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Gooch's Cafe and James Emmitt Gooch

by Charly Mann

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Comments:

Kailin      12:51 AM Fri 9/30/2011

The purchases I make are entirely based on these atrilces.
 

Kevin      11:59 AM Thu 8/26/2010

Ram's Head Rathskellar to reopen by the end of the year, per Daily Tar Heel!
 

Candice Lane      9:55 AM Fri 1/1/2010

Oops, Amelia P. Gooch St. Clair was the Next to the youngest child of James Emmitt Gooch and Amelia A. Parrish. Sorry, Mary Frances (Pat) Gooch Goodwin Simmons was the youngest.

Candice Lane

 

Candice Lane      9:52 AM Fri 1/1/2010

Thanks for the great article. My Mother's mother is Amelia Gooch, who was the youngest child of James Emmitt Gooch. My mom, Amelia Ann St.Clair, really enjoyed the article. It brought back lots of wonderful memories for her!

Thanks,
Candice Lane
 

Patricia Fields Neubert      11:47 PM Wed 8/19/2009

I was raised in Chapel Hill also. My grandfather, Walter Geddie Fields, Sr. built "The Little Red School House" on Dogwood Drive in Westwood.

My dad, yes, Walter Geddie Fields, Jr. built our house on Dawes Street, in Forest Hills. As a five year old girl, I would walk to The Little Red School House by myself... Up Dawes Street to Smith Ave., and then through the woods to the school house.

My mom has home movies of three "graduation ceremonies" So cute.

During elementary years, I also attended dance classes from Mrs. Bagby in the school. She lived on the corner of Westwood Dr. and S. Columbia. She also held Social Dance classes at the CH Country Club on Friday nights.

The Little Red School House building is now a private home and the playground is a forest. There is a tiny city playarea right off Dogwood Drive, across the street from John Sturdivent's home, a Dental School professor.
 

Allen      8:42 AM Thu 7/23/2009

Mr. Mann,
Thanks for the notice that my e-mail yesterday did not get to you.
I wanted to tell you that I saw an article about you in yesterday's Chapel Hill News, titled Memories of a Lifetime. I went to your website, and it is amazing!!!

The article about Gooch's restaurant mentions the Carl Smith Building. A company that I organized, Investors Title Insurance Company, purchased this building in 1990. It has been our home office since then. I really enjoyed your reference to the building, and wonder if you have additional information about its previous tenants, etc.???

I attended UNC 1957-1961, and after a couple years away, moved back to Chapel Hill and have lived here since.

Best regards and thanks,

Allen
 

Allen      1:55 PM Wed 7/22/2009


 

Manley Stevens      5:53 PM Mon 5/25/2009

How did you find all these old ads? I hope you do a piece on Hectors.
 

Jess Hester      5:43 PM Fri 5/22/2009

I enjoy your articles on Chapel Hill's past. About the oldest restaurant I remember in town is Spanky's.
 

William C. White      2:58 PM Thu 5/21/2009

My Dad went to UNC in the 1930s, and I recall a couple of times him telling me about how much he enjoyed Goochs. I've only been to Chapel Hill once, in 1968, and asked many people there if they had heard of Gooch's, or knew where it was, and not a soul had heard of it.
 

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.

 

 

The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

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William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.

 

 

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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.

 

 

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