FIRST IN NEWS,
A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding
VOL. 16, NO. 29.
of the Sandhill Territory of North Carolina
Southern Pines and Aberdee , mortti Carolina. Friday, June 12, 1936.
PINE NEEDLES TO
$30,000 Projrram at Knollwood
Heights Inn Announced by '
Harrison Stutts |
W.C. PETTY, 58, OF
IN COUNTY, DIES
Heart Attack Fatal to Manager
of Charlotte’s Selwyn Hotel,
a Native of Moore
WORK BEGINS AT ONCE TO BE BURIED IN CARTHAGE
Thirty thousand dollars in exten
sions and imprpvements at the Pine
Nfedles Inn werie announced this week
by O. Harrison Stutts, secretary of
the company. The program includes
the rebuilding of the golf club house
and further improvements to the golf
course. Work on both is to begin at
Plans of A. B. Yeomans,Southern
Pines architect, call for a greatly en
larged clubhouse of which the pres
ent building will be but a small part.
The construction will be of frame and
stucco, with wood casement sash with
transoms, porch paved with irregular
flagstones, and an asphalt shingle
roof to match the present roof.
A recreation room 35 by 60 feet
will feature the interior of the build
ing, with a large stone fireplace on
one side. This room will be sheathed
with stained pine boards up to a
height of eight feet, with the balance
of walls and ceiling of sand fini.sh
plaster. The plans call for one large
window commanding a distant view
to be secured by cutting a vista
through the pine grcve near the club
house. A hallway from the recreation
room will lead to the men’s and wo
men’s locker rooms, and a kitchen
and oystci bar are provided which are
accessible from the main room. An
alcove of the recreation room will
have a raised platform for orchestra
music or entertainments.
Porch Overlooks t'onrse
The building will also contain a
sizeable golf shop and an office. A
porch runs the entire 60-foot length
of the recreation room on the side of
the building which faces the first tee
and fairway. The new part of the
building is to be heated by a warm
air furnace^ the piesent section re
taining its hot water system.
When completed, considerable land
scaping is planned about the club
house. Mr. Yeoman’s preliminary
sketches showing a most attractive
general scheme for the entire set*
The Pine Needles Inn owners re
modeled nine of the 18-hole golf
course which surrounds the inn last
Summer and fall, and are now start
ing work on the other nine, so that
by the opening of a new season the
full 18 holes will be In perfect condi
tion. with many new features. This
Oonald Ross course has always been
one of the most picturesque and at
tractive from a scenic standpoint in
the Sandhills, and with the planned
improvements is expected to prove
•most popular next winter. Frank Ma
ples is supervising the improver#ents.
Stutts Supply Co., Inc.
Harrison Stutts Heads Concern
Taking Over Assets of I^rge
Harrison Stutts |' Pirihurat an-
ncunced this week the acquisition of
all of the assets, except the real es
tate, of Pinehurst Warehouses. Inc.,
and the organization of Stutts Supply
Company, Incorporated to operate the
business which has for so long a time
bten known as the Pinehurst Ware
The management and personnel of
Stutts Supply Company will continue
the same as in the past 20 years in
the former company, Mr. Stutts stat
Pinehurst Warehouses, Inc., was
forn>crly a department of Pinehurst,
Inc.. wi‘h Mr. Stutts as manager. It
hcws been the largest warehouse for
the sale and distribution of farmers’
supplies, hardware, feeds and grains,
etc. in the Sandhills, and under its
new name and ownership will contin
ue as such.
The Pilot publishes a rotogravure
section once each month, primarily for
the farmer. Though a newspaper in
itself, no extra charge is made for this
W. C. Petty, a native and former
prominent resident of Moore county,
died Wednesday afternoon in a Char
lotte hospital where he was rushed
from his apartment in the Selwyn Ho
tel after suffering a heart attack. Mr.
Petty, who was 58 years of age. was
manager of the hotel, had other bus-
ine.ss interests in Atlanta, Ga.. and
The Petty family were pioneers in
the turpentine days of the Sandhills
and made their home in Manly, then
one of the leading villages of the sec-
I tion. Mr. P.tty’s father built the
i railroad from Cameron to Carthage,
j His mother was Emma Thagard of
! Carthage, of the pioneer Moore ccun-
j ty family of that name,
i W. C. Petty went to Charlotte to
I reside in 1908 and for the past 15
I years had operated the SUw'yn Hotel
I there. He built and later sold the
] Mecklenburg Hotel while in Charlotte.
I Surviving are his widow, two chil
dren, William Calvin Petty, .Jr., of
1 Jackson. Miss., and James B. Petty,
I 17, cf Charlotte, a brother. J. C.
i Petty of Washington, D. C„ and three
i sisters, Mrs. Palmer Jerman of Ral-
i eigh and fireen.sboro, who is assist-
j ant internal revenue collector for
I North Carolina. Mrs. J. H. Brodie, anr"
I Mrs. W. B. Waddili of Henderson.
I Funeral services were held yester
day afternoon in Charlotte, after
which the body was taken to Carthage
Active pallbearers were R. H.
Brooks, Cabell Young, Joe McCoy, A.
D. Brabble, George Terry, and C. B.
Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be
Cameion Morrison, C. F. Dalton, Dr.
J. Q. Torrence Hemby, L. E. Wooten,
Verncr Porter, I. K. Coyle of Rock
Hill; Thomas C. Cox of Wadesboro;
U. L. Spence, Paul Kennedy, and O.
D. Wallace of Carthage: and Claude
Edwards of Atlanta, Ga.
Miss Mary Merrill
Dies at Home Here
Southern Pines Resident for
Quarter Century Was Born in
Brooklyn in 1852
Miss Mary E. Merrill, aged 84
years ,a resident of Southern Pines
for a quarter of a century, died in
her home on Massachusetts avenue
on Monday afternoon. Born in Brook
lyn, N. Y., on November 21, 1852, the
daughter of George Merrill and Emily
(Abbot) Merrill, Miss Merrill built a
home in 1912 at the corner of Massa
chusetts avenue and Weymouth Road,
then on the outskirts of thi^ grow
Noted for her many charities, and
civic activities, she was long a direc
tor, and many times president of the
Funeral services, conducted by her
brother, the Rev. William P. Merrill,
of the famous Brick Presbyterian
Church of New York City, were held
in her late home at 4 ;00 o’clock Wed
nesday afternoon, and at the grave
in the family plot in Greenwood Cem
etery. Brookljm yesterday sfternoon.
Miss Merrill is survived by a sister.
Miss Helen A. Merrill, of Wellesly
College, Mass and three brothers, the
Rev. Frank G. Merrill, Kingwood. N.
J.. the Rev. Robert Dodge Merrill.
Seneca Falls, New York, and the Rev.
William P. Merrill of New York,
NOTED EVANGELIST TO
PREACH HEBE SUNDAY
The Rev. John R. Williams, one of
the leading Evangelists of the coun.
try who has been preaching this week
in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church
in Aberdeen, will preach this Sunday
afternoon at 5:00 o’clock in the Civic
Club, Southern Pines. _ MrT Williams,
former pastor of one of the leading
•'hurches in Atlanta, Ga., is preach
ing daily for tw'o weeks in Aberdeen,
10:00 in the morning and at 8:00
Leads in Democratic Primary
Hoey High '»vernor;
Bailey Renomil^ .ced; Noore
Renames its County Board
Rainfall Turns Glum Faces of
Local Peach Growers Into Smiles
County Polls Highest Primary
Vote in History.—Fry
With approximately 4,000 votes
cast, last Saturday’s Democratic
primary bicught out the heaviest
balloting in the history of primary
elections in Moore county.
The leading vote-getter was D.
Carl Fry, candidate to succeed
himself as Coroner, who polled 3,-
063 against his opponent’s 672.
Over a long period of years the
late Will J. Harrington led the
Democratic balloting in the county
in his regular re-election as Regis
ter of Deeds.
Among the County Commission
ers, T. Frank Cameron of Cameron
was high man with 2,305 votes.
The only woman candidate on
the county ticket. Miss McCaskill,
polled 2,106 votes against 1,884
combined vote for her opponents.
The high man for Governor in
the total State vote was low man
in Moore county, overlooking Mc
Rae’s 65 total.
: Gubernatorial Contest Goes Into
Second Primary; Hawley
i^oole Beats Clegg
Miss McCASKILL WINS
Optimism Throughout Sandhills
Belt; Georgia Shipments Be
gin. Esliniate 8,965 Cars
The glum faces you’ve seen on
Sandhill peach growers for the past
montjj (it so blos.somed into beaming
smiles when rain finally came to the
section the forepart of this week.
To them it meant the difference be
tween a real crop and a "sorry” crop,
a successful season and a disastrous
one. When the clouds opened up
Sunday it had been exactly two
months since any rain of helpful pro
portions had fallen through the lo
cal peach belt.
In most orchards throughout the
Sandhills peaches are plentiful and
healthy. The growers are more out
spokenly optimistic than in several
years. They don’t dare say much:
there have been so many years when
just as everything looked rosy, some
thing came along to spoil it all. But
they are smiling, and that is a good
sign. A good peach crop means in the
neighborhood of a million dollars to
this section in one way or another.
Fred P. Abbott, the Seaboard’s ag
ricultural agent at Hamlet, has just
Doctor of Laws
Dr. P. P. McCain, State Sana
torium Head, Awarded Hon
orary Degree at C. N. C.
Dr. P. P. McCain, superintend
ent and medical director of the
State Sanatorium near Aberdeen,
was this week awarded the honor
ary degree of Doctor of Laws at
the graduation exercises of the
University of North Carolina’s
141st commencement at Chapel
Among others so honored was
Judge Michael Schenck of the
North Carolina Supreme Court,
who has presided in Superior Court
in Carthage on a number of occa
Governor Ehringhaus presented
diplomas to a near-record gradu
ating class of 425.
WILLIAMS TO FACE
Faithful Employe of Sandhills
Bookshop for 20 Years. Shot
Walter Fletcher, well known local
colored man who has been in the em-
pLy of C. L. Hayes at the Sandhill
Bookshop for the past 20 years, was
shot and killed in West Southern
Pines snortly before 9:00 o’clock Mon
day night. The shooting took place
in the yard of the home of Dan Wil
liams, Tin! \ViJlianns yesterday morn
ing surrendered to the police and is
expected to face a charge of murder.
He is held in the county jail at Car
thage pending arraignment in Re
corders Court on Monday.
Williams is alleged to have used a
.32 caliber revolver, and to have fired
five shots, the last, from a distance
of several hundred yards, piercing
Fletcher’s heart. Williams and Fletch
er lived on adjoining property in
“Jimtown” and the shooting is be-
,"'.ved to have been the result of a
A slight change for the better is
reported in the condition of Lewis
returned from an inspection trip in Hodgkins, eight-year old sun of Mr.
the Georgia belt. They’ve been feeling and Mrs. N. L. Hodgkins of Southern j neighborhood quarrel,
the drought down there, too, but Ab- j Pines, w'ho was seriously injured when Quiet, unobtrusive and faithful,
bott found the orchards in a good struck by a truck on May street ten ; Walter Fletcher, through his long
state of cultivation. The estimates for days ago. The boy is still in a semi- service at the Hayes book store, was
the Georgia crop for ti»e summer are c nscious condition ' at the Moore is still living at the age of 92. Walter
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Moore County Vote in 1936 Democratic Primary
Register County Commis-sioners
of Deeds District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5
Bensalem .. .
West End ..
Clyde R. Hoey of Shelby was higli
man for Governor.
U. S. Senator Josiah W. Bailey won
a clean majority for renomination.
The entire Board of County Com-
mi.ssioners was renominated.
Miss Bess McCaskill. Carthage,
was nominated for Register of E>eeds.
J. Hawley Poole, West End, out-
; distanced Representative W. R. Clegg
for the nomination for the Assembly,
i W. Kerr Scott defeated Commia-
sioner of Agriculture Graham for
! that office.
These were the outstanding feat
ures of last Saturday's Democratic
primary in state and county.
Dr. Ralph McDonald, anti-adminis
tration and anti-sales tax candidate
for Governor, will ask a second pri
mary against Hosy. McDonald was
iecond in the four-cornered race, trail
ing Hoey by 4,320 votes. McDonald
earned Jloore coun.y m a close vote
in which “Sandy” Graham ran sec
ond and Hoey third. Graham carried
Southern Pines and Pinehurst. Mc
Donald Carthage and most of the
rural districts, Hoty ran first in
Majiirity For Mc-C'askill
The contests w'hich had aroused the
most excitement in the county were
tho.s^ for Register of Deeds and the
State Legislature. In the former Miss
M.sCaskill, who had served long and
faithfully under the late Register Will
Harrington, won a clear majority
over her two opponents. Shields Cam
eron, Southern Pines, present incum
bent, and John McCrummen of West
End. Cameron carried Hemp, Pine
hurst and Southern Pines, but Miss
McCaskill rolled up a big vote in most
of the other sections of the county.
For Representative, Hawley Poole
nosed out Mr. Clegg, but did not gain
a clear majority and this issue may
have to be settled in the second pri
mary. E. J. Bums of Carthage was
the third candidate. Poole carried
Aberdeen, Bensalem, Plnebluff, Pine
hurst. Southern Pines. Vass and West
Chairman of the County Board Wil
bur Currie ran well ahead of his 1st
district opponent. Reid Flinchum; D.
D. McCrimmon won a renomination in
the 2d district, L. R. Reynolds in the
third, T. Frank Cameron of Cameron
in the 4 th, and Gordon Cameron of
Pinehurst in the fifth, though Gordon
had a narrow escape in his race
against D. A. Patterson of West End.
D. Carl Fry was renominated for
coroner, M. G. Boyette for solicitor.
For sheriff, Charles J. McDonald,
and for judge of the Recorder’s Court,
J. Vance Rowe of Aberdeen were un
Congressman Walter Lambeth had
no cpponent for renomination for the
House of Representatives.
Senator Bailey carried Moore coun
ty, getting a clear majority over his
three opponents. Moore was the only
jounty in this part of the state which
gave the Senator a n,,’jority one of
the few which gave him a plurality.
Thad Eure won over Secretary of
State Stacy Wade. Clyde Erwin was
renominated Superintendent of Pub
lic Instruction. George Ross Pou was
nominated State Auditor, Charles M.
Johnson Treasurer and Paul Grady
The County V'ote
The Moore county vote for county
offices, by precincts, is tabled on
Page 1. The vote for State offices in
the county was as follows:
United States Senator
Griffin . 191
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