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Blue Ridge Assembly f^Wildlife Group Will
Has Significance In ^ Meet At Wentworth
Lives Of Local Men
T. P. Shinn (left) and J. K. McConnell
Blue Ridge Revisited
An interesting story is connected with
the above picture. The photo was made
on the porch of Robert E. Lee Hall at
Blue Ridge during the 31st annual
Southern Industrial Relations Confer
ence in July, 1950.
McConnell and Shinn were present
when the Y. M. C. A. Assembly opened
at Blue Ridge in 1912. McConnell at
that time was attending college and
Shinn was a Y. M. C. A. worker at
The two men also were present in
1919 at the first meeting at Blue Ridge
of the Southern Industrial Relations
Conference. Shinn had just returned
from France where he served in World
War I and McConnell was secretary of
the Y. M. C. A. at Piedmont, Ala.
Neither had ever been to Spray. But
soon after the Conference of 1919, both
men moved here, McConnell as secre
tary of Central “Y”, Shinn in the
same position at North Spray “Y.” Both
had been hired, mostly through Blue
Ridge contacts, by W. B. Weaver.
Shinn engaged in Y. M. C. A. work
lor some years and has been head of
the Y. M. C. A. Canteen service since
its establishment. McConnell was asso
ciated with the Y. M. C. A.’s here for
almost 30 years. He left the Y. M. C. A.
in 1948 to become manager of the Field-
crest Mills Employees Store. He became
industrial chaplain of Fieldcrest Mills
in early 1950.
Interestingly enough the picture was
made by Arthur Whitehead, formerly of
Fieldcrest Mills, and who engaged in
Y. M. C. A. work in the Tri-Cities and
Fieldale, Va., for a number of years.
Whitehead is now located at Piedmont,
Ala., the community from which Mc
Connell came to Spray. As a personnel
man with the Standard Coosa-Thatcher
Compan.y (textile mills) Whitehead has
responsibility for the Piedmont “Y.”
Monday, august 21, 1950
Finishing Mill Man
Honored By Sportsmen
Junior M. Morgan, deputy fish and
game protector in the Spray area, has
been honored for his achievements in
wildlife conservation and good sports
manship. A complete fiy fishing outfit
was provided by local sportsmen and
sporting goods dealers. The gift was
presented in informal ceremonies by-
Marshall Meeks (Finishing Shearing),
president of the Leaksville Township
chapter of the Rockingham County
A citation was read praising Mr.
Morgan “for his personal interest in
decent sportsmanship and better fish
ing” and for his efforts in “stopping
illegal seining, dynamiting, and netting
fish while at the same time teaching
conservation and sportsmanship to the
boys who fish our streams.”
Mr. Morgan is employed in the Fin
ishing Mill Napping Dept, third shift.
He was appointed a deputy fish and
game protector some months ago. He
serves without pay and directs his ef
forts mainly toward education in the
matter of wildlife conservation rather
than the arrest of violators.
The Leaksville Township Chapter of
the Rockingham County Wildlife Club
will meet with the county organization
in a general meeting at the courthouse
in Wentworth at 8:00 p. m. Tuesday,
September 5. Marshall Meeks, of the'
Finishing Mill Shearing Dept., presi
dent of the local chapter, urges Wild
life Club members and all interested
persons to attend.
Ross Stevens, executive secretary of
the North Carolina Wildlife Federa
tion, will speak. A film entitled “Clean
Waters” will be shown.
Junior Morgan, left, and Marshall Meeks
Fishing outfit presented
Rose Dent, former Fieldcrest employee
and now a John Powers model in New
York is pictured in the August issue of
“Seventeen” magazine. She is scheduled
to appear in “Seventeen,” “Senior
Prom” and “Charm” in their September
isues. She previously appeared in
Mademoiselle,” “Life,” and modeled a
hat in the July issue of “Harper’s
Miss Dent before going to New York
worked in the Fieldcrest Mills Person
nel Dept, at Leaksville, in the Wage
Bureau at Spray and in the Setting
Dept, at Karastan. She joined Field
crest following graduation from Leaks
ville High School in 1945' and after
attending business school in St. Louis.
She has been in New York for about
one year. The young model is a daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Dent of Byrd
Avenue, Leaksville. Her mother is em
ployed in the Bedspread Spinning Dept.
D u g g i n s , eleven
months old, is the
daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robah Duggins.
Her grand father,
George Via, is a re
tired employee of the
Dyeing Dept, at the
mother was a former
employee at Karastan.
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