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Thad Eure Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss.Coll.020

Scope and Contents

This collection relates specifically to the biography of Thad Eure, his accomplishments, and contributions to the Democratic political party in North Carolina and the Southern United States from the 1920’s to the early 1990’s. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into ten series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings. Mr. Eure’s collection is an eclectic mix of materials that tell the story of the life and times of his existence in politics, memberships, organizations, and his influences on people, events and places. Within the Artifact series, there are two items in particular that represent Mr. Eure . These two Artifacts are his original red bow tie and straw hat. Mr. Eure would be seen wearing at least one of these two items on most occasions, and they became his trademark, as well as a way people knew Mr. Eure (1:1.1, 1:9). The Books in this collection reflect the types of publications that were compiled by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State and/or issued by Thad Eure (2:1-2:6). The Correspondence series is one that sheds light on the contributions, accomplishments, honors, and influences Mr. Eure had over the years. The main themes represented in the Correspondence series relate directly to the establishment of the Thad Eure Centennial Scholarship Fund at Elon College in 1988, the “Red Bow Tie Day” celebration in 1989 that honored Mr. Eure for serving as North Carolina’s Secretary of State, and to the passing of Mr. Eure in July of 1993 (3:13, 3:14, 3:16). Both the Financial and Legal Documents series represent some of the smaller series in this collection. The Financial Documents series primarily contains photocopies of checks written by various individuals, contributing to either the Scholarship Fund or other events honoring Mr. Eure (4:1-4:5). As for the Legal Documents series, it contains one item of historical interest. This item is Thad Eure’s official discharge from the U.S. Military that was granted to him on February 24, 1919—after he served as a Private in the U.S. Army during World War I (5:1). The Lists series contains Lists of various Elon College and North Carolina related organizations and events (6:1-6:17). Materials that outline Mr. Eure’s personal and professional life, as well as his contributions and accomplishments, can be found in the Literary Productions series. This series is comprised of essays written by various individuals that documented who Thad Eure was, as well as what his role was in relation to his family, politics in North Carolina, and serving on the Board of Trustees at Elon College (7:1-7:10). Representing two of the largest series in the collection are the Photographs and Printed Materials. The Photographs series primarily contains black and white prints (with some color prints) that document events, places, and political connections in Mr. Eure’s life (8:1-8:38). The Printed Material series contains a wide variety of items. Some examples of the types of materials included are newspaper clippings, magazines, awards, certificates, newsletters, invitations, booklets, brochures, and programs. Almost all of the items in this series pertain directly to Thad Eure and his role in North Carolina politics, as well as his role with various organizations both locally and nationally. This is an excellent collection that documents the political environment in North Carolina and in the Southern United States during the 1920’s through the 1900’s.

Dates

  • Creation: 1932 - 1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical / Historical

Note: The numbers following the name/subject entry indicate in which Series#:Folder# that name/topic can be found (ex. 1:1). If no Series#:Folder# is listed, then a number will indicate in which Series the name/topic can be found. Numbered entries come before alphabetical listings. Early Years: * Thad Eure born November 15, 1899 in Gates County, North Carolina (3:12, 7:3) * He grew up on an 80 acre farm that grew cotton, corn, and peanuts (9:21) * Thad Eure's father, Tazwell Eure, was an only child and he inherited the farm from his father-the farm land dates back to the original land grant (9:21) * Thad Eure helped his father on the farm growing up (9:21) Education: * Thad Eure attended public schools in Gates County, NC (7:3) * He attended Gatesville High School from 1913-1917, graduating in 1917 (7:3) * He played on the football team in high school (9:21) * Eure was valedictorian of his high school class in 1917 (9:32) * After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1917-1919 (7:3) * His schooling at UNC Chapel Hill was interrupted by WWI, when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army (7:4) * He served as a Private in the U.S. Army during WWI from 1919-1921 (9:20) * After WWI he went back to UNC Chapel Hill and enrolled in the law school program from 1921-1922 (7:4) * Eure earned money for college by cutting student's hair for $.25 each and also selling them suits for $18.00 each (7:6). He worked as an agent for the International Tailoring Company, where he sold suits (9:37.1) * When he attended UNC Chapel Hill, Eure traveled to and from school by train (9:21) Career: * Elected to be the North Carolina Secretary of State November 3, 1936 and officially took office December 21, 1936 (3:6, 7:3, 7:5) * Eure appointed to be NC Secretary of State by Governor John C.B. Ehringhaus (3:6, 7:3) * Eure served as mayor of Winton, NC from 1923-1928 (3:12, 7:3, 7:5) * Member of the NC State House of Representatives 1928-1929 (7:3, 7:5) * Elected to be the principal clerk in the House of Representatives in 1931 and served until 1935/36 (7:3, 7:5) * County attorney for Hertford County, NC from 1923-1931 (7:3, 7:5) * Member of the General Assembly, representing Hertford County in 1929 (7:3, 7:5) * Thad Eure's predecessor to the Secretary of State was Stacy W. Wade (7:5) * In 1972 Eure defeated Louis M. Wade of Durham in the Democratic primary (Louis was the son of Stacy W. Wade) (7:5) * When Eure served as the attorney for Winton, NC, he was paid with hams, meat, fresh vegetables and fish. His first year as attorney, he received less than $100.00 (9:21) * Brenda Pollard started in 1970 and served as Eure's administrative assistant while he was the NC Secretary of State (9:22) * Eure voted in the Electoral College for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 (9:23) * Duties of the Secretary of State included registering lobbyists, recording laws passed by the General Assembly, filing financial statements, tax liens, trademarks and incorporations, and countersign/certify the official signatures on most state documents (9:45) * "Red Bow Tie Day" on January 6, 1989 honored Thad Eure during his last days of being NC Secretary of State (9:50) * Thad Eure retired from being the NC Secretary of State in January 1989; he had served for 53 years (3:12, 3:13) Family: * Thad Eure's parents were Tazewell Augustus Eure (father) and Armecia Langston Eure (mother) (7:3) * His father, Tazewell A. Eure, was a farmer who owned 80 acres of cultivation and he grew cotton, corn, and peanuts (7:5) * His father graduated with the first class at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College (now NC State University) (7:5) * Eure's father served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1925-1927 (9:22) * His father was born and died in the same room of their family house (9:22) * The Community of Eure in Gates County, NC is named after members of Thad Eure's family (9:22) * His mother, Armecia Langston Eure, graduated from Reynoldson Academy (7:5) * Thad Eure had 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 half sister (9:20) * Thad's brothers were Darden Eure and Tazewell D. Eure, Sr. His sisters were Adminta Eure Coeyman, Louise Eure Artz, and Ethlene Eure Cochran (9:32) * Both of his brothers and one of his sisters attended Elon College, but did not graduate from Elon (9:49) * Thad Eure's sister, Ethlene Eure Cochran died in October of 1990 (9:51) * Thad Eure's brother, Tazewell D. Eure died in October of 1991 (3:14) * Thad Eure married Minta on November 15, 1924 (7:3) * Minta had a sister named Myrtle Coggsdale (3:16) * Minta was originally from Winton, NC (7:3) * She attended St. Mary's School/College in Raleigh, NC (9:1) * Thad and Minta had two children, Thad Eure, Jr. and Armecia Eure Black (9:25) * Minta passed away in February of 1994 (9:63) * Thad Eure, Jr. married a woman named Alice and their children are Van Ellen (daughter), Shelly (daughter), and Thad III (son) (9:25) * Thad Eure, Jr. died in November of 1988 of cancer (3:12, 3:13, 7:6) * Armecia Eure Black married J. Norman Black and their children are Norman III (son), Ricky (son), Perry (son), Armecia (daughter) (7:3, 9:25) * Van Eure is the owner of the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC (3:12, 3:13) * Thad and Minta Eure lived at 3703 Old Lassiter Mill Road in Raleigh, NC 27609 (3:13) * Thad Eure was 5 feet 11 ½ inches tall and weighed 187 pounds (9:1) * Norman Black III graduated from Elon in 1976 * Rick Black graduated from Elon in 1979. * Perry Black graduated from Elon in 1980. * Katherine Eure Black (Thad Eure’s great granddaughter) graduated from Elon in 2009. * Thad Eure was sometimes called "Butch" by his family members (7:10) Awards, Honors, Recognitions: * In 1979, Eure was selected to receive the Citizens Distinguished Service Award from the Elon College Alumni Association (3:4) * Eure accepted the Citizens Service Award on May 2, 1981 at an Elon College Alumni Awards Banquet (3:5, 7:5) * November 22, 1982, Governor James B. Hunt of North Carolina proclaimed it to be "Thad Eure Day" (3:6) * November 18, 1983, Eure was honored at the People of Vision Award Dinner for contributing funds to the North Carolina Society to Prevent Blindness (3:7) * Received an Honorary Degree-Doctor of Laws-from Elon College in 1958 (3:9, 3:13) * Eure helped establish the Thad Eure Chair of Political Science at Elon College on March 6, 1985 (3:9, 3:13) * Thad Eure Appreciation Day at Elon College was March 6, 1985 (3:9, 3:13) * In 1988, the Thad Eure Centennial Scholarship Fund was established at Elon in order to help students who aspired to be future leaders (3:12) * January 6, 1989 was declared "Red Bow Tie Day" to honor Thad Eure and his service to North Carolina (3:12) * From 1942-1989, Thad Eure never missed a Commencement Program at Elon College (3:13) * Eure was named Chairman Emeritus of the Elon College Board of Trustees in 1989 (3:13) * In 1991, Thad Eure's children and grand-children endowed a chair in the NC House of Representatives to honor Eure's 92nd birthday (3:14) * In 1986, Eure was awarded the Achievement Award by the National Notary Association for his contributions to the development and promotion of the Office of Notary Public (7:3) * Eure was named "Boss of the Year" by the Cary (NC) Jaycees in 1978 (7:4) * Eure received an Award of Merit by North Carolina State University in 1965 (7:4) * In 1983, Eure received the Citation for Distinguished Public Service from the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (7:7) * The bridge that connects Gates and Hertford counties in North Carolina was named the Thad Eure Bridge in 1990. This bridge crosses the Chowan River and it is the overlapping stretch of US 13 and US 158 (9:51) * After Thad Eure passed away in July of 1993, there was a Memorial Oak Tree Planting Ceremony that took place on November 15, 1993-when an oak tree was planted on the northwest corner of the State Capitol Square in Raleigh, NC to honor Thad Eure's service to North Carolina and his 94th birthday (3:16) Memberships and Organizations: * Eure was a member of the Elon College Board of Trustees from 1942-1988/89 (3:9) * He served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1955-1988/89 (3:9) * He was a lifetime emeritus member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (3:14) * Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and a Grand Lodge Chair Officer (1956) (7:3, 7:4) * Eure served as President of the Ahoskie Kiwanis Club in 1927 (7:4) * In 1942, Eure was elected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (7:4) * In 1961, Eure was named Dean of the National Association of Secretaries of State (7:4) * Member of the American Legion, Forty and Eight (7:4) * Former President of the North Carolina Elks Association (7:4) * Served as a Escheats Agent at UNC Chapel Hill from 1933-1936 (7:4) * Member of the Theta Chi Fraternity (7:4) * In 1932, Eure served as a Presidential Elector in the Electoral College for Franklin D. Roosevelt (7:4) * From 1931-1936 he served as the Principal Clerk in the North Carolina House of Representatives (7:4) * Member of the United Church of Christ * Member of the Eure Christian Church in the town of Eure, NC (named after his family) (7:6) * Honorary membership in the North Carolina Highway Patrol-when he was a legislator Eure voted to establish the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1929 (9:20) * Charter honorary membership in the North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds (9:20) * Retired from the Elon College Board of Trustees May 31, 1989 (9:49) Notable Sayings and Phrases: * "Oldest rat in the democratic barn" (3:16) * After taking office in 1936, he implored voters to "give a young man a chance" (7:6) * After retirement in 1989, he said "Thank God I wasn't voted out, kicked out, or carried out" (7:6) * Eure was fond of saying he was "nursed from a Democratic breast and rocked in a Democratic cradle" (7:6) * Also when he retired in 1989 he said he was "going to go back home where I've outlived all my enemies and start wearing out a rocking chair" (7:6) * Eure always wore a straw hat, a red bow tie, and signed in green ink (9:20) * In 1936 while Eure was campaigning, he told voters "The Office of Secretary of State belongs to the people of North Carolina…If you will entrust it to my keeping I assure you that it will be my pleasure to conduct it in such a manner that the humblest will feel a friendly welcome" (9:20) * Eure implemented and practiced an "open door policy" (9:20) * "I never thought of anything but practicing law,…I'm satisfied that if Elon College had had one law book, he would have sent me there, for Elon College was part of our family's life always" (9:21) * "There's a rule in the Capitol building, nobody's portrait is hung in this building until after he's deceased. That's the rule. Well, I've decided I don't ever want my portrait to hang here" (9:22) * "Born and raised in Gates County" and "The boy from scratch hall" were phrases Eure used to describe himself (9:32) * "Just exactly like my daddy told me so many times when I was a little boy: 'Son, you take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.' And I've known through the years that he was right." (9:48) * In 1988 during the Elon College Centennial kickoff and celebration Eure said, "By golly this is a great institution. Elon College is one of the finest assets of this section of the state. I hope everyone in this area, in the area of Alamance County in the heart of North Carolina, will join me in saying, 'Long Live Elon College'" (9:49) Publications: * Eure wrote the forward for the book Miss Bess: a biography of Bess Gardner Hoey, by Grace Rutledge Hamrick, Gardner-Webb College, 1989 (3:13) * Key note speaker at the North Carolina Democratic State Convention in 1950 (9:1) * Eure instigated, supervised, and issued the publication of North Carolina Government 1585-1979 (9:20) * Eure compiled a group of facts titled General Assembly Facts in 1963 (not published) (9:28) * The Office of the North Carolina Secretary of State produced a booklet titled Constitution of North Carolina: It's history and content-Thad Eure was a part of the publication and distribution (9:31) Records Set: Note: these records reflect the time period that the information was published. Many records may not hold true to present day. * Thad Eure held the longest service record for any elected official in the nation (1936-1989) (3:13) * Served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Elon College for 34 years-longer than any other chairman in Elon's history (1955-1989) (3:13) * Thad Eure signed his name 625,000 times on various state documents and correspondences, using an estimated 5 gallons of his trademark green ink to sign documents (7:6) * Eure was the youngest person to ever seek Office for the North Carolina Secretary of State (9:14) * In 1993, after Eure passed away, his body laid in state in the State Capitol Rotunda-an honor not given to a North Carolinian in over 100 years (9:32) * In 1984, he won a record number of counties to be re-elected as North Carolina Secretary of State-he took 96 out of 100 (9:45) * Up until 1986, Eure went to work in the same office for approximately 13,000 mornings (9:47) * Up until 1986, Eure was the oldest person in years and tenure in the State Government (9:47) * Eure drove in excess of 16,000 miles to return to Hertford County to vote, and he never missed casting a vote (9:47) * Eure swore in between 5-6,000 State Highway Patrol Officers (9:47) * He never missed a Democratic State Convention or Democratic congressional district rally since 1924 (9:47) * He made approximately 200 commencement addresses to high schools and colleges (9:47) Later Years: * In 1984, Thad Eure was hospitalized with pneumonia but recovered (3:8) * Eure did not give up his driver's license until 1986 when his eyesight was too poor for him to continue driving, he was 87 years old (7:6) * Thad Eure passed away on July 21, 1993 after gall bladder surgery, he was 94 years old (3:16) * He passed away in the Raleigh Community Hospital (7:6) * Eure's funeral was held on July 24, 1993 and his body laid in state in the State Capitol Rotunda (7:10, 9:32) Biographical Sources: Mss.Coll.#020-3:4-3:10, 3:12-3:14, 3:16, 7:3-7:7, 7:10, 9:1, 9:14, 9:20-9:23, 9:25, 9:28, 9:31, 9:32, 9:37, 9:37.1, 9:45, 9:47-9:51, 9:53, 9:62, 9:63, 9:68





* Perry Black graduated from Elon in 1980. *Katherine Eure Black (Thad Eure’s great granddaughter) graduated from Elon in 2009. * Thad Eure was sometimes called "Butch" by his family members (7:10)

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (2 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection relates specifically to the biography of Thad Eure, his influences, and contributions to the Democratic political party in North Carolina and the Southern United States from the 1920's to the early 1990's. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into ten series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into ten series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings.

Physical Location

The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown

Immediate Source of Acquisition

#2006.28.1

Related Materials

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Processed by Katie Nash, September-November, 2006

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