Waco Trivia

* Knitting Mill at Waco. The Waco Knitting Mill has been organized at Waco, N. C., and is establishing plant of twenty-five machines with a daily capacity of 160 doz'n pairs of half-hose. A one-story and basement building 34x60 feet is being erected, and about thirty-five hands will be employed. The investment will be 5ooo, which is to be increased to 1O,OOO within a year. The plant will be operating in sixty days. \V. A. Goode is president; M.C. Beam, vice president, and M. E. Goode, secretary-treasurer. (This text was printed in a North Carolina magazine dated 1901)

• A cemetery was established in Waco in 1887. However, in 1906 a law was adopted, following the typhoid epidemic of 1905-06, prohibiting burials in the Town. The local doctor was afraid the Town’s water might become contaminated from the cemetery. That law still stands in Waco’s books.

• The arrival of the railroad played an important part in the development of Waco. It existed in Lincolnton as far back as 1862. Two years later, the train extended to Cherryville. Finally, by 1865 the railroad had been extended to the Buffalo Paper Mill between Waco and Shelby.

• The first religious service in the Town of Waco itself was held on June 5, 1886, in Waco Academy. There was once a Waco Presbyterian Church that was established in the 1890s. However, the church was never successful, and in 1919 it merged with Cherryville Presbyterian Church.

• Waco at one time had the Waco Knitting Mill that was established in 1901, employing 25 people who produced hosiery. The building was one story with a basement, and operated six days a week. Mr. M. E. Goode was elected manager from 1901-02. It was a short-lived venture.

• Dr. Noah Goode, Waco’s first doctor, not only built the Town’s first bridge, but also donated the property where Waco Baptist Church was built. A son, Dr. W. A. Goode, served Cleveland County in the legislature in 1903.

• The First Waco School opened in 1880, and operated in the same location until its closure. The high school opened on August 17, 1903, under the direction of Professor M. B. Clegg. In the mid-1950s, under the direction of its own school board, Waco School held the distinction of having Cleveland County’s first school library, school lunchroom, and Activity Bus.

• A poultry yard was established near Waco in 1902 under the name of W. F. Sisk & Company. Members of the firm were W. F. Sisk, the Reverend Ira Erwin and Horace Sisk.

• One of the earliest laws adopted in Waco prohibited loitering on the bridge crossing the railroad. Some later Town fathers were, however, apparently ignorant of the law, as Town records show that the Aldermen not only met on the overhead bridge to dedicate it on June 3, 1937, but also swore in a new Mayor and three members of the Town Council there.

• Waco owned its own power system until the 1950s, when the system was sold to Duke Power. Telephone service was provided by Piedmont Telephone Company in Gastonia until that company was taken over by Southern Bell in the 1920s.

* The Town of Waco has employed a various array of public officials over the years. These include a Police officer, Tax Collector, and a full School Board that managed Waco School.

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