Posted on 12 November 2014.
Posted in Davidson history, Mooresville, Schools
Posted on 11 November 2014.
Hundreds gathered under the Davidson Fire Department’s giant flag to remember veterans on the Village Green Tuesday. More photos below. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
War challenges us and our nation, and America’s veterans have proven repeatedly they’re up to the test, retired professor Sam Maloney told a gathering on the Village Green Tuesday morning.
- Listen to an audio replay of Maloney’s Speech below.
Maloney, who served as a B-24 pilot in the Pacific in World War II and went on to a 40-year career teaching religion at Davidson College, was the keynote speaker at the Town of Davidson’s annual Veterans Day program on the Village Green.
He said that as a high school student in Tennessee, he was moved by the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He trained and became, at age 20, one of the youngest US bomber pilots in the Pacific. Read the full story
Posted in Davidson history, Holidays, Photo of the Day, Photos
Posted on 10 November 2014.
Mayor Woods places a flag next to a veteran’s tombstone in the Christian Aid Society cemetery off Ridge Road Sunday, as Bryan Hall watches. (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)
By JONATHAN COX
During a walk on the Davidson College campus last year, Bryan Hall came across the Christian Aid Society cemetery off Ridge Road. He was shocked to see that the historically African-American cemetery had fallen into disrepair: Several tombstones were overgrown, flowers were decaying around the site, and there were tire marks across the top of several graves.
“It was in shambles,” said Hall, who lives at Oakhill Apartments on Beaty Street.
While cleaning one of the headstones, Hall saw it marked the grave of a World War I veteran. Having served in the National Guard and Army Reserve himself, Hall decided to commemorate his fellow veterans by placing small flags next to their tombstones. With Veterans Day approaching, Hall returned to the graveyard to place flags again this year, this time joined by Mayor John Woods.
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Posted in Davidson College, Davidson history, Life in Davidson, public spaces
Posted on 04 November 2014.
Posted in Calendar, Davidson history, Holidays
Posted on 31 October 2014.
Dr. W.H. Wooten and Monroe Jetton are buried near one another in the Davidson College cemetery on North Main Street. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
A hundred years ago, two of the town’s most prominent citizens were at the center of a murder case that made headlines across the Southeast. Many of the events took place at buildings still standing in town. The victim and the shooter are buried yards from one another in the Davidson College Cemetery. It’s a fascinating tale, worth retelling during the centennial year of the tragedy.
The shooting was front-page news in the Charlotte Observer and other newspapers.
In February 1914, citizens throughout Mecklenburg County were shocked at news of a murder on South Street in Davidson. Monroe Jetton, the town druggist, was accused of shooting his friend and business partner, Dr. W.H. Wooten, “in a fit of jealousy” over the doctor’s alleged relationship with Mr. Jetton’s wife. The “distressing affair” – as one news account called it – was front-page news in the Charlotte newspapers and the subject of whispering in town for decades.
I first heard this story at the closing for my house, at 231 South St., in 2002. My wife and I bought the 2,300-square-foot home from the late Dorothy Beam, who leaned in amid the signing of documents and said, “You know there was a murder.”
That set me on trail of research, using newspapers, documents and interviews, to find out more about the case.
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Posted in Davidson history, Downtown & old Davidson, Life in Davidson, Uncategorized