The Roanoke Beacon ******* and Washington County News »★★★*★★ VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 6 Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina. Thursday, February 5, 1942 A home newspaper dedicated I to the service of Washington County and Its 12.000 people. ESTABLISHED 1889 Town opics Webb Jones, jr., son of Mr. anci Mrs. Webb Jones, of Plymouth, has volunteered to go to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, sometime during this month to work as a third-class pipefitter. Hundreds of young men are being employed to repair the damage done in the harbor by the Japanese in their sneak raid December 7. P. H. Modlin. manager of the M. H. Mitchell Furinture Co., here, will soon remove his merchandise from the old ice plant part of the munici pal building on Water Street, in or der that J. B. Willoughby can begin installation of the equipment for his steam laundry. T. W. Earle, district chairman of the Boy Scouts, asks those who have paper to contribute to the waste paper collection cam paign to call Norman Furniture Co., 203-1, or get in touch with the Rev, E. B. Taylor, scoutmas ter of the local troop. Two poems written by Mrs. A. Ed ison Davenport, of Mackeys, were re cently read over a Wilson broadcast ing station. The poems were entitled "V for Victory” and “The Girl Who Was and the Woman Who Is.” Mrs. Davenport is a talented writer and has been accorded wide recognition for her literary efforts. Lewis E. Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Price, was at home from Port Bragg this week recovering from an attack of pneumonia. This made the seventh time the young soldier has had pneumonia. He seems to be very healthy otherwise, but he is very sus ceptible to pneumonia during the winter months. A meeting of the members of the Plymouth Merchants Asso ciation will be held next Mon day night in the municipal build ing at 8 o’clock, it was announced today by James W. Norman, the president, who says there is some urgent business to be considered. Miss Marie Harden, of Dardens, is now employed at the Branch Bank ing and Trust Company here. She succeeded Mrs. Alvah Whealton, who resigned. Several county officers are expect ,ed to attend a district meeting of OTunty and city officials in the city hall at Greenville tomorrow to hear Robert A; .Martino, chief of the ma terials section of the Office of Pro duction Management. v TT :V County Boarain Meeting Monday The Washington County Commis sioners held their monthly meeting last Monday, with a number of rou tine matters to be disposed of. The board contracted with Norman & Rodman for collection of all de linquent taxes levied by the county to and including the year 1939. The law firm is to begin immediately on the collections, so as to make as much of the money as possible avail able to the county in the near future. J. C. Kirkman and S. D. Davis asked the commissioners to extend the time of an option they held for the purchase of some property owned by the county. They said that for est fires had prevented them from determining the true value of the property, and they were given until March 1 to comply with the terms of the option they held. Carl L. Bailey appeared before the commissioners and asked them to ac cept deed to certain property form erly owned by Hester A. Haughton and to release other property being held on account of taxes. Mrs. S. M. ■ Rasmusson asked the commissioners to help get a street in the village repaired and graded. This matter will probably be referred to state authorities. ■-# Income Tax Man To Be Here February 25 and 26 -$ A representative of the internal revenue service of the Treasury De partment will be in Plymouth at the office of the chief of police on Wed nesday and Thursday, February 25 and 26, for the purpose of assisting taxpayers in filing income tax re turns, according to information from C. H. Robertson, collector of internal revenue for North Carolina. All References To Time After This Week To Be Based on Daylight Saving War time — otherwise known as daylight saving time—will be come effective next Monday at 2 a. m., when clocks all over the nation will be moved forward one hour in compliance with the law recently passed by Congress. Most people will set their clocks up before retiring Sunday night, and the new time will be the only official time for all pur poses for the duration of the war and six months thereafter. Mail, bus, train and all other schedules will be governed by the “fast" time. In order to avoid possible confusion all time referred to in the columns of the Roanoke Beacon after this week will be based on daylight saving time or war time, and persons who send in church notes or ac i counts of meetings are asked to be governed accortngly. If it is decided to hold services or meet ings on standard time, kindly advance the time by one hour in reporting It to eliminate misun derstandings, since this news paper intends to refer only to official war time in its news col umns “for the duration.” May Take Men With Dependents for Army If New Law Adopted Peanut Mill Here To Be Reopened Indications that the old Bain peanut shelling plant, on the edge of Plymouth would be re opened for business in time at least to take care of this year’s crop were seen this week with announcement of the purchase of the property by J. E. Daven port. The deed to the property was made to Mr. Davenport by R. F. Bain, vice president, and R. G, Bain, secretary, of the Bain Pea nut Company, Inc., a Virginia firm. The exact price of the property was not mentioned in the deed, which said the consid eration was “$1,000 and other good and valuable considera tions. The buildings and machinery and 6.18 acres of land were con veyed to Mr. Davenport by the deed. Plymouth Officials Decide To Reserve Space for Bus Stop Place Marked Off in Front Of Station Here on Water Street -@ The Town of Plymouth Council In session Monday night, agreed to permit the reservation of a space on Water Street in front of Arps Phar macy for loading and unloading pas sengers busses operated through here by the Norfolk Southern Bus Cor poration. The space was painted and marked off yesterday, and will be reserved exclusively for use by the busses. The agerement was made for a period of 12 months. As agent for the bus company, P. M. Arps appeared before the coun cilmen and told them the company needed a reserved space as a conven ience for the traveling public as well as a convenience for the company. Councilmen understand that Mr. Arps is planning to install rest rooms in his store, which serves as the lo cal bus station, and that he will also provide other conveniences for trav elers. The city fathers also approved a contract with Norman and Rodman for collection of delinquent taxes for 1939 and prior years. This work is to be completed within 12 months. A second trash truck was ordered purchased by the council. An appro priation of $1,100 was made some time ago to cover this expense. It is understood that the total cost of the truck, with a hydraulic dump body, will be around $1,400, but the dealer agreed to give his commis sion, which made the total cost to the town about $1,200. Car Owners Are Warned To Take All Possible Steps To Prevent Tire Thefts Police officials are warning all automobile owners In this sec tion to use every precaution to prevent a wave of tire thefts, evidence of which began to crop out this week with at least two industrial workers here report ing that tires had been removed from their cars while they were at work. Police advise against leaving automobiles and trucks In places where they are easily accessible to thieves. Raymond Campbell and Tom Davis, both employees at the pulp plant here have been the victims of thieves recently. When Da vis quit work Sunday night at 12 o’clock and started home, he found the front wheel and tire missing from his 1940 Ford. The thieves also took his hubcap and the note whish held ths wheel in place and, although he had a spare tire, he was unable to put it on until after he had routed a garage owner from sleep and secured the necessary parts. The car belonging to Campbell was taken several days ago from the parking lot at the pulp mill and driven to a forest, where it was found later with one of the wheels and a tire missing. So far as can be learned, offi cers have no clues to the identity of the thieves. Car and truck owners are being warned to lock their cars in garages at night or keep them in their back yards, where they would be awakened by would-be thieves. Police also advise listing the serial numbers of all tires, in order that they might be identified in the event they are stolen. Local Board Ready For Registration in County February 16 Plan Studied by Congress Will Make Provision For Dependents Plans for the third registration, set for Monday, February 16, having been completed in this county, the local selective service board is now interested in the proposal, discussed in Congress this week, to pass an “Allowance and Allotment Act,’’ sim ilar to that in effect during World War No. 1, which would clear the path for raising an army of 8,000,000 men in the United States. Passage of such an act would release for military duty a great many of the 10,000,000 men now deferred because of their dependents. This would also enhance the possibility of military service for many of those in the 20 to 45 age group who are to register February 16th. The local draft board also sent a bus load of young white men from the county to New Bern Monday for their final physical examinations. Those who passed the examination are likely to be inducted into the service during the next 60 to 90 days, it was indicated, although no defi nite dates have yet been set. Under the plan discussed in Con gress, service men with dependents would be required to allot a specified portion of their pay for the depend ents, and their allotments would be matched by an equal or larger amount from the Federal treasury. If such a plan is adopted, a large number of men in the 3-A classifica tion, including married men with or without children, and single men supporting parents or other relatives, would receive government aid in sup porting their dependents and there by be freed for immediate service in the armed fores. An outline of the allowance and al lotment act shows that it would work out substantially as follows: Men in the service would allot up to half of their pay, but not more than $15 per month each, to their families or de pendents. The Federal Government would match this allotment dollar for-dollar, and an extra $10 a month would be allowed for the first child and $7.50 for each additional child, but the total of such payments would not be permitted to exceed $50 per month. Thus a married man with two children who allotted $15 per month of his pay. would have his al lotment supplemented by $32.50 from the government, and his family would receive a total of $47.50 per month. The army's present strength is about 1,800,000. More than 10,000, 000 of the 17,500,000 men already registered under the draft law fall into the 3-A classification. The third registration, which will take place February 16, Is expected to add 10, 000,000 more men to the selective service rolls. Army officials have estimated that about 960 men in this county be tween the ages of 20 and 45, inclu sive, who have not previously reg istered will have their names put on the rolls February 16. -? Program oi Services at Episcopal Church Here Services at Grace Episcopal church Sunday will be as follows: 10 a. m. church school: H a. m„ Morning Prayer and sermon; 7:30 p. m. Young People’s Service League. The Rev. Sidney E. Matthews, rector, will preach. ---j>. County Farmers Continue Campaign for Scrap Metal County Agent W. V. Hays said to day that farmers in the county were still gathering scrap metal to be sold to junk dealers for use In making war materials. He said that he had been unable so far to learn how much metal lias been collected and eold so far during the drive. Owners of Property Must Finish Listing By Saturday Night No Further Extension Will Be Granted, According To Authorities Property owners in Washington County are warned by Tax Super visor E. F. Swain that they abso lutely must list their holdings for taxation by Saturday night or be subject to penalties, as there will not be another extension of time. All of the property was supposed to have been listing during January, but the commissioners last week extended the time for one week, Saturday night of this week being declared definitely the deadline. W. Linwood Hassell, list taker for Plymouth Township, said yesterday that about 85 per cent of the real property in the township had been listed and about 75 per cent of the personal property. Approximately 35 per cent of the farmers have not yet given in their farm census. Mr. Hassell urges those who have not listed or given in their census to come in at once and save the pen alty for delinquency in this respect. Paul B. Belanga, list taker for Scuppernong Township, said about 90 per cent of the property there had been put on the books. W. W. White, of Skinnersville, and E. M. Chesson, of Lees Mill, have not re ported on listings in their respect ive townships. It is believed, how ever, that about 85 per cent of the property has been listed there. It is not known exactly how many taxpayers there are in the county, by the four townships, but it is believed there are at least 5,000 real and per sonal property owners. Plymouth Township alone is said to have 2,200 property owners who are required to list taxes for 1942. Tire Board Issues Five Certificates -<s> Five persons and firms were issued certificates to purchase three tires, five tubes, and one obsolete tire yes terday afternoon, when the Wash ington County tire rs.tioning board began issuing ceritflcates for pur chases against the February quota of 5 tires and 4 tubes for passenger cars and 12 tires and 21 tubes for trucks. This quota compares with the January quota of 7 tires and 6 tubes for passenger cars and 16 tires and 13 tubes for trucks. Certificates were issued as follows Wednesday: H. E. Clifton, of Creswell, one tire and one tube, for pick-up truck used for farm hauling and fire-fighting work. J. B. Edmondson, of Plymouth: one obsolete tire. Owens Brothers, Plymouth: tire and tube for hauling farm products. J. L. Phelps, of Creswell: one tire and tube for farm truck. Plymouth Box & Panel Company: two truck tubes, for use on trucks hauling raw material to manufact uring plant engaged in defense in dustry. Woman Lawyer With Firm Here The first woman lawyer to practice law in Plymouth is now in the em ploy of Norman and Rodman here as associate counsel. She is Miss Margaret Johnson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Johnson, of Pitts burgh, Pa., who came here from Craven County, where she had been working about a year for the local legal firm. Miss Johnson is a graduate of William and Mary College and re ceived her LL.B. degree in the Law School at the University of North Carolina. She passed the North Carolina State Bar examination in 1940, just after her graduation in June. Completing her assignment of work for the local firm in Craven County, she came here a few days ago and is living at the home of Dr. and Mrs. T. L. Bray on Main street. Blackout Test Set For Next Monday P. W. Brown, chief air raid warden here, said that he would reorganize the local force and be ready to take part in a test black out set for Monday night between 8 and 10 p. m., for towns in the Williamston district, including Plymouth. Williamston, Windsor and others In Washington and Tyrrell Counties. The test has been authorized by W. F. Nufer, assistant director of Civilian De fense for North Carolina. People here are urged to be ready to blackout their homes and places of business at any time between 8 and 10 p. m. Mon day. Mr. Nufer will likely visit here between now and Monday to complete arrangements and of ficials may be here to determlno the succeas of the test. Wilbur M. Darden To Become Clerk of Court on March 1st Announces Acceptance This Week; Is Successor To C. V. W. Ausbon Representative W. M. Darden this week stated that he had decided to accept appointment as clerk of the Washington County Superior Court, clerk of the recorder’s court, and judge of the juveinle court, to suc ceed C. V, W. Ausbon, who resigned on account of his health, effective March 1. Mr. Darden will serve the unex pired term of Mr. Ausbon. which has until December 1 to run. Mr. Dar den. if he wishes to continue in the office, will be required to file for the Democratic primary in May and run for election in November if nomi nated. Mr. Darden is accepting the office on the fee system basis, which holds good until December of this year. An act of the legislature last year provides for a salary of $1,800 a year, or $150 per month, for the office after December 1st. Mr. Darden was recommended by unanimous vote of the Washington County Bar Association for the office. Members of the bar felt that a per son who had received legal training would make for increased efficiency in the office. The appointment was made by Resident Judge Walter J. Bone, of Nashville. So far as could be learned, there were no other as pirants for the office. Mr-. Darden has been practicing law here for about nine years. He has served as solicitor of the record er's court, and is now county repre sentative in the General Assembly. Washington County Exceeds Quota for Infantile Paralysis County Chairman Thanks Contributors and Can vassers for Work -<$• A total of $210 has been contribu ted by residents of Washigton Coun ty in the annual campaign for funds for the National Foundation for In fantile Paralysis, which is climaxed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday, when dances are held over he nation in connection with the March of Dimes” campaign. Since the quota for this county was $165, John W. Darden, county chairman, was elated over raising the $210, which is $45 over the county quota. Special appreciation was expressed to Mrs. J. M. Phelps, at Creswell; H. H. McLean, of Plymouth; Mrs. Isa Johnston, of Roper, and W. H. Berry, of Plymouth, for their work in put ting the campaign over the top. He also expressed his thanks to those who contributed and helped in other ways. In a prepared statement, Mr. Dar den said: “I sincerely thank every person of Washigton County for the splendid response to the call for funds for the campaign against in fantile paralysis. This county, in ihis campaign, as it does in all cam paigns, went over the top. “I desire to suggest that the local or county organization arrange for all children, both white and colored, who are suffering from this dreaded disease, to obtain some treatment from the funds now in the bank for chat purpose. This will have to be done through the county organiza :ion and with the advice of the doc :ors of the county. It is my purpose :o call a meeting of the county com nittee sometime in the near future o work out plans for this service.” It is understood that there was ibout $150 in the bank to the credit of this fund, and about $100 from the current campaign will be added t othe money on deposit for infant ile paralysis work in the county. Five Cases Tuesday In Recorder's Court -S' Only five cases came before re corder's court Tuesday, but some of them were long-drawn-out, causing Recorder W. Ronald Gaylord and Prosecuting Attorney W. Blount Rod man to work until about 9 o’clock that night. Mrs. Blanche Ainsworth appealed from a fine of $10, in lieu of 30 days on the roads, for injuring a hog be longing to W. S. Spruill. Mrs. Ainsworth and her husband, T. H. Ainsworth, won a directed ver dict of not guilty on a charge of causing the death of a mule and a cow belonging to W. S. Spruill. Leroy Comstock, 18, white, charged with violating the highway laws, was given 30 days on the roads, suspended upon payment of the costs. Tire court also required him to obtain an op erator's permit before driving a car again. Martin Luther Thompson, 38, white entered a plea of guilty to violating the highway traffic laws and was fined $10 and coats. Daylight Time Will Bring Some Changes In Schedule Monday r L CLERK OF COURT J Representative W. M. Darden announced this week that he had decided to accept the appoint ment as clerk of the superior court, succeeding C. V. W. Aus bon, resigned. He will take of fice March 1. Military Unit Makes Ball Park Base for Surveys in Vicinity Engaged in Work on Aerial Maps; To Be Here for Two Weeks •-<8> The Army moved into Plymouth this week, when the tents of 55 mem bers of the first platoon of Company A, 649th Engineers, were set up in the Kieckhefer ball park Tuesday. Lieutenant W. H. Toy is in charge of the group, which is making ground surveys for aerial maps. They may remain here about two weeks before moving on to other sections Observers were impressed with the business-like manner of the officers and men as they busied themselves about the camp here. A number oi local people watched the men erect .heir tents and viewed the large army trucks and the one "jeep’- comprising the motorized equipment of the de tachment. E. L. Walker, general manager of the North Carolina Pulp Company, visited the camp Tuesday and ex pressed the willingness of his com pany to cooperate with the men in any way. They seemed to be most interested in his offer to extend use of shower baths at the plant to mem bers of the outfit. Dr. S. V. Lewis, district health officer, also visited the camp and offered the cooperation of his department. -*_ Funeral lor Edison Phelps Held Sunday Funeral services were conducted in Columbia Sunday afternoon at Wes iey Memorial Methodist church for Edison Phelps, who was accidentally killed at the Norfolk Naval Base on Thursday, January 22. The Rev. A. L. Chaplin officiated, assisted by the Rev. L. B, Bennett. A large crowd attended the services, and a large floral offering was contributed. Mr Phelps was well known in the lower part of Washington County, Active pall-bearers were D. W. and Willard White, Roy and Murrell Has sell, Raymond Phelps and Eugene Brickhouse. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Gladys Bateman Phelps, and one daughter, Barbara Ann. of Columbia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Z. H. Phelps; five sisters, Mrs. R. A. Gibbs, Mrs. Phillip Ambrose, Misses Maxine, Jeanette, and Agnes Phelps; two brothers, Junior and Bobby Phelps, all of Washington County, Schools and Most Local Stores Will Adopt New Hours Means Starting Day Earlier But at Same Clock Time For Most People A few changes in schedules will be made by various organizations in Washington County next Monday, when daylight saving time—or war time—becomes effective, it was indi cated in a survey made today. In most cases, the clocks will simply be set forward one hour, in compliance with the law recently passed by Con gress, and all schedules will remain the same by the clock, although they will be an hour earlier than at pres ent according to standard or sun time. The clocks in all the schools of the county will be advanced one hour, but the schools will change their schedules somewhat, varying accord ing to the locality, with most of them beginning the day’s session at 9 o’ clock or shortly after. This will en able the high schools to have three periods in the morning and four in the afternoon, instead of four in the morning and three in the afternoon as at present. The noon lunch recess will be about at the same time by the clock as at present, and the day’s session will close about 4:30 p. m. At a meeting of the Plymouth Merchants Association Tuesday aft ernoon, It was decided that all stores, except groceries would open at 9 a. m. and close at 6 p.m., by the new time. The grocery stores will remain on the present schedule of 8 to 6 p. m. Following the meeting, some of the merchants decided that it would be well for all the stores to open and close at the same time and advocated opening at 8:30 and clos ing at 5:30 by the new time. James W. Norman, president of the associa tion, said this morning that so far as he knew no action had been tak en on the proposal, and that he un derstood all the stores except the groceries would open at 9 a. m. and close at 6 p. m., as decided Tuesday. This schedule will remain in effect until the Wednesday afternoon clos ings become effective in the late spring, when it is expected the stores will return to the present 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. hours. According to the law, industry, commerce, farms, business houses, schools, churches and all other activ ities will be based on war time after 2 a. m. Monday, when the law be comes effective. It is not a volun tary action, as was the case last summer, but is required by an act of Congress. It is designed to con serve electric power needed for the war effort by making available more daylight hours for work. While no material saving in electricity is ex pected in this immediate section, the plan is of considerable value in some industrial sections. Funeral Last Week For W. J. Ainsley -$ | Funeral services were held at the j home at Lake Landing in Hyde ; County last Friday afternoon for W. J. 'Billy John) Ainsley, 73, who died at his home last Wednesday. The Rev. C. A. Martin, formerly of Cres well, officiated. Burial took place in the family cemetery. Mr. Ainsley was well known in Washington County, especially in the Creswell section. Pall-bearers were H. W. Spruill, Haywood Spruill, jr„ Charlie Arm strong, Ausbon Armstrong, Gilliam Ainsley and Tom Armstrong. Surviving is his widow, Mrs. Mag gie Dunbar Ainsley; two daughters, Mrs. H. V. Spruill and Mrs. Tom Arm strong, Columbia, route one; two sis ters, Mrs. Willis Blake, of Columbia, and Mrs. Martha Sawyer, of Edenton. Organized Labor Will Sponsor Drive To Boost Sale Defense Bonds. Stamps Organized labor here is plan ning to stage an Intensive cam paign in Washington County to stimulate the sale of Defense Bonds and Stamps, according to W. L. Garrison, vice president of the State Federation of Labor for the Plymouth district, who attended a meeting in Salisbury la't week, when plans for a state wide campaign were made. The local unions here will ap point a committee to conduct the campaign in this county. It was said that the North Carolina Pulp Co. has already agreed to cooperate by putting into effect the payroll allotment plan to stimulate bond and stamp sales among its employees. Under this plan, workmen may voluntarily request the company to deduct a specified amount weekly from their checks for the purchase of defense bonds and stamps. Other concerns in the county are expected to follow in adop ing this plan. All the local un ions here will cooperate in the drive to ask every merchant, to arrange a plan for purchasing defense bonds and stamps, both for themselves and their em ployees. It is believed that sales of the bonds and stamps will be great ly increased by the direct can vass. Several plans will be rec ommended for firms and individ uals who wish to buy stamps and bonds.