In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•A midsummer fraternity dance will be held in the Bolus building downtown. Town commissioners voted to make the dance informal, after stating last week it would be semi-formal. The doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and close at midnight. Admission is $1.25 per couple or stag.
Music will be provided by the U.S. Army Finance School orchestra at Wake Forest College. Between 70 and 80 college students are expected to attend from the sponsoring fraternities: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kappa Alpha, Sigma Pi and Pi Kappa Alpha, but members of other frats may also attend.
The source for the above entry is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•John E. Wooten Jr. has been re-elected president of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. Along with other meeting business, chamber members announced that a new industry was considering locating in Wake Forest.
Editor’s note: This was a turning point in the town’s recovery from the loss of Wake Forest College in 1956. In the months prior to the announcement, Wooten and other town leaders sought out and recruited A. Schrader’s Son, a cylinder and valve manufacturer, to relocate from New York. The move began a new manufacturing age locally.
Wooten, who founded and ran Wooten Insurance Agency for years in town, headed up the chamber of commerce and served in many other ways, died this January at age 90.
•Beulah Christian Church, located four miles east of Rolesville, has been renovated for $6,500. The project included adding a brick veneer to the sanctuary and Sunday school rooms, installing stained glass windows and pouring walkways. Much of the work and materials was donated.
•Kathryn “Kitty” Young Shepard, daughter of the late Allen L. Young, a prominent Wake Forest African-American, has been named elementary supervisor for Harnett County Schools. Shepard is a Raleigh school system teacher with advanced degrees who has conducted a special school system project in Wake Forest.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
•Area crops have been severely damaged by 90-plus degree heat and only spotty rain for close to a month. Cooler weather and rainstorms early this week may help some crops and tobacco, but field corn “is shot all to you know what,” said Leelan Woodlief, owner of Woodlief Supply in Youngsville.
•Nine shotgun shells and 14 rifle shells were recovered by Franklin County deputies after residents of the Ransdell Mobile Home Park witnessed a two-vehicle gun battle. A Chevy Beretta and a light blue sedan pulled into the mobile home park at a high rate of speed in the early evening, with the occupants shooting at each other. They sped away, headed toward U.S. 401 and N.C. 98. No locals were involved or injured, authorities said.
•Wake Forest commissioners have approved building a $1.6 million public works center off Friendship Chapel Road. The town purchased the 12-acre site for $168,000. The center will contain four buildings, outdoor storage and room to expand.
•Wake Forest-Rolesville High School senior Heather Overfield has been named Miss Teen North Carolina. Overfield beat 61 other candidates from across the state in categories of service and achievement to school and community, talents and skills, a written test, scholastic record, personality, formal wear and a judges’ interview.
•A Rolesville man died after walking away from an accident with a visible head wound. His body was discovered partially submerged in a small pond west of town. Upset following an argument at a family reunion, the man wrecked his car, flipping it over. Then, he walked away from the scene into a field of soybeans as his wife and children tried to free themselves from the car. Family members searched but were unable to locate him.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone