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In 1967, John H. Foard founded the Blockade Runner Museum near Carolina Beach. The American Association for State and Local History commended the museum for its contributions to the study of local history. Though the museum drew visitors from all over the U.S., it was closed in 1982, by new owners. Most of the stock in the museum was already privately owned and to save it from being split up and sold, The New Hanover County Museum Foundation has been raising money from area residents to keep the collection together.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p29, por
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The 1936 North Carolina gubernatorial race pitted three men against one other. In the one-party Democratic south, the winner of the Democratic primary was essentially the election winner. In the 1936 race, two different Democratic factions were represented, the conservative and the liberal. Clyde R. Hoey and A. H. Graham both ran as conservative Democrats. Hoey also enjoyed the backing of former governor, O. Max Gardner. While Gardner was not the current governor, he controlled the conservative faction that was known as the “Machine” or the “Shelby Dynasty.” Ralph W. McDonald ran as the liberal candidate, and he wished to create a New Deal for North Carolinians. Campaign debates centered on the creation of a sales tax that would help cover the state's debt. McDonald, a young newcomer from Illinois, was considered an underdog; however, his anti-tax policies quickly gained support. Hoey and McDonald won a runoff following the first primary. The campaign race between Hoey and McDonald grew ugly and has been described as one of the nastiest campaigns in the state's history. Hoey and the Shelby Dynasty swept the election as the liberal faction lost several other state races.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p10-13, por
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Before the automobile, wagons were the prime mode of local transportation. Wagons built in eastern North Carolina differed from those built in western North Carolina in the width of their track. Owing to the rough terrain, western buggies had a width of only fifty-four inches; those in the east had a width of sixty inches. Buggies that went on roads outside of their region experienced rough rides. This was rarely a problem, however, as few North Carolinians took their buggies far away from home. The automobile changed things. The first mass-produced cars, such as the Ford Model-T, came with a sixty-inch tread option, but by 1916, all cars were manufactured with a fifty-four-inch tread. This caused a lot of damage to roads in eastern North Carolina until the paving campaigns of the 1920s and 1940s.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p14, il
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James discusses his friendship with Toliver, a mountaineer from Rosman. The two befriended each another while building roads during the Great Depression. Toliver even gives James the nickname “Big Blue” as a reference to James's Portuguese birth. The two have remained friends for over forty years, as James makes occasional visits to North Carolina's mountains. The author notes the economic change that both the state's mountain region and Toliver have experienced during that time. While James misses the old-time ways he experienced when he first came to the region, he realizes that progress has greatly improved the lives of Toliver and his family.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p7-8, il
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Dolls are now collectors' items that can be worth large amounts of money. Old dolls, however, are often in need of repair. Charlie and Carrie Miller of New Bern specialize in this craft. Both are retired teachers from New Jersey who decided to move south to enjoy their latter years. The Millers restore dolls' wardrobes, cosmetology, teeth, eyes, and bodies. Their talents have also been seen in rebuilding old homes. The Millers chose to buy one of New Bern's historic homes. The reconstruction is complete and the home is now a stop on New Bern's tour of homes. The Millers gained notoriety for standing up to the railroad industry. After restoring their historic home, passing coal trains were switched to another track that passed within a few feet of their home. The passing trains shook the ground so hard that the Millers feared the house might be shaken off its foundation. The two decided to stand in front of a train and make it stop as they hoped to gain media attention for their cause. As of publication, no decision has been made by the railroad to change the coal train's routes.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p18-20, por
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North Carolina, like the entire South, experienced the railroad boom of the early 1900s. The author includes photos he collected into a scrapbook while working for the Winston-Salem line of the Southern Railroad. One piece of his collection is the drawing “The Old Depot” by C. D. Poage. This drawing incorporates many of the everyday events experienced by depot agents. Thompson describes the functions of tools shown in the drawing and comments on the depot agent's daily routines. Thompson also discusses the depot buildings and includes several pictures of depots located between Greensboro and North Wilkesboro. These buildings were constructed by railroad gangs and Thompson provides a picture of one of those gangs. Today several of the these buildings are being moved or restored, such as the depot in Rural Hall, that now serves as the offices to a weekly newspaper, and the Pineville depot, that is now a restaurant.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p22-26, il, por
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English Chapel was constructed outside of Brevard in 1860 by the Reverend A. F. English. The Reverend built the church because he disagreed with the Southern Methodist Episcopal Church's stance on slavery. The church remains today but has gone through some hard times. At one time English Chapel served over forty mountain families. However, this number declined greatly after much of the area became part of the Pisgah National Forest. Since then, membership at the church as dwindled. English Chapel is now served by Reverend Chris Fitzgerald, who splits his time with two other Methodist churches. Attendance swells during the summer months as campers and hikers visit services.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p21, por
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North Carolinians have always had a sense of humor and a desire to join clubs. Billy Arthur describes some of the state's historic lighthearted organizations, such as the Wilmington Whistling Society, the Cheerful Chitterling Chewers Club of Winston-Salem, the Calico Club of Washington, the Carolina Marriage Association of Charlotte, and the Squirrel Feeders Club of Raleigh. Many humorous clubs still exist today, such as the Bald-Headed Men of America from Morehead City and the I Could Kick Myself Brotherhood of Tarboro. Vance County's Ugly League only requires its members to be naturally ugly. Once open only to men, the club began allowing female members in 1982.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p17, por
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Young discusses the players he would include if he were to create a North Carolina all-star baseball team. Included on this imaginary team are Hall of Fame inductees Luke Appling of High Point and probable future inductee Gaylord Perry from Williamston. Young describes his player at every position and includes the lifetime statistics of each. A notable player included on the team is Rocky Mount's Buck Leonard, who played in the Negro leagues and was known as “the Black Lou Gehrig.”
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 2, July 1983, p15-17, por
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