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Drive For Schools Fortv Years Ago
For Better Public
Schools in County
Lack of Interest in Pnblie
aek in 1902
The educational problem has
not been solved as the large num
ber of njen rejected by the Army
on accoiint of low literacy stan
standards clearly shows, but for
ty years ago the drive was just
getting t nderway for better pub
lic schools, as the following story
taken fmm the November 14,
1902, issue of The Enterprise re
veals the facts:
"The f rst county in North Car
olina wHere the people of any
township voted a local tax to pro
vide a graded school was Price's
Mill Township, Union County,
but Guilford was the second
where Guilford College township
levied such a special tax. Since
then se\en country townships in
Guilford have levied a special tax,
two other townships were grant
ed the privilege of voting this tax
on Monday, and three others will
make application at the Decem
ber meeting of the board.
"The general and diversified
prosperity of the people of North
Carolin; is dependent upon train
ed mint s and trained hands and
upon gt neral diffusion of knowl
edge. Tiese things can be obtain
ed onlj through better public
schools The county that gives the
best ad . antages to all its chil
dren, in the rural districts as well
Smallwood Recalls Personages Of Long
Years Ago In The Town Q
Br CHAS. SMALL WOOD
A roster of Williamston folk
during the days represented by
these "Remembrances" or be
tween 1881 and 1889, and listed
as recalled at random, plus no
School Age ? In Later Tears
Charlie Carstarphen, Merchant.
Henry' Crawford, Merchant.
Asa Tom Crawford, Lumber
Kader Crawford, Insurance.
Benjamin Crawford, Furniture
manufacturing at Greensboro.
Joe Biggs, Liveryman, sheriff.
Frank Martin, Jewelry sales
Joe Martin, Grocery manager.
Watts Martin, Lumberman, city
councilman at Norfolk.
Dennis S. Biggs, Lumberman.
John Biggs, Dr. John, Dentist,
retired lumberman and banker,
ex-president Bankers Association.
John Lamb, Head dry goods de
partment Daniel-Miller and Co.
Wilson Lamb, Traveling sales
C. B. Hassell, Peanut buyer.
Tom Houghton, Bond salesman
Dode Hassell, Bookkeeper to
Lon Hassell, Merchant.
John Hassell, Merchant, mayor
Will Deans, Merchant.
Henry Harrell, Traveling sales
man, lives in western N. C.
Henry Cook, lives in Hopewell
Tom Cook, Railroad machinist,
John Cook, retired merchant.
Gus Burroughs, died young.
Will Gray, died young.
Wylie Clary, died young.
Bozy Clary, Railroad agent,
lives in Fremont, N. C.
John Ellison, Railroad agent, re
tired, lives in Suffolk, Va.
Henry Hatton, Steamboat agent,
lives in Norfolk, Va.
Rob Harrell, Traveling sales
man, died middle age.
Sam Harrell, Mechanic, died
Eld Glasgow, died young.
Garland Midyette, Lawyer, Su
perior Court judge, died middle
Joe Sitterson, died young.
Herbert Pope, Railroad agent,
retired, lives in Robersonville.
Ben Hardison, Farmer, died
Will Roberson, Merchant, died
Walter Tucker, died young.
George Gurganus, Merchant,
die middle age.
Buck Short, died young.
Charlie Godwin, Bonds and
Sam Worthington, Traveling
salesman, lives in Wilson.
Charles Smallwood, Occupa
as in the towns and cities, is the
county that is going to show the
most progress, the best distribu
tion of wealth and the best type of
citizenship. Guilford is building
more wisely for the future than
apy county in North Carolina. Its
example ought to cause the pro
gressive people in other counties
tq go and do likewise."
The abovt from the News and j
Observer should appeal strongly
tcl every citizen of Martin County,'
and more particularly to the par
ents of Williamston.
The public schools are not and
have never been what the people
and teachers could make them by
a proper management of the funds
and curriculum. The day is not
approaching, but Is here now
when this matter of better schools
demands the attention of the peo
ple. Thousands of children depend
upon the public schools for the
rudiments of an education. 'Tis
the duty of the State and county
to give these boys and girls, who
are to be the strength of the coun
try in the future, what is needful
to develop their mental faculties.
Williamston, while progressing
along other lines fails to keep
abreast with the educational
progress going on in other parts
of the State. We have good pri
vate schools, but the great need
is a well-managed graded school
to which every man's child can
go and be trained properly. This
need is greater now for the doors
of the public school are closed
Tobacco Usage Is
Greater In Canada
Ottawa, Ont?Conditions aris
ing from the war?particularly
ncreased earning power of in
iustrial workers?have brought
i bout in Canada, a recent survey
ndicates, a much greater use of
obacco in its various forms, es
With tobacco imports prohibit
?d, and local stocks of foreign to
paecos dwindling, Canadian cig
irette and smoking manufactur
?rs are now working almost en
irely with domestic leaf. Stocks
>f foreign cigar tobaccos are like
vise running low; formerly sub
itantial quantities of Connecticut
lindens and Havana and Sumatra
vrappers were imported.
Sales of cigars, cigarettes and
moking tobaccos are expected to
?ontinue at high levels during the
?urrent year. With the import
narket closed, the trend toward
elf - sufficiency i s practically
No department of the farm
>roduces so many vitamins as the
ind many children will be with
mt instruction for months.
The lack of interest in this
luestion of better educational ad
?antages is appalling. There is no
;ood reason why the town cannot
lave a fine graded school. Of
ourse, it cannot spring up mush
oom-like in a night but let the
natter get deeply rooted in the
icarts and minds of the citizens.
Lnd will not fear results.
Darden's Department Store
To Our Store and to Our\Tobacco Market
DARDE.VS Store ?a
for the women. For
all other items to ma
welcome with a More ehoek full
of the best and newejst fall fashions. e bought heav
ily this year knowing that you would want the best of
the new styles for fall. Dresses. eoats, suits, millinery
the men new suits, hats, shoes and
ke an outfit eomplete.
Drcus yourself, men and women, in Williamston's fin
est quality store where you always get authentic styles
ami at a lower cost than you would pay elsewhere for
the same t iiality. e can fit any man or woman, regard
less of she or age. That goes for the children also.
I IO I S FIRST!
Darden's Department Store?Williamston