Our Town 100 Years Ago: Mooresville and South Iredell in 1922 | Local News
The Tribune continues its 18th annual series of articles looking back at news and newspaper ads from the Mooresville newspaper from 100 years ago.
This short story, with original headlines, comes from The Mooresville Enterprise, predecessor to The Tribune. They are transcribed, edited and presented by local historian OC Stonestreet.
Mooresville dentist leads his profession
Dr. CU Voils, of this city, holds the world record for extracting a tooth. The Enterprise admits that the claim covers a lot of territory, but the fact remains the same. He was with attorney George A. Morrow when the particular incident occurred. The two men were fishing on Fourth Creek one day last week. Dr. Voils noticed that his hook was dancing at high speed and he gently hauled his line for about fifteen or twenty feet. When he attempted to land with the munching fin, he was shocked when he pulled a large carp weighing no less than eight pounds out of the water.
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He put the fish within reach and touched it with his hand, but the human touch was more than the fish could handle and he flirted, returning to the water. Dr. Voils noticed something dangling from the end of his little hook. It was a carp tooth, with a tiny bit of flesh around its root. He has the tooth on display in his office above M&F Bank. And not only that. He caught several other carp on the same date and began an autopsy on one of them to locate where their teeth lodged. He cut out a jawbone from the fish and found three encrusted teeth, a good sized molar and two smaller teeth. He also exhibits them. No other dentist in the world has been able to dive fifteen feet into water and extract a tooth with a hook.
Stewart Park [team] won in a five-3 win over Statesville at home court Wednesday afternoon. The game was one of those tightly contested, evenly matched struggles. Teague, Stewart Park’s star pitcher, is slow and deliberate, but very effective, and has been backed up by a good infield. With the help of Brawley behind the bat, this battery did a very nice job.
Statesville had Settlemire in the box, and with his quick whirlwind he kept opponents guessing. However, a run was obtained in the first end which was tied in Statesville’s second.
In the third, Statesville scored three against Stewart Park. It was too much for the locals, so in the fifth inning with one man on base and one already through home plate, Honeycutt made a shot and sent the pill into the yard over the left field fence, causing a panic among the roots of Statesville. in the upper seat of the grandstand. Statesville couldn’t connect for another run, while Stewart Park scored a fifth in the seventh inning. Settlemire were supported by a good team throughout the game, but the hosts managed to put the ball where the defenders weren’t.
One of the best matches of the season took place in Monbo last Saturday. Stewart Park had gone for the scrum, and after going twelve innings, Monbo won 7–6. Stewart Park managed to home four on their six counts, but the runs were placed at a time when the bags were empty.
The Gaston County Cramerton team played here last Saturday afternoon with the South Main Street team. They were shut out, the score being 10-0.
Stewart Park will face Liledoun at the park court next Saturday afternoon.
‘Cyclone Mack’ here last Friday
Reverend BF McLendon, the popular evangelist who held a meeting in Kannapolis, ran into Mooresville last Friday and held an hour-long service at the South Main Street baseball field, preaching to probably a thousand people. He was accompanied by his special singer and several admirers who attended the preliminaries. Reverend McLendon was introduced by Reverend RA White, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, who spoke well of the marvelous work being done by the evangelist. The evangelist did not take a text, but after a poll of the general public, he delved into the life of his youth and his youth, recounting the various escapades of his youthful ambitions. He converted and since then he has been serving the Master. He is a wonderful speaker and held the strict attention of the audience the entire time, although there were several heavy showers of rain.
Many of our citizens had gone to Kannapolis to hear him, and in response to the urgent invitation to visit Mooresville, he consented to give our people at least one opportunity to hear him here.
Meetings in Kannapolis ended Monday evening. [Note: Baxter Franklin McLendon (1878 or 1879-1935), was a native of Bennettsville, S.C., and was an author and evangelist, beginning this work in 1920 in North Carolina. He was a noted anti-evolutionist and the son of a Methodist minister.]
Monday, June 12 marks the opening of the Redpath Chautauqua for the 1922 season in Mooresville. Many remember the excellent program that was given last year and this year it is even better. The Chautauqua continues through Friday, five days of top-notch entertainment.
The Citizens of Mooresville have had Redpath Chautauqua for the past three years and, at the end of each season, arrange for his return. And the reason the guarantors bring it back is because the people who attend come to realize more about the value of the institution to the community every year.
Redpath Chautauqua hailed from the famous Chautauqua held in Chautauqua Lake, NY At one season of the year, people flocked to this assembly to hear the leading speakers, musicians, ministers and entertainers of all kinds. The idea of going to this assembly was to get the true spirit of an American community – to promote high-level entertainment and take that home and put it into practice. Soon the enormous value of such influence on a community became apparent, along with the fact that the scope of activity could not be properly covered from Chautauqua Lake.
So the idea of bringing the Chautauqua to the community took shape and today Redpath is doing this great work as we saw in Mooresville. Some idea of the Redpath’s influence on American ideals can be gleaned from the fact that around twenty million people frequent the Redpath Chautauqua in America and Australia each year – and bring it back.
This year’s program has features never before realized on a Redpath program in this section. The lecturers are men who have a reputation for activity in the fields of education, art and science. The musical numbers have thrilled audiences in about 30 Southern cities so far. The “Friendly Enemies” play is one of the true features of the program. It is performed by a splendid New York cast and the plot is of a nature that still strikes American theatergoers. Interest in Dr. Edward Amherst Ott’s “Victory” lecture is particularly strong. No one should miss this who can possibly attend.
“Victory” is not a lecture on war; it is a post-war conference and covers vital issues facing the American people today. It’s something we need, building, not rebuilding.
With Dr. Ott, Dr. Henry A. Adrian, who in his lecture on “The Burbank” gives an insight into the marvelous work and accomplishments of Luther Burbank, with whom he was associated for many years. It’s something of practical value for everyone – explaining the miracles of cross-fertilization and other wonders performed by the plant magician.
Another feature is the National Male Quartet. Besides skillfully rendering the best of the music, Mr. Charles Cox, comedian of capital character and phenomenal bass, gives a number of top-note imitations which invariably win over the audience.
Local guarantors and committee members have divided the town into four districts and are advertising and planning for the best Chautauqua Mooresville has ever had. [Note: Here followed a complete schedule for the entire five days.]
All the concrete on that part of the Mooresville-Charlotte highway between that town and the Mecklenburg line at Davidson College is broken down and in two days the asphalt will be laid and the road open to traffic. This will complete the first link of the permanent hard-surfaced Statesville-Charlotte Highway, which is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. You can’t imagine how smooth and glorious it is until they’ve slid across the surface in one of Henry’s favorite flivvers. The mixing machine has been sent to Mooresville and the concrete will be placed along Broad Street on the Mooresville-Statesville route, commencing next Monday, the 19th. This contract will transport the hard surface to Shepherds under the management of the Thompson- Caldwell Construction Company, and at Shepherds, the road works from there to Statesville are being carried out by the RM Hudson Company. The concrete base has already descended from Shepherds to Ostwalt, a distance of about three miles, and the force is heading straight for Troutman, and will reach that point within the next four weeks. [Note: “Henry’s favorite flivvers” referred to Henry Ford’s popular Model T autos.]
200 are baptized in Kannapolis Lake
One of the biggest baptisms ever organized in this section was that of Kannapolis on Sunday afternoon, where approximately 200 people were immersed in the artificial lake overlooking the national road. These people were among the converts of the “Cyclone Mack” revival meeting that ended in this city last Monday and they were connecting with the Baptist Church.
A huge crowd lined the shores of the lake to witness the christening, a number of them being from Mooresville. All the candidates were taken into the water before the start of the ceremony and they were lined up, then the task of immersing them began. Several ministers participated in the baptism ceremony.
The Enterprise office was furnished with two weird eggs last week. John Wiggins, who grows and sells sewing machines, brought the first. It was abnormally sized, and just at the right end of the hull appeared the raised English letters, “JW”. It was examined by many experts, and after deliberation it was decided that the letters stood for “John Wiggins. This particular hen marked her egg in order to spare Mr. Wiggins this trouble before bringing his fresh supply to the cremerie.
Bright and early Saturday morning Zeb Deaton, the little man who sells tombstones, came down with an egg that was flat on the other side, on which there was an embellished border [was] a perfect sunflower. On another part of the egg is the letter “S”, when turned in one direction and in another position, it shows “10”. This was also given to our specialist and after some time it was determined that the egg was laid in the shade of a huge sunflower on Saturday June 10th. This egg was produced by one of those Yankee hens known as Rhode Island Reds. You can never tell exactly what they will produce.