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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume X. Number 16.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, April 16, 1943.
SI .50 Per Year.
Committee Seeks To Name Eombet
SPECIAL VENIRE FROM GATES COUNTY
CALLED FOR JURY SERVICE IN COURT
Special Perquimans Ve
nire Exhausted In
Chappell Case; Civil
A special venire of seventy-five
jurymen from Gates County were
called to serve at the April Term of
Perquimans Superior Court, after a
special venire of 100 men, called to
serve in the case of State against
Chappell et al had been exhausted
here on Tuesday afternoon.
The Court "opened Monday morning
-with Judtre Walter Bone of Nash-
ville, presiding, and the docket con
tained seven cases. Judge Bone
charged the Grand Jury "to see that
law is being enforced in spite of the
.fact that we are engaged at war."
He stated there might be a tendency
vto relax in law enforcement, but
. "stated that this very thing caused"
the downfall of many countries and
'warned the local jurors to see that
: law is enforced here.
Little time was consumed in dis
j posing of all cases on the docket,
' with the exception of the three
' charging Galther Chappell with rape,
And Sherman Copelend and Percy
WlnsTow with assault on a female
' with intent to rap.
The first case tried by the Court
. involved Wilson Ferebee, Negro
who was charged with assault with
JL deadly weapon. Ferebee was found
- guilty, after the jury had deliberat
, ed about ten minutes and he was
v sentenced to 12 months on the roads.
'Isaac Johnson, Negro, was found
guilty of forgery and he was sen,
teheed to 12 months on the roads.;!'
'., .The jury, after deliberating four
j! and one-half hours, found Daniel
t Hurdle, 19-year-old youth, not guilty
of manslaughter. Hurdle was In
volved in an accident last JOctotr
r, Jsarnes, ox, negro, xne state; co
;f. tended that Hurdle was driving a car
while under the influence of liquor
;L at the time of the accident. The case
- was started Monday afternoon and
was given the jurv about noon on
Immediately after the noon recess
Tuesday, the Court began the case
charging Chappell with rape. After
' font regular jurors end talismen had
been disqualified, the Court began
calling upon the special venire, which
came to court Tuesday morrtin on
summons of the Sheriff Monday
night Out of the 100 names- dcawn
. from the jury box, Sheriff J. Erif
mett Winslow sumonned some- 71, the
i - rest; being out of the county or licit.
' The Court exhausted this group of
men by five o'clock Tuesday afternoon
, and at that time only four jurymen
had been passed by both the State
and the defense.
. ' The first man chosen for duty was
' J. N. Byrum. He was passed by both
'; sideB after approximately twenty-five
of (he jurymen had been questioned.
(Continued on Page Six)
Rotary Club Elects
J. Henry Nevbold As
President Of Club
I J. Henry Newbold was ejected as
I president of the Hertford Rotary
Y Club at a meeting of the local club
F held Tuesday night. Mr. Newbold
f ... J iL .
win serve uunng uie coming year.
Other officers elected included
Jonas Futrell, vice president, and W.
F. Ainsley, secretary end treasurer.
Members of the board of directors
for the club are: J. Henry Newbold,
Dr. C. A. Davenport, Jonas Futrell,
Howard Pitt, E. Leigh Winslow and
W. F. Ailtfey v
; . A large number of the local club
members will attend e, district meet'
ins? of Kotary to be held, in Rocky
Motyt on; Ajufl 2 and 28, it ha been
Tle of fleers elected at the meetmg
Tuesday night will be installed with
in a very short time, Secretary Ains
& SPECIAL SERVICE AT BETHEL
CHURCH SUNDAY HORNING
A special service will be held at
" Bethel Baptist Shurch Sunday morn
ing at 11 o'clock, when Miss Clifford
Kr . i.A . Ml Xn. A- ...... maim!....
Barren, will uuf .w mw vviigroitawuii.
Miss ; Barratt is a returned mission
ary from China and her message will
be M much interest . The publie is
invited to attend. ;
In connection with the Second War
Loan Drive, now being made to raise
13 billion dollars for the Treasury
Department, the Perquimans County
Woman's Division of the War Savings
Staff, under the direction of Mrs. J.
G. Roberson. will establish War
Stamp Booths on the streets of Hert
ford during April to make it easier
for citizens to purchase the stamps
The booths will be staffed with
members of the Woman's War Sav
ings Staff, assisted by members of
the Girls' 4-H Clubs of the county.
The booths will be placed on the
streets on Friday and Saturday of
this week and on as many other days
throughout the month as possible.
Mrs. Roberson is urging all child
ren and adults who have started War
Stamp books to complete these books
during April and then turn them in
for War Bonds. ,
Each one will count toward the
Perquimans goal and will swell the
total in the bomber campaign.
The booths will be moved from
time to time, Mrs. Roberson an
nounced, and will be easily accessible
for all who wish to purchase War
Mayor Darrian And
Filed For Re-election
Registration Books Will
Close Saturday; Elec-
Mayor V. N. Darden and Town
Commissioners Z. A. Harris, W. H.
Hardcastle, B. C. Berry and M. J.
Gregory filed their candidacy with
Town Clerk W. G. Newby for re
election to office in the coming Town
election, following a meeting of the
Town Board Monday night
From all indications the present
Board will have no opposition in the
election. No other candidates had
filed with the Town Clerk up to
Wednesday night. The deadline for
filing was sundown Thursday. There
is little interest in the election and
it is expected that the number of
voted cist will be small.
The Board was- in short session
Monday night, little' business being
brought before" it with th exception
of final plans for holding the elec
tion on May 4. The Board stated
registration books will be closed Sat
urday at seven o'clock, and issued a
statement to those wishing to vote
in the election and who are not reg
istered to comply with this ruling by
that time. Mrs. B. G. Koence is the
registrar for the election and is at
the courthouse this week for the pur
pose of registering those who wish to
vote. Persons already on the books
need not register again.
Musical Program To
3e Presented Monday
?.C.C. Grammar School
A musical play, "Major Scale
Takes, Command," will be presented
at the Perquimans County Central
Grammar School at Winfall on Mon
day night, April 19. Several selec
tions will be rendered by the school's
The program will be under the di
rection of Mrs. R. R. White, music
teacher. A very entertaining even
ing has been promised those attend
ing. This date is also the final
meeting of the school's P. T. A. for
the : year. New officers' for next
year will be installed during the pro
Sentenced To Jail
Leland Ward, who ws given a
three-year road sentence i the No
vember" 1942 Term of Superior Court,
was this week ordered committed to
jail to serve sentence tot violating
his probation. Ward was 'i originally
tried for assault with a deadly wea
pon. ; '
Judge Walter' Bone ordered the
sentence upon claim of the Probation
Officer that Ward had violated pro
bation by driving on thtff highways
after sis driving
license had beenl
For Joe T.Elliott
Joseph T. Elliott. 57. died Satur
day at his home near Winfall as the
result of a self-inflicted' wound from
a .22 rifle.
Coroner Dr. C. A. Davenport
made an inspection of the body, but
no inquest was ordered. The Coro
ner stated that evidence indicated
Mr. Elliott's sister, Mrs. Alice
Stallings, told officers that her
brother had come to her home Sat
urday afternoon and had given her all
of his money except some change,
telling her that he was afraid that
some one was trying to break into
his house. He asked her to keep the
money until he called for it
Finally he gave her his. car keys,
saying he was going to walk home.
He then esked to borrow her hus
band's gun to protect himself from
anyone who might enter his home.
Aftef his departure, Mrs. Stall
ings, thinking something was wrong,
went to her brother's home and dis
covered him lying on the bed with a
bullet hole through his head.
Funeral services were conducted
Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at
the Lynch Funeral Home by the
Rev. James Smith, pastor of the
Bagley Swamp Church. Combination
choirs of the Winfall and Bagley
Swamp Churches sang "The Old Rug
ged Cross" and "In the Sweet Bye
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs.
W. E. Dean of Fentress, Va., and
Mrs. Stallings; four brothers, W. H.
Elliott of Chapanoke, Elihu Elliott
of Portsmouth, Va., Oliver Elliott of
Winfall, and AnUfony1 Elliott of
Hertford, and several nieces and
Pallbearers were Warren Cart
wright, Henry Cartwright, Jadie
Love, Rufus Proctor, Troy Elliott
and Roy Elliott
Interment was in the Griffin
Seek To Establish
District In County
L. W. Anderson, County Farm
Agent announced this week that he
is getting up a petition seeking to
establish a Soil Conservation Dis
trict, to include Perquimans and
Chowan Counties, and to be known
as the Albemarle Soil Conservation
The movement followed a meeting
held last week and attended by Mr.
Anderson, relative to the drainage of
the Bear Swamp area. Mr. Anderson
stated this project would be carried
out regardless of whether a soil con
servation district is established in
this county or not.
However, the main program of the
District, if it is formed, will be to
carry out a drainage program
throughout the counties. It is pos
sible that if the Conservation Dis
trict is formed that other counties
of the Albemarle will be included in
to the district at a later date.
In connection with getting up the
petition, Mr. Anderson said, meet
ings pertaining to the plan will be
conducted in three communities of
the County during this month. The
first meeting will be held at the
Agricultural Building on Monday
night, April 26, at 8:30 o'clock; the
second at Belvidere Community
House, at t:30, on Tuesday night,
April 27, and the; third at the New
Hope" Community bouse, at 8:30,
on Wednesday night, April 28.
A representative from the State
Soil Conservation Service will con
duct hearings and explain the pro
gram t each meeting.
All farmers of Perquimans County
are invited to attend the meetings
and if sufficient interest is shown,
MW Anderson stated a referendum
will be held to determine the wishes
of the farmers' of -the county.
Lieutr(jg) and Mrs. Robert Hollo
well announce 4hefeirfh. of a daugh
ter, Diane LucratJa, born April 10th,
at the Maternity Hospital, Provi
deVicef Ri'fi "t '
MnL-Hollowell fr jhn former Miss
Grand Jury Report
To County Schools
Some Buildings Report
ed to Be In Sorry
The Perquimans Grand Jury for
the April Term of Superior Court, at
the close of its duties, informed the
Court that they had visited the pub
lic buildings of the county and found
several of the school buildings in a
deplorable state of repair. The jury
recommended repairs being made at
the New Hope white and colored
schools and that the situation at the
Winfall colored school be remedied.
The Grand Jury, in its report to the
Court, stated that the conditions
are a "disgrace to the county and the
officials responsible therefor."
Judge Bone commended the Grand
Jury for its service during the term
of court and instructed the clerk of
court to mail a copy of the report to
the County Board of Education and
the County Board of Commissioners.
Several administrators were found
to be delinquent by the jurymen when
they inspected the clerk of court's of
fice, and the Court informed the
Clerk to notify the delinquents and
unless reports were made, to place
the administrators in jail until such
time as the reports are made.
The Grand Jury also recommended
some repairs to the various rooms in
the Courthouse and at the State
Prison Farm and at the County
Home. They announced to the Court
that they had found the various
offices of the Courthouse to be in
It was also recommended that sev
eral of the busses at the Central
Grammar School be placed in good
repair. It was stated that two of
.1 t ' 1 1 1.-
me dujcs are in paa condition.-. -A.
Julian White served as chairman
of the Grand Jury and other members
were: Meador Harrell Dennis Wins
low. Raymond Winslow, J. M. Sutton,
Reuben Stallings, H. F. Long, Trim
Sawyer, Alphonso Williams, Sani
Riddick, W. L. Madre, F. T. Math
ews, Albert White, A. D. Weston, A.
W. Hefren, J. T. Winslow, J. W
Jackson, Jr., and James Rountree.
The Grand Jury completed its du
ties early Tuesday afternoon.
Draft Rule Changes
Announced By Office
Of Selective Service
Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk of the
Perquimans Draft Board, stated thi
week that the local Board had not
received any further instructions
other than those received last week,
relative to additional changes in dn.ft
However, officials of the Selective
Service in Washington, on Tuesday,
announced several changes to be
noted. Mainly among these were that
registrants who became fathers prior
to last September 15, were now given
a draft-deferment status due to par
enthood. Previously Selective Ser
vice recognized only those children
born prior to December 7, 1941.
Fathers are now the only registrants
deferred solely because of family
Local Boards, according to the an
nouncement, have been notified to
class as 1-A all men not engaged in
farming, or who are not essential,
personally, in essential positions.
These new rulings do away with the
class of 3-B, which contained regis
trants with family relations and who
held essential jobs. Men in this
class who can not qualify for a
classification of 2-A or 2-B, will be
classed as 1-A. All class 3-A men
excepting fathers, will also be re
classified. The preferred draft-Status of farm
ers, whose 2-C and 8-C classifica
tions were left intact, was emphasiz
ed in the regulations.
Wind Breaks Large
Window Local Bank
The high wind which rose suddenly
here Tuesday night caused approxi
mately one hundred dollars worth of
damages at the Hertford Bank. The
wind ripped loose the awnings of the
building, breaking the rods of the
awnings; which smashed through a
large piste glass window. The crash
ttrald be heard for some distance.
WAR FINANCE COMMITTEE ENDEAVORING
TO ACCOMPLISH TASK DURING DRIVE
LIEUT. WILLIAM N. TUCKER
Lieut. William N. Tucker, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William Tuckker, of
Hertford, recently graduated from
Moon Field, Texas, and received his
wings on March 20th. He is now
stationed at Westover Field, Mass.
He was one of ten in 'his class chosen
to fly one of the Army's newest
fighting planes. During his training
Lieut. Tucker scored an average of
35.8 above the expert gunners.
To Direct Sale Of
Miss Sarah Brinn to
Start Drive Friday of
Miss Sarah Brinn, Perquimans
County Welfare Supervisor, will
again head the annual sale of Easter
Seals in this county. She announced
that sale of the Seals will get under
way here today (Friday).
Miss Brinn stated that a contest
will be conducted between tht lirl
Scout Troop and the Boy Scouts, w ho
will assist in the drive, and that a
prize will be awarded to the troop re
porting the largest sale of tags.
These tags are used in addition to
the regular Easter Seals to raise
money for aiding crippled children,
not only in this county but also the
Half of the proceeds received from
the sale of :Seals here are retained
in the county for local chapter work,
and the remainder is forwarded to
the State Society. Miss Brinn stated
that at the present time her depart
ment is unaware of any child in need
of treatment, or assistance from this
fund, but requested information of
any person knowing of any cases
which needed attention.
The sale of Seals will be continued
until Easter Sunday, Miss Brinn said.
The local chapter, at the present
time, has a sum of money on hand to
render aid to local children in need
of treatment, but the Welfare Super
visor is urging the residents of the
county to purchase Seals again this
year in order that the fund may be
continued for future use. A clinic
for the children is conducted in Eli
zabeth City under the direction of
Dr. R. B. Raney, of Duke Hospital.
Over one hundred dollars were
raised here last year through the
sale of Easter Seals and Miss Brinn
is hoping the response this year will
be as great, if not greater, than was
obtained during the last year's drive.
Red Cross War Fund
Now Stands At $3516
Mxs. C. P. Morris, chairman of the
Red Cross War Fund Drive, stated
today that additional contributions,
made during the week, have swelled
the total fund for Perquimans. County
to $3,516.08. These contributions
were reported by Mrs. T. E. Madre,
$5; W. E. Dail, $10; Colored Division,
$1.50, and S. M. Whedbee, $2.
The chairman said a few reports
remain to be made' and she thought
the total might reach $3,525. This
sum is considerably over the quota
of $2,700 assigned to the county at
the beginning of the drive.
Second War Loan Off to
Good Start; Commit
tee Ureres Public to
The Perquimans County War Fi
nance Committee, composed of groups
from all over the county, as well as
the Woman's Division of the War
Savings Staff, has decided to sponsor
a "bomber drive" in connection with
the Seconal War Loan campaign now
The local committee, which includ
es representatives from all home
demonstration clubs and all civic or
ganizations in the county, on con
tacting State officials learned that a
bomber will be named for Perquimans
County, providing the citizens of
Perquimans purchase $175,000 worth
of war bonds during the month of
April. This bomber will be one of
the large types now so successfully
fighting the Axis. If the county
should sell as much as $125,900
worth of bonds during the montii, a
small bomber will be named Per
quiman8j Members of the committee
are working toward a goal which will
give the courlty the right to have
one of the larger bombers named
According to R. M. Riddick, chair
man of the committee, and Mrs. J. G.
Roberson, chairman of the Woman's
Division Staff, the plan is being
welcomed throughout the community
and much enthusiasm is expected in
develop from the idea before the
campaign closes this month.
Thus far, early reports from the
finance committee members show the
response during the Second Wy 1ian
Drive is splendid. During the fn
two days of the drive in Perquimans,
the total bond ,sales amounted to
between 75 and 80 'Thuand dollars.
The quota given the county for the
drive is $125,yoo. The committee be
lieves it possible that the co'inty
can and will oversubscribe the quota
by a great figure.
A house-to-house canvass is being
made by the solicitors, Mr. Riddick
stated, and reports are coming into
the local bank each day from various
parts of the county.
Because Perquimans County has
made such an excellent record each
month on the sale of the Series E
War Bonds, Mr. Riddick announced
that the State authorities are giving
the county a concession toward the
bomber fund and allowing all sales
during the present drive to count
toward that fund.
The Treasury Department is offer
ing seven different types of bonds
during this second War Loan Drive
and each is a splendid investment
for all types of investors. Bonds
range in price from $18.75 up to u
Perquimans residents are urged i
get behind the bomber drive and
buy as many bonds as possible dur
ing this month. Orders for bonds
are being taken by solicitors in all
sections of the county, but in case
any person is missed, he is urged to
buy bonds from the bank or post
office. Prominent Resident
Of Whiteston Died
Jesse Rountree, 88, prominent resi
dent of the Whiteston Community,
died at his home at 7:45 o'clock on
Wednesday morning, after an illness
of three weeks.
Mr. Rountree was a native and life
long resident of this county. He was
a member of the BetSiany Methodist
Survicing are his wife; three sons,
Jimmie M. Rountree, Jesse V. Roun
tree and Claude M. Rountree ell of
Whiteston; five daughters, Mrs. T.
L. Winslow and Mrs. E. W. White of
Belvidere, Mrs. J. E. Winslow of
Sunbury, Mrs. J. L. Lane of Winfall,
and Mrs. E. C. Winslow of Chucka
tuck, Va. Thirty-five grandchildren,
fourteen great-grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews also sur
vive. Funeral services, under the direc
tion of the Lynch Funeral Home,
were conducted at the home Thurs
day afternoon by the Rev. A. G. L.
Stephenson, pastor of the Bethany
Church, assisted by Mrs. Lizzie
Burial was made in the family