1925 Boy Scouts Memory Book

Last Friday I received in the mail a donation of a photo album from 1925 containing perhaps fifty photographs of Boy Scouts and the Stuckey family in Wilson, NC.  The High Point Museum originally received the memory book from the owner and thought that it should be in Wilson. So we are very grateful that they sent us this unique treasure.

Some of the subjects of the photographs include a Confederate veteran reunion, Camp Wilson, Charleston, SC, Camp Leach (doesn’t sound fun) in Beaufort County, NC, the Appalachians, and Bath, NC. I have digitized a few pages but it is so large I am going to take it to UNC Chapel Hill on Thursday to get it completely digitized and put up on Digital NC.

Sgt. Joseph Alton Barnes, Engineer Gunner in WWII

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Sgt. Barnes is 4th from the left with a B-17 behind them.

Joseph Alton Barnes was recently featured in the Wilson Times for receiving his high school diploma at the spry age of 92 through a program called Operation Recognition.  Not long after the article appeared, Alton’s daughter, a staff member at WCPL, brought me his WWII photos to be digitized.  They will soon be on his page at Wilson County’s Greatest Generation: The Memories of the World War II Veterans of Wilson County, N.C. at DigitalNC.  But here are a few to hold you over.

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Mission Record

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Sgt. Barnes on a downed German plane (maybe a Junkers Ju-88 night fighter) in France.

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One of the B-17s Sgt. Barnes flew in combat.

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Another B-17 that Sgt. Barnes might have used.

 

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Part of the British, Chain Home coastal radar system?

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I’m not going to tell you what this is.

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Alton in training in Louisiana?

Barnes Church, a Former Slave Church still standing in Wilson County

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barnes_church_descriptionI recently came upon this photograph in the local history room tucked away in a mailing envelope.  Although this image was taken in 1981, I have been told that this church is still standing.  I am planning on verifying this for myself in the near future.  If it is still  in existence, it is a singularly important historical artifact for the county and the state.