River News – Various 1899 & July 1900

21 May

River News.

There was 4.3 feet of water in the Cape Fear at 8 o’clock this morning.  The Hurt cleared for Wilmington at 9 o’clock.  Among her passengers was Mrs. J. C. Smith going to Wilmington.

[Fayetteville Observer – Monday Evening, July 2, 1900]

River News.

The Driver cleared for Wilmington early this morning.  The Hurt is expected up this evening.

[Fayetteville Observer – Saturday Evening, July 7 1900]

River News.

The Hurt cleared for Wilmington at 10 o’clock this morning.  Among her passengers were Mr. and Mrs. H. I. McDuffie and two children to Wilmington; Miss Munn to Tar Heel, and twenty odd young boys to Wilmington to root for Fayetteville’s teams.  The following members of the Junior real team were also passengers:  Connor Holland, Starr Owen, Thomas Sutton and Alfred Hollingsworth.

[Fayetteville Observer – Monday Evening, July 9 1900]


The steamer A. P. Hurt will sell commencing July 1st, round-trip tickets from Fayetteville to Wilmington and return at $1.50.  Tickets good until September 1st, 1900.  Children over 12 years of age will be charged the same as adults.  Meals furnished at 35 cents.

June 30, 1900                             W. S. Cook,

General Manager.

[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday, July 11 1900]

River News.

The Hurt cleared for Wilmington yesterday afternoon.  Among her passengers were:  Misses Charlotte and Irene Holland to Wilmington; Mr. and Mrs. Singletary, of Ga., to White Oak.

The Hurt had a big cargo, including 113 bales of factory goods.

[Fayetteville Observer – Friday Evening, July 13 1900]

River News.

The Hurt which left here yesterday has not yet reached Wilmington on account of the extremely low water in the Cape Fear.  She will probably be able to get there to-morrow, as the river is on a slight rise.

[Fayetteville Observer – Saturday Evening, July 14 1900]

River News.

There was 3 feet of water in the Cape Fear at 8 o’clock this morning.

The Hurt, which has been tied up between here and Wilmington, reached the latter port yesterday, and will probably arrive here on to-morrow or next day.

The Driver, which has also has been delayed on account of low water, reached here this morning and cleared on her return trip at noon.

[Fayetteville Observer – July 16 1900]

Death of Col. T. S. Lutterloh.

Yesterday morning about mid-day Col. Thomas S. Lutterloh passed away—his death was quiet and peaceful—his passing away was as gentle as the sleep of a little child.  Mr. Lutterloh’s death was not unexpected, for days he was on the eve of death—old age had worn out the bodily frame.  He was born in Chatham county July 16th, 1816, and to-day is the anniversity [incorrect] of his 84th year, a good old age, yet he was not the oldest of those who connect the present with the past, but his life has been so bound with the interests of this town that we feel that a great link has ben broken.  Mr. Lutterloh came to Fayetteville when quite a lad, and, for several years, lived with the late James Kyle.  After that he entered the store of Charles T. Haigh.  He remained with Mr. Haigh until he went into business on his own account at the Lutterloh corner now occupied by the Atlantic Coast Line as a passenger depot.  He was a very successful business man, one of the largest cotton buyers in Fayetteville.  He built and operated the first turpentine distillery in Fayetteville, and was owner of one or two boats that plied daily between this town and Wilmington.  In 1855 he was elected by the Know Nothing Party Mayor of Fayetteville.  In fact his life was marked one in the business community.  He was an honest, fearless man, very quiet in all his ways, but determined in all his acts.  Since the war Mr. Lutterloh has devoted more of his time to politics than to business.  He represented this county in the Legislature, was Clerk of the Superior Court, and was very active in all political matters.  He leaves a wife, the daughter of the late Jarvis Buxton, one daughter, Mrs. Fanny Utely, and two sons, Ralph and Herbert.  All of these were with him in his last hours.  When the reaper came to gather in the ripened gain [incorrect] we feel that there is naught to lament, but the vacant chair, so long occupied, will be a memorate of the love and care he bestowed on those he loved.

The funeral takes place this afternoon at 5 o’clock from St. John’s Episocpal church.


Mayor Cook this morning issued the following notice:

Eayetteville, N. C.,, July 16, 1900. [Fayetteville misspelled.]

In the death of Col. T. S. Lutterloh we have lost one of our oldest citizens and one who for years was prominently identified with our business interests, and he had many offices of trust, and among them Mayor of Fayetteville, and, as a mark of respect, I ask that the places of business be closed during the progress of the funeral services—the City bell will be tolled.

W. S. Cook, Mayor.

[Fayetteville Observer – Monday Evening, July 16, 1900]

River News.

This morning there was 3 ½ feet of water in the Cape Fear with a continued rise.  Yesterday morning it was an inch short of a foot.

The rise enabled the river boats which have been tied up between here and Wilmington, to run again, and the Hurt arrived here this afternoon.  She will leave on her regular trip to Wilmington in the morning.

[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday, July 25 1900]

River News.

The Hurt cleared for Wilmington yesterday afternoon, carrying a big cargo of factory goods, and the following among her passengers:  Mrs. R. W. Wescott to Wilmington, and Misses Sallie Purdie and Diasey Smith to Purdie’s Landing.

[Fayetteville Observer – Friday Evening, July 27 1900]

NOTES: Harrison Monroe Driver (b. 1828) was a mate aboard the steamer Magnolia on February 16, 1858, the day her boiler exploded.  In the 1860 US Census, he was listed as a boat carpenter, living in Fayetteville, NC.  In 1865, he was an engineer on the steamer North Carolina.  In the 1880 US Census, he was listed as a “practical engineer,” living at Caswell in Pender County, NC.  *I currently do not know if the steamer Driver, mentioned in several news articles of River News, was named for Harrison Driver.

Thomas S. Lutterloh (b. 16 Jul 1816 – d. 15 Jul 1900) was the owner, and aboard the steamer Magnolia on February 16, 1858, the day her boiler exploded.   Reading the “Committee on Claims – T. S. Lutterloh” report, provides a wealth of information regarding several boats on the Cape Fear river at the time of the arrival of Sherman’s Army in Fayetteville in March, 1865.  Mentioned in the report is the steamer North Carolina, of which T. S. Lutterloh was the owner, the A. P. Hurt and the demise of the Kate McLaurin.  Lutterloh provides testimony for the, “Cape Fear Navagation Company – 1871 Fraud Case.”  Grave marker of Thomas S. Lutterloh, in Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, NC.

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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