25 years ago Record & Landmark Oct. 21-27, 1994.

Obit Charles Robert Cowan, 70: “He was a retired postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service, Mt. Mourne, where he worked 22 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong member of Centre Presbyterian Church.” (10/21)

Obit Edward William Beckham, 79: He was married to the former Minda Campbell, who survives. Mr. Beckham was a retired farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.” (10/23

Obit Arthur (A.J.) Johnson Helms, Jr., 75: “He was a retired self-employed clock maker. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Broad Street United Methodist Church, Mooresville.” (10/24)

Photo: “Two members of the West Iredell Fire Department Board of Directors retired after a number of years of service. Tom Poston, who served 24 years, and Jim Winters, who served 21 years, were honored by the fire department and were presented plaques.” (10/25)

DOT official talks to Statesville Planning Board: “Also discussed was the proposed new interchange at Jane Sowers Road and I-77. The project would include about two and one-half miles of construction which would cost about $2.5 million to complete.” (10/26)

Statesville ABC Store profits disbursed: “The city will receive $17,534.62, with an additional $8,602.01 for liquor by the drink. The schools and Mitchell Community College will receive $10,959.13 each, and the Arts & Science Center will receive $4,383.66.” (10/27)

50 years ago Record & Landmark October 21-27, 1969

“Miss Becky Wood, current Miss Dogwood Queen, will be attending the North Carolina State Fair Thursday to promote the second annual Carolina Dogwood Festival to be held in Statesville next spring.” (10/21)

Grand jury on county property: “The jail was singled out for special commendation and was found to be clean and adequate for its age and the ‘administration was found to be excellent.’ The food was found to be of ‘excellent’ quantity and quality.” (10/22)

“Cpl. Stephen Harris Allison, 24, was killed Monday while on patrol (in) Da Nang, South Vietnam. He was assigned to Mike Company, Third Platoon, Third Battalion, First Marines. Cpl. Allison attended Cool Springs School and graduated at Central High in 1964.” (10/23)

Pedestrian crosswalk to be added: “The new crosswalk will be placed in the 100 block of East Broad Street close to the Playhouse Theater. The council voted to install the safety device after the growth of pedestrian traffic during the day and between shows was reported.” (10/24)

“The Vikings took the ball on the MHS 44 and drove it on consistent gains by Terry Thompson and Steve Turbeville to the Blue Devils’ 11. On fourth down, Mike Warren found Thompson and hit him for the score, 12-0.” [Final 12-7; 1st win over MHS in four tries] (10/25)

Local Employment Security Commission stats: “Textile employment increased 30 during the last four months and 175 during the last year. Metal and machinery manufacturers showed employment losses of 60 during the last four months and 110 since last September.” (10/27)

75 years ago Statesville Daily Record

Oct. 21-27, 1944

“Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Deran Walters received the Purple heart ‘for injuries received on July 29th in the Tinian campaign in the Mariana Islands.’ His wounds, he wrote, were caused by shrapnel in his neck and shoulder.” (10/21)

“Sergeant Major Eugene Troutman, with the First Marine Division in the Peleliu campaign, met his cousin Victor Troutman, of Harmony. They had only a few minutes together and Victor reported that he had only one close call.” (10/23)

Fletcher M. Harrington in Long’s Hospital: “A Navy veteran of World War I, he has a son Fletcher Harrington, Jr., who following in the footsteps of his father (and) also volunteered for Navy service and is now on sea duty in the Atlantic on a destroyer escort.” (10/24)

Private Clayton Mitcham MIA Oct. 1: “Pvt. Mitcham entered military service last January and during his training with the infantry he had but one furlough home to visit his wife and family. The youngest of his four children he has never seen.” (10/25)

“Sgt. Johnny Orren, a veteran of the Normandy invasion and holder of the Purple Heart for wounds received in that campaign, was killed September 12, in France. Sgt. Orren, 35, was employed at the Superior Yarn Mills, East Monbo, before he entered military service.” (10/26)

S/Sgt. Sidney P. Sipes receives Air Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster: “‘For meritorious achievement while serving as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress during combat attacks over Nazi Europe.’” [Targets in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Normandy] (10/27)

100 years ago Landmark Oct. 21 and 24, 1919

“The plant of the Statesville Brick Company, located in Statesville, is idle for the present on account of not being able to get freight cars to bring in mud for making brick. The railroad administration withdrew the cars to handle the winter’s coal.” [As part of the war effort, the railroads were controlled by the United States Railroad Administration. The editorial page noted that the U.S. Senate was about to recommend a return to private control.] (10/21)

“An entire train loaded with Maxwell automobiles passed through Statesville yesterday on its way to Charlotte. The train was composed of 47 cars, each car carrying three automobiles making 141 automobiles on the train load.” (10/21)

Excerpt from report by Red Cross Home Service Secretary Nancy Johnston: “Through the cooperation of the local papers persons for whom the burden of war risk insurance is holding checks have been located.” (10/24)

“P.P. Dulin, who had been with the American army of occupation in Germany since the armistice was signed, has landed in New York and expects to reach home this week.” (10/24)

“Richard R. McLaughlin, who enlisted in the navy during the war, reached home yesterday, having been honorably discharged. He was in the service a year and three months and recently returned from abroad.” (10/24)

125 years ago Landmark Oct. 25, 1894

“Thursday Senator Ransom came. He was met at the depot by the band in Tays’ transfer and about 300 horsemen, who escorted him over the town and paraded around the college square. The speaking began in the courthouse yard about 12.15 o’clock. Senator Ransom was listened to throughout by a vast crowd of people, many ladies being in the audience. He spoke for two hours and a half. The audience was invited to partake of a barbecue, which was served on tables in the rear of the court house.”

“The Shiloh braves showed up well in the Ransom parade last Thursday. There were more mounted men from that township than any other.”

County letter: “To-day is the appointment of Sheriff Wycoff and the county candidates at Scott’s, but as I haven’t much money for the sheriff, and know who to vote for, I will sow wheat to-day and be ready for election day. Then I will be there if it rains pitchforks.” [The sheriff collected county taxes. In an election year he traveled with the candidates, hoping for crowds.]

Troutman: “The county and senatorial candidates and the candidate for solicitor were here on the 19th. The crowd was not so large. It is a rather busy season with famers to attend speakings.”

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