THE ENTERPRISE VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 17 Williamston. Martin County, North Carolina, Friday. February 28. 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899 A<Tirth.i. Will rtai Oar Cai war * lata*try to Orar Ijm Hotmaa mi Martin Caanty WILL F. BYRUM, 55, DIES SUICIDE AT DARDENS HOME Ends Life by Firing Load Of Shot In Stomach Early Yesterday ? Will F. Byrum, 55-year-old white farmer of the Dardena section, this coaaty, ended his life at the home of his step-son, Paul Allen, yester day morning about 10 o'clock. The man, said to have been in a drink crazed condition, used a shotgun, the load tearing a sizeable hole in his stomach and causing death al most instantly. Investigating the killing, Coroner S R. Biggs and Sheriff C. B. Roebuck termed it a clear case of suicide and considered an inquest unnecessary. Mrs. Byrum, who was Mrs. A. T. Allen before her last marriage in February, 1922, was at a community store about one mile away, when the man told his step-son and a neighbor visiting in the home about that time that he was going to the barn and kill himself. The neighbor paid little attention to Byrum's statement and left a few minutes later, giving no more thought to what the man said. He had not gone very far before he heard the report of a gun. Summoning aid, the neighbor returned and found the man dead in the barn, Byrum having pulled his right shoe off so he could trip the trigger with his toe. Byrum's stepson was ill in bed, and tried to call the neighbor to stop the man and take the gun a way from him, but the plea was not heard, and Byrum completed the tragic act without interference. The suicide was the first reported in the county this year. Byrum was a native of Bertie County, but had lived in the Dar dens section of Jamesville township for about 14 years. Funeral serv ices are being conducted this after noon, and burial will be in the fam ily cemetery near the late home. Short Session of Recorder's Court Is Held Tuesday Only Three Cases Disposed Of by Judge Peel This Week The Martin County recorder's court held its shortest session in re cent weeks Tuesday, when only three cases were disposed of by Judge H. O. Peel. Several others were continued until next week. R. L. Tayloe, charged with oper aUng a truck with improper equip ment, was adjudged guilty, the court suspending judgment upon payment of costs. The case charging Leggett Roe buck with drunken driving was con tinued under prayer for judgment. David Rufus Rice, colored man from Bertie County, pleaded guilty of drunken automobile driving and was fined $60 and taxed with the costs. His license to operate a car was revoked for a period of one year. The case charging Navin Clem ents with an assault with a deadly weapon was nol promsed. Mrs. J. H. Roberson Dies I^ate Thursday Mrs. Verna Little Roberson, 6? years old, and one of eastern North Carolina's most well known and greatly beloved citizens, died late last night at her home in Roberson ville following an illness of eight weeks' duration. Pneuomnia and other complications, following an the immediate causes of her death. Mrs. Roberson was the daughter of the late I. H. and Delia Gminor Little, of Pitt County, before her marriage to Mr. J. H Roberson, jr. of this County 37 years ago. She was a member of the Robersonvllle Baptist Church and took an active part in religious work in the com munity. Besides her husband she is sur vived by three children, Mrs. Geo. Mardre, of Windsor, and Vance L. Roberson and Miss Delia Roberson, of RobersonviUe. She also leaves three brothers and sisters, Mr. G. R Little, of Elizabeth City; Mr. W. J. Little and Mrs. N. C. Everett, of RobersonviUe, and six grandchil dren. Funeral services wiU be conduct ed from her late home Saturday aft ernoon at 3 o'clock by her pastor, Rev, E. C. Shoe. Interment will follow in the New Cemetery, Rob ersonvUle e Seed and Feed Loan Measure Vetoed by President Roosevelt The proposed seed and feed loan bill, designed to make available $50,000,000 to dependent farmers, was vetoed by the President Wed nesday, bringing a near revolt in the United States Senate. While the bill was killed, the President explained that money would be made avail able from relief funds to dependent farmers, which, in the long runfl would be very little different had the loans been made from the pro posed seed and feed loan fund. It was pointed out that the bill made no provision for raising the money, and that the President was not in favor of increasing the de mands on the treasury Apparently the plan is to set up a loan fund with relief money and have the present seed and feed loan organization ad vance the loans, it is understood. The regulations, however, may be different from those required in the bill as passed by Congress about 10 days ago. It is though that the reg ional figure of >50,000,000 will be reduced to >30,000,000. Definite information as to the pos sibility of advancing loans similar to those made during the past five years is expected here shortly. The office in this county is being held intact to handle the loans. Cooperation Is Urged Reopening of Schools I MUDDY MUDDLE I ?? ?* No doubt the man writing "Muddy Water" would have changed the title to "Muddy Country had he happened a round this section about tbe time he started to write. Every one is agreed that the roads have been bad, terribly bad, and that the hard-surfaced roads hardly escaped damage, but the muddiest place so far reported is in the Oak Grove neighbor hood of this county. A report coming from Mr. Tom Res pass in that section declares that the crows found the mud so deep they could not teed until they alighted on the back of hogs and picked up peanuts from the fields as the swine rooted a round. Town Board Will Hold Its Regular Meeting Monday! No Important Business Has Yet Been Scheduled For Consideration v Williamslon's town commissioners are slated to meet next Monday eve ning at 7:30 o'clock, Mayor J. L Hassell announcing today that no business aside from that of a rou tine nature had been scheduled for consideration. According to the mayor the mat ter of stop-and-go signals is still in the air; not suspended at the four intersections as proposed, however. That any action will be taken at the meeting in connection with the proposed installation of the signals is considered doubtful, the head of ficial explaining that it was his un derstanding action would be delayed until after a meeting of the district highway patrol here. Just when, if ever, the patrolmen will meet here could not be learend. It was also pointed out by the official that the matter of financing the installation of the lights, termed nuisances by a reported 9 out of 10 people here, would have to be taken into consid eration, even if the proposed proj ect received favorable action by the board. The impression gained, but not state in so many words, was that it will be quit* a while before the lights are installed even if the board votes for them, the mayor explaining that the town treasury was having a difficult time strug gling along with the burdens al ready created. While only routine matters are scheduled for consideration, the board is almost certain to dig up something or have a problem or two presented it before standing ad journed. County Basketball Tournament Herel Plans for a county-wide basket ball tournament to be held at Wil liams ton probably the latter part of next week will be formulated at a meeting of the several coaches in the high school building here next Monday evening at 7 o'cloc, Coach "Frosty" Peters, of the local schools, announced yesterday. It is certain that at least flvel schools, and probably six, will be| represented at the meeting, the defi nite number and schedule to be an nounced following The meeting of coaches next Monday night. Both boys' and girls' teams from the Rob ersonville, Bear Grass, Farm Life, Jamesville and Williamston schools will take part in the play, and Oak City probably will be represented, it is understood. Appeal To Patrons To Aid in Getting Children To School Reports State That Many Children Will Be Held At Home By Illness Work will be resumed next Mon day morning in most, if not all, the white county schools, closed since the fourth of this month, according to official announcements coming from the several local committees through the office of the county sup erintendent this morning. It was fairly certain that all the schools, with the possible exception of Farm Life, would reopen . next Monday. Members of the committee are ex pected to Consider some time today a reopening date for the Farm Life unit. In announcing the reopening of the schools for next Monday, the authorities directed an appeal to pa trons to aid in getting their chil dren to school. It was pointed out that the trucks would have to alter their routes, that it would be nec essary for some parents to meet the trucks in many instances with their children. In an effort to maintain a high attendance percentage and prevent a decrease in the number of teachers next year, the authorities are urging the cooperation of every ohe in getting the children to school. Reports from Bear Grass, where school work was'resumed Wednes day of this week, indicate that sick ness is likely to hold attendance fig ures to a low point for a few days. Principal Hickman stated yesterday that all his trucks made their trips by running around bad spots in the roads, but that sickness held the at tendance to about 65 per cent of normal. No six-day schedules for the schools has been ordered so far, but it is understood that nearly all the local committees are considering operating the schools on Saturdays. County Teams Win First Games In Tournament Representing Martin County, the Jamesville and Williamston basket ball teams were successful in the first rounds of the A. C. College, Wilson, tournament yesterday. Wil liamston won over Rich lands by a one-point margin, Moore breaking the 22-point tie with a free shot. Jamesville downed Leggetts by the large score of 44 to 18, gaining attention as a possible contender in the finals. Ange, of Jamesville, ac counted for 18 points to rank at the top among high scorers in the meet Colored Man Hurt In Car Wreck Near Here Today e Turner Hines,- colored man, of Robersonville, was hurt but be lieves! not seriously at noon today when the car in which he was rid ing with J M. Johnson and a small white boy ran off the road and plowed down a ditch bank for 100 yards near Millbranch on the Ham ilton Road, near here An ambu lance was rushed to the scene, but Hinea landed in Jail instead of the hospital. Johnson and the boy were believed not badly hurt, as they are said to have walked away from the wreck. The car, said to have been driven by Johnson, a Robersonville man, was traveling toward Hamilton at a rapid speed and failed to make the curve on the other side of the branch. Hines was thrown out 30 yards away from the point where the car finally stopped. ' Unofficial reports maintain there was evidence of liquor in the wreck. CLARK CANDY CO. MAKING INITIAL FACTORY TESTS Plan To Start Production Schedule Early Part Of Next Week Preliminary tests of machinery, underway at the Clark Candy fac tory, Wiiliamston's newest manu facturing enterprise, are proving very successful, Manager Walter Clark said this morning. The oper ators plan to start production next week. A few adjustments were found necessary in two or three of the numerous machines, but they were only minor ones and will not delay production activities, it was stated. Mr. Clark is planning a business trip to northern markets over the week-end, and will start shipments to those centers within the next ten days or two weeks, it was learn ed. No attempt will be made just now to supply the retail market, but products for that outlet will be processed within a month or two. Definite plans have not been an nounced by the management, but Mr Clark is considering the estab lishment Of- several routes to sup ply retailers with peanut products and candy in this section. The Clark Candy Company, cap ably managed by Mr. Walter Clark, of Plymouth, has operated in the North for some time, and its out put, recognized to be of superior quality, found a ready market. The plant was brought here to be near the source of the raw products. About twelve people will be em ployed when the factory starts a complete and full-time production schedule, it is understood. Native of County Dies Wednesday at Old Sparta Home Burial Was On Old Home Farm Yesterday In Griffins Township Joseph Walter Griffin, a native of this county and a member of one of this section's oldest families, died at his home near Old Sparta Wednes day. He was taken ill only the night before with influenza which apparently settled in his brain and caused deat ha few hours later. He had suffered with an ear ailment prior to that time, however. Mr. Griffin, 63 years old, was born in Griffins Township. He married Miss Lizzie Peel, also of Griffins, and she with seven children, Ra leigh, Fenner and Edward, of Wil son County; Louis, of Fort Bragg; Thomas L., of Fayetteville; and John L., of Edgecombe; and Mrs. Martha G. Gardner, of Elm City, survives. He also leaves two broth ers, Messrs. A. T. Griffin, of Golds boro; and Simon D Griffin, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Corey and Mrs. Bettie Lilley, all of this county. About thirty years ago Mr. Griffin left Martin County and jived in the Wilson area most of the time. He was an able farmer, and engaged in agriculture all his life. Funeral services were conducted yesterday and interment was in the family cepietery on the old home farm in Griffins Township, Rev. W. B. Harrington conducting the last rites at the grave. Child Dies Tuesday Result Diphtheria Arnold Barber, three years old, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perlie Barber, near Jamesville, last Tuesday afternoon at 6 o'clock of diphtheria. The lit tle fellow had been sick for only a week. Besides his parents, he is survived by Ave brothers, Octavius, Cushion, Mason, Leonard, and Golden Bar ber and three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Modlin, Pearl and Mabel Barber. Funeral services were conducted from the late home Wednesday aft ernoon by Daniel Hardison. Burial was in the family cemetery, near the home. Radio Broadcasters Will Be at Bear Grass Tuesday ^ The Tobacco Tags, radio broad casters attracting state-wide atten tion during the past number of months, will appear In person In the Bear Grass school auditorium next Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. Principal Hickman announced ye terday. A packed house is expect ed to hear the players. Mr. Hick man explained that a small admis sion fee would be necessary to olTsat expenses. County Commissioners To Make Plans and Set Up Machinery for Listing Property at Meet Monday Plan To Begin Work on Street Widening Projects Here Soon Work on widening both ends of Williams ton's main street is likely to get under way in a comparatively short time, ac cording to unofficial reports coming from the contractor, F. D. ('line, of Raleigh, this week. No exact date when construc tion would actually get under way could be learned. The project, calling for wid ening hast Main Street 6 feet on each ^lde and making a road 3# feet wide, end widening Weet Main Strel 4 fet on each side to make that stretch 24 feet wide, is estimated to cost around $18, 000 The Raleigh contractor is also handling a street project in Rob ersonville for the highway com mission. unofficial reports indi cating that the project will be started here lirst, giving Rober sonville authorities more time to consider a proposed town paving project there. Fertilizers Starting To Move in Quantity From Local Plant Increased Purchases Are in Prospect at Standard Plant Here In 1936 ? Fertilizer shipments, following the few days of spring weather, started moving in larger quantities from the plant of the Standard Fer tilizer Company here this week. Un favorable weather conditions have delayed deliveries considerably this season, but the large plant of the Standard Company has made every preparation to handle what appar ently appears to be a record busi ness this year. According to reliable reports com ing from the plant and from numer ous farms in this section, Martin County farmers are booking larger and more numerous orders with the makers of the famous Gro-More fertilizers this year than ever be fore# News of the numerous and quality tobacco crops grown with the Standard products in the past is reaching more and more farmers, and reliable reports indicate more farmers are turning to the Gro-More brands in this and many other coun ties than at any previous times. The company is carrying a series of convincing advertisements in sev eral newspapers, advancing plafn facts to show the real worth of Gro More brands for tobacco and all other farm crops. Officers of Baseball Club Are Elected Plans (or promoting organized baseball here this coming season were laid at a meting of local fans in L. T. Fowden's office last Wed nesday evening, when Mr. Fowden, after urgent requests, accepted the task of'president He will be as sisted by W. E. Dunn as vice presi dent, N. C. Green as secretary and treasurer; Jimmie Harris, assistant secretary and treasurer; Bill Spivey business manager. Other matters were discussed but official action was delayed pending a joint meet ing of all the clubs in the Coastal Plain League. Negotiations are underway for the appointment of a manager just as soon as league organization plans I are complete, it is understood. No official information could be gained as to who would manage the local club, but it is understood there die several candidates for the place, and conferences will be held with two or three within the next few days Local Boys Lose Game To Greenville By 50 to 1 Score William stem's high school basket ball boys were all but "skunked" in a game with Greenville Wednes day evening at Greenville, Tom Barnhill mnaging to save the team from total disgrace when he regis tered the lone point on a free throw (or the locals to compare with the 50 points made by the opponents. The locals were just off balance that evening, and the score is not at all representative of the team's playing ability. Lindsley Ice Company Sponsoring Free Show The Lindsley Ice Company is sponsoring a free moving picture: show, "Hidden Harvest," a romance jgt the farm, at the Watts Theatre here Saturday morning at 10:30 o' clock In cooperation with the Pu rina Mills. Free prizes will be giv en to thoee attending. TAKE 2 HERRINGS FROM ROANOKE RIVER THURSDAY Jamesville Fisermen Busy Preparing for Season Near At Hand Using two or three days of spring weather as a key, the boys down Jamesville way finally opened the county is smokehouse yesterday morning when Mr. Ira T# Coltrain dipped the first herring from the Koanoke there this year. The first catch this season is nearly seven -?weeks later than the initial. catch last year, but the fishermen are not at all disturbed by the late arrival, for there has been good excuse for the delay on account of the bad weather. ? Mr. Coltrain caught two herring yesterday, an,d while they were not very large, there was no resem blance to the "Hoover'' fish that were so small they slipped through the large nets with ease three or four years back. No plentiful supply of fish is ex pected for several weeks, the weath er conditions having much to do j with the time when fishing on a big scale gets under way. Seine oper I a tors and other fishermen are get ting their nets ready for the com ing season, but there is some doubt if the fishery at Jamesville will start operations as early as it did last year. The large nets were placed in | the water on March 14 last year, but it is likely to be the latter part oi March before big-scale fishing is started this season. Herring fishing is about 100 times more important than the average man believes it is; especially has this been true during the past year or two, when thousands of people turned to the delicious and healthy food because meat prices were high. And while many people along the Koanoke look* upon the coming of the fishing season as just another event, it is eagerly looked forward to by thousands who, by their own resources, remained off relief rolls That the herring is considered a fancy dish is proved by the fancy price they bring in large chain stores miles and miles away. Not even a little bit of pessimism is suggested, but the farmer who plans a big tobacco crop might find some good eating in herrings that are packed this spring and summer for next fall. And that applies to laborers and all others, too. Elder Hutchens Died Thursday Elder H. F. Hutchens, at one time a big figure in the Primitive Bap tist church in this section, died at his home in Newport, Carteret Cypnty, yesterday morning. Funer al services are being conducted in the Primitive Baptist church there today, and interment will follow in the Ameriah Garner cemetery. Mrs. Hutchens who was Miss Sallie Lou Gray before marriage, survives. The minister lived in Griffins Township, this county for several years, and preached in several church in this section until about one year ago when he moved to Carteret County. He was a native of Stokes County and during his 20 years in the ministery, he preached in nearly every state in the Union and in Canada. He was a leader of the church faction that made a last bid for the property at Smithwicks Creek a gainst what was called the majority group. Few Changes Likely In Personnel of Tax Listers for This Year Fewer Demands Expected From Less Fortunate Of the County In addition to their regular rou tine duties, the Martin commission ers in their regular meeting here next Monday will set up the ma chinery for listing and tabluating all personal and real property val ues as of April I. The board will limit itself in handling the tax mat ters to the appointment of a tax sup ervisor and the recommendation of list-taker appointments. Hereto fore, or as a general rule, the board names one of its members to handle the duties ordinarily associated with the county tax supervisor's task. | Whether the authorities will name [ an outside man to handle the job I this year could not be learned here today. | Several of the old list-takers have tiled their applications for reappoint iment, and while the final selections are left to the discretion of the tax supervisor, it is believed there will be very few, if any, changes in the tax listing personnel in the county this year. Last year the listing duties in the several townships were handled by the following: James ville, F. C. Stallings, Williams, L. J. Hardison; griffins, Roy Coltrain; Heap Grass, A. B. Ayers; William ston, H. M. Burrus; Cross Roads, G. G. Bailey; Robersonville, H. S. Ev erett; Poplar Point, U G. Taylor; Hamilton, L# R. Everett; and Goose Nest, J. A. Raw Is No revaluation of property is | scheduled this year, and no marked I changes in that class of holdings rec ( ognized as fixed property. How ever, improved conditions should re flect an increase in personal prop erty values. With the old backbone of winter broken, or apparently so, a slight | let-up is expected in the demands of the less fortunate for relief. The existing situation among the poor is expected to take much time of the commissioners, however. A jury list will be drawn for an other term of superior court?a term opening in April and continuing for two weeks for the trial of civil cases only. Finances w'11. come in for some consideration, too, for the county has a note falling due a few days after the next Monday meeting. So, taking it all together, the commis sioners have a crowded work sched ule for their next meeting. Father ol Local Man Dies In Burlington A. H. Goodmon, father of Ray mond H Goodmon who is manager of the Virginia Electric and Power Company's district office here, died suddenly in Burlington yesterday morning of pneumonia. Complete reports on Mr. Goodmon's illness and death were not available here today, but it was learned he had been ill only a short time. The de ceased. a native of South Carolina, was 63 years old, and for a num ber of years made his home in Ral eigh. Mrs Goodmon with four children, Messrs R. H. Goodmon, of this place; Troy Goodmon, of Raleigh; and Norwood Goodmon, of Colum bia, S. C., and Mrs. Robert Ether idge, of Richmond, survives Kuneral services will be conduct ed tomorrow afternoon at 3 o' clock in the Dunbar Funeral home, Columbia Interment will follow in a cemetery there. Father of Local Woman Dies In Hyde County e ?? Billie Carrawan, father of Mrs. Roy Peel, of this place, died sud-a denly at his home in Rose Bay, Hyde County, yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock. Mr. Carrawan was 73 years old and was thought to be in his usual health just a short time before he died, the report of his death being the first news received here stating that he was not getting along all right. Besides Mrs. Peel, he leaves three sons and one daugh ter. Funeral services are being con ducted this afternoon, and inter? ment will be near the lata home.