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for The State Vol. 49 Issue 8, Jan 1982
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In 1847, novelist William Gilmore Simms made a trip with professional game-hunters in the North Carolina mountains and later related his adventures in a book. Each professional hunter had several guns and a kennel of dogs. Usually, the hunter injured an animal with a single shot and then allowed his dogs to fight it while he finished it off while a gaming knife. The professional hunters tracked all manner of animals but would not hunt panther because of their legendary fierceness.
In July 1863, a Federal force destroyed communication lines on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad and burned down the Confederate armory at Kenansville. The armory, owned and operated by Louis Froelich, had provided swords to the State of North Carolina. Because the armory was burned, only one sword has been positively identified as a Froelich sword.
County-by-county listing of good news from 1981 includes awards won and new buildings or renovations begun or completed. A new post office opened in Washington and the old post office became the city hall. The population of Macon County has increased 27.6% over the last decade, and Eden Fire Station No. 2 received a new 1,000-gallon pumper engine.
This is a transcription of a speech made at a 1981 memorial service and opening of the James Larkin Pearson memorial Library in Wilkes. Born in 1879, James Larkin Pearson was a mountaineer from Wilkes whose poetry reflected his humble surroundings. Pearson was the poet laureate of North Carolina from 1953 until his death in 1981. The speech is given by a friend and relates anecdotes of Pearson.
Contemporary potter Julia Rush and her friend Dot Warren visited many folk potters from Seagrove to Jugtown to see how pottery has changed. There are potters and shops all along the western side of the state, the best known being at Jugtown. Hundreds of potters have done apprenticeships there, spending a year or two doing production pottery.