News Articles – 1908

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

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


July 14, 1908
Twenty-two children of Grace M.E. Church Sunday School members of an excursion party at Carolina Beach for a day‘s outing, became violently ill, showing every symptom of ptomaine poisoning said to have been caused from ice cream served as refreshments, and causing much anxiety among the parents and friends of the little ones at the beach.

When the seriousness of the illness was noted, telephone messages were hurriedly sent to the city, a distance of 14 miles, for physicians to be sent down on the first boat. Capt. Harper placed the steamer SOUTHPORT at the disposal of the physicians, but Dr. J T. Schonwald was the only member of the profession to reach the boat before she left in a hurry for the beach.

Dr. Schonwald treated several of the patients and soon had them up an around and many returned on the evening trip aboard the steamer WILMINGTON. Dr. Schonwald stated upon his return that it was ptomaine poisoning but not of the most virulent form. All the children recovered without any further ill-effect from their rather dangerous experience. WILSON TIMES, 7-17-1908.


July 30, 1908
The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER wrote about “The Rocks” and in the article they mentioned that “The length of the dam from Federal Point to Zeke‘s Island is one mile, but the extension of Zeke‘s Island jetties to Smith‘s Island made the line much longer.

The rock foundation of this wall was from 90 feet to 120 feet wide at the base, and for three-fourths of the line the average depth of the stone wall is 30 feet from the top of the dam. In some places it is 36 feet deep. A better idea of the vastness of the undertaking may be gained from the fact that the rock used in this great structure would build a solid wall eight feet high, four feet thick, extending from Charlotte to Greensboro and one mile beyond. WILM.STAR, 7-30-1908.


October 13, 1908
The colored school building at Carolina Beach was destroyed by fire. It was a frame structure situated about half a mile from the river pier. The fire originated in a defective flue. The destruction of the building was total, however, the pupils managed to save some of the desks and books. About 30 pupils were enrolled at the school. The building was valued at about $500 and was insured for $250. Temporary arrangements were made to hold school in the colored church at the beach, situated near the location of the burned building. WILM.STAR, 10-14-1908.


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