News Articles – 1923

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

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


January 14, 1923 …. Federal Point
The 58th Anniversary of the capitulation of Fort Fisher was celebrated with impressive exercises at the old fort. Major W.A. Graham, N.C. superintendent of public instruction, was the principal speaker.

Members of Cape Fear Camp No.254, United Confederate Veterans, and all veterans of the civil war, were invited to attend the celebration. Dr. A.M. Baldwin, commander of the local Confederate veterans, was master of ceremonies. The opening prayer was made by Ref. Edwin F. Keever, chaplain of Wilmington Post No.10, American legion, and pastor of St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church. The American Legion Band furnished music. WILM.STAR, 1-14-1923


March 13. 1923
Fire did damage at Carolina Beach estimated at about $8,000, when it destroyed the old bath house and two cottages, one the property of J.M. Bame of Barbour, and the other belonging to Fleet Williams of Wilmington. WILM.STAR, 3-14-1923


March 23, 1923 …. Federal Point
George Henniker was the forest warden for Federal Point Township, New Hanover County. Wilm. newspaper, c3-23-1923.


March 24-25, 1923
Members of the Third Battalion Headquarters Company, 120 Infantry, North Carolina National Gueard, spent the week-end frolicking and engaging in short-range target practice with small arms at Carolina Beach.

The group was led by First Lieut. C.H. Burnett, commanding officer, and Second Lieut. F.P. Montgomery. After they had set up their do tents, they marked out a firing range of 200 yards along the beach. Some fairly good shooting was done by the members of the headquarters company. It was their initial opportunity to receive instructions as to target practice with the army rifle. Lieut. Burnett acted as instructor. When it became too dark to continue firing, a mess call was sounded, and a fine supper was enjoyed, and they soon ‘hit the hay.’ WILM.STAR, 3-26-1923


April 14, 1923
Sheriff George C. Jackson led a raiding party to the Federal Point section where it was rumored that large quantities of moonshine liquor were being distilled and sold. The first house they went to showed no evidence of operating a still, although nearby the deputies found some corn mash, a cooling trough and a gasoline drum. No arrests could be made as no whiskey was found and no direct evidence of stilling. At the second stop, they were more successful, as they observed two sales of whiskey from a hay loft. The man was arrested and after an investigation, they found five gallons of booze in the hay loft. WILM.STAR, 4-15-1923.


April 30, 1923
P. C. Powell, of Macon, Georgia announced last night that he had leased the Greystone Inn and would operate that hostelry at Carolina Beach during the coming season. The hotel was leased from A.W. Pate.


May 2, 1923 …. Federal Point
Capt. Edgar D. Williams, one of the leaders in the movement for conversion of the battleground at Fort Fisher into a national park, reported that certain parties were claiming considerable property within the boundaries of the old fort.

One of the parties claimed that his title to the property was based upon a land grant which was granted on payment of 12 1⁄2 cents an acre for the property. WILM.NEWS, 6-2-1923.


May 10, 1923
Some of the property owners at Carolina Beach inaugurated a movement to have the popular seaside resort incorporated at the next session of the North Carolina general assembly. The property owners are convinced that the incorporation of the resort would be the taking of a big step towards developing the beach. WILM.STAR, 5-10-1923.


May 29, 1923
‘The Sunset Six,’ a musical group that was popular around the country, was hired to play during the present season at Carolina Beach. Upon their arrival they gave an informal concert to several citizens and after hearing a few numbers, one citizen commented ―”they‘re with the goods.”

‘The Sunset Six’ was secured by John W. Plummer as successors to the ‘Original Aces’ who performed all the previous year and delighted many patrons. Wayne Hinkle was the director of the new orchestra. WILM.NEWS, 5-30-1923.


May 31, 1923
‘The Sunset Six,’ a splendid orchestra which was to play at Carolina beach during the coming summer season, arrived in Wilmington. Their first engagement was a public concert at the Orton Hotel. On May 30th, the players, under the direction of Wayne Hinkle, gave a performance at the home of John W. Plummer, lessee of Carolina Beach, and it delighted all those present. WILM.STAR, 5-30-1923.


June 1, 1923
Carolina Beach opened its 1923 season tonight and crowds were expected. This year the beach was under the management of John W. Plummer. The Greystone Inn had already opened, and they had reservations for room and board for the summer from many. The Bath House, which burned during the winter, had been rebuilt with a new roomy structure. Cottagers were slowly moving into their summer homes for the season. WILM.NEWS, 6-1-1923.


June 15 1923
A daredevil exhibit was staged at Carolina Beach. Jimmy Calhoun, of the ‘Bugs’ McGowan Flying Circus, did some trick wing walking and McGowan himself gave an exhibit of night flying at 10 p.m. Calhoun stood on his head, hanging by his heels, and did other interesting things. The night flying was done from an illuminated plane. Following their performance at Carolina Beach, they returned to Charleston, S.C. They hope to return in the future. WILM.NEWS, 6-14-1923.


July 4 1923
‘Bugs’ McGowan, aviator, lost his life when his airplane plunged 800 feet into the surf at the Isle of Palms in Charleston, S.C. WILM.STAR, 7-6-1923.


July 1, 1923
Roy Wallrobinstein, violinist with the famous ‘Sunset Six’ orchestra that was playing a summer‘s engagement at Carolina Beach and a real artist, played a violin solo at both concerts at the bath pavilion. Mr. Walrobinstein was among the best violinists to ever visit the Cape Fear area. WILM.DISPATCH, 7-1-1923.


July 13, 1923
A forest or brush fire which began burning about June 1st at Carolina Beach has burned the long grass and low bushes off most of the land between the hard-surfaced road and the ocean, and yesterday was burning among the larger growth close to the inland road leading to Kure Beach. WILM.DISPATCH, 7-13-1923.


August 26, 1923
Arrangements were nearing completion to prolong the cottage season at Carolina Beach. Bailey Farmer, on behalf of the Carolina Beach Railway Company, said the company would continue to provide services during the month of September if the cottage and business residents of the beach were willing to assess themselves a sum sufficient to cover the expenses.

Mr. McConnell, the well-known entertainer, had been made manager/director of the Sunset Six Orchestra in place of Wayne Hinckle, who had left, and it had been decided that the orchestra would remain throughout September and provide dance music. Mr. McConnell and his wife were well-known in the Wilmington area as they had given entertainments in schools and churches. Mr. McConnell was an accomplished pianist and Mrs. McConnell was a singer of real ability. It was also learned that the bath house and the Greystone Inn would also remain open. WILM.DISPATCH, 8-26-1923.


October 21, 1923
VALUABLE FARM FOR SALE – The Walter Horn Farm, 6 miles from Wilmington, on the Carolina Beach Boulevard (hard surface road). It faced the road nearly 4,000 feet and contained nearly 400 acres. It had an 8- room house, several tenant dwellings and barns. Land ws elevated and well drained. The property taxes was appraised at $30,000., It was offered for less than $40 per acre. WILM.DISPATCH, 10-21-1923.


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