Thomas Boyd Speaks was born in Union Grove, NC in 1901 to John Peter (J.P.) Speaks and Gillie Lutissen Templeton. Thomas’ father John was a local farmer who lived just off NC-901 and had been in the community his whole life. With a sizeable property of almost 100 acres, he was probably able to keepContinue reading “The Bugle Boy Who Was Buried Twice”
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Photo of the Day: The Fort
I found this in some of my old files. I think it’s Fort Fisher at Kure Beach.
Olive Branch Church
The little hill in Davie County where Olive Branch Methodist Church once stood has been in use for over 200 years in one way or another.The church was organized on paper in 1804, but before that met in an old log schoolhouse building in roughly the same area. It may have been in use forContinue reading “Olive Branch Church”
September, 1975 in Statesville. Murders, rape, and a John Doe.
Humans seemed naturally wired to look for patterns in life. Sometimes coincidences have meaning and sometimes they are statistical improbabilities. Either way, the mind naturally wants to create order from chaos, and the more we do that, the more likely we are to refute the randomness of events that share the same space and timeContinue reading “September, 1975 in Statesville. Murders, rape, and a John Doe.”
Time has a way of erasing things we used to think of as important. As the world becomes bigger, the size of human history and existence further obscures our knowledge of what once was. Today, we’ll try to push the shadows away ever so slightly to see what can still be known about a majorContinue reading “Zephyr School”
Clio Presbyterian Church
This church was founded in 1879 and closed down by it’s presbyter in 2011. If you would like to know more about it and the former community of Clio it was a part of, see my article on Clio, NC, and the sources I used for it. This church is now private property, with theContinue reading “Clio Presbyterian Church”
Clio, North Carolina
It’s only fitting that this story is about a place called “Clio”. If any of you reading this are students of or familiar with Greek mythology, you might know Clio as the muse of history, with the responsibility of calling to remembrance things past. In this case, the muse strikes in a rather crafty manner,Continue reading “Clio, North Carolina”
James Mebane Robertson, M.D.
As I’ve continued searching for information related to the Trivette Clinic, I remembered a source I have on my own bookshelf- the now out of print Iredell County Heritage Books published in the year 2000.Volume II of this set has articles for both Dr. Trivette and Dr. Robertson, and I wanted to include a portionContinue reading “James Mebane Robertson, M.D.”
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”