In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•The highway connecting to Faculty Avenue in Wake Forest has been paved through to Youngsville and is open to traffic. Raleigh’s Lassiter Construction Co. is paving the road through to Franklinton.
•J.L. Reid, Wake Forest agent for the Seaboard Air Line Railway, advertises in the Old Gold & Black the Wake Forest train schedule. Northbound trains stop when signaled at 2:14 a.m. to pick up for Portsmouth, Petersburg, Richmond and points north; at 12:07 p.m. for Portsmouth and 5:51 p.m. for Norlina. Southbound trains stop at 9:57 a.m. for Raleigh and 3:06 p.m. for Raleigh, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tampa.
•In a letter, 1940 Wake Forest College grad Eugene Brissie, a lieutenant serving aboard the USS Bunker Hill, describes an air battle between U.S. and Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean. “In a matter of minutes the spotlessly blue sky and seemingly imperturbable water are splotched with plumes of smoke, punctuated with exploding aircraft. Then guns begin to boom, first the deep-throated five-inchers, followed by the staccato-voiced machine guns, which turn the roar into a din of noise and heat flashes accompanied by thick smells.”
Strangest to Brissie were thoughts drifting through his mind as battle approached: “Perhaps you’re riding peacefully down Connecticut Avenue in a cab, listening to the driver’s radio play parts of a Noel Coward production … or you may remember a rainy afternoon you spent in a man’s library, and you wonder vaguely if these things will ever happen again.”
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•A 1956 Chevy crossing the tracks at the unguarded Wake Forest’s Sycamore Street railroad crossing was struck by a freight train, tumbling the vehicle 100 feet and killing its driver, Alline Johnson Wiggins.
The popular 54-year-old teacher was actively involved in civic and church affairs. She had just left The Wake Weekly office on South White Street, having brought news about her kindergarten class. The crossing has an obscured view, due to train cars on both embankments on each side of Sycamore Street and due to a curve in the track.
•Noting the upcoming Halloween holiday, when Rolesville children were asked what scares them, they talked ghosts, skeletons, witches and dragons. “Devils are mean and scary because they can kill you … and make you climb big, high trees and big high mountains,” said Becky Braswell, 5. “Big, high mountains are where devils stay.” Added Sonya Walker, also 5, “A monster is scary. Sometimes it looks like a ghost. I saw a monster one time and he was red and real little and he didn’t say anything to me.”
•Burlington Industries is closing its Franklinton plant by March, blaming a slowdown in the economy. Some 285 people are expected to lose their jobs as a result.
•AGA Gas Snowbird dedicated its Wake Forest plant off Forestville Road. The $8.5 million facility employs 18 people and produces 150 gallons of liquid nitrogen, argon and oxygen gasses per day, for use in operations at Mallinckrodt and other industries.
•Northern Wake Hospital in Wake Forest is losing its 20 acute care beds, meaning no more overnight stays for patients. The South Allen Road facility, open more than 30 years, will be remade by the county hospital system into a community health center. A doctor is being paid to move his practice into the building, and outpatient services will remain.
•Unaffiliated voters are growing in Youngsville, an anomaly in a county dominated by Democratic voters. In April, 193 of the town’s 2,379 voters (8.1 percent), registered unaffiliated. By October, that number had risen to 8.6 percent. The county average is 4.7 percent.
•Fast Photo has opened in the Market of Wake Forest shopping center. The family business, owned by Gordon Archambault and managed by Tammy Taylor, offers one-hour color and black and white processing, custom enlargements and slides.
•A Louisburg man and woman and Middlesex man have been charged in the murder of a Wake Forest resident. The victim was struck in the head and left to die along a rural Franklin County road. The motive appears to have been robbery. Editor’s note: The Middlesex resident, Shelvie Eugene Hinzman, 40, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and common law robbery in January 2007 and served two years in prison. Bernard James Combs, 27, was convicted of common law robbery in April, 2007 and had his sentence suspended. The probation was later revoked and he served eight months in prison. The woman was not convicted.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone