE, who died about 2 years ago, a brother, lived to the ripe old age of early 90's. His widow, Ellen MIDYETTE and daughter, Burnice, still live in the MIDYETTE homestead in Lake Landing. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 15, 1952; pg. 6)
LATHAM GIBBS BURIED AT SWAN QUARTER MONDAY
Funeral services for Latham GIBBS, 52, of Swan Quarter, were held Monday afternoon from Soule Methodist Church with the Rev. David M. LEWIS, pastor, assisted by the Rev. O.F. EDMONDS, officiating. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. Mr. GIBBS died in Tayloe Hospital in Washington on Thursday. He was ill for only a short time. Mr. GIBBS was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary A. GIBBS, and the following children: Mrs. Frank HARRIS of Chocowinity, Balford GIBBS of the U.S. Army in Germany, and Alfred, Peggy, Raymond, Dianitha and Bradley GIBBS, all of Swan Quarter; two grandchildren: Larry and Fletcher HARRIS; four brothers: Leland GIBBS of Scranton, Bland GIBBS of Ponzer, and Robert and Frank GIBBS of Swan Quarter; and two sisters: Mrs. Sam SADLER of Lake Landing and Mrs. Thos. BERRY of Hobucken. Active pallbearers were Russell SWINDELL, Ralph CUTHRELL, David DUNBAR, Gilbert CAHOON, Judy WILLIAMS, and John Franklin CAHOON. Honorary pallbearers were Theodore GIBBS, Guy SADLER, Carmel GIBBS, J.G. GIBBS, Alxin ARMSTRONG and Arthur Bell GIBBS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952; pg. 2)
CARLOS BERRY, PROMINENT SWAN QUARTER MAN, DIES
Carlos Randolph BERRY, 62, native of the Swan Quarter section and life-long resident of Hyde County, died Monday after a long illness. He was twice married, his first wife being Helen JARVIS, daughter of Capt. Foster JARVIS of Swan Quarter by whom two children were born: Carlos Jr. of Portsmouth, Va. and Mrs. Stacey LUPTON of Cherry Point. Besides these, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillie Mae Sadler BERRY; two small sons: Timothy and Richard; two brothers: John M. and R.W. BERRY; three sisters: Mrs. Eula HARRIS, Mrs. R.W. CAHOON of Swan Quarter and Miss Janie BERRY of Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted from Providence Methodist Church at Swan Quarter by Rev. D.M. LEWIS, assisted by a cousin, Rev. Alexander BERRY of the Virginia Conference. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. The Berry Company were funeral directors. Pallbearers were T.C. TUNNELL, Mack CUTRELL, S.R. WILLIAMS, Henry BOOMER, John LUPTON, and Leonard SMITH. Honorary pallbearers were Rufus SMITH, Dr. W.S. CANN, R.D. HARRIS, C.R. SADLER, W.W. WHEELER, B.W. WILLIAMS, Hubert WINDLEY and Cecil SADLER. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952; pg. 2)
Miss Frances WATERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. WATERS of Belhaven, became the bride of Ralph G. CARAWAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie D. CARAWAN of Scranton, on February 14 at 6 p.m. at the Methodist parsonage in Swan Quarter, with Rev. D.M. LEWIS officiating. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952; pg. 4)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Mr. & Mrs. Alva O'NEAL and son David, visited relatives in Pinetown. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952)
Barbara MIDGETT is ill with pneumonia at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Elwood MIDGETT. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952)
Eugene MIDGETTE of Raleigh spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Franklin MIDGETTE. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 22, 1952)
OCRACOKE TO HAVE A JUSTICE OF PEACE
Hyde County's happy island of Ocracoke which has little to do with courts of the law, is going to have a Justice of the Peace, Harry WAHAB, who was retired from the Coast Guard service last September, has recently been appointed by the Governor, and is due to qualify before Clerk of Court Melvin SWINDELL at swan Quarter soon. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 29, 1952; pg. 1)
Mr. & Mrs. Robert FISHER of Norfolk announce the birth of a son, Robert J. who was born January 22, 1952 at Leigh Hospital. Mrs. FISHER if the former Miss Carita MIDGETT of Manteo. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 29, 1952)
H.W. O'NEAL recently returned to Washington, D.C. after spending a week with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. I.W. O'NEAL. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 29, 1952)
ENGELHARD'S JOHN O. GIBBS 90 YEARS OLD TUESDAY
One of the most active men for his age in Hyde County and a man with a remarkable memory is John O. GIBBS of Engelhard who was 90 years old Tuesday. Mr. GIBBS may be seen any day, and late at night, visiting around the stores. He is a very popular man in his community and well-remembered by all the traveling men who visit his town. Among his children are Herman GIBBS of Manns Harbor and Emmett GIBBS of Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 29, 1952; pg. 7)
SWAN QUARTER WOMAN'S FATHER PASSES AT TROY
Rufus B. FINISON, 71, died Sunday morning at the Veteran Hospital in Fayetteville. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and after his discharge settled at Ramseur. He moved to Troy in 1927 and was engaged in the automobile business. He was appointed superintendent of the Troy Prison Camp and served there until his retirement in 1950. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Troy Rotary Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by four sons: J.H. FINISON of Greensboro, E.M. FINISON of Albemarle, W.F. FINISON of Raleigh and B.F. FINISON of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters: Mrs. David GUY of Margarettsville and Mrs. W.H. PRUDEN of Swan Quarter. The funeral was conducted Monday at 2:30 at the First Baptist Church of Troy. Burial was in the Ramseur Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 29, 1952; pg. 8)
END COMES THURS. FOR WELL-KNOWN SALESMAN
Charles R. FULCHER, 66, of Manns Harbor, one of the best known salesmen along the North Carolina coast for many years, died Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray IVES, in Elizabeth City following a severe illness of several months. He had been in poor health for several years and was first stricken about four years ago while on a visit to Hatteras campaigning for Governor SCOTT. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Red Men and the Ruritan Clubs of Manns Harbor. He had served as Sunday School Superintendent, helped in the choir, and took part in all community endeavors. He had made his home variously in Elizabeth City, Manteo, Engelhard and in Manns Harbor where he ran a store business for some time. He had traveled for wholesale grocers and wholesale fish dealers, and for several years worked for Jones Wholesale Co. in Manteo. His parents were the late Stanford L. and Cynthia Tillett FULCHER of Manns Harbor. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Burrus FULCHER; two daughters: Mrs. IVES and Mrs. Russell LANGLEY of Norfolk; and by one son, Woodrow T. FULCHER of the Coast Guard now stationed in California. Also by three sisters: Mrs. Allan GIBBS of Elizabeth City, Mrs. Elma MANN of Manteo and Mrs. Fred JOHNSON of Manns Harbor; several grandchildren, nephews and nieces. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 7, 1952; pg. 1)
MRS. CARRIE GIBBS
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Owens GIBBS, who died Saturday morning early, were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home at Point Harbor by the Rev. J. BYERLY, pastor of the Powells Point Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev. G. C. BLAND, pastor of the Powells Point Christian Church. Mrs. GIBBS was the wife of Carlton GIBBS, a native of Hyde County now residing at Point Harbor. Members of the Powells Point Baptist Church choir sang "Kneel at the Cross", "Lead Me On" and "He'll Understand and Say Well Don", accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Virginia PARKER. The casket was covered by a pall of red and white carnations and fern. Pallbearers were T.G. GRIGGS, Edward GRIGGS, J.G. TWIFORD, Rudolph TWIFORD, Walton GRIGGS and Lloyd HARRIS. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Point Harbor. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 7, 1952; pg. 1)
MRS. RUBY B. TWIFORD OF STUMPY POINT DIES
Mrs. Ruby Berry TWIFORD, wife of Murrell Twiford of Stumpy Point, died after a long illness Monday morning in Norfolk. The family has been residing there for several months. She was the daughter of the late Bob BERRY of Hyde County and besides her husband, she leaves four children: Mrs. Erlene JORDAN, Essie, Elizabeth and Grady TWIFORD. Funeral services were conducted at Stumpy Point Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the community cemetery. The Berry Company of Swan Quarter directors. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 7, 1952; pg. 1)
BELHAVEN-HYDE BOYS NOW SERVING IN KOREA
Pfc. Allan W. BALLANCE of Fairfield, N.C. and Pfc. James F. BALL, JR. of Washington, N.C., are among the first member of the 40th Infantry Division to be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, symbol of the front line fighting man, since the unit's arrival in Korea. The badge shows a miniature Revolutionary War flintlock rifle mounted against a blue rectangle which is surrounded by a wreath. The 40th, a National Guard unit from southern California, was the first organization of its kind to arrive overseas after the start of the Korean conflict. It trained for 18 months in Japan before it was committed to Korea in January. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 21, 1952; pg. 1)
SWAN QUARTER BOY BACK FROM GREENLAND
Robert G. BERRY, BTFN, USN, whose home address is Swan Quarter, who is now serving aboard the destroyer USS Hank which at present is part of a U.S. Navy Task Force, recently returned from a successful supply expedition to a theoretical base on the southern tip of Greenland. The minor cold weather exercise commenced at Norfolk, Virginia on January 21, 1952. The exercise provided fleet units an opportunity to test the latest in cold weather weapons and equipment as well as the newest improvements in foul weather clothing. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 21, 1952; pg. 1)
AGED LADY ILL
Mrs. Hopey W. McKINNEY, Engelhard native, who was 90 years old on December 20th, is reported critically ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellis HODGES of Granby St., Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 21, 1952; pg. 1)
AGED LADY DIES IN NORFOLK TUESDAY
Mrs. Hopie McKINNEY, 90 years old, died Tuesday in Norfolk where she made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Ellis HODGES. She is survived also by another daughter, Mrs. Preston JONES of Swan Quarter; and three sons: John of Elizabeth City, Lonnie of Engelhard and Aubert of Middleton. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 11, 1952; pg. 7)
Mrs. Bertha RESPESS and brother, Randolph BERRY, have returned from Norfolk and Stumpy Point where they were called because of the death and burial of this sister, Mrs. Ruby TWIFORD, wife of Murrel TWIFORD. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 21, 1952; pg. 2)
PROMINENT ROSE BAY WOMAN DIES SUNDAY
Mrs. Jennie Sawyer SWINDELL, 67, widow of the late Willie SWINDELL of Rose Bay in Hyde County, and the daughter of the late Eben and Emmie SAWYER, died Sunday morning, March 16, at her home. She left one brother, Alton SAWYER, who made his home with her. She is survived by three step-children: A.D. SWINDELL of Pantego, Willie SWINDELL, Christian minister of South Carolina, and Mrs. Mollie HODGES of Swan Quarter. She was a lifelong resident of Rose Bay and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The Baptist pastor, Rev. Oscar EDMONDS conducted the funeral at 3 p.m. Monday at Mt. Olive Christian Church. He was assisted by her step-son, Willie SWINDELL, and Mr. ALLIGOOD, the Mt. Olive pastor. Interment was in the churchyard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 21, 1952; pg. 8)
MIDDLETOWN SOLDIER DECORATED IN KOREA
Cpl. Charles R. BALLANCE of Middletown, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, symbol of the front line fighting man, while with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea. The bade shows a miniature Revolutionary War flintlock rifle mounted against a blie rectangle. A silver wreath extends across the bottom and up the sides of the badge. The 40th, from Southern California, was the first National Guard division to arrive overseas after the start of the Korean War. The unit trained for 16 months in Japan before it was committed to Korea in January. BALLANCE is a member of Company B of the 223rd Infantry Regiment. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 28, 1952; pg. 4)
PARTY HONORS BRINN ON 72nd BIRTHDAY
Sam T. BRINN of Engelhard, celebrated his 72nd birthday on Sunday, March 16th. A party was given in his honor by his children. Hot chocolate and assorted cookies were served. Guests attending were the family and a few very near neighbors and friend who expressed appreciation for the many lovely gifts. Mr. BRINN has been confined to his bed since May 1950. His wife was very happy and grateful over the occasion. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 28, 1952; pg. 5)
AGED NATIVE OF HYDE DIES IN RANSOMVILLE
Mrs. Elizabeth B. TETTERTON, age 79, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. C.B. PAUL of Ransomville, Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. TETTERTON had been in failing health for the past several years. She was born in Hyde County, daughter of the late Isaiah and Fannie Saunderson SADLER and was a member of the First Methodist Church of Washington. Surviving other than her sister, Mrs. Mildred L. PAUL of Ransomville, is one brother, U.S. SADLER of New Bern. Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Thursday morning from the Cherry Funeral Home, conducted by the rev. D.E. EARNHARDT. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery in Washington. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 4, 1952; pg. 2)
MRS. ESTHER SPENCER DIES AT OCRACOKE ISLAND
Mrs. Esther Simpson SPENCER, widow of the late Capt. Summers SPENCER, well-known dredge boat master in Carolina waters for many years, died at her home on Ocracoke Island early Wednesday. She had been ill for several months. Funeral rites were held on Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock with the Rev. W.Y. STEWARD officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Mrs. SPENCER is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Louisa SPENCER and Mrs. Velma SPENCER. Several nieces and nephews also survive on the island and in the Wilmington, Delaware area. One of her nieces, Mrs. Aycock BROWN of Manteo, and her daughter, Stormy Gale, attended the final rites. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 11, 1952; pg. 1)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. MARSHALL of Engelhard, a daughter, at the Columbia hospital, April 14. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 18, 1952; pg. 3)
Miss Cora Gray ARMSTRONG became the bride of Sgt. Donald Ray SPRING on Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 in the afternoon at her home in Fairfield. The vows were spoken to Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG, uncle of the bride, who used the double ring ceremony. Alvin ARMSTRONG, brother of the bride, was best man. The bride, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley N. ARMSTRONG of Fairfield, wore a navy suit with white accessories and a corsage of yellow roses. Sgt. SPRING is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee SPRING of Crafton, West Virginia. Sgt. SPRING is being released from the Marine Reserves and the couple will make their home in Clinton, Ohio. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 18, 1952; pg. 3)
A son, Pelege Dameron MIDGETT, IV, was born Monday night at Belhaven hospital to Mr. and Mrs. P.D. MIDGETT, III of Engelhard. Weighed 6 pounds. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 2, 1952; pg. 2)
MRS. ALTON BAUM DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs BAUM of Fairfield, formerly of Lake Landing in Hyde County, died in a Washington hospital after two years of illness at 1:30 Monday morning. She was 46 years old and a lifelong resident of Hyde County. She had lived for some time at Hatteras and Kitty Hawk during her husband's principalship of high schools in those communities and was popular and highly esteemed. She was the daughter of the late Walter W. and Nancy D. Watson GIBBS. She taught in the public schools of eastern North Carolina for many years and was a graduate of the Woman's College University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a member of the St. George's Episcopal Church at Lake Landing, a member of the St. George's Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Hyde County chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Walter Gibbs BAUM; and one daughter, Nancy Swindell BAUM, both of the home; one uncle, Dr. S.R. WATSON of Henderson, N.C.; one aunt, Mrs. Jim RICE of Black Creek, N.C. Funeral services were held at St. George's Episcopal Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 with the Rev. A.C.D. NOE officiating. Burial followed in the Fairfield Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Richard L. GIBBS, Horace GIBBS, John L. MANN, Armstead JENNETTE, Royden CLARKE, George T. DAVIS, Coleman DAVIS, and Lonnie O'NEAL. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. R.H. HACKLER, John S. BENNER and other members of the staff of the Tayloe Hospital, W.W. PAYNE, O.C. BALLANCE, Dr. Jim MANN, Leland DUDLEY, Charlie McKINNEY, Jim LEWIS, Guy T. SWINDELL, Nelson BANKS, David BRAME, C.O. JORDAN, and E.P. MARTIN. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 2, 1952; pg. 4)
EWELL GIBBS CELEBRATES 75th BIRTHDAY
A birthday dinner was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John MARSHALL on Sunday, April 27, honoring Mrs. MARSHALL's father, Ewell GIBBS, who was 75 years of age. Those present for the occasions were Mr. and Mrs. Nat GIBBS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GIBBS and family, D.A. GIBBS, all of Engelhard, Mr. and Mrs. I.F. JARVIS of Fairfield and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. PAUL of Rocky Mount. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 2, 1952; pg. 8)
BELOVED PONZER LADY CELEBRATES 70th SUNDAY
Mrs. Walter GIBBS celebrated her 70th birthday this past Sunday at the home in Ponzer. There were approximately 23 present for the dinner. Her children and grandchildren were there except one grandchild. They are as follows: Mr. & Mrs. Clay GIBBS and family of Engelhard, Mr. & Mrs. Earl DEAL and family of Ponzer, Mr. & Mrs. Clay DEAL and daughter of Norfolk, Va. A few friends were also present. She received several nice gifts. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 2, 1952; pg. 8)
ENGELHARD THREATENED BY FIRE AS GRAIN WAREHOUSE BURNS WITH $200,000 LOSS
A fire of undetermined origin which broke out Monday afternoon about 4:30 in the grain warehouse of R.L. GIBBS & Co. at Engelhard reduced the building with contents to ashes in a short time while 100 citizens formed a bucket brigade and put up a valiant fight to save the town. Meanwhile the fire departments of Belhaven rushed to the scene, despite waiting on the drawbridge over the inland waterway at Wilkerson, made the 51 miles trip in lass than an hour. The estimated loss may run to $200,000 with insufficient coverage. Destroyed was a large stock of seeds and grains, including some 20,000 bushels of seed soybeans. The offices of the company were destroyed, together with much valuable machinery and other equipment. Before equipment from Belhaven reached the scene, more equipment was on the way from Washington, Columbia and Manteo, and departments of all three towns found the Belhaven department set up and playing five streams of water at strategic points to stop further spreading of the fire. A southerly wind made quick work of the warehouse while citizens of the community were organizing a brave and effective fight with water pumps at the Pamlico Power and Light Company plant. The wind veered to the southwest which aided the fighters. Scores of fires touched off other buildings but these were quenched by the citizens. The engine's arrival from Belhaven got the fire under safe control and equipment of other towns made the victory doubly sure. The vast quantity of beans continued to burn for the past three days. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 1)
BUELL CAROWAN, PROMINENT MAN OF PANTEGO, DIES
Buell G. CAROWAN, who was born 67 years ago near Juniper Bay in Hyde, and who moved to Beaufort County and achieved considerable success as a farmer and businessman, died Monday at 7 p.m. in a Washington hospital. At the time of his death he was a member of the Beaufort County Board of Elections. He had suffered several days critical illness. He was born the son of the late Jasper B. and Dorcas Potter CAROWAN. He was married to Miss Lillian SPENCER of Pantego in 1910 who survived with a son, B.G. CAROWAN, JR. of Pantego; eight daughters: Mrs. Ebbie GAYLORD, Mrs. D.W. ALLEN, Mrs. Howard ALLEN, all of Pantego, Mrs. Oscar T. GRICE of Wilson, Mrs. Marshall RADCLIFF and Mrs. M.E. KIRBY of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Leamon ALLEN of Pungo, and Mrs. Latham COPELAND of Plymouth; two brothers: Clarence B. CAROWAN of Pantego and Hilton T. CAROWAN of Apopka, Florida; three sisters [only 2 named]: Mrs. Elmer WINFIELD and Mrs. Ada BARNES of Pantego. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the home conducted by the Rev. W.B. HARRINGTON of Williamston, and burial was in Oakdale Cemetery in Washington. Active pallbearers were Ray O'NEAL, C.B. CAROWAN, JR., Leslie WINFIELD, Preston LANGLEY, JR., Billy Gibson SPENCER, and William Earl SPENCER. Honorary pallbearers were: John WILKINSON, J.D. PAUL, Dr. Clark RODMAN, Dr. R.H. HACKLER, John RADCLIFF, Clarence ALLEN, Dan BERRY, Thomas WHITE, Leon JOHNSON, Pete CLARK, F.L. VOLIVA, Zeno RADCLIFF and all his many friends. Mr. CAROWAN was a Republican leader, a delegate to the National Convention in 1940, and a former member of the N.C. Republican Executive Committee. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 5)
PORTRAIT OF HYDE NATIVE GIVEN TO BEAUFORT COUNTY
The late Clay CARTER was for 45 years a distinguished member of the Beaufort County Bar. He was born at Fairfield and died October 6, 1950. Monday of this week, a painting of Mr. CARTER was unveiled in the Beaufort County courthouse, presented in a short ceremony by W.B. RODMAN and accepted by Junius D. GRIMES, president of the Beaufort County Bar Association. Judge Chester MORRIS presided. Mildred McMullan RUMLEY, the artist of Washington Park, has been highly praised for the likeness of Mr. CARTER she created on the three-quarter size portrait which is now hung on the courtroom wall. This gifted local artist has studied under notable art teachers and is famed for her work. Mr. CARTER was married to the former Lucille NICHOLSON of Washington. He was the father of Washington attorney William B. CARTER, Sam Tim CARTER, Mrs. Andrew TAYLOR of Washington, Mrs. Sam MORDECAI of Raleigh and Mrs. Robert CURRIE, formerly of Greensboro. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 5)
LESLIE O'NEAL FAMILY REUNION ON SUNDAY AT NEW HOLLAND
The Leslie O'NEAL family had an almost 100% reunion Sunday, save for one daughter, Mrs. D.B. WATSON, who is with her husband in Trinidad. Jack O'NEAL of the Army is back home from England with his British-born wife and their four children, two of whom are British-born. He will now be stationed in Ohio. His son, Dempsey, and son Bill and family from Norfolk were home, and daughter, Mrs. Thad EASON and husband and two children from Wilmington attended. The other son, Dick O'NEAL from New Holland was present. After enjoying the day with his family, Mr. O'NEAL continued with his plans for the racing season and this week is off to the races with his new fast horse. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 6)
SWAN QUARTER BLACKSMITH CARED FOR IN NORFOLK
One of Swan Quarter's beloved men is Orland JARVIS, the village blacksmith who some months ago was suddenly paralyzed and fell upon the good offices of his friends and neighbors. Capt. Fenner CHERRY made the rounds of the community and collected a considerable sum to give him hospital treatment in Belhaven. While Mr. JARVIS will continue helpless, he retains his faculties of mind and speech and is now being cared for by friends in Norfolk, Va. His heart overflows with gratitude for the kindness given him. Through these columns he conveys his appreciation. "I am extremely thankful and wish God's richest blessings upon all of them". He mentions especially his friends of Hyde County, Mrs. Lucy SMITH, the nurses and employees, and Dr. Ellis WINSTEAD of the Belhaven hospital. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 6)
BELHAVEN WOMAN IS COLLECTOR OF PITCHERS
Mrs. M.L. WINDLEY of Belhaven has a unique collection in her home--more than 200 pitchers of various sizes and shapes and from many lands. The collection started with a pitcher given her by her mother, Mrs. Ethel GIBBS of Scranton, a pitcher presented Mrs. GIBBS when she was 10 years old for not missing a word spelling during an entire year in school. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 7)
FATHER OF PASTOR AT SWAN QUARTER PASSES
The funeral services of William Wilson LEWIS of Chapanoke, father of Rev. D.M. LEWIS, pastor of the Swan Quarter-Fairfield charge, was held Sunday, May 4 at 4 o'clock at the Oak Grove Methodist Church of which he was a member. The Rev. R.W. JAMIESON officiated. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The ones attending the funeral from Rev. LEWIS' charge were: Mr. and Mrs. Claude BONNER, Miss Lona BONNER, Mrs. John H. SWINDELL, Mrs. Earl HARRIS, Mr. and Mrs. R.F. BAYNES, Mrs. and Mrs. H.L. BALLANCE and Mrs. P.C. SIMMONS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 9)
SWAN QUARTER NATIVE MISSISSIPPI CHURCHMAN
Many old friends and relatives of Ben CREDLE, now of Natchez, Mississippi, will be interested to learn that he was recently named president of the large Men's Club of the Grace Methodist Church of Natchez at an organizational meeting and supper. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nat CREDLE of Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 1, 1952; pg. 10)
BRITISH SEAMEN, VICTIMS OF WAR, SLEEP FAR FROM HOME ON OCRACOKE ISLAND
May is the month of Memorial Day and a time for decorating the resting places of revered and loved ones. Public ceremonies will be held at many of our National cemeteries where those who sacrificed their lives for their country are laid to rest. And although no such public ceremony will take place at the little British graveyard on Ocracoke Island, far away in England are those who will think lovingly of dear ones buried here and at other places along the Carolina Coast--victims of the intensive submarine attacks ten years ago in May 1942 when British and American ships were desperately patrolling off the Atlantic Coast. There are several wartime graves upon the Carolina Reefs bearing this May 1942 date. Some are identified; some are marked "Unknown". A grave at Cape Hatteras bears the inscription "Michael CAIRNS, May 7, 1942". CAIRNS was identified as one of the crew of the British San Delfino sunk by a German submarine 20 miles north of Diamond Lightship Station buoy in late April 1942. The ship was carrying high test gasoline from a Texas port to Liverpool. CAIRNS was the fourth engineer aboard his ship. At the same time other bodies, one identified as that of Maldwyn JONES, gun crewman, came ashore on Core Banks and were buried in Morehead City
The little British graveyard on Ocracoke Island contains four graves, two of which are marked "Unknown". A third bears the name of Lt. Thomas CUNNINGHAM; the fourth that of Stanly R. CRAIG, AB. The words "Royal Navy" and "Body found May 14, 1942" are inscribed on all four of the bronze plaques on concrete crosses erected at the time of burial. All bodies were identified as members of the crew of HMS Bedfordshire which disappeared with all aboard enroute from Norfolk to Morehead City, it's temporary home port. A body found at Cape Hatteras at about the same time was also identified as off the Bedfordshire, though the name of the sailor is unknown. Another body was found on a shoal far up Pamlico Sound and was buried at Swan Quarter. Rites at Ocracoke were held by the late Amasa FULCHER, prominent layman of the local Methodist church. A year later at Mrs. CUNNINGHAM's request, a Catholic service was held by the Navy Chaplain, then stationed here. Land for the British burials was given by Mrs. Alice WILLIAMS near the WILLIAMS family graveyard. Markers were made by the T.A. Loving Construction Co. then building the Navy Base nearby.
One Ocracoker, by strange coincidence, had talked with Lt. CUNNINGHAM a night or two before the Bedfordshire left Norfolk. They had met at a crowded table in a restaurant where Wahab HOWARD had told them something of Ocracoke Island. He had noticed the watch and signet ring on the hand of one. It was this same watch and ring together with a bank book found in his pocket that identified CUNNINGHAM as one of the victims of the submarine disaster. The Bedfordshire was due at Morehead City one day later but never reached that destination and none of its officers and crew lived to tell the story of its disaster. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 23, 1952; pg. 1 & 8)
M.C. McKINNEY OF ENGELHARD ORDAINED INTO MINISTRY
Morgan C. McKINNEY of Engelhard, young Atlantic Christian College student who serves congregations at four Christian churches, was ordained into the ministry at La Grange Sunday morning. McKINNEY, who will be graduating from A.C.C. this spring is the preacher for Southwest, Riverside, Cove City and La Grange Christian churches. Rev. Guy ELLIOTT, JR. offered the scripture reading. Invocation was brought by C.C. WARE of Wilson. The newly-ordained minister conducted the communion and pronounced the benediction. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 23, 1952; pg. 7)
TWISTER WRECKS HOUSES, FENCES IN HYDE COUNTY
If a super bomb fell on your home today, and utterly destroyed it, and you were spared to get out alive, it would be no more unexpected, nor more miraculous than what befell Mrs. and Mrs. Joe BRIDGMAN, a beloved Hyde County couple, Tuesday afternoon. Merrett BRIDGMAN, member of the Air Corp at Cherry Point, was in Swan Quarter Tuesday to attend to some business having to do with a piece of property. After lunch at O'Neal's Hotel, he announced that he was going to stop by and visit his parents who lived on the road between Rose Bay and Hodges Fork. It was a one and a half story house with beautiful old shade trees near it. When he got to the old home it was gone, showing signs of being removed. Some five or six hundred feet away were signs where a house had been torn down. It was a part of the floor of the old home. There was no sign of his parents. A small tornado had come through shortly before and moved the house. It was carried several hundred feet and set down, and completely smashed to pieces. Parts of it went several hundred feet away in a neighboring field. Mr. and Mrs. BRIDGMAN were badly shocked and bruised. Manning JENNETT, a neighbor, was first to their rescue and helped get the couple to the Belhaven hospital. On their way they found trees blown across the road at Rose Bay Creek. This twister began somewhere near Sladesville and roared its way for 15 miles, doing damage all along. Fortunately it crossed much water and open marsh and farm land but wherever it met resistance, it snapped off trees and peeled the foliage from limbs as smooth as a macerator in a pulpwood mill. It ended its course in the woods between Hodges Fork and Fairfield. In its path were thousands of dollars in damaged fences, outbuildings and the complete ruin of many beautiful shade trees. In Sladesville it tore up buildings and a new combine on the farm of Travis CREDLE on which live Clifton WILLIAMS. It damaged a car and tore up a barn belonging to Aubrey GIBBS. Near the Rose Bay section it tore up the smokehouse of David DUNBAR. It also destroyed the hen house of Manning JENNETT who lives near Mr. BRIDGMAN. The home of Thurman EVANS was listed among the damaged. (The Coastland Times - Friday, May 23, 1952; pg. 8)
BURRUS-SELBY VOWS TO BE SPOKEN ON SUNDAY, JUNE 15
The following invitation is extended to the public: Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee SELBY request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Camilla Lee, to Robert Benjamin BURRUS, JR. on Sunday, the fifteenth of June at half after two o'clock at Amity Church, Lake Landing, N.C. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 6, 1952; pg. 2) NOTE: A photo of the bride and a lengthy article about the marriage appeared in the June 20th addition on page 7.]
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Claud DAVIS of Asheville, a daughter, Mary Elaine, on May 31. Mrs. DAVIS is the former Miss Mary ROPER of Engelhard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 13, 1952; pg. 3)
HILDA SMITHWICK WEDS NAT WILLIAMS
Miss Hilda Elizabeth SMITHWICK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce SMITHWICK, and Nathaniel Ruben WILLIAMS, son of Mrs. Nita WILLIAMS and the late J.C. WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter, were married at 9 o'clock Sunday, June 15, at the Methodist parsonage in Swan Quarter. The double ring ceremony was conducted by Rev. D.M. LEWIS, pastor of Providence Methodist Church of Swan Quarter. Miss Audrey SMITHWICK of Swan Quarter was maid of honor. Others present were: Misses Odessa WILLIAMS, Carol WILLIAMS, Jean WILLIAMS, Bill COCHRAN, JR., D.E. TUNNELL and Bob BURRUS, JR. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 20, 1952; pg. 2)
Born at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven to Mr. and Mrs. Harry SAWYER of Scranton, June 11th, a boy named George Lewis, weight eight pounds, 11 1/4 ounces. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 20, 1952; pg. 5)
SCRANTON LOSES ONE OF ITS FINEST CITIZENS
The long and useful career of an outstanding man of Scranton, Hyde County, ended Wednesday morning in the death of William Hertford DUNBAR, 80, at six o'clock in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, where he had been taken following a heart attack the evening before. He was a prominent lumberman all of his life and successful in his work. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Margaret Gowen DUNBAR and the husband of Mrs. Julia Boyd DUNBAR and was a lifelong resident of his community. A community leader, he was highly respected throughout the county and was the head of an exceptional family. His surviving children are two sons: Keith and Kenneth DUNBAR of Scranton; four daughters: Mrs. Marshall HOLLOWELL of Aurora, Mrs. E.I. BING of Charlottesville, Mrs. Staten CREDLE and Mrs. John GRIFFIN of Scranton. A sister, Mrs. Blanche SATTERTHWAITE of Leechville; three brothers: Wheeler of Washington, N.C., J.H. of Elizabeth City and Eddie of Kinston. Funeral services were conducted at 4:00 Thursday afternoon at Mt. Olive Christian Church of which he was a lifelong member, by M.L. AMBROSE, and Russell M. SMITH, ministers. Pallbearers were his nephews. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 20, 1952; pg. 8)
GULROCK BOY CLAIMS BRIDE IN CALIFORNIA
Miss Donna Lee WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILLIAMS of Gardenia, California, near Los Angeles, became the bride of Leonard T. PUGH, JR., USN, in a candlelight ceremony in a Methodist church May 31. The double ring rites were performed by Rev. Earl W. ISBELL, pastor. The blonde bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs. Carol RICE of San Diego, California served as Matron of Honor. The bridegroom and his attendants serve in the Navy and all were in uniform. The 100 guests attending the rites tendered their best wished at a reception in the church parlors before the bride and groom left for a honeymoon in San Diego. They returned June 3 and spent a few days at the home of the bride's parents before leaving for Washington, D.C. where Leonard will be on shore duty for two years. This was the first extensive trip out of the state for the bride who is a native of California and graduate of Gardenia High School with the summer '51 class. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard T. PUGH of Gulrock. He is a graduate of Engelhard High School and has served in the U.S. Navy for four years. (The Coastland Times - Friday, June 27, 1952; pg. 8)
THOMAS B. HARRIS, 55, DIES IN SWAN QUARTER
Thomas B. HARRIS, 55 years old, died Saturday at his home in Swan Quarter after a long illness. He was the son of the late Thos. B. and Mrs. HARRIS and the husband of Mrs. Helen HARRIS. He is survived by his wife and two sons: Fred of Swan Quarter and Tom of Steadman, N.C., and a daughter, Mrs. John S. MIDGETT of Swan Quarter. Also 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10 a.m. by Rev. MacKENZIE, assisted by Rev. Oscar EDMONDS. The Berry Co. funeral directors. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 4, 1952; pg. 8)
(The Coastland Times - Friday, July 11, 1952; pg. 4)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry HARDING, a daughter, Emily Clifton, on June 24 at Winston-Salem. Mrs. HARDING was the former Helen ROPER of Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 11, 1952; pg. 8)
HYDE COUNTY WOMAN 101 YEARS OLD MONDAY
Mrs. W.S. JENNETTE, born 101 years ago at Lake Landing, celebrated her birthday with relatives in Elizabeth City on Monday, July 14. She was ten years old when the Civil War broke out and she remembers vividly incidents of the Federal campaign in Hyde. She has a son, Jones JENNETTE, merchant and farmer of Lake Landing, and two sons: W.H. and L.B. JENNETTE of Elizabeth City. She has a granddaughter, Mrs. Reginald BISHOP, living in Belhaven, with whom she had spent much time in recent years. Warren JENNETTE of Nags Head is a grandson of Mrs. JENNETTE. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 18, 1952; pg. 1)
ENGELHARD MAN'S FOOT SHOT OFF BY SON TUESDAY
There are numbers of Frank GIBBS' in Hyde County and all have nicknames to distinguish them apart. This Benjamin Franklin GIBBS is known as "Cutting Frank" because of knifing propensities in early life, and he lived on the North Lake Road. Tuesday night he was taken to Belhaven hospital with a badly shot foot. He told doctors he was hurt while rabbit hunting. The foot was shot so badly it had to be cut off. He is about 55 years old. The shooting occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sheriff Charlie CAHOON, who investigated the shooting, was told by son Gladford, 34, that his gun went off accidentally on the porch and wounded his father. Gladford had been drinking and his story didn't check with the load of BB shot the Sheriff found in GIBBS' sitting room floor. Gladford has been in court several times recently for drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Sheriff CAHOON locked him up again Tuesday night and continues with the investigation. Medical aid at Engelhard was not available. Dr. Henry J. LIVERMAN and Miss June LONG of Engelhard were married Saturday and the couple was away on their honeymoon. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 25, 1952; pg. 1)
SWAN QUARTER MAN IS KILLED BY AUTO NEAR ENGELHARD
Murrell Edward JONES, 42, native of Swan Quarter, died Friday night on the North Lake Road near Engelhard when his 1951 Chevrolet turned over, threw his out and crushed his body. His skull was crushed and he was badly lacerated. According to the wrist watch found on him by Sheriff Charles CAHOON, the mishap occurred at 10:52 p.m. Bobby GIBBS, 17-year old son of Frank GIBBS of Swan Quarter, escaped with severe cuts about the head and many bruises but his condition was not considered dangerous. Mr. JONES had left Washington in the afternoon and picked up the GIBBS boy who had intended to return home on the bus. Mr. JONES did not stop in Swan Quarter, however, but bought gas and continued on to Engelhard on business connected with the shrimp industry, and the boy accompanied him. He was an inspector with the State Commercial Fisheries Division. He was the son of Preston M. and Sophia McKinney JONES, and the husband of Mrs. Ina J. JONES. He is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. Herman SMITH of Washington, Mrs. Helen WINDLEY of Newport News, Va. and Mrs. Horace WISHART of Lumberton. The funeral was conducted from the home Sunday afternoon at 3:00 with the Rev. Mark WOOLARD, pastor of the Christian Church in charge, and assisted by Rev. David M. LEWIS, pastor of the Methodist Church. Burial followed in Soule Cemetery. There was a large attendance at the funeral and burial. Active pallbearers were: Arthur Bell HARRIS, Rouse LUPTON, Thomas CAHOON, Russell SWINDELL, D.A. ROUSE, and Charlie CAHOON. Honorary pallbearers were: Claude SAWYER, C.D. KIRKPATRICK, Norman WEBB, Ernest NELSON, Roy BROWN, Walter STOWE, U.G. WISE, R.M. CARAWAN, E.L. DILLON, Tom POPPERVILLE, D.V. BISHOP, Dr. W.S. CANN and D.E. TUNNELL. Mr. JONES has served as a mail carrier, and for two and a half years has been employed on the Fisheries Boat Ocracoke with Capt. Claude SAWYER, in all seven and a half years with the State. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 25, 1952; pg. 1 & 8)
MIDDLETOWN LOSES ONE OF ITS OLDEST RESIDENTS
Louis D. SWINDELL, who was 79 on Friday, died Saturday the 27th at his home near Middletown, Hyde County. He was the son of the late Dixon and Mary Fisher SWINDELL of Hyde County, and husband of Mrs. Florence Tankard SWINDELL. He is survived by two sons: Harvey of Snow Lake, Kansas and David of Middletown; one daughter, Miss Lassie (?) Lewis SWINDELL of Middletown; and his wife. The funeral was conducted Sunday at St. Georges Episcopal Church by Rev. A.C. D. NOE of Bath and interment was in St. Georges Cemetery. Pallbearers were Royden CLARK, R.L. GIBBS, Bill PAYNE, Tommy GIBBS, Clement MILLER and Jim NIXON. The Berry Company, funeral directors. Mr. SWINDELL had been a lifelong resident of Middletown. His father died when he was three months old. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 1, 1952; pg. 1)
MISS ANNIE LOUISE GASKILL WEDS EARL HILL GASKINS
In a ceremony lovely in its simplicity, Miss Annie Louise GASKILL, daughter of A. Thurston GASKILL and the late Mrs. Helen Williams GASKILL, and granddaughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. Bill GASKILL of Ocracoke, became the bride of Earl Hill GASKINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph GASKINS of Ocracoke, on Thursday night, July 17 at 8:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom EATON at 1717 Rhem Avenue, New Bern with Rev. John A. RUSSELL, pastor of Centenary Methodist Church, New Bern, officiating, using the single-ring ceremony. The couple, unattended, entered the room together. Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. EATON entertained at an informal reception at their home. Mr. and Mrs. GASKINS left for a wedding trip and upon their return will make their home at Ocracoke. Mrs. GASKINS graduated from Ocracoke High School with the class of 1952 and Mr. GASKINS graduated from Ocracoke High School and is stationed at the Ocracoke Lighthouse with the United States Coast Guard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 1, 1952; pg. 4)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. E. SPENCER of Washington, formerly of Engelhard, a son, Thos. E. SPENCER, JR., at the Fowle Memorial Hospital in Washington, August 8. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 15, 1952; pg. 8)
HYDE COLORED BOY KILLED IN BELHAVEN
Falling of concrete from the grain elevator being constructed in Belhaven was responsible for the death last Wednesday of Marvin GIBBS, 18 year old colored boy of Swan Quarter. His head and chest was crushed, causing instant death. Coroner Bonner PAUL reported the death accidental. GIBBS was employed by the contractors engaged in building the elevators. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 22, 1952; pg. 5)
RICHARD L. SADLER, AGED HYDE NATIVE DIES
Richard Luther SADLER, 80, died in Washington, N.C. at his home Saturday morning following a critical illness of seven weeks. He had been in failing health for several years. He was born in Hyde County, son of Richard T. SADLER and Mary Jones SADLER. He was a member of the Church of God. He was married to the former Alice O'NEAL who survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Clarence JEREMAN and Mrs. Ruby BEARD, both of Washington; two brothers: Jim SADLER of Washington and Bill SADLER of Belhaven; one sister, Mrs. Elian O'NEAL of Washington; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Church of God, conducted by the Rev. Mr. HARDY. Burial followed in Oakdale Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 22, 1952; pg. 10)
CARLOS GIBBS, JR. SENT TO RICHMOND HOSPITAL
Carlos GIBBS, JR., accountant with Latham Seed & Equipment Co. of Belhaven, was taken seriously ill Monday and sent to the Veteran Hospital in Richmond. Mr. GIBBS suffered a serious back injury during World War II. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos GIBBS of Scranton. Mr. GIBBS lives in Belhaven, is married and the father of three small children. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 12, 1952; pg. 5)
Mr. Thomas Vance JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland JONES of Fairfield, and Miss Myra Joyce BALLANCE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BALLANCE of Fairfield, were united in holy matrimony at Fairfield Methodist Church Sunday, September 7 at 4:00 by Rev. David M. LEWIS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 12, 1952; pg. 7)
JOE DANIELS, WANCHESE NATIVE, DIES SUDDENLY
Joe DANIELS, 48, former fish dealer and more recently a boatman of Norfolk, Va. for several years, died Tuesday afternoon following a heart attack at Engelhard. With his wife, the former Nellie CUTHRELL of Fairfield, he was enroute to Fairfield after visiting relatives on Roanoke Island. He was well known in Belhaven where he had been engaged in the fish business and he lived for several years at Stumpy Point. He was the son of Mrs. Evelina Mann DANIELS and the late Charles B. DANIELS of Wanchese. He was a member of Wanchese Masonic Lodge. Besides his mother and wife, he is survived by two children by a former marriage (not named); by four brothers: Cecil of California, Willie O., Paul M. and Carl D. DANIELS, all of Roanoke Island; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted at Fairfield Thursday. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 26, 1952; pg. 1)
MISS LOIS M. TUNNELL TO WED IN FAIRMONT
Mr. and Mrs. Carson Edward TUNNELL of Swan Quarter announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lois Meredith, to Grady Herring FLOYD Saturday, October 4 in the Laurinburg Methodist Church. Miss TUNNELL, who has been a teacher in the Fairmont School, is a graduate of Swan Quarter High School and Meredith College. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 26, 1952; pg. 3)
PANTEGO WOMAN DIES; INJURED NEAR ROPER
Mrs. Addie Adams WATSON, 67, of Pantego, was fatally injured Monday morning at 7:45 on Highway 64 one and a half miles west of Roper when the pickup truck in which she was riding turned over, pinning her under the truck. Mrs. WATSON, who had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. George E. BESS in Norfolk, was being driven to her home by Mr. BESS when the accident occurred. Coroner Jack HORNER of Plymouth investigated the accident and deemed an inquest unnecessary. Mrs. WATSON, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James ADAMS of Hyde County and wife of the late David WATSON, was a member of Mt. Olive Christian Church in Hyde County. Burial was at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mt. Olive Cemetery following funeral services conducted by Stafford DAVIS, a Christian minister of Waynesboro, Va. and native of Ponzer. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. BESS of Norfolk; two sons: Roy of Pantego and Preston Miller WATSON of Norfolk; one brother, Stanford ADAMS of Pantego; one half-brother, Dan of Chocowinity; two half-sisters: Mrs. Cora SEWELL of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Margaret PUGH of Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 26, 1952; pg. 6)
SWAN QUARTER BOY RECOMMEND AS PREACHING CANDIDATE
The last quarterly conference of the Swan Quarter-Fairfield charge met in Providence Methodist Church Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m. The budget was raised in full, and approximately $5000.00 has been raised for the improvement of the four churches. Soule Methodist Church had $2000.00 in a building fund and is expecting to build new church school rooms in the near future. Also a new Hammond organ has been installed this year. Merlin BERRY, son of Mr. and Mrs. John BERRY of Swan Quarter, was recommended to the District Conference for local preachers license in the Methodist Church. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 17, 1952; pg. 8)
HUNTING TRIP ENDS LIFE OF 13-YR. OLD BOY
Wherever there's a game and older men participate with great zeal in the sport of hunting, the coming generation will always grow up with the wish to emulate their elders, and to take part in the sport. Tragedy, from time to time for young and old, will be the result. It happened Friday in Swan Quarter when Glenn SADLER, 13, was accidentally wounded and died about an hour later in Belhaven hospital. His gun had gone off while he was dragging the butt end along on the ground. With Caesar HARRIS, also 13, a colored neighbor, he had gone hunting about a mile north of Swan Quarter. While dragging the gun on the ground, the hammer caught on a bush; the full load went into the boy's head. The HARRIS boy became frightened and ran out to the road, and State Highway employees nearby went to the scene and found the wounded boy. He was alive. Gilbert TUNNELL and Joe WILLIAMS, JR. took him to the hospital. Glenn was a 7th grade student in Swan Quarter High School. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie SADLER; two brothers: Larry and Gary SADLER; two sisters: Diana and Patsy Jo, all of the home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Allene SADLER; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George THOMPSON, all of Swan Quarter. Funeral services were held at Providence Methodist Church Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 24, 1952; pg. 1)
HYDE COUNTY NATIVE DIES IN CURRITUCK
Jeptha MASON, 71, a native of Hyde County, died in Moyock, Currituck County, Wednesday night at 11:15 after a long illness. He was the son of Dorset and Mary Equils MASON of Hyde County where he lived most of his life, but had been a resident of Currituck County for several years. He was the husband of the late Lillie Clements MASON and is survived by one son, H.T. MASON of Moyock; one step-daughter, Mrs. L.D. PAUL of Alliance; two step-sons: R.A. FLETCHER of South Norfolk and B.L. FLETCHER of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Zion MASON of Scranton, N.C.; a half-brother, Joe DAVIS of Columbia; and 9 grandchildren. He was a member of Burrows Memorial Baptist Church of Norfolk. Funeral services will be conducted in Elizabeth City Friday at the Roxey, Berry, Lynch Funeral Home at 2 p.m. by Rev. C.A. WILLIAMS, pastor of Providence Baptist Church of Shawboro. Burial will be in the Moyock Memorial Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 24, 1952; pg. 1)
TONY SPENCER'S STORE ROBBERY SOLVED BECAUSE OF DEAD TAIL LIGHT
Capt. R.S. (Tony) SPENCER, Engelhard's oldest merchant, was peacefully sawing wood Monday night when at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, three thieves broke into his store and robbed it of more than $500 worth of clothing which they carried away to Edenton in an automobile. Before store opening time Tuesday morning, officers were literally hammering on the door to get Mr. SPENCER to open up and take all his merchandise back. A burnt out tail light resulted in landing three young men in Swan Quarter jail where they await a hearing before Judge Joe SIMMONS on November 10th. They had made a full confession which means their case cannot be disposed of before next May court. Carroll Linwood GIBBS, 38 (?), native of Engelhard, who now claims Shawboro and Elizabeth City as his residence, Lawrence GRAY of Manteo, a native of Wanchese, and Edward BEACH, of Norfolk, have admitted the stealing. Leaving Madison BALLANCE's filling station where they stopped about 10 p.m. Monday for gas, they drove to Engelhard and by raising a window of Mr. SPENCER's store, right on the front of the building, went in and loaded their car with merchandise--mostly men's, women's and children's ready to wear of various kinds. They picked up a little bit of money from the cash register, probably $2. They drove on through Fairfield, Kilkenny, Columbia and to Edenton where a police officer stopped them because the tail light of their car was not burning. The officer also checked the driver of the car, GIBBS, as to his license to drive, and finding he had none and noticing the pile of clothing in the back seat, took them down to the station for questioning, where GIBBS told the whole story, which was denied by the others. After getting in touch with Sheriff Charlie CAHOON of Engelhard, arrangements were made to take the men to Hyde County and to restore the merchandise to Mr. SPENCER. Wednesday, admissions by all were made to the Sheriff. GIBBS is the son of the late Cassius GIBBS of Engelhard. He had been a more or less unstable character since a youth, according to reports of old neighbors. GRAY is employed as an automobile mechanic in Elizabeth City. He is married and is the son of W.B. GRAY of Wanchese. The case has renewed the clamor of Engelhard citizens for the employment of a full-time peace officer to protect the community. They contend that although they have the most populous area in the county, scene of more mercantile activity and floating population, they are suffering undue neglect at the hands of the county board in not giving them police protection. They have no law officer. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 31, 1952; pg. 1)
HYDE FARMER BURNED IN TRACTOR EXPLOSION
Hard Luck follows Wilbur Lee CREDLE, 24, of Sladesville, who last year lost part of his hand in a cut-off saw at Jeff CREDLE's mill. Saturday he got badly burned in an explosion which occurred while filling the gas tank of a tractor he was operating while the motor was running, and it caught fire from the exhaust. By rolling in the mud, he was able to extinguish his clothing. He was rushed to a doctor by Allen CREDLE. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 7, 1952; pg. 2)
MANY SAWS & HAMMERS RINGING AT ENGELHARD
Contractors and carpenters stay busy in and around Engelhard with building and repairing. Work has been started on a home for Mr. and Mrs. Guy GIBBS. R.S. SPENCER is having his property repaired and painted on Lazy Lane. R.S. COX and J.H. JARVIS are having their stores improved. John O. GIBBS is having work done on his home place. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. COX have recently moved into their new home on Engelhard-Washington highway. The R.L. GIBBS Co. has been building and expanding their place of business for some time to replace the damage done by fire several months ago. Plans are underway for a Baptist chapel to be made out of the old building on the lot, that hasn't been used for several years. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 7, 1952; pg. 2)
MARTIN WHITE, NATIVE OF HYDE, DIES
Funeral services for Martin V.B. WHITE of Denver, Colorado, were held Friday afternoon, October 24th at 2:00 at Amity Methodist Church, Lake Landing, N.C. He was born in Hyde County, son of Mrs. Rachel Hall WHITE and the late Martin V.B. WHITE of Middletown. The Rev. James H. PERNELL, pastor of Durham Memorial Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was in the family plot of the church cemetery. Member of Mattamuskeet Lodge #328, AF&AM, conducted graveside services. He was Past Master and present Secretary of Union Lodge #7 in Denver, Colorado. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters: Mrs. L.L. McKENNEY of Severna Park, Md. and Mrs. Karl F. BRANDT of Jacksonville, Florida; three brothers: Henry F. WHITE of Belhaven, W.O. WHITE of Durham and Harry L. WHITE of Durham. Mr. WHITE died suddenly in Severna Park, Md. while visiting his sister. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 7, 1952; pg. 6)
BOUND OVER TO MAY COURT FOR STORE BREAKING
Three young men were bound over Monday to the May term of Superior Court in Hyde County after being heard by Recorder's Judge Joe SIMMONS on a charge of breaking into the store of R.S. SPENCER of Engelhard on Monday night, October 27th. Their bonds were set at $500 each for appearance next May. One of the defendants, Lawrence GRAY, had furnished bond prior to the hearing. The value of the goods stolen was estimated at $500. The other two men were Carrol GIBBS, formerly of Engelhard, and Edward BEACH of Norfolk. They had no bond at the time of the trial. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 14, 1952; pg. 1)
ENGELHARD ROTARIANS BOOSTING P.D. MIDGETT
P.D. MIDGETT, JR., business man and community leader of Engelhard, is being advocated earnestly and vigorously by the Engelhard Rotary Club for District Governor of the 278th District in the coming year 1953-54. Mr. MIDGETT is well-known in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia for his whole-hearted civic work and general public spiritedness. He is the son of the late P.D. and Mattie MIDGETT of Wanchese where three sisters now reside. He had been a Rotarian for more than 20 years and was the prime organizer of the club at Engelhard where he established himself in business 18 years ago, pioneering in the development of an ice and electric light business which now served the greater part of the Hyde mainland, and part of Dare County, and of which he is president and manager. He graduated from Duke in 1922, taught school at Hatteras, worked for the University of North Carolina, the Durham Morning Herald, the Duke Power Company and the VEPCo at Suffolk where he was assistant sales manager prior to coming to Hyde County. His wife is the former Virginia BRITTAIN of Suffolk. Children are Martha and Bernard in the Engelhard School, P.D., III who is a Duke graduate and now associated with his father in business, and George, another Duke graduate who is with Duke Power Co. in Durham. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 14, 1952; pg. 1)
JENNETTE REUNION AT FORTESCUE'S CREEK
The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the late George Washington and Lydia Alcox JENNETTE held the third annual reunion at the home at Fortescue's Creek where Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd WILLIAMS now live. Mrs. WILLIAMS is one of the daughters. Eleven of the thirteen children were present, namely: Mrs. Jim BRINN and Mrs. CARROLL of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Lloyd WILLIAMS, Mrs. Odia WILLIAMS, Mrs. Dallas WILLIAMS, B.C. JENNETTE, Will Monroe [JENNETTE?] of Scranton, Mrs. Eddie SCHLISEN and Leon JENNETTE of Richmond, and Mrs. Fred SMITHWICK of Ponzer. Those unable to attend were George JENNETTE and Arthur JENNETTE of Norfolk. Sixteen of the 27 grandchildren were present: Rev. Burl BRINN, James BRINN, Mrs. Sidney SPENCER, Margaret BRINN, Ruby BRINN, Mrs. Rufus PITTMAN, Charlie JENNETTE, Mrs. John BLAKE, Victor and June JENNETTE, Barbara and Leon JENNETTE, JR., Ann and Bryce WILLIAMS, Leon Fred (Ten) SMITHWICK, Frances WAYNE and Lee WILLIAMS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 14, 1952; pg. 3)
PROMINENT HYDE LADY DIES AT SWAN QUARTER
Mrs. Alice B. SWINDELL, the mother of E.H. SWINDELL, died at her son's home at Swan Quarter at 3:30 Saturday morning following a lengthy illness. She was 79 years old. She was the oldest living member of Soule M.E. Church and was a member of a prominent Hyde County family. Her husband was the late Richard W. SWINDELL. Besides her son, she is survived by three brothers: Dan L. BERRY and B.H. BERRY of Swan Quarter, and J.E. BERRY of New Holland; four sisters: Mrs. Walter HARRIS of Belhaven, Misses Ella and Nell Grace BERRY of swan Quarter and Mrs. Eugene PITTMAN of Baltimore, Md.; two grandsons: Wade and Ralph SWINDELL; and one great-grandson. The funeral was conducted by the family pastor, Rev. D.M. LEWIS, from the home of her son, E.H. SWINDELL, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Burial followed in Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 14, 1952; pg. 4)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Latney HOOKER of New York, a daughter, Mary Jo, on November 11. Mr. HOOKER is the son of Mrs. Frank SWINDELL and the late Walter HOOKER of Engelhard.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BALLANCE, a son, Vernon Edward, on November 2. Mrs. BALLANCE is the former Elizabeth BURRUS of Engelhard and New York.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James GAUTIER of Dahlgren, Va., a son, on November 7. Mrs. GAUTIER is the former Nina BERRY of Engelhard and Washington, N.C.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LANCASTER of Vanceboro, a daughter, Barbara Ann, on November 8. Mrs. LANCASTER is the former Annie Weston PAYNE of Engelhard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 21, 1952; pg. 2)
FUNERAL RITES FOR B.J. MIDYETTE
Funeral services for Benjamin Jackson MIDYETTE of Middletown were held Friday afternoon at Amity Church, Rev. Mr. CONNER officiating. Mr. MIDYETTE passed away on Wednesday evening, November 12 at 6:30 at his home after suffering a stroke of paralysis several weeks ago. He was a highly esteemed farmer, a son of the late B.J. MIDYETTE of Hyde County and Beaufort County, and had spent his entire life on the farm of his ancestors. His wife died several years ago. he is survived by the following sons: Benjamin G. of Engelhard, Gerald M. of the U.S. Navy in California, and James E. of the home place; one daughter, Mrs. Horace THOMPSON of Colerain; one brother, Chas. MIDYETTE of New Bern; one sister, Mrs. E.C. ARMSTRONG of Engelhard; one grandchild, Mary Emily THOMPSON; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were John PAYNE, R.L. GIBBS, R.B. BALLANCE, Royden NEAL, Leon BALLANCE and Joseph SPENCER. Interment in Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 21, 1952; pg. 6)
GUNS TAKE LIFE AND INJURE TWO DURING WEEK
Firearms have taken a costly toll in the area during the week, the most serious mishap being the death of Daniel Webster SEARS, JR., 19-year old Fairfield boy who was accidentally killed while hunting near his home. He was found dead with a wound in the chest and was thought he had stumped a toe while crossing a canal bank.
On November 27th a hunter from Lumberton, Jack ASHLEY, went to pick up a gun by the end of the barrel, the trigger caught, and the load blew off the thumb and forefinger of the left hand. He was treated at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. He had been hunting with a party of friends, including some highway patrolman, near Fairfield.
On Saturday at Pantego, Susie SPENCER, a 12-year old girl suffered serious injuries when a gun in the hands of an 8-year old boy neighbor went off and punctured her liver, penetrated a kidney, and required a major operation in the Belhaven hospital, causing removal of her kidney and gall bladder. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. SPENCER of Pantego.
Young SEARS was the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. SEARS of Fairfield and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore B. GIBBS of Sladesville. He was buried in Fairfield following services conducted Wednesday by Rev. Edward SHARP, Episcopal rector in the Fairfield Church. Besides his parents he is survived by five sisters: Marie of Henderson, Marlin, Sara, Mary and Amanda; and a brother, Nathan, all of Fairfield. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 5, 1952; pg. 1)
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