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Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 Final Web

February 2016

Northeast North Carolina

Northeast North Carolina Family History - Recovering lost history… By: Irene Hampton - Tragedy… At some point most families will have a few tragic stories in their history, but one of my husband’s Currituck lines seemed to have been called upon to bear more than most. Caleb Walker III (1803-1867) married, Polly Douglas, his first wife, with whom he had seven children. Polly died between the recording of the 1850 and 1860 census. Their oldest daughter Mary Jane and her husband both appear to have died early as others are raising their children by 1880. But the biggest tragedy in this family belongs to their youngest child, another daughter, Virginia. Virginia married her 1st cousin, William L. Walker, son of Caleb’s brother Dempsey and Dempsey’s first wife, Mary Taylor. William was an engineer on the steamship Rotary. In early May of 1872 William’s wife, Virginia, their 18 month old daughter Mettamora, William’s sister Elizabeth and her husband David Crane were travelling home on the ship after visiting family in Currituck. Early in the morning of May 10, an explosion tore through the ship. “The freight house, engine house, pilot house and, in fact, nearly everything on the deck was blown off. The forward part of the boat was literally blown to splinters. Barrels of fish and pieces of wreckage were floating in the canal for miles… we saw a piece of timber lodged in a tree 60 feet above the ground…” (Norfolk Journal, May 11, 1872) There were survivors but none from the Walker family. Caleb lost his youngest daughter, son-in-law (also his nephew), granddaughter, niece and by marriage, nephew. Dempsey, who had already lost an infant son and his first wife, lost both a son and daughter, daughter-in-law (also his niece), granddaughter and son-in-law. Caleb and Dempsey had another brother, Wilson who is in my husband’s direct line. His son John Caleb Walker married Julia A. Munden and had nine children. She died when her youngest child was six years old. One of those children died as an infant and there are multiple tragedies spread among the families of the eight that survived: plane crashes, car crashes and a death as a result of serious burns when a young mother’s clothes caught fire. That poor girl lingered two months before succumbing to her injuries. The other mass tragedy I will share is of John Caleb’s oldest son, Winton St. Clair Walker. Winton married Christine Hales who was 21 years his junior. After a weekend of fishing, Winton, his wife Christine, their three children: Peggy, Winton Jr., and Fay; Christine’s parents, Seba and Cola Hales and Christine’s sister Dorothea Lee Hales were driving in east Carteret County on unfamiliar roads. It was just after dark as Winton approached the Harkers Island ferry dock and as there was no chain, barricade or signage, he thought it was one of the many bridges and plunged into the water. Irene Hampton earned a Certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”.You may contact her at His wife, daughters and in-laws were all killed. According to a report in a local paper three teenagers saved Winton, his son and sister-in-law, Dorothea Hales. I’ve seen a picture of the five caskets in Raleigh’s Central Methodist Church awaiting the funeral service. Does the term heartbreak begin to encompass such events? Let me segue to a different time of heartbreak that I wrote about last month. As February is Black History Month, my column last month referred to efforts to bring the regions Underground Railroad history to life. Amidst the challenging aspects of that history, there are stories of great sacrifice and heroism, co-operation between those black and white to provide for the UGRR to succeed. Please consider helping us with oral histories and any tax-free financial contribution you consider worthwhile. Visit our website (still a work in progress) at Irene Hampton earned a Certificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at nenc 26 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016

S.T.E.M. and Charter Schools - Good for the country, or a scam? By: Centinel This month we look at the STEM job shortage. The proponents of STEM say that we have an acute shortage of STEM graduates. Is that true? One indicator is employment numbers. Let’s take 2012. In that year we had twice as many people with STEM degrees (immigrants and native born) than STEM jobs available. 5.3 million STEM jobs vs. 12.1 million people with STEM degrees. With less than half of the immigrants with STEM degrees working in STEM jobs. Wages are good measure of labor demand. If STEM graduates were in short suppy, wages would increase. Real hourly wages grew from 2000 to 2012 .7 percent and annual wages grew at .4% per year. Modest. Why do we hear that we need more STEM graduates? Greed and politics. Big businesses want a perceived STEM shortage. They can make their case to the politicians (and the public) for an increase in guest worker visas. This allows them to keep worker costs down. Politicians like it because immigration eventually equates to votes. Acadamia wants it because it keeps them in demand. Look how big the education industry is - and the cost. What of low high school test scores? Of course, we want the scores better, who in their right mind wouldn’t. Consider this: America is a huge country and the STEM workforce is small. This country graduates more than enough students to fit the need. As the numbers show. So why is the pro STEM argument taken as gospel? Many high profile people want STEM, for example: Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. They have a vested interest in keeping wages low. One last thing. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was a psychology major. He has stated that Facebook is more psychology than programming. Zuckerberg is a good software engineer. His success is attributed to hard work, persistence, some luck, and timing. Entrepreneurial traits. As we stated last month, a well rounded education is best. Not enough room for charter schools this month. Next month we will touch on that subject. Due to space limitations references are on the online blog Interior Custom Creations is an exclusive builder of PGT® Industries EZE-Breeze® window panels. FREE Presentation and Estimate for all EZE-Breeze window installations! Call today for summer specials! Satisfaction Guaranteed - Reliable - Professional - Lifetime Limited Warranty Lighter & more affordable than glass, the tough vinyl glazing returns to original shape within minutes if distorted. Hurricane Proof! Let Cool Breezes In! Keep Bad Weather out! Uniquely Designed & Custom Sized to Fit Existing Openings, No Need for Reframing! “Its like getting a whole new room added to your house at a fraction of the cost!” We will beat any competitors price! PATRICK BAUM (252) 339-7999 This unique condominium located on the fourth fairway in Fairway Estates and overlooking a pond is all you really need to enjoy where you live yet still have time to enjoy your life without spending your extra time on lawn maintenance! The 3 bedroom, two and a half bath has a master suite on the first floor, 1 car attached garage, utility room, half-bath, well appointed kitchen with solid surface counters, a breakfast nook, hardwood floors and a large formal dining room plus a living room with gas logs and a deck off both the living room and master bedroom. Two extra bedrooms and another full bath are located on the second floor along with some step-in attic space for storage of those items you only use occasionally. Exterior maintenance is for someone else to deal with This is a middle unit of three, so the utilities are easy to pay! Best-priced condominium in the area and firmly priced at $199,900 Easy to see, call Todd for a showing (252-333-4174) Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 27