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j ; : , r .v- v Viay KEWSPAPiS DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
SUPT. OF SCHOOLS ISSUES STATEMENT
OTIG OPERATION OF SCHOOLS
Need For Repair Cited
By School Head; Bond
Issue Necessary If
Work Carried Out
; P. T. Johnson, County Superinten
dent of Schools, today issued the fol
lowing statement regarding condi
tions of County schools and the poli
cy which has been observed by the
Board of Education :
"I wish to submit a brief state
ment concerning the Report of the
Grand Jury, which was made public
on Tuesday, April 16th. In making
this statement I want it clearly un
derstood that I am not criticizing the
report or any member of the Grand
Jury. It is my intention to submit a
few facts which might throw some
light on the situation. In the main
the items which I refer to will be in
the same order as they are given in
"In regard to the heating system
at the Perquimans County High
School, I wish to say that this build
ing, has never been warm, we made
an effort in 1938 to remedy this sit
uation. We called in a competent
Seating engineer from Raleigh and on
ins recommendation we installed the
gise and type of boiler that we now
have in the building. On the first
tfonday in January, 1946, a group of j
igh school students, with a petition,
appeared before the Board of Educa
tion concerning the heating situation;
they were promised that a competent
engineer would be called in during the
summer of 1946, and that the situa
tion would be remedied if possible,
but that the plant could not be chan
ged or enlarged during the school
"In regard to the roof two gal
vanized metal roofs have been placed
on the building, since 1934. Since the
last roof was placed on the build-
a . ... . . .
rog we nave repeatedly caned in a
good roofer two and three times a
year for the purpose of repair. In this
connection it is also-worthwhile to
mention the fact that water leak
through th wall, this ntinn is djie
o xaurcy construction in i24, ana
to erosion since that time. The Board
if Education had the walls pointed
Sp- in 1940, the same time the Hert
ford Grammar School was repaired.
The roof at the high school has leak
ed, at different times since it was
Constructed, one only has to examine
the books and cancelled vouchers to
certain this fact. In regard to the
nen who have repaired the roof since
1984, I want to say that they were
considered competent roofers, and are
so regarded today by folks who know
of their work.
"The outside woodwork, including
doors, parts of which were new at
the high school, was painted in the
fall of 1945. At the same time the
plumbing in the rest rooms was also
repaired, this including tanks.
;i ."As to the fence around the ath
letic field, the walls were being pain
ted at the time of the investigation of
the Grand Jury.
' "The. lawns have been mowed for
some years dating back prior to 1934
by private contract. The purchase of
a "power lawn mower" was recom
mended in 1937. A "power mower"
should be purchased not only to mow
the lawns at "the high school, the
Cenral Grammar. School, and the
courthouse," but the other lawns of
the County including the Hertford
Grammar School, and the various
'rani of tho PnlnrsH ochnnlu Tha
ourthouse lawn is not a responsibili
y of the Board of Education.
"The Board has been aware of the
plit tree on the Hertford Grammar
hool grounds, and bargained with
nan to remove same in 1945. but
ain was never consummated,
he concrete walks on the Hert
1 Grammar School grounds should
built, and it was ordered on April
st that they be constructed. The
question of side walks and curbing
around the grounds would have been
Proper if addressed to the Town 0f
fertford. However, . I want to, say
hat; arrangements were mads,' with
i own of Hertford for the side walks.
The curbing is not the responsibility
r tne- Board, or education. . -i
1 "There are enough chairs in the
Irst grade for each child, and were it
iot for the way tha first grade is
rganized there would be no neces
ty of moving 'chairs from one floor
"At the April meeting of , the
oard of Education a committee of
e Parent-Teacher Association of the
hool appeared before the Board re
jesting that the grounds be graded,
his request Wat considered, and the
immittee informed that provision for
'tis would be presented in the Bud
get on July 1, 1949. t .. , .
"The Board has known for some
Ime that the buses were not as good
s in pre-war times. In spite of this
e have endeavored to keep the
hools operating with ' the present
(Continued on Page Two)
l6.: -i Kil A Hertford,
Robert Lee Humber, Green
ville Attorney and candidate for
Congress from the First Con
gressional District, will make a
speech at the Courthouse in
Hertford on Friday night, May 3,
at 8:15 o'clock, it was announced
today. The public is invited to
hear Mr. Humber, who will also
speak to the Hertford Uons Club
prior to the public meeting at the
Disagreement was ' reported this
week among the members of the Uni
ted Nations Security Council, when
Russia's demand for dropping the
Iran issue was again fleoied by the
majority of delegates. Jphj! Soviet re
presentative was reported, as making
the statement that h would not car-
-f&cipate further. ia'u&ifoewagiqns on
the matter. The action ;was adefeat
for Russia, and may haveWrious re
percussions in a report due from the
Council May 0.
Grave robbers have Btolen the body
of Benito Mussolini. Fascist leader
of Italy, who was beaten and' shot to
death by partisans shortly before the
end of the European war. The report
ed theft was made by an Italian offi
cial charged with security of the pau
pers cemetery where Mussolini was
buried. According to the report, it
was believed the body was taken by
Fascists for political purposes.
Governor Gregg Cherry announced
this week the transfer of an addition
al five million dollars from the high
way surplus fund to be used for im
provement of the State's secondary
roads. H vvas stated the funds are to
be spent ''during the coming year and
that each county will receive a part
of the fund for county road repair
and construction. Each of the ten di
visions of the Highway Department
will be given a part of the money for
use in the counties of each division.
Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone, last
of the Nine Old Men of the Su
preme Court fight, died at his Wash
ington home this week. A member of
the Court for two decades Mr. Stone
was elevated to Chief Justice in 1941.
Justice Hugo Black, of Alabama, will
serve in Stone s capacity until a suc
cessor has been named by President
Perquimans County Democrats wil
perfect local party organization for
the next two years at the county Dem
ocrstic Convention to be held at the
Court House, Saturday afternoon,
Apru x i, at 3 o ciock, it was announc
ed this week by C. P. Morris, chair
man of the Democratic Executive
Precinct meetings were held last
Saturday, and plans were drawn for
the convention to be held this week.
All Democrats are invited to attend
In, addition to selecting the' execu
tive committee for the next two years
the local convention will also select
delegates to attend the State Conven
tion to be held in Raleigh on May
2. . V ';-.
' PRS-SCHOOL CLINIC v, ; ,
A pre-school clinic will be conduc
ted at the Perquimans County Cen
tral Grammar School at Winfall, next
Wednesday,, May 1 beginning at 9
Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, April 26, 1946.
Red Cross Chapter
Meeting To Be Held
May 2, Court House
To Participate In Fam
ine Relief Campaign;
Public Urged to Aid
Thje Perquimans County Chapter (if
the American Red Cross will meet
at the Courthouse in Hertford, Thurs
day night, May 2 at 8 o'clock, it was
announced today by the Rev. B. C.
Reavis, chairman of the chapter.
At the last meeting the chairman,
and other officers of the chapter were
impressed with the splendid report
by Miss Frances Maness on the an
nual Red Cross Drive. Miss Maness
informed the officers that the county
had oversubscribed its quota. A re
port was also made by the Rev. W. C.
Duling, Home Service Chairman, who
replaced Rev. K. T. Jilson as head of
The local chapter is launching into
a Famine Relief Campaign for the
hungry people in foreign lands. The
Famine Emergency Committee calcu
lates that if each person saves two
slices of bread daily, 20,000 unfortu
nates will be provided for during the
emergency. The two slices of bread
may be made up, here at home, by
use of other foods, such as potatoes,
which are difficult to ship. The pub
lic is urged to save wheat; inasmuch
as the grains, oats, barley, rice, buck
wheat and wheat are much alike, it is
said, in sending wheat to Europe we
are not depriving ourselves of any
thing we cannot easily get along with
out. A recent statement by General
Dwight D. Eisenhower, regarding the
American Red Cross, has been re
leased by the War Department; in the
statement the General said: the ser
vices of the Red Cross are as urg
ently needed today by our occupation
troops, our men in hospitals, and our
veterans as they ever were by our
fighting forces in time of war. The
Red Cross needs and deserves our con
Miss Eva Wray Winslow, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Winslow
of Belvidere, and Emmett Eugene
Landing, son of William Landing of
Hertford, were married Friday even
ing at 7:30 o'clock at the home of the
The Rev. Mrs. Bertha S. White of
ficiated. Miss Norma Witislow, sister of the
bride, sang Because and O Promise
Me. She was dressed in a beige crepe
with red and black accessories and
her corsage was of red roses. She
was accompanied on the piano by Mrs.
R. R. White, cousin of the bride.
The bride wore a beige crepe dress
with white accessories and her cor
sage was of orchids.
Miss Belle Landing, sister of .the
bridegroom, was maid of honor and
only attendant. She wore a black ga
bardine suit with black accessories,
and her corsage was an orchid.
The groom had as his best man,
William Landing, Jr.
The young couple are graduates of
Perquimans County School and after
a short wedding trip to the western
part of the State, they will be at
home in Hertford.
Asked To Meeting
Efforts to organize the baseball
team which will represent Hertford in
the Albemarle League will be made
Friday night, according to A. W. Hef-
ren, neruord s Director in tne Lea
gue. Mr. Hefren stated that a meet
ing would be held in the Courthouse
at eight o'clock, Friday night, April
6, for the purpose of perfecting the
organization of the local club.
All baseball players, residing in
Perquimans County, or nearby com
munities, interested in playing on the
Hertford team are invited to attend
the meeting and arrange for try outs
for the team.
Pender To Reopen
Pender's food store, which has been
closed during this week for renova
tion, will open as a self-service store
next Thursday morning, it was an
nounced today by L. J. Davis, man
ager of the store.
The self-service system being in
stalled here is similar to that used by
the: company, in b tores in nearby
towns, and while customers will
serve themselves, there .will be no
curtailment of the number, of em
ployees used by the Store. The clerks
will be assigned to other duties.
Opens L City Today
Two Day Program Ar
ranged; Large Dele
Training Union members, officers,
leaders and pastors are making final
plans for attending the annual Re
gional Baptist Training Union Con
vention of four sessions: Friday af
ternoon at 2:55; Friday night at 7:50;
Saturday morning at 9:00; Saturday
afternoon at 1 :30. A banquet will be
held between the two Friday sessions
at fi:IM) P. M. The convention meets
! with Blackwell Memorial Baptist
'.Church in Elizabeth City Friday and
Saturday, April zli-zi. It comprises
121 Baptist Churches of the Chowan
and West Chowan Associations and
the host ch'irrli will follow the Har
vard Plan in providing fur the dele
gates to the convention.
The program, which has been re
leased, calls for such interesting and
helpful features as a sermon on Sat-
urday morning to be preached by Dr.
F. Orion Mu.m of the Tabernacle
Baptist Church, Raleigh; addresses
by the State Training Union Secre
tary, Harvey T. Gibson of Raleigh on
Saturday morning and by the Rev. H.
L, Arthur of Portsmouth on Saturday
afternoon; a skit and demonstrations;
Christian living conferences on Fri
day afternoon conducted by Miss
Josephine Hair of Ahoskie, Mrs. John
Senterfitt of Edenton, and the Rev.
J. B. Folds of Aulander;' methods con
ferences 'on Saturday morning under
the leadership of Mrs. R. L. Council
man of Windsor, Mrs. Victor Morgan
of Elizabeth City, Mr. and Mrs. t.
Herman Sawyer of Elizabeth City and
State Secretary Harvey T. Gibson of
Raleigh; an open forum during the
Friday night session under the sup
ervision of Chowan Associational Mis
sionary, the Rev. D. P. lirooks of
Elizabeth City; a wide variety of mus
ical renditions such as vocal solos, in
strumental solos on the saw, violin
and piano, vocal and instrumental du
ets, vocal seJitettes and youth choir; a
hymn festivtf?during the Saturday af
ternoon session; a screen projection
and a banquet.
One of the most impressive, inspir
ing and informative features of the
convention is the screen projection,
"American Missions" during the Fri
day night session. This film, describ
ed as being one of the best and one
of the most informative to be releas
ed by the Visual Aid Department of
the Southern Baptist Convention, will
be shown during the final period of
the night session. This film is also
one of the most recent releases.
Easter Sales Sales
The sale of Easter Seals in this
county this year reached a new high
according to Miss Grace Knowles,
Superintendent of Welfare, who re
ported that total sales amounted to
$315.15. The campaign was directed
by Miss Knowles.
Expressing her appreciation for the
successful campaign, which was closed
Saturday, Miss Knowles thanked all
persons who had a part in the drive
either by selling or purchasing of
seals. She especially thanked the
school children of the county for their
interest shown for this worthy cause.
Fifty percent of the amount raised
here, Miss Knowles stated, will re
main in the county for use of crippled
children, and unfortunates in need of
aid for which this fund is used.
4-H Club Members To
Hold Banquet Tonight
4-H Club members of Perquimans
County will gather Friday night,
April 26, at 7 o'clock at the 4-H
County Council banquet to be staged
in the Hertford Grammar School
lunch room, it was announced this
week by Miss Frances Maness, Coun
ty Home Agent.
Miss Ruby S. Pearson, Assistant
State 4-H Club leader will be on the
Band Has Part In
Perouimana Hiah School's Band,
which has developed into a fine mu
sical unit during the-first year of its
organization, took part in a holiday
program at Edenton last Monday.
The program was under the spon
sorship of the Edenton Lions Club,
which invited the Perquimans Band
to parade snd play before and dur
ing the baseball game played on the
Edenton diamond Monday afternoon.
REGISTRARS, JUDGES FOR DEMOCRATIC
PRIMARY NAMED BY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Five Vets Report;
Draft Call For Nine
Five Perquimans County veterans
reported their separation from the
armed forces with the local draft
board, during the past week, accord
ing to Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk of
the local board. The veterans who fil
ed notice of their discharges were
Julian 11. liroughton, and Jesse llar
rell, white, and Ceorge Friersen, Wil
lie Jones and Kufus Rouse, colored.
Mrs. Sumner stated that the local
hoard has received a draft ca'l for
nine Negro selectees to take prein
duction examinations on May S. Or
ders to report for this call will be
mailed out shortly to the registrants
selected to fill this call.
Varied Docket Heard
By Recorder Judge
At Tuesday Session
A half day session was necessary
in clearing the docket in Perquimans
County's Recorder's Court here Tues
day morning when a varied calendar
of seven cases was heard by Judge
Charles V.. Johnson.
Robert Bragg, Negro, was fined $50
and ordered to pay the costs of court
after being found guilty of reckless
driving and failure to stop at the
sound of a police siren. He was found
not guilty of assault on a female and
the Court granted a motion of non
suit on a charge of possession of non
tax paid liquor.
The State took a nol pros with
leave in the case charging Sidney
Goodwin with non support.
On motion by the State for a trial
by jury the cases charging Normnn
and Josiah Elliott with assault was
set for hearing at the next term of
Howard Ftlanrhard, Negro, was
found guilty of non support, in addi
tion to paying the costs of court, he
was ordered to pay six dollars per
week for use by his children. 11
Wilson White, Negro, entered a
plea of guilty to assault with a dead
ly weapon. He was sentenced to '!
days on the roads, sentence to be
suspended upon payment of a fine of
$10 and court costs.
The State took a nol pros in the
cases charging David Moore, Negro,
with crossing a highway with lugs on
Charlie Williamston, Negro. was or
dered to pay the court costs on a
charge of using profanity in public.
The wedding of Miss Adelaide Lee
Eaves, daughter of Mrs. John E.
Eaves and the late John E. Eaves of
Hertford, Route 1, to Clifton T. White,
of Norfolk, was solemnized Sunday
afternoon, April 21 at the Hertford
Baptist Church. The ceremony was
performed at 2:30 o'clock in the pre
sence of the family and friends by
the Rev. C. W. Duling, pastor of the
church, using the double ring cere
mony. The church was decorated with
Easter-lilies, Mrs. Fred Mathews,
played the' bridal music.
The bride entered with her brother,
by whom she was given in marriage.
She worl an ice blue suit with black
accessories. Her flowers were a cor
sage of orchid and lilies of the valley.
She had as her matron of honor and
only attendant her niece, Mrs. Ever
ett Wood, of Norfolk, who wore a
dress of grey with white accessories.
Her flowers were a corsage of white
rose buds. The bridegroom had as his
best man Everett Wood of Norfolk.
The bride is a graduate of Perqui
mans High School.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Wayland White of Belvi
dere. He is now employed by the Se
curity Storage Co. of Norfolk.
Immediately following the cere
mony the couple left for Norfolk,
where they will make their home.
The Rev. J. Herbert Miller, Super
intendent of the Elizabeth City Dis
trict of the Methodist Church will
preach at the Hertford Methodist
Church Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
Immediately following the services
the second quarterly conference will
be conducted by the Superintendent.
Major and Mrs. R. N. Read, of
Washington, D. C, announce the
birth of a daughter, Barbara Antoi
nette, born April 18. Prior to her
marriage Mrs. Read was Miss June
$1.50 Per Year.
Registration Books Will
Open Saturday For
Despite the lack of contests for
local offices, there will be a Demo
cratic primary in this county on May
2, when voters will cast ballots for
candidates seeking the office
State Senator and Congressman
the First District.
A. W. IlefnTi. chairman of
! i . , : i ! 1 1 : : -s ('"-nty Hoard of Elec
tions, is preparing for the primary,
and today announced the list of offi
cials for the various polling places on
The registrars for the various
townships have ben instructed, ac
cording to Mr. Hefren. to open their
registration hooks on Saturday, April
27 for lite purpose of registering vot
ers who desire to cast ballots in the
primary. Persons already on the regis
tration books need not register again
Mr. Hefren said, but it is to the in
terest of voters to know that they
are duly registered. Registration
books will remain open for three Sat
urdays, and registrars will also regis
ter voters during the week, providing
the voter appears before the regis
trars. Voters are advised that they must
be registered within the township in
which they reside in order to be eli
gible to cast their vote on primary
day. The registrars and judges named
by the Board of Flections are:
Belvidere Township: J. M. Cope
land, registrar, R. H. Copeland and
Linwood C. Winslow, judges.
Bethel Township: K. Young Berry,
registrar, J. C. Hobbs, Jr., and Ar
thur Jordan, judges.
Hertford Township: Mrs. B. G.
Koonce, registrar, A. W. Hoffler and
D. J. Pritchard, judges.
New Hope Township: Mrs. W. K.
Dail, registrar, C. W. Umphlett and
E. A. Turner, judges.
Nicanor: R. M. Parker, registrar,
W. T. Eason and A. B. White, judges.
Parkville Township: Harry Barber,
registrar, A. R. Winslow and Nel
son Smith, judges.
Indians Lose To
South Mills Nine
In a baseball game that could have
been won as easily as it was lost, the
Perquimans High School team lost a
7-5 decision to the South Mills nine
on Memorial Field last Friday night
before a fair crowd of spectators.
The Indians made several costly
errors at crucial points in the game
which eventually turned the victory
to South Mills. The Indians started
the game with Chester Winslow and
Paul Smith as the battery and the
infield was also changed. Winslow
pitched well for five innings, when he
was replaced by Smith.
Henry Meiggs, star pitcher for the
visitors, carried his team to victory
by striking out the first 14 Indians
who faced him. He weakened during
the final inning, but his team's lead
was enough to cinch the game.
Each team was credited with three
hits, however. Meiggs walked only
two men, while the Indian pitchers
walked several, which along with the
errors lost the game.
The Indians will play the Edenton
High School nine on the Edenton dia
mond this afternoon. The next home
game for the local team will be play
ed on Memorial Field Friday night.
May 8, when the Indians meet the
Elizabeth City High School team.
Paving Work Started
On Shortcut Roadway
The work of paving that section of
Route 17, just north of Hertford and
which has become known as the short
cut, was started last Friday by the
Hill Construction Company, which
has the contract for the road job.
Weather conditions being consider
ed, the paving is expected to be com
pleted within a short time and then
the road will again be opened to traf
fic. When this work is completed Route
17 will be remarked and Winfall will
be located on Alternate Route 17, in
stead of the regular route which will
miss Winfall entirely.
Eight Stores Begin
Half Holiday May 1
An announcement was made today
by eight Hertford stores that they
will begin closihg Wednesday after
noon on May 1, and will continue the
custom of giving employees and own
ers a half holiday during the months
of May, June, July and August.