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URTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES ""
47th YEAR, NO. 2. EIGHT PAGES AND COMICS MOREHEAD CITY AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1958 PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
New Year's Resolutions Lose
Glamour as Age Increases
By BOB SEYMOUR
Speaking of new year's resolu
tions ? "I've lived enough years
to where I've found it ain't worth
it," says Jerry Schumacher, More
bead City photographer.
He elaborated on this philosophy
(accepted by 99 per cent of the
people 1 talked to) as follows:
"Consider your present condition.
Maybe you smoke, drink or eat too
much . Maybe you do all three.
Well-, after you go through all sorts
of mental and physical torture, you
will always end up just about where
"You will regain in two days all
the weight you lost through sheer
torment over a period of a week
"You will find yourself drinking
just as much and smoking just as |
many cigarettes trying to recover
from the strain you went through
Mrs. Schumacher suggested that
everyone limit resolutions to social
activities. "A person gets so many
accidental hurts in this life there is
no excuse for one of us to go out
of our way to hurt others," she ad
Mrs. Lillian Leggett, route 1
Morehead City, says that she has
no plans for making new year's
resolutions after what happened
this year. She resolved to go on
a diet but gave in the first day of
Mrs. Leggett is a waitress at the
Sanitary Restaurant. "The first day
my 'diet' started, Bud Mayo cooked
apple pics. The temptation was too
much for me."
T/Sgt. P. D. Bray, NCO in
charge of the Morchead City Mili
tary police detachment, said that
he heard only one resolution. His
two sons. Richard, 10, and Paul,
13, resolved to lower their voices
in the house and try not to make
their mother nervous.
Outcome In Doubt
The boys are in Providence, R.
I., going to school, so Sergeant
Bray has not heard yet how the
resolution is turning out.
Checking up on last year's reso
lutions I found that only one seri
ous resolution was mentioned. It
was made by Alvin Wade, a para
trooper due for discharge in the
He resolved to get out of the ser
vice and enter college. At our last
report he was a freshman at State
College in Raleigh.
Wade Bell, who works at the
Morehead City ABC store, made a
prediction last year. "Most of the
people who swore off whiskey while
nursing new year's hangovers will
break their resolution before the
week is out," he said. A later
check proved he was right.
'58 Boat Licenses Came
Due First of January
Leon K. Thomas of the state
commercial fisheries division re
minds commercial boat owners
that 1958 boat licenses are required
on all boats as of Jan. 1, 1958.
The licenses may be purchased
from agents located throughout the
county, as well as at the commer
cial fisheries office, Camp Glenn.
The following arc selling the li
censes: Carl Lewis, Harkers Is
land; Jack Neal, Carteret Hard
ware, Beaufort; John Phillips,
Phillips' Hardware, Morchcad
City; Irving Smith, Salter Path.
Roger Jones, route 1 Newport;
William Forrest, route 2 Newport;
George Hardy, Merrimon; Gerald
Davis, Marsballbcrg; and Mrs.
Alvin David, Davis.
The license for boats up to and
including 18 feet is $2.50; boats
above 18 feet and not more than
26 feet arc licensed at a cost of
50 cents per foot overall length;
boats above 26 feet are 75 cents
per foot overall length.
Mr. Thomas, accompanied by
Dr. A. F. Chestnut, director of the
UNC Institute of Fisheries Re
search, attended the ponservatlon
and Development fisheries hearing
at Raleigh yesterday.
Methodists Plan Four-Night
Christian Workers School
It seemed like old home "week"
Sunday for the Catholic sisters at
St. Egbert's Church, Morchead
City. They were guests aboard the
ship Dies dc Solis which was
docked at the Morchead City state
The ship's crew is Spanish and
many of the men came from sec
tions In Spain which were the
homes of the sisters.
father Walter Higgins, pastor
of St. Egbert's Church, conducted
mass aboard ship at 10 a.m. Sun
In the afternoon the sisters were
shown over the ship. Although the
crew speaks Spanish, the captain
speaks English very well. Father
Higgins reports. The captain ex
pressed the hope that on a return
call to Morehcad City Father Hig
gins and the nuns would have din
ner aboard ship.
The de Solis is scheduled to sail
for Spain today carrying milk and
cheese supplied by Catholic chari
ties under the CARE program.
J Representing the 4,373 Meth
odists of Carteret County, the
board of managers of the Carteret
County Christian Workers' School
have launched plans for a four
night school of instruction in Feb
ruary for teachers and officers of
the church school and for other
lay workers in the church.
Meeting Sunday afternoon at the
N. F. Eure Educational Building
of Ann Street Methodist Church.
Beaufort, the board of managers,
led by its chairman, the Rev.
Ralph Fleming of Newport,
mapped out a program of promo
tion and prc-enrollmcnt that seeks
to make this the largest such
school ever held in the county.
Invitations to the meeting were
extended by the dean of the school,
the Rev. Bill Jeffries of Marshall
berg, to the enrollment chairman
of the 22 Methodist churches of the
county plus those of Harlowe and
Oak Grove Methodist Churches,
which will also participate.
The Christian Workers' School,
an annual event, is scheduled for
g" ic nights of Feb. 2, 3, 4, 5. A spe
al laboratory course, featuring a
>monstration of teaching methods
in a classroom and requiring the
presence of small children, will be
given during the day hours of the
Coral Bay Club A County Aid
In Seeking New Location for Pier
Properly conflicts between mem-1
bers of the Coral Bay Club and
Morehcad Fishing Piers Inc., were
temporarily resolved yesterday
when the fishing pier interests
agreed to defer construction until
Wednesday, Jan. IS, in the hope
that the pier could be relocated
farther west, away from proposed
Coral Bay Club development.
James M. Poyner, secretary of
the club, and Willis Smith Jr. ap
pealed to county commissioners
during the past several days to see
it the county board could do any
thing to have the pier relocated.
Shelby Freeman, Atlantic Beach,
who is one of the members of the
pier firm, appeared before the
county board yesterday morning
and said that he and his partners
would be willing to relocate the
pier if property could be obtained.
Present site of the pier is in the
Pine Knoll Shores development be
tween Ocean Ridge and Salter
Path. The Coral Bay Chib, whose
property extends from the ocean
to the sound, is between Ocean
Ridge and Pine Knoll Shorea.
Work has already started on con
struction of a lavish club house.
To the west of the club house are
the Willis Smith subdivision and
Jack Taylor property, consisting of
an ocean frontage of 4,too feet.
The proposed pier would be lo
cated at the west boundary of the
Taylor property. The Coral Bay
interests say that refuse from the
pier would wash on the Smith and
Taylor properties where expensive
summer homes are proposed, and
that the pier would obstruct a
pleasant ocean view.
Mr. Freeman estimated that the
pier would be about a half mile
from the west boundary of the Tay
lor property. He said that Fred
Clarkaon, agent for the Pine Knoll
Shores development, was reluctant
to tell any property for the pier
further west at the same price the
present pier site has been obtained.
The county commissioners were
reluctant to make formal objection
to the Corps of Engineers relative |
to construction of the pier in navi
gable waters. They believed that
the Morchcad Piers firm had pro
ceeded in accordance with its
rights and privileges.
The board cited the fact, how-1
ever, that the amount of money |
to be invested in the Coral Bay en
See CONFLICT, Page 1
Tides at the Beaufort Bar
Tuesday, Jan. 7
9:06 a.m. 3:02 a.m.
9:39 p.m. 3:41 p.m
Wednesday, Jan. 8
9:M a.m. 3:47 a.m.
10:33 p.m. 4:23 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9
10:11 a.m. 4:34 a.m.
11:? P m 5.08 p.m.
Friday, Jin. 10
11:40 a.m. 5:25 a.m.
1951! TB Fund
Drive in 195/
Carteret County was one of the
first two counties in the state to
exceed last year s total return in
the 1957 Christmas Seal campaign.
R M Williams, county chairman
for the sale, said yesterday that
$2,573.18 had been collected. Last
year's total was $2,313.12.
Mr. Williams was notified that
this county was among the leaders
by a letter from C. Scott Venahle
executive director of the state tu
Mr. Williams says that the splen
did showing of the county was
made possible through the coopera
tion of many people. He expressed
appreciation to THE NEWS-TIMES,
the radio stations and the More
head City and Beaufort theatres
for their free publicity for the
He also pointed out that the home
economics classes sold seals on,
Saturdays during December and
sponsored window displays in
Beaufort, Morehead City and New
Mr. Williams said that much of
the success of the campaign was
due to the cooperation of civic
Clubs and the county ministers'
association The nurses of the
county health department handled
All funds, according to Mr. Wil
hams, will be used to promote a
research program on a state level
and to fight tuberculosis disease
ncrc in the county.
As an outgrowth of the conflict
of interests on the fishing pier and
the Coral Bay Club on Bogue
Banks, the county board yester
day requested the county attorney,
Alvah Hamilton, to investigate the
authority vested in county boards
for setting up county zoning ordi
Mr Hamilton was requested to
present the information to the
board at its next meeting.
The board also approved the in
nCn. "si '?r ,he coun?y for
1958. Blanket insurance, for re
p acement purposes, is being han
died by one firm, with the com
mission split among all companies
qualified to handle such insurance.
The board plans to have the in
|Surancc rotate among the com
I ?u "'. WI,h ?nc company handlini
time Th" r " SFt pmod 0
time. The commissioners bclicvi
that such operation is of mon
! ,0 'hc county than by hav
eral agents SP'" am?ng 5CV
nroiL.C^mnliS,ioners aPProvcd the
u Commiss,oner Skinner
' wh.?'s ,n the insurance bus
"inv i "J .. e Preferrcd not to be
votb? ' a"d ,bsta">cd from
ia^",Ugh?aUFr presfntcd the
jail report for December. The jail
nunflt!?'/aCC?mmoda,cd a recor "
number for one month, 92
Commissioner Chalk questione
^ange?ent for the count
taking care of Beaufort town pris
hiff th ?'1 U Be?ufort receive,
half the costs levied on a convicte,
prisoner picked up in Beaufort
Newport should do likewise.
See COUNTY BOARD, Page
Commissioner s Report Indicates
Crackdown on Fish Law Violators
Mid-Week May Bring Relief
From Freezing Temperatures
1'hotus by !5ob acyniuur
Pelletier Creek, west of Morehead City, was frozen over again yesterday morning. The ice made a per
fect mirror for the boats and mooring dolphins at Cannon's boat yard.
Ducks in the creek found the going rough. The mallard drake in. the lead acted as ice-breaker for
his harem which paddled behind.
The icy claws of winter which
have been gripping Carteret for
the past six days may relax by
tomorrow, E. Stamcy Davis, wea
ther observer, said yesterday.
The temperature dropped below
freezing last Thursday night and
night-time temperatures stayed be
low freezing through last night.
Even the daylight hours brought
little relief from the bitter cold.
The mercury climbed no higher
than 34 Saturday and Sunday.
This winter siege brought with
it the usual troubles?frozen water
pipes, balky automobiles, and
scores of persons suffering from
colds. Many a creek and inlet is
layered with ice.
Wind shifted around to the south
cast during the night Sunday,
bringing more moisture to the
land and causing a heavy frost
yesterday morning. Cars left out
during the night were coated with
From Wednesday through Sun
day the wind was from the north
Mr. Davis said the barometer i
registered a high 31 Sunday, an
indication of clear weather, but he
said more moisture may be in the
offing and with that change, the
weather may warm up.
Temperatures from Thursday
Jan. 2 . 49 31
Jan. 3 35 31
Jan. 4 34 25
Jan. 5 34 22
The low recorded yesterday
morning was 23 degrees.
Low temperatures during this
cold period did not reach the low
of last month, 16 degrees on the
night of Dec. 11. But that pre
Christmas freeze did not last as
long as this one has. At that time
newly-planted cabbage plants were
Deep freezes like this make
folks recall the five to six-day spell
in 1917 when Boguc and Pamlico
Sounds froze oyer. The Dec. 11,
1957 temperature was the lowest
Mr. Davis has recorded during his;
'10 years of keeping weather sta- j
To Elect Officers
The Morehead City Rotary Club
will elect officers at its last meet
ing this month. Thursday night
president Grover Mundcn appoint
ed a nominating committee.
The committee is cqmposed of
11. S. Gibbs Jr., chairman, W. C.
Carlton and I. E. Pittman.
Thomas L. Noc was pcogram
chairman for the meeting, held at
the Rex Restaurant, lie divided
the club into two groups and had
members of one side tell where
members of the other side were
born and where they lived before
they came to Morehead City.
Trash behind Johnson-Saunders
Dry Cleaners, Beaufort, caught on
fire at 2 p.m. Sunday. Children
playing with matches were respon
sible for the blaze, according to the
i fire department. The fire was put
|out in 10 minutes.
Santa Claus Writes a Letter
(Editor's Note: Everyone knows about letters to Santa Claus. At
some lime in his life, each one of us has probably written the frosty
bearded gentleman. But seldom have we had the privilege of getting
a letter from him. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we pre
sent this letter. May parents take it to heart).
North Tolc Headquarters,
Santa Claus It Associates,
January 3, 1358
Miaa Huth L. Peeling, Editor,
Carteret County News-Times,
Morrhcad City, N. C.,
United Slates of America.
My dear Ruth:
As one of my earliest activities, I
after a "long winter's nap" and a |
period of relaxation from my fast
flying trip throughout the world on I
December 24-25, 1 write you this1
letter with the request that you
pass its contents along to your
It was a real pleasure to visit re
cently the good people, and espe
cially the children, of Carteret
County. I wish to express my
thanks to all who contributed to my
enjoyment of the occasions.
Usually, my writings and other,
communications are especially for
the children. This message, how
ever, is directed to the parents,
and I hope that they will receive
it, take it to heart, and keep it in
mind during the many days which
will pi*3.3 before my next visit to
your part of the world.
Only a few thoughtless incidents
occurred to mar the pleasure of my
visits to North Carolina, and else
where. My thousands of helpers,
assisting me throughout the world,
reported similar instances, so my
following comments arc appropri
ate for all parents everywhere.
First, and foremost, I must cen
sure those parents who threaten
dire consequences for children "un
less you are good " All too fre
quently, parents said to me in the
presence of children: "Santa, tell
this child that you will bring him
nothing hut switches if he isn't a
Now. my dear parents, Santa will
NOT threaten children; nor will he
See LETTER, Page 2
Evidence of stricter enforcement of fisheries regulations
was shown in the six-mbnth report presented to the Board
of Conservation and Development yesterday at Raleigh by
C. G. Holland, commercial fisheries commissioner.
From July 1, 1957 to Dec. 31, 1957 there were 141 cases
filed against fishermen. Two of the defendants were juve
niles, three were found not guilty,'
seven cases are pending now, five
appealed to superior court, the
case against one was dropped and
the state decided not to prosecute
eight but reserved the privilege of
reopening the cases later.
Commissioner Holland said that
there were 111 convictions; fines
totaled $709; court costs levied
were $1,477 90, and seized nets sold
The commissioner pointed out
that most of the violations were for
failure to display license tags,
commercial fishing without a li- j
cense, scalloping out of season, tak
ing undersized oysters, shrimping
on Sunday and during the closed
Seven hundred thirty boats were
licensed during the six months,
more than the number licensed dur- i
ing any other period in the history
of the department. Licensed in
1958 were 4.658 and in 1957 there
were 1,388 licensed.
Approximately 3,300 of the 1957
licenses were issued to boats 18
feet or less in length.
Receipts at Record High
Fisheries division receipts for the ;
past six months were at an all
time high, $60.308 09.
Fisheries showing an increased
production over 1956 were shrimp,
soft crabs, hard crabs, ond scal
lops. Catches were off on oysters,
clams, food fish, and menhaden.
Commissioner Holland's eom
ments on the individual fisheries
Oysters: Production was off from
that of the corresponding period
of last year; however, the price
was very good. This was due in
part to the fact that we had some
of our best public bottom closed
where we planted seeds and shells
I think that'I should comment on
the Shell Bay area in Hyde County.
In the spring of 1955, we planted
24,775 tubs of seed oysters at a
cost of approximately $6,250. This
area is about one mile long and the
same distance wide. We opened
this Bay Dec. 16 and in the first
three days the catch was approxi
mately 8.359 tubs of oysters valued
at $25,000. Around 125 boats were
working this area, furnishing em
ployment to hundreds of oyster
The cull law was strictly en
forced during this period and our
men reported to this office that
many undersized oysters were re
turned to the bottom that they were
taken from These oysters should
be of legal size next season.
Shrimp: There arc probably
more fishermen engaged in this ac
tivity than in any other of the in
dustry. Inside and outside, in large
and small boats, the search for this
seafood was intense and without
let-up during the active season.
As a consequence, any decided
change cither way in production
affects very greatly the economic
condition of the fishermen and
dealers all along the coastal area.
There were more boats engaged in
this activity than during any pre
vious year and the price to the
catcher was at an all time high.
The catch of shrimp this period
exceeded that of last year by
Clams: I believe the food value
of the clam has not been fully ap
preciated by the general public.
For instance, those who have eaten
clam chowder, when it was proper
ly prepared, have found it to be
quite as good a dish as that pre
pared from any other seafood.
We have a fairly large plant that
cans clams but very few of the
people away from our coast know
how to prepare the chowder from
these clams. The clam production
for this period was off around
2,500 bushels from what it was the
corresponding period last year.
Soft Crabs: Until recent years
crab dealers came from Virginia
and Maryland and located at ccr
See REPORT, Page 2
On 1957 Activities
Coroner Leslie Springlc present
ed a report on his activities for
1957 to the county board of com
missioners yesterday morning. He
made 53 investigations of deaths.
Seven were highway fatalities;
there were five murders, three
drownings, two deaths by fire, two
suicides and one death by suffoca
tion. Four inquests were conducted
and in the course of his work the
coroner traveled 2.040 miles.
He said he made 10 fewer inves
tigations in 1957 than he did in
1956 Mr Springle also expressed
his appreciation to law enforce
ment officers for their help.
Issues to Board
! W. II. Potter, Beaufort, appeared
before the county commissioners
yesterday morning to plead the
lease of Beaufort Fisheries em
ployees and to request the county
to reconsider the method of tax
j ing menhaden boats.
Wages of Beaufort Fisheries cm
I ployees were recently garnishced
to meet unpaid county taxes. Mr.
Potter said that some of the un
paid taxes collected went back as
far as 1935 and his employees
couldn't understand why payment
was suddenly demanded.
Mr. Potter added that some em
ployees may be under the im
pression that his company is to
blame, since the taxes owed were
taken out of the employees' wages,
fie said such a situation did not
engender good will between the
employer and employee.
K. L. Brinson. collector of de
linquent personal property taxes,
explained that the procedure of
collecting the taxes was within
the law. He said that the garni
sheed Beaufort Fisheries em
ployees had been informed that
the taxes were due and had been
warned that the tax money would
be taken out of their wages if
they did not pay voluntarily.
He said it was difficult to get
some of the men to understand
the situation. Some said they
thought they had to list taxes but
there was no law that said they
had to pay them. "Actually," Mr.
brinson declared, "the law requir
ing payment has more teeth in it
than the listing law."
Referring to collection of taxes
for years as far back as 1935, he
said that fishermen are rovers and
it is not always possible to catch
up with a man to get him to pay
a $2 or $4 tax.
He estimated that the total
amount of taxes involved in the
Beaufort Fisheries employees' case
was $700. Mr. Brinson said that
he sympathized with Mr. Potter
but that as a tax collector he had
to collect the money.
Mr. Potter said it was important
to him that his employees know
that they were not being taken ad
vantage of and expressed the hope
that the situation would not recur.
On the menhaden boat taxation,
Mr. Potter said that his company,
which operates spasmodically here
year around, lists its boats in Car
teret County. This puts it on an
unfair competitive basis with other
menhaden companies which, be
cause their boats are listed out of
state, pay no tax to Carteret Coun
He said that his firms, Beaufort
Fisheries, Carteret Menhaden, and
Beaufort By-Products, find it in
creasingly difficult to operate,
year by year, due to higher taxes.
The county board agreed that Mr.
Potter's firms were operating un
der unfair circumstances, in com
parison with other firms, and
agreed to make a study of th?
Moves to Raleigh
E. E. (Jack) Lcc Jr., acting di
rector of state ports, moved from
Wilmington into new offices on the
second floor of the Educatioa
Building at Raleigh Thursday.
The Stale Ports Authority or*
dcred the move, recommended by
Governor Hodges as part of its
effort to eliminate frietion between
Morehead City and Wilmington,
rivals for shipping business in the
Mr Lee is acting as ports direc- 1
tor while the SPA conducts a ?
search for a successor to Colonel j
Richard Marr, who resigned.
Others assigned to the new of
fices here arc W. W. (Bud) Will
son. public relations director. Miaa
Barbara Wood, secretary; H. N. ?
Larcombe, solicitor of ports bus
iness in the Washington, D. C.,
area and Stephen Koszewpki, North
Carolina solicitor in North Caul
Tows la Trawler
A Coast Guard crew townd the
M-foot trawler Donna to Morehead I
City Thursday afternoon. The boat j
had engine failure within sight of I