News Articles – 1911

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


January 1, 1911
The roll of honor of Oak Hill School in Federal Point Township, Miss Aleph Cason, teacher, for the month of December, 1910, was announced and was as follows: Mariam Newton, Annie Newton, Wesley Newton, Lottie Burnett, Elizabeth Burnett, George Biddle, Jessie Bonham, Lela Russ, Nellie Russ, Loyd Sanders, Kate Williams, Henry Williams and Sallie Williams. WILM.STAR, 1-6-1911.


January 22, 1911
The contract was let and plans were drawn for the Carolina Beach pavilion. The ballroom, when completed, will be the largest south of Washington, D.C. WILM.NEWS, 1-22-1911.


January 22, 1911
Without a doubt the largest strictly pleasure pavilion on the South Atlantic coast will be erected within the next few weeks on Carolina Beach. The plans and specifications for the magnificent new summer retreat were recently drawn for Capt. John W. Harper, owner of the property and the splendid steamer WILMINGTON by which it is reached, by architect Henry E. Bonitz, of Wilmington.

It was architect Bonitz who designed and supervised the construction of Lumina pavilion at Wrightsville Beach, but in the structure at Carolina Beach he has gone a step further and provided the largest and most completely equipped pavilion on the South Atlantic coast. The contract for building the new pavilion has recently been let to Mr. W.B. Bevill. WILM.STAR, 1-22-1911.


January 23, 1911
It was learned the R.F. Lewis, a citizen of Federal Point Township, had lost his home and all his household effects by fire several days earlier. Lewis and his family saved only the clothes they wore. There was no insurance on the house or contents. Many of his friends in Wilmington, including Rev. J.S. Crowley, of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, requested charity for the family. Clothing, furniture and money were badly needed for their relief. Lewis had charge of the Federal Point School for some time. About a year ago he had been confined to his home as the result of an accident. He had just gotten things in fair shape financially when the fire wiped out everything. WILM.DISP, 1-23-1911.


February 15, 1911
Work was begun at Carolina Beach on the large and handsome pavilion, which will take the place of the one burned earlier. It was to be ready for the summer season during May. Capt. John W. Harper awarded the contract for the work to contractor, W.B. Bevil. The work of placing the lumber on the site had been in progress for some time. WILM.STAR, 2-16-1911.


March 24, 1911
Henry A. Martindale died at his home in Federal Point Township from heart disease. He was 74 years old. He died in the house in which he was born. His wife had died several years earlier. He was survived by two children, Owen Martindale, and Mrs. R.M. Johnson who lived with her father. There were five grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Confederate army. Interment was on March 25th in the family burial ground. WILMI.DISP, 3-25-1911.


April 29, 1911
One of the largest and handsomest dancing pavilions in the South was nearing completion at Carolina Beach. It was the property of Capt. John W. Harper, owner of the steamer WILMINGTON and the promoter of Carolina Beach. The new pavilion was to have one of the finest floors for dancing to be found anywhere. The music and dancing at the resort will be made a feature of the life there. Beach season was to open about June 1st. WILM.DISP, 4-29-1911


May 8, 1911
While bound for Carolina Beach on the usual daily trip down the river the steamer WILMINGTON lost its wheel. Another wheel was sent down from the city and it was soon installed. WILM.DISP, 5-9-1911.


May 23, 1911
The Marine Engineers Beneficial Association held their outing at Carolina Beach. Their excursion was the first of the season. There was music and dancing and a general good time was had.  WILM.STAR, 5-29-1911.


May 23, 1911
There were persistent rumors that there was planned a big development for Carolina Beach. It was known that T.F. Boyd and several other citizens of Hamlet, N.C., as well as several gentlemen from Michigan, interested in such a project.

It had been learned that Roland Freeman, one of the heirs to the Freeman estate, colored, (which owns considerable quantities of land near Carolina Beach had practically closed negotiations for the sale of 250 acres of land owned by the estate and that he had also agreed to give options on a like amount of territory. The home of Roland Freeman was near the beach. From the rumors it seemed that an effort was being considered to promote the advantages of Carolina Beach. WILM.DISP, 5-23-1911.


May 23, 1911
Although there had not been any confirmation of the report, it was practically confirmed that Captain Harper had sold his holdings at Carolina Beach to a company of stockholders who were to develop the beach. The New Hanover Transit Company, of which Captain Harper was the principal owner, controlled about 200 acres of land at the beach, the railway from that resort to the Cape Fear River pier two miles across the peninsula, and the river connection of the steamer WILMINGTON. It was rumored that the consideration was between $20,000 and $25,000.

The gentlemen interested in the development of Carolina Beach had been patrons and owners of property at Southern Pines and Pinehurst. One of the first improvements to be considered by the developers was the establishment of an electric line between Wilmington and the beach, possibly all the way to the site of Fort Fisher. WILM.DISP, 5-24-1911.


May 25, 1911
The annual excursion of the Daughters of Liberty was held at Carolina Beach. Several hundred people attended. The events of the day were: Hobble skirt races, boys‘ race, barrel race and bicycle race. The judges of the races were Mrs. N. Lewis, Miss Pearl Bryant and Mr. D. B. Hamilton. Music was provided by the Independent Band, composed of 18 pieces. This was the first public appearance of the band, which was composed of some of the most talented musicians of Wilmington. WILM.STAR , 5-28-1911.


June 1, 1911
The Daughters of Liberty, a branch of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, with a large membership in Wilmington, held one of the first excursions of the beach season. The outing to Carolina Beach will be made a gala occasion. B.D. Hamilton was in charge of the excursion. WILM.DISP, 5-16-1911.


June 6, 1911
The Daughters of Rebekah, the women‘s branch of the Odd Fellowship, ran their first excursion of the season to Carolina Beach. The proceeds of the excursion were to go toward the school which the Odd Fellows were to establish at their home at Goldsboro, N. C. WILM.STAR, 5-28-1911.


June 29, 1911 …. Fort Fisher
Capt. J. W. Harper was displaying an unexploded bomb shot by the fighting Confederates during the battle of Fort Fisher. It was recovered by a suction dredge working in the river channel near Fort Fisher. It was about 18 inches long and weighed about 50 pounds. WILM.DISP, 6-29-1911.


July 4, 1911
Carolina Beach celebrated the Glorious Fourth in an appropriate manner. The Daughters of Liberty, an auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, operated an all-day excursion from Wilmington. Hundreds took advantage of the delightful trip down the river. Surf bathing was very popular. A band was on hand for the occasion and dancing was an attractive feature of the day.

Including an excursion run from Town Creek, in Brunswick County, which brought about 200 people, it was estimated that there were over 1,000 pleasure seekers taking part in the day‘s festivities. The steamer WILMINGTON was kept busy.  WILM.DISP, 7-5-1911.


August 3, 1911
The Cape Fear Independent Band of Wilmington had one of the most successful excursions to Carolina Beach of the season. The steamer made three trips and hauled a total of 616 passengers. The last boat returned to Wilmington at midnight. There was music by a brass band and a string band and dancing all day. Mr. B.D. Hamilton was the general manager of the band. WILM.STAR, 8-4-1911.


August 6, 1911
Two delightful concerts were given in the handsome new pavilion at Carolina Beach by Peiffer‘s Orchestra, of the Airdome Theatre, in Wilmington.

Afternoon concert:
I LOVE IT; medley, by Von Tilzer.
HEARTS ON FIRE, by H. Bauer.
AUTUMN BREEZES; tone poem, by King.
STOP, STOP, STOP and SOME OF THESE DAYS, two popular numbers.
THE DOLLAR PRINCESS; selection, by Leon Fall.
THE WINNING FIGHT; march, by Abe Holzman.

Evening concert:
AGUDWUN; march, by Shipman.
STANDARD AMERICAN AIRS; patriotic overture, arranged by Geo. Rosey.
THE GLOW WORM, by Linke.
SERENADE, by Moszkowski.
THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER; selection, by Oscar Strauss. WILM.STAR, 8-4-1911.


August 14, 1911
An alligator‘s nest with 42 alligator eggs in the process of hatching was discovered by a group of visitors near what was known as the ‘Big Pond,’ in the Sound, above Mr. H.A. Kure‘s place. Some of the eggs were taken to Wilmington, where the eggs and the young alligators draw a lot of attention. It was explained to the uninformed that the alligator lays her eggs in the marshes and covers them with a formation of murk, mud and sticks where the sun is allowed to hatch the youngsters out. WILM.STAR, 8-15-1911; 8-16-1911.


August 27, 1911
The Airdome Orchestra performed for the second time at Carolina Beach. The program included:

Afternoon Concert:
THE INDIAN‘S BRIDE; march, by Dave Reed, Jr.
MY CAVALIER; Spanish waltz, by Jos. S. Nathan.
CARPET RAGS, by Ramond O‘Connor.
THE PEACOCK STRUT, by the Cascades.

Evening Concert:
UNSER HEINRICH MARCH, by Paris Chambers.
INDIAN MARCH; characteristic, by Hardy.
THE LAST CALL, by Williams.
POPPYLAND; Caprice, by Tolhurst.


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