Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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48 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine she said. "We started out with nothing. … It's a beautiful location. Plenty of land. Good customer base." Bay Leaf, invariably spelled as one or two words, turns up infrequently in press reports over the decades. In 1908, Gov. Robert Brodnax Glenn ap- peared at a "basket picnic" and spoke at the Bayleaf Baptist Church, whose beginnings can be traced to the 1870s. By then, Glenn had already made a name for himself, becoming known as the "Prohi- bition Governor" for his successful 1908 campaign to ban liquor statewide. Just 2 years earlier, in 1906, he was so outraged by a lynching in Salisbury that he ordered three companies of state militia to the scene and even went himself. e leader of the lynch mob ultimately was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the first conviction of its kind in North Carolina history. In 1923, a country store near the Bay Leaf school was wrecked by dynamite, a bombing that came after the grocers received two typed warning letters signed by the KKK. Investigators could find no motive for the attack, according to press reports. Perhaps the biggest news came in 1972, when a woman horse-farm manager was convicted of first-degree murder in the pistol shooting death of a Raleigh pediatrician at the physician's Bay Leaf horse stable, according to press reports. As for Bay Leaf 's name, it is said to have been born when the little community's one-time school needed a name, and many of the first pupils were named Bailey, found- ing members of the Bay Leaf Baptist Church. "is name was as close as possible to Bailey," reads a history by the church, "but it is also claimed that the name was taken from the bay trees around the spring from which the school drew its water." So, was it about the Bailey name or bay trees? "Nobody knows. ere's a lot of conjecture over it," said Chad Hood, the associate pastor of today's Bay Leaf Baptist Church. In his 17 years at Bay Leaf Baptist, Hood has some observations of the newer arrivals. "ere are some very affluent people," he said. "But … they're super giving." And some of the older ones. "Stunning to me is the number of people who grew up here and never left in a very transient world." Yet there are some things, in name at least, that are slipping away. For one, the old Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department, founded in 1961 for the com- munity's 120 families and by its 50th year growing to serve 23,600 people over 36 square miles is giving up its name. e reason: a merger with the Stony Hill Fire Department to form the Northern Wake Fire Department. Back at Outhouse Tackle, Lucas, when he isn't running ursday evening fishing tour- naments, is thinking in terms of the next generation. "We love it when kids come in here," he said, "because that tells us they're being introduced to the sport." MARK PETERSON / BAY LEAF VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT The Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department is transitioning to the Northern Wake Fire Department, but a piece of the past remains in this more than three-decade-old picture in front of the Norwood Road station, with, from left, Bobby Johnson, Hal Atkinson Jr. (front), Bob Lassiter (back), Frank Ragsdale (front), Arthur Lowery (back), and Bill Braun.

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