North Carolina Newspapers

A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding
VOL. 15, NO. 52.
of the Sandhill Territory of North Carolina
Southern Pines and Aberdeen, North Carolina, Friday, November 23, 1934.
Winter Season Opens Auspiciously in Southern Pines and Sandhills
Historical and Scenic Points of
Interest Around Southern
Pines Numerous
By Bion H. Butler
“Tell us something about the his
torical points of The Sandhills and
how to find and see them,” is a sug
gestion from a Pilot reader who is
interested in a section to which he
has come a stranger. Now he means
well, but he sets a task that is like
the wound of Mercutio, as deep as a
well and as broad as a barn door.
For history is as old as time and its
records are rarely definite, and not
always measurable.
Moore county is interesting in its
peculiar relation to the early days of
the white man in this particular sec
tion, for it has been the meeting
place of different peoples, like the
valley of the Euphrates, where at
Nineveh, at Babylon, at Ur in Chal
dea, one after another the primitive
nationalties touched elbows with each
other, succeeded one another, left
their impress on the country, Ham-
ite, Assyrian, Macedonian, Israelite,
and all the folks that get their
r.ames in history.
A common expression in this state
is ‘‘pure Auglc-Saxon," but that ap
peals to me like pure hash, or pure
anything else made from a mixture
of various ingredients, for North Car
olina has but little strictly pure
stock of any sort. For even the
Scotch, which has held its lineage
more rigidly perhaps than any other
original migrant here from the old
world, has its mixtures of ancestry.
But Moore county is not Scotch,
nor any other one thing, for this
county is the meeting point of two
separate Scotch movements of pop
ulation, one direct from the coasts
of Scotland, and the other, that great
group which coming first to Ire
land reached North Carolina by way
of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia
Presbyterian Church, which is the
mother of Presbyterianlsm in Moore
and the surrounding counties.
In Ko^-olutionary Days
Also into Moore came the Penn
sylvania German settlers, the Quak
ers, and a sprinkling of English, the
pottery community up at Jugtown in
the northern boundary of Moore, be
ing one of the moat striking repre
sentatives. There is one interesting
historical spot. The Quaker region
at High Falls where the Woodys
made a highly interesting commun
ity for a long period, and other
points up and down the river that
show Quaker contact, is another area
that is historically of much interest.
Also that section is woven in with
the story of the Revolution, for at
Coxe’s Mills as well as in the Horse
shoe, much clashing and contact of
the two armies with each other are
recorded. Coxe’s Mills are just across
the river above Hemp, and there the
armies of DeKaiL assembled on their
way to the battle of Camden, and
there Fanning made headquarters,
and there the troops coming down
to help Greene waited a while be
fore moving onto the Cheraw down in
the edge of South Carolina before
Greene started on his campaign that
wound up with the destruction of the
army of Cornwallis at Greensboro.
The whole south side of the coun
ty was the scene of Sherman's
march in 1865, Kilpatrick’s cavalry
corps passing south of Pinehurst,
through Southern Pines, and east
ward, with the infantry skirting the
south side of the county, the Four
teenth corps crossing the comer of
the county near the old Buchan
pl/jitation on Drowning Creek and
the Twentieth corps a short distance
farther down the creek. Wheeler’s
cavalry came down the roads of the
Little River valley, protecting John
son’s confederate infantry that ap
proached from Carthage.
The Morganton, the Yadkin and
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Southern Pines in Dogwood Blossom Time
But Handful of Survivors of
Early Settlers of ‘Vineland/
Forerunner of Southern Pines
John T. Patrick’s “Folly” in Attempting to Build a Village in
the Sand, “Where a Peavine Will Not Grow and a Grapevine Can
not Sprout,” Proved Vision Greater Than That of His Critics
Prospects Bright for One of
Busiest Periods in
Village History
At a Glance
By Charles Macauley
i Southern Pines has passed the full
i half century mark since the days
I when its founder surveyed its streets
: and avenues-to-be, and the forerun
ners of the coming tide of immigra-
i tion from the north changed its name
from Vineland to “The Southern
Pines.” In fact there is but a brief
span before celebrating its half cen
tury of incorporation in 1887. Natur
ally the greater number of these ear
ly settlers who aided in shaping the
destinies of the town have passed to
their eternal resting place, leaving
but a handful of survivors.
And of these not all now live here.
we still know as the "Old Shaw
House.” And there in the time of Pa
trick’s coming lived Charles W. Shaw
and his family comprising at that
period two sisters, Mary .Tnnc and
Christian Shaw, his second wife, the
widow of Daniel Blue; her sons Ar
chibald and Daniel, and the children
of Charles, Hattie and Kitty, William
and John.
W. O. Robinson had “turpentined”
the Shaw land.s west of the railroad
track, selling in turn to Buchan and
Bland whd were lumbering off the
pines. They had placed a small dam on
the easterly prong of McDeed’s Creek
to supply water for their saw mill.
Activities Start W’ith Equestrian
Gymkhana Day A^er
though many return for seasonal vis- this later becoming Lake Lauraciale,
its. We shall treat only of those who. by the Piney W^oods hotel. Salter
came here prior to the turn of the! Marks, an employee, lived about on
When John T. Patrick conceived
the idea of founding a town in the
Sandhills, then known to most citi
zens of North Carolina as the “Pine
Barrens,” and described in print by
Col. John D. Cameron:
“We know that section as we do
Fayetteville street in Raleigh. There
the site of the present Mills house on
West Broad street. H. A. Bland lived
in a small house, now part of the
rear of the C. T. Patch residence, and
with the Shaw's comprised the perma
nent population found by Patrick. So
wild was the territory that Mr.
Marks many times observed flocks' of
turkeys about the Piney Woods site,
and deer about the Boiling Spring. In
, _ . ^ ^ ^ , pomt of residence Mr. Marks is now
belt m the state except Mt. Misery ~ ^
^ ^ the oldest settler in Soutehrn Pines,
near Wilmington, yet to this region , , ,, ,
^ . , “ . ^ probably the oldest in years.
Mr. Patrick has given the name of; ^ .
_ , Within the year four of our pio-
Southern Pines, a place where a pea, ^ ^
^ ‘ ; neers and long time residents have
vine will not grow, and a grape vine „ „ * • r
, , . , I died. Charles B. Grout in May, C. J.
cannot sprout; a sand bank where! . „ ^
.. ... , i J- Sadler in July, Wilham F. Junge
even the thinly scattered pine trees . ^ ^ „
^ in October, and Thomas S. Burgess
are stunted, and the black jacks are I „
dwarfed, where the wire grass stands
in scattered clumps, few and far be
tween, and the white sand is marked
with drifts of pine straw washed to-
this month.
The Ikirly Pioneers
Charles B. Grout and wife came
from Wilson, N. Y., in February, 1886,
gether by the summer floods that are and were entertained in Patrick’s Ho-
not swallowed up by the thirsty des
tel, a modest frame building then
standing on the site of the present
hand. Mr. Grout served two terms
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His vision was greater than that I Thrower Pharmacy, quaintly painted
of his critics, as it did not take long' molasses, and papered
for his pioneers to cover the sand | w^hatever newspapers came to
with a new growth, of which surpris
ingly enough, grapes predominated.
Boyds Preserved Forest
The immediate site of the village
was barren enough, having passed
through the successive stages of tur-
pentineing and lumbering. There was
nothing left but the reforestation be
gun by the blackjacks, the outstand
ing exception being the fine growth
of long leafed pines afterward pre
served by the Boyds. Within the pres
ent limits of the town the only resi
dent proprietors from Colonial days
had been the ancient McNeill, long
The office of the City Clerk serves
as a Bureau of Information in
Southern Pines. Housed in the Muni
cipal Building on East Broad street,
it is conveniently located for tourist
information for those passing though
as well as for information pertaining
to hotels, boarding houses and resi
dences for sale and rent. Howard
since gone, and Charles C. Shaw, with | Bums, City Clerk, is in charge,
a grant in 1820. His original build-1 The Southern Pines Library is also
ing was located under Tilghman’s ^ located in the Municipal Building,
hill, and in 1842 he erected the home | Mrs. Park Fisher is the librarian.
One of the busiest season in sports
in history is promised for Southern
Pines this winter, the program cov
ering golf, tennis, roque, shuftlo-
board, baseball, riding and equestrian
events, with the features of Spring
; Festival W’eek in April winding up
' the activities. The opening event is
scheduled for Friday, November 30th,
the day after Thanksgiving, the first
, of a series of equestrian gymkhanas
at the new Show grounds.
There are nine golf tournaments
listed for the winter, three tennis
events, one of which calls for the
i appearance here of college teams
: from the state; hunter trials on
March 23d, a baseball game be
tween Duke and David.son during
I Spring Festival Wet-k, and reg-
I ular roque and shuffleboard events
throughout the w’inter.
The winter’s sports program as
scheduled will be as follows:
Saturday, January 5—
j New Year’s Handicap Tournament,
i 18 holes, medal play,
j Saturday, February 16—
I St. Valentine’s Sweepstakes, 18
holes, medal play with handicaps.
I Saturday, February 23—
I February Sweepstakes, 18 holes,
; match play against par, handicap.
Saturday, March 2—
Spring Sweepstakes. Kickers’
Handicap, medal play.
Saturday, March 9—
March Sweepstakes. 18 holes me
dal play with handicaps.
Tues^y, RIarch 18-33—
Annual Club Championships.
Thursday and Friday, .\prll 4 and 5-~
Seventh Annual Women’s Mid-
South Championship, 36 holes, me
dal play.
Saturday morning, April 13—
Collegiate Golf Tournament with
teams from Duke University, Uni
versity of North Carolina, North
Carolina State College, Davidson
College and others.
(Note—Silver Trophy for low score
made on No. 1 course. Southern Pines
Country Club, during Spring Blos
som Festival W'eek, April 8th-13th,
Saturday aftiernoon, Apiil 13—
Duke University vs. Davidson Col
lege on Southern Pines diamond.
Week of March II—
Spring Tournament in Men’s Sin
gles, Men's Doubles, W'omen’s Sin-
gles. Women’s Doubles and Mixed
Saturday, .\pril IS—
Tennis Matches, North Carolina
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Southern Pines has a Commission
form of government with D. G. Stutz,
Mayor; H. F. Burns, Clerk-Treasur-
er. Commissioners: Frank W’elch,
George W'. Case, A. B, Yeomans, L.
V. O’Callaghan, Charles S. Patch.
Chief of Police J. A. Gargis, Chief
of Fire Department, L. V. O'Callag-
han. Tax Collector, Mrs. J. H. Tilgh-
Civic Bodies
Chamber of Commerce—Nelson C.
Hyde, president; D. D. Shields Cam-
ei-n, secretary. Southern Pines Civ
ic Club—Mrs. W. N. Hutt, president;
Mrs. H. W. Gage, secretary. Aber
deen Kiwanis Club - Dr. E. M. Medlin,
president; Herbert D. Vail secretary.
Pinehurst and Aberdeen included in
this club. All-Stafds Association, H.
A. Lewis, president.
Emmanuel Episcopal, First Bap
tist, Church of Wide Fellowship, Ro
man Catholic and Christian Science.
For hours of service see Page 2.
Southern Pines Public School, high
and graded. Frank Webster princi
pal, with fourteen teachers and an
enrollment of 500. The Ark, a pri
vate school with Mrs. M. A. Hayes,
principal. Grey’s Kindergarten. Mrs.
Julia Grey, principal. The Home
School, kindergarten, first and sec
ond grades. Miss Laura M. Jenks,
Mrs. Nellie S. Fisher, Librarian.
Hours, 2 p. m. to 5:00 p. m.
Citizens Bank and Trust Company,
Miss Ethel S. Jones, Cashier. Hours,
9 to 2; Saturday, 9 to 12.
Railroad Soht'dule
From New York- New York-Flor-
ida Limited leaves Pennsylvania Sta
tion at 6:45 p. m., arrives Southern
Pines 8:4$ a. ni.; Cotton States Spec
ial leaves Penn. Station 9:30 a. m.,
arrives Southern Pines 10:44 p. m. To
New York—New' York-Florida Lim
ited leaves Southern Pines 6:42 p.
m., arrives New' York 9:10 a. m.
Southern States Special leaves South
ern Pines 5:17 a. m., arrives New
York 6:35 p. m.
P. Frank Buchan, Postmaster.
Morning mails from North in P.
O. at 7:00 a. m. and 9 a. m.; from
South, 11 a. m. Evening mails from
North in P. O. at 7 p. m. Closing time
for evening mail. 6 p. m.; for night
mail, 9 p. m„ for morning mall,
9:45 a. m.
Birds in Abundance, Golf
Courses in Excellent Condi
tion, Equestrian Gymkhana.s,
Planned, and Hotels Already
Filling Tp For Winter Months
of Sunshine.
Hotels, Inns Enjoying
Unusual Patronage
Many Already Open, Highland
Pines Inn and Southland to
Open on December 20
Leading hotels of Southern Pines
which have already opened for the
winter sesuson have been unusually
busy for this time of year, and those
not yet open report good reservation
lists for their opening dates.
The Highland Pines Inn on Wey
mouth Heights will open on Decem
ber 20th under the management of
M. H. Turner and W. E. Flynn. The
Southland opens the same date. The
Jefferson Inn opened recently and has
enjoyed excellent patronage.
For years the Hollywood Hotel has
opened on November 20th but this
season several impatient guests ar
rived ahead of time, with the r*eult
that the Pottle hostelry opened ear
The Highland Lodge opened Octo
ber 1st under the able management of
Mrs. M. H. Grearson, and the Colon
ial Inn opened the same date. The
Johnson House on Massachusetts
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By Howard F. Burns
Another season is upon us and
Southern Pines and the Sandhills are
preparing for an influx of winter vis
itors which is expected to exceed that
of the past two years. Already many
houses have been taken for the com
ing winter, bringing in new residents
who will join in resort activities
Southern Pines is a village of cul
ture and the winter colony here in
cludes many of the foremost au
thors and writers of the day who have
large estates. It is a friendly town
that enjoys a patronage of visitors
who return each seasDn.
The town is particularly well know’n
for its beauty, its grassy parkways
and abundance of green shrubben..
The city fathers have taken great
pride in keeping the streets clean
and free from the trash and rubbish
found in so many places. It is rec
ognized as one of the most beautiful
spots in the Carolinas. Motorists drive
from all parts of the state to enjoy
the charms of Spring. The blossoms
of the dogwood in Springtime are
compared to the apple blossom of
the Shenandoah Valley or the chciry
blossoms of Washington. The town is
surrounded with forests of virgin pine.
Mother Nature is in her splendor
here and the lover of the great out
doors enjoys the singing of birds as
well as the beauty of the woodlands.
Southern Pines is considered by
the traveling public to be one of the
principle winter resorts of the South.
Its location on the main line of the
Seaboard Air Line Railwaj', halfway
between New York and Florida, and
within one night of the principle
cities of the East, is one of its dis
tinct advantages. Federal Highway
One, the all-paved route from the
North to the South, is the main ar
tery of travel this season. The High
way runs within two blocks of the
center of town.
Winter Golfing Center
Located in the heart of the fore
most golfing center in the country.
Southern Pines has two country clubs.
The Southern Pines Country Club, lo
cated on the east side of town, has
one eighteen-hole and one nine-hole
course. These are two of the pret
tiest courses to be found anywhere.
On the west side of town is the spa
cious Mid-Pines Country Club and
Inn with one eighteen-hole course
which is one of the trickiest in the
Sandhills. Within five miles is the
Pinehurst Country Club and four
very beautiful courses Here in the
Sandhills the nation’s golf stars gath
er to defend their tltJes. It was
here that George T. Dunlap, Jr., for
mer national champion, learned the
The horse takes no small part in
the resort life in the Sandhills. It is
said by leading horsemen that the
mild climate and sandy soil make it
an ideal spot for all kind of horse
events. The woods are dotted with
scenic trails and here and there is
to be found the old rail fence. Hunt
ing of all kinds is attracting wide at
tention. Especially is this true of
fox hunting which is one of the fav
orite sports with the private pack of
James and Jackson Boyd. The Cham
ber of Commerce and the town have
recently completed a gymkhana field
located on the athletic grounds and
equestrian events will be held
throughout the winter. The first of
the events on the calendar is sche
duled for the day following Thanks
AlfcX Fields, game warden for
Moore county, reports an abundance
of birds this year. The quail season
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