“I found a job. Today I’ll work, really work, for the first time since December. I’ve been hired as a waiter at a little restaurant next to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio called the Breakfast House, so I’m up at five. The last time I was up at five was because I hadn’t gone to bed yet.”
Sedaris spent the late ’70s and early ’80s in Raleigh, working odd jobs, making art and getting high. Despite his record of unreliable narration “Theft by Finding” more often than not struck me as credibly poignant. The guy can sure tell a story.
North Carolina Historic Newspapers will digitize runs from the following newspaper titles in 2017/18, totaling approximately 100,000 pages. These will be added to the over 200,000 pages of historic North Carolina newspapers pages already available on the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America newspaper site.
The Hillsborough Recorder, Hillsborough
The Independent, Elizabeth City
Henderson Daily Dispatch, Henderson
Tabor City Tribune, Tabor City
The Onslow County News and Views, Jacksonville
Marion Progress, Marion
Old Fort News, Old Fort
The Times-News, Hendersonville
Carolina Watchman, Salisbury
The Wilmington Morning Star, Wilmington
Roanoke Rapids Herald, Roanoke Rapids
In 2016, the National Digital Newspaper Program expanded its scope from newspapers published from 1836 – 1922 to include titles published from 1690 – 1963. This expansion has allowed North Carolina Historic Newspapers to select titles covering pivotal events in North Carolina such as early westward migration, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.
“FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The nation’s worst two-truck highway wreck has claimed its 20th victim, one more than the previous record set in a similar wreck in Texas in 1947.
“Thursday’s fiery collision occurred at an intersection [U.S. 301 and N.C. 162] about 9 miles south of here….
“The victims were members of a crew of about 40 Negro farm laborers, heading toward the day’s job of bean picking….”
“In the fall of 1814 [after the British burning of Washington] Congress crowded into one of the few surviving public buildings, the Patent Office (now the National Museum of American Art), and debated whether the capital should be moved someplace else, perhaps inland, to a location ‘with greater security and less inconvenience.’
“Congressmen who supported remaining in Washington argued on more defiant symbolic grounds. ‘I would rather sit under canvas in the city than remove one mile out of it to a palace,’ declared Samuel Farrow of South Carolina. Or, as Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina warned: ‘If the seat of government is once set on wheels, there is no saying where it will stop.’ ”
On this day in 1888:George Washington Vanderbilt, age 25, purchases the first of 661 parcels that will ultimately become his 125,000-acre Biltmore Estate near Asheville. He is the youngest of eight children of railroad tycoon William Henry Vanderbilt, reputedly the world’s richest man.