This Week in History: Jan. 8

January 6, 2014 

This 1964 movie advertisement proves that gratuitously violent and hypersexualized movies are not limited to recent productions.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and ne’er thought upon? Of course not! And nor should our history. Last week marked the beginning of a new year, and this week we keep right on rolling with our new set for 10, 25, and 50 years back: The years 2004, 1989, and 1964.

2004

Wendell’s ongoing annexation was beginning to draw criticism as the town barreled ahead in its plan to acquire property along Wendell Boulevard. Residents were upset about the short notice they were given of the annexation, as well as what appeared to be overly optimistic numbers concerning the projected success of the operation.

Some of the information stated in Wendell’s annexation report, including the numbers that guarantee the proposed action meets state requirements, makes some property owners question the document’s accuracy.

Also the way the town let affected property owners know about the annexation plan should be under scrutiny, the report’s critics say.

The first of two public information meetings concerning the subject was held Jan. 2. It gave property owners a chance to ask questions, and tell the town staff and its CMR Services (formerly Benchmark LLC) consultant what they thought about the plan and the report. Most of the 24 participants said they were worried about the municipal tax burden, but some also questioned the report’s accuracy.

1989

Zebulon and East Wake high schools were beginning the process of merging. Such a task takes considerable forethought, but officials were willing to put forth the effort.

Acting in response to the recent change in principals at East Wake High School, the mayors of Zebulon and Wendell met last week with Wake County Superintendent Dr. Robert Bridges.

Mayor Frank Wall of Zebulon and Mayor Bill Connolly of Wendell got together with Bridges Thursday in Raleigh to discuss Dr. Barbara Rogers’ ouster as East Wake’s principal and other issues concerning the upcoming merger of Zebulon and East Wake high schools. [...] On Dec. 19, 1988, the Wake Board of Election voted in support of Bridges’ proposal to replace Dr. Rogers with Charles Rose, current assistant superintendent of personnel.

The local officials requested the meeting to express their concerns regarding the removal of Dr. Rogers and to learn of Bridges’ reasons for the change. While “nothing concrete” came out of the hour-long session, both mayors agreed that it helped to ensure that communication between the towns and the school system continues throughout the merger process.

1964

There are those who work, and then there are those who really take it seriously. 50 years ago, Wendell Postmaster Fred M. Pearce retired after holding the position for 28 years.

Fred M. Pearce retired as postmaster of the Wendell post office on December 30. He had held this position since April 7, 1936.

Wilbur J. Underhill is the acting postmaster since Pearce’s retirement.

Prior to assuming the duties of postmaster, Pearce practiced law in Wendell from 1924 to 1936. He was at one time prosecuting attorney in the Recorder’s Court.

Pearce was born about two miles south of Zebulon. He is the son of the late Jack R. and Alice Liles Pearce. He attended Wakelon High School until he entered Piedmont Institute, a preparatory school in Waycross, Ga.

In the fall of 1917 he entered the University of Georgia. World War I interrupted his college training and he became a member of the U.S. Army expeditionary forces, seeing active duty in Europe.

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