100 Years Ago: Cabarrus Life at the Outbreak of WWI

5 Aug 2014

Family and church activities remained at the center of Cabarrus life in August of 1914. Photo courtesy of Digital NC.

Europe entered into WWI on July 28, 1914. In the first weeks of August 1914, leaders in Raleigh were concerned with the “demoralization of our foreign trade” with Europe and the effect on cotton and wheat prices. On a local level, Cabarrus County continued to focus on family and religious life. Most would not feel the consequences of war on a personal level until the U. S. entered the conflict in April of 1917. The following items came from The Concord Daily Tribune, August 4, 1914.

Rocky River
“Hot, dry weather prevails here. Crops are cut one-third off on account of drought and chinch bugs are doing considerable damage to the corn crop in this section.

Mr. Henry Furr and Miss Bessie Furr, both of Harrisburg, were united in holy bonds of matrimony on last Tuesday, the young couple being joined together at Harrisburg by Squire Oglesby. The bride is the daughter of Mr. A. L. Furr and the groom is the son of Mr. Martin Furr. We wish them a long and happy life.”

“The people are ready for the big meetings and picnics now. Some of our people are going to attend the meeting at Love’s Grove Church, near Garmond’s Mill and we hope to have a good meeting. The meeting will start on the second Sunday in August and everyone is invited to attend.”

Cook’s Crossing (now part of Kannapolis)
“The Winecoff Reunion, held at Centre Grove Church last Friday, was well attended. Much valuable information was learned about the family as it first started in America. Two dishes were shown which were brought over by Mr. Michael Winecoff. They now belong to Miss Mary Winecoff.

The Missionary Society of Mount Olivet Church will give a lawn party on the Winecoff school grounds next Saturday afternoon and night. There will be a ball game and other entertainment free of charge. After the game there will be a box supper to which all are invited. A contest will be held for the prettiest girl and the most popular boy of the occasion.Votes are given with refreshments.”

Glass (Kannapolis)
“Mr. Luther C. Overcash died last Wednesday morning at 2 o’clock after a brief illness of Bright’s disease [kidney disease]. Mr. Overcash was a prosperous farmer and well thought of by all who knew him. He was a lifelong member of Enochville Lutheran Church, where his remains were laid to rest, the funeral being preached by his pastor, Rev. O. B. Shearouse. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his loss, who have our sympathy in their bereavement.”