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Vol. No. 44 No. 7 Published Mondays and Thursdays NORTH WILKESBQRO, N. C.. Monday, May 8, 1950 ___
SNOOT PARK IS ROW BEING
REVELOPEB WTO RECREATION
AREA FOR PEOPLE OF ALL MES
Work began today on development
of Smoot -Park here into a
recreational area for people of all
Town of North Wilkesboro appropriated
fnnds for development
of ^he park and a committee of
town commissioners composed of
C. J. Swofford, chairman, Olenn
Andreye and I. H. JutCNeill, Jr.,
was appointed to purchase facilities
and supervise the work.
This committee with Cecil
Hayes, streets superintendent,
Tom Boyette recreation director,
and Tom Jenrette, Chamber of
Commerce manager, has completed
plans for developing the park.
Improvements planned include
Repair Softball backstop.
Ereet new'park house for equipment
storage and concessions.
This budding will replace the
present concession stand.
Construct horseehoe boxes.
Buijd two tennis courts.
Make volley ball court.
« Construct badminton court.
Faint shuffleboard court.
Clean and fence wading pool.
Construct sand box.
Erect basketball goal.
Install two drinking fountains.
Check and repair swings and
This work will be carried forward
to completion as early as
possible in order that the facilities
may be fully < used during
the summer. . '
Oil Tarheel Team
North Wilkesboro Youth
Highly Praised By Coach
Julius Rousseau, Jr., one of the
best high school backs In North
Wilkesboro history, is destined* to
romp in football games for the
University of North Carolina Tar•
heels. - • -i _
Julius participated in the intrasquad
game at Chapel Hill Saturday,
playing much of the game at
different backfleld positions.
Following the game Coach
Snarely told newspapermen:
"That.lad has a football heart. He
was handicapped because of an
operation for an old knee Injury
but he has come along fine. He'll
certainly help us next fall.'' »
During his high schoel career
here Julius puffered a torn cartilage
in a knee, the injury causing
serious interruption in his high
school athletic career. The operation
is believed to have eliminated
tike trouble in his knee.
^ .>3*he Blue-White game, which resulted
in a 14-13 decision for the
Whites, was Witnessed by a large
crowd who were eager to view
Carolina's prospects for the 1950
football season^ -
Band Meeting At
North Wilkesboro high school
band, parents of band members
and all others interested- in the
band are invited to-meet at the
band house at the school Thursday
The meeting will be held to discuss
ways and means of raising
money for band uniforms and
instruments for the coming year.
The North Wilkesboro high
school .band has made great progress
and ranked superior In the
recent district and state music
contests. It is expected that the
band will receive libera! financial
support in the efforts planned-to
provide fnnds fo£ band needs dur,
ing the coming year. V
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Jhe following committees of the
Wilkes Chamber of*Commerce will
meet this week: Housing cfcminUtee
tonight at 7:30; contact dub
Tuesday at 4:3fr; General Agriculture
Tuesday at 7:34; Industrial
Services Friday at 7:30.
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Decrotion Day At
Round Hill May 14
Jtanday, May 14, will be Decordflbn
Day at Round Hill Church.
All who are Interested in the
cemajfcry. will meet there on
ThuXday. May 11, to clean it off.
Those Who cant attend on Thursday
may be there Friday or gatorHda*,
Program On WKBC
"Families Need Parents" la the
title of a transcribed program being
(presented this week over radio
station WKBC nnder auspices of
the Ministerial Asosclation of the
wipcesboros. * t
This program is of special interest
and will be heard daily this
week from 6:15 to 6:80 p. m. ,
Town Assisting In
North Wilkesboro city -council
In meeting last week heard a
delegation jfor the oieah-up campaign
sponsored by the Civic Activates
committee of the Wilkes
Chamber of Commerce, of which
Dr. A. c. Chamberlain was chairman
The committee recommended
that certain clean-up Jobs be accomplished.
as follows were accepted by the
city council and the street superintendent
was authorized to carry
1* Garbage on east banks of
river near prison camp needs removing-..
2. Area around old bridge (dead
end) needs cleaaninjr._
3. Alley between B^C Streets
east of 4 th St. needs additional
4. Alley between C B and
6th and 6th St. needs additional
5. Vacant lot between Charlie
Porter and laundry needs cleaning.
Iron railing needed for safety
should be completed.
6. Br ush^ needs to be cleared
on Toll Road below Henry Landoq.
7. Baptist Cemetery at top of
hiH on 1th St. — iron fence needs
a coat at paint. : ! • • v ~
Gate and fence at Smoot Park
need repairing and a coat of
paint. Picnic itables also need
9. Oil drums back Of radio station
need to be moved.
10. Suggest moving light pole
on curve on Trogdon St. at water
11. Remove tree stumps in Finley
Park on corner of Flnley and
12. Suggest giving more attention
to grabagei collection All over
"13. Suggest that we encourage
each business place to keep the
sidewalks- clean in front of his
property and the Town adopt some
system of washing Our streets
early every morning before the
people in town and county come to
their places of business and pacjc
cars in, the - streets. This would
help "keep oqr stores cleaner and
work fOr the betterment of alll
M. C. Wdodie -Selling
Agent,For Weir Co.
M. C. Woodie, who has been in
real estate business here for the
past severtfl I years, jhaa signed
contract to becoming selling agent
in this area for the W. R. Weir
Auction company, of Winston-Salem.
Announcement of Mr. W*oodle's
affiliation with* the company
was made by W. Rf Weir, general
manager of the firm.
The W. R. Weir Auction company
has been in the -land auction
business for the past 30 years
and has a well-earned reputation
as a sound and dependable firm.
Mr. Wooddie, whose office is
located in the Union Bub terminal
hei'e, said today that a number
of auctions are planned for the
near future, and that the sales
will be announced In The JournalPatriot.
Eastern Star Plans
Rummage Sale 13
Wilkes Chapter Number 42,
Order of Eastern Star, will hold
a rum-mage sale Saturday, May
13th, in the building formerly occupied
by the Wilkes Hatchery,
corner 10th and 'C' streets. Members
are asked • to bring their
articles to place of sale after 4:00
o'clock Friday afternoon or call
Mrs. Tana Shumaker, who will
pick up any articles that cannot
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Woman's Club Tp
Hove Rummage Sale
North Wilkesboro Woman's
Club will conduct, a rummage sale
Saturday, Ma* U, Elace of the
^ ® ^ 6 later.
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Isaac Eller, Jr., president of
Toong Republican clubs In Wilkes
county, has announced two township
organization meetings of
young Republicans tor Thursday,
The Rock Creek meeting will
be at Sol Byrd's store at seven p.
m. oh Hay 11; and at eight p. m.
on the same date will be the meeting
for Walnut Grove number 2
at the home of Dennis Walker.
The public, and especially young
Republicans, is invited to these
meetings. .. • ,
In Art Contest
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Winning Exhibit* Will Be
Shown At Silver Tea
Six winning art exhibits and
prize hobbies from all iWilkes
county will be featured at an informal
Silver Tea, sponsored by!
the Senior Woman's Club Wednesday
evening between eight and
10 p. m., at the clubhouse.
The art contest sponsored for
the school children of Wilkes
County, has been in progress for
the last few week and two winners
from three grade groups
have been judged and selected for
exhibition. Winners wiil also receive
cash awards. They are:
First Group (1 through 3
grade)—first prize $5.00, Tommy
Tompson, 3rd -• grade, North
Wilkesboro; second prize $3.00,
Conrad David EUer, 3rd grade,
Second group : (4th through
the 8th grade)—first prize $8.00,
Edward Moore, 8th grade, North
Wilkesboro; secondT prize $4.00,
Max Bumgarner, 8th grade, Millers
Third group: (9th through 12th
grade)—first prize $10.00, Arvil
Shepherd, 0th grade, Millers
Creek; second prize $6.00, TomTha
hobby show promises to be
of particular interest sinee the
hobbies are of unusual beauty and
represent painstaking time and
effort on the" part of local collectors.
Collections to be shown include
teapots by Mrs. F. C. Hubbard;
dresden figurenes by Mrs. Richard
Finley; green glass by. Mrs.
Quincy Adams; cross-stitch and
braided rugs by Mrs. Felix O'Reilley;
paper weights by Mrs. Oliver
Absher; goblets by Mrs. W. F.
Jones; oriental pieces by Mrs.
Paul Choplin; decorative birds by
MrS. Chal MfeNiel^ and patterns
by Mrs. Eugene Trivette.
Chairman of all arrangements
is Mrs. W. L. Bundy. Committee
chairmen include Mrs. Charles
Ziliak, receiving; Mrs. William
Marlow and Mrs. Darwin Smithey;
table decoration; Mr%. Richard
Johnston and Mrs. Ralph Buchan,
clubhouse decorations; Mrs. Edward
Bell, goodbyes; Miss Mary
Carson, art exhibits; Mrs. James
Ford, hobby show; Mrs. Gilbert
Bare and Mrs. L. D. Cook, refreshments,
Miss Betty Hill, invitations;
and Mrs. T. R. Grayson
and Mrs. Robert McNeill, publicifcy
Plans To Rebiild
Billings Trucking company,
which suffered loss of a twostory
building and a quantity.of
merchandise In storage for transit,
during the million-dollar fire here
April 29, plans to rebuild, Hubert
Billings, owner, said here today.
Mr. Billings' business is not?
operating from a temporary location
at Jenkins Wholesale (former
tannery site). Mr. Billings
said he wished to express appreciation
to the many who helped
remove trucks and merchandise
from his building and for all assistance
during and after the fire.
The Optimist club of North Wilkesboro
will meet Tuesday noon
at Hotel Wilkes. All members are
urged to be present.
Millers Creek Ball |
Club Meeting 11th
All interested^ In the Millers
Creek baseball club are asked to
meet at -Clark's store Thursday,
May 11, 7:80 p. m.
WATSON BRUME ELECTED TO HEU
HMOCMTS OF MUB COUMT*
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Vote On Board
Antioch —J— Ym
Beaver Creak ^ Yea
Brtfshy Mountain No
Boomer -—-XI Yes
Elk No. 1 Yes
Elk No. 2 Yes
Edwards "No. 1 Ye$
Edwards No. 2 Yefc
Edwards No. 3 _1_—.—.... No
Jobs Cabin No. 1 ... Yes
Jobs Cabin No. 2 No Vote
l#wls Fork — Yes
Lovelace — No Vote
Moravian Falls — No
Newcastle —L Yes
North Wllkesboro No. 1 _ No
North Wllkesboro No. 2 No
North Wllkesboro No. 3 Yes
Reddles River — No
Rock Creek — No
Stanton -—— —. No
Traphlll No. 1 — No Vote
Traphlll No. 2 No Vote
Traphlll No. 3 Yes
Union — No
Walnut Grove No. 1 —„... Yes
Walnut Grove No. 2 ....— No Vote
Wllkesboro No. 1 Yes
Wllkesboro No. 2 _. Yes
Father And Sons
Have Onting Here
Hospitality Committee Of
Chamber Of Commerce
North Wllkeeboro and points
of Interest in Wilkes were visited
Friday by a group of fathers and
sons from Winston-Salem who enjoyed
a brief outing in this vicinity.
The occasion was an outing of
employes of the Mengel company,
box manufacturers. Only those
employes^ wUlj^ sons were eligible
traveled on a special car of the
^Southern Railway, arriving here
about 1$. a. #./
At t$e depot they were met by
the Hospitality committee of the
Wilkes Chamber * of Commerce,
of which Or. J. H.' Sowder is chairman.
The men and their sons were
carried to Smoot Park, where
free drinks were served through
the courtesy of hte Coca-Cola
bottling company. Mayor R. T.
McNeil and Dr. Sowder extended
brief greetings 'of pleasure at
having the group in North Wilkesboro
and Roger Bovender, of
the Mengel company, stated appreciation
for the warm reception
received and tl^e hospitality shown
by the committee.
Thl~ Mengel men and their sons
were carried in cars of members
of the Hospitality committee on
a btief tour of North Wilkesboro
and *to the Brushy Mountanis,
where they visited ABC orchards
and spent a short time viewing
A number of the sons in the
group are school children and
each will write an essay about the
trip, with the Mengel company
furnishing prizes to three top
Representing, the Chamber of
Commerce in greeting and receiving
the Winston-Salem party were
Dr. J. H. S6wdef, Wm. /. Brame,
W. K» Sturdivant, Mrs. Dan Carter,
Mrs. Doris Br£wn, Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Jdhrettfc, Dorman Payne,
John Walker, J. Floyd Woodward
an<J Maurice Walsh.
Mrs. C. W. Tillett
Speaks For graham
Mrs. Charles W. Tillett, of
Charlotte, former vice chairman
of the National Democratic Committee,
spoke to a representative
crowd of Democrats at the courthouse
Saturday afternoon following
adjournment of the Democratic
county convention. Mrs.
Tillett was introduced by C. C..
Faw, Sr., Graham campaign manager
for Wilkes county .
Mrs. Tillett made a splendid
address;' she related in detail the
record of Senator Graham, and an
swered the attacks of his "critics.
Mrs. Tillett urged Democrats of
Wilkes county to go out and vote
for Graham in the May 27th. primary
and gaye a number of reasons
why he should be returned to
the senate. * ;
EASTERN STAR TO MEET
Regular meeting of Wilkes
chapter nam»«r »2, O. E.~S., will
Attorney Eugene Trivette
At tlie Democratic County convention
held Saturday afternoon
at the Courthouse In Wilkesboro,
Watson Brame, Mrs. Odell Whittington,
Sr., and Paul J. Vestal
Upre unanimously re-elected by the
oounty executive committee as
chairman, vfoe chairman and secretary
of the-Democratic party In
The convention was opened by
Chairman Brame at- 2 p. m., and
then he named Attorney Eugene
Trivette as temporary chairman.
Newspaper men'present were called
to serve as secretaries, after
which on motion of Attorney W.
H. McElwee the temporary organisation
was made permanent. Pollowing
a few preliminary remarks,Chairman
Trivette announced the
convention ready for business.
The first matterHo come before
the convention was the roll call
by the executive committee secretary,
Mr. Vestal. Every precinct
in the county was represented with
the exception of one.
Contest In Mulberry
v Precinct No. 9
A contest was reported to the
convention from Mulberry precinct
No. 2 and' the convention chairman
named a credentials committee
composed of J. R. Calloway,
Irvin Key, and E. P. Inscore.
This committee retired and heard
evidence from contesting parties
but could reach no decision. The
committer, ,n Its report to the
convention, referred the matter
to the chairman of the county executive
committee. The Mulberry
delegation did not participate in
the convention proceedings.
Delegates To State
On motion of Attorney W. H.
McElwee, duly seconded, the convention
went on record to the effect
that any Democratic attending
the state convention in Rateicfc
Thursday be ^
a delegate from Wflkes county.
Vestal Endorsed; Shepperd
The next matter of business to
come before the convention was a
motion by C. c. Faw, Sri; that
Paul Vestal be endorsed by the
convention as a member- of the
county board of education to replace
D. F. Shepperd, the retiring
member of the board, Embraced
in Mr. Faw's motion was praise
and appreciation for Mr. Shepperd
for his many years of service as a
member of the board. The convention
passed Mr. Faw's motion.
Next came the presentation, of
a resolution by Luther Duncan to
increase the membership of the
county board of education from
three to five members. Mr. Duncan
moved* to adopt the resolution
and his TnotiQji was seconded by
Turner Insaore Of Antiooh township.
After some biscussion on the
resolution, Chairman Trivette
called for a vote by precinct-. Tabulation
of the vote. showed that
25 precincts cast votes, and the
resolution carried 15 to JO. This
was the only contest to show c6nvention
strength. Following adoption
of the resolution, a motion
was offered before the convention,
which was duly seconded,
that Granville C., Greene, E. P. j
Inpcore, and Gerald McGee, (all
Democrats), be endorsed as members
of the county board of education
for term/bf six years. This
motion was carrJed by a strong
voice vote. The resolution to
increase the board of education
membership from three
to five was offered f6r the
purpose of giving rural sectionsof
the county mo*a representation
on the board, and t6 provide-for a
more equitable, and fairer administration
of Ihe school system in
Attorney W. H. McElwee made
a motion that the five members
of the county board of education
be Democrat?. This motion was
duly seconded and was carried
unanimously by the convention. ^
Record Of Judge Rousseau Is
J. Gordon Hackett next spoke
to 'the convention in regard to
the fine record made by Wilkes'
Judge Julius A. Rousseau, and
offered a motion that Judge Rousseau's
almost - sixteen years on
the bench be endorsed. This mo-,
tion was seconded and the convention
passed'the motion unanimously.
Chairman Trivette then turned
the convention's attention to the
Democratic condidates for the
various county officers. The fol
The Rfrv. 1. Jj. Ingram, pastor
of Proximity Methodist church
; la Greensboro, will be gsest
minister' for the revival to be
held May 14 through 1ft at
Wilkesbero Methodist church.
Evangelistic services will be
held May 14 through 19 at Wilkesboro
Methodist church, the
Rev. C. Jay. Winslow pastor, announced
The Rev. J. L. Ingram, pastor
of Proximity Methodist church in
Greensboro, will be guest minister
and will Bpeak in the services
to be h?ld at eight o'clock each
Yale Miller, Jr., will direct
the music for the services.
The Ihttrch and pastor extend
a cordis invitation for all to •attend.
Wllkfcs county board of .elections
has extended the fall time
registration in North Wilkesboro
precinct number 1, which includes
the corporate limits of North Wilkesboro,
and voters may register
any day through Saturday, Hay 13,
at the North Wilkesboro town
A new registration has been
called in Nortif Wilkesboro township,
which has been divided into
three precincts, and all those who
vote in the primary May 27 must
register, regardlessx of previous
In North Wilkesboro number 2
registration is at Mooreys Grocery
and the registrar will be ther§
daily four ta eight p. m. and al>
day Saturday, May 13. Number 2
is composed of that part of North
Wilkesboro west of Reddies River.
In number 5», which i» composed
of that part of North Wilkesboro
township east of _ Reddies
River and outside the corporate
limits of North Wilkesboro, voters
may register any time this
week at Tyre Billings' store.
tsrest Transacted in
Mahy matter of public Interest
were before the North Wilkesboro
city council in April meeting.
Present were Mayor R. T. MeNlel,
Clerk W. P. Kelljr and Commissioners
Ma* Foster, C. E. Jenkins,
C. J. Bwofford and Glenn
Andrews. -.8 ' 'i $ 1 *§
Mrs. J. C. Reins, Miss Kate
Finley and. Mrs. J. H. Winkler appeared
as representatives of. the
trustees of the Wilkes Public Library,
asking for a larger appropriation
for the coming year. The; :
matter was discussed at length
but'no action w&g taken.
: Dr. A. C. Chamberlain, chairman
of the Civic Activities com- M
mittee of the Wilkesboro Chamber
of Commerce and Clean-Up campaign
chairman, appeared with
other committee members and submitted
recommendations for a
number of jobs to better local
appearances. The recommends- tions
were accepted and the street
superintendent was authorized to
carry them out.
The proposal to spray the entire
community to kill flys and insects,
in the 4nterest of publ
health, was also discussed
Kyle Hayed" appeared with
request that the water line
ttreSn North Wilkesboro and
kesboro be repaired sod conn«
ed in order that eHher town
help the other in case of an emer*-.
geney, such as a.fire of long duration
or critical water shortage.
The council agreed that North
Wilkesboro would pay half -cost
to repair and connect the main.
Mrs. J. H. Winkler was appointed
as part time worker at Smoot
Park through June, July and August.
Tom Boyette, recreation di
A. C. Williams, Jr., was empldff- •
ed on a temporary basis as inspector
of the watershed at a salary of
|40 per month. It was stipulated
that he make two general inspections
each month and be subject
to call. In that Job be succeeds his
father, A. C. Williams, who died
The council ordered to pay E. A.
Shook'g expanses A a water works
school at Chapel Hill for one
week and to pay expenses of three
firemen to a four-day school in
Charlotte. Hose was ordered to J|
replace Wilkesboro's hose destroy- I
ed in the fire here Saturday and 1
to replace hose of the North
Wilkesboro department lost in
S. p. Mitchell, engineer, was
employed to measure streets where
paring has been done and to make
up assessment rolls. C.
E. Shepherd was ordered
paid 394.70 for gravel used on
the parking lot of Memorial Park
adjacent to Wilkesboro avenue.
A street paving petition was
accepted asking paving on a block
of street from Hlnshaw Baptist
church to the Toll Road.
STRONG ENDORSEMENT GIV||
COMMUNITY CONCERT Hp
J. E. Spainhoir. of North Wilkesbbro
said is a statement today
that he constde^q music as much
a part of the development "of a
community as beautiful churches,
good schools and finV stores. The
statement was made-, by Mr.
Spanlhour in connection with the
G^enlo Walsh, Dave Hail, and
Freel C. Johns* a. Robert L.
Walsh, of Lewis Fork township,
candidate for clerk Of court, was
next reeognixed and he made a
brief talk. f
Other candidates recognised,
both of whom made splendid talks, j
were' Attorney T<*fry S. Moore,
candidate for the tate senate, and
Attorney W. IpiUcBlwee, candidate
for solicitor. Recognized by
Chairmhn Triyotte ai»o were J.
H. Joines an<f V* P- Hackett; C.
B. Eller, , county jperintendent of ]
schools; .Mrs. R. J* Hinshaw, member
of the state board of costaetologistb;
H. C. Lunsford, son of
the late L. -W. Lunsford, for
many yqars a
horse" in Wilkes c
Wilkes Community Concert Association's
annual drive tor members
which Is in progress. Mr.
Spainhour, along with many other
prominent civic leaders and
merchants, J*-keenly aware of the
benefit to the community which
a concert series is, and of how
effective H is in promoting pride
in the town by providing sound
musical enjoyment for more people
than ever before.
Mr. Spainhour's statement read,
in part: "There is no question in
my, mind that great music by
great artists is as .necessary to the
welfare of the community as right
thinking is in government, as good
management is in business and as
right living is in our own lives. I
believe that what the Wilkes Community
Concert Association is doing
for our city ir of lasting importance."
The headquarters of the association
are in the Wilkes Hotel
where Mrs. Lois Scroggs, the
headquarters secretary, is on dnty
from 9 until 6 every day this
week. Memberships may be obtained
at headquarters or from anym0|ttateer