SUL CONSERVATION NEWS I
By JAMES H. GRIFFIN, Soil Conservationist j
Nominating petitions for J. A.
Webb, Jr., Bob Bunch and
Thomas O. Harrell of the Yeo
pim Community have been filed
with the State Soil Conserva
tion Committee, Raleigh, for the
office of district supervisor from
Chowan County to the Albe
marle Soil Conservation District,
according to L. C. Bunch, chair
man of the district. Mr. Webb
has been re-nominated to suc
ceed himself. His term of office
expires December 31, 1960. Mr.
Bunch and Mr. Harrell are nomi
nated for the office, too.
The election will be held the
first full week of December
(5-10). Ballot boxes will be in
county stores throughout the
county. A public notice will be
posted prior to election.
Group Drainage Projects
The Henry Jordan group
drainage project is under way in
the Yeopim community. This
project will provide drainage for
Gum Pohd group drainage
project is a little over half com
pleted. Drainage will be pro
vided for 18 farms in the Rocky
Landowners started holding
meetings to do this project 10
years ago but somehow interest
lagged until the spring of 1960.
■ The project is two miles in
length and is costing about $5,-
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Cost-share assistance is being
used from the local ACP pro
gram. Technical assistance is
being furnished by the Soil Con
servation Service through the
Chowan Unit, Albemarle Soil
Clearing with the X-G blade
is still being done on the Sandy
Point Farm. Cost per acre is
about S3O per acre at the pres
ent time. Lowest cost has been
about $24 per acre and high of
S3O per acre. Mr. J. £. Deb
nam, Agent for the farm, is |
pleased with the operation.
Pine seedlings will be set in
February, of 1961. He is plan
ning to hand-set them.
Halifax Paper Company, Roa
noke Rapids, N. C., is furnishing
10,000 seedlings on a matching
Pollock Swamp Drainage
Petition from landowners were
heard by Chowan County Clerk
of Court Tom Shepard Monday
afternoon, November 7 at the
Chowan County Court House.
No opposition was expressed and
the drainage district was ap
One group spoke for by C. Y.
Parrish asked to be included in
the district. Their request was
acted upon favorably.
Landowners in Pollock Swamp
watershed have made applica
tions for a small watershed pro
ject to the State Soil Conserva
tion Committee, Raleigh, N. C.
Their application has been ap
proved. Planning assistance was
approved by the Soil Conserva
tion Service on September 26,
1960. Now with their local legal
organization, work can begin on
the watershed project.
Pollock Swamp Watershed
Representatives of the SCS
watershed planning party will
meet with the local watershed
committee, J. Wallace Goodwin,
B. W. Evans, J. C. Hall, L. C.
Bunch and their lawyer, W. S.
Privott, Friday morning, Novem
ber 18, at 9 A, M., at the Cho
wan County Court House to
make plans to begin the water-
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shed plan for Pollock Swamp
Watershed. L. C. Bunch, chair
man of Albemarle Conservation
District, will represent the soil
conservation district, one of the
sponsors of the watershed pro
Burnt Mill Creek Watershed
I. S. Blanchard, Route 2, Eden
ton, N. C., the contract officer
for Perquimans County Drain
age District No. 4, is accepting
sealed bids for shaping and
grading the spoil and the instal
lation of culvert and surface in
lets. Contact Mr. Blanchard for
bid forms and specifications.
Bids will be opened November
30th at the Perquimans County
Clerk of Court’s office in Hert
ford, N. C.
By Fran* Roberts
Many show business figures
have passed away recently, in
cluding W. S. Handy, the gentle
man who wrote a raft of the
most outstanding blues tunes,
including the all-time epic of
the blues, “St. Louis Blues.” In
my teens, as a reporter for our
school paper, I arranged an in
terview with Mr. Handy, one
which I've never forgotten. He
was a quiet, gentle man, almost
totally blind when I spoke to
him. This was around 1944 or
1945. The interview took place
in the offices of his music pub
lishing company in downtown
New York City. I had a bit of
an inside track with the father
of the blues, since his brother,
Charles Handy, sometimes work
ed with my father. Anyway,
when I entered the offices I
remember seeing examples of the
music published by the Handy
organization. All jazz of one
sort or another, nothing in the
commercial or top one-hundred
vein. That was interesting to
me, since I was there to get his
opinions on jazz music and, in
his opinions, Mr. Handy was
honest and forthright. For 'ex
ample, I mentioned the name
of the first jazz trumpeter in
New Orleans jazz history, Buddy
Bolden. Mr. Bolden was, sup
posedly, a legendary figure, who
had a lot to do with making
jazz, a la Dixie, the popular
form of music it was to be
come. However, as soon as I’d
mentioned the name of Buddy
Bolren, Mr. Hanry told me that
most of the stories built up
around him were just that, stor
ies, nothing more. Matter-of
fact, if Bolden existed at all, it
may have just been in the minds
of some imaginative critics. In
this way, Bolden’s name was
loaned to songs which he ac
tually never wrote. The point
of this was for the royalty mon
ies to go directly to the publish
ing companies instead of having
to share it with a family that
may well have been non-exist
ent. Another legendary jazz fig
ure who did exist was Jelly Roll
Morton. Like Bolden, many
songs were credited to Morton
which he actually never wrote.
Next, the name of Clarence Wil
liams was mentioned. Almost
the same story. Williams was
credited with writing a host of
well-known jazz tunes. Many
of them, Williams himself, prob
ably never even heard of. One
tune, which is still well known,
“I Wish I Could Shimmy Like
My Sister Kate,” is credited to
Williams, but was actually writ
ten by Louis Armstrong when
he played with Williams’ band,
the Blue Five. Satchmo, com
paratively unknown at that time,'
sold the tune to his boss for a
mere SSO. Who gets the monies
on this tune today? The music
publishers. Speaking of song
writing, it was Mr. Handy him
self who wrote the first blues
tune. No mistake about that.
The tune, still frequently heard,
is “Memphis Blues.” Os course,
Mr. Handy is best known for
“St. Louis Blues,” but he’s also
written many other top blues
tunes such as “Aunt Hagar’s |
Blues.” Again, the same old
music business bugaboo. Many
blues tunes written by Mr. Han
dy and sold outright are tunes
he no longer receives credit for
and, of course, the Handy estate
doesn’t see any of the money
made on these tunes. As if W.
C. Handy and many others
don’t already have enough trou
ble receiving credit for their
tunes, Woody Herman, some
time ago, wrote an article stat
ing that Handy didn’t write a
song called “Careless Love”.
The interesting story behind this,
along with more behind the
scenes information on the late,
legendary W. C. Handy, will be
in next week’s column. If you
are one who is interested in
American music, I think you’ll
find some more interesting in
formation as, next week, we
further pursue this subject.
Closing thought: A man’s true
wealth is the good he does in'
I cannot imagine a pleasanter
old age than one spent in the
not too remote country where I
could reread and annotate my
| Commissioners’ j
The Board of County Com
missioners met November 7,
1960 at 9 o’clock A. M„ with all
members present including W.
E. Bond. Chairman, J. R. Peele,
J. Gilliam Wood. Dallas Jethro,
Jr., and C. J. Hollowell.
The minutes of the previous
meetings were read and approv
ed and the following bills or
Orthopedic Clinic, apbropria
tion for September. $15.00; H. S.
Small, rent. $25.00; J. A. Mitch
ener, rent, $60.00; District Health
Dept., appropriation for October,
$996.45; J. L. Chestnutt, Post
master, $1.20; Davis Typewriter
Co., service contract. $29.02;
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John A. Holmes High School
Band, one-half of appropriation
for 1960-61, $675.00; District
Health Dept., vital statistics for
September, $23.50; Internal Rev
enue Service. $1,529.44; N. C.
Dept, of Revenue, $385.60; Nath
an H. Yelton, Director, N. C.
Public Employees S. S. Agency,
$992.73; Lee Freeman. $20.62;
Bertram Byrum, care of prison-,
ers, $171.42; H. S. Small, rent,
$55.00; William Mayo, janitor,
$2.50; Carolyn C. McMullan.
travel, $6.25; Hazel S. Elliott,
trave, $14.83; Edenton Postmas
ter, advance for postage, $10.00;
Abemarle Motor Co., 76c; M. G. j
Brown Co.. Inc., $154.88: Burk-'
head DeVane Printing Co.,[
$94.53; B.yrum Hardware Co., 1
$9.19; Carolinas Farm Equip-1
ment Dealers’ Association, $4.50;'
Pauline Calloway, telephone ser-i
vice and supplies. $29.45: Cam-,
pen’s Jewelers, service to Court
house clock from Julv. 1959 to!
July, 1960, $50.00; Carolina Over-j
all Co., $3.20; The Chowan Her-,
aid, $392.65; Onnie S. Charlton, 1
supplies, $6.54; Chowan Hospital,;
$701.10; R. E. Aiken, Jr., CPA.j
$12.50; Dorothea Dix Hospital;!
$75.00; Owen G. Dunn Co.,
$9.53; Eastern N. C. Sanatorium. |
$31.80; Eistern Office Equipment'
Co- $16.64; Edenton Furniture!
Co, $6.00; Edenton Ice Co., I
$32.30; Edenton Office Supply,,
$30.40; R. Elton Forehand. Jr.,
OSC Bond, $75.00; M. Earl Good-'
win, Sheriff, bills and services,;
$280.81; Hollowell’s Rexall Drug
Store, $4.41; Hughes - Parker
Hardware Co. 37c; Fletcher F.
Lassiter, expenses. $2.25: The
Michie Company. $7.50: Monroe
Calculating Machine Co.. Inc..
$28.00; R. T. Mills Plumbing &
Heating, $16.30; Edenton Insur-|
ance Agency, county office build-1
ing formerly Hotel Joseph!
Hewes, $647.50; State of N. C.
Dept, of Conservation & De
velopment $232.07; Norfolk &
Carolina Tel. & Tel, Co., services;
for county offices: Sheriff’s of- 1
fice $15.50, Clerk of Court’s of
fice $9.35. Register of Deeds of- ;
ffice $9.85; County Accountant!
$10.30, U. S. Govt. Soil Con
servation Service $10.85. Chowan
County Jail (service) $12.52.1
Public Welfare Dept., $10.85,
Negro County Farm Agent,
$10.15: N. C. Memorial Hosm-I
tal, $168.00; The Office Supply
Store, $9.90; C. W. Overman,
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i ' telephone services and supplies,!
, | $28.40; P & Q Super Market I
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The following names were (
drawn as jurors to serve in
December term of Superior!
j W. D. Garris, Melvin E. Cope
! land, Vandy Nixon, Everett S.
i White, Herman W. Nixon, W. H.
Parker, Britton Byrum, T. .E.
j Bunch. W. H. Saunders, L. C.
Briggs, Lee Small, Lester Bass,
Eugene N. Jordan, Elbert Rosser
I Bunch, Jr., Robert S. Hollowell,
iG. E. Nixon. L. R. Lane, R. L.
.- Byrum, Sr., L. E. Twine, George
1 E. Privott Oliver Eugene Chap
| pell. Mack Hendrix, W. J. P.v
Earnhardt, Erie V. Bunch. Car-1
. roll S. Perry, Charles M. Asbell, |
IJ. H. Hollowell, John R. Lewis, i
1 Sr., O. M. Blanchard, Rupert E. |
.Wright, R. L. Goodwin, Albert
i Hobbs, Herbert Elton Harrell, i
! Roy C. Bunch. Kermit L. Layton,
j Harrv L. Winslow. Dan Morgan,
Jr., Guy Russell Byrum. Joseph
. Eugene Perr". Claude E. Small.
| Jr., Jack Stallings, Rov H.
. Spruill, Cecil Gilbert Byrum, G.
IT. King. Paul L. Partin, Murray
L. Nixon, Leroy Bunch, Colbert
W. Bvrum. Luther Lane. Em
On motion of J. Gilliam Wood,
seconded bv J. R. Peele and
duly carried that office hours of
, Welfare Dent., be changed from
i 8:30 until 5 o’clock P. M„ to 9
! o’clock A. M., until 5 o’clock
P. M.. Monday through Friday
I and from 9 A. M.. to 12 noon
ion Saturday with one hour for
; lunch each day.
j On motion of J. Gilliam Wood.
: seconded bv Dallas Jethro. Jr..
; and unanimously carried that
; for admission to the hospital of
i indigent patients a medical cer
-1 tificate from the attending phy
l sician be submitted.
On motion of Dallas Jethro.
Jr., seconded bv J. Gilliam Wood
! and unanimously carried that the
County Attorney’s fee for lonp
form of tax foreclosure suits bf
determined by Clerk of Superior
Court according to G. S. 10b
-391, with a minimum fee of $75.
When the short form is used
tne minimum lee is 50% or
On motion of J. R. Peele, sec-i
onded by C. J. Hollowell that j
County Attorney be given au- ‘
thority to certify complaints in
On motion of Dallas Jethro, I
Jr., seconded by J. R. Peele,
that County Attorney be given!
authority to foreclose on follow
ing delinquent taxes: Henry C:
Blount, Robert Norman. Martha 1
James Griffin appeared before
the Board in behalf of the Lions
Club recommending the facilities
for the Health Department of
Edenton, N. C., be located in the
proposed County building (Jo
seph Hewes Hotel) that these
facilities enlarge and improve
over existing facilities. This
will allow the Health Depart- 1
ment to better care for the
needy and would be able to
have facilities to care for a larg
er number of patients. His rec-1
ommendation was accepted. I
A notice of intention to ap
ply to North Carolina ABC
Board for a permit to sell beer
by Edward Augustus Goodman
at “Joe’s Drive In” was ap
On motion of J. Gilliam Wood,
seconded by C. J. Hollowell and
duly carried that $43.90 pickup-,
taxes be charged to the Sheriff.
Salaries for the month of Oc
tober were $4,489.54.
On motion of J. R. Peele. sec
onded by C. J. Hollowell and
duly carried that Commission
ers made a proclamation desig
nating the week of November
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The insurance policy on Coun
ty office'building (formerly Jo
seph Hewes Hotel) was accept
ed and ordered filed.
The reports were ordered filed
as follows: C. W. Overman,
county agent; Harry Venters, as
sistant county agent
Calloway, home economics agent;
Catherine Apjgn, assistant home
economics agent; Fletcher. F.
J assiter. Negro county aaent;
Onnie S. Cliarlton, Negro home
demonstration agent; County
Welfare Dept.; Sheriff: bank ac
count balances. \
There being no further busi
ness. the .meeting was adjourned.
W. -E. BOND, Chairman
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