Volume XVII.—No. 37.
In Edenton’s White
And Colored Schools
36 More Than Last Year
Packed In White
♦ Total of 1,909 White and
Colored Enrolled In
} With Edenton’s schools opening
Wednesday of last week, increased en-'
rollments are reported in white and
colored schools in the Edenton Ad
According to Superintendent John
A. Holmes the enrollment in the
Edenton white school as of Tuesday
morning was 908, of which 676 were
enrolled in the elementary school and
232 in the high school. Last year’s
total enrollment at the end of the
first weel?, was 872, with 662 in the
elementary grades and 210 in the high
school. According to these figures
the increase in enrollment this year
over last year is 36, of which 14 is
in the elementary school and 22 in
the high school..
A considerable increase in enroll
ment also appears at the Edenton
colored school. As of Monday, 919
were enrolled in the Edenton school,
of which 672 were in the elementary
grades and 247 in the high school.
At St. John’s school 82 were en
rolled, so that the total colored en
rollment in the unit is 1,001. Last
year at the end of the first month
the enrollment was 923, which shows a
gain of 78 as of Monday, with more
children expected to enroll.
4 According to these figures, there
are 1,909 enrolled in both the white
and colored schools in the limt.
The faculty at the white school in
cludes the following:
First Grade—Miss Fannie Sue Say
ers, Mrs. Ernest Swain and Mrs. Mary
Second Grade—Miss Ruby Felts,
Miss Elizabeth Elliott and Mrs. John
F. White. .
Third Grade —Miss Mrytle Jenkins,
Mrs. W. B. Shepard and Mrs. Laura
Mae Ferguson. ....
Fourth Grade —Mrs. Lloyd Griffin
and Miss Lena Jones.
Fifth Grade —Miss Minnie Hollowed
and Mrs. Richard Davis.
Sixth Grade—Miss Paulina Hassell
and Miss Mary Lee Copeland.
Seventh Grade—Mrs. Herbert Hollo
well and Mrs. Alice Belch.
Eighth Grade —Mrs. Ruth Bunch
and Ben Perry. .
In the high school the faculty in
cludes George Gelbach, Miss Mary
Morris, Mrs. Mary Leggett Browning,
Miss Elizabeth Mayfield, George
Thompson, Miss Rebecca Walker, N.
J. George, Miss Miriam Scott, Cecil
Fry, Miss Norma Clapp, Ernest Gen
/ tile, band director, and Miss Myrtle
' Waff, librarian.
Ernest Swain is principal of the ele
mentary school and James O. Powers
is principal of the high school.
Will Meet Sept 21
Many Plans to Be Dis
cussed Concerning the
The first fall-meeting of the Cho
wan Hospital Auxiliary will be held
on Wednesday afternoon of next week,
September 20, at the Parish House.
The meeting hour is 3 o’clock.
Since the new hospital is now in
operation, there are many plans to
| be discussed at this meeting, so that
it is very important that every mem
ber be present.
Fire Truck And_Car
Collide After Fire|
While returning from the fire at'
f;' Leary Bros. Warehouse late Tuesday
Iv-i afternoon, the Edenton fire truck, |
driven by Tom Goodman, collided
head-on with a car driven by A1
I Habit. The accident occurred in front
of the Taylor Theatre and both ve-
Kft hides were badly damaged.
■T In connection with the accident,
i"Pire Chief R. K. Hall calls attention
> to the law requiring cars to pull up
I to the curb when the fire truck is an-
I wearing a fire alarm, or when re
| turning from a fire.
THE CHOWAN HERAf IS
| Popular Place |
Chowan County’s jail was a
very popular place during August,
when 61 persons were confined for
i periods ranging from one to 31 <
days. The expense was the lar
gest in many months, totaling
$536.63, which included jail and
| Rotary Club Adopts
Swimming Pool As
I Year’s Major Project
- President Names Com-j
1 mittee to Stimulate
1 At a business meeting of the Eden- 1
ton Rotary Club held Thursday of last ;
■ week, the idea of a swimming pool in
1 Edenton again popped up and after a ;
’ general discussion the club voted to
> sponsor a swimming pool as its major ,
r project for the year. Adoption of the
project does not mean that the Ro
tarians will finance the construction .
■ of a pool, but will endeavor to stimu
c late interest and aid in any way possi
i ble in furthering the project.
1 A swimming pool in Edenton is not
■ a new idea, for it has been discussed
a number of times during the past
i several years, although it never got
: further 1 than the talking stage. With
the Rotarians solidly back of the idea,
■ it is hoped some way can be worked
out to provide a pool for Edenton.
President W. L. Freeman appointed
’ the following Rotarians as a commit
tee to push the swimming pool pro
i ject: J. L. Chestnutt, W. B. Rosevear,
1 John A. Kramer, John W. Graham and
George Alma Byrum.
BPW Club Plans To i
Hold Fashion Show:
Affair Will Be Held In
Parish House Friday,
' In keeping with its September pro- \
i ject, “Trade At Home,” the Business j
: and Professional Women’s Club is ,
• planning a fashion show and game
I party to be held at the Parish House
• Friday night, September 22, at 7:30 1
This affair will be held in place 1
of the regular club meeting, and it 1
i is hoped that the display of fashion- 1
able merchandise modeled by lovely
young ladies will be an added inspira
tion for all to trade at home. Tickets
are on sale at The Betty Shoppe and
Tots & Teens.
'Farm Bureau Fish
Fry Friday Afternoon
Annual Affair Will Be
; Held at Chowan High .
Chowan County farm Bureau will 1
i hold its annual fish fry at the Chowan ]
i High School Friday afternoon, Sep- 1
; tember 15, at 4 o’clock. According <
■ to Edgar Earl Hollowell, secretary, a 1
very interesting program is being i
planned for the occasion. All who at
tend are asked to bring their own 1
com bread. i
I I W. J. Bunch is president of the or- ]
jganization, and urges all members to : j
;'be present promptly at 4 o’clodc. ]
,1 COUNTY DEBT REDUCED 1
l West Byrum, chairman of the
; County Commissioners, was authorized i
at last week’s meeting to pay off t
some of the county's indebtedness 1
, amounting to $6,957.09. i
i The amount represents $1,107.50
i for school building coupons and $5,- i
849.59 for road and bridge coupons, i
■ Edenton graded school coupons and i
school building coupons. i
' Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, September 14, 1950.
Baiter Theatre Is
Scheduled To Play
In Edenton Nov. 28
Appearance Is Sponsor
ed By Edenton Ro
The Barter Theatre of Virginia,
Inc., is scheduled to present a play,
“The Show-off,” in Edenton on Tues
day, November 28. The play will be
presented in the school auditorium at
8 o’clock and will be sponsored by the
Edenton Rotary Club.
George Twiddy heads the committee
in charge of the show and at last
week’s meeting of the Rotary Club
announced two committees to work
with him in connection with the affair,
for which the Rotary Club must post
a guarantee of $350.
Mr. Twiddy announced a ticket
sales committee which is composed of
Frank Holmes, Charles Wood, Jr., Gil
liam Wood, William Holmes, R. F.
Elliott and James O. Powers.
The publicity comnyttee is composed
of Meredith Jones, W. B. Rosevear and
iJ. Clarence Leary, Jr.
I The Barter Theatre, under the di
rection of Bob Porterfield, was start
ed during the depression when folks
had little money and many top flight
actors and actresses were out of work.
The idea was to present shows with
admission being paid with farm pro
ducts rather than cash if it was neces
sary. The organization is subsidized
by the State of Virginia and has earn
ed for itself a world-wide reputation.
Mr. Twiddy, as well as Rotarians,
feel that Edenton is very fortunate in
scheduling the show and hope many
will take advantage of the opportunity
to see it when it appears here.
St Paul’s Auxiliary
Begins Fall Work
First Meeting of Fall
Season Held Thursday
Os Last Week
The Woman’s Auxiliary of St. Paul’s
Church held its first meeting of the
fall Thursday, September 7, at 4 P. I
M., at the Parish House. The Presi
dent, Mrs. William B. Rosevear, open- 1
ed the meeting with prayer, after
which numerous items of business were
discussed attendant to the year’s ac
tivities. The annual United Thank
Offering was announced for Septem
The year’s assignments for Rotary
dinners were handed to members, and
reports were heard from various com
mittee chairmen. The date of this
year’s annual bazaar was announced
for December 6 and all members were
urged to work on this activity.
After the business meeting, the
members adjourned to the church
where the Rev. Harold Gilmer ad
ministered the communion as an ap
propriate beginning for the year’s
CHOWAN COUNTY ASKED TO INCREASE
BLOOD DONATIONS T 0125 TO 150 PINTS
All Participating: Red Cross Chapters Requested
To Increase Blood Collection Immediately
By at Least 25 Per Cent
George Alma Byrum, who succeeds 1
Dr. W. S. Griffin as Chowan County’s n
Red Cross Blood Program Chairman, t
has been notified by Francis P. Simer- c
ville, regional director of the South- t!
eastern Area, that Chowan County s!
will be asked to donate 125 to 150 v
pints of blood on each future visit of e
the Bloodmbbile so that the blood
center may continue to fulfill its ob- c
ligations to civilian and service per- 0
Mr. Byrum was informed that the a
first request from the Army for ship- c
ment of blood from the Tidewater £
Region directly to Korea came through
August 23. This request was for 48 c
pints of type O blood, which was to t ]
be on the Pacific coast by Saturday. 1 j
the 26th. This blood was shipped on
August 29 by plane.
Mr. Byrum was assured that civilian °
needs of this community will continue jj
to be met at the local hospital, but
that this will be possible only by the *
all out participation of everyone.
t Geddes Potter, chairman of the Cho- v
wan County Chapter of the Red Cross, a
was also recently notified that at a z
meeting in January at representatives c
from chapters participating in the a
Problem Os Water 1
Source Os Worry |
I For Town Council
Many Matters Result In
Lengthy Meeting on
, At a lengthy meeting of Town
< Council Tuesday night, no little time
( was devoted to consideration of
. remedying the drainage situation in
■ several sections of town, which was
aggravated by the heavy downpour
I just previous to the meeting, resulting
; ,in several flooded areas. It was de
„ I dared that an emergency exists, so
ithat the Street Department was au
thorized to proceed with the neces
sary work to provide more adequate
F The first problem' to be tackled will
-be the situation on North Broad
. Street in front of Hicks Field, where
considerable damage has already been
j caused to residents in that particular
I area. A new and large ditch will be
dug at once as an outlet and it is al
together probable that a new storm
sewer will be installed to carry off the
Town Council ordered a “stop” sign
to be placed at Carteret and Gran
| ville streets which will require motor
ists to stop before entering Granville
Street. It was also decided to pro-
I hibit U-turns at the intersections of
Broad and King Streets.
Another traffic regulation concerns
Court Street. At present Court Street
[ is a one-way street between Church
, and Queen streets. Under the new
, regulation Court Street will be a one
way street from Church to Water
with traffic required to travel
soqth, which is just opposite of the
one-way traffic between
ch and Queen Streets,
report was made on the traffic
3, out of commission for several
weeks. It was stated that new parts
were ordered, but when they arrived
they could not be used. Efforts are
| being made to secure the proper parts
\as soon as possible.
A complaint was also registered
that some merchants are using too!
much of the sidewalk for their busi-'
ness. Police were instructed to notify
’ these merchants that an ordinance is j
5 1 on the books regulating this practice. !
•I During the meeting a request of!
"jthe Board of Public Works was ap
proved to invest $25,000 in the pur
chase of government bonds.
An ordinance was adopted prohibit-]
ing any person, unless a permit is is-1
‘ sued by the Mayor or Chief of Police, ;
to sell pencils, shoestrings, chewing,
gum or similar items on the streets
’or public places. Nor shall any per
l son offer a cup or other receptacle
■ for collecting money, or play any
’ musical instrument in order to solicit
I alms, unless a permit is secured.
i The Rev. Herman Cathey of Lynch
burg, Va., will preach in the Presby
terian Church Sunday morning at 11
i o’clock. The public is cordially invited
Tidewater Regional Blood Center, the
necessity for pro-rating local costs of
the national blood program was dis
cussed. The representatives agreed
that participating chapters would
share the cost 3 of certain services
which are actually of benefit to the
•Pro-rating among ten participating
chapters was based on the number
of visits of the mobile unit, campaign
base quota, annual operating budget
and funds raised in the 1949 fund
campaign. On the basis of the above,
the percentage for the Chowan Coun
ty Chapter was established at 1 per
cent. . This percentage is to govern
the allocation for the period July 1,
1950, to June 30, 1951.
The Red Cross program is now
operating 34 regional centers and 46
mobile units are serving hospitals in
38 states. Six more centers are
scheduled for opening soon.
Mr. Byrum stated that the next
visit of the bloodmobile in Edenton
will be November 7, and urges citi
zens of the County to rally to the
cause and donate the amount of blood
3et up as Chowan County’s quota.
Judge Harris Makes
jßig Dent In Criminal
Docket During Court
| Flooded! |
Edenton experienced one of the
heaviest rains in recent years
late Tuesday afternoon and night.
Several sections of the town were
1 completely flooded with terrible j
conditions prevailing especially on
Broad Street opposite Hicks Field,
North Oakum Street and on
( East Queen Street in front of the
Chas. H. Jenkins Motor Company.
At a meeting of Town Council
Tuesday night authorization was
: given to go forward with plans to
remedy the situation.
' Edenton Aces Open
Grid Season Friday
Night On Home Lot
Local Outfit Will Meet
Greenville High at
i Edenton’s High School Aces will
; raise the curtain for the 1950 grid-
I iron schedule Friday night on Hicks
• Field, when they meet Greenville High
• School in the opening game, starting
*: at 8 o’clock.
M Coaches George Thompson and Ben
Perry have been working hard with
I I the material they have, most of which
lis inexperienced. Both coacfies are
: impressed with the showing made in
1 practice sessions and scrimmage work,
5 but how they will perform under pres-!
1 ] sure seems to be the big question
’ | The high school band, under the di-J
! rection of Director Ernest Gentile, will
1 be on hand to add interest and pep
’I to the game, and it is hoped a large!
' crowd will turn out to witness the!
r I initial game of the season.
! Important Meeting
; Os Legion Auxiliary
. New Officers Scheduled
To Be Installed Sep
: The American Legion Auxiliary
will meet Tuesday night, September
19 at 8 o’clock at the home of Mrs.
E. L. Nixon, 107 West Church Street.!
At this meeting officers for the
' new year will be installed and Mrs.;
' James Bond, president of the Auxili- I
- ary, urges every member to be pres- i
• ent for the installation services, as]
well as to take part in other important i
■ business matters.
■ Six Edenton Youths
1 Enlist In Air Corps
Six Edenton young men last week
volunteered to join the U. S. Air Corps
and left Monday morning to undergo
a physical examination. If the exami
nation is passed, the young men will
be sent to boot camp in Texas.
In the group were Keith Emminizer,
. Jack Leary, Jack Habit, Gene Spruill,
■ Oscar Griffin and Joe Barrow.
I St. Paul’s Vestry Will
\ Meet Sunday Night
The Rev. Harold W. Gilmer, rector
. of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, has
. called a meeting of the Vestry for
Sunday night at 8 o’clock. “Impor
. tant business must be disposed of,”
j says Mr. Gilmer, “and a full meeting
of the Vestry is necessary.”
A meeting of the Vestry was called
, for last Sunday night, but a quorum
failed to materialize.
Timber At County
Home Will Be Sold
Chowan County Commissioners will
sell a goodly amount of merchantable
' timber, sealed bids for which will be
received at their regular meeting
; Monday, October 2.
i The timber is located on the county
home property, and the purchaser will:
i have the privilege of cutting and re-
I moving the timber within 12 months]
from the delivery of deed.
$2.00 Per Year.
Three Murder Cases In
cluded In Crowded
Robert Heckstall Fares
Worst By Getting Life
Judge W . C. Harris, presiding over
the September term of Chowan Su
perior Court, made a dent in the crim
inal docket, disposing of a goodly
number of cases through Tuesday.
With three murder cases on the dock
et, the court room was filled to ca
jpacity both days. The criminal doc
ket was completed Wednesday.
I Immediately after Sheriff Bunch
opened court the following were cho
sen as the grand jury: W. W. Harrell,
John A. Kramer, James E. Cozzens,
, Ernest J. Ward, Jr., G. P. Harrell,
Edward Wozelka, Lloyd Overton,
Haywood Phthisic, Walter H. Bond,
Henry Allen Bunch, Rodney M. Jones,
Mitchell Barrington, Willie S. Morris,
W. H. Hollowell, Sr., H. Thomas Hol
lowell, George S. Harrell, W. S. Bass
and R. A. Chappell.
Judge Harris appointed John A.
Kramer as foreman of the grand jury.
Speaking directly to the foreman
and admonishing the other jurors to
pay strict attention, Judge Harris
emphasized the importance of keeping
at least 12 members present at all
times while the jury is in session, for
it requires that number to pass on a
.bill of indictment.
The judge gave specific instructions
regarding hills of indictment, saying
jit was the duty of the grand jury to
! examine state witnesses in order to
! determine if there was enough evi
; dence to believe they should be tried.
]The jurymen were reminded that it
I Was. not their duty to decide on the
’guilt or innocence of any defendent,
which is up to the court,
i As usual, Judge Harris stressed the
importance of secret deliberations,. so ;
j that all jurymen can be free to ex
press their own opinion,
j “There is much more to being a
grand juror than passing on bills of
indictment,” said Judge Harris. “As
a grand juror you are a trustee of
your county. You can do a good ser
vice or you can do nothing. Tax
payers pay the bill and deserve to
know the condition of the county and
(Coninued on Page Twelve)
Junior Woman’s Club
Home and Garden Tour
j Chosen as Principal
j Edenton’s Junior Woman’s Club met
j Wednesday of last week in the Hotel
'Joseph Hewes dining room for the
I first fall meeting since the club’s dis
bandment during the summer months.
[Mrs. Arthur Greene of Ahoskie, sec
■ ond vice-president of the North Caro
lina Federation of Women’s Clubs, at
tended the meeting.
Announcement was made that 10
new names will be submitted for ad
mittance into the organization at the
It was also announced that the
Children’s Home Society Drive, a
State-wide Junior Woman’s project,
will get underway on September 10
and will continue through September
30. Anyone who might be interested
is requested to contact any member
of the Junior Woman’s Club.
In the absence of Miss Mary
Holmes, supervisor of the children’s
playground, a major project of the
local club, Mrs. Elizabeth Layton gave
the report on the supervision of the
playground during the summer
Mrs. Georgia B. Hines gave an out
line of the 16th District Meeting of
Junior Women’s Club of North Caro
lina, which will be held in Edenton on
Monday, September 25. The club
voted to cooperate and continue plant
ing trees this year and in future
The organization will have as its
main project this year, the planning
of another Home and Garden Tour.
Last year’s tour was a huge success
I which brought hundreds of tourists
to Edenton and this year’s tour, club
J officials say, is expected to be even