News Articles – 1950 – 1964

Federal Point, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher
– from the Wilmington Star, THE STATE magazine, Wilmington StarNews

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


1950 ….
FEDERAL POINT  – The U.S. Corps of Engineers applied a coat of cement to the top of “The Rocks” for added protection.   (Wilm StarNews, Action Line, 3-18-1971)


January 19, 1950 …. Carolina Beach
Survey work on a $100,000 Carolina Beach yacht basin was begun this week. The beach was trying to engage the marine expert, Chas. E. Chaney, of New York, to design the basin.


February 7, 1950
John W. David Died. Born 4-20-1881. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


May 9, 1951
James Strom Craig, 70 years old, married, died in Wilmington, N.C.  Native of New Hanover County, N.C. Interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, N.D., Section R., Lot No. 70, owned by Melvin T. and James H. Craig.


July 1951
Baby Boy Russell died. No age given. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


January 9, 1952 …. Wilmington Beach
The entire south wing of the Breakers Hotel at Wilmington Beach was damaged by fire. The roof and third floor of the south wing were gutted and the damage was estimated at upwards of $35,000. Earl Russ, manager and co-owner with John Crews of LaGrange, believed that the fire had started by a kitchen stove fire.

Russ suffered from exhaustion and smoke inhalation following the fire. The blaze was discovered by four Kure Beach youths, Jasper Self, Chester Hewitt, Henry Hewitt and David Outlaw, who assisted in removing clothing and furniture from a rear apartment. The Carolina Beach pumper was first on the scene and other apparatus joined in soon after. Jack Knox was the volunteer chief of the Carolina Beach fire department. Russ and Crews had purchased the hotel only two months earlier and had put $5,000 worth of repairs and new furnishing into the building. There was partial insurance.   (Wilm Star, 1-10-1952)


January 14, 1952
Lonnie S. Snipes, a well known carpenter at Carolina Beach, died in the Wilmington Hospital. He was born May 14, 1884 in Marion County, S.C. Survived by his widow, Amanda Fulcher Snipes, one son and seven daughters. Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetey.   (Wilm Star, 1-15-1952)


January 27, 1952
A.H. Kluttz Died. Born March 15, 1895. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery. His wife was G.E. Kluttz.

February 8, 1952
David Lemuel Rich died. Born 2-2-1884. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

February 4, 1954
Hoy? J. Kluttz died. Born 4-9-1930. NC SFC Btry A. 518AAA Gun Bn. CAC.

October 12, 1955
George C. Henniker Died. Born 2-26-1876. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

October 13, 1955
James D. Hinson died. Born Feb. 16, 1925. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

June 14, 1956
Charles A. Witherspoon died. Age 77 years. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

March 6, 1958
Mrs. Hattie V. Lewis died. Age 66 years. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

July 19, 1958
Clarence Hewett Died. He was married to Ella A. Hewett, who died December 2, ? , aged 32 years. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

July 19, 1958
Charles F. Lewis, Sr. Died. Born February 20, 1901. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

May 29, 1959
William Willard Lewis died, Age 66 years. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


June 21, 1959 …. Carolina Beach
The Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER was advertising the following Carolina Beach businesses:

Ocean Plaza Ballroom– Free Dancing Daily – Featuring Name Bands All Season – Sonny Furr, Manager.

Mrs. High‘s Dining Room – The Pine Room – 120 Cape Fear Blvd. – Sea Food Platters and Well Seasoned Vegetables – Excellent Food.

Sun‘n Surf Motel – on the Ocean Front – Modern Rooms- Private Baths – Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Durham.

Tart‘s Rooms and Apartments – Ocean Front – North End of Board Walk – Large Porches – TV in Lobby – Concession Stand in Building – Modern Bath House – Life Guard on Duty – C. Graham Tart, Owner/Mgr.

Fisherman‘s Steel Pier – in the Heart of Carolina Beach – Large Tackle Shop – Souvenirs- Grill.

Center Fishing Pier – Tackle – Bait – Beach Wear – Restaurant – Two blocks south of Carolina Beach. Ross Cottages – Rooms and Cottages – 1 block from Waterfront –

Frank Robbins, Real Estate – Ocean Front Cottages and Apts. Reasonable Rates – Frank Robbins, Jr.,
Associate – J. H. ―jim‖ Burton, Associate.

Tucker Real Estate – Cottage and Trailer Lots – $25.00 down;$10 per mo.

Betsy-Bill Apartments – Ocean Front Rooms & Apts. 33 Carolina Avenue-Mrs. W.Z. Aycoth.

Lake View Apartments – Ocean Front Rooms & Apts. 33 Carolina Avenue – Mrs. W. Z. Aycoth.

Shinn Realty Company, Realtor – Sales and Rentals –

Spencer Motel, opposite Center Pier – Rooms and Apts. – Alice V. Deaton.

“C” View Court Apartments – All outside Rooms- Cool- Stoves and Refrigerators – Hot Showers – 100 block Carolina Ave., North- Mrs. Fred Williams

Whitt‘s Rooms and Apartments – Private Baths – Ample Parking.

Cliff Lewis Real Estate – Rentals and Sales-

Ocean Crest Apartments – On the Ocean Front – Next to Amusement Center- Across from Fishermen‘s
Steel Pier – Mrs. Billie Summerlin.

Blue Waters Court – Ocean Front Facing Pier – Miniature Golf – Maid Service – TV Lounge – Private
Baths –

Hotel Royal Palm – In the Center of All Activities – Air Conditioning – Fire Proofed – Free Parking –
Modern Cafeteria – Elmo Fountain, Mgr.

Carolina Beach Pier – Complete Bait and Tackle Shop – New Motel and Grill – North End of Carolina
Beach – Dan Holt, Operator.

Hotel Bame –New- Modern- Fireproof- 80 Rooms – 65 Baths – Dining Room – Grill.

THE ACCORDION – Ocean Front Motel – 30 Rooms – Private Baths – Cross Ventilation – Music on the
Marine Patio – Half Block from Steel Pier – Alice and John Washburn.


May 3, 1961
Charles Basil Witherspoon died. Age 53 years, Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.

June 21, 1961
Roy R. McDowell Died. Born 11-7-1916. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


November 11, 1961 …. Carolina Beach
Pillars to support the new fixed span bridge across the Inland Waterway near Carolina Beach were in place. The bridge was not a “high-level” bridge, but was high enough to permit passage of boats using the waterway and would eliminate most of the congestion caused by pile-up of autos held up by the draw.  (THE STATE magazine, 11-11-1961)


Martin Robert Blalock died. Born 1897. Interment in Federal Point Cemetery.


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