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by Bruce Osburn
Tue January 23, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Buttercup
Replies: 5
Views: 2271

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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: 21
Views: 572

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 August 22, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

Photo IDs:
First photo; left... Eugene Osburn; center... Ann Busby; right... Cynthia O'Brien.
Second photo; fellow on left is my cousin, Danny Osburn from Massey Hill, N.C.
Third Photo; IDed already.
by Bruce Osburn
Mon August 21, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

Yes, Malcom, the fellow is my brother, Gene.
by Bruce Osburn
Sun August 20, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

No, not Joyce Barmer. But I do have a couple of Barmers. This photo ca 1959.
by Bruce Osburn
Sat August 19, 2017, 11:23 pm
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

This photo shows the girls better. Don't worry about the fellow with them, he's the one from Fayetteville.
by Bruce Osburn
Sat August 19, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

Sorry, Lynn. Not Becky Smith.
by Bruce Osburn
Sat August 19, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

Nope. Not Joe Blalock.

I believe the girls graduated HHS 1957.
by Bruce Osburn
Fri August 18, 2017, 11:09 pm
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: Who are these folks?

No, Lynn, that isn't Bruce. This photo was furnished by a fellow from up near Fayetteville who courted the girl in the middle. He hitchhiked to Hamlet some weekends to spend a little time with her. And I understand the fellow on the left courted the girl on the right for a while. All three of those ...
by Bruce Osburn
Fri August 18, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: Who are these folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Who are these folks?

Who are these young people? Photo made ca 1950/51.
by Bruce Osburn
Wed April 5, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 20
Views: 2521

Re: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US

No, the grandchildren I was referring to have not yet turned 18 so it looks like there is at least one obstacle thrown up in the path of the right to vote. And some states restrict felons' rights to vote. But what makes 18 the age one has to reach in order to become eligible to vote? Why not 16, or ...
by Bruce Osburn
Sun April 2, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 20
Views: 2521

Re: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US

I agree that the U.S. has a history of passing laws riddled with inequities that were aimed at one group or another. But, for the most part, those discriminating laws have been repealed or amended to reflect a more compassionate and all inclusive society. However, there are citizens who still adhere...
by Bruce Osburn
Mon March 27, 2017, 12:54 am
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 20
Views: 2521

Re: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US

I don't think the majority of "the wall' proponents base their objections to illegal immigration on color, religion or language. But there's no denying that there is at least one of... "a million other things in a way we didn't approve of and thus found reason not to like". And that o...
by Bruce Osburn
Tue March 21, 2017, 10:58 pm
Forum: Just other Stuff
Topic: HYPOCRITES AMONGST US
Replies: 20
Views: 2521

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: 20
Views: 2521

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: 1107

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: 1107

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: 950

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: 1107

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: 1107

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: 910

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: 1631

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: 2
Views: 927

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: 1631

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: 1816

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: 726

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: 1808

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: 2690

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: 2690

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: 2690

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: 2617

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: 2617

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: 2617

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: 2617

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: 2617

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: 2617

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: 1707

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: 2645

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: 2645

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: 2645

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: 2645

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: 992

Re: Boyd's Lake ad 1958

Interesting ad. But who is the model? Anyone recognize their granny?

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