Volume XXl.—Number 15.
Death Os Chatham
bounty Man Solves
George Henry Smith Is
Found Dead In Woods
Chief of Police George I.
Dail Still Patient In
With members of the State Bureau
of Investigation working feverishly
following the explosion of a crude fire
bomb found in Mrs. Imogene Coch
rane’s car, in the hands of Chief of
Police George I. Dail Wednesday
morning of last week, SBI Director
James W. Powell considers the case
Reason for the SBI decision was
that on Friday the body of George
Henry Smith, 38, was found dead in
a woods about a mile from his home
in Chatham County. A .22 calibre ri
fle was found near the body, so that
all indications point to suicide.
Smith was the principal suspect for
over two years in connection with the
death of Mrs. Cochrane’s husband,
William Homer Cochrane, Jr., who
was killed at Mt. Airy on New Year’s
eve, 1951. Cochrane, who was an ag
riculture teacher, lived only 13 hours
after he stepped on the starter of his
truck causing a bomb to explode which
had been attached to the ignition sys
tem. The case had not been solved,
but after the fire bomb was found
in Mrs. Cochrane’s car Wednesday of
last week, SBI agents felt sure they
could crack the case and they did.
The bomb was discovered by Mrs.
'"'ochrane, Chowan County’s home
.... at, when she entered her car to
■+ ) her office. She noticed the card
-«*' rd box protruding from under the
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Final Plea Made To
Buy Easter Seals
Future of Crippled Chil
dren Depends Greatly
As the 1954 Easter Seal drive ends
Sunday, G. B. Potter, president of the
Chowan County Society for Crippled
Children and Adults, made a final plea
to citizens of Edenton who have not
made their contributions to the cam
“The future of our crippled children
in this area depend on you,” said Mr.
Potter. “We must not let them
He pointed out that help and hope
to crippled children in clinics, treat
ment centers, special schools, conva
lescent hospitals and numerous other
vital Easter Seal facilities may face
curtailment unless public spirited citi
zens of Edenton contribute generously
to the 1954 Easter Seal appeal.
“Thirty years ago a crippled child
was an unusual sight,” added Mr. Pot
ter. “This was not because there
weren’t any, but because ignorance,
poverty, shame and indifference sur
rounded handicapped children with
barriers which neither they nor their
families could penetrate. They were
literally hiden away from the public.
“Today, that is all changed, and
the crippled children are growing up
to be a useful part of our world, mak
ing their contribution to the profes
sions, to business and to industry.
They have been discovered as an im
portant national resource, waiting on
ly for the magic touch of scientific re
habilitation and human understanding
to make them productive human be
“All of us can help give our crippled
children a new lease on life by mak
ing our contribution today. It is
bound to bring us personal pride in
knowing that we have done our part in
helping some handicapped youngster
on to a more happy, useful life.”
Liars’ Contest Held
At Rotary Meeting
y'- \. Campen presented a rather |
_/ program at last week’s Rotary
ng, when he held a liar’s con
test. He called upon each Rotarian to
tell a lie with a prize given to the
best two lies. Winners in the contest
were Robert S. Marsh, first, and Jim
my Earnhardt, second.
Various kinds of lies were told and
Bob Marsh was “appointed” to repre
sent the Edenton Club at the liar’s
contest to be held by the Burlington
Rotary Club on May 17.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Forest College and East
Carolina College will play a game
of baseball on Hicks Field Mon
day night, April 26, at 8 o’clock
with proceeds going into the
swimming pool fund.
Dress revue and talent show in
the Merry Hill High School au
ditorium Tuesday night, April 20,
at 8 o’clock.
The kindergarten class of the
Edenton Elementary School will
present a May Day program in
the Elementary School auditorium
Thursday night, May 6, at 8
Fifth grade of the Edenton col
ored high school will present its
annual operetta, “Over the Gar
den Wall,” Friday night, April 1
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Begin In Chowan
Tuesday, May 4th
Schedule Arranged For
Convenience to Take
Pre-school clinics will be held in
Chowan County beginning Tuesday,
May 4 through Friday, May 14. Dr.
B. B. McGuire, district health offi
cer, calls attention to the fact that all
children whose birthday is on or be
fore October 15, 1948, should attend
one of these cliincs, for frequently at
these clinics physical defects are found
which can be corrected before school
Parents will be welcome at these
clinics, but their presence is not neces
sary, if the child is taken to the clinic
by an older child. At the clinic a
child’s full name and exact date of
birth must be furnished.
The schedule for Chowan County
May 4 at 9 A. M.—Chowan High
School boys and girls, '
May 5 at 9 A. M.—Rocky Hock
May 5 at 10:30 A. M.—St. John’s
May 6 at 9 A. M.—Edenton colored
May 7 at 9 A. M.—Edenton colored
May 11 at 9 A. M.—Edenton white
May 13 at 9 A. M.—White Oak
school girls and boys.
Wake Forest And
ECC Scheduled To
Play Here April 26
Game on Hicks Field
Sponsored By Var
Local baseball fans will have an op
portunity to witness a college base
ball game on Hicks Field Monday <
night, April 26, when Wake Forest ,
College and Eastern Carolina College
will cross bats. The game is sched
uled to begin at 8 o’clock.
The game is sponsored by the Eden
ton Varsity Club with proceeds going
into the swimming pool fund. It is
hoped there will be a large turnout ;
of fans, who will see two good base
ball teams in action, as well as help
in a worthy cause.
Former Edenton Marine
Wins Television Jackpot
L. E. Rawles of the Norfolk Dis
’ tributing Company was in Edenton
Tuesday for the purpose of present
ing either a SSOO government bond or
I $375 in cash to John DeForest Pettus,
Jr., but left Edenton finable to give
the money away.
It so happened that Pettus recently
won a SSOO bond as a jackpot prize
donated by the Beacon Company,
chemical manufacturers, on a nation
ally televised program, “On Your Ac
count,” featuring Beacon wax.
Young Pettus was a Marine station
ed at the Edenton base, but since has
returned to his home in Jonesboro,
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 15,1954.
Cancer Crusade In
Chowan County Is
Mrs. Aubrey Turbeville
Reports Less Than
Mrs. Aubrey C. Turbeville, chair
man of the Chowan County Cancer
Crusade, stated early this week that
contributions in the drive amounted
to less than SIOO, while the quota for
the county is $1,155.
The drive for funds with which to
combat cancer began Thursday of last
week, so that Mrs. Turbeville is urg
ing her canvassers to complete their
work as well as appeals to the citi
zens of the county to be as generous as
possible with their contributions.
The campaign for funds will end
Friday, April 30, but Mrs. Turbeville
is anxious to have complete reports
before the closing date.
Mrs. Turbeville stated: “Even to
day, in the battle against one of our
cruelest and strongest enemies—Can
cer—there are splendid indications
.that our hope and faith are not mis
guided; that the long winter of des
pair is no longer quite so cold nor
quite so dark. Already, cancer pa
tients are being cured—completely
cured—who, even five years ago,
would have been beyond all help.
“Tens of thousands are living hap
pily today and will live through many
more days yet to come—because they
were saved last year from cancer,
much of which credit goes to those
who made contributions in order to
train physicians, hold clinics and for
Classes Now Being
Planned At School
Initial Meeting Will Be
Held at School April 21
According to an announcement early
this week there will be a meeting in
the home economics room of the
Edenton Junior-Senior High School
Wednesday r.ight, April 21, at 7:30
o’clock for the purpose of planning
cooperatively adult education home
making classes. It is the purpose for
these classes to be conducted each
Monday night throughout the remain
der of April and May.
All interested persons are urged to
attend the initial brief meeting next
Wednesday night so that topics of
greatest interest can be included in
Vaccination Os Dogs
Will Begin April 19th
Dr. G. L. Gilchrist, Ra
bies Inspector, An
Dr. G. L. Gilchrist, rabies inspector
for Chowan County, announces that
the annual vaccination of dogs against
rabies will begin in the county Mon
day, April 19. He desires to empha
size the law which requires all dogs
to be vaccinated.
Dr. Gilchrist has arranged a con
venient schedule in order for owners
of dogs to comply with the law. The
schedule is as follows:
April 19—Quinton Bass’ Store, at
11:30 A. M.; Grover Cale’s Store at
12:30 P. M.
April 20—Valhalla, 11:30 A. M.;
Henry Bunch’s Store, 12:30 P. M.
April 21—W. E. Smith, 11:30 A. M.;
Small’s Cross Roads, 12:30.
April 22—Center Hill, 1:30 A. M.;
Arthur Byrum’s Store, 12:30 P. M.
April 23—L. C. Briggs’ Store, 11:30
A. M.; Ryland, 12:30 P. M.
April 27—Bishop Brown’s, 11:30 A.
M.; St. John’s 12:30 P. M.
April 28—At Office in Edenton
from 1 to 5 P. M.
No Trash Collection
On Easter Monday
Due to the observance of Easter
Monday on April 19, employees of the
Edenton Street Department will he
given a holiday. No trash, therefore,
will be picked up next Monday. Col
lections will be resumed as usual
CLOSED EASTER MONDAY
Town and County offices will be
closed all day Easter Monday, April
19. Important business should, there
fore, be transacted accordingly.
Machinery Set Up
In Chowan County
; For Election May 29
s Registrars and Judges
Named to Handle
Machinery was set up this week to |
1 handle the primary election which will
: be held Saturday, May 29. The Cho
! wan County Board announced officials
• who will serve in the election and
stated that registrars will sit at pre
' cinct polling places Saturday, May 1,
; 8 and 15, from 9 A. M., to sunset for
the purpose of registering voters. The
■ registrars will also sit at polling
places Saturday, May 22 from 9 A. M.,
i to 3 P. M., for the purpose of chal
‘ On election day polls will open at
! 6:30 A. M„ and close at 6:30 P. M.
Registrars and judges of election as
announced by the Board of Elections
East Edenton Precinct —Miss Sarah
Jones, registrar; W. M. Wilkins and
1 Floyd Cayton, judges.
West Edenton Precinct Mrs.
, George C. Hoskins, registrar; George
S. Twiddy and M. A. Hughes, judges.
Rocky Hock Precinct—W. H. Pearce,
registrar; W. H. Saunders and M. J.
Center Hill Precinct—Ralph Good
r man, registrar; R. H. Hollowell and E
, D. Byrum, judges.
Wardville Precinct—T. A. Berry
i man, registrar; Herbert Peele and
i Melvin Copeland, judges.
’ Yeopim Precinct—T. J. Hoskins,
registrar; T. J. Hoskins, Jr., and J. A.
Webb, Jr., judges.
Polling places will be as follows:
East Edenton, Court House; Wes*
Edenton, Municipal Building; Rocky
Hock, Henry Bunch’s Store; Center
Hill, Elliott Belch’s office; Wardville,
Herbert Peele’s Store; Yeopim Pre
l cinct, Harry Perry’s Store.
Local officials to he elected in the
I election are : Sheriff, Clerk of Court,
County Commissioners, Judge of Re
corder’s Court, Prosecutor of Record
- er’s Court, coroner and Representative
in the General Assembly. Os these
offices opposition has developed thus
far for only two, Sheriff and Clerk of
Local VFW Post
Decides To Sponsor
I Marble Tournament
Two Top Shooters Will
i Play In State and Na
William Perry, commander of Wil
liam 11. Coffield Post, No. 9280, Vet
erans of Foreign Wars, announced
I early this week that the local post
has decided to sponsor a marble tourn
ament and take part in the fourth an
nual VFW State Marble Tournament,
■ which will be held in Fayetteville
May 21-22. He stated that aiready 30
towns have registered to participate
in the State contest.
The national VFW Marble Touma
• ment will be held in Akron, Ohio,
The exact date for the local tourna-■
ment has not been decided, hut Mr.
I Perry hopes a large number of young
sters will participate. The post will
award a prize to the Chowan County
winner, who,together with the runner
up will be sent to Akron, with all ex
penses paid to participate in the nat
Mr. Perry stated that schools will be
contacted in order to permis
sion to tell the boys about the contest
The contest will be held at the VFW
home on the old Hertford highway,
where a ring is now being construct
ed. On the day of the contest refresh
ments will be served the boys who
i participate, as well as visitors who go
out and watch the tournament.
Talent Show And Dress
Revue At Merry Hill
A dress revue and talent Show will
he held in the Merry Hill School au
ditorium Tuesday night, April 20, at
, 8 o’clock. Cash prizes, compliments
, of Belk-Tvier’s of Edenton will be giv
, en the winners of the dross revue.
Garments must be modeled by mak
' er or member of her family. Judg-
I es will he secured from Edenton and
This affair will be sponsored by the
Merry Hill Home Demonstration Club.!
■ Anyone wishing to enter either contest
1 is asked to contact Mrs. Owen Bar
■ field or Mrs. E. J. Pruden, Jr., at
j.—■ ■ •
Move Under Way To
Give Armory Title
To National Guard
| Error Made |
In last week’s Herald a state
ment was made that the shad sea
son had been extended and would
close Saturday, May 15. This was
an error. The season has been
extended 15 days from April 25,
which puts the closing date at
Monday, May 10.
The Herald regrets the error,
which was reported by Cage Hay- t
man, inspector of the Division of
Commercial Fisheries of the De
partment of Conservation and De
Large Crowd Turns
Out Last Week For
Annual Art Show
Abundance of Talent Is
Reflected In Various
The annual Art Exhibit held in the
Penelope Barker house Saturday and
Sunday, April 10 and 11, sponsored
by the Fine Arts Committee of the
Edenton Woman’s Club, drew throngs
of art lovers in this section. An
abundance of talent was evidenced in
the many beautiful and interesting
entries by the children and adults
and adding to the attractiveness of
the show was arrangements of the
display.' by Mrs. John Kramer, chair
man of the affair, and her committee.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Frith Winslow of
Plymouth served as judges, with the
following receiving awards and rib
, Kindergarten Class, Mrs. John F.
I White, teacher—Grand prize winner,
iDianthia Sexton, who also won a blue |
•ribbon, with Norfleet Pruden winning I
a blue ribbon and Bill James a red
First Grade, Miss Thelma White’s
room—. Claire Belch, blue ribbon;
Brenda Stallings, white ribbon. Mrs.
Lane’s room—Sara Francis Edwards, I
, blue ribbon; Lynn Carol Mizell, white,i
and Marilyn Campbell, red ribbon.!
Mrs. Willis’ room—Richard Small,]
grand prize winner and blue ribbon;!
Betty Wall, white ribbon and Linda
Davenport, red ribbon. Miss Har
ney’s room —Kenny Harold, blue rib
bon; Roy Dorsett, white ribbon.
Second Grade, Edenton School, Miss 1
Ruby Felts’ room—Jean Goodwin,
blue ribbon; Jean Goodwin, white; !
Ruth Overman, red ribbon. Miss'
Peggy White’s room—Betsy Campen, •
blue ribbon; Ruth Hollenbeck, white
and Sandra Hare, red ribbon.
Second Grade, Rocky Hock School—
Judy Bunch, blue ribbon; Arlyn
Bunch, white and Judy Bunch, red
BPW Club Elects |
Mrs. Alice Futrell of
Tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 o’clock,
the Edenton Business and Professional
Club will meet in the Penelope Bark
er House, at which time club officers
will be elected for the year 1954-55.
A feature of the program, in charge
of Mrs. Annie Mills, health and safe
ty chairman, will he a brief address by
Mrs. Alice Futrell of Hertford, dis
trict safety representative.
Mrs. Lala Smith and Miss Goldie
Layton will have charge of a cover
ed dish dinner served at the meeting.
Mrs. Evelyn Jackson, president, urges
every member to attend.
BAND PLAYS AT BASE
Edenton’s High School Band ren
dered a concert at the Edenton Ma
rine Base Tuesday evening for the
entertainment of the Marines. The
program included army marches and
popular numbers which apparently
were very much enjoyed.
BANK CLOSED NEXT MONDAY
| Due to the observance of Easter
Monday the Bank of Edenton will be
closed all day next Monday, April 19.
Important banking business should,
therefore, be transacted accordingly.
$2.00 Per Year.
[Building at Present Is
Badly In Need of
Town Council Is Again
Faced With Zoning
Town Councilmen at their meeting
( Tuesday night took steps toward
transferring title of the Edenton ar
mory to the North Carolina National
Guard, which is used by the Heavy
Mortar Company, 119th Infantry, 30th
Captain Cecil Fry, commanding of
ficer of the company, appeared at the
meeting with a report made by R. E.
Shelden, engineering officer for the
Adjutant General Department. Mr.
Shelden recently made a thorough in
spection of the armory, which showed
that a great deal of repair work is
necessary to protect the property and
make it better suited for the National
The report, read by Mr. Fry, con
tained a long list of necessary repairs,
so that the following recommendations
Paint all exterior woodwork and re
place rotten sash.
Cut out and recaulk with expanding
caulking compound all joints on the
Mop the roof with a coat of RPM
perma-roof cold application compound
and repair flashings.
Repair and replace all damaged gut
ters and down spots.
Remove existing plaster from in
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USD Club Received
j Associate Regional Exe
cutive Writes Letter
To Mrs. J. P. Ricks
In regard to the delay in securing
[a USO for Edenton, Mrs. J. P. Ricks,
j Jr., chairman of the Edenton USO
j committee, has requested that the fol
i lowing letter appear in order that all
j Who have made pledges and who have
j devoted time to the project may be
April 6, 1954.
“Dear Mrs. Ricks:
“I wish to acknowledge receipt of
your March 31st letter in reference to
! USO service in Edenton.
| “We have just returned from a con
ference in New York where we had an
opportunity to get together and dis
cuss this situation a little more thor
“I know how concerned you and the
people there must be in reference to
getting definite word from USO af
ter all the extensive work you and
I your committee have done in obtaining
the funds so that it would be possible
Jto give USO service in Edenton.
| “All I can say at this time is that
we should have definite'word within
the next two weeks, and I sincerely
hope that you will pass the informa
tion to the Committee so that they
will not lose complete hope and faith
in what we are both trying to accom
“As soon as I get this word I will
let you know immediately.
“My sincere regards for all the fine
work that you people have been do
ing in Edenton.
“Associate Regional Executive.”
W. C. Bunch Is Now
Superintendent Os Fish
Hatchery In Arkansas
W. C. Bunch recently arrived at
Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, where
he now is superintendent of the Fed
eral Fish Hatchery there.
Mr. Bunch until recently was super
intendent of the Edenton hatchery, a
position he filled for about 15 years,
succeeding the late W. S. Vincent. He
has been with the service 32 years
and after retirement will again make
his home in Edenton, where he was
active in church and fraternal af
fairs, having been a deacon in the
Baptist Church and a past master of
Unanimity Lodge, No. 7, A. F. &
John H. Ashell will remain at the
Edenton hatchery until June 30, when
the hatcherv will be officially closed.
Just what disposition will be made of
the hatchery is hot known.