News Articles – 1892

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


February 5, 1982
The hotel at Carolina Beach was being enlarged by the addition of another story. When completed, the hotel would have a capacity for 150 guests. Other improvements were planned in the future. (Messenger, 2-5-1892)


March 8, 1892
It was ordered by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners that H.A. Colvin be appointed a special surveyor to survey the land of J.N. Burriss in Federal Point Township. (Messenger, 3-8-1892)


March 18, 1892
Mr. Phil Wright, the new lessee of the hotel at Carolina Beach, expected to be open for guests by the 1st of May. He was to have accommodation for at least 150 guests. (Messenger, 3-18-1892)


March 24, 1892
A COZY COTTAGE FOR COLLEGE FOLKS – Rev. J.H. Clewell, of Salem, N.C., visited Carolina Beach to look for a site for the erection of a cozy cottage for the benefit of the instructors and others of the Salem Female Academy who may desire to spend a portion of their vacation at this beautiful resort. It was also hoped that many pupils, old and new, would seek out this Academy cottage and stay for a visit. (Messenger, 3-26-1892)


March 27, 1892
The “Rev. J.H. Clewell leased Hans A. Kure’s splendid cottage at Carolina Beach and was to be known as the “Academy Cottage,” and was to be fitted up for the professors and teachers. Two rooms were to be used as reception rooms, and open house would be held for their friends and visitors. It is understood that all the young ladies from Salem Female Academy will visit the Beach this summer, and this means that there will be “mashes” by the hundred, if the professors won’t be mean. The young ladies and the teachers heretofore spent their summers at Morehead City. (Messenger, 3-27-1892; 6-17-1892)


May 6, 1892
A license to retail liquors was granted to J.A. Barnes, at the hotel bar at Carolina Beach. (Star, 5-6-1892; Messenger, 5-3-1892)


May 8, 1892
N. Hullen, 4th and Red Cross Streets, was offering for rent a two-room cottage partly furnished with kitchen attached, at Carolina Beach. (Messenger, 5-11-1892)


May 10, 1892
The season at Carolina Beach opened today. It was celebrated with an excursion on the steamer WILMINGTON to the beach. The boat left the Wilmington wharf at 9:30 a.m. and would return at 5 p.m. the fare was 50 cents for the round trip.


May 14, 1892
Captain C. Partrick, one of Clinton’s substantial citizens, was having a cottage built at Carolina Beach. (Messenger, 5-14-1892)


May 20, l892
The Island Beach Hotel was opened to the public by its owner and manager, Mr. Roder. Many improvements have been made including the dining room. There are handsome lace curtains to every window, a new carpet has been laid the entire length of the room and paint has been freely used on the inside of the building. Servants about the hotel and the waiters in the dining room are polite and attentive. Everything is in though system and “apple-pie order” Mr. Roder gives personal attention to everything. (Messenger, 5-21-1892)


May 20, 1892
The Oceanic Hotel at Carolina Beach was opened for the reception of guests. Phil Wright was the proprietor and manager. (Messenger, 5-18-1892; 5-19-1892)

At Carolina Beach, great improvements have been made. Another story had been added to the main hotel building, The Oceanic, and Mr. Phil Wright, formerly a hotelist of Fayetteville, was in charge of the hotel. This is the prettiest beach along the Atlantic coast. It is reached by boat, of which there are four or five a day between the city and the beach. (Messenger, 6-11-1892)


May 28, 1892
The contract for furnishing stone for the jetties and other government work on the Cape Fear River, was awarded to the Carolina Brown Stone Company, of Sanford, N.C. (Messenger, 5-29-1892)


June 13, 1892
Mr. Willie Taylor found a bottle about 4 miles north of Carolina Beach with a note inside which read: “Matilda Brown died at sea Mach 2nd, 1892”. Signed by Charles Stacen of the S.S. For Get Me Not, and Sarah M. Buelen. Enclosed in the note was a few pressed rose leaves. The bottle which had drifted ashore was kept as a curiosity. (Messenger, 6-25-1892)


June 1, 1892
The Lutheran Parochial School held their excursion to Carolina Beach on the steamer WILMINGTON. The day was delightfully spent by quite a number. (Messenger, 6-2-1892)


June 3, 1892
A Masonic excursion was given to Carolina Beach, under the auspices of the Wilmington Lodge, No. 319, A.F. & A.M., for the benefit of the Oxford Orphan Asylum. Refreshments were served at city prices. The boat made two trips. W.P. Oldham was chairman of the committee of arrangements. (Messenger, 5-29-1892)


June 8, 1892
(adv.) O.A. Robbins, of McColl, SC, was offering his cottage at Carolina Beach for sale. Price Low, Easy Terms. (Messenger, 6-9-1892)


June 10, 1892
The season at Carolina Beach had opened much earlier than heretofore. The Hotel Oceanic had 17 boarders – most of them from up-country – and numbers of others were expected soon. (Star, 6-10-1892)


June 15, 1892
The police excursion to Carolina Beach was a tremendous success. The policemen, to the number of thirty, accompanied by their families, went down on the steamer WILMINGTON at 9:30 a.m.

Upon arrival at the beach the policemen and spectators repaired to Mr. Hans A. Kure’s rifle range where a target shooting took place. The judges were Messrs. C.F. VonKampen, F.W. Ortmann and Chas Richter and the policemen took five shots each at a target at a distance of 40 yards. The participants in the contest were: Sgt. Capps, Sgt. Skipper, Sgt. Orrell, R.L. Dixon, James Brinkley, J. Murrill, James L. Salling, H.W. Howell, John Meier, S.J. Bryan, H.R. Kuhl, C.E. Wood, R.H. Moore, G.W. Gaford, C.W. Kunold, J.H. Jewell, B.F. Tulington, R. Green, Louis Gordin, G.A. McClamy, John S. Piver, D. Chadwick, W.R. Smith, G.W. Smith, H.H. Woebse, H. Cox, Eben Piner, C.E. Collins, D. Poisson, and Bill Metz,
Officer Brinkley, having made an aggregate score of 12 points, was declared the winner of the first prize, a silver butter dish, presented by Capt. John W. Harper, commander of the steamer WILMINGTON. Officer Brinkley also made a single score of 5 and was declared winner of the prize for best single shot, a silver pickle castor, presented by Mr. George Honnett. Officer G.W. Smith, having made the second best shot, was awarded a white buffalo hat, presented by Mr. B. F. Penny.

At dinner hour it was seen that a great any families carried their baskets and the beach was dotted with dinner parties. The policemen, however, repaired in a body to the Hotel Oceanic where a magnificent dinner was enjoyed by them. The policemen were all seated at a long table in the dining room on the ocean side, with Sgt. R.M. Capps as master of ceremonies. The Rev. G.D. Berrheim D.D. was among the guests and he was requested to give the blessing.

After the dinner, as the officers and their guests filed out of the dining room, boxes of fine Havana cigars were handed to them and they were invited to take a smoke on His Honor Mayor Ricaud, who had generously remembered them. About 2:30 p.m. a foot race was announced and a large crowd gathered on the beach to witness the dash. The distance was 100 yards and here were four entered – Sgt. Capps and officers Piner, Piver, and Havey Cox. The judges were Messrs. C.F. VonKampen, Peter Smith and Wm. Genaust. The race was won by Officer Piner. He was awarded a fine silk umbrella, presented by Polvogt & Rehder. Mr. Cox came in second and was awarded a box of cigars.

The next sport was the bag race which took place also on the beach. The distance was 50 yards and the entries were Harvey Cox, C.W. Kunold, and Walter Yates. The same judges as above were used.

After the sports, the balance of the evening was taken up in surf bathing and others danced in the pavilion until the boats left . Capt. Harper estimated a crowd at the beach at 1,200. (Messenger, 6-16-1892)


June 26, l892
Messrs. E.L. Pembleton and Walter Watson and their families, of Fayetteville, moved down to Carolina Beach, and they were to occupy their cottages for the rest of the season. (Messenger, 6-17-1892)


June 21, 1892
The Rev. Father Fred Price, of Goldsboro, N.C., was having a neat cottage erected at Carolina Beach. (Messenger, 6-21-1892)


June 22, 1892
The International Association of Machinists had their second annual excursion to Carolina Beach. There was music for dancing and plenty of refreshments. (Messenger, 6-19-1892; 6-23-1892)


June 24, 1892
The band which had been engaged in Fayetteville to play at Carolina Beach during the balance of the season was due here today. (Messenger, 6-22-1892)


July 1, 1892
The “Retail Clerks’ Association” held a grand family excursion to Carolina Beach. The fare for the round trip was 25 cents. There was baseball, bicycle racing, running races, fireworks, music and dancing. A late boat was run for those that wanted to stay over and dance at night. The committee of arrangements included Messrs. Sa, Davis, N. Jenkins, J.W. Fleet, P. Heinsberger, Jr., Chas. H. Keen and T.G. Pickett. (Messenger, 6-30-1892)


July 7, 1892
The recent storms had washed the sand from the clay banks at Carolina Beach, and a large number of minnie balls have been found in the past few days by the boys and other visitors. The balls are similar to those used by the federals during the civil war, and evidently were dropped there by the soldiers as they landed through the surf to aid in making the land attack on Fort Fisher. The bullets had not been fired. (Messenger, 7-7-1892)


July 8, 1892
A match game of baseball was played at Carolina Beach between Lumberton and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. (Messenger, 7-6-1892)


July 10, 1892
A heavy wind from the southwest struck Carolina Beach about 4 o’clock. The wind wrecked the grand stand at the baseball grounds but they were rebuilt on the 11th, so there would not be any interference with the games. (Messenger, 7-12-1892)


July 15, 1892
A large crowd went down to Carolina Beach and witnessed a fine game of baseball between the Atlantics and the Beach Clubs. It was one of the finest games of the season. The Beach Club won by a score of 9 to 4. (Messenger, 7-16-1892)


July 22, 1892
The Wilmington and Carolina Beach Baseball Clubs crossed bats at Carolina Beach, the score being 10 to 2 in favor the Beach. The main batters for the Beach were Harper and White, and Stevens and Floyd for the Wilmingtons he features of the game were the first base playing of Beery and a long running catch by Grainger. The game was witnessed by a large crowd. (Messenger, 7-23-1892)


August 1, l892
Hans A. Kure made application for a retail liquor license at Carolina Beach, which was granted. (Messenger, 8-2-1892)


August 2, 1892
An excursion and a baby show was held at Carolina Beach under the auspices of a number of ladies of Grace M.E. Church, Wilmington. A large number of little children and babies were on hand to compete for the prizes for the “prettiest,” and the following were the winners: First prize, a gold ring, to little Mary Augusta, daughter of Mr. W.L. Jacobs; Second prize gold buttons, to little Fanny May Marine, daughter of Mr. Archie Marine; Third prize, a gold pin, to little Helen Slocumb, daughter of Capt. A.H. Slocumb, of Fayetteville Little Edmund Pemberton of Fayetteville was voted a great beauty by the judges but there was no prize available for him. The first and second prizes (aprons) for the best looking nurses were awarded respectively to Bettie Graham and Bella Brinkley. (Messenger, 88-3-1892)


August 5, 1892
The Carolina Sextette Club, composed of Messrs. Frank Meier, James D. Smith, JW. Fleet, W.F. Betts, H.K. Holden and H.J. Gerken gave a concert at the Oceanic Hotel before a large audience. The bass solo by Mr. Holden was loudly applauded, Messrs. Fleet and Betts were the guitar accompaniments. (Messenger, 8-6-1892)


August 12, 1892
The Recreation baseball club and the Atlantics No. 2 crossed bats at Carolina Beach, and quite a crowd was present. The game was umpired by Mr. Eugene Beery and the result was a victory for the Recreation club, the score being 14 to 9. The game was called at 4 p.m. (Messenger, 8-13-1892)


September 4, 1892
(advertisement) For Sale – a small farm on the Sound, 1 mile from Carolina Beach, of 38 acres, 20 under cultivation. Two houses on the premises. Good landing at any time. For further information apply to W.H. Turley, 1007 North 4th Street, Wilmington. (Messenger, 9-4-1892)


November 26, 1892
Mrs. Nolan, wife of Capt. James Nolan, superintendent at Carolina Beach, was terribly burned and it was feared that her injuries would be fatal. Her clothing caught fire from a burning brush heap in the yard, and before the flames were extinguished her garments were almost entirely consumed. Dr. Burbank, of Wilmington, went down to the beach and rendered such assistance as was possible. (Star, 12-2-1892)


November 29, 1892
The office of Capt. James Nolan, the superintendent of Carolina Beach was located at No. 410 North Front Street, Wilmington. (Star, 11-29-1892; 11-30-1892; 12-4-1892; 12-23-1892; Messenger, 11-29-2892; 12-3-1892; 12-23-1892; 12-24-1892)


December 1892
Mrs. Nolan, wife of Capt. James Nolan, superintendent at Carolina Beach, died at the residence of Mr. P. Donlan from the effects of injuries she received by burning three or four weeks earlier. The funeral of Mrs. Nolan will take place from Mr. P. Donlan’s residence on North Front Street, Wilmington. (Star, 12-30-1892)


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