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Farmville, N. C. 27828 



April 6-12, 1972 

1st District, North Carolina 



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Congress of tfje BBmteb States teSS- 

I appreciate the opportunity of extending sincere congratulations 
to the citizens of the Town of Farmville on the 100th anniversary 
of its founding. 

The first 100 years have shown a marked degree of progress; this, 
of course, due to an inherent desire on the part of all for a 
wholesome community and a progressive spirit. In addition to 
complimenting the citizens, I especially would like to commend 
the unselfish, competent leadership of the officials offered both 
past and present, for contributions they have made to the town's 

To those who have given so much to making this Centennial 
celebration observance the outstanding success that it is, on behalf 
of everyone, I express my appreciation. Also, please permit me to 
thank each and everyone of our citizens for their part in making 
it possible for me to serve in the high office of the United States 

I am convinced that the esprit-de-corps which has existed during 
the past 100 years will continue to prevail, and the next 100 years 
will bring about even more exciting events and greater progress. 

Very best wishes. 

Jpousie of Eepresentatttoesi 

WastfjutBtott, 3S.C 20515 

April 1, 1972 


Walter B. Jones w 
Member, United States Congress 



EDITORS: Grace Carraway and Gene Oglesby 
CO-EDITORS: W. R. (Bob) Newton and Sallie Eason 

Official Publication of the Farmville 
Area Centennial Corporation 
Farmville, North Carolina 

Printed by MorMac, Farmville, North Carolina 
April, 1972 

Origin of the 
Centennial Seal 

The Farmville Art Society was asked by 
the Centennial Committee to have the responsi- 
bility for designing the Seal to represent Farm- 

All members of the society were asked to 
submit designs they felt would best depict the 
beginning and progress of Farmville through the 
years. The winning sketch for the design was 
presented by Mrs. Willie Owens of Fountain. The 
finished Seal was executed by Mr. Dan Morgan 
of Farmville. 

The central idea of the seal shows the 
tobacco leaf, the main source of income in 
Farmville after 1890. Out of this is depicted 
growth in industry, religion, education and 


Looking Back 100 Years 1 

Among the Founding Fathers 2 

Our Town's First Settlers 3 

Some Former Mayors of Farmville 4 

Farmville Through Memory and Record 5 

The Act of Incorporation 9 

Some Past Business Leaders 16 

Other Prominent Citizens 17 

History of the Post Office 18 

Former Postmasters of Farmville 22 

History of Education in Farmville 23 

History of Farmville Public Schools 1947-1972 26 

Brief Synopsis of the Origin and Development of 

H. B. Sugg School 28 

Farmville's Railroads - Past and Present 29 

Churches Reflect Community Growth 34 

The Village of Marlboro 43 

Service Through Healing 46 

Early Farmville Scenes and Families 49 

Pioneers of Farmville 52 

Celebrating Farmville's 100th Anniversary 54 

Farmville Centennial Corporation 55 

Celebration Features Fun For All 57 

Belles and Brothers Enliven Centennial Activities 59 

Farmville's Future 77 

Many People Provide Services and Leadership 79 

Tobacco Industry 95 

Local Industries 97 

Many Organizations Enrich Community Life 99 

Farmville Centennial Commemorative Booklet Sponsors 112 

Looking Back 100 Years 

Farmville is proudly celebrating its 100th 
birthday this year, but its origins were estab- 
lished more than 200 years ago by earlier 
pioneer citizens. Outstanding among them was 
Major Benjamin May, who came from Scotland 
in 1750 and settled in what is now Pitt County, 
acquiring thousands of acres of land in the 
Farmville vicinity. Major May was married 
three times and left a large family. His first 
wife was Mary Tyson, daughter of Cornelius 
Tyson, an early Pitt County settler, a large 
landowner on the North side of Little Con- 
tentnea Creek to the east of Farmville. George 
Moye, whose descendants became progressive 
leaders in the Farmville area of Pitt County, 
settled near Pactolus about 1700, possibly 
earlier. Robert Williams, a Welshman, settled 
on the south side of the Tar River in 1727, buy- 
ing several thousand acres, all the lands be- 
tween Tyson's and Otter's Creeks, from the 
Earl of Granville. Mr. Williams was married 
four times, lived to be 105 years old and left 
many prominent descendants in the vicinity. The 
forefathers of many of the other outstanding 
names in the present Farmville also purchased 
land and received grants in or near the Town. 
Some of these are reflected in a statement by 
R. L. Davis on the occasion of the 60th Anni- 
iversary Celebration, "This was one of the 
most advanced sections of the County before 
the Civil War. There were many large land 
owners - - - - Prominent among them were: The 
Joyners, Kings, Moyes, Mays, Belchers, Turn- 
ages and Askews." 

New Town, as the sparsely settled hamlet 
was called before incorporation, began to grow 
around the log cabin dwelling of Miss Sallie 
Williams (about 1840), the Antioch Disciple 
Church (established in 1854), and the Pitt 
County Female Institute (built in 1857). Its 
location was about midway between Marl- 
borough, a thriving village to the South, and 
Joyner's Crossroads to the north. At one time 
there had been a Maysville to the west and on 
the east was Moye's Crossroads, now known as 
Lang's Crossroads. The village grew in the 
midst of farm lands, some of the most fertile and 
productive in the world. 

The village was close-knit from the begin- 

ning with nearly all its citizens descendants of 
the pioneer families. Farmville citizens have 
always worked together in promoting their town. 
The incorporating act followed a mass meeting 
in February 1872, when they decided to ask the 
General Assembly, then in session, for a Charter 
of Incorporation. The act, ratified on February 
12, 1872, named as Commissioners: James W. 
May, Sherrod Belcher, Dorsey Jones, William 
Joyner, William G. Lang and James Joyner. The 
name Farmville was chosen because it was a 
community of farmers and all its undertakings 
and activities were farm related. Some say 
Peter Hines suggested the name, others credit 
Gideon Ward with the naming of the town. It is 
interesting to note Ulysses S. Grant was Presi- 
dent of the United States and Tod Robinson 
Caldwell was Governor of North Carolina when 
the Town was incorporated. 

Farmville grew slowly in population. The 
1880 census showed 111 in Farmville and 79 in 
Marlborough. The 1890 census shown an increase 
of only 29 in Farmville in ten years. But the 
turn of the century brought prosperity. The culti- 
vation of tobacco had begun in Pitt County in 
1890 and this, with the coming of the East 
Carolina Railroad in 1900, brought a business 
boom. Brick buildings, of handmade brick from 
a kiln in Farmville, began to replace wooden 
structures. The tobacco market was begun in 
1905, and with it came more mercantile busi- 
nesses, two banks, tobacco plant, an oil and 
fertilizer plant, automobile businesses and re- 
pair shops, stables, filling stations, lumber 
mills, and another railroad, the Norfolk and 
Southern in 1907. 

The town has grown steadily through the 
years and in the later years has drawn into its 
community several outstanding industries through 
the industrial development program of the Farm- 
ville Economic Council formed in 1956. 

Farmville was founded around two excep- 
tional institutions; one religious, the other 
educational. Throughout its 100 years emphasis 
has been placed on such institutions. In the 
year of its Centennial Celebration, the Town 
has twenty-one churches and four outstanding 

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Among the Founding Fathers 

James Williams May 

William Gray Lang 

Among the intelligent, influential founding 
fathers of Farmville were two whose dedication 
to the development of the town was outstanding 
to a marked degree. They were James Williams 
May and William Gray Lang. Both were named 
commissioners in the Town Charter. 

Mr. May was giver of the Antioch Christian 
Church site. It was said of him "Generous to 
his church, devoted, constant, and attentive, 
giving bountifully to sustain the preacher, and 
to help the needy". He served his town well as 
commissioner for several years and was one of 
its earliest business leaders. He was always 
willing to invest his services and resources to- 
ward the success of the Town. Mr. May was a 
grandson of Major Benjamin May and Mary Tyson 
May, and his parents were James and Harriet 
Williams May. He married Tabitha Bynum, 

daughter of Gideon and Sarah May Bynum. He 
was born in Pitt County July 24, 1820 and died 
in 1882. 

William Gray Lang was born in 1830, a son 
of Robert and Mariah Rogers Lang, great grand- 
daughter of Major and Mrs. May. He married 
Anne Priscilla Moye, daughter of Alfred and 
Orpha Tyson Moye. Mr. Lang served the town 
as commissioner for more than 10 years and 
filled many positions on the governing board. He 
also was one of the early business leaders and 
served on the executive committee appointed to 
establish the Tobacco Market. He was a dedi- 
cated supporter of the Antioch Christian Church. 
It was said of him, "Mr. Lang was a devoted 
husband, a respected and honored citizen and a 
consecrated Christian. In his death, the church 
and the town have sustained a sad loss". 

Tabitha Bynum May 

W. G. Lang Home 

Priscilla Moye Lang 

Our Town's 
First Settlers 

Major Benjamin May, a man of sound judg- 
ment and good counsel, was one of the first 
settlers of the Farmville Community. He was 
born in Scotland in 1736 and settled on the 
south side of Contentnea Creek near Farmville 
in 1750, where he was granted thousands of 
acres of land, some on which Farmville devel- 

Throughout his lifetime Major May promoted 
and motivated his community in an exemplary 
manner. Before the Revolutionary War, he was a 
member of the Committee of Public Safety and 
helped to stabilize conditions and keep the 
country from anarchy when the royal government 
began to disintegrate. He was a Pitt delegate 
when the Halifax Declaration of Independence 
was passed, April 12, 1776 and a brave officer 
in the cause of the struggling colonies. 

After the war he continued to take a leading 
part in the life of his community. He served 
many years as a Justice of the Peace, was 
trustee of the Pitt Academy, was on the build- 
ing committee for the Court House at Martin- 
borough (now Greenville)and served in the North 
Carolina General Assembly from 1804 until his 
death in 1809. 




Major Benjamin May 


?vY HERO ! 



Among the many other men who gave much 
of their services to the upbuilding of their com- 
munity and the county was Alfred Moye. He was 
born January 19, 1793, at Moye's Cross Roads 
(now Lang's) the son of Joel and Sarah Darden 
Moye and in 1818 married Orpah Tyson, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Tyson of Pitt County. 

Mr. Moye was a man of many talents. He 
possessed a quick and penetrating mind and 
was distinguished for sound and accurate judge- 
ment. He was chairman of the Special Court of 
Pitt County and held many offices of public 
trust. He was Representative from Pitt County 
in the House of Commons in 1828—29,^ Senator 
from Pitt County; Trustee of Contentnea Academy, 
and in 1850 was elected President of the 
Raleigh and Greenville Plank Road, and served 
for eleven years, which was the duration of its 
operation as a toll road. He was a Justice of 
the Peace, Public Administrator, Special Sur- 
veyor, Chairman of County Superintendents and 
Examiner of Teachers and an outstanding 

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Some Former 
Mayors of 


C. L. Barrett 

John R. Davis 




# i 

W. H. Moore, Sr. 


Walter B. Jones 

Jack S. Smith 

M. V. Horton 

John B. Lewis 

David E. Burch 

Rev. D. W. Arnold 

T. C. Turnage 

R. E. Belcher 

George W. Davis 

James W. Joyner 

O. G. Spell Joseph D. Joyner Charles S. Edwards 

(1953-61-63) (1963-65) (1955-59) 

Frank K. Allen 


Farmville Through 
Memory and Record 

Dwellings, Churches and Schools 

Editors' Note: (In preparation for the writ- 
ing of a book about Farmville, the Commemo- 
rative Booklet editors have spent more than six 
months in research. In addition to our search- 
ing in libraries, court houses, and the N. C. 
Department of Archives and History, we have 
interviewed most of the elderly citizens and 
others. All the personal interviews granted so 
graciously, were interesting and informative. 
Our regrets are that we cannot include all we 
have recorded. Since this article is especially 
written for the older citizens, we wish to give 
a glimpse of the past. Also, it is our hope that 
the younger folk will find it interesting and it 
will be stimulating to their pride and concern 
for their town and community.) 

According to local records available, Miss 
Sallie Williams, who lived in a log cabin, was 
Farmville's first resident. The cabin in 1840 

sat in a pine thicket diagonally across from the 
present Farmville Christian Church. Miss Wil- 
liams was of the Primitive Baptist faith, the 
prevailing religion of the county's first settlers- 
It is probable Miss Williams attended services 
at Tyson's Meeting House which was erected 
in 1796 by Sherrod Tyson, a prominent planter 
and head of a large family. The oaken timbers 
for the original building were hewn from his 
plantation and slaves living there constructed 
the edifice. Records kept faithfully through the 
years by descendants of Mr. Tyson are now in 

This pi 

Export Leaf Tobacco Company 

Tyson's Meeting House 

the keeping of Mr. and Mrs. Joab Tyson, and 
show that from the earliest recordings the name 
Williams has been on its rolls. Miss Williams 
might have walked the four miles to church, or 
perhaps, gone by ox cart by way of Joyner's 
Crossroads, turning east on the old Stantons- 
burg Road. 

The next building in this growing commun- 
ity was that of the Antioch Disciples of Christ. 
The congregation of this church, which began 
at Tyson's Meeting House, consisted of 96 
members who left Tyson's after a dissension 
over temperance. On December 12, 1854, James 
W. May who owned "much land at the cross- 
roads" which became Farmville, deeded one 
acre to the Antioch Christian Baptist Church. 
Trustees named in the deed were: Peter E. 
Hines, Richard A. Bynum, Sherrod Belcher and 
Josiah Barrett. It is apparent from the deed that 
a frame building had already been erected. It 
stood 56 years, until 1910, on the original site. 

Antioch Christian Church 

The sanctuary of the church was arranged in 
the rural custom of the day, with a three-foot 
high median built through the middle, front to 
back, separating the sexes, men on the right, 
women on the left. Evidently there was tobacco 
chewing and snuff-dipping in those days as 

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spittoons were in constant use in the old church. 
According to church records the townspeople 
helped to carpet the church in 1897 and the 
young people of the town gave a King heater 
for the use in it. Mr. May's home adjoining the 
church property was built before the Civil War 
of timbers sawed from trees on his grandfather's 
farm, and is still in use, being now occupied by 
his granddaughter Miss Tabitha M. De Visconti. 

James W. May Home 

In 1831 there seemed to be a spirit of edu- 
cation, several academies were chartered, 
among them, Contentnea Academy near Moye's 
Cross Roads, on the road to Farmville a little 
north of A. P. Turnage's home. Later there was 
also a Moye School house near the same loca- 
tion but farther north. Trustees for the Con- 
tentnea Academy were: Moses Turnage, Lewis 
Turnage, \bram Baker, Elbert Moye, William D. 
Moye and Alfred Moye. 

In 1857 the Pitt County Female Institute 
was established in the center of the settlement 
that would become Farmville. A committee con- 
sisting of Alfred Moye, P. E. Hines, Dr. Joseph 
N. Bynum and Dr. Samuel Morrill were appointed 
to draft a constitution and by-laws for the Insti- 
tute Association. This they did in a praiseworthy 
manner. In a day when "learning" for the fe- 
male was thought to consist of knowledge of 
household duties and tasks, this institution pro- 
vided educational facilities in general culture 
and the subjects of reading, writing, arithmetic 
and needlework. The strictest discipline was 
observed in this school, as in all schools of the 

Dr. Samuel Morrill 

Dr. Joseph N. Bynum 

In later years the old Institute building was 
purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Moses T. Horton and 
operated as the Horton Hotel. This hotel which 
sat at the time on Moore's Lane (now Walnut 
St.), back from the street in a spacious grove 
of oaks, was the scene of many social events 
as well as church sponsored ice cream parties. 
It was the only recorded hostelry in the vicin- 
ity at that time. 

Pitt County Female Institute (1857) 

The Davis Hotel was built in 1912. The 
Marlboro Inn, built in recent years, by Mr. and 
Mrs. Alex Allen is reminiscently named, there 
having been a tavern in Marlboro in the 1850's. 

Davis Hotel 

A free school was opened in 1882 in a 
small building on the site of the present Junior 
High School. Among the teachers were: Miss 
Delphia King, Miss Alice Hines, Miss Irene 
Grimsley, Miss Lena Spain, Rev. D. W. Arnold 
and Miss Pearl Hardy. It is interesting to note 
these teachers were all of sterling character 
and devout in nature. In the summer of 1898 
John T. Thorne, a former student at the Institute 
and of the University of North Carolina, urged 
by townspeople, opened, a two-room school, 
erected by a stock company on the site of the 
Howard Harris residence on West Church Street. 
This school was moved farther west and made 
into the two houses adjacent to the old W. A. 
Pollard residence. Miss Agnes Moore assisted 
Mr. Thorne in teaching and the firpt Mrs. Thorne, 
formerly Miss Ada Fields, was instructor in 


Two years after the ending of the war be- 
tween the states, 1867, a difficult time polit- 
ically and for business ventures, James W. May, 
Sherrod Belcher and a Mr. Grimmer, opened the 
first of many general stores in Farmville. The 
wooden structure was on the southwest corner 
of Wilson and Main streets where MorMac is lo- 
cated. Soon J. T. Ward and J. T. Dixon opened 
a similar business directly across the street 
where the J. H. Harris & Son building is now. 
Barrooms occupied the other two main corners 
of town at this time. Places for the sale of 
liquors were numerous. There was hardly a com- 
munity without them, and as the plantations be- 
fore them, most farms had brandy houses. Many 
of the early ordiances of the town dealt with the 
operation of barrooms and the sale of "spiritous, 
vinus or malt liquors". According to Mrs. C. R. 
Townsend ladies crossed the street to avoid 
passing where liquors were sold. 

In 1872, Robert Lang Davis, who had been 
making his home with his uncle, Robert Lang, 
near Farmville, came to New Town, as the 
settlement was called before incorporation. Mr. 
Davis's mother died when he was-a young child 
and his father died in Charleston, South Carolina 
during the Civil War. The young Mr. Davis at- 
tended the first semester of school at the Insti- 
tute which had been re-opened after the Civil 
War as a boarding school for boys and girls. 
G. D. Hines was principal of the school. In the 
fall of the year, he went to work in the firm of 
Lang (W.G.) and Moye (Elbert A.). Mr. Lang who 
had been in the mercantile business in Marlboro, 
purchased several acres of land in Farmville in 
1872 from a Mr. Williams, who very likely was 
Ely Williams. A plot showing the lands of Mr. 

Askew's General Store 

Men in doorway (left to right) John I. Baker and 
W. C. Askew. 

Ely Williams House 
Occupied Present Post Office Site 

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Williams, executed in the division of his lands 
in 1902 following his death, show a large tract 
of land on the east side of Main Street running 
north and south from Little Contentnea Creek to 
Marlboro, containing 200 acres. The Town Mar- 
ket Place and the W. G. Lang lots are shown 
on the plot. Land description of the old Williams 
home place, which sat where the post office is 
located, is described as formerly Henry Joyner 
land. Mr. Williams was a great uncle of Miss 
Bettie Joyner and Eli Joyner is a namesake. 

Mr. Davis remained with his uncle, who had 
bought the Moye interest, five years. Then he, 
in partnership with W. R. Home, went into busi- 
ness in the old May & Sons Store. In 1886 he 
bought the Home interest and sold a one third 
interest to each of his half-brothers, Francis M. 
and John R., and it was operated as R. L. Davis 
and Brothers. 'This firm was operated under the 
same name for more than fifty years, being sold 
at the death of "Mr. Bob". Belk-Tyler bought 
the dry goods department of the business which 
had become a complex operation. The old, sturdy, 
office safe, used by this firm, was often used 
as a banking facility by many townspeople be- 
fore the Bank of Farmville was established in 
1904. The safe is still being used in the F.M. 
Davis Heirs Office. 

■ I All HI 

Ed Warren, J. V. Johnson, Ernest Barrett, Ernest 
Gaynor, Collier Turnage, Frank Puryear, Ed 
Beamen, R. L. Davis & Bros. 

Mr. Davis was a man of singular business 
acumen with a clear vision of his time. Accord- 
ing to "Sketches of Pitt County" by Henry T. 

King, "when Mr. Davis began business in 1879, 
his capital was limited (he had saved one 
thousand dollars while working for his uncle) 
and competition almost death— dealing but by 
strict attention to his business he surmounted 
many difficulties". Mr. Davis became Pitt 
County's largest landowner, farmer, banker, and 
capitalist and financed successful manufacturing 
enterprises. In addition, he held positions of 

trust and esteem in his home town. He served 
as commissioner for many years, as city clerk 
and in many other positions. 

Davis' Dry Goods Store 

Before 1900 and the coming of railroads , 
supplies and produce were hauled by mule drawn 
wagons to and from Centre Bluff (formerly known 
as Foreman's Landing) nine miles north of 
Farmville, on the Tar River, near Bruce. Travel 
on the road to the landing in wet weather was 
almost impossible because of deep ruts. Robert 
Cotton operated a general store there and W. H. 
Moore, Sr. was agent for the Old Dominion Ship- 
ping Co. at the warehouse at Centre Bluff. It is 
said there was also a barroom at the landing. 

Before Centre Bluff was a center for Ship- 
ping and trading, Benjamin Atkinson, second 
master of Bensborough, operated, in addition to 
his plantation, a large shipping business and 
landing center across the river on the North 
Side. In 1789 Mr. Atkinson was the most promi- 
nent businessman and planter in upper Pitt 
County. His correspondence with his exporter , 
John Gray Blount of Washington, N. C. is re- 
corded and can be found in the Brown Library 
of that City. 

The last years of the 1880's began to be 
busy times in the little hamlet, the sound of 
animal hooves, the hammer on the anvil, the 
creak of buggy, wagon and cart wheels were 
heard, and men gathered in groups on the streets 
that were often muddy, to talk of the times, 
politics, business and farming. Often they con- 
gregated under the storesheds that covered the 



SECTION 1. The General Assembly of 
North Carolina do enact, That the town of Farm- 
ville, Pitt county, be and the same is hereby 
incorporated by the name and style of the town 
of Farmville, and shall be subject to all the 
provisions contained in the one hundred and 
eleventh chapter of the revised code, not incon- 
sistent with this act. 

SEC. 2 The corporate limits of said town 
shall be as follows: Beginning at a stake two 
hundred and fifty yards west of the Antioch 
Church, and running thence north two hundred 
and fifty yards, thence east five hundred yards, 
thence south five hundred yards, thence west 
five hundred yards, thence north two hundred 
fifty yards, to the beginning. 

SEC. 3 Until commissioners shall be elect- 
ed as hereinafter provided, the government of 
said town .shall be vested in the following 
named commissioners, to-wit: James W. May, 
Shield Belcher, Dorsey Jones, William Joiner, 
Wm. Long, James Joiner. 

SEC. 4. An election shall be held the first 
Monday of May, one thousand eight hundred and 
seventy-three, and each successive year, for 
five commissioners of said town, and persons 
living within the corporate limits of said town 
and qualified to vote for members of the general 
assembly shall vote in the election for commis- 
sioners of said town. 

SEC. 5. All persons within the corporate 
limits of said town that are liable to work on 
public roads are liable to work on the streets 
in the aforesaid town, and are hereby exempted 
from working on all other roads. 

SEC. 6. For the good government of said 
town, the said commissioners and their suc- 
cessors in office shall have all the powers, 
rights and privileges, and be governed by the 
rules, regulations and restrictions conterred 
upon, and to which commissioners of incorporat- 
ed towns are subject, by chapter three, revised 

SEC. 7. This act shall be in force from and 
after its ratification. 

Ratified the 12th day of February, A.D. 1872 

The above act passed 100 years ago by the 
General Assembly is the reason for the current 
celebration. The act has been amended several 

The first Town Hall was a wooden structure 
located in the vicinity of the alley beside 
Newton's Red and White Market. The town of- 
fices were built above a market place. An alley 
with stalls on either side were below the 
offices. Ben Murphrey operated a market in one 
stall, Monroe Cameron ran a similar business on 
the opposite side. Meats, vegetables and farm 
products were for sale. There was a bell tower 
over the Town Hall and every night at 9:00 P.M. 
the bell would toll and all stores close. The 
bell, perhaps, was also used to call firemen and 
to announce mass meetings. There was a bar- 
room beside the Town Hall and most likely a 

town pump and watering trough. An ordinance 
stated, "No person shall clean fish or fresh 
meat or wash fish or meat vessels at the public- 
wells or pumps of the town. No horse with dis- 
temper shall be allowed to be watered out of 
the public tubs or buckets of the public wells 
or pumps of the town." The Town Hall was 
moved in later years to Wilson Street, upstairs 
over the offices of The Economic Council, C.A. 
Lilley and Congressman Walter B. Jones. There 
was an outside stairway to the offices and jail. 

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Main Street About 1915 

Town Ordinances, effective July 15, 1899, 
(possibly enacted shortly after incorporation) 
found at the N. C. Department of Archives and 
History reflect the times. Many of the ordi- 
nances, dealt with the proper manner of caring 
for and using horses, mules and oxen. It was un- 
lawful to drive or ride a horse or mule at a great- 
er speed than eight miles an hour through the 
streets, or to lead them on sidewalks. They 
were not allowed to run at large nor graze on 
the public lots and it was unlawful to tie mules, 
horses or oxen to street corner posts or lamp 
posts. Also there was an ordinance restricting 
hogs roaming, "chicken-eating hogs." At the 
May meeting prior to the enactment date of these 
ordinances the following commissioners were 
elected: R. L. Davis, W. G. Lang, E. J. Pollard 
and M. T. Horton for the 1st ward and I. S. Ben- 
nett for the 2nd ward. Also a mayor, David 
Eugene Burch, was appointed, the first found 
recorded. Previously it appeared a temporary 
chairman was chosen at each meeting. 

I. S. Bennett Home 

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1914 Cotton Yard 

Because of the need for a money crop, 
other than cotton, the cultivation of tobacco be- 
gan in Pitt County around 1890. Oxford, Hender- 
son and Durham were the most accessible 
markets. To help the local growers with the 
cultivation and curing of tobacco, several 
families, the Westbrooks, Bowlings, Russells 
and Ilobgoods came from the areas of the above 
mentioned markets to make their homes in the 
Farmville vicinity. Jim Edwards, who became 
one of the outstanding and best-known auction- 
eers, also came to Farmville from the area. 

Hauling tobacco by wagon and team had 
been an arduous undertaking. But true to their 
manner of meeting needs, the energetic and 
enterprising business men of Farmville held a 
meeting in the spring of 1904 to discuss the 
possibility of a sales market in Farmville. The 
executive committee composed of: W. M. Lang, 
T. L. Turnage and M. T. Horton, let a contract 
for the building of two wooden warehouses 80 
feet wide by 150 feet long with metal roof and 
stipulated the buildings would be ready for 
sales in the fall of 1905. The warehouses were 

located on West Wilson Street. The first ware- 
house, called Carolina Warehouse, was operated 
by C. R. Townsend and J. C. Holderby. The 
other house was operated by Stark and Usher of 
Oxford. Stark and Usher operated their house 
two years, selling to James Y. Monk in 1907. A 
third warehouse was built about 1910 and oper- 
ated by R. L. Joyner and Tom Timberlake, Sr. 

The Farmville Tobacco Board of Trade was 
organized Wednesday night, August 8, 1906 at a 
meeting for that purpose at the Carolina Ware- 
house. The following officers were elected: 
E. K. Baptist, President; J. S. Thomas, Vice 
President; W. J. Webb, Secretary and Treasurer. 
Present at the meeting were: A. C. Monk, Mr. 
Thomas, W. S. Stark, J. C. and W. L. Holderby, 
Mr. Baptist, C. R. Townsend and E. W. Dicker- 

The first tobacco sold on the Farmville 
Market was bought by A. C. Monk. A. C. Monk & 
Company, founded by this gentleman, grew and 
expanded steadily and became one of the largest 
independent dealers and exporters of the leaf in 
the world. This industry continues to buy the 
hulk of tobacco sold on the Farmville Market. At 
first "Mr. A. C." packed his purchases in hogs- 
heads on .the warehouse floors. Later he built a 
small redrying room on West Wilson Street in 
front of the Jimmy Lewis Service Station, oper- 
ating his business there until the main plant 
was built on Home Avenue. 

"Mr. J. Y." Monk, brother of "Mr. A. C", 
soon entered the Farmville Market. In 1907 he 
bought the Stark and Usher Interest. R. L. Davis 
was Mr. Monk's partner until 1913, when Monks 
#1 was built on West Wilson Street. McDonald 
Horton, R. E. Belcher were associated with Mr. 
Monk until 1917. He was in the business until 
his death in 1941 when his equally popular and 
affable son, J. Y. Jr., took over the management 
of the firm until his death in 1962, making 55 
years of operation and the Monk banner is still 
being used for the warehouse. 

R. H. Knott, J. M. Hobgood and L. R. Bell 
were also prominent warehousemen in the early 
years of the market. Many other capable men had 

Monk Warehouse 

Home Avenue Monk Plant 


important roles in its development and success. 
The opening of the market in August continues 
to be an exciting time. Employment peaks, trad- 
ing is accelerated; and except for the difficult 
days of 1931 - 32 when it was necessary for 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt to close the 
warehouses to stop the below production prices, 
the town enters into the spirit of harvest time. 
Although farming is becoming more diversified, 
tobacco is still the big money crop. 

Treasurer of the first plant which used the 
Farmville Oil & Fertilizer Company's gener- 
ators. Tom McKinney, who maintained his busi- 
ness in his home, was the town's first elec- 
trician. W. A. McAdams who was elected Super- 
intendent of the Water and Light Department in 
1921, served the town well until his retirement 
in recent years. 


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M. T. Horton Hogshead Factory 


In 1910 Farmville received another boost to 
its economy. Because of abundance of cotton in 
the area, J. I. Morgan, who had been manager of 
the Wilson Branch of Southern Cotton Oil Com- 
pany, saw the possibilities of a mill in Farm- 
ville for the processing of crude cottonseed into 
oil and fertilizers. He formed the Farmville Oil 
and Fertilizer Company, building an industrial 
plant on West Pine Street. Mr. Morgan selected 
as original stockholders with him: R. L. Davis, 
W. A. Pollard, A. C. Monk, J. R. Davis, B. M. 
Lewis, all of Farmville and P. L. Woodard of 
of Wilson. 

The town's first light plant and ice plant 
were at the mill. In 1903, before electric lights, 
Daniel Joyner was lighter of the town's street 
lamps, but there were probably many lamplight- 
ers before him. J. 0. Pollard was Secretary- 

The Mill 

Mr. & Mrs. Arch J. Flanagan 
Dr. & Mrs. Bert B. Warren 

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Walter G. Gay, who was Postmaster at one 
time, operated an ice plant and bottling company 
on South Main Street. Gay Kola and Bromo-Kola 
were bottled and sold in the Farmville commun- 
ity for several years by W. G. Gay & Sons. 

In 1916 Mr. Davis, W. A. Pollard, McDonald 
Horton and J. M. Christman built a large brick 
stable where the Davis Furniture Company is 
now located. The stable entrance can be seen 
in the show window facade of the building. But 
Mr. Davis and R. L. Smith were in the stable 
business earlier, in a different building at the 
same location in 1899. B. S. Smith bought the 
Davis interest in this stable business in 1902 
and his brother's interest in 1921. In 1907 this 
stable business moved to its present location at 
the intersection of Contentnea & Wilson Streets 
and continues after 73 years as a business 
serving the community under the firm name R. L. 
Smith & Company now selling farm supply pro- 
ducts. When the stable business began, horses 
and buggies were much in demand, as there 
were few trains to accomodate the traveler. 
Traveling salesmen, called "drummers" would 
come to Farmville, work a few hours, and in 
order to go on to Greenville, Tarboro or other 
places, would hire a horse and buggy with driv- 
er to take them. As farming increased in this 
area mules were much in demand as work 
animals. One mule could tend about 35 acres of 

In connection with the stable business 
other shops went into business. A Mr. Wilkerson 
operated a harness shop about the location of 
the Chevrolet annex building and next door in a 
shed type building Austin Hamlin ran a black- 
smith shop. There was also much demand for 
wood repair shops where wagons, buggies and 
furniture were repaired. W. G Little operated 


Mrs. Henry D. Johnson 

Mr. & Mrs. Bert S. Smith, Jr. 

one of these shops where Miss Lula Forbes re- 
sides and J. B. Norris, a similar shop where Mr. 
and Mrs. Alfred Moore live. 


The development and growth of the Post 
Office, schools and railroads are told in other 
articles in this booklet. Until 1913, the post 
offices were kept in the homes or buildings and 
stores of the Postmasters. Many beginning 
enterprises were first located in corners of 
general stores and other businesses. Such was 
the beginning of the Farmville Building and 
Loan Association which was first located in the 
W. M. Lang store with A. H. Joyner, Secretary. 
Beginning in 1923, while G. A. Rouse was 
Secretary and Treasurer the organization had 
its headquarters in the Rouse Printery. Mr. 
Rouse became Executive Vice-President of the 
Association and also realized his dream of a 
home for the organization. 

Mr. Rouse had come to Farmville in 1910 at 
the invitation of the Farmville Publishing Com- 
pany. He organized the Enterprise Publishing 
Company, forerunner of Rouse Printery, as a 
successor to the former company and was owner 
and publisher of the Farmville Enterprise for 
forty-five years. 

An Early Printing Press 

the office managers and known operators were: 
Allie Brown Robinson, Etta Gay Stewart, W. P. 
Smith and Flossie Wilson. These operators, 
called "Centrals", could have been well- 
informed if they had listened. 

Street paving in the town began in 1919. 
Ninety -six citizens, the largest taxpayers, 
petitioned the Board of Commissioners to pass 
a resolution implementing this undertaking. 

1926 Firemen 
Milton Eason, Truck Driver; Others shown, 
J. L. Taylor and E. S. Hobgood, Police Chief and 

For thirty-three years after its incorporation 
the town depended on a volunteer Bucket 
Brigade of willing and loyal firemen. The history 
of the present Fire Department began with a 
mass meeting, called by public notice March 9, 
19 15 with Mayor T. C. Turnage, chairman. The 
By-Laws and Constitution were read by J. Lloyd 
Horton, a young attorney of the town, who be- 
came the state's youngest Superior Court Judge. 
R. E. Belcher was unanimously elected Chief of 
the department. Haywood Smith served the town 
as Fire Chief for forty-five years and the station 
built and dedicated in 1958 was named for him. 

Bryon Ford is recorded the first editor of 
the paper. R. L. Davis was president and John 
T. Thorne, secretary and treasurer of the first 
publishing company. Mr. A. C. Monk was pub- 
lisher and general manager of a paper at one 
time and in 1915 B. A. Joyner was Associate 
Editor. It is creditable that these farsighted men 
along with other town leaders saw the town's 
need for a newspaper. 

There were forty-three telephones in Farm- 
ville in 1910 when Home Telephone and Tele- 
graph Company purchased the facilities from 
Southern Investment Company. Sixteen years 
later when Carolina Telephone and Telegraph 
and Home Telephone and Telegraph Company 
merged there were 247. Early service was oper- 
ated from an exchange, upstairs over Pitt County 
Insurance Agency. Charles Rountree was one of 


In April, 1912 Editor Rouse proclaimed in 
the Enterprise, "The sound of the auto is get- 
ting to be a very common thing on the streets of 
Farmville. There are several in the city now 
and others are contemplating purchasing in the 
near future." W. A. Pollard and Sons were among 
the first automobile dealers, selling the Moon, 
later Fords and others. B. Otis Taylor and 
Jesse A. Carraway, who first operated a bicycle 
repair shop, sold the Overton, later the Hudson, 
Essex and Terraplane. Julius Turnage and W.C. 
Askew owned two of the earliest car repair 

Also in 1912, J. Y. Monk, Sr. "one of the 
energetic and hustling young business men", 
won Second Grand Prize in a News and 


Observer contest. His brother, A. C. Monk, and 
W. J. Rasberry accompanied him to Raleigh to 
get the prize, a handsome Stoddard-Dayton tour- 
ing car. Many undoubtedly remember the excite- 
ment among the young ladies of the town when 
young Will Home Askew bought a Rio touring 
car. Mrs. J. 0. Pollard (May Barrett) one of the 
young ladies, remembers, "everyone felt they 
"had discovered a new world' 1 . Dr. J. E. Patrick 
owned one of the first cars, a Maxwell. 

1916 - Hudson 

Fondly remembered was the Model T Ford 
Coupe driven so many years by Dr. C.C. Joyner, 
one of the highly respected physicians of the 
town. The portly Dr. Joyner continued to hand 
crank this car long after the invention of auto- 
matic cranking, because its spacious interior 
fitted him. Neighbors of the Joyners at the inter- 
section of Pine and Contentnea streets often 
heard him succinctly express his thoughts when 
trying to crank this vehicle, early on a cold 
morning. The Joyner family was lively and 
known for wit and humor. 

Big Snow - 1927 

Dr. Joyner, Dr. W. M. Willis, Dr. John 
Hooker, and Dr. David S. Morrill operated a 
clinic-hospital, above Pope's Store on Main 
Street, for several years around 1926. Many 
tonselectomies were performed there with Dr. J. 
G. Raby of Tarboro assisting. Dr. Robert Williams 
served the Pitt Community during Colonial times. 
Dr. Joseph N. Bynum, Dr. Samrell Norrill, and 
Dr. Noah Joyner were among the physicians in 

the vicinity before and after the Civil War. Dr. 
Bynum was appointed an Assistant Surgeon of 
the Army by Jefferson Davis, President of the 
Confederate States of America and served with 
Lee's Army in Virginia. 

R. R. Newton, one of the town's best known 
persons, in his later years, related this story a- 
bout the drug store business. He came to Farm- 
ville in 1903. J. T. Thorne had a drug store and 
Mr. Newton worked there. At the time there 
were no refrigerators, a few had ice boxes. Folks 
went to the drug store for a nickel's worth of 
ice at the time. Sometimes as much as 300 
pieces of ice were sold in an afternoon. About 
1911 Coca Colas were sold in the stores. Crowds 
filled the store daily to buy the drink. A 60 gal- 
lon barrel would last from Saturday until Monday. 
On one occasion Mr. Newton turned on the Coca 
Cola faucet to fill a jug, went to help another 
customer, forgetting the running Coca Cola. 
When he remembered, the barrel was almost 
empty and 60 gallons of Coca Cola were running 

down the back alley. John Baker owned possiblv 
the first drug store . Mr. Newton and Hal Winders, 
a well-liked pharmacist, owned and operated the 
City Drug Store for many years in the Horton 
Building next door to MorMac. Wheless Drug 
Company was also in operation about mid-way 
the same block. These stores in the 1920's 
were the gathering places of the town. Nearly 
all the young ladies and matrons of the town met 
at the drug stores in the morning around 10 
o'clock "for a coke", and many young and older 
men dropped in and drank at the counter. 

Parker - Newton Drug Store 
Sam T. Parker & R. R. Newton 


One of the first known bean pickers was in- 
vented and manufactured by a man named Robert 
Spikes of Farmville. This picker was built and 
manufactured in 1915 on East Wilson Street in 
the building now occupied by the Farmville 
Laundry. The picker drawn by mules in the 
fields would pick up the beans, run them through 
a knocker type wheel with spikes on it and 
throw the beans into a tray. Mr. Spikes had his 


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invention patented and they were made in Farm- 
ville for a number of years. Mr. Spikes also in- 
vented an oil curer. Frank Davis, Jr. bought an 
interest in this invention which was later sold 
to Clarence Hardy in Maury. 

Spikes' Harvester 

An interesting business venture involving 
three native sons was the beginning of the com- 
mercial development of Atlantic Beach around 
1920 by J. Lloyd Horton, McDonald Horton and 
John Baker. The Ocean Beach Company formed 
by these men built a large ocean-side bath 
house, a hotel and several cottages, the first on 
the island. This development near what is now 
called Money Island was built when access to 
the beach was by ferry. 

Ferry To Beach 

Several firms of Farmville have remained in 
business at their original locations for more 
than fifty years. They are: The Turnage Company, 
begun iii 1899; Bank of Farmville, 1904; The 
Farmville Furniture Company, 1905; Joe R. 
Joyner Funeral Home, 1909; and D. F. and R.O. 
Lang (Lang's Inc.) 1914. Other firms of the 
early l900's which were in business many 
years: J. H. Harris & Son, 1904; Farmville Drug 
Company (City Drug Co.) 1907; Wheless Drug 
Company, 1911; D. R. Morgan Jewelry Company, 
1912 and Fields Jewelry Company, date unknown, 
Dr. Paul E. Jones opened an office over the 
W. M. Lang store for the practice of Dentistry in 
September 1910. 


"Early to bed and early to rise" was a way 
of life in early Farmville. At nine o'clock at 
night, the town bell rang, the stores closed and 
all traffic ceased until four the next morning. 
Nonetheless there was much conviviality. For 
many years Farmville was known as "the 
friendliest little town in the state." Also for 
many years "Welcome to Farmville" signs above 
the Greenville highway and Wilson highway 
entrances greeted visitors. Visiting was espe- 
cially enjoyed. Relatives, neighbors and friends 
came to spend the day, week-ends, weeks, 
sometimes longer and there was always room. 
"Yearly" meetings at the various Meeting 
House churches brought folks for miles around 
for the services, good food and visiting. Box 
Suppers, picnics, barbecues and balls were also 

The Lady Turnage Opera House was the 
scene of much entertainment. "The Pickett 
Family" came every year. Mrs. J. Stanley Smith 
gave a concert there in 1912, and minstrels and 
home talent shows were presented. The Opera 
House was built by T. L. Turnage and named 
for one of his daughters, Emily Lou, "Lady" 
(Mrs. A. C. Monk, Sr.) It is located above 
Blalock's Store on Main Street. 

Paramount Theatre 
1933 — Worth Stewart, Manager 


Hospitable James Taylor Lewis Family 

One of the early movie theatres was named 
the Rialto. Mrs. Rubye Rigsbee Jones and Mrs. 
Eva Horton Rouse, two of the town's most 
talented pianists played during the silent 
movies. Their piano renditions of stirring notes, 
and dulcet tones, emphasized the tempo of the 
scenes depicted. Summer vacations were often 
spent at Seven Springs near La Grange. It was a 
family vacation spa, with rambling, wooden 

hotel where delicious food was served, guests 
sat on the verandas in high-back, cane-bottomed 
chairs and chatted, while others played cards, 
croquet and drank from the ever- flowing springs. 
Boat excursions to Morehead and train trips to 
the State Fair in Raleigh, the World's Fair at 
Chicago and the Charleston Exposition were 

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History Of The Post Office 

1884 - 1954 

By: Mrs. Pearl Johnston 

There is not a man, woman or child in the 
Town of Farmville and community who gets 
more excited than I do over the prospect of 
having a new post office here in Farmville. In 
as much as I was partly brought up in the post 
office here and know its humble beginnings, I 
have been keenly interested as the years have 
gone by in watching its growth and expansion. 

Before there was a post office in Farmville, 
there was a post office in Marlboro and also 
one at Joyner's Cross Roads. The post office 
at Joyner's Cross Roads was discontinued be- 
fore my recollection, but I heard the old people 
speak of it, and its existence is confirmed in 
the history of Pitt County which was written by 
Mr. Henry T. King many years ago. 

I do not remember the first post office in 
Farmville nor who the postmaster was. My first 
recollection of the post office dates back to 
when I was about eight years old (around 1884). 
The postmaster then was a Mr. Tom Hill and the 
post office was on Wilson Street, about where 
Mr. Manly Liles (now Cedric Davis Office) had 
his office in 1950. The building was about 20 
feet long, rather narrow, with a ]ean-to-shed 
and three or four windows. It had wooden shut- 
ters which were fastened with iron bars. (Mr. 
Hill was the husband of Miss Sue May, aunt of 
Miss Tabitha DeVisconti. 

At that time, we lived just across the 
street from the post office in a house located 
where Turnage's warehouse now stands. My 
father, Joseph J. Moore, and Mr. Sherrod Belcher, 
father of the late Robert Belcher and Mrs. Mat- 
tie Taylor, and great-grand father of the present 
Mrs. Robert D. Rouse, Jr. and Mrs. Pennell 
Burnette; had a merchantile business in a store 
located on the corner where Turnage's Store now 
stands. Mr. Hill was a great lover of children 
and he would give me circulars and rejected 
mail and I would take it home and play post 
office. At that time there probably were around 
125 people in Farmville — the Census of 1880 
give the population as 111. Marlboro was still 
delivering a greater portion of the mail. Mrs. 
Annie Merryman, later Mrs. Trotman, mother of 
the late Mrs. Pauline Britt and great grandmother 
of the late Paul Allen, Horace Allen and others 
of our town, was the only postmaster of Marl- 
boro that I ever remember. 

The Farmville post office remained at Tom 
Hill's for some time and then was moved to the 
corner store where the Royal Grill stood in 1950. 
(Now where Ray's Restaurant is located). It 
was a wooden store facing Wilson Street. A Mr. 
Phillips and a Mr. Joyner had a dry goods and 
grocery store and the post office was in the 
right-hand corner of the store. I think Mr. Phil- 

lips was the post master as he always handled 
the mail. I was again a frequent visitor. 

At that time, mail was brought to Farmville 
by star route and in July 1884, my father, Joseph 
J. Moore, was awarded the contract as the low- 
est bidder for the route. The route was from 
Marlboro to Wilson via Farmville, Fieldsboro, 
(now Walstonburg), and Saratoga. The Fields- 
boro post office was first kept in a store run by 
Mr. H. C. Turnage and Mr. W. R. Fields, across 
the road from the old W. R. Fields home. After 
that store was burned, as soon as arrangements 
could be made, Dr. West was appointed post- 
master and the post office was kept in his home, 
where Ray West, Senior now lives. The schedule 
called for arrival in Wilson at 12 noon, depart- 
ing from there at 1:30 p.m. and getting back to 
Marlboro at 7 p.m. The trip was made three times 
a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 
Sometimes the weather was so bad, with heavy 
snows a nd bad sleets, that we had no mail for 
a week. Every day that was missed, except for 
sickness, was deducted from the pay of the 
carrier, who had no substitute. The carrier's 
pay was rather small and in order to supplement 
it, my father carried passengers from Wilson to 
other places on the route, and also carried a lot 
of freight, my father had a light spring wagon 
built to the back of his buggy. He also had at- 
tachments put into the middle of the front seat 
and in the foot of the buggy to hold his umbrella 
— the largest one I ever saw — which protected 
him from the sun in the summer and the rain in 

Although the distance from Marlboro to 
Wilson, by way of Farmville, was about the 
same then as now, we had much colder weather. 
The roads were bad and there was much getting 
in and out of the buggy to be done. My father 
and mother would get up at four o'clock in the 
morning, build a fire in the fireplace and put a 
big rock, weighing several pounds, in the fire 
to heat while they had breakfast and packed his 
lunch. Then began the job of wrapping my father. 
My mother sewed a layer of newspaper across 
the shoulders of his dress coat. He wore long 
flannel underwear from his wrists to his toes, 
woolen socks and fleece-lined shoes, a wool 
scarf which was called a "Newby", a very 
heavy overcoat, a fur cap with earflaps or 
covers, and also had a very heavy lap robe and 
sometimes a bed blanket to put over him. All 
wrapped in that regalia, he looked like an 
Eskimo and sometimes even his own baby was 
afraid of him. When he was ready to go, the hot 
rock was taken from the fireplace and put into 
a covered iron pot which was placed on bricks 
in the foot of the buggy. The rock stayed hot 


a long time and when my father's feet got 
too cold, he removed his shoes and held his 
feet over the hot rock in the pot. 

When I wasn't in school and the weather 
was sutiable, I went with my father on his trips. 

The mail contracts were let every four 
years to the lowest bidder, and in 1888 my 
father was underbid by $20.00 by a man from 
Wilson. In the fall of that year, Benjamin 
Harrison was elected president of the United 
States, and my father, who had been a life-long 
Republican, applied for the position of post- 
master. He received his commission in the sum- 
mer of 1889 and when he took his oath of office, 
I took the oath of assistant, with Mr. C. L. 
Barrett administering the oath. 

When my father took over the post office, 
it was still in the corner store where Mr. Joyner 
and Mr. Phillips had it, and I believe my father 
succeeded Mr. Moses T. Horton. After a few 
months, it was moved back to the place on 
Wilson Street where it had been before, when 
Mr. Tom Hill was postmaster. It was kept there 
until the fall of 1890 when it was moved into 
our home, a house on the back side of the pre- 
sent high school campus. Up to the time the 
post office was moved into our home, my father 
and I would go over every morning together and 
stay all day. However, after it was moved into 
our home, my father worked at the carpenter's 
trade and I kept my eye on the post office and 
handed out mail, while my mother took in sew- 
ing. The post office was in one corner of one 
of the front rooms and the enclosure wasn't 
more than seven feet square, just large enough 
for two people, for general delivery boxes, a 

small desk for stamps, cards, and blanks, and 
the few books which were necessary at that 

Everything was going smoothly until my 
father died on my sixteenth birthday in April 
1892. The people of Farmville and community 
seemed anxious to help us keep the post office, 
however, and sent a petition to our congress- 
man in our behalf, and soon my mother received 
her commission as postmaster of Farmville. 

We had been notified before my father's 
death that this office was to be made a money 
order office and would handle postal notes, and 
blanks, books, etc., began coming in shortly 
after my father's death. Since I was only six- 
teen and had a limited education, I didn't know 
how to start to handle these items, so I wrote 
to the postmaster in Greenville and asked if he 
would instruct me, which he did. Mr. Jim 
Perkins, father of our own Miss Annie Perkins, 
was postmaster at that time and Miss Annie 
was helping him - - a very pretty and attractive 
young lady she was too. 

Again we were getting along nicely when I 
came down with a long and severe case of 
Typhoid Fever. My mother had not had much 
time to familiarize herself with the work and 
did not know what to do, but God has a way of 
looking out for the helpless. Mr. McDonald 
Horton, who was clerking for Mr. R. L. Davis 
and who had had some previous experience in 
post office work, offered to help my mother and 
Mr. Davis gladly consented to the offer. So Mr. 
Horton helped her open the mails, make reports, 
and send money orders to the Depository in 
Raleigh, until I was back on the job. 

Looking North from the corner of Main and Church Streets 

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In 1895, the house we were occupying was 
sold and in 1896, we moved down Main Street 
into a house that stood about where Sing's fill- 
ing station is located now, diagonally across 
from Miss Tabitha's home, and of course we 
moved the post office with us. 

The Marlboro post office had been discon- 
tinued in the meantime and we had right many 
people to serve, so that the post office enclos- 
ure was made larger. We had boxes for the 
newspapers and used the general delivery boxes 
for letters and cards. 

We had a new mail carrier again from Wil- 
son, but the Department had ordered the mail to 
start from Farmville at seven o'clock in the 
morning and return at seven in the evening. Dur- 
the winter months seven o'clock in the morning 
was rather early and the post office was at 
least one and a half blocks from most of the 
firms. Consequently many of the business men, 
rather than face the cold winter winds so early 
in the morning, would wait for the mail man to 
come along on his way to Wilson and hand their 
mail to him. This reduced our cancellation and 
was not helping the post office in other ways, 
so my mother went down and talked it over with 
the business men who agreed something must 
be done about it. When my mother was talking 
to Mr. John Davis, my sister, Rosa, a little girl 
at the time, was with her, and Mr. Davis sug- 
gested that Rosa run down every morning and 
collect the mail. For several years after that, 
rain or shine, Rosa arose early every morning 
and ran around to all the stores and collected 
the mail. 

Since we had no office hours, someone was 
continually dropping in and much time was spent 
in telling people they had no mail — — a fact 
they sometimes did not believe. We had no pri- 
vacy in our home and sometimes in a rush to go 
out, I would get my skirts on wrong-side-out. 
One time I even went to Church without any 
hose — — a serious omission at that time. 

During all the years we had the post office 
in our home, the only protection we had was 
bars nailed across the windows. We kept stamps 
and money in a small trunk in our bedroom in 
in the day time and at night we kept them in a 
little tin trunk under the bed so no one could 
see it. We kept a loaded pistol in place but 
never had to use it as no one ever broke in or 
tried to rob us. I'm convinced God took care of 

Time makes many changes. The post office 
closes now for Saturday afternoon, but then 
Saturday afternoon was our busiest and biggest 
day. Often our day's work was not over until 
11 o'clock in the evening. We sold more money 
orders on Saturday afternoon than any other time 
and we often had right much money on Saturday 
night. Since we had no safe place, I would take 
the money down to Mr. R. L. Davis to put it in 
his safe until Monday. 

In 1902 our house was sold and we had to 
move again. We couldn't find a house near the 
business section which was large enough for 
the family and the post office, and since my 
mother's health was not good, we decided to 
give up the post office and I would work for the 
new postmaster. 

Mr. A.D.Hill, brother of Mr. Tom Hill, was 
soon appointed postmaster and the post office 
was moved to his home on the corner of Church 
and Walnut Streets (the lot where John D. and 
Edna Foust Dixon lived until recently) in a 
little house in the yard towards the T. M. Dail 
Home. The little house had a side porch and 
people often sat on the porch in the summer 
while waiting for the mail. When the post office 
was moved to Mr. Hill's, it was again made 
larger. Not long after he took office, Mr. Hill 
saw an ad in the Tarboro "Southerner" that the 
post office, in Tarboro was getting new boxes 
and would sell the old ones cheap, so he bought 
them and paid for them himself. They were the 
first lock boxes. Mr. Hill also moved his iron 
safe into the Post Office and for the first time 
we had a safe place to keep things. With lock 
boxes where people could get their mail at any 
time, and with a safe, we felt that we were 
really climbing up in the world. 

In 1901 three rural routes were established 
in Pitt County, but it was the latter part of 
1902, or the early part of 1903, before we had 
any routes. I helped pack the first mail that 
went out as I knew every one in our community. 
Mr. C. L. Barrett carried the No. 1 route for 
several years, and Mr. Tom Hinson carried the 
No. 2 route until his death, nearly thirty (30) 
years later. 

In the late 1890's, there was a post office 
established at Mr.T.L. Turnage's store, called 
Dongola, and Mr. Turnage was postmaster, as- 
sisted by his nephew, Mr. Bob Turnage, a 
brother of Mr. Jason Turnage. The Post Office 
remained there until Mr. Turnage was murdered 
and the store burned in 1901. Mr. Turnage never 
rebuilt the store and soon moved to Farmville. 
About the same time the Dongola Post Office 
was established, there was one established in 
the Billy Woodard neighborhood, between Sara- 
toga and Wilson, but it proved to be more of a 
muisance than a convenience, so was discon- 

The first railroad into Farmville was com- 
pleted in 1900 when East Carolina line from 
Tarboro to Farmville was finished. At first the 
East Carolina carried only heavy freight and 
and logs, but in 1902 that line began hauling 
passengers and bringing the mail. With the com- 
ing of the mail route, many isolated areas were 
opened up and people began buying lots and 
building homes, and new business firms began 
coming in. From then on Farmville was on the 
growing list. 


The first mail carrier to bring mail from the 
train to the Post Office was Ed Tyson, a Negro 
and he brought it down on his back. As a result 
of the train service, star route carriers were 
eliminated for many years. We had waited all 
through the years for the star route carriers and 
thought now the mail would come in on time, but 
since the train served many purposes, we soon 
found ourselves waiting for the mail and it was 
often 10:30 or 11:00 P.M. when the mail man 
walked in with his one sack of mail thrown over 
his shoulder. 

I worked with Mr. Hill up through the 13th 
of December, 1904, and was married the next 
day. After being connected with the post office 
so long, I missed it and missed the people. For 
a long time, when I heard the train blow, I felt 
the urge to get to the post office by the time the 
mailman got there. 

Mr. Hill was succeeded by Mr. W. R. Dixon 
and the Post Office was brought back down 
town and kept in a building right near the pre- 
sent Enterprise Office. Mr. Dixon was Mr. Mark 
Dixon's father. Mr. Dixon was succeeded by Mr. 
Ed Beaman, who was assisted by his brother 
Carl Beaman and by Miss Agnes Barrett, now 
Mrs. T. E. Joyner, Sr. 

In 1907, the Norfolk-Southern Railroad was 
completed and the mail was transferred to it. By 
this time our mail was much heavier and had to 
be brought down by a horse drawn spring wagon. 
We had four trains a day, two each way, carry- 
ing mail and they were supposed to meet here 
about 10:30 A.M. and again in the afternoon a- 
bout three. 

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected Pres- 
ident of the United States, and as soon as his 
election was assured, which took several days, 
Mr. R. L. Davis and Mr. B. M. Lewis, Sr., got 
together and without his knowledge sent my 
husband's name into the Post Office Depart- 
ment. He got his commission in July, 1913 and 
I helped him for several months. At first the 
post office was kept in a small building on what 
is now a parking lot midway between the pre- 
sent town hall, (now new Fire Station), and the 
Fitzgerald Clinic, while Mr. Turnage (T. L.) 
was getting one of his stores ready for a real 
Post Office. In the later part of 1913, the post 
office was moved to a store just about where it 
is now. Right many new boxes were put in and 
we had plenty of room. After I found it was 
necessary to give up the work, Miss Sue Owens, 
Miss Neva Owens' sister, worked there until 
April 1914 when she quit to marry Mr. Johnny 
Tugwell. She was followed by Miss Margaret 
Trotman, now the late Mrs. Hugh Barrett. An- 
other rural route was established during my 
husband's term of office and the late Mr. Hugh 
Barrett, Mr. Walter Gay, and Mr. R. T. Norville 
were carriers at some time or other during his 
term of office, as of course was Mr. Hinson. 

In November 1917, my husband died and he 

was succeeded in office by Mr. Ben (B. J.) 
Skinner. Mr. Skinner kept the Post Office in a 
store located in a store about where Frances 
Allen Davis had her Flower Shop* (presently 

Mr. Skinner was succeeded by Mr. Walter 
Gay, who was assisted several years by his 
daughters, Virginia Gay Cayton and May Gay. 
In 1933, Archie Cayton, Mr. Gay's son-in-law, 
began working for him. In February 1934, the 
Post Office moved to its present location (Now 
McDavid Associates Building.) 

Mr. B. 0. Turnage succeeded Mr. Gay and 
Mrs.Sallie Horton,now the late Mrs. Mark Dixon, 
Mr. Charlie Baucom and Mr. Ed Nash Warren 
joined the staff. Mr. Turnage died while post- 
master, in 1946, after serving almost ten years, 
and was followed by Mr. Henry Johnson, who 
was serving at the time this article was written, 
his first term of office. 

City delivery was begun on April 1, 1938 
and Archie Cayton was our first city carrier. He 
served until July 1, 1949, when he retired to be- 
come a rural carrier. He took the place of Mr. 
Joe Henry Bynum, who carried mail on one of 
the rural routes for 29 years. Mr. Bob Barrett, 
who has been carrying the mail from the train to 
the post office for the past 34 or 35 years, suc- 
ceeded Tom Exum, a Negro. In the past few 
years, star route have succeeded the train, and 
lately other changes have been made. 

Present, 1954, personnel in the post office, 
in addition to Mr. Henry Johnson include: Mr. 
Baucom and Mr. Warren, Mr. H. B. Humphrey, 
and the two regular city carriers, Mr. J. C. 
Brock, Jr. and Mr. Jennis Perry Harper, one 
substitute carrier, Joe Henry Bynum, Jr. There 
are also two rural carriers: Mr. Henry Tyson and 
Mr. Cayton. Mr. Wilbur Morris is special delivery 
carrier and does other jobs about the office. 


By: H. B. Humphrey 

The history of Mrs. Johnston begins with 
her recollection around 1884. I would like to go 
back even further to the establishment. Records 
at the Department of Archives document estab- 
lishment of the Post Office at Farmville, North 
Carolina, on June 15, 1868. The first Postmaster 
was Mr. George Belcher. I do not know where 
the office was located at this time. Mr. Belcher 
was succeeded by Mrs. Fannie E. Proctor on 
November 2, 1871. Mrs. Proctor was succeeded 
by Mr. Thomas F. Hill on October 11, 1872. Mr. 
Hill was succeeded by Mr. William G. Lang on 
March 24, 1879. This was about the time that 
Mrs. Johnston began her account of the history 
of Farmville's Post Office. 

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Former Postmasters of Farmvilie 

Thomas F. Hill 

Joseph J. Moore 
(1884) (1889) 

Moses T. Horton 

Mrs. Lucy Moore 

W. R. Dixon 

J. V. Johnston 

B. J. Skinner 

Walter G. Gay 

B. O. Turnage 

Henry D. Johnson 



Date of Appointment 

George Belcher 
Mrs. Fannie E. Proctor 
William G. Lang 
James A. Lang 
Albert Horton 
Almarme D. Hill 
Edward C. Beaman 

June 15, 1868 
November 2, 1871 
March 24, 1879 
February 29, 1884 
April 27, 1885 
December 28, 1901 
September 18, 1909 


A History of Education 
in Farmville 

By: Sallie Oglesby Eason 

Looking back on the history of education 
in Farmville takes one to the very beginnings 
of New Town, as it was called until its incor- 
poration in 1872. As soon as this area was 
cleared out of the large pine forest and settled 
as a neighborhood, a school was opened. How- 
ever, no authentic records exist of any of the 
names of the first teachers in these neighbor- 
hood schools. 

As stated in a previous article, the earliest 
records of any institution of learning found are 
the Constitution and Bylaws of the Pitt County 
Female Institute which was established in 
1857. It was located on Walnut Street where 
Molene's Beauty Salon is presently located. The 
school flourished but was closed during the 
Civil War. However, following this war, Mr. W. 
Prather made marked changes in its educational 
policies and expanded the school's facilities. 
He reopened it as a boarding school for both 
boys and girls operating under the name of the 
Institute. The school was closed in 1892 and 
the building was sold to be used as a hotel. 

A free school was opened about 1882. A 
small frame building was erected on the site 
where the present Farmville Junior High School 
is located. 

The efforts made by the people of this com- 
munity to ensure the instruction of all the 
children of the community in the "Three R's" 
is commendable. Between the Institute and the 
Free School practically every native white child 
from the community and surrounding area had 
the opportunity to attend school. The contribu- 

It is believed that 
during the period 
in which the Inst- 
itute was in oper- 
ation, there exist- 
ed another private 
school called Farm- 
ville High. The re- 
port card shown 
on the left, kept 
by Mrs. J. D. An- 
drews, daughter 
of Richard Grim- 
sley is the only 
record found to 
indicate the a- 

tions made by these two institutions of learning 
were essential and enduring for the growth and 
development of the community. 

At the urging of local citizens Mr. John T. 
Thorne opened a small two room school with 18 
pupils in September of 1898. The number of 
pupils grew so rapidly that after two years he 
hired Miss Agnes Moore as his assistant. Mrs. 
Thorne (formerly Ada Fields) taught piano in a 
small music room which was built near the main 
building. Professor J. F. Stokes and his wife 
followed Mr. Thorne as teachers in this school. 
Several years later the school was closed and 
Mr. Thorne purchased the building. He convert- 
ed it into two dwellings which are presently 
located on West Church Street in the 600 block. 

Music Class 
Teacher: Mrs. Ada Fields Thorne 

A history of education in Farmville would 
not be complete without mentioning Miss Annie 
Perkins who saw much of that history take 
place. In 1896 "Miss Annie" came to the 
plantation home of Thomas E. Keel to begin her 
teaching career. As a school marm she taught 
the Keel children as well as the children from 
the surrounding neighborhood. 

Keel Plantation Home 

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1903 Five Room Graded School 

In 1903 an adequate five room graded 
school, which was the forerunner of the old 
Farmville High School, was built on the present 
Junior High School site. The late Professor 
Cameron was the first superintendent of the 
graded school and Mrs. W. Y. Swain, Mrs. 
Taylor, and Miss Annie Perkins were the 

During the 1907-1908 session a piano was 

purchased by the Ladies Betterment Association, 
and a music teacher was employed independent- 
ly of the school to give lessons in piano at the 
school building. This met with such success 
that in June, 1911, a two-room building was 
erected and in the fall of the same year, another 
piano was purchased in order to accomodate the 
increased number of music pupils. 


Mary Croom Thome's 1911- 1912 Music Class 

Superintendent Cameron was suceeded by 
Harry Mclver, E. M. Rollins, H. H. McLean, and 
E. C. Harris, all of whom gave their best edu- 
cational thought and practice during their tenure 
as superintendent. 

Each year after the 1903 session four 
teachers were employed to instruct the students 
at the graded school. Enrollment grew to 120 
and in 1908 a fifth teacher was added to the 
faculty to furnish instructions for the nine year 
course of study offered. 

The school session of 1907—1908 showed 
such an increase in enrollment it became nec- 
essary to enlarge the building by the addition of 
two large rooms and an auditorium. Eventually, 
the auditorium had to be divided off into two 
more rooms. 

In 1919 at a mass meeting of the towns- 
people it was decided that the Town needed a 
new, modern school building. A vote for a bond 
financing the erection of this new school build- 
ing was held and the outcome was the building 
which is presently the Farmville Junior High 
School. R .L.Davis, W. J. Turnage, and W. M. Lang 

were among the first trustees of the school and 
they, as well as many other citizens, played an 
important part in the early growth and develop- 
ment of the school. This building was completed 
in 1921 at a cost of $180,000. Following the com- 
pletion of the new school, the school board de- 
cided in considering the long and faithful 
service of Miss Annie Perkins, to perpetuate her 

memory and achievements by giving the name of 
"Perkins Hall" to the beautiful auditorium and 
to place an oil portrait of her in a position of 
honor there. 

The standards of the school were raised 
and many new advantages attained under the 
management of G. R. Wheeler who was superin- 
tendent for 12 years. He was followed by R. E. 
Boyd and his successor was J. H. Moore, who 
remained at the Farmville School until 1947 
when Sam D. Bundy became principal. 

In or around 1938 the citizens of the Town 

At the end of the 1945-1946 
School Year, Miss Annie Perkins 
announced her retirement. In ap- 
preciation of her loyalty and endur- 
ing contributions to the Town, the 
citizens of Farmville declared a half 
day holiday from school on May 
22, 1946, and honored her with a 
day of her own. "Miss Annie" 
taught school for fifty years, 43 of 
which were in Farmville schools. 
Three generations (approximately 
4500) of children had begun their 
quest for knowledge under her 
capable direction. 

made a provision for the restoration of a nine 
month term and the addition of a 12th grade. Dur- 
ing the period between 1922 and 1940 there 
were many additions and improvements to the 
school such as a modern gymnasium; four class- 
rooms; a vocational building with a modern 
shop, tools, power equipment, lecture room and 
laboratory; a Home Economics building with 
furnishings and equipment which were donated 
by local people. This was the first school in the 
State to have a Home Economic unit of this kind. 
In the spring of 1940 the old gymnasium was 
equipped with lunchroom furnishings. 

In December of 1940 the school was listed 
in the Southern Association of Colleges and Sec- 
ondary Schools. There were only about 65 
schools to have attained this distinction at that 
time. The elementary school made "A" with the 
State Department of Public Instruction at the 
same time. The Science Department was at that 
time and still is rated among the best in the 
State. The Library is well equipped with modern 
reference books and a good selection of overall 

Mr. Elezas Wilcox — Institute Teacher 

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History of 
Farmville Public Schools 
1947 - 1972 

By: Sam D. Bundy 

In 1947 Mr. J. H. Moore resigned to go to 
Elizabeth City and Sam D. Bundy, a Farmville 
High School Graduate in the Class of 1923, was 
selected to head the Farmville School. The 
Farmville School Board, Mr. H. B. Sugg, princi- 
pal of the H. B. Sugg School, and Mr. Bundy 
immediately began to make plans to replace the 
old frame building at the H.B. Sugg site and plans 
culminated with a $200,000.00 bond issue being 
passed in 1948. The Board used $180,000.00 of 
this to build a modern brick plant for the H. B. 
Sugg School in 1950 and in 1954 a gymnasium 
was constructed with county funds at a cost of 
$170,000.00. Also, Mr. A. C. Monk, Sr. and Mr. 
A. C. Monk, Jr. gave an amount sufficient to 
build a separate unit for Home Economics. 
These buildings were moved into or occupied in 
1950. From the Bond issue $20,000.00 was used 
to rewire and install a modern lighting system 
plus modernization of the washrooms at the 
Farmville High School. 

In 1948 two things happened that gave a 
real push to the Farmville School. The first was 
the lighting of our athletic field, so that football 
and baseball could be played at night. The 
school board purchased the equipment and the 
Town of Farmville installed and maintained the 
system with the understanding that the Town 
could use same for recreation programs in the 
summer. This gave a boost to the athletic 
program of the school and to the recreation 
program of the Town. The second thing of major 
importance in 1948 was the instituting of a band 
program for the school. The Town and school 
working together raised money for instruments 
and uniforms and Mr. N. C. Maenhout from New 
York became our first bandmaster. Succeeding 
bandmasters through the years have been W. A. 
Glasgow, James Furr and our present bandmas- 
ter, S. L. Starcher. Since its inception the Farm- 
ville High School Band has appeared in many 
Christmas and Shrine parades over Eastern 
North Carolina, the Azalea Festival in Wilming- 
ton many times, the Apple Blossom Festival in 
Winchester, Virginia, plus football games at N.C. 
State University, University of North Carolina, 
and Duke University. 

In 1953 the elementary school department 
had grown to the point that a six room unit for 
the first three grades was constructed at 600 
Grimmersburg Street or five blocks from the 
Farmville High School. As the years progressed 

Rep. Sam D. Bundy 

the school grew in numbers and additions of 
rooms from time to time resulted in a nineteen 
classroom building with additional space for a 
library, cafeteria, teachers lounge, and audio- 
visual supply rooms. Much of this growth was 
due to the closing of the schools at Bell Arthur 
and Fountain. Students from both of these 
schools were assigned to the Farmville School 
District. Sam D. Bundy remained principal of 
both schools with Mrs. Lula Beaman serving as 
building principal of the elementary school. 
At this point the Farmville Elementary School 
housed grades 1-6 and the Farmville High 
School contained grades 7 - 12, and the H. B. 
Sugg School continued to have grades 1 - 12. It 
is interesting to note that the first nine rooms 
plus the cafeteria of the Farmville Elementary 
School were constructed with funds of $140,000 
from State Bond Issue, while the remaining 
portion was built with funds from District and 
County Capital Oi lay. 

Athletic Field 

As the years progressed, the old athletic 
field became obsolete and out of date. For a 
period of three or four years, negotiations and 
plans were carried out for a new athletic field 




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Athletic Field House 

to be lighted and have a modern field house. 
Immediately back of Che Farmville High School 
at the corner of Home and George Streets, this 
dream came to pass and the first football game 
was played in this new facility in September of 
1964. At the time of its dedication it was the 
envy of schools for miles around. A year or two 
later lights were installed at the athletic field 
of the H. B. Sugg School. 

As the schools grew in number and in 
pupils, they grew in their circulum, offering to 
the students at the Farmville High School 
courses in French III, Advanced Biology, Ad- 
vanced Math, Trigonometry, Business Math, 
Journalism, Economics, Sociology, American 
Government and others. At the H. B. Sugg School 
increased offerings were made in vocational 

One of the high points during these days or 
years was the retirement of Mr. II. B. Sugg on 
June 8, 1959. For his service of 41 years to his 
school and community the school of which ho 
was principal had been named in his honor dur- 
ing the school year of 1953 — 54. A reception and 
banquet were given in his honor and there was 
established by his faculty and friends. An II. B. 
Sugg Scholarship Fund. One December 8, 1965, 
Mr. Sugg became the first Black to serve as a 
member of the Farmville School Board. 

It is worthy of note to mention that in 
April, 1952, Mrs. Sara Albritton became the first 
woman to serve on the Farmville School Board 
and on November 4, 1968, Mrs. Nellie Outland 
was the first woman to become the Chairman of 
the Farmville School Board. 

In 1965, the State Board of Education by 
regulation stated that a school system with a 
school on one campus and a school on a second 
campus had to be separated with a classified 
principal at each school. Sam D. Bundy, 
principal of the Farmville High School for 
eighteen years, requested assignment to the 
elementary school with grades 1 — 6. The Farm- 
ville School Board approved the request and at 
the same time appointed Charles Tucker as 
principal of the Farmville High School with 

frades 7 — 12. It was at this point that the 
'armville School Board of Education approved 

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Mrs. R. A. Joyner 

the Farmville Elementary School to be named 
the' Sam D. Bundy Elementary School in honor 
of Principal Sam D. Bundy in recognition of his 
meritorious service over the years to the school 
and community. 

Marker or School Sign 

Beginning with the school year 1966 — 67, 
black students were enrolled for the first time 
in the two previously all white schools on the 
basis of freedom of choice. Approximately fif- 
teen black students enrolled in each school for 
this year with the number increasing to about 
twenty-five in each school for the year 1967 — 
68. By court order the first and ninth grades 
were integrated in 1968 - 69 followed by the 
second, third and eleventh grades in 1970 — 71. 
In the summer of 1971 a new building was com- 
pleted to house a comprehensive high school 
for both races at a cost of approximately two 
million dollars. Complete integration was culmi- 
nated with the opening of the 1971 — 72 school 
year. The Sam D. Bundy Elementary School was 
assigned grades 1, 2, & 3; and during the first 
year had an enrollment of 600 with John 
McKnight as Principal and a professional staff 
of 21. H. B. Sugg School was assigned grades 4, 
5 and 6; and during the first year had an enroll- 
ment of 644 with Frederick Graham as principal 
and with a professional staff of 30. 

Farmville Junior High School (the old 
Farmville High School) was assigned grades 
7 and 8 with an enrollment of 560 with Frederick 
Smith as principal and a professional staff of 
25. The name of the new high school was ap- 
proved as Farmville Central High School and 
was assigned grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 with an 
enrollment of 1,002 with Russ Cotton as princi- 
pal and a professional staff of 57. To transport 
the students there was a fleet of buses number- 
ing 54. In the four schools during this first full 
year of integration there is a combined enroll- 
ment of 2,806 students with four principals and 
a combined professional staff of 130. 

The Farmville Area Advisory Council at 
this time was composed of Mrs. Nellie Outland, 
Chairman, Mrs. Fran Hurley, Secretary and James 
Taylor, Joe Phillips, Carl Venters, Pete Nor- 
ville, Joby Griffin, Raymond Webb, Linwood 
Owens, Carter Smith, Charlie Dupree, and Mrs. 
Emma Spruill. 

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Brief Synopsis of the 
Origin and Development 
of H. B. Sugg School 

By: Mrs. Joe Phillips 

In the early 1800's, through and by com- 
munity leadership of Rev. George Blount, Mr. 
Freeman Vines, Mr. Edmond Askew, Mr. Henry 
Tyson, and others not known, there was a little 
one room school constructed on or near the May 
Place on what is now highway 264-A, and near 
what was known as the Pecan Grove. 

In 1903, the school moved to Farmville, 
N. C, and set up in the Odd Fellows Hall with 
two Teachers. 

During the early 1900's, the county bought 
a plot of wooded land, corner of George and 
Wallace Streets. This was cleared by the 
students. The boys cut down the trees and the 
girls piled the bushs. Mr. Joseph A. Blount and 
Mr. Dennis Dupree, the only boys large enough 
at that time, cut down the trees. 

About 1908, a small two story, four room 
building was constructed on South George 
Street. The building is still standing and is 
known as the Harper Hotel. 

Old School on South George Street 

Through friendly cooperative spirit of the 
community, the school continued its progress to 
higher goals. The school board worked willingly 
and faithfully with the community. By 1922 they 
had purchased a lot in th'e next block and con- 
structed a ten room, two story frame building 
and the school was moved into this building. 

In 1936, through the Federal W. P. A. Pro- 
gram, a six room building was added. During 
1948 a $200,000 building was constructed. 
Later a gymtorium was added. Through the bene- 
volent generosity of Mr. A. C. Monk, a Home 
Economics cottage was erected. 

By request of citizens of Farmville com- 
munity, the Pitt County Board of Education 
named the school H. B. Sugg School. It stands 
today as a fitting memorial and tribute to 
Mr. Sugg. 

Prof. H. B. Sugg 

Born and reared on a farm in Greene County 
near Snow Hill, N. C.,Mr. Sugg was educated in 
the grammar school in Snow Hill, the Mary Pot- 
ter Memorial School of Oxford, N. C, and 
Lincoln University at Oxford, Pennsylvania. He 
served in World War I and after his separation 
from military service, he entered upon his 
services as principal of this school, H. B. Sugg 
School, Farmville, N. C. 

In 1918, Mr. H. B. Sugg came to the school. 
The previous year, there were four teachers and 
one hundred fifty-six students. Eight were pro- 
moted to the seventh grade which was the high- 
est grade reached. For forty-one years he 
labored at "putting" the school among the best 
in North Carolina. Under his supervision and 
direction the school grew from a four room make- 
shift building into a modern brick edifice of 
thirty-two rooms and thirty-four teachers. He 
holds the title of Principal-Emeritus of the 
school which bears his name. He served two 
three-year terms on the Farmville School Board. 

H. B. Sugg School Marker 

He was the kind of principal that really be- 
lieved and practiced the Teacher's Creed. 
Herman Bryan Sugg is a crddit to himself, a 
credit to his community, a credit to his fore- 
bearers, and a credit to his race. 

Mr. Sugg has a daughter. He is a member 
of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. 


Farmville's Railroads: 

Past and Present 

By: W. R. Newton, Vice President 
East Carolina Chapter, 
National Railway Historical Society 

Railroads had a lot to do with the economic 
growth of Farmville and Pitt County. I would 
like to give you a short history of the railroads 
of Farmville. 

The East Carolina came to Farmville first. 
It had its beginning running a few miles out of 
Tarboro as a logging tram line. 

It was officially chartered by the Secretary 
of State on July 1, 1899 with Henry Clark 
Bridges of Tarboro as the President. The line 
was gradually extended until it reached Farm- 
ville around 1900. 

Lumber trains were the main revenue of the 
railroad during the early years. Several big 
lumber companies depended on the East Caro- 
lina to get their logs to the Northern markets. 
Among the largest of these lumber companies 
were the Eureka Lumber Company and the 
Wilson Wood and Lumber Company. These com- 
panies had their own narrow guage tram lines 
running out into the deep woods of Wilson, 
Edgecombe and Pitt Counties. These tram 
lines, sometimes from as far out as 20 miles, 
would bring the logs into the East Carolina 
main line at Macclesfield and Toddy. They 
would then transfer the logs to the East Caro- 
lina cars. 


Logging WM 

Lumber trains were then made up and 
through interchange with the Atlantic Coast 
Line were shipped to Portsmouth and Norfolk, 
Virginia. Interchange was made at Farmville 
with the Norfolk Southern and the lumber was 
shipped to Washington, North Carolina to a 

large saw mill. Logging came to an end on the 
East Carolina round 1913 and from then on their 
revenue would be from freight and passenger 

One thing the older people around Farmville 
will remember about the East Carolina and that 
is the "Yellowhammer". The "Yellowhammer" 
was a street car that originally came from 
Washington, D. C. 

They were rebuilt and converted at the 
East Carolina Railway shops in Tarboro to gaso- 
line powered motor passenger cars. The first 
one was put into service around 1912 and ran 
the length of the railroad from Tarboro to Hook- 
erton, a total of 38.2 miles. 

The first "Yellowhammer" was numbered 
501 and it pulled a coach behind with a total 
capacity of about 40 passengers. It was a big 

1910 Mode of Travel before "Yellowhammer" 


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thing in its day, for people would take Sunday 
excursions with their families, packing picnic 
lunches. Also I am told that children used to 
ride the "Yellowhammer" into Farmville to 

The "Yellowhammer" was a big help to the 
people of the area for shopping and trading in 
the towns along the line. Automobiles in these 
early days were few and the roads were very 
rough. There were nineteen stops along the 
line from Tarboro to Hookerton. 

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could hear the East Carolina Conductor call out 
those stops. "All aboard for Junction, West 
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2nd Generation "Yellowhammer" 

had changed. 

The line hauled millions of pounds of 
tobacco and cotton out of Farmville. They also 
carried Railway Express Company freight. 

Notable steam engines of the line were 
first No. 12, which was a 4—6—0, built by the 
Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, 
Penn. in 1902. 

One of the steam engines that had the long- 
est life on the East Carolina was No. 970. It 
was bought from the Atlantic Coast Line Rail- 
road in 1938 and was used up until the 1950's. 

I am sure everyone that remembers steam 
engines on the East Carolina will remember old 
No. 1031. She came to the line in 1955 from the 
Coast Line. You might remember the sights and 
sounds of her swaying down the line, with the 
smoke trailing back over her cars, blowing for 
the crossings, and the engineer waving back at 

I can remember No. 1031 switching her cars 
behind the Farmville High School when I was at- 
tending classes there; also of seeing her 
derailed on a spur behind Turnage Company's 
Store building in the snow. 

The second generation "Yellowhammer" 
was numbered 502. It was much larger than No. 
501 and more powerful. The East Carolina was 
so good with their design of these motor cars 
that they actually built and sold them to other 

By the early 1920's there was no profit in 
hauling passengers. The automobile had come 
of age and the roads were greatly improved. It 
was around this time that the line to Hookerton 
was abandoned and Farmville became the term- 
inal point. 

In 1934, Henry Clark Bridgers sold his 
East Carolina interests to the Atlantic Coast 
Line. It retained its name, only the ownership 

Engine and Crew No. 1031 

Whether you realize it or not, that old No. 
1031 and the East Carolina were part of our 
American Heritage. The East Carolina played a 
large part in helping Farmville grow. 

Locomotive No. 1031 was replaced by a 
diesel in May of 1957. Old 1031 is gone from the 
East Carolina Railway, but will never be for- 
gotten. No. 1031 lives on, for she was saved 


1933 Farmviile East Carolina Railway Station 

from the scrappers torch and is on permanent 
display at the Seaboard Coast Line Shops in 
Florence, South Carolina. 

When speaking of the East Carolina Rail- 
way, one remembers Mr. L. W. Godwin, for he 
worked for the line for fifty-five (55) years. He 
saw the railroad grow, remembers the good 
years and was with them until its end. 

The final run on the East Carolina Railway 
tracks pulled out of Farmviile on November 16, 
1965. The East Carolina was caught up in an 
economic squeeze that proved too much for her 
with the coming of the fast truck lines. 

The second railroad to come to Farmviile 
was the Norfolk Southern Railway Company. 

The Norfolk Southern is a small independ- 
ent Class I Railroad. It operates 624 miles of 
trackage with their main line extending from 
Norfolk, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The Norfolk Southern's history dates back 
to the incorporation of the Elizabeth City and 
Norfolk Railroad in 1870. 

In 1907, the line was extended from Wash- 
ington, North Carolina into Pitt County. The 
line was finished to Raleigh, the State Capital, 
that year and carried its first passengers to the 
State Fair to hear William Jennings Bryan speak. 

It is certainly interesting to know that the 
East Carolina Railway helped haul materials in- 
to Farmviile for the building of the Norfolk 
Southern in 1907. 

The Norfolk Southern ran advertisements in 
1910 stating that if you would write them stating 
about the size farm you were looking for, the 
kind of crops you wished to grow, they would 
show you the place and the farm. They also had 
an Industrial Department f,hat would help you 
locate sites in Eastern North Carolina. 

In 1910, they completed the five mile long 
trestle across the Albermarle Sound, replacing 
the railroad car ferry which had been in oper- 
ation since 1891. 

Passenger service was available on the 
Norfolk Southern in Farmviile, either on one of 
their gasoline powered railbuses or on their 
passenger trains. 

Early Norfolk Southern Engine 

Back when steam was King, on the Norfolk 
Southern, Farmviile had engine servicing facili- 
ties here. There was a coal chute, tool houses, 
a water tower and a turn around track directly 
in front of the station. The concrete foundation 
for the water tank is still visiable today. 

I have talked to people who remember the 
passenger service well. They state it was a 
nice little trip to visit relatives in Greenville 
by train or send the children off to college in 
Raleigh by rail. 

Passenger service, formerly operated on 
the main line between Norfolk and Raleigh was 
discontinued in 1952. 

In 19-46, the Norfolk Southern began replac- 
ing the steam locomotives with diesel-electric 
units. The dieselization was completed in 1954. 

One of Farmville's early agents was Mr. 
David E. Oglesby, Carroll Oglesby's father. He 
worked for them for 10 years before he assumed 
his position with the Bank of Farmviile in 1914. 

In Farmviile when you think of the Norfolk 
Southern, you think of the 0. G. Spell family. 
Mr. 0. G. Spell came to the railroad in 1928 and 
worked from then until his retirement in 1963. 
He also had the distinction of serving three (3) 
terms as Mayor of the Town of Farmviile. 

1914 Norfolk Southern Depot 
D. E. Oglesby, Station Master 

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Mr. 0. G. Spell also maintained the Rail- 
way Express Agency and was a dealer for 
Canadian hay. During the peak of his hay busi- 
ness he sold as many as 500 box car loads a 
year. This was a time when people depended 
heavily on mules and horses to get their farming 

Mr. Homer Spell, son of 0. G. Spell, is our 
present Norfolk Southern Agent. He has been 
with the railroad since 1942. Mr. Spell remem- 
bers the old steam locomotives well, because 
he grew up in a Norfolk Southern Railroad family, 
his father being the agent in Farmville before 

Mr. Homer Spell has been of great help to 
me in finding out facts about the Norfolk Southern 
activities in Farmville. Those visiting him on 
business enjoy looking at his pictures of Norfolk- 
Southern locomotives on the office walls. 

by rail. The Town of Farmville's newest street 
sweeping machine came in by Norfolk Southern. 

At present there are two daily through 
freight trains that pull through Farmville on 
their way to Norfolk, Raleigh and Charlotte. 
The Farmville local switcher gives freight 
service to Simpson, Greenville, Farmville, Wals- 
tonburg and Stantonsburg. 

The company transferred its headquarters 
from Norfolk, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina 
on September 16, 1961. 

The Norfolk Southern has helped in Farm- 
ville's economic growth and continues to serve 
her well today. 

A merger between the Norfolk Southern and 
Southern Railway is pending. A stock holders 
meeting will be held in March to decide this 
matter and if approved by the ICC, the merger 
will be finalized. 

One of the Last Norfolk Southern Steam Engines 

Norfolk Southern enjoys a good business in 
Farmville serving many large firms. Among them 
are the F.C.X. Feed Mill, International Paper 
Co., Morgan Oil and Refinning Co. and A. C. 
Monk and Company. 

It will be interesting to note, that the bricks 
for the new A. C. Monk and Company plant, now 
being constructed, were transported here to 
Farmville by the Norfolk Southern Rail. Also, 
they will receive much of their new machinery 

Farmville's third railroad is not a licensed 
common carrier, nor does it come under I.C.C. 
regulations. It is actually not a railroad, but a 
collection of railway equipment. It is the East 
Carolina Chapter of the National Railway 
Historical Society. The East Carolina Chapter, 
N.R.H.S. became a non-profit corporation on the 
28th day of February, 1967. Tax exemption was 
granted March 1, 1967, by the Internal Revenue 


The purpose for which this chapter was 
formed and the business objects to be carried 
on and promoted by it are for historical and edu- 
cational purposes and not profit. The more 
particular objects are: (A) To preserve historical 
materials of railway transportation; (B) to col- 
lect data on the history of rail transportation 
and to issue publications relating to this sub- 
ject; (C) to encourage rail transportation; (D) to 
acquire, by purchase or donation, property to 
manage in an appropriate manner for a rail 

The Chapter was originally founded and 
located in Greenville, North Carolina. In 1970 
the Chapter Railway Equipment was moved to 
its present location in Farmville. 

The East Carolina Chapter's equipment 

cars donated by the U. S. Marine Corps at Camp 
Lejeune, N. C. They hope to rebuild them into 
passenger, open-air excursion cars. 

At the present the chapter owns three gaso- 
line motor cars. These were donated by the Nor- 
folk Southern Railway and the former Carolina 
Southern of Windsor, N. C. 

The Chapter owns various track tools and 
railway maintenance equipment. Chapter mem- 
bers are kept busy with their equipment resto- 
ation and maintenance. 

The East Carolina Chapter operates on the 
old East Carolina Railway tracks by agreement 
with the Superior Stone Company, the owner of 
the Industrial Spur. The Chapter maintains and 
operates between Farmville and Fountain at the 
present time. 

East Carolina Chapter No. 67 Diesel Engine 

site is located on West Wilson Street on the 
Colonial Ice and Coal Company property. 

Their first locomotive came from the Marine 
Corps at Cherry Point, N. C. This locomotive 
No. 270, is a 50 ton diesel-electric, built by the 
Whitcomb Locomotive Works in 1943. 

Their "Tool or Work Car'" is an ex-Southern 
Railway combination Baggage - Railway Post 
Office Car No. 188. This car was used for many 
years in the Ashville, N. C. area. 

Their second locomotive came from the U.S. 

Naval Supply Center, Norfolk, Virginia. This 
locomotive No. 67, is a 45 ton diesel-electric, 
built by General Electric Co. in 1942. 

The Chapter also owns two, 53 foot, flat 

The future plans of this organization call 
for five passenger excursions a year between 
Farmville and Macclesfield, during the Spring 
and Summer months for the public. This goal 
may be a long time coming, due to the many 
variable factors which are involved, such as in- 
surance and the many regulations both State and 
Federal. The East Carolina Chapter of the 
N.R.H.S. issues its newsletter, "The Tarheel 
Telegrapher", six times a year. 

One can see by the above article that Farm- 
ville's railroads have had a gratifing past and 
seem to be in store for a bright future. Let us 
all support them! 

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Churches Reflect 
Community Growth 

By Rev. Jack and Mrs. Daniell 

Just as the United States of America was 
built upon religious principles and religious 
principles and religious institutions influenced 
the early days of our history, so it is with the 
Town of Farmville. The early community grew 
up in and around a small white framed church 
called Antioch Christian, located at a cross- 
roads between "/ilson and Greenville, North 
Carolina, in Pitt County. From these very first 
days, religion has greatly influenced the devel- 
opment and growth of Farmville. 

How appropriate it is that on the Farmville 
Centennial Symbol "religious heritage" is 
featured. Throughout the history of this small 
farming town, religious activities have been 
foremost in its citizens' thinking. Each church 
has developed a numerous variety of peculiar 
and unique programs and activities, thus giving 
a well rounded religious life to Farmville 

Through the years, different denominations 
have felt the need to establish themselves in 
Farmville and at the present time there are 
seventeen churches, maybe more, in the city 
proper; each one meeting certain needs of the 
community. A brief historical sketch of the 
Farmville churches follows: 

Rev. Josephus Latham Rev. George Joyner 
Early Antioch Pastors 

The First Christian Church is the oldest 
church in the city, orginally being the Antioch 
Christian Church, from which the boundaries of 
the town of Farmville were set. It was organized 
in 1854 with the first minister being Josephus 
Latham. Now having a membership of 360, its 
present minister is Jack M. Daniell. 

First Christian Church R ev . Jack Daniel 


Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church which is located on Highway 258 South, at the intersection of 
264 Highway, Marlboro was organized in. 1870. Among the first ministers was W. H. Laughinghouse and 
now having a membership of 188 members. The present minister is Bruce Barrow. 

Rev. Bruce Barrow 

The Emmanuel Episcopal 
Church, located on South Wal- 
nut Street, was organized in 
1888 under the direction of 
Rev. Israel Harding. The 
orginial building was struck 
by lightning in 1912 and the 
present brick building com- 
pleted in 1920. The present 
membership is 83 and serving 
the congregation at this time 
is Rev. William Barrett. 

Enterior - Emmanuel Church - 1914 

Emmanuel Episcopal Church 

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Rev. William Barrett 


Dr. & Mrs. Dan Heizer 

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Patterson 

Congressman Walter B. Jones 
The Marvin V. Horton Family 

St. Stevens A ME Zion Church 

St. Stevens AME Zion Church, located at 
the corner of Hines and Walnut Streets was 
organized in 1855 with the first minister being 
L. H. Moseley. The building now occupied was 
the original Antioch Christian Church which 
was moved to the present lot in 1909. The 
present minister is Rev. U. \. Spence and has 
a membership at the present time of 35 mem- 



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Rev. U. A. Spence 

Elder and Mrs. A. P. Mewborn 

Macedonia Baptist Church 

Farmville Primitive Baptist Church 

Macedonia Baptist Church, located at the 
corner of Wallace and S. Walnut Streets was 
organized in 1897 with the first minister being 
James Karris. Their present membership is 67 
and at the present time there is no minister 
serving here. 

Farmville Primitive Baptist Church was 
established in the Town of Farmville in 1900. 
It is located on West Wilson Street with a pre- 
sent membership of 14. The first minister serv- 
ing was Elder D. A. Mewborn and present pastor 
is Elder A. P. Mewborn. 


Farmville United Methodist Church 

United Methodist Church of Farmville was 
founded in 1901 with the Rev. T. H. Bain serv- 
ing as its first pastor. It has recently moved in- 
to its new church facilities located at the inter- 
section of West Church and West Wilson Streets 
with Rev. Jack Hunter serving a congregation 
of 470 members. 




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St. James Free Will Baptist Church 

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St. James Free Will Baptist Church was 
organized in 1907. The first pastor of this 
church was Rev. R. A. Horton. Located on 
Perry Street, it is now served by Rev. T. T. 


Coca Cola Bottling Company 

First Baptist Church 

Rev. Marion Lark 

First Baptist Church was organized in 
1909 and is now located on the corner of East 
Wilson and South Green Streets. Its first pastor 
was Rev. Jesse McCarter and the membership 
of 380 is now served by Rev. Marion Lark. 

Farmville Presbyterian Church 

The Farmville Presbyterian Church which 
is now located on Grimmersburg Street at the 
corner of North Waverly Street was organized in 
1917 with the first resident minister being Rev. 
H.F. Morton. This church was orginally located 
on the corner of South Walnut and West Pine 
Streets having moved into its new church build- 
ing in 1951. Now serving a total of 186 members 
isllev. William N. Gordon. 

Rev. William N. Gordon 


St. John Free Will Baptist Church 

Rev. R. I. Becton 

St. John Free Will Baptist Church is locat- 
ed on Williams Street with the present member- 
ship being served by R. I. Beckton. The organ- 
izing first minister was Shepherd Wilson. 

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church was dedi- 
cated in 1931 and located on the corner of South 
Contentnea and East Pine Streets. The first 
pastor was Father Leo G. Doetteri. Serving 
a total of 47 parishioners is Father Kenneth 

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 

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Rev. Ralph Lambert 

Pentecostal Holiness Church 

The Pentecostal Holiness Church, located 
on the corner of East Church Street and 
South Davis Drive was organized in 1943 and 
serves a membership of 36. Its first minister 
was Samuel J. Williams and the present mini- 
ster is Ralph Lambert. 

Bibleway Holiness Church, is located on 
West Wallace Street and was organized in 1944 
under the ministery of Bishop John Johnson. It 
now has a membership of 78 and is served by 
Rev. Alfred Dixon. 

Rev. Alfred Dixon & Son 

Bibleway Holiness Church 


Church of God (Seventh 
Day Adventist) which is lo- 
cated on North Green Street 
erected its church building in 

Church of God (Seventh Day Adventist) 

The Central Baptist Church under the ministery of Richard Calhoun is situated on West Pine 
Street and was organized in January, 1957 Their first minister was Donald Bryan and they now 
have a membership of 100 actives. 

Rev. Richard Calhoun 

Central Baptist Church 

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St. Matthews Free Will 
Baptist Church was organized 
in 1956 and its church building 
is located at 100 Acton Street. 
Their first minister was Frank 
Matthews. The present mini- 
ster, Bernard Newsome, serves 
a congregation of 35 members. 


St. Mathews Free Will Baptist Church 

Second Christian Church 
was organized in 1964 and is 
located at the corner of Acton 
and South George Streets. 
Their first minister was C. L. 
Parks and the present minister 
is Seward Selby. 

Second Christian Church 

Mt. Moriah Holiness Church 
is located on South Main Street. 


Mt. Moriah Holiness Church 

The Village 
of Marlboro 

Before a settlement began to develop in 
Farmville, Marlborough, about one mile south of 
Farmville, had been a thriving village. The name 
in later years became Marlboro, the borough part 
of the name being shortened as it was in the 
name of many towns. 

Earlier, about 1704, John Lawson, the 
English surveyor, who was writing a history, 
reached what is now Pitt County, but at the time 
was known as Pemplico (Pamlico) Country. He 
came from the central part of the province and 
entered Pitt County from Greene somewhere in 
the Marlboro section. He followed an Indian 
Trail across Contentnea Creek, a little below 
Tyson's bridge, according to Henry T. King in 
"Sketches of Pitt County". In his journal Mr. 
Lawson said this about the coastal plains of 
Eastern North Carolina "as the land is fruitful, 
so are the planters very hospitable". 

Marlboro was a cross-road settlement sur- 
rounded by several large plantations in 1851, 
when the Plank Road Company was formed in 
Greenville, February 20th. Alfred Moye was 
president of the Plank Road Association for the 
eleven years of its duration. The road was built 
by a stock company and operated a s a toll road. 
All stock holders pledged stock in the amount of 
$25.00 each, $2.00 due then and balance due on 
demand. Owners of the property along the road 
would contract to build certain parts of the road 
and use their own labor from their farms. The 
road was constructed of heavy pine sills or 
stringers laid end to end and lengthwise (these 
were heart pine planks, cut 9 to 16 inches wide, 
3 to 4 inches thick). The stringers being laid at 
right angles to the road which was 10 to 30 feet 
wide and nails were used only on the curves. 
The road was completed only from Wilson to 
Greenville at a cost of $1,000 to $2,000 dollars 
per mile. 

Stage Coach 

Passenger travel in the stage coaches 
was a noisy, bumpy journey. The clang of the 
horses' hoofs and the noise of the wagon wheels 
on the planks could be heard long before they ar- 
rived at their destination. There were toll houses 
and gates placed every 7 or 8 miles along the 
way, some of which are still standing today. 

It's course ran directly through Marlboro and 
brought about the birth of that village. Land 
values more than doubled because of the "Farm- 
ers Railroad" and the coming decade was named 
"the prosperous fifties". 

In the village was a tavern, one of the toll- 
ing stops for the Plank Road. A post office and 
a church, probably the beginning of the present 
Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church and a school. 
John R. Dixon according to records attended 
Marlboro High School in 1858. There was, as is 
written in an old deed, a marl hole there and that 
is possibly the reason it was named Marlboro. 
However, it could have been named for the Duke 
of Marlborough. Also there, were stables, a 
butcher shop, a sawmill, a grist mill on Middle 
Swamp Creek, a brick kiln, several mercantile 
businesses and a blacksmith shop in the sixties, 
and in 1877 B. F. Tyler made carriages there. 

According to Mrs. J. Henry Wheeler of Wals- 
tonburg, formerly Minnie Harris, who lived in 
Marlboro in her early years, it was a quaint 
place with many large oaks and cedars lining the 
highway and lanes leading to the homes, mostly 
white frame houses. The growth of Marlboro stop- 
ped when the railroads came to Farmville around 

Some of the old cedars and oaks are at the 
present in the yard of the John Joyner home, still 
standing at its location on a dirt road off the 


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Town of Farmville 

south side of Highway 264, a short distance west 
of Marlboro. John Joyner (or Joiner) as it is 
spelled in legal papers, whom we assume was 
the original owner, lived between 1779 and 1853, 
testifying to the history of the house. 

The architectural features of the house date 
the building. The one-and-a-half story, steep roof 
and small paned windows, the inside wainscoting, 
wide floor boards and enclosed steep stairway 
follow the traditions of its generation. Some of 
the floor boards are eleven inches wide and the 
wainscote panel measures eighteen inches. Under 
the house are rough hewn planks, pegs were used 
in the mortices and handmade nails in the 


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John Joyner 

In the private cemetary a few yards from the 
house, are buried nine members of the Joyner 
family, at least there are only that many markers 
discernible. According to inscriptions John Joyner 
died in the "74th year of his age", and his first 
wife, "Clary" or Clara May, daughter of Major 
Benjamin May and Mary Tyson May, "departed 
this life September 23, 1834, in the 53rd year of 
her life". After the death of his wife, Clara, John 
Joyner married Harriett Williams May, widow of 
his wife's brother, James May. 

Enclosed Stairway, Mantel, and Wainscoting 

Joyner Cemetary 

Also Dr. Noah Joyner, son of John Joyner 
and Clara May Joyner, and his wife, Emily 
Williams Joyner, daughter of Dr. Robert Williams, 
lived in the house before and during the Civil 

Four sons of Dr. and Mrs. Noah Joyner were 
Episcopal ministers: Rev. Francis Joyner, Rev. 
-lames Joyner, Rev. John P. Joyner and Rev. 
Edmund Noah Joyner. The fifth son, Andrew 
Joyner, was a lawyer, editor of newspapers in 
Greenville and Winston Salem, N. C. and he 
established one of the early news bureaus in 
Greensboro, N. C. Two daughters married mini- 
sters, Henrietta Williams Joyner married Rev. 
Hardy H. Phelps and Clara Elizabeth Joyner mar- 
ried Rev. Charles Malone. 

"The forebearers of this family had been 
citizens of Pitt County for two or three genera- 


tions. They were Welsh folks, migrating first to 
Pennsylvania, then to Virginia, finally to the 
"Old North State", according to a "Biographical 
Sketch of Rev. Edmund Noah Joyner" by Rev. 
Norvin C. Duncan. Dr. Robert Williams and John 
Joyner both represented Pitt County in the 

General Assembly Dr. Williams in the Senate 

and Mr. Joyner in the House. 

One division of Lord Cornwallis's troops 
which went by or near Kinston, after retreating 
to Wilmington, came on through Greene County 
(Dobbs at the time), crossed Middle Swamp on 
the back of the Joyner Plantation. According to 
"Sketches of Pitt County", the house was built 
in the old road used by the Cornwallis troops and 
was called the British Road. 

Another home still standing at Marlboro, on 

Falkland, N. C, parents of the former Venetia 
Morrill, now Mrs. Joe Kue of Farmville. 

In April 1861, the third company of volun- 
teers in Pitt County in the War Between the 
States, was the volunteers called the Marlboro 
Guards. It was formed April 20, 1861. Captain 
William Henry Morrill was company Commander 
and J. P. Barrett, 1st Lieutenant. In addition to 
its officers the company had 71 men. 

On March 12, 1862, the Guards took part in 
the Battle of New Bern. At Sharpsburg, the Marl- 
boro Guard lost two-thirds of its men, either kill- 
ed or wounded. Lost were its Captain and 1st and 
2nd Lieutenants. At Appamatox, sixteen men of 
the Guard surrendered with the remainder of 
their regiment. 

Roster of N. C. Troops Regiment 27, Com- 

the north side of Highway 264, about a mile east 
of Marlboro, is the home of Dr. Samuel Morrill, 
a prominent physician of Farmville. The two 
story white frame house is unoccupied at this 
time but is well preserved, now owned by Mr. and 
Mrs. Howard Moye, Jr. 

While the Dr. Samuel Morrill family lived in 
the home a sturdily built, graceful Windsor type 
chair, was a prized part of its furnishings. The 
chair, handed down through several generations, 
was brought to Marlboro by Dr. Samuel's 
mother, widow of Dr. David Lawrence Morrill, 
nineth Governor of New Hampshire. Mrs. Morrill 
came in 1877 to make her home with her sons, 
William Henry Morrill and Dr. Samuel Morrill. By 
inheritance the chair is now occuping a prominent 
place in the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Morrill, 

pany E (Marlboro Guards) shows the following 
officers: William H. Morrill, Capt.; Jason P. 
Joyner, Capt.; Robert W. Joyner, Capt.; J. B. 
Barrett, 1st Lt.; McGowan Ernul, 1st Lt.; T. D. 
Jones, 2nd Lt.; and J. T. Williams, 2nd Lt. 

Non-Commissioned Officers were: John R. 
Dixon, 1st Sgt.; John R. Tyler, 2nd Sgt.; J. Kil- 
patrick,3rd Sgt.; Henry Brantley, 4th Sgt.; Albert 
L. Carr, 5th Sgt.; Robert Long (possibly Lang), 
1st Corp.; Frances M. Kilpatrick, 2nd Corp.; and 
John D. Walston, 3rd Corp. Rev. Edmund Noah 
Joyner was Chaplain General of the North Caro- 
lina Division. 

(Editor's Note: The Joyner home description was 
taken from an article by Olive Donat written for 
July 13, 1961 Enterprise and the Civil War Re- 
search was done by Lucy Smith Lewis.) 

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Speight's Service Center 

Service Through Healing 

By: Mary Lee Joyner 

Farmville has been blessed over the years 
by having many dedicated physicians who have 
rendered outstanding service to their fellow man 
in their profession as well as in their civic 
activities. For many years prior to the founding 
of Farmville, through the years since its incor- 
poration, and up until the present time the 
citizens of this area have been treated by 
doctors with a strong sense of responsibility, 
answering calls for assistance whenever and 
wherever their services might be needed. 

In early times this area was served by Dr. 
Robert Williams, who lived near Falkland Land- 
ing. He was born August 25, 1758, received the 
best education of the time and completed his 
medical studies in Richmond and Philadelphia 
in 1779. He served with distinction as a sur- 
geon in the American Army in the Revolutionary 
War. After the war he retired to his farm and 
the practice of his profession, where his home 
was practically a hospital or sanitorium patron- 
ized by the people of eastern North Carolina. 
Dr. Williams was a Representative in the 
General Assembly and later a State Senator as 
well as being a member of the Constitutional 
Convention in 1835. He died on October 12, 

Dr. Noah Joyner was the son of John 
Joyner and Clara May Joyner (daughter of Major 
Benjamin May). He married Emily Williams who 
was the daughter of Dr. Robert Williams. The 
Joyner home was located on the old plank road 
close by the settlement of Marlboro. Dr. Joyner 
was a surgeon as well as general practitioner 
and was also highly gifted with a genius for de- 
signing handicraft. It has been told that he made 
a toy wagon for his son which was an exact 
replica — complete with wheels, body and 
tongue — which thrilled the heart of the little 

Dr. Samuel Morrill was born August 26, 
1829 at Goffstown, New Hampshire, son of a 
physician who was later Governor and United 
States Senator from New Hampshire, Dr. Morrill 
attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Uni- 
versity. In 1853 he came South and spent one 
year at Wilmington, N. C. In 1854 he moved to 
Marlboro,, where he remained, and where for 
more than fifty years he engaged actively in 
the practice of medicine. The old Morrill home- 
place is on the edge of Farmville on what is 
known as the John King Farm. Dr. Morrill died 
on February 25, 1905. 

Dr. Joseph N. Bynum, son of Gideon Bynum 
and Sally May Bynum (daughter of Major Ben- 
jamin May) was born May 17, 1832, He lived on 
his plantation about four miles from Farmville 
and served the area faithfully for many years. 
His granddaughter, Margaret Bynum Dwyer, is 
a resident of Farmville. 

Bynum Homeplace 
4 Miles Northwest of Farmville 

Dr. Bynum's Office 
In Yard of Homeplace 

In the early 1900's Farmville seemed to 
have a special attraction for doctors as there 
were several to come into practice within a few 
years. One of these was Dr. J. N. Patrick who 
came to Farmville from Snow Hill. He is remem- 
bered as having one of the first cars in town — 
a Maxwell. 

About this same time Dr. D. H. Moseley 
came to Farmville from near Kinston. In later 
years he was shot as he entered a house where 
he had been called to treat a patient by a man 
who was thought to be demented. 

Dr. John S. Hooker practiced during the 
era of the early 1900's and occupied the house 
where Mr. & Mrs. Alex Allen now live. He left 
Farmville to make his home in Chapel Hill. 


Dr. David S. Morrill 

Dr. David S. Morrill was the son of Dr. 
Samuel Morrill and was born in 1874. He was 
educated at the University of Maryland and 
interned at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Morrill lived at 
the old homeplace on the Plank Road before 
moving to Farmville. Following the death of his 
father, Dr. Morrill and his Mother and sister, 
Miss Venetia, moved into the house which he 
built at 204 West Church Street. This House has 
become a landmark and has been restored by 
the present owner, Mrs. Eloise Kinsaul. Dr. 
Morrill was very active in the early development 
of the community. He was never very far from 
his practice and said that the only vacation he 
ever took from his work was a trip to Europe. 
He died in 1963, having lived to see his 90th 
birthday and being Pitt County's oldest prac- 
ticing physician. 

Home built by Dr. D. S. Morrill 
on Church Street 

Dr. C.C. Joyner was born July 20,-1862, on 
what is now Grimmersburg Street extension just 
outside of Farmville. He attended the University 

Dr. Joyner's first office at Castoria 

of North Carolina and Jefferson Medical College 
in Philadelphia. He first practiced at Castoria 
in Greene County for about two years. In 1901 
he married Miss Luna Newell and in 1903 they 
moved to Farmville where they lived in the May 
house on Main Street. Dr. Joyner built the home 
now owned by Mrs. Essie El Ramey and had an 
office beside the house until 1921 when he 
moved to the Horton Building. In 1927 he moved 
his office to the Sheppard Building and for a 
year he, Dr. David Morrill, Dr. W. M. Willis and 
Dr. John S. Hooker practiced together. They 
hoped to establish a small hospital in Farmville 
one of Dr. Joyner's dreams. However the de- 
pression proved too much for the hospital and 
the partnership dissolved. In 1932 Dr. Joyner 
moved next door to Bonnie's Cafe and practiced 
there until his death in 1941. 

Home built by Dr. C. C. Joyner 
at Corner of Contentnea & Pine 

This page sponsored by 
Farmville Implement Company William C. Mercer, Jr., D.D.S. 

The Wickes Corporation Lang's Inc. 


Dr. W. M. Willis 

Dr. W. M. Willis came 
to Farmville from Morehead 
City in 1918. In 1938 he 
opened the first Clinic 
Building which is now oc- 
cupied by Lewis, Lewis 
and Lewis Attorneys. Dr. 
Willis attended Wake Forest 
College, The Medical Col- 
lege of Virginia and in- 
terned at Richmond and 
Philadelphia. He was very 
active in all civic activi- 
ties until his death in 

Dr. A. H. Stevens came to Farmville from 
Wilmington in 1934. He opened up an office on 
Main Street in one of the Davis Buildings, but 
stayed here for only a short time. He graduated 
from the University of Georgia Medical School 
and received training at the James Walker 
Hospital and the Babies Hospital at Wilmington. 

A native of Greene County, Dr. John M. 
Mewborn came to Farmville in February, 1935. 
He attended the University of North Carolina, 
Pre-Med and received the M.D. from the Medical 
College of Virginia. He spent two years resi- 
dency at Tucker's and interned at James Walker 
Memorial in Wilmington. His first office was 
where Mrs. El Ramey's shop is now located. 
From there he moved to the building next to the 
old Methodist Church and then built his own 
Clinic on South Greene Street. Dr. Mewborn 
served untiringly in his professional capacity 
as well as rendering many services to the com- 
munity until his death in 1971. 

Dr. Rhoderick T. Williams was born in 
Greenville. He received his B. S. degree from 
the University of North Carolina and his M. D. 
from Vanderbilt University. He interned at 
Nashville General Hospital and Parkview Hos- 
pital at Rocky Mount. Dr. Williams entered 
practice in Farmville in 1939 in the Clinic 
Building now occupied by Lewis, ;Lewis and 
Lewis. He died at the age'of 51 in 1964. 

Dr. Charles E. Fitzgerald, a native of 
Wilson, came to Farmville in 1939. He attended 
Wake Forest, Duke University and Louisiana 
State University. After interning at Charity Hos- 
pital, New Orleans he practiced in Walstonburg 
for two years before moving to Farmville. His 
Clinic Building is located on Main Street next 
to the Fire Station. 

In 1949 Dr. Elmer Smith came to Farmville 
to practice with Dr. R .T. Williams. He remained 
for about three years and is now deceased. Dr. 
Winstead also practiced with Dr. Williams for a 
few years before moving on to Florida. 

Dr. T. H. Patterson came to Farmville in 
1960, and Dr. M. D. Heizer in 1964. Together 
they practice in the Family Clinic on North Main 

Dr. R. T. Williams 


Dr. C. E. Fitzgerald 


Born near Bethel in 1890, Dr. Jones attend- 
ed Richmond College and the Medical College of 
Virginia, where he earned his D. D. S. degree in 
1910. He is a veteran of World War I. 

Dr. Jones has been President of the North 
Carolina Dental Society, an officer of the Ameri- 
can Dental Association, and a member of the 
American Dental Examiners. A Mason, a Shriner 
and a Knight Templar, he served on the Board of 
Health from 1944 - 48. 

He was appointed a member of the Health 
Committee which activated this division of 
Health affairs of the University of North Carolina 
School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and the 
North Carolina Memorial Hospital. 

A State Senator from 1949 - 57, he was pres- 
ident pro tempore of the Senate in 1955. He 
authored and sponsored legislation setting up the 
North Carolina Dental College at the University 
of North Carolina. 

During his legislative years he was instru- 
mental in securing appropriations for many edu- 
cational programs and buildings, which marked 
the beginning of the dramatic growth of East 
Carolina University. Jones Dormitory at East 
Carolina University is named for him. 

A distinct honor shared by only one other 
North Carolina dentist was bestowed on Dr. 
Jones in 1971 when the American College of 
Dentists presented him with the William John 
Gies Award in recognition of his leadership and 
meritorious services to his profession. The life 
and character of Dr. Jones represent a wonderful 
story of service above self and a dedication of 
Christian principles of living and ethics. Integ- 
rity, generosity and appreciation have exempli- 
fied his character and patterned a life. 

Horton Hotel 

This page sponsored by 

First Union National Bank of North Carolina 


Bettie Askew Belcher 
Wife of Sherrod Belcher 

Mrs. T. W. Lang and Infant 
Daughter, Elizabeth 

Joe H. Bynum — World War I Tabitha DeVisconti & Eva Horton 


William Columbus Askew, Sr. 
and wife, Victoria Suggs Askew, 

Dora Ena Askew 
Lillian Rosebud Askew 

Picture taken 1873 

Of the many pioneers of Farmville, (those having been born, raised and lived in Farmville for fifty 
years or more; or citizens born in Farmville School District, attended Farmville School, and have 
lived in Farmville for fifty years or more; or citizens who have moved to Farmville and resided here: 
for fifty years) who responded to the Editor's Enterprise notice, the names are listed below: 

Josephine Sutton Allen 
Jack Allen 
Howard Allen 
Sara Humphrey Albritton 
Carl Lee Beaman 
Nell Taylor Beaman 
Chester Morrill Cash 
Jesse McKeldon Carraway 
Allen Carr Darden 
Addie Herring Darden 
Bertha Lang Darden 
John Cowan Darden 
James Henry Darden 
Harry Vane Dixon 
Tabitha Marie DeVisconti 
Cecil Lynn Eason, Sr. 
Nan Moore Eason 
Robert Earle Fields 
Hazel Monk Fiser 
Louise Dixon Harris 
James Howard Harris 
John Roderick Harris 
Mary Friar Harris 
Richard Dixon Harris, Sr. 
Carrie Tugwell Hobgood 
Effie Hobgood 
William Redden Hobgood 
Arthur F. Joyner, Jr. 
Arthur F. Joyner, Sr. 
Bettie Isabel Joyner 
Agnes Barrett Joyner 
Joseph D. Joyner 
Sue Thorne Joyner 

Thomas Eli Joyner, Jr. 
William Edward Joyner 
Marvin Vail Jones 
Ruby Rigsbee Jones 
Janie Morrill Johnston 
Roland Octavius Lang 
Mary Elizabeth Lang 
Ben Lewis Lang 
Edith Norville Lee 
Frances Beaman Lewis 
John Baker Lewis 
Gray Carraway Martin 
Albert Coy Monk, Jr. 
Eva Mae Turnage Monk 
Penny Keel Lang Monk 
Robert Turnage Monk 
Frances Joyner Monk 
Alfred Bruce Moore 
Mary Louise Rumley Moore 
George Elmer Moore 
Fred Carr Moore 
Rosa Allen Mooring 
Annie Mae Whittelsey Morgan 
John Irvin Morgan, Jr. 
William Andrew McAdams 
Ann Noblim McAdams 
Alice Tyson Mozingo 
Charlie Aaron Mozingo 
Novella Horton Murray 
Gene Horton Oglesby 
Carroll Dean Oglesby 
Mabrey Eugene Pollard 
Margaret Davis Allen 

Elizabeth Dupree Pollard 
Mary Barrett Pollard 
John Oliver Pollard 
Ima Pittman Pierce 
Robert Pittman Pierce 
Lonnie Tinker Pierce 
Madeline Horton Rountree 
Lucy Moore Rasberry 
Charlie James Rasberry 
Meta King Moore Sauls 
Mary Smith 
Anges Hinson Stepps 
George Stepps 
Bert S. Smith, Jr. 
Robert Lee Smith 
Sara Smith 
Loyd Smith 
Tammy Moore Tucker 
Theodore Carl Turnage 

Bernice Benjamin Turnage 
Lester Earl Turnage, Sr. 
Wesley Laughinghouse Turnage 
Aaron Calhoun Turnage 
Sam Richard Wainwright, Sr. 
Reide Hardy Winstead 
Henrietta Moye Williamson 
Robert Patrick Wheless 
James M. Wheless 
Mary Barrett Whitehurst 
Rom Langley Webber 
Evelyn Horton Wright 
Jack Lewis Yelverton 


BACK ROW: Carl Beaman, 
Mac Carraway, Dick Harris, 
Carroll Oglesby, William I lob- 
good, Robert Pierce, Harry 
Dixon, Charlie Rasberry. Joe 
D. Joyner, Robert Lee Smith. 
FRONT ROW: Allen Darden, 
Chester Cash, Jack Allen, Fred 
Moore, B. S. Smith, Jr., Eli 
Joyner, Robert Monk, George 
Stepps, Mabrey Pollard, Tam- 
my Tucker. 

BACK ROW: Alice Mozingo, 
Carrie Hobgood, Nan Eason, 
Mae Pollard, Novella Murray, 
Evelyn Wright, Janie Johns- 
ton, Reide Winstead, Rosa 
Mooring, Elizabeth Lang, 
Mary Friar Harris. 

FRONT ROW: Gene Oglesby, 
Agnes Joyner, Frances Monk, 
Meta Sauls, Madeline Rbun- 
tree, Edith Lee, Bertha Dard- 
en, Lucy Rasberry, Bettie 
Joyner, Elizabeth Pollard. 

This page sponsored by 

BACK ROW: Jack Yelverton, 
John Pollard, Will Joyner. 

FRONT ROW: Tabitha DeVis- 
conti, Addie Darden, Mary 
Smith, Ruby Jones, Effie Hob- 


Mr. & Mrs. Sam D. Bundy 
Mrs. Aileen Kilpatrick Bynum 

Mrs. Martha M. Bass 
Mrs. Carl A. Tyson 

Celebrating Farmville's 100th Anniversary 

Farmville's gala centennial celebration is 
the result of hundreds of citizens voluntarily 
giving thousands of hours to an exciting com- 
munity cause. 

The origin of the celebration goes back 
nearly three years, to June, 1969, when the 
Farmville Economic Council suggested to the 
Mayor and the Board of Commissioners of the 
Town of Farmville, that Farmville would be 
celebrating its 100th anniversary in February, 
1972. After much travel and investigation by 
the Council, a report was made to the Mayor's 
Committee for community participation. The 
Mayor's committee in turn held mass meetings 
at the Town Hall on different occasions request- 
ing the citizens to come and express their de- 
sires. After several such meetings, the Com- 
mittee appointed John B. Lewis, Jr. and J. I. 
Morgan, Jr. as Co-Chairmen to organize a 
Centennial Committee and start making plans 
for Farmville's Centennial. A Centennial Exec- 

utive Committee was formed which, in turn, 
organized seven major divisions and many sub- 
committees that are listed in this book. 

A legal entity, the Farmville Centennial 
Corporation was incorporated by Dr. Paul E. 
Jones, Miss Tabitha M. DeVisconti and Mr. T. 
C Turnage on May 28th, 1971 and W. C. Monk 
was elected president, Lester N. Hurley, vice- 
president with Carl Beaman as Secretary- 
Treasurer. Professional assistance was obtain- 
ed shortly thereafter from the Rogers Company 
Production of Fostoria, Ohio. 

Behind all the organizing and planning, and 
the resulting festivities, has been the desire to 
have some good old-fashioned neighborly fun. 
The centennial is also acquainting citizens 
with the town's past and building new pride in 
the community. Any profits derived from the 
celebration will be donated to the Farmville 
Fire Department and Rescue Squad for the 
ultimate benefit of all Farmville citizens. 

This committee was composed of the following: (Seated left to right) Mrs. Leyman Holmes, Spectacle; 
Mayor W. E. Joyner, Advisory; J. I. Morgan, Jr., Co-Chairman; W. A. Allen, Advisory; Mrs. David 
Stowe, Women's Participation; (Standing left to right) Sam D. Bundy, Spectacle Ticket; S. E. Selby, 
Special Days; LeRoy Redden, Revenue; Carl L. Beaman, Sec.-Treas.; Carl Venters, Jr.; Publicity; Mrs. 
Lillian Bradley, Women's Participation; David Stowe, Men's Participation; James Taylor, Spectacle 
Ticket; Lloyd J. Englehardt, Headquarters; James B. Hockaday, Publicity. Others (not pictured) are 
listed on the following page. 





Corporation Officers 

President .... W. C. Monk 

Vice President L. N. Hurley 

Treasurer and Secretary C. L. Beaman 

Advisory Board 

W. A. Allen John B. Lewis, Sr. 

W. E. Joyner 

Executive Committee 

Headquarters Chairman L. J. Englehardt 

Treasurer C. L. Beaman 

Active General Chairmen J. I. Morgan, Jr. 

John B. Lewis, Jr. 

Secretary C. L. Beaman 

Operating Capital Durwood Little 

Bob Hunt 
C. C. Simpson 

Insurance J. D. Joyner 

Decorations for Town ...Professional 

Student Committee 

Chairmen Margie Barnette 

Tony Tyson 

Revenue Division 

Chairmen Joe D. Joyner 

LeRoy Redden 

Comm. Book Division Grace S. Carraway 

Gene H. Oglesby 

Novelty Committee J°by Griffin 

Celebration Dance Emile LaCoste 

Concessions Committee Carl Blackwood 

Participation Division 

Chairmen — Woman's Div Marion Stowe 

Lillian Bradley 

Chairmen — Men's Div David Stowe 

Clarence J. Artis 

Brothers of the Brush Frank A. Allen 

Men's Hats & Ties Charles Joyner 

Kangeroo Court John Lowe 

Celebration Belles Eloise Kinsaul 

Ladies Sunbonnets & Dresses ...Anne McGaughey 

Caravan & Promenade Comm Dan Heizer 

Jess Heizer 

This page 
Dr. & Mrs. Charles E. Fitzgerald 
Daisy H. Rogers & Leymon B. Holmes 

Spectacle Ticket Division 

Chairmen Sam D. Bundy 

James Taylor 

Nomination Committee Juanita Williams 

Awards Committee , Cedric Davis 

Shirley Davis 

Arrangements Sylvia Craft 


Spectacle Division 

Chairmen Leyman Holmes 

Carlillia Barnes 

Scenario & Title Committee Daisy Rogers 

Catherine Tyson 

Properties Committee Bob Newton 

Harold Allred 

Construction Committee Albert Lewis 

Albert W. Smith 

Cast Committee Gene H. Oglesby 

Myrtle Tucker 

Grounds Committee E. P. Freuler 

Bennie Brown 

Costume Committee Kelly Lewis 

Linda LaCoste 

Stage Hands Committee Charles Rasberry 

Carl Turnage 

Publicity Division 

Chairmen James B. Hockaday 

Carl Venters, Jr. 

Parade B. B. Turnage 

Music Stafford L. Starcher 

Traffic and Safety Carl Tanner 

Transportation Marvin Speight 

Pioneer Event Committee. .Tabitha M. DeVisconti 

Hospitality Center Jack Tyson 

Press Release Committee James B. Hockaday 

Radio & T.V Carl Venters 

Special Events James Lancaster 

William Vines 

Special Projects Jack Daniell 

Distributive Committee Ann Bradham 

sponsored by ^5 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Forbes 
McDavid Associates 

Special Days Division 

Chairmen Bert Warren 

W. E. Selby 

Farmville Homecoming Day W. R. Duke 

Religious Heritage Rev. Bill Gordon 

Ladies Day Marlene Farrior 

Golden Years Day Jack Daniell 

(Old Timey Picnic) 
Brotherhood, Industry, Agricultural 

Day ... Bert Mayo 

Men's Events Bill Brady 

Free Exhibit 

Chairmen Jim Craft 

Jack Hunter 

Sam D. Bundy and Lewis Allen 
Ticket Promoters 

Joby Griffin, Irvin Morgan, Jr. 
Commenorative Coin Display 

Celebration Features Fun For All 


Dr. & Mrs. M. D. Ileizer 
sons, Kelly and Erik 

Mr. & Mrs. C. M. Ledbetter 
and children, Charles, Parker 

Mr. & Mrs. Arch Flanagan 
Mayor W. E. Joyner 

The Centennial has been by far the greatest 
celebration in the history of the Farmville 
Area. A continuous chain of events has been 
underway for months, gradually involving more 
and more people and leading up to the climatic 
week of April 6 — 12. 

One of the first events of the celebration 
was the sale of Centennial Certificates which 
provided initial financial support. Other events 
have included the selection of a Centennial 
Seal, the striking of souvenir coins, and the 
selection of community scenes for the Centen- 
nial Plate, as follows: Antioch Christian 
Baptist Church 1854, Pitt County Female Insti- 
tute 1857, Farmville Railway Station, First 
Municipal Building, First Public School 1901, 
residence of James W. May and W. Moye Lang 
House, 1911. 

The opening of the Centennial Headquarters 
Office, provided by the Farmville Economic 
Council and the Centennial Store, provided by 
the Bank of North Carolina were other highlights. 
Store merchandise included, bonnets, hats, 
dresses, souvenirs and other old-fashioned 

attire. Caravans to neighboring towns began as 
the big week approached, and chapters of 
"brothers", "belles", "shavers", "little miss 
belles" and "little shavers" were formed. 
Promenades, Kangaroo Kourts, and singing and 
dancing, chapter luncheons and dinners, meet- 
ings and other individual chapter activities 
have been held, as a part of the warm-up 

The parade, pageant, balls, beard judging, 
home tours, art show, religious observances, 
auction, bargain days, teas, style shows, fairs, 
carnival, visiting dignitaries and other festivi- 
ties during the week will long be remembered 
far into Farmville's second century. The final , 
activity of the week will be the burying of a 
"Time Capsule" which will contain all Centen- 
nial Official documents, samples of materials, 
coins, Chapter rosters, organizational papers, 
which is to be opened on Farmville's Bi- 
centennial Celebration. The location for the 
burying of this "Time Capsule" will be record- 
ed in the Pitt County Registry of Deeds Office 
for future information. 


George Moye, 
Bob Newton, 
Arthur Jones, 
Charlie Baucom, 
Peggy Hobgood. 

Centre Hardware Company 
Pearsall Machine Works 

This page sponsored by 

Bilbro Wholesale Company 
ACME Candy Company 



Grace S. Carraway 
Gene H. Oglesey 
Sallie O. Eason 
W. R. Newton 

The Farmville Centennial Commemorative Book would not have been possible without the 
cooperation and support of Farmville Citizens. Among the many who were contributors and those 
who assisted the Editorial Staff, in special ways were the following: 

Consultant: Tabitha Marie DeVisconti, "Miss Tabitha", has made available to us a storehouse 
of memorabilia photographs and historic records. She has assisted in more than six months research, 
and in many other ways too numerous to express. 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Joyner 
Marguerite M. Hart 
Sam D. Bundy 
H. B. Humphrey 
Curtis Flanagan 
George Allen 
Robert Lee Smith 
Sara H. Albritton 
Gray C. Martin 
Eva T. Monk 
Janie Johnston 
Vernessa S. Townsend 
Novella H. Murray 
Margaret M. Mewborn 
Sara P. May 
Annie W. Morgan 
Ruby E. Moye 
Agnes B. Joyner 
Mabel B. Atkinson 
Henrietta M. Williamson 
John B. Lewis, Jr. 
Arch Flanagan 

Many of the photos in the book were made available through courtesy of the Farmville Enterprise 
and old issues of the newspaper have been an invaluable source of information. As have been the 1933 
and 1934 "Spotlight" publication, printed when G. A. Rouse was editor and Eva H. Rouse was 
associate editor. James B. Hockaday has been editor of the paper since 1947. 

Letha H. Rouse 

Evelyn R. Joyner 

Dr. Paul E. Jones 

Jess C. Heizer 

Cecil Lilley 

Nesbit M. Phillips 

B. S. Smith, Jr. 

Evelyn G. Andrews 

Archibald Joyner 

Mr. & Mrs. M. V. Jones 

L. W. Godwin 

Venetia M. Kue 

Dean Oglesby 

Blanche L. Rouse 

Cedric Davis 

T. Eli Joyner, Jr. 

Carroll D. Oglesby 

Mr. & Mrs. Pennell Burnette 

Rev. & Mrs. Jack Daniell 

Tommy Lang 

Mr. & Mrs. Alex Allen 

Fred C. Moore 

Mr. & Mrs. Sam T. Lewis 

Will H. Moore, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Pollard 

Carl Beaman 

Mr. & Mrs; John King 

W. A. McAdams 

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Flanagan 

Elvira T. Allred 

Mr. & Mrs. Joab Tyson 

Cherry Easley 

Mary R. Harris 

Mae J. Gates 

J. Irvin Morgan, Jr. 

Nan M. Eason 

Bettie I. Joyner 

Jesse M. Carraway 

Elizabeth Lang 

Evelyn H Wright 

Madeline H. Rountree 

T. C. Turnage 



Community interest in the Centennial is 
high, judging by the way that citizens have 
organized for the celebration. 

As of mid-March, 100 chapters of Conten- 
nial Belles, Brothers of the Brush, Little Miss 
and Little Shavers have been formed. Pictures 

THE GOLDEN AGERS (Golden Age Club) 
BACK ROW: Rev. Jack M. Daniell, Mrs. Sam 
Flanagan, Mrs. R. K. Pippin, Mrs. C. E. Case, Sr., 
Mrs. C. A. Lilley, Mrs. Daisy Holmes Rogers, 
Mrs. E. C. Gardner, Mrs. Maynard Thorne, Mrs. 
Lillie Hinson, Mrs. L. L. Hardy, Mrs. Alma Hin- 
son. FRONT ROW: Mrs. Carrie Phillips, Mrs. W. 
A. McAdams, Mrs. Luther Mozingo, Mrs. Carl 
Tyson, Mrs. Mary Britt, Mrs. Pearl Johnson, 
Mrs. Florence Speight, Miss Tabitha DeVisconti, 
Mrs. W. D. Redick, Mrs. C. L. Ivey, Mrs. Maggie 
Jones, Mrs. Thad Nichols, Mrs. C. R. Townsend. 

of these groups occupy the following pages in 
this publication. 

Hundreds of additional citizens have made 
or purchased old-fashioned clothes, grown 
beards, or participated actively in the Centen- 
nial in some other way. 


BACK ROW: Evelyn Wright, Charlotte Rouse, 
Evelyn R. Joyner, Lila Davis, Christine Smith, 
Louise Anderson, Rachael Flanagan, Annie Mae 
Morgan. NEXT ROW: Elizabeth Lang, Clara 
Flanagan, Coleen Daniell, Tabitha DeVisconti, 
Addie Darden. SEATED: Sarah Darden, Kathleen 
B. Moore, Henrietta Williamson, Mary Smith. 
(Not pictured) Annie Willis. 


BACK ROW: Annie Mae Morgan, May Pollard, 
Florence Moye, Gin Holden. NEXT ROW: Hope 
Rollins, Lillian Turnage. FRONT ROW: Mabel 
Bobbitt, Ottie Walston, Mary Whitehurst, Ruby 

This page sponsored by 

MAY DAUGHTERS (Back Row) Jane Darden, 
Elizabeth Lang, Alice Mozingo, Virginia Joyner, 
Evelyn Wright, Novella Murray, Mary Smith, Hazel 
Bass. (Front Row) Agnes B. Joyner, Rachael 
Flanagan, Bertha Darden, Mae Pollard, Patricia 
Carr, Ruby Jones, Madeline Rountree, Edith Lee, 
Tabitha DeVisconti. 


Planters Tobacco Warehouse Co. Bonnies Cafe 

Farmville Chamber of Commerce & Merchants Assn., I nc. & Farmville Tobacco Market 


BACK ROW: Hazel Spell, Novella Murray. NEXT 
ROW: Rachael Flanagan, Virginia Joyner, Rusha 
Joyner, Ruby Jones. FRONT ROW: Bernice 
Joyner, Mary Whitehurst, Elizabeth Morriss. 


BACK ROW: Belle Nanney, Mabel Pierce, Allie 
Lee Fulford, Cathy Thompson, Nellie Allen, 
Ethleen Massey. FRONT ROW: Goldie Windham, 
Peggy Pierce, Lena Allen, Mary Farrior, Reba 


Nellie Barfield, Lillian Langston, Molly Boone, 
Lossie Wooten. 


BACK ROW: Doris Ayers, Nadine Forbes, Jackie 
Howell, Doris Oakes. FRONT ROW. Anna Belle 
Blalock, Dorothy Wells, Hattie Craft, Sylvia 


BACK ROW: Christine Walker, Cora Hammond, 
Douglas Faison, Letha Capehart, Gloria J. Gor- 
ham, Gray J. Hopkins. FRONT ROW: Beulah M. 
Richard, Mary B. Johnson, Rose Day, Josie Boyd. 
(Not Pictured) Amanda Vines. 


Kaye Hinson, Hazel Jones, Alice Harper, Etna 
Lewis, Annie Jones. 


Emma Phillips, Eva Gregory, Dorothy Tyson, 
Annie Vines, Verna Vines, Mary Wilkes. (Not 
Pictured: Lillie Barrett, Helen Johnson, Isabel 
Wicker, Joyce Moye, Dorothy Battle, Mettie 
Davis, Evelyn Beaman, Connie Williams.) 


BACK ROW: Jean Allen, Teresa Cash, Edna 
Beamon, Louise Gardner, Charissa Fields, Joyce 
Wheless. NEXT ROW: Niki Outland, Jean Lark, 
Betty Jones, Mickey Evans, Annie Ray Andrews, 
Saraveen Fields, Edith Warren, Joyce Williams. 
FRONT ROW: Tootsie O'Brien, Martha Speight, 
Faye Evans, Ida May, Irene Pollard, Alice Wilk- 
erson. Dot Wrought, Joyce Saunders. 


Ellen Gorham, Mattie Dupree, Mary Fields, Lil- 
lian Cobb, Lillian Bradley. 


BACK ROW: Mitty Baker, Bettie Gay, Doris 
Edwards, Pearl Johnson, Selma Vines, FRONT 
ROW: Bessie Redden, Lena Parker, Alice Strong, 
Bertha Frisby. (Not Pictured: LaSenna Dixon, 
Hazel Cobb, Lillie Parker, Helen Moye, Betty 
McMiller, Maggie Hines, JoAnne McKinney.) 


BACK ROW: Rachel Moore, Belle Simpson, 
Janie Joyner, Frances Lewis, Lucille Quinn, 
Daisy Rogers, Lilly Rackley, Mattie Moore, 
FRONT ROW: Dot Brock, Iris Carr, Elvira 
Allred, Avis Smith, Nellie Outland, Marjorie 
Corbett, Florence Styers, Delphia Parker 

This page sponsored by 

Miss Tabitha DeVisconti 


BACK ROW: Brenda Garris, Joyce Letchworth, 
Bernice Newton, Nannie Corbett. FRONT ROW: 
Allie Oakley, Betty Saulter, Helen Tugwell, 
Susan Miller. 



BACK ROW: Elizabeth King, Edna Foust Dixon, 
Juanita Williams, Eva Mae Monk, Elizabeth Lang, 
Mary Friar Harris. FRONT ROW: Margaret 
Hodges, Margaret Allen, Margaret Morgan, 
Evelyn Wright, Dorothy Allen, Sara Albritton, 
Hazel Fiser. 

GARDENING BELLES (Farmville Garden Club) 
BACK ROW: Alice Mozingo, Greta Petteway, 
Mary Farrior, Myrtle Tucker, Rusha Joyner, 
Tommie Thorne, Mattie Miller. FRONT ROW: 
Tabitha DeVisconti, Hallie Bass, Edith Lee, 
Wesley Turnage, Bettie Joyner, Addie Darden. 


Greta Petteway, Evelyn Andrews, Maggie Jones, 
Mildred Fitzgerald, Gene Oglesby, Lucy Lewis, 
Lucille Pickett, Clara Flanagan, Reid Eason, 
Roxie Smith. 

BACK ROW: Florence Moye, Charlotte Rouse, 
Henrietta Williamson, Evelyn Joyner, Hazel Spell, 
Mabel Bobbitt. FRONT ROW: Ruby Moye, 
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Barnette, Lib Fields, Gene Oglesby, Roxie Smith, 
Arlene Jefferson, Jean Lark. 


BACK ROW: Ruth McPherson, Julia West, Willa 
Rae Bullock, Ann Jones, Betty Lewis, Ora Joy- 
ner. FRONT ROW: Edna Earle Baker, Lula Bea- 
man, Cecile McKnight, Beth Norville, Edith War- 
ren, Judy Smith, Margaret Speight. 


BACK ROW: Eloise Battle, Hannah B. Carten, 
Devoler Ellis, Will Davis, Leora Johnson, Mar- 
zella Lee, FRONT ROW: Rosa Whitfield, Lilly 
Tyson, Madeline Blount, Mildred Artis, Vanisha 
Jones, James Taylor. 

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Minnie Winborn, Beverly Peaden, Frances Lewis, 
Catherine Tyson, Hilda Faison, Doris Rolles, 
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Mary Butler, Josie Boyd, Rose Day, Rosa Stancil. 
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Rogerson, Tom Burnette, John Love. FRONT 
ROW: Nell Bauer, Elizabeth Little, Winifred 
Edwards, Julia Stallings, Evelyn Williams, Mar- 
garet Causey, Nannie Dunn, Thelma Nichols. 

BACK ROW: Hilda Sutton, Joyce Strickland, 
Magaline Mozingo, Jean Brown, Betty Robinson, 
Janie Strickland, Shirley Whitley, Gay Strickland, 
Brenda Whitley, Louie Dell Civils, Gerladine Hin- 
son. FRONT ROW: Etheleen Massey, Connie 
Robinson, Hazel Craft, Bonnie Mozingo, Shirley 
Gardner, Retia Turner, Beverly Brown, S heron 
Whitley, Mamie Lee Curry, Lela Robinson, Irene 
Craft, Linda Massey, Wanda Craft. 


BACK ROW: Patricia Tripp, Marie Allen, Lucille 
Ellis, Bettie Ervin, Sarah Dickinson, Jane Brann, 
Mary Massey, Hilda Allen. FRONT ROW: Marie 
Nanny, Bettie Allen, Hilda Joyner, Sylvia Tripp, 
Opal Langston, Teressa Langston, Wanda Civils, 
Lucille Civils, Dorothy Hathaway. 


BACK ROW: Winnie Letchworth, Lucille Moore, 
Kathleen Bowen, Virginia Parker, Jean Brown, 
Louise Nanney, Jean Keel, Joyce Foreman, 
Glenda Suggs, Karen Avery, Shirley Meeks, Mary 
Heath, Rebecca Owens, Lou King. FRONT ROW: 
Sue Huber, Mary Strickland, Olive Gay, Mary 
Joyner, Mertis Darden, Jean Hester, Florence 
Wooten, Brenda Braxton, Ester McKeel, Grace 
Galloway, Hazel Craft, Pearl Hardee. 


BACK ROW: Aldeen Moore, Betty Jean Brock, 
Faye Taylor, Shirley Jean Edwards, Janie Parker, 
Emma Moye, Lissie Mercer, Maggie Hunter, Irene 
Gay, Grace Williford, Ruby Keel, FRONT ROW: 
Joyce Sutton, Joyce Vick, Emma Hardison, Mae 
Strickland, Agnes Hobbs, Mollie Dupree, Edith 
Mooring, Mamie Joyner, Frances Tucker, Nannie 
Allen, Eunice Bell, Mercie Suggs. 


BACK ROW: Teresa Cash, Hattie Brock, Myrtle 
Allen, Marie Cowan, Susie Melton, Bula Crawley, 
Nina Joyner, Carrie Freuler. NEXT ROW: Bar- 
bara Wooten, Ruth Ivey, Effie Moore, Tootsie 
O'Brine, Connie Powell, Keturah Allen, Irene Wil- 
loughby, Kathleen Flake, Nell Joyner, Dean 
Chappelear, Becky Brock, Priscilla Freuler, 
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BACK ROW: Patricia Mewborn, Betty Oakley, 
Betty Jean Fleming, Connie Corbett, Pat Sumrell, 
Barbara Dunn. FRONT ROW: Louise Baker, 
Mary Taylor, Jean Webb, Eva Cook, Gray Baker. 


BACK ROW: Barbara Griffin, Cheryl Starcher, 
Carol Davis, Betty Pippin, Beth Minnett, Ruby 
Counterman, Annie Ree Yelverton. FRONT 
ROW: Theresa Baker, Linda Pietro, Colleen 
Daniell, Rachel Patterson, Virginia Wooten, Con- 
nie Robinson. 


BACK ROW: Rosemary Turnage, Anne Brad- 
ham, Margaret Morgan, Martha Pierce, Martha 
Davenport, Agnes Monk. FRONT ROW: Minnie 
Lee Winborn, Letha Rouse, Mary Leah William- 
son, Lula Beaman, Mary Lee Joyner, Hazel Bass. 

SWEET BETSEYS (Back Row) Louise Mc Arthur, 
LaRue Move, Sue Mercer, Martha Pierce, Sue 
Hardy, Pat Carr, Marlene Farrior, Diane Warren. 
(Front Row) Jean Allen, Jess Ileizer, Betty 
Gordon, Sue Pope, Frankie Moye, Ann Joyner. 


BACK ROW: Dorothy J. Walston, Gaye Johnson, 
Harriet Satterwaite, Peggy Perkins, Phyllis John- 
ston. FRONT ROW: Sheila Lee, Lorraine Taylor, 
Peggy Whitfield, Cherry Easley, Dorothy Letch- 
worth, Mary B. Lewis. 

JAZZABELLES (Back Row) Ann Beckman, 
LaRue Moye, Marie Cowan, Sandra Farrior, Hazel 
Yelverton, Reide Winstead. (Front Row) Shirley 
Davis, Sandra Cotton, Clara Flanagan, Betty 
Thompson, Jean Satterwhite, Jo Anne Ledbetter. 


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BACK ROW: Juanita Williams, Greta Petteway, 
Pearl Johnson, Dorothy Hockaday, Mary Louise 
Moore, Mary Frances Lewis, Eleanor Newton, 
Daisy Rogers, Nellie Lang, Mary Friar Harris. 
FRONT ROW: Aileen Nolen, Eloise Kinsaul, 
Dorothy Allen, Margaret Mewborn, Lucy Lewis, 
Elizabeth Pollard, Grace Carraway, Doris Wilk- 
erson, Clara Flanagan, Virginia Cayton, Vera 

FRATERNAL BELLES (Back Row) Gayle Pierce, 
Irma Bundy, Hazel Byers, Sue McLawhorn. (Next 
Row) Mavis Mercer, Beverly Peaden, Sue Everette, 
(Front Row) Jori Byers, Melany Mercer, Cindy 


BACK ROW: Barbara Griffin, Cheryl Starcher, 
Carol Davis, Betty Pippin, Francis Little, Myrtle 
Tucker, Doris Hobgood, Carolyn Bell. FRONT 
ROW: Marie Gardner, Nancy Gay, Jane Little, 
Louise Garner, Rachel Patterson, Leona Kilpatrick. 

NORTH MAIN BELLES (Back Row) Gloria Hath- 
away, Patricia Thigpen, Barbara Griffin, Margie 
Tripp, Betsy Windham, Francis Rasberry, Dianne 
Beamon, Sylvia Fisher. (Next Row) Sallie Eason, 
Estelle Hobgood, Lois Tyson, Ruby Allen, Mildred 
Nanney, Dixie Hinson, Debora Barnes, Patricia 
Hobgood. (Front Row) Olivia Brock, Louise Bea- 
man, Faye Roebuck, Lyda Roberts, Pete Blue, 
Betty Jane Gardner. 

JR. BUZZIN BELLES (Back Row) Nan Gray Monk, 
Kelly Lewis, Linda LaCoste, Marion Stowe. (Next 
Row) Betsy Moye, Ann Lancaster, Anne 
McGaughey, Sue Taylor, (Front Row) Sara Hunt, 
Mary Allen, Theodora McCracken, Sandra Joyner. 

GOLDDIGGERS (Back Row) Mary Mozingo, Peg- 
gy Hobgood, Lucille Pickett, Mamie Dail, Peggy 
Allen, Geraldine Garner, Jackie Jenkins. (Front 
Row) Judy Butler, Bernice Harrell, Niki Evans, 
Carole Albritton, Lillie Braswell, Becky Speight. 

Marlene Farrior, Mernie Outland, Sue Mercer, 
Betsy Hobgood, Clara Blackwood, Bernice New- 
ton, Gail Jenkins, Susan Parry. (Next Row) Sylvia 
Craft, Charlotte Mewborn, Mary Allen, Kay Wain- 
wright, Marion Stowe, Sara Hunt, Sue Moffitt, 
Ann Lancaster, Elaine Murphey. (Front Row) 
Lynda Wainwriglit. 


BACK ROW: Mildred Allen, Gwen Skinner, Ruth 
Morgan, Lena Willoughby, Mary Jo Allen, Lola 
Joyner. NEXT ROW: Ruth Fields, Hilda Spears, 
Mrs. Taylor, Gearldean Moore, Mildred Wain- 
wright, Louise Mozingo, FRONT ROW: Brenda 
Tripp, Myrtle Wooten, Virginia Skinner, Ronnie 
Speight, Ruby Bundy, Kay Sutton, Nina Hob- 

U.S.I. BELLES (Back Row) Betty Cannon, Tiny 
Fulford, Elaine Nichols, Christine Everett, Nellie 
Starling. (Front Row) Dorothy Baker, Lou 
Slaughter, Becky Montgomery, Ruth Jones. 

BACK ROW: Lou Pollard, Sally Martin, Jean 
Ellis, Susan Parry, Francis Raspberry, Linda Gray 
NEXT ROW: Judy Butler, Nettie Starling, Bar- 
bara Varley, Drew Walston, Becky Montgomery, 
Sylvia Craft. FRONT ROW: Cecelia Brooks, 
Linda Lewis, Elaine Nichols, Pat Baker, Lois Sut- 
ton, Bettie Lowe. 

ANTIOCH BELLES (Back Row) Doris Moore, 
Edna Hedgepeth, Ruth Hedgepeth, Corrine Murp- 
hey, Sara Smith. (Next Row) Doris Briley, Pat 
Wainwright, Camilla Murphey, Doris Wilkerson, 
Irma Chesson, Ruth Smith. (Front Row) Mattie 
Allen, Marshal Dixon, Ruby Whitley, Blanche 
Forbes, Adelaide Barrett, Hildred Burnette, Fran- 
ces Mashburn. 

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Joyner, Anne Moore, Joyce Bundy. (Front Row) 
Lorraine Avery, Margaret Moore, Amy Moore, 
Shirley Eastwood. 

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BEAUTY BELLES (Back Row) Homozelle Johns 
ton, Molene Corbett, Cecily Satterthwaite, Irene 
Smith, Judy Owens, Hazel Spell, Effie Joyner, 
Leila Williams. (Front Row) Rosa Rollins, Darlene 
McKeel, Ruth Ward, Alma Hobgood, Lottie Lewis, 
Linda Curry, Mary Ann Joyner, Carol Wooten, 
Mamie Carraway. 



BACK ROW: Betsy Stanley, Margaret May, Linda 
Brock, Mavis Brann, Barbara Ellis, Christine 
Everette, Sallie Stanley, Mary Holloman, Mary 
Oakley. NEXT ROW: Mattie Moore, Brenda 
Albritton, Betty Hobgood, Bobbie Shirley, 
Carolyn Catlette, Sue Everette, Joan Whitehurst, 
Alice Barrow. FRONT ROW: Ann Parker, Kay 
W. Sutton, Amy Hobgood, Margaret Nelson, 
Linda Johnston Croom, Margaret Murphy, Ilia 
Cobb, Cora Carraway, Annie Hobgood. 

RED HOT GARTERS (Back Row) Jackie Hedge- 
peth, Debbie Nanney, Cindy Beckman, Patricia 
Griffin, Marsha Hardy, Su-Su Aycock, Rosemary 
Anderson, Donna Schlatter, Brenda Speight, 
Shelley Trowbridge. (Front Row) Laine Engel- 
hardt, Winnie Gay, Donna Joyner, Debbie Wooten, 
Louise Williamson, Delane O'Brien, Anna Mooring, 
Beth Fields. 

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Margaret Suggs, Eleanor Gorham. (Front Row) 
Beaulah Richard, Florence Rickard, Carlillia Barnes, 
Victory Williams, Nancy Woodard, Almeta Williams. 

Judy May, Elizabeth Edwards, Lurline Wheless. 

MOONLIGHT MAIDENS (Back Row) Rose Bagley, 
Vickie McLawhorn, Lea Patterson, Ceila Harris , 
Bebe Aycock, LuAnn Willoughby, Leila Smith, 
Gail Worthington, Mille Brown, Adrianne Gardner, 
(Front Row) Jo Anne McCoy, Allyson Andrews, 
Vivian Pierce, Jeanne Moore, Patricia Pierce, 
Nan-Et Lewis. 


DUMB BELLES: (Back Row) Gail Wooten, 
Lisa Aycock, Hope Anderson, Cheryle O'Connor, 
(Eront Row) Lisa Tripp, Kim Prescott, Donna 
Griffin, Lady Britt Aycock. 

BROWNIE BELLES (Back Row) Milly Tyson, 
Sandra Mizel, Joni Tyson, Gloria Hinson, Bess, 
Patton, Martha Anderson, Marigo Hudson, Jeanell 
Beaman, Christy Tugwell. (Front Row) Debra Lee, 
Patricia Braxton, Debora Thorne, Valerie Speight, 
Michele Miller, Diane Mooring, Patricia Mooring, 
Cindy McLawhorn. 

FRIENDLY BELLES (Back Row) Jill Johnson, 
Jan Tugwell, Mary George Davis, Sheila Baker, 
Peggy Dwyer, Jane Cochran, Terri Farrior. (Front 
Row) Lynn Chappelear, Sandra Fulford, Faye 
Smith, Dianna Gordan, Carolyn Elks, Kim Cotton, 
Mrs. Jack Farrior. 

Pippin, Annise Satterwhite, Allison Turnage, Cindy 
Williams. (Next Row) Mary Ann Sutton, Martha 
Bennett, Beverly Bell, Margaret Yelverton. (Front 
Row) Jennifer Counterman, Linda Barefoot, Linda 

PETTICOATS (Back Row) Mrs. Charles Carr, 
Carol Brady, Sandra Hawkins, Karen Moye, Kim 
Bundy, Diane Cochran, Lisa Braxton, (Front Row) 
James Carr, Lynn Anderson, Laura Carr, Lisa 
Pierce, Carol Lynn Allen, Lisa Satterthwaite, Melis- 
sia, Lambert, Melody Moore, Beth Fry. 

BONNIE BELLES (Back Row) Nora Baker, Tam- 
my Everett, Terry Mashburn, Deborah Mozingo, 
Lilly Andrews. (Front Row) Jo Anne Ledbetter, 
Jessica Johnston, Beth Turnage, Elizabeth Led- 


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ton, Gayle Flanagan, Margaret McGaughey, 
Frankie Taylor. (Front Row) Barbara Davis, Con 
nie Moore, Dora Anderson, Donna Worthington, 
Pam Harrell, Betsy Ellis. 

DAISY CUPS (Back Row) Martha Satterwaite, 
Elizabeth Jean Allen, Angela Cash, Angie O'Brien, 
Becky Hedgepeth, Suzanne Moye, Gina Gray, Kim 
Owens, Lisa Talbott, Lisa Farrior, Lynn Pollard, 
(Front Row) Lori Little, Lynn Allen, Jennifer 
Walston, Lou Ann Pollard, Rhonda Walston, Karen 
Hathaway, Melissa Owens, Patricia Roebuck. 

BELLES OF JOY (Back Row) Sharon Cobb, Nora 
Tyson, Jean Blunt, Sarah E. Blunt, Annie Fulton, 
Darlene N orris, Wanda Gorham, Sheila Fulton. 
(Front Row) Dester Lee Carr, Robin Hopkins, 
Charlene Norris, Sandra Edwards, Annie Fulton, 
Cynthia Cobb. 

SLEIGH BELLES (Back Row) Courtney Lan- 
caster, Shirley McArthur, Carol Smith, Liz Hunt, 
Julie Venter. (Front Row) Harriett Joyner, Molly 
Monk, London Darden, Angie Griffin. 


LITTLE DARLINGS (Back Row) Michelle Allen, 
Julie Farrior, Vivian Roebuck, Felicia Brooks, 
Sarah Beth Fulford, Danny Sue Bowen, Lee Perry, 
Beverly Jo Allen, Beverly Pollard, Mary Ann 
Hedgepeth, Donna Kay Wainwright. (Front Row) 
Kathi Messer, Tracy Tugwell, Lori Tugwell, Ruby 
Ann Roebuck, Tracy Walston, Pam Walston, Missy 
Pollard, Fran Little, Allison Baker, Catherine Roe- 
buck, Rita Greggory, Andrea LaCoste. 

GIGGLE BELLES (Back Row) Pat Moore, Lura 
Murphrey, Terri Pippin, Lou Joyner, Susan Gray, 
Joy Cayton, Debbie Strickland, Carolyn Tyson, 
(Front Row) Nancy Oakley, Elaine Craft, Amelia 
Ross, Nora Griffin, Jean Joyner, Helen Mozingo, 
Melodie Engelhardt, Lois Crawford. 


JINGLE BELLES: Mary Leslie Joyner, Jenny 
Joyner, Kelly Johnson, Kirkie McGaughey, Cole- 
man Allen, Elizabeth Allen. 

PRINCE CHARMERS (Back Row) Scott Newton, 
Mike Pierce, Richie Bowen, Tread Parry, Coy 
Monk. (Second Row) Tyson Warren, Keith Ever- 
ett. (Front Row) Ben Hobgood, William Allen. 

JUNIOR GENTS (Back Row) Al Mewborn, Mike 
Worthington, James Albritton, Rusty Cotton, Tim- 
my Tugwell, Stuart Gordon, Taylor Baker. (Front 
Row) Ricky Mewborn, Roland Allen, James Wilson, 
Brian Baker. 

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Meg Stowe, Page Cash, Andrea Craft, INiki Ras- 
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Emily Outland, Rhonda Owens. 

LITTLE RASCALS (Back Row) Daniel Callihan, 
Britt Mercer, Bill Farrior, Kelly Heizer, Mac Smith, 
Phillip Wainwright, Charles Ledbetter. (Front Row) 
Brian Lancaster, Stuart Mercer, Bryan Joyner, 
Stacy Warren, Carr Wainwright, Erik Heizer. 

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CUB SCOUT NO. 25 (Back Row) Jeff Johnson, 
Jack McCracken, Scott Flanagan, Mark Owens, HI, 
Billy McClawhorn, Bill McCracken, Joey Bundy, 
Lewis Yelverton, Moses Moye, Steve King, Cal 
Williams, Warner Rackley, Jeff Joyner, Phillip 
Moore, Jim Hinson. (Front Row) Mike Braswell, 
Billy Wrought, Jeff Tripp, Timmy Tugwell, Tim- 

ROWDY RASCALS (Back Row) Rodney Faulkner, 
Bobby Harper, Mike Elks, Steve Morgan, Tony 
Mercer, David Nichols, Greg Talbott, Todd Oakley 
(Front Row) Terry Windham, Eddie Wooten, Bert 
Warren, Jr., Billy Brady, Alan Wooten, Eddie Jones, 
Greg Hardison. 

Gordon, Hackney Yelverton, David Whitley, David 
Morgan, Kyle Bullock. (Front Row) Scott Evans 
Jay Brumbeloe, Randy Allen, Jeff Bundy, Johnny 
Parker, Sidney Davis. 

my Johnson, Micheal Owens, Timmy Mizelle, 
Brent Hathaway, Jeff Moore, Marlon Walston, 
Lonnie Pierce, David Cherry, Roger Brooks, Todd 
Brown, Howard Moye, Patrick Moore (Kneeling) 
David Moye, Bobby Avery, Chris Peaden, Mike 

"WHISKER WISHERS" (Back Row) David 
Cochran, Jesse Beckman, David Joyner, Charles 
Davis, George C. Moye, Jr., Jerry Flanagan, Tom- 
my Whitley, Craig Letchworth. (Front Row) Wal- 
ter Hedgepeth, Billy Von Schriltz, Dana Daniell, 
Douglas Moye, Dewitt Daniell. 

RUGGED RASCALS (Back Row) Johnny Finklea, 
Doug Moye, Kelly Patterson, George Moye, Jesse 
Beckman, Eric Pierce, Tommy Hardy, (Front 
Row) Doug Newsome, Neil Gordon, Tommy Hol- 
loman, Jay Taylor, Don Daughtry, Jason Patterson, 
Stuart James. 


BUSH WACKERS (Front Row) Randy Murphy, 
L. R. Everette, Dicky Barnes, Grover Bailey, John 
A. Taylor, Bill Oakes, Gene Allen, Lee Cannon, 
(Front Row) Johnnie Parker, Alton Walston, Ben- 
nie Fulford, Donald Crawford, Raymond Webb, 
Carl Massey, David Moore. 

WELLS FARGO TRAIL (Back Row) Ed Meeks, 
Jimmy Mizelle, Sonny Fisher, Wesley Cobb, 
Brachard Eastwood, Wiley Tripp, Jack Briley, 
(Front Row) Dick McLawhorn, L. W. Godwin, 
Scnny J. Fisher, Charles Mozingo, E. L. Roebuck, 
Jack Darden. 

CAVALIERS (Back Row) David May, Nelson 
Tugwell, Wallace Parry, Don Johnson, J. T. Brum- 
beloe, Raymond Saunders. (Front Row) Al Baker, 
Jack Connell, Danny Carraway, Chester Outland, 
Bill Thompson. 

HAIRISTOCRATS (Back Row) Johnny Gardner, 
Joe D. Joyner, John Barefoot, Jim Hockaday, 
(Front Row) Clarence Prescott, Mike Gardner, 
Billy Wooten, Carl Beaman, Joney Taylor. 

Pierce, Lum Wooten, Joe Melton, Jr., Wilton Duke, 
Bud Wooten, Bennie Brown, John Turner Walston, 
(Front Row) Eckie Freuler, Wiley O'Brien, Fred 
Chappelear, Luther Deal, Arthur Jones, Ralph 

SPITTOON CLUB: Harry May, Jack Tyson, Rand- 
alph Allen, Horace Allen, Bill Brady, Westly Cobb, 
Jim Hobgood, Sam Hobgood, Willie Wooten. 

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ROTARY RUFFIANS (Back Row) Carl Black- 
wood, Bob McGaughey, Bob Smith, Milton Bar- 
nette, Charles Joyner, Bill Gordon, Cedric Davis, 
P. K. Ewell. (Next Row) Mark Owens, Jr., Harold 
Flanagan, Emile LaCoste, Chester Ray Norville, 
Charles Fitzgerald, Carl Venters, Jr., Bill Farrior, 
Rick Joyner,, Conrad Mozingo. (Front Row) Bert 
Warren, R. L. Smith, Buddy Wainwright, Durwood 
Little. Ronnie Heath, John Lewis, Sr. 

MESSENGERS (Back Row) Steve Shirley, Bennie 
Brown, A. H. Cobb, Willard Ellis, Jr. (Front Row) 
Hugh Pierce, Wiley O'Brien, Danny Tugwell. 

TIRED TENDERFEET (Troop 25): Jesse Joyner, 
Cedric Davis, Jack Farrior, Carl Blackwood, Moses 
Moye, Harold Flanagan, Ed Beckman. 

METHODIST MEN (Back Row) Barney Bland, 
Aaron Callahan, Bill Brady, J. I. Morgan, Jr.. 
Charles Joyner, Herbert Hart, Joe Joyner. (Next 
Row) Tom Bullock, Jack Tyson, J. C. Brock, 
Bobby Lewis, Darius White, Jr., H. M. Leckie, 
James Kilpatrick, Bob McGaughey. (Front Row) 
Jennis Harper, James Jones, Marvin Jones, Jack 
Hunter, Charles Mozingo, Billy Baker, Ben Hard- 

Roland Wooten, Earl Keel, Bill Brady, Tom Hol- 
loman, Johnny Smith. 

GREEN SLEEVES: Bert Mayo, Carl Blackwood, 
Dan Heizer, Jack Farrior. 


GROCERY BOYS: Bob Newton, Alfred Lewis, 
Warren Gurangus, Glenn Newton, Harold Allred, 
Jimmy Curry, Ed Newton, Edward Dail, Joe Webb, 

WOOLY WOODMEN (Back Row) Dick McLaw- 
horn, J. B. Newman, H. J. Byers, Thomas Saulter, 
Raymond Thomas. (Front Row) Roy Peaden, W. 
E. Fulford, C. F. Brann, Stanley Mercer, Keith 
Everette, Bobby Everette. 

CITY SLICKERS (Back Row) LeRoy Bass, Jack 
Farrior, Barney Bland, Hugh Farrior, Al Smith, 
(Front Row) Bill Mercer, Harry Dixon, Tommy 
Lang, W. C. Garner, Bert S. Smith, Jr., Billy 
Yelverton, Allen Darden. 

Jerry Allen, Johnnie Moore, Leslie Black, Elmer 
Flake, Donnie King, Jimmy Letchworth, Tony 

BLUE RIBBON BOYS (Back Row) Gene Gray, 
Walter M of fit, Clay Sutton, Alfred Owens, Larry 
Walston. (Next Row) Tom Jenkins, David Hob- 
good, Wallace Parry, Andy Martin, William 
Nichols, Ken Wainwright. (Front Row) John 
Lowe, Chester Ellis, Jeff Butler, John Baker, 
Jimmy Pollard, Robert Starling, Ernest Wil- 

DOUGH BOYS (Back Row) Bobby Andrews, J. B. 
Allen, Sterling Dickinson, Roy Lee Allen, Cecil 
Moore, Joe Tripp. (Front Row) James R. Jones, 
Harry May, James A. Jones, Bill Erwin, Preston 
Langston, Lee Hathaway. 


RED HOT BROTHERS (Back Row) Milton Elks, 
Wallace Parry, H. P. Norman, W. C. Wooten, Jr., 
W. L. Burney, Roland Wooten, W. E. (Bud) 
Wooten. (Second Row) Roosevelt Dupree, Lyman 
Craft, Ray Mewborn, Beasley Everette, Ed Meeks, 
William Jones. (Front Row) Ralph Cash, S. T. Col- 
lins, J. B. Gorham, John Baker, Jim Craft, Sr., 
Gene Beam an. 

"THE BUILDERS" Andy Martin, George Moye, 
Ichabod Allen, Don Johnson, Bill Lewis, W. A. 
Allen, III, Bob Deans, W. A. Allen, John Barefoot, 
(Next Row) Henry Smith, Charlie Ledbetter, Jim- 
my Letchworth, George Allen, H. B. Humphrey, 
Joe Kue, Louis Williams, (Front Row) Frank Allen, 
Arthur Jones, Chester Outland, Jr., Jack Connell, 
David Stowe. 

"BAPTIST BUMS" (Back Row) Manly Liles, Andy 
Martin, J. A. Wooten, Jr., H. B. Humphrey, A. F. 
Joyner, Jr., F. W. Satterthwaite, Albert Lewis. 
(Next Row) Don Wrought, Gene Beaman, Ervin 
Evans, Sylvester Aycock, L. B. Rackley, Milton 
Barnette, Bobby Evans. (Front Row) Billy Mars- 
ston, Wilson Wade, A. F. Joyner, Jr., Rom Webber, 
Ernest Willoughby, M. D. Lark. 

ALLEY CATS (Back Row) Wiley Mayo, Gordon 
Lee, Lewis Cowan, Stan Crawley, Bill Allen, Jim- 
my Cowan, Joby Griffin. (Next Row) LeRoy Bass, 
Cedric Davis, Lloyd Allen, Jimmy Hinson, Tom 
Patterson, Paul Ewell, Chester Outland, (Front 
Row) Bruce Pope, Ronald Smith, J. B. Davis, Jack 
Yelverton, Tammy Tucker, Streeter Tugwell. 


Farmville's Future 

Farmville's dedicated citizens of bygone 
days have led the town to its present stage of 
growth and opportunity. The future of some 
areas of community life has already been plan- 
ned. In others, present and future town officials 
and citizens must prepare for and meet needs 
which will add to the continued growth and 
well-being of the town. 

In speaking of near future plans, town of- 
ficials have indicated that State Highway Com- 
mission funds have been appropriated to survey 
a portion of the "thoroughfare" plan developed 
some years ago by the Planning Board. Initial- 
ly, the survey will locate a highway 258 bypass 
to the west of Farmville. A second project in- 
dicated for 1972 calls for the widening of U.S. 
264 from one-fourth mile east of Planters & 
Prewitts warehouses to the intersection of 

By: Cedric Davis 

what is known as Cupelo Road a short distance 
west of the Wickes' Company. The comprehen- 
sive "thoroughfare" plan calls for other primary 
road construction to provide bypass routes com- 
pletely around the town. 

Farmville's mileage of paved streets will 
be improved in the immediate future as work has 
already begun on several streets inside the city 
limits. Over the years, the Board of Commis- 
sioners has provided for additional paving in 
annual budgets. 

Recreation for future generations has been 
a matter of planning also. Currently, park fa- 
cilities are being planned in an area adjacent 
to Forest Hills Cemetery on land donated to the 
town some time ago. Improved facilities and 
equipment are also planned for the S. Main St. 
and J. Y. Monk Parks. Some discussion has 

(Seated left to right) Commissioner H. A. Nichola, Mayor W. E. Joyner, Commissioner LeRoy Redden, 
(Standing left to right) Commissioners J. I. Morgan, Jr., W. C. Garner, W. R. Duke. 

been given to the possibilities of developing 
recreational areas adjacent to Little Contentnea 
Creek if and when its watershed project is com- 

Farmville's continued growth in population 
and industry has necessitated immediate im- 
provement and expansion in the town's utilities. 
Electric power demands call for constant plan- 
ning and change. The same is true with the in- 
creased useage of water and the extension of 
services to areas now outside the city limits. 
One new well has recently been dug although 
it is not yet furnishing any water to the system. 
Another well in the Joyner's Cross Roads area 
is scheduled to be dug in the very near future. 
Lines have been laid to one new subdivision 
east of the city on Highway 264, and it is 
anticipated that by 1974 residential areas on 
264 West will be served by city water. Sewage 
facilities face immediate expansion also. An 
engineer's report is due April 15, 1972, to ad- 
vise the municipality on construction of 
creased treatment capacity which must be 
doubled by July 1, 1974 to meet federal require- 
ments for sanitation and water pollution. 

Plans approved by the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development call for im- 
provements to the downtown area. These im- 
provements include widening of both Main and 
Wilson Streets in the area bounded by Belcher 
to Pine Streets and Walnut to Contentnea 
Streets; the underground placement of all 
utility lines along the streets; better designed 
highway signs and general beautification. 

In an effort to meet the needs of providing 
adequate housing for its citizens, the town 
established the Housing Authority some three 
years ago. The fruits of their work became 
evident in the winter of 1971 with the opening 
of 150 units of public housing. Already an ad- 
ditional 250 units have been requested from 
HUD to better meet the needs of the people. As 
these projects are completed inferior housing 
will be eliminated through condemnation and 

R. E. Davenport, Jr., First President; T. W. 
Willis, First Director; Farmville Economic 

The Farmville Economic Council has been 
a strong factor in the town's growth and future 
planning and is directly credited with the bring- 
ing of several industries to town. Primary among 
its present aims is the expansion of present 
labor forces. The council continues to seek 
small, sophisticated industries which would not 
put a strain on the furnishing of additional 
utilities by the town. 

Pine Grove Apartments 
Farmville, N. C. Housing Authority 

In summation, Farmville's future will be 
planned in the wisdom and light of a cooperative 
citizenry and built upon past achievements and 
present endeavors. 


Many People Provide Services & Leadership 

Many people are required to provide the leadership and services needed by a growing community 
like Farmville. Much of the leadership responsibility falls on the Mayor, William E. Joyner and the 
Town Commissioners. Our Town Administrator, Carl Beaman, heads all departments and employees of 
the town. 

Patricia Thigpen, Margie Tripp, Carl Beaman, Adm., Andy Martin, Dpty. Adm., Sylvia Fisher 

Town of Farmville Administrative Department 

The Administrative Department of the Town 
of Farmville consists of a Town Administrator, 
a Deputy Administrator, Billing Clerk, Account- 
ant, and a secretary to the administrator. 

The Department has a variety of responsi- 
bilities. It has the responsibility of collecting 
all monies due to the Town from ad valorem 
taxes, water and light payments and various 
licenses and fees that compose the Revenue of 
the Town. It also has the responsibility of ex- 
pending this revenue to pay for the services 
received by the citizens of the town, maintain- 
ing proper records of such receipts and dis- 
bursements, and to see that billing for these 
services is done as accurately and properly as 

This Department is also charged with the 
responsibility of supervision of all activities of 
the various departments of the Town. The 
Administrator is charged by the Board of Com- 
missioners with the responsibility of admini- 
stering the policies as laid down by the board; 
to coordinate the activities of all departments 
in order that services may be rendered to the 
citizens of the town as efficiently and economi- 
cally as possible and to see that proper person- 
nel is hired to render these services. 

Officers are as follows: Administrator, Carl 
Beaman; Deputy Administrator, W. A. Martin; 
Accountant, Mrs. Margie Tripp; Billing Clerk, 
Mrs. Sylvia Fisher; Secretary, Mrs. Patricia 


Water and Light Department 

The first light plant generator was a 55 
KVA steam engine which was located at the 
Farmville Fertilizer and Oil Mill. The generator 
was owned by the Town; however, a stock 
company was formed to finance it in the begin- 
ning. R. L. Davis, W. A. Pollard, B. M. Lewis, 
and possibly other leading citizens were part of 
this stock company. Electric power was sup- 
plied only during the afternoons. This generator 
was in use until 1914. In 1914, the first steam 
power plant was built on the site of the present 
light plant. In fact, portions of the first building 
remain within the walls of the present building. 
The picture below is of the first plant. Even 
with these new facilities power was supplied 
cnlv in the afternoons until 1918. 




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Power Plant - 1914 

In 1924, the Board of Commissioners let 
bids for additions to the light plant building and 
the addition of a 312 KVA generator. Steam was 
still the primary source for producing power. 

In 1936, there were more additions to the 
building in order to house the two diesel engines 
which were purchased to replace the steam 
generators. The plant was converted from steam 
to diesel power in 1937. Two more diesel units 
were purchased later. » 

Between 1914 and 1918 superintendents 
named Andrews, Mozingo, Legg and Wrenn f i 11- 
this position. Finally in 1918 W. A. McAdams 
was hired as Superintendent. "Mr. Mac" as he 
is fondly called, remained hard at work, bring- 
ing many improvements and changes to the de- 
partment, until 1965. After 47 years he retired. 
Jim Pittman followed "Mr. Mac" as superin- 
tendent. In July of 1969, J. A. Wooten, Jr. as- 
sumed the duties of Superintendent of Utilities, 
with Johnny Matthews as Assistant Superin- 

The Town generated all of its electricity 
until 1952 when a contract with Carolina Power 
and Light Company for 800 KW was signed. 
This arrangement continued for 15 years, but in 
1967 the light plant ceased to generate power, 
except for emergency situations, Farmville now 
purchases all its electrical requirements from 
C P & L. The Town owns and operates its own 
distribution system. Improvements are constant- 
ly being made on the system. 

The Waste Treatment Department has come 
a long way since its beginning. In 1914 sewage 
was taken care of by the use of septic tanks. 
Before this time there was no definite means of 
sewage control and much of it was disposed of 
directly into Contentnea Creek. In 1936, an 
Imhoff tank was installed for sewage treatment. 
This was located in the area between Langdale 
and Contentnea Creek. 

In 1957, the Number 1 Waste Treatment 
Plant was constructed. This plant treats % 
million gallons of residential waste per day. It 
is a modern plant with lab facilities for testing 
and analyzing wastes to see that no harmful ef- 
fects will occur in Little Contentnea Creek 
which is the receiving stream. The Number 2 
Waste Treatment Plant was constructed in 1962, 
just off the Highway 264-A Bypass. This plant 
is used for treating industrial wastes. The re- 
ceiving stream is Middle Swamp. Plans are 
presently underway to increase the hydraulic 
capacity and efficiency of both plants. 



Since the use of hand pumps as a source of 
water supply, in the early days of Farmville, 
great improvements have been made in the 
Public Works Department. The Town's first 
elevated steel water tank was built in 1914 
and was located directly behind the Town Hall. 
Capacity of this tank was 60,000 gallons. In 
1939 the second elevated steel tank was 
erected just off the 264 Bypass. 

The Town's first water main and fire 
hydrants were also installed in 1914. In the be- 
ginning, water main reached only a few people; 
however, in subsequent years, it has grown to 
encompass the whole Town as well as many out 
of town homes and buildings. 

The Town of Farmville has long had clean, 
soft water that does not have to be treated with 
chemicals. Several small wells were dug 
previous to 1918 to supply water. In 1918 the 
Hughes Well Drilling Company from South 
Carolina drilled a deep well that produced 125 
gallons per minute. Between 1918 and 1930 
several other small wells were drilled. 

In 1930, the first gravel packed deep well 
was drilled in front of the power plant on Park 
Avenue by Layne Atlantic Company of Norfolk, 
Virginia. The well is 503 feet deep and is still 
in use today. In 1938, a 481 foot well was drill- 
ed at the rear of the power plant. In 1957, an- 
other gravel-packed deep well was drilled at the 
corner of Fields and Moore Streets to a depth 
of 425 feet. All of these wells are presently in 

Since 1957, four other gravel-packed deep 
wells have been drilled and one more is pres- 
ently under construction. Two more deep wells 
are in the planning stage to be in operation with- 
in twelve months. These new wells, plus the 
present facilities, will give Farmville an un- 
limited supply of water. 

Planning and Zoning Board 

The Farmville Planning Board was first 
called the Board of Adjustment of the Farmville 
Zoning Ordinances. It was founded on July 19, 
1948. The first Chairman was Dr. John M. 

The name of the Board was changed to the 
Farmville Planning and Zoning Board on Janu- 
ary 3, 1962. At the present time members con- 
sist of Chairman: Jack McDavid, Jr.; Members: 
Jake Joyner, Marvin Speight, Jim Hockday, 
CarlBeaman; C.C.Simpson, Jim Craft, Randolph 
Allen. J. K. Persons, Claude Johnson, Floyd 

Today the Board is dealing with the prob- 
lems of zoning ordinances and other matters re- 
lating to the growth and development of the 
Town . 

Milt 1' I II "1 W 

(First Row: Left to Right) Sallie Eason; B. A. Wooten, Supt.; W. Moore; H. Carlton, (Second Row) 
E. L. Jones; B. Sapp; J. Thorne; W. Gay. (Third Row) R. T. Langley; C. Owens; Johnny Matthews, Asst. 
Supt.; B. Sugg; E. Ross; L. Mason; B. Bullock. Not Pictured: Pat Bundy. 


Farmville Fire Department 

By: Curtis Flanagan 

Farmville Fire Department was organized 
in the year of 1915. In the beginning, the de- 
partment did not own a truck of any type. Hand 
reels were used. 

In 1916, the fire department purchased a 
hose carrier. It was a Model T Ford with a suit- 
able body built by American-LaFrance. The first 
pumper had solid rubber tires. After a few years 
service the hard rubber tires were removed in 
favor of the Conventional Pneu-Matic Tire. 
This particular truck stayed in service until 
1944, at that time a new pumper, an American- 
LaFrance, 750 gallon GPM was purchased and 
put into service. This was the last standard 
piece of fire equipment delivered in eastern 
North Carolina until after World War I. 

The old truck that was purchased in 1926 
was sold to the city of Raleigh and used as 
stand-by equipment. The last truck bought by 
the Town of Farmville was a 1000 gallon 
American-LaFrance delivered in 1967. This 
truck has a capacity of 1200 gallons per minute. 
The 1944 truck is still being used as a stand-by. 

The community surrounding the town of 
Farmville wanted and needed fire protection. 
Interested citizens got together and bought a 
1953 Model Ford Chassis and had American- 
LaFrance equipment installed. This is a 500 
gallon GPM Pumper with a 1000 gallon tank. 
This piece of equipment is still in service. 

Haywood Smith Fire Station - 1958 

Actually the Farmville Fire Department is 
two (2) fire departments, one municipal, and the 
other rural. The rural department is listed as 
"Far" as a call code. 

The Farmville Fire Department made appli- 
cation for membership in the North Carolina 
State Firemen's Association on July 17, 1916. 
They were accepted as of that date with the at- 
tached roster recorded. From the time of its 
organization until the present the fire depart- 
ment has had only four (4) chiefs. In the begin- 
ing, the late R. E. Belcher, who resided on 
Belcher Street, was the Chief. II. P. Norman is 
serving as chief at the present time. In the be- 
ginning, there were twenty (20) men in the de- 
partment. At the present time there are approxi- 
mately sixty (60) members. The department has 
a rating from the North Carolina Rating Bureau 
and has maintained this rating for a period of 

years. This rating is listed as Number 7 the 

highest rating that a department can have until 
it hires full-time firemen. 


Fire Department; Left to Right: John Baker; Jim Craft, Asst. Chief; Ralph Cash; W. E. Wooten; Lyman 
Craft, Asst. Chief; H. P. Norman, Chief; Bernice Turnage; Roland Wooten; J. B. Gorham, Jr.; Joe Phillips. 


In the beginning, the fire department was 
located on Wilson Street. A new Town Hall was 
built in 1928 with housing facilities for the 
truck included. A new and separate station was 
built and dedicated in 1958. The station was 
named "The Haywood Smith Fire Station". 
Chief Smith served the Town of Farmville for 
nearly forty-five (45) years and was a charter 

member of the department when it was formed 
back in 1915. He retired from the department in 

From the beginning, the Farmville Fire De- 
partment has been very active, not only in the 
Farmville Community, but the members have 
taken an active interest in the fire service on a 
county, regional and state level. 

Chief Haywood Smith 
Fire Chief 45 Years 

Richard Joyner, President 
C. State Firemen's Assn. - 1941 

Curtis H. Flanagan, Exec. Sec. 
State Firemen's Assn. 

Farmville North Carolina Housing Authority 

On August 6, 1968, the Housing Authority 
was established by the Town Board of Com- 
missioners after recommendation and studies 
made by the Farmville Economic Council. The 
Commissioners of the Authority were appointed 
on the same date by the Town Board. On 
December 9, 1968, an application was made to 
the Department of Housing and Urban Develop- 
ment (better known as HUD). On January 14, 


1970, the site for 150 approved dwelling units 
was purchased. Work commenced on the build- 
ings in September, 1970, and the units were ac- 
cepted for occupancy in November, 1971. Exec- 
utive Director of the project is Lloyd Englehardt 
and Chairman of the Board is Dr. Charles 
Fitzgerald. Other Board members are Dr. Albert 
Smith, Thomas E. Anderson, W. A. Norman, and 
James Taylor. 

Farmville Housing Authority Office Building 


Policemen: Left to Right; J. C. 
Bryant; W. Barber; J. Phillips; A; 
King; B. Pippin; J. Childers; Chief 
Carl Tanner; G. Harris; Lt. Grover 
Bailey; F. Marshall; L. Parker. 

Police Department 

Providing the community with police pro- 
tection is a great responsibility. This de- 
partment consists of ten (10) officers and one 
(1) policewoman. The time of service of these 
officers rendered is from 6 months to periods of 
25 years. The present staff consists of the fol- 
lowing: Chief Carl C. Tanner; Lt. Grover Bailey, 
Pfc. J. C. Bryant, Jr., Cpl. Frank D. Marshall, 
Sgt. Alvin King, Pfc. Jenny Childers, Pfc. 
Joseph L. Phillips, Ptl. Wilbur Barber, Joseph 
Harris, Larry D. Parker and Bryan Pippin. 

Building Inspector Department 

This department is the newest of the 
Town's departments, in that it was separated 
from the Water and Light Department as of 
January 1, 1972. The inspection goal is to make 
Farmville a safer and healthier place in which 
to live and to be proud of. Mr. H. P. Norman 
heads this department. 

Street and Sanitation Department 

This department, the Public Works depart- 
ment, operates with a thirty man force, headed 
by Mr. E. P. Freuler, Superintendent. They have 
twenty pieces of equipment and maintain a 
garage for same for repair. There are daily pick- 
ups, routine sweeping, a sanitary land fill and 
operate five and one-half days per week. Street 
patching, cemetery and park up keep along with 
storm drainage is included with their work. The 
following employees help Superintendent E. P. 
Freuler; W. R. Oakley, Assistant Superintendent, 
Elbert Cates, Hollis Harper, David Stephenson, 
George Bailey, Herbert Brooks, Robert Britt, 
Theodore Morgan, Chester Taylor, Jr., James 
Cleo Jordan, William Davis, Willie Harper, 
Ernest Sugg, Preston Sims, Joe Foreman, Moses 
Moore, Curtis Carr, James Dupree, Ernest Gay, 
Fred Harper, Luke Hopkins, Emmett Laster, 
Willie Olds, James Tyson, Leroy Williams, 
Johnny Carmon, Johnny Allen, Herbert Vines 
and Freddie Strickland. 

Street & Sanitation Department: 
(Front Row) E. Gay; E. Lassiter; 
E. Cates; H. Harper; J. Carmon; 
C. Carr; W. Davis; L. Williams; E. 
Suggs; J. Tyson; E. Parker; G. 
Bailey; W. Olds. (Back Row) Bill 
Oakley, Asst. Supt.; W. Harper; P. 
Sims; L. Hopkins; T. Morgan; H, 
Brooks; J. Jordan; H. Vines; S. 
Johnson; J. Hines; J. Dupree; 
C. Taylor, Jr., E. P. Freuler, 


Farmville Public Library 

The original Farmville Public Library was 
started by the Farmville Woman's Club in 1930 
under the leadership of its President, Mrs. 
John B. Joyner. It was housed in an upstairs 
room in the Municipal Building. Mrs. Joyner, 
Mrs. Jack Smith and Miss Tabitha M. DeVisconti 
were its earliest librarians, assisted by volun- 
teers from the club. Later Mrs. Gray C. Martin 
was appointed librarian. 

The present library was a gift to the town 
by the late Miss Virginia Elizabeth Davis. It 
was formally dedicated on May 11, 1954. At this 
time, the members of the Library Board were: 
R. D. Rouse, Jr., Chairman; J. I. Morgan, Jr., 
J. Y. Monk, Jr., Miss Annie Perkins, William C. 
Monk and Dr. John M. Mewborn. The Town 

The Town lacked organized playground 
facilities until 1934 then a public swimming 
pool was formally opened. This pool was the 
first of its kind in the State completed under the 
W. P. A. Program. Funds from the town and 
interested individuals of the community made 
this undertaking possible. Each year since this 
pool opened, classes in swimming, junior and 
senior life saving courses have been conducted. 

Land adjacent to the pool, consisting of 
approximately two acres was purchased by the 
Town and a recreation park has been developed. 
Since the erection of a screened picnic pavilion, 
picnic tables placed throughout the spacious 
grounds, playground equipment, two lighted, 
paved tennis courts, this park has been used 
for family reunions, church school picnics and 
all other types of gatherings. 

In 1961, this park was named The James 
Monk Park in honor of James Monk of Farmville 

Officers were: 0. G. Spell, Mayor, C.S.Edwards, 
R. D. Rouse, Jr., Lath Morris, L. B. Johnson , 
Jr. and W. C. Wooten. 

Many organizations and private citizens 
were most generous with gifts of furniture, 
money and books for the new Library. The 
Library now has a capacity of 20,000 volumes. 
It opened with 3,000 volumes and at present has 
10,132. The circulation for 1970 was 14,016. 
LaRue McKinney (now Mrs. George C. Moye) 
was the first Librarian in the new facility and 
Mrs. Gray C. Martin, who had worked for five 
years at the original. Library was her assistant. 
Mrs. Martin is now head Librarian, assisted by 
Mrs. J. Y. Monk, Jr. 

1 Librarian\ 

James Y. Monk 


Farmville Municipal Swimming Pool 

in tribute to his many civic deeds, especially in 
the line of sports. 

Throughout the years the Farmville Garden 
Club has landscaped this park and planted trees 
in honor of different citizens in the community. 
It is a beautiful park and one that the Town of 
Farmville is very proud of. for it is not only 
beautifully landscaped but is a joy to many 
people of the town. 

James Monk Park 

During the summer months the Town spons- 
ors an extensive recreational program that is 
inclusive of the following: Swimming, tennis, 
Armory recreation facilities such as ping pong, 
volleyball and various other inside games, 
Little League Baseball, Softball teams, Teener 
leagues, all of which are managed by a Recrea- 
tion Committee, of the Town Board, along with 
a paid manager and assistants. 


In the summer of 1957, an interested group 
of Negro citizens organized a Community recre- 
ation group which consisted of Mrs. Lillie 
Tyson, Mrs. Ella Mae Joyner, Mrs. Mary Bert 
Blount, Mrs. Nesbia M. Phillips, Mr. James 
Taylor, Mr. Joseph Blount, Mr. J. L. Phillips 
and other interested citizens. This group met 
regularly and sold refreshments in order to 
purchase play equipment to entertain citizens 
of all ages of the Negro community. This con- 
tinued for three days per week throughout the 
summer, without pay for these interested citi- 
zens. This interest continued for three years, at 
which time the group contacted the Farmville 
Board of Commissioners when Mr. Charles 
Edwards was Mayor and Mr. Glenn Newton was 
Chairman of the Recreation Department. Mr. 
Newton was very actively involved with the 

Nesbia M. Phillips 

- By: Nesbia M. Phillips 

group in helping to acquire requested provisions 
for a better recreation program for the Negro 

A great step was taken for the community 
when the H. B. Sugg Coach Jerome Evan was 
hired as recreation Supervisor and Mrs. Nesbia 
M. Phillips was hired as his assistant. 

After Coach Evan left H. B. Sugg School, 
Coach Joseph Twitty was hired as summer 
recreation supervisor and Mrs. Nesbia M. Phil- 
lips was his assistant. Following Twitty, 
Coach Joseph Nobles was supervisor for two 
years and Miss Mary Holmes was his assistant. 

The recreational activities of the summer 
of 1971 had an average daily attendance of 85. 
The supervisors were Coach Herman Waters, 
Mr. Vick, and Mrs. Nesbia M. Phillips. 

I. S. Bennett Park 


Farmville Rescue Inc. 

In early 1966 members of the Farmville 
Lions Club realized the need for a Rescue 
Squad Unit to serve the Farmville area. A com- 
mittee was selected to investigate and make 
plans for such a unit. On September 23, 1966 
the squad was organized. Bylaws were drafted 
and adopted and on October 16, 1966, a charter 
was issued. The first officers elected were as 
follows: Adam Corbett, Captain; Will Jones, Jr., 
1st Lt.; Robert Burress, 2nd Lt.; Marion Tripp, 
Sec.-Treas.; Tom Taylor, Chaplain; Habib 
Nichola, Director. 

The Lions Club, with the help of volunteers, 
canvased the area and raised approximately 
$5,000 to purchase a rescue truck and equip- 
ment. This they turned over to the Town of 
Farmville. The Police Department receives all 
calls for the squad and in turn notify the rescue 
members who are on standby. 

Farmville Rescue, Inc. now owns two 

Rescue Trucks and other equipment which is 
valued at approximately $12,000. Membership 
averages around 25 and each member will 
donate about 1000 manhours per year in training 
and service. 

The Squad is presently headquartered at 
the corner of Wilson and Fields Streets. This 
building is used for training sessions and 
storage of equipment. Plans are underway for 
a new headquarters and storage facility on the 
corner of Belcher and Turnage Streets. Cost of 
this building will be approximately $20,000 and 
plans are to have it completed by September, 

Present officers of the Squad are as fol- 
lows: J. L. Baker, Captain; Bill Oakes, 1st Lt.; 
Bennie Fulford, 2nd Lt.; Bobby Skinner, 2nd 
Lt.; Eugene Moore, Training Officer; William 
Gar, Sec.-Treas.; Raymond Webb, Chaplain; 
Bryan Pippin, member at large. 

Rescue Squad: (left to right) 
Eugene Moore; Bryan Pippin; 
Capt. J. L. Baker; Bennie 
Fulford; Bill Oakes. 


Post Office (Front Row; left to right): R. J. Jones, J. C. Brock; J. Harper; D. Walston; A. Tyson; H. 
May; M. Worthington; J. Smith. (Second Row; left to right): H. Evans; J. Tugwell; C. Britt; H. B. 
Humphrey, Postmaster. 

The history of the Post Office from its 
establishment June 15, 1868 to 1964 is related 
in a previous article. Shortly thereafter a survey 
was made and plans to erect a brick building 
for Post Office use was initiated. A new brick 
building was constructed by Dr. and Mrs. R. T. 
Williams at 127 North Main Street and leased to 
the Post Office Department. The new brick 
building was dedicated and officially occupied 
July 1, 1960. 

Farmville's present postmaster is H. B. 
Humphrey with J. C. Brock, Jr. serving as 
Assistant Postmaster. The following staff 
serves also: J. P. Harper and H. D. May, Rural 
Carriers; J. A. Smith, A. J. Tyson, and M. A. 
Worthington, Regular Clerks; D. N. Walston, 
Substitute Clerk; C. T. Britt, H. R. Evans and 
J. L. Tugwell, Jr., City Carriers; R. C. Hardy, 
Substitute City Carrier; and J. Howard Harris, 
Substitute Rural Carrier. 

H. B. Humphrey, 



By: Sgt. W. R. Newton 

The Farmville unit of the North Carolina 
Army National Guard was federally recognized 
on April 25, 1955. The principal driving forces 
behind this fact were Jack McDavid, Jr., Walter 
B.Jones, and at that time Farmville's Economic 
director, Mr. Tommy W. Willis. 

Maj. Jack McDavid 

The Adjutant Generals Department of the 
North Carolina Army National Guard appointed 
Captain Jack McDavid to be the company com- 
mander of Farmville's new unit. Captain Mc - 
David wasted no time in recruiting men for his 
unit, Company H, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. 

Arrangements were made with the Farm- 
ville town officials to share the Boy Scout build- 
ing the town had recently built. 

Co. H was a heavy weapons company, con- 
sisting of a 81 mm. mortar section, a 106 mm. 
recoiless rifle section and a supporting platoon 
of 30 cal. machine guns. 

The unit was reorganized in 1959 and be- 
came Company E, 2nd Battlegroup, 119th Inf. 
They were a rifle company with a Battalion 
headquarters section. 

Adam Corbett who had been in the Farm- 
ville unit since late 1955 was appointed by the 
state in September of 1960 to be the Admini- 
strative Supply Technician for the Farmville 

This A. S. T. job, meant that Sgt. Corbett 
was responsible for the Farmville Armory, re- 
cruiting and testing, and all the many admini - 
strative details it takes to run a National Guard 

Sergeant Corbett held this position until 
July of 1965. 

It was about this time that Captain Mc- 
David moved to the U. S. Army Reserve. He has 
since been promoted to a Major, and soon should 
receive his commission as a Lieutenant Colonel 
in the Army Reserve. 

Major McDavid has always been greatly re- 
spect by his men. The troops of the Farmville 
unit are grateful for his initiative and leader- 
ship in getting our unit started. 

Farmville National Guard 
Unit in Training 

Other Station Commanders of HHC (IP) 4th 
Bn in Farmville after Capt. McDavid were 1st 
Lt. Paul Peele, 1st Lt. Johnny Dixon and 2nd 
Lt. J. D. Hughes, Jr. 

In January 1958, the unit became Co. A 
(IP), 167th M. P. Bn. As a Military Police Com- 
pany, we received our training at summer camps 
located at Fort Gordan, Georgia; and Fort 
Bragg, North Carolina. 

Sharing the Scout Hut building was a fine 
arrangement, provided by the town, until our 
own armory could be built. Through town, 
county, state, and federal aid the new armory 
was built and was occupied by the unit in 1960. 

In 1963, the unit was reorganized again by 
the state as Company B, 4th Bn, 119th Inf., 
still remaining as a rifle company. 

As with the state's policy of reorganization 
the unit became in 1965 HHC (IP), 4th Bn, 
119th Inf. We were again a Headquarters Com- 
pany, in part, with Ahoskie, North Carolina 
The company was broken down into three parts, 
(1) a Battalion Medical Aid Station, (2) a Re- 
connaissance Platoon with a scout section, a 


Farmville National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Alton E. Hathaway 

machine gun section and a jeep mounted 106 
mm. recoiless rifle section, (3) and a 4.2 mm. 
Mortar Platoon. 

Our Station Commanders during this period 
were 2nd Lt. J. D. Hughes, Jr., 1st Lt. Milton 
Brown, 1st Lt. Bobby Gene Webb and 1st Lt. 
Bobby Grant. 

Being an (IP), in part, company with Wash- 
ington, North Carolina, we would alternate our 
drill dates each month between the Farmville 
and Washington Armories. 

Effective December 1, 1972, the unit be- 
came Det I, 694th Maint. Co. (DS) (COMMZ). 
This means that we are now a direct mainten- 
ance support company. 

Our Company Commander is Captain Hilton 
Clayborne and our Farmville Station Commander 
is 2nd Lt. George Burham. 

Sergeant First Class Elmer G. Flake is our 
present Recruiting Sergeant. Sgt. Flake invites 
any young man interested in a National Guard 
career to talk to him. The Farmville National 
Guard has a lot to offer to any young man of 

Our present full time Administrative Supply 
Technician is Sergeant First Class Alton E. 
Hathaway. Sergeant Hathaway has been with us 
since March 1967 and has proven to be a very 
valuable asset to the unit. Sergeant Hathaway 
is a friendly, hard working man, who looks out 
for his unit. 

As a Maintenance Company, the unit will 
be trained to render repairs to almost any type 
of army equipment. To give you an idea of what 
we will be capable of doing, I will list a few 
sections we have: small arms repairs, office 
machines repair, chemical equipment repair, 
canvas and leather repair, generator repair, and 
clothing repair. 

The unit will be equipped with six 5 ton 
wrecker vehicles and be capable of vehicle 
mechanics, welding, and body repair. 

The Farmville National Guard has always 
made Excellent and Superior ratings on its 
annuaj inspections and summer camp training. 

Let's all support the Farmville National 
Guard, for it is a community asset! 



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Gravel (3.25 mi.) 

$ 57,583.75 

113 a year 


173 per yr. 

Farmville at a Glance 

Population 4,424 

Size 51.65 Acres 

Date Founded About 1860 

Date Incorporated February 12, 1872 

Origin of Name: New Town, then changed to 


Mayor W. E. Joyner 

Town Manager Carl Beaman 

Police Chief Carl C. Tanner 

Fire Chief H. P. Norman 

Chief of Rural Fire Department... Jim Craft, Sr. 
Town Clerk & Finance Director ..Carl L. Beaman 

Town Attorneys Lewis, Lewis, Lewis 

Building Inspector H. P. Norman 

Supt. of Public Works James A. Wooten 

Town Engineer Jack McDavid 

Town Auditor Ernst, Ernst 

Town Planning Adviser Gary Mercer 

Average Rainfall 4.16 inches 

January Mean Temperature (1970) .... 45 degrees 

July Mean Temperature (1970) 64 degrees 

Record Low Temperature (Jan. 1970) 26 degrees 
Record High Temperature (Jan. 1970) 86 degrees 

Average Elevation 97 feet above sea level 

Highest Elevation 85 feet 

(Location in Westwood Subdivision) 
Predominate Soil Type .Norfolk-Goldsboro Exm. 

Population of Planning & Zoning Area 5,000 

Size of Planning and Zoning Area 1 mile 

beyond city limits 

John B. Lewis, Jr., John B. Lewis, Sr., William H. Lewis 
Town Attorneys 

Joney Taylor 
Town Magistrate 


Some Farmville citizens who have received State and Community recognition for their services in the 
fields of education, judicature and public service. 

Superior Court Judge Robert D. Rouse, Jr. 
and Mayor W. E. Joyner, Mayoralty Rites 

Mrs. Edgar Barrett Receives 25-year 
Girl Scout Service Award 
Mrs. L. T. Pierce and 
Mrs. R. T. Williams 

Pitt County N. C. Rep. H. Morton Rountree 
at North Carolina State Mouse 

Mrs. Ellen Lewis Carroll - 36 Years Educator and 

Supervisor in Pitt County Schools. Portrait 
presentation by Sara Ellen Carroll and Laura Ellen 
Lewis, granddaughter and grand niece. 

Rep. Sam D. Bundy - 42'/2 years Educator 
Presently Pitt County N. C. Representative 

Arch J. Flanagan - Conservation 
and Farm Bureau Official 


Tobacco Industry 

Hand Loping — Green Tobacco 

Earliest Method of Hauling Tobacco to Market 


Priming & Loping Tobacco on Harvester 

More Recent Conveyance to Market 

Tobacco Curing Barn 

Graded and Bundled Tobacco Warehouse Floor 

Tobacco Auction Warehouse Sale 

M. E. Dixon Inspecting Tobacco Redrying Process 

W. C. Monk, Vice-President 

A. C. Monk Tobacco Co., Inc. W. A. Allen, Director, Flue-Cured R. T. Monk, Vice President 
Vice-Pres. Tob. Assn. of U.S. Tobacco Stabilization Corp. A. C. Monk & Co., Inc. 


Local Industries 


Many Organizations 
Enrich Community Life 

The civic, patriotic, social and fraternal 
organizations of Farmville have been an integral 
part of its growth and development through the 
years. Their services and effective projects 
have influenced and enriched the citizenry in all 
walks of life, and through cooperative endeav- 
ors, they have greatly contributed in making 
our community a creditable model, worthy of 
praise for its outstanding achievements. 


NO. 102 F & AM 

The Livingstone Lodge No. 102, F & AM, 
was organized in 1898. The meetings were pre- 
sided over by the first Master Andrew Barrett, 
who is deceased. He was followed by Jonus 
Taylor, Julious Harris, Charlie Parker, and 
Eddie L. Joyner, who is presently master, The 
Livingstone Masons have always met in the 
same building on South Main Street until recent- 
ly. The old building has been torn down and 
plans are in the making for a new, modern 
building to be erected on the same site. The 
Lodge had a small membership when it began, 
but over its 74 years of existence the member- 
ship has grown to 125. 


NO. 517 AF & AM 

In 1901, George W. Freeman, a Mason and a 
resident of Farmville, met with other Masons in 
the area for the purpose of establishing a 
Masonic Lodge in Farmville. Later in that year 
they applied to and received from the Grand 
Masonic Lodge of North Carolina the right to 
work under dispensation and on January 15, 
1902 they received a Charter, officially estab- 
lishing and identifying the organization as 
Farmville Masonic Lodge #517 AF & AM. The 
names appearing on the Charter were: George 
W. Freeman, Master; Redden R. Bailey, Senior 
Warden; Ashley S. Bynum, Junior Warden; John 
T. Parker, Secretary; Bedford Jones, Senior 
Deacon; Isham Gay, Junior Deacon; and A. N. 
Worthington, Tyler. These persons were known 
to have been active in the business, religious 
and social life of the town from its inception. 
Descendents of these Charter members are well 
known citizens of our community today and 
many are also members of the Farmville Masonic 

The Farmville Mason's first home was a 
second floor room in The Turnage Company 
building. A few years later they moved to the 
second floor of the old W. M. Lang store and, 

after several years, again moved to the second 
floor of the building now occupied by Ray's 
Cafe remaining at that location until their 
Masonic Temple — a handsome new structure on 
Grimmersburg Street — was completed. The 
dedication of the Masonic Temple on January 
24, 1952 will be remembered as one of the out- 
standing events of Farmville's Century of 
Progress. The Farmville Lodge has many bene- 
ficient enterprises — the Oxford Orphanage and 
the Masonic and Eastern Star Home for the 
Aged are perhaps the best known. 


The exact date that the Farmville Parent 
Teacher Association received its charter has 
not been found in the records that the organi- 
zation has now. However, from what has been 
learned from citizens, and teachers, there has 
always been a good relationship between the 
school, parents, and teachers. This relationship 
dating back to the time that the Farmville 
Schools were established in 1903. 

For many years, there were two Parent 
Teacher Associations. One serving the H. B. 
Sugg School, and one for the Farmville School. 
When the Sam D. Bundy School was built, there 
still remained the one group for the Farmville 
High School and the Bundy School. The Sugg 
P.T.A. remained as it was originally started. 

In this Centennial Year, we have seen much 
change in the school system of Farmville. We 
now have four schools that are consolidated to 
insure the students of town, a good education. 
So, now to give the help and assistance to 
these four schools, there has been established 
a Consolidated Parent Teacher Association. 

The Consolidated P.T.A. with; Mr. Robert 
Fields, President, Mr. Robert Bynum, Vice- 


president, Mr. Edgar Thomas, Treasurer, and 
Miss Helen Johnson, Secretary; is planning to 
strengthen the relationship between teachers, 
parents, and students. In the past, projects had 
been planned to aid the schools financially, but 
for the coming year the idea of projects for mak- 
ing money have been abandoned. The member- 
ship drive will be the only means for this 
organization to have any money to contribute to 
the schools. The slate of officers listed above, 
and the principals of the individual schools 
want to set up committees to help the schools 
with more parent participation. 

Just because involvement is the key word 
for this year's P.T.A., it would be derelict not 
to mention the contributions that have been 
made to the schools by the officers, and 
members of past Parent Teacher Groups. The 
Farmville P. T. A. and the H. B. Sugg P. T. A. 
have certainly given more than their share of 
time and money to aid the schools. Some of the 
ways that the schools have been helped in the 
past are: contributions to the libraries, buying 
of pianos, and band equipment, first aid sup- 
plies, and other items that the schools were 
badly in need of. 

Evidence of progress is all around us, that 
Farmville has come a long way in the past one 
hundred years. People in Farmville care, and 
that is important, but that is not new to the 
Farmville Parent Teacher Association, that is 
only part of the goal that was set up many years 
ago when this organization came into being. 
This same goal of cooperation, and striving to 
help our schools is still the "spirit of the 


On August 12, 1904, twelve Farmville 
women who felt the need of self - improvement, 
banded together and formed a Magazine Club, 
the oldest women's civic organization in town. 
The first president was Mrs. Stanley Smith. All 
charter members are deceased. 

In 1910, the Club was federated with the 
North Carolina Women's Club and in 1919 the 
name of the Club was changed to the Literary 
Club. In 1929 it celebrated its Silver Anniver- 
sary and its Golden Anniversary in 1954. The 
Club is looking forward to its Diamond Cele- 
bration in 1979. During World War I, the members 
joined the Red Cross Auxiliary in a Body and 
was quite active in its work. For many years, it 
supported patients at Oteen in many ways. In 
the early years, contributions were made yearly 
to the Sallie Southall Cotton Loan Fund and the 
sale of Christmas Seals was sponsored by the 
Club. The most outstanding achievement of the 
Club was the part it played in the establishment 
of the Farmville Public Library. The Club in 
later years has been active in many civic 
projects such as contribution of books, equip- 

ment and funds to the school and public 
libraries, sponsoring art and literary programs 
in the school, and working on many local and 
state projects. 

The President for 1972 is Mrs. T. E. 


This is one of the oldest organizations in 
the Town of Farmville having been organized 
and charter issued April 30, 1915 with approxi- 
mately 12 members. The Charter listed the name 
as Farmville Modern Woodmen of the World with 
Mr. B. J. Skinner as Consul. Mr. Wiley C. 
Wooten, Sr. remained Secretary of this organi- 
zation for 37 years. The present consul, or last 
one known, was Oscar Lee Erwin and at present 
there are twenty members. 


One of the oldest organizations in Farm- 
ville is the Merry Matrons Club. The late Mrs. 
J. W. Parker, a charter member and one of the 
town's most charming and talented ladies of the 
past, described the coming together of this 
group of prominent matrons and social leaders, 
as a merry group meeting on a cold night in 
January 1919 at the home of Mrs. J. W. Lovelace 
to band themselves together for a respite from 
"the toiling day and night for dear husbands 
and sweet children", who were not forgotten as 
the ladies took along their needle-work and 
some darned socks. 

The first regular meeting was held Febru- 
ary 14, 1919 at the home of Mrs. Roscoe A. 
Fields and Mrs. W. M. Willis was elected presi- 
dent on this occasion. The meeting was describ- 
ed as gay and the hostess to further note the 
merriment of the meeting, used colorful bird 
feathers to garnish the refreshments of delicious 
homemade candies. 

The club later stressed literary and social 
activities instead of needlework. According to 
the 1934 Spotlight published by the Farmville 
Enterprise, the following indicates interesting 
programs given at the club's meetings. Mrs. A. C. 
Monk told of her travels in Europe; Mrs. J. W. 
Parker described her visit to the World's Fair: 
Lt. D. A. Lovelace, U. S. N., son of Mrs. J. W. 
Lovelace, told of a recent cruise through the 
Panama Canal; Mrs. J. M. Hobgood, a former 
state president of the N. C. Federation of 
Women's Clubs, told of her western N. C. trip 
and gave highlights of the state meeting in 
Asheville; her son "Bill" informed the club on 
Red Cross Life Saving. 

Charter members of the club in addition to 
Mrs. Lovelace, Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Parker and 
Mrs. Fields were: Mrs. J. 0. Pollard, Mrs. John 
Thorne, Mrs. B. 0. Turnage, Mrs. J. I. Morgan, 
Sr., Mrs. Garland Holden, Mrs. Myrtle Dail 
Rouse, Mrs. Myrtle Bynum, Mrs. John T. Harris, 
Mrs. J. Lloyd Horton, Mrs. R. 0. Lang, Mrs. W. 
Leslie Smith and Mrs. Wesley R. Willis. 



Scouting in Farmville began in 1919, when 
Ed Nash Warren and Bob Lang persuaded Mr. 
Walter Sheppard to become Scoutmaster. Today, 
Farmville has three troops, three cub packs and 
two explorer posts. 

Troop 25, the oldest, has been sponsored 
by the Rotary Club since 1929. The Club built 
and financed a spacious Scout Hut in 1949 for 
the troop. Earlier meeting places were a wood 
frame scout cabin on Jones Street and later a 
log cabin which burned, at the J. Y. Monk Park. 

Notable in service was Ed Nash Warren 
who served almost 30 years. Other Farmville 
Scoutmasters were Ford A. Burns, C. K. Ivey, 
J. H. Moore, J. J. Sutton, Lath Morris, Horton 
Rountree, Cedric Davis, Harold Flanagan, Bill 
Brady, S. E. Selby, and Joseph Phillips. 

Farmville Eagle Scouts are Charles Roun- 
tree, Jack Horton, Horton Rountree, David E. 
Oglesby, Jr., Billy Oglesby, Earnest Barrett, Jr., 
C. L. Ivey, Jr., Marvin Horton, Harold Flanagan, 
Todd Holmes, J. I. Morgan, III, Scott Lang, 
Billy Eason, Ben Moore, George Cannon, Junior 
Cannon, Dawson Andrews, Jody Joyner. 



The Rebecca Winbourne Chapter, United 
Daughters of the Confederacy, named for the 
maker of the first Confederate flag, was organ- 
ized in 1921 with the following named officers: 
Miss Annie Perkins, president; Mrs. J. W. 
Parker, vice-president; Mrs. R. II. Knott, sec- 
retary; Miss Venetia Morrill, treasurer ; and 
Miss Annie Laurie Lang, registrar. 

This organization was noted for its observ- 
ance of Confederate Memorial Days; their sup- 
port of Confederate Veterans and Widows' 
Homes located in Raleigh and Fayetteville, 
N. C; and for their placing of bronze markers 
at all Veterans graves designating their partic- 
ipation in the War. 

This Chapter was disbanded in the year 
1957 due to loss of membership. 


In the year of 1923 during the summer 
months, quite a few World War I veterans of the 
Farmville Community began thinking in terms of 
organizing a Legion Post. At this time, the Pitt 
County Post No. 39 which had been in existance 
some two or three years was beginning to show 
considerable activity in the county. A few ex- 
servicemen from Farmville joined this Post, and 
it was becoming evident that the Farmville area 
could afford to organize and maintain a post of 
its own. In August of 1923, with the assistance 
of several members of the Greenville community 

who were members of Post No. 39, Farmville 
Post No. 151 was organized. The following were 
its charter members: Deward W. May, B. L. 
Stokes, D. S. Barrett, T. H. Rouse, J. L. Harvey, 
William G. Hill, E. H. Marrow, W. J. Bundy, H. 
W. Turnage, W. D. Bryan, Jr., A. W. Bobbitt, 
DeWitt G. Allen, T. A. 'Smoot, Jr., W. D. Dildy, 
John Hill Paylor, and C. T. Marrow. 

Headquarters and the meeting place for 
several years was in the Farmville Town Hall 
which was located at this time at 104 East Wilson 
Street. John Hill Paylor, who was one of ihe 
most faithful legionairs of this county and area, 
was elected to serve as the first Commander of 
the Farmville Post. Paylor was not only the 
first commander of the Farmville Post, but he 
also served this post in more capacities than 
any other person up to the time of his death in 

In the late 1920's or early 1930's it became 
necessary to vacate the quarters at 104 East 
Wilson Street and move the meeting place to a 
large room on the lower floor of the school. In 
the middle '30's the quarters moved to an up- 
stairs room in the Horton Building. The down- 
stairs was occupied by the Parker-Newton Drug 
Store. The post remained in this location until 
after the end of World War II. With the influx of 
new members, it was decided to purchase a 
large dwelling at 200 West Church Street. After 
a few years the Legion decided to purchase a 
lot near the ball park and the country club and 
erect a suitable building for its needs. The 
building located on Bynum Drive is now the 
Posts' Headquarters. 

The present officers are Commander, Wil- 
liam Oakes; 1st Vice - Commander, Herbert 
Moore; 2nd Vice-Commander, Glenn Price; Ad- 
jutant, Chester Outland; and Finance Officer, 
Grimes Lewis. 


The Farmville Garden Club was organized 
in February 1926 as a department of the Woman's 
Club and federated with the State Garden Club 
in 1935 when Miss Bettie Joyner was president. 

Miss Tabitha M. DeVisconti served the 
club as its first president. Other presidents 
have been Mrs. T. E. Joyner, Sr., Miss Joyner, 
Mrs. E. F. Gainor, Mrs. Vernon Wilkerson, Mrs. 
A. C. Turnage, Mrs. L. E. Turnage, Mrs. Lionel 
R. Jones and Mrs. J. W. Miller, now serving. 
Several have served more than one term. 

During Mrs. T. E. Joyner's term of office 
a landscape architect was secured to draw 
plans for the municipal park and the club has 
sponsored it supervising its maintenance and 
planting since that time. A tree has been plant- 
ed for each president, magnolias, dogwoods and 
crabapples. A magnolia has been planted honor- 
ing Mrs. J. I. Morgan, an Honorary Member. 


Among the important early projects was the 
sponsoring of a Rat Control Program. With help 
from State College, school children making 
posters showing rat destruction and an effective 
display in Askew's store window (now MorMac 
Building), rat control was begun in Farmville. 
Another project, a town wide clean-up campaign 
resulted in wire cages being placed in the 
alleys back of stores to prevent the scattering 
of trash. 

The town's first park — a lovely wooded 
area where Mrs. Kate D. Johnson and Mrs. R. T. 
Williams now reside was sponsored by the club. 
The spot was filled with flowering dogwood and 
crubapples and many other lovely trees. 

The club whose motto is "A More Beautiful 
Town" has inspired home owners to have green, 
well-kept lawns enhanced by shrubbery and 
trees and has influenced the town in keeping an 
attractive appearance. 

Under the leadership of Mrs. Miller the club 
sponsored the organization of the Home and 
Lawn Garden Club in April 1968. Mrs. H. 0. 
Bridgers, District Director attended the lunch- 
eon meeting and officiated when the club was 

A certificate of Honor is presented the club 
each year by the State Garden Club in appreci- 
ation of outstanding service. 

Monetary contributions are made to State 
Garden Club projects: the Elizabethan Garden, 
Brunswick Trail Fragrance Garden for the Blind 
at Butner and the Boone Native Garden. 

Arbor Day in March is fittingly observed by 
the planting of trees. 


D. A. R. 

With a fitting George Washington Program 
on February 23, 1926, at the home of Mrs. A. C. 
Monk, the Major Benjamin May Chapter was 
organized. Mrs. T. C. Turnage was the organ- 
izing regent. Other officers were: Mrs. W. H. 
Whitemore, Vice Regent: Mrs. C. E. Moore, 
Chaplain; Miss Ellen Lewis, Registrar; Miss 
Mary Barrett, Recording Secretary; Mrs. B. 
Streeter Sheppard, Historian; Mrs. A. C. Monk, 
Librarian and Miss Tabitha M. DeVisconti, Cor- 
responding Secretary. Twenty five were enroll- 
ed as Charter Members . 

In 1930 Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Monk donated a 
lot for the erection of a Chapter House on 
property owned by Major Benjamin May near the 
site of his own home. 

The Chapter has had for its main project 
through the years Crossnore School, located in 
the mountains of North Carolina. Financial sup- 
port and gifts of clothing have been sent each 
year. It presents a D. A. R. award to an out- 
standing R. 0. T. C. student at East Carolina 
University each spring. 

Outstanding among its many contributions , 
which have enriched the community's life and 
spirit, has been its dedication and erection of 
historical monuments. 

November 19, 1925, a boulder and tablet 
commemorating the life and service of Major 
Benjamin May was erected near the Chapter 
House on land granted by the King of England 
to him and near the site of his home and burial 

In November 2, 1927, the Chapter and the 
Tyson Reunion Association placed a monument 
honoring Aaron Tyson pioneer Indian Fighter 
and Cornelius Tyson, patriot of the Colonial and 
Revolutionary period, East of Farmville on 
Highway 264. 

In cooperation with the community on May 
27, 1932, it sponsored Farmville's 60th Annivers- 
ary and also the George Washington Bi-Centennial. 
At this time a handsome boulder was placed 
near Lang's Cross Roads, marking the Old Plank 
Road and memorializing Alfred Moye, who held 
almost every office of trust in the county and 
was president of the Plank Road Association 
for its eleven years of existence. 

In 1933 during the depression when tobacco 
warehouses were closed it sponsored the Gold- 
en Weed Celebration to lift the spirits of its 

Recently the Major Benjamin May Chapter 
placed and dedicated a plaque on the grave of 
Mrs. T. C. Turnage. 

Officers of the Chapter at present are: 
Regent, Mrs. Charles H. Carr; Vice Regent, Mrs. 
Troy Rouse; Chaplain, Miss Elizabeth Lang; 
Recording Secretary, Mrs. Allen C. Darden, Cor- 
responding Secretary, Mrs. W. E. Joyner; Treas- 
urer, Mrs. J. 0. Pollard, Registrar, Miss Tabitha 
DeVisconti; Historian, Mrs. R. T. Williams, 
Librarian, Mrs. Edward Hill. 



The Ladies Lodge of the Livingstone Masons 
is named the Eastern Star, Sunbeam Chapter 
No. 49. These ladies organized in 1926 under 
the leadership of the first Matron Lillie Moye 
with Henry Moye as Patron. The organization 
has grown considerably in the 46 years since it 
was formed. The present Matron is Alice Ross 
and the Patron is William Foreman. 



The spirit of Rotary was planted in F.arm- 
ville on Feburary 15, 1922 when a handful of 
business and professional men met under the 
sponsorship of the Greenville (N. C.) Rotary 
Club with Cicero Ellen as Special Representa- 
tive in the office of Or. Paul E. Jones and laid 
the foundation of the Farmville Rotary Club 
which through the years has aided in the growth 
and development of our community, and has thus 
fulfilled the dreams and expectations of the 
founding group. At the time of its organization 
Farmville held the distinction of being the 
smallest town in the United States to have a 
Rotary Club. 

The first officers of the Club were Dr. 
Paul E. Jones, President; George R. Wheeler, 
Vice President; G. A. Rouse, Secretary; David 
E. Oglesby, Treasurer; T. Carl Turnage, Mack 
D. Horton and Leonard B. Padgett served as 
Directors. Marvin V. Horton was the first 
Sergeant- At- Arms. 

The Club was organized with 18 charter 
members. In addition to the officers, the other 
charter members were Walter G. Sheppard, W. 
Joseph Rasberry, Willie M. Willis, T. Eli Joyner, 
W. Leslie Smith, Alfred B. Moore, Jasper L. 
Shackelford, Richard A. Joyner, J. Irvin Morgan 
and James M. Wheless. The Charter was pre- 
sented on April 27, 1922 with District Governor 
Joe Turner delivering the address and 168 at- 

Among a few "Firsts" in the History of the 
Club are: 1st Rotarian to visit another Rotary 
Club — P. E. Jones and G. R. Wheeler; 1st Song 
Leader — Walter Sheppard; 1st Baby Rotarian — 
J. W. Holmes; 1st Weekly luncheon day - Tuesday 
(This is still the meeting day.)', 1st Lady 
Guests — Rotary Anns on Charter Night; 1st To 
attend an International Convention — J. W. 
Holmes;, who attended the convention in San 
Francisco in 1922; 1st Member to become 
District Governor — J. Irvin Morgan, Jr. 

On Tuesday, April 25, 1947 the Farmville 
Rotary Club celebrated its Silver (25th) Anni- 
versary with a banquet attended by Rotarians, 
Rotary Anns and their guests. Thirteen of the 
original eighteen charter members were present. 
Dr. John M. Mewborn presided and Dr. Paul E. 
Jones served as Toastmaster. The address of 
the evening was delivered by Dr. Sylvester 

During more recent years Jesse W. Moye 
and John B. Lewis have served the District 
as Governors. 

The Farmville Rotary Club has sponsored 
and completed many worthwhile projects — pro- 
jects which have been interwoven with Farm- 
ville's progress and the welfare of its citizens. 
Our Club is growing, and as it continues to 
grow and develop it is always mindful of its 
motto: "Service Above Self" — "He Profits 
Most Who Serves Best." 


The members of the American Legion Auxi- 
liary are a group of women whose membership is 
limited to mothers, sisters, wives, daughters 
and granddaughters of veterans who are members 
of the American Legion, along with those women 
who served in the armed forces. The organi- 
zation is dedicated to the service of veterans 
of World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the 
Vietnam Conflict, their families and the local 
community, state and nation. 

The Farmville Unit, No. 151, was organiz- 
ed Feb. 10, 1930. There were sixteen charter 
members with Mrs. W. D. Bryan as president. 
Three of these original members are still active 
in the auxiliary, Mrs. LeRoy Rollins, Mrs. Carl 
Tyson and Mrs. Milton Eason. 

The auxiliary maintains two fund raising 

projects the Poppy Sale, which is usually 

conducted on the Saturday before Memorial Day, 
and the serving of monthly suppers to the 
American Legion. 

Proceeds from these projects enable the 
auxiliary to participate in community, state and 
national administrative programs. Support is 
given to the Mental Health, United Fund, March 
of Dimes and Red Cross drives, Veterans 
Hospitals, the Farmville Child Development 
Center, and needy school children's lunch 

Two high school Juniors are sent to Girls 
State in Greensboro each June for a weeks train- 
ing in responsible citizenship and government. 


Mrs. J. M. Hobgood and Mrs. Sallie Southall 
Cotton founded the Farmville Women's Club in 
the early 1920's and was instrumental in the 
founding of the Farmville Junior Women's Club 
in 1931. Mrs. Hobgood shortly became president 
of the North Carolina Federation of Women's 

Through the years the Club has sponsored 
many worthwhile projects. Among these are the 
Sallie Southall Cotton Loan Fund, Children's 
Home, Caswell Training School, HOPE, UNICEF, 
Boys Home and in recent years the Farmville 
Child Development Center. 

For years the Club's special project has 
been the Little Red School Nursery and Kinder- 
garden which was begun in the year 1951. These 
classes were held for several years in the Farm- 
ville Girl Scout with Sallie Maud Bland and 
Martha Davenport as first teachers. Later this 
school was moved to the Farmville Methodist 
Church where it was operated until 1956. Mrs. 
Horton Rountree was president and Mrs. A. W. 
Smith was kindergarden chairman when the 
original school house was erected in 1956 on 
Horton Street. In 1969 a new enlarged building 
was erected in the same vicinity. Mrs. Joe Kue 


was Building Chairman of the new school, Mrs. 
Emile LaCoste was Club President, and- Mrs. 
Dan Heizer and Mrs. Joe Horton were trustees 
for the building. In the same year the Club's 
income doubled due to the sponsoring of an 
antique show and a house tour. Mrs. John 
B. Lewis, Jr. and Mrs. William H. Farrior, Co- 
Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee 
were outstanding in the promotion of these 
events. Charity Balls have also been given 
through the years by this Club. 

The Club's President serves on the Town's 
Commission for Community Improvement and the 
Club is actively involved in all the community 
activities and events. 

Mrs. Sam Wainwright, Jr. is the president of 
the Club; Mrs. W. R. Newton, 1st Vice-President, 
Mrs. W. C. Mercer, 2nd Vice-President; Mrs. Jim 
Craft, Jr., 3rd Vice-President; Mrs. Walter Mof- 
fit, Treasurer, and Mrs. Vance Taylor, Historian. 


The first Girl Scouts of Farmville were 
members of a troop organized by Miss Evelyn 
Horton. The troop disbanded during the period 
Miss Horton resided in Washington, D. C, but 
was reorganized upon her return to Farmville in 
1933 and was sponsored by the Junior Woman's 
Club. Miss Horton (Mrs. John B. Wright, Jr.) 
Miss Frances Joyner (the late Mrs. Frances 
Spencer Harper) and Miss Malette Greene (Mrs. 
R. C. Oodson) were leaders. 

Girl Scouting became inactive again for a 
period but was re-activated in 1945 when Mrs. 
R. T. Williams was president of the Junior 
Woman's Club, the sponsoring organization. 
Under the leadership of Mrs. Williams the Girl 
Scouts became affliated with the Eastern N. C. 
Girl Scout Council and through her continued 
interest its membership has grown and its 
activities expanded. 

Some of the early assistants and troop lead- 
ers were: Mrs. Walter Jones, Mrs. J. M. Mew- 
born, Miss Mamie Davis, Mrs. H. D. Johnson, 
Mrs. Edgar Barrett and Mrs. J. M. Carraway. 
Mrs. Barrett, who served as a scout leader for 
25 years, was honored by a special ceremony at 
the hut, before her retirement several years ago. 

The Girl Scout hut, meeting place for the 
girls on North Contentnea Street, was built in 
1949 in joint sponsorship by the Scouts and the 
Junior Woman's Club. Generous contributions 
including the site given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
T. Monk, the initial cash donation by Dr. R. T. 
Williams and many other gifts including furnish- 
ings made the building possible. Mrs. Carroll 
D. Oglesby and Mrs. J. M. Carraway were co- 
chairmen of the building committee and Mr. 
Lewis Allen, Treasurer. 

Mrs. William Gordon is now serving as Co- 
ordinating Chairman of Farmville Activities; 
Mrs. Cedric Davis is Community Neighborhood 
Chairman; Mrs. Harold Flanagan Troop Organizer 

and Mr. Jack Connell, Service Committee Chair- 
man. Troop leaders are Mrs. Jack Farrior, Mrs. 
Charles Carr, Mrs. R. T. McGaughey and Mrs. 
Johnny Thorne. 


The Chamber of Commerce was organized in 
1938 by citizens interested in the betterment of 
business relations in the Town. There were 20 
charter members headed by George W. Davis as 
president. The first executive-secretary was W. 
R. Willis. The membership has grown to 120 
with Emile J. LaCoste as President this year. 
Louis N. Williams is the executive secretary 
and has served in this capacity for thirteen 


In 1935, fifty interested citizens of the 
Town of Farmville each purchased a $100 share 
of stock in order to buy land for a nine hole golf 
course. The land was purchased from Mr. A. C. 
Monk and the course was constructed basically 
as it is presently. Since there was no Club- 
house at that time, a small caddy and pro shop 
was constructed directly behind the Number 9 
green under the trees. 

The Clubhouse was begun in 1936. The 
original building was constructed from the hard- 
wood cypress trees that were cut from the land 
owned by the Club. The addition of the right 
wing became necessary as the Club membership 

In September of 1963 the Farmville Country 
Club was reorganized and incorporated as the 
Farmville Golf and Country Club. Since this 
time the membership has grown by leaps and 
and bounds. Recently the Board of Directors 
has decided to limit its memberships to 300 
members. It is expected this membership will be 
reached before June of 1972. 

In 1970, the Club began the massive job of 
reorganization and expansion of its facilities. A 
swimming pool has been built, as well as two 
championship tennis courts. Presently the Club- 
house is being remodeled and enlarged. An 
additional nine holes are also being added to 
make the course a full eighteen holes. 

The first President of the Board of Direct- 
ors in 1935 was George Davis and Secretary- 
Treasurer was Cecil Lilly. The present Board 
of Directors is headed by Carl Venters with 
Bob Hunt, Vance Taylor, Jack Connell, Al 
Smith, Graham Talbott, Carter Smith, Tom Pat- 
terson, and H. D. Jefferson, who is treasurer. 

The Club has a monthly NEWSFLASH which 
is mailed to all members. A weekly article in 
the Farmville Enterprise entitled FCC Chatter 'n 
Chips announces weekly activities. The infor- 
mation for these is collected and printed by 
Sallie Eason, who also acts as Secretary for the 
Board of Directors. 



The Farmville Kiwanis Club of Kiwanis 
International whose motto is "We Build" and 
whose objectives are to give primacy to the 
human and spiritual, rather than to the material 
values of life, and to encourage the daily living 
of the golden rule in all human relation, was 
sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis Club and 
organized Feb. 5, 1945. They received their 
charter March 26, 1915 from Sam D. Bundy, 
Governor of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis 
International, who presided at the gala affair, 
for the following 27 charter members and their 
wives. Frank K. Allen, Lewis W. Allen, Ted 
Albritton. W. Alex Allen, Seth T. Barrow, Alton 
W. Bobbitt, John D. Dixon, Dr. G. L. Gilchrist, 
Elbert C. Holmes, Charles Hotchkiss, Henry D. 
Johnson, C. Hubert Joyner, James W. Joyner, 
Owen Lemmon, B. F. Lewis, Ben M. Lewis, S. 
T. Lewis, W. A. Martin, Fred C. Moore, H. D. 
Moye, Sr., Robert G. Ruffin, J. T. Sutton, Jr., 
F. W. Satterwaite, G. E. Trevathan, Louis N. 
Williams, Dr. R. T. Williams and Zeb M. White- 

The main project of the club has been a 
scholarship loan fund made possible by an 
annual 2 day carnival, proceeds from which 18 
students have been helped with their higher 
education. Other projects include sale of fruit 
cakes, Holloween candy, brunswick stew, base- 
ball games and golf tournaments, all proceeds 
going to help little league teams, boy scouts, 
girl scouts, high school band, Boys Home, 
Caswell Training School, Local Child Develop- 
ment Center and other deserving youth organi- 

A senior citizen award has been awarded 
since 1962 for service and interest in Farmville 
and community to the following -- Miss Tabitha 
DeVisconti, Mr. T. C. Turnage, Mr. Lewis W. 
Godwin, Mrs. J. B. Joyner, Mr. W. A. McAdams, 
Mr. Manly Liles, Dr. Paul E. Jones, Prof. H. B. 
Sugg, Mr. Arch Flanagan and Mr. Ed Nash War- 

Mrs. L. E. Flowers catered the club week- 
ly dinners from 1945 to 1971 26 years. 

The following served as presidents: Dr. R. 
T. Williams, Charles Hotchkiss, W. Alex Allen, 
Louis Williams, John C. Parker, Frank Allen, 
Charles Edwards, Glascow Smith, Bernice Turn- 
age, Lewis Allen, Dr. S. H. Aycock, Barney 
Bland, Jim Hockaday, George Moye, Harold 
Rouse, George Allen, Tommy Willis, Tom And- 
erson, Bob Hauser, Jack Daniell, W. A. Martin, 
James Moore, H. B. Humphrey, John Barefoot, 
Joby Griffin, Don Johnson, W. A. Allen, III and 
Jack Connell — in the order listed. 


The Order of the Eastern Star was organiz- 
ed by Dr. Rob Morris about 1949—50 while he 
was principal at Richland, Mississippi. Member- 
ship is composed of the wives, daughters, 
mothers, widows, sisters, half-sisters, grand- 
daughters, step-mothers, step-daughters and 
step-sisters of Master Masons; and Master 

Much of the work of the order is ritualistic 
based on the Scripture which portrays the lives 
of the heroine? of the order. 

Farmville Chapter No. 146 was chartered 
June 12th, 1946. The original name of this 
chapter was Alice Harper Parker Chapter No. 
146, consisting of twenty-six charter members. 
Mrs. Clara Modlin Flanagan was the first Worthy 
Matron and Mr. William Edward Joyner the first 
Worthy Patron. 

The two main charatics of the organization 
are the support of the Masonic and Eastern Star 
Home in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Ox- 
ford Orphanage at Oxford, North Carolina. 


This VFW Post was organized in February 
of 1947. The object of its organization is well 
exemplified in Article I of their Constitution 
which states "The objects of this Association 
are Fraternal, Patriotic, Historical and Edu- 
cational; to preserve and stregthen comradeship 
among its members; to assist worthy comrades, 
to perpetuate the memory and history of our 
dead, and to assist their widows and orphams; 
to maintain true allegiance to the government of 
the United States of America, and fidelity to its 
Constitution and Laws; to foster true patriotism; 
to maintain and extend the Institutions of 
American Freedom; and to preserve the United 
States from all her enemies, whomsoever." 

The elected officers of the Post are J. C. 
Morgan, Commander; Blaney Wooten, Sr., Vice- 
President; Harry May, Jr., Vice- President; 
Quartermaster, S. C. Dickinson; Advocate, 
Harry May; Chaplain, Charley Brann; and 
Surgeon, Alford Heller. 

POST 372 

The Marvin Tyson Post 372 American 
Legion was organized in 1948 by Herbert 
Joyner. The members in return for his diligence 
and hard work elected him as the first Com- 
mander of their organization. Their meetings 
are held on the first Wednesday of each month 
in the Ideal Cleaners building. The present 
Commander is Annias I. Smith. 




The Ladies Auxiliary to the Marvin Tyson 
Post 372 works together with their brother 
organization to help with contributions to the 
Central Orphanage, H. B. Sugg School, and to 
help sick and distressed people. The Auxiliary 
was organized in 1949 by Sallie Dupree who 
was also the first President. Their meetings 
are held on the first Wednesday night of the 
month in the Ideal Cleaners Building. The 
President at this time is Mrs. Lillie Parker. 


The Social Service League was organized 
in 1950, by a group of women "graduates" of 
the Junior Women's Club, wishing to continue 
community service as a group, and also to be 
affiliated with the Federation of Women's Clubs 
on both State and National levels. 

Much interest was shown in the organiza- 
tion and eighteen charter members attended the 
first meeting held in the home of Mrs. W. A.. 
Allen with Mrs. J. M. Mewborn presiding. Other 
officers were Mrs. W. A. Allen, Vice-President; 
Mrs. H. D. Jefferson, Secretary, and Mrs. W. J. 
Moye, Treasurer. 

At this meeting Mrs. J. M. Carraway, Pro- 
ject Chairman, stated that vocational guidance 
in the High School had been selected as a pro- 
ject. The Club instituted this program in the 
Farmville High School with the assistance of 
school officials and the East Carolina Univers- 
ity Department of Student Affairs. Mrs. Frank 
Allen and Mrs . J. M. Carraway were the Co- 
Chairmen of this project and Miss Eliz-abeth 
Edwards came to Farmville High School as the 
first guidance counselor. 

The Club continues its service in the 
fields of conservation, education, art, home life, 
and public and international affairs. The Farm- 
ville Child Development Center's Board of 
Directors has given special recognition to the 
League for aid to the Center during the past 
two years. 

Mrs. W. J. Mpye served as District 15 
president and Mrs. Frank K. Allen served as 
secretary for a term. Mrs. Moye also served as 
chairman of several State Federation Commit- 

The Charter members were: Margaret Allen, 
Dorothy Allen, Clara Belle Flanagan, Pearl 
Johnson, Letty Garner, Aline Nolen, Eloise 
Moye, Grace Carraway, Margaret Mewborn, 
Dorothy Moye, Juanita Williams, Mary Francis 
Lewis, Lucy Lewis, Elizabeth Pollard, Sue 
Holmes, Virginia Cayton, Mary Friar Harris and 
Greta Petteway. 


The Farmville Lion's Club was organized 
on November 25, 1955 and Chartered January 
20, 1956, being sponsored by the Wilson Lion's 

The Farmville Club like all Lion's Clubs 
is under structure set up by Lion's International. 
Activities of the Club are predominately human- 
itarian. Among the national projects sponsored 
by the local Club are CARE, a program for help- 
ing the poor around the free world; White-Cane, 
assistance to the blind; Boy's Home at Lake 
Waccamore; and Camp Dogwood, which was 
built by the North Carolina Lions Clubs and is 
a summer camp for the blind. 

The Club seeks opportunities to give aid 
where it is needed. One of its outstanding con- 
tributions to Farmville is through its Rescue 
Squad truck. The Club stresses service under- 
taken with the joy of serving. 

Dr. A. W. Smith was elected the first 
president. Sam Hobgood is the current president 
and the other officers are as follows: Secretary- 
Treasurer, H. M. Leckie, Harry Byers, 1st 
Vice-President; Otis Oakley, 2nd Vice-Presi- 
dent; J. T .Walston, Tailtwister; W. C. Wooten, 
Jr., Lion Tamer. The Directors are J. A. 
Wooten, Jr., W. A. Norman, Marl Oakley, and 
Edgar Thomas. 


In the Spring of 1961, Eloise Moye Kinsaul 
and Grace Carraway contacted Harold Allred, a 
local artist, and at the time, City Clerk, about 
the possibility of art instruction for Farmville. 
Mr. Allred contacted two other local artist, 
Clara Flanagan and Dan Morgan, who agreed to 
help in organizing and teaching a painting 
class. Among the many others who assisted in 
getting the class started were Mrs. Alice Harper 
McDavid, Mrs. Lucille Modlin, Paul Allen III, 
Mrs. Sam Lewis, Mrs. Walter Jones and Mrs. 
Emerson Smith. The Boy Scout Hut was secured 
as a place of instruction. 

There was an enthusiastic response to the 
activity, which was made possible as a part of 
the town's Summer Recreation Program. James 
T. Lang was Chairman of the Recreation Com- 
mission at the time. Seventy-five members, en- 
rolled in the first class. At the end of the sum- 
mer the class disbanded but interest in painting 
continued and a place for instruction was obtain- 
ed on the 2nd floor of the MorMac building 
through the courtesy of Dan Morgan and Bob 

An art society grew out of this second 
painting class. The first Board of Directors 
were: Mrs. McDavid, Chairman, Mrs. Kinsaul, 
Mrs. Carraway and Mr. Allen. The first juried 
show of the painting class works was held in 
the Armory in the fall of 1963. Mrs. McDavid 
and Mrs. T. E. Joyner, Sr. were Co-Chairmen. 


Six years after its beginning, an art center 
became a reality through a generous gift of Mrs. 
Sue Todd Holmes, in memory of her husband 
Elbert Carmack Holmes The Art Center was 
dedicated October 29, 1967. Mrs. Virginia Frost 
was chairman of the building committee which 
also included Carl Beamon and Mrs. Letty 

Miss Flanagan and Mr. Morgan have been in- 
structors of the painting classes since the be- 
ginning. The 1972 officers are: Mrs. Mildred 
Fitzgerald, Pres.; Mrs. Gatsy Owens, Vice- 
Pres.; Mrs. Sylvia Moore, Sec, and Mrs. 
Rebecca Owens, Treas. 

Joe Melton is Chairman of the Board of 
Directors and others serving on the board are: 
Mrs. Emily Oakley, Mrs. Leymon Holmes, Mrs. 
Faye Heath, Mrs. Virginia Frost, Mrs. Aileen 
Fowler, and Ed Gagnon. 


The Booster Club was established around 
1963 by the Jaycees. Tom Bullock was Chair- 
man of the committee set up by the Jaycees to 
organize the Club. There were about 25 charter 
members and over the years this number has 
grown. The first president was Robert D. Rouse, 
Jr. Carl Venters is the president this year. The 
objective of the Athletic Booster Club is to pro- 
mote athletics at Farmville High School (now 
Farmville Central) through participation of the 
members in various projects and to help support 
the athletic program financially through the sale 
of tickets and membership fees. The Club has 
helped to involve the entire community of Farm- 
ville in supporting the athletic program and to 
this end has helped to instill good citizenship, 
fairplay, and the ethics of good sportsmanship 
into the lives of the youth of this community 
through adult leadership and example. 



The ladies Auxiliary to Burnette and Rouse 
Post No. 9081, veterans of Foreign Wars of the 
United States, Farmville, North Carolina was 
instituted January, 1966. The installing officer 
was Mrs. Carrie «West of Greenville, Post, who 
helped organize the Auxiliary. There were 19 
charter members, which membership has increas- 
ed to 43 at the present time. Membership in the 
Ladies Auxiliary is limited to mothers, wives, 
sisters, half-sisters, daughters of deceased or 
honorably discharged men who served in the 
armed forces on foreign soil during time of war. 

The local Auxiliary has been active in all 
programs as set forth by the National and State 
organizations and has been awarded citations 
each year for 100% participation in all required 
programs. Special recognition by the National 
and State V.F.W. are awards as follows: Buddy 
Poppy Americanism Community Service; V.F.W. 
National Home O'Berry Center; Gold Star Mothers 
program; N. C. Cottage and Cancer Aid and 
Research program. What better way can we live 
up to the V. F. W. Motto? "Honor the Dead by 
Helping the Living". 


In 1948 the Farmville High School band 
was started by Louis Williams, President of 
Kiwanis Club during that year. His main ob- 
jective was to promote a band program. The 
merchants, outside wholesalers, P. T. A. and 
various organizations raised $16,000.00 to get 
the Farmville program started. Sam D. Bundy 
was principal of the school at this time. 

Our first band director was Newton C. 
Manehout who came from Fort Union, Virginia. 
He stayed here and was band instructor for a 
period of seven years at which time W. A. 
Glasco replaced him. During the time that the 
following band director of the Farmville school, 
James Furr, was here, the band boosters club 
was organized which was in the year 1967. John 
B .Eason was elected President that first year. 
Mrs. Carroll Modlin, vice president, Mrs. Joe D. 
Joyner, secretary and H. B. Humphrey, treasurer 
These people remained in office from 1968 un- 
til 1970. 

1972 President is Mrs. Bryan Pippin, The 
Band Booster Club is the sole support of the 
Farmville Central High School Band. 

In May of 1971, S. L. Starcher, orginally 
from Asheboro and graduate of E.C.U. joined us. 
He has become an asset to the entire band pro- 
gram during the short time that he has been 
here. He has worked diligently both day and 
night, but his reward has been of great abun- 
dance. Since he has been here he has promoted 
a 14 unit color guard with Debbie Wooten as 
commander and Donna Joyner as assistant. 

When we moved into our new Farmville 
Central High School building, Mr. Starcher was 
made Head Band Director with Willie Morris as 
assistant. Our colors and band uniforms were 
changed to black and gold. The black busbies 
added distinction to our band. 

The band entertained at all home football 
games and also participated in homecoming at 
the school, and Band Day at E. C. U., placing 
second in competition. We placed second in the 

Christmas parade in Richlands, N. C. and 
captured first place in the Greenville Christmas 
parade . 


Our Concert band will be going to a contest 
festival in Rocky Mount in March, 1972. The 
color guard unit will be in competition in March 
at Wallace, N. C. Our annual spring concert 
consisting of elementary, Junior high and Senior 
high will be held in the spring. 

The Band Boosters Club has sponsored 
horse shows, sold' refreshments at ball games 
and many other money making projects to sup- 
port the band in all things, with all profits from 
benefits reverting back into uniforms, transpor- 
tation and instruments. 


The Salvation Army Service Unit of Farm- 
ville, N.C. was organized in 1968, receiving its 
certificate of organization on October 8, 1968. 
Dr. Charles E.Fitzgerald was elected chairman, 
H. B. Humphrey, vice chairman, Mrs. Dan 
Heizer, secretary, and Rev. Tom Taylor, wel- 
fare secretary. 

The Farmville Unit is a locally based part 
of the Pitt County Salvation Army. It provides 
emergency assistance to the needy and has 
special Christmas giving of food baskets and 
toys. The Police Department and the Ministerial 
Association play an important role by referring 
those in need to the welfare secretary and as- 
sisting him in fulfilling the needs. 

People of all ages have helped, especially 
with the Christmas program, and many have con- 
tributed by private donations as well as through 
the United Fund. 

The present officers are Chairman, Jack 
Tyson; Vice Chairman, H. B. Humphrey; Sec- 
retary, Mrs. Dan Heizer, and Welfare Secretary, 
Rev. Marion Lark. 


Because of a growing consciousness of 
needs of those of the Farmville community who 
have reached retirement age or the more mature 
years, the idea was born to provide some 
activity especially for them. Therefore, the idea 
was presented to the Social Action and Com- 
munity Service Committee of First Christian 
Church (chaired by Grey Chesson), by the mini- 
ster, Rev. Jack M. Daniell. The committee dis- 
cussed the idea and then presented a recom- 
mendation to the church board for approval and 
support. After board approval, an organizational 
meeting was called for the second Thursday in 
October, 1969. 

Only eight persons attended the initial 
meeting, but enthusiasm was high. For a year 
the group met, having a wide variety of programs 
including flower arranging, fruit arranging, 
fruit arranging, slides of Hawaii, Christmas 
workshop, school day memories, Valentine's 
Day and the meaning of Easter. At each meet- 
ing, the group gathers around the piano for old 
fashion hymn singing, and inspirational moments. 

The group also enjoys a covered dish luncheon 
each month. 

After one year of meeting at the Fellowship 
Hall of First Christian Church, the club began 
to grow and expand and the minister of the First 
Baptist Church became interested and invited 
the group to share the facilities at that church. 
Membership is open to any person who is inter- 

The club is now in its third year. There are 
no officers or committees — those interested 
come together for fellowship, information, and 
service. The Club often does small favors and 
services for others such as the shut-ins in the 
community, the Pine Haven Nursing Home and 
the Child Developmental Center. The average 
attendance is approximately twenty-two. 


The Home and Lawn Garden Club was 
organized in 1969 for the purpose of education, 
beautification and community improvement and 
has been awarded the Certificate of Honor each 
year by the N. C. Garden Clubs, Inc. Mrs. Wil- 
liam Gordon served as the club's first president 
and was succeeded in 1970 by Mrs. A. D. 
MrArthur, Jr. 

Uommunity projects include the landscap- 
ing of the triangle on North Waverly Street, the 
planting of dogwood trees at the *Little Red 
School and also a gift of a bird feeder to the 
kindergarten. The club also helps support 
financially the Elizabethian Gardens, Daniel 
Boone Gardens and World Gardening (CARE). 

In December 1971, the club, along with the 
Farmville Garden Club, decorated the D A R 
Chapter House for an 18th Century Tea using 
candlelight and decorations of fresh greenery 
and fruit in the Williamsburg tradition. 

The 1971 Membership includes: Mrs. A. D. 
McArthur. Jr., President; Mrs. Charles Carr, 1st 
Vice President; Mrs. Moses Moye, 2nd Vice 
President; Mrs. Dan Heizer, 3rd Vice President; 
Mrs. Charles Joyner, Secretary; Mrs. Tom Hardy, 
Treasurer; Mrs. James Bennett, Historian; Mrs. 
Horace Allen, Mrs. W. H. Farrior, Mrs. W. N. 
Gordon, Mrs. J. B. Lewis, Jr., Mrs. W. C. 
Mercer, Mrs. George C. Moye, Mrs. R. T. 
McGaughey, Mrs. E. C. Perkins, Mrs. Robert 
Pierce, Mrs. B. H. Pope, Jr., Mrs. B. B. Warren. 



The Farmville Jaycees were chartered on 
February 2, 1971, with 23 interested members. 
Since their chapter was organized the Jaycees 
have worked on a number of projects for com- 
munity improvement. Among these are the Heart 
Fund, repair to the Monk Park, purchase of an 
air conditioner for the Child Development 
Center, began a Jaycee Little League Farm 
Team, Cancer Fund Drive, and the sponsorship 
of a child at the Boys Home for Christmas. 

The Jaycees also offer personal develop- 
ment for the individual member through such 
programs as speak-up, which helps to develop 
speaking ability in each individual, and offering 
the opportunity for leadership training by being 
the chairman for one of the Jaycee projects. 

Present officers are James Pollard, Presi- 
dent; Internal Vice-President, Gene Gray, Ex- 
ternal Vice-President, John Baker; Secretary, 
Jim Craft, Jr., Treasurer, Robert Starling; Di- 
rectors, Jeff Butler, Ken Wainwright; State 
Director, Chester Ellis. 


In May, 1971, at the Farmville Jaycees in- 
stallation of officers, a guest speaker talked on 
the organization of the Jay-C-Ettes. This talk 
inspired some of the wives of the Jaycees to 
start a Jay-C-Ette Club in Farmville. 

In August the interested wives of the 
Jaycees met and elected officers as follows: 
Mrs. Jim P. Craft, Jr., President; Mrs. Gene 
Gray, Vice-President; Mrs. Johnny Lowe, 
Secretary; Mrs. Jeff Butler, Treasurer; Mrs. 
Wallace Parry, Reporter; and Mrs. Dan Brooks, 
Mrs. Chester Ellis, and Mrs. Andy Martin, Jr. 
were selected as Board of Directors. 

The Jay-C-Ettes give generously of their 
time and financial support to the projects of 
this community. They have given to the Child 
Development Center, Operation Santa Claus, and 
to a foster child for Christmas. They have also 
participated in the Jaycees Gold Tournament 
and March of Dimes drive. Candy was sold to 
raise money for these projects. 

The monthly meeting is held on the first 
Thursday of each month in the Town of Farm- 
ville Library at 7:30 P.M. 


The North Carolina Embroiderer's Guild is 
an educational, non-profit organization whose 
purpose is to bring together those who apprec- 
iate the values of fine needlework and allows 
them to exchange ideas and techniques. The 
Guild was organized on August 23, 1971 by 
interested needlewomen from Greenville and 
Farmville with Mrs. Joseph Downing as our 
organizer and President. Other officers elected 
to serve with her were Mrs. Richard Worsley, 
Vice-President; Mrs. Charles Joyner, Secretary; 
Mrs. Bert Warren, Treasurer; and Mrs. M. D. 
Heizer, Program Chairman. The Guild endeavors 
to set and maintain high standards of design, 
color and workmanship in all kinds of embroid- 
ery and canvas work. 

Two statewide meetings will be held each 
year as well as additional area meetings and 
workshops, according to the desires of the mem- 
bers. Emphasis will be put upon the creating of 
fine heritage needlework and on bringing to the 
members displays of quality materials with 
sources of availability. Speakers for the state 
meetings will be well known embroiderers and 
designers. The North Carolina Embroiderer's 
Guild is a member of the Embroiderers Guild of 
America, Inc. and each member receives a 
quarterly publication entitled "Needle Arts". 

Jaycees: Jeff Butler, Jimmy Pollard and 
Gene Gray, John B. Lewis, Jr., Pres. Child 
Development Center. 


Farmville Golf & Country Club 

Benjamin May Chapter D. A. R. 


Boy Scout Troop 25 Hut 

XL u 

Farmville Post No. 151 American Legion 

Burnette - Rouse V. F. W. Post 

Girl Scout Troop Hut 

Farmville Masonic Temple 

Farmville Arts Center 


Farmville Centennial Publicity Men 

Rogers Company Director Bob McCrary 

WFAG Farmville Radio Station 
Carl Venters - Owner and Manager 

Photograhper - John J. Briley 

Carl Venters -Receives Mid East Economic Award 
William Page - Congressman Walter B. Jones 


James B. Hockaday 



Farmville Centennial Commemorative Booklet 


The following friends also helped to make this publication possible: 

H. B. Sugg 

Mr. & Mrs. John O. Pollard 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Simpson 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. "Joby" Griffin 

Mrs. Eloise Moye Kinsaul 

Dr. & Mrs. S. H. Aycock, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pierce 

Mrs. George W. Davis 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Lilly 

Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Rasberry 

Mrs. O. G. Spell 

Mrs. Benjamin Otto Turnage 

Mrs. C. R. Townsend 

Mr. & Mrs. Zebulon M. Whitehurst, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Carroll Dean Oglesby, Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. R. LeRoy Rollins 

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin C. Newton 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Nash Warren & 

Mrs. J. E. Warren 
Shirley & Cedric Davis, Charles & 

Mary George 
Mr. & Mrs. Albert C. Monk, III 
Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Davenport, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Fiser 
Mr. & Mrs. F. W. Satterthwaite 
Mrs. John D. Dixon 
Mr. & Mrs. Carl C. Tanner 
Superior Court Judge Robert D. Rouse, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. M. V. Tones 
Mrs. James Y. Monk, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Sam Wainwright, Sr. 
Miss Elizabeth Lang 
The Family of Dr. John M. Mewborn 
Mrs. Benjamin May Lewis 
Mrs. Novella H. Murray 
Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Farrior 
Wilson Trailer Sales & Service, Inc. 

Royal Crown Cola 
Lea Lumber & Trading Co. 
White's Auto Store 
Stephen Putney Shoe Co. 
M. E. Pollard & Bros. 
Electric Supply Co. of Wilson 
Lackawanna Pants Mfg. Co. 
Bill Auto Parts, Inc. 
Harry J. Byers, Inc. 

Ricks Starter-Generator-Alternator Service 

H. M. Moore Wholesale 

K. Cannon Dept. Store 

Pitt County Insurance Agency 

Mamies Hair Styling 

Honeycutt Beauty Supply, Inc. 

W F A G Radio 

Haps Furniture Shop 

Newtons Red & White 

Rackley Electric Co. 

Langston Tire Co. 

Eastern Electric Supply, Inc. 

Ellis Jewelers 

Locke Stove Company 

R. L. Smith Company 

Oliver Murphrey Transfer 

Carroll Dental Laboratories, Inc. 

Farmville Postal Employees 

Bowes Seal Fast Distributor 

Forbes Transfer Company, Inc. 

Hackney Tire Company 

N. E. Moore Pest Control 

The Shamrock 

Farmville Toyland 

Avery Plumbing & Heating Co. 

S & H Cleaners 

The Marlboro Inn 

The C. M. Athey Paint Co.