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VOLUME XXXV—NUMBER 64
BELOVED WOMAN
OF BEAR GRASS
COMMUNITY DIES
Wife of Elder J. N. Roger
son Buried There Last
Tuesday Afternoon
Mrs. John N. Rogerson, greatly be- j
loved woman of the Bear Grass com
munity, died at her home there last
Monday noon at the age of 83 years.
In declining health for some time,
Mrs. Rogerson was able to be up and
about her home until about two weeks
ago when she was forceNto take her j
bed. The end came gradually.
The daughter of the late Dennis
Peel and wife, #rs. Rogerson was
born in Bear Grass Township, spend
ing her entire life. About 60 years
ago she was married to Elder Rog
erson, and since that time she devot-1
ed herself to her home and family.
She was a good neighbor and found
much happiness in serving others and
members of her family. Coming in
contact with hundreds of people
prominent in the Primitive Baptist
faith, she was soon recognized as a
friend to all, and even though she j
served the church and its leaders she
never joined any religious group.
Only one son Amnion, Rogerson,
of Bear Grass, survives, two others
having died, Nathan about three years
ago, and Javan, who died last Janu
ary. She was the last member of her
family, others having died a number
-of years ago. A brother, J. S. Peel,
died about eight years ago at the age
of 13. . ■
Funeral services were conducted
last Tuesday afternoon by Elder B.
S. Cowin, and interment followed in i
the family burial plot at the old home
place. One of the largest crowds to
attend a funeral in this county in a
number of years was present for the
last rites.
PROCEEDINGS IN
FEDERAL COURT
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Twenty-three Martin Men
Sentenced by Judge I. M,
Meekins Yesterday
Pathetic scenes were reported in
Federal court over in Washington
yesterday, when Judge I. M. Meekins
passed sentence on 23 Martin Coun
ty people and a number of others
from other counties in the district.
While a few were given their free
dom with strings on it, only one was
released outright, the grand jury find
ing no true bill against him.
The disposition of the cases:
Joseph 1). Pierce, on probation for
18. months; James Ramsey, a day in
jail; Allen Smith, 2 days in jail; Har
old E. Hopkins, a year and a- day at
Chillicothe, Ohio; Grover Nicholson,
a year, and a day at Atlanta; T. C.
and GrWer Whitley, probation; John
A. Griffin, 6 month* in jail and a SIOO
fine; Golden Godard, $25 fine; Gothic
(iodard, $25 fine; Thurmaa Nicholson,
"a year and a day at Chillicothe; A. C.
Sparrow, year and a day at Atlanta;
James F. Terry, SSO fine; Tom Jen
kins, year and a day at Atlanta; Ben
Whitaker, Namon Whitaker, and El- [
tner Rawls, $1 fine each; Mack Knox, :
probation; Toby Barber, year and a
day at Atlanta; John Cratt, not a true
bill; William T. Harris, year and a 1
day at Atlanta; Alton Pitt, year and
a day at Chillicothe; Norman Council
and Lorenzo Council, on probation for
18 month*. . - ♦
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. Narowly Misses Driving
Into Bridge Draw Here
0 ■
Ernest Moseley, young white man
of Columbia, narrowly escaped with
his life last Monday night when he
, drove his Ford truck through the safe
ty gate at the Roanoke Rivet': bridge"
and almost into the open draw. Ap
parently unmindful of his driving
duties, Moaeley was almost to the gate
before he saw the danger lights, and
by the time he applied his brakes he |
was nearing the break in the road.
He turned his ttuck into the guard
railing, doing considerable damage to
his machine.
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Rogerson Brothers Start
Sale Here Tomorrow
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Rogerson Brother*, prominent bus
c .inets men of Bear Grass, are starting
a bankrupt stock *ale in the Gurganu*
. building, next to J. O. Maning's gro
cery store, here tomorrow. Tre firm
has employed Mr. Exum Ward, local
man, and he will be in active charge
during th« absence of the owners, it
is understood.
Rev. Harrington To Preach
At Farm Life This Sunday
Rev. W. B. Harington will preach
Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in
the Farm Life School Auditorium, it
was announced yeaterday. The public
is invited to hear him.
•* a
THE
Heaviest Rain
Reported He
One of the heavieat raina fall
ing here aince 1929 wai reported
Wednesday night and yeaterday
morning by Mr. Hugh Spruill,
manager of the local gauging ata
tion on Roanoke River. Accord
ihg to Mr. Spruill'a reading! at
8 o'clock yeaterday morning, 3.27
inchea of rain fell during the 24
hours ending at that time. With-
in the next two or three hours a
little more than one-quarter, or .27
of an inch, was reported by the
station manager. -
Starting ahortly after midnight
Taxpayers Get One
More Month To Pay
f POSTPONES SALE
The town authorities ye*terday
postponed the 1931 delinquent tax
list aale* another month and or
dered the initial advertiaing held
up until the fir*t week in l#ovem
ber. The action waa taken when
it w'a* learned the county waa de
laying it* sale another month.
There are approximately 180 un
paid accounts on the town tax
book* at thi* time, a* compared
with 167 a year ago, when the lint
was advertised for sale. In other
words, tax collections this year
have been very successful com
pared with those of last year.
83-YEAR-OLD MAN
HAS HIKED TOTAL
OVER 21,000 MILES
Spends Two Nights Here
and Continues Journey
Southward
William H. Chapman, 83 years old,
and hiker par excellence, is one man
who knows nothing about the depres
sion and cares less about politics.
That is what he said Wednesday aft
ernoon when he stopped here to spend
the night before continuing his 21,000-
mile hike, which has already carried
him into nearly every state in the
Union and into nearly every country
in South Amerira.
Maintaining that he could outwalk
younger men, Mr. Chapman started
out from Milwaukee nearly nine years
ago, and a long time since he proved
his claim when two men, one 30 and
the other 35 years of age, who started
off with him, turned back in I.aCroSse,
Next July 10 he is~to collect
$5,000 offered him by Milwaukee
spcrt-tmsmen at the ittart tf he should
outlast his younger companions.
The old fellow's heart is set on
walking and that $5,000 deposited and
waiting for him in a New York bank.
He is traveling for Atlanta, where he
plans to spend the winter and then
turn hack for New York. He proves
his travels by visiting each clerk of
court in the counties he passes thru,
and it is honestly believed that more
than a 'week would be required for
him to tell just where he had traveled.
Viewing some old cannon halls in
a show window here that afternoon
he recalled the surrender of Lee to
Grant at Appomattox. "I was only a
drummer boy in the First Connecticut
Volunteers, but I never will forget
what I saw and what I heard on that
occasion,' 'the old man quoting Grant,
when Lee offered his sword, "Sheath
your swi?rd. I would take it from no
gentleman." The old walker added,
"And what a night followed. I do
believe it was worse than the war.
There never has been and never will
be another night like that one, when
liquor flowed freley, and Federal offi
cers were unable to find their tents."
A snow-white head and a bushy
white beard substantiate the man's
age claim, but despite the four score
and three years he travels ever on
ward, apparently happy even though
his failing figure is clad in blue jeans.
The only complaint offered was
made about his feet. "They hurt .me
much, but I am sure I can make it
to Atlanta and back to New York.
And then to my little home in Mil
lington, Conn., to live happily."
An optimistic old bird he is.
Worthless Land Feeds
Cattle With Lespedeza
Five acres of land, washed and with
out vegetation, was seeded to five
pounds of lespedeza an acre by John
E. Ledford, of Shooting Creek, Clay
County, and supported eight yearling
cattle through the summer.
ENTERPRISE
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, October 7, 1932
yesterday, the rain fell during the
next aeven or eight hour*. The
little over 3 1-2 inch fall hardly
effect a rise in the atreama, aa
the land waa unuaually dry and
much of the water entered the
ground.
While the rain cauaed a delay
in peanut digging, no material
damage reaulted to the crop, it is
believed. Fall and winter crop*,
especially sweet potatoes were
greatly helped by the slow but
steady fall Kid to have been gen
eral throughout thia part of the
country.
ACTION TAKEN AT
CALLED MEETING
HERE THURSDAY
Approximately SIB,OOO Are
Collected During Past
Few Days
The sale of property for delinquent
taxes in this county for the year
was against postponed by the Martin
commissioners in a called nieetThg
yesterday. The actum, unexpected but
sincerely welcomed by a goodly num
ber of property owners, delays ad
vertising until the early part of No
vetnßer, and the sale nntil the first
Monday in December.
Plans had been completed for han
dling the delinquent list n«xt week,
but when it was learned yesterday that
the sales had been delayed in a num
ber of counties, including several in
this immediate section, Chairman T.
C. iriffiii called a meeting and it was
unanimously agrccd'ttr wait tine more
month before proceeding with the ad
vertisement and sale.
Reports coming from the collector's
ottifce here indicates that property own
ers are anxious to pay their taxes,
but the marketing season has hardly
been open long enough for them to
lift crop liens and to square their ac
counts with the county. In the post
ponement there rests an opportunity
for ntany property owners to market
their crops and pay their taxes, .it is
believed. While the delay is expect
ed to result in a marked decrease in
collections during the next week tit
two and caus the county a small loss,
it .is believed that the property own
ers will be materially helped, and that
many, unable to pay at this, time, will
call for their receipts between qow
and November I.
It could not be learned yesterday
just how many property owners had
failed to pay their taxes up to that
time, but Sheriff C. B. Roebuck did
say that 178,000, or about 76 per cent
of the $232,000 levy had been collect
ed. Last year there were 882 tax ca
counts advertised, representing an un
paid amount, of $51,821.48. During
the past few days, collections have
been made rapidly, more than SIB,OOO
pouring into the county treasury since
Saturday of last week.
COUNTY HOME
INMATE DIES
Aged Man Forgotten by
His Own Children and
Other Kin
John Andrews, 62-year-old county
home inmate, died there last Tuesday
following a stroke of paralysis. Fu
neral services were conducted Wed
nesday afternoon by Rev. J. M. Perry
and burial was in the little county
plot on the farm.
Entering the county home from
Jamesville Township a little over a
year ago, the old fellow lived a quiet
life. Only once did his three daugh
ters visit him, and, according to un
official information, they were inves
tigating at that time some kind of in
surance carried on the old man's life.
He is said to have a brother and a
sister in this county, and after they
were notifiel of his death they failed
to attend the last r rites. Neither of
his three daughters was present for
the service, it was learned.
Collector Advertises Sate
of Personal Property Here
Levying on personal property this
week, the county tax collector yes
terday advertised an auction sale at
the courthouse door for October 28
at 10 o'clock. One or two automo
biles, boats, and shotguns are listed
for sale that day.
DOZEN CASES ARE
TRIED IN COUNTY
COURT TUESDAY
Session Was First To Have
Been Held Here During
Past Several Weeks
Inactive for more than two weeks
while the superior court was in ses
sion," o the county recorder's court con
vened last Tuesday, Judge Bailey call
ing ai» even dozen cases during the
day. The docket was unusually smail,
-considering the length of time the
court had been inactive. Several long
road sentences and one or two sub
stantial fines were imposed.
The case charging Teddy Jackson
with disorderly conduct was nol
proseed with leave.
Charged with violating the liquor
laws, Lorenzo Bryant pleaded guilty
of possession, and Judge Bailey sus
pended judgment (upon payment of
the cost of the action.
Judgment was suspended upon the
payment of the cost in the case charg
ing Will Bell with an assault with a
deadly weapon.
Gus Hardy was found not guilty in
the case charging him with an assault
with a deadly weapon.
Elbert Green appealed when he was
found guilty of an assault with a dead
ly weapon and was sentenced to the
roads for a period of nine months.
Bond was required in the sum of
S2OO.
Nathaniel Fields was found not guil
ty in the case charging him with op
crating an automobile while fntoxi
catetj.
Lemon Fields was fined $96.50 when
he' was adjudged guilty of driving an
automobile recklessly and under the
influence of liquor.
Pleading guilty of an assault with
a deadly weapon, James Peyton was
sentenced to the roads for six months.
The case charging Herman Farmer
with operating an automobile without
license was continued.
Willie Gardner was sentenced to
the roads for three, months, when he
was adjudged guilty of an assault, tin
court suspending judgment upon pay
ment of the cost.
JUNIORS IN MEET
HERE THURSDAY
Make Plans for a District
Meeting To Be Held
Here in December
Preliminary plans for holding a
meeting of all Junior Order councils
in the tweny-first district here the
early part of December were made
last night when district officers met
and discussed a tentative program.
The meeting will be held in the school
building and will be open to the pub
lic. Several national officers in the
organization will be here at that time,
and many visitors are expected in ad
dition to the several hundred Juniors
holding membership in the several
councils of the district.
A membershin campaign was also
discussed at the meeting here last,
night, the district officers and Juniors
entering wholeheartedly into \ the
driye to gain 25,000 new members in
this State during the national coun
cilorship of Doctor Brewer. Each
council is asked to add 16 new mem
bers to its rolls between now and'
November 17 when a big meeting
will be held in Washington. It is
believed that several hundred candi
dates will beinitiated at that time. An
oyster roast is being planned in con
nection with the intiation.
Messrs. S. L. Roberson, district
deputy; Allen Osborne, J. M. Perry,
R. D. Purvis and Wade Vick, of
Robersonville, were visitors attend-'
ing the meeting here last night.
Sunday Services at the
Local Christian Church
Regular preaching services will be
held in the local Christian church
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock and
that evening at 7:30 o'clock, it was
announced today. Sunday school will
convene at 9:45 a m.
The public is cordjally invited to 'at
tend.
Return To 2-Cent Stamp
Is Favored By Committee
Washington.—A return to the fa
miliar 2-cent stamp on first-class mail
is fav'ored by the House committee
investigating the postal' service.
This group, a subcommittee of the
House committee on post offices, gave
among its reasons, the reduced vol
ume of first-class mail since the 3-
cent rate went into effect as a pro
vision of the billion dollar tax bill in
tended to balance the budget.
Mrs." Sylvester Pe«l, of Griffins, is
visiting her son, Mr. Luther Peel and
Mrs. Peel here this week.
Over 200,000 Pounds
Tobacco Here Today
PEANUT FIRM
REPORTS BIG
RISE IN TRADE
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Local Plant of Columbian
Co. Temporarily Closes
This Week
The Columbian Peanut Company,
with headquarters and sales offices in
Norfolk, lias had the largest volume
of shipments of shelled peanuts dur
ing the month of September since the
establishment oft" the business more
than 40 years ago. In the last three
years the company has expanded from
a local Virginia organization to op
erations iii seven states and 25 plants.
Operations of the company in Sep
tember of this year were 325 per cent
more than in September of 1931. Last
month 143,000 bags were shipped, as
against 43,000 bags in the correspond
ing period of last year. Eighty per
cent of shipments last month were
shelled peanuts.
H. C. Smithers, president of the
company, attributes this increase to
constant education oi the public in
the food value and other nie'rits of
peanuts. It always has been the policy
of this company to push all types of
peanut consumption.
The United States Government re
ports that from November, 1931, to
September, 19.12, there was an increase
of 25 per cent in peanut consumption
over the corresponding period of the
preceding year.
[ The local pftint, one of the largest
in the Columbia system, suspends op
erations this week, but activities will
( be started as soon as the new crop is
put -on the market, according to Mr.
| I'ritchard, local manager. Only a few
of the more than 100 employees will
;be retained during the next few weeks,
while the plant will be overhauled and
made ready for receiving the new
crop. Mr. i'ritchard stated that the
plant might open again the latter part
of this month, but it is doubtful if
enough of the new crop will have
moved by that time to make
the reopening. If the company finds
it impossible to reopen its plant the
latter part of this month, Mr. Pritch
ard believes operations can be started
the early part of November, giving
employment to about 100 workers.
The local plant has operated longer
this year than usual, and its payroll
has been of great value to economic
conditions here.
INSPECT RIVER
NEAR HAMILTON
Government Asked to Clear
Roanoke River of Snags
Above Hamilton
Major,, Young and several otfier
United States Army engineers, of
Norfolk, made a ground survey of the
Roanoke River near Hamilton this
week, actirig at the request of logging
firms interested in shipping logs by
water from points a few miles above
Hamilton. It could not be definitely
learned today whether government
dredges would continue work already
started on the Roanoke to points be
yond Hamilton. The last work han
dled by the government on the Ro
anoke beyond Hamilton was in 1912,
and since that time it has been dan
gerous and almost impossible to io
navigate the stream beyond that point.
The engineers were traveling in the
modernly equipped yacht, "Falcon,"
going up Tuesday and returning the
following day.
BABE RUTH IS TO
HUNT IN SECTION
Will Visit Friends in Bertie
Sometime During Deer
Hunting Season
According to official information
received here yesterday, Herman
(Babe) Ruth, the mighty baseball
player, will visit Williamston and the
I Roanoke section this (all to hunt
deer. He will be entertained i# the
home of Dr. Cliff Whitehead over in
Bertie and hunt deer during two or
three days along the Roanoke basin.
As far as it could be learned, the
famous ball player will not stop here
but will pass on through to his desti
nation in Bertie County. t
Each year during the past several,
the ball player has hunted in the
eastern part of the State, but this is
the first time he has made arrange
ments to hunt deer in the Roanoke
section.
More Cars on
Roads as Tag
Cost Dec
Since the opening of the tobac
so markets in this part of the
State, and especially since the
price of auto tags was reduced the
first of the month, the number of
automobiles in Eastern North
Carolina has materially increased,
according to Mr. A. Mackenzie,
automobile license inspector and
revenue collector for the state.
Most of the cars taking space
on the roads are old ones, the
owners having found it impros
sible to procure licenses until
they started harvesting the fall
crops. A few new machines are
entering the highways just now,
a number believed to be larger
than the new sales during the fall
of last year or the year before.
No marked increase has result
ed in gasoline sales as a result of
the increased number of cars put
into use, according to information
coming from local filling station
operatora
FIRE THREATENS
HIGH SCHOOL AT
ROBERSONVILLE
Little Damage Done When
Chemicals Start Fire in
New Building There
RotimUJlvillc. Oct. 6— (Special Jto
The Enterprise).—-In keeping with
their high sense of duty and interest
in the school, last Wednesday aft
ernoon Misfs Margaret Smith, teach
er ot home economics, and Mr. W.
('. Brake, teacher of science, were
making preparations to reclassify the
science equipment. Many of the
chemicals had been in storage for
Naturally the containers were
old and caused seepage Especially
was this true of the containers hold
ing phosphors, (Due to the de
pression, the school has bi , en""t}nab!e
to secure new chemicals).
Of course the phosphorus spread
over the shelves, mixing with other
chemicals. Phosphorus, as you real
ize, is a "waxy substance, with a dis
agreeable smell, poisonous and very
inflammable." The fumes in the
room became unbearable.
Mr. Brake and Miss Smith did what
they could to smother the burning
phosphorus. "They soon realized - th?
high s-hool building was in danger
of burning and called for help. The
fire alarm was turned irr by Kdward
Ros., a senior.
The volunteer fire company was
soon on the scene,. but due to the na
ture of the burning substance, water
could not be used. Accordingly, Mr.
.Vance Roberson, risking the im
mediate possibility of being burned,
grasped the container holding the
burning phosphorus and threw it' out
Mr. Roberson was burned on the
hand.
A short while aftef the fire starred,
the chemicals and all trace of the
phosphorus had been removed. Mr.
R, fi. Coburn remained in'the build
ing during the entire night
All due consideration and credit
belong to Miss Smith and Mr.
Brake. Their presence at the time
saved the bi|i)ding from burning.
"Empty Souls" will be the sermon
theme for the morning service at the
baptist church Sunday morning. The
evening sermon will T>e at 7:30 o'-
I'he estimated damage to the stock ( | ()c | (
room and to the supply of chemicals
ik not in excess of SIO.OO. —Reported.
Only A Few Expected to
Register Here for Election
Not more than 25, and probably
lewer, new names will be added to
the registration hooks for the coming
election in the opinion of Luther Peel,
local registrar, who announced the
opening of the books for this precinct
at the Farmers Supply Company store
on Washington Street. The books
open tomorrow and close Saturday,
October 29.
Averages 60 Cents a Stick
for One Barn of Tobacco
Selling 310 sticks of tobacco on the
local market this week, Mr. J. R. Keel,
Martin County tanner, received an
unusually, high average price for his
offerings. The 310 sticks sold for
enougfi money, lacking exactly 45
cents, to give the farmer a 60-cent
average for each stick.
Advertisers Will Pad Our Cot
tuna a Latchkey to Ortr Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Home*
ESTABLISHED 1898
BRISK BIDDING
MAKES PRICES
BEST OF SEASON
Doubtful If Sales Can Be
Completed Before Night
Falls^Today
With arouml 200,000 pounds of the
golden weed on the three warehouse
floors, the local tobacco market is
having today one of the best sales oi
the season so tar. Spirited bidding
and buy inn featured the sales today,
and there was a spirit of optimism
prevailing (throughout the market,
numbers and numbers of farmers stat
ing they were more than well pleased
with their sales. A price average es
timated at about 13 1-2 cents, or prob
ably even higher, was easily in sight
as the sales advanced.
I here was no evidence of a short
tobacco crop here today, when grow
ers were seen unloading their offer
ings in every nook and corner and
many from the sidewalks and streets.
Averaging more than 300 piles an
hour, the sales were progressing rap
idly, but even then there was some
doubt at noon as to whether or not
they would be completed today. The
break is one of the largest -reported
here this season, and tobacco from
eight counties is on the floors.
Ihe rain falling this week turned
many farmers from their peanut fields
tn the packhouses, that partly account
ing for the large break today, it is be
lieved A large break is also expect
ed here Monday.
The drop in the mercury last night
seemed to add pep to everything and
to everybody, and tobacco was selling
good.
URGED TO CHECK
UP FIRE HAZARDS
Next Week Set Aside As
Period for Prevention
Of Fire
Next week lias been set aside as a
period of fire prevention, Governor O.
Max Gardner issuing his proclamation
a few days ago urging the people
throughout the state to join the move
ment advanced to save human life and
property from the hazard of fire.
In his proclamation, Governor Gard
ner~said "It is my firm belief that fire
prevention should be accepted as a
major civic duty by every good citi
zen of the state. During the year
1931, 214 North Carolinians lost their
lives by fire. In addition, during the
same year fire destroyed property val
ued -in extes»-of -$13,000,000. This i»
the direct loss; it is impossible to es
timate the indirect losses incident to
the destruction of lives and property.
Fire prevention is very timely now
that cold weather is almost here and
the fire hazard is greatly increased
by the larger use of fires in homes
and.offices. No public observanpe of
the week has been arranged here, but
local citiztis are urged not to take
any chances with cracked chimney,
worn-out pipes and heaters. They
are asked to remember that the care
ful handling of heating equipment
might mean the saving of a human life
and piuch property.
Regular Services at Local
Baptist Church Sunday
Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock in
the Junior and Intermediate . Y. P.
U. organizations will meet in their
respective places.
The Roanoke Baptist association
will convene with the First Baptist
Church of Rocky Mount next Tues
day morning, the sessions running
through Wednesday.
Gets Advance of 7.20 Cents
For Cotton From Co-ops
I)unn.—Grade and staple premiums
totaling 170 points were paid G. B.
Spence, of Lillington, Route 3, on two
bales of strict middling cotton, which
he delivered to the North Carolina
Cotton Growers Cooperative Associa
tion through its local receiving agent
here recently.
Added to the basis advance of 5 1-2 -
cents per pound the cooperative was
paying at the time of delivery, the
grade and ataple premiums brought
Mr. Spence's initial advance to 7.20.
Mr. Spence produces one of the im
proved Colcer-Cleveland strains.
    

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