VOL. 33?NO. 36 FOURTEEN PAGES SOUTHERN PINES" NORTH CAROLINA." FRIDAY. JULY 25, 1952 FOURTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS
Set September 3
Southern Pines schools' will
open Wednesday, September 3,
it was learned this week from
the office of Supt. Amos C. Daw
This will be one day later than
those of the Moore County system,
for which Supt. H. Lee Thomas ol
Carthage has announced Septem
ber 2 as opening date.
The openings will follow on the
heels of the Labor Day holiday,
grand finale of the summer sea
son, which will come this year on
its earliest possible date?the first
time in 23 years it has fallen on
The school year will begin
aboout two weeks earlier for prin
cipals many of whom will Com
plete summer school work just ir
time to pitch into their labors foi
the fall. Superintendents wll
have been at work most of thi
suummer. except for a brief vaca
tion or time off for summer schoo
attendance. Supt. Dawson is ont
of those at present taking i
schoolman's holiday of this sort
He is attending the second sum
mer term at the University o
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Teachers will also arrive foi
work ahead of time, as teachers
meetings precede the schools
openings by a day or two.
Calendar for the county schools
full year has been released bj
Supt. Thomas. Highlights are
Thanksgiving holiday, Novembe:
27-28: Christmas holiday, Decern
ber 19-29; spring holiday, Apri
2-6; end of ninth month. May 22
final reports due, June 5.
Mrs. Comer Is
Clerk of Court
Mrs. Rachel Comer, deput;
clerk of Moore County superio
court since January 14, was swori
in Saturday as assistant clerk o
court, on appointment of Residen'
Judge F. Don Phillips of Rocking
The apoointment followed Mr;
Comer's 23rd birthday by twi
days, making her probably thi
youngest assistant clerk of coui
in the State as well as one of th
few women anywhere holding thi
The appointment empower
Mrs. Comer to sign all types o
instruments and handle all mat
ters coming under the clerks jur
isdiction. enabling her to take th
place of Clerk Carlton C. Ken
nedy fully when he is away, hand
ling court or f.or other reaso:
r i; * be out of the office.
"'The change will be a grea
help in expediting tl 1 affairs c
the clerk's office," said Mr. Ken
nedy this week. "Despite he
youth. Mrs Comer is fully cap
able of handling the job, as ha
been shown during the half yea
?lie has served as deputy "
The appointment by Judg
Phillips was made on Mi'. Ker
nedy's recommendation and re
quest. The elevation is only i
responsibility. There is no chang
in Mis. Comer's pay.
She is the second assistant cler
of court Moore county lias had
The first was Miss Ethel Davis
appointed in July '51, also on Mi
Kennedy's recommendation. Mis
Davis served as deputy from 194
during the tenure of office of th
late John Willcox. Following Mi
Willcox' death in March 1950, sh
succeeded him as clerk, by ar
pointment, filling the office s
Moore's first and only woma
clerk of court until Mr. Kenned
acceded to the office in Decern
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KILLED IN ACTION
Pic. JLee H. Sl&ncil. of
Pinehurst RFD, previously
reported missing in action in
Korea, has now been report
ed killed in action.
Private Stancil was the
?son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Stancil. a colored couple, who
kept a little store in the com
munity of Jackson Hamlet.
No details a! his loss were
given by the Department of
In Nationul Limelight This Week
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; From left?MRS. ERNEST L. IVES, of Paint HiU Farm, South
ern Pines; her brother, GOV. ADLAI E STEVENSON of Illinois,
I white hope of the Democratic party; and VICE-PRESIDENT AL
BEN W. BARKLEY, their cousin, who received the greatest ova
tion of any conversion speaker at Chicago Wednesday night. The
picture was made recently when Mrs. Ives was with her brother
i at the Governor's Mansion at Springfield, and "The Veep" came
| by to call.
Barkley was a candidate for the Democratic nomination until
I he withdrew Monday night, following objections raised that at
/[ 74 he was too old. By strange coincidence, a leading candidate
ri left in the field, Senator Richard B. Russell of Georgia, is also a
ij cousin of Stevenson and Barkley.
"Buffie" Ives Shares Limelight Beating
On Stevenson As Democrats Nominate
et| HOTTEST DAYS
e Wednesday was the sum
sj mer's hottest day so far, with
an official maximum iempera
s' ture of 103 degrees recorded
fj by Mrs. Tom Kelley, South
ern Pines weather observer.
This was just one degree
e| hotter than Tuesday, previous
- I high for the summer. Both
were unequaled over the past
n i several years, topping the
| record for the blistering final
it I week in June when a high of
,fl 100 was recorded four days in
- ' a row.
r' Thermometers in sunny
i-j spots about town, or located
sj, where they received sidewalk
r reflection, soared considerably
i higher and one touched 110
?j degrees just before the thun
derstorm Wednesday after
noon which brought the mer
n j cury tumbling down?but not
el to stay. Thursday started off
hot and also steamy.
: J Mother, Children
Hurt In Wreck
2 Another in a series of grim ac
e cidents which have beset Moore
in the past week occurred Monday
e afternoon at Hightails, seriously
injuring a young mother and
|S daughter of Staley, in Randolph
v Few details of the accident were
available other than that the car,
said to have contained three
adults and six children, overturn
Patients in Moore County hos
pital this week were Mrs Richard
Cashwell, 30, and her children,
Mary Frances, four, and Dickie,
10. Dickie was said not to be so
badly hurt as his mother and sis
ter, and was to have been dis
charged in a day or two.
Given emergency treatment at
Moore County hospital for minor
injuries were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Holt of Carthage. Several of their
children were in the car but were
Tension oi Drama
At Chicago Felt
Keenly In Sandhills
A nation hung tensely over its
(television and radio sets this
j v/eek, more than ever convinced
ithat a draft for Governor Adlai
| Stevenson of Illinois was in the
making, and that he would be
I nominated no later than Friday?
I possibly Thursday night? as his
j party's standard bearer for Presi
dent of the United States.
No matter how frequently and,
few doubted, sincerely, Adlai Ste
venson said 'No" the pressure was
; building up to overwhelming pro
I portions as it appeared that he,
(and only he, had the approval of
practically all factions and could
unite the Democratic ranks for
Making it plaip he was more
than ever disinclined to run after
Eisenhower's nomination by the
Republicans, and wished only to
serve again in his present job, the
52-year-old Governor could not
quell the forces which surged
higher and higher about hirn, pull
ing him like a rip tide toward the
When it came out through his
friend Governor Schricker of In
diana that Stevenson would ac
cept a draft if party leaders
"thought it necessary," Schricker
made it plain that they did and
that he himself would place the
Governor's name in nomination.
All of this has made tense read
; ing, looking and listening for
; Sandhills friends of the Gover
I nor's and of his sister, Mrs. Ernest
| L. Ives, who with her husband has
, lived in or near Southern Pine*
during most of the year for the
past 20 years.
Life this week presented a pic
ture story on Governor Stevenson
and his family, the second Steven
son article in this magazine of
6,000,000 circulation, and one of a
series in recent months in every
leading periodical of the nation.
(Continued on Page 8)
John Lang, Jr.,
Is Promoted For
State School Job
Moore Man Seen
Stupport for John A. Lang, Jr.,
for the office of state superinten- '
dent of Public instruction, suc
ceeding Or. Clyde A. Erwin, who
'jid of a heart attack Saturday, '
jwas reported to he gathering mo
"i en turn this week in counties of
the Eighth district and in other
reas of influence in the state,
j Friends in Carthage and other
j communities are writing letters
.md otherwise endorsing Mr. Lang
following proposal of his name by
Former State Senator Oscar U.
Richardson of Union county". Sen
ator Richardson telephoned Ra
leigh from Chicago, where he is
attending the Democratic National
I convention, to enter Mr. Lang's
'name in the list which alrcsdv jn
' eludes a half-dozen prominent
'educators of the state.
Several members of the State
| Democratic Executive committee
I were authoritatively reported to
| favor Mr. Lang. Contacted at
'Washington, where he is serving
| ?s administrative assistant to
: Congressman C. B Deane, Mr.
I Lang proved to be receptive to
The 41-year-old Carthage na
?i?*? has long been regarded as one
of M"oore's brightest sons, and the
prospect of bringing him back to
; North Carolina in a position to
which they believe his talents and
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Bar igan Property
Personal belongings of Mr. and
Mrs. J. J. Banigan in the home
they rented at 335 South May
street before their departure from
| Southern Pines May 8 were at
.ached by Sheriff C. J. McDonald!
j .his week on a creditor's proceed
ing. House and contents werej
j ealed pending a court order,
i The niove followed action taken'
? uv attorneys for Katharine T. Ml \
j Donald, trading as Theodota. j
'seeking judgment and recovery of'
|$351.22 for merchandise allegedly;
!oirchased at the local gift shop.:
iMrs. Banigan was named as de-:
The amount represents unpaid
I balance on a bill of $851.22, it
! was stated in the civil papers,
filed July 15.
The Banigans left for what they
I aid wl.-i a week's trip to New
York City, and have not returned
nor advised local creditors of;
I their whereabouts. They were in
volved in various civil actions at
, the time. An order for their jail
ing on contempt of court, follow
' ing repeated failure to appear at
.. superior court hearing, is on
If'le in the sheriff's office.
Another Leading Candidate
DOROTHY SWISHER of Southern Pines?"Miss Aberdeen of i
1952"?left early Thursday for Winston-Salem and the statewide
Jaycee beauty contest, where she will compete this weekend for
the title of 'Miss North Ca rolina." Finals will be held Saturday
night. See story on Page 8 (Photo by H. H. Turner)
Junior Sandhills Tournament Will
Start Wednesday On Local Courts
Local Youth Is Wreck Fatality,
Brother-In-Law Critically Hurt
Howard Lee Bobbitt, 29-year-.I
old veteran of World War 2, of .
Southern Pines, died early Thurs- !'
day morning at Moore County
hospital as the result of injuries |
sustained in an automobile acci-!|
dent on U S. Highway 1 Sunday1;
afternoon. j i
Mr. Bobbitt was the third young j
man to become a Moore county j.
highway fatality within an eight- j \
day period. A Virginia youth was
instantly killed near Pinehurst
Wednesday, July 16, and a saw
mill employee near Robbins last
Friday. (See story below in this j
column.) The total for 19521
mounted to nine.
Critically injured in Moore!
County hospital, as result of the j
same accident which cost Bob- 1
oitt's life, was Johnny B. McNeill,
10, of Vass, and less seriously hurt,
Charles Lucas, 23, of Southern
Bobbitt and McNeill were
brothers-in-law, the former hav
ing married Miss Ruby McNeill,
then of Vass, in 1946.
Few details of the accident were
available, other than that the old
model Chevrolet coupe in which
the three young men were riding
left the highway and overturned
at Skyline, four miles north of
here on US Highway 1. Patrol
man R. N. Harris investigated.
Blame for the accident could not
immediately be fixed in view of
the condition of the injured men.
Mrs. Bobbitt and her four-year
old daughter Linda were said to
have been eye-witnesses of the ac
cident as they v. ere riding in a car
directly behind the coupe.
Funeral service? for Howard
Lee Bobbstt will be held at 3 p.m.
Sunday at Niagara Congregational
Christian church, conducted by
the Rev. Benny Maness of Rob
bins, assisted by the Rev. Zeb V.
Caudle of Aberdeen.
Burial will follow in Old Be
thesda cemetery. Full military
honors will vt>e accorded.
He was born November 1, 1922,
at Chase City, Va., son of Robert
O. and Emma Roberts Bobbitt.
The family moved to the Sand
hills when he was a child and he
attended school at. Ashley Heights
in Hoke county. He moved from
Niagara to Southern Pines just a
few weeks ago, and was employed
as a carpenter.
He entered military service
February 8, 1943, and served with
the 161st Infantry on Luzon, in
the Philippines. He was wounded
in action and was awarded the
Purple Heart. He was discharged
October 18, 1945.
He was a member of the John
Boyd post, VFW, of Southern
Surviving are his wife and little
daughter, also hi: mother, Mrs. R.
O. Bobbitt, all of Southern Pines;
two brothers, William Haywood
Bobbitt of Niagara and Ray Bob
bitt, of Southern Pines; and two
sisters, Miss Mildred Bobbitt of
Southern Pines and Mrs. D. F.
Cavanaugh of San Diego, Cal.
Edward ltowe Is
Victim In Double
Edward Allen Howe, 33, Rob
bins sawmill worker, was killed
Friday morning in a freak acci
dent near Robbins when he was
first thrown from a truck, then
run over by a car. He was Moore
county's second highway fatality
within four days, the eighth in
Rowe's address was given as
Bear Creek Rt. 1, his native com
munity in Chatham county,
though he had lived at Robbins
for the past 15 years.
Patrolman R. L. Apple, inves
tigating, gave this report on the
strange and tragic happening:
Rowe and a fellow worker,
Charles Junior Moore, 21, of Rob
bins. were standing in the back
of the open two-ton truck belong
ing to their employer, J. W. H.
(Jim) Moore, of Robbins, as it
headed toward Bobbins along the
talc mine road. Rounding a slight
curve about a mile and a half
from Robbins on the paved rural
road, the truck was sideswlped
by a car headed the other way.
The truck somersaulted com
pletely once, then turned on its
-ide crosswise of the highway 128
feet from the point of impact.
Rowe and Moore were catapulted
violently to the highway and lav,
unconscious. The car, driven by
Henry Jason Moore of Robbins
Rt. 2. with his wife and youn,;!
son Paul as passengers, came to
?i stop about six feet from the col-|
Augustus McCaskill, of Robbins,|
driver of the truck, first ascer
tained that both Rowe and Moore!
were living, though unconscious.;
before running to find a phone to
summon an ambulance.
Rowe and Charles Junior Moorep
(Continued on Page 8)
Will Visit Moore,
Some 15 students from the Uni
versity of West Virginia's Divi
sion of Forestry will visit South
ern Pines Wednesday to inspect
Mie naval stores operation on
Weymouth Estate, and to study
forest fire control demonstration
"ork as carried on by the N. C.
Division of Forestry in Moore
They will bo accompanied .by
Professors E. H. Trvon and Wil
liam P,eid of their homo univer
The day will be one of several j
they are spending in the state ob
serving forest conditions and
practices and the results of ex
perimental work, during a week
spent with the Duke University
Division of Forestry. The first two
days of the tour were spent at
Duke, and they are being housed
on the Duke campus, returning
there each night.
Dean Clarence F. Korstian of
the Duke Division of Forestry is
in charge of the tour, which has
been an annual event of the past
several years. This is the first
year they will see the naval
stores industry in operation, since
it was started there fairly recent
ly However, it will be the third
or fourth visit by a West Virginia
student group to Weymouth, a
ctate Forest Farm and site of
what is rated as one of North Car
olina's finest stands of virgin tim
TO VADE MECUM
Three Southern Pines high
school boys, Jimmy Hatch, Charles
Covell and Jimmy Menzel, will
go tomorrow to Vade Mecum. the
Episcopal diocesan camp near
Winston-Salem, to serve as coun
selors during the ensuing two
Will Fie Seen In
A return match with personnel
identical with that of the boys'
finals'at the recent State Junior
tournament at Greensboro will
likely be presented to local spec
tators at the Junior San4Ji.ills In
vitational tennis tournament next
Heading the list of local entries,
doubtless to be seeded No. 1 in
boys' events is Kenneth Tew, 14,
winner of the boys' singles in the
Also entered is Findley Lee, 12.
of Charlotte, whom Kenneth de
feated for the trophy in a gruel
ing three-set match at Greens
Another foreign entry is Char
lotte's Jack Lowe, winner with
Lee of the boys' doubles in the
All three boys are ejected to
enter both doubles and singles
matches in their category.
The tournament starts Wednes
day and will continue through
Sunday, August 3, on the munici
Entry blanks must be secured
from Patty Woodell, JSTA secre
tary, and returned to her with
postmark no later than Saturday.
Seedings and pairings will be
made early next week.
Eight events are scheduled?
singles and doubles in junior
boys', junior girls,' and boys' and
girls' age groups.
To be eligible for junior entry,
a boy or girl must not have reach
ed their 18th birthday by January
Boys' and girls' age limit is un
der 15 by January 1, 1952.
Trophies will be awarded win
ners and runners-up in all events,
donated by the Sandhills Tennis
association. Accommodations for
visiting players will be furnished
at Southern Pines Cottages and
in the homes of JSTA members.
A party and other recreation for
the players is being planned.
Angelo Montesanti, Jr., presi
dent of the senior association, and
Malcolm Clark are STA advisers
to the JSTA tournament commit
tee, which includes Patty Woodell
s secretary; Steve Choate,
courts; Ginger Woodell, publicity;
Dick Leyshon, soft drink stand;
Gail Hobson, housing, and Linda
(Continued on page 5)
Of City Water
Fluoridation equipment, pur
chase of which was approved by
the town board last fall, arrived
this week and will be installed at
the city water plant by employees
of the manufacturers within a
L. E. Wooten, Raleigh water en
gineer, who served as consultant
to the town board in the purchase
of equipment, will supervise the
Through the fluoridation pro
cess tooth decay among children
is reduced by 30 to 40 per cent,
with some benefit also to adults'
dental health, it has been ascer
tained by health authorities fol
lowing more than 15 years of tests
Before it is begun here Ralph
Mills, water plant superintendent
and chemist, will gain experience
in its practical application in a
week's stay at some North Caro
lina city now using the process,
The purchase and installation
were authorized for Southern
Pines by the State Department of
Health, which will maintain con
tinuous supervision through
checking of water samples, etc.
Tile process consists of the reg
ular application of minute
amounts of fluoride to the filiered
water, in somewhat the same
manner as chlorine, alum and oth
er purifying chemicals are now
applied. Fluoride is found natur
ally in the water in some parts of
the United States and it was
through the discovery that people
living in those areas had little or
no tooth decay that its benefit
were first revealed.