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New York Times
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1866


At the Tobacco Exchange in Richmond, Va., on Friday, a lot of tobacco raised by Mr. J. J. Adcock, of Granville County, North Carolina, was sold for one thousand dollars per hundred pounds.  The Examiner says this is, without doubt, the largest price ever paid for tobacco - not alone in Richmond, but in the world.  It is a beautiful golden yellow, and although of the present year's growth, is as perfect and as well matured in point of curing as though made last year.


New York Times
March 16, 1884
From the Wilmington (NC) Star


We knew in Granville two aged gentlemen who were farmers and who lived half a mile or so apart.  One of them, now in his grave, in his seventy-fourth year sat down and read over for mental solacement and refreshment and for use several leading Latin poets. He was the finest scholar in Shakespeare that has yet lived in the South so far as we know.  He was a man of sweetest character, and wrote with considerable elegance. When John C. Taylor fell asleep one of the purest and best of North Carolinians passed to his reward.
His neighbor still survives, aged 81 years. He, too, is a classical scholar,and reads his Horace in his old age. He is a man of very accurate reading, and is more familiar with Chaucer than any man we have known.  He reads the best and only the best. It was only last year that it was our pleasure to publish a very clever contribution from his fertile pen that was as sparkling, fresh and humorous as if it had been written by some gifted man of 35.  It was this article that gave the finishing blow to the supposed authorship of "Cousin Sally Dillard", and that showed that Ham Jones had only revamped an old Virginian story.


New York Times
February 10, 1885

Petersburg, VA- Feb. 9
Intelligence has been received here of the arrest at Clarksville, this State, of Jesse Parham, who shot and killed Mike Cook, in Oxford, N.C. a few days ago and then made his escape.  Parham was lodged in jail at Boydton, Mecklenburg County, to await a requisition from North Carolina authorities.


New York Times
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1885
Greensborough, N.C., North State

A smart man who owned a patent on a churn went to Granville County some weeks ago and sold "patent rights" enough of States, counties and townships to realized the snug sum of about $22,000. Upon taking his leave he remarked to some gentlemen near him that "he had found a place where the people had more money and less sense than any other place he had ever been."


New York Times
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1889

Greensborough, N.C., Oct. 4-  The seaboard system of railroads as controlled by Col. John M. Robinson of Baltimore, seems determined to invade the territory of the Richmond and Danville at this place. The Atlantic and Danville Road is now completed from Norfolk, Va, to Blue Wing, Granville County, N.C., and the seaboard system now has an engineer traversing the route from this place to Blue Wing and then on to Ridgeway, N.C., which is a station on the Raleigh and Gaston Road between Weldon and Raleigh under control of the seaboard system. It is the intention of Col. Robinson either to use the Atlantic and Danville Road to Norfolk from Blue Wing or to build a new road from this place to Ridgeway, the distance being 210 miles from here to Norfolk and 85 miles from here to Ridgeway. The moneyed men of this town and all along the line are thoroughly interested in this project, and the private subscriptions and county subscriptions   will aggregate enough to grade the road.  There is now no competing line at this place from the north. The Richmond and Danville have full sway here.  It is surmised that this move of the the seaboard system means that is to be made for the lease of the North Carolina Road from Charlotte to Goldsborough when the present lease for the Richmond and Danville expires, which, if successful would give the seaboard system another and much shorter outlet from Charlotte to Norfolk.  The country from here to Blue Wing and Ridgeway is the finest tobacco-growing land in the United States, and there is coal and timber land undeveloped.


New York Times
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1893
Path of the Storm
Much Damage Done in the Cotton Belt to All the Crops

Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 29 - A terrific storm of wind and rain raged yesterday from the seaboard to the mountains. It began Sunday and came from the northeast.  There was but little rain during Sunday night, but the wind blew a gale.  Throughout the cotton belt the wind and rain have done great damage.  The plants have been blown down and the bolls have been beaten off. It is impossible now to estimate the loss, but it must be one-fourth the crop.  The track of the storm, both wind and rain, appears to have struck along the northeast portion of the State and reached the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad just north of Henderson.  The damage to all crops along this route is very severe. At Oxford the wind was strong enough to blow down a brick tobacco warehouse.  From Oxford the storm swept on through Granville County, Rockingham County, and into Forsythe County, gathering in velocity until it became a veritable cyclone when it reached the town of Kernersville, which was wrecked.

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