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western Carolina.
The Journal-Patriot Has Blozed the Trail of Prog
in the "State of Wilkes" For Over 44 Years
NORTH WH-KESB0R0.j, C., Thursday. June 8,1950
Published Mondays and
Make North Wilkesboro'Your ShoDoina Center
Monday On
Ronda Roadbank
t j.
C. J. Jones Apparently Fell
Off Bank Of Highway j
268 Late Saturday
Body of C. J. Jones, dead for
two days, was found Monday af
ternoon on the bank of highway
268 in Ronda.
Jones, a resident of Bristol, Va.,
who had been visiting relatives of
West Jefferson and more recently
at Ellcin, was seen walking along
the highway in Ronda Saturday
evening about six o'clock.
On Monday afternoon a girl
walking along the highway a few
yards east of Higgins' store saw
the dead body off the lower bank
of the road, partially concealed by
weeds and bushes.
Coroner I. M. My^rs was called
and after investigating all avail
able reports pronounced the man's
death due to natural causese,
probably heart attack.
The coroner stated that there
■ was no indication of foul play, the
| only marks on the body being
'■ scratches apparently caused by
Kthe fall. He had not been hit by a
f^jkr or truck as was first sur
mised, because there was no in
dication that he . has received any
^substantial blow. He was carrying
|lk grip-type suitcase, with the
^[handle still in his hand, and there
" was a mail amount of money on
the body.
Condition of the body indicated
that he had been dead since late
Saturday, Coroner Myers said.
The body was lying down the
bank only a few feet from the
« much traveled pavement.
The body was taken late Mon
; day to West Jefferson, where a
brother was to make funeral ar
rangements. Officers here said
Jones' wife was now a resident of
Bristol, Va., which was listed as
his home address.
Travis Will Be
At Ladies Night
Gus Travis, famed columnist
and humorist, will be the princi
pal speaker at the ladies night
banquet of Knights of Pythias and
Dokies to be held Friday night,
seven o'clock, at the V. P. W.
clubhouse at North Wilkesboro.
Appearance of the Charlotte Ob
server columnist assures that all
who attend will be well entertain
ed. Arrangements have been made
for an excellent dinner and all pro
gram features are designed to be
highly entertaining. Advance sales
have been brisk, assuring a large
atteijflance for the event.
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Vacation School
. At Presbyterian
P The Vacation Church School of
the First Presbyterian Church be
gins Monday morning, June' 12,
at 9:00 o'clock and closes at
11:30. Children ages four through
fourteen are cordially invited tq
attend. The unit of study for ttve
whole school is based on the life
and works of Jesus. The Kinder
garten Department under the lead
ership of Mrs. Leonard Brooks,
superintendent, Mrs. John Buchan
and Mrs. J. W. Steele, will study
a course, "Jesus, Our Friend.''
Miss Muriel Coykendall will be
superintendent of the Primary
Department with Mrs. John Cash
ion and Miss Jean Summers help
ing. The theme for this group is
"Stories of Jesus." "We Would
See Jesus," is the course for the
Junior Department with Mrs. R.
N. Wooten Superintendent and
Misses Mary Elmore Finley and
Isabella Gibbs helping. The Pio
neer Department will follow this
theme "Jesus Christ, Hero of His
tory." Mrs. L. H. Snyder will serve
as superintendent with Mrs. L. S.
Spainbour assisting.
Creative activities, singing,
Bible study, stories, handwork,
recreation and other activities
will contribute to the accomplish
ment of each day's purpose which
ultimately is the spiritual enrich
ment of each young person's life.
Gtve your children this opportun
ity by sending them to Vacation
Church school every day.
A steering committee for the
j^opl is icom posed o; Mrs. Gbrdon
Assistant Director, Mr.
fear Vickery, Church School Sup
erintendent, and Mia* Ruth King
Wood, Director of Religious Edu
'rhe United States Coast Guard
created Jan, 2S, 1#15.
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Raleigh — Willis Smith decid
ed yesterday to put the, Issue of
conservation vs. llberllsm to North
Carolina's Democratic voters
The conservative Raleigh lawy
er annaunced he was calling for a
runoff primary with liberal Sena
tor Prank P. Granam for the
Democratic senatorial nomination.
The vote will be held June. 24.
j Smith thus ended 11 days of
speculation on his intentions fol
lowing a record-breaking vote
May 27 in which Graham led him
in a field of four by 53,383 votes.
Graham, short and wiry, has
identified himself with liberalism
on both the State, national and
international scene and is consid
ered a supporter of President Tru
man's Administration, although
disagreeing with some parts of the
President's fair deal program.
Smith, head of one of the State's
wealthiest law firms, has taken
many pokes at the national Ad
Graham, 63, was named to the
Senate 14 months go by Govern
or Scott to fill the vacancy creat
ed by the death of J. Melville
Broughton. This year's election is
for the four-year remainder of
Broughton's term.
Graham Lacked Majority
Smith won /the right to ask the
State Board of Elections for a
runoff because'Graham failed—by
about 5,600 votes—to win a ma
jority of the ballots cast. A clear
majority would havq given Gra
ham the nomination.
Although he told a reporter ear
lier that he had "almost decid
ed*' Tuesday not to run again,
Smith soon after tossed his hat
back into the hot senatorial cam
paign with a statement issued by
his State campaign manager,
Chares P. Green.
The 62-year-old senatorial can
didate asserted that he was ac
ceding to "urgent demands that
I continue the fight for what I
conceive to bo truly progreagivg,
and representative government."
Calling on his backers for sup
port, Smith continued:
t "If we are to succeed, we must
have the active help of every citi
zen who believse in the constitu
tional democracy of Thomas Jeff
erson with freedom from social,
economic and political control and
dictation. We need volunteer work
ers in our campaign headquarters
here in Raleigh and in every
county. We need spontaneous ac
tivity in every precinct, for it is
well known that we do not have
an organization of professional
politicians and we are at a dis
advantage from a financial stand
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Highway Postoffice
Has Fire On No. 18
According to reports reach
log this city, the highway post
office 'which runs daily from
Greensboro by way of North
Wilkesboro, Laurel Springs and
West Jefferson to Boone, was
badly damaged by fire this
morning near Laurel Springs.
The vehicle caught fire about
one mile north of the Wilkes
r Alleghany county line on high
way 18 about eight a. m. today.
It was not learned here whether
or not any mail was destroyed.
Lightest honey found in the U.
S. probably Is that made from
fire-wheat in the northwest.
.Honor Graduates
Miss Doris Ann Godbey, top
photo, was valedictorian of the
North Wilkesboro high school
class of 1060. She Is the daugh
ter of Mr. jnd Mrs. Joe God
photo, was salutatorian. She Is
a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Edward Harris.
Thomas E. Cain
Died Early Today
Thomas Edgar Cain, 59, died
shortly after midnight this morn
ing at his home near Moravian
Falls. He had been in ill health
for several months and critically
ill for the past two weeks.
Born June 16, 1890, Mr. Cain
was a son Of the late Anderson
and Martha Henderson Cain.
For 23 years Mr. Cain was a
i barber in North Wilkesboro and
for several years was manager of
City Barber shop here. In later
years he operated a barber shop
at his home. He was highly suc
cessful in his trade and was wide
ly and favorably known in this
part of the state.
Surviving Mr. Cain are his wife,
Mrs. Margaret Cain, two sons,
Charlie and Ray Cain, and one
daughter, Mrs. Layton Joines, of1
Funeral service will be held Sat
urday, two p. m., at Cub Creek
Baptist church. Of which he was
a member, and burial will be in
Moravian Falls cemetery. Rev.
Clate Brown and Rev. Herman
Johnson will conduct 'the last
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James Bumgorner
Medical Graduate
James I.Bumgarner, son of Rey.
and Mrs. J. L. A. Bumgarner, of
the Millers Greek community, on
Monday received his M. D. degree
from Bowman Gray School of
Medicine of Wake Forest College
at the college commencement at
Wake Forest.
Dr. Bumgarner, whose wife and
foar sons live in Winston-Salem,
will interne at the Baptist hospi
tal. Later he plans additional study
in surgery.
He is the second son of Rev.
and Mrs. Bumgarner to become a
doctor. Dr. John R. Bumgarner,
who practiced here before the war
and served in the Philippine area
.where he was for many months a
prisoner of war, is now affiliated
with a Veterans Hospital near
Rev. J. L. A. Bumgarner at
tended the Wake Forest com
mencement exercises.
Joseph L. Miller, former mem
ber of the Hoover Commission
on Reorganization of the Execu
tive Branch of the Federal Gov
ernment,' will come to North Wil
kesboro on June 22nd and speak
on the "Hoover Report".
Mr. Miller will speak under the
sponsorship of the Junior Chamber
of Commerce at a supper meet
ing to be held at the VFW Hall
at 7 o'clock on Thursday, June
22nd. The supper will be provided
by the VFW" Auxiliary.
All the civic clubs of the two
Wilkesboros and the members of
the Jaycees of surrounding com
minutes are being invited to come
and learn more of this plan,
which is so vital for the efficient
running of an ever-enlarging gov
ernment. Any citizens interested
in heading this authority on the
Commission should contact Wayne
Foster, Roland Potter or George
Childress before Jun» 16th and
make reservations.
Ararat Expedition
President To Speak
Many who hare read of the
expedition to Mt. Ararat In east
ern Turkey last rammer, will be
interested and want to hear the
man who led the 88 man ex
' pedition np the Mount Ararat
ranges In search for Noah's
ark. Dr. A. J. Smith, of Greens
boor, N. C. will give his Illustra
ted lecture, "On The Mountains
Of Ararat" next Sunday night,
June 11th at 8 o'clock in the
Wllkesboro Gospel Tabernacle,
Of which the Rev. A. L Kdmis
ton is the present pastor. Dr.
Smith will show moving pic
tures and tell of his thrilling
experiences of his exploration
trips on the ranges and moun
tains of Ararat. Attend and take
your friends. The .Tabernacle is
located on the Ferguson road
just outside of Wllkesboro.
Rev. Hardin Brown
Suicide On Monday
At Home At Austin
64-Year-Old Minister Hangs
Self In Barn, 111 Health
Is Blamed
Funeral service was held Wed
nesday, 11 a. m. at Austin Bap
tist church for Rev. Daniel Hard
in Brown, 64-year-old Baptist
minister who hanged himself
Monday afternoon in a barn at
his home at Austin. Rev. Charlie
Miles, Rev. Howard Royal and
Rev. L. E. Sparks conducted the
last rites.
Coroner L M. Myers investigat
ed the death and pronounced it
suicide. The body was found hang
ing from a barn joist-shortly af
ter he stepped from his home
Tuesday afternoon.
Ill health was ascribed as
cause of the suicide.
Born in Alleghany county Jan
uary 30, 1886, Rev. Mr. Brown
was a son .of the late Andrew J.
and Sallie Boberts BrowiuOKe was
ordained as <a Baptist minister 22
years ago and preached in many"
churches in eastern Wilkes, where
he was highly respected.
Rev. Mr. Brown was preceded
in death by his wife two years
ago. Surviving are one son and
one daughter, Wilmer Brown and
Mrs. Grace McGrady, Both of the
Traphill community.
Telephone Rate
Hearing; Held In
Raleigh Jnne 7
Wilkes Chamber Of Com
merce Represented At
Hearing In Raleigh
Hearing was held yesterday
in Raleigh on the application of
Central Telephone company to in
crease rates in 15 towns in which
the company operates in North
Carolina, including North Wilkes
The company is asking substan
tial rate increases on many types
of telephone service, business,
residential and rural.
Representing the Wilkes cham
ber of commerce at the hearing,
which was held before the full
commission, were Attorney Larry
Moore, chairman of the Utilities
and Transportation committee,
and Tom Jenrette, chamber man
They presented the stand of the
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce en
the proposed increases as follows:
1. The Wilkes Chamber of Com
merce is opposed to the increase
in rates as proposed by the Cen
tral Telephone Co.
2. The Wilkes Chamber of Com
merce is of the opinion that the
rates Of the Central Telephone
Co. for the North Wilkesboro ex
change should be kept in line with
comparative rates allowed by the
N. C. Utilities Commission to
other telephone companies for
similar services in similar local
Vacation Bible
School At Pleasant
Home Church, 12
Vacation Bible school will be
held at Pleasant Home Church,
Wilkesboro, R. F. D. No. 1, Mon
day through Friday June 12
through 16, from 9 to 11:30
o'clock a: m. daily. Preparation
day will be Friday June 9, at 9:00
until 11:00 a. m.
Boys and girls beginners, pri
maries, Juniors and intermediates
are Invited to attend this school.
Mrs. Rachel W. Bishop i« princi
A replica of the Liberty Bell
which proclaimed American In
dependence at Independence Hall
In Philadelphia in 1778 was shown
in North Wllkesboro Wednesday
morning in connection with the
Independence Campaign for sale
of U. 8. Savings bonds.
Mounted on a red, white and
bine Ford truck supplied by Ford
Motor company for the Liberty
bell caravan, the 2,080-pound bell
made in exact likeness of the ori
ginal created much interest here.
The bell arrived at 9:30 and
was shown on Ninth street until
noon. At 11:30 an impressive pro
gram was carried out.
W. D. Halfacre, chairman of the
bond sales campaign in Wilkes,
presided and presented R. T. Mc
Niel, North Wllkesboro mayor,
who welcomed the. crowd and ex
plained the purpose Of the event.
Chairman Halfacre then ex
plained the bond campaign, point
ing out that citizens may gain
independence by regular and lib
eral purchases of savings bonds.
The quota for E bonds in the
campaign which opened May 15
and will close July 4 is $40,000
for Wilkes county, of which $17,
200 has already been sold.
People of Wilkes county since
1940, Mr. Halfacre said, have
purchased six million dollars in
bonds, of which four million dol
lars worth remain in the hands
of Wilkes people and have not
been cashed.
Postmaster Maurice E. Walsh
gave "The Heritage of the Liberty
Bell," an interesting history of
this famous symbol of American
Allison James, state director of
the bond campaign, was a sur
prise visitor here and spoke brief
ly. He highly complimented the
record Of Wilkes in bond pur
chases since 1940, pointing out
that Wilkes had never failed to
oversubscribe a bond quota,
k DSfeM* of the trugk was D. Flake
White, of JftatesVille, judged
driver of the year" in North CaTo
liAp because of his long record of
22 years driving without accident.
Mr. White's young grandson,
Danny Howard, of North Wilkes
boro, dressed as Uncle Sam, rang
the bell, which has the same tones
as the original Liberty Bell.
Another impressive feature on
the program was excerpts form the
Declaration of Independence, giv
en by Jim Moore, North Wllkes
boro high school graduate this
Following the program the bell
remained on the street for some
time and many had the privilege of
ringing the bell, which will be
presented to the state of North
Carolina and will be placed in the
state museum July 4.
Farm Bureau Meet
At Pleasant Ridge
George Farthing, district repre
sentative of the Farm Bureau, will
be at Pleasant Ridge school Fri
day night, June 9, eight o'clock.
All farmers and others interest
ed are cordially invited to the
meeting. Mr. Farthing will ex
plain advantages of Farpi Bureau
organization and all who attend
will find the meeting very inter
esting and educational.
Rummage Sale
Woman's Society of Christian
Servi.ce of the First Methodist
church and the Senior Woman's
Club will conduct a rummage sal$
Saturday, nine o'clock, at Rich
ard Owens' home on Odell street.
Perfect Attendance
For Twelve Years
Carroll Yates, who graduated
last week from North Wilkes
boro high school, has a record of
perfect school attendance for
12 years. Carroll, son of Mr. and
Mrs. C. B. Yates, did not miss a
day from the first through the
12th grade.
Kiwanias Hear
District Head
In Meeting Here
Ed Gibson, lieutenant governor
of the Carolinas third division of
Kiwanis clubs, addressed the
North Wilkesboro club in meeting
here Friday noon.
H. H. Morehouse was program
chairman and presented the speak
er, whose subject was "Know
Your Kiwanis." He spoke of Ki
wanis, its fundamentals and pur
i poses. toWt qt-acearayMBh
[ments of thit civic organization,
requirements to join, and bene
fits of membership. The address
was well given and well received.
Prior to the address Miss El
len Robinson delightfully render
ed two songs: "Bless This Home",
and "On the Road to Mandalay."
At the meeting Friday Bill Mc
Alister was guest of Dudley Hill.
Dagwood's Has
Big Opening
Dagwood's Carolina Restaurant
opened yesterday with hundreds
of visitors highly pleased with the
restaurant, which is one of the
most modern and most beautiful
in all North Carolina.
James N. Maktos and Charlie
Jenkins are owners Of Dagwood's.
The Carolina Restaurant building
was completely renovated
throughout before opening and
mucji new equipment was install
ed. Private. dining rooms were ad
ded and the restaurant now has
a modern drive-in Which is oper
ated on the west side of the build
The many hundreds of visitors
on opening day were served free
ice cream and cake by the Res
Dagwood's will render a com
plete restaurant service with at
tractive menus daily.
Attorney T. E. Story attended
the University of North Carolina
commencement at Chapel Hill
during the week-end and was pre
sent for the reunion of his class of
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Recreation facilities for all ages
are now available at Smoot Park
in North Wllkesboro, which dur
ing the past few weeks has been
developed into an ideal recreation
This year the town of North
Wllkesboro provided funds for
developing the park, purchased
several years ago, into a recrea
tion area and is providing recrea
tion supervisors. Tom Boyette,
athletic coach and city recreation
director, is assisted by Lott May
berry. One of the supervisors will
be on duty it the park from nine
until 12 each morning -and each
afternoon from two until 6:30.
Facilities are Immediately avail
able for vollfty ball, badminton,
horse shoe pitching, softball, bate
ball practice, croquet, checker*,
schuffleboard, ring tennis, basket
ball, football practice, puzzles and
I sand boxes.
Work Is going forward on con
struction of two tennis courts,
[which will be ready In two weeks.
Efforts are now being made to
organize a softball league of at
least four teams, and all who will
play softball and would like to
join a team may contact either
of the recreation directors. Teams
of boys under Iff will be organised
for softball or baseball.
Plcntcing facilities at the park
haTe been improved nad tike pic
nic area is available at any time
throughout the week. The park
will be open on Sundays but there
will be no »a»ervls®d recreation
on Sundays.
Matters Of Interest
Board of commissioners of
North Wilkesboro in meeting with
Mayor R. T. McNlel and Clerk .W.
P. Kelly Tuesday night tentatively
adopted a tax rate ot $1.85 on
each $100 assessed valuation for
the coming year, which is the
same tax rate that has been in ef
fect for the past year.
The board also authorized pre
payment of taxes at the tentative
rate. The law allows a discount of
two per cent on taxes paid on or
before July 1.
Commissioners present for the
meeting were G. R. Andrews, Max
Foster and c. J. Swofford.
Special privilege license tax or
dinance for the coming year was
adopted. The ordinance, which is
effective for the fiscal year to
begin July 1, will contain substan
tially the same rates as were ap
plied for the past year. -
It was ordered that expenses of
issuing the Wilkes General Hospi
tal bonds be paid from the general
funds. These expenses Include
attorneys' fees, printing, adver
tising and other costs and totaled
A street paving petition was ac
cepted asking paving of P street
from 10th to 13th streets. A peti
tfon asking paving of Mast to
Odell street to Fourth, Fourth
from Mast to L, L from Fourth to
3rd, Third from L to M, and M
from Third to Second, was accept
ed on condition that additional
signers be obtained.
It was ordered that the sec
tion of sidewalk in front of Key
Grocery on Hinshaw street be
built with Claude Key paying half
the cost. It was also ordered that
a sewer line be laid to T. S. Ken
erly's property with Mr. Kenerly
paying the cost of pipe.
Appropriation for the Wilkes
lifrxary for tlie coming year was
set at TiUNHV. Which represents an
increase of $480 over the city's
library appropriation last year.
The council adopted the street
paving assesment roll for property
owners on streets which have been
paved and this ordinance will be
published later. Also ordered pub
lished were the tentative budget
and tax levy and the special privi
lege license tax.
19 Examined At
Cancer Center
On Tuesday, June 6th the
Wilkes-Alleghany County Center
held'its weekly clinic; 19 appear
ed for examination, 11 white wo
men, 7 white men, 1 colored man.
Nineteen examinations were
completed, and 18 patients were
referred to their personal physic
ians for medical attention.
The Center is staffed by mem
bers of the Wilkes-Alleghany
County Medical Society.
Eight priorities were given to
those who arrived too late for
There were several from out of
town. 1 came from Collettsville,
3 from Sugar Grove, 1 from • Le
noir, an£ 1 from Piney Creek.
Examinations are free to all
women 35 or over, aM men 40
or over, and to anyone with a
symptom or a "danger signal," re
gardless of age.
The Clinics are held every Tues
day morning in the Wilkes County
Court House. Registration is from
9:00 to 10:00 a. m., there will be
no Clinic on Tuesday, July 4th.
Frequently there are more ap
plications for examination than
can be accommodated. Therefore,
in order that those who live at a
distance may be sure of an ex
amination and thus not make a
trip in vain, priorities will be sent,
on request, to Cancer Center Clerk,
Wilkesboro, N. C. and indicate two
dates on which you could come for
Memorial Service
At Baptist Home
Od Fellows lodge will hold a
memorial service at Baptist Home
church Sunday, June 11, at two
p. m. The public to cordially Invit
ed to. attend.
Bible School
At W.
Vacation Bible school will open
Monday, June If, at Welcome
Home Baptist church. The aehool
will open at
tendance to <

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