Volume XXl.—Number 27.
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Rural Fire 1 \ ?hting
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July 15 Deadline For An
swering Calls Arouses
Fact Finding Committee
Authorized To Make
At the Wednesday meeting of the
Chowan County Commissioners practi
cally the entire morning was devoted
to consideration of the rural fire
fighting problem in the county.
The Commisioners were somewhat
concerned about the recent action tak
en by Town Council which set July 15
as the deadline to answer calls for
help outside the city limits. The ac
tion also stirred up interest among
those affected, so that Marvin Wilson
presented a petition signed by 80 peo
ple living outside the city limits, with
these signatures secured within a few
hours. Mr. Wilson stated that not a
single person contacted hesitated to
sign the petition which asked the
County Commissioners to take action
to provide protection against loss of
life and property by fire in those
areas of Chowan County not within
the boundaries of the Town of Eden
Quite a few interested people were
sent at the meeting, with a number
Ms ressing their view on the matter.
Jhe Edenton firemen have been an
swering calls in the county, for which
SSOO has been appropriated for several
years to cover the expense. This year
the Commissioners included in the
budget SI,OOO for the purpose but the
firemen figure to continue the service
entails an expenditure of over $3,000,
which includes an extra paid fireman,
a two-way radio and paying the fire
men $1 each who attend a fire.
It was brought out that the Com- |
missioners desire the Edenton fireman
to answer calls for help, and that the
county should pay for this service, so
that if the SI,OOO does not cover the
cost, more will be forthcoming. I
County Attorney J. N. Pruden read
a statute which provides for the coun- J
ty to contract with the municipality :
or other agency for fire protection and :
it also provides for an election to levy,
a tax to provide fire protection.
After considering the problem from j
many angles the Commissioners pass
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Installed Friday Night:
Great Pocahontas Will
Make Official Visit *
Chowanoke Council, No. 54, Degree
of Pocahontas, will be honored at its
meeting Friday night in the Red Men
hall, when Mrs. Dorothy Blackwelder
of Concord, Great Pocahontas of
North Carolina, will pay an official
At the meeting new officers of the
local Council will be installed for the
six-month term, when Mrs. Margaret
Phthisic will succeed Mrs. Hilda Bass
as Pocahontas. A number of visitors
are expected to be present for the
Great Pocahontas’ visit, so that every
member is especially urged to attend.
Miss Julie Ferguson
Will Be Presented To
New York Society
Among North Carolina debutantes
to be presented to New York society
this season is Miss Julie Ferguson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marry Fer
guson of New York City. Miss Fer
guson’s mother is the former Frances
Marriner of Edenton.
Miss Ferguson is one of a trio se
ated on the committee for the Debu
ite Cotillion and Christmas Ball of
e New York Infirmary at the Wal
uorf-Astoria Hotel on December 20.
VFW Home Open For
Members And Guests
Bill Perry, commander of Wm. H.
Coffield Post, No. 9280, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, announced this week
that the post home will be open every
Friday and Saturday night for the
benefit of members and guests.
The home will be in charge of Buck
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Very Quiet Fourth |
Although the Fourth of July
holiday claimed over 30 deaths in
North Carolina, the holidays were
quietly observed in Edenton and
Chowan County, so that this sec
tion was spared of any highway
or other serious accidents.
Edenton police report one of the
quietest holidays on record, with
no wrecks reported and only four
or five arrests made which were
caused by drunks and one fight
among two colored people.
Gilliam Wood New
President Os Rotary
Installed at Meeting of
Rotary Club Thurs
At last week’s Rotary meeting Gil
liam Wood was installed president of
the Edenton Rotary Club for the Ro
tary year beginning July 1. He suc
ceeds John Kramer. Other officers
are Gerald James, vice president; Jim
my Earnhardt, John A. Holmes, Hu
bert Williford and W. T. Harry, direc
tors. William Holmes and Robert
Marsh will continue as treasurer and
Before turning over the gavel to
the new president, Mr. Kramer re
hearsed activities of the club during
his year as president, pointing out
some of the most outstanding accom
plishments. He expressed his appre
ciation for having the honor of serv
ing as president of the club and thank
ed the Rotarians for their cooperation
Tn accepting the presidency of the
club Mr. Wood said he was following
j a very capable man and, of course,
will need the advice, cooperation and
| support of every member of the club.
| President Wood announced the fol
lowing appointments: Program Chair
man, Jimmy Ricks; editor “Echoes,”
| the Rotary Bulletin. Bill Cozart. and
sergeant-at-arms, Elton Forehand,
'other appointments will be announced
|at the Rotary meeting today (Thurs
;c ivic Calendai
Call made for items to be used
j in proposed Edenton USO Club.
i Teen-Age Club open Tuesday
and Thursday nights.
VFW Post meets in VFW home
I Tuesday night of next week.
Chowan Tribe, No. 12, 1.0.R.M.,
meets Monday night at 8 o’clock
in the Red Men hall.
Fund raising drive for the
Edenton swimming pool still in
Mrs. Dorothy Blackwelder of
Concord, Great Pocahontas of
North Carolina, will visit Cho
wanoke Council Friday night,
Irrigation day will be observed
Wednesday, July 14, at Sandy
Sunbeams will meet at the Bap
tist Church Sunday morning at 11
Today (Thursday) will be the
last day for the X-ray unit in
Edenton Rotary Club meets this
(Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock
in the Parish House.
Revival services this week at
the Church of God in North Eden
Town Council will hold its July
meeting Tuesday night 8 o’clock
in the Municipal Building.
Immunization Clinics will be
held in Chowan County each Mon
day in this month, July 12, 19
The Women’s Society of Chris
tian Service of the Methodist
Church will meet Wednesday
night, July 14, at 8 o’clock in the
Ed Bond Post of the American
Legion meets tonight (Thursday)
at 8 o’clock in the Legion hut.
VFW Post home open every
Friday and Saturday night for
members and guests.
TOWN COUNCIL MEETS
Town Council will meet Tuesday,
night, July 13, in the Municipal Build
ing at 8 o’clock. *
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, July 8,1954.
[ CELEBRATE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY j
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Above is pictured Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank White, Sr, who on Sun
day celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They observed
open house at their home on West Eden Street Sunday afternoon
when almost a hundred friends called between the hours of 4 and 6
o’clock to present gifts and extend congratulations.—(Photo by
Evelyn Leary). i
Scheduled In Chowan
Monday, July 12,19,26
Schedule Is Announced
By County Health
Announcement was made early this
week that the Chowan County Health
Department will hold immunization
clinics in the county during the month
of July. These clinics are scheduled’
to be held each Monday, July 12, 19
and 26, at the following places:
Rocky Hock Church —9:30 A. M.
Earl Smith’s Store—lo:3o A. M.
Center Hill—11:30 A. M.
Arthur Byrum’s Store—l2:3o P. M.
Gliden Fork at Morris and Hinton’s
Service Station—l:3o P. M. i
At these clinics the Health Depart- '
ment will be prepared to give the fol
lowing immunizations: Diphtheria, '
whooping cough, tetanus, and small
pox to children and typhoid to both
children and adults. The Health De- c
partment also conducts a weekly im- '
munization clinic at the Health De
partment, Friday, from 1 P. M., to 5 i
P. M., throughout the entire year.
The Health Department stresses the ;
importance of diphtheria and whoop- (
ing cough immunizations to all infants :
and urge that these be given during
the first year of life by family phy- 1
sicians or at clinics as scheduled
U. S. Fish Hatchery
Is Officially Closed
Equipment Moved Next
Week to Other Fed
The federal fish hatchery at Eden
ton was officially closed Thursday of '
last week, July 1, and next week 1
equipment will be moved to other fed
eral hatcheries. J. H. Asbell, who has ;
been in charge since the hatchery was
ordered closed, will remain on duty.'
until all the equipment is removed.
Mr. Asbell has been instructed to i
release in Pembroke Creek about 1.500
bream and 600 large mouth bass <
which were on hand for breeding pur- i
Just what disposition will be made
of the government property could not
be learned by The Herald.
Grand Master Visits \
First And Second
Districts On Friday:
Robert L. Pugh, Grand Master of :
Masons in North Carolina, will make 1
an official visit to the First and Sec- 1
ond Masonic districts Friday of this
week. Mr. Pugh will be in Ahoskie .
when an afternoon session will be 1
held at 3 o’clock and an evening ses- i
sion at 8 o’clock. ]
Both meetings will be held in the :
Ahoskie Municipal Building and sup- 1
per will be served at the athletic '
All Masons in the First and Second
.Districts are urged to attend both '
meetings. Unanimity Lodge of Eden
iton is in the Second District.
Irrigation Day Will
Be Observed July 14
In Chowan County
Site Changed From Can
non’s Ferry to Sandy
Why let crops perish for water when
there is plenty nearby? What can
farmers do about it? How much will
it cost ? How should crops be irrigat
These and many other questions will
be answered at the Irrigation Demon
stration to be held at Sandy Point
Farm on Wednesday afternoon, July
14, at 2:00 o’clock, says C. W. Over
man, Chowan County Agent.
Several companies will demonstrate
irrigation equipment. Representatives
will discuss the different types and
sizes of equipment and its possibili
ties, so that those who attend will see
the different makes in operation.
Howard M. Ellis, Extension Agri
cultural Engineer, will discuss the use
of irrigation. When to irrigate. How
much to irrigate. The size equipment
needed and many other factors.
“Whether you are considering irri
gation or not, you will find this dem
onstration helpful and interesting,”
says Mr. Overman.
Winners Named In
, Truck Driving Test
Douglas Cale, Route 3,
Winner of First Prize
In an International “100” pickup
track driving contest sponsored by the
Byrum Implement & Track Company
Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last
week, Douglas Cale, Route 3, was de
clared the winner and received a prize
of $25. Mr. Cale drove the pickup
track at an average of 42 miles per
gallon of gasoline.
Three drivers tied for the sls sec
ond prize, each one driving at an av
erage of 41% miles per gallon of gas
oline. The three drivers were H. E.
Belch and Kermit Harrell, both living
on Route 3, and Willie H. Brickhouse
Frank Wood Among 57
ROTC Cadets In Camp
Frank Wood of Edenton is one of
,57 ROTC Cadets from six colleges
and universities now undergoing six
weeks of intensive training at the
Fort Devens ROTC Summer Camp.
Cadets are from Massachusetts In
stitute of Technology, Texas A. and
M., University of Illinois, Ohio State,
Oklahoma A. and M. and Princeton.
The camp began its operations on
June 19 and the course will ran
through July 30. The training pro
gram consists of a concentrated, com
prehensive program of military in
struction directed primarly toward
preparing the cadets for their future
duties as Second Lieutenants in the
A student at Massachusetts Insti
tute of Technology, Wood is majoring
in Chemical Engineering and expects
to be graduated in June, 1955.
Public Is Invited To
Attend Opening Both
Clubs 3 To 5 O’clock
Schedule For Week
Thursday, July 8 Hertford at
Edenton; Rocky Hock at Colerain.
Friday, July 9—Edenton at Eliza
beth City; Colerain at Hertford.
Monday, July 12—Rocky Hock at
Edenton; Hertford at Elizabeth City.
Tuesday, July 13—Edenton at Cole
rain; Elizabeth City at Rocky Hock.
Wednesday, July 14—Rocky Hock
at Hertford; Colerain at Elizabeth
Colerain Is Clinging
To Slight Lead In
Rocky Hock Slips Into
Cellar Position During
STANDING OF CLUBS
Colerain 12 5 .653
Elizabeth City 12 6 .617
Edenton ——7 11 .388
Hertford 6 10 .375
Rocky Hock 6 11 .352
During the week the Edenton Co
lonials won one game and lost three,
while Rocky Hock fared a little worse
by winning one and losing four.
Colerain still holds on to the league
lead by half a game over Elizabeth
City, while Edenton is still in third
place with only a full game lead over
Hertford. Rocky Hock stepped into
the cellar position, trailing Hertford
by half a game.
Edenton 3, Colerain 4
In Colerain Thursday night the Co
lonials lost a close game by a 4 to 3
score. Neither team was able to score
until the fourth when each scored one
run. The Colonials went into the lead
in the seventh by scoring two runs,
hut in the eighth Colerain grabbed the
lead when three runners crossed the
The Colonials’ first run in the
fourth was made when Keeter walked,
but Griffin hit into a double play.
Gene Taylor then walked and romped
home on Tunney Brooks’ double. Tn
the seventh Taylor singled and scored
on A1 Habit’s terrific triple in center
field. Habit scored on Harrell’s sin
Cherry went the route for Edenton,
as did Hoggard for Colerain. The Co
lonials made five hits while Colerain
collected nine off Cherry’s offerings.
It was a fast game, played in an hour
and 43 minutes, with hoth teams mak
ing only two errors each.
Edenton 0. Rocky Hock 2
On Hicks Field Friday night Rocky
Hock nosed out Edenton’s Colonials by
a 2-0 count. The game was an inter
esting mound duel between Franklin
Hollowell for Rocky Hock and Gene
Taylor for Edenton, with each team
limited to six hits. Hollowell struck
out 11 and walked four, while Tay
lor retired 10by way of the strike-out
route and walked four. Both mounds
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Ruth Tucker Resigns
As Agents’ Secretary
Miss Ruth Tucker, for four years i
secretary to County Agent C. W. Ov- I
erman and Miss Hattie Singletary, |
home agent, has resigned to accept a;
similar position in Perquimans Coun
Miss Tucker severed her connections
with the local office Thursday and will
serve as secretary to County Agent R.
M. Thompson and Miss Kimsey Per
ry, home agent, in the Hertford office.
While employed in Edenton Miss
Tucker won many friends, who regret
to see her leave.
LEGION MEETS TONIGHT
Edward G. Bond Post, No. 40 of the
American Legion will meet tonight
(Thursday) at 8 o’clock in the Legion
hut. All members are especially urg
ed to be present.
ROTARY MEETS TODAY
Edenton’s Rotary Club- will meet
this (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock
in the Parish House. Gilliam Wood,
new president of the club, will an
nounce his appointment of various
(committees, so that he urges every
member of the club to attend.
$2.00 Per Year.
Clubs at Hotel Joseph
Hewes and Brown-
Still Urgent Need For
Various Items to Fur
Thanks to the spirited generosity on
the part of the people of Edenton and
the surrounding communities, the men
of the Marine Corps Air Station once
again have USO facilities. Since the
end of World War II there have been
no rcreational facilities available to
the men of the base, and the city has
risen to meet that call. In keeping
with the tradition that these men have
always been considered citizens of
| Edenton, local businessmen, organiza
i tions, and other individuals have ex
pended much of their time, effort, and
money into an end result of two
1 USO’s—one in the ballroom of the
Joseph Hewes hotel and one in the
Thursday, July 15th, is opening day
for the USO’s, and the public is in
vited in from 3 until 5 P. M., so that
} they might see what has been accom
j plished. Both have been painted and
5 draped. The colored facility, outfitted
; with furniture from the previous USO,
> and the white unit, which has been
loaned furnishings from Cherry Point,
will both be furnished in the fair by
the USO Building Association, but are
[ making do with what they have until
such time arrives. A piano, ping-pong
, and writing tables, a juke box, and
' table games are available in both.
I However, many items are still sorely
, 1 There is a marked scarcity of tables,
I lamps and lampshades, and plants—
i also ashtrays, ash stands, and games,
; and donations along these lines will be
most appreciated. All such donations
, j should be directed to Mrs. J. F. Quil
ty, Jr., head of the furnishings com
mittee, who will pick them up.
[ I That night there will be a dance for
service personnel in each of the two
USO’s. Lasting from 6:30 until 11:00
;P. M„ they will have music courtesy
jof orehestrational organizations from
. the Edenton Air Facility and from
Cherry Point. Mrs. Richard Paxton
jßadhom, director of the Edenton
USO’s, has made arrangements for
junior hostesses in the age group of
18 to 25 years. Senior hostesses are
comprised of volunteers from the lo
cal women’s organizations.
Once the USO’s get under way there
will be planned activities for the men
' on certain evenings throughout the
' week—tentatively Tuesday, Wednes
day and Thursday. On these nights
. there will be junior as well as senior
hostesses on hand, and refreshments
i will be served without cost to the men
courtesy of the women’s organizations,
j During the other nights of the week
| senior hostesses will be on duty so
that the clubs may be used as drop-in
’ | lounges.
\ There are also tentative plans for
having dances once a month, but noth
ing definite can be determined due to
the flexible schedule of the men.
801 l Weevil Situation
In Chowan County
| According to Robert S. Marsh, As
sistant County Agent, the boll weevil
|is not as bad this week as last. A
check of ten fields on Tuesday show
led an average of 13.8 per cent punc
itured squares for the 10 fields. Per
icentage of punctured squares varied
'from none to 35.
Advice for this week: Check your
, fields carefully and if there are as
many as 10 per cent punctured
squares, dust, using 10-12 pounds of
Taxophene per acre.
Revival Services This
Week At Church Os God
A revival meeting began Monday
night of this week in the Church of
. God in North Edenton, of which the
; Rev. Mitchell Edwards is pastor,
i The visiting preacher is the Rev.
. Lenora Jones of Wake Forest, who
will preach each night at 8 o’clock.
The public is cordially invited to at
tend all services.
DR. McGUIRE ON VACATION
, Dr. and Mrs. B. B. McGuire left
. Saturday for a vacation trip to the
s Rocky Mountain area and Pacific
r Coast states. They will return around
the first of August.