Bibliographic information: Illustrated City of New Bern, North Carolina, 1914 (N.p. : n.p., 1914), 24 p. This profusely illustrated volume includes detailed information about almost every business located in New Bern during 1914.
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City of New Bern.
Pen and Sunlight Sketches.
Good Old New Bern, The best town that ever grew--the dearest spot whose air man ever breathed--the sweetest place the sun ever smiled upon.
"Where'er I roam, whatever lands I see,"-- we murmur with the traveling Goldsmith, gazing longingly from afar upon his beloved Auburn,--"my heart, untraveled, ever turns to thee."
But GOOD OLD NEW BERN is not the slogan for this alert and aggressive time. A new age is upon us, and a fresh ambition fills our minds. GOOD OLD NEW BERN has a beautiful past, an interesting history, is a joy and delight. But our eyes are upon the future—our back is on the past. No GOOD OLD NEW BERN, but a Greater and a Better New Bern is ahead of us.
We catch its dawning just behind the hills; we see the foregleams of its morning a little way beyond; we hear the magic of its melody; we are enthralled by the brilliance of its promise.
We reach out toward it and strive to capture it, and make haste to bask in its glamor and float in its tide. The goodness of the past fails to satisfy. A grander and better city is what each and every New Bernian seeks to build; a renewed and reestablished New Bern, greater, brighter, lovelier, loyaler, more fair and splendid, more just and righteous, more generous and kind, more intelligent and alert, more prosperous and enterprising.
New Bern, with a population of about 15,000 inhabitants, lying at the juncture of two beautiful, deep rivers, the Neuse, one and one-quarter miles, and the Trent, one-half mile wide, a peninsula in shape, is the center of the great cotton, lumber and agricultural belt of the south Atlantic seaboard. Its unlimited railroad and deep water facilities, the new inland waterway (12 feet deep) passing through the harbor and railroads running into the city, across both rivers and from the inland in various directions, with ample sites for manufacturing industries, utilizing the raw material found here in great abundance, make this one of the most desirable cities in which to locate in the entire country.
Heavy draught steamers, foreign as well as domestic, can come to the very doors. As to railroad transportation there is double daily service in all directions, only one hour’s ride to the mighty Atlantic, six hours to Norfolk, ten hours to Richmond and twenty hours to New York.
New Bern wants men with capital, interested in manufacturing enterprises to investigate her raw material and start something.
[Illustrations: "New Bern Harbor Scenes."]
New Bern has kept apace with the progress so prevalent in the South today. Over a million dollars have been expended here in a short period. Among the recent improvements are three churches, 25 miles of concrete sidewalks with granite curbing and thirty-five blocks paved with vitrified brick, new factories, lumber mills, school buildings, handsome re-inforced concrete blocks of five large stores and a number of modern brick stores, a new union passenger station and railroad shops. New Bern justly boasts of one of the best fish and oyster markets on the coast. Location is unsurpassed for manufacturing industries utilizing gum timber for veneered baskets, boxes or barrel staves, also, owing to the unlimited supply of timber and lumber, such as pine, gum, poplar, ash, cypress, oak, etc., able to supply the raw material for saw mills, box factories, veneered gum box factories, furniture, basket, sash, door and blind factories, and wood working plants for the manufacture of wagons, carriages, novelties, hames, wheel-barrows, trucks, laths, trunks, etc.
There are no less than sixteen lumber mills located around the city. In addition to these there are four fertilizer factories, two ice plants large cotton oil mill and factories manufacturing agricultural implements, boxes, barrels and baskets, carriages, boilers and machinery.
New Bern has a wide-awake Chamber of Commerce, a very able and hustling secretary, who has the capacity of handling big problems, and has done much for New Bern in the way of encouraging the development of the unlimited resources abounding in this section, and in attaining wide publicity for the city. His office is a library of detail information and statistics pertaining to the city of New Bern and Craven County. The Chamber of Commerce invites correspondence, and persons seeking a change of location would do well to visit New Bern and vicinity and investigate the opportunities.
Variety is one of Craven County’s many claims to an excellent soil. Here can be found every type of soil common to the South Atlantic States, ranging from the Norfolk sand through the fine sandy loams, sandy soil overlying clay subsoil, silt, light loam, black loam, clay and black “bay” or hummock soil, making it possible to grow at a profit any crops grown in the temperate zone. Nearness to the Gulf Stream renders the climate so mild that crops are rotated and made to yield every month in the year. Intensive farming is possible. Of the 8,000 acres in the Eighth Township, 1-3 is devoted to trucking; some seasons a million and a half packages of early vegetables have been shipped North. Following the early crop of potatoes, peas, cabbage, beans, radish, onions, spinach, cucumbers, beets, asparagus, lettuce, the stapel crops, cotton, corn, sweet potatoes, melons, soy beans, turnips, are planted, and in the late fall fine hay may be cut from the same land.
The lands of Eastern North Carolina, and this section especially, are peculiarly adapted to the growth of pine trees. In this respect it can truthfully be said that no where can be found better timber growing lands than here. The kinds of timber to be found in the territory lying around New Bern are pine, gum, cypress, poplar, oak, and other hardwoods. Pine, gum and cypress predominate. The pine is known as short-leaf, which has a well known significance in the markets of the world as North Corolina pine. The gum is known here as sweet and black gum, and is a very fine quality and size.
The number of large saw mills here are almost exclusively confined to cutting pine, and the large areas of gum, cypress and other hardwoods offer attractive propositions to those seeking investments in the purchase and manufacture of this class of timbers.
SOME OF THE INDUSTRIES REPRESENTED IN NEW BERN
John L. Roper Lumber Company.
New Bern Lumber Company.
Blades Lumber Company
E. H. & J. A. Meadows, Fertilizers.
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company, Fertilizers.
New Bern Box Factory.
Pepsi-Cola Company, Fountain and Bottlers’ Syrup.
New Bern Cotton Seed Oil and Fertilizer Company.
Owen G. Dunn, Printing and Binding.
Richardson Printing Company, Printing and Binding.
New Bern Sun, Daily.
New Bern Journal, Daily.
Chemical Lime Company, Agricultural Lime.
Neuse Lumber Company.
Pine Lumber Company.
Elm City Lumber Company.
Broaddus & Ives Lumber Company.
Munger & Bennett Lumber Company.
Hanks Lumber Company.
Clark Lumber Company.
Hammer Lumber Company.
Bunting Lumber Company.
East Carolina Lumber Company.
Tolson Lumber Company.
West Box and Lumber Company.
New Bern Veneer and Panel Company.
Craven Chemical Co.
Baugh & Sons.
D. B. Martin & Company.
Pocomoke Guano Company.
Ober & Sons.
F. S. Royster Guano Company.
Carolina Coast Lime Company.
New Bern Iron Works.
Craven Foundry & Machine Company.
E. J. Land Printing Company.
E. W. Simpkins, Lumber Mill.
Life at its best is enjoyed by people who are fortunate enough to own a home in New Bern, for the environment could never be more pleasant and entertaining and every facility calculated to add to the enjoyment of home life is found here.
New Bern is distinctly a city of homes, and as a place of residence, it is absolutely unsurpassed. With sunshine the year through; balmy breezes in summer and winter; delightful climatic conditions, perfection in drainage, roads, parks, gas and electric plants, street car system and all other features essential to a place of residence, New Bern is perfectly delightful as a place of abode.
As to educational advantages, New Bern long known as the “Anthens of North Carolina,” has an excellent system of Graded Schools with modern equipment. The County School System has about 90 schools, including the State High Schools at Dover and Vanceboro.
Churches of almost every denomination are to be found throughout Craven County and in New Bern some of the finest Church buildings are to be found—among these are Centenary Methodist, the Presbyterian, the Episcopal, the Baptist, the Christian and Catholic Churches.
The Fraternal spirit of New Bern is well shown in the flourishing lodges represented here. The Elks have on the corner of Middle and Pollock Streets a five-story building, the entire fifth floor of which is magnificently fitted up as a lodge room. The Masonic Fraternity, the Woodmen, the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Red Men, the Royal Arcanum, and others, all have large branches here and much fine work is done by the membership of these ordeers.
The population of New Bern is increasing rapidly. New houses are going up continually.
[Illustrations: "Post Office" and "Court House."]
GEORGE N. IVES AND SON.—Shippers of Fresh and Salt Fish, Oysters, etc. This concern is beyond a question of doubt the oldest established in this special line of business in New Bern, and the firm is regarded as the leading dealer in oysters in the South. Mr. George N. Ives, who is the sole proprietor of the enterprise, established the business forty years ago. His son, who was formerly a member of the firm, has not been connected with the house for the past nine years. This firm. makes very extensive shipments to all the markets of the North and South and no order is too large for the firm to handle successfully. This firm is also proprietor of the Newport Fruit Farms, consisting of 100 acres in fruits and early truck and a large business is done in fine peaches, pears, and grapes, strawberries, blackberries and cantaloupes, peas, stringless and lima beans, cabbage, etc.
J. S. MILLER FURNITURE COMPANY.— This house holds the position of leadership in the business of home furnishing in the city of New Bern. The business has been established since 1897, and was incorporated in 1912. The store is located at 99 and 101 Middle Street in the heart of the business district of New Bern. The store consists of a building of two floors, 52 by 114 feet in dimensions. They also have a large branch house at Morehead City, N. C. The stock carried is exceedingly barge, consisting of high grade fashionable, fine and medium grade furniture of all kinds. A specialty is made of outfitting homes complete, and the company has the best terms and inducements to offer the trade. The officers of the company include the following prominent gentlemen: ‘Messrs. J. S. Miller, president; and treasurer C. D. Thomas, vice-president, and B. O. Jones, secretary.
A. T. WILLIS COMPANY.—”The Shop That’s Different.” It can be said of this company that it has given to New Bern one of her finest and best stores. It is the only exclusive men’s store in the city, located at 128 Middle Street. The store is high-class in its equipment throughout, in fact, it compares favorably with the finest stores in cities much larger than New Bern. It is the opinion of traveling men that it is one of the finest stores in the entire South. The business of the company is devoted to that of high-class Tailoring, Hatters and Haberdashery. A magnificent stock is carried, from which most desirable selections may be made. The business is rapidly expanding. The members of the company include the following widely known gentlemen: Messrs. A. T. Willis, D. Creech and L. E. Willis.
CRAVEN CHEMICAL COMPANY.— Manufacturers of high grade fertilizers. This prominent enterprise has been in successful existence since 1906 and the trade of the company is broadly distributed throughout the eastern part of North Carolina. The fertilizer turned out by this company has gained a reputation second to none in the industry and are in great demand. The fertilizers are made in various grades to suit different crops, the analysis of each brand is gotten only from the best material and are freshly bagged as the order is secured, so that they reach the trade in clean sacks and in the best chemical condition. Some of their brands include the following: C. E. Fay’s High Grade Guano, Trent Bone and Potash, Craven Grain Compound, Marvel Great Crop Grower, Standard Tobacco Guano, Hanover Standard Guano, Halifax Guano, Currituck Sweet Potato Grower, Elite Cotton Grower, Duplin Tobacco Guano, Gaston High Grade Fertilizer, Pantego Potato Guano, Prolix Special Guano, Neuse Truck Grower, hone and potash mixtures, etc. The office of this company is located at 81 South Front Street, and Mr. C. E. Foy is the president and general manager of the business. His son, Mr. C. B. Foy is the secretary.
STANDARD SHOE COMPANY.—This is an exclusively high grade house, headquarters for shoes and hosiery. The store is one of the finest in the city, located in the very heart of the business district at New Bern at 114 Middle Street, with phone 422. It. is one of the city’s largest commercial houses and the stock carried consists of the best footwear from the most famous factories in the United States. Among the popular brands handled by the company are the “Boyden” and “Crossett” shoes for men, the “Cahill” and “Grover” shoes for ladies, and in the line of children’s shoes they handle the “Adams Brothers” and the “Garber.” This business has been established for the past seven years, and has steadily grown and increased in volume. The company is incorporated with Messrs. A. L. Williams, president; J. L. Hughes, secretary and treasurer, and Mr. J. W. Rouse, manager.
M. E. WHITEHURST AND COMPANY.— Dealers in Stationary and Office Furniture, High Grade China and House Furnishing Goods. This is one of New Bern’s magnificent stores, and is located at 67 Pollock Street. The business has been established since 1887. It was founded by Mr. M. E. Whitehurst. His son, Mr. T. B. Whitehurst, has been a member of the firm for the past five years, and is in active charge of the management of affairs. An immense stock is carried, consisting of high grade goods in all the various lines. Two floors of a large building are occupied at the above address, and the firm also has a warehouse for the storage of surplus goods. A tremendous stock is carried and the business is both wholesale and retail.
E. B. HACKBURN.—High Class Groceries, Dry Goods, Millinery, and Shoes. This is one of New Bern’s oldest and most prominent stores, located at 47 and 49 Pollock Street. Mr. E. B. Hackburn, who is the proprietor of the business has been established for thirty years. He has built up a magnificent trade and gives employment to fifteen clerks and porters. The building occupied is three stories high and 70 by 150 feet in dimensions. The stock carried has the reputation of being one of the largest and most complete in the State. Mr. Hackburn is one of the solid and substantial citizens of New Bern, and does all he can for the upbuilding of the city.
THE ELM CITY LUMBER COMPANY.— It may be said that for many years New Bern has enjoyed a wide reputation as being one of the leading lumber centers of the entire South and the big industry that has been built here has been instrumental perhaps more than any other in the development of the magnificent city of New Bern. The Elm City Lumber Company has been established for upwards of fifteen years. They are extensive manufacturers and wholesalers of North Carolina Pine, rough or dressed, and are prepared to make shipments both by rail and water. They are also extensive handlers of hay and grain. This company is incorporated with the following well known gentlemen as officers: Charles F. Felin, president; Amos V. Lesher, vice-president, and Clyde Eby, secretary and treasurer.
[Illustration: "Middle Street."]
FULLER’S MUSIC HOUSE.—Factory Distributors High Grade Pianos and Organs, Phonographs, Talking Machines and records, String Goods and Supplies, located at 41 Pollock Street.
“The man that has not. music in his soul
And is not moved by concord of sweet sounds;
Is fit for treason, stratagem and spoils,
Let no such man be trusted.”
Wise old Shakespeare, when he wrote the above lines, knew that the surest indication of progress and refinement is afforded by the way with which music is received by the people. Judged by this criterion, the people of New Bern are in the front ranks of civilized communities as is shown by the immense business done by the Fuller’s Music House. Mr. George R. Fuller is the Proprietor. He has been engaged in the business for many years and thoroughly understands the requirements of the trade. He has attained success by diligent attention to business, by an intimate knowledge of all pertaining to the music industry and by courteous, liberal treatment of customers.
He handles the most famous makes of instruments and has the best inducements to offer to the trade. This is the leading music house in Eastern North Carolina.
WOOD-LANE DRUG COMPANY.— Drugs, Toilet Articles, Cigars and Soda. 105 Middle Street. Perhaps there is no more interesting story told anywhere these days in and about New Bern than that of the success of E. H. Wood and W. A. Lane, two bright, active and progressive young men, who have achieved special distinction in their line, having been established in the drug business for one year and built up such an enormous patronage. Their store is today the center of a vast trade in drugs, toilet articles, cigars and sodas. The equipment of this store is all that could be desired, while at the same time it is not equipment that they pay so much attention to as it is the high quality of the drugs carried in stock, which are the purest that can be purchased and the absolute accuracy in the compounding of prescriptions. Both of these gentlemen have had a number of years experience in connection with the high-class drug trade of New Bern, and we can truthfully say that they have given to this city a strictly reliable drug store that is above reproach and which can be depended upon for absolute reliability.
WILLIAMS AND HUGHES.—Brokerage. Among the successful brokerage houses of Eastern Carolina, the firm of Williams & Hughes operates very extensively in all the leading wholesale markets from Raleigh east to the Seacoast. The firm makes a specialty of handling rice and flour by the carload and transacts an enormous business. The members of this firm are Messrs. A. L. Williams and J. L. Hughes, maintaining offices on Broad Street, with Phone Numbers 156 and 146. These gentlemen are also proprietors of The Co-Operative Supply Company, doing a large business as wholesale and retail grocers It is one of the most reliable and prosperous houses of New Bern, and the business is steadily expanding.
J. A. JONES.—Sale Livery and Feed Stables Dealer in Horses and Mules, Vehicles and all kinds of Carriages, Buggies and Harness. Among other distinctions, New Bern enjoys the reputation of being the home of the largest enterprise of this kind in Eastern North Carolina. Mr. J. A. Jones has been established in the business since 1891 and has made a fine success from the beginning down to the present time. He keeps an immense stock and does an enormous business annually. His establishment is headquarters for the sale of horses and mules as well as vehicles and harness of the best manufacture. The concern is located at numbers 68 to 76 Broad Street, with phone number 75. Mr. Jones is one of the leading business men of New Bern, and has at heart the very best interest of the city.
BLALOCK BROTHERS. — General Contractors and Builders. This firm may be said to hold a position of prominence in the contracting and building trade of North Carolina and have general officers at 70 South Front Street, with phone 289. They make a specialty of heavy buildings and no contract is too large for the firm to handle successfully and the firm has erected many substantial buildings throughout the State, which stand as monuments to their ability. Estimates furnished on all classes of building and construction work, wood building, brick, stone, concrete and steel construction. The members of this firm are Messrs. R. L. Blalock, W. J. Blalock, and R. B. Blalock. They are members of the Builders’ Exchange of North Carolina.
[Illustrations: "Public Schools." and "A Harbor Scene."]
ROYALL ICE CREAM COMPANY.— Manufacturers of Ice Cream and Ices. The location of this concern is 69 Broad Street with phone 131. Mr. H. E. Royall is the proprietor. It is one of the largest and most important ice cream plants in Eastern Carolina and a large and growing business is transacted. The plant is perfectly clean throughout and only products of the very highest quality are manufactured. Absolute purity is the watchword. Orders receive prompt attention. The place also contains a soda fountain, where all the popular drinks of the season are served. Mr. Royall is favorably known citizen of the city, and has at heart the best interest of the city.
A. L. WILLIS.—Dealer and Shipper of Fresh and Salt fish and oysters. Mr. Willis has been established in this business since 1901, and is one of the leaders in the trade. He operates an immense business, making expensive shipments throughout the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, and all the Northern markets, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as Western cities. Mr. Willis has plenty of capital with which to handle his business and is prepared to fill orders promptly at the lowest market prices. Absolute reliability is his watchword and he has many patrons. Besides his own affairs, Mr. Willis does all he can for New Bern and vicinity. He also has a branch house at Morehead City.
L. H. CANNON CYCLE COMPANY.—This concern ranks as one of the leading dealers in bicycles and sundries in New Bern. The company has recently been established, only since July 1913, but the trade is growing and expanding rapidly. The location is at 139 Middle Street with phone 431. Mr. L. H. Cannon is the proprietor. He is a young man and well known resident of New Bern and has a lifetime experience in the busines. He handles the leading makes of bicycles, including the Flying Merkel, Pierce, Eagle and others. Especial attention is given to repairing and this department is under the management of Mr. J. T. Sadler, a gentleman of thirty years practical experience and who came to New Bern from Baltimore, Md.
MODEL STEAM LAUNDRY.—This concern is located at 31-33 Middle Street, with phone number 22. The laundry is fitted up according to the most modern ideas and is, in fact, true to its name—a model enterprise of its kind. The business is well established and has been repidly increasing since Mr. G. W. Skinner, the proprietor, bought out the business in January 1913. Mr. Skinner is a gentleman of twenty years’ experience in the laundry business, and comes from a family of five brothers, all of whom are associated with the laundry industry. His brother, Mr. L. A. Skinner, is manager of the plant, and has had about seven years of experience. Mr. G. W. Skinner, as we have said, commenced the business about twenty years ago, and for the past fifteen years has been operating business for himself. Many skilled workers are constantly employed and several wagons are used in making deliveries throughout the city. The laundry turns out high class domestic work, dyeing, cleaning and pressing, giving especial attention to ladies’ garments.
IRVING ELECTRIC AND SUPPLY COMPANY.—Electric Contracting and Repair Work. Corner Middle and Broad Streets, P. 0. Box, 27. This company was established in July, 1913, and has enjoyed unusual prosperity ever since by reason of the superior quality of work executed and the modern methods, advanced ideas and high electrical skill which the proprietor, Mr. James Clyde Irving brings to bear upon the businss. Mr. Irving is thoroughly conversant with the scientific and commerial application of electricity, having had ten years’ experience. Since establishing himself in business under the name of the Irving Electrical and Supply Company, he has been more than rushed with work and kept exceedingly busy executing numerous important contracts throughout the city. He is a young man, enterprising and popular, deeply in love with his trade, and meeting with success in the business. All contracts executed promptly at reasonable prices. He also carries a line of electrical appliances, fixtures and supplies.
CLARKS LUMBER COMPANY.—Manufacturers of N. C. Pine. The business of this immense concern has been established for upwards of eight years, and the large mills are located at James City, just across the harbor from New Bern. In fact, it is in the strictest sense, New Bern’s largest institution. Employment is given to an average force of some 75 people in the plant. It is of modern equipment and turns out the best class of products in the manufacture of North Carolina Pine. The officers include the following widely known gentlemen: Mr. H. C. McKeel, president; T. B. Hammer, vice-president, and T P. Hammer, secretary and treasurer. These gentlemen are also operators of the Hammer Lumber Company, which has been established for about eight years and giving employment to 125 people, with saw-mill located at Little River, S.C., turning out hand-sawed N. C. Pine Boards, shipment being made by car or vessel. They are also proprietors of the McKeel Lumber company, operating an extensive mill at Atkinson, employment being given to 50 people, turning out kiln dried N. C. pine boards, rough and dressed. The general offices of these three concerns are at 64 Broad Street New Bern, N. C., while branch sales offices are maintained at Philadelphia, Pa., at 417 Franklin Building.
J. E. SMITH.—Shoes. This gentleman is making a specialty of handling shoes and operaates an exclusive shoe store. He handles the very best shoes that he can buy from the best factories in the United States, and a very large stock is carried, consisting of all kinds and all sizes of fine and medium grade shoes for men, women and children. The store is most centrally located at 56 Middle Street. Mr. Smith bought out this business in February, 1913, and has since greatly enlarged the business and inincreased the trade. He is a native of this county, well and favorably known and has claimed New Bern as his home for upwards of thirty years
HILL TAILORING COMPANY.—Makers of clothes that gentlemen wear. Among the high class tailoring house of this city, that of the Hill Tailoring Company is worthy of prominent mention. The location of the concern is in the heart of the city at 79 Middle Street, with phone 740. Mr. H. M. Hill is the proprietor. He is one of the city’s well known business men and stands among the very leaders in the tailoring trade. He carries an immense stock of high-class suitings and turns out the most fashionable and perfect fitting garments at reasonable prices. This business has been established for three years, and keeps steadily growing in volume.
[Illustration: "Pollock Street."]
NEW BERN IRON WORKS AND SUPPLY COMPANY.—Machinists, Founders’ Machinery and Mill Supplies for Farmers, Cotton Ginners and Manufacturers. This is one of the largest and fastest growing industrial enterprises of New Bern and only recently the magnificent and new building was erected in order to meet the growing demands of the trade. The plant is located at 29 to 33, 35 and 37 Craven Street, where the immense business transacted requires constant employment of an average force of fifty people in the various departments. The trade of this plant covers a large area. The business has been established for many years, in fact, ever since the war. It has been operated under various names until the year 1905 when the name of New Bern Iron Works was adopted. The officers of the corporation include the following prominent gentlemen: Messrs. E. L. Willis, president; J. C. Hill, vice-president, and W. A. McIntosh, secretary and treasurer.
THE HANCOCK LUMBER MANUAFACTURING COMPANY.—This is a newly organized company, having commenced business March 16th, 1914, but the concern gives every evidence of becoming one of the permanent and substantial lumber manufacturing organizations of New Bern. They are manufacturers of sash, doors and mantels, fine interior finish mouldings, porch work, etc. The office and plant occupies location at the foot of Craven Street, with telephone No. 743. This business is under the able management of Mr. H. S. Hancock, an old established and well known contractor and builder of New Bern and who has erected many of the handsome and substantial structures of the city of New Bern and other parts of Eastern North Carolina, some of which we may mention are the Athens Theater, J. M. Mitchell & Co.’s Store, and Coplon & Son’s department store. Among his recent contracts are the handsome new Peoples Bank and the Water and Light Plant of the city of New Bern. Mr. Hancock gives employment to many highly skilled workmen and is prepared to execute contracts promptly.
ARMSTRONG GROCERY COMPANY.— Wholesale Grocers and Manufacturers’ Agents. This is an incorporated concern. Its officers are N. W. Taylor, president; O. R. Brinson, vice-president, and H. W. Armstrong, secretary and treasurer, all of whom are widely and favorably known to the trade. They have given to New Bern one of her largest and most successful wholesale houses, an enterprise whose influence has been greatly felt in the advancement of the city. The business has been successfully established for six years. A large and modern brick building is occupied and the company enjoys rail and water facilities for shipping. The trade covers the greater part of Eastern Carolina They handle high-grade flours, meal, fruits, feed, lard and provisions, quoting special prices in carload lots.
J. J. BAXTER.--Department Store, Clothing, Dry Goods, Shoes, Trunks, Furnishings and Millinery. Among the important enterprises which form valuable units in the sum total of New Bern’s growth and development, none are adding greater or more lasting luster than that of J. J. Baxter. This gentleman has been successfully established in business for the past twenty years, and has built up a magnificent trade. He is located in the Elks Temple, where his store rooms are beautifully fitted up according to the most modern ideas, and the great stock carried is admirably arranged in departments. A number of clerks are employed in looking after the interests of patrons. Mr. Baxter is a great believer in the future of New Bern.
[Illustrations: "New Bern Iron Works & Supply Co." and "Elks’ Building"]
F. M. CHADWICK.—Fashionable Merchant Tailor, 103 Middle Street. This gentleman has been one of the leading tailors of New Bern for many years. He has been established in business for himself since 1892, and caters exclusively to the high class patronage. Many of his regular customers have been dealing with him for years and in having Mr. Chadwick make your clothes, you are certain of complete satisfaction as regards style, quality, workmanship, fit and finish. A beautiful stock of the latest style of fabrics is carried. ‘While Mr. Chadwick does high class tailoring, his prices are nevertheless extremely reasonable. He employs skilled tailors and his work is unsurpassed. Mr. Chadwick is favorably known to the trade and aside from his own business, he does all he can for the upbuilding of New Bern.
WOOTEN-MOULTON STUDIO.—96 Middle Street. There is that about the work turned out at this elegant studio which at once pronounces it the product of a finished artist who posesses both judgment and rare artistic instinct. The Wooten-Moulton Studio adds much adornment to the city of New Bern, and here are seen specimens of fine portraiture that will favorably compare with the results obtained in the best studios throughout the United States. Mrs. Bayard Wooten, who established the business here nine years ago, is a woman of marked artistic accomplishments, being an artist of sound training, lofty ideals and cultivated tastes. She interprets with astounding success the character of her subjects, and this rare ability enables her to occupy a commanding position in the profession. She has forged to the front ranks among the fourteen hundred women photographers of America, holds the position of Chairman of a section of the Women’s Federation of Photography and is a member of the National Photographers Association. Her brother, Mr. Geo. C. Moulton, has been associated with the studio for seven years and some eighteen months ago became a member of the firm. He is thoroughly practical and has a fine sense of true art. They are the photographers for the National Guard of North Carolina.
NEUSE GROCERY COMPANY.—O. L. Wetherington, Manager. Wholesale Groceries 41 Middle Street. Among the influential and prosperous wholesale houses of New Bern, the Neuse Grocery Company is worthy of notice. Its influence has been wonderfully felt in the advancement of the wholesale interests of the city and although the company has only been established for the past two years, the business has grown to be one of the most important in New Bern, and it gives us every evidence of being one of the city’s permanently established houses. Mr. O. L. Wetherington is the general manager of the business, and is thoroughly progressive and modern in his dealings. The specialties of the house include candies, cakes and crakers. Orders receive prompt attention and the office has phone connection number 716.
[Illustration: "Where the Great Eastern Carolina Fair and New Bern “Home Coming" Festivals are Held."]
SAM K. EATON.--It may be said that New Bern is famous for its many fine stores and one of the prominent leaders engaged in handling high-class jewelry is Mr. Sam K. Eaton, located at 95 Middle Street. This business has been established ever since the year 1862, having been founded by the father of the present proprietor, who bears the same name as his father. Mr. Eaton deals very extensively in all kinds of high grade watches, diamonds, cut glass and sterling silver. Special attention is made of repairing, as well as fine engraving. Mr. Eaton is the watch inspector for the Norfolk Southern Railroad. This store is one of the oldest and most prominent jewelry houses of Eastern North Carolina, and the patronage is among the best classes of trade.
HOTEL JAMES.—Among the popular and attractive hotels of New Bern. During the past year this hotel was thoroughly remodeled and newly furnished throughout. Every modern convenience has been inaugurated, rooms are beautifully equipped and all have phone connections, as well as hot and cold running water, while a number have private bath connections. The hotel contains forty rooms and the accommodations are provided on the American Plan only at the reasonable rates of $2.50 and $3.00 per day. Mr. Max. L. Jacobs is the proprietor of the hotel, while Mr. C. B. Shelton is the chief clerk, and is a gentleman of some ten years experience, formerly connected with leading hotels of Knoxville, Tenn. Both of these gentlemen are well known to the traveling public. Mr. Jacobs is one of the prominent men of affairs of New Bern and has other extensive business interests.
WILLIAM T. HILL.—The name of William T. Hill is most favorably known throughout Eastern North Carolina, as he is unquestionably one of the largest and most important dealers in sporting goods throughout a large part of the State He has been successfully established in bus ness since 1886, having commenced when he was but nineteen years of age. The business is both wholesale and retail handling bicyclee, fire-arms, ammunition, and a full line of sporting goods. The specialties include Indian and Pope Motorcycles, Columbia, Rambler, Racycle, Iver Johnson Bicycles, Tires and Accessories, Baker Guns, the only absolutely safe hammerless gun, Edison Phonographs and Records, Oliver Typewriters, and a full stock of loaded shells, revolvers and cartridges. The location of this house is at 91 Middle Street, with phone 253.
H. C. ARMSTRONG.—Pure Food Products. This gentleman has been established in business since 1901, and has made a fine success in the conduct of his affairs from the beginning down to the present time. He conducts one of the city’s finest stores, located No. 53 Pollock Street, in the heart of the business district of the city. The stock consists of fine lines of strictly pure canned food products, fine and fancy groceries, teas, coffees, canned and bottled delicacies, fruits, produce and in fact everything usually found in a strictly first class grocery store. The patronage is among the leading families of New Bern. Mr. Armstrong personally looks after the management of the business, and there is geneuine satisfaction in dealing with him.
[Illustration: "Meadow's Guano Plant"]
E. H. AND J. A. MEADOWS COMPANY.
Manufacturers of Meadows’ Special Guanos. New Bern has been for many years the headquarters of guano industry for the State of North Carolina, and it may be said that the E. H. and J. A. Meadows Company are the oldest manufacturers of fertilizer in the eastern part of the State, having been doing business since the year 1889. They operate two immense factories, which are modern in equipment throughout, while they use the very best materials in turning out the finest products and it also may be truthfully said that the best tobacco in Craven, Jones, Duplin, Lenoir, Pitt, Greene and Wayne Counties was raised with the Meadows Brands. In using these fertilizers you are certain of getting the very best results These immense plants have an output of forty million (40,000,000) pounds per year. They give employment to 100 people. The officers of the corporation are Messrs. E. H. Meadows, president; E. H. Meadows, Jr., vice-president; Wade Meadows, secretary and treasurer, and J. M. Howard, sales department.
J. A. MEADOWS.—Merchant Miller. Manufacturers of Meal and Feeds, Dealers in Hay, Grain, etc. This is one of the oldest established businesses of New Bern, having been founded by the late Mr. J. A. Meadows. The business is now owned by Mrs. Meadows and conducted by her sons, Messrs. E. H. Meadows, Jr., and Wade Meadows, who are keeping up the old time reputation of the enterprise for highest quality of products. They make a specialty of the best bolted corn meal, ground from white corn and they quote special prices in car-load lots on hay, oats, feed and grain. They are also proprietors of J. A. MEADOWS’ STEAM MARINE RAILWAY AND SHIP YARDS, which have the reputation of being the best equipped in Eastern North Carolina and fully capable of taking care of any marine work that comes into this port.
NEW BERN MOTOR CAR COMPANY.— Mr. D. H. Gaskins is the proprietor of this enterprise, which occupies location at 43 Craven Street. Mr. Gaskins is a well known business man of New Bern, having for a number of years been engaged in the bicycle industry, and since January, 1913, has devoted his time exclusively to the handling of automobiles. He has the agency for the famous Ford, which is undoubtedly the universal car. In this connection, we cannot say anything in favor of the Ford that will add anything to its already established prestige, for more Ford cars are in use today than any other make, and its merits are well known and recognized. Mr. Gaskins also has the agency for the Koehler Commercial Truck, which is a very popular one ton truck, selling for a reasonable price of $750.00. He also carries a full line of automobile accessories, supplies and repairs.
TARRO CHEMICAL COMPANY.—Manufacturers of “Tarro Red Paint,” “Anti-Dust” sweeping compound, disinfectant antiseptic, cheapest in price and best of all. The officers of this company are Messrs. J. M. Howard, president, and R. A. Creech, secretary and manager. The company has been operated for about three years, and the merits of the products which are turned out by the company have become well and favorably known throughout the Carolinas. It may be said that “Tarro Red Paint,” as well as the “Anti-Dust” sweeping compound are made of the best and purest materials, and are giving genuine satisfaction to the trade. Tarro Paint is a high grade product for farm buildings, mills, factories, brick etc. Quoting from their literature, we learn that Tarro Paint wears like iron itself, and looks as good after years of service as it did when first applied. As to the high quality and satisfaction of these goods, the company has many worthy testimonials from prominent business men and manufacturers, who have used the products. Samples will be cheerfully furnished.
ALLEN’S SHEET METAL WORKS.— Mr. W. M. Allen is the proprietor of this worthy and important enterprise, which is located at 71 Craven Street. Mr. Allen has been successfully established in this line of industry for fifteen years, having been for a number of years located in Raleigh and has been in New Bern for the past three years. He operates an immense business throughout the greater part of Easter North Carolina, and he has the best facilities for promptly executing all contracts, whether they be large or small. He handles everything in sheet metal, galvanized tin and slate roofing, in fact, is a general roofing contractor, and makes a specialty of slate work.
CROWN BOTTLING WORKS.—Manufacturers of all kinds of high grade soda water of all the best flavors, best grade keg cider, fountain syrup, crown ginger ale. This concern enjoys a reputation of being the oldest established enterprise of its character in New Bern. It has been in successful existence for the past fifteen years, and Mr. L. J. Taylor is the proprietor. He has built up a very large patronage and during the busy season keeps ten people constantly employed in the manufacture of the products and in delivering same to the trade. His plant is of modern equipment and all products are made of the very best materials, strictly pure and perfectly clean. Mr. Taylor is a well known citizen of New Bern, and has other extensive interests.
D. M. ROBERTS AND COMPANY Successors to Roberts and Hurst.—Wholeslae Grocers, 142-144 Craven Street, with phone 96. the large and important wholesale house of this city is that named above, the business having been established since June, 1914. Mr. D. M. Roberts is now the sole proprietor of the business operating under the firm name of D. M. Roberts and Company, Successors, since February 1st, 1914, to the old firm name of Roberts and Hurst. The business of this firm is distributed throughout all parts of Eastern North Carolina, and the premises occupied include a large building 50 by 162 feet in dimensions. Mr. Roberts is one of the influential and prominent business men of New Bern, and has at heart the best interests of the city.
NEW BERN GROCERY COMPANY.— Wholesale Grocers. Incorporated. 63 and 65 South Front Street. New Bern is the center of an immense wholesale trade and one of the most prominent and important companies identified with the trade throughout Eastern North Carolina is that operated by the New Bern Grocery Company, of which Mr. R. Ulrich is the principal stockholder and manager. The trade of this house is broadly distributed throughout all the territory adjacent to New Bern, and the company makes a specialty of high class fancy goods and everything usually handled by strictly first-class wholesale grocery houses. The influence of this concern has been greatly felt in the advancement of the best interests of the city.
[Illustration: "Potatoes, Alfalfa and Corn."]
[Illustration: "North Carolina Pine."]
THE GASTON CIGAR AND NEWS STAND.—Edgar Wallnau, Proprietor. Cigars, Cigaettes, Tobaccos, Candies, Periodicals, etc. Gaston Hotel Lobby. Phone 48. Regular Customers for Magazines and Newspapers Solicited—It is particularly essential to all smokers that their various tastes in regard to cigars, tobaccos, etc., should meet with due consideration and be intelligently catered to. To meet this demand in the fullest sense, Mr. Edgar Wallnau, proprietor of the Gaston Cigar and News Stand, is unusually successful. Since starting the business July 1st, 1913, his efforts have been rewarded in the form of an already large number of regular customers, among the local as well as traveling public, and a steady increase of new patrons. He carries a full line of the best cigars and tobaccos and desirable assortment of pipes and sundries. He also handles a fine stock of pure and high candies—chocolates and bon bons of famous make. In the newspaper and magazine department, he is one of the most enterprising hustlers in the city. Mr. Wallnau is very clever in his dealings, and enjoys the distinction of being the youngest business man in New Bern, only eighteen, popular and liked by every one, as pleasant as the flowers of May.
S. B. PARKER COMPANY.—Sheet Metal Contractors. This business has been established for upwards of twenty years, having been founded by Mr. S. B. Parker, who is president of the company. Mr. D. M. Parker is the vice-president and G. V. Allen, secretary and treasurer. This is one of the most prominent concerns of its kind in Eastern North Carolina, and a very large business is operated. They do all kinds of sheet metal work, tobacco flues, evaporators, gasoline tanks, stove pipe, etc., marine hardware and motor boat supplies. They handle sheet iron, black and galvanized, flat, corrugated, V. Crimp tin and Terne plates, sheet brass, copper, zinc and lend, guttering, furnace piping and repair work, blow piping and mill work a specialty. Estimates are cheerfully given. The location is at 46 and 48 Craven Street, with office phone number 299.
E. K. BISHOP AND COMPANY.—Wholesale Grocers. This is among the most important wholesale houses of New Bern, and has been established since the year 1884. The trade of the house covers the larger part of Eastern North Carolina. Mr. E. K. Bishop is the original founder of the business, while Mr. J. S. Claypoole, who is the company part of the firm, has been a member for eight years. They have very extensive premises at the foot of Craven Street on the water front, and have the best facilities for the handling of goods and filling orders. The firm deals in everything usually handled by strictly first class wholesale grocers, including fancy groceries, canned and bottled goods, confections, cigars, sugar, salt, meat, pork and lard. They also have an extensive warehouse for cotton and fertilizer. This is a very influential and reliable firm, the influence of which is greatly felt in the trade.
[Illustration: "John L. Roper Lumber Co."]
STALLING BROTHERS. — Sanitary Plumbing, Heating and Supplies. Established in the year 1905. This firm has enjoyed from the very beginning a remarkable record of progress and success. Mr. R. L. Stalling is the proprietor. He is a gentleman of remarkable skill in all kinds of heating and plumbing trade and executes perfect work. No contract is too large for him to handle successfully. He uses the best materials and employs the most reliable workmen. His house is one of the largest and most reliable in Eastern North Carolina. Estimates are cheerfully furnished. He keeps a full line of plumbing supplies, sundries, gasoline engines, wind-mills, power pumps and country water supply systems, and is located at 70 Craven Street.
RHODES AND UNDER WOOD.—Contractors and Builders. The marvelous strides of the cities of North Carolina in building operations during the past few years have attracted considerable attention, and among prominent building firms and general contractors Rhodes and Underwood occupy a commanding prestige. They have been established in business for a number of years, maintain offices in the cities of Wilmington and New Bern, and have been connected with many of the largest construction enterprises throughout the Carolinas. They are general contractors, and make a specialty of the best class and most modern types of construction. The members of this firm are Messrs. John F. Rhodes and U. A. Underwood. Their New Bern office is at 17 Craven Street, with phone 180. Estimates are cheerfully furnished. Some of their contracts in New Bern are Jewish Synagogue, Pepsi-Cola Factory, Moses Griffin School, Virginia-Carolina Chemical Plant, Lucas and Lewis Bldg., Elks Temple (Brick and Stone Work) and a number of buildings in other cities.
[Illustration: Over two thousand School Children Parading the Streets of New Bern--Commencement Excerises of the Schools of Craven County—April 1914. Photos by Wootten-Moulton Studio.
[Illustration: "The Peoples Bank. (Their New Building Under Construction.)"]
THE PEOPLES BANK.—This bank was established in 1908 and has rapidly forged its way to the very front ranks of banking circles, because of its able management. It is strong, progressive and accommodating, has total resources amounting to over $600,000.00, deposits of nearly $450,000.00, while the capital stock and undivided profits amount to more than $135,000.00. This is indeed a magnificent and splendid showing and brings out very clearly the immense strength of the foundation of this bank, and is a result of the continued confidence of the public. At the present writing, this bank has under construction a modern bank building, which, when completed, will be the city’s most beautiful and imposing edifice, and no expense is being spared in thoroughly equipping the building in strict accordance to modern ideas of banking. The bank will be occupying its new quarters about the 1st of June. The officers are Messrs. William Dunn, president; C. D. Bradham, vice-president; T. A. Uzzell, vice-president and cashier, and J. H. Crawford, assistant cashier.
CITIZENS SAVINGS BANK AND TRUST COMPANY.—The city of New Bern enjoys a reputation of being a strictly first class banking center and the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company fills an important position in the banking circles of the city. The business of this bank is devoted to that of handling savings accounts, deposits of any amount being received and interest at the rate of 4 per cent compounded quarterly is paid. This bank is now occupying temporary quarters on Middle Street near the James Hotel, but about the 1st of June they will move into their new quarters, to be vacated by the old Peoples Bank, who will soon occupy their handsome new building. The officers of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company are Messrs. T. A. Uzzell, president; Clyde Eby, vice-president and W. H. Henderson, cashier.
NEW BERN COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS, Inc.—This concern is one of the famous enterprises of the world, and the New Bern Plant is located at 39 Middle Street, under the management of Mr. C. A. Seifert. They are bottlers of “Coca-Cola” under an exclusive license from the Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta Ga., also bottlers of high class sodas, ginger, etc. Coca-Cola is beyond a question of doubt one of the most favored drinks in the new world. Its demand is increasing every year, and even in New Bern the trade of the plant steadily grows. Mr. C. A. Seifert is operating the business according to modern and progressive ideas and has a model plant, which is perfectly clean and sanitary throughout. Its location is at 39 Middle Street.
BRADHAM DRUG COMPANY.—Wholesale and Retail Druggists. This company operates two of the leading drug stores of New Bern, known as the Rexal Stores, located at the corners of Pollock and Middle Streets and at Middle and Broad Streets. This latter store, which goes under the name of Bradham’s Broad Street Store, enjoys the distinction of being the finest drug store in the State. It is the newest in the city, being opened to the trade about December 1, 1913. The interior arrangements of this store are in perfect keeping with the high character of the business. The fixtures are handsome and of modern design and the plate glass show cases and wall cabinets with mirror backs and general appointments throughout are all that could be desired. Words are inadequate to express the perfect beauty of the establishment, which must be seen to be fully appreciated. It presents a very inviting appearance, both in its interior and exterior arrangements. The soda fountain is one of the handsomest in the South, and every modern sanitary equipment is in service. Competent pharmacists are emloyed, and the business is conducted according to the highest ethics known to the profession. Mr. C. D. Bradham is president of the corporation. Mr. R. F. Butler is secretary and treasurer, has had many years’ experience as a pharmacist, and sixteen years of which time he has been located in New Bern. He is manager of the Pollock Street Store, assisted by Mr. T. A Crowell, a graduate in pharmacy of the University of Md., while Miss Clara Bryan is cashier and has charge of the Ladies’ Goods Department. Mr. J. K. Hollowell, a pharmacist of seventeen years’ experience, is in active charge of the management of the new store, which goes under the name of Bradham’s Broad Street Store, assisted by Mr. Luther White, a graduate pharmacist of the University of Maryland, while Miss Hulda Bowden is cashier and in charge of Ladies’ Goods Department and Mr. Joseph H. Wadsley has charge of the soda fount and ice cream manufacturing department, assisted by soda dispensers Mr. Albert Lytle and Mr. Robert Nixon, Jr, who have quite a reputation as experts in the preparation of ever new and fancy drink known.
[Illustration: "Bradham’s Broad Street Drug Store."]
[Illustration: "New Bern Gas Co."]
NEW BERN GAS CO.—Wm. M. Crane, President; Geo. H. Warner, vice-president and treasurer; F. H. Sawyer, secretary and general manager; H. D. Wood, superintendent.
Of all the institutions that go to make up a modern, thriving city there is none so closely allied with its material development as is a perfectly equipped and well managed gas company supplying light and fuel.
In this connection it is interesting to note that the city of New Bern, which is an acknowledged leader in civic progress and prosperity, has an institution in the New Bern Gas Co. of which it is justly proud. Its business and technical activities are directed by the best of modern ideas and experience, combined with straightforward, just and equitable methods in all its dealings with the public. The company has a very modern plant, having spent vast sums in order to put their property in the highest state of efficiency and in the extension of maines so that every part of the city may have gas facilities.
They manufacture a high quality of gas for illuminating, heating and power purposes, which is sold at as reasonable a price as is consistent with the high quality of their product and service given. The supply is regular and reliable, and New Bern has every reason for congratulation on account of the superior service in this respect. The business of the company is expanding rapidly and as an illustration to show how the demand for gas is growing in New Bern we may state that during the month of March, just passed, the percentage of increase over the same month of last year was for illuminating purposes 43 per cent. and for fuel purposes 74 per cent. They have one of the finest and best equipped show rooms in the South, where actual illustrations are provided and demonstrations given of all gas appliances, so that patrons will be instructed in the proper use of them economically. The management also gladly sends demonstrators to the homes of patrons, and gives individual instruction. The company carries a complete stock of the latest gas ranges, and appliances of every description, while capable assistants are employed who are thoroughly versed in lighting, heating and power, to personally interview customers, to advise with them in regard to the different kinds of lighting and apparatus best suited to their individual needs.
S. G. ROBERTS.—Wholesale Grocer. The name of S. G. Roberts has been permanently associated with the commericial history of New Bern for the past thirty-seven years, his business having been established for this length of time, and was originally operated under the name of Roberts Brothers. It is therefore the oldest house of the kind in New Bern, and Mr. S. G. Roberts, who has owned the business exclusively for the past fifteen years, has been highly instrumental in the upbuilding of the wholesale interests of the city. His traveling men visit all the trade throughout Eastern Carolina, and the name of this house stands second to none.
ELLIS COAL AND WOOD YARD.—This concern is located on East Front Street at Union Point, with office phone connection 47. It is the oldest established coal and wood business in New Bern, having been in existence for the past thirty-five years. E. B. Ellis is the proprietor, Wm. Ellis, manager, and has an enormous trade, operating on both the wholesale and retail basis. He employs a number of wagons in the delivery department and executes orders promptly, handling all kinds of coal and wood, including the very best Lehigh free burning White Ash, Egg, Stove, Chestnut and Furnace Coal; also Pocahontas Steam and Domestic Lump Coal, all coal screened before leaving the yard and weight guaranteed; wood of the best quality of oak and pine, sawed in stove lengths. Mr. Wm. Ellis is deeply interested in New Bern, and has been a member of Board of Aldermen for twenty years.
[Illustration: "City Hall."]
[Illustration: "New Bern Banking & Trust Company."]
MIDYETTE GARAGE.—Mr. C. T. Midyette is the proprietor of this garage, which he established the 1st of January, 1913. It is located at 39 Craven Street. Mr. Midyette has had several years experience in this industry, is a native of North Czrolina and has made New Bern his home for the past seven years. He is very popular with the trade and favorably known. He has a number of stricly first class cars of leading makes, which are kept in the very best of condition, used exclusively for the livery business, and all calls are promptly answered. Phone 769. His rates are reasonable. Mr. Midyette also has special equipments for doing all kinds of automobile repairing. He has made a thorough study of the various makes of automobiles and guarantees strictly first class work.
NEW BERN BUILDING SUPPLY COMPANY.—Dealers in Building Material, 17 Craven Street, with phone 163. This big concern is worthy of more than passing notice in this industrial publication, pertaining to the industry and progress of New Bern. The company has been in existence for about eight years, and operates a very extensive business, in fact, it has about the largest trade in this special line in Eastern North Carolina. The company handles all kinds of building materials, including paints, oils, lime, cement, brick, and in fact everything needed for building with the exception of lumber. Mr. Mark De Wolfe Stevenson is the proprietor of the business. He is one of the well known men of affairs of New Bern, widely and favorably known, and keeps fully abreast of the times in his conduct of the business. An immense stock is carried at all times that orders of any magnitude may be promptly filled.
J. C. WHITTY AND COMPANY.--Wholesale Hardware, Paints and Agricultural Implements. This business has been established since 1876, having been founded by Mr. J. C. Whitty. It has grown to be one of the most important industries in Eastern North Carolina. The present name of the firm was adopted the 1st of January, 1913, when Mr. F. H. Whitty and Mr. T. J. Mitchell, Jr., became members. A large three-story building is occupied, also an immense warehouse, the location being at 23, 25 and 27 Craven Street, with phone 98. They operate an enormous business as dealers in all kinds of hardwares, paints, agricultural implements, cypher incubators, corn and cob mills, Sharpless Separators, Ontario Drills, and are agents for the International Harvester Company, Buckeye Cultivators, John Deere Plows and Oliver Plows.
HOME BAKERY. — Home-Made Bread, Cakes and Pies, 90 Middle Street, phone 462. It gives us pleasure to make favorable mention of this progressive and most successful home bakery. The business has been established for the past two and one-half years, and it is owned and successfully operated by Mrs. R. J. Disosway and her son-in-law, Mr. E. H. McLacklan. They have built up a magnificent trade among the leading families of New Bern and vicinity, and so great is the business transacted that employment is given to an average of ten people. This is a fine and successful bakery, and it is the home of strictly high-grade products, which are made from the purest and best ingredients. Absolute cleanliness and purity are the watch words and the bakery is perfectly sanitary throughout. To taste of the good, pure, clean and wholesome products of this bakery reminds one of “home, sweet home” bread, cakes, pastries and danties just like mother used to make. This business is rapidly growing and a new and modern bake oven is being put in, as well as the addition of automobile delivery service.
C. A. DANIELS.—Automobile Garage. This is a newly organized enterprise, located at 64 and 66 South Front Street, and commenced business April 1, 1914. Mr. C. A. Daniels, the proprietor, is quite a young man. He is a native of New Bern, favorably known, and has had several years of experience in the automobile industry. He was formerly with Mr. H. E. Sledge, who conducted a similar business in the same location. This Garage is modern throuhout, 55 by 114 feet in dimensions, and Mr. Daniels is putting in a very complete equipment of high grade machinery, so that he will be prepared to do anything in the line of automobile repairing. He also carries a full line of accessories.
HYMAN SUPPLY COMPANY.—”Everything for the Mill.” Among the concerns that are widely known and have done much for the progress and improvement of the city and have helped to spread abroad the city’s fame as a great wholesale and distributing center, is the Hyman Supply Company. This business has now been in successful existence for the past sixteen years. They occupy extensive quarters and give employment to many people in the various departments. They also maintain a house in Wilmington, established for the past six years. The business of the company is broadly distributed throughout the Carolinas. The officers of the company include the following prominent gentlemen: Messrs. T. G. Hyman, president; R. A. Daman, vice president, and J. B. Rice, treasurer; A. F. Patterson, secretary.
STANDARD TAILORING COMPANY.— This is comparatively a new enterprise, having only been established since June, 1913. The trade, however, has steadily grown from the beginning, and the manager, Mr. W. E. Perry, is well pleased with the grand success that he has already achieved and he has bright prospects for an immense spring and summer trade. He represents one of the largest merchant tailoring houses of the world, that of Edward E. Strauss and Company of Chicago, and takes orders for suits ranging in price from $15.00 to $45.00. A very large line of samples of the very latest weaves and patterns are carried. Mr. Perry also gives special attention to cleaning, pressing and repairing, and this department is perfectly clean and sanitary throughout. The Standard Tailoring Company is located at the corner of Middle and Broad Streets, with phone number 425, and all orders receive prompt attention. Mr. Perry is a young man and well known in this city.
[Illustrations: "Home of J. A. Jones."; "East Front Street."; "Home of J. B. Blades."]
[Illustration: "Cutter-Blades Hardware Co."]
CUTLER-BLADES HARDWARE COMPANY.—Wholesale and Retail. New Bern is noted for the solid character of its development .and occupies the premier position of all the cities in Eastern North Carolina, and at no time in its history has New Bern shown greater or more substantial progress than is in evidence today. An enterprise that has kept well abreast of the rapid expansion of this part of the country is the Cutler-Blades Hardware Company, which operates a very extensive wholesale and retail trade throughout the eastern part of the State. This business has been established since the year 1872, having been founded by Mr. L. H. Cutler, who is vice-president of the company, which was incorporated seven years ago. Mr. W. B. Blades is the president and Mr. L. H. Cutler, Jr., is the secretary and treasurer. Their extensive house occupies location in New Bern at 67 and 69 Middle Street. The stock carried consists of everything in the line of hardware and agricultural implements, paints, oils, tools, etc.
THE ATHENS THEATER. — Moving Pictures and Vaudeville, H. J. Lovick and L. J. Taylor, Proprietors and Managers. Both in the matter of instruction and amusement, the modern theater is one of the most popular institutions in the world, and this is true of the Athens Theater. New Bern has one of the best appointed play houses in the Carolinas, and ever since it was opened, three years ago, it has been the resort of the best class of pleasure-loving people of the city. The place is conducted along the most progressive lines. In the building, furnishing, decorating and equipment, no expense was spared; the sole idea of the builder was in view of giving to New Bern a theater that would compare favorably with any play house in the country, no matter where located. Others might be larger, but none better. The Athens is a perfect gem of a play house, cooled in summer by breezes from a score of electric fans. It is an ideal place to spend an hour or so of rest and recreation. Messrs. Lovick and Taylor are also lessees and managers of the New Masonic Opera House, booking legitimate attractions.
E. W. SMALLWOOD.--Wholesale and Retail General Hardware, Sash, Doors, Blinds and Cement. Agents for American Field Fence and Devoe’s Pure Lead and Zinc Paint. The business has been established for twenty-seven years, which makes it one of the oldest enterprises in New Bern. Its location is at 75 South Front Street. An immense stock is carried and all orders are filled with the best goods at the lowest market quotations. Mr. J. T. Hargett is the active manager of the business, and has been in active charge of the business for upwards of ten years. It may be said that he has been connected with the house for seventeen years, and is favorably known to the trade throughout Eastern North Carolina. His influence has been greatly felt in the advancement of the interests of the house.
A. E. PITTMAN AND SON.—This is a well known firm name, as the business has been established since 1889. Mr. A. E. Pittman is at the head of the concern, holding the official position of secretary, treasurer and manager. The firm transacts a large business throughout all parts of Eastern North Carolina, and are Southern representatives for a large list of well known products. The firm handles extensively all kinds of marine and stationary engines, automobiles and supplies, gasoline engines and accessories. It. is located at the foot of South Front Street.
JOHN SUTER AND SON.—Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Furniture and Mattresses, Baby Carriages, Chairs, Pictures, etc. This is one of the oldest established furniture houses in Eastern North Carolina; in fact, it is one of the oldest in the South, having been established for forty-five years by Mr. John Suter; his son, Mr. John Suter, Jr., has been connected with the business for ten years, and these gentlemen are favorably known to the trade, and are giving fine satisfaction to their patrons. Ever since the beginning of this house, the management has kept fully abreast of the times, always handling the latest and newest of the products, and their house today is one of the best stocked to be found anywhere in the South. A magnificent display of fine and medium grade furniture is carried and this stock must be seen to be fully appreciated. Mr. John Suter and his son are clever and accommodating business men and extend every consideration and courtesy to the trade. They are located at 77 South Front Street, and have phone connecton number 250.
CRAVEN FOUNDRY AND MACHINE COMPANY.—Founders and Machinists. This modern foundry and machine shop is located near the wharf on South Front Street, between Middle and Hancock Streets, and presents a force of twenty highly skilled and well paid mechanics. This is one of the most worthy and important industrial enterprises of New Bern and its influence is being greatly felt in the advancement of its interest of the city. The company has been established since 1910. Mr. W. T. Brinson is the president and manager of the business and is a gentleman of twenty years practical experience and association in the trade in this and adjoining States. Mr. T. G. Hyman, a leading capitalist and business man of this city, is the secretary and treasurer. This is a growing and prosperous concern.
THE WATERS BUGGY WORKS.—Among the industrial concerns of New Bern that contribute largely to the importance of this city is the enterprise known as the Waters Buggy Works, located at 78 Broad Street. Mr. G. S. Waters is the proprietor. He enjoys the reputation of being one of the city’s oldest established business men, having been established since the year 1887. He operates a large plant and makes a specialty of the manufacture of buggies, as well as all kinds of general repair work, painting and so forth. Mr. Waters is one of the well known men of affairs of the city, and owns considerable desirable property here.
[Illustration: "Market Dock, Foot of Middle Street."]
[Illustration: "Athens Cafe." and "Wild Game--Turkey and Deer."]
THE ATHENS CAFE.—Raftelis Brothers, Proprietors. This cafe occupies a most central location, convenient for the local as well as for the traveling public, at 80 Pollock Street, next to the Elks Temple and Athens Theater. The office has Phone No. 453. Mr. Theo G. Johnson is the manager of the place and is a gentleman of large experience. The Athens Cafe is beautifully fitted up throughout and enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest places of its kind in Eastern North Carolina. The bill of fare contains everything in season and all foods are delightfully prepared and served. This establishment is high class in every sense of the word, and the Raftelis Brothers deserve credit for giving to the city such an ideal and modern place of the kind. While the foods are the purest and best and service strictly high class, the prices are altogether reasonable. This is a good place at which to make your headquarters when in the city. A specialty is made of the family trade.
NEW BERN BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY.—No department of the city’s enterprise and industry forms a more potent factor for development than that afforded by financial institutions of the city, and among these in New Bern, we cannot fail to assign a high place to the New Bern Banking and Trust Company, one of the well established staunch and tried institutions, whose splendid record is surpassed by none. This bank was organized in 1906, having a capital of $100,000.00 and operates a general banking and trust business, as well as handling savings accounts, 4 per cent. interest being paid. This bank carries on deposit about $400,000.00 and has total resources of 600,000.00. This is a spelndid showing indeed. The bank is ably managed and conducted along the most modern and conservative lines. The officers of the bank include the following prominent gentlemen: Messrs. James B. Blades, president; William B. Blades, vice-president; T. A. Green, vice-president; W. Carroll Rodney, cashier and O. W. Lane, assistant cashier.
CHARLES B. HILL.—This gentleman deals extensively in hay and grain and feed and occupies location at 35 Middle Street. Mr. Hill operates both a wholesale and retail business and is prepared to quote the most favorable market prices on all goods. His business is broadly distributed throughout the larger part of Eastern North Carolina. Mr. Hill has been established in business since 1890, and enjoys the reputation second to none. Besides his own affairs, he manifests a deep interest as regards the progress of New Bern and thinks the city has a bright future. Mr. Hill is United States Commissioner at New Bern, and has served in that capacity for fifteen years.
NEW BERN VENEER AND PANEL COMPANY.—This is a newly organized corporation and there is no doubt but that it will prove one of the most substantial industries of New Bern, as the business of the concern will cover all parts of the United States. Their plant is modern in its equipment throughout. Employment is given to some fifty skilled workmen in the various departments. They are exclusive manufacturers of all kinds of high grade veneer and panels from gum timber, which is an important product of this section. This is a thoroughly reliable corporation, having for its officers the prominent widely known gentlemen: J. F. Komp, president; W. W. Dawson, vice-president; G. M. Dunkle, secretary, and T. A. Green, of the New Bern Banking and Trust Co., treasurer.
[Illustration: "New Bern Harbor."]
[Illustration: "Pollock Street."]
SINGER SEWING MACHINE OFFICE.— This office is located at 97 Middle Street, and Mr. T. A. Grantham is the manager of the business. He has been located in New Bern for the past four years in active charge of affairs, but has been associated with the Singer Machine Company for the past twelve years. An immense business is transacted from this point, fourteen traveling salesmen being employed. It is unnecessary for us to state that the Singer Sewing Machine is the world’s leader in the sewing machine industry, while the Wheeler and Wilson Sewing Machine, now owned by the Singer Company, has many meritorious features. Mr. Grantham is ably directing the affairs of the company at this point, and the business is steadily growing.
TOLSON AND SMITH.—Dealers in and Shippers of Fresh and Salt Fish, Oysters and Terrapin. This firm is well established and no house is better known to the trade throughout the Northern as well as Southern markets than that of Tolson & Smith. They make a specialty of handling the freshest and highest quality of all kinds of fish and oysters and make prompt shipments, quoting the lowest market prices on all orders. Absolute reliability is the watchword, and in dealing with this concern you are certain of genuine satisfaction. Messrs. Tolson and Smith are progressive in their dealings and their extensive operations have greatly advertised New Bern as a leading fish and oyster market.
ANGELL AND HOOKER.—Wholesale Groceries, Fruits, and Produce. This house has been established since April 15th, 1913, and already it is regarded as one of the substantial and prosperous wholesale houses of New Bern. Its location is at 15 Middle Street in a fireproof concrete building. and the office has phone connection 158. This firm is operating a large business throughout the greater part of Eastern North Carolina. They handle goods of the highest quality and quote the most favorable prices and have liberal terms and inducements to offer to the trade. The members of the firm are Messrs. N. P. Angell and C. E. Hooker, both of whom are young men and have been acquainted with the trade, for several years and are well and favorably known.
J. G. DUNN AND COMPANY.—Outfitters for men, women and children. This is one of the city’s greatest stores and has been in existence since the year 1897 and was incorporated in October, 1912. The officers of the company are Messrs. J. G. Dunn, president; William Dunn, vice-president, and S. G. Flowers, secretary and treasurer. The location of the store is near the heart of the business district of New Bern, opposite the Post Office, at 55, 57 and 59 Pollock Street. The store at number 59 Pollock Street was recently added, which made a great enlargement to the business. The premises now have a frontage of Sixty (60) feet and depth of one hundred and thirty-five (135) feet, most of which is two stories high. The stock carried consists of a great variety of high class dry goods, shoes, notions, ladies ready-to-wear garments, men’s clothings, furnishings, hats, etc. Many clerks are constantly employed in the various departments and the business is conducted according to the most advanced ideas. The gentlemen at the head of affairs are prominent citizens of New Bern and have at heart the best interests of he c ty.
MRS. B. ALLEN.—Ladies Outfitter. Mrs. Allen conducts one of the city’s finest stores located at 85 Middle Street, with office phone connection 752. Her line consists of handling all kinds of ladies ready-to-wear suits, dresses and millinery, ladies’ and children’s furnishings. She is an exclusive ladies outfitter. Her store is one of the interesting points of New Bern, The stock carried consists of one of the most magnificent lines of fashionable goods of the best quality. Mrs. Allen is very careful in the purchase of her stock and has the very latest things to offer to the trade. Her patronage is among the very best dressed ladies of New Bern and vicinity. Mrs. Allen has been established in business for the past several years and her trade has greatly increased in volume.
COAST LINE MEAT MARKET.—This market has enjoyed the distinction of being one of the leading enterprises of its kind in New Bern for more than twenty years. Mr. Isaac Cohn is the proprietor, and has been established in the business in the city since 1892. He has built up a big trade and his patronage is among the leading families of New Bern, and vicinity. He handles the very best meats of all kinds, both fresh and salt, also furs and poultry. He pays the highest cash prices for fat cattle, and is very careful and conscientious in the conduct of his business. Mr. Cohn wants your patronage, and does all he can to please and satisfy customers.
[Illustration: "J. G. Gunn and Co."]
[Illustrations: "S. Coplon & Son."; and "F. S. Duffy."]
S. COPLON AND SON.—This firm conducts what is known as “New Bern’s Biggest and Best Store.” It is an immense establishment, located in the very heart of the city at 87 and 89 Middle Street. The building is one of the most modern in New Bern, consisting of two floors, each 49 by 140 feet in dimensions. It presents a very handsone and inviting appearance. This business has been established for the past twenty-one years, and has grown to be the largest concern of its kind in New Bern, giving employment to many clerks in the various departments. This store is a distinct credit to the city. The stock consists of everything usually found in high class and leading department stores, goods of the highest quality only being handled, suitable for the high-class patronage. The members of the firm are Messrs. S. Coplon and Charles Coplon, who are classed among the prominent men of affairs of New Bern and who have at heart the best interests of the city. This store is one of the points of interest of the city and no visit to New Bern is complete without a tour of inspection through this great establishment.
F. S. DUFFY.—Druggist and Pharmacist, established in the year 1835. This house therefore enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest drug businesses in the State of North Carolina. It was conducted by F. S. Duffy (uncle of the present proprietor) until his death in 1885. For ten years previous to that time the present F. S. Duffy had been associated with the concern, and at the death of his uncle he became the sole proprietor. He is one of the prominent men of affairs of New Bern, and stands high in professional, business and social circles. His highly popular store is located on the corner of Middle and South Front Streets. F. S. Duffy is also president of the F. S. Duffy Medicine Company, manufacturing a line of eight high-class medicinal preparations, which are Dr. Duffy’s Anti-Bilious Pills, Dr. Duffy’s Tonic Mixture, Dr. Duffy’s Iro-Quin, Dr. Duffy’s Pain Destroyer, Dr. Duffy’s Diarrhoea Cordial, Dr. Duffy’s Liver & Kidney Regulator, Dr. Duffy’s Cough Killer and Dr. Duffy’s Itch Ointment. The most widely known of these preparations is Dr. Duffy’s Anti-Bilious Pills. They have a wide sale throughout several states, and thousands of users testify that no other liver pill or medicine can take their place.
THE GASTON HOTEL.—This hotel, since it has been newly furnished and fitted up throughout with every modern convenience, has become regarded as Eastern Carolina’s most up-to-date hotel. It is under the management of Mr. R. A. Cherry, who is very courteous and obliging to guests. The Hotel Gaston is most centrally located, and the building is strictly modern, contains many rooms, all handsomely and comfortably furnished, and which are kept neat, clean and elegant. The dining-room is splendidly equipped. All modern improvements are in service, such as electric lights, telephones and hot and cold running water in all rooms, while many of the rooms have private bath connection. The Hotel is favored with the patronage of the best of the traveling public. Special attention is given to traveling salesmen, and the very best home comforts are provided.
KAFER’S BAKERY.—134 Middle Street. The city of New Bern enjoys the reputation for being the home of the largest bakery in the State, and a force of twenty-five people are constantly employed in the various departments. This bakery has been established since the year 1881 and the business has steadily grown. It was founded by the late Mr. Jacob Kafer, who has been dead for some ten years. His son, Mr. Alfred A. Kafer is the proprietor of the business and is keeping up the old time reputation of the establishment in turning out the finest of bakery goods, unsurpassed as regards quality and general excellence. The business has grown so rapidly in the last few years that very extensive improvements have been added and even at the present time Mr. Kafer is adding new machinery and new bake ovens at the cost of about $5,000. In addition to this he recently added two automobiles to the delivery service. The new equipment will include steam heat, extensive ventilating system, with exhaust fans, also cold storage, which is a very necessary feature to maintain even temperature while the entire place is thoroughly screened and perfectly sanitary throughout.
THOMAS J. MITCHELL.---Dealer in Horses, Mules, Vehicles, Harness, Livery, etc This gentleman is favorably known throughout New Bern and vicinity, having been established in business here for sixteen years, and has made New Bern his home the greater part of his life. He occupies location at 70 1-2 South Front Street, with phones office number 118 and residence number 398. Mr. Mitchell deals extensively in good grade work horses, mules, buggies, wagons, harness and livery. Mr. Mitchel has at heart the very best interest of New Bern and does all he can for the good of the city.
NEW BERN ICE COMPANY.—Manufacturers of Pure Crystal Ice. Our publication of the city of New Bern would be very incomplete without favorable notice of this permanent concern. It is one of the leading industries of its kind in Eastern Carolina, and has been established for the past twenty years. The plant is throughly modern in its entire equipment and has a capacity of six tons of ice per day. The ice turned out by this company is absolutely pure and made from Artesian Distilled Water. The company is incorporated, and the following well known gentlemen are its officers: Mr. Clyde Eby, president; Mr. G. N. Ives, vice-president; Mr. W. Dunn, secretary and treasurer, and Mr. A. Cook, superintendent.
[Illustration: "New Bern Garage Co."]
NEW BERN GARAGE COMPANY, Incorporated.—Automobile Supplies. It may be said that the handling and sale of automobiles has become one of the leading industries of New Bern, and a number of well known corporations are engaged in the trade here. One of the leading concerns is that known as the New Bern Garage Company, Incorporated in August, 1911. The following well known gentlemen are its officers Mr. Eugene H. Williams, president; Mr. Ebb H. Williams, vice-president, and Mr. B. F. Williams, secretary. They are located at 58, 60 and 62 Craven Street, where they have a large and modern garage, and are agents for the Buick and Hudson Automobiles, Henderson Motorcycles and a complete stock of auto tires, as well as gasoline, oils and greases. A specialty is made of repair work.
B. SWERT.—Dealer in Fine Meats of All Kinds. Mr. Swert has been engaged in this business for a lifetime. He operates a clean and sanitary market, which is equipped with all necessary appliances for handling meats. All meats are kept pure and fresh and absolute cleanliness is the watchword. This market is located on the east side of Middle Street, number 45. Mr. Swert makes a specialty of fine stall fed beef, and pays the highest cash prices for fat cattle. Mr. Swert is a progressive citizen of New Bern, and does all he can for the city.
JAMES FOREMAN CLARKE.—Mr. Clarke enjoys the distinction of being one of New Bern’s oldest and most prominent merchants. He has been established in business since the year 1866, and has occupied the same location during all of the intervening periods since, at 36 Middle Street. His store is, therefore, regarded as one of the old commercial landmarks of New Bern. it is headquarters for general merchandise, truck, seed and supplies a specialty. Mr. Clarke is a native of the old historic place of Maule’s Point, Beaufort County, North Carolina. Mr. Clarke is a great believer in New Bern, and does all he can for the city.
B. B. DAVENPORT.—Wholesale and Retail Grocer. Mr. Davenport is located at 34 Middle Street, and has been successfully established for fifteen years. He has made New Bern his home, however, for thirty-five years, and was born in Pamlico County. Mr. Davenport handles all kinds of groceries, ropes, twines, oil cloth and rubber goods. He has built up an immense business throughout New Bern and vicinity. Mr. Davenport is a reliable and successful merchant, and is strictly honorable in all his dealings. He has the best facilities for operating his business and quotes lowest market prices on all goods.
T. P. ASHFORD.--Wholesale Dealer in Groceries, hay, grain, feed, fruits, produce, oils and gasoline. He is located at 37 Middle Street and has Post Office Box 38. Mr. T. P. Ashford occupies an influential position in the wholesale trade of New Bern and has been associated with the wholesale trade for the past eight years, and it may be said that no one is better known to the trade tham Mr. Ashford. He deals on an extensive scale, and is able to quote the most favorable market prices on all goods. Mr. Ashford is a native of Sampson County, North Carolina, and has been a resident of New Bern for the past fourteen years.
READY WEAR GARMENT COMPANY.— Everything for Ladies. This is one of the city’s newest and most magnificent stores. The company was recently incorporated and occupies location at 61 Pollock Street. The officers are Messrs. I. J. Broaddus, president; LeRoy Harper, vice-president: J. W. Sears, auditor. The store has a depth of 120 feet and is beautifully arranged throughout, stocked with the finest and best goods, including everything in latest ready-to-wear garments. Mr. H. F. Allison is the general manager of the business. He is a gentleman of large experience in this branch of trade and came to New Bern from Richmond, Va. It may be said that the Ready Wear Garment Company occupies an exlcusive field and eaters to the high class trade.
THE PEPSI-COLA COMPANY.—Manufacturers of the delicious and healthful drink known as “Pepsi-Cola.” There are some few concerns here in New Bern that have developed such enterprise and such marked ability in their several lines of industry as to have made themselves celebrated all over the United States, and at the same time help to advertise the city as a great manufacturing and distributing center in a manner that would otherwise have been impossible. The Pepsi-Cola Company has done much, if not more than any other half dozen concerns in the city, to spread the name and fame of New Bern abroad as a progressive modern city. The demand for this popular drink of Pepsi-Cola is growing, and the trade largely expands every year as new territory is being opened up. This is an enterprise of which the whole city of New Bern is proud, inasmuch as the home office and manufacturing plant is located here. Many branch plants are operated in leading cities throughout many States. The officers include Messrs. C. D. Bradham, president; J. D. Farrior, vice-president, and R. F. Butler, secretary. Mr. C. D. Bradham is president of the Bradham Drug Company, operating two of the leading drug stores of New Bern, one of which is the finest, in the State, and there is no superior in the entire South.
[Illustration: "Ready Wear Garment Co."]
[Illustrations: "Cadillac Garage." and "Lucas & Lewis."]
CADILLAC GARAGE.—Automobile Supplies and accessories of all kinds. Repair Work a specialty. This is one of the largest and most notable automobile garages in this part of the State. The garage is thoroughly modern in every sense of the word, strictly fire proof and equipped with the best machinery in the repair department, and a number of highly skilled men are employed in the various departments. Mr. Harold J. Washburn recently became the proprietor of the business. He is late of New York State and has had seven years of experience in the handling of automobiles. There is no doubt but that he will make this automobile garage a great success in this city by the adoption of modern methods and in providing the best service. He handles all kinds of automobile supplies and does expert repairing. This is also the headquarters for the agency of the Cadillac and Overland cars.
LUCAS AND LEWIS.—Grocers, 58-60 Middle and 89-91 South Front Streets. This house is located in the very heart of the business district of New Bern on one of the most prominent corners, Middle and Front Streets. The business has been successfully established for twenty-two years and has steadily grown from the beginning down to the present time. An immense stock is carried and the business is both wholesale and retail. A large two-story brick building, 85 by 90 feet in dimensions, is occupied by them. There is a genuine satisfaction in dealing with this firm, the members of which are Messrs. W. J. Lucas and W. L. Lewis, both being favorably known, and conduct their business according to modern ideas and manifest a deep interest as regards the progress of New Bern.
C. L. SPENCER.--Dealer in Corn, Hay, Oats, Bran, Hominy and all kinds of Feed, High Grade Corn Meal, Seed Wheat and Seed Rye, and has also brick for sale. Mr. Spencer is located at 32 Middle Street and has been established for twenty-three years. He is therefore favorably known throughout adjoining counties. He handles the very best selection of goods in his line and is prepared to fill orders of any size promptly at the most favorable market prices. Mr. Spencer is deeply interested in New Bern and popular with the general public.
NEW FERN HAY, GRAIN AND FEED COMPANY, Inc.--Wholesale Hay, Grain, Feed and Manufacturing Millers. This enterprise has been established since December 1st, 1913, and the location is at 13 Middle Street. The company is operating a business throughout the greater part of Eastern North Carolina, and the house is today regarded as one of the permanent and substantial fixtures in the wholesale trade of New Bern. The company has plenty of capital and is operating the business on an extensive scale. No order is too large for this concern to handle successfully. The officers are Mr. F. M. Lupton, president; A. Hamilton, vice-president, and C. A. Seifert, secretary and treasurer. Mr. F. M. Lupton is also engaged in the brokerage and distributing business, dealing largely in hay, grain and produce, with office address same as above and local and long distance phone number 761.
[Illustrations: "Attractive Scenes in and near New Bern, by Mr. H. D. Wood."]
[Illustration: "National Bank of New Bern."]
THE NATIONAL BANK OF NEW BERN.—The commercial and industrial development of the city of New Bern is greatly aided and encouraged by the strong financial institutions of which the National Bank of New Bern is an excellent example. This bank has been established since 1865 and has long been one of the strongest financial institutions in the South, and has merited and received the confidence and unqualified support of a large number of prominent business and professional men and manufacturing institutions of the city. The bank has a capital stock of $100,000.00, deposits of nearly $600,000.00 and total resources of more than $850,000.00. A general banking business is transacted along the most conservative lines, while every courtesy and accommodation are extended to customers consistent with safety. The officers of the bank are Messrs. James A. Bryan, president; John Dunn, vice-president; G. H. Roberts, cashier; W. W. Griffin, assistant cashier. Directors: Jas. A. Bryan, John Dunn, E. K. Bishop, E. B. Hackburn, A. D. Ward, J. A. Jones, T. O. Hyman, G. H. Roberts.
EDWARD CLARK.—Cigars, Tobaccos and Confectioneries and Soda Water. It gives us pleasure to make prominent mention of this high class and leading enterprise. It is beyond a question of doubt the most popular store in New Bern, occupying a prominent corner in the Elks Temple in the very heart of the business district. The store presents a very inviting appearance and has been successfully established for the past six years. The equipment of the store is magnificent throughout, while the goods are unsurpassed as regards its superiority his store is headquarters for the best class of trade in New Bern and the patronage is very large. Mr. Edward Clark is one of the city’s men of affairs and never loses an opportunity to speak a good word for New Bern.
WILLIS GROCERY COMPANY, Inc.— Dealers in Fancy Groceries, 73 Broad Street. If every concern would realize the importance of maintaining a high class equipment, such as the Willis Grocery Company, New Bern would indeed be a city of most modern business establishments. The Willis Grocery Company has one of the finest equipments in the State. The store is beautifully appointed throughout, has tiled floor, and all the fancy goods and table delicacies are kept in plate glass show cases and wall cabinets, entirely free from dust. An immense business is transacted and the company maintains three telephones, numbers 162, 471 and 472. Mr. M. M. Weeks is the Secretary and Treasurer of the business, and is in active charge of the affairs. Prompt deliveries are made both by automobile and wagons. This business has been established for the past one and one-half years, and the trade is rapidly expanding. The other officers of the company are Messrs. W. A. McIntosh, president; H. C. McKeel, general manager and Mr. Thomas Hammer.
BURRUS AND PARKER, Inc.—This firm has done much for the advancement of the city’s interest, inasmuch as the firm operates a large business throughout all parts of the United States, distributing cow peas and soy beans by the carload. They have a large business with the leading seed houses throughout the North, West and South. Locally this firm makes a specialty of handling feed, hay, grain, farm and garden implements, oil and gasoline engines, farm seeds and brick. The house is located at 23 Middle Street, and has phone number 324. The business has been established for upwards of thirty years and was formerly known as Burrus and Company, and was incorporated under the above name in December, 1913. The officers are Mrs. M. L. Burrus, president, and Mr. T. F. Parker, vice-president, and Mr. J. H. Parker, secretary-treasurer and general manager.
[Illustrations: "Popular Sports—Hunting and Fishing Near New Bern."]
[Illustrations: "Craven Street." and "South Front Street."]
S. W. WILLIS.—This gentleman is a wholesale and retail dealer in choice groceries, provisions, fruits, seeds, etc. He is one of the oldest established merchants in New Bern, having been established for twenty-eight years. He is located at 43 Middle Street, and has phone number 277. Mr. Willis is careful in the purchase of his stock and handles high class goods only which he sells at reasonable prices. He has a large number of permanent and regular customers. Mr. Willis was born and reared in Craven County and is a gentleman of excellent standing.
THE BUSY BEE CAFE.—No. 74 Middle Street. This cafe has now been established since 1908 and has been a fine success from the beginning down to the present time. It is located in the very heart of New Bern at 74 Middle Street, and has phone number 267. The cafe is kept open from 5 A. M. in the morning until 2 A. M. after midnight. It is a prosperous place, and the proprietors are very accommodating, while the waiters are courteous in their attention to guests. Special attention is given to serving at all hours. Lunches are put up in boxes. The bill of fare contains everything in season, and the very best food is served at reasonable prices. Mr. George Bambalis is the manager of the Busy Bee in New Bern. They also operate a hotel and cafe in Norfolk, Va., under the management of Mr. John Bambalis, his brother, and when the people of New Bern visit Norfolk they are invited to make the Bambalis Hotel and Cafe their headquarters, at 214 and 218 Brewer Street. Every courtesy is shown to guests, while reasonable prices and excellent accommodations are provided.
NEW BERN FURNITURE COMPANY.— Home Furnishers. This influential house has been established for two years. The men, who have active charge of the concern are Messrs. C. O. H. Boyd and W. G. Mallard. These gentlemen are thoroughly experienced in the furniture trade and are making their house a success. The New Bern Furniture Company operates what is known as “The Store That Pleases.” Its location is at 76 Middle Street, and has phone connection 728. The stock carried consists of the best goods, including fine and medium grade furniture, both for the home and office and the best terms and inducements are offered to the trade.
A. B. SUGAR.—63 Middle Street. This gentleman is a dealer in dry goods, clothing, notions, shoes, hats and caps, ladies’ and gent’s furnishing goods of all kinds. He has been established for three years, and has built up a good trade. A large stock is carried. Mr. Sugar is a young man and exceedingly well known throughout New Bern and vicinity. He is very clever and courteous in his dealings and enjoys the respect of all his customers and has many friends. Mr. Sugar thinks New Bern is a fine city, and does all he can for the good of the community.
H. SULTAN COMPANY.—Wholesale dealers in fruits and produce, confectioneries, canned vegetables, evaporated and canned fruits. The location of this house is at 30 Middle Street. Mr. Harry Sultan is the proprietor, and established the business in September, 1912. Mr. Sultan is a young man, having been born and reared in New Bern, and is popular with the general public. He is meeting with fine success in the conduct of his business and his trade is growing daily. He makes extensive shipments to all of the Northern markets and handles everything in season. He has phone, number 755 and gives prompt attention to the filling of orders.
[Illustrations: "Busy Bee Cafe." and "H. Sultan & Co."]
[Illustrations: "Union Station." and "Baptist Tabernacle."]
RAILROAD LUNCH ROOM.—Mr. C. E. Taylor is the proprietor of this business, and it may be said that Mr. Taylor is well known to the trade, having been established for a number of years. He has been located in the new Union Station ever since it was opened and has run all day and all night for the accommodation of ladies and gentlemen. He has magnificent trade among the local trade, as well as the traveling public. He serves delightful things to eat and the place is perfectly clean and sanitary throughout. The very best cooks are employed. He carries the leading brands of cigars and tobaccos. His place is also equipped with a soda fountain, where all of the popular drinks of the season are served.
PINNIX DRUG COMPANY.—Corner of Hancock and Queen Streets, opposite the Union Depot. Mr. W. M. Pinnix is the proprietor of this fine and well equipped drug store. He established the business January 6th, 1913, and has had fine success from the beginning down to the present time. The trade is steadily increasing and the store is becoming more and more popular every day. The store is one of the best appointed in New Bern and is strictly modern in its entire equipments. Especial attention is given to prescriptions, and Mr. Pinnix personally presides over this department. Mr. Pinnix, although a young man, has had eight years experience as a pharmacist. The store contains a fine soda fountain, where all the popular drinks of the season are served.
THE HYGEIA.—This is a recently established, high-class business, located at 133 Middle Street, with phone connection 773. It is under the management of Mr. E. K. Bowden, a popular young business man of New Bern, while his father, F. M. Bowden, is the proprietor. The business of this place is devoted to that of handling confections, ice creams, soda water, fruits, cigars and tobacco, and a well appointed dining room for laides and gentlemen. The place contains a fine soda fountain, where all the popular drinks of the season are served. The Hygeia is growing more and more popular every day and the patronage is among the best class of trade.
GASKINS CYCLE COMPANY.—92 Middle Street. The proprietor of this company is Mr. J. F. Deppe, who has owned the business since September, 1912. This is a very old established house and ranks among the leaders engaged in this trade in Eastern North Carolina. An immense stock is carried, consisting of leading makes of motor-cycles, bicycles, tires and general supplies. Especial attention is given to repairing of all kinds. The equipment is modern throughout. Mr. Deppe is one of the popular and progressive men of New Bern, and has made this city his home for the past twenty years.
T. F. McCARTHY AND SON.—Wholesale and Retail General Merchandise. This is a very modern and progressive house. It is located at the corner of Queen and Pollock Streets, and ranks among the leading commercial houses in New Bern. The business has been established for many years and the individual members of the firm are Mr. T. F. McCarthy and Son, C. J. McCarthy. Mr. T. F. McCarthy came to this city in 1868 and established the business in 1870. His son has been associated with him as a member of the firm for eighteen (18) years. These gentlemen are thoroughly progressive in their dealings and have built up an immense business through honorable dealings. Their stock comprises everything in the line of dry goods, notions, shoes, furnishings, groceries of all kinds, teas and coffees, canned and bottled goods and everything in the line of general merchandise.
D. F. JARVIS.—It may be said that Mr. Jarvis has for many years been one of the city’s leading merchants. He is located at 63 Pollock Street and conducts a magnificent store of two floors, handsomely stocked with a superior assortment of goods, suitable for the high class trade. His line includes that of dress goods, embroideries, laces and notions, trunks. carpets and oil cloths a specialty. Mr. Jarvis is one of the leading and popular merchants of New Bern and is a great believer in the future prosperity of the city.
A. CASTET.—Meat Market and Grocery Store. This concern is admirably located at the corner of Broad and Queen Streets. Mr. A. Castet has been established in the meat business for the past six years, and in February, 1914, made a great enlargement to his store by the addition of a complete stock of groceries. He now has one of the very best stores in New Bern. He handles the choicest meats of all kinds, and his store is known as “The Home of Better Meats for Less Money.” In order to get the best, he pays the highest prices for fat cattle. In the grocery department he handles staple and fancy goods, teas and coffees, canned goods, also poultry and country produce. He has a phone, No. 239, and orders are promptly delivered. Mr. Castet is progressive in his dealings, and has many friends and customers.
[Illustration: "First Baptist Church."]
[Illustration: "First Presbyterian Church."]
M. W. FODRIE.--Real Estate Agent and Merchandise Broker. Our book would be incomplete without favorable notice of Mr. M. W. Fodrie, who has made New Bern his home for ten years and for quite a long period was one of the city’s leading merchants, but lately has turned his attention largely to the handling of real estate. He handles all classes of city and suburban property as well as farm and timber lands and has some very attractive inducements to offer in this line. As a merchandise broker, he represents a number of strong manufacturers, and has a large clientage. His general office is located at 66 South Front Street. Mr. Fodrie thinks New Bern has a grand future, and he never loses an opportunity to speak a good word for the city.
J. C. SMITH.—This gentleman is a dealer in general merchandise and handles high class groceries, teas and coffees, canned and bottled goods, country produce, bought and sold. He is located at 224 Pollock Street, and has occupied the present location for the past two and one-half years. He has been in business, however, for six years, and is exceedingly well known to the trade. He has a good store, sells at reasonable prices and personally looks after the matters of the business, which is a guarantee for your full satisfaction.
J. M. HARRISON.—Dealer in General Merchandise, Country Produce Bought and Sold, Junction New, Queen and Bern Streets. Mr. Harrison is one of New Bern’s most prosperous and progressive merchants. He has been established since 1888, and commenced the business when he was but sixteen years of age. It may be said that he has one of the largest stores in New Bern, and he operates on both wholesale and retail basis. He occupies a large two-story building, and keeps several delivery wagons busy delivering orders. A very large and extensive business is carried on and the prices which prevail are reasonable.
J. A. SWERT.—Meat Market. Mr. Swert recently started this market, about six months ago, located at 153 South Front Street. Mr. Swert is a man of many years experience in the handling of meats, having been engaged in the business the greater part of his life. He does his own killing and pays the highest market prices for fat cattle. He handles all kinds of the choicest of fresh meats, high grade sausage and everything usually found in first class markets. His prices are reasonable and satisfaction guaranteed.
S. N. CHADWICK.—Tailoring. This gentleman is located at No. 25 Hancock Street, with phone number 474. He is well known to the trade of this city, having been established in business since July, 1910, and has resided in New Bern for the past twenty years. He does high class tailoring, takes orders of suits, representing the Garden City Tailoring Company of Chicago, which is one of the largest and most reliable tailoring houses of the world. Style, fit and quality fully guaranteed. He also gives attention to cleaning and repairing of all kinds.
MISS M. M. BARRINGTON.—High Grade Millinery. Miss Barrington conducts a fine and high grade millinery store, located at 109 Middle Street. She is Thoroughly experienced as a milliner, and uses rare judgment in the selection of her stock. She makes special trips each season to the great millinery markets of New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc., and carries a very large stock of the latest styles in millinery. She .keeps fully up-to-date in her methods and whatever is shown in the fine stores of New York and Paris, the same is displayed right here in New Bern in the parlors of Miss Barrington. Her Prices are reasonable and her patronage comes from the best trade.
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JOE K. WILLIS AND COMPANY.— Funeral Directors and Embalmers, also Dealers in Monuments, Tombs, Grave and Lawn Fencing and Graven Work Generally. This combination business occupies location at 30 and 32 Broad Street, with telephone connection at 210. Mr. Joe K. Willis, who is proprietor of the business, has been established as a monumental dealer since 1882, and has had upwards of forty years of practical experience. As a funeral director and embalmer, he has been established for the past twelve years, and enjoys an influential clientage. Mr. Willis is one of the well known men of New Bern and has at heart the best interests of the city.
GEM HOTEL.—This is one of the most delightful hotels of New Bern and is located in the high class residence district, although it is most conveniently situated as regards the business section of the city. It presents a very attractive and inviting appearance. The Gem Hotel is handsomely furnished throughout with the finest of furniture and has all modern conveniences. It is a delightful place at which to make your headquarters when in the city. The patronage comes from the best of the traveling public. Rates are very reasonable, considering the high class of service and accommodations. Mrs. J. W. Moore is the proprietress.
A. E. HIBBARD, Jeweler.—Mr. Hibbard occupies location at No. 135 Middle Street. He is classed, among the city’s leading jewelers and is a highly gifted expert, having had more than twenty years practical experience. He makes a specialty of high class repairing and personally looks after the management of his business and handles, everything in the line of high class watches, fashionable jewelry, sterling silver ware, diamonds and other precious stones. The business is on solid and substantial basis and steadily increasing. Mr. Hibbard is favorably known throughout this city and vicinity and has many regular patrons.
E. C. TISDALE.—Fruits, Produce, Chickens and Eggs. This is a well established and prosperous concern, the business having been in existence for the past five years. A large trade is enjoyed and the business is operated on both a wholesale and retail basis. The location of the house is at 79 Broad Street, with office phone connection 121. Mr. Tisdale operates on a large scale and is prepared to fill orders of any size with the best goods at the most favorable market prices. Mr. Tisdale is a young gentleman of excellent standing.
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C. V. McGEHEE. — Wholesale and Retail Fancy Grocer. The name of C. V. McGehee stands for all that is high-class, pure and desirable in the line of fine groceries. He has long been counted as one of New Bern’s leading merchants identified with the trade of food supplies and for the past ten years has been successful in business. He operates one of the city’s largest stores, located at 83 Broad Street, at the corner of Hancock Street, and has two telephone numbers, 137 and 161. An immense business is transacted, a number of clerks being employed, while two automobiles are kept busy making deliveries throughout the city. The business of this concern is operated on a modern and successful basis, and the patronage is among the leading families of the city, absolute purity being the watchword.
CRAVEN CARRIAGE SHOP.—Mr. J. W. Norstran is proprietor of this fine shop, where attention is made in promptly repairing all kinds of vehicles, rubber tiring and paining, of vehicles being his specialty. This shop is located at 114 South Front Street. Mr. Norstran has been established in business for about seven years, and has occupied his present location for the past one and one-half years, and has built up a good trade. It may be said that Mr. Norstran has had thirty years experience in this business, having commenced the trade as an apprentice when he was but twelve years of age.
W. H. DAVIS.—Grocer. Mr. Davis is located at 83 George Street, corner of New Street. He has been established in business for one year, and has built up a good trade, which is steadily increasing. Mr. Davis is an old resident of this city, and has made New Bern his home for thirty years. His former business was that of Steam Boat Captain, and he is well known throughout the Ports of the Atlantic Sea Coast. He now operates a good store and sells strictly first class goods, at reasonable prices.
M. GOLDMAN—Delicatessen Store. Located at 88 Middle Street. The business has been established for the past eight years. Mr. Goldman is ably assisted in the conduct of his affairs by his wife, Mrs. Goldman and they are extremely clever and accommodating in their dealings, extending every courtesy to patrons, and have built up an immense patronage. It is the only store in the city at which to buy high class delicatessen and goods of every kind, and this store is in every sense of the word headquarters for good things to eat.
E. J. MATTHEWS.—Watch Making and Repairing. Mr. Matthews occupies location at 129 Middle Street. He is a gifted expert watch repairer, and has been established in business for six years. He has had twenty five years of practical experience. Before going into business for himself, he was with the late S. K. Eaton for a period of seventeen years. Mr. Matthews personally looks after his work, and satisfaction fully guaranteed. He is a native of Ridgeway, N. C., Warren County, and has been a resident of New Bern for forty years.
A. T. DILL.—Real Estate and Investments. No. 48 Hancock Street. Mr. Dill deals in all kinds of city and suburban property, improved and unimproved, as well as acreage. At the present, he is devoting much of his time looking to the advancement of the tobacco industry of this section and has under construction a large tobacco warehouse, which is to be completed by August 1, 1914, and located at the corner of Primrose, Pasteur and Good Streets It will be a brick construction and 96 by 200 feet in dimensions.
R. L. SIMPKINS.--This gentleman is a dealer in dry goods, clothing, shoes, notions, etc., and all that he asks of you is to give him a trial order to prove that he has the best bargains in clothing, shoes and all kinds of dry goods. Mr. Simpkins is located at 78 Middle Street and has had upwards of twenty years experience in mercantile business. He has been the sole proprietor since February 15th, 1913, as successor to Ipock and Simpkins. Mr. Simpkins wants your trade and does all he can to give satisfaction.
J. A. RINGGOLD.—This gentleman is a dealer in groceries, fresh and salt meats, teas and coffees, canned goods, cakes, crackers, cheese, poultry, eggs, fresh country produce, cured meats and vegetables of all kinds. He is located at 173 South Front Street, where he has been for two years, but has been established for four years in the city in business, and was formerly at 83 George Street. He has phone No. 533 and gives his personal attention to the matter of the business.
HOME TAILORING COMPANY.--This business was established in March, 1914. It is owned and operated by Mr. W. B. Belcher, the proprietor, while the store is under the management of his brother, Mr. J. W. Belcher, both of large experience in the business of tailoring, and well known to the best class of trade throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. Mr. Belcher has plenty of capital and is therefore enabled to do an extensive credit business. At this store is displayed a very full line of spring and summer woolens, from which most desirable selections may be made. Orders are taken for suits from $15.00 and up, satisfaction fully guaranteed. Whether you purchase or not, the Messrs. Belcher will appreciate a visit from anyone and they will take pleasure in showing any of their samples and quoting prices.
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[Illustrations: "Centenary Methodist Chucrh." and "Jewish Synagogue."
WRIGHT’S TAILORING PARLORS.— The proprietor of this business is operating two large establishments located in the cities of Washington and New Bern. The New Bern Branch is well established and located at 97 Middle Street, in the very heart of the business district of the city. The place is modern in its equipment throughout and holds a position of leadership in this trade in New Bern. They do scientific cleaning by the Vacuum as well as French dry system and steam pressing by machine. Mr. E. A. Braddy is the manager of the business at this point, and ably directs affairs. An immense business is transacted and the patronage comes from the best people of the city.
SAM LIPMAN.—The name of Sam Lipman is widely known throughout New Bern and vicinity, for this gentleman has been closely associated with the trade of this city for the past twenty-two years. He deals very extensively in dry goods, notions, clothing, hats, caps, trunks and valises. He operates two large stores, one of which is located at 62 Middle Street, corner of South Front. This store has been in successful business so long that it is regarded as one of the old commercial landmarks and the reliable dry goods and clothing houses of the city. His other store is located at 54 Middle Street, known as The New Bern Bargain House, and has been established three years, and is managed by his son, Mr. Harry Lipman.
W. I. PERRY.—This is quite an old establishment and prosperous store, located at 26 Griffith Street, with phone connection 102. Since the death of her husband two years ago Mrs. W. I. Perry has continued the business as sole proprietess under the able management of Mr. A. Baker, who has been in active charge of the affairs for the past three years. Mr. Baker is a young man, a native of this city, and popular manager of the business. He is careful and conscientious in his dealings, and extends every courtesy to the trade. He is a careful buyer, and delivers strictly first class goods, including all kinds of staple and fancy groceries.
MRS. J. H. HARDY.—Proprietess. This lady is operating a very complete store, handling all kinds of high grade and fine groceries and dry goods, tobaccos and cigars, soft drinks and everything else that is usually found in strictly first class stores of this character. The business is well established and the location is on South Front Street, having phone number 37. Mrs. Hardy is ably assisted in the conduct of the business by her son, who is always to be found in charge, waiting upon the trade and taking a personal interest in customers. The prices are reasonable and every satsifaction is given you in dealing at this store.
HOLLISTER AND COX.—Coal Dealers and Sub-Agents for the Standard Oil Company, 16 Craven Street. Devoted to the supplies of the best grades of coal, one of the most prominent firms is that of Hollister and Cox, occupying extensive yards at 16 Craven Street. A very large supply of fuel is handled and a number of wagons are required in the delivery department. Mr. J. T. Hollister is the proprietor of the business. He is a practical coal man of long experience and good judgment and handles. nothing but the very best grades of coal. He gives prompt attention to the filling of orders and quotes the most favorable market prices.
[Illustrations: "Episcopal Church." and "Christian Scientist."]
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