In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
by David Leone
•The Army Finance School at Wake Forest College is now accepting female students to serve in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps. Fifty women will arrive in August, including noncommissioned officers. Other than nurses, the corps are the first women to serve in the Army.
Editor’s note: Later renamed the Women’s Army Corps, the branch was created in 1942 to support operations, especially stateside. Though there was widespread protest among men to begin with, according to a history of the corps, General Douglas MacArthur called the women “my best soldiers,” adding that they worked harder, complained less and were better disciplined than men.
The source for the above entry is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Sammy Brewer of Wake Forest has won the Raleigh City Junior Golf Tournament. Other Wake Forest youths awarded trophies were Ben Aycock Jr., first runner-up, Dennis Kinton, second runner-up, Dickie Brewer, third runner-up and Curt Soule, fourth runner-up.
•Scouts William Glover, Nick Wise and James Smith Warren of Troop 5, Wake Forest, have returned from an expedition to California and Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmeron, N.M. Though they hit the main attractions — Disneyland, the Hoover Dam, the Mormon Tabernacle, and Air Force bases along the way — the Scouts also hiked along and swam in the Colorado River.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell in The Girl Can’t Help it.
•Damages from recent heavy rains may cost the town of Wake Forest as much as $30,000, Public Utilities Director Guy Hill said. Much of the cost is due to a damaged spillway that funnels water out of the town’s reservoir into the creek bed. It was found to be broken in two places.
•Heating systems in Wake Forest schools are being converted from coal to oil to conform to new federal anti-pollution laws. A 25,000-gallon oil tank is now being buried in the front yard of Wake Forest-Rolesville Senior High and the boiler is being replaced for $7,000. Tanks are also being added at the junior high and elementary schools. Twelve county schools have yet to be converted.
•The Wake Forest Rescue Squad has a new $12,000 ambulance. The vehicle is a specially converted Chevy Custom Deluxe 10 truck with a raised rear roof and red lights on the top.
The ambulance has a regular siren, high-low/British siren and a public address system to speak to persons outside the truck. It features front and rear air conditioning, oxygen tanks, respirators, first aid supplies, five stretchers and can hold four patients.
•Marie Joyner told The Wake Weekly that the recent Fourth of July celebration was not the town’s first, and that a big celebration used to be held on what is now Paschal Golf Course in the 1920s. In those days, the area was just a big meadow and Richland Creek was dammed up to create a swimming lake.
She recalls attending one in 1928 and it was the coldest Fourth she could remember — people were wrapped up in blankets. She said she entered a swimming competition “and nearly froze to death.” The Fourth featured swimming, racing and other events.
•A Wake Forest family on a three-week vacation will come home to find their house entered and their seven dogs gone — removed by the SPCA. There was food for the dogs in two rooms in 50-pound sacks but no water when SPCA workers went to the home with Police Chief Harvey Newsome. Both rooms were covered in feces and the house was filled with fleas. Authorities were alerted to the situation after hearing complaints from neighbors, who said the dogs had been barking for two weeks.
•A nonprofit Committee of 100 is being organized to seek out industry for Franklin County. The purpose of the corporation will be to promote economic and industrial development in areas where the county government cannot or does not want to be involved.
•The National Whistler’s Convention, held annually in Louisburg, will be featured on an episode of CBS News’ On the Road with Charles Kurault. The six-minute segment will feature Lillian Williams, the “World’s Oldest Whistler,” national champion Ralph Stecker, youngest whistler Tracey Smith and others. On the Road’s senior producer, Bernard Birnbaum, said that Franklin County was one of the friendliest places he’d ever visited.
•Richard Nagy, who previously agreed to be Wake Forest’s new police chief, has declined, after Bennetsville residents asked him to remain in South Carolina.
•CCB Bank has opened a branch in Rolesville’s Redford Place shopping center. The previous building, constructed in 1965, was not meeting the needs of its customers, Branch Manager Kelly Russell said.
•WCPE is celebrating 25 years in Wake Forest. The station, located on Chalk Road, is the leading provider of classical music in the nation.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.