North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XVII, NO. 1
Transformation of Sand Hills is the
Result of Pinehurst's Example
Men Wli do Dig Things are Vesting:
Theory and Practise on II road
and Comprehensive .Lines
blCilblUAJNT as an
example of Pinehurst's
widespread influence, is
the agricultural develop
ment of the immediate
section, for the Village
is now the Heart of ac
tivities in this direction
as well as the Hub of its
good roads. "No use tryin' ter grow
ennythin' in these heah Sand Hills,"
commented the Native who reckoned he
knew, when Mr. Leonard Tufts set about
clearing land in the immediate vicinity
of Pinehurst for test purposes. "Even
tough ole wire grass finds ther pickin' so
scant thet it can't even 'sociate with its
neighbors, an' ez fer krops, why they hez
'bout ez much show ez er snow ball in er
hot skillet."
Mr. Tufts, however, was confronted
with a problem and like the man from
Missouri, he preferred to be shown in view
of the fact that farming roundabout had,
upto that time, been mostly of the "con
versational" order. Land was cleared
with surprising ease and cow peas were
grown as cow peas had never been grown
before. Corn was a success from the first,
rye, oats,and vegetables all did well, with
cotton as a big dividend payer from the
start. But this is another story ; a story
by the way, of which the average resort
visitor has little comprehension in spite
of some 500 hundred acres of farm land
within the very limits of the Village and
visible evidences of accomplishment
everywhere, f "Never knew you raised
anything but golf courses,'commented a
Northern man of prominence who had
learned of Mr. Tufts' notable achievments
along agricultural lines through a South
ernor. And here you have it; most of
us are "colorblind" and the strange thing
is that so few of us know it !
However, somebody did discover that
Pinehurst was raising something beside
golf courses. The first was the Native
who reckoned he knew. When he found
he didn't he stopped chewing the medita
tive straw of tradition and sat up and took
notice and nourishment ! 'Twasn't long
before all Moore County knew what
"Tufa from New England" was doing
"over beyant." Pretty soon the State was
talking, then several. states, and in due
season, somebody who didn't golf and
who did farm, heard about it way up
above the Mason and Dixon line, and it
looked good to him ! f The big ship starts
slow on the ways, but it burns 'em some
when it once gets going. That's the far
ming situation roundabouts it's well un
der way and its going some !
Launched little more than a year ago,
the "big ship" is now cleaning up its
"twenty-two knots" every hour of the
working day, and the log book shows re
sults on every page of the bulky volume,
T Frederick T. Gates of financial fame,
was early in the field and some twenty
thousand acres was his stunt . Last sum-
are also in the game. Energy plus
ideas, is transforming the Sand Hill
Desert, f It is not the purpose of this
article to go into specific detail. Suffice
it is to show that men who do things are
trading capital for experience and reclaim
ing waste lands ; testing out both theory
and practice on the broad and compre
hensive lines of modern methods ; deliv
ering results not explanations; object
lessons for the benefit of all mankind.
Cotton raising has thus early attracted
national prominence through the super
iority of the product, corn is forging ahead
into the very front ranks, rye and oats
are being grown successfully ; peaches,
pears, plums, grapes, strawberries, and
it milium .-in linn """ - iiMiiMiM iii in TTni i I- .i T'fi't:.
mer over five hundred acres, cleared
during the winter, were under cultivation
and "Hoffman" i3 now a community in it
self; poking its nose through the sand
"in a night". IT Over Samarcand way
R. W. Pumpelly, once mining engineer,
has a country gentlemen's estate of over
two thousand acres, and just beyond Jack
soil Springs, Roger A. Derby, Harvard
man of leisure, is developing a plantation
of equal size on extensive lines.
Hard by Aberdeen, Ralph W. Page,
son of Ambassador Page, has a two thou
sand acre farm, and not far away, his
uncle, Henry A. Page, is also working a
similar tract. And, mark me, these are
only the show places ; Marston, Maurice,
C tter, and others all Northern men
dewberries have all passed the experi
mental stage. Vegetables offer oppor
tunities and some go so far as to assert
that Moore County could equal Aroostook
County in potatoes under proper treat
ment. Cattle, horse and hog raising is
coming as a natural consequence, pros
perous homes are beautifying the land
scape, "health, wealth, and happiness"
are the ideals which beckon at this the
beginning of the transformation of a sec
tion which has hitherto figured largely
as a producer of golf courses ! If Agri
cultural accomplishments future issues
of The Outlook will strive to show
through interesting special stories of
general interest, f "Come south young
man !" is the Moore County slogan.
It Becomes Reality of Present and Future
Through Summer's Accomplishments
llotel and Cottage Gxtvmlon, II e
frigreratinsr Plant and Country Club
Improvement, the Feature
GREATER Pinehurst is
the reality made a
potent factor of both
present and future by the
sum mer's accomplish
ments. Tf E a r 1 y last
May the whine of saw
and bark of hammer
were resounding
through the Village and November's
coming revealed a transformation to
early comers, f The most marked evi
dence of growth noted in Mrs. E. C.
Bliss' new hotel, The Pine Crest Inn,
which comes as a delightful addition
to the list of hotels ; its comfort but
suggested by the charm of exterior.
Modern in every particular, it provides
for fully fifty guests, offering several
suites with private bath ; radiant with
freshair ; sunshine, good cheer, and"homi
ness." Opening from the entrance foyer,
at the left, is the daintiest of dining rooms
decorated in soft Nile green and white,
with music room and parlor at the right,
all in refreshing tints which, prevailing
throughout the house, contrast happily
with mission furnishings and rug covered
waxed floors. Spacious Colonial pillared
verandas, glass entrance doors, and the
decorative treatment of the building it
self make it a sparkling note of color
against the distant sky and pines. For
the opening on Saturday evening, No
vember first, the entire colony gathered.
Among the first to register are those
who will linger for the closing in May,
and return for the opening next October.
The cottage extension is also most
marked ; the new home of Mr. and Mrs.
Parker W. Whittemore of Brookline, one
of the finest houses in the Village.
Changes in the interior of the building,
formerly owned by Mrs. W. C. Peet,
have been general, including a new
kitchen, laundry, pantry, and maid's
rooms with connecting bath, and delight
ful "den" of quartered panelled oak. A
heating system has also been installed.
Upon the upper floor a vast sleeping
porch, two sleeping rooms and two
baths have been added. The garage,
completed last spring, is a model of
comfort and convenience.
(Concluded on page th'.rteen)

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