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Mach has hecn said abou'
WPA sewing rooms but little can
be learned about the project
without a visit to one of the
rooms and obeervation of what
really goes on.
In Wilkes county as In many
otheta In the state, clothing from
WPA sewing room? finds Its v/ay
■ ttrengh the welfare department
and Into the homes of many fam
ilies on relief.
The projedt has a two-fold pur
pose, giving employment to wom
en eligible for WPA jobs and
providing clothing for needy
The sewing room is a state
wide project sponsored by the
State Board of Charities and Pub
lic Welfare and co-sponsored by
the county commissioners. The
purpose of the project Is to make
clothing to be di.stributed to
needy people, especially school
P biidren and county institutions
nd to give work to needy wom
en, who are the wage earners of
the family because they are wi
dows or have disaihled husbands
-dl^here is required a doctor’s cer
tificate saying the man is dis
The Sewing project in Wilkes
Is In one central unit located in
the old prison camp In Wilkes-
boro. It employs around 53 wom
en. of course this number varies.
The superintendent of public
welfare makes an order to the
sewing room as to the typ^ and
size of garment he needs for the
county. Then tw'lce a month these
garments are picked up by the
Federal Surplus Commodity Pro
ject and taken to thl warehouse
where they are distributed by
tbe superintendent of public wel
fare and case workers where they
are. most needed.
The material these garments
are cut from is furnished joint
ly by the county and WPA. All
findings such as thread, buttons,
snaps, trimmings are furnished
r>—by the county. Also rent, lights,
^y?«ter and heat are furnished by
the' county sponsors, the county
commissioners. The machines are
s. owned hy WPA.
The line or commercial metiiod
of sewing is done in the sowing
rooms. That is tor instance when
the cut dresses are received in
bundles of 50 to 100 dresses. 10
are taken and started down a
line of 10 or more machines. Each
worker has just one step to do on
each dress, doing this same step
1^: all the dre.sses until the
There is an inspector tor each
line of 10 or 12 workers. She
gives,the piece of the garment to
the worker who does this particu-
'"lar step. She sees that they have
thread, bindings, bias and so on
that they need. She goes up and
down the line and Inspects each
step as it is finished so if there
is a mistake she can have them
remedy it before it gets any fur
ther and more of the garment
would have to he ripped out.
When the finished garment comes
oft the line it is carried to a ta
ble where it is given a final in-
opection by the supervisor or
It is then turned over to the
finisher if there is any finger
work needed such as buttons,
snaps and so on, there is a work
er who does nothing but this.
From there it is ready to be
pressed. There is a presser to
press these garments and pack
them in bundles of 10 to be
checked into the stock room
where they are stored until turn
ed over to the welfare depart
Music Recital On ^
^ ' a recital will be given at the
city high school auditorium Tues
day night. May 14. at 8:00 by
Plano pupils of Mrs. Ursula Blev
Program will be in four parts.
In Fairyland, Folk Songs.Descrlp-
pieces, and celebrated com
positions of famous composers.
Appearing on program will be:
Noma Thompson. Dorothy Ga
briel, Doris Ann Godbey. Betty
Dancy. Janet Davis. Ella Mae
Gambill. Klizabeih McNeil. Car
olyn Llnney, Geraldine G^by,
Mary Vee Gardner. Gladys Tem
pleton. Gordon Finley, Betty Ltn-
nev Vera Prevette, Elizabeth
Louise McNeil. Richard Reins,
Mary E. Crook, Clarice Snelson.
Eller, M.rl. Bll.r, UW
hnn Belsh. Kathleen Hayes, Mary
,:.lmore Finley, Katherine Finley,
Serving as marsballs.
X»uls€ Jt)ay, Beth Jones
Jonea, Dorothy Jennings.
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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM
Here are shown the members of North Wilkesboro high s«hool baseball team, which, has made an ex
cellent r wo id so fii this season and will play its lasts game of the ywr h«e on Fnday aft«n«>n
against Mooresville. Ueft to right, front row, are M Coy Rhodes, lb.; Zane poster, onUielde^ Waiter
Call outfielder; George Robinett, shortstop; Don Craven, catcher; Jack Brookshwe, plt^er, ba^-row.
Coran Rhodes, infield; Lynn Ket'baugh, infield; J. G. Elledge, outfield; Paul Haigwood, 3b; Charlie
Shatlev, outfield; George Campbell, catcher; Ralph Brown, 2b; Billie
Coaich'who has done exceptionally well with inexperienced material, is not shown in the picture.
Two-Year-Old Child Foand After 25 Hours
Search In Brushy Mountains; Officers Help
Barnett Ciiild Is
Found Friday Two
Miles From Home
Sheriff and Deputiec Lead
In Successful Search
For Lost Child
■tftor wandering for more
than 21 hours throiigli the for
ests and fields of the Brushy*
.Mountain... (iwenriolyn Bar
nett, two-year-old daughter of
>lr. and 3lrs. Clyde Barnett,
was femnd by a seai-chlng par
ty two miles troll her home
near Gilreath Friday afternoon.
The mysterious disappearanee
of the child from the home of
its mother Tliursday afteimoon
caused much excitement in the
community and scores of neigh
bor. joined Sheriff C. T.
Houghton and tils deputies in a
search which was carried out
Thursday afternoon, all night
and until the rhlld was found
On a mountain road about 2:l.>
Mrs. Barnett, who had been
living apart from her estranged
husbniid for some time, came
to Wilkesboro Tliursday about
noon and left the child whh an
aunt, Mrs. Lizzie Dotson, .^boiit
one hour after the mother left
the child was gone and Mrs.
Dot.son wa.. unable to locate it
anywhere about the house or
grounds of the home.
The alarm was given and
many people hurriedly joined
in tlie .search. Two rainstorms
Thursday afternoon and inter
mittent showers Thurs day
night hampered their efforts
but the search was continued
V’arious theories about the
child's di.sap|iearanee were pro-
liounded by neiffhbors but of
ficers could find no logical rea
son for kidnapping or foul play
and continued the search in the
belief that the child would be
(^oy Love and Jack Anderson
were two of a party who found
the child standing on a moun
tain road. One shoe was gone.
Its clothing was very dirty aft
er the rain and from numerous
falls but the child was in ex
cellent condition considering
the fact that it, had been lost
in the mountains and subject
to exposure for about 25 hours.
The father and mother, grief
stricken but hopeful, were a-
niong the most active searchers
for tlie child and It was a hap-
py occasion when the two-year-
old daughter was found alive.
One interesting phase about
the scarcli was the absence of
a yellow hound dog throughout
the afternoon and night on
'tliursday. It Is believed that
the dog stayed with the child
throoghont the nli^t.
The dog returned to the
hoi»ip Friday nioniinp: from the
dirwtion in wlilch tlie rliild was
found later in the day.
Wilkes County Is
The population of North
Wilkesboro la 4,501, aecording to
the latest preliminary censu.s
figures released today by A. S.
Cassel, supervisor of the census
in Wilkes county.
The first preliminary figures
released last week showed a
count of 4.462 within the city
limits but a recheck and count of
a few who had been missed boo=t-
ed the total by 39 to 4.501. Mr.
Cassel said that the figures re
leased today are unofficial and
subject to correction but no major
change is expected.
The housing census shows that
there are 994 occupied dwellings
iu the city and five farms.
A total of COO hours were spent
in the population count in North
Wilkesboro. The eniuuerators
were Mrs. T. G. Perry. Mrs. Ralph
Bowman and Miss Janie McDiar-
North Wilkesboro’s population
in 1930 was 3,668. The Increase
since that time, according to the
preliminary figures for 1940, was
Mr. Cassel said that figures for
the county may be available late
this week and that the population
of the county Is expected to show
a large percentage of increase
over the 36,620 counted in 1930.
For Vote In Primary
Reports from several Wilkes
county precincts today Indicated
that Wilkes has a comparatively
large registration of voters for
the May 25 pntoiary.
Registrars were ttusily engaged
all day Saturday in every pre
cinct, with the result that in some
precincts the new registrttion Is
larger than the old.
A new registration was called
In Wilkes this year and persons
who failed to register between
April 27 and May 11 cannot vote
iu the primary.
In North Wilkesboro tow'nship
the registration at closing time
Saturday evening stood at ap
proximately 2.775, which is about
90 per cent of the old registra
AmMaiTP^^r Elected 10 Head Democrat
Saturday b Very
Edition Late In June lo To
, I SOth Birthday
The Journal-Patriot an-
noaiK;^‘'(aday that it will
issue a (tpaeial 'edition on
Monday, June 24th, in co-
memo ration of the fiftieth'
anmyeraaiy of North Wil-
Plans for the edition,
which have been under way
for some time, are virtua’.-
In order that the city
may derive as much pub
licity as possible through
the edition, a large amount
of ^tra efrculation
throughout the nation as
well as in nearby counties
The special edition ^11
be filled with interestLig
articles which will portray
in words and pictures the
history and progress of
North Wikesboro and
much other matter related
to the subject.
Persons who desire to
secure space in the editimi,
cither news-feature articles
or advertising, are ^ asked
to contact the editorial and
advertising departments as
early as possible in order
that space may be reserv
ed. With the wide circ^-
tion the issue is to receive, '
it is e.xpected that many
firms will desire to use the
coh’umns of the issue to car
ry their message to a maxi
mum number of interested
The anniversary edition
wiD carry complete an
tion June 30 to July 4.
On Friday Night
Pupils of Miss Ellen Robinson’s
music classes In North Wilkes
boro high school will appear In
a recital In the school auditorium
on Friday night, May 17, eight
o’clock. The public has a cordial
invitation to attend.
To Speak Here
PERCY #. FOOTE
Admiral Foote To
At Kiwanis Meet
Distinguished Wilkes Native
To Be Heard By Club
Meeting of the Wilkesboro
Grange has been postponed from
Tuesday night. May 14, to Tues
day night. May 21, becauie of the
inability of several members to
attend on May 14. A full attend-
ance Is urged for the meeting ; Linney and graduated in 1901.
Hay 21. ( (Continued oil page 8)
Rear Admiral Percy W. Foote,
one of Wilkes county’s most dis
tinguished native citizens, will
address the North Wilkesboro Ki
wanis club Wednesday noon.
pf meetjy of tlie club
was moved up froinl^fttaf to
Wednesday in order that Admiral
Foote could be present and speak
to the club. The program will be
In charge of J. R. Finley.
It is expected that the full
membership of the club, with
many guests, will attend the
meeting to hear the address of
Admiral Foote, whose Illustrious
career has attracted national and
international recognition. H1 s
subject will be “Our Navy and
Its Mission In National Defense,’’
after which he will endeavor to
answer any questions relative to
the subject and propounded by
He was born in the Roaring
River community of Wilkes coun
ty and was appointed to the Unit
ed States Naval Academy by the
late Bopresentative Romulus Z.
Southern Harmonizers Popular On The Air
To Be Promoti
Lovers of the sp'zrt of fishi
have Ween Invited to attend a'
meeting to be held in the city
hall on Thursday evening at 7:30
o’clock, at which time plans will
be discussed for furthering the
sport of fishing in this section,
according to C. G. Pleaico, of
Numerous plans are being dls-
cusseu, and the meeting is being
called to take definite action upon
them. One feature of the meeting
will be to discuss the Importance
of methods to be employed Jn
protecting fish from being dyna
mited, seined or othe.'wise trapp
ed in unsportsmanlike fashion.
At the meeting Thursday a
club will be formulated, consist
ing of fishermen from this sec
tion. Cards have been mailed to
many, requesting attendance, but
there may have been tome who
were overlooked. Local promot
ers are anxious to Include any
who desire to join in the project,
and help build up an ample fu
ture supply of fish and the result
ing fishing sport.
Glaring headlights caused 180
fatal accidents in the United
States last year.
Here is a new picture of the Southern Hnrmoiiize s, four young mim Uf
ing a reputation on radio as the “South’s best harmony.
tian, first tenor; Earl Wa«, second tenor; Eugene Sebastian.
Wilkesboro business firms are sponsoring the quartets program eyh J*' ThoniMon
sUtion WHIG, Greensboro. They are Eed Cross Pharmacy, ewnpw, Wompw
RetreadiDg company and Gaddy Motor company. Taey iota with the
people in thto awSiii of the state to hear mm ever/ Saturday. They are ate heard over radio statiM
WAIB, Wiutoa-Sakni, each Saturday monJdf.
Many Reezrfutiofis Pasaadi
3rd Term Endorsed; Re
By JULIUS C, HUBBARD
One of the largest and meet
harmonious conventions ever held
by the Democratic party of
Wilkes county took place Satur
day afternoon in the county
courthouse. A few minutes past
two o'clock the convention was
called to order by J. R. Rousseau,
chairman of the county executive
committee, and C. O. McNlel serv
ed as secretary 'iiendlng the elec
tion of a permanent chairman and
secretary of the convention.
Mr. Bousseau called to the
chair as temporary chairman. At
torney W. H. McElwee, and R. B.
Pharr, Julius C. Hubbard, and
John Sikes, local newspapermen,
were named temporary secretar
ies. On motion, duly seconded,
the temporary organization was
made permanent, and tbe conven
tion was ready for business.
On roll call of precincts, eve
ry one of the twenty-nine In the
county was represented.
The convention was fortunate
In having John C. Bower, former
solicitor and practicing attorney
of Lexington, present to make the
malp address of tbe day. Mr.
Bo#er, in his usual able and in
teresting manner, lauded tbe
Democratic principles, and gave a
'brief sketch of the period through
which the country went during
Ing of the elecUon in 1932 when
that great statesman, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, was elected to the
presidency. "He helped everybody
and saved everybody,’’ Mr. Bower
stated. Then came another elec
tion and again the people of this
country went to the polls and Mr.
Roosevelt carried every state in
the union with the exception of
Main and Vermont. 'Iliere has
been progress In the nation under
the guidance of Franklin D.
Roosevelt, and progress In North
Carolina under the guidance of
our governor, Clyde R. Hoey. Mr.
Bower, in closing stated that he
was proud to be a North Carolin
ian, and ipointed with pride to
the fact that western counties of
the state have turned Democratic
whole or in part during the
past tew years.
Following Mr. Bower’s able
address, Postmaster J. C. Reins
announced to the convention that
his name had been inadvertently
placed on the North Wilkesboro
delegation, and that due to the
Hatch act forbidding federal em
ployes to attend conventdona as
delegates, he asked that the con
vention release his name from tho
delegation. This waa done.
Chairman McElwee then asked
for motions and resolutions, and*
Floyd C. Forester presented to
(Continned cm page eight)
Roaring River Casket Com
pany Awarded $2,500
"rhe case of major Interest
tried during the May term of
Wilkes superior court was that
Roaring River Casket com
pany against six insurance com
For property damage in a fire
several years ago the company
was awarded a verdict of |2,S00
pro-rated against the six com
A divorce on the grounds of
two years separation was granted
in the case of Iva Mae Collin*
Versus James Collins.
Meadows Mill company waa
awarded a $50 judgment against
R. S. and J. C. Armstrong.
In the case of Adam Johnson
versus I. M. Eller, Sr., and I. M.
Eller, Jr., a verdict of 3450 ■waa
awarded the defendant against
Another term of WUkes supers
ior court for trial of clvU ca^
will begdn on J-ane ’S'.*^ Judge W.
H. ‘Bobbitt, fit Ohartette, wHI a-
galn be the presiding Judge.