for Hyde Co., NC
(July 1953 - Dec. 1953)
HYDE COUNTY COUPLE CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY
The presence as well as the gifts of many friends on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary attested the popularity and esteem in which Sheriff and Mrs. Charlie J. CAHOON of Hyde County are held. The couple held open house Tuesday night at their home in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 3, 1953; pg. 4)
Mr. & Mrs. Preston Jules GARRISH have a little son (not named) born June 25th at Morehead City Hospital. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 3, 1953; pg. 6)
SWAN QUARTER BIRTH
Mr. and Mrs. Wahab CAHOON of Swan Quarter announce the birth of a son, Thomas Wahab CAHOON, JR., on June 24th at the Tayloe Hospital in Washington. Mrs. CAHOON is the former Barbara ROBERTS of Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 3, 1953; pg. 7)
HYDE COUNTY AND DARE COUNTY MIDGETTS HOLD A REUNION
Buxton on Cape Hatteras, July 9---Sixty-three members of the Hyde County branch which spells its name with a "y" have concluded their annual family reunion here among their cousins who spell it with a "g" and Hatteras Island had more MIDYETT's and MIDGETT's on it than ever. The visitors came from 8 states and mingled with their cousins and a fabulous time was had by everyone-including the GRAYS, HOOPER's, SCARBOROUGH's and MEEKINS'. Mr. and Mrs. L.L. GIBBS, now residents of Buxton where Mr. GIBBS runs a sawmill and a seagoing pound net, were hosts to the visitors. Both are originally Hyde County people and Mrs. GIBBS used to be a MIDYETTE. Currently they are Tyrrell County residents. Headquarters for the gathering of the MIDYETT's was at the modern tourist courts operated by John HOOPER and by George FULLER. Among those signing the family register were: Mr. & Mrs. J.D. MIDYETTE, JR. and young son and daughter of Winston-Salem; Mr. & Mrs. Eugene S. MIDYETTE and Mrs. W.L. SPENCER of Raleigh; Mr. & Mrs. L.S. SPENCER, JR. and son Carl of Short Hills, N.J.; C.B. SPENCER and daughter Lynn of Portsmouth; Richard P. SPENCER of Palo Alto, California; Mr. & Mrs. Graham SPENCER and Graham Jr. of Danville, Va.; Mr. & Mrs. Gray STONE and daughters Cynthia and Barbara of Arlington; Mr. & Mrs. F.M. EDGERTON of Nashville; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph COX of Smithfield; Miss Isabel EDGERTON of Washington; Miss Gertrude EDGERTON of High Point; Mr. & Mrs. Payne H. MIDYETTE and daughter of Tallahassee, Florida; Mr. & Mrs. S.T. MIDYETTE and daughter and Mrs. John HEWITT and son, of Kinston; Mr. & Mrs. J.T. MIDYETTE and sons Johnny and Jay, of Bridgeport, Conn.; Mr. & Mrs. W.F. MIDYETTE and daughter Hartwell of Alabama. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 10, 1953; pg. 1)
PELEG DAMERON MIDGETT (photo)
Peleg Dameron MIDGETT of Engelhard, a Roanoke Islander who went away from home and has done pretty good for himself, as well as doing a lot of good for others, is coming to Manteo to visit and address the Rotary Club. (The Coastland Times -Friday, July 17, 1953; pg. 1)
The marriage of Evelyn McABEE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel A. STOWE of Manteo, to Jack McKINNEY, son of Mr. & Mrs. Willie McKINNEY of Engelhard, took place Tuesday morning, July 7th at 10:30 in the Baptist parsonage in Manteo. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Henry V. NAPIER. Witnesses present at the ceremony were Miss Ruby CREEF, Donald CLARK, and Mrs. Henry NAPIER, all of Manteo. (The Coastland Times - Friday, July 17, 1953; pg. 9)
Dr. W.S. CANN, who for some 5 years has practiced steadily and faithfully at Swan Quarter, and Mrs. CANN have recently moved to Windsor where Dr. CANN has become Health Officer of Bertie County. Engelhard now has the only resident doctor in Hyde County. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 7, 1953; pg. 1)
Rev. and Mrs. Moir EDWARDS and daughters Jean and Ann of Madison, have returned home after visiting her mother, Mrs. Sudie FARROW and her aunt, Mrs. Laura FARROW.
Mr. & Mrs. R.S. SPENCER, R.S. JR., and Mary Lee were visitors at Washington last week.
Carl FARROW has returned to Washington, D.C. after spending a week with Mrs. Laura FARROW and Mrs. Sudie FARROW.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave SWINDELL and Mr. & Mrs. Max MANN spent Wednesday in Belhaven and attended rites for Grady FUSSELL held at the Christian Church.
Mrs. Hugh SHIPMAN and children Sue and Milton of S.C., who have spent the past few months with Mr. & Mrs. C.F. GIBBS, returned home on Sunday.
Mrs. Janie SPENCER, Mrs. Madgaline MARSHALL, Edwin MILES and Jimmy SPENCER spent Sunday in Swan Quarter with Mr. & Mrs. E.L. GIBBS. (The Coastland Times -Friday, August 7, 1953; pg. 4)
Mr. & Mrs. Edward PRONOBIS and daughter Florence of Richmond, Va., spent their summer vacation with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Needham SIMPSON.
Miss Delores CULLIFER of Norfolk is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Laura BRAGG. Her aunt, Kathleen BRAGG, spent several days in Beaufort.
Friends of Capt. Gary BRAGG will regret to learn that he is again hospitalized at the Marine Hospital in Norfolk.
Mr. & Mrs. Seth CARTER, JR. spent last week in Elizabeth City with his parents the Seth CARTER's.
Mrs. Ruby GARRISH has returned from Columbia, S.C. where she visited Mr. & Mrs. James GARRISH, JR. to get acquainted with her new grandson, James IV. Potter GARRISH, just back from Germany, also visited in Columbia, S.C. and returned to Ocracoke with his mother.
Mrs. Josephine Howard O'NEAL and son George Wallace, returned home to Hatteras after an extended visit with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Tom HOWARD.
Mrs. Carrie CHISHOLM and Mrs. J.R. PEYTON of Richmond are visiting their father, H.J. WILLIAMS.
Mr. & Mrs. Earl O'NEAL and daughter of Philadelphia, are visiting his parents,. Mr. & Mrs. Ike O'NEAL. "Big Ike" celebrated his 88th birthday about ten days ago.
Mrs. Frank WAMPLER of Portsmouth, Va. is visiting her mother, Mrs. Molly GASKILL and her sisters, Mrs. Elicia GARRISH and Miss Bertie GASKILL. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 7, 1953; pg. 5)
Jay SPENCER spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Archie SPENCER.
Walton O'NEAL of Belhaven was the guest of Mr. & Mrs. Preston GIBBS.
Mrs. Elizabeth PETERSON, Pete and Louis of Manteo, visited Dr. & Mrs. J.E. MANN last week. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 7, 1953; pg. 7)
Mr. & Mrs. David GARRISH OF Southport visited his mother, Mrs. Annie GARRISH.
Mr. & Mrs. Wilson H. WAHAB of Norfolk visited his parents, Mr. & Mrs. R.S. WAHAB, last week.
Mrs. Clyde FARROW entertained last Friday honoring her daughter, Alona, who was recently married to Seth CARTER. Mr. & Mrs. CARTER are now residing at Ocracoke where he is stationed with the USCG. Thirty guests attended. Mrs. FARROW's mother, Mrs. Lucy STOWE of Hatteras, was an honor guest. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 14, 1953; pg. 3)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Carlos CAHOON has returned home from Norfolk general Hospital after being there a week undergoing treatment.
Mrs. Ina JONES left Tuesday for a trip in the mountains of N.C. and Va. She was accompanied by her brother, Mr. C.O. JONES and his family of Ponzer.
Mr. & Mrs. E.J. WALENSKI and son have been visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. T.C. GIBBS.
Mr. & Mrs. Roy CARAWAN and Butch have returned home from Tennessee. Returning with them was her father, I.W. KIRKLIN and brother and sister, Oneida and James KIRKLIN.
Mrs. Richard A. SWINDELL left Tuesday for Fort Hood, Texas where she is to join Pvt. SWINDELL. She was the former Miss Ella Lou CAHOON.
Mrs. H.E. SWINDELL left Tuesday to spend a few days in Washington with her sister, Mrs. Thad TAYLOR.
Mr. & Mrs. Bert BERRY attended the wedding in Baltimore of their son, Jim BERRY to Miss Mary LATIMER. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 14, 1953; pg. 4)
W.H. JENNETTE of the Merchant Marines is spending his leave with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. B.C. JENNETTE.
Mr. & Mrs. Blair CREDLE and Blair Jr. and Martha Ann from Newport News, Va., are visiting his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey CREDLE. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 14, 1953; pg. 4)
Mr. & Mrs. W.G. BATTON of Raleigh, spent a few days with her brother, S.D. O'NEAL and family this week.
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey HINSON of Salisbury, visited her sister, Mrs. Richard MANN and Mr. MANN.
Mr. & Mrs. J.D. LINVILLE who had been living in Kingston, Pa., spent a few days with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.H. PATRICK. They are now living in Winston-Salem.
On Thursday evening last, Mrs. George O'NEAL and Mrs. Cecil SILVERTHORN entertained Mrs. S.D. O'NEAL at the home of Mrs. George O'NEAL with a going away party. There were 16 guests present. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 14, 1953; pg. 6)
ROMULUS SANDERSON SPENCER
Romulus Sanderson SPENCER is Engelhard's oldest merchant. He has been in business about 54 years. He began with $50 he had saved up while fishing with the late Enoch WISE of Stumpy Point while only a boy, and his stock at the beginning could be carried in a cart from the boat up to the store. Few people know him except as "Tony" SPENCER. Through thrift and fair dealing and constant work, he has become among the most substantial citizens of Hyde County. He owns a fine new Engelhard hotel. He is a farmer and bank director, as well as a merchant. The picture of himself, Mrs. SPENCER and their son was recently made in High Point where he took some time off to relax. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 21, 1953; pg. 1)
SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Mrs. E.D. STOWE of Engelhard enjoyed a surprise birthday get-together at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.S. MARSHALL, honoring her 83rd birthday. The widow of Capt. Dailey STOWE has always lived at Engelhard where she and Capt. STOWE reared a family of 9 children of which all are living except Mrs. Lydia THOMPSON. Mrs. MARSHALL is the only one to stay settled in Engelhard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 28, 1953; pg. 4)
Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher HOGGARD announce the birth of a daughter (not named) on September 6 at Morehead City Hospital.
Mr. & Mrs. Dix DAUGHERTY spent several days recently with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Sid TOLSON. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 11, 1953; pg. 4)
Mrs. Mary (Jones) GIBBS was given a surprise on Sunday afternoon when relatives called to wish her a happy birthday, it being her 73rd.
Mrs. Mary GIBBS has returned from Norfolk where she visited her sister, Mrs. Laura NIXON, and other relatives.
Mr. & Mrs. Bill MORRELL, who live in Kentucky, are visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. I.B. WILSON. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 11; 1953; pg. 4)
Word was received here Thursday by Mrs. Annie CREDLE of the death of Louella Fisher ST. JOHN in Norfolk General Hospital. She was formerly of this place but has lived in Norfolk for several years. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 11, 1953; pg. 7)
Mrs. Mertice MIDGETT of Norfolk is spending some time with her father, Oswald SPENCER.
Ivy CUTRELL of the U.S. Army, stationed near Denver, Colorado, is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ben CUTRELL.
William BERRY, Beamon BERRY, and Miss Mattie BERRY were called to Manteo on Sunday due to the death of their brother's daughter, Nancy Ann BERRY, who was brought here for funeral rites on Monday. Interment was in Fulford Cemetery.
Lt. & Mrs. William A. BERRY of Elizabeth City, announce the birth of a daughter, Kathy Sue, September 3 at the Albemarle Hospital. Mrs. BERRY is the former Miss Guelda McKINNEY, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J.R. McKINNEY of Nags Head. Lt. BERRY, now stationed in Germany, is the son of Mrs. Lizzie BERRY of Engelhard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 1)
J.B. BERRY was the guest of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred HILL in Rocky Mount.
Born to Pvt. And Mrs. Tommy JONES, a daughter, Reta Joy, at Columbia Hospital, September 5, 1953. Pvt. JONES is stationed in Germany. Mrs. JONES is the former Joyce BALLANCE of Fairfield.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. James BEST of Grantsboro, a daughter, Teressa Elaine, at Morehead City Hospital on September 9, 1953. Mrs. BEST is the former Joanne SIMMONS of Fairfield. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 2)
Mr. & Mrs. L.D. MIDGETT spent Friday in Ocracoke visiting her uncle, Gary BRAGG and family and aunt, Mrs. Laura BRAGG and family and stopped by to wish Marvin HOWARD a happy birthday. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 3)
Ed WATSON, 5 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. J.R. WATSON of the Newlands community near Fairfield, was reported doing nicely Wednesday afternoon after treatment for rattlesnake bites received while playing in his yard. The boy received three bites to his left hand. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 4)
When Jimmy BERRY of Fairfield, got around to having his wife's long-cherished new dining room kitchen built last month, he decided it would be a good idea to do a good job of it and not have to do it again. About that time, the old Robert CUTRELL house on the ""Back Road" a mile behind his own home on Lake Mattamuskeet, was torn down. Jimmy could remember the house had stood at least half a century and he no doubt, figured that since the heart cypress from which it was built, seemed as good as new, then use of it in the new addition should give him a nice 50 year vacation from kitchen-dining building chores. As a matter of fact, Jimmy knows from his father, the late Ira BERRY, that the house was at least 70 years old. Jimmy and his father between them have lived on what was the old H. Clay CARTER farm for the past 80 years. His brother, Reuben also farmed there before moving to Bath several years ago. His wife, Mrs. Katie BERRY's maiden was BERRY. Most of Mr. & Mrs. BERRY's children have grown up on this house and the younger ones will finish growing up here. Two of their daughters are registered nurses. They are Mrs. Ethel Berry HILL of Rocky Mount, doing private duty, and Mrs. Thelma Berry ALEXANDER, a nurse at the Columbia Hospital. Another daughter, Mrs. Betty Berry THOMPSON is married to a farmer at Esmond, North Dakota. A son, J.B. BERRY, is farming at home. Miss Kathleen BERRY, another daughter, is attending Carolina School of Commerce at Rocky Mount. Wayne BERRY attends Swan Quarter High School and the youngest, Henry BERRY, attends Fairfield Elementary School. Jimmy, an active Mason, farms about 250 acres with his son, J.B. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953)
LAKE LANDING NEWS
Miss Mollie MURRAY is spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Bland FULFORD.
T.J. MANN, III spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. N.L. MANN. Charles MANN of Raleigh is at home now.
Mrs. Lucy MIDYETTE is spending some time with Mr. & Mrs. Melvin SWINDELL and family of Swan Quarter.
Mrs. G.E. DAVIS, Mrs. J.S. JENNETTE, and Mrs. W.W. PAYNE of Middletown, spent the week-end with Mr. & Mrs. Charlie MIDYETTE in New Bern. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 5)
Mrs. F.O. LOVE and daughter, Mrs. Ronald GIBBS, and Dennis CAHOON of Newport News, have returned to their homes after visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. CAHOON. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 25, 1953; pg. 4)
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY
Thirty-five years ago September 21, Thomas (Tommie) D. BLAKE of Fairfield, stepped aboard the Army transport "Sibony" to sail for France. He sailed with two good arms and came back with one. The fact he returned at all, Tommy credits to a Hyde County buddy, Bland FULFORD of Engelhard. Soon after the Armistice, their outfit, Co. E, 56th Pioneer Infantry, moved into Germany as part of the Third Army of Occupation. Just after arrival in Germany, Tommy was slated to go on guard duty. As he crossed the railroad yard, a train without lights caused him to step backward. Another train without light traveling in the opposite direction, banged its cow catcher against his rife, tripping him and throwing him into the path of the train. The engine cut off his right arm above the elbow. Bland FULFORD helped him to the guardhouse after taking his belt and made a tourniquet across his chest to cut off the flow of blood. That happened on January 11, 1918. He was discharged at Fort McPherson, Georgia on May 8, 1919. Among Tommy's buddies in the 56th Pioneers who are still living in this area are: Otis COX of Engelhard, Allen SWINDELL of Pantego, Oswald SPENCER of Engelhard, and J.E. McKINNEY of Fairfield. Mr. BLAKE was born at Fairfield, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Mathias BLAKE. His wife is the former Miss Myrtle Marie GIBBS of Engelhard. One of his two sons, Leroy Hoyt BLAKE, has been in the Air Force for the last year, now stationed in France. The other son, Thomas Benjamin BLAKE, is a Junior at Swan Quarter High School. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 25, 1953; pg.5)
On board the fleet oiler, USS Mattaponi, is Hugh B. PAYNE, damage controlman third class, USN, son of Mrs. & Mrs. C.L. PAYNE of Lake Landing, Engelhard, N.C. (The Coastland Times -Friday, September 25, 1953; pg. 5)
Davy, the 8-month old son of Mr. & Mrs. Carlton MORRIS, formerly of Ponzer, who now live in Gates County where Mr. MORRIS edits the "Index". Carlton used to write for the Coastland newspapers. Like his son, he is thriving in Gates County. Davy was born in Belhaven, weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces. Now he weighs 23 pounds. The MORRIS' have another son, Dale, age 10 years. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 25, 1953; pg. 5)
Fred BERRY had the misfortune to fall from a scaffold Thursday while working on an annex to the John PATRICK store. Mr. BERRY was not seriously injured but is confined to his home.
Mrs. R.L. GIBBS, SR., Mrs. Louis WADE and Mrs. Lizzie PETERSON visited their aunt, Mrs. Carlos O'NEAL, at the Tayloe Hospital in Washington.
Max MANN and son Edward, spent several days in Washington last week to be near Mrs. MANN, who was a patient in the Tayloe Hospital.
Dr. and Mrs. Tom MANN were Washington visitor Friday, and visited his sister, Mrs. Carlos O'NEAL, at the Tayloe Hospital. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 2, 1953; pg. 2)
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence BALLANCE announce the birth of a daughter (not named), September 26th at Morehead City Hospital. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 2, 1953; pg. 3)
Lonnie BURRUS of the local Coast Guard, is taking 3 weeks training at the Coast Guard School in Groton, Conn. Mrs. BURRUS and their son are visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. George GASKINS, during his absence.
Douglas O'NEAL, second grader, had a bad fall when his bicycle skidded on gravel. He was knocked unconscious and carried home by Gilly GARRISH, where he soon recovered, but with several bruises and some skin loss.
Mr. & Mrs. Irvin GARRISH and Lawrence BALLANCE left Friday to take the infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence BALLANCE to Duke Hospital for medical advice and possible surgery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 9, 1953; pg. 2)
Mr. & Mrs. Earl BERRY and children visited her father, Don MIDGETT of Sladesville, who is a patient at the Belhaven hospital, Sunday.
Mr. & Mrs. Edward NEAL and son, Landis, of Hickory, Va., spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. S.D. SPENCER. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 9, 1953; pg. 4)
Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. MASON announce the birth of a son, Charles R. Jr., October 6th, at Morehead City Hospital. Mrs. MASON and the baby were accompanied home by Mrs. Helena MERRILL.
Mrs. William MIDGETT of Rodanthe is visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Herman SPENCER, while Mr. MIDGETT completed his basic training in the USCG at Cape May, N.J.
Miss Lorraine HOWARD celebrated her 8th birthday on October 8 and was honored by her mother, Mrs. Taft HOWARD, with a party.
Mr. & Mrs. Uriah GARRISH have just received word of the engagement of their daughter, Helen GARRISH, to Albert E. HELPENSILL, JR. of Livingston, Texas. They will be married in November. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 16, 1953; pg. 3)
Judge Chester MORRIS of Currituck who has been assigned to Hyde and Dare County, held Superior Court this week. Case: Carroll GIBBS wanted on a criminal charge in connection with the robbery last year of R.S. SPENCER's store at Engelhard. He failed to appear as well as Edward BEACH, one of his co-defendants. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 23, 1953; pg. 1)
Shirlen SPENCER of Engelhard and Miss Betty SADLER of Swan Quarter, were married Saturday, October 17 at the Methodist parsonage at Engelhard by Rev. W.O. CONNER. Mrs. SPENCER is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert SADLER of Swan Quarter and Mr. SPENCER is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Burl SPENCER of Engelhard. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 30, 1953; pg. 2)
Mr. & Mrs. Donald O'NEAL of Delco, N.C. announce the birth of a daughter, Donna, on October 6.
Mr. & Mrs. Travis WILLIAMS announce the marriage of their daughter, Norma Rae WILLIAMS, on Tuesday, October 22, at New Bern, N.C. to Robert PRESTON, USCG, of Fairmont, West Virginia. Mr. PRESTON is stationed at Diamond Shoals Lightboat. He and Mrs. PRESTON returned to Ocracoke after a S.C. wedding trip. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 30, 1953; pg. 3)
Mrs. Robert PRESTON, recent bride, was honored at a miscellaneous shower at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Wilma WILLIAMS on October 27th.
Mr. & Mrs. Uriah GARRISH announce the marriage of their daughters, Helen Brittina and Grace. Miss Helen B. GARRISH was married on October 17th at Randolph Field, Texas to A. Frank HELPENSTILL, JR., son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sr. of Livingston, Texas. After a wedding trip in Mexico, they will both be at Randolph Field where they are both stationed with the USAF. Miss Grace GARRISH was married in New Bern on October 23rd to Thurston Fuller GASKILL, son of Mr. & Mrs. Thurston GASKILL of Ocracoke. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 6, 1953; pg. 6)
Mrs. Florence GASKILL recently visited her sister, Mrs. Franklin MIDGETTE, in Fairfield.
Mr. & Mrs. Donald HUNTER and children Donna & Deborah, of McConnellstown, Pa., visited her mother, Mrs. Patsy MARSHALL. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 13, 1953; pg. 3)
Mrs. Pinta WILLIAMS is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dallas WILLIAMS at Patuxent River, Maryland. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 13, 1953; pg. 7)
LAKE LANDING NEWS
Rev. and Mrs. Fred LUPTON of Graham, J.P. WOODWARD of Nashville, and Ed WOOTEN of LaGrange, were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. H.G. CREDLE and family last week. Mr. & Mrs. Heber WINDLEY and children, Heber Jr., Larry, and Phyllis of Washington, and Mrs. Lucy MIDGETTE and Mrs. Winnie LONG of Washington, N.C., spent the week-end with Mrs. L.J. WESTON. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 20, 1953; pg. 4)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Mr. & Mrs. Columbus CARAWAN and M.L. CARAWAN attended the funeral of C.C. CARAWAN in Washington Sunday.
Mr. & Mrs. Sherwood HARRIS and children and Keith HARRIS of Norfolk were week-end guests of their father, Staten HARRIS.
Mr. & Mrs. Roy CARAWAN, Mrs. Don HARRIS, Mrs. Marcus CARAWAN, Mrs. Sybil BOUCHARD and Georgene visited in Wilson Sunday. They also attended the funeral of C.C. CARAWAN in Washington. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 20, 1953; pg. 7)
Mr. & Mrs. Dave SWINDELL spent the week-end in Goldsboro with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. George WILLIAMS.
Mr. & Mrs. John SHAFFER of Washington, D.C. have returned home after visiting her mother, Mrs. S.S. MARSHALL.
A party was given honoring Mr. & Mrs. Shirlen SPENCER, who were recently married on Wednesday night last at the Community House Club room.
Mr. & Mrs. Stacy GIBBS were given a shower on Friday night of last week at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Nat GIBBS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 27, 1953; pg. 2)
Aboard the light cruiser USS Roanoke undergoing overhaul at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard here is Robert C. SIMMONS, radio seaman, USN, son of Mr. & Mrs. Pat C. SIMMONS of Fairfield, N.C. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 27, 1953; pg. 2)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Mr. & Mrs. Abram CAHOON, Mr. & Mrs. W.G. SPENCER and Marsha, and Mr. & Mrs. C.J. CAHOON were guests of Mr. & Mrs. Carl CAHOON in Columbia on Wednesday evening.
Mr. & Mrs. A.G. RICHARDS of Hardeeville, S.C. and daughters, Mrs. Mildred CATTERTON and son Rodney of Ridgeland, S.C. and Mrs. Hazel CARTER of Waterboro, S.C., visited Mrs. RICHARD's sister, Mrs. W.D. COX and other relatives during last week.
Mr. & Mrs. John LUPTON attended the HARRIS-BOYKIN wedding in Washington on Saturday afternoon.
Bill CARAWAN of State College was home with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Emmett CARAWAN.
Miss Cecelia JENNETTE celebrated her 15th birthday Sunday with a dinner and had as her guests, Misses Argie Lee PAYNE and Kay O'NEAL.
Annette SIMMONS, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis SIMMONS of Fairfield, spent last week with her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Emmett CARAWAN. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 27, 1953; pg. 5)
Ocracoke was represented at the dedication of the Sea Level Hospital on Saturday by C.F. BOYETTE, Clarence SCARBOROUGH, Mr. & Mrs. R.S. WAHAB and Sam K. WILLIAMS.
Mr. & Mrs. Enoch GASKILL and son of Madison spent several days here during his father's final illness and returned Saturday after learning that Mr. GASKILL was not expected to live
John O'NEAL of Baltimore spent several days here arriving by car just before the funeral services for his father, Ben O'NEAL.
Mrs. Mamie HOWARD is spending the Thanksgiving holidays with her daughter, Mrs. J.M. OVERTON and family of Norfolk.
H.W. O'NEAL of Washington, D.C. enjoyed a visit home last week, staying with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ike O'NEAL.
Word has been received that Arthur O'NEAL, in Tanner's Creek Hospital, is much better and will be home soon.
Mr. & Mrs. Dallas WILLIAMS announce the birth of a daughter, Ann Denise, November 11th at Patuxent River, Md. Mrs. Pinta WILLIAMS is visiting her daughter.
Mrs. Thurston F. GASKILL, recent bride, was honored on Friday night with a miscellaneous shower given by her sister, Mrs. Maude BALLANCE, and Mrs. Nora GASKILL and the groom's sister, Mrs. Earl GASKINS.
James Elvin O'NEAL and Helen EVANS were married in Philadelphia, Pa. on November 9th.
Ocracoke was saddened on Saturday by the deaths of Robert Benjamin O'NEAL, 66 years of age, and Benjamin D. GASKILL, 82 years of age. Ben O'NEAL, as he was called by all, was born and raised here. He served during World War I. He had been hospitalized and in ill health for several months. He is survived by his wife, Fannie Williams O'NEAL; a daughter, Mrs. Gabriella SMITH; three sons: John, Fowler and Ronald; three sisters: Gabriella ROBERTS of Fairfield, Eleanor BALLANCE and Tressie HOWARD of Ocracoke; and four brothers: John, Willis, and Walter (only 3 named). Funeral services were held at the home at 5 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Ernest POWLESLAND of the Assembly of God officiating. On Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Rev. POWLESLAND conducted services at the Methodist Church for Ben GASKILL. He had been a member of the church for 47 years. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ellen GASKILL; five sons: Enoch of Madison, Owen, Clinton, Wilbur and Christopher, all of Ocracoke; one brother: J. Lum GASKILL; one sister: Mrs. Sue SCARBOROUGH of Ocracoke. Both of the deceased were buried in the Ocracoke cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 27, 1953; pg. 6)
Mr. & Mrs. Bill HAMITT and children of Mt. Gilead, spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. H.L. ROPER.
Mrs. Mildred GUTHRIE of Smithfield spent the holidays with her mother, Mrs. Florence GASKILL and with Mr. & Mrs. Cecil GUTHRIE of Manteo. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 4, 1953; pg. 4)
Ocracoke was saddened by the death Friday night of Mrs. Alice WILLIAMS, age 88 years, and by the serious illness of Mrs. I.F. [?] O'NEAL, and others. There is considerable illness among older people in the community.
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey WAHAB had as their guest, her sister, Mrs. John M. SIMPSON of Sea Isle City, New Jersey, who at present is staying in Norfolk due to the hospitalization of her husband at Tanner's Creek.
Mrs. R.S. WAHAB left Monday to visit her mother, Mrs. James N. EDWARDS, in Belhaven. It was Mrs. EDWARDS' 83rd birthday year.
Edward WILLIAMS of Rahway, New Jersey, spent the week-end with his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Ed COLLINS. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 4, 1953; pg. 7)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Mrs. Roland EARLY and children, Vaughn, Donna, and Billy, of Mt. Olive were guests of Mr. & Mrs. D.L. BERRY during last week.
Mr. & Mrs. John CARAWAN of Washington, Mrs. Leland CARAWAN, Mr. & Mrs. M.O. CARAWAN and daughters Mona Lou and Rosanna, were dinner guests of Mrs. Mabel CARAWAN on Sunday.
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon SMITH, Chris and Franklin of Seven Springs were last week-end guests of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. W.G. JOYNER. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; pg. 2)
Hiatus O'NEAL had as his guest recently Darrell B. DUDLEY, US Navy. Mr. O'NEAL is now going to spend several days with his sisters, Mrs. Jessie GRAY and Mrs. Annie DUDLEY, in Washington, N.C.
Miss Olive GARRISH and Amasa GARRISH, both of Ocracoke, were married in New Bern, N.C. on December 2nd. They will make their home at Ocracoke. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; pg. 2)
Mrs. Eddie WILLIAMS of Norfolk is spending some time with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ottawa BERRY, while Mr. WILLIAMS is in service. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; pg. 3)
LAKE LANDING NEWS
Orman Gray CREDLE of Norfolk has returned home after a few days with his father, H.G. CREDLE, Mrs. CREDLE and family. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; pg. 3)
Mr. & Mrs. Walter HATCHER and son of Columbia, S.C., visited her sister and husband, Mr. & Mrs. Kirk BALLANCE, last week. Mrs. BALLANCE returned home with them Sunday for a visit. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; pg. 4)
SHAD BOAT COURTSHIP SWAPPED LOTS OF BRIDES
BETWEEN HYDE AND STUMPY POINT IN 70 YEARS
by Nell Wise Wechter
Courting by shad boat might not have been too comfortable back in the old days before there was a highway linking Hyde County to Dare, but it certainly brought results, proving again in the truth in the old adage that "love will find a way." The two communities are closely linked today by the blood ties of Hyde girls marrying Dare boys and vice versa. In the village of Stumpy Point some 30 families can trace their origin to some part of Hyde County. Beginning at the south end of the village, the Albert BEST family has perhaps the highest percent. The late Albert married Miss Lucy CUTHRELL of Lake Landing 45 years ago. To their union was born nine children, three of the boys married Hyde County girls. Alton, the oldest, married Miss Ruby GIBBS of Nebraska [community], Guy married Miss Cora BALLANCE of North Lake, and Woodrow married Miss Edith CREDLE of Rose Bay. All live in the village and have established homes of their own. Marvin HOOPER, prominent Stumpy Point merchant of today, married Miss Caddie MASON of Gulrock, Mount Pleasant it was called in those days. To this union three daughters were born. Mae, the middle girl, grew up and married Calvin WATSON of Engelhard. The WATSON's claim both Stumpy Point and Engelhard as their home. When Leander WISE and Herbert HOOPER courted the MIDGETT girls, Mollie and Ada, over 40 years ago, Engelhard was called Far Creek. Some of the old timers still call it that but the number is small. Both Mollie and Ada decided to marry their Stumpy Point sweethearts. Thus two newcomers from Hyde added to the number of marriages between the two counties. During the years after their marriages and establishment of their homes, Mollie and Ada's nieces, Jean and Martha MIDGETT, came up to visit their relatives. Sam NIXON of Engelhard had married Miss Elizabeth HOOPER many, many years prior, and one of their sons, Rosser, took a great fancy to Miss Martha MIDGETT. The upshot was that Miss Martha remained on Stumpy Point as the bride of Rosser. Will WISE couldn't see the sense of letting Miss Jean get away single either so both the MIDGETT girls found new husbands in Dare County. The BRINN sisters, Annie and Judy of the Poppin section of Engelhard, also found husbands at Stumpy Point. They married brothers, Wellington PAYNE and Hyman PAYNE, nearly 50 years ago. Probably on some visit to his sister's house, William T. MASON, brother of Mrs. Marvin HOOPER, married Mrs. Delton HOOPER and set up a prosperous mercantile business which served the north end of the community. Their family came along-two girls and one boy. When Carl, the son, grew up, he married Miss Allie MIDGETT of Engelhard. Allie has a brother named Roland. About 20 years ago Zion MASON employed Roland as his engineer. About that time, Miss Lillian TWIFORD was considered just about the prettiest young maiden in the village. Roland was struck with her beauty and personality so the couple took on the bonds of holy matrimony. Today they have 3 fine sons. The family moved to Norfolk just before the beginning of World War II. Rudolph FRANCIS is another old timer who came to Stumpy Point from Mount Pleasant to get his bride. He married Miss Susan PAYNE, a sister of Wellington and Hyman PAYNE. When Miss Edie BRINN used to come up from her home in Hyde to visit her cousins, Judy and Annie who had married the PAYNE boys, Ed MIDGETT, the oldest son of Uncle Thomas MIDGETT, saw his future wife. It wasn't long before Ed and Edie were married and established a home on the old MIDGETT plantation. Murl TWIFORD married Miss Ruby BERRY of Mount Pleasant. That couple also established their home in the village. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 11, 1953; Pg. 7)
BOYS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Corporal Evans E. CUTRELL who is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Leslie CUTRELL of Fairfield, and is with the Air Force in Randolph Field, Texas, is expected home December 22nd to spend the holidays with his parents. Corporal Sigma WILLIS is coming home to spend his Christmas leave with his mother, Mrs. Malcey WILLIS at Ocracoke. He is making the trip from Germany by air to New York City and expects to reach Ocracoke December 22nd. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 1)
HOSPITAL PATIENT FROM OCRACOKE
Sea Level's new hospital got a patient from Ocracoke and a helicopter from the Air Base in Elizabeth City may have saved his life. David ESHAM, 12, suffering with a ruptured appendix, and his mother, Mrs. Elisha ESHAM, were taken from Ocracoke in a 45 mile wind by Capt. D.C. McDERMOTT, accompanied by Pat JACKSON, hospital corpsman, and Billy BLAKE, mechanic. Igor SIKORSKY, inventor of the helicopter, is spending several days this week at Nags Head. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 1)
Charlie JENNETTE of Greenville recently spent a few days with his mother, Mr. B.C. JENNETTE.
Claudius WILLIAMS remains critically ill in his home here.
Miss Katherine CREDLE of East Carolina College spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene CREDLE. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 3)
LAKE LANDING NEWS
Miss Jennie Mann FISHER of Raleigh spent the week-end with her father, S.M. FISHER, and brother, Robinson FISHER. Mrs. L.J. WESTON accompanied her to Washington to visit Mrs. Heber WINDLEY and family.
Miss Laura Blount CREDLE of Greenville College spent the week-end with her mother, Mrs. Eunice CREDLE of New Holland.
Mrs. Jay BRITTON of Conway, the former Lizzie May CREDLE of Swan Quarter, was named "Mrs. Northampton County" recently when more than 200 Home Demonstration Club members met for their Achievement Day. She was one of 17 contenders for the title. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 3)
Jack CREDLE who is employed in Norfolk, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Belle CREDLE and aunt, Miss Fannie SPENCER.
Mrs. P.D. MIDGETT, JR. and children, Martha and Bernard, spent Saturday in Washington.
Earl SPENCER of Plymouth spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. S.D. SPENCER.
Mrs. Maywood LEE and little son of Washington visited her mother, Mrs. M.R. BERRY and family. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 3)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Mrs. J.W. WHICHARD, Mrs. Joe COOPER, and Mrs. John MOORE of Portsmouth, Va., attended the funeral of Mrs. Carrie FLOWERS at the Calvary Presbyterian Church near Swan Quarter Tuesday.
Joe Linwood SWINDELL returned to the Tayloe Hospital Tuesday for observation and treatment. He had been home several days from the hospital.
Mrs. Carol GIBBS spent last week-end with her daughter, Mrs. Margie SHERMAN in Norfolk.
Sidney CREDLE and son Edward of Durham, visited A.C. CREDLE last week. Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow BEST, Sally and Billy of Stumpy Point, spent last Saturday with A.C. CREDLE.
Mr. & Mrs. Ed KANIPE of Asheville and Mr. & Mrs. Harry BURDEN of Orient, Long Island, were recent visitors of Mr. & Mrs. J. Harry SWINDELL.
Mr. & Mrs. J.M. BERRY, Jane HARRIS and Doris TUNNELL motored to Washington Saturday to meet Merlin BERRY, who is at home from Asbury Park School in Kentucky for the holidays.
Miss Mildred SPENCER joined Miss Jean SPENCER in Greenville Friday for a days shopping in Raleigh Saturday. From there they went to Fuquay Springs to spend Saturday night and Sunday with Mrs. Ruby WATSON and Miss Lola WATSON.
Mr. & Mrs. Ben MASON and son David, took Mrs. Molly CASON of Lenoir, their house guest, to Gulrock Sunday where she will visit her sister, Mrs. Addie GIBBS.
Captain S.J. TOPPING, JR. of Rutherford, N.J. and a party of friends, have returned to their homes after spending a week here at the home of his sister, Miss Kate TOPPING, and Mrs. Jule PURVIS, hunting at the Pat SIMMONS place in Fairfield on Mattamuskeet Lake. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 9-10)
Miss Margaret ORMOND of Crisfield, Md. and Norfolk, Va., and Henry HODGES of Engelhard, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon, December 6 at 3:30 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. J.C. GROCE, near Fort Raleigh, the ceremony being performed by Mr. GROCE, a minister of the Church of Christ. Others attending the ceremony were Mrs. Cora HODGES, mother of the groom, and his sister, Mrs. Gaston SAUNDERSON of Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 10)
Army Pvt. Richard C. SATTERTHWAITE, son of Mr. & Mrs. Eustis SATTERTHWAITE of Belhaven, N.C., is serving in Germany with the 43rd Infantry Division. The "Winged Victory" division is training as part of the NATO Army for the defense of western Europe. Pvt. SATTERTHWAITE, an infantryman, is in the 102nd Regiment. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 18, 1953; pg. 10)
Army Pvt. William G. O'NEAL, 20, son of Mr. & Mrs. William G. O'NEAL of Scranton, will spend this Christmas north of the 38th parallel in Korea. Stationed there with the 45th Infantry Division, he will mark the festive season with special religious services, Christmas trees and decorations and the traditional feasts on Christmas and New Year's day. O'NEAL, in Korea since July, is assigned to the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 1)
Corp. Walter C. O'NEAL, home for the holidays from Edenton Marine Base where he has been since his return from Korea, was honored Friday night when schoolmates and friends entertained for him with a party and square dance in the school library.
Another "home town" boy, Corp. Sigma WILLIS , is due to arrive tomorrow or Wednesday, if plans to fly from Germany to New York work out as scheduled. He will spend the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Malcey WILLIS.
Several are leaving for the holidays-Mr. & Mrs. Theodore RONDTHALER will spend a week in Winston-Salem with his father, Bishop Howard E. RONDTHALER. Their daughter, Katherine, will join them for Christmas week-end.
John Thomas O'NEAL left last Saturday to spend the holidays with his wife and daughters who are visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. MIZZELL, in Windsor, N.C.
Miss Earlyne ARNOLD and Miss Grace WILLIAMS of Engelhard, students in the School of practical Nursing, received caps from Mrs. Mildred L. BRADSHAW, Superintendent of Nurses, on December 7th in exercises at the Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, Va. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 2)
John BLAKE of Norfolk visited his mother, Mrs. Dorcas BLAKE, and his family at B.C. JENNETTE's Thursday. Mrs. BLAKE and children went to Norfolk with him.
Many friends and relatives gathered at Mrs. Dorcas BLAKE's home to celebrate her 78th birthday.
Mrs. John LUPTON of Swan Quarter visited her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Griffen SAWYER and they motored to Belhaven Thursday. Charlie and Hansel SAWYER of New Bern visited Mr. & Mrs. Griffen SAWYER. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 2)
Miss Josie McClaud SELBY, a former Hyde County girl, the daughter of Mrs. George Augustus SELBY of Newport News, Va. and the late Mr. SELBY, is announcing the engagement of her daughter to Dale Penrod SEABOLT, son of Mrs. James E. ADAMS of Erwin and Clyde T. SEABOLT of Detroit, Michigan. The wedding will take place January 2, 1954. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 4)
Miss Belle NEAL who is spending the winter in Swan Quarter with Mr. & Mrs. W.G. HARRIS, spent part of last week with relatives here. She left Friday for Wilmington to visit her sister, Mrs. J.M. SPENCER and family.
Mr. & Mrs. Marvin HOOPER of Stumpy Point are visiting their daughter, Mrs. Calvin WATSON and Mr. WATSON. They will all leave on Thursday for Columbia where they will spend some time with Rev. and Mrs. Earl MEEKINS and family.
Mrs. Mildred GUTHRIE of Smithfield is spending the holidays with her mother, Mrs. Florence GASKILL.
Mr. & Mrs. Herman GIBBS of Bath spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Eva SPENCER.
Mr. & Mrs. Buck HARDEE of Wilmington are guests of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. I.B. WATSON. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 6)
STUMPY POINT NEWS
Mr. & Mrs. F.M. HOOPER are spending the holidays with their children, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin WATSON of Engelhard, Rev. and Mrs. Earl MEEKINS of Columbia, and Mr. & Mrs. Allen OSBORNE of Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 6)
Mrs. C.W. BURRUS, SR. is spending some time in Laredo, Texas with her son, C.W. BURRUS, JR. While there, she will attend his wedding.
Mrs. Lillie COX spent part of the past week at Swan Quarter with her brother, Joe Linwood SWINDELL and family. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 7)
SWAN QUARTER NEWS
Misses Ann CARAWAN and Jean SPENCER of E.C.C., and Ann SHELTON of Meredith College, are spending the holidays at home with respective parents.
Mrs. H.E. GRIFFIN left Tuesday for Elizabeth City to spend several months with her sister, Mrs. Corinne STILLEY.
Miss Virginia SPENCER of New Brunswick, N.J., is spending the holidays with her mother, Mrs. B.W. WILLIAMS.
Mrs. D.L. BERRY returned home Saturday from Raleigh where she attended the funeral of her brother-in-law, E.A. STEVENS.
Mr. & Mrs. John JERNIGAN of Florida are the house guests of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. W.W. WHEELER.
George CASON of Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va., arrived Thursday to spend Christmas with his sister, Miss Aleph CASON.
Mrs. Claude BONNER celebrated her birthday Sunday, December 20th, at her home in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 25, 1953; pg. 7)
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