This Week in History

This Week in History: Nov. 20

November 18, 2013 

Welcome back to This Week in History, where we play a temporal game of “Spot the Difference” between what’s going on now and events 10, 25, and 50 years ago in the Eastern Wake area.

In 2003, the flames of argument were hot over the locations of Wake County fire stations. In 1988, we continue our theme of house fires as we look back at a story of Wendell third-graders offering their advice on how to bake a proper Thanksgiving dinner. And in 1963, the town of Zebulon grew by 20 acres—but not the way you might expect.


An ever-changing report on how Wake County fire stations should be located suggests some dramatic changes for local fire departments — including a controversial suggestion the Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue Department’s Hester Street station be closed and moved to Poole Road.

That objective came from the first draft of the document written in July by Virginia-based TriData Corp., but Wake County Fire Commission review committe chairman Billy Myrick said the latest draft recommends moving the station to the 3200 block of Smithfield road instead in the next seven to 12 years.

“Right now, it’s up in the air,” Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue board of directors member Myric said. “As far as I’m concerned,” (EWFD) should just keep putting out fires like it has been. They cover a 25-mile area, and I don’t know how it could be covered any other way. This is not a high-priority item.”


Are there any third-graders in your house? Would they know how to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

Gale Hess’ students at Wendell Elementary School have offered their tips for how to make a sumptuous family meal on this special holiday. Their “recipes” range from baking the turket at 2,000 degrees to substituting and easier choice (hot dogs) to sending out for a precooked turkey dinner.

What foods constitute the favorite holiday meal? Some of the pupils’ answers include a few less-than-traditional items.

And several of the third-grade pupils remind us that saying a prayer of thanks is just as important as getting the food to the table.

(The essays printed below are complete with any spelling and grammar errors contained in the original writings.)

“We are going to have turkey, coleslaw, potatoes, pumpkin-pie, and fish,” writes Jason Boykin. “I will put the oven on 2,000 degrees and leave the turkey in there for 9 or 10 hours. I hope I don’t burn it.”

“This Thanksgiving I am suppose to cook the turkey,” Paul M. Nowell advises. “But I am not going to cook it. I will order the turkey. When I order the turkey it will be hot, steamy, and juicy. I will order it and sneak it into the house. I will put it in the oven like I am cooking the turkey. My family will come in and I will get it out and say Happy Thanksgiving!!!”


The town’s bigger by approximately 20 acres.

Mayor Ed Hales and members of the town board met Monday night, Nov. 11, in a special session and unanimously voted to take the cemetery and old trash dump property into the city limits.

Town Manager Willie B. Hopkins said since the cemetery has been taken into the town limits it will receive more and better care. He also added that all driveways and streets in and around the cemetery will be paved as soon as Powell Bill Funds are available.

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