Early days in Gaston County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 41-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; and A New Geography of North Carolina. 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. Some of the places mentioned in the booklet include: Gastonia (the county seat), Belmont, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Cramerton, Crowder, Dallas, Dellview, East Gastonia, High Shoals, Lucia, Mount Holly, Ranlo, and Stanley. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, such as the Catawba River; Members of the General Assembly from Gaston County before 1851; biographies of Rev. Humphrey Hunter, Major William Chronicle, John Mattocks and Gen. John Moore, Revoluntionary War heroes; "the Banner Corn Whiskey County of North Carolina;" Civil War and aftermath; Rails and Power; Firestone Textiles and other industries; Religion, Schools and Recreation; Bishop James Cardinal Gibbons and Belmont Abbey, a monastery; Vocational Textile School; Gastonia Technical Institute; the state orthopedic hospital; the annual Greek picnic, a Communist-related textile strike in 1929 and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Gaston County, NC
Sources: History of Gaston 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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