This week in history: June 8-14

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June 8-14, 1940
  • While trying to find a suitable fishing spot, Deputy Sheriff Robert Matthews accidentally discovered a 50-gallon whiskey still outfit built inside a cave along the Neuse River in the Indian Springs township. The still was not in operation at the time of discovery, but Matthews did destroy 540 gallons of mash.
  • Hail, accompanied by a strong wind and driving rain, destroyed tobacco, cotton and corn crops in sections of Wayne and Wilson counties. Farmers in a two-mile stretch west of Mount Olive lost several crops. One resident estimated the storm wiped out between 50 to 75% of his tobacco fields.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) instituted a three-point program to assist farmers in the production of tobacco and cotton. The USDA stressed food for man and beast, more fertile soil and a balance of cash crops with livestock widely adapted in the state.
  • The Mount Olive chapter of the American Red Cross held a community-wide meeting to launch its local drive to raise $500 to aid European war sufferers.
June 8-14, 1950
  • Joan Summerlin was named president of the Mount Olive Teenage Club. Other officers elected were Barbara Smith (vice president), Ann Honeycutt (secretary) and William Buckalew (treasurer).
  • Motorists who had two 1950 license plates on their vehicle were asked to contact the NC Department of Motor Vehicles if the paint is peeling on one or both. There was no cost for replacement tags.
  • Town of Mount Olive officials were expected to issue bonds to extend its water and sewer facility and also proposed to extend the city limits. If the bonds were approved, they would total $400,000. Residents living in the proposed annexed area were the only voters allowed to cast a ballot.
  • More than 350 residents received aid from the Duplin County chapter of the American Red Cross from May 1949 through April 1950. According to executive secretary Laura K. Boney, a total of 161 were veterans and 187 were active in military service.
June 8-14, 1960
  • Albert Farah, commander of Mount Olive American Legion Post 103, announced officers for 1960-61. Members installed were David Van Smith (first vice commander), Floyd Andrews (second vice commander), Carroll Williams (third vice commander), Bill Stevens (adjutant), S.M. Davis (chaplain), E.H. Herring (sergeant at arms), Elmer Brock (service officer) and Wendel Weeks (historian).
  • Belk Tyler’s of Mount Olive offered half slips for $1.87 during its Wednesday morning special. The garment originally cost $2.99.
  • A three-point program for farm safety was introduced by the Public Health Service after North Carolina recorded 10.3% of farm deaths from blows during the period of 1949-57. North Carolina ranked fifth with 21.4% of deaths associated with drowning. The three points were “face the fact that hazards exist, remove hazards that can be removed and recognize that living among many hazards is a necessity.”

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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