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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 20 Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, March 10, 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
Survey Cards Are Being
Distributed By School
Pupils This Week
The State Commission for the
Blind it conducting a survey of
Martin and surrounding counties in
an effort to learn the names of all
blind persons or others having ser
ious eye defects, it was learned this
week from Field Agent William
Lewis. The survey is being made
with the intention of providing aid
for the blind, the State and county
both participating in the task, it is
Working in cooperation with the
movement is the Virginia Electric
and Power Company, and it is also
reported that survey cards will be
distributed through the schools. Mr
Lewis, explaining the survey, said.
A child from each family repre
sented in the schools will be given
a card to carry home His parents
should write on the survey card the
names and addresses of everyone
who has seriously defective sight or
is blind that they know. Then they
should have the child return the
card to his school to be collected in
to Mr. J. C. Manning's office for the
agent of the commission. This plan
will be fololwed in adjoining coun
ties as well.
"However, in the towns where the
Virginia Electric and Power Com
pany operates, a card will be given
to each user of electric .current by
the employees of the company who
presents the light bill. For this rea
son. most of the families in the
towns will not get a card from the
schools The cards from the Vir
ginia Electric and Power Company
are to be filled out the same way
as those from the schools, by writ
ing on them the names and ad
dresses of persons known to those
receiving them who have seriously
defective sight or are blind But
these cards are to be returned to
the company's office in Williamston
when the light bill ispa id, or to
the employee who collects at tht
home He will carry it to the office.
These cards are stamped to be re
turned to The Light Company.'
The commission classifies as
blind' anyone who is unable to read
ordinary newsprint, even with the
aid of glasses Those with serious
ly defective sight' may still be able
to read some and to carryon on their
daily work in a very limited way
Some will doubtless only need prop
er glasses or operations for cater
act or similar eye affections to re
store useful vision.
"Persons ranging in ages from in
fancy to the very old are included,
and both races. One's ability or
inability to provide for himself fi
nancially is not to be a considera
tion in making reports of his eye
*Should anyone who knows a per
son with seriously defective sight
or blind fail to get a survey card,
he may report by writing the State
Commisaion for the Blind, 405 Agri
cultural Building. Raleigh. The sur
vey will be followed up and the
commission's program based on the
needs disclosed.
Mrs. J. H. Woolard
Dies in Greenville
Mrs. J. H. Woolard, beloved wo
man of Greenville and mother of
Mr. Garland Woolard, of thia place
died at her home there last Sunday
evening at 6:90 o'clock, following a
long illness. Funeral services are
being conducted in the Jarvis Mem
orial Methodist church, Greenville,
this afternoon at 3 o'clock, and in
terment will follow in Greenwood
Mrs. Woolard, 49 years old, was
born in Beaufort County, daugh
ter of the late R. G. Chauncey and
wife. Following her marriage in
1904, she moved to Pitt County, lat
er locating in Greenville. She was
S devout church worker and was
noted for her charity work among
the unfortunate of her community.
Besides her son here, she leaves
her husband and the following chil
dren: William Woolard, Mrs. P. F.
Batchelor and Misses Lucille, Fran
cm and Madeline Woolard, aU of
Mr. W. A. Ellison Quite 111
At His Home In Belhuven
Mr. W. A. Ellison, Willismston na
tive and agent for the A. C. L. here
for many years, is quite ill at his
home in Belhaven following a se
vere heart attack suffered last Sat
urday. Reports from him this morn
ing stated he did not rest very well
last night, but his condition was
thought slightly improved today.
Rain Is Threatening To Close
County Schools Again Today
Confronted again by unfavorable
weather and bad roads, the schools
in this county are reporting low at
tendance records, but with the pos
sible exception of Farm Life, none
of the plants will be closed unless
conditions become considerably
worse, according to information
coming from the office of the coun
ty superintendent at noon today.
All the schools are open today,
but a number of the trucks failed
to make their trips, reducing at
tendance figures to a low point all
over the county, it was stated.
Last week the schools were fast
returning to normal operation aft
er a long holiday. All the trucks
were operating with very little dif
ficulty, and the average attendance
was slightly above 85 percent of
the enrollment. Saturday, brought
into use as another school day in
the regular weekly schedule of all
the white schools, was unlike any
of the other days, reports stating
that the attendance that day was
slightly better, If any thing, than
it was at any time during the week.
At a meeting of cbunty principals
here yesterday afternoon, a unU
upon, and beginning next Satur
day all the schools will open at 8
a. m. and close at 1 p. m. This
schedule applies to Saturday only.
Graham Tells Views on
Several Local Matters
A. H. Graham, candidate tor
(overnor, went on record this
week as favorinc road refunds,
radio patrol system and a spec
' ial session of the North Caro
lina General Assembly.
Jas. L. Whitehurst
Passes Sunday at
Cross Roads Home
Suffers Stroke of Paralysis
Last Week on Visit
To Williamston
Mr. James L. Whitehurst, well
known farmer of this county, died
at his home in Cross Roads Town
ship at 1 o'clock Sunday after
noon following a stroke of paralysis
suffered while on a visit to Wil
liamston a day or two before. He
tiad been in ill health for some
time, but was able to be up until
he was stricken last week.
Mr. Whitehurst, 74 years old, was
born and reared in Pitt County, son
of the late William and Jane Car
son Whitehurst, of that county.
About IS years ago he moved to
Martin and continued to farm. Mr.
Whitehurst was highly respected,
and was a gentleman of the old
school. ??
The following children survive:
L. O. Whitehurst and E. J. White
hurst, of Stokes; Mrs. Archie Dav
enport, of Bethel; Mrs. Eunice Mat
thews, of Parmele, and Mrs. Yydian
Clark, of Stokes.
Funeral services were conducted
at the late home Monday afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. L. B. Man
ning, Free Will (Baptist minister.
Burial was in the Robersonville
New Cemetery.
Two Arrested for
Drunken Driving
E. R. Bateman, Washington Coun
ty man, was arrested Sunday morn
ing about 10 o'clock near here for
alleged drunken automobile driving.
He was brought to Williamston by
Patrolman Stuart and released un
der bond. About an hour later.
Warren Ange, former resident of
this section, wss arrested by Offi
cer Allsbrooks for alleged drunken
Bateman was driving Ange's car
until the arrest. Hardly an hour
had passed before Ange is said to
have gotten drunk and was arrest
ed for driving the same car. When
he was taken into custody other
passengers in the car said they
would walk home, explaining they
had had enough trouble with drunk
en automobile drivers and the law
for one day.
The two men are srt)eduled to
appear here for trial the last Tues
day in this month.
Crop Control, Road
Refunds and Patrol
Radio Are
Candidate for the Office of
Governor Spends Short
Time Here Yesterday
Pushing his campaign in this sec
tion for the Democratic nomination
to the North Caruliha governorship.
Lieutenant Governor A H. (Sandy)
Graham stated in an informal in
terview here yesterday afternoon
that thuse counties advancing money
a number of years back for the con
struction of state highways should
be reimbursed by the highway com
mission. The candidate, apparently
quite popular among the electorate
here, explained that it was his opin
ion the state should abide by the
findings and recommendations of the
investigating committee, which Gov_
ernor J. C. B. Ehringhaus is to ap
point, but who has not gotten around
to the task just yet
Some counties w*re more fortu
nate than others back there, Mr.
Graham explaining that they ad
vanced money, too, but they were
protected in making advances for
highway construction. Other coun
ties, he continued, advanced consid
erable money, but no provision was
made for its repayment. The can
didate, while stating that the com
mission is to examine and determine
the validity of the claims, indirect
ly made it clear that he believed
Martin and the several other coun
ties should be repaid a part if not
all, the money advanced by them
for state road construction.
When asked for his views on the
proposed highway patrol radio sys
tem, Mr. Graham said he would fav
or such a system, provided it would
work. The candidate explained that
he was not in a position to answer
the technical questions surrounding
the proposed installation of the ra
dio system, but left the impression
that he would approve the recom
mendations of radio experts. The
$100,000 necessary to install the sys
tem was referred to by him as a
lot of money, however.
Mr. Graham, having a ready an
swer for all questions, talked free
ly on all matters and without res
ervation, but the tobacco situation
and the do-nothing policy of the
present administration proved the
most interesting topic. He said that
he had already gone on record as
favoring a special session of the
N. C. General Assembly that action
might be taken in an effort to effect
some type of control of tobacco pro
duction this year. The Hillsboro
man reaerved further comments
yesterday, explaining that he would
give the matter much consideration
(Continued on back page)
Prominent Minister
Will Preach Here
The Rev. W. H. Milton, rector of
St. Jarnei Episcopal church, Wil
mington, will preach at the Church
of the Advent a week, beginning this
coming Sunday night. Dr. Milton
haa served aa rector of St. James for
almost 30 years and has made a rep
utation for his church far beyond!
the bounds of this diocese. He is
one of the 18 members of the Na
tional Council, an organization that
directs many of the affairs of the
Episcopal church between general
The local church feels quite hon
ored in having this distinguished
minister here for a week of Lenten
services and a cordial Invitation is
given to the public to attend them.
The time of the services will be 7.30
each night from March IS to 30.
Mrs. H. J. Etheridge
Dies Monday at Her
Home in Oak City
Funeral Services Are Held|
At Late Home This
Mrs Maggie Johnson Etheridge,
greatly beloved woman of the Oak
City community, died at her home
there yesterday morning at 10:30
o'clock, following an illness of about
one year's duration. She had been
confined to her bed since early last
December, but until the end she re
mained hopeful and bore her afTlic-1
tion with little complaint.
Funeral services are being con
ducted this afternoon at the late'
home at 3 o'clock by Rev. James 11.
Smith, pastor of the Williamston
Memoral Baptist church. Inter
ment will follow in the Oak City
The daughter of the late W. J
and Ella Pitt Johnson, Mrs. Ether-1
idge was born in Goose Nest Town
ship 53 years ago. In early woman
hood she was married to Mr. Hy
man J Etheridge, who survives with
three children, Ernest L Etheridge.
of Williamston; and Naomi and
Mary Louise Etheridge, both of Oak
City. She also leaves two brothers.
Messrs. Tom H. and Will Johnson,
both of Oak City; and three sisters,
Mrs. W. A. Prause, of Charleston,
S. C ; Mrs. S. E. Casper, of Ahoskie;
and Mrs. James Rawls, of Oak City.
Mrs. Etheridge, a member of the
Baptist church, was held in high
esteem by all who knew her and
numbered her friends among people
in all walks of life. She was u good
woman, thoughtful wife and an un
derstanding mother, her genuine
friendliness and Christian charactei
earning a place for her in the hearts I
of evury one who had the pleasure |
to have, known her. Unassuming.
Mrs Etheridge nurtuied that devo
tion so instrumental in making a I
home happy and a community a bet- |
ter place in which to live.
kPealiea<r Walke
To Manage Team
"Peahead" Walker, athletic Coach
at Elon College and manager of the
Snow Hill baseball club in the Coast
al Plain circuit for the past two sea
sons, will pilot the Williamston club
in the league this coming season, it
was officially announced yesterday
by Mr. L. T. Fowden, president of
the local basebull organization Mr
Walker will start organizing his
team shortly, but will not report
here until the baseball season is
completed in the college circuits, the
latter part of May, it Is understood.
Other than the appointment of
Mr. Walker to head the local club
this year ,nn definite action was tak
en in connection with the operation
of the club, the president explain
ing that further developments would
await a league meeting to be held
in Tarboro on Friday of next week
Hit-and-Run Driver
Is Given Hearing
Walter Fisher, young Martin
County colored man, charged with
hit-and-run driving, was given a
preliminary hearing before a Wind
sor magistrate l^t week and placed
under $750 bond for his appearance
at the next term of Bertie County
Superior Court convening early in
May. Unable to raise the bond,
Fisher continues in the Bertie jail
Fisher, driving a large truck and
trailer, is alleged to have struck a
car driven by M. L. Lemmond, of
Norfolk, between here and Windsor
early Sunday evening of last weel:
and failed to stop.
Howard Stone, occupant in the
car who was seriously hurt, was re
ported recovering in a Washington
hospital yesterday. The reports
stated he would lose his right eye,
Mrs. C. C. Whitaker
Dies in Cross Roads
Mrs. Bertha Ayers Whitaker, 36
years old, died at her home in
Cross Roads Township Monday
morning at 9 o'clock of an attack
of pneumonia. She had been ill
about ten days.
The daughter of Mrs. Martha
Ayers and the late H. D. Ayers,
Mrs. Whitaker was born in this
county. In early womanhood she
married C. C. Whitaker who sur
vives with four children, Willie,
Robert, C. D. and Simon Ward
Whitaker ,
Funeral services were conducted
this^fternoon at the late home by
Rev. J. M. Perry. Burial was in the
Ayers family cemetery.
Permanent Unit of Farm Bureau
Federation Is Organized at Meet
Saturday; State Secretary Speaks
Contract Is Let for Repai ring
Brick Warehouse Last Week
Jones Brothers, Wilson contract
ors, were awarded the contract to
tepair the Planters Warehouse here,
the low bidders agreeing to handle
the job for $2,380. The contractors
are said to have also agreed to keep
cost records, and repair the build
ing at those figures with the under
standing that the complete cost will
not exceed the $2,380 figure.
A portion of the warehouse floor,
roof and supporting timbers caved
in last December, when a large
quantity of peanuts was stored in
the building and a heavy snow fell
oq> the roof.
Planning to start the rep.air work
within the next 10 days or two
weeks, the contractors plan to force
a large portion of the walls and
many of the heavy timbers back
into their original positions^ Without
tearing them apart. About four
weeks will be required to complete
the work.
Coastal Route South Isi
Gaining in Popularity
9 A
Largo Increase This
Season in Amount
Of Through Traffic
New York's Governor Her
bert Lehman Stops Here
Short While Recently
United States Highway No. 17,
one of the main routes running
north and south, handled more
through traffic this season than in
any three years combined hereto
fore, according to reports gathered
here and there. While the route is
gaining in popularity year after
year, the severe winter in the North
increased the use of the route since
Christmas. About a month ago a
check on through traffic was made,
and 200 automobiles were counted
within three hours. The cars, com
ing mostly from New York, Penn
sylvania, were traveling South. A
survey made during the busy part
of the season would, no doubt, have
shown heavier through traffic.
At the present time the through
traffic is about evenly divided, with
some going north and some still go-1
ing south. Judging from the num-1
ber of cars traveling south during
the past few months, the route will i
handle its heaviest traffic within the
next few weeks, when the vaca- j
tionists start returning to their I
homes in the north.
That the route is recognized as
one of the main traffic lunes north
and south is evidenced utmost daily.
Only last week, Governor Herbert
Lehman, of New York State, pussed
through going north. The Empire
State executive did not stop here,
but his Packard, manned by special
chauffeur, proceeded through town
very slowly, the governor observing
the scenery as he found it. Stop
ping for gasoline at Edenton, the
governor was asked his opinion as
to who would be the next president
and said: "Why, Roosevelt, of course
no one else has a chance, nor should
But Where's that peanut smell I've
been reading about?*' The gover
nor laughed heartily. A souvenir
bag of goobers was handed to him,
and he laughed again anc^ contin
ued northward.
Hardware Stock Will Be
Sold at Auction Saturday
The Culpepper Hardware com
pany is moving its stock to the
Farmers tobacco warehouse here to
day preparatory to holding an auc
tion sale there Saturday of this
week at 9 o'clock. The owners plan
to dispose of every article, Mr
Culpepper said this morning.
During the meantime extensive
repairs are being made to the Cul
pepper store, and orders have been
placed for a large and complete
new stock of hardware and sup
plies. Mr. Culpepper said it would
be about three weeks before ar
rangements could be completed for
reopening at his old stand.
White Man Wanted Here
For Alleged Forgery
Charged with forgery, Fritz
Koepp, white pian, beat a warrant
out of town last Saturday and had
not been heard from at noon today
Forging the name of W (J lfardi
son, Koepp is said to have fleeced
several merchants out of about $40
before the signature was questioned
Koepp, coming here from Hous
ton, Texas, about Ave years ago,
had worked for Mr Hardison, log
ging contractor.
Masons To Hold Annual
Banquet Here Tomorrow
The annual Masonic banquet will
be held in the Woman's Club Wed
nesday at 6:30 p. m. The "Blues,"
winners in an attendance contest
held in the lodge, wil be guests of
the "Whites," losers. It was an
nounced this morning that due to
the inability of the committee to
see all members of the organization,
that tickets for the dinner will be
on sale at the door tomorrow eve
ning up to the time the banquet
begins. A short program, has been
Kader W. (lOtlartl
Dies Saturday at
Home Near Here
Funeral Service Conducted
Sunday Afternoon By
Rev. Mr. Harrington
Kader W. Godard, popular citizen
of this county, died at his home in
Williams Township last Saturday
noon folowing a stroke of paralysis
suffered early that day Mr. God
ard was reported to have suffered
eight strokes of paralysis during
the past few years, but he was able
to be up most of the time. About
a year or more ago he was forced
to abandon work on the farm, and
had been in retirement since that
Mr Godard, 42 years old, had
lived in the Jamesville and Hamil
ton sections before settling in Wil
liams, and had many friends over
the county.
Mrs. Godard, who before her mar
riage, was Miss Virginia Ward, sur
vives with eight children: Kusscll,
Coburn,. Garland, Ruth, Dorothy
Jane, Virginia and Franklin God
ard, all of, Williams Township, and
Mrs. Evelyn Knox, of Oak City. He
also leaves four brothers, Messrp.
C. O., E. G., L. G. and B. F. Godard,
all .of Williamston, and one sister,
Mrs. Roland Hudson, of Godwin,
Harnett County.
Funeral services were conducted
at the home of his brothers, Messrs.
E. G. and L. G. Godard, in Wil
liams Township, by Rev. W. B
Harrington, Baptist minister, Sun
day afternoon at 2 o'clock. Inter
ment was in the family buriul plot,
Informal Program Planned
For Highway Patrol Meet
An informul program will feature
a meeting of around 50 State High
way Patrolmen here Thursduy noon,
it was learned today. The patrol
men, coming here from all over
Kastern North Carolina, will meet
with their officers and a few invit
ed guests at Sunny Side Inn.
Jamesville and Bear Grass
Wins Championship Title
Jamesville boys and Bear Grass
girls emerged victorious in the Mar
tin County basketball tournament
here last week. The Jamesville lads
turned Williamston back by a score
of 21 to 18 to annex the county
championship title and gain posses
sion of a handsome loving cup.
Hear Grass rolled up a 35 to 0
score against Jamesville Friday
night and defeated the Farm Life
sextet Saturday night to gain the
undisputed championship title for
the girls.
Around 200 Farmers
Have Joined So Far;
Ho|>e To^Get 1.000
Pass Resolution Urging the
Governor To Call Special
Session of Legislature
A permanent unit of the Farm
Bureau Federation was perfected at
a mass meeting in the county court
house last Saturday afternoon, as
suring the farmers of this county
an opportunity to advance their
rights in a uniOpj way while be
tween 250 and 300 farmers were
present, the meeting proved a bit
disappointing because hundreds of
others were too busy t.r indifferent
o attend and take part what has
the promise of determining the sal
vation of the farmer.
However, the drive is not over
the organizers of the permanent
unit agreeing to take the campaign
into nearly every farm home in the
Approximately one out of every
three attending the Saturday meet
ing took membership in the organi
sation. pledging their efforts to com
plete the worth-while work The
farmers attending were very much
interested in the movement, and
while growth of the Margin unit is
offto a slow Start, it is believed that
a solid foundation has been laid
and that the Farm Bureau will
eventually receive a united support
among Martur farmers.
Hardly had the permanent organi
zation been pel fected before a res
olution was advanced and unani
mously adopted urging Governor
Khringhaus to .call a special session
of the North Carolina General As
sembly and attempt some legisla
Ml! i f W" "TeCt C?"tro1 of the
tobacco production
M' , He?ry S. Everett, temporary
president of the Martin unit, out
lined the program, and Messrs T
' Brandon and Murphy L Barnes
county agents, made short talks, fol
lowed by an address by Charles J
Brock way, secretary of the State
r ederation.
In accordance with the desire of
he meeting, Mr. Everett was named
permanent president and Mr M 1
Barnes secretary. The executive
committee is composed of the fol
Jamesville Township: F C Stal
!'"** J ? Jordan, Williams
Township; C I.. Daniel and Joshua
L. Coltruin; Griffins Township, Geo
urn1"'"'" a"d W B "arnngton;
Williamston Township, M Luther
I eel and J Daniel Biggs; Bear Grass
lownship, A. B Ayers and C, U.
lingers; Cross Roads Township J S
Ayers and L A. Clark, Hoberson
ville rownship, C. Abram Rober
?m and H. S. Everett; Poplar Point
Township, V. G. Taylor and W. S.
White; Hamilton Township, Frank
L. Haislip and D. R. Edmondson;
Uooae Next Township, J. y Crisu
and J. A. Everett.
Membership in the Martin Farm
Bureau is reported to be near the
J00 mark, or about 800 short of a
conservative and reasonable goal
Other counties are said to have al
ready passed the 1,000 mark, and it
m hoped that Martin farmers will
awaken before it is too late and lend
their support to the organization
that costs but little and yet has great
possibilities for agriculture.
Conoho Negro Shot
At Number of Times
JefT Williams, colored man living
in Conoho, near here, has been a re
cent victim of shotgun attacks, ac
cording to a story he told county of
ficers late Sunday nighty Williams
declares that he was fired upon
twice that night, one load of the
No. 4 shot striking his arm and an
other in the side. The small shot
did not seriously hurt the man.
Continuing his tale of woe, Williams
explained that he was the target but
escaped a load of shot fired through
a window while he was visiting in
the home of l.*e Speller on Febru
ary 24.
Last Sunday night Williams claims
he was walking to Conoho and
passed within two feet of Nicodetnus
Razor, old colored man A distance
of hardly more than 25 yards sep
arated the two when Williams says
he was fired upon.
Reports indicate that the two men
have personal differences, but Razor
has not been arrested, and details of
the trouble, If any, could not be

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