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An Act to Incorporate Greenwood Methodist Church In Ashe County

[This was taken from the The Laws of North Carolina – 1887, Chapter 127.]

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact

Section 1. That M. L. Mikel, Wesley O. Plummer, Ely S. Young, W. P. Young, and S. M. Duval and their successors shall be and are hereby declared a body politic and corporate in deed and in law, by the name and style of the “Trustees of Greenwood Methodist Episcopal Church, South,” in Ashe County, and said corporation shall have power to purchase and hold real and to acquire the same by gift or otherwise, shall have perpetual succession and sure and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court in this state having competent jurisdiction, and may have and use a common seal and have power to elect-such officers as they shall deem necessary.

Sec. 2. That in case of death or refusal to act, or removal, or from any other cause there becomes a vacancy, the remaining trustees shall have power to fill the same, provided their number shall not be less than three nor more than five.

Sec. 3. That it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or give away spirituous liquors, except for medicinal purposes, at or within two miles of said church, and that a violation of the same shall be a misdemeanor; that it shall be a misdemeanor for any person to exhibit himself drunk during divine worship within the limits of this corporation; that it shall be a misdemeanor for any person to use loud and profane or indecent language, or any person to engage in a quarrel in an angry manner in the hearing of those assembled in said church for divine worship; that it shall be a misdemeanor for any one to fire off a gun or pistol in the limits of this corporation during divine worship.

Sec. 4. That any person violating the provisions of section three of this act shall be fined or imprisoned or both.

Sec. 5. That the trustees of said church and their successors in office shall have full and ample power to appoint special police, and to prescribe rules and regulations for their government and remuneration, and may also elect an intendant of police, who shall hold his office for one year or until his successor is appointed.

Sec. 6. That the said trustees and their successors in office may enact such ordinances for the good government and protection of said church and the people there while occupied for worship, and enforce the same not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of this state.

Sec. 7. That the special police shall have power to keep the peace, and to execute all process to them directed by the intendant of police within the limits of the corporation, and during the time that the people are assembled for or occupied in divine worship.

Sec. 8. That this act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times and ratified this the 7th day of March, A. D. 1887.