“[Oscar Herring of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce] said it is believed La Grange got its [nickname] from an African-American train porter.
” ‘As the story goes, every time the train would roll into town, this porter would call out “La Grange, La Grange — The Garden Spot.” ‘
“Herring said several families have claimed to be related to the porter in question. ‘It starts too much trouble to try and narrow it down to one family,’ he said.”
— From “Festival to honor those who served” by Jon Dawson in the Kinston Free Press (Sept. 9, 2010)