A look back: Scenes from Scotland County, 1959
By Abbi Overfelt
Feb. 27: Combining hard work with a practical program of diversification and improvement has paid off for Scotland county’s Young Farmer of the Year — 33-year-old Emerson Langley of the Lees Mill road section.
Monday night the young farmer was recognized by the Laurinburg Junior Chamber of Commerce as Scotland county’s Young Farmer of the Year. He was first place winner above five other nominees for this honor.
In 10 years of full-time farming Mr. Langley has secured for himself a farm operation involving 844 acres, livestock production, produce crops, and cotton, tobacco, and grain crops.
When young Langley first began farming for himself in 1948, he rented farm land and had no financial backing other than a $1,500 inheritance.
Feb. 13: They talk of crowded courthouse conditions, and it looks as if they might have a point. These pictures show typical office problems faced by personnel of several county departments located in the courthouse. (Shown here), Mrs. George Pate and Mrs. Jim Sutherland, assistants in the clerk of Superior Court’s office, are working in an especially crowded corner of the vault.
At the sides are the court record files, and on the table and behind the ladies are shelves containing other record books, papers, and important materials stored there in connection with the office’s routine work.
Feb. 17: Car on a railway track? That’s just what it is. A call from Laurel Hill alerted The Exchange staff last Thursday morning. “You may think I’m drunk,” the caller said, “but I just saw an automobile riding down the railroad track headed for Laurinburg … and I’m stone-cold sober.”
The statement was true as the picture will prove. Actually, the passengers were Seaboard officials on the way to Wilmington and they informed the Exchange that this unusual form of travel is nothing new. It has been used for many years.
Feb. 10: Members of Troop 447 had the time of their lives over the weekend when Scoutmaster Mac Guest carried them to his cabin west of Laurel Hill for a ‘camping for fun’ outing. The boys set up camp with five patrols taking part. Pictured here is the Black Hawk patrol setting up camp.
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