June 16-22, 1952
"Uncle" Doc Broadnax, Rockingham County's oldest citizen, marked his 106th birthday at his farm home near Mt. Hermon Church.
Born a slave on the Gov. Glenn farm in 1844, he was a blacksmith on the Glenn plantation until after the war when he worked for wages on farms until he and his son were able to buy a 25-acre farm in 1919. Until an attack of neuritis affected his legs last year, he had worked in growing the tobacco crop every year.
Six sons and daughters, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were on hand to help him celebrate his birthday.
Luther Hodges reported his successful campaign for lieutenant governor cost $7,212, of which $3,937 came from his own pocket. ... The Reidsville Luckies are in second place in the Carolina League, with much of the credit due to pitcher Mike Forline, who leads the league with 10 wins. ... Reidsville water rates are being raised 25 percent, with the minimum charge becoming $1.72 for city residents and $3.45 for nonresidents.
Rockingham County Lions held their annual picnic for the blind at Mayodan Recreation Park, with 300 people attending, including 50 blind individuals. Clubs from Leaksville-Spray, Draper, Reidsville, Madison and Mayodan sponsored the event. ... The Bank of Reidsville is planning a branch on North Scales Street. The branch will have a drive-up teller's window. ... D.A. Purcell, superintendent of the Fieldcrest blanket mill at Draper, is the new president of the Southern Textile Association.
For Dad: Bulova self-winding wristwatch, $49.50; straw hat, $3.98.
Attention hunters: J.C. Higgins double barrel 12-gauge shotgun, $44.77