Fire In Kinston

Kinston, N.C., Jan. 5. – Fire in the large brick building owned by Dr. A.R. Miller, located on South Queen Street, about 6 o’clock last evening, caused a loss of from eight to ten thousand dollars.  The flames were just under the metal roof – a very hard place to reach with water.

The fire burned steadily until about 9 o’clock before the firemen had gotten it under control.  The stocks of the several stores under the building were practically ruined by the water.

Source: “Fire In Kinston.” Times-Dispatch [Richmond, VA] 6 Jan. 1904. Chronicling America. Library of Congress. <;.

December 1898 Marriages

Kinston Free Press – 2 Jan 1899


  • Bishop Chancey and Katie Harper
  • Daniel Brinson and Julia Whaley
  • I.J. Broados and Mollie White
  • J.N. Bryant and Ida May Turnage
  • James Cauley and Kate Thomas
  • B.Goodman and Alice E. Sutton
  • R.D. Hart and Sue Herring
  • John Jenkins and Penny Jenkins
  • Wm. Jones and Anges Dale
  • B.F. Jones and Ellen Rebecca Moore
  • J.P. Murphy and Ella Howard
  • Matthew H. Smith and Sarah H. Smith
  • R.B. Morgan and Nannie Allen
  • Benj. Sullivan and Claude Arthur
  • John I. Sutton and Cora L. Fields
  • C.H. Smith and Myrtle Marquette
  • Daniel Potter and Sarah E. Nunn
  • D.R. Phillips and Clara Turnage
  • W.N. Rouse and Clemmie L. Smith


  • Henry Albritton and Sarah Sutton
  • Guilford Bell and Victoria Becks
  • William Bess and Virginia Dawson
  • Will Blount and Rena Suggs
  • Geo. W. Best and Hattie Miller
  • Lewis Chadwick and Sue Wilson
  • Henry Daughtery and Rozella Rhem
  • Henry Gardner and Winnie Davis
  • C.S. Harper and Matilda Wayne
  • Manuel Hill and Julia Moseley
  • John Hargett and Percilla Brown
  • Joshua Isler and Charity Coleman
  • Joe James and Lizzie Outlaw
  • I.F. Lane and Jane Fields
  • James Lovitt and Louise Daughtery
  • John Lee and Hannah Johnson
  • Zebedee Nunn and Bertha Harrison
  • J.F. Noble and Alice Plummer
  • Herbert Soloman and Bessie Dunn
  • Atlas Outlaw and Ora Cople
  • Sam Sutton and Mariah Gardner

Schools and Holidays

From the 22 Dec 1898 issue:

  • Dr. LEWIS’ school closed today at 12:30pm.  There were no closing exercises because of the recent illness of Mrs. M.B.  THOMAS, the music teacher.  Dr. LEWIS’ school will commence on Monday, January 9th.
  • Mrs. ORMOND’s school also closed today at noon.  It will commence again on Monday, January 2d.  The closing exercises will take place Friday evening.  Because the school building is not large enough to accommodate the public, only the parents of the pupils invited to be present.
  • Miss Dora MILLER’s school will close Friday at noon and commence again on January 2d.  The closing exercises will be songs and Christmas recitations by the pupils. 
  • Prof. L.C. BROGDEN’s school at the public school building, will close Friday for Christmas holidays.  This will close Prof. BROGDEN’s private school.  On January 2d the public school will be opened, giving all who live in Kinston township a chance of free education. Prof. BROGDEN will be the principal of the school, and Miss Pattie PARROTT, who has been teaching in Prof. BROGDEN’s private school, will be one of the teachers.  Three more teachers are to be selected between now and the time for the school to commence.  There are over twenty applicants for positions as teachers, therefore the school committeemen will find no trouble from lack of material to select teachers from. 
  • One hundred nice new desks will arrive soon for the school.  About 200 pupils are expected to attend the public school.