Along The Way
By EmilyKllltHt /
Duplin County is known to have
records dating back into the 1700s.
Using the records much of Duplin's
history has been written.
The history of our county reveals
many things. Duplin has always
been a law-abiding county and
records list the names of the local
sheriffs. A well-known and loved
Duplin sheriff was Bland Wallace of
Kenansville. Wallace was the first
sheriff to serve after the Civil War.
The February 24, 1955 issue of
THE DUPLIN TIMES carried an
article about Wallace. And, accord
ing to the article, Wallace was a
descendant of the original Scotch
Irish settlers of Eastern North Caro
lina who came from Scotland and
Ireland. A reprint of that article
Bland Wallace of Kenansville
In the death of Bland Wallace of
Kenansville, Duplin County lost one
of its oldest, most honored and
admired citizens. At the time of his
death he was in his ninety-third year,
having been born June 10th, 1835.
He was a descendant of the original
Scotch Irish settlers of Eastern North
Carolina, his great-grandfather
having come from Edinburgh, Scot
lana in 1ito.
At the outbreak of the War
Between the States he promptly
enlisted to defend his beloved South
land and served under the late
Captain James G. Kenan, Company
A, 43rd Regiment. He was wounded
at Gettysburg, captured and carried
to the United States Hospital on
Governor's Island, later being ex
changed and returned to the South.
Returned, Wallace served his
beloved Confederacy to the end.
In 1868 he was elected Sheriff of
Duplin County and served until 1882
when he voluntarily relinquished this
ncnansvuie ms numc. n nas occu
said that he and the late Dr. James
Sprunt, who served Duplin as
County Register of Deeds contem
poraneously with him as Sheriff,
were the best-beloved citizens of
Duplin County during their lives.
Both men were of highest integrity
and ever ready to extend a helping
hand to the deserving.
In 1858 Mr. Wallace married Miss
Mary Williams who preceeded him
to his reward 31 years. Of this union
nine children were born, four of
whom died in infancy. Only three of
his children of this marriage sur
vived their father.
Wallace married Miss Mary Mc
Gowan, who with their son, Joseph^
B. Wallace survives him.
In 1885 Mr. Wallace joined the
Kenansville Baptist Church and
served as treasurer many years
relinquishing this service when old
age compelled him to do so.
He passed away peacefully in his A
old home in Kenansville. March 17, "
1928 and on March 18, midst a
wealth of beautiful flowers, his
earthly body was laid away in the old
family cemetery not far from the spot
where nearly a century ago he was
An Agricultural Options informa
tional meeting will be conducted by
the Duplin County Agricultural Ex
tension Service on Thursday, Feb. 7
at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the
Agricultural Extension office.
All farmers who buy or sell corn,
soybeans, or hogs are invited to
attend and learn more about ag
options, a new alternative for
marketing these products. Unlike the
futures market, ag options do not
require margin money. They are
more like buying an insurance policy
to insure the minimum pricelto be
received at the time of sale or the
maximum price at the tifae of
For a seller, if the market price
goes up, he would receive the price
higher than the price at which he
purchased insurance. However, if
prices were to fall, he would receive
the price which he had insured.
The meeting will be conducted by
Keith Hairr, livestock extension
agent, and J. Michael Moore, field
crops extension agent. All interested
persons are invited to attend. Call
the AES at 296-19% to let them know
you will attend.
Congressman Charlie Whitley's
Third District mobile office will visit
in Duplin on Tuesday, Feb, 5. L.J.
Outlaw, field respresentative, will be
manning the office and available to
persons having matters they wish
brought to Whitley's attention.
Locations and times are as follow:
Chinquapin. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; Rose
Hill. 11-12 noon; and Warsaw, 12:30
-1:30 p.m. Locations for these are at
the Post Offices. The schedule is
subject to prevailing weather con
ditions affecting travel.
Everyone is invited to attend a
pruning demonstration to be held in
Warsaw at Wildwood Gardens, the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles ,
Sheffield. The event will take place
on Feb. 7 ??.? 2 p.m.
Phil Dcnlinger, assistant agricul
tural extension agent, will demon
strate the proper techniques in
pruning muscadine grapes, bunch
type grapes, and a variety of fruit
According to Denlinger. annual
pruning is important in fruit trees
and vines to control their size, shape
and fruit quality.
For more information, contact Phil
at the Duplin AES office, 296-1996.
Tree Day 1985
The Duplin County Beautification
Committee is finalizing plans for the
third annual Tree Day. Ordering will
begin on Feb. 4 and continue until
Feb. 15. The grand event is March 2,
at which time the trees will be
distributed to those who have
According to Phil Denlinger,
assistant agricultural extension
agent, five and possibly six, tree
species are available. These include
loblolly pine, up to 25 free, Longleaf
pine, 5 cents each, red maple at 10
cents each, white dogr-oud at 10
cents each, crape myrti SI each,
and possibly deodar cedar.
Mrs. Adelaide Rice. Tree Day
chairperson, encourages everyone to
plant trees this year to keep the
county clean and beautiful.
"Nothing is better to keep the air
fri.-.h than trees," she said.
For more information contact the
Duplin County Agricultural
Extension Service at 296-19%.
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