Attractive Statesville

Local History Notes

Notes about the history of Iredell County by Joel Reese, Local History Librarian.

Jul 30

Kimball and Carolina Frank

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 9:16 AM by Jenny Levins

One of Statesville’s earliest celebrities was Carolina Frank. In the 1920s Carolina Frank was recognized prominently in his field across the nation. I should mention for those who those who don’t follow celebrities that Carolina Frank was a dog, but not just any dog. Carolina Frank was owned by Godfrey C. Kimball of Statesville who would go on to be elected Iredell County Sheriff in 1930 and 1932 and is remembered today as one of Iredell’s heroes from the past. 

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Jul 27

The Lyerly Murders, Part 2

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 8:58 AM by Jenny Levins

Susan Barringer Wells grew up in Salisbury and is a Lyerly descendant. She recalls hearing about the Lyerly murders that took place on Friday, July 13, 1906 and the lynching of the three African American members of the Gillespie family for the crime on Aug. 6, 1906, in Salisbury, N.C.  

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Jul 27

The Lyerly Murders, Part 1

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 8:57 AM by Jenny Levins

It is remembered today as the most horrific period in Rowan County history. The facts alone are staggering and need no embellishment. Isaac Lyerly, his wife Augusta Barringer Lyerly, and their five children lived in a hundred-year-old two-story frame house about 11 miles west of Salisbury. The old farmhouse had double chimneys and sat on a knoll near the Barber Junction Depot on old U.S. Highway 70 between Statesville and Salisbury. 

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