Local News from October 1899

October 1

Until further notice, the Charlotte Library will be opened at 4 and close at 6 P.M. The morning hours will be from 10 A.M. until 1 A.M. Strangers are invited to visit the library, and new members are solicited.
Charlotte Library

An entertainment is proposed for the benefit of the Good Samaritan Hospital for colored people, which, it is hoped, will prove attractive.

A minstrel show by home talent, choruses and music by Stitt's orchestra will be a new feature. Everyone goes to see Al Field, and other minstrel troupes. They will have an opportunity of comparing Charlotte negro minstrels with these. Those who know say the talent here will not suffer by comparison.

October 6


The Carolina Manufacturing Company will put in electric lights today and tomorrow, so that work can be done at night. This concern makes doors, sash, blinds, etc., and is so rushed with orders that it will be necessary to work several hours at night this fall. The D. A. Tompkins Company will do the electrical work.
D. A. Tompkins Machine Shop

Charlotte operates 61,234 spindles and 1,433 looms. Gastonia operates three-fourths as many, while Mt. Holly operates one-fourth as many spindles.

We would like to inform our neighbor that Concord operates 54,000 spindles and is now putting in 6,000 more, making 60,000 in all. She also operates 2,500 looms and employs as many operatives as, if not more than, any town or city in the state. While Concord has a few less spindles than Charlotte, she has 1,047 more looms, and this is, of course, the larger and more important item. We point with pride to our factories. They have been successfully managed and have always paid good dividends. The old mills are constantly enlarging and improving, and new mills are being added with cheering frequency.


October 10

Bishop C. R. Harris delivered his annual address before the Blue Ridge Conference of the A. M. E. Zion Church yesterday. Among other things, he address lynching. He praised the healthy reaction in the South against recent addresses of the Governors of Georgia and Alabama and other leading officials. He urged the crowd to bring their religion into politics and asked preachers to use courage and sagacity to shape the policy of their people in politics and keep them from the rule of corrupt demagogues of whatever party.

October 8

From The Lincoln Journal

"Lincolnton to Have the First Automobile"

Lincolnton leads in a good many things and, thanks to the enterprise of Mr. Daniel E. Rhyne, the cotton mill king, will lay Charlotte and the other villages composing the suburbs of Lincolnton, in the shade. Mr. Rhyne has bought and is daily expecting an up to date automobile. It is of the latest improved types and is run by gasoline.

October 11

A movement is on foot to organize a knee-breeches factory. Mr. Claud Brown is at the head, and is interesting other young men who would like to return to the dress and customs of their forefathers.

October 12

Mr. S. J. Brawley has about completed his telephone system for Mooresville. The wires are so numerous in town that an underground system is spoken of.
The new chemical laboratory now in course of construction at Davidson College has reached the second story. Architect 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. This handsome building is sixty-five feet square, two stories and a basement, built of pressed brick and granite. The architecture is of a classic design, in keeping with the face of the main college building. A fine system of ventilating apparatus will be installed, and the general equipment is to be of the very best. Dr. Martin hopes to occupy the building by December 1st.
Davidson College Expands

October 13

A gentleman who was shooting bats in Dilworth Wednesday afternoon, also shot, without intending it, a carrier pigeon. On the band around its neck was engraved "J.B.T-113."
Skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina from the suburb of Dilworth

October 19

Some officials of Gaston County spent time this week visiting the convict camps of this county to see Mecklenburg's methods of road building. When Mecklenburg began the work of road building, its first macadam was laid with rock pounded up with stone hammers by the convicts. This delegation, by visiting the convict camps and seeing the wonderful improvements Mecklenburg has made in methods and work, can utilize her experience in starting the good work of road building in their own county.
Mecklenburg County's model road building

The pavement in front of and to the side of the new Liddell Building, on the corner of Tryon and Sixth streets, has been laid in cement.The school at Providence opens Monday. Misses Minnie Downs and Mary Kuykendal are the teachers.


October 20

Mr. H. U. Davis, a farmer who lives about four miles north of Mooresville, has discovered a very rich vein of iron ore on this place. He spent a specimen to Raleigh and had it examined and tested by State Chemist Kilgore, who declared the metallic ore to be 66.94%. The vein is about 100 yards in width. Some of the rock on the branch that runs across the vein are almost solid iron. The property is within a few hundred yards of the Mocksville-Mooresville Railroad. Now when the money kings come this way, we will take pleasure in showing them around.

October 21

The finance and street committees met yesterday on the king's highway-North Tryon St., to decide whether the city would open Twenth St., where it was first laid off last summer for the street car track, or go further toward the railroad and make Thirteenth St. The committee looked over the gound yesterday thoroughly and decided to buy the McNelis property-about 150 yards from the street originally laid off, and on this the car track will be laid.

October 21

Of course everyone forgot yesterday about the testing of the fire alarm, so when the first alarm rang in, the crowd, as usual, ran to the fire halls and the square to see the departments come out. The boxes were found to be in good condition except one-No 41. There are 26 boxes in all. Today the water-works whistle will be tested. Get ready to stop up your ears.

October 27

For the first time since about '59 or '60, Charlotte has no military company bearing the old and historic name-Hornets' Nest Riflemen. According to general order No. 22 from the Adjutant General, the Lee Rifles, of this city, commanded by Capt. J. R. Anderson, has been assigned to the First Regiment of the State Guard and designated as Company A. The first place was held open for the Hornets' Nest Riflemen, but the efforts to reorganize this veteran company proved unsuccessful, and the Lee Rifles take the vacancy thereby created.

October 24

The North State Club is to throw its doors open to the public for 30 days beginning November 1st. All men in the city will be welcomed to visit the rooms during that month.

The Chamber of Commerce is finally on its feet as of last night. Mr. S. Wittkowsky was nominated as president. Other officers elected were B. D. Heath, J. P. Wilson, D. E. Allen, M. C. Mayer, W. T. Jordan, J. M. Scott, W. C. Dowd, F. P. Milburn, E. S. Reid, F. E. Abbott, and C. W. Tilleth.

October 25

The ladies of the Baptist Church are busy packing a box for one of their missionaries in Oklahoma. The box, when finished, will be worth $150. (Note- Oklahoma did not become a state until 1907.)


October 27

Mrs. Anna M. Chisholm left Charlotte yesterday for Mayodan in Rockingham Co., NC. She was recommended for the principalship by Wm. T. Harris, the U. S. Commissioner of Education. Mrs. Chisholm was one of his former teachers.

October 31

The Banjo and Mandolin Club met Friday night.

The Virginia Dare Book Club ordered from Stone and Barringer, a set of new books. The club will spend the winter in Germany studying the literature of the country.