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VOL. 15, -NO. 39
A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding of the Sandhill Territory
Southern I’ines and Aberdeen, North C'arohna, Friday, Any list, 24, 19.31.
Pilot Man Was on Job During
Early Days of Oil Discovery
First Well Was BrouKht in at
Titusville, Pa., 75 Years
Arc Today
The Pilot has an invitation to join
No Field Day
Lack of Interest Given As
Reason for Dropping
Plans for Event
the oil men of Titusville, Pennsyl
vania, this week in the anniversary
of the discovery of oil in that com- ^ Baseball Field Day, schediiled
numity back in 1859. Possibly that ^abor Day, will not be held this
is because a number of oil men are
I year >«ays League President C. W.
winter residents of this community, j pij.qy0t Apparent lack of interest
one of them John L. McKinney, being throughout the countv is the reason,
one of the pioneers of the petroleum | jg ^ fact that the interest in
industry, for he came to Titusville; baseball throughout JHoore County
from the neighboring country when j waned. Attendance Pt the games
yet a young chap. and was in on , smaller than in pre-
Had Been Prominent Winter Veteran Golfer and Stock Brok-
Resident of Pinehurst for er Succumbs After A
Many Years
the gro'md floor along about 1861,
or a couple of years after the first
well was drilled. He was a pioneer
in the big work that was done, be
ing one of the founders of the Stand
ard Oil company and of the Nation
al Transit, and of the other big
Standard enterprises, which consti
tuted the biggest factor in the oil
well world for the entire history of
the industry'. So far as The Pilot is
aware McKinney and John D. Rocke
feller are the only two survivors of
the original crowd.
Pilot Had Man There
The Pilot, of course, as is most al
ways the, had a man on the
ground at Titusville as early a.‘> 1869
when things were still primitive and
crude in the oil field, when oil was
hauled in barrels through the streets
of the budding town instead of in
pipe lines and tank cars, and when
Andrew Carnegie was making some
money in the Rouseville and Petro
leum Centre section to put him on
his feet later as the biggest iron and
steel man in the world, for it was
in oil that Carnegie started.
And what a period of American in
dustrial life and development it was.
Today this country produces two and
a half million barrels of oil daily.
It is the foundation of our industry,
for it drives more machinery than
all the electrical power can think
about and with its side produce of
natural gas it has been a big com-
vious seasons.
Probably a good bit of this fault
may be traced to Southern Pines, the
best baseball town in the county,
which has had only a tail-end team to
watch all season. The poor record
and noticeable sloppy playing in
many games, of the local club is a
big rea.son why the Sandhills League
has not prospered this year.
The play-off series between Aber
deen and West End has not yet been
arranged and it is possible that no se
ries will be staged. Aberdeen finish,
ed the season a poor second to the
leaders and they have not yet clinch
ed the runner-up berth. Should Aber
deen lose its two remaining games
and Vass win in their one. the two
clubs would be tied for second place,
both standing at the .500 mark.
Adopt Plan for Speedy Wind-Up
of Affairs of Defunct
At the call of S. J. Hinsdale, liqui
dating agent, a meeting of the depos-
petitor of coal and water power from ■ i
^ ^ , itors of the defunct Bank of Vass was
the day the first well was drilled. Oil
makes gold look like a poor rela-!‘""''‘ Vass-Lakeview auditor-
tion. This country produces about | Saturday morning to discuss the
$75,000,000 worth of oil a month, and mstitution.
$4,000,000 worth of gold. That is how' ^ committee was elected to ap-
gold compares with a real golconda. P^'aise the remaining assets of the
The Pilot man has followed both oil "'hich closed its doors in Sep-
and gold over much of the coun-' tember 1931 and has since paid only
try, and been in many of the big' dividend of five per cent. The
camps where both have had their committee is composed of C. J. Tem-
fling, including the Comstock over a T. F. Cameron. W. C. Smith, \V.
half a century ago. but nothing com-1 McCraney and Mrs. D. J. Blue. The
pares with oil. Gold lasts a few Kec. C. A. Lawrence and W. M. Mc-
year.s. Oil towns last and grow and Lcod were named as alternates,
become big and important industrial' Under a plan adopted by the depos-
citie.s. And the life of those places ■ itors this committee will all
in their growing period was never ■ the notes, securities and other as-
excelled. When Capt. Lucas and Jim' sets of the bank and after being duly
Guffrey and John Galey drilled the! advertised, these assets will be plac-
first well on Spindle Top Hill Beau-1 ed on sale. The purpose of the whole
mont, Texas, was a lumber town of ^ is to lower the cost of liquida-
about two thousand people and The! t‘on in an effort to let the depositors
Pilot man. Today it is an oil and | realize every dollar possible from
industrial center of 80,000 people,! institution.
bigger than any gold town on earth,! Present to lead the discussions were
and Port Arthur, an oil town that
Andre v Mellon mixed up in his oil
ventures is one of the big export and
industrial cities of the United States.
Mellon, who built the big aluminum
Mr. Hinsdale, J. A. Dennis, assist
ant liquidating agent, and Smith Med-
The purchasing power of the de
positors dollar will be in proportion to
plant over at Badin in the adjoining the value put upon the securities by
county, is another pioneer oil man,
and a great factor in American devel
Give Him a Welcome
So when you see a Pennsylvania oil
man unpacking his traps and get
ting off of the train as fall comes
along remember that he is of the
the appraisal committee. For in
stance, If the average of the total
securities is only 50 per cent on the
'lollar, then the depositor’s dollar will
only be worth 50 per cent of its for
mer value. Under this plan if a per
son gave as security for a $500.00
loan a tract of land which is now
valued at only $250.00 then the de
select crowd that has done as much | positor who had a deposit of $500.00
as any other group of men in the, in the bank when it closed may pur-
world in putting this country and the
whole world in high gear, for with
out old Col. Drake’s pioneer well and
what it brought to the top of the
ground in Titusville the big round
earth would still be running on water
chase this land with his deposit cred
Under the present system of the
liquidation of the bank, a tremendous
amount of the money which is being
collected is going to delay the ex
power and steam, and the automobile; penses of liquidation. According to
would be one of the dreams that we' unofficial figures, but from a re-
dream about but never visualize. The
old Drake well down by the swimmnig
hole in Titusville, is the place where
world wide industry waked up and
the oil man is the fellow who crank
ed the car. When John L. McKinney
and his younger fellows of the oil
well craft come back to the Sand
hills again this fall we ought to
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liable source, a few months ago
some twenty-(wo hundred dollars
were in the hands of the liquidation
agent for the depositors, but due
to the dropping off of the recent
collections, and the continuing liqui
dating expenses, at present there is
only some seventeen hundred dollars
in the hands of the liquidating agents
for the depositors.
Dr. James Spencer Brown, sur
geon emeritus of Mountainside Hos-
; pital, Montclair, N. J., died at 2 a.
I m., last Saturday of pneumonia with
whif'h he was stricken while
j on a vacation at his summer place
at Mallett’s Bay, Vt., on Lake Cham-
' plain. He was seventy-one years old.
I When Dr. Brown retired as sur-
; geon in chief of the Mountainside
, Hospital on October 16, he was the
eldest practicing physician in Mont
clair. For nearly forty years he was
a pioneer in surgery, traveling abroad
, to study nevs" developments in the X-
I ray, writing many articles for medi-
I cal journals and performing rarely
attempted operations. By standardiz
ing the surgical work at Mountain
side Hospital, he helped to win for
j that institution a class A rating
among the hospitals of the country.
His portrait in oil now hangs on its
Specialist in Cancer and Goiter
Dr. Brown was a specialist in can
cer work and the treatment of goiters.
He was the first Montclair physician
to employ the X-ray in diagnostic
work, and also the first surgeon in
Montclair to perform an appendicitis
operation. He was the first surgeon
in New Jersey to perform a sym
physiotomy successfully. Before his
achievement, only twenty-eight oper-
^ ations of this nature had beeii per.
j formed in the United States,
j Symphysiotomy is the division of
I the fibrocartilage of the symphoysis
pubis (the junction of the public
bones), in order to facilitate delivery
by increasing the anteroposterior
diameter of the pelvis,
j Dr. Brown was born in Waterbury,
^ Conn., on March 23, 1863, the son of
! Augustus and Sophia DeGraff Brown.
I He attended private schools in this
j country and France, and received his
I medical education at the College of
I Physicians and Surgeons in Columbia
1 University, and at Heidelberg, Ger
many. He was an interne at Guy’s
, Hospital, London, then returned to
America in 1885 to engage in gen-
: oral practice.
j In 1890 Dr. Brown became a mem-
I ber of the original staff of Mountain-
j .‘side Hospital, as attending surgeon.
, Ten years later he became chief of
the surgical division with the title of
surgeon in chief, a position he retain
ed for twenty-eight years.
Served as >IaJor in World War
In the World War Dr. Brown was
commissioned as a major. He w'as
chief of the surgical service of the
82nd Division and head of the medical
department at the Atlanta canton
He was consulting surgeon at St.
V'incent’s Hospital, Montclair; at the
Essex County Tuberculosis Sanitar
ium and at the Soho, Essex County,
Contagious Hospital,
Dr. Brown’s hobby was the rais
ing of setters. For fifteen years he
never missed attending the annual
dog trials in the South. He was a
member of the American and Pine-
hurpt Field Trial Clubs, and had a
winter home at Pinehurst.
He w'as a fellow of the American
College of Surgeon^ and a member
of the Associated Physicians of Mont
clair and vicinity. He was a member
of the Montclair Golf Club.
Surviving are his second wife, Mrs.
Leonore Cowan Brown: two sons, T.
Russell Brown, of Burlington, Vt.,
and James Spencer Brown, Jr., of
Pasadena, Calif., and a daughter. Miss
Dorothy H. Brown, of Montclair. His
first wife, the former Helen D. Rus
sell, died in 1899.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.
m. on Monday at the First Congrega
tional Church of Montclair, Burial
was in Rosedale Cemetery.
Lons Illness
Friends and relatives were griev
ed to hear of the critical illness of
the Rev. Frank S. Blue of Burling
ton. Mr. Blue was carried to the
hospital in Burlington suffering with
a ruptured appendbc, last Friday.
John Davol Chapman, special part-
ner in the brokerage firm of Chis
holm and Chapman, 52 Broadway, and
a member of the New' York Stock
Exchange, died at his residence.
Round Island. Greenwich, Conn,, ear
ly Monday morning after a long ill
ness. He was sixty-one years old.
Mr. Chapman had for many years
been a member of the w’inter colony
at Pinehurst and was active in the
affairs of the resort. He was a mem
ber of the Tin Whistles and his name
appeared in nearly every news report
of that society as he seldom missed
participation in a tournament.
A vetern golfer, Mr. Chapman had
won several tournaments. At the age
of fifty-seven, when most golfers re.
tire from tournament play, he had
won the twenty-second annual na
tional seniors’ championship at Apa-
wamis. Two years before, at Pine
hurst, N. C., he had provided the
most startling upset of the North
and South amateur golf champion
ship of 1929 by routing C. Ross Som
erville, Canadian champion, with a
card of seventy, two under par. With
his son. Richard Chapman, he won
the seventh annual Father.and Son
tournament of the Pinehurst Coun
try Club, in 1928, taking the title
held by Sheppard and Eugene Ho
mans, of Englewood, N, J.
Aiientled Williams College
Mr. Chapman w’as born in E ’pok-
lyn, a son of the late Dr. Edwin Nes-
bit Chapman and Marie Barton Da-
vol Chapman, and a '1?scendant of
families long prominent in Brooklyn
Heights. He attended the Hill School,
Pottstown, Pa,, and Williams College,
Entering the brokerage field as a
clerk in the Consolidated Stock Ex
change, Mr, Chapman rose to mem
bership in the exchange, and later
founded the firm of Chisholm and
Pouch, which became Chisholm and
Chapman in 1907. Other members of
the firm w'ere two brothers, Marvin
A. Chapman and Harold W. Chap
man and Edw'in N. Chapman Jr., and
Erastus M. Cravath, Edward de Clif
ford Chisholm and W'illiam C, Ivison.
Another brother, Edwin Nesbit Chap
man, who died in 1929, was also a
partner in the firm.
Mr. Chapman had been a member
of the New York Stock Hlxchange
since 1907. He was vice-president and
director of the Putnam Trust Com.
pany, of Greenwich; a director of
the First National Bank of Law
rence County, Newcastle, Pa., and a
director of the Union Trust Company,
also of Newcastle,
.-\ctlve In Civic .Affairs
Active in local affairs, Mr. Chap
man recently had resigned as repre-
sentative in the towTi meeting from
the second district. He was a mem
ber of the Round Hill Club, the
Greenwich Country Club, the Indian
Harbor Yacht Club and the Blind
Brook Country Club, of Greenwich;
the Union Club, the New York Yacht
Club, and the Williams Club of New
York, and the Sons of the Revolu.
tion and the Mayflower Society. He
owTied winter homes in Pinehurst, and
at Del Monte Beach. Calif.
Mrs. Chapman, the former Mary
A. Foltz, is also a noted golfer, hav
ing won the ninth annual Carolina
tournament for women at Pinehurst
in 1929. Surviving, besides Mrs.
Chapman, are two sons, John Stew
art Chapman, associated with the
firm of Chisholm and Chapman, and
Richard D. Chapman, the golfer.
Funeral services were held at 11
a. m. Wednesday in Christ P’’otes-
tant Church, Oreenwich, "with the
Rev. Albert J. M. Wilson officiating.
Markets to Open
(Jrowers Optimistic As Time
Nears for Opening of
Tobacco .Mart
Preparations are under way for
the opening of the tobacco mar
kets of the old belt on September
It is understood that the mar-
cets at Aberdeen and Carthage will
both have a full corps of buyers
and are expecting an unusually
good season.
Growers are optimistic. The
prices being received on the border
markets have encouraged them,
and they are expecting as good or
even better prices for the quality
of leaf produced in this section.
Lansinp: B. Warner of Chicago
Erecting Residence on
Linden Road
Vass Takes Game from Aber
deen and Moves Step Near
er Second Place Tie
Standing.4 of Clubs In Sandhills
League Through Game» of Wed
nesday August 22.
Club Won Lost Pet.
West End 13 4 .765
Aberdeen 7 ..563
Vass 8 9 .471
So. Pines 4 13 .212
Miss Virginia Van Wie, national
woman’s golf champion, ha.s just won
the women’s western golf derby at
Chicago. She was ten strokes under
Mrs. Opal S. Hill, who finished sec
ond. Both are well known in local
golfing circles and have often ap
peared in tournaments here.
Schedule for Coming Week
Friday, August 24, Vass at Aber
deen; Wednesday, August 29,
Southern Pines at Aberdeen.
Successive hits by Patterson, Wil
son and Millar, with two down in the
last of the ninth enabled Southern
Pines to rack up a win over the new
champions of the Sandhills League,
W'est End, on Wednesday afternoon.
The contest was a wild, free-hit-
ting affair, the final score of which
was 13 to 12. Southern Pines took j
a first inning lead which West End *
never quite surpas.sed, but managed |
to tie on two occasions. j
Seven runs in the first three in-1
nings netted the locals an apparently |
safe lead as they drove Coy Thomas, ]
the league’s ace moundsman, to cov
er. But the visitors broke loose for
four runs in the sixth and pulled up
even with four more in the eighth.
Southern Pines continued its at-
tack on Thomas’ successor, Henson,
to keep in the game.
Millar was the starting pitcher for
the locals, but retired to center field
after the sixth-inning barrage. Gold
en replaced him, but wildness made
him ineffective and he gave way to
Webster after one inning. One frame
was enough for Webster, too, and
Millar was recalled in the eighth.
After the locals had counted once
in their half of the eighth, W'est End
came back in the ninth for a single
tally to again knot the count.
In the l(^als last half the first two
batters wCTe quickly retired. Patter
son, however, came through with his
fifth hit of the day. Wilson drove one
to deep left and third. Miller then
popped a Texas Leaguer to right
field to score Pat with the winning
Five safe bingles in six trips net
ted Patterson the batting leadership,
and he also was the fielding star of
the game.
Southern Pines rapped Thomas and
Henson for 18 safe hits, while the
local hurlers held their opponents to
10. Better baserunning and the breaks
gave West End ^fheir large number
of tallies. The locals twice filled the
bases only to see the following bat
ters retired.
Aberdeen dropped still further into
second place on Tuesday as Howard
Callahan pitched brilliant baseball to
hold them to four hits while his
Vass teammatSs rapped Herndon and
Russell for nine bingles. The final
score was 6 to 2. The g’ame was play
ed on the Southern Pines field.
Three tallies in the first frame put
Vass off to a good start and they
played heads-up baseball behind Cal
lahan to maintain this margin
throughout the game. Aberdeen
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Reinecke & Co.. have on their sche
dule a large buildins; at Pinehurst, to
cost about $30,000, for Lansing B.
W'arner. of Chicago. It will oe locat,
ed on the Linden road on a tract of
two acres, bought from Buckingham
and Pinehurst, Inc. The building will
be of Colonial type, by Holleyman of
Greensboro, a substantial addition to
the fine homes of Pinehurst, but in
simple style ail the way through. It
will be of frame construction. The
location is amid a fine growth of
trees, which will be retained as far
as they do not interfere with the
building plans, and w'ill be handled
in accordance with a landscaping
plan that will permit of tennis courts
and other developments that w'ill be
in harmony w'ith that sort of coun
try home.
Mr. Warner is in the fruit canning
business and carries on a large in
surance relation to fruit in transit,
which is one of the biggest things
of its kind in the country. He owns
and operates many big canneries.
Last year he occupied the Chapin
house in Pinehurst, having come here
through the desire to be in the South
while his son is at the University at
Chapel Hill. - .. ^
He was so much pleased with hia
last year in Pinehurst that he a.sked
L. L. Biddle to find him a place for
a permanent honie, which resultedl
in the purchase of the newly ac
quired property. A feature of the
project is to be a sunken garden and
some flower pools, utilizing the exca-’^
vation made by an old clay pu, aud as
this project is in the hands of E.
Morell it is easy to suspect that the
job will be an interesting one. Run
ning water in the pools and declivities
that W’ill provide falls and irregular
ities, with difference of levels be
tween pools, utilizing in all nearly an
acre of ground will give Mr. Morell
a chance to display his skill, which
he will do to advantage.
The new house is to be ready for
occupation early in the winter.
Business Men Here
Prepare for Season
IMany Major and .Minor Improve
ments Are Being ]\!ade in
Southern Pines
Skillfully applied paint brushes and
lustily wielded hammers are busy in
the business .section, advance heralds
of the Autumn trek southward, and
the homecoming of our summer ab
The interior of Mrs. Hayes shop is
undergoing a complete color trans
formation while the rebuilt McBray-
er building is all ready for the new
tenants, the A&P, and the Sandhill
Drug Company. The old telephone
building, now Dr. Herr’s office, has
a changed appearance much for the
better, while inside the Patch store
changes are being made to enlarge
the dress department and extend the
office quarters. The Baker store has
a new' paint job, and changes in the
grocery department, and the Tog
Shop is now screened by an attrac
tive lattice effect.
Preparing for the coming winter
Charlie Chambers and Leonard Har.
rington. colored, broke into Buck’s
place on the Aberdeen road last week,
and abstracted a hefty load of bed
ding, wearing apparel, and an iron
bed. Good work by Chief Gargis of
Southern Pines and Constable Jones
landed the offenders in the county
jail, from whence they go on the
roads for twelve months.
The town’s street cleaning depart
ment and a S. A. L. crew have been
busy this week on the railroad right-
of-way and the parkways alongside
it. Already the toivn begins to wear
its dressed up look.

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