Stadium Cleaners, Greenville, NC

Stadium cleaners ad

Stadium cleaners ad

Source: Daily Reflector Negative Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #741

Staff Person: Dale Sauter

The image below may look familiar to many of you. This photograph was taken in October 1965 for use in a Daily Reflector print advertisement for the new Stadium Cleaners located at 10th and Cotanche Streets. The sign currently still stands, but unfortunately does not light up any longer as demonstrated in this image. It is also missing its “1 hr. Cleaners” bottom section. There is a resale shop in the building at the present time.

A finding aid for the Daily Reflector Negative Collection, 1949-1967 is available at Manuscript Collection 741 We are currently working on a more detailed finding aid for this important local history collection. Please contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Inglis Fletcher

Source: Inglis Fletcher Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #16

Staff Person: Maury York


Minna Towner Englis Clark Fletcher

Minna Towner Englis [Inglis?] Clark Fletcher (1879-1969), known to readers of her books as Inglis Fletcher, was born in Alton, Illinois, the eldest of three children of Maurice William and Flora Deane (Chapman) Clark. Minna Clark studied sculpture under Robert Bringhurst at Washington University in St. Louis, but was not graduated. She married John George Fletcher on April 16, 1902, and the couple moved to California.

Peggy, as Mrs. Fletcher was known, followed her husband as he worked in several mining camps in California, Oregon, and Alaska. While living in Spokane, Washington, during and after World War I, Mrs. Fletcher performed considerable volunteer work for the Red Cross. While in Washington she met Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who encouraged her to write.

Mrs. Fletcher’s success as a writer came only after years of unremitting work. In 1920 Robertson-Cole Studios purchased her movie script, The Western Gate. It was not until 1931, however, that she published her first book. The White Leopard, a work ofjuvenile fiction, was based on material she gathered during a trip to Africa and the Near East in 1928. Red Jasmine, a novel published in 1932, also dealt with African themes. Another eight years passed before her first Carolina novel, Raleigh’s Eden, was deemed publishable by The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Thereafter Mrs. Fletcher produced novels regularly: Men of Albemarle (1942), Lusty Wind for Carolina (1944), Toil of the Brave (1946), Roanoke Hundred (1948), Bennett’s Welcome (1950), Queen’s Gift (1952), The Scotswoman (1955), Wind in the Forest (1957), Pay, Pack, and Follow and Cormorant’s Brood(1959), The Wicked Lady (1961), and Rogue’s Harbor (1964).

The Fletchers in 1944 purchased Bandon Plantation near Edenton, N.C. Subsequently, Mrs. Fletcher devoted much of her time to historical activities. She served on the Tryon Palace Commission, the Roanoke Island Historical Association, and the boards of other organizations. She remained active until the early 1960s. Mrs. Fletcher died in Edenton and was buried in the National Cemetery in Wilmington. Further biographical information may be found in Richard Walser, Inglis Fletcher of Bandon Plantation (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Library, 1952); Inglis Fletcher, Pay, Pack, and Follow (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1959); and Who’s Who in America, vol. 34, p.692. All of these sources should be used with caution.

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

Source: Daily Reflector Negative Collection EC Manuscript Collection #741.21.k.2

Staff Person: Ken Harbit

Description: 1953 Ford Sunliner Indy 500 Pace Car Convertible 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Convertible, rumored to be just one of 10 known to exist. The date, May 30, 1953 was permanently stenciled on its rear fender, as well as the words ‘official pace car’ on the driver’s door. 1953 was Ford’s 50th year. Driven in the 1953 race by William Clay Ford, Sr. He was the 4th member of the Ford family to be a pace car driver. Bill Vukovich (Fresno Ca.) won the 1953 Indy 500, he endured searing heat and led for 195 laps to win the 500, one of only five drivers that year to finish the race without relief. His average speed was 128.74 mph. His qualifying speed is 138.392 mph.

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