Contributed by: J. Kevin Howard
“Application for Liquor License 1897,” Duplin County Miscellaneous Records, n.d., 1754-1947: Application-County Accounts [C.R.035.928.3], North Carolina State Archives, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2807. "[Recto] North Carolina } Duplin County } The undersigned prays Your Honorable Board to grant him an order to the Sherriff of Duplin County requiring said Sherriff to issue to said applicant a license to sell spirituous Vinous and malt Liquors and medicated Bitters in the store house now occupied by said applicant in the town of Magnolia in quantities of Five Gallons or less beginning the first Day of January 1898 and ending the 30st [sic]* day of June 1898. That the sale of Liquors is not prohibited by law in the said town and that the said building specified is within the limits of said town and not within Two Hundred feet in a direct line of any Church Edifice or the premises pertaining thereto. Wherefore he prays that we order issue to the Sherriff to grant him license. J. A. Mathis applicant [Verso] We and O. R. Strickland F. D. Scott W. F. Pickett J. K. Bradshaw W. W. Wilson G[…] Edwards Residents of Magnolia Township and freeholders within the County each for himself doth depose and say. that they are aquainted with J. A. Mathis the applicant above named and that he is a propper person to sell spiritious Vineous and Malt Liquors and that the building specified in said application is a suitable place for the business to be carried on. Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 4 Day of Dec 1897. D T McMillan J.P F. D. Scott J. K. Bradshaw G. W. Edwards O. R. Strickland W. F. Pickett W. W. Wilson" *The date was originally written as “31st day of June 1898."