Volume XVll.—Number 2.
March Dimes Drive
Will Begin Jan. 16
And End On Jan. 31
Mrs. Percy Smith, Coun
ty Chairman Perfects
, Meeting of Chairmen Is
Called For Monday
Mrs. Percy Smith, chairman of
Chowan County’s March of Dimes, an
nounced this week that the campaign
to raise funds with which to fight in
fantile paralysis will begin Monday,
January 16, and close Tuesday, Janu
ary 31. Mrs. Smith has her organiza
tion completed and is hopeful that the
county will this year reach its quota.
The quota is the same as last year,
Mrs. Smith has announced the fol
Town of Edenton Mrs. Raymond
Carr, Mrs. W. L. Freeman, Mrs. Rich
ard Davis, Miss Mildred Munden, Mrs.
John Lee Spruill, Mrs. Leon Leary,
R. F. Elliott, Miss Mary Lee Cope
land, Mrs. Corie White and D. F.
Walker, principal of the Edenton col
In the county Miss Rebecca Colwell
is chairman and will conduct the drive
through the various home demonstra
tion clubs. Mrs. O. M. Blanchard,
president of the County Council, is
hopeful that the club women will do
an outstanding job. The various
chairmen are as follows:
Advance —Mrs. Thomas Francis.
Enterprise—Mrs. Wallace Goodwin.
Beech Fork—Mrs. I. E. Halsey, Jr.
Rocky Hock—Mrs. Alvin Byrum.
Oak Grove —Mrs. Percy Nixon.
Wards —Mrs. Curtis Chappell.
Ryland—'Mrs. G. A. Boyce.
Chowan—Mrs. E. L. Winslow.
Center Hill—Mrs. B. P. Monds.
Yeopim—Mrs. C. O. Letcher and
Mrs. Jim Hassell.
Byrd—Mrs. S. F. Small and Mrs.
M. W. Jackson.
(Continued on Page Six)
Gity T2gs Past Due
Warns Chief Police
Those Failing to Com
ply With Law Will
Chief of Police George I. Dail calls
attention to the fact that the time for
■displaying new city bicycle and auto
mobile license plates is past due and
that if bicycle riders and automobile
drivers do not comply with the law
they will find themselves in trouble.
New bicycle tags were required to
be purchased July 1 of last year and
a penalty will be added purchasers of
city tags after February 1.
[DENTON'S FIREMEN DEUGHTFUL HOSTS
ATCONVENTIDN HELD MONDAY IN ARMORY
Glowing Tribute Paid to Edeiiton’s Fire Chief R.
- K. Hall, Oldest Active Fireman In Nation;
W. J. Yates Elected Vice President
From all, sides members of the Ed
enton Fire Department were compli
mented as hosts at the Eastern Fire
men’s Convention held in the armory
Tuesday night. Firemen from
towns as far west as Warsaw were
in attendance and all apparently en
joyed the meeting.
Edenton’s veteran fire chief, R. X.
Hail, more or" less stole the show, for
speaker after speaker paid tribute to
him for his long service as a fireman.
Cap’n Dick has been confined to his
home by illness for several weeks,
but recovered sufficiently to attend
l the meeting.
■ Guests, which aside from the fire
-1 mdh, included county and city officials
■ and members of the press.
: . The Rev. Harold W. Gilmer opened
fvthe with prayer, after
p-'whiftt'B. iW. Spires took over as toaot
jpjafatar for the Edenton part of the
He called upon Mayor Le-
Hadtett to deliver the address of
ttSwagme, which was brief but sincere.
Mr.iTOire^theu recognized the various
individuals, including Col
onel It,'E. Hopper, commanding offi
ioar of the Edenton Marine Corps Air
MKfe fl ßpjres then turned the meeting
THE CHOW AN HER ALD
Chowan County Commission
ers and Town Councilmen appar
ently have reached the end of
their leniency with delinquent
taxpayers and according to action
taken by both Boards, back
taxes will have to be paid or else.
Each Board has instructed
Tax Attorney J. N. Pruden to
proceed at once to institute suits
for hack taxes, which indude
years as far back as 1943 and in
cluding 1947 taxes.
County Commissioners and
Town Councilmen agree that
there is no fairness for some
people to pay their taxes, while
many others do not.
Os Hospital Auxiliary
Mrs. Elizabeth Corbet
Will Present Interest
The first meeting of the 1950 Cho
wan Hospital Auxiliary will be held
Wednesday afternoon, January 18, at
3 o’clock in the Nurses’ Home.
Mrs. M. F. Bond, Jr., Chairman
will appoint all committees for the
year at this meeting.
Mrs. Elizabeth Corbet of Edgewear,
London, England, who is now on the
hospital staff will talk on her war
time experiences in England. She was
Matron of John Groom’s Crippleague
during the war and her work among
the London children was most inter
Miss Frances Tillett, superintendent
of the Hospital wishes to thank all
members of the Auxiliary and friends
for a successful Christmas season.
Favors were provided for all the
patients and there were boxes of con
fections for the employees. An eggnog
party was arranged at the Nurses
Home on Christmas Eve for the nur
ses and staff.
S. E. Morris Will Be 90
Years Old On Jan. 14
Friends will be pleased to learn that
Sam E. Morris will celebrate his 90th
birthday next Saturday, January 14.
In honor of the event, a family din
ner will be held at his home Sunday.
Mr. Morris is, if not the oldest, one
of the oldest men in Chowan County.
JAYCEES MEET TONIGHT
Thomas Byrum, president of the
Edenton Junior Chamber of Com
merce, calls attention to the meeting
of the organization which will be held
tonight (Thursday) at 7 o'clock in the
Triangle dining room.
- over to Curtis Flannegan, president
• of the Association. Mr. Flannegan
- called Upon Jerome Flora of Elizabeth
r City to give the address of welcome,
i In his usual inimitable style Mr. Flora
5 paid glowing tribute to Edenton as
■ the cradle of the colony as well the
firemen of the State.
The principal speaker for the even
ing was 'Sherwood Brockwell, deputy
1 State Fire Marshall. Like all other '
■ speakers, Mr. Brockwell paid a loving 1
1 tribute to Fire Cftief Hall and said he
i wished all could see Edenton as he *
I sees it. He has relatives buried at St. 1
Paul’s churchyard and referring to >
Edenton’s early history, urged his <
i hearers to take .advantage offered in <
North Carolina if here by birth or by 1
Mr. Brockwell went into detail re
garding firemen going beyond the city *
i limits to save lives and property,
pointing out that over one-third of the '
' State’s fire loss occurs in rural sect
ions. He said he hoped the time
will soon come when people in the rur
al sections will have fire protection
and that county government boards 1
will be aHbwed to make appropriations <
for this purpose. c
(Continued on Page Twelve)
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, January 12,1950.
| Edenton Ladies Win Permanent Cup
Edenton’s Junior Woman’s Club recently won the permanent
possession of the Mary Fearing Cup for the most outstanding work
among clubs in the 16th district. The Edenton ladies won the award
three times in succession, making them eligible for retaining the cup.
The first year they won it for their outstanding work in establishing
and maintaining a playground for the kiddies. The second year for
the noteworthy free Hallowe’en festival which drew over 2,000 chil
dren from the town, county and neighboring towns. The last and
final year the women won the honor for sponsoring and conducting
the Edenton Home and Garden Tour, which attracted close to 6,000
people to Edenton for the three-day affair. In the photo the officers
of the Junior Woman’s Club manifest pleased looks, and the cup is
held by Mrs. Jimmie Earnhardt, who was chairman of the Garden
Tour Committee when the event took place. From left to right, Mrs.
Peter Carlton, secretary; Mrs. Jimmie Earnhardt, historian; Mrs.
John Graham, president; Mrs. Frank Holmes, vice president, and
Mrs. Richard P. Baer, 11, treasurer.—(Photo by Peter Carlton).
Garden Tour To Be
Held In Spring 1951
Decision Agreed Upon
At Meeting of Junior
The December meeting of the Jun
ior Woman’s Club of Edenton was held
at the James Iredell House, with mem
bers of the Edenton Tea Party Chap
ter of the DAR as hostesses. Mrs. J.
M. Jones, Regent of the DAR, wel
comed club members and Mrs. Frank
Holmes, vice-president expressed the
club’s appreciation for the delicious
turkey dinner served by ladies of the
DAR. Following the business meet
ing, Mrs. C. P. Wales, Jr., presented
a Christmas program.
The regular January meeting was
held on Wednesday, January 4th, at
the Hotel Joseph Hewes. The pledge
was read by the entire club and the
Collect by Mrs. R. N. Hines. An ar
ticle from the N. C. Clubwoman con
cerning the activities of the Edenton
club was read by Mrs. Logan Elliott.
Committee reports were given, after
which Mrs. John Graham, president,
announced that Mrs. Jimmie Earn
hardt has agreed to serve as chairman
of the Home and Garden Tour. Af
ter some discussion a motion was
that the tour be postponed un
til the spring of 1951 and this was
given an affirmative vote by the mem
A nominating committee was ap
pointed by the president as follows:
Mrs. Robert Smith, chairman, Mrs.
R. N. Hines, Mrs. Martin Wisely, Mrs.
Ruth Vaughan and Mrs. C. P. Wales,
Members were urged to take advan
tage of the free chest X-rays being
offered by the Tuberculosis Associa
tion. At the conclusion of the business
meeting, a short program on “Opera
tion Economy,” a united Jaycee effort
for government economy, was present
ed by Mrs. W. D. Holmes, Jr.
Town Council Holds
Veiy Brief Meeting
Authorization Given to
Widen Oakum Street
And Close Ditch
Meeting Monday night instead of
Tuesday night, Town Councilmen held
a brief session this week.
Except for routine matters about
the most important business was a
request from John A. Holmes, super
intendent of schools to close the ditch
on North Oakum street where the new
colored school will be built, as well
as widen the street to it 3 proper
The Street Commissioner was in
structed to proceed with the work.
Third Degree Tonight
At Masonic Meeting
At the meeting of the Unanimity
Lodge, Not 7, A. F. & A. M., tonight
(Thursday) the third degree will be
conferred. Hubert Williford, master
of the lodges urges a full attendance.
Week Be Observed
i Week Feb. SToII j
Mayor Haskett Issues a
Proclamation to Ob
i serve Event
Sponsored by the National Peanut
• Council, National Peanut Week will be
observed during the week of February
: 5-11. The Council is asking niembeds
! of Congress and the President’s Cabi
! net to endorse the observance and
! Governors and mayors in the peanut
belt will be asked to issue proclama-
Mayor is in full accord with the
1 event and this week issued the follow-.:
: tng proclamation:
“Whereas: A substantial part of
' the income of the people of Chowan
County results from the agricultural
■ commodities which are produced and
1 processed in North Carolina, convert
• ed here and elsewhere into manufact
ured products, and sold throughout ,
> the United States of America and the ,
• world, and;
1 “Whereas: We are grateful for the
abundance and proud of the quality
1 of our farm commodities, one of the
■ principal of which is peanuts, and be
• cause the cooperation of many busi
ness firms is required to convert our
crops into finished products and dis
■ tribute them to the benefit of our
: people, and;
“Whereas: The entire peanut in- :
. dustry of the United States is eo
, operating in a campaign to increase
consumer demand for peanuts and
peanut products by attracting to them
• special attention during the week of ]
February 5 and 11, which is to be s
known as National Peanut Week, and
because we are happy to cooperate in
the advancement of this purpose, now;
“Therefore, Be It Proclaimed, that
February 5 to 11 shall be recognized |
in the city of Edenton as National
Peanut Week and the citizens of
Edenton are invited to participate in
the observance of this special oc
casion to stimulate interest in one of
1 the great products of our farms.”
B. & L Planning To
Move In New Officei
Mrs. Shirley Ashley Em- ]
ployed as Assistant 1
R. E. Leary, secretary of the Eden
ton Building & Loan Association an
nounced this week that the associa- '
tion expects very soon to move to its •
new office in the building on the cor- (
ner of Broad and King Streets. The j
office will be located between the bar- ;
ber shop and the bus station.
Mr. Leary also announced that the £
association has employed Mrs. Shir- £
ley Ashley as assistant secretary, who
will begin her duties on February 1. '
The office of the association has for '
the past 28 years been located in the
Municipal Building, where Mr. Leary t
has transacted the business and also 1
sqrved as Town Clerk. He recently (
. resigned the latter position. c
Part Time Secretary
Directs VFW Play j
MISS ORA NORVELL
Now in Edenton, Miss Ora Nor
vell, is directing the VFW spon
sored 10-act local talent comedy,
“It’s A Date,” which will be pre
sented in the high school auditori
um Thursday and Friday nights,
January 19 and 20.
Plans Started For
School In Chowan
W. J. Taylor Authorized
To Sell Buildings and
Chowan County Commissioners at
their regular meeting held Wednesday
of last week authorized W. J. Taylor,
superintendent of County schools, to
purchase eight acres of land, more or
less, for the purpose of building a
consolidated colored school.
The Commissioners limited Mr.
Taylor to $4,000 and at the same time
authorized him to sell the school
buildings at Britts, Center Hill, Hud
son Grove, Warren’s Grove and Green
Hall. Money from the sale of these
school sites will be applied on the
debt service of the county.
Fire Damages Home
Os J. Edwin Bufflap
Edenton firemen were called to the
home of J. Edwin Bufflap two times
Monday and as a result considerable
damage was done to three rooms.
The iirst alarm was sounded about
9 A. M., when the chimney caught
fire. Later, about 10 o’clock the chim
ney became so hot that wood ignited
between the floor, so that much of the
rooms had to be removed to get to the
burning wood. Firemen prevented
spread of the flames.
VEW POST SPOHSORIHG 10-ACT COMEDY,
irs A DATE” SCHEDULED JANUARY 19-21
Over 150 Local People Will Take Part In Perform
ances Which Will Be Staged In Edenton
High School Auditorium
Sponsored by the Wm. H. Coffield
Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a
10-act comedy, “It’s A Date,” will be
presented in the Edenton High School
auditorium two nights, Thursday and
Friday, January 19 and 20. The show
each night will begin at three minutes
after 8 o’clock. The cast will include
all local talent, with approximately
150 people taking part.
A feature of the performance will
be a Tiny Tots Popularity Contest
which will include children under six
years of age. This feature is expect
ed to attract a great deal of interest
and the royal family of Toyland will
be crowned at the Friday night per
formance. The winners will be a king
and queen, prince and princess and
duke and duchess, each of whom will
be presented a silver trophy. The
winners will be decided by popular
The committee in charge of the
tiny tots’ contest includes Mrs. Jack
Mgore, Mrs. Edith Nixon, Mrs. Jimmy
Church and Mrs. Paul Ferguson. The
committee met Tuesday night at the
. _ Year.
Chosen After Recom
mendation of Nomin
Appeals For Unity of
Purpose and Pulling
Directors of the Chowan County
Chamber of Commerce and Merchants
Association, on the tecommendation of
a nominating committee, at a meet
ing held last week, appointed Marvin
Wilson, local lawyer and judge of Re
corder’s Court, part time secretary of
Henry G. Quinn, chairman of the
committee, reported that his group
had chosen Mr. Wilson and after some
discussion the Board approved the se
lection. Prior to appointment Mr. Wil
son indicated that he would accept
the job if assured of the unanimous
support of the board of directors and
if, among other things, an executive
committee would be appointed to work
with him, particularly on matters of
The executive committee, composed
of George Twiddy, P. S. McMullan, J.
H. Conger, Jr., and M. A. Hughes met
with the secretary after the regular
meeting adjourned, and plans were
discussed for a program for January
which will feature organization work
in the Chamber. It was the feeling
of the committee that considerably
more could be accomplished for the
town and county if the Chamber of
Commerce was set up and prepared
for the work. Enlargement of exist
ing committees and the creation of
new ones was discussed.
Mr. Wilson, at a later date, said
that he was glad to be back as part
time secretary and he hoped that the
Chamber of Commerce could be put
on a sound basis. “No one person
can hope to accomplish a great deal,”
he said, “but a group, co-operating
together, with a unity of purpose can
do anything. What wo want -to do is
to get our organization enlarged and
pulling together and then we can be
of real service t<. our members and the
county at large.
Lions Club Host To
4-H Club Contestants
In Recent Corn Contest
The 4-H Club corn contestants of
Chowan County, who participated in
the com contest during the 1949 sea
son, will be the dinner guests of the
Edenton Lions Club at the regular
meeting of the local club Monday
night of next week at 7:30 o’clock, it
was announced by President Hector
The Edenton Club sponsored the
contest during the past year.
The fathers of these boys will also
be guests of the Club for dinner, at
which time prizes will be awarded to
the winning boys.
home of Mrs. Moore to lay plans for
The casting committee includes
Henry G. Quinn, Paul Ferguson, Jim
my Church, Hal Davis, Jack Moore,
Lieut. Z. J. Brown, Ed Parker and Bill
Here to coach and direct the play
is Miss Ora Norvell, a representative
of Empire Producing Company of
Kansas City, Mo. Miss Norvell is a
native of Florida and holds a special
degree from the University of Florida
in dramatics. She was active in Little
Theater work for many years before
becoming associated with the Empire
Company. She is very enthusiastic
about the possibilities of the show
and is well pleased with the reception
accorded her in Edenton.
The VFW sponsored the show in an
effort to secure money for the relief
and welfare fund, and it is hoped both
performances will be greeted with a
capacity house. The show will be
packed with music and laughter and
promises to be one of the best talent
shows to be staged in Edenton in