Hjliftne XVII. —Number 1.
Manager Os Chowan
Hesitation Went Into
i3«ct Sunday, Janu
:HH ary Ist ,
M WeMAINS HERE
fUfe Public Relations
HHice In Citizens
|h|A. Carlton has tendered his
MNfl°n as mana S er °f the Cho-
Chamber of Commerce
umrauHfto effect Sunday, January 1.
has served in the capacity
i mger for three years, before
vj«Bph was field Scout executive
Yjjfo ifedowater Council.
severing his connection
of Commerce, Mr.
not leave Edenton. He
an office in the Citizens
B, where he plans Vo
ca qnlnublic relations business.
'.jWgjKWs letter of resignation
T '■Mjiito our conversation, I am
hen jNtjMflering to you and to the
mei tberstf Board my resignation
as iaptn*pH the Chamber of Com
ment - B feo doing, I regretfully
leave Muime something that has
beco ' hK part of me.
“HodKU propose to continue
world this great town and
®g^*ouwt|-3BHeing my family here, if
the git wills it.
t- this type, due to its
' extreme iMtfaty, one is bound to in
advertaatly. some one at some
time or othm If such has been the
case amonaaany of our membership,
L it,is one df unconscious offense and
'V'bf premeditated. I’ve enjoyed my
labor and it is only an honest analysis
of the situation which dictates that I
follow this course of action. Each of
us must earn his subsistence to con
tinue in any work. Our organization
does not appear able to support this
activity on a full time basis.
“I have met and worked with some
great people in this organization.
They are the more great because
everything they did was with no ma
terial reward other than the satis
faction of justifying their existences
in this community and on earth. I
believe in Chamber of Commerce, be
cause Chamber of Commerce is really
the people of the community work
ing together. I am ready to do my
share of the work when and if called
upon, as a member of this com
“I propose to have a little office in
the Citizens Bank Building. The
welcome sign is up to you, my for
mer employers and neighbors.
"This resignation to take effect
January 1, 1960.”
Jlds Opened Jan. 24
/ For Colored School
Plans Call For Modern
New Building With
18 Class Rooms
— ; — ■
According to John A. Holmes, su
perintendent of Edenton Schools, bids
will be opened for the construction
of a new school Tuesday, afternoon,
January 24, at 2 o’clock in Mr.
Holmes’ office. The new school will
be built on North Oakum street just
north of the present colorted school.
Plans caH for a building of 18 class
rooms, a home economics department,
science laboratories and a large com
bination auditorium and gymnasium.
In event a bid is accepted, Mr.
Holmes expressed the belief that con
struction will get under way early in
..fUbsaary. In anticipation of building
Mr. Holmes and members of the
Board of Trustees have requested the
Edenton Street Department to widen
Street and close the ditch
,4wli|ch is now almost in the middle of
IpRQTARY MEETS TODAY
BHfoton’s Rotary Club will meet in
iHrapirish House today (Thursday) at
[ 1 Pollock. President Georg’s Twiddy
pomjis.Out that the club’s attendance
, November was 83.76, just a
|K|Si®bisloiw the average attendance
district. He, therefore, urges
IMpy Rotarian to attend today in ord
to boost the club’s standing.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
1 [Meeting Changed]
Town Council will step up its
January meeting so that the meet
ing will be held Monday night of
, next week instead of Tuesday.
The change has been made on ac
count of the district firemen’s
convention scheduled to be held
in Edenton Tuesday and which
members of Town Council are es
-1 pecially invited to attend.
Anyone having matters to pre
> sent to Town Council are, there
, fore, urged to note the change of
| Collection Sunday
For Legion Post’s
: Tide Os Toys’Drive
People Asked to Mark
Toys Which Are to
i Be Given
1 Members of Ed Bond Post, Ameri
■ can Legion, which is participating in
r the nation wide “Tide of Toys,” ex
-3 perienced more or less of an embar
rassing situation : Sunday when they
: made their rounds to collect discarded
1 toys. Early in the collection it was
learned that some toys on porches
were not to be donated, so the rounds
3 were called off and decided to make
■ another collection next Sunday, Jau
! ary 8, between 12:30 and 4 o’clock.
! In order to be sure that only dis
> carded toys are collected, those who
1 make contributions are asked to mark
' the toys to be given in this drive. It
3 is not the purpose to take toys which
t are wanted, so an appeal is made to
f plainly mark tho3e toys which are not
1 The local Post of the American Leg
-5 ion has joined posts throughout the
country sponsoring the “Tide of
1 which is a program to collect discard -
■ ed toys for shipment to children in
* the war - devastated countries of
■ Europe. It is hoped that throughout
■ the nation a sufficient number of toys
r can be collected to make a ship load.
The toys when collected will he dis
■ tributed by CARE, which has had a
great deal of experience in the distri
• bution of friendship packages.
’ J. Meredith Jones is general chair-
I man of the drive, who has co-ordinat
■ ed the activities of the other com
mittees, which includes the follow
! Publicity Committee —Willis Mc
■ Clenney and Hal Davis.
'Soliciting and Collecting Committee
: —We3ley Chesson, Jr., Richard Davis,
E. J. Hobbs, Daniel Reeves, Joe Thor
ud, Shelton Moore, George Alma By
rum, A. W. Wright, Shelton Rogerson
and William S. Elliott.
Packing and Shipping Committee
—Jesse ‘L. Harrell, Louis George Wil
kins, Elbert Copeland, Maurice Bunch,
Jr., William Wells, Kermit Layton,
Walter Bond and Charles Wales, Jr.
The assembly and storage place
I’ will be at the Edenton 'Furniture Com
Members of the Ed 'Bond Post are
hopeful that many toys will be con
tributed in order for Edenton to make
a creditable showing.
Important March Os
Dimes Meeting Called
In Windsor Tonight
Mrs. Percy Smith, chairman of the.
March of Dimes in Chowan County,
together with a number of workers,
will attend a pre-campaign dinner
meeting which will be held in the
Duke of Windsor Hotel, Windsor, to
night (Thursday) at 6 o’clock.
Mrs. Smith has her organization
about completed for the drive, but will
wait until after tonight’s meeting to
announce when the canvass will be
made to raise funds with which to
fight infantile paralysis.
The state goal is one million dol
lars, but no quota has been released
for Chowan County.
FIRE CHIEF HALL ILL
Cajfn R. K. Hall, veteran Edenton
Eire Chief, has been confined to his
home for the past three weeks suf
fering from a slight heart attack and
narrowly missing an attack of pneu
monia. Early this week, however,
Chief Hall was showing some signs
of improvement and was able to sit
"Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina,Thursday, January 5,1950. Jt~/9~
Mass Chest X-Ray
Unit Operating In
Edenton To Jan. 14
Appeal Made For Every
Person In County to
For the purpose of taking chest
X-ray pictures of all people, white and
colored, over 15 years of age, a mobile
unit is now or Broad Street, begin
ning Wednesday and will continue.in
operation until January 14. Os course
during that time the unit will not
operate Sunday and Monday, and on
January 6 it will be stationed at 305
East Queen Street for the convenience
of cotton mill employees and people
living in that vicinity. The hours for
taking the X-ray pictures will be
from 11 A. M. to 5 P. M.
The purpose of this Mass Chest
X-ray survey is to detect the presence
of tuberculosis, so that treatment can
be begun before the disease has made
appreciable headway. It is one of the
most forward steps in the fight
against tuberculosis, so that it is
hoped every person will take advan
tage of this opportunity to learn if
he is a victim of the disease.
The X-ray is free, being sponsored
by the four-county Health District in
cluding Pasquotank, Perquimans,
Camden and Chowan counties.
It requires only a few minutes and
it is not necessary to undress. A re
port of each person X-rayed will be
mailed so that everyone will have in
telligent information as to his status
regarding the presence of tuberculo
To date the number who have been
X-rayed has been more or less disap
pointing, so that it is hoped that dur
ing the time the unit is in Edenton
thousands will take advantage of the
opportunity to be X-rayed free of
Firemen Os District
Meet Here Tuesday
Free Dinner Will Be
Served In Armory
At 7 O’clock
Members of the Edenton Fire De
partment will be hosts at a district
meeting of firemen scheduled to be
held in Edenton Tuesday of next week.
Between 250 and 300 firemen are ex
expected to attend the meeting from
the eastern part of the state.
A free meal will be.served the
visiting firemen, for which both Town
Council and the County Commission
ers made an appropriation of $125.
The meail will be served in the Eden
ton armory at 7 o’clock.
Members of the county and town
official boards have been invited as
special guests and due to this meet
ing the January meeting of Town
Council will be held on Thursday night
of next week instead of Tuesday.
Leading state officials are expected
to attend along with local town and
government heads. Edward Spires,
clerk of the Superior Court, himself
a retired volunteer fireman of 25
years service, will act as toastmaster.
Mayor Leroy H. Haskett will give the
address of welcome .
WILL MEET ON JANUARY 10
The Parent-Teacher Association of
Chowan High School will meet Tues
day night, January 10, at 7:30 o’clock
in the school auditorium. All mem
bers are especially urged to attend.
irs YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I
—The World’s Worst Businessman.
(North Carolina’s Future, Official Publication of the North Carolina
Junior Chamber of Commerce)
IHow long would your company stay in business if it lost money and ran in
to debt year after year? For that matter how long could you run your own
home if you spent $lO to go to the store to buy one dollar’s worth of goods ?
On any such basis, you’d soon be out of a job—and a home.
Year after year the federal government loses money. It spends, literally,
more than $lO filling out forms to place a single purchase order. And half the
things it buys cost less than $lO.
Uncle Sam is just about the world’s worst manager. He owns $29 billions
worth of goods, including a million automobiles, and has no clear account of
where they are or what they are. Some of his departments are stocked up 50
years ahead on simple supplies.
He borrows money from himself and pays interest on it. He maintains
enough records and documents —mostly worthless —to fill six Pentagon Build
irigs. He keeps seven different sets of books. Neither his books nor his bud
get give any real notion of the financial score. The Post Office, for example,
has to wait eight months to find out exactly how much money it has lost.
This year it will lose about SSOO millions. This is more than the cost of the
whole government 50 years ago.
If you’re an ex-serviceman you saw money thrown around in wartime just
as I did. In war some extravagance is unavoidable. But in peacetime the
Army asked funds for houses in Alaska at $58,000 per house, and for 829,000 j
tropical uniforms at $129 each.
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Scheduled Jan. 10
Canning Company Rep
resentative Will Ex
On Tuesday, January 10, Chowan
County farmers will have an oppor
tunity to sign contracts for growing
tomatoes for canning in 1950, says
C. W. Overman, County Agent. Sign
up meetings have been arranged as
Edenton, Court House—9 o’clock.
Rocky Hock School—1:00 o’clock.
Chowan Community Building—2:oo
Gliden—L. C. Briggs’ Store—4:oo
At these meetings, Claude M. Mapp,
representative of the G. L. Webster
Canning Company of Cheriton, Va.,
assisted by one or more leading farm
ers, and the County Agent, will ex
plain the provisions of the contract,
Overman says. Mr. Overman points
out that the contract offered farmers
has been drawn up by a committee of
local farmers in cooperation with Mr.
Webster. The committee has attempt
ed to stipulate in this contract as
many provisions as possible that were
recommended by a joint committee
of farmers in Chowan and Pasquotank
“The growing of 200 to 300 acres
of canning tomatoes will be a means
of utilizing such acreage taken out of
allotted crops in 1950. The returns
from this venture should prove rea
sonably 'profitable and should be a
means of helping to maintain the farm
income,” Overman says. Mr. Over
man points out that he believes that
this is the opportune time to try other
crops on this acreage. He and the
committee believe that this contract is
reasonably safe and that growers who
do a good job will be pleased with
The canner will arrange for the
growing of the tomato plants in Flori
da, To do this he must make im
mediate arrangements for the seed
and growing of the plants so that the
may be sown by the last of
The canner cannot proceed with ar
rangements for the plants until he is
satisfied that a sufficient acreage will
be contracted to justify the opera
tion. This means the signing-up must
be completed next week, possibly by
Friday morning, January 13, and cer
tainly not later than noon, Saturday,
January 14. “The time is short and
we must act quickly if we are to take
advantage of this opportunity,” says
Overman. “Farmers who lnd it im
possible to attend one of these meet
ings may get copies of the contract at
the County Agent’s office up to noon
Saturday, January 14.”
Mr. Overman says that Mr. Mapp
informed him that Mr. Webster is
interested in contracting the growing
of other vegetable crops in this area
if he is successful with the tomato
venture. This may be a possibility
of utilizing more of the land to a
METHODIST SOCIETY WILL
MEET NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT
A meeting of the Woman’s Society
of Christian Service of the Methodist
Church will be held Tuesday night at
8 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Cecil
Fry. Mrs. Edward Speight, president
of the society urges all to attend this,
the first meeting of the new year.
MASONS MEET TONIGHT
Unanimity Lodge, 'No. 7, A. F. & <A.
M., will hold a regular communication
tonight (Thursday) at 8 o’clock. Hu
bert Williford, the new master of the
lodge, is very anxious to.have a good
Norfolk & Carolina
Tel. & Tel. Company
Seeks Boost In Rates
| Hungry Mouse |
Due to the mouse severing an
electric wire in the blower of the
oil burner at the Methodist
Church, it was necessary on Sun
day to call off the church school
session as well as the evening
preaching service. A make-shift
arrangement was made in order
to heat the church for the morn
That a mouse was responsible
for failure of the hoiler to heat
was discovered when T. B. Willi
ford, a member of the building
committee, turned on the switch
and saw the mouse jump out of
the end of the motor. The trouble
has been remedied.
Jimmy Gibbs Clear
In Suit Involving
Death B. H. Smith
Jury In Florida Rules
Defendant Was Not
According to information from Fort
Myers, Florida, two North Carolina
men James T. Gibbs for $50,-
000 lost their case in circuit court. A
jury ruled that Gibbs was not at fault
in a collision with an Edenton fire
truck in Edenton after deliberating 30
Gibbs was being sued for $25,000 by
A. R. Owens, who was injured when
Gibbs’ station wagon collided with ah
Edenton fire truck Novembei 27, 1049,
and for the same amount by W. D.
Smith, administrator for his son, B. H.
Smith, who was killed, in the wreck.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs, James
A, Franklin, Sr., Parker Holt and
Lloyd Hendry, argued that Gibbs fail
ed to yield right of way to a fird
truck and did not hear a siren that he
should have heard. However, Guy
and Norwood Strayyhorn, attorneys
for Gibbs told the jurors the defend
ant did not hear a siren and that he
had the right of way since the street
he was on was a federal highway. The
truck was returning from a fire.
Jurors were John J. Fohl, J. L. Pen
delton, Perry English, W. E. Osborne,
Winfred M. Bass and Robert Fox
Os Varsity Club
1950 Officers Elected at
Meeting Held Mon
At a meeting of the Varsity Club
Monday night Bill Cozart was elected
president for the year 1950. The
meeting was held in the private dining
room of the Triangle Restaurant.
Cozart will succeed Gilliam Wood
as president. Other officers elected
for the new year were Cecil Fry, vice
president; Ernest Ward, secretary;
and Wendell Copeland, treasurer.
Elected to the Board of Directors was
Bill Brotton who will serve along with
George Thompson and James Cozzens
whose terms have not expired. Brot
ton was elected to serve three years.
The outgoing president, Gilliam
Wood, expressed his appreciation to
the entire club for its fine support
during his term in office and stated
that nowhere has he seen such whole
hearted response by club members as
in the Varsity Club.
The incoming president expressed
his thanks for the vote of confidence
given him by the club in electing him
to the post and stated that he would
do his utmost to carry the Club for
The club gave a rising vote of
thanks to Wood for his services during
the past year.
Routine business matters were dis
cussed and reports from various com
mittees were heard. The club vot ed
to meet every other Monday night
during the coming year. The entire
I* club was present at the meeting.
Scott Harrell was voted as a new
member of the club.
Makes Application to
N. C. Utilities Com
SAY COSTS RISE
Claim Rates Are Below
Average of Other
The Norfolk & Carolina Telephone
& Telegraph Company, through its
general manager, H. W. Dewey, an
nounces that the company has made
application to the North Carolina
Utilities Commission for authority to
increase its telephone rates in its ex
changes which is the only increase
this company has requested in the
past 28 years with one exception of a
small increase granted to the com
pany in 1947.
“The company’s local rates have al
ways been, and under our request
still will be, below the average of
other companies in similar exchanges
by reason of the fact that its toll
revenues from long distance lines
were ample to enable the company to
render service at low rental rates,”
said Mr. Dewey. “However, due to
the increase in operating costs in re
cent years, it is not possible to con
tinue the local rental rates as charged
[ in the past.”
According to Mr. Dewey, beginning
in January, 1960, the company’s pay
roll costs will be increased due to
the increase in the Federal Wage and
Hour Law increasing the minimum
wage rates from 40 cents to 75 cents
an hour and it is estimated that this
additional cost will amount to ap
proximately $50,000 annually to the
company. The company is now en
gaged in major additions to its prop
erty and the cost of the additions to
be completed during the year 1950
will have cost the company in excess
of $1,000,000 between the years 1947
ami 1950 inclusive.
The expenditures for plant con
struction will continue at substantial
levels for several years, according to
officials. In order to complete the
existing program the company’s gen
eral funds have been supplemented by
bond issues and stock sales amount
ing to $1,100,000, which is being in
vested in the plant for the convenience
It is pointed out that during and
immediately after the war, shortage
of equipment and materials caused a
delay in plant expansion and im
provement. During the period Janu
ary 1, 1946, to June 30, 1949, gross
plant additions amounted to $664,372
and the company had a net increase
of 2,275 telephones.
“We have extended our service to
many rural communities which were
not previously served and made the
service available to our farm custom
ers which has enabled them to keep
in direct communication with our
business enterprises in the cities,”
said Mr. Dewey, who also said, “most
telephone companies have requested
and been granted rate increases two
or three times inore than the Norfolk
& Carolina Telephone & Telegraph
Company. It hds always been the
policy of this company to furnish
service at the lowest possible rates in
order to make the service available
to all our people in the area served
by the company. We shall continue
to follow this policy and render ser
vice as cheaply as operating cost will
justify, and we trust that our patrons
will appreciate our position at this
time, which is forced upon the com
pany by reason of the inflationary
trends of costs of labor, materials
Elected and appointed officers for
1950 for Unanimity Lodge, No. 7, A.
F. & A. M., were installed Thursday
night of last week with H. A. Campen
in charge of the installation ceremony.
W. P. Goodwin acted as marshal.
The elected officers installed were
Hubert Williford, master; C. B. Moon
ey, senior warden; W. A. Harrell,
junior warden; C. H. Wood, treasurer,
and J. Edwin Bufflap, secretary.
The officers appointed by the new
master, who were also installed, in
cluded C. T. Griffin, senior deacon; W.
M. Rhoades, junior deacon; Paul Ober
and D. Skiles, stewards; John C.
Goodwin, tiler, and the Rev. Harold
W. Gilmer, Chaplain.