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Lou Rogers Wehlitz Papers

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Biographical and Historical Note

Lou Rogers Wehlitz was an author of poems, historical and religious articles, and fiction. She was also a teacher in her home state of North Carolina, before becoming an editor. She worked in Chicago as a textbook editor, but moved back to Fayetteville, North Carolina after her husband's death in 1964. Wehlitz was a member of the National League of American Pen Women and other organizations. Her publications spanned multiple journals and newspapers, as well as multiple published books of poetry.

Collection Overview

Lou Rogers Wehlitz was an author of poems, historical and religious articles, and fiction. She was also a teacher in her home state of North Carolina, before becoming an editor. Materials in this collection include publications spanning multiple journals and newspapers, as well as multiple published books of poetry and personal correspondence.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical and personal materials
    • Publication materials and newspaper clippings (circa 1980) Box 1 Folder 1
    • Correspondence (1942 October 22-1985 August 15) Box 1 Folder 2
    • Record, 45 rpm recording of "Porky Pig" by Lou Rogers (1943 November) Box 1 Folder 36
    • Photographs for articles: William Sidney Porter (O.Henry), Ree Beckwith, Josephus Daniels and wife, Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, family members with cat Box 1 Folder 37
  • Writings
    • Biographical series in "We the People"
      • Tar Heel Men series
        • Series index Box 1 Folder 3
        •  (1946)
          • "Nathaniel Macon"  (1946 October) Box 1 Folder 4
          • "Dr. William Louis Poteat"  (1946 November) Box 1 Folder 4
          • "Julian Price: From railroad telegrapher to life insurance company presidency"  (1946 December) Box 1 Folder 4
        •  (1947)
          • "Isaac E. Avery"  (1947 January) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Julian S. Carr: the golden hearted gentleman"  (1947 February) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Col. Fred A. Olds"  (1947 March) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Colonel Leonidas Lafayette Polk"  (1947 April) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Tar Heel Poet, John Charles McNeill"  (1947 May) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Arch Turner Allen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction"  (1947 June) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "William Hooper"  (1947 July) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States"  (1947 August-September) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Walter Hines Page"  (1947 October) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Governor Thomas Walter Bickett"  (1947 November) Box 1 Folder 5
          • "Benjamin Rice Lacy"  (1947 December) Box 1 Folder 5
        •  (1949)
          • "Charles Duncan McIver"  (1949 January) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "William Simpson"  (1949 February) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "Frank Page - Pioneer Road Builder"  (1949 March) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "William Sidney Porter: known as `O. Henry'"  (1949 April) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "Archibald Debow Murphey"  (1949 May) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "Andrew Johnson"  (1949 June) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "James Knox Polk"  (1949 July) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "William Gaston"  (1949 September) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "John Paul Jones"  (1949 October) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "Calvin Henderson Wiley"  (1949 November) Box 1 Folder 7
          • "James Davis: printer"  (1949 December) Box 1 Folder 7
        •  (1948)
          • "Thomas Fanning Wood, M.D."  (1948 January) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Dr. Alexander Graham"  (1948 February) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Edward Michael Holt"  (1948 March) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Elliott Daingerfield"  (1948 April) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Henry Jerome Stockard"  (1948 May) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "John Harvey - Colonial Leader"  (1948 June) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Alexander Boyd Andrews"  (1948 July) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "William T. Blackwell"  (1948 August) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Joseph Hewes"  (1948 September) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "William Rufus King"  (1948 October) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "Doctor Exum Lewis Hunter - Pioneer Organizer of North Carolina Dentists"  (1948 November) Box 1 Folder 6
          • "John Penn"  (1948 December) Box 1 Folder 6
        •  (1950)
          • "George William Welker"  (1950 January) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Washington Duke"  (1950 February) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "John Henry Boner"  (1950 March) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Josiah W. Bailey"  (1950 May) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Matthew Whitaker Ransom: lawyer, farmer, soldier, senator and diplomat"  (1950 June) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Michael Schenck built the first cotton mill in state in 1813"  (1950 July) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling"  (1950 August) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Josephus Daniels"  (1950 September) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "Thomas Wolfe - a North Carolinian who wrote autobiographical novels"  (1950 October) Box 1 Folder 8
          • "William E. Dodd"  (1950 November) Box 1 Folder 8
        •  (1951)
          • "Bowman Gray, Sr. - civic minded business man"  (1950 March) Box 1 Folder 9
          • "Dr. J. Frank Highsmith"  (1950 April) Box 1 Folder 9
      • "Tar Heel Women" series
        • Series index (1943-1946) Box 1 Folder 10
        •  (1943)
          • "Flora Macdonald"  (1943 June) Box 1 Folder 11
          • "Mary Slocumb: heroine of the Revolution"  (1943 July) Box 1 Folder 11
          • "Whistler's Mother' (Mathilda McNeill Whistler): a famous Tar Heel"  (1943 August) Box 1 Folder 11
          • "'Mother Cotten' (Sallie Southall Cotten): a light, a challenge, a benediction"  (1943 September) Box 1 Folder 11
          • "Cornelia Phillips Spencer, a woman of purpose"  (1943 October) Box 1 Folder 11
          • "Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, mother of a President"  (1943 November) Box 1 Folder 11
        •  (1944)
          • "Margaret Baird Vance, a woman we should not forget"  (1944 January) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Dolly Madison: our own First Lady"  (1944 March) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Frances Tiernan: famous writer"  (1944 April) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Rebecca Boone: pioneer wife"  (1944 May) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Fannie E. S. Heck: a woman of deep convictions"  (1944 June) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Katharine Mavity Martin - P.-T.A. Field Worker"  (1944 August) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Dr. Susan Dimock: pioneer physician"  (1944 September) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Penelope Barker: president of our famous tea party"  (1944 November) Box 1 Folder 12
          • "Eleanor Dare: mystery mother of the New World"  (1944 December) Box 1 Folder 12
        •  (1945)
          • "Mary Mendenhall Hobbs"  (1945 April) Box 1 Folder 13
          • "Mary Lewis Wyche: pioneer nurse"  (1945 June) Box 1 Folder 13
          • "Eliza Nutt Parsley"  (1945 November) Box 1 Folder 13
        •  (1946)
          • "Frances Louisa Goodrich"  (1946 March) Box 1 Folder 14
          • "Addie Worth Bagley Daniels (Mrs. Josephus Daniels)"  (1946 May) Box 1 Folder 14
          • "Annie Land O'Berry"  (1946 July) Box 1 Folder 14
          • "Cornelia Petty Jerman"  (1946 August) Box 1 Folder 14
          • "Dr. Jane S. McKimmon"  (1946 September) Box 1 Folder 14
    • Church publication materials (1951-1986)
      •  (1951 July ) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Some history highlights of the First Baptist Church"  (1975) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Historical highlights of the First Baptist Church"  (1977 November 20) Box 1 Folder 15
      •  (1971 November 11) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Christmas comes to the shepherds," First Baptist Church Christmas booklet (1980) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Gifts for the Christ child," First Baptist Church Christmas booklet (1981 December 13 ) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Christmas lights," First Baptist Church Christmas booklet ( 1982 December 5) Box 1 Folder 15
      • "Our own Bethlehem"  (1986) Box 1 Folder 15
    • Journal articles
      • Charity and Children
        • "Heaven's new star"  ( 1970 December 13) Box 1 Folder 16
        • "How far from Christmas to Easter" ? (1971 April 11) Box 1 Folder 16
        • "Church steeples point the way"  (1971 August 1) Box 1 Folder 16
        • "A child's gratitude"  (1971 November 21) Box 1 Folder 16
        • "A parable of the moles"  (1971 December 5) Box 1 Folder 16
        • "A staff for Joel"  (1971 December 5) Box 1 Folder 16
      • Junior Teacher (1948-1949)
        • "Each pupil"  (1948) Box 1 Folder 17
        • "I go to school"  (1948) Box 1 Folder 17
        • "With lessons studied"  (1949) Box 1 Folder 17
      • North Carolina Education (1941-1944)
        • "Washington, the nation's capital"  (1941 February ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "Enjoying books: a one-act play"  (1942 February ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "Easter greetings to Bobby: a one-act play"  (1942 March ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "It gets in your bones"  (1942 November ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "These Americans September"  (1943) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "One for me and one for you"  (1943 January) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "That pay check"  (1943 November ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "Your page and mine"  (1944 March ) Box 1 Folder 18
        • "Dream your dreams young America"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 18
      • The Jeffersonian (1946 November)
        • "Julian Price: From railroad telegrapher to life insurance company presidency"  (1946 November ) Box 1 Folder 19
      • The State (1951-1980)
        • "The inventor of the Gatling gun"  (1951 March 17) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "The creek that jumped a creek"  (1952 May) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "The man who wrote Dixie"  (1967 December 1) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "Look who dropped in for dinner"  (1970 December 1) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "The fifer who stole the show"  (1975 October ) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "The signal"  (1974 June) Box 1 Folder 20
        • "Time for Rudolph"  (1980 December ) Box 1 Folder 20
      • The Uplift (1943-1947)
        • "Whistler's Mother: a famous Tar Heel"  (1943 September 25) Box 1 Folder 21
        • "Margaret Baird Vance"  (1944 March 25 ) Box 1 Folder 21
        • "Rebecca Boone: pioneer wife"  (1944 July 8) Box 1 Folder 21
        • "Nathaniel Macon"  (1947 March 1) Box 1 Folder 21
      • We the People (1946-1952)
        • "The romance of a quilt"  (1946 October) Box 1 Folder 22
        • "O. Max Gardner, Ambassador to Great Britain"  (1947 February ) Box 1 Folder 22
        • "Interview with a famous editor: Josephus Daniels"  (1948 February ) Box 1 Folder 22
        • "Mary Franklin, gemologist"  (1952 April ) Box 1 Folder 22
        • "The first United States Bank in North Carolina"  (1952 September) Box 1 Folder 22
      • Miscellaneous journal articles (1929-1986)
        • "Teaching sounded like a soft job - before I tried it" , The North Carolina Teacher (first published article) (1929 December) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Three naughty kittens" , The Grade Teacher (1932 January ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "America by bus" , The Tar Heel Woman (1945 April ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Flag-waving, 1946 style" , The Journal of Education (1946 September ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Five loaves and two fishes" , Church Library Bulletin (1947 February ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "A Librarian lifts up her eyes" , Church Library Bulletin (1947 May ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "How a teacher grows" , Beginner Teacher (1949) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Primary assembly program" , The Sunday School Builder (1950 April) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Using Bible verses" , Primary Teacher (1950) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Your corner can be beautiful" , Primary Teacher (1950) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Forward and upward" , Home Life (1951 March ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Historical building houses Fayetteville Woman's Club" , The North Carolina Clubwoman (1953 February ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Jip" , Storytime (1953 October 18) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Judy's gift for the Christ child" , Earnest Worker (1953 December ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Martha Register - an undefeated woman" , Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin (Fall 1956) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "The Christmas tree angel" , The Sentinel (1956 December 23) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "A Christmas carol scout" , Onward (1953 December) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Woman's Club history highlights"  (1971-1972) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Eugene Olive: A little girl's hero" , New Voices (1984 April ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "A Revolutionary couple" , Fayetteville Magazine (1986 November ) Box 1 Folder 23
        • "Sapphires for Christmas"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 23
    • Biblical Recorder articles (1942-1990)
      • "Thank you, Dr. Snyder"  (1942 September 30) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "The shepherd and his flock"  (1945 January 17) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Golden October days for a Christian"  (1950 October 7) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Dr. Delia Dixon-Carroll: a woman whose dreams came true"  (1951 May 5) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "I wish I could see Jesus"  (1951 December 22) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Come with me and I will help you"  (1954 October 2 ) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "A little shepherd for Jesus"  (1954 December 18) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "The guiding star"  (1955 January 1) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Love, faith, and security"  (1955 February 12 ) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Highways of happiness"  (1955 June 4) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "The light that came to Rachel"  (1955 December 24) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "Ricky Ray made my day"  (1989 December 16) Box 1 Folder 24
      • "My Father cares"  (1990 June 16) Box 1 Folder 24
    • Newspaper articles
      • Charlotte Observer (1953-1971)
        • "Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry awaits 160th birthday"  (1953 August 16) Box 1 Folder 25
        • "Mishap fails to daunt woman's zest for life"  (1956 May 31) Box 1 Folder 25
        • "If people go, dog settles for TV"  (1971 November 14) Box 1 Folder 25
      • Fayetteville Observer (1940-1990)
        • "Miss Rogers pays fine tribute to Fayetteville, her home town"  (1940 November 9) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Countywide music festival is attended by more than thousand"  (1941 April 19) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Thank you, Dr. Snyder" (reprinted from Biblical Recorder) (1942 October 8) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Honeycutt, baby of county public school system, lusty youngster, making swift growth in six years"  (1947 February 21) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Lulie Biggs MacKethan Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy"  (1954 April) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Henebry Jewelry Store located on historic site"  (1954) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "The school bells rings again"  (1966 August 26 ) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Autumn on picturesque streets"  (1966 September 25) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "In search of the king"  (1966 December 18) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Valentine portraits in the Space Age"  (1967 February 12) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Tradition, legends, emblems spell St. Patrick's Day"  (1967 March 12) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Fairs and expositions publicize a nation"  (1967 September 3) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Varied dates mark past North Carolina Thanksgivings"  (1968 November 24) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Bald eagle an appropriate choice for national symbol"  (1970 August 30) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Bridges across the Cape Fear River"  (1970 November 29) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Woman makes chicks hobby"  (1971 April 15) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Eccles Park of the long ago"  (1972 November 5) Box 1 Folder 26
        • "Rehabilitation counselor dies at 69"  (1990 October 9) Box 1 Folder 26
      • Greensboro Daily News (1952-1956)
        • "Watson sisters retire after third of century in state school rooms"  (1952 June 8) Box 1 Folder 27
        • "Mishap fails to daunt woman's zest for life"  (1956 May 31) Box 1 Folder 27
        • "Fayetteville club once housed U.S. bank"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 27
        • "Fayetteville business woman has fun with antique instruments"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 27
      • Raleigh News and Observer (1948-1956)
        • "Carteret gave a heroine"  (1948 November 21) Box 1 Folder 28
        • "Common alley cat treated to hero's fare"  (1949 March 6) Box 1 Folder 28
        • "She got ahead of wacs"  (20 March 1949) Box 1 Folder 28
        • "Sister teachers set long record"  (1952 June 8) Box 1 Folder 28
        • "Mishap fails to daunt woman's zest for life"  (1956 May 31) Box 1 Folder 28
      • Saturday Extra (publication of Fayetteville Observer-Times) (1984-1993)
        • "Chicago knight helped Tar Heel lady"  (1984 November 10) Box 1 Folder 29
        • "Soldiers, sailors were Miss Flora's `boys'"  (1985 February 2) Box 1 Folder 29
        • "Memorial Day 1985 evokes many memories"  (1985 May 25) Box 1 Folder 29
        • "Juror's charge weighs heavily on conscience"  (1985 November 9) Box 1 Folder 29
        • "Astronomer wasn't the only famous Halley"  (1986 March 15) Box 1 Folder 29
        • "A community that cared for its own"  (1993 March 19) Box 1 Folder 29
      • Newspaper articles, other cities (1950-1953)
        • "Michael Schenck built first North Carolina mill in 1813" , Gastonia Gazette (1950 October 17) Box 1 Folder 30
        • "Fayetteville woman has unique music collection" , Rocky Mount Sunday Telegram (1953 August 9) Box 1 Folder 30
        • "Old outfit plans party"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 30
        • "Teacher hits Christmas head-on"  (undated) Box 1 Folder 30
    • Poems
      • Published poems (1964-1985)
        • "Retirement ills" , Harvest Years (1964 June ) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Snowfall without you" , Harvest Years (1965 November ) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "A house is made for love" , The LaGrange (IL) Citizen (1965 March 7) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "His finger in the sky" , The Manual for Prayer (1970 October) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "October's Task" , Raleigh News and Observer (1970 October 14) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "October's Reminders" , Fayetteville Observer (1971 October 10) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Glad tidings" , Fayetteville Observer (1971 December 23) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "A wish for the New Year"  (1971 December) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Walk gently down this garden path" , Fayetteville Observer (1973 April 22) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Sheep on the hillside" , Fayetteville Observer-Times (1973 October 14) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Walk gently..." , A Garden of Thoughts (1977 April) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "God's fireworks" , Mature Living (1981 July ) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Chrysanthemums for memory's sake" , Saturday Extra (1983 March 12) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Frustration,"  " Misery" and  "Proof" , Delta Kappa Gamma Newsletter (1983 March) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Poems from Cedar Creek Memorial Garden" , Cedar Creek Baptist Church Bulletin (1983 October 9) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Chrysanthemums for memory's sake" , The Pen Woman (1984 January) Box 1 Folder 31
        • "Frustration" , The Pen Woman (1985 January) Box 1 Folder 31
      • Memory is a Star, typescript draft (undated) Box 1 Folder 32
      • Pebbles in my Path, typescript draft (undated) Box 1 Folder 33
      • Musing in verse, selection of poems (undated) Box 1 Folder 34
      • Miscellaneous poems (undated) Box 1 Folder 35

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Wehlitz, Lou Rogers
Title
Lou Rogers Wehlitz Papers
ID
MS529
Date [inclusive]
1942-1985
Extent
0.5 linear feet  1 document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Revision Description
 Revised by Finley Turner. 2019 March
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
Lou Roger Wehlitz Papers (MS529), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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