Twenty-five years ago: record & Landmark, July 16-22, 1993

“The newest Long John Silver’s restaurant in Statesville, which officially opened July 1 in the Crossroads Shopping Center, will have a grand opening on July 17. The location employs up to 40 ‘team members.’ The E. Broad St. location how has a drive-thru facility as well.” (7/16)

“Western Avenue Baptist II defeated First Baptist-Davie Avenue 7-6. For Western, Butch Bell had two hits and homered and Mark Wardo, Rick McClure and Rick Grassly had two hits. For First, Doug Hendrix, Milton Auman and Jeff Jones had two hits.” (7/18)

“John Karriker will be the featured speaker at the meeting of the Genealogical Society of Iredell July 20. Karriker, who is co-author of a book which he and Doris Chandler published on the Brawley family, will tell about his research and compilation of this family history.” (7/19)

61st convention of VFW Ladies Auxiliary @ Greensboro: “Pansie Peterson of Statesville VFW Auxiliary, was named the Auxiliary Member of the Year, and Shirley Bleasdale was named second runner-up President of the Year, both well deserved presentations.” (7/20)

Jack King, Statesville city manager: “The N.C. General Assembly ‘knocked out the $6.5 million capital budget appropriation this week’ that would have funded a regional livestock exhibiting center which was strongly being considered for the West Iredell area.” (7/21)

Observation deck at Statesville Airport finished: “People visiting the airport might get a chance get see their favorite NASCAR driver. Dale Earnhardt, Ken Schrader, Harry Gatton, Ricky Rudd and Michael Waltrip all have planes at the airport.” (7/22)

Fifty years ago: Record & Landmark, July 16-22, 1968

County govt. salaries increased due new minimum wage of $1.60 an hour: “The board set a minimum scale as follows: beginning salary $271 per month; at the end of six months, $284; at the end of 12 months, $298, and after that based on merit increases.” (7/16)

Hockos win city rec summer basketball regular season title over pre-season favorite Lions: “The Hockos paced by Vaughn Sprinkle’s 32 and Tommy Guy’s 25 were too much for the Lions combination of Ernie Pope with 16 and Mark Johnson with 13.” [Hockos 6-0.] (7/17)

“Over 60 Argentine exchange students will arrive here at midnight to live in homes in the area for a week. They will be visiting until July 24 when they board buses for Florida on the last leg of their journey home.” (7/18)

Southern Bell official talks future of phones: “People will be using code telephone numbers to set their ovens, lawn sprinklers and to do many things. Picture phones are in use in Chicago, Washington and New York. Three-way telephone conversations are coming.” (7/19)

Obit James Edward Archie, 76: “A veteran of World War I, he was born April 23, 1892. He was a retired employe of Mooresville Mills. Surviving are his wife, five sons, four daughters, 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two half-brothers and three half-sisters.” (7/20)

“Iredell County farmers are selling some of their wheat to the federal government for storage but it does not appear that large quantities will be sold. H.S. Kennedy estimated around 20,000 bushels.” [local head Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service: ASCS] (7/22)

Seventy-five years ago: Statesville Daily Record, July 16-22, 1943

Pfc. Mitchell Hooper receives guitar strings from parents: “He claims that the tunes of good old American songs attract much attention. He is well and happy in spite of things being pretty hot in that area. He tells of the long nights and the water all around them.” (7/16)

“Dora and Minda Hall are employed by the Asheville Mica Company project, according to Miss Nell Ranson, special case worker for the blind. The company found that totally blind people could sort mica by touch better than those who could see.” [used in electronics] (7/17)

“Staff Sergeant John Saville Huggins was stationed with the 125th Infantry at Camp Ord and had been in the service for 2 ½ years. Following the death of his mother he made his home with his aunt, Mrs. W.L. Williams and attended Statesville schools.” [died California] (7/19)

“Lt. David M. Spencer is now wearing silver bombardier wings. While the actual number of graduates with David is a military secret, there are enough, according to officials to level a great German city in a single block-buster raid.” [Called “Hell from Heaven Men”] (7/20)

“Lester S. Sipes of the United States Navy has just completed his ‘boot’ training and is spending a nine-day leave with his wife, the former Miss Mabel Hager. His little six-months old son, Jerry, was a bit awed of his sailor father and did not recognize him at first.” (7/21)

WAC Virginia Isenhour home on leave: “The WACs are now driving all vehicles up to two and one-half ton trucks. Of these machines Mrs. Isenhour stated that the jeep is her favorite, as it will drive over anything and if put in over drive will pull out of sand axle-deep.” (7/22)

One hundred years ago: Landmark, July 16 and 19, 1918

“Misses Lucy Niblock and Addie Phifer, both of Cool Spring community, have gone to Washington to take government positions.” (7/16)

Miss Annie Mills hosts Mooresville Maids and Matrons’ Club: “The afternoon was spent in the pleasant pastime of knitting squares for a bedspread which will be sent to the “Sammies’ when completed.” (7/16)

Richard L. Mitchell, US Aviation School, Austin, TX: “There are 12 North Carolina men here. My grandmother generally sends me The Landmark and we sure enjoy it. This is not as far as France, but it’s still a long way from home.” [Raymond Allison at same base.] (7/16)

Jennings: “Won’t it be a glorious and glad day in this country, when the war is ended, victory won, the enemy of civilization crushed and our boys take up the sweet refrain of home sweet home, as they turn their faces this way and come back to receive the fond embrace and tender welcome of mother and wife and home and country?” (7/19)

“Something like two months ago Mothers Club of Statesville undertook to raise a fund among the ladies of town and country to be used purchase milk for the Belgian babies who are starving for the lack of it. The response was generous, $277.23 being contributed.” [A Bethany township group raised $29 and all was sent. Belgian diplomat to US sends thanks.] (7/19)

One hundred twenty-five years ago: Landmark, July 20, 1893

New mail boxes coming: “In reply to a request for two additional street letter boxes, the Postoffice Department notified Postmaster Boshamer that the box will be furnished on condition that the transportation, putting up and keeping the boxes in repair and collecting the mail from the same is without cost to the department. The postmaster was aware when he made the request that the expense would have to come out of his salary.”

“Marshal T.J. Allison and daughter, Miss Carrie, and two sons, Willie and Edgar, returned last Thursday from their trip to Chicago and other points. Mr. Allison has favored The Landmark with an account of their trip and the fair that will be very interesting to our readers.”

“Work on the Statesville Cotton Mill is progressing nicely. The building is about ready for the roof, which will be put on next week. The tin for the roof, which has been ordered and is on the way, cost $1,600. The main building of the mill will be completed early in September.”

“The court house fence is being put up this week. A gate has been made convenient for an exit from the court house yard into barroom alley.”

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