Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 11

July 19, 1889 (Part 3)

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S. B, Spruill, attorney - Plymouth

C. L. Pettigrew, attorney - Plymouth

D. O. Brinkley & Co, wines & liquors, cigars, ice - Plymouth

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Give us street lamps.

Mens hats 25 cts at R. Schultz & Co's.

Delightful weather this week.

Calico only 5 cts at R. Schultz & Co's.

Oh ! for lights on the corner of all the streets.

Yard wide cottons 5 cts at R. Schultz & Co's.

Miss Carrie Hilliard is visiting friends at Lewiston.

Lawns at 3 cts per yard at R. Schultz & Co's.

Hon. Thos. S. Armistead is sojourning at Edenton.

A pet for the down town boys - Kentuck Baynor's goat.

Ladies and Gents hose 5 cts at R. Schultz & Co's.

Dr. W. H. Ward lost a fine horse on Wednesday.

Let the glittering rays of the street lamp rest on all our streets.

Mens and boys fine suits cheaper than ever at R. Schultz & Co's.

Miss Ida M. Chesson is in the city the guest of Mrs. H. S. Owens.

Miss Eva Williams, of Greenville, is the guest of Mrs. A. O. Lehman.

The Washington county Alliance is now about 300 strong and is still increasing.

Special attention is directed to the "ad" of Messrs. Nurney & Jackson undertakers.

E. A. Carter and family left on Monday for an extended visit to the Western part of the State.

We have the best devil of any office in the state, he keeps fruit on our table all the while.

Mrs. Chas. Schuster and her mother are at Norfolk, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Morris.

Mr. E. F. Duke after a pleasant visit of a few day to Philadelphia returned on Friday last.

Miss Lizzie Ward of New Berne, is the guest of her uncle, Dr. W. H. Ward, on Main street.

R. Schultz & Co. have hung out at their store on Water street, a large sign which is very attractive.

Mr. S. F. Burbank is at work surveying for the railroad to be built from this place to Washington, N. C.

Mr. C. D. Loane, manager of the Walker & Meyers mills, made a business trip to Hyde county this week.

Mr. S. M. Whaley conducted the prayer meeting at the M. E. Church on Wednesday night in absence of the pastor.

The young mens prayer meeting will meet at the M. E. Church promptly at 8 o'clock on Monday evening next.

Mr. E. St. C. Chesson, son of our efficient sheriff, J. B. Chesson, has accepted a position as salesman with S. Adler.

Miss Alien Leitch, who has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Geo. Stevenson, at Snowden for some weeks past returned on Monday.

Our Councilmen should either make a law prohibiting cattle from the streets, or else furnish a body-guard for the ladies.

Quite a severe rain and wind storm passed over our town on Monday afternoon at 7 o'clock. No serious damage was done, however,

Dr. W. H. Ward and Mrs. J. W. Bryan, one of our popular young druggist, made a professional visit to Hamilton on Tuesday night.

Mr. A. M. Johnston has given his beautiful country home near Plymouth the title of "Roseneith." No more over the swamp or across the bridge, but to "Roseneith."

Mr. Geo. Dixon came over from Edenton on Saturday last to spend Sunday with friends in this town. We did not hear the Bell(e) toll but guess that is what brought him.

The different churches of our town should have lamps near their entrances to give light for their congregations at night. It will not cost much and will be of much service to the public.

Judging from the Beacon, the town of Plymouth is on the boom. - Carolinian. You are right brother, old Plymouth is awake to the upbuilding of the town and is booming as she never has before.

Mrs. H. H. Brown and children left on Str. Plymouth yesterday evening for Washington, N. C., where they will spend several weeks as the guests of Mr. Brown's mother, Mrs. Annie Montgomery.

From what some of our citizens say, we are led to believe that if the authorities do not stop the cattle off the streets there will be some trouble, for they will not stand such a nuisance much longer.

The meeting at the M. E. Church at Lee's Mills, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Lowe, assisted by Rev. C. W. Robinson, of this place during the past week, was a grand success. There were 15 conversions.

Our enterprising townsman, Mr. C. D. Loane, has erected a large shingle mill in the West end. That's right Charlie, help to boom the town, such enterprises are an honor to the town and a credit to yourself.

Mr. R. F. Butler has left Plymouth to make his home in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Butler was for a while a druggist in our place and we regret to give him up. Our best wishes go with him to his new home.

Mrs. Sarah Polk, Mrs. J. C. Spruill and Master Fred Spruill, left per steamer Plymouth on Tuesday for Bridgeville, Del., where they will remain during the summer as the guests of relatives and friends.

Last week we spoke of the steamer Bettie as taking the place of the steamer Cleopatra on the route between this place and Windsor, but as the Bettie had no license to carry passengers she could not go on the route.

Mr. Geo. E. Stevenson, proprietor of the Stevenson Patent Roller Mills at Snowden, N. C., has opened a feed store in this town on the corner of Water and Jefferson Sts. Mr. Daniel Garrett has charge of the store and will be glad to have his friends call.

Why is there not a boat to run to Nag's Head this season? Many of our people would like to visit this watering place, but as there is no transportation they cannot. It will pay to have a boat to make at least one trip per week from Plymouth and points on the Roanoke river.

Collie Norman, a worthy colored girl of Plymouth, and a prominent member of the Baptist church, departed this life on Saturday, 13th. She died expressing her great hope in Jesus, and made a selection of the 23rd Chapt., 14th verse of St. Luke to be preached from for her funeral, by Rev. S. P. Knight, on Sunday, the 14th, which services was well attended and nobly performed. - B. H. Lane

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Our correspondent at Creswell says: The people of this section would like to know what the county commissioners are doing. We will say that we have tried to get them to have the proceedings published but failed. Other counties have the proceedings published and this ought to be one.

Capt. Thos. Clifton of the Roanoke light house, was attacted with paralysis on Monday night which rendered him almost helpless. He was brought up to this place on Wednesday by his assistant, Mr. Robt. Wynne, and is now at his home near this place. We hope for his immediate recovery.

A horse belonging to Mr. Thos. Allen became frightened on Saturday last and ran down Water street, thence up Washington street to Main where it stopped. No damage was done only as it turned the corner at Washington and Water streets the cart struck another cart and turned it over consigning its cargo of merchandise to the ground.

Our sister town, Edenton, across the Albermarle, is to have electric street lamps. Should the citizens of Plymouth not feel that much of their duty has been neglected, when they realize that we are left to trudge the streets of our town in utter darkness? Just think, we haven't even oil lamps, and Edenton, a town not much larger than this has electric lights.

J. T. Pettiford called at our office this week and showed us a sample of brick made at his kiln. He says he has received orders for nearly 400,000 brick, which he will burn during this month. This enterprise has long been needed in Plymouth, and we are sure Pettiford will succeed as he is an enerjetic man. His mill is run by steam turning out about 10,000 a day.

If some of our friends (?) could take our place as editor, they would find in a short while that it is impossible for one man to know all; who comes, who goes and who stays. We would say if any one comes to Plymouth and wishes the public to know it, just drop in and tell us, do not wait until the paper is out and then have yours stopped because we failed to say you had arrived.

And still old Plymouth does not stop., but continues to advance in the march of progress. Among the citizens who are to erect brick buildings this fall, are Messers. Sherrod & Newberry, Hornthal & Bro., D. O. Brinkley & Co., J. W. Bryan and E. F. Duke. This is what we have wanted ever since the fire of 1881. There is not so much danger of being burned out when you are in a brick store.

The attention of the public are directed to the advertisement of S. K. Everett, in this issue. Mr. Everett comes among us with a new stock of general merchandise, and shows his business talent by advertising. He invites the public generally to call on him at the old B. F. Owens stand. He keeps anything you want and will sell it cheap. He also pays special attention to country produce and poultry.

It is no hear say, that I have the finest travelers to be found in this section. I give nothing but what I know to be safe, for even a woman, to drive. My prices cannot be competed with. If you want a fine rig for a long drive, I have it. If you want to trade, buy or sell, I am the man. Call at my stables and see the fine stock and vehicles I have on hand. - B. F. Owens.

Some men when asked to give us an advertisement will say they do not believe it does them any good to advertise. At the same time they will swing a sign out across the side-walk. If it does not pay to advertise why do they do that? It is not because the don't believe in advertising but it seems as if they don't want a local paper to live in their town. Such men may see the day when the local papers will not ask them for an advertisement, but will live and thrive in the town where they will die for want of trade.

To say our liverymen accommodating don't express it. We, accompanied by the business manager, called at the "Old Reliable Kentucky Stables" on Wednesday of last week and expressed a desire for a ride and "Old Kentuck Baynor" just ordered the finest rig for us and we took a free ride. We thought is was fine and did not expect to find another man in the South so kind, but in passing down Main street on Friday afternoon we called at B. F. Owens' "Equine Bazaar" and being on the beat he offered us a fine horse and buggy which we did not refuse, and again we enjoyed a fine ride at the expense of friend Owens. We cannot say too much in behalf of these gentlemen and will only tell the public that we believe both to be reliable. Thanks, we will call again.

     The hop and ice cream supper given by the young gentlemen of Plymouth at the residence of Mr. J. P. Hillard, on Wednesday evening last was a decided success in every particular.
     By 10 o'clock the spacious parlor was well filled with the invited guests and when music arose with it voluptuous swell there was a scene of beauty and graceful motion such has rarely been witnessed in this famous old town.
     Eyes looked love to eyes that spoke again and as the waning moon, about the midnight hour, arose in the eastern sky many young hearts were beating joyously to the mystic influence of the time and all going "merry as a marriage bell."
     Of the visiting young ladies, Miss Nellie Hudgins, of Florida, Miss Eva Williams of Greenville, Miss Florence Harllee of Lewiston and Miss Bettie Robertson of Williamston, were recipients of marked attention, whilst Plymouth's own fair daughters, who were present a score or more, sustained their reputation well for beauty and winning manners.
     The supper was handsomely prepared and well served, to the credit of the management, and when after the Old Virginia Reel at 1 a. m., the party dispersed the one expression heard on all sides was, "Truly it was a delightful evening."

     Str. Nell, Capt. Schuster, sailed on the 13th inst.
     Schr. Many Emma, Alexander, captain, arrived in port on the 13th inst.
     Str. Soucie Hitch, Morton, master, in the harbor on Sunday.
     Schr. Annie Wallace, Overton, master, sailed for Baltimore from W. H. Hampton's dock on Monday, with a cargo of shingles.
     Schr. Malville, Miller, master was in port on Tuesday, with a cargo of clams.
     Str. Geo. W. Reaves in port on Tuesday.
     Schr. Marvin D. White, Capt. Bolton, arrived on Tuesday.
     Str, Wm. H. Armitage, Woodard, master after an absence of two weeks returned to this port on Wednesday night, having been thoroughly repaired and repainted. She looks like a little palace floating on the ripling bossom of the Roanoke.

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DEDICATED TO. Miss Florene Harllee.
Be blessings on your gentle heart forever!
May no unkindness chill your artless glee,
No hand the lines of love between ye sever,
And virtues star your planet be;
May peace, health in life's dark shalice
For you their sparkling waters, ever near;
May flowers still strow thy path through life,
And rainbows fill thy sky.
May sorrow shun thee - no dark cloud overcast;
They blissful prospects never obscure the past.
Spring has no blossoms fairer than they form;
Winter no snow wreath purer than thy mind.
The dew-drop trembling to the summer sun.
Is like thy smile, bright, transparent heaven refined;
But ever o'er they should a shadow lay.
Still darkest when life were the sunniest ray.
Her disposition is like a spring morning,
Happy will be who appreciating her worth,
Shall success in winning her affections.
May you lie a long and happy life;
And your fond anticipations be fully realized.
     Mrs. Anna N. Irwin

     On Saturday night last Mr. Frank Bailey, formerly of Lee's Mills, this country, but now of Edenton, and Miss Fannie Williamson one of the most accomplished young ladies of Lee's Mills were married.
     Mr. Bailey came over from Edenton on Saturday afternoon and procured his license at this town, then went to Lee's Mills were at 12 o'clock that night he took from the residence of her father, Mr. Henry Williams, the girl which he has so long adored, and at once departed to the pastors and were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. Scoring another run-away match for Washington county.
     The happy couple left per Str. Haven Belle on Monday for the home of the groom in Edenton. The Beacon extends congratulations to the happy couple.

     The following named persons were among the arrivals at the Latham House during the past week: Levin Bowen, Peter Orchon, R. S. Cohn, S. F. Burbank, T. L. Sanderson, John A. Strouble, W. O. Hazard, M. J. Norman, H. Terry, J. S. Cartwright, R. O. King, W. G. Grimes, J. Earnest Waldo, W. T. Anderson, Theo. W. Poole, D. M. Jones, Fitzhugh Goldsboro, S. H. Hodges.

     At his home in this city on Monday, the 16th inst., Mr. Stuart Ward, in his 64th year.
     The deceased was a native of Currituck county and removed to Plymouth some years before the late war, where he has resided continuously to the date of this decease.
     In his death Plymouth loses one of its oldest and most widely known citizens, and a character whose originality will long be remembered. Honesty was his chief and crowning virtue although other good traits marked his singular and eccentric life. Whatever faults he possessed (and who has none?) let the silence of the grave preserve from critical judgment, remembering that De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum.
     He was buried in the Methodist church yard on Tuesday evening last, the Rev. Mr. Robinson, pastor of the church, conducting the services.

Creswell, N. C., July 15, '89
Editor Roanoke Beacon:
     Dear Sir. - Mr. Wm. Ansley and Miss Mary E. Phelps were not married last Sunday, 7th inst. as we heard and wrote you. It seems that the young lady has concluded to remain single a while longer.
     On Tuesday the 9th, inst. at 10 o'clock p.m., Justice Howell was called upon to marry a couple of the 15th. amendments. They came to his office about the time he was ready to retire, and as they seemed to be in a hurry he went out in his shirt sleeves and in short order made them man and wife. They immediately left for home on foot, and when about a mile from town they met the irate father of the bride who had started to look for his daughter. he at once began to give the bride a threshing, and the groom of course, tried to protect her, and during the melee a pistol was fired. the bride and groom took to the bushes and the father came to town and called up said Howell, demanding a warrant for the groom for an assault with deadly weapon, it was past mid-night when the warrant was issued. The next day at 10 o'clock Benj. Hill, the groom, was arraigned for trial; was found guilty, and required to give bail for his appearance at our next Superior court.
     On the 12th, inst. Mrs. M. M. Alexander, wife of one of our popular merchants presented her "liege lord" with a fine daughter and now says he is worth a million.
     The young people of our section will have a grand picnic at "Somerset" on the lake shore to-morrow and are anticipating a grand time. They also propose to have a lawn party on the evening of the 30th and 31st, inst. at Belle Grade college, at which times they promise to have an abundance of ice cream, ice lemonade and cake to refresh the inner man, also hammocks, swings and delightful music for pleasure seekers.
     The people in this section have been scanning the columns of the Beacon to see what our county commissioners are doing at their various meetings, but see nothing whatever of the proceedings of any of their meetings. What is the matter? Have they done nothing? If they have we think they should use the Beacon as the means of letting the public know it. Our people down here pay a large part of the county taxes and are anxious to know how it is being handled, and no better plan can be devised than by publishing the proceedings (each month) of the meetings of the Board.
     We think also that the proceedings of the meetings of the County Board of Education should be reported in the columns of the Beacon.
     The first watermelons of the season seen in our town was brought in on the 13th inst. by Messrs. E. R. Spruill and J. B. Stillman. Mr. Spruill informed us that he could cut over 100 ripe ones that day. We did not sample them as the price was rather fancy.
     More anon. - X. Y. Z.

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NORTH CAROLINA. Auditor's Department. Raleigh, June 28, 1889. To Pensions and Applicants for Pensions under the Pension Act, and to Others Whom it May Concern: the following information is published for the benefit of all concerned: [details of the Pension Act and how to apply]


Dr. E. E. Murray, Dentist, Plymouth

E. F. Duke, Dry Goods, Notions, Boots, Shoes and Groceries - Plymouth

S. K. Everett - Dry Goods, Notions, Boots, Shoes and Groceries - Plymouth

Nurney & Jackson Undertakes - Plymouth

Wesleyn Female College, Murfreesboro, N. C.

Suffolk Military Academy - Suffolk, Va.

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