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Volume X. —Number 14.
Contributions In Chowan’s
War Fund Drive Far Above
• 1$ Quota; $5,553 To Date
Still Few Canvassers
Who Have Not Sub
NAMES NEXT WEEK
Chairman W. J. Berry
man Makes Statement
Due to receipt of late adver
tising, space this week will not
permit acknowledgement of Red
Cross War Fund contributions.
This material is in type, but will
necessarily have to wait until
next ‘week’s issue.
With $4,103.40 actually turned over
to him last week, M. F. Bond, treas
urer of the Red Cross War Fund
drive, since that time has received
$1,449.84 to send Chowan County’s
contribution to $5,553.24, thus tar
over-subscribing the quota of $4,200.
Even then, the report is still incom
plete, so that the amount has already
passed the $5,500 mark hoped for.
There are still some contributions
which have not been turned over to
Mr. Bond, and he is very anxious to
receive these lists as early as possi
ble in order to complete the drive.
Mr. Bond has also been very careful
to compile accurate lists of money
turned over to him and the names of
contributors, but it is altogether
possible that a name or so could have
been inadverently omitted before so
many names were put into type. The
Herald will be glad to make any cor
rections as to contributors or the
W. J. Berryman, chairman of the
drive, who even before the drive was
started, set $5,000 as a goal for the
county, is very well pleased with the
result and this week made the fol-
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tied Men Hosts To
Wives Friday Night
Chicken Salad Dinner to
Be Served In Tribe’s
Hall at 8:15
Chowan County Red Men will be
hosts to their wives at a chicken
salad dinner which will be served in
the wigwam of Chowan Tribe No. 12,
Friday night. The affair is scheduled
to begin promptly at 8:15 in order
to allow ample time for members
living in the rural sections to attend.
To arrange the affair Sachem C. B.
Mooney, Jr., appointed J. Edwin
Bufflap, Raleigh Hollowell, Frank
Hughes, W. A. Munden and William
K. Israel, who have an interesting
program planned. The feature of the
entertainment will be several num
bers by a quartet composed of W. J.
Daniels, Raleigh Hollowell, C. B.
Mooney, Jr., and A. S. Hollowell.
The affair is expected to attract
over 100 Red Men and their wives.
POLICE G. A. HELMS FOR SELLING FIREARMS
Nol Pros Introduced By Prosecutor J. N. Pruden
Which Also Eliminated Charge Against Guy
Hobbs For Purchasing Revolver
Charges against Chief of Police
G. A. Helms for illegally selling a re
volver to Guy Hobbs were squashed
in Recorder’s Court Tuesday morning
when the State took a nol pros. In
his request for this action Prosecutor
J. N. Pruden quoted section 5106 of
the State law which has to do with
the illegality of selling or buying
firearms without first securing a per
mit from the clerk of court, but
found in a subsequent section these
words: “Provided nothing in this ar
ticle shall apply to officers authorized
by law to carry firearms.”
Mr. Helms is chief of police and
Mr. Hobbs is a member of the auxil
iary police force in connection with
ft he county civilian defense council;
f tie revolver being purchased shortly
after his appointment.
The charge against Helms, follow
ed an investigation of the Grand
Jury after a defendant, Peter de
Jesus, testified in a charge of shoot
ing Edward Boyce that he purchased
the revolver from Helms. The Grand
Jury questioned several witnesses,
THE CHOWAN HERALD
A HOME NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF CHOWAN COUNTY
| Close To TopJ
Though Edenton High School’s
negative debating team did not
win the Aycock Cup last week in
Chapel Hill, the two debaters,
Jeanne Smith and Lillian Davis,
can be classed among the (our
best teams in the State. The two
Edenton girls continued in the
contest until the semi-finals,
where they were eliminated by
the Apex debaters.
Apex lost the decision in the
final round to Forest City.
Another Term Os
1 Court Scheduled i
: To Begin April 26
, Commissioners May Re
Pulp Mill Case Again
; One of Cases On Cal
endar For Re-trial
■ Though a term of Superior Court
was held only last week, another
• term is scheduled to be held the week
1 of April 26. This term is for the
■ trial of civil cases only and there is a
' strong possibility that the County
■ Commissioners will request Governor
J. M. Broughton to cancel the term.
The Commissioners’ request will
depend upon whether or not the case
of Robert L. Chesson vs. Kieckhefer
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: Rotary Club Elects
’ New Officers Today
Entire Membership of
Club Placed In Nom
At today’s meeting of the Edenton
' Rotary Club new officers will be
1 elected, and for that reason every
member of the club is urged to be
present. The entire membership was
placed in nomination at a previous
meeting, so that the outcome of the
election is uncertain.
At present Frank Holmes is presi
i dent, and Wood Privott, vice presi
dent, while on the board of directors
are J. Edwin Bufflap, H. A. Campen,
R. N. Hines and J. A. Moore. All of
the new officers and directors elect
ed today will be installed at the first
meeting in July.
after which a true bill was returned
and Judge Walter Bone sent the case
back to Recorder’s Court for trial.
Mr. Hobbs was also charged with
illegally buying a revolver by not
first securing a permit from the
Clerk of Court. This charge was al
so nol prossed.
Horace Ragsdale, white man, was
found guilty of reckless driving and
speeding, Judge Marvin Wilson Im
posing a fine of $25 and eosts.
Shelly Clay, also white, who claim
ed to be a former officer, was fined
$25 and costs for reckless driving
and given 30 days on the roads for
operating a car equipped with a siren.
The latter sentence was #suspended
upon condition that the siren be re
moved the same day.
James Edward Perry,
Negro, was found guilty of assault
ing Edward Felton and was sentenced
to six months on the roads.
E. L. Simpon, who was charged by
G. W. Skinner with trespfpsing, was
found guilty and fined s2f> and costs.
He appealed to Superior Jourt.
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. Thursday, April 8,1943.
Chowan’s Quota In
Big 13 Billion Dollar
Drive Set At $231,900
Every Cent Needed In
Victory Drive to
Committee Meets Friday
Afternoon In Munici
Chowan County people will be put
to the acid test during the Second
War Loan campaign, beginning Apnl
12, when as part of the nation’s drive
to raise 13 billion dollars, Chowan is
asked to sell $231,900 worth of bonds.
This staggering sum of money is
necesary for the victory drive of the
American and other allied armies in
defeating the Axis partners, and to
thus end Americans must loan their
government every cent not needed
I for the essentials of living.
J. G. Campen has been made gen
eral chairman of Chowan’s drive
and has set up an organization to
help in this great undertaking. With
him on the general committee are
D. M. Warren, J. H. Conger, W. H.
Gardner and J. Edwin Bufflap.
Other chairmen are as follows:
Cotton Mill —P. S. McMullan.
East Edenten—E. W. Spires.
West Edenton—T. C. Byrum.
Yeopim—Mrs. J. L. Hassell.
Rocky Hock—Z. T. Evans.
Center Hill—L. W. Belch.
Cross Roads—Mrs. E. N. Elliott.
Upper Chowan—T. A. Berryman.
U. S. Marine Corps Air Station—
H. C. Woodall.
This group has been asked to meet
in the Municipal Building Friday af
ternoon at 4 o’clock, when definite
plans will be made for the drive to
raise Chowan's quota.
Progress Seen In
Bear Swamp Area
Federal Government Se
lects Area as Dem
County Agent C. W. Overman has
been informed by the State Soil Con
servation Service that the Bear
Swamp Drainage Area has been se
lected by the Federal Government as
a demonstration. The Government
has set aside funds to take care of
grading the right-of-way and dredg
ing the necessary canals.
The Bear Swamp Drainage Commit
tee has been advised to proceed in se
curing a contractor for this work and
efforts are now under way to secure
County Agent Overman and T. C.
Byrum, last week, visited Congress
man Herbert Bonner, at his home in
Washington, N. C., furnishing him
with information and correspondence
regarding the project so that he can
keep in touch with the matter in his
office at Washington.
Drainage of the Bear Swamp Area
is considered one of the most helpful
projects for Chowan and Perquimans
Counties in that it will release for
cultivation thousands of acres of the
richest kind of soil.
Mrs. Nathan Bail !
Mrs. Ep Debnam’s Class
Presents Silas Marner
At Meeting: Tuesday
At a meeting of the Edenton Par
ent-Teacher Association Tuesday af
ternoon, the nominating committee’s
recommendation for new officers was
announced as follows: President, Mrs.
Nathan Dail; vice president, Mrs. J.
Clarence Leary; treasurer, Mrs. West
Leary, and secretary, Mrs. Lloyd
A feature of the meeting was a
splendid dramatization of Silas Mar
ner by members of Mrs. Ep Debnam’s
English class which was written by
Carolyn Elliott and Emily Russell.
Those taking part were Emily Rus-‘
sell, Caiolyn Elliott, Rodney Roger
son, Robert Oliver, Fred Bunch,
(Continued on Page Six)
Group Is Appointed
To Manage USD
Club In Edenton
Twelve Citizens Agree
To Serve on Import
MEET NEXT WEEK
Direcor Abe Martin at
Region Meeting This
Week In Richmond
Twelve prominent Edenton citizens
have been contacted and have agreed
to serve as members of the Commit
tee of Management of the Edenton
USO Club, which will be operated by
the Army and Navy Y. M. C. A., un
der the direction of Abe Martin, who
has been in Edenton in the interest
of the Club for two weeks. Those
1 who will comprise this management
committee are D. M. Warren, R. N.
I Hines, J. H. Conger, W. J. Taylor,
the Rev. Lewis F. Schenck, J. A.
Moore, Lieutentant-Colonel Z. C.
i Hopkins, Mrs. W. I. Hart, Mrs. W.
W. Byrum, H. S. G. Verlander, John
A. Holmes and Mrs. J. E. Wood.
Though the definite date has not
been set, a meeting of this group will
be held some time next week for the
purpose of electing officers and ap
pointing various committees in con
nection with the operation of the
Director Martin left Edenton Mon
day for Richmond, Va., where he is
attending a regional USO institute
and conference for all directors and
supervisors in the region. At this
conference ideas will be exchanged
and plans discussed in connection
with the operation of USO Clubs. Mr.
Martin expects to be away the re
mainder of this week.
As Member Board
Os Public Welfare
W. J. Berryman Resigns
After Serving Term j
Os Six Years,
W. J. Berryman, this week, rounded
out six years as a member of the
Chowan County Board of Public
Welfare and because the term of of
fice is limited by statute to six
years, he retired from the Board of
which he was chairman.
Succeeding Mr. Berryman, the
County Commissioners, on Monday,
appointed W. J. Taylor. Mr. Taylor
served as superintendent of public
welfare before the social security
program was inaugurated which
created a full time office. The Com
missioners were unanimous in their
opinion that he is thoroughly familiar
with the work and that a better
qualified successor could not be
found in the county. Under the wel
fare set-up the County Commission-1
ers are obliged to appoint one mem
ber, the State Board another and
these two appoint the third member.
W. D. Pruden is the State Board’s ap
pointee, while W. W. Byrum was ap
pointed by Pruden and Berryman.
In recognition of the services of
Mr. Berryman, the County Commis
sioners instructed the clerk to write
a letter of appreciation to Mr. Berry
jman expressing their satisfaction of[
I his services and their regret that the
ilaw made it necessary for him to
Group Os White Boys
Inducted Into Army
i Eighteen of the group of white
boys recently sent to Fort Bragg
were inducted into the Army.
The list includes:
Parker Helms, Lonnie Harrell, Jr.,
Harry Allan Liniger, Lee Roy
Holmes, James Edward Sutton, David
Rudolph Mizelle, John Carl Hassell,
Jr., Frederick Earl Bennett, Sam
White, John Oliver, Jr., Hoskins
Bass, Jr., Rober Joseph Rawls, James
Bond, Edward Bunch, Alex White,
Robert Satterfield, John (Monk)
Hollowell and Lloyd Thomas Eure,
transferee from Bayboro, N. C., who
was accepted In the Navy (his pre
MR. MOONEY BETTER
C. B. Mooney, who has been very
ill in his room at Hotel Joseph
Hewes, is considerably Improved.
Mr. Mooney suffered an attack of the
flu last week shortly upon his arrival
f rom Kansas City, where he was
called due to the critical illness and
death of his brother.
Mrs. McMullan o ns As
Memorial Library Friday
On The Way
Town Council, will at its meet
ing Tuesday night, set up machin
ery for the Town election to be
held Tuesday, May 4. To date
there appears to be two vacan
cies due to the announcement by
Mayor J. H. McMullan that he
would not be a candidate and the
fact that Jordan Yates, who
was elected Councilman from the
Second Ward, has since moved
from the Ward end is not eligible
No prospective candidate had,
up until Wednesday, definitely
announced his candidacy, though
several are expected to seek of
fice. The deadline for filing is
10 days before the election.
Wm. Vicks Ordered
To Die In State Gas
Chandler On May 7
i Judge Walter Bone Sets
j Date of Death Fri
i day, May 7
Sixty Days Allowed For
Preparation of Cases
By Both Sides
After The Herald went to press
last week and near the completion of
| the criminal docket in the Term of
l Superior Court, William Vicks,
Chowan County Negro, was found
guilty of rape and was later sen-
Ijtenced by Judge Walter Bone to die
I in the State’s gas chamber on May 7.
j Vicks was charged with ravishing his
: own 14-year-old daughter, Ola Dean,
I the jury deliberating about nine
hours before returning the verdict
which sealed his doom.
Vicks’ attorney, Herbert Leary,
noted an appeal to the Supreme
Court, and Judge Walter Bone allow
ed 60 days for Solicitor Chester Mor
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Plans Going Forward
For Easter Seal Sale
Plans for the sale of Easter Seals
are going forward, the drive being
sponsored by the Edenton Lions Club
and directed by W. J. Taylor, who
appeals to Chowan County citizens to
be as liberal as possible in purchaing
j Revenue derived, of which 50 per
cent reamins in the county, is used
in crippled children work, and a like
amount is matched by the State for
The Seals will continue on sale
DRIVE INAUGURATED IN CHOWAN COUNTY
TO CURD WHOLESALE WAR-TIME LOAFING
Law Enforcement Officers Aiding Draft Board In
Rounding Up Able Bodied Men to Work or
Fight During Manpower Shortage
Chowan County’s Draft Board is no
little concerned about the present
manpower situation in Chowan Coun
ty and with the cooperation of law
enforcement officials, a crack-down is
to be made on that group of men
between 18 and 38 who are not in
the armed forces and who show little
inclination to work.
The condition was discussed in
the office of the Draft Board Tuesday
afternoon, when Captain J. L. Wig
gins, chairman, called law enforce
ment officials to assist in remedy
ing the matter. Besides Mr. Wiggins
and L. S. Byrum, member of the
Draft Board, present at the meeting
were Sheriff J. A. Bunch, Judge Mar
vin Wilson, County Prosecutor J. N.
Pruden, Chief of Police G. A. Helms,
Sergeant George I. Dail and J. Ed
Chairman Wiggins informed those
present that of the Negroes called
for service just about 80 per cent
are accepted and of the white men
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Veteran Librarian Has
Served Since Library
Elizabeth Carroll Has
Been Appointed Act
At a special meeting of the trus
tees of Shepard-Pruden Memorial Li
brary held Friday afternoon, April
2, the board received Mrs. Sidney
McMullan’s resignation as librarian.
Mrs. McMullan said she wished a
rest from her responsibilities as li
brarian, a position which she has held
since the Library was established in
1921. She will continue to be an ac
tive member of the Library board of
trustees and will serve as advisor
and consultant to the active librarian.
No permanent appointment has
been made to fill the vacancy. The
board appointed Elizabeth Carroll,
Four-County Librarian of this area,
to serve as acting librarian of Shep
j ard-Pruden Memorial. Mrs. Clar
■ ence Cates was appointed assistant.
1 The present library in historical
I old Cupola House is the first public
i library in Chowan County since the
Edward Moseley collection of 76 vol-
I umes was sent to Edenton in 1720.
Edenton may well be proud and
grateful that its fine public library
was built up through the years by
the intelligent guidance and loving
service of one of its most distin
guished citizens, Mrs. McMullan.
The reading tastes of our children,
’ as well as the adults of this town,
have been influenced and developed
by this cultured, far-sighted librarian.
The rich colonial history of Cu
pola House, the display of the valu
, able museum collection, has been
made available to an interested pub- *
• lie through Mrs. McMullan’s expert
(Continued on Page Eix;
Stirring Address By
Fred White, E. City
Roland Garrett, District
Legionnaires, at the meeting of
Ed Bond Post Tuesday night, lis
tened to a stirring address by Fred
White, o f Elizabeth City, commander
of Seth Perry Post. Mr. White was
accompanied by District Commander
Roland Garrett, who after a few
remarks, presented the speaker.
Mr. White spoke about present
war-time conditions and the import
ance of the American Legion in the
world conflict, also weaving into his
remarks the role of the State Guard
of which he is a member and recent
ly underwent a period of training at
from 70 to 75 per are accepted.
Which, boiled down, means that the
flower of our manhood is taken into
the Army, while illiterates and de
ceased men are allowed to return
and mingle with other citizens.
Another angle experienced by the
Draft Board is the common belief
among those who ere rejected that
upon arriving home they take the at
titude that they are privileged char
acters and can work or loaf as they
see fit. This is an illusion for the
statutes on vagrancy were thorough
ly reviewed and it is a foregone con
clusion that some of these men will
find themselves questioned and if
proof is not forthcoming that they
are employed, the majority of the
time they will be confined to jail, re
classified and again sent to the
Army. The condition develops into a
menace in that many of them, espec
ially among the Negroes, take the at
titude that they do not have to work.
(Continued on Page Six)