The Center Theater of Harmony

Harmony, NC is and always has been a small town. At a little over 500 people today, for most, it’s a stop sign and some buildings where highways NC-21 and NC-901 meet and a pause on the way somewhere else.Like a lot of small, rural towns, there have been hints of what might come, whatContinue reading “The Center Theater of Harmony”

The Trivette Clinic – Sources

It can be very hard finding information for articles I am researching, and even with the best information available, there’s always a bit of speculation involved.This was simply not the case with the story of the Trivette Clinic. So many local people had connections to it that the spiderweb kept growing as I kept searching.Continue reading “The Trivette Clinic – Sources”

The Trivette Clinic

The story of the Trivette Clinic, like the story of Davis Hospital, is the story of the man who founded it, William Amos Trivette.The building must have looked out of place in the Hamptonville area, northern Iredell County when it was built in 1932. In a very rural community populated by family farms and woodenContinue reading “The Trivette Clinic”

The Valdese Bomb Shelter Explosion

Tuesday, May 30th, 1972 It’s about 7PM on a warm spring evening in the quiet near-mountain town of Valdese, NC.Jean Garrou (12), Regina Robinson (12) and her brother Donald Robinson Jr. (14), Michael Powell (10), Gloria Hammond (12), and Gloria Picou (10) are playing in a bomb shelter at Jean’s home.Jean’s adoptive father, James EdwardContinue reading “The Valdese Bomb Shelter Explosion”

Why did the bridge of Siloam fall?

Monday, February 3rd, 1975James C Venable, a real estate agent from the Winston Salem area is driving his white Ford Thunderbird down Siloam Rd near the town of Siloam, NC. The night is dark, foggy, and there’s on and off drizzle and damp in the cold night air. At about 10 PM, Venable begins toContinue reading “Why did the bridge of Siloam fall?”

The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory

On this day, 77 years ago, one of the first cases of Polio in what would be an epidemic was diagnosed in Catawba county.As the infection spread, and hospital beds in Charlotte became scarce, the people of Hickory moved to ensure that those afflicted by the illness would have access to treatment, and began workContinue reading “The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory”

The Murder of Will Bolin

Sunday, August 16th 1896A small church in the northern part of Iredell county called Smith Chapel is having several “protracted meetings”, or what southern congregants today would call a multi-day “revival”. Edward Clinton Van Hoy and William T Bolin are first cousins, and the two men must have been attending the revival that night.What passedContinue reading “The Murder of Will Bolin”