Was High Point’s first officer killed in the line of duty … shot by his own chief? This tragic tale is as much a mystery as it is history.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for poor Grady Ferguson, a bank robber who was forced into crime by an unexpected tragedy. By all accounts, the 27-year-old Ferguson was a law-abiding citizen. And then in 1922, after a devastating fire, he started robbing from banks. But after listening to this podcast, can you not feel (sort of) bad for him?
Before the city had prepared to honor its two historic racetracks — High Point Speedway and Tri-City Speedway — with an unveiling of historical markers, it was easy to think of those early years as the glory days. But, in all honesty, it wasn’t all glory. The competition was as dirty as the track itself. Listen here for more.
Summer conjures up fond memories of hot summer nights at the ballpark. At Thomasville’s Finch Field, though — where generations of spectators have spent many an evening — not all the memories are pleasant. One memory, in particular, stands out as the darkest night in Finch Field’s 82-year history: The night the stadium’s glorious old grandstand burned to the ground. This is that story.
Hollywood’s “Spider-Man” may have been number one at the box office last weekend, but a century ago, a real-life Spider-Man was the main attraction in downtown High Point. In 1918, a man who called himself “The Human Spider” came to town and climbed what was then the tallest building in town, the five-story Bank of Commerce building on North Main Street. Learn more about him, and how the climb went, in this podcast.
As cryptic letters kept coming – and the anonymous phone calls and the thinly veiled threats and the mysterious men lurking outside her house — what she thought was a harmless prank quickly evolved into what surely must have been the most terrifying six weeks of her life
Podcast produced by Allison Temple | High Point Enterprise
By all accounts, Nick Moore was one of High Point’s finest, most upstanding citizens.
Until, that is, one early morning nearly a century ago, when Moore — a well-known barber in the city’s black community — inexplicably decided to use his razors for something far more nefarious than shaving his customers’ whiskers. Moore’s vile actions jeopardized the lives of four family members, shocked the community and landed the barber in jail.
Jack Dempsey, the once-feared “Manassa Mauler,” who reigned as boxing’s world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926, has a rather unusual epitaph etched on his grave marker in Southampton, New York.
Anyone who complains that nothing ever happens downtown obviously wasn’t here in 1905.
That’s the year a band of religious zealots known as the “Burning Bushers” arrived in High Point and turned Main Street into their own personal revival tent
All he needed was a moonless night and a couple of willing accomplices, and a High Point infiltrator’s efforts to sabotage the U.S. war effort in 1918 might’ve been successful.
To say the Horneytown Massage Parlor rubbed people the wrong way may be a cheeky pun, but it’s also the truth.
Today, the good folks in Horneytown don’t seem to remember much about the small Forsyth County community’s most notorious business establishment — or if they do, they’re not talking.
A narration of
The case of the sleepwalker slaying
Read by Jimmy Tomlin
Produced by Allison Temple