North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume xXI.-~Number 22.
- Albermarle Circuit Opens Monday Inght
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Former Governor Scott Wins
Over Alton Lennon For U. S.
Senate In Primary Election
J. A. Bunch and E. W.
Spires Weather Storm
u For Re-election
record” vote
Chowan Registers Ma
jority of 46 Votes For
Senator Lennon
According to unofficial returns,
former Governor W. Kerr Scott
won the Democratic nomination
over Senator Alton Lennon for
United States Senator in Satur
day’s primary election. Hie vote
remained comparatively close as
returns trickled in so that when
all precincts reported Scott held a
majority of over 8,000 votes.
There were five other candidates
for the post, who polled close to j
16,000 votes.
Both Scott and Lennon polled a
record vote in the State for a pri
mary election. Scott’s vote was
310,815 and Lennon’s 286,441.
The previous record vote was
in 1950 when Frank Graham re
ceived 303,605 in the first pri
mary and the late Senator Willis
Smith polled 281,114 votes in the
runoff to win the election.
Sparked by two hotly contested
races for local offices, Saturday’s
Democratic primary election brought
out a Chowan County vote about
equal to the previous record vote reg
istered when J. C. B. Ehringhaus was
nominated for Governor in 1932.
With favorable weather on Satur
day, 1,874 Chowan County voters took
time out to cast a ballot in the elec
tion. The two Edenton precincts had
an exceptionally heavy vote, with 703
ballots cast in the East Edenton pre
cinct and 587 in West Edenton pre
Chowan County turned in a slight
majority for Senator Alton Lennon
over former Governor W. Kerr Scott,
for a regular term in the United
State Senate. Lennon received 871
votes and Scott 825, or a majority of
46 votes. Thirty-two votes were dis
tributed among Wingfield, Bostic,
Sprinkle, Turner and Boyd.
For a short term Lennon led with
798 votes with Scott receiving 721.
Wingfield received 15 votes and Sprin
kle 11.
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Francis S. Chesson
Receives B.D. Degree
Among 249 Graduates at
Baptist Theological
Francis Small Chesson, son of W.
M. Chesson of Roper, received the
Bachelor of Divinity degree at re
cent commencement exercises of the
Southern Baptist Theological Semi
nary, Louisville, Ky. He was one of
249 to graduate from the 94-year-old •
Southern Baptist Theological Semi
nary is one of five graduate theologi
cal schools of the Southern Baptist
Convention. It was established in
Greenville, S. C., in 1859, and moved
to Louisville, Ky., in 1877. The school
now has more than 10,000 alumni.
The 1954 graduating class included
nine students from the Seminary’s
School of Religious Education which
opened last year. There were 15
graduates of the School of Church
Music, and 225 of the School of Theol
ogy. Sixty-four graduates at the end
of the first semester brought the total
for the year to 313, largest in the
history of the school.
Teen-Age Club Open
Two Nights Week
Mrs. Merle Wilkins, chaperone at
the Teen-Age Club, announced this
week that the club will be open two
nights of the week during the summer
months, instead of Saturday nights as
previously stated.
The youngsters asked that the club
be open to them on Tuesday and
Thursday nights, so beginning Tues
day night of next week the club will
be open from 8 to 11 o’clock on Tues
day and Thursday nights.
Marjorie Webb, left, is valedictorian of the class of 1954 of Edenton
Junior-Senior High School. She is president of the Student Council,
president of the Beta Club, a member of the Glee Club, Spotlight
Staff, Annual Staff, participated in the Senior Play, typist for the
English Department and vice president of the Northeastern District
Beta Club. Barbara Dail is salutatorian and president of the Tri-
Hi-Y Club, secretary of the Senior Class, treasurer of the Senior
Book Club, a member of the Glee Club Spotlight Staff, Annual Staff
and a participant of the senior play.—(Evelyn Leary Photo.)
Visiting Minister At
Baptist Church For
Services On Sunday!
1 The Rev. Joseph R. Rob- j
inson Will Preach at
Both Services
’ The Rev. Joseph R. Robinson, Pro
• fessor of Church History at the
I Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Wake Forest, will be the
’ guest minister at both morning and
' evening services of the Baptist
’ Church on Sunday, June 6. He comes,
with a rather varied background of j
1 experience, having been active in the
' business and publicity fields prior to [
Kis call to the ministry. The pastor,
the Rev. R. N. Carroll, is attending!
the Southern Baptist Convention and, ■
I in his absence, the Rev. Mr. Robinson
will preach at both sendees,
j Besides being Professor of Church
! History, the Rev. Mr. Robinson is
■ | Comptroller of Southeastern Theolo
* I gical Seminary at Wake Forest which,
because of its recent organization,
|. held its first commencement for a
graduating class in late May. Al
ready taking care of as many students
as rooming facilities will permit, the
outlook promises rapid growth for the
seminary as its dormitory facilities
expand and especially so when Wake
Forest College moves to its new lo
cation in Winston-Salem in the near
future. ,
The regular hours for services will
■be observed. The morning worship
service will be at 11 o’clock and the
evening service at 7:30. The other
regular services of the church are
Sunday School at 9:45; Training
Union at 6:15 Sunday night; the mid
week prayer service next Wednesday
night at 7:30, when the speaker will
be the Associational Missionary, G.
M. Singletary; the Bible Study Hour
on Friday night at 7:30.
Civic Calendar
Mass X-ray survey in progress
until July Bth.
Committee meeting tonight
(Thursday) at 8 o’clock in the
Parish House to plan for opening
of an Edenton USO Club.
Call made for items to be used
in proposed Edenton USO Club.
The Young Woman’s Bible Class
of the Edenton Baptist Church
will meet next Tuesday night at
7:30 o’clock at the church.
Edenton Chapter of the East
ern Star will meet Monday night,
June 7, at 8 o’clock in the Court
Annual Negro 4-H District
Federation will he held in Eden
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, June 3,1954.
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13 Seniors At Chowan
High Given Diplomas
At Exercises Friday
Group of Students Win
Awards For Outstand
ing Accomplishments
Featuring graduation exercises at
Chowan High School Friday night was ,
an address by the Rev. P. Rowland j
Wagner of Norfolk. Mr. Wagner in;
his inimitable manner injected humor j
in his remarks, but the gist of his i
[remarks was his advice for the grad-;
! uates to learn to get over things, learn j
to get on to things, learn to get into,
| things with a smile on the face and ■
God in the heart.
Carolyn Spivey was awarded the
Rotary Cup on her record as the most
!! outstanding student during her high
; school career in scholarship, citizen
* ship and extra curricular activities.
1 1 The cup was presented by Gilliam
1 Wood, vice president of the Rotary
■ Club.
, The Ruritan Cup went to George
, Jordan and Mary Sue Elliott for out
standing accomplishments in FFA and
FHA. Jordan was also awarded a
cash award. Runner-up medals went
to Ray Jordan and Rose Marie Hoi- 1
lowell, with presentations made by the;
(Continued on Page Twelve)
§g„ | s J
§1 i! n I-. li|
HW iiw X USS >• E-
U. S. SENATE (Regular Term):
Lennon 374 296 58 54 58 31 871
Scott 259 262 78 97 72 59 825
Wingfield ; 6 4 11 IJ
Bostic —1
Sprinkle : 3 1—
Turner 3 ll3 °
Boyd 4 3
U. S. SENATE (Short Term): „ ~
Lennon 353 271 44 44 62 24 798
Scott 229 233 56 88 62 54 721
Wingfield 8 6 —l
Sprinkle I 4 4 3
Gill _ _ 367 314 49 68 46 53 897
James 124 118 16 27 19 16 320
Fletcher 264 227 37 44 35 33 640
Gold 225 199 23 40 26 29 542
Aydlett 331 315 42 85 61 46 880
Godwin 258 263 104 103 100 39 867
Spruill 258 205 32 38 47 27 507
Bunch __. 474 343 92 81 66 48 1104
Goodwin 193 202 80 71 85 41 672
Lee 36 42 7 9 3 1 98
Spires 488 366 66 89 98 42 1149
Privott 215 213 109 71 58 49 715
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Interesting Program
Marks Final Exercise
Os High School Term
Addresses By Students
And Awards Fea
ture Program
Commencement exercises for the ■
Edenton Junior-Senior High School
came to a close Monday night when
graduation exercises were held in the
Edenton Elementary School auditori
um and 43 seniors received their di
The graduates entered the auditor
ium to Elgar’s “Pomp and Circum
stance,” after which the invocation
was made by the Rev. James MacKen
A mixed chorus then rendered two
selections, “Open Our Eyes” and
“Beautiful Savior.” Clifford Overman,
president of the class, was master of
ceremonies and with a theme “Think
On These Things,” three seniors spoke
taking the place of a graduation
speaker. Ben Browning' spoke on
“Truth and Justice,” while Talbert
Jackson’s subject was “Purity and
Loveliness” and Bobby Whiteman
spoke on “Honor and Reputation.”
J. P. Partin presented Lions Club
Arion award to Hazel Elliott for be
ing the most outstanding student in
the band.
Mrs. Laura Ferguson presented a
check for $25 to Marjorie Webb giv
en by the BPW Club for being the
most outstanding student in the com
mercial course.
Ellis McClenney won the bus driv
ers’ award, a pin, presented by N. J.
George. Young McClenney holds a
| record of driving a bus four years
| without a single accident.
Mrs. W. D. Holmes, Jr., presented
1 three awards from the DAR for the
I best essays. Marjorie Webb receiv
ed sls, Rachel Yount sls and Talbert
r! Jackson $lO.
| f’M *PTA SIOO scholarship award
I was* presented to Jackie Wallace to
|be applied to tuition in any college of
t her choice. The award was presented
j by W. T. Harry.
Debating medals in the form of
miniature Aycock Cups had not been
received but these will go to Ethel
; Ann Swets and Robert Earl Edwards,
; who are state champion debaters.
I These were to have been awarded by
i! Superintendent John A. Holmes.
•| The Rotary Cup was won hy Mar
;! iorie Webb and presented by John j
I Kramer, president of the Rotary Club.
i : Tt is. given to the most outstanding!
> | student in scholarship, citizenship and;
1 j extra curricular activities during the)
four years in high school.
> The seniors were, presented by Prin
- cipa) Gerald James and Superintend
i ent John Holmes handed diplomas to
- the following graduates: Ray Rufus
. Alexander, Fred Lewis Ashley, Jr.,
l'Harriett Virginia Bemhridge, Willie
r Thomas Boyce, Jr., David Benjamin
Rrowning, Jr, Jane Yount Britton,
! Shirley Mae Bunch, Ravenal Holland
■ Cayton, Arthur Riddick Chappell. Bar
-1 bara Nathene Dail, Hazel Martin El
i liott, Peggy Lou Goodwin, Ralph Ro
t land Hall, Jr., Betty Christine Harris,
. j Nezzie Chrystal Haste, Douglas Ray
• Holland, Lawrence Talbert Jackson,;
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Edenton, Hertford,
Colerain, E. City And
Rocky Hock In Loop
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Guest Preacher 1
In the absence of the Rev. R.
N. Carroll, pastor, the Rev. Jo
seph R. Robinson will preach at
the morning and evening services
at the Baptist Church Sunday.
To Open USO Club,
Committee Is Called to
Meet Tonight In
Two USO officials were in Eden
! ton Friday to review and make plans
for the opening of a white USO in the
ballroom of the Hotel Joseph Howes
and a colored USO in the Negro li
Mrs. Sarah H. Marriner, Director of
the New Bern USO, will be in charge
of the local clubs as auxiliary USO’s
of the New Bern Club. A paid su
pervisor for each the colored and i
white Edenton USO’s will be secured
[locally to assist in the operation of,
I the clubs.
Major M. T. McMahon, National
1 Field Supervisor of the Salvation Ar
: my USO, who accompanied Mrs. Mar-[
* riner, expressed pleasure with the ac- j
complishments toward the: L T SO here I
He said it was the cooperation of the
town that was important in the decis-|
ion to locate a USO in Edenton in !
preference to Elizabeth City, Kinston
or Greenville, which are actively seek
ing USO’s.
A committee meeting will be held
Thursday at 8 P. M., in the Episcopal
Parish House to make plans for put
ting the LTSO into operation. Mrs.*
Marriner will be here for the meet- !
ing. Mrs. J. P. Ricks, Jr., chairman,
said following her talk with Mrs.
Marriner and Major McMahon that
[she hoped the USO could begin opera
tion within a month.
An active campaign to complete
pledges and to collect money gener-1
ously pledged for the rent of $75 perj
month for the ballroom> of the hotel
will be conducted next week.
Three Etjwton Clubs
Sponsor Tacky Party
Affair In Penelope Bar
ker House Friday
Night, June 18
Sponsored by the Edenton Business
and Professional Women’s Club, the
Junior Chamber of Commerce and the
Edenton Woman’s Club, a tacky party
will be held at the Penelope Barker
house Friday night, June 18, at 9
The wiring at the Barker house has
just been completed and now funds
are needed in order to complete
plumbing. Proceeds from the party
will go toward the plumbing expense,
and any other contributions will be
greatly appreciated.
At the party prizes will be award
ed the tackiest dressed man and wo
man. There will also be concessions
and dancing.
“Come and join us in the fun which
will cost only 50 cents per person,”
say members of the three sponsoring
$2.00. Pt, .Year.
Schedule Calls For Each
Team In Circuit to
Play 40 Games
Edenton and Rock Hock
Cross Bats In Open
ing Game
With five teams forming the circuit,
the Albemarle League is scheduled to
open the season Monday night, June
7. A six-team circuit was anticipated,
but Plymouth pulled out, so that teams
in the league include, Edenton, Rocky
Hock, Hertford, Elizabeth City and
The season will run for 10 weeks,
with each team playing 40 games, 20
at home and 20 away. Hicks Field
will be the home diamond for Edenton
and Rocky Hock, so that four games
a week will be on tap for local base
ball fans.
A. W. Hefren of Hertford is presi
dent of the league, who, together with
the directors, approved the schedule as
proposed. All games are scheduled to
be played at night.
I Various clubs have been practicing
| and playing exhibition games, so that
[while the brand of ball will hardly
match that of the former Virginia and
Coastal Plain Leagues, a great deal of
[rivalry exists between the teams
which should create a great deal of in
terest and, of course, a good attend
Gashouse Parker and Palmer Tynch,
managers of the Edenton Colonials.
and Rocky Hock respectively, feel
confident they will have a winning
combination and as the season pro
gresses it is hoped interest in the lea
gue will increase.
The schedule as announced follows:
Monday', June 7—Rocky Hock at
Edenton; Hertford at Elizabeth City.
Tuesday, June B—Elizabeth City at
Rocky Hock; Edenton at Colerain.
Wednesday, June 9—Rocky Hock at
[ Hertford; Colerain at Elizabeth City.
Thursday, June 10 Colerain at
Rocky Hock; Edenton at Hertford.
| Friday, June 11 —Elizabeth City at
Edenton; Hertford at Colerain.
i Monday, June 14—Edenton at Rocky
Hock; Elizabeth City at Hertford.
(Concluded on Page Two)
Joe Conger, Jr„ New
President Os Jaycees
Gerald James Principal
i Speaker at Meeting
Thursday Night
At a meeting of the Junior Cham
ber of Commerce held Thursday night
at the VFW home, Joe Conger, Jr.,
was installed president, succeeding
[Thomas Shepard. The installation was
[conducted by Red Gurganus of Wil
[liamston, and included these other of
Luther Parks, first vice president;
Jimmy Ricks, second vice president;
:Rufus Carraway, secretary; Thomas
Byrum, treasurer, and Elton Forehand,
Logan Elliott and J. M. Boyce, direc
; tors.
. The principal speaker for the oc
casion was Gerald James, principal of
the Edenton Junior-Senior High
School. James used as his subject
“Which Way Do We Go From Here,”
pointing out some of the needs of the
community. He emphasized a full
time recreation officer, activities for
adults and the swimming pool in par
Gilliam Wood served as toastmas
During the business session it was
reported that the campaign to secure
magazine subscriptions was still in
progress and that the profits will be
donated to the, swimming pool fund.
A fried chicken dinner was served
by VFW members and after the meet
ing a delightful social hour was en
Edenton’s Rotary Club will meet
this (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock
in the Parish House. President John
Kramer urges every member to be
present. At last week’s meeting R.
Elton Forhand, Jr., was inducted as a
new member.

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