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VOL. I; NO. 2
LOCAL STORES TAKE ON
HOLIDAY AIR AS GOODS
FOR CHRISTMAS ARRIVES
T be Fact That Business in Country Generally
Has Been on Incline Lately Is Reflected in
Increased Stocks of Christmas Goods;
Urged to Shop and Mail Early For Christ
Christmas lights in Columbia
were turned on Tuesday night fol
lowing the addition of about SIOO
worth of lights to the stock of the
Town of Columbia. At a meeting
of the town council December 7, ap
proval of the expenditure of money
to provide additional lights was
made. Mountain laurel and pines
are being used along the streets to
add to the Christmas effect of the
lights. The Virginia Electric &
Power Co. is furnishing the current
gratis for the Christmas lights, ac
cording to Chief of Police Julian L.! ]
Postom. The only other item of
business before the town council .
at its meeting was auditing of bills.
Nearly all stores in this terri- 1
tory have now put their Christmas 1
goods on dispTay and with the many <
Yule decorations that have gone ■
up in most of the stores a general (
Christmas atmosphere is evident on ]
every hand. In fact, it is apparent ]
that local merchants are sharing t
the optimism of metropolitan prog- ,
nosticators who have pointed to a (
record business this Christmas for j
wholesale and retail outlets.
The sharp upward course of!
business of late, the prognosticators ;
say, has bulged consumer pocket-; 1
hooks, what with at least 1,600.000) 1
persons having gone back to work !
in non-agricultural industries slrre 1
May. Also they point to the un- 1
usual failure of business to slack
off in November this year. Extra •
dividends this year from better (
business is expected to turn prob-!
ably $100,000,000 over last year to 1
some 11,000.000 or so investors in!:
stocks of American corporations. I
All along with the general appeal ]
of the merchants to shop parlv forj
Christmas comes the appeal from .
the local postmaster to mail early, ;
Christmas mail usually creates an j
added burden upon the postal &u~i
thorities and even with extra sea- j
sonal help there are of necessity i 1
some delays, so the advice of the '
post office officials is mail Christ-J
mas packages and cards early. '
BAND. GLEE CLUB TO
BE IN MUSIC FESTIVAu
The Columbia high school glee ,
club and the high school band will ,
appear in a music festival program !■
in Elizabeth City Sunday afternoon
along with glee clubs from Ply- ;
mouth, Edenton, Elizabeth Citv,
Newland. Weeksville, Central Kig?l
school, and Perquimans high school.
C. L. McCuPers, director of the
Columbia and Edenton high school
bands will direct the band music at ;
the festival. Mrs. Juanita Dillon
Poole, public school music teacher
at Columbia, is to direct the glee
club singing of the glee clubs in I
tbe Albemarle area at the festival, j
Miss Estelle McClees of the Eliza
beth City faculty and formerly of
the Columbia faculty will be in
charge of the program.
MILL SITE NEXT
TO SCHOOL SOLD
At an adjourned meeting of the
Tyrrell County board of education
Friday resolutions were passed set
ting forth the need of the school for
more grounds with Chairman C.
Earl Cohoon being authorized to
* take advantage of a trustee’s sale
of town property Monday of this
week and to bid on the property
adjacent to the Columbia school in
the name of the board of education.;
The property, however, was sold
subject to the terms of a lease by
the Town of Columbia to the Betty
Lumber Co. which prevented Mr.
Cohoon from bidding. The proper
tv was bid in by W. A. Williams of;
Raleigh for $1,025, representing j
$725 unpaid balance on a purchase,
price of $2,000 and interest and
EFFECT OF WAR SEEN
!N CHRISTMAS TOYS
That the European war has in
fluenced Christmas toys is easily
apparent from an inspection of the
displays in the stores in Columbia.
In Chaplin Brothers’ store, for in
stance, this week were observed toy
soldiers, war tanks, machine guns,
airplanes, army trucks, and sub
A similar influence of the war
on ladies’ hats has been predicted.
ASKED AS RESULT
Sues State Road Body; Negro
Asks SIO,OOO of Creswell
Men; Cohoon Seeks $177
Alleging that his crops have been
damaged as the result of a bridge
replaced across a canal near his
arm by the State Highway and
Public Works Commission, Willie !i
Dodge of Tyrrell County has
brought suit in Superior Court de-!
manding $3,000. Mr. Dodge alleges '
that the engineers in process of j
constructing a bridge over a canal (
which he dug from his farm to
drain it, filled the canal with about
five feet of dirt. He also says he'
has been damaged because the en-i,
gineers built a low bridge, which !,
stopped the canal to the navigation
of small boats. He is represented ! ■
by D. D. Topping of Bel haven. |
Ellsbery Ambrose and Stanley
Oliver of Creswell are defendants I
in a suit brought by C. A. Bryant, •
a negro of subnormal mind. He j
asks SIO,OOO damages, alleging |
they ran into his car on a highway!
at night causing hi,m to suffer se- i
vere and permanent injuries. Me-!
Mullan and McMullan of Elizabeth j
City represent the negro.
E. P. Cohoon of Columbia seeks; I
title to a car, and judgment for),
$177.30 in a suit brought against)
A. N. Bateman. Attorney J. C.:
Meekins represents the plaintiff. j
TYRRELL VOTES 100% |
FOR COTTON QUOTAS 1
Less than half of the eligible .
cotton farmers voted in the 1940;
quota referendum at the agricul- .
tural building in Columbia Satur
day, it was reported by County
Agent H. H. Harris. Os the 51
formers eligible to vote, 21 cast
ballots with one ballot being chal- i
lenged. The other 20 ballots were
100 per cent for the quotas in 1940.;
i The referendum was held in 19
,cotton growing states in the nation J
with quotas for 1940 being ap
proved by a vote of 803,059 to 79,-,
928. ' |
Miss Mary Blanch Strickland
spent the week end at her home
The following from Columbia at
tended the reading of A Christmas
| Carol by Prof. F. H. Koch of the
University at Edenton Monday
I night: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Meekins
and daughter, Nancy, Mr. and Mrs.
C. Earl Cohoon and daughter, Ann,
Miss Edna Ray Yerby, Miss Vir
ginia Yerby, Roy Litchfield, Misses
Hortense Boomer, Magnolia Owens,
Mary Blanch Strickland, Rose Bate
man, Mrs. Elsie Holloway, Mrs.
Clara Alexander, Mrs. Clarence
Chaplin, Mrs. Camille Everton, Paul
Liverman and W. T. Crutchfield.
Billy Shallington, Fred Arm
strong and Earl Weatherly, stu
dents at State College, Raleigh, are
spending the Christmas holidays;
at home with their respective par
Mrs. Herbert Jones of Pantego
spent Friday with her daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. T..!
IChsplin. . . !
j Mrs. W. S. Carawan was a visit-;
jor in Norfolk Tuesday.
i The marriage of Miss Myrtle
i Davenport of Columbia to Robert
Mitchell of Columbia was solemn
ized Thursday, December 7, at the
j home of the groom’s parents in
j Askewville in Bertie County by the
, Rev. J. E. Copeland. Only a few
relatives and friends were in at
Mrs. Mitchell is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. James Davenport of
, Columbia. Mr. Mitchell is the son
of Mr. and Mrs, J. G. Mitchell of
near Windsor and for the past few
, years has been engaged in the bar
' bering business in Columbia.
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are at
• home in an apartment with Mrs. J.
. E. Reynolds.
OF THE LAKE PHELPS AND
BEING TRIED IN
Current School Projects May
Develop Into Permanent
An experiment with NYA work
i ers is being carried out at the pres
ent time ori three Tyrrell County
's'h°ol projects which may later de
j velop into permanent maintenance
projects, County School Superin
tendent W. T. Crutchfield announc
ed this week.
The National Youth Administra
tion is umishing trained project,
supervisors and giving employment
to deserving youths in the county
in carrying on its program. One
project is the building of new con
crete steps at the Columbia school,
another is putting a new roof on
the vocational agricultural shop
building and the third is a general
repair project on floors, ceilings
and windows at the school.
I The only cost to the county is for
materia! with deserving youths be
ing trained in the projects whicl#
also provide nominal remuneration
i for them. • “It is hoped,” Mr
Crutchfield said, “to transfer the
projects to other schools in the
I county after these in Columbia are
completed, and possibly to use them
as permanent maintenance proj
j County Welfare Superintendent.
J. W. Hamilton stated this week
i that he has names of some 25
! youths certified for NYA employ
ment, but that Miss Adelaide Tuttle
!of Edenton, who is in Charge of
NYA in this area, assigns the
200 IN AREA
;Hyd© and Tyrrell Counties
I Share in Job Placements
by State Office
| Around 200 placements scattered
! over the five-county area which in
• eludes Hyde, Tyrrell, Martin, Beau
j fart. and Washington <v>”ntier wer
!made by the Williamston office of
j the N. C. State employment service
|in the past two months. Most of
!the placements were in regular e.m
iployment Manager C. W. Bazemore
I Job-seekers may register at any
time with the State Employment
Service. If no job is available at
the time, their applications are
kept active for sixty days and in
special cases a little longer, before
i becoming “inactive.” There is
never any cost or obligation for thi?
! service. Referrals are made on tbe
basis of a person’s qualifications
' for the job.
Recent placements include such
I typical jobs as carpenters, cooks,
I bricklayers, pipefitters, salesmen,
j clerks, laborers, truck drivers,
j maids, cement mixers, tobacco
I workers and others.
TWO TYRRELL FARMERS FIND BEES
PROFITABLE WITH MODERN METHODS
New Queens and Patent Hives
Found to Increase Pro
duction Ten Fold
“There’s money in them thar
hives” might well apply to apiaries
in Tyrrell County thinks County
Agent H. H. Harris who this week
reported on results of two apiary
demonstrations conducted in the
county under the direction of C. L.
Sams, extension apiarist of State
W. A. Armstrong of Columbia,
route 1, reported 59 colonies of bees
in modern hives with 50 of the
colonies producing 2,755 pounds
o' honey which sold for $344.3 i.
There was one colony with a new
queen, Mr. Armstrong reported,
which produced 160 pounds of
honey. Mr. Armstrong has found
|over a period of several years that
[colonies with new queens produce |
far more honey than colonies with
i old queens. Mr. Armstrong raises
! his own queens following methods
jrecommended by the extension
i H. S. Swain also of Columbia.
! route 1, produced 1,120 pounds of
I honey from 15 colonies which soi l
j for $167.20, the county agent re-
S ported. The total pounds of honey
produced by the-e two bee keepers
!\vas 4,275 pounds with tbe total in
come amounting to $511.57.
The honey is sold locally.
County Agent Harris pointed out
that these demonstrations show
that by using patent hives about
ten times as much honey is pro
duced and that by use of the mod
em hives it is not necessary to kill
the bees. The old type of hives
(onlv average producing 10 pounds
jof honey while Mr. Armstrong re
ported 160 pounds from one modem
PETTIGREW PARK REGION AND FELLOWSHIP
COLUMBIA, N. C., DECEMBER 1939
'jWPA PROJECT FOR
IS NOW APPROVED
r Work Waiting on Arrival of
i Federal Material for $4,860
". > y
County School Superinten<jsjht,
■ jW. T. Crutchfield has been tt&ti
nfied of approval of a WPA
. calling for the erection at CoiiAh
; j bia of a school garage and '.s&k
shop which will also provide
age space for 18 school buses Ahd
I the service truck. The total arrt^ttnt
■ j of the project is listed at s4,B6o;‘srtit
. with avai.able material on hand !pr
use. Mr. Crutchfield estittsjtad|
the cost in money to Tyrrell CoifcjiftM
■ would not exceed SI,OOO.
Work ori the project is being hißjfif
up pending arrival of the fedew*
WARREN NAMES :
CENSUS MAN FOR
D, W. Lupton of Pantego antfs
W. A. Everett of Eden
Representative Lindsay War?-'
ren reports that he has recommend
ed the appointment of D. W. LulF
ton of Pantego as director of the;
census in the first district and W.
A. Everett o' Edenton as assistant.;
director. Both men are now at
tending a census school in Raleigh.!
j Mr. Lupton had charge of the busi-,
ness and agricultural census in 1934'
and 1935. Mr. Everett is a promt*
nent business man of Edenton. -
All .other positions in connection
with the census will be enumera
tors. No information has yet been
received as to how many enumer
ators will be allotted to each county
The business census will be taken)
jin January and the population and;
farm census in April and enumer-}
jators will work for about thirty ,
j Mr. Warren stated that all numer
' ators would be appointed by |4r.j
1 Lupton after they had stood a tr
prescribed by the bu nt of thfe v
su's. - 2, -.*•
turned over to Mr. Lupton aA let
ters written to him on the subject
t and has advised parties to commu
nicate about the matter with Mr.
(PRIZES OFFERED FOR
BEST XMAS DECORATION
Mrs. Albert Spencer, American
home chairman of the Columbia
Woman’s Club, has announced that
a prize will be given the home in
!Columbia that is judged Christmas
night to have the best decorations.
Out o' town judges will serve, Mrs.
| Spencer said.
, I It has been estimated that more
, I than 12,000 acres have been seeded
, (to winter cover crops in Northamp
i ton County this fall, says Assistant
| Farm Agent H. G. Snipes.
MEETS WITH COMMISSION
GOVERNOR CLYDE R. HOEY will!
ioutline the purpose of the recently;
appointed Hatteras National Sea- i
! shore Commission when that body
meets in Raleigh in January.
! WORK STOCK
j In line with a State-wide pro-
Igram, farmers of Harnett County
!are showing considerable interest
in brood mares and in the raising o?
their own workstock.
hive with the average nearly 60
pounds for both Mr. Armstrong’s
and Mr. Swain’s hives, the farm
agent stated. He also cited the
fact that with new queens the pro
duction can be increased still fur
ther. By raising the bees, a saving
can be effected Mr. Harris said as
the cost of queens from commercial
apiaries is about 50c each.
j JANUARY 1,1940
(Qualifications For Benefits of I
Those Reaching 65 at Vari
ous Times Cited
The county welfare superintend
ent has called attention to a circu
lar recently sent out by the Rocky
Mount field office of the Social Se
curity Board concerning monthly
benefit payments to be made to
those workers in covered employ
ment after they reach the age of
The circular points out that all
workers should have a social se
curity account number.
! If a worker is 65 or more than j
or wall reach 65 before July l, I
>1940 he will need only six quarters 1
coverage, or six three-month j
periods in which he makes SSO in I
Images in covered employment, to j
be eligible for benefits. Those who !
reached 65 before January 1, 1937)
were not covered until January l,; 1
1939, when the law was changed, i
All wages received since January j,
1, 1939, count toward benefits.
If the age of 65 was reached as-!
tet 1936 and before 1939, all wages:,
after, 1936 and before the 65th |
birthday and all wages after Janu-1
TRt»‘ those reaching 65 during 1939, j
44. wages received in 1937, 1938,1
1539 and thereafter count toward j
■♦'Claims can be filed for monthly!
Itenefits a ter a worker reaches 65, j,
Provided he has six quarters of!
coverage to his credit. No month- I,
ly benefits will be paid before Jan-'
1, 1940. ! ]
jm. n. p. fitts j:
;ICfcAVES DISTRICT U
Accessor ?.s Assistant Dis-!
■f§: trict Health Officer ,
% Not Yet Named l
> 4N. P. Fitts, located in SwanJ
ter as assistant district healrij t
January, 1938. j
ii . ith t/ie health u,?-
p_ ment last week, it was learned
from members of the Hyde County)
Boaid of Health. No announce
ment has been made by Dr. S. V. 1
Lewis of Plymouth, district health 1
officer, as to who will succeed Dr.
Fitts in Swan Quarter for the work
in Hyde and Tyrrell counties. •
Ne'ther have the plans of Dr. Fitts
been made public.
Dr. Fitts is a graduate of William
and Mary College and of the Medi
cal College of Virginia where he
also spent his internship. He has 1
served before coming to Hyde
County -on the Eastern State Hospi
tal staff at Williamsburg, Va.. and;
also in the army medical corps dur-'
ing the world war. He was general
practitioner for two and one hal,';
years in Strasburg> Va.
DON’T FORGET YOUR
i With the Christmas shopping
I one season now in full blast, every
lone is reminded and urged to take
advantage of the opportunity of
fered right here at home by the
local merchants before going else
where to make gift purchases.
This year local stores have a
more elaborate display of toys for|
the children than ever before, num- (
erous gifts for father, mother, bro
ther, and sister, and the prices are
in line with the same quality of 1
products offered anywhere. !
With only 8 shopping days to go,;
plan now to trade at home and
make this a strictly community
Christmas. Remember the local
merchant now, just as they are al- j
w ays remembered whenever a con-1
tribution is needed for community j
WEEKLY COURT HAS
NO CASES 8 WEEKS
Recorder’s court in Tyrrell Coun
itv, scheduled to sit each Wednes-j
|day, is almost a forgotten institu- i
jtion at present, according to Clerk
jof Court George W. Jones who re-
I ported this week there had been no
• rases f*>r trial s ! noe the last week
, This fall has seen farmers o - "
(Johnston County turning more than
ever to the growing of small grain?.
! reoorts Assistant Farm Agent R.
Increased domestic and tereign
demand for wool brought about, bv
the European War and reduced
1 sunnlies of wool in the United
j States wall tend to support domestic
Iwool prices in 1940.
1 WITH OUR NEIGHBOR COUNTIES
BRIDGES CAN BE BUILT
IF THERE IS A WILL, SOUTH
CAROLINA CASE PROVES
Alligator River and Croatan Sound Might as
Easily Re Spanned as the Hunting Island
Project Below Charleston, With No Inhabi
tants and Suited to Sport Alone
! SES BOOSTING I
I HYDE, TYRRELLi
l . ]l
List of Hunting and Fishing;,
I Guides of Two Counties ,
Being Sent Out 2nd Year
j A list of hunting and fishing I
; guides in Hyde and Tyrrell, withy
j number of years experience, equip-i
■ ment available and their specialty 1 1
I has been prepared and is being sent 1
| out to professional men, corpora- 1
! tion officials, and big-timers and j'
hunters and sportsmen in general j
by the Williamston office of the j 1
North Carolina State Employment <
service. . <
j Manager C. W. Bazemore ad- ‘
i vised that a similar list was sent
| out last year both for Hyde and
1 Tyrrell counties and that many !
| new people visited this section to 1
; hunt and fish. 1
I With the list was sent a form
! letter explaining that the service *
Iw as in keeping with the activities j 1
iof the office in directing attention (
!to the unusual recreational oppor- 1 j
| tunities for hunters, fishermen, and t
'sportsmen in general, as well asi
tourists and visitors. 1
NEW LICENSE TAGS c
MAKE APPEARANCE j
A score or more new automobile i
license plates are seen on cars j
parked about the county this week, t
as residents of this county begin \
the purchase of tags, which must'
be op all motor vehicles in (fie b
cjt£; «*by*Ja‘Ting ,>'*
began JJeceinuer l. / i
The new plates were purchased
in either Edenton, Williamston or <
j Elizabeth City where branc h bu- -
reaus have been established, with a
few being ordered by mail tram i
1 Last year no extension of time
was given for purchasing the new j
! plates, and the same rulings will i
likely be enforced beginning Janu
ary 1. i
COLUMBIA PTA TO
MEET FRIDAY NITE
I The Columbia Parents-Teachers (
association will meet in the school
auditorium tomorrow ("Friday)
| evening at 7:30, it has been an
nounced by Mrs. H. T. Crutchfield,
president. A community sing pro
gram with musical numbers also by
members of the faculty arid stu
dent body has been arranged and
all members are urged to attend.
TOWN LICENSES DUE
JANUARY 1. POSTOM
j The Columbia town automobile
'licenses and the merchants’ privi-j
lege licenses will be due January 1,
'and the law will be enforced to the
i fullest advised Chief of Police Ju
lian L. Postom this week.
, Automobile owners are required
inot only to purchase the town tags
at a cost of sl, but are required to
display them on their cars after
January 1, Mr. Postom said.
TO RENT ALMS HOME
j The old alms house property will
|be rented by Tyrrell County to the i
highest bidder at the court house
door in Columbia Saturday at noon, i
1 it has been announced by Miss Sara
(T,. Taft, clerk to the board of coun-.
i ■ f
| Cumulative rural sales of general
merchandise in the first ten months
: ,of this year were about 11.5 per
'cent greater than for the same
period last year and two per cent
above the 11)37 level.
I One acre of al'alfa has paid
. i more than twice as much as any
! other acre on the farm of W. S.
Phillips, unit demonstration farmer
in the Wing community of Mitchell
r A shipping case for eggs made
1 j entirely of fiber with seven molded
1 j pulp trays and no center dividing
o i wall is now available to poultry
raisers after undergoing rigid tests.
Proof enough that Route 64 can
be completed by the necessary
bridges when there is a will to do
so, may be seen in the Hunting Is
land project in South Carolina,
where a half million dollar fridge,
built largely "through Federal aid,
is soon to connect with an unin
habited island less than half the
size of Roanoke.
None of the Advantages achieved
by the bridge equal the needs ap
parent for our own projects. Ours
would aid thousands in obtaining a
livelihood for our own people.
Maybe our people will put forth
a real effort soon to get these proj
ects. In the meantime we should
examine the South Carolina project
as told about in the New York
Fifty miles south of Charleston,
S. C., a group of islands known as
the Barriers stretches from St.
Helena Sound to Port Royal Sound.
The largest of these, Hunting Is
land, uninhabited, heavily popu
lated by game and wild life and
one of the finest beaches on the
Atlantic coast, will soon be opened
to the public.
Work on the approaches and a
bridge to the island is fast being
completed and although the official
opening of the island as a State
park, game sanctuary and public
beach resort probably will not take
place until next spring, the major
portions of the project are expected
to be completed in time for the
Ins Jessible except by small
boats of com ’••'llow draf*
I 1 t
South Carolina W marsfaef
do] streams through which strong
currents surge, Hunting Island has
been little known outside the im
mediate coastal area ex-ept to few
sportsmen who have visited it in
Around the Island
Approximately live miles long
and three miles wide, it is bordered
on the south by Fripp Inlet, which
separates it ro.ni Fripp Island, and
on the north by the southern reach
es of St. Helena Sound the broadest
opening on the Atlantic coast be
tween Chesapeake Bay and the
Gulf of Mexico. To the west are
St. Helena, Ladies and Perth Royal
Islands, populated and connected by
bridges. To the east and in the
same latitude, even to the matter
of minutes, lies Bermuda.
On Port Royal Island, which will
be fifteen miles by the new road
from Hunting Island, is the old
Southern Summer resort of Beau
fort, S. C., the nearest community
to the new park, a few miles the
south of Beaufort is the United
States Marine Training Station on
I Paris Island.
I Deer in large numbers live on
Hunting Island and on it also are
mink, otter, opossum and other
game; wild pigs, originally domes
tic and apparently escaped from
Fripp Island, are on Hunting Is
land. The marsh hen nests on the
island as do quail and many sea
birds. A mile or more to the north
jof the island are what are known
as the egg banks, sandy islands
barely visible at high tide. Here,
at certain times each year, thou
sands of sea birds congregate to
nest and rear their young,
j Along the five-mile stretch of
i beach facing the ocean are the
'wrecks of several old sailing shins
blown ashore in years gone by
-while attempting to reach a storm
.haven in St. Helena or Port Royal
I During the summer months hun
dreds of huge sea turtles come
through the >rf at right to bury
their cmgs in '• sam’ above the
tide mark. The sand of the heach
<s a g’earning white, and ha-'i
packed. Palms, grow along the
beach, giving the island a more
| tropical appearance than many in
| the West Indies. The t.rop’cal ap
pearance is aided, too, by the Gulf
‘ Stream, which passes forty miles
joss the island and from which are
’jearried on to the beach cocon its
hand coral covered mangrove
branches from the Bahamas and the
Shoals Keep Surf Warm
j Shoals extend off the island for
\ i five miles and for that reason the
[ surf remains many degrees warm
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