Category Archives: HISTORY

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance 80 years ago again becomes hot topic in wake of History Channel snafu

In a four-part series, local man offers his own surprising insights into possible plight of famous female aviator! At the North Las Vegas airport in 1974, Major Joe Gervais (center) greets Gordon Allison Jr. (second from left) and Allison’s co-worker Ev Helm (second from right). The other gentlemen in the photo are Motorola Lab Technicians who accompanied Allison and Helm on the flight from Phoenix. Editorís note: Gordon Allison Jr. has followed the story of Amelia Earhart since he was a teenager.  He became more interested after becoming a commercially rated pilot.  As luck would ha…

Preservation work complete at site of 1880s era Artesian Well

Click image to enlarge ORIENTAL – South Avenue residents Jennifer Roe and her husband Frank, in conjunction with Friends of Oriental’s History, have recently completed preservation work at the site of an old Artesian Well — in front of the Roe’s home. Here, Jennifer assists with the installation of a marker, to remind visitors that “many local boys admit to stealing their first kiss under the branches of the old Willow Oak.”…

Road Trip! Road Trip!

GRANTSBORO – It’s official name is ‘Annual Spring Trip – 2017’ but take it from one who knows – the yearly excursion planned by the Pamlico County Historical Association is an exceedingly affordable and convivial one-day outing. This week, during a brief telephone interview, Brent Stowe (the museum’s jack-of-all-trades) issued an urgent plea: “Please sign up quickly! There are only 47 seats on our bus, and this event is first come, first served. Space is indeed limited.” Bear Grass Bus Line departs from the Grantsboro Town Hall at 7 am on Friday, June 2, bound for three in…

Quest to uncover Unsung Heroes !

Kelvin Credle presents a plaque to Billy Thompson, honoring the World War II vet as an ‘Unsung Hero.’ Billy Thompson’s Army-issue World War II overcoat – made from 100 percent wool – remains in remarkable condition. “I didn’t know it at the time, but my mother did a great job in packing it away when I got back,” said Thompson. “Otherwise, I would not have it today.” BAYBORO – Kelvin ‘KC’ Credle is relentless is his quest to find, and honor, a diverse group of hard-working folks who he calls the ‘Unsung Heroes’ of our area. Credle’s annual awards celebration and d…

Storytelling, Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Saturday, November 5 at Oriental’s History Museum

Come enjoy the afternoon and help the History Museum celebrate eleven years of collecting artifacts and telling Oriental’s story. The annual meeting starts at 2pm, but the Museum opens at 1 pm for you to browse through the Silent Auction, bidding on those “just right” items for gift-giving. The auction features artwork, jewelry, note cards, hand-crafted items, and photography from your favorite local artists along with a selection of gift baskets and other items that will make perfect Christmas gifts. You can browse the Silent Auction all afternoon making sure you’re the highes…

‘Little Boy’ almost certain, not the case with ‘Fat Man’

County Compass exclusive: Editor’s note: In May, President Obama visited Hiroshima, the first sitting U.S. President to travel to the Japanese city where a nuclear explosion – on Aug. 6, 1945 — and a second two days later on Nagasaki quickly put an end to World War II. Two different types of atomic bombs were used, for reasons that expert Gordon Allison explains. Now, 71 years later, we think our readers will find Allison’s insights to be extraordinary. This is the first installment in a series of his articles, which will divulge current day risks to our national security. By Gordo…

Rescue Squad celebrates 50 years

Frank Sawyer BAYBORO – Frank Sawyer, 83, recalls a different world when he was one of a few who were instrumental in forming Pamlico County Rescue Squad way back in 1966. In a brief interview last week where Sawyer resides at Gardens of Pamlico Assisted Living, the teary-eyed senior citizen looked back on the squad’s earliest days. “We seen some really bad stuff,” said Sawyer. “I remember we bought a Dodge hearse for our first ambulance, and it would get down yonder. We used to hang out with a guy who was a Highway Patrolman. We took the thing out on a call one day, and he said it was the first…

Rosenwald Schools topic of fascinating documentary

Holt’s Chapel Community Center, Inc. 136 Janiero Rd. By Sarah Goodnight ORIENTAL — This is the stuff you missed in history class! Join us Thursday, May 19, at the Old Theater for a film, which chronicles the amazing story of Jewish business man, Julius Rosenwald, who teamed with Booker T. Washington to build thousands of schools from 1912 until 1932 – all to benefit the African-American populations of the rural South. I had never heard of the Rosenwald Schools until I moved to Oriental and bicycled past Holts Chapel Community Center. I became intrigued with the mystery of the old bui…

Large Homecoming crowd takes look back at 50 years of Portsmouth Village history

PORTSMOUTH ISLAND ON THE OUTBANKS – The official Homecoming photo was one of many highlights from the Saturday, April 30, celebration! See complete story with many more photos in the May 5 issue of The County Compass.…

Join this reporter as she travels to remote Portsmouth Village for 50th Homecoming

Aerial view of Portsmouth Village. By Jeanne Robertson Jeanne Robertson PORTSMOUTH ISLAND – Hey Gang! It’s getting close. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30. But, keep in mind — this place is so remote, that you’ll need to do some major traveling the day BEFORE in order to get here for the big Celebration!!! The Village of Portsmouth was settled out of necessity for shipping purposes in the mid 1700’s. There was a natural inlet between Portsmouth Island and the island of Ocracoke and this passage would be a way to supply goods to the mainland. Large ships supplying…
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