Oral History – Faye and Norris Teague – Part 1: ‘Trailways and the Tie Factory’

 Compiled and edited by Ann Hertzler

Norris Teague

Norris Teague

Faye and Norris Teague went to school together and lived on joining farms in Randolph County. They moved to Federal Point in 1963 when Norris Teague was transferred by Trailways Bus Lines. His bus run was mainly from Wilmington to Durham with occasional runs to Carolina Beach when he filled in for a driver.

Faye Teague

Faye Teague

Faye Teague didn’t have a job at first, but found work at the necktie factory – France Neckwear near 13th and Greenfield in Wilmington. Her job was pressing tie ends. Several ladies rode with Faye from Carolina Beach to work downtown at the Fish House where they cleaned fresh catch.

Eventually Norris had 5 bus trips a day to just past the Fort Fisher Air Station where they turned the bus around to go back to the downtown Wilmington bus station near the Community College. Back then all the motel help came from between Wilmington and Seabreeze. Some worked in restaurants. Norris picked up passengers at stops along the way. The cost was 25 cents. Tokens could be bought for the month. You got to know where passengers lived but maybe not their names. The route probably closed 5 years later.

When Norris and Faye moved here in 1964, they had three children; 3 year old Melanie, 7 year old Phil, and 11 year old Gary. The children went to Carolina Beach School thru 6th grade and to Sunset and to New Hanover. They lived in a trailer near Alabama. They bought a TV set when it first came out about 1953.