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William C. Moose
Twenty-five years ago:
Record & Landmark, August 8-14, 1997.
“Iredell-Statesville’s newest school, Lake Norman Elementary, is one of 12 schools of excellence in the state. Lake Norman Elementary, a K-5 school, opened with an enrollment of 587 students last August. Enrollment for the coming year is 781.” (8/8)
Obit James Calvin “JC” Griffith, 74. “Griffith retired after 37 years of service at the JC Penny Distribution Center and was also a beef cattle farmer. He served in the US Army in Italy during World War II and was a member of the Society Baptist Church. (8/9)
“The Statesville Record & Landmark will support candidates in the fall municipal and school board elections. This reverses a long-standing policy. Recommending a candidate who will do the best job is one of the best ways for a newspaper to serve its readers. » (8/10)
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Llederi Chapter American Business Women’s Assn. “Plans have been made for the chapter to serve food at their booth at the Iredell County Agricultural Fair. This is the chapter’s main fundraising project to finance scholarships for young people to go to university. (8/11)
Obit Guy D. Reynolds, 78. “He was an original member of the Statesville National Guard, Company F, 105th Engineers which was mobilized in September 1940. He served in North Africa, Italy, Germany, France and Korea. He received a battlefield commission and retired with the rank of major in 1961.” [ buried Arlington National Cemetery] (8/12)
“Residents of Meck Neck have been calling for a change of residence since 1967 after the creation of Lake Norman cut them off from Mecklenburg County. Over 500 people live on Meck Neck. They pay Mecklenburg County taxes, but receive Iredell County fire, ambulance, and garbage disposal services. (8/13)
“Snow Creek United Methodist Church will celebrate 196 years of service with its annual homecoming celebration. Dr. Harold K. Bales will deliver the message. He is a preacher, teacher, speaker and church adviser and is known as the “Southern Fried Preacher”. ” (8/14)
Fifty years ago :
Record & Landmark, August 8-14, 1972.
The West Iredell HS project is to be resubmitted. “The Iredell County Commissioners, after a three-and-a-half-hour wrangle with the county school board in a joint meeting, have agreed to pay the sum necessary to accept the lowest new offer.” (8/8)
“In Statesville, Southern Bell Manager Mike Carson announced that a recently underway construction project in the Center St. building will cost $267,000. The addition of a switching office will provide 800 lines and 600 numbers to the capacity of the office.” (8/9)
The SHS Grenadier Band will begin rehearsals on August 14.
4 teachers from North Iredell HS will attend the Professional Agriculture Teachers Association of NC. meeting in Greensboro. “The county teachers involved are BW Campbell, TE Setser, Ralph Kurfees and David L. Teague.” (8/11)
“Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice, renowned football player from the 1940s at the University of North Carolina, will be the guest speaker tonight as New Salem Church opens its new recreational facility. The new facility includes a field of lighted softball, tennis courts and outdoor basketball court.(8/12)
Photo. “Local performer – Garland Lambert is shown playing his guitar during the 37th Annual Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA over the weekend. A crowd of 15,000 turned out for the picking and singing at Galax. (8/14)
Seventy-five years ago:
Statesville Daly Record, August 8-14, 1947.
Mayor RA Collier suggests shorter paid parking hours. “Suggested times would start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., giving two hours at no extra charge in the morning and half an hour free in the afternoon.” (8/8)
Bill Monroe here August 13th. “Coming to the Playhouse Theater for four great stage shows is one of the most popular male singers at the WSM Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night. He brings with him his very popular Blue Grass Boys and the famous Blue Grass Quartet. (8/9)
The 1946 tax collection set a record. “AE Guy, Clerk and Treasurer, said the total levy was $114,049 and all of that was collected except $5,371. Collections represent approximately 96% of total collections. (8/11)
“Coach Dave Diamont had the pleasure of welcoming a record 59 candidates to the Greyhounds’ inaugural practice yesterday afternoon. At least 18 Men of Letters will bolster the Greyhounds’ chances of retiring from the southern Piedmont basement this season. (8/12)
Photo. “City Police Department Patrolman CD Vanstory receives the first Navy Victory Medal to be presented to a former Navy member in Iredell County. Victory Medals are presented each Wednesday in the building of the post office to naval personnel who served at any time during the war.” (8/13)
Mayor RA Collier will call major college football games this fall. “His busiest weekend is probably October 31. That night he will be in the Clemson-Georgia battle in Athens, Georgia, and is due back in Raleigh the following afternoon for the State-Chattanooga tilt.” (8/14)
A hundred years ago :
Landmark, August 10 and 14, 1922.
“The Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company will soon open a store here on the reserve
On South Center Street and formerly occupied by the Mutual Building and Loan Association. This company has a chain of stores all over the country. (8/10)
“Mr. JP Sumpter, who accompanied the group of businessmen and ministers on their fishing and camping trip along the Linville River, returned home yesterday. Mr. Sumpter asked this newspaper to report that everyone was feeling good and having a good time, especially the “preachers” and that fish were occasionally caught.” (8/10)
Mooreville. “Miss Grace Evans, linotype operator for the Mooresville Company, will be spending the weekend in Greensboro and will be accompanied home by her brother.” (8/10)
“Some local gasoline buyers have complained that the local price is higher than neighboring points. Concorde 27 cents; Salisbury 28 cents; Hickory 29 cents; Statesville 30 cents. (8/14)
Mooreville. “Roadwork on North Broad Street resumed on Wednesday, after being suspended due to equipment. It is hoped that sufficient quantities can be delivered within the next two weeks so that contractors can complete their sector at Shepherds. (8/14)
“The Statesville Elementary Schools fall term will open on Monday, September 4. It is expected that all students will report to their respective buildings, when rooms will be allocated and lessons given for the following day. (8/14)
One hundred and twenty-five years ago:
Landmark, August 10 and 13, 1897.
Obit Augustus C. Tomlin, Esq., 66. “The deceased was born and raised in Olin Township and lived at the old farmhouse. He was a remarkably successful farmer and businessman and left a fine estate. He was an honest and upright man, a patriotic and public-spirited citizen. The funeral was held at Snow Creek Church. Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend WR McLelland and interment took place at Snow Creek Cemetery. (8/10)
“Assistant Collector Bryant is busy taking brandy bonds. He now thinks there will be 50 to 60 brandy distilleries in this county and in Alexander County. (8/10)
“Telephone Exchange subscribers will add to their lists WP Turner & Co., No. 89.” (8/10)
“The school tax election in Iredell on Tuesday was irrelevant and a very thin vote was cast. It appears from the statements that 835 votes were cast – 466 “against the schools” and 369 votes “for the schools”, giving a majority of 97 against the schools on the number of votes cast. No one is disappointed with Iredell – at least no one we heard from expected the tax to be applied in this county. There was almost no effort to get it transported. (8/13)
“You have heard of large tomatoes, but the ones we are about to tell you about are of the small variety, known as the cherry tomato. “a buckshot. Two of them are very ripe. They are called the cherry tomato but they are not as big as the cherries. (8/13)
Moose taught history at Mitchell Community College.