March 4-10, 1926
One of Leaksville's oldest buildings and certainly its most historical has been razed to make way for a new brick structure being erected by M. Hampton Pratt of Madison.
The building at the corner of Washington and Henry streets is a cabin that is said to have once been the tailor shop of Andrew Johnson, who later moved to Tennessee, got into politics, was elected vice president and succeeded to the presidency when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
The cabin was known to have been at least 80 years old. According to older citizens, Andrew Johnson was a journeyman tailor who was working his way north from South Carolina and elected to stop in Leaksville long enough to fit up the local gentry.
He rented the little building of the Hampton estate and plied his trade there for several months before leaving for Tennessee. In recent years, the building has been used as a restaurant.
The Leaksville High School boys won the State Class A basketball championship in playoffs in Raleigh, beating Greensboro 25-19 in the semi-final game and Charlotte, also 25-19, in the title game. ... Gabel Gibson was knocked unconscious, the buggy in which he was sitting was demolished and the mule hitched to the buggy was badly hurt when a car driven by George Cardwell smashed into the buggy in Madison. Gibson had accompanied Oscar Bullens into town and was waiting in the buggy while Bullens was getting some ice for for his seriously ill wife from the store of Ralph Webster. ... Will Gibson, 32, of Spray, died of blood poisoning and pneumonia, illnesses that apparently started several weeks ago from an injury to his arm caused by being "kicked" by the crank of a Ford car as he tried to crank it. He leaves a wife and three daughters.
Feeling the need for fire protection and other city conveniences, about 100 persons attended a meeting in the Jones Motor Company building in the Boulevard section of Leaksville-Spray to talk about either incorporating the area or petitioning Leaksville for annexation. A committee was appointed to get the full sentiment of all property owners in the area. ... Major E.L. Martin, one of Madison's most picturesque citizens, is dead at age 77. Major Martin was known for riding about town on a black horse and sitting as stiff and straight as a cavalryman. It was only a year or so ago that he quit horseback riding. ... Federal officers seized 30 pints of whisky in a raid at the Golden Rule Oil Company service station just outside Madison. They were assisted by Madison Police Chief George T. Martin and Mayodan Police Chief H.J. Joyce.
For milady: warm flannelette gowns, 95 cents.
Rest easy: combination mohair and wool tapestry Cogswell chairs with mahogany frames, $92.50.