Person County Newspaper Stories



For the Third Time in Two Months the Town has Had Narrow Escapes.
Roxboro came near-having a very disastrous blaze in the main business portion of the town early Sunday morning, and was the third narrow escape from being swept by fire with in two months. The blaze originated in a large frame building on Reams avenue, owned by James M. Blalock, and used as a bowling alley, pressing club and lunch room, which was burned to the ground. The Pioneer Warehouse, a large brick structure, fronting, on-Main-Street and running back. for a considerable distance on Reams avenue, burned fiercely, but was extinguished with small loss. A large tobacco prizery and the Primitive Baptist church, both on Lamar street, caught from flying sparks, but were promptly extinguished.

The stores of the Morris-Webb Drug Co., Woody, Long & Morton, Long, Bradsher & Co., and Sergeant, Clayton & Co., all on the west side of Main Street, were in imminent danger, being saved only by a favorable wind and the keeping of water on them.

Mr. Blalock’s loss is about $1,000 with no insurance. Mr. Walker, owner of the bowling outfit, carried $500 insurance.

At one time it looked as if there was to be a repetition of Roxboro’s memorable fire of February, 1881, which burned every business house, in the town except one or two. That fire broke on a Sunday night while Mrs. Mary Moon, a Quakeress was holding a revival.

(The Courier, March 18, 1908)


Albert Parham Clayton - 1934

Register of Deeds of Person County and at the time of his death postmaster at Roxboro. Married to Anna Foushee, daughter of Haywood and Bettie Foushee. For additional information about her family, see "A History of THE BRADSHER FAMILY," by Eugenia Bradsher.

Buried in Burchwood Cemetery, Section 11, Plot 239.

Person County Times. 21 June 1934.

Final Rites Held Last Sunday for Mr. A. P. Clayton
Postmaster Of Roxboro A Number 0f Years, Popular Over Entire County
Large Crowd Present At Funeral

Final rites-were held for A. P. Clayton of Roxboro last Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Clayton had been in failing health for some time although his illness was not considered as serious until about one day before his death. He passed away at 3:15 o’clock Saturday morning.

For the past ten years the deceased has served as postmaster in this city and was holding this position at the time of his death. Before he accepted the position as postmaster he had served as register of deeds of Person County and also as chief of police.

Mr. Clayton numbered his friends by the hundreds. He was known over the entire state of North Carolina and a line of cars around two miles long at his funeral paid tribute to his memory. He was a member of the Roxboro Primitive Baptist Church and he was always faithful to Its cause. For a number of years he was clerk of the Lower Country Line Association and Union, he was assistant clerk to the association.

Funeral services were held Sunday at three p. m. and interment followed in Burchwood cemetery.

Mr. Clayton was born in Roxboro on January 27, 1868. His widow was Miss Anna Foushee before her marriage. In addition to this widow, Mr.Clayton is survived by: one son, T. A. Clayton, of Roxboro; six daughters, Mrs. Preston Satterfield, of Roxboro; Mrs. J. F. Lewis, of Farmville; Mrs. Melvin Long, of Fayetteville; Mrs. I. L. James, Mrs. O. T. Kirby and Mrs. H. S. Gates, all of Roxboro; three brothers, F.O., O.Y. and N.R. Clayton, all of Roxboro, and two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Harris and Miss Victoria Clayton, both of Roxboro.

Active pallbearers were: Dr. B. E. Love, F. D. Long, Claude Harris, S.B. Davis, Dr. B. A. Thaxton, J. W. Montague, D. S. Brooks and F. J. Heater.

Those serving as honorary pall bearers were J. E. Kirby, Sam Perkins, Joe Carver, Jasper Harris, W. H. Harris. A. M. Burns, D. W. Ledbetter, Dr. G. W. Gentry. A. E. Jackson, Jack Parham, D. W. Long, M.W. Satterfield, C. Pass, Dr. E. J. Tucker, J. H. Moore, S.G. Winstead, Otis Tillman, Gilbert Tillman, T. D. Winstead, W. R. Hambrick, Lester Clayton, E. E. Thomas, Charles Holeman, L. L. Lunsford and B. G. Clayton.

Acting as floral bearers were Arch Moore, C. E. Garrett, N. A. Edwards. Victor E. Clayton, Hassell Fox, N. H. Street, D. E. Fentherston, Dewey Jones, John Whitt, Guy Clayton, Carl Clayton,. Zeb Harris. Alvin Clayton. M. R. Clayton, Earl Clayton, Harold Clayton, O.Y. Clayton, Jr., and Maxi Fox.


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