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Listed In Chowan County
By Department Os Welfare
Hoped Unfortunate Will
Be* Made Happier Dur
Mrs. J. H. McMullan Is
% Prepared to Furnish
■ With Christmas in the offing, the
attention of The Herald has been
Whiled to the fact that, although
prosperous conditions more or less
prevail, there are a number of cases
in Chowan County where there is
need. Mrs. J. H. McMullan, superin
tendent of public welfart who is in
intimate touch with conditions in
the county, has made up a list of 12
cases which for lack of a better name
are termed “Christmas Opportuni
ties.” If these ppportunities are tak
en care of, Mrs. McMullan feels cer
tain she could provide still more.
Mrs. McMullan has furnished only
.general information concerning the
12 cases, but she is prepared to give
more details if any individual or or
ganization is interested in assuming
one or more of the opportunities to j
help make unfortunate individuals j
happier during the Christmas season.!
Mrs. McMullan will be delighted to 1
give any information desired as tc
the needs of the various cases listed,
as well as the method of taking care
•of them. /
The opportunities listed follow:
i I.—Middle aged Negro woman un
employed since April 1947 when leg I
was amputated provided with mini
mum subsistence needs by relatives
and social agencies, would appreciate
Jood and money for self, toys, candies,
Jtc. for grandson, age 8.
12.—Young white woman, . with ,6
'thildren ranging in age frt»n 8 to i
whose husband is in prison would ap
preciate clothing, toys, candies, etc.
for children at Christmas.
3.—White family with 5 children
.panging in age from 17 to 4, father
totally paralyzed, would be glad to
receive clothing, toys, Christmas
candies, etc. for children, bed cloth
ing for father.
4.—01 d crippled non-family man
needs and would appreciate new or
used clothing size 40 or larger.
5.—01 d Negro woman drawn by
rheumatism and confined to chair
needs and would appreciate a sweater,
material for warm underclothing and
6.—Young white woman with 4
children, husband in prison, would
appreciate toys, Christmas candies,
extra clothing for children.
7.-w-White family, mother and
father semi-invalid, with 4 children
ranging in qge from 9 years to 6
months would gladly receive extra
clothing, bedding, toys and candies
, B.—White family, father able to
provide subsistence needs only, would
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lenjamin Henry Smith Instantly Killed In
ire Truck Accident Thanksgiving Morning
1 Owens Recovering In Chowan Hospital and
Howard Spruill Also Injured When Heavy
Truck Overturns Returning From Fire
One of the moat gruesome trage
dies in Edenton in recent years oc
curred about 7:30 Thursday morning
When Benjamin Henry Smith, 32, was
instantly killed, A1 Owens seriously
injured aid Howard Spruill fortun
ately escaped with only chemicals
splashed in his eyes.
The accident occurred when one of
the Edentofi fire trucks overturned as
it was returning from a chimney fire
on Carteret Street The truck was
traveling south on Granville Street
and upon reaching Queen Street A1
Owens, driver of the truck, apparently
turned suddenly to the right in order
Blp prevent a collision with a station
ftwagon driven by James T. Gibbs, who
■lras driving west on Queen Street.!
■t a glancing!
heel of the I
ick the curb
THE CHOWAN HERALD
|_ Fish Talk J
W. Roy Hampton of Plymouth,
chairman of the Commercial
fisheries Commission, announces
a called joint meeting of a com
mittee from ‘ the Wild Life Re
sources Commission and a com
mittee from the Fisheries Com
mission of the Department of
Conservation and Development.
The meeting will be held in the
Chowan County Court House next
Monday morning, December 8, at
The purpose of the meeting is
to hear any controversial matters
pertaining to both game and
commercial fish, so that any who
are interested are urged to be
present. * ,
EHS Glee Club Sings
At Meeting Os PTA
New Organization Well
Received at Initial Ap
Featuring the meeting of the Eden
ton PTA Tuesday afternoon in the
high school auditorium was a pro
gram rendered by the High School
Glee Club under the direction pf Mrs.
Mary L. Browning. The' club has
been working together for a very
short time and sang remarkably well
in their first public appearance. The
program was greeted with much ap
plause and very favorable comment on
the part of PTA members.
.Numbers sung by the, Glep Club
were “Prdyer of Thanksgiving*’ by
Edward. Kremser; “Go Down Moses,”
a Negro spiritual; “A Little Song of
Life” by Carl Busch, and a sextet
number, “Here a Torch Jeanette Isa
bella,” an old French carol.
During the business meeting which
followed the program Mrs. Leon
Leary reported a net profit of S9O as
the result of a' recent card party held
in the school library. Mrs. John F.
White also reported that the band
fund has gone over the top.
Boiler For Court House
Reported As Shipped
With the boiler room at the Court
House practically completed by C. B.
Mooney & Son, West Byrum, chair
man of the County Commissioners, on
Monday informed the Commissioners
that he was advised that the boiler
had been shipped and that radiators
are expected to be shipped about Jan
Mr. Byrum has been in touch with
the heating contractor in an effort to
speed up addition of heat in the Court
short time Willie Bunch had his
wrecker on the scene, but when the
truck was uprighted, Smith was dead.
Owens was caught only partially
under the truck, but sustained some
broken ribs and internal injuries. He
scrambled from the wreckage, but his
foot was caught and had to be helped.
Upon being released, he became un
conscious and was rushed to Chowan
Hospital, where grave concern was at
first entertained for his recovery. He
is, however, gradually improving and
is able to sit up.
Howard Spruill was injured • about
the eyes due to splashing chemicals,
but otherwise escaped injury. He has
I Both the station wagon and fire
J truck were badly damaged, but Gibbs,
aside from being badly shaken up, es
Funeral services for Mr. Smith
'were held Friday afternoon at the
home of his father in Rocky Mount.
The funeral was attended by a great
crowd of friends and the numerous
floral tributes attested to the popular
ity of the young man. The Rev, Har
old W. Gilmer officiated at the home,
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, December 4, 1947.
Walter Holton Again
Elected As President
Os Albemarle League
Several Important Mat
ters Settled at Meet
At a meeting of directors of the Al
bemarle League, held Monday night,
Walter Holton was re-elected presi
dent, a position he filled since late
last season following the resignation
of W. H. OaKtey of Hertford.
At the meeting Plymouth was ad
mitted to the league and other im
portant matters discussed, with an
other meeting scheduled to be held in
Edenton early in January to continue
perfecting machinery for the 1948
The ' matter of an umpire-in-chief
was considered, Bill McClung of
Elizabeth City informing the direc
tors by letter that Dutch Kroger of
Norfolk is interested in the position.
It was votgd to pay such a man S2OO
| plus expenses and an umpire’s salary
if he officiates as such. Kroger was
to be contacted and a report submit
ted at the next meeting.
Marvin Wilson reported that copies
of the by-laws will be mailed to all
clubs withjn a few days. It was also
agreed that all clubs in the league
post a SSOO bond by January 1 or for
feit their franchise.
The salary of the president was
fixed at S4OO per year, out of which he
shall pay a secretary.
The power of the president will be
embodied in the by-laws and the num
ber of games to be played weekly and
the’hiring of non-resident players was
left to be decided at a subsequent
meeting of the directors, when all
clubs are expected to be represented.
$6,000 Band Quota
Has Been Realized
Mrs. John White Thanks
All Who Helped In
As the result of the recent contri
butions by the County Commissioners,
Town Council and the proceeds from
the Thanksgiving dance sponsored by
the Junior Woman’s Club Thursday
night, the $6,000 goal for an Edenton
band has been reached. In fact, Mrs.
John F. White, chairman of'the fund
raising campaign, stated that the
quota is softiewhat over-subscribed,
but on Tuesday was unable to release
Realization of the goal is reason
for no small amount of satisfaction on
the part of members of the Parent-
Teacher Association, sponsors of the
movement. Though at no time since
the drive was started have the ladies
doubted the ultimate success of .the
venture, yet several times the sled
ding becartje rough and it was hard
to figure out where the next dollar
would come from to aggregate $6,000.
Mrs. White early this week ex
pressed her gratification over the
success of* the drive and stated that
she desires to thank from the bottom
of her heart All those who sacrificed
their time and effort in soliciting in
one way or another, as well as those
who saw fit to make a contribution
toward the project.
Though the necessary funds are
now in hand to organize a band, it
will, of course, require a little time
to employ a competent director, as
'well as iron out a number of other
Fire Wood Donated
To Local Boy Scouts
Due to the generosity of the M. G.
Brown Lumber Company and B. War
ner Evans, the Boy Scouts will be able
to keep warm this winter. The two
concerns obligated to furnish enough
fire wood at the Boy Scout cabin dur
ing the winter, which fact is very
much appreciated not only by the
Scouts themselves, but by the Scout
ers as well.
LYN S. 'BYRUM IS APPOINTED
MEMBER BOARD OF ELECTIONS
L. S. Byrum last week was appoint
ed by the chairman of the State Board
of Elections as a Democratic member
of the Chowan County Board of Elec
tions. Mr. Byrum succeeds the late
Lloyd C. Burton, who for many years
served as chairman of the local Board.
CHOWAN HIGH JUNIOR PLAY
SCHEPULED ON DECEMBER 12
The Junior Class of Chowan High
School, under the direction of Miss
Louise Wilson, will present the
junior play, “Under Western Skies,”
in the school auditorium Friday, De
cember 12, at 7:80 o’clock.
To Give Up Duties
As Tax Supervisor
Agrees to Continue In
Office For 1948 Term;
Chowan County Commissioners at
their meeting Monday increased the
salary of the list takers of the Coun
ty’s four townships by 10 per cent.
The increase was recommended by
P. S. McMullan, county tax super
visor, who stated that the list takers
had not had an increase since 1941.
At the same time Mr. McMullan in
formed the Commissioners that he
could positively not serve as tax
supervisor after next year. Mr. Mc-
Mullan was recently elected manager
and treasurer of the Edenton Cotton
Mills, succeeding > the late J. A.
! Moore, so that he cannot devote the
'necessary time to tax matters. Mr.
I McMullan also urged the Commission
ers to be thinking about a successor
and recommended that the arpomtee
serve in the tax supervisor’s office
several months before Mr. McMul
lan’s term expires in order to become
acquainted with the tax set-up.
W. W. Byrum and Mr. McMullan
will name the tax listers prior to
' December -15.
The Commissioners complimented
Mr. McMullan upon his interest and
efficiency in handling the county’s
I tax affairs, especially thanking him
for his willingness to more or less
instruct his successor.
J. L Pettus Chairman
Succeeds Dr. W. A. Leg-
Igett, Who Served For
At a meeting of the stewards of
I the MetiJ&dlst Church Wednesday
night of last week, J. L. Pettus was
elected chairman to succeed Dr. W. A.
Leggett. An effort was made to
have Dr. Leggett continue to serve
. as chairman, a position he has filled
, for 25 years. However, due to his
i health, he declined to serve and Mr.
t Pettus was subsequently unanimous
r | ly elected his successor,
i j Dr. Leggett has been a member of j
. the Board of Stewards 46 years and I
1 | succeeded the late Dr. J. H. McMul
s lan as chairman. He will continue to
, serve as a steward and his fellow
: members voted him the title of
1 John A. Holmes was re-elected
1 secretary and treasurer of the Board.
At the meeting the budget was
■ adopted, which is increased in the
- neighborhood of 50%, due in large
* measure to a full time pastor. On
J Monday night of this week the mem
' bership assessments were considered
l and church envelopes are now being
The stewards reported very favor
’ able comment relative to the new
I pastor, the Rev. W. L. Freeman.
i Chowan Farm Bureau
Reaches Year's Goal
T. 0. Asbell Scheduled
To Attend Convention
According to County Agent C. W.
Overman, the Chowan County Farm
Bureau has reached its 1947-48 mem
bership goal. With the quota being
617 members, a total of 622 members
have been enrolled, with the possibil
ity of a few more being added.
W. A. Harrell was awarded a free
trip to the Farm Bureau Convention
in Chicago, but will be unable to at
tend, so that in drawing names until
one was selected who could attend,
T; 0. Asbell’s name was drawn and he
will represent the Chowan group at
Philip S. McMullan
Succeeds J. A. Moore
As Mill Executive
At a meeting of the directors of
the Edenton Cotton Mill, held Friday,
Philip S. McMullan was elected man
ager and treasurer. Mr. McMullan
succeeds the late J. A. Moore.
Due to Mr. McMullan’s promotion,
R. F. Elliott, secretary of the organ
iztion, has been elected as assistant
treasurer, the position previously held
by Mr. McMullan.
Peanut Quota Referendum
Will Be Held December 9;
Farmers Urged Cast Ballot
Edenton and Chowan County
experienced its first snow of the
winter late Sunday afternoon'
when about an inch fell, forming
a beautiful mantle of white. The
snow clung to trees, shrubbery,
automobiles and housetops, but as
it struck the streets and sidewalks
it disappeared almost at once.
The snowfall delighted a great
number of people, many of whom
expressed the wish that it would
have postponed its appearance
until Christmas day. It was a
beautiful sight, to say the least.
For St Paul's Church
Committee Appointed to
Conduct Every Mem
The annual Parish Meeting of St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church was held in
the Parish House, Sunday night, No
vember 30. At this time reports from
the various organizations were read
and approved. Fred Wood gave a
summary of the financial condition
of the church, which was reported as
very satisfactory. He then presented
the budget for 1948 which was ap
proved and adopted.
J. H. Conger, acting Senior Warden,
then presented the matter of the
Every Member Canvass and appoint
ed committees to attend to the same.
The following were elected as Ves
trymen for a period of three years:
J. E. Wood, Oscar Duncan, Dr. W. I.
Hart and Graham White.
After the business session a fine
social hour closed the meeting.
“St. Paul’s faces the coming year
with confidence and an united pur
pose,” says the Rev. Harold Gilmer,
The Wesleyan Guild of the Metho
dist Church will sponsor a Christmas
bazaar which will be held in the Tay
lor Building on Broad Street Friday
and Saturday, December 5 and 6.
The bazaar will open at 2 o’clock
Friday afternoon and sales will be
gin at 4 o’clock. There will be no
Offered for sale at the bazaar will
be gifts, home-made cakes, pies,
candy and other items contributed by
members and friends of the congre
Proceeds of the bazaar will be used
for repairs and enlargement of the
church. The affair is in charge of
Mrs. Jimmie Earnhardt and Mrs.
Edenton Parking Meters Subject Os Special
Meeting Os Town Council Held Last Week
Opinion Advanced That Meters Cannot Be Taken
Out Until After Eight Months Trial Period
Provided For In Contract
Edenton’s parking meters were the
target of much criticism at a special
meeting of Town Council held Tues
day night of last week, called in
answer to a petition signed by a large
number of merchants who object to
the, meters. While most of the re
marks were in opposition to the
meters, a few of the large number
present stated that they were neutral
and still a few said they favored the
At the outset of the meeting Mayor
Leroy Haskett stated the purpose and
Ernest Kehayes was called upon to
speak for the petitioners.
Mr. Kehayes, though one who op
poses the parking meters, was very
fair in his presentation of the matter
and urged any comment contrary to
his in the matter.
The gist of the many remarks was
to the effect that the meters hurt
business in that customers are meter
conscious and thereby are reluctant
to spend any more time in the stores
than absolutely necessary. Another
complaint was that the meters are a
nuisance and that there is no need for
them in Edenton, the argument being
advanced that there is no parking
$1.50 Per Year.
Failure of Quotas Will
Result In Five-cent
Farmers Invited to ACA
Office For Any In
P'armers again will have a chance
to help solve their own problems by
voting in thf Peanut Marketing
Quota Referendum on Tuesday, De
cember 9, according to J. M. Price,
Secretary of the Chowan County Ag
ricultural Conservation Committee.
On that date farmers in Chowan
County will join peanut farmers in
14 states, other than North Carolina,
to determine whether they will adopt
for peanuts the 10-year-old system
of marketing quotas for basic farm
commodities, which has successfully
limited production to its proper re
lationship to demand, thus avoiding
huge surpluses that tend to depress
During the war, farmers produced
a lot of peanuts for use in the armed
services—peanuts for peanut butter,
for candy and other confections. Also
a huge amount for oil. But today,
that big extra demand is gone and
that’s the reason a downward adjust
ment in production is being sought by
the U. S. Department of Agriculture
through the use of marketing quotas
and acreage allotments. Unless the
supply is kept in line with this de
creased demand, surpluses will ac
cumulate, and the growers will re
ceive a much lower price than that
received for peanuts at the present
“A big turn-out of voters will be
a sure way of demonstrating that
Chowan County farmers understand
the problems facing peanut growers
and that they realize the importance
of exercising the ballot to safeguard
their democratic privileges,” Mr.
In the last peanut referendum held
in 1941, 87 per cent of those voting
favored quotas. At least two-thirds
of those voting must approve quotas
before they can become effective. If
two-thirds of those voting in the ref
erendum favor quotas, farm acreage
allotments and quotas Will be in ef
fect for the 1948, 1949 and 1950 crops.
Then all peanuts produced in 1948
on a farm that is not overplanted will
be eligible for a loan or other price
support at 90 per cent of parity.
If quotas are disapproved, the only
support for the 1948 crop would be
a program supporting the price of
peanuts at about one-half of 90 per
cent of parity. . This would be less
than 5 cents per pound based on the
present parity price for peanuts.
Mr. Price invites every farmer who
still has unanswered questions to
visit the county ACA office. “We
want every farmer,” he says, “to
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problem in Edenton, and if it is, the
meters have not remedied the condi
tion. A number of other comments
were to the effect that if the meters
do not hurt business, they have not
by any means helped.
On the other hand, there are those
who claim it is a distinct advantage
to be able to find parking space near
the stores where business is trans
acted, thus eliminating a great deal
of inconvenience and saving time.
After all had an opportunity to ex
press themselves, Town Attorney J.
N. Pruden was called in to pass an
opinion on the contract the Town
made with the Karpark Corporation.
Not having seen the contract before,
Mr. Pruden expressed the opinion that
the Town was bound by the contract
to keep the meters on trial for eight
months, though he requested more
time to thoroughly go into the matter.
Late last week Mr. Pruden submitted
the following opinion:
“Since the meeting of Town Coun
cil, I have had an opportunity to ex
amine and study the agreement be
tween the Town of Edenton and The
Karpark Corporation relative to
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