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Carolina’s Only TABtoid NEWSpaper
The Roanoke Rapids Herald
VOLUME EIGHTEEN ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th, 1933. NUMBER FORTY.
UP AND DOWN
WITH THE EDITOR
The Herald this week carries
more paid advertising than it has
carried before in ov,er a year. Per
haps we ARE turning the corner.
We stack this issue up against
any weekly in the State. We fur
ther urge our readers to carefully
read the ads for bargains and
Due to our new schedule, we
must insist that all correspond
ents and others wishing news items
printed get the copy in our of
fice at the earliest possible date.
The Herald has a new phone
number. Our old number R-7411
was a nuisance. Because it
started with 7 it was necessarry
to dial the R also, making five
twists of the wrist. Our new num
ber is easy to remember, easy to
dial: 326. 1
The Civics Department of the
Womans Club will meet on Mon
day afternoon at 3 o’clock at the
home of Mrs. V. T. Lamm on Roa
Dick Martin, son of R. L. Martin
of this city, and former employee
of the Virginia Electrfc and Pow
er Co., stationed here, will appear
with “The Rhythm Aces,” stage
band of the Dan Fitch Co’s, show
wich plays the Imperial Theatre
Sunday midnight and Monday and
Tuesday. Young Martin plays the
drums and sings. He is well-known
and' popular in Roanoke Rapids,
having lived here until a fe w
A large turnip which weighed 7
pounds when dug is on display in
the window of Etherdge Barbe
cue Stand, beside the New Bakery.
The turnip now weighs five pounds
and ten ounces. It was grown at
Bracey, Va. -
L. J. Jones is completing a new
bungalow on Hamilton Street on
the site where recently fire de
stroyed a large apartment house.
It will be occupied by Mr, and
Mrs. Auburn Daughtery.
The city is now working about
40 men under the Federal Aid re
lief work for unemployed. Open
ing new streets, cleaning the cem
etery, clearing public park sites,
building culverts and similar work
has been done.
Baseball Now Under Way for 1933
)When ‘ ‘ Babe ’ ’ Ruth starts to
: limber up for another season of
: swat, fans may know that an
other big league race is in the
offing. . . . The “Babe” now
i works out daily in a New York
gymnasium .. . taking off weight
and getting ready for the train
j ing camp cail, now but a few
: weeks away.
Yesterday the Babe refused to sign up with the Yankees under
a $50,000 a year contract. He will consider $70,000, which is $5,000 less
than last year’, ten less than the year before. Our prediction is
they will compromise at $65,000, if you can call that a compromise.
NO USE FOR MORE
OUTSIDERS TO APPLY
I A small crew of about 25 men
has been busy ths week for the
Fiske-Carter Construction Co., un
loading material and getting ma
chinery and equipment in shape to
start work on a larger scale within
a few days.
Three men have put in applica
tions for every one job and there
is no use for further applications
at this time. W. E. Baker, sup
erintendent, has been working with
this newspaper and using its un
employment records for the jobs
already filled. He states he will
continue to do so as long as those
filing really want to work.
The company is giving prefer
ence and first chance to local la
bor as promised. From the unem
ployment records about 30 addi
tional men will be notified for
work some time the first of next
week. It is useless for those out
side of this community to apply for
work at this time.
Due to change in plans, the first
work will start on the outfall line,
beginning at East Seventh St. and
Jefferson, running to Fifth and
Charlotte, then following the creek
now used as the hospital outfall
to the canal, thence to the river.
The first sewer work will start
between 6th and 8th on Jefferson,
Charlotte and Marshall streets.
When material now being made
arrives, work will start on t h e
water mains starting at the filter
A joint meeting of all the Par
ent-Teachers Associations in the
city schools will be held at the
High School auditorium Tuesday
night, 8 p. m., on January 24.
The meeting is set at night so
more fathers can attend. It is
hoped to have more men than has
ever attend* d a Parent-Teachers
In fact, the children are going to
get them out, for there is a prize
to the room having the most fath
ers present and another prize
for the room with most mothers
There will be special speakers
for the meeting and questions of
prime importance to the schools
of Roanoke Rapids and ■ Halifax
County will be discussed.
plant and working South.
Supt. Baker says this is his hard
est job. In addition to pleasing
the local engineer and Sanitary
Board and trying to make some
thing for his company, he now has
to satisfy the RFC and Federal
government. But in spite of all the
bosses he promises to give Roa
noke Rapids the best sanitary and
water system in the country.
A wave of pneumonia which
proved fatal to three struck Roa
noke Rapids this week-end— The
dead are Rachel May Starnes,
Mrs. Minnie Garner and Dale Mar
Rachel May Starnes, 9 year-old
daughter of Reverend ami Mrs.
S. J. Starnes of the First Method
ist Church, died suddenly just be
fore midnight Saturday.
She had been sick only three
days and the case was not pro
nounced pneumonia until Satur
day after a consultation of three
local physicians. They say it was
one of the most rapidly develop
ed cases in their memory. Death
came at the Starnes residence on
Funeral services were held at the
First Methodist Church Monday af
ternoon. Presiding Elder L. B.
Jones of Rocky Mount was in
charge assisted by severrl Mflhod
ist ministers of his district.
Pallebearers were members of
the little girl’s Sunday School
class: Misses Sarah Towe, Mary
Coburn Woodruff, Beulah Cook,
Bernice Tudor, Margaret Hines and
Mary Frances Taylor. The dozen
flower girls were members of her
class at school.
She was born in Durham, com
ing here two years ago when Mr.
Starnes was appointed pastor of
the local church. The parents and
five brothers and sisters survive.
Mrs. Minnie Garner
Mrs. Minnie Garner, 44 years old
wife of B. M. Garner, died at the
local hospital of lobar pneumonia
Funeral services were held at
the residence of Mrs. W. R. Cur
tis on Washington St. with Rev.
D. M. Sharpe officiating and in
terment was in Roanoke Rapids
The deceased was a native of
South Carolina and lived here for
several years. Her sister and oth
er relatives from that State at
tended the funeral. Mrs. Garner
had a host of friends and will be
missed by many, particularly for
her neighborly deeds in Patterson
Dies While On Visit
Pneumonia took its third vic
tim here yesterday with the death
of Dale Martin, five months old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Martin
of Chester, S. C.
They were visiting Mr. and Mrs.
H. J. Bennett on Williams St. at
the time. The remains were ship
ped to Chester, where the funeral
will be held today.
Thieves broke in the front door
of the Triple R Grocery Co. early
this mofning and escaped with
loot worth at least $200 at whole
Entrance was made thru the
front door on Roanoke Avenue. A
heavy padlock was broken by heavy
blows and then a crowbar or sim
ilar instrument was used to force
the Corbin lock on the inside of
the door. Double locking mean*
nothing to the robbers.
Police set the time ox the rob
bery at early morning. Officer
Carl Green checked the door after
midnight and when he passed there
at 4:30 all seemed well.
Here enters a peculiar coinci
dence in the case. It was at 4:30
this morning that Officer Paul
Lewter in the North Ward saw a
car acting in a mysterious man
ner around the Standard Filling
Station on First St. He watched
them and became convinced they
were ready to break the pump and
steal gasoline. Being without a
car he called Mr'. Green who came
The car disappeared and was
seen no more altho officers check
ed the North end of town. It is
now thought the same car dou
bled back and the occupants rob
bed the wholesale store. Tire
tracks in front of Triple R and the
filling station correspond.
Missing from the store are ten
thousand Camjel cigarettes, two
thousand Old Gold, one thousand
Blue Ribbon and 190 Cigars, three
cases of Ralph Snuff, ten boxes of
Mounds candy, other candy and ar
ticles of like nature which cannot
Officers are checking several im
portant clues and a liberal reward
has been offered for the return of
the merchandise and arrest of the
The robbery was discovered at
7 o’clock this morning by Charles
Ogletree when he opened up and
he called George N. Taylor, Triple
R manager, who immediately had a
police investigation begun.
Sister of Local
Druggist Dies Friday
O. Griffin, local druggist, was
called to the bedside of his sister,
Mrs. Mary E. Thompson, of Bailey,
N. C., last Friday, who died Sun
day night following a several
months illness. Funeral services
were held Monday afternoon with
interment in the family cemetery.
Mr. Griffin attended the funeral.
Besides her husband, Phelon
Thompson, Mrs. Thompson leaves
four children and is survived by
her mother, -six brothers and one
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cleaton, Jr.
have returned from a motor trip to
Florida, visiting several of Flori
da’s most outstanding resorts.