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The quietness of political matters has
been deafening along the Public Parade
this year. With races for many import
ant county positions as well as a $600,-
000 town bond referendum, one would
have thought much more outward in
terest would have developed.
At this writing, however, there has
been no organized opposition to the
water and sewer bond issue. And town
officials have given citizens every possi
ble opportunity to squalk, if in fact, all
the questions have not been answered
to their satisfaction.
Democrats have both a choice of can
didates and a chance to make some
changes. Town voters actually have
only a chance to take advantage of a
federal grant of $329,500 and improve
a critical water situation while also ex
tending water and sewer to areas not
Mayor George Alma Byrum told it
like it is in a frank discussion of the
issue in letters sent this week to all utili
ty customers. Members of a Citizens’
Committee do likewise in an ad appear
ing elsewhere in today’s newspaper.
The one thing which makes this bond
referendum so palatable is the fact that
there will be no increase in property
Now a word about the county races.
As a registered Democrat we rarely take
sides editorially in primary elections.
A person not familiar with our policy
approached us last week with this state
ment: “It is a shame your wife is a can
didate so you could say there is a need
for a woman on the school board.”
We’ll vote for the water and sewer
bonds. We’ll also vote for the candi
date of our choice on the county and
state ticket. And one of those for whom
we will vote will be a woman.
We’re Still Here
If our least favored morning news
paper of general circulation in North
eastern North Carolina can get the state
to finally purchase Bald Head Island
and Bill Henderson to run for governor;
not to mention get the N. C. Education
and N. C. Teachers associations merged,
then maybe they can have a reporter
free to cover this apparently lost pro
vince of Tar Heelia.
W. J. Berryman
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Only a narrow driveway separated us
from W. J. Berryman. Now that he
has gone on to richer rewards we are
sorry for neglecting to cross to the east
more to seek his counsel and profit from
his vast knowledge about living the good
It is but another sign of the times.
We were busy getting out the newspaper
and providing for a young family. He
was busy being retired but never to the
extent that he would hasten a conver-
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Catholic Teen-Agers Spend Working Vacation Here
Twenty-seven thoughtful “Yankees”
made a favorable impression on Eden
ton, and vice versa last week as they
spent their spring vacation painting the
three-story rectory of historic St. Anne’s
Edentonians hardly knew what had
happened Monday, April 20, when the
working tourists arrived. Before they
left, however, the town was buzzing
with favorable comments about the
thoughtfulness of the teenagers.
The unusual week of activities actual
ly was hatched up back in February
when a group of St. Rita Apocalypse
CYO, were returning from a skiing trip
to Brodie Mountain in Northern Massa
Before the aches and pains of the
trip were over they talked on the bus
returning home about spring vacation.
“Why don’t we think of doing some
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John F. White, Who Brought N. C. Legislature *Home ’ in 1937,
Stands in Front of Historic Chowan County Courthouse.
White Brought Legislature ‘Home’
A Canadian asked Gov. Bob Scptt,
via a national newspaper magazine, how
many cities in North Carolina’s history
had been capital cities. The governor
replied: “New Bern was the capital from
1770 to 1794 when Raleigh was made
the capital, and the State House was
The North Carolina Manuel, published
by Secretary of State Thad Eure, bears
out the governor’s answer. But Edenton
figured into the picture in more ways
An inscription on historic Chowan
thing for mankind, instead of just having
fun for ourselves,” a more serious voice
The suggestion from 16-year-old Beth
McHugh, president of the youth group,
came through loud and clear. They
chose Edenton’s 18th Century St. Anne’s
rectory and all expenses incurred, includ
ing the cost of the chartered trip and
supplies needed to accomplish the miss
ion, were borne by the teenagers.
But why St. Anne’s?
Rev. John McNicholas, assistant pas
tor of St. Rita’s and spiritual adviser to
the high school group, explained that
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WORKING VISITORS FROM AFAR—Working tourists were abundant in Edentou last week as a croup of youngsters from Hamden,
r to t he«T spring vacation r»<"«nr the rectory of St Ann’s Catholic Church. It was an unusual "vacation” but one
which seemed to breathe new spirit into the entire community as the 27 representatives of St RUa’s Worked and played. Father But
; i,, j, st left watching Sue Ktf™» as she put the finishing touches on a window sash. The center photo shows Joyce
Yeung, Doretta DeNcMo, Maureen Fish and Mary Sullivan as they relaxed during a break to their work. Father Jack McNicholas ap
m„ the n *~~ while the painters eatch up with him. He and Father Butler were classmates in school which resulted in this most
THE CHOWAN HERALD
County Courthouse, erected in 1767,
designates Edenton as the “seat of gov
ernment in North Carolina from 1722 to
Prof. Hugh Lefler, one of the best
authorities on North Carolina history,
says Edenton was the “unofficial capi
tal” of the Tar Heel state for a number
The statement attributed to Gov.
Scott and the question of Edenton’s po
sition in the state capital situation, re
minded John F. White, former legisla-
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the trip stemmed from a casual conver
sation with a parish couple the Sunday
following the ski trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady Chesson related
to Father McNicholas how they had
met a former classmate of his while
visiting their native Edenton. It turned
out to be Father Butler of St. Anne’s.
Father McNicholas called Father But
ler and after reminiscing about their
seminary days at St. Bonaventure in
Olean, N. Y., they got down to serious
talk about the teenagers and their pro
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 30, 1970.
The Citizens Advisory Council, with
representatives from eight neighbor
hoods, Tuesday night unanimously en
dorsed the $600,000 water and sewer
Wallace B. Evans, chairman, said
members of the council will work for a
favorable vote on the issues on May 2.
Mayor George Alma Byrum and Jesse
L. Harrell, chairman. Board of Public
Works, have repeatedly said with the
recently adjusted water rate and revenue
from the one cent local option sales tax,
the bonds can be repaid without any
Mayor Byrum said this information
has met with favor before every group
discussing the issue.
In recent action, Edenton Jaycees and
the directors of Edenton Chamber of
Commerce went on record favoring the
The project cost nears sl-million.
However, the town had obtained reser-
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W. J. Berryman
W. J. Berryman, 102 West Gale Street,
died suddenly in Chowan Hospital at
4:10 P. M., Sunday. He was 89.
Mr. Berryman was a retired insurance
agency head and prominent in Baptist
circles in the area.
He operated a general insurance agen
cy, which bore his name, for many years
before retiring in 1960. He was also a
William James Berryman was born
December 13, 1880, son of the late Wil
liam J. and Martha White Berryman.
He was a member of Edenton Baptist
Church for 65 years and taught the
T.E.L. Sunday School Class. He was a
lay preacher and supplied at many
churches in the area on occasion.
Mr. Berryman was married to Mrs.
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JAYCEE INSTALLATION—Robert P. Dali, center, Thursday night was installed as
president of Edenton Jaycees for the next year. He is shown with State Attorney Gen
eral Robert Morgan, right, principal speaker, and James DarneU, program chairman.
Morgan gave a major address on drug abuse in North Carolina. (Story on Page 4).
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Democrats in large numbers are ex
pected to turn out Saturday for the pri
mary election which will also see all
voters in the Town of Edenton eligible
to vote on a $600,000 water and sewer
Democrats will get two ballots —those
living inside Edenton, three; and Re
publicans, Independents and American
Party members residing in Edenton will
get the special election ballot.
There are six contests for district
court judge and county offices and two
contests for First Congressional District
and judge of court of appeals on the
Mrs. Sadie Hoskins, chairman, Cho
wan County Board of Election, said
the polls will open at 6:30 A. M., Sat
urday and dose at 6:30 P. M.
Rep. Walter B. Jones of the First
Congressional District, is being opposed
by L. C. Nixon, New Bern Negro.
Judge R. A. (Fred) Hedrick, incum
bent member of the State Court of Ap
peals, is being opposed by Judge Harry
C. Martin of Asheville. Judge Martin
is on the Superior Court Bench.
John F. White, Edenton attorney for
the past 44 years, is a candidate for
judge of district court in the First Ju
dicial District. He is opposed by Wilton
F. Walker, Jr., of Currituck, presently
district court solicitor. They became
candidates soon after the death of Judge
W. S. Privott of Edenon. The sec
ond regular district court judge, Fentress
Horner of Elizabeth City, is without
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, veteran clerk
of Chowan County Superior Court, is
being opposed by Ralph E. Parrish, a
Sheriff Troy Toppin, appointed about
a year ago to fill the unexpired term
of Sheriff Earl Goodwin, is being op
posed by Carroll A. Boyce, a former
Two newcomers are seeking a First
Township seat on the board of county
commissioners. They are N. J. George,
local auto dealer and veteran member
of Edenton-Chowan Board of Educa
tion, and J. Wallace Goodwin, Jr., a
farmer and new-comer to the political
Eight people are seeking the four
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