This week in history... Feb. 17-24


Feb. 17-24, 1920

  • A yearly subscription to the Mount Olive Tribune was $1.50. The Tribune did not publish in 1921 and 1922 due to the Great Depression.
  • The Goldsboro Tobacco Board of Trade announced that during the month of January 1920, the sales of tobacco amounted to 399,241 pounds at an average cost of 36 cents per pound. Farmers received a total of $143,726.75.
  • Goldsboro baseball fans felt that a league composed of college players throughout the state would create more interest than one composed of professional players. Town officials agreed to arrange a meeting to discuss organization of an athletic association, and build a team of college players.

Feb. 17-24, 1950

  • The Mount Olive Rotary Club linked up with 7,000 other cities and towns in 82 countries worldwide to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the International Rotary organization.
  • Research by the U.S. Department of Commerce revealed the aggregate cost of the U.S. government — federal, state and local — rivaled food as the biggest single charge on the public’s purse in 1948. Total cost was $52.9 billion. Clothing and shelter numbers dropped significantly.
  • Clarence A. Roberts of Route 3, Mount Olive, earned a degree in architectural drafting from the National Trade School of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The Mount Olive boys’ basketball team finished 13-3 overall and runner-up to undefeated Fremont in conference play. Jimmy Benbow averaged a team-best 11.6 points per game. Peggy Wolfe knocked down 23.1 each game for the MO girls.

Feb. 17-24, 1980

  • VFW Auxiliary President Frances Powell presented good citizen awards to Gold Star Parents who attended a banquet. Parents recognized were Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Ballree, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Grantham, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hargrove, Mr. and Mrs. James Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Janie Odom, Mrs. Raymond Puckett, and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Tillman. Others honored not in attendance were Mrs. Della Dail, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Thigpen and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Winstead.
  • Cecil Exum kept his usual pace, scoring 35 points and pulling down 15 rebounds during Southern Wayne’s 75-53 win over Mideastern 4A rival Jacksonville. James Carlton added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Saints, who improved to 20-2 overall and secured the No. 2 seed for the season-ending conference tournament.


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