This photo shows Center Street in Mount Olive when it was still a dirt road.
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Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 1922
Sam D. Byrd Department Store, in downtown Mount Olive, held an after-inventory sale that undoubtedly suited the consumer’s wallet and purse. Men’s dress pants, normally priced at $3.50 a pair, were marked down to $1.98. Quality work shorts were reduced to 79 cents and boys’ suits — corduroy Pony Boy brand — were on sale at $6.98. Ladies coats and suits were moved at “prices too low to mention,” and sweaters were marked down to $1.98.
The Great Tribune Automobile Prize Contest ended Jan. 28. The winner of the first grand prize, a 1922 Chevrolet Touring Car, was Mrs. A.K. Summerlin of Mount Olive. The second grand-prize winner of $200 was Mrs. Flora Waller of Mount Olive.
Stockholders of the Mount Olive Co-Operative Truckers Association, an organization of the truck growers of the Mount Olive-Calypso territory formed in 1921, held their first-ever meeting at city hall. President J.A. Smith called the meeting to order. The old corporation was resolved and a new charter was created.
Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 1945
Pvt. Doyle A. Grady, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Grady of Seven Springs, received the honor to wear “Boots And Wings” of the US Army Paratroops. He completed four weeks of jump training at Fort Benning, Georgia, at which time he made five jumps; the last was a tactical jump at night involving a combat problem on landing.
A local team comprised of businessmen defeated the Mount Olive Ramblers in a game played at the community center. The two teams raised $14.30 for infantile paralysis. J.A. Jones was high scorer with eight points on the businessmen’s team. Johnnie Johnson acted as referee.
General trends on southern farm products during the last week of January were higher on cattle hogs and uneven on fruits and vegetables. Tobacco prices were mostly steady to firm, except on Burley and Virginia fire cured markets. Three-fourths of the Burley crop were sold.
Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 1961
The 0.95 inches of snow which fell in the Mount Olive area quickly dissipated Monday under the beams of a bright and warm sunshine. The sleet, which was mixed with traces of freezing rain and snow, started about 7:40 a.m. Thursday. Mount Olive schools, along with others in Wayne County and North Carolina, were closed for two days. Several meetings were canceled and two motor vehicle accidents occurred with no reported injuries.
Sewers and knitters enjoyed a one-day sale at Belk-Tyler’s in Mount Olive. Spring Knight drip-dry cotton broadcloths were 59 cents a yard. “Northampton” little or no-iron cottons were 79 cents a yard. Sheer chiffon with rustling taffeta was sold for 99 cents a yard.
Students at Mount Olive High School and the elementary schools enjoyed hearty meals for the week that included hamburger with chili sauce, string beans, pork sausage patties, black-eye peas, vegetable soup and oven-fried fish.