Volume XXl—Number 28.
Seven Top Honors In
Chowan’s Members Led
Entire District of 16
Group Will Compete For
State Honors In Ra
leigh July 19-24
Chowan 4-H Club members won sev
eral honors at the District Elimina
tion Contest which was held in Wash
ington, Thursday of last week. They
won seven first places in the demon
stration and talent contests. Chowan
led the entire district of 16 counties,
having a total of seven first places
winners. In the dairy foods demon
strations, Ida Anne Blanchard won
first place in the individual contest
and Mary Sue Elliott and Evangeline
Copeland won first place for their
Jackie Morris and Shirley Harrell
won first place in the farm and home
electric demonstration. Their demon
stration was titled “Better Light for
Sherwood Harrell won first place in
the vegetable production demonstra
tion. Sherwood’s demonstration was
on “Controlling the Big Three Gar
Gerald Harrell won first place in
the Junior Division of the soil and wa
ter conservation demonstration con
test. He gave a demonstration on
“Taking A Soil Sample.”
The Chowan 4-H Club members al
~o won several honors in the talent
ntest. Anne Pearce won first place
1 the piano solo division and Kay
.•ances White won first place in the
recitation division. A vocal quartet
consisting of Joe Privott, Joseph Wig
gins. Jimmy Hollowell and Lloyd
Ward won first place in that event.
The district winners will attend
State 4-H Club Week July 19-24 to
compete for State honors.
Other Chowan Club members who
entered various contests were: Tal
ent—Chowan Ramblers, string music,
Leon Privott, Stuart Hollowell, Sam
my Byrum, and Britton Byrum. Peg-
gy Perry gave a vocal solo. Evange
line Copeland and Steve Burch repre
sented the county in the public speak
ing contest. Robert Preston Dail en
tered the tractor operator’s contest.
Billy Goodwin gave a demonstration
in the livestock conservation contest.
Club members who attended the Dis
trice Contest, who did not enter the
competition were: Sherlon and Carl
Forehand, H. T. Hollowell, Janice and
Marjorie Harrell, Peggy Smith, Caro
lyn Wilson and Winston Dail.
Local Leaders who attended were:
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Hollowell of Cen
ter Hill, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Carson
of Chowan. Mrs. Roland Evans of
Cross Roads and Mrs. Preston Dail of
Appreciation is extended to all the
local leaders who helped the club
members with their demonstrations.
Rebekah Lodge Lawn
Party At Tyner Friday
Rebekah Lodge. No. 162, will have
a lawn party Friday night, July 16 at
8 o’clock at the Lodge Hall at Tvncr. i
Homemade ice cream and cake, hot)
dogs and soft drinks will be for sale. 1
Music will be furnished by the Cho- J
EDENTON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
PUNS TO SELL STOCK IN ORGANIZATION
Stock Will Be Sold on Basis of 10 Per Cent Down
In Cash and a Demand Note For Balance;
Another Meeting Wednesday Night
With three industries expressing anb
interest in moving their plants to
Edenton, a labor registration cam
paign was inaugurated late last week
and will be completed today (Thurs
day). In the campaign it is the pur
pose to secure the names of prospec
tive white female employees within
j radius of 30 miles of Edenton, so
lat all white women who are inter
ested are requested to register at the
Employment Office on the second
floor of the Citizens Bank Building.
The temporary committee of the
Edenton Development Corporation and
a group of interested citizens met in
the Municipal Building Monday night
to report the progress made to date.
It was stated that the organization
has been incorporated in the amount
of $200,000 and all who attended the
meeting expressed their purpose to
THE CHOWAN HERALD
| Agents’ Seecretary |
1 : ■> -, ■. ;T-*g”
MRS. HANNAH DYKE
Succeeding Miss Ruth Tucker of
Hertford as secretary to Chowan
County Agent C. W. Overman and
Miss Hattie Singletary, Chowan Home
Agent, is Mrs. Hannah Dyke of Edin
burg, Indiana. Mrs. Dyke is in Eden
ton with her husband, Sgt. Dyke, who
is stationed at the local Marine Base.
—(Evelyn Leary Photo).
Three More Games
Needed To Complete
’54 Football Schedule
Athletic Director Alton
Seven Games *
Alton Brooks, athletic director at
jthe Edenton Junior-Senior High
School, announced last week that he
has scheduled seven games for the
coming football season and that he is
seeking three more games. The open
dates are September 17, October 1 and
November 5. Os the seven games al
ready scheduled, four will be played
on foreign soil.
The schedule at present is as fol
September 10—Roanoke Rapids at
September 24—Williamston at Eden
October B—Elizabeth City at Eliza
October 15—Tarboro at Tarboro.
October 22—Hertford at Hertford.
October 29- —Ahoskie at Ahoskie.
November 12—Plymouth at Eden
National Guard Unit In
Camp August 15 To 29
The 30th Infantry Division of the
North Carolina National Guard will
hold its 1954 encampment at Fort Mc-
Clellan neai; Anniston, Alabama, Sun
[day, August 15 to Sunday, August 29.
i The Edenton Heavy Mortar Com-
Jpany of the National Guard is part
lof the 30th Infantry Division and
[practically all members are expected
"to go to camp.
buy and help sell stock, which will be
sold on a basis of 10 per cent down in
cash and a demand note for the bal
It was decided that the temporary
committee prepare a list of prospec
tive stock buyers and that names be
submitted to the sellers at a meeting
to be held Wednesday night.
It was also decided to write letters
to all prospective buyers of stock, giv
ing them a resume of what has occur
red to date and request them to pur
chase stock in the corporation when
The purpose of incorporating is to
have funds available for use in secur
ing a site or building for prospective
industries who desire this assistance.
The cost will, of course, return to the
corporation in way of rent
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, July 15,1954.
Colonials Os Edenton
Shoved Down Notch
In Albemarle Leape
Rocky Hock Climbs Into
Third Position Dur
, STANDING OF CLUBS
W L Pet.
| Colerain 14 6 .700
| Elizabeth City 13 8 .619
| Rocky Hock 10 12 .454
| Edenton 9 13 .409
I Hertford t 7 13 .295
Rain prevented a number of games
I in the Albemarle League during the
I week, but as the result of the games
I played the Edento olonials were
I shoved a notch down,, vd, so that they
I are now next to the bottom leading
I Hertford by only 114 percentage
Colerain has strengthened its lead
I on first place, followed by Elizabeth
I City, with Rocky Hock replacing
I Edenton in third place.
Edenton 1, Hertford 4
I Although rain halted the game
I twice, Hertford defeated Edenton on
I Hicks Field Thursday night in a 10-
I inning game 4 to 1. It was a hard
I game for Mack Cherry, Edenton
moundsman, to lose, for he held the
f visitors to two hits for nine innings,
but in the tenth Williams was safe
1 on an error and Morris hit a double
5 to break a 1-1 tie score since the
s sixth inning. Manager Gashouse
. Parker then relieved Cherry and the
_ Indians went on to score two more
| runs. Parker got rid of the next two
’ batters, but Matthews and Joe Towe
’ were intentionally walked in order to
’ load the basis. However, the idea did
not work for Cliff Towe smashed out
i a double to score two runs.
I Ted Chappell went the route for
Hertfrd and gave up 10 hits which,
however, were lacking when there
I were scoring possibilities. Edenton’s
1 lone run was made in the first inning
when Claude Griffin singled and scor
| ed on Parker’s double.
I Griffin led at hat for Edenton with
three hits while Keeter followed with.
two. Brooks thrilled the small crowd
l of spectators when he made a diving,
catch of a fly ball in center field.
Claude Griffin, Edenton Colonials’!
rightfielder, ruined the hopes of
James Hardison, Rocky Hock mounds
|. man, to register a no-run, no-hit game
, on Hicks Field Monday night. Hardi
, son held the Colonials hitless until the
, eighth inning when Griffin connected
, for a double which scored Mack Priv- ]
j ott, who walked. It was the only hit
I the Colonials made and Hardison fan
ned 13 batters. The score was 7 to 1.
Gene Taylor, who pitched eight in
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New Pocahontas Os
Officers Are Installed at
Meeting- Held Friday
Officers were installed for Chowan
s oke Council, No. 54, Degree of Poca-
I hontas, at a meeting held Friday night
• which was featured by an official visit
• of Mrs. Dorothy Blackwelder of Con
■ cord, Great Pocahontas. Mrs. Black
welder was accompanied by Robbie
: Wilkerson, Mae Furr and Louise Moss,
and a goodly number of Elizabeth City
[ members of the Pocahontas also at
tended the meeting.
The new officers of the Council, who
were installed by the Great Pocahon
tas, are as follows: Pocahontas, Mrs.
Margaret Phthisic; prophetess, Mrs.
Hilda Bass; Wenona, Mrs. Irma Alls
brooks; Powhatan, J. Edwin Bufflap;
first runner, Mrs. Aileen Bunch; sec
ond runner, Mrs. Ruth Chappell;
guard of the tepee, Mrs. Martha
Crummey; guard of the forest, W. J.
Daniels; first counsellor, A. S. Hol
lowell; second counsellor, Lloyd C. 1
Bunch; pianists, Mrs. Virginia Bar
field and Mrs. Elsie Lee; first scout,
Mrs. Myrtle Hollowell; second scout,
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Byrum’s Home Sweet
Thursday, July 22nd
Byrum Hardware Company will
stage a Home Sweet Homemaking
Party in their electrical appliances de
partment Thursday night, July 22, be- :
ginning at 7:30 o’clock.
Miss Betty Faulconer, home econom
ist of the Westinghouse Electric Sup- '
ply Company will give demonstra
tions with various kinds of Westing
The public is cordially invited to at- j
i tend. There will be door prizes and I
Three Chowan Jail Prisoners
Make Spectacular Escape By
Sawing Bars With Crude File
Edenton Firemen Authorized To Answer
Calls To Fight Fires Outside City Limits
Town Council Agrees to.
Give Armory to Na
Amendment Asked to
Permit An Abattoir In
With a crowded agenda, Town Coun
cilmen were held in session close to
the midnight hour Tuesday night for
their regular July meeting.
One matter to consume quite a little
time was the recent decision setting
July 15 as the deadline to answer
fire calls outside the city limits. W.
W. Byrum, chairman of the Chowan
County Commissioners, attended the
meeting and stated that there appar
ently was a misunderstanding regard
ing the County Commissioners paying
for this fire protection in the rural
Mr. Byrum also stated that plans
are being made to organize a fire
commission in the county whose cluty
lit will be to make a thorough study
of the situation and present recom
mendations in an effort to arrive at
the most satisfactory and efficient set
up for fire protection for rural resi
dents. This commission, Mr. Byrum
stated, will include a representative
of the County Commissioners, Town
Council, the Fire Department and one
or more from each Township in the
County. This group will be asked to
assemble information and contact the
Local Government Commission, the,
j State Fire Commission and State in
i surance officials to the end that the
[best program possible will be present
Mr. Byrum also pointed out that the
law provides that 15 per cent of the
qualified voters in the rural section
may request an election to determine i
l if a special tax of 10 cents on the |
I SIOO property valuation may be levied
(for fire protection. If the election is
carried the County Commissioners
have the authority to contract with
Edenton or any other organization to
fight fires or may also set up its own
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17 Chowan 4-H’ers
Planning To Attend
State 4-HClub Week
District Winner to Com
pete In Contests For
StL :e Honors
A total of 17 Chowan 4-H Club
members are planning to attend the
annual 4-H Club Week at State Col
lege, July 19-24. Chowan Club mem
bers who were declared winners at the
recent district elimination day will
compete for State honors during the
All club members will attend class
es, demonstrations and participate in
many well-planned programs which
will feature 4-H Week.
Mary Sue Elliott and Evangeline
Copeland, team district winners in the
dairy foods demonstration will com
pete for State honors.
Shirley Harrell, dress revue winner,
will compete in the state 4-H Dress
Kay White and Ann Pearce will
compete in the State talent contest as
will Jimmy Hollowell, Lloyd Ward,
Joseph Wiggins and Joseph Privott.
Sherwood Harrell, district winner in
the vegetable production demonstra
tion, will give his demonstration in the
Jackie Morris and Shirtey Harrell ’
will give their demonstration in the '
State 4-H Farm and Home electric
Other Chowan 4-H Club members :
who will attend are: H. T. Hollowell, 1
Steve Burch, Emmett Perry, Harold
Lloyd Bunch, Bemie Baker and possi- i
bly a few others. i
It is an honor to be selected to rep- :
resent Chowan County at the 4-H Week' 1
and the club members who attend i
should receive much inspiration from'
the important event. <
LIONS MEET MONDAY NIGHT .
Edenton’s Lions Club will meet i
j Monday night at 7 o’clock in the Lions ’
I Den. President Earl Harrell urges <
every member to be present. 1
New BPW President |
MRS. ADELAIDE CHESSON
Succeeding Mrs. Laura Ferguson as
president of the Edenton Business and
Professional Women’s Club is Mrs.
Adelaide Chesson. Mrs. Chesson, a
vice president of the club, was elected
to the post following the resignation
of Mrs. Ferguson, who, with her fami.
ly will leave in August for Memphis.
Tenn., where they will make their
home. —(Evelyn Leary Photo).
Immunization clinics will be
held in Chowan County Monday,
July 19 and July 26.
Edenton Lions Club will meet
Monday night at 7 o’clock.
Ground breaking services for
new parsonage at Ballard’s Bridge
Baptist Church Sunday, July 18.
Rebekah Lodge. No. 162, of Ty
ner will hold a lawn party Fri-
I day night, July 16, at 8 o’clock at
I the lodge hall.
Edenton USO Clubs will open
today (Thursday). Public invited
to visit clubs from 3 to 5 P. M.
Home Sweet Homemaking Par
ty in the electrical appliance de
partment of Byrum Hardware
Company Thursday night, July 22,
at 7:30 o’clock.
Special meeting of Town Coun
cil Thursday morning, July 22, at
10:30 o’clock to hear any com
plaints to erect an abattoir on
North Broad Street.
Clinic for expectant mothers
and babies at the old White Oak
School Building each Tuesday af
ternoon at 1 o’clock.
Call made for items to be used
in proposed Edenton USO Club.
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.R.M„
meets Monday night at 8 o’clock
in the Red Men hall.
Fund raising drive for the
Edenton swimming pool still in
Edenton Rotary Club meets this
(Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock
in the Parish House.
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USO Clubs Will Open Today In Edenton
For White And Negro Service Personnel
Public Invited to Attend Openings From 3 to 5
O’clock This Afternoon; Dances Scheduled
For Service Men From 6:30 to 11P. M.
The Edenton USO Clubs will open
today (Thursday) with the public in
vited to visit from 3 P. M., to 5 P. M.,
and dances will be held for the ser
vice men in both clubs from 6:30 P. M.,
to 11 P. M.
The white USO is located in the
ballroom of the Joseph Hewes Hotel
and the colored unit is in the Brown- j
Carver Library on Oakum Street.
A special invitation is extended to
all people in town to attend the after
noon openings in order that they may
see the accomplishments that have
been made through their generosity
1 Both USO’s have been painted and
draped. The colored facility is out
fitted with furniture from the previ
ous USO, and the white unit with fur
nishings loaned from Cherry Point.
The loaned furniture, which is in poor
condition, is only temporary. USO
Building Services are to adequately
$2.00 Per Year,
Two Were Being Held
For Arthur Byrum
Crawl Through Holes
9*4x11 Inches and 7%
By 16*4 Inches
In a rather spectacular jail-break,
three prisoners escaped from the Cho
wan County jail some time Monday
night. Their departure was discover
ed by Jailer Herman White when he
delivered breakfast in the jail Tues
day morning. Two of the escaped
prisoners are charged with first de
gree burglary in connection with the
brutal beating and robbery of Arthur
Byrum, up-county merchant, in April
when he was robbed of about $12,000.
The escape was effected by a crude
file made from a piece of the bed
spring, with which two of the bars in
the cellblock were filed a short dis
tance and then twisted until they
broke near the floor. The opening was
only 9% inches by 11 inches and was
only 16 inches from the wall of the
i After leaving the cellblock the pris-
I oners forced one of the bars in a
, window and crawled out a hole 7% by
i 16% inches into the jail yard, from
| where they scaled the 10-foot wall on
i the top of which glass is implanted.
. One of the prisoners weighs about 170
■ Those who escaped are Amos Page
20, Willie Boyd 24, and Ronnie Pull
man 17. The first two were being
held for the September term of Chc
i wan Superior Court in connection with
the Byrum robbery. Pullman was be
ing held for breaking and entering.
Four other prisoners in jail at the
same time, two of whom are also held
in connection with the Byrum robbery,
[told Sheriff J. A. Bunch that they
knew nothing about escape, although
they were in an adjoining cell.
Law enforcement officers were noti
fied and on Tuesday afternoon two of
the men, Page and Boyd, were cap
tured on Route 32 near Troy Toppin’s
store, The two men were taken into
custody by Sheriff Bunch and are
now back in the Chowan jail.
Bloodhounds were secured from the
Gatesville prison camp, and Page and
Boyd were picked up while attempting
to catch a ride on the highway.
Pullman had not been apprehended
Tuesday night. Bloodhounds were al
so sent from Elizabeth City.
Schedule For Week
Thursday, July 15 Colerain at
Rocky Hock; Edenton at Hertford.
| Friday, July 16—Elizabeth City at
Edenton; Hertford at Colerain.
Monday. July 19—Elizabeth City at
!Edenton; Hertford at Colerain.
I Tuesday, July 20—Colerain at Rocky
Hock; Edenton at Hertford.
Wednesday, July 21—Rocky Hock at
Hertford: Colerain at Elizabeth City.
AUXILIARY MEETS TONIGHT
j The VFW Auxiliary will meet to
night (Thursday) at 8 o’clock in the
VFW home. Mrs. Ellie Mae Parrish,
! president, urges every member to be
i furnish both USO’s by fall.
Combo’s will play for the dances in
, the evening at which junior hostesses
will be present to entertain the ser
vice men. A five-piece Combo from
, Cherry Point will play at the colored
! ( USO and music will be provided at
I the white USO by a Combo from the
• J Edenton Marine Airfield. Refresh
ments will be served during the dance.
<i The Edenton USO Clubs are an ex
■ tension of the New Bern USO, under
' the direction of Mrs. Sarah H. Marri
■ ner. Mrs. R. P. Badham is staff-aide
r for the white USO and Miss Hattie
‘Jerkin serves as staff-aide at the col-
I ored USO. Both Clubs will be open
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of
each week from 5 P. M., to 11 P. M.,
■ as drop-in lounges. Planned activities
. will be included in the program as the
• operation advances.
>. Buses from the Marine Base will be
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