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Irs. Jane Darnell, Age 80, Loses Life When
Her Home Near Ronda Bums Shortly
After Midnight; Remains Charred
Mr». Jane Darnell, 80-
>ar-old widow who lived
Jlone nine miles north of
If onda, was burned to death
arlv today when her house
’•as destroyed by fire.
Coroner I. M. Myers and
gberiff C. G. Poindexter in
vestigated the death of Mrs.
>amell and found no evi-
*^ence of foul play.
The fire was first discov-
red by someone who passed
he road nearby about one
(I’clock. At that time the
louse was aflame all over
and the foor was falling in.
When the fire, of undeter
mined origin, died down the
charred remains of Mrs.
Darnell, its only occupant,
The house, of frame con
struction, was said to have
been moderately well fur
Mrs. Darnell, widow of
the late Alvin Darnell, leaves
no near relatives except
nephews and neices.
were not learned here to
iWill Be Here Tuesday And
Wednesday Each Week
At Carolina Motor Club
Pvt. Luther Billings
A card was received by Mr. and
Mrs. E. W. BillinBS. of Hays, that
their son, Pvt. Euther B. Biilings,
had arrived sateiy at ms new des
Pvt. Watkins At Camp
Pvt. Sherman Wutkins. who
took his bssic training at Port
Eustis, Va., is now stationed at
Camp Claiborne, La. Pvt. Wat
kins Is the son of Mr. T. Y. Wat
kins, of Hays.
Seaman Glass Returns To
Seaman John Glass returned to
Philadelphia Friday night where
he is now stationed, after spend
ing several days in Wllkesboro
with his mother. Mrs. Fred Glass.
Seaman Yale Miller Will
Seaman (second class' Yale
Miller will leave Tuesday ofter
a lew days at his home in Wilkes-
horo. He is the son of Mrs. C. Y.
Miller, and is now stationed at
R, E. Fisher, a motor inspector
Efro^Xhe state motor vehicle hu-
|re>j^ will spend Tuesday and
I Wedne-sday of each week In North
IwAkesboro Issuing license 4eba
rhich are not Issued by the local
|*branch of the CaroUns Motor
j. W. Steele is local manager
^or Carolina Motor Club end has
Jquarters at his place of busi
es, Western Auto Atsoclate
^tore, where 194 3 auto tabs are
^ow being issued.
Mr. Steele is issuing renewal
jabs for license of motorists who
f,isve their 194 2 pocket cords.
Mr. Fisher on Tuesdays and
iJ5''ednesd; ys will change titles,
sower or raise tonnage of trucks,
Jssue replacements for lost tags.
*88ue duplicate titles, issue motor-
g-.ycle license, take application for
^leolers' license. Attention is call-
! id to the fact that when tonnage
I ff Irveka is changed the old plates
.nutfel be turned In.
i The license bureau will be clos-
Hjd on Friday and Saturday, De-
Jhember 2 5 and 26, along with
X>ther business houses in North
*• Sale of 194 3 onto tabs has been
' low so far and motorists are
•; amed to buy now and avoid the
’ Ig rush expected later in the
It takes longer to ouy the re-
“swal tabs than to buy pi. les in
.'rmer years. For that reason it
the more important to buy
bra Busy Session
aty Board Draws Jurors
ad Transacts Other
Items of Business
Today at Breakfast
At Hotel Wilkes
Annual campaign to raise
funds to finance the expand-1
ing Boy Scout program in
Wilkes was launched at a
breakfast this morning at
At the breakfast Jimmie Ander
son. district chu.Trman, presided,
and talks were made by G. E.
Ashwill, assistant Scout executive
for the Old Hickory council, and
P. W. Elshelman, of this city.
W. K. Sturdivant, who had
been handling ad^'ance contribu
tions, made q splendid report and
teams were formed for the funds
canvass today and tomorrow.
The drive will eUf, Tuesday
night, 7:30, when all workers will
report at a meeting at Hotel
Ikes county board of com-
>ners held a busy session
iday with all members pre.s-
board is now composed of
J. Vestal, chairman, F. D.
er and M. F. Ahsher.
' board drew jurors for a
weeks count term in Jan-
Tnders. Beaver Creek;
_^l8, Wllkesboro: B. R.
[Rock Creek; J. C. Whlt-
SUnton; W. R. Lane and
j„we, Moravian Falls; Wil-
oades and Wirt Walker,
t Grove; Paul E. Church.
Creek; Johnnie Lankford.
8 River; J. D. Carter, Ed-
T. H. Brookshire, Beaver
V. C. Yates, Stanton;
) c. Petty, Ewards; J. C.
■, Brushy Mountain; H. B.
^mer«: Writer Hunt, Ed-
T. H. Harlew, Union; Hen-
mtinned on page eight)
Rev. Watt M. Cooper, pastor of
the North Wllkesboro Presby-
teriin church, left today for Nor
folk Va., where tomorrow he will
enter the chaplains' training
school of the U. S. Navy.
Rev. Mr. Cooper had his final
examination at Raleigh Friday
and wes Inducted into the navy
as a chaplain.
On Saturday night men of the
Presbyterian church, osslsted by
the ladles, gave their pastor a
farewell banquet in the religious
education building of the church.
About 150 were in attendance.
Boyd Stout was toastmaster
and amon.g those who spoke were
J. R. Finley, Lewis Vickery, Mrs.
A. R. Ogilvie, Carl E. VanDeman,
Paul S. Cragan, P. M, Williams,
J. W. Leyshon end C. L, Gibson.
Mr. Gibson, secretary of the
men’s class, presented Mr.
Cooper with a farewell purse.
Rev. Mr. Cooper will be in
chaplain’s school at Norfolk for
eight weeks before being assign
ed to service.
The church has appointed a
committee to arrange for ser
vices on December 20 and 27.
On December 27 a congregational
meeting will be held to plan fu
Pvt. Austin T. Fortner
At Camp Young, Calif,
Pvt. Austin T. Fortner, son of
J. C. Fortner of Pores Knob, who
is stationed at Camp Young.
California, spent a few days fur
lough here with his father and
relatives He was glad to be
back home again. He was induct
ed into the service April 14, 1942.
Pvt. Fortner said he was liking
the army fine.
Royal Eudaily Graduates
At Naval School
Chicago, 111.—Royal R. Eudai
ly, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Eudaily. 1108 Trogdon Street,
North Wllkesboro, N. C„ was
graduated with a petty officer’s
rating today from the U. S. naval
training school for aviation ma
chinist’s mates at the Navy Pier.
^LChievlng one of the highest
records of his clsss. the Blue
jacket completed a comprehensive
24-week course, which included
instruction in assemblying, ser
vicing and repairing airplane en
gines, and the principal and the
ory of flying.
Promoted to the rating of avia
tion’s mate, third class, he now
awaits assignment to the fleet or
to another naval shore station.
Pvt. John J. Reid
Pvt. John J. Reid, who was in
ducted into the army recently,
has been transferred from Fresno,
California, to Denver, Colo. He
is a son of Mrs. P. M. Reid, of
North Wilkeaboro route three.
Pvt. Warren At Fort
Pvt. Bnell O. Warren, son of
•Mr. and Mrs, H. Y. Warren, of
Traphill. and who was recently
inducted into the army, i.s now in
training at Fort Benning. Ga.
Lt. W. II. Patton, Jr., yester
day received his wings and com-
inl.sslon Its a second lieutenant
in the 1.', S. .Army at k'radna,-
tion o.vercises lield at Randolph
Field, Texas. Lt. Patten is a
-son of Jlr. and Mrs. W. H. Pat
ton, Sr., Wilkosboro. He grad-
uaiod from Andrews lUgh scliool
and attended N. C. State Col
lege two years. He was em
ployed for two years In Ashe
ville before enlisting In the air
corps as an aviation cadet. Lt.
Patton will arrive here Wed
nesday for a ten-day visit with
MANY FIRMS HERE WILLOmVE
no HOLIDAYS FOR CHRISMS
Both Banks Also To Be
Local Firm Is
Many of the business houses
of North Wilkosboro will be
clos^ on both December 25th
and 26th in order to give their
employes an extra Christmas
holiday, according to a canvass
made by a Journal-Patriot rep
resentative during the past sev
Wltli few exceptions, all of
tl»e city’s mercantile establish
ments will observe the two-day
holiday, closing their doors on
Chri.stmas eve and not open
ing them again luitll Monday
tnoridng. All the hardware
stores, as well as both of the
local banks, will he closed on
December 2.'>th-26th, and most
of the grocery stores, too, are
' expected to join In giving their
employes the extra day for the
observance of the CTirlstmas sea
‘T’ Flag For The
After January 1
Ration Board To
Be Open 10 to 4
Notice is being given that af
ter January 1 open hour for the
two ration board offices in
Wilkes will be from ten a. ra. un
til four p. m.
These hours will allow time for
clerks to carry on necessary of
Clifford Smith Is
Here On Visit
Clifford Smith, a first class
petty officer at the Norfolk. Va.,
navy yard, is spending a short
time here with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Goldston Smith.
Pvt. Jamea Garwood
Pvt. James Garwood, of Camp
Gordon, Ga., spent the week-end
in Wllkesboro with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Garwood.
Two Wflkes Men
On Casualty List
Pfe, Maurice Marlowe^ and
Cpl. Clarence Call List
ed Among Wounded
A casualty list Issued Saturday
by the Navy Department contain
ed the names of two Wilkes men
who have been wounded in the
Solomon Islands fighting.
Pfc. Maurice Marlowe, son of
Mrs. Essie Marlowe, of Pores
Knob, and Cpl. Clarence E. Call,
son of Hugh Gill, of North
Wllkesboro route three, were list
ed as wounded. Details of in
juries and dates were noit given.
Both are members of the ma
rine corps and bad been bn Guad
alcanal Island for some time.
Wilkes Hosiery Mills received
wide recognition and high honor
at the dinner 'given Saturday in
Winston-Salem for Secretary of
the Treasury Henry Morgenthau
and R. L. Doughton. chairman of
the Ways and Means committee in
Wilkes Hosiery Mills was one
of 136 North Carolina firms pre
sented the ”T’ flag for having 90
per cent of its employes regularly
buying war bonds.
However, the local firm had
been awarded the flag several
months ago and the percentage of
war bond buyers among its em
ployes is 100 per cent instead of
the 90 per cent required in order
to fly the “T” flag.
Wilkes Hosiery Mills company
was represented rt the dinner by
P. W. Eschelraan, president and
manager, and H. M. Hutchens.
They were accompanied by J. R.
Hix. was bond sale chairman tor
Secretary Morgenth.'u personal
ly presented the ”T” flag for
Wilkes Hosiery Mills to Mr.
Eshelman. Not all of the 136
firms could be nersonally aword-
ed and from the 136 five were
chosen to be called forward for
presentation, among the five Ic
ing the local firm which has
made a most outstanding record,
not only in percentage of employes
participating, but In percentage
of the payroll volume going into
Each of the five fiusiness men
called forward were asked to
make brief remarks relative to
bond buying. In substance, Mr.
Ehelman said: “I have never tak
en part in any movement during
my business career in which 1
have received such splendid co
operation from our 700 employes,
all of whom are 100 per cent be
hind me in this movement; and
all seem to derive a pleasuure
from Investing part of their sav
ings in the future freedom of our
The banquet at Winston-Salem
was part of a nation-wide radio
program, which began in New
York city with Ronald Colman as
toastmaster and was switches *to
Winston-Salem for the addresses
of Representative Doughton and
Approximately 450 attended
the banquet, which was held at
the Robert E. Lee Hotel.
Prior to the banquet, Robert
H. Hanes, president of Wachovia
Bank and Trust company in Win
ston-Salem, entertained Morgeh-
(Contlnued on page eight)
Tlie following business firms
(others not included in the list
will also he closed) will observe
Friday and Saturday, December
25th-^Ii, as Christmas holi
Rhodes-Day Pumitnre Co.,
Motor Service Sale* Co., Quali
ty Cleaners, ' Marlow’s Men’s
Shop, Carl W. Steele, Western
Auto Associate Store, Band
Box Cleaners, Wilkes Laundry,
Harvel’s Studio, Tomlln.son’s
Department Store, Right-Way
Shoe Shop, .lean’s Dress Shop,
J. C. Penney Co., Belk’s Depart
ment Store, Spainhonr's, Rooe’s
5-10-25C Store, Mark-Down
PHimlturo Co., Modem Clean-
em. Bare’s Department Store,
Harris Bros. Department Store,
). K. Shoe Shop, Wilkes Furni
ture Exchange, Southern Bar
gain Stone, Jay .Joines Grocery,
The Goodwill Store, Teague’s.
(>p8t .5-10-25C Stores, Inc.,
Wilkes Motor Supply, Yadkin
Valley Motor Co., Hackney’s
Department Store, Wilkes Tire
Store, Wilkes Tie & Feed Store.
Gllreath Shoe Shop, Carter-
Hubbard Pnblishing Co., Tenth>
Street Shoe Shop, Towne Clean
ers, Bunk of North Wilkesboi-o,
■Auto Ports Co.. The Northwes
tern Bank, and Wilkes .Auto
Snake Killed On
.Arthur Uwyn, colored resi
dent of the Ronda eommnnlty,
killed a copperhead snake this
morning while the thermometer
rei^stered under ten d^rees
for the coldest weather of tlic
Gwy i was moving some rocks
when he found the snake about
eight inches underground where
he unearthed a lai^ rock.
The snake was by no means
paralysed by the cold, Gwyn
said, and was able to strike. It
measnred 81 indies In length.
Of Rommel Is
Terrific Assaults By
War news today was cen
tered in North Africa, where
Allied forces are continuing
a great offensive to drive all
nazi forces from the south
ern shores of the Mediter
Mack Reavis Takes
Job In Office Of
Mack Rcavis, who for eight
years has held a position to the
Duke Power company office in
North Wllkesboro. today ac
cepted a position In the office
of C, T. Doughton. Wdkes
county accountant, and began
hLs new duties.
j. C. Grayson, who was assis
tant county accountant with
Accountant C. G. Poindexter
for the past four years, is now
office deputy for Sheriff C. G.
Poindexter, who defeated Sher
iff C. T, Doughton in the No
’’Scouting has taken on new
life in Wilkes county” stated P.
Ward Eshelman, National Council
representative, in his appropriate
address Installing James M. An
derson, as chairman, T. E. Story,
as vice chlsirman, and Gordon
Finley as commissioner of the
Wilkes District of the Old Hick
ory Co:incil of the fioy Scouts of
America which took place at the
Scout Father-Son banquet held at
the Woman’s Club building Fri
If the attendance at the Fath
er-Son banquet is evidence of in
creased activity, and there is every
reason to believe that it 4s, then
■’Scouting has taken on new life
in Wilkes.” to repeat Mr. Eshel-
man’s statement, for the banquet
was attended by 130 people.
The dinner wns served by the j
ladies of the community who com
pleted the Red Cross Canteen
Course, and the apples placed on
the many tables were donated by
C. D, Coffey, Jr. Milk for all the
Boy Scouts and Cuba wrs donated
by Coble Dairy Products.
The banquet opened with an
appropriate flag ceremony car
ried out by Troop 36, after which
the Invocation wbs spoken by Dr.
John W. Kincheloe, pastor of the
First Baptist church. Several
songs, led by* Bryan Higgins,
were sung and enjoyed by all
With Jimmie Anderson serving
as toastmaster, troop and
ficers, were next introduced as
follows: Cub Prek No. 36—Rob
ert S. Gibbs, Glib Master, and L.
M. Nelson, Assistant Cub Master;
Troop 32. Sherman Anderson,
scout master, Paul Osborne, as
sistant: Troop 34—Shoiin Ker-
bangh, scout master, Bobby Jones,
assistant: Troop 35—H. T. Clark,
scout master, Bffner Eller, assis
tant: Troop 36—Gordon Finley,
scout master. Gordon Forester,
(Continued on page eight)
Rommel’s nazi forces re
treated Sunday Westward
from Eli Aghelia toward the
great nazi base of Tripoli
now only 300 miles from his
Meanwhile, Allied bombers in
North Africa continue a devas
tating attack on axis forces at
Tunis and Bizerta, points where
Allies have met increasingly
stubborn resistance during the
Russia today reported that
strong Gegfi^^attacks and conn-
tefatta'bkB all along the long front
have been repelled with increas
ingly heavy nazi losses, especial
ly southwest of Stalingrad, where
Germans have attempted to re
lieve the pincers move about a
large segment of their Russian ar
American bombers from Guad-
ricanal have bombed Japanese
bases in other parts of the Solo
mon Islands end bombers from
Australian bases bomled several
Japanese held ports in islands to
Torrentirl rains in New Guinea
have slowed down land operations
against Japanese forces now sur
rounded at Buna.
R. A. F. bombers from England
during the past three d: ys have
increased Intensity of attacks on
German war industries in Ger-
manv anj France and industrial
centers In northern Italy.
Several Italian .cities have been
virtually destroyed iu. the extra
heavy bombing raids.
Finley Presents A
Fine Program At
W. D. Halfacre TdU of War
Bonds; First Aid Instruc
Negro T. B. Patient
Goes On Rampage
Amie 1-ce Llpfoni. nc0-o |>a-
tient at the Wilkes tubercular
hospital, went on a rampage
(turfng the week-end and land
ed In Wilkes .iall after a roi^>
manhandHng’ and suffering
from exposure of on® foot.
I/lpforil stole a Jenkins Hard-
ware company pickup from be-
hind Smoak Furniture compon.v
Saturday evening alioot dark.
He started up the river road
west of Wllkesboro and ran off
In a ditch. •
Sam and Joe Dav's, two resi
dents of the conunnnlt.y where
the plcknn tmric mlrfian took
place, arrived on the BOSBa and
lipford, tri®® ****“
with a sawed off shotgu*.
While he had the gun on one
of the Davis brothers the other
attacked him from behind. A
nerce fight resulted and the
negro came out second best. He
lost his gun, an Improvised
mask and one shoe in the fight.
Sometime before da.vUght
Sunday morning LIpford strag
gled back into the tubercular
hospital with a big white rag
aroimd one foot.
Sheriff O. G. Poindex-ter and
deputies went to the tnbercalag
hoepital ■with the riioe found at
the pickup and It .was a perfect
mate for the one Wpford was
wearing. LIpford was removed
to Wilkes JalL
'The pickup, whkSj was r®-
covered and returned to Its
owner, was not damaged.'""
North Wllkesboro Kiwanis Club
enjoyed a varied and highly In
teresting program Friday noon.
Program Chairman Richard
Finley was in charge. He first
presented W. iD. Halfacre who
made a splendid ?nd informal
talk on the new bond campaign
that began December 1st. He
stated that a loan of nine biliion
dollars must be made to our gov
ernment under the new bond
c-mpaign. He said that in 1942
our ni'!itional income was 125 bil
lion dollars, and that in 1943 we
shall have to pay 25 billion for
taxes. In 194 3 we will be asked
to lend the Government 63 bil
iion dollars. In Wilkes county in
October of this year we bought
110.000 dollrrs worth of bonds,
for December wq are asked to buy
880.000 dollars. He explained by
means of the black board the dif
ferent kinds 6f bonds we may
Kiwanlan Finley then present
ed the North Wllkesboro First
Aid Instructors club as follo-wst
Mrs. W. C. Grier, president: Miss
Ruth Colviard. seefetary; Mr. H.
F. Bauknight. chalmsn Wilkes
County First AM commutes; llrs-
Edlth Brown, Mrs. Howurtb
Clark, Mr. Hs’ward Clark, Mnk'
p. J. Carter, Dr.. A. C. Ohamhkp-
(Ponttaned on" page eight)