In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•War Savings Stamps, issued in 1919, come due at the first of the year. Wake Forest Postmaster C.Y. Holden requests that those wishing prompt payment turn their stamps in as soon as possible. They may also exchange them for Treasury Savings Certificates, with higher, more attractive interest rates.
•Capt. Walker Long has returned to Wake Forest from working in a field hospital for the Eighth Field Artillery at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. He described the Japanese as a “smart, well-trained soldier who made us ashamed of ourselves in camouflage and is much more dangerous than the public believes.”
In the 12 months Long spent on the island, he said malaria was the worst enemy, but the facilities for combating disease were excellent.
•Also returning from the service is 43-year-old Major James E. Lake, Jr., who for three years fought with the Free French Forces, including the French Foreign Legion under General Charles de Gaulle. Lake received the Croix de Guerre medal while in northern Africa.
Having visited Egypt, he described that the people are mostly indifferent to the war and said they dislike the British. He added: “Cairo is far more a melting pot than New York or any other American city.”
While in Wake Forest for a short stint, Lake had a conversation with clothing store owner George Bolus, noting that while he was in Beirut there were merchants named Bolus. Bolus said they were his cousins.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Coney Island, with Betty Grable and George Montgomery.
•The Old Gold & Black reprinted an editorial addressing the proposal to allow black students at Duke University. The Duke newspaper The Chronicle argued against it, saying that even though the majority of Duke students agree with the idea, the segregated south would make black students feel ostracized off-campus.
“They would not be allowed to sit in the movies with their fellow white students,” the editorial says. “Nor would they sit with white students on busses or eat with them in the downtown restaurants.”
Editor’s note: Duke was one of the last major universities to desegregate. In 1963, the first five black undergraduates enrolled at Duke.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Attorney I. Beverly Lake Sr. of Wake Forest has once again thrown his hat into the race for governor, promising the be a man for all the people, no matter their party, race or job. Lake ran for governor in 1960 on a segregationist platform.
•Dr. Robert Watson Wilkinson Jr., a lifelong Wake Forest resident and physician since 1923, has died. During World War I, he served in the infantry in France and Germany. Wilkinson was very active in the community. He served as director of the Wake Forest Savings and Loan for 39 years and surgeon for the Seaboard Airline Railroad for 38 years. He was a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, volunteer fire department, chamber of commerce and Maltonia Fishing Club.
•Local 4-Hers attended an achievement program in Raleigh. Butch Meek received an award for his 1962 beef project and Douglas Darch Jr. carried the American flag.
•Rolesville firefighters fought four fires in the past week, including off N.C. 96 near Mack Perry’s Store which destroyed the home of a family of eight. No one was injured, but the family lost all their belongings. Rolesville residents have donated clothing and other items.
•In response to the national energy crisis, Wake Forest will light its Christmas wreaths only for the parade and on Christmas Eve. Individuals are also asked to forego exterior lights.
•Two Wake Forest men and their Franklinton accomplice are charged with cattle rustling. They allegedly took two calves from Thomas Moss’ Youngsville farm, put them in the trunk of a ’69 Ford and took them to a Hillsborough live stock market. The market owner was suspicious of the high quality of the calves and called authorities.
•The Rolesville Garment Company has opened a factory outlet at its plant. The company manufactures girls sportswear for major chain stores.
•Three fires in a week have Wake Forest firefighters concerned there might be an arsonist in town. At least one pre-dawn home that caught fire was clearly deliberately set, Fire Chief Donnie Hight said. All the homes were vacant.
•Longtime Wake Forest merchant Leland Jones has died. The third-generation owner of Jones Hardware Co. was involved at Wake Forest Baptist Church, Rotary, the Masonic Lodge and past director of the chamber of commerce.
•“I love Franklin County,” state Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Graham said. “It’s as close to heaven as you’ll ever get.” Graham was present at the annual Franklinton American Legion Chitlin Strut, which drew a large crowd.
•Town Manager Mark Williams was named the Wake Forest Citizen of the Year and the Gardening Club, Club of the Year, during the annual Community Council Christmas Dinner. Williams was honored for his work with the town and efforts as coach of area youth in soccer, basketball and T-ball.
•A Wake Forest man died after his delivery truck plunged into a creek off Jones Dairy Road. Police believe he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
•Rolesville EMS has a new home, dubbed by the Wake Weekly as “The station that barbecues built.” The 3,667-square-foot West Young Street site has a kitchen and living area, dorm rooms wired for computers, radio room and chief’s office. EMS boosters raised $93,000 toward the building.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone