This week in history: May 11-17

May 11-17, 1945
  • The Duplin County Board of Commissioners appropriated $3,700 for control and prevention of forest fires within the county. Matching funds by the state gave the county a total of $12,000.
  • The Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. announced it was operating 320 miles of lines in a four-county radius on the 10th anniversary of the federal rural electrification program (REA). REA reported the number of electrified farms had increased to 750,000, which was roughly 10% of all United States farms in 1935.
  • Mount Olive resident Lem Newman was promoted from technician fifth grade to technician fourth grade by the commanding officer of the 453rd Bombardment group of the Eighth Air Force stationed in England. Newman worked in the base garage. He joined the Army in 1942.
  • Residents of Wayne County were encouraged to save waste paper to create “suits of armor” for 105mm shells that allowed the American forces to dominate on all battlefronts. It was estimated that the “average” household saved 10 pounds of waste per month that included old newspapers, wrapping paper and boxes.
May 11-17, 1956
  • The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution asking residents to pay a $1 sewer charge each month beginning with the new fiscal year that started July 1. A High Point engineering firm pointed out that a service fee would help retire approximately $670,000 in bonds which the town expected to issue for expanding water and sewer services.
  • Free Will Baptist Church officials from different communities in Wayne, Wilson and Greene counties presented a total of $22,000 to Mount Olive College President W. Burkette Raper during a short ceremony at his home on West James Street.
  • “Yes, it really runs” stated an ad about a used 1941 Ford Tudor on sale for $29.95 at Wilson Motor Co. in Mount Olive. Other bargains included a 1948 Ford Fordor for $150, a 1951 Ford Club Coupe for $195 and a 1951 Plymouth Tudor for $295.
  • The Mount Olive High School baseball team canceled the remainder of its schedule due to wet fields and upcoming end-of-year exams. Coach Dave McClenny said the teams would not play a home-and-away series against La Grange and a home game with Fremont.
May 11-17, 1967
  • Peach production in North Carolina was forecast at 700,000 bushels, 55% less than the previous year, according to the NC Crop Reporting Service. The organization said that beginning with this year’s crop, the official units of measure for peaches would be pounds and bushels.
  • Mount Olive College student-athletes Jackie Turlington and Marshall Utterson were recognized during the school’s first-ever athletic awards ceremony. Coaches selected Turlington as the most outstanding athlete for playing basketball, baseball and golf. Utterson, the low scorer on the golf team, received the most outstanding student-athlete award. The Trojan Club sponsored the event.
  • Southern Wayne, the East Central 2A baseball champion, fell to Pamlico, 11-3, in the opening round of the NC High School Athletic Association playoffs. Pamlico led 10-0 after two innings due to several SW defensive miscues. The Vikings concluded the year 16-3 overall.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins


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