The Roanoke Beacon
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Plymouth. vVashington Countv North Carolina Thursday, March 19, 1942
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VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 12
Clerk of Superior Court W. M.
D.. . n is preparing the docket for
,ixed term of Washington Coun
,y Superior Court, opening here for
one week, on Monday, April 13, with
Judge J. Paul Frizelle, of Snow Hill,
scheduled to preside.
Fire burned a hole in the roof of
the residence of Edward L. Owens
here Wednesday night at 9:30. Very
little damage was done. Firemen an
swered the alarm promptly and pre
vented the blaze from spreading.
Postmaster John W. Darden
believes the sale of S4.236.15
worth of war savings stamps by
the Plymouth post office since
January 3 will rank the sajes
here among the best in the coun
try in towns of similar popula
tion and circumstances.
V. A. Edwards, an electrician for
a local plant, was stricken suddenly
ill in a store here last Thursday aft
ernoon and died while being taken
across the street to the office of a
physician. The doctor said that he
died of acute dilation of the heart.
Mr. Edwards was married and lived
in Rocky Mount.
The Plymouth High School faculty
announced this week that Miss Mary
Lillian Campbell will be valedictorian
of this year's graduating class with
an average of 93.67 per cent. Miss
Glenna Ange, with an average of
92.38 per cent, will be salutatorian.
The total tax valuation of
property in Washington County
last year was $6,241,117, accord
ing to E. J. Spruill, county au
ditor, who said that it would be
about the same this year. Mr.
Spruill said the small adjust
ment made Monday by the board
of equalization and review would
not materially affect the total.
Last week the Beacon erroneous
ly reported the total valuation as
Sea Scouts will collect waste paper
each Monday afternoon, it was said
this week by Dr. A. Papineau, Sea
Scout skipper. Boy Scouts make the
collection on Friday afternoons. A
new effort is being made to increase
interest in the salvage of old paper.
No definite instructions have been
received, and no date for the reg
istration has been set, but 15,000
rationing books, consigned to H. H.
McLean, superintendent of schools,
for use in sugar allotments, have
been received here.
Band Gives Concert
Here Last Evening
Though only a small crowd was
present at the courthouse last night,
the Plymouth High School Band, un
der the direction of L. W. Zeigler,
presented the most successful concert
that has been staged in the six years
that the band course has been of
fered in the local school.
Eleven selections were played by
the band. Five of them comprised a
group of patriotic selections; three
were numbers that will be played by
the band at the district contest to be
held in Greenville next month, and
three were variety selections, includ
ing popular numbers.
H. H. McLean, superintendent of
schools. presented All-Albemarle
band medals to Mary Lillian Camp
bell, Gertrude Woolard. Zeb Norman,
Helen Darden, Jack Horton, Harry
McLean. Charles Brown, Roy Man
ning, Martha Manning, Fanny Lou
Winslow and Carl Bailey, jr.
Principal R. B. Trotman also made
a short talk on the work of the band.
150 Acres Tomatoes
In County Signed by
Cannery at Mackeys
Can Handle Another 150
Acres; Farmers Advised
To Sow Seeds Now
Tomato seed should be sown in
beds now to be transplanted later,
and there is still time for those who
are interested to make contracts with
the Welaka Fish and Produce Com
pany at Makeys, according to A. T,
Belche, jr., who has recently returned
from Florida, where has a canning
The firm is prepared to handle a
crop of 300 acres in this section, and
so far about half of this acreage has
been contracted for. The concern,
which has been doing business at
Mackeys for several years, guarantees
t,o pay 25 cents for a 5-8 bushel of
ripe tomatoes, with the price of green
tomatoes dependent upon the market.
It is believed the price will be higher
than the 45 cents paid last year. It
is announced that cash will be paid
every day for tomatoes delivered that
Seed can be secured at Davenport
Hardware Company in Plymouth and
at Swain and Davenport’s store in
Mackeys. The seed can be purchased
on credit and payment deducted
when the tomatoes are sold.
The Welaka company has been op
erating a herring roe cannery at
Mackeys for the past two years and
now wishes to serve the farmers as
well as fishermen. The canning of
herring roe will begin within the next
Extensive improvements have been
made to the plant, and it is now
in splendid shape for the coming
35 Men From This Comiy Will Report
For Induction in Armed Force April 14
The largest contingent of men
ever to leave Washington Coun
ty for induction into the armed
forces under the terms of the se
lective service act will answer the
next official call on Tuesday,
April 14, when 35 white men will
go to Fort Bragg, according to
Clerk S. A. Ward, of the local Se
lective Service Board.
Twenty-seven colored men went
to New Bern on one trip recent
ly for the final examination, but
returned home and only a few
fell in the subsequent official
call. Previously the largest group
to leave for induction into the
army at any one time was 15
white men who left last month.
Under the new regulations for
induction, selectees report for
their final examination and are
inducted at the same time if
they are physically fit. However,
if it can be shown to the satis
faction of army officials that an
undue hardship will be worked on
any particular selectee by im
mediate service, a furlough will
be granted him to get his affairs
It is not believed that any of
those in the third registration,
which was held February 16, will
be called into service before June.
Questionnaires must be filled out
and returned and classifications
made before any are called. The
master sheet of order numbers
is expected shortly by the clerk
to the board.
Firemen Will Present
Benefit Show Friday
Night of Next Week
Course Here Soon
A number of people in this
community have asked for oppor
tunity to take the first-aid
course offered by the Red Cross,
John W. Darden, chairman of
the Washington County chapter
said this week in announcing
that a meeting would be held at
the courthouse Monday evening
at 8 o'clock to organize the
Instructors will attend the
meeting, and a qualified person
to be in charge of the first-aid.
course will be chosen and plans
completed for beginning the
course. Those who are interested
are asked to attend the meeting
All- Albemarle Band
Concert Greeted by
Crowd at Creswell
Band of 75 Pieces and Glee
Club of 50 Members Pro
More than 300 persons crowded in
to the Creswell High School audi
torium last Friday night, when 75
members selected from nine high
school bands and 50 members of the
Engelhard Glee Club provided the
musical entertainment at the sixth
performance of the All-Albemarle
High School Band.
Judge Richard Dillon Dixon, of
Edenton, in a public address praised
the musical efforts made in the
schools and based his remarks prin
cipally on patriotic themes.
Virgil West directed the glee club
numbers, while Robert L. Merritt, of
Creswell; R. L. Martin, of Roanoke
Rapids; L. W. Zeigler, of Plymouth;
C. Li. McCullers, of Edenton; and
Gene Gorman, of Elizabeth City, di
rected the band numbers.
Principal A. T. Brooks introduced
the speaker of the evening. The
Creswell High School band entertain
ed the visiting musicians at a buffet
supper in the school lunch room. Mrs.
Carolyn Spencer Harris sang a solo.
At the conclusion of the concert, the
boys and girls danced in the audi
Program of Services at
Grace Church Sunday
Services will be held at Grace Epis
copal Church Sunday as follows:
Sunday school at 10 a. m.; morning
prayer at 11 a. m. There will be no
Sunday night service. Services are
being held each Wednesday evening
at 8 o'cloc kduring Lent.
Held for Fun and
Tickets Placed on Sale This
Week; Splendid Pro
The Plymouth Fire Department's
musical and fashion show is now be
ing rehearsed and will be ready for
the performance Friday night of next
week, March 27, at 8 o’clock, in the
Plymouth Theatre, according to Rob
ert B, Trotman, who is directing the
presentation for the firemen.
Tickets were put on sale this week
by members of the fire department,
and Chief Miller Warren urges the
public to buy them early. Barrels
of prizes will be given away during
the show, so everyone is urged to
hold onto his ticket.
The latest fashions will be shown
by living models. This phase of the
entertainment is being put on by lo
cal merchants, including Byrd’s
Clothing Store. E. H. Liverman, and
the Fashion Shop. The choruses are
reported to be “eye-openers.” One
of the feature numbers will be a hula
dance in native costume.
A full chorus of mixed voices will
sing such popular songs of World
War I as “Over There" and “Keep
the Home Fires Burning.” New songs
of World War XI, such as “Remem
ber Pearl Harbor” and “The White
Cliffs of Dover” will also be heard.
Mrs. Wilmer D. Walker will accom
pany the production.
The two-hour show will have many
comedy situations. “Unusual hap
penings may be going on in the row
in front of you. The show is full of
surprises, but don’t be surprised, as
anything can and will happen in the
firemen’s fun and fashion frolic, so
don't miss it,” says the director.
Creswell P. T. A.
Tlie Creswell Parent-Teacher As
sociating meeting was held in the
school auditorium there last Tues
day, with Mrs. E. S. Woodley, the
president, presiding. Miss Elizabeth
Rivers read the president’s message.
Miss Johnston's Glee Club sang,
Mrs. Holmes read an article on
“The Parent-Teacher War-Time
Pledge" from the national bulletin.
Mrs. A. T. Brooks read a letter
stressing career control and also a
letter regarding the stale convention
that will be held in Greensboro dur
ing April. No delegates wore elected.
The next monthly meeting will be
held in the afternoon.
R. L. i Bobi Merritt’s class was
awarded the book for having the
most parents present. This award
went to the class of Mrs. Holmes last
Complaints of Tax
In 9 Adjustments
Commissioners, as Board of
Equalization and Review,
Several persons came before the
Washington County Commissioners
Monday morning, when the board
assembled as a board of equalization
and review to consider complaints
and requests for changes in the val
uation placed upon property during
the recent tax-listing period. Ad
justments were made on nine parcels
of property reviewed
The adjustments were made as
Mrs. S. N. McAllister, property in
Lees Mill Township was reduced to
$165 because the timber on it had
been cut off.
Tullie S. Allen property in Plym
outh Township, reduced $3 per acre
because fire had burned over the tim
Standard Oil Company of New
Jersey had the valuation of its prop
erty in Plymouth reduced $500 be
cause a tank had been removed.
Luke Mann’s property in Lees Mill
Township was reduced in valuation
from $060 to $660, because the ap
praisers agreed that the 1941 valua
tion was fixed too high.
The value of L. T. Weede’s prop
erty in Plymouth Township was re
duced to $3,550, since the timber had
Rose Howcott property in Plym
outh was reduced from $800 to $500.
American Fork and Hoe Company
property on Water Street in Plym
outh, consisting of lot and warehouse,
R. W. Johnston property, known
as Garrett place, in Plymouth Town
ship, reduced $5 per acre because of
fire damage to timber.
Annie Hooker’s property on Wash
ington Street reduced by $200.
Sal vage-f or-Victory
Commitfee ai Roper
Waste Material Being Gath
ered by Firemen and
The Salvage-for-Victory campaign
at Roper is now underway, with the
i school children gathering waste ma
terial of all sorts, including scrap
metal and paper, which will be sold
for the benefit of the schools, it was
learned this wreek from a member of
the committee which has this work
An effort is also being made to
gather scrap materials by members
of the Roper Fire Department, and
it was said they would be glad to call
for such material if notified. Pro
ceeds will be used to purchase needed
fire-fighting equipment there.
The Roper committee on salvage
is composed of C. H. Floyd, H. S.
Everett, E. V. Wilkins, Tom Wilkins
and James Bias, the latter three hav
ing charge of the work among the
colored population. Anyone who has
a large quantity of scrap material is
asked to get in touch with the com
mittee members, who will be glad to
see that it is disposed of through
channels which will insure its use in
the war program.
Singers ai Roper
The Roper Ruritan Club is
sponsoring a concert by the Nor
man Concert Singers, of Eliza
beth City, at the high school au
ditorium Friday evening at 8:15.
The concert group is composed of
18 colored persons, who wall pre
sent solos, duets, quartets, and
The group has made four trips
to the principal northern cities
to present their program in re
cent months, and it is considered
an outstanding musical aggrega
tion. A small charge will be
made and the proceeds will go
to the Ruritan Club.
Roper Colored Man Holds First
Order Number in County Drawn
In Draft Lottery Tuesday Night
At Meeting Friday
J. C. Meekins Nominated
For Congress at Con
vention Held Here
J. C. Meekins, of Washington, N,
C., was nominated as candidate for
the seat in Congress from the First
District, by the Republicans attend
ing the district Republican conven-!
tion in the courthouse here last Fri
The meeting was called to order by
John A. Wilkinson, of Washington, J.
R. Manning, of Plymouth, was named
temporary chairman of the conven
tion and Barton Swain, of Roper,
served as secretary.
Mr. Meekins, a brother of Federal
Judge I. M. Meekins, of Elizabeth j
City, promised the convention to car
ry on a vigorous and active campaign 1
for election. Since Mr. Meekins will
file in the primary as the Republi
can candidate, he presumably will I
not have any opposition in the pri- '
Elected as the First District’s rep
resentatives on the North Carolina
Republican Executive Committee
were Clarence Dozier, of Elizabeth
City; W. J. Manning, of Bethel;
Wheeler Martin, of Williamston and
Clarence Allen, of Aurora.
Elected to the Congressional com
mittee were the following: Beaufort
County, Horace Cutler, of Washing
ton; Hyde, Warren Williams, of Swan
Quarter; Martin, C. D. Carraway, of
Robersonville; Pitt, H. R. Mumford, j
of Greenville; Washington, H. A. j
Liverman, Plymouth; Tyrrell, Floyd
Cahoon, of Columbia; Dare, Walter
Gaskins, of Manteo; Chowan, M. S.
Elliott, of Edenton; Perquimans, J.
P. Jessup, of Hertford; Pasquotank,
W. W. Steinmates, of Elizabth City;
Camden, Pete Burgess, of Camden;
Hertford, Walter H. Evans, of Ahos
An impressive tribute was paid the
memory of Joe Evans, of Ahoskie,
when the convention rose in a min
ute of silent prayer in his memory.
Prior to his death in 1941, he had
been active in the Republican party
for 60 years. Plans were made for
large attendance at state convention
Stores Will Change
Hours on April 6th
The Plymouth Merchants Associa
tion. in session here this morning,
agreed to adopt a new schedule of
hours during the week, effective on
April 6, as the result of a petition
signed by 35 clerks and employees
of the business houses.
Beginning Monday, April 6. all of
the stores in Plymouth will begin
opening their places of business at 8
o’clock in the morning. At present,
several classifications of stores, in
cluding furniture and department
stores, are opening at 9 o'clock.
The local business houses will also
begin observance of the Wednesday
half-holidays earlier this year, start
ing on Wednesday, April 8, and con
tinuing through the month of August.
They will close at 12 o'clock each
Wednesday during that period
jLocal Band Invited To
Raleigh Event April 30
Principal R. B. Trotman has re
ceived an invitation from J. H. Har- 1
relson. general chairman, and Dr. J
E. Hillman, parade chairman, for the
Plymouth High School Band to par
ticipate in the Education-for-Victory
Parade, which will be held in Ra
leigh Thursday, April 30.
The celebration is being held in
connection with the Sesquicentennial
of the establishment of Raleigh as the
State Capital. Bands and school
units from all over the State will par
ticipate in the colorful spectacle.
To Collect Scrap
Eeial Next Week
Persons in Plymouth who wish
to contribute scrap metal to the
school are urged to have it gath
ered and put in cne place on
their premises by next Monday,
when boys from the Plymouth
High School will make a sys
tematic canvass of the town, be
ginning at 1 o’clock. The boys
will go from house to house ask
ing for the scrap material. They
will place any collected on the
curb in front of the house and
Principal R. B. Trotman and YV.
S. Moore, agricultural teacher,
will be in charge of trucks which
will pick it up from there.
Offenders Pay $100
Fines in Recorder's
Court Here Tuesday
Even Dozen Cases Called;
Majority for Violations
Of Traffic Laws
Fines imposed on defendants in re
corder’s court Tuesday morning to
taled $99.15, as Recorder W. R. Gay
lord and Prosecuting Attorney W
Blount Rodman went about their
business of meting out justice. Tues
day of last week the total was over
$150. There were again an even doz
en cases on the docket, with the pro
ceedings as follows:
Harry Robinson, white, operating
an automobile while under the in
fluence of intoxicants: sentenced to
60 days on the roads, suspended up
on the payment of $50 fine and costs.
His license to operate a car was re
voked for a year.
Julius Claytqn Jennings; improp
er license; continued to March 31 at
request of defendant.
Raleigh McRae, colored, violating
the highway laws; 30 days suspended
upon payment of $5 fine and costs.
Odell Lucas, operating motor ve
hicle without driver’s license; contin.
used to March 24 by request of the
Samuel Louis Roper, white; public
drunkenness; 30 days, suspended up
on payment of costs.
Joseph Howard Sexton, reckless
driving; 30 days or $25 fine and costs.
James Thomas, operating motor
vehicle without proper brakes; 30
days or costs.
Lawrence Bowen, public drunken
ness; continued indefinitely.
Grover Naylor, worthless check; $25
to benefit of D. R. Satterthwaite,
Paul A. Randolph, speeding; $10
fine and costs.
D._ T. Marrow, reckless driving;
pleads guilty to speeding. Costs paid.
H. E. Spruill, reckless driving; plea
of guilty of turning into an inter
section without signalling. Costs.
A. A. Davenport
Dies at Creswell
Funeral services were held at the
home near Creswell Sunday after
noon for Aaron Alexander Davenport,
38. who died there Saturday morn
ing about 9 o’clock. The Rev. L. B.
Bennett officiated, assisted by the
Rev. R. N. Fitts. Burial took place
in a cemetery near the home.
Mr. Davenport is survived by his
mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. A.
L. Davenport; three brothers, Woody.
Robert and Lennie Davenport, all of!
Creswell; five sisters. Miss Ardie
Davenport, Mrs. W. R. Davenport, j
Mrs. Ira Ambrose, and Mrs, Charlie i
Phelps, all of Creswell; and Mrs. J.
M. Sawyer, of Baltimore, Md.
Pall bearers were Hilly Davenport.
Marshall Woodley, R E. Davenport,
Hardie Craddock, George Sawyer,
and James T. Spruill
Registrar!ts May Volunteer for Officer Training
Selective Service registrants who ,
have been deferred by reason of de
pendency only, but wish to volunteer
to compete for selection as an Offi
cer Candidate must make aplication
through the local boards, E. S.
Blount, chairman of the Washington
County Selective Service Board, said
All such volunteers, Mr. Blount
declared, must be American citizens
and be eligible, aside from their de
pendency claims, for classification in
Class I-A. In addition, the ‘‘Appli
cation to Volunteer and Waiver of
Dependency” filed with the local
board must be signed by his depend
ents over 18 years of age, as well a§
by the registrant, and any volunteer
under 21 years of age must obtain
the written consent of his parents or
Volunteers who are found by the
army to be initially qualified will be
inducted among quotas sent to the
army by their local boards and given
four months training in the ranks to
determine if they are potential pros
pects for commissions as second
lieutenants. Any not recommended
for an Officer Candidate school at
the end of this training period may
request to be transferred to the En
listed Reserve, which means that he
will return to civilian life and not be
subject to call for active service un
less registrants having similar de
pendency claims are being called.
Those who fail to complete the Offi
cer Candidate course, or who are not
recommended for commission, like*
wise may request transfer to the En
listed Reserve, or elect to be reas
signed as an enlisted man on active
Citing a memoradum from Brig.
Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, Director of
Selective Service, the following pro
cedure for Class IH-A registrant de
siring to volunteer to compete for se
lection as a Officer Candidate was
outlined by the State Director:
<1) The registrant must file with
his local board an Appication to
Volunteer and Waiver of Depend
ency,” which also must be signed by
his dependents over the age of 18
years. The form for this application
is obtained from the local board;
(2) after the local board Mi
checked his application, to||tlMir.
with his citzenship and as to wt
or not he should be deferred as a
"necessary man” In his civilian occu
pation. the registrant is given a pre
liminary physical examination by
the local board examining physi
(3) if the registrant passes this
physical test, he is advised that the
next step is to present himself at an
Army Reception Center or Army Re
placement Center, which will have
been designated by the Army Corps
Area Commander, for qualification
examination. All expenses incident to
travel to and from the reception or
replacement center, including meals
and lodging, must be paid by the
(4) following the qualification ex
amination. the registrant returns to
regardless of whether or
not he has been found acceptable,
and presents the Army report to his
<5) if the Army has found the reg
istrant to have initial qualification
the local board places him in Class
I-A and he will be ordered to report
for induction as a volunteer for Of
ficer Candidate Training at the next
call for deliver of men by his local
board. If the registrant is found not
qualified by the Army, his applica
tion to volunteer is denied by his lo
cal board and he is retained in Class
It is estimated by the War Depart
ment that the entire training period
for a volunteer seeking a commission,
including the four months’ service in
the ranks, normally will require a
minimum of six months.
Second Number Is
Held by Employee
Of Pulp Plant Here
Complete List Will Not Be
Available Until Master
Washington County's holder of
serial number T-441, the first num
ber drawn in the national draft lot
tery Tuesday night which applies to
this county, is Bod wood Norman, 43,
colored, of Roper, a married native
of this county and a farmer. The
first two numbers drawn at the lot
tery, held in Washington, D. C., of
persons in the third registration Feb
ruary 16 for selective serivce, were
well above 700, which is as high as
the numbers run in Washington
County, and hence Norman, as hold
er of serial number T-441, the first
to apply in the county, was assigned
Order No. 10,001. This means that
he will be the first of those who reg
istered February 16 to receive his
questionnaire ai|d be classified by
the local Selective Service Board.
The first white man to be affected
by the drawing Tuesday night was
Eugene Bryan Jones, of Plymouth,
serial number 176. who has Order
No. 10.002. Mr. Jones is 40 years of
age and is employed at the North
Carolina Pulp Company here. He
was born in Aurora, and now' lives on
Washington Street in Plymouth.
S. A. Ward, clerk to the local se
lective service board, stated today
that the official master list of order
numbers, as they were drawn in the
Nation's Capital Tuesday night, had
not been received here yet, and the
information furnished here was gath
ered from newspaper reports of the
drawing. Mr. Ward said he hoped
to have the official list early next
week, and if it is possible to do so,
the order numbers of all registrants
in the county will be published next
The order numbers of registrants
in the third registration begin at
10,001, to avoid confusing them with
order number of reisgtrants in the
first and second registration, which
ran as high as 10,000 in some draft
board districts. In other words, the
first man who registered February
16 to be sent a questionnaire and
classified will be the holder of order
No. 10.001, which in this county hap
pens to be Bodwood Norman, of Rop
The order and serial numbers of
the first 10 persons in Washington
County drawn in the lottery Tues
day night follow:
Order No. 10,001, serial number
T-441, Bodwood Norman, colored,
Roper; No. 10,002, T-176, Eugene
Bryan Jones, white, Plymouth; No.
10,003, T-606. Stark Gilbert Bowen,
white, Plymouth;; No. 10,004, T-359,
Hugh Brice Allen, white, Plymouth;
No. 10,005, T-129, Claudie Burnett,
colored, Roper; No. 10,006, T-537,
Louis Stanton Bateman, white, Rop
er; No. 10,007. T-244. Claude Chester
Phelps, white, Creswell; No. 10,008.
T-636. Lee Davenport, white, Plym
outh; No. 10.009, T-657, John Jor
dan Sawyer, white. Roper; and No.
10,010, T-131. Jack Harden Britt,
Farmers Are Urged
To Order Supplies
Of Limestone Early
Necessary Due To Trans
Farmers of Washington County
who expect to obtain lime from the
Triple-A for use as a soil-building
material this year are urged to place
their orders early by R. L. Stillman,
chairman of the county AAA com
This will be necessary. Mr. Still
man said, due to probable transpor
tation difficulties expected .ater in
the year He declared heavy traffic
in war supplies and troop movements
likely would make it difficult to ob
tain freight cars for hauling the ma
terial during the rush season.
This lime, Mr. Stillman pointed
out, is obtained through the County
Agricultural Conservation Associa
tion as a grant-of-aid material, and
cost of it is deducted from conserva
tion payments due farmers under the
Agricultural Conservation Program.
During 1941, the chairman said,
the AAA furnished 289.000 tons of
limestone furnished 289,000 tons of
under this plan. He said it is esti
mated 400,000 tons will be desired
this year. Farmers of Washington
County used 1135 tons last year.
In preparation of orders, it was
pointed out, consideration should be
given to the possibility of shortages
in other materials, such as super
phosphate, due to uses in the war
effort. It also was pointed out that
needs should be considered in rela
tion to the production of agricultural
supplies for defense.