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EVERY DAY! | VOLUME THIRTY-EIGHT FARMVILLE. PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, JULY 4,
VOLUME THIRTY-EIGHT FARMVILLE. PITT COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY. JULY 4, 1047 NUMBER EIGHT
Tentative Town Budget Calls For
$1.35 Tax Rate and Increase
In Pay for Farnmlle Employees
Costs Of Paving Streets And Expend
ing Power Plant Exceed Esti
mates And Necessitate Hike
In Tax Rates
Farmville Board of Commissioners
Tuesday night ushered in a new fis
cal year with a long-winded meeting
which finally resulted in the adop
tion of a tentative budget calling for
a tax rate of $1.35 for 1947-48 and
providing a 10 per cent increase for
all workers employed by the town on
a weekly or monthly basis.
Since any or all of the figures
tentatively adopted may be raised, or
lowered before the budget is finally
whipped into shape, there is nothing
final about the Commissioners' act
ion but it is generally agreed that
an increase m the tax rate will be
necessary to meet thq, costs. of pav
ing streets and expanding the power
plant. Both projects exceed original
estimates. The new tax figure rep
resents an increase of 25 cents per
$100 valuation over last year's rate,
It was estimated that the street
paving program would cost $280,000
and that amount was set up in the
budget last year $310,000 is a more
accurate figure, a deficit of several
thousand dollars which roust be made
up this year.
Expansions to be made to the
power plant were estimated at $186,
000 but escalator clauses in contracts
with makers of the engines will add
at least $16,000 to this sum and the
executives shudder to think about
how much more than $43,000, the
amount originally budgeted, the new
building for the plant will cost.
The contract with American Loco
motive stipuated that the company I
would furnish the diesel engines,
which will increase the plant's out
put by- 75 per cent, for $120,000. The
contract, however, contains an esca
lator clause which gives the company
the right, in the case of strikes or
increased .material or wage costs, to
raise this price by 10 per cent. It is.
certain that the company will exer
cise this option, in view of the fact
that officials of the company have
told Superintendent W. A. Mo Adams
of the light and water- department I
that the firm is entailing a loss of
more than $40,000 on the Farmville
contract. The contract for genera
tors, placed with Westinghouse Elec
tric Company, provided for an out
lay of $23,000, with an escalator
-Unm. of 20 per cent. Town officials
are quite sure the company will exer
cise its right.
Mayor J. W. Joyneris recommen
dation that all employees be granted
a flat 10 per cent increase was the
spark which set off the extended ses
sion. He expressed a belief that an
increase at the start of the new fisr
cal year would ward off resignations
from workers who can get more pay
in other jobs.
The action to adopt the tentative!
budget, which, if flowed to stand,
gives the requested increases, was
on motion of Commissioner
Curtis H. Fanagan and seconded by I
Commissioner K O. Lang, Jr., after!
it became apparent that the ovegall I
increase for salaries amounted to I
less than $2,500 tad, if Rejected,
would not enable the town to retain
its present tax rate of $l.l6.
Commissioner John M. Stansill, I
oldest member of the board in point
of service, voiced the sentiment of I
his fellow members when "e said j
that he certainly hated to see any I
upward trend in the tax rate because |
it wee such a hard job for the b *
to get it down to it#; present ? .
level. He also stated that he thought]
a full board should be present befor
such major decisions were reachec
All members were present except W.
Alex Allen, who is in Chicago at
the convention of Kiwahis
as a delegate from the
By Mayor Joyner5
Jones Is Pro-Tem|
Mayor J. W. Joyner announced the
following committee appointments of
the Board of Commissisoners for the
ensuing year: j
Water and light committee?W. A.
Allen, ?chairman; J. M. Stansill and
R. 0. Lang, Jr.
Recreation committee?Walter- B.
Jones, chairman; R. O. Lang, Jr.,
and C. H. Flanagan.
Street committee?J. W. Joyner
mayor-chairman; R. O. Lang, Jr.,
and W. B. Jones.
Cemetery committee?C. H. Flana
gan, chairman; R. O. Lang, Jr., and
J. M. Stansill.
Finance eommitt&e?J,N M. Stan
sill, chairman; W. A. Allen and C.
Ordinance committee?R. O. Lang,
Jr., chairman; W. A. Allen and W.
Sanitary committee?C. H. Flana
gan, chairman; J. M. Stansill, W. B.
Jones and Chief of Police.
$56,000 In Building
? * f
Building permits for the month of
Juno amounted to the handsome to
tal of $55,850, more than half of
which is attributed to the-six houses
George E. Creekmur is constructing
in Victory Park.
Permits were issued as follows:
R. G. Lewis, residence, $2,000; W. E.
Joyner, repairs to residence, $500;
George E. Creekmur, six homes at
$5,000 each; C. B. Mashburn, Jr.,
residence, $2,000; Belk-Tyler Com
pany, general repairs to store build
ing, $5,000; C. A. Mozingo, residence,
$2,500; Bennett R. Fields, storage
building, $350; John B. Lewis, resi
dence, $3,000; Lee Johnson, resi
dence, $1,000; John B. Hardison,
residence, .$2,000; G. A. Newton, res
idence, $2,600; Hulda Fields, resi
dence, $4,000; Joseph Batchelor, res
At The Kiwanis Club
Dr. Jack Gregg gave an excellent
talk on the uses of DDT at the Ki
wanis club Monday night and warned
the members to handle with caution
any of the preparations that are
transparent. Ernest Petteway had
charge of the program.
Dr. Gregg gave the club the bene
fit of his research work with the
Army and explained uses of the.]
various DDT preparations.
He added, however, that three
other preparations more powerful
than DDT are soon to be on the mar
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Harris and
daughter, Dail, returned Monday
after a week's stay at the Ocean
King hotel, Atlantic Beach.
Seeks Home Here
S. P. Bass Of Beasfort Takes Over
As Head Of Vacation*! Wert; |
Graduated Frew State;
Tatoght At Fair Biaff
E. P. Bass, who has been working
with the Federal Department of Ag
riculture and has been stationed at
Beaufort, has accepted a position as
instructor of vocational agriculture
in the Farmville high school and h??
joined the ever-lengtheing ranks of
those seeking living quarters here.
The election of Mr. Bass to the post,
was announced by John B. Lewis,
chairman of the board.
Prior to taking the government
position, Mr. Baas taught for sever
al years at Fair Bluff. He is a
graduate of State College.
Mrs. Bass and their two children
will join "him here as soon as he can
find a residence for them.
The board also expects to have _
history teacher and athletic director
employed before the end of the week.
The task of obtaining a well quali
fied man for the position has been
made somewhat easier by an appro
priation of 11200 from the Board of
Commissioners. This will be used as
a supplement and the person so em
ployed will serve during the summer
months as recreational director in
When this vacancy is filled, the
board needs only a second grade
teacher to complete its list of ap
pointees. No steps are being taken
to retain the course qi public school
music since it appears likely that the
Parent Teacher Association does toot
have the funds to finance this work
Bryan Family Has
Descendants of the late Mr. and
Mrs. H. E. Bryan held their annuall
family reunion June 29 at the muni
cipal park in Farmville.
The highlight of the- day was the
bountiful dinner which was spread
on the dining table picnic style. A
centerpiece of fresh fruits was used
on the table which was covered -with
a white cloth. The menu consisted
of fried chicken, country ham, bar
becue, salads, sandwiches, homemade
cakes and lemonade.
Those attending were Mr. and Mrs.
L. W. Andrews and drildren, Mr. and
Mrs. John D. Andrews, Mr.-and Mrs.
Herbert M. Moore. Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Hobgood and son, Mi; and
Mrs. Roosevelt Bryan, all of Fmrm
ville; Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Bryan
end children of Rocky Mount; Mr.
Mrs. W. B. Bocum and daugh
ter of Norfolk, Vm Mr. and Mrs. H.
P. liosenberger, Jr., and children of
Carrollton, V*.; Mr. and Mrs. H. E.
Cobura and son of Portsmouth, Va.;
Mr. and Mrs. Brinson Bryant and
children and Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Ange and children of Wilmington. N
Friends invited to attend were Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Andrews .of Rocky
Mount and Mrs. J. W. Norton, Jr.
and daughter of Tampa, Fla.
C. L. Langiey Tuesday returned
from a trip to Philadelphia, Pa.
Mc Adams Begins 29th Year
As Head of Power Plant!
When W. A. McAdams came to
Farmville from Rocky Mount hi 1918
and accepted ' a Jwsition with the
town's water and light department,
power plant was operating on "moon
light'' schedule which gave the town
electricity from late in the afternoon
antil 11 or IS o'clock' at night. On
some -Saturday nights?stores stayed
open much later In those days?the
switch was pulled before the stores
Income from the department the
first month he, was here totaled
only 8528 and at one time, immedi-4|
ataly after tjbe first World War, in
come was not sufficient to pay the
freight on ca^oads of coal, then used
instead of 4d*ajp|K Source of
Conditions are quite different to
day, as Supt. McAdams nears three
Don Wabton Enters
(J. S. Naval Academy!
. II ? . I
Walston, son of Mr. and
I Farm Till* Woman ID (My 10 Da;
Her Work With Rural Churches
In This Area Described As
Mrs. Stella W.-Roebuck, wife of
I A. Q. Roebuck of Faimville and a
rural deaconess whose work withf
I Methodist churches in this &r
I been described by ministers i
best of its type they had ever seen, I
I succumbed Saturday morning in a
| Wilson hospital to a cruel malady I
I which almost overnight miatehad her |
[from the ranks of the active
forced her ir to the Great Beyond,
lite suddenness with which Mr_
| Roebuck was stricken stunned her|
I friends and acquaintances. Only Id
? days before-her death, she was in
[the midst of ^ Daily Vacation Bible
[Schools in the churched under her|
The quality of the work she was |
| doing in her field was recognised ber [
[yond the bounds of the Farmville I
| and Walstonburg churches, -under
[ whom she served. Stkte leaders were I
[cognisant of it. Mrs .Roebuck had
[been picked as a delegate.to a na
[ tional convention in Nebraska this I
[month. In one sense of the word,
[the trip was a reward for the suc-j
| cess which has attended her activi- [
| ties. ' ? ;
A graduate of Louisburg college,
I Mrs. Roebuck taught piano and voice
I for a number of years at the Metho-1
dist Orphanage in Raleigh. During
I World War II she was associated
| with -the phyical therapy department I
| of the hospital at Fort Eustis Va.,
land later held a similar position at
I Duke Hoepttal. Two years ago shaj
I accepted the work as rural deaconess
I for Bell Arthur, Wesley and Lang f
Funeral services were, conducted|
I Sunday afternoon at Farmville
? Methodist Chureh, of which die was |
la member. Rev. E R. Clegg, pastor,]
I officiated, assisted by the Rev. Key
I Taylor of Walstonburg, the Rev. M.
Iy. Self of St. Pauls, and the Rev.
I Wade Goldston of Evunsdale. Inter
|ment was in Hollywood cemetery.
Active pallbearers were M. V.
I Jones, L. E. Walstan, J. I. Morgan,
I Jr., Lath Morriss, Sam Chatidler,
1 Bill Fulford, Henry C Tyson and
?Lawrence White. Members of the
I Board of, Stewards of the Farmville,
I Walstonburg, ? Bell Arthur, Wesley
land Largs churches were honorary
Surviving in addition to her hus
Iband are .her mother, Mrs. Delia
?Ward; two sons, Emerson and Al
Ibsrt; .n daughter, Carolyn, all of the
I home; two sisters, Mrs. Mark W.
Joyner of Greenville and Mrs. H. N.
cLees of Columbia; one brother,
M. Ward 6i. Greenville.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rouse and
| Mr. and Mrs. Ben M. Lewis enter
at a family barbecue Sunday
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rduse
| honoring Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy T.
and family of Repeda, Calif.,
| who have been visiting here.
Guests included the hosts and their
families, the honor guests, and Mr.
and Mrs. John B. Lewis and son, Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Ewell, Mis. S. E.
Ewell, Mrs. Mary L. Lang and Miss
Tabitha DeVisconti, all of Farmville;
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brake and fam
ily of Rocky Mount, Mr. and Mrs.
Ben L. Rouse of Chapel Hill, Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Harrell and children
of Greenville, and Mr. And Mrs. Rob
ert Lee Rouse of Norfolk, Va.
Monday evening Mr. and. Mrs.
John p. Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Ewell entertained at supper at the
Leyia home in compliment to
l. and Mrs. Jimmy T. Lewis and
Those attending were the hosts
the guests o:
Mrs. T. H. Rouse
Mrs. Ben M.
Escaped Convicts Are
Over To Patrolmen
Fmrmville hurt Friday afternoon
had more law enforcement officers
a high class Western movie
as members ? of ike State Highway
Patrol converged here at the end of
a successful search for two convicts,
who overpowered and disarmed a
guard on a Pitt county road gang,
hijacked a laundry truck, held up and
robbed a man, and stole two auto
mobiles during a wild hour and a
half break Friday afternoon.
Immediately following the breakl
by Paul York and John Weaver, I
white, both serving long terms for
breaking, entering, larceny and high
Way robbery, -n alarm was sounded
by the guard, which'was broadcast
over the State Highway Patrol sys
tem. It was picked up by. State
Highway Patrolmen ,W. M. WBitley
and G. W. Oakley, stationed in_Wil-1
son, who storted for the area in I
which the copvicts. were reported to
have been seen.
Oakley 1 discovered the convicts'J
car and gave chase. Whitley was ap
proaching from the opposite direc
tion. Thp convicts tamed off a
main highway in tha vicinity of Sa
ratoga and attempted to outrun Oak
ley on dirt county roads. Whitley
likewise .turned off on a dirt road,
which intersects the one the convicts
took. > - ' |
The convicts,i hotly pursued by
Oakley, turped into the road Whitley
?was traveling and were trapped.
Whitley, believing - the approaching
car was that of the convicts, stopped
and alighted with his rifle aimed at
the vehicle speeding towards him.
The convict car slowed down and the
convicts, recognising the patrol uni
form, came to a stop with both men
holding their hands out of the car
Whitley ordered them to get out
and keep their hands up. Oakley
roared up and * disarmed the men,
who were armed with a .88 calibre
pistol and a .12 gauge shotgun taken
from the guard.
At 5 o'clock,* the- escapees were
turned over to Greenville patrolmen j
here and were taken back to the pri
Captain Lester Jones, in charge of
the patrol in this section, said that
York and Weaver would be charged
with the theft of the laundry truck
and two automobiles used in their
wild dash for freedom, and the rob
bery of a Rocky Mount man, whose
car they took in addition to 843.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Fisher an
nounce the birth of a son, John
Womble, Wednesday, June 26, at
Carolina General hospital, Wilson.
Hw Fisher is the former Miss Ruth
McCargo of Reidsville.
A. C. Turnagp, seaman, first class,
is spending a leave here with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Turnage
He returns to the Naval ? Training
Station at Great Lakes, UL, next
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Burnette and
son of Midway Park, Camp Lejeune,
spent Sunday afternoon with rela
tives here, p . ?
Tour of Big
3^ HP -v..
Five members of the Seven Pines
and Farmville Home Demonstration
clubs will join other Pitt county
members Monday for a six day tour
to Washington, Baltimore, Philadel
phia and New York City. Mrs. J. R.
Lewis and Mrs. Bennett Fields of the
Farmville club and Mrs. Lyman
Heath, Mrs. L. E. Garris and Mrs.
Bert T. Little of the Seven. Pines club
will go on the sightseeing trip by
The first day thgy will go to Bal
timore via Richmond and Washing
ton aqd will eat in one of the famous
seafood places. The night will be
open for shows or other trips.
Leaving Baltimore Tuesday morn
ing, the group will travel highway
40, take the New Castle ferry over
the Delaware river and enter New
York over the Pulaski Skyway and
through the Lincoln tfltanel. After
arriving atNthe Hotel Taft in late
afternoon the members Will take a
tour through tlx
New York. A special ate at Billjr
Rosa's Diamsig'il HoraU&oe night club
has been fixed so that the ladies may
visit it if they choose.
The second day's activities in
New York wil include a trip to
Statue of Liberty and
station, a shopping tour of
Gimbel's and other big department
stores, a visit to some of the Fifth
avenue shops, and optional attend
ance at a big league ball game or a
- Friday the group lea
delphia via Trenton,
sightseeing and lunch in
phia, they wfll go to
C., and visit the C
brary that evening.
morning will be given
Officers Eastern Star
Pay Official Visit To
Mrs. Nell Porter of Swannanoa,
worthy grand matron, and Dr. J.
Howard Brown of Tarboro, worthy
grand __patron,, paid their official
visits to the Famville, Kington and
Snow Hill chapters of Eastern Star
at a tri-chapter meeting held in
Snow Hill, Friday evening. Othefc
distinguished guests attending were
Mrs. J. Howard Brown, past grand
matron; Mrs. Maude Foy of Kinston,
Who organized the Show Hill chap
ter; Mrs. Florence Lewis of Green
ville, district deputy grand matron,
and ^r. Frank Duke of Washington,
district deputy grand patron.
Mrs. J. W. Parker of Farmville
presented a white altar Bible to the
host chapter and Mrs. W. W. Whlt
tington, worthy matron, accepted.
Mrs. Porter presented a 25-year cer
tificate of membership to Mrs.
In the absence of Mrs. Herman
Baker, Mrs. LeRoy Rollins, associate
matron, acted as worthy matron and
W. E. Joyner, as worthy patron for
the Farmville chapter.
After the meeting, the host chap
ter served lime ice and wafers.
Those from Farmville attending
were Mrs. Rollins, Mrs. Parker, Mr.
and Mrs. W. E. Joyner, Mrs. M. W.
Rollins, Mrs. O. G. Spell, and Miss
Mamie Davis and her houseguest,
Mrs. Charles E. Rowton of Palatka,
? At The Rotary Club
Tuesday evening marked . the be
ginning of another Rotary year. The
new president, Jim Monk, who had
charge of the program, announced
committee appointments for the year.
The club voted to continue awarding
$26 to the best all-round high school
senior and to send subscriptions of
"The Rotarian" to both school libra
ries and to the public library.
FIRST COTTON BLOSSOMS
Luby Baker, colored tennant, who
lives on the Mrs. Lynn Eason > and
George Moore farm, brought the
first cotton blossom to the Enterprise ]
office, Saturday morning. The bud
was picked Friday. Blaney Dupree.l
colored' man, who resides on the ]
Flanagan farm owned by J. H. Har
ris brought one which was wide open,
several hoars later. It Was picked
MOVE TO GATESVILLE
. Mr. and Mrs., W. C. Harrell and
son, Bill, left Monday to make their
home in GatesvOle where Mr. Harrell
will be superintendent of Gates
county schools. '
Mrs. Serene Moore of Lumberton
is spending the summer with herj
daughter, Mrs. T. C. Turnage. > ,
Of 10 Cento Aa Act*, If
Approved, WU1 Be Uoed To
Bolster Export Trade; AH
O rowers Urged To Vote ^
Farm leaders joined today in an
all-oat appeal for a recond-brealring
vote in the tobacco referendum Sa
turday, July 12, when growers will
vote on the question of investing 10
cents an acre on flue-cured tobacco
to maintain an? develop an export
| market that meant more than $182,
000,000 to them last year.
Dean I. 0. Schaub, director of the
North Carolina State College Exten
sion Service, emphasised .that every
flue-cured grower should exercise his
(right of franchise and express him
at the polls. "1 know of no elec
that has as much long-tune sig
|nificance to. the tobacco growers,"
Dean Sckaub said, adding that every
grower should be sure to vote.
"A. J gee it, we are voting on
something a lot bigger than whether
or not we will tax ourselves 10 cents
(an toe on oar flue-cured crop," said
R. Flake Shaw of Greensboro, presi
dent of the North Carolina Farm
Bureau. "We are voting on whether
or not we will protect the $200 per
acre we received from the tobacco
that went for export last year. This. |
|is too big a tiling for any tobacco
grower to dismiss because he is
Pointing out that this is the first
time farmers have voted in a tobacco
program where "we are going to do
something for ourselves," Mr. Shaw
said that "our whole tobacco pro
gram wiH be weakened in the years
ahead unless we show real strength
(at the polls on July 12."
Mrs. Harry B. Caldwell, Greens
jro, Master of the North Carolina
State Grange, said that "next to July
jd, I consider July 12 the most im
>rtant date for tobacco growers."
Pointing out that over 40 per cent
American flue-cured tobacco ts
orted, Mrs. Caldwell said there
every reason to believe that for
ign consumption of American grown
Sf can be further increased."
The future-welfare and security of
rnr nation and the peace of the
orld, she added, "will depend to a
rge extent uppn friendly coromer
l1 relationships and trade between
ntioTia 99 ' - -v ? T ?' ' lv
Carl T .Hicks of Watetonburg,
Ident of the Tobacco Stabilixa
Corporation, reminded farmers
"it is not so long bade to
[1932 when tobacco in North Carolina
old at an average price of only $12
hundred pounds. ' A
"In that year, North Carolina sold
1474,000 pounds ot good, bright
eceo for a mere pittance?$88,
1,000, an amount below what the
gle county of Lenoir received last
Mr. Hicks said that one of the
sons for the low prices in 1982
1 because "international ^trade was
?u, we must do a^Pin our power to
otect end promote trade with oth
er countries which last year meant
cents out of every dollar
E. Y. Floyd, secretory
es, and a 1" '
,r before" a!
show the public
1 of Elm City, president