County Line: First Labor Day celebrated in 1882

Published 9:23 am Thursday, September 2, 2021

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

This Monday is Labor Day and is traditionally the end of summer for many families, including County Liners.  Many will celebrate with trips to the mountains or beach, family gatherings, summer clearance sales, etc.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. After labor movements and the death of 13 workers in the Pullman Strike in June 1894, President Cleveland signed into law making Labor Day a national holiday to recognize workers and their contributions. Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day.

Society Baptist Church continues to temporarily in the church fellowship hall for Sunday morning and evening worship and Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer.  Due to the holiday weekend, there will be no evening service this Sunday. The founding of the church 200 years ago will be celebrated at homecoming Sunday, Sept. 19 with the Rev. Neal “Eddie” Eller Jr., bringing the message.  His father was a pastor of the church in the 1960s.   Society Baptist is the oldest church in the community;  the church with the slave balcony and cemetery is a mecca for history and genealogy buffs.

Salem United Methodist Church has canceled homecoming regularly held the fourth Sunday in September since the number of coronavirus and variants in the area have increased. Regular services will be held.

Upcoming community events: community-wide fish fry hosted by Calvary Baptist Saturday, Sept. 18; homecoming at Pleasant View Baptist Sunday, Sept. 18; and revival services at Society Baptist at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20-Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Our community sends get-well wishes to Bailey Rogers, who had an accident while riding his 4-wheeler last weekend. He suffered a brain bleed and minor injuries and has been hospitalized at Brenner Children’s Hospital of Winston-Salem. Martha Ann York has improved and is recuperating at home. Alice C. Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehab Center of Mocksville. After five months of battling the coronavirus, Gary Barker has been recuperating at home since last Friday.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Bailey, Martha Ann, Alice, Gary, and others who are having health problems. Remember in prayer the family of Jimmy Morrison of Concord, who died last week;  Jimmy was a son of J.P. & Louise Morrison and grandson of Bessie & Willard Morrison and frequently attended Society Baptist in his youth when visiting his grandparents. Remember in prayer those families affected by the devastation of massive Hurricane Ida.

Continue to pray for the families affected by the coronavirus.

For news and memories to share, call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email