While many are facing a tough economy today with some foreclosing on their homes and others filing for bankruptcy, many here in the east saw similar struggles more than a century and a half ago.
George Dixon was a tailor and one time Mayor of New Bern, which was a major port city back in the 1830's. Dixon lived an extravagant life buying a home for more than twice the average cost in that day. But he fell on hard times like much of the nation in 1833 and eventually lost his home.
The good news is that George Dixon was able to recover from his troubles and actually became successful again despite his downfall. It's a hope many many struggling Americans have today.