Contribute To The March Os Dimes THE CHOWAN HERALD V y XXl.—Number 4. Annual Meeting Os Chowan County Red Cross Chapter Feb. 2 New Officers Scheduled To Be Elected For Year PLAN 1954 DRIVE Dr. A. F. Downum Re views Activities For Past Year Dr. A. F. Downum, chairman of the Chowan Chapter of the American Red Cross, stated early this week that a meeting of the chapter will be held on Tuesday night, February 2, at 7:30 o’clock in the Court House. One of the principal items of business is to elect officers and reorganize for the new year, as well as plan for, the 1 forthcoming Red Cross Fund Raising Drive, which will be held in March. Because of this important business, Dr. Downum urges everybody who is interested in the Red Cross to attend this meeting. Approximatly 40 per cent of Red Cross expenditures last year was made in behalf of servicemen and vet erans, according to a year-end report to the Chowan County Red Cross chapter by the organization’s nation al headquarters in Washington. A financial report released by E. Roland Harriman, national chairman j of the Red Cross, revealed that over ] $35,000,000 was spent by the nation al Red Cross and its 3,700 chapters to help the troubled man in uniform and his family back home, and help less patients. ” xpenditures for all Red Ct ‘es for the fiscal year end ins 0, 1953, Dr. Downum was info. amounted to $86,041,583. Other services included a National Blood Program, Disaster Preparedness and Relief operations, health and safe ty services. Junior Red Cross, and the training of many thousands of volun teers as Gray Ladies, Nurse’s Aides, Staff Aides, Motor Service, recrea-! tion workers in hospitals, and vari ous other community services. The Chowan County Chapter had ex penditures of $1,247.92 for the same period, according to Mrs. Corrine Thorud, chapter treasurer. Os this amount $817.55 went toward support (Continued on Page Six) Byrum Family Nighti At School Auditorium! Friday Night At 7:30! Professional Actors Will Provide Outstanding Entertainment Byrum Implement & Truck Com-' pany will present its annual free In-j ternational Harvester Family Party and New Equipment Show Friday night at 7:30 o’clock in the Eaenton Elementary School auditorium. As in previous years, the spacious auditorium is expected to be filled to capacity, so that those who want seats are urged to be on hand before the show begins. For the entertainment of friends of the Byrum concern professional actors will appear on the stage including The Ortons, America’s greatest thrill sensation; The Snyder Sisters, who will present music and songs; Reg gie Saxe in a musical act that is dif ferent, and Grover O’Day, a bicycle and unicycle artits. Aside from this entertainment full/ color movies will be presented show-' ing the latest International Harvest er equipment and the nationally fam ous fast-hitch tractor square dance. Cross Roads NegTo Hurt In Accident Jo- Holley, 35-year-old Negro of i th Roads community was seri o red Friday night about 6 o 'Sr en he was struck by an au- • ton. by Roland Evans. He received Compound fractures of both legs and head injuries when, accord ing to a report of Highway Patrol maif Van Pierce, Holley walked into the side of the car about half mile from Cross Roads. Holley was taken to the Chowan Hospital. i Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, January 28, 1954. |_ Time Short _J With Sunday being the dead line to operate motor vehicles without displaying a 1954 license plate, Saturday will be the last day licenses can be purchased, which applies both to State and city tags. For those who risk driving a car with 1953 license plates, a penalty will be imposed if they happen to be arrested by State patrolmen or local police. Miss Goldie Layton, branch manager for the North Carolina Motor Club, where State licenses are sold, says sales have been considerably trailing last year. Interest Is Mounting In Swimming Pool; Drive ToStart Soon Opinion Now That Poolj Will Be In Operation By Hot Weather A goodly number of representatives i from various organizations interested in the building of a swimming pool here were on hand at the meeting of the Hicks Memorial Swimming Pool Corporation, held Monday night in the Municipal Building. Jesse Harrell, president of the or ganization, who presided at the meet -1 ing called on those attending for pres entation of their ideas and views con jeerning the project. Various phases 1 of the proposed pool were discussed ! pro and con, and many more are ex- I pected to come under observation for ' | clearing up before the actual “kick- J off” fund raising campaign goes into 'effect However, optimism was evi j dent among the representatives pres [ ent and enthusiasm will continue to '! grow as plans go forward toward ,ereetion of the swimming pool. ;| William P. (Spec) Jones was ap ! J pointed Ways and Means Chairman /and he will work with the schools in promoting interest among the children I who can’t be beat when it comes to ■ | “spreading the news.” Their enthusi > asm should help the ball rolling for the pool will be to their benefit and I pleasure. As an added attraction for ! the school children a prize will be giv en to the pupil making the best post- I er on the swimming pool. If things work out as it is hoped, j opinion is that the pool will be ready I for operation by the time hot weather , 1 arrives. A list of canvassers are now I being made up for both the county and Edenton and as soon as it is com pleted, the fund drive for $25,000 will get underway. Menton’s Finances In Goodjlonditionj First Six Months Con sumed About Half of Year’s Budget Figures compiled by Town Clerk Ernest J. Ward, Jr., the town’s bud get is in satisfactory condition. As of January 1, with half of the fiscal year gone, just about every department had spent approximately half of the year’s appropriation. The total year’s budget was set at ($125,071, of which disbursements as 'of January 1 amounted to $59,601.11, .leaving a balance in the budget of $65,469.89. The picture as reflected in the vari ous departments follows: Administrative Budget, $5,734; disbursements, $2,923.35; balance, $2,- 810.65. Police Department—Budget, $23,- (669; disbursements, $12,579.49; bal ance, $11,089.51. Fire Department—Budget, $12,189; !disbursements, $5,624.19; balance, $6,- 564.81. Street Department—Budget, $55,- 824; disbursements, $28,685.25; bal ance, $27,138.75. Cemetery—Budget, $1,850; disburse ments, $924.82; balance, $925.18. Other Expenditures—Budget, $25,- 805; disbursements, $8,864.01; balance, i $16,940.99. Nick George Defends ! State School System At BPW Club Meeting Faculty Member Princi pal Speaker at Meeting Held Thursday Night i j Members of the Edenton Business and Professional Women’s Club heard ' a very enlightening talk on the North Carolina School System by Nick George of the local high school facul ty at a meeting held Thursday night 1 in the Barker Community House. Mr. George’s speech was, more or less, a rebuttal to the recent criticism against the school system in our State. In answer to several questions that have arisen in this community concerning the result of the N. C. edu cational system, Mr. George brought out five points which were mostly un der discussion. They were: “Are School Children Today Able To Read Well?” “Are Our Children Learning To Write Good English?” “Do Mod em Schools Teach Our Children To Spell Properly?” “How Well Do Schools Teach The 3 R’s Today,” and “How Well Are Our Schools Teaching Citizenship?” Mr. George declared that in no time in the history of public and private education has so much careful thought and study been given to the problem of teaching children to read. “Nation , | ally known experts have devoted their ; i entire careers to it,” he said. “Read ling tests are given everywhere to de termine the reading level of pupils in 'school and to identify those children who need special help. All the infor- ! i mation available about the success of I j the school 50 years ago points to the conclusion that methods used in teaeh ’ ing reading caused more failure than , success. Modern methods of teach i ing have saved many of our children from illiteracy. The fact that they ■ do not Save all is no more a criticism 1 ■ of modern education than the fact • that some sick children die is a criti • cism of modem medicine. The sue-j i cesses far outnumber the failures. I “Die writing of good English has ■ always been a very difficult thing to • (Continued on Page Five) College Day Will Be ; Observed February 9 ; At Local High School I I ■ Representatives From 18 ; Institutions Expected , To Attend Representatives from at least 18 colleges and nursing schools and from r five branches of the military will come , to the Edenton Junior-Senior High , School on College Day, which will be held Tuesday morning, February 9, from 9 until 11 o’clock. The College Day program is being sponsored by the Student Council of the Edenton school and the purpose is to give the students first-hand infor mation of the opportunities available at these various schools. The repre sentatives of the colleges and military will discuss their particular institu tions, advise of scholarships and loans I and discuss career planning with the j Edenton students. A spokesman for the College Day program says the College Day pro gram should be of great help to stu dents in the Edenton school. He pointed out that all members of the school would be given the opportunity to discuss college or nursing or mili tary careers with the representatives 1 and that this would certainly help , younger students, in particular, in planning a future career. “As it is, now,” said the spokesman, “students in the lower high school grades don’t think of college careers. They wait until they’re seniors. The College (Continued on Page Ten) Edenton Puts Name In Pot For Locating Air Force Academy i With the announcement of the pro posed establishment of an Air Force Academy, the Town of Edenton put its name in the pot last week when Town Clerk Ernest Ward, Jr., was instruct ed to send telegrams to Senators Hoey, Lennon and Representative Her bert Bonner. The telegrams stated that Edenton, is interested in locating the academy here, but no encouraging news has been received. I Lions Club Entertains] 1953 4-H Corn Club Winners And Fathers Prizes Awarded at Meet ing Held Monday , Night 1 Edenton Lions entertained the 1953 Chowan 4-H corn contestants and their dads at a supper Monday night. Prizes were donated to the top winner j in each of the three age groups, ten,' eleven and twelve, ages 13 and 14, and ages 15 and above. James Monds, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Monds, of the Center Hill sec tion, who grew 102.2 bushels of com on his acre, won the prize in the age group of 15 years and above. James grew N. C. 27 corn. Robert Preston Dail, son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Dail, of the Ryland sec tion, won the prize in the age group of 13 and 14. Robert grew 96.5 bush- . els of Dixie 17 com on his acre. Gerald Harrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Harrell, of the Rocky Hock sec tion, who grew 93.9 bushels of N. C. 27 corn on his acre, won top prize in the youngest age group. Each of these group winners was presented with a SIO.OO check by Jesse Harrell, president of the Edenton Lions Club, i A total of 21 4-H contestants and 13 dads were present for the meeting. President Harrell congratulated the boys and their dads for their fine work, and urged them to continue their progress. Vandy Parks, son of Mr. and Mrs. i Earl Parks of the Hobbsville com munity, who was 1953 State 4-H com winner, was recognized and congratu lated. Although Vandy’s yield was not the highest in the county this year, he won the championship on the basis of his com production during the years of 1952 and 1953. I James Monds showed some color slides of the trip to the National 4-H Chib Congress and gave a very vivid l description of the slides and told many happy experiences of the trip. James attended the Congress as State 4-H tractor maintenance winner. James and Vandy expressed appreci ation to the Lions Club for sponsor ing the eighth annual Chowan 4-H Club corn contest. The 33 contestants averaged 60 bushels per acre. This compares to the State average of not more than 1 35,0 bushels per acre. Rev. Ralph Knight j Resigns As Pastor At Ballard’s Bridge Accepts Pastorate of the Wilmont Church at Charlotte The Rev. Ralph W. Knight, pastor of the Ballard’s Bridge Baptist Church has tendered his resignation and will leave in about two weeks to accept the pastorate of the Wilmont Baptist Church at Charlotte. Mr. Knight has been pastor of the Ballard’s Bridge Church for two years and eight months and he, as well as members of the congregation, regret that he and his family are leav ing Chowan County. Special Music At Red Men Meeting’ Monday Story telling featured the Red Men’s , meeting Monday night when a goodly , number attended after enjoying a steak supper at Ernest Lee’s Restau- , rant. At next Monday night’s meeting special music will be furnished by a colored group, Francis Slade and his Four Aces. Aside from the leader the - boys include Clyde Slade, Tom Bern- ; bry, James Bembry and Henry Blount. , Walter Bond, sachem of Chowan • Tribe, urges a full attendance for the • meeting. ] Over Thirty Masons j Enjoy Steak Supper — i Masons were guests of Ernest Ke hayes at a steak supper served Thurs day night at R. P. Baer’s barbecue pit. The affair was thoroughly enjoyed and attracted over 30 Masons. Following the supper the regular i Masonic meeting was held in the lodge room, at which time a little over $2,500 was raised toward com ' nleting the new Masonic temple on 1 Water Street. Bertie’s C. W. Spruill Will Be Candidate For Seat In Senate Civic Calendar Chowan County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a meeting Tuesday night, February 2, at 7:30 o’clock in the Court House. College Day will be observed at the Edenton Junior-Senior High School Tuesday morning, Febru ary 9, from 9 to 11 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Webb will celebrate their golden wedding an (Continued on Page Ten) Contributions For March Os Dimes Stands At $1,135 Report Far From Being Complete Early This Week Bill Perry, co-chairman of the 1954 March of Dimes, reported this week that as of Tuesday morning contribu tions amounted to $1,135.24. The re port is far from being complete, so that he is very optimistic that when all reports are finally in the goal of at least $2,000 will be realized. This year’s March of Dimes cam paign is sponsored jointly by the Wil liam H. Coffield Post, No. 9280, Vet erans of Foreign Wars, the VFW Au xiliary and Chowanoke Council, No. 54, Degree of Pocahontas, all three groups joining forces in the drive. One phase of the drive was but a solar plexus blow Saturday when, due to snow, ice and extremely cold weath er, the road block on North Broad Street, had to be abandoned, as well as circulation in the business section with buckets to receive contributions. Both of these schemes are scheduled j to be carried out next Saturday, when I VFW members will be stationed at I the road block at North Broad Street in the hope that passing motorists will drop in contributions. Women of the VFW Auxiliary and the Degree of Po- I cahontas will be stationed in the busi ness section to receive contributions from those who might not have been contacted otherwise. Mr. Perry urges all canvassers to complete their work as soon as possi ble so that their reports can be turn ed in and the result of the drive de termined. Last year, after a late, start, Chowan County raised over sl,- 900, so that it is hoped this year con- j tributions will go beyond the $2,000 mark. Group Edenton Tots 1 Form Organization Offering Small Prize to Person Submitting Name Edenton’s newest organization came into being this week when a group of little tots six years or less of age met Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. A1 Wall to perfect an organi zation and their first official act was to contribute a dime each to the March of Dimes. Bettv Wall was elected as president and Panela Ashley, secre tary and treasurer. The next meeting of the group will be held Thursday afternoon, February 25, at the home of Mrs. Thomas Ash ley. The youngsters are now con cerned about a name for the organiza tion and will give a small prize to the person submitting a name which is se lected. The youngsters are interested in contributing to any worthwhile move ment in Edenton and to that end they have agreed to save their pennies and dimes in order to be able to take part when the opportunity presents itself. Mrs. A1 Wall and Mrs. Thomas Ash ley are counsellors for the group, which includes the following members: Betty Wall, Panela Ashley, Gail Oliver, Jerry Jones, Carolyn Wall, Kay Shaw, Vickie Allsbrook, Sara Frances Edwards, Pat Byrum, Phil Harrell, Johnny Cates, Kenny Wall, Sharon Dunbar and her baby sister, Donna. Per Year. ‘Cousin Wayland’ Spruill Takes Stand on ‘Se crecy’ Issue VET LEGISLATOR Introduced Bill Remov ing 15-Cent Ad Va lorem Tax C. W. (“Cousin Wayland”) Spruill last week announced his candidacy for the State Senate from the First Dis trict in the May Democratic Primary. In announcing his candidacy, Mr. Spruill took a stand on the “secrecy” issue which is expected to be a hotly discussed point in state and local po litical battles this year. “I am going on record opposing any I secret legislation,” he said. "I am op posed to using the taxpayers money without the people being informed as to how much is to be spent on each item in the budget. “I will do what I can to repeal the present law on the statute books which was passed in the last legisla , ture.” He was referring to House Bill : No. 1071 allowing executive sessions . of the Appropriations Committee, . passed by the 1953 General Assembly. , Tn seeking a seat in the State Sen i ate, Mr. Spruill is asking the voters • to return him to the body which he represented Bertie and the Northamp ton counties before the present First . District was organized. . I He has served in eight sessions of ■ |the House of Representatives. While jin the House he introduced and pass , ed a bill removing the 15-eent ad va j lorem tax which counties collected for | State governmental expense. , ( A sponsor for years of State tu berculosis and mental institutions, Mr. Spruill has served as chairman of the House Mental Institutions Committee land introduced a bill to establish the (East Carolina Sanitorium at Wilson, I'a wing of which was named in his , 1 honor. I He also is a member of the State Hospital Board of Control. On that Board he is a member of the execu , tive committee, a member of the build ing committee which is directing the use of $22,000,000 in bond issue money and chairman of the legislative com mittee. In Bertie County he has served as County Commissioner and as a road commissioner. He is a Baptist, Ro tarian, a Mason and a Shriner. Town Proposes To j Set Fixed Charge | For Housing Project Agrees to Charge $325 Per Unit For Water- Sewer Connections Members of Town Council and the Board of Public Works met jointly in a special meeting Thursday night when the new proposed housing pro ject was considered. Previously R. B. Cauthen, repre senting the Richards Building Com pany of Raleigh, requested the town to extend water, sewer and electric lines to the property line of the pro posed 30 housing units, but action on the request at that time was post poned. At Thursday night’s meeting the two boards agreed to extend the lines from the present Albemarle Court to the property line at a flat cost of $325 for each house, which includes the usual tapping charges of S9O for water and sewer. Town Clerk Ernest Ward was in structed to inform Mr. Cauthen of the town’s proposition. PTA Brunswick Stew Supper February sth Edenton’s Parent-Teacher Associa tion will sponsor a Brunswick stew supper in the Junior-Senior High School Cafeteria Friday night, Febru ary 5. The supper will be served from 6 to 7 o’clock preceding the Faculty- Varsity basketball game. Tickets for the supper are now on sale.