North Carolina Newspapers

    ? *
t? Owm
VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 84 Williamston, Martin County. North Carolina, Tuesday, October 20,1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
First Edition High School
Included In Extensive
Building Program
Students in the local high school
are now busily engaged in the or.
ganization of clubs in which they are
taking considerable interest. Miss
Nancy Glover and a group of 20 stu
dents are at n-ork on the first issue
of a schdbl newspaper of the year
which is being printed by The En
terprise. The students have done
all the actual work at soliciting ads
and writing the news articles.
Miss Emma Gay Stephenson states
that interest in debating is consid
erable and she has had little trou
ble in organizing an enthusiastic
group for that type of work. The
first meeting was held last week, at
which time four students debated on
the question of whether boys are
more expensive to their parents than
girls. The topic for this Thursday
night, when the club meets in the
high school auditorium is: "Resolved
That Radios Are More Educational
Than Moving Pictures." Miss
Stephenson also states that she
hopes to begin soon with the work
on the triangular debate subject:
"Resolved. That the Utilities Should
Be Owned by the Government."
Each year the leading high schools
of the state debate some important
subject, with winners representing
their school at Chapel Hill.
As a means of creating interest in
leadership and scholarship, a group
of boys and girls have made appli
cation and been admitted to the
National Beta Club. There are only
10 chapters of this club in the State,
and the local boys and girls feel
proud that their application was ac
cepted. All members are required
to average well above 85 in their
school work, and they must be
leaders in various school activities.
Charter members are Mary Helen
Boykin, Grace Chesson. Grace Barn
hill, Wilbur Culpepper, Addie Lee
Mcador, and Reg Manning.
For the students of the eighth and
ninth grades. Scouting is being
planned, and Mr. Milton Grid in and
Mr. James Smith have been select
ed as leaders. For some years lo
cal groups have been organized but
have had no connection with the
school. All boys above the age of
12 and under 18 will be considered
for membership.
Campaign Fund Is
Steadily Mounting
Martin County people continue to
rauy their suppui 1 in thei
for President Roosevelt's reelection,
the canvassers reporting $638.50 col
lected. Several districts are yet to
be heard from, and it is believed the
drive will net close to $1,000. the
Coal set for this county.
Contributions not previously ac
A friend. $10; Jesse Harrell $1.
Shields & Co. Inc.. $5; T. B. Wheel
er, $2; Frank S. Pittman, $2: J. T.
Mizelle, $1; A friend. $1; J. T. Vick.
$1; Clyde Beach. 50c; P. B Bell
flower, 50c; E. T. Smith A Bro. $2;
N. W. Hyman. $1; R. R Thompson,
$1; T. L. Roberson. $1; Haywood
Harrell $1; S. P. Hyman. $1; W A
Coffield. $1; H. A. Early. $1; J. T.
Moore, $1; W. B. Harrington, $1;
Mrs. C. T. Roberson $1; Jordan G.
Peel. $1; H. L. Manning. $1; Stephen
Manning 50c; P. E. Getamger, $1;
J. L. Coltrain $1; Williamstrm Hard
ware Co.. $5; T. S. Critcher. $2
Several Cases Are
Tried by Mayor
Mayor J. U nassrll had a busy
week-end in his court here, the trial
justice reporting more cases tried
during the period than at any other
time in about a year.
Russell Pei i J. the man who com
camp just recently, was fined $230
and taxed with the easts for being
drunk and disorderly,
and Robert 0*Mary,
charges, were fined $230
taxed with the coats.
Charged with being drunk and
disorderly, James Bawls eras given
a 30-day road
upon payment at the coat.
Henry Bodges. <
disorderly i
with a deadly weapon, was
over to the county court for
Boss, a Canuck. was booked
an a an
faction charge, the erne be
ing ache
ior cour
duled tor trial fa the sepw
Local High School To Stage
"General Election" Tuesday
Plans are underway now for the
Williamston High School students to
hold a real election, based on the
general election to be held Novem
ber 3. School authorities hope this
will be a means of teaching the ac
tual mechanics of voting and will
instill in the students interest in lo
cal, state, and national affairs.
Mr. Milton Griffin, teacher in the
high school, has charge of planning
the procedure. On Thursday of this
week, several students of the history
and civics classes will present in
chapel a resume of both major na
tional party platforms and concise
histories of all candidates. On Fri
day the registration of all students
will take place, students being in
charge, and on Tuesday, October 27,
the students win register their pref
erences on real ballots or fac similes
of the real. Local authorities have
been asked to contribute several hun
dred genuine ballots if that many
can be spared.
Due to the local sentiment in Wil
liamston for the democratic candi.
dates, it is certain that the election
will result in a big majority for botn
Roosevelt and Hoey
> i ??
The reorganization of the Wil
liamstoa Parent- Teacher Asso
ciation will be perfected Wednes
da; afternoon at ]:M o'clock In
the high school building, the
president. Mrs. J. F. Thigpen, an
nounred today. All parents and
others interested in the advance
meat of the local schools are cor
dially invited and urged to at
No program has been planned
for the meeting, the scheduled
activities to center around the
reorganization and dicussions of
a work program for the current
However, Increased Num
ber Is in Other Sections;
Smaller in South
Washington?A 7survey of AAA
reports indicates that many farmers
in the northeast and north central
regions would receive federal bene
fit payments this year than last,
while checks would go to fewer in
the south.
Regional allotments of the $470,
000,000 to be distributed under this
year's soil conservation-subsidy pro
gram remained a secret, but a study
of work sheets filed by farmers un
der the program gave a rough idea
[of the number expected to receive
benefits in different sections
They indicated that six times as
many northeastern producers are
participating in the present program
than in previous AAA programs,
and more than twice as many in the
north central region.
This was explained by officials as
partly the result of the inclusion of
dairymen for the first time this year
and of the conservation plan's in
clusion of small general farmers.
Some northeastern farmers who
raised none of the basic commodi
ties on which payments were based
under the old AAA program could
not qualify at all for benefits. Oth
ers who had only a few acres in the
basic commodities were eligible for
such small benefits that they cbh
sidered the necessary bookkeeping
more trouble than it was worth. _
A factor cited in explanation of
!the indicated decline in number of
payments in the South was that
many producers there had been un
able to qualify under two or three
different programs in the past, since
they raised both cotton and other
basic commodities, while only one
program is offered under the soil
conservation law.
Two kinds of payments are sched
uled to be made, starting some time
this month, under the present single
program. One is for shifting acre
age from cotton, tobacco, wheat,
[com, and other crops which the gov
eminent classifies as "soil-depleting"
to clover, alfalfa, grasses and other
crops classified as "soil-conserving"
practices, which range all the way
from fertilizing and terracing land
to killing prairie dogs.
The number of work sheets filed
by farmers under the conservation
plan totaled 1272,4(4, compared to
UM.Hl AAA contracts signed by
farmers in 193$. Officials have es
timated the number of persons ac
tually receiving checks will be Sr
000,000 in comparison with about $,
000,000 last year. Only one work
fo reach farm, al
operator, tenant and
share-cropper may share in the pay
;e Number Homes
Built Here This Year
Several New Houses
Under Construction
In Town at Present
Twenty-five New Homes
Homes Are Included In
Extensive Program
With 17 structures already com
pleted. 8 others under construction
and 3 or more certain to be built,
Williamston is experiencing another
great building boom this year. While
ihe totrft cost is expected to establish
no new record, the number of proj
ects will exceed others started in
any single year here, it is believed.
Since the first of the year, con
struction work has been started on
17 new homes here, not to mention
renovations to other homes and the
addition of apartments. The pro
gram, calling for expenditures ap
proaching $150,000, does not take in
to consideration projects just out
side of the town limits, where sever
al new homes have been built dur
ing the year. The several new homes
built by colored residents and small
structures built by others are not in
cluded in the survey.
Homes have been constructed by
Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Edwards.
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Darden, Miss
Kate Philpott. Mr and Mrs Dallas
Frank, Mr. and Mrs Luther Cul
pepper, Mrs Emma Thompson, Mr
and Mrs. Marvin Britton. Mr Her
bert Cowen and Mr J S Whitley,
some of them building several homes
for rent Construction work was
started recently on homes by Mr
and Mrs. Clyde Hardison and Mr.
and Mrs Coy 1 "mm. The Hardi
?on home is to be located on Elm
Street, and Mr and Mrs Lamm are
building on Grace Street on the
Rhodes property near the high
school building. Mr and Mrs J. C.
Norris are starting a new home on
Marshall Avenue this week: and Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Chesson are having a
home built on West Main Street op
posite Mr. and Mrs. Dave Roberson
Other structures under construc
tion are an agricultural building for
the county, an American Legion hut
on Watts Street, and a fertilizer
peanut warehouse which is being
built by J. A. Manning and M D.
Wilson on Marshall Avenue and
Haughton Street.
Included in the list of buildings
already completed are a river ware
house, two stores on Haughton
Street, an addition to the Baptist
church, and a new primary school
Another Tobacco
Theft Is Reported
Another tobacco theft, the tenth
In the county so far this at?on. was
reported Monday morning by Farm
er Arthur Modlin. whose packhouse
was raided in the Jamesville sec
tion the night before Around 300
pounds of tobacco valued at 30 cents
a pound were stolen. Unable to un
cover v single flue, officers reported
little progress in the case today.
Last Thursday night robbers en
tered the packhouse of R. E. Turner,
Robersonville farmer, and stole a
barn of tobacco valued at $500
Tobacco thefts have presented a
baffling problem for officers of the
county to face this season, and while
they have worked night and day on
the robberies they have been un
able to effect a single arrest. Ex
tensive investigations have been
made and many suspects have been
watched and questioned, but they
I-J ? - ? -
Another theft eras unofficially re
ported by a Jamesville Township
farmer last week, but details could
not be
Harvest of About 175,000
Bushels Expected This
Season in County
I Their peanut harvesting work a
Ibout completed, Martin farmers are
taking more time from tobacco grad
: mg to start digging their sweet po
I tatoes, reports stating that very lit
: tie of the work has been done so
far in this immediate section.
Those few farmers who have dug
their crops state they are getting
fair yields and medium quality po
Cultivating about 1.500 acres. Mar
tin farmers are expected to harvest
about 175,000 bushels of sweet pota
toes this year or about the same
number of bushels as were grown
last season. According to County
Agent Brandon more potatoes will
be cured in specially constructed
| barns this year than ever before.
Sixty-eight curing barns are ready
for operation, the average having a
capacity of about 500 hnshels J. G.
Staton has already started filling his
28,000 bushel capacity barn in Wil
liamston. Vance Roberson will again
operate his 10,000-bushel capacity
barn at Robersonville. D. G. Mat
thews has a barn with a capacity of
3,500 bushels at Hamilton and W W.j
Griffin and J. E. King have barns
that will handle about 1.500 bushels
each. There are a number of oth
ers with about 1,200 bushel capacity,
but the others hardly exceed a ca
pacity of 400 bushels
L The average* production for the
county will hardly exceed 110 hush,
els to the acre this year, early re
ports indicate.
County I onian
Dies in Hospital
Mrs. Elma Davenport, wife x?f
Kelly Davenport young farmer liv
ing near Williamston. died in a Wash
ington hospital last Friday morning,
following an illness of only a few
days' duration. She was entered in
the hospital for treatment the day
before she died.
A native of Pitt County. Mrs Dav
enport had lived in this county only
during the past three years. She
was the daughter of Mrs. Maggie
Paramore and husband. , and i$ sur
vived, besides her husband and I
five small children, Bennie, Joseph,
William, Leona, and Mary Alma
Davenport. She was 33 years old.
She also leaves four sisters. Mrs. W.
D. Harris, of Enfield; Mrs. J. D.
Bland, of Greenville; Mrs. Mike
Moskin, of Norfolk; Miss Mamie
- Paramore, of Greenville. and nno
brother. Major Paramore. of Green,
Services were conducted at the
home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'
clock by Rev W. D. Nobles Inter
ment was at Parker's Chapel in Pitt
Negro Farmers of
County Vi in Prizes
Several Martin County negro
farmers and students in the Par
mele vocational agriculture depart
ment were awarded prizes for farm
and club exhibits at the district fair
for negroes in Ahoskie a few days
ago. _
The students and farmers prc
pared their exhibits under the di
rection of Oliver Carter, negro farm
agent for this county, and A. B.
Wynne, teacher of agriculture in the
Parmele Training School; and it was
through their efforts that 13 prizes,
4 firsts, 8 seconds and 1 third, were
Carter has done a splendid work
among farnura of his race in the
upper end of the county, handling
on an extensive scale the vaccination
of hogs against cholera
Young People Install New
Officers lor Coming Year
Following an impressive candle
light service by the pastor. Rev R.
R. Grant, the young people's division
of the local Methodist church in
stalled new officers at 8:45 Sunday
evening The new officers who will
serve during the coming year are:
President. Geraldine Humble: vice
president. Wilbur Culpepper: secre
tary and pianist, Mary Helen Boy
kin: treasurer, Helen Mishoe: rep
resentative to local board of Chris
tian education. Frances Humble; so
cial leader. Elva Mae Mishoe; as
sistant social leader. Virgil Ward.
Department superintendents: John
Thigpen. Jerry Clark. Elsie Gur
ganus, Mary Kate Swam. Advisor*:
Ora E. Finch. Mrs. John F. Thigpen
Homestead Exemption Being,
Fought by All County Boards
Martin County's board of com.
missioners went on record as oppos
ing the proposed amendment to tbe
State constitution allowing a maxi
mum of $1,000 exemption on cer
tain classes of real estate. In a tel
egram forward to the governor last
week at the direction of Chairman
John E. Pope, the commissioners cit
ed the objections advanced by the
State Association of County Com
missioners of North Carolina.
Some of the objections advanced
by the commissioners' association
are: (1) Counties and cities will be
forced to raise tax rates; (2) rents
will be increased; (3) owners of va
cant property will be put at a great
disadvantage. <4? the counties will
find it virtually impossible to oper
He wifliih the 15-cent general rate
allowed by the constitution; (5) both
counties and cities will find it diffi
cult. if not impossible, to borrow
money for necessary improvements.
And. as a reminder, the association 1
adds. ~A vote for the homestead
amendment is a vote to cripple the
power of counties and cities to erect
school buildings and other improve
ments. even when authorized by the t
Local Market Makes
26c Average Monday
Prices Are Stronger
Today; 7"> Per Cent
Crop Believed Sold
Sales As High As 70 Cents
Reported on Warehouse
Floors Here Today
Although prices for the best types
were considered somewhat weaker
than they were last week, the local
tobacco market yesterday sold 171.
742 pounds for an average of $26.36.
Supervisor of Sales McFarland re
ported this morning. Sales were
continued until 4:30 in the afternoon
and two hours were required this
Morning to clear the block. Reports
this morning indicated?-the- prices
were somewhat stronger than yes
terday, the top reaching 70 cents.
To date the market has sold 3.
597,076 pounds, numerous reports
stating fhat 75 per cent or more of
the current crop has been sold. Grif
fins Township farmers will just a
boiit complete the marketing of the
crop this week with few exceptions.
Rev. W. B Harrington. Farm Life
man, said this morning,. In the up
per part of the county the crop is
hardly more tlian half sold. Mr
| Luther Davenport explaining that
farmers there had been busy pick
ing cotton and digging peanuts, leav
ing little time for preparing the to
bacco for market. The general be
lief is that the crop, as a whole, is
I just about gone and that it will be
gone in its entirety before one hard^
ly realizes it.
Picker O|)crators
Getting Licenses
The peanut harvesting se ason just
a few days off, picker operators start
ed this week getting their operating
Jicenses from the register of deeds
office in this county, the first a
licenses going to picker owners in
the upper part of the county.
1935 State laws, all peanut packer
operators are supposed to procure
an operating license from the regis-'
ter of deeds. The picker operators
are directed to make reports of their
activities to the register of deeds,
who forwards them to the commis
sioner of agriculture for publication
Several hundred of the licenses
vvere issued in this county year be
| fore last or before the law was
j changed, but there were not so many
I last season, it is understood.
Christian Church Calls OS
Wednesday Prayer Meeting
No prayer service will be held in
the Christian church here tomorrow
evening. The members of the church
and others are invited to attend the
religious meeting in the Methodist
Bumper Seed Crop
Washington.?The condition of the
market for seeds and oils in China
at present indicates 1936 production
will exceed 1935 production at
ing oilseeds, including
sesame, peanut, cotton,
perilla and linseed, according to the
Very few names were added
to the list of eligible voters in
this rowuty during the past two
the registration
reports from
several preeinrts stale. The
books will rlose next Saturday
evening, and those who have not
registered and are qualified to
register should do so if thev
.wish to participate in the elec
tion week after next.
Club Cornell Viill
Meet in Farmvilie
The women of the FifteenthDis
triot of the North Carolina Feder
at ion of Clubs will meet in Farm
ville Tuesday. October 27. Mrs. C.
W. Beasley. district president, will
preside over the meeting which will
be held in the Methodist church be
ginning at 10 o'clock that morning
Mrs Geo K Marshall, state presi
dent. and Mrs John I). Robinson,
second vice president, will be pres
ent. With Mrs Marshall. Mrs. Rob
inson and Mrs Beasley. taking part
on the program, we can be fully as
sured that It will be of unusual in
terest'? and full of helpful informa
All club women of the district are
not only ?n\ ited but are urged to
attend, for the district meetings are
really federation meetings In minF
ature They are the back l?one of
the State work. As goes the dis
trict work, so goes the State work.
Each club woman attending will
gain much help for the coming
year"s work Let every woman,
who possibly can, come and help
make this a great day in the club
Dr. W. T. Gibson Locates
For Practice in famesville
Di W T Gibson is locating today
m Jamcwville forthe general prac...
tice of medicine, the physician to oc
rup> tfie offices of the Talc Dr J. E.
Sn.ilhw ick.?beloved county?doctor
there for a long number of years.
Formerly located in Koper. Dr. Gib
p is mo vine from Severn, where
he has successfully practiced during
the past year or two, and he goes to
tl?e new post highly recommended
as a doctor and citizen.
I>r and Mrs Gibson and family
will occupy the MayoTyiizelleTiome.
World War Veteran Dies
At Home Near Hassell
Thurman Weathers bee, World
War eeteran and fanner living near
llassell. died at his home there Mon
day afternoon He was 37 years old
an dis survived by his widow and
seven children. Alice. Stanley, Mary
[VIla. Katherine. Elbert. Lillian and
Hazel Weathersbee
Funeral services are being con
ducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock
and interment will follow near Pal
Conducting Meeting At
Sweet Home Church
Rev D W Arnold is conducting
a niiu at religious meetings at
Sn-eet Home Church this week, the
minuter holding services each eve
Josiah Bailey, Lindsay Warren
And Rivers D. Johnson To Make
Democratic Speeches in County
Bailey To Speak
At Robersonville
Tomorrow Night
State-wide Precinct Night
Will Be Observed In the
County October 29
The Democrats will open their
campaign in this county tomorrow
evening at 8 o'clock, when Senator
Josiah W. Bailey speaks in the high
school auditorium at Robersonville.
The Senator will be followed next
week by well-known party leaders,
including Hon Rivers D. Johnson,
state senator from Duplin County,
and Hon Lindsay C. Warren, first
Jistrict-cungiessmari, of Washington.
The battle will be centered in eight
of the county's twelve precincts on
Thursday night of next week, when
local speakers take the stump in be
half of President Roosevelt's reelec
tion and the election of a complete
itatc Democratic ticket.
Senator Bailey, while he will re
view the activities of the present
administration, is expected to center
his speech on an attack on the Re
publican party. The Senator has
not delivered a political speech in
this county since he supported A1
Smith on the Demci ratio ticket far
President in 1928 A large crowd is
expected to hear him.
Wednesday night of next week.
Rivers D. Johnson will address the
voters in the county courthouse at
Williamston, where a large crowd
is expected to hear him. Mr. John
son. a leader in the North Carolina
Senate during several terms, is an
orator of note and one who will
have interesting things to say and
who will say them in an interesting
Thursday night of next week the?
Democrats will start firing at their
opponents from all angles, the coun-?
ty party leaders having drafted
speakers for speeches in 8 of the 12
precincts at that time. Assignments
have not been announced, but At
torneys B. A Critcher, II. G Hor
ton. H. L Coburn, Paul D. Roberson,
II L. Swain. H. D Hardison. E. S.
Peel and J. L^Hassell. Williamston
mayor, will carry the Dem'icratic
word to the voters that night. The
assignments will be announced the
latter part of this week, Elbert S.
Peel, chairman of the county Demo
cratic executive committee, said to
Arrangements for an address by
Hon. Lindsay C. Warren in Oak City
on the night of October 30 are pend
ing. definite announcement to follow
the Taller part of this week, Mr. Peel
said. ? ?
I)r Ralph W. McDonald, candidate
for governor in the June and July
primaries: will not be able to appear
in this county in behalf of the state
and national Democratic tickets, it
was learned today after invitations
had been planned to bring him to
this section.
The Republican campaign con
tinues at a standstill in this county,
the proposed visit of Gilliam Gris
som, Republican nominee for gov
ernor, at Bear Grass failing to ma
Reunion Held at Trinity
School in Chocowmity
Holding their first reunion in many
years, former students of oM Trin
ity School at Chocowinity held quite
a celebration there last Sunday, a
number of the old boys attending
from this county.
Suspended tor a number of yean;
the school graduated men who are
prominent in county, state and even
national affairs now.
Services were held at Trinity
Chapel that morning by Rev. N. Col
lin Hughes, D. D. former principal.
Dinner was served at Trinity Par
Mr Sylvester Peel, of this county,
was the oldest alumnus at the re
union He was in the class of 18SS.
Pete Fowden, Jim Leggett, and Kim
Saunders were among other alumni
attending the reunion from this
Rev. C B. Mashburo Holds
Meet In Jamesville Church
Rev. C. B. Mash bum. former coun
ty minister, is conducting a I
services in the Jamesville <
Church this week. Mr.
is pastor of the FarmviOe
and the public is invited to hi

Page Text

This is the computer-generated OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It may be empty, if no text could be automatically recognized. This data is also available in Plain Text and XML formats.

Return to page view