In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Wake Forest Doctors C.T. and R.W. Wilkinson have installed a new $1,500 Westinghouse X-ray machine at their local practice. The machine takes pictures with a half-second exposure, allowing the heart to be seen from any angle. Until now, people had to travel to Raleigh to have X-rays made for many cases. “This machine,” said C.T. Wilkinson, “should be a great addition to the community.”
•Playing at the Castle Theatre, Bolero, with George Raft and Carole Lombard.
•Wake Forest College has enrolled 328 students for the spring quarter, its lowest number since 1904. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines account for most of the decrease. During the last quarter, 30 students withdrew, most to join the armed forces. There were also 21 graduates of a new speed-up program and 14 did not register.
•The following postage rates are now effective for all mail sent from the Wake Forest Post Office: regular mail and post cards, 1 cent per ounce (or fraction thereof). Other mail, including town rural routes, 3 cents. Air mail, 8 cents. Air mail sent to Army and Navy post offices remains at 6 cents per ounce.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Fire on Easter Monday has heavily damaged the Robert Llewellyn home at 213 N. Main St. in Wake Forest. Hampered by cold and strong winds, volunteer firefighters responded to the blaze only after it had made headway in the structure’s upper floors. The 12-room house is one of the oldest in town. It was the homeplace of Edgar W. Timberlake; its construction dating back to around 1880. Editor’s note: The home at the time was believed to be a total loss, but the top was rebuilt and still exists today.
•Playing at the Forest Theater, June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly in Lassie’s Great Adventure.
•Rolesville residents are stunned and frightened by what appears to be a deliberate attempt to burn down Rolesville Police Chief Nelson Ross’ home. The attempted arson may also be linked to the fire at the Rolesville Market in February. Ross had planned to move into the home on Halifax Road, about a mile off N.C. 96, at the end of the week.
Two windows were broken and flames were blazing in a front room when the fire was discovered by a passerby. It’s clear that some type of accelerant was used. The entire interior was damaged from smoke and heat and will have to be redone.
•Democratic Congressman Ike Andrews’ car broke down in north Raleigh on the way to a Louisburg fundraiser, so he and his companions came up with an ol’ fashioned solution — they stuck out their thumbs. A Rolesville resident took them as far as his town and there they hitched a ride to the Murphy House with the restaurant’s own Johnny Sledge, who was on his way to get food for Andrews’ fundraiser. Editor’s note: Andrews, a Bonlee native and World War II Bronze Medal and Purple Heart recipient, served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1973 and 1985.
•Rose’s Stores Inc. is closing its Wake Forest discount store, located in the Market of Wake Forest shopping center off Capital Boulevard. It’s one of 59 stores the Henderson-based chain is closing. The local store employs 86 people.
•Franklin County Health Department medical clinic staff members were honored with a plaque from the governor for their Baby Love program, which has helped reduce the infant death rate in the county. Statewide, the infant mortality rate is now 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.
•Two women and a man have been arrested at a massage parlor on U.S. 1 in Franklinton by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with keeping a bawdy house, aiding and abetting indecent exposure and soliciting crimes against nature. A shotgun was seized from the building, as well as whips and other items.
•More than 7,700 Wake County students, including almost 1,700 local children, will attend different schools next year as part of the Wake County Board of Education’s reassignment plan. The majority of the local moves will fill two new schools — Jones Dairy Elementary and Heritage Middle.
•Youngsville’s newest street, Pacific Avenue, has opened to traffic. The street is a nod to the town’s past — the community was known as Pacific Village prior to the town’s incorporation in 1875.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone