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May 2020

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Deadline May 29th Release Date

June 5th

Liberty Leader Newspaper Wishes All The 2020 Graduates

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Garrett’s Flower Shop 201 S Greensboro St. Liberty, North Carolina 27298 Ph (336) 622-4556

Art’s Town& Country 6976 NC 49 N , Liberty, NC Ph (336) 622-3411

Support your community durning this pandemic. Shop local for groceries, Home Goods, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and even things for your outside needs. Help the people working hard in your town trying to stay afloat in these hard times.

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Volume 18 Issue 5 Support your community durning this pandemic. Shop local for groceries, Home Goods, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and even things for your outside needs. Help the people working hard in your town trying to stay afloat in these hard times.

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What does May 2020 Look Like for Millstone Creek Orchards? May at Millstone Creek Orchards is always full of excitement; it’s the start of a new season; a time for celebration as the Orchard turns another year - a big sweet sixteen this Memorial Day; and the beginning of the fruit harvest. However, like most, this May looks slightly different at the Orchard. At the start of the COVID-19 health crisis, Millstone Creek Orchards pivoted their business model and transformed their Apple Barn Country Store into the Apple Barn Mobile Market. They sought a way to keep the doors open in order to serve their community while also supporting other food producers and farmers whose businesses have been affected by the pandemic. Millstone Creek Orchards is now partnering with local food producers, including Kildee Farms, Vee’s Place Old-Fashioned Bakery, York Family Cattle, Double Nut Farm, Liberty Kettle Corn, and Blessed By Elderberries, to sell their breads, meats, eggs, produce, and more at the Orchard. The Apple Barn Mobile Market enables guests to safely purchase products through their online platform and order for curbside pick-up or local delivery within a 15-mile radius. At this time, Millstone Creek Orchards plans to continue the Apple Barn Mobile Market through the end of June. Beverly Mooney, owner of Millstone Creel Orchards, shares just how humbled she has been by the support of our local community.”We have been blown away by the overwhelming patronage and support by so many, and we can’t say thank you enough .” Millstone Creek Orchards is also home to the Eastern Randolph Farmers Market, which still plans to open as scheduled on May 2nd. This year, the Eastern Randolph Farmers Market celebrates its second year featuring vendors selling jams, jellies, baked goods, fresh grass-fed beef, pork, elderberry syrup, breads, popcorn, and more. The Market will be open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, May through August. Looking towards the end of May, Millstone Creek Orchards expects to open their upick blueberry and possibly blackberry fields. The blueberry bushes are loaded with the berries already coloring. Everyone’s hopeful for a good berry harvest this season.

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S&S Creations Angie Marie from Liberty has loved horses since she was a child and has also loved art and Larry Sams is a welder together they have combined those things and started making custom handmade horse shoe art. S & S Creations is a family owned and operated, they do our art in our shop at home! Each piece is different and takes a lot of thought and time, no two pieces are the same and they can make almost anything! you can reach them at 336-621-1522 , 336-233-6685

S&S Cleanups and Clean-outs We are a local family owned business, we are just getting started but we wanted to do what we enjoy and help people with what ever they need done around their homes or businesses. We do residential and commercial cleanups and clean-outs( foreclosures, evictions) We also do landscaping, grading, land clearing, tree removal, small demolition and remodeling! There is no job to small or to big for us! Contact Larry Sams Owner and Operator at 336-362-1522 or 336-233-6685 or email

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147 King Road - Ramseur, NC. 27316 Phone: 336-964-1499

Possibly in the month of June things will get back to normal or somewhat normal. We are praying that each of you have stayed healthy and comfortable. As soon as we are able to change our policy of allowing drivers to transport clients, we will let everyone know. Remember CVS delivers your medicine to you and the doctors and nurses are available on the phone. Thank you to all our members and drivers for being patient keeping things on hold. God Bless and Stay Save. Linda McManus, Secretary

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The official lockdown started March 23 and will likely end May 1st. That is EXACTLY 40 days. The Latin root of the word "quarantine" is "forty". So what does the Bible say about 40? The flood lasted 40 days. 40 years Moses fled Egypt. 40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments. Exodus lasted 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days. 40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth. Optimum number of weeks for human gestation is 40. A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents "change”. It is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change. Something will happen after these 40 days. Just believe and pray. Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a "change". Please know that during this "quarantine" rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening, and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming. Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40. Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census. Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born during a census. Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision. May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand. May these days of "quarantine" bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.

Patterson Cottage Museum Wants Your Virus Memories The Patterson Cottage Museum preserves Liberty’s history and we are living in a historic time right now. The Cottage would like to preserve your experiences during this Coronavirus pandemic so that future generations will know exactly what we went through in these extraordinary times. These memories can take any form, pictures, essays, diaries, poems. Just let us know what you’re going through because of the virus. Were you sick, did someone you know die, did you have to learn how to cook, did you have to attend school remotely, did you miss birthday parties with family and friends? If you’re a Liberty or Liberty area resident, we want to hear from you. You can mail your experiences to Friends of the Patterson Cottage, P.O. Box 1605, Liberty, NC or, when the Library opens, drop them off there.

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Serving Randolph County Since 1951. Contact Us for Quality Products at Reasonable Prices. Friendly, Personal Service. Delivery Available. We stock a full line of the following: • • • • • • •

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New Business Good morning! My name is Melissa Brady and my husband Mark and I own Chatham Paint Center in Siler City. I know we're not in Liberty but since Liberty doesn't have a paint store, you're in the area we reach out to. We also own Asheboro Paint Center that's been in business for over 50 years. My husband started working there when he was 16 and then became the owner, this is the only job he's ever had.. A month ago we decided to open another store in Siler City. We're a Benjamin Moore retailer but we carry other top notch lines as well, including stains. We pride ourselves in giving each customer one on one attention so that it seems more like you're dealing with a neighbor, because that's what we are....your neighbor and your friend. We give excellent painter referrals, and will even deliver if you need us to. We're excited to be part of not only Randolph County but now Chatham County as well. Come by and see your new neighborhood paint store! 1605 East 11th St, Suite 100, Siler City NC 27344 (in the Food Lion shopping center) # 919-930-6633 or Asheboro Paint Center 414 S Fayetteville ST Asheboro NC 27203 # 336-625-4336

Thank you for this opportunity and let me know if you need any more info. Have a great day!

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Local Doctor’s Buggy Donated to Patterson Cottage Museum A “doctor’s buggy”, which was sold in Liberty around 1910-12, has been donated to the Patterson Cottage Museum. The doctor’s buggy, so named because it was made for a single person and was highly used by doctors of the era, has a small tag on the back reading, “Sold by Gilliam-Patterson Co., Liberty, N.C.” The Gilliam-Patterson Company was in business from 1910 to 1922 in downtown Liberty. The company built the building that now houses the Aquascapes building beside the Shadow Box in 1909. Terry Crouse spotted the buggy on Facebook Marketplace and notified members of the Friends of the Patterson Cottage. An email was sent out to the general Friends membership asking for donations to buy the buggy. “In five minutes, the money had been pledged,” said Judy Hernandez, President of the Friends. “By the end of the day, we still had people wanting to donate. We told them to save it for another project.” The group that donated the buggy to the museum includes Ed and Peggy Christenbury, Tom and Gale Robins, Brenda and Mike Heindl, Jimmy and Judy Butler, Marty and Lori Bare, and David and Carol Desautels of Florida. Carol Desautels is the great-granddaughter of Liberty’s Dr. G.A. Foster and her family has supported the Cottage for many years. “We want to thank everyone who donated and those who pledged donations for their generosity,” said Patterson Cottage Committee Chairman Warren Dixon. “Because of you, we got to preserve another bit of Liberty’s history. Dixon said the buggy is now in storage awaiting a museum in which to display it. “It’s just another reason we need to build a museum,” he said. “It’s one thing to preserve our history, but we need a place for people to enjoy it, too. “We also want to thank the seller, Chris Bristow, for taking such good care of the buggy over the years and for working with us to purchase it.” Dixon asks that anyone knowing the history of the buggy to contact him. It was purchased at the Liberty Antiques Festival around eight years ago by Bristow. He sold it to the museum but doesn’t remember who he bought it from. If anyone has information regarding the buggy they are asked to call Dixon at 336-622-2731.

Happy Mother’s Day From The Liberty Leader Newspaper To All The Ladies That Fill In A Role To People As A Mother


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BITS’N’PIECES PRESENTS The Six Levels of Higher Consciousness:
 How to Make the Shift BY MARY O’MALLEY

Editors Note: In the following article, non-dual teacher Mary O’Malley explains the six levels of higher consciousness and the shifts in perception, awareness and behavior that a person must make in order to move through each stage. For anyone on the path of personal and spiritual evolution, this is an extremely powerful framework to help you understand where you are at and what is coming next. Higher consciousness is a state of elevated awareness and perception in which a person has a deeper understanding of the nature of reality, the self and various spiritual aspects of life that play an important role in one’s personal evolution and psychological development. As you move through each of the levels outlined below, you will make major leaps and bounds towards full self-realization. Life is not just a random series of events that happen because you did it right or you did it wrong. Instead, it is an intelligent unfolding that is revealing itself to you all day long, bringing you step-by-step from unconsciousness into a state of higher consciousness. Take a moment now to feel how different that is from the way you usually perceive Life: as something happening to you that needs to be controlled, fixed and changed. Imagine what it would be like to let go of the whole game of resisting Life and instead to trust it. In this trust you could then open to it, listen to it, and grow from every encounter. “Your life is a journey from unconsciousness to higher consciousness” At the last Hawaii retreat I led on the island of Molokai, the core focus of the retreat was “All Is Welcome Here.” On the second day, one of the participants said that whenever that phrase was spoken, she heard “All is well. Come here!” When you learn how to stop trying to make your life be what you want it to be and show up for it instead (All Is Welcome Here), you discover that all is well and it is safe to be here. You can show up for the life that Life is giving you! And when you do this you begin to shift into higher consciousness. When Eben Alexander woke up from his seven-day coma, the first thing he said to his sister was, “All is well!” In order to open to “All Is Well” so you can truly be here for Life, it is important to recognize that the evolution which is unfolding on the Earth includes human beings. Everything is a part of this evolution, including you. You are Life evolving from unconsciousness into higher consciousness. Your life is not a random series of events. It is an intelligent and mysterious process that is for Life. I like to call it the “flawless, methodical mystery.” It is flawless because each and every experience of your life is tailor-made to wake you up out of your unconsciousness. Also, it is truly methodical. There are basic steps we all go through on our journey out of the cloud bank of our minds back into recognition of the meadow of Life. And it is truly mysterious. Without fully understanding it, we can open to it, rediscovering what Joseph Campbell describes as “the rapture of being alive.” The Six Levels of Consciousness Your life is a journey from unconsciousness to higher consciousness. 1. Life happens to you.
 2. Life happens by you.
 3. Life happens in you.
 4. Life happens for you.
 5. Life happens through you.
 6. Life is you. Let us take a few minutes to explore each level of consciousness. I invite you, as you read, to keep on checking in with yourself. You are being given important information in this article. Remember that the most powerful thing you can do for your healing is to have your attention and your experience together, even as you are reading this and no matter what it brings up for you. Dip the finger of your attention into the river of your experience. Allow whatever is here to be here. You have never experienced Life quite like this and never will again. This moment in your life is unique, and it is okay exactly as it is.

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The 1st Level of Higher Consciousness: Life Happens To You For a good deal of your life you have probably lived like most human beings, feeling that Life is happening to you. Life is so big and if you are honest with yourself, you never really know what is going to happen next. You wake up one morning and your heart is light and happy and the next day you’re unsettled. Bosses fire you, the flu debilitates you, people you love reject you, every day you get a little older and death is always lurking around the corner. So it is understandable that the more unconscious you are, the more often you feel like a victim to Life. When you live in the belief that Life is happening to you, you often view it as a possible threat. So you stay caught in your head, finding yourself lost in your storyteller that resists, reacts, defends and explains, hoping to figure everything out. It generally does absolutely anything except be open to Life, right here, right now.

The 2nd Level of Higher Consciousness: Life Happens By You When it becomes too uncomfortable to live with this much powerlessness, you evolve into the belief that Life is happening by you. Rather than being a victim to Life, you believe you can control it. There can be a great feeling of personal power in this level of consciousness. It is a necessary step in moving out of the victimhood of the first stage of higher consciousness, but people get caught there. Men try to control women and vice versa. Religions try to control the masses. Countries try to control other countries. The majority of people try to control others who are not like them (gay, different skin color, dissimilar religions). Most of all, we try to control ourselves, hoping to make ourselves be what we think we should be. There is an enormous amount of effort in this phase of higher consciousness. The storyteller believes that in order for anything good to happen it has to make it happen. So it loves to set goals and feels very ashamed when it doesn’t follow through (just think of New Year’s resolutions!) The storyteller eventually evolves into intentions. Goals are where you use your mind to try to make things be the way you want them. With intentions, you work with feeling what you want to generate. None of this is bad or wrong. These are important tools to use on the path of awakening and sometimes they actually work. But what would happen if you recognized that, rather than trying to make things happen, opening into Life will bring you what you most deeply long for! There is a relatively new form of control where you believe you can control your reality. In this form of control, the storyteller says that all I have to do is think the right thoughts and I can make my life be the way I want it to be. The main difficulty with this is that, in the long run, it doesn’t work. To think you can control Life is like being a cork in the ocean believing it can control the movement of the ocean. Yes, it does change the movement of the water right where it is, but it can’t influence all the other powerful forces that make up the ocean. To stay caught in this phase of higher consciousness is to be cut off from the creative flow of Life. Believing that you are in charge of Life, you are mainly identified with your conceptual world, trying to create a reality rather than showing up for reality.

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” When you have lived this level of consciousness long enough, you see the downside of it. First, you find yourself becoming fearful of your thoughts: I shouldn’t be thinking this way because I will manifest this in my world. Second, it can also bring forth shame, for when it doesn’t work the way the books promise, you think this is because you haven’t done it right enough or well enough. As you are reading about to you and by you, your belly may have tightened again. Allow any holding you discover there to melt away. Smile and let this softening move all the way down into your pelvic floor and around to your back.

The 3rd Level of Higher Consciousness: Life Happens In You You eventually begin to see that all of your reacting and controlling hasn’t brought you the ease and joy you long for. Instead of being the victim to your life and or needing to make it be any particular way, which is the endless game of struggle, you begin to get an inkling that Life is something to be listened to, opened to. This is where you start evolving into the next phase of higher consciousness, where Life is happening in you. At this level of consciousness you begin to realize something very startling: most of the time, rather than experiencing Life, you think about it, seeing only the thoughts in your head! When you experien0.0

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Story By Liberty Parks and Recreation- Walking Directions Due to more people being at home and more people out walking around Liberty - I have seen questions about the arrows on the sidewalks around town - this was from the Weekday walking we did last year around this time of year. Please see the map below - special note - there are a few spots that the arrows are faded or gone due to sidewalk work - at the corner of Greensboro St and Butler Ave - the sidewalk that had the arrow has been removed - make sure you turn right and head towards Freedom Park! Get out and Enjoy a walk but remember to practice social distancing!

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Spanish Influenza Killed 13,644 North Carolinians By Warren Dixon The following article appeared in the “Cottage Courier”, the quarterly newsletter of the Friends of the Patterson Cottage Museum. You can receive this newsletter and help preserve the Cottage and artifacts in it by becoming a member of the Friends. Dues are Individual, $25; Family, $40; Civic Group, $50; Business, $100. Please send your check to P.O. Box 1605, Liberty, N.C. With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading across the nation, we thought it would be appropriate to revisit the Spanish Influenza pandemic that devastated the nations of the world one hundred years ago. There are some simularities in how both were handled and some differences in how both terrorized the country. Here’s how that epidemic affected North Carolina, Randolph County and Liberty. The Spanish Influenza first arrived inNorth Carolina in September, 1918, in Wilmington, probably brought there by a sailor or soldier from World War I. By September 20, Wilmington had thirty cases. By September 24, there were 500. The flu spread across the State rapidly. Before it was over, the influenza had killed 13,644 North Carolinians, more than had died in World War I. Nationally, 20% of the population was infected and 675,000 people died. The death rate exceeded 2.5% and 1/3 of the world’s population suffered from the flu. Estimates of world wide deaths vary from 50 to 100 million. Before the pandemic was over in 1920, it had infected rich and poor alike, but strangely was more deadly to younger people, healthy people. Among the most famous stricken with the disease were Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, both, of course, who recovered. The flu claimed at least one prominent North Carolinian, Dr. Edward K. Graham, President of the University of North Carolina. The world was slow to grasp the seriousness of the situation. The war was occupying most of the major nations and none on either side wanted to admit that the pandemic had weakened them. The United States, in addition, was afraid news of the virus would weaken the War Bond drives. Only Spain, neutral during the war, publicized the flu widely and , although the outbreak didn’t begin there, gave the pandemic its name. In North Carolina, the State Board of Health finally banned public gatherings but the policy was difficult to enforce. Some localities took serious steps to battle the virus. In October, 1918, Siler City Mayor R.F. Paschal banned “all public gatherings in town, such as public schools, moving picture shows, church services, Sunday schools and community fairs until further notice.” He also gave the Chief of Police authority to enforce the policy, with fines of $10 to $20. The same month, the Randolph County Board of Health ordered all schools and churches closed and prohibited the meeting of all assemblies. In Burlington, the Greensboro Daily News reported in October, 1918, four of the leading physicians in the city had the disease. The paper went on to say that the graded school had closed and that two teachers had already come down with the flu. Since Liberty had no newspaper during this period, it’s difficult to know exactly what steps the Town took but it can be assumed that it followed the policies of their neighbors. Under “Liberty News” in a February, 1920 issue of The Courier in Asheboro, the correspondent noted that “The Graded school, the stores and many business enterprises have closed for an indefinite length of time. Quite a number of people from this place are showing their kindness by rendering service to those suffering from influenza, although some of the workers on duty are having to carry out a schedule of rather long hours. Opportunity for service is showing itself to a number of people here as well as in other towns. Liberty doctors contend that closing places where people congregate is one of the best ways of checking the spread of influenza.” With little medical treatment or vaccines available, people relied on home grown remedies such as attaching a cucumber to their ankle or placing a potato or sulfur in their pocket. The Siler City Grit discouraged people from working too hard to avoid getting run down. Vicks Vapo Rub advertised itself as a treatment but was never proven to work. Nevertheless Vicks became so popular that it disappeared from store shelves for five months. It was reported in the Greensboro Daily News that physicians had said that “whiskey was the best medicine to treat the malady and the best preventative to ward it off.” Because of this, the paper noted, the price of moonshine had soared to $2 to $3 a quart. Papers of the time did give some sound advice. They warned against shopping and sharing items such as drinking cups, toothpicks and silverware. One of the deadliest acts, they said, was kissing, especially on the lips. For the first time people were asked to stay inside, to not shake hands, to cover their coughs and sneezes and to not spit in the streets. The local Liberty heroes were doctors DeLacy Faust, Frank Armfield Shepard and George A. Foster, who treated most of the local cases and signed a disturbing number of death certificates. And while treating influenza, they also dealt with the diphtheria and tuberculosis of the time. Dr. Foster even traveled to Wilmington in early October 1918 in the midst of the outbreak to help with victims there, then later returned to his patients in Liberty. All three lived through the pandemic although Influenza cruelly did claim Dr. Shepard’s life in 1926 at the age of 46. Influenza was not new to the county. In April, 1900, the Liberty Register noted that several people in the Marley’s Mill area (the mill was on Brush Creek near the Randolph-Chatham line on what is now Highway 64) had “been right sick for a few days with LaGrippe. This is the old influenza hence an old disease with a new name. I think it must be more severe than in former times, more fatal and more disposed to become epidemic, which always gives power to a disease. There appears to be a great deal of complaint on that line throughout this country.” In June, 1900, the paper reported the death of the popular Dr. Will Fox at the age of 46. Dr. Fox was born in Melanchthon and had been practicing medicine for over 20 years. The paper wrote that he had been attacked by the flu six to eight weeks prior but continued practicing until a couple of weeks before his death.

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Although the common flu was certainly not foreign to Randolph, the Spanish Influenza was a much different, more debilitating mutation. Fever sometimes ended in death in just three days and some patients died within two days of contracting the disease. The cough was so severe that it often caused internal bleeding. Fever sometimes ended in death after just three days. If not, the patient’s skin might turn blue as the lungs filled with fluid. Doctors usually noted the cause of death on death certificates as “influenza-pneumonia”. Some patients died without a physician ever attending them and this was noted on death certificates. Eight-month-old Gladys Kivett, daughter of George and Mary Kivett of the White’s Chapel community, died on December 17, 1918. The undertaker wrote on her death certificate that the cause of death couldn’t be determined because it “was impossible to get physician for this child at time needed. The rest of the family had the Spanish influenza.” It’s difficult to know the exact toll the virus took on Liberty and its surrounding area, especially since the town had no newspaper at the time. We can, though, get an idea of the extent the influenza effected Liberty by researching nearby newspapers and examining death certificates written during the period. No family suffered more in the area than the family of Osborne and Roxie Thompson Hinshaw of Route 3, Liberty. On February 6, 1920, Osborne Hinshaw, aged 42, passed away from the virus. The next day three of his children died, Melvin, 8, Frank, 6 and Catherine, 1 year old. On February 10, another child, Winfield Clinton Hinshaw, 3, passed away. The strain of the losses may have been too much for the children’s grandmother to bear. Osborne’s mother, Cynthia Nelson Hinshaw, aged 80, died February 10 of a heart attack. Sadly, and ironically, the last daughter of the family, Joyce Hinshaw Lowdermilk, died at the age of 24 fifteen years later in 1935 of influenza and pneumonia. All are buried at Rocky River Friends. Three of the children of Lacy and Dora Patterson Black passed away from influenza: Fanny Adeline, 9, died October 14, 1918; Lacy Black, 17, died October 17, 1918; and Lewins Black, 6, passed away November 2nd. They are buried at Amos Grove. Another family that lost three members was that of Tom and Marilla Butler. On April 14, 1919, their son Willie, 23, passed away from the virus. Another son, Isham, 28 died the next day. Their mother Marilla, 49, died four days later. They are buried at Bethany. Two of the children of John and Joannah Headen Brown died within a day of each other. John Early Brown, 4, died on Valentine’s Day, 1920. His brother, James Raven Brown, 1, died the next day. They are buried at Amos Grove. Newspapers reported that Randleman had three deaths from influenza in one week in October, 1918. In December, 1918, Ramseur reported over 200 cases in the past two weeks, with three fatalities. The Asheboro Courier had the news in January, 1920, that Coleridge had reported 250 influenza cases. “The disease,” the paper said, “is in epidemic form.” The Coleridge family of A.M. and Etta Poole was one of many caught up in the epidemic. On February 2, 1920, the mother, Etta Poole, 28, died of influenza. In two weeks, three more of her children were dead, Sam Houston Poole, 8, Clem, 4 and Madge Lorena, 2. They are buried at Concord Methodist in Coleridge. The Courier detailed Liberty families that were suffering from influenza on February 12, 1920: Tom Steeds, Cecil Kirkman, Vance Smith, Garfield Swaim, Will Kime, Boddy Swaim and Lizzie Cameron. Death certificates tell a partial story of others who died of the deadly virus in Liberty. The following is taken from those certificates, giving the deceased name, age, date of death, parents if known, and burial site: *Clayton Staley, 1, Oct. 17, 1918, son of Walter and Minnie Fox Staley, buried Amos Grove; *George Holder, 42, Oct. 22, 1918, son of France and Annie Fields Holder, buried Sandy Creek Baptist; *George Clyde Bowman, 17, Feb. 19, 1920, son of George and Mattie Lamb Bowman, buried Shiloh Methodist; *George Odom, 50, Feb 15, 1920, buried Amos Grove;*Vance Smith, 36, Feb. 16, 1920, son of John and Hannah Sheppard Smith, buried Mt. Pleasant Methodist; *William Harold McMasters, 21, Dec. 4, 1918, son of John and Adeline York McMasters, buried Whites Chapel; *Gladys Kivett, 8 months, Dec. 17, 1918, daughter of George and Mary Steward Kivett, buried Whites Chapel;*George Parks, 47, Dec. 23, 1918, son of Dock and Caroline Parks, buried “Ramseur Colored Cemetery”; *William Lee Headen, 4, Feb. 19, 1920, son of Cicero and Marvia Isley Headen, buried Amos Grove; *Grady Isley, 27, Oct. 22, 1918, son of Cally and Florence Garrett Isley, buried Amos Grove; *Verla Evaline Coble,13, Mar. 3, 1919, daughter of Joseph and Sally Alexander Coble, Mt. Zion Baptist; *Priscilla Annie Coltrane, 58, Jan. 19, 1919, wife of John Coltrane, daughter of G.W. and Juda Letterloh Coltrane, Amos Grove. The Spanish Influenza was the most devastating pandemic to ever hit the United States. It affected everyone in one way or another and Liberty and Randolph County were no exceptions. We can only hope that lessons learned then will help prevent the Coronavirus pandemic from being as severe.

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