excursion train

Excursion ends in collision.

Wilson Daily Times, 13 August 1914.

Train trips to nearby cities, known as “excursions,” were popular entertainment well into the 20th century. 

  • Mary Price
  • James Henry
  • Frank Savage — in the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Viola Street, odd jobs laborer Frank Savage, 25; wife Serina, 22, cook; and daughters Marthy, 3, and Eva, 10 months.
  • Monk Hargrove — in the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Hargrove Monk (c) lab 803 Viola

Aunt Charlotte’s excursion tickets.


Wilson Times, 2 October 1896.

  • Frank Pridgen
  • Charlotte Brinkley — in the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Dick Brinkley, 65; wife Charlott, 49, cooking; and children Hilliard, 30, Nancy, 27, schoolteacher, and Bettie, 23, nurse. In the 1908 Wilson city directory: Charlotte Brinkley, nurse, 135 Ash. Charlotte Brinkley died 11 June 1912 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she resided on Ash Street; worked as a nurse; was married; and was born in Halifax County to Solomon Davis and Nancy Thorn. She was buried in Halifax County. Dr. W.A. Mitchner certified Brinkley’s death, and Nannie Brinkley was informant.