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    The Roanoke Beacon
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VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 16 Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 16, 1942_
Sam Edward Latham, of Wichita
Falls, Tex., was a visitor here this
week. His father. Charles Edward
Latham, a native of this county, left
here 76 years ago at the age of 17.
following an altercation with a col
ored man. Mr. Latham said this was
the first time any members of the
family had visited Plymouth since.
Letters to the editor are wel
comed by the Beacon, but they
must be signed by the writer as
evidence of good faith. Upon re
quest the writer's name will not
be published, but it must be
known to the editor, and anony
mous communications will re
ceive no consideration whatever.
The Rev. M. L. Ambrose, pastor of
Old Ford Christian church, near
Washington, N. C., will preach at the
Zion Chapel Church, near Roper, at
8 p. m. Sunday night. Mr. Ambrose
was formerly pastor of the church,
and a large crowd is expected to at
tend the service.
J. B. Willoughby has received most
of the equipment for his modern
steam laundry. He is expecting an
engineer within the next few days to
install the machinery. Much of the
work has already been done. Locat
ed at the rear of the municipal
building on Water Stret, he hopes to
have the plant ready for operation
by the first part of May.
About 100 questionnaires have
been mailed to registrants in the
third registration, according to
S. A. Ward, clerk of the local se
lective service board. They will
continue to go out to those who
registered February 16 until the
complete list of 702 persons is
The Town Council of Plymouth
postponed its meeting for the sec
ond time this month Monday night,
when it was decided to hold the meet
ing later. Originally scheduled for
Monday, April 6. it was postponed on
account of the Easter Monday holi
day until the 13th. Then last Mon
day night, the merchants associa
tion was using the municipal build
ing for their meeting, so the council
men again put off their session.
Vestrymen of Grace Episcopal
:hurch will meet at the home of W.
Blount Rodman Friday night at 7:45.
A full attendance is urged.
Saturday, 6 P. M., Is
Deadline 'for Local
Candidates To File
Election Board Chairman
Will Be at Courthouse
All Day Saturday
Candidates for legislation, county
and township offices must file with
the Washington County Board of
Elections by Saturday, April 18, at
6 p. m., according to Walter W. White
chairman of the board, who said this
week that candidacies filed after that
date would not be considered.
Each candidate must pay one per
cent of the annual salary or fees for
their office when they file with the
board of elections. Where the fees
for such offices are not known, a
minimum filing fee of $5 is required.
Justices of the peace and other such
offices and county commissioners
must pay at least $5 for the privilege
of being a candidate.
Mr. White said those who wish to
become candidates may file with him
or their nearest board of elections
member, or with Mrs. Hermin Ram
sey, in Plymouth, between now and
Saturday, and he said he would per
sonally be at the courthouse all day
Saturday to receive notices of can
The books for registration of new
voters will be opened on May 2 and
on every Saturday thereafter up to
and including May 16. The following
Saturday, May 23, will be challenge
day, and the primary will be held on
Saturday, May 30.
Registrants who will keep the books
open for registering the voters, in
clude W. L. Ferbee, of Wenona; Mrs.
Hermine Ramsey, of Plymouth; Tom
Dillon, of Lees Mill; Mrs. Myrtle A.
White, of Skinnersville; and J. A.
Combs, of Scuppernong. Other pre
cinct officials will be named later.
Officers Elected Monday
By Merchants Association
E. E. Harrell Unanimously Chosen President; A. J. Byrd
Vice President; H. H. Allen, Secretary-Treasurer
E. E. Harrell, local furniture dealer
and town councilman, was unani
mously elected president of the Ply
mouth Merchants Association for the
ensuing year at the monthly meeting
t_f the organization held in the coun
cil chamber of the municipal building
here Monday night.
A. J. Byrd, clothing dealer, was re
elected vice-president; and H. H.
Allen, grocer, was continued as sec
retary and treasurer. The organiza
tion now has 31 active members.
There were about 25 persons present
at the meeting Monday.
The merchants decided to continue
their Wednesday afternoon closings
despite the fact that there were five
stores in town which remained open
last Wednesday afternoon. It is un
derstood that some of those who re
mained open last Wednesday will
close every Wednesday afternoon af
ter this.
J. R. Manning agreed to have let
ters written to all newcomers wel
coming them to town for the associa
tion. All merchants should hand
names and addresses of new arrivals
to Mr. Manning. Dave Kulman, R. A.
Williford and W. P. Winslow were
named on a committee to help in pre
paring a letter.
The merchants will also make an
effort to revive the credit bureau,
which operated here for some time
but eventually ceased functioning.
200 Firemen o£ East
Carolina at Quarterly
Meet Tuesday Night
- Jl
E. £. Harrell, Ifurnltufre dealer
and town councilman, who was
unanimously elected president of
the Plymouth Merchants Asso
ciation Monday night.
Final Exercises for
LocalSchool To Get
Underway Sunday
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Sermon at Christian Church
To Mark Start of Com
mencement Program
The commencement exercises of
the Plymouth High School start Sun
day morning with the sermon to the
graduating class at 11 o’clock in the
Christian church, to be delivered by
the Rev. B. E. Taylor, pastor of the
Class night exercises will be held
in the school auditorium Wednesday
night at 8 o’clock. A one-act play,
entitled “Spirit of America,” will be
presented by the class to the few
who will attend because of the lim
ited seating capacity.
Friday morning, the graduation
exercises will be held in the Plym
outh Theatre at 11 o’clock. Carl L.
Bailey, jr., Claudia Bratten, Lulla
dean Jordan and Asa Rogers, mem
bers of the graduating class, will
speak on patriotic themes. There will
be no formal literary address by an
outside speaker, as has been cus
tomary in the past.
The valedictory address (first hon
or) will be made by Mary Lillian
Campbell; and the salutatory (sec
ond honor) will be delivered by
Glenna Ange. Marshalls will be Al
ton Mayo, Iris White, Helen Harris
and Gerald Furbee.
Book Donations for Men
In Service Sought Friday
Plymouth Theatre Designated as Receiving Point Here;
Mrs. Lula Jackson Is in Charge of Collection
Prsident Franklin D. Roosevelt has
proclaimed Friday as Victory Book
Day in the United States, and the
Plymouth Theatre has been designat
ed as local receiving depot for books
during the campaign. Those having
books to donate can leave them in the
lobby of the theatre, and they will
be sent to the service men.
Mrs. Lula Jackson, librarian of
the Washington County Library, will
collect the books and see that they
get to the men In the service.
The general support of the public
in contributing books to men in the
service will be a great patriotic privi
lege, according to Shep Brinkley,
manager of the theatre, and Mrs.
Jackson, who say that soldiers and
sailors in all parts of the world "In
lonely hours greet a good oook as a
prcious friend.”
Governor J. M. Broughton, Mayor
B. G. Campbell, local clergymen and
educators, are exerting their influ
ence and prestige to make this cam
paign for books for the men in the
service a great success, and every
citizen can help to relieve the loneli
ness of the men in the service by con
tributing good books for them to
It is believed that citizens here will
welcome the opportunity to give a
book to the boys in service, according
to Mr. Brinkley, who says that the
books will be cared for and delivered
to the local librarian so that through
the proper channels they may get to
the men in uniform as quickly as pos
Stale Fire Marshall
Was Main Speaker;
Fish Dinner Served
Brockwell Tells of Dangers
Facing Firemen in Event
Of Air Raids
Brushing aside the serious things
of life for a few brief hours, close
to 200 members of the Eastern Caro
lina Firemen’s Association took over
Plymouth last Tuesday night, as they
paraded, sang, ate fish and cheered
the state's No. 1 fireman, Sherwood
Brockwell, of Raleigh, state fire mar
shall, through a 41-mlnute speech.
Fire Marshall Brockwell told the
firemen that the brunt of the war
in Great Britain had fallen onto the
shoulders of the city and village fire
men, and that a fireman’s job during
an air raid is just h£ dangerous as
that of a man in the armed forces,
since the former must bend every ef
fort to extinguishing fires and help
ing to handle the different kinds of
oombs that are dropped.
He advised against a feeling of
false security brought about by the
belief that Eastern North Carolina
might not be bombed. He said that
since this section lay between the
coast and the industrial west, where
large plants, oil pipe lines, and rail
road terminals might be objectives of
air raids, It was well within the dan
ger limits. He further pointed out
that this section was surrounded on
every side by military objectives, such
as Camp Davis, Fort Bragg, Eliza
beth City blimp base, and other such
likely targets.
North Carolina lias an area of 54,
000 square miles, while all England
has an area of only 58.000 square
miles, he said. Whereas most of the
British defense forces are concentrat
ed in England, such forces in this
country are scattered all over the
nation, although there are large de
fense forces in this particular state.
Among the distinguished guests at
the meeting here Tuesday were Dick
Joyner, of Farmville, president of the
North Carolina Firemen’s Associa
tion; Judge J. Paul Frizelle, of Snow
Hill; Judge Paul Webb, of Morehead
City; and Mayor Vivian Darden, of
James W. Norman, a member oi
the Town of Plymouth Council, made
the welcome address after Mayor B.
G. Campbell was called out on busi
ness. Paul D. Roberson, of Rober
sonville, responded. Bill Hays, pres
ident of the local Lions Club, also
made a brief talk. The Plymouth
High School Band entertained with
music prior to the dinner.
A vote of thanks was given to Fire
Chief Miller Warren and the local
fire department for the dinner of
fried perch, rock muddle, potato
chips, pickles, deviled-egg and corn
bread and soft drinks. It was left
up to the executive committee to de
termine the place where the firemen
will hold their next quarterly meet
ing on the second Tuesday night in
Farmers War Board
For County in Meet
The Washington County members
of the Department of Agriculture
War Board met in the agriculture
building last night to study the hous
ing curtailment order issued by the
War Production Board and to learn
of their duties in certifying the needs
of farmers for the purchase of farm
Roy L. Stillman is chairman of the
board, the other members of which
are W. V. Hays, executive secretary;
R. E. Dunning, John H. Allen, S. P.
Darden and C. H. Floyd. These men
will pass on permits for building farm
structures in the future, as well as
issue preference rating certificates to
farmers who are eligible to purchase
new trucks.
April Term County
Superior Court Is
Near Adjournment
J. J. Johnson Gets Compro
mise Settlement of $1,500
From Lumber Firm
The Washington County Superior
Court, in session here tills week,
pointed toward adjournment today
with the trial of a case involving a
boundary dispute between M. T. El
liott and others and John Halsey
and others. Trial of the case start
ed yesterday, and it was expected
thus morning that it would be fin
ished by this afternoon or early Fri
day morning.
Judge J. Paul Frizelle. of Snow
Hill, is presiding over the April term
of court, which is a one-week session
devoted to the trial of civil matters
only. Some of the jurors were paid
off Wednesday afternoon and re
leased for the term. One jury was
held over to hear the Elliott-Halsey
case, and it is believed the court will
adjourn when this case is concluded.
A compromise was reached in the
case of J. J. Johnson vs. the Fore
man-Blades Lumber Company, of
Elizabeth City, in which Johnson
charged the firm with breach of a
contract. The case was settled by
the plaintiff receiving $1,500 in dam
ages. Two entire days were devoted
to trial of the case before the set
time nt was reached.
The case of John Towe and wife
vs. W. B. Watts was settled by can
cellation of a mortgage which Mr.
Watts had paid.
Divorces were granted to the fol
lowing: Max Aubrey Darden from
Mary Atamanchuk Darden; Martha
Ann Bullock from Joseph N. Bul
lock; Jolin M. Cotton from Queenie
V. Cotton; James Basnight from Le
ora Rowan Basnight.
County Board Holds
Regular Meeting at
Courthouse Monday
Consider Routine Matters;
Tax Valuation on Some
Tracts Reduced
The Washington C/.-nty Commis
sioners, in their monthly meeting last
Monday, named H. R. Stillman, Joe
Ambrose and Lovlis Alexander as a
committee to investigate the killing
of 30 geese belonging to Clyde Smith
son by stray dogs.
The bond of W. M, Darden, for
$5,000, as clerk of the Washington
County Superior Court, signed by the
National Surety Company, was ap
proved by the commissioners.
A reduction in the valuation of 111
acres of land, owned by J. C. Tarken
ton, was made, from $1,390 to $1,110.
The lumber on the land had been
Reductions were ordered in the val
uations of land owned by the North
Carolina Pulp Company, as follows:
300 acres of Conklin land in Plym
outh Township, reduced to $2,880;
105 acres of Garrett’s land in Lees
Mill Township, $840: Clara E. Snell
land, being Nelson, Downing, Holton
Downing and Brinkley tracts, 251
acres, valued at $2,510; 30 acres of
Clara E. Snell home tract, $300; and
the pulp company also listed 50
acres of Clara E. Snell land at $150.
Mrs. Mattie Swain, Ida Ruth
Knowles, Katherine Harrison and
Catherine Midgett were named to be
gin compiling the tax books in June.
A contract was renewed with
Greathouse and Butler for auditing
the books of the county from July
1, 1941, to June 30, 1942.
Plan Field Day at
Creswell Tuesday
Tlie annual field day for the Cres
well school will be held next Tuesday,
April 21, beginning with a parade
by the high school band at 10:30. ac
cording to an announcement by Prin
cipal A. T. Brooks.
Immediately following the band
parade, a concert will be given on the
school campus at 10:45. A minstrel
is planned at 11:30, and a flower show
will be held from 12 to 1 o’clock. A
May pole dance will be held at 1:30
and the May queen will be crowned
at 1:45.
Pre-School Clinic
Here April 20th
By S. V. LEWIS, M.D.
District Health Officer
A pre-school clinic will be held
in the Plymouth High School
building April 20, 1942, for the
purpose of examining all child
ren who are to begin school the
coming school year. The clinic
will begin at 10 o’clock In the
morning and continue through
out the day.
It is hoped that each child who
is to begin school next year will
be present and that the mother
or father, and if possible both,
will accompany Utt child to the
Politics Continue at Low Ebb in
County; But One New Candidate
Has Announced Since Last Week
All Local Teachers Reelected lor Next
Term Except One, Who Has Resigned
At the present time only one
change Is in prospect for the tea
ching staff of the white schools
in Plymouth next term, as the
local school board in session here
recently re-elected the entire fa
culty with the one exception of
Miss Hilda Eakers, who handed
in her written resignation sever
al days prior to the meeting of
the board.
Principal R. B. Trotman, who
has done a good job in the local
schools, was re-elected to begin
his sixth year when schools
open next September for the
1942-43 term.
Others re-elceted were: L. W.
Zeigler, Thelma Getsinger Bar
den, Elrie Irene Dixon, Louis
Man From Roanoke'
Rapids Fatally Hurt
At Pulp Plant Here
E. Frank Cagel Died Fri
day in Hospital After
Accident Thursday
E. Frank Cagel, 49, of Roanoke
Rapids, who was employed as a brick
worker at the plant of the North Car
olina Pulp Company here, was fa
tally injured last Thursday after
noon, when he fell about 10 feet
from a ladder landing to a boiler
base there. He died in a Rocky
Mount hospital Friday afternoon, al
most 24 hours after he was first
Dr. T. L. Bray, who attended him,
said that the man received a crush
ing injury to the pelvis, according to a
preliminary examination which he
made before Mr. Cagel was taken to
a Rocky Mount hospital. Dr. Bray
said today that he had not heard
from the hospital as yet, regarding
any complications or other injuries
which may have caused death.
Mr. Cagel did not lose conscious
ness at the time he was injured, and
although he was seriously hurt, he
called his wife in Roanoke Rapids
and told her that he was being tak
en to a hospital in Rocky Mount.
Tire little information available
here was to the effect that Mr. Cagel
was married, but it was not known
how many children he had. His body
was taken from the Rocky Mount
hospital to his home at Roanoke
Rapids for the final rites.
It is understood that Mr. Cagel
had been employed by the local plant
as a brick worker for several months.
No details concerning the accident
could be secured here.
8 Boys From Here
Will Attend Annual
Boy Scout Camporee
Scheduled Friday, Saturday
And Sunday at Roan
oke Rapids
Eight Boy Scouts of the Plymouth
troop, at a special meeting held Mon
day night, definitely stated their in
tention of attending along with 2,000
other Boy Scouts and Scouters of the
East Carolina Council, the annual
camporee that will be held in Roa
noke Rapids Friday, Saturday and
The scouts will have on the pro
gram at the camporee such favorites
of the sporting world as Bobby Fell
[er, a star pitcher for the Cleveland
Indians, now doing service in the U.
S. Navy; Sam Chapman, shortstop
for the Philadelphia Athletics; and
Governor J. M. Broughton as well as
Those expecting to make the trip
from here include Jimmy Winesette,
patrol leader; Ralph Basnight, as
sistant patrol leader; Glenn Jones,
Junior Leggett, Jerry Polk, Bill Rob
bins, Robert Swain and Joseph Swin
Scoutmaster B. E. Taylor, pastor of
the Christian Church, said today that
he would be unable to accompany the
scouts but that arrangements were
being made to get an older man or an
older scout to drive the truck which
the boys are expected to use in mak
ing the trip.
Twelve scout districts make up the
East Carolina Council which covers
troops in 21 counties East of Raleigh.
Representatives from 177 troops are
expected to attend the camporee. The
camp site is adjacent to the junior
senior high school building at Roa
noke Rapids. Many scout officials of
the East Carolina Council will attend
T. W. Earle of Plymouth, is dis
trict chairman for the Albemarle dis
trict, of which the Plymouth troop is
a member.
Trunzo, VV. S. Moore, Ruth Eve
lyn McLemore, Annie L. James,
Mrs. Harry Gtirkin, Mrs. R. E.
Dunning. Eva Bateman, Moll'e
Lou Edgerton, Marion Hazel Al
len, McCain Marrow, Katherine
Brandon, Ethel Clyde Perry,
Mary Frances Turnage, Ella Har
per. Leta Tripp Liverman, Mrs.
Katherine Harrison, Mrs. Irma
Hough, and Gladys Rountrye.
The attendance figures indi
cate that the school will main
tain the present allotment of tea
chers for next year. With 24 men
and women instructing the 72
children this term, a record was
set in number of teachers that
the school has had at work any
W. Blount Rodman, young at
torney of Plymouth last w -ek an
nounced his candidacy for the
Democratic nomination to suc
ceed himself as solicitor of the
recorder’s court.
300 Gather Here To
See '32 Men Off for
Army Last Tuesday
County’s Largest Quota So
Far; School Band Plays
Patriotic Selections
A crowd of 300 or more persons
gathered downtown Tuesday morning
to bid farewell to the largest contin
gent of men to leave Washington
County during the present conflict
to enter the armed forces of the Na
tion, and the Plymouth High School
band played several patriotic selec
tions for the occasion.
There were friends and loved ones
to tell the future soldiers good-bye,
as well as many townsfolk who, by
their presence, paid tribute to the
large group of men from this county
who were entering the service of their
Because some of those selected by
the selective service board to fill this
county’s quota for April had already
joined other branches of the armed
forces, there were only 32 to leave
Tuesday morning.
There was an error made by the
bus company in the date that the
local men were to leave, which caus
ed a delay, b.ut the men were taken
to Jamesville, where they were trans
fered to another and larger bus and
taken to Fort Bragg near Fayette
ville for induction.
William Worthing Dixon was plac
ed in charge of the men and was
• See 32 TO ARMY, Page 6)
W. T. Freeman Oui
For Representative;
Two Contests So Far
Last-Minute Rush Expected
To Develop Saturday,
When Filing Ends
W. T. Freeman was the only new
candidate to announce for office this
week, making public Wednesday his
intention to filing with the Washing
ton County Board of Elections as a
candidate for the office of Represen
tative to the General Assembly, sub
ject to the action of the Democratic
primary on Saturday, May 30.
A last-minute rush is expected Sat
urday, when the filing time for can
didates for all county offices closes
at 6 p. m. Anyone who waits until
that hour to file notice of their can
didacy will find that they have only
wasted their time.
So far, only two contests have de
veloped for county offices. Mr. Free
man will oppose Edward L. Owens,
who two weeks ago announced his
candidacy for the office of represen
tative, subject to the Democratic pri
mary. The other contest is that be
tween Edw. S. Blount and J. K. Reid
for sheriff, the latter being the in
cumbent. County Democrats will al
so choose between Richard T. Foun
tain, of Rocky Mount, and Josiah
W. Bailey, of Raleigh, for United
States Senator; and there are three
candidates for the first district nom
ination for Representative in Con
gress: Herbert C. Bonner, incumbent,
of Washington; Marvin K. Blount
and Jack Edwards, of Greenville.
Up to noon today there had been
[ no announcement by anyone for the
nomination as member of the county
board of education to succeed R. C.
Peacock, of Roper, whose term ex
pires in May, 1943. It is not defi
nitely known whether Mr. Peacock
will run again.
There have been no announcements
yet for the three Places on ‘he bawd
ot county commissioners, and' It is
not known whether members of the
present board, E. G. Arps, of Plym
outh; J. C. Knowles, of Roper; and
E. P. Swain, of Creswell, will again
be candidates.
Incumbents in the following offices
have announced their candidacies to
succeed themselves and are so far
unopposed; W. M. Darden, clerk of
superior court; W. Ronald Gaylord,
judge of recorder's court; and W.
Blount Rodman, solicitor of recorder’s
So far there are no candidates for
the office of treasurer, now filled by
W. Linwood Hassell, who. it is un
derstood, will be a candidate for re
There have been no indications so
far that there will be any tickets for
township constables and justices of
the peace. Heretofore, these offices
have usually been filled by legisla
tive appointment.
It is believed the Republicans will
offer a complete slate of candidates,
but since no opposition is expected
it will not be necessary for them to
enter a primary. The general elec
tion will be held on the first Tues
day after the first Monday In No
Firm Here Contracts for
581 Acres of Cucumbers
Contracts have been made in
Washington, Bertie and Tyrrell
Counties with farmers to raise about
581 acres of cucumbers for delivery
to the C. C. Lang & Son., Inc., re
ceiving station here, according to W.
S. Respass, manager.
Arrangements have been made for
the production of cucumbers on 302
acres in Washington County; 156
acres in Tyrrell County; and 123
acres in Bertie County.
The plant here is being put into
readiness to receive the cucumbers
jwhen the season opens in May or
25 White Men Called for
Army Service Next Month
Will Be Chosen From Those Previously Classified; To
Leave Here Thursday, May 14, for Fort Bragg
A new official call has been receiv
ed by the local selective service board
asking that 25 white men be sent
from Washington County to Port
Bragg, near Fayetteville, on May 14
for induction into the armed forces
of the United States.
The men will be selected from
among those who have previously
been classified. They will be examin
ed here, but when they reach Port
Bragg they will be re-examined by
army doctors and then inducted if
they are found physically fit.
This will make a total of about 350
men in the various branches of the
armed forces from this county, and
it is believed that out of a total popu
lation of about 13,000 persons, this
county has been furnishing well over
its proportionate part of men for the
service of their country.
There are now about 2.365 per
sons on the selective service rolls in
this county. In the first registration
on October 16, 1940 there were 1,593
to register; in the second, on July
1, 1941, there were 70 persons to re
gister; and in the third registration,
on February 16, 1942, there were 702
persons to register.
A large number of those who are
now in the armed services are vol
unteers in the Army, Navy and Ma
rine Corps, but the major portion of
those who have entered service went
through the channel! of selective ser

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