THE ENTERPRISE AkTartMcn Will ru On Cat unaa a Latchkey to Oyer MM Home af Marti. Ccaaty VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 20 Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, March 10, 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899 SURVEY OF BLIND IN COUNTY BEING MADE BY AGENCY 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 understood. 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 condition. *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 cemetery. 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 Greenville. o 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 HERE YESTERDAY 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 driving. 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 Topics 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 conventions. 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 Afternoon 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 cemetery. 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, however. 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 prepared. 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 time. 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, nearby. 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 county. 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 lowing: 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 learned.