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VOLUME XLII?NUMBER 24 Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, March 24. 1939. ESTABLISHED 1899
Grand Jury Makes
Judge .Thompson P r a ises
Jury For Diligent
Filing their report Tuesday after- J
noon at four o'clock, members of the
Martin County grand jury were
highly commended in open court by
Judge C. Everett Thompson, the jur
ist expressing the hope that he
might meet with the same men in
months to come.
Other than a few recommenda
tions made by the jury, the report is
recognized as a stamp of approval
of the county administration. The
jail, offices and county home were
found in "food" condition, hut mn
ditions were reported only "fair" at
the prison camp, the jury pointing
out the crowded conditions there.
The report follows, signed by G.
H. Harrison, foreman, in detail:
All bills have been disposed of
that came into our hands.
We find that all justices of the
peace have filed their reports, and
all fines have been paid to the coun
ty treasurer with the exceptions of
Mr. J. T. Wildman, of Parmele, and
Mr. J. A. Davenport, of Hamilton.
We inspected the offices of the
County Treasurer, Sheriff, and
Clerk of the Superior Court, and
found all records filed in good or
der and general condition very good.
We have also examined the office
of the Register of Deeds and found
that all bonds of the county officials
have been filed and approved by the
We have inspected the jail and
find same in very good condition.
We examined the county home
and went over same with the keep
er and found general conditions
good and plenty of milk for the pa
tients and the inmates were very
well satisfied with the treatments
they were receiving We also visit
ed the prison camp and found same
in fair condition except a little over
We have inspected all school
busses of the county and beg leave
to report the following:
Everetta?All trucks were in good
condition except Truck No. 15 which
had a broken side light and horn out
Robersonville?All trucks were
in good condition except Truck No.
23 which had broken brakes and
Truck No. 10 which had six side
lights broken and Truck No 21
which had one side light broken.
Parmele?Hie only truck in this
school was found in good condition.
Hassell?The only truck at this
school was found in good condition.
Oak City?All trucks were found
in good condition except Truck No.
2 which hart n ha/t tjrf on the ripht
rear, and one broken side light, and
No. 12 which had seven broken side
lights, and the muffler was out of
Hamilton?All trucks were-found
in good condition.
We found all other trucks of the
various schools in good condition.
There has been a complaint made
to this jury from the highway pa
trolman, W. S. Hunt, that one in
mate of the County Home, R. S.
Richardson, who is slightly deaf, has
been givnig a lot of trouble about
"bumming" on the highway which
is very dangerous and we recom
mend that some steps be taken to
keep him off the highway.
To Hold Service
A meditation on the Grace of Our.
Lord, Jesus Christ, will be led by
Mrs. William J. Gordon, of Spray,
N C., Immediate post president of
the Woman's Auxiliary of the Dio
cese of North Carolina, at St Mar
tin's church, Hamilton, on Tuesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Mrs. Gordon, who is the wife of a
former rector of this parish, and a
former resident of Hamliton and
Scotland Neck, being the former
Miss Anna Clark, will conduct a
series of these devotional medita
tions at Trinity Church, Scotland
Neck, next week and comes to Ham
ilton from there. She is well quali
fied to conduct meditations, having
taught at Kanuga for several sum
mers, and being often In demand to
assist with preaching missions both
in her own diocese and in East Car
olina. Those who heard her at the
annual meeting of the Woman's
Auxiliary in Washington in Janu
ary will remember her deep sense of
devotion and her wholly religious
St Martin's Parish extends to the
Church of the Advent and to all in
terested persons a cordial invitation
to hear this address on next Tuesday
March 38th, at S p. m.
Chas. H. Jenkins Firm Opens
New Garage Building Here
The Charles H. Jenkins Company,
local dealer for Pontiac, Oldsmo
bile, Buick, Cadillac, LaSalle cars
and General Motors Trucks, open
ed their new garage here this week
with Mr. Charles Jenkins actively
Modern in every detail with two
of the most commodious and artistic
showrooms in Eastern Carolina, this
new firm stands to become one of
Eastern Carolina's largest and most
extensive auto dealerships.
Mr. Jenkins stated this morning
that he would spend a majority of
his time in Williamston and would
devote practically all his time to
this branch of the Charles H. Jen
With branches in Washington. Au
lander and Edentun, this firm will
carry every product of General Mo
tors with the exception of Chevrolet
With a large n<(vt car lot Hi
rectly in front of the building. Mr.
Jenkins said he would have on dis
play practically all the time, most
any kind and model used car a cus
tomer could wish for.
A twelve-foot driveway separates
the two large showrooms and the
offices are directly back of the right
showroom. There is ample space in
the back for repairing at least ten
or twelve cars "at the same time.
The formal opening of this firm in
Williamston will be announced soon
and even now Mr. Jenkins said he
would be glad to have the people of
this entire section visit this new gar
Farmville - W ood ward
Firm Adds To Its Plant
I MORE CHECKS
With millions to write, the
AAA of the 1'. S. Department of
Agriculture continues slowly to
prepare cheeks for Martin far
mers who participated in the
1938 soil conservation program.
Forty-eight checks, amounting
to $1,987.49 and representing 29
applications, were received this
week by the office of the county
agent for distribution. To date,
farmers in this county have re
ceived a total of $46,032.74 in
soil benefit payments, or about
one-fourth of the amount ex
pected under the last year's soil
Offer No Reason
For Removal Of
Countv Road Map
Highway Authorities Will
In Early April
Questioned about the sudden re
moval of a map showing the pro
posed route for an improved road I
in Griffins Township, State High
way authorities have not yet offered
a reason for the unexpected action,
it is understood. At least two let
ters have been received by county
authorities from representatives of
the highway commission, but they
merely stated that the matter would
be discussed further when the coun
ty commissioners meet here in early
Posted in late February, the map
was removed on March 13 under or
ders of Engineer Gardner, of the
highway commission's office in Tar
boro. At the time, local highway
representatives stated they were
merely acting under orders, that
they could offer no reason why
the map should be removed.
Withholding approval of the pro
posed road route, the commission
ers in a special meeting ruled that
the map should be displayed public
ly in the county for thirty days. This
action had the sanction of the dis
trict highway commissioner on Sat
urdsy, ifsrch 11, On the following
Monday, the map was torn down,
some saying it was sent to Tarboro
and later to Raleigh.
Highway department representa
tives maintain that while the proj
ect is certain to be delayed, it will
not be abandoned. No action in ad
vancing -the^ project is now likely
before the commissioners meet in
regular session Monday after next
To Continue Drive
For Scout Funds
D. V. Clayton, David Hix and
James Manning, meeting here yes
terday with assistant Scout Execu
tive George Tomlinson, made plans
to renew a drive to raise the funds
needed to promote Scouting in Mar
tin County for the next twelve
Committees from the Lions and
Kiwanis Clubs were appointed to
canvass the town several weeks ago.
The committees that functioned
have met with fair success but there
is yet a considerable sum of money
to be raised to guarantee scouting
for another year.
Messrs Manning, Hix and Clay
ton are asking that all who are call
ed on for donations make as liberal
a contribution as possible.
New Planing Unit
And Third Boiler
Will Be Installed
Employment Will Be Given
To Around Thirty
Adding a modern planing unit and
a third boiler to its plant here, the
Farm ville-Wood ward Lumber Com
pany is now rushing to completion
a plant enlargement program that
will create jobs for around thirty
additional men and jump its mill
personnel up to around 85 persons
Manager Dean Speight said yester
An unofficial estimate on the cost
of the enlargement program is not
available, but it is thought that the
new equipment will represent an
added investment of approximately
Discontinuing its plant at Farm
ville, the company will center most
of its sawing and planing activities
at the local mill. At the present
time most of the rough lumber turn
ed out by the local plant has been
shipped to the company's plant in
Hobgood for finishing.
In addition to its enlargement
program, the company is planning
on adding an extra shift and step
up its daily production from around
25,000 to 35,000 feet. The added
hours will greatly increase employ
ment opportunities to local labor.
The company is operating strictly
in accordance with the federal
wage and hour laws.
Upon the completion of its en
largement program about the first
of May, the company will be one of
the largest manufacturing concerns
in the county. Including the number
of men working under contract in
the logwoods and truckers, the com
pany upon the completion of vthe
addition to its plant will have
around 150 employees.
Held In Raleigh
The annual spring missionary in
stitute of the Disciples of Christ of
North Carolina was held in the Hill
yer Memorial Christian church in
Raleigh on Wednesday from ten to
three o'clock Mr. and Mrs C Man
ley Morton, for many years mission
aries to Puerto Rico and who are
home on furlough, were the princi
pal speakers. Mrs. W. B. Ryan, o?
Greenville, one of the leaders of
the state in children's work was a
speaker Message from the'adult
conference was brought by Mrs.
Huell Warren, of Winston-Salem.
Dr. Howard S. Hilley in enumerat
ing the fine support that the college
had obtained from the State said
that the new college chapel can be
completed with the addition of three
thousand dollars. He hopes to ob
.tain that, amount this spring from
generous disciples over the state.
Dr. W. B. Holder, a former mis
sionary to Africa, now working in
the department of Home Missions,
spoke in the afternoon.
Among those attending from Wil
liamston Christian church were the
following: Mrs. George H. Harrison,
Mrs. A. R. Dunning, Mrs. W. L.
Manning, Mrs. J. O. Manning, Mrs.
R. L Smith, Mrs. H. O. Jarman, Mrs.
John L. Goff, Mrs. R. W. Bondur
ant, Mrs. Henry Harrison, Mrs. J. G.
Corey, Mrs. C. B. Roebuck, Mrs. H.
T. Taylor and Rev. John L. Goff.
Court In Ret'ess
After Hearing A
Few Civil CaSes
Nine Cases Are Set for Trial
After devoting a greater .part of
the first three days of a two weeks'
term of Martin County Superior
Court to the trial of criminal cases.
Judge C. Everett Thompson called
the first civil action Wednesday af
ternoon. After handling four cases
on the civil calendar, the court |
caught up with its schedule for the
week and took a recess early yester
day afternoon until next Monday
morning at 9:30 o'clock.
Interest in the court proceedings
waned when the criminal docket
was completed Wednesday alter
noon, the large number of spectators
witnessing the trial of criminal cases
vacating the courtroom immediate
ly after the judge pronounced sen
tence on Joe Johnson, one of the
last defendants to be tried this
Next week, the court will call nine
civil cases for trial. Three others, in
volving issues, will likely be called
and a fourth will likely be placed in
the hands of a referee for considera
A compromise settlement was ef
in r?si? Alf-T V :inrt W M |
Davis against Cora 11111 involving a
property line dispute.
A correction in judgment was or
dered in the case of Standard Fer
tilizer company against W. E Allen
Suing to recover payments on
certain notes, lienry Everett was
awarded a judgment in the sum of
$155.74 with interest from date in
the case against D. G. Matthews.
A Corey was appointed to survey
ci rtain lands to determine boundar
ies in a case brought by Goldie Hy
man against Dora Williams.
War Feeling In
The Countv Home
No serious consequences are an
TTcipaied, bUl IIU'M1 is u strong war
feeling in the Martin County horn'
according to county officers who
were called there this week to in
tervene in a quarrel between an
aged inmate and an ailing patient.
The incident, marked by danger
ous threats but nothing more, cen
tered around a cap worn by one of
the home employees. "That cap
looks just like the one the hoys w'uiv
in the World War," "Skeeter"
Hodges remarked to old man Leo
Hack, half German inmate in the
home. "Well, I'm glad it hasn't got
any writing on it ubout liquor."
Hack replied "I'm glud it hasn't got
any German signs on it," Hodges
fired back at him.
Said to have rolled up his sleeves
Hack picked up a chair and started
cn Inmate Hodges. Sheriff Roebuck
was called to quiet the two. Hodges
agreed to shake hands with the old
man and forget the incident. "No,
I'll never shake hands with Hodges.
I'll go to ? on a fire truck firut,"
Hack told the sheriff, adding that he
was half German and proud of it.
Two Killed in Auto
W reck Near Bethel I
?Bay Stokes, Ayden white man,
and Mack Harris, Negro of Kinston,
were killed instantly, and Alfred
Couverz, colored, were critically in
jured Tuesday night when the car
in which they were riding ran off |
an embankment near Bethel.
The three men, said to have been|
under the influence of lUjultl, we
driving from Greenville and were
about a mile out of Bethel when
the car left the road and crashed
down the embankment. The sur
vivor of the wreck stated that the
trio was going to Richmond.
Suffering a broken neck and other I
injuries, Courvez is not expected to|
Stokes, 45, and Harris, 68, never I
knew what happened, death was so|
sudden for them.
Stokes was well known in this
section where he painted signs for
a number of Arms during the past
Organ Concert In Local
Church Tuesday Evening\
Carl Hinnant will appear in an|
organ recital in the local Presbylei
ian church next Tuesday evening at
eight o'clock. Mr. Hinnant, a console
artist, will play a new type of organ
and the general public is cordially
invited to hear him in a concert of
semi-classic and sacred music.
Sentenced To Prison
Added Premium Ls
Placed On Honesty
By Su| >erior Judge
Law Violators Will Re.
member Judge's Visit
Here a Long Time
When ho completed the trial of
the criminal docket in the Martin
County Superior court here Wed
nesday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock,
Judge C. Everett Thompson, of Eliz
abeth City, left little doubt in the
minds oTtlie people and none what
ever in the minds of the defendants
as to how he felt about breaking m
to stores and smokehouses a n d
stealing the property of a law-abid
ing citizen. The spectators wer
| agreed that the jurist places a prem
[turn on honesty and righteousness,
and that those sentenced in the
court this week will long remcmbci
the judge from over in the first ju
Completing his charge to the
grand jury last Monday, Judgc
Thompson threw the court machin
'??Xjnto_actjon. tin- wheels of jn.
tice turning slowly but surely Be
fore very many cases had been
heard and after the first few sen
tences had been pronounced, the
spectators strained their necks to
make certain that the,jurist meant
years and not months Judge
1 hompson, by Tuesday afternoon
was the talk of the town, and the
number of spectators in the color
ed portion of the courtroom inereas
ed to tax the capacity of the room
W bile Judge Thompson was at
trading attention with his judgment
measuring pot, the State was doing
some good work in getting the do
tendants before him. Sheriff C It
Roebuck and Ins deputies backed Up
Solicitor Don Gilliam and in sever
al eases the defendants changed
their pleas and admitted their guilt
without offering any testimony in
their own behalf,.
Only lour of the ZH^TeremtTmrc
faeing trial were found not guilty.
The court suspended judgment in
two or three cases, but when tin
eiiininal proceedings were complet
ed Wednesday afternoon, eighteen
defendants were sentenced to prison
or to the roads for a total of near
ly three-quarters of a century, an
average of a little more than four
years for each one.
Proceedings not previously re
Doc Whitfield, charged with non
support, was found not guilty.
llilllV lll ll, Villous (odd I' n,.
gro, was sentenced to the roads for
twelve months for attacking Karm
W A. VanUerfoid Willi a botTTe
last December. In returning a vet
diet-of-guilty, vbe- jury roeoinniend
ed mercy, and Judge Thompson sus
pended execution of judgment and
ordered the defendant placed on
probation for three years.
Joe Johnson, booked on two rob
bery counts, was found guilty ol
lobbing the C. B. Allen filling sta
turn on the Hamilton Koad and wa,
sentenced to the roads for from five
to seven years Johnson pleaded not
guilty when the case was called, but
admitted his guilt when the State
completed its evidence. The case
charging him with the robbery of
the Paul l.illey filling station cuse
-ore-Niivnnilinr 7fl i f yi ,,, W1|
nolprossed with leave. No action wa.
taken against Johnson by the grand
jury in connection with the Paul
Lilley murder case However, more
is expected to be heard about the
case later on.
- Marshall Teel, young~~17eg~ro. was
sentenced to the roads" for not less
than three nor more than five yeais
ill the case charging him with break
ing and entering and larceny.
John Hogers in his case against
Malethia Rogers was granted an ab
solute divorce on the grounds of two
years of separation.
Simon E Parker, charged with
drunken driving, gained his free
(Continued on page six)
Small Home Burns On
The Jamesville Road
Joe Jones, aged colored man,
nearly lost his life when his home
was destroyed near here on the
Jamesville road last Sunday after
Dozing around a heater fire, Jones
Je tec ted atfre?111 the lunf of-hor
one-story four-room house. Jones, 70
years old, crawled to the top of the
house and exhausted himself in an
effort to put the fire out. Neighbors
rushing to the fire, removed the old
man to safety.
A permit was issued here this
morning for the construction of
a ten-room hospital on West
.Main Street between the I). .>1.
Koberson and I. M. Margolis
homes. No detailed information
of the project has been released
other than the building will be
of brick construction and that
the one-story structure will
have ten rooms.
The builders are planning to
start construction work immed
Dies At Daughter's
Funeral Services Are Held
Yesterday By Rev. W.
Mrs Allie Chcsson Riddick, aged
' county native, died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Henry HardLson.
near Hardens, Wednesday morning
at 8:05 o'clock-, following a long per
iod of declining health. Despite her
advanced age of 81 years, Mrs. Rid
dick was able to be up until about
five weeks before her death. Infirm
ities of age and complications were
assigned as -the cause of her death.
The daughter of the late Malachia
Corprew, of this county, and Ellen
Bateman Corprew, of Washington
County, Mrs. Riddick was born .in
the community where she lived a
long and useful life In early wo
manhood she married John E. Rid
dick who died a number of years
ago For more than half a century
she was a faithful and devoted
member of the Primitive Baptist
church at Jamesville, and enjoyed
a large friendship circle throughout
Funeral services?were conducted
yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock
by Rev W B. Harrington, county
Baptist minister, assisted by Rev.
Garland Bland, at the Hardison
home, the old Riddick home place.
Interment was in the family plot in
the Methodist churchyard at Dar
She is survived by eight children,
three daughters, Mrs. Annie Ilardi
son, of Hardens; Mrs Evelyn Rid
dick, of Portsmouth; and Mrs Ma
mie Teachey, of Florence, S G , and
five sons, John Riddick, of Alton,
111.; Hillary Riddick, of Portsmouth;
Arthur Riddick, of St Louis, Alton
Riddick, of Florence, S. C\, and Her
leaves fifteen grandchildren and
nine great grandchildren.
For \\ cevil Control
The Agricultural Appropriation
l>ill on which debate started in the
House today contains a provision of
fered by Representative Lindsay
Warren for an increase in appropria
tion of $25,000 for investigation of
the tobacco moth and tobacco wee
vil $ 13,000 has formerly been ap
preprinted for this purpose, the in
vestigation being carried (in in
For the first time the tobacco
moth appeared in the pack houses
on farms last summer and has work
ed great -havoc on tobacco just be
fore it is placed on the auction floor.
Mom hem?of congress from North
Carolina and Virginia appeared be
fore the appropriations committee
and strongly supported the increase
which is greatly desired by farmers
Jamesville Young Man
Patient In Hospital
Injured in an automobile accident
in New York City while enroute to
his home in Jamesville, Dr. S. Wal
lace Fleming is now in a Washing
lop hospital for treatment.
Receiving a slight injury, Mr.
Fleming continued to his home and
became quite ill last week-end when
an infection developed. He waa re
moved to the hospital the early part
of this week, late reports from his
bedside stating that his condition is
slightly improved today, but that he
fnlimi-s gravely ill
A student doctor in Boston, young
Fleming was on his way home to
spend the spring holidays with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Flem
ing, when he fell victim of the au
State Farm Bureau
Making Plans For
Former County Man Men
tioned for Commis
Defeated in their efforts to have
State test farms placed under the
supervision of the State College Ex
tension Division and ?aken away
from the Department of Agriculture
State Farm Bureau leaders are ap
parently already turning to the po
litical front and making ready for
tl'v BMU?activities.?E. F. Arnold,
secretary of the State Farm Bureau
Federation, intimated in a speech in
this county a short time ago that
the fight would possibly be carried
to the people if some action was
not taken to establish a test farm
lor peanuts and place test farms nn
der the educational college.
In keeping with the unannounced
plans of the organization, Farmer B
B. Everett, native of this county bu:
a big farm operator of Halifax, has
been mentioned as a candidate of
the farm organization for State
Commissioner of Agriculture Mr.
Everett denies the circulated reports
that he will run for Commissioner
Scott's job, but it is apparent that
the Farm Bureau is grooming a man
to offer Mr Scott opposition in the
The following story, pertaining to
the Everett family and w move
shake up the department of agricul
ture, appeared in the News and Ob
server this week:
EVERETTS?Th Everett family
of Martin County has done its part
in supplying lawmakers R O .Ev
erett, of Durham and J A Everett
of Martin, representatives, and the
late S J. Everett of Greenville, sen
The present representative devot
ed his full attention to cotton, to
bacco and peanuts on 5,000 acres of
I arm kind and to a general mer
chandise store at Palmyra, leaving
law-making to his brothers When
he joined the Farm Bureau and be
c .Miw a State director of that organ
ization, he heard so much about al
leged "duplication" of agricultural
services he decided to come to Ral
eigh and do something about it.
Hi- won in the primary and suc
m'drd?in getting?a berth on the
House Agriculture Committee. But
there he was stymied, and for six
weeks or more has been unable to
"report progress" Giving up hope
of action there, he bolted the com
mittee and tried to force considera
tion on the house floor of a bill that
would transfer test farms and test
farm funds from the Department of
Agriculture to the experiment sta
tion at Slijte C ollege He was like
wise stymied on the floor, for the
bill was bounced back to the com
mittee where the whole controversy
has been .confined.
The Farm Bureau's fight to trans
fer test farnjs to State College and^
Eveictt'x diii'ctofshlp In the b u reau~
have started the rumor around Ral
iiitends to run for commissioner of
agriculture against W Kerr Scott
next year, supported by the Farm
Bureau. The same rumor has been
heard about Representative W. W
Eagles, of Edgecombe, chairman of
the House agriculture committee
and a Farm Bureau leader in his
Jail Is Emptied By
Martin County's jail is virtually
empty, and the inmates did not
break out. When Judge Thompson
completed his work here last Wed
nesday, a clean sweep of the hoose
gow had been made.
Nine men were moved out to the
1)1 ISOII camp near here. A tenth man
v as carried to a Northampton camp,
and six others were moved to Ral
eigh. Officers have been doing a
thrivinjt passenger business since
Tuesday, making two trips to Ral
eigh and four or five to the road
The names of ttie ten men sen
tenced to the roads are: Marshall
Teel, Robert Brown, Charlie Wig
gins, Clyde Silverthorne, Herbert
Brown, Jeff Whitehurst, Lawrence
Biggs, Ben and Bryant Oixon, Isaac
Sutton, all colored, and Clyde Sil
The names of those going to
State's prison are: J. B. Thomas, T.
F. Jackson, Solon Jackson, white;
Joe Johnson, Willie June Williams
and Nicodemus Barrow, colored.
Aged Colored Man Dies
At Poplar Point Home
James Slade, aged colored man,
died at his home on the T. B. Slade
farm in Poplar Point yesterday
morning. He had lived there all hi*