This week in history: Jan. 20-27


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Jan. 20-27, 1915

Gentlemen searching for a new spring suit searched for bargains of all kinds during a sale at Mt. Olive Clothing & Fur Co. in downtown Mount Olive. It was the store gentlemen could “always rely on” to find the best selection and prices.

The First National Bank of Mount Olive reported in a Statement of Condition to its shareholders that it received $181,346.32 in resources and liabilities. W.E. Borden served as president at the time. J.B. Oliver was vice president, M.T. Breazeale was cashier and T.R. Thigpen was assistant cashier.

Jan. 20-27, 1930
  • Henry Parker accepted the position of expert painter and trimmer with Hatcher-Smith Motor Co. in downtown Mount Olive. The company built an up-to-date paint shop to assure its customers of first-class paint service. Smith Motor Co. used only Duco paint and was an authorized Duco refinisher.
  • The Confederate Greys Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy had an unusually interesting and delightful meeting at the home of Mrs. R.C. Kornegay with Mrs. Francis Kornegay as joint hostess. President Mrs. Wooten Oliver presented a Cross of Service to Mrs. John Lofton for her son, Frank, in recognition of his service during the world war.
Jan. 20-27, 1950
  • W.P. Martin, member of the Mount Olive Board of Education, resigned due to health reasons. W.T. Cherry, a local insurance agent, filled Martin’s position. Cherry served as a deacon in the Baptist church, was a former local alderman and participated in many civic causes.
  • One of 10 semifinalists, Thomas Mitchell Byrd of Mount Olive participated in the Student Forum for Safety conducted by radio stations WPTF (Raleigh), WBT (Charlotte) and WBIG (Greensboro). American Mutual Liability Insurance Company sponsored the forum and awarded scholarships that ranged from $100 to $1,000 to the college of the winning student’s choice.
  • Mount Olive defeated Newton Grove 36-31 in girls’ basketball and 49-25 in boys’ basketball. Peggy Wolfe led the way for Mount Olive with 21 points. Mary Dell Sutton scored eight points. Jimmy Benbow had 23 points for the Mount Olive boys, who improved to 6-1 overall.


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