Wilkesboro lias a
trading radius of 60 miles,
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Vol. 44, No. 12
The Journal-Patriot Has Blazed the jfrail of Progress In the "State of Wilkes" For Over 43 Years
Published Mondays and Thursdays NORTH WILKpSBORO, N. C., Thursday, May 26, 1949 Make North Wilkesboro Your Shopping Center
PROGRAM IS MADE
FOR MEMORIAL DAY
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Memorial Day program to honor
thosfi who sacrificed all for
the cause of American liberty
will be held Monday afternoon,
May 30, five p. m., at Mount
Lawn Memorial Park north of
this city on highway 18.
The program will open with
"Dawn Patrol** by the North
Wllkeeboro high school band, and
soldier's tribute will be by Major
Roy W. Forehand, executive
officer of the 112th batalllon of
the National Guard. Dr. Gilbert
R. Combs will lead the Memorial
A brief Memorial Day address
will be delivered by Rev. Watt
M. Cooper former naval chaplain.
The National Guard firing
squad salute will be followed by
taps and the national anthem,
by the North Wllkesboro high
Sponsoring organizations for
the service include the National
I Guard, Veterans of Foreign
t Ware, American Legion, high
|8chool hand, Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, American Legion Auxiliary,
V. P. W. Auxiliary, Daughters
of the Confederacy, Daughters
of the Revolution, churches
of Wilkes county, radio station
WKBC, The Journal - Patriot,
Wilkes schools, Relns-Sturdlvant,
city commissioners, Wilkes commissioners
police and highway
patrol. It is requested that heads
of organizations represented at
the service report to Major
Forehand at the speaker's stand
at 4:45 to find the location for
their organization at the service.
Employers are requested to allow
their employees to attend
this service if possible and that
all make a special effort to take
-30 minutes on Memorial Day to
pay tribute to those who gave
their lives for the cause of freedom.
Flashers Lose To Radford 2
To 1; Batters Seek To
End Hitting Slump
Wytheville Statesmen, the
power hitters who have crowded
North Wilkesboro out of second
place In the Bine Ridge league,
will be in Memorial Park here
tonight and Flasher batters are
all primed to end their four-day
Galax, arch rivals of last year,
will be here Saturday. On Monday
evening the league leading
Graniteers from Mt. Airy will
play a Memorial Day double
header here, the first game beginning
at 6:30. North Wilkesboro
will go to Wytheville Friday
night and to Galax Sunday
North Wilkesboro team has
been phryflrg excellent ~ baseball
while losing the last four games
by small scores, and there's
nothing wrong with them that a
few bunched hits can't cure. The
play afield has been excellent
and in some instances sensational,
but the hits haven't fallen in
Last night at Radford the
Flashers lost another close one
2 to 1. North Wilkesboro used a
new battery. Thompson, a rookie
right hander from Greensboro,
■ £tched well and Siceloff, formerly
with EHkin was the catcher.
Thompson held Radford to five
hits. The Flashers lone run was
by Black, who tripled and was
batted in by Stanley. Manager
Daddino and Pat Pescitelli with
two each led in hitting. Moore
pitched for Radford and was
i^trry effective with men on, leaving
nine runners stranded.
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If veterans lying in hospital
beds can make poppies, surely
we can buy them.
Railway Heads In
Meeting Here On
Southern Railway officials met
at the North Wllkesboro town
hall Wednesday afternoon to
discuss with Interested citizens
the Southern Railway's proposal
to eliminate passenger train service
from Winston-Salem to North
Herbert W. Bondurant, vice
president, of Atlanta, was principal
spokesman for Southern
Railway. He Was accompanied by
B. L. Stanflll, of Winston-Salem,
division superintendent, and
George W. Adams, of Charlotte,
The railway officials proposed
to put on highway express trucks
to haul express and parcel post
mail in lieu of the passengerexpress
l- Much opposition developed
here to the Southern's proposal
to take off the train. The Wilkes
Chamber of Commerce spearheaded
the opposition, mainly on
the grounds that express service
would be greatly crippled here,
especially in the shipment of
baby chicks, dressed peultry and
. Principal spokesman for the
citizens group Wednesday, which
consisted mainly of Chamber of
Commerce members, was J. B.
Williams, past president of the
chamber,, and Richard Johnston,
It is expected that if the Southern
proceeds with the application
to remove the train that hearing
dates will be set by the Utilities
Southern Railway officials in
the meeting here stated that unless
this area could be satisfied
with arrangements to * render
service by other means that the
application would be dropped.
Support Oonuaoalty SMiwtloi
DAVIDSON DINNER LAUNCHES
ELKIN-WILKESBORO FUND DRIVE
An audience of almost sixty
Monday night at the Wilkes hotel
heard a detailed description
of the Davidson College Development
Program which has already
secured over 11,700,000 for the
Davidson building and endowment
fund. After an address by
Professor Ernest A. Beaty of the
college faculty, Pat Williams, Jr.,
announced plans whereby the
Davidson campaign appeal will be
presented to alumni and friends
of the college in this region during
the next ten days.
"Now is the time," said Mr.
Williams, "when we alumni aad
friends of Davidson in Elkin and
North Wilkesboro can link our
effort with those in many other
areas and do our part in this important
program-." He then read
the names of the members of the
local development program organization
which includes W.
•BUir Gwyn and. E. S. Flnley,
Worth Wilkesboro captains; R.
G. Smith, Jr., and Van W. Dillon
Jr., of Elkin; William H.
McEBwee, J. B. McCoy, Pat Williams,
Jr., Bob Smoak, Lewis
pickery. Rev. Watt Cooper, C. C.
Faw, Jr., and Sam S. Vickery, all
of North Wilkesboro.
Professor Beaty emphasized
the fact that religious ideals arc
central fa life on the campus at
DavfdaoK and that "the world
now seeds such Institutions as
I Davidson College If oar heritage
I of* freedom and the democratic
tradition is to be maintained."
According to Prof. Beaty, the
objective of the historic school
has always been to train young
men for business, the professions,
and all other areas in which men
with both a fully rounded education
and a sense of their own re*
sponsibilities are always needed.
The banquet room was decorated
in red and black, the traditional
Davidson colors with pennants,
streamers, and clusters of
red flowers as the main points
Mr. R. G. Finley, general chairman
of the local Davidson organization
served as toastmaster
and introduced the out-of-town
guests. Rev. Watt Cooper presented
the invocation and closing
An interesting part of the evening's
program was the showing
of the film, "Tour Davidson."
Matthew Meade was the projectionist.
During the program a quartet
composed of R. N. Wooten, Van
Dillon, Dr. George F. Verdone
and Lewis Vlckery sang enjoyable
numbers, accompanied at
the piano by Mrs. Gordon Finley.
The first report meeting for
the local teams of solicitors will
be held Tuesday afternoon. May
Slat, at 5:00 o'clock on the mezzanine
at the Wilkes Hotel.
Cot Mothers Fox
Perched on the hack of the
mother cat in this picture Is a
very young fox which the cat
had been mothering for the
past three weeks. The baby fox
was found in the woods by Ambrose
Dancy and taken to the
home of Oscar Palmer at Wilbar.
The fox, which at that
time hadn't opened its eyes,
was placed with a mother cat
which had lost her kittens and
the cat took over the baby fox
and is doing a very good job
of taking care of it;
Attended By 100
Ten Patrols of 14 Attending
Receive Blue Pennants;
Last week-end( May 21st and
22nd, approximately 80 boys and
20 men enjoyed an overnight
camp in Pinley Park—west. They
were holding the annual Boy
Scout Camporee. Although enjoyment
was not the pripaary objective,
there was no doubt of
the pleasure the group was getting
out of the experience.
Certain standards of camping
are set up by the Old Hickory
Council and each patrol entering
is judged by these standards and
not in competition with eacb
other. This same method is used
in each district and each patrol
receiving enough points is given,
a blue ribbon and is eligible to*
attend tThc Council Camporee
which will be held at the new
camp site at Devotion, N. C.
Those patrols (listed with troop
number and leader) receiving
blue ribbons this year are: Eagle,
Troop 32, Dean Edwards; Tiger,
Troop 32, Edgar Terrell; Pewitt,
Troop 34, Charles Crook; Lion
Troop 34, Kent Sturdivant; Flaming
Arrow, Troop 35, Calvin
Hayes; Indian, Troop 35, Bryson
Adams; Raven, Troop 36, John
Winkler;Cobra, Troop 36, Wayne
Pardue; Lion, Troop 95, Vade
Rhoads; Lone Wolf, Troop 99,
Wilber Greer; and those receiving
red ribbons are: Pelican,
Troop 35, Bill Bumgarner; Cobra,
Troop 90, Jimmy Shew;
.Wolf, Troop 90, Edward Church;
I Eagle, Troop 99, Roy Delp.
The Camporee was engineered
by the Camping and Activities
Committee, of which Ivey Moore
Is chairman, assisted by Cyrus
Faw, Bill Brame and Dr. Tom
White. The judging was supervised
by District Commissioner
Gordon Finley and a corps of the
Gordon Finley, chief judge.
Staton Mclver) Ed Finley, Frank
Crowe, Bill ' Hardister, Blair
Gwyn, Carl VanDeman, Robert
Gibbs, T. F. Perry, Olenn Andrews,
Harvell Howell, P. W.
Greer, Paul Osborne, Edward
Bell, Bill Lewis, J. B. Carter,
Sam Vickery, L. M. Nelson,
Shoun Kerbaugh, Paul Cashion,
Dr. T. L. White) Roy Forehand.
Dr. John T. Wayland, pastor of
First Baptist church, North Wilkesboro,
assisted by Dr. Gilbert <
R. Combs, pastor of First Methodist
church North Wilkesboro.l
was in charge of church service'
on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. W. K.
Sturdivant led the singing.
The entire Wilkes District
'Committee has asked the Journal-Patriot
tov publicly thank the
Town of North Wilkesboro officials
for making th*e road passable
to the Camp site; C. D. Coffey,
Jr. for the use of his property on
which to hold the camporee;,
Reins-Sturdivant for the use of I
a tent which was used as head-1
quarters; Coble Dairy Products
for the use of milk cans to haul
water in; the Local National
Guard units for the Lister water
bag that made it possible to hold
the camp in a more secluded
spot; and many others. The boys
(enjoyed and profited >by this experience
The present 'condition of winter
grains in the Low Countries,
Sweden, Switierland, and Austria,
is good to excellent, and
favorable yields are indicated.
farterest In Bond Election Increasing
Large Vote Fer
State Issues b
Expected Jaie 4
i Better Schools and Roads
Rallies For Week
Interest in the Better Schools
and Roads campaign to carry
Wilkes overwhelmingly for the
state schools and roads bonds issue
in the election to be held
June 4 is increasing, Watson
Brame, Better Schools and Roads
chairman in Wilkes, said today.
Chairman Brame said he expects
Wilkes to roll up a large
vote for both school and roads
bonds, citing the fact that Wilkes
will receive over three million
dollars for rural roads from the
$200,000,000 state road bonds
issue and $301,400 from the
$25,000,000 state school bond Issue
for school buildings.
In the interest of campaigning
for the proposals, several rallies
will be held in Wilkes county
during the week. At each rally
will be prominent speakers who
will discuss in detail the benefits
to be derived by the people of
Wilkes from the bond issue if
approved in the election.
On Friday night, May 27,
eight p. m.( a rally will be held
at Benham school. On the same
date a rally will be held at Double
Creek school in Walnut Grove
On Saturday, May 28, rallies
will be held at 7:30 p. m. at
Mount Pleasant school and at
Rock Springs school.
The rally set for Clingman
schoolhouse will be on Monday,
May 30, 7:30 p. m.. and the rally
for the Traphill section of the
county will be on the same date
and hour at Traphill school.
On Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 p.
m., rallies will be held at Millers
jCreek. school and at Shady Grove
school in Somers township.
A rally for colored people will
be held at Lincoln Heights school
Tuesday, May 31> 7:30.
Announcement of these rallies
emphasized that everybody is
A rally for the entire county
will be held Thursday, June 2,
eight p. m., at the Wilkes courthouse.
A prominent speaker will
address the crowd.
BAND CONCERT AND MAY DAY
! PROGRAM FRIDAY SMOOT PARK
;0n Friday, May 27, the North
W^llkesboro high school band
will give its third and final concert
of the 1948-49 season. The
program will be an open-air concept
and will be given at Smoot
Pirk immediately following the
M»iy Day exercises, which will
st^rt at 6:30 p. m.
(If the weather does not permit
atj outdoor performance the concept
will be given In the high
school auditoriup at 8 p. m.
The program, which is expected!
to be one of the most interesting
yet presented by the band,
wijl consist of the following
numbers: Holliday Mords (Suite
for band) Verrall; Hoist's First
Suite in E flat; Lantern Marriage
Overture, Offenbach; Lustspiel
Overture, Keler-Bela; American
Patrol, Meacham; Lights Out
March, McC6y; Melody of Peace,
Harvey; and Desert Song by
There will be no admission
charges and the public is cordially;
invited. "Bring a cushion and
pl^n to enjoy May Day and the
band concert," the announcemest
Girl Scout Camp
All girls in Wilkes county between
ages of seven and 18 may
now register for the Girl Scout
summer camp to be held at
Mountain View school July 1115.
It has been pointed out that
registration is necessary now in
order that supplies for the camp
can be ordered. The registration
fee before June 1 !s only three
dollars. After June 1 the fee
will be $4.
Mrs. Walter Newton in North
iro and Mrs, N. O, Smoak
Russell Gray, Sr.,
Is Taken By Death
Funeral Service Held This
j Afternoon For Well
Alexander Russell Gray, Sr.,
5ij for several years a prominent
business man in Wilkesboro,
died at his home Wednesday
morning. He had been in ill
health for several months bnt
hid not been critically ill. A
h*art attack was considered immediate
cause of his death.
Mr. Gray was born October 2,
IS96, in Norfolk county, Va. He
spent the early part of his life
in Norfolk and Fluvania counties
and in 1920 came to Wilkesboro,
where for several years he was
engaged in the automobile business.
In 1932 he and his brother, L.
M. Gray, established Gray Brother#
Furniture company, which is
now operated by his sons, Russell
Gray, Jr., and William C.
Gr ly. Mr. Gray was a former
ma ster of Liberty lodge of Majors
in Wilkesboro and was a
member of camp number 15838
Modern Woodmen of America.
Surviving Mr. Gray are his
wife, the former Miss Sarah
Campbell, of Fluvania county,
Vai, and two sons, Alexander
Rupsell Gray, Jr.f and William
C. iGray, of Wilkesboro; also two
grandchildren, A. R. Gray, m.
an-J James Gray. Also surviving
art* twelve brothers and sisters:
L. | M. Gray, Wilkesboro; D. M.
Gr^y, Catiett, va.; w. u. uray,
Mafnasses, Va.; Bmery, George
D.: and Robert Gray, of Nokesvllle,
Va.; Phillip Gray, Danville,
Val; C. M. Gray, Richmond, Va.;
Mr^g. C. M. Cranor? Wilkeeboro;
Mrs. Roy Thomas, Palmyra, Va.:
Mm. C. C. Gilbert, Washington,
D. C.; Mrs. Harry Wilson, Catiett,
Funeral service was held today,
three p. m., at the home
an<ji burial was in Mount Lawn
Memorial Park north of this city.
Relr. Watt M. Cooper, Presbyter^
ianj minister, conducted the service,
assisted by Rev. O. J. Winslow,
pastor of Wilkesboro Methodist
During the week ending May
7, broiler ehlek placements In
the Chatham area totaled 228,000,
a decline of 11 per cent from
placements for the previous
Mrs. Sue Absher Eller was
recently elected May Queen of
the North Wilkesboro high
school. Mrs. Eller, a member
of the senior class, is a daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. O. O. Absher,
of Halls Mills, and wife
of )Bill Eller, who is also a
high school student here. Mrs.
Eller will be crowned Queen
of the May in May Day exercise*
Friday evening, 6:80, at
Smoot Park. The high school
band will give a concert at
7:30 at Smoot Park. In event
of rain both programs will be
in the school auditorium.
Calf Auction For
Saturday At 3
Price Heifer at Wilkes Farm
Center To Be Donated
To Cancer Fund
A four - months - old jerseyguernsey
heifer, which has attracted
much attention and which
dozens have wanted to buy, will
be sold at auction by the Wilkes
Farm Center Saturday afternoon,
three p. m., with the entire price
going into the cancer fund being
raised by the Wilkes unit of the
American Cancer Society.
The calf by sale time will be
near four months old and will
weigh about 250 pounds. It has
been raised at Wilkes Farm Center,
where the auction will be
held, and has been fed- entirely
on Purina Calf Startena as a
J. Allie Hayes, attorney, will
be auctioneer to sell the calf and
everybody is invited.
The cancer campaign is well
organized and workers are busily
engaged soliciting the fund,
goal of which is $2,000 in Wilkes
county. A great part of the funds
will be used in Wilkes to fight
cancer and public support is earnestly
Dr. John T. Wayland, pastor of
the First Baptist church here, is
fund campaign chairman for the
Wilkes Cancer Society.
Final Meeting Of
On Saturday Nite
Final session of the "Teen Age
Center in North Wilkesboro gymnasium
this season will be on
Saturday night, eight until 11.
An unusual program has been
planned and all 'teen agers In
Wilkes county are invited to attend
and enjoy the occasion.
Scout Court Of
Honor To Meet
On Sunday Night
Wilkes district Boy Scout
court of honor will meet Sunday
night, eight o'clock, in Wilkesboro
It will 'be a union service, to
which congregations of other
churches in the Wilkesboros are
invited. Paul Osborne will be in
charge, assisted by T. E. Story,
Gordon Pinley and ministers
from all the churches.
Dean Edwards, of WUkesboro
troop 32, will become an Eagle
Scout and there will he advancements
to all leading ranks In
Contact Club Does *
Excellent Work In
The Contact Clnb of the
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, of
which C. Arthur Venable Is
chairman, Is doing excellent work
in regular bi-monthly meetings.
Since organization the club has
secured 14 new chamber members
and many renewal memberships.
22 Are Examined
Will Be Operated Each
Tuesday Morning In
Cancer Detection Center for
northwestern North Carolina had
a very successful opening In Wilkesboro
Tuesday morning with
22 patients receiving examinations.
Dr. Mildred Schram and Dr.
Ivan Proctor, of the State Health
Department, assisted volunteer
members of the Wilkes-Alleghany
Medical Society In examination
of the patients, several of
whom were referred to their family
physicians or to the cancer
diagnostic Renter in Winston-Salem.
Of the 22 who were examined
> only two were found to be In
Dr. Fred C. Hubbard was medical
director of the center Tuesday
and physicians assisting were
Dr. W. L. Bundy, Dr. E. N. Phillips
and Dr. George P. Verdone.
There were many volunteer
workers from the Junior Woman's
club and other civic organizations.
These included receptionists
and nurse aides. Much
valuable assistance was also given
by county officials and pereoanei
of various county offices.
The clinic will be in operation
weekly, with registration
each Tuesday morning at 9:30.
Those who live more than 25
miles from here may secure an
appointment by writing Mrs. C.
M. Williams, Wilkesboro, secretary
of the center, and enclosing
a stamped and addressed envelope.
A number of those examined
in the center Tuesday were
from *>utlying opints.
No charge is made for examination
in the center.
School Finals 9th
Final program of the North
Wilkesboro school commencement
will be on Thursday night,
eight o'clock, June 9, when diplomas
will be awarded a large
class of seniors. Members of the
class will carry out the commencement
Dr. Benjamin G. Childs, of
Duke University, will deliver the
baccalaureate sermon Sunday
night, June 5, eight o'clock) at
the First Baptist church.
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Mrs. Wayne Foster's
Father Dies May 21
John A. Phillips, 64, prominent
farmer, died suddenly Saturday
on his farm at Cameron west of
Sanford. A heart attack was
cause of his death.
Surviving Mr. Phillips are his
wife, one daughter, Mrs. Wayne
Foster, of North Wilkesboro, and
two sons, John A., Jr., and Pete
Phillips, at home.
Funeral service was held Sunday
afternoon at Union Presbyterian
church in Moore county.
Those from here attending were
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Foster, Mr.
and Mrs. Gilbert Foster, Mrs. A.
G. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
OPTIMIST CLUB ENDORSES STATE
ROAD AND SCHOOL BOND ISSUES
Representative T. E. Story
Speaks To Club About
The North Wllkesboro Optimist
Club, in its regular meeting
Tuesday at Hotel Wilkes, passed
a resolution endorsing the state
road and school bond propositions
which will be voted on by
the citizens of the state on Saturday)
June 4th. It was the concensus
of the membership of the
club that Wilkes county stands to
gain very much in the way of improved
roads and school buildings
if the proposed bond issues
are approved by the voters.
Representative T. E.. Story was
guest speaker before the club and
was presented by Optimist Albert
Garwood. Rep. Story has
represented Wilkes county during
five sessions of the Legislature,
and he referred to the recent
session as being one of the
most interesting of the modern
age. During the 109 days of the
assembly a total of 1834 bills
were introduced, Rep. Story said.
Of course, a number of these bills
failed of passage.
Speaking o f . epftooristlosv
made by the legislative Session,
Rep. Story outlined them approximately
as follows: $262",000,000
for the state's general expenses;
$125,000,000 for- roads; $73,000,000
for permanent improvements;
$25,060,000 for school
buildings; $7,000,000 for improvement
of ports—making a
total of nearly one-half billion
dollars. Just a few of the important
bills passed by the assembly,
Rep. Story said, were those
giving the people the right to
vote on the state-wide road and
school bond proposals, repeal of
the Motor vehicle inspection Iaw(
legalizing use of voting machines,
and the law making It illegal to
handle poisonous snakes.
Interesting reports of the
eighteenth district Optimist convention
held at Wilmington last
week were made by E. R. Eller
and Howard Strader, who represented
the Jforth Wilkesboro
Club. • • .
The luncheon opened with
singing of "America," followed
by the Invocation which was
spoken by Rev. C. Jay Winslow.
Guests at the lnncheon were J.
B. Brookshire with President E.
R. safer; Bob Miskelly with Julias