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A rHTOLY jCWSPAPEH DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY,
otame X. Number 28.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, July 9, 1943.
$1.50 Per Year.
;ilLUATION OF PROPERTY IN COUNTY UP
$245,11; TO SET TAX RATE JULY 19TH
Commissioners Vote For
1 Fire Control Program
J, Order Tax Sales Soon
Perquimans County's total prop-
erty valuation reached $6,111,782 this1
J year, according to J. W. Ward, tax
' supervisor, who informed the Board
of County Commissioners, at their
meeting on Monday, that this
amounted to an increase of approxi
f mately two hundred and forty-five
a thousand dollars over last year. Mr.
Ward accredited the increase to high-
2 er valuation of real and personal
V The Board of Commissioners did not
I get the annual tax rate Monday, due
J to some final checking to be done on
' the budget. However, the budget is
! , now being reviewed and is scheduled
P to be adopted at a special meeting on
' Tuly 19th. It is very likely that the
J it rate will remain at $1.50, as the
I T Board is anxious to hold the rate at
(this figure, if it is possible. There
Jhas been some increase in County ex-
nehses during the past year, but the
consensus of opinion is that the rate
.can be maintained,
i;, The valuation of county property,
f as given out by Mr. Ward, and ac
M cording to townships, follows:
Hertford Township $1,989,884
M. Parkville Township 1,394,988
New Hope Township 1,000,945
Belvidere Township 831,239
Bethel Township 654,249
At the request of the War Depart
ment, the Board voted for Perquimans
County to join the State fire control
for this county will be inaugurated
; within a short time. Roy L. Weeter
" ffeld, District Forester from Rocky
inuu. visum twrawi i I i, i r.,,,., , ,,.t
; Mount,-'and R. D.' Wise, Ranger MStiS jtTi
vF?5..-i o .M1hal Tationlng board, ai
the1 Dismal Swamp Protection Area,
roet-wttb the Board and explained the
organization of a control program for
" aunties cooperating with ; tluV gov
ernment iin this program, Wch is
ojjrcoajrom invasion iowjm.
V t . . .. .
j. ' I he tOKOI oixnig program re eqiir-
,i.rpett!i td be iMtit '
'.' ,The Board, on motion, also ordered
." -tie Sheriff to advertise all delin
,' qaent property taxes for sale, same
' td be advertised on August 6th, and
:' the sale will be held on the first
f -:. Monday in September.
1 . The Board completed arrange-
ments with Wall and Williams, Ac-
' couiitants of Raleigh, to make an
audit of the county books up to June
80. 1943. This audit, when complet
ed, will give an up-to-date report of
Germany started the long-awaited
offensive on the Russian front this
week, but reports from Berlin and
Moscow are meagre. The Nazis
claim they have broken through the
Red defenses along the central front
facing Moscow. However Red offi
cials maintain the Russian Army has
all but stopped the German drive,
causing heavy loses among the Nazis.
Meanwhile American and British
flyers are continuing heavy air raids
over France and Germany to prevent
Hitler from throwing -the entire
weiriit of his fighting machine
against Russia this summer. The
A 1 1 i trl bimhm clan kua rTn f Iti llol
j- heavy Domoing oi iiaiy ana axis
strongholds m tne mediterranean.
There is no hint regarding possible
Allied invasion of Europe for the
present, but Churchill's speech re
cently stating that heavy fighting
will occur before the leaves fall may
be interpreted to mean an invasion is
likely to occur at any time.
With gasoline rationed, thus cut
ting heavily into pleasure driving
throughout the. nation, and with other
. items scarce, the .United States cele
brated one of the safest July 4th's
in; decades. Only a few violent
deaths1 were reported throughout the
country and very few traffic ' acci
dents, Perquimans County reported
Official Washington continued in a
turmoil during- the week. RFC chair
man Jesse Jones renewed his ' fued
with Vice-President Wallace, and the
' Senate voted for the ' Second time
Y against subsidies for the roll-back of
' prices. ' President Roosevelt- has yot
I , ed MU previousiy, and then the'
House sustained the veto,' What.ac
I : Uott will follow the Senate renewing
the bill iemalnf ' to be seen.
During the past several montns
The Perquimans Weekly has publisn-
ed items from Government authorities
pointing out the need for increased
egg production during 1943 in order
that the needs of the nation may be
Evidently the flock of hens owned
by Jack Brinn have taken it on them
selves to do something about this in
creased production, for Mr. Brinn re
ports an unusual finding in his egg
nest on last Friday.
One of his prized hens produced a
double egg, complete with two shells,
one within the other. The job was
perfect with the exception that the
hen foreot to put the yolk in the
outside egg, it having only the albu
men. However, the egg within the
egg was a grade A, having both yolk
and albumen, and being in
ODT Official Visits
Hertford To Assist
Tire Quotas For July
Are Announced; Cer
. tioil nl the
I week, thai O.
K. Joyner, an official
of OPA, will be in Hertford on July
Vfl&W0? of aiding Persons!of court, after pleading ' guilty to a
of this "county in any problem they
might' havexconcerning regulations of
kvT n'DT. Mr. Jovner mav be
VninUn Pnnntv will
2E.'X ".issued to bring him to court.
'Jl!' . 1M92KWrtM:tb a charge of opeedin
LclJiiSa, ft!A 4ft truck ; tube
during the Month tof 'JlwhMr Uav-
enport stated. These quotas were
released this week by OPA officials.
Residents whose C srasoline books
have expired may now have them re
newed at the local offices, Mrs.
Davenport said. The board was out
of C books temporarily, but now has
a supply on hand.
Tire certificates issued by the
local board during the past week
were as follows!
Grade I Guy Webb, 2 tires and 2
tubes; Charlie Winslow. 2; Elihu
Lane, tire and tube; C. E. Cannon,
tire and tube; James Jarvis, 2 tires
and 2 tubes; Robert White, tire; W.
B. Walker, tire; Glen Mathews, tire;
H. W. Chappell, tire and tube; Wal
lace Baker, tire and tube; Wm. Bea
man, tire and tube; T. M. Twtne,
tire; Addison Medefind, tire; Will
Johnson, tire and tube; James Stall -ings,
tire and tube; State Highway
Patrol, 3 tires and 2 tubes; J. W.
Noland, 2 tires and 2 tubes; C. T.
Chappell, tire and tube; Thomas
Winslow, tire and tube; Foster Fel
ton, tire; Vernon Lane, tire; Charles
Williford, tire and tube; James
Winslow, tire and tube; Warnus
Winslow, tire and tube; D. J. Roger
son, tire and tube; W. W. Spencer,
tube; T. C. Story, tube; Thomas
Rogerson, 2 tubes, and T. Silas
Truck Tires E. L. Jennings, tire
and tube; Andrew Johnson, 2; Geo.
Asbell, tire and tube; Edgar Chap
pell, tube; E. D. Matthews, tire and
tube; S. P. Matthews, tire and tube;
Kenneth Miller, 2 tires and 2 tubes;
D. F. Reed, 2.
The Rev. J. D. Cranford and F.
M. Copeland were issued certificates
for the purchase of new automobiles.
Bonner Assured Govt.
To Resume Purchase
Of Potatoes In Area
Congressman Herbert C. Bonner,
in a telegram to this newspaper last
Thursday afternoon, stated that
through constant effort, he had ob
tained assurance from authorities in
Washington that the Government will
shortly :': resume potato purchasing;
throughout the First District.
Congressman Bonner said that the
Government had discontinued pur
chasing temporarily due to transition
from one fiscal year to another.
Orders for Government buyers to re
sume thejr jobs have been issued, he
Mr. Bonner pointed out. that due
to f rail ; transportation difficulties,
potato producers, should not rush their
produce to the ; market and. thus .; se
riously Impede the movement and
purchasing .work when it has .been
Eight More Speeding
Cases In Recorder's
Court Here Tuesday
Fourteen Cases Dispos
ed Of By Judge Chas.
Motorists who violate the new
State speed law are finding the of
ficers in this county on the job so far
as bringing the violators into court.
Eight more defendants, all charged
with speeding, were given hearings
before Recorder Charles E. Johnson.
Fines and court costs were assessed
in each case.
Judge Johnson issued notice to re
tailers of beer that County licenses
must be purchased for this purpose
and all retailers who have not pur
chased their licenses must do so at
once. This warning was issued, fol
lowing a request for trial by jury by
William Mansfield, charged with
gelling beer after hours. The case
was moved up to the Superior Court
Albert Bond, Negro, entered a
plea of guilty to reckless driving and
received a 30-day sentence, suspended
upon payment of a fine of $25 and
Vernon Turner paid the costs of
court, after pleading guilty to speed
ing. Bessie White, Negro, was found not
guilty of a charge of assault, while
Lillian Riddick, Colored, a defendant
in the same case, was found guilty
as charged, and assessed $10.
Lillie Belle Revelis and Emma
Winslow, both Negroes, were tried on
charges of assault. The Revelis
woman was found guilty and ordered
to pay court costs and doctor's bills.
Emma Winslow was found not guilty.
George Gallop, Negro, paid costs
charge of speeding
Willie Webb, Negro, failed to ap
pear to answer charges of assault on
)a female, and a capias was ordered
SBwnmang to a charge of speeding.
ABaader, Barnett. Arthur Davis.
all entered plea of guilty to speed
ing and each 4as fined flO and
Arthur Dukes.t Jr.. and William
Costello plead guilty to speeding and
each was taxed with court costs.
County Urged To Duy
July Quota Of War
Perquimans County residents were
urged today to renew regular pur
chases of war bonds and stamps dur
ing the month of July in order that
Perquimans will close the month
having sold its quota. The July quota
for this county is $19,110.
The appeal to local residents to
continue the splendid ' example set
here was issued by R. M. Riddick,
chairman of the Perquimans War Fi
nance Committee, who said, "Per
quimans has an excellent record for
the sale of war bonds thus far, but
the Government needs every possible
dollar to help finance the war and
with our boys giving everything they
have, certainly we, at home, should
lend our dollars."
Mr. Riddick pointed out that with
America and her Allies now waging
an offensive war, the need for ma
terials and weapons is far greater
than last year, thus calling for in
creased expenditures by our Govern
ment to insure victory. The only
means the Government has to raise
this money is by borrowing it from
the people on the home front.
- Mr. Riddick reported this weett
that Perquimans residents purchased
a total of J20.775 worth of bond's and
stamps during June. This exceeded
the quota by one thousand, six hun
dred and sixty-five dollars, and con
tinues the countv's record of being
among the counties of the State re
porting excessive sales.
Miss Nell Riddick
To Rejoin 'Faculty
F. T. Johnson, county superintend
ent of schools, announced this week
that he had contracted with Miss
Nell Riddick, of Gatesville, to teach
commercial subjects at Perquimans
High School during the next schoel
is Riddick is a former member
e local faculty, having taught
heii during 1941. She has been em
ployed during the' put year at the
Norfolk Naval Yards.
Mourns Death Of
Mrs. J. A. Perry
Last Rites Conducted At
Baptist Church On
The hundreds of friends who knew
and loved Mrs. Lessie Perry, wife of
J. A. Perry, who died in the Blanch
aid's Store fire last Friday after
noon, joined in paying final respects
at funeral services conducted Mon
day afternoon at 4 o'clock, at the
Hertford Baptist Church. The Rev.
Howard G. Dawkins, pastor of the
church, assisted by the Rev. B. C.
Reavis, pastor of the Hertford Meth
odist Church, and the Rev. J. D.
Cranford, pastor of the Winfall
Methodist- Church officiated.
The floral tributes were beautiful
and were fitting to one who was so
beloved by her community.
During the service, the church
choir sang "Abide With Me." The
casket pall consisted of a double
spray of white gladioli and white
Mrs. Perry, a life-long resident of
Perquimans County, was born at
Woodville, the daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. William Gregory, and
was, at the time of her death, 4l
years old. She was a member of the
Hertford Baptist Church and was ac
tive in the Missionary circles of her
She had been an employee of the
J. C. Blanchard Company for the
past 26 years, having started to worh.
there in 1917, ami during all that
time she was a faithful worker ror
both her employer and her customers.
Surviving -besides her husband, J.
A. Perry, are two sisters, Mrs. Mary
Gregory Moore and Miss Nettie Lee
Gregory, and one brother, Willie
Gregory, of Fayetteville.
Active pallbearers were: Hoboing
Blanchard, Arthur White, Mark Gre-
gory, Bob White, Kill Tarkenton,
Marshall Owens, Julian White and
af terfrawrak'Bvru m'.
Hworary pallbearers were: Dr. C.
A. rJavenpoEfr, Dr. T. P. Brinn, J. C.
Blanchaifr,"S-Winslow; J. P.. Perry,
D. J. Pritchard. H. T. Broughton, J.I
E. White, Bill White, Cecil Winslow,
V. N. Darden, F. T. Britt, A. W.
Hefren, Lawrence Towe, W. S. New
by, W. H. Harffastle, Z. A. Harris,
E. W. Mayes, W. T. Elliott, Dr. I. A.
Ward, C. M. Harrell, S. T. Sutton, Joe
Elliott, D. M. Jackson, Charles M.
Williford, Hurley Hoffler, Edgar
Morris, Douglas Darden, Charles E.
Johnson, R. L. Knowles, Noah Gre
gory, B. C. Berry, Martin Towe,
Ance White and Aubrey Ange.
Interment was made in Cedar
Final Rites Held
Last Friday For
Mrs. Lucy Spivey
Mrs. Lucy Green Spivey, 44, died
at her home at New Hope, at 5 :'M)
o'clock, Wednesday afternoon, June
30, following a long illness.
Mrs. Spivey was a native and life
long resident of Perquimans County.
She was a member of the New Hope
Besides her husband, Matt Spivey,
she is survived by one daughter,
Mrs. J. E. McDonald of New Hope,
two sons, Howard Winborne Spivey
of the U. S. Navy, and Matt Spivey,
Jr., of New Hope; two sisters, Mrs.
Mae G. Saunders of Elizabeth City,
and Mrs. Oscar Nurney of Fentress,
Va.; one half-brother, Sam Green of
New Hope; one grandchild, and sev
eral nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at
3 o'clock last Friday afternoon at
the New Hope Methodist Church with
the Rev. J. D. Cranford, pastor, of
ficiating. Burial was made in the
Lions To Install New
Officers At Meeting
Friday Night 7:15
The Hertford Lions Club will meet
Colonial Tourist Home. All mem-
bers are urged to be present as new
officers will be installed at this
Retiring president. Archie T. Lane,
and Ralph White, who represented the
local club at the Lions State Con
vention in Winston-Salem, will make
a report to the club of the meeting.
Charles H. Williford will be in
stalled as president of the club at the
DISASTROUS FIRE CAUSES ONE DEATH;
DESTROYED BLANCHARD'S DEPT. STORE
A close inspection of the fire-damaged
second floor of the J. C. Blanch
ard store this week revealed two
unexplainable oddities which hap
pened during the fire.
Five Bibles were on display on a
tiible in the reidy-to-wear depart
ment, along with merchandise and
other items. The merchandise and
hat stands were totally destroyed,
but the Bibles remained in good con
dition, the cover of one Bible being
slightly burned, but the pages
throughout the lot were not eveii
burned or water damaged.
Not far away was a carton of
matches, broken open and scattered
about, but not one of them was
Youths Reminded To
Register For Draft
On 18th Birthday
Calls Received For Au
gust Are Reduced In.J
Number Of Men
Perquimans County young m e n
were reminded this week by General
J. Van li. Metts, State Director of
Selective Service, that they must ap
pear at the local draft board offices
and register for service on- their
There has been a tendency in some
areas for youths to forget this obli
gation, but Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk
of the Perquimans Board, stated this
week that it is believed here that the
majority of youths register wnen
reaching their eighteenth birthday. Mrs. Beasley, broken ankle and lacer
The local board has been registering 1 ations; Margaret Divers, burns; Car
frofrr"sTx to Ten" "youths each month', Jolyn Phillips, abrasions and foot m
since the present ruling was adopted, jury ; Marjorie Perry, burns, and
Mrs. Sumner also announced that Cecil Winslow, Jr., burns.
two calls for men during August have
been received here. Each of the
quotas is for five men, the first for
five white men, on August 4. and
the other for five Negroes for Au
Five colored selectees left here on
Wednesday for Fort Bragg to re
ceive their final physical examina
tions prior to induction into the
Army. These include Milton Perry,
Charles Hudson, Jr., Joe Walker,
Lester Wilson, Jr., Charles Henry
and Howard Spencer.
The local Board has a call for 15
white men to leave for Fort Bragg
on July 22, but due to the shortage
of registrants in the local files, and
the number in essential occupations,
it is doubtful that the quota will be
Men who are inducted into the
Army from this date on will be per-!
mitted a 21-day furlough prior to
beginning actual training. However, j
men accepted into the Navy will nr '
allowed only a seven-day furlough
before reporting for service. I
Report Given On
Persons Injured In
Fire Last Friday
A check on Wednesday revealed
that the nine persons injured in the
Blanchard's Store fire on last Friday
are doing as well as can be expected.
Miss Barbara Winslow and Ed
Laughinghouse are still in the Albe
marle Hospital, but are reported as
being somewhat better, though both
are still seriously ill.
Bill Fowler, whose arm was brok
en, is getting on fine.
Mrs. E. W. Mayes is still confined
to her home, but X-rays revealed no
Mrs. Beasley was reported as suf
fering a broken ankle, but received
a fracture of a foot bone instead, and
is resting well.
Marjorie Perry is recovering from
burns. Mary Webb, Carolyn Phillips
and Margaret Divers, it is reported,
are doing well.
Cecil Winslow, who suffered severe
burns, will be able to be out in a
day or two.
Or. E. Louise Payne
JOinS tlOSpltai diail
Dr. E. Louise Payne left last
I Wednesday, after a short visit to her
! parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Payne,
to ioin the Medical staff of the
Woman's Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Payne) a graduate of Woman s ' committee or law enforcement offi
Medical College' of Pennsylvania, j Cers if they know of persons violat
recently completed her interneship at : ing the terms of the proclamation,
the Western' Pennsylvania Hospital
Mrs. J. A. Perry Victim
Of Fire; Nine Injured.
Hertford's most disastrous fire in a
decade occurred here last Friday af
ternoon, when an oil stove, located
on the second floor of the J. C.
Blanchard Department Store explod-
ed, resulting in the death of Mrs. j.
A. Perry and injuries to nine other
persons, and $50,000 or more damage
to the store.
Mrs. Perry, known to uie thous
ands of patrons of the store as "Miss
Lessie," was prevented from reach
ing the fire escape by the explosion,
along with several other persons
who jumped from the windows of the
building facing Church Street. Her
body was found near the window af
ter the fire had been brought under
control. It is believed that Mrs.
Perry either fainted or was over
come by the terrific smoke bekie
she could jump from the window.
Dr. C. A. Davenport, county coro
ner, pronounced her death due to
The fire was discovered a short
time before the explosion and word
was given for all to get out of the
store, but the explosion occurred so
quickly that those trapped had to
make their way to the windows,
where they called for help. Sheriff
E. Winslow and L. L. Winslow ob
tained a step-ladder and drove a
truck over the sidewalk in an effort
to provide means of escape, but the
people began jumping before the
ladder could be placed against the
Bill Fowler, who was assisting in
the rescue work, suffered a broken
arm when one of the ladies jump
ing from the window hit his arm.
Those injured in escaping from
the building were: Ed Laughinghouse,
hip injuries and broken leg; Barbara
Winslow. serious burns; Mrs. E. W.
Mayes, lacerations and abrasions;
Marv Webb, abrasions and shock; a
All of the injured received treat
ment at the offices of Or Davenport
and Dr. T. P. Brinn. Ed Laughing
house, Miss Winslow and Bill Fowler,
the most seriously injured, were tak
en to Albemarle Hospital.
The fire spread so rapidly it was
soon known that assistance was need
ed to bring the flames under control,
and calls were made to the Edenton,
Elizabeth City and Harvey's Point
Naval Air Station fire departments
which rushed to the scene imme
diately. An excellent job was turn
ed in by all departments, but out
standing was the splendid job per-
I formed by the sailors from Harvey's
Point Station, who worked untiringly
(Continued on Page Six)
To Aid Governor's
Governor J. M. Broughton has ap
pointed Charles Whedbee as general
chairman of various committees,
formed here Tuesday morning, for
the purpose of carrying out the Gov
ernor's proclamation of "work or
fight." These committees were
named at a meeting called by the
general chairman and the purpose of
the groups will be to see that the
Governor's program is thoroughly ob
served throughout Perquimans.
The purpose of this program Is to
combat all vagrancy within the State,
and to see that every able-bodied
person is engaged at some type oi
The committees appointed Tuesday
were: Executive committee Claud
White, Julian White, E. M. Perry,
Charles E. Johnson and J. H. New
bold. Enforcement committee All
law officers of the county and the
judge of Recorder's Court. Agricul
ture committee J. H. Newbold, S.
M. Long, Dr. E. iS. White, W. W.
Spencer, Archie T. Lane and Dr. T.
P. Brinn. Labor Committee C. D.
White, Julian White, J. F. Winslow,
E. M. Perry and W. O. Hunter.
Colored committee King Williams,
the Rev. J. A. Harrell, the Rev. G.
W. Gaines, the Rev. Cliff Parker, W.
R. Privott, Frank Elliott, W. N.
Douglas and L. D. Turner.
All residents of the county, wheth
er they are members of a committee
or not. are requested to notify the
thus aiding in bringing about an end
!to vagrancy in North Carolina.