Friday, September 11, 2020

Cole Chevrolet Company (Yanceyville, NC) 1959

Cole Chevrolet Company 1959

November 16, 1959, postmark from Yanceyville, North Carolina, on a C-10 sized cover with an all-over backside cachet advertising Chevrolet automobiles. The automobile shown in the advertisement is a 1960 Chevrolet "Nomad" station wagon.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Caswell County Sheriff's Office: 2020

The Caswell County Sheriff is responsible for certain aspects of public safety, which include Law Enforcement, Civil Processing, Investigations, Detention Center/Jail, and School Resource Officers.

Sheriff: Tony Durden
Chief Deputy: Darrell McLean
Operations Major: Michael Adkins
Administrative Lieutenant: S. E. Riddick
Administrative Assistant: Sgt. Melissa Poole
Records Clerk: Karen Lynch
Finance Officer: Whitney Vaughn

Detention Center (Jail)
Lt. Gunter
1st Sgt Trost
Sgt. Gunn
Sgt. Pichardo
Sgt. Warren
Sgt. Young
Cpl. Gannaway
Cpl. Luck
Cpl. Noell
Officer Booze
Officer Covington
Officer Daniel
Officer Fulcher

Civil/Courthouse Security/Bailiff
Lt. B. Johnson
Sg. C. Williamson
Cpl. M. Allen
Deputy C. Dearth
Deputy A.Tyndall

Patrol Staff

Administration: Lt. A Shell

A Shift
Sgt. J. Kylander
Cpt. P. Halstead
Deputy C. Turner
Deputy T. Crews

B Shift
Sgt. J. Sellars
Cpl.J. Little
Deputy G. Allred

C Shift
Sgt. M. Griggs
Cpl. Be Overman
Deputy B. Shuler

D Shift
Sgt. W. Harrington
Cpl. C. Redden
Deputy J. Dodson

Split Shift
Deputy E. Dodson
Deputy K. Robinson

School Resource Officers
Bartlett Yancey Senior High School: Sgt. Brian Jones
Dillard Middle School: Deputy J. Vernon
Elementary Schools: Deputy B. Wilson


Administration: Lt. J. Loftis

Investigations Staff
Investigator V. Corbett
Investigator C. Curry
Investigator J. Haley
Investigator K. Mitchell

Lt. J. Loftis

Evidence Technician: A. E. Soyars

Monday, August 24, 2020

Caswell County Board of Public Education Superintendents

Caswell County Board of Public Education Superintendents

Major George N. Thompson (July 1, 1885 or earlier)
William W. Taylor (December 3, 1888)
C. G. Lea (July 8, 1892)
J. R. Jones (July 1, 1894)
S. H. Williamson (April 1, 1895)

Archibald E. (Baldy) Henderson (July 1, 1897)
George A. Anderson (July 3, 1905)
R. A. Pope (July 1, 1921)
Robert W. Isley (July 2, 1923)
R. A. Sullivan (July 4, 1927)

Vance E. Swift (July 1, 1929)
Holland McSwain (March 1, 1935) 
Thomas H. Whitley (July 1, 1950)
Walker Willard Woodard (July 1, 1973)
Dr. Lawrence C. Walker 

Carl McGee
Floyd Melvin (Skip) Rowland, Jr. (     -2001)
Dr. Douglas Norman Barker (2001-2013)
Dr. Renee Franklin (2013-2013)
Dr. Michael Brock Womble (2014-2015)

Dr. Sandra Carter (January 2017)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Caswell County Cotton Acreage Increasing: 1923

Caswell Cotton Acreage Increasing: 1923

County Agent J. L. Dove advises that the cotton acreage for this county, upon which there is a splendid stand, will approximate 800 acres. This new venture for a staple crop does not confine itself to any one section of Caswell, but fields have been seeded in Milton, Dan river and Leasburg townships, and while the money crop of tobacco is below normal on account of the dry conditions, the cotton is growing well.

The crop which is now being grown is not at all in the nature of an experiment, because it was demonstrated last year that cotton could be grown with a marked degree of success and also of such a grade as to command high prices.

The correspondent visited recently the farm of J. C. Bryant, three miles east of Milton. The crop grown by him last year was as follows: On 22 acres he grew 25 bales, or twelve thousand five hundred pounds. This he sold for 30 cents per pound, making a gross sale for $3,750. He sold the excess seed for $550, in all the crop, cotton and seed, bringing $4,300.

The cost of the crop was as follows: Fertilizers $350, labor $80. Net return $3,850. This cotton was raised by a share cropper, Mr. Bryant receiving for his rental $1,930.

It will be of interest to give a comparative statement. Mr. Bryant had this share cropper on his farm for several preceding years and planted tobacco. Mr. Bryant's share of the tobacco money was for one year $60 and the next $450. This year Mr. Bryant is planting 50 acres in cotton. He has a splendid stand and will soon complete his first chopping. The hot dry weather appears to hasten the growth, and while much of the tobacco of his neighbors is suffering severely, he is watching his cotton grow.

Another very fine thing about the crop of last year is that the crimson clover, seeded in the cotton fields has left the lands in a condition which is very desirable for the present crop. Mr. Bryant believes that the soil fertility in his field has been increased more than 50 percent.

W. L. Thomas of Milton, is the largest of the county's cotton growers. He has under good stand at present 148 acres, and has set up a gin at Milton for the baling of his and other growers' cotton.

Senator Robert T. Wilson is another pioneer in this movement and his field, near Purley, in Dan River township, is indeed a beautiful one.

Mr. Dove, county agent, is asking the farmers of the county to inspect the fields of these planters and make a careful and painstaking investigation. He believes that it will be a practical thing for much cotton to be grown in Caswell. -- Yanceyville Cor. Danville News.

Source: The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina), 13 June 1923, Wednesday, Page 1.

Bank of Yanceyville $3 Note 1853

Bank of Yanceyville $3 Note 1853


Cotton Mill (possibly carding operation)

Image at bottom right of the $3 note probably is Bartlett Yancey, Jr. (1785-1828).

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"The first cotton mill . . . in North Carolina was built at Lincolnton in 1813 by Michael Schenck. . . . This mill was the forerunner of that remarkable industrial development which has taken place in North Carolina since that time" (Pleasants MS.).

One of the first mills that were created in Alamance County was the High Falls cotton mill. Owned and operated mainly by the Trollinger family, the mill changed ownership multiple times since its opening in 1834. Soon after E.M. Holt and brother-in-law William Carrington, created the Alamance Cotton Factory in 1837 along Big Alamance Creek. This mill is responsible for the famed textile pattern named the Alamance Plaid, famous due to it being the first mill south of the Potomac to produce colored, factory dried cotton.

Here is a suggestion of the fact that the South was on the right road--a gin, so far from diverting attention entirely to the cultivation of the staple, was succeeded by a cotton mill on the same spot, operated by the same power. Perhaps Helper was in bounds when the declared:
"Had the Southern States, in accordance with the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, abolished slavery at the same time the Northern States abolished it, there would have been, long since, and most assuredly at this moment, a larger, wealthier, wiser, and more powerful population, south of Mason and Dixon's line, than there now is north of it" (H. R. Helper, The Impending Crisis of the South, ed. 1860, pp. 161-162).

Source: Mitchell, Broadus. The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1921.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Confederate Statue (Yanceyville, NC): Who Owns It?

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter raised the money for the monument. They NEVER claimed to own it. The county commissioners accepted the gift. Many cities are confused about this issue. The Yanceyville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy became defunct in 2004. There is no local chapter. Woman raised the money to honor their relatives that did not return home and many of their remains never made it home.

I am sure that if anyone contacted the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy would be reiterate that they never owned it. Also, if you suggest the local historical association take possession of it, then it would remain in the downtown area, since that is the location of the association. Of course, then it would be closer to the new Veterans Monument being constructed. Are you familiar with the 1958 Federal law that states Confederate Veterans are considered US Veterans, and the 2015 NC Statue that protects veteran memorials, as well the recent Executive Order by President Trump?

Source: Sandra Aldridge 17 July 2020 Facebook Post (RSF)

That the Caswell County Board of Commissioners accepted the Confederate memorial statue as a gift implies that some entity owned the statue before the gift was made. A gift involves transfer of ownership.

Did a speech by a member of the Caswell County Board of Commissioners accepting the "gift" suffice to legally transfer ownership?