SNAP BACK IN TIME – This Week in 1980, 1965, 1950

Published 10:10 am Monday, October 26, 2020

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Editor’s Note: In honor of its 140th anniversary, The SNAP will offer a glimpse at events of 40 years ago and beyond.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1980

90 years

Upon her 90th birthday on Oct. 20, Minnie Scarborough Tarlton was reflecting on her life.

She married Dennis Tarlton on Oct. 25, 1912 in the home of Charlie and Ethel Lampley on “Wife Working Street,” now Pee Dee Avenue, in Norwood.

She said she eloped after a “long” courtship of two weeks, going through the barnyard with dogs nipping at their heels.

She had to quit school when was 9 to go to work. Her first job was in Concord at Odell’s Mill, where she worked for 10 hours a day for 10 cents. During 1905-1906, she worked at Tuckertown for 68 cents a day. The family moved to Norwood on Feb. 6, 1907, and she went to work for Norwood Manufacturing Company for $1 a day. She worked there until 1943.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1965

New Leader

Henry C. Doby Jr., Albemarle attorney and veteran leader of the Democratic Party in Stanly County, had resigned. Robert J. Deese, assistant maintenance superintendent for Wiscassett Mills Company, would succeed him.

New Program

Four boys had begun work in training for service station attendants in the first segment of the Stanly County Vocational Workshop, a training program for handicapped individuals.

Instructor Mickey Arey of New London was teaching the boys how to pump gas, fix a flat, check oil, fill radiators, and wash, clean and wax cars at the station on the corner of West Main and North Depot streets in Albemarle.


Radarman Seaman Gerald T. Mabry, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Mabry of Norwood, a crew member of the attack aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, had helped celebrate the ship’s 10th anniversary Oct. 1 while anchored in Genoa, Italy.

Oct. 20, 1950


A movement had been started by the Albemarle Lions Club to establish a fully-equipped rescue squad in Albemarle which would serve the county as well.

The matter had been presented at the weekly Lions meeting by Fire Chief Clarence Morris, who said he had received a donation of $110 toward the fund to buy equipment for the squad.

An estimated $3,000 would be needed to buy a motor vehicle which would carry equipment such as oxygen tanks, inhalators, drag hooks, air packs, welding outfits, acetylene torch, blankets, sheets, towels and supplies that might be needed.

Friday, Oct. 24, 1980


County commissioners indicated approval of a plan for 150 additional parking spaces at the new armory to be built near Stanly Tech.

The National Guard will provide 96 parking spaces for use by the military. Because it is anticipated it will have many other uses, some attracting substantial crowds, the board wants additional parking.

Drug Paraphernalia

Stanly has a law banning the sale of all drug paraphernalia effective with its passage on Oct. 20.

Commissioners enacted the ordinance against the sale of a wide range of items usually associated with drug use and abuse. Included are items such as kits connected with the planting and cultivating of any drug producing plant, kits used in processing drugs, testing equipment for use with drugs, scales and balances for weighing these illegal drugs, items used to dilute or “cut” drugs, items used in the mixing of drugs or for cleaning and refining them, containers used for concealing drugs and hypodermic needles or other objects used for or intended in ingesting, inhaling or introducing illegal drugs into the human body.

The violation of the ordinance shall be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $50 or both.

The ordinance also made it unlawful to manufacture or deliver drug paraphernalia or advertise drug paraphernalia.


The Rev. Ed Biggers, president of the Board of Directors, welcomed 55 senior citizens and friends who assembled on the corner of Valley Drive and Morrow Mountain Road Oct. 18 for the opening of the Shepherd’s Center.

The crowd included State Sen. Jim Garrison, Stanly County Commission Chairman Paul Bowers, House of Representatives candidate Janet Pickler and Carol Williford and Louise Allen of Stanly County Council on Aging.

The center was a project of the Badin-Stony Hill Senior Citizens Club based on the concept of caring and sharing.

Friday, Oct. 22, 1965


The adult literacy program for those having less than an eighth grade education would come to an end in Stanly and adjacent counties Dec. 31 unless additional funds were received.

Program Director P.H. Stockton said about 3,000 students were enrolled in the under-eighth-grade classes, which had begun in the four county area of Mecklenburg, Anson, Union and Stanly.


Lois Watson, the first speech therapist to work in the Stanly County Schools, had started her classes. She would work with the maximum number of students allowed by the state, 100, and would conduct classes in Norwood, Aquadale, Oakboro, New London, Badin and West Badin.


H.T. Webb, principal of Albemarle Senior High School, had been named chairman for the Stanly District, Boy Scouts of America, for the coming year.

He would succeed Luther A. Adams, county superintendent, who had served during the past year.

Oct. 24, 1950

Honor Society

Newly initiated members of the National Honor Society at Albemarle High School were Martha Knight, Lois Lowder, Phyllis Kluttz, Betty Jean Poplin, Jo Ann Burrell, Don Wagner, Robert Scaggs, Malcolm Lowder and Tommy Morris.