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April 22, 2009

50 Years Ago – April 22, 1959


From The Randolph Guide

Expansion may be necessary if the patient load at Randolph Hospital continues to grow. The Asheboro medical facility experienced an all-time high in the number of patients during the month of March. There were 543 patients discharged and a daily average of 83.68 adults and 9.61 newborns.

If this condition continues, it will become necessary to consider expansion, said hospital President Charles W. McCrary.

He also reported to members of the board of directors that improvements are now under way at Randolph Hospital, including the installation of vinyl floor tiles in the old section and rewiring of overloaded electrical circuits.

McCrary said the Civil Defense Agency has recommended an emergency generator to provide power during electrical outages.

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Educators and civic leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony last Saturday for the Lee J. Stone Stadium at Asheboro High School. “We definitely will be using the new stadium for our first home football game on Sept. 11,” officials said.

S.E. Trogdon & Sons, the Asheboro firm that placed the low bid, said construction will begin on the concrete stands as soon as the present temporary bleachers are removed. The stands will be on the north side of the football field and will seat 2,600 fans. The bleachers will be moved to the south side. It’s hoped that concrete stands can be added on the south side in the future. The new stadium, which will cost an estimated $65,000, was designed by Moore, Gardner & Associates. Plans call for a large press and radio box.

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A former movie actress and model stylist will serve as narrator and Powers Models of New York City will be featured in two fashion shows at B.C. Moore & Sons of Asheboro. Virginia Bowker Stubbs and the models will present the latest collections in summer clothing from America and abroad.

Mrs. Stubbs began her career in the movies, then became a model stylist, bringing expensive accessories and millinery to an exclusive shop on Fifth Avenue in New York. She became recognized as a fashion authority, lecturer, traveler and a woman of many talents. Featured in the April 27 Asheboro shows will be Gloria Swanson and Forever Young creations. Ladies of the area are invited to attend the show.

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Larry Hulin, the Asheboro High School standout in football and wrestling, is a chief contender for another title Saturday when he competes in the Carolinas AAU weightlifting event at the Greensboro Health Club. Hulin, weighing in at 195 pounds, will be competing against John Neal, East Coast champion in the198-pound division. The night’s activities will be highlighted by the selection of Mr. North Carolina of 1959, a physique contest.

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Two Randolph County students have been selected by their classmates to lead organizations at the Woman’s College in Greensboro during the 1959-1960 academic year. Mary Clyde Chisholm of Asheboro has been elected senior class president of 1960. Carolyn Jones of Ramseur has been named a junior class marshal.

– Compiled by Larry Penkava, The Randolph Guide