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22795
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Pitt Academy was chartered in 1786 and built in Greenville shortly thereafter. Greenville Academy was chartered in 1814. In 1830, the Greenville Female Academy was formed. It was located on the corner of Second and Greene streets. Sometime in 1835, a male academy, located where the Sheppard Memorial Library stands, was established. On September 1, 1885, the Greenville Male and Female Institute (picture available) opened on Dickinson Avenue. It later merged and was transformed into the Pitt Female Seminary.
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22906
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n 1727, the Williamses were the first family to settle in the region near present-day Falkland. In 1779, George Faulkner operated a tavern there, which might be how the town got its name; however, no one is sure. In 1902, the town had a population of 139 people. Some of the more prominent people in the town were Frank Dupree and F.L. Fountain. The area has supported several noteworthy businesses.
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22987
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ECU's football stadium began with a building campaign in 1961. Dr. Leo Jenkins , the new college president, approached W. M. (Booger) Scales, Jr. as chairman of the drive to finance the James S. Ficklen Memorial Stadium. Ground was broken on the proposed site of the stadium on May 3, 1962, the late J. S. Ficklen’s birthday. The Stadium was formally dedicated on the evening of Sept. 21, 1963. The second portion of Ficklen Stadium was dedicated in September 1968. Before the 1978 season, the seating capacity was again expanded from 20,000 to 35,000.
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22813
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Greenville was a mission point for Presbyterians as early as 1877. Rev. J.R.H. Summerell began holding Presbyterian services in the Methodist and Baptist churches and Opera House. The First Presbyterian Church was founded on May 11, 1891 with seven charter members. The first Presbyterian Church building was built on Dickinson Ave. in 1895 and was dedicated in 1897, when all debts were paid off. However, this congregation outgrew the first location so a large new brick church was constructed on Pitt and Fifth streets in 1927. After years of continual growth, this church was too small, and in 1961, construction began on the church located on Fourteenth and Elm streets.
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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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22978
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The Globe Hardware Store located on West Fifth Street has always been a downtown landmark. Started by J.H. Hart and G.W. Baker in 1896, the store later was owned in part by George Wood Bacon Hadley, Ernest L. Baker and Grover C. Davis, James L. Harris Jr., Van C. Fleming Jr., E.H. Taft Jr., M.K. Blount, and F.L. Blount. The Herbert Wilkerson family has operated it since 1954.
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23021
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In January 1937, 35 acres was obtained by the City for a municipal park on the outskirts of Greenville (now Fifth Street). The property on Greene Mill Run was given by James Brown and wife to the City with the provision that a park be maintained and developed thereon known as “Greene Springs Park.” Several additional acres were donated by J. R. and J. N. Williams and another piece of high ground was bought from Mrs. Nora Heath. The park was developed with WPA funds and the help of the Woman's Club and a garden club.
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23691
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Started in 1948 by fire-chief George Gardner, he started a public campaign to raise donations from individuals and area businesses for $4,500 worth of equipment. With this money he purchased a 1948 panel truck, iron lung, a hospital type oxygen tent and small tools. The rescue Squad was operated by the Fire Department and by donations only. As the calls grew, in 1955 the Junior Jaycees and Fire Department sponsored the formation of a Volunteer Rescue Squad composed of four firemen and 10 volunteers. In 1959, a Rescue Squad annex was dedicated beside the central Fire Station and was showered with gifts of equipment by area businesses. The Greenville Rescue Squad was recognized as the best in the State and was one of the best on the eastern seaboard.
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23401
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The first known bottle company in Greenville, N.C. was a beer bottling company called the Greenville Bottling Co., opened by S.M. Schwartz in June 1883. J.H. Shelburn opened another beer bottling company in January 1884. Ed. H. Shelburn & Co. started a bottling company for carbonated drinks in 1892 and was the first person to sell Coca-Cola in town in 1893. J.W. Bryan, inventor of the drink Euvita, established the Euvita Bottling Co. in January 1903. In 1908, T.M. Hooker and W.A. Teel, Jr. started the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. In April 1906, the Burton Soda Water and Ice Cream Works opened and began bottling Seven Springs Mineral Water. W.J. Hardee, C.M. Warren and R.T. Cox started the Greenville Chero-Cola Bottling Co. in March 1915, and in 1916, James M. Hines established the Coca-Cola Bottling Works. The Orange Crush Bottling Co. opened in 1923; J. Carroll Waldrop started the Nehi Bottling Co. in 1933; and the Double Cola Bottling Company began in 1939. The Gary Beverage Company of Charlotte, N.C. established the Greenville Tip Company in March 1940.
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22872
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Once called “Bell's Ferry,” the small town of Grifton is located on both sides of Contentnea Creek (known locally as Mocassin River). In 1889, the legislature changed the town's name to “Grifton” and made it official on January 1, 1890. Following the name change, the railroad came through Pitt County and directly through Grifton. The railroad transformed the town, which built new streets at a steady rate. The railroad also stimulated the development of businesses.
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22888
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The small community of Grimesland in Pitt County has a very deep history. In 1714, Louis Duvall patented the land on a bluff and called it Mount Calvary. Duvall later sold the land to Edward Salter, who established Salter's Ferry on the land. After Salter owned the land, William Grimes bought the land and established a plantation there, creating Boyd's Ferry. The land and community surrounding it first became known as Grimesland when a post office was established on June 20, 1871. The name later changed to Nelsonville. In 1886, the name of the post office was changed to Grimesland. Around 1890, fifty people lived there. A number of businesses developed along Grimesland's six streets.
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23025
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The Grimesland Seine Beach on the Tar River was once a popular place in the 1950s. The original owners can be traced back to L. W. and Olivia Blakeley, who owned the beach as a part of their 1,810 acre farm known as “Bellevue.” The Blakeley seine began in the 1860s as the “Pay Per Haul” method, when money was put down first and the seine hauled afterward. In 1899, the seine was bought by W. E. “Lige” Proctor and in 1947 was owned by Cecil Moore and Wiley Tripp. During the hauling season the seine beach would attract as many as 3,000 people, either to buy fish or watch. Pollution and over fishing finally killed the Grimesland Seine Beach in the 1960s.
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22980
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The village of Hanrahan, located southwest of Greenville, was first known as “Pleasant Hill” and later as “Hanrahan’s Mills.” It was named after James A. Hanrahan (1831-1891) who had a store there. A post office was established there called “Hanrahan,” with Sarah R. Collins as first postmaster. After the railroad came through in 1890, James A. Hanrahan and his brother-in-law, J. T. Worthington erected grist mills and a cotton gin. The business was called the “Hanrahan Milling Company.” The business died sometime after 1910.
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22886
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The railroad dramatically changed everything about Eastern North Carolina. Two particular changes were the development of businesses and the establishment of towns. The railroad led to the development of the communities called House and Whichard. Originally, House Station was located three miles north of Greenville and was named for David House (1816-1894). The post office became known as House when it opened on August 31, 1891 It remained open until December 7, 1900. The post office was opened again on November 5, 1901. On May 30, 1897, an earthquake in the town shocked many residents. The town slowly died after the telegraph office was closed in June 1899. Similarly, Whichard had a short-lived existence. Whichard Station, named after Willis R. Whichard, was started because of the railroad. A post office was operated there from December 28,1891 until April 1896. However, the town died after the timber interests and the railroad line left it.
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22930
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The first lodge in Pitt County and the first Masonic lodge in the State was at Crown Point, Pitt County in 1766. Thomas Cooper established this lodge. It was at Crown Point Lodge that George Washington spent the night in Pitt County during his 1791 tour. The next lodge was established before 1822 in Greenville and was known as the Sharon Lodge #78. After the Civil War, Sharon Lodge disbanded and the members transferred to Rountrees Lodge. The next lodge appears in 1874 as the Woodson Lodge Number 16 Knights of Pythias. In 1888, Greenville then had five lodges. The Greenville Masonic Lodge had a school. The Red Man Lodge formed in 1903, the Winterville Lodge formed in 1904 and the new Sharon Lodge formed in 1911.