Local News from June 1899

June 1 A Statesville publication, The Landmark, reports that Mr. S. J. Brawley, who was working to put in a telephone line at Mooresville, is working to put in another line from Statesville to Charlotte.


June 2 During their meeting on Monday night, the board of aldermen will elect two water commissioners, a street commissioner, and a city physician.

The Saturday Morning club will leave the square on the 10 o"clock car tomorrow for Latta Park, where they will hold their usual meeting, have a picnic and read "As You Like It."

Biddle University graduated 21 students last night in the school of theology and the school of arts and sciences.
  Biddle Hall


June 4 At the request of the Charlotte bar, Judge Coble will not convene court until Wednesday.

The Steel Creek band has been hired to perform at the July 4th celebration in Gaffney. 

For Sale: 3-Room Cottage on E. 7th St., lot 50 x 50; new house. Ready for occupancy- $700. 

The Brooklyn Athletics and Biddleville, colored ball teams, will play 3 games in a series in the park this week, starting tomorrow afternoon. 

A 50,000 gallon standpipe in Dilworth has been constructed. A contract has been let for a new hydraulic system of pumping, which will give high pressure in case of fire.

June 6 The first brick of the new Methodist church on N. Brevard St. was laid yesterday. The church will be completed as quickly as possible.


June 7
Dr. Annie L. Alexander read an interesting paper before the Medical Society last night.
Dr. Annie L. Alexander  

A cooler is needed at the Southern station waiting room. The public is very dry these days.

First Presbyterian Church will get their new organ shipped here within the next 2 weeks.
  First Presbyterian Church
June 9 Senator Pritchard sent George B. Hiss a telegram informing him that he had secured one of the captured Spanish (Spanish-American War) guns for Charlotte. It will probably be placed in the Mint yard or Vance Park.
June 10 The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is sending out forms of examination for life certificates of public school teachers.
June 11 Mecklenburg Summer School will run June 26 to July 14 for teachers and anyone interested in education. The course of instruction is intended to meet all the needs and requirements of public schools. All frills and tassels are to be laid aside, and a practical, common sense presentation of practical, every-day work in the public schools is to be the object. The library of the Y.M. C. A. will be open to all who wish to use it during the session.
June 15 About 2,000 carloads of lumber have been received in Charlotte over the Seaboard Air Lines, and about 700 carloads over the Southern since January 1, 1895, yet work is at present suspended on nearby 100 houses and stores for want of lumber.

Building is going on all over Charlotte. The city is growing steadily and real estate is constantly in demand."
There is a rumor that President McKinley has purchased a farm in Transylvania Co.

June 16 The Charlotte Rough Riders will play Concord this afternoon. Captain Asbury said they are the strongest team in the state, large or small. Their mascot is Sidney McAden.

The Federal Court yesterday found 7 men guilty of distilling.

June 17 The Mutual Building and Loan Association has 19 applications for loans, which shows how much Charlotte is growing.

Mr. Latta is shaping up the sidewalks in Dilworth, putting in curbing and doing other street work that helps the appearance of the suburban area greatly. The trees along the boulevard are growing nicely and in a few years the boulevard will be a beatuiful avenue.

June 18 A few years ago, some citizens from New Jersey came to Charlotte to see how roads are built in Mecklenburg Co. Now New Jersey is building more roads than any other state, but North Carolina is a pioneer in stone road building.
June 20 "Charlotte in a Chicago Paper" In The American Land and Title Register, of Chicago, for June, is a very agreeable reference to Charlotte, as follows: "The splendid industrial triumphs of the South are aptly illustrated in the remarkable upbuilding of this busy city. Ten years ago it was a rather unimportant small town. Today it counts upwards of 25,000 people, is growing fast and presents all the elements of a live, thrifty city. The twelve cotton mills run night and day, its five clothing factories run overtime to keep up with orders, and general business is brisk. Building is brisk and property holds at firm prices, considerable activity existing."
June 24 Mooresville is trying to have perfectly pure water. They have hired Mr. Thomas Hall, who furnished several wells for Davidson, to go to 100 feet. He is currently at 85 ft. He is trying to get past the granite.

"Ye Country Club" was opened last night with a membership of 20 men. It was built by Architect Milburn of logs. It consists of one story and a tower. It has a verandah around ti entirely, which leads to a ballroom. In the rear of the building is a pantry, kitchen and parlour. It is at the head of lake Stewart in the future to be called Lake Leisel. Several hundred people attending the opening and enjoyed the music and dancing. The cafe is run by John Logan, formerly of the Manufacturer's Club.

June 27 Charlotte organized its first ball team. Last night, a meeting was held at the Y.M.C.A. and Mr. Edward Culbertson was manager. The team will be selected from the following names: Jones, Ross, Graham, A; Graham, G; Shannonhouse, Donelly, McAden, Allison, Thompson, Brunson, Levi, Williamson, Thompson, Graham, E.R. Baseball games will be scheduled with Mountain Island, Concord, Gastonia, King's Mountain and Cheraw.
June 28
Southern Railway stock jumped to 52 yesterday. Their earnings have increased to $60,000 over this month last year, even though large numbers of troops increased revenues in 1898. It has only paid dividends of 1% once on preferred stock, since most profit is going into making it one of the finest in the country. It has proven to be a great developer of North Carolina and the South.
Southern Railway Station 
at Trade Street
c. 1890s.