News Articles – 1910

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

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


February 21, 1910
A ‘Good Roads Rally’ was held at Carolina Beach by citizens of Federal Point Township, for the purpose of discussing the good roads question. It was attended by a number of enthusiastic persons. The meeting was presided over by Mr. J.H. Williams. One of the features of the session was a strong and forceful speech by Mr. J.D. Fergus. In his remarks he called attention to the great need in Federal Point Township for good roads.

He believed that the township had been discriminated against as not a mile of good road had yet been installed in the township. He called attention to the fact that the loop now being made with the Masonboro road would not come within a mile of Federal Point Township. A committee of five drafted strong resolutions calling upon the county commissioners for relief. The meeting was held at Kure‘s at Carolina Beach with a big free oyster roast and fish fry. WILM.DISP, 2-17-1910; 2-22-1910.


April 15, 1910  
James W. Hollis was the census enumerator for Federal Point Township, New Hanover County. WILM.DISP, 4-14-1910.


May 4, 1910
Work was progressing on the grading of the Federal Point road. The road force had graded the thoroughfare for a distance of between 4 and 5 miles beyond the city limits. There remained only about 3 miles to be graded before the road would connect with the loop to be formed with the Whiskey Creek road, extending southward from the Masonboro Sound roadway. When the grading is completed the placing of rock will be started. The rock quarry was being worked full time now, accumulating the rock which will be placed on the Federal Point road. WILM.DISP, 5-4-1910.


May 20, 1910
The Carolina Beach Restaurant had recently opened and fine fish dinners could be secured at this restaurant. WILM.DISP, 5-21-1910.


June 5, 1910
Ellis Freeman, the well known caterer, was prepared to furnish Myrtle Grove oysters at Carolina Beach. He was making a specialty of roasts. ‘Truelove‘s Sauce’, new, delicious and appetizing, was the latest attraction with oysters. WILM.DISP, 6-3-1910.


September 10, 1910
The hotel at Carolina Beach, managed by Mr. Hugh Pearsall, was proving a great success, although Mr. Pearsall did not take charge until late in the season. WILM.STAR, 9-10-1910.


December 8, 1910
A fire, of incendiary origin, shortly before day, destroyed the hotel and pavilions belonging to Captain John W. Harper, and the bath houses and ‘Smith’ cottage, belonging to Mr. Hans A. Kure, at Carolina Beach, the whole entailing a loss of upwards of $15,000.

During the winter the beach is uninhabited and as there had been no fire on the premises for several days, perhaps, Capt. Harper is certain that the buildings had been set on fire. Justice George Harriss and Constable W.B. Savage went down and made an investigation, and found unmistakable evidence of incendiarism in tracks leading from the buildings and other circumstances.

The loss hit Capt. Harper hard as only last season he made a number of improvements to the property and had furnished the hotel newly throughout with everything needful to first-class accommodations and service. He estimated his loss at $12,000 or $13,000 with only $3,900 insurance. WILM.STAR, 12-9-1910.


December 20, 1910
Real Estate Transfer:

  • W.F.F. Newton and wife, et al., transfer to Archibald J. Hanby, for $100 and other considerations, 103 acres of land in Federal Point Township, adjoining lands of W.A. Ainsworth and others. WILM.STAR, 12-21-1910.


December 24, 1910
John M. Mathers, an expert road building engineer, whose home was in Scotland, had been hired by the county commissioners to have charge of building the Federal Point roadway. He had had considerable experience in building roads. He was to assume his new duties at once. WILM.DISP, 12-24-1910.


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