Some of the most interesting things that I come across are found while scrolling through microfilm looking for something else. Today, I was looking for the obituary of Mumford Bailey, of Bailey Brothers Tobacco Company (the Bailey Power Plant, under development in the Innovation Quarter). That will lead to a new post on a 1905 publication called “The Jab”, which will illustrate that partisan politics have always been with us, via amusing commentary on some of the Twin City’s heavyweights. A teaser quote:

“Is Colonel Hanes so hard up for money that he has to sell milk on Sunday?”

But along the way, in the same issue of the Winston-Salem Journal, I found these little gems:

On January 6, 1929, the Journal ran an article about our legislative delegation’s departure for Raleigh:

General Assembly

In those days real leaders represented us in the general assembly. Bob Hanes was vp of Wachovia Bank & Trust, treasurer of the Hanes Brothers investment banking company and a former mayor of Winston-Salem; Bob Cox was a manager at Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation; George Flynt was a small business owner and former elected sheriff of Forsyth County; and B.S. Womble was a partner in Manly, Hendren & Womble, the forerunner of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice.


A few pages later, the Pilot Realty and Insurance company took out an ad showing off their brand new office building at the corner of Fourth and Spruce Streets. Those who have read our post on the 1913 Winston-Salem Twins baseball team may recall that the hero of that team, Guilford College grad Luke “Tiny” Stuart, had his offices here in later years. That site is now a parking lot for the GMAC building.


And in between, the Journal ran an article commemorating the 80th anniversary of the founding of Forsyth County, which included the plat of the new town of Winston, as yet unnamed. The county commissioners paid the Moravian Church $262.25 for the entire 51.25 acres. Robert Gray, from Caswell County, bought the first lot, #41, at auction, for $465. In all, the commissioners took in $8,883.50, a tidy profit if there ever was one. Don’t you wish that one of your ancestors had been among the bidders?