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Peace Demonstration Staged At Louisburg College
A small band of Louisburg College
students with one (acuity member
among them and led by another staged
a lie-in peace demdjtttration on the
West Campus here Tuesday. According
Co reliable reports about Often stu
dents. including two coeds, lay down
on the ground in front of the AC
building and covered themselves with
she ts denoting the dead bodies of
Vietnam victims. Some, the reports
say, were covered with black sheets
while others were covered with white
Sidney Earl Stafford, Instructor of
Religion, apparently led the group,
according to the reports. Stafford, it
was said, stood facing the AC building
as some 500 freshmen 'students left
their chapel program, holding a sign
reading: "How many more of us must
die-Before you care? Vietnam." A
second report said the sign read: "How
many more must die before you do
something about Vietnam;". It was
also reported that Robert J. Versteeg,
Associate Professor of Religion and
brama, was among those lying on the
The demonstration, which took
place around 11:30 A.M., was witness
ed by the freshmen and several faculty
me rubers. ~~
One student said, 'The outer world
has been creeping in for a long time.
Franklin County is no longer isolat
ed a hiding place from the outside
the life of reality in the United States
Reaction on the campus, according
to reports, has been varied. One coed
was quoted as saying, "That professor
should lose his job . . . the very idea of
bringing that mess to Louisburg"
Another stated, that the principle of
protesting was good as long as it is
orderly, but she did not agree with the
protestors' idea of "not supporting
President Nixon's war policy".
One out-of-county student, a ve
teran of Vietnam, said, "This type
movement on American campuses is
exactly what the Communists pray for
every night". And another Vietnam
veteran added. "I wish these kids
would think about those teenage boys
pver there in mud up to their elbows,
fighting for their country, and give
them a little support". 1
One pretty coed said, "President
Nixort ts playing God by sending these
to unnecessary deaths" and Stafford
reportedly commented that the U. S.
has played Big Daddy long enough.
A freshman said he would be "glad *
to serve (his) time in the military'
service and (tp) support his govern
ment" because he felt it is his "duty to
Still another student, a sophomore
said, "Many things were accomplished
by .the carrying out of this mild.
peaceful protest against the U. S. war
policy in Vietnam. First of all. the
participants were doing something
They were using the constitutional
right of voicing an opinion. These
protestors were trying to wake up the
campus to become aware and to care
about what is going on in the world
around it. Ground was gained by this
group not only by being a part of a
national movement, but also by active
ly saying 'Why doesn't the United
States try to sqve lives rather than save
face'. The best way to look after our
servicemen is to bring them home
And the sophomore added. "The
outer world has once more to.uched
the heartstrings of home- Franklin
County. Are we ready for what the
future may bring?"
In November, 1965 Louisburg Col
lege students organized a project to
send gifts to servicemen in Vietnam.
The students called the move Opera
tion Merry Christmas and staged a
march downtown on December 2,
following which students and locals
citizens went on a gift buying spr?e in
local stores. Hie N. C. National Guard
that year sponsored Operation Christ
mas Star and the gifts collected by
LJC students were delivered to Viet
nam by the Guard in time for Christ
mas. Most of the student body partici
pated in -the project
Pictured above are the Homecoming Queen candidates at Louisburg College.
Left from bottom to top: Frances Griffin, Louisburg; Connie Wilson, Chase City,
Va.; Lei /a Hall. Roanoke Rapids; Josephine Medlin, Louisburg; Cyndie Schubart,
Louisburg; Jennifer Swain, Plymouth; Sharon Perry, Raleigh; and Cathy Schaeffer,
Coral Gables. Fla. Right from bottom to top: Mary Newill, Wilmington, Delaware;
Beth McDonald, Louisburg; Janie Hoffman, Southern Pines, and Paula Darden,
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College Fund Drive
- Enters Final Month
Project Attainment, the vital fund
raising program of Louisburg College,
designed to produce nearly two mil
lion dollars in new buildings and other
essentials at the College, goes into its
final month today.
To accomplish the total projection,
the constituency is being asked to raise
a total of $850,000. with the Louis
burg-Franklin County portion estab
lished as $125,000.
Local chairman, John H. Hodges,
announced this morning a total of
$27,490 has been raised locally. "Ac
tually we have just begun our effort in
Louisburg" Hodges stated, "and with a
real effort on the part of all our
workers we should reach our goal in
the next few weeks."
Louisburg College president. Dr.
Cecil W. Robbins. expressed confi
dence that the program will attain its
objective. "We all realize we are in a
life or death struggle with this project"
he annouqced. "We knew it would not
be easy, buKe are certainly encourag
ed by the support we have received to
date. Our primary need right now is
for our ca.-ipaign workers to bear
down and get their calls completed.
We think, we believe. Louisburg Col
lege is important to the business ele
ments of the community. What the
community does in the next three
weeks will determine the extent to
which our opinion is justified."
E. Hoover Taft, Jr.. president of the
College board of trustees wh<Hs serv
ing as general chairman of the Project
Attainment program, reported total
raised to date in all areas of contact
now stands at $325,438.00.
"We are delighted and definitely
encouraged by the tremendous re
sponse that has greeted our efforts so
far", Taft announced. "Only one of
our seven divisions has completed Its
assignments at this time. The College
Family Division comprising all Ml
time employees on our staff, com
pleted It's work last Friday. Audited
contributions, from these people total
led $85,481 .00, which we regard as a
tremendous endorsement of our pro
In addition to the Louisburg
Franklin County division, solicitation
is also underway among Parents.
Friends. Alumni. Foundations and the
Board of Trustees. The latter division
is scheduled for completion by No
Primary objectives of the Project
Attainment program are the new
Academic-Science Building, a Student
Center, and a new residence hall for
men. Appropriate applications for gov
ernment grants will be prepared in the
Nickels Referendum Scheduled
Franklin County farm families are
being urged to mark November 25 ai a
special date on their calendar. This is
the Nickels for Know-How referendum
day throughout North Carolina.
"By now, our farmers should be
thoroughly familiar with the issue that
is to be voted on," observed C. T.
Dean, Jr., county extension chairman.
"Our hope is that every eligible voter
will take the few minutes required to
cast a ballot. We would like to have
the largest turnout in the 18-year
history of the program. "
Nickels for Know-How is the North
Carolina farmers' own program of self
help. Through It, farmers donate five
cents for each ton of feed and fer
tflizer purchased to support agricul
tural research and education at North
Carolina State University.
The program has been voted on
each three yean since 1951. A favora
ble vote by two-thirds of thoae voting
Is requirrd to renew the program, this
time for six yean. In previous referen
dum!. the vote has been heavily in
favor of renewal.
Dean explained that participation
in Nickels for Know-How is voluntary.
Although the five-cent assessment is
included in the price of the feed or
fertilizer at the time of purchase, any
farmer can have this assessment re
turned to him upon request.
The county extension chairman
afco explained that the Nickels fund is
administered by the North Carolina
Agricultural Foundation which is com
posed of farmers and farm leaden
from each of the 100 counties.
"R would be Impossible to express
the value of this special fund In the
overall development and progress of
our agriculture, Dean said. "There is
no question that the program has been
valuable far beyond the total contri
butions that have been made in all of
the last 18 years. Virtually every
farmer has received benefits from the
program far in excess of the amount of
money he has paid into Nickels (or
Mapleville Community wu awarded
second place In the large rural com
munity category at last night's Capital
Area Development Aaaociatlon Awards
Banquet held at Meredith College in
Raleigh according to Unwood Leery,
Assistant County Agricultural Agent.
Mapleville Community Is led by J.
L. Strickland, Louiaburg, North Caro
lina, Route 4, who served as chairman
of the community during the year.
The community wu presented a cash
award of (100.00 for their efforts
First place winner in the large rural
community category was Townsville
Community In Vance County. Other
winners Included Rldgeway in Warren
County in .the small rural community
Strong points for Mapleville Com
munity during the year wu their work
in houatng, youth development, and
community wide programs
The FrahkMn Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday ^ \ Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg, N. C., Thursday, November 20, 1969
(Twelve Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 80
Earthquake Strikes Seven States
Tremors Felt Here
The Louisburg College Alumni As
sociation will sponsor its annual
Homecoming event this Saturday,
November 22. According to the Di
rector of Alumni Affairs, Walter Jones,
approximately 300 former grads are
expected to return for the gala affair.
Registration for all alumni will be
from 5-6 p.m. in the Main Building
lobby. From 6-7:30 p.m. a buffet
dinner and business meeting will be
held in the B. N. Duke College Cafe
At 7:30 there will be the tip-off of
the important Cavalier-Tar Heel Con
ference basketball clash between the
Louisburg College Hurricanes and the
Southwood College Rama. Half-time
activities will feature the presentation
of the Homecoming Court and tht
selection of the 1969 Homecoming
Immediately following the basket
ball game will come the climax of the
evening when Josh White, Jr. presents
a concert in the College Auditorium
All area alumni are invited to return
to the campus, spend the day renewing
old friendships, and attending the va
The earth shook, dishes rattled and
N?airs moved here last njght around 8
P3C and locals manned their tele
phorM^ in an attempt to discover what
had hap>?ned, Louisburg and some
other countyxareas were struck with
earth tremors ?s~*n earthquake hit and
was felt in seven states ranging from
West Virginia to Georgia.
A teacher here reporteiHhat he was
alone at home at the time amMhat so
severe was the jolt that heNrent
outside to inspect for damage. He sifr^
he timed the tremor at 8:05 P.M. and
that it lasted only a short time. Others
estimated the duration at around ten
seconds, but in some states the shakes
were felt for as much as 18 minutes.
A local businessman called to re
port that he and his wife were disturb
ed. over the tremor and that his house
shook. One man said he was on top of
a ladder at the time and felt nothing.
The local radio central headquarters at
the Louisburg fire station reported
?everal telephone calls inquiring about
One report from the White Level
section said it was not felt there and
another from the Youngsville area said
the same. However. Franklinton re
ported that the tremor was felt in that
Ho, Hum , More Men
Land On The Moon
Locals are taking a ho-hum attitude as the United States landed two more
astronauts on the moon this week. Very little conversation is being heard
about the event locally. Few indeed, are those who sat up into the wee hours
of the morning to vtow the second landing and fewer still are those describing
in detail what they might have seen.
The excitement of the first moon landing is noticably missing from this
week's epic event. Astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr. and Alan L. Bean sat their
lunar ferry, Intrepid, down on the moon's surface at 1:54:29 A.M.
Wednesday. At 6:44 A.M. Qonrad became the third man in history to step on
the moon. Bean followed shortly thereafter.
This morning at 9:23, the two Astronauts blast off for the journey home.
So exact is the American program, the public now takes for granted that
going to the moon is routine.
No damage was done in the Frank
lin area as far as has been reported by
mid morning today, but some minor
damage was reported in the Kaleigh
The National Earthquake Informs
tion Center in-Rockville, Md.. said the
jolt was recorded there at exactly 8
P.M. and measured 4.75 on the Rich
ter scale. This is strong enough to
break windows, it said. The disastrous
1964 Alaska quake measured 8.5 Rich
v The center appeared to be sorrw
whCTe in the Virginia-West Virginia
bordfct region, said the Kockville
The disturbance was called a "nice
little earthquake" by Father Edward
Bradley, asBociatp professor of physics
at Xavier University, Cincinnatti.
which has a seismograph.
"1 think it's just a minor shift," said
Andrew Olsen, assistant director of the
Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.
"1 don't think it's anything to worry
about. Anything in this paYt of the
country is unusual if it's strong enough
to be felt."
Other locales repofting tremors in
cluded Wytheville, Va., where tele
phone and electric services were dis
rupted; Collinsville and the southern
Shendandoah Valley of Virginia across
the state to the Richmond suburbs and
south to Raleigh, Durham and Char
lotte, N. C.; Columbia. S. C? ai.d
Athens and Augusta, Ga.
Officials at Hockville put the epi
center of the quake 60 miles west of
Roanoke, Va., and 70 miles southwest
(See TREMORS Page 4) .
Farm Bureau Hits Governor
John Ihrie, President of the Frank
lin County Farm Bureau, today releas
ed the contents of a resolution adopt
ed by the annual state convention this
week in which the farm organization
hits at Governor Bob Scott fOT his
remarks in a speech before the conven
The resolution says the Governor
"abused the dignity of the high office
and used it to aeverly criticize and
accuse farm organizations and their
Ihrie, obviously displeased with the
things the Governor said, stated that
he has decided against any public
statements at this time.
The full text of the resolution,
adopted by the state convention and
endorsed by the local President, fol
"Aware of differences of opinion,
and with due respect for the office of
governor of Nortb Carolina, the North
Carolina Farm Bureau invited Gover
nor Kobert W. Scott to address its
34th annual convention in Durham
Mjuesday, November 18, 1969. The
cohwntion in no way expected to be
placated as a result of it's opposition
to tax measures advocated by the
governor and passed by the i969
General Assembly^ Rather, it was hop
ed the governor wbtdd use the occa
sion to bridge the gap ^(disagreement
now existing among a gr^at majority l
of the state's population aisregards i
that action. The voting delegates to \
this convention conclude that Gow*
nor Scott abused the dlgrity of the \
high office and used it to severly
critize and acuse farm organizations
and their leadership - local state and
national for their suppossed inatten
tion to issues confronting present-day
agricultural producers. While we can
not speak for other farm organiza- *
tiofts, or their leadership, policy is not
initiated by state or national Farm
Bureau leadership. It is developed by
members this state and nation for
(See GOVERNOR Page 4)
Thanksgiving Favors Prepared
Members of the Hospital Guild and the Loulsburg Garden Club are ihown above Wedneaday at the home of Mr. ?|d Mr*.
Herman Spencer on Jeffres* Drive here preparing tray favor* for patient* at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Pictured, left to right,
clockwise, are Mr*. Fred Lohmueiler, Mr*. George Weaver, Mr*. George Ford, Mr*. Joh.i Lloyd, Mr* Herman Spencer, Mr*.
Marvin neaunt*. Mr*. Thomas Whelm, Mr*. John Mill* and Mr*. J. B. Wheiess.
The favor* project haa been *ponaored for several years by the Guild and many other local organization have helped In
carrying it out. The Theraphy Committee of the Garden Club is handling the Thanksgiving project. Other similar projects are
slated aa follow*: Christmas, Mr*. Marjorie Leonard's Home Economics Class at Loulsburg High School; Valentine. Town and
Country Garden Club; St. Patrick's Day, Mia* Gertrude Winaton and Easter, Mr*. Jane Houae'* Intermediate Girl Scout*.
- Staff photo by dint Fuller.