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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1976, High Point, North CarolinaPresbyterian Church celebrates Bell High pointers join in Bicentennial ring High Point s original first presbyterian Church on English Road the Church was occupied in 1859, the year High Point was chartered High Point Enterprise sunday morning july 11, 1976 Section d sunday features expansion on schedule City s growth detailed in new museum exhibit by Carol Wilson Utley Enterprise staff writer the growth of High Point from a Brief Stop on the North Carolina Railroad to a vital Industrial City will be detailed by exhibits in the lower level of the High Point museum to be opened to the Public later this summer. Work on the lower level of the museum began three months ago is on schedule according to museum director John Bauckman for a late july opening. In addition to a variety of exhibits depicting High Point in its Early years How it grew the lower level includes two important supplements to the museum s technological capabilities a photo dark room a conservation lab. The dark room the conservation lab Are the Only two of their size in the Bauckman stated the photo lab will enable us to make slides of collections in the building to be made into travelling exhibits. We intend to make sound tapes to synchronize with the slides to make a whole program that can be shown in the schools. Also we can now photo catalogue everything in the building for easier identification. In the conservation lab we will be doing things like analysing material recreating things like , so that they Are a perfect match with existing colors. Well be Able to stabilize some items so further decay won t occur Well also be Able to remove stains from things that even a dry cleaner could t take Bauckman Sard the lower level exhibits would differ from current Dis. Plays in that they would be geared More to High Point with More interpretive Type they Are intended to be More self explanatory show How High Point has changed Over the years. Most of the items in the lower level were donated or loaned to the museum by descendants of Early High Point citizens according to Bauckman. People come to us say they have an item they d like to give to the he explained that s How we get most of what we have. Right now we have enough things to fill All the available space. The entire lower level has been finished with donations by membership memorial to the a portion of one Wall in the lower level is devoted to a display donated by North state Telephone co. The exhibit details the growth of that company from its founding in 1895 until the present explains in the process the development of communications in High Point. The exhibit will have photographs patents original blueprints from the beginnings of the North state Telephone Bauckman said there will also be a progression of Telephone showing the differing styles some intricate switching devices showing How phones included in the North state display will be two telephones equipped to give recorded messages explaining the exhibit. In another Section. There will be five fake storefronts portraying five businesses typical of High Point in its Early Days. Included will be the Enterprise a print shop a victorian parlor a furniture shop a dry goods store. The Enterprise display sponsored by the newspaper will contain an old style Linotype machine As Well As equipment typical of a nineteenth Century newspaper. The victorian parlor is based on the parlor of High Point s first minister the Rev. . Dalton of the first presbyterian Church. Furniture for the display was donated by mrs. P. Hunter Dalton of High Point. The furniture shop will represent a conglomerate of shops of High Point s Early furniture Industry which began in 1888. Included will be Early woodworking exhibits. Like the furniture shop the dry goods shop will represent no one store in High Point but rather will be furnished As a typical general store would have been. Other products of High Point s Early Industry will be on display. Quick to catch the Eye of any visitor is a Large upholstered chair about nine feet according to Bauckman. The chair was donated by Tomlinson furniture of High Point. It is a Model of the popular Gainsborough chair line made by Tomlinson. The chair was said to be modelled on a chair used by the artist gain Bauckman said. Sup Posedly the chair helped the women keep their backs straight without Mak ing them another prominent display is an old buggy manufactured around the turn of the Century by the High Point buggy co. Included in a series of cases chronologically telling High Point s history Are such things As a Cash Register made by the High Point Cash Register co. And a fire alarm Box used by the local fire department. Other items represented past present High Point manufacturers will be on display. One part of the lower level will be used for free standing displays which can be rotated. By Braxton Younts Enterprise staff writer Church Bells Over the land were rung last sunday in commemoration of the nation s 200th anniversary with quite a number of High Point Bells joining in the chorus. There was a Little More than the National Bicentennial connected with the ringing of the Bell in the first presbyterian Church on n. Main Street Here. The Day also marked the 117th year of that particular Bell it having been installed in the local Church in 1859, the year the City of High Point was chartered by the general Assembly. Another interesting facet of the Bell ringing is that it was done by a grand daughter a great grandson of a former pastor of the Church. Nancy Allen daughter of or. W. Kirk Allen the present pastor Allen Smith grandson of or. Allen great grandson of or. Charles Haddon Nabers rang the Bell last sunday. Or. Nabers father of mrs. Allen served As pastor of first presbyterian from 1930 until 1932. This Bell has served the local congregation in different locations. It was purchased As a gift for the Church by w. L. Springs. The Bill of lading for the Bell is now exhibited in the historical Case of first presbyterian in the Church s Tower Vestibule. The Bell was invoiced at 210 pounds priced at with another for the hanging fixtures. The manufacturer Jos. Bernhard co. Of Philadelphia gave a 5 per cent Cash discount which brought the net costs of the Bell to ?77.43. The Bill of lading also notes that Jos. Bernhard co. Were manufacturers of Mineral water apparatus of the most approved style both for manufacturing. Bottling counter use. Also. Bell brass founders Bells for churches corporations steamboats etc., Chimes cast to the first site of the presbyterian Church of High Point later to become first presbyterian was on English Road East of the intersection with Elm Street. The lot on the North Side of English was a bit East of the former location of the Alexander Home which stood for years on the Corner of the two streets. First meetings of the congregation were under a Large Oak tree on the Church lot. A history of the first presbyterian Church written by Octavia Jordan Perry published in connection with the Church s 100th anniversary in 1959, notes that the methodist episcopal congregation had completed their Church Structure earlier. They did not have a full time pastor so they invited the Rev. Plea Sant Hunter Dalton to hold services in their Church on any Sabbath when they were not holding Dalton was the first minister for the local presbyterian congregation serv ing from 1859 until 1866, from 1874 until 1889. The Perry Book continues or. Dalton accepted their gracious invitation on the sundays when the weather would not permit holding ser vices under the big Oak tree he held them in the methodist Church. His do ing this Drew the two denominations very close together Drew them so close that at times it seemed there was but one congregation with two Pas the Book also states that As soon As funds permitted work was begun on the building itself. It was an unpretentious Structure built of boards sawed from Virgin Trees that had grown near by when completed found to have Cost this was indeed a Low Cost for such a building even at that Lime but a great Deal of labor on it was done by Eli Denny his two sons William p. And Washington this original wooden Structure served the presbyterians until 1897, when a Brick building at the Corner of Fayetteville now s. Main Street Green drive was occupied. This building housed the Church until 1928, when the present Stone edifice at the Corner of n. Main Streel Parkway was used for the first time on sunday april 1. In each instance the moves of the congregation meant also a move for the Bell which is still used As it was in 1859, to Call Church members to worship. And if one will take the trouble to climb into the Belfry they can see the 210 Pound Bell with its inscription Casl by Jos. Bernhard co., no. 120 n. 8lh st., Philada 1859." first presbyterian s old Bell Ponic Sonny hog Ccoce John Bauckman tries out big chair games a whipping Post will olympics descend into political debacle by will Grimsley a special correspondent Montreal a the Cream of the world s Young athletes Assem ble Here this week for the xxi olympiad a festival dedicated to Good will among men of All nations then if the Normal pattern is followed controversy will break Loose. Instead of peace under standing the athletes will be plunged immediately into a morass of political haggling jealousies an inordinate display of nationalism. The olympics have become the whipping Post of a thing called Jesse Owens. America s greatest Black track Star of the 1930s now a member of the . Olympic committee commented recently with sadness. Nationalism has taken precedence Over individualism. Some have tried to use the olympics As the stage to publicize their ideologies. Others have made it a Rostrum of hate prejudice. But the olympics Are kept alive by Man not nations Man will prevail there is no Way to snuff out the camaraderie of athletes of All nationalities you have to be there to appreciate although the olympics code states that the intent of the games is to compete not to win powerful coun tries like the United states the soviet Union have counted their medals with Pride bragged of their superiority used Success to further ideology. In the last summer olympics the russians after Winn ing More Gold medals than any other country 50 to 33 for the United boasted that this is proof that the socialist Type of govern ment is the Best for All recent olympics have been Battles Between the United states Russia but this year East Ger Many is challenging their supremacy. That communist country s disciplined system of developing athletes has produced record holders in swimming top athletes in track Field wrestling boxing fencing. At the Winter olympics in Innsbruck this year. East Germany finished second with 19 medals. Russia was lops with 27 the United slates lied for third with 10. When athletes coaches administrators nearly half a million expected visitors descend on this normally picturesque peaceful Quebec Metropolis for the dedicated fortnight july 17 through aug. I they will find it an armed Camp. Sixteen Hundred troops police militia Security personnel in Plain clothes Many carrying automatic weapons will be patrolling the olympic avenues villages. Electrically charged fences of barbed wire will form foreboding barriers. Everybody will be looking Over his shoulder. This is All a grim reminder of the 1972 games in Munich Germany what the germans had termed the peace olympics when Arab terrorists invaded the israeli head quarters triggered a tragedy that left 11 israelis four arabs a German policeman dead. Threats of similar demonstrations have placed Canadian officials on an uneasy Edge. As the Center of world attention the olym pics offer a perfect backdrop for fanatics eager to promote a cause. There have been hints of another terrorist strike. Warnings have come from groups identifying themselves As the japanese red army which has shot up a couple of airports. A nationally syndicated columnist even reported that one group was threatening to drop a Small atomic bomb on the premises. Montreal organizers understandably Are seeking to underplay such unnerving reports whether genuine or quack but in the present Day climate none can be ignored. Originally the games were religious festivals in Honor of the god zeus. In the pre Christian Era. Fighting tribes Laid Down their arms tradesmen suspended their trades workers left their Fields for the giant spectacle every four years. In the fifth Century before Christ after the macedonians invaded Greece the spirit of the games eroded. Emphasis was put on records prizes. The greeks hired mercenaries. In 393 . The spectacle died by decree of emperor Theodosius. And remained dormant until resurrected by an idealistic French Nobleman. Baron Pierre de Cou Berlin in 1896. Citius. Altius Fortis faster. Higher braver was his Clarion Call. It was soon muted by festering influences. The games became a sounding Board for political philosophies propaganda including that of Adolf Hitler in 1936. The soviet Union made its first appearance in 1952 began to Challenge capitalistic America for supremacy. And the big world athletic show evolved into a two nation Power struggle. Commercialism professionalism thrived in an area of sports where amateurism was sup Posedly inviolate. Americans accused the russians their satellites of being professionals subsidized by the state. The russians countered by pointing to the hypocrisy of col lege scholarships for athletes under the table payments to Star performers. The Black emerging nations of Africa with outstanding track Field stars gained clout. They forced the expulsion from the olympics of countries such As South Africa see olympics on 3d

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