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******* and Washington County News *★★*★*★
Plymouth, Washington Co nty, North Carolina, Thursday, January 8, 1942
Representative Herbert C. Bonner
this week announced the appoint
ment of Jesse Cecil Gatlin, jr., son
of Mrs. J. C. Gatlin, of Creswell.
an alternate to the United State;
Military Academy at West Point.
William Emmett Ingram, of Eliza
beth City, received the appointment
as principal.
Based on data compiled from
official records by the North Car
olina Rural Electrification Au
thority, Washington County
ranked 97tli last year among the
100 North Carolina counties, with
but 32 miles of REA lines, serv
ing 155 customers. Only Gra
ham, Swain and Tyrrell Counlies
had fewer miles and customers
than this county.
Alfred Bratten superintendent of
water works for the Town of Plym
outh. fell down the steps al the
pumping plant on Water Street last
week and broke his arm in two places.
He has received treatment and hopes
to return to work soon.
Private First Class Arthur W. Mar
riner, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D.
Marriner. of Roper, was recently pro
moted to corporal because of his at
tention to duty and soldierly quali
ties. He enlisted in 1940 and is now
stationed at the Arlington Canton
ment in Virginia.
Mrs. M. W. Sprull is working
at the courthouse as list taker
for the Town of Plymouth. When
a resident of !.he town lists with
W'. L. Hassell for his county
taxes. Mrs. Spruill makes out an
identical declaration for the
town, making it possible for
property owners to get all their
listing over with at one time.
Farmers are unable to understand
the weakness in the sweet potato
market. They complained that food
prices in general are rising, but that
sweet potato prices to producers arc
down to an unofficial $1 per bushel.
They would like to see an increase
in price.
Authorities here now fear that tire
thefts and bootlegging of tires will
be started because of rationing. Of
ficials will make every effort to stop
llegal activities, and offenders will
find themselves in a lot of trouble
if they try to get around the ration
ing order.
Highl y Patrol I:
Placed on Alert
Members of the North Carolina
Highway Patrol have been notified
by headquarters to be on the alert
for any emergency in connection with
national defense and have been pro
vided with equipment that will make
them ready for almost any kind of
trouble that might occur.
Corp. T. B. Brown said that head
quarters required members of the
patrol to be ready at a minute's not
ice to help in blackout, patrol duty
or whatever else may be needed, and
they were also told that they should
be prepared to give efficient and
prompt service in any emergency.
Corporal Brown is required to have
in his car at all times: fre exting
uisher, axe, bmaehine gun, tow chain
broom, flares and other like equip
Tire Rationing Board
Explains Regulations
To Dealers in County
W. I.. Whitley, riymouth at
torney, was last week named
chairman of the tire rationing
board for Washington County. E.
F. Still and A. J. Riddle are the
oilier members of the board.
Continue Civil Cases
Set lor This Week
In Superior Court
Will Start on Next Week’s
Calendar When Court
Resumes Monday
When Judge J. Paul Frizelle, of
Snow Hill, returns Monday to pre
side over the second week of Wash
ington County Superior Court, devot
ed to the trial of' civil cases, the court
will start with the second week's cal
Other civil actions, which were on
the docket for this week, were con
tinued. i. S. Ward Washington at
torney. who was interested in the
cases scheduled this week, was called
home on account of the death of his
brother, and the cases were put off.
The calendar for next week fol
lows :
Monday, January 12: Gladys Coop
er. Admx. vs. American National In
surance Comapny: In re: the will of
Charles DeShields.
Tuesday, January 13: Beatrice Nor
man vs. Metropolitan Casualty In
surance Company; Industrial Bank
vs. Joe Nowaroh.
Wednesday, January 14: Fannville
Woodward Lumber Company vs. H.
W. Bowen: J. S. Shugar vs. Tliad
Spencer; W. D. Peel vs. Herbert
Boomer; Plymouth Box and Panel
Company vs. P. H. Darden; Hubert
Spencer vs. Tennison C. Weede.
Thursday, January 15: Ben A. Dav
enport vs. Jennie R. Davenport; Town
of Plymouth vs. Nancy Coffee; Mag
gie Swain et al vs. Claudia Beasley
Wage Drive for Scrap
Metal on Local Farms
Farmers Asked To
Assemble Materials
At Central Location
Bids Will Be Asked From
Licensed Junk Dealers
For Entire Lot
With shortage of basic materials
closing down blast furnaces in sev
eral parts of the nation, a committee
composed of R. E. Dunning, chair
man, A, Edison Davenport and W. S.
Moore, has been appointed by the
Agricultural Workers Council of
Washington County to head a cam
pagn to be conducted among farm
ers to gather every available piece of
scrap metal for sale to dealer-'. The
scrap metal is urgently needed to
further the national war effort.
Mapping plans with the office c"
the county agent for a concerted
drive into every nook and corner of
the county for the metal, H. W.
“Pop” Taylor, of Raleigh, extension
marketing specialist of State College,
met with several farmers here Tues
day night and described the short
age of scrap iron and steel as seri
Advised that many farmers in the
county would be willing to deliver
their crap iron and donate it to the
government, Mr. Taylor said that this
was not necessary, and that by han
dling it through dealers the metal
would undoubtedly reach the plants
where it was needed much quicker
than in any other way.
Mr. Dunning and members of the
committee urge farmers to gather
the scrap metal at some central place
Darden To Head
Paralysis Drive
Postmaster John W. Darden
will serve as chairman of Wash
ington County for the celebra
tion of the President’s birthday
for the National Foundation for
Infantile Paralysis. A. Lloyd
Owens, chairman of the enter
tainment committee of the Coun
try Club of Plymouth, will ar
range for a dance to celebrate
the President’s birthday on Jan
uary 30.
District chairman for the cam
paign will be appointed later,
school children, as well as adults
will be asked to take part in the
annual “March of Dimes” cam
paign for the worthy cause. Mr.
Darden will make further an
nouncements next week regard
ing the campaign.
on the farms as rapidly as possible.
A date will be designated and a place
near a railroad siding selected some
time within the next few days as a
concentration point, and licensed
junk dealers will be assembled to
bid on the scrap metal.
While all metal is needed, iron
and steel are especially desired at
this time. Parts from discarded
farm machinery, tractors, gas en
gines, automobiles, fence wire and
all such ■ items are urgently needed.
Farmers have been offered 40 cents
per 100 pounds for the junk metal
by one dealer in this county and 65
cents by another. It is believed that
by assembling the metal and seek
ing bid; the highest price can be
obtained by the farmers.
Very Few Persons
Eligible To Apply
For Purchase Order
County Allotted 7 Tires, 6
Tubes for Cars; 16 Tires,
13 Tubes for Trucks
Washington County's tire ration
ing board, composed of W. L. Whit
ley, chairman, E. P. Still and A. J.
Riddle, met at the courthouse here
Tuesday night with representatives
of tire sales organizations and dis
cussed the classification of those eli
gible to purchase tires and tubes un
der the regulations recently imposed.
This county's quota for January is
7 tires and 6 tubes for passenger
cars, and 16 tires and 13 tubes for
trucks and busses.
Mr. Whitley said that the county
board would be notified by the 25th
of each month what the quota
would be for the following month.
It is not lawful to issue certificates
for more than 25 per cent of the total
quota in any one week. Each garage
owner and tire salesman in the coun
ty was appointed an inspector by the
board. The board will meet each
Wednesday between 1 and 2 o'clock
to pass on applications for tire pur
chases made to the board.
In a short talk, Mr. Whitley em
phasized that the inspector was re
sponsible for examining tires and de
termining the need for replacement
by any applicant. All the old tires
and tubes must be left with the tire
dealer when they are replaced, as
efforts are being made to reclaim the
rubber from discarded tires. It is
also believed that the OPM will put
a ceiling on tire prices to prevent
unreasonably high prices.
It was said at the meeting that
many people would now begin using
retreaded tires, and prices for them
are expected to rise to unprecedent
ed heights as the demand grows
Subject to the county quotas, eli
gibility rules for tire purchasing are
as follows:
i A) Tires for vehicles used by phy
sician, surgeon, visiting nurse, or a
veterinary, and which is principally
used for professional services; <B>
ambulances; <C> vehicles used for
fire fighting, public police, public
health and safety; garbage disposal
and sanitation: maintain mail serv
'D) Vehicles with a capacity of 10
or more passengers operated for
transportation of passengers as part
of the services rendered to the pub
lic by regular transportation system:
to transport teachers and pupils to
and from school; transportation of
employees to or from any industrial
mining establishment or construc
tion job, except when public trans
portation facilities are already avail
<E> Vehicles used for one or more
of following purposes: transportation
of ice and fuel; transportation of
material for building and mainte
nance of public roads; for construc
tion and maintenance of public util
ities; for material and equipment for
construction of defense housing fa
cilities and military and naval estab
lishments; transportation essential
to render roofing, plumbing, heating
and electrical repair services; trans
portation as a common carrier; trans
portation of waste and scrap mater
ials: transportation of raw materials,
semi-manufactured goods, and fin
ished products, including farm prod
ucts and foods, provided that no cer
tificate shall be issued for a new tire
or tube to be mounted on a truck for
transportation of commodities to the
ultimate consumer for personal, fam
ily or household use;
<F) Farm tractors or other farm
implements other than automobiles
or trucks for the operation of which
rubber tires or tubes are essential;
iG) on industrial mining, construc
tion equipment other than automo
biles or trucks for the operation of
which rubber tires or tubes are es
Bicycle tires are not included with
in the scope of rationing regulations.
Want Wickard To
Fix Farm Prices
E. H. Overman, president of the
Washington County Farm Bureau,
has been delegated by farm bureau
members in this county to telegraph
the Office of Production Manage
ment in Washington, D. c„ urging
that Claude C. Wickard, Secretary of
Agriculture, be given authority to fix
the price ceilings for farm products.
The farmers are of the opinion that
Leon C. Henderson, price control of
ficial of the OPM, te not sufficiently
informed about farm price levels to
arrive at satisfactory maximum
prices for farm products. They be
lieve that Secretary Wickard's ex
perience is more likely to afford far
mers a fair price for their commodi
Grand Jury Favors
Repairs To Number
Buildings of Couniy
Report Conditions Need At
tention at Courthouse and
Numerous Schools
The report of the grand jury, re
ceived by Judge J. Paul Frizzelle, of
Snow Hill, presidin' over superior
court here this week, revealed that
13 schools and the courthouse and
other public buildings had been ex
amined and a number of conditions
found which needed attention. High
lights of the reports, with recommen
dations made by the jury, follow:
Courthouse: Walls show roof leaks.
Dirty and unkept. Jail has rubbish
on the floors and beds are unkept
and dirty. Window sash in library
decayed. Superior court clerk needs
typewriter. Furnace room unkept
with accumulated waste paper and
trash. No deodorant in stools or
urinal. Muddy water in cooler in
grand jury room. Sheriff’s office has
eak from stool on upper floor. Base
ment vault to register of deeds office
dirty and unkept. Agricultural
building stools are unkept. From a
sanitary standpoint, the whole court
house needs a general cleaning.
County home: Good condition.
Plymouth High School: Leaky roof,
insufficient heat caused by worn door
stops to outside doors; window lights
Plymouth colored school: Leaking
roof; wooden building in need of re
Roper school: Classroom walls in
bad order, with large patches of plas
ter fallen off due to leaks in roof;
Window shades ragged, torn and dis
colored. Some drinking fountain'
out of order. Sink in laboratory needs
repairs. Lavatory drains stopped.
Windows broken- Windows have
broken sash cords. School buses in
good condition.
J. J. Clemmons colored school at
Roper: Crowded; blackboards need
ed; clean.
Mount Delane: Crowded: only one
entrance. Suggest using south win
dow to make a door to permit sec
ond exit. Stove flues dangerous, cre
ating fire hazard. Blackboards need
Deep Bottom: Conditions good with
exception of two stove flues which
are in bad condition. Blackboards
Macedonia: Sill over front porch
rotten, causing roof to settle, causing
leak. Bad flue. Clean.
Cherry white school: Toilet needs
cleaning. Small back room in bad
condition. Window and back porch
.needs repairing. Window lights out.
Auditorium plastering broken. Leak
ing roof on front side of building.
Lunch room good condition. Leak in
roof around flue.
Cherry colored school: Building
roof, metal, needs paint. New heater
and stove pipe needed. Flue repairs
needed. Windows need repairing.
Sills in front porches should be re
placed. Unsanitary toilets.
Creswell white school: In A No. 1
condition with exception of fountain,
which needs repairing. Cloak rooms
in dilapidated condition.
Creswell colored: Crowded: build
ing in bad condition.
Pritchett: Building neerfs repairs.
Sound Side school: Building in
godo condition. Two heaters needed.
Jail: Creswell jail is very uncom
fortable place. No heat.
Farmers Are Again
Warned To Order
Parts for Equipment
Unless Orders Placed Now,
Little Prospect of Them
Being Fill'd
Farmers are reminded once again
that they should at once purchase
the repair parts that they need for
their farm machinery, according to
County Agent W. V. Hays, who ad
vices that it is urgent for them to
take this precaution at once before
the government reduces the produc
tion of parts so that the metal can
be used for war materials.
Equipment and machinery owners
are advised to order only such new
equipment as is absolutely needed
and that special efforts should be
made to repair and recondition the
present equipment in order to save
It is emphasized that the orders
for repair parts should be placed at
once, as the manufacturers will not
be given priority rating for metal ex
cept upon dealers' orders backed up
by bona fide signed orders from the
consumers. Unless the orders are
placed early, there will be no parts
available if the machine should later
break down in the field.
While every farmer is urged to or
der enough parts for 1942, there are
urged not to hoard the material. Re
placement parts, including mower
guards, binder twine and baling wire
should be placed on order at once.
Farmers are also advised to swap
parts among themselves.
Mr. Hays urges immediately at
tention of every farmer to this mat
ter in order to keep farm machinery
in the county operating. Broken
down machinery later may mean dis
aster to the farmer.
Complete Blackout Set for
Plymouth Tomonow Night
Courl Clears Docket
01 Criminal Cases;
Quits Until Monday
Recess Taken at Noon Yes
terday; Several Cases
Are Reviewed
After completing work on the
criminal docket, the Superior Court
of Washington County recessed yes
terday at noon, when counsel for the
;everal cases on the civil calendar
requested that the actions be con
tinued until next week.
Proceedings in the court Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Since C. Edley Hutchins, 25, white,
charged with non-support and aban
donment of his wife, failed to ap
pear for trial, H. M. Casey, of Bun
combe County, N. C., was called on
to forfeit the $500 bond posted for
Hutchins' appearance.
Lenneth Fayette Williams, 30,
white, charged with robbing the Nor
fokl Southern Railroad station at
Maekeys of a box of candy, had his
ase removed from the docket. He
is reported to have been tried in oth
er counties on similar charges of
Nol presses were granted in the
following cases: James Cox. 20, col
ored, charge with assaulting
Jueenie Johnston with a bottle; Joe
3oddard, 46. white, charged with
drunken driving; Goddard and Ma
linda Linton, charged with hit-and
run driving in an automobile acci
dent in which Paul Haridson was in
jured; Jack Cason, white, charged
with robbing the Maekeys freight
Dennis Cahoon, 28. white, charged
with giving a worthless check, had
his case continued.
Roy Blount, 19. white, charged
with careless and reckless driving,
was given 18 months on the roads,
suspended upon paying $400 at the
rate of $10 a month, to Dalton
Phelps, who was injured in an au
tomobile collision with Blount.
C. C. Cahoon, 64, white, charged
with setting fire to grass and brush
on the property of Ira Alligood, was
fined $1 and costs.
Joseph Tharps, 26. colored, was
■entenced to two years on the roads
for the theft of A. Lloyd Owens’ car
last October. The car was practi
cally demolished.
Charlie Agnew. 48, colored, charged
with shooting Martha Collins, Mar
tha Hedgebeth and Willie Spencer
ast November 2, was given two years
m the roads, to be paroled in 12
months if he has a good prison rec
Henry Bryant, 19. colored, charged
with robbing John James here, re
ceived an abatement of judgment.
Bryant was driving the car when
Glennie Oil, colored, wis killed in
an attempt to rob Bateman's Serv
ice Station near Roper late in No
vember. John G. Spikes, 18, and
Ernest Boney, two other members of
the gang, were transferred to Nor
folk to be tried for the murder of a
Greek restaurant owner during a
hold-up there just before the rob
bery attempt in this county.
Defense Courses to
Be Taught in High
Schools of County
Boys and Girls Will Have
Opportunity of Learning
To Help Nation
Washington County white schools
at Plymouth, Roper and Creswell will
begin teaching war courses within
two weeks, according to H. H. Mc
Lean, superintendent of public in
struction, who said that he was ex
pecting a suggested list of texts from
'lie state defense curriculum com
mittee within the next few days.
"We are not interested in putting
m a show, because our schools here
will not permit it, since we have only
a small staff assigned to the schools,
and the boys who eventually get into'
he army would have to be taught j
all over again, but there are many
things of value we can do,” said Mr.
Mr. McLean pointed out the value
of vocational courses for work in de
fense production or any other activi
ty which will fit the boys and girls
for valuable services. For instance,
he said, it has been suggested that
boys be taught to cook in quantities,
as some of them may be required to
do this work in the army.
There may be drills which the na
tianal authorities recommend, said
school head, and physical education
will be stressed, inch.ding the physi
cal examination of all high school
pupils, in order that they may be
better fitted when their services are
State committeemen on this work
were asked to meet Tuesday of this
wfeek, when members of the commit
tee made suggestions.
Tax Listing Gets
Slow Start Here
Tax listing is off to a slow start
in Washington County, if Plym
outh Township listing can be
used as a basis for what is being
done in the other three town
ships. Thursday morning only
95 persons had listed with W\ L.
Hassell at the courthouse here.
Seventy-five had listed with Mrs.
M. W. Spruill, the Town of Plym
outh list taker.
The 95 who have listed here is
only a small fraction of the 1.800
in the township who are required
to report their holdings during
the month or be penalized for
their negligence. And the 1.800
who listed last year should be in
creased if all newcomers list their
poll taxes and personal property.
No reports have been received
of progress in Lees Mill, Skin
nersville. and Scuppernong
Townships. Farmers are urged
to bring along a report of their
plantings in 1941.
Waste Paper Needed
For War Purposes;
Collection by Scouts
Pulp Plant Manager Asks
Employees and Others
To Save Paper
In 1940, the total paper and board
mill production in the United States
amounted to 14,000,000 tons; and in
December some mills which are en
gaged in the production of containers
from pulp made of old papers for de
fense purposes operated only part
time because of insufficient collec
tion of waste paper, according to E.
L. Walker, manager of the North
Carolina Pulp Company, who this
week addressed a letter to all em
ployees of the company asking that
they save >■ ] wa ',e paper and turn
it over to local scouts, who are mak
ing the collection here.
The United States Office of Pro
duction Management is demanding
increased collection of waste paper,
Mr. Walker said, and through this
effort it is hoped that 7,000,000 tons
of waste paper per year—or one-half
of all paper manufactured—can be
returned to the industry for repro
Waste paper is said to be vital to
victory, because paper is the chief
material from which paper board
and containers are made, and mil
lions upon millions of containers be
yond the country’s normal require
ments are now needed to ship ma
terials to the nation’s war industries,
military camps and the Allies.
The letter of Mr. Walker suggests :
that when an employee of the pulp
company has saved 50 to 100 pounds
of the waste paper he fill out a cou
1 See WASTE PAPER, Page Four)
Will Lasl lor Half
Hour; Fire Siren
To Sound Signals
All Traffic To Halt and No
One Allowed on Streets
Except Officers
Plymouth's first test biackout will
be held Friday night from 7 to 7:30,
with the fire siren sounding a one
minute blast at 7 p. m. to mark the
beginning of the blackout period. A
short blast at 7:30 p. m. will be the
"all-clear’’ signal, according to P. W.
Brown, chief air raid warden for the
Chief Brown said that during the
blackout period all traffic must come
to a standstill and everyone must
take cover, leaving the sidewalks and
streets entirely clear except for air
raid wardens, fire and police officers.
No lights may be used which can be
seen from the streets. If lignts are
used in homes, windows and doors
must be entirely covered so that no
reflection is visible from the outside.
Merchants are warned to turn out
the lights in their store windows be
fore the blackout period tomorrow
An air-raid warden has been ap
pointed for each two blocks inside
the town limits, and every resident
will be contacted by him to see that
the air-raid regulations are observed.
Chief Brown urges all citizens to see
their air-raid wardens and learn just
what is expected of them to make
the blackout a success. Immediately
after the “all-clear'’ is sounded at
7:30 p. m.. all air-raid wardens are
to report to the police station for a
discussion of the success of the black
Wardens appointed are: Poye Dav
enport, C. E. Ayers, Jack Peele, Bill
Joyner, Cleve Cratch, W. J. High
smith. R. L. Tetterton, Tarleton
Gardner, Ernest James, Eddie Blatz,
Fred Keyes, “Slim" James, R. D.
West, George Barden. Ed Ayers, Roy
Manning, jr„ George Smith, John
Brovy. W ”, p«rry, p. a. Duvall,
•,cr '’iiL *?'. 1 Elmer Bryan
“Your coi i i ' ion in thio lest may
mean the sa.uig of li”es later, and
everyone is asked to do his part will
ingly, cheerfully and to remain calm,"
said the chief.
Education Board Puts Off
Action on Request for Bus
The Washington County Board of
Education, in session here Monday,
postponed to the first Monday in
February the matter of providing
transportation for colored children
on the Western Farm of the FSA
farms project to the Cherry colored
Dr. N. C. Newbold. state director
of Negro education: W. D. Moore, jr„
community manager at the Scupper
nong Farms; and James W. Westby,
community service supervisor of the
regional office of the Farm Security
Administration, met with the board
Add 13 Acres Tobacco
To County Allotment
Scon Hake Plans
For Registration
Plans for regitering all nion in
Washington County, not previ
ously registered between the ages
of 20 and 44. inclusive, will be
announced by the Washington
County Selective Service Board
in a few days, according to Clerk
S. A. Ward. The registration has
been ordered for Monday, Feb
ruary 16.
It is believed the registration
will be held in accordance with
plans governing the first regis
tration on October, 1940. mean
ing that registration places will
be set up in districts and volun
teers will handle the work.
Men between 20 and 44 regis
tering on February 16 will be sub
ject to active military duty.
Auto Turns Over Near
Roper Tuesday Night
None of the several occupants was
serously injured when the automo
bile operated by M. B. Richards, of
Norfolk, turned over on the curve
near the home of E. R. Lewis, beyond
Rcper, Tuesday night. The car,
which is owned by C. H. Creedmore.
of Norfolk, who was an occupant, was
practically demolished.
Mr. Richards is being charged with
reckless and careless operation of the
automoble and with operating a car
without a driver's license. Names of
the other occupants of the car could
not be obtained.
Little Difference in
1842 Quota Figures
From Last Season
271 Allotments Last Year;
About Same Number
This Season
Thirteen more acres of tobacco have
been alloted to Washington County
for 1942 than were permitted to be
grown without penaity in 1941, ac
cording to County Agent W. V. Hays
who said the allotment for this year
was 1.065 acres, against 1,052 acres
last season. Last year there were
271 growers who participated in the
allotment and this year there will
be about the same number.
Prior to the tobacco referendum
held on July 20, Iy40, the growers
were promsed that the crop would
not be reduced if the three-year pro
gram was adopted: and since there
is no great demand for an increase
by the market, the quotas will be in
creased only by a small margin al
though this country is now at war.
In the referendum held July 20.
1940. 256 voters favored the three
year plan, 5 the one-year plan, and
10 voted against quotas altogether
in the county. The referendum on
quotas applied to the 1941. 1942 and
1943 crops. There is reported to be
plenty of surplus tobacco in this
country now. even though war de
mands have increased purchases.
However, some countries that have
been purchasing tobacco in the U. S.
'See TOBACCO, Page Four)

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