Local News from November 1899

November 1 Over 60 cottages have been damaged by a storm on Wrightsville and Carolina Beach. Its full force was at 4 A. M. The damage in Wilmington alone is already estimated at $75,000.
Gentry's Dog and Pony Show gave two performances yesterday in the rear of the graded school, completely filling the tent. The dogs, ponies and monkeys are beautifully trained. Hundreds of children have been entertained.
November 4 The round-trip rate to the Columbia, South Carolina fair is $2.80.
The negroes of Sharon township, who attend Weeping Willow Church, had a festival last night and tonight at the church. The proceeds are for church purposes.
November 5 The Atherton School in Dilworth has grown so large that the building is now inadequate. Enrollment is now at 132 pupils and is increasing. The teachers, Miss Carr and Miss Tompkins, assistant, have been overburdened. The authorities of the Atherton Mill and Mr. E. D. Latta have been in conferences and decided to make room for more pupils and another teacher. Mr. Latta would not reduce the price of the lot because he wanted to preserve equal conditions to all buyers, but he contributed as a gift, in cash, for the retention and improvement of the Lyceum and school building the sum of $375. It is expected that during the course of the next two years the Atherton School will have 300 pupils.

Gastonia, North Carolina, has a new paper, The Gaston News. Those involved are Dr. F. E. Glenn, Messrs. Charles Loftin and Rufus Wilson.

November 8 The Carolina Academy, in Providence, has been forced to close on account of whopping cough. Miss Mamie Rankin, the teacher from Mooresville, has gone home to remain until the last whoop is over.
November 10 S. L. Alexander and Co., druggists, are experimenting with a snake. It has been in a bottle in their store of 18 weeks and has had no food during that time.
Architect Charles C. Hook returned from Durham, where he is constructing a large music hall being built by Mr. B. N. Duke.
November 11 Mr. Thomas Jones of the Pennsylvania Steel Bridge Company is repainting the city hall tower. He is working under contract for Mr. J. L. Bridges. He gets $60 for the job, and his work won't be inspected!
November 12 N. Tryon St. witnessed another runaway. A mule with the remains of a buggy attached came from 6th St. and turned on to Tryon going north. He steered past streetcars and wagons of all kinds. It belonged to a country man.
The new chemical laboratory now under construction at Davidson College has reached the second story. Architect Charles C. Hook was up yesterday inspecting the work and says it will be the most complete building of its kind in the state. Davidson College is one of the few colleges that has a building for the instruction of chemistry.

Home of Architect Charles C. Hook in Dilworth
Rev. Dr. J. T. Chalmers
Rev. Dr. J. T. Chalmers was elected president of Erskine College yesterday. He was born in Mecklenburg Co. on 6-6-1886. His father graduated from the University of Georgia, and his grandfather graduated from South Carolina College. Rev. Chalmers was formerly President of Due West Female College.
November 14
The Observer reporter is outraged that Charlotte physicians have signed a petition to request that their names not be used in print regarding leaving town, medical cases or surgeries. The Observer thinks it is a shame that physicians from other cities can be printed but not our own. Perhaps the public may think that Charlotte has no physicians or surgeons. The Philadelphia Medical Journal has reported a similar situation but did not name its example as Charlotte. Last week Dr. C. G. McManaway resigned his membership with the Charlotte Medical Society and asked The Observer to withdraw his request to be left out of the paper.

Tonight and tomorrow night the earth rushes through a meteoric stream, a shower that has not been seen since 1833 nor will be seen again for 33 years.

Mr. C. B. Geissenheimer is making great improvements at the Black Cat mines.
Work on a brick stable will begin on 4th St., to be built by Southern Real Estate.

The Chamber of Commerce has rented the hall over the Southern Railway's uptown ticket office.

Southern Station and Stonewall Hotel, Charlotte
November 15  

Elks Club Opens
The Elks will send out 700 engraved invitations to the opening of their Temple on 11/24. The reception room, hall and writing room are arranged like the Manufacturer's Club. The lower floor is carpeted in green velvet, and the furniture is of leather. A large elk's head greets one at the head of the stairs. The lodge room at the top of the stairs is carpeted in red velvet, and the furniture is exceedingly handsome. Each member is to invite a young lady to receive on the night of the opening of the Temple.
November 16 One of our popular dentists, Dr. J. Ruffin Osborne, has just been granted a patent on porcelain tooth crowns.

North Carolina, we are told, ranks 5th in number of female colleges and in their attendance. Only New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland have more. The higher education of both males and females in state institutions, denominational colleges and private high schools are doing excellently. It is to be doubted if any state is doing better. It is in the common schools, in the facilities for the masses of people, that we are weak.

Dr. Richard Gatling, a native of North Carolina and inventor of the Gatling gun, has invented a plow with a spring seat that will do the work of 6 men and 12 horses.

November 17 The Agricultural and Mechanical College football team will play Davidson at Latta Park this afternoon. The Raleigh team has proved itself to be one of the best in the state or even in the South. The A.& M. players will stay at the Central.
Saddler, a Charlotte boy, will play for A. & M.
November 18 Mr. W. I. Van Ness has recently opened up a photographic supply house on 5th St. that is a credit to the city.
November 19 Friendship Baptist Church, colored, had borrowed $1600 from the building and loan. Last Sunday the congregation burned the paper recording the loan because the debt had been paid. This church started with 40 members and now has 150. Houser, the well-known brick man, is one of the pillars of the church.
November 22 Yesterday was arbor day at Sharon. Rev. Mr. Thompson, the pastor, was in charge of the 150 tree plantings in the grove at Sharon Church.
Garrett A. Hobart, Vice President of the United States, died from an apparent heart problem at his home this morning in New Jersey.
November 26 Professor Cochran of Huntersville High School has 117 scholars on his rolls and 20 more immediate prospects.
It is beginning to look like Christmas. The store windows and shelves are full of pretty wares.
The managers of the bazaar for the benefit of St. Peter's Hospital and the Thompson Orphanage request everyone interested to meet at Mrs. H. C. Jones' home on Tuesday. There will be a table at the bazaar for children's work. Any boy or girl who can make anything saleable or who wish to help the orphanage in any way are asked to leave their contributions before December 7th at Mrs. W. C. Maxwell's on N. Tryon, Mrs. H. C. Jones' on East Ave., or Mrs. T. B. Gantler's, Dilworth.

Thompson Orphanage
November 28 Messrs. Finch and Tate have agreed to close the depot on Thanksgiving Day. The Southern's uptown office has been overhauled in appearance. The mural effect is blue, which was selected as the most becoming color to the complexions of the gentlemen who work there.
November 29 The fire department was on the run this week. Mr. Ed Campbell of Belk Bros. called this fire in, which was started by a defective flue in Hamilton's Shoe Store on E. Trade. Chemicals were used, so Hamilton's stock of shoes, Mr. G. S. Hall's beef nor Mr. Zeb Andrews fish were in the swim.
A german will be given at the city hall Thanksgiving night complimentary to the visiting young ladies and the members of the college football team, who will be in town for the game.
November 30 Doctors and nurses of St. Peter's Hospital will dine at the Arlington Hotel today by invitation of Mr. Springs.