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Vol. 44, No. 7 Published Mondays and Thursdays NORTH WILKESBORO, N. C„ Monday, May 9, 1949 Make North Wilkesboro Your Shopping Center
Pleasant Home Baptist Completes New Building
One of the largest and most
modern rural church buildings
in northwestern North Carolina
is the new church building reerected
by Pleasant Home
Baptist church, which is lqcated
eight miles northwest of this city
and near highway 16.
The new brick church building
has an auditorium which will
seat 500, (but of more significance
is the fact that the building contains
12 Sunday school rooms,
adequate for every department
of a standard church school.
The Pleasant Home church
building program was carried out
under leadership of the pastor,!
Rev. W. S. Luck, who recently
resigned to become pastor of a
church near Greensboro. In 194 5
Rev. Mr. Luck came to North
Wilkesboro as pastor of Hinshaw
Street Baptist church and was,
pastor of that church between
five and six years. During his
pastorate Hinshaw Street church
was remodeled, brick veneered
and greatly improved with construction
of 12 Sunday school
rooms. The building committee
worked untiringly on the project.
At Pleasant Home church Monroe
Faw was chairman of the
building committee and other
members were Clate Bumgarner.
Howard McNeill and John Whittington.
Mr. Whittington also
was purchasing agent, foreman
and supervisor of construction.
The following statement of
appreciation of Rev. Mr. Luck's
services at Pleasant Home was
"We as a church are greatly
indebted to him for the good
that he has helped to bring about
in our community. There has
been a great number of additional
members to our church. The
Sunday school has had a large
increase in attendance. Our record
attendance of two hundred
was reached during his pastorleader
and organizer, and a great
REV. W. S. IAJCK
inspiration to us. We greatly
loved our pastor and regret to
see htm ti» Tlftt
God's speed in his new church.''
Here Friday Noon
North Wilkesboro Kiwanis club
held a very interesting meeting
Fr**y noon at Hotel Wilkes.
Program Chairman Rev. Watt
Cooper introduced M. A. Huggins,
Executive Secretary of the Baptist
State Convention, who
brought a fine talk and thought
to the Club on the subject, "Fellowship."'
He said "Fellowship is
jriare than the giving of gifts; it
ps the sharing of ourselves and
[what we have with others. Too
fatten we have tried the sharing
method when he should have
been sharing. The Story of the
fjood Samaritan, said he, is a
•classic example. He said we
Lhould .never share our hates,
[envyings, jealousies, etc. and we
■ ought to share our faith, our
[Tiopes, and all our new insights
for better things. In so doing we
shall have fellowship here and
Prior to the program President
W. H. McElwee made a brief report
of the division 3 meeting
held in Lexington Thursday night.
Seven North Wilkesboro members
attended. * j
Committees for thfe Horse
Show and Wilkes Agricultural
Fair, which are annually sponsored
by the clu-b, were appointed.
Guests were as follows: L. M.
Nelson, Jr., with L. M. Nelson,
Rev. J. E. Pearson with Dr. John
T. Wayland, Dr. P. C. Stringfield
wiht Dr. J. H. McNeill, Paul Ferguson
with R. R. Church, Mrs.
A. C. Chamberlain with Dr. A. C.
Chamberlain, Joe Edwards with
J. B. Carter, Phil Mitchell with J.
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Show At Drive-In
Little Dock Wheeler, the OkUSyia
Funmaker, will present
his Troupe in person on the stage
at the North Wilkesboro Drive-In
theatre Wednesday night. Village
Barn Dance, featuring Lulu Belle
and Scotty, will be the screen attraction.
Daring the first three months
of 1949, churches contributed a
total of $3,345,589.73 to the
Southern Baptist Convention's
national and worldwide program
of missions, education, and benevolence.
Wilkes County Coon
Hunters Form Club
Lonnie Combs was elected!
president of the Wilkes Coon I
Hunters club in organization
meeting held at the courthouse
Friday night. Other officers elected
were: Vaughn Church, vice
president; Arlie Foster, secretary-treasurer;
T. C. McNeil, assistant
Meetings will be held the first
Friday night in each month at
the county courthouse.
Radford Will Play
Here On Wednesday
Instead Of Tuesday
Attention of baseball fans
is called to a change in the
Blue Ridge schedule for Tuesday
and Wednesday, May 10
North WilkesTx>no will play
at Radford Tuesday instead of
Wednesday, as the schedule
shows. Radford will play in
North Wilkes bo ro Wednesday,
May 11, instead of Tuesday,
Rites Held Friday
Funeral service was held Friday
afternoon at Greenwood
cemetery in this city for Mable
Farline Meadows, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Meadows, of
Pores Knob.' The child was born
at the Wilkes hospital Thursday
morning and died within a short
Surviving are the father and
mother, one brother and sister,
Bobby and Sarah Elizabeth Meadows,
of Pores Knob.
Funeral service was conducted
by Rev. John Wells, pastor of
Walnut Grove Baptist church,
and Dr. John T. Wayland, pastor
of the First Baptist church here.
Tom Jernette May
Lose Eye Result Of
Tom Jenrette, manager of the
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce,
received serious injury to his
right eye Saturday afternoon
while working at his home. A
hammer which he was using left
the handle and broke his glasses,
the glass cutting his eye so severely
that it is believed that
sight In that eye will be lost. Mr.
Jenrette is a patient at the
At Local School
The North Wilkesboro Elementary
School will present the
operetta, "The Cobbler of Fairyland,"
Friday night at 7:30 in
The plot is a charming makebelieve
story about good and bad
fairies, elves and cobblers who all
take part in a birthday party
which the fault-finding queen
and her hen-pecked husband give
in honor of their daughter.
It has been under the direction
of Miss Judy and Mrs. Harris
with the help of various committees.
A small admission of 15c and
25c is being charged. This money
will be used for the school library
and the purchase of rhythm
band equipment for next year.
The main characters in the
cast are: Queen Monarchia (the
royal tyrant), Diane Rousseau;
King Martin and Meek (her henpecked
husband), Bobby Fincannon;
Princess Delmarie (daughter
of the royal pair), Catherine
Jenrette; Percival (the court
page), Reggie Moore; Lady Lucinda
(Mistress of the robes),
Biddie Powell; Rosaline (First
lady in waiting), Ann. Weaver
Starr; Head Painter (Chief of
painter elves), Jerry Venable;
Second Painter (his assistant),
Gary Bottomley; Head Cook (of
the royal kitchen); Mary Ann
Brame; Second Cook (her assistant)
Carol Bare; Fairy Cobbler
(shoemaker to royalty and court)
Cy Brame; Christobel (2nd lady
in waiting); Carol Bare; Machiavelli
(the cat—the brains of
fairyland), Bernie Farthing;
First Elf (who serves the cobbler),
Maurice E<lledge; Second
Elf (also in cobbler's service),
Tommy Frazier; Vengefuletta
(the uninvited bad fairy), Norma
Sue Gester; Witch (who gets her
spells mixed), Betty Jo Powell;
Lord Mayor (a guest at the party),
Jimmy Swofford; First
Guest, Carolyn Wells; First Fairy,
Betty Jean Helms^ Second
Fairy, Lelia Cooper; Third Fairy,
Cindy Farthing; Fourth Fairy,
Gail Woodward; Fifth Fairy,
These and the 88 in the chorus
make 112 children taking part in
the operetta. ,
May clinic for crippled will be
held. Thursday morning, May 12,
at the Wilkes hospital.
Robert F. Absher
Resident Shepherd's Cross!
Roads Community Instantly
Funeral service for Robert F. ^
Absher, 25, who was killed byj
lightning Saturday evening in
the Shepherd's Cross Roads community
north of Roaring River,
will be held Tuesday, two p. m„
at Mt. Pisgah church near Dockery.
Mr. Absher was visiting in the
home of a neighbor, Marshall
Harris, when he was killed. He
was seated with four other people
in a room of the Harris home
when lightning hit the house. His
armr was resting on a sewing machine.
Lightning wrecked the radio,
burst the floor and did
other minor damage. Mr. Absher
was instantly killed, Wilkes Coroner
I. M. Myers, who investigated
the death, said.
Mr. Absher's death occured about
seven p. m. during the "second
electric storm of the day.
Earlier in the day lightning
struck a fence in front of the
Surviving Mr. Ahsher are his
wife, Mrs. Arbutus Billings Absher;
two children, Brenda Jt*
and Linda Sue Absher; his parents,
R. S. and Lola Absher, and
the following brothers and sisters:
Dock, Levi and Houston
Absher, Mrs. Lura p. Billings,
Jessie, Glenna, Mary and Betty
Funeral service will be conducted
by Rev. L. E. Sparks and
Rev. Charlie Richardson.
Mayor R. T. McNiel of North
Wilkesboro today received an invitation
from Maydr George D.
Lentz of Winston-Salem and Roy
W. Craft, chairman of the For-j
sy$h Coujity Bqqxd ot JDaprais-r
sfohera, inviting all of tW citizens
of North Wilkesboro and
Wilkes County to attend the Forsyth
County Centennial Celebration.
Thursday, May 12, is the big
day in Winston-Salem for on that
date Forsyth County, of which]
Winston-Salem fs the county seat,
will - celebrate the 100th anniversary
of its founding.
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V. F. W. To Meet
Here On Thursday
The regular meeting of Blue
Ridge Mountain Post, 1142, Veterans
of Foreign Wars will be
held on Thursday, May 12th at
the Post Headquarters.
All members are urged to attend
this meeting. Definite action
will be taken on the new building.
For this reason Commander
Ralph Williams is very desirous
of having a good representation
at this meeting.
Reports will be read on the result
of the Carnival which should
be of interest to each member.
Come on out, fellows, and let's
show our support of our new officers
and let's get a new building
High School Band
At Lions Meeting
Ladies Night Planned For
May 20; Pete Ivey To Be
North Wilkesboro high school
band, under direction of Miss Eva
Bingham, rendered a very delightful
program Friday evening
at the meeting of the North Wilkesboro
Lions club at Hotel
The band, which had rendered
enjoyable programs before the
club on several occasions during
the past few years, showed great
improvement and the numbers
rendered during the program
were enthusiastically received.
Jack S"wofford and Rufus Church
were in charge of the program.
The club had two distinguished
guests, Roy Beck, district
deputy governor, and A1 Fields,
of Hickory, zone chairman. Mr.
Fields spoke ibriefly and oom|
mended-the club here for its fine
Plana were discussed for Ladies
Night to be held May 20.
The banquet will be held at Hotel
Wilkes and Pete Irey, Winston-Salem
columnist and humorist,
will be the speaker.
Legion To Hold A
Wilkesboro Legion Post No.
125 will hold a special meeting
at the Legion Hut on Wednesday,
May 11th. All members are urged
to attend this meeting.
A motion picture with sound
will be shown that should be of
interest to all members.
Comrade L. M. Nelson, District
Commander of the 26th District
will present a picture entitled
"New Jersey Journey." This
picture, furnished by Esso Standard
Oil Company should be of
real interest to all who are present
at this meeting.
The Nominating Committee of
the post will present a slate of
officers and election of officers
for the coming year will be
, Delegates to the State Convention
to be held in Raleigh
will be appointed at this meeting
by the new Commander.
Because of the importance of
this meeting Commander Bill
Thomas urges all members to be
present if at all possible.
May 21 And 22
In Finley Park
Deadline For Entry Blanks
Will Be On Wednesday
The District Camporee of the
Boy Soouts wiUjbe held May 21
and 22 in Finley Park. The location
in Finley Park is being
changed. This year it will be
held on the hill beyond Palmer
Horton's. The water will not
come directly from the city main
as in the past but will be supplied
from "Lister" bags as used by
The attention of all Scoutmasters
is called to the fact that the
deadline for entry blanks is Wednesday,
Each Scout participating in
tion'' which must be signed by a
registered physician. This should
be done by his family doctor or
the doctor connected with his
Troop or the public health officer
in Wilkesboro. If no other
arrangements are made, call Dr.
G. T. Mitchell, Chairman of the
District Health and Safety committee.
Entry blanks and physical examination
blanks have been sent
to all unit leaders. Extra ones
may be obtained from Gordon i
Finley or Robert Gibbs at the
Duke Power Company.
Last year nearly a hundreScouts
took part in this annual
event and they are looking forward
to an even more interesting
time this year.
Pageant May 12
A pageant, "United Nations,"
will be given in the gymnasium of
Wilkesboro high school Thursday
evening, May 12, at 8 o'clock.
There will be no admission and
the public is invited. This pageant
is part of the elementary commencement
and *25 boys and
girls of the first eight grades
will take part.
Lacy Huffman and William A.
Groce, Jr., won in the contest to
be Miss America and Uncle Sam.
Anne Lowe and Charles Marlowe
as runners-up will do the crowning.
Besides Boy Scouts there
will be children representing U.
S., Hawaii, Ireland, Netherlands,
China, Brazil, Mexico and England.
The grammar glee club of
sixty 'boys and girls will sing as
well as children from thd lower
grades. There will be patriotic
and folk songs, games, and dances
of the various countries. The
third grade Rhythm Band of forty-five
children will play several
The sixth grade representing
England will take part simultaneously
in three May Pole dances.
A bull-fight will add excitement
to the Mexican scene. Brazil Is
represented by pupils of the
seventh grade in a conga line and
a samba jitterbug. The general
committee is composed of Mrs. C.
T. Doughtoxr, chairman, Mrs.
James Bean, and Mrs. Yale Miller.
Twenty-five college students
will represent the Southern Baptist
Convention in Europe as
"summer missionaries" during
their school vacation period. Other
groups of students will do
mission work In Hawaii, Alaska, j
and the San Andres Islands.. ,
Status Of the City
Court Is Uncertain
Says Bill May
Be Anjnyalid One
The question of validity of the
recent legislative ect changing
the set-up of the North Wilkesboro
city court is attracting much
An act of the recent legislature
provided that in lieu of the
mayor acting as judge that the
city commissioners appoint a
judge,* who cannot hold any elective
office, and who will be paid
a salary instead of fees.
J. Allie (Hayes, secretary of
the Wilkes Bar Association, asked
the office of attorney general
for a ruling on the new law. In
a letter to Attorney Hayes, Ralph
Moody, assistant attorney general,
stated that the attorney
general's office did not follow a
practice of giving opinions on
the constitutionality of laws, but
did in personal advisory remarks
comment on the act and expressed
doubt of its validity.
The letter stated that the legislature
by local or special act
does not have power to establish
a court inferior to the superior
court, and such establishment of
an inferior court can be done only
under state-wide act of the legislature.
The comments indicated
that the attorney general considers
the city court bill as passed
by the legislature a measure
which abolished the mayor's
court and set up a new court.
The act as passed in the legislature
provides that the city
commissioners appoint a judge
and solicitor of the court on June
7. It has been held by the supreme
by local or special act can abolish
an inferior court, in which
case lawyers point out that the!
act passed this year in effect
abolishes the mayor's court and
sets up a different court which
may or may not be declared invalid.
The opinion has been expressed
unofficially by legal authorities
that North Wilkesboro
would have no court if the new
court is held to be unconstitutional.
Following are excerpts from
the letter of the assistant attorney
general to Attorney Hayes
relative to his unofficial opinion
on the "matter under discussion:
"This office has always made
it a practice, at least ever since
I have been in the office, not to
give official opinions on the con
stitutionality of acts of 'the General
Assembly. As you already
know, the constitutionality of an
act is a question for the courts;
and' anything we might say would
only be suggestive or advisory.
The special Court of the Town
of North Wllkesboro is constituted
and annexed to the office
of Mayor under the charter provisions.
You have now passed an
act which attempts to completely
divorce this Court from the office
of Mayor and substitute an
individual who will be selected
and appointed by the Town Commissioners.
As a personal opinion
on this matter, I have very
grave doubts as to the validity of
the Act. I think that this is an
act "relating to the establishment
of courts inferior to the
Superior Court.' It seems to me
that what you have actually done
or tried to do by this Act is
create a new court and simply reenact
or borrow the provisions relating
to the jurisdiction of the
Mayor's Court. To my mind, this
is an entirely different court, and
I am extremely doubtful as to
the validity of this new court.
This opinion, as I have heretofore
stated, is only personal and
advisory; and, no doubt, some
defendant will very early test the
validity of this new set-up."
Rat Campaign To
Begin May 24th
The rat eradication campaign
to be carried out by North Wilkesboro
and Wllkesboro in cooperation
with the health department
will begin on May 24,
E. R. Spruill, county sanitarian,
All residents are asked to be
■9repsfed-.to jMake- sgre that no
garbage will be accessible, to rats
during the campaign.
Wiles Jewelry Sale
Is Going Full Blast
Wiles Jewelry selling-'out sale
opened Thursday morning with
large crowds flocking to the store
where a line had formed before
This sale is continuing in full
blast with * drastic reductions
throughout the store in order to
sell out the stock of merchandise
as soon as possible. The jewelry
offered in this sale, which Includes
the entire stock, has much
of nationally advertised brands
which are offered a real savings.
SUPPORT THE V. M C. A.
FERGUSON-BENNETT TO FEATURE
BOXING CARD SATURDAY NIGHT
Paul "Country" Ferguson, son
of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Ferguson,
Star Route, Wilkesboro, will
come home May 14th, to fight
tall, tough, hard hitting Sonny
Bennett, of Mt. Airy, in 10round
main bout of a boxing
card at Wilkesboro high school
gymnasium. Ferguson is a former
Southern Welterweight champ.
The sports event starts at 8:00 p.
Ferguson played left guard on
Wilkesboro high school team
1932, 1933, 1934 and graduated
from Wilkesboro high school in
Spring of 1935.
/Ferguson won 126 pound boxing
championships at C. M. T.
Camp at Fort Bragg in summer
of 1935. He was a member of
1935-36 King College boxing
team—won Golden Gloves and
A. A/ U. boxing championship In
Ferguson turned pro in 1937.
He won the Southern Welterweight
Championship in 1939.
Me won the Southern Welterweight
Championship in 1941.
iHe was physical director in the
Coast Guard from 1942 to '45.
Ferguson was once 8 th ranking
welterweight of the world,
and has fought many of the outstanding
Welterweights of the
world. Ferguson beat such outstanding
-fighters as Jack Larimore,
Jean Jones, Eddie Phillips,
Phil Norman, Norman Rub•bioa,
Bob Riley, Ted Bass, Jimmy
Sullivan, Norman Mett, Early
Hamilton, Wade Allison, Pat
Gallman, Young Corbett IV, Slugger
McCoy, Bulldog Mallory,
Charlie Rands, Babs Hunt, Frank
Shea, Tony Amarosa, Tony Prezlosa,
Jack Steel, Bob Watts, Johnny
Wilson. Ferguson fought two
draws with Chuck Taylor, > and
Taylor gave Welterweight Champion
Ray Robinson a tough fight.
Ferguson fought in Madison
Square Garden eight times.
Ferguson retired in 1946 because
of a broken hand, and then
he gave up the southern welterweight
He made a comeback in 1948
and won 1*8 straight fights, and
has fought once in 1949. He
knocked out Battling Jackson in
Ferguson was boxing coach of
Greensboro 7. M. C. A and coach
of Coast Guard boxing team in
1944. Ferguson is now tournament
director of the Piedmont
Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament
in Greensboro, N. C.
Ferguson's opponent will be
Sonny Bennett, 158 pounds, of
Mt. Airy. iBennett has had 75
fights, won 70, last 2, and 3
draws. He has never been knocked
out. Bennett is a tall rangy,
tough, hard punching fighter. He
has fought many of the outstanding
fighters of the south.
Many think Bennett is the best
young fighter of the south.
Ferguson will depend on ring
craft and experience to win. Bennett
.will depend on speed,
height, reach, and youth to win.
Tickets are now on sale for
the event, which will be sponsored
by the Wllkesbofo Business
and Professional Men'* Club for
benefit of the Wilkesboro high