This Week In History

Looking back at the week of March 17-23

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March 17-23, 1937

  • Goldsboro Attorney Julian T. Gaskill was selected as the Republican nominee for Congress from the Third Congressional District. The selection was conducted by Third District Republicans in Raleigh. Nearly 30 Republicans from Wayne County attended the convention.
  • About 35 boys reported for opening-day practice for the Mount Olive High School baseball team. Four lettermen returned: Page, Lane, Spruill and Lewis. The team played games against La Grange, Snow Hill, Clinton, Fremont and Kinston.
  • The Bank of Mount Olive reported total assets of $638,194.27 to the state of North Carolina.

March 17-23, 1967

  • The Wayne County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Office in Goldsboro released a chart that showed considerable growth of the 1966 production of tobacco in various townships. A total of 3,061 farms produced 12,528.77 acres, which yielded 26,965,553 total pounds of tobacco.
  • Mattie W. Lee received a permit to build a cafe on Short Street. The cement building had a built-up roof, two rest rooms and gas heating and carried a price tag of $3,200. City Building Inspector Ed Patten issued the permit.
  • Dwight Smith was one of five Southern Wayne students to win during the District Science Fair held at East Carolina University. Smith was recognized for his “Electrostatic Machine” that also took first place at the Southern Wayne school fair. Smith later participated in the state contest in Durham.

March 17-23, 1987

  • A mixture of residents and town officials attended a public hearing that unanimously supported the North Duplin Junior Senior High School Advisory Board members to have a permanent facility constructed on the school’s campus. The board presented the proposal to the Duplin County School Board. North Duplin opened in 1956 as the county’s first consolidated school without a cafeteria.
  • Former Third District Congressman Charles O. Whitley donated $20,000 from his leftover campaign funds to Mount Olive College. The college’s Board of Trustees voted to use the donation in the library development program, which was initiated in 1985.
  • Directed by head coach Frank Hollowell, North Duplin (27-3 overall) finished as the Class A state runner-up to Hendersonville, 80-73, in boys’ basketball. Members of the team were Brian Bullard, Lee Barfield, Skip Tucker, Lynn Smith, Bobby Moore, Dexter Morrisey, Erik Barksdale, James Goodman, Claron Aycock, Steve Saint-Armand, Van Alphin, Anthony Oliver and manager Gene Flints.

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