03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:25 pm Tillis Sends Bipartisan Letter Seeking Answers on Possible Tariffs for Foreign Autos
  • 4:12 pm Work to retrieve vehicle from river to resume soon
  • 3:44 pm April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter
  • 3:19 pm Firefighters battle brush fire near Clarkton
  • 2:30 pm Dietary Manager
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This Day In History

1776 – Continental Congress authorizes a medal for George Washington. 1813 – First US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex. 1863 – First US Army Medal of Honor awarded. 1865 – SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400. 1902 – Irving W. Colburn patents sheet glass drawing […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present the Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church. Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church is a historic home and Methodist church located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, North Carolina. The house was built about 1803-1806, and is a two-story, four bay by […]

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1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech in favor of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary War. 1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” {oll correct} (Boston’s Morning Post) 1857 – Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City. 1865 – General Sherman and […]

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1630 – 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston) 1841 – A method for alkali starch extraction is patented in the US by Orlando Jones, which is later applied to corn (cornstarch) 1871 – William Holden of North Carolina becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment. 1903 – Niagara Falls runs out of water because of […]

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1844 – The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world. 1865 – Battle of Bentonville (NC) ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman. 1907 – US sends troops to Honduras to halt the Nicaraguan army takeover. 1917 – Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy’s […]

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1831 – 1st US bank robbery, the City Bank in New York robbed of $245,000.   1865 – Battle of Bentonville, Confederates retreat from Greenville, North Carolina.   1883 – Jan Matzeliger invents first machine to manufacture entire shoes.   1895 – Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service.   1918 – US Congress […]

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This Day In History

1541 – Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River) 1813 – David Melville, Newport, Rhode Island, patents apparatus for making coal gas. 1818 – US Congress approves 1st pensions for government service. 1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo from American Express in Buffalo. 1881 – Barnum & Bailey’s first combined […]

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1755 – Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief. 1762 – 1st St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC. 1845 – Bristol man Henry Jones patents self-rising flour. 1894 – US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US. 1898 – John Phillip Holland achieves successful test run for the […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

UNC-Asheville defeated Pembroke State University 62-56 in the NAIA District 26 basketball tourney. UNC-A was led by Clarkton’s Sheila Ford who scored 26 points. The Bladen Lakes Players presented a most successful play, BusStop, which was written by William Enge. Local players were Chris Register, Robert Regan, Cathy Kinlaw, Dan Allen, Judy Cross, Kelly Cross, […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Oakland Plantation. Oakland Plantation, situated on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River in Carvers, Bladen County, North Carolina, was built over 200 years ago by General Thomas Brown, an American Revolutionary War patriot. It is one of a few houses […]

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1781 – British and American forces clash during the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. British suffer heavy losses surrendering to George Washington in October. 1820 – Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union. 1867 – Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university. 1892 – 1st escalator patented by […]

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1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern US states. 1812 – Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812. 1862 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina: General Burnside conquers New Bern. 1900 – US currency goes on gold standard after Congress passes the Currency […]

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1639 – Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard. 1677 – Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000. 1869 – Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law. 1884 – US adopts Standard Time. 1897 – San Diego State University is founded. 1913 – Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures. 1925 – Tennessee […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and Cemetery. Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is a historic Presbyterian Church and cemetery near Elizabethtown, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1845, and is a frame Greek Revival style church with a pedimented […]

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1664 – New Jersey becomes an English colony. 1850 – 1st US $20 gold piece issued. 1868 – US Congress abolishes manufacturer’s tax. 1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund. 1912 – Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) […]

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This Day In History

1665 – New York approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights. 1779 – US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time) 1789 – Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C. 1823 – 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vermont. 1850 – Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (1st […]

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This Day In History

1791 – John Stone of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1876 – First telephone call; Alexander Graham Bell says “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” to […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Sadie Minter retired from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Minter was the first lady officer in the department. Brian Watts won the Elizabethtown Optimist Club Essay Contest. Pam Hammonds of Elizabethtown led the UNC Lady Tar Heels as they won the ACC basketball tourney with a 99-76 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. […]

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1798 – Dr. George Balfour becomes 1st naval surgeon in the US Navy. 1822 – Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth. 1861 – Confederate currency authorized – $50, $100, $500, $1,000. 1862 – USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads. 1907 – 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana. […]

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1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 1865 – Battle of Kinston, North Carolina (Wilcox’s Ridge, Wise’s Forks) 1884 – Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment. […]

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1801 – Massachusetts enacts first state voter registration law. 1854 – Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machines to stitch buttonholes. 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone in the US. 1887 – North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly. 1908 – Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith […]

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1810 – Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US. 1836 – Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. 1886 – 1st US alternating current power plants starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 1899 – “Aspirin” (acetylsalicylic acid) […]

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1623 – 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia. 1774 – John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock’s stature as a leading Patriot. 1821 – Monroe is 1st US President inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Clarkton High School defeated Orrum High School 79-38 in the Tri-County 1-A Conference Tournament. The Bladen Lakes Players were presenting the play BUSSTOP. December 1983 housing starts in Bladen County amounted to $202,600. Newly formed EAVFD met with County Commissioners to request aid. Share:

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Contributed Harmony Hall was built by Col. James Richardson prior to 1768. The 12,000 to 15,000-acre (61km2) plot it originally occupied on the banks of the Cape Fear River was partially a grant from King George III for Col. Richardson’s gallant service with General James Wolfe in the French and Indian War. The Colonel became […]

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This Day In History

1799 – Congress standardizers US weights & measures.   1919 – US passed its 1st immigration law.   1824 – Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1861 – US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories.   1877 – US Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes (R) winner of […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver General Lee was a hero. Before you get to attacking my Southern heritage, of which I am not ashamed and for which I shall not apologize, let me clarify: in this case, I am referring to William Lee, not Robert E. Lee. While Robert E. Lee will always be a personal hero […]

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1801 – Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted. 1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents […]

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This Day In History

  1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency. 1869 – 15thAmendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US Congress raised […]

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This Day In History

1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency. 1869 – 15thAmendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US Congress raised their […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present the Gilmore-Patterson Farm. Gilmore–Patterson Farm is a historic home and farm located near St. Pauls, Bladen County, North Carolina. The Patterson farmhouse was built about 1872 in the late Greek Revival style, and modified about 1890 in the Queen Anne style. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

90 members of the East Bladen Band traveled to Lanett, Alabama and performed before an audience of over 600. A search continued for a Fort Bragg soldier whose canoe overturned in the Cape Fear river. Homer “Red” Woodell of Dublin retired as supervisor of North Carolina State Lakes. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kinlaw of B […]

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This Day In History

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1855 – US Court of Claims forms for cases against government. 1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama) 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126-47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1908 – In ‘Mueller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an […]

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1813 – 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Massachusetts. 1822 – Boston, Massachusetts is incorporated as a city. 1836 – Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed. 1886 – Aluminum manufacturing process developed. 1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield. […]

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1792 – US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act. 1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C. 1858 – Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts) 1878 – World’s 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut) 1887 – Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor […]

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1792 – US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance. 1809 – US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state. 1830 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia. 1856 – The steam packet-ship John Rutledge, en route from Liverpool to New York, hits an iceberg and sinks with loss […]

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1803 – US Congress accepts Ohio’s constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953. 1831 – 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run in Pennsylvania. 1856 – Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio. 1878 – Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph) 1884 – Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, […]

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By Charlotte Smith On President’s Day we want to remind our readers of the importance of the United States of America’s Constitution. We have had many admirable Presidents, but the one thing that has out lasted them all is our great Constitution. President’s Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington. The […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with […]

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On Saturday and Sunday, February 23 – 24, 2019, from 10 am – 4 pm, Moores Creek National Battlefield, in collaboration with the Moores Creek Battleground Association, will be commemorating the 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. Over 150 Living Historians dressed […]

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This Day In History

1621 – Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony. 1801 – US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr. 1817 – First US city lit by gas (Baltimore) 1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine. 1878 – 1st telephone […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Desserette. Desserette is a historic plantation house and national historic district located near White Oak, Bladen County, North Carolina. The house was built about 1840, and is a two-story, frame double-pile house in the Greek Revival style. It rests on a […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a break-in at the B.C. Moore Store in Elizabethtown. The Clarkton Board of Commissioners turned down a request for a beer and wine referendum in the town. Faye L. Singletary was awarded the Terry Sanford Award for Education Creativity in Bladen County. Sabrina Lanier was voted Miss East […]

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1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine begins publishing. 1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions. 1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established. 1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing. 1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC) 1913 – US […]

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By Erin Smith When people think of Black history they often think of politicians, judges, and educators. Many do not think of architects, engineers or craftsmen. Thomas Sheridan, who lived from the period 1787 to 1864, was an emancipated carpenter who actively worked in Bladen County and is credited with building Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church […]

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1768 – 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia. 1842 – 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery), NYC. 1869 – Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped. 1879 – US Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Court. 1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose […]

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1794 – 1st US textile machinery patent granted to James Davenport, Philadelphia. 1803 – Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void. 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Mathew Brady) 1876 […]

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Black History Month

RALEIGH: In celebration of Black History Month, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper will honor African American musicians and artists from North Carolina at a reception at the Executive Mansion beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African Americans to […]

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1693 – College of William and Mary opens in Williamsburg, Virginia. 1795 – 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina. 1837 – Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour. 1871 – Abraham Lincoln declared US President in Washington, D.C. 1895 – Moving […]

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1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300. 1877 – US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1873, abolishing bimetallism and placing the country on the gold standard. 1879 – 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC) 1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms. […]

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Each week we present information on an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Clarkton Depot. Clarkton Depot is an historic train station located at Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built as a passenger and freight station by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1915. It is a one-story, rectangular frame […]

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1766 – Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia. 1794 – 1st session of US Senate open to the public. 1809 – Robert Fulton patents steamboat. 1812 – Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill – first “gerrymander” 1895 – Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C. 1903 – US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which […]

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1846 – Beginning of Mormon march to western US. 1855 – US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship. 1863 – 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia. 1897 – NY Times begins using slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” 1915 – US President […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners hired Willie Griffin as Housing and Community Development Coordinator. The White Lake Town Board voted 4-2 against annexing the Watergate community. Andy Donaldson of Clarkton made the Deans List at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Construction permits in Bladen County for the month of November amounted to $2,464,000. Share:

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1825 – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president. 1870 – US Army establishes US National Weather Service. 1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency. 1891 – 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento. 1909 – 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics […]

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1693 – William & Mary College is chartered in Williamsburg in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia (second in North America) 1802 – Simon Willard patents banjo clock. 1837 – 1st US Vice-President chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren administration) 1862 – Battle of Roanoke Island, NC. Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound. 1898 […]

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Contributed The first national Black History Month was established in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford, of Michigan.  The month has origins that go back to 1915 with the establishment of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In 1926, the organization sponsored the first national Negro History Week. The idea caught on, and was […]

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1795 – 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states. 1839 – Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president” 1862 – Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island, NC. 1864 – Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida. 1876 – US President Grant’s private secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring. 1894 […]

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1778 – France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris, 1st US treaty. 1832 – US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy. 1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City) 1869 – Harper’s Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam […]

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1631 – Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England. 1644 – 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut. 1736 – Methodists John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia. 1850 – Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Palz, NY. 1870 – 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia. […]

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1789 – 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President. 1824 – J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public. 1847 – 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland. 1849 – University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students. 1887 – Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation […]

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This Day In History

1743 – Philadelphia establishes  a ‘pesthouse’ to quarantine immigrants. 1834 – Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina. 1863 – Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia city newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise” 1882 – Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo. 1908 – Supreme Court rules […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County received $6,729 to help emergency management activities. Phil Allen, outgoing Tar Heel Rescue Chief, received a plaque for his service. Mayor Dan Meshaw of Clarkton was named chairman of the Wheels For Life Bike-A-Thon. Louie Vaught retired as Bladen County Board of Elections Supervisor. Share:

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1653 – New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York) 1802 – 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents) 1848 – 1st ship load of Chinese immigrants arrive in San Francisco. 1869 – James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade. 1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed. […]

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1788 – 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet. 1790 – US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC) 1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated. 1843 – Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America – The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens. 1862 […]

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1851 – American Gail Borden announces the invention of condensed milk. 1865 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1900 – The final report of the USA’s Philippine Commission is released, favoring territorial government for the island with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of […]

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This Day In History

1799 – Rep Mathew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a U.S. President. 1862 – USS […]

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1595 – William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” is thought to have been first performed. Officially published early 1597. 1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1834 – President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. 1845 – […]

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This Day In History

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina. 1878 – George W. Coy hired as first full-time telephone operator. 1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest […]

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1785 – First US state university in Athens, Georgia. 1870 – After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1926 – US Senate agrees to join […]

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Each week we feature an historical place in Bladen County. This week our featured place is Carver’s Creek Methodist Church. Carver’s Creek Methodist Church, also known as Carver’s Creek United Methodist Church, is a historic Methodist church located near Council, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1859, and is a frame Greek Revival-style […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Jimmy Green of Clarkton filed for the office of Governor of North Carolina. A large group of Bladen citizens converged upon Raleigh to support his efforts. His filing fee was paid from a “Green Box” with money donated by Bladen citizens. Jim Giles was named Bladen Board of Elections Supervisor. Edd Nye filed to regain […]

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1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as American’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1938 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States. 1871 – US income tax repealed. 1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F. Greene. 1907 – 1st […]

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1799 – 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont. 1819 – University of Virginia chartered by Commonwealth of Virginia, with Thomas Jefferson one of its founders. 1840 – American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent. 1970 – Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows. 1881 […]

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1776 – Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga. 1899 – Rubber heel for boots or shoes patented by American Humphrey O’Sullivan. 1908 – Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the […]

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1789 – Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded. 1845 – Uniform US election day for President & VP authorized. 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in the US to earn a medical degree. 1879 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Resulting murder trial of her husband perhaps only […]

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1842 – Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine. 1850 – Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in California. 1879 – James Shield (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota. 1889 – Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C. 1903 – […]

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1677 – 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox) published in Boston. 1846 – 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ newspaper “The Daily News” 1853 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S. Civil War) 1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile. 1908- “Sullivan Ordinance” is passed in NYC, making it […]

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1778 – 1st American military court martial trial in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1788 – Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Georgia. 1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor. 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. 1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1937 – 1st US Presidential […]

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This week we will be featuring Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church which is located near Clarkton. Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church, also known as Clarkton Presbyterian Church, is a historic Presbyterian church in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built between 1805 and 1828, and is a small frame pre-Greek Revival style building. It is the […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen Technical College announced that they were now offering a Notary Republic class for students. New officers for Masonic Lodge 646 of Elizabethtown were installed. The Elizabethtown Jaycees scheduled their annual Awards Banquet and announced that Carl Stewart would be the featured speaker. Rev. Ernie Gray was the guest speaker at the Gray Moss ABWA […]

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1825 – Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans. 1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina. 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1903 – 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England. 1915 – […]

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1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting. 1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston. 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1903 – The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts. 1911 – 1st shipboard landing […]

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1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen. 1963 – Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia. 1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1899 – US take possession of Wake Island in […]

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1493 – Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain. 1777 – Vermont declares independence from New York. 1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die. 1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. 1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil […]

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This Day In History

1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run. 1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana. 1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis. 1865 – Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops. 1870 – Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly. 1907 […]

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For the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the historical places in Bladen County and giving you information concerning them. This week we feature Walnut Grove near Tar Heel. Walnut Grove, also known as Robeson Plantation, is a historic plantation house complex and national historic district located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, […]

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1639 -1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow. 1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches” 1784 – US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Constitution ratifying the Treaty of Paris. 1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South. 1868 – North […]

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This Day In History

1630 – Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony. 1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina. 1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes. 1863 – Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC. 1893 – US Marines land in Honolulu from the USS […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County unemployment was at 16.7%. The Carvers Creek chapter of the NAACP held Jubilee Day. Fred Tate of Elizabethtown was presented a special award as treasurer of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina. West Point Pepperell began an expansion of their plant in Elizabethtown. Share:

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1773 – First public museum established in North American colonies (Charleston, SC) 1803 – US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson’s nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingston to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France. 1839 – Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. 1865 – Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher, NC. 1896 […]

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1759 – 1st American life insurance company incorporated. 1794 – U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth is killed in Augusta, Georgia, trying to serve court papers, first US marshal to die carrying out his duties. 1838 – First public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse […]

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By Erin Smith More than 1,719 pounds of raw pork sausage are being recalled by the J. H. Routh Packing Company of Sandusky, Ohio, due to possible contamination with rubber, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The products being recalled were produced between January 1 and January 4, […]

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1776 – “Common Sense” Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence. 1861 – Fort Jackson & Fort Philip are taken over by LA state troops (US Civil War) 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. 1901 – Oil discovered at Spindletop, Beaumont, making the start of the Texas oil boom (gusher age) 1911 […]

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1793 – 1st hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard. 1847 – 1st San Francisco newspaper published (California Star) 1848 – 1st commercial bank in San Francisco established. 1866 – Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee. 1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated […]

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1675 – 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co) 1790 – 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address. 1835 – US national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history. 1867 – African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Andrew […]

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1608 – Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia. 1714 – Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later) 1784 – 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia. 1890 – African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen. 1896 – Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook, “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” […]

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This Day In History

1639 – Virginia is first colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed. 1838 – The forerunner of Morse code, the telegraph system, is first demonstrated by Alfred Vail. 1853 – Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts. 1861 – NYC […]

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This Day In History

1775 – At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1792 – George Washington re-elected as US President. 1831 – Former US President John Q. Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives. 1848 – US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold […]

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1754 – Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC) 1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government. 1865 – New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street in New York City. 1885 – Dr. William Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy […]

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