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VOL. XXXV, No. 78
PuMUhed Monday, and Thur^jay.. . NORTH WILKESBORO. N. C MONDAY,.!?^. 7th, 1942
News Of Here
DAY KUXS LMO^iT bE^
Allied and axis forces today
were refwrted to occupy about
the game positions in the battle
for Tunisia as during the past
few days. Allies have been
rushing up reinforcements for
the impending assault on Tunis
and Bizerte, axis strongholds.
In Russia today German coun
terattacks to the Russian winter
offensive were reported beaten
hack with big German losses.
R, A. F. planes during the
past 24 hours have raided sever
al war industries in southwest
In New Guinea, U. S. and Aus
tralian troops continued to close
in on Japanese forces at Buna
and nearby points on the north
From the Solomons comes
news of continued mopping up
operations by American forces
and systemaGc slaughter of Jap
Tuesday and Wednesday This Week Dates
to Canvass Entire City as Clean-Up Of
Scrap Metal; Nation Needs Metal
French Units Take
Heights Near Line
London. — The stalled British
first army with its American com
ponents was reported fighting a
bitter holding action in the face of
daxing German dive-bombing and
tank attacks In the mountains
around the Mateur-Tebonrba-Dje-
deida rim in northern Tunisia last
night while waiting for important
reinforcements with which to re
sume its offensive. . ..
While Allied bombers struck
long-range but sharp blows on axis
supply centerb, a new threat to
the axis position in Libya was tak
ing form in the direction of the
Sahara 850 miles south of Tunis.
The Morocco radio, broadcasting
a communique from the headquar
ters of French General Henri Gi-
raud said Mehari (native) com
panies had occupied heights on the
Algeria-Tripol'tania frontier east
North WUkesboro school,
which accomplished a splendid
job during the October scrap
drive, will make a final clean-
np of scrap in North Wllkes-
boro Tuesday and Wednesday
of this week.
Tlie ranipalfi^ will take the
form of a house to house and
lot to lot canva.ss of the entire
city and wiU be under the di
rection of the Student Activi
ty ConneU, it which Miss Tudle
Hix is chai;*man, and the home
room chairmen of the council.
For the canvass on Tuesday
and Vi'ednesda.v the city ha.s
been divided Into 15 districts
with 15 teachers Jtnd home
room chairmen in charge. Every
residence and business house
will be visited In search of
scrap metal. The scrap will be
assembled and picked up by
The students will give their
services in cleaning off vacant
lots and in cleaning out base
ments and other premises
where scrap met^ exists. Per
sons who desire such services
are asked to call the school of
fice not later than Tuesday.
The two-day canvass has a
two-fold objective—to furnish
needed scrap for war produc
tion and to provide a means for
the school to earn some funds
badly needed for several activi
During the October drive
scrap collected by the .school
netted 9SH7 when sold to wrap
dealers. Of that amount $100
went to purchase a war btmd
for the school athletic associa
tion and funds were used on the
purchase of new band uniforms,
music stands and for other stu-
oent activities. TTie school
needs addition funds for other
projects and the scrap cnnva.ss
will yield a substantial sum if
people of the city cooperate
of Djanet. Djanet is in the sou
of Tunisia and about 30 miles from
the Libyan frontier.
Japs Are Dared
Back to Pearl
Pearl Harbor and other Hawa
iian defenses are now stronger
than they were before the Japanese
attack a year ago and our forces
there are eager for the Japs to try
again, naval and army commanders
of our Pacific bastion said in anni
In the following interviews,
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, com-
mander-in-chief of the U. S. Pacif
ic fleet, .and Lieut. Gen. Delos C.
EJmmons, commander-in-chief of
the army’s Hawaiian department,
review the past year of war in the
Pacific and report on our present
position there. Their conclusions
1. Both afloat and ashore, our
Hawaiian defenses are far strong
er now than a year ago. Damages
have been repaired, lost ships and
planes have been re ced and
strong reinforcements sd.
2. Naval victories havo cost the
Japanese heavily and have restored
thu confidence of the people of the
United States in our armed forces.
CI«|e cooperation between the ar-
mg'^d navy has been obtained.
After saying that he had
rather die than see his son
go to the snmy, Jesse Rob
erts, age 53, blew the top of
his hfiad with a shotgun
FriAt r morning At his home
in the Chestnut Grove com
munity of Mulberry town
Wilkes Coroner 1. M.
Myers, who investigated the
death, pronounced it suicide
after talking with members
of Roberts’ family.
Roberts, according to the ac
count 'given the coroner, arose
about fivefc’clock Friday morn
ing and three times walked to the
bed where his son, Boyd, was ly
ing, and each time looked at his
Men In The
Sgt. Williams Is
Then he picked up the shotgun
and shot himself in the forehead.
The entire top of his skull and
brain were blown away and he
Members of the family stated
that Roberts apparently was in
good health. On Thursday he
was quoted as saying he bad
rather die than see his son go to
j the army.
Funeral was held Saturday, 11
a, m., et Roberts Cemetery near
Surviving are the widow. Mat-
tie Roberts, three daughters and
one son, Savannah Roberts, Mrs.
Jane Key, Mrs. Belle Absher and
Sheriff G. G. Poindexter Names Deputies;
Commissioners Name County Home Keep-
Accountant, Forest Warden and Jani-
tor as New Two-Year County Term Starts.
Here is R. V. Day, principal of Millers Creek school,
with the 185-pound deer which h6 killed and brought
back from the Mount Mitchell game preserve. The deer,
a 10-point buck which forest rangers said was seven
years old, was the largest killed during the two-day
hunt, in which a total of 196 hunters participated.
Annual Meeting Wilkes District Will Be On
Friday Evening at Woman’s Club House;
Interesting Program Being Planned
C. G. Poindexter, Repub
lican, today took office as
sheriff of Wilkes county,
succeeding C- T. Donghton,
Democrat, who had held
office for the past six jwars.
Poindexter, vHio had held
the office of county account
ant for the past four years
and who was defeated by
Sheriff Donghton by 85
votes four years ago, took
the oath of office befene C.
C. Hayes, Republican clerk
of court who was sworn m
today for his third femr-yoor:
Sheriff Poindexter today ap
pointed three deputies: H. C. £Ut.
by, of North Wllkesboro route
one: Rastus Darnell, of Edward
township; and Blaine Sparks, of
Describing the organization as
temporary. Sheriff Poindexter did
not designate either as chief
deputy or jailor.
Oath of office was administrat
ed to C. C. Hayes, clerk of court,
by Miss Elsie Porter^ a lsB^ee«
the peace. Clerk Hayes then ad
ministered oaths of office to
Sheriff Poindexter, Coroner I. M.
Myers, Surveyor Bari 8. Oasdlll
and to the hoard of ewkmloa-
ers elected in'Hovember: Tai^
J. Vestal and P, D. Forester,
Democrats, and M. P. Absher, Re
publican and only incumbent
member of the hoard.
Party control of tha
Wilkes county board of
commissioners today shifted
frenn Republican to Demo
cratic as the newly e|ected
board 6f commissioners com-
posed’hf two Democrats and
One’ R^ublican took oath of
office and organized.
The!old board of commis-
sionert composed of M. F.
Absh^ chairman, and Max
Fostpr, Republicans, and V.
T. Walsh, Democrat, met
early today and completed
their' term of office by ac
cepting the settlement of
Annual meeting of the I master. Invocation will be by Rev.
Wilkes district of Old Hick-l^att M. Cooper and troop 36 will
„ e . •» *11 P'’® ceremony,
ory Boy Scout council will Higgins will lead group
he m the form of a father | singing, which will be followed by
and son banquet and will be' introduction of troop and pack of-
held at the Woman’s Club' ficers by the chairing, who will al-
house Friday, December 11 f I introduce t d's
The Japanese will come again,
bq tbis time the defenders of Ha-
are ready and eager for the
confident the enemy will be
back with disastrous losses.
oday, Dec. 14
September term of Wilkes su
perior court for trial of criminal
sa4 c!‘8M win cemvene In
9FO on, Monday, Jlecemher
VWJx jp. AU^ of Wisy-
> A^on . hi
^ .implete calendar app
in this newspsp-r
Age 18 Register
In Three Weeks
Young Men Must Register
Who Have Reached 18
Since June 30, 1942
Both Selective Service boards in
Wilkes today announced registra
tion for men who have reached
age 18 since the last registration.
Registration will be at Selective
Service beard offices. Offices for
board number one is in Wilkes-
boro next to J. W. Dula’s store and
for board number two on th© sec
ond floor of the North Wilkesboro
town hall building.
Those who reached their 18th
birthday in July and August this
this year will register from Decem-
11 to December 18.
Those who reached their 18th
birthday in September and October
this year will registe from Decem-
be 18 to December 26.
ThoM who reached their 18th
birtihday in and Decem
ber this year'-wSj^-^regiab^*- fom
jpecendier 36 to Dabainbmr 81.
Regiatation is eotept^kofy.
BUY HfORE WAR BOND;^
Sgt. Eustice Williams, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, of
the Fairplalns ♦ommunlty, has
been in overseas service since
•April of this year. Ho entered
the army in May, l»4t, and re
ceived his training at Fort
Screven, Ga. In his la.st letter
home he said tell all his friends
Pvt. Avery Dillard
At' Fort Bragg
Pvt. Avery Dillard is now sta
tioned at Fort Bragg, according
to a recent letter received by Mrs.
Dillard who resides at Hays post-
office. Pvt. Dillard has been in
the army two yerrs.
Scouting has made much
progress in Wilkes during
the past year and a most in
teresting annual meeting is
The meeting will open with a
banquet dinner, which will be
ooiNed by ladies in the canteen
course being taught by Mrs. Paul
S. Cragan. Price of the dinner will
be fifty cents each for adults and
36 cents each for Scouts and Cubs.
Jimmie Anderson, chairman of
the Wilkes dist^rict, will be toast-
G. E. AshWill, assistant Scout
executive for the council, will give
a report of 1942 activities. Report
of the nominating committee will
be made by T. E. Story and instal
lation of the 1943 district chairman
will be by P. W. Eshelman.
Jimmie y^nderson will then in
troduce the speaker. Rev. Wm. S.
Turner, of Winston-Salem, who
will address the assembly on the
subject, “Scouting and Cubbing
Has Green Light”.
Rededication of the Scout Oath
will be led by Mr. Ashwill as the
closing number on the program.
Oil Paintiiig of Rev. C. W. Robinson
Presented to Presbyterian Church
Services at the North Wllkes
boro Presbyterian church Sunday
morning were concluded with the
presentttion of a beautiful oil
painting of Rev. C. W. Robinson
to the church.
Pfc. John T. Dillard j The painting of the beloved
Now Overseas (former pastor , who died in 1938,
Pfc. John T. Dillard is now was given to the church by Mrs.
overseas, according to the last in-
C. D. Coffey, Jr.
Presentation was made in the
ladies parlor of the church at the
close of the morning service. J.
R. Finley talked briefly, paying
high tribute to the many years of
service to the church and com
munity by the late Rev. Mr. Rob
Men Over 38
Out Of Draft
C. T. Doughton for
Age 18 to 38 Cannot
Mii8t Be Called
formation received by his rela
tives who reside In the county.
Pfc. Dillard was stationed at
Parris Island, S. C., for a year,
and in Cuba for several months
before going overseas with his
marine detachment. Pfc. Dillard
is the son of Rev. and Mrs. D. M.
Dillard, of Hays -postoffice. He
joined the marines in May, 1941.
R. S. Godfrey Pro
moted To Corporal
Mr. and Mrs. L. -L. Godfrey, of
Wilkesboro, have received word
that their son, R. 8. Godfrey, has
been promoted to corporal. Cpl.
Godfrey is now stationed al Hel
High School Band
Gives CiHicerts at
Meetings of Clubs
Brotherhood Is To
Meet Tuesday Night
A sweeping man power
order from Washmgton
Saturday lowered the
draft age from 45 to 38
and cut out voluntary en
listments of men 18 to 38
in the army, navy or ma
The order also author-
ozed that men between 38
and 45 who have been
drafted be releasee* from
service and returned to ci
vilian life if they so de
Those who made appli
cation to enlist in any
branch of the service prior
to Saturday mav he ac
cepted hut no other toI-
untary enlistments can be
accepted ^tween 18 and
38, according to the order.
Local draft board offi-
cials. said tc^ay that thev
order lowering the draft,
age wUI have but little ef
fect, due to the fact that
very few men over 38
have been accepted to
date by the army.
Cbn the new board of com
missioners are F. D. Fores-
tW|' elected in district onet
ai^^Pau] J. Vestal, district
2t Democrats, and M. F. Ab
sher, district 3, Republican
and only incumbent member,
Ob motion of Forester, second- !
'ed.'hy: Absher, Vestal was elected
chaiitpaB of the new board.
■ TIi?fe first item of business wsa
the election of J. H. 'Whicker, Jr..
|M eo)|Aty attbmey with $100 ijfte
>flsr srt as the retainer fee. He
Bueeecfds A. H. Casey, Republicaa.
as county attorney. Attorney
Whicker was elected on motion of
Forester, seconded by Absher.
C. T. Doughton, who today
completed his term as sheriff and
[ was sneceeded in that office by G.
O. Poindexter, Republican, was
elected by the board us county
Ecconntant. M. F. Absher nomi
nated George S. Forester, of North
Wllkesboro, as county accountant
and F. D. Forester nominated
Donghton. Paul J. Vestal, chair
man, broke the tie by costing his
vote for Doughton. Salary for the
WPS set at $200 per
month, which is the same as had
been paid to Accountant C. O.
Poindexter, and Doughton was al
so elected purchasing agent wltT
an additional salary of $25 P4
Clinard Jones, Democrat, w4
appointed by the board as keepi
of the county home at the prei
ent satery of $100 per month. H
succeeds S. M. Shumate. Repul>-
licrn, who now holds that Joh.
The board authorized Shumate
and Jones to namo one man each,
who in turn will name a. t^ird
man, to serve as a county homs
inventiory committee in connec
tion with the change in manage
ment of that institution. Jones
is a former county home keeper.
Frank Hendren. of Wllkesboro,
was elected county forest warden,
subject to approval by the state
department of conservation and
development, and at whatever
salary the state prescribes.
There were two applications
ifois the job of courthouse janitor,
W.’^A, Brown, a former janitor,
Leander Harris, locrl colored
resident. Harris was elected by
votes of Forester and VestaL
Abeber cast his vote for Brown.
Program Before Kiwanis
and Lions Clubs Friday
Are Well Received
The North Wilkesboro high
school band, splendidly ifressed in
new uniforms, had a full day of ac
On Friday noon the band, under
diredtkm of Miss Betty Story, di
rector, rendered a concert before
the North Wilkesboro KhninlS
Chib. ■ ' * ,5 ■
nie Wtt te- dattfr TO ■*> DhiisttN*
All members of the Brother
hood of the North Wllkesboro
Methodist church are urged to at
tend the meeting which will be
held Tuesday evening, December
8th, at 6:30, In the church hut.
Rev. Watt Cooper, pastor of the
local Presbyterian church, will
make a short talk. A feature of
the meeting will be a big turkey
dinner which will be served by
ladles of the church. Every mem-
iber la Invited to bring a visitor
Clinic On Thursday
Pfc. John S. Johnson
On Police Dufy ^
■Pfc. John 9> Johnson; .who
oo„ Va., has boso trAosfanred te NImI ' ^ '
msrine gsard Or yuiUin Attty
(Convened on page five)
At the close of the Sunday
morning service at the Wllkes
boro Methodist church yesterday,
the pastor, Rev. Fred H. Shinn,
announced that in all probahility
be would enter the’navy as's
chaplain within the next few
Rev. Mr. Shinn had p:
voUmteened his servtM|.-,to
f had been
of a nih«^ 'd9#|it
Dli R. S. Moore
i-Jhr.’ Robert S. Moore, age_ 74,
hither of Mrs. Robert Morehouse^
a OWtwoods, died suddenly Thurs
day •tborning on a street in Provi-
d«Sc«^' R. I., near his home.
Dr. Moore, for several decades a
Mdteodist minister, was well
Wilkes. He had spent
TiliMh>.tiine in the home of his
end' on several occasions
dobs here. He was a
idddy zen«nised abtt-
bi. Jane tSAf
ncebad idfe IM'