North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume XIV. —Number 19.
Mayor Leroy H. Haskett Re-elected
*£s Except Two Members
us Present Administration
Returned In Tuesday’s Vote
Geddes Potter and Wal
ter Wilkins Lost Out
In Contests
George Twiddy Declar
ed Ineligible to Run
For Office
Though there were 20 candidates
listed for the 11 offices to be filled
in the Edenton election held Tuesday,
*ll incumbents except two were re
turned to office. The two who were
not re-elected were Geddes Potter, a
member of the Board of Public
Works, and W. M. Wilkins, council
man from the Fourth Ward. Mr.
Wilkins, who has been confined in
the Chowan Hospital for oyer a week,
was defeated by Clyde Hollowell. Mr.
Wilkins held two very important
positions on Town Council, having
been chairman of the Finance Com
mittee and was in charge of Beaver
Hill Cemetery, recently taken over
by the Town. Dr. W. S. Griffin de
feated Geddes Potter as a member
of the Board of Public Works.
The election was very spirited with
the largest vote recorded in recent
years. Over 1,000 voters cast a ballot
during the day.
The principal interest centered!
around the contest for Mayor, with ■
the incumbent, Leroy H. Haskett j
being opposed by former Mayor J. L. i
Wiggins. Mr. Haskett won by a vote I
of almost two to one, rolling up 0821
votes to 353 for Wiggins. The Mayor
C" )' 1 n each ward, showing the'great-
L -ength in the Second Ward,
ft he vote was 212 to 93.
, ‘ y Gardner, who had no oppo
s *as treasurer, polled 821 votes.;
In the race for Councilmen-at
large with five candidates, W. J.
Yates led the ticket with 597 votes,
followed by J. Edwin Bufflap, who
polled 604 votes. David Holton was
a close third with 431, followed by
Jesse Harrell with 326 and Ed Habit
trailing with 31 votes.
J. H. Conger led the Board of Pub
lic Works candidates with 603 votes,
O. B. Perry was second with 572 and
Dr. W. S. Griffin third with 571.
Ralph Parrish came in fourth with
480 votes and Geddes Potter fifth
with 472.
In the First Ward J. Clarence
Leary, incumbent, easily defeated
Frank M. Holmes by a vote of almost j
3 to 1. Leary polled 182 votes and
Holmes 69.
W. M. Wilkins lost by a narrow]
margin as Councilman from the |
Fourth Ward. Wilkins’ vote was 111, |
while Clyde Hollowell polled 124
votes, a majority of 13.
* Graham Bvrum had no opposition
in the Second Ward and received 275
Though George Twiddy was the
; first candidate to file for Office, an
nouncing his candidacy the early part
of March, it was learned only a day
or two before the election that he was
disqualified due to the fact that he
had not been a resident of Edenton
three years. It was necessary to
print the Third Ward ballots over,
omitting Mr. Twiddy’s name, so that
J. P. Partin went back in office with
out opposition. He polled 221 votes.
All of the officers, new and old, will
take the oath of office at the next
meeting of Town Council Tuesday
night of next week!
Final Meeting Os PTA
At Chowan High May 13
I The Parent-Teacher Association of
1 Chowan High School will hold its last
I meeting of the year in the school au-
I ditorium Tuesday night, May 13, at 8
I o’clock. The program will be in the
I form of a round table discussion. All
I parents are urged to attend.
I, A general meeting of the Woman’s
I Society of Christian Education of the
■ MUT' Church will be held at the
Rjlißk 'uesday night, May 13, at 8
All members are requested
I S. W. Taylor is a patient in Chow
■ an Hospital, where he has been con
■ 'fined over a week. Friends will be
■ pleased to learn that as of Wednes-
I day morning he was gradually im
■ proving.
‘ Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, May 8,1947.
| Hospital Day_j
Hospital Day will be observed
on a nation-wide basis next Mon
day in honoring the birthday of
Florence Nightingale. Miss Lu
cille Hall, manager of the Cho
wan Hospital, stated that the lo
cal institution will follow the
custom of allowing the hospital to
be open for visitors the entire day
in observance of the event.
For that reason anyone who is
interested in visiting th? Chowan
Hospital may do so any time on
Mrs. Paul Holoman
President Auxiliary!
Meeting Is Changed to!
Third Tuesday In
For the third successive year, Mrs.
J. Paul Holloman has been elected to
serve as president , of the American
Legion Auxiliary, which now has a
'total membership of 111.
Other officers elected to serve with
.the president are: Mrs. Jesse White,
vice-president; Mrs. Roy Leary, re
|cording secretary; Mrs. John Gra
iham, corresponding secretary; Mrs.
E. K. White, treasurer; Mrs. El wood
Nixon, historian; Mrs. Hubert Willi
ford, sergeant-at-arms; Mrs. Will Ba
ker, chaplain.
New members joining the auxiliary
at its last meeting were Mrs. William
jP. Jones, Misses Mary Lee Copeland
I and Mary Morris.
The time of meeting has been
changed to the third Tuesday night
of each month, and the place of
meeting is now permanently fixed at I
the Legion Club Rooms at the base. |
Members of the nominating com
mittee serving for the naming of of
ficers for the coming year were Miss
Lena Jones, Mrs. William Elliott,
Mrs. Shelton Moore, Mrs. Richard
Davis and Mrs. James Bond.
Three-Year-Old Girl
Suffers Broken Leg
In Auto Accident
, Rebecca Ruth Boswell, three-year
| old daughter of Mr. and Mrs, W. L.
Boswell, had the misfortune to have
i her right leg broken and narrowly es
caped internal injuries Saturday
morning when she was struck by an
automobile driven by Roy Martin
Downey of Savannah, Ga.
The accident occurred at the Bos
well home when the child started
across the highway in the path of the
automobile. She was hit by the side
of the car and State Patrolman Clj4ie
Fentress, who made an investigation,
termed the accident unavoidable. No
charges were lodged against Downey.
Antique Show And Tea
At Colerain May 15th \
The ladies of the Colerain Woman’s <
Club are making preparations to en- '
tertain 600 or more antique lovers i
when they give their Antique Show 1
and Tea at the Community House <
the afterndon and evening of May 16. 1
The following Antique dealers will 1
have booths, and have for sale their )
choice selections: Mrs. Haywood <
Guion and Mrs. Lillian Goshen of 1
New Bern, Mrs. Ben Long Rives of i
Littleton, Mrs. Rodman of Washing- 1
ton, N. C., Mrs. Myrtle Watson of s
Edenton, Mrs. Lloyd Harrison of <
Ahoskie, Mrs. Eunice Weeks of Eliza- ]
beth City and Mrs. L. D. Perry of
Colerain. Others are expected to i
sign up for booths this week. i
W. J. Taylor, school attendance
officer, reported to the County Com- i
missioners Monday that during April
he checked on six families for child- :
ren not attending school under the
compulsory school law.
Os the number investigated three
were reported back in school. One ■
family was placed under probation.
Clothing Drive
I Edenton’s Vote In Tuesday’s Election ||
First Second Third Fourth
Ward Ward Ward Ward Total
I- H - Haskett 143 212 139 188 682
J. L. Wiggins 111 93 ror 48 353
W. H. Gardner 218 219 197 187 821
\\. J. Yates 157 159 122 159 597
J. Edwin Bufflap 143 116 104 141 504
David Holton 103" 136 117
Jesse Harrell 85 101 86 54 326
Ed Habit 1 17 5 ‘ s "3 ,
Board of Public Works:
J. H. Conger i s ß> 155 137 603
(). B. Perry 159 150 112 151 572
Dr. W. S. Griffin 136 180 153 JO 2 571
Ralph E. Parrish 114 125 141 100 480
Geddes Potter 133 104 107 128 472
First Ward Councilman:
i J. C. Leary 182
I Frank M. Holmes 69
Second Ward Councilman:
Graham By rum 275
I Third Ward Councilman:
J. P. Partin 221
Fourth Ward Councilman:
Clyde Hollowell 12 .
W. M. Wilkins tII
Rotirians Choose
Overman Secretary
Dr. George Crawford
Unable to Accept Ap
At last week’s Rotary meeting Dr.
George Crawford, who at the previous
meeting was appointed secretary of
the club by the newly elected board
of directors, informed the club that,
due to the press of his personal af
| fairs, he could not accept the appoint
ment. Dr. Crawford stated that he
appreciates the honor, but with his
present business set-up it would be
impossible for him to take on any
more responsibilities.
At the conclusion of the meeting
C, W. Overman, outgoing president,
was appointed secretary and will suc
ceed R. N. Hines.
During the meeting, the conven
tion of Rotary International at San
Francisco was discussed and Richard
F. Elliott was elected as a delegate
and George Twiddy as alternate,
though it is not certain if either one
will be able to attend.
Estimated Cost of Necessary Improvements Over
Half Million Dollars; Plan to Call Mass Meet
ing of Citizens to Consider Policy j
Chowan County Commissioners at
their meeting Monday gave some con
sideration to a five or ten year build
ing program which is roughly esti
mated to involve the expenditure of
over half a million dollars. The idea
was brought about by urgent requests
for school needs and requests for
these improvements to be made. The
Commissioners decided it would be
the logical thing to list all the needs,
then call a mass meeting of various
groups and citizens in general to dis
cuss the needs, after which a commit
tee of seven is to be appointed to
make a survey and thorough study of
the situation and later report back to
another mass meeting and make rec
ommendations as to a program to
The Commissioners realize that
something must be done and further
sense the fact that what is done will
affect every taxpayer, so that they
desire to have a public meeting to
learn the wishes of the citizens they
Each educational unit has pre
sented a proposed program, and the
No. 1 project at Chowan High School
is a gymnasium and equipment which
is estimated to cost $75,000. The No.
2 project of the county unit is an ad
dition to the Rocky Hock school which
will provide auditorium and class
room space, together with a shop and
Group Meeting At
School On May 14
Family Life Specialist
Scheduled to Be Prin
cipal Speaker
A meeting of family life leaders of
; the home demonstration clubs, homej
agents, ministers, presidents of PTA.
Woman’s Club, American Legion j
Auxiliary and county presidents of j
home demonstration clubs of Chowan j
and Perquimans counties will be held j'
] in the Edenton High School audi-j
torium Wednesday morning, May 14, ;
at 9:30 o’clock. i
Mrs. Virginia S. Swain, family life
' specialist with the State Extension
Service, will speak on “What Makes ;
a Happy Home?” She will also lead 1
i a discussion during the latter part of] 1
the meeting.
All of the above mentioned repre-1.
sentatives are urged to attend the
meeting. '
! garage. This project is estimated to '
cost SII,OOO. The No. 3 project pro
vides for extension of the auditorium j
p ,at Cross Roads, estimated to cost
I $34,000.
{! The Edenton unit request calls for t
[ ]an addition to the colored school which t
jis estimated to cost $165,000, and a I
[ i new high school building on Hicks t
Field, which will in the neighbor- }
| hood of $250,000. c
Besides the above projects, the c
. Commissioners call attention to a new v
, jail, which for several years has been t
i under consideration, the cost of which \
,is estimated to be $75,000. Then the
, need for a central office building is t
, emphasized which will cost in the 1
neighborhood of $50,000. Modern a
■ heating of the Court House and a 1
. ladies’ toilet at the Court House is
[ also called to the attention of citizens, l
, with these two projects estimated to j
, cost $7,000. However, the Conimis- ]
. sioners feel that the heating and toilet £
can be done aside from money from a \
. bond issue. |
> The program is a big undertaking,
1 but the Commissioners are aware of f
i the fact that conditions warrant some- <
. thing being done. It is for that rea- |j
■ son that they lean toward a five or |1
l ten year building program and desire jl
i the general public to have a voice in |1
I forming the sort of policy to pursue, 'i
Begins May 14
Ichairmaa H. Freo Surratt
Completes Organization To
Help liflions Overseas
| Half Holiday |
Mayor Leroy H. Haskett, again
chosen by the citizens of Edenton
to represent them for another
term, joined with the hoard of
directors of the Edenton-Uhowan
Chamber of Commerce and Mer
chants Association in compliment
ing the merchants and business
firms for the fine spirit of co
operation displayed in observing
half-day Wednesday holidays for
the duration of the spring and
summer. All prospective buyers
are again urged to plan their pur
chases ahead of time.
Mrs. LA. Patterson
New PTA President
Group Is Entertained at
Final Meeting of Year
Held Tuesday—
Edenton Patent-Teacher Associa
tion held its final meeting of the year
Tuesday afternoon when Mrs. J. Clar
ence Leary, outgoing president, ex
pressed her appreciation to the meni
jbers for their cooperation during the
year before turning over the chair to
the new president, Mrs. L. A. Patter
son. Other new officers are Mrs.
Francis Hicks, vice president; Mrs.
i Richard Davis, secretary and Mrs.
j Maynard Perry, treasurer.
Mrs. Patterson stated that she will
jsoon complete her list of committees,
:but stated that she had named Mrs.
John M. Elliott as lunch room chair
! man, succeeding Mrs. Paul Wallace.
After a short business meeting Mrs.
Ernest Swain’s first grade pupils pre
sented an operetta, accompanied on
the piano by Mrs. C. B. Mooney.
Mrs. Frank Elliott also presented
a trio of her students, Miss Carolyn
Swindell, Miss Suzanne Speight and
Miss Susan Thigpen, who rendered
: several selections, accompanied at the
piano by Miss Charlotte Bunch.
Colonials Will Play
Suffolk Tonight
Edenton Team Rapidly
Rounding Into Shape
For League
Edenton’s Colonials are rapidly
rounding in shape for the Albemarle
League season which is scheduled to
open Sunday, June 1. The local out
fit, managed by John Byrum, has
played three exhibition games and
took the long end of the score in
each game.
In the first game Wednesday night
of last week the Colonials downed
the Norfolk Fisher Texaco outfit on
Hicks Field 8-4. Lester Jordan held
things in check during the six innings
he was on the mound. He
only one safe hit and fanned seven
of the 20 batters to face him. He
was relieved by Ben Askew, who con
tributed two home run clouts to the
On Sunday afternoon the Colonials
took the measure of the Hertford
Indians on the latter’s diamond by
a count of 3-2. Carroll Griffin and
Ben Askew performed on the mound.
The third exhibition game was won
Iby the Colonials Monday night when
a return game was played on Hicks
Field with the Hertford Indians. The
score was 11-7 in favor of Edenton
with Lester Jordan on the mound
for Edenton.
Manager John Byrum announces a
game on Hicks Field tonight (Thurs
day) at 8 o’clock with Suffolk. The
(game is expected to be a mound duel
i between Lester Jordan and Herman
{Dowdy, ace semi-pro right hander of
;the Tidewater, so that a good game
'is in prospect.
.. ■
i>LSO Per Year.
Canvass In Rural Sec
tion Planned May
19, 20 and 21
Housewives Urged to
Save Clothing While
j The Rev. 11. F. Surratt, Chowan
County chairman for the clothing
drive for overseas relief, announced
jthis week ■ that the canvass will be
{made in Kdenton Wednesday after
j noon, May 14. Plans are being made
Ito make the collection in the after
noon about 3 o’clock, so that any con
tribution of old clothes, bedding and
shoes is requested to be placed on
f front porches where it can readily be
]seen and collected.
i A house-to-house canvass will be
j made in the rural section of the coun
, ty May 19, 20 and 21. Miss Rebecca
t Colwell and C. W. Overman will work
with the rural churches in connection
with the drive:
| Mr. Surratt has completed his or
ganization with the following taking
. part as sub-chairmen in the drive.
r ■ Robert S. Marsh, 4-H Clubs; Miss
. Rebecca Colwell, home demonstration
. clubs; J. L. Chestnutt, Rotary Club;
! Jesse Harrell, Edenton merchants;
51 W. J. Taylor, county schools; Mrs.
y Lloyd Griffin, Edenton schools; Mrs.
. Martin Wisely, Junior Woman’s
Club; the Rev. J. E. Tillett, rural
colored churches; the Rev. E. S. Par-
Iker, Edenton colored churches; J. B.
j Small, colored rural area; Miss Emma
I'Foreman, Edenton colored schools;
W. W. Byrum, Dr. Martin Wisely
and Graham Byrum, Lions Club; C.
. W. Overman, agricultural section;
Miss Esther Burgess, colored home
demonstration clubs. Mr. Surratt
. will assist white churches in the coun
! ty in the drive.
Mr. Surratt stresses the importance
| of the drive in that millions of people
i are suffering due to lack of clothing.
I The goal for North Carolina is at
|, least a pound a person and he is hope
. ful that this quota will be realized in
Chowan County. The drive, originally
started by the North Carolina Council
of Churches, has the approval of
Governor Cherry, who urges every
person and organization to give liber
ally of items needed which can be
■ spared in order to add comfort to un
fortunate millions as the result of
the recent war.
Goods collected in the drive will
he shipped to New Windsor, Md.,
from where it will be sorted and pack
ed for overseas shipment. Distribu
tion overseas will be handled by
churches, going to those in most need,
regardless of race, creed or political
, I and religious convictions.
, | Mr. Surratt is urging all house
wives to combine their spring house
i cleaning with this project of mercy.
Those old military uniforms, wedding
clothes, baby things, extra bedding,
torn tablecloths and a hundred other
items can be sent abroad with the as
surance that they will end their days
in an errand of mercy.
Seeking Bids For
Likely Stir Routes
Move Made In Anticipa
tion of Removal of
Two Trains
In anticipation of removal of the
Norfolk Southern passenger trains
between Raleigh and Norfolk, Post
-1 master C. E. Kramer announced this
week that the Post Office Department
] is seeking bids for three star routes
to handle the mail which is handled
on the two remaining passenger
1 trains.
The star routes will be from Eden
' ton to Washington, Norfolk to Eden
-1 ton and Elizabeth City to Rocky
i Mount. Anyone interested in sub
’ mittmg a bid should contact Post
i master Kramer for further informa

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