By MRS. ROLAND EVANS
The Chowan Home Demonstra
tion Club will have a joint club
and community meeting at Cho
wan Community Building Janu
ary 31 at 6:30. Extension people
will be the guests and others
interested. Club members will
carry picnic supper.
Rocky Hock Baseball Club
will present a minstrel Show on
February 2 at Rocky Hock Com
munity Center at 8 o’clock.
Extension members of Rocky
Hock this week is Mrs. Jack
A study in I Corinthians has
been in session this week at
Rocky 1 Hock Church; being
taught by the Rev. Thurman
The Ballard’s Bridge Church
nas called a new pastor, the Rev.
Carl Hart. He assumed his du
ties there January 16. He is a
native of Tennessee. Mr. Hart
preached his first sermon on
Sunday, January 22.
The Annie Hollowell Circle of
Ballard’s Bridge met with Mrs.
Mary Evans Tuesday night of
R. T. Pickier of Edenton Con
struction Company has been
named a member of the labor
relations committee of the Caro
lina Beach Associated General
Contractors of America for 1961.
Mrs. Lillie Saunders is visit
ing in Rocky Hock.
Mrs. Stuart Holland, John and
Carolvn spent the week-end in
Miss Ruth Leary of Winston-1
Salem is visiting her parents/
Mr. and Mrs. Stillman Leary.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Har
rell spent the week-end with Mr.
and Mrs. Gilbert Harrell.
Mrs. Ralph Dail is at home
In sad and loving memory of
our husband and father, Percy
M. Harrell, who went to live
with God one year ago, January
We’ve journeyed on a full year
At a sad and lonely pace,
For there is no one else in this
That can come and take your
When you told us you had to go.
It was hard to say bood-by.
But we knew God up in heaven
Had prepared a better place for
you than could I.
People think the grief is lessened
Though the smiles may hide the
But sweet memories will linger
Despite the passing years.
They say time heals all sorrows,
And helps us to forget.
But time so far has only proven
How much we miss you yet.
God gave us strength and eour
To fight the heavy blow;
But only one who loses one
Will ever really know.
So when you look down upon us
From your castle in the sky
Please don’t forget to kiss us
When you see us start to cry.
—Mrs. Annie Mary Harrell
. and Family.
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from the hospital.
Danny Nixon has gone to Ra-I
leigh and on to Texas to join
Joe Nixon has gone to Manteo
to work. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott
Peele and Mrs. Dorothy Nixon
accompanied him for the week
Mrs. Mitchell Sliva and chil
dren have gone to Maryland to I
live after a visit with her moth
er, Mrs. Florine Nixon.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Evans
and Lloyd Wayne went to Nor
folk on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Roiand Evans
spent the week-end in Eliza
beth City witn Mrs. Barbara
Sawyer and family.
Frank Jones, Gloria Bunch’s
husband, was home for the
State YWA House Party will]
be held at Campbell College!
Senior Class of Chowan High 1
School will sponsor its annual
homecoming February 17 in the
high school gym. Miss Celia Rae
Elliott will reign over the oc
Miss Frankie Barber of Win
fall is visiting Mrs. Minnie .Cor
Mrs. E. N. Elliott is visiting
her brother this week in Tar
Jack White is in the Univer
sity Hospital in Charlottesville,
Va,, under observation.
Mr. and Mrs. George Byrum,
Jr., and son of Hertford, Mr.
and Mrs. Alphonso Robinson and
family visited Mr. and Mrs. Mar
vin Evans on Sunday.
Junior Class of Chowan High
School had candy pulling at Oak |
Grove Community Building Wed-!
nesday night at 7:30 o’clock.
Baker Hollowell was home for
the week-end from East Caro
lina College at Greenville.
First Spinster—ls it true that
you are going to be married,
Second Ditto—No. But I am
thankful for the rumor.
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! frankly Speaking]
By Frans Huberts
In a little room a few feet
away from the main offices of
the Chowan County agricultural
headquarters, I learned more
'about farming in the space oft
an hour and a-half than I’d
ever known before. In this
room, surrounded by numerous
files, fifty or-so cigar boxes,
mimeo machines, desks, three
truck tires, boxes markfed as
models for exhibits, Christmas,
favors and so on, I sat and talk
ed to an old friend, the Chowan
County Agricultural Agent, Char-
I lie Overman. Charlie is the
' busiest man in this or any cdun*
I ty, of that I’m sure. He’s a
| member of the Agricultural
| Agents Association, area chair
man, district chairman, a mem
ber of the state board of direc
tors and member of the national
committee. For his recognition
in this work, he received the
district service award from the
National County Agricultural
Agents Association. He is also
i a member of the Agricultural
Extension Fraternity, Epsilom
Sigma Phi. Here, I took a deep
breath, but Charlie was still go
ing strong as he mentioned be
ing a member of the Edenton
Baptist Church and a director of
that church's training union.
He’s also superintendent of the
Junior Sunday School Depart
ment and a member of the choir.
Still more. Charlie Overman is
a member of Rotary and has
been for 24 years. He was head |
jof Scoutmaster troop 156 in
Edenton and now serves on the!
executive board of the Tidewa-I
ter Council, Boy Scouts of
America. Also, he’s received the
Silver Beaver Award for service
ito Scouting in this area. An
| other top honor came from the
l honorary fraternity of Scouting.
| He’s a vigil member of the Or
| der of the Arrow. All this, in
j addition to being the proud fa
THE CHOWAN HERALD, EDENTON. NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY. JANUARY 27. iw». '
ther of four children.
Charlie was bom in Pasquo
tank County, attended country
schools there. He graduated in
1924 from Elizabeth City High
School and in 1928 he graduat
ed from North Carolina State
College with a BA degree in
horticulture. Since 1941 he’s
been working with the farmers
in this area. Co-incidentally,
since 1941, farmers in this area
have seen their .greatest advance
ments. For example, in that
year 90 to 95% of farming was
done with mules. Today, 90 to
95% of the farming in Chowan
County is mechanized. Again, in
1941,, the farmers of the county
were limited to the amount of
land they had to cultivate due
to limited power. Today, thanks
to mechanization, a farmer, who
in 1941, could cultivate 25 to 30
acres, now can cultivate one
hundred acres. Looking at the
overall picture, it’s noted that
farmers in our county compare
favorably to those of any oth
er county, economically. Does
this mean the picture is com
pletely rosy? By no means.
Many farmers are afraid of
mechanization, completely or
partially. They’re afraid of costs
involved. Many farmers are un
willing to try new methods. In
dividually, they’ll talk to their
agricultural agents concerning
advanced farming methods, but
won’t always try it. Individual
ly, they’ll find out about the
newest advancements in fanning,
but it’s sometimes hard to get
them to work together, to get
them to attend meetings which
will be beneficial to them. Mat
ter-of-fact, Charlie pointed out
that the farmers who need that
information most are the ones
, who attend the least meetings.
I Another aspect of the local farm
-1 ing picture, and one which is
favorable and unfavorable at the
same time, concerns the fact
there are fewer farms and farm
ers now than in the past. That
means a lot of good, experienced
hands are leaving the farms to
go into industry; on the other
hand, it also means that smaller
units have now become larger
farms. Breaking that down to
cold facts and figures, I found
that in 1944 there were 1,048
farms in Chowan County; 895
farms in the year of 1955 and,
according to last year’s census,
less than 700. By the way, the
census last year doesn’t include
tracts of land under five acres,
whereas they were counted in
the previous census. So the
movement has been this way:
less farms, but larger and more
efficient farming units. From
the farm picture ill Chowan
County, I went on to find out
some facts that town-folks don’t
think too much about. Why is
the farmer having a hard time
of it? Simple economics. The
price of farm products have gone
down; the price of farm ma
chinery and farm labor have
gone up. Also, on the national
farm picture, Charlie lit up his
favorite (only, I think) pipe and
reminisced about the fanner and
the depression days when hogs
sold at 3 to 5c a pound, when
peanuts were just a penny a
pound and when cotton sold for
5 or 6c a pound. In other words,
agriculture suffers first\ when
the economy of the country goes
down and benefits last when the
economy rises. So, Charlie Over
man has an interesting and a
rewarding career, doing so much
to aid the farm picture in Cho
wan County. He’s a hard work
er, a sincere person, and he likes
working with people, he likes
helping others, he likes ' to do
what he can in getting better
living conditions for the people
in the rural areas. But one of
the most important aspects of his
job'is helping to train the youth
of our community, helping them
become better citizens for to
morrow. In line with this, he
has worked closely with the lo
cal 4-H Clubs. The result?
Some of the most outstanding
4-H Clubbers in our state ema
nate from our country. These
are youngsters that will be lead
ing this country in the world of
tomorrow. “And Charlie,” I
asked, “what of that world of
tomorrow?” He feels that there’s
a greater possibility than ever
before of the world working as
one community. “If we just
have patience and understand
The most important aspect of
the interview, I think, came
when I asked Charlie this ques
tion; “What part does religion
play in your life?” He told me
he couldn’t imagine life without
the religious aspect. Charlie j
feels, and rightly so, that the]
Bible gives 'the answer to every
question. All we have to do is
search it out. And, perhaps,
that’s the reason for Charlie
Overman being so successful it
his job, with his family, friends,
church and community. A per
sonal salute, if I may, to one
of our outstanding citizens, Char
From time to time, Frankly
Speaking will concern itself with
a look at some of the interesting
citizens of our community. There]
are many, and we’ll tell you
about another one next week.
Closing thought; The man who
does his work, any work, con
scientiously, must always be in
one sense a great man.
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| North Carolina Baptists enter
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for number of churches, member
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The twenty-fifth annual report 1
of L. L. Morgan, statistical sec-1
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vention, released Monday, show
ed for the state 3,369 churches
with a membership of 913,176.
This is a gain of 33 churches and
19,497 members. A total of 30,-
337 members were added by bap
tism. The number of churches
reporting no baptisms was 561.
Total offering in the churches
for 1960 amounted to $46,788,109.
This is a gain of $2,666,975. The
amount reported spent on church
building was $12,940,419. Local
gifts amounted to $39,576,678.
This is a gain of $2,361,085 over
1959. Mission gifts amounted to
$7,211,431 which is a gain of
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1 Among the 3,369 churches, 3,-
i 358 havii Sunday School Schools.
! There *ire 61 mission schools,
making ta total of 3,419 schools
with a jnembership of 772,420.
The Statistical report shows
2,832 Viacation Bible Schools
with an .enrollment of 288,130.
There Were 2,069 churches that
reported i Training Union work,
with an (enrollment of 189,849.
Twenty-three hundred and
thirty-twii churches reported Wo
man’s Missionary Union work,
with 169,1431 members.
Thirteei* hundred and ninety
two churches reported Brother
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