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•Ruth Janet Sikes, niece of Dr. N.Y. Gulley, Wake Forest College law school dean, suffered facial lacerations after Gulley’s Chevrolet struck the side of a bridge on one of the roads into Wake Forest.
Gulley, startled by a passing car which sped by, turned too hard to the right and hit the culvert, throwing him against the steering wheel and Sikes into the windshield, which broke. She was treated by Dr. H.M. Vann and carried to the college hospital where she remained for several days.
•A new bus route has been established that runs once a day from Henderson to Raleigh with stops in Franklinton, Youngsville and Wake Forest. Harold Atkins will pick up passengers in a Nash touring car, the same as now used in the Wake Forest to Raleigh service.
•The College Soda and Sundry Shop recently opened next to the post office and theater in downtown Wake Forest. The store will operate as a branch of Hardwicke’s Pharmacy, under the management of H.S. Satterwhite. The shop carries a complete line of sodas, candies, tobaccos and ice cream.
•Deputy Sheriff Jim Fish and Wake Forest Police Chief George Mitchell are investigating an attempted safecracking at the Royall Cotton Mill. Robbers are believed to have gained entry through a back door to the mill office. After knocking off the combination, a punch and heavy hammer were likely used to try to drive the lock into the safe to open the door. That set off a tear gas container and the robbers fled. Nothing was taken; the safe only had a few dollars inside.
•A small, rusted farm bell found under the home of the grand nephew of J.B. Saintsing, may be Wake Forest College’s first bell. Saintsing’s son, George, and another resident both say such a bell was used in the college’s early days.
•Playing at the Collegiate Theatre, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
•Wooten’s Hometel advertises it is the place for those who like home-cooked foods, pies, cakes and hot biscuits. Also offering “the biggest steaks at the most reasonable prices.”
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Construction on the new building for Ridgecrest Baptist Church is complete. The sanctuary has seating for nearly 200. Adjoining it is an educational building with eight classrooms, two baths and pastor’s study. The building also has a basement to be used for future classrooms and a kitchen. It is located on N.C. 98 about six miles west of Wake Forest.
•Four teenagers were injured when their 1962 Chevy Corvair Monza convertible overturned after hitting a tree in a ravine near Chalk’s Grocery between Wake Forest and Rolesville. State Trooper Charles Smith said the driver lost control when one or both of the right side wheels dropped off the pavement and she overcorrected.
Editor’s note: the Corvair was a subject of Ralph Nader’s 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed, because of design flaws in which wheels rolling on different ground surfaces could result in the vehicles overturning.
•The Wake Forest Branch Hospital has a new wagon, donated by Collis O. Lewis of the Wake Forest Ford Motor Company. The 1964 Ford Falcon will be used to transport patients to and from Wake Memorial Hospital in Raleigh. Until now, hospital personnel have been using their own vehicles.
•A 4-year-old was fatally injured when struck by a bus on East Juniper Street in Wake Forest. The bus had returned from a preschool program sponsored by Wake Opportunities at Riley Hill School. The boy and his brother were crossing the street when the driver started the bus, unaware they weren’t safely across.
•Four 16-year-olds were arrested on North Main Street in Wake Forest and charged with inhaling intoxicating fumes. All have previously been arrested for inhaling paint thinner. Wake Forest Police Chief Harvey Newsom said he saw the boys lying in the yard of a vacant house with bags to their faces. He said the “sniffing” problem hasn’t diminished despite repeated warnings of irreversible effects, including damage to bone marrow, kidneys, lungs and possible coma or death.
•The Franklinton JV Rams football team won the Tar River Conference Championship with a 6-0 record in the conference and 9-2 overall record.
•Fire has burned about an acre of wooded area next to the sixth hole at Paschal Golf Course. Otis Briggs, golf pro, was at a loss to explain the fire’s origin.
•St. John’s Episcopal Church has installed its first full-time vicar. N.C. Bishop Robert Estill celebrated the eucharist for the new ministry of Rev. Edwin H. Voorhees Jr. The church has about 50 families and is growing fast. Though there has been an Episcopal congregation in Wake Forest for close to 200 years, they have only had a church building for 30 years.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Chevy Chase and Sigourney Weaver in Deal of the Century.
•Skydivers parachuted to the ground during a celebration with state and local officials dedicating the Franklin County Airport. Located off U.S. 401 near Royal, it is to be a reliever field for Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The majority of the traffic will be corporate and commercial flights.
•Recent passing of a $240 million statewide bond referendum promises $1.5 million for a Louisburg campus of Vance-Granville Community College. The local campus is expected to be 30,000 square feet and current course offerings expanded.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone