Date: 01/27/2002; Publication: The News & Record (Piedmont Triad, NC); Author: 


From the Greensboro Daily News, January 27-February 2, 1927 

Even as they continue to sell the last of their 1926 crop, Rockingham County's tobacco farmers have begun work on their 1927 crop. 

The growers are preparing the ground for plantbeds by burning brush or other material on the ground where the seeds are to be planted. The heat destroys all other sources of vegetable growth. 

Farmers also are cutting and splitting trees and stacking these at their tobacco barns for use in curing the crop in the coming year. 

Meanwhile, sales continue on the Reidsville tobacco market, but it is said only a small part of last year's crop remains to be brought to market. 

Rockingham County's bonded indebtedness is $3.3 million, or $67.82 per inhabitant, according to the State Auditor's office. ... Grave Pauline Southard, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Southard of Reidsville, suffered fatal burns when her dress ignited as she stood too close to a fireplace grate. Her mother, who was in another room when she heard the child screaming, sustained painful burns on her hands and arms when she extinguished the fire. ... There are reports out of Leaksville-Spray that Mrs. Frank Mebane, widow of the industrialist who put together a small textile empire in that area, is negotiating the sale of her textile properties to Marshall Field Corporation of Chicago. 

Paul Settle, charged last week with assaulting a 17-year-old girl, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after a jury deliberated 27 minutes in finding him guilty of the charge. Settle, who is black, had to be taken to a secret hiding place after his arrest to protect him from a mob that gathered outside the Reidsville jail. His accuser, who is white, gave positive identification of him at the trial. ... Leaksville High School basketball team defeated visiting Raleigh High 25-17. ... For the second time in a month, the Harris and Osborne hardware store on The Boulevard in Leaksville has been robbed. In the latest break-in, the thieves took a number of guns and ammunition. 

For milady's head: Hats in velvet, satin, silk and velour, $4.85. 

Put it in writing: Fountain pen with 14-karat gold point, $1.19.

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