News Articles – 1942

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 – March, 1942
Building permits had been issued to seven persons at Carolina Beach since January 1st according to Percy Morton, town clerk.  Permits were issued to:

  • J.C. Craig, Sr., addition to his house.
  • E.A. Reynolds, roof on bowling alley.
  • R.V. Eakins, garage apartment.
  • W.E. Powell, barbershop of corner of Lake Park and Harper Avenue. W.T. Bannerman, garage apartment.
  • W.R. Foreman, addition to house.
  • John A. Jenkins, five-room frame house on Atlanta Ave. (Wilm News, 3-12-1942)


January 30, 1942
The auditorium of Carolina Beach‘s new municipal building was formally opened today for President Roosevelt‘s Birthday Ball. (Wilm Star, 1-20-1942)


March 12, 1941
John William Fuller, 49, died suddenly at his home in Carolina Beach. Survived by his widow, Mrs. Levi Bowen Fuller, and a step-son. Funeral conducted from Federal Point Methodist Church and interment in the church cemetery. (Wilm News, 3-13-1942)


March 12, 1942
Thomas W. Fuller died. Born 9-6-1892. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


April 18, 1942
Mayor R.C. Fergus of Carolina Beach called a mass meeting of all coastal residents in that area. The meeting at the new town hall was called in order to learn the proper methods of dimming-out homes at the coastal resorts. George W. Jeffrey, asst. state defense director in the southeastern district, was to explain the steps necessary to properly dim-out the coastal homes. All citizens of Carolina, Kure, Wilmington, and Fort Fisher beaches were asked to attend this important meeting. (Wilm News, 4-17-1942)


April 12, 1942
Mrs. Annie B. Morton was nominated as postmaster of Carolina Beach by President Roosevelt and the nomination was sent to the Senate committee on post offices for confirmation. Mrs. Morton had been acting postmaster at the beach resort since Postmaster Walter Blair‘s resignation last November. Prior to that, she was in charge of the Western Union office at the beach. (Wilm News, 4-24-1942)


July 28, 1942
Stricter enforcement of dim-out regulations at Carolina Beach was made effective immediately. The beach aldermen passed a five-section ordinance demanding governmental regulations for the protection of coastal shipping be adhered to. The ordinance ordered that “no illuminating signs shall be permitted within the corporate limits of the town; nor shall flood-lights on top of buildings or elsewhere, illuminating buildings, tennis courts or other places of amusement or exterior lighting, except street lights, be permitted.”

It was further specified that “all street lights shall be shaded from above, and, where visible from the sea, shall be blacked out on the south, east and north of such light or lights”. The aldermen stated the ordinance was adopted as an emergency measure in an effort to prevent aiding the enemy or enemies “of the government of the United States or its people.” Violations of the ordinance would result in fines or imprisonment. (Wilm Star, 7-20-1942)


August 3, 1942
A large schedule of indoor and outdoor activities was planned at the Carolina Beach USO Club. They included Inter-Service softball games, informal and formal dances, and regular USO Camp Shows. (Wilm News, 8-3-1942)


August 26, 1942.
Superintendent H.M. Roland announced that all seven grades would soon be contained in the Carolina Beach School this year as a result of the completion of a three-room $21,000 addition to the school.

The probability that the majority of the homes and cottages on the beach would be occupied during the winter made it likely that the school would be filled to capacity.

The 8th grade pupils on the beach would be transported to Winter Park School. The teacher list for the school included Mrs. C.G. VanLandingham, principal;, Mrs. Adrienne Cecil Cole, Mrs. Nina Mallison Eakins, Mrs. Mary Spivey Finch, Mrs. Betty Hawes, Miss Mae McFarland and Miss Mary Ormond White.  (Wilm News, 8-27-1942)


September 3, 1942
Reba Gray Hewell, daughter of Howard C. and Helen Roebuck Hewett. Born 8-17-1942. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


September 11, 1942
Eight women residents of Carolina Beach completed the standard course in Home nursing under Mrs. Eula Mae Kelly. This was considered a part of a total first aid course.

Certificates were to be presented to Mrs. G.C. Bame, Mrs. R.V. Eakins, Mrs. Walter Horne, Mrs. C.W. Hewett, Mrs. C.M. Kelly, Mrs. R.S. MacCready, Mrs. George Murrell and Mrs. J.H. Raynor. (Wilm Star, 9-12-1942)


September 24, 1942
Hugh Hinnant, Jr, first class private, son of Mrs. Evelyn Hinnant, of Carolina Beach, now serving with the U.S. Marine Corps on foreign soil was injured in action. (Wilm Star, 11-20-1942)


October 23, 1942
Mrs. and Mrs. James Lem King, Sr., of Carolina Beach, announced the marriage of their daughter Margaret Susan, to Lieut. Benjamin Franklin Mallard, at Pensacola, Fla, where the couple was to make their home. (Wilm Star, 11-1-1942)


October 31, 1942
Alan Kelley, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Kelley, died in a local hospital after a 10-day illness. His survivors were his parents; a sister, Ann Kelley; two brothers, Hugh and C.M.Kelly, Jr., and a grandmother, Mrs. M.L. Kelley. The funeral was conducted from the Yopp Funeral Home in Wilmington and interment was in Oakdale Cemetery. Active pallbearers were al members of the Carolina Beach Civitan Club, of which he was a member, and they included Sherrill High, Hal Watters, Son Watters, Herbert Biddle, Frank Schoch, Bill McDonald and Stanley Patelos.  (Wilm Star, 11-2-1942; 11-1-1942)


November, 1942
Henry G. Fennell was unanimously named clerk and treasurer of the town of Carolina Beach by the Board of Aldermen at their November meeting. He succeeded Percy R. Morton who resigned to accept another position. Mr. Fennell moved to New Hanover County in July, 1941, from Richmond, Va., where he had been the southern sales agent for a steel concern. He made his home on Greenville Sound prior to moving to Carolina Beach. (Wilm Star, 11-22-1942)


November 2, 1942
The USO recreation center at 2nd and Orange Streets, Wilmington, received a request from B Company, 104th regiment, stationed at Carolina Beach, for furniture, lamps and other accessories for a day room which had just been completed. Mr. Shepard of the USO pointed out that an empty room is not much good, except in a storm. and then only for shelter. What the soldiers need in a room in which they can relax during hours off duty. (Wilm News, 11-2-1942)(


November 7, 1942
Mrs. Martha Naomi Richards, 55, of Carolina Beach, died after a short illness. She was survived by her husband, Rufus A. Richard; two daughters, and two sons, B.M. Richards and Harding Richards, both of Carolina Beach. Interment in Granite Fall, Caldwell County, N.C. (Wilm Star, 11-9-1942)


November 24, 1942
A call went out for two comfortable chairs and seven table lamps for use in the day room for soldiers stationed at Carolina Beach. (Wilm News, 11-24-1942)


December 20, 1942
The Pot O‘Gold Bingo was ordered closed as a ‘game of chance’ by the Carolina Beach police. Many were upset by the action as Bingo and other ‘games of chance’ had been in operation at the beach for 12 years or more. (Wilm News, 2-15-1943)


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