North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume XIV. —Number 23.
Rev. H. F. Surratt Stresses
Action To Graduating Class
Eighth Graders Receive
Certificates on Mon
day Night
R. M. McMillan Gradua
tion Speaker Wed
nesday Night
Commencement exercises for Eden
ton High School got under way Sun
day night when the baccalaureate
sermon was preached by the Kev. H.
Freo Surratt, pastor of the Metho
dist Church. Soon after those taking
part in the exercises marched down
the aisle and onto the stage, they
were followed by members of the
senior class, dressed in caps and
gowns, who occupied the front seats
in the auditorium.
Prior to Mr. Surratt’s sermon, a
special number was rendered by a
choir of high school girls who were
seated on the stage and accompanied
on the piano by Mrs. M. A. Hughes.
The invocation was offered by the
Kev. R. N. Carroll, pastor of the Bap
tist Church. The Rev. Harold Gil
mer, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church, offered the closing prayer.
Taking a few verses of the third
chapter of Philippians as the theme
for his remarks, Mr. Surratt urged
the graduates to look forward to
what lies ahead. “You are facing life
and should be ready to go,” he said,
“but in so doing you should equip
yourselves with vision, passion and
action.” He told them w'here there is
no vision, people perish, and that vi
sion broadens as one grows in years.
“It is important to know' one’s self
and to know God,” he said, “as one
embarks upon a new' era in life.”
“Emotion is a genuine part of na-
ire,” said Mr. Surratt as he stressed
t ission, and urged the graduates to
ackle their varied tasks with whole
hearted enthusiasm, and to stay by
their work with patience and enthu
As to action, he reminded his
young friends that they must face
hard cold facts, and generate the
■ power to project themselves in the
right direction. “Push,” he said, “is
necessary to make a success, in life
and do not take the attitude that the
world owes you a living. You must
find something to do.’’
The graduates were told that the
man that is happiest is the one who
is busy, and that it is more blessed
to give than receive. “The word
‘service’ is a good one,” he said, “and
means a great deal. Take the best
you have to give service to the world
in keeping with the opportunity this
day offers you.”
In closing his remarks, Mr. Surratt
told the graduates that they will find
the secret to success in following in
the path of the Man of Galilee. “Life
is filled with success and happiness
when you commit your life to Him,”
he said, “and I bid you God speed in
your new undertaking.”
On Monday night graduating exer
cises were held for the eighth grade,
when the members were presented
with certificates of promotion to high
Class Day exercises were held
Tuesday night with the theme being
“Through the Portals.” Erie Cofield
- delivered the valedictory address and
Charlotte Bunch the salutatory ad
dress. During the exercises the
usual class day features were car
ried out.
Graduation exercises were held
Wednesday night shortly after The
Herald was printed, when R. M. Mc-
Millan, prominent Raleigh attorney,
delivered the graduation address.
Mary Goodwin Gets
UNC Athletic Award
Friends will be interested to know
that Miss Mary Goodwin, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodwin, was
among the co-eds at the University
of North Carolina to be awarded an
athletic award at the annal awards
night held in Hill Hall Thursday
night of last week.
The awards were announced by
liancellor Robert B. House and con- 1
k atulations to those receiving them
F ere extended by President Frank P.
Mrs. W. C. Brunson is a patient in
Lake View Hospital, Suffolk, having
entered the institution Thursday of
last week. Mrs. Brunson underwent
an operation and is making satisfac
tory progress. She expects to return
to her home late this week.
[Lesson In Figures!
With the approach of a new
fiscal year for the county, the
Chowan County Commissioners
are now greatly concerned over
the budget for the year 1947-48.
Already, various agencies have
submitted their budgets to the
Commissioners, so that al their
meeting Monday they set the last
Monday in this month, 23, as the
date for a special meeting to
consider the new budget.
At that time the Commission
ers hope to have all budgets and
requests for appropriations in
hand and will attempt to have
the figures pretty well lined up
for their July meeting, at which
time the county tax rate for next
year will most likely be determ
• ined. Last year’s rate for SI.OO
per SIOO property valuation.
Mill Team Enters
Newly Organized
Tri-County League
Six Team Circuit Will
Play Saturdays and
With baseball fever already at a
high pitch, aside from the entry in
the Albemarle League, the Cotton
Mill baseball team is a member of the
six-team Tri-County League whicth
was organized Wednesday of last
week. The league includes Edenton,
Gatesville, Gates, Eure, Sunbury and
A. P. Godwin, Jr., of Gatesville is
president of the league and Ernest
Askew of Gatesville has been elected
League games will be played only
on Saturdays and Sundays, with the (
schedule running to Labor,Day, when
a series will be played for the league
The Cotton Mill team is managed
by Albert Twiddy, who has the fol
lowing group of players from which
to select a team: Tom Hoskins,
Ward Hoskins, Fred Hoskins, J. L.
Harrell, Roy Holmes, Roy Harrell,
Alexander Martin, Henry Allen
Powell, Andrew Whitson, Kirby
Wright, E. C. Ashley, Russell Wheel
er, Edgar Rogerson, Haywood Har
rell, Ernest Ambrose, Donald Am
brose and William Curtis Pressley.
The team practices each Tuesday
afternoon at 5:30 o’clock on the mill
diamond and Manager Twiddy urges
any players who desire to make a bid
for a berth on the team to be on
hand at that time.
The first exhibition game for the
local boys was played last week,
when they were defeated by Gates
ville in a hard-fought game 2 to 1.
Kirby Wright was on the mound for
the Cotton Mill boys and allowed only
two hits, but his teammates were un
able to push across enough runs to
win the game.
The first league game will be play
ed in Edenton next Saturday after
noon when the Gatesville team will
be the attraction. On Sunday • re
turn game will be played in Gates
The Cotton Mill diamond has been
put in excellent condition, and new
uniforms and equipment has been
ordered by the Cotton Mill manage
Mayor Calls Attention
To Weeds On Lots
Mayor Leroy Haskett this week
calls attention to a number of vac
ant lots in Edenton where grass and
weeds are rather high and which are
becoming unsightly. The Mayor ur
ges owners of these lots to have the
weeds cut so that it will not be nec
essary for Street Department em
ployees to do this and add the cost
1 to taxes.
The Young Woman’s Bible Class of
the Edenton Baptist Church post
poned their meeting Tuesday night
due to class night exercises being
held at the same time at the Edenton
school. The meeting will, instead, be
held Tuesday night, June 10, with
Miss Iva Mae Dail, beginning at 8
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, June 5,1947.
Mayor L H. Haskett
Appoints Members
Traffic Committee
Group Named at Re
quest of Governor
At the request of Governor R.
Gregg Cherry and Coleman W. Rob
erts, chairman of the State Commit
tee for Traffic Safety, Mayor Leroy
Haskett this week appointed a traffic
safety committee for Chowan County,
Those named on the committee by
Mayor Haskett are Richard F. El
liott, L. S. Byrum, Hector Lupton,
Clyde Hollowell, West Leary, John
Kramer, Frank Elliott and Charles
“One of the most pressing prob
lems facing our people today is that
of traffic accidents and fatalities,”
said Governor Cherry in urging May
or Haskett to appoint a committee j
to coordinate its activities with that I
of the State Commitee.
Governor Cherry stated tha 11
through the State Committee for
Traffic Safety a very comprehensive!
plan has been developed which he
feels copfident will produce splendid
results, provided there is whole
hearted cooperation of every com
munity and every citizen. “Anything
less than this will not produce the
results desired,” said the Governor.
As a part of the five-year program,
it is proposed to have a traffic safety
conference in every appropriate cen
ter, county or municipality.
Both Gates Open
At Air Station
Public Warned to Keep
Out of Restricted
As of last Sunday both gates at
the Edenton Naval Air Station. are
open, so that motorists may enter or
leave from either gate. Since the
Town of Edenton leased the base
from the Navy Department, the gate
at> the southern entrance has been
closed so that all cars or pedestrians
were obliged to enter and leave by
,the gate at the northern end, where
guards have been on duty.
Since both gates are open, there
will be no guards at either gate, but
instead the guards will patrol the
entire base, being on duty 24 hours
of the day.
In opening both gates, Mayor Has
kett and Chief of Police George I.
Dail emphatically call attention to
anyone entering the base that it is a
violation of the law to travel on any
portion of the base property which
is designated “Restricted”. Anyone
found on this restricted area will be
subject to arrest and upon conviction
will be fined in accordance with a rec
ent ordinance adopted by Town Coun
President Truman’s advisory com
mission urges universal military
training or face extinction. Plan in
cludes induction at 18 or upon com
pletion of secondary school, six
months’ basic training in camps or
aboard ship. Further training under
option such as National Guard, ROTC
or organized reserves. Cite grim
contrast between this nation and Rus
sia’s vast military might. ''Children
in fifth grade and up receive “pre
service” training, and 16,000,000 civ
ilians a year are being drilled in rifle,
submachine gun and mortar use in
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
in Boston, Mass., elects Mrs. Helen
Chaffee Elwell of East Hebron, New
Hampshire, as president. Mrs. El
well is the daughter of Lieut. Gen.
Adna R. Chaffee, former chief of
staff of U. S. Army. Christian Sci
ence Publishing Society reports larg
est circulation in history of its peri
odicals. World-wide distributing
channels reopened.
Fifteen thousand dollar fishing
tournament scheduled for North
Qirolina, starting September 15 and
running through October. Headquar
ters at Wilmington. First prize
Salaries paid for dogs used in
“The Emperor Waltz” which stars
Joan Fontaine and Bing Crosby said
to exceed SI,OOO per week. Three
were featured with two stand-ins. A
well known citizen of Edenton re
marked the other day that instead of
crazy dogs running around hare,
Colonials Split Even
In Two-Game Series
With Hertford Team
Large Crowd on Hand
For Opening Game
Monday Night
Edenton’s Colonials up to Wednes
day morning had split even in a two
game series with the Hertford In
dians, winning the opening game of
the Albemarle League Monday night
oh Hicks Field by a count of 9 to 1.
The second game, played in Hertford
Tuesday night, was dropped to the
Indians 3 to 2.
A large crowd of baseball fans
was on hand at Hicks Field Monday
night to witness the Colonials’ first
game of the season, when Mayor L.
H. Haskett pitched the first ball to
start the game. Lester Jordan was |
on the mound for Edenton and had I
j little difficulty in setting down the 1
! Indians, allowing only four hits dur-|
j ing the game. He retired 11 Hert-!
ford batters byway of the strike-out
! route.
The Colonials took an early lead,
scoring one run in the first inning
and two in the third. Another run
was added in the fifth, two in the
seventh and in the eighth three
counters were tallied when Joe
Wheeler sent the ball high over the
left field fence to score two runs
ahead of him. The Indians’ only
score came in the ninth frame when
Nowell landed squarely on one of
Jordan’s fast balls, sending the ball
like a shot far out in right field. He
rounded the bases before Nick
George could get to and return the
ball to the infield.
The Colonials looked good in the
first game and connected safely
when bits . meant runs. Bell started
on the mound for the Indians but was
relieved by Craig.
Aycock, behind the plate, won the
admiration of the fans as he played
a bang-up game. Joe Fulghum,
Snookey Hollowell and J. D. Thorne,
last year favorites, were also in the
lineup. Joe Wheeler held down the
hot corner and Claude Griffin was at
his old stand on first base. John
Byrum roamed in left field, while
Nick George substituted for Trot
Leary in right field.
The Colonials lost a heart-breaker
to the Indians in Hertford Tuesday
night 3-2. They faced Moe Bauer
and but for costly errors, would have
chalked up another victory. The Co
lonials gathered five hits oflf Bauer,
while Thorne held the Indians to four
hits. The Colonials held a two-run
advantage until the sixth inning,
when the Indians knotted the score.
In the seventh inning an error by
Hollowell allowed the Indians to
cross the plate with the winning run.
The Colonials are scheduled to play
the Elizabeth City Senators in Eliza
beth City tonight (Thursday) with a
return game on Hicks Field Friday
night. Suffolk is scheduled to play
in Edenton Saturday- night and on
Sunday the Colonials will play in
there’s liable to be lots of “mad”
folks in the next 30 days if the
“quarantine” law is not applied equ
ally all around.
Independent of Elizabeth City com
mends action of County Board of
Commissioners and people of Edenton
for progressive move forming plan
ning committee relative to ten-year
building program in last Sunday’s
editorial section.
Baltimore, Md., women successful
in fight to serve on juries. General
Assembly granted right and imposed
obligations. Judge Michael Manly
spoke to 400 prospective women jur
ors this week and said “The law
makes jury service for women com
pulsory. Answers to the question of
age such as ’over 25 and under 70’
not acceptable.”
■ ■ o
Martin County Board of Education
decides to build two small school
houses, a 4-room frame building at
Jamesville, and a six-room frame
unit at Everetts, without contract.
Considered three sets of bids too
high. First bid $140,000 for Everetts
building. Second bids markedly low
er. Third still lower. Board still of
opinion too high. Lowest bid con
sidered $67,000 for general construc
tion of two buildings without heat
ing, lighting or plumbing. No bond
issue floated to finance construction.
Current funds sufficient.
Martin County Commissioners dis
cuss plans for county hospital. Ready
to submit proposal to vote of people
(Continued on Page Eight)
Committee Appointed To
Study Building Program
Requested To Meet Today
| Elected President j
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Members of the Albemarle
Rural Mail Carriers Associa
tion elected Mr. Daniels presi
dent at a meeting held in Hert
ford Friday night.
Contributions In Boy
Scout Drive Lagging
Less Than One-third of
Quota Turned Over
To Hector Lupton
1 Hector Lupton, treasurer for the
‘ drive to raise funds for the Boy
Scouts, reported Tuesday afternoon
1 that only $454.59 had been turned in
to him up to that time. This amount
is less than one-third of the quota,
which was set at $1,500.
Robert L. Pratt, chairman of the
drive, reported that practically all of I
the eartvassers in Edenton had report
ed, but that he has had no reports !
from canvassers in the county. The |
drive, naturally, is a big disappoint- i
mem, not only to Chairman Pratt,
but to those who are vitally interest
, ed in Scouting and have been devot
ing much of their time to the work.
The purpose of the drive is to raise
money for the most part to pay dues !
in the Tidewater Council, which is ab
solutely necessary if the Chowan
County Boy Scout troops are to re
ceive recognition and the various
benefits contingent upon membership
in the Council.
Mr. Pratt and friends of Scouting,
as well, refuse to believe that the ap
parent lagging in contributions re
flects the interest Edenton people
have in, the welfare of Boy Scouts.
Rather, they are of the opinion that
many have been missed by the can
vassers, or have overlooked sending
in a promised contribution.
It is the purpose to wind up the
drive as soon as possible, so that any
one who will make a contribution is
urged to do so at once. Mr. Pratt,
Mr. Lupton or anyone interested in
Scouting will be glad to take the
Carlton Appointed
As Public Relations
Director For County
Will Direct Efforts For
Best Interest of Cho
wan’s Progress
Chowan County Commissioners at
their meeting Monday appointed .
Peter Carlton, executive secretary
of the Chamber of Commerce and
Merchants Association, as public re- ‘
lations director for the county. Mr. :
Carlton recently received a similar *
appointment by Town Council as
public relations director for Edenton. ;
In his capacity of public relations 1
director, Mr. Carlton will attempt l
to acquaint citizens with problems
of both governing bodies in an effort l
to effect a better understanding of
what officials are attempting to do,
as well as direct publicity which will
be beneficial to both town and coun
Mr. Carlton agreed to serve in both
capacities without pay.
$1.50 Per Year
J. W. Davis Calls Meet
ing For 2:30 O’clock
In Court House
First Steps Taken In
Big Problem Facing
1 County
The first step by the committee ap
pointed at last week’s mass meeting
to consider a building program for
Chowan County will be taken this
(Thursday) afternoon when the group
is requested to meet in the Court
I House at 2:30 o’clock. The meeting
has been called by J. W. Davis,
Chamber of Commerce representa
tive, which organization was asked to
serve as a steering committee by the
| County Commissioners.
In calling the meeting, Mr. Davis
states that it is imperative that all
members be present. The purpose of
the meeting will, no doubt, have to
do with deciding plans for a com
plete and intelligent survey of the
county’s needs, based on the requests
submitted at the recent mass meet
ing, and possibly setting a date to
consider the findings of the commit
tee, so that recommendations can be
I considered to present at a subsequent
mass meeting before referring the
matter to the County Commissioners,
i Those on the committee, who are
requested to attend this afternoon’s
meeting are:
Geddes I’otter from the Board of
Public Works; J. Edwin Bufflap from
Town Council; Dr. R. H. Vaughan
from the Board of Health; Mis. J.
Clarence Leary from the Edenton
ETA-.; J. W. Davis from the Chamber
. of Commerce; James E. Wood, chair
man of the County Board of Educa
tion; W. J. Taylor, superintendent of
county schools; Thomas Ghears,
chairman of the Edenton school trus
tees; John A. Holmes, superintendent
of Edenton schools; W. H. Costen
from the colored county PTA; J. B.
j Small from the Edenton colored
PTA; Cameron Boyce and Henry
Bunch from the Second Township;
| C. J. Hollowell and F. A. Ward from
j the Third Township and James L.
Hassell and James D. Swindell from
the Fourth Township.
At the time of going to press The
Herald had not learned members on
the committee representing the ABC
Board, County PTA and a represen
tative from the local Bar.
At lastweek’s mass meeting coun
ty needs were listed which will cost,
at present day prices, over one mil
lion dollars. These needs included a
new colored school building in Eden
ton, a new graded school in the cen
tral part of the county for colored
children, a new high school for white
children on Hicks Field, a gymnasium
and addition to the auditorium at the
Chowan High School, an auditorium
at the Rocky Hock School, a new
county jail, a building to house coun
ty offices and providing a modem
heating system for the ancient Cho
wan Court House.
Nelle Perry Chosen
As “Miss Edenton”
In Wilson Festival
Two Edenton Girls Will
Participate In Out
standing: Event
Mayor Leroy Haskett this week
announced that he had appointed
Nelle Perry, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. O. B. Perry, as a bathing beauty
to represent Edenton in the bathing
beauty contest to be held in Wilson
August 14 in connection with the
Wilson Tobacco , Festival. Miss
Perry, of course, will be entered as
“Miss Edenton” and many of her
friends are hoping that she will
come out the winner.
Miss Perry is the second Edenton
girl to be named by Mayor Haskett
to participate in the Wilson event.
Last week he named Miss Hazel
Boswell to represent Edenton in the
beauty contest.
Lloyd C. Burton, who was a patient
in General Hospital, Norfolk, was
brought home Sunday. He is still in
a precarious condition.

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