In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Quick action by the Rolesville Fire Department saved two tobacco barns from destruction. Overheated oil curers on the John E. Keith and O.R. Freeman farms were the cause in both instances. Little to no damage resulted before the fires were extinguished.
•Eight Amtrak train cars jumped the rails near the Athey Plant south of Wake Forest at 8 p.m., injuring 28 of the train’s 270 passengers. The Silver Star was southbound and had just passed through town when it derailed. Most of the injuries resulted from glassware in the dining car, as well as luggage and other objects flying around or from people falling down in the aisles. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
•Wilson Vaughan has retired from the town of Franklinton after 43 years. He reminisced about the time the town went broke in the 1930s — and he had to collect people’s water bill payments to try to make up for his unpaid $6 weekly salary. The longtime firefighter also recalled a forest fire west of Franklinton that threatened the whole town.
Another time, revenue agents blew up a still above the town’s reservoir and the mash and liquor ran into the water, leading to complaints about the water smelling like alcohol. Chemical treatment corrected the smell and taste, but, Vaughn said, “Everybody had a ball. It was the talk of the town for a while.”
•Vandalism has become a problem in Bunn, acting Police Chief Otto Hayes told town councilmen. Watermelons have been found strewn across town, someone stole the stop sign next to town hall and pictures and obscene words were spraypainted on the back of the ABC building and high school.
The council agreed to let Hayes try to recruit Wilson Tech officer trainees as volunteers and talked of replacing some equipment. Councilman Stephen Winstead, for instance, noted the chief’s walkie-talkie was “not worth a cuss.”
•Youngsville firefighters are offering a $100 reward to catch the culprits who set fire to trash in town dumpsters. On one day, three of the 14 dumpsters located at N.C. 96 and Long Mill Road were set on fire. Since mid June, firefighters have answered 14 calls for dumpster fires. “Sometimes we go back three times in one night,” said Fire Chief Doug Carter. “We don’t get any sleep.”
•Don Stroud has joined Wake Forest’s Hartsfield & Nash, 203 S. Brooks St., as an insurance agent. Since last month, the company has been under the management of the Louisburg-based Hodges Insurance Agency. Stroud is a graduate of the Chapel Hill School of Insurance and Wake Forest University.
•A church is being built at N.C. 98 and U.S. 1. The site is the future home to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
•A Citgo Quick Mart has opened in the Redford Place shopping center on U.S. 401 in Rolesville. The modern convenience store will operate 24 hours a day. The store manager is Linda Sandlin.
•During a town meeting, Youngsville Mayor Lyn Buffaloe asked about the status of the Boondocks building that owner Gracie Evans is trying to bring up to code. Zoning officer Larry Pritchett said it was beginning to meet safety codes but has a long way to go, adding, “They did just put a new roof on it.”
Editor’s note: The building, located at 201 E. Main St.,
was used as an auction house in the 1980s. It recently reopened as an event center.
•Harris Teeter has opened on Rogers Road in Wake Forest’s Heritage community. The shopping center is still under construction, but a seafood restaurant, hair salon and dry cleaners are expected.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone