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10098
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Thomas discusses the history of Wilson's Tobacco Festival, which was suspended during the war years, beginning in 1942. Between 75,000 to 100,000 people attended from all parts of the country. Planners hope to resume the festival in 1947.
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10620
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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to North Carolina to visit Penderlea, a government farm and housing project in Pender County. Mrs. Roosevelt arrived by train in Wilson and was driven to Wallace, accompanied by Senator Bob Reynolds and Governor Clyde Hoey. While at Penderlea, the first lady went on home to home visits, participated in a square dance and had a lunch of typical farm fare. After returning to Wallace, Mrs. Roosevelt gave a speech and spent the night at the home of a Dr. and Mrs. John D. Robinson. *Additional information on this topic can be found in Vol. 38, No. 13, page 4 (\"First Lady's Visit\"~ Letters to the Editor)
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 38 Issue 8, Sept 1970, p17, por
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10634
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In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's private train was involved in an accident in Wilson, NC. According to the one reporter at the scene, a vehicle driven by A.T. Smith stalled on the tracks before the President's train arrived. With no warning available, the President's train collided with Smith's car at approximately 11:45 p.m. The Secret Service investigated, and the Presidential train resumed its journey to Washington, D.C. The White House didn't mention the accident until being asked about it two days later.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 38 Issue 14, Dec 1970, p16, il
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10827
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The \"First Annual National Hollerin' Contest\" is to be held at Spivey's Corner, in Sampson County, on June 28, 1969. Back in the days before telephones, neighbors would \"holler\" to one another for communication. Ermon Godwin Jr., of Dunn, decided that it might be fun to have a contest for the National Hollerin' Title of 1969, and when news of the coming event spread, he knew he had hit the jackpot. However, this is not the first \"national\" contest to be held in North Carolina. In the 1930s, the Wilson Jaycees held the National Family Basketball Tournament. Wilson also had the National Tobacco Auctioneer contest and Dunn held the First Annual National Grandmothers' Beauty Contest.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 36 Issue 24, May 1969, p16
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14117
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Wilson is an attractive town; a picture-perfect place in the Coastal Plains.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 17 Issue 12, Aug 1949, p14-18, f
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14603
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Mustard and Gravy were once a famous comedic radio duo from Wilson. Their radio program, a staple of Wilson running during the 1930s and 1940s, caught the ear of Smiley Burnette a western comedian with Columbia Pictures. Burnette offered Mustard, Frank Rice, and Gravy, Ernest Stokes, a contract to film two movies, \"Blue Prairie\" and second untitled.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 14 Issue 19, Oct 1946, p6, il
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14787
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Wilson County schools underwent changes after Superintendent K. R. Curtis took over in 1943. He introduced programs to aid families during war time constraints, this included education for children and parents alike. Farmers could go to classes a few days a week to learn vocational skills to better maintain and repair farm equipment during a time when such machinery was scarce. Teachers, in cooperation with parents, assigned advanced school work to students that may need to stay home and assist with farming during the school year. Curtis further emphasized agriculture by demanding agricultural vocation programs in 100% of Wilson County schools.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 11 Issue 3, June 1943, p4-5, 24
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North Carolina has a number of its citizens, including Randolph Scott and Virginia Dale, achieving success in the movie industry. Thomas writes of another actress, Ava Gardner of Smithfield, who hopes to follow in their footsteps.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 9 Issue 23, Nov 1941, p6-7, 29, por
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20624
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Clarence L. Hardy of Greene County is the world's biggest tobacco farmer. He grows tobacco on a 12,000-acre farm in Green and Pitt counties. He never went to college and had very little schooling in his early days, but he is a large contributor to educational, religious, and civic organizations. Recently he has given sums totaling $100,000 to Atlantic Christian College in Wilson.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 13 Issue 32, Jan 1946, p8-9, por
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