The original mountain to sea trek? – Mount Airy News

31August 2020


Donald Rector, left and Joe Jackson are seen here preparing to introduce the “Miss Mount Airy,” their 15-foot motor boat, on the 350-mile journey from Donnaha near the Surry-Forsyth county line to Georgetown, South Carolina, in August 1931. They recorded the six-day-long journey with photos and a number of local newspaper articles. The Yadkin, among the longest rivers in North Carolina, begins near Blowing Rock and flows 215 miles to join with the Uwharrie River near Albemarle. From that indicate the Atlantic it is called the Pee Dee River. All told, it is among the most important river basins in the southeast, draining a location populated by some 1.2 million people.

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Joe Jackson is seen here guiding the motor boat along the edge of the river over one of several waterfalls the men had to navigate or find portage for their boat around dams. Their boat and gear weighed in at 200 pounds so moving it over low dams or taking it out of the water to portage around one of the three large dams on the river at the time, was a physical challenge. The trip Jackson and Donald Rector took in 1931 would be even more challenging today with larger dams and stricter property and wildlife laws.

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Joe Jackson is seen here directing the motor boat along the edge of the river over among a number of waterfalls the guys had to navigate or discover portage for their boat around dams. Their boat and gear weighed in at 200 pounds so moving it over low dams or taking it out of the water to portage around among the 3 big dams on the river at the time, was a physical obstacle. The journey Jackson and Donald Rector took in 1931 would be a lot more challenging today with bigger dams and stricter residential or commercial property and wildlife laws.< img src ="https://ashevilleinsurancenearme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/the-original-mountain-to-sea-trek-mount-airy-news-2.jpg"alt=" Bean Shoals is a shallow section of the Yadkin River that kept the river from being practical for commercial navigation. The Yadkin Navigation Business was chartered to build a three-mile canal, like the effective Erie Canal in New York, around Bean Shoals. Work began in 1820 however faltered to a stop by 1825. Today the area belongs to

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In Georgetown the men witnessed the USS Taylor (DD-94) taking to sea. Commissioned on June 1, 1918, as part of the country’s WWI Atlantic fleet, the destroyer patrolled until 1922 when she was taken out of active duty. She was brought back on line in 1930, operating out of Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the Scouting Fleet and used for training. This may have been the day the Taylor set sail to the West Indies to relieve the USS Talbott on Sept. 1 for patrol duties in the Gulf of Mexico. She remained a training vessel into WWII and was finally scrapped in 1945.

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the Pilot Mountain State Park and offers secluded locations that are house to an incredible selection of wildlife. The routes run along the stone retaining walls, built without mortar, that still stand nearly 200 years later. “/ > Bean Shoals is a shallow section of the Yadkin River that kept the river from being useful for industrial navigation. The Yadkin Navigation Company was chartered to construct a three-mile canal, like the successful Erie Canal in New York City, around Bean Shoals. Work started in 1820 but failed to a halt by 1825. Today the area becomes part of the Pilot Mountain State Park and provides secluded areas that are house to a remarkable range of wildlife. The routes run along the stone keeping walls, built without mortar, that still stand almost 200 years later on.< img src=" https://ashevilleinsurancenearme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/the-original-mountain-to-sea-trek-mount-airy-news-3.jpg "alt ="

In Georgetown the males witnessed the USS Taylor (DD-94)taking to sea. Commissioned on June 1, 1918, as part of the country’s WWI Atlantic fleet, the destroyer patrolled up until 1922 when she was taken out of active service. She was restored on line in 1930, running out of Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the Scouting Fleet and used for training. This may have been the day the Taylor set sail to the West Indies to relieve the USS Talbott on Sept. 1 for patrol tasks in the Gulf of Mexico. She remained a training vessel into WWII and was finally scrapped in 1945.”/ > In Georgetown the males saw the USS Taylor(DD-94)requiring to sea. Commissioned on June 1, 1918, as part of the nation’s WWI Atlantic fleet, the destroyer patrolled up until 1922 when she was taken out of active duty. She was brought back on line in 1930, operating out of Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the<img src="https://ashevilleinsurancenearme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/the-original-mountain-to-sea-trek-mount-airy-news-4.jpg" alt="

The pair recorded their stopping points on the map they carried, noting how they spent the night. The first two nights were spent in their tent pitched along the river. The third was spent in a shack at the ferry south of Mount Gilead. Ferries were still in use well into the 20th century, especially in rural areas where bridges were distant or charged a toll. This picture of Joe Jackson may show the shack where they slept and the ferry operator.

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Scouting Fleet and utilized for training. This might have been the day the Taylor set sail to the West Indies to ease the USS Talbott on Sept. 1 for patrol responsibilities in the Gulf of Mexico. She remained a training vessel into WWII and was finally scrapped in 1945. The pair taped their stopping points on the map they carried, keeping in mind how they invested the night. The first two nights were spent in their tent pitched along the river. The 3rd was spent in a shack at the ferryboat south of Mount Gilead. Ferryboats were still in usage well into the 20th century, specifically in backwoods where bridges were distant or charged a toll. This image of Joe Jackson might reveal the shack where they slept and the ferryboat operator. Joel”Joe” Andrew Jackson Jr. participated in the Georgia Military college prior to returning to Mount Airy and taking the grand experience down the Yadkin with his brother-in-law Donald Rector. He worked at the Jackson Bros. outlet store on Mount Airy’s Main Street and served in the Army during The Second World War before joining his dad, J. Andrew Jackson Sr., and uncle, Reid R. Jackson, in the executive offices at some point in mid-1900s. He worked there with his sister Kathleen Rector who handled the ladieswear department.

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Bernard Rector moved his family to Mount Airy about 1910 for work at the granite quarry where he was a stone cutter. Donald C. Rector, the sixth of the Rectors’ seven children, fought alongside his brother Grant in World War I. After the war, Donald got a job at the First National Bank of Mount Airy where he advanced from assistant cashier to president over time. He also served on the board of Workman’s Federal Savings where this photo was made in the mid-1900s.

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Bernard Rector moved his family to Mount Airy about 1910 for work at the granite quarry where he was a stone cutter. Donald C. Rector, the sixth of the Rectors’7 children, fought along with his sibling Grant in World War I. After the war, Donald got a task at the First National Bank of Mount Airy where he advanced from assistant cashier to president over time. He also served on the board of Worker’s Federal Savings where this picture was made in the mid-1900s.< img src ="https://ashevilleinsurancenearme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/the-original-mountain-to-sea-trek-mount-airy-news-7.jpg"alt="

They utilized this map, made from a part of roadmap cut and pasted to 2 pieces of strong cardboard. They marked their stopping points each night, as can be seen on the inset on the leading right revealing where they stopped on the third and 4th nights. The locations are barely 25 miles apart. The journey was expected to take 4 days but they going was slower than expected and they only handled 100 miles in the very first three days. Once past the fall line, the location where the Coastal Plain satisfies the Piedmont, the river

was much easier to navigate and they covered almost 75 miles on the fifth night.”/ > They used this map, made from a part of roadmap cut and pasted to 2 pieces of sturdy cardboard. They marked their stopping points each night, as can be seen on the inset on the leading right showing where they stopped on the third and 4th nights. The locations are hardly 25 miles apart. The journey was expected to take four days but they going was slower than anticipated and they only managed 100 miles in the first 3 days. When past the fall line, the place where the Coastal Plain satisfies the Piedmont, the river was easier to navigate and they covered nearly 75 miles on the fifth night. On a hot sunny August day in 1931, at the height of the Great Anxiety, an entire gaggle of good friends from Mount Airy collected on the banks of the Yadkin River. They existed to help introduce two adventurers on an impressive journey. Donald Rector, a 33-year old cashier at the First National Bank of Mount Airy and 22-year-old Joel “Joe”Jackson Jr., who worked in the family’s department store, had planned and drawn up a grand adventure.

They packed a tent, two cots, fishing gear, and some water-tight containers with food, water, and gasoline onto a 15-foot, flat-bottom open motor boat and headed to the sea. The 350-mile trip, anticipated to take 4 days, lasted 6 and they obviously got some impressive sunburn. They called home whenever they had the ability to let pals, family, and the papers understand they were

safe.”Having the time of our life!”

The Yadkin River has been an important feature in this area for a very long time offering fresh water, massive fish, and simple transportation for the Sapona and Saura people who called this area house for centuries prior to Europeans arrived. Archeologists estimate Native Americans were surviving on the banks of this river for some 12,000 years.

The Yadkin-Pee Dee watershed drains pipes more than 7,200 square miles in North and South Carolina and continues to give drinking water, watering and power generation today.

It also offers lots of chances for recreation from fishing, kayaking, and boating on the river, water skiing on the lakes produced by power dams to hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking in the state parks and national wildlife sanctuaries its waters meander through.

Rector and Jackson belonged to Mount Airy’s successful service class, a group of inter-related families who established and ran retail, production, and monetary matters in the location. The Great Depression definitely affected locals of Surry and surrounding counties, however not with the terrible results experienced many other places.

This might have been because of mindful loaning and growth practices regularly mentioned in news short articles of the day.

Rector, a cashier at the First National Bank of Mount Airy at the time of the trip, would become president of the bank and rest on the board of at least one other bank. The building, at the corner of Moore Opportunity and North Main Street, houses the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Visitor’s Center, and Tourist Board today.

Jackson operated at the Jackson Brother’s Department Store, developed in 1916 by his father, J. Andrew Jackson Sr. and Reid R. Jackson, his uncle. In time, young Joe would end up being an officer of the company in addition to rest on the Board of directors of the First National Bank with Rector, who was married to Jackson’s sibling Kathleen– who also operated at the shop.

The Jackson Bros. store was located just southeast of the crossway of North Main and Franklin streets where Mayberry Market and Souvenirs is.

There were currently three significant dams in place on the rivers in 1931: the 100-foot high High Rock; Badin; and Spencer. In those locations the men, sometimes with the help of power station attendants, had to take the 200-pound boat out of the water and transport her around to continue the journey.

Smaller sized challenges were dealt with as finest they could handle. Among the men had a camera and snapped images along the way.

When the men got here in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Saturday, August 8, they snapped images of tall-masted yachts, long freight barges, and the USS Taylor in the busy port. They called house to reveal their safe arrival and they made arrangements for the “Miss Mount Airy” to be shipped house on a freight train.

Rector’s spouse drove to pick them up and they headed to Myrtle Beach for a more relaxing vacation prior to heading home and back to work.

We are fortunate that Joe’s 2nd partner, Virginia Burke Robertson Jackson, kindly talented an album containing images from this journey and other minutes in his life to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. If she had not we would not know this fun and intriguing story from Mount Airy’s past. Perhaps there are stories equally as fascinating hiding in your home? We ‘d like to know them if you want to share them with us.

Kate Rauhauser-Smith is the visitor services manager for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History with 22 years in journalism before signing up with the museum personnel. She and her household relocated to Mount Airy in 2005 from Pennsylvania where she was likewise included with museums and history tours. She can be reached at KRSmith@NorthCarolinaMuseum.org or by calling 336-786-4478 x228

Source: mtairynews.com

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