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VOL XVI. NO. 24
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S. C. White Orpingtons, White
Leghorn*, and Barred Plymouth
Rock eggs $1.50 per 15. D. C.
Matthews, Hamilton, N. C.
Today ia the 50th anniversary
ef the surrender of General Lee
New moon on the 14th at 6:22
See Mrs. Mc S. Taylor about a
coat suit, etc. Read ad in this
Chas. H. Godwin is having a
residence erected on the corner
of tbe lot on the Southwest side
of the residence of Mayor
Not a dozen shad have been
eaught ht re this season, and the
tbe supply of herring is limited.
Pftch are being taken in set nets.
The water is hi#h from the re
cent bad weather.
The new depot of the A. C. L.
in couise of erection, has vast
freight roeni, but the pasenger
depi rtm« nt is not very imposing,
being neither creditable to the
town or the railway company.
It is learne d that the Coast
Line will reimburse the Citizens
Holding Co., for the erection of
the spur track to the Cooperage
Mill. This demonstrates the fact
that it pays.
A freight wreck on the road from
Hobgood to Norfolk, cauted some
inconvenienece to local people
Monday, who were passing over
FOR SALE-One automatic
oil can, holds 120 gallons. If in
terested let me hear from you at
once, same must be sold, terms
eash.— Wheeler Martin, Jr.
Williamston, N. C.
The "sand man" has come to
town, and instead of making
bright eyes sleepy, has caused
newly-shod feet to get stuck, es
pecially during the snow and
rain. But later on the benefit
will be great.
The Metropolitan Entertainers,
who were billed here for three
nights last week, met with hard
luck on account of the weather.
They gave a good show of the
kind, and conducted themselves
honorably while in town. They
played in Robersonville for three
nights this week.
Register and vote for good gov
Services at the Baptist and
Episcopal Churches on Sunday.
Wednesday, the weather was
so balmy that the® *eal sport
could see his line reaching far
down into the cool, dark pools
where the "speckled beauties"
and the black bass were lying.
The call of tbe waters was heard
in every breeze.
The Tax assessors for the
State have been named, and W.
C. Manning was selected for
Martin County. Every four years
there is a're-assessment of prop
erty, which is necessary for the
proper rating of taxation. Mr.
Manning was assessor four years
ago, and is eminently fitted for
the position, having served as
Register of Deeds for twelve
hi Borland eparrows aro trapped
with a sieve, one end beld np by a
short stake to wlflch a long string Is
tied. >The trap Is baited with bread
crumbs, oats or wheat. The'birds a re
permitted to eat the beU-untfl a num
ber have gathered ander the sieve.
•Its the cord is palled, reanteg the
strike aad allowing the trap to Call
ever the bMs fathered under the
A Sea »f Martin Ciwty
Last Friday, March 19th, 1915,
was the one hundreth birthday
anniversary of Mr. Henry Wal
drem Bennett, who makes his
home with his son, Mr. W. R.
Bennett, of near town. There
were five generations of the fam
ily present, and quite a number
of friends to help the old vener
able gentlemen celebrate the an
niversary which but few attain.
Mr. Bennett is hale and hearty
and as the above srood likeness of
him shows there are practically
no wrinkles on hi* face. He is
one of the oldest and most highly
respected citizens of this section,
highly beloved hv all who know
him, and it is interesting to hear
liim relate of things in the early
There arc eight trrandi'hildren,
as follows: Mrs. C. M. Bailey,
W. R Byars, Misses Ethel and
Marion H!ghti>v/er of this city;
Rodney Byars, deceased; Mrs.
Chas. de Craffeirtried of Ismay,
Montana; Harry Jamison of Ua\
City; and Mrs. H L. B. Skinner
Two great-^raridchildren; Mrs.
E. C. Thrower of this city and
Herman Dei i et f , Son of Prof,
and Mrs. Skinner of Palacios.
tle Miss Eleanor Mortense Throw
er, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.
The following biography of
Mr. Bennett's life is taken from
the 'History of Southwest Texas,'
which was published in 1907:
Distinguished as one of the
oW?st hjtf&y renr^td
citizens of Colorado county,
Henry Waldrem Bennett bears
his burden of years with ease,
and, although he bas far outlived
the span of ma* J ir-HW is hearty
and vigorous, and as active as
many men half his age, riding
horseback for pleasure, and
shooting birds on the wing Of
sturdy Scotch ancestry on the
paternal side, he was born March
19, 1816, in Martin County. N.
C., a son of Thomas Bennett.
Thomas Bennett was a lifelong
resident of Martin county, N. C.,
where he spent his life, dying in
1826. He owned much land,
which he carried on with slave
labor. He ma»ried Eleanor
Crisp, who was born in Edge
combe county, N. C., and died in
1821 in Martin county. Her
father, Jesse Crisp, a soldier in
the revolutionay war, serving
under Gen. Nathaniel Greene,
was wounded at the battle of
Guilford Court House. Being
immediately carried from the
field to the Court House, he
watched from there the pro-:
gress of the battle. He was of:
New England ancestry, and it is
supposed was born in Maine. He 1
married Nancy Waldrem, a na
tive of Maine. To Thomas Ben
nett and wife two children were'
born, namely: Marina, who;
spent her entire life in North'
Carolina, married James Ward,
and Henry Waldrem, the subject;
of this brief sketh.
His mother dying when he was j
six years of age, and his father
five years later, Henry W. Ben
nett was brought up by his sister.
Inheriting the homestead, togeth
er with many slaves, he lived
there until 1840, when he sold
out to his brother-in law, James
Ward. Moving then to Tenn
essee, he was for eleven years
engaged in agricultural pursuits
in Haywood county. In 1851,
joining a party which Included
among other families the Carl
tons and Tanners, he came across
the country to Texas, bringing
along household goods and pro
visions, land camping and cooking
by Mr. Bcsnett
WILLIAMSTON, N. G, FRIDAY, APRIL, g, 1915
settled in Colorado county, arriv
ing here at a time when a large
~ proportion of the soil still rested
y undisturbed by the plowshare,
. and while the primitive dwellings
B of the original pioneers were few
„ and far between. There were
e no railroads in this section of the
. country, the cotton and other
r produce of the farms being taken
. to Houston, the nearest market,
. by oxteams. He purchased three
hundred acres of land, now in
-7 eluded in the homestead where
f he resides, and by the exer
j cise of industry, perseverance and
s good judgment transformed it
from a tract of wild, uncultivated
land into one of the finest farms
f of this section. As time passed
r on he added to his first purchase,
, and he and his children now have
over two thousand acres of val
uable land, all lying within six
or eight miles of the city of Col
Mr. Bennett married June 11,
IS4O, Marina I/anier, who was
born in Martin county, N. C„
and died February 3, 1894, on the
r home farm. Her father, who
married Elizabeth Bennett, was
bom in Martin county, N. C., of
j French ancestry. He served in
the war of 1812 under General
Jackson, and was subsequently
educated for a lawyer, hut, never
practiced his profession. He was
a Baptist in his religious belief,
and occasionally, preached in
churches of that denomination.
Of the marriage of Mr. and
] Mrs. Bennett, nine children were
born namely: Ellen, deceased;
Amanda, deceased; W. Henry;
: Marina, deceased; Naomi; Octa
' vrcii tteuhcr. r deceased,
• and Alma, deceased.
i (The above was clipped from
' the Colorado Citizen, published
at Columbus, Texas, and sent to
' us by Elder Sylvester Hassell.
J The subject of the sketch is the
j great-uncle of Mr. Luke L. Rob
f erson, of Parmele, and of Mrs.
John BryantGriffin, of the coun
i ty. The old Bennett homestead
1 is in Williams Townsnip near the
Nicholas Roberson home place.
The Storm King
April has a reputation forfick
> leness, but never for pure, un
" adulterated deceit. But the peo
ple of this and other sections will
i have to put the month in their
■ black list for bringing real winter
i weather, such as the proper
; months failed to give in the years
jof 1914-15. On' Friday night rain
7 ; fell early, and then later snow
[ | with high wind as a companion,
i and on Saturday morning it was
1 still snowing and continued with
'unabated fury for hours. There
Iwere several inches, and but for
>; the dampness of the earth at the
; 1 beginning, there would have been
more inches. It Was beautiful,
• for every bit of foliage on tree
s'and bush was heavily laden.
> J There was no damage as at Ral-
I ' eigh and other towns in Carolina
land Virginia, and though Satur
day night was cold, it is confi-[
j dently hoped that the fruit hasi
i! been spared. Soon much of the j
.|snow fell off, thus saving the!
telephone and electric lines from I
damage, for while othe nearby
lines were down, localr service
I The Vital Statistics Law
In another column are found
, two sections of the new law on
Vital Statistics. It will be well
1 for every one to read and under
stand them. From every home
I the dead is carried, and the rela
tives can aid largely in carrying
> into effect this law. The State
, Board is pushing matters vigor
ously, and this week Dr. Gordon
has been in town attending to a
: case, which was reported by Mc
I G. Taylor, of Bear Grass.
' Miss Nannie Biggs entertained
the Embroidery Club at her
1 home on Smithwick Street, Tues
day afternoon. The beauty of
1 the day, and the holiday spirit
| combined to make the occasion
mora pleating than usual. There
was a full attendance, exchange
of becks, exhibiting of the con
tents of work bags, and the en
joyment of good things prepared
by the hostess and served in at
tractive style. Easter souvenirs
with flowers given each
Interest is daily increasing
throughout the state in the Fifth
Annual Baraca-Philathea State
Convention, which will be held
in Raleigh, April 22-25. Nearly
200 names had been received,
three weeks in advance, at the
office of Baraca-Philathea head
quarters, in Greensboro, asking
that entertainment be reserved
for them. It is expected the
number will reach 1,000 within
the next two weeks.
The mere announcement of a
Baraca-Philathea State Conven
tion attracts wide attention and
keen Interest among the young
people of the state, for it is well
known that the past four Conven
tions, held in Greensboro, Salid- j
bury, Charlotte and Durham,
respectively. were the largest
and IFIOB t enthusiastic gatherings
of yq>*ng people ever seen in the
North Carolina, the Ban
ner .♦ ite in organized Baraca
SirfWutetiU Bible ctesi-wcrrk,
is doing a wonderful work in
reaching and using the massea
of unchurched young people, and
this Convention promises to fur
nish enthusiasm and inspiration
that shall be felt in the churches
and Sunday schools from the four
corners of the state.
While every session of the Con
vention, beginning Thursday eve
ning, April 22nd, will be largely
attended, the Sunday sessions
promise to make a grand climax,
being featured with splendid
music, addresses, Convention ser
mon, parade accompanied by sa
cred music of brass band and
closing consecration service.
Several thousand visitors will
flock to Raleigh for these closing
meetings, among whom will be a
number of classes in bodies. In
order that reservations may be
made/or all desiring to attend,
of the two voting delega
tes from each class, and others,
should be sent promptly to Miss
Flossie A, Byrd, General Secre
tary. Greensboro, N. C.
■ *--4 • ■
The people of Williamston had
a more general holiday on Easter
Monday than for any year pre
vious. School children had the
day find spent it delightfully in
various ways. The Methodiat,
Christian and Episcopal Sunday
[Schods had egg hunt% which
were enjoyed by both young and
old. There were refreshments
and souvenirs given to all pres
ent. These annual affairs occupy
a large place in the hearts of the
little folks, and the pleasure of
preparing for them is as great.
Mrs. A. T. Crawford and H.
A. Biggs left for Chapel Hill yes
Hamilton Graded School
The following pupils were on
the Honor Roll for March:
Ist. grade.—Alton Thomas.
3rd. grade.—Helen Davenport,
4th. grade.—Roecoe Downs,
Prof. J. T. Jerome went to
Mrs. J. G. Slaton and Rev. M.
El Bethea attended the Convo
cation at Hertford week.
J. W. Hight and family, Theo
dore Hassell and Dillon Simpson
are at home from Kentucky.
C. C. Lucas was in town Mon
Miss Lila Wynne and Emma
Robertson are at home from
Little Miss Elizabeth Pope and
her twin brothers have been here
this waek with relatives.
Miss Josie Robertson left Mon
day to attend the Gay-Ellerson
marriage at Suffolk.
Mrs. Robert Everett has been
in town several days this week.
W. A. Fleming was here Tues
day from Hassell.
J. A. Getsinger and little sail
Spent Monday here.
Mrs. J. T. Stanford returned
Misses Fannie M. Manning and
Mamie Addison attended the
Commencement at Washington
Supt. A. J. Manning, Earl
Wynn, Robert Biggs and Jamie
Manning spent Monday in Wash
W. C. Manning and John W.
Manning attended the Com
mencement at Washington on
Elbert S. Peel spent tbe week
end at home Mth his parents.
Miss Francis Knight returned
to Spartanburg, S. C., on Mon
Louis Bennett went to Rocky
Mount Monday to see the ball
Messrs. M. W. Ballard, Chas.
Perkins, F. L. Gladstone and
P. H. Davenport spent Tuesday
afternoon in town, and remained
to see Coburn's Minstrels.
S. Collin Peel spent Sunday in
Bethel with friends
Mrs. Wiilium Lawrence and lit
tle child have been visiting Mrs.
John D, Biggs this week.
Mt?"and Mrs. J. L. Rodgerson
and little daughter went to Rich
mond Saturday, where Mrs. Rod
gerson will visit for some time.
Election for Bonds
At a meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners on Mon
day, an order was passed to hold
an election in Cross Roads Town
ship, on May 11th, 1915, to as-j
certain whether the voters de
sire good roads by bond issue or
not. It will be remembered that!
some months ago, an election
was held, but by some failure, J
the bill did not properly provide'
for the sale of the ijonds. The)
people are anxious for better!
highways,- and- it is hoped that
Boom they will be granted the
privilege of driving over them.
Died at Plymouth
News waa received here that
Mr. Grady Gurkin died at his
home in Plymouth on last Satur
day night. He was a native of
Martin County, but had removed
to Plymouth within the past two
years. For some time, he had
been afflicted with tuberculosis,
and fell a victim to its dreadful
ravages. Several years ago he
married Miss Bettie Gray, niece
of Mrs. Emmett Edwards and
Mre. W. M. Perry, of Williams
ton, and two children were born
to them, who with the wife and
■ Oatj ,
SI.OO A YEAR I
si.oo a Year in Advance ,
Never in the memory of the
oldest inhabitants has there bea»
snow on the ground, when "at
the matin hour" all nature awok*
to sing the triumphant sotig of
the Resurrection. But faster
of 1915 will "be remembered far
snow beneath a brilliant .•)«*.
The last remnant of winter had *
come the day before and >
the coming of the glorioui* dajr.
Hearts were clouded became ef
the promise of leaden skier., U&
not so, for never has therr bee%
a more perfect outlook when ttar
people arose »n Easter mwning.
S«>on the snow melted on the
streets, and by evening they
were almost dry.
Sunday School children
their elders in spring suits filled
their classes and their hearts
were joyous in thf spirit of the
hour. There were services ftt
the Methodist, Baptist and Epiv
copal Churches. Owing to the
weather on Saturday, them could
not be any preparations for ie«»-
orationH.'-except llowers from thc
florist, but the hymns and an
thems filled the hearts of th«
hearersy and the Ktor.y «>f th*
Resurrection wa* the theme of
At .3:30, the pupils of the
Episcopal Sunday School assem
bled with a number of
and presented their offering for
Missions. A simple programme
arranged by the pupils theuv
selves, made a pleasing iinpres
sion on the audience. Master
George Howard Kent made the
| address of welcome after the
[ singing of hymn, number 10i
Superintendent Mizell led in the
prayers and the Creed. The Jun
ior Auxiliary sang hymn J If. and
presents an attractive appeat rncv
aside from the sweet and perfect
rendition of the Easter hymn.
There were recitations by Annie
Clyde Gurganus, Marth;» and
Elizabeth Hassell, Sallie 'ook
and Martha Cotten Crawford.
While hymn 241) was sung, th*
mite boxes were deposited at the
foot of the altar by the pupils.
A few words were spoken by the
rector, the recessional wan sung
and then the benediction The
amount in the boxes was sbiL 4 JS
with several to be collected
Coburn's Minstrels mad*, iht'fr
third appearance in the
House here Tuesday night, and
there were very few seiitt; v»
cant, the receipts amounting fto
S22G. The band gave two e«wv
certs on the street*, one iri the
afternoon arid the other at night
These draw a large crowd, the
town presenting a gala appear
ance for hours. Manager Co
burn very kindly waited until the
school children were dismissed
for the day.
Those who have heard the
minstrels the times previous, w ill
note that in some features the
show was not up to the
though it was a most
ing one. The singing was not
as pleasing as formerly, and the
music as a whole lacked so me
elements of attractiveness pos
sessed in former visits here. The
opening, "The Palace of Nep
tune," was pleasing in its set-.-
ting. But if there was a lack % v
some things, there was no let op
by the commedians, Charley Ga
noand Nicodemus Glynn. Ganp
was better than before, and
Glynn was an able aide in bring
ing down the house at everj
point Williamston people are
especially fond of this featurv;
and the encores were many. The .•
show is clean and wholesome,
and will always find an enthqp*
iastic audience here at a dollar
or more per space.