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RN AL • PATRIOT
Vol. 42, No. 58
The Journal-Patriot Has Blazed the Trail of Progress In the "State of Wilkes',' For Over 41 Years
WORTH WILKESMRO. W. C. Monday, Nov. 17, 1947
trading radius of 60
sorrinc 100,000 people
Published Mondays and Thursdays
Make North Wilkesboro Your Shopping
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TOP MEN HERE FORFLOOD CONTROL MEETING ADVOCATE PROGRAM
Here are pictured those who participated in the recent flood control meeting held here, at which time a
program of complete flood control in the entire Yadkin Valley was advocated by a gathering of 150 key citizens
from several counties. Left to right in the above photo are: Carl S.~ Krueger, Asheville, forest supervisor, U. S.
Department of Agriculture; T. S. Kenerly, mayor of North Wilkesboro; Marion Allen, Elkin attorney and member
of Flood Control committee; J. B. Williams, president Wilkes Chamber of Commerce; Worth Candrick, representative
War Department Engineers' office, Charleston' S. C.; John E. Justice, Jr., chairman Flood Control
committee; Milton Bryant, Forestry division, U. S. Department Agriculture, Washington, D. C.; Dr. Charles R.
JHursh, water research management scientist, Asheville; W. R. Hines, representative National Forest Service,
frfclsnls, Ga.; Harvey J. Longhead, formerly in charge flood control on Potomoc; P. W. F. Praeter, representative
National Forest Service, Atlsix^a, Ga.—(Photo by Lane Atkinson, Jr.).
Dike Power Honors
4-H Club Members
By MARGARET a MORRISON
and D. D. WILLIAMSON
(Assistant Home and Farm
bounty winners in 4-H projects
were honored at a banquet
given by Dnke Power Company.
Most of the winners, along with
one of their parents, were present
for this banquet which was
given on Thursday, November
13th at 6:30 p. m.
Mr. Jesse James, Assistant
State 4-H Club Leader was present
and made a very Inspiring
talk on the 4-H Club Pledge.
4-H winners with their parents
are as follows: Buddy Mathis,
Coy Mathis; Edwin McGee, Gerald
McGee; Paul Myers, Percy
Myers; Thomas Hurt, John Hurt;
Herbert and Walter Broyhill;
Wilbur Greer, Mrs. P. W. Greer;
Lucilia. Mathis, Mrs. Coy Mathis;
Mary Prances Poster, Mrs. Taft
Poster; Nellie Jean Bullis, Mrs.
J. W. Bullis; George Lou Sprinkle,
Mrs. Rex Kilby; Audrey PenDell,
Mrs. James Pennell.
This banquet, an annual affair,
was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Office of Carolina
Motor Club To Be
Office of the Carolina Motor
ClutT here will be closed Wednesday,
November 19, in order
that T. C. Caudlll, manager, and
Mrs. Louise C. Pierce, assistant,
may attend the annual Carolina
Motor Club school in Charlotte,
which will be in preparation for
the Bale of 1948 license plates to
begin December 1.
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North Wilkeeboro Mountain
Lions will play their final game
of the 1947 season with Aaheboro
at Asheboro Friday night.
Wilkeeboro high school Ramblers
will complete their current
season Friday afternoon at Wilkeeboro
when they meet the
strong Hart sell high school eleven
of Concord at 2 o'clock. The
game will be broadcast over
Commerce to Meet
Directors of the Wilkes Chamber
of Commerce will meet Tuesday
noon at Hotel Wilkes. A
number of committee reports
will be given, especially by the
Flood Control and Agricultural
committees. A nominating committee
will be named to nominate
members for election to six
places on the board of directors.
Plana will also be discussed for
the aSnuaTmeeting In January.
Group Will Meet
Trade Promotion committee of
the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce
will meet Tuesday, ten a.
m., at the North Wilkeeboro
town hall, at which time all solicitors
of Christmas lighting
funds are. asked to make their
final reports. Holiday closing
dates and pre-holiday opening
hour8 "w-ill also be discussed.
Square Dance 22nd
A square dance will be held
Saturday night, eight o'clock, at
the Legion and Auxiliary clubhouse.
Jim Golden and the Carolina
Pals will furnish music.
RAMBLERS DEFEAT MOUNTAIN
LIONS 13 TO 6 IN CLASSIC HERE
F - "
Wllkesboro'B undefeated and
untied Ramblers made it nine In
& row Friday night In the rain
to defeat a valiant North Wllkesboro
team IS to 8 In the annual
Wilkes championship grid
:lasslc on Memorial Park field.
The Ramblers racked up 13
points in the first half and playsd
cautious football in the second
ialf while staring off all except
rate North Wllkesboro scoring
A crowd estimated at 4,000
sat and stood through the rain
to wMteh one of the most thrlllIng
games ever played here.
Captain Paul McOinnls of the
Mountain Lions won the toss and
:hose to rfeceive. Steelman, who
iru shifted from end to tailback
xMmuse Rousseau, Badgett, and
Eftxlson were' out with Injuries,
streaked the klckoff back 45
rards and showed his running
ability, but an offside penalty
lullifled the run. The klckoff
ras done all over again but
forth Wilkes boro quick kicked
ifter two offside penalties. The
>all was downed on the Wilkes>oro
22. Oroce picked up 25
rards to midfield, but North
iPllkeaboro cot the ball on the
text play on a fumbled lateral
n the Ramblers backfleld. Steelnan
and Davis picked up a first
lown tat a North Wllkesboro
..m ws« Intercepted on the 25
0 end the march. Wllkesboro
aok over and Oroce streaked up
he field for 16 yards in one of
t nanny break-away Jaunts in
game. Triplett made a thrillng
run to the 20, but North
PHSkedboro held' as a fourth
l^n .pass went incomplete. Aft>r
an exchange of punts the
lamblers put on a drive to pay
dirt when Groce slammed orer
right end and ran 25 yards before
he was pushed oat of bounds.
Three plays carried to the three,
and Groce went orer for the
score. His placement was wide
and the score was 6 for Wllkesboro.
Wllkesboro threatened again
when Lowe recovered the kickoff
fnmble as the first quarter
A Whittlngton-to-Cralg pass
was good for ten yards as the
second period opened, and Groce
carried to the 15. The drive continued
Just Inside the ten-yard
stripe where Wllkesboro lost the
ball on a fumble*
North Wllkesboro Immediately
kicked out and Triplet* ran the
kick back to the 20 and the
Ramblers were knocking on the
door again. But North Wllkesboro
put up another splendid defensive
stand and held for downs
on the 14. The punt carried to
the 50 and a Whlttlngton^oCralg
pass was good for Are.
Groce emerged from the tricky
"T" formation, and hustled 40
yards to score, shedding off three
would-be tacklers en-route. His
kick split the uprights to make
the score IS to 0.
Steelman streaked up field
with the klckoff to the 40 and
the Lions were driving hard. Da^
vis picked up some yardage
In two first downs to the SO, and
a penalty gave the ball to the
North Wllkesboro team on the
15. They were driving Inside
the ten-yard line as the half ended.
Wllkesboro's first punt was
early in the second half, and two
North Wllkesboro plays carried
flee — RAMBLERS — Page 4
At Kiwanis Meet
Here Friday Noon
Candidate for Governor Delivers
R. Mayne Allbright, a candidate
for governor of North Carolina
next year, was the speakei
Friday noon at the meeting ol
the North Wllkesboro Kiwanie
Mr. Allbright, accompanied by
Mrs. Allbright, who serves as
his secretary, spent Friday here
and their office trailer parked
on Main street wag visited by
many during the 'day.
The program Friday was in
charge of Ed Caudill and W. H.
McElwee presented Mr. Allbright,
a veteran who formerly headed
♦he Employment Service in North
The speaker pointed out that
there is excellent opportunity in
this state for improvement of
the citizenship. He thinks we
have an excellent past, a fine
present and a promising future,
but even at that we lag far behind
the average of the states In
many respects that ought not to
do. He visualized a new era for
North Carolina but urged that
it will require vigilant leadership
and wise planning to achieve
it. Said he, "Even with the progress
we have made in health
and education and otherwise we
are still 38th educationally
speaking, 43 rd In adult Illiteracy
and 43rd in per capita income.
We have now in statistical record
enough of the social, civic, educational
and economic conditions
of our state to compare ourselves
with the other states of our nation
and the question is, shall we
use -them as a challenge or not?
There Is much to do in health,
a very great deal to do to improve
our school system and
there are 92 counties in out
state with less per capita income
than the average for the Nation.
These conditions challenge us to
a greater endeavqf," he said.
Prior to the address Major
Roy Forehand, head of the National
Guard organisation here,
made a splendid talk on the subject
of re-activating the guard
Guests Friday were:. W. J.
Caroon had Harry Hettiger; J.
B. Williams had Roy Forehand;
R. L. Morehouse had Paul Dupre;
W. H. McElwee had Jlmmle
Anderson; Q. Sam WWterg had
Robert Montgomery; •; Paul
Church had E. B. Garrett, of Raleigh;
Frank Crow had Troy
Perry; Kiwanian B. W. Smith,
of Lenoir was present.
| In Federal Term
Judge B. Yates Webb, of the
Western North Carolina district
of federal court, is presiding
over the November term of court
which convened in Wllkesboro
Judge Webb was assigned to
the Wllkesboro court because ol
the absence of Judge Johnson J.
Hayes, who is presiding over
Federal court in Richmond, Va.
Following an Instructive
charge to the grand jury by
Judge Webb the court Immediately
began work on a docket
composed of many cases t&r violation
of the liquor laws.
SUPPORT THE Y. M. C. A.
Meeting Will Be
Thos« Who May Enlist Urged
to Attend; May Get
Preliminary work toward reactivating
the National Guard in
North Wilkesboro is progressing
satisfactorily, Major Roy Forehand,
combat veteran who will be
in oommand of the field artillery
battery here, said today.
Major Forehand has called a
meeting to be held Thursday
night, eight o'clock, at the North
Wilkesboro town hall, at which
time filled in questionnaires will
be received on qualifications for
enlistment. Attention is called to
Ithe fact that at this meeting veterans
may enlist JUL, thefr rank
held in service provided they art
qualified and there are places
in the battery for their rank. All
who are contemplating enlisting
are asked to attend.
Frank Allen, an army veteran
of the Pacific war, has been selected
as executive officer and
will begin with rank of second
lieutenant, Major Forehand said.
Assistant executive officer will
be Harry Kerley, who had much
experience as a transportation
corps executive in Europe. The
other two commissioned officers,
Major ^Forehand said, may be
former commissioned officers in
World War II.
Over $600 of the $1,000 fund
necessary for organization expenses
has been paid or pledged.
The town of North Wilkesboro
gave $250, Wilkesboro 1100,
Wilkes county $150, V. F. W.
I $50, Junior Chamber of Commerce
$50 and J. B. McCoy at Hotel
Wilkes $15, Major Forehand
Dr. J. C. Mills has been designated
as examining physician for
those who enlist in the battery.
Necessary enlistment forms have
been received and changes are
being made at the Legion clubhouse
so that it can be used as
Violin and Piano
At First Baptist
Under sponsorship of the
North Wllkesboro Junior Worn-,
an's Club a recital will be presenter
at the First Baptist'
church Tuesday, November IV,
eight p. m., by James Lerch, riolinsit,
and Charles Vardell, pianist.
There will be no admission
charge to this splendid recital,
which should draw a large crowd.
Numbers to be presented will
include Mosart'e "Sonata in C
Major," a Chopin ballad In A
flat major, a violin solo, "Campanella,"
and a sonata by Cesar
Harvest Festival And
Card Party On Friday
Everybody is invited to the
harvest festival and benefit card
party to be held Friday night,
7:80, at the Moravian Falls community
house for the benefit of
the community house fund.
Prises of fruits, jellies, jams
and other products of the harvest
season will be given winners in
bridge, rook and setback.
P.-T. A. Is to Moot
North Wllkesboro ParentTeacher
association, will meet
Thursday, 7:80 p. m., In the
school auditorium. An open forum
will be conducted on the
topic of "Parent, Teacher and
Student Look At One Another."
High school parents and teachers
will be seated together and "High
School Night" will »be observed.
The glee club will furnish music.
All patrons of the school are Invited.
Litteral and Bell
For Rape Crime
Men Go Calmly To Death
Gai Chamber at Raleigh
• Raleigh.—Ralph Vernon lateral
and Marvin Claude Bell
joined hands in the Central Prison
gas chamber here Friday
morning and died calmly for raping
a 16-year-old Blkin school
girl 14 months ago.
Death came almost as an anticlimax,
as it does in most capital
cases, after the sensation of
trials, appeals, and waiting
while the people In charge of
such things decide whether a
man shall live or die.
The two men lost that final decision
in mid-afternoon Thursday—Governor
R. Gregg Cherry
decided he could not intervene.
In Bell's case, the Governor had
an appeal based only on the fact
that he saved the girl's life after
a wild ride through Western
North Carolina. Litteral wanted
to kill her; Bell intervened.
But Utteral'm- case was different.
Six psychiatrists said he was
insane and incapable of distinguishing
right from wrong; four
said he was capable of making
that distinction. The Governor
talked to him for an hour on
Thursday—one of the rare times
when a Chief Executive has gone
to Central Prison to interview an
inmate of death tow.
Litteral told his life story,
read from letters he had written,
and once remarked, "Governor,
I'd almost father die than
spend the rest of my life in
The Governor came away convinced
that Litteral knew right
from wrong and that under the
law both he and Bell should die.
£,nd so Friday morning, at
exactly 10 o'clock, pellets of cyanide
dropped into a bucket of
sulphuric acid beneath Litteral's
Bell First to Enter
Bell had been the first to enter
the octagonal chamber, which is
separated from witnesses by
large, double plate-glass
dows. He wa« smiling—his slight
smile seemed fixed, almost painted
on, though completely sincere
and somehow humble, though
there was a sparkle in his blue
eyes. He looked from one witness
to the other as prison attendants
fastened the wide leather straps
—at ankles, wrists, forearms, across
the chest—and then the
smile and the blue eyes vanished
behind a leather mask. A stethoscope
was attached to his chest,
with a long tube ending outside
While Bell sat unmoving, Litteral
entered and stood patiently
for a moment as the straps were
opened. He wa« grave and calm.
He sat down and gased straight
ahead, barely glancing at the
crowd of witnesses, some of
whom he might have recognised.
The straps were secured, the
stethoscope attached,' and n»
face, too, vanished behind the
leather mask. Then the two men,
seated side by side in heavy oak
chairs, clasped hands. Bells
knuckles turned white with the
force of his grip; *"4
seemed more relaxed. Neither of
them had spoken.
Behind them, the 10 other
Death Row inmates—Including a
Negro who was to follow them—
had sung "Rock of Ages" as the
two men walked from their cells.
Prison Chaplain William H. RJackson
had preceded them, and
now he said a prayer, a hand
resting on the forehand of each.
(Continued To Next bene)
One kilowatt-hour of electrioity
will pump a thousand gallons
of water from the average
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PLANS
BIG EVENT HERE FOR DAY AFTER
THANKSGIVING; SANTA IS COMING
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Many Attractions Planned
For Parade To Tour The
The Christmas season in North
Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro will
'be formally opened with a ' big
festival and pardde on Friday,
November 28, it was announced
today by the Trade Promotion
committee of the Wilkes Chamber
of Commerce, headed by
Chairman R. E. Oibbs.
Principal event of the Christmas
opening festival will be fc
mammoth parade, which will
form on E street between 9 th and
10 th streets.
Order of the parade will be:
color bearers with American and
'North Carolina flags; men on
horseback, J. B. Carter in
charge; North Wilkesboro officials,
Mayor T. S. Kenerly, Commissioners,
Jack Swofford, Frank
Crow, G. T. Bare, Max Foster and
J. C. Reins; Wilkesboro officials,
Mayor W. E. Smithey, Commissioners
Joe 'Pearson, Johnson
Sanders, Russell <Jray, Jr., and
A. A. Triplett; Wilkes County
Commissioners M. F. Abeher, c.
C. Sidden and I. J. Broyhill;
North Wilkesboro high school
band, Miss Eva Bingham, director;
Girl Scouts, Mrs. Robert
Gibbs, director; Boy Scouts, led
by Gordon Finley and L. M. Nelson;
4-H club members led by
R. D. Smith and Dwight D. Williamson;
Veterans' parade led by
Ray Stroud, Roy Forehand and
S. L. Whitaker; sound car with
Santa Claus will be the climax
of the parade and he will be accompanied
by a beauty queen
selected from each high school
.!e the county. . . . .
J. B. Williams, president of
the Wilkes Chamber of Com•merce,
will welcome Santa Claus
when the parade pauses at the
North Wilkesboro city hall. Mr.
Williams will present Santa
Claus with a giant key to all the
homes of children. Santa will
respond with a speech to the
children and will distribute candy.
The parade will continue to
Sixth street and go by way of
Memorial Park to Midway, where
there will be another pause, and
will continue through Main street
of Wilkesboro, ending at Cherry
At the courthouse in Wilkesboro
the parade will pause and
Russell Gray, It., vice president
of the Wilke8 Junior Chamber of
Commerce, will present Santa
with a key to all homes in Wilkesboro
and Santa will again
greet the children with candy.
Proclamations of Christmas
opening will be issued by Mayor
T. S. Kenerly of North Wilkesboro
and Mayor W. E. Smithey,
of Wilkesboro. A free show is being
arranged for all participants
In the parade.
In addition to the big festival
parade, other events are planned
for the holiday season. The Jun
Miss Jo Ann Johnson, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Hailey
Johnson, of Pleasant Hill Com-'
munity, was crowned queen of
the Ronda Hallowe'en Carnival,
October 81, 1047. Miss
Johnson chose to reign with
her Robert Dlnunette, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Grady Dlnunette,
lor Chamber of Commerce will
sponsor a home decorations oontest.
This contest "will be on
exterior decorations and any
homes ir. the Wilkesboros, Millers
Creek, Fairplains, Moravian
Falls or homes along highways
to those points may enter by
mailing name and address to the
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
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Dance Nov. 25th
Ninth Grade Sponsoring
Event For School Gymnasium
Plans are shaping up for a
big harvest sale to be held in
the Wilkesboro school auditorium
Tuesday night, November
Item8 to be offered for sale
will include all kind of farm products,
canned goods, and useful
articles. There will be a short
program before the sale begins
and a room on the first floor will
be open for square dancing
throughout the evening. Some
lively contests -will be features of
the entertainment. All proceeds
will be used for the gymnasium,
which the school children are
watching with such Interest and
hoping to see completed soon. *
The sale is sponsored by students
and teachers of the 9th
grade, but all teachers, students,
and friends of the school are cooperating
with them to make the
program a success.
There were many interesting
sidelights of the North Wllkes•boro-Wilkeaboro
played here Friday night . . .
it was one of the moat colorful
gridiron contestB in the history
of Wilkes county . . . North Wllkesboro
had a big pep rally at
Memorial Park" Thursday night
. . . attended by <a large number
of students, football players and
citisens . . one of the main
events was burning a "casket"
labeled Wilkesboro in the big
bonfire . •. . before the game
started Friday night the Wilkesboro
cheer leaders led a procession
across the playing field
with another "casket" . . . whim
it was opened out came a ghost
labeled "The Spirit of Wilkeeboro"
. . . Wilkesboro high had
a big pep meeting Friday morning
preceding the game . .
outstanding was a short talk by
Coach JQddie Adelman who said:
"We are going to do our best to
win the game, but If we dont,
we are sure that we oould not
lose to a finer group of boys than
the Mountain Lions" . . . The
North Wilkesboro band, under
direction of Miss Bra Bingham,
performed well . . . And the
stunt where a band member appeared
to faint and fall out, and
a substitute warmed up and ran
in to take his glace, was well received
by the crowd . . . Student
~ - ,
cheering sections on both sides
would hare raised the roof, had
there been one . . . Numerous
college students came home early
in order to see the big game
. . . Rain ruined what would hare
been an excellent display of
sparkler lighting by the North
Wilkesboro band ... When Captain
Jack Groce ran the Ramblers'
score to IS to 6 the Appalachian
high band representing
Wilkesboro at the game played
"taps" . . . rivalry was very keen
before the game . . . cars were
seen here and there flying the
colors of the two schools % , .
and North Wilkesboro school colors
bedecked the posts on the
city's main streets. . . . Hats oft
to Richard Johnston tor his
splendid broadcast of the gams
over WffiLX . . . and ts fern est
Jones for his fins play-by-play
description of ths game over the
public address system . . . thanks,
and many thanks, to members
of the North Wilkesboro and
Wilkesboro fire departments who
directed traffic so ably under adTerse
fans in getting their oars out of
the mud evsn after ths midnight
hour . . . those attending Hths
game getting their money's worth
watching ths thriller . . . and If
there was any betting on ths
a. —It.. wtmHAM AM
gam«f today tne winner* are
happy and the losers sad.