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Volume XXV;—Number 51.
Burnt Mill Creek Watershed
Landowners Accept Proposal
For Federal Aid Improvement
»Government Cost Esti
mated to Be $23,687
And Landowners to
Pay $7,662 ,
Landowners on Burnt Mill
Creek watershed met at the Agri
cultural Building in Hertford last
Thursday, December 11. and ac
, cepted the proposed plan of im-
I provement submitted by the Soil
f Conservation Service for their
watershed. A request for assist
ance under the small watershed
act (Public Law 566) was submit-!
ted to the State Soil Conservation!
Committee by the landowners in!
November of this year. Burnt
Mill Creek is located on the coun
ty line between Perquimans and
Chowan counties in the Yeopim
The proposed plan of improve
ment will cost an estimated $33,-
635 with the federal government
paying 71% of the cost and the
landowners 29%. Included in the
plan was a complete drainage
system for the watershed and a
plan for flood prevention.
The survey team listed the type
of damages or flooding, 7.5%
flood prevention 50%, and drain
age 42.5%. R. M. Dailey. Deputy
State Conservationist, and L. F.
Thompson, civil engineer, of the
Soil Conservation Service, pre
sented the plan of improvement
and stated that work would be
started immediately if the State
Soil Conservation Committee ap
proved and the local landowners
approve. All landowners present
agreed to accept the plan.
The cost to-the local landowners
will be an estimated $7,662. Fed
eral Government cost will be an
Mr. Dailey told the group that
North Carolina has been allocat
ed 26 million dollahs under Pub
lic Law 566 (watershed act) to be
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VFW CHRISTMAS PARTY IS !
PLANNED FOR SAT. NIGHT j
Members of VFW Post No. 9280, i
and Auxiliary members will stage
a Chr'stmas party at the Post)
home Saturday night, December j
20, at 9 o’clock.
Harold Langdale, commander,
urges every member of both or
ganizations to be on hand for
what is anticipated to be a very
I Closed Three Days
The schedule of office hours for
the Town Office during the
Christmas holidays was announc
ed by Town Clerk Ernest J-
Ward, Jr. The office will be clos
ed Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday; December 24. 2S and 26.
On Saturday, December 27, the
office will be open from 9 A. M„'
to 12 o'clock.
Chowan Hospital Accredited
By Commission Os Accredited
Hospitals For Period Os Year
Announcement was made Tues
day by"J. H. Conger, Sr., Chair
man of the Board of Trustees, Dr.
Frank Wood, Medical Director
and Thomas L. Ridgeway, Admin
istrator, that the Chowan Hospi
tal has been accredited for a pe
riod of one year 'by The Joint
Commission of Accreditation of
Hospitals of Chicago, Illinois. At
the end. of this one year period,
there will be another survey by
the Commission and the hospital
will be eligible for a full accredi
tation for a period of three years.
The Chowan Hospital applied for
the first time one year ago for
the accreditation and on Novem
ber 5, 1958, it was surveyed by
Dr. T. Norlander, a 'field repre
sentative of the Commission.
The accreditation was due' to
the hard work of the local phy
sicians, board of trustees and the
. complete hospital staff. In mak
ing this preparation, they have
£ worked hard and long hours to
the hospital to the fcoint
*Wbere it could become accredited.
* A, letter was received dated No-
THE CHOWAN HERALD
W .. . .ini j, _
;!| Honored By BPW Club ]
f M f'' .
Pictured at left is Mrs. Lloyd E. Griffin, who on Friday night
was named "Woman of the Year for 1958" by the Edenton Business
and Professional Woman's Club at its annual Bosses' Night and
Christmas party. Mrs. Lena Leary, right, was at the same time
named "Club Woman of the Year."—'(Evelyn Leary Photo).
Junior Chamber Os Commerce
Searching For Man Os The Year
Edenton’s Junior Chamber of
Commerce announced .Tuesday
' that the search is under way to
find the outstanding young man
ip Edenton during the past
year. The recipient of this honor
will be selected by a secret group
of business men above the age
The award, known as the Dis
tinguished Service Award, is
presented at the annual DSA
banquet .which will be held on
January 30 at the Masonic
Nominations can be made by
any individual club or organiza
tion and should be sent to Rich
] ard S. Atkinson, vice president
iof the Peoples Bank & Trust
J Company and chairman of the
Jaycee DSA Committee
j The selection of the award
I winner is based upon the fol
1. —The Junior Chamber of
Commerce Distinguished Service
Award is presented annuallly to
an outstanding young man of the
community for leadership and
service to the community dur
ing the calendar yeap. The win
ner need not be a member of
2. —Any young man, 21 through
35 years of age, is eligible
nomination. If the nominee
reaches his 36th birthday before
December 31 of the year for
which tiie award is given, he
becomes eligible if the activities
for whicih he is judged were
performed whtfn he was 35.
3. —The Judging Committee
' will be composed of distinguish-
I Continued cn Page 2—Section 1
Commission on Accreditation of
Hospitals, commending the hos
pital for maintaining standards
deserving of the accreditation and
for the constant effort to improve
the quality of patient care.
The Joint Commission on Ac
creditation of Hospitals is com
' posed of the following organiza
; tions: American College of Phy
' sicians, American College of Sur
' geons, American Hospital Asso-
I ciation, American Medical Asso
■ ciation and The Canadian Medi
■ cal Association.
The accreditation by The Joint
’ Commission is to indicate to the
• community the quality of per
r formance consisting of all phases
■ of hospital operations, quality of
the personnel and the ability of
> the Medical Staff.
To be accredited by the Com
i mission, the individual, hospital
- has to meet superior standards
i Which are considered necessary to
> insure the quality of medical care
t in hospitals which The Joint
. Commission can faithfully recom
- mend to the public. The Chowan
i Hospital has met these require
Edenton, umwan County, North Carolina, Thursday, December 18,1958.
| Long Holiday
V u - u v- I ru-irii~uxr»*i~»~ ~ *~i~ ——■ *
Chowan County offices will en-i <
joy a long Christmas holiday,!
The Herald being advised that all i
offices will close Wednesday, De
cember 24, and remain closed un- i
til Monday, December 29. ,
Attention is called to this hoii-. ]
day, so that important business ,
can be transacted accordingly.
The offices will also be closed (
on New Year’s Day. t
Dance Dec. 25 r
i Edenton’s Varsity Club will. <
hold its annual Christmas dance 1
Thursday night, December 25. The
affair will be held in the Eden- i
ton armory beginning at 9 o’clock ;
and continuing until 1 o’clock.
Music for the dance will be pro
vided by The Notables of Suf
folk, Va„ who are no strangers to
local dancing enthusiasts. This I
year’s dance is expected to be an I
outstanding affair and table res-|
ervations can be made by tele-1
phoning William Billings, 2601, or
Joe Thorud, 3359.
New Secretary For
Edenton C. Os C.
Mrs. Catherine C. McMullan has
been appointed office secretary of j
the local Chamber of Commerce,'
it was announced Tuesday by
Harry Smith, Jr., executive vice
Mrs. McMullan succeeds Miss
Anne Harless who resigned to be
married later this month and who
has been with the organization
’ since last January.
Mrs. McMullan is the daughter
. of Mr. and Mrs. H. Allison Cam
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A Christmas program will be
presented at the Chappell Hill
. Baptist Church Monday night.
. December 22, at 7:30 o'clock.
Edenton's Rotary Club will
. meet this (Thursday) afternoon at
. 1 o'clock in the Parish House.
A Christmas pageant, "The
- Christmas Angels/' will be pre
sented in the Hobbsville School
t 1 auditorium Sunday afternoon, De-1
: cember 21. at 3 o'clock by pupils'
-of the Elementary School.
3 Edenton's Varsity Club will
f hold its annual Christmas dance
f Thursday night, December 25. in
the Edenton armory from 9 un
til 1 o'clock.
1 The Edenton Junior-Senior \
s High School Band will sponsor a
3 turkey shoot at the American'
e Legion grounds Saturday, De-1
t cember 20 from 2:30 to 10:30.
l Most Edenton stores will be
- TV -ww 1 ?/ to ?i
wonnnuto on rigi o oecnon t
At Baptist Church
Program of Christmas
Music Postponed Last
Sunday Due to Heavy
Because services at the Eden
ton Baptist Church were canceled
last Sunday the special offering
for the building fund ’scheduled
for that time has been postponed
until December 28. However,
those wishing to make a contribu
tion before that time may give
he offering to the church treas
On next Sunday White Christ
mas .will be observed at the
church. All persons attending the
services are asked to bring a
package of food which later will
be distributed to the needy in the
Also on next Sunday. December
21, the combined choirs of the
church will present the annual
program of Christmas music. The
service will be at 4:00 P. M., in
the church sanctuary. Participat
ing in the program will be the
Church Choir, the Cherub, Carol,
and Concord Choirs. The pro
gram will consist mainly of ar
rangements of the well-known 1
Jaycees Honor |
The Edenton Junior Chamberj
of Commerce is celebrating its
10th anniversary this week since,
becoming a chartered club in j
1948. In connection with this oh-1
servance the club honored its
charter members at a meeting;
held Tuesday night in the Penel-!
ope Barker house.
Among those receiving Certifi
cates designating them as charter
members were: Frank Holmes.
Bill Holmes, Kermit Layton, Paul
Partin, Tom Byrum, Murray By
rum. J. M. Boyce, Dan Reaves and
Also honored but not charter
members were Exhausted Roost
ers Joe Conger, Jr., and Tom
Luther Parks, the only charter
member still active in the club,
acted as toastmaster.
C. Os C. Directors
Will Meet Today
The board of directors of the
Edenton Chamber of Commerce
will hold their regular monthly
meeting this (Thursday) after
noon at the Hotel Joseph Hewes
at 4:30 o’clock. The meeting was
previously scheduled for last I
Thursday but was postponed be-1
cause of the storm.
Executive Vice President Harry!
Smith, Jr., said several items of
importance are on the agenda and
urged all directors to be present.
Holiday Schedule For
Draft Board Office
The Selective Service System
office, Local Board No. 21, will
be closed for the Christmas holi
days beginning December 20, un
til December 29. All men of
Chowan County required to regis
ter during this time are excused
until the office is opened.
The clerk, Maybelle P. Sexton,
may be contacted at home, tele
Gifts For First New Year Baby
The first baby to arrive at Chowan Hospital in 1959
will be greeted by a shower of gifts from local merchants,
Tom L. Ridgeway, hospital superintendent, announced
Tuesday. He said the gifts are being contributed by re
tail members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Ridgeway stated that gift certificates or letters from
the participating merchants will be presented to the par
ents of the first'baby to arrive a’fter the stroke of mid
night on New Year’s eve. They may be exchanged for
free baby merchandise. Ten stores have already agreed
to honor 1959’s first baby.
Any merchant wishing to join in this worthwhile pro
ject should notify the Chamber of Commerce office. A
list cf the stores participating will be announced
next week. Ridgeway added that several storks are
making plans to enter the contest which should be very
“The Sunny South” j
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Top picture shows the Court House Green which was turned
into a blanket of white during Edenton's 12-inch snowfall last
Thursday. Bottom picture shows Edenton's Street Department
digging out of the snow Friday when the snow was removed trom
the business district after working with three loading machines
and town trucks until after midnight. The snow was dumped
into Edenton Bay.
By Heavy Snowfall
Reaching 12 Inches
Schools, Rural Mail, 1
Church Services and
Other Activities Held
Edenton, along with all of the
eastern part of the state was the
target for a crippling snow storm
late last week with the local pre
cipitation estimated to be from
10 to 12 inches deep. The snow,
accompanied with freezing weath
er, paralyzed business as well as
many other activities.
It" began to snow Wednesday
night and on Thursday it had
reached several inches, with snow
falling all day Thursday and into
the night. Friday and Saturday
the temperature hovered below
the freezing mark, so that little
of the snow melted and on Sun
day morning another coating of
snow fell to still snarl traveling
The snow was the heaviest
since 1948, when in February
Edenton had just about recovered
from an 8-inch snow when a fall}
of from 15 to 18 inches was dump
ed on the community, bringing all
activities to a standstill. Many
travelers were caught in Edenton,
so that Hotel Joseph Hewes and
tourist homes were filled to ca
pacity and it was necessary to ap
peal to private citizens to accom
modate stranded people.
Schools were closed Thursday’
| of last week and remained clos
ed until Tuesday morning due to
hazardous conditions of roads.
Practically all Sunday School and
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fltore Hours ! |
Most local stores will be open'
every night, except Sunday, until
9 o'clock through next Wednes
day, Christmas Eve. accordinq to
Ralph Parrish, chairman of the
Chamber of Commerce Merchants
Parrish also stated that many
stores will be closed the day af-|
ter Christmas in accordance with
a schedule of holiday hours re- 1
cently adopted by the merchants. I
Shoot Dec. 2()l
'— . i
Sponsored by the Edenton Jun-i
ior-Senior High School Band, a
turkey shoot will be held at the
American Legion grounds Satur-I
day, December 20. The shoot will]
begin at 2:30 P, M., and continue
until 10:30 o’clock.
| The purpose of the shoot is to
help raise money to apply on the
band’s indebtedness for new in
struments, so it is hoped many (
will patronize the affair.
20 Years Ago
At Found in the Fites of !
The Chowan Herald I
Chowan County farmers voted i
1 85% for tobacco marketing quo-|
tas for 1939 and 91.6% in favor of
I cotton control.
Mrs. B. Warner Evans announc-.
ed that the Chowan Community
Building was no longer a vision,
j O. B. Perry, Chairman of a
committee from Town Council an
nounced that Edenlon will experi
ence the most elaborate Christmas
decorations in the history of the
| Town Council announced prizes
for the most attractively decorai
; ed residence and business estab
i lishment with the Garden Club
designated to name the winners. |
C. L. McCullers. director of the
Edenton High School Band, an-]
nounced that he had not given up
the idea of securing a bus for the
Members of the Edenton Par
ent-Teacher.. Association w«rt |
busily engaged in planning for
opening of a lunch room in Eden
ton school, which was expected to
be put into operation after the
The Taylor Theatre sponsored a
» Continued on Page 4—Section 1
$2.50 Per Year In North Carolina
IjBPW Club Selects
Mrs. Lloyd Griffin
“Woman Os Year”
[Early Next Week!
Next weak The Hera d p ans
to appear right much earlier
than usual. Present plans call
for printing the paper Monday
instead of Wednesday as usual.
This is being done in o'der to
provide a well-earned C r stmas
1 holiday for employees of The
] Herald. Any news and adver
tising must, therefore, be in The
| Herald office by Saturday.
Bray Speaks At
The Edcnt: n Tea Party Chap
| ter. Daughters of the American
j Revolution, held its monthly
meeting in the Iredell house on
December 10. A new member, i
Mrs. Albert Byrum, was welcom
After a business meeting, Mrs.
George Mack introduced the
speaker, Dcrwood Bray, director
of the school band, who gave a
most interesting and informative
talk on the “Growth of Instru
mental Music in America,” He
traced the development of bands
in this country from the first one
set up by an Act of Congress in
1774, which consisted of a fife andj
drum corps, to the bands of to-.!
The Marine. Navy, Aitov and!
Air Force Bands, in sequence.'
were all established by Acts of.
I Congress. According to Mr. Bray
: instruments were added about!
1 1830. after which many business'
• concerns organized bands with
the result that competition wasl
keen among them for about 100 j
[years. School bands were estab-f
| lisheci in the Midwest about 50'
I years ago but did not become
! popular in the South until 15
' years ago. Gilmore’s Sousa's and
I Victor Herbert’s bands were cit-'
ed as outstanding American j
bands. The speaker pointed out'
how most great scientists and]
mathematicians, for example. Ein
stein with his violin, have taken
up music as a hobby.
| A delightful social hour follow-j
ed. The hostess was Mrs. Boyd!
I Teenage Parly
Oil Friday Night
! A 'Christmas party for the
I Teenage Club will be held Fri
-1 day night. December 19. from
8:30 to 11:30 o’clock.
Music will be furnished by
Johnny Broughton and his Dixie
land Band. All parents of mem
bers of the Teenage Club are urg
ed to join in the fun.
VFW AUXILIARY MEETING
The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Wil-
Jliar.t M. Coffield Post No. 9280.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, will
'meet' tonight (Thursday) at 8
/o’clock in the Post home. All*
, members are urged to attend. I
Edenton Band Will Pr esc ill
Program Os Christmas Music
In Auditorium Friday, Dee. 19
The Edenton Junior-Senior (
High School Concert Band will |
present a program of special ,
Christmas music Friday evening,
December 19, beginning at 81 *
The concert will be held in the,
new auditorium at the Junior- )
Senior High School. There will
be no charge for admission.
One of the numbers scheduled
on the program, “In A Clock
Store” will feature the percussion
section of the band, Billy Cates,
Billy Harrell, Douglas Sexton,
Bill Bootwright and John Mar
Among the -other selections
t which will be presented’by the
band are ‘The Glass Slipper.”
which tells the story of Cinderella
set to muisc, and “A Snow White
Fantasy,” featuring music from
Walt Disney’s Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs.
Along with the more familiar
WITH A CHECKUP
! Mrs. Lena Leary HOll
- ored By Being: Chos
; en Club Woman of
; The Year
! By EVELYN G. LEARY
Mrs. Lloyd E. Griffin was nam
, | ed “The Woman of the Year,” and
,; Mrs. Lena Leary was chosen
, “Club Woman of the Year” at the
. j Business and Professional Wo
-51 man’s Club Homes’ Night. Christ
■ j mas banquet held ' Yiduy night at
; the Masonic TV ,j«>. Th is wa .
the first time .Tub Woman of
, the Year” h; n selected.
In accepting pouquel of red
f roses, present! by Mrs: 1 ena
); Leary, mistress of ceremony. Mrs.
Griffin delighted the group When
she said. “I'm flabbergasted! I
' have no idea what to say. Lloyd
- usually makes my speeches. I am
so grateful to you,” Mr. Griffin
■ t was then called on for a few re
Mrs. Griff,n, who is lovingly
known as “Miss Belle," was Lorn
in Perquimans County as Mar
garet Belle Walters. She was on<-
of five children born to the lap’
Mrs. Margaret Stokes Walters and
Thomas Bryant Walters. Follow
ing graduation from the Hertford
High School, she attended Wo
man's College, where she was
j graduated with honors in 1915.
| Her first teaching experience was
jat Kinston, N. C. After two years
in Kinston she returned to )y
j native county to teach in t
i Hert ford School from 1917 n> 19‘
The Edenton school claimed |v
j from 1922-39 and from 1941 -5:5.
While teaching in Edenton she re
ice iVed a life-time teaching cer
; , Miss Belle's love for her fe|-
'} low man leaches no bounds. Her
| self-sacrifice for the benefit of
' others did not begin with adult
hood, but had its birth it! the
i early years of her life. For even
| then the welfare and happiness of
; 'dhers was her main interest,
j Her temperance, understanding
anil love for humanity, even a • a
| ■ hild. endeared her m those who
In August. 1922, Mi Bello
: married Lloyd ,E. Griffin, a man
i who has enjoyed the e teem and
i respect of people both in and out
of the State. From this unitm
' two daughters and a on w're
born. Together, they made a
home where first of all Christ i
Though Miss Belle was complete
ly happy in this new evpeneo'V'
in life, she continued on in her
i work of counsel and guidance
which lias created a lasting and
effectual mark on many.
She i.s also talented in the field
of art. having won many reeogm
tions in recent years. During a
recent State Convention of tin
Daughters of 'he American Revo
lution. Miss Belle received recoy
nition for her display of period
costumed dolls which she design
ed and made the dressr-
The “Club Won n of the Year,"
Mrs. Leary, wa- so overwhelm
ed. Mrs. Lay Ferguson, pro
'dent, present r with a silvm'
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Christmas music, the band will
present some lesser known work:;
which have recently been arrang
ed for band.
In “The Christmas Suite” and
“Three Songs for Christmas,”
both of which will be performed
by the band, is found an ancient
Gregorian melody, “O Cotrte, O
Come Immanuel”; a French carol,
“The Sleep of the Child Jesus”.
i a Ukrainian curol. “Ring Christ
mas Bells” and the English tradi
tional “What Child Is This.”
In addition to these and oh <
selections in keeping with 1
season, the band will present
special story of the Nativity bas
ed on the Gospel according to St
Luke and St. Matthew.
The band is under the direction
of Derwood Bray, and the narra
tor for the program will be Vem
Goodwin of the band’s library