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A Merger ol THE BEAUFORT NEWS (Established 1912) and THE TWIN CITY TIMES (Established 1936)
38th YEAR NO. 34.
MOREHEAD CITY, AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1948
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND' FRIDAYS
Clarice Mason, 11 -Year-Old Atlantic Girl, Dies of Poliomyelitis
Morehead City Beauty To Compete
For Reidsville Harvest Queen Crown
Of Water Tank
Sireet Lighting Contract
With Tide Water
To prevent deterioration of the
50,000 gallon wood water tank and
ether fittings necessary for its
erection, Newport commissioners
at their meeting Tuesday night or
dered that an advertisement be
placed for bids for erection of the
The water system equipment was
purchased recently by the town
trom the federal government and
was originally used at Bogue field.
The tank, on a 60-foot steel tow
er, will be erected on town prop
erty at the rear of the town hall.
Bids have also been requested for
the digging of a well.
The commissioners also on
Tuesday night approved a street
lighting contract with Tide Water
Power company. The contract
provides for installation of 21 800
Garrison Mann was granted use
of town property in return for
keeping clear the road and walks
in the town cemetery and the
board ordered that the county san
itarian, A. D: Fulford, be request
ed to hurt 4(uj--oMaev4eVft
and make recommendations for
improvement of sanitary condi
Appointed as a committee to
assist Mr. Fulford in the survey
were Commissioners David R. Mc
Cain and Harold Wilton, in addi
tion to Mayor Aaron R. Craig.
The town agreed to purchase
300 feet of 2 1-2 foot tiling to drain
off excess water in the vicinity of
the Baptist church.
Upon reading a letter from the
state jail inspector, J. B. Moore,
Miss Edith Lockey, clerk, was re
quested to inform Mr. Moore that
the jail was used no more than
Mr. Moore, in his letter to the
commissioners, pointed out that
the jail constituted a fire hazard;
had no sanitary facilities or drink
ing water, and recommended that
any prisoners be taken immediate
ly to the county jail at Beaufort.
At the request of .Fire Chief
Bennie Garner, a list of fire-fighting
equipment will be made and
sent to the State Firemen's asso
ciation in order to qualify New
pert for membership in the organ
ization. Bills were ordered paid, the
budget finally adopted, and the
new fire siren ordered to be wired
up. Next month's meeting Tues
day, Oct. 5, will begin at 7:30 in
the town hall.
18 Attend Service Clnb
Meeting at Harlowe
Eighteen attended the Carteret
County 4-H service club meeting
Wednesday night in Taylor's com
munity hall, Harlowe.
In charge of the program on
health were Miss Ruth Peeling and
Mrs. Neal Campen. Following a
short business meeting. Miss Jo
sephine Stanton conducted a re
creation period, climaxed by
Refreshments of cokes and
cheese cracker sandwiches were
served by Miss Arnecia Wiley,
Miss Theresa Hill, and Miss Jane
The next meeting will be a Hal
loween party Wednesday night,
Oct. 13, in the curb market build
ing, Morehead City. In charge of
recreation will be Miss Stanton,
refeshmcnts, 'Mrs. Lloyd Gillikin,
and decorations, Miss Peeling.
Mrs. Clyde Taylor, president,
was In charge of the business
meeting. For . square dancing
Clyde Taylor and Claude Cum-
inings played electric guitars.
Power Boat Length No Limit!
; Capt. John A. Nelson, commer
cial fisheries commissioner, re
minded oystermen today that it is
now lawful to dredge with power
boats regardless of length provid
ed they are - equipped with' only
one dredge and that not exceeding
Special to The News-Times
REIDSVILLE, Sept. 10 Miss
Viola Stvron, of Morehead City,
"Miss Morehead City" will be
among the 20 contestants who will
enter the contest to select the
"Queen of the Harvest Jubilee of
1948" in Reidsville today and to
morrow. The Jubilee is an annual
event sponsored here each year by
the local Junior Chamber of Com
merce. Miss Styron will compete in two
contests. She will first appear
when she rides with the other
contestants on a float in the gala
parade Saturday morning. Judg
ing will occur at the bathing beau
ty contest Saturday afternoon and
at the coronation ball Saturday
night. Winner of the beauty con
test will be awarded a week's expense-paid
trip to New York City.
She and her chaperone will have
reservations at one of New York's
finest hotels, and the winner will
have interviews with Harry Cono
ver and John Robert Powers Mo
del agencies, or the equivalent of
the trip in cash. Second prize win
ner will receive a ladies' 17-Jewcl
Bulova wristwatch, and third prize
winner will receive a ladies' 15
Jewel Gothic wristwatch.
The Jubilee activities will begin
this morning at 8:30 o'clock when
a farm demonstration will be pre
Rockingham County Agricultural
agency, the United States of Soil
Conservation, the farm implement
dealers of Rockingham county, and
the local Junior Chamber of Com
merce. The demonstration will
show how 35 acres of eroded land
Can be restored to proper farming
condition. It is anticipated that
farmers from a 100-mile area will
witness the all-day demonstration.
.f Featured .. sneakers Jot thiL d-
mtmsfratiotf Wtll beProfessdr Da-';
vid, S. weaver, assistant director
of the North Carolina Extension
service, and R. Flake Shaw, exe
cutive vice-president of the North
Carolina Farm bureau.
The Jubilee Ball tonight will be
held in Leader warehouse from 10
p.m. until 2 a.m. with music pro
vided by Johnny Long and his or
chestra. The Jubilee festivities
will continue Saturday morning at
9:45 a.m. when a parade of extra
vagantly - decorated floats will be
driven through Reidsville. The
parade will end at Kiker stadium
where Senator Clyde R. Hoey will
address those attending the Jubi
lee. From 2 until 4 p.m., games and
contests will be sponsored with
prizes offered for winners in the
greasy pig contest, foot race, pie
eating contest, and many others.
At 4 p.m. the bathing beauty con
test will be held in the stadium.
To climax the Jubilee, the Coro
nation Ball will be held in Leader
warehouse from 0 p.m. until 12
midnight. At this time the con
testants for "Queen of the Harvest
Jubilee of 1948" will appear in
formal clothes and the winner will
be crowned. A square dance will
be conducted at Smothers' ware
house at the same time.
Shot Gun Theft
Leading a record court docket
of 63 cases, Bernard William
Friedman, charged with "Stealing,
taking and carrying away, without
the knowledge or consent of the
owner, one 410 gauge double-barreled
shot gun, and concealing
from the owner other property val
ued above $25," pleaded guilty to
the charge Tuesday morning in re
corder's court, Beaufort, and was
given a one year's suspended sen
tence on the roads, placed on five
years' food behavior, and ordered
to pay costs of court..
Friedman told the presiding
judge, Lambert R. Morris, that he
did not want the shot gun for his
own personal use, but that he in
tended to sell it.
Judge Morris told Friedman
that "you don't, look like a crimi
nal to me and I'm going to give
you the same chance that I would
want my boy to have." When
Friedman stated that -he had no
money to pay a fine, Morris fixed
the monetary penalty at court ex
penses and cautioned Friedman to
stay out of trouble in the future.
Another defendant in the case,
a minor, was remanded to Juve
Six Negroes were found guilty
on the charge of possessing non
tax paid whiskey, Curtis Byrd, at
whose home the defendants were
found holding a Saturday night
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Of New Chamber
Dan L. Walker, manager of the
Beaufort Chamber of Commerce,
speaking before the Beaufort Ro
tary Tuesday evening, proposed
the organization of a Beaufort inter-civic
group composed of the
presidents of the various civic or
ganizations of Beaufort in order to
pool ideas and coordinate efforts
toward the betterment of Beaufort
and Carteret county.
The proposed organization would
meet once a month, with the
chairmanship rotating among the
Said Mr. Walker, "Suppose that
Beaufort is in insurance classifica
tion seven, which, I believe, it is.
The Jaycees find that, with very
See ROTARIANS Page 6
's Court Docket
party, was sentenced to six months
on the roads, suspended on condi
tion that he pay $25 and court
The other defendants, each of
whom were ordered to pay $10
plus costs of court, were Leonard
Fountain, Arnie Williams, Johnnie
McQuinn, Paul Williams, and Bly
nelle Byrd, alias Blynelle Jones.
Frank Parker, charged by his
legally separated wife, Katie W.
Parker, with non-support of their
two minor children, was sentenced
to two years on the roads, not to
issue so long as he pays $75 per
month toward the children's sup
port and pays the costs of the
Robert Dudley and D. P. Poc,
Negroes charged with assaulting
each other with deadly weapons,
were given one year's suspended
sentence and were told to remain
sober end on good behavior for
two years. Poe was assessed $50
and court costs and Dudley $25
and costs, ,
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William Godette, Negro, charg
ed with reckless and careless driv
ing and transporting non-tax paid
whiskey, was found guilty of the
reckless driving charge and fined
$50 and costs. The whiskey trans
portation charge was dismissed
when defense counsel Claud R.
See COURT Pago t
Carteret county accounted for its first fatality in the current
polio epidemic early yesterday morning when Clarice Mason, II year
old resident of Atlantic, died of infantile paralysis enroute to James
Walker Memorial hospital, Wilmington.
The girl, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Mason, first took
ill Monday, ISiit there were no symptoms of polio. Wednesday night
the girl took a sudden turn for the worse, and the family physician,
Polio Chapter Receives
$2,68176 Trom Track
Mrs. Pauline Dickinson, Beau
fort, chairman of the Carteret
County Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis was presented Wed
nesday night with a check for
$2,684.76, the net proceeds plus
contributions received at the
Carolina Racing association dog
track Wednesday night.
Also the net proceeds received
by Vincent Demarco, tin sheet
distributor, were presented to
the local chapter.
Tentative date for closing of
the track has now been set for
Sept. 18, it was reported today.
Definite closing date will be de
cided at a meeting Sunday.
Store at Bettie
Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Spivey,
Owners, Term Building
Fire destroyed a Bettie grocery
store early Tuesday morning, caus
ing What was railed by one of the
owners as a "complete loss." The
store was owned by Mr. and Mrs.
G. T. Spivcv and had been rented
to W. A. Bryant, who owned the
The fire was first discovered by
Jimmy Arthur Bejiie. who report
ed lBh. Mrs: 6pyV Mrs. Spivey
then called the Beaafort fire de
partment and an alarm was sound
ed at 1:30 a.m. The fire depart
ment received another call soon
after, however, that the fire was
beyond control and that , there
would be no need of the depart
The (ire's origin still remains a
mystery. Mrs. Spivey said she be
lieved the blaze started in. the
dance hall in back of the store,
possibly from a motor. She ex
plained that the voltage in Bettie
is very low ?nd that she had, ex
perienced trouble with motors be
fore. , In trying to save something, a
garden hose had been played on
the fire, but it did not help any.
The only things that were salvaged
were the cash register and adding
Mrs. Spivey stated that tfie pro
perty was partly insured and that
she and her husband had dropped
$2,500 insurance at the beginning
of the summer. They felt it wasn't
necessary, partly because Bettie's
high insurance rates caused quite
Mrs. L. W. HasseU's
Gerens Blooms Profusely!
Mrs. L. W. Hassell, wife of
Beaufort's mayor, announced today
that her nisht-blooming cereus
has produced 31 blooms so far this
season, and more are expected in
about a week.
The flowers, which start to open
about dusk and are in full bloom
at midnight, continue blossoming
from July until November, Mrs.
Th, plant, a member of the cac
tus family, was fiven to her about
seven years ago by a friend who
was moving to Ohiq.
Twelve blooms were counted on
the plant at one time recently. The
total of 31 blossoms appeared in
groups of 3, 5, 11, and finally 12.
Nine buds were visible on the
plant yesterday, each of which will
probably produce a week from
now one of the large, white blooms
resembling a pond lily.
Towed In By Coast Guard
, An object resembling a torpedo
Was towed in to Fort Macon Coast
.Guard station Wednesday, it was
learned today from G. H. Meekins,
commanding officer. f( ;
Definite identification of the ob
ject will await the arrival of a
demolition expert from headquar
ters Fifth Naval District
Described as "looking like part
of a torpedo," but without a war
head, the object was sighted by a
fisherman a mile ff . Atlantic
Beach and towed in by the Coast
Guard.'. -v - ;;:-y '
Dr. L. W. Moore, of Beaufort, was
called, but there were still no ap
parent polio symptoms.
During the night, however, Cla
rice began to have trouble ith
her breathing, and she was gasp
ing for air. Mrs. Leota Hammer,
county health department nurse
who lives in Atlantic, tried to con
tact Dr. Moore in Beaufort at 3:25
a.m., but she could not reach the
In the meant imo, the girl's pa
rents drove to Beaufort where they
found Dr. Moore. Suspecting
polio, the four of them started
The health department, con
trary to current rumors, has not
made any move toward the
changing of the tentative Oct.
1 school opening date. A special
board of health meeting will
have to be called before a
change is made. Any thoughts
that may have been entertained
along this line were given a set
back, however, by yesterflny's
out for Wilmington, . where most
of the county's polio patients are
Clarice died, at approximately
5:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Camp
l.ejeune. Dr. Moore's suspicion of
polio was confirmed later in the
day by laboratory tests.
The girl, described as a very
talented youngster, was active in
civic affairs, played the piano, and
was active in the Missionary Bap
tist church. She is survived by
her parents and grandparents.
According- to state health regu
lations, the funeral will be a pri
vate one. Rev. L. C. Chandler, of
Davis, pastor of the Missionary
Baptist church, will preside.
A Morehead City child who be
came ill Monday and was taken
to James Walker Memorial hospi
tal for diagnosis as suspected po
lio case, was reported yesterday
by the county health department
See POLIO Page 6
At Air Station
Restrictions on leave and liberty
at Cherry Point Marine Corps air
station due to the polio epidemic
were lifted this week. Capt. T. L.
Allman, senior medical officer on
the station, pointed out, however,
that it would be a wise precaution
to limit visiting on the base to a
minimum, to keep children segre
gated, and to avoid traveling
through or visiting known polio
Decision to lift the restrictions
was made after conferring with
other public health officials. In
cidence of the cases has dropped
considerably, making lifting of
bans possible, the public informa
tion office reported.
Limitations on free movement
of bsse personnel went into effect
Aug. 16 with more than 10 cases
recorded in the married enlisted
men's quarters and transit mili
Crass Fire Extinguished
By Fire Department
Morehead City fire department
put out a-grass fire at the section
base Wednesday afternoon.
The alarm, phoned to the sta
tion by the state highway patrol,
came in at 2:30. The flames, cov
ering about an acre, were brought
under control by use of water
from the booster tank.
Also received this week at the
fire department was 1,450 feet of
new hose, chemically treated to
Lack of Quorum Causes
Cancellation ol Meeting
Lack of a quorum caused can
cellation of the Beaufort commis
sioners' meeting Monday night.
Only two commissioners, J. O. Bar
bour and John Ratcliffe, Mayor L.
W. Hassell, and William Hatsell,
the town clerk,- put in an appear
ance. i The board will meet this Mon
day night, Sept. 13, at 7:30 in the
Agriculture Commissioner to Launch
Farm Bureau Membership Drive
C. I. Hatsel Honored
In Special Ceremony
"Cnp'n" Charles I. Hatsel of
Beaufort, affectionately known to
local residents as "Cap'n" Hatsel
for 30 year, was honored in a
brief ceremony at his home, Wed
nesday, for 4! years of service at
the If. S. Fishery Biological labor
atory. Surrounded bv the members of
his family and the crew with
which he worked at "Terrapin
Town," "Cap'n" Charlie was pre
sented with a citation and a certi
ficate from the U. S. Department
of the Interior. A bronze plaque
will also be awarded him later.
Dr. Herbert F. Prytherch, direc
tor of the laboratory, presented
the pwards on behalf of the De
partment of the Interior.
The citation read as follows:
FOR COMMENDABLE SERVICE
Charles I. Hatsel
upon retiring from the United
States Civil Service in the Depart
ment. The service of this employee
has been long, faithful and satis
factory. It has been a contribution
to and in promotion of the best
interests of the Government of the
United States and is deserving of
this commendation of the Depart
ment. William E. Warne
"Cap'n" Hatsel was retired Feb
ruary 28, 1947, having served, at
the laboratory continuously Since
his permanent appointment July 3,
His work in the hatching of diamond-back
terrapins won him na
tional recognition in the October
1947 issue of NATURE magazine.
The article, entitled "Terrapin
Town," stated that "Most of the
credit for the successful propaga
tion of the terrapin, according to
Dr. Prytherch, is due to the inter
est and painstaking work of Cap
See CAPT. HATSEL Page 6
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Operating a profitable taxi business on Ocracoke are Jake Alli
good, right, and his son, Jake, Jr., left. Their taxi "stands" are at
several places the dock, Jake's home, and right here, In front of
the Wahab hotel.
Everyone who steps foot on
Ocracoke knows Jake.
Unless you choose to walk to
the hotel, coffee shop or the home
of your host, Jake's taxi is the
chariot in which you'll ride.
For 12 years Jather Alligood
(that's his proper name) has made
Ocracoke his home. He's a native
of Beaufort county while his wife,
the former Myra Garrish, is a na
tive of Ocracoke.
By trade Jake is an auto mech
anic, and a good one. The fact
that his sight is not as good as it
once was deters him not the least
from repairing cars and maintain
ing his reputation as the best "ga
rage man" on the island.
Mrs. Alligood explains, "Oh,
there are others who try to fix
cars, and they'll run for a little
while, then they finally bring them
to Jake to get them fixed right."
During the depression Jake
worked in New Bern, "making out
all right." Then, his wife's brother
asked him if he wouldn't go to
Ocracoke for about a week, that
there were cars and trucks there
that needed repairing.
He got a box of tools and went
to Ocracoke. After that it wasn't
long until he left New Bern and
made the banks his permanent
. Jaka'i maia business is taking
SBI Director to Address
Beaufort Jaycees Monday
William Anderson, Raleigh,
director of the State Burucau of
Investigation, w II be the speak
er at the meeting of the Beau
fort Junior Chamber of Com
merce Monday night at the Inlet
Inn, Odell Merrill, program
chairman, announced today.
Director Anderson's topic will
be "Crime in North Carolina
How h Small Town Can Combat
It." The dinner meeting will
begin at 7 o'clock.
Business Club to
State President Will Speak
At Meeting Tuesday
The Carteret Business and Pro
fessional Women's club will re
ceive its charter at a dinner meet
ing at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening
in the JeUerson restaurant. Pre
senting the charter wUl be Mrs.
Kathryn Shipman, of High Point,
president of the State Business
and Professional Women's club,
who will also be the main speaker
of the evening.
Receiving the charter on behalf
of the Carteret cluub will be Mrs.
M. M. Ayscue, president.
Invited guests at the meeting
will be Mrs. Stella Price, of Wins
ton-Salem, editor of the Tar Heel
Woman, H. L. Joslyn, superinten-
See BUSINESS CLUB Page 6
vacationers beach fishing. His
"cab," actually a three-quarter ton
reconnaissance car, is known form
ally as "Jake's Beach Fishing
Taxi." Its heavy tire treads can
be seen on every road on Ocra
coke and it has taken many a
wave to obliterate them on the
sandy beach where surf fishermen
haul in the channel bass.
Last fall a party which Jake
took fishing caught 164 drum, the
largest catch every made on the
island in one night.
Jake's busiest time is from now
until about Thanksgiving both
hunters and fishermen seek Ocra
coke as the sportsmen's paradise.
As for business in general, Jake
says, "We've got about all we can
Since his eyesight is failing, he
has his son, Jather, Jr., drive the
taxi but head man and chief
taxi-fixer-upper in the outfit is
The man holding the string of
mullet in the picture which ap
peared on page 10 of last Friday's
NEWS-TIMES is Vance Fulford,
superintendent of the U. S. Fish
eries Biological station, and not
Capt. Charles Hatsel, as stated in
tht lines under oa picture.
State Commissioner of Agricul
ture. IV S. Cnltrano. Raleh'h. will
launch the North Carolina Farm
bureau membership drive in Car
teret county with an address at"
the court house Wednesday night,
Sept. 15, at 8 o'clock.
Raymond Ball, president of the
Carteret County Farm Bureau, in
making this announcemer.i today,
added that thcfarm bureau's
membership quota for the coming
year is 550. I.ast year's quota of
533 was surpassed with a total of
Oscar Salter, of Bettie, reap
pointed as chairman of the mem
bership drive said that they cer
tainly hope to exceed this year's
quota and urged every farm bu
reau member and those interested
in agriculture to hear Mr. Colt
rane. Kach community membership
chairman who served last year
will be reappointed for the cur
rent campaign and will receive
special invitations to attend Wed
nesday night's meeting where they
will receive membership blanks.
Community chairmen are the
T. C. Oglesby, Jr., RKD, More
head City, Oscar Salter, RFD,
Beaufort, Flovd M. Garner, RFD,
Newport, D. W. Truckner, Tclleti
er, Fred I,. Bell, Wildwood, Neal
Campen, RFD, Beaufort.
II. T. Carrawav, RFD. Beaufort.
J. M. Chadwick, Marshallberg, Sam
D. F.dwards, Newport, Ellis A. Fo
drie, RKD, Newport, Artis B. Gar
ner, RFD, Newport, Orville Gas
W. J. Hardestv, RFD. Newport,
Gus Lancaster, Jr., RFD, Beau,
fort, R. E. Laughton, Morehead
City. Giftoa 6. Lewis, RFD, Beau
fort, H. W. Merrill, RFD, Beau,
fort, Tom Mills, Morehead City, i,
Leland H. Morris, Stella, L. W.
Pelletier, Stella, J. G. Taylor, RFD,
Newport, D. B. Turner, Jr., RFD,
Newport, Allen J. Vinson, Stella,
Raymond Ball, RFD, Newport, Ro
gers Murray, RFD, Beaufort,
mo Smith, RFD, Newport, Elmer
Garner, RFD, Newport.
Food Center Entered;
$150 in Cash Stolen
Approximately $155 was stolen
between 2 and 4 a.m. Wednesday
from the cash registers at Stroud's
Food center on 18th street, Chief
of Police E. J. Willis reported to
day. The burglars entered the build
ing from the rear by cutting the
wire out of the ventilating fan. C.
N. Stroud, owner and manager ot
the food center, discovered the
robbery when he opened the store
in the morning. Nothing else has
been missed, he said, except the
In addition to Chief Willis, the
burglary was also investigated by
George Cannady, Kinston, State
Bureau of Investigation. '!
Broad Creek Nan Injured -When
Army Barracks Falls
Fred Lewis, of Broad Creek,
was injured late Wednesday morn
ing when a 30 by 36-foot army
barracks fell on him. The accident
occurred while Lewis and his
brother-in-law, Frank Ward, also
of Broad Creek, were erecting the
One section remained to be put .
in place and while Ward was get
ting that, the building toppled
down, pinning Lewis beneath it.
Four of his ribs were broken and
his whole body was bruised. ''.
He was taken to the Morehead
City hospital where he was re
ported today to be in satisfactory
Friday, Sept. 10 n,
m. 7:25 a.m.
m. 8:35 pm;
Saturday. Sept. 11 - lc
m. 10:44 p.m.
Monday, Sept. t
m. 10:40 a.hi
m. 11:35 p.m.
..Tuesday, Sept. 14
m. 1 11:30 a.m.
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