Twenty-five years ago: Record & Landmark, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1993

Photos: “Renovations are well underway on the former Sherrill-White Building, 102 W. Broad St. Once completed the building will house the law offices of Mattox & Mallory. The old display windows and the awning have been removed.” [Sherrill-White Shoe Co.] (8/27)

South Iredell 21 Newton-Conover 0: “Newton-Conover held a 180-173 margin in rushing yardage and a 38-16 advantage in passing yards but the Vikings held the margin in the one statistical category where it counts the most – points scored.” (8/29)

“The anticipated average prices per gallon for self-serve regular unleaded gas in North Carolina during the Labor Day weekend is $1.061 per gallon, 3.9 cents less than the national average and 2.7 cents less than the North Carolina prices during the July 4th holiday.” (8/30)

NC General Assembly: “What the legislators did was to give 50 of North Carolina’s 100 counites the ability to offer ‘jobs tax credits’ to new industry if they would locate in one of those 50 counties. Iredell is not among the 50 counties.” (8/31)

Photo: “The Royal Ambassadors of Diamond Hill Baptist Church and their counselors have placed a sign announcing the future home of their church at a new site on E. Broad St. Extension.” [The date for construction to begin had not been set.] (9/1)

Coy C. Privette to speak Southside Baptist Church Mooresville: “A native of Statesville, he represented N.C. Baptists on the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for eight years and served four terms in the N.C. House of Representatives.” (9/2)

Fifty years ago: Record & Landmark, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1968

Artists’ Guild see slides of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: “Miss Louise Gilbert, president of the guild, brought back a number of slides, along with her sketchbook and she also had on display a number of paintings she had completed since her return.” (8/27)

“Cpl. Jimmie L. Parker, Third U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School, has become the first man to achieve the perfect score of 500 points on the Physical Combat Proficiency Test. Parker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Parker and a 1964 graduate of Unity High School.” (8/28)

New York: “Mrs. Alvin L. Morrison of Statesville, N.C., has been elected a member of the United Methodist Board of Missions. Mrs. Morrison will represent the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.” (8/29)

Intra-squad scrimmages: “Three White teams were able to defeat the Blue teams, as Iredell’s ‘Big Four’ got together to unveil their 1968 football editions. An estimated 600 persons turned out for the ‘Pigskin Preview.’” [Only North Iredell’s Blue team won.] (8/30)

“Don Coffey, manager of the Villa Heights Drive-In Theater, was honored this week for ‘meritorious showmandising’ by Boxoffice magazine. The Citation of Honor was awarded on the basis of his promotions at Villa Heights Theater during June and July of this year.” (8/31)

“PFC Lonnie Charles Laws, 20, was killed in action in Vietnam Sunday. The officer told the family that more details would be provided later. Laws was with the Sixth Infantry Division and went to Vietnam on July 30. He was drafted in February.” (9/2)

Seventy-five years ago: Statesville Daily Record, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1943

“The local War Price and Ration board now is authorized to waive prescribed waiting periods in handling applications for replacements of lost or stolen ration books where necessary to avoid ‘extreme hardship’, D.L. Raymer, board chairman, announced today.” (8/27)

Classified ad: “LOST – Brown wallet containing valuable Navy leave papers, credentials, currency, on streets last night. Liberal Reward. Telephone 775.” (8/28)

Jane H. Crow, home demonstration agent for Statesville & Mooresville: “Miss Crow stated that 2,000 gardens were cultivated in the cities, and 700 fall gardens have been started. The estimated value of food eaten from victory gardens in the two towns is $30,000.00.” (8/30)

“Pfc. Roy A. Robbins has taken over the pressing department in the laundry at the naval air base at South Weymouth, Mass. Robbins was employed at Sloan’s Cleaners and Dyers for over ten years before his re-enlistment in the marines a year ago.” (8/31)

“With only half of the August quota of dressings realized thus far, and with materials for September and October work already on hand, Mrs. Andrew D. Milstead, chairman of the Red Cross Surgical Dressing Rooms, made an appeal to Statesville women to contribute their aid to the worthy and all important cause so that it will not lag here.” (9/1)

“First Lieutenant W.W. Holland, Jr., has been promoted to squadron bombardier from flight bombardier. Lieutenant Holland has 41 flights to his credit and with only nine more to go for that coveted ‘50’ he will shortly be due a home leave, from service in Tunisia.” (9/2)

One hundred years ago: Landmark, Aug. 27 and 30, 1918

Harmony: “Otis Baggarly, who is ‘Somewhere in France,’ writes his home people here, that he has gone out ‘Over the Top’ and he had the same thought as Sherman did: That ‘War is Hell’!” [“Over the Top” meant to leave your trench & attack across “No Man’s Land”.] (8/27)

Steele reunion: “A long table was prepared, on which a sumptuous dinner was spread. They forgot to Hooverize that day!” [Herbert Hoover headed food conservation efforts.] (8/27)

“Private George Dewey Johnson writes his father, Mr. M.W. Johnson, that he had ‘just been to the front, fighting for six days but came away all safe.’ The letter was dated July 25th.” (8/27)

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone: “The party left Asheville Wednesday afternoon with Washington as their destination. The party made a brief stop in Statesville yesterday at the garage of the Carolina Motor Company. Although the stop was brief the residents of the business section were alive to the presence of the celebrities.” (8/30)

“Mrs. Herbert A. French has received a telegram announcing the safe arrival overseas of her husband. Rev. Mr. French will engage in Y.M.C.A. work in France.” (8/30)

“Relatives of Mr. W.E. Nattress have been advised of his safe arrival overseas. Mr. Nattress is engaged in Y.M.C.A. work.” (8/30)

One hundred twenty-five years ago: Landmark, Aug. 31, 1893

“Last Monday’s storm was severe in Statesville and the county. Much damage was done to crops and many bridges were washed away. In Statesville 4.35 inches of rain fell and Mr. J.A.D. Stephenson, who keeps the record, says it was the hardest all day’s rain we have had since September, 1882. The expense to the county in repairing and rebuilding bridges will be heavy and the loss to farmers cannot be estimated.”

“Mr. D.E Troutman, watchman at Bostian’s bridge, found embedded in the sand at the edge of the creek, Wednesday of last week, a lady’s gold watch and chain. It was found on the west side of the creek, just where the sleeper went down into the water. The watch is supposed to be the property of Mrs. Frank H. White, of Memphis, Tenn., who perished in the wreck.” [The article included an ad for such a watch, from her husband, which ran in The Landmark shortly after the wreck on August 27, 1891.]

“Mr. R.H. Gray, of Shiloh township, raised some broom corn this year, and a few days ago brought in a wagon load of it to Mr. J.B. Watson, of Statesville, who will work up the raw material into brooms. The manufacture of any article at home that has hitherto been brought from aboard, is a step forward in progress and prosperity.”

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