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COSTLY FlßE—Richard P. Ba*r It Company, 1200 North Oakum Street, was hit by a
costly fir* early Tuesday morning, with damages being estimated at nearly $150,000.
Shown here are the remains of the planing department, where the fire was believed to
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Tuesday's The Dau
This time next week politicians from
the court house to the White House will
be picking up the pieces. Some will be
lolling in the sweet waters of victory.
Others will be asking: “What hap
Pollsters will continue figuring their
percentages. Sidewalk observers will
continue their discussions pro and con.
The world will continue to turn.
Things will be better along The Pub
lic Parade with the election of Bob Scott
as governor and the re-election of Walter
B. Jones to Congress. The Gardner
twins will have learned an expensive
lesson. People hereabouts want men
who can go it alone and not rely on the
coattails of someone else.
In this column recently we endorsed
the Scott-Jones team for the two top
offices. The things which have tran
spired since then have only tended to
strengthen our belief that they possess
the qualities needed in Raleigh and
Strange as it may seem, there will be
those within this reading who will dis
agree. This is a fundamental right which
we respect. With this right goes the
responsibility to vote.
If you vote your convictions on Tues
day you will then have gained another
right—the right to criticize what tran
spires after all the Htwllots have been
Go to the polls early Tuesday and put
’em in the box.
The Helping Hand
There are numerous service groups—
both volunteer and municipal—which
render valuable service to citizens of
the community. All too often, John Q.
Public is content to let the other fellow
do it and actually take for granted what
is being dene.
Drive out'past the handsome new fire
station on North Broad Street and peep
in at the shiny fire trucks. The Town
of Edenton has a big investment in fa
cilities. Figure it on a per call basis and
the cost will startle you. Nevertheless,
when a tragic .fire strikes money is no
A recent public demonstration proved
the paid and volunteer firemen are train
ed to save lives and property. And with
all the training and elaborate equipment,
they hope and pray it won’t be needed.
There are other groups—the police,
utility employees, etc. —who are render
ing service on par with the previously
But the group about which the least
fuss is made is the all-important Eden
ton-Chowan Rescue Squad. They have
pinched pennies for years and now that
tljeir emergency services have spilled
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omCEItS RE-ELECTED—Th* bbiml marting of th* Cupola House Association was
Ml Tuesday afternoon la the Municipal Building. Various reports ware given and of
ficers re-elected for another year. T. B. H. Wood will continue to serve as president;
Mbs Lena Jones, right, secretary, and Mrs. Mary B. Tucker, vice president. Mrs. W. B.
Bessvear, treasurer, was not present. Mrs. Tucker announced that the annual campaign
for funds would begin shortly, la the past out-of-town receipts have been generous.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXV.—No. 44.
C. A. Benson
Benson To Post
C. A. Benson, 108 Mosley Street, has
been, narrujd to Edenton Housing Au
thority. He replaces L. F. Amburn,
Jr., who recently resigned as a com
missioner to become executive director
of the authority.
Benson’s appointment was announced
today by Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr.
The new authority member is local exec
utive with First National Bank of East
ern North Carolina.
Jack Habit is chairman and other au
thority commissioners are: George Lewis,
Merrill Evans, Jr., and A. C. Hudson.
It was announced recently that the
Department of Housing and Urban De
velopment had approved a preliminary
loan of $40,000 for the authority and
allocated 100 low-rent public housing
units to Edenton.
J. W. Adams, project planner, and
Robert Hutton, land specialist, both of
HUD’s Atlanta Regional Office, were
in Edenton last week viewing possible
sites for the project. Their formal ap
proval of sites is expected soon.
Edenton Christinas Parade Planned
Edenton Jaycettes have begun making
plans for another gala Christmas Pa
rade, to be held in downtown Edenton
at 4 P. M., on December 3.
Featured in the parade this year, along
with Santa Claus, will be “Romper
Room’s”, Miss Connie, in real life, Mrs.
Bert Hindmarsh, mother of two small
havo started. In the other picture, more of the damage is shown around a high tension
power line which fed the plant. The plant is expected to be rebuilt.
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 31, 1968 Single Copy 10 Cents
A record number of Chowan County
citizens are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s
Mrs. George C. Hoskins, chairman,
Chowan County Board of Elections, said
there were 403 new registrations prior
to the closing of the books on October
26. She said 196 registered in the clos
There are now about 4,200 registered
voters in Chowan’s six precincts.
Os those who registered, 357 were
white and 46 were Negro. The group
included 333 Democrats and 49 Repub
Mrs. Hoskins said Saturday is chal
lenge day and registrars will be at their
respective polls between the hours of 9
A. M., and 3 P. M.
The polls open Tuesday at 6:30 A. M.
and close at 6:30 P. M. Because of
the lengthy ballot returns are expected
to come in slowly.
Mrs. Hoskins again reminded voters
in Yeopim Precinct that voting for this
election will be in the tower building at
Edenton Municipal Airport.
For the convenience of the voters, The
Chowan Herald this week devotes a full
page to publishing the sample ballots in
this election. Mrs. Hoskins encourages
voters to secure these ballots and make
their decision about who they wish to
vote for prior to going to the polls.
John Thomas, manager, Edenton of
fice, Employment Security Commission,
of North Carolina, has been promoted
to a position in Charlotte.
Thomas Friday will head a newly or
ganized program of ESC—Concentrated
Employment Program—in Charlotte.
He has headed the Edenton office, serv
ing Tyrrell, Gates, Perquimans and Cho
wan counties, since April 1.
In addition to this TV personality,
the Jaycettes, co-sponsors with Edenton
Chamber of Commerce, hope to have
many other treats in store for the chil
dren during this year’s Yule parade.
Any club or individual desiring to enter
a float or participate in the parade
should contact Mrs. Larry Williams, pa
Miss Connie, as the pre-school chil
dren know her so well, is a graduate of
Norview High School in Norfolk, Va.,
and studied elementary education at Wil
liam and Mary. In 1957, she was “Miss
Norfolk”, and runner-up in the “Miss
Monday through Friday of each week,
Miss Connie can be seen on Channel 13
at 8:30 A. M., during “Romper Room”.
For this show, she is a TV performer
instructor for six children. Over the
three years she has been doing the show
she has had a daily TV audience of about
Scott Holds Lead
j Lt. Gov. Bob Scott continued his
strong showing in the Edenton Jaycee
j political poll as Tuesday’s general elec
At the same time Vice President Hu
bert Humphrey gained ground in the
telephone poll and tied Gov. George C.
Wallace at 25 per cent each. Republi-
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Sen. George M. Wood
Lloyd C. Bunch reports tickets are
now available for the Northeastern Area
Soil and Water Conservation District
Supervisors meeting to be held in Eden
ton on November 19, at 6:30 P. M.
State Sen. George M. Wood of the
First Senatorial District will deliver the
main address. The 19-county event will
be held at the Edenton Jaycee Building.
Bunch says tickets are available from
him, H. F. Byrum, Joe Webb, Jr., George
Lewis and the Soil Conservation Service
Work l T nit office located in the base
ment of the Post Office. Tickets must
be purchased by November 12.
“We want everyone interested in the
future of our country to attend, farmers,
business people, county, town and com
munity leaders,” he said.
DIRECTORS' LEAGUE HERO—W. P. (Spec) Jones of Edenlon, center, recently took
top honors in First National Bank of Eastern North Carolina's Directors' Golden Base
ball award series. Here last week to honor Jones and the Edenton directors were Mit
chell F. Allen, Jr., left, bank president, and Ben McDonald, marketing director for the
system. The sales premotion idea won a national award of merit for McDonald.
Jones, Bank Board Contest Winners
Grand slam home runs plus top field
ing of potential business won the indi
vidual scoring honors for W. P. (Spec)
Jones, member, Edenton board of direc
tors, First National Bank of Eastern
North Carolina, in the system’s Direc
tors’ Golden Baseball award series.
Jones’ high scoring added to the en
thusiastic personal and outstanding sales
ability of all Edenton directors copped
the FNB Directors’ League champion
ship for the Edenton board.
As leading individual scorer Jones won
an all-expense-paid trip for two to the
World Series in Detroit, which, regret
fully he and his wife were unable to
take. He was, however, presented a
check in the full amount of tjie expenses.
M. F. Allen, Jr., system president,
One of the most destructive fires in
local annals swept through a portion of
Richard P. Baer & Company’s plant here
early Tuesday morning. Estimates of
the damage run as high as $150,000.
Fire broke out in the planing mill at
about 1:45 A. M., and was later discov
ered by a night watchman. Unable to
get to a telephone, the watchman tied
down the mill’s whistle and went for as
Neighbors were awakened by the
whistle, saw the flames and turned in
Twenty-four regular and volunteer
firemen, under command of Chief W. J.
Yates responded. All three local pump
ers were put into service as firemen
fought to contain the blaze and keep it ;
from spreading to other portions of the
lumber mill. It took them six hours to
bring it under control.
A southeasterly wind aided firemen
in containing the blaze.
Chief Yates said in addition to the
planing mill and two sheds, two of the
six-bay dry kilns were damaged.
Robert L. King, plant manager, said
approximately 125,000 feet of cut lum
ber and 90,000 cut furniture squares
veere also destroyed.
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By BILL COZART
San Francisco Giant pitching star Gay
lord Perry and Mayor John A. Mitch
ener shared the spotlight as Edenton
Jaycees staged a Mayor’s Night here
Mitchener reviewed progress in Eden
ton over the past 10 years and indicat
ed a long-held $1 tax rate cannot be
maintained if the town is to meet the
growth needs of the future.
Perry spoke briefly of “goals and
dreams” and touched on one dream in
particular ... his no-hitter that beat
Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals
on September 17.
“The clouds opened up . . it’s an
experience you can’t explain,” the soft
spoken Martin County native declared.
“I know now how everyone feels who’s
had a dream come true.”
Perry said he pitched a one-hitter
about a week before his perfect feat and
figured “that’s about as close as I’ll ever
get . . . but you still keep that dream.”
He said the crowd was with him the fi
nal two innings “and that helps.” In the
ninth, he had to go face two of the best
of the Cardinals . . . Lou Brock and Curt
Flood. He got the former on a ground
er and closed out the game by sneaking
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made the awards at a dinner honoring
the Edenton board members and their
wives held last Thursday at Edenton
Allen told those in attendance the
Golden Baseball event, held over a two
month period, brought on more active
participation than any other promotion
the bank had enjoyed. He said the ef
fective job done by the Edenton direc
tors as well as local boards throughout
the system is the reason First National
continues to grow.
The president said FNB is moving
ahead in many directions. He said ev
eryone in top management is excited
about the holding company which is be
ing formed. He said it will improve
service and improve the bank’s profits.