Thursday, August 28, 2008

Soil Conservation Service

This May 5, 1940, image depicts Yanceyville, North Carolina, Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees releasing a queen bee into a new hive. Honey from these hives was provided to the camp mess (NRCS image — click to enlarge).


Roll call at camp SCS-NC-5, Yanceyville, North Carolina, May 4, 1940
-- National Archives College Park 35G No 228CC (click to enlarge)


Enrollee sighting through an engineer’s level at camp SCS-NC-5,

Yanceyville, North Carolina -- National Archives-College Park 35G No 263

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The Civilian Conservation Corps played a critical role in the history of the Soil Conservation Service, predecessor to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. March 31, 2008, marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of the law authorizing the Emergency Conservation Work, the earlier official name of the CCC. As Governor of New York, FDR had hired unemployed youth to reforest abandoned farmland. In 1932, one-fourth of America's men between the ages of 15 and 24 could not find work. Another 29 percent worked only part-time. Incoming President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed on March 21, 1933, that Congress create "a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work, not interfering with normal employment, and confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control, and similar projects."

Soil Erosion Service

Later that year on September 19, a soil scientist in the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils Hugh Hammond Bennett was selected to direct a new agency -- the Soil Erosion Service (SES) in the Department of the Interior. Bennett had been supervising a group of soil conservation experiment stations in soil erosion problem areas. He proposed to establish watershed-based demonstration projects near the research stations where the new agency could utilize the information from the stations to demonstrate the practicability of using soil and water conservation methods. He knew that the work of CCC enrollees could be invaluable in convincing the cash-strapped farmers during the Depression to try new methods that required some labor to install. The CCC allotted 22 camps, far fewer than had been requested, to the Soil Erosion Service for the third camp period, April 1-September 30, 1934. and then extended them for the fourth enrollment period October 1, 1934 – March 31, 1935. Another 17 camps were assigned, making a total of 51 camps for the fourth period. Practically all of these camps were located on the demonstration project work areas. As the drought deepened, another 18 camps were assigned to SES specifically for drought relief work.

Soil Conservation Service

The successful demonstration during the period September 1933 to April 1935 increased the support for a national soil conservation policy and program. When the act of April 27, 1935, created the Soil Conservation Service in the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Congress provided more funds and the new Service expanded its operations nationwide. In fiscal year 1937, SCS supervised the work of an average 70,000 enrollees occupying 440 camps. Ninety percent of the camps worked not on a watershed-based demonstration project but in a 25,000 acre work area. As local communities began organizing soil conservation districts and signing cooperative agreements with USDA in 1937, SCS began supplying a CCC camp to further each district's conservation program. During the life of CCC, SCS supervised the work of more than 800 of the 4,500 camps. African-American enrollees worked in more than 100 of those camps.

CCC Indian Division

SCS also supervised work by Indian CCC enrollees on the Navajo Project area, which was composed of the Navajo and Zuni reservations and the Pueblos. The Indian CCC, which was initially designated the Indian Emergency Conservation Work (IECW) and after 1937 the Civilian Conservation Corps-Indian Division (CCC-ID), differed significantly from the CCC operations on the public and private lands. At the request of Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a separate Indian CCC on April 27, 1933. The CCC had a goal of organizing camps of 200 to 250 men. The Indian CCC could establish smaller camps and in some cases establish family camps.

In fact, camps were not required in the in CCC-ID as some enrollees lived at home and traveled daily to the work site. All enrollees were Indians. The employees of SCS and the Bureau of Indians Affairs (BIA) were combined into the Navajo Service. In this working arrangement, SCS employees supervised many Indian CCC enrollees on the Navajo Project. On other reservations, BIA supervised the work alone.

Conclusion

The experience for both SCS staff and the enrollees, provided SCS a trained technical core of workers for years to come. Former enrollees joined the staff and during the early years, CCC funds provided for nearly half of the agency's workforce. In addition to contributing to the passage of the Soil Conservation Act of 1935, the CCC also was instrumental in helping the soil conservation district movement get a healthy start. When the states began enacting soil conservation district laws in 1937, it came as no surprise to the SCS field force that the first districts were organized near CCC camp work areas. CCC's real contribution, however, lay in proving the feasibility of conservation. The positive public attitude associated with CCC work, including soil conservation, helped to create an atmosphere in which soil conservation was regarded, at least in part, as a public responsibility. Your contact is NRCS Senior Historian J. Douglas Helms, at 202-720-3766.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service




Tobacco and Slave Ledger Preservation Project


Caswell County, NC 1840's Tobacco and Slave Trading Ledger Collection

"April 8th, 1841 I have just learned with great sorrow that President Harrison is no more- the whole Nation should, yes, I believe they will mourn, Great God what a calamity, Oh, Lord receive him. Blessed be they who die in the name of the Lord."

The ledger consists of 148 pages of recorded tobacco and slave trading information dating from 1837 to 1845. There are letters, bills of sale and other documents dating from 1837-1855.

Part I Tobacco

The first part of the ledger concerns the prizing, buying and selling of tobacco from Caswell County plantations. Important facts such as person selling tobacco, the type and condition of the crop, and location sold are recorded. It is also noted how the tobacco is transported to market. The tobacco was prized into hogsheads. The hogsheads weighed about 1400 lbs full. The hogsheads were taken to Milton on heavy wagons. Once in Milton the hogsheads were loaded onto a bateaux and shipped via the Dan River to the market in Danville, Virginia.



Caswell County North Carolina July 20, 1841 Tobacco sold in
Lynchburg, Richmond, and Petersburg.

Part II Slave Trading

The second part of the ledger is a rare and important record of the North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina slave trade during the 1840's. Expansion of the cotton kingdom during the 1830's greatly increased the demand for slave labor in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The need for slave labor began to decline in the old tobacco belt region of the upper south. Many enslaved people were "sold south" as a result of debt and estate settlements and economic conditions.



A list of enslaved people by name, some are recorded with surname.
The cost of the trip to Surry County, NC for the auction is noted as $22.85.

Restoration of the ledger

The ledger required a great deal of restoration. During the 1870's it was used as a scrapbook for recipes and remedies clipped from newspapers. The pasted on clippings covered almost half of the information in the ledger. The newspaper clippings had to be hand steamed and carefully removed one at a time. The ledger also lost its cover along the way. The lost cover was replaced with an 1840's style cover bound with leather. Each page was cleaned and stabilized. The Etherington Conservation Group located in Browns Summit, NC restored the ledger and two of the slavery documents.
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Caswell County Historical Association1840's Caswell County Tobacco and Slave Trading Ledger CollectionPreservation Project

August 28, 2008

Dear Friend of Caswell County:

A member of the Caswell County Historical Association has funded the purchase and restoration of a rare and important 1840's Caswell County Tobacco and Slave Trading Ledger and associated documents including many slave bills of sale. The collection represents life in Yanceyville Township during the height of North Carolina's plantation economy.

Preservation projects such as this demonstrate the CCHA's commitment to preserving and sharing Caswell County's rich cultural heritage. The CCHA reaches out to the local schools hosting museum tours and genealogy programs. Many small museums are struggling to stay open and maintain their collections. The Richmond-Miles History Museum is no exception. The Museum is in need of funds to maintain our buildings and buy equipment to enable us to care for our collections and conduct basic cataloging and archiving functions.

The Richmond-Miles History Museum is the childhood home of celebrated North Carolina artist and Yanceyville native Maud Gatewood. A collection of Maud Gatewood's art sets the Richmond-Miles History Museum apart from most small town museums. Considered by art historians, curators, museum directors and collectors as one of the most important painters in North Carolina history, Maud Florance Gatewood was born and grew up in Caswe!l County, North Carolina and was fiercely proud of her rural roots. She exhibited widely throughout the Southeast during her lifetime and received numerous awards, including a 1972 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the l984 North Carolina Governor's Award in Fine Arts, and an Honorary Doctorate from UNC-G in 1999. She was on the Averett University art faculty from 1975-1997 and her life and work have been chronicled in an hour-long documentary, 'Gatewood.' Facing The White Canvass' shown on UNC: - TV.

The CCHA's goal is to raise $ 13,808.82 for the 1840's Tobacco and Slave Trading Ledger Collection. Successful preservation projects help the CCHA fulfill its mission to preserve the history of Caswell County and qualify for grants and foundation assistance. Any funds received over our goal will be used for conservation of existing collections including the Maud Gatewood collection.

The Caswell County Historical Association invites you to participate in this important project and to help us preserve and share Caswell County's rich cultural heritage.

Acquisition of collection 3/2007 $9,428.82
Restoration completed 7/2008 $4,025.00
Museum copy $ 355.00
Goal $13,808.82

Caswell County NC 1840's Tobacco and Slave Trading Ledger Collection Preservation Project

Please return this form with your tax-deductible contribution

Name _____________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________

Donation ___________

Or donate online using PayPal or a major credit card: http://ncccha.org/

Thank you for helping us preserve and share our Caswell County heritage!
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All donors will be recognized on the cover page of the museum copy.

Donors of $ 1,000.00 or more will be recognized on a special museum plaque.

This project was separately funded.
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The DVD or VHS of :Gatewood: Facing The White Canvass" can be purchased at the museum gift shop or at the CCHA's online bookstore: http://ncccha.org/publications/publications.html
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Richmond-Miles History Museum

For more information visit the CCHA website at http:// www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncccha/

Museum hours are Wednesday-Friday 12:00-4:00

Other times by appointment call CCHA President Karen Oestreicher at (336) 562-5083

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Monday, August 25, 2008

History of the Chain








(click on photographs for larger image)

The following was assembled from various sources and may, in places, be somewhat repetitive. This is intentional so as not to lose the context in which the various authors explained the history and use of "the chain."
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A chain is a unit of length; it measures 66 feet or 22 yards (20.1168m). There are 10 chains in a furlong, and 80 chains in one statute mile. An acre is the area of 10 square chains (that is, an area of one chain by one furlong). The chain has been used for several centuries in England and in some other countries influenced by British practice. The chain was commonly used with the mile to indicate land distances and in particular in surveying land for legal and commercial purposes. In medieval times, local measures were commonly used, and many units were adopted that gave manageable units; for example the distance from London to York could be quoted in inches, but the resulting huge number would be unmemorable. The locally used units were often inconsistent from place to place.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Anderson School


The following is from From Rabbit Shuffle to Collins Hill: Stories of Southern Caswell County, North Carolina, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1984) at 71-71:

In 1923 and following a statewide movement of consolidating schools, construction began on one in Anderson township on State Highway number 62 about two miles from the Alamance County line. Therein problems arose. Residents of the northern part of the township said that it was too far from the central part of the township. While the building was under construction some of the patrons objected and carried the case to Federal Court in Greensboro. Later the case was dismissed and construction continued.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

North Carolina Highway 62

Present highway number 62 was the first hard-surface road in Southern Caswell County. Engraved steel markers on bridges of the highway gives names of the creeks flowing thereunder and "Built by the State of North Carolina - State Project Number 511, 1922." A contract to grade the road was awarded to Haywood Simpson of Altamahaw, North Carolina. Trees were removed and the roadbed was plowed by a heavy steel turning plow pulled by four or more mules. Two-mule drag pans and wheelers were used to move dirt. A wheeler was a two wheel cart with scoop underneath and was pulled by two mules. When the wheeler was being loaded two more mules, called a "snath team" were hitched to the end of the tongue to help pull while the scoop was being filled with soil. On some of the sharp curves and steep hills much dirt had to be removed. In some places large rocks were encountered and dynamite was used for blasting. A heavy road scrape was pulled by six mules. All of the work was done by local labor.

The state set a limit on the amount spent per mile for grading. Thus, sharp curves were the result. Before the road was completed to the Alamance County line, the contractor was bankrupt and the road not completed. Attorney Robert T. Wilson of Yanceyville handled the proceedings. Finally Nello Teer of Durham, North Carolina, was given a contract to complete the road and it was open for traffic in 1924. Four years later a hard surface was applied.

One of the major problems encountered by the contractor, Haywood Simpson, was "pipe clay" from Burke's creek to the Bush Arbor vicinity. Soil from the nearby fields was used; however, that did not solve all the problems. The clay was so stiff that the mules could hardly pull the pans and wheelers. Mud was an additional handicap.

While grading the road a camp was set up for the workers and mules. Many shacks and a mess hall were moved from place to place. One of the camps was on the west side of the road and across from present Lawrence Walker's home. Some of the junked wheelers and pans remained there until the iron was stolen, ca. 1965.

Source: From Rabbit Shuffle to Collins Hill: Stories of Southern Caswell County, North Carolina, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1984) at 9-10.
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Highway 62 runs through Caswell County, North Carolina, from Milton in the northeast corner to Anderson in the south central area, where the highway enters Alamance County, North Carolina. Between Milton and Anderson, Highway 62 passes through Yanceyville. There are two iterations of this highway in Yanceyville. The very curvy and treacherous Old Highway 62 runs to the Yanceyville water works on Country Line Creek and then up the hills toward Anderson.

The second iteration turns south in east Yanceyville and proceeds to Anderson. This second Highway 62 was not so named initially as it was unpaved until straightened and reconfigured in the 1950s. It may then have been designated Highway 62. Before then no official name is known, but unofficially it was called "Bigelow Road." Possible, but not confirmed, is that this was the old stage coach road:
. . . . The Milton Chronicle at various times late in 1857 and early the next year advertised a new stage line from Danville by way of Yanceyville and Anderson's Store to the Haw River Depot on the North Carolina Central Rail Road. It operated three days a week, leaving Danville every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2:30 in the afternoon after the arrival of the cars from Richmond. It arrived at the Haw River Depot at midnight, "in time for passengers to take the cars going east or west." The returning stage left Haw River on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 2:30 P.M., after the arrival of the trains from Charlotte and Goldsboro, and reached Danville at 11 o'clock the same night.
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Source: When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 498.

North Carolina Highway 62 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It runs from NC 109 in southern Thomasville east and north via Archdale, Climax, Julian, Alamance, Burlington, Jericho, Fitch, Yanceyville, and Milton to the Virginia state line, where it continues as State Route 62.

Starts at N.C. 109 in Thomasville, Davisdon County. Crosses into Virginia from Caswell County and continues northward as Virginia 62.

Towns and Attractions: Thomasville; Archdale; Burlington; Yanceyville Through Burlington, 62 runs partly over Alamance Road and partly over U.S. 70. It hits I-85 at exit 143.

History: Highway 62 dates from the early 1920s. Originally it ran from Asheboro to Yanceyville over what are now known as: Old Liberty Road, from Asheboro northeast to Liberty;
N.C. 49, from Liberty to Graham, through Graham and Haw River, and several miles north of Haw River, and today's 62, from northern Alamance county to Yanceyville.

Around 1928, 62 was extended to the southwest. Through Asheboro it ran over modern Business U.S. 220 (Fayetteville Street). Southwest of Asheboro it roughly followed today's N.C. 49, except that through most of Randolph County it ran over the lengthy "Old N.C. 49". Upon crossing the Yadkin River into Stanly County, 62 originally tacked south along the modern N.C. 8 to end at U.S. 52 (or N.C. 80) in the settlement of New London.

By 1930, 62 was extended northeast from Yanceyville to the Virginia line.

Around 1933, 62 was rerouted slightly and extended even further west. In Stanly County, 62 was rerouted to hit U.S. 52 in Richfield, as N.C. 49 does today. The old 62 that ran further south was first renumbered as an extended N.C. 740, but later became N.C. 62A. Further west, 62 was run along modern N.C. 49 to Mount Pleasant. In Mount Pleasant the highway ended at Mount Pleasant Road, which used to be N.C. 741.

In 1939 or early 1940, N.C. 62 was given its current alignment. In Guilford and Alamance counties, it replaced the old N.C. 144. In southern Guilford County, it replaced much of the older, longer N.C. 61. The former 62 south of Graham was renumbered as part of N.C. 49.

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Philip Walters Allen (1946-2008)


Four Generations of Allens: Philip Walters Allen being held by his father Felix Walters Allen, with his grandfather Berkley Felix Allen standing to the right, and his great grandmother Eliza Kate Walters Allen seated


Miss Beulah Thompson's Third Grade Class, Bartlett Yancey Elementary School. Philip Walters Allen is in the front row, far left, with glasses


Spring Break 1967 (right-to-left): Richmond Stanfield Frederick, Jr., James Bartlett Upchurch, Jr., and Philip Walters Allen



Philip Walters Allen at Virginia International Raceway with legendary race driver Dr. Dick Thompson (2007)


Philip Walters Allen at Virginia International Raceway Spring 2006


Philip Walters Allen (1946-2008)

Reidsville — Honorable Philip W. Allen, 62, of Reidsville, passed away Friday morning, August 15, 2008, at Annie Penn Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 17, at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bruce Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Drake Moore, Jason Moore, Bill Moorefield, David Wilson, Jim Shell and Skip Rowland.

Phil was born in Milton, N.C., August 13, 1946, to the late Felix and Katherine Allen of Blanch, N.C. He was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law. He first served as an elementary teacher and later as an attorney in Caswell County, Assistant DA, District Attorney and District Court Judge in North Carolina.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Susan Allen of 34 years; brother, Mike Allen and wife, Branch of Richmond, Va.; sons, Jason Moore and wife, Talytha of Raleigh, N.C., and Drake Moore and wife, Jill Mabe of Eden, Corbett Marshall of Catskill, N.Y.; grandsons, Tyler and Ryan Moore.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, August 16, at Wilkerson Funeral Home. Special thanks to the staff at Annie Penn Hospital and Dr. Roy Fagan. In lieu of flowers, Phil requested that donations be made in his honor to Camp Carefree, 275 Carefree Lane, Stokesdale, NC 27357, c/o Ann Jones. Condolences may be sent to wfh_@bellsouth.net.


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Guest Book for
Philip W. Allen


August 24, 2008
Dear Folks:I placed an item about Phil online at:http://ncccha.blogspot.com/2008/08/ philip-walters-allen-1946-2008.htmlIt has some photos that will warm your heart.I will miss my friend,Rick FrederickPS If you have problems finding it please email me: rick@ncccha.org

Rick Frederick (Punta Gorda, FL)

August 21, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Phil was a judge and was shocked to read about him in the "In Memoriam" section of the NC Bar Association's "e-bar." I grew up in Blanch where my father was the postmaster for many years; our families were friends.

Jill Farmer Cramer (Raleigh, NC)

August 19, 2008
I had the privilege and honor of serving as an assistant district attorney in Rockingham and Caswell County from 1990-1993. I worked in District Court frequently with Judge Allen. I learned a lot as an attorney in his courtroom and I feel that we became good friends. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very good man and a good judge. I will miss him and keep you all in my prayers.

Bill McGuirt (Monroe, NC)

August 19, 2008
MRS. ALLEN, I AM SO SORRY, THIS CAME AS SUCH A SHOCK TO ME, I HAD JUST SPOKEN TO JUDGE ALLEN ON THE PHONE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, I WORK THE SWITHBOARD AT THE CLERK'S OFFICE, (ROCK. CO.) I WAS THE ONE ALWAYS JOKING WITH HIM WHEN HE WOULD CALL AND SAY, "IS THIS MY BOYFRIEND?" HE WOULD LAUGH AND SAY "OF COURSE IT IS." HE WAS THE SWEETEST MAN!!! WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW HE MISSED BEING OUT HERE AND HOW BAD WE ALL MISSED HIM BEING HERE. IN THE TEN YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE, I HAVE NEVER WORKED WITH A NICER MAN, AND ONE WITH SUCH A SINCE OF HUMOR, WE WOULD ALWAYS JOKE, AND WHENEVER I WOULD SEE HIM, WHETHER HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE COURTROOM OR WALKING DOWN THE HALL, I WOULD SAY TO THE BAILIFF, "HOLD ON, I HAVE TO GET MY HUG." HE WOULD SAY, "YOU SURE DO." THEN HE WOULD SAY, "YOU ALWAYS MAKE MY DAY." THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, HE WOULD ALWAYS MAKE YOUR DAY!!!! WE ALL LOVED HIM SO MUCH AND IT WAS ALWAYS RETURNED, I THANK GOD FOR THE TIMES THAT I GOT TO SHARE WITH HIM. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS, I PRAY THAT GOD'S WILL WILL NEVER TAKE YOU, WHERE GOD'S GRACE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. HEAVEN HAS ONE MORE ANGEL!

SONYA MCKINNEY (EDEN, NC)

August 19, 2008
I am so very sorry for your loss. I grew up across the street from Phil, Mike, Katherine and PeePaw (Felix). I can remember Phil and his sports car, eating off of my dinner plate and just being funny! When I lived with Katherine for a short period I remember Phil and Susan visiting with their dog. Katherine was SO proud of Phil. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May you find peace in your memories.

Connie Moorefield-Rencibia (Apex, NC)

August 18, 2008
Phil, I am missing you so bad! You know that if there was anything more that I could have done for you, I would have. You're the best father-in-law in the whole world! Words can never say how much you mean to me. I know I will see you again one day.I love you so much.

Jill (Eden, NC)

August 18, 2008
Sue, Drake, and JasonI am deeply sorry for your loss. I heard about his passing at church. We will leep you on our prayer list. Let the memories take over the grief and may the days ahead become a little brighter. God Bless You

Cindy Brande- Fowlkes (Blanch, NC)

August 18, 2008
Sue,So sorry for your loss. Memories will keep him in your heart, though he is gone from your sight. My love to Drake and Jason.

Kay Brande (Danville, VA)

August 17, 2008
There are many happy memories of Phil and Katherine and Felix when Phil and Martin were infants and then toddlers. What an admirable young man, valiant through many ordeals and taken too soon. Jean B. Scott

Jean Scott (Milton,, NC)

August 17, 2008
Dear Susan:I am sorry to hear o your loss. Though older than Phil, I remember him as a precious young child and his mother chasing him and his little legs going like windmills.Nancy Page Dunn

Page Dunn (Clarksville, IN)

August 16, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

Larry Dyrell Houghton (Greensboro, NC)

August 16, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Mr.& Mrs. Monte' LaMar Houghton (Anchorage,, AK)

August 16, 2008
Be StillBe still like the grass on a melancholy summer dayBe still like desert shrub.Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Wentworth Baptist Church (Reidsville,, NC)

August 16, 2008
I counted Phil as a good friend.I knew his Dad & Mom well. I also worked a few years with his mom at DSS in Yanceyville.She was very proud of Phil and all his accomplishments

Brad White (Yanceyville, NC)

August 16, 2008
I am so very sorry. Bill Hovatter-- Former teacher at BYHS.

William Hovatter (Hurdle Miills, NC)

August 16, 2008
Dear Susan, Mike and family,There just aren't words to express how I'm feeling about the death of Phil. You know we grew up together and my most fond memories of my childhood are those days we spent in Blanch with Felix, Kat, Phil, Mike and Sister Allen's family. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Wish I could be there with you this week-end. Love and Prayers, Gaye

Gaye VanHook Klingel (Clarks Summit, PA)

August 16, 2008
In My PocketI have memories in my pocket.They rattle among the change.My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful wholeThey give me comfort when I think I am alone.Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Larry & Debra Houghton (Reidsville,N.C.)

August 16, 2008
My depest sympathes to the family.Phil was a dear friend for many years and we shared memorable experiences growing up. Eventhough we had not been in touch for many years, Phil has been in thoughts over the years. He was the nicest, most genereous, and mild mannered person that I think I have ever known.

Jim Rice (Myrtle Beach, SC)

August 16, 2008
Judge Allen was a mentor to me who became a good friend. I admired his everyday courage and tenacity and I respected him more than I ever told him. We often shared "grandchildren" stories; he adored his family. I will miss him. Susan, you and your family are in my prayers.Cathy Stroupe

Cathy Stroupe (Kernersville, NC)

August 16, 2008
I am sorry for loss, I will keep you in my prayers. I will miss Phil at VIR and talking to him on the phone about road racing.

Marcus Albert (Mayodan)

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Albert, Marcus (8/16/2008)

Brande, Kay (8/18/2008)

Brande- Fowlkes, Cindy (8/18/2008)

Dunn, Page (8/17/2008)

Farmer Cramer, Jill (8/21/2008)

Frederick, Rick (8/24/2008)

Houghton, Larry & Debra (8/16/2008)

Houghton, Larry Dyrell (8/16/2008)

Houghton, Mr.& Mrs. Monte' Lamar (8/16/2008)

Hovatter, William (8/16/2008)

Jill (8/18/2008)

Mcguirt, Bill (8/19/2008)

Mckinney, Sonya (8/19/2008)

Moorefield-Rencibia, Connie (8/19/2008)

Rice, Jim (8/16/2008)

Scott, Jean (8/17/2008)

Stroupe, Cathy (8/16/2008)

Vanhook Klingel, Gaye (8/16/2008)

Wentworth Baptist Church (8/16/2008)

White, Brad (8/16/2008)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Luney Bend


Published: August 11, 2008 (The Register & Bee, Danville, Virginia)
Luna Hollett refuses to let her tobacco-farming heritage die. That’s why she and her husband, Dave Hollett, are having their second home built here out of old tobacco barns from her family’s land in Caswell County, N.C. “It’s the only thing I have to hang on to my agrarian heritage,” Luna Hollett, who lives in Alabama, said Monday during an interview at the site just off N.C. 119.

The lumber comes from five historic, century-old barns the Holletts tore down for the project, and they gathered rocks from the land to be used for porch columns. “All this stone came from the farm (and) not one piece of it bought,” Luna Hollett said. The couple’s labor of love also has a Danville connection — they bought two of the log home’s doors from Dan River Mills, Luna Hollett said.

Luna’s great uncle, Albert Pointer, purchased the Semora, N.C., property in 1903. She inherited about 60 acres when her father, William Wallace Pointer Sr., died in 1965. Luna’s brother and cousins also own separate tracts. When complete, the three-story, 1,800-square-foot home will be the first inhabitable structure on her piece of property. The Holletts’ wooded backyard will include the junction of two creeks in a rocky bottom. The home will be a hybrid — boasting a traditional front and a modern back with large windows for an expansive view of the woods, Dave Hollett said. They named the property “Luney Bend,” partly as a pun on Luna’s name.

The Holletts hired Old Log Homes by Thomas, based in Dobson, N.C., to construct the house. Kevin Thomas, who owns the business with his father, Aubrey, marvels at the early skill of the barns’ builders, dating some of the logs to the 18th century. To preserve the logs’ diamond-shaped cuts, Thomas said he shortened them a foot to avoid damaging the original notches.
The house’s logs were sandblasted to make them appear brand new and to flush out the bugs, Luna Hollett said.

“Considering these logs are about 100 years old, they look pretty good,” she said. Thomas, who’s built homes for 28 years, praises the purpose of the Holletts’ project. “It’s a good way of preserving the logs, recycling (them),” Thomas said. The lumber’s history is a perfect fit for Thomas’s approach to homebuilding. “I like for it to look like it’s always been there,” he said.

Thomas said the home is now in its “ugly stage.” Thomas and his employees are working on the roof and dry-stacking stones for the porch columns. They’re also installing 20-foot yellow pine joists for the second-story floor. Construction on the Hollett home began in early June, but Thomas is cautious when asked when he and his employees will finish the job. “Don’t make me stick my neck out,” Thomas said. Luna and Dave Hollett started tearing down the barns in February 2007 and began cutting a driveway more than a half-mile long the following March.
The Holletts have kept part of their long-term project within the family. Luna’s cousin, Jack Pointer, helped tear down the barns and move rocks. The Holletts are bringing electricity from Luna’s cousins' property to save money on installation costs.

When the home is complete, it will be a dream come true for the Holletts and a coming home of sorts for Luna. Most of all, it will be something of a monument to a vanishing Southern farming tradition.

“What’s sad is looking around at the tobacco fields falling apart,” Luna said.

Pointer Family Photograph Set

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bartlett Yancey House Auction

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Archive: Historic Real Estate Auction
Conducted:
Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 1:00 P.M. The Bartlett-Yancey House, Yanceyville, North Carolina; To be sold absolute - No reserve.
Location:
The Bartlett-Yancey House, 699 US Hwy 158 West, Yanceyville, North Carolina
Highlights:
Property Description:The Historic Bartlett-Yancey House, 699 US Hwy 158 W., Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina, is picturesquely set on 15 +/- acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This charming country home was built in 1814 for Bartlett Yancey, who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate.Previews: Sunday, April 13, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.Saturday, April 19, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Click on the above "Photo gallery" hyperlink for more photos!
Notes:
This well appointed home features (11) rooms, including (4) bedrooms, (2.5) baths, and (8) fireplaces with architectural mantels, and will provide the new owner with 3,766 +/- square feet of living area.The earliest portion of the two-part structure is a well detailed story and a half Federal Cottage constructed between 1808 and 1814. In 1856, the Greek Revival ell was added.
The Greek Revival central hall (17’6” x 11’6”) and formal parlor (16’2” x 17’6”) includes a two-flight staircase, fireplace, & niches attributed to the nationally acclaimed African American craftsman Thomas Day. To the left, a sitting room (16’2” x 17’6’) carries into the central hall (32’ x 8’) which has a half bath and opens at either end to porches. The original den (17’4” x 17’4”) and formal dining room (17’4” x 12’6”) both have fine Federal mantels. The updated kitchen (12’ x 13’) has a ceramic tiled work island, grill top range, oven, and double sinks. The upstairs has four bedrooms (12’6” x 17’5”; 16’ x 17’4”; 17’4” x 12’; 15’6” x 12’6”), and two updated baths. The home has beautiful hardwood floors.
The home retains its original dependencies: Bartlett Yancey’s law office; a smokehouse; and a tobacco pack house with diamond notched logs. There is also the Yancey family historical cemetery on the property.
The well pump was replace in June 2001 and has very good water pressure. The house has updated electrical and has three-zoned heating by propane gas furnaces and three zones of central air conditioning. Additionally, there is a septic system, wooden siding and brick chimneys. The grounds are nicely landscaped with boxwoods, roses, trees, etc.
Tax value: $275,286, zoned commercial, with a 100’ buffer. Appraised value: $397,000.
Yanceyville is the Caswell County seat with a population of 2,000+/-. Located 40 miles from both Durham and Chapel Hill, on NC 86/U.S. 158. Danville, Virginia is 12 miles to the north.

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"Bone Creek"

Bone Creek

Take seven local blues musicians. Put them under lock and key in the Caswell County jail. Add one pretty ingénue photographer on a mission to preserve the rural South before bulldozers turn it into a strip mall. Mix in one crusty old moonshiner, a spirit woman, a guitar player on the lam from the law, revenuers and dramatis personae of assorted raffish characters.

The result is “Bone Creek,” a new feature film from broadcasting and cinema professor Dr. Emily Edwards that mixes music with drama and magical realism.

Ten UNCG students were involved in various aspects of production, from script supervision to costume design and acting. One of the stars of “Bone Creek” is noted folk artist and musician Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum, a doctoral student in the English Department.

The film will premier later this year.


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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Rotary Club of Yanceyville Presidents

Rotary Club Presidents

1937 Mr. Sam Bason
1938 Mr. Clyde Cole
1939 Mr. Erwin D. Stephens
1940 Mr. Holland McSwain
1941 Mr. Clyde V. McKinney
1942 Mr. E. Fred Upchurch
1943 Mr. John 0. Gunn
1944 Rev. Joyce V. Early
1945 Mr. W. Richard Grey, Jr.
1946 Mr. J. Burch Blaylock
1947 Mr. Thomas J. Ham
1948 Rev. H. J. Womeldorf
1949 Mr. Leon F. Lyday
1950 Mr. William L. Gunn
1951 Mr. Earl J. Smith
1952 Mr. George A. Holt
1953 Mr. Bill R. Murphy
1954 Mr. C. Lee Price
1955 Mr. C. L. Pemberton
1956 Mr. Herman L. Gunn
1957 Mr. Thomas H. Whitley
1958 Mr. Luther T. Hicks
1959 Mr. H. V. Massengill
1960 Mr. William E. Niven
1961 Mr. Norman S. Upchurch
1962 [Mr. Fred Patterson, photo missing] (part of term)
1962 Mr. Dalton Proctor (part of tenn)
1962 Mr. James Foster (part of term)
1963 Mr. J. E. Foster
1964 Mr. Hines Hatchett
1965 Mr. J. Neal Watlington
1966 Mr. Ryland Farmer
1967 Mr. W. Henry Hicks
1968 Mr. Layton J. Everitt
1969 Mr. C. C. Jernigan
1970 Mr. Buford B. Pearson
1971 Mr. Tom McPherson
1972 Mr. Millard Q. Plumblee
1973 Mr. Ben W. Gentry
1974 Mr. Tommy P. Davis
1975 Mr. Tony W. Wolfe
1976 Mr. W. Willard Woodard
1977 Mr. 0. B. Watlington
1978 Mr. Tommy Florence
1979 Mr. J. D. Gwynn, Jr
1980 Mr. Ed Meadow
1981 Dr. Allison Page
1982 Mr. Tommy P. Davis
1983 Mr. Danny Lentz
1984 [Mr. Marty Allen, photo missing] (part of term)
1985 Dr. Allison Page (part of term
1986 Mr. Neal Watlington
1987 Rev. William W. Newman
1988 Mr. David Emmett

Photographs may be seen at the Caswell County Photograph Collection.

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