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Creswell (1889)

Taneya | March 23, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

One of the most progressive little towns in North Carolina is Creswell, in Washington county.  A few years ago it was a growing forest, and now the hustle of business and the hum of machinery give the pretty little burg much the air of a city.  Situated on the Scuppernong river, at the head of navigation, just five miles from the picturesque lake Scuppernong, its site could not have been better chosen for beauty or commercial advantage.  There are now eight merchantile [sic] establishments, a large steam saw and grist mill, a handsome Missionary Baptist church, and several other churches in prospect.  The streets are broad, and regularly laid off, and every part of the town presents the air of neatness, order and thrift.  The town is backed up by a fertile country and well to do men.  

Along with the idea of business and of making an honest living, turning every dollar to account, the intellectual men, and among them Mr. Alfred ALEXANDER, who is a brother to Mr. David ALEXANDER, the distinguished representative from Tyrell, is a leading spirit, have united their energies and have built one of the handsomest and best equipped academies in East Carolina, and are determined to have the best teachers to be found, a man trained for the profession who does not make teaching a stepping stone to something else, is desired.  There are now five handsome residences growing up, and several more under construction.  Four steamers a week touch at Creswell’s wharf, and the business will likely demand more transportation ere long.  The outlook for no young town is better, more bright and substantial, and we bid the place Godspeed.  - Washington Gazette. 

Editorial note: This article has a follow-up article here.


Source: Roanoke Beacon, 19 July 1889.  Available online at digitalnc.org.

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Beacon Flashes – August 24, 1900

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Beacon Flashes” section.

  • Mr. R.A. KNIGHT of Washington, NC was in the city this week.
  • Mr. T.J. NORMAN spent last Sunday with his family at Edenton.
  • Miss Kate RALPH of Creswell is visiting her sister, Mrs. C.V.W. AUSBON.
  • Miss Donnie WARD, of Winton, is visiting our town as the guest of her uncle, Hon. H.S. WARD.
  • Misses Annie MIZELL and Blanche BARDEN left on Tuesday morning last for a sojourn at Asheville.
  • The charming Miss Mattie WILLIFORD, of Rocky Mount, is in the city this week as the guest of her brother’s family, Mr. A.L. WILLIFORD.
  • After a pleasant visit of two weeks to her friend, Miss Vonnie LEGGETT, of this town, Miss Clara WEEKS returned to her home at E. City on Monday.
  • Mrs. Jas. I. BRUER and children, of Mackey’s Ferry, and Mrs. W.O. DAVIS and little daughter of Creswell, spent the day in town yesterday as the guests of their sister, Mrs. C.V.W. AUSBON.
  • Mr. W.M. CHESSON, a well known and prosperous farmer of the Mackey’s Ferry section, was in our town this week, for the first time in several years.  He was the guest of his daughter, Mrs. T.J. LEWIS. 
  • Mr. W.T. NURNEY and wife has moved to Roper.  We regret to lose this estimable couple from our midst, but trust the change will be of benefit to them.  We heartily commend them to the good people of Roper.

 

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Beacon Flashes – August 3, 1900

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Beacon Flashes” section.

  • Mrs. C.A. MOORE and children left on Tuesday last for Ocracoke.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L.L. OWENS returned home from Nag’s Head on Wednesday.
  • Mr. Antone MARRINER, of Mackey’s Ferry, made our office a call while in town this week.
  • Little Miss Helen PATTERSON, of Wilson, is here again, visiting her aunt, Mrs. A.L. WILLIFORD.
  • Mr. C.D. LOANE and family left Monday for Hatteras, where Mr. LOANE is engaged in the milling business.
  • Mr. A.L. BRATTEN, who holds a position with the Basnight Lumber Co., Tunis, N.C., is at home this week.
  • Our sympathies are with Mrs. Jos. TUCKER who had the misfortune to fall and break a sinew in her foot last week.
  • We sympathize with Mrs. J.L. SAVAGE who met with the misfortune to fall out of doors on Tuesday and sprain her arm.
  • Mr. T.T. GARDNER and family returned home on Tuesday evening from a two week’s sojourn by the sea-side at Ocracoke.
  • Mr. T.J. NORMAN has moved his family to Edenton.  We regret to give this family up, but commend them to the good people of Edenton. 
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Roper Ripples – June 29, 1900

Taneya | June 9, 2013 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Roper Ripples” section.

  • Miss Maye JOHNSTON, of Belhaven, is the guest of Mrs. S.A. BLOUNT.
  • Mrs. A.L. GURKIN has been the guest of Mrs. J.H. CLARK for a few days.
  • Miss Isolind LUCAS has just returned from Kinsey Seminary, Wilson, N.C.
  • On Tuesday night the Ladies’ Guild furnished an ice cream supper in the town hall, which was very enjoyable.
  • Miss Jim ROBERTSON, of Washington, formerly of Roper, made a flying trip here on Saturday to see relatives.  She returned home on Monday.
  • Mr. Robt. ROPER returned from E. City on Friday, 15th, where he has been attending Prof. SHEEP’s school.  The girls are glad to see you Bob.
  • Mr. N.H. MERRITT left here on Friday last for Goldsboro, where he has accepted a position as band sawyer with the Empire Lumber Co. “Oh, don’t cry girl; “Ne” will come back.
  • Miss Eloise DOUGH is spending a month with relatives and friends in Norfolk and Portsmouth.  Don’t look so sad, John; you’ll soon be cherred [sic] with the presence of those bright eyes again.
  • Miss Mabel ROPER returned from Norfolk on Friday last, where she has been attending Mary Washington College.  One so cheerful and pleasant as Miss Mable is always welcome in Roper.
  • Mess. E. CHRISTIAN and L.P. ELLIOTT, the filer and sawyer in the Albemarle mill of the Roper Lumber Co., have just returned from Norfolk with their families, much to the pleasure of their many friends here.
  • The Little Workers of the M.E. Church, of which Miss Lennie PEACOCK is President, gave an entertainment last Friday night which proved to be a grand success, and was much enjoyed by all, especially by Mr. H.T.—–.

[This letter was intended for our last issue, but did not reach us in time. -- Editor]

 

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