Volume XXL —Number 13.
Local Cancer Drive I
1 Is Scheduled To Get
Under Way Today
Mrs. Aubrey C. Turbe
ville Serving as Chair
man For County
House - To - House Can
vass Planned to Raise
Mrs. Aubrey C. Turbeville, chair
man of the Chowan County 1954 Can
cer Crusade, announces that a house- I
to-house canvass for contributions be- j 1
j?an today and lists the local canvass
ers as follows: I
North Edenton—Mrs. J. M. Thorud,
Mrs. T. C. Cross, Jr., Mrs. R. J. Boyce,
Mrs. William Cozart.
Morris Circle—Mrs. N. J. George,
Mrs. J. M. Bond.
Pembroke Circle—Mrs. A. F. Down
Albemarle Court—Mrs. E. J. Ward,
Jr., Mrs. E. J. Hobbs, Jr.
Chowan Ridge Road Mrs. Cecil
Fry, Mrs. Murray Byrum, Mrs. Dan
iel Reaves, Mrs. Willis McClenney.
Broad Street—Mrs. R. H. Vaughan,
Mrs. C. D. Sawyer, Mrs. Gerald James.
Water Street—Mrs. J. H. Conger,
King Street—Mrs. J. C. Leary, Jr., '
Mrs. Richard D. Dixon, Jr.
Church Street—Mrs. E. L. Nixon, i
Mrs. Gordon Bennett.
Queen Street—Mrs. Wesley Chesson, ■
Jr., Mrs. Earl Goodwin, Mrs. J. L.
Harrell, Mrs. C. H. Wood, Jr.
Gale Street—Mrs. Hector Lupton.
Albemarle Street—Mrs. Hubert Wil
Blount Street—Mrs. J. W. Graham.
Mosley Street—Mrs. K. L. Layton.
Granville Street—Mrs. J. P. Ricks,
Jr., Mrs. R. N. Hines.
Court Street—Mrs. W. D, Holmes,
Oakum Street—Mrs. C. B. Mooney,
Eden Street—Mrs. R. H. Goodwin.
Edenton Cotton Mills—Mrs. T. B.
Trailers—Mrs. Elton Forehand.
Westover Heights—Mrs. A. L. Stan-j
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George Alma Byrum
Speaker At Rotary
Town Councilman George Alma By
rum was the principal speaker at last
week’s Rotary meeting and during his
remarks gave a vivid word picture of
the operation of the town’s govern
While he pointed out that many im
provements have been made and that
some progress has been accomplished,
yet there remained other important
improvements to be considered on the
part of town officials.
He complimented the various de
partments of the town and suggested
that the officials are open to sug
gestions and criticism to the end that 1
Edenton Will become a better town in
which to live. ,
School Debaters Divide
Honors With Hertford
Edenton Junior-Senior High School;
debating teams split with Perquim- (
ans High School in the annual debate ,
Friday morning, when the negative,,
team won and the affirmative team
The negative debaters were Robert I (
Earl Edwards and Ethel Swets.
affirmative team included Mike Ma
lone and Frankie Privott.
This year’s query was, “Resolved,
That the President of the United
States should be elected by the direct
vote of the people.”
Wesleyan Service Guild of the <
Methodist Church will meet Tues- <
day night, April 6, at 8 o’clock at i
the home of Mrs. Jesse Harrell.
Edenton Woman’s Club plan
ning to sponsor annual flower <
show Tuesday, May 4, in the Pe- 1
nelope Barker House. i
Meeting in the Elizabeth City
Health Department office Friday
~ morning, April 2, to consider the
mass chest X-ray scheduled in
the four-county health district
June 2 to July 8.
Staff NCO Wives’ Club will «
sponsor a bake sale at P& Q t
Super Market Saturday morning, :
April 3, starting at 10 o’clock. <
Cancer Clinic will be held Fri- i
day. April 2, at the Elizabeth City c
Health Center, beginning at 1 <
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
| Senior Play Friday |
Plans have been completed for !'
the Edenton Junior-Senior High j J
School’s annual play, “Men Are 1
Like Stqeet Cars,” Friday night, J
April 2, at 8 o’clock in the Ele
mentary School auditorium. 1
Characters have been rehears
ing faithfully for the play, so that ,
an evening of splendid entertain
ment is in store for those who
Severely Beaten And
Robbed Os $12,000
Arthur E. Byrum Rend
ered Unconscious By
Another brutal robbery occurred in
Upper Chowan County early Friday
morning when Arthur E. Byrum was
severely beaten and robbed of $12,000,
of which $6,000 was in cash and $6,-
000 in savings bonds. The robbery
and attack on Mr. Byrum occurred at
his store and service station on Route
32, about 16 miles from Edenton.
According to Sheriff J. A. Bunch,
Byrum was sleeping in his store and
when awakened by noise he saw three
Negroes, who gained an entrance by
forcing open the front door. He was •
brutally beaten and rendered uncon
scious, after which the robbers stole
the money, and bonds from a box be
hind the counter.
Mr. Byrum reported the robbery to
Sheriff Bunch upon gaining conscious
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Another Meeting Is
Called To Consider
Over Three Hour Discus
sion at Meeting Held
Five towns were represented Thurs
day night at a meeting held in the
Court House when plans were consid
ered for reviving the Albemarle Lea
gue. The meeting was a lengthy one,
consuming about three and one-half
hours. Though no definite action was
taken, it is believed some progress
was made in organizing a league.
Towns represented were Edenton,
Elizabeth City, Hertford, Windsor and
Lieut. J. R. Wolford, stationed at
the Edenton Marine base, agreed to
enter a team in the league and his
j proposal was acceptable to the group
; The hulk of the time was devoted to
considering a proposed constitution
submitted to representatives a short' (
| time ago. Another meeting is sched
uled to be held tonight (Thursday)
lin the Court House, when it is hoped
definite action will be taken in or
ganizing the league.
Meeting Friday To ;
Consider Scheduled J i
Mass Chest X-Ray
Dr. William A. Smith, chief of the ]
Tuberculosis Section, State Board of '
Health, Raleigh, will be in the District ,
Health Department office in Elizabeth
City Friday morning, April 2, at 10
o’clock to discuss the mass chest X
ray survey scheduled in the district
June 2 to July 8.
Dr. B. B. McGuire, district health j
officer, says it is most important for j
the four counties in the district to be '.
represented at this conference.
T other Lassiter Wins j
Billiards Championship j|
Friends in Edenton learned with a j j
great deal of satisfaction Saturday, 1
that Luther (Wimpy) Lassiter of Eliz- |i
aheth City won the world’s billiards | i
championship at Philadelphia Friday | i
night when he defeated Irvin Crane I <
of Binghampton, N. Y., a former world j
Lassiter has many friends in Eden- <
ton, where he has played many games. 1
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 1,1954.
Lions Working Bard
Whipping In Shape
7th Annual Minstrel
Annual Affair Will Be
Staged Friday Night,
The Edenton Lions Club minstrel,
under the direction of J. Clarence
Leary, is now in full practice swing
for presentation Friday night, April 9.
j John Mitchener, Jr., and Jimmy
Partin compose the end men commit
tee and they have set up the follow
ing joy spreaders: A1 Phillips, Med
lin Belch, Ernest Ward, Jr., Ben
Perry, John Mitchener, Jr., and Joe
Thorud. The end men make no prom
ises to leave anyone off the joke list,
so look out!
Nick George will again be inter
locuter for the show and Mary Leg
gett Browning will be pianist.
Guest soloists will include Carolyn
Swindell, Ruth Phillips, Joan Boswell,
Corinne Thorud, Kelly Byrum and
The Chowan Ramblers will provide
music as a highlight of the minstrel.
The Ramblers are Leon Privott, Sam
my Byrum, Jack Evans, Stuart Hollo
well and Britton Byrum.
J. Clarence Leary appointed the fol
lowing minstrel committees:
Program Advertisement Committee,;
West Leary, Bruce Jones and L. S.
Byrum. Ticket Sales Committee, W.
W. Byrum and L. H. Haskett.
Guests at the club’s meeting Mon
day night were Judge Leo Carr as
guest of E. W. Spires, and Louis
Godwin as guests ot Aubrey Turbe
Anne Hoilowell On
Newspaper’s '54 All
State Cage Team
Chowan High Girl One
Os State’s Highest
In the Greensboro Daily News’ All-
State basketball team for 1954, an
nounced last week, Anne Hoilowell,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hoilo
well. was chosen one of the six girls
on the first team.
Miss Hoilowell was a member of
the Chowan High School team, which
hung up the enviable record for the
season of 21 victories and no defeats.
Combining hooks from both sides with
push shots, Miss Hoilowell set the
pace for the winning Chowan High
Miss Hoilowell wound up the sea
son with a total of 812 points for an
average of 38.7 points per game.
Wilmimrtom Fails To
Get Marine Jet Base
According to information from Wil
mington, a jet plane base originally
planned at the Bluethcnthal base has
been established at Edenton.
The decision of the Navy was for
purposes of economy in that it would
require $6,000,000 to make the Wil- j
mington base adequate to support op-!
orations of a Marine Aircraft group, j
The Navy’s decision was expressed
i in a letter to the New Hanover Board
NCO Wives Club Will
Conduct Bake Salei
Sponsored by the Staff NCO Wives’
Club, a hake sale will be held at the
P & Q Super Market Saturday morn
ing, April 3, beginning at 10 o’clock.
Cakes, pies, candy, etc., will be sold
and as a feature home-baked bread j
will be offered for sale. The public j
is urged to patronize the sale. ‘
GRAND JURY MAKES REPORT
Presentments Are Submitted to Court Against i
Group Who Failed to List Property For Taxes
The Grand Jury for the spring term
of Chowan Superior Court lost no time
in completing its work and on Mon
day afternoon submitted its report to
The report stated that the jail and
jailer’s home were in excellent condi
tion and that the various offices and
records were inspected and found to be
in good condition. All administrators’
reports were up to date and justice
of neace reports filed.
The home demonstration and county
agents’ offices were found to be op
erating efficiently, but quarters seem
to he overcrowded and badly in need
Four Counties Agree
Remain Members TB
Group Another Year
Decision Made at Meet
ing Held In Hertford
den-Chowan Tuberculosis Association
Executive Committee met Thursday
night in the Municipal Building in
Hertford. Those present were: R. L.
Garrett, L. S. Byrum, Ralph Parrish,
W. J. Taylor, Dr. Allan Bonner, Arch
ie Lane, J. H. Moore, Mrs. David Fear
ing and Mrs. Duke Cropsey, executive
secretary of the association.
The Executive Board voted that the
four counties remain in the associa
tion another year, that one year wasl
not sufficient for the district to de
termine its success.
Mrs. Cropsey reported the following
amounts raised in the four counties
from the sale of Christmas seals:
Pasquotank, $5,508.10; Perquimans,
$1,336.17; Camden, $803.70, and Cho
i wan, $2,000.01, making a total of $9,-
648.49 for the district.
A report was made that 2,962 chest
X-rays had been made in the district,
consisting of contacts, TB patients,
.pre-natals, clinic and food handlers.
I Mr. Garrett reminded the Board of
the four X-ray units that would be in
the four counties June 2 through July
8 and that it was very important that
everyone from 12 and 15 years of age
and over be chest X-rayed. He also
reported that Mrs. Velma Joyner,
Negro health educator, will be in the
district May 3 to May 12 to talk to
jthe various groups.
The budget for 1954-1955 was also
■ discussed, as well as the number of
patients waiting for admission to the
The Executive members decided to
have their board meeting in the form
of a Dutch dinner on April 15.
' likely Problems In
j attracting Industry
tiered Tuesday ,
; Local Group Meets With!
E. E. Huffman of j
C. and D.
' The Edenton Industrial Develop
ment Committee and other Edenton
citizens met on Tuesday in the Town
office with E. E. Huffman of the North
Carolina Department of Conservation
and Development to discuss the indus
trial development of Chowan County
and to informally discuss the prob
lems encountered in attracting new
Also present at the meeting were
'Robert N. Fricke, director of the Re
search Section of the Virginia Elec
tric & Power Company from Rich-!
mond; Roy Jamison, representative of j
the Virginia Electric & Power Com
pany from Williamston and Harry
Jones, representing the Virginia Elec-;
trie & Power Company from Eliza-'
Mr. Huffman led a discussion and i
j instructed the group on procedure to I
I follow in incorporating the Develop- I
Irqent Committee and various ways,
and means to attract new industry
to this area.
The program was most informative
and provided those present with addi
tional knowledge to aid them in at
SERVICE GUILD MEETS APRIL 6 j
The Wesleyan Sendee Guild of the
Methodist Church will hold its regu-!
lar monthly meeting Tuesday night, j
I April 6, at 8 o’clock at the home of
j Mrs. Jesse Harrell on East Queen j
of rest rooms.
Schools in the county were inspect
ed and a number of minor repairs!
found necessary in the buildings and |
buses, and a few repairs were sug- !
gested at the County Home. ]
The Grand Jury returned Present- 1
ments against a number of person?!,
who are charged with failure to list;
their taxes. I
Since this list will be turned over to
the Prosecutor of the Recorder’s |
Court for the purpose of drawing war
rants, it is expected that quite a few ;
will rush in and list their taxes be- i
fore the warrants are prepared. i
Lillie Ward Guilty
Os Abortion Charge
On All-State Team
Scoring 812 points in 20 games,
Anne Hoilowell, a member of the
i Chowan High School basketball
team, was last week chosen on
the Greensboro Daily News’ All-
State girls’ basketball team for
the 1954 season. She paced her
j team to 21 victories against no
11 defeats during the season.—
j (Florian Arthur photo).
i Three Boys Narrowly
Escape Death In Bad
Car Overturns on Sharp
Curve at Wood Per
Jackie W. Byrum, 16, E. C. Jordan, 1
15, and Jarvis Skinner, 15, miracu
lously escaped death about 8 o’clock
Thursday night when a car in which,
' they were riding overturned when By- 1
| rum, the driver, lost control on the
sharp curve at the home of Wood
| Perry in the Macedonia section,
i Young Byrum, who only a few days j
j prior to the wreck secured a driver’s
j license, received a fractured leg and!
I serious cuts and bruises about the legs |
land arms. Jordan sustained a frac- 1
, tured pelvis and Skinner escaped with I
a number of painful bruises. Byrum j
and Jordan were taken to the Chowan
Hospital for treatment.
Van Pierce, State Highway patrol
man, who investigated the accident,
said Byrum was traveling at a high
rate of speed. The car, a 1953 Chev
-1 rolet sedan, was totally demolished.
1 Contributions For
i Red Cross Amount
! To About $1,790
Chairman N. J. George
! Anxious to Wind Up
N, J. George, chairman of the 1954 i
Red Cross fund raising drive in Cho
> wan County, reported Tuesday that
' contributions up to that time amount
!ed to approximately $1,700, which is
] far short of the goal.
1 However, the drive is still inoom
l.plete with some canvassers yet to he
heard from and also failure to receive
I some contributions which were prom
ised during the solicitation,
j Mr. George urges all canvassers to |
make their final report at once and
any who so desire to send in their
contributions so that the drive can be
completed this week.
$2.00 Per Year.
jJury Deliberates About
An Hour Wednesday
Criminal Docket of Ses
sion Completed Wed
The spring term of Chowan Super
ior Court got under way Monday
morning with Judge Leo Carr of Bur
lington, presiding. Immediately after
Sheriff J. A. Bunch declared the court
in session the following were picked
as members of the Grand Jury:
Thomas C. Byrum, Jr., foreman,
Ellsworth Blanchard, Herman Lane,
A. S. Hoilowell, Charles B. Hardison,
Nolan Toppin, L. G. Ward, Lee Small,
Richard A. Hoilowell, Bristoe Perry,
L. C. Baker, Leonard J. Bass, Vivian
O. Copeland, John E. Perry, Jr., May
nard H. Chappell, Haywood L. Boyce,
Cecil H. Hoilowell, Jr., and M. E.
Judge Carr began his charge by
explaining the duties of the Grand
Jury, which are divided into three
classifications: Bills of indictment,
presentments and an investigation of
county affairs, all of which were duly
The judge called the attention of the
Grand Jury to a complaint he received
After deliberating about an
hour, a jury in Chowan County
Superior Court at 12:15 o’clock
Wednesday morning returned a
verdict of guilty against Mrs.
Lillie Ward, charged with per
forming an abortion on Mrs.
Joyce Hudson Richardson, which
resulted in death. Judge Leo
Carr sentenced the defendant to
not less than four years nor more
than five years in State Prison.
An appeal was noted and appear
ance bond set at $5,000.
When The Herald went to press
Judge Carr had not pronounced
sentence on James Richardson,
who entered a plea of guilty of
accessory before the fact.
relative to some Chowan County citi
zens being dilatory in listing property
for taxation. He gave instructions if
such was the case presentments should
Ihe made and the guilty parties brought
into court and prosecuted in accord
ance with the law.
The judge also referred to various
forms of gambling, saying that some
people do not think it so serious. He
said it is a bad habit for young peo
ple to got into and that it is kinship
to stealing in that the purpose is to
get something for nothing. He urged
the Grand Jury to make an investiga
tion =o that if any gambling is going
m the guilty parties should be prose
cuted. He also urged the jurymen to
.he on the alert for any places of busi
. ness in the county which create a
Special emphasis was placed on the
requirement of administrators, oxecu-
I tors, guardians and justices of the
ipeace to make reports, as well as a
| proper investigation of county offices,
j school property and the method of
j auditing county hooks, to the end that
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W. T. Harrv Elected
New PTA President
Ernest Swain Principal
Speaker at Associa
W. T. Harry was elected president
of the Edenton Parent-Teacher Asso
ciation for the year 1954-55 at the
March meeting of the organization.
He will succeed Mrs, Roland Vaughan.
Other officers elected were: Mrs.
J. J. Ross, vice president: Mrs. L. F.
Ferguson, secretary, and Mrs. Joe
Ernest Swain, principal of the Eden
ton Elementary School, gave an excel
lent talk on “The Functions of the
| Elementary School,” in which he stat
|ed that the purpose of the school is
to serve mankind. “And in order to
best serve mankind,” said Swain, “it
is constantly developing new oppor
tunities. For instance, today a cob
bler has the same opportunity to reach
the highest plane as the rich man.”
Principal Swain discussed the im
portance of a balanced program and
the teaching of individual and group
living, stating that in spite of the
reactionary problems, we can insure
tomorrow by giving advantages today.
“Since our elementary school is basic,”
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