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25 years ago Record & Landmark, Nov. 18-24, 1994

Nov. 17 picture caption correction: “The picture was not of Lowe’s Distribution Center but of a Lowe’s warehouse/super store. It will be five times larger than the existing Lowe’s warehouse at 1901 E. Broad St.” [Plans for distribution center incomplete] (11/18)

“Jantzen, Inc., has announced that it will close its Statesville sweater manufacturing plant within 90 days. Jantzen will discontinue its menswear lines to concentrate on the company’s rapidly expanding women’s swimwear and sportswear businesses.” [320 jobs] (11/20)

“Grading at the new Depot site will probably begin within the next week or two, and the Depot will be moved again. DSDC Manger Dwight Bassett is currently working with engineers in reference to the foundation and footings for the 84-year-old structure.” (11/21)

Sharpe House: “Dr. Ralph Bentley presented a request to the council from Mrs. Katharine Knox and Sarah Nooe to accept title to the historically significant property. The maintenance and upkeep on the property will be maintained by Mrs. Knox and, later, by her estate.” (11/22)

NIHS 84 Providence Day 81: “The two teams played on virtually even terms from start to finish. North Iredell rallied with a 28-24 margin in the final period to pull out the three-point win.” [Keith Lawson 19 points, Chad Ford & Jerry Smith 15 each, Raymond Turner 10] (11/23)

Lowe’s FreshSmart grocery to open at Crossroads Shopping Center Jan. 1995: “With a 40-foot ceiling some call ‘cathedral’, the FreshSmart section is a large, open area where customers can mill around and shop European style.” (11/24)

50 years ago: Record & Landmark Nov. 18-24, 1969

“Renovating existing space to provide adequate facilities for the district courts, which go into operation next year, was main concern last night of county commissioners but a problem of mounting pending criminal cases in the Superior Court was also up for discussion.” (11/18)

Laura Cole, Richard Nixon, Apollo 12: “In the tense half hour before launch the girls joined softly in the singing of patriotic and Girl Scout songs. The President sent a secret service man to tell the Girl Scouts how much the President had enjoyed their singing.” (11/19)

“Damage to property in the Statesville area due to the earth tremor around 8 o’clock last night was light, according to spokesmen for eight insurance agencies. Only one reported being contacted about damage caused by the five to eight second duration tremor.” (11/20)

Harmony Men’s Club sponsoring chicken BBQ & open house at Harmony Elementary: “Proceeds will go for the purchase of uniforms for the Harmony football team. The open house will be held at the new elementary school facility recently occupied.” (11/21)

“B.V. Smawley, principal of Mooresville Junior High, was in Raleigh for a sub-committee meeting of the State Advisory Committee on School Athletics and Activities.” [Belus Van Smawley, Appalachian State & pro basketball player; early user of jump shot] (11/22)

“‘Go’ is the word for the arrival of Santa Claus in Statesville this afternoon and Mooresville Tuesday. The back-to-back parades herald the arrival of the Christmas shopping season to the two communities.” (11/24)

75 years ago Statesville Daily Record Nov. 18-22 and 24, 1944“Boatswain’s Mate 1/c Billy A, Moore, returned to this country aboard his ship, the light cruiser USS Philadelphia, known to her crew as ‘the Galloping Ghost of the Sicilian Coast’ and ‘Little Spitfire.’ Over and over again she has distinguished herself by the devastating fire power of her guns and her ability to come through attack after attack unscathed.” (11/18)

“Sergeant James Leonard Jenkins, veteran Army man, is missing in action in France since November 5th it was revealed to his mother, Mrs. J.H. Jenkins, yesterday, in a routine War Department telegram. Sergeant Jenkins holds the Purple Heart for wounds received in a campaign in Italy in September.” (11/20)

“Lt. John P. Kerr, who had been reported missing in action, is now listed as killed, his wife, the former Manetta McLain has been informed. It is indicated that details will be sent when received, although the message did state that he was killed on Nov. 7.” (11/21)

“Cpl. Billy ‘Keyhole’ Jones, veteran of 16 months in the Pacific area with the Marine air corps, has returned to Statesville for his first home visit in 22 months. ‘Keyhole’ who is remembered as a Statesville high school football star, enlisted the day after his graduation from high school. He will be at the home of his parents until Dec. 23.” (11/22)

“Statesville folk buckled down to work again today after enjoying one of the quietest Thanksgivings on record. City police and the sheriff’s department report a singularly peaceful day with almost no activity in either department.” (11/24)

100 years ago Landmark Nov. 18 and 21, 1919

Mooresville: “Sergeant George D. Dry, who has recently returned from France, was a visitor here last week together with his mother, Mrs. Lettie Dry, of Barium Springs. Sergeant Dry enlisted in the service in November, 1915, and has three citations for bravery. He stated that of the 250 men in his company who went into battle only 32 returned.” (11/18)

“Excavation has begun for the new building to be erected at the corner of Court and Meeting streets. This building will be occupied by the Coca Cola Bottling Company.” (11/18)

“Miss Vergie Hubbard, formerly bookkeeper with the Imperial Furniture Company, has taken a position in the offices of the C.H. Turner machine shop.” (11/18)

“Major Robert Hill and Mrs. Hill are in Statesville to spend ten days or two weeks with Major Hill’s mother, Mrs. Belle Hill. Major Hill, who has been stationed at Camp Dix, N.J., has been transferred to San Antonio, Texas. His wife will accompany him to Texas.” (11/21)

“Lieut. Frank Summers, who was stationed with the army hospital at Fort McPherson, Ga., has received his discharge from service. He will be in Statesville visiting his mother, Mrs. Thad. Summers for a few weeks. He has not decided on definite plans yet.” (11/21)

“Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Jurney, of Olin, left Tuesday night for Dade City, Fla., where they will make their home in the future.” (11/21)

125 years ago Landmark Nov. 22, 1894“The Lord willing, the first issue of The Daily Landmark will appear next Tuesday morning. Don’t expect the paper to contain all the press dispatches, together with cablegrams from Europe and specials from all points in the State. We are not going to try, for the present at least, to make either the New York Herald or the Charlotte Observer turn green with envy. We will simply print a local paper. We will do our best to give our patrons value received and more, if possible; and having done our best we’ll rest our case.” [The Landmark was going to publish daily while the Western N.C. Conference of the Methodist Church was in session in Statesville.]

Mooresville: “The hard times seem to be taking effect on some of our best people, as some are selling out and moving South and West. Mr. John Mills, who lives near Granite Hill, sold his property last week and with his family will soon move to Florida to better, if possible, his lot in life.”

Harmony: “Mr. Jas. Tomlinson, of this village, has returned from the wild West. He reports that several more of the boys are intending to come home in the near future.”

“LOST — Between Hall’s Drug Store and the Cotton Mill, a Smith & Wesson revolver, 34 calibre. Finder will be liberally rewarded by returning it to THIS OFFICE.”

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