News Articles – 1903

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


March 15, 1903
Mrs. J.L. Winner, of Carolina Beach, was advertising for sale three good dwelling houses, good spring water, sound front, garden and farm ready for farming or trucking, 10 acres. It sold for $4,000.  (Star, 3-17-1903)

(advertisement) FOR SALE Cheap for cash, a desirable truck farm and summer resort ready for farming; farming utensils, good water and bathing out house, good dwelling house, two kitchens separate from dwelling, 40 acres in one tract, and more adjoining if desired, and nice oyster garden. Will sell for $6,000. Apply to Mrs. J.L. Winner, Carolina Beach.   (Star, 3-17-1903)


March 24, 1903
The county commissioners decided to begin work at once on the fence to be built around Federal Point township as required by law, making the enclosed territory free from the stock law. The law requires that the fence be built before May 15th and the route will be surveyed at once and bids will be asked for furnishing material. The fence will be between 6 and 7 miles long and will cost about $2,500, or $326 per mile, which was the cost of the regular county fence between New Hanover and Pender counties.   (Dispatch, 3-24-1903)


April 22, 1903
The Federal Point white school closed for the year and the next day a big basket picnic and fish fry was held at Williamson‘s Landing on Myrtle Grove Sound. Between 200 and 300 people attended.   (Dispatch, 4-25-1903)


April 29, 1903
The second annual meeting of the Fort Fisher Rod and Gun Club was held in Wilmington. Officers were elected including T.W. Wood, president; C.O. Byerly, vice president; W.C. Armstrong, secretary; C.W. Yates, treasurer. The Board of Managers included L.H. Skinner, B.F. King, R.H. Beery, B.P. Harrison and T.W. Wood. The club house at ‘The Rocks’ was very popular and a janitor and cook were employed to remain there throughout the summer.  (Dispatch, 4-30-1903)


May 1, 1903.
The Hanover Seaside Club gave an oyster roast at their club house at Carolina Beach. This was the first of many pleasant affairs planned by the committee on arrangements for the upcoming season. The club house was to officially open for the season on May 15th.  (Dispatch, 4-28-1903)

The sixth annual opening of the Hanover Seaside Club on Carolina Beach took place. The House Committee had arranged a very pleasant program. There was to be the annual bowling contest for gentlemen, also a contest for ladies.   (Dispatch, 6-9-1903)


May 1, 1903.
The Hanover Seaside Club on Carolina Beach re-elected Mr. J.F. Stolter steward and superintendent of the club for the coming season. The house committee was also re-elected, as follows: Messrs. Henry Gieschen, chairman; Wm. Tienken and F.A. Bissinger. The members decided upon a few repairs and improvements to the club house, which were to be made at once.   (Dispatch, 5-2-1903)


May 11, 1903
Messrs. T.W. Wood and Ed Taylor went to ‘The Rocks’ to put in order the club house of the Fort Fisher Rod and Gun Club. The club was to be formally opened about May 20th.   (Dispatch, 5-11-1903)


May 25, 1903
Major D. O‘Connor purchased the “Stolter” Cottage on Carolina Beach for $400.   (Dispatch, 5-25-1903)


June 1, 1903
A bill was passed by the N. C. General Assembly repealing the no-fence law as applied to Federal Point township in New Hanover County.

Section 1 declared: That from and after June 1st, 1903, chapter 290 of the Public Laws of 1899 shall not apply to that portion of New Hanover county south and west of a line starting at a point on the Cape Fear river where the water course from McIlhenny‘s mill pond empties into said river, and running with the stream and mill pond to the head of clay bottom and running behind W.P. Oldham‘s fence southeast to the old Federal Point road, running thence west side of said road to the sound road, running thence west side of the sound road to George Roger‘s Lane; down said lane to the sound and also including that portion of the beach south of a pond opposite where this line touches the sound, etc. etc.  (Star, 2-22-1903)


June 9, 1903
The Hanover Lodge of Odd Fellows, Wilmington, gave a big family excursion to Carolina Beach. The features of the day were varied and attractive. There was a dazzling performance by ―Arra,‖ the great flying ring artist; dancing and music at the new pavilion; turtle egg hunt; refreshments; ice water free, and many others.   (Dispatch, 6-8-1903)


July 12, 1903
The Fort Caswell Military Band gave a concert at the pavilion on Carolina Beach.   (Messenger, 7-11-1903)

July 24, 1903
Today the Carolina Beach railroad ran over a cow about 100 yards from the beach. Three railroad cars were thrown off the track. The train was running slow and nobody was hurt. The cars were crowded with women and children, who were badly frightened for a few minutes. About 200 people were on the train. They were members of the Second Advent Sunday School excursion party from Wilmington. The train was running backward to the Beach, with the engine at the end next to the river. A cow of Mr. H. A. Kure started to cross the track and the first car knocked her down and passed over her, but it remained on the track. The three following cars were derailed, but remained on the cross ties. It was several hours before the cars were put back on the track.   (Dispatch, 7-24-1903)

About two months later, Mrs. Sallie J. Bryan and Mr. S. J. Bryan, her husband, brought suit for damages against the New Hanover Transit Company. Mrs. Bryan claimed she was injured by the slight wreck of the train in July. The amount of damages was not yet known.   (Dispatch, 9-19-1903)


August 6, 1903
Messrs. A.T. Parmele, Willie Litgen, J. Branch, D.W. Branch, Willie Strause and S.J. Scammell were spending a week on Zeke‘s Island on a fishing expedition.   (Dispatch, 8-6-1903)


August 7-12, 190
People living in Federal Point Township have been very much annoyed recently by foxes. The animals have attacked people in a number of instances. The oldest inhabitants have never before heard of foxes being so vicious. An epidemic of hydrophobia among the foxes was discovered. Rudolph, the little 7 year old son of Mr. Jesse Williamson, of Federal Point, had been attacked by one of the foxes, supposed to have had hydrophobia and was bitten severely about the leg.

The fox which bit little Rudolph Williamson was kicked to death by the boy‘s father. Citizens in the neighborhood generally went around carrying sticks and clubs for protection.   (Dispatch, 8-7-1903; 8-12-1903)


August 20, 1903
Capt. John. W. Harper was having plans prepared for a 20-room house on Carolina Beach, which will be built before the opening of the next season.

The new building will be adjoining the large new pavilion and all rooms will be sleeping apartments. It will be two stories, and the rooms will be nicely furnished. They will be rented by the day, week or month. The guests will be able to take their meals in the pavilion at the restaurant. This year the few rooms under the pavilion were filled all summer and many others were trying to get room and board since the beach opened in June. If the new building is found inadequate next summer it would be enlarged.  (Dispatch, 8-20-1903)


September 2, 1903
Over 400 people attended the mid-week dance at Carolina Beach. They also greatly enjoyed the moon-light ride on the steamer WILMINGTON. The music for the one last night was furnished by Hollowbush‘s Seashore Hotel Orchestra, and the strains were of the sweetest kind. One feature of the trip was the sight furnished by the new Bald Head lighthouse, which could be distinctly seen from both Carolina Beach and its pier in the river.  (Messenger, 9-3-1903)


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