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Volume XXXV —No. 12.
Chowan ArtifaclK Gathered
Emphasis will be placed on phases of
the history of Chowan County and Eden
ton, as opposed to presenting a continu
ous chronology of events at the museum
to be established at the Barker House.
The Barker House will be information
center for Historic Edenton, Inc.
The information, center with the mu
seum and a visual aids program along
(Elic public parade
State Highway Patrol officials are try
ing every possible technique and com
bination to halt the slaughter on our
highways. They have introduced such
things as “intensification of saturation
enforcement, wolfpacking and weekends
In spite of these efforts, fatalities on
the highways of North Carolina are in
creasing at an alarming rate.
The picture leading this column is
what was left of a patrol car which
wrecked in Iredell County Friday night.
The trooper was in pursuit of a speeder
when he lost control of his vehicle and
struck an oncoming car. Both drivers
were killed. The speeder went on his
way. An arrest has since been made.
Nevertheless, property damage result
ing from the accident is high. A price
tag cannot be placed on family loss and
\t the. scene if <b.is accident score* of
onlookers watched as the two vehicles
were removed. Many expressed the opin
ion that the officer should not have been
chasing the speeder in excess of 100
miles per hour.
All the best efforts of state officials
will be in vain in this undertaking un
less they receive more public support.
Until motorists who race up and down
the highways of Tar Heelia are appre
hended and brought to trial it cannot be
VASCAR, radar, and all the other
checking devices are aids to officers. But
Ihe trooper himself must apprehend the
t offender and in many cases must risk his
life in doing so.
Rushing to do this or that is a sign
of modern times. Unless some stalling
tactics are applied by the person behind
Ihe wheel nothing attempted will result
in any significant change in the fatality
A Touch Os Culture
For the second consecutive year, the
Albemarle Choral Society will appear on
stage with the highly regarded North
Carolina Little Symphony in appearances
in Edenton and Elizabeth City.
It was not until the Chowan Arts
Council was formed that the symphony
was brought into Chowan County. The
fact that Dr. Benjamin Swalin, the father
of the symphony movement in the state,
agreed to have the chorus and soloists
appear on the program speaks most high
ly of talent in the Albemarle Area.
The talent in music has been here for
decades. It took Dr. Clifford Bair to
shake the bushes. The ground was soon
covered with talented persons who spend
hours in rehearsals because of their love
*' Because of the Chowan Arts Council’s
support, working with Edenton-Chowan
Schools, 1,000 elementary students will
be exposed to symphony music in a con
cert Monday afternoon.
The combined symphony-choral society
program begins at 8:15 P. M., in Swain
Elementary School auditorium. While
the program doesn’t stir the interest of
the short-haired, a touch of culture won’t
hurt any of us.
Club Elects Slate
Members of Edenton Rotary Club
* Thursday elected MacDonald Dixon
president for the 1968-69 club year. He
will succeed Jack Habit.
Other officers included: W. B. Gard
ner, vice president; Franklin L. Britt,
D. Ross Inglis, Walter Noneman, Jr.,
and John Becker, directors.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
with four other historic buil< | = in
Edenton will be open daily to tl c g lie
beginning June 2. 55 S
Phases of local history to be -d
are the 17th Century, the Revolutionary
era, the military including the Civil War
and the Naval Air Station, home life,
education, religion, agriculture, industry
Mrs. Fred Drane, chairman of the
Is Noon Friday
As machinery was being established
to have the first county-wide registration
in many years and the combining of
Chowan County and Town of Edenton
election books, the deadline for filing for
county office was quickly approaching.
There was no activity in the Chowan
County Board of Elections last week or
early this week. No one had filed dur
ing the period.
Mrs. George Hoskins, elections board
chairman, reminds those with intentions
to file for county commissioner, coroner,
treasurer, or register of deeds that the
deadline is noon Friday.
All incumbents have filed, with the
exception of Dallas Jethro, Jr., in the
Fourth Township. Mrs. Cabell Pruden
has filed for county commissioner from
Two races have developed—one for
commissioner from First Township and
the other for coroner.
Registration begins throughout the
county March 30 and ends April 20. All
persons wishing to vote in the May 4
Democratic Primary or Republican Pri
mary on the same day must register.
Delegates from Episcopal Churches in
several surrounding communities will as
semble at St. Paul’s Church Sunday for
a district meeting.
John Graham. Jr., local Young Church
man, president, has announced that Rev.
Lawrence P. Houston, associate rector
of St. Paul’s Church, Greenville, and
chaplain at East Carolina University,
will be the featured speaker.
Rev. George B. Holmes will deliver
a special sermon Sunday morning at 11
o’clock addressed to youth and parents
to begin the day.
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Bumgarner,
sponsors, request that all local young
churchmen participate in the day s ac
tivities concluding with supper in the
Mrs. Rogerson, White Paid Honor
The 1968 Chowan Chief was dedi
cated to Mrs. Loraine H. Rogerson and
Everett S. White, teachers of vocational
home economics and agriculture at Cho
wan High School.
Under the direction of Mrs. Rogerson
and White, these two vocational pro
grams have added to the curriculum
growth and development in the Chowan
School. Along with the academic subject
areas taught by these teachers, they have
also been sponsors for the Future Home
makers and Future Farmers of America
Wanda Morris, editor of the annual,
made the following remarks during the
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ANNUAL DEDICATION—Mn. Lorain* Regmon. second from toft, and Everett S.
Whit*, vocation teachers at Chowan High School received dedication of the 1968 school
yearbook at recent ceremonies, They are ahown have with Wanda Morris, right, editor,
and Brenda Hollo wail, associate editor.
Etf —*— Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, March 21, 1968
artifacts committee, reports that the com
mittee is now seeking items to describe
the area’s history. She pointed out that
not only are very old items wanted but
also those of more recent years, which
are no longer generally used but would
be unique or different.
The committee is asking that anyone,
who has items that they are willing to
give or loan please notify Mrs. Drane.
All articles will be insured.
Among the type of items needed are
old letters, old papers, pictures, drawings
(pertaining to the Civil War drawing of
prisoners being exchanged, a parole, let
ter of exchange, etc.), fan, ballgown,
games (especially playing cards), musical
instruments, Bibles, old quilt, glassware,
party invitations and the like.
There is a need for boat building tools,
items relating to rice, hemp and indigo
culture or early machinery relating to
the peanut industry.
Other items of special interest pertain
to horses, oxen and cards. Especially
would the committee like to acquire a
wheel from a very large wheelcart, the
type formerly used in this area, and a
periauger, (dugout canoe).
Any related items will be carefully
considered by the committee and all ef
forts to help make the museum a success
will be appreciated.
The committee is working in coopera
tion with the North Carolina Department
of Archives and History to arrange the
Symphony Here Monday
The celebrated X. C. Little Symphony
Orchestra arrives in Edenton Monday for
two concerts at Ernest A. Swain Ele
mentary School Auditorium.
Approximately 1,000 students in the
fourth, fifth and sixth grades of Edenton-
Chowan Schools will hear a free con
cert at 1:30 P. M.
Symphony director, Dr. Benjamin Swa
lin, and Dr. Clifford Bair, who has
trained and rehearsed the Albemarle
Choral Society, join together to present
artists in the evening concert. It begins
at 8:15 P. M.
The children’s concert is being spon
sored by Edenton-Chowan Schools. Cho
wan Arts Council is sponsoring the even
ing performance, in cooperation with Al
bemarle Choral Society.
Tickets for the evening concert can be
obtained at the door. Free tickets for
300 high school students have been dis
tributed by the council. Mrs. Thomas
Chears, Jr., president, said they were
made available through contributions
from Chowan County commissioners and
the Town of Edenton.
“These two are being honored this
year because we recognize the time, la
bor, love, and efforts that has gene into
your years of service to our school. You
have helped us by giving us the oppor
tunity to put into practical use the things
we learned from a textbook. We re
member you, too, for the understanding
and advice you have given us through
the years. We know you are interested
in the growth and development of each
student you teach. So to the two of
you, Mrs. Rogerson and Mr. White, the
Senior Class of Chowan High School
proudly dedicates the 1968 Chowan
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ARTIFACTS DISPLAYED—Mrs. W. J. P. Earnhardt, Sr., displays a quilt and other
artifacts that have been offered by local citizens for use by Historic Edenton, Inc.
These items and similar cnes will be selected from displays at the Barker House, which
will open as a visitors center and museum in June. Items shown depict licme life i-’
Chowan County, one of several categories being used. Included are the quilt, which
is known to be over 100 years old; an egg basket, about 1890; a doll with chine, head;
sewing machine; wool carder: wooden churn and spinning wheel.
The local students will be among the
160,000 children to hear the symphony
this year. Students are being prepared
in their respective schools for this con
cert by classroom teachers and music
Dr. Swalin has selected the following
program for the evening concert:
Overture to the opera “The Secret of
Suzanne, by Wolf-Ferrari; Symphony
No. 29 in M major. K. 201 by Mozart:
The White Peacock, a tone poem, by
Griffes; and Overturne to the opera “11
Signor Bruschino” by Rossini.
The choral society will join the sym
phony in selections from Faure’s “Re
quiem, Op. 40” for soloists, and chorus.
This is one of the primary cultural
presentations of the year in the Edenton
area and citizens are encouraged to avail
themselves to it.
Albemarle Wildlife Club will meet at
7 P. M„ tonight (Thursday) at Edenton
George Lewis, president, said junior
members are welcome at this meeting
held during the observance of National
Wildlife Week across the country.
The local club, reorganized in Septem
ber, 1967, now has 71 members. New
members from throughout the area are
Vocational Program Expansion Set
Edenton-Chowan Schools have ex
pressed an interest in planning voca
tional programs to better prepare gradu
ates to enter the industrial plants of this
Supt. Bill Britt said Monday he called
on representatives of industry to make
their wishes known so the schools can
better plan a beneficial program. He
said the school system would like to be
come more specialized in vocational pro
He said the schools would like to have
a vocational program to suit the needs
of local industry and then have them
work with the College of the Albemarle
in offering employees various specific
courses of instruction.
Industry and education officials met
informally at Edenton Restaurant as
guests of the Education Committee of
Edenton Chamber of Commerce. L. F.
Amburn, Jr., committee chairman, said
the meeting was arranged to better fa
miliarize industry with what the schools
can offer, and vice versa.
“The local schools have demonstrated
a willingness to have a meaningful pro
gram for those students who do not go
on to college and if they do not work
closely with existing industry this cannot
be realized,” the chairman said.
Supt. Britt said the interest in voca
tional training is increasing. The local
schools have more inters-
RALEIGH—The State Highway Com
mission has recently approved improve
ments to more than two miles of Chowan
County secondary roads and set aside
$42,000 for the work.
The action was taken at the request
of Commissioner Don Matthews of Ham
ilton when the highw-ay commission met
here March 6th.
Funds to support the projects will
come from Chowan's share of the S3OO
- Road Bond issue of 1965.
A list of the projects and improve
Base, paving and erosion control on
Perry Road (SR 1211) from High Bridge
Road (SR 1297) to Harris Landing Road
(SR 1210) 1.6 miles, $33,000.
Base, paving and erosion control on
Tyner Church Road (5R1322) from
Happy Home-Sign Pine Road (5R1303)
to the dead-end. 0.41 miles. $9,000.
The highway commission also has ap
proved Secondary Roads activities for
Chowan County totaling $15,700.
Improvements supported by the almost
$16,000 set aside by the commission in
clude grading, drainage and base opera
tions on Brayhall Road from XC-32
Loop to NC-32, a distance of 1.40 miles,
In addition. $2,500 was set aside at
Matthews’ request for surveys and the
acquisition of right-of-way in Chowan’s
County-wide Secondary Road Plan.
in these programs than there are pro
grams available, he said.
“School officials have pushed many
students into college preparatory courses
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NEW STATE TROOPER Charles T.
Thomas of Sanford, right, has recently
been assigned to Chowan County as a
member of the State Highway Patrol. The
new trooper is being trained here by Pa
trolman R. H. Allen, left. Patrolman
Thomas graduated from the Basic State
Patrol School in Chapel Hill on March 1.
He was sent here upon premotion of CpL
t» »«r p- w i- • ‘-»nsfer to Guilford
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