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December  2012 Vol.  II,  No.  3

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&   A rchi ves o f king ham   C o u nty

A quarterly  publica;on  of  the  Rockingham  County  Historical  Society  Museum  &  Archives

It’s Time For You To Come Back!

IN  THIS  ISSUE Feature  Article


Recent Events


Mr. History


Sharing Journey  Stories


Opportunities to  Serve


MARC Welcomes   Rockingham  County   Students


Sneak Peak


Coffin Exhibit  Prior  to  Panels The  MARC  has  reopened!    If  you  enjoyed   your  first  visits  here,  you  have  much  to   look  forward  to  when  you  return.    Check   our  website  for  holiday  schedules  and   events  so  you  can  share  the  experience   with  your  visi;ng  family  and  friends.     MARC  Execu;ve  Director  Kim  Proctor  and   the  Presenta;on  Commiaee  have  been   hard  at  work  to  update  and  expand  our   local  exhibits,  in  addi;on  to  building  three   new  exhibits  to  interest  you.

Chinqua Penn  Wine  Set

For years,  Rockingham  County  residents  have  shared  rumors  about  a  coffin  in  the  aLc  of   the  old  courthouse.    Now  that  coffin  is  the  focal  point  in  the  exhibit,  The  Coffin  from  the   A.c:    Has  the  Mystery  Been  Solved?    Learn  about  methods  of  historical  research,  examine   the  evidence,  and  then  draw  your  own  conclusion  about  why  this  unusual  ar;fact  spent   decades  in  the  courthouse  aLc.

Rockingham County  Historical   Society  Museum  &  Archives P.  O.  Box  84 Wentworth,  NC  27375 (336)  634-­‐4949 Physical  Address: 1086  NC  65,  Reidsville,  NC  27320

The Remembering  Chinqua  Penn  exhibit  will  help  us  to  understand  the  lives  of  Jeff  and   Betsy  Penn.    The  Historical  Society  felt  compelled  to  preserve  the  dis;nc;ve  history  of  this   unique  couple  when  their  estate  was  auc;oned  recently,  so  we  purchased  some  of  their   personal  belongings.    These  items,  along  with  addi;onal  treasures  loaned  to  us  by  MARC   friends  who  made  private  purchases  from  the  estate,  comprise  the  exhibit. Our  third  new  exhibit,  the  U.S.  Navy  Traveling  Exhibit  on  the  War  of  1812,  is  on  loan  to  us   from  the  NC  Mari;me  Museum  in  Beaufort.    It  commemorates  the  bicentennial  anniversary   of  the  War  in  1812,  which  is  considered  our  "second  war  for  independence."  Our  na;onal   anthem  and  the  "Star  Spangled  Banner,”  one  of  our  most  important  na;onal  symbols,   resulted  from  this  war.    Next  spring  we  will  offer  lectures  and  discussions  led  by  Dr.  Lindley   Butler  about  the  effect  and  meaning  of  this  war. You  will  soon  see  why  we  encourage  visitors  to  purchase  an  annual  membership  at  the   MARC.    The  museum  is  a  work  in  progress,  constantly  changing  and  growing.    Your   membership  provides  you  free  admission  to  the  museum  so  you  can  come  as  o[en  as  you   like  throughout  the  year!    




Recent Events Year In Review

By: Fletcher Dalton The year  2012,  our  first,  was  an  amazing  one   for  MARC.    Our  beginnings,  development  and   blossoming  into  a  community  resource   resembled  the  ;me-­‐lapse  photography  of  a   beau;ful  flower.  The  historic  Rockingham   County  courthouse,  represen;ng  the  majesty   of  the  law,  now  houses  a  panorama  of   Rockingham  County  history. The  museum’s  grand  opening  on  August  11   revealed  intriguing  and  exci;ng  collec;ons   and  exhibits.  Our  local  research  and  genealogy   commiaees,  our  preserva;onists  and  our   ar;sts  deeply  impressed  more  than  600   visitors  that  day. A  highlight  was  the  Journey  Stories  exhibit,  a   partnership  of  the  Smithsonian  Ins;tu;on  and   the  North  Carolina  Humani;es  Council.     Another  special  feature  was  the  photography   of  Carol  Highsmith,  a  Rockingham  County  na;ve   who  is  called  America’s  photographer.

Journey Stories  InstallaNon  Team   (front row, left to right) Darrell Stover from the North Carolina Humanities Council, Kim Proctor (back row, left to right) Meg Manuel, Marguerite Holt, Siler Rothrock, Kent Rierson

The vision  of  our  execu;ve  director,  Kim   Proctor,  which  is  enthusias;cally  shared    by  our  volunteers,  archivists,  donors  of  ar;facts,  students,  docents,  and  you,  the   public,  has  made  our  first  year  a  complete  success.  

Membership Cards Are Now Available

Thank you  for  bearing  with  us  as  the  MARC  experiences   growing  pains.  Many  of  you  have  asked  about  receiving   membership  cards  and  we  have  finally  taken  care  of  that  detail!   To  save  on  postage,  we  are  reques;ng  that  you  pick  up  your   card  at  the  recep;on  desk  on  your  next  visit  to  the  MARC.   We  hope  you  will  find  your  membership  card  to  be  helpful.   Remember  that  your  membership  benefits  include  free   museum  admission  and  a  10%  discount  at  the  MARC  store.  If   you  will  present  your  card  when  you  come  to  visit,  you  can   simplify  your  admission  and  store  checkout  transac;ons.  Cards   also  help  you  keep  your  membership  up-­‐to-­‐date  by  no;ng  your   member  type  and  expira;on  date.   We  thank  you  for  your  membership!  Please  encourage   your  friends  and  family  to  become  MARC  members,  too!

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Recent Events Gone but  Not   Forgo-en:   the  MARC  con5nues  its   commitment  to  those   who  rest  at  Se-le   Cemetery

B. Reid Headstone

Many years  ago,  the  Rockingham  County   Historical  Society  and  descendants  of  the  Douglas,  Seale  and  Mar;n  families  made  a   commitment  to  preserve  the  Seale  Cemetery  which  is  located  east  of  Reidsville  on  Brooks   Road.  Over  the  years,  we  have  honored  that  commitment  by  transcribing  and  repairing   Charles Rodenbough takes notes at the headstones,  mapping  the  graves,  clearing  paths  and  cuLng  back  overgrowth.    This  year’s   Thomas Settle Monument workday  was  held  on  Saturday,  October  20,  with  members  of  the  families  and  MARC   members  in  aaendance. A  highlight  of  each  workday  is  the  retelling  of  history  to  make  sure  the  people  and  the  place  are  remembered.    MARC  historians,  Bob   Carter  and  Charles  Rodenbough,  shared  the  history  of  the  land  and  of  the  people.    They  explained  who  was  buried  there  and  how  the   people  are  connected  to  each  other  and  to  the  community.  It  was  both  engaging  and  interes;ng  to  spend  the  morning  in  such  a   beau;ful  and  peaceful  place  while  learning  about  these  people  in  the  scope  of  Rockingham  County’s  history. Plans  are  currently  in  the  works  to  use  ground-­‐penetra;ng  radar  to  discover  if  there  are  unmarked  graves  in  the  central  area  of  the   family  plot  and  if  there  are  any  indicators  that  the  lost  grave  of  Governor  Alexander  Mar;n  might  actually  be  located  in  Seale   Cemetery  as  suspected.    Charles  Rodenbough  has  been  working  with  the  MARC  Board  and  UNCG  to  accomplish  this,  and  things  are   progressing  toward  comple;ng  this  goal  later  this  winter  or  next  spring.

Halloween Bash Jeanne  Horsley   greets  ghosts  and   goblins  at  the  2012   Halloween  Bash

Numbers Prove  the  Point

We’re so  proud  of  our  accomplishments   that  we  thought  we’d  share  the  sta;s;cs   on  our  first  six  weeks  at  the  MARC.  Check   it  out! Visitors:  3,215   School  Tours:  1440  Students/Teachers/ Parents   Elementary  Schools:  8   Middle  Schools:  3   High  Schools:  2   Alterna;ve  School:  1

In addi;on  to  watching   Night  at  the  Museum,   children  par;cipated  in   other  ac;vi;es  at  the   Halloween  Bash

Volunteers: 161 Percentage  of  Volunteer  Guild        par;cipa;ng:  73%   Volunteer  Hours:  1038.5




Mr. History  Begins  a  New  Chapter Rather  than  ask  Mr.  History  to  write  an  ar;cle  for  this  newsleaer,  we   wanted  to  switch  things  up  and  write  about  him.    Robert  W.  Carter,   Jr.,  beaer  known  to  us  as  Bob,  le[  his  post  as  Historical  Consultant  at   RCC  on  November  thir;eth.  However,  do  not  believe  for  a  minute   that  he  is  re;ring  or  slowing  down  in  his  work.  He  is  simply  changing   his  focus  to  concentrate  on  the  personal  projects  he  has  started  over   the  years  that  have  gone  unfinished  when  other  projects  have  taken   precedence.  One  such  project,  expanding  his  descrip;ons  of  historic   sites  of  interest  in  Rockingham  County,  has  been  on  hold  for  almost   ten  years  and  Bob  is  anxious  to  complete  it.  We  are  pleased  to  announce  that  Bob  has  moved  into  an  office  in  the   Historic  Courthouse  where  he  will  also  volunteer  his  ;me  as  Special   Collec;ons  Consultant  for  the  MARC.    He  will  hold  office  hours   Wednesday  through  Friday  in  the  a[ernoons.    Appointments  with   Bob  may  be  scheduled  by  calling  the  MARC  office. Bob  has  lived  his  en;re  life  in  the  Sandy  Cross  Community  located  five  miles  west  of  Reidsville.  He  has  served  on  the  Board  of  Directors   of  the  Rockingham  County  Historical  Society  since  1976,  served  as  chairman  of  the  Publica;ons  Commiaee  and  as  editor  of  the  Journal   of  Rockingham  County  History  and  Genealogy  for  more  than  25  years.    In  1987,  Bob  received  the  McDaniel  Lewis  Award  as  North   Carolina’s  Historian  of  the  Year  from  the  NC  Society  of  Historians.  Since  1991,  he  has  served  as  Historical  Consultant  for  Rockingham   Community  College,  working  in  the  Historical  Collec;ons  Room  at  the  college.  In  2002,  the  County  Commissioners  appointed  him  as   Rockingham  County  Historian.    Bob  also  serves  on  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Eden  Historical  Museum,  the  Wentworth  Historic   Preserva;on  Commiaee,  and  the  Mayo  River  State  Park  Advisory  Commiaee. We  are  apprecia;ve  of  Bob’s  life-­‐long  interest  in  the  people  and  history  of  Rockingham  County.    The  work  he  has  done  and  con;nues   to  do  is  invaluable  in  the  preserva;on  of  our  heritage.    He  is  most  worthy  of  our  thanks  and  accolades.

Coming Back  to  Her  Community The  MARC  is  most  fortunate  to  have  a  Rockingham  County   High  School  graduate,  Lisa  Withers,  join  our  staff  as  Intern.   Having  graduated  from  the  University  of  North  Carolina  at   Chapel  Hill  with  a  BA  in  African  and  Afro-­‐American  Studies  and   a  minor  in  History,  Lisa  is  a  tremendous  asset  to  us.  Her   experiences  at  Chapel  Hill  included  genealogical  research  and  a   research  presenta;on  en;tled  Between  Black  and  White:  An   ExaminaNon  of  the  MulaRo  Slave  Experience. Working  as  an  intern  at  the  MARC  has  provided  Lisa  with  the   opportunity  to  con;nue  exploring  historical  research  methods   and  to  gain  experience  in  public  history.    She  has  also  assumed   responsibility  for  recrui;ng  and  scheduling  volunteers  to  work   at  the  museum,  which  is  a  perfect  fit  for  her  friendly   personality.  We  are  truly  grateful  to  Lisa  for  sharing  her   talents,  abili;es  and  enthusiasm,  and  for  working  well  beyond   the  hours  of  her  internship.   Lisa’s  career  goals  include  teaching  at  the  secondary  and  post-­‐secondary  level  and  conduc;ng  research  with  emphasis  in  African   American  and  United  States  history.  Throughout  her  career,  Lisa  seeks  to  work  with  youth  and  young  adults  and  impress  upon  younger   genera;ons  the  importance  of  educa;on.

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Sharing Journey Stories A Familiar  Journey  for  Many  County  Residents Shared  by  Pat  Miller

A[er gradua;ng  from  Women’s  College  in  Greensboro   on  Friday,  May  29,  1959,  the  following  Monday  marked   Pat  Miller’s  first  day  of  employment  at  the  law  firm,   Brooks,  Pierce,  McLendon,  Humphrey  &  Leonard.    That   Monday  also  marked  her  first  day  of  commu;ng  to  work   in  Greensboro,  which  Pat  s;ll  con;nues  to  do  –  53  years   later.   Like  many  other  Rockingham  County  commuters,  Pat  has   seen  it  all  on  her  trips  to  and  from  Greensboro.  Her   employers  find  it  interes;ng  that  Pat  can  make  it  to  work   on  snowy  days  earlier  than  her  counterparts  whose   homes  are  in  the  city.  And,  even  more  interes;ng  is  the   fact  that  she  is  confident  enough  to  drive  herself  there   even  when  road  condi;ons  are  treacherous. Speaking  of  road  condi;ons,  upgrades  to  highways  are   always  welcome  when  they  are  finished;  however,  road   construc;on  is  a  commuter’s  nightmare.    To  avoid  the   uncertainty  of  delays  during  one  improvement  project   on  US  220,  Pat  learned  that  travel  on  the  back  roads  is   less  stressful  than  the  poten;al  problems  and  traffic  on   the  main  highway.    Since  then  Pat  has  made  the  rural   roads  her  preferred  route  between  Mayodan  and   Greensboro. Off  and  on  over  the  years,  Pat  has  shared  the  commute   with  co-­‐workers  or  friends  who  worked  nearby  in   Greensboro.  Besides  sharing  the  driving  and  expenses  of   travel,  good  friendships  have  grown  out  of  these   experiences.  At  other  ;mes  Pat  has  traveled  alone,   finding  her  car  to  be  an  excellent  “prayer  closet”  where   she  can  spend  ;me  talking  with  God.    Perhaps  this  use  of   her  ;me  has  led  to  her  good  fortune,  as  she  has  been   involved  in  just  one  accident  in  all  these  years!

Pat Miller poses beside the first car she purchased for her commute to work in Greensboro. This 1959 Vauxhall was built by General Motors and imported from England. Pontiac dealers in the United States sold and serviced the brand, and Pat purchased hers from Clay McCollum at the Pontiac dealership in Madison. Vauxhalls were advertised as “distinctive small cars, compact, trim, taut, and precision built.”

What advice   does   Pat   have   for   people   commu;ng  for  work  in  Greensboro?  

Even though  the  Smithsonian  Ins;tu;on’s  Journey  Stories  exhibit   has  moved  on  to  other  communi;es,  our  quest  for  your  stories   will  be  an  on-­‐going  endeavor  at  the  MARC.    We  have  tried  to   share  most  of  the  stories  submiaed  to  us  thus  far,  either  as   newsleaer  stories  or  as  postcards  in  the  museum  collec;on.     Whether  they  are  published  or  not,  all  stories  submiaed  will   become  a  part  of  the  archives  at  the  MARC.

It does  not  maRer  if   you  leave  work  at  5:00   or  5:10  -­‐   either  way   you  get  home   around   6:00   p.m.   As   Pat   says,   “I’m   beRer   off   working  a  few  minutes   later  to  stay   out  of   the   worst  traffic  and  sNll  get  home   at  the   same  Nme.”  

You are  always  welcome  to  submit  stories  about  “the  way  it  used   to  be”  in  Rockingham  County.    As  you  spend  ;me  with  older   family  members  over  the  holidays,  be  aware  of  opportuni;es  to   preserve  their  memories  by  sharing  the  stories  you  hear  with  the   MARC.        You  may  send  stories  by  email,  in  wri;ng,  or  ask  us  for   help  to  document  the  story  when  you  visit  the  museum.




Sharing Journey Stories “One Man’s  Trash  is  Another  Man’s  Treasure” Shared  by  Sara  Ann  Collins  Powell

My husband,  Glenn  Powell  ,  worked  at  the  Historic  Courthouse  in  the  County  Finance  Office   (some;mes  referred  to  as  the  County  Auditor’s  office).    When  the  new  Governmental  Center   was  built,  the  finance  office  moved  from  the  old  courthouse  to  its  new  quarters  there. A  spiaoon  had  always  sat  on  the  floor  in  the  Auditor’s  office  in  the  old  building.    Glenn  noted   that  in  earlier  days  when  it  had  been  used  for  its  stated  purpose,  the  janitor  cleaned  it  daily,   taking  it  outside  and  cleaning  it  with  sand. When  it  was  ;me  to  pack  up  and  move  to  the  new  offices,  Finance  Department  staffers   wanted  to  “throw  that  nasty  old  thing  out.”    They  would  have,  except  Glenn  retrieved  it  and   brought  it  home.    I  was  more  than  glad  for  it  to  find  its  way  back  “home”  to  the  historic   courthouse  as  a  part  of  the  tobacco  exhibit  at  the  Museum  and  Archives  of  Rockingham   County!

Cross-­‐country Camping Shared  by  The  McKee  Family

The McKee  Family:  On  a  cold  day  in  Flagstaff

Two adults,  two  teenage  daughters.  Sedan  car,  pop-­‐up  camper.  Twenty  days,  7554  miles.    Put  all  these  things  together  and  you  have   one  incredible  family  vaca;on!  Gil,  Peggy,  Susan  and  Jean  McKee  spent  June  of  1970  camping  our  way  from  Madison,  NC  to   California  and  back  home  again. Gil  and  Peggy  carefully  planned  our  travel  to  the  west  on  a  southern  route  and  our  eastward  travel  toward  home  on  a  northern  route   across  America.  We  consider  ourselves  fortunate  to  have  visited  17  states  and  as  many  of  the  natural  wonders  and  historical   landmarks  as  we  could  reach  along  the  way. Although  our  camper  was  small,  for  the  most  part  it  made  a  comfortable  home  on  wheels.    Each  of  us  had  an  assigned  duty,  so  we   could  set  up  and  take  down  camp  quickly.    We  had  to  open  all  the  windows  on  some  very  hot  nights.    We  had  to  pull  up  extra   blankets  and  dress  in  mismatched  layers  of  clothing  at  Flagstaff,  Arizona,  where  it  was  so  cold.    And,  when  a  terrible  storm  system   flooded  the  roads  in  Illinois  and  forced  us  to  join  other  stranded  motorists  in  a  less  than  desirable  motel,  we  really  missed  our  rolling   home!    

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Sharing Journey Stories A Journey  into  the  Past Shared  by  Vicki  Boatwright

For over  20  years,  Vicki  Boatwright  has  researched  and  documented  her  genealogy.  She  has  spent  years  searching  through  the  books   and  records  in  the  Linda  Vernon  Genealogy  Room  at  the  Madison  Public  Library.  Both  Vicki  and  the  genera;ons  of  her  family  yet  to   come  are  fortunate  that  she  became  interested  early  enough  in  her  life  that  her  grandparents  (Stacy  Duncan  Cook  and  Thomas  Cook)   and  her  great-­‐aunt,  Ellie,  were  able  to  bring  her  research  to  life  with  experiences  they  recalled    about  their  ancestors. In  the  mid  1990’s,  Vicki’s  grandparents  took  her  to  the  farm  in  the  Snow  Creek  area  of  Stokes  County  where  Vicki’s  great-­‐great   grandmother,  Susie  Ann  Throckmorton,  grew  up  in  the  wake  of  the  Civil  War.  “Miss  Susie’s”  family  was  le[  with  prac;cally  nothing   a[er  the  Union  troops  had  moved  through  the  area.    Family  stories  passed  through  the  years  tell  of  Union  troops  establishing  their   camp  at  the  nearby  family  cemetery,  causing  even  more  pain  and  sorrow  to  the  locals  who  resented  the  troop’s  intrusion  on  the  final   res;ng  place  of  their  loved  ones. The  trip  to  Susie’s  homeplace  was  a  deeply  moving  experience  for  Vicki  as  names  on  documents  suddenly  came  alive  to  her.  “In  spite   of  the  hardships  of  her  ;me,  I  could  almost  see  Miss  Susie  as  a  girl  running  down  that  dirt  road,  dust  flying  from  her  shoes  and  her   calico  bonnet  flapping.  I  felt  like  I  was  a  part  of  it,  like  I  was  living  it.  It  was  like  being  there  to  stand  in  the  same  place  that  my  people   had  been.”

Mosley Farm

Mule Team  Safely   Delivers  Master  Home

Shared by  Bonnie  Moore  Brooks Horace  P.  Moore  and  Lulu  Turner  were   married  in  1900  with  a  sunrise  wedding  at   Callands,  Virginia.    A[er  the  wedding  they   were  driven  to  Bethany,  North  Carolina  in  the   horse  drawn  surrey  that  Horace  selected  for   the  trip.    “Miss  Lulu,”  with  her  trunk  and  her   side  saddle  stored  in  the  surrey,  considered   herself  a  “Blue  Blood  Virginian,”  and  she   probably  wondered  what  on  earth  she  was   geLng  into. The  couple  first  lived  on  a  farm  south  of  the   Bethany-­‐Intelligence  Road  that  was  purchased   by  Horace  in  1899.    Five  children  were  born   there.    The  three  to  survive  infancy  were   Annie  Mae,  Ka;e,  and  Penn  Moore. In  1911,  Horace  bought  the  Mosley  Farm,  and  the  family  moved  into  a  small  log  cabin  on  the  property.    Two  more  children,  Virginia   and  Barnea,  were  born  there.  In  1915,  the  family  started  construc;on  of  a  two  story  Victorian  frame  house  with  wrap  around   porches. Horace  had  the  reputa;on  of  being  a  disciplined  and  hard  worker.    He  would  farm  during  the  day,  but  in  the  evening  he  hitched  a   team  of  mules  to  a  wagon  and  traveled  to  Winston-­‐Salem.    There  he  would  load  the  wagon  with  building  materials  and  make  the   return  trip  to  Bethany.    O[en  he  fell  asleep  and  the  mules  found  their  own  way  home.    Horace  would  arrive  home  around  sunrise,   eat  breakfast,  work  in  the  fields,  and  repeat  that  daily  process  un;l  the  family’s  new  home  was  completed. Horace  died  in  1944  and  Miss  Lulu  con;nued  living  in  the  house  un;l  her  death  a  decade  later.  The  house  was  razed  and  the  site   reclaimed  for  a  new  house  in  2011.    The  old  brick  and  original  weathervane  were  recycled  into  the  new  house.    Several  instances  of   unexplainable  open  doors  and  “things  going  bump”  during  the  night  were  reported  in  the  new  house,  and  it  was  assumed  that  Miss   Lulu  was  conduc;ng  nightly  inspec;ons.    Apparently  her  curiosity  was  sa;sfied,  since  these  events  have  ceased.




Sharing Journey Stories Unifi Truck

Shared  By  Mollie  Williams As  Managing  Editor  of  the  Unifi  company  magazine,  Mollie  Williams  oaen  went  the  extra  mile  to  get  a  good   story.    On  one  occasion,  she  even  traveled  onboard  a  Unifi  18-­‐wheeler  to  get  the  facts  and  the  feelings  just   right.  Here  are  excerpts  from  Mollie’s  story,  as  told  in  Unifi  Ink,  (  Volume  5,  Number  3)  and  reprinted  in   “Taking  the  Long  Way  Home,”  a  book  she  published  with  Marilyn  Swinson).    

This editor  hopped  into  the  cab  of  a  Unifi  truck  with  Cecil  Westmoreland,  who  drives  out  of  Yadkinville.    The  truck  was  loaded  with   yarn  to  be  delivered  to  Texfi  Industries  in  Fayeaeville.    I  was  really  looking  forward  to  my  first  ride  in  this  gigan;c  vehicle  and  to   geLng  the  “inside  scoop”  on  a  day  in  the  life  of  a  truck  driver.  Cecil  is  Unifi’s  most  senior  driver,  and  he  has  a  twenty-­‐year  safe  driving   record  with  the  Company.   The  first  in  a  series  of  awesome  experiences  was  to  see  how  Cecil  maneuvered  that  65  foot  long  truck  on  busy  I-­‐40/I-­‐85.    I’ve  never   seen  so  much  traffic  and  it  got  worse  at  the  Highway  421  intersec;on!    How  in  the  world  did  he  make  that  turn  and  get  back  in  the   proper  lane  without  taking  the  front  end   off  a  few  cars?    I  scrambled  around  in  my   purse  for  something  to  soothe  my   nerves.    I  couldn’t  find  a  blindfold,  so  I   just  sealed  for  Aspergum.    I  finally   calmed  down  a[er  reassuring  myself  that   if  an  accident  occurred,  Cecil  and  I  would   be  protected  because  we  were  siLng  up   high  enough  to  be  out  of  harm’s  way!    I   looked  over  at  Cecil  to  see  if  he  was   swea;ng  and  I  couldn’t  believe  it.    He   just  kept  changing  those  gears,  all  nine  of   them,  just  as  if  he  might  be  out  for  a   Sunday  drive.    I  asked  him  if  he  didn’t  get   upset  with  rude  drivers  and  snarled   traffic  and  he  replied  in  a  tone  of  voice   that  was  iden;cal  to  his  philosophy.    “I   don’t  let  anything  get  on  my  nerves.     What’s  the  use?    I  just  try  to  roll  with  the   flow.    GeLng  in  a  hurry  or  taking  chances   The View From Inside just  causes  accidents.” Traffic  was  smooth  on  421  so  I  relaxed,  took  in  the  scenery,  and  Cecil  and  I  chit-­‐chaaed  a  bit  about  his  truck  driving  career.    He  says   he  is  on  the  road  all  week  and  is  home  only  on  weekends.    Rela;ve  to  this  lifestyle,  he  commented,  “Anything  you  do  in  life  has  its   pros  and  cons.    It  is  up  to  you  to  provide  for  your  family  and  you  have  to  do  it  however  you  see  fit.    I’ve  made  a  decent  living  for  34   years  driving  a  truck.    Twenty-­‐five  of  those  years  have  been  with  Unifi.    I  came  to  work  when  the  company  started.    Unifi  is  a  good   company  to  work  for.    It  has  a  big  interest  in  safety  and  has  good  benefits.” …When  we  arrived  at  our  des;na;on,  Cecil  backed  the  truck  up  to  the  customer’s  dock.    He  posi;oned  the  trailer  precisely  over  airli[   blocks,  which  raised  the  trailer  height  to  dock  level.    (I  s;ll  can’t  figure  out  how  he  could  possibly  see  under  the  truck  while  backing   up.  )  We  le[  the  full  trailer  there  and  hooked  up  to  an  empty  one.    We  were  to  pick  up  a  full  load  in  a  nearby  city.  Back  on  the   highway,  Cecil  apologized  for  the  bumpy  ride.    He  explained  that  riding  with  an  empty  trailer  (about  35,000  pounds)  was  a  lot   rougher  than  riding  with  a  full  load  (about  80,000  pounds).    I’m  certainly  glad  he  told  me  that!    I  looked  forward  to  loading  up  at  the   next  stop. …We  finished  our  trip  about  4:30  p.m.  I  was  so  ;red  and  sore  I  could  hardly  get  out  of  the  truck  and  into  my  car.    I  had  found  out   firsthand  just  how  uncomfortable  the  jump  seat  in  one  of  those  big  trucks  could  be.    In  spite  of  my  discomfort,  I  tried  to  sound   upbeat  as  I  said  my  good-­‐byes  to  Cecil  and  his  family.    I  struggled  to  walk  energe;cally  to  my  car  so  he  wouldn’t  think  I  was  a   weakling!    I  don’t  think  I  fooled  him!

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Sharing Journey Stories 1960’s Style  Snow  Sledding  Stories  Abound:   Just  like  snowflakes,  no  two  journey  stories  are  alike. Shared  by  Merea  King

Shared by  Sharon  Hairston

Merea King recalls large groups of young people congregating on Mrs. Thrasher’s Hill in Stoneville, located on the street by Stoneville School. For a change of scenery, the group would journey a few blocks over to the Ponderosa Golf Course. The Claybrook family welcomed them there to make use of the show-covered fairways in the absences of their normal golfing customers.

Galloway Street in the Leaksville section of Eden was Sharon Holt Hairston’s favorite sledding spot. She remembers the way one sledder would start off alone at the top of the hill while more and more people would jump on top as he passed. The goal was to see how many people could pile on top without anyone falling off! Melia Washburn Cardwell’s sledding memories are of two places in Mayodan: Madison Street making the curve onto First Avenue and on Jailhouse Hill. She said, “Daddy (Runt Washburn), Lyle Turner and Carl Cardwell would build a fire in an old barrel at the intersection. You had to begin your dash at the corner of Second Avenue and Madison Street and hang on for dear life to make that turn onto First Avenue. If you missed, you ended up in the creek at Bob Holt’s house. Mama (Otillier Washburn), Sally Cardwell and Elsie Turner would have hot chocolate and tomato soup ready for us at the Cardwell’s house when we came inside. That is my first memory of tasting both! The Cardwell and the Washburn girls could only go over to “Jailhouse Hill” if the “daddies” were with us. That was where all the Mayodan boys would be sledding and we had to be properly chaperoned!

Revered Earle Rogers moved his family to Madison from eastern North Carolina where hills and snow were uncommon. In their first winter here, neighbors invited the Rogers children to sled on Kuykendall Hill (on West Murphy Street). Town employees always blocked traffic from all the surrounding streets, making the steep hill one of the best sledding spots in town. As the Rogers children were making their way up the hill for their first ride ever, a boy on his way down lost control of his sled and hit a phone pole. That person’s broken leg made the Rogers family wonder what they were doing out there at all. All their fear was soon forgotten, though, and Tom Rogers recalls sanding the runners of the sleds and coating them with household wax to make them go faster and further.

When Ginger Waynick would go sledding on Rocky Ford Road outside Reidsville, there was no bridge over the creek and you only knew you'd gone too far on the sled when you hit the water. By the time she and her friends were done sledding, they would all be soaking wet and freezing cold.

Shared by  Tom  Rogers

Shared by  Melia  Cardwell

Sledding traditions for older teens in Stoneville provided a little more risk and lots more excitement. Jerry Smith explained that the Creek Hill area, near the current entrance to Stoneville Park, was a very steep and dangerous hill for sledding. Old automobile hoods worked well as their makeshift sleds.

Shared by  Jerry  Smith Shared  by  Ginger  Waynick




Sharing Journey Stories From RCC  and  Around  the  Globe

Shared by  Chris5ne  Wilhelm

I graduated  from  Rockingham  Community  College  in  1968  with  an  A.A.  degree  in  Registered  Nursing.    Because  I  was  a  “Kennedy  Kid”   and  I  wanted  to  help  and  make  a  difference  in  the  world,  I  joined  the  Peace  Corps  and  began  my  first  assignment  in  Afghanistan.    I   worked  with  the  World  Health  Organiza;on’s  Worldwide  Smallpox  Eradica;on  Program.   While  in  Afghanistan,  I  worked  with  another  female  volunteer,  five  Afghan  men,  and  one  Afghan  soldier  as  we  traveled  from  village   to  village.    We  o[en  rode  on  horses,  mules  or  donkeys  to  travel  for  twenty-­‐four  days  at  a  ;me.    The  villagers  were  our  source  for   food  and  shelter  as  we  traveled,  and  condi;ons  were  very  primi;ve.    When  we  were  not  in  the  field,  we  lived  in  a  large  compound   house  made  of  mud  and  straw  that  had  no  running  water  or  electricity.    We  worked  primarily  in  the  provinces  of  Kunduz,  Kandahar   and  Kabul.    I  le[  Afghanistan  in  1971,  but  I  carried  many  memories  with  me  that  I  s;ll  enjoy  today. A[er  leaving  the  Peace  Corps,  I  traveled  to  every  con;nent  except  Antarc;ca,  and  I  lived  in  Israel  for  a  year.    All  of  these  journeys   began  with  my  degree  from  RCC.

Opportuni5es to  Serve The  Challenges  of  Funding  a  Museum It  is  appropriate  that  we  call  our  annual  fundraiser  the   “Challenge  Grant  Drive.”  The  name  actually  stems  from  the   Lillian  M.  Coleman  Founda;on’s  challenge  to  us  to  pledge   generously,  as  they  have  for  the  past  three  years,  toward  the   opera;ng  expenses  for  the  MARC. In  a  broader  sense,  however,  we  are  facing  our  greatest   challenge  ever  as  we  aaempt  to  raise  adequate  funds  to  secure   the  financial  status  of  the  MARC  for  the  coming  year.    Our  grand   opening  was  more  successful  than  we  could  have  imagined,  but   with  that  success  comes  more  demands  for  funding.    In  our   early  years,  the  majority  of  funding  was  provided  by  our  Board   of  Directors  and  friends.    As  we  grow  our  museum,  we  must   also  grow  our  budget  and  our  donor  base. We  an;cipate  the  expenses  to  pay  our  professional  staff  and  to   sustain  the  basic  opera;ng  costs  of  the  MARC  during  the   upcoming  year  to  be  $150,000.    The  Lillian  M.  Coleman   Founda;on  has  contributed  $30,000  to  get  the  challenge  drive   started,  leaving  us  responsibility  to  raise  the  remaining   $120,000  during  the  next  six  months.   Raising  $120,000  is  a  challenge  in  and  of  itself,  but  that   challenge  is  magnified  by  the  financial  difficul;es  among  the   ci;zens  of  Rockingham  County.    Yet,  we  cannot  overlook  this   opportunity  to  u;lize  the  Historic  Courthouse  to  preserve,   protect,  teach  and  enjoy  the  history  of  Rockingham  County.     The  opportunity  to  make  the  museum  succeed  is  here  now. It  is  our  hope  that  you  will  contribute  as  generously  as  you  are  able  to  the  2013  Challenge  Grant  Drive.    

Make a  tax-­‐deduc5ble  financial  contribu5on  to  ensure  that  we  keep  the  MARC  open.    You  may  pay  in  a  lump  sum  or   pledge  in  installments.

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Become a  member,  renew  your  membership,  or  purchase  gi]  memberships.   Do  your  Christmas  shopping  in  our  museum  store!   Volunteer!    Help  us  share  history  and  grow  the  MARC.

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MARC Welcomes Rockingham County Students

Over 1400  students  visited  the  MARC  during  the  last  week  of  the  Smithsonian  traveling  exhibi;on’s  (Journey  Stories)  stay  at   the  museum.  Special  thanks  goes  out  to  Dr.  Rodney  Shotwell,  Rockingham  Public  Schools,  Reidsville  Area  Founda;on,  the   teachers  and  students  that  aaended,  and  our  wonderful  MARC  volunteers  for  making  the  field  trip  experience  so   memorable.

Musician and  Story-­‐teller  Lorenzo  “Logie”  Meacham  engages  Rockingham  County  Middle  School  teachers  and  students   during  field  trip  week  at  the  MARC.


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MARC Your  Calendar!

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Wednesday, Adults    ............................$5.00 Thursday  &   Students  &   Friday   Senior  Ci;zens  ................$3.50 2  pm  to  8  pm   Children   (ages  4-­‐12)  ......................$2.50

Answer: Chinese   Harness  from   Chinqua  Penn FR ROCKINGHAM OM:  COUNTY  H ISTORICAL   SOCIETY  M USEUM  &  A RCHIVES P.  O.  BOX  8 4 WENTWORT H,  NC  27375

Saturday 10  am  to  4   pm

Maximum cost  per   family.............................$20.00


Return Service Requested Editor-­‐in-­‐Chief:

Kim Proctor

Senior Editor

Jean Bullins

ContribuCng Editors:

Rebecca Cipriani Fletcher  Dalton Robbin  Dodson

ContribuCng Photographers:

Jean &  Jeff  Bullins Meg  Manuel Kim  Proctor

County Historian:

Bob Carter

Design, Layout:

Rebecca Cipriani

Printed by:

Twin Rivers  PrinCng   &  Graphic  Arts,  Inc.   Madison,  NC

December 2012


Vol. II,  No.  3


December 2012 MARC News  
December 2012 MARC News  

Full Color Version of Rockingham County Historical Society Museum & Archives