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Mrs. Lina Smith, Swansboro,
Recalls Stella Social Hall
By TUCKER K. LITTLETON
Beaafort Faculty Member
Three weeks prevkMU I men
tiooed in tbii column something
about Stella and the activities
aloog the White Oak River >ix or
aeven decades ago. Several of the
eluerly residents of this area have
mentioned the Stella Social Hall
to me, but only one has been able
to tell me of the place.
Recently, Mrs. Lina Smith of
Swansboro, who is now in her 88th
year, told me that she remembers
having attended a dance there
when she was a girl. Mrs. Smith
described the building as a two
story frame structure located just
It was back in the horse-and
bugggy days when Mrs. Smith
went to the Stella Social Hall. Af
ter going from her home to the
river by horse, Mrs. Smith had
to leave the horiea tied on the
Onslow aide of the river, and she
tod those with her croued the
river in a scow? or so it was called
Someone later explained to me
that what used to be called a scow
waa really a ferry. After crossing
the river, Mrs. Smith walked to
the recreation center; and anybody
living then would have told you
that this was one of those big oc
While mentioning the Stella area,
I thought a little humor might do
us good. The sawmill at Stella
afforded good jobs for many and
the lumber Industry in general
was doing very well. Logs were
cut and carricd to the river by
locomotive. Then they were made
into rafts or carried by the old
steamboat, the Nannie B., down
to the inlet and thence were trans
Everything Turns Out OK,
Thanks to Alert Watchman
var, poai iriiic r, no Doai ana
no one around them for 24 hours
could be mute testimony to tragedy
In these parts. But everything
turned out happily in this instance:
Before the rain started Friday
night, a car and boat trailer was
noted by Norman Canficld, watch
man at Coral Bay Club on Bogue
Banks. It was parked in the area
Dear the club dock on the sound.
It was still there Saturday morn
ing. Thinking the persons who
were out on the boat may be in
trouble, Mr. Canfield notified
George Smith, Morehead township
Mr. Smith and deputy Bobby
Bell checked the car, and through
the license number learned that
the car belonged to Raleigh resi
dents. The Raleigh home was con
tacted and the officers were told
tfc?t David Cannon, Raleigh, and
nis mend, Joe stearn, were down
bere on a fishing trip.
Officers thought the two may
have gone out Friday night. But
they learned that the men hadn't
left until Saturday morning. When
they hadn't com.* back by Sunday,
deputy Bell notified the Coast
From the lookout tower at Fort
Macon, the Coast Guard spotted
the two on Shackleford. The Coast
Guard went over to tho banks and
learned from Cannon and Stearns
that their boat had sunk Saturday
night while it was anchored.
The Coast Guard brought them
back to the mainland. Guardsmen
making the assist were Earl Sells,
ENC; Jack MUler, SN, and S. R.
The sunken outboard has been
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The humorous Incident is about
the engineer on the locomotive
that took the logs from the woods
to the river. For convenience, I
(hall call the engineer Mr. W.
Now ea this particular day Mr.
W. was rushing the locomotive to
ward the river with a load o< logs
that had to be dumped into the
White Oak River. The tracks de
scended the hill toward the river
bank, and the locomotive was fly
ing down the tracks. As he ap
proached the end of the track, Mr.
W. put on brakes to slow the en
gine down so that he could drop
the logs gently into the stream.
However, when Mr. W. applied
the brakes, nothing happened and
the whole locomotive sailed down
the hill and plunged into the river
with a splash.
It seems that Mr. W. always had
difficulty when speeding! This
same gentleman on another occa
sion was making a trip to Swans
boro in a boat. The boat was run
by an old-fashioned two-cycle mo
tor, and the only way to reverse
the engine was to turn the switch
off and then quickly turn it on
again. Thus the motor would auto
Now, our daring young man
came dashing down the river and
was approaching the old town
dock in Swansboro, where a num
ber of people were gathered.
Whirling the boat around at full
speed, Mr. W. headed her straight
I- ? ' ' || -
Capt. Thurman Lawrence
Wins Medal for Heroism
Capt Thurman Lawrence, son
of Mr. and Mri. Tburman Law
ernce, Beaufort, was recently
awarded the Air Medal for Mi
heroic work during the snowstorms
that crippled the eastern United
States during February 1958.
The Air Medal wai presented to
Captain Lawrence by Maj. Gen.
George R. Acheson, Middlctown
Air Material Commander, Olmsted
AFB, during a presentation cere
mony this month. The citation ac
companying the award cited his
meritorious achievement while
participating as a member of the
helicopter teams which assisted in
the removal of sick and injured
individuals during the devastating
snow storms in Eastern Pennsyl
vania. The citation commended
him for his professional ability,
skill, and devotion to duty.
Captain Lawrence is assigned to
Olmsted Air Force Base, Middle
town, Pa. where he serves as a
helicopter pilot with the 3033d
toward the dock. About three or
four feet from the dock Mr. W.
cut the switch and quickly turned
it back on, but the motor didn't
The boat kept going ahead at
full speed; and when she hit the
dock, the impact tore the cabin
right off the boat. Everybody just
knew that Mr. W. was killed when,
all of a sudden, he jumped up on
the dock as pert as you please
and said, "That's all right! You
needn't laugh. I was going to tear
it off tomorrow anyway!"
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Capt. Thurman Lawrence
. . . (lew 'copter rescues
Found the Hole
Roanoke, Va. (AP)? City Coun
cilman C. M. Cornell heard com
plaints about holes in the street.
He discovered one ? an open man
hole into which the front wheel of
his car dropped. What next? He
said he replaced the cover.
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NORTH RIVER .
Dec. 2 ? Mrs. Letha Moore viaited
Mrs. Lutie Collins last Saturday.
Mr. Ervin Pratt returned home
from Morehead City hospital where
he bad been' a patient lor more
than ? week.
Mr. and Mra. Herman Smith
and children of Norwood, (pent
last weekend with b?r parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Dan Hill. Her mother
has spent the past week with them
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Murdock
and children of Raleigh spent the
holidays with her mother, Mrs. M.
Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Beachem
and son, of Charlotte, spent the
weekend with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Beachem.
Mrs. Polly Fulcher has returned
home from Jacksonville where she
had been visiting her daughter,
Mrs. C. L. Springle and family.
Mrs. Graden Barker of Oriental
visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Beachem, one day last week.
Mrs. Wallace Garner Sr. was
called to Southport last week to
be with her father who fell and
broke his hip.
Mrs. Will Dail spent the Thanks
giving holidays with her daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Bridges in Greensboro. Mr. Dail
drove up Sunday to bring her
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Pridgen of
Sawmill Operators . . .
Please remember, every load of pine slabs
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Wilmington ipeot the holidays with
her mother, Mrs. M. D. Pridgen.
The Lord's acres of sweet po
tatoes were dug and sold last
week. They realized a big yield
and a good price (or them.
Our church met their pledges in
the two college campaign that was
put on last week.
Hiss Bronna Willis spent the
Thanksgiving holidays with her
parent j, Mr. and Mr*. Delanc*
Willi! She U a freshman at WC
UNC this year.
Mr. Will Dail visited Mr. Lon
Willis last Saturday night In Sea
Seven from our WSCS attended
the study course given by Mrs.
Myrtle Smith at Ann St vet Church f
last Tuesday night, it was very
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