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Volume XlX.—Number 7.
Majority of Edenton I
Half Holiday Scheduled!
To Go In Effect Feb
Plan Adopted to Benefit
Clerks and Merchants
a In order to determine the attitude
* of Edenton merchants and business
concerns relative to closing’ the estab
liahmentfl every Wednesday afternoon,
* the Merchants Committee of the
Chamber of Commerce went on rec
ord to poll the members concerning
the half day closing.
As the result of this pole early
this • week, the majority of business
houses agreed to begin closing Wed
nesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, begin
ning Wednesday, February 20. How
ever, three merchants did not agree
to the proposed half day closing idea.
These three concerns are Elliott Com
pany, Cuthrell's Department Store and
Bose's 5 and 10-cent Store.
Those who signed the petition are:
Edenton Furniture Company, West
ern Auto Associate Store, The Betty
Shoppe, Badham Bros. Company,
Campen’s Jewelers, Quinn Furniture
Company, S. Hobowsky, Byrum Hard
ware Company, P & Q Food Center,
Colonial Store, Bell’s Goodyear Store,
Griffin’s Grocery, Belk-Tyler Com
pany, Tots & Teens, Malone’s 5 and
10-cent Store, Hughes-Holton Hard- .
ware Company, Sanitary Cleaners,
Forehand Jewelers, Ralph E. Parrish,
Habit’s Grocery, 20th Century Bar
ber Shop, White and Perry’s Barber
Shop, Harrell & Leary, Thrif-T-Gas
Company, Ward’s Barber Shop, Broad
Street Fish Market, M & L Furniture
Company, W. M. Rhoades Shoe Shop,
J. M. Vail, Chestnutt Cleaners, Percy
Reeves Barber Shop* ‘Hasnight Gro
The purpose of the half day clos
ing is to allow clerks and merchants
themselves to work about their homes
or enjoy a half day of recreation.
Regular closing will allow those af
fected to make preparation each week
to utilise the half day holiday.
Debt Is Decreased
Final Payment Expect
ed To Be Written Off
J. R. Dulaney, manager of the
Edenton Belk-Tyler store, has pre
sented a check for SI,OOO to John A.
Mitchener, Jr., on behalf of the Pres
byterian Church here, to be ap
plied on the church building debt
The presentation took place this
week. Dulaney was acting on behalf
of W. H. Belk, co-owner of Belk-Tyler
stores and one of the south’s most
outstanding Presbyterian layman.
Mitchener is clerk of the session of
the First Presbyterian Church. He
reported this week that he has as
sured the congregation of the churoh
that the final payment on the church
debt will be made and the debt writ
( Continued on Page Seven)
Marines Arriving At
Edenton Air Base
About 1,000 Expected to
Be on Base Within
According to Captain J. R. Johnson,
group intelligence and public informa
tion officer of MAIG-11, now station- *
ed at the Edenton Marine Corps '
Auxiliary Air Station, in about a '
week approximately 1,000 Marines will <
be stationed at the Edenton base. 1
The commanding officer is Col. E. E. '
* Brockett, Jr., who arrived Monday 1
from Cherry Point.
MAG-11 is made up of Marine Air
Base Squadron 11, Marine Air Main
ten—re Squadron 11, Headquarters
Squadron 11 and VMF-224, a fighter
squadron. It is a part of the Second ;
Marine Air Wing at Cherry Point, re- i
eently returning from maneuvers in
Puerto Rico. MAG-11 is actually the i
first air group in Marine aviation, ‘
formerly known as Aircraft 1.
At the Edenton station the Marines 1
Will be trained as pilots and for any •
phase of Merino aviation.
*lm CHOWAN HERALD
|_ Resigns _j
Wesley Chesson, Jr„ tendered
his resignation as Town Clerk at
the meeting of Town Council
Tuesday night. Mr. Chesson will
sever his connection with the
town as of July 1.
In presenting his resignation,
Mr. Chesson stated that it had
been a pleasure to work with the
present administration for almost
three years and that he was leav
ing only because of a better op
portunity in the future.
Mr. Chesson will be associated
with the Hobbs Implement Com
pany and plans to join the concern
about the time it moves into its
new building on East Church
Miss Jane Goodwin
Wins Speaking Prize
At Chowan High
Presented World Peace \
Trophy By Mrs. J. R. 1
Miss Jane Goodwin, a senior at
Chowan High School, was the winner <
in the Build World Peace Contest held •
Friday in the Chowan School audi- 1
torium. She was presented the gold 1
World Peace Key by Mrs. J. R. Du- <
laney, on behalf of the Edenton Wo
man’s Club, which sponsored the as- !
Jane won over another senior, Mary 1
Elizabeth Whiteman. Both of the \
girls’ speeches were well delivered
and it was difficult for the judges i
to come to a decision. A third con
testant, Rufus Smithson, Jr., was i
unable to appear for the final contest
due to illness. His speech was read i
by a member of the senior class while j
the judges were conferring.
Acting as judges were the Rev. i
Ralph Knight, pastor of Ballard’s 1
Bridge Baptist Church, Mrs. Mar- i
guerite Burch of the Chowan School i
faculty, and Mrs. J. R. Dulaney, rep
resenting the Edenton Woman’s .
Club. The study and speaking pro
gram was under the direction of Mrs. ,
C. R. Darr, English teacher.
Miss Goodwin’s speech on “What Is .
the Responsibility of the United
States in the Light of Communist Ag
gression?” was both interesting and
informative. “Many different organi- 1
zations have been established to help '
build world peace,” she said, "but 1
perhaps the greatest of these is the
"The United Nations’ charter was 1
granted on October 24, 1945. It has
been in existence seven years. Dur- 1
ing these years the United Nations 1
has struggled and fought for peace. ,
In order to have peace, we, the peo
ple of the United States have to fight
those hindrances which will keep us
from having peace.”
Hospital Auxiliary Will
Hold Meeting Feb. 20th
Mrs. Wesley Chesson, Jr., presi
dent of the Hoepital Auxiliary, calls .
attention to a meeting of the Auxili- .
ary which will be held Wednesday
afternoon, February 20, at 3 o’clock.
Mrs. Martin Wisely, chairman of the
Program Committee, has arranged to
have as a speaker Miss Katherine
Brown. Miss Brown will use as her ,
subject a recent visit to Mexico and j
Geo. Washington Tea |<
At Methodist Church
Sponsored by the Woman’s Society 1
of Christian Service of the Methodist <
Church, a George Washington tea i
wiH be held in the church annex Fri- j
day night, February 22, at 7:30 t
o’clock. An interesting program is (
being arranged for the occasion, to s
which the public is invited to at
Boy Scout Charter Is
Given To Rotary Club
At last week’s meeting of the
Edenton Rotary Club H. A. Cacnpen,
institutional representative of the 1
West Albemarle District, Boy Scouts i
of America, presented the charter for i
Troop 166, which is sponsored by the 1
Rotary Club.- The charter was pro- ]
sented to President J. L. Chestnutt,
who in tnm presented H to Scout- 1
master C. W. Overman. ]
North Carolina. Thursday, February 14,1952. =
| Edenton Doll In National Competition | (
V y Vt, KK A”** |
Pictured above is the 18-inch costumed doll which will com
pete in the fashion show luncheon of the Women’s National Demo
cratic Club in Washington, D. C, next Wednesday, February 20.
The doll is a replica of Hannah Johnston Iredell, prominent Eden
tonian in Colonial days and wiH compete with 52 others to be ex
hibited at a style show and later sold. Hannah was designed and
dressed by Mrs. W. I. Hart at the request of Mrs. Lindsay C. War
ren, chairman for North Carolina. (Photo by Evelyn Leary)
Mayor LH. Haskett
Is Delighted With
New Street Markers
Now Urges Houses to Be
Mayor Leroy Haskett is among
those who appreciate the street mark
ers placed at street intersections as
the result of a project of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Has
kett wrote the following letter of
appreciation to George Alma By
rum, president of the Jaycees:
“For some years it has been my
desire to know that all the streets in
Edenton were properly marked, giving
the name of each street, but it seem
ed we just could not get the interest of
“I take this time out, as Mayor of
Edenton, to tell you how proud I am
to know the job has been done. It is
a fine job. I am proud that we have
a Junior Chamber of Commerce in
Edenton with a fine group of young
men interested in doing big things.
“Since the Junior Chamber of Com
merce was organized you have been
very active, shown great concern
about your town and have done a
fine job in behalf of Edenton.-
“I know of no group of young men
with the interest and activity of
the Jaycees. I am proud of you and
solicit your suggestions and recom
mendations at all times.
“Again, I want to tell you how
proud I am of the nice job you have
just completed in setting up the street
Mayor Haskett further had this
“For years Edenton has been on
the upward trend and to me® all
should be very happy. Now that the
Jaycees have given us the street mark
ers, for which we are proud, I ap
peal to all our people to be so good
as to remark their house numbers
so they are visible from the street.
In so doing, with the new street mark
ers, will be another progressive step
for our town.”
X-Ray Unit Will Be
Here Three Days
Moves On To Chowan
High School Febru
ary 19 and 20
Today (Thursday), Friday and Sat-1
urday, an X-ray unit will be in opera-1
tion at the Edenton High School. 1
Any person over 15 years of age 1
may have a free X-ray. Children un
der 15 should bring a written request
from the family physician. Teachers
and foodhandlers should by all means
have an X-ray for health certificates.
Contacts of tuberculosis cases are es
pecially requested to have an X-ray.
All high school students over 16 should
come as a group in many instances,
depending on arrangements with the
school principal and X-ray technician.
The unit will be at Chowaq High
School Tuesday and Wednesday of
next week, February 19 and 20.
Legion Auxiliary Will
Meet Next Tuesday
Mrs. Paul Holloman, president of
the American Legion Auxiliary, an
nounces that a meeting of the Auxili
ary will be held at the home of Mrs.
W. M. Wilkins on Tuesday night,
February 19, at 8 o’clock.
Mrs. Holloman is very anxious to
have a large attendance of the mem
Hannah J. Iredell”
To Attend Luncheon
; Washington Affair
i Doll For Occasion De
signed and Dressed By
Mrs. W. I. Hart
On February 20, Hannah Johnston!
Iredell, grandneice of Royal Govemorl
Gabriel Johnston, sister of Govemorl
Samuel Johnston, first Governor of;
the State of North Carolina, mother of
James Iredell, Jr., Governor of North!
Carolina, and wife of James Iredell i
,of Edenton, who was the first A&so-I
ciate Justice of the Supreme Court!
of the United States, will attend thej
luncheon and fashion show sponsored
by the Woman’s National Democratic]
Club at their annual benefit. The. i
luncheon will be held at the Statler
Hotel in Washington, D. C. Mrs. \
Harry Truman will be guest of honor, j ]
Hannah Iredell will take part in 1
a style show in competition with|!
fifty-one other beauties from the]
otter fif.y-one states and outlying
possessions. The lovely doll was de-1
signed and dressed by Mrs. W. I.
Hart of Edenton, at the request of ,
Mrs. Lindsay C. Warren, wife of:
Comptroller General Lindsay C. War-j
ren of Washington, D. C., who is j
chairman for North Carolina.
The doll is eighteen inches tall j
with dark blue eyes and curly blond :
hair. She wears a gown of green I
taffeta with an over-skirt of gold,!,
green and bronze brocaded satin with .
a bodice of real Brussels lace. The
material of this dress was importedi'
from Italy and was a gift of Mrs.
Inglis Fletcher of Bandon Plantation,'
near Edenton. The costume is aug-1
mented by a hat of Brussels lace and
green taffeta, trimmed with bronze ,
and green velvet forget-me-nots. A
beaded reticule of green -and bronze
and tiny kid slippers are exact re
plicas of those worn by Hannah's
sister, Anne Johnston, and now are ,
on exhibit in the Cupola House Mu
seum in Edenton.
Hannah Iredell, who provided the
inspiration for the dainty model was
one of the outstanding political hos- ,
tesses of her day. She was one of the 1
fifty-one women of Edenton who sign
ed a resolve to drink no more tea
until the obnoxious tax was remov
Hannah and James Iredell’s home in
Edenton is now owned by the State
of North Carolina and is under custo
dy of the Tea Party Chapter, Daugh
ters of the American Revolution.
Want To Preserve
P & Q Food Center Buys
Site of Penelope Bar
With the purchase of the old Moore !
property on Broad Street by the
P4Q Food Center, a number of peo
ple have been aroused about preser
vation of the house now standing on
the property. It has been definitely
established that. this house was the 1
home of Penelope Barker, a prominent 1
Edenton figure in colonial days.
The P & Q Pood Center purchased
the site with the idea in mind to build 1
a super market and, of course the 1
house will have to be removed.
The desire of a number of Edenton
people is to save the house and have
it. moved to a site where it can be
The Herald has not learned of any
definite movement to preserve the
house, although quite a lot of con- 1
venation has been going the rounds’
pertaining to R.
Zoning Os Edenton
By Town Councilmen
I Missing _J
Eden ton’s Methodist Church a
few years ago purchased two
beautiful flags, a church flag and
an American flag, which for some
time were displayed in front of
the pulpit. During the time re
pairs were made to the church
the flags, no doubt, were removed
or taken away.
Absence of the flags was dis
covered Sunday before last when
they were to be put in place upon
the occasion of members of the
American Legion attending church
service in a body.
Anyone who knows the where
abouts of the two flags will con
fer a favor by notifying the pas
tor, the Rev. E. B. Edwards, or
T. B. Williford, Chairman of the
Board of Stewards of the church.
Mrs. J.H. Conger, Jr.
! Os Woman’s Club
Carolyn Harrell Deliv
] ers Prize Winning
Speech At Meeting
; Carolyn Harrell, winner of the
World Peace Study and Sneaking
. Contest held recently in the Edenton
High School under the .sponsorship of
the Edenton Woman’s Club, delivered
(her speech before the members of
the Woman’s Club at their monthly*
I luncheon meeting last week in the
I Parish House.
I The business session was presided
(over by Mrs. W. D. Holmes, Jr.,|
president. Mrs. John A. Kramer, pro- j
gram chairman, introduced Mrs. Mary j
1 Leggett Browning, English teacher at
I Edenton High School, w'ho in turn
introduced Carolyn. Miss Harrell’s
subject was “What is the Responsi
bility of the United Nations in the
Light of Communist Aggression?”
Mrs. R. P. Baer reported on the
progress of the stage production,]
“Shooting Stars,” which is sponsored I
. jointly by the Varsity Club and Wo
] man’s Club.
Mrs. George Thompson gave a re-.
, port on the successful opening < f the
I new Teen-Age Club, and stated that
a scrapbook covering this and all oth- j
er club projects through ti e year, in
cluding teen-agers, had been prepared
and would be sent to Federated Hoad-,
quarters in Raleigh as an entr - in the
“Build Freedom With Youth” con
The following new officers were
elected for the coming year: Presi
dent, Mrs. J. H. Conger, Jr.; vice
president, Miss Kathryn Brown; re
cording secretary, Mts. George
Thompson; corresponding secretary,
Mrs. Lewis Leary; treasurer, Mrs.
Jesse Harrell; historian, Mrs. C. A.
Phillips. These officers will be in
stal led at the June meeting.
Center Hill Women
Aiding X-ray Project
The Center Hill Home Demonstra
tion Club members have waked up to
the fact, that, Center Hill community
as a whole, should take advantage of
the mass X-ray unit, w-hich is sched
uled for this district.
To get the community mort consci
ous and better informed of this, there
has been one or more club members
assigned to each road in the communir
ty, so every family will be contacts
ed and given the information about the
X-ray unit. And also so that each
family has away of getting to where
this work is being done.
As club women they are trying to
make the community a bett. r place
in which to live. And surely better
health is one of the highest goals.
Important Meeting Os
Legion Post Feb. 19th
W. J. Yates, commander of Edw.
G. Bond Post of the American Legion,
calls attention to a very important
meeting of the post Tuesday night,
February 19. The meeting will be
held in the armory at 8 o’clock and
every member of the post is especial
ly urged to attend.
Father F. J. McCourt, rector of St.
Ann’s Parish, who was 'Auxiliary
Chaplain to Edenton Marine Air Sta
tion for period of Sts original acti
vation has been reappointed.
$2.00 Per Year.
Idea Claims Big Portion
Os Meeting Tuesday
Plan Explained By Geo.
Franklin of Chapel
Town Councilmen were held in
meeting until 11:30 o’clock Tuesday
night during which a considerable
amount of time was devoted to a
discussion of adopting a zoning or
dinance in Edenton.
Present at the meeting was George
Franklin, general counsel for the
North Carolina League of Municipali
ties at Chapel Hill, Mr. Franklin
very ably explained the mechanics of
zoning, pointing out the advantages
as well as some of the problems which
will be encountered if zoning is
adopted. If it is decided to zone Eden
ton Mr. Franklin assured the Ooun
cilmen that the League of Municipali
ties will be glad to offer all assistance
The Councilmen asked a number of
questions regarding zoning and after
a general discussion it was decided
to give the matter more thought in
order to reach a definite conclusion
at a subsequent meeting.-
Miss Elizabeth Moore and Mrs. Mar
tin Wisely, on behalf of the Woman’s
Club, presented a plan to improve
the Court House Green by relocating
the walkways so that they will be
symmetrical. Permission was granted
to the club women to proceed with
Willis MeClenney and Robert L.
Pratt, on behalf of the American
Legion, requested permission to again
stage the Chowan County Fair. In
that the fair includes a carnival, it
was decided to call a special meeting
I to vote on the matter when all mem
bers of Town Council are present.
A narking problem was presented
!by Chief of Police Gedrge I. Dail.
It had to do with parking on holidays.
At present no charge for parking is
made when stores are closed, while
on the meter holidays and Sundays
are excluded. Police were instructed
to r-move the word “holidays” so
I that motorists-will not be confused
on certain holidays which are not ob
served by local merchants,
j Another narking problem on East
1 King Street was also aired and it was
finally agreed to install 13 new me
t rs. most of wb’cb will be on the
north side of Kin r Street.
As the result of a petition signed
by 21 people, the Councilmen voted
to allow traffic only one way on West
I Eden Street from Broad to Gran-
I ville. The traffic will be obliged to
]go west, enter! g Eden Street from
Before the meeting closed Clerk
Wesley Chesson tendered his resigna
tion, effective July 1. The resignation
was accepted with regret, and Mayor
Leroy Haskett, as well as Councilmen,
1 were high in praise of Mr. Chesson’s
services. “We are sorry to see you
leave,” Mayor Haskett concluded.
Bloodmobile Will Be
In Edenton March 6
i Chowan County Quota
Will Be 150 Pints
George Alma Byrum, Chairman of
■ the Chowan County Red Cross blood
■ program, announces that the Red
i Cross bloodmobile is scheduled to ap
‘ pear in Edenton Thursday, Man* R.
The unit will again be at the armory,
1 where it is hoped many will donate
a n'r.t of blood during the day.
The quota for the county will be
Mr. Byrum urges more people bo co
operate in the blood program, point
ing out that the need for blood has
greatly increased overseas as well as
• at the local hospital.
: Senator J. W. Copeland
Will Seek Re-election
I State Senator J. William Copeland
' of Murfreesboro on Monday announced
his candidacy for re-election in the
Democratic Primary on May SI.
• Luther Hodges of Leaksville, can
, didate for Lieutenant Governor, was
r a visitor in Edenton Tuesday. Mr.
- Hodges has a number of warm friends
- in Edenton and was busy calling oti
them to renew his friendship.