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The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, May 23, 1941, Image 1

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MOORE COUNTY’S LEADING NEWS-WEEKLY THE A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding VOL. 20. NO. 25. Aberdeen >^AMTMAOC &AGUC 6PAINC9 9^ /Lakevicw JACK90H SPRIHOS SOUTHCRN Pm&s A^HLCy Mt.*CHTS PINCBUJF^ . "UN. C>,v CAROUNA room PILOT FIRST IN NEWS, CIRCULATION & ADVERTISLNG \v J of the Sandhill Tt? V' of North Carolina VX Southern Pines, North Carolina, Friday. May 23, 1941. Pineh> FIVE CENTS CHANDLER HEADS NEW DIVISION OF C. P. &L COMPANY District Manager Here For 17 Years Promoted; M’Elderry New Superintendent Promoted DUBOSE LOCAL MANAGER Ralph L. Chandler, who has been district manager here for the Caro lina Power and Light Company since July 10. 1924, has been named ntfina- ger of the newly created central di vision of the company, it was an nounced this week. The division embraces the Southern Pines, Sanford, Troy, Asheboro, Wadesboro, Rocklnghap, Hamlet, and Maxton districts of the company. CJ. T. M’Elderry, who has been dis trict manager for the power company at Hamlet for several years, has been named superintendent of the central division and will make his headquar ters and home in Southern Pines. Announcement was also made that D. C. DuBose, who has served as lo cal man ’ger at Spruce Pine for some tim«, has been ntmed local maitiger at Southern Pines. Beginning work with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad at the age of 13, Mr. Chandler worked with the rail road for 15 years before he began work on September 1, 1913, with the Southern Pines and Carthage Electric Light Plant. He was with this com pany until August 1, 1920, when he became secretary of the Sandhill Power Con^>any, which, like the Sou thern Pines and Carthage EUectric Light Plant, was the predecessor In this section of the Carolina Power and Light Company. When the Carolina company took over the electri? utility in thia section in July, 1924, Mr. Chandler was named district manager. He has had a dis tinguished record of service in the electric utility field. He has also been active in church and civic work in Southern Pines: fn the Sandhills Ki- wanis Club, of which he is a past president; on the Southern Pines School Board which he served as sec retary for many years; as treasurer of the Southern Pines Building and Loan Association; as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and in Masonic circles. Mr M’Blderry has been with the Carolina Power and Light Company and its predecessor companies aince April 1, 1917, and has worked at a number of places in the company's territory. Mr. DnBose joined the C. P. & L. .-jeveral yearg ago and has held a nun^er of responsible positions. Town Pays $2,741.25 in Principal, Interest Amount Includes Payment Re- duciiig 1929 Water Bond Is sue To Even $10,000 The Town of Southern Pines for warded check to the Chase National Bank on Tuesday of this week in the amount of $2,741.25, in payment of bonds and interest due June 1, 1941 as follows; Semi-annual interest on $20,000, 6 percent, 1915 P. I. bonds, $600.00. Semi-annual interest on $30,000, 5 1-2 percent, water and sewer bonds, 1925, $825.00. Semi-annual interest on $11,000, 5 3-4 percent, waler bonds, 1920, $316.25. One water bond, 5 3-4 percent, 1929, $1,000.00. , Total, $2,741.25. The payment of $1,000 on princi pal on the 5 3-4 percent water bonds of 1929 reduces this bond is sue from $20,000 as of June 1, 1929 to $10,000 as of today. mss HILDERMAN’S (PLAV PRESENTED AT GREENSBORO Miss Catherine Hilderman of Sou thern Pines has ben elected president of the Masqueraders at Woman’s Col lege of the University of North Car olina, Greensboro. Among plays pre sented this week by Play Production classes at the college was one, “Among the Living,” a play set in a restaurant in a war-toni town, writ ten by Miss Hilderman. RALPH L. CHANDLER DR. J. SYMINGTON, CURRIE GETS LIFE COUNTY HEALTH FOR AHACK ON OFFICER, RESIGNS To Retire on September 1st Af- t«r 12 Years Faithful and Effective Service BOARD PAYS HIM TRIBUTE MRS. RUBY BLYTH State Accepts Plea of Acces sory Before Fact in Criminal Assault Case G. T. M'EIOERRY OWNERS OF FARM LANDSCOOPERATE FOR MANEUVERS Meetingfs Held Throughout County To Sign Up For Land Use by Army Meetings were held throughout the county this week and will continue into next week for the signing up by owners of farm lands for the use of their property by the Army during the greatest military maneuvers in the history of the country, to be held throughout North and South Carolina during October and Novem ber of this year. A county-widf. meet ing is to be held in the Coui lhouse at Carthage this coming Monday night at 8:00 o’clock, with R. P. Beasley, County Chairman, and Captain John n. Galbraith of the Army in charge. All farmland owners are urged to attend. Attorney Frank W. McCluer of Aberdeen will be in charge of the Sandhills Township meeting in the Aberdeen High School building next Wednesday night at 8:00 o’clock when rural property owners of this section are expected to be present. A meeting for the West End section is being held tonight, Friday at the school there. The McNeill’s Town ship meeting was held in Vass Wed nesday of this week, and another gathering was at Cameron Monday night. Farmland owners are willingly complying with the government’s re quest to sign permits for the use of their lands during the gigantic ma neuvers, resilizing the need for train ing of our troops in face of the emergency. They are assured protec tion from loss by the government, which agrees to pay for any damage sustained. MI.SS STEGALL. ELECTED TO HONORARY MUSIC SOCIE’I* Miss Selma Stegall, Instructor in music in the Southern Pines Schools, Is among five honored by election to the Woman’s chapter of PI Kappa Lamhda, national honorary music fraternity, and will be formally ini tiated at the annual ceremonies Sun day evening, June 1st at Woman’s College, U. N. C-, Greensboro. Those clected were all outstanding musi cians during their college years and have continued outstanding work In music since graduation. Miss Ste gall w’aB graduated from Woman’s College In 1931. At a meeting of the Moore County Board of Health held on Thursday of last week. Dr. J. Symington tender ed his resignation as county health officer, to become effective Septem ber 1st, and it was accepted with re luctance by the board, which is com posed of County Commission Chair man W. H. Currie. County Superin tendent H. Lee Thomis and Mayor C, P. Shaw, of Carthage: Dr. E. M. Medlin of Aberdeen, Dr. Clement Monroe of Pinehurst and Dr. J. F. Davis of Hemp. The board passed resolutions in ap preciation of Dr. Symington’s faith ful service to the county in the past twelve years. Dr. Symingrton took charge when the department was in its infancy and has built it up to the point where it is one of the leading county health units in the state, said a member of the board, who gave as Dr. Symington’s reason for resigniQg the fact that the work is getting heavy and the health officer's need to conserve his health. The board doeg not have anyone in mind to take over the duties of the office. IVlrs. C. H. Durgin Dies at Wheel of Her Car INDIAN GIVEN 18 MONTHS Winter P'jsident Here 20 Years Suffers Heart Attack in Goffstown, N. H. stricken suddenly HI, Mrs. Clar ence Durgin, 70-year-old Southern Pines Wiinter resident, collapsed and died at the wheel of her automobile as she drove down Main street In Goffstown, N. H., early last Friday morning. M)rs. Durgin had completed her marketii^ and was driving along the street when she slumped over the 'wheel of her machine. The car man aged to get across the Main street bridge, narrowly missed a telephone pole and came to a stop near the railroad station. Dr. Robert E. Biron, medical ref eree, was called and said death was due to a heart attack. Sun’ivors are her husband and two nephews, Maurice and Earl Johnson, one-time proprietors of the old Shir ley Hill House. Mr. and Mrs. Durgin, following the closing of their Winter hom^ here, had been at their Summer home in Shirley Hill, near Manchester, for just one week when Mrs. Durgin was stricken. Seasonal residents of Southern Pines for more than 20 years, Mrs. Durgin numbered many close friends in the community who will long re member her pleasant ways and her kindness to all. She w^s an ardent worker in the Church of Wide Fel lowship. Following the receipt of the shocking news of her sudden passing many evidences of sympathy for her bereaved husband were offered by their friends In Southern Pines. “Big Brother” Meeting of Jay-Cee Big Success Rev. W. I. Howell of Hamlet Scores Hit in Talk to Boy Scouts Davis Currie of Pinehurst was sen tenced to life imprisonment in Super ior Court in Carthage this week by Judge Zeb V. Nettles following his plea of guilty to a charge of being an accessory before the fact in the criminal assault case resulting from his attack on Mrs. Ruby A. Blyth of Southern Pines on the night of Ap ril 19th. A true bill on the criminal assault charge was found against Currie by the Grand Jury, but the State accepted a plea of guilty on the lesser charge, thereby saving the young man from a death sentence. Jack Clench pleaded not guilty to being an accessory in the same crime, and upon trial was found guilty of simple assault and sentenced to serve 18 months. Clench, a Mohawk Indian, V'as with Currie the night of the as sault on Mrs. Blyth, remaining in the car when the attack occurred in the woods along the old Southern Pines-Pinehurst road. Currie had of fered to take Mrs. Blyth home from a dance hall near Southern Pines in his car, but instead drove in an op posite direction, eventually forcing her from the car and attacking her. The long standing case against James Horner resulting from an au tomobile accident on February 7th, 1937 in which Charles C. Milam and William Milam, brothers, of South ern Pines, were killed, was nol pross- ed with leave at this week’s term of court. A large number of cases were disposed during the term. • National Civilian Defense Organization, Announced by President, Conceived Here New Pilot James Boyd Becomes Publish er on Purchase of Majority Interest in Paper With this issue of The Pilot, James Boyd of Southern Pines becomes pub lisher of the paper. Mr. Boyd has ac quired a controlling interest in The Pilot corporation from Nelson C. Hyde. Mr. Boyd plans to spend much time here in the future and will devote himself actively to the affairs of the paper He has long been a firm be liever’ in the importance and influ ence of the independent community newspaper in American life. His plans for The Pilot are outlined in an edi torial in today's issue. The Pilot was founded by Stacy Brewer and the late Blon H. Butler in Vass in 1920 and sold to Mr. Hyde in 1928. Upon ita removal to Aber deen in 1929 a corporation was form ed, with Air. Hyde purchasing a ma jority of the stock. It is his interest that Mr. Boyd has acquired. Mr. Hyde will continue as editor of the paper. Plan Submited To Governor Hoey Last July by Struthers Burt of Southern Pines LA GUARDIA APPOINTED 1,000 Rotarians in Session in Pinehurst Fourth Annual Conference 188th District To Hear Prominent Speakers of In what was proclaimed to be one of the outstanding programs of this ,j’ear for the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a guest speaker and a potential yearly meeting were bo;h discovered. The first "Big Brother” evening meeting provided by the Jun ior Chamber for their sponsored Boy Scout Troop No- 73 was held at the Southern Pines Country Club Monday evening. The council president, N. L. Hodgkins introduced the evening ■speaker, the Rev. W. I. Howell of Hamlet, chairman of the Richmond County District Committee, who scored a hit with the boy». The fourth annual conference of the 188th Rotary District of>ened yester day in Pinehurst with some 1,000 Ro tarians expected from the 43 clubs in the State. The Concord club is host, and District Governor Ed. K. Willis presiding. Heading the list of speakers this year are Cesar Daniel Andrade of Guayaquil, Ecuador, vice president of the Rotary International, and Dr. John L. Davis of New York City. MISS Jl'LIA BURT IS BRU)E IN CANAL ZONE Starnes Buys Manor Block Southern Pines Mr. and Mrs. Struthers Burt of Southern P*lnes announce the mar riage of their daughter, Julia Bleeck- er, to Ensign George Charles Atte- berry of the Naval Air Squadron, on Wednesday, May 14th. They were married in St. Paul’s Church in Bal boa, Canal Zone, and went to a Span ish seacoast town for their honey moon. They are returning to Upham, Canal Zone where he is stationed and where they will live. He is the son of Bradley and Marion Atteberry of Kansas City, Mo., and a graduate of the University of Missouri and of the Pensacola Trulnlng School for Avia tion. KDMUND MILLEN DIES AT HOME IN MIDDLETOWN, N, Y Word reaches The Pilot of the death of Edmund Millen in his homeat Mid dletown, N. Y., on Wednesday, May 7th. He is survived by his widow, Gladys V. Millen; a son, Edmund, Jr., and three daughters, Joan, Eunice and Mary. Following the destruction of the old Hney Woods Inn by fire the property came Into the possession of the Millens, prominent manufactur ers of Middletown, who still retain their interest in that section of South ern Pines. The younger daughters, Eunice and Mary were residents here until quite recently. They are now touring the Gulf and Pacific Coast states In company with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Spelr of Southern Pines. To Remodel into Apartments— W P. Benner Buys Gibbon Block for Theatre Two Important downtown real es tate transactions hav“ been consum mated in Southern Pines during tho past two weeks. W. E. Starnes, of Ed’s Cafe, has purchased The Manor Building on East New Hampshire avenue, and has already started to remodel the structure to provide, in addition to .seven stores, two apartments on the second floor and one on the ground floor. Two of the stores are now oc cupied and will continue with the same tenants, the Drs. McLeod and the Tate Beauty Parlor. The build ing was owned by the Realty Pur chase Corporation of New York. Mr. Starnes plans to di.spose of his cafe on East Broad street, retiring from the restaurant business which he has conducted here for 16 years. W. P. Benner of Carthage has ac quired from Nicholas L. Gibbon the building which has recently been oc cupied by the Atkinson Furniture Company and B. J. Simond’s grocery, and plans to remodel into a motion picture theatre The newly organized National Civ ilian Defense Adminijtration, to head which President Roosevelt has ap pointed Mayor F. H. LaGuardia of New York City, was conceived and first proposed in Southern Pines and submitted to Governor Clyde R. Hoey in July of last year by Struth’E^s Burt, author. No action was taken by the Governor, but Mr. Burt launched a campaign among civ ic organizations here, later carrying his proposal to Washington and New York. For the past several weeks Mr. Burt has been actively engaged with “The Fight For Freedom Committee,” headed by Senator Carter Glass as honorary chairman and the Right Rev. Henry W- Hobson, Episcopal Bishop of Ohio as chairman, and with a list of sponsors of many of Amer ica’s most prominent citizens in all walks of life. The action of the Pres ident in announcing an Administra- t’on of Civilian Defense as a govern mental agency is believed to have re sulted from the work and influence of this committee. "It’s exactly our idea and was first proposed in Southern Pines,” Mr. Burt writes The Pilot from the office of the committee in the 'RKG Build ing, New York. The Civilian Defense organization will have three big objectives; 1. 'Ho translate defense needs to states 4^d towns. 2. To coordi nate civilian effort. 3. To boost na tional morale. These were the points brought out by Mr. Burt in talks before the American Legion, Southern Pines Ro tary Club and other local civic organ izations some time ago. Commencement Starts At Pinehurst School Twenty-Eight Seniors in Gradu ating Class.—Rev. Binkley Baccalaureate Preacher Supt. James W. Harbison of the Pinehurst Schools announces the Commencement program as follows: tonight, Friday, Miss Harriet Shil- linglaw will present her pupils In a music recital. She will award a med al to the pupil having done the most comprehensive practicing and hav ing made the most progress in mu sic. Sunday, May 25th, at 11:00 a. m., /baccalaureate sermon by the Rev. O. T. Binkley of Wake Foreste at the Community Church. Monday evening, Class Night will be held in the school auditorium. Tuesday morning at 10:00 o’clock Miss Ruth Lilly will present the Sev enth grade students’ certificates. Tuesday evening the graduation exercises will be held in the audi torium, at which time the following will receive their diplomas; Jesse Cole, Wilbur Currie, Graham Jones, Robert Lea, D. C. McKenzie, Ellis Mosher, Watson Smith, Bill Tate, Jack Taylor, Richard Veno, (Please turn to page four) Commencement Here Opens Sunday, June 1st l^ccalaureate Sermon To Be Fol lowed Monday By Class Day, with Graduation Tuesday The school year is drawing to a close and the Seniors of Southern Pines High School are planning their commencement programs. On Sun day, June 1st, at the Church of Wide Fellowship, the commencement ser mon will be delivered by Dr. Charles C. Weaver. The following morning at 11:15 an Honor' Day assembly, open to the public, as are all the gradua tion events, will be held in the high school auditorium. This new feature will consist of the presenting of tro phies and honors to students out standing in Sports, Dramatics and Music. At this time the American Le gion Citizenship award and the Jun ior Chamber of Commerce award to the most Improved student will be m.?de. Monday evening in the high school auditorium at 8:15 the Seniors’ an nual Class Day exercises will be pre sented. The program for this year includes songs, skits and speeches that promise great entertainment for the audience. Another new feature will be the presentation and dedication of a flag and staff, f.rected on the front lawn of the school, which will take place Tuesday morning at 11;15. ’The flag 3nd jxjle will be the Senior class gift to the school. The final graduation exercises will ho held at the Church of Wide Fel lowship Tuesday evening, June 3d MRS. DANA TELl« KlWAfOS ABOUT H08PIT.-VL AUXILIARY Mrs. Paul Dana of Pinehurst told the Sandhills Kiwanis Club all about the Moore County Hospital Auxiliary and what It has accomplished for the hospital since Its inception at Wednes day’s meeting in the Aberdeen Com- ■nunlty House. She read a most In teresting paper she had prepared and read before the Carollnas-Vlrginla lospltal Conference in Greenville, S. In April.

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