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12360
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Including Farmville, Grifton, Ayden, Bethel, Fountain, Pactolus, Stokes, Falkland, Grimesland, Winterville, and Greenville, this article offers small histories of the towns comprising Pitt County.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 25 Issue 10, Oct 1957, p23, 25-35, map, f
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22812
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Stories include interesting facts relating to the \"good old days.\"
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22927
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An 1894 newspaper article made local man Frank Skinner famous for a time when readers learned of Mr. Skinner's mishaps and adventures with his \"Billy\" goat.
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23465
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Joe M. Butterworth, a merchant in Bethel in the 1960s, was a WWII navy buddy of President John F. Kennedy. Serving together on \"PT\" boats in the Pacific, Butterworth remembers Kennedy as \"just a fine officer and a fine all round fellow.\" Following the war, Butterworth and Kennedy kept in touch and Butterworth greeted the presidential hopeful when he visited Greenville in 1960.\r\nIn 1891, a trophy was created for the 1890 Baseball Club of Greenville to commemorate their previous season's play. The trophy, constructed by Robert Humber, was made up of a tripod of miniature baseball bats with a game - winning ball suspended beneath it. Mollie Rouse painted each of the players' names on the ball. To this day no one knows what became of the trophy.\r\nIn 1887, the Pitt County jail saw a unique business proposition come its way in the form of horse - trading. An inmate in the jail traded his horse, in the custody of the prison, for the horse of an interested party on the outside.\r\nIn 1903, the local newspaper in Greenville contained an editorial that commented on the lack of manners among the youth of the town. The unknown author, after mentioning several observations as to how Greenville's youth incorrectly acted towards one another, stated that \"we would like to see the present generation of 18 and 20 year olds acquire some of the gentility, grace and dignity of other days.\"\r\n
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23484
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Mrs. T. E. Hooker and friends organized the \"First Friday Afternoon Musical Club\" for interested women in the town of Greenville, limiting it to 20 members. An elaborate German (dance) took place in Perkins Hall on a Friday night in December 1908. Lanterns and American flags from Ellsworth of New York decorated the hall. Walter Wilson, Jr. and Miss Nell Skinner, along with others led the German dance. Mr. W. H. Strum and Miss Ada Norris applied for a marriage license at the Register of Deeds office in Pitt County during October 1893. Ms. Norris's parents objected to the marriage, vowing to stop the wedding. Mr. Strum waited for his chance, and he and Ms. Norris were married within 30 feet of the bride's father, without him even knowing of the union.
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23478
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Local stories told from the past include a Dokie Ceremony held in May 1923 in Ayden and an effort to recruit Babe Ruth to be the manager of the Greenville baseball club. Other gleanings from the past are the cleanest man and the sleepiest man to hold office; the invention of a \"Spectro - speedometer\" by D.A. Windham of Greenville; a lost diamond found in a chicken gizzard, and the difference in telephone rates in area towns.
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23514
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Newspaper articles in The Eastern Reflector, the Daily Reflector, Tarboro Southerner from the late 1800s and early 1900s contained stories about early families and hard-to-believe occurrences. Past articles, included Mrs. J. F. Briley's catching a 24-pound turtle with a fishing pole and line lead, and Mr. Charles Harris, a Pitt County's early settler, reported to be 122 years old upon his death in 1860.
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The Flanagan Buggy Company formerly occupied the corner of Fourth and Cotanche Streets in Greenville, North Carolina, a space that now houses a parking garage. The Flanagan business dates back to 1866 and has an interesting history from its establishment to the time of its closure in 1969.
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Greenville Times (NoCar Oversize F264 G72 G77), Vol. Issue , Fall 2015, p44-47, il, por
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In January 1937, efforts began to establish Greene Springs Park along Green Mill Run in Greenville, North Carolina. With the coming of World War II, park work ceased until the 1950s, and by 1958 the park was complete and open to the community.
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Greenville Times (NoCar Oversize F264 G72 G77), Vol. Issue , Fall 2015, p14-21, il, por
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Many buildings downtown in Greenville once contained a number of prominent retailers. A site on Fifth Street first held the Glascow Evans Livery stable in 1890. Other companies used the same site, but the first major company to lease the building was Montgomery Ward in 1928. In 1932, Quinn-Miller Furniture moved in, then Belk-Tyler in 1938. Today, the building houses Crossbones Tavern and apartments.
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Greenville Times (NoCar Oversize F264 G72 G77), Vol. Issue , Winter 2015, p48-51, il
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Pitt County has been visited by many United States presidents, including George Washington, Grover Cleveland, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter, and first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan. Their visits were connected to Greenville’s location on the Tar River, exports, and East Carolina University.
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Greenville Times (NoCar Oversize F264 G72 G77), Vol. Issue , Spring/Summer 2016, p40-45, il, por
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In 1926 information came to light about John Henry Powell, a Pitt County native, sailor, soldier, railroader and adventurer who was a soldier for Queen Victoria in India. Powell was from Bell’s Ferry (Grifton) and ran away from home and worked on American and British ships for many years. He had many unique and frightening stories. Powell ended his globe-trotting in India following a mutiny aboard a British ship in the Indian Ocean. He joined the British Army in Calcutta and fought in several campaigns in the Himalayas and western Pakistan. He then worked as a railway engineer on lines across India. Powell then returned to North Carolina for a visit in July 1927 and went to Hopewell, VA to see his elderly mother and brother who were still alive. Powell was planning to move back to North Carolina from India with his children.
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22802
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Named after the town's first merchant, Robert A. Fountain, this small town is located west of Greenville. In 1901, the East Carolina Railroad put a depot near Fountain’s store and called it “Reba.” This community became Fountain after the establishment of a post office there on January 15, 1902, with R. A. Fountain as postmaster. Fountain was incorporated as a town in 1903 and by 1910, was a bustling commercial center with 126 people. A fire in 1907 destroyed all the stores and they were rebuilt with brick. In 1912, a Presbyterian Church was organized. The first graded school for the town had 150 pupils in 1917. The Fountain Fire Department was organized in 1937 and the East Carolina Railroad closed in 1955.
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22819
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This is the second installment of Jesse Lillington Jackson (1874-1969) narratives about his early life in Pitt County. The stories in this article concern shad fishing, Joe John Jackson, Burt Jackson, J. H. Ellis, Bryant Tripp, stores and barrooms in Greenville, election polling places, Richard Craft and Silas Craft.
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22814
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This article gives tidbits and facts about life in Pitt County from the antebellum period to the beginning of the Twentieth Century. From these memories we can see “the good old days” were not as easy as we would like to think. He talks about log houses in 1857, roads, church services, germs and sanitation, drinking water and schools.
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