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Volume XXlV—Number 14
Spring Festival Os VMues In Edenton April sth to 13th
Superior Court Halted Long
Enough Monday Morning To
Memoralize Pruden Family
First Time Since 1869
Bar Has Been With
out a Pruden
Immediately after Sheriff J. A.
Bunch officially opened the April
term of Chowan Superior Court j
Monday morning, Judge Joseph W.j
Parker, who was presiding, held up
the wheels of justice long enough
for William S. Privott to pay tri
bute to the late J. N. Pruden in
glowing terms. Some members of
' the immediate family of Mr. Pru
den were present.
In opening his remarks Mr. Pri
’ vott said, “This is the first time
since 1869 that a term of Chowan
. \ County Superior Court has conven
ed without a man named Pruden
i being a member of the Chowan
County Bar," and compared the
long Pruden service to the immor-j
tal words of Abraham Lincoln’s
“four score and 7 years ago.”
He referred back to the late W.
D. (Billy) Pruden who was a very
prominent attorney throughout the
entire district. Following him were,
his two sons, W. D. Pruden, Jr.,
and Norfleet Pruden, after which
J. N. Pruden, son of Norfleet Pru
den, carried on the tradition of the
Pruden family in the cause of jus
tice in the legal field in this area
of North Carolina.
“There is no Pruden as a member*
of the Chowan County Bar at pres-1
cut,” said Mr. Privott, “but we
hope the son of the late J. N. Pru
den will feeel an urgent call to en
ter the legal profession and tbps
continue to carry on the outstand
ing record of the Pruden family.
.We revere the name of Pruden and
honor what they have done. We
sympathize with the grief-stricken
family, who have given more than
In closing his remarks Mr. Pri
vott said the Pruden record in the
halls of justice should be an in
centive for those of the Bar to re
solve to carry on in the same dedi
cation of service.
Before proceeding with court
matters Judge Parker also paid
tribute to J. N. Pruden and the en
tire Pruden family.
For Art Show To
Be Held April 5 - 6
Public Cordially Invit
ed to Inspect Exhib
its on Display
All art lovers are cordially in-
to attend the Edenton Wo
man’s Club annual two-day art ex
hibit to be held Friday and Satur-i
day, April 6 and 6 at the Penelope
Barker house. Between the hours
of 10 A. M., and 5 P. M., on Fri-J
day and 10 A. M., to 6 P. M., on!
Saturday the Barker house will, be
open to the public.
On display will be the paintings
of the students of the elementary
and high schools of Edenton and
Chowan County plus the work of a
number of local artists. An added
feature will be- the hobby corner
where ceramics, needlecraft and
handicrafts will be shown.
Archie Griffin of Robersonville,
owner of The Nature Shop, has
brought a collection of wood bird
prints, cypress knee lamps and bird
feeders and houses to be exhibited.
gees 'and ribbons will be award-
William T. Persick, assistant
structor of East Carolina Col
lodge of the show,
s hrmod that a large number
ople will turn out to se- the
interesting and colorful ex
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Chowan Farmers Becoming
More Conscious Concerning
Benefits Os Proper Drainage
; 30,211 Feet of Tile In-j
i stalled Thus Far
Drainage of farmlands in Cho
, wan County has been the desire of
a lot of farmers since January 1,
1957. The local Soil Conservation
Service has handled around 70 re
quests this year. To date farm
ers have spent $18,135.30 for drain
age system and $10,524.25 worth of!
work is planned and being done!
So far this year, 30,211 feet of
six-inch tile has been installed at a
cost of $9,063.30. This is more tile
than was installed in the whole
county up to December 31, 1955.
,! There are still 11,700 feet more to
be installed before planting season.
The tile trencher moved back into
the county Wednesday, April 3 to
install all but 3,000 feet which will
be installed later. Most farmers
are well pleased with this tile sys-|
tern and two people hav e requested j
, assistance from SCS next year. I
| Six and three-tenths miles of
open ditch has been done so far this
year qt a cost of sß,479.ooAvith $5,-|
674 more being done or waiting fori
dragline. Almost all of the open
ditch completed or 'planned 3re
group ditches or main outlets.
Surveys- have been run on about
four group ditches that the groups
have not decided when they will do
It appears that about $35,000 will
be spent in Chowan County for
open ditch and tile drainage by
planting time this year. During
the year 1956, farmers spent only
$22,068 on open ditches and tile—
Almost this much was spent dur
ing the first three months of 1957.
Last year 17,462 feet of tile was in
stalled and about 13 miles of open
New Officers Installed
By Auxiliary Os VFW
At Tonight’s Meeting
Ladies’ Auxiliary of William H.
Coffield, Jr., Post No. 9280 will
meet tonight (Thursday) at 8
| o’clock in the Post home. A fea
j ture of the meeting will be instal
lation of new officers for the year.
Mrs. Bertha Meiggs of Elizabeth,
City, president of District I, will
make an inspection visit. Mrs. Bet
ty Perry, president of the Auxili-
I ary, requests every member to at
Chowan County Is Included
In ’57 Farm Income Contest
I Among 54 Eastern Counties
May 1 Is Deadline to
File Applications to
A farm income contest is being
staged in 1957 to encourage Eastern
North Carolina farm families to
maintain and increase their net in
come and improve their living
The contest area covers the 54
eastern counties, including Chowan.
Sponsors are the Raleigh News a/id
Observer and various local spon
sors over the area. Prises range
from SSOO first place to SIOO fifth
The basis for judging is 100 j
points. A maximum of fifty points!
for increase ilj net agricultural in-1
fhrK"-•* "4-Vtn» e*(
Carolina, Thursday April 4,1957.
j Cancelled |
I Due to untoward circumstances
which have developed, the banquet
of local chapters of the North Car
olina Education Association and
National Education Association has
been cancelled. The banquet was
scheduled to be held tonight
(Thursday) in the Masonic Tern-,
| pie. |
County School Unit ;
Potter Is Again Chair-!
man and W. J. Taylor j
With the present member of the
Chowan County Board of Education
re-appointed by the General As
sembly now in session, an organi
zation was effected at Monday’s
meeting of the Board.
All of the members were reap
pointed and include G. B. Potter, J.
d. Boyct-.-OarwjrEvans, G. K. Nixon,i
Conroy Perry and D. H. Berryman.
Mr. Potter was again chosen chair
man by members of the Board and <
W. J. Taylor was re-elected as coun.
The present district committee!
was also reappointed for two-year,
terms and includes B. W. Evans,
McCoy Spivey, Willie H. Saun-’
ders, W. J. Privott and Weldon Hol
Art Show sponsored by the Ed
enton Woman’s Club will be held
Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at
the Penelope Barker house.
Pi Chapter of the Delta Kappa
Gamma Society will meet Satur
day, April 6, at the home of Mrs.
Inglis Fletcher at Bandon.
Annual fatstock show, sponsored
by the Edenton Junior Chamber of i
Commerce, is scheduled to be held
on the Legion grounds Wednesday,
The Fidelis NCO Wives Club will
■ hold a Chinese supper in the game
room of the Staff NCO Club Tues
day night, April 11, at 6:30 o’clock.
Edenton’s Business and Profess
ional Women’s Club is sponsoring a
Continued on Page 2—Section 1
Ladies of the Oak Grove Home
Demonstration Club will sponsor
a barbecue chicken dinner in their
community building Friday night,
April 12, at 7 o’clock.
Tickets are now being sold and
may be purchased from any mem-!
her of the club or they can be re
served by calling 3939 or 3930 not
later than Wednesday, April 10.
Sheriff J. A. Bunch reports that
1956 taxes collected during March
| amounted to $5,342.66. This brings j
i total 1956 taxes collected to date!
I to $158,847.22.
added to t;ix
-es is now 2%, plus one-hall of one.
per cent per month or fraction I
Scouts Inspecting Squirrel Boxes
In a recent project Edenton Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts made and
put in place a number of squirrel boxes and above is pictured a
I group of Explorer Scouts just before leaving for the woods to put
1 them in trees. Left to right they are Dallas Stallings. Jack Over
man, Scoutmaster Jack Habit, Arthur White and Billy Harry.— -
(Photo by James Griffin, Assistant Cubmaster).
Term Os Superior
No Action Taken on
| Civil Cases Placed
| Chowan County’s April term of
Superior Court wound up its busi- i
ness Tuesday afternoon about 4:30
o’clock when Judge Joseph W.
1 Parker adjourned the term.
Court convened at 10 o’clock
Monday morning, but before pro
ceeding he gave the floor to Wil
liam S. Privott who paid glowing
tribute to the late J. N. Pruden and'
the entire Pruden family for their J
lpng and enviable record An, Bjjr,
halls of justice.
Judge Parker made a brief
charge to the grand jury, explain
’ ing the procedure in returning bills
jof indictment. He charged the jury
to make a careful examination of
| the county home and county jail as
1 well as to make an inquiry to find
anybody under- 21 years of age who
has an estate and no guardian.
Such persons are to he reported to
the solicitor in order to provide pro
tection to the estate. He also or
dered the grand jury to investigate
school buses and to find, out if driv
ers are proper persons to transport
school children and if they are
Those chosen to serve on the
grafid jury were: J. H. Conger,
foreman, S. A. Britton, Dennis Bas
night, Daniel P. Reaves, Everett
Haste, Lloyd Williams, Erie Jones,
Everett F. Small, M. P. Ashley,
William L. Brabble, Muripf G. By-|
rum, Charlie H. Small. E. M. Ward,l
Andrew H. Parrish, Kelly R. Hare,)
Fred Britton, Dallas Jethro, Sr.,
and S. F. Small.
Quite a-few criminal cases were
disposed of in the two days, but the
only civil action considered was the
ease of L. E. Francis vs. David
Smith which concerns a land boun
(Continued on Page s—Section 1)
Will Begin April 17
Schedule Released By
Pre-school clinics are scheduled;
to begin in the health District;
Tuesday, April 9 and continue
through Monday, May 13, accord- 1
ing to Dr. B. B. McGuire, District
Health Officer. Children are urged
to be on time so as not to miss the
I examining physicians.
The schedule for Chowan County
Rocky Hook r— Wednesday, April
17, at ? A. M.
St. John’s—Wednesday, April 17,
at 10:3" A. M.
Chowan High School—Thursday,
j April 18. at 9 A. M.
! Edenton Colored High School—!
Tuesdev. Anrß 23. j»t 9 A. M
'"kite Oak School Wednesday,
, April -24, at 9 A. M.
Edenton Elementary School—
Thursday, April 25, at 9 A. M.
i| Light Bulb Sale
j Edenton’s Junior Chamber of
Commerce will stage another light
bulb sale Friday night. April 5.
The purpose of this sale is |o con- 1
tact many people who were missed
previously when the sale was held.
Jaycees will call from house to
house and hope many people will
Action Taken Due to
Extension of City j
Due to the reepnt extension of
Edenton’s city limits, Chowan
County Commissioners at their
meeting Monday dropped from the
county highway system .82 mile of
Tlie roads affected are those
within Westover Heights, the road
running through the Twiddy pro
ject and the road running from
U. S. Highway 17 through the M.
G. Brown Company’s property. ,
These streets will, of course, be
maintained by the,Town of Eden-)
ton due to the annexation,
First Aid Course i
Will Begin Friday |
Classes For 12 Weeks
At Junior - Senior j ■
High School j;
Plans are progressing for a first
aid course to be si>onsored by the
Edenton Business and Professional |'
Women’s Club. The course, to con-,
tinue for 12 weeks, will begin Fri- i
day night, April 5, at 7:30 o’clock 1
at the Edenton Junior-Senior High i
School. j 1
Dr. Edward Bond will teach the s
! course and anybody 15 years of
i age or over is invited to enroll. In |
| order to receive a 'certificate, 18 j
hours of training is required. j■,
i iiOO BoosT l
Chowan County Commissioners at <
their meeting Monday agreed to *
appropriate SIOO toward the ex- 1
pense of the fnrPvco"’ , *’T I-H f-t * ‘
stock show and sale which is spun-;'
sored by the Edenton Junior Cham-j <
her of Commerce.
Caswell Edmondson Chairman of s
the v affair and Assistant County :
Agent Robert S. Marsh, appeared! ]
before the Commissioners in behalf ;i
rj thmidii assistance. 11
Bill Is Introduced
To Create Office
Authority to Appoint I
And Set Salary
Representative Albert Byrum on
Wednesday of last week introduced!
House Bill 46ft in the General As-!
jsemhly. This bill will authorize
the Chowan County Commissioners
to create a separate office of taxj
collector for the county and to fix!
the compensation of such tax col
As the title indicates, if tile of
fice is created, a collector shall be
appointed by and serve at the will
of the Commissioners with the same
powers and duties the sheriff now,
has as to tax collection. The sher
iff shall make a full accounting and
be relieved of all further duty as I
tax collector. Salary, expense a1 -1
iowance and clerical assistance shall,
be set by the Commissioners and I
paid from the county general fund..
The tax collector’s fees and com
missions shall be paid to the county !
general fund and premium on such
bond as may be set by the Com-j
missioner, for tax collector shall be)
paid from the same fund.
The bill was sent to the Com
ittee on Counties, Cities and Towns.
L. H. Haskett Will
Be Candidate For
Mayor Os Edenton
120 Years Ago
| As Found In the Files of
The Chowan Herald
Considerable interest prevailed
among local merchants and busi
ness men regarding a proposed re
versal of the Suffolk star route
making Edenton the terminal in
stead of Suffolk.
Mayor E. W. Spires and Major
M. I’. Whichard felt confident a
project would be approved to com
plete the new Edenton armory for
which SIB,OOO was needed.
I’lans were presented to the
Beaver Hill Cemetery Association
to construct a driveway through the.
unsold plat to eliminate traffic con
gestion at funerals. Complaints
were also made that vases and pot
tery had been destroyed oil graves
and shrubbery removed from lots.
Mrs. R. F. Tuttle was re-elected
president of the association.
Singing class of Oxford Orphan-
Continued on Page 2—Section 1
Conservation Posters From
Chowan Will Be Judged In
Elementary School Friday
Melvin Ashley will resign as
manager of the local Sears Cata
log Store, with the resignation go
ing into effect Monday. April 15.
He has served as manager of the
store for about a year.
Mr. Ashley has accepted a posi
tion with the Larson Electric Cor-j
poration in New York, where he
and his family will move.
Stephen Alford, district officer
of the North Sarolina Veterans’
Commission, announces that his
visits to Edenton have been ehang-
Mr. Alford will be in Edenton ev
ery other Tuesday afternoon from'
1:30 to 4 o’clock, with his next visit'
scheduled for April 16. He can bet
seen in Room 304 in the Citizens;
Bank Building and his bo—
in the Kramer Building, Elizabeth!
$2.00 Per Year In North Carolina.
Bargains For ‘Shop
In Edenton Days’
First Os Season
f" f \
LEROY H. HASKETT
With a Town election scheduled
; lo be held Tuesday, May 7. Leroy
! 11. Haskett this week announced his
j candidacy for Mayor. Mr. Haskett
I is a former Mayor and is the first
i candidate to announce for any of
the offices to be filled in the elec
First to Announce For
Any Office In Com
A ripple was caused in Hdenlon’s:
tranquil political waters Tuesday of
this week when former Mayor Le
roy Haskett announced that he will
be a Candidate for Mayor in the;
municipal election which is sehedul-'
ed to lie held Tuesday, May 7.
Town Council will not officially
call the election until its April
meeting Tuesday night of next
week, so that Mr. Haskett is the'
first candidate to announce for any
Continued oil Page s—Section 1
MASONS MEET TONIGHT
Unanimity Lodge No. 7, A. F.’&j
A. M., will bold a .stated eommuni-,
cation tonight (Thursday) at 8
o’clock. William Adams, master of
the lodge, urges a full attendance.
An attendance contest is now in
progress with the side captained
by T- B. Williford leading McKay
Winners Will Qualify
For District Contest
April 12 th
The Chowan County Conserva
tion Poster Contest has been clos
ed and posters will he judged Fri
day afternoon, April 5, at the Eden
' ton Graded School library at 2
I o’clock. Judges for tile contest will
be W. C. Boyce, Work Unit Con
! servationist, Bertie County: Harry
!Q. Simmons, county agent, Bertie
j County, and A. T. Hicks, voeation
i al agricultural teacher, Windsor.
This contest is sponsored by the
i Chowan County Supervisor of the
| Albemarle Soil Conservation Dis
trict. Prizes of $lO for first prize,
$5 for second place “ill each of the
three grades will be given by the
These winners will then be en
tered in the district contest at Eli '-
- abeth City on April 12. The dis
trict contest is sponsored by the
'Elizabeth City Chamber of Com
i meree and posters from the five
, niv't'—. in the tiv-i-'p S >1 Con
servation District will be display
* Continued on Pxge 2—Section 1
CHILDREN .. . BUY \
EASTER SEALS! !
;; SI,OOO Worth of Mer
chandise Will Be Giv
en Away as Prizes
Twenty-four of Edenton’s
merchants and business con
j cerns are cooperating in the ob
l servance of a Spring Festival of
; .Values from Friday. April 5,
j through Saturday. April 13.
1 The purpose of the event is
primarily aimed at an effort to
attract shoppers to Edenton to
do their trading, not only during
this shop in Edenton Days, but
throughout the year.
As an incentive to attract
shoppers into the various stores.
Edenton business concerns have
arranged special prices on a
large number of items of mer
chandise which will provide
bargains for those who take ad
vantage of the reduced prices dur
t ing this special spring event.
A feature of the event will be
distribution of free prizes, which
j will take place on Broad Street
each of the two Saturday nights
lar !> o’clock. Merchandise with an
I approximate value of SI,OOO will be
j given away, for which to he cligi
j hie it is only necessary to register
in the various stores.
| Edenton merchants are of the
! opinion that just as good merchan
dise, at just as economical prices,
can be obtained in Edenton than
anywhere else, so that an all-out
, effort is being made to attract
I shoppers to their Stores during this
, outstanding trade event. There are
also plenty of clerks who will be
delighted-to serve customers so that
there will not be long waiting per
iods as is the case in many of the
metropolitan stores. The mer
chants believe that if more shop
pers from the habit of trading in
Edenton they will h ( . delighted with
the service given them as well as
Continued on Page 2—-Section I i
For Civil Term Os
April - May Term Will
Chowan County Commissioners at
( their meeting Monday morning
| drew from the jury box 36 names,
* all men, who will be summoned for
I jury duty at the April-May civil
j term of Chowan Superior Court,
i Tile term will begin Monday
morning, April 29, for civil cases
I only with Judge Joseph W. Parker
of Windsor scheduled to preside.
Those chosen for jury duty in
clude the following:
David George White, Kenneth J.
Worrell, E. J. Goodwin, George W.
Comer. Robert J. Boyce, George W.
Smith. John L. Parrish. H. J. Chap
j pell, Archie E. Layden, Thomas E.
j Francis, Guy Perry Williams, V. E.
Jordan. Robert A. Rovce, Lester
I Bass, E. R. Eason, R. P. Baer 11,
’ David M. Warren, D. T. Ward, Jr..
Leroy Boyce, Henry C. Jenkins,
I Kistler M. Phillips, Lloyd Irvin, E.
IE. Goodwin, Luther G. Dail, Henry
Copeland, Ralph K. Hollowell, Jas
> per W. Hassell, William S. Elliott,
W. L. Bateman, D. F. (Jack) Hop
kins, T. Stillman Leary, Ellsworth
, Blanchard, R. C. Ward, Percy E.
: Saunders, Julian E. Ward and
■ George C. Swain.
B * KE S \LE SATURDAY
Members of the Methodist Youth
Fellowship will sponsor a hake sale
i Saturday. April 6. Tile sale will be T
held at the P 4 Q Super Market if
beginning at 9 o’clock with aU
kinds of cakes and baked goods on
sale. The proceed* of sale will
go into th* Methodist Tooth toad.