■watchman for a year at S1.25 a
week.” It was their duty to patrol
the four main streets from ten
o’clock at night until daybreak,
and once every hour make a procla
mation, “One o’clock; and all is
well.” “Two o’clock; and all is
In September, 1843, the corner
stone of Greensboro Female College
building, now Greensboro College
for Women, was laid; in the sum
mer of 1845, the building contain
ing thirty-six rooms was completed.
August, 1863, it was destroyed by
fire and August, 1873, ten years
after destruction it was reopened.
In 1856 the North Calolina rail
road was completed, and January
29, 1856, the first train came into
By 1857 the town had a life in
surance company and a fire insur
ance company that did good busi
ness until the civil war.
In 1863-4 the Piedmont railroad
from Danville to Greensboro, was
The J. Van Bindley company was
founded in 1866, which is the larg
est company of its kind in the state.
A new charter was obtained from
the legislature in 1870. The corpor
ation area was one square mile.
May, 1871, the Benbow house,
now Guilford hotel, was opened.
This was an event for visitors were
here from the northern cities, and
Governor Vance spoke at the open
Lindsay street school, the first
graded school in the state, was open
ed in 1872.
The editorial excursion from New
York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,
which visited Greensboro in 1872,
called the town, “The City of Flow
ers,” its schools have caused it to
be called the “Athens of the South,”
but H. J. Elam of the Daily Record
in 1879 called it, “The Gate City.”
Bennett college, a school for ne
groes was opened in Greensboro in
The second court house was de
stroyed by fire about this time along
■U’ith the Southern hotel, Porter’s
Drug store. Farmer’s Bank building
and a row of small frame law
offices on the North and West of
the court-house, burning everything
on the corner down to Garrett’s
store, now Odd Fellows hall. Work
at once commenced for re-building.
The third and fourth court
houses were erected on the lot where
the Jefferson Standard Life In
surance Company’s skyscraper is
now being constructed.
In May, 1888, fire destroyed the
first town hall and all the town rec
ords. Soon after, a new building
was erected for municipal purposes,
and stood on the corner of Davie
and Sycamore streets until 1912.
where now stands the city market.
About 1889, the first telphone ex
change was established by the Mc-
Adoo brothers which became a part
of the Bell system in 1903.
In 1889, the people of Greensboro
voted $30,000 in bonds in order to
get the State Normal and Industrial
College, now North Carolina Col
lege for Women, which was opened
The census of 1890 gave the town
a population of 3,155.
In 1891 the legislature provided
a new charter that made Greensboro
four-square miles instead of one
square mile, with Court Square as
By 1900 the population had
grown to 10,035.
In 1903 the Southern Life and
Trust company organized. The
same year the Security Life and
Annuity company was founded, and
in 1905 the Greensboro Life Insur- The Blue Jay
ance Company was organized. The (Continued from page 1)
last two named companies consoli- , scream, not a sweet one, yet not un
dated into the Jefferson Standard Pheasant to hear.
Life Insurance company, which has It “ts acorns and chest-
become the largest life insurance The jay’s neighbors do not
company south of Philadelphia and
east of the Mississippi.
The first street car was the horse
or mule car line. In 1902 the
Greensboro Electric company began
operating electric street cars.
The first automobile arrived 1904.
like it particularly, for it has one
bad habit. It can not resist egg
hunting. If it has been stealing, or
thinks it may be suspected of any
wrong, it slips off through the trees
so quietly, that unless you catch
sight of the blue and white of his
A »u c ► W/-11 coat you will hardly know what
Among the first owners were. Will : ^ ^
McAdoo, Lindsey Hopkins, Rever
end Melton Clark, and Doctor W. P.
It was not until after 1910 that
the city had its first asphalt surface
’ he is.
—Roger Hurlock, 6B.
were taken. The savages tore up
most all the furniture except the
bed and a few pieces which were
too heavy to be easily destroyed.
When the news reached the ears of
some neighboring planters they set
out to Conway’s estate, but found
nothing in the ruins except the bed
and a few other pieces. One man
needed anpther bed so he took Lady
Conway’s bed for his own.
Nothing happened to the bed for
several generations. It stayed in
one family for a hundred years
serving each new mistress or master
as well as the first.
One day the bed picked up his
invisible ears to listen to a very
SIMPSON STREET NEWS
It was a quiet afternoon. The strange conversation. It had heard
rain was drizzling and the wind was
cold. Vetchen stood before the
In 1911 the people adopted a new , . i i • i
, rr J 1 11-1 window lightly tapping the pane
charter onered by the legislature . , , ° ,,
.J. P • • r r with her fingers. She was unable
providing tor a commission torm oi ,
^ , , P I to go out, for she was just recover-
government, which was used lor ten . ^
I mg from a very severe case of
years. ° ,
pneumonia; she lived with her aunt
The 0. Henry hotel opened up ! , u j . • .
^ ^ ^1 who was very old and very strict,
.. u,4., ..f imo ^ •' ’
and she was lonely and wished for
for business in the spring of 1919.
The fifth court house to be erected
in the county was dedicated in May ghe was thinking of her cousin
people talk but never like this. They
said something about a war, a flag
and making a flag. “Why did they
want a flag? Wasn’t the flag of
England good enough?” The bed
wondered but did not know that
Betsy Ross was taking orders from
George Washington to make the flag
of America. ^
After another long period the bed
1920. The building and furnishing
costing about $750,000.
An amendment to the charter was
adopted in 1921, and the council-
Steavance who had written many lit
tle stories for her during her illness.
She would love to hear one now.
Just then a man came around the beautiful young lady, came into the
manager form of government was j corner, she knew who it was and room and fell across the bed and
formed. Claude Kiser became the; ran to let him! in.
became accustomed to a large house
where there were many negroes and
well dressed visitors.
The mistress of the plantation, a
first mayor under this plan.
An act was ratified by the legis
lature extending the corporate limits
After Steavance had greeted her
and made himself comfortable,
Vetchen asked for a story. He looked
from four square miles to nearly around the room and through the
eighteen square miles on March 15, half open door caught sight of an
1923. And the population of
Greensboro is now 43,525 which
makes it the third city in popula
tion in the state.
Greensboro is situated in the cen
ter of North Carolina, in the midst
of the world’s finest bright tobacco
belt, the largest and most prosperous
cotton mill section in the south, the
heart of the furniture manufacturing
old four poster bed in the next room.
“FlI tell you a story of the old
bed in which you have spent so
many days,” he said.
A long time ago there was an old
man that made beds for a living.
He made your old bed for Lady
Conway who was a sickly woman
and died soon after she was put into
’ its lofty arms. Then her daughter
district m the south, flue grain (^3,^ 33
-gion, and on the border of theip„p„i„. neglected and
cotton fields, and in the center of the
was never touched until about three
fruit growing section in the entire' ^ i .
, ® I o ciocK in tfie morning unless it
. , f-p . , maid who changed the
The city has fifty-eight passenger , ^he bed was lonesome be-
trains coming in daily, and dozens 1,3^3^ L^^y Conway had been faith-
of freight trains daily. The city isjf^j
on the main trunk line of the great, ^fter 'the death of Lord Conway’s
bouthern Railway and is one of thel t j r u i
, . . ! l^ord Lonway could not stand
systems most important Po-ts- • noisv city of London, so he and
facts about Greensboro: 28,000 j „ f., _ .. ,
ja tew campers went on an outdoor
looms, 700,000 spindles in a radius i
trip. But Diana Was left under the
of fifty miles, ten cotton factories,; r t j i
o- j-cv I • J r J J an unfit
25 different kinds of goods prgduc- | i , l i j •
ed, 250,000 yards of denim daily ^^e loved society
ij, 1 , J ■ Diana did. When Lord
worlds largest denim mill, 10,000 r . i i
1 or 1 1 -11 Gonway returned he was worried
employees, 85 efiurefies, six hotels; i .i , ,
, J ., over fils child because she was so
tfiree parks, two daily newspapers, i i j • i tt ,
11 *7 1. changed in her ways. He thought
one weekly newspaper, twelve pub-V ,, , ®
lie schools, four colleges, /hite,:
four colleges, colored, fiv; hospitals:'''^ hoped he would never see society
and sanitariums, four through high-,
ways, fifteen fraternal ordL, L
clubs, SIX banks, and eighteen square iirusi.
miles area, *
Prepared bv T\Iarv Wade'
r.aturhlin from Mi.s.s Tyre's Civics " “P, “
IT Class ! took longer to make Diana consent
;to his wishes. He had planned
that they should go to America
wept bitterly. The bed said in its
language, “What is wrong?” The
mistress must have heard for she
kept repeating something which
sounded like, “He’s going to war to
fight the Yankees!” The bed didn’t
know who “He” was but “He” was
the only name the girl had used.
A few days later the mistress and
a man dressed in gray came in the
room, “Quick!” she said, “Get under
She lifted up the mattress of the
bed and the man got under, and just
after she had hidden him, six men
in blue broke through the door.
They searched the room, then went
away. The man in gray came out
A year afterward the bed knew
that there was a wedding in the
house. It was the beautiful girl and
the man whom she had hidden.
“These two were your mother and
father. Your father died when you
were one year old and your mother
two years later. Then you came to
live with your aunt and your bed
came also and here you both are.”
“O-oo! that was a good story,”
Vetchen exclaimed at its close; but
she grew very quiet and thoughtful
afterwards and remained so until
the supper bell called Steavance and
her to supper.
—Hilda Davidson, 7A1.
At the seventh meeting of the
Peter Pan Literary Socitey of
Grade 3A, on Friday, the pro
gramme committee announced a
Bible program, consisting of all
the memory -work done through
out the year. The following se
lections were given:
"Books of the Old Testament,”
"Books of the New Testament”
Beatitudes Frances Jones
Young Man’s Psalm
Traveler’s Psalm Jane Carlton
First Psalm Leta Loman
The Parent-Teachers Associa
tion held its regular monthly
meeting Friday afternoon at 3
o’clock. This being the last
business meeting, the following
officers were elected: President,
Mrs. W. M. Jones; Secretary,
Mrs. E. G. Michaels; Treasurer,
Mrs. E. W. McNairy.
After the business meeting a
program was given hy groups of
children, consisting or favorite
poems learned in the grades.
Mrs. Whit Stone then gave a
talk on the influence of Reading
in the Life of a Child,” wdiich was
especially appropriate at this time
as Book Dav was observed.
As a result of the Book Day,
the children presented seventy-
one. good hooks to the school,
.Among the attractively illustrat
ed hooks given were the follow
ing: "Real Alother Goose,” ''Peter
Potter Book,” "Dr. ■ Do-Little,”
"Birds Every Child Should
i-Cnow,’’ "Mother Goose Village,”
and “Sun-Bonnet Baby Book.”
* * 3):
On ilemorial Day, after dis
cussions in tlie rooms as to the
■sig-nificance of the day, the child
ren marched to the cemetery and
placed flowers on the Confeder
ate monument. The pleasure that
it gat'e the veterans to see them
there added to the impres-siveness
of the occasion.
the next ship that took a colony over.
At that time America was inhab-
Tnesday. May 8, the chapel pro- ’ted by the red men and had very
gram w-as opened by responsive 1®'*' white people. He took only' a
reading in our new hymn books, few pieces of furniture one of which
Mr. Archer talked to ns a few was his wife’s old bed which he
minutes about the plans for our could not bear to give up.
summer camp. He also told us; America was very interesting to
how much good it would do us if Diana and she soon learned to love
everybody in the school would this free country. She managed the
learn to enjoy music. We all felt house and trained her servants,
very much honored by having Lord Conway’s estate was very
with us Mr. Gildesleaves from large and was a great distance from
Rochester, N. Y., who told us any other estate. One day a band
about music and how the people of Indians rushed out of the woods
in Rochester were learning music, and killed Diana and her father.
He also sang for us and everybody Most of the slaves escaped. The
enjoyed the program. F. B. house was raided and all the trinkets
LINDDSAY STREET NEWS
Continued from Page one
but socially were so far apart as
the poles. Tom was one day
brought into the presence of the
youthful Prince. The two boys ex
changed clothes and Tom stayed at
the palace, while the Prince went
out into the world a beggar. Their
adventures i„ their new positions
fornr interesting reading. Eventually
the Prince fought his way back to
his Arone and became a good king.
urmg lus short reign, he rewarded
the kind friends of his beggar days
and m all ways tried to make the
lot of the poor people easier.
f hy I would recommend
I his book—
The Commencement exercises
will he given Thursday, May Fth.
1 he folio-wing out-of-door pro
gramme of Folk Dances and
games has been planned Rr the
“Bing a Song of Sixpence,”
“Shoemaker’s Dance,” “Feet To
'T See You,” “Klap Dans”
"Come Let Us Be Joyful.” "How
Do You Like To Go Up
In a Swing”—Grade 2A
May Pole Dance
Grades 3B and -lA
Flag Drill Grade 4B and 4A
■‘Lobby Loo” All Grades
After these exercises the art
work that has been done through
out the year, will he exhibited ia
the halls of the building.
I would recommend this book to
any one for its splendid portrayal
of We as it was lived in the days
of Henry the eighth. Besides it
proves that before anyone can truly '
sympathize with the sufferings and
sorrows of people, he must endure
In order that the last day of
school. June the fourth, may be a
happy one for the children, Ahss
Clements is planning a musical
programme for them. Children
will be selected to sing solos and
each grade will sing its favor