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for The State Vol. 3 Issue 17, Sept 1935
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Indigenous tobacco plants satisfied early settlers' appetites but in 1852 the first \"bright leaf\" tobacco was grown and started the state's tobacco boom. The popularity of J. L. Green's tobacco with Civil War soldiers created the world-famous \"Bull Durham\" brand. The Duke's became prolific tobacco farmers and the \"Duke's Mixture\" helped J. B. Duke form the American Tobacco Company. The tobacco industry was not limited to the 'Triangle' and places like Winston-Salem became cigarette manufacturing locales.
Dr. N. C. Newbold directed the Division of Negro Education from 1913 to 1935. The Pasquotank County native studied at Duke University, Columbia, Yale, and Harvard. During his service as Division of Negro Education in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction the number of black pupils and teachers dedicated to their tutelage increased greatly from 160,000 students and 2,800 teachers in 1913 to 340,895 students and 6,600 teachers in 1935.
A 1930s phenomenon was roadside convenient stores adding animals as attractions to draw in more patrons. Many gas station owners captured bears to chain by the side of the road to entice the passer-by to stop and give them some business. One brave gas station owner in Valdese purchased a lioness from the circus and kept her caged on the roadside.