Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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30 Summer 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine en, six years ago now, those 20-foot ceilings — with windows nearly as tall — be- came the home of the retired Merck Pharma- ceuticals veteran who these days spends a good deal of his time as a deacon at Lifeline Christian in Spring Hope. ere is evidence of the spiritual here, such as the framed quote from 1 Corinthians 13: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. … Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." And a sense of history, the mill's and Anderson's. Tucked under one chair are three briefcases, one a remembrance of a late pastor. "I kept that as a keepsake," he said. Tucked behind the glass doors of a cabinet are two pairs of vintage spectacles. "ose glasses are my grandfather's father's, so they really date back," he said. And in a hint of his home's name, a small Royal typewriter. "I found that at a garage sale, a $2 item," he said. "A unique conversation piece." As for the company town of Royall Mills, some not-so-fond memories were put on paper during the Great Depression in a poem attributed to a mill worker named Mary Branch. It read in part: Our troubles and trials are many, Our dollars and cents are few. e Butcher. e Doctor, the Merchant we owe, And sometimes the undertaker too. Come 1951, another generation of those mill workers went on strike, seeking a 13- cent increase in the hourly pay to $1.14 an hour. "SHOTS RING OUT IN COTTON MILL STRIKE BATTLE" read the head- lines on April 8, 1951, as a small band of non-strikers holed up in the mill confronted some 250 strikers outside. A fierce gun battle ensued. Dynamite was thrown. "We were out there shouting when some- one stuck his arm through a window and threw dynamite out," Purvis Lee Perry, a 23-year-old striker, said afterward from his hospital bed. "We all ducked for cover." In all, witnesses reported an exchange of some 200 to 600 shots in a 2-hour gun- fight. One of those hit was a teenager named Ruby Mae Woodlief, who suffered a flesh wound, and whose photograph was captured by United Press International. "e bullet hit my aunt in the leg," said Deborah White Perry, who today is the clubhouse manager of the Paschal Golf Course in Wake Forest. at aunt, Ruby Mae Woodlief Fuller, to- day lives in Franklinton, she said. Pictured with her aunt on that fateful day was Perry's mother, now Frankie Woodlief White Continued on Page 32 ❱❱ UPI On April 27, 1951, a .32 caliber slug caught teen-ager Ruby Mae Woodlief in the right leg during a gun battle between strikers and non-strikers at the Royall Cotton Mill, in this image captured by a United Press International photographer. With Ruby Mae is her younger sister, Frankie.

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