Wilson Daily Times, 3 September 1949.
In the 1940 census of Dunn, Averasboro township, Harnett County, North Carolina: widow Lula George, 60; her sons Wilbur, 22, and David, 14; granddaughter Cleo, 15; daughter Enice [sic], 29; and her son James D. George, 10. Eunice and James George reported that they lived in Wilson County in 1935.
Eunice George at left (I think) and James George, center.
Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user Donald George.
Wilson Daily Times, 23 July 1949.
- Rountree Missionary Baptist Church
- Rev. H. Hoskin
Wilson Daily Times, 9 October 1941.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Will Bullock, 67, driving dray, and wife Pearl, 49, cooking.
Per his death certificate, Will Bullock was a native of Edgecombe County. He was working as a railroad laborer at the time of his death (at age 67), and his body was returned to Wilson for burial.
- Niknois Swinson — Nokomis Swinson, 19, is listed in the 1940 census of Speights Bridge township, Greene County, with his mother Lula Swinson.
Wilson Daily Times, 9 September 1947.
Wilson Daily Times, 17 April 1940.
Sam Vick Elementary originally had no lunchroom. When it was finally built, it was staffed (and largely funded) by volunteers — women from the East Wilson community.
This 1940 help wanted ad specifically sought African-American men and women for jobs picking cotton.
Wilson Daily Times, 20 September 1940.
To prevent hoarding and to tamp down prices, the United States government mandated registration for sugar rations in the spring of 1942. Wilson established seven registration sites at schools around Wilson township — three white and four “colored.”
Wilson Daily Times, 2 May 1942.
Registration at Vick School and Sallie Barbour School essentially divided East Wilson into two zones, north and south of Vick Street.
I do not know the precise locations of Barnes School, west of the city (and not the present-day B.O. Barnes Elementary), or Lane School, east of the city.
1944 sugar ration coupon.
The 7 October 1933 edition of the Wilson Daily Times ran this advertisement for a Gala Mid-Nite Show at the Carolina Theatre featuring Moran & Mack, the Two Black Crows, and unidentified “all colored musical and dancing vaudeville acts.”
The Carolina was a segregated theatre with seating for African-Americans available in its balcony. Moran & Mack were a famed blackface minstrel act. If you care to see a snippet of Hypnotized, here you are.
Wilson Daily Times, 19 March 1949.
In March 1949, the Ritz Theatre announced a run of the 1948 flick Killer Diller, featuring The Clark Brothers, Nat King Cole, Moms Mabley, Dusty Fletcher, Butterfly McQueen, the Andy Kirk Orchestra, and the Four Congaroos. Watch it here.
Hat tip to Steve Brown.
Wilson Daily Times, 10 November 1941.
- First Baptist Church
- Lealia Hilliard — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Lelia Hillard, 36, born in South Carolina, lived in Florence, S.C., in 1935, teacher at Lucama Grade School, and husband Rufus Hillard, 43, fireman at City of Wilson power plant.
- Margaret Bridgers — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: furniture company truck driver Jessie Bridgers, 32; wife Margret, 27; and children Elizabeth, 6, Jessie Jr., 5, and twins Saul and Carl, 2.
- Elsie Hobbs — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1205 Atlantic Ave., rented for $12/month, Hadie, 39, and wife Elsie Hobb, 32, both of Wayne County. Hadie’s occupation was “sick”; Elsie was a cook at Coon High School.
- Mary Mitchell
- Rosa Sutton — in the 1940 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: farmer Arthur Sutton, 29; wife Rosa, 26; and children James J., 7, Rosa Lee, 3, Sarah Jane, 1, and Ellen Gray, 3 months.
- Cora Parker — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: James Parker, 25, Carolina Laundry employee; wife Lois, 19; mother Cora, 47, cook; and son William, 18 months.
- Nannie Barbour
- O.M. Royall — Ossie M. Royall.