News Articles – 1922

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 15, 1922
One of the distinct features of the unveiling of the stone monument at the site of old Fort Fisher was the presence of Mrs. Christopher C. Bland, of Lenoir County wife of Private C.C. Bland, of the 36th North Carolina regiment. It was Pvt. Bland who during the bombardment of Fort Fisher twice climbed the fort‘s flag staff and attached the Confederate colors after they had been shot way by flying shells. (Dispatch, 12-30-1921)


March 22, 1922
Carolina Beach was going to be put on the resort map this summer with the Howard-Wells amusement Company as the lessee of the amusement features, which will include the pavilion, bath house and various concession features in the course of being arranged for. A lease of the amusement privileges had been signed for the Howard-Wells Amusement Company to have full control for a term of years. Percy W. Wells, president of the company, promised to make Carolina Beach a real playground.

Mr. Wells planned opening the pavilion each evening about 8:00PM and insured lively action in dancing, tabloid show and vaudeville every minute of the time until 12:00 midnight. He planned to install an elaborate soft drink bar in addition to the serving of refreshments at the tables in the pavilion. (Dispatch, 2-22-1922)


March 26, 1922
The Howard-Wells Amusement Company had leased Carolina Beach for a term of years and they planned to inaugurate cabaret-vaudeville, tabloid and movie entertainments at the resort. They wish to offer the same attractions which have made New Jersey and California beaches the favorite hot weather resorts of those sections, drawing large crowds annually.

Their lease included the pavilion for dancing, bath houses, and all the amusement concessions. Arrangements have been made by Percy Wells, president of the company, to provide entertainment for all classes of people during the coming summer. Dancers alone will not be catered to but a variety of attractions will be offered. Mr. Wells planned to have a change of cabaret performers every week, and a change of programs three times per week. (Star, 3-26-1922)


April 6, 1922
The amusement season at Carolina Beach will be open on May 29th and be continued through Labor Day. This was announced by P.W. Wells, of the Howard-Wells Amusement Company, lessee of Carolina Beach, who had just returned from Atlanta where he went to perfect details for the entertainment features to be offered at the resort this summer.

While in Atlanta he closed a contract with Guy Johnson, well-known in the Wilmington area, to have charge of the musical comedy, farce, stock and cabaret features of the entertainment. Mr. Johnson had a record of 30 years continuous service in the show game.

The cabaret features were to be changed weekly, and the plays were to be changed three times a week. Negotiations were now underway with several high-class dance orchestras for the coming season. (Dispatch, 4-6-1922)


May 21, 1922
A 30-minute bus service between Wilmington and Carolina Beach was one of the innovations promised this season by the Ocean Beach Company, lessees of the Carolina Beach pavilion and concessions.

Six large buses, each with a seating capacity of 16 passengers, had been secured. A flat round rate of 50 cents was to be charged.

Other innovations at the beach were free camping ground for parties, free parking space near the waterfront and tables and chairs for picnickers. (Star, 5-21-1922)


May 24, 1922
‘The Original Aces’ were now in Wilmington for the purpose of filling an engagement at Carolina Beach. They made their first appearance before the public at the American Legion Hut on the Post Office green. This orchestral had a wide reputation for dance music. The orchestra carried with it vocalists and other entertainers. (Dispatch, 5-24-1922)


May 25, 1922
Carolina Beach opened its season with not less than 1,200 persons on the dance floor of the pavilion at one time. Music for the occasion was furnished by Donald Humphrey‘s ‘Original Aces’. The opening features were conducted by Lem Davis, Manager of the Ocean Beach Company, and Frank and Tom Shepard, lessees of the beach rights.

The dance music furnished by the Original Aces was of a high variety, and was greatly enjoyed by the large number of dancers. It is said that there were not less than 600 automobiles parked at Carolina Beach during the early part of the evening. Dancing began at 7:45 o‘clock and ended at midnight.


May 25, 1922
Carolina Beach opened its season this evening. Buses were leaving Wilmington at the Pioneer Service Station. The Original Aces, said to be one of the best orchestras in the North were to furnish the music at the pavilion. They are full of pep and jazz. The pavilion cabaret was ready for a heavy patronage, the cafeteria had been screened and renovated. Harry Fales, well-known local boxer had been employed to act as life guard and the bathing house had been placed in good condition. The Greystone Inn was to be operated by A.W. Pate again this year. (Star, 5-25-1922;  5-27-1922)


May 25, 1922
Carolina Beach opened for the season. It had been leased by the Ocean Beach Amusement Company, which was controlled by the Shepherd Brothers of Wilmington and was to be managed by Lem Davis, a well known vaudeville entertainer and bass soloist. Music was to be provided by ‘The Original Aces’, of Pennsylvania one of the peppiest orchestras available. (Dispatch, 5-14-1922)


May 25, 1922
(advertisement) Carolina Beach opened for the new season. ‘The Original Aces,’ the ‘Peppiest Orchestra in the South’ were to provide music for dancing from 7:45 to 11:30 P.M. The beach was advertised as Wilmington‘s safest bathing beach. Life Guard on Duty. Free Pavilion Afternoons. Plenty of Ice Water. Playgrounds for Children. Sea Food Café open at all hours. Bus line to beach. Plenty of Amusement. Bath House open at all times. Bathing- Boating-Fishing. (Star, 5-25-1922)


May 25, 1922
Carolina Beach opened for the season and ‘The Original Aces’ made their first appearance for dancing at the beach. Before coming to the beach they performed several selections at the Grand Theater in Wilmington and demonstrated their ability to turn out the jazziest kind of jazz.

Carolina Beach was being operated by the Ocean Beach Amusement Company, a local concern under the management of Lem Davis, the well-known southern vaudeville artist. R.F. Meirs, a leading local dancing instructor, was to be in personal charge of the dancing floor in the pavilion
Carolina Beach, in addition to offering dancing, Cabaret entertainment, etc,. had a good bathing house, an excellent swimming beach, a playground for children, and in general facilities for healthy outdoor recreation. (Dispatch, 5-24-1922;  Star,, 5-25-1922)


May 25, 1922
By actual count, 584 automobiles were parked at Carolina Beach when the pavilion being organized by the Ocean Beach Company, under the management of Lem Davis, opened for the season. Over 2,000 persons passed through the doors of the pavilion and enjoyed the dance music of The Original Aces, a melodious quintet who were masters of jazz.

The pavilion had been repainted and redecorated. New electric light fixtures had been installed, and additional arc lights had been placed in the main boulevard. Carolina Beach was ready to cater to “the amusement of bathers, dancers, summer residents, fishermen and children.” (Dispatch 5-26-1922)


May 25, 1922
Carolina Beach, recently leased by the Ocean Beach Amusement Company, had its formal opening tonight. The Original Aces orchestra provided music for dancing.

The cafeteria had been rescreened and renovated and the management was prepared to offer a reward for every fly found within the four walls of the establishment which was located close to the pavilion. Harry Fales, a popular Wilmington boxer, was doing life duty service on the beach this season. The Greystone Inn was under the managements of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Pate. (Dispatch, 5-24-1922)


May 28, 1922
(advertisement) CAROLINA BEACH NOW OPEN – ―Wilmington‘s Safest Bathing Beach‖ – Spend Sunday Where Ocean Breezes Blow! – Music by the Original Aces – Mr. Lem Davis, the well known Basso Soloist, will sing at 3, 5, 8:30 and 10 p.m. – Free Sunday Concert, Afternoon and Evening – Free Pavilion – Bath House open at all hours – Suits, Adults 40 cents; children 25 cents – Life Guards on Duty – Sea Food Café open at all hours – Plenty of Ice Water FREE – A beautiful auto drive from the city – Take bus at the Pioneer Filling Station, North Front Street, Every Hour. OCEAN BEACH AMUSEMENT COMPANY.  (Star, 5-28-1922)


May 30, 1922
A favor dance was given at Carolina Beach on Memorial Day. The jazz band known as The Original Aces provided the music. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Meyer had charge of the dancing at the beach this season. (Dispatch, 5-29-1922)


June 1, 1922 …. Fort Fisher Beach
The Fort Fisher Beach Amusement Company announced the formal opening of the beach. The ‘Rockaway Five’ of New York, a dance orchestra supreme, were to present dancing nightly all season. The vocalist was Jimmy Croom, baritone. Free Sunday Concerts. (Star, 5-28-1922)


June 12, 1922
Edmund Alexander, of Wilmington, was promoting the idea of a ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport. He suggested the improvement of the road from Fort Fisher to the end of Federal Point, a distance of two miles, and at a point where the government dam known as ‘The Rocks’ begins. He suggested of the building of a small wharf and shelter at Federal Point for safely handling passengers. He reported that the distance from the wharf to Southport by ferry would be five miles. (Star, 6-12-1922)


June 17, 1922
Effective today, a regular schedule was to be maintained between Wilmington and Carolina Beach with two large comfortable buses that were used between Fayetteville and Camp Bragg during the last war. They had a carrying capacity of 30 persons each.

The buses were splendidly equipped with new tires and glass windows rather than curtains. Regardless of the weather passengers will be ‘as snug as a bug in a rug’ in making the trip to and from the beach. Entrances to the bus were from the rear and the seats were arranged on the sides of the vehicle. (Dispatch, 6-17-1922)


June 25, 1922
(advertisement)  A special Sunday Concert was presented by the ‘The Original Aces’ orchestra at Carolina Beach.
The program included:

OUR DIRECTOR; march by F.E. Biglos
LOVE DREAMS, by John Meskill
PRELUDE IN C SHARP MINOR; piano solo, by Rachmaninoff
OLD PAL, by M.K. Jerome
CRADLE SONG; violin solo, by Hauser.
AH CHE LA MORTO; saxaphone solo, by Verdi. (Star, 6-25-1922)

June 25, 1922 …. Fort Fisher Beach
“Madam Turtle,” aged about 500 years, was lured on the beach to the edge of the boardwalk by the electric light at the Fort Fisher Beach mistaking it for the moon. She was also lured by the sweet music of the ‘Rockaway Five’ orchestra. If she had not been disturbed by all these influences, she probably would have laid her hundred eggs. Lawrence Kure and E.W.L. Gilbert, assisted by a score of visitors, dragged the turtle up to the pavilion where she was placed on exhibition. She weighed about 500 pounds. After exhibiting, she was to be returned to the Atlantic Ocean. Before she was disturbed she had laid about eleven eggs. At some time in her long life, she had probably met a shark as her right hind foot was gone. (Dispatch, 6-26-1922)


June 25, 1922 …. Fort Fisher Beach
(advertisement) Fort Fisher Beach Amusement Company, A Mainland Beach Celebrated for its Historical Association.

The Program De Luxe Included:

AIDA; march, by G. Verdi.
ZAMPA; overture, by J. Herold
IL TRAVDORE; selection, by G. Verdi.
PLAYTIME; saxaphone solo by Mr. Fred DeRobertis, by J. Huffman SLAVE SONG; vocal, by Mr. James Croom.
A MADCAP PRINCESS; selection, by Ludwig Comic Opera. SERENADE; violin solo by Mr. Otto Palmer, by Drdla.

VOCAL; selected, by Mr. James Croom.

DANCE OF THE HOURS, from La Gioconda, by Ponchiellli.

A second concert will be rendered from 8:00 to 9:00 P.M.  (Dispatch, 6-24-1922)


July 3, 1922
Captain W.E. Fountain, of Southport, had recently purchased a handsomely equipped passenger yacht from a Mr. McClammy, of Wilmington, and he was planning to run it in connection with a Federal Point bus line. The yacht had every convenience and a trip from Southport to the ‘rocks’ over the broadest part of the Cape Fear River and within sight and sound of the ocean, would prove to be a delightful recreation. (Dispatch, 7-10-1922)


July 3, 1922
Mr. Edmund Alexander received the endorsement of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club for repairing the two miles of road between Fort Fisher and Federal Point. As soon as the road was repaired and a river landing arranged, the managers of the Carolina Bus Line indicated their willingness to aid in the undertaking by making connection with the passenger yacht plying between Federal Point and Southport.

Captain W.E. Fountain, of Southport, had recently purchased a handsomely equipped passenger yacht of Mr. McClammy, of Wilmington, and was willing to run in connection with the bus line. The yacht had every convenience and a trip from the ‘Rocks’ to Southport, over the broadest part of the Cape Fear River and within sight and sound of the ocean, would indeed be a delightful recreation. It was now up to the citizens of Brunswick and New Hanover counties to establish a connecting link between the southern portions of the two counties. (Dispatch, 7-10-1922)


July 4, 1922
10:00 a.m. – Potato Race, for boys. First Prize.
10:10 a.m. – Girl‘s Race – 50 yards, First and Second Prize.
10:20 a.m. – Boys Race – 75 yards, First and Second Prize.
10:30 a.m. – Fat Man‘s Race – First Prize
10:40 a.m. – Running Broad Jump. First Prize
10:50 a.m. – 100-yark Dash, open to all. First and Second Prize.
11:00 a.m. – Climbing Greased Pole.

11:10 a.m. – Plunge for Distance. First and Second Prize.
11:20 a.m. – 50-yard Swim for Boys. First Prize.
11:30 a.m. – 75-yard Swim open to all. First and Second Prize.
11:40 a.m. – 25-yard Swim for Girls. First Prize.

1:00 p.m. – Four-round sparing exhibition. Tommy Thompson vs. Harry Fales.
1:30 p.m. – Wrestling Match. Young Albertson vs. Harry Fales
Dancing from 2:30 to Midnight.  (Dispatch, 7-3-1922)


July 27, 1922
A waltzing contest was held at the big pavilion at Carolina Beach. More than forty couples competed in the contest. After a process of elimination this number was finally reduced to six couples. The judges had a difficult time deciding the winners for this number. Finally Frank Meier, dancing with Miss Katherine Konig, and J.D. Edwards dancing with Miss Doris McNair, were declared winners by Miss Standley Anderson, Miss Mary McKenzie and Kenneth Weeks, who acted as the judges. (Star, 7-28-1922)


July 28, 1922
‘Dokie Night’ was held at Carolina Beach by “the wild men of the Knights of Pythias who turn themselves lose on a fish dinner” which was prepared for them at the popular resort. Several things in the stunt line was pulled off by the Dokies during the evening. (Dispatch, 7-28-1922)


August 15, 1922
The first night in the celebration of Mardi Gras at Carolina Beach was held. It was a success from all points of view. Over a thousand people attended. The decorations of lanters, paper hangings and bunting lent a holiday appearance. The Hawaiian dance by little Virginia Bryley delighted the many onlookers, and the burlesque Apache dance by Madame Geraldine Rishael and Harrison Scott was a big success. Confetti, balloons, steamers or serpentine was supplied by the management which added to the carnival atmosphere. The chariot race between ‘Fatty’ Yopp and Frank Miller was to be held on the second day. The Original Aces rendered jazz tunes and the dancers found them to their liking in all ways. (Dispatch, 8-16-1922)


August, 1922
Real Estate Transfers:

  • A.W. Pate and wife to Charles E. Bethea and wife, lot on Carolina Beach. (Dispatch, 8-15-1922)
  • New Hanover Transit Company to Durham Publishing Company of Durham, N.C., one lot on Carolina Beach. (Dispatch, 8-28-1922)
  • Carolina Beach Railway Company to H.M. Stokes, one lot on Carolina Beach. (Dispatch, 9-15-1922)


August 16, 1922
The Carolina Beach cottage of W.J. Bradshaw, of the Bradshaw & Co., furniture dealers of Wilmington, with all furnishings and household effects, was completely destroyed by fire. The loss was about $3,000. The cottage was unoccupied at the time and burned completely to the ground. (Dispatch, 8-17-1922)


August 31, 1922
‘Bubber’ Meier and Miss Katherine Konig were easy winners of the grand dance contest at Carolina Beach and they were presented with two lovely silver cups, suitably engraved. About a dozen couples participated in the contest. This was the last dance contest of the season. (Dispatch, 9-1-1922)


October 6, 1922
Mrs. C.A. Lewis, 54, was buried in the Federal Point Cemetery. (Dispatch, 10-6-1922)
Georgia A. Andrews, wife of W.E. Lewis , died. Born 1861. Internment in Federal Point Cemetery. (Dispatch, 10-8-1922)


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