VolumeXX. —Number 14.
Edenton Pilgrimage April 10th An^lffith
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Miss Ada C. “Telie”
Byrum Is Victim Os
Most Brutal Attack
Found Unconscious Un
der Rose Bush Mon
Motive of Attack Is Be
lieved to Have Been
Miss Ada C. (Telie) Byruin, who
■was found unconscious in the yarti of
her home in the Cisco section Mon
day morning, was the victim of the
most brutal attack in the annals of
Miss Byrum was found under a rose
hush about 30 feet from 'her home by
Mrs. Titus Chappell, who notified offi
cers and a doctor. She Was taken to
Chowan Hospital in an unconscious
condition, where die died shortly af
W. W. Byrum, chairman of the
Chowan County Commission
ers, on Tuesday night announc
ed that the Commissioners will
pay S2OO reward for informa
tion leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person or per
sons who brutally beat Miss
Coroner 'Hubert Williford heM an
inquest when it was decided that she
came to her death by blows inflicted
by a person or persons unknown, and
exposure. It is supposed a dub or
some kind of blunt instrument was
used in the fatal beating. Several
ribs were broken ami hemorrhages oc
curred where the bones were broken.
Her face was badly bruised and the
rest of her body, even the legs, were
also evidently pounded by her attack
er. IA deep cut was also found on her
arm,, caused by a rose bush thorn.
From indications, the beating ap
parently occurred in the house and
the body was placed under the rose
It is believed robbery was the mo
tive of the attack, as it Was known
Miss Byrum carried money on her per
son. It is believed she had about
S3OO at the time, which she carried in
Patrolman Han Pierce and Constable
Prank Miller started an investiga
tion and are being assisted by an SBI
agent, although meagre clues were
left to work on.
So much sentiment has been aroused
over the brutal attack that the Coun
ty Commissioners are offering S2OO
reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the guilty
party or parties.
Makes Appeal For
Anxious For Town To
Be Extra Attractive
In anticipation of the forthcoming
Pilgrimage Os Colonial Edenton and
Countryside, Mayor Leroy Haskett
this week appeals to every citizen in
’Edenton to go to some effort to make
. Edenton as clean and attractive as,
possible before the expected throng
; -of visitors arrive.
H« points out that there are very
V few places where a little cleaning up
will not improve the appearance of
, premises end hopes everyone will Join
3a making Edenton neat and tidy and
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; Easter Dance Saturday
Night In Local Armory
Sponsored by Chowanoke Council,
"No. 64, Degree of Pocahontas, an Eas
| -ter dance will be held in the Edenton
armory Saturday night beginning at
- Music for the dance will be provided
%y Herb Carter and his orchestra from
Those who desire table reservations,
are requested to phene I«WW or'
THE CHOWAN HERALD
I Song Leader ]
W. JIM DANIELS
At the 'Fifth Sunday Sing held
at Conoiitsa Baptist 'Church Sun
day, W. Jim Daniels was elected
Red Cross Ready
To Provide Relief
In Case Os Disaster
Campaign Now In Prog
ress to Help Raise
If a major disaster should strike
in this community—which is conceiv
able, for no community is immune—
the families who are its victims will
not only need help in the emergency,
but many of them will need a friend
to help them farther along the diffi
cult road back from their disaster- 1
ridden status. ,
This help would be forthcoming’
through the Chowan County Red
Cross Chapter here and, if the chap
ter needs it, also through trained staff
and financial aid from the 'Red Cross
“The Red Cross,” explains Dr. A.
F. Downum, chapter chairman, “works
with other community agencies in giv
ing -aid during the emergency period
of a disaster, but it goes further than
“Individual families without re
sources to repair or rebuild and re
furnish homes, pay medical or hos
pital bills or other expense resulting
from disaster, are the special concern
of their local CRed Cross. The chap
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Sunrise Service Sunday 1
At Happy Home Church
Next Sunday morning at 6:30
o’clock there will be a community
wide Easter sunrise service at the
Happy Home Church near Center
Hill. This te an annual service with
the churches of all denominations in
upper Chowan County and Perquim
ans County cooperating.
The Rev. Lee IA. Phillips fwdH bring
the Easter message and there will be
special music by two youth choirs
and a soloist. ,
The public is cordially invited to
Chowan Tribe Changes
Weekly Meeting Hour
Chowan Tribe of Red Men will
change its hour of meeting for the
summer beginning Monday night The
tribe will meet at 8 o’clock instead
. 'A wiener roast will be held Monday
night, ‘April 13, and it is hoped many
members will attend.
. At Methodist Church
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The Rev. E. B. Edwards, pastor of
the Methodist Church, announces that
. a Holy Communion Service will be
held in the church Friday night at
7:30 o'clock. v
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 2, 1953.
Short Session Spring
Term Superior Court
Finished On Tuesday
Judge Walter Bone Or
ders Many Non-Suits
To Clean Up Docket
Chowan County’s spring term of
Superior Court opened Monday morn
ing with Judge Walter J. Bone of
Nashville presiding. Immediately af
ter Sheriff J. A. Bunch officially open
ed court a list of 50 jurymen answer
ed roll call and 18 were selected to
serve on the grand jury.
The grand jjury is composed of G.
H. Harding, foreman, J. P. Partin,
Willie White, J. Willis McClenney,
W. F. Perry, Daniel IP. Reaves, E. E.
Hollowell, D. M. Carter, Earl White,
Floyd W. Griffin, John E. 'Ferry, Jr.,
J. Haywood Bunch, G. P. Harrell, W.
D. Pruden, Jr., Edward IC. Ward, 'Rus
sell Byrum, W. E. Jordan, Jr., and
W. D. Elliott.
Judge Bone devoted his entire
charge to an explanation of the duties
of a grand jury, which he said had
three major duties to perform.
First, he pointed out the procedure
of determining true bills of indict
ment, explaining that there are four
capital crimes, first degree murder,
first degree burglary, arson and rape.
He recounted a number of other
crimes, saying that the automobile is
the most fertile field for committing
crimes. “Careless and reckless driv
ing, speeding, driving while under the
influence of intoxicating liquor and
disregard for traffic regulations all
result in jnnny crimes,” he said.
The second duty referred to was
presentments. He admonished grand
jurymen to report any instances where
the law has been violated and the vio
lators gone unpunished so that an in
dictment can be prepared. At the same
time he warned about any complaints
made to them due to malice.
The third duty as explained by the
judge was public inspection. The law,
he said, calls for only three inspec
tions, the county jail, county home
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Golf Club Reduces
Monthly Dues To
Directors In Meeting
Tuesday Discuss Va
The Board of Directors of the Eden
ton Golf Club held a meeting Tuesday
to discuss present conditions of the
club and to map out future plans.
The directors found the affairs of the
club in excellent condition provided
all members pay up their dues in full.
Contemplating that all dues will be
paid up at once, the directors order
ed that all bills be paid and that dues
be reduced to all present members to
$6.00 per month including tax.
It was also brought out that during
the month of April the Marine Corps
' will allow the club to take in a limited
number of new members. All new
members coming in the club will be
required to pay an entrance fee of
SIO.OO, and $6.00 per month there
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In District From
Apr! 7 To May 14
All Parents Urged to
Carry Children For
Dr. B. B. MdGuire, district health
officer, announces that the District
Health Department will conduct the
Pre-school clinic for the district April
7 to May 14.
Exclusive of Elizabeth City primary
school which usually has about 150
children to attend the clinic, 884
names of pre-school children are on
file in the health offices. All par
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.town offices 'will be
nWtot Montdiay in observance of
EasMr Monday. 'All important busi-
ehokjd be transacted according-
Clubs Os 25th District
Meet Here Next Week
Two Sessions Planned In
In the Edenton Elementary School
auditorium next Wednesday, April 8,
starting at 10:30 A. M., a meeting of
the 25th District Federation of Home
Demonstration Clubs will get under
way. Mrs. Wallace Goodwin is presi
dent and Mrs. Lee Perry, secretary.
Interesting programs have been ar
ranged for the 10:30 session, as well as
the afternoon meeting, which begins
at 1:30 o’clock.
After the opening song, the devo
tional will’be conducted by Mrs. J.
S. Johnson of Camden County. Wel
come addresses will be made by Mrs.
I. E. Halsey, Jr., County Commission
er W. E. Bond and Mayor L. H. Has
kett. The response will be made by
Mrs. David Pearsall of Dare County.
Greetings will be extended by Mrs.
R. L. Yancey, president of the N .C.
Federation of Home Demonstration
Clubs, arid Mrs. W. J. P. Earnhardt,
chairman of the 16th District Federa
tion of Women’s Clubs. 'Special music
will be provided by the Gates County
Chorus, directed by the Rev. O. S.
Edmonds. After a business session
lunch will be served in the armory.
For the afternoon session special
music will be provided by the Per
quimans County Chorus under the di
rection of Mrs. J. D. Yates. Mrs. '
Andrew Winslow of Pasquotank Coun- ’
ty will present the speaker, Dr. Guion
Johnson, research specialist and presi- i
dent of the North Carolina Women’s 1
Council. 'Dr. Johnson’s subject will be
“Responsibilities of Citizenship.”
After the address officers 'will be
installed by Miss Verna Stanton, as
sistant State home demonstration
The public is especially urged to
attend the qftemoon session in order
to hear Dr. Johnson speak.
Lions Club Minstrel
Will 6e Presented
Friday, April 10th
Chairman J. Clarence |
Leary Says Show Will
The Edenton Lions Club will pre
sent its sixth annual minstrel Friday
night, April 10, at 8 o’clock. J. Cla
rence Leary, chairman of the min
strel, states that an excellent show is
in the making to provide one and ona
half hours of good entertainment.
N. J. George will be interlocutor for
the show and end men will be John
Mitchener, Jr., Ben Perry, George
Thompson, Jimmy Partin, A1 Phillips
and Ernest Ward, Jr.
'Soloists will include Ben Perry,
George Thompson, Jimmy Partin,
Joan Cobb and Norman Leonard. Mrs.
Mary L. Browning’s Treble Clef Club
will bring a lively note to the affair
with their numbers.
A new feature of the show will be
a group of Chowan County boys who
have a unique band that has brought
them 1 offers from as far away as
Proceeds from the minstrel will be
used by the Lions Club for blind work
in Chowan County and the State of
Easter Services At
St. Paul’s Church
The public is cordially invited to
attend Easter services in St Paul’s
Easter Sunday, April 5. There will
be an 8 A. M., celebration of the Holy
Communion with Easter music, a 9:30
A. M., service for the children of
the Church School, and at 11 A. M.,
celebration of the Holy Communion
■with Easter music and sermon.
The church is always open for pri
vate devotions. “Please do not hesi
tate to use the church daily,” says
the rector, the 'Rev. Gordon Bennett
Most All Stores Will
Close Easter Monday
The Herald was informed early this
week that a majority of Edenton
stores will be closed Easter Monday,
Most of the stores will be closed
Wednesday aftqmoon, April 8, except
grocery stores, which will remain open
all day Wednesday.
Visitors This Year
Expected To Exceed
Prior Years' Mark
With some of Edenton’s tourist
courts already completely sold out
during the Edenton Pilgrimage,
April 10-11, Mrs. R. N. Hines,
general chairman, reports many
more inquiries about sleeping
Mrs. Hines, therefore, is ap
pealing to citizens to list with
her any rooms which will be
available for the occasion so that
she can provide accommodations
for the many visitors expected.
Final Contributions of
$122.05 Come From Ru
What is probably the final report
on the 1953 March of Dimes for Cho
wan County is presented this week.
Two reports were returned during the
week which brings the contributions to
$1,835.31 or $1.75 over last year, de
spite this year’s messed up campaign.
Last year’s final contributions amount
ed to $1,828.16.
The two final reports were receiv
ed from the white rural section and
the colored rural section. Miss Re
becca Colwell sent in $96.00, of which
$16.30 was from the Gum Pond com
munity, $10.50 from the Cross Roads
community, $7.25 from Beech Fork
community, $36.45 from the Advance,
community and $25.50 from the Gli
J. B. Small, Negro County Agent,
turned in $26.05 which was collected
among colored people in the rural
Previously reported was $1,713.26
and with the rural contributions
amounting to $122.05, the total March
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Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton
and Countryside Friday and Sat
urday, April 10 and 11.
Degree of Pocahontas Easter
dance Saturday night, April 4, in
the Edenton Armory.
Fashion show at Merry Hill
High School Friday night, April
10, at 8 o’clock.
Lions Club meets Monday night
at 7 o’clock.
Red Men meet Monday night at
Lions Club Minstrel Friday
night, April 10.
VFW meets in Post’s home on
old Hertford Highway Tuesday
night at 8 o’clock.
Rotary Club meets this (Thurs
day) afternoon at 1 o’clock in the
Home demonstration club radio
program on WGAI Thursday,
April 2 at 12:45 P. M.
Chowan County Commissioners
will me®t in regular session Fri
day April 3, at 10 A. M., instead
of Monday, April 6, due to Easter
Monday falling on the latter date.
This will also be a continuation of
a meeting as a board of equaliza
tion and review.
American Legion Auxiliary
cake, pie and candy sale at P & Q
Super Market Saturday, April 4.
Twenty-fifth District Federa
tion of home demonstration clnbe
meeting in the Edenton High
School auditorium Wednesday,
April 8, at 10:30 A. M.
Miss Susan Thigpen will pre
sent an organ redtal in the Meth
odist Church Tuesday evening,
April 7, at 8 o’clock. She will be
assisted by Norman Leonard and
Corporal Billy Leaser.
Home demonstration club radio
program on WGAI Thursday,
April 9, at 12:45 P. M.
Community Sing at Chowan
High School auditorium Monday
night, April 20, at 7:30 o’clock.
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BANK CLOSED EASTER MONDAY
The Bank of Edenton will be closed
all day next Monday to observe Eas
ter Monday, a legal holiday. Im
portant banking business should,
therefore, be transacted accordingly.
s2*oo Pgr Yelr
14 Homes and Public
Places Will,Be Open
High School Students
And Scouts Will Act
Fourteen stately homes and public
buildings, many of them dating back
to pre-Revolutionary days, will be
thrown open to visitors during the
Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton and
surrounding countryside of Chowan
County April 10-11.
This will be the third organized,
guided tour of this historic city since
it was established in 1628. The Pil
grimage was begun in 1949 as a bi
ennial event sponsored by the Edenton
Known as Queen Anne’s Towne un
til 1722, when its name was changed
in honor of Royal Governor Charles
Eden, Edenton was at one time capi
tal of the Colony of North Carolina
and residence of the colonial governor.
Surviving from its past are many
noteworthy examples of Georgian and
early American Colonial architecture.
These, with Edenton’s waterfront lo
cation on Albemarle Sound, magnifi
cent trees and well-kept lawns and
gardens, make this small city one of
the most beautiful along the Eastern
seaboard. It is on U. S. 17, 346 miles
north of Charleston, S. C., and 93
miles South of Williamsburg, Va. .
The Chowan County Court House,
which has been In continuous use
since its completion in 1767, is con
sidered one of the finest examples of
Georgian architecture in the South. A
number of houses in the city and on
the plantations along Albemarle
Sound and the Chowan River remain
from an even earlier period, and have
been continuously maintained as pri
vate dwellings. Other homes which
will ba opened during the Pilgrimage
were built between the Revolutionai’y
War and the War Between the States.
'Colonial Edenton and the gracious
residences on nearby plantations fig
ure prominently in the novels of In
glis Fletcher, whose own plantation
home, Bandon, will be opened! to
visitors during the Pilgrimage.
As a political, commercial and social
center in the 18th century, Edenton
was the home of men and women who
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Boy Scout Meeting
Called For Tonight
Hubert Williford, Chairman of the
West Albemarle District, Boy IScouts
of America, announces that the Dis
trict Committee will meet tonight
(Thursday) at 7:30 o’clock at his
The purpose of the meeting is to
make plans for the Training 'Course
for 'Cub, Scout and Explorer Leader
ers; to plan a spring camporee; and
to get reports from the various operat
ing committees. All 'Scouters are in
vited to attend.
Mrs. Privott’s PuDils
Win Music Honors
Inadvertently left out Os The Her
ald last week was mention of the pi
ano pupils of Mrs. IWood Privott who
attended the district music festival of
the National Federation of Music held
in Elizabeth City.
Six of Mrs. Privott’s pupils par
ticipated in the event, with five award
ed a superior rating and one excellent.
Those who were graded superior in
cluded Frances Holton, Jane Dulaney,
Jack Overman, Anne Taylor and Ari
minta Hobbs. Judy Riley was award
ed an excellent rating.
Musical On April 23
“Over the Garden Wall,” a two
act musical program, will be pre
sented in the Elementary .School audi
torium by the Primary Department
Thursday night, April 23, at 8 o’clock.
In the neighborhood of 250 children
will take part in the entertainment,
which is expected to attract a large
MASONS MEET TONIGHT
Unanimity Lodge, No. 7, A. IF: &
A. M., will meet tonight (Thursday)
at 8 o’clock in the Court House. C.
T. Griffin, master of the lodge, an
nounces that the second degree will
, be conferred, so that he urges a full