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Welcome To Historic, Progressive Edenton
Court House Ceremonies On Sunday
Highlight 1967 Pilgrimage Program
By James M. Robinson
This is the week that was, 200 years
ago, and so there will be a bang-up an
niversary ceremony for an historical
Chowan County landmark and well
known throughout North Carolina come
Sunday when citizens and friends from
near and far attend the 200th birthday
celebration of that gracious and venera
ble old lady, Chowan County Court
When early-day masons assembled
Chowan County commissioners and
Edenton Woman’s Club share in this
year’s Halifax Resolves Award. Repre
sentatives of the two groups were in
Halifax yesterday to receive the coveted
The Halifax Resolves Award is pre
sented annually to the group chosen for
outstanding accomplishment in historical
restoration in North Carolina.
It is presented by the Historic Halifax
At the awards presentation yesterday,
the speaker was James A. Gray, direc
tor of Old Salem, Inc., in Winston-
Roy Wilkeson, chairman of Historic
Halifax, was in charge of Halifax Day
activities and local representatives par
ticipated in a parade and picnic in the
Old Market Place in Halifax.
Chairman W. E. Bond said the local
groups are delighted to have been chosen
for the part they have played in histori
cal restoration and the promotion of
Edenton and Chowan County.
Che public fJarade
Red Carpet Is Out
To those who come to meander with
us along The Public Parade during the
1967 Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton
and Countryside, we issue a special wel
It would not be fair to those who
have worked long and hard to make
your stay enjoyable and pleasant, to tell
you visitors everything is always like
it is during tour time. But it almost al
You will find in Edenton the most
friendly people and genial hosts any
where. The community attitude and
spirit to be found here is like our his
toric homes—it is not restored every two
years but has been preserved over the
It is always nice to have Rep. Walter
Jones return home and this time he
brings not only his lovely wife, Dot, but
the distinguished Hon. William Drower
of the British Embassy in Washington.
Naturally, there is some fanfare in
having such dignitaries in our midst.
But in our way of thinking, all of you
who visit with us are not strangers, but
our kind of folk.
The entire community, then, joins
Mrs. R. J. Boyce and members of Eden
ton Woman’s Club in rolling out the red
carpet. We think you will like what
you see. If you do, tell your friends
and neighbors. If you don’t, tell us so
adjustments may be made.
So, welcome to “ye ole towne on Queen
Anne’s Creek”. And hurry back be
cause it is impossible to get into the
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BISTORT PUBLISHED—W. B. Gardner, right, president of Edenton Chamber of
Cemmeree, accepts flic first copy of "Cradle of the Colony,” a history of Chowan
Ccsmty. Making the presentation is George ASma Byram, chairman, Tourist Com
mittee of Edenton Chamber of Commerce, who published the W-page book. T. B. H.
Wood, center, was chairman of the pnbdcations committee. A first printing special
price of $1 per eopy has been set and cop tee may be obtained at the chamber office.
their locally-kilned bricks at the head
of the Village Green in 1767 preparing
to erect this Georgian-styled court house,
Andrew Jackson was just a month old
and John Quincy Adams was just two
months shy of being born. The Chowan
County Court House had received seven
good years’ use by the time of the Eden
ton Tea Party, attended by 51 patriotic
ladies in 1774.
Ladies of the present-day Edenton
Woman’s Club, who sponsor the biennial
Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton & Coun
tryside, voted some time ago to feature
the 200th anniversary of the court house
during the tour and to obtain an out
standing and memorable individual to
deliver the commemoration address.
Coming to Edenton for the occasion
and accompanied by his comely wife
will be Hon. William M. Drower, Order
of the British Empire, First Secretary of
the British Embassy.
Educated in both Oxford and Heidel
berg universities, Drower was in service
with the Army through World War II
and saw extensive diplomatic service in
the Far East as well as in Geneva, Swit
zerland, taking part in the Laos Con
ference discussions, the Test Ban Treaty
and the Disarmament Conference.
North Carolina’s First District Con
gressman, Walter Jones, will introduce
the guest speaker and the master of
ceremonies’ chore will be handled by the
president of the N. C. League of Mu
nicipalities, Mayor John A. Mitchener,
Immediately before and after the exer
cises, a concert will be given by the Navy
Band of the Armed Forces School of
Music, Naval Amphibious Base, Little
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& THE CHOWAN HERALD 'M
Volume XXXIV.—No. IS.
Found In Slaying
A 20-year-old Chowan County Negro
has been released on bond following a
probable cause hearing into the death
Saturday night of his younger brother.
Lloyd E. Privott, Jr., Route 1, Eden
ton, was charged with second degree mur
der in the fatal shooting of Thomas S.
Judge William S. Privott heard testi
mony in the case Tuesday in District
Court and ordered Privott held for trial
in Chowan County Superior Court dur
ing the September Term. He set bond
Sheriff Earl Goodwin said Lloyd Pri
vott was charged in the slaying after
his younger brother died in Chowan Hos
pital, where the defendant had taken
him following the incident.
He said the weapon used in the case
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Change In Schedule
There will be no garbage pickup in
Edenton Saturday and residents are en
couraged not to put out their trash cans.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
said garbage will be picked up all over
town on Friday and again Monday.
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LANDMARK, FRONT AND CENTER The 1967 Pilgrimage of
Colonial Edenton and Countryside begins Friday and will come to
a close Sunday afternoon with ceremonies at Chowan County Court
House, which this year is 200 years old and still in continuous use.
Edentonians in colonial dress are pictured here as they gathered in
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday,April 13, 1967.
MR. CHAIRMAN—Edenton Chamber of Commerce this year is enjoying a banner year
in the area of membership with nearly $13,500 being subscribed. Heading the active
membership committee is George Lewis, local bank executive. Lewis says the fact that
most members increased their contributions to the chamber this year demonstrates their
interest and confidence in the program for progress being carried out by the organiza
School Groups Plug Merger Issue
Members of Chowan County Board
of Education and trustees of Edenton
City Schools Tuesday reaffirmed their
unanimous opinion that a merger of the
two administrative units would provide
a better education for all the school chil
dren in this country.
At a joint meeting during which the
merger proposal to be voted on May 16
at a special county election was freely
Special Vote Set
A special election on whether or not
the people of Edenton want two separate
elected boards was assured Monday
night when special legislation passed in
the N. C. Senate.
The vote will be on May 2 at the
regular Municipal Election.
The question facing the voters will
be to cast their ballot for or against
abolishing the Board of Public Works.
The legislation, as passed, allows for
the reorganization of the town council.
The council has the authority to form a
committee on finance and revenue, com
mittee on utilities and committee on pub
discussed, the members of both boards
said they would work for a favorable
vote in the forthcoming referendum.
The referendum not only calls for
merger of the two administrative units
but puts on the books for the entire
county a 15-cent per SIOO valuation sup
Bruce F. Jones, a member of the city
board, pointed out that this supplemental
tax has been on the books for the First
and Fourth Townships for nearly 30
years and has never been levied. This
would, therefore, be a vote to extend it
to the Second and Third Townships.
“Because it (the tax) is a part of the
bill does not in any way imply that we
will need it in the foreseeable future,”
If the merger referendum passes and
the boards become one, as well as the
inclusion of a county-wide supplemental
tax, it would be up to Chowan County
commissioners to levy such a tax, at the
request of the new Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education. Commissioners
could always refuse such a request to
levy all or any part of the tax.
N. J. George, a member of the county
Centhiaed on Pfcge 4
front of this handsome building on East King Street. Insert at
left js William Drower of Washington, D. C., a British Embassy
official, who will speak at 3 P. M., Sunday in front of the court
house. Rep. Walter B. Jones, First District Congressman, who will
introduce the speaker, is shown in right insert
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Vote May 2
Eleventh hour filing by two men as
sured contests for seats on Edenton
Leroy H. Haskett, former mayor,
filed to oppose J. D. Elliott for the seat
Also filing Saturday morning prior
to the noon deadline was Jacob Hobow
sky. He will oppose incumbent Thomas
James M. Bond, town treasurer, is
unopposed as are three men running for
re-election to the Board of Public Works.
Jesse L. Harrell, utilities board chair
man, and Tom C. Byrum and J. H. Con
ger, Jr., are the candidates in this elec
Incumbent Mayor John A. Mitchener,
Jr., is opposed by Roy L. Harrell, who
ran unsuccessfully two years ago.
Leo Katkaveck, the other incumbent
councilman up for election this year, is
being opposed by Ray Ward.
The biennial Municipal Election will
be held May 2.
E. L. Hollowed, chairman, Chowan
County Board of Elections, said no new
registration is being held but those who
have recently moved to Edenton or who
have moved from one ward to another,
should visit their polling place and reg
Hollowed also announced that at the
same election, a Special Election dealing
with abolishing the Board of Public
Works will be held.
Elliott and Haskett are seeking the
seat being vacated by J. Edwin Bufflap.
Bufflap, editor of The Chowan Herald
and veteran of 30 years on the Town
Council, is bowing out this year.
In a statement released this week, Has
“In the face of losing a man such as
Bufflap, and knowing him as a council
man representative of the people as a
whole, I hereby offer myself as a coun-
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L. H. Haskett Jacob Hobowsky