Volume 3^Xl.—Number 26.
Will Remain J. 53
New Budget Completed]
At Special Meeting
| * Held Thursday
Rate Figured on Prop
erty Valuation of
Meeting in special session Thursday
morning, Chowan County Commission
ers completed their work on the bud
get and set the 1954-55 tax rate the
same as last year, $1.53 on the SIOO
The entire budget calls for an an
ticipated expenditure of $422,694.26.
of which $39,526.06 is appropriated
for bonds, $66,231.00 for the general
county fund, $22,000.00 top capital
outlay, $8,588.60 for general assist
ance, $114)00.00 for hospitalization,
$9,655.80 for the district health de
partment, $1,115.00 for the county
health department, $27,399.00 for
county schools, $64,126.00 for Edenton
schools, $60,400.00 for old age assist
ance, $9,000.00 for aid to dependent
children, $6,300.00 for aid to perman
ently and totally disabled and $7,-
vj557.80 for social security administra
For bonds there is an unexpended
balance of $14,226.00, so that 25,300.00
must be raised by the tax levy which
calls for 23 cents of the tax rate.
In the general county fund there is
an unexpended balance of $5,000.00
and $39,231.00 anticipated from ABC
store earnings, so that $22,000.00 re
mains to be raised by taxes or 20
cents of the tax rate.
All of the $20,000.00 for capital out
lay must be raised by taxes, which
calls for 20 cents of the tax rate.
For general - assistance and hos
pitalization, $5,805.00 is anticipated]
from state and federal funds for blind
aid and $200.00 for hospitalization, or.
$6,005.00 leaving $13,578.60 to be rais-1
ed by taxes or 13 cents of the tax rate.
All of the 310,770.80'f0r the district
and county health departments must
come from the tax levy, which re
quires 10 cents of the tax rate.
Os the $91,525.00 required for
schools, $767.00 is anticipated from
dog taxes, $3,960.56 from intangible
tax, $1,467.00 from poll taxes, $14,-
271.50 from fines, penalties and for
feitures, $4,500.00 unexpended county
School balance and $1,000.00 unex
pended Edenton school balance or a
total of $25,966.06, which leaves $65,-
558.94 to be raised by taxes or 60 cents
of the tax rate.
Os the $73,057.80 required for social
security $60,960.00 is anticipated from
state and federal funds, and with an
unexpended balance of $4,400.00,
leaves $7,697.80 to be- raised by taxa
tion of the tax levy.
The tax rate is figured on a county
property valuation of $11,000,000.
Mass X-ray survey in progress
until July Bth.
Call made for items to be used
in proposed Edenton USO Club.
Edenton stores will be closed
Monday, July 5 in observance of
national Independence Day.
Stated communication of Una
nimity Lodge, Ns. 7, A. F. ft A.
M, tonight (Thursday) at 8
o’clock in the Court House.
Teen-Age Club open Tuesday
and Thursday nights.
VFW Post meets in VFW home
Tuesday night of next week.
Chowan Tribe, No. 12, 1.0.8. M.,
meets Monday night at 8 o’clock
in the Red Men hall.
Fund raising drive for the
Edenton swimming pool still in
New officers for the Edenton
Rotary Club will be installed
t Continued on Page Foot)
BANK CLOSED MONDAY
The Bank of Edenton will be closed
all day Monday, July 5, in observance
of the Fourth of July holiday. Im
portant banking business should,
therefore, be transacted accordingly.
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Schedule For Week
Thursday, July 1— Elizabeth City
at Rocky Hock; Edenton at Colerain.
Friday, July 2 Rocky Hock at
Edenton; Hertford at Elizabeth City.
Monday, July s—Edenton at Rocky
teHock; Elizabeth City At Hertford.
Tuesday, July 6 Rocky Hock at
Elizabeth City; Colerain at Edenton. I
Wednesday, July 7 - Hertford at
BK 't .V
THE CHOWAN HERALD
I Lagging! I
$6,000 More Is Needed
For Proposed Swim
Jesse Harrell reported this week
that after a spirited start, con
tributions for the Edenton swim
ming pool are lagging. Mr. Har
rell says about $14,000 is in hand
of the $20,000 necessary to build
the pool, but that the remaining
$6,000 seems to be at a standstill
st the present time.
Mr. Harrell said he expects
work to he started on the pool
construction in the very near fu
ture and he is hopeful that the
start will add impetus to contri
butions so that the swimming
pool wfll become a realization.
In Edenton Up To
Unit Scheduled to Leave
At closing time Tuesday afternoon
the X-ray unit in Edenton had taken
2,118 X-rays, which is far short of ex- 1
pectations. In Chowan County there!
are over 8,000 people who should take!
advantage of this free X-ray, so that
l it is almost a certainty that not as,
many will be X-rayed as was hoped
j The X-ray unit will be in Edenton
only a few more days, for it is sched
uled to leave Thursday, July 8. The
service is free, it takes very little
time and trouble and can be of incal
cuable value in detecting disease in
time to check it. All Chowan County
people over 15 years of age are, there
fore, especially urged to be X-rayed
before the unit leaves the county.
No Trash Collection
On Monday, July sth
Joining in the observance of nation
al Independence Daf next Monday
will be members of the Edenton Street
Department. Due to the holiday no
trash will be collected from Saturday
until Tuesday morning. Citizens are
urged to remember the holiday and
not place trash or garbage out until
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Local Western Auto
Store Robbed Os SIOO
The Western Auto Store was reliev
ed of about SIOO Thursday of last
week when around SSO was taken
from the cash register and a billfold
belonging to Mrs. Dunbar in which
was approximately $55 also disappear
Edenton police and SBI agents are
working on the case, although they
have little information to work on.
Mary Sue Elliott And Jackie Morris Winners
Os Honor As Chowan County Health Queen
And King At First 4-H Elimination Contest
Approximately 200 Atte
Something new has been added to
Chowan 4-H Club work. On Wednes
day, June 23, the first Chowan 4-H
Elimination Contest was held. Ap
proximately 200 4-H members, par
ents and friends, assembled at Cho
wan High School to attend an all day
affair of numerous 4-H activities.
A public speaking contest was the
first main event of the day. Four
boys and one girl entered this contest.
Steve Burch won ip the boys' contest,
with Joe Privott winning second pi see.
Since only one girl, Evangeline Cope
land entered the girls’ contest, she
was automatically declared the win
ner. Steve and Evangeline will repre
sent Chowan County at the 4-H Dis-
I trict Elimination Contest, to be held
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, July 1,1954.
Work Is Started To
Make Rider's Lane
36 Feet In Width
V ■ -
Town Is Moving House
And Fence Along
Meeting in a brief special session
Monday morning, Town Council
awarded a contract to Brady C. Hare
to move the tenant house on Dr. C. A.
Deese’s property along Rider’s Lane
at a price of $475. Moving of this
house back about 30 feet and 30 feet
toward U. S. Route 17, as well as
moving the present sense is part of a
contract with Dr. Deese in which the
Town of Edenton, Blades Lumber
Company and Coastland Oil Company
purchased a 20-foot strip of land in
order to widen the street, and there
by improve traveling conditions on the
The State Highway and Public
Works Commission has agreed to take
over thiz road and treat it with hard
surfacing material when the fence and
house is moved and definite figures
| are submitted giving the exact meas
, urement of Rider’s Lane and the ad
ditional strip recently purchased.
Members of the Street Department
on Monday began tearing down the
old fence and Mr. Hare has begun
moving the house.
This particular road, only a fraction
over 16 feet wide, has caused no end
'of worry for members of Town Coun
| cil and the Electric and Water De-
1 1 partment, as well as the two concerns
I who joined in purchasing the addition
lal land. Trucks and other vehicles
) have been stuck and in an effort to .
pass, large trucks have frequently
slipped into the ditch and in a num
ber of cases entire loads of logs turn
The problem has long caused a
great deal of trouble for all concerned,
Iso that it is expected when the State
| builds a new road, present unsatisfac
tory conditions will be remedied.
loan Apnroved For
REA In This Section
Money Will Be Used For
Congressman Herbert C. Bonner
late last week was advised that a
loan in the amount of $420,000 has
been approved to the Albemarle Elec
tric Membership Corporation. The
money will be used to provide for ad
ditional electric power to 400 new con
sumers in Chowan, Pasquotank, Cam
den and Perquimans counties.
Archie T. Lane of Hertford is presi
dent of the Albemarle Electric Mem
Bombing Target Closed
In Albemarle Sound
i According to the commander of the
Atlantic Fleet Air Force, the Navy’,
bombing target known as “Target 35’*
about five miles from Edenton in Al
bemarle Sound was ordered closed as
of June 18.
The closing was reported as the re
sult of complaints of civilians residing
in the vicinity. The target had been
used for practice bombing by high al
titude planes. No date has been set
for reopening of the target.
Mid Very Interesting and
i Held at Chowan High .
lay of Last Week
> and W. T. Ellison, Jr., Extension For
■ estry Specialist, served as judges of
[ the speaking contest.
A health pageant followed the pub
■ lie speaking contest. The Center Hill
■ 4-H Club sponsored this pageant Sa
r ra Margaret Asbell served as narra
tor. Peggy Perry provided piano mu
> sic for this event. Mary Sue Elliott
■ and Jackie Morris were declared coun
, ty winners, and were crowned county
, Health Queen and King, respectively.
. Kay Frances White, and Jeff Ward
. were crowned as junior Health Queen
i and King, rspectively. Other club
’ members who were selected as win
ners in health were:
Rocky Hock Junior Club—Becky
1 Anne Harrell and Lloyd Wayne Evans.
Edenton Junior Club—Kay Lowe
i and Earl Bryant White.
(Continued on Page 7—Section 2
Town of Edenton Is Scheduled
To Abandon Fire Fighting In
Rural Section After July 15th
Lest We Forget
By JASPER L. WIGGINS
. tides written about former promi
nent Edenton citizens, J. L. Wig- ,
ing biography of Judge James Rob- I/. ;
, possible largely due to records kept *- & I
, by Mrs. J. Meredith Jones, Judge ‘
1 Hathaway’s granddaughter, who |||Sj||^
1 was Margaret Hathaway before her
rUmBI . MH
JUDGE JAMES ROBERT
1 Judge Hathaway was an outstand-
I ing figure in Edenton history in the
' latter quarter of the 19th century and
the early part of the 20th century.
1 He was born February 9th, 1841 and
died September 22nd, 1904, 63 years
of age. He lived in Edenton all of
;his life, his home being the one on
Water Street now owned and occu
pied by Mrs. B. F. Francis. He was
married on January 23, 1861, to Mar
garet Grizzell Reed, of Perquimans
County, she being the great-great
great-great granddaughter of Govern
or William Reed of Colonial times.
There were two children, one son, Dr.
Burton Walker Hathaway who finish
ed Louisville (Ky.) Medical College in
To Use Efforts To
Stock In New Corpora
tion Will Be Sold For
$lO Per Share
At a meeting held in the Municipal
Building Thursday afternoon the
Edenton Development Corporation
took steps to be incorporated, when
members of the temporary committee
each subscribed to a share of stock
at $lO per share. Application for a
charter and corporation papers have
been sent to Secretary of State Thad
Eure, which are expected soon.
The capital of the corporation will
be $200,000 and when the proper pap
ers are received stock will be sold and
the stockholders will perfect a perma
A meeting will be called in the near
future in order to report to the public
the progress of the corporation.
The corporation has been formed in
order to be adequately prepared with
information and capital, if necessary,
to deal with any industry which might
be interested in locating in Edenton
or Chowan County. .
Rotary Officers WiJI
Be Installed Today
Gilliam Wood Succeeds
John Kramer as Club
At the Edenton Rotary Club’s meet
ing this (Thursday) afternoon at 1
o’clock in the Parish House, new of
. ficers for the Rotary year beginning
’ July 1, will be installed.
The new president will be Gilliam,
. Wood, who succeeds John Kramer. I
1 Gerald James will be the new vice I
. president and Jimmy Earnhardt, John
• A. Holmes, Hubert Williford and W.
.T. Harry are the new directors.
; These officers were elected in Janu
. ary, but their installation was not
r scheduled until the first meeting in
i P. O. CLOSED MONDAY
i With Monday designated as a holi
■ day to observe national Independence
Day, the Edenton Post Office will not
r deliver mail in Edenton nor on the
. rural routes. The stamp window and
i other branches of the office will also
be closed, but mail will be distributed
in the boxes and dispatched as usual.
1885 and went to Bertie County to
; practice medicine under Dr. W. R.
! Capehart, and one daughter, Lorena
Bent Hathaway, who died December
11, 1897 at the age of 33, unmar
It was my misfortune to only know
Judge Hathaway for five years but
during that time I gained a storehouse
of historical feasts from him. He had
spent many hours in the old Court
House in Edenton, searching the Co
lonial records and gathering from
these records the material for the pub
lication of his three volumes of gene- '
alogical records. He began publish- i
ing these records in 1900—editing a !
(Continued on Page 2, Section 2)
516,000 To Purchase
Need Felt to Own Prop-!
erty For Future Use !
By County !
At the special meeting of the Cho- 1 1
wan County Commissioners held |'■
Thursday morning a motion was; :
unanimously carried to transfer $16,-1 1
000 from the surplus earnings of the |
ABC store to the capital outlay fund, J
The purpose of the transfer is to use j
the money to purchase the T. C. By-1
rum property adjoining the county!
Chairman W. W. Byrum was au
thorized to pay said sum for the prop
erty upon presentation of a warranty
deed approved by the county attorney.
The motion provided that the taxes
collected from the 1954-55 levy under
capital outlay shall be transferred
from the capital outlay fund to the
general county fund until the aggre
gate amount of $16,000 has been ac
1 The property, on which is located a
large warehouse, includes a strip 104
feet wide and running along present!
I county property 196.4 feet. It was
j purchased in anticipation of eventual -
jly being used for county purposes, !
most likely a site for a new jail or a
building to house various branches of ;
the county government, which are now (
scattered about town.
Bids Are Opened For j
Work At Marine Base ,
Bids recently submitted for certain ( '
work to be done at the Edenton Ma-1 1
rine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field .
were opened this week with the fol
lowing bids: '
For the ammunition magazine and i;
road including construction of a re- j 1
inforced concrete barricade, the San-; j
ford Construction Company, Inc., of i
[Sanford bid $41,000.
I Jesse M. Coble Contractor, Greens- 1 1
boro, bid $41,500 and J. L. Coe Con-1
struction Company of Charlotte bid j
For electrical work $54,700 by the
Lovette Electrical Construction Com
pany, Durham, N. C., was the low <
The Paul D. Jett Construction Com
pany, Lakeland, Fla., bid $62,310 and
the Turner Electric Company, Inc., of
LaGrange, N. C., bid $64,000.
GUILD MEETS JULY 6
' The Wesleyan Service Guild of the
Methodist Church will meet Tuesday
night, July 6, at 8 o’clock at the home
of Mrs. Hubert Williford.
$2.00 Per Year.
Actual Cost to Town For
Attending Fires Esti
mated at $3,020
Commissioners Balk Be
cause No Request Is
Made For Service
At a special meeting of Town Coun
cil Monday morning a decision was
reached to lend a deaf ear to calls to
send firemen and fire fighting equip
ment beyond the city limits, the effec
tive date being July 15.
This decision was reached after
Councilmen Clyde Hollowell and
George Alma Byrum made a report of
their meeting with the County Com
missioners regarding a county appro
priation to help pay the expense in
The two Councilmen reported that
they informed the County Commis
sioners that to continue answering
calls in the county will entail an esti
mated expenditure of at least $3,020.
This is due to the necessity to employ
an extra driver at SI,BOO per year,
$720 for a two-way radio and main
tenance in order to call back the fire
fighting equipment in event it is ur
gently needed in Edenton and approxi
mately SSO to pay volunteer firemen
who attend the fires. This, it was
pointed out, does not include any
amount for wear and tear on the
eauipment and it was further point
ed out that in answering alarms out
side the city limits the town’s liability
insurance is not effective beyond a 12-
mile limit, so that this situation places
the town in great jeopardy in event of
an accident while answering calls in
The County Commissioners agreed
to increase the appropriation for fire
fighting from SSOO to SI,OOO, but when
informed that the estimated cost to
the town is approximately $3,020, the
two Councilmen were informed by the
, Commissioners that they were reluc
tant to appropriate that amount un
less a formal request bad been made
by residents of the county for this ser
vice. Up to Thursday’s meeting of the
County Commissioners, ho request had
been made and the situation as it now
stands is that when a fire occurs,
those affected send in a call for help
and, of course, the firemen respond.
i However, unless a substantial num
ber of rural citizens request the Coun
j ty Commissioners to make the neces
sary arrangements for fire fighting
service, all calls outside the city limits
will be abandoned after July 15th.
To Visit Chowanoke
Council On July 9th
New Officers Elected at
Meeting Held Fri
At Friday night’s meeting of Cho-
Iwanoke Council, No. 54, Degree of Po
'cahontas, officers for the next six
month term were elected. Those elect
ed were Mrs. Hilda Bass, prophetess;
Mrs. Margaret Phthisic, Pocahontas;
Mrs. Erma Allsbrook, Wenona; J. Ed
win Bufflap, Powhatan; Mrs. Naomi
Copeland, collector of wampum; Mrs.
Edith Bufflap, keeper of records and
Miss Dorothy Bufflap, keeper of wam
These officers, together with those
appointed by the new Pocahontas, will
be installed at the next meeting of the
Council on Friday night, July 9.
At that meeting Mrs. Dorothy
Blackwelder of Concord, who was
elected Great Pocahontas of North
! Carolina at the Great Council meet
i ing held in Rocky Mount in May, will
make an official visit to the local
! Council. It is hoped every member
of the Council will attend this meet
According to information re
ceived by The Herald practically
all of Edenton places of business
will be closed next Monday, July
5, in observance of national Inde
pendence Day. This includes town
and county offices, as well as the
Bank of Edenton.
Due to the two-day dosing, citi
zens are urged to anticipate their