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Volume X—Number 37.
G. A. Helms Threatens To
Sue Town of Edenton For
/Us He Says Are Hue Him
Claims Councilmen Had
No Right to Abandon
ASKS FOR 8633
Hoard of Opinion There
Is No Ground What
ever For Claim
I m. . r Chief .if Police. <i. A.
I!'v.eck. tlireatentiti tn sue
the Town of Kdrtitim in a claim fo:*
S *>.“ t;i which. Ive says, is due him for
arrest fees. Mr. Helms addressed a
lottci t Tn.iyn Clerk It. K. Leary, in
which was a hilt for $633, represent
ing fees raid to the Town Collector
for arrests made by him from the
time. Town Council abandoned the
officers’ fee system in 1939 to the
time he left the Town’s employ in
I tlj of this year.
In the letter Helms Said he had
been informed by an attorney that
lie can collect the attached bill.
“Since it was a State law that, we
were being paid fees for arrests, etc.,
he stated, “the Town Council cannot
coarse a Legislative act. If my at
torney has to enter suit, I’ll get in
terest from the beginning, but if the
Council will pay the bill. I’ll settle
for the amount of the bill.”
Helms also stated that around
•$2,200 had been paid to the Town
Coiiectiii in way of officers’ fees
from July 1. 1939, to July 1, 1943.
Clerk Leary turned the letter over
to Mayor Leroy Haskett and after
the; Mayor informed the various
c.inncilmeii of the former Chief's de
mand. it was. put into the hands of
W . 1' 'ru.ien. the Town's attorney.
Mr. I’rudeii answered Helms’ letter
in which he, in part, stated:
“So far as 1 can see, you have no
,■ :h claim against the Town. How
s'. 1 will he glad to discuss the
i ,tter with you. attorney*, if you
dl let me know who he is." Mr.
Helms did hot mention the name or
the attorney referred to in his letter.
Kdenton officers, for a number or
years, received fees for making ar
rests. and the system was the sub
ject of much complaint and criticism,
virtually developing into a racket!
■The system was reason for: much dis
cussion in Town Council meetings for
Several years and in 1939 it was
agreed by Town Council to abandon
fees and raise the salaries of the of
ficers. At that time Helms* salary
was raised from $l3O to $145 per
month, with: the understanding that
no fees for arrests, witness fees or
any other fees in connection with
criminal cases before the Mayor of
Kdenton. any Justice of the Peace or
Recorder’s Court shall be paid to the
Town’s police officers.
Other than minor complaints that
the increase in salaries of officers
was not as much as their fees amount
ed to at the time fees were abandon
ed, there has been apparent satisfac
tion among the officers, all of them
apparently welcoming the doing away
with the fee system. At the present
time, the officers do not receive fees.
Helms’ letter was read at Town
Council meeting Tuesday night, but
very little time was consumed in
discussing it, the Councilmen as a
whole being of the opinion that the
former Chief of Police has no grounds
upon which to base his claim that the
Town owes him $633.
W. C. Kaus Shows
Shows Scheduled to Ap
pear In Edenton
Ed Bond Post of the American
Legion has signed a contract with
the W. C. Kaus Shows, which will ap
pear in Edenton from .September 21
through October 2.
The outfit has appeared in Eden
ton before. Coming with it will be a
variety of rides, as well as other en
tertainments on the midway. The
show was booked by the local Post
in an effort to boost the treasury to
the end that several worthwhile pro
jects can be carried out.
Bom to Mr. and Mrs. A. J.
Manning, in Williamston, Sunday,
September 5, a 10M>-oound son, Ken
neth Paul. Mrs. Manning is the form
re Miss Marie Spruill, of Edenton.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
° A HOME NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO TNM INTERNETS OF CHOWAN COUNTY
' Schools In County
Aid In Harvesting
Year’s Cotton Cron
Competitive I lan Ex
pected to Stimulate
‘ Joe Webb Coordinating
Manpower and Avail
> able Machinery
>!' ________ . j
5. Chowan County’s labor program'
l appears to bo progressing nicely at
.present, according to County Agent'
lit', W. Overman. J, A. VVebb, Jr.,
t farm labor assistant,. has worked out
. a eompetitivc cotton picking plan i
: with the schools throughout the
t By this plan a prize of sin is be
■ ilig provided for each of small
- Negro schools in the county, and
? prizes of S3O or more arc be pro-1
»■' s ided hi the Kdenton white school 1
land Chowan High School. I’rizcs arc,
1 also Pei tig arranged for the. Is it-Poll
p colored school and the Koch) ih'ck’
t school. The plan provides for each
school working out method.- to use
r the.money so that it! will stimulate.a
rj greater amount of cotton picking ,
s i among the childien.
-j Mr. Webb has contacted the AAA
f' community committeemen and the
. j neighborhood leaders throughout the'
i* | county in view of determining the
! farm labor status. Cotton and pea
) nut growers are cooperating very
-j nicely, so far, in making their plans
.' wink together, in a great many in
1, ••"a - h.c • *■: “■ peanut digger is
. available to serve several farms, the
r 1 growers are cooperating ami using'
. : the digger to the greatest advantage
r es all.
In Christmas Mail
f Care In Selection and
[I Packing: Gifts Must
f Be Exercised
Kdenton’s USO Club, together with
H I'SO Clubs throughout the country, is
cooperating with the Army Postal
Service in sending Christmas mail to
men and women in service overseas. |
All Christmas packages must be mail- j
, ed before October 15, and may be i
sent without special requests from
, the men and women abroad.
■ “New pictures of the family or
' | friends are favorite presents,” say
[I ISO officials. “Next on the list is
'| soap. Because of the general short -
I age of soap both in England and
North Africa, it will be a welcome
gift, preferably hand cakes that do
, not melt quickly. Perfumes and cos
metics are also acceptable, but it ts
reported that these items are plenti
ful and relatively inexpensive abroad.”
Other USO suggestions include
small kit or bag for carrying cos
metics, billfold, shoe shining kit,
i traveling iron, alarm dock, name
1 tape with serial number added, and
Christmas packages for overseas
’ are limited to five pounds in weight,
15 inches in length and 36 inches in
length and girth combined. Pack
ages must be mailed in substantial
boxes or c6ntainers. Attractive
1 Christmas wrappings on individual
1 packages are permitted, but parcels
' must pot be sealed. 'Food should not
■ be sent, for the post office will not
accept perishable articles.
It is well to remember, too, that
1 any package sent may have to lie
' under a ton of weight in a ship’s hold,
in a temperature of 125 degrees, for
l: a 10,000-mile trip, so that plans
’ should be made accordingly.
JOINS MERCHANT MARINE
Harry Lee Spruill, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Jesse Spruill, left Wednesday
. morning for Norfolk, Vk., where he
, enlisted in the Merchant Marines.
■ Young Spruill volunteered for foreign
- service and will leave for
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, September 16, 1943.
Hold Councilmen ;
In Long Session
Finally Agreed to IHit
Sidewalks on West
New Board of Custo
dians Named For
Town Counrilineli remained in ses
•l .11 until alnro.-t midnight Tuesday.
uch of the time being taken up with
requests fur sidewalk paving. There
were two' requests for .-idewalks,
bull) of which have keen of long
-Rinding and included a sidewalk on
the north side of West Eden Street
from the Citizens Hank to the west-]
ern line of Luther A-lilcy’s property.!
Tiiu otltei request was for a side-'
; walk on the west side of Oakumi
Street front Church to Freemason 1
and on the south side of Freemason
' Street from Oakum to Broad Street.
, After a lengthy discussion and 1
hearing interested parties, it was de
j ruled by Town Council to erect a
four-feet sidewalk on Eden Street.
] in putting down this sidewalk, it will
be necessary to remove the crepe
myrtle trees in front of the homes of.
J. l iank White, Sr., and Luther
, Ashley, but included in the motion
was a provision that when the side-;
, walks ate completed, tin* Town will
plant new crepe myrtle trees to re
, place the old trees taken down. It :
was the general opinion of the t'uiin
cilnten that the sidewalk should con
tinue on to Granville Street, but not
i sufficient numhei of property!
holders had signed the petition to
carry on the project that far.
As to the Oakum and Freemason
projects, it was decided to break this'
‘ i request down into two separate pro-:
' jeets. ..A large majority of property
7 ow ners mi both streets signed the pe
tition for sidewalks, but because of
tho-uncertainty of having .sufficient
'. f unds, it was thought best to make
■ two projects and thus put down a
sidewalk according to funds avail
able. The Kev. S. N. Griffith was,
therefore, requested to secure two
petitions and have them signed sep
| Htatejy by property owners on both
I During the meeting. Town Council
officially accepted the resignation of
J. 11. Conger as assistant fire chief.
Mr. Conger resigned due to increased
duties brought about by the short
age of labor. The fire department
recommended Jordan Yates as Mr.
Conger’s successor, and Town Council j
(Continued on Page Five)
Albemarle Peanut i
Site Secured In Expec
tation of Expansion
The Albemarle Peanut Company,'
on Tuesday night, acquired possession
of the A. M. Forehand peanut mill
located on Town property, for which
a lease was granted Mr. Forehand in
1936. Town Council, at its monthly
meeting transferred the lease to the
ground to the Albemarle Peanut Com- |
pany for a period of 10 years at a
rental of $lO per year.
This year the building will be used
principally for storage purposes, but
in requesting the transfer of the
lease, M. F. Bond, secretary of the
company, stated that is is the inten
tion of his concern, when conditions
a»e more favorable, to establish a
candy factory, peanut butter plant
or possibly some other phase of the
VSO Group Meets At
Parish House Friday
Mrs. R. F. Elliott, president of the
VSO for USO, has called a meeting
of her group to be held at St. Paul’s
Parish House Friday evening at 8
o’clock. In connection with the meet
ing, Mrs. Elliott said, “There are
many and varied services to be ren
dered in connection with our USO
Club and the full cooperation of all
the VSO members is going to be
needed to keep it a going affair.”
Every member of the group is es
pecially urged to attend the meeting:.
I Enrollment Is Off |
j Slightly First Day
746 E ■ rolled as Com
pared With 755 Last
Prospects Not Very En
eoura-Him For Strong
Kui' nt b K lenton’s school,
un r , began tin- 1943 11 .session .in
Wednesday "I last week, was Tin on
tiie opening day. This figure coni
pareil with T 55 last year. This yc.u
then are niotv enielleil in the eie
unlat;. :• rades, hut tile senior etas?
!.- one of tiie smallest in a number of
years, so that the High School en
; rolln .t , o teil for tile 10.-s.
•Tl . lots in
; .'i.o. wion . ; ass
Jci. -I. .1 til.
Se.eral h'a\c entered sel I -me.
.tin ii>st day. aml a few more are ex
. peeled to enter, so that Superiiitend.-
1 ent John A. Holmes expects the en
. rolliiieiit t" iie about the same as hist
Vei\ little time was lost in ..rgani-,
j ration on tile opening day and already ,
' tiie selu.oi i> functioning ,n mid-'
j sea-on form.
So far a- football prospects are
concerned. tile Kdenton school will
| have a very weak squad oil tile grid
; iron. Koekefellow Tenters is the new'
j coach and up to (.his week had a n.-u
--clus of only three experienced play
ers around which to develop a team.
These three hoys have had only one
. y> ar of varsity experience ami include i
I Can..!,’ Griffin. Sam Ross ami Frank!
; White. Coach Venters called for.,
'football candidates last week and in'
tiie neighborhood of 15 hoy - reported
for practice, so that the team as!
j finally: chosen will be very light as
well as inexperienced.
While prospects are not si. bright.:
Venters is of tin* opinion that other!
schools are in more "dr less the same
1 predicament, and for that reason is
hopeful that his team will be able to
make a creditable showing with the
, teams which the boys will meet.
Grand Jury Soon
i Winds Up Affairs
For Term Os Court
Report Ready for Judge
... . ■ . |
As .was. the case With the Septem- !
her term of court, the Grand Jury,:
this Week, lost no time in completing
its work and on Tuesday morning
presented its report to Judge C. i
Kverett Thompson before lie departed'
for his home in.. Elizabeth City.
Rupert Goodwin was foreman of the
group, which also included R. T’>.
HolioWell, secretary; Karl Jones, 1,. |
C. Baker, Julius L. Hardison, l\. J.
Copeland, Herman Layden, Ellsworth
Blanchard, Earl Bunch, Junius White..
!E. Z. Evans, W, W. Harrell, A, .H, .
Chappell, B. M. Hollowed, Jr.. Mack
Gregory, K. B. Williams, W. 0.
Forehand and Isaac Byruni.
Judge Thompson, in his charge,
reiterated the usual duties of the
Grand Jury and emphasized the im-
I portance of the work devolving upon
In the Grand Jury report, it was
stated that all county offices, the jail
and county home were inspected and
found iii proper and good condition.
Several defects were found in school
buses and in conditions at various
schools, Judge Thompson ordering a
copy of the report sent to Superin
tendents John A. Holmes and W. J.
Taylor so that conditions mentioned
can be remedied.
A sample of the drinking water l
at Rocky Hock Central School was
also taken. While it is dark in
color, teachers report that the taste
is satisfactory. It was recommended
that the next Grand Jury test the
waster to ascertain whether it has
JOHNNIE ASBELL STATIONED
AT JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
Johnnie Asbell, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Asbell, has enlisted in the
Naval Air Corps and is now stationed
:at Jacksonville, Fla. Before enter
ing the service, young Asbell was
• employed at the local U. S. Marine
~ Corps Air Station.
Chowan County's Quota In
United War Fund Drive Is
Set $6,000, Says Conger
Third War Loan
Drive In Chowan
On In Full Swing
( hainnaii J. G. Campen.
However, Has No
QI OTA 5417,000
Baptist Church Agrees
To Invest 55,000
Though u<> definite report on'
' Chowan ..'County’s . Third War Loan | 1
drive was available early this week.''
what reports trickled ft: to .1. G.
Canipen, chairman of the '-'Chowan']';
j County War Finance Committee,] 1
were very encouraging. The drive!*
j got under wa\ Thursday es last week,! 1
-ince which time the group of can
vassers have been making their 1
rounds in an effort to sell bonds or
secure a promise of purchases. !
Mr. Campen wa- veiy mill'll en
couraged Sunday when the finance
committee of the Kdenton Baptist
■t'h'uich recoin mended tin* investment
;of s.T.imiii in the War I’.onds. The
j recommendation iva* subsequently '
| acted upoi by the congregation of the
i Mr. Campen realize- that the
county faces a big job in railing l 1.0
quota, which has been set at s4l7.iiuti.
"Let nte urge everyone in Chowan
County to invest every lent he or she
possibly can m bonds and stamps
j during tin- next three weeks." said
. Mr. Campen in commenting upon the
progress of tiie county'.- drive, "so
that we may reach eur quota. We
cannot afford to let old Chowan
The drive is scheduled to end on
Thursday, September .30, >o that
everyone is urged to resort even to
sacrificing in order to purcha-el
, bonds, the money foi which Is so
' necessary at this particular time in
carrying on tiie vvai to a quicker ami
Mr. Cam pen’s co-workers are doing
a fine job in their solicitation, but
naturally will miss some of those
whom they call on. However, no one
1 should depend upon being solicited
in order to buy bonds, and are, there
fore, urged to make purchases un
Chowan’s Cotton !
Gins Rank With
Highest In State
(iin Specialist Very Well
Fred I\ Johnson, gin specialist j
from the N. C. Department of Agri
culture, spent half a day in Chowan I
County last week and together with
Comity Agei t ('. W, Overman check- j
ed up on cotton gins. In a few in-j
stances, it was found that a ginnerj
faced difficult problems, but these]
were quickly solved by a few suggest
tions from Mi. Johnson.
The gin specialist was very com-;
plimentary regarding the condition of
the gins visited and said they rank
with the highest in any county. I
Ginners are displaying a very co-1
operative attitude toward the county |
cotton improvement program. Ar- j
rangements have been made to give]
special attention to the ginning of!
seed stock, so that the seed will be
kept pure and unniixed.
Decided Decrease In
Arrests In August
A decided drop in arrests made in
Edenton is shown in Chief of Police
J. R. Tanner’s monthly report. Dur
ing August there were only 68 ar
rests, as compared .with 102 in July.
Os the arrests, public drunks led
with 11, followed by eight for va
grancy and eight for OPA violations.
During the month 33 investigations
were made, 81 calls answered, and
54 complaints handled. Stolen prop
erty recovered amounted to $865.
This news pop* it circu
lated in the territory
where Advertisers wit
reohee goad remits.
$1.50 Per Year.
Chairman Meets With
Workers To Formu
BEGINS OCT. 1
Effort Will Be .Made to
Raise Amount In
J. 11. l 'TiTTgcr. TTili 1) iittir: —rtf- th-e
United War Fund Drive in Chowan
County, met with his various chair
men in tiie Municipal Building Thurs
day night and laid plans for a wiirri
wind campaign, during which tiie
Co uni jquota ha.- been ct .it
•1*6,H0". \\ bile tiie machinery has
been set up. the actual lain ass will
tmt begin until 'October 1, and while
the entire month is scheduled to be
devoted, to the national drive, Air.
Conger■'is of tile opinion that the lo
cal drive, can be wound up in 10 days
or two weeks.
Always a stickler for speed and
immediate action in matters of this
kind, Mr. Conger sees no reason why
a campaign should drag over a period
of 30 days and besides sees no reason
why Chowan County cannot raise the
quota in at least two weeks’ time.
Chairman Conger wa- greatly en
.couraged by a report from George ('.
Cunney. Navy auditor at the U. 8.
Marine Cofp- Air Station, that,
though the drive was little more than
mentioned to contractors now work
ing mi the base, checks for SI,OOO are
already in hand, even before the
drive i.- launched.
It will tn* of interest to local con
tributor- to know that a certain per
centage of tlc> quota will go to the
Kdenton Boy Scout Troop in way ot
payment of dues in the Tidewater
1 ounci . In meet tins expense, which
is several hundred dollars, solicita
tions were previously secured from
The National War Fund is working
in closest cooperation with the Red
Cross and other war relief agencies.
IVriodic meeting- are held with an
advisory group in Washington which
ro!i reseut I.end-I.case. State Depart
ment. A merman Red Cross. Office of
I* oretgn Relief and Rehabilitation,
and President's War Relief Control
Hoard. It is necessary for tiie suc
re.-- of the National War Fund that
these agencies work cooperatively.
1 lie National War Fund instead of
setting up duplicating machinery,
uses existing facilities for relief dis
tribution to the fullest possible ox
' tent. In this respect, the American
Red Cross, the International Red
( rnss and its affiliated organizations
in neutral as well as belligerent enun
i tries have proved to tie most helpful.
Much of the United Nations’ relief
i provided through National War Fund
.channels will be distributed through
i the experienced staff of the Interna
tiona! Red Cross and its member
] Food and invalid packages for pri
j soners of war provided from i gifts to
I member agencies of the National
W ar I* uiiil are purchased, shipped and
distributed through the American Red
Moreover, the itemized budget of
1 National War Fund agencies are re
! viewed in consultation with represen-
I tatives of the various governmental
] agencies concerned with foreign re
j lief operations and with the American
Red Cross to insure, in so far as
: practicable, that there is. no undesir
j able duplication in the allocation of
j funds or in the carrying out of the
! relief projects proposed.
_hi support of the National War
j Fund, President Roosevelt said, “As
• Commander-in-Chief, I ask all our
people to remember this—that a share
in the National War Fund is a share
in winning the war.”
| Rotary Club Agrees
To Sponsor Barbecue
Pit At Local Armory
Edenton’s Rotary Club, at last
week’s meeting, agreed to pay for the
installation of a barbecue pit at the
' Armary building, which will be used
by Company 26 of the State Guard
or for other affairs of a community
nature. The Rotarians had planned
to entertain the State Guardsmen at
a banquet, but due to the shortage of
food, as well as the help to serve it,
the suggestion of erecting a barbecue
pit struck a responsive chord, both
among the Rotarians and Guardsmen.
The exact location of the pit was
not determined, but it will be close
enough to the building to make It
• convenient to serve meals inside the