News Articles – 1931

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


February 15, 1931
Carolina Beach Real Estate Transfers:

  • E.B. Cox to C.M. Murran, a lot in Carolina Beach.
  • Louis Ward to Herbert Ward, lots 8, 9, and 10, in Block D, Carolina Beach.  WILM.STAR. 2-15-1931


February 18, 1931
A survey of erosion conditions at New Hanover County beaches was made by two members of the federal beach erosion board. They inspected Carolina Beach, Fort Fisher Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Data on the conditions of the three beaches was collected and would be presented at a future meeting of the board. WILM.STAR, 2-18-1931; 2-19-1931


February 25, 1931
The Carolina Beach Women‘s Civic League was organized at a meeting at the home of Mrs. Harry McGirt, on East Market Street Drive. Officers were elected and the general program of the league was discussed. The purpose of the organization was to foster the development of the town of Carolina Beach along all civic lines. WILM.NEWS, 2-13-1931; 2-25-1931.


February 25, 1931
The Carolina Beach Women‘s Civic League was formally organized at the home of Mrs. H. A. McGirt, for the purpose of beautifying Carolina Beach. The members of the club were all residents of Carolina Beach including the summer visitors and all property holders on the beach. The following officers were elected: President, Mrs. H.A. McGirt; Vice President, Mrs. C.M. Murrin; Secretary, Mrs. C.A. Powers; Treasurer, Mrs. Johnson. The social chairman was Mrs. Fleet Williams, and the Welfare Officer was Mrs. Ames. The beautification chairman was Mrs. Graham W. Farmer. The next meeting was to be held on March 3rd.  WILM.STAR, 2-14-1931; 2-27-1931.


March 15, 1931
A contract was awarded by the county board of commissioners for grading and surfacing 1200 feet of roadway extending north from Carolina Beach near the waterfront.

O.C. Connelly and C.R. Watson had the contract. Their total bid was $1500 for the project, being at the rate of 25 cents a foot for grading and $1 a foot for surfacing.

The grading was to be 18 feet in width and the surfacing 9 feet wide. The entire project was under the supervision of R.A. Burnett, supt. of county roads. Work was scheduled to start at once. The cost of the project was to be charged to the abutting property owners. WILM. STAR, 3-17-1931.


April 3, 1931
The year-round population of Carolina Beach, according to the 1930 census was 69 persons. WILM.STAR, 4-3-1931.


April 3, 1931
Carolina Beach property owners met at the county court house in Wilmington to elect officers for the coming year. Dr. A. MacRae Crouch was serving as mayor. Plan were for the coming summer at the resort were discussed. WILM.STAR, 4-1-1931.


April 6, 1931
The Wilmington District Engineers reported that the draw bridge spanning the Inland Waterway canal would probably be open for traffic by July 1st. The bridge was to have an 80-foot draw and a clearance of 20 feet when closed. The span will be in constant use when completed due to the many small vessels using the waterway canal. At present a wooden bridge is being used. WILM.STAR, 4-6-1931; WILM.NEWS, 6-15-1931.


April 7, 1931
Malcolm C. McIver was elected to serve as mayor of the town of Carolina Beach during the ensuing year. He was elected over J.N. Bryant, the other nominee, by a vote of 86 to 48.

McIver was the head of a lumber company and lived in Wilmington at 211 North 6th Street. He was to take office on June 1st, replacing Dr. A. McR. Crouch, present mayor. C.M. Murrin was elected commissioner of public works, over C.H. Batson and J.W. Plummer. The other new member of the council was to be R. B. Shepherd who won over A.H. Yopp as commissioner of finance. The election was carried out by mail, under the direction of H.S. McGirt. Approximately 135 property owners voted and the election was declared one of the largest in recent years. WILM.STAR, 4-8-1931.


April 8, 1931
The Carolina Beach property owners elected Malcom C. McIver to serve as mayor for the coming year. He received 86 votes to 48 cast for J.N. Bryant. The new mayor was to take office on June 1st, succeeding Dr. A. McR. Crouch. C.M. Murrin was named commissioner of public works, defeating J.W. Plummer and C.B. Batson, R.B. Shepherd won over A.H. Yopp for commissioner of finance by a 75 to 55 count. The board of elections for the next two years were H.S. McGirt, H.T. King and L.C. Robertson. WILM.STAR, 4-9-1931. WILM.STAR, 4-7-1931; 4-9-1931.


April 8, 1931
Mrs. Samuel F. Moody died at Carolina Beach. She was the wife of the superintendent of the draw bridge construction over the inland canal on the Carolina Beach road. He was in the employ of the Roanoke Iron and Bridge Works. His wife was a native of Oak Dale, West Virginia, born May 4, 1895. Her remains were sent to Marion N.C. for burial, which had been her home since her marriage. The husband and one son, S.F. Moody, Jr., a student at Randolph-Macon College, survived. WILM.STAR, 4-9-1931.


April 10, 1931
The citizens of Carolina Beach moved to have their municipal taxes collected by county authorities. A Bill providing the officials with this power was passed in the lower house of the N.C. General Assembly today. The measure, numbered house bill 1216, was presented by Rep. Wilbur R. Dosher. It provided that the sheriff of New Hanover County collect Carolina Beach taxes for a commission of 2 1⁄2 per cent and that the funds shall be deposited and handled by the county auditor.

The members of the Carolina Beach delegation, including J.N. Bryant, L.T. Landen, C.M. Murrin and E.B. Cox, declared the present cost of collection of beach taxes was more than 10 per cent in administrative costs – with the revenue, in some cases, not collected in full. WILM.STAR, 4-10-1931.


April 13, 1931
The construction of 75 feet of hard-surface roadway at the northern extension of Carolina Beach was authorized by County Board of Commissioners.  The Authorization covered work additional to that recently authorized by the commissioners. It was to provide a turning place at the end of the extension. WILM.STAR, 4-14-1931.


April 14, 1931
Paving of the new roadway on the northern extension, between Third and Fifth Streets, at Carolina Beach, was to be completed this week by Conley & Watson, contractors. The county commissioners had recently appropriated $1,500 for this work and the task of placing the clay-gravel covering was started two weeks  earlier. The roadway was to be 18 feet in width and about 1,275 feet long. A boardwalk had already been provided to Fourth Street. At least ten new summer cottages were to be constructed on the new street before the summer season begins in June. WILM.STAR, 4-14-1931.


April 28, 1931
Two unoccupied cottages at Carolina Beach were destroyed by fire. They were located at 508 North Third Street, owned by Lawrence B. Flanagan and at 2014 Pender Avenue, owned by Albert J. Beach. Some nearby neighbors formed a bucket brigade but was too late when they awoke and discovered the fire. The fire began at Mr. Beach‘s cottage and the wind changed and ignited Mr. Flanagan‘s house. WILM.STAR, 4-30-1931; WILM.NEWS, 4-29-1931.


May 17, 1931
The New Ocean View Hotel on Carolina Beach officially opened. The lessee and proprietress was Mrs. Jennie Napier.

Mr. M. C. McIver, the newly elected mayor of Carolina Beach, stated that as owner of the Ocean View Hotel he was highly gratified that Mrs. Napier would operate his hotel interests as she had a marvelous record of success as owner of the Carolina Cottage at Wrightsville Beach, which she had personally operated for many years.

At the hotel, additional dining room space had been added recently and a private dining room was now under construction. Also a new road was underway which would lead up to the hotel doors. WILM.STAR, 5-17-1931.


May 21, 1931
Completion of the Carolina Beach highway bridge was set for July 2nd. The span has been under construction by the Roanoke Iron and Bridge Works, of Roanoke, Va., for the past few months. When completed, it will cost more than $100,000 and was to be the most modern in this part of the state. Contract for the span was let in 1930 by the government through the district engineers. The bridge crosses the Wrightsville-Cape Fear section of the Inland Waterway. WILM.NEWS, 5-21-1931.


June 1, 1931
A contract was let to C.R. Watson and J.A. Sneeden for improvement of 390 feet of street in Carolina Beach at $1.00 per foot. The improvement extended from Route 40 with Hamlet Avenue, east on Hamlet Avenue to Cape Fear Street and north of Cape Fear Street 280 feet. The paving was to be 18 feet wide and 9 inches deep. The project was approved by the county on May 18th. WILM.STAR, 6-2-1931.


June 4, 1931
U.A. Underwood, contractor, was completing the main building of the Dow Chemical experimental plant near Kure‘s Beach. The building was of a frame-concrete construction, 40 by 60 feet, and was located about one- half a mile north of Kure‘s Beach. WILM.STAR, 6-5-1931;6-11-1931.


June 6, 1931
The Carolina Beach Pavilion held it formal opening. It was to be operated by Mrs. Jennie Napier, manager of the Ocean View Hotel. Garrell Skinner, of Wilmington, was to manage the pavilion. For several seasons he had been in charge of the dancing contests at Lumina, at Wrightsville Beach. The pavilion had been redecorated for opening night, the sidewalls were painted a soft apple green, while the orchestra pit was of a darker shade.

Music was provided by ‘The Harmony Boys,’ under the direction of Mrs. Robert M. West, of Salisbury, who was also the pianist for the group. The members of the orchestra were in addition to Mrs. West, Robert West, Jack Garrison, Frank McDaniel, Paul Bell, Walter King, Harold Nicholson, Cecil Scott and Bill Brown. WILM.STAR, 6-7-1931.


June 7, 1931
Bame‘s Hotel was offering a special Sunday sea food dinner for 75 cents. The menu offered fish and corn bread, shrimp, clam chowder, clam fritters, potato salad, sliced tomatoes, dessert, ice tea or coffee. There was also a chicken dinner for 75 cents or a plain fish dinner for 50 cents. WILM.NEWS, 6-4-1931.


June 11, 1931
Dancing was offered at the Carolina Beach Pavilion from 9 p.m. till midnight. The music was provided by ‘The Harmony Boys.’ WILM.NEWS, 6-11-1931.


July 28, 1931
It appeared that Carolina Beach was endeavoring to emulate Coney Island, N.Y. A small merry-go-round and a ferris wheel had been set up and were doing quite well. WILM.NEWS, 7-28-1931.


August 1, 1931 …. Ft. Fisher Beach
An enjoyable watermelon party was given at Fort Fisher Beach when Miss Mildred Vann and Miss Carolina Josenhans entertained a number of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Chestnut and J.L. Jones were chaperones. WILM.NEWS, 8-3-1931.


August 4, 1931
Members of Company I, 120th Infantry, under command of Capt. Frank P. Montgomery, assisted by Lieuts. Joseph E. Cheek and LeRoy Schnibben, held a competitive drill at the Carolina Beach Pavilion at 9:30 P.M. A special feature was a select squad passed through intricate movements under the leadership of Lieut. Schnibben. Company I, a Wilmington unit, had just returned from its summer camp at Morehead City. After the competition, the regular dance program was begun. WILM.NEWS, 8-4-1931; 8-5-1931.


August 4, 1931
A meeting of the Carolina Beach Civic Club was held at the home of Mrs. C.N. Murrin, with about 15 members in attendance. Many plans for beach improvements were discussed. Their most important project was a community church at the beach.

The club also made plans for another bridge tournament. There was a discussion about automobile driving on the strand and the landing of airplanes there. The dangers to bathers on crowded beaches was the main concern. This season the club had done much to clean up and beautify the beach. Their plans for the beach were most constructive and their work had gone far during the past months. WILM.NEWS, 8-5-1931.


August 6, 1931
The Wilmington Council, Daughters of America, sponsored a picnic at Carolina Beach in celebration of Liberty Reunion Day designated by the national headquarters. WILM.NEWS, 8-6-1931.


August 6, 1931
Ernest Bame, 9 son of J.R. Bame, of Carolina Beach, was treated in the Wilmington hospital for long gashes on his forehead and cheek received in an automobile accident. WILM.NEWS, 8-7-1931.


August 6, 1931 …. Fort Fisher Beach
A truck was employed at Fort Fisher Beach in effecting the capture of a 500 pound sea turtle. Walter Winner had caught one turtle and was returning with a truck to haul it in when a second was spotted. The turtle was frightened by the noise of the truck and headed back into the waves but the truck pulled in front of it and it was stopped. The turtle was loaded on the truck, and Mr. Winner and his companions proceeded to pick up the first turtle now lying on its back.

Mr. Winner recently captured a 2,500-pound devilfish, landing it at Fort Fisher Beach. WILM.NEWS, 8-7-1931.


August 8, 1931
The first automobiles were allowed to pass over the new drawbridge on Carolina Beach Road. Then due to numerous automobiles and the excessive speed with which they approached the bridge the road was temporarily closed.

There still remained some clearing away to be done in regard to superstructure employed during the erection. The bridge was to be reopened tomorrow.

The construction was begun on December 1, 1930 and it was supposed to have been completed by the early part of July. Unforeseen difficulties were encountered that considerably slowed the work. The bridge was to be turned over to the State Highway Commission within the next few days. WILM.STAR, 8-9-1931; 8-10-1931.


August 12, 1931
Mrs. Burka, the guest of Mrs. Schwartz, was honored with a delightful bridge party at Carolina Beach given by Mrs. Cohen. Bridge was enjoyed at three tables. High score prize, a novel compact, went to Mrs. I. Miller, and consolation prize, a lovely bridge set, was won by Miss Ada Abel. A delicious ice course was served at the conclusion of the game. WILM.NEWS, 8-12-1931.


August 12, 1931
About 70 agents and executives of the Gate City Life Insurance Company, of Greensboro, registered at the Ocean View Hotel, Carolina Beach, for their annual convention. Practically all the agents throughout North Carolina were in attendance with their wives and families. They were to attend banquets, dancing, business sessions, luncheons and deep sea fishing during their stay. WILM.NEWS, 8-12-1931.


August 18, 1931
A strange off-set with the appearance of a small whirlpool, appeared off Carolina Beach about noon. It was first sighted by Dusty Dudley, a local lifeguard. All bathers were immediately warned of the danger and strict instructions were given by the lifeguards to all people entering the surf from then on. About 3 p.m., a young lady and man, drifted into this off-set and remained helpless until the lifeguards reached their aid. After this event, all bathers were cautious until around 4:30 p.m. when the off-set unexpectedly changed and caught about 25 persons at once. The strong current carried them farther out into the ocean before they could realize what happened. Many shouts for help were heard as the excited swimmers struggled for shore in vain. Several men rushed to their aid, but soon found it difficult to even take care of themselves.

The two lifeguards on duty, Dusty Dudley and William Humphrey immediately proved their ability as life savers. Dudley rescued four persons and Humphrey brought in three others. After this, they both went back in and held up several younger boys who were exhausted.

During this time, Blue Freeman, Edgar Freeman and a third named Bryant, three black fishermen, launched their boat, with the help of several spectators on the beach, and swiftly rowed to the aid of the frantic bathers. They pulled in about 15 people, with the assistance of both lifeguards.

If it had not been for the boat, eight or ten persons would have probably drowned in this treacherous whirlpool. Other who assisted were a Mr. Jones, and a Mr. English, proprietors of a drink stand on the beach, and Otto Edwards, also swam out and rescued a small boy in distress. The rescued included four ladies, several small boys and many elderly men, one third of which could not swim.  WILM.STAR, 8-22-1931.


August 18, 1931
About 25 bathers were caught in a bad set-off, that had the appearance of a small whirlpool. Dusty Dudley, the local life guard warned the bathers who withdrew from the surf. One young lady and man had to be assisted by the life guards. WILM.NEWS, 8-19-1931.


August 27, 1931
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce approved the ‘advisability and practicability’ of the anchorage basin just north of Carolina Beach at the intersection of the waterway canal cut and the sound, which had been proposed recently by Frank T. Abbott, president of the Coastal Lumber Company. WILM.NEWS, 8-27-1931.


August 27, 1931 …. Fort Fisher Beach
A.T. Austin, 48, a prominent farmer and lumberman of Marshville, N.C. was drowned at 9:30 p.m. in the surf at Fort Fisher Beach. He was swept out to sea by an unusually large wave. He was swimming with a party of friends who were powerless to render any aid. Hope for recovery of the body was abandoned on August 31st as it had not washed ashore. Many veteran fishermen, who had been searching for the body, believed that it had washed out to sea. WILM.NEWS, 8-28-1931; 8-31-1931.


August 29, 1931
Carolina Beach wanted a church. A meeting was called to discuss plans for the construction of a community church next year. The sponsors of the movement to obtain funds and assistance in erecting such a structure included Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Ogburn, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. McIver, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Pittman. The plan was for a non-denominational church. W.W. Walsh, of Winston-Salem, had already deeded a lot to the city of Carolina Beach to be used as church property. At present there was no organized church in Carolina Beach proper. WILM.STAR, 8-30-1931.


November 9, 1931
The Town of Carolina Beach was to provide its night officer with a motorcycle. This was an effort to combat an epidemic of housebreaking and incendiarism that had recently broken out. WILM.STAR, 11-10-1931.


October 22, 1931
The temporary wooden bridge over the Inland Waterway on the Carolina Beach Road was burned yesterday at the command of the district army engineer‘s office. Oil soaked waste was used in starting the blaze. After the draw burned through and fell into the canal, all the wreckage was removed. WILM.NEWS, 10-23-1931.

The new steel and concrete drawbridge was over the waterway had been in use for several months. WILM.STAR, 10-20-1931.


November 19, 1931
A detour was offered for sale. The detour road leading to the now dismantled bridge formerly crossing the inland waterway near Carolina Beach was to be sold by the district army engineer‘s office today. The road served its purpose for more than 12 months. It contained approximately 1200 tons of clay gravel, being several hundred yards long. WILM.STAR, 11-13-1931.


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