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Archive for December, 2012

On this day in 1812: A ship bearing Theodosia Burr Alston, 28-year-old daughter of former vice president Aaron Burr, is lost at sea, most likely to a storm off Cape Hatteras. She and her husband, South Carolina Gov. Joseph Alston, had just lost their 10-year-old son to malaria, and she was eager to leave their […]

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“That ritual hypocrisy [in Jim Crow laws] was made clear when I spent time working on the liberal-minded News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. The newspaper was edited by the doughty Jonathan Daniels, a New Dealer and for a short time press secretary to President Harry Truman….Daniels was a fine writer and open-minded, as […]

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A reference request today led me to this editorial that Jesse Helms penned for the January 1959 issue of the Tar Heel Banker. The magazine was a monthly publication from the North Carolina Bankers Association. Helms served as executive director of the group for much of the 1950s and, in that capacity, also served as […]

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“Zelno, the balloonist, will give his first ascension Monday afternoon at Latta Park…. This afternoon he will drive through the streets and will thus advertise himself and his business. “Zelno is known as ‘The King of the Air.’ He ‘laughs at danger’ and soars aloft with an abandon as to his personal safety that challenges […]

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On this day in 1906: A decade after Guglielmo Marconi of Italy sent the first radio signal, Reginald Fessenden makes the first voice transmission. From a station in Brant Rock, Mass., he broadcasts to ships at sea a program of two musical selections (including his own violin rendition of “O, Holy Night”), a Scripture reading […]

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“The ferocity with which Union foragers collected provisions in South Carolina diminished once they crossed into North Carolina. ‘The army burned everything it came near in the State of South Carolina,’ Maj. James Connolly wrote to his wife. ‘The men “had it in” for the State and they took it out in their own way…. […]

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Our Holiday Gift to You

Bill Friday was one of the greatest North Carolinians of all timeā€”and he could make delicious peanut brittle. As was his nature, he generously shared his recipe, as here in this piece from Metro Magazine a few years back. Making a batch could be a nice way to honor Mr. Friday, who died on October […]

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“North Carolina was the first former Confederate state to provide funds for prosthetics [for veterans], signing an April 1866 contract with George B. Jewett, a Massachusetts inventor and the manufacturer of the Salem Leg and Arm. Governor Jonathan Worth provided a building for limb manufacturing in Raleigh and paid Jewett $5,000 in advance; in return, […]

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“Chili” from Tarheels Cooking for Ronald’s Dids. “Chili Dog Soup” from What’s Cook’n at Biltmore. “Firehouse Chili” from The Cat Who– Cookbook. “Chili Meat Loaf” from Just like Grandma Used to Make. “South of the Border Chili” from High Hampton Hospitality. “Microwave Chili” from The Cane Creek Cookbook. “Spicy Chili” from Buffet Benny’s Family Cookbook: […]

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I’ve been disappointed to find such ho-hum North Caroliniana in the digital archives of the venerable New York Times crossword puzzle. The archives go back to 1993, covering the editorship of NPR stalwart Will Shortz. OK, I did laugh at seeing our Venus flytrap described as “botanical snapper.” A sampling: –“North Carolina” (that is, NORTHCAROLINA) […]

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