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Turkey George

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Turkey George

When it comes time to take on your Thanksgiving turkey tomorrow, here’s hoping things turn out better for you than they did for “Turkey George,” shown here in a photo from the Haywood County Public Library. According to legend, “He got the name of ‘Turkey George’ because he also hunted a lot of turkeys. One time he placed a pen over a hole he had dug in the ground. He also dug a little ditch out from under the pen and scattered corn in the ditch, into the hole under the pen. When the turkeys went in they couldn’t figure out how to get out so they were caught. Turkey George crawled in to get a turkey or two and the brood flailed him with an inch of his life. Thus his name.”
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Early Issues of the Southern Pines Pilot (1929-1942) Now Available Online

Over 600 issues of The Pilot, from Southern Pines, N.C., are now available on DigitalNC.  Founded in 1920 in Vass, N.C., The Pilot has provided continuous coverage of Moore County communities, especially Southern Pines and Pinehurst.  The issues available online now range in date from September 13, 1929 through October 30, 1942.  We’ll work on earlier issues, beginning in 1920, in late 2012.

The Pilot is the first of many titles that will be added to the North Carolina Newspapers project in 2012.  It was nominated for digitization by the Southern Pines Public Library. We’ll post announcements here as more titles are available.

Amelia Earhart in Southern Pines

Tomorrow night (Nov. 17) at the Southern Pines Public Library, the Family Fun Night program will feature a talk on Amelia Earhart.

Image of Amelia Earhart and Lloyd Yost at Pinehurst Airport

Amelia Earhart and Lloyd Yost at Pinehurst Airport

The pioneering pilot was one of many prominent visitors to Southern Pines and Pinehurst in the early 20th century. There’s a nice photo on of Amelia Earhart in 1931, from the collections of the Tufts Archives (Pinehurst, N.C.).

That photo was probably taken when Earhart flew in to Southern Pines for a brief stop. Her visit was featured on the front page of The Pilot from November 13, 1931.
Image of the front page of The Pilot featuring Amelia Earhart
The paper included a short description of her visit:

“Amelia Earhart (Mrs. George Palmer Putnam), who flew across the Atlantic in June, 1928 and who since then has continued to be prominently identified with aviation, was greeted by a crowd which numbered well over 1,000 persons on her first visit to the Sandhills Wednesday afternoon. Miss Earhart brought her plane gracefully down on the Knollwood flying field, rose up in the cockpit and apologized for being late. She was greeted by officials of the field, the Mayor and Commissioners of Southern Pines, representatives of Pinehurst, and by Mrs. W. C. Arkell, wife of the vice-president of the Beechnut Packing Company, sponsors of her acquaintance trip around the country. The trans-Atlantic flier flew here from Fayetteville, spent about 25 minutes at the field, shook hands with scores of people, gave her autograph to numerous small boys and girls, supervised the refueling of her weird looking autogiro, took the ship almost vertically into the air and departed.”

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