Minutes of FPHPS Board Meeting – June 9, 2014

FP History Center

Federal Point History Center

The FPHPS board convened at 7:00 PM on June 9, 2014.  Present were: John Gordon (Chairman), Elaine Henson, Andre’ Blouin, Byron Moore. Demetria Sapienza, Barry Nelder, Juanita Winner, Leslie and Darlene Bright.

The minutes were not read due to a fault of J. Winner, incoming secretary (and other board members who dropped the ball).  A discussion of the minutes followed, including the suggestion that minutes from the general meetings as well as board meetings be posted on the web site.  It was emphasized that board meetings are open to any member who would like to attend and that the decisions made by the board should always be transparent. Beginning with this board meeting the minutes will be emailed to the board members who can, by return email, approve, correct or amend same.  Barry Nelder made the motion to implement this action and Leslie Bright seconded it.

The proposed slate of officers for the 2014-2015 session was presented:

Elaine Henson          – President
Tony Phillips             – Vice President
Demetria Sapienza  – Treasurer
Juanita Winner        – Secretary

With no bias or prejudice, we all agreed that our news letter is excellent. Therefore it was decided that FPHPS news letter should be submitted to the NC Cultural Resource Dept.  Awards are given by the state for the best of these publications.  Dee volunteered to inquire about this.

Andre’ (who is friendly with computers) has been reading back issues of the FPHPS newsletters and volunteered to make archived news letters available on the web site.  Information, people, events etc. would be searchable by key words.

It was unanimously agreed that our out-going secretary should be honored at the June picnic.  Since Lois Taylor now lives in Southport, it is not easy for her to cross the river for an evening meeting.  It was decided that a gift certificate for the gift shop would be a nice “thank you”.

Leslie Bright reported a slow down in the Sugar Loaf Earthworks project because the Society is waiting for the Town of Carolina Beach to clear out the undergrowth.

Darlene Bright gave a membership committee report.  Not all members have renewed in a timely manner.  There was a question about a business life-time membership. Juanita was tasked to find evidence of this in past minutes.

Elaine Henson presented two groups of very special donations:

Tommy Gore donated professional 8×10 photographs of 1962 CB life guards and a 1960 Pony League baseball team which included many beach children.

Also given to the History Center was a 1960 Pony League uniform shirt.  Elaine knows about textile preservation and will research the conservation of the uniform.

Tom Gray and Paul Zjichell bought, restored, and re-framed an oil painting of the steamer, Wilmington.  The painting will be placed in a safe, protected area.

Barry moved and Dee seconded a motion to accept these treasured artifacts.

Dee presented the budget with the good news that finances are healthy.   The “square” seems to be responsible for a significant increase in gift shop sales.  Our guests find it more convenient to use a credit card for purchases.  The cook book will be the star of our fund-raising efforts just as soon as the production costs are met.  Darlene also will meet with Wilmington Water Tours about a possible Autumn cruise which is another source of income.

John reported that the fence around the Newton Cemetery is in ill repair and that general grounds maintenance is needed.  There was a question about putting a line item in the 2014-2015 budget to cover new fencing.

Since bank interest rates are disappointingly low in local facilities, there was a discussion about moving the savings to an online bank.

In other business, Barry volunteered to scan old photos owned by the Kures’ into a digital format that could be stored and accessed easily.

It was agreed that the board would meet at 7:00 PM on July 14th to approve the  budget.

John Gordon adjourned the meeting at 8:33

Minutes Submitted:  6/14/14,  Juanita Winner,  Secretary

Oral History – Joseph Ryder Lewis Jr. – Part 3

Interviewed by Ann Hertzler and Jeannie Gordon

School Years: 1930s – June, 1944

When I first started to school, we were living over here on the highway; and there was no school down here.

Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr.

Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr.

There had previously been one down there somewhere, close to where Dow Plant used to be. That was before my time.

But it was gone when I came along.  Mrs. Hines, I think, she was a teacher over there. That’s the Mrs. Hines of the Senior Center.

My first five years of school I had to ride a school bus to Myrtle Grove. That’s up on the Sound about 5 or 6 miles. When I was getting ready for 6th grade, Carolina Beach was supposed to have a new school built, completed and ready to occupy when I started my 6th grade. But they hadn’t completed it, so we had to go on the Boardwalk to the Old City Hall, with a two-room operation. That was 1937-38, I think. It was a one through six. Two rooms, so in one room was 4, 5 and 6; the other room was 1, 2 and 3. The 7th grade, I was bused to Winter Park Grade School. The 8th grade, I was bused to Tileston in Wilmington.

Carolina Beach School 1937-38 year

Carolina Beach School – Class of 1937-1938
Grades 4, 5, 6.
[Click for larger image – and student names]

I’ll tell you what, if you got in trouble at school, you could get a ruler on  your hand and slap it. The teacher would do that …that was about the easiest thing they punished you with. Back in those days, too, if they found out at home, instead of them getting after the teacher or the school department, you got another one.

One interesting thing was when we were in the 6th grade at that school on the Boardwalk. The boardwalk right in front of that building was wood, wasn’t concrete like it is now, with cracks in it. Well, at break time we would go look down through these cracks and you’d see money down there, quite often. We would get a piece of bubble gum and stick it on a long handle stick and stick it down there to get that money. And then we would go to Mr. Cliff Smith’s store down on the corner and get us an extra snack.

And at that point in time, you could get under the boardwalk on the front. It was hunting money by just walking along the edge of the shore, on the beach. You can’t find coins today, I don’t know why it’s gone, I don’t think there’s much of it there today, but you could go along there and there were coins laying there and you’d just pick ‘em up.

School Bus 1930's

School Bus 1930’s

I wasn’t in basketball or baseball or football. I wasn’t in any of it. And one reason was that you had to ride the school bus to school and up in Wilmington, if you didn’t ride that school bus back home in the afternoon, how would you get home? See, New Hanover High School is in the 14 or 1500 block and we could walk down to 3rd street and it wasn’t too bad to get a ride with some men who lived down here but worked in Wilmington. And they would be coming home and pick you up.

I got along very well in high school. But I graduated in June of ’44, had gone through 12 grades, and I was 17 years old. My birthday is the latter part of October, so see I wouldn’t be 18 until the latter part of October. You had to register for the draft when you turned 18 and you could join the Marine Corp or the Army, but you couldn’t join the Navy after you turned 18. You could up until you turned 18, so I was going to join the Navy just before I turned 18, as a volunteer.

 

Former Carolina Glove Co. Re-Opens as Good Hops Brewing

Carolina Glove Building

Carolina Glove Co. Building

In 1966, the Richmond Glove Corp (Indiana) built and operated a glove manufacturing plant in Carolina Beach at 811 Harper Ave, on the corner of Dow Road.  In 1967, J.W. Abernethy Jr., President of Carolina Glove Co., of Newton, NC purchased the glove factory from Richmond Glove. He announced plans to expand the Carolina Beach facility and that all current personnel would be retrained.

Carolina Glove Co. had begun manufacturing in 1946 in Newton. It also had operations in Taylorsville and Catawba, NC.  Today, Carolina Glove Company is still family owned and is the largest glove manufacturing company in the US.

In 1981, the Carolina Glove Co’s. Carolina Beach subdivision had 30 employees working on an assembly line turning out three dozen gloves an hour, manufacturing almost 10,000 gloves a week. The plant produced all-leather drivers – a type of work glove – in 6,000 styles. Most of the finished gloves were shipped back to Newton, NC where they were sold wholesale throughout the United States.

Good Hops Brewing - entranceOperations declined in the late 1980’s, and in the last few years the building at the corner of Harper and Dow Road was partially occupied by a series of trades-persons. But last year, some local residents saw new possibilities for the underutilized glove factory building.

Rick and Patricia Jones, with recent experience assisting their son, John Garcia, in opening Lookout Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC, began investigating the possibility of opening a brewery in the former Carolina Glove factory.  Rick and Patricia Jones later signed a multi-year lease with the original family owners of the building and began the long and expensive process of creating a community-oriented brewing environment. While restoring the building for the brewery, they focused on retaining the building’s architectural and period

Good Hops Brewing - patio

Good Hops Brewing – Side Patio

history.

Good Hops Brewing started with a 3 barrel system with 2 brews a day.  They will maintain 8 or more taps for tasting at the brewery and offer over two dozen varieties of beers for distribution to local bars, restaurants and hotels.

Good Hops Brewing LLC, opened on June 20, 2014.

 

 

WILMA Magazine – August, 2014
Carolina Beach jumps into brewery trend with Good Hops

 

Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk

Featured Business Member June, 2014

  – by Tony Phillips

Olde Saltys Exterior

Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk – (click)

Olde Salty’s is located at 3 Boardwalk Ocean Front, Carolina Beach, NC. It’s a restaurant and bar owned by Brenda Armes. Brenda has owned Olde Salty’s since April 15th, 1994.

She also owned The Landmark restaurant at one time, but says she closed it “because she was competing with herself.”

Brenda and Olde Salty’s has survived over 5 hurricanes including Fran in 1996 which took off the front of her restaurant. That’s when Brenda opened the rear of her restaurant up as a smaller place named ‘A Little On the Side’. She did this so that her employees would still have jobs while the 2 months of construction restored the front.

Tony Phillips

Brenda Armes

Olde Salty’s is open year round and has much to offer visitors and locals. Regardless of the season, fresh food is served every day. Team Trivia is played each Wednesday night during the off season. Bowling competition is held in the back on Tuesdays and Shag dancing on Sundays. Brenda celebrates all festive holidays especially St. Patrick’s Day when she famously leads her own parade with shillelagh in hand around the boardwalk.

Old Salty's Interior

Old Salty’s

When asked how she came up with the name for Olde Salty’s,  Brenda smiled and winked telling us that it was pulled from a hat in 1992 by then town Councilman Rick Burrows. I would love to have that slip of paper today.

Bring the family and friends to Olde Salty’s any day of the week for great food and fun but remember, unattended children will be fed to the sharks and no screamin’ kids are tolerated.

Olde Salty's Shuffleboard

Olde Salty’s Shuffleboard

As Brenda says, “The Boardwalk is the best place in the world!”

Olde Salty’s on Facebook

 

From the President – June, 2014

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

The nominating committee, consisting of Darlene Bright, Lois Taylor and myself, has been hard at work filling the positions for Officers and Board members for the 2014-2015 year.

We will vote on the slate of nominees at our July meeting.

President: Elaine Henson

Vice President: Tony Phillips

Secretary: Juanita Winner

Treasurer: Demetria Sapienza

Nominees for the Board of Directors:
John Gordon, Byron Moore, Barry Nelder, Jean Stewart and Andre’ Blouin.

 


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Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

Current Officers – 6/1/14

President – Barry Nelder
Vice-President – Juanita Winner
Secretary – Lois Taylor
Treasurer – Demetria Sapienza

Current Directors – 6/1/14
John Gordon (Chairman)
Elaine Henson
Byron Moore
Jean Stewart
Cheri McNeill
Skippy Winner
John Moseley
Leslie Bright
Jim Dugan

Society Notes – June, 2014

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 67 visitors in May. We had 36 at the May meeting. The gift shop took in a healthy $452.14.  Last month, the History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live, the UDC and the Sugar Loaf Preservation Group.
  • Please welcome new members Carol Valois from Kure Beach and Fredrick Fisher from Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to Ron Griffin, Juanita Winner, Sylvia Snook, Darlene Bright, and Lois Taylor for keeping the History Center open while Rebecca was off. A HUGE thanks to Jeannie Gordon for cleaning the History Center. It hadn’t been cleaned in a few months and she had a big job.
  • Thanks AGAIN to Andre’ Blouin for all the time he’s put into our new website. The website is chock full of all kinds of great information.
  • Website Helpful Hint: Try out the ‘Search’ box located on the top-right of all our pages – it’s similar to Google in that it’s powerful in finding any name or word within the Federal Point website. Look up any word you think you might have previously read on the site – the results will entertain.
  • And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502, or them 338-3134.  For tour descriptions and schedules: www.wilmingtonwatertours.net

 


Featured Business Member

  – by Tony Phillips

Olde Saltys Exterior

Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk

Olde Salty’s is located at 3 Boardwalk Ocean Front, Carolina Beach, NC. It’s a restaurant and bar owned by Brenda Armes. Brenda has owned Olde Salty’s since April 15th, 1994. She also owned The Landmark restaurant at one time, but says she closed it “because she was competing with herself.”

Brenda and Olde Salty’s has survived over 5 hurricanes including Fran in 1996 which took off the front of her restaurant. That’s when Brenda opened the rear of her restaurant up as a smaller place named ‘A Little On the Side’. She did this so that her employees would still have jobs while the 2 months of construction restored the front.

Tony Phillips

Brenda Armes

Olde Salty’s is open year round and has much to offer visitors and locals. Regardless of the season, fresh food is served every day. Team Trivia is played each Wednesday night during the off season. Bowling competition is held in the back on Tuesdays and Shag dancing on Sundays. Brenda celebrates all festive holidays especially St. Patrick’s Day when she famously leads her own parade with shillelagh in hand around the boardwalk.

Old Salty's Interior

Old Salty’s

When asked how she came up with the name for Olde Salty’s,  Brenda smiled and winked telling us that it was pulled from a hat in 1992 by then town Councilman Rick Burrows. I would love to have that slip of paper today.

Bring the family and friends to Olde Salty’s any day of the week for great food and fun but remember, unattended children will be fed to the sharks and no screamin’ kids are tolerated.

Olde Salty's Shuffleboard

Olde Salty’s Shuffleboard

As Brenda says, “The Boardwalk is the best place in the world!”

 

June 16, 2014 – Summer Potluck – 6:30pm

potluck

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 16, 6:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

In lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual summer potluck. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group. If the weather behaves you might also want to bring a lawn chair.

This is always a wonderful time to visit with old friends, but also a great time to introduce new people. PLEASE bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in joining.