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Volume XVNumber 21.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, May 21; 1948.
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TET.0IIER SIIOHTAGE DUE TO CONDITIONS
ai:d nsEs, state survey reveals
Better Conditions With
v Work Is Wanted By
: Prospective Teachers
"A change in the present community
?! attitude toward teachers is necessary
! to attract more ybung people in to the
,v teaching profession, according to col-
lege sophomores answering questions
?-.-, i f the State Education Commission.
. About 20 . per cent of the current
crop of 12,000 sophomores in all types
, of. colleges In ; North Carolina took
( part In the state-wide poll.
The" Community's attitude toward
' the teacher's social life, status in the
community and living conditions
should be improved, the young people
:- ! feel
, There is "too much community in-
terest in private affair&i" one youngj
f woman aaid. :s-.
"Once a woman starts teaching, she
seems to continue.it permanently'
: frankly complained anothen "I
want to get married." . ' , ,
Many students felt that the com
, , munrty should provide adequate liv-
ing quarters for.its school help. They
also complained, of unsatisfactory
sanitary facilities in the school build
- : ings. .-: v-
A majority of the white girl in
terviewed said that a starting salary
- of from $2,000 to $2,400 would be suf-.
, fiefent to induce them to teach.1 Of
this group, 456 said they would not
, teach for the present $1,620 and 141
said they would. Those who would
- start at this figure, however, would
. feel that they deserved more money.
As one girl put it, "I am interested in
teaching because I believe the im-
provement of the educational system
- is largely, dependent on the individual
teaching in the grammar grades. I
am willing to teach at a sacrifice of
money to help accomplish this.'
Of the white men, 906 would refuse
to teach for the present salary and
, only 39 would enter the profession.
Most of them say they can .make
1 more money in private business, and
many want year-round work.
- insecurity is one mans reason
i for notHeaching. He says a teach.
9 ing position is "depencfent on the
I, whims of the immediate 'superior."--
. A 17-year-old lady adds, "although
vUhe Wii3limJ!f flng, Vf esh
could be trift wair atT$i'
In addition to better community, at
titude and more pay, the sophomores
want in this order: More adequate
equipment and facilities, reduced
, teacher load, and a more; adequate re
tirement plan. .
New School Supt. To
Assume Duties June 10
J. T. Biggers, recently appointed to
the position as superintendent of
Perquimans County schools, wiH'as
sume his new duties here, on June 10,
he announced last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Biggers spent last
Saturday in .Hertford, making in
quiries - about rental of a house or
apartment in which to live upon their
arrival here, r
The new superintendent will com
plete his duties as principal of the
Winterville school about June 4 or 6
and plans to move here shortly there
after. W. E. Dail, chairman of the Board
of Education, announced today that
he had been advised by Clyde Erwin,
State. Superintendent of Schools, that
arrangements are being made for a
temporary superintendent for the
county schools pending the arrival of
Mr. Biggers to assume his duties.
Full , scale .fighting was reported
from Palestine this week after Jew
ish leaders announced the establish
rhent of a new nation, following the
conclusion of the British mandate over
the Holy Land. 'Arab troops attack-)
ea Jewish positions and many cas-
nalties were reported. Officials of
Israel have called upon the United
i Nations to take steps to force the
Arabs to desist in 'fighting the Jews.
For. Poppy Sales
"A poppy" on every coat, remem
brance in every heart" will be the
goal of the American Legion Auxili
ary - for the annual observance of
Poppy Day here May 29, the Satur
day before Memorial Day.
; Complete plans for the Poppy Day
were announced today by Mrs. Thom
as H, White, the Auxiliary Poppy
chairman, .Poppies- will be offered
throughout the county all day so that
everyone will have ppportunity to
honor the war dead by wearing the
memorial flower. 1
Teams of volunteer workers from
the Auxiliary and cooperating organi
zations will be assigned to different
parts,, of the county, each working
undent . team captain. . ,
-AllPoppy D8y workers will give
their 'time without pay, Mrs. White
ertplaedf Contributions , made ' for
tion and child effare' funds of the
Legion arid Auxiliary, to be used for
the benefit of disabled war veterans
and needy1 children of veterans during
the1 coming years. ? These "-contribu
tions form a large part of the money
expended by the Legion and' Auxili
ary in their vast rehabilitation and i
welfare work, ,
The poppies which the Auxiliary
wilt distribute have been made by
disabled veterans at Fayetteville hos
pital. They, are crepe paper replicas
of the famous wild poppies of France
and Belgium which bloomed on the
battlefields and cemeteries of both
World Wars, and which have been the
symbol of remembrance for the dead
e'ver since the first World War.
Thousands of disabled men and wo
men, unable to do other work, "have
beeij Pven employment making pop
pies for the Auxiliary this year.
Bill Cox New Head
v U. S. State Department has turned
, down a proposal made by Premier
Stalin of Russia that the U. S. and
: Russia - hold a conference tp settle
differences between the two nations.
Stalin offered to join in such a meet-
' ing following an Open letter by Henry
- Wallace that steps should be taken to
.end the 1 cold war, Officials of our
t State department say that too many
jokers are included in the Stalin pro
posal for "this country to make any
private deal with Russia in regard to
" world peace.
' v North Carolina Democrats met 4n
, state uonventton m naleigh on ThurS'
' day of this week, Some 4,000 party
members were expected to attend the
Meeting. Attorney General 'Harry,
McMullan was one of the keynote
speakers.. Adoption of a party plat
; form :. and issuing Instructions far
delegates to the national convention
this summer were the main points on
the convention agenda, i v Oyt v
4 Reports from Washington Wednes
day announced that the House bill to
: outlaw Communist activities in the
. U. S; wiH probably pass the House1
this week, Opponents of . the mea
sure look for it to be killed in the
( Senate, but President Truman has
stated he will veto the bill if passed
by both houses. Opponents of the
' bill contend that -Communism should
not be driven V underground, by Nthe
passage of such a measure but
should be left to operate out in the
where Communist activities can
be watched. , . . k
W. D. (Bill) Cox has been elected
1 w A m . . . v
as president or tne neraoro uons
Club for the club ; year beginning
July 1, it was announced by the club
ecr'etary. Other officers of the club
elected for the new year include Sid
ney Blanchard, vice president; -Clar
ence Phillips, second vlqe president;
James Bass, third vice president; Nor
man Trueblood, secretary; Sam Hour-
mouziB, tail twister,"' and , I. C. Yagel,
Lion tamer. ' Directors elected were
W: L. Sumner and L. M. Sitterson.
, The Lions Club will hold its an
nual Ladies' Night banquet at the
Belvidere Community House on Fri
day night, May 21. Visiting . Lions
and ".. Lionesses from, Edenton and
Elizabeth City, are- expected to at
tend, according to R. R. White, 'who.
is chairman of the. program commit
'tee. , '
Preston Layden'Dies ' i
At Home Of Parents
: Preston A Layden, 27, son of Her
bert and Annie Asbell, Layden, died
at the home of his parents in Hert
ford Saturday , afternoon t 4 o'clock
after a long illness. V i . t ! '
. Besides his parents', he is survived
by rone brother, Jasper Layden, and
one sister, Mrs. Thomas Morgan. -
' Funeral services were ;' conducted
Monday, afternoon at 2 o'clock from
th Lynch Funeral Home by the Rev.
C' W. Duling, pastor of the Hertford
La; "t Church. Burial- followed in
the bell cemetery at Belvidere.
Yellow Jackets In
Extra Inning Game
Pitchers' Duel Ends In
12th With Local Team
Perquimans. High School Indians
gained revenge' over the Elizabeth
City Yellow Jackets in a return base
ball game, played on Memorial Field
Tuesday - night, when the Indians
turned back the Jackets in a 12-in-ning
affair which amounted to a pitch
ers' duel between Rogerson and
AVinsloW of Perquimans and Hodges
and Davenport of Elizabeth City.
Rogerson and Hodges started on
the mound for their respective teams
with Rogerson having the edge over
his opponent. The Indians tallied
three runs in the sond inning with
two hits and two walks. Elizabeth
City went scoreless until the sixth in
ning, when a number of errors com
mitted by the Indians allowed the
Jackets to tie up the ball game at a
4-4 count. Rogerson was relieved by
Bill Winslow in the first third of the
sixth inning with the score standing
4-2 'for Perquimans. The Jackets
nicked Rogerson for three hits while
the Indians had collected four bingles
up to this time. Winslow' controlled
the Jacket batsmen until the 11th in
ning when it appeared the Jackets
would score after "'getting two hits.
The side was retired and the Indians
then failed to hit. Elizabeth City
filled the bases in the 12th, but were
unable to score. The Indians garn
ered two hits in the 12th and Winslow
scored after stealing second and go
ing to third on a bad throw.
Rogerson struck out 12 Jacket bat
ters, while Winslow fanned four. For
Elizabeth City, Hodges fanned 11 and
Davenport struck otft five. The In
dians collected seven hits off the
Jacket pitchers while Elizabeth City
hit safely eight times. Perquimans
made seven errors while the Jacket
team committed two.
The outstanding play of the game
was Edward Lane's one-handed grab
of a line drive into left field which
stopped a Jacket rally in the fifth.
The Indians wound up their regular
season with' games against Columbia
on Wednesday night and Williamston
on Thursday afternoon.
Annual Award Day
Observed At PCHS
Students of Perquimans High
School excelling in extra curriculum
activities other than athletics were
given recognition on the first annual
Award Day held in the high school
auditorium last Friday afternoon, and
letters were awarded ten students
who had achieved sufficient points to
The school authorities have estab
lished a point system under which
students; may receive school letters
upon the acquirement of 30 points.
These points are awarded for parti
cipation in band, srlee club, debating,
dramatics! commencement marshals,
club memberships assisting in lunch
room, library and school office, work
on the school paper and annual. A
maximum of 16 points can be earned
by a student during any one school
year, and a total of 64 points can be
earned during the student's four
years in high school.
Students ; . winning recognition vat
the, school this year were Howard
Broughton, Reginald Tucker, Lauras-
kine Britton, Doris Butt, Peggy Cook,
Leon Xane, Eugene Hurdle, Betty
Ruth Chappell, Sidney Reed and Mary
Lou Butt. v
.The Award Day program is spon
sored by the Student Council of the
high school. -
Central PTA Holds
Last Meeting Of
School Year Monday
Group Recognized on
Membership; Talk on
The PTA of Perquimans County
Grammar School held its last meet
ing for this school year Monday
night in the school auditorium. The
Old Neck community was in charge
6f the program, using as its subject
"Safety." The devotional was con
ducted by the Rev. C. W. Duling, pas
tor of the Hertford Baptist Church.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
was sung by the group, after which
the minutes of the last meeting were
read by the secretary, Mrs. Ashbv
Jordan. The reports of the standing
committees were given by their chair
J. P. Snipes, principal, made re
marks concerning progress made in
the school during the past year. It
was voted that a donation be sent to
CARE for overseas relief.
Mrs. W. H. Bryan, district PTA
director, made remarks concerning
the association in the district. The
association was one of the three hav
ing 100 per cent membership, one of
the seven standard associations, and
it received a blue ribbon on their
PTA scrap book, which was exhibited
at the convention. They also qualified
for the "Fifty or More Club" of the
National Congress for subscriptions
to . the National Parent - Teacher
Magazine. They led the district with
I. JC. Yagel spoke interestingly on
the subject of the evening, "Safety,"
after which Mrs. W. H. Bryan in
stalled the officers for the coming
VR7 Post Calling For
Band Fund Pledges
Perquimans County residents, mem
bers of the civic clubs and Parent
Teacher Association, who signed
pledge cards to aid in the support of
the bandmaster for the Perquimans
Band, are being urged by the local
post of Veterans of Foreign Wars to
honor these pledges immediately in
order that the fund can be closed up
by the end of the current school year.
The fund, it was reported this
week by Eldon Winslow, VFW mem
ber in charge of the project, is show
ing a small deficit of approximately
$150, which must be 'collected before
June 1 in order to make the final sal
ary payment to Bert Ainsworth, the
According to Mr. Winslow, five lo
cal civic groups, the VFW, Lions
Club, 'Rotary Club, American Legion
and PTA became responsible for col
lections amounting to $180. Two of
the organizations, VFW and Lions
Club, have collected and paid into the
fund the full amount; the Rotary
Club has paid $165, leaving a balance
due, of $15, the Legion has paid $132,
leaving a balance to be collected of
$48 and the PTA has collected and
turned over $103, thus leaving a bal
ance of $77 due from this organiza
The VFW' is urging all of the civic
groups to make full collection and
report the funds immediately.
INTEREST IN POLITICAL RACES RISING
AS PRIMARY ELECTION MAY 29 NEARS
Local Merchant To
Honor Senior Girls
Following a custom established
several years ago, the W. M. Mor
gan Furniture Company will honor
girl members of the graduating class
of the Perquimans High School by
presenting each girl graduate a min
iature Lane cedar chest. Members of
the senior class have already receiv
ed notice that their gifts have arriv
ed at the store and may be obtained
any time between now and graduation
Girl members of the Hertford Ne
gro High School graduating class
will also receive identical miniatures
of the chests and have also received
word that their gifts -await them at
the local store. The total number of
chests to be awarded by the local
store is 30, .eighteen to members of
the class at Perquimans High School
and 12 at Hertford High School.
House In Winf all
Struck By Lightning
v Lightning, struck a house owned by
Annie Jones, Negro, near Winfall on
Monday afternoon about 1 o'clock and
caused a blase, which completely de
stroyed 'the home and all household
furniture. . The Hertford Fire De
partment answered a call, for assist
ance bttt discovered upon arrival at
the scene that the fire had gained
such headway little help could be ren
dered by the booster tank and water
carried on the truck. . '
Loss was Estimated at between
two and three thousand dollars. ,
Local flremenreported that a wo
man was in the nome at the time the
lightning struck the house and it was
necessary fori a - neighbor v to rescue
her from the' burning Tiome.
Mrs. Fouts Mother
Dies In Hospital
Mrs. Roxanna Lowe, 78, mother of
Mrs. Dwight L. Fonts, died in the
Albemarle Hospital Sunday night.
She was the wife of the late Atlas
A. Lowe and daughter of the late
William and Mary Lassiter, a native
Pof Northampton County.
She had eert making her home in
Hertford with her daughter and son-
in-law, the ReV. and Mrs. Fouts.
Surviving, besides Mrs. Fouts, is
one -other daughter,. Mrs. w. A.
Vaughan of Roxobel; three brothers,
J.. E. Lassiter of Rich Square, Roger
Lassiter'; of V Woodland and Lewter
Lassiter of Keif ord; six grandchil
dren and 141 great grandchildren.
Funeral' services were conducted
Tuesday afternoon at the Lynch Fun
eral Home by the Rev. J. H. Miller,
District Superintendent of Elizabeth
City District, assisted by the Rev. E.
T. Jilson, rector of Holy Trinity Epis
copal Church, and the Rev. C. W. Dul-
ing, pastor 01 uie .neraoro uapiisi
Church,.., The Rev. J. F. Coble of
Jackson had charge of the committal
service conducted at Rehoboth. '
Stewards of the Hertford Metho
dist Church served as pallbearers, .
For Diamond Opener
Directors of the Perquimans Coun
ty Baseball Club, sponsors of the
Hertford entry in the ' Albemarle
League, have about completed pre
parations for the opening of the 1948
season, according to Joe H. Levinson,
business manager of the club. Eleven
of the 12 hired players allowed each
team by league rules, have been
signed for the Hertford team, Mr.
Levinson stated. These players in
clude infielders, Edward McCarthy,
catcher and manager for the local
club, who hails from Duke University;
Leroy Sires, Duke; Dan Knight of
Norfolk, former Wake Forest player;
Bill Bergeron, Duke; outfielders,
Jimmy Regis, a junior college star
from Campbell College, and Henry
Christgou from Pennsylvania.
The pitching staff will be headed by
Francis Dail, lefthander from Duke;
Moe Bauer, Wake Forest; Charlie
Lynch and Corbett from Campbell
College and Frank Graham of Duke.
McCotter of Atlantic Christian Col
lege is expected to make the 12th
player signed by the local directors.
McCotter will pitch an exhibition
game against the Hertford team on
Saturday, May 29, when Jim John
son's ECTC team plays on Memorial
Field against the Hertford Indians.
All of the signed players are expect
ed to arrive in Hertford ready for the
season opener on May 29 and 30.
In addition to the hired players, the
Hertford team will also be made up
of a number of local players includ
ing Jack Craig, pitcher; Bud Cayton
and Red Kimbrell, infielders, and Joe
NoWell and Harmon Young, out
The Albemarle League season will
open on Monday, May 31, with the
Perquimans team playing in Eliza
beth City and the first home game
will be played here Tuesday, June l,
with the Senators returning the open
New bleacher seats along the first
base line are being constructed at
Memorial Field this week in order to
enlarge the seating capacity of the
Heavy Wind Storm
' vara announcement
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Decker of
Lexington, Neb., announce the birth
of a son, born Sunday, May 16., Mrs.
Decker before her marriage was Miss
Blanche Kaye Skinner. "
OES!, TO' MEET MONDAY!
The Hertford Chapter of the Order
of Eastern Star will hold its meeting
Monday night at 8 o'clock, au mem'
bers are urged to be present
A heavy wind storm, which struck
Hertford and parts of Perquimans
County at about 4:30 Monday after
noon, caused slight- damage according
to reports received on Tuesday.
Numerous trees over the Town of
Hertford were blown down and elec
trical service ' was disrupted for a
period of time when one of' the
circuits was severed by a tree fall
ing across the power lines.
The home of Mrs. E. A. Byrum
was damaged when an uprooted tree
crashed on the porch of the home.
Hail also was reported to have fall
en during the short storm period but
little damage to crops was reported.
Bishop Wright At
Holy Trinity Sunday
The Rev. Thomas H. Wright, D J),
Bishop of the Diocese of East Caro
lina, will be at Holy Trinity Episco
pal .Church in Hertford Sunday, May
23, at 11 A. M. to conduct the rite of
Confirmation and to preach the ser
mon for the morning service, it was
announced today by the Rev. E. T.
Jilson, rector of the church.
County Registrars Re
port Goodly Number
Of New Voters
With the Democratic primary elec
tion set for next Saturday, May 29,
reports from over Perquimans County
reveal that interest in the political
races on tap is rising and a near nor
mal vote may be cast. This picture
has changed somewhat during the
past ten days, when reports indicated
a complete lack of interest in politics.
Registrars for the various polling
precincts all report lively interest
among a number of new voters who
registered during the past three
weeks. Nearly 100 new. voters were
listed on the books, according to an
unofficial count of the registration.
Hertford precinct led in the new reg
istration, nearly 75 new voters being
added to the books by Registrar Mrs.
B. G. Koonce.
A quick glance at the political pic
ture reveals that chief interest of the
local residents centers on the race be
tween Senator William Umstead and
Melville Broughton, contesting for
the office of U. S. Senator; Charles
M. Johnson and Kerr Scott lead the
six-man field in the race for 'Gover
nor, with some supporters claiming
substantial strength for Mayne Al
bright. Other races drawing interest
of local voters are the ones which
find John Graham, Walter Cohoon and
John White battling it out for the of
fice as solicitor for the First District.
The only local contest is that for the .
office of Representative which finds
E. Leigh Winslow opposed for re
election by Clarence W. Phillips. -
According to reports from over the
district, Perquimans') candidate for the
office as State Senator. J. Emmett
Winslow, appears to be gaining suffi
cient strength to indicate possible
success in the primary. He is op
posed by Joe N. Vann of Ahoskie and
W. I. Halstead of Camden County.
Voters select two of these candidates
to fill the two offices for the district.
As usual little interest has been
shown in the races for minor offices
of the State. Brandon Hodges, seek
ing the office as State Treasurer, has
visited the county in his behalf, and
other candidates have written letters
to local supporters as a means to in
crease the interest, generally in the
coming primary. Thad JSure, popu
lar Secretary of State, has opposition
in' seeking re-election to this office. He
is opposed by John Armstrong.
A. W. Hefren, chairman of the
County Board of Elections, announc
ed that the Board is prepared for the
primary. Ballots are on hand and
will be delivered shortly to election
officials in each precinct in plenty of
time for the opening of the polling
places on primary day. With only
one purely local race, the number of
votes expected to be cast in the elec
tion here is estimated to. run about
normal as compared to the past four
to six years.
Lists 15 Cases Tues.
Fifteen cases, 14 of which involved
traffic law violations, were disposed
of in Perquimans Recorder's Court
here Tuesday morning. Three cases
were continued until the next term
Entering pleas of guilty to charges
of speeding, Vincent Puma, Alan Ro
berts, Vance Bass, Garrett Wilson,
Emil Tomczyk and Fordyce Thomp
son, each paid a fine of five dollars
and costs of court.
Fines of ten dollars and costs of
court ' were assessed against' John
Stewart, Al Goldsmith and Joseph
Butts, Negro, who entered pleas of
guilty to charges of speeding.
E. W. Hobbs was fined ten dollars
and costs of court after he entered a
plea of guilty to driving with insuf
The State took a nol pros in the
case charging John Odom with non
support. James White was ordered1 to pay
the costs of court after pleading
guilty to a charge of failing to stop
before entering a highway.
Lonnie Lane, aharged with driving
drunk and driving without W license,
was fined $125 and ordered to pay the
costs of court.
Willie Johnikins and S. S. Overton,
both Negroes, charged with driving
with insufficient brakes, were fined
$10 and costs of court
Mr. and Mrs.- Melvin Eure an
nounce the Wrth of a son, born May
12 at the Albemarle Hospital, Eliza- V
beth City. Mrs. Eure before her ,.
marriage was. Miss, Ethel' Margaret;
uuiwngnx. , .