Kime, Barbara Bertine “Bertie”

Bertie Kime, c. 1894


Barbara “Bertie” Kime, c. 1895.

Bertie Kime Castor, c. 1950s.












Class of 1894
Graduation essay: “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall”

Birth: May 9, 1874
Death: October 1, 1957

Parents: William Miles Kime (1832 – 1909),
Rebecca Ruhama Hanner Kime (1839 – 1880)

Spouse: David Bradshaw Castor (1872-1966)
Married: May 5, 1897

Bradshaw DeKime Castor (1898 – 1968)
Franklin Stevens Castor (1899 – 1991)
Henry C. Castor (1901 – 1968)
Lynda Rebecca Castor Means (1904-2003)
Robert Hall Castor (1911 – 1987)
Frances Castor Huddle (1913 – 1996)

Henry G Kime (1860 – 1941)
Martha Isable Kime (1863 – 1865)
Robert Wilberforce Kime (1866 – 1931)
Nathan Absolum Kime (1868 – 1914)
John Michael Luther Kime (1870 – 1870)
Lydia Elizabeth Kime Smith (1871 – 1935)
Sarah Rebecca Kime (1876 – 1942)
William Adolphus Kime (1878 – 1946)
Rhuhama Charlotte Hanner Kime Lingle (1880 – 1937)

Center Grove Lutheran Cemetery
Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 31861444.


The Concord Times, April 22, 1897, p.3
Local and Otherwise:
Handsomely engraved cards have been received here announcing that Mr. D. Bradshaw Castor, of Concord, will be married on May 5, at 11 o’clock, to Miss Bertie Kime, daughter of Mr. Wm. M. Kime, of Randolph county. The ceremony will take place at Richland church. Miss Kime is a bright and attractive young lady, and is a graduate of Mont Amoena Seminary. Mr. Castor is a promising young business gentleman of this place.


Concord Tribune, 1 Jan 1939, section 2, page 9.


The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), April 29, 1956, p. 33.

Mrs. Castor: Home Club Work Symbol
For 38 Years She Has Fought For Better Rural Life

Daily Independent Staff Writer

This is an important week in the life of an important rural Cabarrus county woman.

First and probably of less importance to Mrs. D. B. Castor, is that she’s being “unofficially” recognized as “Mrs. Home Demonstration” of Cabarrus.

This is National Home Demonstration club Week – beginning today.

Secondly, a week from today, Mrs. Castor and Mr. Castor will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary.

After her family, Mrs. Castor’s second love undoubtedly is Home Demonstration work. That is why it probably rates second in her life this week.

For 38-years, Mrs. Castor devotedly has been “married” to Home Club work in her community and the county of Cabarrus. She has given to this important work the best of her years and the many accomplishments of the rural women of Cabarrus is a monument to her foresight and hard work.

The Center Grove Home Demonstration club, whose progressive work is directed by Mrs. Inez Beaver as president, has not always been a club with 20 enthusiastic women.

There was a day when it was difficult to get the women together for a meeting.

Not that they always haven’t been interested in the improvement of their combined and individual lives. But simply because in the early days it wasn’t always convenient to get to meetings.

Because Mrs. Castor has been the guiding light in club work in her community and county, she has been singled out among the women of the county for the honor of “Mrs. Home Demonstration” this week.

But it’s difficult to ferret out too much about Mrs. Castor. There is plenty for her to tell. But Mrs. Castor likes to talk about the wonderful accomplishments of other folks, not her own.

In discussing Center Grove Home Demonstration club, its founding, its many accomplishments, its the other women in the club that Mrs. Castor likes to tell you about. Never about herself.

If you want to learn that she is a charter member, the first president of this first Home Demonstration Club in Cabarrus, you’ve go to go armed with that information.

Mrs. Castor, and excellent conversationalist, remembers when Miss Sallie W. Hunter first arrived in Cabarrus on April 1, 1918 as the first woman extension worker sent out to this county by State College.

Cabarrus women knew nothing of organized Home Club work then. But they got busy and guided by Miss Hunter’s and Mrs. Castor’s strong and capable hands, they pushed on to where today Cabarrus county is one of the leaders in North Carolina in home club work – with 25 organized clubs spread out like a spider’s web from one end of the county to the other.

“I remember very well,” said Mrs. Castor, “when Miss Hunter came. (She later married a Mr. Jones of China Grove). There was no car for her to ravel in. She had to catch a ride when and with whomever she could to any part of the county the person happened to be going.”

That method of transportation often posed a problem. But Miss Hunter was a strong-hearted soul, too. And she didn’t let such things stand in her way.

“It was difficult to get the full cooperation of everyone back in those days,” Mrs. Castor said. “But we knew that if we were to go forward with the project, we couldn’t sit back and take it easy.”

Mrs. Jones (Nee Miss Hunter) in a recent letter to Mrs. Castor said, “I am sure that Center Grove was one of the first clubs to be organized, and one of the most active. I went to Concord to begin work on April 1, 1918.

“I had no car, of course, and did not have one before July 1 of that year. Mrs. J. W. Cannon Jr., was Red Cross chairman and when she would go out to hold meetings, she would give me transportation so I could introduce the Home Demonstration and 4-H club work to the women and girls.

“Then the county superintendent of education, Mr. J. B. Robertson would take me to some of the schools where I could organize the girls. And Mr. Goodman (county agent) would take me to meetings. Part of the time I hired conveyance to reach meetings.

“From my best recollections, we also had clubs at S. John’s, Bethpage, Poplar Tent, Gilwood, Harrisburg, Rocky River and or Pioneer Mills, Bost’s Mill, Georgeville, Rimer, Mt. Pleasant, Bear Creek, and several others, names of which I cannot recall.”

Mrs. Jones no lives at Hendersonville.

And while she has been gone from this area many years, she recalled many incidents in the lives of the young clubs she helped to organize, and also the part that Mrs. Castor played in helping her.

Mrs. Castor was quick to pint out that home club work was not smooth sailing and it was necessary to reorganize the Center Grove club a couple of times to keep it healthy and vigorous.

But with reorganization, and determination, the club women got the men interested to a degree, and with the help of the WPA and a gift of land from Mr. Castor, the Center Grove club house was built.

Mrs. Castor’s work in home club projects has been like that in all of her endeavors since she came to the Center Grove Community as Mr. Castor’s wife 69 years ago.

She was a student at Mont Amoena, Mt. Pleasant, when she met Mr. Castor. He, too, was a student at the Lutheran school. After her graduation, she taught school at Mt. Pleasant, Statesville, then near her Guilford county home.

When she came to Cabarrus, her talents were enlisted by two-room Patterson school located just a short distance from her home at Concord lake. Since then she also has taught at Winecoff.

But her biggest “job” has been taking care of Mr. Castor and their six children, tow of whom are now Lutheran ministers, and a third son, is president of the Florida Pharmaceutical Society.

In 1930, Mrs. Castor was named Master Farm Homemaker of North Carolina. It is to be expected that Mrs. Castor would have earned many medals and certificates in recognition of her leadership.

“We have a good many medals (Mr. Castor and I),” she said, adding, “our children!”

She is proud of her children and rightfully so. It is they Mrs. Castor likes to talk about, the fact that tow of them are permitted to serve the Lord who game them to us.”

In addition to her two sons who are in the ministry, she has a son-in-law and three grandsons in the ministry.

“We have a big family. 33 in all,” Mrs. Castor smiled.


Kannapolis Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), 12 May 1957.


Kannapolis Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), 29 Apr 1956.



Center Grove Lutheran Church 1876-1976: A Hundred Years of Golden Memories, edited by Margaret Nussman Dry, 1976, p. 33.

Mr. and Mrs. David Bradshaw Castor were one of the outstanding couples in Center Grove. It seems they had more preachers in their immediate family than any other in N. C., namely; Rev. Bradshaw DeKime and Rev. Henry Carmen (both deceased). A son-in-law, The Rev. K. Y. Huddle. Grandsons, Rev’s Richard Dorton, L. Franklin Dorton, David K. Huddle. A granddaughter is married to Rev. Ralph Wallace. A nephew, Rev. George W. Lingle. Tow great nephews; Rev’s John Paul Lingle, and David L. Castor. The D. B. Castor family is still at work in Center Grove. Mrs. B. D. Castor (a daughter-in-law) has helped in many ways in securing information for the Church’s Centennial Celebration. A. Son Robert Hall Castor, an active faithful member.