North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume XlV—Number 6.
Chowan County Facing School Problems
Chowan County Taps Quota
In March Os Dimes Hrive;
Report Still Incomplete
R. L. Pratt Reports Con
tributions of $1,597.34
Up to Wednesday
QUOTAS $1,420
Schools and Few Can
vassers Still to Be
Heard From
Though the report of Chowan
County’s March of Dimes is still in
complete, the quota of $1,420 was
passed Tuesday when a tabulation of
contributions showed a total of
$1,597.34 in hand. This report does
not include anything from the city
and county schools, both white and
colored, and a few canvassers still
have some soliciting to do, so that it
appears that the quota will be over
subscribed by more than S2OO.
Robert L. Pratt, March oi Dimes
chairman, is elated over the success
of the drive, especially because at the
outset returns were not very en
couraging, the first report showing
$123.45 after 13 reports had been re
turned. However, he has done a
splendid piece of work as chairman
and has had the backing of a group
of very capable canvassers, coupled
with generous contributions on the
part of many citizens. While some
contributions were somewhat disap
pointing, many of the canvassers
turned in liberal amounts. George S.
Twiddy, who canvassed the business
houses in Edenton, made an excep
tionally fine showing, his contribu
tions amounting to $449.13, with pos
«> ’y a little more to come in.
f 1 nother great help in the drive
.•e contributions coming from the
_ounty canvassers. Under the super
vision of Miss Rebecca Colwell, this
group secured $337.14. The Taylor
Theater, too. helped considerably by
turning in $148.89, representing con
tributions received from theater pat
Mrs. J. A. Hines and Mrs. Eva
Cox also returned splendid reports
Wednesday morning representing con
tributions coming from colored citi
zens. Mrs. Hines received $84.09
from her canvassers and Mrs. Cox
Mr. Pratt, as well as the county
chairman desire to thank not only the
canvassers who did such a nice piece
of work, but also those who contri
buted so freely in order to put the
county over the top again this year.
Reports of canvassers up to Wed
nesday morning were as follows:
Previously reported $ 123.45
Mrs. Marvin Wilson . 9.85
Mrs. Lois White 13.70
L. R. Worrell (Manufac
turing plants) - 42.00
Mrs. Erie Haste _ 9.25
Mrs. C. M. Speight— 3.50
Mrs. Joseph Thorud 27.00
Mrs. W. A. Elliott 11.75
Mrs. Paul Wallace 10.00
Mrs. J. L. Chestnutt 13.70
George Twiddy (Business
houses) 449.13
Mrs. W. E. Malone 27.00
Mrs. D. A. Webb 2.50
Mrs. Hector Lupton 5.75
Mrs. J. M. Boyce . 1.75
Mrs. N. M. Hobbs 1.45,
Mrs. R. E. Leary 10.00
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Lack of Funds and Structural Steel Makes Re
building of Chowan River Bridge Not Likely
- For Matter of Two Years or More
As the result of frank but friendly
consideration of permanently repair
ing Chowan River bridge at a meet
ing held in the Municipal Building
esday night, members of the Cham-
J | of Commerce and other interested
■ " ties were informed that the. type i
repairs desired cannot be expected j
for at least two years. The meeting I
was called by the Chamber of Com- 1
merce with Highway Commissioner
Merrill Evans and Division Engineer i
T. J. McKim, who were invited and
At the outset Peter Carlton, execu
tive secretary of the Chamber of
Commerce, presented the matter of
Metropolitan Singer
Feature Os Second
Concert In Edenton
Arthur Kent Scheduled
To Appear at School
: Next Monday Night
[ Chowan County Community Concert |
, Association’s second concert will be
, held in the Edenton High School
■ auditorium Monday night, February
I 10, at 8:30 o’clock, when Arthur Kent,
' Metropolitan baritone, will be the at
traction. Local members of the as- •
sociation are very enthusiastic about
. the concert and are of the belief that
the auditorium will again be filled to
capacity as was the case with the
first concert presented before Christ
’ mas. Only those presenting member
’ ship cards will be admitted, no tickets
being on sale for the event.
| Mr. Kent traded his maple leaves
as a United States Army major for
j musical laurels in the fall of 1945,
and immediately resumed his career
[ with the Metropolitan Opera Com
pany engagement. This, as well as
’ the artist’s Canada Opera tour and
an appearance in the lead role in
\ “The Song of Norway” was arranged
even before Kent was out of uniform,
a firm testimony to the singer’s sus
tained popularity.
The artist, American born and
( American schooled, both academically
' and musically, has since 1934 been a
: pupil of Clytie Mundy. In 1939, Kent
’ was a winner of the Metropolitan
’ auditions of the air which was fol
lowed by his engagement by th6 Met
ropolitan Opera. During this time
he continued making concert appear
ances across the country and in Can
ada, including a solo performance
1 with the New York Philharmonic
> Symphony under John Barbirolli.
' Kent’s return to the professional
' music world, heralded by his opera
1 and theatre assignments, also brings
: him once more to recital audiences
throughout the country.
; C. Os C. Compliments
Highway Officials
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In appreciation for the efficiency
■ and promptness in repairing the dam
aged bridge over Roanoke River at
» Williamston last week, the Edenton
-1 Chowan Chamber of Commerce and
1 Merchants Association sent telegrams
to A. H. Graham, chairman of the
1 N. C. Highway and Public Works
• Commission and Highway Commis
-1 sioner Merrill Evans. The local
1 group complimented the authorities
' for the splendid and quick work done
1 by employees, so that traffic could
* move normally over U. S. Route 17.
l At tonight’s (Thursday) meeting
> of Unanimity Lodge, No. 7, A. F. &
i A. M., the first degree will be con
i ferred upon two candidates. W. O.
I Elliott, master of the lodge, requests
all members to try to be present.
the condition of the bridge and asked
if some concrete information was not
forthcoming to the effect that repairs
of a permanent nature be made at
this time instead of an indefinite sug
gestion that it may take two years or
i more until proper repairs are made.
Mr. Evans told those present that
the Highway Commission was possib
ily more concerned in providing an
adequate bridge than the people of
i Edenton, but that both structural steel
and funds were not available at pres
ent and under those conditions tem
porary repairs are being made which
will cost something like $4(\.000. Mr.
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, February 6,1947."
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ARTHUR KENT, above, Metropolitan Opera baritone, will present
a concert in the Edenton High School auditorium Monday night,
beginning at 8:30 o’clock. This will be the second of a Series of
three concerts sponsored by the Community Concert Association, and
is expected to fill the spacious auditorium to capacity.
Edenton Net Teams
Meet Tarboro Friday
Night On Local Court
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Coaches of Both Groups i
Expecting Strong
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball
teams of Edenton High School will
meet the Tarboro teams on the Eden
ton armory court Friday night, the
first game scheduled to begin at 7:30 <
o’clock. This will be another confer
ence game and Coach Tex Lindsay is
hopeful that his boys will show some
improvement over last Friday night
when they dropped a game to New
Coach Ben Askew, too, has been
ironing out some weak spots in the
girls’ team and is looking for a bet
ter brand of ball against the Tarboro
aggregation. Both teams are in good
shape and the coaches are expecting
to see a large crowd of fans on hand
to see what they believe will be two
lively games of basketball.
Athletic Pageant
In Armory Tonight
Effort Under Way to In
crease Interest In
Tonight (Thursday) in the Edenton
armory an athletic pageant will be
presented under the direction of Tex
Lindsay, recreation director. Mr.
Lindsay says the program was ar
ranged in order to stimulate interest
in recreation and athletics and he
hopes many will be on hand for the
event. i
Mr. Lindsay has invited school 1
from nearby towns to be
present in the hope that more interest 1
in recreational activities will mater
ialize throughout the district. 1
The program is scheduled to begin 1
at 7:30 o'clock and includes a number
of features which should prove very 1
Dr. Wm. H. Wallace, Jr.
Methojdist Hour Speaker
Dr. William H. Wallace, Jr., pastor
of St. Luke’s Methodist Church,
Oklahoma City, Okla., speaks on the
Methodist Hour Sunday February 9th
on the subject “Stripped for Action”.
Widely known as a speaker to
young peoples groups who illustrates
his lectures with motion pictures tak
en by himself Dr. Wallace has a rep
utation as a challenging speaker and
forceful minister.
This program is heard in this area
over station WPTF, Raleigh, and
WTAR, Norfolk, Va., at 8:30 a. m.
! Graham Is Given
i Green Light To
Introduce New Bill
!If Passed, Register of
Deeds Will Be Allowed
To Increase Fees
Representative John W. Graham
before departing for Raleigh Monday
appeared before the County Commis
sioners, at which time he was re
quested to introduce a bill in the
General Assembly which will increase
the fees of the Register of Deeds of
Chowan County. The bill in par
ticular will provide for increasing the
fee for cancelling a chattel mortgage.
At present the fee is only 10 cents,
while for cancelling a real estate
mortgage the fee is 25 cents.
Both cancellations require about the
same amount of work and the Com
missioners desire Chowan County to
be in line with adjoining counties.
Mr. Graham also explained to the
Commissioners a bill he introduced
January 30 which in effect authorizes
the town to legally aid in subsidizing
a hospital in the County."
Rotarians Begin
Attendance Brive
Earl Goodwin and John
Kramer Captains of
Two Sides
Today’s (Thursday) meeting of
the Edenton Rotary Club marks the
beginning of another attendance con
test, which is scheduled to be in pro
gress for three months, at the con
clusion of which the losing 6ide is
expected to entertain the winners.
Earl Goodwin and John Kramer are
captains of the two sides, and each
predicts his side will come out of the
contest the winner. The contest is
calculated to greatly boost attend
ance, so that a number of 100 per
cent meetings are expected.
J. A. Moore will be in charge of
the program today and is scheduled
to speak on International Service.
At last week’s meeting the club stood
in a minute of silence out of respect
for Paul Harris, founder of Rotary,
who recently died.
Junior Class Play At
Chowan High Friday
“Demon In the Dark”, a mystery
comedy, will be presented in Chowan
High School auditorium Friday night
at 7:30 o’clock by the Junior class.
An added attraction between acts
will be a radio and cake given to per
sons holding lucky numbers.
Necessary Improvements
Estimated Cost $426,060
To Fill Needs Five Years
Corrected Schedule
Os License Charges
For Use Fishing Gear
Shad and Herring Sea
son Open March 1
To May 1
A corrected schedule of license fees
as set by law for the use of commer
cial fishing gear in taking non-game ,
fish from inland waters of North
Carolina has been released by the
Division of Game and Inland Fish
eries. The season for taking non
game fish (exclusive of shad and her
ring) with commercial gear extends
through February 28. The season for
shad and herring opens March 1 and
closes May 1.
Commercial fishing gear includes
all seines (except minnow nets not
exceeding six feet in length), all gill
nets, whether of the drift or station
ary type, all dip or skim nets used in
taking shad and herring, and any
other special devices authorized by
the Board of Conservation and De
The schedule of fees, as set by law,
applies to the following types of gear
which the Board has authorized for
use in inland waters:
I—Anchor gill nets, one dollar foi
each 100 yards or fraction thereof.
2. Stake gill nets, 50 cents for
each 100 yards or fraction thereof;
provided that when any person uses
more than one such net the tax shall
be imposed upon the total length of
all nets used and not upon each sep
3. -Drift gill nets, one dollar for
each 100 yards or fraction thereof.
4. —Skim or dip nets, 50 cents each.
5. —Each seine and drag net under
100 yards, one dollar.
6. —Each seine and drag net over
100 yards and under 300 yards, one
dollar for each 100 yards or fraction
7. —For other apparatus used in
fishing, the license shall be the same
as that for the apparatus or appli
ance which it most resembles for the
purpose used.
Licenses will be issued by district
fish and game protectors. The num
ber of licenses issued for seining and
netting in any particular body of wa
ter or stream can be limited and all
fishing will be under the close super
vision of protectors. Any game fish
taken accidentally in connection with
the use of commercial gear must be
promptly and carefully' returned to
the water.
Barn Dance Friday
At Edenton School
Sponsored by the Student Council
of Edenton High School, the Old Do
minion Bam Dance Gang will present
a program in the school auditorium
Tuesday night, February 11, at 8
o’clock. The program includes a
group which recently delighted a ca
pacity house, so that another full
house is expected.
C. C. Sanders, With 37 Years of Hotel Experience,
New Manager; Lease Purchased From Haywood
Duke; Schwarze Remains Until March 10th
Effective February 1, C. C. (Slim)
Sanders became the new proprietor of
Hotel Joseph Hewes, he and Mrs.
Sanders having purchased the hotel
lease from Haywood Duke of Greens
boro. Edmund Schwarze, who has
been manager of the hotel for Mr.
Duke since November 28, 1043, will
remain to assist Mr. Sanders until
March 10, after which he plans to en
ter Duke Hospital for a period of
about three weeks and then go to the
: King Cotton Hotel at Greensboro to
be employed by Mr. Duke.
Mr. Sanders is a hotel man of 37
years’ experience, having operated
hotels in North Carolina, Georgia and
1i1.50 Per Year.
Upper Chowan Citizens
Ask For Gymnasium
At Chowan High
Commissioners Suggest
Program Including
Overall Needs
Chowan County Commissioners
were in session practically all day
Monday with a great deal of the
time devoted to consideration of
pending school improvements, the
cost of which appear to be in the
neighborhood of $420,000. Os course,
the Commissioners for a long time
have sensed a need for school expan
sion not only in Edenton, but in upper
Chowan County, however, no serious
consideration was given to the prob
lem until Monday.
To bring the matter to a head, rep
resentatives of the Ruritan Club and
the Chowan Parent-Teachers Asso
ciation, with the Rev. W. C. Francis
as spokesman, requested the Com
missioners to authorize the Board of
Education to erect a gymnasium at
the Chowan High School. Mr. Fran
cis explained that the upper end of
the county had nothing whatever to
offer the youth in way of physical
education for boys and girls. "Boys
and girls”, he said, "will seek rec
reation somewhere and if no proper
place is provided the chances are
that many will go where the atmos
phere is unwholesome.”
Mr. Francis said a gymnasium is
one of the greatest needs in that sec
tion of the county and that it was
the wish of the major portion of the
citizens to provide adequate recreat
ional facilities for the children.
A sketch of a proposed building
was presented which called for a
structure about 90x100 feet, which
included ample gymnasium room,
shower baths for boys and girls and
a shop and garage for school busses.
The estimated cost of such building
is about $65,000.
Then it was pointed out that it
is necessary to build a consolidated
colored school in the upper end of
the county. During the school dis
cussion, the deplorable condition in
Edenton was pointed out. The col
ored high school is so crowded that
it is necessary to have children at
tend school in four buildings scatter
ed about town, some of which are in
bad state of repair and nothing less
than fire traps. At the white school
rooms are so crowded that classes
are held in the basement, and so
many children are Crowded in rooms
which makes proper training almost
Faced with the gymnr.-'vun request
and general school conditions, the
Commissioners took no action regard
ing the gymnasium, but suggested
a proposed program including all nec
essary projects, at which time the
impression was made that a bond is
sue will be presented to the voters
of the county to make the necessary
J. H. Conger, a member of the
hospital trustees, also appeared be
fore the Commissioners relative to
the expense in providing heat to the
hospital and nurses’ quarters. A
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Florida. He has been assistant man
ager of the King Cotton Hotel and
for six years managed Hotel Char
lotte at Charlotte. He was with the
old Bland Hotel chain, being connect
ed with the Yarborough Hotel in Ra
leigh and helped open the Sir Walter
Hotel in 1924. Before leaving North
Carolina, he was manager of the Yad
kin Hotel in Salisbury, after which he
remained in Georgia two years and
then went to Florida. He came to
Edenton from Sanford, Florida.
Mr. Sanders plans to make some
improvements at the hotel in an ef
fort to give patrons the best service

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