Local News from September 1899

September 1

The army worm, about 1" long, has been on a destructive march in Long Creek and Mallard Creek. It has been eating millet and cotton, grass and anything else in its path. According to W. M. Abernathy of Mallard Creek, it was seen in this area in 1867. The destruction it causes was compared to what South Carolina looked like after Sherman's march.


September 2

Charlotte is to fall heir to another great improvement. Miss Kate Russell has sold her property on N. Tryon, next to the Baptist Church, to Mr. C. S. Donaldson, and he will build a handsome business block thereon. The property went for $5,500.
First Baptist Church


September 8

Pineville will be talking over the Queen City 'phone tonight.

East 4th St. between Tryon and College should be called Textileville. The mill men and machinery men are as thick as hops round there.

Capt. Stitt, colored, who with his orchestra spent the season at the Haywood White Sulphur Springs, has returned. He will open a barber shop for the winter.

The iron bridge over Briar Creek, on the Monroe and Lawyer's road, is up and in use.

Trinity Methodist and Brevard St. Methodist Church will each be open for the first time Sunday but will not be dedicated until they are entirely paid for. Trinity Church is one of the handsomest churches-and certainly there are none more beautiful in design and proportion-in the city. The building is situated on the corner of Tryon and Second streets.


September 9

Charlotte has several hay fever patients who are suffering at present.

A number of Mr. W. H. Harris' books, Sketches of the City of Charlotte, have been sent to the post office for insufficient postage. It requires four cents instead of two. Books will be held at the post office until parties can be notified.
Sketches of Charlotte


At a meeting of the directors of the Charlotte National Bank yesterday, Mr. Lucian Walker was elected teller, to suceed Mr. Moore, the present teller, who resigned his position in order to accept one with the Charlotte Trouser Co.
Charlotte National Bank


Charlotte Trouser Co.

September 10

The Mooresville Record-Times seems to be having trouble with stable ownership. It has had at least six owners- Mr. T. L. Moore of Lexington; Mr. Ivy of South Carolina; Mr. Neaton of Atlanta, GA.; Mr. Jones of Charlotte; Mr. Deaton of Concord; Mr. Nealon of GA; and possibly Mr. J. W. McKenzie of Salisbury.

Mrs. M. A. Osborne is again thinking of building up her corner on the square (Charlotte). There has been talk many times but the project has been abandoned. She will put up, it is said, a $35,000 building.

Mr. Rob Dowd was the successful knight at the Steel Creek bicycle tournament. He crowned as queen of love and beauty, Miss Nan Sadfer.

Mr. John Rutledge, bookkeeper at the Southern Pants Co., has secured a position with the Cannon Co. in Concord. His brother, Mr. George Rutledge, will succeed him.
Southern Pants Company

September 13

Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt died yesterday in New York City at age 56.

September 19

General and Mrs. James Longstreet spent Sunday night at the Central, and left yesterday for Washington. It is the general's custom to always break the trip by stopping all night here.

September 21

A new business was incorporated yesterday called The Charlotte Casket Co. The site has not been selected. Mr. J. D. Brumfield, named superintendent, will move his family here from Gastonia.

September 22

Wriston is the name of the new Paw Creek post office. It will be at Hoover and Co's mill, near Mr. Lloyd Wriston's place. Paw Creek had a post office that was discontinued. Local residents were inconvenienced and had to go 3-4 miles to get their mail. A petition was sent, and Postmaster Mullen will be in charge.

September 24

Observer readers will be astonished to know that a large hotel, "Carolina," is being constructed in Pinehurst by Mr. Tufts, of soda fountain fame. Mr. W. F. Dowd, who just returned from there, states the hotel will have 300 car loads of lumber and be 1/2 miles around the wall. Mr. Dowd secured for his firm, Dowd and King, the order for plumbing materials for 100 bathrooms, which is perhaps the largest order of the kind ever captured by a Southern supply house.

Mr. John P. R. Polk, cousin of President Polk, died yesterday. He was born in Delaware and graduated from Princeton University. He moved to Charlotte, after leaving the law profession, to raise strawberries on the old Julius P. Alexander farm.

Charlotte is a city of many poles. The principal streets are lined on either side with the telephone, telegraph, street cars and electric light poles. It would seem a good idea that when the streets are up for the laying of the double car tracks, that the wire be run under ground, as they are in large cities. This would add much to the beauty of the city.

September 26

One of Charlotte's most popular drummers is Clarence Kuester.

September 29

Belk Bros. has opened a millinery shop. The room was decorated with pink, green and white accessories. Tea was served by young ladies in dainty white cups. The Davis Orchestra played pretty music while hundreds of people came and went.

September 31

Mr. Edward D. Latta, Jr., has made a name for himself at Princeton University. He took top honors in a class of 350. He is continuing his studies at Princeton. Charlotte claims him with pride.