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for The State Vol. 49 Issue 9, Feb 1982
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Moses Ashley Curtis of Hillsborough was regarded as the American authority on fungi in the 1850s. He developed international friendships, one with Reverend Miles Joseph Berkeley in England, with whom he wrote five scholarly papers. Curtis's most important work, however, was his forty-year study of plant life in North Carolina. His SHRUBS AND WOODY VINES OF NORTH CAROLINA was first published in 1860. This list of 4800 North Carolina plants was the largest North American regional list.
During the blockades of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, it became necessary for North Carolina to convert its gristmills to saltworks. Windmills were used to pump sea water into the plant, where it was then either boiled or evaporated, leaving only salt residue. Toward the end of the Civil War, several saltworks were destroyed by Yankee forces. So far, only thirteen saltworks that used windmills in production have been identified. They are in New Hanover, Carteret, and Brunswick counties.
Charles W. Wardell of Trinity, 61, is one of the nation's top six doorknob collectors. In the old days, people were particular about what doorknob to use on their front doors, and it is these antique doorknobs that Wardell collects. Not many have been manufactured since World War II. They can usually be found at flea markets, antique stores, and at sites where buildings are going to be torn down.
Ear-marking livestock was a common practice up until the 1940s. Originally, ear-marking was done so that livestock could be easily identified. Families registered their earmarks, although no illustrations or descriptions appear in the registry maintained by the county. Even today pigs are still being ear-marked to record pedigrees and performance of individual shoats.