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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
, Volume XL Number 15.
Hertford, Perquimans County. North Carolina, Friday, April 14, 1944.
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SELECTIVE SERVICE DIRECTOR SAYS ALL
- YOUTHS UNDER 2B MUST BE EXAMINED
Explains Regulation In
Regard to Agriculture I
All registrants under 26 years of
age who have not been examined by
the Armed forces within the past 90
days will be ordered to report for
pre-induction physical examination,
announced General J. Van B. Metts,
State Director of Selective Service
The General stated that local boards
have just been furnished directives
to that effect and that members of
his staff are at present conducting a
series of regional conferences to dis
cuss this policy as it affects occupa
tional and agricultural deferments.
He pointed out that the directive was
for the purpose of accelerating the
processes' of induction of younger
men to meet the urgent needs of the
armed services and to provide the
Director of Selective Service and
employers with information regard
ing those who are not acceptable for
The State Director advises that
registrant, if found acceptable to
the armed forces, might still be
'-granted an occupational deferment
provided a Form 42-A Special, ap
proved by the State Director having
jurisdiction over the principal place
of . employment, is received by the
local board prior to the registrant's
actual induction. In view of direc
tives from National Selective Service
Headquarters, Metts anticipates that
few Forms 42-A Special will be filed,
as present indications are that they
will be restricted to the following
vital war activities: Landing Craft
Tires and Tubes, High Tenacity
Rayon for War Products, Aircraft
Airborne Redar, Rockets, Subma
rines, Transportation, and possibly a
With regard to agriculture, th
General stated that it teens to be the
prevail thought ' tbatfthe with
drawal of the war ttntt plan for
measuring "agricultural' ' activities
would liberalise fnn t deferments,
construction, since me unit system
was only a means of measuring th
value of the registrant's farming ef
fort in applying the Tydings Amend
ment, which is still in effect The
Tydings Amendment to the Selective
Training and Service Act provides,
in general, only that deferments be
granted to those registrants who in
the judgment of the local boards are
regularly engaged in agricultural oc
cupation or endeavor which is essen
tial to the war effort. The General
pointed out that the directives which
have been Issued to the local boards
have stressed the National need for
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While American and British air
men continued to hammer at Nazi
targets in Europe, the Red Armies
on the eastern front captured Odes
sa,; Kerch and other points in the
Crimea, and pushed further into the
tragic country of Rumania.' High
Nasi officers were reported escaping
the Red Army by flying out of the
Criiiean area, but the entire garri
son of German troops is reported
doomed. American airmen . shot 129
Gerjnaa planes out of the skies in a
strike against .Nasi targets Tuesday.
The U. & armada was reported to M
astta up of nearly 2,000 bombers
and fighter planes.
righting on the Italian front ,ces
tinned to be on a small-scale," accord
ing te keadquarters report -Artillery!
duels were noted and some- ac
tivity by Allied and Nad patrols
wa; reported. The , Germans ja
noohced early" to , the, week that they
expicted new--' ladWgs by Allied
fonSes In Italy, but the Mies . have
not commented W the Nad claims.
Eisenhower,' In tour of
American camps; irf England, told
U. A airmen they had a tough role
In . nmta fhiHikfon 'rXmxdL to
knock the Axis planes from the air.
TbeGeneral. stated that the land
forces cannot do anything until the
German air force has been knocked
onUThe American airmen have been
carryng out : ' great offensive
against thf Axis all this week.
CatiefaJI Berahey, Selective Service
Director, announced Wednesday a list
of 14 critical occupational fields
' whMh will be, "used as rule for per-
mltting deferments to men under 26.
' Men employed in any of these occu
pations might be deferred, providing
the f-H director, passed upon the
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Gregg Cherry Speaks
At Legion Meeting
Gregg Cherry, a member of the
American Legion and a candidate for
Governor of North Carolina, was a
guest and speaker at the meeting of
the Wm. Paul Stallings Post last
Mr. Cherry spoke briefly to the
local Legionnaires on problems which
will arise upon the return of men
now serving their nation during this
war. He explained plans for assist
ing returning veterans to locate em
ployment and urged the local Post
to render all possible assistance to
Recorder's Court In
Long Session Trying
11 Cases Tuesday
One of the longest sessions in re
cent months was held by the Per
quimans Recorder's Court here on
Tuesday, when Judge Charles .
Johnson heard 11 cases, which car
ried the court into an afternoon
After hearing testimony by State's
witnesses, Judge Johnson found pro
bable cause in the hearing charging
Percy Winslow with manslaughter.
Winslow was placed under bond and
bound over for hearing by the Su
perior Court next week. The case
arose from an accident in which
Gideon Saunders, of Belvidere, lost
his life on March 9.
Much time was consumed in hear
ing testimony in the case charging
Willie D. Rquntree with non-support.
Judge Johnson found the defendant
guilty as charged, tint suspended
until May 9.
UWUiCl TUWIW A
of guilty to assaulting Charles Urn
phlett, and was sentenced to six
months on the roads. Sentence was
suspended upon payment of a fine of
$50 and costs, and the condition that
the defendant be of good behavior
for one year.
William James paid the costs of
court on a charge of speeding.
William Mansfield and Kenneth
Jordan were found guilty of larceny
and were given a six months' sus
pended sentence and placed on good
behavior for 12 months.
Estee Whitaker, Negro, was asses
sed court costs for speeding.
Clarence Holt was found guilty of
driving drunk and reckless driving.
He was given a 60-da7 suspended
road sentence upon payment of a
fine of $75 and costs.
Raymond Felton, Negro, was fined
$10 and costs, after pleading guilty
to damaging property.
Booker T. Harrell, Negro, was
found not guilty of damaging prop
James Shambles and William Ped-
en. Negroes, were fined $5 and as
sessed court costs after pleading
guilty to mutual assault.
Several cases unable to be heard
Tuesday were continued until the
next term of Recorder's Court. Re
corder's Court will not be in session
next week, recessing for the April
term of Superior Court.
Closed Series Of
A most, successful series ef Holy
Week evMMUstic evice came td
climax at the First Methodist CHAton
in. Hertford on Easter Sunday morn
ing. During Holy Week' the pastor,
the Rev. B. C. Reavis, jtrea&ed ft
series of forceful and helpful ser
mens' on the general theme, "The
Cross of Christ," leadine up U the
morning ' worship service Sunday
when he used as his subject, "Living
Certainties and Deathless Assur
ance. Present at this service . was
one of the largest congregations ever
known in the history of the church.
Special music was rendered by the
junior1 and senior choirs and by L. E.
Langford as guest soloist' A large
group of people was received Jnto
the membership of the church and a
"Love Offering" for more than a
thousand dollars was received. . -.
, As the- result of the "Love Offer
ing" and other contributions made
to the same cause since Sunday a
debt of long standing wflLbe paid for
tne church and the note will be offi
cially ."Burned at the After" at the
service text Sunday mbrfngiir .the
remainder of the money will be weed
to improve the , educational - building
of the church, . . . ;
Large Contingent Of
White Men To Leave
For Examination Sati
Draft Board Preparing
For Future Calls oi
Youths Under 26
The largest number of white men
ordered to report for pre-induction
examinations will leave here Satur
day morning for Fort Bragg, Mrs. j
Kutn bumner, clerk ot the local aralt
board, stated Wednesday.
The group, 40 in number, is com
posed almost entirely of youths un
der 26 years of age. This is in line
with recent Selective Service direc
tives ordering local boards to fill all
calls with men under that age, or
those engaged in work not contribut
ing to the war effort.
Directives issued to local boards
over the past week-end may affect
the list of registrants ordered to re
port for examination this week, but
Mrs. Sumner stated that it is un
likely. The men ordered to report
Saturday are: Ashton Colson, Vernon
Perry, Carl Winslow, Elwood Perry,
Willie Morris, Marion Copeland, Er
nest Melvin Winslow, Dockey Cart
wright, Marvin ISuthard, Garland
Stallings, Charlie Umphlett, Dennis
Renfro, Roscoe Lane, Joseph Mills,
Lloyd White, Clarence White, Wil
liam Blanchard, Gailey Lee Chappell,
Lloyd Bagley, Walton Wood, Russell
Willis, Hazel Mathews, James Baker
Raymond Godfrey, George Chappell,
Charles E. White, Jr., Quinton Stall
ings, McMullan White, Elliott Lay
den, Clyde Russell, Ernest Morgan,
Thomas Chappell, Emerson Asbell,
Milton Dail, Jr., Jesse Winslow,
Amos Lane, Joseph Smith, Rolla
White, Lloyd Lane, Wallace Chappell,
Melvin Rogerson, Walter Trueblood.
and Levi Goodwin. Two transfers,
Ernest Miller and Walter Calcut,
will also leave with the local group
Two induction calls for the Navf
will be filled on April 14 and 18.
Earl Riddick will report to the Navj
inductiou ntf ice on April 14, am
Perry White, Nejrro. will roport on
the 18th. Both have been accepte
The local board, preparing to fil
future calls for youths under 26
years of age, have now postponed re
viewing files of registrants abov
that age and are concentrating on
the classification of registrants from
18 to 26. Heavy calls are expectei
from both the Army and the Navy
for men to serve in combat duty, af
ter receiving training.
The local board has been ordered
to postpone reclassification of regis
trants now engaged in essential work,
until after all youths under 26 have
been given pre-induction examina
Final Rites For Mrs.
Annie Stokes Jessup
Mrs. Annie Stokes Jessup, 72,
widow of the late Joshua Jessup,
died at her home on Front Street
last Friday morning at 6:80 o'clock,
following an illness of one week.
Mrs. Jessup was a life-lone resi
dent of Perquimans, and she passed
away just one year after the death
oi ner late . nusoand. 'Naive was
member of the Methodist Church.
Funeral services were conducted
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at
the Hertford Methodist Church by
the Rev. B. C Reavis.
Thd floral tributes were numerous
arag, beautiful. The casket was cov
ered with a pall of white lilies and
. fctf$ving are two grandchildren,
Henry Clay Sullivan and Mrs. An
drew D., Taylor one sister, Mrs. J.
W. Darden; two brothers, J. R. and
H. C. Btokes, and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Henry Clay
Stokes, V. N. Darden, Alyin white,
T. L. Jessup and Willis Jessup,
Honorary pallbearers were: J. R.
Jarvis, Moody Mathews, C F. Sum
ner, T. B. Sumner W. H. Pitt, J. H.
Towe, W. B. Tucker and George A.
Interment was in Cedarwood Ceme
tery. CENTRAL P. T. A. MEETING
8 O'CLOCK MONDAY NIGHT
The Parent-Teachers Association of
the Perquimans ; County Central
Grammar School will meet Monday
night, April 17, at 8 o'clock, at the
school building at WinfalL Dr. A. B.
Bonner ' will be the speaker.
Political Front Is
Must File Saturday
Election Board Names
Registrars and Judges
Unlike the campaign two year
ago, when a record number of candi- j
dates sought local offices the 1944
political front in Perquimans County
is exceedingly quiet. Only three
candidates had filed their names with
the chairman of the Board of Elec
tinns tip to Wednesday noon.
These candidates, Charles E. John
son, who was the first to file, seeks
renoniiivation to the office as Record
er's Court Judge; J. W. Ward has
filed as a candidate for the office of
Register of Deeds, and W. E. Dail
has filed as a candidate for the
Board of Education.
L. N. Hollowell, chairman of the
Board of Elections, stated that six
o'clock Saturday, April 15, is the
deadline for candidates to file their
names for any office, subject to the
primary to be held May 27.
There is little talk about politics
throughout the county, and it seems
there will be few if any racea for
The Board of Elections, in a meet
ing held last week, named regis
trars and judges for the primary. The
Board announced that registration
books will be open on April 29,
May 6 and 13.
Registrars and judges named by the
Belvidere J. M. Copeland, regis
trar; Carroll Ward and Walter
Bethel E. Y. Berry, registrar;
C. T. Phillips and Arthur Jordan,
Hertford Mrs. B. G. Koonce, reg
istrar; Nate Relfe and Jack Brinn,
New Hope Mrs. W. E. Dail, regis
trar; D. Banks and C. W. Umphlett,
Nicanor R. M. Baker, registrar
J. A. Riddick and T. M. Twine,
Parkville Ray Elliott, registrar
A. R. Winslow, Jr., and Bryant
Men who are absent from the
county, due to military service may
vote in the primary by writing the
chairman of the Board of Elections
and requesting a ballot.
USO Center Opened
Postponed To May 7
After several days delay, the Hert
ford USO Center was officially
early this week to assist Mr. Hill
service men on Wednesday night of
The USO is directed by Edgar J.
Hill and the local committee headed
by Miss Mae Wood Winslow. All
committees are reported as doing a
splendid job for the opening.
Edward J. Rousheim, field repre
sentative for the USO, arrived here
opened as a recreational center for
with the opening and to direct the
activity at the center while Mr. Hill
is away for a few days arranging to
move his family to Hertford.
Due to some delay in receiving all
furnishings for the center and have
it complete, the dedication services,
tentatively set for Sunday afternoon.
nave been postponed until Sunday,
May 7. , The Rev. B. C. Reavis stat
ed he would announce the program
for the special service soon.
Appointed To Aid In
Home Service Work
The Rev. E. T. Jilaon. chainrJn of
the Perquimans County Red Cross
Home Service division, announced
this week that the Rev. B. C. Reavis
and C P. Morris have been appointed
to aid the Home Service in two im
The Rev. Mr. Reavis will have
charge of the Red Cross Home Ser
vice work connected with the details
dealing with prisoners of war. Esti
mates indicate that from now on
more boys will be captured as war
prisoners, and parents notified by
the government that sons have been
captured should contact the Rev.
Mr. Reavis for further details.
Mr. Morris is to have charge of
the department dealing with loans to
families where the father of the
family has been inducted into ser
vice, thus necessitating a loan until
service benefits are received.
APRIL TERM SUPERIOR COURT EXPECTED
CONSUMl much time here next week
Rotary To Entertain
H. S. Basketball Teams
The Hertford Rotary Club will en
tertain the boys' and girls' basket
ball teams of Perquimans County
High School at a banquet to be held
at the High School next Tuesday
night at 6:15 o'clock.
The banquet will be given by the
Rotarians as a tribute to the boys
and girls for the splendid record
achieved during the past basketball
season. The Perquimans Indians,
winners of the Albemarle Rural
Championship, won 14 games and
lost three. The girls' squad won 7
games and lost 7.
Baptist Church To
Begin April 23rd
A series of revival services will be
held at the Hertford Baptist Church,
beginning April 23, and running
through May 8, the Rev. Howard G.
Dawkins, pastor of the church, an
The Rev. W. W. Finlator has been
secured to be guest preacher for the
services. He is a young, sincere,
spiritual gospel preacher who is ex
pected to bring a real message to
The Rev. Mr. Dawkins in announc
ing the services, issued a special in
vitation to all the people of this
community to attend the revival.
Two services will be conducted each
day, and all are urged to attend each
service to hear the word of God
The Baptist Church observed its
90th anniversary on Easter Sunday,
and one of the largest attendance
was on hand for the morning wor
ship. During the evening services,
C. R. Holmes delivtc3 a talk deal
ing with the history of the church
during its 90 years. It was most
interesting and was well received.
According to the history, the
church ranks 403 in size of member
ship among the 2,644 Baptist church
es in North Carolina. One hundred
and sixty have memberships in ex
cess of 600. As reported by the
State Office for Missions, the local
church ranked 125th in gifts during
1943. During 1942 this rank was
233rd. The church is making much
progress along the line of gifts and
aaaitions. ntty additions were re
ceived in 1943.
The church was happy to have a
cart in gifts of musical instruments
to the boys overseas. It donated one
of the two sets given from this
of the two sets given from this
Mr. Dawkins announced, that Miss
Dorothy Elliott has been employed as
I'-ducational Director for the summer
The history of the church during
its 90 years of service will be pub
lished by this paper at an early
April War Bond Quota
Is $19,110; Fifth War
Loan Bonds Announced
R. M. Riddick, chairman of the
Perquimans County War Finance
Committee, announced this week that
he had been notified that the April
War Bond quota for this county will
be the same as last month, 119,110.
He issued an appeal to local resi
dents to purchase war bonds during
April to help finance the many
drives our armed forces are making
The chairman also announced that
he had received notice that six series
of bonds will be offered for sale
during the Fifth War Loan, which
begins June 12 and runs through
July 8. Included in the list of bonds
to be offered are the 1 Series E, F,
and G bonds, the iSeries C savmg
notes, Vk per cent bonds of 1965-70;
2 per cent bonds of 1962-54; 1 VI per
cent notes of 1947, and 7-8 per cent
Certificates of Indebtedness.
No quota for the Fifth War Loan
has been announced as yet.
Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Hollowell have
been informed that their son, Robert
Hollowell, U. S. N. R., has been pro
moted from lieutenant (jg) to Lieu
tenant. Lieut. Hollowell and Mrs.
Hollowell are now stationed in New
Edward M. Parker, son of Mr. and
Mrs. C. W. Parker, Edenton, Route 2,
and a graduate of Perauimans High
School, has been promoted to Chief
Total of 28 Cases Listed
On Docket; Judge Leo
Carr to Preside
The April Term of Perquimans
County Superior Court which opens
here Monday morning with Judge
Leo Carr presiding is expected to
consume considerable time in clear
ing the criminal and civil dockets of
The docket includes 13 criminal
cases of which two defendants will
be heard on charges of manslaughter,
and two on charges of breaking and
entering. These four cases are ex
pected to take more time for hear
ing than the balance of the criminal
ducket. Of the 14 cases listed on the
civil docket, nine are actions for di
vorce, and these are not expected to
consume much of the court's time.
The cases on breaking and enter
ing were transferred here from Cho
wan County and charge William
Hhinehart and George Roche with the
crime. Chowan authorities appre
hended the two defendants and
found sufficient evidence to hold the
pair for hearing.
Jurors drawn for service at the
April Term of Court are: Reddin
Ivey, Carson Monds, C. W. Umphlett,
Charlie Umphlett, Elmer Ward, J. E.
Proctor, William Small, Thomas
Eure, Oscar White, Joseph Roger
son, Jesse Stanton, J. C Bundy, C.
E. Cannon, Elisha Winslow, Joe
White, A. Houston Edwards, N. C.
Spivey, J. R. Roach, Kenneth Miller,
H. C. West, C. A. Butt, J. W. Hamp
ton, Murray Elliott, Norman Stall
ings, W. A. Cartwright, W. L. Wood,
Jr., JameB Carver, Walter Monds,
W. E. Dail, J. W. Ferrell, A. P.
Stallings, L. A. Proctor, J. E. Lane,
Roy W. Lane and Archie Baccus.
The two manslaughter cases to be
heard are those of Percy Winslow,
charged with manslaughter in connec
tion with the death of Gideon Saun
ders, who died in an automobile ac
cident near Belvidere early in March.
The other is thv case charging
John Armstead, Ngro, with causing
the death of another Negro in an ac
cident on the Eden ton Highway when
a car driven by Armstead struck a
Red Cross War Fund
Chairman Says Drive
Will Close Saturday
County Needs $471 to
Reach Goal; People
Urged to Give
Mrs. C. P. Morris, chairman of the
Perquimans County Red Cross War
Fund drive, announced Wednesday
that the committee will bring the
1944 War Fund drive to a close Sat
urday night, despite the fact that
present indications are that the
county will fail to meet its 1944
quota, unless a number of additional
contributions are made today and to
morrow. The chairman, in making the an
nouncement as to the close of the
drive, stated that total contributions,
up to Wednesday noon, amounted to
$4,828, thus leaving $472 still to be
raised, if Perquimans County is to
meet its quota.
The committee, ever hopeful that
the people of Perquimans will not let
the Red Cross down, issued one last
appeal for additional contributions
to swell the sum past the 15,300
quota. The War Fund drive offi
cially closed fourteen days ago, but
the local committee has continued the
drive in the hope of raising the quo
ta assigned this county.
The response to the 1944 Red
Cross War Fund here has not been
enthusiastic possibly due to the in
clement weather at the opening of
the drive when solicitors were slowed
down with the work. However, oth
er counties of this area have report
ed quotas completed and local offi
cials of the Red Cress feel that the
people of Perquimans will add to the
total already received and push the
Fund over the top by tomorrow
Edgar Fields Named
As Town Tax Lister
The Board of Commissioners for
the Town of Hertford met in a short
session Monday night and appointed
Edgar Fields to serve as the town
tax collector for this year.
With only routine business up for
action by the Board, the meeting
one of the shortest held this year.