William “Billy” Rogers died recently, and now the Chatham Street Commercial development group is planning to buy the Rogers Motel building and tear it down for commercial and office space construction.When the building is lost, the history that took place there does not need to disappear with it. In August of 2000, Billy gave us an oral history interview. Here is what he told us at that time about his family’s businesses.
About Peggy Van Scoyoc
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Entries by Peggy Van Scoyoc
I came to Cary in 1948 after finishing a master’s degree in Missouri. I taught economics and business at North Carolina State from 1948 until 1976 when I retired. I grew up on a farm, and bought this one close to the university.In 1951, when Mr. Bringham bought it, the house had never been painted. He was going to convert it into a hog farm, but in 1957, he decided to sell it. There was a big lawn and some enormous trees in front, and fruit trees on the land, so we could raise fruit.
A.J. Bartley bought a farm on Penny Road in 1957. Known today as the Barnabas Jones Farm, now owned by the Town of Cary, the farmhouse and out-buildings are being restored and Jack Smith Park was built on part of the land. A.J. and his son, Jon, were both interviewed and told us their memories of stories as told to them about the farm.
The Evans family has a long and rich history in Cary. Here are stories about many of their members.
Clyde Evans Jr. remembers how his family processed food in the old days.
Margaret Travis is the daughter of Reverend G.T. Mills, who was one of the first pastors of Green Level Baptist Church. She gave us a history of that church.
Crime in Cary back in the day was much different than what we have today. Folks remember some incidents.
In 1947, American G.I., James Ellington, brought his German war bride home to Raleigh. Here is an account of her life, told by her daughter, Charlott, in an oral history interview. In 2018, Charlott and her half-siblings published her mother’s memoir, called The Home of My Heart, which describes her harrowing experiences of survival from East Prussia throughout World War II. Her story is spell-binding.
For many years, near the end of the school year at Cary High, every graduating class was taken on a trip. Here are some fond memories of those trips by the students.
In 1937, Ms. Esther Ivey of Cary established the oldest chapter of the Gourd Society of America. It was probably the oldest society of its kind in the world. In a few years, members began to hold gourd festivals in Cary.