Saturday, July 30, 2022

Order of the Long Leaf Pine: Members from Caswell County, North Carolina

Order of the Long Leaf Pine: Members from Caswell County, North Carolina (listed by award date)

John Reid Blackwell: February 1970
Millard Quentin Plumblee: November 1984
Maud Florance Gatewood: December 1984
Samuel Ryland Farmer: December 1984
Stuart Neal Watlington: December 1984

Dr. Houston Gwynn (HG) Jones, Ph.D.: July 1996
Lawrence Clem (Larry) Snead: March 2003
George Malloy Shelton, Jr.: August 2006
Gladys Alma Fowler Graves: September 2008
James Monroe Long III: December 2010

Robert Ross Blackwell: December 2010
William Billy Hodges: January 2011
Baron Lee Terrell: June 2012
William Bennett Atwater, Jr.: January 2013 
Bernard Lawrence Satterfield: September 2013

Fred Allen Smith: November 2014*
Larry Neal Stogner: February 2015
Raymond Armstead Hodges: May 2017
Michael Lee Welch: August 2017
Marlene Pyrant Watlington: November 2020

* Received the award on November 11, 2014, Veterans Day

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Caswell County Bright Leaf Hoedown

 Bright-Leaf Hoedown

With the next Hoedown approaching (2022), it is fun to look back.

In 1983, the event featured an annual Farmers' Olympics. Events included cow-chip throwing, tobacco spitting, corn shucking, tobacco gum ball balling, and an obstacle course where the runners had to carry two full buckets of water.

Edgar Harges [Hargis/} of Alamance County won the tobacco spitting even with 19 feet, 1 inch. Don Swann came in second.

W. D. Pleasant of Purley won the cow-chip throwing contest, which attracted ten contestants. He also took first place overall in the Olympics. David Brandon of Burlington came in second overall.

The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 27 September 1983.

The knife photograph is not associated with the newspaper article. Click image to see a larger version.

Saturday, July 02, 2022

North Carolina's Most Dangerous Rural Intersection: 1971


Caswell County Trivia

In 1971 the North Carolina Highway Commission designated the intersection of Highway 86 and the Park Springs Road in Caswell County as the most dangerous rural intersection in North Carolina.

The Park Springs intersection with Highway 86 achieved its "most dangerous" rating on the basis of 21 accidents in a three-year period (with 11 of those crashes occurring in 1970) and "a very, very low traffic volume."

The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 6 October 1971.