Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 24, 2014
The All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, wraps up a week of activities on Saturday with the annual Soap Box Derby race. In the 1930s, the winner of Raleighs soap box derby was front-page news. Sponsored by The News & Observer and Sir Walter Chevrolet, the derby ran right down Glenwood Avenue.
Fourteen-year-old Hal Thompson led a field of 54 racers here yesterday afternoon to win the coveted 1938 Soap Box Derby championship for Raleigh and a free trip to the national finals at Akron, Ohio.
He is the brother of 10-year-old Wiley Thompson, who won the Derby here last year by nosing out Hal by just three inches. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marvin Thompson of 400 Kimsey Street.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 17, 2014
Before it was sold to the Baptist State Convention to serve as a retreat center, Fort Caswell in Brunswick County played a role in both World Wars and defended the Cape Fear River during the Civil War. Louis T. Moore explained some of that history to N&O readers in 1949.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 4, 2014
Hugh MacRae, a developer and industrialist of the early 20th century, presided over many enterprises in southeastern North Carolina. One of the most interesting was his development of six rural "colonies" staffed by European immigrants in Pender, New Hanover and Columbus counties for experimenting with agricultural practices.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on June 19, 2014
North Carolina of two centuries ago presented an unbroken expanse of long leaf pine. It is doubtful that anywhere in the world there existed so magnificent a forest. Over a territory 300 miles long and more than 100 miles wide, the forest stretched in a green unbroken sea, with here and there rivers up which boats might come for their burdens. North Carolina became the chief turpentine producing territory in the world. The tar went everywhere. Even the Chinese, seeing the well-caulked ships that came from remote ports, coveted our tar and bought it.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on June 12, 2014
Next Friday night Rocky Mount will play host to hordes of young folks from Miami to Washington who will attend the 70th annual June German here. Like all previous Germans, admittance is by invitation only.