Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m. for Hal Murphy Walton Sr., 84, of Crestview Nursing Home, who died there Saturday at 12:45 p.m. He had been in declining health for several years.

Walton was a retired real estate broker who had previously served two terms as clerk of Burke County Superior Court from 1934-42. Prior to this, he operated retail feed store and the old Morganton Roller Mill on East Meeting Street.

A long time director of the Burke County Savings and Loan Association, he has served it as vice- chairman.

He was born in Burke County on Feb. 8, 1885, the son of the late Tom and Ann McDowell Walton. His wife, Mrs. Ann McDowell Walton, died on March 8, 1964.

GIVING EM’ FITZ; J.D. FITZ (Publisher)

James Buff, who always has something to say whether you are in his chair at Buff’s Barber Shop or not, he comes up with the following bit:

The next time a spouse questions why you’re spending so much time fishing, don’t use the old saw that the earth is 75 percent water, use this new one in 1968: 35,530,523 Americans applied for fishing licenses, but only 1,926,523 applied for marriage licenses. This means that fishing is 20 times more important than marriage.


Sam Wellman, talented young Morganton pianist, will be featured at the “Widen Tour World” musical program which the First Church of God is sponsoring tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Morganton Junior High School auditorium.

Proceeds from the program will go toward Project Mini Park, a program to develop neighborhood parks.

Wellman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Wellman of High Peak Road.


The Morganton High School Class of 1934 shared a joke Saturday night with Joseph E. Gardner, one of the former teachers who was later MHS principal and now lives in Thomasville, Georgia.

The joke appeared in the form of a fruit basket given him as the teacher who had come the farthest distance to attend the reunion at Holiday Inn. To the uninitiated, the fruit basket was hardly something to laugh at, but to Gardener and his former students, it had special meaning. Presenting it was Mrs. Ralph S. Pitts, the former Gladys Arney.

You see, some of his students once gave him a fruit shower. To be more exact it was a fruit pelting, recalls Mrs. Pitts.


The Morganton city school board in a brief session last night received two resignations and elected two others.

Mrs. Donna Smith, first grade teacher at Hillcrest School, resigned.

Miss Marie Morrison, junior high school librarian, submitted her resignation. She has accepted a position in Guilford County.

The board elected Mr. and Mrs. Don Blake of Albemarle. He will join Morganton High School faculty, and his wife will teach in the elementary schools. Both received their bachelor’s degrees from Appalachian University.


The Morganton Sporting Goods Center, formerly located on North Sterling Street, is now out on Hwy. 18 just beyond the Holiday Inn and Café. Howard Houck, who is head of the firm, says the reason for moving was the need for more room. The new building is a beauty inside and out. The structure measures 48- by 48-feet. A little grading gave the place three stories at the rear, giving them plenty of room . The building has as pretty a front as you will find in Morganton.

Come to think of it, we really like the white fire hydrants on West Union Street. Maybe more color will be added to the white - we just don’t know.

Burke Builders Inc. has a permit to build a residence. Yeah, more residences is what this man’s city needs.

It used to be that fire hydrants were close together, but now they are scattered east, west and winding, proof positive that “Morganton will grow whether we like it or not.” You know everyone loves a growing burg.

Seen and Heard

A woman drinking from a soft drink bottle as she speeds along.

Do you remember when Boger and Rosebourough operated a grocery on Main Street … and when St. Margaret Episcopal Mission was below the depot? And when J.E. Avent was superintendent of the graded school?

This article is sponsored by the History Museum of Burke County, where the archives of The News Herald are stored. Jimmy Rhyne is the researcher of the archives.

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