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25 years ago: Record & Landmark March 23-29, 1995

“Iredell County Forest Ranger Tim Pickett urged county residents to postpone burning until the area has a substantial soaking rainfall. ‘A little shower isn’t going to do it,’ he said. ‘It’s going to take two or three days of rain.’” (3/23)

Slide-off win: “A gutsy call by South Iredell head coach Bobby Deal and fine baserunning by Will Pennell lifted the Vikings to a 9-8 win over the Charlotte Christian Knights. Deal instructed his relief pitcher to steal home with one out in the bottom of the eighth.” (3/24)

160 students are enrolled in Bible History, a new course offered in county high schools: “Robin Holleman teaches classes at North Iredell and Statesville high schools while Jennifer Lazurri holds classes with students from West Iredell and South Iredell high schools.” (3/26)

“The corncrib donated to The Arts & Science Center by the family of Wade A. Sloan (1900-1992) has been moved to the pioneer settlement. The corncrib was moved from the family farm on Damascus Church Road in northwestern Iredell County.” (3/27)

“The Continuing Education Division of Mitchell Community College will offer motorcycle rider courses beginning in April. Classes are scheduled for experienced and beginning riders 16 years of age or older who have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit.” (3/28)

Obit Clarence (Buddy) Scott, 70: “He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of VFW Post 2031. He was a retired driver for Johnson Motor Lines. On Feb. 7, 1948, he was married to the former Maxine (Pat) Seagle, who survives.” (3/29)

50 years ago: Record & Landmark March 23-28, 1970

“Spring holidays will begin for students in the city schools at the end of classes Wednesday. They will return April 2. An item in this newspaper Saturday cut one day from the planned holidays and caused considerable confusion. We’re sorry about that, chief.” (3/23)

Local effect of postal worker strike in major US cities: “A spokesman for one large concern stated that they were feeling a definite strain because their main office is in New York. He said telephone communications are being used to alleviate the mail strain.” (3/24)

“Don Coffey, manager of Villa Heights Drive-In Theater, today announced the opening of the popular drive-in’s summer schedule with a free show tonight and tomorrow night. Featured for the free show are ‘What A Way To Go’ and ‘The Pink Panther’.” (3/25)

“Marvin Waugh, who started at shortstop for the Vikings in their first three contests, moved to the mound. He twirled a four-hitter, walked nine and struck out six. Waugh aided his own cause as he collected two of the Vikings three hits.” [SIHS 4-3 over N. Davidson] (3/26)

Willis Cook on Mooresville’s 30th Old Time Fiddlers Convention: “‘We can’t offer two fiddling conventions, but the quality of our one will be exceptionally high.’” [Union Grove to have competing events — the Old Time Fiddlers Convention and the Fiddlers Festival] (3/27)

Saturday night TV on Channel 3: “5:00 Wrestling 6:00 Early Report 7:00 Tommy Faile Show 7:30 Jackie Gleason 8:30 My Three Sons 9:00 Green Acres 9:30 Petticoat Junction 10:00 Mannix 11:00 News 11:30 ‘20 Paces to Baker St.’” [typo in print, should read 23 Paces] (3/28)

75 years ago Statesville Daily Record March 23-29, 1945

“For heroic service as a tank commander during the battle of Tinian last summer, Marine Corporal Paul S. Moore has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal posthumously. Moore was killed when a magnetic mine exploded on the turret hatch of his tank.” (2/23)

Sgt. Wilburn Foster wounded Western Front March 4: “Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Foster received a letter from Foster, one day before the official telegram, telling them of his wound in the leg. Foster is in a hospital somewhere overseas. He left the states in December 1944.” (3/24)

Charles Lamont Leagon KIA: “He was attached to the medical corps of the U.S. Marines. Leagon was called into service when a junior at Western State College.” (3/26)

“Pfc. Dixon (Dick) Parrish, an outstanding athlete at Barium, was killed in action on Iwo Jima, March 4. Parrish came to Barium from Red Springs.” (3/26)

Pfc. Fred Allen Smith MIA Belgium Jan. 19 card home: “‘Just a line to let you know that I’m O.K. I am now a prisoner of war of the Germans. I’ll write later when I get a permanent address. Well, so long. Love, Fred Allen.’ He left for overseas November 1, 1944.” (3/27)

“Pfc. Rex Benson Bost of the U.S. Marines was wounded in the battle for Iwo Jima. He is now in a hospital in the South pacific and hopes to return to the U.S. after recovering.” (3/28)

Pfc. Johnnie D. Moore MIA Germany, March 12: “He has been in the service for almost two years and overseas since last November. He had been attached to a unit of engineers.” (3/28)

“Sgt. Garland Caldwell is attached to the Fifth Army and has seen quite a bit of duty in the Italian theatre of war. Caldwell was employed by Barger Millwork Company. His brother, Pfc. Ralph Caldwell was killed in action in France, November 11th, 1944.” (3/29)

100 years ago Landmark March 23 and 26, 1920

“Mr. A.R. Sherrill, who some time ago tendered his resignation as assistant postmaster, retired from office yesterday.” (3/23)

“Mr. C. Watkins has sold his lumber business to Messrs. J.L. and A.R. Sherrill, the change effective about April 1.” (3/23)

“Mr. H.C. Gaither went to Long’s Sanatorium a few days ago for treatment. Dr. Long Gaither, of the United States navy, is spending a few days with his parents.” (3/23)

Troutman: “We hope the good old summer time will come soon and drive away some of the sickness of which we have had so much the past winter.” (3/23)

“Excavation has begun on the rear of the site for Statesville’s new hotel. The dirt was needed for the street work. Work proper on the hotel will not be started for some time.” (3/26)

“Mr. H.C. Gaither continues seriously ill at Long’s Sanatorium. His right side is paralyzed.” (3/26)

“Mr. W.M. Salley, of Statesville, attending a meeting of Rexall druggists in Greensboro, was awarded a prize for the best five-minute talk on stationery.” (3/26)

New Hope: “On last Saturday and Sunday religious services were held at Taylor’s Spring church for the first time in two months.” (3/26)

125 years ago Landmark March 28, 1895

“It’s amazing how fast a lie travels when it gets under way. It was circulated in Statesville yesterday afternoon that the town of Wilkesboro had been burned Tuesday — swept from the face of the earth according to the report. The news spread rapidly and there was considerable excitement about it. But a dispatch from the operator at North Wilkesboro stated that there had been no fire in Wilkesboro or in the vicinity.” [telegraph operator]

“The last Legislature amended the revenue act so as to tax boarding house beds 50 cents each. Mr. J.W. Gray, proprietor of the Cooper House, has 36 beds so the fusion Legislature will cost him just $18 in taxes that he had not paid heretofore.”

“Mr. Jas. M. Albea died quite suddenly at his home at Harmony last Thursday afternoon. Before the war he was a deputy sheriff. During the war he was the orderly sergeant of company H, fourth North Carolina regiment and was a brave Confederate soldier. Since the war he had been a magistrate.”

“Mr. Isadore Wallace left Sunday evening on a protracted business trip. His course was Westward and he will probably go over the line into Canada before he returns.”

Olin: “Mr. A.C. Tomlin is preparing to build a suspension bridge across his mill dam.”

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