Volume XVII.—No. 51.
Quotas Approved By
Browers Os Nation
Chowan County Grow
ers, However Vote
Complete, but unofficial returns
from the national peanut marketing
quota referendum held Thursday, De
cember 14, show that 77.7 per cent of
the growers who cast ballots favor
quotas for the three years beginning
with the 1951 crop, the Chowan Coun
ty office of the Production and Mar
keting Administration reports.
A favorable vote by two-thirds or
more of the growers who cast ballots
was required to approve the continu
ation of quotas for another three
Chowan County peanut growers cast
179 votes “for” and 256 “against”
quotas. This is a favorable percent
age of 41.1 per cent which is consid
erably different from the national
trend. * There were approximately
900 farmers eligible to vote in the
county. Out of this number 435 or 48
per cent took part in the referendum.
Tne vote for and against quotas by
communities is as follows: Edenton,
for 39; against 28. Macedonia, for 19;
against 40. Center Hill, for 41;
againsrt 32. Rocky Hock, for 21;
against 92. Ryland, for 19; against
38. Gliden, for 29; against 15. Yeo
pim, for 11; against 11.
“As quotas were approved by more
than the necessary two-thirds majority
of growers voting in the referendum,
the program will continue for another
three years unless suspended by the
Secretary of Agriculture because of
a national emergency or material in
crease in the export demand,” says
J. M. Price, Secretary to the County
‘The favorable vote also guarantees
that government price-support will be
available to cooperating producers on
their ‘quota’ peanuts -at no less than
89 per cent of parity for the 1951
crop,” Mr. Price points out. Had
quotas been defeated, the level of
price support to cooperators would
have dropped to 50 per cent of parity.
Chowan County’s part of the nat
ional peanut allotment quota is 6,895
acres. The 1947 harvested acreage for
the county was 11,805 acres. Farm
ers can plant up to their 1947 acreage
next year and sell ifie .peanuts in ex
cess of the allotment for oil without
penalizing the 1951 farm quota.
On Thursday, December 14, the fol
lowing farmers, listed by communities,
were elected to administer PMA farm
programs in 1951. Edenton communi
ty: L. C. Bunch, J. Wallace Goodwin
and W. M. Chesson, all re-elected.
Macedonia community: A. A. Par
rish and W. S. Bass were re-elected.
Wallace Bass was elected a new mem
ber. Center Hill community: T. O.
Asbell, E. D. Byrum and H. W. Dale,
all re-elected. Rocky Hock communi
ty: M. J. Evans, J. B. Bunch and Wil
lie Harrell all new members. Ryland
community: W. J. Bunch, J. E. Baker j
and E. M. Ward all new members.'
Gliden community: iE. G. Blanchard,]
re-elected, A. D. Ward and L. B. Jor- ■
dan, new members. Yeopim communi
ty: J. L. Hassell and J. T. Brabble,
(Continued on Page Eight)
Ruritan Club At
Rocky Hock Holds
Its First Meeting
R. T. Harrell President
And Willis McClen
The Rocky Hock Ruritan Club held
its first regular meeting Wednesday
evening of last week. R, T. Harrell,
president, conducted the meeting with
Willis MdClenney acting as secretary.
The club added to its officers the!
Rev. R. E. Gordon as chaplain and'
O. C. Long, Jr., as sergeant-at-arms.
The club had as guests at the meet
ing I. C. Yagel, Charles Ward and
Julian Long from the Bethel Ruritan
Club. Each of the guests made in
teresting talks and complimented the
Rocky Hock Ruritans for their
achievement in getting a good start.
The cluib decided that on the second
Tuesday evening of each month as
the’ schedule for the regular meet
, A delicious turkey dinner was ser
| ved the club by the ladies of the Gum
I Rond Home Demonstration Club. The
jLdining hall was attractively decorated
Hprith Christmas season colors and fav
| ors were red and white candy canes. •
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Edenton Naval Air
To Be Opened Again!
$16,500,000 Asked to Ex- j
pand Bases In (North
Local Station Salallite of
Oceana Naval Air
No little interest has again been
aroused in Edenton since announce
ment was made late last week that the
Navy has asked Congress for more
than $16,500,000 for expansion and
improvement of Navy and Marine
Corps facilities in North Carolina.
Among the projects for which the
funds are sought U the Edenton Naval
Air Station, satellite No. 2 for the
Naval Air Station at Oceana, Va. Ad
ditional aviation facilities are needed
calling for an appropriation of $2,695,-
000 for the beginning of a program
that is estimated to cost $8,982,000
| The requests were included in con
nection with the 1961 second supple
j mental appropriations bill reported to
the House Friday by the Appropria
tions Committee, which asked for
$303,378,000 most of which is ear
marked for added facilities in the ■
continental United States. (
Other projects in North Carolina in- ‘
elude the following. „
Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry
Point—slo,7B4,ooo for development of
support jet operations.
Marine base, Camp Lejeune:
For temporary emergency barracks !
for 7,280 men —$1,219,000.
For correction of deficiencies in raw 1
For expansion of primary sewage
treatment facilities —$275,000.
Marine Barracks, New River—an
unspecified amount for reactivation or
acquisition of 409 defense housing
units, part of funds already available,
but some $400,000 or more needed.
Intermittent rumors have gone the
rounds that the base will be reaetivat
,ed ever since it was closed in May of
| last year.
BPW Members Invited
To Luncheon In Honor
Mrs. Raymond Carr, president of
Business and Professional Women’s
Club, has received an invitation from •
Judge Sarah T. Hughes inviting the
Edenton club members to attend the
luncheon at the Statesville Hotel in
Washington, D. C., on January 13,
honoring the eight women representa
tives and one woman senator to be|
seated at the 82nd Congress. All who
can attend are asked to notify Mrs..
Carr before January 3. I
""Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, December 21,1950.
| New Record _J
Richard D. Dixon, who last
week began his duties as Eden
ton’s postmaster, informed The
Herald Wednesday morning that
the local post office on Monday
experienced the biggest day’s
business in the history of the
Edenton office. This information
was revealed by veteran em
Over 23,000 letters were can
celled during the day and record
business was recorded in all other
Old Bpm Home
Destroyed By Fire
Only Two Chairs Saved
During Sunday Night
About 8:30 o’clock Sunday night
ihe Edenton Fire Department answer
ed a call in the Rocky Hock section,
where the old homeplace of Joseph
Byrum was totally destroyed by fire.
The blaze had gained too much head
way for the firemen to be of much
i assistance when they arrived.
The two-story frame house was own
ed by Noland Toppin, but was oc
cupied by Mr. and Mrs. William
Spruill. The house and its contents
were totally lost with the exception
of two chairs which were on the front
The origin of the fire is unknown,
it having occurred when the Spruills
were away from home.
CHRISTMAS IN KOREA |
By JIMMIE CHURCH
The tired, cold and hungry Ameri
can soldier in Korea will remember
thp American people on Christmas
day. He will remember a cozy fire
side where only a few years ago he
would find that toeless Stocking filled
with fruits, nuts, and candies early
Christmas morning. He will remem
ber the expression of peace and con
tentment on his father’s face as he
smoked his piipe in comfort, and the
•soft touch of a mother’s kiss and her
warm smile that did not hide the pride
she held in her home and family. He
will remember the country store and
the service station where everybody
went to spread and hear the news
and gossip, where men would lie not
even expecting their yams to be taken
; seriously. Yes, those are days that
I G. I. Joe can so vividly remember, and
Christmas Dance By
Edenton Varsity Club j
Next Monday Night:
! Music By Dick Levin
And His State College
The Varsity Club’s annual Christ
mas dance is scheduled to be held in
the Edenton armory on Christmas
i night, starting at 9 o’clock. The ar
j mory will be attractively decorated
for the occasion and the dance is ex
pected to attract a large number of
Music for the dance will be furn
ished by Dice Levin and his State
C> 'lege orchestra.
Table reservations can be made by
calling Wendell Copeland, phone
111-J-l, or Parker Helms, phone 382-J.j
til Monday, January 1.
Ben Twiddy Killed
In Korean Fighting
Parents Notified Death
I Occurred nn Novem
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Twiddy were
notified by the War Department Tues
t day that their son, Ben Twiddy, was
■ killed in action in Korea on Novem
, iber 29. 1
i Young Twiddy was only 19 years
. of age and has been in the army al
• most two years, most of which was
i spent overseas.
He was a member Os the Eighth
• army and the Seventh Division.
| Schools Close For
I Christmas Holidays]
'Schools in the Edenton and county
, administrative units closed Tuesday
i of this week for the Christmas holi
days. Schools will remain closed un-
he will think of these people and
wonder what’s going on at these places
on Christmas Day.
There are a few Americans who will
remember the sofldier in Korea. The
parents and loved ones of he who is
there will remember him because they
miss him, love him and want him
home; but the lucky devils who sur
vived the Christmases a few years
back in Europe, Africa and the Pa
cific will remember him most because
they know his type of Christmas. The
rest of America will merely remember
that there is a so-called United Na
tions Police detail in Korea and will
be hoping that he world will soon be
at peace. *
The American soldier in Korea will
probably be hovered over a fire that
is producing more smoke than heat
• •'’ontinued on Page Eight)
C. of C. Reorganized
| Not Too Late! |
Contributions are still being re
ceived for the Stocking Fund
sponsored by St. Paul’s Church.
By this method, many .unfortunate
families will be made happy over
the Christmas holidays. Anyone
who will contribute toys, clothes
or money, should contact Miss
Sara Wood, 106 West King Street,
Christmas Party By i
Lions Monday Night 1
Next Two Meetings Are (
Called Off Due to \
The Christmas party, held by the ,
Edenton Lions Club Monday evening, ,
impressed the members and their lad
ies as being one of the most enjoy- ,
able of these gala, annual events ever ;
held by this very active organization.
Over 100 were in attendance.
John Mitchener, chairman of the
committee on arrangements, present
ed Nick George as master of cere- 1
monies, whose wit and humor produced
almost continuous merriment for the
Mr. George called upon various
members for brief remarks and many
of them responded with jokes, inter
spersed at times by the more serious j
side, but fun was the order of the!
evening, much of it at the expense of!
some other member.
The Lions den was elaborately dec-:
orated with holly, pines and candles,!
also a lovely Christmas tree.
J. Clarence Leary, accompanied at
the piano by Earl Harrell, lead the
singing of Christmas carols in which
the entire assemblage joined lustily.
W. J. Taylor, secretary of the club, 1
made a brief but interesting talk on
j “ What It Means to Be a Lion.” Tay- i
lor alsQ outlined the projects which
the club has undertaken during the
year just ending.
An appropriate gift was provided
for each lady, as well as a nice box
of candy and various other favors
which were given by business con
cerns, most of whom are members
of the club.
The dinner was served buffet style
and consisted of turkey, Chowan ham
and all the trimmings, incident to the
great success of the occasion. Presi
dent Leroy Haskett proposed a vote
of appreciation to John Mitchener and
his committee for their fine work.
IDr. Richard Hardin was initiated
into the club, the ceremony being
performed by John Mitchener and Er
nest Ward, Jr. This produced a lot
of fun, especially for the ladies.
A rising and rousing vote of thanks
was accorded the Lionesses for their
fine cooperation in providing the din
ners for the club during this year.
The invocation was rendered by Gus
It was announced that the next
meeting of the club will be held on
January 8, due to the holidays.
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Virginia League Is
After New Clubs
Edenton Expected to Be
Invited as New Mem
ber of Circuit
Plans are going forward for or
ganizing the Virginia League for next
season, with a meeting of the directors
held at Franklin Sunday. Elizabeth
City was a member of the league last
; year, and it is understood that several
other North Carolina towns, including
Edenton, will be asked to become msm
, bers of the circuit.
1 ’ Thus far Elizabeth City, Petersburg,
Hopewell, Franklin, Emporia and Sus
. folk are expected to soon complete
i their organization for the 1951 sea
Just what action local baseball fans
; will take if and when Edenton is in
-1 vited to become a member of the lea
, gue is problematical.
$2.00 Per Year.
David Holton President;
Succeeds George S.
Meeting of New Direc
tors Will Be Held at
David Holton was elected presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday morning at a reorganizational
meeting of Edenton merchants held
in the panel room of the Court House.
With some 50 representatives of
business firms present, the group
voted to reorganize and to begin func
tioning again as a chamber of com
merce in view of the dire need for
such an organization here.
Holton will succeed George S. Twid
dy as president of the group. Other
officers elected included J. H. Conger,
Jr., as vice-president, and the follow
ing directors: Marvin Wilson, P. S.
McMullan, Mrs. Carrie Earnhardt,
Walter Miller, William Perry, Henry
Quinn, Herbert Hollowell, Louis
George Wilkins, Frank Holmes, Henry
Cuthrell, Frank Elliott, Percy Smith,
Carey Evans, Erie Haste, Wendell
Copeland and Earl Harrell.
Twiddy, past president of the group,
presided over the meeting whose pur
pose it was, he stated, to reorganize
in view of the need for such art asso
ciation here. Remarks were heard
from Holton and J. W. Davis in sup
port of such reorganization and after
i a short discussion, a nominating com-
Jmittee was appointed to recommend
officers for the coming year. Twiddy
I requested that he not be considered
!for re-election as president,
j During the meeting, Twiddy brought
i out the reasons why the chamber
j of commerce failed here last year. He,
|and others, cited the failure of mem
j bers to pay their dues as the cause of
'the organization folding. To empha-
I size his point, Twiddy read off a total
-! of more than a SI,OOO in bills due.
‘ The bulk of this amount is something
1 like SBOO due Peter A. Carlton, form
ler secretary of the group, in back
1 salary. The remainder was for the
'! salary of the assistant secretary, of
! fice rent, telephone bills and a small
1 J sum which was paid by two members
' to the collector of internal revenue.
Twiddy stated that there was between
I $1,500 and $2,000 in back dues owed
by chamber members.
The nominating committee brought
■ back, along with their recommenda
i tions for officers, three recommenda
tions. One was to approach the Town
. Council on the possibility of using
i the back room of the Municipal Build
i ing as an office for the chamber
■ group. This would cut the rent ex
■ pense from the organization. The
[ chamber already hag furniture to
equip an office.
I The committee recommended that a
secretary he hired'and that all mem
bers of tl* organization send in their
checks for the year 1950. If this is
done, the outstanding bills against the
i organization can be paid and the
■ new year started with confidence and
a clean slate.
The newly elected president thanked
i the group for their vote of confidence
in electing him and stated that he
will do his best to further the group.
, He urged each member present to
get behind the organization and help
boost it. Holton stated that a meet
ing of the directors will be called
later this week to formulate plans for
the coming year.
> Christmas Service At
'j Methodist Church
j The Rev. E. B. Edwards, pastor of
, the Methodist Church announces a
special Christmas service Sunday
night at 7:30 o’clock. The service
was previously announced for 5
.o’clock, but was changed because of
'a service at the Baptist Church at
jthe same hour.
; I Singing of Christmas carols and
' i special music by the choir will feature
J the service.
i A cordial invitation is extended the
public to attend.
Bicyclists Warned Not
, To Ride On Sidewalks
Complaints have been made to
i Edenton police relative to bicycles be
- ing ridden on the sidewalks in Eden
ton. There is an ordinance prohibit
s! ing this practice, and as of this date
-Ithe police have been instructed to ar
- ] rest any person riding on the side