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. Read the full story
Posted in Davidson history, Downtown & old Davidson, Life in Davidson, Top stories, Uncategorized
Posted on 23 October 2014.
By DAVID BORAKS
One year ago, our community lost a dear friend in Stephen Mills. On Friday night, his family and friends will gather to remember him, with a dinner and evening of music in downtown Davidson.
Mills died a year ago of cancer, at age 51. A Texas native, he adopted Davidson along with his wife, Elizabeth, and was a presence around town. He was involved in Davidson College Presbyterian Church and served on the Davidson Design Review Board. He studied wine, and the guitar, and was an avid runner and sports fan. Read the full story
Posted in Deaths, Downtown & old Davidson, Life in Davidson, People
Posted on 22 October 2014.
Diners lined up at a half-dozen food trucks in the parking lot next to the Davidson fire department. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Hundreds of food truck fans lined up on a chilly evening in downtown Davidson Wednesday in food truck rally and Summit Coffee community pint night that raised money for Davidson Lands Conservancy.
Food trucks included Comfort Food on Wheels, Cheese to the Mac, Cuzzo’s Cuisine, The Plated Palette, and Ruthies. They parked in the Jackson Street Parking lot behind Summit. The cafe donated a portion of the evening’s sales to the Conservancy.
Davidson-based singer songwriter Rusty Knox provided the tunes, from a stage behind Summit.
Posted in Downtown & old Davidson, Life in Davidson, Photo of the Day
Posted on 14 October 2014.
Posted in Health & Fitness, kids, Life in Davidson, Sports