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ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, OCTOBER h 1907.
Business Men Will Make
United Effort for Asheboro.
i Commercial Club to be. Organized Will
Advertise The Town and Seek to Se-
'.i cure Diversified Industries Meeting
J Wednesday Night, October 9.
J A commercial organization for
f- the purpose of promoting the com-
mercial interests of Asheboro, will
Jl be discussed at a massmeeting of
the merchants j and manufacturers
j of Asheboro at a meeting to be held
in the Lexington Grocery Company's
f building next Wednesday night at 8
1 An iiivit ition i extended to every
citiz 'ii of Asheboro, who desires the
4 growth of the town tj be present.
An hs'jt iiuzuion of this kind has
'4 been freely dismissed during the
I past few days and as with one voice
f all declare that something must be
A concert of action upon the part,
of the business men is all that is
needed to dou'.ile. Achebiro's popula
te! tion and tripple l'sinnine during
, the next two years.
There are thousands of dollars
" floating around seeking a location in
,;' a paying en h-rpi nj.-f. Every town
J of any push is pursuing with cease
. less energy ilno capital for invest
ment within its borders and towns
f all around ijs are growing rapidly
5 1 through similar organizations,
f Men controlling this capital lnve
s been in Asheboro investigating the
-i safety of investment here, which is
as tiue a point as caa be found in
j, the State. But because there was bo
',' one prepared to furnish information
I desired, and because of the compara-
tive indifference of many they met
these men who have been captured
J by other towns."
With a comrn rcial club data will
be at hand; there will be some one
to take care of these visitors, and
some one of influence to present the
advantages of ABheboro in an invit
Asheboro possesses a good citizen
ship, good homes, good schools,
many churches, and acres upon,
acres of vacant lots that should be
paying dividends instead of growing
np in weeds and harboring disease.
Her enterprises are prosperous,
but a few more would create more
business, create a demand for homes
and cause many thousands more of
money to come within the reach of
onr people. This is the mission of
a commercial club and it should
have the hearty support of every
patriotic wide awake business man
in the town. Let every miu who
desires to increase his own business
and all who want to promote the
interests of Asheboro generally,
attend the meeting next Thursday
The Trade Should Not Leave Home.
Asheboro merchants, it strikes us,
shonld have a bargain day at least
once a month. Randolph ii one of
the largest and wealthiest counties
in the State. By reason of the pe
culiar railroad facilities, it is more
convenient for a part of the cou nty
to go outside of the county to trade,
often to places where they give more
for an inferior class of goods than
they would have to pay at home.
All this looting the county could
be remedied and will be remedied
when modem methods are nse . in
attracting trade. More pi inters ink
will have to be used. Personal
solicitation does well but it is slow.
Writing letters is to expensive and
is ont of date.
Our merchants would do well to
consult and devise some plan to keep
in the county the trade which be
longs here. Our merchants have
the goods and Bell them right, but
everybody does not know it and the
people a-e attracted by the well or.
ganized advertising methods resorted
to by merchants in well advertised
Farrlngton Boyi Pardoned.
Gov. Glenn has pardoned Battle
and Prinoe Farrington, white boys
convicted of being accomplices in
banning the barn of Isaac Stan
ley, in Guilford County. A petition
bearing the signatures of a number
of Guilford's best citizens was pre
sented to the Governor. The Judge
and Solicitor both were signers.
A boy or girl can by working an
hour for the Courier get one of the
best fountain pens made. Write
Serious Cutting Affair in Davidson
County Victim May Die.
Monday night of last week in the
Flat woods district of Davidson
county, a white man by the name
of Proctor went to the home of a
man named Myers to steal Myers'
girl. A row followed and in the
melee Proctor stabbed Myers
five times in the hack with a knife,
inllicting what is suppwed to be
fatal wounds, lie and the girl left
for parts uu known.
Since that time officers haye been
looking for them unci .1 n-wiinl of
$25.00 was offered for the capttre
Thursday ninht Chief Gray and
others, of High Point, went out; to a
house three miles from High Point
and captured Proctor. He was
take,! to Tlionmsville Friday after
noon by Chief Gray, who founf bis
reward in the bank theie.
Pearly Myers, the girl, whs also
arrested and t.iten back to Davidson
by a deputy sheriff.
In connection with the CKse Mrs.
Lee Proctor was also arrested for
conspiracy and released on a $50.00
It is tenoned that M vers is in a
Comparatively Sew Stock to Occu
py .New Building--Haudsunie
The new brick grocery store
building of W. D. Stedinan is com
pleted and Mr. Stedinan is now
moving into it. When oocupied
and the stock arranged it will be
one of the handsomest groceries in
The building is two stories of
brick with glass front and cement
floor on the street level with haud
some display window on either side
of the entrance iu the centre. The
shelves and I0112 table like counters
which stretch the entire length of
he bui ding on both sides are hand
so nely varnished and set with large
quantities of new fancy groceries.
The mterior presents a handsome
appearance. In the rear of the
building is a petition behind which
will be kept the heavy staple gro
ceries, meats, feed, flour, etc.
The second floor will also be used
as a storage room.
Mr. Stedman is determined to
give Asheboro a first class grocery
supplying everything the market
demands and afford?.
NEW COUNTY SUPERINTEN
DENT. Will Begin Tour of Schools In County
In a Short Time.
Prof. E. J. Coltrane, the recent
ly elected Superintendent of Public
Schools of Randolph County, has
been busy in his office at the court
house securing teachers for the
various districts. Almost alT have
been supplied and he thinks all the
schools w'll be open bv November
Mr. Coltrane expects to begin to
visit the schools in the County in a
few weeks, and will make an "effort
to complete the round this year,
thus becoming better acquainted
with the teachers, patrons and the
needs of the various districts,
Mr. Coltrane is a son of J. II.
Coltrane of Kandleman, R. F. D.,
No. 2, and is a tireleas worker .He
has recently graduated from Guil
ford College with honors, and is
well equipped for his work. With
the co-operation of committeemen
and patrons of the school, much
will be accomplished this year.
J. M. Millis, of New London, says
a correspondent to the Stanley En
terprise, has invented a well boring
machine 3 feet in diameter, which
bored 30 feet in one and a half days,
Mis. Mattie Carter, wife of Supt.
M. J. Carter, of the Milledgeville
Cotton Mill, died last week.
Mrs. J. II. Stowo returnul this
weak from a month's visit to rela
tives iu Viginia.
PROBABLY FATALLY INJURED.
Aged Citizen ol Strleby Fell From
Mr. Wen. Skillcorn, an aged and
highly esteemed citizen of Strieby,
was probably fatally injured by fall
ing Friday. He ws en
gaged in tearing down one of the
shanties at the Uwhartie mine when
he fell, landing on Ms left side.
His arm was broken and internal
injuries were inflicted. On account
of bis age, for be is seventy years
old, the physicians have dispaired
of his life.
IN RANDOLPH FOR
THE YEAR 1907.
Increase in Every Township in the County Except
OneSubstantial Increase in Railroad and
Telegraph Property and Bank Stocks A
The tux books for 1907 have been placed in the hanls of Sheriff Hay-
woiui ov negister or ueens o . t . torougns. An examination or the re
cords show an increase in the valuation of property in almost every town
ship in the county.
.Asheboro leads with taxables to the value of $707,493; Randleman
township is second with $081,883; and Franklinville third with $016,347.
The following shows a statement of the value of taxable propertv iu
each township, as compared with last
TOWNSHIP. l'JOO t'107
WHITE COLORED WHITE COLORED
Asheboro, $492,001 $ 14,753 $707,493 $ 22,920
Franklinville, 514,732 2,978 046,34' 4,497
Columbia, 480,389 7,854 549,235 10,034
Randleman, 500,700 4,274 081.883 4,871
Pleasant Grove, 45,771 779 49,786 901
Brower, 76,429 3,670 92,529 4,450
Richland, 146,061 1,881 189,786 3,017
Union, 103,176 2,258 122,425 2,397
New Hope, S"'?- ? , 3,159 159,433 3,291
Colendge, 236, ,? . j? vj" 3,026 269,303 3,905
Giant, 126,443 8 5,814 140,857 7,373
Liherty, 313,233 5,907 346,032 6,545
Cedar Grove, 159,002 5,84$ 172.925 ' ' 6,697
Concord, 235,377 1,366 245,514 1,660
Tabernacle, 187,561 . . 2,202 191,406 2,529
Trinity, 313,638 10,602 337,925 12,884
New Market, 237,095 4,702 206,167 5,841
Back Creek, 203,309 2,074 196,382 2,223
Providence, 145,202 3.245 108,150 3,748
R. R. property, including Telephones,
Telegraph, etc. $015,608 $C39,428
Bank Stock, 84,448 140,278
It can a so be seen from the above that the value of railroad nronertv
and bank stocks has increased. Randolph has a record tiiis year of
which every citizen and foimer citizen should be proud.
It is this steady growth of the county and evidence of prosperity that
has turned the eyes ot so , many old Randolph citizens to their native
State and County.
The polls listed in each township
Polls for 1906
The amount of taxes available is
CONCERT AT AUDITORIUM.
Daughters of Confederacy Preparing an
Tue Randolph Chapter, Daugh
ters of the Confederacy will give p
concert in the Auditorium on Fri
day evening of next week. This
was decided at a meeting of the
Chapter Monday " afternoon. The
program has not yet been completed,
hut one that will interest every one,
is promised. Definite announce
ment of the program etc. ill Le
made next week.
year, giving the amount listed by
Automatic Machine for
Turning and Sanding Bobbins.
THE LATE J. W FINCH.
One of Leiiiigtou'g Oldest and Brit
Citizen--The Young Man's
Last week the Courier noted the
death of Mr. Johu W. Finch, at
Lexington. We herewith present
his photo and a brief sketch of his
life taken from the Dispatch.
Though boru in Davidson where
he made his home until death, Mr.
Finch has a host ol friends in Ran
dolph besides '11111 tiy relatives.
Mr. Finch was horn March 24th,
1841, 12 miles from Lexengton,
near Hannersville. He was a mer
chant for about 40 years, "gelling
goods at Skeen's Xlills, Silver Val
ley and Silver Hill before coming to
Lexington. About 1871 he went to
Lexington and opened a business.
Three years later, in 1871, he was
elected Register of Deeds, an oflije
he held continuously fer 12 years.
Al the time of bis death he was a
member of the County Board of
Pensions, a id throughout his resi
dence in Lexington lie was fre
quently cul'ed up'iii to tuke active
part in puMic affairs.
At the same time he conducted
his uieivautile business, which for
the past few jears, has been uuder
the name of J. W. Finch & Son,
Mr. B. II. Finch, being the mana
ger and junior member. And while
his success as a business man was not
as great as that of others, he did
more for peopl - generally and young
men in puriicular in I is buoiuess ca
rter than is usually given to men to
do. He e lucated alarge number of
young uieu be employed bs clerks,
and to-day some of the most suc
cessful business men iu Lexington
and elsewhere owe to him a great
deal for their experience and train
ing. Indeed, this appears to have
been Mr. Finch's lite work, and it
was well done.
Mr. Finch was twice married,
first to Miss Dora Newsom, who
The Late J. W. Finch.
died within a few mouths; .ind then
to Miss h. Lee Ilillyard, of Rich
mond, Ya , who with their one sou,
Ar. Brantley II. Finch, survives
him. One brother, Mr. F. H.
Finch, of M;souri, an I two ptstr.-,
Mrs. A. II. KeariiP, of Hills Store,
N.C., aud Mrs. Ne.itty Buf'urd, of
Illinois, illiHJ Hirvive, Muettier Willi
nuniero is ot'UT rolittive-. Mr. Kuich
as a mem Iter of the Me.h.'dist
church for tiff v uis. und nad
served man veins aa trustee of the
Greeusboro Druggint for Retailing.
The Drug Store of T. C. Mcll
henney,of Greensboro, was raidt-d
by the police last Thursday, with
the result that he was arrested and
bound over to Court in two cases.
In a pill drawer the officers founds
three gallons of whiskey in small
packages and upstairs 26 bottles of
.Monument Fund Started.
At a meeting of the Daughters of
h- Confederacy at the school build-:
ing on Monday the old officers were
re-elected, aud Mrs. Annie Robins i
was elected a delegate to the auutial j
meeting, which is to be held inj
Greensboro the 8th and 9th. i
The organization has put aside
$"0. as a I ei-niii.? Inward a nu i.u. .
nient to be erected in Asheboro t0 i
the Confederate dead in this county
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Machine the laventlon of Jay. a. Mar
tin, of Asheboro Declared Patentable
By Washington Attorneys.
James A. Martin, Superintendent
of the Asheboro Bobbin Factory,
I uas invented an automatic wood
I turning machine, which is destined
I to revolutionize the bobbin busi
ness as well as other industries re
quiring rapid turning and finishing
of wood. While built especially
for the manufacture of bobbins.
spindles and balisters, the machine
is also adapted to turning chair
pests and other kinds of turned
The machine requires four and a
haif by tive feet lloor space and
stands about live feet high. It is
strong and simply constructed, and
is operated by one man, doing the
work of two machines aud two oper
ators. And while the two old turn
ing and finishing operators are turn
ing out 1800 or 2000 bobbins a day
this invention of Mr. Martin's has
a capacity of 7200 a dav. The in
ventor claims that when tiuished
these bobbins are more uniform and
better finished than can be secured
by tne present process.
Although the machine carries six
centers and has four cutting heads
it is so arranged that, it can be
changed from one kind of work to
another or from one size to another
in less time than is required to
change the present hand feed ma
chines. The latter process also incurs a
loss of from 10 to 25 per cent, of
raw material fiom bursting when
placed on the machine, and it is
claimed that with the new machine
this loss is reduced to almost noth
ing. The machine is the outcome of
years of experience and practical
work with the different kinds of
wood turning machinery and a close
study of every phase ot the bobbin
business. The machine is as free
from complications as is possible to.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY, i
Branch Meetiugln Session at the M. P.
The annual conference of the
Branches of the Woman's Missionary
Society of the Methodist Protestant
church, convened in Asheboro yes
terday morning. The following
delegates from a distance were pres
ent: Miss Jes ie Williams, Asheville;
Mrs. S. H. Tomlinson, High Point;
Mrs. J. F. McCulloch, Greensboro;
Miss Velna McCulloch, Greensboro;
Mrs. Ernest Teague, Greeneboro;
Mrs. Henry Stone, Greensboro; Mrs.
Henry Stone, Greens boru; Mrs. Rea,
High Point; Miss Lizzie Glass,
Greensboro; Mrs. Dr. Joy Harris
Glasscock, Greensboro; Mrs. W. D.
Burgess, High Point; Miss Minnie
Pickett, High Point; Mits imck,
Libert); Miss Etta Aumau, Why
Not; Miss Belle S.afforJ.
A devotional exercise was held in
In the afternoon the president,
Mrs. Joy Harris Glascock, called the
meeting tj order.
The address of welcome was de
livered oy Mrs. W. E. Swain and
responded to by Mrs Rea.
I'he uddrevs of the president re
ferral encouragingly to the progress
of t'ie soetetv. Ituiget fuller at
tendance i f di 1 -gatej f r.itn the
Branc'i'- and uracil siroueer sup
port to ! he cause of missions in the
Tfce convention will continue
Impressed With Asheboro.
Mr. Nixon Lucas, of Ala., has
been visiting relatives in this coun
ty receutiy. While in Asheboro the
other day, Mr. Lucas said he waa
impressed with the growth and
pi ogress of Asheboro, and that if he
were to change his place of resi
dence, he would consider Asheboro
first of all. He said also that in
his travels had he not seen a school
building that would equal ours in a
town the size of Asheboro.
Robert Staley waa arrested at Sta
hv Friday afternoon by U. S. Man
hil J. M.M llikun on" tie charg
of illicit distilling. He was brought
to Greensboro and lodged in jail
awa'ling the next term of Federal