This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake county area.
In 2004, longtime Zebulon druggist John Malone closed up shop after a long career as the town’s pharmacist. In 1989, officials were looking at revitalizing part of Zebulon’s downtown. And in 1964, Zebulon was preparing for its very own fair.
John Malone’s advertisements were a staple of the Zebulon Record in previous years. With a different message every week, readers had grown used to seeing his face atop a cartoon body in the paper. In 2004, John Malone finally closed up shop, after 34 years.
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After working an average of 65 hours per week for nearly 34 years, Malone Drugs owner John Malone is long overdue for some quality vacation time.
By selling his Arendell Avenue business to Eckerd Drug and accepting a position there, the registered pharmacist is finally able to do some of the things he has missed since first opening the store in 1970. Golf, tennis and traveling are things he had to put on hold as he manned one of the longest-running Zebulon businesses that closes next Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Hobbies that were once in the clouds are now at his fingertips. And he’s not too shy to let anyone know.
When he begins the new post next week, Malone will work a 40-hour week, freeing up time he didn’t have as his own boss since age 24.
Not since his days in the U.S.Army Reserve – well, unless you count his wife at home – has he had to answer to anyone.
“Now you’re going to know what it’s like to have a boss,” longtime customer Mary Francis Curtis said, laughing as the man she entrusted with her prescriptions – sometimes waking Malone in the middle of the night to fill prescriptions for her sick mother – plans to relocate up the street.
[...]For Malone, the decision was based along the lines of finally looking after himself for a change. Having amassed his current estimate of about 5,000 customers, and looking after generations of eastern Wake families’ sniffles and illnesses, the 59-year-old said it’s time for a break and plans to spend more time with his wife and two children.
As a town ages, revitalization becomes both more expensive and more necessary. With changing times comes changing tastes and changing demands. In 1989, officials were looking at what it would take to keep up with the times.
The recently re-formed Downtown Merchants Association met Monday night to hear plans for the revitalization of a four-block section of downtown Zebulon.
The revitalization plan – which has ballooned into an approximate $200,000 project – entails the relocation of utility lines and telephone lines underground, the installation of decorative streetlights and brick along the sidewalks, and the addition of trees and landscaped areas to improve the aesthetics along Arendell Avenue.
When the plan was first initiated by Town Planner David Bender a year ago, the Town Board had set aside $50,000 for the basic work. An additional $20,000 was allocated in the 1989-90 budget.
“There is a lot of information here,” Bender explained to the merchants. “(This plan) will promote the downtown, which in effect will benefit the merchants.”
Zebulon Town Manager Charlie Horne agreed. “This is a vital program for the downtown,” he said. “We are in the process of doing a lot of good things in Zebulon. It all ties together. This revitalization is not an independent activity. To be vibrant and prosperous, we have to encourage people to come in.”
The N.C. State Fair is a staple of autumn in Wake County and just about everywhere within reasonable driving distance of Raleigh. In 1964, Zebulon had a fair of its own: The Five County Fair.
September means two things happen to Zebulon and the surrounding communities. School opens and it’s fair time.
School has already begun, and the Five County Fair is set for next week, Monday through Saturday, September 21-26.
A new site for the annual fair festival had to be selected because of the housing development that is located on the old fair ground site. The new site is on Highway 64, near Shepard School.
Wade Privette, fair manager, said the new site has between 12 and 14 acres. This means that future fairs will have ample room for their facilities. It is wire enclosed.
A 32 x 60 cement block exhibition hall has recently been constructed. Its interior has been adequately furnished with shelving and booths for products of exhibitors.
Exhibits are to be displayed Monday, according to Mrs. Frank Wall, exhibit chairman. Members of the Lioness Club will be at the hall to supervise and display the objects, Mrs. Wall said. Judging will be done Tuesday morning.
Privette has secured the Dave Endy carnival for the midway. There will be 18 rides – 10 thrill rides and 8 kiddie rides, 6 side shows, a live pony trick, a wild life exhibit, and many concessions.