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VOLUME XXXVII—NUMBER 2
MAN BADLY HURT
WHEN STRUCK BY
C. J. Gurganus, of Raleigh,
Suffers Broken Leg and
Internal Injury Here
C. J. Gurganus, Wake County citi
zen, suffered a broken leg and inter
nal injuries last Saturday night, when
the cart in which he was riding with
his brother, R. H. Gurganus, was
struck by a hit-and-run automobile
driver on Highway No. 30, near the
plant of the Columbian Peanut Com
pany. The two men were on their
way here to summon a doctor for a
child on the Staton farm when the
reckless driver struck the horse-drawn
vehicle and threw Mr. C. J. Gurganus
out. His brother was not injured.
Following first-aid treatment here
the injured man was removed to a
Washington hospital, where his con
dition is considered serious.
The reckless automobile driver con
tinued on his way without stopping.
The running board and fender were
torn off at the scene of the wreck.
It was said that the horse-drawn
vehicle displayed a light, apparently!
placing all the blame for the wreck
on the reckless auto driver. Officers'
are said to have a description of the 1
car and are spending much time in
vestigating the case. They refused to.
comment in connection with the pos
sibility of an arrest within the next
day or two. The Chevrolet car, trav
eling toward Williamston, struck the
Ctrl in the rear, tearing it apart.
Live Just Across Martin
Line in Beaufort
Grover Wynn, native of this coun
ty, died at his home in Beaufort Coun
ty, Just across the line, at 5 o'clock
yesterday morning following an ill
ness of about two months.
Thirty-one years old, he was the
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wynn,
of this county. In early manhood be
was married to Miss Estelle" Taylor,
who with one child, Elizabeth, 10
years old, survives. Besides bis par
ents, he also leaves five brothers, J. D.
Garland, Willie, John L., and June
Wynn, and three sisters, Mrs. Estelle
Jenkins, Mrs. Louise Ayers, and Mrs.
Lillian Farmer, all of this county.
Mr. Wynn had farmed all his life.
Funeral services are being conduct
ed from the late home this afternoon
at 2p. m., by Elder B. S. Cowin. In
terment will follow in the Terry cem
County Board oi Education
In Meeting Here Monday
Other than routine duties, there was
little activity reported in the meeting
of the Martin County Board of Edu
cation here yesterday. ,
Mr. C. I) Clark appointed com
mitteeman Williamston »;hool
district to fill the place made vacant
there by the death of W. Joe Taylor.
A general review of activities car
ried on by CWA workers in repair
ing the several school buildings show
ed that valuable improvements had
been handled, and that the school
property is now in the best shape it
has been in for - years. However, it
was pointed out that much work was
needed on some of the buildings.
Local Boys Team In
Coach James Peters and his bas
ketball boys plan to leave here Thurs
day for Raleigh, where the boys will
take p'art in the State tournament.
The locals will go into action at 5:15
that afternoon against Paw Cueek,
a strong five from Mecklenburg Coun
ty. If the Williamston boys can over
come the first handicap, they are ex
pected to make a creditable showing
in the contest for class B champions.
Paw Creek has played and won 21
games so far this year and has one
of the best teams entered in the tour
No local games are scheduled this
week, the boys having their eyes on
the play in Raleigh.
White Farmer Is Hurt
In Fight This Morning
Robert Coltrain, white farmer liv
ing in the Macedonia community of
this county, was badly beaten over
the head with a pitchfork in the hands
of a colored man there this morning,
according to reports received here.
Coltrain received medical treatment
here, the attending doctor taking sev
eral stitches to the wounds, it
A warrant for C. B. Sheppard, al
leged attacker, haa been issued, but
the man's arreat had not been elftct
ed at noon today, it was learned from
the sheriff's office.
Town Will Put on Another
Drive To Get
Having met with very little suc
cess in their first campaign against
ever-increasing numbers of rats
here, the local board of town
commissioners last night appro
priated t2QO for another drive
against die rodents.
Mr. W. R. Carson, experiment
er in rat poisons for a number of
years, will handle die drive, and
a direct appeal for the cooperation
of all the townspeople ia being
The town contract with the
"Pied Piper" ia limited to public
property, including rights-of-way,
alleys, and streets and the traah
dumps, where the rodenta are
aaid to be multiplying by the
thouaanda. Mr. Carson will avail
But Little Interest
So Far in Politics
[ RELIEF GARDENS )
Qarden projects will feature re
lief activities among needy fam
ilies in the county this spring and
summer if present plans of the au
thorities are carried out, it was
learned from the welfare office
yesterday. The free distribution
of seed will be limited to relief
families only, it was declared.
Last year the welfare office in
this county distributed nearly 7,-
000 pounds of seed free to the
needy. Approximately 300 fami
lies will be eligible for seed this
year, holding the distribution to
about 1,500 pounds, it is believed.
A supervisor to head the garden
. work in the county will likely be
named today at a meeting of the
county authorities with Miss Msry
Ward, district supervisor of relief
FAMILY DAY AT
Baptist Church Members
Asked To Attend In
Family Day will feature the meet
ings at the Baptist church next Sun
day, in a series of services just launch
ed there, leading up to Easter day.
It is the wish of those in charge the
the members of the families of the
church knd congregation attend next
Sunday in family units, occupying the
Last Sunday, the first services were
held in the pre-Easter program, and
were marked by increased attendance
through the Sunday school and
church. The Sunday school announc
ed an attendance of 147, and there
were six "star" classes—meaning that
every teacher assigned to those classes
was present and that every pupil en
rolled was there. The choir loft was
full of singers at the morning service,
with Mrs. Warren Biggs at the organ.
This church is launching a program
of extra-activities throughout the
month, and is very anxious, first, that
its own group* avail themselves of
the services, and that the friends of
the organization do likewise.
Notary Public Gets New
Title, "Noble Republican"
"Go see Mr. C. D. Carstarphen at
the bank, for he's a Noble Republi
can and can fix them papers for you,"
an old colored woman here instruct
ed a friend who had a chattel mort
gage requiring the seal of a notary
Mr, Carstarpen, popular young bank
fi here, just because he is 1 notary
public on the sd heisab, r nw"sshrnh
public on the side, has been addressed
as Mr. Notorious Public and other
similar names, but only recently wu
the title "Noble Republican" be
, stowed upon him.
Baby of Mr. and Mrs.
N. P. Roberson Dies
The infant daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. N. P. Roberson died at the home
of her parents in Williams Township
early yesterday. Funeral * services
were conducted by Rev. C. T. Rogers,
Methodist minister, yesterday after
noon. Interment was in the family
plot near the home.
Mrs. Hubert Harris
Is Painfully Burned
Her dress catching fire from a stove
in ja Bear Grass store, Mrs. Hubert
Harris was painfuly burned last' week.
Mrs. Harris ran into the street and
J. Price and Arthur Harrison beat
out the flames. She is expected to
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, March 6,1934
his services to private property
owners (or a nominal charge, and
it ia hoped they will take part in
the movement to exterminate
wAt ia proving section's
most expensive pests.
Home-owners have talked about
how the rata ate up their chick
ena and destroyed property in gen
eral, hut they have done little to
stop the destruction. With ev
ery one cooperating, it ia believed
the rodenta can be limited to a
small number and a saving in
thouaanda of dollars can be effect
ed. Property owners are direct
ed to get in touch with Mr. Car
son immediately so that a com
plete extermination campaign can
be carried on at one time.
4 VACANCIES ON
Goose Nest Farmer Enters
Name In Campaign for
Other than the announcements of
James R. Perry for county commis
sioner, no new developments have tak
en place in county politics during the
past few days. The several candi
dates, or some of them, are already
becoming active in advancing their in
dividual campaigns,, and it now looks
as if interest i»» the June primary
will center around the race for clerk
of court. However, little talk has
been heard so far in connection with
other offices so far, and developments
in the future might add to the pri
For instance, it is understood, the
terms of four members of the county
board of education will expire next
year, making room for at least four
candidacies for that office. While the
present inciimbents, if they choose to
run, have no opposition just now, a
contest may develop before the time
closes for filing the early part of May.
No announcemtns have been advanced
for the several other county offices,
it being generally understood that the
incumbents will file in due time.
Mr. Perry, Goose Nest Township
farmer, in making formal announce
ment for county commissioner, men
tioned thf withdrawal of Commission
er Everett from the race for a place
on the board, and that he will seek
his place on the commissioners' board.
Mr. Everett is one of the four can
didates for the clerkship of the Mar
tin County superior court, he having
made his announcement for that office
along with Messrs. T. B. Slade, of
Hamilton: L. B. Wynn, of William-1
ston; and John I). Lilley, of William-!
ston, R. F. D. 1.
Judge J. Calvin Smith, a possible
candidate for the State Senate, said
>yesterday that he would not enter the
contest this year, adding that he might
seek a place in the legislature about j
1938. The judge decided some time
ago that lie would not seek reelec
tion to the House of Representatives,'
where he served the county during
the past two terms, and Attorney
Hugh G. Horton announced his can
didacy for a member of the house.
And so the political line-up is now
as follows: .
For clerk superior court: T. B.
Slade, L. Bruce Wynn, H .S. Everett,
and John O. Lilley.
For State Senate: A. Corey, of
Jamesville; Carl Bailey, of* Roper; and
Robert L. Coburn, of Williamston.
It is understood that Beaufort Coun
ty will not have a candidate for sen
ator, but this information could not
be confirmed and will not be until
time for filing closes on May 5. It
was unofficially learned here that Mr.
Theodore Meekins, of Dare County,
is considering running for the senate
from this district.
For house of representatives: Hugh
For county commissioner: James R.
Colored Woman, 94 Years
Old, Dies Near Hassells
■ Amanda Best, colored, one of Mar
tin County's oldest residents, died re
cently at her -home near Hassell.
Twenty years old when the first gun
was fired at Sumter marking the be
ginning of the Civil War, she was in
her 94th year when she died.
Recognized as a faithful slave be
fore the war, she led a useful and
Christian life, commanding the re
spect of all she knew after the strug
gle and until her death. She kaves
70 great-grandchildren and three
TOWN BOARD IN
Grant Permit for Pool Room
And Name List Taker;
Talk Other Matters
Holding their regular monthly meet
ing last night, the town commission
ers issued a permit to John Wier for
the operation of a pool room, appoint
ed James E. Griffin at a salary of S3O
for town property list-taker, and dis
cussed peddler's tax and the town's
Mr. Wier has no building in sight
for his pool room, "but I wanted to
be ready to open if I could get one,"
Discussing the peddlers' tax, the
commissioners learned that fruit and
vegetable venders selling from trucks
had paid required license fees to the
treasurer, and there was no way to
stop the practice considered unfair to
At the present time there is due
the town approximately $38,000 in
taxes, including those past due for the
years 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932, and
those due for the year 1933. Collec
tions up to the first of this month are
about $2,000 ahead of those received
up to the same time last year, it was
The town is behind in its bond and
interest payments to the tune of a
bout $15,000, but it has $10,122.26 in
the bank, leaving the treasury in the
red by about $5,000. But there are
some heavy bond payments due in
the next three or four months, which
will show the treasury in a bad way
unless mudi of the $38,000 due is paid
before that time. Complete collec
tion of taxes levied would more than
offset the indebtedness, including
bonds .interest ,and general expenses.
BODY OF MAN
IS TAKEN FROM
Badly Decomposed; Little
Hope for Identification;
The remains of a human body were
removed from the Roanoke River just
below the bride here this morning,
the discovery revealing no clues that
could be used in identifying the object.
The upper part of the body, includ
ing the head, shoulders, and arms,
and a greater part of one leg were
missing. The flesh around the back
bone was badly decomposed, but the
hips and one leg were fairly well pre
served. After viewing the body, Cor
oner S. R. Biggs had it removed and
buried along the river bank.
It is believed the man had been
dead for months, that the rising wa
ters in the Roanoke recently started
it drifting from some point milts
from here. While it is certain the
identity of the body will never be es
tablished, some people are of the opin
ion it is the body of a colored man
who was drowned up the river last
spring. Others suppose it to be the
body of a negro worker who fell from
a bridge in Roanoke, Va., about one
year ago. Still others think il os
sibly could be the body of a colored
man who wag _|nurdered •« the Kel
ford section about one year ago.
Following a close investigation, au
thorities advanced the belief that th-.
body was that of a small white man
or a white boy 16 or 17 years old. He
was wearing United States brand rub
ber boots, and his socks and overalls
were very well preserved, it was said.
Firemen Called Out
Saturday to Auto Fire
After remaining inactive all during
the recent cold weather, the local fire
company had its first call in six weeks
last Saturday evening, when an au
tomobile caught fire below the river
hill. The firetnen rushed to the scene
and put the fire out with the use of
I The automobile, an old model Stude
baker belonging to Charles Terry, ot
near Robersonville, was damaged a
bout $lO or sls, it was Mid.
While other sections experienced
serious fires during the past few
weeks, Williamston was very fortun
ate in having none. In fact, the local
firemen have been called to qo seri
ous fire in several months.
[ 13 REGISTER ]
Thirteen unemployed Martin
County residents have registered
for farm work with the employ
ment bureau in the county recent
ly. Bight of the farm seekers are
white, and it is understood they
will go any place where they are
Just how the applications will
be handled it could not be leeraed
here. The number of applicants
is expected to increase to a great
extent when CWA activities are
Up at Board Meet Monday
All Tobacco Contracts Sent
Back to Pitt County Farmers
Contracts aaid to have repre
sented a tobacco production great
er than had ever been grown in
Pitt County, were returned to
farmers there recently, according
to information received here to
Particulars in connection with
the apparently wholesale misrep
resentation of tobacco acreage in
that county could not be learned,
but it ia underatood that the gov
ernment ia planning a blanket re
duction in nearly every case
where the farmer ia unable to sup
port his claims by sales records
or recognized systems of book
keeping. All the farmers have
FROM HERE WILL
HEAR DR. TRUETT
Noted Texas Minister Will
Begin Series Services in
Dr. George W. Truett, native North
Carolinian and peerless preacfifr of
the South, is coming to Raleigh to
night to open a 10-days' meeting, ac
cording to an announcement made t&-
day by the pastor of the local Baptist
It is expected that large delega
tions of people will be going from
Martin and surrounding counties. For
wherever the Texas preacher goes,
great throngs hang on his words. For
more than a third o( a century he has
been pastor to the great First Church
in Dallas, Texas, and will doubtless
stay there as long as he lives.
His return to his native state will
give thousands of his admirers an op
portunity to hear the incomparable
speaker again, and other thousands
their first chance to hear him. And
whoever hears i)r. George W. Truett
once always wants to hear him again.
For he has a magnetism and a power
over human souls that cannot be
matched since the days of Charles
Word from Raleigh says that the
first service will be held in the new
Memorial Auditorium Tuesday eve
ning at 7:30 o'clock, then there every
evening for 10 days; while at each
noon hour he will speak at the State
Resume Work on Roberson
ville and Bear Grass
Two Civil Works Administration
projects—Robersonville and Hear
Grass drainage—may be reopened in
this county,, according to information
gained here this week. The two proj
ects were discontinued last Friday a
long with orders to "turn off" 143
men employed by the CWA program
in this county.
The reopening of- the projects will
not create jobs for additional work
ers, it was learned. A "floating" crew
of men will be selected from the cur
rent list of workers, and they will be
dispatched to the two jobs to apply
the finishing touches, it'is underotood.
The completion of the projects in
their entirety as originally planned is
Tho-reopening of the two projects
was ordered by the chief district engi
Dr. C. J. Sawyer Changes
Schedule of Office Days
Changing his office days, Dr. C. J.
Sawyer, ear, eye, and nose specialist,
of Windsor, will be here each Friday
afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock, the
doctor announced yesterday. He will
also visit here by special appointments
through local physicians, it was stated.
Mid-Week Lenten Service
At Church Here
Lenten services at the Church of
the Advent this week will be on Wed
nesday, Thursday, and Friday after
noon, at 4:30.
Girls Team To Play
T Bear Orass Tonight
The basketball season will"' be
brought to a close locally tonight at
7:45 o'clock, when the Bear Grass and
Williamston girls meet on the ware
house court. * ,
been advised that their contracts
have been returned and that a re
duction in keeping with the cur
tailment program would be put
in effect in Pitt, as well as in oth
er counties, it is understood.
The information received here
indicated that the alleged "pad
ding" of past records wss trace
able to the "big" farmers there.
No contracts have been return
ed this county except a few sent
back for correction of technical
errors, and as far as it can be
learned, nearly all of them, if not
all, conform to the requirements
of the tobacco reduction pro
NOTED PREACHER"") 1
Dr. George W. Fruett, promi
nent preacher, who will begin a
series of services in Raleigh this
W. N. ROBERSON
Substantial Farmer of Bear
Grass Community Died
W. Noah Roberson, substantial
farmer of the Bear Grass section, diet!
at his home there Sunday morning at
9 o'clock of a complication of dis
eases. Mr. Roberson, 74 years old,
suffereiLa stroke of paralysis several
years ago, hut recovered sufficiently
to he out and fairly active. He later
suffered a second stroke, and during
the past, four years he was confined to
his home, spending the last two years
as an invalid in bed.
He was born and reared in Bear
Grass Township, where he farmed all
his life, working diligently year in
and year out until his health failed
him. In early manhood he was mar
ried to Miss Sallie Swanner, who died
a number of years ago. Several years
ago he was married to Miss Mamie
Roberson, by the first union, also sur-
Funeral services were conducted
from the late home Monday afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock by Hlder B. S. Cowin,
of the Primitive Baptist church, which
faith Mr. Roberson had ardently fol
lowed for a long number of years.
Funeral was in the family plot in
Bear Grass Township.
Local Fire Company Gets
Call About Noon Today
The local fire company was called
out at noon today when fire threaten
ed the home of Ronald Latham, col
ored, on Sycamore Street. Starting
from spakrs coming from a Krass
blaze, the fire was eating its way into
the roof of the home when the fire
men reached there and checked it
with a small stream of water front
the booster tank on the truck.
A little baby and its mother were
moved to the home of a neighbor.
Very little damage was done to the
property which belonged to Mrs.
Kate York. I
Young Boy Hurt When
Struck by Car Saturday
James, five-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas KolT>uck, of Stokes, was
painfully but not badly hurt, last Sat
urday afternoon when he was struck
by a truck driven by William Henry
Walston for the Harrison Wholesale
Company here. The little fellow is
said to have darted out from between
two cars parked on Main Street and
ran into the side of the truck. Hi*
hand was bruised, and he suffered one
or two small cuts about the face, but
,no bones were broken, it was learned.
T. C. GRIFFIN IS
Only One Change Made in
List-Takers; Other Work
Of County Board
The machinery for listing property
for 1934 taxation was set up f by the
Martin County comntissioners here
yesterday when a supervisor and list
takers for the 10 districts were ap
pointed. The appointees, with only
one change in the personnel since last
year, will meet in the courthouse the
third Monday in this month for in
structions. Mr. T. C. Griffin, chair
man of the board, was made super
visor, he having served in that ca
pacity last year. The names of the
list-takers are, as follows:
Jamesville Township: F. C. Stal
Williams Township: I.ucian J. Har
Grtffins Township: George C. Grif
Bear Grass Township: A. B. Ayers.
Williamston Township: Roy T. Grif
Cross Roads Township: Gordon G.
Robersonville Township: J. B.
Poplar Point Township: L. G. Tay
Hamilton Township: L. R. Everett,
succeeding T. 'B. Sladc, who is now
a candidate for the Martin County
Superior Cour tclerkship.
Goose Nest Township:: James A.
No marked variation in listing prop
erty for taxation is expected this year,
but it is understood that more at
tention will be given ill those cases
where a few owners have, for one
teason or another, failed to list their
property in its entirely in one or two
Other than making preparations for
listing property, the commissioners
transacted very little business during
the day. Joe Slade, colored, of Pop
lar Point Township, was allowed $1 50
a month, and Jane Cherry, colored,
of Jamesville Township, was allowed
$2 a month. The commissioners.made
available $25 t? the Eastern Carolina
Chamber of Commerce for carrying
on its work in connection with reha
bilitating home owners\~-
Expect To Cut 30 Men
Off CWA This Week
According to unofficial information
! received here yesterday, JO additional
men will be discontinued on Civil
Works Administration projects in the
county this week. Approximately 253
men are employed on the four proj
ects now under way in the county, the
reduction this week leaving only 223
workers on the pay roll.
First of Closing Exercises
at Bear Grass Announced
The first of the commencement ex
ercises in the Bear Grass school will
be held there Friday evening of this
week at 7:30 p. m., it was announced
yesterday by Principal Hickman.
The primary grade children wilt
appear in the operetta, "Golden Locks
Total of 21 Cases Contagi
ous Diseases Reported;
10 in One Family
Twenty-one cases of three contagi
ous diseases were reported in this
county last month, the family
of King Latham in Town
ship accounting for nearly one-half
the cases. Out of 13 childcen in the
Latham family, 10 are now victims
«>f the whooping cough, the three es
caping the current cough having al
ready had it. The victims range in
age from 16 years down to 7 months.
Two-year-old twins are listed among
Whooping cough, after remaining in
an almost dormant state during the
dead winter months, is making its ap
pearance again, 9 cases having been
reported among white children in
Williamston township last month.
Other than for the whooping cough
cases, health conditions in this coun
ty were very satisfactory last month.
One chickenpox case was reported in
Robersonville, and a case of scarlet
fever was reported in Williamston.
Mr. J. Arthur Wynn, prominent
Cross Roads Towathip farmer,
tinues critically M at his home then.