Raleigh Times News Carriers August 31, 1915. The top story in the paper the boys are carrying/displaying in the picture is the appointment of Robert L. Gray as the new editor of The Times. Mr. Gray, who was a native of Raleigh, had started his career with The News & Observer. He moved on to other newspapers where he was "a writer of exceptional brilliance." Read more: blogs.newsobserver.com/pasttimes/to-days-news-to-day#ixzz.... (from blogs.newsobserver.com/pasttimes/to-days-news-to-day, information provided by Teresa Leonard of the Raleigh N&O.

Original is a 8"x10" glass negative from the Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.


John Bashford is the boy with his face half-hidden, ducking behind the boy in front of him, fourth from the right on the second row; he is 13 years old in this photo. His big brother Ryan Bashford stands second from the right, the brim of his cap bent in the middle. He is 15. Their father, Alonzo, was a carriage-maker in Raleigh, and he built the family house on Boylan Avenue, which still stands. For the Bashford brothers, selling papers helped boost the family income. But they also sold blueberries and ran a taxi service from the train station – go-getters from the start.


Ryan Bashford attended school only as far as the seventh grade. But not long after his newsboy stint, he and his brother started Bashford Plumbing and Heating, which thrived in the house on Boylan. In 1950 Bashford Plumbing moved into its new building on Johnson Street in Raleigh.


Read more here: www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/josh-s... (Information provided to N&O reporter Josh Shaffer in August 2015 by John Bashford and Robert Bashford, descendants of the Bashford boys in the photo.)

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Taken on March 17, 2006