News Articles – 1890

Federal Point, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher
– from the Wilmington Star, Wilmington News, Wilmington Post, Wilmington Dispatch, Wilmington Messenger

Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994


April 11, 1890
The steamer SYLVAN GROVE will come out from her winter quarters on the wharf at Eagles’ Island, opposite Wilmington, and will be given a thorough overhauling and re-painting. She will begin running on the Carolina Beach schedule about May 1st. (Star, 4-11-1890)


April 18, 1890
Mrs. W.E. Mayo, who kept the hotel at the “Rocks” for many years, was to have charge of the hotel at Carolina Beach this season. (Star, 4-18-1890)


April 21, 1890
The steamer PASSPORT made her first trip for the season to Carolina Beach and carried down quite a number of visitors. (Star, 4-22-1890)


June 1, 1890
Nine new cottages were being erected at Carolina Beach where they were to be occupied this summer. (Star, 8-1-1890)


June 4, 1890
There were twenty contestants at the target shooting of the Wilmington Light Infantry at Carolina Beach. The first prize was an annual ticket to Carolina beach and the Company Medal, which was won by Capt. W.R. Kenan, by a score of 12 out of a possible 15; distance 200 yards. The second prize, a $5 gold piece, won by Sgt. John Smith, who made a score of 11. The judges were Col. W.C. Jones and Lieut. Patrick, U.S.A. (Star, 6-5-1890)

The W.L.I. had its annual target practice at Carolina Beach in fatigue uniform. Mr. F.A. Newberry offered a $5 gold piece as a prize for the second best shot. (Star, 6-3-1890)


June 10, 1890
The Policemen Department was holding their annual excursion to Carolina Beach. A game of baseball and target shooting for a policemen’s belt and club was to be among the attractions. The Committee of Arrangements included R.M. Capps, G.W. Gifford and W.R. Smith. (Star, 6-3-1890)


June 10, 1890
An immense crowd went down to Carolina Beach on the policemen’s excursion aboard the steamer SYLVAN GROVE. There was a target practice on the Beach, and the participants included: R.M. Capps, F.T. Skipper, J.D. Orrell, J.L. Salllings, R.L. Dixon, R.H. Moore, J.L. White, W.R. Smith, S.J. Bryan, C.E. Wood, C.W. Kunold, L. Gordon, C.E. Collins, H.W. Howell, G.W. Gafford, J.B. Brinkley, W.W. Mintz, Eleven missed the target entirely. The distance was 50 yards and 38-calibre pistols were used. The prize, a club and belt, was won by Mr. H.W. Howell and was presented by Capt. Harper.

There was also a game of Old Hundred, and the successful nine were presented with a box of cigars by Capt. J.W. Harper. One of the most enjoyable events was a foot race, in which Capt. R.M. Capps was the winner. He received a silk handkerchief from Capt. Harper and a box of cigars from Mr. S.W. Sanders. The men said that Capt. Capps fairly “burnt the wind.”

A nice dinner was prepared for the policemen, and Mrs. Harry Brock and her two daughters were asked to preside. This was a touching tribute to the memory of their beloved chief, Capt. Harry Brock, who died some years earlier. (Star, 6-11-1890)


June 17, 1890
The steamer D.MURCHISON brought down from Fayetteville to Wilmington, three ready-framed cottages which are to be erected at Carolina Beach, one for Capt. W.A. Robinson, one for Mr. Walter Watson, and the other for Mr. Robbins, of Fayetteville. Other parties in Fayetteville will put up cottages at the Beach and occupy them this summer. (Star, 6-18-1890)


June 20, 1890
The German Cornet Band presented the following program at Carolina Beach:

RESCUE: quick step, by George Southwell.
THE PRETTIEST; gavotte, by J.W. Warren.
PLEASANT DREAMS; serenade, by W..Ripley.
ZELDA; march, by F.J. Keller.
TYRO; march, by R.J. Herndon.
FOREPAUGH’S AGGREGATION; overture, by George Southwell.
OUR BABIES; polka, by O Langley.
DASHING BEAUTY; quick step, by F.J. Keller. (Star, 6-20-1890)


June 21, 1890
The Fayetteville OBSERVER newspaper announced that Mr. Walter Watson, of that city, who never does  anything by halves, had purchased a lot at Carolina Beach and was to erect thereon a handsome cottage where he and his family would spend their summers in the future. (Star, 6-21-1890)


June 27, 1890
A bear hunt was organized at Carolina Beach with thirty men and a pack of good trained dogs taking part in the campaign against “Bruin.” The leader of the group was Mr. George L. Morton. The bear was first seen on June 22nd by Mr. Hans A. Kure, about 1 1/2 miles below Carolina Beach.

On the 25th a party was organized by Mr. Morton and went to search of the game. They found the bear, a big black fellow, about 10 p.m., near the surf some two miles below Carolina Beach. They got two or three shots at him before he escaped into the woods. (Star, 6-27-1890)


June 27, 1890
The Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 1 gave one of the largest excursions this season to Carolina Beach. There were between 500 and 600 people who spent the day in singing, dancing, surf bathing and feasting. The steamer SYLVAN GROVE made three trips from Wilmington to carry the crowd down; the steamers PASSPORT and SYLVAN GROVE brought them back to the city arriving about 11 p.m. (Star, 6-28-1890)


June 28, 1890
A second attempt to capture and kill the visiting bear at Carolina Beach did not take place. The sportsmen from the city were not “hankering” after the bear. The bear was again seen on the beach but none of the city folks had a gun that was “fixed to kill bear.” (Star, 6-29-1890)


July, 1890
The steamer BESSIE had been repaired and she resumed her trips between Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Southport. VOL. II.


July 4, 1890
A day of quiet pleasure and enjoyment was offered visitors at Carolina Beach. There was music in the pavilion for those who wished to dance, also surf bathing and fishing. The Germania Cornet Band gave concerts in the afternoon and evening. At dark there was a grand display of fireworks. The steamers SYLVAN GROVE and PASSPORT carried visitors to and from Wilmington. (Star, 7-4-1890)


July 4, 1890
The fourth of July was celebrated at Carolina Beach with a programme of concerts by the Germania Band, a bear hunt, boat races, foot races, music and dancing and fireworks. The steamers SYLVAN GROVE and PASSPORT both made extra trips during the day to meet the demand. (Star, 6-29-1890)


July 6, 1890
A bear was roaming the sands along the shore at Carolina Beach. Willie Taylor, son of Capt. John Taylor, reported that he had seen bear tracks in the neighborhood of a dense swamp a mile or two below Carolina Beach. (Star, 7-6-1890)


July 11, 1890
Editor Roscower, of the Goldsboro HEADLIGHT newspaper, recently visited Wilmington and Carolina Beach, and upon his return home he rote the following account of his trip:

“After dinner we boarded the palatial steamer SYLVAN GROVE, under command of that ever obliging and whole-souled gentleman, Capt. Harper. He has always a ready smile for you and with him ‘on the wheel’ there is no such word as danger. After a delightful sail of a little over an hour (a distance of 15 miles), we were met at the wharf by a train of airy summer cars which conveyed us after a pleasant ride of about 12 minutes to the place of our desires – Carolina Beach.

This ‘Coney Island of North Carolina’ is becoming more popular every day, judging from the large amount of visitors there. The surf-bathing there is just splendid.” (Star, 7-11-1890)


July 11, 1890
An entertainment was given by a number of young ladies and young men at the hotel at Carolina Beach. Some of the participants were from Salem, N.C., Magnolia, N.C. and the remainder from Wilmington. The entertainment consisted of songs, recitations, and a farce entitled “The Mouse Trap.” The hotel and private cottages were called upon for curtains, rugs, etc. and the young ladies were enabled to prepare a very creditable stage with the articles that were lent to them. The entertainment opened with a duet entitled “Gypsie Countess,” very pleasantly and forcibly rendered by the Misses Stolter. The next piece was a recitation entitled “Dead Doll Sugar Plum,: by Miss Lina Solomon, a very sweet little Miss of about eight summers, who had a fine delivery for one so young in years.

The next on the program was a duet entitled “Margueretta,” which was well rendered by Misses Billinger and Peschau, and was well received by the audience. The farce was the next thing, and was a lively and mirth- provoking piece. The following was in the cast of characters: Mrs. Summens: Miss G. Jenkins; Mrs. Kerwin: Miss Newbery; Mrs. Agnes Roberts; Miss May O’Connor; Jane: Miss L. Southerland; Mr. Willis Campbell: Mr. G.F.Jenkins.

The visitors to the Beach doubtless felt grateful to the young folks for their contribution to their enjoyment. (Star, 7-12-1890)


July 11, 1890
The attractions at Carolina Beach was music by Germania Cornet Band and a vocal concert by some young ladies of Wilmington, Salem and Magnolia.  The musical programme arranged for the band was as follows:

DASHING BEAUTY; quickstep, by Keller.
FOREPAUGH’S AGGREGATION; overture, by Southwell.
PLEASANT DREAMS; serenade, by Ripley.
LOTTA’S LULLABY; by Rollinson.
RESCUE QUICKSTEP. (Star, 7-11-1890)


July 20, 1890
A grand excursion to Carolina Beach was held under the auspices of Howard Relief Fire Engine Company No. 1. There was to be refreshments, moonlight music, dancing, foot races, sack races, target shooting and other amusements at the beach. Five prizes will be awarded. The steamer SYLVAN GROVE would leave the city three different times for the Beach. The last train would leave the beach at 9 a.m. The committee of arrangements included P. Fick, chairman, W. Otersen, W. Rivenbark, C. Richter, and W. Bloom. (Messenger, 7-22-1890)


July 24, 1890
There were now thirty-two cottages at Carolina Beach. (Messenger, 7-24-1890)


August 6, l890
As the guests of Clarendon Council, the representatives of the Grand Council Legion of Honor, of North Carolina, recently in session in Wilmington spent a most delightful day at Carolina Beach.

The popular feature of the evening was the elegant supper at the Oceanic Hotel, in the preparation of which Mrs. Mayo, the popular hostess, fairly surpassed herself. An air of neatness and cleanliness that was refreshing pervaded the dining room, the waiters were alert and attentive, and the pigfish, clam firtters and deviled crabs, always the favorite dishes at seaside resorts, were presented in a style that would tempt the appetite of the most accomplished epicure. Mr. Charlie Jacobs did the honors of the office in great shape.
(Star, 8-7-1890)


August 8, 1890
A resident of Carolina Beach wrote the following:

“. . . The experiment projected three years ago by the present management of the Wilmington Transit Company has been successful beyond all expectations, and Carolina Beach was fast becoming the most popular seaside resort on the Atlantic coast. There are at present 34 cottages, occupied by many social and nice families, the majority of them being well-to-do citizens of Wilmington. . .

Building lots that were offered last year at 50 cents a foot have readily sold this season for one dollar. . .The managers are not selling off the beach to Tom, Dick or Harry, without regard to the character of the purchasers. . .

Carolina Beach as a healthful resort is superb. The salubrious climate is of itself conductive to the recuperation of a shattered nervous system and the salt water bathing is excellent for many of the diseases peculiar to women. .. .Taken altogether, Carolina Beach, is the cheapest health and pleasure resort to be found either in the mountains or on the seacoast, etc.” (Messenger, 8-8-1890)


August 20, 1890
A phonograph was exhibited by Mr. C.I. Comfort at Carolina Beach and it created great excitement. (Star, 8-21-1890)


August 29, 1890
The Cherokee Tribe No. 9, Improved Order of Red Men, of Wilmington, gave a family excursion to Carolina Beach. The committee of Arrangements included S.J. Ellis, C.P. Lockey, J.D.H. Klander, W.H. Lane, and Dr. S.P. Wright. (Star, 8-24-1890)


September 5, 1890
At Carolina Beach, during the past season, thirteen new and substantial cottages were erected by citizens of Fayetteville, Maxton, Columbia, SC, and other places. Every visitor is charmed with the place. (Star, 9-5-1890)


September 9, 1890
Persons from Fayetteville and Winston in the State, and from places in South Carolina recently purchased lots and were to build cottages for the next season at Carolina Beach. It was said that a dozen or more cottages would be erected. (Messenger, 9-9-1890)


Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994