Fred Sutton of Kinston
Source: Manuscript Collection #706, Fred I. Sutton Papers, 1903-1951, East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Staff Person: Lynette Lundin
I thought this was a great story on how we received one of many wonderful collections. We acquired this collection as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. William (Mickey) E. Elmore (Special Collections archivist Martha Elmore’s husband). Mickey bought this collection at the Ayden Grifton Stockyard Flea Market. What first attracted him to the collection were round photographs which were taken by a ca. 1890 Kodak camera. Then he noticed the Fred I. Sutton name on some papers with the photographs and realized Mr. Sutton was from Kinston, N.C. (Mickey grew up in Kinston). The dealer said he found the material when cleaning out the old Fred I. Sutton house. Mr. Frederick Isler Sutton was born in Kinston in 1886. He received an A.B. from U. N.C. Chapel Hill in 1908. Sutton was admitted to the N.C. Bar Association in 1910. He was elected as the Mayor of Kinston in 1913, served in the N. C. General Assembly and went onto be a state senator in 1939. His wife Annie Gray Frye was from Greensboro and they had a son named Fred I. Sutton, Jr., who was a member of Camp Bryan Hunting and Fishing Club in Craven County, NC. There were also later photographs with the papers that turned out to be of Babe Ruth at Camp Bryan, isn’t life amazing? To find out more about this collection the finding aid is at Fred Sutton Papers, Collection 706.