The Chowan herald. online resource (Edenton, Chowan County N.C.) 1934-current, September 16, 1943, Image 1
fc ***** columns will ho | faeemd a fair presen 'Uon I hwal ami count, I W fatal interest. °s ( 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 Fee System 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. Legion Sponsors W. C. Kaus Shows Shows Scheduled to Ap pear In Edenton Next Week 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. birth announcement 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 i Competitive I lan Ex pected to Stimulate Picking' FRIZES OFFERED r ' ‘ 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 , county. 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. USO Cooperating In Christmas Mail Going Overseas r j f Care In Selection and [I Packing: Gifts Must f Be Exercised 4 ■ 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 pressing cloth. 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 overseas duty. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, September 16, 1943. Sidewalks Again Hold Councilmen ; In Long Session Finally Agreed to IHit Sidewalks on West Eden Street LONG STANDING New Board of Custo dians Named For Armory 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 streets. 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 Company Acquires Forehand Property Site Secured In Expec tation of Expansion Purposes 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 peanut industry. 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 j Srhoo! 746 E ■ rolled as Com pared With 755 Last Year FEWEILSEMORS Prospects Not Very En eoura-Him For Strong Football Team 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 J year. 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 j Report Ready for Judge Thompson Tuesday Morning ... . ■ . | 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 the members. 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 cleared up. 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 Initial Report QI OTA 5417,000 Baptist Church Agrees To Invest 55,000 At Outset 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 church. 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 fail.” 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 -Uceessfui conclusion. 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 solicited. Chowan’s Cotton ! Gins Rank With Highest In State (iin Specialist Very Well Pleased Following i Inspection 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 late Flans BEGINS OCT. 1 Effort Will Be .Made to Raise Amount In Two Weeks 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 individuals. 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 ] groups. ] 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 Cross. 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 Armory.