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VOL. XXXIV, No. 84
Small Streams Do Greatest
Damage; Yadkin Floods
Lowest Parts Valley
Rain of cloudburst proportions
over prrctlcally all of Wilkes Sat
urday afternoon did considerable
damaeie to crops and sent streams,
including the Yadkin river, far
out of their banks.
Rain began falling about 3:30
and in less than two hours there
were four and one-half inches of
rain here. Reddies River rose
quickly out of its bank and flood
ed the lower bottoms. Later the
Yadkin overflowed its banks and
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N^ftker Side Reports
Any M&jor Gains
The Nasi offensive agelnst
Russia appeared today to have
1«M* some of its blHs and on the
western front Germany faced
crackling British air attack that
raged without interruption
throngh the night and into the
TTiere was no Indication in
OeanauBiques from Berlin and
Moscow of any substantial prog
ress during the last 24 hours to
ward the major German objec
tives of |Ciev, Leningrad and Mos
The Russian communique indi
cated that there has been little
change in the fighting front in
the last few days. Berlih offered
no new specific claims beyond an
assertion that encircled Russian
armies are being “annihilated ac
cording to plan.”
But in the west the Germans
faced a Royal Air Force offensive
that seemed to be at a new peak,
possibly co-ordinsted with the ris
ing tide of the .sweeping British
V-for-vlctory propaganda being
spread throughout the occupied
lands of Europe.
Nazi Army Active
On Turkish Border
Ix>ndon. July 18.—A dispatch
from the British Exchange Tele
graph agency correspondent in
Istanbul reported tonight that
vast military preparations direct-
ed 'by the German general staff |
were under way in Bulgaria, op-,
po,site the Turkish frontier. )
Travelers reaching the Turkish j
side of the border were quoted i
as saying important events could
be expected in Bulgaria. (Ger-[
many is reported to have a.sked
Turkey tor transit of supplies a-
cross that country to the Russian
Caucasus in case Russia is decis- ■
ively beaten in Europe by Sep
President Ends Doubt,
Of Nation’s Intention
Of Defending Iceland
Washington. July IS. Presi-1
dent Roosevelt today swept away j
any lingering doubts that, at
whatever cost, the government
to keep the sea lanes to
At the same time, he SttclosecT|
that he would throw his prestige |
formally and fully behind propos-,
els for extending the service of
draftees, national guardsmen and ,
reserve.s. special message on
that subject, he said, will go to
Congress next week.
These developments came at a
press conference which Mr.
Roosevelt also made the occ.->sion
tor another thrust at Senator
Wheeler. Democrat, Montana, a
leader of the senate opposition to
his foreign policies.
Offers No (V>iiiniesit
Discussing the occupation of
Iceland by American forces, the
chief executive said he did not
care to commenP on future troop | journed .session here voted to co
movements. because—and for em-1 operate with Governor •J M.
nhasis he authorized direct quo-| Broubhton in institution o. day-
! light saving time in the interest
“I don’t think it’s right that I of national defense,
should pull a Wheeler. ’ j Mayor McNiel read to the oth-
Wheeler had already been sev-, er members of the city council a
erly criticized i^' administration ; letter from Governor Broughton
NORTH WILpSBfliBj;^ %1941 ll.SO
Tax Rate Reduced
This picture taken at Cub Creek bridge on high
way 421 near Wilkesboro late Saturday after
noon shows how water flooded the cr^k hoW"®
and did considerable damage to crops. The Yadkin
overflowed into the lowlands following 4H inches
oil rain and caused fear that another flood was in
the making. (Photo by Dwight Nichols)
During the storm on Satur
day afternoon lightning played
At Flick Gables at Mora
vian Fa.18 the lightning ran
into the bnliding, there was a
blinding flash, all was quiet
for a few seconds and the
nickelodeon started playing.
Of all the 24 records. It se
lected “Goodbye Now.”
The machine will check np
a nickle short.
Set 1941 Ride At .
$1.15 A Hundred
ReductioD Of Four Cents
Under $1.19 Rate Despite
The Loss In Valuatimi
To Collect Aluminum
Boy Scouts to Make Canvass of Towns On
Thursday Afternoon, Beginning at 2
o’clock; Cooperation Urged
CHARTER PRESENTED TO JAYCEES HERE
•Scout troojys in tlie Wilke.s-
boros will uuike a canva.s.s for
aluiiiiiium for luitional defense
on Tliursdjiy aftemiwn, July
Scout leaders conferred tliis
morning and set the time for
collection of aluniinum. Tiie
canvass will begin at two o’-
Residents and bnsines.s hou.s-
e.s of tlie two towns are asked
to liegin now to hunt up .irticles
of alunilnuiii which may lie giv
en as an aid in overcoming tlie
.sliortage of aluminum for mak
ing planes and other needed
machines for defensi*.
In onler to facilitate tlie can-
jieii tney’ca* gi^
a.sked to place it on their porch
es or some other place conven
ient for tlie .Scouts wlien they
begin tlieir coilect.ion tour at
It is pointPil out tliat old
alniiiinum j>ot.s and pans, old
vacuum cleaner:!, pictures
frames, refrigerator tray, burst-
od aluminum cylinder Iiesid^
and pistons are some of the
items whicli may be found a-
hout many liomes, wliere tliey
are useless. By giving sucli ar-
tieles, tlie jieople c*>n be helping
In national defense.
Ftir those who may not be
I'carlied in the canva-iss, a place
will lie provideil at tlie c'ty liall
for the altiminum to be placed
if tJiey will carry it there.
mndo to reacli otliers not In the
North Wilkesboro,Former Resident
Will Cooperate In Of Boomer Killed
Saving of Daylight; In Auto Accident
.standing at left is John L. Fort, president of
the Charlotte Jaycees and vice-president of the
state organization, as he presented state and nat
ional charters to the North Wilkesboro Junior
Chamber of Commerce. Standing at right and ac- .
cepting the charters is Fred Hubbard, Jr., presi- |
dent of the North Wilkesboro chapter and toast
master at the banquet. Shown at the extreme
left seated in Grady Church, secretary, and on the
right, seated, is Dr. I, G. Greer, speaker at the
banquet. (Photo by Dwight Nichols).
Mayor and City Commis
sioners Agree To Cooper
ate With Governor
Mayor R. T. McNiel end North
Wilkesboro commissioners in ad-
Isaac Martin. 81-year-old citi
zen of Edwards township, died
I Saturday. Funeral service was
held Sunday, one o’clock, at Char-
Marjorie Howell and ity church.
L. G. Frazier, Of Win-
ston-Sailem, Are Killed
Calls For 34 On
August 11th Are
Isaac Martin Dies
quarters for saying, in advance
of the Iceland operation, that he
had reliable information that
United States for « would short
ly take the island over.
asking cooperation in North Wil
kesboro and the council agreed to
I It was not known ot the time
just when clocks are to be moved
up one hour, although it is be-
■lieved that .\ugust 1 may be the
I , Moving up clocks one hour, it
Been Solved pointed out, will mean going
Mas.' Robert P ■ work an libur early and having
Maa-.- Robert P': j^yiight hour in which
to work, thtis saving electricity
for use in defense industries and
Leased For Fair
Grounds Leased To Officials
Of Northwestern Fair
For Period One Year
Patterson, udder secretary of war,
said last night that with produc
tion of the Oarand semi-auto
matic rifle increased to 1,000
daily “the rifle problem has been
solved and we are truly over the
At the same time. Maj. Gen.
Oharlee M. Wesson, army chief of
ordnance, disclosed in an Inter
view that John G. Garand, invent
or of the weapon bearing his
name, was working on a design
for a fully automatic rifle weigh
ing seven pounds, two fewer
than the semi-automatic.
In a prepared address broad
cast from the Springfield armory,
where there the government turns
out the semi-automatics. Secre
tary Paterson said that rifle s
rate o.' production last year was
250 a day, and soon would reach
Lions Will Meet
North Wilkesboro Lion.s Club
meet on Friday evening of
this week. 6:30 o’clock, at Hotel
Wilke?. Bill Carrington and Cody
Moore will have charge of the
program and all members are ask
ed to attend. •
■^Miss Frances McNeill returned
[tinday from Chapel Hill, where
ene bad been in summer school
for six weeks.
Fairgrounds here have been
leased by the city council to of
ficials of the Great Northwestern
Fair for one year.
The lease was made to J. B.
Williams and W. A. McNiel, pres
ident and general manager, re
spectively, of the fair, for a per
iod of one year for the sum of
$300. They are to have exclusive
use of the fairgrounds for a per
iod of two weeks during the year.
There is a provision in the
lea.se that any buildings erected
on the grounds si; 1 remain on
the property and lat the fair
grounds shall he cleaned of all
rubbish and trash.
An inexpensive and efficient
homogenizing machine for small
dairies, operated by a quarter-
horsepower motor and weighing
log only 137 pounds, Is now on
Miss Marjorie Howell, 25,
former resident of Boomer who
had been i;i Winston-Salem for
four years, was killed In an aiito-
mo'bile accident 17 miles north
of Columbia, S. C., early Satur
L. G. Frazier. 62, of Winston-
Salem. also was killed in the ac
cident. He was killed instantly
and M1.SS Howell died en route to
The As-sociated Press Bureau
reported from the Columbia of
fice that two other occupants of
the car, Mrs. Harry D. Whitlow,
the former Miss Geneva Cornatz-
er. 303^asb Sprague streeti Win
ston-Salem. and a boy said to he
Thomas Winfield, 15, of Branch-
ville, S. C.. were injured. Mrs.
Whitlow W8.S said to have suffer
ed a fractured hip and the youth
was described by hospital a,ttend-
ants as in a serious condition.
It was understood that the
group were en route to Branch-
ville. S. C„ 65 miles south of Co
lumbia, where a daughter of Mrs.
Whitlow was visiting. They plann
ed a short visit to the beach aft
erward, it was said. Mr. Frazier
is an uncle of Mrs. Whitlow. Miss
Howell was employed at the An
chor Company in Wlnstcn-Salem,
where Mrs. Whitlow is also em
Coroner John .S'argeant of Co
lumbia said Frazier was appar.
ently operating the car which
struck the rear of the truck.
The driver of the truck escaped
possible injury by not being in
The automobile, headed south
toward Columbia, skidded about
70 feet before the impact. Coro
ner Sergeant reported. He said
the truck, operated by Fred Stew
art of Columbia, was parked by
the highway and had flares a-
round the machine as required by
law. The accident occurred a-
round 12:15 o’clock Saturday
Miss Howell was born in
Wilkes county, April 13,
Board Number 1 Will Fur
nish 14 and Number 2 Will
Send 20 On That Date
Woodrow Johnson, of Oak-
woods, Dies of Injuries
After Several Weeks
Woodrow W. Johnson, 29. citi-Aboard in Welch, W. Va.
zen of the Oakwoods community,'
died in the Wilkes hospital Fri
day evening from injuries receiv
ed in an automobile accident near
his home several weeks ago. Ver
tebrae fractures caused paralysis,
from which he never recovensd.
Surviving are his father. Noah
Johnson, nine brothers at
Last rites were held Saturday
afternoon at Anderson cemetery.
Wilkes county draft boards
have received calls for a total of
34 men on Augu.st 11. Board
number 1 will furnish 14 and
board number 2 will furnish 20.
On Frld'-y, July 18. Wilkes
furnished 33 men and sent one,
Abe Clifford Rose, tor a draff
Those going from 'board num
ber 1 Friday were Walter Spur-
gen Brewer, leader, Thomas Ra-
von Huffman, Arlyss Eugene
Nichols. Edward Clay Bishop,
Walter Eugene Mathis, Arvil John
Joyner, Monzel Mestin, Edward
Carl Souther, Thomas Wilson
nine brothers and two jEarp. Willard PIe?s Smith, Wood-
row Huffman, Arthur Charles
Steele. J. P. Harris and Albert
Going from board number two
were John Frank Day, leader, Al
ger Clindon Walla, assistant lerd-
er, George Thomas Wyatt, Ira
Calloway Burchette, Earl Watts,
Floyd Hincher, Gilmer Adams,
.James Garfield Barker, Fred
Damaw** Homer Aldine Huie, Rob-
Rams and Damage william
Brooks, James Vernon Staley.
John Oarl Owens, Motson Dewitt
Blackburn, Truman Clyde Stone.
John Harley Glass, Robert Clay
Mayberry and Wallace Duglas
Wiles. ^ ,, ,
Highest order number draitea
in board number 2 area was
1472, indicating that over half
of the first registration list has
Will Begin 28th
to Courts Cause Postpon-
ment of Tournament
Rains of cloudburst density
here during the past few dry.?
greatly damaged tennis courts
and forced postponment of play
in the Lions Oiub tourney for
Wilkes county for one week, the
committee announced today.
Play was to have opened today
but will not begin until next Mon
The tournament, sponsored
yearly by the Lions for all tennis
plryers in Wilkes, will attract
many entries. The committee an
nounced today that entries will
■ougUout thL o
and may be made to Grady ^ wilkesboro Klwanis club will e --^ --^^
Church or Bill Brame. |guests. Mr. F. Jeter edlt^at «cy ,,ean
Trophies will be given winners ^State College^and Mr^H^^^ t^o^ births. Too many children are
shackled, bound and defeated be
fore they enter this world because
Farmers Picnic At
Millers Creek 25th
All Wilkes farmers are urged
nouncea touay Liiat Biiiiica «... picnic to be held Friday, _ , „
be accepted throughout this week'at Millers Creek sch^K -N safeguard of democ-
and runners-up in men’s singles, ''well. State
mixed doubles, women’s
1916, 'and junior divisions.
singles be speakers.
Grange maatiW’.; .’’rill
the daughter of Tom and Mamie It is expected that the tourna-j Miss Katherine Finley parents. We'cannot build
Hall Howell. She lived in Win-'ment this year will be the most ing in Marlon in «« ° (Continued
(Continued on page eight) 'successful ever held in Wilkes. and Mrs. B. F. Pollard.
Ckirter Nigh^ Of
Junior Chamber of
Commerce Is Held
Charters Presented to North
Wilkesboro Jaycees; Dr.
I. G. Greer Speaker
State and national ch.-rters for
the recently organized Junior
Chamber of commerce In North
Wilkesboro were presented at the
charter night banquet.
Feature address at the banquet,
one of the most successful in
history o f civic organization.?
here, was delivered by Dr. I. G.
Greer, superintendent of Mills
Home. Thomrsville. He held the
rapt attention of the assembly
with an inspiring address on the
subject of “Safeguarding Democ
Attendance at the banquet in
cluded the members of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce, wives
and lady friends and m-ny club
guests repre.-enting the civic or
ganizations of the city.
Fred Hubbard. Jr., president of
the club, presided, and presented
John L. Fort, vice presvJepUot
the state Junior Chamber “of
Commerce and president of the
Charlotte club. He outlined the
objectives of the organization and
presented the state a-nd national (
The town of North Wllkesbon*
has gained the distinction of ba.
ing one of the few in the state ttt
reduce its tax rate this year.
Commissioners 'in regular ad
journed session Friday night set
the rate at $1.15 on each hundred
dollars assessed valuation of
The cut of four cents in th*
tax rate was made in spite of a
loss of approximately $275,000
in assessed valuation. The drop
in the total was brought about by
the destruction of the Interna^
tional Shoe company tannery and
the Home Chair company plant
in the flood August 14, 1940.
The total loss in assessed valu
ation due to the flood was a much
higher figure that the difference
in the totals tor 1940 and 1941
in the assessed valuation but sub
stantial gains were made to par
tially offset flood losses.
In making up the tax rate the
debt service levy was placed at
75 cents, an increase of six cents
over the 1940 levy due to more
bond maturities. Howeirer, the
general fund levy was reduced tea
cents to 26 and the school levy
will remain the same at 14 cents.
The town, which has never de
faulted on obligations, is in ex
cellent financial condition.
The town council is composed
of Mayor R. T. McNiel, and Com-
I missioners Ralph Duncan, A. F.
Kilby, Hoyle Hutchens, R. G. Fin
ley and J. R. Hix.
B. T. U. Revival
Is Under Way Here
At First Baptist
A Baptist Training Union re
vival is in progress at the First
Baptist church in this city and
will continue with sessions at
7:30 each evening through Fri
Two workers from the stat®
convention. Miss Mabel Starnes
and Miss Willa Marks, of Raleigh,
and the pastor. Dr. John W.
Kincheloe, Jr., will lead the dis
cussions and conferences for jun
ior. intermediate, young people’s
and adults groups.
All are invited to attend the
B. T. U. revivals gre being held
at several other churches in the
Brushy Mountain a.ssociation and
other nearby associations, it was
learned here today.
Guire Is Speaker
At Kiwanis Meet
Address By Highway Com
missioner Well Received;
Club Has 2 New Members
preseiiicu - . V. D. Guire. of Lenoir.
charters. He also awarded pins to 1 highway commissioner for
the officers of the North Wilke.?-
boro Jaycees. Other visiting mem
bers at the banquet included Jos
eph C. Wright, of Charlotte, and
Bub McKnlght and Joe Brawley.
president and vice president of
the Mooresville club.
President Hu'bhard presented
Judge Johnson J- Hayes, a guest,
who introduced the speaker.
In a most eloquent manner Dr,
Greer outlined what he termed
the best safeguards of democracy.
At the beginning he explained
that we today are absorbed in
the word “defense’’ and its mean
ing but he admonished that the
people of America not forget what
it Is they are to defend. “It is a
dangerous thing to arm a man if
he does know what he is fighting
for,” he said.
He urged that the Jaycees
link your young enthusiasm with
the poise and good judgment of
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division. addres,?ed the North
Wikesboro Kiwanis club Friday
C. G. Day was in charge of the
program and he asked J. G. Hack-
ett, former highway commission
er, to introduce the speaker.
Commissioner Guire made a
splendid talk, in which he com
mended the people of this section.
Speaking of administration of
highway affairs, he said he was
not making promises which he
would later be unable to fulfill
but that he intended to treat eve
ry part of the division as fairly as
he knew how.
In the business session prior
to the program Roy Reins and
W. J. Allen were inducted into
membership in the club. Fred
Hubbard, Jr., was a guest of J.
B. Carter, Robert Morehouse and
Ray Erwin were guests of H. H.
Morehouse, Dr. Reaper was a
guest of Dr. E. N. Phillip®, C. G.
Day had Z. V. Stewart, J. G.
Hackett and the speaker, V. D.
The club expressed appreci
ation for the fine services ren
dered by L. L. Carpenter as head
of the United Service Organlxa-
tion in Wilkes. It was reported
that over |700 ha(J been raised •
in the drive.