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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Visit Girls and Boy's Home Southern Farm Heritage Event, Lake Waccamaw, NC

Columbus County World War II Veteran Honored by The Sons of Confederate Veterans


The Columbus County Volunteers  Camp of the Sons of Confederate  Veterans (SCV) met Sunday Afternoon, March 8  at the  Whiteville Peace Baptist Church.  During their meeting, they honored  a longtime member, Mr. John  Milton Mills Blake, Sr. with the  SCV War Service Certificate and Medal.  Camp  Commander Thomas Jolly made the presentation  while Mr. Blake’s wife Mrs. Eugenia Blake and a  large number of Compatriots watched with  admiration.  Blake’s medal was presented for his  service in World War II as a U.S. Navy Seabee.      Mr. Blake was born June 21, 1925 in Chadbourn, NC.  Before entering the Navy, he was employed by the Southeastern afterward to  Camp Peary, VA to complete the Seabee training.  He then deployed to the Pacific Theatre for the remainder of WWII.      During the war, 350,000 men served in the Seabees.  There  were 151 Naval Construction Battalions composed of  well­trained and knowledgeable operatives.  Mr. Blake’s unit
was the 107th Seabee Battalion and was in the Marshall and  later the Mariana Islands.  He spent about 18 months in the  Marshall Islands repairing military installations before  shipping out for the Mariana Islands where he took part in  the invasion of Tinian and Saipan.    After Sunday’s meeting, Mike Hollingsworth took some  pictures and made the assertion to Mr. Blake while gripping  his hand, “Thank you for what you did for our country.”  He  looked Mike directly in the eyes and replied, “I enjoyed  every minute of it and would do it again!”  Mike said, “The words, The Greatest Generation immediately popped into my  mind for everyone listening could tell that he meant it!    Mr. Blake is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans which was organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896 and, to  this day, continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non­political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history  of the 1861­1865 period is preserved.  Membership is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably  in the Confederate armed forces.  Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines, and kinship  to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for full membership is 12, but there is no minimum  for Cadet membership.  
Shipbuilding Corporation based in Savannah, Georgia.  Realizing that he was about to be drafted, he decided to join the  Navy in 1941 at the age of eighteen.  He sojourned to Bainbridge, Virginia to perform basic training and

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Ahead! March 8, 2015 - - Spring to St Patrick’s Day


This year we start Daylight Savings on March 8th set your clocks ahead


Cherry Blossoms




One of the first Party days after the Super Bowl is of course St Patrick’s Day. Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's Day:

  • St. Patrick’s is not a big drinking holiday in Ireland. In fact, many of the local pubs are closed for the day. 
  • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Corned beef is strictly an American invention, the Irish don't actually eat it to celebrate the day.
  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%).
  • Bailey's Irish Cream, which was launched in Ireland in the early seventies, is now the most popular liqueur in the world. (Partially reproduced with permission from www.everyday-wisdom.com)

Note: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION = FAQ

FAQ: Who was Saint Patrick?
Ans: He was the patron saint, a man regarded as the special guardian of Ireland.

FAQ: What was his life about?
Ans: Having been kidnapped and taken from Wales to Ireland as a slave, he turned to prayer after experiencing enormous and monstrous difficulties and hardships. His prayers ostensibly answered and having dreamed that God was instructing him to travel West, he escaped Ireland and returned to Wales. His six years in slavery matured him into an ardent Christian. Eventually he felt a calling from Ireland for his return to live and help the Irish people. He did return to Ireland converting many people to Christianity and establishing hundreds of churches and much more.

FAQ: When and where was he born?
Ans: He was born about 389 A.D. in Northern Wales. During that era, Wales likely was part of England or Scotland.

FAQ: What is a shamrock and why is it used as a symbol?
Ans: The shamrock is a small three-leaf clover that normally flowers in the middle of March. The shamrock is a symbol used on Saint Patricks Day because it is the national emblem of Ireland - just like the Bald Eagle is the national emblem of the United States. The Irish name for a shamrock is "Seamrog".
Legend is that Saint Patrick often used the shamrock, with the three leaves mounted on a stem, to explain the Blessed and Holy Trinity.

FAQ: When did Saint Patrick die?
Ans: At about the time of the year that shamrocks "flowers" is when He died. March 17, 461 to 464 in Ireland is the exact date. March 17th is the day of the Saint Patricks Day celebration or His Feast Day.

FAQ: Since he was from Ireland, have Americans always celebrated Saint Patricks Day in the United States?
Ans: In 1780 the first official U.S. St. Patricks day celebration took place in the United States. George Washington authorized the day which was celebrated in Morristown, New Jersey.

FAQ: Why is green worn on this day of celebration?
Ans: Green represents the elegance, charm and green splendor of Ireland - The Emerald Isle (Emerald Isle is the poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside).



"May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world


with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!"
–Source Unknown
Happy St. Patrick's Day!















Monday, January 26, 2015

Confederate descendants rally in Baltimore despite protests


An event honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson went on as planned Saturday in Baltimore despite protests to move the event to a different weekend out of respect for Martin Luther King Jr. A group of about 50 protesters stood in silent opposition across the street from the ceremony Saturday morning, The Baltimore…



Monday, January 19, 2015

May This Be The Year!

This new year is the 150th anniversary of the end of the fighting between the armed forces of the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. May it also be the end of the ongoing mendacious attacks on the honored heritage and history of the men who carried that fight for the Southern cause.

May this be the year when the national media recognizes that the War Between the States was about the cultural, political, economic and Constitutional differences that had evolved from the shared national experience and not about the single issue of slavery in the Southern region.

May this be the year when the full truth about slavery as the "American Sin" and not the "Southern Sin", be fully understood. May Americans learn that slavery was financed in the North, controlled by the Northern slave traders and that the profits from the trade and from the cotton went mainly to the North.

May this be the year when the divisive demagoguery of "political correctness" is exposed as the idiocy that it is and becomes a thing of the past,remembered only as a sad and silly period when decisions were made by an odd and distorted view of relationships, sensibilities, and common sense. May it be the year when people go back to making decisions based on the admonitions of our great religious teachings, and not on appeals to victimhood or prejudice. May this be the year when we begin to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.

May this be the year when the 70 million American descendants of those who fought for the Confederacy proudly stand up and be counted. May our voices be heard in such numbers that it will turn the tide of hatred and ignorance that comes daily against us.

May this be the year when those bigots who use the beloved symbols of our courageous ancestors to spread a gospel of racial hatred and superiority be exposed as the fools they are. May this be the year when the flags of our forefathers once again stand for that which is the best within us, rather than the worst.

May this be the year when we counter-attack the demagogues who wish to destroy every vestige of our Confederate heritage. May this be the year when our statues, monuments, and gravestones are not attacked by vandals of every stripe, and when our flags fly more than ever in places of deserved honor.

May this be the year when every member of our brotherhood becomes more involved as spokesmen for the Cause, and when all of us do something of active service every day to carry a positive message about our ancestry.

May this be the year when the national media stops portraying our ancestors as "traitors" and portraying us as "Nazis", "white supremacists" and "racists". May this be the year when they recognize their own sanctimonious posturing and when they realize the stupidity of anyone assuming a moral superiority in matters of the heart.

May this be the year when our national leaders transcend the weary, mean-spirited and divisive politics of yesterday and break through to policies that bring Americans together in mutual respect and purpose.

May this be the year when we Sons of Confederate Veterans lead a victorious struggle for an honest modern understanding of the extraordinary and exemplary courage of our honored and beloved ancestors. May this be the year when we stand fearlessly together against the orchestrated smear campaign of those who would "culturally cleanse" the nation of any positive thought of our forefathers.

May this be the year when our membership puts aside our petty differences and our personal ambitions and solidly unite for a higher and more important cause.

May this be the year when we Sons of Confederate Veterans restore the good name of Robert E. Lee and the million men who left home and hearth to follow him. May our nation realize that the men of the Confederacy were thoroughly American, and that they were of many ancestries and races and creeds, and that they did what they did in their time because their forefathers had done the same.

And above all, may this be the year when a Loving Creator guides all of us in every moment as we face the challenges of protecting our heritage while building our future. May the Great Healer intervene in the hearts and souls of all of us, and bring to closure the ancient wounds of our Nation's past.


Ben Jones
Chief of Heritage Operations

Monday, January 12, 2015

BEN CARSON: Dispelling the myth of haves and have-nots in America


The Constitution of the United States of America was designed to preserve the freedom and rights of all citizens. Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and that we have certain God-given rights. With documents like these, how have we arrived at the state of such discord between purported haves and have-nots…

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - At Arlington National Cemetery

Sons of Confederate Veterans Whiteville, NC;  The Columbus County Volunteers Camp 794
JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER
Editor, Mike Hollingsworth
( 9 Pages)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Reuben Brown and His House Whiteville North Carolina

Photo by Mike Hollingsworth - Luminaries
Photo by Mike Hollingsworth
It was an enjoyable, lovely and warm December 5, 2014 Friday afternoon that Layton Dowless and I arrived at the Reuben Brown House located on the corner of East Columbus and S. Franklin streets diagonally across the intersection form the Presbyterian Westminister Church building in Whiteville, North Carolina.

We came with a mission armed with white paper sacks, bags of sand, small candles and a mission to construct luminaries and place them along the sidewalks located in front and to the side of the house. There was to be a walk to and a tour of the historic home shortly after illuminating the guiding lights.


Reuben Brown and His House:

Reuben Harvey Brown (b. 1821 – d. 1870) was from Randolph County North Carolina and according to the research by Layton Dowless, he enlisted on November 1, 1862 for the Confederate cause in Company B, 52nd Regiment, N.C. State Troops.

After the war about the year of 1869, Mr. Brown and family moved to Columbus County, Whiteville, NC becoming the second schoolmaster of Columbus Academy – a subscription school. Many families during this time were “home schooling” and had been doing it for many years. Columbus Academy was the first to centrally locate and offer courses to the public for a fee. From an announcement in The Wilmington Journal, January 20, 1871:

Schools,

Columbus Academy.
This academy is now complete. It is a large and commodious building. Pleasantly located within a mile of Whiteville. Its position for health is good, and will compare favorably with any portion of the state.
The Second Session of this institution will commence on the 11th day of July next, under the care and management of Mr. A. L. Butner, a gentleman who is not only amply endowed with all the requisite qualifications for a teacher, but who has had, in addition to this, many years experience in teaching.
Terms of tuition per session, viz:
Spelling, Reading, and Writing................................................................$8.00
Arithmetic, English Grammar, History Geography
and Philosophy....................................................................................10.00
Chemistry, Algebra, Geometry, and Surveying........................................12.00
Latin, Greek, and French..........................................................................15.00
Students can obtain board in the neighborhood at convenient distances from the academy, at from $6 to $7 per month.
By order of the Board
June 25, 1852 --- 12-6t THOS. M. SMITH, Sec'y
The Wilmington Journal, Jan. 20, 1871

Patience Teal Brown; Reuben Brown Photo by Mike Hollingsworth - Luminaries
Photo of photo hanging in house by Mike Hollingsworth
Mr. A. L. Butner as appears above is Albert Israel Butner, 1821 – 1914 and was generally known as “Professor”. He was the first schoolmaster of the subscription school known as Columbus Academy.

Reuben Brown moved to Whiteville in 1869 and took over the schoolmaster job but he was not the first as many have thought and the school was not the Whiteville Academy as has been reported for many years.

Reuben married Patience Teal Brown (1831 – 1903) and brought her and their nine children to Whiteville. They purchased and inhabited a four room cottage (Reuben Brown House) that same year. The boys, in all likelihood, slept outdoors during the summer and in the barn during cold weather. Mr. Brown served as the schoolmaster from 1869 through 1870 dying in 1870 from a gunshot wound. As the story goes, the family felt that they had been experiencing a prowler in the hen house and one night after hearing a commotion Mr. Brown retrieved his gun and went outside to investigate. One of his sons, probably outdoors for the night, also armed himself and went to investigate. After seeing something move the son fired, inadvertently wounding his father. Mr. Brown died of the wound a day or so later. His wife, Patience Teal Brown went on to become a solid citizen of Columbus County, Whiteville, North Carolina and she and children lived in the cottage for many years. Mrs. brown held large tracts of land and sold some to the county in 1883 to be used to create County Home. Then in 1945 the area was used to house 250 German prisoners of war to be repatriated in Wilmington. Today the site is where the Legion Field Ballpark is located. One son, Joseph Addison “Joe” Brown began what would become the largest strawberry market in the world known as The North Carolina Sunny South Colony.

The Reuben Brown House, Whiteville, NC
Photo by Mike Hollingsworh
Reading from the brochure, that is distributed when touring the old home, I find that the “Reuben Brown House is a late Federal-style country cottage built circa 1849 (sic) on farmland west of Whiteville, near the present-day Columbus County Law Enforcement Center on highway 74/76 Business. The house is typical of construction of the period, using lumber from a saw mill on Pine Log Road which began operation around 1820. The house has two large main rooms joined by a connecting door. Both rooms have fireplaces and the front doors that probably opened out into a fairly wide and deep porch. At least one of the house's two small rooms was likely used
The Reuben Brown House, Whiteville, NC
Photo by Mike Hollingsworth
as a larder or a storeroom. The covered entrance way was probably used for hanging brooms and mops and for out-of-the-weather storage for pails, butter churns, and other kitchen and domestic tools. The two large fireplaces would have been used by the family for cooking and heating. The boys of the family probably slept outdoors in the summer and in a barn loft in winter... . The house is now owned by The Reuben Brown House Preservation Society, Inc., formerly the CFAC, a non-profit organization encouraging artistic, historical, literary and other cultural events in Columbus County. The house and grounds are the setting for an annual Colonial Heritage Day, a living history event. Activities include Revolutionary War re-enactors encampment, colonial crafts, music, cooking and other period demonstrations.”


Reuben Brown House, 128 East Columbus Street, Whiteville, NC 28472.

Reuben Brown House Photo by Mike Hollingsworth


Reuben Brown Gravemarker Chadbourn, NC Photo by Mike Hollingsworth

Patience Brown Gravemarker Chadbourn, NC Photo by Mike Hollingsworth
Layton Dowless Chadbourn, NC Cemetery


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Papa Q" Shares Meals and Much, Much More

If you are ever in Whiteville, Lake Waccamaw, or Bolton, North Carolina then the following article from the News and Reporter explains when you would want to buy a cold dip of Ice cream from "Papa Q". My Grand kids always look forward to stopping his truck as it passes by because the treats are soooooo good!  

We had no idea that he was up to so much good in the community! We will stop him more often now that we know - Hope you will too!



Ice Cream Man Shares Meals

Ice Cream Man Shares Meals

Monday, December 8, 2014

Court to review Confederate flag on license plates


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking on a free speech case over a proposed license plate in Texas that would feature the Confederate battle flag. The case involves the government's ability to choose among the political messages it allows drivers to display on state-issued license plates. The justices said Friday they will review a…