This week in history: March 30-April 5

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March 30-April 5, 1943
  • The Tribune launched its 40th year of publication with its Friday, April 2, edition. The late Fred R. Mintz began the newspaper and operated for it for 12 years until July 20, 1916 when the Brock family took over the publication.
  • Authorization to sell butter without collecting red-point stamps from customers ended March 28. Farmers, who produced meat and butter at home for sale, were told to collect the correct amount of red-point stamps in war ration book two, according to the OPA . Farmers were required to keep a record of sales and report the number of pounds sold to the local war rationing board at the end of each month.
  • Local produce brokers, acting in interest of cucumber and watermelon growers in the Mount Olive section, were advised by the commercial agent of the Norfolk and Western Railway Co. that transportation for cucumbers and watermelons had been allotted by the office of defense transportation. were fearful of planting a full crop of these commodities because of the crowded transportation problem.
  • Bank of Mount Olive reminded the community that it makes loans to local businesses and individuals, which creates new activity and new jobs. The bank said it was “constantly engaged in building a better, happier community.”
March 30-Apr. 5, 1953
  • DF Odom Jr., chairman of the town’s street cleaning and garbage removal committee, requested that residents cooperate to make Mount Olive one of the cleanest towns in the state during the Easter holiday. am Saturday during the holiday weekend because the town’s workers would not pick up the trash until the following Tuesday.
  • Center Theater’s seven-day lineup included the following movies: “Battle Circus” with Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson, “She’s Back On Broadway” with Virginia Mayo and Gene Nelson, “Tropic Zone” with Rhonda Fleming and former President Ronald Reagan, “Breaking” the Sound Barrier ”with Ralph Richardson and Ann Todd, and“ Jalopy ”with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.
  • More than 1,000 people attended the first Community Easter Egg Hunt held in Mount Olive. Hunts took place at city park and Carver School. Hunts were arranged by American Legion post officials and Maude Kornegay. Divided into different age groups, children searched for a total of 3,000 eggs — 2,000 at city park and 1,000 at the school.
  • Brogden rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Seven Springs, 7-4, on the baseball diamond. Mount Olive fell to New Hope in their game contested at McGee Field.
March 30-Apr. 5, 1963
  • Mount Olive College released its baseball schedule for its inaugural season. The 10-game slate included contests against North Duplin, Four Oaks, Charles B. Aycock, Edwards Military Institute and Goldsboro. Ed Miles coached the team.
  • The Rones Chapel Community 4-H Club held its first-ever meeting and elected the following officers: Mike Carter (president), Stewart Carter (vice president), Sylvia Wells (secretary / treasurer), Cindy Ezzell (reporter) and Gene Turner ( song leader). Adult counselors were Mrs. Preston Wells Jr., Mrs. Albert Turner Jr. and Edward Williamson.
  • Local insurance salesman Bryce Ficken and local roofing contractor Elwood Goodson each announced their candidacy for Mount Olive’s Board of Aldermen. DF Odom Jr. filed paperwork for re-election as mayor.
  • The Bank of Mount Olive proposed a branch office in Seven Springs. Officials submitted an application to the NC State Banking Commission and to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. A branch in Seven Springs was expected to serve about 10,000 people who traveled to either La Grange, Mount Olive, Goldsboro or Kinston to do their transactions.

— Compiled by Rudy Coggins

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