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The Fraiflih Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday J \ c.rw.? aii m c li._ r?.._
Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg, N. C? Th u rschryr November 27, 1969
(Eight Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 82
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Thanksgiving Recalls Ship That Limped Into Oblivion
Washington - If the good ship
Speedwell hadnt leaked in 1620, it
would be as revered today as the
And Plymouth Rock might have
been named Delfshaven Rock.
History has been unkind to the
Speedwell and its home port, Delf
shaven, a town that once bustled with
activity but now survives as a mere
creek in booming Rotterdam.
For a dozen years Pilgrims found
sanctuary in Holland in their quest for
religious freedom, the National Geo
_ graphic Society says. Their journey to
the New World began not from Ply
mouth but from Delfshaven, not
aboard the Mayflower but the Speed
The Pilgrim adventure started in
1608, when 35 members of an English
Congregational church in Notting
hamshire crossed the North Sea to
Holland. They settled first in Amster
dam, then in Leiden, center of the
handicraft trades in the Province of
As carpenters, tailors, and printers,
the Pilgrims lived an industrious,
"These English people have now
lived amongst us these ten years." a
city magistrate commented a decade' '
later, "and never any complaint or
accusation has been brought against
any of them."
Nevertheless, in 1620 the immi
grants laid plans to find a new home in
They bought and Fitted out the
Dutch-built Speedwell, and arranged
to join a larger group bound from
England aboard the Mayflower.
The Speedwell lay anchored at
Delfshaven. where the Pilgrims were to
leave a lasting impression in their brief
stay. Even today, streets named Pel
grims Straat and Speedwell Straat
wind among old gabled houses and
The 350th anniversary of the voy
age will be celebrated in quiet Delf
shaven in 1970. Rotlerdammers also
plan annual Thanksgiving ceremonies
at the church where the Pilgrjjns wor
A bronze tablet in the Pilgrim
Fathers' Church records a farewell
message from William Bradford, the - *
group's leader: "Obliged by the good
and courteous entreaty which we have
found in your opuntry. we and our
children are bound to be thankful."
Ships Set Out
On July 22 the Speedwell set sail
for Southampton, where the May
flower waited at anchor. Hie voyage
to America began two weeks later with
120 travelers distributed between the
two ships. -
After eight days of travel in a "faire
wind," the Speedwell began leaking.
The ships reached the nearest haven,
Dartmouth. Repairs were made, and
the voyage resumed on August 23.
? Soon the leakage grew worae. The
ships turned back again, to Plymouth,
where the Speedwell's trip ended.
Most of her passengers boarded the
Mayflower; a few sailed for London on
the disabled ship. The setback caused
"great discouragemente," one traveler
Finally, on September 6, the May
flower sailed alone for the New World.
Meanwhile, the Speedwell limped into
London waters and out of history
Getting Ready For Old Santa
Town of Louisburg workmen are shown above hanging Christmas decorations here this week. The new ornaments are strung
across Main and Nash Streets here preparatory to Monday night's Christmas Parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. The annual
event, marking the official opening of the Christ mas shopping season, is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. -Staff photo by Clint Kuller
At Franklinton Thursday Night
Louisburg Christmas Parade
Scheduled For Monday Night
If Thanksgiving be here, can Christ
mas be far behind? It's that time of
year again. Santa Claus arrives in
Louisburg Monday night and while it
doesn't take that long to make the
trip, the old boy will make his ap
pearance in Franklinton next Thurs
The Liouisburg parade is expected
to be one of the largest ever held. The
Franklin County Business Association
and Credit Bureau has released the list
of entries and the list shows that forty
Youngiville - District Governor of
31-G Hubert Bradshaw of Durham was
guest speaker at the Youngsville Lions
Club meeting held at the community
house Monday night of this week.
He was introduced by Past District
Governor James T. Mo?. Lion Brad
?haw is Editor of the Durham Herald
and has written a book "A History of
N. C. Association For The Blind". He
has served on the State Commission
for the Blind for 17 years under 5
governors He graduated from Hamp
ton Sidney College and received a
doctors degree there
Lion President Earl Hart presided at
the meeting. Visitors welcomed were
James Webb. Bob Lawson, John
Mackie and Vernon Strothcr from the
separate units are entered.
The Kranklinton Chamber of Com
merce has not announced its list but
that parade is alio expected to be
bigger and better than ever.
Included among the number of
commercial floats in the Louisburg
parade, slated for Monday night at
7:30. are a Marine color guard, the
Louisburg High School Band. Cub
Scouts, a Navy entry, one from the
Army and the Air Force and the
National Guard. Also included is the
South Granville High School Band,
Louisburg Cheerleaders, the Civil Air
Patrol and entries from several
churches and civic clubs.
Hie Louisburg parade will travel
along Main Street from Justice Street
to Noble where walking entries will
join the parade on south to Nash
Street where it will turn east on Nash
and continue to Wade Avenue where it
will disband on the A.li P parking lot.
Floats and vehicles will assemble
not later than 7 P.M. on Justice Street
where traffic will be halted except for
parade entries. Marching and walking
units will assemble on Noble Street at
the interaection of Main and join the
mobile section at that point.
Tlie Pranklinton parade usually
moves north along Main Street and the
announced time for this year's event Is
7 P.M., Thuraday, December 4.
Santa Claus will, of course, be the
feature of both parades and his arrival
will mark the opening of the Christmas
season in both communities.
i/ouisburg Police Chief Earl Hiar
rtngton has snnounced there will be
packing allowed on Main Street from
Justice Street to Eaat Nash Street and
nonl allowed on East Nash from Main
Street to Wade Avenue after ? P.M.
Monday. He has requested the public's
cooperation in observing these parking
limitations. Louisburg's streets will be
roped off, a new innovation this year,
in order that everyone can see the
parade unhampered. Franklinton has
been following this procedure for se
Father In Heaven, We Thank Thee
For flowers that bloom about our feet.
For tender grass so fresh, so street,
For song- of bird and hum of bee, .
F or all things fair we hear or see,
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee !
For blue of stream and blue of sky,
For pleasant shade of branches, high,
For fragrant air and cooling breese.
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee!
For mother-love and father-care ,
For brothers strong and sisters fair,
F or Jove at home and here each day.
For guidance lest tre go astray,
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee!
For this new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For ev'rything His goodness sends,
Father t'n Heaven, we thank Thee!
Locals Pause Today For Thanksgiving
Traffic and jult about everything
' *i?tse has "borne to a halt here today air
offices and businesses closed for
Thanksgiving. State and federal offices
joined Franklin County agencies in
shutting down operations in obser
vance of the holiday.
-With the thermometer dipping to
To State Post
Raleigh -? Governor Bob Scott to
day announced the appointment of
seven persons to the North Carolina
Council on Mental Retardation.
Representative Charles Phillips of
Greensboro, Senator Edward F. Grif
fin or Louisburg,
Shelby Wilson of
Kahdy, who repre
sents the Depart
ment of Public In
struction. and Dr.
who represents the
were appointed to
the Council. Mrs.
Rufus W. Reynolds of Greensboro wis
Representative Phillips. Senator
Grifflrr~ahd Mrs. Wilson will serve
terms expiring June 30. 1973.
26 degrees In Mriy morning, large
numbers of brave souls donned hunt
ing attire, grabbed up their faithful
dogs and headed for the woods.
Thanksgiving day is traditionally one
of hunting for many Franklin County
choir and an address by the pastor.
H?v. W. W. Porter.
Schools in the county will be dosed
today and Friday with classes resum
ing Monday. County, state and federal
offices will reopen Friday. Basketball
At least two county churches will
hold special Thanksgiving services.
Sandy Creek Baptist Church will ob
serve the holiday tonight at 7:30 with
special services being conducted by
Kev. John Woody, Associational Mis
sionary. White lievei Baptist Church
will hold a special service tonight at
7:30, featuring special music by the
games originally scheduled For Friday
night throughout the county were
played Wednesday night. Louisburg
College will host Southwood. Brevard
and Wingate in the annual Holiday
Tournament Friday and Saturday
A few grocery stores and service
stations are remaining open in the^rea
today, but practically all businesses are
Franklin County Teachers
Work For Improvements
By Special Correspondent
"Beginning in March, 1969 with a
college course from East Carolina Uni
versity the teachers employed in the
public schools of the Franklin County
Administrative Unit have been almost
constantly involved in a self-improve
ment program. The course in March
?nd one later In June dealt with
improving reading and spelling through
phonics and vocabulary building activi
TTiis program was continued this
rail with a 16 hour workshop in
phonics conducted by Mrs. Margaret
Attention Students: Teachers, Too, Attend Classes
Teacher* in the Franklin County School System ire shown above at a workshop session here this week. Mrs. Margaret
Holmes, standing, Assistant Superintendent. wa? the instructor. Actually, the group above was making up a session missed earlier
when 54 county teachers attended. The program Is part of a continuing project in which teachers voluntarily attend such
sessions to keep updated on subjects they are teaching In the school system. ? Staff photo by Clint Fuller.
Holmes assisted by teachers employed
in the schools -Doris Wilder, Geralda
Perry, Carolyn Gardner, Peggy
McGhee, and Joseph Pearce.
There were 54 teachers enrolled.
Since only 21 of the 54 asked for
certificate renewal credit, this indicat
ed that most of the enrollees were
interested in improving their efficiency
and skills. ,
The objectives of the workshop
were to familiarize the teachers with
the new markings which were intro
duced in Webster's New International
Dictionary, Third Edition, and to im
prove word attach skills and vocabu
lary building through the application
of phonetic principles.
On November 19 a workshop on
Mental Health in the classroom held its
initial meeting. Oriented largely to
ward the junior and senior high school
teacher, this course will concern itself
with such topics as mental health and
effective learning, children with emo
tional problem*, understanding human
behavior and the mental health in the
family ' group. Various lectures will
handle different topics. Among these
are Dr. J. Wilbert Egerton, Mr. Harry
Derr, Dr. Norbert Kelly, and Mr. Wil
liam Sigma n. Mrs. Mamie Clayton,
High School Supervtaor and Mr. Tal
madge Edwards. Program C-o-ordlnator
of the Franklin County Counseling
and Educational Center will coordi
nate the workshop.
In March 1970 a course, Improve
ment of Reading Instruction in tha
Elementary Grades, will be offered by
the Division of Continuing Education
of East Carolina University under the
auspices of the school system through
E.S.E.A. Title L It will carry college
and certificate renewal credit The
course la planned for teachers of ex
perience. It will be concerned with
remedial reading techniques as well aa
testing and diagnosis of reading pro
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