*^ot-has-:bla2ed ^.r^:'-TitAa.- ™: og;^
P6r ftata|| '»dvantemi
WUl Higglas, ase 73, ended h:
own life this attenioon 't>7 slaeb.-
iac Ills throat wRh a raior, Coro
ner I. M. Myera Mid following an
InTeatigation of the death.
Membera of the family at the
home two miles southweet of
WUhesb|oro said that Higgins
went from his house to the gran
ary to teed the chickens and aft
er feeding them slewhed his
throat. He had taken his eon’s
raaor from the house. His body
was found by his son.
Coroner Myers said the lacera
tion was deen enough to puncture
the Jugular vein and the larnyx.
He fell on his face and died al
Xo cause was given for the
act but relatives told the coroner
that only recently Higgins had
taken a number of strychnine
tablets and said he was going to
Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Mary L. Milam Higgins, and four
children; Harrison Higgins,
Bland, Va.; Lester Higgins, V'il-
kesboro; Mrs. Worth Church, Mo-
-^,ravian Falls: C. J. Higgins, Wil-
Funeral arrangements had not
been completed late today.
i^OL. XXXin, No. 88 Published
1040 IN TBB STAT^-4p.btf OUT OF THE STATE
/ Is Speaker At
Young People Of Elkin
Methodist District Hold
Meeting In This City
Bishop Clare Purcell, of Char
lotte. delivered an inspiring mess
age here Thursday night before
a Youth Crusade Rally of the El
kin Methodist district.
The Bishop’s subject was divid
ed into three part.-: “Know your
Methodism. Ix)ve Your Method
ism, Sen-e Your Methodism.”
For the service th§ church was
filled to capacity with young peo
ple from churches in all parts of
the district, which i.s composed of
Wilkes, Surry, Davie, Ashe, Wa-
'U^ga, Alleghany and Yadkin
The program opened with a
hymn, a prayer by Miss Louise
Laffoon. of Elkin, music by the.
boy’s quartet, of Boone, and a
song, “Just For Today.” by Miss
Iva Faw. of North Wilkesboro,
accompanied by Miss Ellen Rob
Bishop Purcell wa.s introduced
by District Superintendent J. S.
wA Following the sermon special
music was rendered by I^ena Sale
and Peggy Royall.
M. Teague Hipps. of Salisbury,
director of the young people s
work in. the Western North Car
olina Conference, spoke briefly,
telling about young people’s ac
tivities scheduled for the coming
The rally was described as one
of the most successful gatherings
of young people ever held in this
Regional B. T. U.
Convene In City
Baptists Of Twelve Associa
tions To Gather Here Fri
day and Saturday
Announcement was made here
f.o^y of a regional B. T. U. con
vention to be held at the First
Baptist church in this city on Fri
day and Saturday, April 12 and
13. ’The theme of the convention
will be "The New Testament Pat
tern of Church Membership.’’
The first session will open Fri
day afternoon at three o’clock.
The highlight of the session will
be a discussion by Miss Josephine
'Turner on "Facing Our Training
Needs In Region Seven.”
Friday evening’s session will
open at seven o’clock. Dr. O. R.
Mangum. of Lenoir, will s-peak on
the subject. “My Church.”
Rev. J. C. Caiiipe. of Boone,
win conduct a sunrise service Sat
urday morning at 6:30.
The Saturday morning session
will have many interesting num
bers, including an :Midie.ss by I.
r ' iif Mills
G Greer, superintendent of Mills
The final session will begin
Saturday afternoon Baptist
associations in region
Alexander. Alleghany, Ashe. Ave
ry Brier Creek, Brushy Moun
tain. Caldwell, Elkin. Stone
Mountain, Stony Fork, Three
Forks and Yadkin.
Mi. Wade GUbiert, constable of
Blk township, was a North Wll-
kasboro visitor today.
The above picture was taken Friday evening at the birthday party given by the Senior Woman s
club of North Wilke^ro celebriating the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the Federation of Wonwn s
clubs. Club leaders as shown in the picture are, left to right: Mrs. A. B. Johnst^ chauman of build
ing committee, and second vke-president-. Mrs. W. E. Jones, first vice-president; Bbs. Cj,H. Cowles, of
Wilkestoro, chairman of dlatrict three; Mrs. F. C. Forester, president of the club; Mr& T, B. Fiuey, k
past president; Mrs. Emmett C. Johnson, president of Junior club; Mrs. Ivey Moore, finance chairman;
and Mrs. W. R. Absher, historian.
Registrars And Judges
Appointed For Precincts
Met On Saturday
To Name Officials
Is A Candidate
By Woman’s Gub
Is Held In City
william Ben Pennell, 22-year-
old resident of near Wilkesboro,
was almost Insdantly killed and
anssel Brooks, of Wilkesboro
route 2, was itadly Injured In an
automobile accident near Moravi
an Falls on highways 16 and 18
Sunday night abont 7:16 o’clock.
According to Information gain
ed by Carlyle Jordan, state high
way patrolman who Investigated
the accident, Pennell was driv
ing his car, a light roadster, to
ward Moravian Palls when It
overturned on the highway and
landed -bottom side up.
Both occupants were . uncon
scious when placed In an ambu
lance and carried to the Wllkea
hospital. Pennell died wKhln a
few minutes after he arrived at
the hosplUl. There were several
wounds on his head and bruises
on his arms and shoulders. His
Activities Of ■ Organizatimi
Outlined In Gathering
Hedd Friday Night
New Registration Called; All
Who Vote This Year
Wilkes county board of elec
tions In meeXing SatWHlasr. ome
ning appointed precinct officials
for the primary to he held on May
Officials named .’or each pre
cinct were a registrar. Democratic
judge and Republican judge.
The first named for each town- j
ship is the registrar, the second
i.s the Democratic judge and the
third is the Republican judge:
Antioch—R. G. Mathis, Charlie
F'oster and Mansfield Jarvis.
Beaver Creek—L. F. Walsh. A.
J. Foster and G. H. Walker.
Boomer — Willard Williams,
Earl German and Elisha Fergu
Brnsliy Mountain—Coy Parker.
Christy Tedder and R. L. Mea
Edwards No. 1—Clyde Burch-
ette. Ernest Edwards and Hugh
Edwards .Vo. 2—Conrad Dur
ham, I,ewis Church and Clifton
Edwards No. 3—Paul Newman,
J. J. .Myers and Eli Smith.
Elk No. 1—Philo Blanken.shlp,
Burwin Shell and S. F. Miller.
Elk .No. 2—W. E. Horton,
Fred McNeill and W. F. Green.
Jobs Cabin No 1—D. F. Be-
shears. Odell Beshearr and Glen
Jobs Cabin No. 2—Doughton
Foster, J. M. A. Adkins and R.
Lewis Fork—G. C. Walsh, J.
.M. Shepherd and E. C. Foster.
Lovelace—Mrs. E. P. Iiiscore.
Andrew Johnson and Andrew
Moravian Falls—Mrs. W. S.
Reavls. June Pearson and Ed
Mulberry No 1—Miss Vernle
Hayes, Crom Owens and J. F.
Mulberry No. 2—Grady F.
.Miller, IV. E. Brewer and Wil
New Castle—Richard Pardue,
Bob Calloway and Hubert Rob
North Wilkesboro—Eftner Bil
ler, Glenn Cox and E. R. Eller.
Reddies River—Cecil Vannoy,
Troy Eller and Quince Kilby.
Rock Creek—F. C. Johnson,
Bob Johnson and Eli Sebastian.
Somers—Albert Myers, T. Y.
Inscore and H. C. Somers.
Stanton—Vernon Eljer, Clar
ence VVhitiington and H. O. Par
Traphill No. 1—Rich F. Gen
try, iS'. A. Lyon and Glenn Cas-
Traphill No. 2—^Vance John
son, Jesse L. Holloway and H. N.
Union—Thornton Staley, B. F.
Staley and Pete Dancy.
Walnut Grove No. 1—Willie
Holbrook, J. C. Johnson and Lun-
(Continued on page eight)
(’. ). Mc.Viel, cliairiiian of
tile »likes eoiiiily Hoard of
eiUieatioii and secretai-y of the
Wilkes county Denioenitie e\-
eeiilive committe*. Iia-s filed
notice of candidacy foi’ another
term On the boaiul of education.
McNeil Files As A
lucumbent Chairman Board
Seeks Party’s Endorse
ment In The Primary
C. O. McNiel, chairman of the
Wilkes county board of education
for the past several years, filed
notice of his candidacy Saturday
for primary endorsement as a
member of the board for another
I nder the present law the term
of one member of the board ex
pires every two years. The mem
bers of the board whose terms do
not expire next year are K. R.
Church and D. F. Shepherd.
Mr. McNiei. a member of one
of the most prominent families
in noithwestern North Carolina,
has for several years been very
active in public life and in the
Democratic party, being secre-.
tary of the county executive com
His notice of candidacy was
filed Saturday with E. P. Inscore,
chairman of the county board of
To celebrate the Golden Jubi
lee Anniversary of the Federation
of Woman’s clubs, the members
of the Senior Woman’s club of
North Wilkesboro entertained at
a lovely birthday .party at the
clubhouse on Tfogdon Street Fri
day evening. Mrs. F. C. Forester,
president of the club, n.-eslded
throughout the evening, ^during
•wlUcIi tfih^an’'fiitire»tlng pro
gram was given, being followed
Hy a dance.
The spacious room of the club
house was attractively decorated
with a variety of spring flowers,
while on the birthday table was
a large white cake, topped with
fifty tiny yellow candles, on each
side of which was bowls of the
yellow jonquils and white spirea.
To open the program John
Kermit Blackburn, accompanied
at the piano by Miss Lois Scroggs,
sang “l,ove Sends a Little Gift
of Roses’’ and “0 Promise Me.’’
after which .Mrs. Forester wel
comed the group and presented
Mrs. C. H. Oowles, of Wilkesboro,
chairman of district three, who
made a -most interesting talk on
the Golden Jubilee.
Since tlie North Wilkesboro
Senior dub wa. organized in Oc
tober 1920 the following have
.served as presidents; Mesdames
T. B. B'inley, W. J. Bason, R. G.
Finley, Palmer Horton, J. C.
Reins. John Tait, and Mrs. For
ester. The achievements during
their term of office was related
I by a number of these women. In
I which the building of the club
house wgs an outstanding ac
Mrs. George Forester sponsored
the organization of the Junior es.
club in October 1934, and Its
Bridal Couple, Age
73, Visitors Here
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace E. Day,
of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who
were married In November 1939
and have been spending a four-
months’ honeymoon in Florida,
were week-end guests of Mrs.
Marlon Shell, a granddaughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Day were 73
years of age sach at the time of
their marriage but had known
each other for more than 60
years. Mrs. Day is a sister of the
first wife of Mr. Day.
ization of the local senior club, sented by President Johnston.
which was of much Interest. In
present, the club was- organized,
and enrolled a membership of 98.
In the election of the officers
Mrs. J. C. Smoot was chosen as
president; Mrs. T. B. Finley, vice
president: Mrs. E. C. Willis, sec
the first presiaent oi ciun in — - j:
service. The department chair- mU on the curb mar-
,Wilkes Youth b
h Auto Mishap
Willifun B. P«niidl Is Killod
Almost Initwtljr When
Dr. Hiibhard Predderd
Of Hospital Association
Is Bected At
It A Candidate
neck was broken.
Brooks soon regained consci
ousness and his condition today
was not considered critical, al
though there *were a number of
severe l.icerations and biruises.
Cause of the accident was not
Pennell is survived by his
mother, Mrs. Geneva Pennell:
three brothers, Elbert, Lee and
Glenn Pennell of Wilkesboro,
Route 2; and two sisters. Mrs.
Tyre Johnson of Statesville, and
Mrs. Enoch Staley of Wilkes
boro, Route 2.
Funeral service will be held
some time Tuesday at Moravian
Falls Methodist church.
Chas. C. Pearce
On Friday Night
Member Anti-Trust Division
Department Of Justice
Is Heard Here
Charles C. Pearce, attorney of
the United States Department of
Justice now engaged in alleged
violations of the anti-trust act by
fertilizer companies, told the
North Wilkesboro Lions Club Fri
day night about the anti-trust ai
and how it is designed to protect
the masses of unorganized con
sumers against organized mo
The program was in charge of
Hadley Hayes and Phillip Brame.
Mr. Hayes Introduced the speaker.
Mr. Pearce was strong In his con
demnation of monopoly and as
serted that the anti-trust act
makes void any contracts or a-
greements which are in restraint
of trade. Free fixing, he said, is
a form of taxation.
Following his address Judge
Johnson J. Hayes, a guest at the
meeting, spoke briefly concerning
the public interest In some recent
court decisions on anti-trust tas-
President Richard Johnston an-
presidents have been Mrs. Frank nounced that the International
Blair, Jr„ Miss Lois Scroggs, Mrs. convention of Lions Clubs will be
held in Havana. Cuba, on July
24 and 26 and asked that as
W. K. Sturdivant, Mrs, W. F. Ab
sher, and Mrs. E, ■ C. Johnson, .-o, — —
Several of the junior ipresldents many members of the local club
were introduced and told about as nossible make plans to at-
the activities of the club under
Mrs. W. R. Absher, historian,
gave a brief sketch of the organ
Ira W. Day and D. V. Deal were
received into the club as new
members and buttons were pre-
L. L. Carpenter, E. C. Johnson
WlllCU *» v/a w. r-—- ——
October 1920 Miss Adelaide Fries, and Edward Finley are the pro
of Winston-Salem, was invited gram committee for Anniversary
here to speak to the women of and Ijadies’ night April 19. Blair
the town in regards to the or- Gwyn and Paul Cashion were
ganizatlon of a club. At this named as a committee
meeting, which was presided over rangements.
by Mrs. Absher, 100 women were'
Curb Mart Meet
On Tuesday Night
Mi3s Harriet McOoogan» Wilkes
home demonstration agent, has
president: Mrs. E. C. wiiiis sec- ^ „,etlng for the
retary and treasurer Mrs. Smwt planning re-opening
presided over the first meeting
of the club, but becauw of Illness in the court
in her family was unable to serve Tuesday night immediately
further, so Mrs. Finley becanse j jj j _ jjjg nranee meeting
the first president of club in f®“o .
men were also elected at this othen. Interested are
meeting. The Civic League of , , nroaont
which Mrs. Absher was president, ® ^ ^
and the Associated Charities,
headed bly Mrs. Smoot, gave a
lovely tea following the organiza
tion of the club to honor the guest oii
(Continued on page eiglit)
Grange To Meet
wilkesboro Grange will meet
’Tuesday nighf, 7:39, at the
courthouse. All members ire
asked to attend, i .:
P. OL (Tool) Forester, for
maiijr years prominent in the
DeznocraUc party in the state,
is a candidate for the Demo
cratic iMnnination for state sen
ator in this district.
F. C. Forester Is
A Candidate For
The State Senate
Prominent Democratic Lea
der Files Notice Of Can
Floyd C. (Tom) Forester, inde
pendent oil dealer and for many
years a leader in the Democratic
party, Saturday filed notice of
candidacy for the Democratic
nomination for State Senate in
the Twenty-fourth district, com
posed of Wilkes, Yadkin and
Mr. Forester has been promi-
party in Wilkes county and state
He was elected chairman of the
county executive committee in
1912 and was Head of the party
in Wilkes for 16 years. He has
been a member of the State Dem
ocratic executive co,mmittee for
several years, and in 1932 was a
delegate from the Eighth con
gressional district to the Demo
cratic National convention in
Chicago, at which time Franklin
D. Roosevelt was nominated for
Due to an agreement for rota
tion of candidates in this dis
trict, thlg, year is Wilkes’ time
for a Democratic candidate. Two
ye’ars ago Dr. T. W. Shore, Yad
kin county Democrat, was' defeat
ed by Charles H. Cowles, Wilkes
Republican, by only about 100
Highway Accident Hoqyital*
nation Bill Again Spon
sored By Group....
Dr. Fred C. Hubbard, ohtof o«
Staff of the Wilkes HospttalUwaa
elected president of -Kortk
Carolina Hospital Asso^tlon at
its meeting held In Wlaston-Sali-
em Wednesday night..^ ,•
Other officers elects‘ wer^ J.
Lyman Melvin of Ro!lp> ifopot,
president elect, whiy - geeg
the group next year, ana Sample
B. Forbns, Watts 3f6s|>lt§l,'’j^tai>'
ham, re-elected seOTetaiy-triiss
urer. Dr. Vance P. Peeryj. Rl«e-
ton, retiring president, and Or.
Harry L. Brockman, of High
Point, were elected directors tor
three-year terms. They snceeed
br. Molr S. Martin, of' Mount
Airy, and Dr. B. C. Wlllto, of
The meeting Wednesday night
was a prelude to The Carolinas-
Vlrglnias Hospital Conferenee
which was in session ’Thursday
through Saturday, which Dr.
Hubbard also attended.
The North Carolina Hospital
Association In meeting Wednes
day night, about 150 ^rong,
greed to sponsor again the North
Carolina highway accident hos
pitalization bill which failed pass
age in the last session of the
legislature by only five votes on
final reading. 'The bill would add
50 cents to the price of each auto
tag sold, and thlg fund would be
on the hospital bill of any vic
tim of an auto accident in the
The body also adopted by unan-
mous vote a new constitutiou
and bylaws which was set up as
model by the American Hos-
nent and active in the Democratic pital Association. There is little
Merchants To Set
Hours At Meeting
To Be Held At North Wilkes
boro City Hall On Thurs-
’ day Night, 7:30
ifference between the old and
new documents, it was pointed
A lengthy dtstu.ssion on the
workmen's compensation law as
it affects hospitals was held, fol
lowed by the decision that the as
sociation recommend to the in
dustrial commission that a hos
pital advisory committee be set-
lip to handle hospital claims.
For G.O.P. Meet
Candidate For Governor To
Address County Conven
tion On Monday
A meeting of all merchants in
North Wilkesboro will be held
on Thursday night. April 11, at
the city hall for the purpose of
setting Saturday evening closing
htfuirs for the imercantl'.e estab
lish menu in the city, W. P. Kel
ly, executive secretary of North
Wllkesboro’s Commerce Bureaus,
The proposal to close stores at
seven o’clock Saturday evenings
was discussed at a previous meet
ing but action was deferred un
til a complete canvass of the bus
iness firms could be made and
another meeting called.
AU merchants of the city, re
gardless of whether or not they
are members of the Merchants*
Bureau, are Invited and urged to
attend the meeting Thursday
At Mt. Pleasant
Attorney Robert H. McNeill, a
candidate for the Repiiblicau
nomination for governor of North
Carolina, will speak at the Wllkea
county Reepublican convention to
be held in Wilkesboro on Monday,
April 15, ten a. m.
Announcement that Attorney
McNeill, a native of Wilkes and
tor many years a nationally prom
inent attorney in Washington. D.
C., will speak at the convention
was made today by Attorney T. R.
Bryan, who Is manager of Mr.
■McNeill’s canvpaign in Wilkes.
Monthly Meeting Of. Baptist
Preachers To Be '
Charlie Monroe, one . of the
famous Itonroe Brothers, and his
party of . “Kentucky Partners,”
iriil renier, a program at Mount
PidtAaakf school on. , 'rb«wdsy>
April session of the WlIkM
county Baptist Pastors’
ence will he held on Thursday, >
April ll, at Re!n8-Stnrdi»nt
chapel in this city, according- to
an announcement today by .Rev.
Eugene Olive, secretary.
The program will open at ten
a. m. with devotional by Rev. W,,
H. Houck. Rev. C. C. Holland
will conduct the Bible study'sn4
Rev. F. C. Watts will deliver tha
At 1:16 P- hi. Rev. C. M. Caa-,
dill win conduct the devotional,
followed by a discussion led
Rev. Eugene Olive .on “The Min
ister as a Local cHuroh Leader.”
The concluding.nnmW»r on tka.
program ' will Da W address by .
Rev. S. I. Wafts on, ‘Tce^rtnf
For A Reviv«)J.'”—.