Weather ReportNotes of the weather for the month of January 1876.Highest Temperature 70°Lowest ” 11°Mean “ 30°Prevailing Wind Westerly,Amount of Rainfall 4.68 inches.Roanoke river froze over on the 5th. Fire.—There was an alarm of fire in town on Sunday morning, caused by the catching of the shed on Washington Avenue belonging to the Petersburg railroad, The building Is old and would have burned like tinder but for the prompt action of the citizens who soon put out the flames.
We call attention to the tax collectors notice in another column. In which he instructs the people that all taxes due the 1st of March will be collected by law. Parties who have not paid, had better come forward and do so at once, as it will save them both trouble and expense.
Roanoke Navigation Company
We learn that this company intend to open the canal from this place to Eaton Falls, the.point where it reaches Roanoke river. A proposition has been made to the company, by private individuals, to put boats on it if the company would make such repairs as are necessary. By doing this the boats would bring to Weldon a large quantity of tobacco and other produce which are now carried to market by other routes. It would also transport nearly 3000 bales of cotton that la now hauled over bad roads to Garysburg. And besides a quantity of cotton that is ferried across the river at Gaston at 23 cents per bale and shipped from that point by rail, could be brought to Weldon by way of the canal at the same rates as It now costs to ferry It across the river. This would be a great saving to producers, to say nothing of the reduction In freight charges on merchandise etc. which would find its way over the canal to Gaston and many other points in that part of Halifax and the upper part of northampton county.
Note: In 1879, the location of Gaston was in the area between current day Thelma boat landing in Halifax County and Vaultare in Northampton County. The Gaston that was referred to in The Raleigh-Gaston Railroad in now under the waters of the Roanoke Rapids Lake. The current location of Gaston NC was established in 1949.
Newspaper and Job office - Mr J A Harrell, formerly of Henderson has moved to Weldon where he intends to established a job printing office. He will elso publish weekly an agricultural journal containing general news but most especially devoted to the farming interest of the community and agriculture generally.
Mr. Harrell i not a stranger to out people, he at one time lived in Weldon and afterwards in Enfield.
We wish him success to both branches of his business. The people ought to subscribe to his journal as it will contain original articles of value and also extracts from the best agriculture papers in the country.
This item peaked my interest because the first house I bought was built by J. A. Harrell in 1913. It’s the house at 500 Washington Avenue in which Angel and I opened a bed and breakfast in.
Downtown Weldon Flea Market, 221 Washington Avenue