The Chowan herald. online resource (Edenton, Chowan County N.C.) 1934-current, April 04, 1957, Image 1
(f ONLY NEWSPAPER T PUBLISHED IN It CHOWAN COUNTY 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 they received.” 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. Plans Completed 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 on display. OWN THE CHOWAN HERALD Chowan Farmers Becoming More Conscious Concerning Benefits Os Proper Drainage b , ; 30,211 Feet of Tile In-j i stalled Thus Far This Year :. | 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! I now. 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 the ditches. 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 ditches dug. * 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 tend. j Chowan County Is Included In ’57 Farm Income Contest I Among 54 Eastern Counties ! « May 1 Is Deadline to File Applications to Participate 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 standards. 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 place. The basis for judging is 100 j points. A maximum of fifty points! for increase ilj net agricultural in-1 fhrK"-•* "4-Vtn» e*( | for" 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 ; Forms Organization! Potter Is Again Chair-! man and W. J. Taylor j Superintendent ♦ 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. ty superintendent. 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 lowell. [civic calendarl, 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, April 24. 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 * M-m-m Delicious] V 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. TAITcmLECTIONS 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 -l; ||f; 1 - 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 Court Completes Business Tuesday No Action Taken on | Civil Cases Placed On Calendar i | 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 properly licensed. 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) Pre-School Clinics Will Begin April 17 Schedule Released By District Health Officer 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 follows: 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 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 purchase bulbs. loads Eliminated From Chowan’s; Highway System Action Taken Due to Extension of City j Limits 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 roads. 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, i 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 V- i 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 Os Taxjollector Commissioners Given 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 lector. 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 Resigns ] 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. Veterans’ Officer Changes Schedule Stephen Alford, district officer of the North Sarolina Veterans’ Commission, announces that his visits to Edenton have been ehang- Ofl. 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! City. $2.00 Per Year In North Carolina. Merchants Offer 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 tion. First to Announce For Any Office In Com ing Election 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 Washington’s side. 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 supervisors. 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 HELP CRIPPLED 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 Jurymen Chosen For Civil Term Os Superior Court April - May Term Will Convene Monday, April 29 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.