VOL. 33? NO. 35 SIXTEEN PAGES SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROLINA. FRIDAY, JULY 18, 1952 ' SIXTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS
Local Folk Will
Be In Thick Of
Happen At Chicago
The curtain will go up at Chi
cago next week on the big quad
riennial Democratic show?the na
tional convention, succeeding the
Republican national convention
after an interval of just one week
Present will be at least three
persons from Southern Pines, in
quite different capacities,.
Local television viewers may
watch for Mrs. Ruth W, Swisher,
elected Eighth District alternate
delegate; her son Bill Warner, who
will serve as floor usher, by
appointment of Jonathan Daniels;
and Arch Coleman, who will make
daily transcriptions of comment
and analysis for daily broadcast
Wil'lam P. Saunders, of South
ern Pines and Aberdeen, was
named an alternate delegate at
large, but at last report had decid
ed he would not bt able to attend.
Swisher for Russell
Official Eighth District delegate
is W. C. McGirt, of Hamlet. While
not wishing Mr. McGirt any bad
luck, Mrs. Swisher is frankly hop
ing for at least one opportunity to
cast her vote? and if it comes on
a presidential ballot, her man is
Senator Richard Russell, as longj
as he stands a hair's-breadth of ai
chance His chance at the party
nomination, Mrs. Swisher thinks,
is a fine one. If it becomes appar
ent he is out of the running, she is
not sure where her vote would
go?possibly Senator Ke'r, she
thinks, for cne vote anyhow, as
he happens to be a personal
friend After that?well! She's not
the only one wondering, as it may
well become a free-for-all.
Mrs. Swisher and Bill leave to
day (Friday) by train for the
Windy City, and have reservations
at the Conrad Hilton hotel, con
Mr Coleman?"The Editor" on
WEEB?will provide the same
coverage for the Democratic show
that he did for the Republicans,
shipping his taped commentaries
by air for broadcast here the fol
lowing day. He has remained in
Chicago this week, staying at the
Lake Shore club.
Whether or net other familiar;
faces will be present is a matter;:
for conjecture. With a stableful of':
horses, light and dark, in the pres-h
idential race. Governor Adlail'
Stevenson of Illinois has once 1
more positively "included himself i
out." He has made it plain?even
more so, since Eisenhower's ncm- i
ination by the Republicans?that i
he has no intention of becoming c
a candidate even in the most ob
lioue fashion. \
Won't Oppose Ike
Absolutely opDosed to the prim ?
ciples exemplified by Senator c
Robert A. Taft, he had left the t
dcor slightly open for a change
of mind and heart in case of Taft'sll
nomination. Eisenhower and Ste-is
venson see eye to eye on a fun- c
damental issue. foreign policy,!
(Continued on page 5) It
I I I n W* ?? m
Lake Committee Making Plans
A special committee to plan for
Southern Pines' new Knollwood
Lake and park, and to coordinate
the efforts of groups and indivi
duals toward their improvement,
was appointed Tuesday by Amos
C Dawson, chairman of the Mu
nicipal Recreation Commission
at a meeting of the Commission
held at the WEEB office.
Jack S. Younts was named
chairman of the lake development
committee assisted by Mrs. John
jS. Ruggles from the Commission,'
and C. S. Patch, Jr., as ex officio
j member from the town board.
' The Commission will build an
outdoor fireplace and shelter near
the lake in the near future, ac
cording to plans as discussed at
the meeting. It is anticipated that
civic clubs or other groups may
build other outdoor cocking places
later. Sites of such fireplaces will
j be selected according to an over,
! all development plan,
j Any construction at the lake
site will be rustic in type, and;
[ the aim will be to keep the wood ;
jeti area "natural-looking."
Bill Sabiston, Jr., of Carthage
has been employed as lifeguard
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday;
from 2 to 7 p. m. At other times,
persons swimming do so at their
own risk, and signs are to be
erected telling them so
A check for $48 from the Amer
ican Legion auxiliary, to be used
for picnic tables and benches, was
appreciatively acknowedged. This
was applied immediately to the
three sets which have already
been built and placed near the
lake. Though the BPO Does had
indicated their willingness to pay
for a set, the three will be record
ed as a gift of the Legion auxil
iary, and the Does and other or
ganizations will be asked to give
other sets as needed, or other
tvpes of recreation facilities if
The John Boyd post, VFW, was
the donor of the floating raft.
Three street lights are being put
up this week by the Carolina
Power and Light company, to be
attached to the town street light
|Miss Oliver Killed in Highway Crash
j \t Threshold Of Promising Career
i County Tax Rate
$]..r> Per $100
The county tax rate will be the
same this year as last, $1.35 per
$100 valuation, it was reported
by the county commissioners
after a long wrestle with the bud
Details of the estimated budget
were not made known but a com
plete breakdown will be publish
ed next week, said Chairman G. ]
M Cameron of Pinehurst. It is c
safe to guess it is the largest in
Moore County history, topping (
last year's estimated budget of i
$1,075,000. The 1951-52 budget was (
based on an estimated property ,
evaluation of $34,000,000, and new ,
construction in the interval has |
given this a hearty shove up- j
Capital outlay for schools is the'
biggest budget item, as it has
been for the past several years, *
the chairman revealed.
With requests totaling some
$050,000 from the Moore County,
Southern Pines and Pinehurst (
boards rf education, the commis- j
-loners were able to allot approx- ,
imately $500,000 for another long
-tride forward in the county's c
'pay-as-vou go" plan for school
construction and plant improve
Last year, the tax rate went up y,
'rem $1.10 to the present $1.35, t
vith the added 25 cents earmark
d for schools.
The school building program has J"
aeen a continuous one since 1946
ind "We still have a long way to
;o," the commissioners say. How I!
ver, except in the case of the
lew Aberdeen school, they have "
uccessfully resisted proposals to
lold a bond election, and to as
urre a building program which "
ould run well over $2,000,000.
That extra 25 cents is expected
o take care of it all?eventually.
Six Weeks Out Of
College, 10 Days
In Extension Job
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon at Yates Thaggara
Baptist church, Carthage Rt. 3, for
Miss Virginia Oliver, who died i
Friday morning at Lumberton as |
the result of injuries received in :
an auto collision at St. Pauls about !
an hour earlier.
Attended by a large crowd of j
neighbors and friends, the rites
were conducted by Rev. Ernest
Hancock, Rev. W. S. Golden and
Edgar Dupree. Burial was in the
Miss Oliver, who was 20 years
old, was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. S. H. Oliver of the Thaggards
rommunity. She was a graduate
if Farm Life school in the Eureka
?ommunity, and received her di
ploma in June from Woman's col
An outstanding student both at
ichool and college, Miss Oliver on
fuly 1 achieved a long-held ambi
ion when she assumed the post of
issistant home demonstration
igent in Harnett county. She was
in active and outstanding 4-H
lub member while a student at'
'arm Life and had studied at ]
Voman's college with the ambi- L
ion to enter the N. C. Extension!'
At the time of her graduation I i
rom Farm Life High school in|i
948, she was reported to have the
lighest record of any graduate of i<
hat school. i,
When the fatal accident occur j:
ed, Miss Oliver, accompanied by | f
or sister, Ruth Oliver of the! 1
ome, and a friend, Dorris Ken- j s
edy, was on her way to a district ?
Ixtension Service meeting at Wil
The accident took place within;'
re St Pauls town limits, at the iN
itcrsection of US 301 and NC 20 j1
(Continued on page 8)
m m ?
ai~ lennis ieam ih
Is League Leader
As Playoffs Begin
The Southern Pines tennis team p
is in the Number 1 spot as the
Eastern Carolina playoffs begin '
Sunday, having finished the se- r,
ries with a record of six victories
and only one loss.
This is the best record of all the t,
jight competing teams, topping c"
aven that of the Raleigh outfit,
League champions for the past a
The playoffs will begin with e
natches between the No. 1 and
Ho. 4 teams, and the No. 2 and No. t"
) teams. The local players will (.|
neet their first adversary on the jr
nunicipal courts here at 2 p.m. w
Sunday. They don't know yet, C1
hough, which team this will be.
The series ended with two
earns having tied scores for No.
! and No. 3 positions, and four
earns in a tie for the No. 4 spot. e<
League officials will hold a ti
neeting Saturday to clarify who ai
vill be in the playoffs and in what ct
>rder, with nothing decided so far ir
except that Southern Pines leads th
?no tie. N
it. l. wraves Is Moore thairman For
New UNC Morehead Scholarship Plan
Henry L. Graves, local insur
ance man and graduate of the
University of North Carolina, has
accepted appointment, as Moore
County chairman of the Univer
sity's John Motley Morehead
As explained in a letter receiv
ed by Mr. Graves from Capt. E. E.
Hazlett, Jr., USN (retd), chairman
of the Central Committee, the
Foundation will provide Univer
sity scholarships amounting to $1,-!
500 a year to selected young men.
graduating from high school. j
It will be the duty of Chairman j
Graves and a committee he will
set up to choose the Morehead
Scholars from Moore county. Tie
auirements, it was explained, will
follow closely those of Rhodes
Scholars?"the cream of the
crop." Emphasis will be placed on
leadership, scholarship and phyai
Mr. Graves will attend a meet
ing at Chapel Hill Monday, Au
gust 18. with ether county chair
men, district chairmen, the Cen- j
Iral Committee and trustees ofi
the Foundation, including Mr.
Morehead. There the obpectives
of the Foundation will be more
specifically set up, with instruc
tions for the selection of the first
scholarship winners during the ;
school year 1953-54. 1
The two-year-old Foundation 1
has hitherto made awards only to
graduate students. Captain Haz- c
lett explained. Those to be made i
under the statewide program now 1
,being set up will be the first !
to undergraduates. Financial
need of the candidate has no i
bearing on the award?"we want 1
the best men we can get, regard- !
less of social or financial status." l
He said Mr. Graves had been '
selected for the chairmanship on !
recommendation as a "loyal, able t
aggressive alumnus" with the in
terests r f education and his State t
at heart. S
John Motley Morehead is the 1
donor of the Morehead Planeta
rium at Chapel Hill. Possessor of '
an immense fortune, he took steps 1
some years ago to channel it into c
the higer education of promising <
Tar Heel youth.
Virginia Youth Is
; Instantly Killed
In Truck Accident
Asleep At Wheel,
A young produce salesman Iron
! Pilot, Va., asleep on the frcn
'seat of an empty truck, became
Moore county's sixth highway fa
tality of the year when the drivei
fell asleep at the wheel earl;
Clay Earl Lawrence, 21, was in
stantly killed when the trucl
swerved off NC 2)1, the Aber
i deen-Pinehurst road, just east o
jthe race track, and hit a largi
tree about 5:45 a. m. Aecordinf
to the report of State Highwas
Patrolman C. G. Wimberly, whe
investigated, he had been lyinf
cn the front seat with his feel
hanging out over the door. 'fh<
impact crushed in the right-hanc
i front part of the truck, and it is
likely the boy never knew he hac
; been hit.
Donald Herbert Hendricks, 19
also of Pilot, was taken to Moort
[ County hospital suffering from
; minor bruises and shock Moan
j ing, "I wish it had been me in
i stead of him," he revealed thai
bis buddy was married, and that
| a child is expected next week,
j No immediate arrest was made.
Conferring with Coroner Ralph G.
Steed, Patrolman Wimberly was
advised to complete his investiga
tion and have all information in
readiness for a hearing to be held
as scon as Hendricks is able to ap
pear. He will probably face a
The two young men were said
to have been on their way to the
cantaloupe market in South Car
olina to pick up a load for sale.
The truck was rated as complete
West Side Lake
Seen As Reality
In Near Future
The Town completed a transac
tion this week by which it became
the owner of approximately four
acres of land in West Southern
Pines, suitable for the develop
ment of a swimming lake and
park for Negro citizens of the
community. Work will begin on
the project at once, said Mayor C.
M. Page, with the expectation that
it will be ready for use before the
swimming season ends.
The tract includes an excellent
ipring, and is contoured so that,
vhen cleared out and dammed up,
1 very good lake will result. In
act, one has been there in the
jast, though the old dam has long
lince washed almost entirely
Basic work for the new West
tide lake and park will bo done
>y the town crews and machinery,
vith further development left to
he people and organizations of
he West Side. The site is located \,
leyond the present ending of Ver
mont avenue, off Stephens street.
)n the far side of the lake bed a
lill rises steeply, while the near ,
ide is a gradual slope suitable for
Major portion of the land was J
urchased from Mrs. Rosa McLean
.etterlow of Gaines street, while c
he rest, about one acre, was a |
art of the Whitaker estate.
Town officials were assisted in [
heir negotiations and plans by J. 1
Hasty, of the West Southern 1
'ines high school faculty, director s
f the West Side summer recrea
on program since 1949. Mr. Has 1
f said this week, "The people of
ur community are very happy ?
ver the prospect of having a lake f
nd park. The word has gone all i
round, and everywhere they are
xpressing their joy. I *am sure
tere will be the fullest coopera
on among the organizations, ?
lurches and individuals in add- 1
ig improvements, and providing
hat recreation facilities they 11
AT GRAND LODGE MEET *
Dr David M. Whitehead, exalt- S
1 ruler, and Don L. Madigan, of s
le Southern Pines Elks I*odge, g
-e attending the Grand Lodge t.
invention being held this week v
i New York City. They are at s
le Savoy-Plaza with others of the s
. C. delegation. 0
; LIFE MEMBER
? dr. r!" g rosser
* 'V w ?
I masons Honor
: Vass Physician
1 For Long Service
' Dr. R. G. Rosser of Vass, a Mas
ter Mason who has been a mero
? ber of Southern Pines Lodge No. j
' 484 continuously for 32 years, was
i presented a Life Membership Cer
tificate at a Masonic picnic held
in his honor at Lakeview Wed
: nesday evening.
The certificate, signed by Wil
bur H. Williamson, Master, and
Lloyd L. Woolley, secretary, and
presented by Mr. Woolley, master
of ceremonies for the event, bears
"This award is given in rec
ognition of his outstanding
devotion to this Lodge and for
his unselfish service to hu
Mr. Woolley noted that Dr.
Rosser was initiated into the order
and took his degrees at St. Pauls,
just before coming to Vass.
Dr. Rosser, visibly moved, ac
cepted the certificate with a sim
ple "Thank you."
Prior to the presentation, H.
Clifton Blue, Moore county repre
sentative and Aberdeen newspa- j
per publisher, spoke briefly. He !
recalled that when he was trying 1
to get started in the newspaper !
business he asked Dr. Rosser to I'
let him have $5, "and if he hadn't,;'
I don't know that I could have1
done it," he continued. Seriously,:
he said of Dr. Rosser: "He is one j
of the outstanding citizens of the!
community. I know of no one j |
who has done more for the people
of this area." Mr. Blue brought
greetings from the Aberdeen Ma
Mr. Woolley recognized Mrs,
Fred Chappell of Southern Pines, j
worthy matron of Magnolia chap- f
ter No. 26, Order of the Eastern
Star, who responded, and he ex- !j
pressed appreciation to the Chap- j
ter members for their important I
part in making the picnic a suc
cess, D. E. Bailey of Southern !,
(Continued on page 5)
Sawmill Accident r
Fatal To Worker
jMrr.es C. Billiard, 65, of Sanford
was fatally injured early Monday b
norning when lie was struck in a
h" head by a piece of lumber o
while working at a sawmill nearjb
lere ! a
A fellcw worker placed him in h
i pickup truck and rushed him it
o Southern Pines, hunting medi-: ri
?al aid. Stopping at the police ;lc
tation, he received advice to take!
he injured man straight to a hos- r<
rital, and a policeman went along f?
is guide. NJr. Hilliard, then un- cl
onscious, died soon after admis- tc
ion to St. Joseph of the Pines. w
The sawmill where the accident a
iccurred was said to have been ai
iwned by J. W. Bridgers, located
somewhere between Southern hi
'ines and Fort Bragg. Mr. Hilliard di
lad taken a room in Southern to
hncs while on the sawmill job. pi
Funeral services were held ul
Vedncsday afternoon at Carbon- tt
on Methodist church, with burial in
n the church cemetery.
Mr. Hilliard was a native of cs
ipper Moore, sen of Jim and ec
faggie Ward Hilliard. He was y<
irst married to El'-n Powers, who In
ied in 1935, and .ter to Bessie se
limball, who survives, living in t
ianford. Also surviving are two in
ons, Weldon, of Sanford, and Eu- m
ene, of Vanceyville; two daugh- of
ers, Mrs. Bernard Bray, Clerks- m
ille, Va., and Mrs. Vera Welcher, a
anford; three brothers and four In
isters, including Mrs. Addie Poe be
f Glendon. tu
County Leases Airport
To McKenzie Brothers
For Three Year Term
Tha county commissioners this ;
week leased Knollwood Airport to
two Moore county brothers, R. E.
(Ed) McKenzie and L. C. (Buck)
McKenzie, for operation as a pri
vate airport. I
The lease was made on recom
mendation of the county airport
committee, dated July 1 and ef
fective for three years, with privi-1
lege of renewal.
Use of the field by Piedmont
Airlines, Inc., for six months of j
the year, according to its CAA
franchise, will be in no way af
fected by the lease.
Buck McKenzie has taken over
as active manager of the airport.
His brother-partner, who is em
ployed by J. Bishop & Co., will
help out on weekends and in oth
er spare time, they said. Plans for
the field which they announced
this week include servicing and
maintenance of all types of small
aircraft, flying instruction, charter
The brothers do not as yet own
a plane, though they expect to
later. For the present they have
the use of one, out of Sanford,
The airport's new management
represents an impressive combi
nation cf talents and experience
Ed McKer.zie, 37, has lived in
Southern Pines for the past 18
veais, and owns his home at 605
North May street. He was a crew
chief and mechanic in the U. S.
Air Force during World War 2,
and was employed by Resort Air
lines, Inc., at Knollwood Airport
from its beginning in 1946 until a
couple of months ago. When Re
sort finally pulled out completely,
canceling its lease on the airport
by mutual agreement with the
county, McKenzie went to the
Bishop Company as maintenance
Buck McKenzie, 34, an experi
enced flier, was in the aviation
business from about 1940 until
two or three years ago, when he
became service manager for the
K & W Motor Co. at Raleigh.
He was first employed as help
er at Knollwood Airport by Har
jld Bachman, then manager of the
iirport, who taught him to fly. In
1942 he became manager of the
bee County airport, and operated
t for several years. He was then
?mployed as a pilot by various
Since securing his pilot's license
i dozen years ago he has flown
ountless thousands of miles, ruli
ng up a total of more than 2,000
lours in the air.
The brothers are sons of Mr. and
4rs. R. H. McKenzie of West End
It. 1. Ed is married to the fur
rier Mildred Gunter of Southern
'ines, and they have four chil
ren Buck is married to the for
ler Marie Parker, of Cameron,
'hey have two children.
Buck's family is still living in
.aleigh but is expected to move
i the Sandhills soon.
} is hop Co. Will
itart Second Shift
it Needle Plant
J. Bishop & Co., which started
le production of hypodermic
:edles last April in its new plant
1 the Carthage road, this week
mounced that a second shift will
; put on as soon as sufficient
crkers are trained.
Abotu 60 women are needed to
ke the training tests at once,
id William H. Morrow, person
;1 manager. They must be be
reen 18 and 40, with high school
lucation, good health and good
Eighty women are now working
the plant. When the new cm
oyees have passed their training
urse, about 70 will be working
i each shift. Hours for the first
ift will be 7 a. m. to 3:30 p. m.,
r the second 3:30 to 12 midnight.
New workers will all go to
ark on the night shift, Mr. Mor
w said, receiving a transfer to
e day shift, if it is desired, by
niority of employment as vacan
Hypodermic needles of various
pes are flowing from the plant
a silver stream at the average
te of about 35,000 a day They
e shipped all over the United
ates by the Bishop company,
th headquarters at Malvern,
l, one of the world's leading
inufacturers of metal technical
d industrial articles.
Graves Vann is production mail
er of the Southern Pines plant.
A tcp Bishop official, E. E. Com
rt, assistant to the president, was
irisitor here for several days last
>ek to observe operations at the
w plant. He expressed great
lisfaction with the progress that
it being made.
|Two Little Girls
jOf Pineliiirst Are
First Polio Victims
: Two little girls, both of Pino
! hurst, were listed during the past
week as Moore county's first polio
t victims of the year, it was learned
from Paul C. Butler of Southern
Pines, chairman of the county
chapter of the National Infantile
They are Carolyn McKenzie, 11,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
K. McKenzie, and Paulette Die
tenhofer, eight, daughter of Col.
and Mrs. Herbert J. Dietenhofer.
Both were taken to the Guilford
Convalescent Center at Greens
boro, Carolyn last Thursday and ,
Paulette Monday of this week. Mr.
Butler said Wednesday night that
he had at that time received no !
definite report on the seriousness
of their cases.
Carolyn was stricken while on a !
vacation trip with her family at
Carolina Beach, and was first tak
en to James Walker Memorial hos- 1
pital at Wilmington. After the 1
diagnosis of polio was confirmed, >
other children of the family were
olaced under quarantine at the )
beach, though it is expected they 1
will be allowed to come home this (
Paulette also betrayed the first
symptoms of illness while on a s
trip. Returning home with her 5
Family from a motor trip to Tex- 1
as, at present the site of the great- *
(Continued on page 5)
Caught With ("ash <j
\t Jacks Grill '
Hubert Wade, 29, of West t(
Southern Pines was surprised,
liding under a table in the kitch
n of Jacks Grill, on South West J
Iroad street, by Night Officers
lay Backlund and A D. Jones r
bout 3 a m Saturday. j u.
Wade had with him a sack con-!
aining approximately $115 in /
ash. The officers found that the *
ash register in the front of the1
estaurant had been pried open,'
nd cleaned out of cash. I
Taken to Carthage jail " '*? ? n'
as haled before a nr..
aturday afternoon Pri jable
ause was found against him and
ond of $1,000 was set for his u
ppcanance at the August term
f criminal court on charges of 'a
reaking and entering, larceny sa
nd receiving. Early this week he nt
ad not made bond and was still tv
i jail, though arrangements were ec
iportad under way for his re- eJ
The officers' early call on the at
istaurant was occasioned by the P'
ict that, making their routine ee
leek of business buildings down- or
iwn. they had observed a broken sh
indow in the rear of Jacks Grill, to
closer inspection revealed also
l open door. wi
It was apparent that the Negro ro
id gotten in by wa" of the win- <h
aw, made his haul ?. ?" was about se
leave by the u o. when the ci<
jlicemen approached. One rnin
le later, and both Hubert and ty
le cash would have vanished in
to the night. ra
A check of police records indi- ai
ded that the man has recently St
>mpleted a road sentence. The wi
-ar 1950 was a busy one for him. Pa
January of that year he was mi
ntenced to four months on the an
ads on conviction of breaking 1
to Howards Bakery and taking ag
oney from a cash box. In June
that year, he received a six foi
onths* sentence for the theft of a i
watch from Perkinson Jewelers, w<
c. His last sentence, in Novem- ne
;r 1950, was for creating a dis- sal