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     William Thomas "Dee" Fleming (1872- 1960)

The son of Isaac and Edith Walton Fleming. He was a brick mason and the father of 10 boys and 1 daughter. He was a life long member of Slades Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Lived on West Concord Street.


Nettie McGimpsey McIntosh


Family of George Shuford Ramseur and Anna Forney -1901

The house was located at 1685 Bost Road, Morganton, NC. Left to right: George Lewis Ramseur (1895-1930), William Forney Ramseur (1892-1979), Katherine Elizabeth Ramseur (1898-1941), Daniel Elkana Ramseur (1899-1991), Mary Annie Ramseur (1893-1979), Clarence Macon Ramseur (1896-1988), George Shuford Ramseur (1863-1919), and Anna Forney Ramseur (1863-1950) holding Sallie Shuford Ramseur (1901-1985).


Nancy Ramseur McMurray


Edward McKee Goodwin (1859-1937)

First Superintendent of the North Carolina School for the Deaf (1891-1937). He played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of the school that opened on October 2, 1894 with 102 students and 7 teachers. He married Maude Fuller Broadaway in June 1894. They had four daughters. Edith, the youngest, was a physician and married Jesse O. Barbour. She was the first woman to practice medicine in Burke County.


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Fred and Iverson Smith


Bessie Pearl Corpening (1894-1992)

She was the daughter of John and Martha Rutherford Corpening. She graduated from St. Augustine College in Raleigh and was a teacher at Corpening School (a Rosenwald School) in Bridgewater that eventually consolidated with McAlpine School.


Nettie McGimpsey McIntosh


Dr. Ireneus Pilmore Jeter (1861-1931)

One of Morganton's early dentists. He was the first dentist in Burke County to use novocaine, a local anesthetic, for the extraction of teeth. He married Nannie McKay Fleming from Raleigh, NC who was a member of the first teacher training class at NCSD.


R. Douglas Walker, Jr.


John Berry

A son of Ezekiel Berry and Margaret Page Berry. He married Mary Ann Matilda Bowman. He served in the Confederate State Army as a Private, Co. K, 35th NC Regiment. He joined Company K on October 15, 1861 at Hickory Tavern, Catawba County.


Jocy Shronce


Miltana Rowe McVey

Born in Spearfish, South Dakota, Mrs. McVey moved to Morganton and served as librarian of the Morganton Public Library from 1927 until her retirement in 1963. She was named Morganton's first Woman of the Year in 1954.


Morganton Public Library


Morganton Aggies

Left to right:
Front row: Carl Lane, Walter Kish, Jack Harvey, Elmer Roberts, Bennett Jaynes, Bob Byrd.
Center row: Unknown, Bob Brown, Remainder Unknown.
Back row: Charlie Robinson, Unknown, Spencer "Red" Robbins, Boger McGimsey, Vonsie Seagle, Fred Parnell.

Photograph made in 1948 by Greene Studio.



Edith Lyday Cunningham


Morganton Graded School

1910- Seventh Grade

Left to right:
Seated: Minnie Zachary, Mary Deaton, Louise Cobb, Mazie Parks, Sadie Patton, Emma Parsons
Second row: standing left and right: Agnes Hallyburton, Louise Coffey (middle of row unknown).
Third row: Blanche Williams, Laura Howard, Edna Wilson, Esther Conley, Wihelmina Willimas, Mame Hern, Mary Hines, Mamie Garrison
Fourth row: Miss Mary Annie Vest (Teacher; married name Russell), Mamie Ward, Marjorie Duckworth, Nellie Houck, Beulah Denton (Logan), Annie Sudderth, Nola Clark.
Back row: Leith Holloway; Tom Dale; Plato Wilson; Sam Ervin, Jr.; Leith Shuping, Ernest "Jug" Bolick, Supt. E. M. Hairfield


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Patrick Livingston Murphy, M.D.

(Oct 2, 1848 - Sept. 11, 1907)

The first superintendent of Western North Carolina Asylum for the Insane (State Hospital, Broughton Hospital) where he came to work in January 1884.


Susan Vernon Franklin


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