Newspapers of Stanly County
Newspaper Abstracts extracted and used with permission from Julie Hampton Ganis
Stories from surrounding counties, regarding folks connected with or living in Stanly County.
April 14, 1859, NC ARGUS (Wadesborough, Anson County, NC) - A very sad occurrence took place, on Saturday last, at the mill-dam of Col. John E. AUSTIN, of this county, on Rocky River. The river was quite high, and a party, consisting of two brothers and two sisters, children of Mrs. Jacob LITTLE, of Cabarrus or Stanly county, who had been to Charlotte with a wagon, and were returning home, undertook to cross the river above the mill dam, in flat, at a private ferry belonging to Col. AUSTIN, where another wagon had crossed in the flat but a short time before, and were carried by the force of the current towards the dam. One of the poles used to guide the flat slipped out of the hands of one of the parties, and the flat became unmanageable. Mr. Wm. AUSTIN and one of the LITTLES, perceiving that the flat would inevitably go over the dam, jumped out and swam ashore. The other Mr. LITTLE and his two sisters were carried over with the wagon, four horses and the flat. The wagon ran forward and off the flat, excepting two wheels, which caused the flat to keel up at one end and throw the young ladies out into the river. The young man, their brother, recovered them and replaced them in the flat, and finding that he could do nothing with the flat himself, after floating down the river some distance, told his sisters to hold on to the flat while he would swim ashore and seek help and return to their rescue. He did swim ashore, and ran to Mr. GREEN’S, about a half or perhaps a mile, and returned and found the flat floating down the river, the wagon loose and his sisters gone. One of the bodies of the young ladies was afterwards found lodged against a raft. The body of the other had not been found at last accounts. They were both undoubtedly drowned. It is thought they and the wagon were thrown out at a rapid and rough shoaly place in the river, or that they had attempted to grasp hold of a small tree which bent over the stream and near to the water, and were dragged in that way and drowned. It was a deplorable fate for the poor, helpless young women, and is a heart-rendering accident to their widowed mother, as well as their brothers, and everybody. It is wonderful that they were not all lost; and it is probable that if they had all remained in the flat, and kept their presence of mind, they might all have been saved. One of the horses broke loose and swam out but the other three drowned. [note: The girls that drowned were Nancy E. LITTLE (b.1834) and Delphia L. LITTLE (b.Apr 14, 1836), both daughters of Jacob. W. “Jack” LITTLE and Margaret “Peggy” LOVE] (photocopy)
Millingport, NC Fatal Brush Pile Fire,
Mrs. Hurlocker, who lived near Millingport, Stanly county, was burned to death Friday, her clothing catching from a burning brush pile.
The Landmark, Statesville, NC 26 Apr 1904
Norwood, NC Fire, Apr 1904
FIRE AT NORWOOD
A fire which broke out at Norwood, Stanley county, at 5 o'clock Saturday morning destroyed seven frame buildings on the north side of Main street, extending from HARRIS & McANLY'S brick storerooms to SAM BLALOCK'S livery stables. The BLALOCK block, which contains the Central Hotel and the storerooms of U. B. BLALOCK, caught on fire, as also did the BARNHARDT building, on the same side of the street, but by desperate work and the bucket brigade these buildings were saved, with very little loss to buildings or stock. The total loss is estimated at $10,000, with little insurance.
The Landmark Statesville, North Carolina 1904-04-26
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