Frkhy, June 5. t9sl
Visiting Miss PeeU
Mrs. E. V. Hancock, of Scotland
Neck, is visiting Miss Eva PeeJe
here this week.
Visiting Relatives Here
Mr. J. A. Wier, of Rockhingham,
is visiitng his son, John Weir, and
Mrs. Weir here this week.
Returns from Rocky Mount
Little Miss Mary Gwen Osborne
returned this - week from Rocky
Mount where she visited her uncle,
Mr. Sam Harrell and Mrs. Harrell
for several days. Her cousin, Miss
Peggy Harrell, returned with her.
Returns from Washington City
Miss Ruth Roberson returned this
week from Washington City where
she attended school during the past
Visits in Weldon
Mrs. Prank Margolis visited friends
in Weldon yesterday.
Here from Jamesville
Mr. C. C. Fleming, of Jamesville,
was a business visiter here yesterday.
Return from New York
Mr. and Mrs. James Pappas re
turned this week from New York
where they visited relatives for sev
Hare from Oxford
Mr. C. K. Proctor, superintendent
of the Oxford Orphanage, and Mrs.
Proctor, of Oxford, were here yes
terday for a short while.
Here from Suffolk
Mr. D. G. Mercer, of Suffolk, was
a business visitor here yesterday.
Here from Hamilton
Misses Louise Johnson and AUie
Roebuck, of Hamilton, shopped here
Mrs. Ira Harrison was operated on
for appendicitis in the Washington
Visit in Rocky Mount
Mises Thelma and Sarah Harrell
visited in Rocky Mount yesterday.
Return from Raleigh
* Mrs. C. H. Godwin and little Mary
Charles Godwin have returned from
Raleigh where they visited Mr. God
win this week.
Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer
DAY AND NIGHT AMBULANCE SERVICE
E*9ellent Service at Most Reasonable Ptice
B. S, COURTNEY "
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.
Day Phone 155 Night Phone 94
II VACANT LOTS
I Must Be Cleaned!
The attention of property owners is called to Section 18 (Page 18) of
Town Ordinances, supported by State law, requiring them to clean up their
■ vacant lots.
You are hereby urged to clean up your vacant lots within the next two
! weeks, at the end of which time inspections will be made and all owners fail-
K ing therein will be subject to fine m provided by State laws.
These steps are taken in an effort to limit the number of mosquitoes
and to add to the attractiveness of the town.
II Board of Commissioners
Here from Plymouth .
Mrs. A. Swain, Mrs. A. A. Modiin,
Mrs. N. R. White, Mrs. Harry Stefl,
Mrs. J. R Cantrell, Mrs Joe Dixon
and Miss Mildred Dixon, of Ply
mouth, attended the Baptist Mis
sionary Union meeitng here yester
Here from Griffins
Mr. Henry Roberson, of Griffins,
was a business visitor here yester
In Tarboro Tonight
Senator Elbert S. Peel is in Tar
boro tonight attending a barbecue
given by friends of Senator W. G.
Clark in appreciation of his services
in the past legislature.
In Burlington This Week
Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Fowden and
daughter, Anne, are in Burlington
Visiting Miss Dunning
Miss Lillian Conley, of Charlotte,
is visiting Miss Mary Alice Dun
In Morehead City Wednesday
r Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Dunning, and
Misses Mary A. Dunning and Lil
lian Conley, Mrs. J. S. Rhodes and
Jack Biggs spent Wednesday in
Return from Durham
Mrs. Joe Pender and son, Joseph,
nave returned from Creedmore and
Durham where they visited rela
In Raleigh Yesterday
i Messrs. G. H. Harrison, T. C. Grif
fin, Elbert S. Peel and R. A. Tope
were in Raleigh yesterday.
In Greensboro This Week
Miss Jane Moore is in Greens
boro this week attending a house
Returns from Dunn
Miss Martha Anderson returned
to her home here this week after
completing her year's work in the
Dunn School faculty.
Business Visitors Here
Messrs. Ray Goodman, of Roa
noke Rapids, and Ben Warren, of
Mansfield, Ohio, were here yester
day and today in the interest of the
Virginia Electric and Power com
'Visit Mr. ami Mrs. BtritJull
| Miss Bessie Willis, of Goldsboro,
and Miss Annie Shields VanDyke, of
.Greenville, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Leman Barnhill here this week.
ation meeting in Norfolk this week.
Mr. Hutchinson is a member of the
In Norfolk This Week
Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Hutchinson at
tended the Coastal Highway' Associ-
Visit in Durham
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Clark visit
ed relatives in Durham this week.
Their son, Jerry, returned home
with them after a visit of several
| days to relatives there. —-
Boykins, Va., June ,4. —Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Worrell announce the
marriage of their daughter, Miss
Irma Worrell, to H. Lee Gurkin, son
of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Gurkin on
January i, 1931.
Mr. and Mrs. Gurkin are making
their home in Jamesville, N. C.
where Mrs. Gurkin was a member of
the school faculty during th e past
Entertain in Honor of
Mrs. Jack Frank
At the Woman's Club, with one of
the loveliest and largest attended
bridge parties of the season, Mrs. J.
Robert Everett and Miss Gertrude
Norton entertained Tuesday night,
complimentary to Mrs. Jack Frank,
whose wedding of several months ago
has recently been announced. Mrs.
Frank, prior to her marriage, was
Miss Margaret Ward Jackson, of
Mrs. Everett received the guests
and introduced them to the guest of
honor, and then Miss Norton intro
duced them to Mrs. Elmer Jackson,
mother of Mrs. Frank, Mrs. Claudius
McGowan, and Mrs. R. E. Dunning,
all of Plymouth.
Mrs. Frank wore a green chiffon
with brown lace coat and mits. Mrs.
Jackson wore a powder blue chiffon
dress. Mrs. McGowan's gown was
of white crepe, and Mrs. Dunning
wore an attractive green crepe gown.
Miss Ruth Norton gave the guests
their place cards at tables arranged
for bridge in the rooms, where pink
proses, ragged robins, and sweet peas
were charmingly used, making an at
tractive background for the assem
blage of ladies in the colorful gowns
of the season.
From a beautifully appointed ta
. ble punch was dispensed during the
evening by Missss Margaret Everett
and Truiah Ward Page, assisted by
little Miss Julia Everett.
T After several progressions of bridge
Mrs. Joel Muse held high score and
was given a bottle of perfume. Mrs.
j Myrtle Brown was second high and
was given a crockery jar. The guest
of honor was also remembered with
a pretty gift.
The refreshments served by Misses
Hannah V. Everett, Grace Manning,
and Alta Critcher, consisting of an
ice course, carried out the color
scheme of pink and white, and on
each plate was placed a lovely nose
There were over seventy-five guests
ELDER NEWSOME H. HARRISON
HAS VIVID MEMORY OF SECTION
DURING STIRRING DAYS OF 1864
Beloved "Grand Old Man of Washington County" Has
Had Interesting and Useful Life; Minister At
Same Church for 67 Years
By CHARLES H. McSWAIN
(Editorßoanoke Beacon, Plymouth) |
One of the most interesting as well
as best known men jn Washington
County and this section of the State
is Newsome Henry Harrison, who
. lives at his country home on Long
|Acre Road, about ten miles from Ply
mouth. - %
Mr. Harrison is 86 years of age and |
is the only living soldier of the Con
federacy in Washington County. When
only eighteen years of age, he had
the distinction of casting his first vote
for North Carolina's famous war gov
ernor and statesman, Zehulon Baird
Mr. Harrison is a farmer and preach
er, being an Elder of the Primitive
( Baptist church. He lias been preaclv
| ing for 65 ytars, and is still filling his
regular appointments. Well past his
threescore and ten years, Mr'. Harri
son is still very active, physically and
mentally. His mental faculties are as
keen and alert as those .of a man of
forty. He is a typical gentleman of
the old South, being well educated, and
is considered one of the best-read
and informed men in this section of
the country. He is an orator of the,
highest order and has been likened
unto Calhoun, Webster and Clay.
In an interview with Mr. Harrison
here recently, he recounted many in
teresting historical events of the C'vil
War. He volunteered his services to
th Confederate Army when only 17
years of age and served through the
entire war. He was a private in Com
pany H, 10th Regiment of North Car
Mr. Harrison remembers vividly the
battle of Plymouth, and the blowing
up of the Albemarle Ram, the famous
Confederate gunboat which revolution
ized naval warfare.
With General Hoke in command, of
the land forc.es, Mr. Harrison states
that the Confederates attacked Ply
mouth, which was occupied by Union
forces, on April 16th, 1864. The bat
tle lasted until Wednesday, April 18,
at which time the Confederates were
successful in capturing the town. Ac
cording to Mr. Harrison, this was a
very bloody struggle, many men hav
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ing been killed on both sides. Col
,onel Mercer, of Georgia, and Lieuten
ant Perkins, of the Confederate Army,
were killed during the attack.
On capturing one of the Yankee
strongholds of the town, Mr. Harrison
states that he remembers bearing Col
onel Lewis, a very brave southern of
jficer, ask the Union officer in com
jinand of the stronghold, why he did
not surrender and thus save the lives
;of many of his men. The Union of
ficer was fatally wounded, but he an
swered that his name was not "sur
render," and then told Colonel Lewis
his name. Mr. Harrison remarket
jthat occurrences of this kind proved
jthat there were brave men on both
General Wessell was the Union offi
|cer in command of the l-'ederal forces
[of the town, consisting of about three
thousand men. They were all taken
I prisoners and sent to a -prison in
J The Albemarle Hani took part in
this battle, playing havoc with the
| Federal gunboats on the Albemarle
Sound. Mr. Harrison stated that the
! Albemarle Ham was commanded by
. Captain Cook, and carried a Crew oi
I around one hundred men. He slated
I that be had been aboard the Albemarle
i'Ram lots of times a.ftd proceeded to
. | give a minute description of the boat
and how she was manned. Among
i' other I|hings, she carried only (two
' guns, while the most of her hull was
i under water.. All of the exterior of
this boat was covered with iron, which
. rendered her "well-nigh invincible from
I the wooden gunboats of the Union
; Mr. Harrison says that the Confed
' erate forces occupied Plymouth for a
• bout six months. Then on the night
' of October 28th, IN(>4, the Albemarle
i Katn was blown up. A Union officer,
under cover of darkness made his way
to the Albemarle Ramy, while she was
anchored in the Plymouth harbor of
the Roanoke River and placed a shell
under her which blew the boat up.
Following this event, the Union gun
boats moved up the Albemarle Sound
and lip the Roanoke River to Ply
mouth, where they shelled the town.
Subsequently, the Confederate forces
evacuated Plymouth. 'Mr. Harrison
states that it would have been sheer
folly to have attempted to hold the
town after the Albemarle Ram was
put out of business.
When questioned about the size of
Plymouth at this time, Mr. Harrison
states that the town was only a vil
lage of approximately eight hundred
people in 1861, the year that the war
| began. The town had only one brick
(building at this- time, which was the
I In 1885, Mr. Harrison was a repre
j sentative in the ' General Assembly
jfrom Washington County. And while
(there he distinguished himself for the
jleading stand he took for the enlarg
ing of the University, and through his
efforts helped to secure appropriations
| for rebuilding and establishing the
| State University on a bigger and larg
jer scale. The speech he delivered in
I the house of representatives for this
cause attracted wide attention and
jmarked its author as an orator of~ex
While Mr. Harrison never had the
'advantage of an academic education,
jilt' if a graduate ot That- greater, in—
j stitution of learning, the University
of Hard Knocks. Through private
| study he acquired the equivalent and
more of an A. B. course in any uni
versity. Mr. Harrison is not only a
|scholar but is a theologian and philos
opher as well.
In the October is.sue of Zion's Land
mark; of 192.1, an official publication
|of .the Primitive Baptist church, the
[following article was published:
"Elder Newsome H. Harrison, who
Mives ten mites from Plymouth, lias
I. v ■' ,
l been pastor of Morrattock Primitive
( Baptist church for s'> years in Octo
ber, and has served in the same ca
pacity for the churches at White
j Plains and l'uiigo for 5s years each.
] "Elder Harrison is 78 years old and
Iw as ordained at the age of 19 years.
IHe served through the Civil War in
(the 10th Regiment, North Carolina
I Troops. He farms in the week and
(preaches on Saturdays and Sundays.
"Many good judges regard Mr. Har
isou as the strongest natural orator
heard. While he had few
school advantages in early life, his ex-
Jsnow-white beard, yet Mr. Harrison
is still yOTfttg~*flk-"S(»ijj,t.' l lie is a typi
cal example of the ohl South's high
perience has been wide and his po*Ver
'to absorb knowledge was unu.sually
istrong and for that reason lie is a man
of great learning. A person listening
to him is quickly reminded of Cal
lioun, Webster and Clay, and that day
A series of revival services was
J started in the Hamilton Methodist
Church last Monday evening, with
the Rev. C. T. Rogers, Williamston
minister, occupying the pulpit. A fair
sized attendance was reported for the
opening night and the hearers have
increased since that time. Just how
long the services will continue has
not been determinted at this time,
but they will likely continue for ten
days or more.
Miss Stella Davenport left .Sunday
for Rocky Mount where she will visit
relatives for a few days.
I Misses Maggie Bell and Annie
Jones, Mrs. Boyce, Mrs. Waldo, Mrs.
S. D. Matthews and Mrs. Henry
Edmondson went to Greenville Mon
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Edmonds->n
attended the graduating exercises at
East, Carolina Teachers' College in
Greenville Monday. Their daughter,
Miss Sarah Moore Edmondson, was
Miss Helen Johnson is spending
some time in Kinston with relatives.
Misses Ruby Lee and Velma Hart,
'of Ay den, are spending this week
with Miss Floried Cox.
Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Salsbury and
family left Tuesday to attend the
commencement exercises at Meredith
College, Raleigh, where their daugn-
Ter, Martha, is a student.
when American oratory was such a
moving power in the business, politi
cal and "religions life of this country."
I Mr. Harrison is widely known not
only in Washington County but
'throughout the State, and he numbers
|tnany of the leading men of the State
'among his"*intimate friends. He is
probably dine of The best beloved men
jin Washington County.
I Hoary with age, and wearing a
lill' 0 manhood. l|e was among
the boys of V) 1 \Vho shoulderekl a
'gun and went forth to battle for the
I cause which they believed right and
Ijust, and displayed such valor and
bravery in battle, as the world lias
never seen before i>r since.
Truly, NVusimir Henry Harrison
can well be proclaimed tlie "Grand
jOlil Man" of Washington County.