Magazine and book displays herald January’s arrival as a time to consider the past and plan for the future. It’s a month of reflection and reinvention.
At the Mooresville Museum, president David Whitlowexamined a recent donation. He pointed to an edition of the Mooresville Tribune dated March 31, 1960. A map of the Lake Norman shoreline filled the front page.
In the article, former Tribune editor Tom McKnight described the map as “one of the most detailed and comprehensive of so much territory ever published in a North Carolina paper.”
Another recent addition is a book that depicts the town’s centennial celebration in 1973.
“It’s a little history of Mooresville,” Whitlow said.
As Whitlow, 49, discussed the town’s past, he shifted to more immediate needs. Now that he works at the museum part time, the number of visitors has increased; however, he’s searching for additional ways to attract people.
“I want to get more exposure, more money for building renovations and more artifacts. People can donate anything, from old ashtrays to photographs to old receipts,” Whitlow said.
Around the corner at D.E. Turner & Co. on North Main Street, the building looks much as it did 115 years ago. Artifacts from the hardware store’s past and everyday items for modern needs are displayed.
“I started working here part time when I was 15. I’ve been working here 68 years. It’s the only job I’ve ever had,” said Jack Moore, 83, who owns the store with his son.
Moore remembers when Mooresville’s back streets were unpaved and all roads from town led to farms, not subdivisions and businesses.
While Moore chatted, he rolled a familiar wooden ladder down the aisle, climbed up and retrieved items for customers.
When Charlie Wilson, a barber at Main Street Barber and Hair Styling, stopped by for his daily bottle of Gatorade, talk turned to New Year’s resolutions. Normally Moore doesn’t make them, but staying healthy is at the top of his list.
“If you’re healthy, you’ve got the world by the tail,” said Moore who said he has no plans to retire. “If you go home, sit down and don’t work, you die.”
Wilson, 23, follows Moore’s advice. Although Wilson’s busy with a growing family, he volunteers in the community. With two small children, he wants to build a better foundation for his family.
That goal was reiterated in the youth department at the Mooresville Public Library. David Teague and his four daughters, whose ages range from 8 to 2, were selecting books.
“I try to be intentional every day, striving to do things that are important to me or my family,” he said. “If I make a resolution, I tend not to keep it. I like to use the end of the year as a time of reflection and planning for the future.”
Jaden White, a second-grader at Coddle Creek Elementary, looked up from the book he was reading. Without hesitation, Jaden discussed his 2015 plans.
“I’m trying to get better in school. I want to get better at reading,” Jaden said.
Over on Williamson Road, McKenzie McIntosh, a senior at Auburn University, worked at Josh’s Farmers Market during the holidays. Like Jaden, she’s returning to the classroom.
McIntosh is beginning a semester of student teaching. She’s challenged herself to stay mentally and physically fit by working toward a goal.
“I don’t love to run, but I want to learn to love it. So I signed up for a half marathon in the spring,” she said.
Like everyone else, McIntosh looks forward to the possibilities of 2015.