Bay Briefs (10 Feb 1899)

From the Roanoke Beacon:

  • Mr. Ben Hassell left this week for Norfolk on Business
  • Capt. John Thomas made a busines trip to E. City last week.
  • Mr. Will McRoughton has been spending a few days with his parentsys with his parents at Bay.
  • Miss Minnie Owens, who has been the guest of her cousin, Miss Bertie Owens, for several weeks, returned to her home in Currituck, last week.
  • Our popular and charming young friend, Mr. Tommy L. Swain, gave us a pleasant call this week.  He comes over to teach one of our public schools, and we feel sure he will make a very successful teacher, as he is universally esteemed wherever he is known.
  • Essie Wynne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Wynne, departed this life at their home at Bay, Jan. 28th, after a long and painful illness, aged three years and six months.  She was a child of remarkable brightness, and was loved and petted by all who knew her.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Moses, and the remains were laid to rest in Albemarle cemetery on Monday at eleven.  The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
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Beacon Flashes – 16 Sep 1898

Roanoke Beacon – 16 Sep 1898

Beacon Flashes

  • Mrs M. OWENS has been visiting friends near Edenton this week.
  • Mr. W N COOPER has returned home from a visit to Baltimore.
  • Mr. G H HARRISON has been North this week to purchase new goods
  • Miss Nona BRINKLEY is manipulating yard stick at M. OWENS & Co.
  • Mr. C D LOANE and wife have been visiting the northern states this week.
  • The Republicans and Populist Senatorial Conventions will be held here today.
  • Mr. W F OWENS, of Creswell, was here this week visiting his uncle, Mr. B OWENS.
  • Mr. L P HORNTHAL has been north this week purchasing new goods for his fall and winter trade.
  • Attorney Edmund ALEXANDER returned Wednesday from a professional visit to Columbia.
  • Mr. W A ALEXANDER returned home from Virginia Beach Monday, bringing his family with him.
  • Mr. W L SHARED has purchased the R B LATHAM residence corner Main and Washington streets.
  • Miss Janette MARTIN was called to Avoca Saturday by the illness of her mother. She returned on Monday.
  • Rev. <…> B GREEN wade has been holding a series of meetings at Christian Hope, on Long Ridge, the past week.
  • Mr. Herman HORNTHAL, of Norfolk, has been in our town this week visiting his brother, Mr. L P HORNTHAL.
  • Miss Mattie BENNETT, of Williamson, has been visiting relatives and friends in our town the past two weeks.
  • Mr. J A Wiloughby, of the firm of J A Wiloughby & Co., has been in Baltimore this week burying fall goods.
  • Mr. L L OWENS has rented the Hornthal residence corner, Main and Jefferson streets, and gone to keeping house.
  • Mr. W L SHERROD’s new store is nearing completion. It will be one of the largest and best buildings in the town.
  • The pretty Miss Eloise DAVENPORT, of Brunswick, Ga., is here visiting her aunt, Mrs. Laura LATHAM, and other relatives.
  • Mr. H H Brown left Monday for Newport News, Va., where he has gone to do some important business. We wish him much success.
  • Miss Irma MARSH, who has been visiting our town for two weeks as the guest of Miss Nina HARDISON, returned to her home in Bath, Monday.
  • Miss Leslie HARRISON left Wednesday morning for Morganton, where she will resume her standing <…> upon her duties as Librarian for the D. & D. Institute.
  • Mr. Mathias OWENS, of the firm M. OWENS & Co., has been in New York this week selecting fall and winter goods. Their stock this season will be out of sight.
  • Mrs. Annie LATHAM returned home on Wednesday from Delaware where she had been visiting relatives for several weeks. While absent Mrs. LATHAM purchased her fall and winter goods.
  • Our friend, Hon. H B WARD of Plymouth, the silver tongued orator, and Democratic nominee for the Senate from this District spoke at the town hall Thursday evening last. He is a fine orator and made a lasting impression upon our people. Messrs. WARD and MILLER will be glad to have a joint debate with the fusion nominees and when they get through with them they will be too sick for duty. Bet the fusionists will never canvas the district with them. — Washington Progress

Response to an Article

A Card
Roanoke Beacon, pg. 2
March 4, 1898

I have just seen an article in the “Assembly Standard” which is not only untrue, but does me a gross injustice. I am charged in said article, as being the cause of trouble, which occurred in the town of Plymouth last Saturday night.

The facts are these: Mr. Louis Owens and Emporer Spruill had some hot words, and Owens struck Spruill in the face. This was the direct cause of the excitement and bad blood that followed. In a few minutes after this difficulty I noticed a large crowd of coloredpeople standing on the street, they seemed to be excited and mad on account of Spruill being struck. Some of the colored people and whites had been drinking too much, during the evening, after the fire, and there was several intoxicated persons among them.

A short time after Spruill had been struck J.T. Pettiford, J.P., came to me with a warrant to arrest Owens for a simple assault. Having seen the previous condition of tthe bystanders, I tried to persuade him not to have the warrant executed tonight, but to wait until Monday morning, but he demanded that the warrant should be executed at once. Seeing that I could not prevail upon him, I took the warrant and went to look for Owens, when I was met by J.P. Hilliard, a Justice of the Peace, with another warrant which he gave me and demanded that I should serve at once, which I did, and the case was continued until Monday morning and I returned Pettifords’ warrant to him.

The reason why I acted in this matter as I did, was, I honestly believed that if I had brought Owens to trial before Pettiford at once, that there would have been grave and serious trouble between our people, and what I did was to preserve the peace, and to prevent any difficulty from taking place.

I believed then and I believe now, from the intoxicated condition and the bad blood amongst some of our people, that the course I pursued in this matter was the only one that saved the town from having a serious trouble. During my term of office as constable of this town I have tried to preserve the peace and have been fair and impartial to the people of both races. — Jos. Tucker

Beacon Flashes – 10 Jan 1890

Beacon Flashes
January 10, 1890
pg. 2

  • Mr. Geo Houston is the happy man – it’s a girl.
  • Mr. R. L. Williams, of Roper, gave us a call on yesterday.
  • Mr. S. M. Whaley made a short visit to Norfolk this week.
  • Miss Belle Fagan is visiting Miss Pattie Williams at Roper.
  • Mr. J. F. Jackson has opened a bar on Washington street.
  • Miss Adelia Skittlethorpe has returned from a visit to Creswell.
  • Hon. J. L. Howell, Mayor of Creswell, was in the city this week.
  • Dr. B. F. Hallsey and wife, of Roper, were in the city yesterday.
  • Miss Carrie Hilliard, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. T. Spruill, at Roper.
  • Miss Ida Woodley, of Creswell, is the guest of Miss Adelia Skittlethorpe
  • Miss Nellie Chesson, of Roper, was the guest of Miss Lizzle Goelet this week.
  • Mr. Geo. Houston gathered ripe straw berries from his garden from his garden on Wednesday.
  • Mr. Johnnie Whaley filed the pulpit at Ware’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon last.
  • Messrs. Charles Everett and William Ausbon of Palmyra, were in the city this week.
  • Master Willie Bowen, formerly with R. Schultz & Co., has accepted a position with W. H. Hampton, as salesman.
  • Dr. H. P. Murray, wife and children are visiting in Wilmington, N.C., as the guests of the doctor’s parents.
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Owens spent the past week in Baltimore as the guests of their daughter, Mrs. J. W. Reed.
  • Miss Mamie DeCromia is again honoring our city with her presence. She is the guest of her sister, Mrs. H. Peal.
  • Messr. J. H., E. R. and Robert Ausbon, of Scotland Neck, have been visiting relatives in the city for the past week.
  • We notice that needed improvements is being made on the residence of Mrs. Annie Walker, on Third street.
  • Mr. James Harrison has moved his family from the country to town, and is occupying one of the Jackson houses on Main street.
  • Misses Annie and May Whaley, and Mr. Johnnie Whaley left Monday morning to resume their studies at the Western Maryland College.
  • Mr. Edward Crocket, who has been on a visit to his aunt, Mrs. P. V. Clark, for the past week, returned to his house in Norfolk on yesterday.
  • Mr. Haywood Davenport, formerly of this place, but now of Brunswick, Ga., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Laura Latham, at Latham House.
  • Rev. William Pettigrew, who has been visiting relatives in Plymouth for the past week, left on the 6 o’clock train this morning for his home in Ridgeway.
  • Bishop A. A. Watson held services in Grace church on Thursday night of last week, at which time Mrs. W. H. Hampton and Mr. J. E. Davenport were confirmed.

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Flipp – 1 Nov 1889

Flipp
November 1, 1889
Pg. 3

“Flipp” – Makes a visit to the schools — has a talk with some of our business men — goes out to the railroad — gives the people some advice and goes to the Edenton Fair.

Mr. Editor – I closed last week by saying I would go to the Edenton Fair and write on my return, but after giving it a thought I guess I will go Wednesday and not return until Friday, that being too late for your paper I will write before going. Lots of the Plymouth people went over Monday and I should have been with them, but “that wife of mine” gave me to understand that she was to be my companion on the trip so I concluded to wait until Wednesday, I wrote John Bonner, of the Bay View, word to save me a room that looks like style don’t it?

After the boat left I called on Prof. Toms, principal of the High School. I found him sitting at his desk before about fifty pupils. I remained with him long enough to learn that he, though a young man, is thoroughly competent of carrying out his duties as a teacher. Heretofore our schools have failed to receive the proper attention, but, if I am not mistaken, Prof. Toms, with the right encouragement from our people, will build up a first-class school, which is one of the greatest needs of our town.

Leaving the high school I walked around to the Free School building where I met the teacher, Miss Margie Garett, who is conducting a primary class of about thirty as bright children as I ever saw, they, one and all, seem to be devoted to Miss Garrett, and she says that they are learning very rapidly. After a few words of encouragement to the teacher and scholars I withdrew and went home to dinner where I found “that wife of mine,” in all her female loveliness, sitting up to one of the best meals you ever stuck a tooth in. I filled up on roast beef and such like then I fired up the fur end of one of Gns. Haswells’s “coon skin” cigars, placed my feet on the window sill and rested. After resting for an hour I walked down to the stable to see how my horses was getting along, here I found to my horror that Ben Owens had bought one of those “Royal Bumpers,” a William Goat. I did not take much stock in him, though Mr. Owens said he was a dandy. I found my horse O.K., so I started down town. On passing the undertaking establishment of Nurney & Jackson, Joe Jackson called me in and we had a chat about making coffins and the like. He told me that his partner, Mr. B. Nurney, was sick at his home. I did not say the price of coffins as he told me they did not trust. I remained with “Joe” until he began to knock and kept up so much racket I had to leave. I loafed on down town, tried to get in conversation with several gentlemen but they were all off on the subject of the Railroad and I could not make a point.

Soon after night came on I walked into the Bay Oyster saloon, Weaver & Garrett, proprietors, the cook, Dan Nichols, brought in some of the finest oysters I ever ate. Instead of going home from the oyster saloon I stood on the corner and talked to a policeman until 10 o’clock, when I reached home, “that wife of mine,” gave me a round of being ont late, smelt of my breath like all wives do when their husbands stay out late, after rendering a verdict of not guilty she began to tell me about a new dress she was going to get of Reid & Duke, and a new bonnet at Mrs. Annie Walker’s, and a pair of those fine $3 shoes at G.H. Harrisons and various other things. I said nothing until she informed me that she had given B.F. Owens an order for a pony and phaeton like Mrs. Reed’s, then I gently raised from my chair, handed her my pocketbook which contained 14 cents, and told her if she could get a clear deed to buy the United States.

By the way, I forgot to tell you that I was among the multitude that walked out to see the Railroad on Sunday afternoon. As I sit in the office at the Latham House I noticed the large crowd going out but did not think much about it until I saw one man go out six times, then my curiosity being up, I started out with the procession, wondering all the time what was up, at last I09 came to the railroad. Yes, there right before me was a real railroad. Some of the visitors were counting the ties, some were counting the spikes, while others were saying how it should have been. Some it smited while others will have it changed. There before my eyes stood that wonderful “Iron Horse” which I have read so much about in the Beacon. I could hardly realize that a railroad was so close to Plymouth, but it is a fact, no hearsay , I saw it with my own eyes (by the help of a new pair of glasses I got from Yeager). I left the railroad about 4 o’clock giving my space to some of the more anxious of both color. It is my opinion that, unless the company have the railroad fenced in before the train starts, there will be an advance in the price of coffins and a man will not be able to get his life insured at any price. Just here I would say to those who never tackled a train, that if you should be walking down the track and see the locomotive coming, don’t insist on having it walk round you, or even giving you half the road, for it might cause some trouble in your family. “That wife of mine” says I need not fear the railroads for there is not enough roads in America to kill or cripple me as long as she holds a paid up accidental policy on my life.

Well, I go to Edenton tomorrow and take in the fair, will write next week. — “Flipp”

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Beacon Flashes – 13 Dec 1889

Beacon Flashes
December 13, 1889
Pg. 3

  • Hines and Everett are building a machine shop near the A. & R. depot.
  • Rev. C. W. Robinson was absent from his church only one Sunday at Conference.
  • Mr. W. M. Whaley, of Norfolk, is in the city, the guest of his father, Mr. S. M. Whaley
  • B. J. Skilles is erecting a large two-story building on Water street to be used as a restaurant.
  • Dr. W. H. Ward who has been attending lectures in Baltimore for the past two weeks returned home yesterday.
  • Miss Cattie Boney, who has been visiting her brother, Capt. John Boney, has returned to her home in Duplin Roads.
  • Mrs. A. Barden, who has been on a visit of two weeks to her sister, Mrs. Wilson, at Greenville, returned home on Monday night.
  • Mr. C. V. W. Ausbon, who has been clerking for R. Schultz & Co. at E. City, returned home Saturday last, owing to ill health.
  • The Band was out serenading Monday and Wednesday nights. Prof. J. W. Piercy has charge now and the boys are getting better and better all the time.
  • A fine horse belonging to Mr. B. F. Owens had his leg broken by falling through a trestle on the A. & R. R. R. on Monday last, Mr. Owens will bring suit against the Road for damage.
  • A horse belonging to Messr. Davenport & Piercy ran away on Tuesday. It became frightened while standing at the R. N. & B. S. B. Co.’s wharf and ran up to water street, taking up that street towards Baynor’s livery stables, clearing the street as it went. No serious damage was done other than the total demolishing of the cart to which it was hitched.

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Flipp – 18 Oct 1889

“Flipp”
October 18, 1889
Pg. 3

He spends a night with an Alliance man – takes in the town and has a chat with some our business men.

Mr. Editor — I never did write any for a journal before and may not succeed now, but I am in town again and to occupy my mind I will write you a short letter.

I was out in that rain on Sunday night last, was coming up the second road in a cloud of dust when night sod and the rain came on. I stopped all night at a man’s house don’t remember his name, but this I do remember, that he was an Alliance man – gave me ‘liance for supper and for breakfast so I left next morning determined to be an alliance man myself. I came into town by Mr. B. F. Owens house, which I notice is one of the handsome residences to be seen on the road between Plymouth and Columbia. I noticed many other fine and comfortably situated residents on this street among which are J. M. Reid’s, A.O. Gaylord’s, E. A. Carter’s, J. F. Norman’s, E. R. Latham’s and others.

While driving in I was wondering where to stop my horse, and remembering that I saw the name of B.F. Owens in the Beacon, I drove up to that large stable of his, and just as you said, he keeps polite grooms and everything in order. Why Mr. Editor them darkies were so dog gone polite one of the fall down over the other to get to my horse first. Mr. Owens waled out of his office, whip in one hand, cigar in the other and was so courteous that I accepted his invitation to look at his fine stock, and bless my life that man talked so fast that before the boy got the harness off of my horse I had traded for a fine black and we were on our way down to D.O. Brinkley & Co.’s to get a, no not a drink, but one of the best cigars you ever puffed away at. Mr. Brinkley told me that his partner, Col. Fitchett, was up in the mountains and would be home in a few days, but if we wished anything in the way of accommodation just call on him. I tell you he is one of the finest men that ever mixed a cocktail, he gave us a knock down to his clerk, Mr. Louis Landing, who Mr. Owens says is the best boy that ever slung red liquor over a bar counter. Just here let me say that I never visited a bar that was kept in a more orderly manner, everything is quiet and every one has to behave when in this bar so “Dave” says.

Here I left Mr. Owens to go back to his stables and I walked across the street to see S. Adler. I was surprised to find such a large and well assorted stock of general merchandise, the old man was standing in the door and said as I came up, “py tam its wet come in,” we went in and were glad to see behind the counter the handsome face of Mr. E. S. Chesson, he seems to be quite proficient in the manipulation of the yard stick. Behind the other counter Master Tommie Rogerson was just appearing out of a barrel of flour. We walked back to the office where, upon a high school at his desk, found Mr. T. J. Lewis he seemed sorter glad to see us but brushing the hair back from his brow, asked us to excuse him as he was quite busy, we did so and walked out of the store.

[…] Murray the medical man and E. E. Murray the dentist, both busy, they are doing a big business. We did not get chance to talk to them as the medical man was called out and some man came in with about three yards of red flanel on his jaw and told the dentist that the tooth ache, they [..] his office and in a few seconds reappeared leaving the red flanel and aching tooth behind, the patients face was about ten inches shorter, and with a smile of satisfaction he said, “Dat air doctor gits there.”

After leaving the Murray Drug Store I loafed down to Reid & Duke’s and after pushing and shoving for several minutes I succeeded in getting through the immense crowd of customers and into the office, here I met Mr. E. F. Duke and Mr. J. E. Reid the junior members of the firm, they told that Mr. J. M. Reid, the senior member, was out at the time attending to some business around their shingle yard. Taking a look down behind the long counters I saw Mess. R.H Brown, Joe Norman, C A Walker, E R Marriner and two other salesmen moving with lightening speed from one customer to another. Turning to Mr. Duke I asked if those men were kept as busy as that all the time and he said “almost and said “almost and sometimes we have to leave the office to help them.” From the office I made a visit to the meat department where barrel after barrel of pork and fish was roled out. From here I went to the second story where I found the furniture and clothing clerks busy. From there I made my way to the street, satisfied in my own mind that Reid and Duke were getting their share of the public patronage.

Weary with my days adventure, I wended my way home, hoping to find a good supper waiting for me, but instead, that wife of mine had been down to Mrs. S. A Blount’s Millinery store and bought one of those new winter hats, which she had to take around and show to all the neighbors, and asked their opinion iof it and tell them how cheap it was, hence I found no supper, but as she seemed to be so happy over the hat I said nothing and went to bed. Thus ended the day. — “Flipp”

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