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Re: “Mountaintopping on Kidd's Hill in Raleigh

I don't know what I have gotten myself into, here, but being a Brewer, I was always told to " get in there and see what is happening, and if nothing is happening, get in there and start something". I was just casting the Brewer name among the waters of Google and, lo and behold, I came upon a subject which is dear to my heart. That subject, or course, is Kidd Brewer, my uncle. Uncle Kidd's birth name was Pierce Oliver Brewer. The "kidd" was added when Uncle Kidd became notorious for his abilities on the playing fields of R. J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Duke University in Durham, N.C. You see, my father, Clyde Rowan Brewer, who lived and raised his family in Winston-Salem, N. C., myself included, exposed myself and my brother and sister, still living, to the famous or imfamous Kidd Brewer. I had the distinction of carrying the Kidd Brewer name to this day. It was mentioned that Kidd Brewer had a football stadium named after him back in 1988. I recall the situation, the hoopla, and Uncle Kidd's enthusiasm during that time. I actually attended the Appalachian State Teacher's College, Boone, N.C., where the football stadium was named in Uncle Kidd's honor. My sister, Marion Jo Brewer, now Lassiter, graduated from Appalachian State and became a school teacher for some years to follow. My brother Johnny Mac Brewer,enjoyed the association of our Uncle Kidd as my brother lived on the "Belle Acres" and attended the North Carolina State College located in Raleigh. My brother remembers Uncle Kidd during his "hayday" and flamboyancy. You see, Uncle Kidd had one of the 1st Chevrolet Corvettes made. I believe the year was 1954. My brother was allowed, on occasion, to drive around Raleigh. The car was of interest to many female suitors. I'm not sure about my brother. Space is not sufficient to give justice to the Political, family, and just down right comical attributes our Uncle Kidd un-leashed upon all of those he came into contact with over the years. I was the second person to jump into the outside swimming pool located outside the horseshoe home built with beams and bricks taken from the Raleigh City Dump. Yes, the home over-looked the Crabtree area. My cousin, Olivia, was the first. We retain 8 MM movies of activities which took place on "Kidd's Hill". We have actual movies wherein Uncle Kidd presented his family to the Raleigh Society and the State of North Carolina when he was running for office either as a judge, Governor, or whatever came his way and fit his fancy for the moment. I now live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but remember with love and compassion my life as a teenager running around the hill, enjoying our Brewer family, and just being Brewers. I was advised when the home was engulfed in flames. I was sorry to hear of it. I hope the hill remains, but in any case, removing same will not tarnish the memories in my mind. There are other Brewers, still living, who would echo my same feelings. And, my the way, the name Belle Acres, I believe, came from Uncle Kidd's mother. Her name was Jennie Belle Jones Brewer. Thanks for reading my meanderings as I remember Kidd Brewer and the hill he made his home. Benjamin Kidd Brewer

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Posted by benkbrewer on 03/06/2007 at 9:27 PM

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