100 YEARS AGO
From the Greensboro PatriotSEPT. 21, 1898
Efforts are under way to get an electric power plant in Greensboro, with both the Board of Aldermen and the Industrial and Immigration Association pushing for this.
HEADLINES OF THE WEEK Purchasing Power of Dollar Only 65 Cents During June\ - Sept. 25, 1923\ Consumer Prices Jump 1.8 Per Cent In August\ - Sept. 22, 1973\ Inflation stays at 5.2% despite price rises\ - Sept. 22, 1988\ The Industrial and Immigration Association said its members believe ``the best interests of Greensboro demand an electric street car system, electric power for manufacturing, and a more complete system of electric lights, furnishing not only arc lights for the streets but also incandescent lights for residents, stores and offices.'
The association urged the aldermen to make all of this a part of the requirements when it advertises for bids on the city's street-lighting system. The present street lighting contract expires Jan. 1.
The aldermen meanwhile set Nov. 15 as the deadline for contractors to submit bids on a street-lighting system with 70 or more arc lights at 1,200 candlepower.
The board also authorized a special committee to prepare three bills to be introduced at the next session of the legislature, empowering the city to issue bonds to acquire an electric lighting plant and water works and to extend the sewer system.
The political campaign is heating up. The Prohibitionist have named the Rev. McCulloch, M.L. Code and D.W.C. Benbow to a committee to interview candidates for their views on prohibition and to report to a convention Oct. 1 at the Court House in Greensboro. ... A.L. Brooks, Democratic candidate for solicitor, and incumbent Republican solicitor Bynum have agreed to make a joint canvass of the district, debating each other at every stop along the way. ... Race also apparently will be a major issue. C.H. Hancock, chairman of a white supremacist group in North Morehead township, has advertised a meeting for Sept. 24 at Albright's School ``for the purpose of forming a union of all white men for elective campaign work and organization.'
Mr. S.L. Crowder, representing the state, has examined two Greensboro insurance companies, Southern Stock Mutual and the Underwriters, and found both to be in excellent condition financially. ... With most schools now open, it appears Greensboro will have about 1,000 white students and 600 colored students this year. ... The Women's Missionary Society of the Baptist Church at Summerfield will give an ice cream supper at the Summerfield Academy next Friday for the benefit of missions.
For the feet: The Bee Hive has men's heavy farm shoes, $1.19; men's fine shoes, $1.48; ladies' solid leather, lace and button shoes, $1.48.
At the food store: Royal baking powder, 15 cents and 48 cents; Octagon soap, 4 cents; potted ham, 5 cents and 9 cents; apples, 2 to 3 cents per pound.\ 75 YEARS AGO From the Greensboro Daily NewsSEPT. 20-26, 1923 The heirs of H. Sternberger will get a closed-door hearing in federal court in December on their contention that they have been overcharged $36,559 in estate taxes.
Judge James E. Boyd has agreed to hear their appeal in chambers when the U.S. District Court meets in Greensboro later this year.
Mr. Sternberger, a prominent and widely known Greensboro textile executive and a person of considerable wealth, died Dec. 22, 1918.
The heirs contend federal tax officials made the estate pay tax on 840 shares of Revolution Cotton Mills stock even though Mr. Sternberger had sold 168 shares to each of his five children three years before his death.
The government argues that the stock should be considered part of the estate because it was transferred to the children without consideration other than ``love and affection and in contemplation of death.'
The bobbin plant of the J. Elwood Cox Manufacturing Co. on Hamilton Street in High Point was destroyed by an early Sunday morning fire believed to have been caused by high voltage on electric wires running into the plant. Joseph D. Cox, head of the company, said the plant will be rebuilt at once. ... Construction is well along on three buildings for the recently created Millis Cotton Mills on West High Street in High Point. The company, which will make hosiery yarns, will employ over 200. It also will build 20 tenant houses nearby. ... Ogburn Brothers Auction Co. will auction 100 home sites Sept. 29 at the Woodlawn Park suburban development on Franklin Boulevard and McConnell Road.
Greene Street in downtown Greensboro will be widened to 74.6 feet for a distance of approximately 3,400 feet between Buchanan Street and Battleground Avenue, but it could be costly. Property on both sides of the street will have to be acquired. ... The county commissioners have set the tax rate at 75 cents, with 38 cents for operating county government and 37 cents for the school. The rate is up 7 cents. ... F. Clyde Tuttle, prominent young advertising man, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his father-in-law, former City Judge Charles A. Jones, during a domestic dispute at Jones' home August 1. Solicitor J.F. Spruill said he will not seek death penalty but instead will try Tuttle for second degree murder.
At the food store: Blue Ribbon flour, 24 pounds for 90 cents; Old Dutch cleanser, 10 cents or three for 25 cents; Van Camp pork and beans, large size, 25 cents; Buckingham apples, peck for 50 cents.
Light it up: Odell's has floor lamps, mahogany base, silk shades, $15.
Get the wrinkles out: North Carolina Public Service Co. has Universal Thermnax electric iron, $5.\ 50 YEARS AGO From the Greensboro Daily NewsSEPT. 20-26, 1948 With a record-breaking 11,300 students registered in Greensboro's 23 schools, special measures will be taken to relieve overcrowding, School Superintendent B.L. Smith said.
Among the steps being considered are using the library and auditorium at Irving Park School as classrooms, possible transfer of overcrowded first grades from Aycock School to Simpson Annex and Ceasar Cone School, shifting teaching loads, and some doubling up in classrooms.
Although 21 new teachers have been added, the enrollment increase will cause classrooms to be crowded, Smith said. The first-day registration of 11,299 was up from 11,028 a year ago, and about 200 more students are expected to register in the next two weeks.
He said people available for substitute or regular teaching work should make their availability known at his office on Simpson Street if they have not already done so.
Construction of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is expected to begin next spring. The trustees are planning a 300-bed facility. It is expected to cost $5 million. The hospital was established in the will of Mrs. Bertha Lindau Cone, who died in June 1947. She was the widow of Moses Cone, co-founder of Cone Mills. ... Workers at Proximity Manufacturing Co. have voted to retain the Textile Workers Union of America as their bargaining agent, with 671 votes cast for the union and 484 against. ... The long-standing confusion over where the Guilford-Randolph county line should be for 27 miles between the Alamance and Davidson County borders may soon be settled. Commissioners from the two counties have agreed tentatively to arbitration of the dispute.
Oak Ridge Military Institute opened for its 97th year with approximately 200 cadets from six states and two foreign countries. ... Guilford farmers can't decide whether to praise or deplore the current streak of hot, dry weather. Farm Agent J.L. Wagoner said it is ideal for harvesting bumper crops of corn and hay, but lack of moisture is delaying fall planting of oats and barley. ... Guilford County has requested an additional $25,000 from the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis to help pay soaring hospital expenses. When received, this will bring to $185,633 the amount received from the foundation during the polio epidemic this summer.
At the grocery: Sunnyfield self-rising flour, 10-pound bag for 77 cents; Ajax cleanser, 11 cents; potted meat, 15 cents per can; fancy Bonum apples, five pounds for 37 cents.
Get the wrinkles out: Jewel Box has ``Son-Chief' automatic electric iron, $4.95.\ 25 YEARS AGO From the Greensboro Daily NewsSEPT. 20-26, 1973 There was more than music in the air when Elton Johnn drew a record crowd of 15,800 to the Greensboro Coliseum for a rock music concert.
The aroma of marijuana could be smelled.
Plain-clothed police officers and narcotics agents arrested 18 youths, all but three from out of town, for possession of marijuana.
The concert was interrupted briefly during the closing minutes by a tear gas canister explosion, apparently set off on the floor near the performers' platform by someone in the audience. John continued singing for about five minutes despite the stinging gas, which had many in the audience crying as it drifted to the coliseum/s upper tiers.
Police Capt. A.J. Lewis said the canister was not released by an officer. ``We think it was a military-type canister,' he said. ``Someone in the audience rolled it down the aisle as a joke.'
Gibsonville awarded a $188,450 contract to a Sanford firm to install a three-mile emergency water line from the Burlington city limits to Gibsonville. ... Twenty-five young women will be presented Dec. 28 at Greensboro Country Club when the Debutante Club of Greensboro holds its 1973 ball. ... John S. Stewart of Durham was elected chairman of the North Carolina A&T board of trustees as the board reorganized. David W. Morehead of Greensboro was elected secretary.
Don Blyndyke, 45, a detective from Alleghany County, Penn., has been named police chief of Gibsonville, to succeed the late George L. Lashley in the $8,808-a-year job. ... Reginald Eugene Posey of Greensboro was freed from prison after serving less than two weeks of a 12-year sentence for breaking and entering and armed robbery. Judge Walter E. Crissman ordered Posey's release after receiving information from District Attorney Douglas Albright that indicated his innocence. ... Wallace Harrelson is the preference of a majority of Guilford County lawyers for public defender. Harrelson is up for reappointment, but under state statute, the district bar association must submit two nominees to the governor for the job. Harrelson was the top vote-getter in secret balloting by the lawyers.
At the grocery: Red Band flour, five-pound bag for 75 cents; Ajax cleanser, two cans for 43 cents; Van Camp Beanee Weanees, four 8-ounce cans for $1; Washington State gold or red apples, 39 cents per pound.
Light it up: Sears has high-intensity desk lamp, $3.16.
Get the wrinkles out: Meyer's has GE steam and dry iron, $8.99.\ 10 YEARS AGO From the News & RecordSEPT. 20-26, 1988 The Central YMCA and the College Hill Neighborhood Association have signed a peace treaty, ending a decade-long feud.
Over the years, the neighborhood association has been sharply critical of the Y for its parking and traffic and for its perceived readiness to ignore the community's heritage when it wanted to expand. The two have fought before zoning boards, city council and in the newspapers.
But under an agreement reached in the past week, the association and the Y have pledged future cooperation.
The pact sets up a joint landscaping committee to beautify the YMCA property bordering West Market and Tate streets. The two sides also have agreed to occasionally send representatives to each other's board meetings to promote understanding and head off disputes.
Blandwood, the downtown Greensboro mansion originally built as the home of John Motley Morehead in the mid-1800s, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. ... This was not a good week for Bill Moffitt. He is manager of the Shoney's restaurant on High Point Road, and twice he has been held up, once by two men armed with hunting knives and once by a woman carrying what appeared to be a pistol. ... O.C. Stafford has been stripped of his title as vice-chairman of the County Board of Social Services in an ongoing dispute with other board members.
Robert Franklin Couthard Jr., 31, has been charged with killing his wife, Sandra Lyn Couthard, 30, by slipping arsenic into her food over a period of several months. ... The Greensboro City Council listened for three hours to the pros and cons of banning smoking in retail outlets but took no action. It created a committee of health officials and both proponents and opponents to make a recommendation.
At the grocery: Crisco oil, 48 ounces for $1.99; Comet cleanser, 11-ounce can for 52 cents; Van Camp Pork & Beans, three 8-oz cans for $1; North Carolina red or gold apples, 69 cents per pound.