Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 11

July 19, 1889 (Part 2)

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We appeal to every reader of The Roanoke Beacon, to aid us in making it an acceptable and profitable medium of news to our citizens. Let Plymouth people and the public know what is going on in Plymouth. Report to us all items of news - the arrival and departure of friends, social events, deaths, serious illness, accidents, new buildings, new enterprises and improvements of whatever character, changes in business - indeed anything and everything that would of interest to our people.

The press of North Carolina has never been more ably and carefully presided over by scholarly men as a whole than now. It is true there are many young men at the desk in various newspaper offices of the State, but for the most part they are not there looking for an easy job. They are there for honest, manful, ennobling work. They use the pen and the scissors as a profession and not as a make shift until something better turns up. The state never owed more to its editors than it owes to-day. - Democrat.

In inviting capitalists to our town we say come NOW! Do not wait; we are on the verge of a new age; the wheel of progress is in motion and we want men of money and vim to take a position and turn with it. Come now and grow up with the town which will, in a few years be, THE METROPOLIS OF EASTERN CAROLINA. We are prepared to offer encouragement in any branch of business you wish to engage in.
     No town in North Carolina presents so bright a future as "Fair Plymouth on the Roanoke," with its immense back country, whose fertile soil is adapted to almost any crop; with a fine shingle and lumber trade located on the Roanoke river just eight miles from the Albemarle sound which makes transportation easily obtained with the outside world. The people of Plymouth like opposition and will heartily welcome all who comes within her borders for the purpose of making an honest living.

VERY TRUE. - We are acquainted with quite a number of persons who "Get more papers than I can read" and do not want a local paper - as long as they can borrow it from a neighbor. - These over taxed citizens usually take a Family Journal, published in New York or some other distant city, containing thrilling and blood curdling romances, such as to make the young despise home and yearn for the day when they can break away from home restrains and go out in the far West and be bad men and die with their boots on. They haven't time to read their local paper, but they will burn gallons of midnight oil in pondering over these foreign papers that never have a line of home news in them. - Durham Sun.

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[headline] STILL PROGRESSING. A True Picture of The Future of The South - With Her Present Facilities She Can Compete With England in Foreign Markets in the Sale of Cotton Products.

     One of the most progressive little towns in North Carolina is Creswell, in Washington county. A few years ago it was a growing forest, and now the hustle of business and the hum of machinery give the pretty little burg much the air of a city. Situated on the Scuppernong river, at the head of navigation, just five miles from the picturesque lake Scuppernong, its site could not have been better chosen for beauty or commercial advantage. There are now eight mercantile establishments, a large steam saw and grist mill, a handsome Missiouary Baptist church, and several other churches in prospect. The streets are board and regularly laid off, and every part of the town presents the air of neatness, order and thrift. The town is backed up by a fertile country and well to do men. Along with the idea of business and of making an honest living, turning every dollar to account, the intellectual man is not forgotten. The business men, and among them Mr. Alfred Alexander, who is a brother to Mr. David Alexander, the distinguished representative from Tyrrell, is a leading spirit, have united their energies and have built one of the handsomeist and best equipped academies in East Carolina., and are determined to have the best teacher to be found, a man trained for the profession who does not make teaching a stepping stone to something else, is desired. There are now five handsome residences gowing up, and several more under consideration. Four steamers a week touch at Creswell's wharf, and the business will likely demand more transportation ere long. The outlook for no young town is better, more bright and substantial, and we bid the place Godspeed.- Washington Gazette.

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There are 1847 Alliances in the State.

J. S. Carr, it is said, has his life insured for $250,000.

The Morganton cotton factory, just completed, is to be enlarged.

Right much sorghum is being planted in the vincinity of Raleigh.

A cigar factory has lately been started by Philip L. Thomas, at Durham.

The Leaksville cotton mill is soon to be enlarged and new machinery added.

A new three-story hotel will be built in Ashville in place of the one recently burned.

It is said that Temper Gwathney, of Norfolk, Va., will start a shuttle block factory at Endfield.

A nugget of gold weighing one and one-half pounds was recently found near Rilesville, in Stanly county. - Ex.

It is reported that Chicago capitalist have organized a $2,500,000 company to develop the iron ore lands in the northwestern part of North Carolina.

The Carolina Veneer Works at Clinton have been enlarged and new machinery added. Thirty seven machines have been put in for making grape baskets. - Argonaut

North Carolina is entitled to ten scholarships worth $200 year at the Peabody Normal School at Nashville, Tenn. Superintendent Finger has the awarding of them. - Ex.

Col. L. C. Jones, Superintendent of the Carolina Central Railroad, died of heart disease, in Wilmington, on Friday of last week. Col. Jones was born in Richmond county and was about fifty-four years old.

The town commissioners of Monroe, Union county, have fixed the license tax for selling liquor in that town at five hundred dollars in addition to the State and county tax. This will amount to prohibition, although the town went "wet" at the recent election. It was ordered that any person found drunk on the streets so as to stagger, should be arrested and fined no more than fifty dollars. - Roanoke News.

Long Ridge, N. C., July 16, '89.
Editor Roanoke Beacon:
     Dear Sir - I have been an interested reader of your paper since its appearance and its weekly visits are always heartily welcomed. It is always with pleasure that I note any home enterprise and especially any good wishes extended to those gentlemen who, notwithstanding so many recent newspaper failures, are not "weary of well doing" but are determined that Plymouth shall have what it has needed so long - a good family newspaper - and I hope the people of Plymouth and surroundings will not only give to those gentlemen the good wishes they deserve but also give them a liberal share of patronage and aid them in making the Beacon what they are striving to make it; the leading paper in our state, and a credit to the town and country.
     There is little news of interest this week. Crops are in a flourishing condition, but are slightly injured by rain. Fruit is more plentiful this year than last, so our old "Ridge" has regained in part its former reputation; pears, peaches and apples are seen in abundance on almost every farm in our section.
     The health of the community is unusually good.
     Mr. C. Jackson of Beaufort county had his head injured last week by being thrown from a hand-car, but is improving.
     Mr. W. David Bowen, an accomplished young gentleman of Long Acre, is teaching the public school at this place.
     Our former teacher, Mr. Geo. L. Bowen, passed through this place on Friday last enroute for Washington, N. C. Many were the bright smiles that welcomed his pleasant face once again in our midst.
     It was with sincere regret that I read, in the Beacon, of the death of little Loulie Ayers, but God knows best, and he has taken her home to Him where she will never know aught of sorrow, and may this blessed thought comfort the stricken mother in here great trouble; the sweet assurance that God doeth all things well.
     Fearing I may make this, my first letter too long, and weary our kind editor, I will close, wishing for the Beacon the brightest success and wealth and fame for its energetic and obliging editor as a reward for his efforts to benefit our people. - Wild Rose.

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The Roanoke Beacon

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H. Peal, Proprietor - The Old Reliable Carriage Factory

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O. Newman - now doing business in Edenton

Groceries & Confectionaeries - J. T. Petteford

Closing Out Sale - S, Adler, Drygoods, clothing, boots, shoes, groceries, &c.

Fine Paper Hangings - Fentress & O'brien, Norfolk, Va.

Arthur C. Freeman, Agt. Successor to J. M. Freeman - Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry - Norfolk, Va.

Land & Co. - Bricks, Iron Railings, Slate Mantels - Norfolk, Va.

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Fire Sale - Geo. R. Whitehurst's - Norfolk, Va.

Old Dominion Paper Co. - Paper Bags, Books, Stationery, etc. -Norfolk, Va.

Faber & Friese - Photographic Studio - Norfolk, Va.

John D. Couper, Monuments - Norfolk, Va.

Charles H. Hey, Rags & Bones - Norfolk, Va.

Moses' Picture Frame Factory - Norfolk, Va.

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