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    fle Pi'ot Owen
Uninswick County
A Good Newspaper In A Good Community
Most of The Newt
All The Time
No. sixteen NO. 39 6-PAGES today Southport, N. C., Wednesday, January 5, 1949 published every Wednesday 11.50 per yea*
* Fores In
junty Active
In Beer Fight
.Jul? of Meetings Plan
H To Carry Battle Into
?rv Community Before
ffpf Vote
u Church Group Holds
Jiing Meeting Monday
JT, With Rev. J. D.
Vithrow Speaker
^ at~Olive Church
y night the Allied Church
? c:? Brunswick county,
^ of ministers and lay
{ the different denomina
sought ways and means of
out the vote in the
jhear and wine election on
uj 29.
J meetings are to be held
h schools and other public
, throughout the county. A
jpeaker has been invited to
i these meetings to present
Tand figures on the high
|jf alcoholic beverages,
poancement has been made
[the Rev. Shelton Jones wilt
^ at v.'accamaw high school
Monday. January 24; at
on Tuesday, January 25;
Southport on Wednesday, Jan
T 26; and at Leland on Thurs
January 27. All meetings
iegin at 7:30 o'clock. In
ton. the Rev. Harvel Icard of j
(jjrscn will preach a special,
pa over radio station WMFD
Sunday morning, January 23,
,8 o'clock to 8:30 o'clock. |
p. H. M. Baker of the South
t Baptist church says that a :
P0C5 campaign will be waged!
(gfcout the county between
i and the election. Rev. J. D. J
tow of the Woodburn Presby
c church was the featured
itr at the Monday night
lag. I
Bong other the meeting j
(ttd a resolution which plac- j
i3 churches in the county on j
id m favor of boycotting busi-1
i houses in towns which call J
iro* elections and located in i
tes where a majority of the j
n have vot#<t Against
of wine and beer. This resolu
mdicates the belief that the !
us of towns should adherej
te wishes of the majority of I
voters of their counties. The1
pe proposes to exert all possi
afluence through the church-j
if the county and otherwise
sake the boycott become a
?rf'Jl and effective weapon.
tr itf Newt
H North Carolina Board of
Rvation and Development
Met in Raleigh on January
t and Mrs. M. H. Rourk of
lotte went to New Orleans
*eek to see the University
Sorth Carolina-Oklahoma, foot
mer resident dies
b#s H. Schull, a former resl
' of the Maco community, a
J? and farmer, died last week
ss come in Wilmington. He
resided there for the past
W years.
Run named
^ Rev. L. D. Hayman, pastor
frinity Methodist church in
"port, has been named to
' '?"e March of Dimes for
?"ick county this year. He
8 to thoroughly organize the
">'? and an announcement of
program will be made next
" firm of Mintz and Com
'? doing business at Supply
Past two years, was grant -
8 certificate of incorporation
l(*k. El wood, Leroy and H.
ult2' Jr., are named as the
?POfators. The authorized
b: stock is $100,000. H. L.
"*? Jr., has been manager of
^business since it first began
at Supply.
J* Southport P. T. A. will
in "nportant meeting, Thurs
at 7;3o o'clock in the
* auditorium. The most ur
* Project of the organization
fi^ke the elementary school
and P. T. A. officials
^operation and help. At 8
* 'he picture "Eighteenth
Life in Williamsburg"
* shown through the cour
the Eastman Kodak Com
. public is invited. The
^?asketball team will seU
Babson Looks Over
New Y ear Prosnecfs
Noted Commentator, Who
Foresaw Truman's Vic
tory, Again Gives His An
nual Forecast
1. Total volume of business for
1949 will be less than that of
1948. There surely will be many
soft spots.
2. Most industries will show
smaller net profits. Tktis means
that, in many cases dividends will
be less in 1949.
3. Military preparedness will be
a new and powerful industry
which this country never hereto
fore experienced in peace times.
It is destined to bolster employ
ment for some years ahead, but
not the standard-of-living.
4. Inventories quoted both at
their dollar values and in volume
will increase during 1949. Both
raw material piles and manufac
tured goods will be in greater
supply during 1949.
5. Some rationing or priorities
may be attempted in 1949. The
Capt. Woortman And
Seven Estonians Here
Skipper And Hardy Band Of
Refugees Return to South
port Seeking Work In Lo
cal Fishing Industry
One Of First Acts Upon Ar
rival Was Attendance At
Church Services Here
Sunday Night
Seven members of the Eston
ian group which landed here in
August of last year following a
perilous crossing of the Atlantic
In a 37-foot schooner were back
in Southport Sunday in hopes of
being able to establish themselves
as permanent residents.
One of the first acts of the
group was the attent services at
Trinity Methodist church Sunday
evening in a "Body.
When their own country of
Estonia was seized by the Rus
sians early last year many of the
Estonians fled to other countries
for refuge. Those who fled and
those who remainded lost practic
ally everything they had.
Many of the Estonians fled to
Sweden. Still fearing Russia and
that they would be forced to re
turn from Sweden to their native
country, many hardy bands
sought to leave Sweden last year
for more distant and safer points
from Russia.
Among those leaving Sweden
were Captain Woortman, his wife,
daughter and twelve other men.
Pooling together all that they
had saved when they left Estonia,
they were able to buy a small
37-foot sloop and enough pro
visions to get somewhere. They
left Sweden in their little vessel
on the first day of last June.
Nearly three months later, at the
end of a 7,500 mile voyage, they
arrived at Southport with all on
board safe and sound. Their food
supplies were almost exhausted.
As they had no authority for
entry into America, Captain
Woortman, his wife, daughter and
the other twejve men, were
promptly taken by Custom offici
als to Ellis Island, N. Y. There
they were detained until it could
be decided whether they would
have to be deported. When they
arrived here they declared they
would rather die than return to
their former country, now domin
ated by Russia. Held in Ellis Is
land for four months they con
tinued to voice a determination
Continued On Page Six
Numerous Cases
Tried In Court
Piled - Up Docket Before
Judge W. J. McLamb In
Recorder's Court Here On
Last Wednesday
A back-log of cases which had
piled up as a result of a one
peek's vacation for Recorders
court officials greeted Judge W.
J. McLamb last week. The fol
lowing disposition was made:
j Elbert Smithwick, assault on
female, defendant plead guiltyJo
forcible tresspass, ordered to pay
court costs and enjoined against
further molestation of plaintKf.
Reuben Hewett, non support,
/months in Jail, sus^ndingon
condition that defendant pay **00
weekly to the support of h.s nun
(Continued on P*8? riy9'
public will make demands for
price controls in the case of cer
tain products. Beware of install
ment purchases in 1949.
6. We expect the peak in whole
sale commodity prices has been
reached for this cycle. We, there
fore, advise going easy on inven
tories. 1949 is a time to get out
(Continued on page Z)
Beer-Wine Vote
On January 29th
Chairman G. C. McKeithan of
the Brunswick County Election
Board has made arrangements
to hold the beer-wine election
in Brunswick county on Satur
day, January 29, the date which
was announced following a
meetiug of the election board
last fall.
Chairman McKeithan says that
every possible effort will be
made to hold the cost of this
special election to a minimum,
but he estimates the expense
to the county to be more than
The same registrars who serv
ed for the general election in
November have been named to
serve, and the regular polling
places will- be used for voting."
Resume Schedule
In Cage Program
Leland Teams Have Given
Notice Of Strength Dur
ing Opening Days Of Cur
rent Season
Picking up again this week
after the holidays, the Shallotte
high school boys and girls go to
Leland Thursday for a continua
tion of the county-wide high
school schedule. Friday night the
Southport boys and girls go to
Next Tuesday night the Wac
camaw teams play Leland at Le
land and on the same night
Bolivia comes to Southport.
A review of the games played
during the first half of the sche
dule places the Leland teams as
outstanding. In addition to their
being in earnest in their efforts,
the Leland teams will be at home
for the deciding games.
The tournament will be staged
at Leland this year.
Coy Hewett Is
Laid To Rest
Resident Of Antioch Church
Community Died Wednes
day; Funeral Services Are
Held In Wilmington
_ t
Coy Hewett, well known resident
of Brunswick county and former
operator of the Ward's Farm
store, died at his residence near
Antioch church Wednesday. Mr.
i Hewett was 65 years old.
I Funeral services were conducted
[at a funeral home in Wilmington
i with the Rev. Charles A. Maddry
land Rev. Taft Hewett officiating.
Burial was in the Hewett family
cemetery near Shallotte.
Active pallbearers were Cecil
Allen, Curtis Hewett, LeGrande
Redwine, A. W. Bradsher and
Rudolph Fulwood.
Surviving Mr. Hewett is his
widow, Mrs. Dena Stanley Hewett
Df Wilmington; two daughters,
Mrs.W. A. Stone of Acme and
Mrs! T. H. McDonald of Wilming
ton; one son, Coy Hewett, Jr. of
Raleigh; a brother, A. R. Hewett,
of Oakland, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs.
Marshall Edwards of Wilmington i
and Mrs. J. J. Ludlum of Shal-|
lotte; and two grandchildren.
Farmers Required
To File Estimates
By January 15th
Everyone Engaged In Agri
culture With Income Over
$600.00 Have Date With
Uncle Sam
However, They Will Get Re
fund Earlier By Making
Their Returns In Earlier
Than March 15
Washington, Jan. 2?(AP)?
Many farmers, business and pro
fessional people have a tax date
with the federal government, I
Saturday, January 15.
That's the final filing day for!
persons who still must file esti-j
mates of income tax for 1948. It
also is the last day for completing
payments of estimated tax if any
is due and for changing a tax
estimate if a previously filed esti
mate was short of correct tax.
Most wage earners have nothing
to do about taxes on Jan. 15
That's because their income is
such that tax estimates are not
However, Jan. 15 is an impor
tant date for farmers. It's the
first and the final day on which
farmers are required to make an
estimate of the tax on their 1948
income. That's providing their in
come amounted to $600 or more.
No person with an income ofi
less than $600 during the year
is required to make either a tax
estimate or a regular tax return.
The regular return is the one
due to be filled on or before
March 15.
Persons other than farmers in
the tax group were required to
make their estimates and first
quarterly payments last March
15 of estimated tax for 1948.
Farmers, of course, may make
Continued On Page Four
Prevatte Named
County Attorney
Commissioners Also Appoint
New County Agent Dur
ing Busy Session Here On
Monday; Hear Health
E. J. Prevatte was reappoint
ed county attorney Monday for
the duration of the term of the
new board of county commission
ers. The vote was 2 to 1, with
B. C. Williams favoring the ap
pointment of J. W. Ruark.
Ruark then was appointed to
retain his office as solicitor of
the Brunswick county Recorder's
court by unanimous action of the
The board appointed A. F.
Knowles as county agent to suc
ceed J. E. Dodson. Mr. Knwles
is at present county agent for
Hoke county and will come here
as soon as he can be released
from his work there. He is a
nativfe of Pender county.
The welfare fund was increas
ed in the amount of $15.00, and
the sum of $10.00 per month was
added to the blind grant of one
of the county clients.
Phoeba An Waddell was relieved
of all unpaid taxes due to the
fact that the property against
which it was charged had been
The commissioners voted to
deed the Joseph Myers Estate
land to Joe Myers, Jr., upon pay
(Continued on page 2)
We had our New Year's dinner
at the Ocean View Tavern at
Holden Beach, a sort .of guest of
Rose Marie Holden and her bro
ther, Halstead Holden, of the
University of North Carolina.
Having somehow missed the bus,
these young folks brought us back
to town. One definite conclusion
following the lunch is that Holden
Beach is a very active spot, even
in the winter time. Several new
and attractive homes were going
up or being completed and the
place has a surprisingly large
number of year-round residents.
Out went Christmas goods from
the counters and shelves of the
Shallotte Trading Company and
other places of business there
just as soon as Christmas was
Burial Service
For Harry Weeks
Held Thursday
Weil-Known Local Resident
Died Wednesday Follow
ing Stroke; Was Engineer
On Pilot Boat
Harry Fitzgerald Weeks, engin
eer of the pilot boat of the Cape
Fear Pilots association for many
years and with the association for
23 years, died at the Dosher
Memorial hospital Wednesday
morning. He had been in failing
health for more than a year, but
was seriously ill for only about
ten days.
Captain Weeks was 65 years of
age. Before going with the Cape
Fear Pilots as engineer of their
boarding boat, he had worked for
a number of years on other pilot
boats. He was born to the sea
as was his father, the late Cap
tain John Julius Weeks.
Funeral services were held
Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock
from Trinity Methodist church,
Rev. L. D. Haymap; the pastor
was in charge of the services.
Burial was in. the Northwood
cemetery with members ,of the
American Legion .perving as pall
bearers. The honorary pallbearers
included members of the Cape
Fear Pilots Association.
A son of the late Captain John
Julius Weeks, Sr., and Mary Anne
Davis Weeks, Captain Weeks took
to the sea and river as a boy
and followed them through life.
He is survived y his widow,
Mrs. Blanche Fulcher Weeks; a
son, Harry Weeks, Jr.; and one
sister, Mrs. Viola Gutherie, all of
Southport. A number of nieces
and nephews also survive.
Southport Lady
Dies In Hospital
Mrs. Elsie Styron Ashburn
Died This Morning Fol
lowing Period During
Which She Has Been Des
perately 111
Mrs. Elsie Stryron Ashburn, \
wife of Fred Ashburn, died at
the Dosher Memorial Hospital!
this morning at 8 o'clock. Death
is attributed to hign oiood pres
sure and complications. Mrs. Ash
burn had been seriously ill for
the past ten days.
(Continued of page four)
over. 4. New Year Day visit to
the above store showed tobacco
bed canvas as one of the out
standing items. George W. Cox,
Waccamaw township farmer and
tobacco grower, was buying sev
eral hundred yards of canvas at
the time of the visit. In response
to an inquiry Mr. Cox said he
would be planting his seed some
time before the 20th of this
Contractor W. Bruce Moody of
Grissettown made good on his
promise to have the large new
fertilizer warehouse of the Col
umbus Trading Company at Shal
lotte ready by the first of the
year. A visit to the place Satur
day revealed (hat while all of the
Continued On Page Four
Famed Norwegian Boat
Stops At Holden Basin
Colin Archer Figured In Many Daring Sea Rescues Before
Being Retired From Service
Of the many interesting boats
that travel the intracoastal water
way it would probably be difficult
to find one more with a more
colorful history than the Colin
Archer, which has been at the
yacht basin at Holden Beach
since December 23rd.
The Colin Archer is a former
widely known Norweign rescue
boat, having had much the same
status as the United States Coast
Guard cutters. Working in the
Arctic Circle during her long
period as a rescue boat, the
vessel rendered assistance to 67
ships and crews and was credit
ed with helping 1,549 more.
Only 45-feet in length and with
a 15-foot beam, the boat, accord
ing to local mariners, is one of
the most strongly built wooden j
ships they have ever seen. In-1
spected in the basin at Holden,
Beach Saturday, she stood out, ?
to all appearances, as sound as.
Wilmington Man Is
Charged With Murder
Two Unusual Deer
Stories Turn Up
A hunting party up near Win
nabow killed a snow-white buck
recently, and the taxidermist
in Wilmington to whom the
hide was taken declared that
the coat was wool instead of
the usual hair. The appearance
of albino deer is extremely rare.
E. C. Blake, Southport man,
was squirrel hunting last week
when he saw a deer rise up
from his bed in a small thicket.
He raised his rifle quickly to
his shoulder and dropped the
deer right back in his bed with
a shot between the eyes.
The distance was about fifty
yards, and the weapon was a
.22-calibre rifle loaded with a
short cartridge.
Work On Landing
Filed At Holden
Work Of Leveling Suitable
Area And Planting Grass
Has Been Carried Out At
Resort During The Winter
L. S. Holden, one of the owners
of Holden Beach, has made a
notable contribution to the deve
lopment of this popular resort
during the past few months. Get
ting a big bulldozer last Septem
ber, he has leveled off something
over eight acres of his beach
property and now has a fairly
firm area, suitable for any kind
of sports, or for a landing field.
As a matter of fact, a landing
strip or field was the main idea
back of the undertaking. The
area leveled has fairly good soil,
with just a little more sand than
is desired. This disadvantage may
be eliminated, however, as the
whole acres has been planted in
winter grass and this is up and
growing nicely. In the spring
other grasses will be planted and
it is hoped to secure a good sod
runaway, suitable for planes by
the consistant planting of winter
and summer grasses.
Without waiting for grasses to
produce the needed sort of ton
soil, Mr. Holden is now endeavor
(Contlnued on page 2)
Warehouse To
Be New Store
Hardware And Electrical
Appliances Will Be Han
dled In New Store Being
Created From Shallotte
Workmen are now engaged in
remodeling the old warehouse of
the Shallotte Trading Company,
located directly across the high
way from their large store in
Shallotte. The building is intended
to be the home of a modern hard
ware department for the firm.
The warehouse will be practi
cally rebuilt. The improvements
will include the construction of
a brick front, giving a much
more attractive appearance to the
It is understood that the plans
are for the operating of the place
entirely separate from the parent
company business. Each building
will have its own force of em
ployees. '
i a dollar, a tribute to her builders
and to the material used in ship
building of other days.
j Colin Archer, for whom the
boat is named, was the designer
land builder of the widely known
!frame, another Norweign boat
that gained world-wide recogni
tion for its use in exploration
work. Some of the same lumber
bought for use in the Frame was
used in the Colin Archer.
The boat is now owned' and
used as a pleasure boat by Cap
tain and Mrs. Charles A. Crown
shield. Ten years ago Mrs.
Crownshield came to America
aboard the Colin Archer as the
bride of Captain Crownshield.
Since then the Colin Archer has
been her home much of the time.
The vessell is now bound for
Florida but may remain at Hold
en Beach for several days, pend
ing replacements in her crew.
Allison Sellers Being Held
For Murder Of Coy Bak
er, Also Of Wilmington,
Sometime Sunday Night
Denies That He Killed Bak
er, But Story He Told To
Sheriff Stanaland Ties
In With Evidence
The body of Coy Baker, 42
year-old Wilmington man, was
found slumped over a limb and
a log on the banks of the Cape
Fear river near Hamme's Railway
Monday morning and Allison Sel
lers, also of Wilmington, is being
held in the Brunswick county
jail charged with his murder.
Both are white men.
Sellers, who is a waterfront
character of Wilmington, told
Sheriff Walter M. Stanaland that
he and Baker have recently been
rooming together. He said tfyat
on Sunday night he had a fight
with Baker at the site where thei
body was found, but denied that I
he killed his partner in a scrap
metal foraging expedition.
He said that the two had
boarded a boat across the river
from Wilmington and that they
had collected numerous iron im
plements and a heavy brass wheel,
which they planned to break up
and sell for junk. Sellers said
both he and Baker had been
drinking, and declared that an
arguement developed and that
Baker struck him in the mouth.
He related that he then returned
the blow, striking Baker with his
right hand somewhere about the
face, and that he then rolled him
through the sand to a point above
the high water marker and left
(Continued on page Two)
Truck Mounting
Checks Coming In As Pri
vate Donations And Bene- j
fit Funds Help Swell To
The fund to pay for the new
fire truck for the Southport Vol
unteer Fire Department is mount
ing slowly, but steadily, accord
ing to Ormond Leggett.
During the holidays a dance
netted the fund $126.20 and dur
ing another dance in which the
fund was not benefitting Mrs.
Dan Harrelson hit upon the idea
of selling paper caps. With this
effort she netted $25.00, all of
which was turned over to the
The order for the fire truck
has already been given and the
initial payments made. The mac
hine is a modern one and the
cost, including more than two
thousand dollars worth of hose,
runs to nine, thousand dollars.
For years the boys have been
pulling through and rendering in
valuable service with their faith
ful old truck, bought in 1922.
Good as it has been, that truck
would be more fitting as a
museum piece and that is pre
cisely what it will be used for
when the new truck arrives.
Meanwhile property ? owners will
be making a real personal in
vestment by contributing towards
helping to make the paymenis
on the new truck.
All checks can be made out to
the Southport Volunteer Fire De
partment and mailed to or given
to Ormond Legg?tt
Inaugural Ball
Is Slated After:
Scott Induction
Ceremonies Will Begin It
Morning With ParwU
From Mansion To Memoo
ial Auditorium
Kay Kyser And Wife, Geor
gia, Will Be Chief Marsh
al* For Spectacular
RALEIGH, Jan. 1?An elabor
ate, and in all probability the
most spectacular, Inaugural Ball
in North Carolina history will
climax inauguration ceremoniea
here January 6 when Governor
elect W. Kerr Scott is ushered
into the State's highest elective
Although complete plans for the
ball have not been announced,
indications are that the event
will be as colorful and unpre
dictable as the honored gueat
Godfrey Chesire, general chair
man of the -ball committee, haa
announced that Kay Kyser and
his charming wife, Georgia, have
accepted an invitation to serve
as chief marshalls for the ball
and will be on hand to direct
the activities of the evening.
Cheshire said he discussed tenta
tive plans for the progarm with
Kyser last week and hoped to
have them completed by New
Year's Day.
Although he would not discuaa
the nature of the activities he
and Kyser had discussed, Che
shire said the ball program would
include an opening march at 9
o'clock in which the sponsors and
their escorts would be presented.
The sponsors for the bal! will be
daughters of the members of the
Council of State and other elec
tive State officials, Including Sen
ators and representatives.
The Grand March which will be
led by Governor and Mrs. Scott,
is scheduled for about It p. m.
(Continued on Pag* Six)
Service Officer
On Duty Again
Temporary Arrangements
Made Monday For Activ
ating Office For Benefit
Of Veterans And Depes;
A large group of veterana were
here Monday to press for the re
employment of Cecil Edwards as
Veterans Service Officer, and
when it appeared that they had
run into a stone wall concerning
the matter of money, suddenly
they found sufficient funds lying
idle to use to finance the program'
for the next six weeks.
When the Brunswick County
Veterans Committe was formed
several years ago the sum of
$300.00 was approprited for Its
benefit. Only $25.00 of this
amount ever had been spent, so
when this discovery was made..
Monday there was a quick huddle,
during which a decision was made
to have this money used to pay
the salary of the Service Officer
until the county commissioner*
are able to determine whether
there will be sufficient funds m
the present budget to carry this'
Seberal recent deaths in 30
ranks of veterans made this move
of particular importance, and the
office reopened the same day.
Tide Table
Following: Is the tide table;
for Southport during the next
week. These hours are approxi
mately correct and were furn
ished The State Port Pilot
through the courtesy of the
Cape Fear Pilot's Association.
High Tide Low Tife
Thursday, January 6,
0:23 A. M. 6:27 A. M.
12:39 P. M. 7:00 P. M.
Friday January 7,
1:12 A. M. 7:22 A. M.'
1:25 P. M. 7:48 P. M.
Saturday January 8,
2:02 A. M. 8:22 A. M
2:16 P. M. 8:40 P. M.
Sunday January 9,
2:53 A. M. 9:25 A. M.
3:11 P. M. 9:35 P. M."
Monday January 10,
3:54 A. M. 10:25 A. ML
4:08 P. M. 10:31 P. ML
Tuesday January 11,
4:48 A. M. 11:21 A. M.
5:54 P. M. 11:22 P. ML
Wednesday January 12,
5:42 A. M. 0:00 A. ML
5:59 P. M. 12:14 P. M.

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