THE /OUlWALrPAtRJOT HAS BLAMED THE^ TRAa OF PROGRjpS ,IN vTHE‘OTATB Of WHJKES^^
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At Seven O’CIo^
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jMiitr of NofeHiweat^
Eariy Clounc Hour Will Not
Go Into Effect Until
; " Saturday, May 18
VOL. XXXIII, No. 35 Published Mondays and Thargdaya.__NGRTH WILKESBORO, N. C MON]^Y;_A^^ijSiLj940_jt^ STA1^-|2^00^OUT^^ THE STA^
At an enthusiastic meeting of
the merchants 'bureau of the
North Wllkesboro Commerce Bu
reaus held Thursday night in the
city hall it was voted almost
unanimoir iy _to close the stores
of the city (not including drug
stores and grocery stores) at 7
p. m. o’clock on Saturdays. W.
O. Gabriel, 'director of the bu
After discussion of the mat-
Both Parties To Have Contests In
ter by the various merchants
present, and after bearing a re
port of tb. survey made by W. P.
Kelly, bureau secretary, which re
sulted In 48 merchants express
ing the desire to clObe on Satur
days at 7 p. m., II willing to co
operate, and S against the clos
ing hour, the motion to close at
the hour mentioned and to abide
by the majority vote, those pres
ent voted 15 to 3 for the closing
hour w'hlch will take effect on
the third Saturday night in Jlay,
There was very little opposition
to the 'movement to establish the
closing hour for the merchants
expressed at the meeting and a
committee composed of J. 11. Mc
Cartney. John K. Blackbiiru and
Carl \V. Steele was appointed to
promote an advertising campaign
to thoroughly acquaint the pub
lic of the approaching change for
closing the stores on Saturday
For Highway 268
Taken By Death
A King at Play
Survey Of Route
Wilkes’ Share Of Highway
Improvement Fund To
Be Used On 268
King Ananda Mahidol of ThaUsnd
I (Siam) romps with his mother and
^ « ; a toy rabbit at Lausanne, gwltser-
land, where the young king attends
school. A council of regents roles
ThsUand during his minority.
Work Slated To Get Under
Way On Widening 421
East Of Wilkesboro
Two surfacing jobs on highway |
widening projects on highway |
421 arr; scheduled to get under
way within the ne.xt tew days.
Workmen, have teen waiting on
.oondition tv> become more
4>^ofe aMiylBg i>la^
teg cnrfnfo «a wW^ijg^glr^
higlnray 49f from' this’city west
to Millers i^reek.
By means of a WPA project the
roadbed had been widened and
crushed stoue has been applied
three feet on each side of the con
crete pavement and up to six
feet on inside of curves.
The concrete pavement o n
highway 421 ea.st of Wilkesboro
will also be widened and work is
slated to get under way this week.
It will also be carried out as a
WPA project with the state high
way commission as sponsor.
A strip of concrete four feet
wide will be added to the present
pavement. Rock cor concrete work
is being mined in a quarry on
the Windy Gap road.
In Number Farms
On Soil Program
Load Limits On
Exceeded In Number Farms
Signed Up Only By
in the state in ntimber of farms
participating in the soil pro
gram for 1940, Lawrence Miller,
clerk and secretary of the Triple
.X organization in Wilkes, said
As the date for signing up for
the farm program closed. Wilkes
county was nearing the 5,000
mark in number nf signatures and
already had passed 1.900.
Mr. Miller said that according
to his information Johnson is the
only county in the state to exceed
that figure. Wilkes was fourth In
number participating last year.
Township committeemen have
contacted practically all the farm
ers of the county within the last
few weeks and promised coopera
tion wit)- the program has been
almost 100 per cent.
Engineers are engaged in .mak
ing a survey of highway 268
from W’ilkesboro to the Caldwell
cgMinty line and work on a portion
of that highway is expected to
get under way soon, it was learn
ed today from the highway divis
ion office here.
Highway Commissioner J. G.
Hackett said that Wilkes county’s
part of the money from the fund
allocated by Governor Hoey for
improvement of state highways
will be spent on highway 268
west of Wilkesboro.
The fund allocated by Gover
nor Hoey was $5,000,000 for the
state. Of this amount about $1,-
100,000 will be used for bridges
and equipment and $4,000,000
will be divided for improvement
of state highways and county
roads. Wilkes’ share of the part
for state highways will be used
on highway 268.
Highway 268 follows a west
ward course from Wilkesboro a-
jlong the Yadkin Valley, recogniz
ed as one of the best agricultural
sections of the county. A hard-
y-» TV • Date For Filing Of
TV rM • uaie ror riimg in
G.ChP. Cfeoirman Notice Ca^acy
At Conrtboiise h
Delegates Named To Con
ventions; Roliert H. Mc
Neill Is Speaker
.Attorney J. M. Brown, prom
inent member of the WUkes
I'lir, iviio (lied earlj this mom-
J. Mack Brown
Well Known Lawyer Dies
Early This Morning Af
ter Attack Pneumonia
John (McKinley (Mack) Brown,
!8, prominent Wilkes attorney,
died at one a. m. today in a
Me bad been ill for several
Wilkes county Republicans. In
convention today unanimously
re-elected N. B. Smlthey, widely
prominent merchant and .business
man, as chairman of the party
in the county and expressed con
fidence that "1940 is a Republi
Precinct meetings were held
throughout the county Saturday
for election of executive commit
tee members and delegates to
the county convention today. All
preejnets were represented by
delegates In the convention.
Following the business of the
convention, which included per
fecting the county organization
and election of delegates to the
state convention i n Charlotte
Wednesday and the congressional
convention In Lexington Tuesday,
Robert H. McNeill, a candidate
for the Republican nomination
for governor, delivered a force
ful address, in which he stoutly
condemned the fiscal policies of
national and state administra
N. B. Smlthey, chairman, open
ed the conventlpd tod^iy and call-
RepaUicans and Democrat#
Have Contests For Legis-
List of candidates who bad
filed with the Wilkee county
board of elections prior to six o’
clock Saturday evening showed
that there will be .primary con
tests for the Democratic nomina
tion for the legislature and state
senate while the Republicans will
have contests for nomination to
the legislature and for register ot
■at— gasaa Shaw, moat phot^
graphed model, is crowned "HiaS
Print" by fflnstrator McClelland
Barclay at a New York banquet.
Mbs £haw’s regal robe is a pasts*
np of adyertising lllnstrationa .
B. T. U. Regional
Meetii^ Is Held
For legislature the Republican
candidates are T. B. Story, former
Wilkesboro school principal and
now an attorney, and A. Caudill,
of Hays, who was a candidate for
the nomination two years ago.
The Democratic candidates for
legislature are H. A. Cranor, of
Wilkesboro, who a few years
ago was the first Democrat elect
ed to the legislature from Wilkes
In 56 years, and A. A. Cashion,
prominent oil dealer in this city.
For ®tate senate the Demo
cratic candidates are J. B. McCoy,
of this city, who filed Saturday,
and F. C. (Tom) Forester, who
filed a week ago. The Republican
nomination for the 2 4th district
composed of W'ilkes, Yadkin and
Davie will be from Yadkin thU
Inspiring Program Carried
Out In Two-Day Gather-
For register of deeds there
are two Republican candidates,
C. C. Bidden, of Joynes, a mem
ber ot the present board of com
missioners, and Carl Church, of
Caldwell line a few years ago.
Highway 268 from Wilkesboro
to the Caldwell line at present
is an ordinaiy, graveled road and
is very crooked. Residents of the
communitie salong the route have
pressed their claims for a hard
surfaced highway for several
Allocation ot Wilkes’ part of
the funds for state highways to
construction on highway 268 will
not affect the road Improvement
program for county roads, which
Aill continue throughout the
Tuesday afternoon, three o’clock,
at the home of his brother. Ex-
Sheriff P. E. Brown, in Wllkes-
horo- and Burial will be in Mt.
Zion cemetery in Mulberry town
Two Roads Will
ra in 1 W. Thomas Nichols I Parts Of Highway 421 and
Roads Removed ^ claimed By Death X
Limits Placed On Black Top
Roads In February
Taken Off Today
Ix>ad limits were removed from
all highways in this division ex
cept sections of three roads to
day, highway- division engineers
The load limits on black top
surfaced highways went into ef
fect on February 7 to prevent
damage to the roads following
unusually severe winter weather.
The three sections of roads on
which the load limits will remain
in effect for some time are high
way 16 from Millers Creek north
ward to the intersection with
number 88. highway 66 in For
syth county and the Bunker Hill
road In For.>^'th county.
Load limits were placed on
seventeen roads, engineers said.
■\Viley Thomas Nichols. 76-
vear-old citizen ot the Pleasant
ome community neur Millers
Creek, died Sunday morning at
Funeral service will he held
Tuesday, 11 a. ni., at Pleasant
Home Baptist church. Ministers
to take part in the service will
be Rev. L. B. .Murray, Rev. F. C.
Watts and Rev. A. W. Eller.
Surviving Mr. Nichols are his
widow, Mrs. Sarah Jane Nichols,
and four children: Parks, Lizzie
Mae and Walter Gwyn Nichols,
of Wilkesboro route 1. and Mrs.
W. C. Caudle, of Greensboro.
Two sections ot highways in
Wilkes county will he treated
this year before the end of the
fiscal year June 30, it was learn
ed today from the state highway
division office here.
Highway 421 from Millers
Creek to the Watauga county line
and highway 268 from Elkin to
Roaring River are on the year’s
program tor treatment.
Other treatment work to be
done in the county will be deter
mined when the road work pro
gram for the fiscal year begin
ning July 1 is mapped o.ut, high
way engineers said.
He was born on May 17, 1901,
a son of the late Millard Brown
and Mrs. Brown, who survives.
He received his A. B. degree
from the University of North
Carolina in 1923 and in 1924
jraduateti from the "Wake Forest
College law school. After complet
ing the course at Wake Forest he
begpn practicing law here and
was recognized in legal circles as
a brilliant attorney. During the
past several years he was asso
ciated with John R. Jones in the
law firm of Jones and Brown.
He had since youth taken a
most active iiart in political af
fairs, being a leader in the Re
publican party in the co^unty and
state. He served as secretary of
the party in Wilkes county for a
few years until he was elected
chairman, in which capacity he
served six years. He was a mem
ber of the congressional Repub
lican committee and in 1936 was
the Eighth district’s delegate to
the national convention.
He was married to Miss Edith
Foster, who with one daughter,
Nancy Brown, survives. Other
surviving members of his Imme
diate family are his mother, one
brother, Ex-Sheriff P. E. Brown,
and one sister, Mrs. J. W. Neal.
Laws, secretary. fftory,' Paul
Brewer and Dhvlght Nichols were
named secretaries for the con
vention and the temporary or
ganization was made permanent.
Chairman Casey delivered a
brief keynote add.ress. in which
he forecast sweeping victories
for the Republicans in November.
The convention stood in silent
tribute to the memory of J. Mack
Brown, a former party chairman
in the county who died a few
hours before the convention open
Is Club Speaker!
Erwin To Speak
At High Finals
At Ronda Sihool
Is Taken By Death
Secretary School Commis*
sion Gives Many Facts
About Public Education
Jasper Billings, age 21, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Billings,
of Edwards township, died ea.'iy
Friday at his home. Funeral serv
ice was held Saturday, 11 o’clock,
at Pleasant Home church.
Surviving are his parents and
the following brothers and sis
ters: Weaver Billing.s, North Wil-
Itesboro: Tom, G. C„ and Andrew
Billings, Roaring River: Miss
Irene Billings. WIns’on-Salera;
Georgia, Dicie Lou and Mary
Anne Billings, of Roaring River.
Since a high-grade Jack was
placed on the farm of N. H. Per
ry of Erwin. Harnett county farm
ers have exhibited greater inter
est In raising their own work-
North Wilkesboro Kiwanis club
held an interesting meetiig Fri
day noon, featured by an address
by Lloyd Griffin, secretary of the
state school commission.
Program chairman C. 0. Mc
Neil asked John Sikes to intro
duce the sp: -ker, Lloyd Griffin,
of Raleigh, and executive secre
tary of the State School Commis
sion. He addressed the club on
the topic of “Maintaining the
Schools of North Carolina.” He
pointed out certain history indi
cating that the strip of North
Carolina from the Virginia line
to the Lincoln county line the
length of the state would have
been the State of Granville had
the court decision of long ago
been in favor of Lord Granville
instead of the Moravians and oth-
(Ckmtmoed on pace eicht)
Connbnencement Procram At
Wilkesboro Schools For
Dr, Amos Abrams Will De
liver Commencement Ad-
. dress On April 25
Clyde Erwin, state superinten
dent of public Instruction, will
deliver the address at Wilkesboro
high school finals on Tuesday
night, April 30.
Dr. Walter Lingle, president of
Davidson college, will deliver the
baccalaureate sermon on Sunday
afternoon, three o’clock, April
Class night exercises will he
held on April 29.
There are about 50 seniors In
the class this year.
A special Pitt county farmer
committee has been appointed to
make a careful study of practices
and methods that farmers might
use to produce cotton more eco
Commencement season at Ron
da high school will open on
April 16 with the senior play and
close on April 25 with gradua
tion exercls'es and an address by
Dr. Amos Abrams, of A. S. T. C.
On April 21 Rev. Eph Whlsen-
jhunt. pa.stor of the First Baptist
church of Elkin, will deliver the
Class night ■will be held on
April 23 and seventh grade fin
als will be on April 25.
Will Play Boone
North Wllkeabloro high school
baseball team will play Its first
home game of the season here
Tuesday afternoon, 3:30, with
Boone furnishing the opposition.
A good game is anticipated and
loial fans are Invited to see the
Chairman Casey appointed J.
H. Whicker, Kyle Hayes and T.
R. Bryan as a resolutions commit
tee and the committee appointed
to prepared lists of delegates and
alternates to the conventions was
composed of J. B. Norris, F. J.
McDuffie and J. W. Robbins.
Following the re-election of
N. B. Smlthey as chairman for
another two years, H. C. Kilby
and Miss Frances Somers were
elected members of the state Re
publican executive committee.
The convention elected the
members of the county executive
committee as reported by the
delegations, from all the pre
cincts. The executive committee
members as elected are: Antioch,
B. M. Jarvis: Beaver Creek, G. H.
■Walker; Brushy Mountain, Alon
zo Anderson; Boomer, R- F.
Eller; Elk number 1, S. F. Miller;
Elk numiber 2, J. D. Tnplett; Ed
wards nuni'bef 1, M. C. Jones; Ed
wards number 2, .C. C. Alexander;
Edwards nuimber 3, M. L. Petty
john; Joibs Cabin number 1, W.
A. Payne, Jobs Cabin namber 2.
Lou Beshears: Lovelace, R. V.
Wright; Lewis Fork. Dr. W. R.
Triplett; Moravian Palls, Perry
Lowe; Mulberry number 1, R. E.
Sebastian; Mulberry number 2, C.
M. Elledge; New Castle, C. M.
Wellborn: North Wilkesboro,
Max Foster; Reddies River, W.
H. Nichols; Rock Creek, L. W.
Wood; Stanton; J. C. Church:
Somers, J. W. Robbins; Traphill
number 1, I>. B. Swarlngen; Trap-
hill number 2. G. W. Brown;
Union, A. R. Miller; Walnut
Grave number 1, W. W. Gamiblll;
Walnut Grove number 2, W. C.
Hule; Wilkesboro numiber 1, C.
G. Bumgarner; Wilkesboro num
ber 2, Dave Mink.
The convention endorsed the
action ot the senatorial conven
tion held in Yadklnville In nom
inating Miles Shore, prominent
Yadkin county dairyman, as the
Republican candidate for state
senate.in the 24th district com
posed of Yadkin, Davie and
WUkes counties. According to
custom, Yadkin county furnishes
the nominee this year.
T. R. Bryan very appropriately
(Contlnaed cm pag« dfM)
in'ttffs’city 'Friday and Saturday
to attend the Seventh Region
Baptist Training Union conven
tion held at the first Baptist
The convention opened Friday
afternoon with Albert S. Hale, of
Mount Airy, presiding. Miss Jose
phine Turner, of Raleigh, field
secretary of B. T. U. for the
Baptist state convention, direct
ed many of the activities ot the
About 100 delegates attended
the sessions and the prbgrain was
carried out as previously an
Officers elected for the region
were as follows: Miss Lucy
Thompson, of Stony Point, direc
tor; Rev. Zeb Caudill, of Lenoir,
associate director; .Miss Elsie
Nichols, of North Wilkesboro.
secretary; Miss Hazel Brannock.
of Mount Airy, junior leader;
Miss Valeria Robinson, of Lenoir,
intermediatae leader; Mrs. Eph
Whlsenhunt, of Elkin, young peo
ple’s leader; Rev. J. D. Whisnant,
of Stony Point, adult leader: Dr.
O. R.' Mangum, of Lenoir, pa.stor
Highlights in the eprogram of
the convention were addres-ses
by Miss Turner, Dr. Mangum, of
Ben)lr, ,Dr. J. C. Canipe, of
B>onp.. and, I. O. Greer, superin
tendent of Mills Home
7tb Grade Finals
Field day and seventh grade
graduation kt Mount Pleasant
high school will be held on Satur
day,*' April 20, according to an
nouncement by A. V. Nolan, dis
The day’s program will begin
at nine a. m. and continue until
three p. m. Students of all the
schools in the district are expect
ed to participate in the events.
The full program for the day
■will be published in Thursday’s
issue ot this newspaper.
No contests derelol^ej^air':
Ination for commisSiOcers'':|a'V.4
either party. The candidates by
districts are; district 1—C. B.
Lenderman, Democrat, and Dave
Mink, Republican: district 2—V.
T, Walsh, Democrat, and G. C.
Hamby, Republican; district 3—*
W. W. Harris. Democrat, and M.
F. .^bsher. Republican and pres.-
ent chairman of the board.
Earl Caudill. Republican in-
ciinihent surveyor, is unopposed
for the Kepublican nomination
and no Democratic candidate fil
C. 0. McNiel. incumbent chair
man of the county board of edu
cation, filed tor another term as
a member of the .board and H.
G. Duncan filed as his Republican
Democratic candidates filing
for justice of peace were: Elk,
W. M. Minton; Moravian Falls,
R. C. Jennings; North Wilkes-
.boro, J. C. Mc'Diarmid; Beaver
Creek, T. W. Ferguson.
Rerpublican candidates for jus
tice of peace are: Wilkesboro,
Ed yCrsel; Rock Creek, Harrison
Felts; Mulberry, W. H. Sebastian;
Somers, J. W. Robbins; Union, L.
Democratic candidates for
constable are; North Wilkesboro,
M. E. Miller; Moravian Palls,
Buhman Jarvis: Lewis Fork, H.
W. Elledge: Stanton. Weaver
Byers; Edwards. R .L. Spencer;
Elk, Wade Gilbert.
Republican candidates for con
stable; Lewis Fork. 'Theodore
Fairchilds; Mulberry, J. P. Rob
erts; Reddles River, Moody Par-
due: Edwards, Boss Blackburn,
H. M. Wiles and Earl S. Edwards.
To Close Friday
Progyaon Will Be Carried
Out Thursday and Fri
day Nights This Week
Miss C. P. Haynes
Funeral On Sunday
Funeral service was held Sun
day at Liberty Grove church for
Miss Cleo P. Haynes, age 56, resi
dent of North Wilkesboro route
2 whd died Thursday. Rev. A. B.
Hayes conducted the service, as
sisted iby Rev. Lloyd Pardue.
Surviving brothers and sisters
are J. H. Haynes, Knottville; I.
N. Haynes, North Wilkesboro
route 2; Mrs. L. D. Campbell.
Commencement exercises a t
Mulberry school will be held oU’,!
Thursday and Friday nights of
this week, Grady Miller, principal,
The Thursday night prognuu-
will consist of two parts, an.
operetta by the first, second and,
third grades, and another by
fourth, fifth and sixth.
On Friday night the seveatll'i
grade graduation exercises will'*
be held. Diplomas will be pr
sented by C. B. Eller, count;
superintendent of schools, and an’’
address by Judge- Johnson 1,'
Hayes. ’The programs each nl.qh
Clements; Mrs. R. L. Church and
Mrs. W., L. Foster, North WUkes-1 will begin at eight o’clock
boro route 2. , 1 the public U Inytted. .