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Telephone Company And City Grew Up Together \ Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company, Which Absorbed Old Home Company, Given Boost in In fancy by Henderson Business Men of lhat Day One of the early business concerns of this city that had much to do with the growth and development of Hen derson was the Home Telephone and Telegraph Company. It was organized here and gradually expanded until it had exchanges in all this part of Noith Carolina and a number in Virginia. Several years ago it was merged with the Caroptla Telephone and Telegraph Company, a corpora tion operating in Eastern North Caro him. and the home office was mov ed from Henderson to Tarboro, where the offices are now located. J. R Porter is executive vice-president ol the larger company, having held the same position also with the old Home company prior to the consolidation. A pcrusual of the history of th< company reveals the names of many business leaders of Henderson in years long gone, many of whom have since died, hut many of whom are still living and reside here or else where in this or other states. The Carolina Telephone and Tele graph Company was organized No vember 11. 1895. as the Henderson Telephone Company, with the late N l*. Strause ns president; T. T. Hicks vice president; H. P. Strause. treas urer and general manager; J. H secretary; F. C. Toepleman electrical adviser. They also served as directors of the. company. The original capital was $5,000, which was owned by the officers. The company started business with 52 subscribers in Henderson, with an estimated annual gross income ol $1,315. In May, 1896. John D. Cooper was made a director, and in January, 1900, J. Bailey Owen was chosen as a d hector to succeed T. T. Hicks, who had resigned. By the end of 1900 the company had a capital stock of $50,000, with exchanges in Henderson, Oxford, Lit tleton, Louisbburg, Enfield, New Bern Warrenton and Weldon. During 1901 and 1902 toll lines were built to Wake Forest, Greenville, Kinston, New Bern and other places, connecting up the Carolina fund Virginia Telephone Company, which at that time ope rated exchanges adjacent to the Hen- ; derson Telephone Company. fn 1903 the Henderson Telephone Company and the Carolina and Vir Henderson Has Been Big Factor In Telephone Development Henderson has played no small part in the early development of the telephone business. It was here in 1895 (hat this company was first started with only 52 local subscribers. Today there are over 1300 telephones operated through the Henderson exchange, which are in daily communication with all parts of the country. Hast communication has been the outstanding factor in world progress. Os all the methods of electrical communication, the telephone is the most popular and widely used, because its use permits a direct contact between people in widely separated areas. Your telephone instantly puts you in touch with your family, friends and business associates, both far and near. If necessary your telephone can be quickly connected with with 92 per cent of the telephones in the world. Your telephone is a constant protection to you and your family in the event of sickness, accident, fire, burg- I ary or any calamity. The cost of having a telephone i| insignificant, when compared with the savings in time, money and the convenience it offers. [ Call or communicate with our local manager and arrange to have a telephone installed in your home, office or place of business. It will be one of the best investm ants you ever made. / Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Co. ginia Telephone Company were, mer ged into the Home Telephone and Telegraph Company, with the follow ing directors; J. P. Taylor, J. Bailey Owen, F. C. Toepleman. John D. Cooper, W. T. Gentry, Hunt Chipley. J, P. Taylor was elected president and continued to serve until the Home Telephone and Telegraph Com pany was merged with the Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company. F. C. Toepleman was elected gen eral manager and continued to serve 'intil his death during the early part if 1918. at which time he was suc ceeded by J. R. Porter, the present '•'xecutive vice-president of the Caro ’ina Telephone and Telegraph Com pany. The company has been a success .Tom the beginning, developing and xpanding. and at the time of the merger with the Carolina Telephone pnd Telegraph Company in 1926 had a capital stock of $1,000,000 and over ’O.OOO subscribers in the 28 exchanges it served. None of the original in corporators are now connected with ‘he company. One of them. J. H. Rridgers, is a prominent attorney in Henderson, and two of the present 1 tractors. J. P. Taylor, of Richmond °nd J. Bailey Owen. of Henderson, have been connected with the com nany almost from the very begin ning. A large number of the present stockholders of the Carolina Tele phone and Telegraph Company live in Henderson, some of them holding a large number of shares. Some of the present stockholders have held shares almost from the beginning of the Henderson Telephone Company, The following were stockholders on January 15. 1901. Jennie Brodic. J. D. Cooper. H. P. Copeland. Mrs. Jun •"s Daniel. E. G. Davis. C. A. Lewis, A. McCult*>n. J. Bailey Owen. H. P. «U.rnnsn. N. P. Strause. .T. P. Taylor, F. C. Toepleman. A. C. Zollicoffer. The earnest, loyal support and con tribution, both personal and in a fi nancial way of the following pioneers such as J. P. Taylor, J. D. Cooper, J. Bailey Owen, F. C. Toepleman, J. H. Bridgets, A. C. Zollicoffer, H. P. Strause. N. P. Strause, T. T. Hicks, James I. Miller and J. R. Teague, contributed very much to the success of the company. These men helped to fix policies that are being pursued at the present day. HENDERSON, (N. C.) DAILY DISPATCH, FRIDAY. DECEMBER 8, 1938 ’Phone Executive .fSI h IhF I k it m ■ Hk mslmß J. R. POUTER, Executive Vice-President, Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company J. EARLY JOHNSON AUTO BODY EXPERT Establishment Founded by His Father 17 Years Ago, Doing General Overhauling J. Earlie Johnson, is the operator of the garage and repair shop in the Southern part of the city operated under the name of his father, J. W. Johnson, who is no longer actively identified with the company. It was started in Henderson 17 years ago, and the company has been a pioneer in body and fender work, and is one of the few authorized Duco painting concerns in this section. J. W. John son, the founder of the business, is retired and lives with his son in Pennsylvania. This enterprise specializes in tin* complete repairing of wrecked auto mobiles. including welding. frame straightening, Duco painting and up holstering. Mr. Johnson is some thing of a mechanical genius and has patented a number of novelties of merit. He is the patentee of the auto niatic time-controlled checker board, which is now being placed on the market, and which is something new of its kind. He is an enthusiast checker player and has won titles in several tournaments. J. S. Dixon is in charge of the up holstering department of the busi ness. He has a quarter of a cen tury of experience in that work, and in wood working trades. He was formerly with the Jones Furniture Company of Henderson in charge of that company’s upholstering and wood working departments. He is a expert in his line. Mr. Dixon is a native of Beaufort county, (North Carolina. Manufacturers Popular Brands of Flour for Homes of Section TAKES LOCAL WHEAT Buys or Exchanges Hour and Feed for Grain; Robert E> Shot well Is Manager of Five-Story Factory In the Vanco Mills Company Hen derson has an establishment in which always it has taken more than or dinary pride. It is a concern that has carried the name of Henderson far and wide in the territory that is ser ved by this community as a distribut ing center. Vanco is one of the older manu facturing enterprises of the city. It came into being nearly a quarter of a. century ago, and in its day has been one of the most prosperous con cerns here. The products manufactured are Vanco plain and self-rising flour, and a brand known as Vanity Fair flour. Seaboard meal is also a leading pro duct of the concern. The company owns its own factory, located at South Henderson, a five story, concrete building, with two large grain elevator shafts built on to the rear, and with spur tracks of the Seaboard Air Line railroad abut ting the side entrances. The loca tion is ideal for shipping purposes, and Henderson is an equally advan tageous shipping point and distribut ing center. It has a capacity of 200 barrels ot flour a day. Only the most experienced millers are employed in producing the varied brands that are manufactured. This is a surety of quality products and good workmanship, all of which is a factor in the achievement of the suc cess that has come to the company. Robert E. Shotwell is manager of the factory and director of sales. He has been with the company for many years. First he was a salesman and in more recent years he has been in charge as manager. His abilities were recognized by the owners and the re cognition that has come to him has been deserved. Under the direction of Mr. Shot well the business has grown and sales have increased. The territory covered has been stretched further out and the Vanco brand of flour products has come to be well and widely known to thousands of people. In spite of the depression. Mr. Shotwell has been able to keep the business on a profitable basis, and in the past year or so has made what is considered a highly cre ditable showing with the enterprise. Mr. Shotwell has been in business in Henderson long enough to know the advantages and needs of the com munity. As a progressive manufac turer he is looked upon as a man who can be relied on for carrying GREEN GRILL VERY POPULAR RETREAT Operated by Otto Pahlman as Drink And Smoke Establishment In Prominent Location The Green Grill is a popular lunch eonette in one of the stores of the Stevenson Theatre building, on the right as one enters. It is owned and operated by B. Otto Pahlman, and its slogan is, “You Otto Trade With Otto,” Sandwiches, sodas, candies and tobaccos are sold, together with the latest magazines most in demand and prominent newspapers of this and other sections of the country. Much of the favorable consideration given the establishment is due to the popularity and esteem of the prop rietor. Otto Pahlman has lived in Henderson for the past four years. He made his acquaintance with the city* back in the spring of 1929 when he came here as first baseman of the Henderson “Gamecocks,” one of the teams in the Piedmont League. His wonderful playing of the initial sack on the professional baseball team won for him a warm place in the hearts or the community, and he lias maintain ed that respect ever since. He was one of the favorites on the team dur ing the years he was with the club. When baseball vanished from Hen derson with the advance of the eco nomic depression, Mr. Pahlman found it impossible to separate himself from the city and settled here to make his home. He was welcomed to the city as a resident and has made for him self a big place in the community, and drawn many patrons to his place of business, which is frequented by many patrons daily. DR. J. E. BAXTER HAS BIG PRACTICE HERE Has Been Physician Attending Col ored Patients Here for Past Quarter of Century Dr. J. E. Baxter is a practicing phy sician of Henderson. He is a native of Beaufort, Carteret county, where ho received his early education, later studying in a college at Talladega, Ala., and took his medical courses at Leonard Medical College, winning his degree in 1905. He returned to North Carolina and started practice at Rocky Mount, where he had pre viously taught school, but six months later he moved to Henderson, and has resided here since 1908, or 25 years. Dr, Baxter has built ut> a large medical practice in this city among the people of his race. He is a mem ber of the Baptist church, the Me sons, Pythians and Odd Fellows. He is the father of five children, all of whom live in He 1° known over a wide territory in the practice of his profession. his part of the responsibility of any movement that aims at the further ance of the best interests of Hender son. Carolina Power & Light Helped The State Along Has Contributed Large Portion of Electrical That Made Possible Marvelous Development of P 15 Years; Big Investment In Henderson The Carolina Power and Light Company was chartered in 1908, and originaly served only three towns, Ra leigh, Sanford and Fayetteville. At the present time it rurnishes electric service to approximately 235 towns and communities in the central sec tions of North Carolina and South Carolina and in Western North Caro lina. The total installed generating cap acity of the company’s plants in 1910 was 3.500 horsepower, as compared with the present generating capacity of 330,000 horsepower, or an increase of around 10,000 percent. In 1910 the company was serving 1,250 electrical customers,, whereas today the number is approximately 65,000. In 1919 the total of the transmis sion lines was 75 miles, and today it is 2,000 miles. The transmission lines at the present time extend from the Virginia State line across North Carolina and deep into South Caro lina, and cover a considerable portion of Western North Carolina, especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains territory. The most recent generating station was put into service in 1931. This was the Watervile plant, located on the Pigeon river in Western North Caro lina, with a capacity of 145,000 horse power, with an operating head of 861 feet, which is the highest head used by any plant east of the Rocky Moun tains. Prior to the opening of the Pigeon river plant, the Norwood hydro-elec tric plant with a capacity of 83,000 horsepower was completed, and has been recently been designated as the Paul A. Tillery hydro-electric station, in honor of the late president of the company, whose foresight conceived it and whose efforts achieved it. Through the contribution made by the utilities companies of North Caro lina, industries have developed to the extent that the old North State ranks among the leaders of the nation in manufacturing. This state is first in the manufac ture of tobacco, cotton and textile products, first in the manufacture of .kitchen and wooden bed room fur niture, second only to New York in the payment of Federal taxes, is ■fourth among the agricultural states in the value per acre of farm crops, and leads all the Southern States in the amount of capital invested in in dustry and in the number of opera tives employed. This progress and ad vancement was not made nor could it have been made without the assis tance of a large and dependable supply of electric power, a substantial of which has been furnished ov A?' years by the Carolina Pow e , Light Company. 1 dn <i With its transmission lines sunm, mg energy to approximately 234?;,' and communities, the Carolina j! " S and Light Company i s making 1 ' sible a fuller utilization of na tS resources and bringing employment contentment and opportunity u ’ people it serves. the The company has been a bi E in the development of Henderson like other communities i n n s , ritory, The Carolina company has f,!!. nished an unlimited supply of electrL' energy to this city and section an? has made possible the expansion and development that has come with ti! broadening of the State’s industrial base in the past several years. The company maintains on the suburbs of this city one of the finest sub-stations to be found anvwhere in the State, and which is estimated to have cost around one million dollars Tremendous investment of capital ■has been made by the company i n building up its equipment in Hender son, and it offers facilities today for a still further and unrestricted ex pansion of the business and manu facturing community here. GATEWAY SERVICE STATION THRIVING Owned by A. M. Massenburg and Lo cated at Juncture of Raleigh Road and Main Street The Gateway Service Station is own ed and operated by A. M. Massenburg, and is located at the juncture of Hen derson’s main street and the Raleigh highway, otherwise known as Federal Route 1 and the national highway. It is situated in a strategic center for serving the tourist and for local and neighborhood motorists The company sells Shell gasoline and oil products and Goodyear tires and tubes. It is fortunate in having entrances from four different direc tions and an adequate crew is on duty at all times to give prompt service to all comers. Mr. Massenburg has oeen a resident of Henderson for many years, and is well and favorably known to residents of the community in general. His re putation for honest and square deal ings has attracted many customers to his place of business, and the cour teous treatment extended them is an inducement to return again and again.