1949 COL GASTON GOSSIPS 05-30-49

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GAZETTE WRITEBS FICfc ur HEMS OF ALL KINDS HERE, THERE AND YONDER FOR ENTERTAINMENT OP OUR READERS. Frank and Hugh? MORE NEWS OF THE PAST A few days aj:o we reprinted here several items of news taken from The Yorkville Enquirer of January 1, 1875, and asked if any of our readers were interested In thai type of reading mailer. Since then numbers of people have requested more news of olden days so we give you below some more, from the Issue of June 11, 1874, .._.„ ...^ o of the Yorkville paper as follows: V ear" be added The contractors for the grading • and earthwork of the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad (the present C. & N.-W.) arc progressing rapidly and satisfactorily with the work. By a letter just received from Dallas, we learn that Messrs. Hoffman & Co., who have contracted to grade from that town to the Air Line road (the Southern at Oas- tonial, have put on an adequate force and are working with a vim. The same letter informs us thai much enthusiasm has been awakened in Gaston county since work was actually commenced on the road. Besides the Interest taken by the whites, the colored people are alive to 1U importance. Several of them have taken stock, and a day has been appointed for all men living contiguous to the line, to contribute one day's work to Hoffman & Go's. contract ... It is President Davega's earnest desire—and he will make every effort to accomplish that end —to have the trains running from Chester to the Air Line road by the first of January, 1815. An Inventor announces the discovery of a method of producing artificial blushes . . . Massachusetts Is credited with having two hundred thousand old maids within its borders . . . The London Times had a telegraph wire between London and . Paris for its exclusive use, and for county ... Mr. Cope, Incidentally, probably knows more Gaston coun- iy history than anyone else, having spent the past 15 or 20 years, in leisure time, gathering county data .. . also lias quite a lot of historical data on A very county from which his family came . . . '^What's become of THE ARE In Boat th e Gas ton" CounYy" Hiitorlcai ~So- year-old ciety?" asked Mr. Cope .. . "haven't I girl heard anything about it for about a I terday The son of Wendell daughter of Col. G. would like to know himself ... at the annual meeting about a year ago Frank B. Rankln of Mount Holly was elected president and Hugh A. Query of Gastonia secretary . . . with each passing day sources of county history grow dimmer ... it is. time the society got busy on some of its projects . . . what about it, Mr. Cope, by the way, collaborated with the late Shepherd M. Dugger In the preparation of the latter's book "War Trails of the Grandfather Mountain," published several years ago. 55 YEARS AGO: Rev. Dr. R. L Ownbey, retired Methodist minister living In Charlotte, reminded the congregation of Main Street Methodist Church liere Sunday morning that he had filled that pulpit once TlK about Wendell. children pleasure farm. boat's the Ing on capsized. bring which it pays $15,000 a year ... A Methodist Episcopal Convention, held last week at Jackson, Mich., took decided action in favor of woman suffrage. The late Legislature of Michigan submitted to the people a proposition to amend the constitution so as to admit women to the elective franchise. INTERESTED IN HISTORY: Robert P. Cope, former Gastonian who has been living lor the past several years on a farm near Stanley, was a pleasant visitor in the writer's sanctum Monday mom ing . . . was here primarily to find out something about the old Earl Chalk homo that once stood in East Gastonla ... had recently had a letter from a granddaughter of Earl Chalk making inquiry as to whether the old home was still standing . . . we referred him to George Glenn, Walter Head, John Beal and Elmer Spencer as the oldlimers who would be able to give htm the information If anyone could . . . the Chalks came here in the early 70s and the one referred to. Earl, is, so his granddaughter says, burled in old Shiloh cemetery in East Gastonia . . . George W. Chalk, probably a brother of Earl, was the founder of The Gazette which began publication February 21, 1880 . . . another brother, T. G., was at one time editor of this paper ... so far as we know none of the Chalk family remains in Gaston before ... in fact 55 years ago in 1834, during his first year in the pastorate, which he served on the Shelby district . . . that was five or six years before the present church structure had been erected (that was In 1900). . . . Col. G. discovered later that on that occasion Dr. Ownbey was a guest In the home of the late T. R. McArver and Mrs. McArver ... the latter Is now making her home with her daughter and sOn-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Flay Bess, on South Chester street . . . the occasion was the annual session of the Shelby district conference over which the late Bishop W. W. Duncan was presiding. . . . "Out of a clear sky," said Dr. Ownbey, "it was announced that I woulcj preach Sunday night . . . the prospect of having to stand up anc preach before a bishop was frightening but It turned out tha the Bishop was confined to his room that night by illness, and wai I glad I really went to town preaching that night and I've often wondered what I would have don had the bisliop been sitting in fron of me" . . . Dr. Ownbey preache here for the pastor, Dr. Blackard who was preaching the baccalaur eate sermon at Still Ins College, Bris tol, Va. . . . delivered a most nteresting and inspiring discourse rased on the-story of Peter's denial of his Lord when the maid found nlm "warming himself" in a room adjacent to that in which Christ den : or A extile nth erence ram Host which rales :he Call ». m. spinners, G. for Charlotte-Gaston to Inc., was being interrogated by 'the of- (rom • = -'-'- "-- --- <—>-«> '- - ficials he emphasized In a most effective manner the Importance of placing the proper value on spiritual life as compared with the comforts of our physical existence . . . Col. G. and the madam had the pleasure of having Dr. Ownbey In their home for luncheon Sunday and enjoyed an all-too-short hour of talking of old days in Buncombe county, native heath of both of us. tend who Thursday Criminal Session .... the be

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 30 May 1949, Mon,
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