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VOL. XXXIX, No. 3S
iIkES lady COMilETES RNE
ITAHED BEDSPREAD; REQUIRED
SEVEN ARD ORE - HALF YEARS
An avalanche of Russian tanks
and motorized infantry poured in
to the rich Ploestl oil region In
the heart of capitulated Romania
yesterday, shattering the Galati
Gap defenses between the Danube
and the Carpathians and over
hauling thousands of Germans
trying to escape into Hungary.
In a disaster of Stalingrad pro
portions, the Germans were over
whelmed at Focani and Galati
anchors on the defense line, and
the Russians rolled on through
the petroleum fields of Ramnl-
cul-Sarat, 22 miles beyond Focsa-
nl and only 75 miles northeast of
Ramnlcul Sarat is on the edge
of the Ploesti oil belt whose cen
ter in the town of that name lies
only 27 miles southwest of the ad
Club Coming Year
Mrs. Dalla Thompson, of State Road, is shown here
with her tatted bedspread, which she recently complet
ed after seven and one-half years wtj^-k in her spare time.
It is estimated that she worked more than 12,000 hours
making the beautiful spread. (Staff photo by Dwight
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Serves In England
(By DWIGHT NICHOI.S)
For a?es women -h?^ve strived to
something exclusive, and _
•who does-BO* |,il«0oyr
yearn to have some object, .some
thing of beauty, which others do
Mrs Da la Thomp.son, a farm
er’s wife in the State Road com
munity near Elkin, has such an ob
ject, but it took seven and one-half
years t> make it.
She IS perhaps the only woman
V orld who possesses a tat-
Tvt. Uilcll I’earson, .son of
Mrs. .-tda I’earstm, of Boomer,
is now in England. Ho enter
ed service in .September, 1942,
and was in training at .-Vtlantlc
City, N. J., and Tampa, Florida,
before going overseas Novem
A. S. Clark, a well known citi
sen of the Millers Creek com
munity, brought a most unusual
Bgg to The Journal-Patriot office
last week. The egg had a rough
shell, which was almost dark
enough to be called . chocolate
color, and was in a flattened, oval
shape. In fact, it did not re
semble a hen egg, but it was an
“gg and was found in a hen’s nest.
bedspread. .And what is more
important, she made it herself.
To thos'’ who know little or
nothing about the process of tat
ting, the fart that Mrs. Dalla
hompson has tatted a bedspread
mean.s nothing. But the average
woman who knows how tatting is
done know-.; that tatting a bed
spread IS ne.xt to being out of the
On October 1. 1936, Mrs. lliomp-
son began making the spread, and
all her spare time went into mak
ing the spread until she finished
it this year.
The spread, tatted of while cro
chet thread, is a thing of sheer
beauty. It is more than that; It is
astounding; it is almost. unbeliev
able. Tatting is a hand process of
weaving with a miniature shuttle
One’ inch of thread would make
several shuttle loops. Imagine, if
you can. the inestimable number of
times Mrs Tliompson raised and
lowered her right hand with the
.shuttle to make a colonial bed
spread approximately ten feet
sijuare. 'The action of her arm
over a period of seven and one-half
years developed large bicep mus-
(See Bedspread—page 8)
Paul Osborne Nominated for
President; Raymond A.
Palmer Addresses Club
Paul Osborne, well known
young business man and civic
leader, was nominated for presi
dent of the North Wilkesboro Ki-
wanis club when the nominating
committee made its report at the
luncheon meeting Friday noon.
Election of next year’s offi
cers, who will go into office at
the first meeting in January, will
be at a later meeting. The com
mittee nominated the following:
Paul Osborne, president; J. B.
Story, treasurer; J. B. Williams,
J. B. Snipes, W. D. Halfacre, G.
T. Mitchell and Gwyn Gambill, di
Program Chairman Robert
Gibbs introduced Raymond A.
Palmer, who. made a very interest
ing talk on the subject, "The
Challenge of Scientific Progress”.
Mr. Palmer pointed out that the
modern conveniences we now en
joy, such as automobiles, good
roads, radios, and other modern
time saving equipment have for
the most part come to us since the
first World War. But, said he, all
of these have been in more or
less elementary stages as compaf-
ed to the equipment we shall see
following the present war. Even
the machinery for conducting the
present war is far superior to that
of the other war. The planes, the
cars, the radios and all other pres-
(See K1 wanes—^page 5)
JCilled In Action
TO NEW LIRE
Now in India
German troops were withdraw
ing along a,.75-mlle front east
from Florence to the Adriatic yes
terday toward the shelter of their
l*rlvate Mrst Class Baxter D.
Mastin was killed in action In
hvance July according to a
message from the War Depart
ment. I’fc. Mastin entered the
service Sept. 14, 1943, and was
as.slgned to the infantry. He
was trained at several eami)s„
including Camp Welters, Texas;
.San Imis, Obispo, California;
Ounp Rucker, Ala., and Camp
Butner. Ho went overseas tlie
first of May, to England and
later went to FTance. .Surviv
ing Pfc. Mas! in are his wife,
Mrs. Irene Mastin, one infant
daughter, father and motlier,
Mr. and Mrs. M. I'. MasUn, and
the following brothers and sis
ters: Miss Blanche Mastin, Mr.
Willie MasUn, Mr. l^ee Mjcstin,
.Miss Feame Mn,stin, and .M. 1*.
Mastin, Jr., all of North
Wilkfsboro. ’ ‘
Gothic line as Polish forces
strengthened a bridgehead hver
the Metauro River little more
than 23 miles below Rimini and
Allied heavy bombers choked two
of the enemy’s main rail lines Id
The Germans resisted with can
non and machine guns as the
Poles branched out across the
Metauro, which reached the pea
'29 miles below Rimini, but In the
upper Amo ’Valley the enemy
sometimes was leaving his posi
tions before the Allies reached
Is Now Favorable
Health Officer Says Continue
to Keep Children In to
Bulgaria’s declaration of war
n Germany was reported Irami-
ent laJit night as Bulgarian forces
Hacked Nazi Army units
iroughout the countr;-, and the
uebarest radio claimed that
lost of Germany’s 11 divisions
iBldc Romania had been dlsarm-
1 and Interned with “the re-
Hastening the complete crack-
p of Adolf Hitler’s Balkan em-
Ire, a general ”get-out-of-the-
ar strike in Hungary was expect-
1 hourly as secret broadcasts and
sUtement by the Hungarian
>uncll in Britain urged soldiers
id workers to revolt against the
axis or suffer a fate "Identical
1th that of Oemany’’.
194S wheat goal for the
States, as announced by
"WTA, Is 1,900,000 acres
jar than'the crop of this year.
8gt. EUUs Bradley was re
cently i^wnoted to hia present
rank at Camp Rucker, Alabama,
where he Is stationed. He en
tered the »rmy In April, 1943.
Hgt. Bradley has been visiting
his mother, Mrs. Lillie Bradley,
of Honda., and hla aister, Mrs.
Lon^e Brown, at Hays.
With no new cases of infantile
paralysis reported in Wilkes since
August 2, the situation in the
county Is favorable. Dr. A. J.
Eller, county health officer, said
Hoxj’ever, -Dr.,- Eller urged that
the precautions which have been
carried out and which apparently
has been so successful be con
tinued In order to be on the safe
side and not have another out
The situation is not so good in
many piedmont and eastern Caro
lina counties, where new cases
are reported dally.
Members of North Wilkesboro
Lodge Number 407, A. F. & A.
M., and friends of Masonry rais
ed 1400.00 for Oxford Orphanage.
The committee on behalf of
North Wilkesboro lodge and Ox
ford Orphanage want to thank
every one that helped to make
this nice contribution possible.
Oxford Orphanage has cared for
over 5,000 children over a period
of 70 years, 212 boys from the or
phanage are In the armed forces,
from privates to Lieutenant-Col
onels. Some of this number have
already been decorated,for valor.
Children that go out from the
orphanage are in all walks of life,
and there Is -no record of any
former pupils having been con
victed and sentenced for com
mitting a major crime.
Board of stewards of the First
Methodist church will meet Tues
day evening, seven o’clock, at the
home of Mr. Edd F. Gardner.
In Scrap Paper
A representative of the War
Production Board In Wilkes last
week with a report of scrap paper
salvage for the various counties
in the state pointed out that
Wilkes Is far behind its quota in
the amount of paper salvaged.
Only 6,500 pounds of scrap
paper were collected In the coun
ty during the ipast month, which
Is only a fraction of the quota as
set up according to population.
Commenting on the need for
scrap paper, the WPB representa
tive said that It is now the most
critical of salvage materials and
no scrap paper should be wasted.
In conference here with a num
ber of civic leaders, he stated
that the Klwanls club dlrMtors
Will take the matter under «on-
sideratlon at their meeting
The WBP represefttative said
that a more concerted drive for
scrap paper is badly needed in
I Wilkes, and that rural areas
should be contacted. Many tons
of paper are being destroyed
I which should be going into the
war effort, he said.
OpI. Clifford EUed^ enter
ed the army In January, 1948,
at Port Meade, Md. He receiv
ed hls training at Jefferson
Barracks, Mo., Fort Belvolr,
Va., Salt Lake City, Utah, and
Geiger Field, Wash. He 'was
also on duty at Geiger Field
and in New Mexico before go
ing overseas in March, 1944. He
was first sent to North Africa
and from there to India, where
he is now stationed. CpL El-
ledge Is in the engineers. Hls
wife, the former Miss Gladys
Prince, and their two-montli-old
son, William Clifford, are mak
ing their home with her par
ents in Raleigh, He Is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene EI-
ledge, of Hays. The above
photo was made In India. He
says he is ^siting along fine.
In a lightning northward thrust
of 25 miles, a U. S. tank spear
head reached the River Marne 15
miles east of Paris Sunday and
other American armored columns
thundered toward that historic
stream *f a 100-mlle front to
gain a springboard for the inva
sion of Germany.
While Anglo-Canadian troops
outflanked Ronen In a new thrust
across the lower Seine and thus
trapped the last remnants of the
German Seventh Army, Lieut.
Gen. George S. Patton’s Tanka
shot around pockets of reelstance
on the Paris outskirts and drove
to the Marne at Lagny from the
Melum area southeast of the capi
Apply For Fuel Now
Those who have not made ap
plication for fuel oil ration
stamps are urged to complete the
application and file it as early as
possible with the rationing board.
..jfhe U. 8. farm-mortgage del*
"was reduced by 860 Tnillion dollars
during 1942 and 1943.
At Fort McClellan
Brought to Wilkes
Cpl. Marvin K.' Williams, I'.
8. M. C., son of Mr. and Mrs.
flaude Williams, of Wilkes
boro route two, has been
wounded on Tinian Island, ac
cording to a letter received I>y
ills parents Thursday. In the
letter he said, “I lun in a good
hospital now, and they are real
ly taking good care of me here.
I was wounded at Tinian. 1 got
tliree machine gun bullets In
my left side, one In my arm and
after ’It went through my arm
It went between my ribs,
through my left kidney, and hit
my backbone. Then I got one
through the hip and It lilt my
back, and I got one in the up
per part of thigh, so you sec
I am Wnd of beaten up a little.
I was operated on and brought
over hero from 'Knian In a hos
pital ship. If they hadn’t taken
good care of me on the ship I
could never have made the trip.
I was on the hospital ship 33
days and nights. I was In a
cast from my arm pits to my
left toes for nine days, but they
took the cast off the day I got
here the 16th of August. Since
the cast is off I have rested a
lot better and have slept all
night and part of the days for
the first time since I was
wounded. I have complete use
of my right leg now, and my
back Is so I can turn over by
myself. 1 h^ i’ll get so I can
use my loft leg^ soon, and the
doctor says I will in a month or
so. They say they are going to
send me back to the states
soon”. Cpl. Williams graduated
from Wilkesboro high school
May 7, 1941. He entered the
Marine Corps September 38,
1948, took training at Parris Is
land,’ 8. O., Now Blver, N. C.,
and CUmp Pendleton, Califor
nia, went overseas with the
Fonrth Mhrihe BitIMon in Jan
uary of this year. He was In
battle on the Marshalls and
helped take Saipan, before he
was wounded on Tinian.
Two hundred fifty purebred
Wyoming sheep, excellent for
breeding purposes, have been |
brought to Wilkes by J. W. !
Thompson, a prominent Wyoming
sheep rancher who was born and
reared in Wilkes.
These sheep are being sold
through the state department of
agriculture and about 2,500 have
already been placed in North
Carolina. Robert S. Curtis, of
the state department of agricul
ture, recently spent several days
in the county assisting in placing
ewes and rams on farms.
Farmers Interested in purchas
ing any of the sheep should get
in touch with J. B. Snipes, Wilkes
Moving north and east in a
powerful arc Patton’s troops also
captured Pecy, 21 miles northeast
of Melun. Nogent, 30 miles
north-west of Troyes, and Provlns,
12 miles northwest of Nogent.
Another column had raced nearly
20 miles beyond Troyes to within
possibly 100 miles of the German
frontier and still another was ap
proaching Romllly on the Seine
10 miles east of Nogent.
Rev. D.J. White
Methodist Minister In This
Part of State for 45 Years
Rev. David J. White, age 82.
beloved Methodist minister who
for nearly half a century had
served churches In Western North
Carolina, died Sunday afternoon
at the home of a daughter, Mrs.
Gra^vlBa Q. Green, at Ronda.1,
Funeral service will be held
Tuesday, two p. m., at Smith’s
Aapel in Iredell ebunty. Rev. J.
L. A. Bumgarner and Rev. Grady
White w'ill conduct the service.
Tlie aged minister died as the
result of a stroke of apoplexy. He
had been In normally good health
until he was stricken about 11a.
m. Sunday, and had driven his car
Sunday morning. Death came a
few hours following the stroke.
Surviving Rev. Mr. White are
four sons and five daughters: J.
L. ’White, Union Grove; T. S.
White, Statesville; F. C. ’White,
Mocksvllle; A. J. White, Ronda;
Mrs. Granville C. Greene, Ronda;
Mrs. Emily Welborn, Hickory;
Mrs. J. C. Byrd, Ronda; Mrs. E.
R. Woolridge and Mrs. H, J.
Willoughby, Roanoke, Va. Also
surviving are 45 grandchildren
and 23 great-grandchildren.
I'vt. Commie L. Johnson,
who entered tlic army In March
1943, .s stationed at Fort .Me.-
Clelian, AJabama. Hts wire,
the former Miss Iner Myers,
Snd son, Ray l>ee, and hls par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. CUnt John
son, reside at Wilkesboro.
WALSH BROTHERS ARE OVERSEAS
Important Meeting of Coun
ty Nutrition Committee
To Be At Town Hall
Wilkes Nutrition Committee
will hold an important meeting
Tuesday afternoon, August 29,
3:30 o’clock, at the North Wilkes
boro town hall.
Mrs. Annie H. Greene, Wilkes
home agent who made announce
ment of the meeting, explained
that a special wartime nutrition
program is planned for the month
of September and all members of
the nutrition committee and oth-
’ ers interested are asked to attend.
Red Cross Calliug
For Volunteers to
Pfc. Vaughn V. Walsh, left, who wm inducted into
the army on September 1, 1942, is now in France. He re
ceived training at C(unp Wolters, Texas; Los Angeles,
California; Obispo, California; Camp Ru-ker, Alabama;
maneuvers in Tennessee, was at Camp Butner before
going overseas in May this yw. He received a hum^r
of medals for proficiency with weapons and a certifi
cate as an expert sniper. Pfc. Van H. Widbjh has b^n
in service for tins past 2 1-2 years in Hawaii. His -wife,
the former Miss Chelcie Barnes, makes her henne ividi
her parenU, Mr. and Mrs. Bain Barnes, of Boomer. The
Walsh biN^ers are sosu of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Waldh, of
Wilkes chapter of the Red
Cross is making a special apipeal
for helpers to make overseas kits
for service men.
Chapter officials said today that
the need for additional kits now
Is urgent with sp many men going
ovmeas. Those who have al
ready sec^ired materials for mak
ing kits are.urged to complete
them as early as possible and re
turn them to the Red Cross otfiee
over' ^Tomlinson’s Department
'Those who have not secured
materials and who find that tiiey
can rrader this ty;pe of sendee
are asked.to call Mrs. 3. "W. Ley-
shon or the Red Cross office.
Make Kit Bags
Urgent Need for More Kit
Bags As Men Are Being
Sent Overseas Rapidly