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by Bruce Osburn
Tue March 21, 2017, 10:58 pm
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US

I'll concede that illegal immigrants are not crossing the borders because they want to steal from us or do us harm. But, regardless of why they crossed, there are still some who are doing just that in some form or other. My definition of stealing is taking something that doesn't belong to the person...
by Bruce Osburn
Fri March 17, 2017, 9:43 pm
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 6
Views: 160

HYPOCRITES AMONGST US

I am fully aware that when I post these paragraphs I will be opening myself to all sorts of ridicule -- and maybe even veiled threats of bodily injury -- from those who are so determined to maintain the current porous borders around the USA. You see, it doesn't seem to matter to free access advocate...
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: 285

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: 285

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: 216

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: 285

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: 285

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
Tue January 17, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY
Replies: 3
Views: 234

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY

I would suspect that several dozens of animal-rights activists are celebrating their recent victory over what they consider to be animal abuse. And I, too, agree with their position that no animal should be treated inhumanly or otherwise abused. But I don't think the target of their efforts to advan...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun January 1, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: 1965 Beauty Salon's
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: 1965 Beauty Salon's

I talked with my sister in Florence earlier tonight and she said the shop my mom and she went to was run by a lady named Bipsy Inman. She said it was west of Hamlet, out McDonald or Hylan Ave. And my wife told me she drove my mom and aunt a couple of times to the shop in the early 1970s and it was l...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun January 1, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: 1958 Nuclear Reactor
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: 1958 Nuclear Reactor

Interesting item. But what became of this proposal to bring jobs to the area, and especially the high type families that were expected to come to Richmond County?
by Bruce Osburn
Sat December 31, 2016, 2:27 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: 1965 Beauty Salon's
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: 1965 Beauty Salon's

There is at least one shoppe I know that doesn't appear on this list. Back in the early 1970s, and continuing into the early 2000s, my mom and aunt made weekly visits to a shoppe they simply identified at "Bitsie's". My sister from Florence, S.C. regularly drove up to have her hair styled ...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed December 28, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hub Grill 1948
Replies: 8
Views: 423

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: 252

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
Tue December 6, 2016, 12:45 am
Forum: Hamlet Pictures
Topic: 1960 Pugilistic Phillies Little League Baseball Team
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: 1960 Pugilistic Phillies Little League Baseball Team

Good eye, dcrooke, on the gloves. Another clue that the photo is reversed is the uniform shirts. Those shown in the photo are buttoned right over left, but a boy's shirt buttons left over right.
by Bruce Osburn
Sat November 19, 2016, 6:25 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Purity Cafe ad 1936
Replies: 16
Views: 857

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: 857

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: 857

Re: Purity Cafe ad 1936

Where was this restaurant located, and how long was it in operation?
by Bruce Osburn
Wed November 16, 2016, 9:13 pm
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

Re: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION

Well, it looks like I'm not too far off the mark about doing away with the electoral college after all. None other than the often vocal senator, Barbara Boxer (D- California), who must have been extremely upset that Hillary lost the election, filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the electoral colleg...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue November 15, 2016, 3:34 pm
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

Re: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION

I don't think anyone has to fret over how California's economy will fare if they should be cut loose from the US of A. California's economic growth was 4.1 % greater than last year, while the US economy grew by only 2.4%. Only five countries produced more last year [2015] than California: the U.S., ...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun November 13, 2016, 2:49 pm
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

Re: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION

For all you ourhamlet.org fans who think the Electoral College should go the way of the dinosaur, help is on the way. None other than the former top law man in the country, Eric Holder, himself, publicly opined that the EC should be abolished. This past Friday night, as a guest on the Bill Maher tal...
by Bruce Osburn
Fri November 11, 2016, 11:46 pm
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

Re: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION

Interesting rebuttal, Jody. Looks like you did more research than I did. But one thing neither side has pointed out is that the federal census has a habit, in fact, a legal responsibility, to count all the folks residing in the U.S. Unfortunately, that includes everyone, from natural born citizens a...
by Bruce Osburn
Fri November 11, 2016, 1:31 am
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

Re: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION

Lynn, of course I was playing devil's advocate. I was just suggesting something the democrats could whine about. I also believe in one person, one vote. And just to demonstrate how unfair the electoral college votes are consider this: Californians cast approximately 9,400,000 votes in the 2016 gener...
by Bruce Osburn
Thu November 10, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Funny / Interesting Stuff
Topic: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
Replies: 18
Views: 736

2016 GENERAL ELECTION

The 2016 general election marks twice in the last five elections that the democratic party had been cheated out of the presidency by the Electoral College. In the 2000 election Bush #2 received approximately 500,000 fewer popular votes than Gore. And in the most recent election Trump received about ...
by Bruce Osburn
Wed September 28, 2016, 2:14 am
Forum: Hamlet Politics
Topic: First time voter
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: First time voter

Donald Trump is, in my opinion, the least qualified Republican candidate for president in my lifetime. He's narcissistic to the highest degree, and acts like "if he doesn't know it, it isn't worth knowing". By his own account he knows more about military affairs than the top army brass. Am...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue September 13, 2016, 10:39 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: "Milking"
Replies: 15
Views: 917

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: 917

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: 917

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: 917

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
Tue August 30, 2016, 7:51 pm
Forum: Hamlet Happenings
Topic: The A&P Building
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: The A&P Building

Oops! Looks like I screwed up big time with my opinion as to why the A&P store was levelled. I just did a little web surfing and found out that the city of Hamlet owns the property. So it looks like taxes had nothing at all to do with the destruction of the building and I'm no longer standing by...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon August 29, 2016, 9:59 pm
Forum: Hamlet Happenings
Topic: The A&P Building
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: The A&P Building

Perhaps the A&P building suffered the same fate as a growing number of unoccupied buildings here in my corner of Georgia. Several commercial buildings here in Brunswick and surrounding communities, ranging from quick-stop convenience stores with gas pumps, along with fast-food restaurants, have ...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon July 11, 2016, 9:36 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Boyd's Lake ad 1958
Replies: 3
Views: 513

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: 567

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: 567

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: 626

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: 435

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: 431

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: 544

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
Thu November 19, 2015, 12:19 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1924
Replies: 4
Views: 845

Re: Hamlet News Messenger 1924

And what is a... "cut out ???" for 3 bucks, and a "K.W. master Via" for 15 dollars?
by Bruce Osburn
Wed November 18, 2015, 5:03 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1941
Replies: 4
Views: 892

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
Wed November 18, 2015, 1:20 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1924
Replies: 4
Views: 845

Re: Hamlet News Messenger 1924

Inflation didn't appear to be much of a concern in grocery stores back in the early 20th century. Look at the price for that bottled Coke of 5¢ in 1924, a price that remained in effect right into the middle 1950s, maybe even until 1959. And who knows when the price first went to 5¢ -- maybe in the 1...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue November 17, 2015, 2:12 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet News Messenger 1941
Replies: 4
Views: 892

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: 1394

Re: What Ship ?

by Bruce Osburn
Tue April 28, 2015, 12:25 am
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: FLAMING FORESTS, 1884; Hamlet threatened
Replies: 1
Views: 820

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: 1394

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: 1394

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: 1049

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: 1049

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: 1120

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: 1120

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.)

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