• May 2018
    M T W T F S S
    « Jun    
  • Meta

  • Advertisements


Roanoke Beacon
13 January 1899

Letter dated 9 Jan 1899 from Long Ridge, NC. Addressed to the editor of the Roanoke Beacon.

On the 15th of April 1885, after a stay of one year in Plymouth, at which place I had been carrying on a Job Printing business, I left for Washington, N.C., to accept a position as Foreman in the Watch Tower office, then published by the lamented J.L. Winfield, which position I held until the acquisition of said paper in march 1886, when J.L. Winfield and Jno. A. Burgess purchased the Washington Gazette. I accepted a position with the new publishers which I held until the fall of 1886, when I engaged in a publishing business on my own book. It not proving renumerative, I returned to my home on Long Ridge in June 1887.

In August 1888, I built a small store at the Hollis Road, and engaged in a small mercantile business, which business I have carried on until today (Jan. 9, 1899).

Now hear me a little further. Being nurtured in Republicanism, I, of course, when becoming twenty-one years of age commenced voting with said party. In June 1891 I became disgusted with the misdeeds and corruption of said party, and cast my lot with the Democratic party, the party of Madison, Jefferson and Jackson; the party of the Constitution, justice and equity.

About 90 percent of my patrons were of course, of Republican faith, and a gradual boycot [sic] was commenced against me. But, notwithstanding, I have continued to maintain my integrity and stand by my principles regardless of results. We find in Holy writ, that “a Prophet is not without honor save in his own country, and among his own kindred.”

This is veritably true in my experience in business in this community. There is however, a few noble souls in this section, who have manliness not to persecute a kinsman or a neighbor, for his political affiliating.

I have this day retired from business, paid my last bill and placing my trust in Him who doeth all things well, I believe my friends will not allow me, nor my wife and little ones to suffer.

G.W. Jackson, Jr.


G.W. Jackson Jr. was George Washington Jackson (1850-1917), son of George  Jackson Sr. and Lucy (Kelly) Jackson of Beaufort County, North Carolina.  GW Jr. was married to Louvenia Stillman (not sure about spelling), and according to census records, had at least 12 children, 10 of whom lived to the 1900 census.    


News from Plymouth

From the Chicago Defender newspaper – 3 Nov 1923

Plymouth, NC

  • Services were held at all the churches Sunday
  • Mrs. Nancy Simon, who was injured Saturday, is gradually improvig
  • Joseph Yoodle and wife have returned from Nyneck, N.Y. where they spent the summer
  • Judge William H. Harrison of Chicago spoke to the citizens of Plymouth Thursday night

Death of James Jarvis

From the March 23, 1883 issue of The Landmark, paper of Statesville, NC

Mr. James Jarvis, of Washington County, died a horrible death on the 7th inst., from hydrophobia, having been bitten by a favorite dog which had the rabies.

Death of Walter D. Norman

From the January 19, 1883 issue of  The Landmark, newspaper of Statesville, NC

Walter D. Norman, a prominent merchant of Plymouth, committed suicide by shooting himself in the neck.  He was recently married to a Richmond lady.

Their Very Own Christmas Tree

xmastreeFrom the January 6, 1899 issue of the Roanoke Beacon:

Dr. T.S. WOLFE and wife gave their children a pleasing surprise on Monday night after Christmas in the shape of a Christmas tree. A large number of their little friends were invited to help Master Tom, Misses Annie May and Willie enjoy its beauty and share its yield of nice little gifts.

Sad Accident

From  the Roanoke Beacon – 6 Jan 1899

While Mr. Enoch BATEMAN and a colored man were engaged in rafting logs at Walker & Myers mill Monday afternoon the boat in which they were standing sunk and the two men went down beneath the freezing water. Men hurried to their rescue in time to save the colored man as he came up the last time, but Mr. BATEMAN had filled a watery grave. His body was soon recovered, but all the efforts to revive him were in vain and his lifeless body was taken to his grief-stricken family. Our community extends heartfelt sympathies to the young wife and little children who are thus so suddenly made widow and orphans.

Wordless Wednesday: Perry-Spruill House

a not so wordless post 🙂

perry_spruill_house1Perry-Spruill House [Taken by Jean]. Digital image. Flickr. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeandavisolecki/2217156250/&gt;


The Perry-Spruill House is located at 326 Washington Street in Plymouth, NC.  According to the Historic Plymouth: A Walking Tour, the home was built for Theodore A. Perry and purchased by Jeremiah C. Spruill in 1895.  It is a Greek Revival style home.  Spruill was a merchant in the city – his name appeared often in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper