Note: This speech by Crawford J. Ferguson, III, was given at a public program sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County at the Great Aunt Stella Center in Charlotte, NC, on March 23, 2000. The transcript follows:
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Home Front: People
Cameras were not as common during World War II as they would become later. This fact makes these photos and images even more precious.
The Carolina Room has, to date, collected twenty four photographs of people from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County from the World War II era. Six of them are highlighted in the Image Gallery below. View the whole album.
Marion Lawton Hargrove, Jr.
Although not a native Charlottean, Marion Hargrove got his start in journalism at The Charlotte News. He was born in Mt. Olive, NC and moved to several cities before finally coming to Charlotte.
While a student at Central High School, he spent his free time at the newspaper office and offered to write stories for the paper about his school. He graduated in the Central High School Class of 1938 and was the editor of the Central High Rambler. He later went to work as a paid employee for the News.
Second Lt. Budd Harris Andrews – Pilot and Hero
Morris Field staff trained many pilots who did heroic things all over the world, but probably no one did anything more heroic in Charlotte than 24 year old Second Lt. Budd Andrews.
April 2, 1945 was a quiet day in Charlotte. It was “ Easter Monday,” a holiday commonly celebrated then in North Carolina. Most Charlotteans were at home enjoying the beautiful spring day.