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Volume IX—Number 40.
Chief Os Police G. A. Helms
Decides ToContinue In The
Town Os Edenton’s Employ
Council Turns Thumbs
Down on Leave of
Councilmen Deem It Un
wise to Set Danger
Failure of Town Council in special
session Wednesday night of last week
to grant Chief of Police G. A. Helms
leave of ahsence in order that he
might accept the offered position as
chief of the guards at the U. S. Ma
rine Corps Air Station, resulted in |
the Chief deciding not to accept the
new position and continuing as Eden
ton’s chief of police.
Present at the meeting were Lieu
tenant C. G. Prahl, officer in charge
of construction of the base, and
Chief Morris, second in command of
the base guards. Both expressed the
opinion that Chief Helms, because of
his experience and acquaintance with
local people, was admirably fitted for
the position, and expressed the hope
that the leave of absence would be
Following Mr. Helms’ request and
remarks by the two above-mentioned,
the Councilmen went into executive
session and after thoroughly discuss
ing the matter, decided that at this
particular time the town itself needs
experienced policemen, who are hard
to employ, and for that reason it was
deemed Unfair and unwise to allow
any member of the police force to
work at the base at a much higher
rate of pay unt ! L;he joty petered out
and then be able "to return to a form
Mayor J. H. McMullan, therefore,
was instructed to call in Chief Helms
and inform him that the Councilmen
were unanimous in their rejection of
his request for leave of absence and
that if he decided to resign, his
resignation would be considered. Mr.
Helms asked for a few minutes to
consider the matter and before the
meeting adjourned, he informed the,
Board that he would decline the job j
offered him at the base and continue
his duties as chief of police.
Because the opinion prevailed that
Chief Helms would either be granted
* a leave of absence or resign, R, L.
Pratt had his application before' the
Councilmen to be appointed chief of
Quota Reached By
Red Cross Sunday
Material Arrives Wed
nesday For September
Quota of 16,200
With 143 Edenton ladies taking!
® part, the Chowan County Chapter of 1
the Red Cross on Sunday completed!
the last of 30,000 surgical dressings, I
which was the quota for August. l
Work on the dressings was late in |
starting due to material not arriving
on time, but the volunteers went to |
the task with determination and!
worked like Trojans, so that the!
quota was reached in record time.
Material for making 16,200 dress-;
ings arrived Wednesday morning and
. work on this number, which is the!
September quota, will begin Sunday,
afternoon from 3 to 5 o’clock in the!
Parish House. All supervisors are 1
requested by Miss Corinne Forehand, 1
the instructor, to be on band 15 min
utes ahead of schedule in order to re
ceive final instructions before actual
ly beginning the work.
Those in charge* of this work are |
very well pleased with the coopera
tion and interest shown and are look
ing forward with confidence to the
early completion of the September
quota now that the material has
Both Mrs. W. H. Coffield, chair
man of the surgical dressings service,
, and Mrs. J. N. Pruden, county chair
man, are especially appreciative for
* having such model workrooms in the
Parish House and are very grateful
* to the Parish for heat and lights,
which* were also furnished.
THE CHOWAN HERALB
A HOME NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO TEE INTERESTS OF CHOWAN COUNTY
Chowan County’s Draft Board
received two more calls to furnish
men for the army, the order be
ing to send 30 white men and 30
Negroes during the month of
The white me*\ will be sent to
Fort Bragg on November 18,
while the colored boys are sche
duled to leave on November 2hd
for their final physical exami
Win Opener From
Williamston 7 To 0
Clyde Rector Races 70
Yards For Only
Aces Face Tough Sched
ule of Eight More
Edenton High School’s football
i team won the opening game of the
season Friday night when it defeat
ed Williamston High School on the
latter’s gridiron 7-0. With the bulk
, of the squad ha\ing little experience,
more or less of a ragged game was
played* many Jlipes. drawing penal
ties for feeing offside and taking too
much time in deciding and calling
signals. The same was true of the
Williamston team, except that in
stead of poor signal calling, punts
were sent skyward which resulted in
a greater part of the game being
played in Williamston territory. It
was the opening game for both teams.
The teams were about evenly
matched with both gaining and losing
j ground due principally to miscues,
very little ground being gained j
! through each of the respective lines..
Coach Roy Watson sent his boys in
to the game with a feeling of uncer-!
tainty, and while well pleased with a 1
victory as a starter, he realizes that
there is room for a lot of improve
ment in almost every department of
the game. Undoubtedly, Hie out
standing feature of the game was
(Continued on Page Five)
Annual Red Cross
Roll Call Postponed
Junior Drive, However,
Will Be Held as Usual
According to Mrs. J. N. Pruden,
chairman of the Chowan County Red
Cross Chapter, the 1943 roll call will
| not begin on Armistice Day'as has
, been the custom the past few years,
but instead will be held in connection
I with the War Fund drive which is,
I scheduled to begin in March, the date|
I of which has not yet been released.
The Junior Red Cross Roll Call
| will, however, begin on November 1,
j and will last throughout the eptire
! month of November.
Mrs. Pruden, as well as the entire;
i Chapter, regrets the resignation of
, Mrs. C. L. McCullers as chairman of
; the Junior Red Cross. Mrs. Mc
j Cullers left Edenton when Mr. Mc
j Cullers joined the army. A new
i chairman will be appointed before
, the roll call begins.
Finally Opens Doors
After being held up by one thing
or another for over a month, Ernest
Kehayes last week opened the Albe
marle Restaurant on Street,
serving the first customers last
Thursday night. The is
modemly equipped and though still
more accessories are waited, a gen
erous patronage has been enjoyed at
Mr. Kehayes expects to remain
open ail night just as soon as he can
adjust hie business and secure the
necessary help. l
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 1,1942.
Ready Response To
Equip Kit Bags For
Boys Going Abroad
Around 300 Assured
According to First
Rally to Appeal of
With the Chowan County Red
Cross Chapter asked to equip 500 kit
bags to be given American boys who
embark for foreign duty, Mrs. J. N.
Pruden, county chairman, feels very
optimistic that no trouble will be en
countered in meeting the quota.
Only last week she appealed to va
rious organisations to furnish the
money with which to buy material
for these kits and already about 300
have been assured.
Ninety-five kits will be provided!
by the Home Demonstration Clubs |
and the Chowan County Service Club.]
This number will be donated as fol
j lows: Chowan Club, 25; Ward’s Club,
10; Rocky Hock Club, 4; Ryland
Club, 10; Enterprise Club, IS; Center
Hill Club, 12; Byrd’s Club, 6, and the
Service Club, 15.
Twelve members of Ballard’s j
Bridge Baptist Church each contribute |
ed a kit, these being W. D. Welch,!
Rudolph Jordan, J. L. Savage, B. M.j
Hollowed, Miss Lena Asbell, Jimmy-
Bunch, Eugene Jordan, Winbome
Hollowed, W. S. Welch, John Baker,
J. C- Leary and C. J. Hollowed.
Fourteen Edenton individuals have
contributed S2O to equip 20 kits, and
include: Mrs. L. W. Stallings, Mrs.
J. L. Pettus, Mrs. W. H. Coffield,
Miss Gladysteen Hester, Mrs. J. N.
Ih-uden, Mrs. O. M. Elliott, Mrs. R.
G. White, M iss Edna Goodwin, Miss
Lena M. Jones. Miss Paulina Hassell,
Miss Mildred Munden, Mrs. W. O.
Elliott, Jr., M iss Margaret Pruden!
and J. N. Pruden.
Aside from this number the Albe
marle Peanut Company and the
Edenton Peanut Company each agreed
to equip 25 kits.
The Rotary and Lions Clubs have
agreed to furnish a kit for each
(Continued on Page Six)
Lack Quorum For |
I Paralysis Meeting
Father McCourt Calls
Another Meeting For
Due no doubt to the black-out and I
several other meetings Tuesday night, |
a quorum failed to materialize fori
holding the meeting of the Chowan
County Infantile Paralysis Chapter.
The chairman. Father F. J. McCourt.
therefore, called another meeting to
be held Friday night of this week at
8 o’eolck in the Municipal Building. |
This will be the annual meeting j
of the chapter and for that reason all!
members, as well as anyone interest-;
.ed in infantile paralysis activities
are asked to make a special effort
to be present, for several very im
. portant matters must be disposed of.
GROUNDWORK LAID EON WELFARE AND [
RECREATION OF MARINES IN EDENTON
The Rev. W. C. Benson, as Temporary Chairman.
Plans to Call Meeting Shortly to Organize
Permanent Local Organization
Following a recent Rotary meeting)
at which he -was guest speaker on the
topic of Community Service and as I
the result of which he was asked to|
serve as temporary chairman, the;
Rev. W. C. Benson announced Wed
nesday that he has progressed to,
such an extent that he is ready to
call a meeting to form a permanent
organisation in the interest of pro
viding wholesome entertainment and
recreation for the contingents of
Marines expected to be located at
the air station near Edenton when
Mr. Benson delivered a splendid
address at the Rotary meeting which
so stirred the Rotarians that he was
asked to undertake a movement in
that direction. He immediate)}' went
to work and is now ready to call on
the Rotary and Lions Clubs. Ameri
can Legion, Chamber of Commerce
and Merchants Association, Red
Cross, Garden Club and the churches
Again Proves Very
Well Carried But
Lights Out and Traffic
Cleared Four Minutes .
ONE ARREST I
Spires and Byrum Well
Pleased With Perform
asce of Workers
Chowan County, on Tuesday night,
joined in the first State-wide black
out and again the machinery was
well-oiled and the test reported very |
successful. Those in charge were \
delighted with the efficiency of thej
various workers, who went about i
their duties like veterans, keeping;
black-out headquarters in the Munici
pal Building in touch with conditions
throughout the town and part of the
The alert signal was received at
(9:02 and the black-out alarm sound
led at 9:15, lasting until 10 o'clock,
l when the all clear signal was
Leroy Haskett, assistant chief air
raid warden, was stationed at the
telephone, where he »««**ived reports:
from the senior wardens, which re
ports were tabulated by E. W. Spires, i
i chairman of the County Civilian De-j
! sense Council. According to the re- j
! ports it required four minutes to en
-1 tirel.v black-out and clear the traffic. I
1 Reports from the wardens were made!
in the following order: Geddes Potter,)
(Continued on Page Two)
To Get Members For
C. Os C. - Merchants
Meets Prior to Tues
I Purpose Is to Secure at
Least 100 Members
, During Drive
T. C. Byrum, chairman of the
Membership Committee of the Cham
ber of Commerce and Merchants As
sociation, met with his committee on
Tuesday night prior to the black-out j
| and completed arrangements for a;
swift and thorough canvass for mem- i
| bership in the organization. After*
[ discussing with* his committee his j
I purpose 'to complete this important j
j work as soon as possible, eight can-1
vassers were selected, who will be!
grouped in pairs to make the can-!
Mr. Byrum reported that his list
»included 130 potential members and j
| both he and President Cam pen feel j
| that the organization should enroll at 1
'least 100'members without very much!
At a previous meeting,, the finance
committee went over the list and ar-!
ranged a tentative schedule of dues j
(Continued on Page SixV
j to cooperate, asking each to- appoint
' a committee of three to meet for the
; purpose of effecting a permanent
I organization to carry out the com
! munity service idea. This meeting
will be called within the next week
, or ten days.
Mr. Benson contacted the Rev.
R. E. Brown, of Fayetteville, pastor
of the Hay Street Methodist Church
and chairman of the committee on
recreation, social and religious work
in that city, as to the proper pro
cedure to prepare for the service
men’s welfare. Mr. Brown in turn
invited Mr. Benson and others to visit
Fayetteville so that first-hand in
formation and data could be secured.
It is the purpose of Mr. Benson to
have a committee appointed to go to
Fayetteville when the permanent or
ganisation is formed.
The idea of entertaining the Ma
rines was advanced at a recent meet
(Continued on Page Two)
County Civilian Defense
Council Requests Another
Year For Rev. W.C. Denson
| Lucky |
Due to the proper functioning
of a sprinkler system a disas
trous fire was no doubt averted
at the Chowan Storage Company
Saturday night. Upon arrival
at the warehouse Sunday morn
ing. Lloyd E. Bunch, manager,
found the floor flooded and upon
investigation discovered a num
ber of bales of cotton smoking.
Origin of the fire is a mystery
and 10 bales of cotton were dam
aged by the slow-burning blaze.
John B. Wiggins
Dies In Durham
After Long Illness
I Former Edenton Boy
I Official Hospital Care
Funeral Held In Eden
ton Baptist Church
John Bowers Wiggins, aged 28,
secretary-treasurer of the Hospital
Care Association, died Thursday
morning at 10.45 o’clock in Duke
Hospital following several months of
declining health. Born in Edenton,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Wig
gins, he would have been 29* on
| December 18, 194 J.
| He was graduated Horn tl.e Univer
| sity of North Carolina in 1935. a
i member of Phi Beta Kappa scholar-j
ship fraternity, and went to Durham
in that year. He interned in Busi
ness Administration for one year at
i Duke Hospital, then joined the staff
of the Hospital Care Association.!
For the .past three years he had;
been secretary-treasurer of the As
John Bowers was graduated from.
Edenton High School in the class of j
1931. He was a very popular stu- j
dent and was awarded the Rotary
Cup for being the student most out
j standing in scholarship, citizenship
j and extra curricular activities. He
was also a member of the football
j team in his senior year.
He was a member of the Lakewood
j Baptist Church and the Durham Lions
| Club. j
i Surviving are hts widow, Grace |
i Tillett Wiggins; one daughter, Betsy
j Wiggins, age 2 years: his parents.!
Mr. and Mrs. J. L, Wiggins of Eden
! ton; one sister, Mrs. J. L. Hassell of j
(Continued on Page Six!
Df Remaining Open
i On Thursday Nights
jMove Made to Accom
modate Workers at
In a brief meeting held Tuesday
afternoon after store closing time,
a number of Edenton’s merchants
agreed to remain open Thursday
nights hereafter until J) o’clock.
The meeting to discuss the matter
was called by J. G. Campen, presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce
and Merchants Association, who said
he had had a number of requests that
stores remain open at least one
night during the week in order to ac
commodate workers at the Marine
Corps Air Station who have no op
portunity to shop during the.day.
Auxiliary Meeting 1
In Red Men’s Hall
Having been granted permission to
use the Red Men’s Hall, the Ameri
can Legion Auxiliary will hold its
monthly meeting in the Red Men’s
rooms above the Bank of Edenton
Friday night at 8 o’clock.
Mrs. R. L. Pratt, president of the
Auxiliary, is very anxious to have a
large attendance and urges every
member to be present
d Printing Co ex "**l
S First St r
$1.50 Per Year.
Resolution Passed Mon
day Asking For Him
To Be Returned
HERE FOUR YEARS
First Aid Equipment Or
dered For Emergency
At a meeting of various chairmen
of the Chowan County Civilian De
fense Council held in the office of
Chairman E. W. Spires Monday after
noon, a resolution was unanimously
passed asking for the return of the
Rev. W. C. Benson to the local Metho
dist Church for another year. Mr.
Benson has served the Edenton
Church for four years and aside
from taking a prominent part in the
religious, civic and fraternal life of
the community, is chief of communi
cations in the County Civil Defense
i .<• resolution was presented with
out Mr. Benson’s being informed
ami in reply, he said that he has
thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Eden
too and that while here he was im
pressed and delighted with the co
operation received in any undertaking
he had any part in. If he is return
led, he promised to work for the wel
fare and betterment of the community
in any way he can be of service.
The resolution, addressed to the
Rev. Thomas McM. Grant, presiding
elder, follows: .
"Whereas, The First Methodist
Church of Edenton has been served
most ably by the Rev. Walter 0.
Benson for the past four years; and,
“Whereas, The Christian character,
the affable nature and the energetic
zeal of the Reverend Mr. Benson has
endeared him to all who have had the
good fortune of his advice and com-'
, panionship; and,
“Whereas, We have been informed
; that the Board of Stewards of his
Church has petitioned for his return
i to the Edenton Church: and
“Whereas, The Reverend Mr. Ben
son occupies a most vital position as
j Chief of Communications in our Civil
ian Defense organization for Chowan
(Continued on Page Five)
Lions Again Meet In
Hotel Joseph Hewes
Interesting Film Sched
uled For Next Mon
1 After holding their weekly meet
ings for several weeks at Colerai.fi
j and the Community Building at Cross
. Roads, the Edenton Lions Club on
i Monday night returned to Hotel
: Joseph Hewes, when there was a good
* attendance and a sense of satisfac
* tion prevailing at coming “hack
! home.” The Lions were crowded out
of their usual meeting place when
the Navy Department was obliged to
locate temporary quarters in the
hotel until a temporary building had
been completed at the base site.
A considerable amount of enthus
iasm prevailed among the members
and lhfesident ,1. Clarence Leary ex
pressed the hope that every Lion
woufd get hack into harness after
the forced “vacation.” He particu
larly emphasized the importance of
regular attendance in order to swing
into activities of the fall season. A
special appeal was made for a perfect
attendance next week.
Charles H. Jenkins was a visitor at
the meeting and in a few brief re
marks. called attention to the op
portunity Edenton and the club has
at this particular time to do a splen
did job of advertising for the town.
With so many visitors here in con
nection with the Marine Corps Air
Station, he said, club members and
citizens as a whole should seize the
opportunity to treat these visitors in
such manner that even after they
leave they will have only compli
mentary remarks regarding their
treatment and dealings while living
At next week’s meeting an inter
esting and instructive film will be
shown from the State Blind Comtnis
-1 sion and sponsored by the Lions
1 Club of the State. For this meeting
1 special invitations to attend will be
extended to the County Commission
' era, Mrs. J. H. McMullan, acting
l superintendent of welfare. Represen -
’ tative John F. White and Senator