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30574
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Farmville’s story begins in the 1830’s and 40’s when several small communities with stores sprung up in the Farmville area. A post office was established there in 1848, and the area was named Farmville by John H. Hines. According to the Gilmer Civil War map dated 1864, Farmville consisted of a school house and several farms with the first general store being built about 1867. Farmville was incorporated around 1870. Dr. David S. Morrill recalled early Farmville as a crossroads community that had 12 houses, a church, a school, three or four stores, and two bars. Farmville continued to grow, more stores opened and finally electricity was turned on on Aug. 31, 1916.
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22635
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The flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, Queen Anne's Revenge, was sunk near Beaufort Inlet in 1718. At the old Voice of America site northwest of Greenville the state operates a conservation lab that is currently preserving artifacts found at the wreck of the famous ship.
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23754
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Long a part of eastern North Carolina culture, Pepsi was created in 1896 in New Bern by Caleb D. Bradham. Pepsi began to be bottled in Greenville in 1908, the bottling company passing through several hands over the years. The Minges family took over the franchise in 1935, and have made substantial contributions to the area ever since.
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The City of Greenville has been blessed to be home of numerous talented musicians. Kammerer gives small biographies of these famous musicians that include: Joseph Christopher Columbus Morris, aka Joe Morris, aka Chris Columbus (1902-2002) jazz drummer; Sonny Payne (son of Morris) (1926-1979) also a famous drummer; A. Cecil Ellington and John William (Bill) Riggins, Greenville businessmen and former Big Band men; William Myles Nobles, Greenville native and famous national songwriter active in the 1950’s and 1960’s; and Dr. Billy Taylor, who was born in Greenville in 1921 and became one of America’s Jazz greats.
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A Greenville native, David Barnhill, Jr. grew up playing stick ball on the streets to being one of the top pitchers during the 1930s and 1940s, playing for teams such as the Miami Giants and New York Cubans.
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23750
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] Snow which is a rare event in eastern North Carolina, is a pleasure to some and an annoyance to others. In 1780 the Neuse River froze over and the year of 1816 was known as the “Year Without a Summer.” A terrible freeze in February 1857 froze the Tar River, Contentnea Creek and Neuse River, There were reports of eight foot icebergs in the Pamlico Sound. During Christmas 1876, snow fell in Pitt County to a depth of 18-20 inches. Other snows and freezes occurred in 1884, 1886, 1889, 1895, and 1899, The Tar River froze over again during the great freeze of 1917-1918 and numerous people drove their model T cars across the ice on the Tar River and Albemarle Sound. A blizzard in March 1927 covered Pitt County with 16 inches of snow and another in December 1958 left 12 to 15 inches over the county. The snow of Feb. 9-10, 1973 put down 15 inches across Greenville and the largest snow in recent memory occurred on Jan. 21-22, 1985 when Greenville got 24-30 inches.
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There once was a community known as “Taft’s Landing” located on Highway 33, seven miles from Greenville. Taft’s landing, which consisted of a wharf, large store, warehouse, house, tenant houses, outbuildings and steam cotton gin, was one of the most prominent landings on the Tar River. The landing began with brothers, Elias and Arnold Taft, who came here from Massachusetts and started a naval stores business.by 1811. A post office was established at Taft’s Store in January 1853 known as “Tarville,” with James Henry Taft as postmaster. During the Civil War, Taft’s landing was raided several times On Sept. 30, 1873, Taft’s Store was the site of a homicide when James H. Taft was shot and killed by the store clerk, Eugene Holliday. In 1879, a new Episcopal Church was established at Taft’s landing known as “Salem.” All the Taft family moved to Greenville and in March 1896 the store, dwelling house and warehouse burned at Taft’s landing. Taft’s landing soon faded from memory.
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23748
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There is no question that television changed the nature of life in America. In Pitt County, the same can be said. The drive that changed lives began in 1949. Two years later, in May 1951, Channel 9 (WNCT) was granted affiliation by the Federal Communications Commission to become Pitt County's first television station. A construction permit was granted in December 1953 and they built a tower. However, due to FCC rules and population problems, the first television broadcast did not take place until December 22, 1953 at 5:00 p.m. In October 1953, it was reported there were 3,437 TV sets in Pitt County and a total of 24,000 TV sets in eastern North Carolina.
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23752
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The beautiful trees that line Fifth Street in Greenville were planted between 1920 and 1929, providing one of the most scenic drives in the city. Trees have a stately beauty, which is a distinct asset to the appearance and economic value of a community. Unfortunately, age, cramped spaces, and toxins added from increased traffic and development, are killing the trees. Every large wind that blows through has taken out more and more trees. The author gives a history of the struggle Greenville has had keeping trees as a part of the town landscape.
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The five sons of Walter Brown Wilson and Brittannia R. Saunders had various appointments and stations, fighting in World Wars I and II. The Wilson family of Greenville once had the distinction of being the only family on record in the War Department with five sons acting as officers in the United States Army.
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[Photograph of Allen H. Taft and wife, Elizabeth Adelaide Hoover Taft] There once was a community known as “Taft’s Landing” located on Highway 33, seven miles from Greenville. Taft’s landing, which consisted of a wharf, large store, warehouse, house, tenant houses, outbuildings and steam cotton gin, was one of the most prominent landings on the Tar River. The landing began with brothers, Elias and Arnold Taft, who came here from Massachusetts and started a naval stores business.by 1811. A post office was established at Taft’s Store in January 1853 known as “Tarville,” with James Henry Taft as postmaster. During the Civil War, Taft’s landing was raided several times On Sept. 30, 1873, Taft’s Store was the site of a homicide when James H. Taft was shot and killed by the store clerk, Eugene Holliday. In 1879, a new Episcopal Church was established at Taft’s landing known as “Salem.” All the Taft family moved to Greenville and in March 1896 the store, dwelling house and warehouse burned at Taft’s landing. Taft’s landing soon faded from memory.
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The stately Long House is located on the corner of Fourth and Cotanche Streets. The house was built in 1917/18 by William Henry Long (1866-1920) lawyer, businessman, real estate broker and mayor of Greenville. In 1915, W. H. Long’s brother died in New York after making millions in the silent film industry. William inherited a fourth of his brother’s estate and built this large house. The house was designed by noted architects, Benton & Benton, of Wilson, NC and hired William Bernard Baker, a Greenville building contractor, to build it. According to tradition, each of the four columns are solid stone and were brought up the river by steamboat and took 24 mules to haul each column by wagon up from the steamboat landing. The house stayed in the family many years and in 1979 the house was sold to the law firm of Howard, Vincent and Duffus. Through their efforts the house is now on the National Register.of Historic Places.
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30277
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Snow which is a rare event in eastern North Carolina, is a pleasure to some and an annoyance to others. In 1780 the Neuse River froze over and the year of 1816 was known as the “Year Without a Summer.” A terrible freeze in February 1857 froze the Tar River, Contentnea Creek and Neuse River, There were reports of eight foot icebergs in the Pamlico Sound. During Christmas 1876, snow fell in Pitt County to a depth of 18-20 inches. Other snows and freezes occurred in 1884, 1886, 1889, 1895, and 1899, The Tar River froze over again during the great freeze of 1917-1918 and numerous people drove their model T cars across the ice on the Tar River and Albemarle Sound. A blizzard in March 1927 covered Pitt County with 16 inches of snow and another in December 1958 left 12 to 15 inches over the county. The snow of Feb. 9-10, 1973 put down 15 inches across Greenville and the largest snow in recent memory occurred on Jan. 21-22, 1985 when Greenville got 24-30 inches.
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30279
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[illustration for Arthur Smith Show] There is no question that television changed the nature of life in America. In Pitt County, the same can be said. The drive that changed lives began in 1949. Two years later, in May 1951, Channel 9 (WNCT) was granted affiliation by the Federal Communications Commission to become Pitt County's first television station. A construction permit was granted in December 1953 and they built a tower. However, due to FCC rules and population problems, the first television broadcast did not take place until December 22, 1953 at 5:00 p.m. In October 1953, it was reported there were 3,437 TV sets in Pitt County and a total of 24,000 TV sets in eastern North Carolina.
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