Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on April 10, 2014
In the spring of 1948, Dr. W. Houston Moore of Wilmington was finally seeing his dream realized as the city hosted its first Azalea Festival. Hugh Morton was the first festival president, and actress Jacqueline White was its first Azalea Queen. N&O readers got an extensive report on the festivities.
Beauteous Jacqueline White, Hollywood starlet and Wilmingtons first azalea queen was the toast of the town today as she began a three-day reign under blue skies and sunshine.
The California lass began a whirlwind round of festivity this afternoon after arriving at 12:30 oclock where the azalea festivals reception committee headed by Mayor E. L. White, Dr. W. Houston Moore, and J. Holmes Davis officially welcomed her to Wilmington.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 21, 2014
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.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 14, 2014
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. …
Posted by Teresa Leonard on March 6, 2014
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.