Sep 15

Dispatches from High Point’s Dark Ages: The Ballad of Joe Jackson, Pt. 3 - by Larry W. Cates

Posted on September 15, 2021 at 12:47 PM by Tamara Vaughan

In March 1900, Joe Jackson was sentenced to the State Penitentiary for obtaining goods under false pretenses in Cary, North Carolina. Astonishingly, even under these circumstances, he managed to enlist the aid of well-meaning benefactors again:  ladies involved in prison ministry petitioned Governor Aycock to secure clemency for the seasoned desperado, who also seemed adept at charming and inspiring pity. He served far less time than the two years handed down by the court, but it became apparent that while in prison, he and a gang of confederates had managed to set up a counterfeiting operation. A few days after his release, Joe was rearrested and facing trial in a Federal District Court. A minister from High Point traveled to visit him and told him that the local citizens were breathing easier knowing that he was still in jail. Perhaps that statement was a mistake. High Point had not seen the last of the man.

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Sep 01

The first High Point Baptists began in Jamestown – Contributed by Carol Brooks

Posted on September 1, 2021 at 3:22 PM by Tamara Vaughan

 The rich history of First Baptist Church of High Point didn't begin here. The church actually was formed in Jamestown. A group of Baptists, living in what is now the Old Jamestown area in the early 1800s, traveled to Davidson County’s Abbott’s Creek Baptist Church for worship, there being no Baptist Church for them here. This was a round-trip journey of about 20 miles, as the crow flies, and could be an all-day trip.

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Aug 18

High Point Buggy Company: “When you ride, ride right” – Contributed by Linda Willard

Posted on August 18, 2021 at 10:25 AM by Tamara Vaughan

As the summer comes to a close, we continue to look back on the earlier years of High Point, exploring the people and businesses important to the city at that time.

High Point, North Carolina, has long been known as the Furniture Capital of the World. In the late 1880s and early 1900s, High Point was also known for a much different product: buggies. Yes, buggies! As in the horse-drawn vehicle.

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