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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XX.—Number 7.
Mrs. Frank Holmes
Is Electedf resident
Os Woman’s Club
dub Donates Sidewalk
Funds to Penelope
At the February meeting of the
Edenton Woman’s Club heid last Wed
nesday at .‘St- Paul’s Parish House,
new officers were elected for the 1953-
54 club year. Taking office at the
annual meeting in May will be Mrs.
Prank M. Holmes, president; Mrs.
Richard Goodwin, vice president; Mrs.
A. F. Downum, recording secretary;
Mrs. J. H. Pruden, corresponding sec
retary; Mrs. W. P. Jones, treasurer;
Mrs. Martin R. Wisely, historian.
A prayer by Mrs. Gilliam Wood
opened the meeting, and Mrs. J. H.
Conger, Jr., president, presided.
A discussion of the restoration of
the Penelope Barker House and the
urgent need of funds for this work
resulted in a decision by the club to.
donate to this prdjeot the sum of ap
proximately $240 which had been for
merly set aside for improvements to
the walks on the Court House Green,
and to replace this fund immediately
after the tour. It was felt that the
work on the Green should be postpon
ed at least until after the Pil
grimage of Colonial Edenton and
Countryside, scheduled for April
10 and 11. The club also approved a
motion to sponsor a pancake breakfast
at the Barker House in cooperation
with the Business and Professional
Women’s Club and the Junior Cham
ber of Commerce. The breakfast will
be served between the hours of 7 and
!l A. M., on Saturday, February 21, at
a price of SI.OO per person.
Mrs. James Bond, welfare chair
man, announced that the TB seal sale
netted $1,295, approximately $95 over
the quota. 'She called attention to
the March of Dimes now in progress
in Chowan County and urged contribu
tions to this worthy effort.
Elisabeth Moore, chairman of In
ternational Relation Committee, call
ed attention to the German Youth As
sistance Program sponsored by the
U. S. Army and asked for voluntary
contributions of sewing and knitting
materials for use by young German
girls. Cloth in 3% yard lengths, yam,
thread, needles, patterns, and zippers
are some of the items needed. Anyone
desiring to contribute to this drive is
asked to contact Miss Moore.
At the conclusion of the business
session Mrs. Martin Wisely, Fine Arts
Chairman, introduced Mrs. Trank El
liott, who gave an interesting talk on
music appreciation. Mrs. Elliott dem
onstrated with records hdw one might
increase appreciation of fine music
by listening for inner melodies and
familiarizing oneself with successive
passages of each work.
Boy Scout Banquet
Chief Flying Cloud Will
Present Indian Pro
•Plans have been completed for the
Boy Scout banquet tonight (Thurs
day) at 7 o’clock in the Junior-Senior
High School Cafeteria.
The speaker for the occasion will
be J. Gordon Lindsay of Norfolk, a
veteran Scouter in the Tidewater
Council, who is now Council Commis
sioner, and an entertaining speaker.
Another feature will be Chief Hying
Cloud who will present an Indian
The program will center about Boy
Scouts and their parents, it being the
first time Boy Scouts have been in
vited to attend a Scouter’s banquet.
Tickets have been on sale and can
be secured at the door, so that it is
hoped many Scouts, Cub Scouts, Ex
plorer Stouts, parents and Soouters
will attend the banquet.
New District Governor
P. D. Midgett, Jr., of Englehard was
elected Governor of the 279th Rotary
district at the Rotary Convention held
Ih Elizabeth City early this week.
He won the honor over Joel Cook
Holland of Murfreesboro, the only
; other candidate. . , ..,,
Mr. Midgett is Well known -among
Hdenton Rotarians. He was defeated
last year by the present Governor,
Sgt. Jack Habit arrived home Tues
dsy after spending two yearn in the
XI. S. Air Faroe fa Englartd. He is oh
report for duty in Oklahoma. I
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, February 12,1953.
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[ Dinner Speaker
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SENATOR RICHARD RUSSELL
An influential member of the
important Senate Armed Services
Committee. Senator Richard B.
Russell of Georgia, will be the
principal speaker at the Jefferson-
Jackson Day Dinner in Raleigh
j Saturday, February 28.
Big Democratic Rally
To Be Held In Raleigh
Saturday, Feb. 28th
Senator Russell Princi
The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner,
the winter gathering of Democratic
Party leaders of the Tar Heel IState,
will be held in Raleigh, at the Sir
Walter Hotel, February 28, according
to an announcement by National Com
mitteeman Robert L. Doughton.
In announcing plans for the annual
dinner, Doughton said Senator Rich
ard B. Russell of. Georgia, an influ
ential party leader in Congress and
a ranking member of the important
Senate Armed 'Services Committee,
will be the featured speaker.
Doughton also announced the ap
pointment of 'Senator John D. (Larkins,
Jr., as chairman of arrangements for
the dinner. Larkins, a veteran legis
lator from Jones County, is secre
tary of the 'State Democratic Execu
tive Committee and has served as
chairman of Jefferson-Jackson dinners
in the state on several previous oc
As in past years, for each $50.00
contributed, one dinner ticket will be
issued. Arrangements are being
made, Doughton said, to accommodate
some 650 party leaders at the ban
Tickets, he said, will be available in
the near future through Democratic
Party chairmen in each of the IState’s
100 counties. Tickets will also be
, available at the IState Democratic
Headquarters in the ISir Walter Ho
• tel in Raleigh.
Proceeds from the dinner, Doughton
said, will be used to carry on the
work of the Democratic Party.
Game February 21
A donkey basketball game has been
scheduled to be played in the high
school gymnasium Saturday night,
February 21, at 8 o’clock.
Contestants will be members of the
Varsity Club and the High School
Featured among the donkeys will
be Honey Pot, a world famous don
key, said to be as funny as a circus
and wilder than a rodeo. The don
keys wear rubber shoes so that the
gymnasium floor will not be damaged.
Tickets are now on sale and c«n be
secured from members of the Varsity
Club and Monogram dub.
This sport is said to be the craziest
in the world and is expected to at
tract a large crowd.
VFW Valentine Dance
Saturday, February 14
Wtilianv (Wield, jr.,Po*t, No. 9280,
will stage a Valentine Dance Satur
day night, February 14. The dance
will be held ih the new 1 VFW Boat
dub room on the old Hertford High
way near the Speight cotton gib,
starting at 9 o’clock and lasting un
Members of the VIEW are expecting
a large crowd to attend.
' ROTABT MEET# TODAY
> Edenton’s Rotary dub will meet
todgy 1 o>lockJn^the
I Rotarian to be present** U * gaß * Vß^
21 In Barker House
Pancakes and Sausage
Will Be served From
7 to 10 A. M.
A “Benefit Breakfast” will be held
at the Penelope Barker Community
House in Edenton Saturday morning,
February 21, from 7 to 10 o’clock, un
der the sponsorship of the Business
and Professional Women's Club, the
Woman’s Club and the Junior Cham
ber of Commerce.
I The, menu will consist of hot pan
cakes, sausage, syrup and coffee, at
SI.OO per plate.
The affair is the first to' be staged
in Edenton, and it is hoped that it
will draw a good crowd in for break
fast. Proceeds from the affair will
go toward the restoration of the
Penelope Barker House, which is now
The three sponsoring organizations
i are shouldering a huge responsibility
in order to convert the Barker House
into a much needed community build
ing. Members of the organizations
have put forth a lot of hard work on
the house themselves, and to continue
with this worthy project more funds
are needed badly. They urge every
one to take this opportunity of con
tributing toward the restoration of the
house by being on hand for a good
lames Delivers An
Inspiring Talk For
St Paul’s Auxiliary
! Interesting Meeting In
| Parish House Thurs
The Woman’s 'Auxiliary of St.
• Paul’s Episcopal Church held its reg
, ular meeting in the Parish House
• Thursday afternoon, with a large
• number attending.
Gerald D. James, principal of the
Junidr-tSenior High School, made an
1 informative and challenging address
1 ° n “Pressures in our School System.”
Mr. James feels strongly that, after
the church, the school is the most
1 vital unit in any community. He
• thinks pressures exist mainly because
■ of (1). failure to put the child first
1 and (2) failure to adopt a long range
1 program with far-reaching policies.
These failures, he believes, result in
' confusiop which hinders the develop
: ment of a dominant school unit where
-1 in student and staff alike work in
! mutual understanding and 1 respect;
: deters the growth of the city; and,
■ last but by no means least, interferes
with good training.
| The citizens, Mr. James says, are
Stockholders in public education and
should have a voice in what the school
is to do while.’ the staff should, in a
large measure, determine how it is
to be done. Citizens should be patient
and understanding while new policies
evolve. It takes years, he says, to
build new concepts and, if sound, they
should be strongly supported by the
1 citizen. It Is the duty of the staff
to interpret the school system to the
citizen through the medium of the
newspaper, teacher-pupil conferences,
Parent-Teacher Associations, and let
i In summing :up, Mr. J&mes states
, that the staff, has a Christian duty
to the child to see that he is prepared
to meet the complex problems of
i life and that its biggest stumbling
block today is public relations.
The address was followed by the
• treasurer's report of the proposed
budget for the ensuing year, consist
ing of $650 for the parish and $637
»r the <Jiocese, a total of $1,287. The
budget was adopted as proposed.
Chairmen of various committees
rendered excellent reports for the
The president, Mrs. George Mack,
, read her anneal report of work done
; by the Auxiliary during 1952. Mem
bers considered it an outstanding re
port and were imbued with new zeal
, to match it with a still better one
for 1953. ‘
Mrs, Mack announced that the
(World Day] of Prayer will be held in
the Methodist Church February 20,
with the Rev. James MacKenzie, mini
ster'of the .Presbyterian Church, oon
| duqting the services. She also an-
traced that the Rev. Gordon Ben
lt will conduct a study period dur
t the Lenten season.
J.i ttu meeitag was closed with prayer.
Geddes B. Potter
Resigns As County
Red Cross Chairman
Suggests Early Succes
sor Due to Annual
Members of the board of directors
of .the Chowan County Chapter of the
American Red Cross were notified
Monday of this week by Geddes B.
Potter that he tenders his resignation
as county chairman.
In his letter 'Mr. Potter said:
“A few days ago I called a meet
ing of the Board of Directors and
all committee chairmen so that a reg
ular meeting could be held, at which
time new officers could be elected.
The attendance at this call meeting
was so few that nothing could be ac
“If I may offer a suggestion to th®
Board of Directors, I would suggest
that the board immediately meet, so
that new officers can be elected and
a fund chairman be chosen, as the
Annual Roll Call Drive is due to start
the first of March.
“I regret that I find it necessary to
give up the chairmanship at this time,
but conditions force me to do so.
“I have enjoyed serving the Red
Cross, and will continue to have a
sincere interest in it.”
Sailor loses His Life
By Drowning At The
Chowan River Bridge
Three Other Compan
ions Are Saved From
Chowan- River claimed another life
Saturday coming when an automobile,
crashed through the wooden rail about
75 feet from the new drawbridge.
The accident occurred shortly after
two o'clock when three sailors driv
ing a 1941 Del Soto were reported driv
ing between 30 and 35 miles per hour
in the detour section which is limited
to 10 miles per hour.
The drowned sailor was John E.
Omelia, 21 years old. His three com
panions who ascaped a watery grave
were Harold MdCord, 21; Thomas
Walkenshaw, 19, and Ralph Hobson,
21. All four were stationed on the
Destroyer Tender Grand Canyon, now
docked in Norfolk. They were on
their way to Raleigh when the acci
One of the men managed to climb to
the deck of the bridge and with the
help of a bridge tender was able to
pull two others from the water.
Omelia’s body was recovered about 6
o’clock. He was reported to be driv
ing the car at the time.
Omelia’s body was turned over to
local Marine Corps authorities by Cor
oner Hubert Williford.
This is the fifth fatality to occur
on the bridge since work was started
to repair and widen it about two years
ago. The repairs and improvements
are expected to be completed late this
Union Service For
World Day Prayer
Program In Methodist
Church Friday, Feb
World Day of Prayer will be obser
ved Friday night, February 20, at
8 o’clock when a union service will
be held in the Methodist Church.
The principal speaker for the ser
vice will be Rev. James MacKenzie,
pastor of the Presbyterian Church.
. Miss Mamie Hogg has arranged a
very spiritual, informative and in
teresting program, and itig hoped
members of all denominations will
join in celebrating the occasion.
Credit Bureau Will
Meet Friday Night
A meeting of the newly organized
Merchants Credit Bureau will be held
Friday night at 8 ‘o’clock in the Court
House. Herbert Smith of Ahoskie and \
the manager of the Tri-County Credit
Bureau from Ahoskie are expected to
attend the meeting.
All merchants interested in a credit
burdta are especially urged to attend.
GEDDES B. POTTER
On Monday of this week Geddes
iB. Potter tendered his resignation
aa Chairman of the Chowan Coun
ty Chapter of the American Red
Cross, a position he hag admirably
filled for many years.
New Fire Station Is
By Town Councilmen
Breakwater Sought At
At Tuesday night’s meeting of
Town Council a committee composed
of Graham Byrum, J. Clarence Leary
and John Mitchener reported having
visited Goldsboro and Newport News
in the interest of securing bleachers
for football at Hicks FMeld. Various
styles were inspected by the commit
tee and following their report, as well
as some comment by Coach Ben Perry,
Town Clerk Ernest Ward, Jr., was in
structed to write various concerns to
send a representative to Edenton to
secure prices on various types of
Present at the meeting was a com
mittee representing the Penelope
Barker House Association which re
quested the Town to construct a
breakwater in front of the Penelope
Barker house site in order to protect
and beautify the property. No es
timate of the cost was given, so that
J. Clarence Leary, Graham Byrum and
W. J. Yates were appointed on a com
mittee to make an investigation as to
the type of breakwater desired as well
as the cost of construction.
The Street Department was author
ized to pave the sidewalk to the curb
along East Queen Street at the Cho
wan County ABC store, as well as
construct a by-pass for surplus water
on East Queen Street at the Charles
H. Jenkins Motor Company.
W. J. Yates presented a sketch of
a proposed new fire station and he
was authorized to contact a contractor
to secure an estimate of the cost. The
proposed brick and cinder block build
ing is two stories, 40 x 50 capable of
housing four pieces of fire fighting
apparatus and has three bedrooms and
a room for social purposes. It will
also have a room for drying hose, one
of present problems.
During the meeting J. Edwin Buff
lap and John Mitchener reported upon
their investigation of the city mana
ger form of government which idea
was tabled for the time being.
The property west of the cemetery
was leased to W. L. Boswell for SSO
per year. The property is to be used
for farming purpose® only so that no
fishing nets will be allowed.
Special Legion Meeting
At Cross Roads Feb. 19
iW. J. Yates, commander of Edward
G. Bond Post of the American Legion,
calls attention to a special meeting
of the Post which will be held at the
Cross Roads Community Building
Thursday night, February 19, at 7
'Supper will be served consisting of
ham and eggs and all the trimmings.
All and World Wlar vet
erans are cordially invited to attend.
Wilson In Charge Os
Discussion On Korea
Marvin Wilson, in charge of the
program at last week’s meeting of
the Edenton Rotary Club, conducted
\a very interesting discussion about
the Korean situation.
Several of the Rotarians joined in
the discussion having to do with
opinions as to what action is best to
be followed in the Korean conflict.
In Favor Soft Water
Project In Edenton
Expresses Hope That
Flourine Will Not Be
Following last week’s story in The
Herald that efforts are being renew
ed to secure a water softening plant
for Edenton Dr. W. IS. Griffin a form
er member of the (Board of Public
'Works wrote the following letter to
the editor of The Herald.
“Dear Mr. 'Bufflap—l was delighted
to read in this week’s Chowan Herald
that the “Green Light” had been giv
n to the supplying of soft water for
our city. Town 'Council and our E &
W Board should be encouraged in
“Many years ago, I believe Mr. E.
W. 'Spires was Mayor at that time,
surveys were made as to the actual
savings that would be made not only
in replacement of our city mains and
private water supply pipes but also
in the savings made in the use of soap
by our citizens. The figures were
“There is one point, however, that I
wish to call to attention of our offi
cials and that is retaining the content
of flourine in our waters.
“The children of Edenton have been
fortunate in having the correct amount
of this chemical in the water supply
and as a result statistics show that
decay of the teeth in children drink
ing flourinated water is reduced by
some 40 to 50 per cent. Perhaps this
is something that we here in Edenton
have taken for granted. However,
if you will check with the IT. IS. Pub
lic Health Service and many other
organizations it will be shown that
flourine has been added to the water
supply of many of our large and small
cities for this purpose. This is an
added expense that has cost the tax
payer some 12c to 20c per capita.
“In the treating of our waters to
render them soft, I sincerely trust
1 that the methods used will not remove
' the flourine content as it is approxi
mately 2 to 3 parts per million. For
the sake and health of our children
this point should be considered in the
selection of softening methods.
“Give us soft water —yes—but wa
ter containing proper amounts of
Film Feature At Lions
Club Monday Night
) Director of Lions Inter
national In Edenton
Highlighting the Edenton Lions
■ Club meeting Monday night was the
1 presentation of a motion picture film
' with sound track.
■ The film was made by Warner Bros.,
■ for the Pilot Life Insurance Company
■ of Greensboro, who gave it to the li
brary of the University of North
I Carolina and was procured through
the efforts of Ben Perry. It is en
titled “News Magazine of Week”.
The pictures and a brief history of
every President of the United States
from Washington to Eisenhower, also
portrayed the era of the “horseless
carriage”, as well as several inaugural
ceremonies from the time of Teddy
Roosevelt to the present time, as weil
1 as scenes from the Korean War.
Ernest Ward, Jr., was in charge of
the program and thanked Ben Per
ry, as well as Douglas Holland, an
Edenton High (School student, who
' manipulated the movie machine so ex
About 20 members of the local .club
indicated their intention of attending
a luncheon meeting with International
Director Jack 'Stickler of Charlotte,
at the Triangle on FYiday afternoon
at 1 o’clock. Stickler is being force
fully supported for the office of a
vice presidency of the Lions Inter
national. The election will be held at
the International Convention in Chi
cago this summer.
Ted Lassiter tad Fred Lassiter, two
High School Seniors, were guests of
the club. Two 'Seniors are being in
vited at each weekly meeting until
all Seniors have attended, in keeping
■ with the club’s policy of long stand
ing. They were welcomed by Presi
> dent A. ( E. Jenkins.
! MASONS MEET TONIGHT
Unanimity Lodge, No. 7, A. F. &
A. M., will meet tonight (Thursday)
in the Court House. Due to confer
ring the third degree, the lodge will
begin at 7 o’clock instead of 8 o’clock