This week in history: Sept. 29-Oct. 5

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Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1942
  • Joe Johnson, Mount Olive chief of police, issued a public warning against either harming or shooting squirrels roaming about the town. Johnson reminded residents of the $50 fine for discharging a firearm within the city limits. He said all violators face punishment.
  • Fannie Hinson, owner of Betty Boop Beauty Shop, decided to help Uncle Sam’s war against inflation. She agreed to adhere to the government’s price control regulations although her shop did not fall under the guidelines.
  • A small ad appeared in the Tribune to remind residents “Make Every Pay Day War Bond Day. Stop Spending. Save Dollars.”
  • Like Mrs. Hinson, the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. helped pave the way in buying war bonds. All of the company’s employees participated in the effort and the company was recognized for its 100% participation.
Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1954
  • The Mount Olive Farmer’s Festival committee met to discuss the day-long event scheduled for Oct. 8. More than 30 floats were expected to gather at the cotton shed on Center Street. Also, the group recognized it needed more food booths and additional hosts and hostesses. Arthur Lane served as the parade marshal.
  • The William Carter Bible College began its third year of operation in Goldsboro. Evening classes were each Monday and Tuesday from 7-9:50 p.m. Courses were offered in the Old Testament, New Testament, child psychology, child evangelism, theology and homiletics.
  • Clear-Vue Drive-In offered the following movies: “The Glenn Miller Story” with James Stewart and June Allyson, “Carnival Story” with Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran, and “Fighting Man of the Plains” with Bill Williams and Victor Jory.
  • Center Theatre had these movies on its marquee: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” with Jane Powell and Howard Keel, “Fighter Attack” with Sterling Hayden and Joy Page and “Duel In the Sun” with Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotten. Also coming soon was the classic “Gone With The Wind.”
Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1966
  • A group of property owners in Mount Olive reaffirmed their opposition to any plans to widen Breazeale Avenue to four lanes from the southern city limits to West Station Street during a meeting with state highway officials. Those officials said they would meet with the state highway commission, but reminded residents the commission has the final say how and where the $300 million road bond will be spent.
  • Mount Olive College retained Specialized Management Services Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to handle its food service operations. Dr. W. Burkette Raper, MOC president, said the 14-year-old institution had 425 students for the 1966-67 academic year.
  • Ceneas Taylor’s 11-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown capped Faison’s 14-7 revenge win over Rose Hill at North Duplin field. Steve Herring ran in the one-point conversion. Faison recovered a Rose Hill fumble, which set up the game-winning 43-yard drive.

– Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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