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Mrs. Belle Griffin,
Mr. Boyd Harless
Two prestigious senior citizens
have been removed from along the
Public Parade within the past two
weeks. Mrs. Margaret' Belle
Walters Griffin, 107 North
Granville Street, died August 3;
Mr. Allen Boyd Harless, Sr., 108
Pembroke Circle, died August 15.
Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Harless
each carved a special place for
themselves in their own quiet,
unassuming ways. The good they
did as mother and father; as
teacher and businessman; as
leaders of the community they
loved, cannot be overstated.
When we came to meander
along the Public Parade some 16
years ago, the Griffins and
Harless’ were neighbors, their
residences separated only by West
Gale Street. We lived just up the
street a couple of blocks and
naturally the children wandered.
Often times they were found
playing or talking with Mrs.
Griffin or Mr. Harless.
Some adults can be fooled, but it
is quite difficult to fool a
youngster. They have a special
sense for love and they knew Mrs.
Griffin and Mr. Harless loved
children and it was not limited to
Mrs. Griffin was a special lady.
She was a former school teacher,
was active in Edenton United
Methodist Church, Edenton Tea
Party Chapter, DAR, Edenton
BPW Club, and Delta Kappa
Gamma. She was the wife of Lloyd
E. Griffin and the mother of three
children and the grandmother of
What is probably more
remarkable than any of the above
is the fact that she remained a
faithful and devoted wife and
mother under difficult cir
'*"**ytf CX Mr - Griffin, a man
wlfh statewide -connections and
prestige, worked in Raleigh for
many years and it required a
special sacrifice by Mrs. Griffin.
Yet she was never heard to,
Mr.'Harless retired in -1965 as
manager of Albemarle Peanut
Company, a leading industry in
Northeastern North Carolina.
Previously he had been associated
with the N. C.' Department of
He served on Edenton Town
Council and the former Board of
Public Works, was very active in
the Democratic Party and also
was a member of Edenton United
Mr. and Mrs. Harless raised two
children and enjoyed five grand
children. He was a good husband
and father, and a better grand
father only because he had more
time in retirement to devote to his
This community is a better
place because Mrs. Belle Griffin
and Mr. Boyd Harless passed this
way.. They wouldn’t have had it
Noted And Passed
The Chowan County Democratic
Executive Committee will have to
take another cut at selecting a
nominee to go on the ballot in
November as Third Township
candidate for county com
missioner. The task was not made
easier by the decision of Mrs.
Anne H. Bunch.
Mrs. Bunch resigned Friday for
“personal reasons and the re
evaluation of my employment
schedule.” She was the over
whelming choice of the committee
to the late Lester
Copeland on the ballot as well as to
fill?his unexpired term.
Chowan County commissioners
had 60 days to fill the vacancy. The
bond’s failure to act August 4 on
th«T party committee’s recom
mendation certainly had some
bearing on Mrs. Bunch’s decision.
Mrs. Bunch resided on Route 1,
Tyner. However, she and her
hqsband both work in Suffolk, Va.
She told this newspaper she didn’t
forsee any difficulty between her
employment and the office of
cdtaty commissioner. Something
apparently surfaced to change her
mind and she made the right
It will probably be more difficult
for the executive committee to
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CLEANS STAIRWAY Terri Erlendoson, an NCSU student
working with the Division of Archives and History archaeological
study, sweeps away debris from a 200 year old stairway leading
down into the Flemish bond brick foundation.
A research team with the state
Division of Archives and History
worked through Wednesday sift
ing for artifacts within a brick
foundation dating back as far as
1740 located near the comer of
Granville and King streets ad
jacent to Wessington house. The
foundation is believed to be the
remains of one of the oldest
structures in Edenton.
Tom Funk, chief archaeologist
with the Division of Archives and
History, led the team of student
researchers from N. C. State
University who have unearthed
numerous pieces of pottery and
glass from within the 16 feet
Madison Phillips, local amateur
archaeologist, was credited with
discovering the foundation after it
was unearthed by Carolina
Telephone and Telegraph Com
pany workers who were laying
conduit for phone lines beneath the
Granville Street sidewalk. Phillips
identified the Flemish bond-style
bricks as an indication of an early
18th century construction.
He contacted Miss Elizabeth
Moore, local historian with the
Edenton Historical Commission,
who then reported the find to
Acrchives and History.
With the permission of Mrs.
Dorothy Graham, who resides in
Wessington, exploratory holes
were dug on the property to
determine the size and purpose of
the structure. Researchers
determined it was either a kitchen
or servants quarters detached
from a main house.
Funk reported the Flemish bond
brick work was indicative of a
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UNEARTH FOUNDATION A team of student researchers
from NCSU were at work this week uncovering artifacts from
within a 1740 foundation discovered recently while telephone
company workers were installing underground cables along the
sidewalk near the corner of Granville and King Streets. In the
above photo, Robert Worrell, Tom Hartzell and Tom Funk, chief
archaeologist with the Division of Archives and History.
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TRADITION-OLD AND NEW ln 1976, Gov. Jim Hunt bit the
corner off a two dollar bill provided by John E. Gehring of Walnut
Cove and has carried it as a good luck piece. He repeated this
Saturday in Manteo, after Mrs. Carlista Baum of Chapel Hill and
Nags Head delivered the bill. Shown with them are Sheriff
Hunt, Griffth Fundraiser Stars
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MANTEO Gov. James B.
Hunt, Jr., came to Northeastern
North Carolina last Saturday. He
left some $50,000 richer. But more
important to people in the area, he
Edenton Business and
Professional Women’s Club will
sponsor the Birthday Calendar
again this year. Listings will be 25
cents per name and calendars will
sell for $1.50.
Members of the organization
will be soliciting names through
Personal Reasons Cited
Mrs. Bunch Declines Seat
Mrs. Anne H. Bunch has decided
she doesn’t want to be the first
woman to serve on the Chowan
County Board of Commissioners.
Her decision will send the
Democratic Executive Committee
back to the drawing board.
The 17-member State En
Commission voted Thursday, to
hold a hearing to determine what
CF Industries at Tunis is con
tributing the water quality in
the Chowan River. Chairman Pete
Whitley of Murfreesboro objected,
calling the hearing a “nuisance.”
The hearing had been requested
by Dr. Neil Grigg, commission
director, who accused the com
pany of not responding “to
initiatives of (his) department
staff on what they should do to
clean up the rest of the site.”
Dr. Grigg told the commission
members he did not consider it
appropriate to present evidence
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Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, August 21, 1980
promised that other regions will
have to get in line for attention in
his second term.
Andy Griffith, a native of Mt.
Airy who has a summer home
here, warmed up a crowd of some
400 at the fundraiser. The star of
TV and movies even got his
“choir” responding on cue. The
choir consisted of State Sen. J. J.
(Monk) Harrington, Sec. of
Transportation Tom Bradshaw,
State Auditor nominee Ed Ren
frew, and Charlie Winberry.
Sen. Melvin Daniels was master
Gov. Hunt declared that Nor
theastern North Carolina will
become the new economic frontier
in a second Hunt Administration.
“What you are doing here today is
making political history,” he said.
“This is the first time ever for this
area to surpass the financial goal
of a candidate for governor.”
Fifteen counties responded to
the call of Rep. Charles Evans.
When John Talton, campaign
treasurer, pushed the total key it
registered $48,992, with promises
of more to come.
Gov. Hunt was overwhelmed.
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Edenton and Chowan County
shared a total of $85,549.97
recently distributed from the 1 per
cent local option sales tax, ac
cording to the State Department of
Chowan County received
$66,684.81 for the quarter ending
June 30. Edenton received
throughout North Carolina totaled
SSO-million. The state withheld
$408,323 for collection and
N. J. George, party chairman,
said Tuesday a tentative date for a
committee meeting is August 26.
He also said the only application
held by the committee is from
In her letter to E. N. (Pete)
Manning, chairman, Chowan
County Board of Elections, Mrs.
Bunch cited “personal reasons
and the re-evaluation of my em
ployment schedule” as the reason
for her decision.
She said she now felt she would
be unable to fulfill the obligations
in the capacity of county com
missioner, should she be elected.
The executive committee
overwhelmingly chose Mrs. Bunch
as the nominee to replace the late
Lester Copeland as Third
Township commissioner. County
commissioners took no action on
the committee’s recommendation
at a August 4 meeting.
Mrs. Bunch, a native of Gates
County who has lived in Chowan
for five years, is employed as a
secretary-bookkeeper in Suffolk,
Va. Her husband, is also employed
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Charlie Cahoon of Hyde County and Glenn Golden. In the other
picture, “Parson” Andy Griffith gives the cue to his famous
“choir”. Left to right are: State Sen. J. J. (Monk) Harrington,
Charlie Winberry and Ed Renfrow. (Staff Photos by Luke Am
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PLEASED WITH CONTRIBUTION James C. (Pete) Dail of
Edenton, co-chairman in Chowan County for the Jim Hunt Re
election Committee, is shown here with the candidate in Manteo.
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IMPROMPTU PRESS CONFERENCE Gov. Jim Hunt
escaped a crowd at Manteo Saturday afternoon to field questions
from the press corps of Northeastern North Carolina.
After the appointment there was
some concern expressed about
whether or not the nominee could
sufficiently carry out the duties as
a commissioner while maintaining
a full employment schedule in
Suffolk. At the time she said she
did not expect any difficulty.
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