Local News Section from The Wilson Advance on Jan. 2, 1880

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Mr. Josephus Daniels at the post office is authorized to collect and receipt for subscriptions to the ADVANCE.

Read the dissolution notice of J. F. Farmer & Co.

The Town commissioners held a meeting Wednesday.

Diphtheria prevails alarmingly in Pitt County.

The colored Military company drilled on Christmas day.

About 125 negro exodusters left Goldsboro Monday night.*

We are pleased to learn that little Paul Branch, son of A. Branch, Esq., who received a painful and serious blow in his eyes, from the unexpected explosion of fireworks on Christmas Eve, is rapidly improving. He still suffers intensely but Dr. Barnes hopes that his eyesight will not be impaired.

We regret to learn that Mr. Wm. I. Wootten, of Greene had his barn, containing about one hundred barrels of corn, and about 5,000 pounds of fodder destroyed by fire on last Tuesday evening. The fire is supposed to have resulted from the careless use of a pipe around the fodder.

Remarkable Progress.

We are glad to learn that our young friend Vernon Moss, who has just returned from King’s Mountain High School, received the prize medal for proficiency in drilling. James Lipscomb also of this place was the second best. It is always a source of gratification to us when Wilsonians obtain honors, and we congratulate Mr. Moss on his efficiency.

Mill and Cotton Gin Burned.

Last Monday night the mill and cotton gin belonging to Mr. John S. Boykin, a well known farmer of the county, was burned and with is seven or eight bales of cotton. As there was a fire on the premises which could have ignited the buildings, it is though that the fire was the work of an incendiary. Mr. Boykin is a worthy farmer, and we sympathize with him in the heavy loss which he sustains.


At the residence of the bride’s widowed mother in Halifax county, Dec. 24th1879, Mr. Alfred Spruill to Miss Mary A. Dillard, Elder W. H. Cobb officiating.

New Law Firm.

Messrs. Hugh F. Murray and John E. Woodard have formed a copartnership for the practice of law in this place. They will occupy the office near the bank; heretofore occupied by Mr. John E. Woodard.

The Exodus.

All classes of North Carolinians are unanimous in denouncing the exodus movement. The most influential colored men of the State have expressed their decided opposition to it and at the recent meeting of the Executive Committee of the colored people of North Carolina, W. P. Mabson, a colored man of some education, and one who is very influential with his own race, offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That we denounce in unmistakable terms the actions of certain agents who are misleading our people, as we believe, by vague promises and false representations.

The Executive Committee unanimously adopted this resolution, and discussed other interesting matter concerned the prosperity of the colored race in North Carolina. The committee holds another meeting January 15th, in Raleigh.


In Wilson, on Wednesday evening Dec. 24th1879, Mrs. Julia A. Heilbroner, wife of A. Heilbroner, Esq., aged 20 years, 4 months and 14 days.

Death is at any time, or under any circumstances, sad, but, when this king of terrors enters a happy household and lays his rude hands upon the tender limbs of a kind and affectionate young wife, and blasts her charms with his icy breath, then indeed is he terrible. To the sorrow stricken husband who has been thus bereaved by the untimely visit of the unwelcome guest, we tender our heartfelt sympathy and trust that He who tempereth the wind to the shorn lamb will comfort and solace him in this, the hour of his deepest affliction.

In Sparta, Edgecombe county, on Saturday, Dec. 20th1879, Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Eagles, wife of Dr. C. W. Eagles, aged 20 years, 5 months and 12 days. The deceased was a daughter of the late Dr. F. G. Pitt, and her true womanly virtues won for her many friends who deeply sympathize with the grief stricken husband in his sad bereavement.


Miss Sophie Moore, of Newbern is on a visit to Wilson, and is the guest of Mrs. J. V. Blackwell.

Miss Mary Adams, of Goldsboro is visiting relatives here.

Miss Florence Davis, of Louisburg has been spending the Christmas holidays with relatives in Wilson.

Miss Kate Ruffin, of this place, is visiting friends at Washington, N. C.

Col. H. G. Williams arrived from Washington, D. C., a few days since on a visit to his friends.

Attorney General Kenan called to see us last Monday, on his return to Raleigh from a visit to his father’s family in Duplin county.

Messrs. James Lipscomb, Vernon Moss, Charles Farmer and John Gardner, returned from school to spend their Christmas holidays at home.

Miss Mamie Thigpen, of Edgecombe is visiting friends in Wilson.

Mr. C. B. Aycock, editor of the Capel [sic] Hill Ledger, spent Sunday in Wilson.

Mrs. W. H. Blount is visiting relatives in Columbia, S. C.

Miss Bettie Harrison and Eugenia Ratcliff of Nash are visiting relations in Wilson.

Mr. A. L. Rountree is in town this week.

* Exodusters — African-Americans who moved from southern states to Kansas as part of the Exoduster Movement starting in 1879.