Welcome To Pilgrimage Os Colonial Edenton
Volume XXXVI.—No. 16
On the odd years along the- Public
Parade there are town elections and the
Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton and
Countryside. Just in case you haven’t
gotten the message, this is the year.
Edenton Little Theater is even coop
erating. John Becker unwittingly chose
Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” for
Thursday and Saturday night perform
Down at Woodhall, Ben and Virginia
Wood are preparing to swing wide the
doors for visitors. They have at least
one touch of authenticity at their 1853
ante-bellum the lane.
Apparently this has caused concern
within the family. In a sentence pray
er at Sunday School, Ben, Jr., said:
“Lord, please help Daddy get the road
We had vowed not to mention the
ugliness of trash cans on streets in the
residential section until a new town
administration is elected. Then in pops
Barbara Elmore asking that we remind
homeowners to spruce things up for the
If you don’t do it but every two years,
this is the time to trim the lawns, re
move the trash, etc., for we’ve got com
Everyone must help put forth our best
foot. And that isn’t an odd request dur
ing this odd year.
Straight From The Hip
Since we began meandering along The
Public Parade more than four years ago
several people have well-meaningly
questioned some of our policies as well
as our philosophy..
It is difficult at times to get across
exactly what is intended. We acquired
the majority of our journalism in the
school of hard knocks. Most of the
knocking was done by a brother-in-law
up in Statesville, who we consider, with
out prejudice, to be the most ethical and
fair, yet hard-hitting, newspaperman
Recently he replied to an anonymous
letter and in so doing darned well ex
pressed the beliefs we share. Jay Hus
kins doesn’t win elections or prizes.
He’s too honest. After reading the
editorial which follows you’ll know what
Dear J. M.—We are sorry you didn’t
sign your name because, if we have a
forte, it lies* in the capacity to differ
with others without falling out with
them. But you leave us in the dark.
So we will have to assume that your
motives are pure and the questions you
raise are valid.
You ask if we presume to speak
through this column for the people who
live Down In Iredell. The answer is no.
The opinions expressed in this column
are our own, offered each day for what
they are worth.
You say you detected a note of arro
gance in our reference to congressmen,
who vote themselves 42 per cent pay in
creases and then start making public
appeals for more federal aid to the poor.
And then you add that “the people down
in Iredell, the ones I know, just aren’t
Now, it is our turn to ask. Do you
speak for the people Down In Iredell,
even the ones you know? We do not
ask the question in an effort to em
barrass, but to point up how easy it is
to fall into semantic traps.
You also ask if we are trying to do
Contlaaad on Pag* 4
A in Williamston Monday
night will be an initial step towards mak
ing noninvolvement in public education
passe among Northeastern North Caro
Attending the dutch dinner meeting at
Town and Country Restaurant will be
representatives of the boards of educa
tion, superintendents, lay leaders and
repcesentatives of the news media from
the 14 counties in District One of the
State Department of Public Instruction.
Jack Goldstein of Windsor, chairman
of the Task Force for Education in this
district, said considerable interest has
aheady been shown in the statewide
THE CHOWAN HERALD
For Hosiif tal
Chowan Hospital trustees have ap
proved issuance of letters of intent to
low bidders on the new 61-bed hospital.
Meeting Tuesday afternoon, Tom Sur
ratt, hospital administrator, reported that
nearly $40,000 has been raised from in
dividuals, businesses and industries in
the local funds campaign.
The campaign is still in progress. Sev
eral industries have indicated interest
in the project and are expected to make
donations within the month.
The negotiated construction bids total
$1,646,725. The overall project cost is
$1,939,753.50, to be financed primarily
by a sl-million bond issue and $708,000
in state and federal funds.
The new facility is to be built on
Highway 32, west of Chowan Medical
Center. The existing 35-bed hospital
will be converted to an extended care
unit, giving Chowan County what has
been described as one of the finest small
medical complexes in the state.
Lions Will Hear
Official Os Sears
An official of Sears, Roebuck & Com
pany from Atlanta, Ga., will be in Eden
ton Monday to discuss his firm’s foun
W. W. Tatgenhorst, Jr., will be the
guest speaker afc»s>Edenton Lions Club
Monday night. He is assistant program
director of the Southern area of the
Sears-Roebuck Foundation and is the
director of special programs for the
public relations department of Sears in
the 13-state Southern territory.
The speaker will be introduced by
Terry St. Clair, local Sears manager and
member of the club.
Tatgenhorst, a native of Atlanta, Ga.,
became associated with Sears in 1944
and spent 10 years in Greensboro before
returning to Georgia in 1959. While
in Greensboro he was selected Young
Man of the Year by the Jaycees.
He is active in many projects of na
tional interests and has been cited many
times for his services to these projects.
Tatgenhorst resides in Decatur. Ga.,
with his five children.
W. W. Tatgenhorst, Jr.
movement. He said good attendance is
expected at Monday’s meeting.
Serving with Goldstein on the com
mittee are Mrs. R. S. Monds of Hert
ford, Robert Pierce of Farmville, and
L. F. Amburn, Jr., and Supt. Bill Britt
The district rileeting is an outgrowth
of the Task Force for Education two
day discussions held in Raleigh recently.
Goldstein said the district meeting
will be followed by larger meetings to
Jiscuss how to organize to best serve
each school community. The effort is
directed at seeking lay leadership in
public education at regional, county and
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 17, 1969.
READY FOR TOUR—Mr*. Warren Twiddy, right, general chairman of the Pilgrimage
of Colonial Edenton and Countryside, discusses the lour with Mrs. T. B. H. Weed in
front of Woodhall. The Woman's Club tour is expected to attract thousands to this area
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the first time the ante-bellum Woodhall has been
pn the tour.
Morris Heads Chowan NFO Chapter
Sammy Morris is the charter presi
dent of the National Farmers’ Organi
zation’s chapter in Chowan County.
The Chowan NFO was chartered Fri
day night with 61 members.
In addition to Morris, officers include:
Adrian Smith, vice president; Marvin
Ashley, secretary; and Carroll Byrum,
Noah Suggs, NFO representative from
Green County, directed organizational
Elected to the board of directors were:
Lensey Ray Bunch, three years; J. Gil
liam Wood, two years; and Carroll By
rum, one year. Carlton Perry was ap
pointed publicity chairman.
Morris appointed two key commit
tees. Named to the Grain Committee
were: Smith, chairman, Jimmy Parrish,
Preston Monds, Claude Small and Thom
as Corprew. Serving on the Meat Com
mittee will be George Jones, chairman,
Long Illness Fatal
W. E. (Monk) Mills, 914 North Broad
Street, died Monday night at the Vet
erans Hospital in Durham following an
illness of eight months. He was 50.
Mr. Mills was a veteran member of
the Edenton Fire Department and serv
ed as building inspector for the Town
His marriage was to the former Iris
Harrell, who survives.
In addition to his mother and wife,
surviving are one son, Thomas Allen
Mills of the home; one daughter, Miss
Judy Arlene Mills of Virginia Beach,
Va.; one brother, Robert T. Mills of
Edenton; and one sister, Mrs. Earl
Mitchell of Washington.
A veteran of World War 11, Mr. Mills
was active in the American Legion and
other veterans' organizations. He was
CowMiwd oa Pag* 4
of Eden to n. He
joined the fire de
partment nearly 20
years ago as a vol
unteer and later be
came a regu la r
member, holding the
rank of lieutenant at
the time of his
Mills was born pn
March 2, 1919, in
Beaufort County, a
son of Mrs. Deanie
Hudson and the late
Walter A. Mills.
Alvin Evans, Yates Parrish, Wilbur Pri
vott and Wallace White.
Terry Utley of Kentucky was speaker
at the charter night program and spoke
on the importance of NFO to the farmer.
NFO is .said to represent a new ap
proach to solving the farmers’ low price
problems through collective bargaining.
Membership is still open to any farmer
in Chowan County. Those who have
not joined and who wish to do so should
contact Morris, Perry, Small, Corprew,
or Tommy Leary.
Holmes Band Tours Northeast Area
By BELINDA BURNS
The John A. Holmes High School
Band, under the direction of Stuart Pat
ten, is presenting Spring concerts in
several Northeastern North Carolina
schools this week. The concerts are de
signed to publicize the biennial Pilgrim
age of Colonial Edenton and Country
side as well as entertain the student
bodies with a fine concert.
The itinerary is a busy one, packed
with work and fun for the band mem
Getting an early start Wednesday,
the band presented a morning concert
at neighboring Chowan High School.
J. P. Knapp High School was the scene
of the Wednesday afternoon concert.
John A. Holme • High School Band df
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Everything is set for the biennial Pil
grimage of Colonial Edenton and Coun
tryside—except the weather. The dark
clouds and showers of Wednesday are
hopefully to disappear later in the week
and the sun is expected to shine on the
Several thousand people are expected
to register at the Municipal Building,
tour headquarters, for the 1969 pilgrim
age. This is hailed as among the finest
ever arranged, especially since Historic
Edenton’s Visitor Center-Museum will
Mrs. Warren Twiddy, general chair
man for Edenton Woman’s Club, said
all is in readiness for the pilgrimage.
Homeowners have gone all out to make
their residences attractive in preparation
for the visitors.
The tour will be conducted Friday
and Saturday from 10 A. M., to 1 P. M.,
and 2 P. M., to SP. M. Sunday’s hours
are 1 P. M., to 5 P. M.
Rep. Walter B. Jones has again ar
ranged for a Coast Guard boat to be
available for waterfront tours on Sat
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E. L. Hollowell heads a slate of new
officers elected Monday night by Eden
ton Lions Club.
Hollowell, who is currently serving as
first vice president, has been active in
the club for a number of years. He is
a local industrialist who spends countless
hours on community projects.
Elected to serve with Hollowell were:
Gene Perry, first vice president; War
ren Twiddy, second vice president; Ken
neth Stalls, third vice president; W. J.
Taylor, secretary-treasurer; Wesley
Chesson, lion tamer; and Caswell Ed
mundson, tail twister.
Elected to the board of directors were:
Marvin Barham and Stuart Patten, two
years; Lewis Leary and George Lewis,
The fun began later in the day with
an overnight stay at the John Yancey
Motel at Nags Head.
Today (Thursday) begins early with
a concert at Manteo High School and
an afternoon performance at Columbia
High School. The day and tour ends
tonight with a tired, but happy, band
Patten chose the following selections
for the program: America the Beautiful,
Killiam Concert March, Military Sym
phony in F, Trumpet Tune, Montego
Bay, Man of LaMancha, American Sa
lute and Semper Fidelis March.
In addition to the director, chaperones
for the trip include Mrs. George Lewis,
Mrs. Junius Britton and Mr. and Mrs.