News Articles – 1944

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 21, 1944
Carl J. Josenhans, 60, veteran civil engineer, died at the Bulluck Hospital in Wilmington. He designed the Carolina Beach highway bridge across that section of the Intracoastal Waterway known as Snow‘s Cut. WILM.STAR, 1-22-1944.


January 25, 1944
A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Carolina Beach Baptist Church. The Robinson Brothers, Inc., of Asheville, started construction on the $13,750 building which was to be constructed of cinder block veneer, 87 1⁄2 feet by 37 feet, with a seating capacity of 300. WILM.STAR, 1-26-1944.


February 17, 1944
E.A. Reynolds, realtor and operator of a bowling alley, was appointed to the board of aldermen of Carolina Beach to succeed C. M. Kelley at a special meeting. Kelley resigned his position as alderman, effective January 31st, because of ‘press of other business.’ He was aldermen in charge of water and sewer department. WILM.NEWS, 2-18-1944.


March 18, 1944
Private Miller has started pilot training at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi. He recently spent a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.V. Miller. Private Miller has been in the service two years, stationed at Curacao, N.W.I. WILM.STAR, 3-18-1944


March 24, 1944
Three Floors of the Bon Air apartment house, on the northern extension of Carolina Beach, were destroyed by fire. With an estimated damage to be $8,000. The blaze was started by an oil stove explosion on the second floor of the building. The lower floor of the building was damaged by water. Fire Chief R.H. Byrd, Sr., of Carolina Beach, called out the Fort Fisher department to help fight the blaze. WILM.STAR, 3-26-1944.


March 24, 1944
The $49,135 sewer project at Carolina Beach was completed. It was announced by C.F. Churchill, the Federal Works Agency engineer. The work consisted of completing the sewer system started by the WPA in 1942. It was necessary in the job, which started October 11, 1943, to complete sewer mains, house connections, and the pumping station on the northern end of the beach. The project was completed with town funds and a grant from the Federal Works Agency for $30,431. WILM.STAR, 3-18-1944.


May 31, 1944
A city-owned fire bell was to soon call members of the Carolina Beach Baptist Church to services. The bell weighed 450 pounds and was in the fire house tower at Fifth and Castle Streets, Wilmington, and had not been used for years. The church is responsible for removing the bell from the tower under the supervision of the city engineer. WILM.NEWS, 5-31-1944.


June 7, 1944
Nancy Leiner, head lifeguard at Carolina Beach, was attending the 23rd session of the National Aquatic School of the American Red Cross at Camp Carolina, Brevard, N.C. Miss Leiner was sent for the additional training by the local chapter of the Red Cross. The session ended June 17th. WILM.NEWS, 6-5-1944.


July 10, 1944
Real Estate Transfer: C.B. Parmele to J.W. Thornburg, lot 13, block 71, Carolina Beach. WILM.NEWS, 7-11-1944.


July 14, 1944
Leslie Boney, architect, announced that application had been made to the War Production Board for a priority for critical materials to construct a $5,000 Presbyterian Chapel at Carolina Beach. The Church committee contemplated building a 30 by 60 feet cinder-block structure. The one-storied building was to contain an auditorium and two classrooms. 7-13-1944. WILM.NEWS, 7-14-1944.


July 24, 1944 …. Carolina Beach
Leslie Boney, architect, announced that private owners were contemplating construction of a 3-storied cinder- block apartment building. The building, which was to contain six 3-room apartments, was to be built at a cost of about $6,500. The owners were E.S. Williams, of Wallace, N.C., and George F. MacMillan, of Greensboro, N.C. WILM.NEWS, 7-24-1944.


August 1-3, 1944 …. Fort Fisher, Kure Beach
The commanding officer of the Fort Fisher army base announced that 90mm. anti-aircraft shot problems would be held between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. target practice. The danger areas were 20,000 seaward, from Masonboro Inlet to Cape Fear, the maximum ordinate being 40,000 yards. All concerned were cautioned to remain within the safety limits. WILM.NEWS, 7-25-1944.


August 2, 1944
Carolina Beach Chief of Police Bruce Valentine issued a warning to all sight-seers to stay away from the beach, and that all persons entering the beach would be required to have a pass proving residence on the beach. He took this action as sight-seers and curiosity seekers hindered the clean-up work (from the hurricane of August 1st) by causing unnecessary congestion and confusion. The possibility of looting was another factor involved. WILM.STAR, 8-3-1944.


August 14, 1944
W.G. Fountain, Mayor Pro-tem, Carolina Beach, announced that the 1944-45 fiscal year budget would total $47,652.60. The largest single item was the police dept. budget set at $14,135. WILM.STAR, 8-15-1944.


August 20, 1944
The first services at the new Carolina Beach Baptist Church, which had been under construction since January 25th of this year, were conducted. today. The church was organized approximately four years earlier and services were formerly held twice a month in the Carolina Beach Community Church. Since work began on the new building, services had been held each Sunday in the City Hall.
The building, costing about $30,000, was a colonial-type structure with a capacity seating of 300 persons. It was built of cinder block with brick veneer. The Rev. L. E. Ludlum was pastor of the church. WILM.STAR, 8-20-1944.


October 31, 1944
Carolina Beach received $20,653.85 from the Federal Works Agency for the second payment for the replacement of boardwalks and resurfacing of streets damaged by the hurricane on August 1st. The first payment from the agency, $8,325, was received September 28th. The project is expected to cost $33,300. C.F. Churchill was the FWA representative. WILM.STAR, 11-1-1944.


December 13, 1944
Lucy M. Witherspoon died. Age 64 years. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


December 30, 1944
The finishing touches to repairs of damages to Carolina Beach inflicted by last August‘s hurricane were applied recently, when city workers completed the restoration of broken sewerage fixtures. Town Clerk Henry G. Fennell announced the end of the work, which was started on September 19th. It involved $33,000 in Federal Funds, granted August 28th, and dispensed under the supervision of Federal Works Agency officials. (RWA) WILM.STAR, 12-30-1944.


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