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by Bruce Osburn
Sun May 20, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Do You Know ???
Topic: First HHS Graduating Exerise at Fairview Heights
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: First HHS Graduating Exerise at Fairview Heights

Don't know which was the first HHS graduating class to receive diplomas at Fairview, but my class may have been the first to receive certificates there for completion of 8th grade at Hamlet Ave. School, in May/June 1952.
by Bruce Osburn
Thu March 15, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Looking for Information
Topic: No Clue
Replies: 2
Views: 336

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: 2790

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 2063

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

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: 3486

Who are these folks?

Who are these young people? Photo made ca 1950/51.
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: 1445

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: 1445

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: 1314

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: 1445

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: 1445

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
Sun January 1, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: 1965 Beauty Salon's
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

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: 1294

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: 2249

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: 2464

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: 967

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: 2552

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: 3849

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: 3849

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: 3849

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: 3512

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: 3512

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: 3512

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: 3512

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: 1309

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: 1775

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: 1775

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: 2521

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: 845

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: 1128

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: 1307

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: 1850

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: 2022

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: 1850

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: 2022

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: 2561

Re: What Ship ?


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