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• j Pvt. Baxter Spears entered service July 21, 1942, re-
. j/eived training at Hendrick Field, Fla., went overseas
March 13, 1944, and is stationed now somewhere in Eng-
Isuad. Walter Spears, seaman second class, entered the
service m June 20, 1944, received his training at Camp
Peary, Va., and is now somewhere in the Southwest Pa
cific. They are sons of Mr, and Mrs. C. R. Spears, of
IN BELGIUM IS
jted American troops
have gone'tover to the offensive on
one sectov of the flaming Bel
gian tTo/t and In the past 24
hours ^ave driven a deep fissure
Into the salient carved by some
250,000 German troops.
A front dispatch last night said
doughboys and tanks in a smash
ing counterblow at an unspecified
point had given Field Marshal
Qerd von Rundsteadt his "first
serious setback" since he hurled
his forces December 16. The
Luxembourg radio said the enemy
salient had been narrowed to 20
All along the northern flank of
the 35-mlle-wlde salient there
tre indications that the Nails
the^ defease for the mo>-
lat, said Associated Press Cor-
nwtident Wes Gallagher. With
..jndreds of American and British
planes searching the roads, he
said von Rundstedt could not use
his tanks on a big scale without
risking a massacre.
News that Gen. Elsenhower had
struck his first serious counter
blow at the Germans after b«mk-
tracklng 50 miles across Belgium
came on top of the two-day-old
Information that the spearhead of
the enemy drive had been blunted
short of Its Meuse River goal.
Raise Big Fond
For World Help
Arils Greenwood Lowe, age 33,
ended his own life Saturday at
noon by firing a bullet from a 22-
callbre rifle Into his bead.
Coroner I. M. Myers, who inves
tigator the death, pronounced It
suicide. He stated that Lowe fired
the ballet into his forehead while
in a bedroom of his home.
Coroner Myers stated that mem
bers of the family informed him
that Lowe had been drinking for
Funeral service was held Mon
day at New Light church with
Rev. L. E. Sparks in charge of the
Lowe la survived by his wife,
Mrs. Mary B. Lowe, and one son.
At Little Rock 31st
Southside Singing association
will meet with Little Rock Bap
tist church Sunday, December 31,
according to an announcement by
ittorney F. J. McDuffie, chair-
- man. The day’s program will open
at 11 a. m. and all singers are in
vited to take part. Dinner will be
spread picnic style at noon.
Mrs. Nelson Dies
Methodists of North Wllkesboro
are being called by the Rev. A. C.
Waggoner, minister of the First
Methodist church, to take part in
raising 325,000,000 for world re
lief *and reconstruction, the first
phase of the denomination’s na
tion-wide Crusade for Christ pro
gram of post-war service.
’The local appeal, for which the
goal Is 14,800, will begin January
28, Mr. Waggoner announced. The
Methodist congregation here is
part of nearly 8,000,000 members
of 41,000 churches In the United
States who are participating in the
frfur-year, five-fold Crusade.
Expenditure of the Crusade
fund by the regular, general agen
cies of the church will provide for
feeding-the-hungry,' clothing the
destitute, and freeing the minds
and spirits of the ignorant, the
underprivileged, the driven and
the dispossessed", Mr. Waggoner
said. Three fifths of the fund has
been allocated for the "rebuilding
and rehabilitation of human life”
in foreign countries, nine-tenths
in war-devastated areas and the
rest in other mission fields. The
balance will be used for emergen
cy, war-caused needs In this coun-
Other phases of the Crusada»'j^
Christ program call for continued
education In and expression of
opinion for “coroperatlon among
nations In the post-war world", re-
jnewed evangelism efforts with
I special emphasis In 1946, educa-
Ulon for Christian stewardship of
lability, .time and money, and Im-
i provement of Sunday School en
rollment and attendance.
"The Crusade for Christ la
Methodism’s organized response
for assuming Its part In meeting
the unsettled conditions and vast
staggering needs created by the
second World War”, Mr. Waggon-
Clint Bailey Dies
William Hsurris Surrenders to
Sheriff On Charge Of
Mrs. Annie Nelson, age 22, wife
of Johnnie Nelson, of Traphlll,
died Friday in the hospital In
Mrs. Nelson leaves her husband
and one son, Paul Curtis Nelson.
Robert Hayes Home
Robert Hayes, aviation ma
chinist mate second class, of Lake-
hurst, N. J., is spending this week
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.
Paul Andrew Clinton Bailey,
26-year-old colored resident of
this city, was shot and killed Sat
urday afternoon on highway 18
two miles north of this city.
William Harris, Wllkesboro col
ored man. charged with the fatal
shooting, gave himself up to
Sheriff C. G. Poindexter late Sat
Investigation of the shootings
revealed few facts. Sheriff Poin
dexter said that he had been In
formed that Bailey and Harris had
quarreled earlier In the day-»at’a
pool room on A street, and that
the quarrel involved a small sum
of money, possibly fifty cents.
Harris, with a 38-callbre pistol,
met Bailey In the Falrplains com
munity and after a few words
were exchanged Harris shot Bail
ey twice. In his head and back. He
died before reaching the hospital.
Harris fled from the scene of
the shooting and Sheriff Poindex
ter conducted a search which con
tinued Into the night. Late at
night Harris appeared at the
Wilkes Jail and surrendered to ar
Bailey for several years had
been employed as an auto me
chanic at Motor Service company
here. He Is survived by his wife
and children. Funeral service was
held Tuesday at the colored Bap-
Held On Sunday
D. Hayes, of Millers Creek.
. OF BUDAPEST
Rnsstpn troops smashed across
the Danube River’s eastern branch
north of Budapest, captured
Bzentendrel Island and split the
German-Hungarlan forces defend
ing the city, Moscow announced
Part of the enemy units have
been driven Into the mountainous
forested terrain in the Danube
north of the capital and the
irs have been caught in a vise
de Budapest, the Soviet com-
[qne said, as the Russian
on Ssentendrei Island es-
.bllahed contact with their corn-
dee on the Danube’s west bank.
Other Red Army troops stormed
into Budapest from the south,
west and dast, the oomrnuniqne
repMtinf numerous new penetra
tions Umits, including
eaptnriArf the Kelenfold district
fB the neuttmest
Charles Edmund Shatley, prom
inent resident of Nort’a Wllkes-
boro route one. passed away at his
home December 22nd following an
illness of several months.
Funeral services were held at
Cross Roads church on December
24th, 3:30 p. m., by the Revs.
John Wells, Jr., and A. B. Hayes.
Baptist ministers, and Rev. A. C.
Waggoner. pastor of North
Wllkesboro First Methodist
church. Burial was In the family
plot. Pall bearers were J. L.
Wells, Sr., Rom Jennings, L. H.
Shumate, Gentry Adams, L. D.
Absher and Joe Adams. Flower
girls were granddaughters, nieces
and friends of the deceased.
Born In Ashe county on July 2,
1881, he was the son of the late
Martin and Sarah Adeline Brooks
Shatley, who preceded him In
death. Also preceding him in
death were his sister, Maggie
Irene Shatley, and grandson, Mar
tin Van Buren Shatley.
. He is survived by his widow,
Laura Rhodes Shatley, and the
following sons and daughters:
Morgan and Gordon Shatley,
North Wllkesboro: Cody Shatley,
Tacoma, Washington; S.Sgt. Paul
Shatley,’ in France: Von Shatley,
Dallas, Texas: Pvt. Charlie L.
Shatley, Camp Croft, S. C.: Mrs.
J. S. Kyle, North Wllkesboro: Mrs.
Kermlt Clonlnger, Bryson City:
Mrs. 'RMid Chaney and Mrs.
Joseph Bartman, Baltimore, Md.,
and ten grandchildren.
BUY MORE VaR BONDS
145 Label Dates
GASOLINB—Coupons No. IS
in A book good for four gal-
long became effective Nov, 9
and will expire December 21.
SUGAR — Book 4, stamp 34
good for 5 pounds indefinitely.
FOOD—^Red stamps Q5 thru
S5 in book 4 valid indefinitely
for meats, fats, and oils. Blue
stamps X5 through Z5 and A2
and B2 in book 4 valid indefi
nitely tor processed foods.
Capt. Eller Here
Captain Ernest M. Eller, a
member of Admiral Chester W.
Nimltz’s staff at Pacific fleet
headquarters, spent Thursday and
Friday here with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. E. E. Eller. Capt. Eller
was accompanied here by his wife
and sons, Peter and Johnny, who
make their home In Winston-Sa
Hundreds of subscriptions to
The JounuU-Pstriot will expire
on juauary 1 (Monday).
Those whose address labels
have the date of 1-4S (meaniac
January f, 1945), are urged to
renew their subscriptions not
later than January 1 .in order
that their subscriptions win not
be discontinued. War time re
strictions do not permit mailing
papers to persons whose sub
scriptions have expired. Tour
cooperation will bo approcUted.
Isa Feature Of
Major Johnston Returns
, Major and Mrs. Richard B.
Johnston returned today to Day-
ton, Ohio, alter spending several
days here with their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. A. B. Johnston and Mr.
and Mrs. W. J. Caroon. Major
Johnston la. stationed #1
Field. >*^ ’ ‘ '•i
tist church here.
Serap Paper Will
b Colleeted In
This City Friday
Residents of North Wllkesboro
will havu an opportunity Friday
to suppci’t the war effort by fur
nishing scrap paper to replenish
the nation’s supply of paper and
wood pulp products.
A canvass of the residential sec
tion of North V/llkesboro will he
made Friday and all residents are
asked to place hH the paper they
can salvage on front porches tend
street curbs in front of the houses.
It Is not known at what time the
paper collector will visit any sec
tion of the city, and for that rea
son It Is asked that paper he plac
ed outside by nine a. m. Friday.
Paper Is vitally needed and every
pound turned in will be that much
added to the nation’s dwindling
^ ^ .
Cadet Harvel Home ^
Aviation Cadet Paul W. Harvel,
Jr., who has been in training at
Greenwood, Misd., Is spending a
few days here with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Harvel. Cadet
Harvel’s wife, the former Miss
Rose Wade Scroggs, of Chapel
Hill, Is visiting with him here.
Lt. Jones Here
Lt. Walter E. Jones, Jr., who
received his wings and commission
in the army air force as a second
lieutenant December 23 at Marfa
Army Air Base, Marfa, Texas, has
arrived to spend several days leave
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.
lui n n
CpI. Gilreath Home
Cpl. Ralph Gilreath arrived
home Monday on a 30-day fur
lough after serving overseas since
the North African Invasion In No
vember, 1942. Cpl. Gilreath en
tered service with the National
Guard company here In Septem
ber, 1940, and served through the
North African, Sicilian and Italian
campaigns in a regiment of en
gineers with the Fifth Army. He
Is a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M.
Gilreath, of North Wllkesboro
Two Men Caught
Breakhg Into A
Local police on Monday night
arrested two men who were
breaking Into Charlie Johnson's
service station In this city.
Claude Higgins, who was home
on leave from the navy, and Allen
Adams were arrested at the sta
tion. A third member of the par
The arrests were made before
the men could take anything, from
Pvt. Kilby Home
Pvt. Tommie Kilby, who has
Just completed his basic training
at Camp Wheeler, Ga., Is spend
ing several days furlough here
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.
O. Kilby. Pvt. Kilby will report
at the end of his furlough to Fort
George G. Meade, Md.
To Reach Its Goal
County Alresi;dy Over ToCsd
Quota But **E” Bond Pur-
ehsMOs Are Needed
Featured by a program on the
subject of "Scouting", North
Wllkesboro Kiwanis club held an
interesting meeting Friday noon.
Prior to the program Secretary
T. E. Story read a copy of a let
ter which was prepared by the
Citizenship committee and mailed
to sons of Kiwsmlans in service.
County Agent J. B. 'Snipes, who
is leaving January 1 to be county
agent of Chatham county, spoke
briefly and expressed appreciation
to the club for cooperation in the
agricultural program In the coun
ty. Paul J. Vestal responded,
and expressed for farmers of the
county gratefulness for the work
of Mr. Snipes during the past four
and one-half years.
Dr. Fred C. Hubbard called at
tention to the campaign for secur
ing funds for the new TMCA and
stated that he desired that all
rxamberk of' tk^
fore the edd of the month.
^ogram Chairman L. M. Nel
son conducted hit own program,
which was well done and well re
ceived by the members. He
demonstrated a Court of Honor
Meeting for the Scouts, putting on
the Investiture Ceremony, etc.
Eagle Scout Pat Hunt led the
scouts and scouters In the Scout
Oath. ’The Investiture Ceremony
was led by Mr. Nelson together
with six Scouts as follows: Eagle
Scout Pat Hunt, Life Scout Gor
don Finley, Jr., Star Scout L. M.
Nelson, Jr., First Class Scout Dud
ley Moore, 2nd Class Scout John
Gibbs and Tenderfoot Scout Henry
Church. They lighted 15 candles
representing the 12 parts of the
Scout law and the three great du
ties of Scouts.
Mr. Nelson led the entire group
In giving the Scout Benediction.
The Scout Slogan was displayed
and discussed by the leader who
pointed out that we can only make
men out of boys.
Lewis Vickery sang “Trees” by
Joyce* Kilmer, accompanied by
Mrs. L. M. Nelson at the piano.
Guests Friday were as follows:
Ed Gardner had Bill Gardner.
Jack Quinn and Jack QulAi, Jr.:
Pat Williams had Pat Williams,
Jr., and Chas. Williams; P. W.
Eshelman had Capt. Fred Wyatt:
J. E. Justice had John E. Justice,
III.; H. H. Morehouse had Mary
Morehouse; Carl Van Deman had
Henry Church; Gordon Finley had
Gordon Finley, Jr.; J. B. Carter
had Dudley Moore; J. B. Snipes
hand R. W. Murdock, of Durham;
L. M. Nelson had C. D. Coffey, Sr.,
and Mrs. Coffey, Don Coffey, Jr.,
and L. M. Nelson, Jr.
Pvt. Coffey Home
Pvt. Manley Coffey has com
pleted his basic training at Camp
Wheeler, Ga., and Is spending a
few days furlough at home prior
to reporting for duty at Fort
George G. Meade, Md.
Jack Anderson Home
Jack Anderson, naval V-12'
student who has been In school at
Jefferson City, ’Penn., Is spending
a few days leave here with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. James M.
JUST IN TIME
Pvt. Nichols Home '
Pvt. Quentin Nichols, of Camp
Croft, S. C., has been spending a
few days -with his wife and h!s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Don
Nichols, of Purlear. Pvt. Nichols
is expecting overseas service
Prt. Morrison Retams
Pvt. Luther (Rat) Morrison, of i
Atlanta, Ga.. has returned to eamB !
after spending the week-end with
hie wife and children ia.'Wllkes-
With the United States 3d Ar
my, Dec. 20.—Staff Sergeant Fred
Myers, of North Wllkesboro, N. C.,
probably is one of the few soldiers
who have seen oncoming death
through field glasses, ^ducked and
lived to tell about it.
Myers was watching enemy po-
isltions for the 9th Cavalry Squad
ron of the 10th Armored Division
when he spotted two Germans In
a foxhole a few hundred yards
away. While focusing on the
Jerries, Myers saw one of them
aim a rifle at him and, almost at
the same Instant, a tracer bullet
leave the rifle as the German
The sergeant dncked and heard
the bullet sing overhead even be
fore be heard the ^und of the ri
; asgt Myers’^!* a son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. G. Myers, of Balls
Mills. He entered the snny in
November, 1148. --
Ffc. Cart Miller was killed in
action in the Philippines on Oc
tober 22,, according to a mes
sage received by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. P. D. MlUer. Pfc.
Miller entered service Septem
ber 14, 1942, and sailed for
overseas servioee'ln May, 1048,
being overseas 19 months. He
received training at Port Mc-
ClellaBL, Ala., Camp Bntner, N.
U,, and Fort Ord, California.
Smvlvlng are his father and
mother and Uie following
Iwothers and sisters: Mrs. Prank
Huffman, Reddles River; Mrs.
Robert DlUard, Glendale
Springs; Mrs. W. D. Dillard,
WUbar; Mrs. J, E. Oockerham,
WObar; Mabel, Clara, Barbara,
Sterlla, Don, George and Berl
MlUer, all of WUbar. A me
morial service fop Pfc. Miller
will be held soon.
Mrs. Edith Brown
People of Wilkes county have
until Saturday noon to put the
coupty over the top In "B” bond
purchases during the Sixth War
And much yet remains to be
done, because the county Is short
of the “B" Bond goal by about
136,000. In order to reach the
goal pf $198,000 in "E" bbnde,
many bonds must be purchased
by noon Saturday of this week.
An urgent appeal Is made to
the people of Wilkes county to
buy extra bonds this week In or
der that the county may continue
to have a perfect record In War
Loan drives. The overall quota of
$809,000 has already been ex
ceeded by a wide margin, but to
fully back the war effort, the "E”
bond quota must be met.
W. D. Halfacre, War Loan
chairman, earnestly requests
every district committee member
and every retail store to push the
sale of bonds during the remain
der of this week, and to have all
reports In the banks at the close
of business Saturday noon.
The reports from Issuing agents
will go Into the Federal Reserve
bank Saturday noon and the final
report will be available January
Some extra “E” bonds by regu
lar bond buyers, and purchases by
those who have not been buying
bonds can put the county over the
top, although the remaining $35,-
000 appears to be a big task ahead
with such little time to go. But
reaching the quota is definitely A
Well Known Wfflfeaboro La
dy Died Saturday; Funeral
Held Sunday Afternoon
Mrs. Edith Poster Brown, well
known and highly respected resi
dent of Wllkesboro, died Friday
aftqmoon, 1:30, at the home of
her father and mother, Mr. and
Mrs. T. M. Foster, In Wllkesboro.
Mrs. Brown had been In 111 health
for the past several years and cri
tically 111 during last week.
Mrs. Brown was born September
11, 1906, making her age 38
years, three months and 11 days.
She graduated from Wllkesboro
high school in May, 1924, and at
tended Greensboro College, where
she graduated in June, 1928. On
November 10, 1928, she was mar
ried to Attorney J. Mack Brown,
who preceded her in death.
Surviving Mrs. Brown are one
daughter. Miss Nancy Brown, and
her father and mother.
An impressive funeral service
was conducted Sunday afternoon
at the Wllkesboro Baptist church
by Rev. Howard J. Ford, pastor,
and burial was In Monntlawn
Pall “bearers were O. F. Earn
hardt, L. B. Hahn, John Prevette,
Albert Vestal, Robert Huffman,
George Kenney, Bryan Gilreath
and Joe Pearson. Many beauti-
tlful flowers were evidence of the
esteem In which the life of Mrs.
Brown was held by many friends
Out-of-town people who attend
ed the funeral service Included
the following: Mr. and Mrs. Ger
ald Williams, of Statesville: Mr.
and Mrs. O. P. Earnhardt, of Dan
ville, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. L. B.
Hahn, of Asheville; R. F. Reins,
of Lenoir; Mrs. Fred Neaves, of
Elkin; Mrs. G. M. Kirkpatrick, of
Taylorsville; Mr. and Mrs. Claude
Robertson and Mr. Fred Hall, of
The war Is definitely in a criti
cal stage, when the for war
materials Is greater than ever be
fore, and money must be furnish
ed for materials to supply the
fighting men and carry the fight
to a successful conclusion at the
earliest possible date.
85 Familie$ Given
Holiday Cheer In
City Welfare Department
and Cooperating Agencies
Between 15,000 and 30,000 Li
berians work on the country’s rub
Eighty - five underprivileged
families were remembered with
Christmas Cheer materials dur
ing the holiday season, Mrs. J. L.
Clements, city welfare officer, re
The Christmas Cheer materials
for the families wer^ furnished by
the First Methodist church, or
ganizations of other churches,
members of the North Wllkesboro
Lions Club, some Individuals and
by the city welfare department. In '
most instances the Christmas
packages and boxes were deliver
ed by the donors Saturday and
Home Club Council V
Will Meet Monday
Wilkes county council of home
demonstration clubs will meet
Monday afternoon, 2:30, In the
North Wllkesboro town hall. A
large attendance of club members
Harry Schaefer Home
Harry Schaefer, photographer
In the navy, has arrived to spend
several days leave with his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Schaefer.
Harry has been serving on an alr-
Icraft carrier In the Pacific.
THREE JAP DESTROYERS SONK
AS AMERICARS ROHT ENEMY’S
TASK FORCE IN PHIUPPINES
n. S. warplanes and torpedo
boats sank three Japanese de
stroyers and scored hits on a bat-
Uesbip and a beavy cruiser Tues
day nigbt in putting to flight an
eigbt-eblp wemy task fone wbteb
Insocnrstely riielled Americsn po
sitions on Soutevestorn Mindoro
for 20 mtentes, ft «as annonneed
The enemy tom, first major
one to ventuye oat to battle since
tatiaB^e- disestrous Mfeat- In the
Pbillpplnes Sea in October, com
prised a battleship, a heavy cmta-
er and six destroyers, and was
kept under steady attack from
dnsic until midnight.
A navy Uberator bomber ob
served the task force as It was
steaming throng the Sonth Chlaa
Sea off Mindoro at a speed of 19
to IS knots and tlidier planes gad
medium bombers, gs w^l as toips-
do boste; Bvamsd out frara the «
Ameriass base^ta Wadoro Island,
m mfles south of Ifsnlla.