A Day in the Life

From The Charlotte Daily Observer, Wednesday February 10, 1897.

Who says nothing ever happens/happened in Charlotte? On this day 114 years ago, it was non-stop activity in the Queen City and environs.

From the Communal Notice section:

A number of flats were washed away by the recent rise in the river

Professor Hanna and his wife have moved to their pretty home on Tenth Street

Mrs. G. Holbrook who died in Mt. Holly was buried on Monday

Manager Gray has reduced the price of admission to The Gay Parisians from $1 to .75

The County Commissioners should take the new court house in hand before it is too late (a new court house was under construction and the consensus at the CDO was that it was ug-lee. This practically reduced the architect, Frank Milburn, to tears and he subsequently wrote a letter to the CDO asking them to stop making fun of his building because it was going to be really nice when it was finished)

You be the judge: was it pretty or not?


In case you’re interested, this was Mecklenburg County’s third courthouse and the only one that had a dome. It has long since been demolished.

Dr. Wilder was called to Mt. Holly yesterday to see someone sick in Abe Brown’s Family (again w/Mt. Holly–apparently this was before the concept of doctor-patient confidentiality)

Mr. and Mrs. George Newcomb moved yesterday to Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Kendrick’s where they will live in future

Mr. E.L. Martin has about finished the repairs to his residence and he and family will move back shortly. Fire drove them out

Rev. Dr. Barron of Tryon Street Baptist Church has been here for a few months and he has conducted nine funerals

Mr. J. S. Cannon who is enjoying the rest and quietude of Lake Wacamaw writes “I feel like I am put out of the world without the Observer. Please send it

The path to learning is at last unobstructed. The Library steps have been cleared of the debris that has lain there since improvements in the building began

Squire Maxwell, who next to fighting Mayor Smith of Matthews, holds more offices than any other man in the county returned to the Temple yesterday after several days of grip, pneumonia, and salivation eeewww

When it rains or when a thaw sets in after a freeze, the sidewalk from Charlotte, Columbia, Augusta crossing to Morehead Avenue or the west side is almost impassable by reason of the water running from the yards that side of the street. The matter could be rectified with very little trouble by the property owners **ahem**

From the society section, or Nature at High Tide: Some of the people who were stemming the currents of sunshine yesterday:

Mr. J.W.D. Laughter and his wife left last night for Clifton, Georgia where they will locate. He is to go into the melon business

Miss Celeste Anderson of Statesville left yesterday for Chester, South Carolina

Dr. Eddleman and niece little Sally Dixon will be home from New York  this week. The child got so homesick they had to bring her home

Stylish cards were received here yesterday reading as follows

Mr. and Mrs Benjamin F. Long

At Home

Thursday evening February the eleventh

Eighteen hundred and ninety seven

From Eight to Twelve

Statesville, North Carolina


Mrs. Ralph Van Landingham is to lead the german Thursday night which insures its success. Miss Beulah Barker, one of Statesville’s prettiest girls will be over to attend. She will be the guest of Misses Carrie and Lottie Maffitt

Mrs. R.L. Gibson entertained at dinner yesterday in her own charming style Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Reese, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carson, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Carson, adn Miss Addie Williams

And because it was 1897 and it was the south, the Observer also included things like this in the inventory of daily activity:

Will Johnson, colored, who was arrested Saturday night for stealing a pair of shoes from Gilreath’s proved to be an adept. He and two ‘pals’ got three pair at Belk Bros Saturday night. The shoes were recovered and the darkies sent to jail.

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