Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 12

July 26, 1889 (Part 2)

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Raleigh has contracted for a Sewerage System to cost $75,000.

Mr. Robert P. Hancock has been appointed Collector of Customs at New Berne.

The Annual Masonic Picnic will be held at Mocksville, N. C. on Thursday August, the 8th.

Mr. B. G. Crisp has purchased an interest in the Wilson Mirror, of which he will have the business interest.

Certainly within a ten mile radius around Charlott the prospects for an abundant harvest are every where apparent. - Charlotte Chronicle

Wm. Weddington (col.) was hanged in Charlotte on the 11th inst., for the murder of policeman, Jno. Pieroe, of Monroe, Union county, May 5, 1888.

Gov. Fowle has offered a reward of $200 for the apprehension of Garrison Pate, who killed his uncle, William Pate in Yancey county, on Nov 8, 1886.

Miss Eliza Pittman died at her home in Tarboro on the 13th inst. Miss Pittman's death will be sad news to a large number of friends who admired her beauty and accomplishments and esteemed her for her true worth.

The Monroe Enquirer understands that a movement is on foot, backed up by the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Co., to build a road from Fayetteville to Albermarle. The line would open up one of the finest timber sections of the State and it is hoped the report may prove true.

Miss Jane Long will return to North Carolina and compose one of the faculty of Peace Institute. She is one of the best teachers that the State has ever produced. Miss Long has been occupying a high position in Minneapolis, Minn., for some time, and we welcome her return to her native State. - Durham Sun.

The Tarboro Banner of July, 19, says; Tom. Willford, a negro about 22 years old, was arrested here yesterday morning by acting Chief of Police C. G. Bradley, upon information of his having stabbed another negro Sunday night in Enfield. Police officer Winborn, after an examination before Mayor fountain, escorted Willford to jail to wait advice from the authorities at Enfield.

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Read our new ads.

Give us street lamps.

Help to boom the town.

Give us a market house.

Enforce Ordinance No. 2.

Keep posted on all things.

Encourage home enterprise.

Help make the band a success.

Cleanliness is next to god<..hole>

Miss Allie Rodgerson is at Ce<..hole>

H. E. Everett has started <..>enagerie.

The steamer Bertie will return on Monday.

The Doctors say it is distressingly healthy.

26,00 water mellons in town yesterday.

Use copperas or lime freely around your lots.

Mr. J. M. Arps has returned from Nag's Head.

Alliance meeting at the Court House tomorrow.

Mr. John Leggett shipped 65 turtles on Monday.

If you don't know ask Will Denhardt - he knows it all.

Miss Belle Fagan has opened a school near Lee's Mills.

Mr. S. Baynor is having the Kentucky Stables enlarged.

Mr. N. D. Norman has returned to his home at Baltimore.

First class job printing at this office. Send in a trial order.

Mr. E. Ludford has returned from a business trip to Bath.

Our city should have a Real Estate Agency, who will be the man?

Read the Incorporation Notice of the Cresswell Academy in this issue.

Mrs. G. R. Bateman left this morning for a visit to relatives at Yeatesville.

After a pleasant visit to Windsor, Mrs. J. E. Hughes has returned home.

Mrs. W. C. Ayers is the guest of relatives and friends in Washington, D. C.

All orders for coffins sent to Nurney & Jackson will be taken at this office.

Mr. John Day, after a pleasant trip to Baltimore, returned home yesterday.

Will our town celebrate the completion of the Albermarle & Raleigh Railroad?

Send orders to this office for job printing. We can satisfy both in prices and work.

A colored man, name unknown, was drowned at Lee's Mills on Sunday morning last.

The town is on a boom, and so also is the Beacon. Our subscription list is increasing daily.

Mr. H. H. Brown has been in Washington for the past week, he will return tomorrow.

When in want of a stylish horse and buggy call at the "Equine Bazaar" of B. F. Owens.

Special attention is called to the ad of Mess. A. J. Leggett & Son, manufactures of coffins.

Mrs. W. M. Davis and Mrs. Lillie Mizelle of Windsor were guests of Mrs. J. E. Hughes this week.

Mrs. Geo. E. Stevenson of Snowden, was in the city this week, the guest of her sister, Mrs. Geo. Houston.

Mr. W. C. Ayers left for the North on Wednesday, where he goes in the interest of his Patent Garlic Machine.

The citizens of the town should give the band a hearty support. We know the ladies will take an interest in it.

The Baptist church bell will in the future ring out its merry chimes from the beautiful cupola erected by Messrs. Nurney & Jackson.

Our devil is a first class artist. Call at our office and see specimens of his work. He has sketched the force from editor to devil.

Mr. Geo. E. Stevenson has opened a Feed store at the corner of Water and Jefferson streets. See advertisement in this issue.

John Beatly, colored, captured a large rattle snake on Wednesday morning in a swamp near here and brought it to town for exhibition.

Mr. W. W. Leary, one of the most prosperous farmers of Lee's Mills, gave us a call on Tuesday. He reports crops in a fine condition in that section.

B. F. Owens will build the largest brick building in the city. It will be located near the A & R depot to be used as a Livery Stable. Hurrah! For Owens.

Miss Florence Harllee, of Lewiston, who has been visiting Mrs. E. R. Latham for some time, returned home on Saturday, accompanied by Miss Aliene Latham.

Our citizens are ever on the move. They now contemplate boring an Artesian well one thousand feet, to be located on Washington street between Main and 3rd streets.

Who, of the many undertakers, just starting in Plymouth, will be the first to supply the town with what it should have - a hearse? Don't all speak, but some act at once.

Why say Plymouth is not healthy? We have only had one doctor in the town for the past week, Dr. Ward having given his patients to Dr. Murray, and going away for a vacation.

Having purchased the outfit of the late Stewart Ward, Mears, Marriner & Truitt are now prepared to fill any order for Coffins, Metallic Caskets, etc. See their "ad" in this issue.

While rounding the bend at Estiee [?] eddie on Monday morning the Str. Plymouth collided with the Str. Susie Hitch. No damage was done save the taking away of the bulwarks of the Str. Plymouth.

Thanks to Mr. Louis Owens, of the "Equine Bazaar" of B. F. Owens, for a drive on Monday evening. No wonder Mr. Owens has such a trade with such accommodating force around him.

Mr. J. W. Reid and wife, after a pleasant trip to Reid's Warf, Va., returned home on Monday. Jack informs me that the young lady, Miss Pollie Parrot, who came home with them will make Plymouth her future home.

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In the Williamston letter to the Washington Gazette we note that Mr. H. A. Blount, of this place, makes frequent visits to that town by only for a "Holiday" of course. We expect he will soon take his "Holiday" at home.

A series of meetings, will be held at the Baptist church in this town, commencing next Sunday, July 28th, and continue during the week. All are invited to attend. The meeting will be conducted by the Rev. R. B. Collier and other ministerial aid.

After being fined $10.00 for gambling a colored individual at Lee's Mills was last week released, and thinking that that was all to be done with him continued to gamble publicly, whereupon he was arrested and brought to Plymouth and placed in jail.

The Vine Hill Male Academy, of Scotland Neck, N. C., will open its Fall Session August 12th, '89. This school is located in a healthy section and is capable of preparing young men for college, business or the active duties of life. See "ad" in this issue.

Mr. J. A. Keenann, our popular sign and fancy painter did the work on the inside of the store now occupied by Messers. Reid & Duke. Mr. Keenann "gets there" both as a painter and a shoe maker. He will give the outside of that store a new coat next week.

Of the many things we have asked for in the columns of the Beacon since its first appearance, a brass band was one, and to our joy, the boys are going to give it to us. That's right, do not let us ask in vain. How about the bank, town hall, street lamps, etc.? Let them come !

If you wish a successful trip hire your horses at my stables. I am prepared to give you a safe turnout and the most accommodating grooms. No balkers, kickers or lame horses given you, but sound, good roadsters with a fine rig. - B. F. Owens

The colored people of this town gave a picnic at Noroom's Grove near town on Wednesday for the Baptist Sunday school. From all reports they enjoyed the occasion and the day passed without any quarreling or ill feelings, as is generly the case. We are glad the colored race of Plymouth are fast becoming more genteel and intelligent and can assemble without a row.

Mr. W. W. Leary is hereby authorized to take subscriptions and receipt for the Beacon. He is with the people of Washington and Tyrrell counties, offering them a Cyclopedis, which is worth double the money charged. He is offers you an opportunity to take the Roanoke Beacon, the present luminary of the Old North State.

Messrs. J. M. Reid, E. F. Duke and J. E. Reid have formed a copartnership and opened a general merchandise store at the old stand of M. J. Norman & Co., which store they have remodled and repainted and it now presents a most beautiful appearance. We are sure these gentlemen will receive their share of patronage. Mr. Eugene Marriner, formerly with E. F. Duke, and Mr. Joseph Norman of Skinnersville, have been employed as salesmen.

Mr. Jos. Hatt and family, formerly of Greensburg, Ind., but who have made this their home for the past year, returned to their native State yesterday. This family while in our midst made many friends and are highly esteemed by all who know them. It is with regret that we give up the family, particularly the young ladies, Misses Nettie and Lenora who have added so much to the social circles of Plymouth. We are joined by hosts of friends in extending to this family a hearty adiou and best wishes for their future prosperity.

A look at the lead ditch, which should be in perfect order, will convince one that something should be done at once. We would ask the Councilmen to see to this matter before the citizens die from disease caused by stagnant water held back on the town by this ditch not being cleaned out. All the streets and lots south of Main street have to be drained by this ditch and unless it is cleaned out the water will stand on the lots and streets, causing disease and an unpleasant oder. At this season of the year such things should be looked after by our authorities, and the recent heavy rains make it more important.

While we are ever ready to take the advice of friends, yet, we are not here to be "bossed" by any one man. If what we say does not suit you we cannot help it, and if we insult anyone we are willing to make an apology, if one is due, but when a man who has no energy nor respect for self or any one else, and who has not enough enterprise to read the Beacon unless he can borrow it, comes to me and says what we shall have in our paper and what we shall not. We are not the one to make an apology to him, but we are the one to say it is our business and we will try to run it without the advice of such men, who, if justice were given them they would be behind the bars. We refrain from giving the name of this person as we do not wish the public to know that such a rascal is respected. He will know who we mean, and if insulted at our plain talk we ask him to come to us and we will try to satisfy him, and give a full account of his character with his real name next week.

     Prof. J. W. Piercy informs us that we are to have a Cornet Band. The young men held a meeting at Chesson's hall on Monday night and organized the Plymouth Cornet Band. The following officers were elected: President, J. W. Piercy, Secretary, L. L. Newberry, Treasurer, D. O. Brinkley. The members are as follows: Leaders, J. W. Piercy and J. H. Smith, 1st, Bb, L. L. Newberry, 1st Alto, Eugene Marriner, 2nd Alto, H. A. Blount, 1st Tenor, W. H. Midgett, 2nd Tenor, D. O. Brinkley, Eb Bass, J. H. Truett, Bass drum, J. H. Leggett, Tenor drum, F. E. Bratten.
     This has long been needed in our town and we are glad to see our young men take hold with such a determination. A few years ago we had a band that was a credit to the town, but the instruments were burned in the fire of 1883, and the members have never until now tried to reorganize. May success attend our friends in their undertaking.

     On Sunday last Jas. Walker and Asa Bowen (colored), became involved in a fight near town. Bowen struck Walker with a stick, stunding him, and making an making an ugly and painful wound. Said Walker at once came to town and had a warrant issued for the arrest of said Bowen which was served by Deputy Sheriff Truitt on Monday. Walker not being able to attend trial said Bowan was required to give bond but failing to do so, was placed in jail until Wednesday at 10 o'clock when the case was again called. The plaintiff still not being able to appear the case was dismissed by Justice Armistead, whereupon the attorney for the plaintiff took an appeal to the Superior Court.

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TO MISS SALLIE LAYTON. [this poem is printed in paragraph style]
     She looks like some heroine of romance: lovely face, with all the lineaments of beauty: and her blue expressive eyes, and every feature elegantly chiselled, a most exquisite mouth, lips arched like cupid's silver bow, is the freshness of the opening rose. Her cheeks are beds of flowers, enripened by refreshing showers. The crimson glow of modesty o'erespread her cheeks and give lustre to Her charms.
     From every blush that kindles in they cheek, then thousand little loves and graces spring to revel in the roses. - Mrs. Ann N. Irwin

     The following named persons were among the arrivals at the Lutham House during the past week:
     Sam Hayes, L. Berkley, D. L. Lindsay, W. C. Walker, R. R. Moore, J. S. Cartwright, P. S. Leary, D. S. Symes, D. M. Jones, Barry S. Young, J. A. Cahoon, Lew Samuals, Gus Compreicht, J. T. Ball, E. R. Harrell, W. C. Wilcox, G. C. Lamb, A. Ballance, G. Lamb.

     Schr. Sarah F. Midyett, sailed on Tuesday.
     Str Haven Belle, Davenport, captain, in the harbor on Tuesday.
     Schr. Missouri A. Leithia, W. R. Banner master was in port on Wednesday with a cargo of corn for Williamston.
     Schr. Mary Emma, Alexander, master sailed on Wednesday, with a cargo of shingles for Baltimore.

     The inertia of years that has seemed to cling to Plymouth will soon be displaced by bustling activity and a spirit of enterprise as commendable as it will be refreshing.
     The shrill whistle of the iron horse and rumble of wheels of progress will soon be hard in our midst.
     The extension of the Raleigh & Albemarle Railroad from Williamston to this place, and a branch of the immense system of railroads controled by the Atlantic Coast Line, is nearing completion. The gradeing is completed and the work of laying iron is being pushed forward with a vim.
     The sight selected for the depot is an admirable one. It is located east of the town, just outside the city limits immediately on the Roanoke river. It was formerly the property of Mr. B. F. Owens and others, and is known by the appellations as "Greenhill" and "Balace Pile." The company has bought about one mile of water front and are building thereon a fine depot, warehouses, wharves, &c.
     The R. R. R. & L. Co., have had surveyors at work for the past week surveying a route from Plymouth to Washington, and no doubt that road will be continued from Plymouth to Washington, thence to Kinston, making Plymouth the northern terminus of the road. The advantage she offers are many, both as to excellence of water front and the availability of steamboat and railroad connections.

Creswell, N. C., July 28, '89
Editor Roanoke Beacon:
     There is not much to chronicle from this place this week.
     Mr. Harvey Terry, of Pasquotank, has so we learn, bought Somerset, one of our Lake farms. He came over last evening bring with him a surveyor to run off said farm.
     Miss Mary Capehart from across the sound is visiting our place as the guest of Mrs. Webb.
     Our town has been swarming with drummers for the past week. Among those we know was J. E. Waldo, Theo. W. Poole and Mr. Carterwight.
     We notice an article in your last issue copied from the Washington Gazette, in which the writer in his description of Creswell, seems to give Mr. Alfred Alexander of our town credit for being the prime mover in the building of our Academy. Now, while Mr. Alexander has done his part in the matter, many others have done equally as well, and if any one man deserves special mention in connection with the organization and building of said academy, it is our worthy President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. D. Spruill, ex-Sheriff. But for his efforts and untiring zeal, we would have had no Academy built yet. He is on hand promptly at each weekly meeting of the stock holders, and takes an active part in all measures pertaining to the school. We cannot say as much for Mr. Alexander. He came promptly until he took unto himself a "better half." Since then he has been present at the meetings only once or twice, but we presume he is excusable as he has lived the life of a batchelor for 48 years, until very recently, and of course can't leave his bride long enough to attend to Academics. We fear our President would also be found, lacking at some of our meetings were he to follow Mr. Alexander's example - in taking a "better half."
     The young people of this place are anticipating a good time Thursday, at a Sunday school picnic at Albermarle church, 4 or 5 miles from here.
     More anon. - W. Y. Z.

Congressman T. G. Skinner has notified the West Point authorities that he has nominated Seaton N. Jones, of Columbia, as a cadet to the Military Academy from the first district of North Carolina.

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     Notice is hereby given that A. G. Walker, Alfred Alexander, William H Hardison, James L. Hassell, Johnson W. Spruill, Julius L. Howell, W. J. Mercer, D. Spruill, J. L. Hassell and Mathias Owens have filed articles of agreement under their hands and seals before me as clerk of the Superior court of Washington county for the purpose of being incorporated under the name and style of The Creswell Academy, and letters of incorporation have been issued to them <smudged> name under my hand and official seal.
     The objects and business of the said corporation shall be to promote and advance the cause of education, by organizing, establishing and maintaining in or near the town of Creswell, Washington county, a <..>reparitory and high school for both sexes of the white race.
     The location of said school and the business of corporation shall be conducted in or near the town of Creswell, Washington county, North Carolina. The length of its corporate existence to be thirty years. The subscribers to the capital stock are A. G. Walker, Alfred Alexander, William H. Hardison, James L. Hassell, Johnson W. Spruill, Julius L. Howell, W. J. Mercer, D. Spruill, J. L. Hassell and Mathias Owens.
     The capital stock shall be not less than two or more than five thousand dollars; the shares taken in said stock shall be fifty dollars each, no stock holder to be personally liable for any of the debts or contracts of the corporation. This 23rd day of July, 1889. - T. J. Marriner, Clerk Superior Court.

[headline] NORTH CAROLINA. AUDITOR'S DEPARTMENT, Raleigh, June 28, 1889. To Pensioners and Applicants for Pensions under the Act, and to Others Whom it may Concern: The following information is published for the benefit of all concerned.


Dr. E. E. Murray, Dentist, Plymouth

New Enterprise. Having purchased the entire outfit of the late Stewart Ward they are now prepared to fill all orders in the Undertaking Business with neatness, cheapness an dispatch. Marriner & Truitt, Ward's old stand, Washington Street.

S. K. Everett. Dealer in dry goods, boots and shoes and groceries. Plymouth

Nurney & Jackson, Undertakers, Plymouth.

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