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6-PAGES today Southport, N. C., Wednesday, T , mber 28, 1949
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I Gordo Farmer And
Lj, Man Will Direct
OiUag Job In Sev
?^unties Of District
P IN WILMINGTON
L public Official Ex
Thanks To People
? County For Their
lupport And Coop
I ? nent of Arthur W. ?
I rro Gordo as
I the census in the ;
I. ?otijrressional District
V Wednesday by
I F. Ertel Carlyle
I . i farmer and
I served notice of his
I this afternoon by ten
I . i lion as a mem- |
I nl of County Com
I rhe resignation was
I. liately by his as
I congratulated him
I conferred upon him
I ... ? ipervisor, William
I t the census-taking
IjMr Hanover, Brunswick,
L Bladen, Robeson, Cum
I : Hamett counties. He
Lprtoe ;i staff of approxi
I 'Ai to "30 persons during
I ontbs required for
I his recommenda
I Bureau of the Census
I in be appointed to
I ? y post. Represent
I told The News Re
I i have every confindence
I to perform these
I es in a highly cap
I ient manner."
r_ early next year. Willl
I ittend a school for
I . Washington and
kceed to organize for the !
I 9 probably will be 1
I Wilmington where the]
J'Lusc is expected to be j
. for the large of-1
. h will be necessary,
sanation of Williamson
frrr.oon ends as 11-year
a commissioner. Only 27
: . when he was nomin- 1
the county board, the
"tan has served con
? since his election in
raied From Page One
>r ? 1940. He is believed
n one of the youngest
ssT.ers in the history of
County politics. The
j i r.ot show the ages and
wld not be verified.
five of his 11 years,
em has served as chair
of the Board of Commis
; Early this month he was
oi as chairman by Alex
k' Lake Waccamaw.
1 leading figure in county
s affairs, Williamson has
1 on numerous boards and
tamj supporter of the Boy
facted following the an
ient of his appointment
'"?son issued the following
Mi deeply appreciative of
cor the people of the coun
ts conferred upon me by
c? me six times to the
? of County Commissioners.
c- to express my thanks,
?jy for the political support
kve given me in each of the
Varies and the six elect
I am also most grate
"atmued On Fage Four
? L. V. ' has moved his
I'.i old location on
S ' t ti > his newly com
' building on the yacht basin.
F-')v C. Daniel has moved
:: - the second floor
? Smith building to his new
w.5iMefi office building on
"w IS HOLIDAY
r '? bo a holiday for all
and the regular
, month meeting of
nt f,;mty commission
** held on Tuesday, Jan
"Usk i come
; ^' iin. who has been cn
!-i'!io repair business
:>1- year in Southport,
;jiV':Hse'1 the John w La""
ri> .tr.<l will operate his
the building next door
V used as a store by its
Fire Destroys Home
Day Before Christmas
Mother, Father And Five Children Lose All Clothing And
Furniture As Well As Christmas Presents
The home of Mr. and Mrs.
Owen F. Smith of the Eastbrook
community on the Seaboard Air
Line nine or ten miles west of
Navassa was completely consum
ed by fire Saturday afternoon at
3:30 o'clock when an oil stove
With the home went all pos
sessions of Mr. and Mrs. Smith
in the way of clothing and furni
ture. Some ' of their five children
are said to have escaped without
even a pair of shoes. There was
no insurance on either the build
ing or its contents.
Mr. Smith owns a truck and is
engaged in halding jobs. It is said
that the truck was about the only
single possession of the family on
The five children are all girls,
the oldest nine years of age. The
others include two sets of ? twin
girls of seven and eight years.
The parents had provided a nice
Christmas for the little girls, only
to see all and all that they had
News of the plight of the fam
ily first got about on Christmas
Day. The reactions are said to
have been prompt and liberal. In
various communities in Brunswick
and adjoining counties spon
taneous donations were made to
help restore the Christmas loss
of the family in distress. At Long
wood in the lower part of Bruns
wick and at almost the most dis?
tant point in the county from
the stricken family, sympathizing
friends have raised $87.26, the
collecting of this sum being done
by U. H. Granger. Other sections
of the county are also credited
with having made liberal dona
Residents of Northwest town
ship who know the family say
that they are very worthy people
and" that the destruction of their
home on Christmas Eve was
The family is residing tempor
ary with a sister-in-law at 311
Calhoun Drive in Wilmington.
Has Christmas Party
Annual Celebration In Hon-)
or Of Employees Lived I
Up To Previous High Stan
dard With Colorful Pro
OF THE OLD SOUTH
All Employees Are Remem
bered With Presents And
Both Young And Old
Participate In Ac
Probably nowhere other than
on Orton Plantation, is the old
time plantation Christmas spirit
carried out on the same scale
that existed before the civil war.
This beautiful Brunswick county
home, with its spacious gardens,
nursery and farm, seeks to re
peat each year the custom of long
ago in the Old South: To make
happy at Yuletide its approxi
mately 150 employees and their
An old fashioned Christmas
party is arranged annually. From
this party no even the smallest
babies go away forgotten by Mr.
and Mi's. J. L. Sprunt, owners of
the plantation, nor by their son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Sprunt. Kenneth is plan
tation manager and with the
younger Mrs. Sprunt is a year
round resident at the Sprunt
home. To those two this year,
and to Miss Emma Lou Harrelson
who has been at the plantation
for many years, fell the rather
large task of selecting some 150
appropriate and useful presents
for the employees. To these gifts
from the Plantation were added
about 450 large paper bags, fill
ed with apples, oranges, tan
garenes, candies and nuts.
The presentation of these gifts
and often some financial con
sideration for some of the more
efficient, painstaking and deserv
ing employees, takes a full half
day or longer and has come to
be known as the Orton Plantation
This years event began Friday
at noon with trucks and cars
bringing all employees and mem
( Continued on page 21
Lions Club To
New Years Dance Will Be
Held Friday, December
30, At Community Build
ing In Southport
The' Southport Lions Club will
sponsor a New Years dance on
FYiday night, December 30, in the
Community Building. Music will
be furnished by Lupp McGowan
and his orchestra of Wilmington,
featuring the voice of Paul
Parker, radio entertainer.
Success of the pre-Christmas
dance led the Lions to plan the
coming entertainment. The crowd
at the Community Building last
Friday for the Virgil West dance
was large and well behaved. There
was considerable interest shown
in having another dance here in
the near future.
Southport people who have
heard the MeGowan orchestra say
that it is a good musical organ
ization. The band has played
numerous popular engagements.
Hours for the dance are from
9 o'clock to 7 o'clock.
New Hours For
Effective January 1, 1949,
hours for the Supply post off
ice will be from 7:30 to 11:30
o'clock in the morning and from
2 o'clock to 5:30 o'clock in the
afternoon every week day ex
cept Wednesday. On that day
only the morning schedule of
from 7:30 to 11:30 o'clock will
Mrs. J. J. Hawes, postmaster,
?. says that - these _ hours were
made effective at the suggestion
of the post office inspector and
she asks cooperation of all pat
rons in working out the details
with as little trouble as possi
ble to everyone concerned.
Crawford L. Rourk Estimat
es That Payments For
Various Causes Will
Amount To At Least $52,
000.00 During 1950
Crawford L. Rourk, Brunswick
County Service Officer, estimates
that at least $52,000.00 will be
paid during 1950 by the Veterans
Administration in compensation,
pension, education and insurance
payments for which veterans or
their dependents In Brunswick
county are eligible.
The service officer says that
there is one question he would
like to clear up.
The terms compensation and
pension are not synonymous, and
cannot be used interchangeably.
Under* laws administered' by the
VA, compensation is used to de
scribe monetary benefits, other
than retirement pay, payable on
account of service connected dis
ability or death resulting from
service. The term pension is us
ed to describe nonservice con
nected monetary benefits (P. L.
494, 79th Cong.)
Pension for permanent , and
total disability, not due to service
is payable under Part III, Vet
erans Regulation 1 (a), Public
Law 2, 73 Congress, as amended.
Veteran must have served 90
days or more, and continuously
if extending into or out of either
the Spanish-American War, the
Boxer Rebellion, the Philippine
Insurrection, The World War, or
World War II; or, having served
less than 90 days, shall have been
discharged for disability incurred
or aggravated by service in line
of duty. This benefit is not paid
where disability is due to veter
an's own wilful misconduct or
vicious habits. Income is a factor.
(Continued of page rour)
Dies While On
Visit In County
N. F. Barber, 88 year old re
sident of Sanford, died in the
Dofher Memorial Hospital Satur
day, following a three days ill
ness. Mr. Barber had been visit
ing his daughter, Mrs. W. H.
Murray, at Shallotte Village
Point. He was taken ill there
and brought to the hospital.
The body was taken to Gods
ton Sunday for burial. No infor
mation is available regarding re
latives, other than Mrs. Murry.
No Change Made
In 1950 Tobacco
Quota For State
S. L. Purvis, Chairman Of
Brunswick PMA Commit
tee, Has Been Advised
That Figure Will Be Same
I ADDED ACREAGE
Outlook For World Markets
Shows Situation Similar To
That Of Last Year Ac
cording To Officials
In a letter received this week
by Chairman S. L. Purvis of the
Brunswick County PMA Com
mittee at Supply, G. T. Scott,
State director of the Production
and Marketing Division, outlined
the following provisions relative
to the 1950 flue-cured tobacco
"The U. S. Department of Ag
riculture announced today, after
! a review of supply and demand
prospects for flue-cured tobacco,
that no change is contemplated
in the 1950 marketing quota of
1,097,000,000 pounds originally an
nounced for this tobacco on July
"The announcement followed a
review of the outlook for exports
of this tobacco in 1950 at a meet
ing on December 19 of department
officials and grower, warehouse,
and dealer representatives. The
consensus of the meeting was that
no change was warranted in the
quota now in effect.
"As announced on July 1. the
1950 acreage allotments for flue
cured tobacco will total about |
970,000 acres, as compared with ,
960,000 acres allotted for 1949. j
Individual farm acreage allot
ments for 1950 will be about the
same as in 1949, the small in
crease in the total allotment be
ing reserved for adjustment of
inequities among individual farm
allotments and for new tobacco
farms which qualify for allot
ments in 1950."
Here For Work
! U.S.E. Dredge Under Com
mand Of Captain John G.
Swan Recently Completed
Job In South America
The U. S. Engineers dredge
Lyman will addive at Southport
on January 5 for about six weeks
work on the Cape Fear River bar
and maintenance on the channel
from Southport outward, accord
ing to Captain John D. Swain. The
ship is now at Jacksonville, Fla.
Many Southport men and others
from Brunswick county will wel
come this return of the boat
for local work. Thirty or more
among the crew of the Lyman are
from this county. To all of them
'and a few others coming to
I Southport is coming home.
The Lyman is one of the Army
Engineers largest seagoing
dredges. During war time and
since then it has done much work
overseas. It has recently been
working in South America.
The Lyman was under the com
mand of Captain Swan during the
last war and operated for a long
time in Manila harbor in the
The New Year, "reviving old desires," and some
thing the poet never mentioned ? old resolutions, is be
ing trumpeted in.
It is accorded this fanfare because it is more than a
day in "this petty pace" and continuity of life. It is a
brief halt and a starting over. It is the abandonment
of despair and the donning of hope.
It is a social time. We of this newspaper join all.
of you in the celebration. We want to attend the wake
for 1949 and the birth of 1950 with all the blare of horns
Also in your fellowship, we pray that the world may
achieve its goal of peace in 1950 and that our commun
ity see fulfilled all its plans for betterment
Strictly on our own, we wish for you a ?
Roger Babson Makes
A nnual Predictions
T uesday Weather /
While no figures are available
as to the temperature,. Tuesday
of this week appeared to be
the warmest winter day that
Brunswick county has had in
a long time. It was perspiring
hot, without a coat, and about
everybody went without one.
Equally unusual for the sea
son of the year was the., rain
and thunderstorm that visited
portions of the county Monday
night. Shallotte, especially, was
visited by a regular downpour,
accompanied by considerable
thunder and lightning. At
Southport there was a mild
thunder storm and a good rain.
Tax Listing To
Monday Will Be Observed
As Holiday, But All Work
Of Listing Must Be Com
pleted During January
Tax listers in Brunswick coun
ty will begin their work next
Tuesday although some may
elect to start on Monday de
spite its day being a holiday.
The law requires all taxes to be
listed during the month of Jan
The work will be done by tax
listers in each township working
under the supervision of tax j
supervisor W. P. Jorgenson, who '
Continued on page four
w. B. KEZIAH
Southport people need to make .
a New Year Resolution that they |
will get together at once to lay
plans for and build the hotel and
dining room that has been re
cognized for years as the out
standing, No. 1 need of the town, j
It strikes us as very unusual, J
and also very pleasing, that each ,
month for the two or three years
he has been there, this office
has received a report from Fish
burn Military School, Waynesboro,
Virginia, stating that Cadet R.
Frank Plaxco, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. R. F. Plaxco, Southport, was
on the distinguished students list
for the academic month. He makes
the academic requirements of no
grade below 90 percent for each
It seems to us that Mr. and
Mrs. D. M. Davis have taken a
step that might well be followed
by other residents living around
the yacht basin. They have con
structed a small but substantial
bulkhead and have planted grass
between the bulkhead and the j
roadway. If others would do this
the basin would be more attrac
During Christmas week we re
ceived proof of something that
we did not believe. Dozens and
dozens of people, readers of The
Pilot in distant States, as well
as here in North Carolina, sent
Christmas greetings and went
further to add a few words of
personal appreciation of the
Rovin' Reporter. Some of these
folks lived in the county at one
time or another, others have just
visited friends and became in
terested in various parts of the
county. It would be too much
of a task to mention each of
these people and we can only ex
press our appreciation to all.
For many Brunswick county j
tobacco glowers work in prepara
tion for the 3950 tobacco crop
has already started. They are
preparing plant beds and a con
Continued On Page Four
Believes That Effect Of La
bor Troubles Will Make
Deep Impression On Econ
omic Life During 1950
AS CHIEF VICTIM
National Authority Covers
All Phases Of National
Activity In Survey Of
By Roger \V. Babson
1. The total volume of business
for 1950 will be less than that
of 1949, due primarily to the un
fortunate labor conflicts. Consid
ering that the innocent consumer
will be the chief sufferer and will
be obliged to pay the bills, it
seems too bad that labor troubles
should upset the applecart.
2. Even with all the threats,
there will be few wage increases
during 1950. On the other hand,
all labor negotiations take the
minds of both the employees and
the management off their regular
business. However these negotia
tions come out, they result in a
loss from the standpoint of the
country as a whole.
3. There will be fewer strikes
in 1950 than in 1949, but there
will not be fewer extended nego
tiations which are very expensive
4. The Taft-Hartley Law will
continue to stand throughout 1950
although many schemes for de
touring this law will be devised.
5. The great drive against the
big companies will be for pensi
ons and or for sick and other
benefits. These will probably be
helpful to the wageworkers and
may aid in ironing out the busi
ness cycle, but they will be paid
for by consumers.
6. It is hoped that all parties
will begin to realize during 1950
that the real road to national
progress is through increasing
production and greater efficiency.
This is the bright light we see
in the labor situation.
7. Movemer1*" '*> commodity
priccs during 1950 will vary with
different groups of industries and
of products, but altogether there
will be a general lowering during
(Continued on Page Six)
Bolivia Lions j
Club Had Part In Making
Holiday Season Happier
For Many Unfortunate
Members of the Bolivia Lions
Club were hosts at a Community
Christmas Tree at the high school
gymnasium on Thursday evening,
A beautiful tree adorned with
many, lights and appropriate
trimmings lighted the gymnasium.
Santa Claus was present in person
and distributed gifts of fruit and
candy to the guests.
On Christmas Eve the Lions
prepared and delivered 27 baskets
of fruits, groceries and toys for
the shut-ins and the less fortun
ate of the community. Materials
for these treats were donated by
the Lions and their friends.
Shallotte Club |
Hundreds Join In Observa
tion of Christmas Program
About Community Tree
On Thursday Night
The Community Christmas tree
sponsored at Shallotte by the
Lions Club on the Thursday be- j
fore Christmas is reported as
having been the biggest holiday
event yet staged there.
It is estimated that 700 or
more people attended the event,
which lasted through much of
the ? afternoon and early evening.
As a prelimary, 27 bountiously
filled baskets were distributed
among needy families of the town
j and nearby community. In the
preparation of the boxes the
committee composed of M. L.
Galloway, Harry L. Mintz, Earl
Milliken, Charles Caison and Ed
ward Redwine made diligent ef
forts to see that each family
got things they actually needed
in the way of both food and
wearing apparel, not forgetting
toys and candies in families where
there were children.
During the afternoon Santa
Claus drove up and down the
highway through the town. That
night a big crowd assembled
around the Christmas tree on the
grounds of the Methodist church.
There Santa distributed more than
300 bags filled with fruit, candies
and some toys to the children.
Preceding the appearance of
Santa for this event a large crowd
of 'young people sang carols. One
of the songs, "Here Comes Santa
Claus", was being sung at the
moment when the kindly old gen
tleman made his appearance.
Turn Up Stills
Sheriffs Deputies Spent Busy
Holiday Season Breaking
Up Manufacturing Plants
The week before Christmas was
apparently not a very good one
for various and sundry residents
of Brunswick county who were
engaged in the manufacture of
whiskey. Sheriff officers captured
7 men' and destroyed four stills
with the total capacity of 7,400
One of the stills, taken in
Northwest township, was a hum
dinger for size, being credited
with a capacity of 2,600 gallons.
The others were no pikers. Par
ticipating in the raid that netted
this big still and two others were
Gus Bland, U. H. Granger, O. W.
Perry, Charles Skipper, Alex
Ganey and J. E. Lewis. They also
got four negroes whose names
have not been learned here.
Climaxing the week's work in
importance, although the raid
netted the smallest still in capa
city, an 800 gallon affair, Deputy
Sheriffs Gus Bland and U. H.
Granger went on a lone hunt at
Calabash. They pulled the 800
gollon still and with it took three
white men, Kelly Thomas, Louise
Wilson and Buddy Thomas.
Along with the four big stills
and seven men, the officers seiz
ed a large amount of beer and
mash and a considerable quanity
of finished whiskey, according to
Judges Have Hard Time
Reaching Decision A? To
Winners In Various Class
es Of Woman's Club Con
HAD SOME LIGHTS
Cue Taken From City Which
Had Done Unusually Good
Job Of Lighting The
Streets Of Southport
Taking their cue from the most
beautiful and most elaborate
street decorations ever before
provided by the city, residents of
Southport went allout this year in ?
their outside decorations.
The lighting ran all the way ?
from beautiful outside Christina*
trees, of which the one in the .
yard of Miss Margaret Parkhlll ?
was outstanding, to various novel
effects in house decorations. There ?
was a noticable trend toward de
corations which were attractive in .
the daylight as well as at night
when the lights were on.
The entire effect was backed |
up by countless indoor trees .
whose colored lights peaked out *
through open windows.
Once more the Southport '
Woman's Club sponsored a light- .
ing contest, and after long and
careful consideration the judged
announced the following list of ?
Doorways: 1st: Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Weeks; 2nd, Mrs. Lundy
Jones; 3rd, Dr. and Mrs. R. C,
House decoration: 1st, Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Dilsaver; 2nd, Mr. and
Mrs. Tommy Garner; 3rd, Capt.
and Mrs. Roy Robinson.
j Living Christmas Tree: 1st,
| Miss Margaret Parkhlll; 2nd, Bap?
j tist Church; 3rd, Mr. and Mrs,
j H. B. Smith.
Most unusual decoration, Mr.
! and Mrs. James Carr.
Commercial decorations, ELM
Captain Woortman Joined
By Wife And Daughter
For Christmas Visit; Will
Return To Jobs In New
Mrs. John Woortman and dau
ghter, Miss Helgra, who havQ
been in New Jersey where both
have positions, spent Christmas
here with Captain Woortman.
This family arrived in Southport
Just a year ago, on Christmas
day. They with the other 14
Estonians who made the 4 mon
ths trip from Sweden aboard the
little 37-foot Roland, have all
been working and doing well
since they were released from
Ellis Island a few days before
Christmas in 1948.
Captain Woortman has charge
of the Bill, Jr., one of the better
boats in the W. S. Wells Shrimr
Three other Estonians, all of
whom came with Captain Woort
man in the little boat on the long
journey from Sweden, are als<)
employed at shrimping on boats
owned by Wells. He offered thenj
jobs just as soon as they were ret
leased from Ellis Island.
With no work at Southport
Continued On Page Fam
Following Is the tide taUe
(or Southport daring the next
week. These hours are approxi
mately correct and were furn
ished The State Port Pilot
through the courtesy of the
Cape Fear Pilot's Association.
High Tide Low TMe
Thursday, December 22,
9:59 A. M. 3:22 A. M.
10:14 P. M. 4:09 P. M.
Friday, Dccembcr 23,
10:45 A. M. 4:10 A. M.
11:02 P. M. 4:53 P. M..
Saturday, December 24,
11:31 A. M. 4:58 A. M.
11:51 P. M. 5:40 P. M.
Sunday, December 25,
0:00 A. M. 5:41 A. M.
12:14 P. M. 6:27 P. Bfc
Monday, December 26,
0:41 A. M. 6:39 A. BA,
12:59 P. M. 7:14 P. M.
Tuesday, December 27,
1:31 A. M. 7:34 A. ?
1:47 P. M. 8:03 P. M.
Wednesday, December 28,
2:23 A. M. 8:33 A. St
2:35 P. M. 8:54 P. 3*