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The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXIX NO. 36
BAEFOKU, N. C . THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8, 1944
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Pvt. James McKenzie
Wounded At Bastogne
THE 119th GENERAL HOSPITAL.
England. Wounded in the right
shoulder by an enemy bullet while
defending American positions near
Bastogne, Belgium, Private James K.
McKenzie, 24, of Route 1, Raeford,
N. C, is now recovering at this Tjnited
States Army general hospital in Eng
land. "Pvt. McKenzie is making excellent
progress and will soon return to
duty," said his ward surgeon.
"My unit was defending a small
town against heavy German attacks,"
Pvt. McKenzie said. "Early one
morning we were attacked by an SS
unit I was hit while we were1
fighting from foxhole to foxhole,
only a few yards apart."
Pvt. McKenzie was given emer
gency treatment by a medical soldier
under fire and then walked back to
an aid station. After further treat
ment he was sent to England.
The son of Mrs. Charles McKenzie
of Raeford, Pvt. McKenzie former
ly was employed by the Midstate
Cloth Mill at Red Springs.
Promoted In France
WITH THE U. S. FORCES IN
FRANCE-John R. Durham, Raeford
N. C, son of Mrs. Alice Durham, 504
wt Hall road, Norfolk, Va.. was
recently promoted to Private First
Class in Southern France, where he
is a clerk in the Statistical Section
of Delta Base Section, Headquarter?,
helping to compile a history of this
war for the War Department. Over
N seas for six months, he also served
Mrs. Daisy T. Harrell has received
9 rd that her husband. Pvt. Thomas
G. Harrell has arrived safely in
France. He is with an infantry division.
Seaman James McKay, son of Hec
tor McKay in Blue Springs township,
who was wounded some weeks ago in
Italy, is reported to be improving.
McKay was hit by several machine
Cpl. John Henry McNeill of Camp
Chaffee, Ark., is spending a furlough
with his parents at Antioch.
Pvt. Cap Pate of Fort Jackson.
S. C, is spending an eighteen day
furlough with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. P. R. Pate.
Pvt. Robert Weaver has returned
to his camp after spending a fur
lough with his family.
Sgt. Ebb Barrington of Camp Chaf
fee, Arkansas, is spending a furlough
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R.
Ration Board News
Food stamps will now expire four
months after being made valid. This
new policy avoids the disadvantages
of having no expiration of stamps or
having one block of stamps expire at
the same time the next block comes in
Sugar stamps have recently become
valid every 2 1-2 months, but scar
city made it necessary to change the
present interval to 3 months for stamp
35. Stamp 35 becomes valid Feb. 1;
last date for use June 2.
All tire certificates dated prior io
April 1, 1944, are invalid in the hands
of either a dealer or a consumer.
Institutional users must file re
ports of inventory of grapefruit juice
and grapefruit-orange juice blended
as of the close of business on January
27, 1945, in points by Feb. 10, 1945.
Attention is again called to turn in
books 3 and 4 of those inducted into
service or deceased.
Due to new regulations effective
January 1, 1945 all applications not
v approved by end of month are auto
H. Gwyn Clayton, Minister
9:45 A. M. Sunday School.
11:00 A. M. Morning worship,
rmon by the pastor.
6.30 P. M. Young People's meet
ing. 7:30 P. M. Evening worship, ser
mon by pastor.
7:30 P. M. Tuesday Mid-week
7:30 P. M. Thursday "Indepen
dent Prayer" meeting at the home of
Mrs. James Thames.
7:30 P. M. Friday, Missionary
A cordial welcome awaits you, at
tend all services.
County Polio Fund
Quota For Drive
$1,277 Already Reported Receiv
ed By Bank of Raeford. Quota
With a number of workers yet to
make final reports in the 1945 In
fantile Paralysis campaign for funds
contributions in Hoke county are
nearly double the assigned quota,
according to N. L. McFadyen, chair
man for the drive.
At a meeting of the county com
mittee held yesterday, total contribu
tions reported as received by the Bank
of Raeford, which is acting as trea
surer of the fund, had reached $1,277,
while the amount asked to be raised
here was but $691.
Chairman McFadyen stated that he
was very much gratified with the ex
cellent results of the campaign and
highly appreciated the splendid co
operation of the many workers who
have been responsible for such a fine
Mr. McFadyen stated that while the
campaign would continue through
February 15th with both himself and
the bank receiving funds until that
time, all township and community
workers are asked to make their final
reports to the bank as quickly as
J. D. Whisnant, Minister
9:45 Sunday school.
11:00 A. M. Worship service, ser
mon by the pastor.
6:30 P. M. Baptist Training Uoion.
7:30 P. M. Evening Worship, ser
mon by the pastor.
Prayer meeting each Wednesday
evening at 7:30. The prayer meeting
for Wednesday evening Feb. 14th, will
be given by the leaders of the Young
People's departmnt of the Sunday
Our first Building fund drive of this
year is scheduled for Sunday morn
ing, February 11th.
Mr. James L. Kraft, Baptist layman
of Chicago, is our Baptist Hour
speaker for Sunday morning, Febru
ary 11th. He can be heard over sta
tions WBIG and WPTF from 8:30
to 9:00 A. M. His subject: "In Busi
ness with God."
W. L. Maness, Minister
10:00 A. M. Sunday school.
11:00 A. M. Morning Worship.
5:00 P. M. Junior Fellowship re
6:30 P. M. Youth" Fellowship re
7:00 P. M Youth Fellowship meet
ing. 7:30 P. M. Evening worship.
4:00 P. M. Monday Circle meet
ings of the Woman's Society of Chris
tian Service as follows:
Circle No. 1 Mrs. Tom Cameron,
chairman, fb be announced later.
Circle No. 2 Mrs. M. T. Poovey,
chairman, with Mrs. R. B. Lewis.
Circle No. 3 'Mrs. G. W. Brown,
chairman, with Mrs. Jasper Free
man. 7:30 P. M. Friday Choir rehear
sal at the parsonage.
Urgent Request For
Mrs. Clyde Upchurch, chairman of
the Raeford Chaminade music club,
has received the following post card.
She hopes that there will be a re
sponse to the request and thinks
that probably there are families who
would like to help in this way.
Dear Club President and Hospital
In your publicity regarding "music
in Hospitals Week," Feb. 19-24, please
make an appeal in your local news
papers for donations, or sale, of gui
tars, banjos, clarinets, cornets, trum
pets, saxaphones, mandolins, radios,
victrolas, etc., for use in the North
Carolina military and naval hospitals
for the wounded. Please make this
appeal periodically during the coming
months. If you secure any instru
ments, kindly inform me. You may
send them to me, or direct to the hos
pital. Wishing you success in this
undertaking, with much appreciation.
Mrs. Carl W. McMurray. Chm.
Marion, N. C.
52,829 Bales Cotton
Census report shows that 52,829
bales of cotton were ginned in Robe
son county from the crop of 1944
prior to January 16, as compared
with 41,826 bales for the crop of
1943 ginned to the same date last
year, states Mrs. Ada L. Austin, of
Max ton, special ageij,t of the Census
Bureau for Robeson county.
Harry Hodges And
FAYETTEVILLE, Feb. 5. Mr. and
Mrs. Harry M. Hodges, Jr., of North
Carolina were among the internees in
the concentration camp taken by Gen.
MacArthur yesterday. When last
heard from in May, 1944, Mr. Hodges
was being transferred to another camp
below Manila but his wife was still
at San' Tomas. Mr. Hodges is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. HoJges of
Fayetteville. He was branch manager
of the International Harvester com
pany in Manila. At the University
of North Carolina he was well known
as a football pbyer. His wife was
Miss Katherine Taylor of Elm City
Mr. Hodges is a nephew of Mrs
John McGoogan of Raeford, and is
well known in Hoke county.
Welfare Board To
Under New Laws
Passage of recent legislation will
necessitate the reappointment of all
county welfare board members by
I April 1, 1945 in order to provide stag'
! gered terms of office, Dr. Ellen Win.
ston, Commissioner of Public Wel
fare announced this week.
Terms of two of the members
would have expired on that dat.
Thp new art nrnviHpc fnr annnlntnmn!
' nf all thrpa mumhpra fnr tormc run.
ning for one, two, and three years
for the first appointments with stb
sequent terms to run for three years.
(Thus only one member's term will
expire each year in the future instead
of two terms expiring simultaneously
under the old law.
One member of the board is named
by the State Board of Public Wel
fare, one member by the county com
missioners for each county, and these
two jointly select the third member.
In the event the two appointees can
not agree on a third member, the ap-
Superior Court judge.
The state board at its meeting on
February 19 will make its appoint'
ments for the first trem of three years.
County commissioners will make their
oppointments for the two year term
while the third member chosen this
year will be appointed for one year.
Polio Nurses Taking
Miss Jean Graham, nurse at the
polio emergency hospital in Hickory,
is taking flying lessons in her spare
time, it was learned here recently.
She and Miss Kathleen Matthews of
High Point took their first lesson
Miss Graham, formerly of Raeford,
is the daughter of Mrs. John Gra
ham. S'le graduated from Watts
school of nursing, Durham, and since
then has been at Hickory.
Benner Remodels Two
David Smith, Raeford's radio wiz
ard, has moved from what was form
erly the City Market into what was
Lee's Cafe. J. D. Benner, who
bought those three store build'ngs
from Mrs. Lloyd Pugh, is making a
number of changes. He has enlarged
his store room by throwing the Ee
onomy store and the City market buil
ding into one. He has put a petition
in what was the cafe, made two en
trances and two storerooms out of
Mrs. W. A. McDonald's
Uncle Dies In Candor
Mr. Cal Ewing, uncle of Mrs. Wil
mer McDonald, died at his home in
Candor and was buried Sunday after
noon. Mrs. McDonald attended the
funeral. Capt. Robert McDonald
and Mrs. Mac Jester were visitors
in Raeford last week. They came
especially to see their brother, Wil
mer McDonald, who is a patient at
Highsmith hospital in Fayetteville
Capt. McDonald has been transferred
from Camp Polk, La., to Fort Jack
son, S. C. He is spending a leave
with his family in Thomasvil'.e.
H. K. Ho'Jand, Minister
9:45 A. M. Sunday school.
11:00 A. M. Morning worship, ser
mon by the pastor.
6:30 P. M. Pioneer and Senior
7:30 P. M. Evening Worship, ser
mon by the pastor.
3:30 P. M. Monday Circles of the
8:00 P. M. Monday Circle No. 10
8:00 P. M. Wednesday Adult choir
7:30 P. M. Thursday Young
People's prayer service.
8:00 P. M. Thursday Circle No.
9 (Business Woman's).
Anu vkers Chapel
Raise vV ade Fund
Goal Of $2,000 . -;, d In 8-Day
Drive For Chui ', Vhabilita-
In just eight days, from last Sunday,
January 28 through Sunday, Febru
ary 4. members of the Raeford Metho
dist Church and Parker's chapel have
reached their quota of $2,000 in a
special contribution to the "Crusade
for Christ" fund which is being
raised this year.
The crusade is a four year pro
gram set up to achieve several ob
jectives of the church and in 1945
a major part of the drive is to raise
a fund of twenty-five million dol
lars for world relief and the rehabi
litation of the churches agencies in
the more than twenty war-torn coun
tries in which the church has exten
The Rev. W. L. Maness, pastor of
the two churches, explained that
while a special effort was made to
reach the quota in the eight days
of the campaign, many pledge cards
have been sent out which had not
yet been returned, and that officials
of the church expected a much lar
ger amount to be contributed before
the campaign was officially ended.
Red Cross Drive
WHEREAS, under the provisions of
its Congressional charter, the Ameri
can National Red Cross, in this fourth
year of the war, is fulfilling its ob
ligations to comfort our wounded,
to cheer and help our servicemen on
every fighting front, and to provide
an essential link between these men
and their families at home, thereby
relieving anxiety and restoring hope
to all those who are suffering and in
need of aid; and
WHEREAS this organization is
helping the people at home to stand
firmly behind our fighting men
through it collection of blood for our
wounded, its shipment of food par
cels, medical supplies, and comfort
items to our prisoners of war in
enemy hands, its production of sur
gical dressings, and its recruitment
of nurses for our Army and Navy;
WHEREAS the American National
Red Cross is also carrying on its
peacetime activities by asserting the
civilian victims of tornado, flood, and
other diaster, and by training the
people of our Nation to combat sick
ness and accident and thus to prevent
suffering and death; and
WHEREAS, by the very nature of
its services and the principles for
which it stands, the American Na
tional Red Cross is helping to build
a better world of unity and peace and
brotherhood, recognizing no barriers
of creed or race; and
WHEREAS this organization, which
represents a tangible expression of
the desire of the people to reach out
to the Nation's fighting men, now
far removed from them, and which
is entirely dependent on voluntary
contributions to carry out its pur
poses, is issuing to every citizen of
this country its 1945 appeal for a
minimum War Fund of $200,000,000:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN
D. ROOSEVELT, President of the
United States of America, and Presi
dent of the American National Red
Cross, do hereby designate the month
of March 1945 as Red Cross Month,
confident in the readiness of the
people to respond to the utmost of
their ability in support of this or
ganization built by their generous
contributions in the past and dedicat
ed to their services in this hour of
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto set my hand and caused
the seal of the United States of Amer
ica to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington
this 19th day of January in the year
of our Lord nineteen hundred ind
forty-five, and of the Independence
of the United States of America 'he
one hundred and sixty-ninth.
s Franklin D. Roosevelt
Daughter To Wed
And Father Gets
D. Gilbert Fry has been named
driver's license examiner for the dis
trict of which Hoke county is a part,
to succeed Miss Minnie Belle Fry.
his daughter, who has resigned. Miss
Fry will be married on Saturday
evening, February 24th to Emory Sel
lers, at the Baptist church in Cartn
age. Mr. Fry, formerly superintendent
of the garage of the Moore County
schools, is expected to begin his new
work next week.
Game Hunting Ends
Saturday Feb. 10
District Game Protector H. R. Mc
Lean, advises that the hunting sea
son ends February 10th. Except: that
O'possum and Coon may be hunted
with dog and gun until February
Shells were not plentiful due to
world conditions. However, most
sportsmen had the opportunity of do
ing some hunting, and they should
now be willing to grease up the old
gun and put it on the rack.
Leading In Draft
WASHINGTON. A selective ser
vice survey shows that domestic heip
topped the list of draft registrants
rejected for military duty after phy
The study, just completed, also re
veals overall rejection rates lowest
in the Pacific northwest and Kansas,
while North and South Caro
lina and Arkansas led the states in the
percentage of men disqualified.
Although the state-by-state figures
are based on rejections from Feb
ruary through August, 1943, the re
port as a whole is a 20 per cent sam
pling of reports of more than 9,000,
000 registrants examined from April
1942 to January 1944.
It discloses that during that per
iod 59.6 per cent of such workers as
household cooks, chauffeurs and va
lets were found to be physically dis
qualified for the armed services.
Rejections were next highest among
"emergency" or part-time workers
and the unemployed, where 56.5 per
cent were turned down, and among
farmers and farm managers, where
56.4 per cent were disqualified.
At the other end of the range are
students, with only 2.57 per cent of
their number turned down, apparent
ly because nearly all are in the lower
The report covers men of all age
groups summoned for pysicals, rang
ing up to registrants 45 for the ear!y
part of the 21 months surveyed.
56.8 In N. C.
Reflecting a heavy total of rejec
tions among negroes, North Carolina's
overall rate for February-August,
1943 period was 56.8 per cent of all
examined, while Arkansas and South
Carolina each had a turn-down rate
of 55.9 per cent. Florida, Georgia,
Louisiana and Virginia were all above
50 per cent.
Oregon had the lewest rejection rate
in the country 24.4 per cent; Utah,
26.1; Washington, 28.2; and Idaho,
The study of reasons for disquali
fication is broken into two parts
one covering the period from April
1942 through March 1943, the other
the nine subsequent months. This
division was made to reflect a re
vision of physical standards, as well
as the start of induction of 18 and
19-year-olds early in 1943.
Over the first 12 months covered
by the survey, the 10 leading causes
of rejection, together with the per
centage of registrants examined turn
ed (jown for each, were:
Mental disease, 12.5 per cent; men
tal deficiency, 10.7; syphillis, 9.4 mu
sculoskeletal (injuries, amputations,
etc.) 9.3; heart disease, 8.8; eyes,
7.8; hernia, 7.8; nerve ailments, 5.5;
ears, 5; and tuberculosis. 4.1.
For the second period this was the
Mental disease, 17.9: mental de
ficiencies, 14.2; musculoskeletal, 8.9;
heart disease, 7; eyes, 6.3; hernia,
6.3; nerve ailments, 5; ears, 4.7; sy
philis, 3.7; and non-medical, 3.3.
Physical standards for acceptance of
syphilitics were lowered in the sec
Mrs. Gatlin's Mother
Mrs. Privett, 111
Marion Gatlin and Mrs. Hallie Gat
lin went to Lamar, S. C, last Wednes
day to see Mrs. Privett, Mrs. Gatlin's
mother, who was visiting at the home
of a daughter, Mrs. Will Pate. Mrs.
Privett is very sick and has recent
ly entered a hospital in Florence. On
account of her age her condition is
considered grave. She is eight-six
years old. Mrs. Privett is greatly
beloved in Raeford, where she has
made many friends during her visits
to Mrs. Gatlin.
As the News-Journal goes to press,
news comes that Mrs. Privett has had
a stroke and is desperately ill.
Carl Morris Returns From
Duke Hospital Sunday
Carl Morris, who has been a pa
tient at Duke hospital for four weeks
returned to his home here Sunoay.
Though quite weak, his condition H
good, and family and friends hope to
see him out again soon.
In All Schools Is
P.T. A. Proposal
March Of Dimes In Schools
Brings In Over $300.
Classes of students of Bible were
presented in a special program be
fore the Hoke-Raefurd Parent Teach
The progran was designed to
show the parents and other patrons
of the schools the type of work being
done in the Bible classes, which are
not a part of the regular school
work but provided through special
funds contributed by citizens of the
Following the presentation of the
program, which was well received,
there was a most interesting discus
sion of the feasibility and possibility
of providing Bible instruction in all
the schools of the county. It was de
eded to ask the other parent-teacher
groups to cooperate in the movement.
A representative of the Rockfish
school present, stated that their group
has already discussed the project and
was ready to join in the movement.
A Mildouson representative expressed
the opinion that this school would
Miss Bobbie Mayfield. who succeeds
Miss Aris Shankle in the graded school
faculty, was presented by Mrs. B. B.
Cole, president of the group.
At the Mildouson P. T. A. meeting
held Wednesday, they discussed the
Bible instruction proposal and ap
A teacher of building trades has
been secured for the Upchurch school.
He began his new work this week,
with a large group of interested stu
dents. Activities will be limited for
some time, it was said, due to lack
of wide range of shop equipment.
The March of Dimes campaign
which was closed Monday in the
schools was a splendid success and
showed a fine spirit of cooperation of
teachers and students. $309.46 was
raised in the schools, as follows:
Antioch,; $2.62; Ashemont, 7.10
Hoke High, 50.26; Mildouson, 8.10;
Raeford Graded. 59.58; Antioch In
dian, $5; Macedonia, $11; Calvin Mar
tin, $3; Upchurch, 63.25; Laurel Hill,
$6;. Edinburgh, 3:50; New Hope, $2;
Timberland, 3.60; Freedom, 12.65;
Bowmore, 13.50; Lilly's Chapel, 3.10;
Burlington, $5; Buffalo, $4; Rockfish
(negro) 7.10; Millside, $8; Bridges
Grove, 5.10; White Oak, 3.65; Cedar
Grove, 1.50; Friendship, 6.25; Peach
mont, 2.50; Fryes Mission, 12.10; and
Hoke High News
First Semester Honor Roll '
The following students, having
made an average of 90 or above, have
been placed on the honor roll for the
Eighth grade: Milton Mann Jimmy
McGougan, Frances Bowling, Patricia
McNeill, Archie Livingston, Anne
Gore, Betty Ella Benner, Marian
Lewis, Duke Marshall, Alice Sutton
Matheson, Anne Walters .
Ninth grade: Janie Lou Veasey,
Sarah Agnes Guin, Bonnie Kate Blue,
Nancy Lee Cole, Miralyn Johnson.
Tenth grade: Elizabeth Parker.
Eleventh Grade: Mary Carter,
Kathleen Cothran, Lucille Townsend,
Bessie Wright, Mary Raye Freeman,
Doris Keith, Juanita Long, Edith Mon
roe, Betty McLean.
Twelfth grade: Shirley Blue. Gra;e
Jones, Harriet Jones, Vera King. Judy
Klouse, Donnie Lytle, Laura McDoug
ald, Angclo Sorrentino, Elmira Whit
ley and Ina Mae Benner.
Hoke high basketball teams will
meet the Red Springs teams Fridiy
night, February 9, at Red Springs.
The following Tuesday, February 13,
Hoke's boys and girls will play the
Hamlet teams at Hamlet.
The members of Comus Dramatics
club, under the direction of Mrs.
Conk, presented a play, "A Letter
from Bob," at the assembly on Wed
nesday of this week. The play, hav
ing war-savings as the theme, was
planned and staged for the purpose
of promoting savings among the stu
dents of Hoke High. Those taking
part were Bobby McNeill, Jirrmy
Sinclair, Buddy Blue, Mary Stewart
Covington, Alice Sutton Matheson,
Angelo Sorren''no, Paul Johnson,
Lana Terrell. Hilda Jordan, and Mar
ian Lewis. Doris Keith was in charge
of the devotional and introduced the
cast of characters.
March of Dimes
The total collection for the in
fantile paralysis drive in the high
school was $50.26.
CHURCH OF GOD
Marion Butler, Pastor.
10:00 A. M. Sunday school.
11:00 A. M. Worship service.
7:30 P. M. Thursday Mid-week
All are invited to attend these services.