Photo #1 to the left, January 18, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: gerry culler

Hometown rockingham nc

We called it oneway st. It was between Roses dime store and Wood's dime store. I believe it is S Lee St.

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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

I believe the street is Lee Street looking west, the year was 1958

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Name: Jack Cooper

Hometown Rock Hill

Joel, I don't know what the official name of the street was..but everyone I knew back then just called it "one-way" street because you could only drive one directiion..I also use to work at the Rose's 5& 10.

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01-23-10 Answer: Photo #1 was taken in the 1950s or early 1960s showing the west side of S. Lee Street between Franklin Street and Washington Street.
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Photo #2 to the left, January 23, 2010. Comments are below:
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01-29-10 Answer: Photo #2 is that of the Henry Wall Farm, taken sometime during the 1920's near the present day intersection of Ann Street and Foushee Street. The area seen in the photograph is part of Richmond Park today.


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Photo #3 to the left, January 29, 2010. Comments are below:
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Harry A West, Jr

Hometown Rockingham NC

That is a photo of the OLD Farmers' Bank Building on West Washington Street (not the later bank bldg. on the corner on the Square). Just out of the picture, to the left of the A-1 Used Car Lot was the LITTLE THEATER. The white car on the front row of the car lot is a 1958 Buick. But the photo was taken in 1963.

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Howard Richardson

It was no West Washington Street the A-1 use car lot was McInnis Ford Dealership. Picture taken around 1962 or 63.

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Sandy Browder

Yep, I see the Cox Army/Navy surplus right across the street from where the downtown BB&T is now.

Our lake house was built with stuff from the urban renewal project that tore down that side of town. Big windows from McInnis garages, etc.

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Name: Chuck Cargill

Hometown Wake Forest, NC


As I remember this part of town very well because my grandfather, C.O. Funderburk, had a Gas-for-Less station at the bottom of the hill, across from Stilwell's Tire store.  That is, in fact, Cox's Army-Navy surplus store and to the right was Hough's Hardware store.  I also remember going to the Little theatre for Sat. afternoon matinees.  Wow, flashback, and I never even used LSD!

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02-03-10 Answer: Photo #3 is of the north side of W. Washington Street during the 1950s or early 1960s. The buildings in this picture were demolished as part of the urban renewal project during the 1960's. ...Appreciate all the replies - I believe all of them were correct.jb.


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Photo #4 to the left, February 3, 2010. Comments are below:
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Sara McDougald

Hometown: Rockingham

That is Homer Benoist at Five Points. Dynamite.


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Howard Richardson

Hometown: Rockingham

Homer Benoist Five Points Gro.
Mid to late 60s


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Joel Shannon Bailey

Hometown: Cary

Is that the little store down by Grandma Baileys house off of Ellerbe rd? Is that Homer?


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Ken Smith

Hometown: Rockingham

I am about to burst to know the answer, and I know all I have to do is go to the link, but I haven't done it because it's been so much fun talking with our old friend about it. Most of them have thought it was Smith Brother's Groceries on Fayetteville road next to were the Tar Heel Motel used to be that Michael Gillis' mother ran, but Bonnie Poplin and I agree that it couldn't be Smith Brothers because Smith Brothers never sold beer and there is a Schlitz sign hanging in the picture, plus Smith Brothers had cigarettes behind the counter, not bread.

Becky McDonal thought it my be Mr. Crenshaw's grocery store in East Rockingham, and I have had other responses such as Reid's Grocery, Capel's Grocery, Williams Grocery, and Munn's Grocery

I didn't go the the store much, but I did go with Mom several times because she knew him, and my thoughts are that it is Five Point's Groceries, and I'm pretty sure that that is Homer Benoist (I think maybe he was Kay Benoist's Dad) in the picture. I think Kay graduated in 1962 or 1963. I know she was in David and Betsy Hunneycutt's class. I'm having a problem remembering, but I'm pretty sure Mr. Benoist had a nickname ("Dynamite") if I remember correctly. And I know this is goanna sound stupid if it's wrong, but didn't he have a live talking bird in there at one time (if that's not true, just chalk it up to old age and loss of memory)? I originally thought the picture could have been taken around my graduating year (1964), but it was probably a little later than that maybe even early '70's.

I do know one. the questions have sure brought up a lot of good old memories and sparked a lot of conversation with those I have shared it with.

Keep up the good work and the TRIVIA. Becky McDonald Brewer, Bonnie Poplin, Gainey, Nancy Stanley Harris, and I (for sure) love it.


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02-05-10 Answer: Photo #4 is a 1973 photo of Homer Benoist in his Five Point Grocery in Rockingham. His nickname was "Dynamite." Homer used to have a minor bird in his store that would talk. -thanks for all the responses.

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Photo #5 to the left, February 5, 2010. Comments are below:
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Sandy Browder

"S Hancock Street, between old Belks ( obviously ) and Graham Inman's drug store.  Had to be early/mid 50's. Across from old PO."

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La Wanda Goodwin

Hometown Rockingham

The photo was taken cross from the old Post Office uptown; think the street name is Hancock Street.  The store with awning to the left is a craft shop now, and I remember riding in Belk's public elevator! Don't know the year of the car; assume that might date the photo.

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James Newsom

Hometown Rockingham

The street is Hancock. You have Belk's and then the gas station, the next store is W&H Clothing beside W&H which you cannot see was Federal Pharmacy. It was operated by Graham Inman and Mr Honeycutt(Bill Honeycutt's daddy). The date is probably early to mid 50's.

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02-07-10 Answer: 1946 - Photo #5 is of the west side of South Hancock Street showing W&H Clothing Company, DIXIE AUTO ESSO STATION, and the west entrance to Belk's Department Store. Harry West's dad managed the Dixie Auto in the early 1940's. -thanks for all the responses.

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Photo #6 to the left, February 7, 2010. Comments are below:
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I think maybe the above photo was just a little too old to get any replies.
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02-09-10 Answer: Photo #6 is Whites Barber Shop in Rockingham, sometime before 1920 but the location is unknown.That is John Sandy Covington on the left and Walter E McNair on the right. Person in the middle is unknown, and, likewise, the person setting in the barber chair waiting for his haircut.
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Photo #7 to the left, February 9, 2010. Comments are below:
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Sandy Browder


Another good one, and I have absolutely no clue. Looks like a bakery of some sort.

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Donna Tuthill Cochran

there was a bakery in Rockingham across from the side door of woods dime store ( forget the name of the street ).

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02-11-10 Answer: Photo #7 is the interior view  photographed in 1932 of the EB Liles Store, once located on the Square in Rockingham. Store personnel pictured are, from left - Wat Meacham, Homer D. Benoist, E. B. Liles, W. J. Boyd and Charles Talley.
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Photo #8 to the left, February 11, 2010. Comments are below:
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Sandy Browder

"Hard to see any detail, but it looks like the old square downtown."

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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

I really not sure, but it almost looks like the tree on the square where the police station used to be.

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Anne Hiott McLaurin

"Joel, are these the two trees that used to be on the square in Rockingham?"
"One has been cut down but I think La Wanda Goodwin saved the other by writing letters to the editor.  Correct me if I'm wrong La Wanda.  I was so proud of her for saving the tree."

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Sara McDougald Poston

"Isn't that the 2 trees like Anne McLaurin said that were downtown where the police station used to be?"

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Donna Tuthill Cochran

"I think yall are right.. The police station was on  the Island !!!! My how things have changed !!"

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Lynda Mitchell Davenport

"I remember the police station on the square so well.  I use to walk there with a friend who's dad was a policeman.  Tiny little police station!"

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Cathy Wilson

"Those are the trees that surrounded the later built Police Dept. I remember going there many times when my Daddy was a Policeman. There was pot belly stove in there. My have times have changed. "

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Sandy Browder

"Actually that was a fairly easy one, I still think about what was there when I circle the "new" square.  Didn't know the story about saving the tree though. "

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02-13-10 Answer: Photo #8 was taken in  1936 - The Square in downtown Rockingham. The vehicles parked around the square are all either taxicabs or physicians' cars. At opposite ends of the square were two areas reserved for taxis, and all of the front and back sections were reserved for doctors. - The most responses so far was on this photo and I believe most of them were correct----thanks for the input.
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Photo #9 & 10 to the left, February 13, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Harry West

Hometown Sarasota FL

This is the original RICHMOND ACADEMY, which preceded the ROCKINGHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL, located on the south side of E. Washington Street on the corner of Lawrence Street. The water tower on the corner of Franklin & Lawrence was in the back lot of the old school ground, and it remains there today.

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02-15-10 Answer: Photos #9 & #10 to the left show the Rockingham Graded School (according to the notation on each photo) which was located on the corners of E. Washington Street, S. Lawrence Street and E. Franklin Street. The building contained all school grades.
Photo #9 shows the original building constructed circa  1895.
Photo #10 shows an addition that was added circa 1906.
The building was abandoned and demolished circa 1952. -
Not sure if the Richmond Academy was the first name given or if it was later changed to the Rockingham Graded School. Maybe Harry can enlighten us on this.
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Photo #11 to the left, February 15, 2010. Comments are below:
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La Wanda Goodwin


"For some reason, the back wall reminds me of the old Bristow Drug when I was little, but I really don't know."

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Anne Hiott McLaurin

Joel Is it the old Tanner's Grocery Store in downtown. Denny seems to think it is.

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Jesse Wilcox

I would go with grocery store but the name of it????


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Sara McDougald Poston

"Could it possibly be the City Market that was owned and operated by the Williams family"


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Charlie Yow

"I think it is Gibbs Grocery , on the square downtown"
"it was beside the old Strand Theatre,, they delivered groceres to your home. never went inside though,, looks like Mrs. Gibbs.. she was my neighbor"


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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

I think this is City Market downtown that the Williams owned.


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Name: Vickey Pryce leviner

Hometown Greer SC

here I think it is the Williams Market


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Name: Rocket

Hometown Rockingham

Liles Grocery


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02-19-10 Answer: Photo #11 was Swinks Grocery, located "on the Square," as it appeared between 1921 and 1923. Pictured with some of the stock of groceries are the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Swink. - Many responses on this one but all were wrong - except for one - Anne Hiott McLaurin caught me on FB chatroom and continued to guess until she came up with the correct answer above. Thanks to all for participating.
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Photo #12 to the left, February 19, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

This building was located on N/W croner of the square in Rockingham, and was a cotton brokerage company. They brought and sold cotton to the mills around Rockingham, NC. The O Brown Smith family owned the bussness


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Ann Rohleder Stephens

"The building was demolished in 1968 and, I think, located near or on the square. It housed a cotton company. My grandfather, A. H. Rohleder, worked there from 1934 until 1957. Cotton from all over would come in and be weighed, then shipped out to manufacturers. There's a story about it in the August 2, 1968 issue of the Richmond County Daily Journal. "

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Harry West


"Figger'd Ann would ID that one. In addition, I BELIEVE that the "O. Brown Smith" painted atop the building was Olen B. Smith, Sr. Olen, Jr. graduated RHS in 1958. It was on the corner of the Square and North Lee Street. That is the printing plant of the Richmond County Journal down the hill on the right."

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Ken Smith


This current picture on Rockingham Memories has really intrigued me. I am convinced that that building to the right and down stairs is where the Journal was printed. I remember this because one of the many jobs I had in high school was here and in the back of this building. I melted down pig iron and made bars out of them to be used later when they set up the printing process for the newspaper. This was back when Bo Dorsett was an employee there. That being said, I think I remember a building being beside it that was a cotton brokerage (? - don't know if this is the right word or not) or place where cotton was brought to by framers and weighed in and sold. I do believe it's on the square and I think it was torn down in the late '60's or early '70's. I don't know if this is right or not, but wasn't there a RHS graduate (maybe in the '50's) named Olin Smith?

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02-21-10 Answer:  Photo #12 is the Cotton Exchange Building, which was located beside the building currently used by RBC Centura on the northwest corner of Lee Street and Washington Street in the early 1960s. The Richmond County Daily Journal building is visible on the
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Photo #13 to the left, February 21, 2010. Comments are below:
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Harry West

Hometown Rockingham/Sarasota FL

That's a great shot of the PEE DEE BANK located on the NE corner of E Washington & N Hancock Streets. A lot of us remember that building as the Rockingham Cafe, and - later - the Western Auto Store.

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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

I think the name of the bank was Pee Dee Bank where the Western Auto store used to be.

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02-23-10 Answer: Photo #13 shows the Bank of Pee Dee building built in 1906 on the northeast corner of N. Hancock Street and E. Washington Street.
The bank closed during the Great Depression. Economy Auto Supply had occupied the building since the 1950's. Plus at one time I believe The Western Auto Store was located there. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Photo #14 to the left, February 23, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

I believe the building is the Rockingham Hotel that was on the corner of Washinghton Street and South Hancock Street. There is a bank on the corner now.

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Cooper Meacham McLaurin

"The picture is of the old Rockingham Hotel on Hancock St and E. Washington."

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La Wanda Goodwin

" I don't remember the building, but I know from family that my Dad, Lacy Gibbs Goodwin, had a barbershop in there!"

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02-25-10 Answer: Photo #14 is the Rockingham Hotel, at the southeastern corner of Washington and Hancock Streets, that was sold for dismantling in 1974.
Top photo - the hotel in October 1974, before the dismantling began. Middle photo - the hotel being torn down in November 1974.
Correct!
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Photo #15 to the left, February 25, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

This is the Old Great Falls Mill, that was located on what is now U.S Highway 74, coming into Rockingham from the west.

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Sara McDougald Poston

Great Falls Mill.
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Sandy Browder

"Now this is a good one, obviously a mill.....but which one....used to be lots around R'ham.  Could it be the one that was on the little Roberdale lake that burned down?"

"Whoa, that is an old picture then!"

"All that I ever remember seeing was a shell of a building, as stated, covered by kudzu..."
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John Hartgrove

"Yeah before it was consumed by Kudzu."
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Name: Bill Dennis

Hometown Hamlet

Great Falls Mill
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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

Great Falls Mill
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02-27-10 Answer: Photo #15 is the former Great Falls Mill in Rockingham. After the original 1837 mill was burned during the Civil War, it was soon rebuilt as the Great Falls Mill and was back in production by 1870.  The mill pictured here was destroyed by fire in the mid 1970's.  Most everyone got this one.
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Photo #16 to the left, February 27, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

Washington Street  about 1969 or 1970
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Anne Hiott McLaurin

"Downtown Rockingham, East Washington Street"
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John Hartgrove

"This was taken across from Mr. Coleman's gas station...in front of Kay's Dress Shop.
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Sara McDougald Poston

"East Washington St. apparently made some where close to the Manufacturer's Building in the early 60's due to the Falcons parked on the street.  Acroos the street is Hallum's which later became McKenzie Furniture and looking up the street is the A & P managed by Mr. Infinger; Bristow Drug is also in the pic"
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Name: Harry A West, Jr

Hometown Rockingham/Sarasota FL


What a great shot of E. Washington Street, looking east from in front of the MERCHANTS BUILDING (or was it the MANUFACTURE'S BUILDING?). It's nice to see how active "Main Street" once was. On the left you can see the end of HALLUM FURNITURE (later McKENZIE FURNITURE) and the A&P, which I believe was the FIRST supermarket to be built in Rockingham.
As evidenced by the autos, this photo was taken in the 60's. The old Grammar School that was across from the A&P is long gone, and GOODYEAR & BRISTOW DRUGS have replaced it.
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Sandy Browder


"Everyone nailed that one pretty quickly......"
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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC


This is East Washington Street, Rockingham, NC in the '60's. This picture looks like it was taken across the street from where Mr. Dewey Coleman's gas station  and the old Employment Security Commission builidings were located. The building on the left with the arch is the old Hallum's Furniture building, if I remember correctly. It looks like it was taken around 1968, 1969, or 1970. It was also probably taken on a Saturday based on the number of cars and people downtown. Thanks again, Joel! This is just plain GOOD OLD FASHIONED MEMORIES!
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Harry West


"Interesting to note the TREES behind the A&P sign. I believe that there were two very old & large houses located there. One belonged to the long time Principal of the Grammar School just across the street - Miss Bessie Terry."
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Anne Hiott McLaurin

"One was a daycare...I remember earning a girl scout badge by reading to the children there."
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Cooper Meacham McLaurin

"Hey Harry,  I believe there were 3 homes beside the A&P.  !st one was the Blacker house, the middle one was Fannie Mae Longs, the corner one was the Bessie Coley house.
Miss Bessie Terry lived on Caroline St.  below the old bus station that was on E. Washington St.   The homes beside the A&P had a beautiful black iron fence along the sidewalk.   I love this old stuff."
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Harry West

"Hi, Cooper!!  Did I get the wrong "Bessie's" house?!?!? I DO remember the black wrought iron fence. Usta run my hand along it walking home from the Saturday matinees at the Richmond Theater. They tore it all down and built a parking lot!!"
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03-01-10 Answer: Photo #16 is Washington Street East, looking  Eastward from Harrington Square. It was taken in 1968.  A good many responses on this one and I believe all were correct...plus some more info on what was around this street at that time.
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Photo #17 to the left, March 1, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Sara McDougald Poston

Hometown Rockingham

US #1 coming up from south of Rockingham towards Cheraw
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

This is U.S.# 1 going South to North Just before the bridge over the railroad. Just passed where Mill Road comes into U.S.#1
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Ken Smith


This new picture seems to be a shot of US 1 coming from Cheraw into Rockingham, a little ways past where the Village Motel was.
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03-03-10 Answer: Photo #17 is a postcard from the 1920s showing the view coming in from Cheraw on US No 1 to Rockingham.  (sorry but for some reason, this photo did not show up on the main page after the first day. Am not sure what happened.)
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Photo #18 to the left, March 3, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Sara McDougald Poston

Hometown Rockingham, NC

Klopman Mills, Cordova.
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Name: Harry West

Hometown Sarasota FL/Rockingham

This latest post card appears to be the HANNAH PICKET mill viewed from about where LONG DR now intersects with MILL RD.
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Jerry Turner

Hometown Rockingham

The old Steele Mill at Cordova.
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC


This Picture is of The Ledbetter Mfg. Co. Mill. Located on Ledbetter Lake North and West of Rockingham, NC
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Name: Floyd (Butch) Spencer)

Hometown Rockingham/Cordova

That would be Burlington, later Klopman, mill at Cordova
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Name: Lucy

Hometown Rockingham

Ledbetter Mill
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Name: Mike Coble

Hometown Maxton, NC


Joel, I believethe mill in the post card is the one that was just below where the dam busted.  I don't recall the number but as a boy my father earned some extra money by cleaning this mill.  The whole family pitched in and helped.
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03-05-10 Answer: Photo #18 is a postcard from the 1920s showing Steeles Mills in Cordova.  (some had it correct, some did not. Appreciate the responses.)
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Photo #19 to the left, March 17, 2010. Comments are below:
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Carol F Mercer

"Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade, with R-ham High School Band around 1963 ?"
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Ann Rohleder Stephens

"RHS, Lion's International parade, Chicago, 1956"

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Wayne Fuller

"RHS band 1956.

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Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

This picture was taken in 1958 at the Lion's Club International Convention in Chicago, IL. This is the Rockingham High School Marching Band marching down Michigan Avenue during this parade. The director in the black uniform on the left is Don Adcock. Mr. Adcock later would leave Rockingham High to accept the position as band director at North Carolina State University where he continured to serve for over 20 years. Over the years, the Rockinghams High School band followed the Lion's to many of their destinations for their conventions. The Lions were also responsible for providing money for new uniforms for the band. In 1955 the band had also attended the Lion's International Convention Parade in New York City, NY when Mom (Theo Smith) was band director, and the entire band were also contestants and appeared on the television show 'Strike It Rich" with Warren Hull. They had also made a trip in support of the Lions to Atlantic City, NJ.

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Joel,

I'm about to die to ask this question. I love this last trivia question. Here's the question!

Most of the people have put 1956 on the picture, and I think the reasoning behind this is that if you pull up the full size of the picture, at the bottom right hand side of the photo, the date that is indicated there is July 9, 1956. I know that that is what is read because I can read it, but there's a reason I think it is 1958.

1) Mom was still band director in 1956. That was the year my sister was born. She was born in February during the school year.
2) Mr. Adcock would have had to begun his tenure as band director in the middle of of the school year to have been the director in the summer of 1956.
3) Bob Ellwanger was the drum major in 1955, his senior year when the the band went to New York.
3) Rachael Price Ellwanger, his wife, graduated in 1956 and did not go to Chicago.

This is the deductive reasoning of an old man, and I can't ask Mom as she is sadly no longer with us. I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

I know that the other information provided is correct; however, would you mind just emailing me to verifying the date to me as to the year. This one is a good one, but the date thing is driving me nuts.

Thanks For The Fun!

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Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC

The Lions International Parade 1956
Chicago IL.
Rockingham High School Band
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Jeff Todd

"From the background I'm guessing it wasn't held in Rockingham or Hamlet LOL."
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03-18-10 Answer: Photo #19 was taken in 1958 and is the Rockingham High School band in Chicago.  (Appreciate the replies and I believe Ken Smith probably provided the most details. Participation from everyone such as this helps keep our Rockingham memories alive.)
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Photo #20 to the left, March 18, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

This is on the square in Rockingham. I think the building in the background The Strand Theatre. I'll guess that it was probably the Fall Festival in 1948, because that's a prototype of the rear engine 1948 Tucker Torpedo.
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC


The Year was 1948 or 1949 can't be sure.

The car is a 1948 Tucker sedan/ TRCKER '48 sedan. It was initially named The Tucker Torpedo.

It was built by Preson Tucker, produced in Chicago IL. in 1948, Only 51 were made. The company foldered March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity.

The car was a rear engine/rear wheel drive. 4 wheel independent suspension.(rubber torsion tube(no springs) with shock absorbers)

128" wheelbase, 219" overall length, 60" high, 79" wide.

Engine H-6 (horizantally opposed) ohv. 334.1 CI.4.50 X 3.50 bore X Strock. 7.0:1 compression ratio, 166 bhp. 372 Lb/ft torque

Transmission had 3 manually and 4 auto.

The car weight 4200 LB.

It was disigned by Alex Termalls

By the way, the center headlight moved in the direction the car moved left or right

The Sign in the background was The Strand Theater on the square in Downtown Rockingham.
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Sara McDougald Poston

"Well, I am going to take a guess - It is a Studebaker, because one of my older brothers had one and it is on the
square in downtown Rockingham.  The marquee is Strand Theatre and the other building with the marquee was Leder
Brothers.  Off to the side of the tree was the Rockingham
Police Station.  I want to say possibly early 1950's?"

"Harry: What do you think the occasion was?"
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Name: Harry A West, Jr

Hometown Rockingham/Sarasota FL

Howard NAILED it. That is a TUCKER. The occasion was the FALL FESTIVAL. It was difficult to identify the year, but my best guess was 1948 (this is from my family's photo album). The annual FALL FESTIVAL had different names thru the years. The TUCKER was way ahead of it's time. The major car makers destroyed Tucker to prevent him from putting this vehicle on the market.
Thanks, Joel, for posting.

"Info not asked for: this photo was take with a KODAK BROWNIE camera, model TARGET SIX-20 (now displayed on my bookcase)."

"It was the annual (back then) Rockingham Lion's Club FALL FESTIVAL parade. "

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Name: wayne b

Hometown omaha, nebraska


the car is a studebaker, on the square, with the strand theater in the background.
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03-20-10 Answer: Photo #20 was taken in 1948, turning onto Lee St at the Square and the car is a Tucker prototype.
The Strand Threatre is on the marquee in the background. -All had great answers - Harry West actually sent this photo to me on  02-20-07 and provided plenty of details above.
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Photo #21 to the left, March 21, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC


Harry West submitted this picture originally. This picture was the one that drew me to the this website. When I first saw this picture, I thought it really ironic that the only people I could recognize were the same ones that Harry recognized which were(left to right) HELEN STURKIE, CAROL
BALLARD, and HORACE STEADMA(kneeling); however, having remained in contact with Helen Sturkie Grose over the years, I was able to identify a few more. The cute little 'Bobbie Soxers' left to right are in fact HELEN STURKIE, CAROL BALLARD, JUDY THROWER, and ANNE TERRY (does everyone remember that Anne's mother, Lib, taught kindergarten in the basement of her home on Ann Street). HORACE STEADMAN is kneeling. Thanks to Helen, this leaves only the four in the middle unidentified. Hopefully, this trivia question from Joel will finally identify the rest after all these years.
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Answer Sheet
January 18, 2010....This is a little feature I decided to add to Rockingham Memories to see if some interest can be generated in the old photos of Rockingham and Richmond County. I will post a photo on the main page every week and ask if anyone can identify the location, date of the photo or in some cases, who are the folks in the photo. Now, if your interests are peeked enough, you can probably find the photo on either Rockingham Remembered or Rockingham Memories. There is no prize awarded other than your name and comment will be noted on this page when you send your answer to the Feedback section of this website. If you would rather your name or comment not be posted here, please tell me when you make your post on the Feedback section. At the end of the week, I will give the answer here. Your email addresses will be omitted.
Feb 5, 2010 - Starting today, the entries will have a 3 day lifespan, then will be answered and entered on this page at the bottom.

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Helen Grose

"Looks like me (Helen Sturkie) on the left - then Carol Ballard, Judy Thrower, Anne Terry, Pat Cottingham, not sure, not sure, Tim Taylor and Horace Steadman. Not 100% positive but think so."

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03-21-10 Answer: Photo #21 was taken in 1955 and the two answers above pretty much name most of the ones pictured here.
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Photo #22 to the left, March 21, 2010. Comments are below:
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Beverly Brigman commented on your photo:

"Tom and Sarahs !!!!! Yes !!!"

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Donna Tuthill commented on your photo:

"Too easy !!!!"

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Carol F Mercer commented on your photo:

"Wow, how many of us will always remember Tom and Sarahs!"

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Joseph Pruitt commented on your photo:

"Gimme two footlongs all the way with a large ZIP!!"
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Jenny Watkins commented on your photo:

"25 cents in gas took us around and around and around and around. Loved those Superburgers!!"
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Wayne Fuller commented on your photo:

"Nehi Burger, onion Rings and a Zip. None other than Tom And Sarahs
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Jack Cooper commented on your photo:

"We all knew Tom..but what did Sarah do?"
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Ray Bryant commented on your photo:

She did the cooking while Tom did the talking. Somebody had to work.

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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC


Tom & Sarah's - YEAAAAAH! - A place where you could take your dates, hang out with the guys, whatever. Remember the hole in the back righ hand corner that everyone tried to get to first on the weekends and "Park" in, and it will fill up with water when it rained? THANKS TOM, MARY, WENDELL, PEGGY and every CAR HOP that ever worked there for giving us all the one place that we as teenagers then and the senior citizens now will never, ever forget. What I wouldn't give for just one more NE-HI, FRY, and a ZIP, and have Peggy serve it in the side room while we all sat at the tables and watched the games on TV. The memories made here could fill novels.

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Tess Ann Jones commented on your photo:

"Those were the days!!!!!!!!!"

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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC


Tom & Sarah's

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Linda Dunn Varnes commented on your photo:

"I remember the Zip it was so good."

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Lynda Mitchell Davenport commented on your photo:

"Can't count the times we circled Tom & Sarah's ... what great memories!!"

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Ken Smith commented on your photo:

"Ne-Hi, Fries, and a Zip - Many Good Memories - Thanks Tom!"

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Bill Dennis commented on your photo:

"I remember the midget dogs good old days Cheryle Dennis"

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Gayle Coln Chappell commented on your photo:

"Loved the chili burger!  I wouldn't take ANYTHING for the memories.  Tom & Sarah's was OUR place.  Tom treated all of us with love and respect.  "

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La Wanda Goodwin commented on your photo:


"I loved the Pizza Burger and the Blossom Burgers and, sometimes, the cantelope shake. Tom & Sarahs was THE place to circle."

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Terri Trexler Williams commented on your photo:

"I loved the zip-zip drink."

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03-23-10 Answer: Photo #22 was a photo of Tom & Sarahs Restaurant in Rockingham. A very popular hangout for kids in the 50s & 60s, as is well noted from all the responses above.
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Photo #23 to the left, March 23, 2010. Comments are below:
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Carol F Mercer commented on your photo:

"Colemans Service Station"

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Floyd Spencer Jr commented on your photo:

"You are correct Carol.  Mr. Dewey Coleman"

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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham NC


Mr. Dewwy Coleman's Service Station

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Carol F Mercer commented on your photo:


"On second thought I think this is Roy Bennet's Shell station instead of Dewey'Coleman Esso Station Bennett's was up bedise the Bennett Chevrolet dealership"

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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

Dewey Coleman's Service Station
Sometime in the 1940's
I think E. Washington St.

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La Wanda Goodwin commented on your photo:

"Coleman's!  On the left going down Hamlet Ave right before you flew over the railroad tracks!"

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La Wanda Goodwin commented on your photo:


"Uh Oh, I got it mixed up with the station in Hamlet - this is limited to just Rockingham?"

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Name: Mollie Henry Baggett

Hometown Tarboro, NC


Coleman's was located at Fayetteville Rd and Washington St.  This is Carolyn Reece's dad's service station next to the post office and across from Belk, I think.

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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"Definitely Dewey Coleman"s station, next door to Walker-Carr Motor Co. before it moved to S. Hancock & Mill Rd. What's the AMOCO fuel truck doing in front of the SHELL Station??"
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Name: Eve West Crump

Hometown Rockingham, N.C.


I have no idea where this station is..(sorry Harry)..does that mean I am younger that you all? (or probably a bad memory!!!)
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03-25-10 Answer: Photo #23 was a photo of Dewey Coleman's Shell Station sometime in the 40s in Rockingham. Most everyone got this one correct. Thanks for the responses.

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Photo #24 to the left, March 25, 2010. Comments are below:
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Linda Dunn Varnes commented on your photo:

"Is this E Washington Street sure looks like it"
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"That's the ROCKINGHAM that I remember. In high school I worked as soda-jerk & delivery boy at FOX DRUG. My wife, Hazel, worked as a clerk at BELK'S, and my Mom was Asst. Cashier across the street at RICHMOND COUNTY BANK."
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Sandy Browder commented on your photo:

"Wow, a picture with Fox Drugs.....doesn't Glenn still live in R'ham?"

"Man, that picture is older than I am, and that is older than dirt!  Look at the cars for goodness sakes........"

"What about the cafe? I don't remember that at all.....refresh my memory....."

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Name: Jerry Turner

Hometown Rockingham

Last post card picture is main street looking east from the square. From the looks of the cars I would say the year is 1948.

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Name: Howard

Hometown Richardson


That is East Washington Street.
How well I remember Fox Drug, Richmond County Bank, Belts, McNair Furnture Co.
Richmond Theater just up an to the right.
Good Memories
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Arlene Lampley commented on your photo:

"Fox Drugs.  Memories galore.  My Dad was a soda jerk at Fox Drug and my Mother worked at Roses 5 & 10 before they were married .  Somewhere around 1946 or 1947.  Dr. Macintosh had his office over the drugstore.  What would we have done without those little pink pills?"
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Sandy Browder commented on your photo:


"Where was Dr. White's office BEFORE the "new" one on Randolph?"
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Helen Grose commented on your photo:

"Ditto Arlene and Harry - wasn't Bristow Drug on the next corner?  Love all these pictures, Joel!
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Jack Cooper commented on your photo:

"Ditto on Dr. MacIntosh...making house calls with his little black bag and bottle of pink "wonder drug"."
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Ken Smith commented on your photo:

"I agree with Harry. This is the ROCKINGHAM I remember. I can close my eyes and see it as clear as if it were yesterday. Sandy, you can't be older than dirt, because I'm older. - lol"
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Tess Ann Jones commented on your photo:

"Love all the pictures and enjoy reading all the comments."
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Frederick Herman Hassler commented on your photo:

"I remember walking to Downtown Rockingham with my Grandmother in the late '40 'sfrom Midway  to shop"
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03-27-10 Answer: Photo #24 was a photo of East Washington St looking East in the 1920s.. Most everyone got this one correct. Thanks for the responses.

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Photo #25 to the left, March 27, 2010. Comments are below:
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Carol F Mercer commented on your photo:

"wild guess, Great Fallls Mill Fire 1950's"
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Helen Grose commented on your photo:

"Ditto Carol - quite a story - wish I could remember the exact year."
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Carol Seago Liles commented on your photo:

"I think that is it too. I don't remember the date."
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Jim McPhatter commented on your photo:

"Ledbetter Textile Mill, 1894"
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham, NC

This is The October 15, 1970 (Thursday afternoon)Disastrous Roberdel Mill Fire
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03-28-10 Answer: Photo #25 was a photo of the October 15, 1970 Roberdel Mill Fire.  Looks like Howard Richardson was the only one that guessed this one correctly.

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Photo #26 to the left, March 28, 2010. Comments are below:
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Sara McDougald Poston commented on your photo:

"Could it be South Lee Stree and R. W. Goodman occupies that now."
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"My GUESS is: the brick bldg. on the right is the MORSE BLDG. before it got its new facade, and is now part of the R.W. GOODMAN complex; the two stores in the middle were replaced by the three story bldg. that now houses HUDSON BROS. DELI."
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Sandy Browder commented on your photo:

"Hey, I should have gotten that one, that was my father-in-law, Oscar Kirby's business, National Packaging."
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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

This is a really old picture. This is South Lee Street. I think the store in the middle and to the left of W & H Clothing use to be a hardware store I think. When I lived in Rockingham, these stores are where R. W. Goodman's was.
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03-30-10 Answer: Photo #26 is a 1928 photo of the R T McNair property on South Lee St. The RW Goodman occupies that space now. Looks like most everyone recognized this location.

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Photo #27 to the left, March 30, 2010. Comments are below:
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Jack Cooper commented on your photo:

"I know that is Ronald Brown in the middle but can't make out the other two"

Jack Cooper commented on your photo:


"Gez...now that I look at it...that looks like you Joel on the right"


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Name: JANE MCCRACKEN MERCER

Hometown "THE ROCK"


I think the boy on the far right is your
brother, Randy Bailey.  The middle boy,
was a friend, will give you his name as soon as I get home and dig out the yearbook.  Don't know the boy on the far left.

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03-31-10 Answer: Photo #27 is a 1965 or 1966 photo of Vance Hinson on the left, Ronald Brown in the middle and Yours Truly on the right.  A little more info can be found at this link: http://www.rockinghamremembered.com/ThreeGuysIdentify.html. Had some good answers & most knew someone in this photo.
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Photo #28 to the left, March 31, 2010. Comments are below:
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Arlene Lampley commented on your photo:

"I think it is Safie Mill in E. Rockingham."


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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC


Martha Baum

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Jim McPhatter

Its two plus story, its sitting in a vally would it possible be the J P Stevens Matha Baum plant in Pee Dee?

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Barbara Mozingo commented on your photo:

"Great Falls (burned during the War Between the States by Sherman)" "(or rather set on fire)"

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Sandy Browder commented on your photo:

"If 1904 it has to be something to do with the Leaks or Walls.  No idea what or where......."

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Wayne Fuller commented on your photo:

"I think Great Falls Mill"

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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham, NC

This picture was when it was under construction in 1904. It was at that time named Pee Dee Mill # 2, Later it was Martha Baum Plant of J.P. Stevens & Company

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Name: Ken Smith

Hometown Williamston, SC

Jim's right. This mill was in Pee Dee. In fact, when it was first built the mill was called Pee Dee No. 2.

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04-02-10 Answer: Photo #28 is a 1904 photo of Pee Dee Mill #2 under construction, later named the Martha Baum Plant of J. P. Stevens Mill. Appreciate all the replies.
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Photo #29 to the left, March 31, 2010. Comments are below:
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Jim McPhatter commented on your photo:

"That appears to be the old bus station up town in Rockingham"


"That will the one and only one that I will get right."
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Joel Shannon Bailey commented on your photo:

"Not sure pops"
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Donna Tuthill commented on your photo:

"Well the gas is 27.9...My brother had a car like the ford but he didnt have the thing on the back ( continental kit ).. I think that is what we called it "back then"..."
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"That is the "Queen City Bus Station" on W. Washington St. There are 2 1957 Fords in the center, and a Chevy Corvair on the left. The white car above the Studebaker on the right appears to be about a 1962-63 FORD (with the LITTLE THEATRE in the background) No idea of who owns the autos. My Dad had a white Covair about that time, but doubt it would have ever been parked there. Photo likely taken in 1963-64."
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham ,NC

That is the Queen City Bus Station just up the street and across from the Ford dealer on West Washington Street.

I remember the bus station very well I left from there when I joined The Army.
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04-05-10 Answer: Photo #29 shows a portion of the north side of W. Washington Street during the 1950s or early 1960s. The buildings seen in this picture were demolished as part of the urban renewal project during the 1960's. The '57 Ford and Corvair you see in the foreground belonged to my father-in-law, John Watson. He ran that service station to the left. Appreciate all the replies and extra info provided by many.
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Photo #30 to the left, April 5, 2010. Comments are below:
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Donna Tuthill commented on your photo:

"Is that the Bristows corner.. The shoe store was Bobbys Ltd. in my day ????"
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Jack Cooper commented on your photo:

"Have no idea what's there now..is that Capel's Grocery with the coke sign on top? Or am I lost."
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Name: Sid Linton

Hometown Rockingham (almost)

Joel,  I'd guess that's the former location of the EB Morse grocery, at the corner of South Lee and Franklin streets, where the new courthouse is being built.

Joel,  EB Liles, not morse, I think.  A senior moment on my part no doubt. Sid
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"That is the SW corner of Franklin & Lee Streets, where the new Courthouse is being built. Photo likely taken in the early 60's."
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Jenny Watkins commented on your photo:

"I worked P/T at Lenhoff Music in the early 60's. I saved for months to pay for a John Romaine purse that I had on lay-away. That shoe store doesn't look like the one my purse was held hostage in."
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04-07-10 Answer: Photo #30 is the southwest corner of Franklin Street and S. Lee Street in the early 1960s. The new Judicial Building is on that corner now - don't know if it is yet occupied or not. Appreciate all the replies and extra info provided by many.
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Photo #31 to the left, April 7, 2010. Comments are below:
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham,NC


I believe this is J.E. Haywood's story in downtown Rockingham, later he moved out just off U.S. #1 highway on Haywood Street. Mr. Haywood open his business in September 1912.
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Beverly Evans Goodman commented on your photo:

"My guess is J. E. Haywood Inc, also. He was my grandmother's brother. Her other brother, Tom, grew and roasted the famous Haywood's peanuts that were sold in the red and white striped bags. The peanuts were grown a good distance behind my grandmother's house. They were then cleaned and graded on conveyer belts by ladies who would throw out the bad ones. Next was the roasting house, and it was a treat just to walk by it. If I am correct, it looks like those could be the bags of peanuts in a box on the
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Barbara Mozingo commented on your photo:

"very interesting info..."
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"Whoa... that's way before my time. Looks a little like the west side of S. Lee Street again with the slight downhill grade."
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04-09-10 Answer: Photo #31 is one of the oldest businesses in Rockingham (1984), 
J.E. Haywood, Inc. J. E. Haywood began the business in September, 1912, when he opened a small grocery store on South Lee Street across from what is now the R.W. Goodman Company.He soon expanded the business
by adding five-and-ten-cent-store merchandise and by operating a "pressing club" laundry. After World War I, Mr. Haywood ceased to operate the laundry but continued to expand the merchandise
business. He added a complete line of toys including dolls and Lionel trains and he was the first and only merchant in Richmond County to sell fireworks. Before long, he began marketing an item for which he became
well known - Haywood's Peanuts. In the late twenties, he put his first truck on the road and began the transition from retail merchant to wholesaler. In 1913, Mr. Haywood moved the location of his business from South Lee Street to a location on US Highway 1 South. Later, the company moved its operation from
Highway 1 to the Company Warehouse on Haywood Street.
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Photo #32 to the left, April 9, 2010. Comments are below:
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Harry A West commented on your photo:

"That has got to be the original bldg. at RICHMOND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, take in 1964 or '65. Dunno the name of the building, but COLE AUDITORIUM is now located at the bottom left of this photo."
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La Wanda Goodwin commented on your photo:

"Lee building - named after Hugh Lee, chairman of the RCC trustee board."
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Name: Howard Richardson

Hometown Rockingham, NC


The Huge Lee Building of Richmond Technical Institute. About 1962 to 1966
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Name: musicmankes@hotmail.com

Hometown Williamston, SC

I've been gone from Rockingham for a long time, but that looks like the first building that was at Richmond Tech and probably around 1964 or 1965 if that guess is right.
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04-11-10 Answer: Photo #32 is Richmond Technical Institute, taken in the mid or late 60s I believe, located beween Rockingham and Hamlet on Hwy 74. Appreciate all the replies and extra info provided.
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