Tag Archives: Pittsboro

Railroad Rooster Struts His Stuff

We are excited to announce that our hiatus is over and you can once again look forward to your Monday evening time travel with CCL on the Record! We return with an historic moment in Chatham County history:

It is with feelings of peculiar pride and pleasure that we are enabled to announce that our proposed railroad is now an assured fact.

[…] soon dirt will begin to fly, and in a few months the whistle of the locomotive will awaken our old town!  HURRAH FOR OUR RAILROAD!

Doesn’t the rooster just make you feel the pride?

This short article from October 22nd, 1885 rings with enthusiasm over the arrival of the railroad in Chatham County. A little research revealed that the railroad was completed just a little over a year later, with the first passenger train arrived on December 20th, 1886. The official celebration of the railroad wasn’t held until May 20th of 1887.* Of course, The Chatham Record was right there every step of the way, and so over the next two weeks we will feature two more articles from The Record covering this landmark event in county history.

*This information came from a book titled Chatham County 1771-1971 by Hadley, Horton, and Strowd.  Interested in local history? Find this book on our shelves in the Local History and Genealogy section: LHG 975.659 CHA. Ask us about it at the library!

Query Department

Predating Laugh-In by 43 years, this series of question-and-answer quickies appeared in the 7 May 1925 edition of the Chatham Record. The addition of local town names adds a nice touch to an otherwise groan-worthy collection:


Can paper be used effectively to keep one warm? -Josie, Moncure.

Answer– Yes, Josie. We once gave a 30-day note at a bank and we were in a sweat for a month.

Do fairy tales always begin with the phrase: “Once Upon a Time?” – George, Colon.

Answer– No, George. Sometimes they say: “Sorry dear, but I was detained at the office.”

Is it true that men marry women sometimes just because she may have money? -Gertrude, Apex.

Answer– Not always, Gertrude. Sometimes it is because the man has no money.

Can you tell me where I may visit an apiary; I want to see one? – Willie, Pittsboro.

Answer– Yes, Willie. Come by some afternoon and we will go with you. We like to see the monkeys too.

My sweetheart will not inherit any property until the death of his uncle Jeremiah, who is now 75 years old. What would you advise about our marriage? – Jennie, Bonlee.

Answer– ‘Sall right Jennie, if he has enough to live on for two or three years.

Why is it that woman are not as fond of radio as are the men? – John, Siler City.

Answer– Don’t know John, unless it is because they have to stay quiet and listen to it.

I want to make lots of money and I have been advised to go into the newspaper business. What would you suggest? – Bill, Ore Hill.

Answer– Be sensible, Bill.