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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume XNumber 21.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, May 21, 1943.
$1.50 Per Year.
British airmen struck Germany this
week with one of the worst bombing
raids of the war. On Monday, spec
ially trained RAF fliers .bombed two
large dams in the Ruhr Valley,
loosing millions of tons of water
which flooded the industrial plants
and cities of the area. The bombers
flew in on the target only 100 feet
above it and dropped land mines,
causing damages which will take
some time to repair. The loss of
life was reported heavy and damage
to German war plants is high.
Rumors regarding conditions with
in Germany and Italy point toward a
demoralizing state. The rumor con
cerning the king of Italy as giving
up his throne, however, seems un
founded, but reports from nqntral
European capitals indicate that Italy
may soon be knocked out of the war.
Some authorities report the Germans
are leavimr Italy, returning to the
Reich, but on Tuesday Berlin re
assured the Italian people that the
Nazis intend to help Italians defend
the country against invasion. Mean
while, American and British fliers,
stationed in North Africa, are bomb
ing Italian air fields and ports.
Both the Russians ajnd Germans
seemingly are preparing for an of
fensive on the Russian front. Activ
ity increased around the Leningrad
area this week and both sides have
been sparing for positions on the
Southern front. Reports have it
that Hitler has a large number of
-divisions facing Russian forces and
may attempt one lest battle to cap
ture Moscow and Leningrad, thus
winning ground in Russia before the
Allies strike on the Western front
,The American forces are winning
the battle for Attu Island in the
Ateutians. The Navy announces
that the Americans have broken the
main Jap defenses and it is. believed
as Boon as Attu is completely under
control, attempts will be- nsde to
recapture Xiska from the invaders.
llowfclF'Presiaent Cr Itrolevelt'S
announcement that He would veto any
bill calling for a "skip. a year of tax
es" Congress this week voted down
the Senate's revised Rural plan. Con
ference between members of the
House and Senate will now be held
to devise a tax plain which the Presi
dent will sign.
Little news came from the far
Pacific front during the week. The
Japs sunk an Australian hospital
ship, causing a loss of 299 lives.
General MacArthur called the act
unnecessary, but showing the Japs'
cruelty and pattenn of barbarity.
Visits Here Monday
J. W. Brown, recruiting officer of
the Naval Recruiting Office recently
opened at Elizabeth City, visited
Hertford on Monday for the purpose
of interviewing youths from 17 to
18 regarding enlistment in the U. S.
Recruiting Officer Brown stated
tfiat he will visit Hertford every two
weeks, and when here will be located
m the Postoffice lobby.
The Navy now has openings lor
young men 17 to 18, and men from
38 to 60. The Elizabeth City office
also interviews applicants for the
Seabees, the Navy's construction
orpa, the WAVES and SPARS.
Young women interested in join
ing the WAVES or SPARS must be
between 20 and 36, and, must have
attended high school at least two
Young men who are -accepted for
enlistment in the Navy , are given a
preliminary physical examination
here, then sent to Raleigh for the
final examinations. . Mr. Brown stat
ed there is now no need' for young
men wishing to joija the Navy to go
to Raleigh or Norfolk. Theyican
apply at the Postoffice Building In
Elizabeth City. . .' ."k.tf.
Men . interested in the. Seabees
; an discuss that branch, of the ser
vice with an officer, who will be in
Elizabeth City on May 24 and 26,
Mr. Brow iald..-
COUNTY W. M. U. MEETING
AT WDDDYILLE WEDNESDAY
A eoanty-wide meeting , of the
Woman's Missionary Unions of the
Baptist Churches of Pereuimaus will
be held at the Woodville Church on
'Wednesday, May 26. The morning
session begins at 11 o'clock. , '
An Inspirational program has been
atanged by the county chairman,
Mrs, E. V. Morgan, who Is filling the
nexxSrcd term of Mrs. J. A, Bray.
Fifteen Cases Heard
In Recorder's Court
Here Tuesday A. M.
Officers Continue To
A total of nineteen cases was
docketed for hearing before Judge
Charles E. Johnson in Recorder's
Court Tuesday morning. Fifteen of
the cases were heard and four were
continued until the next term of
court. - '
Nine of the fifteen cases disposed
of Tuesday were violations of the new
35-mile speed law. Officers are con
tinuing to round up motorists who
disregard this war measure. Most
of the speeders in court this week
were from out of this county, cited
to court by State Patrolman Charles
Cases heard included the one
against Nathan Riddick, charged
with speeding. He was taxed the
costs of court.
Benjamin Weaver entered a plea
of guilty to speeding and paid the
costs of court.
Pat White, Negro, was found guil
ty of failure to assist an officer in
making an arrest, after being depu
tized, and was asseessed the court
George Booth was fined $10 and
costs on pleading guilty to speeding.
Troy Elliott entered a plea of be
ing guilty to destruction of property.
He was sentenced to 60 days on the
roads, sentence to be suspended upon
payment of $25 and costs, and he
was placed on good behavior for 12
G. T. Harrison, Vedie Nateman and
Roland Evans were each fined $10
and costs of court, after pleading
guilty to speeding.
Archie Bond was fined $25 and
costs of court iOn a charge of speed
ing. Sim Lee Pierce, Negro, was assess
ed the costs of court, after pleading
guilty to driving without a license.
Aaron ard . was fined $5 and
pUj&OdW Negr, "Was found
guilty of trespass arid paid the costs
Ralph Forbes plead guilty to
speeding and was fined $20 and costs.
Percy Wiggins and Bernice White,
Negroes, were released when the
State took a nol pros in the case
charging them with operating a car
for hire, without license.
May War Bond Sales
Slightly Under Goal
Residents of the county must pur
chase an additional four thousand
dollars worth of war bonds during
this month, if Perquimans County is
to meet its bond quota for May, R.
M. Riddick, chairman of the War
Savings Staff, announced on Wednes
day. Sales up to Wednesday, or for the
first 19 days of the month, amounted
to $14,250, the chairman stated.
1 Perquimans' quota for May has been
A. -A. nA
lSet a$ $18,200.
Mr. Riddick has been advised bv C.
H. Robertson, chairman of the State
War Savings Staff, that a bomber
will be named for Perquimans Coun
ty for the splendid results achieved
during the Second War Loan drive in
April. A report of the sale in this
county has been forwarded to Wash
ington ejnd as soon as time will per
mit, pictures of the bomber carrying
the name "Perquimans" will be made
and sent here.
Meanwhile, the local committee
urges that residents continue to buy
war bonds to help the Government
finance the drive for victory and to
maintain the county's excellent re
cord for buying war bonds.
Party Drawls Large
Approximately one hundred mem
bers, and guests of the Hertford Lions
Club : gathered at the - Methodist
Church, last Friday nighf for the
fourth annual charter night of the
local dub. -ii
3uests Included Mayor & N. Dar
den, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Pitt, Thomas
Payne, District Governor, and mem
bers of the Edenton and B Elizabeth
City clubs. . ' p
Following a delicious diftner, serv
ed by the ladies ' of th Methodist
Church, the meeting was turned over
to Toastmaster G. C, Bncfc who con
ducted aa interesting ; program.
Physicians To Close
Afternoons - Nights
In cooperation with the closing of
stores in the Town of Hertford on
Wednesday afternoons during the
summer months, Dr. C. A. Davenport
and Dr. T. P. Brinn announced this
week that they will close their re
spective offices each Wednesday af
ternoon and night, holding night of
fice hours on Thursday instead.
The merchants and professional
men will begin the half-holiday clos
ing the first Wednesday in June and
will continue through until September.
Patrons are urged to shop at local
stores early on Wednesdays and to
observe the hours of the professional
Issues Warning On
Following discovery of a case of
diphtheria, which occurred in the
Parkville Community recently, the
Perquimans Health Department this
week issued a warning regarding
Dr. D. C. Hackett, Health Officer,
stated that the child, who is now re
covering, is eleven months old, and
pointed out that the case was not
brought to the attention of the
Health Department until more than
a week after the onset of the illness,
as the patient was seen by several
physicians and each one of them as
sumed the case had been reported.
Quarantine regulations were applied
as soon as the case was reported to
Dr. Hackett stated that the State
law requires that every infant, be
tween the ages of six and twelve
months, shall be given preventive
treatment foi diphtheria. The par
ents or guardian are held legally re
sponsible if this is not done.
"Common sense," the Health Offi
cer said, "and the responsibility of
each parent to the infant should
make it unnecessary for us to, have
any such law. 'Diphtheria is a se
rious and frequently fatal disease. It
is practically entirely preventable."
The preventive treatment, when
given in two or more doses, is very
nearly 100 protective, and may be
checked by the Shick Test six months
after the last dose has been given
Infants under six months of age
should not be closely exposed to
other children or to adults other than
the mother, who usually takes care
of them completely.
It is known that it is not necessary
to have direct contact with an in
dividual sick with diphtheria in or
der to catch this disease. Healthy
persons, who are themselves immune
to it may, carry the germs of the
disease and give it to anyone whom
they contact who is not protected.
Because of this, the local depart
ment urges that small infants not be
brought into contact with many peo
ple until they have been protected
against smallpox, diphtheria and
Dr. Hackett pointed out that
every practicing physician is ready
and glad to do protective vaccinations
against these diseases for the in
fants and children who have not
been protected. For those who can
not get these vaccinations from their
physicians, the Health Department
does the vaccinations every Saturday
morning from nine until twelve
Two Masses Sunday
At Catholic Church
Holy Masses, Communion, Sermon
(May 23rd on "Grace"), Prayer for
Peace, May Devotions start every
Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a. m., in St.
Ann's Catholic Church, corner of N.
Broad and Albemarle Streets, Eden
ton, announced the Reverend Father
F. J. McCourt, pastor, also chaplain
to the U. S. Marine Corps Air Sta
Mass every week-morning this
week at 8 o'clock.
Confessions for half hour before
Everybody invited to all services.
Parentis Notified Son
Missing In Action
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Onley, Route
8, Hertford, have been notified by
the War Department that their son,
Garland Onley, Has been missing
since May 7, 1942.
He had been stationed in the
Philippine , Islands for 18 months,
and was at Manilla when the Japs
attacked. ', ,
Book 3 To Be Mailed
During Next Week
Forms Must Be Filled
In And Reurned By
Thursday, June 10th
The Office of Price Administration
will begin the work of mailing out
applications for War Ration Book
III sometime next week. These ap
plications will be mailed from Char
lotte, and local postmen will leave an
application at every mail box within
Residents who do not receive an
application blank may obtain one by
calling at the postoffice. In order to
receive War Ration Book III, which
is to be used as a replacement of
Book I and II, when those coupons
are used ud. application must be
made bv mail. The books will be
mailed to residents from Charlotte.
The OPA will mail the applications
out sometime around May 29, and
they must be filled in and mailed back
to Charlotte not later than June 10,
in order to receive Ration Book III.
In filline out the application blanks, I
OPA has pointed out, it will be very
necessary that applicants see tnai
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their proper address is listed on the
application. Otherwise the book,
when mailed from Charlotte.will be
returned to the OPA office. Persons
who are members of the Armed forces
will not be permitted to register for
A separate application must be
made for each member of the house
hold. All names of the members of
the family must be listed on the ap
plication blank in the proper place,
and the top stub of the application
must be retained by the family until
Ration Book III has been received.
Persons boarding with families to
whom they are not related must, also,
file separate applications.
It is very likely that registration
posts will be set up in the county to
aid persons in filling out these forms,
but it is urged that those persons
who can fill out their own forms do
so in order to save time and trouble
foJocalrOKA . officials.
A list of these posts and the dates
on which they will be opened will be
published next week.
Clerk Of Court To
Conduct Hearing On
Charles Lutz Estate
In order to determine an admin
istrator for the estate of Charles
Lutz and his sister, Elnora, who were
burned to death at their home on
Route 3. late in March, Clerk of
Court W. H. Pitt stated this week
that he will conduct a hearing on the
matter, probably some time next
Several persons claiming relation-
! ship to the late couple have appeared
before the Clerk regarding adminis
tration of the estate and the hearing
will be conducted for the purpose of
determining which one shall serve.
The couple had no near relatives,
but several fourth cousins have noti
fied the Clerk of their intentions to
make claims against the estate.
Just what the final disposition will
be remains uncertain.
Local authorities have stated that
the estate will amount to somewhere
about twenty-five thousand dollars,
most of which is in a tract of fine
timber located at the old home place
It has been established that the
brother and sister, in addition to the
farm in this county, owned some
property in Norfolk, Va.
Several people interested in the
estate have consulted lawyers on the
matter, and Mr. Pitt stated that as
soon as it is agreeable for all par
ties to meet, he will call the hearing
on the matter.
Promoted To Rank
Edison Harris, son of Mr.
Mrs. Z. A. Harris of Hertford.
been promoted to the rank of First
Lieutenant in the U. S, Army, ac
cording to an announcement received
here this week. Lieut Harris is now
stationed at Shreveport, La.
To Lieutenant (jg)
William H. Hardcastle, U. S. N.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hard'
castle, was promoted from the rank
of Ensign to that of Lieutenant (Jg)
on May 1, according to an announce
ment mad this weak.
If the land owners
County vote as solidly
tablishment of a soil conservation
district as the Perquimans land own
ers are doing in the referendum be
ing conducted this week, the district
is assured, L. W. Anderson, County
Agent, said this week.
Ballots have been coming in to
the local agent's office in large num
bers, and very few have been mark
ed against the project.
Mr. Anderson pointed out that the
referendum will close Saturday, May
22, and he urges all land owners
who have not mailed in their ballots
to do so before the voting closes to
State Commander At
Between seventy-five and one hun
dred members of the American Le
gion, representing the First Legion
District, attended the district meet-
ing at the Agriculture Building here
Monday night and heard Amos May
nard, of Greensboro, State Legion
Commander, review the accomplish
ments of the Legion during the past
The Wm. Paul Stallings Post re
ceived praise for its fine record in
membership and activities since its
organization two years ago.
Mr. Maynard was introduced by
Lloyd Griffin, of the Edenton Post.
District Commander Roland Garrett,
of Elizabeth City, presided over the
Mayor V. N. Darden, who is vice
district commander, save the ad
dress of welcome to the visiting le
gionnaires from Edenton, Elizabeth
Citv and Manteo. R. I Pratt of
Edenton, B. C. Berry of Hertford
and Dr. H. A. Thorson of Elizabeth
City, responded for their respective
J. Kenyon Wilson, of Elizabeth
City, was also a guest speaker dur
ing the meeting.
During the meeting it was an
nounced that the Perquimans Post
will hold a Memorial Day service on
Sunday, May 30, at the Hertford
Methodist Church. The Rev. B. C.
Reavis, pastor of the church, will
preach the service.
At the close of the business ses
sion a supper was served to the
Legionnaires by members of the
Auxiliary of the Perquimans Post
Work On Highway
Started This Week;
Base Being Manned
Preliminary work in preparation
for the construction of a new all
weather highway from Hertford to
the Naval Base on Harvey's Point
was started this week by the Vir
ginia Engineering Company.
It has been learned that the new
road will be surface-treated, and will
be 32 feet wide. The road will be
similar to the one built from Hert
ford to Center Hill. The base will
be of soil and stone treated witn
Equipment has arrived for the
construction of the road and it will
take but a short time to complete it,
according to reports.
Along with the building of the
roadway, Naval men are now arriv
ing to man the new base. The com
mander of the base will be Lieut.
Commander Kaiser, who has been
here for several weeks. It has been
reported that approximately one hun
dred men will be stationed at the
base by the end of this week, with
more coming in each week, until the
base is fully manned.
Patrolmen To Collect
Quinine For Gov't
In order to aid the Government,
which is in dire need of all the
quinine that can be secured, mem
bers of the N. C. State Highway
Patrol will call at all drug stores
and hospitals in the State on May
25, 26 and 27, asking the stores and
hospitals to donate their supply of
quinine to the Government
Collections made by the patrolnum
will be turned over to offickjis on
June 1. All stores having quinine
on hand are urged to cooperate that
the Government may obtain as much
of this needed drug as possible.
TO MEET TUESDAY NIGHT
The Executive Committee of the
Woman's Missionary Society of the
Hertford Baptist Church will meet
on Tuesday evening at the home of
Mrs. Howard Dawldns. All members
are urged to be present
Drafting Of Fathers
Expected To Begin
Within Short Time
Local Board Ordered
To Re-classify All
Fathers At Once
The Perquimans County Draft
Board has been instructed to reclassi
fy all registrants with children, im
mediately, and place those in non
essential jobs in Class 1-A for in
duction into the Armed forces, Mrs.
Ruth Sumner, clerk of the local
board, announced this week.
It is expected that the drafting of
fathers from this county will get
under way about July. The work of
reclassifying such registrants and
having them examined for induction
will probably take some little time.
At a meeting of selective service
officials in Elizabeth City last week,
members of the local board received
instructions pertaining to classify
ing men under recent rules handed
down by the Selective Service and
War Manpower Commission.
It was pointed out that the War
Manpower Commission has listed a
number of businesses and occupations
as being non-essential and that reg
istrants holding such jobs face induc
tion even though they are married
and have children. The list issued
by the WMC includes those engaged
in the production of fabrics, glass
and jewelry, or working in such ser
vices as automobile-rental service,
dancing, music, theatrical and art
studios, gambling or night clubs or
engaged in wholesale or retail trade,
such as, antiques, beer and wines,
candy, confectionery, novelties, to
bacco, beauty operators, bootblacks,
charmen and cleaners, errand boys,
gardeners, messengers, newsboys,
ushers and waiters.
It has been announced that this
list has been enlarged or extended as
the War Manpower Commission sees
fit in order to permit the Selective
Service to fill the needs of the Arm
Men who have been classified in
3-B will be replaced in Ji-A, provid
ing their occu?otiu5 ire estential,
excepting those engaged in agricul
ture; these men will be classified in
Classes 2-C and 3-C.
Army officials have also an
nounced that furloughs granted at
the time of induction will be extend
ed to 14 days in order that men in
ducted will have additional time to
attend to personal affairs before re
porting for active duty.
Ration Board Cuts
Tire Applicants To
Due to a large number of appli
cations being filed and a shortage of
tires, the local Ration Board, during
the past week, limited most of the
applicants to one tire, in order to
make the allotment spread out to
the largest number of motorists.
Certificates for tires issued during
the veek went to the following ap
plicants: Grade I G. B. Paul 1; Reed Hen
drick 1; Mrs. Alice Futrell 1; Ernest
Lyons, Jr., 1; W. M. Overton, 1;
Louis Weston 1; Rev. B. C. Reavis 1;
M. C. Sharp 1; C. W. Lane 1; Mag
gie Nixon 1; J. W. Harrell 1; Edgar
Brothers 1; Zack Robertson 1; W.
W. White I; E. L. Hurdle 1; Law
rence Kipley 1; Leroy Dunlap 1; C.
M. Harrell 1; Oliver Layden 1; Sid
ney Lilley 1; Gutherie Jolly 1; E. L.
Brooks 1; R. K. O'Neil 1; Earl Ram
sey 1; Craven Mason 1; V. R. Cole
1; W. D. Carpenter 1; C. P. Morris
1; Edgar Riddick 1; Dr. I. A. Ward
1; Blount Eure 2; H. C. Sullivan 2;
Carter Jones 2.
Grade III Frank Copeland 1; H.
D. Cartwright 1; Thomas Deal 1; G.
M. Garrett 2; E. A. Phillips 2, and
J. C. Baccus 1.
Truck James Sawyer, tire and
tube; W. O, Hunter, 2 tires and 2
tubes; J. P. Ward, 2 tires and 2
tubes; W. W. Smith, tire and tube;
W. H. Winslow, tire and tube; Wal
tace Bright, 2 tires and 2 tubes, and
J. M. Fleetwood, tire and tube. E.
B. Hollowell, 1 tractor tire and tube.
Mrs. Helen Davenport, clerk of
the Board, stated that certificate
number 357111, issued to Harold
Burbage, had been cancelled. This
certificate, it was reported, was lost
in the mails.
PROMOTED TO SERGEANT
Word has been received here that
Atwood Lassiter son of Mr. and
Mrs. C L. Lassiter, has been pro
moted from the rank of corporal tp