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by Bruce Osburn
Mon August 27, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: 1933 Hamlet items
Replies: 11
Views: 9889

Re: 1933 more items

Inflation must have driven Yancy's prices up because when we moved there in 1948 the price was 25¢ and along about 1951 or so they shot up to 35¢... and with hand-squeeze clippers to boot! OUCH!
by Bruce Osburn
Thu March 15, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Looking for Information
Topic: No Clue
Replies: 3
Views: 6978

Re: No Clue

My guess is that there was already an established area of Hamlet called Fairview Heights and the school was built within that area, hence Fairview Heights School. Sounds logical....
by Bruce Osburn
Tue January 23, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Buttercup
Replies: 5
Views: 8575

Re: Buttercup

An on-line inflation chart shows that the $290,000 (yearly ?) payroll in 1932 has an approximate equivalency in 2017 dollars of $5,200,000. Buttercup was indeed an major employer in the Hamlet area!
by Bruce Osburn
Sun January 7, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

Actually, I'm not mad. I was just trying to inject a little humor into the game by teasing Eddie of guessing "mule" 8 minutes before I guessed "horse". Give us another trivia question, Eagle One and I'll play again. (Notice there are no exclamation points in this post. This one i...
by Bruce Osburn
Sat January 6, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

Hey! That's not fair! I eliminate all the obvious answers and Eddie slips in sideways with the right answer! That's just like Jeopardy... the fellow with the last answer gets the prize. I quit!
by Bruce Osburn
Sat January 6, 2018, 2:18 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

A horse?
by Bruce Osburn
Fri January 5, 2018, 11:30 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

I got it! I got it! A tractor! He was hiding under a tractor!
by Bruce Osburn
Fri January 5, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

Well, now I'm 0 for 3... three strikes and I'm out, but since the last one could be considered a foul tip I get another swing. So how about a haystack?
by Bruce Osburn
Thu January 4, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

Okay, so I'm 0 for 2. Well, how about a rickety ol' farm wagon left out in the open?
by Bruce Osburn
Thu January 4, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

Okay, so I was wrong. How about hiding in a peach packing house on the south end of Battley Dairy Road?
by Bruce Osburn
Wed January 3, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Hamlet Police Chief Killed
Replies: 31
Views: 503011

Re: Hamlet Police Chief Killed

I know! I know! He was hiding under a huge sand lug on Goodman's tobacco farm!
by Bruce Osburn
Tue January 31, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS
Replies: 3
Views: 6146

Re: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS

Sorry, guys, I never intended to get so deeply into this post but I found more info on dear ol' Fannie Settle Covington Dockery. It appears, from on-line info, that Fannie was much more than just a regular run-of-the-mill slave owner. Her second husband, Oliver Hart Dockery, owned a plantation in hi...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon January 30, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS
Replies: 3
Views: 6146

Re: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS

A little more about Fannie Dockery. CIVIL WAR CLAIM OF DAMAGES BY FRANCES SETTLE COVINGTON DOCKERY During the advance of the Union Army through Richmond County in March 1865 the soldiers' clothing, sustenance and feed for their horses were supplied mostly, if not solely, by the people of the country...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed January 25, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Ideal Farm Dairy 1936
Replies: 3
Views: 6015

Re: Ideal Farm Dairy 1936

Was the Ideal Farm Dairy (or is that Diary?) located on highway 74 East of Hamlet, directly across from where Coco-Cola would later build a bottling plant? We had milk delivered to our house on present-day Gin Mill Road way back in the early 50s and it was delivered by the dairy located on #74. But ...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed January 25, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS
Replies: 3
Views: 6146

Re: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS

OOPS! I made a big mistake in the initial post to this topic. Further searching turned up thirteen Richmond County residents who recovered compensation covering parts of their claims, but not all claims. The lucky ones were James Chavis of Laurel Hill; John Chavers of Rockingham; Daniel Currie; Benj...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue January 24, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS
Replies: 3
Views: 6146

RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. CIVIL WAR CLAIMS

Just recently, while searching on-line records for my elusive Civil War ancestors, I ran across a site for claims submitted by citizens of southern states who petitioned the U.S. government for compensation of property stolen by Union soldiers. During William Sherman's northward advance through the ...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed December 28, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hub Grill 1948
Replies: 8
Views: 10230

Re: Hub Grill 1948

You gotta' love that ad copy: "Will be operated in a high class manner". Does that mean coat and tie for men and high heels for the ladies? Or does it mean all the teen aged drunks will be hidden from sight out behind the last group of cars parked near the bushes?
by Bruce Osburn
Tue December 20, 2016, 12:37 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet VFW Opening 1952
Replies: 1
Views: 3559

Re: Hamlet VFW Opening 1952

A good example of self-help reducing the cost of a meeting place, reducing actual cost to just a little more than half of what the building is valued. But I don't know that I -- as a dues-paying member of a private club -- would like to cough up a half-day's wages to attend a members-only function. ...
by Bruce Osburn
Sat November 19, 2016, 6:25 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Purity Cafe ad 1936
Replies: 16
Views: 16708

Re: Purity Cafe ad 1936

OOPS! Looks like I goofed up when I said "diner". I unconsciously used the lower case generic term for a small restaurant and didn't mean to identify it as the Diner, of which you can find one in most cities and towns. Sorry.
by Bruce Osburn
Fri November 18, 2016, 11:47 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Purity Cafe ad 1936
Replies: 16
Views: 16708

Re: Purity Cafe ad 1936

Freddie, I thought that was where the diner was located, right across Main Street from the Terminal Hotel. The only time I remember eating there was way back in Autumn of 1962. A buddy and I were on weekend liberty from Norfolk and stopped in for a late night sandwich and coffee when we ran into a c...
by Bruce Osburn
Fri November 18, 2016, 9:34 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Purity Cafe ad 1936
Replies: 16
Views: 16708

Re: Purity Cafe ad 1936

Where was this restaurant located, and how long was it in operation?
by Bruce Osburn
Tue September 13, 2016, 10:39 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Milking"
Replies: 15
Views: 29483

Re: "Milking"

OK, it's the timber rattler.
by Bruce Osburn
Tue September 13, 2016, 12:01 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Milking"
Replies: 15
Views: 29483

Re: "Milking"

By golly, Betty, I think you nailed it!
by Bruce Osburn
Mon September 12, 2016, 10:39 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Milking"
Replies: 15
Views: 29483

Re: "Milking"

Well, OK. How about milking fish in a hatchery? You know, squeezing female fish that are heavy with roe to forcible extract the eggs for artificial insemination and then allowing the eggs to mature and hatch to be introduced into local streams. And isn't there a state fish hatchery near Hamlet?
by Bruce Osburn
Mon September 12, 2016, 9:32 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Milking"
Replies: 15
Views: 29483

Re: "Milking"

Since N.C. carries the name of "Tar Heel State", is the collection of pine sap still practiced? Could that be called "milking the pines"?
by Bruce Osburn
Mon July 11, 2016, 9:36 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Boyd's Lake ad 1958
Replies: 3
Views: 5033

Re: Boyd's Lake ad 1958

Interesting ad. But who is the model? Anyone recognize their granny?
by Bruce Osburn
Wed July 6, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: CABOOSE
Replies: 5
Views: 9306

Re: CABOOSE

Jody, thanks for answering my questions. You told me all I asked, and more. Now I have a better understanding of what it took to make a freight go down the tracks.
by Bruce Osburn
Tue July 5, 2016, 12:16 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: CABOOSE
Replies: 5
Views: 9306

CABOOSE

Perhaps an old time railroader can tell me what purpose a freight train caboose served. What accommodations did it have? Who occupied it? What was its source of power for lighting, heat. etc.? How did a worker in the caboose communicate with the engine? And when cabooses were discontinued, what repl...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun July 3, 2016, 8:58 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Crank Hand"
Replies: 12
Views: 14141

Re: "Crank Hand"

How about something to do with hand-cars before they became motorized, sort of like the ones we used to see Charlie Chaplin hand pumping to get out of the way of a runaway engine?
by Bruce Osburn
Sun April 10, 2016, 7:54 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BOYD'S LAKE?
Replies: 1
Views: 2888

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BOYD'S LAKE?

I was surfing around today and zoomed-in on 2nd Street with Google maps to see the long leaf pines Jerry Pait said were planted by the Hamlet Garden Club to hide his grandfather's house from view (1957 City Lake Project). I also noticed that Boyd's Lake is now a lake in name only, having deteriorate...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon April 4, 2016, 10:16 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Airmail 1937
Replies: 2
Views: 4629

Re: Airmail 1937

Interesting item, that envelope. From Hamlet to San Pedro in 32 hours, that's better than today. But what's just as interesting to me are the two postage stamps. It's widely accepted here on the east coast that St. Augustine, Fla., is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the USA. But those two...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed March 9, 2016, 9:19 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Old Railroad Stuff
Replies: 1
Views: 5861

Re: Old Railroad Stuff

Good history, David. And that sleeper car ticket is even more interesting. $9.15 seems like a reasonable price to pay for a a restful night's sleep from Hamlet to NYC. But what kind of taxes were piled atop one another to arrive at a 10 per cent tax rate? Scary!
by Bruce Osburn
Wed November 18, 2015, 5:03 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1941
Replies: 4
Views: 6532

Re: Hamlet News Messenger 1941

Jody, your post about the Rockingham Railroad sent me off on a google search and I discovered that I had been mistaken for more than 65 years about that road. I have always referred to that road as the Rockingham and Bennettsville Railroad but my google search did not reveal any such road, only the ...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue November 17, 2015, 2:12 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1941
Replies: 4
Views: 6532

Re: Hamlet News Messenger 1941

Regarding the item about the Rockingham and Hamlet airport... I didn't know that the ACL road was at one time in Richmond County but I see that it was once the road that the Rockingham and Bennettsville RR ultimately ran on. "Keep your eyes and ears open and you'll learn something every day&quo...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun May 31, 2015, 11:23 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Ship ?
Replies: 7
Views: 10586

Re: What Ship ?

For those of you who are interested in this topic:
http://vp40.com/wp-content/uploads/2012 ... -ships.pdf
by Bruce Osburn
Tue April 28, 2015, 12:25 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: FLAMING FORESTS, 1884; Hamlet threatened
Replies: 1
Views: 3479

FLAMING FORESTS, 1884; Hamlet threatened

An item from the Daily Dispatch , Richmond, Va., Apr. 5, 1884: FLAMING FORESTS. North Carolina Pineries Swept by Fire -- A Town Menaced. A Raleigh special says: The greatest fire ever known here began yesterday. Last night and this morning it swept through the vast forests of yellow pine which stret...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon April 27, 2015, 10:23 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Ship ?
Replies: 7
Views: 10586

Re: What Ship ?

Okay, I gave up and did a little googling. This is what I found on Wikipedia: U.S. naval aviation began with pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss who contracted with the Navy to demonstrate that airplanes could take off from and land aboard ships at sea. One of his pilots, Eugene Ely, took off from the USS...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun April 26, 2015, 3:50 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Ship ?
Replies: 7
Views: 10586

Re: What Ship ?

I think the 1st launch was from a converted collier (coal ship)
by Bruce Osburn
Wed April 22, 2015, 10:08 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: With What-------- ?
Replies: 7
Views: 9623

Re: With What-------- ?

@TR4, The filthiest stuff I have ever seen on a city sidewalk is pigeon poop. In 1956 when I went on liberty in the loop in downtown Chicago I've seen rows of mounded humps of bird droppings that extended for blocks. The rows of crap were just a few feet from the buildings, precisely the same distan...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed April 22, 2015, 2:29 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: With What-------- ?
Replies: 7
Views: 9623

Re: With What-------- ?

Egg yolk.
by Bruce Osburn
Tue April 7, 2015, 7:59 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Where Are My Horses?
Replies: 8
Views: 10178

Re: Where Are My Horses?

@TR4, You asked in a post that has mysteriously disappeared where you could buy a couple of quarter horses. I had no idea where you might find them so I did an on-line search but had no success. However, I did find a beautifully matched pair of saw horses at Home Depot for $28.00.
by Bruce Osburn
Mon April 6, 2015, 11:17 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Where Are My Horses?
Replies: 8
Views: 10178

Re: Where Are My Horses?

TR4, It looks like my riddle solving is terrible. But since no one else took a guess, how about telling me how you have only half a horse. (And I don't think I'd like to have half a horse because I'd probably get the end that needs feeding.)
by Bruce Osburn
Sat April 4, 2015, 10:55 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Where Are My Horses?
Replies: 8
Views: 10178

Re: Where Are My Horses?

Your half a horse is a mule. Got'cha!
by Bruce Osburn
Sat April 4, 2015, 10:45 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Where Are My Horses?
Replies: 8
Views: 10178

Re: Where Are My Horses?

You are part custodian, along with three other individuals, of two horses. Therefore you actually have just half of a horse, with the other horse and a half in the care of the other three people. Case solved.
by Bruce Osburn
Wed December 17, 2014, 6:27 pm
Forum: Looking for Information
Topic: Christmas Parade
Replies: 2
Views: 6631

Re: Christmas Parade

The reason I didn't reply to this post earlier is because I thought sure someone would post the date of the first one right away. But this looks like more of a poser than I first suspected. I don't know when the first parade was held but the last one I went to was in Dec. 1952. And I doubt very seri...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed December 17, 2014, 1:31 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet Choo-Choo's
Replies: 2
Views: 5869

Re: Hamlet Choo-Choo's

Great link David, thanks for posting it. I spent the better part of the early evening surfing through the site. A lot of memories resurfaced as I looked upon the faces of my classmates, back in a time when we were all young and foolish. And although a span of more than 60 years has passed I still re...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun October 5, 2014, 4:45 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: W. D. James rentals 1959
Replies: 3
Views: 5267

Re: W. D. James rentals 1959

Hey! Those rentals seem to be reasonable but I can go one better. In 1960, when I was in between navy hitches, and living in Waycross, Ga., I had room and board at an old tourist court. You know the type, a restaurant surrounded by stand-alone cabins. They were quite common in the 40s and 50s and co...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun September 7, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Dog:
Replies: 5
Views: 8955

Re: Old Dog:

OK, so I screwed up with "Hump Master" but I do believe that ol' mutt still had a railroad-jargon name. Maybe "car knocker" or "hotbox". Or "Seaboard". Or maybe just a simple "Move, Dog!"
by Bruce Osburn
Sun September 7, 2014, 11:23 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Dog:
Replies: 5
Views: 8955

Re: Old Dog:

Dog's name was "Hump Master".