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
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Posted on 30 October 2014.
Anelise Hanson Shrout, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
With new businesses setting up shop and Davidson’s population expected to grow by 50% over the next five years, the layout of the town is changing at a rapid pace. As town planners and residents debate the ways Davidson should grow, it is easy to forget that the town has been changing continuously since it was founded in the 19th century.
In a presentation at town hall on Sunday, Anelise Shrout, postdoctoral fellow in digital studies at Davidson College, will explore the town’s evolution from the 19th century to the present, using both historical and contemporary maps. Her presentation “Mapping Davidson’s Past” begins at 4pm. See the event listing in the calendar.
Davidson Town Hall is located at 216 South Main St.
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Posted on 27 October 2014.
Awareness of sexual assault has increased on the Davidson College campus since a student last spring went public with the story of her rape. Sexual assault reports now are up slightly, and a college task force is re-examining the campus sexual misconduct policy. It’s also introducing new training to address the problem. The writer, a former editor and reporter for this site, now works at Davidson College and wrote this article for the college website. It’s reprinted here with permission.
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
Davidson College Communications
Davidson College is expanding efforts to prevent sexual misconduct with a new program aimed at educating and empowering bystanders – those who might become aware of, but not directly involved in, potentially dangerous situations.
While the college has always worked diligently to provide a safe environment for its students and has a strict no-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, this year it is implementing the bystander education program as a way to emphasize community responsibility in fostering a safe, caring, campus environment. Read the full story
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