\ ONLY NEWSPAPER
I PUBLISHED IN
I CHOWAN COUNTY
Huge Crowd Turns
Out To Meet Santa
■ :'y .
Claus In Edenton
Children by the Hund
reds Jam the Court
House Green to En
joy; Christmas Party
Bt EVELYN G. LEARY
It coiild not have been a more
beautiful day! The weather was
just right, mild and comfortable.
So;'much so, that it drew thous
ands of people he’ e Thursday to
watch one of the hest. Christmas
parades ever to be held in Eden
ton. •As the afternoon wore on
the, darkness began to cast its
shadow, thp Christmas lights on
Broad Street were turned on to
lend a festive air to the occasion
as well as to itsher in the Yule
tide season. '
The parade got under way at 4
o’clock with the highway patrol
leading, followed by a unit of
horseback riders, clown with
wagon,, convertible with Mayor
Emegt W. E. Bond and
A. B. Harless, a string of new
cats, Lynn Perry and his old mod
el.' car, tractor, Elizabeth City
Band, Cub Scout marching unit,
Woman’s Club float, Elementary
School Queen Shirley Alexander
Catholic Church float, Brownie
and. Girl Scout marching unit,
forestry floats, high school queen
Janet Bunch, Bouquet Shop float.
Kindergarten float, clowns, pets.
Advance 4-H Club float, 4-H king
and queen, Lions Club float, Ag
nes & Kay’s Flower Shop float,
Edenton Band. Santa Claus float
Continued on Pago 4—Section 1
Sunday, Dec. 21st
Various Choral Groups
Os Church Will Par
ticipate On Program'
Starting at 4 P. M.
The program of Christmas
music, inaugurated some years
ago .by the adult choir of the
Baptist Church, will be rendered
this! year on Sunday afternoon,
Deeqfriber 21, in the worship
auditorium of the church at 4
Special attention is called to
the .change in the time from a
later hour to 4 o’clock this year.
The program this year will in
corporate participation by the
Cherub Choir, the Carol Choir
and the Concord Choir of the
church. The program of music
is under the general direction
of Mrs. M A. Hughes, director
of the adult choir. The Carol
and Concord choirs are under
the direction of the director of
religions education, Joseph F.
Gtntt, and the Cherub Choir is
directed by Mrs. Brenda Mooney.
Miss Agnes Chappell, church
organist, will accompany the
choirs. The pastor, the Rev. R.
N. Carroll, will read the Scrip
The public is cordially invited!
Christmas Cantata ‘Bethlehem’
Will Be Presented On Sunday
Afternoon, Dec. 14 At 5 O’clock
Tfee Senior High School Chorus
a* Edenton Junior-Senior High
School Witt-present the Christmas
cantata “Bethlehem,” by J. H.
Maunder Sunday afternoon,' De
cember 14, at S o’clock in the au-
of , 4he Junior-Senior
High School The performance
will, be the first, of its kind in
the 1 new auditorium which,
thoiigh decidedly smaller than the
Elementary School auditorium, is
regarded fron\ an acoustical
standpoint a* much more suited
to a. performance of this nature.
‘‘Bethlehem,” a cantata of three
deals with the Christ
jkmas story in e rather unusual
Bray. The ctniata is mainly
THE CHOWAN HERALD
ERNEST J. WARD, JR.
Members of Unanmity Lodge
No. 7, A. F. & A M„ on Thurs
day night elected Ernest J.
Ward. Jr., as master of the
lodge for the year 1959.
Thrift Sale On
A Thrift Sale sponsored by the
Edenton Woman’s Club will be
held Saturday. December 13, from
10 A. M., until 6 P. M., in the
building formerly occupied by the
W. D. Holmes Wholesale Com
pany on Broad Street.
Clothing, toys and gift items
will be available at nominal pric
Mrs. Frank Holmes, Ways and
Means Chairman, has requested
Wbnfan.’s Club members to bring
all donations to her home as soon
Christmas Seal Sale In Chowan
i Amounts To Only SBOO To Date
I The 52nd annual Christmas Seal
Sale began on November 14 and
according to Ralph Parrish, treas
urer, only SBOO has-been received
to date. The traditional Seal
Sale is the only source of funds
for tuberculosis fighting activities
of the Chowan County Tubercu
Tuberculosis is a major health
problem in Chowan County. It is
an infectious disease caused by a
germ. It can be prevented, yet
an estimated 250,000 Americans
have active TB and North Caro
lina and Chowan County their
It is reported that 1,651 new
cases were discovered in the state
in 1957 and three of these cases
were in Chowan County. More
than 1,500 patients were in hos
pitals in North Carolina in March,
1958. Tuberculosis can be cured,
vet 226 North Carolinians died of
TB last year.
The search for a safe and effec
tive vaccine and the right doses
is being carried on all over the
nations with funds from the
(Christmas Seal Sale. In North
Carolina two research projects
are under way in the belief that
Mitchener, Gus Hughes, Erwin
Griffin and Roger Lamm. The
cantata, which runs about 45
minutes in performance, is com
pletely non-sectarian. There is no
The cantata will begin prompt
ly at 5 o’clock, and members of
the audience are urged to be in
their seats before this time, as the
doors will be closed, and no late
comers will be seated while 1 a
contata division is being sung.
A church-model Hammond or
gan has'been installed in the au
ditorium for the performance by
Levy-Paee Music Company of
Norfolk, Va„ through the courtesy
of their local representative, Mrs.
Paul Holoman. Mrs-. J. J. Ross
will .play the orgsgt accompani
ment, and Mrs. Mary L. Brown-
i on, Chowan County, Nprth Carolina, Thursday, December 11, 1958.
Fahey Bp -' ew
Three Yeai rerm
Voters Turn Out In
Very Small Numbers
I With Only 97 Ballots
Cast In County
Fahey Byrum, Route 1, Eden
ton, was elected to the Chowan
County Board of Supervisors in
last week’s election, according
to L. C. Bunch, chairman. Vot
ing was light throughout the
county with 97 legal votes cast.
Mr. Byrum will serve a three
year term. He succeeds R. H
Hollowell who did not seek re
election due to declining health.
The other district supervisors
in the county are L. C. Bunch,
Route 1, and J. A Webb, Jr..
; This spring Fahey Byrum was
selected as, the outstanding con
servation farmer in the five
• county Albemarle Soil Conserva
| tion District. He and L. C.
Bunch will leave Friday, De
cember 12 on an all-expense
paid vacation at Litchfield Park,
Arizona, given as first prize in
Ihe annual Goodyear contest for
soil conservation districts. The
Albemarle District was judged
Ihe best district in North Caro
P" 9 PrizH
Outside Christmas decorations
by Edenton homeowners will au
' lomatically place them in compe
tition for the cash prise to be
j awarded bv the Edenton Woman’s
; Club this year.
i Mrs. L. G. Wilkins, fine art r
J chairman, urges as many home
' owners as possible to participate
in this event. A cash award of
910 will be given for the best out
The award Winner wiH br an
nounced in The Chowan Herald.
they will not only help people
who are ill, but reduce tax costs
for TB in the future.
A part of every dollar contrib
uted to the Chowan County Tu
berculosis Association will be
spent for this important research.
The rest will be spent to hold and
further the gains already made.
“We urge you to give gener
ously,” says Mr. Parrish, ”so that
more research can be undertaken
for the prevention and cure of tu
berculosis. Have you sent your
contribution Please don’t for
C. Os C. Directors
Will Meet Today
Harry Smith, Jr., executive vice
president of the Edenton Cham
ber of Commerce, calls attention
to a regular meeting of the board
of directors. The meeting will be
held this (Thursday) afternoon at
4:30 o’clock and every director is
urged to be present.
20 Years Ago 1
As Found in tin Files of J
The Chowen Herald
The Her. W. C. Bouson arrived
in Edenton to he pastor of the
Edenton Methodist Church.
Richard D. Dixon was honored
by being appointed vice president
of the State Literary and Histori
-1 cal Association.
The cremated body of Benja
min S. Hoskins, who died in New
York, arrived for first burial of
its kind ever held in Edenton.
Five eastern counties were ask
ed to raise $117.18 which repre
sented a deficit incident to the
celebration of the Albemarle
Sound Bridge opening. Chowan's
share was $25.10.
Edenlon's hopes‘of having An
thony prominent English
statesman, pay a visit faded upon
receipt of a cablegram by Mayor
J. H.« McMullen saying that due
to the shortness of the visit he
would be unable to come to Eden
; ten and view the grave of his
famous ancestor. Royal Governor
Charles Eden, for whom Edenton
Continued on Page B—Section 1
Christmas Parade Winners J
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Wss/sh wi I V .
The elves and shoemaker float (above) won first prize in the
Christmas parade held in Edenton Thursday afternoon. The float
was entered by the Edenton Woman's Club. Santa's helper (below)
s a live duck dolled up in Santa's traditional red cap and tassel
with sleigh of toys. Carroll Lassiter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Lassiter, stands guard over her pet for fear it will quack
off following so much attention.—(Evelyn Leary Photos).
Tobacco Growers Rotary’s Christmas
Meeting Dec. 17th Party Held Tonight
A tobacco growers' meeting
will be held at the Court House;
in Edenton on Wednesday after-J
noon, December 17, at 2 o'clock, j
according to County Agent C. W. ■
' Overman. All tobacco growers
' including tenants in Chowan
County are invited to attend
Extension tobacco specialists
from N. C. State College will
be here to discuss varieties, ne
matode and disease control, fer
tilization, plant spacing, insect I
control, preparation for market
and many other places pertinent
to good tobacco production and
marketing. This is an oppor
tunity for tobacco growers to
ask questions regarding tobacco
problems on their farms.
Mr. Overman hopes that Cho
wan tobacco growers will take
advantage of this opportunity to
seek solutions to their problems
and ge the latest information on
tobacco production and market
ing. He hopes that a large
number of growers will attend.
Party Friday Night
Edenton’s Fire Department
will observe its annual Christ
mas party Friday night, Decem
ber 12, at 7:30 o’clock. Wives
of the firemen will be special
The firemen’s party is always
a very enjoyable affair and it is
hoped all present and former
firemen and their wives will
New Soil Conservation Supervisor |
Fah.y Byrum, pictured above with his son examining fescue
residue, was elected to the Chowan County Board of Supervisors
in last week's soil conservation election. Mr. Byrum succeeds
R. H. Hollowell who has served 10 years and did not seek re
flection due to declining health.—(Photo by James Griffin).
Edenton's Rotary Club will
. hold its annual Christmas parts'
■tonight (Thursday) at 7:30
I o'clock. The affair will be held
!at Hotel Joseph Hewes, with
1 Rotary Anns as special guests.
| The party will take the placfe
of the usual Thursday afternoon
President Ed Bond appointed
the following committees to ar- j
range for the party: Decora
tions, R. N. Hines and Bruce
Jones; menu, Gene Ward and
' Robert S. Marsh. President
Bond is very anxious to have
every Rotarian and his Rotary
Ann attend the party.
Grand Opening Os
New Dining Room
Saturday, Dec. 13
Mrs. W. L. Boswell, proprietor
of the Edenton Restaurant, an
nounces that she will observe the
grand opening of the new dining
room Saturday, December 13
from 5 to 9 P. M.
The new banquet room will al
low Mrs. Boswell to cater to pri
vate parties and functions' of civ
ic clubs and other organizations,
being separated from the main
dining room.. The new addition
has a seating capacity for 72 peo
ple and reservations can be made
by calling Mrs. Boswell.
At the grand opening Satur
day refreshments will be served
to all visitors and Mrs. Boswell
extends a cordial invitation to all
$16,378 As Share
Powell Bill Fund
Over Six and One-half
Million Is Spent In
State From Fund In
Last Fiscal Year
North Carolina’s municipalities i
which participated in Powell Bill
funds during the last fiscal year
spent almost six and one-half
million dollars in street; improve-1
ments. according to a report re
leased by the State Highway
New paving on non-highway
system streets led the list of im
provement projects, amounting to
31.1 per cent of the total expendi
ture of $2,001,245.44. The next
largest expenditure was for street
maintenance and amounted to sl,-
657,270.98 or 25.75 per cent of the
total funds spent.
The 405 municipalities which
received Powell Bill funds reser
ved $1,977,876.16 for later use.
One hundred and three North
Carolina cities or towns used all
their State street-aid funds wh : le
twenty municipalities reserved,
the entire amount of their alloca-j
tion for later use. No time limits
for expenditures were set up by
the Powell Bill legislation which,
since its passage in 1951, has al-i
located to qualifying municipali-i
The annual allocation has risen|
> from slightly over four and one-
I half millions in 1951 to almost six
I and one-half millions for the 19581
, fiscal year. Revenues for ihe
: Powell Bill come from one-half
cent per gallon taxon motor fuels
| and are divided among the mu
-1 nicipalities, half on the basis of
the number of miles of non-high-j
way system streets in each town
and one-half on town population.!
I Municipalities reported twenty'
different purposes to which mon- 1
I ey was allotted during the last sis
-1 cal year, ranging from paving, re
-1 surfacing and maintenance to en-;
gineering. bridge repair and right!
■ of way purchases.
Edenton recently received its!
share of the Powell Bill funds for
[ 1958-1959, which amounted to!
Two Edenton Aces Named To
Berths On All-Eastern Squad
With coaches from 65 schools
last week selecting the annual
All-Eastern Class A football
team, the Edenton Aces gained
two berths on the first team, one
on the second team and one on
1 the honorable mention list.
Robert White, who during the
r season filled the dual position of
. halfback and quarterback, eas'ly
> made the first team. Charlie
, Small, outstanding center for the
Aces, won out in the voting sor l
the first team, but was hard
. pressed by Bill Seymour of
. Southern Pines.
It was pointed out that White
, was the Aces’ spark on offense—a;
l small package of dynamite and
i was also an exceptional linebaek
Cl VIC" CALENDAR
[ Various choral groups of the
| Edenton City Schools will pre
| sent their annual Christmas con
cert in the new Junior-Senior
High School auditorium Sunday
[afternoon, December 14. at 5’
A meeting for tobacco growers
will be held in the Court House
Wednesady afternoon, December
17, at 2 o'clock.
Directors of the Edenton Cham
ber of Commerce will meet this
(Thursday) afternoon at 4:30
Chowan County farmers will
vote on peanut, cotton and tobac
co referendums Monday. Decern-J
Edenton Chapter No. 302, Order
of the Eastern Star, will meet
Monday night, December 15. at 8
Chowanoke Council No. 54. De
gree of Pocahontas, will hold its
annual Christmas party tonight
(Thursday) in the Red Men hall.
The party will be held at 8:30
o'clock following a brief business
Edenton Fire Department will
> observe its annual Christmas par
| ty Friday night December 12, at
. 7:30 o'clock.
Continued on Page 3—Section 1
$2.50 Per Year In North Carolina
Time Schedule For
| Retires j
j? : ’
After serving es an Edenton
rural m-il carrier for 35 years,
Rodney Harrell on November 30
Cub Scout Christmas
Party Monday Night
Edenton Cub Scouts will hold
j their Christmas party Monday
night. December 15. at 7:30
o'clock at the Lions Club.
I Santa Ciaus wiil attend the j
party and gifts will be ex-j
changed. Each boy is expected
to bring a present not to exceed
50 cents in value and parents j
1 bringing other children are rc
j quested to brir.g a present for
each child with their name on'
| the package. A Christmas tree |
• will feature the party with deco-|
1 rations made by the Cub
The Cub Scouti aid alse asked
;to bring canned goods which;
I will be distributed among the
I needy of the community.
I Cookies and candy made by j
j den mothers and Double-Cola I
'donated by John L. Goodwin;
I will be served at the party.
er on defense.
Small was rated a great High j
school player for three years and!
capable of playing Atlantic Coast!
On the second team Marvin
Ashley gained a place as end, and ,
Lloyd Lassiter, Edenton’s quarter
back. was given honorable men
White. Small and Ashley are
seniors and Lassiter is a sopho
The first team All-Eastern
Ends, Bill Lepnhirth of Aulan
der and Gordon Becton of Beau
fort: tackles, Tommy Lewis of
Fairmont and Chuck Wachte] of
Spring Hope: guards, Dewey
Mooring of LaaGrange and Jim
my Caldwell of Southern Pines;
center, Charlie Small of Edenton;
backs, Bob Mclntosh of Southern
Pines; Vann May of Mount Olive.
Robert White of Edenton and
Buddy Mercer of Beautaville.
Kodney Harrell Now Retired As
Rural Mail Carrier \fter 35
Years Os Outstanding Service
Rodney Harrell on the last dayj
of November retired as a rural 1
mail carrier out of the Edentonj
Post Office. Mr. Harrell has ser-j
ved as a rural mail carrier for 35j
] years and holds the enviable rec
| ord of having driven about 400,-
000 miles or approximately 161
; times around the world. He also
! has the unique record of not hav
ing a single accident in this huge
! amount of driving.
Mr. Harrell and his wife were ;
honored guests at a Christmas
party held by personnel of the
Post Office Tuesday night at 7
o’clock in the new banquet room
at the Edenton Restaurant. Dur
ing the meeting Postmaster J. L.
Chestnutt presented Mr. Harrell a
certificate of retirement for his
35 years’ service, as,well as a
present from the Post Office per
WITH A CHECKUP I
AND CHECK j
Councilmen Agree !o
Acquire Base Prop
erty If Agreement is
At their meeting Tuesday
( night Town Councilmen approv
ed a time schedule for con-it rue
tion of a proposed sewage dis
posal system as recommended by
the Boa:d of Public Work,
i The titne schedule include:
1— Engineers will be r«dam*'U
cn or before July 8. 1959
2 Reports and pielhoirtafy
plans will be filed on or before
3 Construction will begun
on or before October, 1959.
4 Wo. k will be completed and
P-laced in operation on or be
fore Febiuary 18. 1961.
This schedule wild I. • filej
with a'n'application to the State
Stream Sanir.-. on Committee fo
temporary o -anit extension to
original p to continue di<-
| charging s< \ je into classified
A report was presented rela
tive to the possibility of secur
ing a site for the sewage dis
posal plant on present air sta
tion property. A proposed site
j was investigated and a survey
will be presented to the Navy
' Department with prospects ap
; pearing favorable that fee ne
| cessary land can be secured.
During the meeting Town
Councilmen voted to acquire the
| Edenton Naval Auxiliary Air
Station property upon condi
tions agreeable to the town and
! the United States government.
It was the sense of the actior
■ that a representative of the Navy
Department be invited to cctr.c
to Edenton, at which time r,
'special meeting of To vn Con-
Ici) will be called to consider
der whqt terms the property
be acquired by the town.
Mayor Ernest Kehayes
been previously advised that
air station property had bet.
screened by all government ag
encies and that it will now lie
turned over to the General S' -
Continued on Page 4 — Section 1
Masons Elect Ward
New Master For ’53
— : —
Group of New Offic
ers Elected at Meet
ing: Thursday Nigrhl
Ernest J. Ward. Jr., waj elect
led master of Unanimity T oda?
i No. 7, A. F. &• A. M.. for 1959
lan election of officer- h< id a
Thursday night’s meeting. Mr
| Ward will succeed Daniel f'.
, Other officers elected •• »>>«;
( Senior warden. McKay Wa. 'oo;'
ton; junior warden. John L>-
Spruill: treasurer, R. E. Le o. •
secretary. Louis George Will'lti;;
trustee for three years, .1 Edwin
These and officers appomb'd bo
] the new master will be installed
lat a meeting of the lodge to be
held Thursday night. Januar- I
! In presenting the certificate.
] Mr. Chestnutt had the following
I to say:
j "In behalf of the Post Office
| Department of Washington. f\ C.
and the Post Office of Edenton, r
I gives me great pleasure to presen
to you this certificate of retire
ment. I am sure that it will lx
cherished for many years.
“On behalf of the Edenton Po-s
; Office employees and myself. w«
regret very' much to see you leave
us, but there comes a time it
most of our lives when we loo.’
forward to the time when we cat
retire from active duty. Yo.
have been a very faithful em
ployee of the United States Pos
Office Department. The patre
on old Route Two will miss .
Continued os Page 4—Section 1