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for The State Vol. 14 Issue 52, May 1947
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Burlington, then the largest city in Alamance County, experienced a surge of industrial growth following World War II. All sectors of the city flourished during this period including civic improvements and health programs. Expansion of manufacturing was pivotal to the town's success, especially its most noteworthy manufactured good, hosiery. Burlington leaders also organized local markets where Alamance County farmers could sell their tobacco, instead of seeking buyers outside the county. As a benefactor of economic growth, health programs and local public schools thrived with new hospital facilities and high schools planned.
Captain James W. Willis (1844-1920) was a whaling captain and fisherman who fished out of Morehead City, Carteret County. After years of fishing with baited lines, he developed the idea of sinking a net to increase fish catches and eliminate the need for fishing line. Though undated, his first experiment involved bricks tied to a net. The contraption, now known as a sink net, was sunk and left for an hour. Afterwards Willis and his crew hauled in 2,000 pounds of fish, quadrupling a typically successful day of fishing with hand lines.