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?-PAGES TODAY Southoort. iSTC., Wednesday. April 14th, 1948 ruwJSHED every wednesdai ?1.50 PERYEAB
Hot-Water Well In Spotlight
ATTRACTIVE?Sure to be a center of interest when Ft. Caswell becomes a
::: the State Park System is the hot-water well which was the subject of nation
puMieit> ai'out ten >ears ajro. The above young ladies are shown taking an out
r during one of the winter months. Ten yean and three weddings later,
it will 1 ?o better to allow the lovely models to remain unidentified.
Itate To Take Over Caswell
rom Navy For Park System
id Of Conservation And 1
[vflopment Proposes To
itrate Park For One
ij." Do T. ial Basi-" ?
their visit to Ft.
U Friday for the purpose
L. . first-hand inspection
p facilities of the U. S.
Sectiori Base, members of
.if Conservation anil
pnent ..r. Saturday voted
f tate with the Navy for
? if this property for a
of one year as a link in
ate Parks System.
Navy hail made previous |
of *he use of the Section'
always with a 5-year re
son rlause which discour
?e 3* te officials. The one
"al will give the park of
?" ipp.rturity to discover
tu! if interest that will
?a m this property, ? and j
pve an Hjea of the extent i
*rs and improvements re-1
to bnr.g the facilities up
('lesired standard.
"solution for taking over
iwell was introduced by
w Rogers, of Scotland
"mpaper publisher and I
of 'he board of Conserva
* are many features which1
5elP to make Caswell one
1 ?o?t popular points on
tot. r I
* .'ears ago when Fort j
1 ?as open to the public
1(1 salt water well" was a
Wbhclty asset. Stories
J1' *hower and hot water
"aued On Page Four) '
?**art. manager of Sear's
p"" Store, was a visitor
' ' ^.v whit, on a tour of
k county ticach tievelop
[Juj. srxi?.\Y
|rP' r T'H play the Moose
V Sumlay afternoon in
rM Cu"test of the Cape
^ .season. In the
- f1 the local team
u,. V' to Mason
ic, Raclcliff going
for Si.ijih[>ort.
fs '.'""rr" Star of "The
j ^"El',Pr" which plays
I, Tu, sday at the
L,J"e SO" Of J. c. COt
rsburg, va., man who
tj res"Jent of Southport
k of ,?CCa3lona' visitor. A
the eicer Mr. Cotton
fc" y '''splayed in the
uinc iead in the pi(,_
?1 III by Loretta Young,1
'or 1947 Academy
UUs role. I
Ferry Service To Ft.
Fisher May Be Tried
Group Of Brunswick r arm- j
ers And Businessmen To
Form "Brunswick Cooper
Provisions Will Be Made
For Selling Stock To
Farmers And Business
men In County
The Chamber of Commerce has
hail an inquiry requesting inform-!
ation on the matter of a ferry J
from Fort Fisher to Southport.1
Such a proposition was given
consideration several years ago t
by some outside interests.
When the highway bridges were
built at Wilmington a letter from j
Southport to J. L. Sprunt in Wil
mington suggested the possibility!
of the John Knox ferry boat be- j
ing brought down the river and.
operated between Fort Fisher and'
Orton. There were no roads on
the Brunswick side of the river)
at the tftne and the suggestion |
was only a dream of the future. |
The resent inquiry comes from!
the Automobile Legal Associa-1
tion, affiliated with the American .
Automobile Touring Alliance. Its
principal offices are in Mass-1
achusetts, with others throughout
all eastern states. The associa-1
tion In its letter indicated in
terest in a ferry, with Fort Fish-;
er and Southport being the only
points specifically mentioned.
The view of the contacts in
Boston, is that if there were a j
corporation or private interest
with funds to construct ferry i
slips at Fort Fisher. Southport1
(Continued On Page Four) I
Robbins Nest
Has New Owner!
Winston-Salem People Pur
chase Local Property And
Will Recondition For Fut
ure Occupancy
The Robin's Nest, formerly a
show place of this area, was sold
last week to Mr. and Mrs. E. C. |
Hayes of Winston-Salem. Mr.
Hayes is an official of the Stand
ard Oil Company of New Jersey, j
He will retire next year and in
formation is that during the re
mainder of this year he and Mrs. |
Hayes will devote much time to,
restoring the fine old house with
the ? purpose of making it their |
permanent home when Mr. Hayes
retires. I
The place is on a high bluff
overlooking the Cape Fear river,
^continued oa page two)
Farmer Bellamy
Setting Tobacco
O. I*. Bellamy, Shallot te
farmer and former chairman uf
the board of eounty ciimmis
nioners apparently has the edge
on other farmers in the matter
of their 1948 tobaeeo crop?.
Sir. Hellamy reported Mon
day that he set out a full acre
of tolmrco Saturday and would
get three or four acrea more
planted fhK week. It 1? very
likely that a number of grow
ers are planting this *wk but
with hi* start Saturday Mr.
Bellamy is probably the first
in the county to get out any
considerable acreaeg.
Traffic Counts
Tried In Court
Lengthy Docket Disposed
Of Before Judge VV. J.
McLamb Here In Record
er's Court Wednesday
Traffic counts featured the
lengthy docket disposed of before
Judge W. J. CcLamb here in
Recorders Court Wednesday. The
following disposition of cases re
Wendell Davis, reckless opera
tion, costs.
Elvin H. Holf, reckless opera
tion, $15.00 fine and costs.
, Vernon O. Ncally, speeding, ca
Cary C. Jackson, reckless op
eration, $25.00 fine and costs.
Elias Belangcr, speeding, ca
James Cause, assault, 90 days
on roads, suspended on payment
of $100.00 fine and costs.
Martin L. Stephens, reckless
operation, $25.00 fine and costs.
Evelyn W. Barefoot, no op
erators license, continued.
M. C. McLamb, possession, con
tinued to April 14th.
Roncy Carlysle, larceny, bound
over to Superior court.
. Earl Benton, speeding, $10.00
fine and costs, fine remitted on
payment of $23.55.
Eugene L. Cray, assault with
deadly weapon, continued to April
Robert Hester, carrying con
cealed weapons, fined $50.00 and
costs, gun confiscated.
Jonathan Reaves and Eugene
Jackson, larceny, continued to
April 14th.
Monroe Mebane, drunk driving,
reckless operation, speeding, con
(Continued on page t)
State Officials
Luncheon Guests
Local Lions Club
Members Of The Board Of i
Conservation And Devel
opment Hold Business
Meeting Here Friday |
Visitors Left Southport For
Trip To Orton After Vis
iting Caswell During
The Morning
Members of the Board of Con
servation and Development were
guests of the Southport Lions
Club at a luncheon here Friday
as members of that body were in
this area for the purpose of
inspecting the Naval Section Base
at Ft. Caswell.
The board members and their
guests made the trip -from Wil
mington aboard the U. S. Army i
Engineers yacht Kittyhawk, and
following their visit to Caswell |
came over to Southport for their j
luncheon engagement.
Following an appropriate wel- <
come by the club president, B. j
L. Furpless, J. L. Horne, vice J
chairman of the board, spoke for
a few minutes about the purpose I
of the visit and other matters!
pertaining to conservation and j
development work that is of par
ticular Interest to citiiens of this
section. He also introduced mem- J
bers of his party to the South
port people.
Following the luncheon the
board held a business meeting in
the library of the Community
Center Building, and at 4 o'clock
[ departed for Orton where they
were conducted by J. Lawrence
ISprunt on a tour of the beautiful
garden. At 5 o'clock a tea WH3
given in their honor at Orton
! Mansion.
I Members of the group at
Southport included: Eric Rogers,
Oscar Breece, Walter Damtoft,
Wilbur Bunn, Charlie Allen, Bob
Proctor, Roy Hampton, K. Clyde
Council, Mr. Stafford, Miles
Smith, Percy Ferebec, Colonel
George Gillette and J. L. Home,
members of the board; and Bill
Beichler, Tom Morse, Eric John
son, Miss Evelyn Yelverton, R.
Bruce Ethridge, Paul Kelly, Hugh
Rhodes, A1 Dixon, Mrs. Damtoft
and Mrs. Dunlapp.
More Candidates i
File For Primary
Election Board Chairman
G. C. McKeithan Report*
Competition In Sight For
Every Office
G. C. McKeithan, chairman of
the Brunswick County Board of
Elections, has had a rush of
business during the past few
days as many candidates have
filed with him for the coming
May Primary .election.
A race for the Democratic
nomination for Register of Deeds
is assured with Amos J. Walton,
incumbant, and James H. Gallo
way, both candidates.
W. J. McLamb is the only can
didate thus far to file for Judge
of Recorder's court, but A. H.
(Lonnie) Gainey has given notice,
that he will file, and John B.
Ward, who formerly held this of-'
fice, was the first man to an
(Continued on Pagn 2)
Candidate For
Governor Here
Wednesday Nite
Brunswick County Teach
ers Had Opportunity To
Hear Some Of Views Of
Kerr Scott On Matters
Affecting Schools
Kerr Scott was the principal
speaker here Wednesday even
ing as members of the Bruns
wick County Chapter of the
North Carolina Education Asso
ciation celebrated their final
meeting of the year with a ban
quet at the Community Building.
Henry C. Stone, principal of
Shallotte high school, as master
of ceremonies presided over an
interesting progranl which was
highlighted by the piano artistry
of two Shallotte music students.
Marion Galloway, seventh grade
student, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
M. L. Galloway, played "Impro
visation in Melody," by Arthur
L. Brown, and "Simple Confes
sion," by Frances Thome. Hen
derson Rourk, sixth grade stu
dent and son of Dr. and Mrs.
M. H. Rourk, played "Rapsody
In Blue," by George Gershwin,
and "A Song From The East,"
by Cyril Scott.
In his address to the teachers
Mr. Scott told the Brunswick
County Educational Association
that "unwholesome conditions in
the State School system can
never be rooted out as long as
teachers are paid less than farm
| hands."
The candidate for governor
said the State cannot afford not
to increase teachers' salaries be
(Continued on page 2)
Drive Continues
For Cancer Fund
Contributions Will Be Soli
cited In Public Place?
With No House To House
Canvass Being Planned
Miss Marion Frink, commander
of the field army now soliciting
funds for the Cancer Drive in
Brunswick county, has completed
a large part of her organization
and workers are busy throughout
the county raising money toward
the Brunswick county quota.
TTierc will be no house to house
canvass, and in Southport two
teams of young ladies are solicit
ing funds. Operating downtown
I (Continued on page 2)
We were planning to go to
I Long Beach to the auction sale
Saturday, that is if anybody
came along and took us. While
the method of our getting there
was still in a sort of status quo,
Arthur Baldwin. Jr., of Whitc
Iville, came along and stopped to
ask us to go to lunch with him.
As it is our steadfast policy -to
be accommodating to everybody,
we compromised things by going
to the beach with htm instead of
| The Brunswick county coast
got credit in about all of the
biggest papers in the east last
i week for the taking of the first
bluefish on the North Carolina
1 coast. The fish in question were
taken on March 27 by the boat
of Captain T. H. Watts. J. Ham
mond Brown in his outdoor col
umn in The Baltimore Newi-Poat
said that this was the earliest
these fish had been known to
appear on the North Carolina
Our good friend Captain J. B.
Church is on a two weeks vaca
tion at his old home near Boston.
The day before his departure it
was noticed that he was busy
working in his yard. He was ask
ed if ho was searching for a four
leaf ciover to insure good luck
with the girls on his trip. His
reply was: "I'm finding plenty of
four-leaf clovers but it will take
a six-leaved one to do me any
At the beginning of World War
II there was much talk of decen
tralization of population and in
dustry. President Roosevelt, we
believe, was one of the advocates
(Continued on paf? flv?)
And Robert McRacken Recall* Early D-rficultie* Ex
Derienced In Tran?porting To IViarket
"Although X grow them to sell, |
I will be able to give you a wa
termelon by the 25th of June or
before." So said Robert McRack-|
an to a representative of this
I paper Saturday night. Mr. Mc-I
Rackan lives out on the river1
road, two and a half miles from
"Have you planted your seed
yet?" he was asked. ;
"Sure" he said, "I planted the
first of them the 10th of March
and plai ted all of my melon crop1
during that month. They are all
| up and growing."
| Remembering the big truck
loads of watermelons that he
brought to Southport and Wil
imlngton daily for six weeks or
| more last summer, this Walden
k'ri" k faimer was asked how
i many acres he put out in the
! melons this year.
"Only 35 acres this year," he
jsaM. "Wita the bad road I had
to move them out in half-loads
j last year. My dad and other
farmers used to grow and send
them out of here by the barge
load, loading on Walden Creek."
There was a time when river
road farmers, McRackan's,
Moore's and others, grew and
shipped several hundred acres of
melons each year, sending them
out on boats that were loaded on
Walden Creek. The boat method
became too slow in competition
with fast moving trucks over
hard surfaced roads. The melon
growing has sort of languished,
although scores of Wilmington
dealers will proudly advertise
that his mellons were grown on
Walden Creek, when he can get
them from there.
But, "only 35 acres" is still a j
big patch. It means that from j
east to west, when Robert is on j
the east side of the field shoot
ing red headed woodpeckers that!
are plugging his ripening melons, |
he won't be able to see what a j
newspaper man is doing on the,
Making Applicaation i
To Obtain Charter
Brunswick Farmer
Grows Ton-Liter
B. C. William*, Shallotte
farmer, aiWov?! his |M>rk pro
duction goal of a "ton-liter"
Wit?! room to xpare last wfok
when he marketed 11 tlx
month* old Duroc hogs tiiat
weighed 2,600-lbt.
This litter wax born on the
Williams farm October 8, and
were brought along on peanuts
until time to put them In a pen
to top them off on corn.
Sale was made last Thurs
day, the day the pigs were 6
roonthH old and their total
weight went 600-11?. over the
original objective of the pro
Students Visit
Two Plantations
High School Boys And Girls
Visit Clarendon And
Pleasanl Oaks Friday
The tour of two of the Bruns
wick county river road planta
tions by the teachers and senior
students of the Brunswick schools
Friday afternoon was both edu
cative and interesting.
Lindbergh Gore, speaking for a
bunch of the Shallotte school
folks as well as himself, stated
that just to see the Pleasant
Oaks Plantation more than re
paid them for the trip. From a
farming standpoint, the planta
tion presents a mixture not often
met up with In any county.
Hundreds of acres of grain,
especially wheat, about 18 inches
tall and so green that It looked
blueish, presented a beautiful
level sigfit. The beautiful ponds,
huge barn and numerous attrac
tive homes made a wonderful
sight. Not the least interesting
at the moment were the thous
ands of blooming flowers, scat
tered over a huge area and Just
at the peak of their blooming.
The Pleasant Oaks azaleas were
just at their peak of bloom Fri
day afternoon and for that parti
cular day, at least, their beauty
undoubtedly surpassed anything
In Brunswick county.
The plantation has many thou
sands of azaleas. J. J. Ramsauer
and his son, Joe, co-managers of
the plantation, were just finish
ing up planting seven thousand
azalea bushes. These new plants,
as well as the old ones, are be
(Continued on Page 2)
Southport Boy
Wins 4th Place
Competing in the 10-county
Soil Conservation Speaking Con
test at Fayetteville Friday, Her
bert Swain of Southport, winner
in the Brunswick county contest,
came out 4th among the prize
The Pender county representa
tive stood first, winning a $30.00
prize and the chance at the State
Prize at State College. New Han
over county was second, Lee
County 3rd and Brunswick 4th
among the ten contestants.
The competition at Fayettevl'Js
was considered very stiff by the
judges and all who heard the
young contestants. It is expect
ed to be even harder In the finals
it SUte College.
Northern Interest Directs
Inquirey To Local Cham
ber Of Commerce Secre
tary Regarding Project
With Southport, Ft. Fish
er And Bald Head Island
Linked Up More Visit
ors Could Be Expect
ed Here
At a meeting at Shallotte last
week a 5-man committee was
given the go-ahead signal in the
matter of applying for a charter
for the "Brunswick Cooperative,"
an organization that has for it?
immediate plans the establish
ment of an auction market.
Once established, this market
[may branch out with the ultimate
idea of helping Brunswick farm
ers to sell more of their products
at home. This, in turn, will fos
ter trading at home.
The five-man committee Is
composed of T. T. Ward, Long
wood; J. A. Purvis, Ash; A. S.
Hewett, Supply; O. P. Bellamy,
Wampee, S. C., and W. E. Stana
land, Ash.
J. E. Cook, cashier of the Shal
iotte branch of the Waccamaw
Bank and Trust company, stated
this week that the committee is
already busy with the prepara
tions to apply for the charter.
Following the securing of these
papers a campaign will be
launched to sell stock among both
business men and farmers of
Brunswick county.
On its face this corporation
would appear to be for the bene
fit of the farmers only, Mr. Cook
pointed out that such is not the
case. The success and progress
of the farmers of Brunswick
bears close relationship to the ad
vancement of the business in
terests. The organization will be
the Brunswick Cooperative and
business Interests are as keenly
interested as the farmers.
The application for a charter
will ask for an authorized capital
stock of 1100,000, divided into
1600 shares of preferred stock of
the par value of $50.00 per share,
and 2000 shares of common stock
with par value of $10.00 per
The preferred stock in the as
Isociation will be freely transfer
jrable. Holders of this preferred
stock shall be entitled to cumula
tive annual dividends of 4 per
.annum, first payable out of any
net savings of the association.
Holders of common stock will
likewise be entitled to a dividend
(Continued On Page Four)
Boatwright Buys
Long Beach House
Troy Man Think? ThU Will
Be Fine Year Of Develop
ment For Nearby Long
Beach; May Add To
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Boatwright,
of Troy, have been spending sev
eral days at their cottage at
Long Beach, and while ljere Mr.
Boatwright bought several addi
tional building lots at the beach
and the 12-room guest house near
the pavillion.
These purchases were made at
the auction sale of the J. F. Gar
rell property Saturday.
Mr. Boatwright stated this
week that he might double the
(Continued on page 3)
McKeithan New
Election Board
Head For County
Registrar? And Judge? For
Various Precincts Ap
pointed By Members Of
Board During Session
Saturday Is Final Day For
Candidates To File For
Primary; Registration
Strats May 1
The Brunswick-County Board
of Elections met at the court
house in Southport on April 10
for qualification with G. C. *
Keithan, chairman; R. s !^
ken, secreUry; U C. ?
T? result of a request Jjo
change Southport precinct, Uie
following arrangement ^
Keeninc the exterior boundary
Unes as they a?, then dividing
precinct by N. C. Highway No.
130 to Howe street then by Howe
street to water edge. The par
lying on Northeast side of N.
Highway No. 130 and Howe street
to be called Ward No. 1; thepaH
Wing on the Southeast side of
N. C. Highway No. 130 and How
street to be called WardNo. 2
The voting place for Ward N .
at the court house and for Ward
No. 2 at B. J. Holden's store.
All other precincts boundrtca
were adopted as herefore used.
The following registers and
judges of respective precincts
were appointed:
Hoods Creek: Registrar, Mrs.
Leo Medlin; judges. Dick Sanders
and Lonnie Regan.
Town Creek: Registrar, S. U
Purvis, judges, Earl Earp and
G. W. Swain.
Bolivia: Registrar, Mrs. May
Galloway, judges, E. O. Raboiv
and H. L. Willetts.
Southport Ward No. 1: Regis
trar, Mrs. Ressie Whatley; judg
es, Mrs. Bill Wells and Joe Coch
Southport Ward No. 2: Regis*
trsr: ? Mrs. Elsket 9t. G??>tg<';
judges, Thomas St. George ?*<w
Harrison Creech.
Mosquito: Registrar,' Ctrl
Ward; judges, Henry Gilbert and
Elwood Clemmons.
Supply: Registrar: R. D. Hoi
den; Judges, Dought Tripp and
Edgar Holden.
Shallot te: Registrar, Magnus
Tripp; Judges, Robert Hawei and
Carl Andrews.
Secession: Registrar, Bedford
Ludlum; judges Norman Bellamy
and Herman Gray.
Frying Pan: Registrar, Mrs.
Leslie Chadwick; Judges, Magnus
Williams and Hercules Stanley.
Grissettown: Registrar, Cecil
C. Hewett; Judges, Grover Gore
and Curtis Hewett.
Shingle Tree: Registrar, Martin
Bennett; judges Luther T. Hick
man and Eston Hewett.
Longwood: Registrar, David
Bennett; Judges, W. E. Avant and
George Smith. ,
Ash: Registrar. Mrs. Bertha'
phelps, judges, Erdon Coleman
and S. K. Babson.
Waccamaw: Registrar: Mrs.*
Wrent Mintz; judges, B. H.
Evans and Jack King.
Exum: Registrar, D. B. Ed
wards; judges Mrs. Bessie Russ
and H. C. Bennett.
The board met again at the
court house in Southport Monday
The board ordered all registers
to meet with the Board of Elec
tion at the court house in South
(Continued On Page Four)
Funeral Service
For C. H. Jenrette
A?h Resident Had Been In
Failing Health For Num
ber Of Year*; Death Oc
cured At Home Monday
Clarence H. Jenrette, 48-year
old-prominent resident of Wac
camaw township, died at his
home Monday after an extended
illness. Mr. Jenrette was well
known throughout Brunswick de
spite the fact that his failing
health has kept him much In re
tirement for the past few year?.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock
from the Friendship Baptist
church in Waccamaw township.
Rev. Bert Bennett was in charge
of the services. Burial was in the
old Long Branch cemetery.
Mr. Jenrette is survived by his
widow, Zula CaudUl Jenrette;
three daughters. Norma Jean,
Patricia, and Ruth Jenrette, of
Ash; two sons, Donald of the U.
S. Navy, and Richard of Ash;
two sisters, Mrs. S. T. Bennett
of Southport, and Mrs. Ivan Ben
nett of Fort Meade; three broth
ers, J. I. of Ash, W. R. of Wadee
boro, and W. V. Jenrette of Betfes
?ad*, Md.

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