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In 1868, former Raleigh newspaper editor William W. Holden was elected Governor of North Carolina. Following accounts of civil unrest in Alamance and Caswell counties, Holden declared martial law and delegated enforcement to Col. George W. Kirk, who raised a force of 670 men, took over the courthouses in Graham and Yanceyville, made himself military dictator of the two counties, and arrested more than 100 persons. Subsequent to the Kirk-Holden War, as it came to be known, Holden was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of illegally arresting 105 citizens, recruiting soldiers illegally, and refusing to obey a writ of habeas corpus. Holden was convicted on six of eight charges and became the only North Carolina Governor to be removed from office by impeachment.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p11-12, il, por
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Thought the be the oldest person in Alamance County, Sarah Bland, age 105, received a birthday celebration from the county's Senior Opportunities and Services department that was attended by several dignitaries, including the mayor's wife and a state senator. The child of former slaves worked for two governors, Thomas Holt and Robert Glenn, as a cook and housekeeper.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p14-15, por
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Francis Silvers, also known as Frankie, was convicted of killing her husband Charlie Silvers and executed on July 12, 1833 in Morganton, making her the only white woman ever hanged in North Carolina. Despite initial claims of innocence, Frankie Silvers eventually admitted to killing her husband with an axe, dismembering his body, and burning the pieces in the fireplace of their Burke (now Mitchell) County cabin. Always a prime subject for folklore writers, the latest offering on the Frankie Silvers saga is a 60-page booklet by Maxine McCall titled “They Won't Hang a White Woman”, prepared in conjunction with the Burke County Cultural Heritage Project, ESEA (Elementary Secondary Education Act) Title III.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p18-19, 43
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9948
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In March 1863, Confederate Reserve soldiers stationed at Fort Branch on the Roanoke River in Martin County encountered and fired on a group of Federal ships that were on their way to the Federal base in Plymouth. A Williamston man, George L. Whitley, was a 17 year old sharpshooter at Fort Branch and is said to have mortally wounded the Captain of the lead vessel, causing the flotilla's retreat to Hamilton. A group of Alabama men are currently facing charges involving salvaging without a permit for raising three Fort Branch cannons from the Roanoke River in 1972. Responsibility for the cannons has been turned over to the N.C. Department of Archives and History and the Fort Branch Battlefield Commission.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p25, il
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The U.S. Forest Service is spending more than $200,000 to improve visitor accommodations at the Pisgah National Forest's Sliding Rock. Planned improvements include new dressing and shower rooms, three layers of observation decks, and a parking lot for fifty cars. The natural waterslide, which is a few miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, has attracted visitors for as long as anyone can remember and its popularity has recently increased many times over with the airing of a Lassie television show that featured the famous collie taking a trip down the slippery rock.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p17-18, il, map
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Officials with the Pomona Pipe Products Division of the Pomona Corporation have donated fossils found at their Gulf, NC clay mine to the American Museum of Natural History, including one three-eyed dicynodont (Placerias gigas) previously unknown east of Texas and Arizona. Other fossils found at the Chatham County site include a cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Phytosaurs, ancestors of the crocodile.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p20, il
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Despite being absent from the ceremony due to the responsibilities of being a wartime President, Harry Truman received his first honorary degree from Elon College during its 55th annual commencement on May 28, 1945. Congressman Carl Durham of North Carolina's 6th district represented Truman at the ceremony.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 40 Issue 16, Feb 1973, p16, 43, il
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