L. BUSBEE POPE
It is a rather curious fact and one that would be hard of belief were it not borne out by figures, that comparatively few of the successful business men of the thriving city of Dunn had this city as their birthplace. Of these one who traces his ancestry back for four generations in the immediate vicinity is L. Busbee Pope, a native son of Dunn, and proprietor of the Pope Printing Company, operating the Dunn Dispatch, a largely circulated bi-weekly newspaper. With the exception of five years Mr. Pope has passed his entire career in his native place, where he has won recognition and confidence as an able newspaper man of strict business integrity, and a public-spirited citizen of civic pride.
L. Busbee Pope was born January 6, 1885, at Dunn, and is a son of Henry and Eliza (Wade) Pope, natives of Harnett County, where the Pope family has been located for four generations, principally engaged in the pursuits of agriculture. Henry Pope has passed his entire life as a farmer in Harnett County, and the site of the present city of Dunn was at one time the scene of his agricultural operations. The public schools of this place furnished L. Busbee Pope with his early educational training, following which he entered Trinity Park School, an annex of Trinity College, and following this he applied himself to the mastery of the printerís art. For several years, while gaining practical experience, he was employed as a journeyman printer in the offices of others, and in 1909 entered the newspaper field as the proprietor of the Benson Spokesman, which he published in Johnston County for five years. Recognizing the opportunity and need for a live newspaper at Dunn, on April 1, 1914, he established the Dispatch, which is now issued twice a week. During the twelve years of its existence it has grown and prospered under Mr. Popeís industrious and capable management, and it is now account one of the best of the smaller city newspapers in the state. It has attained a large circulation in Harnett and the surrounding counties, and is well printed and ably edited, furnishing its readers with live and reliable news, excellent editorials and features. Mr. Pope, as proprietor of the Pope Printing Company, has a thoroughly modern plant as to presses, type, etc., including two linotype machines, and is fully equipped to handle the finest of work of all kinds. The job printing department has prospered, and much of the work in this direction comes from outside communities. As a public-spirited citizen Mr. Pope throws open the columns of his newspaper to the support of beneficial movements, which he backs himself with his time, energy and means. Mr. Pope is the owner of attractive home at 210 West Cumberland Street, and also has various residential and business holdings at Dunn. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, of Wilmington Consistory, and belongs to the Dunn Shrine Club and to Oasis Temple, A. A. O. N. M.S. also holding membership in the Knights of Pythias. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and his political convictions make him a democrat, while his religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal Church.On June 19, 1913, Mr. Pope was united in marriage with Miss Mattie Smith, daughter of the late Henry and Susan (Peacock) Smith, natives of Johnston County, North Carolina, where Mr. Smith was engaged in farming throughout his life. He died in 19005, Mrs. Smith having passed away ten years before. To Mr. And Mrs. Pope there have come three children: L. Busbee, Jr., born May 7, 1915; Harold, born January 1, 1918; and William, born December 19, 1919.