New book spotlights local, quirky trivia

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

Do you know about the typhoid fever epidemic of 1904 that struck the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville?
Have you heard about the local athlete who became an All-American football player in college in the early 1920s, despite having never even played the sport in high school?
Or how about the High Point man who filed an alienation-of-affection lawsuit against his bride’s father, because the man kept trying to get his daughter to come back home and live with him?
That’s the kind of unusual, even quirky, trivia you’ll find in local author Alice E. Sink’s new book, “On This Day In Piedmont Triad History” (The History Press, $14.99).
Sink will sign copies of the book from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in High Point, and then on Saturday at the High Point Museum, beginning at 2 p.m.
As the 464-page book’s title suggests, Sink goes day by day through the calendar, reporting one or two news items she gleaned primarily from area newspapers for that particular date in history.
On this date, for example, the book relates that 109 years ago — on Nov. 22, 1904 — doctors with the N.C. Board of Medical Examiners reported on their investigation of the typhoid fever epidemic at the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville. According to the book, they concluded that “it was not the milk or water supply but the water closets that were responsible for the spread of the infection,” Sink writes.
According to Sink, the book focuses on events that happened throughout the Piedmont Triad between the late 1800s and the 1950s, but it covers other years, as well.
Sink, a former writing instructor at High Point University, has authored more than 20 books, as well as numerous short stories, articles and essays.
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