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Twenty-five years ago: Record & Landmark, Nov. 5-11, 1993

Photo: “Dozens of people in southern and western Iredell saw a strange sight in the sky around 4 a.m. Wednesday, but the unidentified flying object turned out to the something quite familiar. The Blockbuster Video blimp was headed for the Statesville Airport.” (11/5)

Excerpt from “Library Events” column: “Due to numerous requests received and in an effort to preserve the Iredell County Public service philosophy, the library is now providing a personal computer featuring WordPerfect software for public use.” (11/7)

From the 1993 North Carolina Agricultural Statistics booklet: “Iredell County leads the state and the nation and, perhaps, the world in the production of hatching eggs. Iredell ranks in the top spot in N.C. in both total cattle on farms and total dairy cows.” (11/8)

“South Iredell’s Vikings used a 97-yard kickoff return and a 43-yard interception return as the big plays on Monday to defeat North Iredell, 22-0, in the regular season football finale for both schools. South Iredell will now host a first round game in the state 3-A playoffs.” (11/9)

“The 1993 20th anniversary WSOC-TV National Balloon Rally saw many changes – a new site, a major name sponsor and a profit. The event, held on Sept. 17-19 at the VanHoy Farms Family Campground, realized a net profit of $25,000.” (11/10)

Obit Bristol Lee Rash, 75: “He was a retired self-employed painting contractor, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. He was a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, and the American Legion Post in Troutman.” (11/11)

Fifty years ago: Record & Landmark, Nov. 5-11, 1968

“Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church, located just off NC 115 near Harmon’s Quail Hatchery, will be scene of an auction sale at 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be conducted by H. Buford York and Larry Hedrick. Proceeds will go to the church building fund.” (11/5)

Election Day 1968: “Of 31,322 eligible, 24,545 voters cast ballots in the presidential race. Nixon took this county with 10,552 votes. Wallace was a fairly close second with 9,118, and Humphrey trailed with 4,875.” (11/6)

Photo: “John Benfield, owner and manager of Benfield’s TV and Appliance Center, was designated as the outstanding RCA dealer in Western North Carolina. Ernie Williams, RCA sales representative, is shown presenting Benfield with a new Polaroid Land camera.” (11/7)

“The annual turkey supper of the Central Volunteer Fire Department is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The proceeds from the turnout of turkey gourmets will go into the general fund of the fire department for purchasing necessary equipment.” (11/8)

South Rowan 14 Statesville 0: “Coach Lope Linder’s South Rowan eleven limited the Greyhounds’ ground attack from both the T and single wing to a net of 19 yards rushing and used ball control tactics when it counted most in grinding out the victory.” (11/9)

“A swirling snowfall blanketed the landscape here Saturday night with an inch of icy snow. If little boys with sleds had rising hopes, they were soon washed away as rising temperatures changed the falling snow into .87 inches or rain and slush.” (11/11)

Seventy-five years ago: Statesville Daily Record, Nov. 5-11, 1943

“Rev. Herman R. Nicholson, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Nicholson, is a Navy chaplain and is in foreign service with the coast guard. He was serving a Methodist church near Lenoir before he entered the armed forces.” (11/5)

Local salvage drive: “L.M. (Red) Gaither, chief of the Statesville Fire Department, stated that his department would take care of the collection of old rags and Manila rope. Persons having old rags and rope should bring this material to the fire house on Center street.” (11/6)

“Apprentice Seaman J. Allan Suther was assigned to training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois and writes that he is hard at work and learning to be a member of Uncle Sam’s great Navy. ‘This place is cold and winter is yet to come.’” (11/8)

“Sgt. Alan Kyles who has been stationed at Fort Jackson was home over the week-end and stated that he expects any day to be sent to a port of embarkation. He was accompanied by his wife who has been living near the post.” (11/9)

“Private Lawrence Stroud, of Harmony, is now in Italy according to letters coming to his parents. Private Stroud is attached to the infantry and is with a machine gun squadron. He has been in the service 14 months and was recently transferred to Italy from Sicily.” (11/10)

“Master Sergeant William M. Speaks has in all likelihood reached a destination overseas by now. His mother received a card from the War Department recently advising here where to send his mail. His wife is at present staying with her aunt, of Washington, D.C.” (11/11)

One hundred years ago: Landmark, Nov. 5 and 8, 1918

Private Carl Alexander, Piedmont Battery: “I have been at the front for quite awhile, been in several big battles, been in gas and all other degrees of war, and am feeling well. We surely have the Huns on the run. It is some sport.” [field artillery] (11/5)

Fred Wilson wounded Sept. 29: “His right leg shoulder and foot, and left leg were badly torn up and he was taken to a hospital in England. He with five other soldiers were in a shell hole when he was wounded and he was the only one who survived.” (11/5)

“Corporal Jas. D. Morrison, in France with the 30th Division, writes his parents that he was gassed October 8th and was in a hospital, but expected to be out of the hospital soon.” (11/5)

Private Mike Bradley: “To show you how narrow some of my escapes were, another fellow and myself got in an old shell-hole to keep out of the way of flying fragments of shell and machine gun bullets. We saw an old broken-down tank so my buddy says, ‘Let’s move over behind it,’ and we did, and I’ll give you my word we had not been out of that shell-hole more than a minute when it was struck right in the center with an eight-inch high explosive.’” (11/8)

Maj. Campbell describes a battlefield: “‘The land is indeed a wilderness of barren, shell-pitted fields, shattered tree-stumps and ruined, obliterated villages and towns. In many places large areas show the effects of gas – dead vegetation.’” (11/8)

One hundred twenty-five years ago: Landmark, Nov. 9, 1893

“The Statesville Cotton Mill building is now complete, the ground to occupied by the tenement houses is being cleared off, streets laid off, lumber hauled and work will begin on these buildings forthwith. The engineer reported about 2,500 spindles and 75 looms would probably be got in operation by early spring and work will be started at once to accomplish that end.”

“Water was turned into the cistern of the Mooresville Cotton Mills Friday evening, but on account of leakage it will be some time in filling. Workmen are now busily engaged putting up hangers, shafting, pulleys, &c., and all the heavy machinery connected with the motor power is in proper place and boilers encased in brick. It is expected to begin work by the first of the year.”

“Messrs. D.C. Rufty & Co. last week moved their stock of groceries from their stand on Broad street to the new Cooper block on Center street. The Cooper block is now all occupied. The occupants are Messrs. Poston Bros. & Neill, general merchandise; Messrs. Rufty & Co., groceries; Messrs. Cooper & Williams, saloon; Mr. W.M. Cooper, office; Cheap John Racket store; and the armory of the Iredell Blues, in the second story, over Messrs. Rufty & Co.”

“Remember the oyster supper for the benefit of the Blues to-morrow night.”

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