Excerpt from the “Our Creswell Letter” column:
We notice an article in your last issue copied from the Washington Gazette, in which the writer in his description of Creswell, seems to give Mr. Alfred ALEXANDER of our town credit for being the prime mover in the building of our Academy. Now, while Mr. ALEXANDER has done his part in the matter, many others have done equally as well, and if any one man deserves special mention in connection with the organization and building of said academy, it is our worthy President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. D. SPRUILL, ex-Sheriff.
But for his efforts and untiring zeal, we would have had no Academy built yet. He is on hand promptly at each weekly meeting of the stock holders, and takes an active part in all measures pertaining to the school. We cannot say as much for Mr. ALEXANDER. He came promptly until he took unto himself a “better half.” Since then he has been present at the meetings only once or twice, but we presume he is excusable as he has lived the life of a batchelor for 48 years, until very recently, and of course can’t leave his bride long enough to attend to Academies. We fear that our President would also be found lacking at some of our meetings were he to follow Mr. ALEXANDER’s example – in taking a “better half.”
Source: Roanoke Beacon, 26 July 1889. Available online at digitalnc.org.
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.
A Sad Death
Our community was greatly shocked on Wednesday evening when it learned that Mr. W.A. ALEXANDER was dead.
Mr. ALEXANDER went to his mill on Wednesday morning in seemingly usual health. About 11 o’clock it was thought he had fainted and the physicians of the town were summoned, who soon pronounced it hemmorhage of the brain, and recovery impossible. At 5 o’clock that evening he died at his office, it not being thought best to carry him home durin ghis suffering.
Mr. ALEXANDER was well known in this county, being a native of Creswell, where he was interested quite extensively in farming , but of late years he has resided in Plymouth, he being manager and part owner of the Plymouth Milling Co.
The deceased was 48 years old and leaves several brothers, a wife and four small children to mourn their loss. He was a consistenct member of the M.P. Church, a loving and kind husband and father and a good citizen.
The remains were taken to Creswell yesterday morning and interred in the family burying ground.
We join their many friends in extending to the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy in their deep distress. Surely an upright man has gone to his reward.
Source: Roanoke Beacon, 5 Oct 1900