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Remembering the Veterans of World War I
Friday, November 11, 2011 was Veterans Day. It was designated to commemorate the service of all men and women in the armed forces. It is always on Nov. 11 because it was at 11 am on the 11th of November, 1918 that the armistice was signed to end World War I.
We have no surviving papers from 1911-1919 so we don’t know details of who served, who died, and what the folks at home were doing during this first major war of the twentieth century. However, two items were given to the Edgecombe County Memorial Library that reveal a little to us.
The Phillips Family Beneficiaries of Bricks School
Last month’s column was devoted to The Joseph Keasbey Brick School and Junior College near Enfield. This column looks at the Phillips family that benefited greatly from the education they received from the instruction and cultural exposure from Bricks School.
The first college for African Americans in Edgecombe County was The Joseph Keasbey Brick School and Junior College which operated from 1895-1933. The school stood on the former Estes plantation, located three miles south of Enfield. Thomas Sewall Inborden was the first Principal and served from 1895-1926. His history of the school describes some of the events that lead to the founding of the school.
Pictures are worth a thousand words
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.
100-Year-Old Law Firm Celebrates Centennial
The history of the Battle family in Edgecombe County precedes their ownership of the cotton mill at the falls when Nash County stopped at the west side of Tar River, and their legacy resounds in the history of Tarboro.
Public Power Week begins Sunday
The Town of Tarboro is once again celebrating Public Power Week in a way sure to please at least three electricity customers.
Wood tagged president of W. A. Pattillo Alumni Association
In 1981, former students of the Tarboro Colored High School, the W. A. Pattillo High School, and the Princeville Elementary School gathered for their first reunion and in 1983, the alumni association obtained its state charter and was incorporated as the W. A. Pattillo Alumni Association. Since the inception of the alumni association approximately $100,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to area high school seniors to attend four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States of America.
Outstanding graduates of Pattillo High School
“Pattillo High, Pattillo High
“To your ideals we will aspire
“Maroon and Gold our emblem bold,
“Beckons us on as knights of old.
“Thy noble sons, Thy daughters fair
“Lift standards high with bugles blare.
“Long as thy God is God above,
“We’ll sing thy praise and show thy love.”
The above lyrics are the alma mater for the W. A. Pattillo High School (1924 – 1970) which was written circa 1950 by Thelma Quigless Foster, a native of Fort Gibson, Miss., and a graduate with A. B. degree from Alcorn A & M College, in Alcorn, Miss. Foster taught at the school for approximately 25 years. he song has inspired many Pattillo graduates through the years.
A Visit to the Coca-Cola Plant
Just under 60 years ago, in May 1952, a dedicated teacher who wanted her students to learn about their community and learn about work took her students on a field trip to a local industry in the county seat of Tarboro. What did the students learn from such an outing?
Clerks of Court — who were they?
Since North Carolina was a colony back in the 1700s, the county court was the local county government and the person responsible for keeping the records was the Clerk of Court. The county court originally met every three months and the clerk of court took minutes of the sessions and recorded all documents related to the court session.
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