Volume XXL—Number 6. Town Councilmen, School Board Agree On Hicks Field Title Lot Leased to Sponsor-! ing Groups For Pene lope Barker House FOR 10 YEARS Board of Public Works Authorized to Pur chase Property With Eden ton school trustees meet ing with Town Council Tuesday night, the long disputed question of which group holds title to Hicks Field was apparently solved. For many years Town Council took it for granted that the Town held title and at the same time the School Trustees took the opposite view. According to agreement, the Town will relinquish title to all of Hicks Field except the baseball park, the armory property and that portion of the plot on which the veneer mill and Spedic Food Products are located. The veneer mill property was leas ed in 1919 to J. L. Wiggins and later to B. W. Evans, and in 1936 a portion of the land was allocated for the erec tion of the armory. Also in 1936 an other portion was leased to A. M. Forehand, which since has been leased by the Albemarle Peanut Company and partially used by the Spedic con cern. I A committee from Town Council and the School Trustees met Thursday of last week and tentatively agreed to the present arrangement and on Tues day night both boards were in accord with the proposition. Os course, men- j tion is made that the Scout Cabin and playground will continue as now op erated. Some complications, however, were encountered in that the space agreed upon for the armory does not coincide with the lines drawn when it was (Continued on Page Seven) toman’s Club Plans i Annual Art Exhibit Affair Scheduled to Be Held Some Time In April Plans for the annual Art Exhibit sponsored by the Edenton Woman’s Club are now getting underway, ac cording to an announcement by Mrs. John Kramer, chairman of the fine arts committee. The art show Will be held sometime; in April at the Penelope Barker House, i and it is hoped that a large number of) school children in both the grammar and high schools, as well as adults in the town and county, will participate. The exact date for the affair will be announced later. The following rules have been set I up for the exhibit and work to be | shown should be turned in one week j in advance of the event. All work must be original. Copies'] of other pictures are not acceptable. I Any medium may be used (such as' pencil, ink, charcoal, oils, crayon,} etc.). Any size paper or canvas may be‘ used. Ribbons will be awarded in each home room in each individual school. First, second, third and fourth prizes, in the form of cash awards, will be given for over-all exhibits from individual schools or school groups. Adult work will be in a separate class and not placed in competition with that of the school children. A hobby corner will be set up where unclassified entries, such as photo graphs, ceramics, needlecraft, tinting of photographs, handicrafts, etc., may be exhibited. For those desiring additional infor mation concerning the art show, they are asked to call Mrs. John Kramer, phone 575-W. Cub Scout Meeting Is | Scheduled For Monday | John Asbell, Cubmaster of the local I Cub Scout Pack, announces that a meeting of the Cub Scouts will be j held Monday night, February 15, in Presbyterian Church at 7:30 Cubmaster Asbell is appealing to j more parents to attend the meeting. Very few were present at previous | meetings and Mr. Asbell says their! presence is needed in order to func-! tion efficiently. Boys from 8 through 10 years of age who are interested in Cub Scouting are also invited to at tend. THE CHOWAN HERALD Founder Os Opera Hi , I 1 A. J. FLETCHER In 1948 A. J. Fletcher of Ra leigh founded Grass Roots Opera, which will present Carmen in Edenton Thursday, March 4. The opera is sponsored by the Edenton Parent-Teacher Association. PresbyteFiansPtoT Revival For Youth The Rev. Terrill Lytle Will Preach For Ser vices March 1-10 Something new in Edenton, an evan gelistic service geared to young peo ple, will be held in the Presbyterian ( Church March 1-10. I The speaker for these unique ser , vices will be the Rev. Terrill Lytle, a | graduate of Moody Bible Institute in! Chicago, and an outstanding evange- j | lis'tic preacher. Though he is pastor, iof the Manitou Beach Community 1 I Church, Manitou Beach, Michigan, Mr. j I Lytle is much in demand not only as , a sneaker, hut as an accomplished mu sician, a chalk artist, and a magician who uses his magic to teach Bible tmths. He has been active in Youth For Christ work, and in the High ■ School Bible Club movement for many years, and was one of the first men in America to establish a Drive-In i Church. ! All Christians in Edenton are re j quested to remember these services in i prayer. Chowan Hijyh PTA To j Observe Founders’ Dayi The Chowan High School Parent- ] Teacher Association will observe , Founder’s Day at a meeting to be held . 1 Tuesday night, February 16. A sea- I ture of the meeting will be the playlet jpresented by Mrs. Rufus Smithson’s seventh grade pupils. ■ i The meeting will he hold in the i I school auditorium beginning at 7:30 ] 'o’clock. The Rev. Mr. Chandler, pas- , } tor of the Center Hill Baptist Church, | will lead the devotional. All parents : are invited to attend. Frank Hughes Leaving- For Training As Pilot Frank Hughes, Jr., is scheduled to leave Raleigh Friday, February 12, for Lackland Air Force Base at Waco, Texas, where he will begin 18 months of pilot training as an Air Force ca det. After this period of pilot training he will receive his wings and be com- i missioned a second lieutenant. ] _ , Democratic Executive 1 Group Meets Monday ' < E. W. Spires, secretary-treasurer of i the Chowan County Democratic Exec- i .utive Committee, announces that a 1 I meeting of the committee will be held | in his office in the Court House Mon- ( day morning, February 15, at 8:50 i I o’clock. At this meeting the committee will ; ' recommend two Democratic members i ! on the Board of Elections, which will : be sent to the State Board for approv- ! I al. The present members are L. S. i ' Byrum and Philip McMullan, Demo- 1 |crats and'M. A. Hughes, Republican. .— i SUNBEAMS TO MEET The Sunbeams of the Edenton Bap- I tist Church will meet at the church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mrs. i PefH, Manning, leader of the group, i urges every member to attend : Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, February 11,1954. Meeting Called For Tonight In Effort To Revive Baseball! Palmer Tynch of Opin-j ion Albemarle League Can Be Operated With a recent baseball meeting rain ed out, Palmer Tynch, manager of last year’s Rocky Hock baseball club, has announced that another meeting has been called to be held tonight (Thurs day) at 8 o’clock in the Court House. Mr. Tynch says he has talked to base hall enthusiasts in nearby towns and that he was favorably impressed with the interest shown. At tonight’s meeting he expects representatives to be present from Edenton, Plymouth, Windsor, Cole rain, Hertford and Elizabeth City. It is Mr. Tynch’s idea that the Albe marle League can be revived, using only local players, so that the ex pense would not prohibit any town en tering a team in the league. Many fans recall the keen interest and large attendance at old Albemarle League games, and it is Mr. Tynch’s belie# that teams of sufficient strength can be fielded in each of the towns to make the games interesting and at tract many baseball fans. All baseball fans are especially urg ed to attend tonight’s meeting. Mrs. R. H. Goodwin Elected President Os Local Woman’s Club New Club Officers Elect ed at Meeting Held Last Week Mrs. Richard Goodwin will head th° F.denton Woman’s Club as president for the 1954-55 year following election I of officers held last week at a lunch-1 eon meeting of the organization in the ! Parish House. j CPher officers elected for the new term were: vice president, Mrs. W. J. I P. Earnhardt: recording secretary, l j Mrs. Ben Perry ; corresponding secre- i tary, Mrs. 0. A. Phillips; treasurer, j Miss Kathryn Brown; historian, Mrs. ! Richard Dixon. Jr. 1 Mrs. Frank Holmes presided at the meeting and called for reports of all standing committees. The club voted to sponsor the Jilgrimage of Colonial Edenton and Country-side, with thei event being staged bi-annually begin- 1 ning in 1955. After the business session the pro gram committee introduced Mrs. Wm. I Swets, wife of the Marine Station I Chaplain, who gave an interesting talk ion “Building a Beautiful Home.” Mrs. | Swets discussed the subject from the [standpoint of character building and family happiness, which was thorough ly enjoyed by those attending who ex pressed hope they would hear the speaker again. ROTARY CLUB MEETS TODAY l Edenton’s Rotary Club will meet ; this (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Parish House. President John Kramer urges every Rotarian to be |; present. PROPOSAL OF USO CLUB IN EDENTON IS NOW GRADUALLY NEARING REALIZATION Local Group Very Optimistic That Rent For Quar ters In Hotel Joseph Hewes Ball Room i Will Be Underwritten Plans for the establishing of an Edenton USO in the ballroom of the Hotel Joseph Hewes are progressing rapidly with nearly half of the month ly rental pledged by the merchants to date. Through the generosity and coop eration of the local merchants by each ; making a small monthly contribution j it looks as if the proposed USO may i become a reality. With the money) pledged Edenton will he able to un- ] derwrite the $75.00 per month rental j of the Hotel Joseph Hewes ballroom.) This figure includes heat, utilities and panitor service. It is necessary that the physical building be made | available on a rent frpe basis to the National Service Organizations, but future operating cost will be paid by the organization. With the assur ance of obtaining the rental figure immediate action can be initiated on I the national level toward the estab lishing of a USO here. The campaign to complete the soli citation of pledges will end this Sat urday. Participating in the soliciting are Parker Helms, Mrs. Arlene Fal- Carmen Scheduled j To Be Presented In ! Edenton March 4tb j Opera Sponsored By the Edenton Parent-Teach er Association Grass Roots Opera, the North Caro lina institution that has developed an international reputation, is to perform in Edenton on Thursday, March 4, in two performances of Carmen, it is an nounced by Mrs. Roland Vaughan, president of the Edenton Parent- Teacher Association, sponsor of the opera. . This unique traveling group, was formed in 1948 by A. J. Fletcher, Ra leigh attorney and business man, to give aspiring singers an opportunity to perfect their art before the foot lights and give the public a chance to hear opera in English. Grass Roots Opera, wh’ch is ad ministered by the Extension Division of the University of North Carolina in cooperation with the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, has pre sented over two hundred perform ances of opera in this state since the first performance during the 1949-50 season. All performances are sung in English. A plan to integrate the op era movement in the music apprecia tion courses in the public schools was I introduced two years ago with the re (Continued on Page Ten) Contributions For March Os Dimes In Chowan 52,208.43 Report Still Incomplete For County as a Whole Although the Chowan County March I of Dimes is still incomplete, Bill Per-} I rv. co-chairman of the 1954 campaign,, reported Tuesday that Contributions up to that time amounted to $2,208.43, thus exceeding the $2,000 goal set by William H. Coffield Post, No. 9280,, ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars and Cho } wanoke Council, No. 54, Degree of Po i cahontas, co-sponsors of this year’s drive. i Mr. Perry reported that the Eden ton Junior-Senior High School report was not complete and that no report had been received from the county, both white and colored. Just as soon i as these reports are received the drive | will be ended and reports sent in tc i State headquarters at Chapel Hill. One-half of the contributions, after expenses for material has been de ducted, will be retained in the coun ty to be used in connection with polio victims. Mr. Perry and Mrs. J. Edwin Buff lap, co-chairmen of the 1954 March of Dimes, as well as VFW members, the VFW Auxiliary and Degree of Poca hontas are elated over the success of the drive and the two chairmen ex press their sincere thanks and appre ciation to all who helped in soliciting as well as those who made contribu tions to the end that Chowan County maintained its reputation for doing its [share in the fight to blot out infan tile paralysis. lis, Mrs. Adelaide Chesson, Miss Es ther Hobowsky, Mrs. Viola J. Quilty, ■ } Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gentile and Mr. • and Mrs. J. P. Ricks, Jr. Tom Sharpe, vice chairman, an nounced that there will be a meeting of the colored representatives of the ; USO committee in the Brown-Carver | Library tonight (Thursday) to com ' plete plans for obtaining pledges. The Brown-Carver Library at the i comer of Oakum and Gale Streets has! , been made available rent free bv thei' I library board for a colored USO pro- j vided Miss Hattie Jerkin, librarian,; i serves as USO hostess. . | Both locations, the ballroom and the) library have been approved by Tom : Kunz, Associate Regional Director of! USO. and Major M. I. McMahon, Nat-, ional Field Supervisor of the Salvation i Armv USO. They expressed the opinion that Edenton desperately need ed a USO and that they would person ally do all possible in the securing of the placement of a USO here. Mr. Kunz visited Edenton early in December and Major McMahon was (Continued on Page Ter I jJames NC State Library Back At Charge Three R’s Not Taught In School Civic Calendai Meeting scheduled tonight (Thursday) at 8 o’clock in the Court House to consider the pos sibility of reviving the Albemarle League. Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Edenton Friday, February 26. Chowan County Republicans i will hold a county convention in the Court House Thursday night, February 25, at 8 o’clock. Chowanoke Council, No. 54, De gree of Pocahontas, will meet Fri day night at 8 o'clock in the Red Men hall. Edenton Chapter of the Eastern Star will observe Friendship Night at its meeting in the Court House Monday night, February 15, at 8 o’clock. Woman’s Auxiliary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will meet this (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Parish House. Auxiliary of the American Leg ion meets Tuesday night, Febru ary 16, at 8 o’clock at the home of Mrs. W. O. Elliott, Jr. PTA of Chowan High School will observe Founders’ Day in the school auditorium Tuesday night, (Continued on Page Ten) Mrs.¥glsneEheF i Is Nowjn Scotland Goes Overseas to Do Re j search Work on An other Book Mrs. Inglis Fletcher recently sailed 'on the steamer “United States”, and | arrived in London on her way to Scot land last Sunday. She cahled her hus- ’ 'band, John G. Fletcher, “Perfect pas ! sage.” i Mrs. Fletcher is doing background work for a new hook in way of re search on Scottish immigrants before | the Revolution. She expects to be gone about six weeks, returning in time to finish her hook for the pub lishers around the first of May. For some time Mrs. Fletcher has been corresponding with libraries) throughout Scotland and they are all: prepared to help her in her research efforts. Father John Beshel Serving As Rector At Catholic Church! Father F. J. McCourt to! Serve In Rocking ham County The Most Reverend Vincent S. Wa ters, Rishop of Raleigh has appoint ed the Reverend Father Francis J. McCourt, pastor of St. Joseph of the Hills Parish, which embraces Spray, where his church and rectory are lo cated, I.eaksville, Reidsville and all of Rockingham County, effective Fri day, February 12. Father McCourt for almost 13 years has been rector of St. Ann’s Catholic Missionary Parish, much of the time Auxiliary Chaplain of the USMC Au xiliary Landing Field, Edenton, and also Diocesan Director of National Organization for Decent Literature, which he is continuing in the last nam ed position. j On Friday the Reverend Father John A. Beshel. now pastor of St. James’ Parish. Hamlet, N. C„ becomes rector of St. Ann’s. i Chowan Renublicans Meet February 25th Republicans of Chowan County will; hold their county convention in the j Court House here at 8 o’clock on tThursday night, February 25. accord-! iing to an announcement by Miles S.J ! Elliott, county chairman. I At this meeting, new officers will be | I elected and plans made for the coming ' year. I Precinct meetings are to be held in . the various precincts prior to the I county convention. MASONS MEET TONIGHT An emergent communication of Una nimity Lodge, No. 7, A. F., & A. M., twill be held tonight (Thursday) at 8 o’clock in the Court House. W. M. Rhoades, master of the lodge, requests' a full attendance. $2.00 Per Year. - ■ Edenton School Princi pal Speaker at PTA Meeting FOUNDERS’ DAY I Says A. P. Godwin Made ! Unfair Attack Upon School System “To say that the public schools of today are not teaching the three R’s; that our children cannot spell, and that a high school diploma means only that a student has spent 12 years in 1 school, is an unfair attack on the pub lic school system,” declared Gerald D. James, principal of Edenton’s Junior- Senior High School, as he addressed the Parent-Teacher Association Tues day night. Speaking on social promotions and school standards, or as he put it, about “some issues that were raised in our October PTA meeting and more recently in several publications,” James took issue with remarks made Iby Senator A. P. Godwin, Jr., of Gatesville, who told the local organi zation that schools were failing to teach the three R’s and that some , schools promote every child every year. Said James in referring to God * win’s remarks: “The speaker was so . busy degrading the very institution , that gave him his start in life, that [.he never did explain the reasons why we have a teacher shortage ” I In speaking of the unfair attack on ' | the public school system, James said, “Every teacher within sound of mv voice knows that there are large num bers of students who have not and . never will master the three R’s nor will they be able to spell correctly. Just because they cannot doesn’t mean that teachers in general are doing a poor job.” He added that the public ' asks the schools to set a mental stand ard and say students shouldn’t be pro moted until they have mastered the three R’s or have met that standard. “The student with the low I. Q. will never be able to attain the standard of the student with the I. Q. of 135. But, if the student is encouraged and does not have stigma attached to him for life, by repeating every grade, he or she will make a good student, and. (Continued on Page Six) Rov Remits Guests Os Rotary Club Program By Boys Tn i eludes Inducting Four I Tenderfoots j Edenton’s Bov Scouts were guests ,of the Rotary Club at a meeting held Thursday in the Parish House at 1 o’clock, when local Scout executives and Raymond Heck, field Scout execu tive were also guests. Among the Scout loaders, present were Norman Leonard. Robert Powell, ! the Rev. Earl Edwards and the Rev. James MacKenzie. The Scouts presented a very inter esting program under the direction of I Jack Habit, the new Scoutmaster of the troop. He called upon Sidney Campon, who told about activities at Camp Darden and Clifford Overman told about Camp Perry near Eliza beth City. i After the boys and Seout executives were introduced Scoutmaster Habit had charge of a ceremony on the Par ish House stage when four boys were l made Tenderfoots. The boys included Gus Hughes. Dickie Pate, Bobby Hall and Willard Hall. . Other Scouts attending the meeting iwere: Dallas Stallings, Jack Over |man. Charles Hollowell, Eddie Hollo- Iwell, Billy Harry. Willard Hall. Ray George, David White, Billy Cook Griffin, Robert White, Leon Thomas, I Arthur White, Tommy Kehayes, Dick iie Pate. Lloyd Mills and Bobby Hall, jail of Troop 156; and Robert Earl Ed • wards. Jerry Downum, Sid Campen, 1 Asa Dail, Lloyd Goodwin, Bobby Pratt, 'Clifford Overman, Miles Williams and | Billy Moore of the Explorer Post. Mrs. Williom Swe*s Speaker For Auxiliary The Woman’s Auxiliary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will meet this (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Parish House. Mrs. William Swets, wife of Chaplain Swets of the Edenton Marine Corps Auxiliary Land (ing Field, will be the principal speak er and all members are especially urg ed to attend.