Past Times Blog

  • Raleigh always ready to put on a show

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on April 3, 2014

    Raleigh’s Academy of Music was the site of many theatrical productions, including Fredrik the Great.

    Raleigh always has been known in show business as a good customer for amusements with reasonably high entertainment values.

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  • All of Raleigh came together to back the ’74 Pack

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 28, 2014

    The N.C. State mascot and fans send off the Wolfpack as they depart from Reynolds Coliseum for the 1974 Final Four in Greensboro.

    “We’re about talked out,” said Garner plumber Ralph Hollyfield as he got his hair worked over in a style shop.

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  • N&O began publishing Monday paper in 1914

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 24, 2014

    The News and Observer’s Monday issue has been generally praised and its determination to issue every day in the year has been a move that had great public demand behind it.

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  • Midnight fire claimed Durham business district a century ago

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 21, 2014

    At Blacknall’s drug store at Main and Corcoran, the fire smoked the next day.

    A disastrous fire that broke out in downtown Durham on the night of March 23, 1914, destroyed a large portion of the downtown business district when a break in the water main left firemen powerless against the blaze.

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  • Cyclone brought destruction to Oxford

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 14, 2014

    Oxford was a bustling town around the turn of the century.

    A telegram just received here from Oxford states that a cyclone struck that place this evening at 5 o’clock. Boykin’s, Burwell’s and Smith’s prize houses were demolished. Adams’ warehouse was damaged seriously, but not destroyed. The Minor warehouse was badly damaged. A prize house belonging to Mrs. Roger O. Gregory was totally destroyed and another badly injured. Leach’s livery stable and several small dwellings were blown down. Four men were badly hurt. One negro man who was on the third floor of the Burwell building has just been gotten out in a condition past recovery. Mr. Boykin was on the third floor of the building together with Mr. Long when the cyclone struck. Mr. Boykin escaped with slight damage, but Mr. Long received several painful cuts about the head and face. A regular panic prevails. …

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  • Last journey for Jefferson Davis went through Raleigh

    Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 6, 2014

    The funeral procession carrying the remains of Jefferson Davis makes its way down Fayetteville Street.

    When the rumble of the train was heard in Charlotte at 6:30 a.m., military contingents faced the track and three volleys were fired as the train braked to a stop.

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