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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume X Number 207
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, May 14, 1943.
$1.50 Per Year.
TO BE HOSTS AT DISTRICT MEETING
American Legion To
Hold District Meet
Here Monday Night
Local Post Nominates
New Officers For Com
The Axis has met utter defeat in
North Africa. Allied forces have
captured all but a few Axis positions,
still holding out alter thousands of
Germans and Italians were killed or
captured. The Yanks captured Biz
erte while the British took Tunis.
The French forces aided both. Thous
ands of Axis troops attempted to es
cape to the Oape Bon Peninsula, but
Allied land and air forces blockaded
this peninsula to prevent an African
Dunkirk. The British on Tuesday
broke through the peninsula and thus
prevented further Axis escape. The
Axis forces surrendered uncondition
ally to the French.
Following up their victories in
Tunisia, the Allies are hampering at
Axis bases in the Mediterranean.
Bombers have blasted Italian ports
and towns. Some mopping up still
remains to be done in Tunisia, but it
is expected these operations will be
completed before the week is over.
Axis radio reports indicate Berlin
end Rome expect an invasion of the
continent to follow immediately.
However, the Allies are letting the
Axis do all the worrying and speculat
ing. Prime Minister Churchill, it
was announced Wednesday, is in
Washington consulting with Presi
dent Roosevelt. No announcement
regarding the topics under discussion
has been made, but there can be no
doubt it will have to do with future
Russian troops are still moving for
ward slowly against reinforced Ger
man troops in the Caucasus. It has
been reported that the Germans are
rushing thousands of soldiers into
the Balkan area, and Moscow reports
Red airmen have blasted Nazi supply
columns and transports behind the
No statement has been made as yet
regarding the number of Axis prison
ers taken in Tunisia, bift it has been
reported that upwards of 100,000
were taken. One report earlier in
troops vera surrendering at a rate
of 1,000 per hour. There is no
chance for the Germans to escape the
trap set by the Allies and unless
they surrender they will all be killed.
Following action by the House in
passing a compromised pay-as-you-go
income tax plan, the Senate is now
engaging in debate over the bill. It
is reported that the discarded Ruml
plan has considerable support in the
Senate and that this .bill may be
adopted. The House bill calls for a
partial forgiveness of 1942 taxes,
while the Ruml plan would skip the
Pro-Axis General Franco of Spain
again this week voiced a plea for
peace. He stated in a speech that
the war had reached a deadlock and
neither side could knock out the
other. Allied Capitals gave scant at
tention to the plea.
Group To Petition
USO To Establish
Chapter In County
A group of interested citizens,
headed toy the Rev. J. D. Cranford,
representative of the Wm. Paul
Stallings Post of the American Le
gion, are making plans to petition
the National USO to establish a
chapter of -its organization in Per
quimans County for the purpose of
rendering aid and amusement to
service men who will be stationed at
the Base in this county.
Mr. Cranford expects to call a
meeting early next week and will askl
representatives of the various civic
organizations of the county to join
in the meeting in order that the
movement may be hastened.
The Perquimans Service Men Cen
ter, which has ceased operations due
to lack of quarters, will join in this
new movement and funds' now on
hand will be turned oner to the new
organization to aid in the work of
getting the new center established.
For New Shipment
Persons having Red Cross yarn,
who are knitting on sweaters at the
present time, are requested to com
plete these garments and tarn them
in at once, in order that a shipment
may be made to headquarters ' by
June 1st v .
Those having yarn and who do not
plan to complete garments, are re
quested to return the yarn to Miss
Helen Yfck immediately. . , -
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Members of the Wm. Paul Stallings Post of the American Legion, pictured above, will
be hosts at a district meeting, including posts from Edenton, Elizabeth City, Manteo and
Hertford, at the Agriculture Building Monday night. The local Legionnaires, while organ
ized only a short time, have made an outstanding record in State Legion affairs, and have
won several citations for membership work. B. C. Berry is present commander of the local
Town Officials Take
Office At Meeting
Monday, May 10th
Board Votes to Adver
tise Delinquent Tax
List Next Month
The Mayor arid Town Commission
ers were sworn in to begin their new
four-year term of office -following
the rlosinir of old business at a
meeting: of the Town Board on Mon
day night. Mayor V. N. Darden and
commissioners W. H. Hardcastle, Z.
A. Harris. B. CI Berry and M. J.
GwgejjwiwflMucted into office by
W. H. Pitt, clerk of Superior CourtH
At a special meeting of the town
Board held on April 30, it was voted
to remodel the old town office, lo
cated on Grub Street and convert
the same into a dwelling house.
Work on this project will begin as
soon as possible.
In addition to being sworn in as
Mayor for the next term of office,
Mr. Darden, on a motion ordered by
the Board, was also sworn in as
Chief of Police. It has been assumed
for a number of years that the
Mayor served in this capacity. How
ever, it had not been the practice for
him to take the oath of office.
The new Board re-appointed V. N.
Darden as Town Manager, W. G.
Newby as Town Clerk and Charles
E. Johnson as Town Attorney. Sal
aries for these offices are to remain
at figures set by the Board at a
The Board also voted that the
1942 delinquent tax list for property
would "be advertised on June 11 and
the sale of the same would take
place on Monday, July 12.
The Board discussed past due tax
liens and it was decided action will
be taken for the collection of these
accounts. Unless same are paid,
property will be advertised and sold
at public auction.
Ljons Club Banquet
To Be Held Tonight
At Methodist Church
Members of the Hertford Lions
Club will hold their fourth anniver
sary banquet at the Hertford Metho
dist Church on Friday evening at 8
o'clock, A. T. Lane, president of the
club, said Wednesday.
In addition to entertaining their
wives and friends, the local club ex
pects to play host to several members
of the Edenton and Elizabeth City
clubs. ' -i
The Lions ran into some difficul
ties in trying to stage the banquet
It was learned that the problem of
obtaining enough food to serve the
expected attendance was a hard one
and due to this condition, the place
of holding the meeting ws changed
from the Communily House to the
Methodist Church. The ladies of the
local church will serve the food for
the banquet. v
Thomas S. Payne, of Washington,
District Governor of the Lions Club,
will be the speaker t (Be meeting
on Friday. .
Miss Jeanne Newbold
Weds Lieut Griffin
The wedding of Miss Jeanne Ver
non Newbold, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Henry Newbold, to Lieu
tenant (jg) William Edward Griffin,
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Edward
Griffin, of Elisabeth City, took place
on Wednesday afternoon, May 12, in
a lovely candlelight ceremony at the
Holy Trinity Church, with the Rev.
Edmund T. Jilson officiating. The
single ring ceremony was used, the
ring being a miniature Annapolis
Mrs. H. A. Whitley, opganist, ren
dered a program of wedding music,
anil i4ts. Charles Es Johnson sang
The bride was given in marriage
by her father. She wore a wedding
gown of white marquisette with a
long train. Lace was inserted in the
bodice to form a V-shaped neckline,
with long, pointed sleeves. The veil
fell from a coronet of orange blos
soms and was finger-tip length. She
carried a shower bouquet of white
roses centered with a white orchid.
Miss Nita Newbold, sister of the
bride, was maid of honor and the
bride's only attendant. She wore a
periwinkle blue gown with full, swirl
ing skirt. Her small crown hat was
made of multi-colored flowers. She
carried pink roses.
The bridegroom had as his best
man his father.
The bride's mother wore a dark
blue costume with a white frilly col
lar, and blue and white accessories.
A white orchid formed her corsage.
The mother of the bridegroom wore
a dark blue suit with blue accessories.
A white orchid also formed her cor
sage. The very attractive and popular
bride was graduated from Perquimans
High School and attended Woman's
College, University of North Carolina.
The bridegroom attended Elizabeth
City High School and was graduated
from' Annapolis in the class of 1941.
He is now stationed on the York
town. Mrs. T. B. Sumner and Mrs. J. R.
Futrell were mistresses of ceremony.
Immediately following the wedding
a reception was held at the home of
the bride's parents for members of
the bridal party, immediate family
and a few friends.
The couple left for a wedding trip
of unannounced destination. For
traveling the bride wore a navy blue
suit with white accessories and an
orchid from her bridal bouquet
Army Officer Holds
Here On Thursday
Lieutenant, Patrick, an 'officer as
signed to the First Army Command,
in charge of observation posts in this
area, conducted two classes in in
structions on Thursday afternoon and
night The classes were held in the
A large number of residents, who
are serving as observers at the local
post, attended the school and saw
motion pictures of the duties to be
carried out by observers.
The classes were conducted for the
purpose of informing the local ob
servers in the work to be done while
each is on doty at the observation
Leave Tuesday For
Local Board Attends
Regional Meeting In
tight Perquimans County young
men will leave for Fort Bragg next
Tuesday morning, May 17, to fill the
May Selective Service call for white
meu during this month.
The youths are Clinton Trueblood,
Carlton Whedbee, Clinton Ely, Leigh
Winslow, Jr., lien Koonce, Jr., Wil
liam Cartwrio-ht. Knward Wilder and'
Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk of the
local board, announced this week that j
instructions have been received from
the State Offices of Selective Service
ordering the local board to reconsider
all registrants classified as 4-F for
physical or mental reasons with the1
idea of having all questionable cases
reviewed by local physicians.
It has been pointed out that while
a registrant may be classified in 4-F
for such reasons, regulations may be
changed which will alter such classi
fications. Members of the local board at
tended a regional meeting in Eliza
beth City on Wednesday during which
a discussion was held by local boards
of this area and State officers re
garding the reclassification of regis
trants under the recent rulings hand
ed down by Selective Service and the
War Manpower Commission.
It is believed that one of the main
topics discussed pertained to classifi
cation of married men with children,
especially those holding essential po
sitions. These registrants were form
erly classified in 3-B, but recently
this classification was dropped by
Selective Service, and only married
men with children holding non-essential
jobs are now listed in 3-A.
The local board has received calls
for 15 white men on June 2, and 15
colored selectees for June 22.
Harvey's Neck Road
To Begin Shortly
The work of constructing a new
all-weather highway, running from
Hertford to the Navy base on HarT
vey's Neck, will get under way with
in the next few days, it was learned
from a reliable source this week.
Part of the equipment to be used
in the construction of the road has
already arrived here.
It is understood that the road will
be a surface-treated one and should
be completed within a few weeks
after construction begins. The road
will be built by the Virginia Engi
neering Company, which has charge
of building the Navy base.
Work on the base is progressing
nicely and ft contingent of service
men are expected to arrive at the
base any day now. Supplies have
already started to come in for the
Navy, and it has been reported the
Department expects to occupy the
base very shortly.
Ten Speeders Fined
By Recorder's Judge
In Session Tuesday
Four Vagrants Given
Road Sentences of 30
The new State speed law caught
up with ten motorists in Perquimans
County during the past week and each
of them was hailed into Recorder's
Court Tuesday morning to face
charges for the violation. State pa
trolmen of this area, however, report
the majority of the motorists ar ob
serving the new .'15 miles per hour
Lociil officers are continuing then
drive against loafers in this county,
also, and six men, all Negroes, faced
charges of vagrancy in Tuesday's ses
sion. Of the six, one, Mussel Gil
liam, entered a plea of guilty. Willie
Webb was found not guilty and the
remaining four, Dennis lievells, Roo
ert Douglas, Furnian Brickhouse and
Waddie Winslow, were each sentenced
to 30 days on the roads. Gilliam was
given a 30-dav sentence, to be sus
pended upon payment of court costs.
The motorists were all found guilty
and each was given a fine and taxed
with court costs. Included were:
Earl Holiday, who received a fine of
?U and costs; Jack Weeks, $10 and
costs; M. C. Howell, $15 ami costs;
Thurman White, $10 and costs; It. L.
Fetterton, $20 and costs; Emmett
Taylor, $10 and costs; Dowell Wil
liams, $30 and costs; G. C. (Jeter,
costs; James Simons, costs, and Clin
ton Ferebee, Negro, $15 and costs.
The speeders were charged with go
ing from 40 to over 60 miles per hour.
Hen Thatch, Negro, entered a plea
of guilty to being drunk and was
fined $2 and costs of court.
Rufus Enoch and Dan 1'erry, Neg
roes, pleaded guilty to assaulting
I each other with a deadly weapon.
Judge Johnson fined each $25 and
ordered them to pay their own doc
Freeland Elliott, Negro, was taxed
with court costs for driving without
The State took a nol pros in the
case charging James lirickhouse.
inerriu iveuy was assessed court
costs for driving with insufficient
Seldom, when a defendant appears
in court and enters a plea of guilty
to breaking a law does he discover at
the close of the hearing that the
judge reverses the plea and frees him
of the charge. Hut that is what hap
pened in Recorder's Court Tuesday
morning when John Newbern, Negro,
along with his wife, Margaret, and
his step-son, Joe Everett, appeared
before Judge Charles E. Johnson,
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Urges Landowners To
Vote In Referendum
On Soil Conservation
L. W. Anderson, County Agent, in
mailing ballots to landowners ffr the
referendum to be conducted next
week relative to the establishment of
a soil conservation district, urged all
landowners to vote for the measure
and thus request the State service to
establish the District for Chowan and
In a letter to the landowners, Mr.
Anderson pointed out, "this program
is absolutely free to farmers and
will not cost our State, county or the
individual citizens anything. The en
tire costs of the program will be paid
by the Federal Soil Conservation Ser
vice, and cannot make any demands
of any kind on any person or any
The referendum is to be conducted
from May 17 through May 22, and ali
landowners have been mailed ballots.
They are requested to vote the bal
lot and return it to the County
Agent's office immediately.
Held Tuesday For
Mrs. Adeline Nixon
Funeral services for Mrs. Adeline
Nixon, 79, who died Monday after
noon at her home here after an ill
ness of several days, were conducted
Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the
Lynch Funeral Home by the Rev. J.
D. Cranford, assisted by the Rev. B.
Surviving are three daughters,
Ethel Nixon of West Vireinia. Mrs.
J. H. Satchwell of Hertford, and
Mrs. Mattie Hatton of Philadelphia,
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i uiie suu, ur. o. iiiauii ui'diiipoi la,
Va.; three sisters, Mrs. J. J. Chap
pell of Hertford, Mrs. F. W. Bonney
of Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. D. Layden
of Hertford, and two brothers, Mood Thach, 2 tires and 3 tubes; Major
Copeland and Thomas Copeland of , Loomis Co., 2 tires and 2 tubes; D.
Portsmouth, Va. Several grandchil-1 M. Jackson, 1 recap; Dr. T. P Brihn,
dren also survive. 8 tires and 3 tubes. - fr 'A't
The Wm. Paul Stallings Post of
the American Legion will be hosts
at a district meeting of the Legion
i to be held at the Agricultural Build
ing in Hertford at 8 o'clock Monday
night, B. C. IJerry, commander of the
local post, stated today.
The meeting will include the posts
from Edenton, Elizabeth City, Man
teo and Perquimans. Amos Maynard,
State Commander of the American
Legion, has been secured us the
principal speaker for the evening.
Roland Garrett, District Command
er of Elizabeth City, will be master
Arrangements for the district meet
ing here were placed in the hands of
a committee headed by V. N. Darden,
vice district commander, and J. A.
I Perrv, J. 1). Cranford, J. R. Futrell,
Charles F. Sumner and Cecil White.
The local post, it has been an
nounced will serve refreshments to
those attending. Members of the
Win. Paul Stallings Post are urged
In addition to completing plans for
the district meeting next Monday,
the local post has made tentative
plans for holding a Memorial Day
service on Sunday, May 30. An an
nouncement regarding these services
will be made at the meeting Monday
At a meeting held last Friday
night members of the Wm. Paul
Stallings Post nominated the follow
ing officers to serve during the new
year, which begins in July: The Rev.
J. D. Cranford, of Winfall, was nomi
nated to be post commander; Shelton
Chappell, first vice commander; Car
roll V. Ward, second vice commander;
Jonas Futrell, third vice commander;
W. G. Hollowell, adjutant; V. N.
Darden, finance officer; F. T. John
son, service officer; John Lassiter,
guardianship officer; E. Lee Hurdle,
sergeant-at-arms; Geo. T. Roach,
color bearer; W. T. Willoughby,
chaplain; H. C, Derry, historian;
Cecil White, athletic officer; F. M.
Copeland, child welfare; H. A. Whit
ley, Americanization; C. F. Sumner,
Jr., national defense; J. A. Perry,
graves registration; G. C. Buck, em
ployment; J. Oliver White, boys'
state officer; Durwood Reed, Boy
Scouts; Shelton Chappell, member
ship, and Charles E. White, publicity.
Care Of Tires Urged
For Conservation Of
Grade I Stock Pile
Rationing officials are urging all
motorists to care for their present
tires in order to conserve the present
supply of Grade 1 tires, which is re
ported to be limited. It has been
announced that only drivers who are
eligible to drive over 240 miles per
month are entitled to buy new Grade
Recapping of present tires before
the carcasses are ruined is a national
conservation policy and all motorists
are urged to comply with this plan.
Tire certificates issued by the local
ration board were announced by Mrs.
Helen Davenport as follows:
Grade I D. L. Reed, tube; Marga
ret White, tube; D. L. Grimsley, tire;
Jonas Parsons, tire; I!. L. Gibbs, tire;
W. A. Perry, tire; Elizabeth Fowler,
tire and tube; C. P. Banks, tire and
tube; Carroll V. Ward, tire and tube;
Charles Johnson, tire and tube; Dr.
C. A. Davenport, 4 tires and 1 tube;
Robert A. White, tire and tube;
Jacob L. White, tire and tube; R. M.
Baker, tire and tube; 1. C. Berry,
tube; Elihu Lane, tire and tube;
Harold Burbage, tire; Sidney Lane,
tire; Lymon Lowe, tire; Durwood
Reed, tire; Mabel Kutzler, tire; Er
nest Moore, tire; Thomas Britt, tire;
Leroy Dunlap, tire; Vestor Cole, tire;
Burette Massey, tire; William El
liott, tire; J. W. Hampton, tire;
Vivian Mathews, tire; Lawrence
Grade III Margaret Jordan, 2
tires and 2 tubes; W. D. Landing, 2
tires and 2 tubes; Ambrose Long, 3
' tires and 3 tubes; Willie Williamston,
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tire ana tuoe
Truck Walter Umphlett, tire and
tube; Earl Felton, 2 tires; E. N.
Miller, 2 tires and 2 tubes; R. B.