Brookie (Allsbrook) Rankin

From Loris Centennial 1887 - 1987 Souvenir Book; 1987

Miss Brookie Allsbrook, like many young ladies in the early 1900s, went away to "finishing school" and there met the young man she was to marry. While an art student at James Sprunt Institute in Wilmington, NC, she met Harry Wilson Rankin, who was attending Catawba College.

She returned to her native Allsbrook, which was named for her father, Joseph Ross Allsbrook. It had earlier been named Sanford and was a thriving community with a mercantile business, a turpentine still, a cotton gin and a cooperage (where barrels were made), all owned by the Allsbrook family. Allsbrook was also engaged in farming and served as postmaster until his death in June, 1918. His first wife, Martha M. Reeves, who had died thirteen years earlier in 1905, as the mother of his nine children. They were Dula Verette (Mrs. D.F. McGougan of Tabor City, NC), Garland Ross, Bruce Lloyd, Bertha Hettie, Martha Brookie, Joseph Reaves, Joseph Gershwin, Ogden Olmstead and Emma Belle, who is the only remaining one and resides in Columbus Cove Rest Home in Tabor City.

It was after the death of her father in 1918 that Brookie married Harry W. Rankin. Sometime later they purchased the family home which for eighty-four years (having been built in 1903) has been a landmark in the Loris area. Even today one cannot miss the Rankin House just five miles outside of town on 701 south.

Harry and Brookie Rankin reared five sons in the Rankin House. They are Joe and John, twins, Wilson, Ogden and Watson, all of whom reside in the area except Ogden who lives in Conway.

In the winter of 1982 the house was purchased by Jacqueline Mishoe of Loris who has restored it to its original beauty. It has been the site of many weddings, receptions and parties. She appropriately renamed it the Allsbrook-Rankin House.

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