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    The Roanoke Beacon
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Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 30, 1942_ ESTABLISHED 1889
James Hilton Simmons, a seven
year-old boy of the Frying Pan sec
tion in Tyrrell County, was walking
around town here Tuesday with a
sparrow perched atop his shoulder
for more than two hours. He pick
ed the bird up on the street and be
gan petting it. The bird then refused
to leave him.
County Game Protector J. T.
Terry said this week that the
fishing season in inland waters
will reopen May 11, after being
closed since March 31. Hook and
line fishing and casting will be
permitted, and a large number
of local fishermen are looking
forward to the opening of the
Mrs. Irma Hough, commercial
teacher of the Plymouth High School
plans to hold classes in typing and
shorthand here this summer. Those
who are interested in taking the
course are asked to meet her at the
high school building here Monday
morning at 8 o'clock.
Joe Nobles said today that
dogs would be vaccinated for the
prevention of rabies every after
noon at 2 o’clock, except Sunday,
at the rear of the municipal
building. The law requires all
dogs to be vaccinated, and last
year about 300 were vaccinated
Mrs. Chlode Gardner, for 14 years
an assistant postmistress in Plymouth
died last Tuesday at the home of a
daughter in Portsmouth, Va. Burial
took place Thursday in Suffolk, Va.
An aunt of Mrs. W. R. White here,
Mrs. Gardner was well known in this
Ilupert E. West, district game
protector of Moyock, was in Ply
mouth this week. Mr. West be
sides being a game protector is a
widely read writer on hunting
and fishing, contributing to na
tional outdoor sports magazines.
He conferred with W. R. Hamp
ton while here.
Jack House, manager of the House
Chevrolet Company, was a visitor at
the meeting of the Lions Club last
Thursday night, when E. F. Still,
member of the rationing board, made
a talk on the sugar rationing pro
gram that is underway in this coun
Registration Books
Open Saturday for
Primary May 30th
Will Be Open 3 Saturdays,
May 2, 9, 16; May 23rd
Is Challenge Day
Registrars in the five precincts of
Washington County are preparing to
have the books open for the registra
tion of new citizens during the next
three Saturdays, according to Walter
W. White, chairman of the county
board of elections. Persons expected
to register are those who have re
cently become citizens of the county
or who have reached voting age since
the last election.
It is explained by the county chair
man that registration books will be
open for three Saturdays for those
not previously registered who desire
to vote in the primary May 30 and
in the general election in November.
The books will be open May 2, 9 and
16 for registration. Challenge day
will be May 23, and the primary will
be held May 30.
Following are the respective pre
cinct registrars: Mrs. Hermine Ram
sey, Plymouth: W. L. Furbee, We
nona; Tom Dillon. Lees Mill; Mrs.
Myrl^e A. White, Skinnersville; and
J. A. Combs, Scuppernong.
A complete new registration was
held in 1940 to bring the books up
to date at that time, and it is not
believed there will be many to reg
ister during the next three Satur
days. It is not necessary for those
who registered in 1940 to register
Program of Services at
Grace Episcopal Church
Following is the schedule of serv
ices for Grace Episcopal church for
Sunday, May 3:
Church school, 10 a. m.
Morning prayer and sermon at 11
a. m.
Evening service, 8 p. m.
William B. Daniels, student min
ister, will be in charge.
With the exception of Eileen Nestor, who was not present when the above photograph was made, the
above presents all the members of the 1942 graduating class of Plymouth School. They are as follows- £™nt
row (left to right): ^ulladean Jordan, Carl Bailey, Gleina Ange, Elmo MaV« < class president), Claudia Brat
ten, Asa Rogers, Mary Lillian Campbell: second row: Onaleie Dotson, Inez Wade, Margaret Bowen, Caroly
Byrd, Velmarine Hopkins, Anna Bowen, Frances Jones, Gladys Bowen. Grace Nobles, Gertrude \\ oollard,
Alice Marriner, Genevieve Holbrook; third row: Curtis Ayers, Warren Robbins, Gerard Spraill, Zeb Norman
len. Martha McGowan, Elva Allen, Katherine Bratten. Margaret Bateman, Clifford Frymier, Zeb Norman,
Felton Magee, Joe VVeede; back row: Wilbur Davenport. John Edwin Rea, Ben Robertson, Pete Browning,
John Broun, Leon Dunbar, Douglas Collins, Roy Manning. __
Intensive War Bond
Drive Begins Monday
133 Registered as
Commercial Sugar
Dealers This Week
103 Issued Purchase Certifi
cates; Remainder Had
Excess on Hand
A total of 133 individuals and firms
of Washington County registered
Tuesday and Wednesday as commer
cial sugar dealers and applied for
sugar purchase certificates, it was re
ported today by W. A. Roebuck, clerk
to the county rationing board.
Mr. Roebuck said that while there
were 133 registered, only 103 were
issued purchase certificates. The
other 30 registrants had an excess
of sugar on hand and were denied
purchase certificates for the present.
There were 79 registrants in the
retail and wholesale group; 29 regis
tering in Plymouth, 19 in Roper, and
32 in Creswell.
Fifty-four registered in the insti
tutional and industrial group, includ
ing 34 at Plymouth, 6 at Roper, and
25 in Creswell.
There were 13 registrars at the
Roper, Plymouth, and Creswell white
schools to register those who applied.
There was a site administrator at
each school, with 2 assistants in
Creswell, 3 in Roper, and 5 in Plym
Air Raid Wardens I
Will Meet May 7ih
For Reorganization
Will Make Plans for Work
In Event Sudden Raid
Or Blackout Comes
A meeting of the air-raid wardens
of Plymouth will be held in the com
munity hall here next Thursday
night, May 7, for the purpose of re
organizing the group and making
plans for their work in the event of
a sudden air raid or blackout, accord
ing to Chief of Police P. W. Brown,
chief air raid warden of Washing
ton County.
The following served as wardens
in the test blackout staged here in
January: Foye Davenport, C. E.
Ayers, Jack Peele, Bill Joyner, Cleve
Cratch, W. J. Highsmith, R. L. Tet
terton, Tarleton Gardner, Ernest
James, E. H. Blatz, Fred Keyes, ‘Slim'
James, R. D. West, George Barden,
Ed Ayers, Roy Manning, jr„ George
Smith, John Brown, W. H. Berry, R.
A, Duvall, Joe Mitchell and Elmer
Mr. Brown urges all of these men
to attend the meeting, as it is very
Important Meeting of County Farm
Bureau Will Be Held Tuesday Night
An important meeting will be
held by the Washington County
Farm Bureau at the agriculture
building in Plymouth next Tues
day night at 8:30, it was an
nounced this week by J. Roy
Manning, newly elected president,
who urges a large attendance by
Mr. Manning said that the or
ganization at present has a larg
er membership than at any time
in recent years and that the
farmers should become interest
ed in the organization for their
own good.
Mr. Manning urge* farmers to
. ffiiiate with the Bureau In or
der to have a strong organiza
tion to look after their interests
especially during the war period.
He also said that such an or
ganization would also be very
necessary after the end of the
war to protect the agricultural
Interests of the nation in the
post-war adjustments.
The Farm Bureau Federation
has been one of the strongest
groups in Washington in bring
ing influence to bear upon Con
gress when the latter is consid
ering farm legislation. The larg
er the membership becomes the
stronger will be its Influence, ac
cording to Mr. Manning.
Planned to Canvass
Every Person With
Income in County
Enforced Savings May Be
Result If Voluntary
Plan Fails
Plans are rapidly shaping up for
the formal launching of the War
Bond campaign in Washington Coun
ty next Monday, when workers un
der the general direction of County
Co-Chairmen H. E. Beam, cashier of
the Branch Banking & Trust Com
pany, and W. L. Garrison, vice presi
dent of the State Federation of La
bor for the Plymouth district, begin
a systematic canvass to the end that
every income-earning citizen Is
given an opportunity to pledge vol
untarily some portion of their income
to the regular purchase of War Sav
ings Bonds and Stamps.
Mr. Garrison and Mr. Beam have
already done some work in the mat
ter, and it is reported that about 40
per cent of all the employees of the
North Carolina Pulp Company have
already volunteered to accept a part
of their weekly earnings in War
Stamps. The Plymouth Box and
Panel Company, also a large em
ployer, is understood to have a sub
stantial number of employees who are
buying stamps weekly.
Governor J. Melville Broughton,
honorary chairman of the campaign
in the state, in a proclamation issued
this week, designated May 4 to 5 as
' War Bond Week,” and called upon
"the full and prompt cooperation of
all citizens in signing a voluntary
pledge for the purchase of United
State savings securities.”
Every pledge is conditional upon
the signer remaining financially able
to make the stated purchases. The
success of this plan of raising money
for war expenses will govern the de
velopment of tax plans in Congress.
Local Artist Has
Work on Exhibit
Two paintings by W. Frith Win
slow, Plymouth artist, are included
in the exhibition of paintings, prints
and sculptures by natives and resi
dents of North Carolina being shown
all this week in the State Art Society
Galleries of the Raleigh WPA Art
Center as a feature of the Raleigh
sesnuicentennial observance from
Apiil 26 to 30. Mr. Winslow’s works
include an oil, “’Grace Church and Its
Old Sycamores,” and a water color,
"Red Caboose.”
Nationally known artists who have
work on display include Francois
Speight, Hobson Pittman, Donald
Mattison, Henry MacMillan, Miss
Claire Leighton and Kenneth Ness.
The exhibition is considered the most
outstanding ever held in this state,
and all work being shown was selected
by a jury composed of prominent
Nor th Carolina art connoisseurs. The
exhibition opened Sunday afternoon
and will be continued throughout the
week. Gallery hours are fiom 9 to 5
Electrician Is Painfully
Burned at Local Plant
Sidney Smith, electrician at the
North Carolina Pulp Company, was
seriously burned Monday, when in an
undisclosed manner he came in. con
tact with a high-powered switch or
line while attending to his work at
the mill.
Painfully burned about the hands
and face, Mr. Smith was taken to a
Rocky Mount hospital, where he is
recovering from iris injuries. Pre
liminary treatment was administered
by Dr. T. L. Bray.
$460 Fines and Costs
Collected by Levies
In Recorder's Court
Many Are Called and Few
Acquitted at Last Two
Court Sessions
Fines and costs imposed on the 27
persons tried in recorder’s court here
last Thursday and Tuesday of this
week added about $460 to the coffers
of the court, it was revealed today
by a check of the cases heard dur
ing the two days.
Recorder W. R. Gaylord and Prose
cuting Attorney W. Blount Rodman
were very successful in handling the
cases, and only one or two of these
arraigned were acquitted or got off
with a nol prosse. The court is now
operating on a cash basis and is very
profitable to the county.
Proceedings last Thursday follow:
Charlie T. Lewis, reckless driving,
nol prosse with leave.
Marie Mack, larceny. ■ \?ots.
James Pitman .assault with deadly
weapon, 30 days county farm.
Thurslis Simpson and Nath Dixon,
assault with deadly weapon. Simpson
$25 and costs and Dixon $15 and
Ottis Basnight, interfering with an
officer, drunk and disorderly, $10
fine and costs.
Marion Howard, allowing Sampson
Heath to drive his car knowing that
Heath did not have driver’s license
and was drunk, $5 fine and costs.
Sampson Heath, operating an auto
while under influence of intoxicants,
no driver’s license. $50 fine and costs.
Walter Johnnie Hill, operating an
automobile while under influence of
intoxicants, $50 fine and costs.
John Davis drunk and disorderly
on the highways, $10 fine and costs.
Sam Bell, drunk and disorderly, $10
fine and costs.
Merle Cooke, driving an automobile
while under the influence of intoxi
cants, $50 fine and costs. License to
drive revoked.
Barney Basnight, violation highway
laws, costs.
Johnnie Bowen, Violating highway
laws, $50 fine and costs.
Adnall Holden Noble, violating
highway law, not guilty.
Joseph Williams, no driver’s license,
nol prossed.
Proceedings for Tuesday morning:
Mathew Simpson, assault, continu
W. A. Respass, drunk and disor
derly, $5 fin- and costs.
Thomas Dewey White, reckless
driving, $5 fine and costs.
Phillip E. Ayers, violation traffic
laws, $50 fine and cosis.
Percy Le Monte, drunk and disor
derly, $10 fine and costs. Jafus Mc
Kinley James, Violation traffic laws,
Jimmie James, violating traffic
laws, $5 fine and costs.
James M. White, violating traffic
law, $10 fine and costs.
Walter Bennett, drunk and disor
derly, $5 fine and costs.
Henry Combs, assault with a dead
ly weapon, six months on roads.
Arthur Roulhac, violating traffic
law, $15 fine and costs.
Creswell Native'
Heads Her Class
Mrs. Mabel Elizabeth Reynolds,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Hat
field. of Creswell, made an outstand
ing record in the class of 59 women
who graduated recently from defense
classes offered by the Norfolk Divis
ion of the College of William and
Mary and Virginia Polytechnic Insti
tute. Mrs. Reynolds won top honors
in the aircraft meu. mith class and
received a special award from the
All members of the class, which
took preemploymeni uurses in air
craft engine mechan, aircraft met
alsmith, and general aircraft me
chanics, have already entered em
ployment at the Nava’* Air Station
In Norfolk.
Total 916 in County
Registered Monday
For Possible Service
Men Between 45 and 64 Get
Names on List; Not To
Be Used in Army
A total of 916 men were registered
in the fourth roundup of men con
ducted in Washington County Mon
day, in compliance with the provis
ions of the amended Selective Ser
vice Act, which required men between
the ages of 45 and 64. inclusive, who
had not previously registered, to re
port for listing for possible assign
ment to noncombant duty in the war
It was said by Clerk S. A. Ward
that the men who registered in the
fourth national counting held held
Monday would be assigned serial num
bers as were the men in the first, sec
ond and third registration, but, he
added a national lottery would not
be held immediately, if at all, to as
sign registrants order numbers.
Since these men are only subject
to noncombatant duty, they will prob
ably start receiving occupational
questionnaires within the next few
weeks, after those in the third re
gistration have received and returned
their questionnaires.
Mr. Ward said there were 468 per
sons to register in Plymouth; 221 in
Roper and 227 in Creswell. Tire clerk
does not as yet have them divided by
races in the files to show what num
ber of the registrants are white, and
what number colored.
There have been a total of 3,238
persons to register in Washington
County in the four registrations that
have been held within the last 18
months as follows: 1,560 October, 16;
1940; 62 on July 1, 1941; 700 on Feb
ruary 16, 1942; and 916 on April 27,
1942. The four registrations affected
all men between the ages of 20 and
The total number of men in this
nation now registered for selective
service is reported to be about 45,000,
000. Men in the first three listings
are subject to military service but
those who registered on Monday are
to be assigned only to war industry,
home guards, agriculture or other
tasks that will aid the war effort.
Profits From Legal
Whiskey Increase in
Past Three Months
First Quarter of 1942 Brings
Gain of $566 Over Last
Quarter of 1941
Net profits of the Plymouth and
Creswell legal whiskey stores were
$8,819.90 for the quarter ending
March 31, 1942, it was learned today
from J. R. Campbell, chairman of
the Washington County Alcoholic
Beverages Control Board. This rep
resents a gain of $566.65 over the
$8,253.25 profits made in the last
quarter of 1941, ending December 31.
The profits for the first quarter of
this year were allocated as follows:
$459.51 set aside as a reserve for law
enforcement, including the payment
of the salary of L. L. Basnight, spec
ial enforcement officers, and others
engaged in prosecuting sellers and
manufacturers of illegal whiskey;
$3,077.63 was paid to the State of
North Carolina as taxes; and the re
maining $5,657.05 was designated as
a surplus, most of which will go to
the general fund of the county.
Gross sales of whiskey for the
quarter amounted to $31,501.65. The
stock and sales expense totaled $70,
726.03, leaving the gross progt on all
sales at $10,775.62. Operating ex
penses of the stores, including sal
aries, wages, rent, light, water, heat
and supplies, taxes and depreciation
amounted to $1,441.51; administra
tive costs, including legal advice, per
diem for board members, bags, office
supplies, insurance and supplies were
$514.21, bringing the total expense
for the quarter to $1,955.72.
Assets of the ABC Board on March
31 were: Cash on hand, $14,902.43;
warehouse stock and stock in stores,
$12,053.55; furniture and fixtures and
other fixed assets bringing the total
to $27,088.83.
Compliance Check
To Be Made Soon
Close to a score of community
committeemen in Washington Coun
ty will begin a training course some
time early in May in preparation for
measuring farms to see that the
farmers have planted within their
allotments of the various crops.
Last year special compliance work
men were employed for this work,
and only about 10 were used. Due
to the scarcity of labor this year, it
was decided to ask the community
committeemen of the AAA to devote
a portion of their time to this work.
M. L. Basnight, of Vanceboro, son
of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Basnight here,
will again serve as supervisor of the
compliance work this year for Wash
ington, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties.
He will instruct the committeemen
in their duties and will come back
from time to time to check on the
work being done.
Sugar Ration Books
Will Be Issued Next
Week To Individuals
Important Meet of
Scouts Tomorrow
An important meeting of the
Boy Scout troop of Plymouth will
be held at 8 o'clock Friday night
in the scout room in the base
men of the courthouse, with A1
Hodges, assistant scout executive,
present, according to Scoutmas
ter B. E. Hodges.
>Ir. Hodges said that the roll
of members would be checked
and brought up to date. Mem
bership cards will be issued to
registered scouts. New scouts are
urged to see Mr. Taylor between
now and the time for the meet
ing and to be present tomorrow
Occupalion ‘Queries
Being Mailed Men
In 3rd Registration
First Batch of 50 Go Out To
Men Who Registered
February 16
Occupational questionnaires have
been received here and this week the
first batch was mailed to about 50
men between 20 and 44 years of age
who registered for Selective Service
on February 16, according to infor
mation from Clerk S. A. Ward of the
local board.
The questionnaires will be mailed
at first ohly to those in the third re
gistration, but within a few weeks,
after all those who registered on Feb
ruary 16 have received, filled out and
returned the questionnaires, some of
them will be mailed to those who re
gistered last Monday in the fourth
It is pointed out by Mr. Ward that
ithe questionnaires must be fili*. on;
and returned to the Selective Service
Board within 10 days after they are
received by the registrants.
Handled jointly by the United
States Employment Service and the
Selective Service System, the ques
tionnaires ask for information about
each registrant’s present job, his edu
cation, and also asks him to indicate
the kind of work for which he con
siders himself best fitted, whether or
not he is presently employed at such
work. In addition, the questionnaire
contains a list of 228 different occu
pations which are important to war
industries. Registrants are to check
any of these in which they have had
trt ning or experience and indicate
those for which they are best fitted.
Applicants needing help in fillling
out their questionnaire are advised to
ask for such assistant from their em
ployer, labor union, any office of the
United States Employment Service,
or from a member of the Selective
Service Local Advisory Board of Re
gistrants. No fee is to be charged for
this service.
The local selective service board
will keep one part of the question
naire and send the other identical
part to the United States Employment
Service office at Williamston.
Ship Sails Before Mother
Has Chance To Visit Son
Mrs. Maggie Swain, of Plymouth,
was disappointed recently when she
went to Norfolk to visit her son, Ray,
who is in the U. S. Navy, only to
find that his ship had sailed at 10:30
a. m., while she was looking for him.
Mr. Swain had written his mother
that he would be in Norfolk and
would try to obtain leave to come
to Plymouth, although he did not
know how long his ship would be in
port. Mrs. Swain was assisted at the
V. M. C. A. and at several recrea
tional halls in her efforts to locate
tier son, but when she reached the
Naval Base she found that the ship
had already sailed.
Registration Will Be
Held at Schools for
4 Days, May 4,5,6,7
Applicants Urged To Bring
Certain Specific Infor
mation Required
Applicants for rationing books
next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
or Thursday. May 4, 5, 6 and 7, were
cautioned today by W. A. Roebuck,
clerk to the Washington County Ra
tioning Board, to come prepared with
the full information required by the
application blank. A fac-simile of
the application is published on an
other page in this paper, and those
who apply for rationing books are
advised to study it closely and be
ready to answer the questions asked.
The registration for sugar ration
ing books next week will be held in
every schoolhouse of the county.
White people will apply to the white
schools and colored people at the
colored schools. Mr. Roebuck said
that approximately 150 registrars
will be on duty Monday, Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday to fill out
the application blanks and issue the
ration books. The hours for making
application are from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.
It is estimated that about 12 to
15 minutes will be required to reg
ister each person or family group,
and it is planned to have a registrar
for each 80 persons registering. The
principals of the various schools have
organized and instructed the regis
trars in their duties.
Only one member of each family
may register for the entire family
unit, but he or she must be 18 years
of age or over and must have infor
mation regarding the other members
of the family. Ration books will not
be issued until all the information is
furnished, it was made clear. Indi
viduals who live in boarding houses
or hotels must apply in person for
their books.
, Following is the info* wtana
must be furnished at' tile lim<. :f
f 1 > A list of the members of the
family and their exact names.
(2) An exact description of each
member of the family unit, including
height, weight, color of eyes, color of
hair, age and sex.
(3) The exact relationship of each
member of the family unit to the
person who is registering for the
family unit.
(4) It is necessary to know to the
pound how much sugar is in posses
sion of the household. The amount
of sugar will be divided by the num
ber of people in the family unit and
stamps torn out by the registrar for
all sugar in excess of 2 pounds per
person. If more than four stamps
have to be removed, issuance of the
book will be held up until later.
A family unit is defined by the
Office of Price Administration as "a
group of two or more individuals,
consisting of all persons who are liv
ing together in the same household
who are related by blood or marri
At the present time it is planned
to ration sugar at the rate of one-half
pound per person per week. Each
1 pound of sugar for use over a two
week period. The stamps are num
bered and must be used within the
two-week period specified or they
are void. Hence stamp No. 1 must
be used to buy sugar during the first
two weeks after issuance, after which
stamp No. 2 will be required for the
next two wreeks, and so on.
Roper Music Class Will
Be On Radio Saturday
The radio station at Elizabeth City
has invited a group of students from
the music class of Ethel Griffiths
Hopkins at Roper to present a pro
gram Saturday, May 2, at 3:30 p. m.
The group who will broadcast in
clude Mae Jo Walker, pianist; David
Johnston, baritone; A1 Hooker, tenor
and Ethel Hopkins, violinist.
Men in Military Service Entitled To
Absentee Vote in May 30 Primaries
Men in the military service of
the United States will be permit
ted to vote absentee ballots in
the May 30 primary, according to
Walter W. White, chairman of
the Washington County Board of
Elections. No others may cast
absentee votes in the primaries,
although such votes are permit
ted in general elections the same
us in former years.
Mr. White said "Any qualified
voter is entitled to vote in the
primary of any political party
who, on the date of such pri
mary, is in the military, naval or
other armed forces of the Unit
ed States, may vote in the pri
mary of the party of his affilia
tion." Application may be made
to him by the voter’s wife, broth
er, sister, parent or child for an
official primary ballot, the ap
plication to show the precinct in
which the applicant is registered
and entitled to vote, and the
company or other military unit of
which the applicant is a member.
As soon as possible after the
application is received, Mr. White
said, an official ballot will be sent
to the designated party, and It
is urged that applications be
made immediately so as to pro
vide ample time for the ballots to
clear the mail before the pri
mary on May 30, 1942.
Mr. White lives on Highway
No. 64, in the Skinnersville sec
tion, and his address Is Route 1,

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