In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Johnson Cotton Company of Louisburg advertises it will demonstrate a Brantford Tobacco looper next week at the J.T. Daniel Farm four miles north of Rolesville on U.S. 401 at N.C. 96. Everyone is invited to see this machine work under actual farming conditions.
•Mrs. H.H. Reddick entertained her bridge club last week, with a small party in Wake Forest. Following the first progression of play, guests were served a dessert course of banana ice cream and cookies. Iced Cokes and party nuts were served during play. The high score prize for the evening went to Mrs. Wiley Brown.
•Russell Dew, chairman of the Neuse Valley Association says that the group is still fighting the planned Falls Dam project that would turn part of the Neuse River into a reservoir. The group of landowners have withdrawn a lawsuit filed 15 months ago against the Army Corps of Engineers to try to force a comprehensive environmental assessment and also a cost estimate for the project.
The Corps has updated its environmental impact statement, Dew said: “[O]ur suit has helped educate the public to the disastrous and irreparable environmental, social and economic consequences that would result if this ill-conceived project were completed.”
•John Sanderford of S&W Chevrolet has been elected president of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. The board of directors discussed re-establishing a district court and plans to four-lane U.S. 1 between Wake Forest and Raleigh.
•Eighteen-year-old Chris Fort has been named Miss Wake Forest. She was crowned by Mayor John Lyon following the poolside contest during the second annual Wake Forest Fourth of July celebration.
•The Pizza Barn has opened at the corner of Wait and White streets in downtown Wake Forest. Owners Barry and Pam Green are now serving a lunchtime pizza buffet and plan to add spaghetti and lasagna.
•N.C. Sen. James Speed says he is pleased with what the legislature accomplished in its five-week session. Close to $600 million was added to the education budget, including a 15-percent raise for teachers. The remainder will pay for expanded programs and buses. Another priority is improving roads, including a plan to four-lane U.S. 1 from Wake Forest to Henderson. He also thinks the state should begin acquiring the right-of-way for the future widening of U.S. 401 in Wake and Franklin counties.
•Franklinton City Schools has merged with the county school system. Franklinton’s first school opened in 1800 by Virginia schoolmaster William S. Joyner. In 1850, a co-educational school opened, though no classes met during the Civil War years of 1860-65. By 1905, the town had graded schools; the first building was built on North Main Street.
It was later occupied by Harper Motor Line. The current high school was opened in 1923 from a donation in funds and land made by Samuel C. Vann, owner of Sterling Cotton Mills.
The first school for blacks, Albion Academy, opened in 1879 by the Rev. Moses A. Hopkins, financed by the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen. It was at the corner of Main and College streets, before moving east on College.
It was later run by the Rev. John A. Savage, who saw it grow to contain 16 teachers and 300 students. In 1952 it moved to the current site of Franklinton Elementary. Eventually all area black schools consolidated on that site. In 1965 the civil rights Act was passed, forcing integration of white and black schools within four years.
•Playing at Raleighwood Cinema, The Crow, with Brandon Lee and Bai Ling.
•Under existing rules newly enforced, flowers may only be left in slender vases at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest. Cemetery management said the issue came to a head when family members complained that other graves were “overdecorated.”
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
—Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone