The Roanoke Beacon
* * * * * * * and Washington County News **★★★**
A home newspaper dedicated
to the service of Washington
County and its 12.000 people.
VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 9
Plymouth. vVashington County. North Carolina. Thursday, February 26, 1942
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Washington County officers have
been extended an invitation to at
tend the War Traffic School at Chap
el Hill March 2 to 7. Instruction will
be given by FBI agents and traffic
specialists. It is not known how
many will go from the county.
The North Carolina Highway Traf
fic Advisory Committee headquarters
in Raleigh has advised W. M. Dar
den, chairman of local civilian de
fense, that there are still a number
in the county who have not made re
ports on trucks owned by them which
may be needed in an emergency.
That Sterling Johnson, well
known colored man here. Is go
ing “all out’’ for defense was
shown recently when he deliv
ered over 1.000 pounds of waste
' paper to be turned over to pulp
plants for the war effort. This
is said to be largest single col
lection reported by any individ
ual in the campaign so far.
A small Are at the rear of A. J.
Byrd’s Clothing Store here threat
ened the building for a time Satur
day afternoon. Hot ashes thrown on
the ground set Are to oil which had
dripped from a fuel-oil tank. Only
small damage was done to the back
door of the store.
The Welaka Fish * Produce
Co„ of Mackeys, announces #i
increase of their guarantee for
ripe tomatoes to 25 cents a bas
ket, each basket containing 5-8
of a bushel. The cannery will
be operated for the benefit of to
mato growers as well as fisher
men this season.
Washington County Democrats
have raised about $50 of the $75 quota
for this county to apply on the debt
remaining from the last national
Democratic campaign, according to
W. Ronald Gaylord, chairman of the
county executive committee. How
ever. none of the local Democrats at
tended the district Washington Day
dinner in Edenton Saturday.
County Agent W. V. Hays has
been made joint chairman with
H. H. McLean of the Salvage-for
Victory Committee. The two men
will work out a plan for consist
ent salvage collections and will
arrange for this material to
reach defense channels.
Representative W. M. Darden said
this week that he would take over
the duties as clerk of court Monday,
succeeding C V W Aushon, resigned.
Mr. uaiywn y*sJ®»SSU»eOd by Judge
Walter J. Bone recently.
C. E. Ayers, John Swinson, and E.
Leigh Winslow, local fuel oil distrib
utors, urge elimination of waste In
every way of this oil. They hope the
public will cooperate and that strict
rationing will not become necessary.
Two Tires and Two
Cars Released This
Week by Raiioners
Both Motor Vehicles Re
leased Were Bought Be
fore ‘Freezing’ Order
Certificates to purchase two auto
mobile tires and one tube were is
sued to those who applied to the
Washington County Rationing Board
last Wednesday at its weekly meeting.
B. B. Newberry, Route 1, Plymouth,
was granted a certificate to buy an
ohsolete tire and tube for a trailer.1
The board has no strict regulations
on odd-sized tires.
The Kev. urover Cleveland wooa,
Methodist minister of Roper, was
granted permission to buy one pas
senger car tire for the reason that
his car is needed in order for the
minister to serve his several churches.
It was also also learned that the
board had authorized release of a
special “carry-all" automobile, a
combination ambulance and station
wagon, to the North Carolina Pulp
Company, and a new garbage truck
for the town of Plymouth. These
cars were bought before January 1
but delivery was halted when the
ban was placed on all motor cars
some time ago. It was shown that
the purchasers had completed the
transaction before January 1 and
were only awaiting delivery when car
sales were forbidden and stocks
“frozen” January 1.
Material Here for High School Rooi
Bui No Workmen Have Arrived as Yei
Material has been placed here
by Water Brothers, Rocky Mount
contracting firm, for the purpose
for putting a new roof on the
white high school building, but
other factors are holding up ac
tual beginning of the work.
A letter was received by H. H.
McLean, county superintendent
of public instruction, stating that
work was to start Monday of this
week, and local officials were
ready, but up to yesterday the
work had not gotten underway.
The contractors will remove
the existing roof, flash caulk cop
ings on the parapet walls and
cover the entire building with a
new composition roof, similar to
the one now on the building. The
new roof will ho guaranteed to
last about 20 years. The Rocky
Mount firm put the roof on the
new Creswell school building, and
it reported to be a splendid
piece of work.
It is believed that although
most of the needed materials
have been placed on the lot here,
that the work is being held up
by delay in receiving some of the
other articles required. Repre
sentatives of the firm are ex
pected to arrive at any time to
The total cost of the project
will be $1,430, under the terms of
the bid made by the company on
January 19. This was the lowest
of a number of bids submitted,
the others ranging upward to
Gives $50 for Bomber for MacArthur
After reading In daily news
papers yesterday that soldiers
under the command of General
Douglas MaeArthur, in the Phil
ippines, were contributing part of
their pay to raising a fund to buy
a bomber for use against the
Japanese, J. C. Tarkenton. prom
inent merchant and farmer of the
Pleasant Grove section, deposited
S50 in the Branch Banking &
Trust Company here in Plym
outh to launch a fund in this
county to “buy another bomber
for MacArthur’s boys.”
Mr. Tarkenton said he was
launching the movement in the
hope that It would meet with a
spontaneous response from the
general public and thus focus the
attention of official Washington
on the almost universal desire in
this nation that reinforcements
be sent to the courageous and
beleagured American and Fili
pino troops engaged in the des
perate last-ditch stand against
Japanese invaders on Bataan
Peninsula. He hopes the idea
will spread rapidly, and said yes
terday that he favored those who
feel as he does about the mat
ter getting together within the
next few days and forming an
organization to publicize and pro
mote a campaign to “Buy Anoth
er Bomber for MacArthur's
Military experts have been
contending that it is impossible
to send reinforcements to the be
leagured Americans In Bataan,
since the route which necessarily
must be followed lies across some
5,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean,
and most of the route is domi
nated by Japanese sea and air
forces operated from island bases.
However, Mr. Tarkenton believes
that if enough pressure can be
brought to bear, a desperate ef
fort will be made to send some
sort of help to the MacArthur
forces, and It was with the hope
of developing such pressure that
he deposited S50 to the credit of
the movement to “Buy Another
Bomber for MacArthur’s Boys.”
listing it as a donation from Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Tarkenton. Any
others who are interested are in
vited to get in touch with Mr.
Home of Rev. T. F.
Davenporl Burns at
Creswell Last Week
House and Most of Contents
Total Loss; Defective
The dwelling occupied by the fam
ily of the Rev. T. P. Davenport, near
Creswell, was destroyed by fire last
Saturday afternoon. The home
burned to the ground within 15 min
utes after the blaze was discovered.
It is reported that the dwelling caught
fire from a flue in the second story.
The blaze was discovered at the
end of the house and was fanned by
a stiff breeze, which caused the fire
to spread rapidly. Some clothing and
everal pieces of furniture were saved
from the first floor, but the fire
gained headway so rapidly that noth
ing could be removed from the sec
Mrs. Davenport and her son, Sex
ton, were the only members of the
"amily home at the time. The Rev.
vir. Davenport was away. Mrs. Dav
enport. suffering from a heart ail
ment, was reported still very ill yes
terday from the shock of losing her
home. At the present she as at the
home of a on, Lonnie Davenport.
The hous..j was owned by Sidney
there was any insurance on either
the house or the contents.
Mrs. M. J. Norton
Dies Early Today
Funeral '■ervices will be held at the
home In Williamston tomorrow (Fri
day aiiernoon) at 2:30 for Mrs. M. J.
Norton, who died this morning at
2:30, following an illness extending
over a period of several years. She
had been critically ill for the past
several weeks. The Rev. B. T. Hur
ley, pastor of the Williamston Meth
odist church, will officiate and burial
will take place in Norwalk, Ohio, next
Mrs. Norton was well known in
Plymouth, where her husband was
manager of the handle plant for six
years. They came here in 1919 and
moved to Williamston in 1925. Mrs.
Norton was a native of Norwalk,
Ohio, but had lived in North Caro
lina since 1915.
In addition to her husband, Mrs.
Norton is survived by one son, W. R.
Norton, of Detroit, Mich: and foyr
daughters, Mrs. W. H. Carstarphen
and Mrs. J. R. Everett, of William
ston; Mrs. Melvin Sullivan and Miss
Ruth Norton, of Charleston, S. C.
Funeral Last Saturday
For Mrs. Sarah Clifton
Funeral services were held at the
home near Cherry last Saturday aft
rnoon for Mrs. Sarah Clifton, 63,
who died suddenly Friday as the re
sult of a heart attack. Tire Rev. L.
B. Bennett officiated. Interment took
place in the family cemetery near
Mrs. Clifton had lived in this coun
ty all of her life. She had several
children, the names of whom could
not be secured by this paper today.
She is survived by her husband, Har
1 WILL SPEAK HERE j
Miss Dale Ellis, executive sec
retary of institutional missions
for the division of home missions
of the United Christian Mission
ary Society of the Dhciples of
Christ, will speak at the local
Christian church Sunday evening
at 8 o'clock.
New Minister Takes
Pastorate of Baptist
Churches in County
Rev. S. B. Wilson, of Fort
Barnwell, Succeeds Dr.
Martin at Creswell
The Rev. S. B. Wilson, of Fort
Barnwell, has accepted pastorate of
four Missionary Baptist churches in
Washington County, and is moving
into his new residence at Creswell
this week preparatory to beginning
his work in this county. He succeeds
Dr. G. A. Martin, who resigned in
January to become pastor of the
Lower Currituck group of churches.
The pastorate in this county includes
Baptist churches at Creswell, Oak
Grove, Mount Pleasant and Roper.
The new minister will fill his first
appointment at the Roper Baptist
church next Sunday morning at
11 a. m. He comes to this county
from Fort Barnwell, located between
Kinston and New Bern, w-here his
pastorate was very successful, accord
ing to reports.
The churches formerly served by
the Rev. Mr. Wilson are reported to
have been very progressive, and the
new minister is becoming acquainted
in this county very rapidly, giving rise
to the belief that a very successful
year is ahead for both his churches
and the pastor.
Trustees of the Washington Coun
ty Library were elected at a meeting
held in the public library at the
courthouse here Tuesday as follows:
Mrs. C. E. Ayers, Plymouth, chair
man: Mrs. A. E. Davenport, Mackey*
vice chairman; Mrs. J. R. Campbell,
Plymouth, secretary; and Mrs. W. A.
Biount, of Roper, treasurer. Mrs.
Ayers will name committee members
later. Mrs. Dorcas W. Reid, field
i worker for the North Carolina Li
brary Commission, and Miss Irene
Hester, WPA district library training
supervisor, were present.
The first meeting of the trustees
.will be held next Tuesday afternoon
at 2:30 in the library. Meetings will
be held monthly, on the first Tues
day afternoon. Books will be car
ried to Mackeys, Roper and Cres
jwell for distribution each month and
other distribution centers will prob
! ably be dsignated later.
j Schedule of Services for
Grace Episcopal Church
Services will be held Sunday at
Grace Episcopal church as follows:
Sunday school at 10 a. m.; worship
service at 11 a. m.; and a sermon
i again at 7:30 p. m. William B. Dan
iels, student minister, will preach at
both the morning and afternoon
Services are being held each
Wednesday evening during Lent at.
17:30 o'clock, with the Rev. Sidney E.
Matthews, rector, In charga.
Mission Worker To
Speak at Christian
Miss Dale Ellis To Be Here
In Interest of Emergency
Miss Dale Ellis, executive secretary
of institutional missions for the di
vision of home missions of the United
Christian Missionary Society of the
Disciples of Christ, will speak at the
Christian church here Sunday night
at 8 p. m.. in connection with the
nationwide Emergency Million Cam
This campaign is designed to raise
money to meet the emergencies of
the educational and missionary work
of the Disciples of Christ, both of
the continuing work and that brought
about through National Defense and
the world at war, according to the
Rev. Eugene B. Taylor, pastor of
the local church.
Mr. Taylor said that the money
raised will not only relieve the acute
situation in this and other countries,
but that it would help to ref.ieve
problems facing the local churches.
Hundreds of schools, hospitals and
other institutions are depending on
the result of this campaign.
The speaker here Sunday night.
Miss Fllis, is devoting her time to
institutional work among the Jap
cans, American Indians, the high
landers of the southern mountains,
and the Negroes, every race and color
in this country.
Miss Ellis has been a missionary to
the Philippine Islands.. At Laog she
had charge of the Christian dormi
tory and school for girls, a part of
the educational service to the Fili
pino Christian Mission of the Dis
ciples of Christ. She served as sec
retary of this mission and has been
a teacher of English in Sillman In
stitute, the largest Protestant Col
lege in the islands. Her unusual op
portunity has given her an insight
on conditions in the Orient shared
by only a few.
On her last trip from the East to
the United States, Miss Ellis came
home by way of Europe. She has
been dean of women at Cotner Col
lege, her alma mater, and is reported
to be a speaker of unusual charm and
County Goal for Oil
Peanuts Is Fixed at
4,000 Acres in 1942
Hope To Increase Produc
tion in State by 300,000
Acres This Year
Revised county goals for increases
in production of peanuts for oil give?
Washington County a record high
this year of 4.000 acres, according to
; R. L. Stillman, county chairman of
the USD A Board.
Mr. Stillman said that the state’s
total production goal of oil peanuts
this year had been set at 320.000
acres, as compared with 7.060 acres
grown for this purpose in 1941. The
allotment for edible nuts remains at
It is explained by Mr. Stillman that
the large increase has been asked for
by Secretary of Agriculture Claude R
|Wickard in view of the curtailed im
ports of vegetable oils from the Far
Before the United States entered
! the war, he said, the nation's peanut
goal was 3.500,000 acres, including
1.600.000 acres of edible peanuts
North Carolina’s share of of the goal
for oil-prodi. ing peanuts was placed
at. 216.000 acres. After the attack
on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese
the national production was raised
to 5,000,000 acres, 1.500,000 acres be
ing added 1 oil purposes. Subse
quently, N Carolina’s quota was
increased i 320.000 acres of oil-pro
‘■Secreta; Wickard has asked farm
ers to mobiu/e their forces to pro
duce the f - crops needed to fight
i this war,” X Stillman said. “This
is agricul: - No. 1 job, and I am
confident Washington County and
other Nor; Carolina farmers wil
join in meeting these production
Veteran Court Clerk
Honored Tuesday in
County Court Here
Members of Bar Pay Trib
ute To Mr. Ausbon on
Eve of Retirement
A brief ceremony was held Tuesday
morning in recorder's court, honoring
C. V. W. Ausbon, clerk of the county
sourt since its establishment 16 years
ago, and clerk of the superior court
for 35 years. Mr. Ausbon recorded
the court proceedings for the last
time Tuesday, since his resignation
oecomes effective next Monday,
W. Blount Rodman, prosecuting at
torney, brought to the attention of
.he court the fact that Mr. Ausbon
was leaving his post and cited the
fact that Mr. Ausbon had been most
accommodating and efficient in his
work during his long tenure in the
P. H. Bell, local colored attorney
who is the oldest lawyer in Plym
outh in point of practice, paid trib
ute to the departing clerk and as
serted that Mr. Ausbon had shown
no discrimination against him or his
slients because of their race.
W. L. Whitley, attorney, paid his
respects by mentioning the fact that
Mr. Ausbon had been reelected time
and again during the past 35 years,
which he said showed the great es
teem the people of the county held
for the aging clerk.
W. Ronald Gaylord, Judge of the
recorder's court, made a general
resume of the cooperation that the
recorders had received from the de
parting clerk and said that he had
been especially helpful to young law
A. R. Dupree, sr., attorney, also
made a short talk, paying his respects
co Mr, Ausbon, whom he has known
personally for many years.
After the others had concluded,
Mr. Ausbon recalled some of his ex
periences as clerk of the court and
expressed his appreciation to the peo
ple for their kindness, friendship, in
terest and confidence in the past
years. He especially praised the
members of the bar.
During the course of his remarks,
Mr. Ausbon said that he had helped
to organize The Roanoke Beacon be
fore he became clerk of the court
He said that a number of other pub
ications haa been started and dis
continued here, and that he was glad
the Beacon had continued to grow
and to improve.
r or Stale Senate;
Little Interest Yet
Politics Slow Getting Un
der Way in County; No
Hugh G. Horton, Williamston at
torney and a member of the State
Senate at the 1941 session of the
General Assembly, this week an
nounced his candidacy for the Dem
ocratic nomination for senator from
the second district, subject to the
action of the Democratic primary in
“Since it is precedent," Mr. Hor
ton said, “that a senator is entitled
to serve two terms, I desire to an
nounce that I am a candidate for
the nomination and election as one
of the two senators for the second
senatorial district in the coming pri
mary and election.”
Senator D. Bradford Fearing, hav
ing represented the second district
for two terms,* has reportedly an
nounced that he will not be a can
didate for reelection. So far as can
be determined, no candidate has an
nounced for the seat Mr. Fearing is
Mr. Horton is the fourth definitely
announced candidate for offices
which affect voters of this county.
Tire other three are candidates for
Representative in Congress from the
tirst district. They are Congressman
Herbert C. Bonner, the incumbent;
Marvin K. Blount and Jack Edwards,
both of Greenville.
The war has claimed so much of
the attention of the voters and can
didates alike in this county that there
have been no announcements of can
didates for any of the county offices.
Political discussions are at a low ebb
in this county at present.
Three Cases Tried
In County Court
Three cases came before record
er's court Tuesday morning of this
week, with Recorder W. Ronald Gay
lord and Prosecuting Attorney W
Blount Rodman dispatching the bus
iness of the court in a few hours.
The proceedings follow;
George Allen Little, violating the
highway laws, 30 days on the roads
suspended upon payment of costs.
Willie Mizelle, trespass and lar
ceny; nol prosse with leave.
James Berry, skipping board bill.
Ordered to pay $5 to Charlie Nor
man and the costs in lieu ol a road
Call Comes to County
For Selectees to Enter
Nation’s Armed Force
MISSING AT SEA
Private Ernest J. Davenport, of
the Army Medical Department,
has been reported missing at sea
since December 7, 1941, and is
believed lost. Son of Mrs. Paul
ine Davenport Clifton, of Cres
well, he is the first Washington
County man to be reported lost
in World War II.
Mother of Soldier
"Lost at Sea" Gets
War Department Says Er
nest Davenport Missing
Since December 7
Mrs. Pauline Davenport Clifton, of
near Creswell, has received word
from officials of the War Department
confirming a telegram that she re
vived about three weeks ago. in
arming her that her son, Private
Ernest 5. ctr. 'pi rtf wm mlsjfltig it
Worded in much the same language
as the telegram, the message Mrs.
Davenport received recently read as
‘•It is with profound regret that I
confirm the recent War Department
telegram informing you that your
son, Ernest J. Davenport, Army ser
ial number 6.948.402, has been re
ported missing at sea since about 7,
“The vessel on which he sailed has
been overdue since December 10. 1941.
The report received aid not lur
nish any definite information as to
the circumstances connected there
with. When further information as
to his status is received at this office
you will be informed immediate!f.
“I regret that more complete in
formation cannot be furnished you
at this time.
' Major General,
■'Tlie Adjutant General.”
Private Davenport was 23 years of
age and enlisted in the United States
Army in June, 1939, and was in the
Medical Corps. He was born in this
county near Creswell July 28, 1918
His father. Alexander Davenport, was
killed while working on a railroad
when Ernest was only two years of
His mother was married for the
second time to A. L. Clifton, a farm
er, in 1921. Young Davenport at
ended the Creswell school, where he
completed the eighth grade before it
became necessary for him to go to
work on the farm in 1934 to help
boost the family income. He is re
ported to have been a steady, serious
ype of youth, with no bad habits.
He enlisted in the Army in 1939,
principally in order tc send money
home to help educate his half-sister.
Miss O.ean Clifton, who will gradu
ate this year from the Creswell High
School. The young man told his
mother that he was joining the Army
so that he could he p finance the
college education of his sister.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs.
Pauline Davenport Clifton, of the
Newland section of this county; a
'See MISSING AT SEA. Page 41
White and Colored
Quotas; Group Will
Go Friday Morning
White Men Leave Thursday
Next Week; First Call
In Five Months
Twenty-nine young white and col
ored men of Washington County will
leave within the next few days for
induction into the Army at Fort
Bragg under the provisions of the
Selective Service Act. This marks
the first call this county has had for
selectees since last September IS, but
it is expected that additional men
will be called in increasing numbers
in the near future, as the nation
is planning to increase the number
in the armed forces by 2,000,000 dur
ing the current year.
The men in the quota leaving here
during the next few days have all
been given their final physical ex
aminations by Army examiners at
New Bern and are now ready for
induction. Orders for their induc
tion are being sent out this week
and next. There are 15 colored and
14 white men in the contingents go
ing to camp from here.
Colored men leaving tomorrow,
jFebruary 27, are as follows: Fred
| Jones, William A. Spruill. Henry Ca
j barrus, Frederick Hezekiah Howard,
I all of Creswell; Herbert Lee McCray,
Robert Lee Hill, Henry C. Myers, and
j Robert Louis Price, all of Roper;
Henry Clay Heath, Sol Davis, jr„
Wiiliam Atlas Nixon, Eugene Angelo
James, William Howard Simmons and
Henry Jennette, all of Plymouth; and
Johnnie Lee Norman, of Mackeys.
White men who will leave Thurs
day of next week. March 5, follow:
Joseph Gilmer Gurganus, Marion
Ray Kimbrough, Kenneth Monroe
Swindell, and Phillip Raymond
Swain, all of Plymouth; Hilton Otis
Chesson, Nathan Walter Spruill, jr.,
j William Wright Tarkenton, James
IWfcttfagMggSin, *S5P Fred Spruill.
(and ClPMy Borman Jackson, all of
.Roper; Chester jfuton Davenport,
William Hardison •Peal, and Junior
Winston Phelps, all of Creswell.
| Jerome Rene Frazelle, of Onslow
| County, will be inducted from there
but is included in the local quota.
He formerly worked here in County
Agent W. V. Hays' office. Joseph G.
Gurganus is being inducted here for
: a Chicago, 111., selective service board.
New Office Building
For Law Firm Here
Construction work is underway on
an office building on Water Street
j here this week for the law firm of
| Norman & Rodman. It is located on
the lot next to the Western Auto As
j There wil be three offices in the
building, with a hall and rest room.
It will be 43 feet long and 20 feet
wide, cf brick construction. R. L.
Tetterton is the contractor, and he
hopes to have the structure complet
ed and ready for occupancy by the
first of May.
The new building is going up on
the lot where J. M. Reid, grandfather
I of Sheriff J. K. Reid, operated a mer
1 cantile establishment here about 60
I years ago. Z. V. Norman, senior
member of the law firm, owns the
iron safe that was once in the Reid
building, and when the new offices
are completed will move it back to
the same location where it rested
more than a half century ago.
Four-Year-Old Girl Here
Dies Result of Measles
— ■ ..
Funeral services were held Mon
day afternoon for little Miss Betty
Jo Ange, four-year-old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ange, who died as
a result of measles Sunday morning
at 7 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Ange live
on the edge of Plymouth.
The Rev. Eugene B. Taylor, pastor
of the local Christian church, con
ducted the last rites. Interment was
made in the Jackson cemetery on the
Long Ridge Road.
Another Test Blackout WiU Be Held
Here Soon—This Time Without Notice
Residents of Plymouth and vi
cinity are advised to be prepared
for an immediate blackout at a
moment's notice by P. W. Brown,
chief air raid warden here, who
said today that another blackout
te, t w ill be held sometime dur
ing the month of March without
Chief Brown said that the peo
ple in the town should take par
ticular note of the fire siren
alarm, and if the alarm sounds
steadily for two minutes and
the street lights are put out it
is a signal for imemdiatc black
out of all homos.
Although the date and the ap
proximate hour of the blackout
will not be announced for the
test, as was done this month, the
air raid warden is anxious that
the blackout be a success, and
for that reason urges every house
holder to make preparations now
for an alarm at any time.
The first test blackout held
this month was declared a suc
cess, although some of the people
were a little slow in turning out
all the lights in their houses, and
numbers of cars had to be stop
ped on the highways and streets
and ordered to douse their lights.