•A $2 million drive has begun at Wake Forest College to raise the funds needed to enlarge the campus. On the list of potential buildings are a larger library, housing for male and female students, a student union and a modern hospital. Another $5 million is needed for the endowment to maintain facilities.
A new football field, Groves Stadium, was completed in 1941. A new chapel is currently under construction — the spire will be over 200 feet above the main floor of the auditorium.
•Dr. George Washington Paschal, 74, is close to completing volumes 2 and 3 of his series on the history of Wake Forest College. Since 1924 Paschal has worked on the books, originally beginning as a series of historical papers. Volume 1 was released in 1935, covering the early years through 1865.
The name of every faculty member is recorded, as well as notable students and townspeople who have given service related to the college, such as nurses in the infirmary. Paschal gathered his data from a variety of sources including minutes of the college board of trustees, records of the Baptist State Convention, correspondence files, the records of the campus literary societies, The Student and Old Gold & Black archives, 21 volumes of former college president Dr. W.L. Poteat’s Bulletins, from his personal knowledge as a former student and professor and other sources.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Thieves broke into H.B. Jones’ store at Wake Crossroads and made off with an assortment of goods. Stolen were 125 cartons of cigarettes, five dozen sport shirts, seven boxes of chewing gum, a dozen raincoats, six bags of flour, six pairs of shoes, three boxes of cigars and some cash.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, The Lonely and the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas and Gena Rowlands.
•A Wake Forest Fire alarm call box has been installed in the Glen Royall neighborhood at East Chestnut and Brewer Avenue. Two more will be installed in the community in the near future. The boxes sound an alarm directing firefighters to the area a fire is located.
•A two-story Wake Forest home on Juniper Avenue is a total loss after it caught fire, burning everything except its three occupants, who escaped injury. Firefighters were delayed arriving because the nearby firebox was not working.
•Franklinton police officers had a tough time keeping straight faces when called upon to evict four young men from the town pool who were swimming in the nude at night. The men only agreed to climb out when the officers threatened to leave — taking their clothes with them.
•Only one of the Wake Forest Post Office carriers, Phil Leonard, has adopted the new uniform option — donning shorts before going about his routine.
•The Wake Weekly is upping its per issue price from 10 cents to 15 cents. Owners cited the increased costs of producing the paper product as the reason.
•A heat wave topping 100 degrees not only overloaded Wake Forest’s electric substation but nearly overwhelmed firefighters, who had to battle fires caused by sparks from a passing train. “It’s murder out there trying to put out fires,” said Wake Forest Fire Chief Donnie Hight.
•A Franklinton man died when the car he was sleeping in caught fire. Firefighters found the body under a pile of clothes in the back seat. Neighbors said the man was intoxicated and probably crawled in the car to sleep it off. No foul play is suspected; a cigarette is thought to be the cause.
•Wake Forest garbage and recycling collectors are missing homes and even entire neighborhoods but still collecting the same monthly fee from residents. Town Manager Mark Williams said Waste Industries representatives admitted to problems with some collectors. The company is adding personnel to ensure the problem is not repeated, he said, adding, “It’s important people feel they are getting the service they are paying for.”
•A rezoning request that will pave the way to allow a State Employees Credit Union to be built at Capital Boulevard and Jenkins Road was approved by Wake Forest commissioners over the protest of nearby residents. “I’m shocked, said Riverstone resident Wanda Mukherjee. “We invested our money from our home in Colorado in Wake Forest and it just pains us that people view that investment in such a frivolous manner.”
•A Franklin County woman was killed by accident when a Jeep crashed through a chain-link fence during a mudslinging event south of Bunn. Twenty others were injured when the modified vehicle plowed into the crowd at the Five County Raceway. The woman, Candace Bryant Brown, placed herself between the vehicle and her 2-year-old daughter, saving the life of the child.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone