The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Local History

October 10, 2011

Pictures are worth a thousand words

TARBORO — This month, instead of a story we will examine some photos and the stories they have revealed.

Back in July, my column included a photograph of a school trip of Crisp second and third graders to the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tarboro in 1952. That column generated a lot of response. Several of the children in the photo, now grown, recalled the “big trip to Tarboro” and helped identify some of the folks.

    The teacher who arranged the tour and was still remembered by her students some sixty years  later was Mrs. Sally Parker. She is in the photo near the center with the white trim on her collar. According to a couple of the former students, Mrs. Parker’s husband  took the children to the plant in his truck  along with a couple of  parents. Everyone praised Mrs. Parker as being  “nice lady,” “good  teacher,” and as someone who “really cared about all her students like they were her own children.”

    Dan William mentioned in the article as one of the many letter writers called to tell me he was still in the area and he identified several of the students some of  whom  are no longer with us like Sidny Summons, Glenn Corbet, W. C. Jones, and Bobby Jones, the youngster in front in the overalls and striped shirt died in 1992. 

    A second photo ran in the paper and while I didn’t get calls  about it, we did get a lot of it identified. This photo was taken Eastern 1944 and represented the children in the area whose fathers were serving in World War II.

 Thanks to Arnold Worsley, a member of Calvary Episcopal Church where the photo was made, who posted it on the church bulletin board, we know almost half of the folks in it.  According to Arnold, Jacksie  Aycock has a wonderful memory and she and others identified the folks.  

The rector on the right was the Rev. Robert Malcolm McNair .  In front of him is  Beverly Moore. Just to her left is Dixie Puckett. Continuing across the front from right to left, the youngster in light shorts and a dark jacket in the middle is Eddie Turner.  Beside him in the hat is Sherrod Bryan. Next to her in a checked jacket is Danny Jacobs.  The rest of the front row is still unknown.

On the far left in the second row is a young man in the white pants and dark jacket is  thought to be Mason Friar.  The tallest figure in the back row is John Wiggins Brown, Jr. On the left with her face partially hidden by a hat is Jean Bryant (Crumpler). To the right of John is Brent Nash and beside him is James Taylor.  The young lady with dark hair in front of John and Brent is  Nancy Brown.

On the right beside James Taylor is Mattie Braddy. Beside her with her face partially hidden is Jackie Barwick (Aycock). Next to Jackie is Gail Thomason .  Next is an unidentified male then Lorraine Brown. And in a white hat is Sarah Krank. In front of Lorraine is Ann Pollard. Next to Ann is Buddy Whitley. Behind Lorraine and Sarah is Mrs. Emma Parker.  Beside Sarah is Russell Messer.

    Thanks to everyone who called. If you  can identify any more of the students please go visit the display at the Edgecombe Memorial Library and tell Pam Edmondson. The photos are on display there.

There are also some photos on display  at the Blount Bridgers House from  Concord Lodge #58. The lodge is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a fraternal organization in Tarboro. William Reid put the display together and has several images of Masonic members, now deceased who are not identified. Through research we have been able to identify four of them , but there are still others that are unknown. Please  visit the display at the Blount House and help William with the identifications.

Finally we have one more photo that was recently found and brought to me by a good friend. This wedding photo appears to be from the early 1900s, perhaps 1920s. If anyone knows the family or anyone in the photo, please contact me at 641-6465 or 823-5166 ext. 241.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your assistance in telling stories of our past.

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