VOL. 33?NO. 34 SIXTEEN PAGES- ~ ~ SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROLINA. FRIDAY. JULY 11, 1952 SIXTEEN PAGES ~ " PRICE-TEN CENTS
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TOP PICTURE?Beach scene, complete with
bathing beauties. Irie Leonard, summer recreation
director, supervises operations as kids frolic in
Knollwood lake following the dedication July 4.
LOWER LEFT?Reading from left to right, Jerry
V. Healy in informal attire for the occasion; E. H.
Mills, Amos C. Dawson and Mayor C. N. Page with
map of park and lake. LOWER RIGHT?First
picnic party, enjoying shady spot before program
begins. CPilpt Staff Photos)
Appointed County |
Will Move To
Wife Teaches Here
Travis Wicker of Pinehurst has
been employed as Moore County
forest ranger, succeeding E. W.
Davis, it was announced this week
by Gordon M Cameron, chairman
of county commissioners.
Mr. Wicker has already gone to
work, and is moving this week to
Southern Pines, where the fire
tower and station serve as county
N. C, Forest Service headquarters.
With his wife, a teacher in the
Southern Pines school for the past
four years, and their 10-year-old
daughter Anne he will be at home
in the Knollwood apartments.
Mr. Wicker, chosen from sev
eral applicants, comes to this im
portant post highly recommended,
said Chairman Cameron. He re
ceived the approval of state as
well as county authorities. The
service he heads in Moore county,
that of forest conservation and
forest fire protection, is set up co
operatively by the county and the
Department of Forestry, State De
partment of Conservation and De
Mr Wicker. 39, a native of Pine
hurst, has lived there all hts life.
He attended the Pinehurst schools
and has recently been employed
by Pinehurst, Inc., at the Pine
He has been a member of the
Pinehurst volunteer fire depart
ment for many years, and in this
capacity has worked with the
county ranger and crew on num
erous forest fires in the Sandhills.
For four and a half years dur
ing and after World War 2, he
was employed as assistant chief of
the Fort Bragg fire department,
with protection against forest fires
constituting a large portion of his
work. He remained in this post
until the civilian staff of the war
emergency was replaced by mili
He is married to the former
Miss Kdna Best of Bertie county.
Mrs. Wicker teaches the fourth
grade in the local school.
Mr. Davis, whom Ranger Wick
er replaces, was promoted to the
post of district forest ranger after
five and a half years' service here.
He has moved to Rockingham,
headquarters of the district office,
where he will work closely with
J. A Pippin, district forester, in
work covering seven counties, of i
which Moore is one.
Lake Opens With July 4 Dedication;
|E. H. Mills Is Made Honorary Citizen
The Manchester road and
Raeford-Vass road on the Fort
Bragg reservation will be
closed from 10 o'clock tonight
(Friday) to 6 a. m. Saturday,
according to announcement
from the post public informa
The closing is occasioned by
phases of military training
which will be taking place in
Road blocks will be set up.
and no civilian vehicle will
be allowed to enter during the
period of closing.
Meets To Study
The Mooro County airport com
mittee scheduled a meeting for
Thursday afternoon to consider
two propositions for leasing
Knollwood airport to private op-1
Resort Airlines' lease on the
county-owned airport, first made
in September 1945 and since re
newed, was recently cancelled by
mutual agreement of the county
commissioners and Resort. The
airline has undergone numerous
changes and a change of head
quarters from Pinehurst to New
Two propositions were to be
entertained by the committee at
its meeting this week, it was
learned from Howard F. Burns, i
secretary. One was from Carl
Bradshaw, of Southern Pines, the
other from Ed McKenzie of South
ern Pines and Buck McKenzie of
Raleigh. The McKenzies are
Plans of both parties were for
the operation of a first-class field
for private planes, with expert
Any arrangements made for the
field will include its continued
use by Piedmont Airlines, Inc.,
which operates a daily scheduled
east-west service, carrying passen- j
gers, airmail, parcel post and |
freight, from November 1 to May i
1 each year, said Mr Burns.
The committee's plans for a re
lease of the airport were discussed
by the secretary with the county
commissioners at Carthage Mon
day. The commissioners gave the
committee authorization to pro
ceed with whatever plan appeared
to be in the best Interests of the
county. Richard S. Tufts of Pine
hurst is chairman of the county
airport committee. '
Recreation Seen As
Civic Duty Today,
Says Mayor Page
j Under shady trees beside spark
ling lake waters, Southern Pines'
| new Knollwood lake and park
jwere dedicated to the public use
l in an informal program last Fri
|day afternoon, the Fouth of July.
Already frolicking in the water i
jwere dozens of children and
| young people. Boys and girls
bounced and leaped from the new
; floating raft newly built by mem
bers of the John Boyd post, VFW.
A family party was finishing
lunch at one of the three new pic
The youngsters came out of the
water and a crowd of about 75
gathered around as the dedication
program opened with the singing
of "America." Prayer was offered
j.by the Rev. C. K. Ligon, pastor of
Brownson Memorial Presbyterian
} church, who thanked God for "all
the good things we have in this
country today, and the freedom
which is ours, to enjoy them."
Mayor C. N. Page, greeting the
crowd, spoke on the value of such
a recreation spot today and in the
future. "Recreation is a recognized
part of community life, and of
town government, today," he said.
"The town has not only the right
but the duty to provide such fa
cilities for the people." He ex
pressed appreciation for the gift
of the property, and announced
the conferral of honorary citizen
ship on the donor, E. H. Mills,
"with all the rights and privileges
pertaining thereto, now and for
Mr. Mills, mayor of Pinebluff,
present by special invitation, re
sponding to a call for "Speech!
Speech!" modestly disclaimed that
he should receive any credit for
the gift. "This lake should by
rights belong to the people of
Southern Pines," he said. "All I
did was hand it over to those who
can most properly use and enjoy
Jerry V. Healy, chairman of the
lake project of Southern Pines'
"Finer Carolina" committee, in
turning over the property to the
Municipal Recreation Commission
called attention to what had al
ready been done, and what re
mains to ?be done, to make it an
ideal recreation spot.
He gave credit to the town
board for surveys and initial
plans: the town crews, for drain
ing and cleannig off the lakebed,
sanding the shore to make the be
ginnings of a fine little beach, and
generally cleaning up the proper
(Continued on page S)
At July 4 Festival
May Be Second
Local Entry In
(Picture on page 5)
Southern Pines, home of pretty
girls, has another beauty winner.
This time it is Suzann Burns,
17, who was crowned "Miss!
Moore County 1952 at Carthage's!
14th annual Independence Day
celebration, held last Friday.
The dark-haired beauty with!
flashing smile and sparkling
green-grey eyes, a June graduate
of Southern Pines High school,
was the entrant of the Southern
Pines Chamber of Commerce, and
the only local girl in the competi-]
For prize she was awarded an
Klgin wrist watch Following the
contest at noon, she was featured
in the parade, and honored as
queen at the ball that night.
Carthage Jaycees, sponsors of
the July 4 event, are checking
with their state authorities to
find out if Queen Suzann may
legally be their entry in the state
wide Jaycee beauty contest to be
held at Winston-Salem July 24
26. If this is permitted, Southern
Pines, which has no Jaycee organ
ization, will have two competing
daughters, as Miss Dorothy
Swisher is already the official en
try of the Aberdeen club.
Suzann is the daughter of Mrs.
George C. Burns and the late.
Colonel Burns of this community.!
She has ambitions to be a nurse
but is going to get in a year ofj
college education first. She will
"nter Woman's college, Greens
boro, in September.
She was active and popular at
high school and had the leading
role in the senior play in June.
At last year's Julv 4 celebra
tion, Deris Bowles of Niagara, a
member of the same high school
class as Suzann, was runner-up
for Moore County queen.
Spot News Aired
For Peaeli Growers
From Office Here
A federal-state market news of
fice has been established in the
WEEB building for the duration
of the active peach-shipping sea
son, to keep growers and ship
pers informed by radio on all
matters which will help them
market their crops to the best ad
Broadcasts are going out at 8:15
a. m , 12:10 and 6:30 p. m. daily,
giving latest prices for the differ
ent varieties obtained direct from
the terminal markets; also ship
ping ccnditions, weather and oth
er pertinent spot news.
Starting Wednesday of this
(Continued on page 5)
For Banigans On
A warrant for the arrest of Mr.
and Mrs. J. J. Banigan, formerly
of Southern Pines, on charges of
contempt of court has been signed
by Superior Court Judge Zeb V.
Nettles of Asheville, and placed
on file with C. C. Kennedy, Moore
County clerk of superior court.
The warrant orders the sheriff
to arrest Mr. and Mrs. Banigan
and place them in jail for 30 days.
Since the Banigans left the county
May 8 and their whereabouts are
unknown, the order cannot be im
What further steps will be tak
en against the couple are not
known as yet. They were in
volved in a number of lawsuits at
the time they departed, and oth-]
ers may be in preparation against!
them, according to information!
reaching The Pilot.
The contempt charges arose
from the Banigans' failure to ap- ?
pear as ordered for a superior i
court hearing, producing papers ;
for an accounting in the civil suit
Sherman vs. Banigan.
The hearing was twice postpon
ed in order to give the couple time
to return from their trip. When
they left, purportedly for New
York City, they stated they were
to be gone only one week.
Kenneth Tew, right, new North Carolina boys' tennis champion, !
is congratulated by S eve Choatc, president o? the Junior Sand. j
hills Tennis association. Kenneth holds the trophy he won at the I
N. C. Junior Tennis tournament, held at Greensboro Thursday
through Saturday. (Photo by Humphrey)
"We're Proud of You, Kenneth"
Games and sports equip
ment of all kinds are needed
in the community of Addor.
where a social service project
of great potential benefit is
under way. (See story below.)
Horse shoe pitching sets are
especially needed for the old
er people. Checkers, ping
pong, and badminton sets,
balls and bats, tennis racquets
and balls, table games, handi
craft sets?all can be used.
Donors may drop a card to
Loflus C. Carson, Addor. and
he will cdme by and pick up
the gift. They will be assured
of much appreciation, and the
knowledge that their gift will
be well used.
Of Fisk Project
The opening of a community
center last Wednesday at Addor,
small Negro community near
Pinebluff, and the holding of July
4 community picnic on its grounds
were the first big events in a new
project of unusual interest.
They marked the start of a so
cial service program under super
vision of Fisk university, Nash
ville, Tenn., for which Addor was
selected as a comparatively "un
Through organized recreation:
and the development of leadership j
within the community of some j
300 souls, it is hoped to start Ad-j
dor on a new era of living. Im
provement of family and com
munity relationships, youth con-1
ditions and general morale arc
Students in Charge
Iri charge of the project?an
"experiment in living"?are John
Moland, Jr., and Loftus C. Carson,
graduate students in Fisk's social
science department, who will re
main in the community for sev
eral weeks getting things off to a
start. Arriving two weeks ago,
they were assisted during the first
few days by Donald Wyatt, also
of the social science department
Some funds for the project are
being contributed by public-spir
ited citizens in Pinebluff 'bmugh
the Pinebluff Maternal Welfare i
committee, the. only organized j
group which has hitherto paid .
much attention to Addor. The I
committee arranged for the pur
chase of the schoolhouse as a com
munity center after the school
was consolidated recently with
Berkley, at Aberdeen. Through
Mrs. Walter MacNeille, chairman
of the committee, the interest of
Dr. Douglas of Fayetteville State
Teachers college was first drawn
to Addor and its needs, and
through Dr. Douglas Fisk became
Groundwork was laid last win
ter during a visit paid to Addor
by Dr. Preston Valien, chairman
of the social science department at
Fisk. accompanied by Dr. Douglas.
The arrival of the graduate stu
dents, ready to put into practice
some of the things they have been
learning in aid of their race, was
(Continued on page 5)
I Kenneth Tew Wins
State Tennis Meet
A wiry tenth-grader with a pixy
grin, l-i'year-old Kenneth Tew of
Southern Pines, was the surprise
winner of the boys' singles event
in the N. C. Junior Tennis tourna-!
ment held at Greensboro last
week, walking off with the state
trophy after four days of battling
upward from an unseeded posi
He downed Jack Savage of
Goldsboro, Tommy Mclver of
Greensboro and Jack Lowe of
Charlotte to meet and defeat
Charlotte's 12-year-old fireball
Finley Lee in Sunday finals?
score 10-8. 1-6, 6-4.
The match, described by sports
writers as a "marathon." lasted
I about three hours.
While a surprise at Greensboro,
Kenneth's victory was no surprise
'to those who have watched his
hard work and steady progress on
the local courts during the p. st
couple of years. He is entirely
a product of the local junior ten
nis program and a member of the 1
Junior Sandhills Tennis associa-'
tion. At Greensboro he was play
ing in his first tournament away
He has been a member of the
Southern Pines team which has
played this summer in the East
ern Carolina League junior series,
and said this week he plans to
enter boys' events of the Eastern
Carolina Association tournament,
to be held at Raleigh in August, j
Before that, though, will come the j
junior Sandhills Invitational, to j
be held here July 30-August 3. j
At Greensboro he was one of j
four local entries, all of whom ac-1
quitted themselves well. All are 1
excellent players and the fact that j
they did not advance higher than 1
they did attests to the quality of
the game put out by the young
sters competing from all over the
Moore county junior girls'
champion Betty Jane Worsham
(Continued on page 8) (
Air Force Tourney
Heads For Finals
At Pine Needles
In Second Place;
Pope Team In Lead
Southeastern Division elimina
tions in the U. S. Air Force World
wide Rolf tournament opened
Monday on the Pine Needles
course, and will continue through
to finals Friday.
The tournament follows district
matches held last week, also ut
Pine Needles, in which the Pope
AFB team won the team cham
pionship, and Lieut. Col Charles
Kenworthy, ROTC instructor at
The Citadel, the individual cham
pionship. Air Force golfers of all
ranks from eight states togk part.
As of Wednesday this week.
Pope staved ahead in the team
matches, while Staff Sgt. Jack
Payson of McDill AFB, Florida,
had grabbed the lead for individ
uals. Just one stroke behind Pay -
son's score of 145 for 36 holes was
Maj. Chuck Alexander of Pope,
brother of the famed North Caro
lina pro Skip Alexander of Dur
Next in order were Tech. Sgt.
Robert Chaff man of Maxwell
AFB, Alabama; Maj. Walt. Davi
son, Pope, and Sgt. Bob Justice of
Eglin AFB, Florida. Colonel Ken
worthy, district titlist and first
day winner, had dropped back to
sixth place. Sole survivor of the
USAFAGOS team of Southern
Pines, a participant in the district
play, was Capt. Charlie Haynes.
Brig. Gen. W. M. Gross, USAF
AGOS commandant, one of the
leading players last week, was un
able to take part in the division
Trailing the Pope team in sec
ond, third and fourth place Wed
nesday were the teams from Eglin,
McDill and Maxwell, in that or
The World Wide tournament
will be played at Maxwell AFB,
at a date to be set later.
1-H Dress Revue
Some charming summer styles,
modeled by their makers, were
displayed in the annual Moore
County 4-H dress revue held
Wednesday afternoon in the
home demonstration office at
Winners in the senior group*
were Betty Sue Brewer, West
moore club, first place; Helen
Rcse Prossley, Carthage club, sec
ond, and Sylvia Blue, Farm Life,
There were just two winners
in the junior group?Gayle Turn
age, Pinchursl club, first, and
Ann McLcod, Farm Life, second.
Judges were Mrs. Betty Shan
kle Morgan, of Vass, and Mrs.
Mary H. Gale, of Carthage.
The revue, culminating dress
projects carried by the partici
pants over the past several
months, was part of the 4-H girls'
program in charge of Mrs. Ruth
H Muse, assistant home demon
Faye Robinson, 6, Takes Plane Ride,
Gels New Doll And?One For Ripley
Little Miss Faye Robinson of
Nutley, N. J., who came Saturday
to visit her grandparents here, re- '
ceived a lovely new doll this week '
as the result of one of the oddest ,
adventures that ever befell a six
year-old young lady.
The beginning of the adventure '?
was her very first plane trip. Her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wol- ?
cott Robinson, put her on the ?
plane at LaGuardia airport Satur- 1
day to fly to Raleigh where her >
grandfather, Harry Pethick of :
Southern Pines, was to meet her.
She was placed in care of the 1
stewardess, but everyone suc
cumbed to her charms and helped
look after her. She even sat by
the pilot for a while 8nd watched
him fly the plane. It was a fine
trip, and the finest part came
when the plane swooped down at
the Raleigh-Durham airport, and
there was her grandfather wait
As Faye started to leave the
plane she saw something a passen
ger had dropped under a seat. It
was a billfold. Though only six,
Faye knew the right thing to do.
She promptly turned it in to the
Wednesday," a package came for
Faye at the Pethicks' in Southern
Pines. It contained a beautiful
loll in a pink dress, sent by the
gentleman who owned the bill
fold. a resident of Haieigh.
Now that's a nice little story all
by itself?but it has a snapper
fnaing, one of those coincidences
which happen only in real life?
too far-fetched for fiction. Re
member we told you Faye's fath
er's name?Roger Wolcott Robin
son? It so happens he doesn't
have any North Carolina relatives
But the name of the man whose
billfold she found is Roger Wol