Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 16

August 23, 1889 (Part 2)

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Still Plymouth is booming.

"Wait until the girl comes back."

Plymouth needs a patent cow-killer.

Boys, keep out of the river during dog days.

Our people ought to boom the town for it deserves it.

Miss Bertie Jackson is visiting relatives in Jamesville.

Work on the depot is being rapidly pushed forward.

Mr. J. H. Leggett made a short visit to his family at Whaleysville, Va.

The town should provide some means to keep the streets cleaned up.

Miss Allie Rogerson is the guest of Miss Pattie Williams, of Lee's Mills.

Our docks were crowded with steam boats on Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. E. Rankins, of Snowden, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. G. L. Houston.

Mr. A. S. Leggett was in town the first of the week, but is now in Baltimore.

Messrs. W. D. Carstarphen and M. J. Norman are home with their families.

Mrs. E. Ludford has returned after a pleasant visit to relatives in Hertford.

Mrs. W. L. Davis, of Windsor, is the guest of Mrs. J. E. Hughes on 3rd street.

The Railroad would have been completed ere this but the bad weather caused a delay.

Mr. E. F. Duke is having a new stable erected on the vacant lot opposite his store.

Mr. J. E. Davenport, and wife spent the past week with relatives in Tyrrell county.

Some people don't like Plymouth. This is a free country they can leave any time.

Quite a number of our young people attended church at Murraddock on Sunday last.

Plymouth needs a hook and ladder company. How many of our young men will join?

J. A. Keenan, since the fire is holding forth up stairs at the store of Davenport & Piercy.

Mr. C. J. Norman is at his desk again at the R. & L. R. R. depot, after a week's vacation.

Mr. George Edwards and family left our town this week for their future home in Virginia.

Reid & Duke have placed a very pretty sign in front of their store, the work of J. A. Keenan.

Mrs. A. Braden was visiting Greenville this week as the guest of her sister, Mrs. W. B. Wilson.

Misses Annie Freeman, Sousie Brown and Edna Sallinger, of Sans Souci, were in the city yesterday.

Mr. J. F. Ayers gave bond and took the oath of office on Friday last as Chief of Police of this town.

Misses Laura and Sallie Chesson, of Mackey's Ferry, are the guests of Mrs. F. R. Johnston near town.

Mr. W. H. Cooper has been spending the past week at his old home in Tyrrell county. He will return to-day.

Police Ayers made a raid on the hogs this week. We certainly wish he could do something with the cattle.

If you want Cementing, Plastering, White washing or any kind of Brick work done, call on W. H. Pettiford.

Did we dream it or did we really hear it? that the councilmen were going to run the cattle and geese off the streets.

Since the stripping of the fodder and topping the corn near our office we are enable to see Main street again.

Mr. J. F. Norman and wife and the accomplished Miss Hope Hunter returned from Ocracoke on Saturday last.

Missess Bertie Hardin and Lizzie Gurley, of Windsor, came down on the steamer Bertie Monday and spent the day.

Miss Eloise Pritchard leaves to-day for her home at E. City. She leaves many sad hearts in this town to mourn her departure.

Mr. Edmund Alexander, a popular attorney, of Washington, passed through the city on Tuesday en route from Nag's Head.

Messrs. Nurney & Jackson are erecting a building on Washington street to be used by them as an undertaking establishment.

Mr. C. D. Loane has just had a new building put up near Walker & Myers mills to be used as a black-smith shop and oil room.

Read the closing out advertisement of S. Adler, in this issue. Mr. Adler says the goods must go, to make room for his fall stock.

Dr. F. W. Browne and wife, of Greenville, are guests of Mrs. Browne's grand-father, Mr. Chas. Latham, on Main street.

Several of our young men seems to have a misunderstanding this week. What's the matter? Come boys, we can't all have one girl.

Miss Nellie Hudgins, who has been in our city for several weeks as the guest of Mrs. A. C. Lehman, returned to her home in Florida yesterday.

The Beacon is issued Friday morning and not Thursday night. Subscribers will please note this fact and not call for them Thursday night.

Where was Chief Ayers on Sunday last that he did not see the young men racing horses on the streets? Look sharp boys, "Josh" will get you yet.

Charlie McDonald, a son of George McDonald, one of our highly respected colored citizens, died at his home in this town on Wednesday morning.

Why don't the ladies give some kind of an entertainment for the band? The young people need some amusements and the band would appreciate their kindness.

Misses Cottie and Estelle Marriner, two very interesting little girls of Mr. L. C. Marriners, of Mackey's Ferry, are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Fannie Norman.

A colored woman named Hanah Ayers age 96 years died at the home of Allen Waters near this town on Saturday last. She had been confined to the house for fifteen years.

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We wonder if the town won't raise a large flag in about a month to honor the first train on the new road.

Among the interesting and welcome visitors at our office this week were, Misses Sallie and Laura Chesson and Misses Luceil Marriner and Stella Latham.

We would like to see Plymouth have an election and let the ladies vote on the question, cow or no cow, goose or no goose. We bet the cattle would have to skip town then.

Mrs. W. T. Loane, mother of our highly esteemed Townsman, Mr. C. D. Loane, of Baltimore, and Mr. Emit Loane, brother of Mr. C. D. Loane, are on a visit to him in this city.

Some of the men who signed the petition to let the cattle run at large are now ready to sign one to keep them up. We are glad that some are at last getting tired of such a nuisance.

Since the completion of the Railroad to Greenville the mep have joined the men at work on the road from this place to Williamston and the work is being pushed rapidly on.

Miss Lucile Marriner, one of the most attractive young ladies of Mackey's Ferry, spent a few days with Miss Neva Johnston, at "Roseneith" this week. She is now the guest of her uncle, Mr. T. J. Marriner, in town.

The members of the Roanoke fire Company should be encouraged by our citizens after the work done by them on Monday night. Call the boys out Capt. Latham, and let them drill - that's all they need to make them perfect.

Mr. Louis Schultz has returned to his business here and his brother Abe has returned to his home at E. City. During his short stay in our midst Abe made many friends who regret to have him leave so soon. Come again friend.

Dr. E. E. Murray, our popular young dentist, is off for his summer vacation. While absent the doctor will visit his old home in Duplin county, also Carolina Beach, and other points of interest. We wish him a pleasant trip and an early return.

Mr. H. Peal has taken Mr. C. W. Holliday, formerly of Tyrrell county, into his employ as business manager of the "Old Reliable Carriage Factory." Mr. Holliday invites his friends to call on him when in want of first class work or a fine bugy. See notice in this issue.

Justice Thos. S. Armistead informs us that a reply has been received to his letter written to the authorities of the colored Insane Asylum, in which they say they cannot take "Crazy Mariah," so she will have to remain in jail here until there is room for her at the asylum.

While Mr. Willie Spruill accompanied by Miss Alice Hilliard were out driving on Friday afternoon last, the horse became frighten and turned the buggy over throwing them to the ground. No serious damage was done farther than the spraining of Miss Hilliards arm, which we are please to note, is almost well.

Rev. C. W. Robinson, pastor of the M. E. Church, left yesterday afternoon for Mt. Airy, Winston and Danberry springs, where he will spend his summer vacation. We wish for him a pleasant trip and a safe and speedy return to his people here, whose hearts and best wishes go with him.

The serenade by the Glee Club at Hotel Marriam, Friday night, in honor of Miss Hope Hunter, was a very graceful thing and much appreciated. Miss Hunter is a trained musician, and renders the classic productions of the masters with an ease and skill truly remarkable. A hearty welcome Washington always extends to Miss Hunter. - Washington Gazette.

No little interest was taken in the race on Wednesday afternoon between the steamers, "Comet" and "Plymouth". The boats both left the Norfolk Southern depot at the same time and the contest was hot for one mile, to the bend of the river, which point was first gained by the Plymouth. The steamer Bertie joined in the race, and though behind in the start, held her own well.

After an absence of about three months from her route, the steamer Bertie arrived on Monday last looking more like a little floating palace than a steam boat. The traveling public welcome her back as heartily as the citizens of Windsor and Plymouth. She has been thoroughly overhauled and repainted, in fact made almost as good as new. The Bertie has been a favorite with our people as has also her genial and accommodating Captain, Maj. L. Pipkin.

     The following named persons were registered at the Latham House during the past week:
     W. C. Marriner, W. S. Dunston, R. F. Stearn, Wilson Lamb, R. C. Cuswell, J. A. Chesson, P. H. Savage, J. B. Shipp, E. M. Bloomberg, W. J. Warren, R. N. Deford and K. Sallinger.

     At the Latham House, on Tuesday last, at 3 o'clock, Mr. Chas. T. Biggs and Miss Nora Oliver, Rev. C. W. Robinson, officiating.
     The couple drove to town in great haste, and on stopping at the hotel, requested the knot tied at once, which was done, thus ending another - the old folks object and the young folks don't.

     Dr. Harmon, the optician, is at the Latham House, where he will remain for a few days, ready to supply those in need, with glasses to suit each eye of all stages. He will examine your eyes free of charge. We have visited his office and examined his supply of material and his method of testing the needs of the eye. He is worthy the compliment thus paid him by the Economist:
     "We congratulate the Doctor upon the success he has acchieved here - his successful treatment of the human eye. A great many people do not know what an optician is and for their benefit we will say that he is not a man who buys spectacles by the dozen and sells them by the pair, or is a man who takes a box and goes peddling around to peoples houses or approaching every one he meets on the streets, nor does he keep spectacles already made. A genuine optician has no more use for ready made spectacles than a dentist has for ready made teeth. Dr. Harmon is a genuine optician and we advise our friends who may have any defect of the eye to consult the Doctor when ever opportunity offers itself without any hesitation. We speak from experience. He examines each eye with great care and then makes a perfect glass for the same. Nothing for examinations, and everybody is invited to call."

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Three Buildings Burned - The Roanoke
Fire Co. Saves the Town - Colored
People Lend a Helping Hand.
     The alarm of fire, was sounded just at 12:15 o'clock on Monday night last, to which the Roanoke Fire Company at once responded, and under the command of its able captain, Mr. E. R. Latham, did excellent service. The boys, though not in practice, as they should be, worked well.
     The fire originated in the restaurant of J. H. Lee, on Washington street, which building was almost consumed before it was found out. From this building the shoe shop of Mr. J. A. Keenan adjoining on the south side and the harness shop of Mr. Jos. Tucker adjoining on the north side ignited.
     Lee lost his furniture and building; Mr. Tucker lost building and some stock; Capt. C. W. Askew, who had a shoe department in Tucker's building, lost all his tools and material. Mr. Keenan lost part of his tools. The loss sustained is not very great, as the buildings were small.
     But for the timely assistance of the Fire Department who received and obeyed the orders of its captain, the town would have presented a look of distruction, as all the buildings in that vicinity are frame work. The company deserves much credit for their determination and fearless work in stopping the flames when they did.
     The colored people of our town, or at least a part of them, deserves much credit for services rendered.

     After a long and painful illness, at his late residence, on Third street, Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock, Mr. C. Warren Walker, age 43 years. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, of which the deceased was a faithful member, on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. C. W. Robinson, officiating.
     The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. F. Norman, N. B. Yeager, W. D. Carstarphen, M. J. Norman, E. R. Latham and W. C. Ayers.
     The remains were entered in the M. E. church yard.

Creswell, N. C., Aug 19, '89
Editor Roanoke Beacon.
     Dr. Hardison's, T. B. Bateman's and Alfred Alexander's houses are near completion, and are receiving their first coat of painting - adding much to the looks of our village.
     The protracted meeting which was going on last week in the Baptist church in this place closed on Saturday night last. It was well attended, day and night, but no converts or new additions to the church.
     This week the Rev. Mr. Collier is conducting a series of meetings at Mr. Pleasant, 3 miles from here.
     On the 16th inst., the case of E. R. Spruill vs Richmond Preston, for trespass, was called up before Justice Mercer, who impanneled a jury of six to try the case. Mr. A. O. Gaylord, of your place, ably defended Mr. Preston. The jury, after retiring for a few moments, brought in a verdict of not guilty, hence the case was dismissed at Mr. Spruill's cost.
     On Saturday, the 17th, Wilson Alexander was arraigned before Justice Mercer for failure to work on public road. After hearing the allegations, &c., the defendant was found not guilty and released from custody.
     On Thursday, 15th, inst., two white boys and two colored ones fought on the streets of our town. The white boys went before Mayor Howell and paid their fines and cost, the colored ones was arrested by the Constable and brought up before the Mayor, tired and found guilty, fined $1.00 and cost, and they having no money were put in our town "Lock up," where they remained quietly enough until Friday night, when the father of one took him out; the other not relishing the idea of staying in a prison alone, on the edge of a grave yard, began squalling at such a rate that his mother made arrangements to have him released. Both are sufficiently amused with fighting, also prison life.
     Mr. H. Walter Phelps hired a fine mule to a colored man on Sunday last to drive 5 or 6 miles to church, and when the mule was hitched up after church he reared up and fell, breaking his neck, and of course died at one. It was quite a loss to Mr. Phelps, as he refused $200 for the mule not long ago.
     Yours, &c., X. Y. Z.

Springfield (Mo.) Journal.
     Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow; it strayed away one summer day, where lambs should never go. Then Mary sat her down, and tears streamed from her eyes; she never found the lamb because she did not advertise. And Mary had a brother John, who kept a village store; he sat down and smoked his pipe and watched his open door. And as the people passed along and did not stop to buy; John still sat down and smoked his pipe and blinked his sleepy eye. And so the sheriff closed him out, but still he lingered near, and Mary came to drop with him a sympathizing tear.
     "How is it, that those other merchants here, sell all their goods and thrive from year to year?: Remembering now her own bad luck the little maid replies: "These other fellows get there, John, because they advertise."

FOR SALE - As I wish to leave Plymouth. I offer for sale my brick business and stock of merchandise. A good investment for anyone wishing a good business.
     Terms reasonable. - J. T. Pettiford.

     Owing to ill health I have taken in my Coach business Mr. C. W. Holliday as foreman and business manager, giving him the power to contract and collect for me. Mr. Holliday is a first-class workman and will be found a square man in all business pursuits, he is formerly of Tyrrell county and has had several years experience in the carriage business. We intend keeping a full line of buggies, latest and finest style side bars open and top, road carts, carts, cart wheels &c. I desire the patronage of my friends and the public generally and gurrantee value receive and satisfaction in every particular.
     H. Peal.

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Dr. E. E. Murray - Dentist - Plymouth

C. L. Pettigrew - Attorney - Plymouth

Monumental Agency - Monuments and Tombstones - representing Marble Works of P. W. Bates, Worwalk, Conn. - H. H. Brown, Office-Davenport & Piercy's Store - Plymouth

S. K. Everett - Dry Goods, etc. - Plymouth

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