05/19/2019
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
  • 12:57 am Three Bladen Players Named All-Three Rivers Tennis
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This Day In History

1506 – Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1857 – Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Kendrick Hester retires as chief of the Bladen County ASCS Office. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Elizabethtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. WTVD was running a promotion film featuring White Lake. The Bladen County blueberry crop was termed “excellent.” Blueberry farmers estimated that the crop would garner around $6.12 million of income. Share:

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1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: Following a […]

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1733 – Great Britain passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions. 1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established. 1877 – Edwin T. […]

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1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins. 1866 – US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime) 1891 – George A. Hormel & […]

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1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts. 1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1896 – Tornado kills 78 in Texas. 1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada. 1916 – Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the […]

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1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution. 1804 – Meriwether Lewis & William Clark’s expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St. Louis for Pacific Coast. 1853 – Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and investor, patents his process for condensed milk. 1878 – Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S.Patent […]

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1607 – English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia. 1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins. 1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat” 1911 – NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st) 1913 […]

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1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette) 1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1865 – Last land action of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas. 1888 – Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale. 1902 – 140,000 miners of […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Commander Glenn Batten of Clarkton was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. Carolyn Kelly was elected President of the Elizabethtown Jaycettes. Marilyn Butler of Bladenboro was elected May Queen at Peace College. Judge Giles Clark was elected Boss Of The Year by the Elizabethtown ABWA. Share:

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1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. 1752 – First US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia. 1850 – Work starts on first brick building in San Francisco. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace. 1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated. 1924 – Pulitzer Prize […]

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1652 – John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia. 1752 – Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment. 1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal […]

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1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War. 1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary lawn mower in […]

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1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having the J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was Principal at Bladenboro High School. A Spring Camporee for the Boy Scout of America was being held at Camp Bowers in Live Oak. DuPont announced that they were starting a large expansion at the plant on the Bladen-Cumberland […]

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1789 – First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington, in NYC) 1840 – Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 137. 1877 – Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term “Bullpen” to indicate foul territory. 1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer. 1914 – US Congress […]

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1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent) 1837 – John Deere creates the first steel plow. 1851 – Dr. John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine” 1896 – Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on […]

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1816 – American Bible Society organized in New York. 1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio) 1893 – Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange. 1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco. 1920 – US President Woodrow Wilson makes […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having their J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was the principal of Bladenboro High School. The Boy Scouts of America were having their Spring Jamboree at Camp Bowers located in Live Oak. The DuPont Company, located on the Bladen-Cumberland line, announced a large expansion. The Clarkton High […]

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1780 – American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members. 1805 – Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx. 1846 – US state Michigan ends death penalty. 1883 – John Gordon Cashman publishes 1st edition “Vicksburg Evening Post” (Mississippi) 1904 – […]

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1765 – 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1830 – 1st regular steam train passenger service starts. 1861 – Lincoln ask for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen. 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields” 1921 – West Virginia imposes […]

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1863 – Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men. 1865 – US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis. 1885 – “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published. 1890 – Territory of Oklahoma created. 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright. 1916 – US […]

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1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins. 1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1937 – […]

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1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1803 – Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of $15 million, doubles the size of the USA. 1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory […]

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1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr. are 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1894 – The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey’s Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to […]

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1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office. 1818 – US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico. 1919 – […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake community was preparing for the Water Festival which was scheduled for May 12-13. Bladen County officials announced that there were 37 construction permits valued at $1,268,549 approved in Bladen County for January, 1984. The citizens of Clarkton and Bladenboro were waiting for Bladen County Cablevision to come on line. Federal Paper Company […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Steamboat “USS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home. 1877 – Rutherford B. […]

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1607 – Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site. 1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US. 1865 – Confederate General […]

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1684 – A patent was granted for the thimble. 1846 – The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texans’ southern boundary at the Rio Grande River. 1860 – The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, D.C. They remained […]

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1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1907 – Hershey Park, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use […]

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1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded. 1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York. 1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC. 1861 – Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War) 1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY […]

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1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1898 – US President […]

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1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1974 – New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The East Bladen High School Band received a superior rating by the North Carolina Band Master’s Association. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad responded to 66 calls during the previous month. Sonya Nance of Bladenboro was a finalist in the Miss North Carolina U.S. Teen Pageant. Doug Smith of Tar Heel High School threw a no-hitter against […]

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  1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation of Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: […]

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1775 – Paul Revere and William Davies ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1865 – Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. 1840 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100. 1890 – NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing […]

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1492 – Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the “Indies” with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism.  This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered. 1704 – First successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell. 1864 – Battle of […]

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1789 – George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration.   1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (US Civil War)   1881 – In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.   1900 – US Post Office issues 1st book of postage stamps.   1922 – Annie Oakley […]

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1817 – 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)   1861 – Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln (US Civil War)   1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.   1878 – Harley Procter […]

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1818 – US Medical Corps forms. 1828 – First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication. 1863 – William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press. 1865 – US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington. 1902 – J.C. Penny opens his first store, The Golden […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

A clogging class was being taught by Phyllis Miller of Clarkton. The United Sisters of Bladen County presented a check in the amount of $2,036.73 to the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad. There was a Bike-A-Thon scheduled for Elizabethtown. Polly Gooden was crowned Bladen County Junior Miss. Share:

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1796 – First elephant arrives in US from India. 1865 – Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces. 1869 – Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse) 1883 – US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism. 1904 – US Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin. 1911 – The US […]

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1776 – Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina. 1861 – Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War. 1869 – North Carolina legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan Law. 1900 – The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 […]

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1783 – Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction. 1890 – Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station. 1898 – President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration. 1900 – The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland […]

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1790 – US Patent system forms. 1816 – 2nd Bank of US chartered. 1841 – New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley. 1849 – Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC) sold rights for $400. 1869 – Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9. 1917 – Munition factory explosion […]

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1833 – 1st US tax-supported public-library in Peterborough, New Hampshire.   1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant (US Civil War)   1866 – Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.   1872 – Samuel R. Percy patents […]

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1838 – Steamship “Great Western” makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England to New York. 1862 – John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser. 1869 – American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City. 1879 – Milk sold in glass bottles for 1st time. 1910 – 1st race at the Playa Del Ray Motordrome […]

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1798 – Mississippi Territory organized. 1863 – Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter. 1891 – Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day. 1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms. 1919 – 1st parcel of land is purchased for Cleveland Metroparks. 1922 – Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, […]

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1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company. 1860 – Joseph Smith III, creates the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by reorganizing the previous church organized by his father, Joseph Smith, Jr. 1893 – Andy Bowen & Jack Burke box 7 hours, 19 minutes to no decision (111 rounds) […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Women’s Basketball Player Of The Year Was Sharon McDowell of East Bladen High School. New telephone service is brought to Elizabethtown by Carolina Telephone. The budget for the Bladen County Board of Education was $3,511,546. A new Maxway store opened in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Old Trinity Methodist Church. Trinity Methodist Church, also known as Old Trinity Methodist Church, is a historic Methodist church and national historic district located at Broad and Lower Streets in Elizabethtown, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built about 1848, and […]

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1621 – Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England. 1768 – 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC) 1792 – George Washington casts 1st presidential veto. 1862 – Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia ends (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War) 1923 – Firestone Tire and […]

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1789 – 1st US Congress begins regular sessions during George Washington’s presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791) 1818 – Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars. 1850 – City of Los Angeles incorporated. 1862 – Peninsular Campaign, launched in southeastern Virginia, aimed at capturing Richmond during US […]

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1776 – George Washington receives honorary LI.D. degree from Harvard College. 1848 – Thomas Douglas becomes 1st public teacher in San Francisco. 1882 – American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph. 1910 – Highest mountain in North America, Alaska’s Mr. McKinley claimed to have been 1st climbed by […]

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1819 – 1st successful agricultural journal (“American Journal”) first publishes. 1927 – US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils. 1866 – US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia. 1877 – 1st Easter egg roll held on White […]

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1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the “$” symbol. 1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine” 1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto giving all equal rights in US. 1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago) 1891 – […]

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1736 – Bellevue Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse – 1st public hospital in the US. 1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%) 1880 – First town to claim to be completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, Indiana) 1889 – Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris.  Built for the Exposition […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present South River Presbyterian Church. South River Presbyterian Church is a historic Presbyterian church located near Garland, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built between 1855 and 1857, and is a one-story, rectangular frame Greek Revival-style church. It has a pedimeted roof […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

East Bladen High School boy’s basketball team won the North Carolina Class 3A State Championship with a 63-54 victory over West Caldwell. Leon Cromartie was the game’s MVP. Cromartie made 9 of 15 shots for 18 points. East Bladen shot 56.8% for the game. The East Bladen golf team had a record of 6-0. The […]

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1822 – Congress combines East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1842 – Ether used as an anesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long (Georgia) 1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1870 – 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to […]

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1806 – Construction is authorized off the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway. 1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam. 1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours […]

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1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1845 – Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show On Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey. 1885 – US Salvation Army officially organized. 1922 – 1st microfilm device introduced. 1924 […]

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1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene. 1863 – American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer. 1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal. 1866 – US Presidents Andrew Johnson vetoes […]

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1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency. 1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of Band-Aid. 1872 – Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher. 1885 – Eastman Film Co. manufacturers 1st commercial motion picture film. 1910 – US forbids immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick. 1926 – The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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