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Thad Stem

Thad Stem, described as “the last great poet of small town America,” lived all his life in North Carolina, most of it in Oxford where he was born. After college and Army service in WWII, he began writing poetry in 1943-44. In 1945, nine of his poems were published in a single issue of Lyric, a Roanoke, Va., magazine. He continued to write sporadically until this marriage to a widow with a young son in 1947. “I suddenly realized that I had to get serious,” he would later say, and he began producing as many as 15,000 words a week, writing newspaper articles, essays, poems and short fiction. He sold an estimated 8,0000 short pieces to North Carolina newspapers, including The News and

A Guide for Newcomers Observer and The Pilot in Southern Pines. Over the next two decades, he published 11 more books. In the last two years of his life, despite kidney failure that required weekly dialysis, he continued to produce articles, short stories, editorials and “Thad Stem’s Ark,” a collection of essays, poems and a story. His home state honored him with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1974.

Zebulon Baird Vance

Vance County is named for North Carolina political figure Zebulon Baird Vance. Vance was a Democrat and member of the North Carolina State Legislature in 1854. He served as a U.S. House representative from North Carolina’s 8th District from 1858-61. Vance served as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and became governor of North Carolina from 1862-65 and from 187779. He served as a U.S. senator from 1879- 1894. He died in office in 1894.

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James Edwin Webb

James Edwin Webb was born in 1906 in the Tally Ho community of Granville County. He was the second administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), serving from 1961 to 1968. Webb came to the position after a long career in public service in Washington, D.C. Under his direction at NASA, the agency undertook the goal of President John F. Kennedy to land an American on the moon before the end of the decade. Webb used his Washington connections to fight for support for NASA and was ultimately able to acquire continued support for and the resources to accomplish the Apollo moon landing on schedule. After retiring from NASA, Webb remained in Washington, serving on several advisory boards, including as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution. He died in 1992 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. NASA named the James Webb Space Tele-



scope in his honor in 2002.

Ruth Russell Williams

Internationally known folk artist Ruth Russell Williams was born in 1932 in Townsville. The daughter of sharecroppers, she started painting after her four children left for college. “I got lonesome, so I started dabbling. I didn’t know I had talent. I was just doing something to entertain myself,” Williams said. She would see her work exhibited numerous times, purchased for nationally televised programs, and one piece, “Outdoor Baptism,” appeared on the cover of the Smithsonian magazine. The majority of Williams’ paintings involve storytelling, with scenes like picking plums and grapes, eating watermelon, playing baseball and gossiping. She single-handedly developed a regional, national and international reputation through an annual art exhibition held at her own home in the Williamsboro community. She died in 2010.

Newcomers 2013-2014: The Daily Dispatch: October 27, 2013  

New to Henderson, Oxford and Warrenton? Visiting Vance, Granville and Warren counties? The Daily Dispatch's Newcomers Guide has all of the i...

Newcomers 2013-2014: The Daily Dispatch: October 27, 2013  

New to Henderson, Oxford and Warrenton? Visiting Vance, Granville and Warren counties? The Daily Dispatch's Newcomers Guide has all of the i...