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In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Grady Patterson Sr., Scoutmaster for the Wake Forest Boy Scout Troop, has organized a 10-mile hike and camping trip for the weekend, to be supervised by Assistant Scoutmaster Jimmy Lee. The troop is divided into two patrols, the Cobras, under the leadership of Watson Wilkinson and the Flying Eagles, led by Truett Tanner.
•Capt. W. Walton Kitchin, son of Wake Forest College President Thurman D. Kitchin, “came through without a scratch,” after paratrooping into Sicily, according to a letter he wrote to his wife, the former Nancy Brewer of Wake Forest.
A medical school graduate, Kitchin entered the U.S. Army in 1941 as a lieutenant and was stationed at the Stark Hospital in Charleston, S.C., then volunteered as a paratrooper and was stationed at Fort Bragg. After being promoted, he was sent overseas to help with the war against the Axis powers.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•The Wall Mutual Burial Association of Wake Forest has been dissolved by State Burial Commissioner Jake Walker. The burial association had fallen below the minimum of 800 required members and was $223 in debt. The membership will be transferred to the Willis Mutual Burial Association.
•Lightning set a feed barn alight at the G.C. Marshall residence at Wake Crossroads, destroying it completely. Another fire burned up a barnful of tobacco on the L.F. Weathers farm, but Rolesville firefighters were able to save the structure.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Vincent Price and Patricia Owens in The Fly.
•A teenage dance is planned at the Wake Forest American Legion hut with music by The Keens and Wayne “Waldo” Catlette, appearing with Wayne Brewer. Admission is 50 cents.
•A petition signed by 6,000 Wake County residents has prompted Wake County commissioners to consider holding a school bond in the fall. The funds would be used, in part, to bring Wake Forest schools up to standard, officials said.
•A $30,000 renovation of the sanctuary at Rolesville Baptist Church has been completed. Work included a new roof, replaced interior doors, new chairs and drapes. Cushions have been added to pews and a sound system upgraded to allow the hearing impaired to use wireless earphones.
•Tony Robertson is the new Franklinton town administrator. Robinson, 32, is a member of the Kerr Criminal Justice Unit in Henderson.
•A Durham 19-year-old drowned in the Neuse River at Falls when he and another youth went over the dam at the Raleigh pumping station. Rescue workers narrowly missed drowning themselves when their boat overturned during the search and had to be rescued with ropes from shore crews.
•A Durham man out for a quick swim drowned after jumping into Falls Lake from the Lower Barton Creek Bridge on Six Forks Road. The friends he was with said the 42-year-old surfaced once and then sank into the 20-foot deep water. The men had been drinking.
•Franklinton has a new fire chief. Gary Bray, who has been assistant chief for the past year, replaces Norris Collins Jr., who steps down after eight years to attend to business matters and spend more time with family.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi.
•Quick action by town citizenry saved the Wake Forest arch at the entrance to the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary campus from being removed. Officials from Wake Forest University, which inhabited the seminary campus for more than a century before moving in 1956, had ordered the arch to be moved to the Winston-Salem campus.
When a crane was seen removing stones on the adjoining wall, members of the Wake Forest Birthplace Society and other preservation-minded residents held a hastily formed press conference with seminary officials and members of the media at the arch, bringing a halt to the work. Not long after, a Wake Forest University official called to say that the arch would remain and the adjoining stones restored. The arch was a gift to the college by the class of 1909.
•Wakefield’s first-ever bank robbery ended in two quick arrests by Raleigh police. The First Citizens Bank on Forest Pines Drive was robbed by a man with a note who approached a teller. No weapon was displayed. Police were helped by security footage showing a man in a sports jersey and ball cap.
•Masked robbers brandishing handguns kicked in a door to a Jones Dairy Road home, making off with cash and a phone. Suspects have yet to be identified in the brazen daylight robbery. The homeowner was not injured.
•A Franklinton 12-year-old has died from amebic meningoencephalitis, caused by an infection of Naegleria fowleri, a freshwater amoeba. He became infected while swimming in Falls Lake. It was the fourth such case in the state since 1991, according to the state division of public health. Deaths from such infections are rare in the U.S.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone