Early days in Chatham and Lee Counties in central North Carolina, are recalled in this new 53-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books, the oldest dating from 1851. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina and Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Chatham -- Pittsboro (the county seat), Siler City, Goldston, Bennett, Gulf, Moncure, Brickhaven, Coalglen, Mt. Vernon Springs, Haywood, Merry Oaks, Bear Creek, Bonlee and Bynum; Lee -- Sanford (the county seat), Jonesboro Heights, Swan Station, Lemon Springs, White Hill, and Colon. Among the many subjects included are: Names of early delegates to political meetings; How David Fannen, the terror of the county, lost his horse; James Taylor; Charles Manly, governor; Abraham Rencher; Hugh McQueen; physical features, such as "worn-out mountains" and "a vanished sea"; Economic ups and downs; Industry and Agriculture; W.E. Hart and Clyde L. Fore; Schools and churches; Bad luck coal mines; the Triassic belt; Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Cooper and A.R. Cole, potters; Charles D. McIver, educator; A.A.F. Seawell, Supreme Court justice; the Devil's Path, a hospital miracle, the yellow house with the movable ceiling, the Siler clan including a female sheriff, chickens and boll weevils, turpentine, tobacco and pottery in Lee County, growing flowers without dirt, and many other interesting anecdotes and bits of history. The Dowd excerpt is a biography of Abraham Merritt, educator and newspaper publisher.
Chatham and Lee Counties, NC
Sources: History of Chatham County North Carolina / History of Lee County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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