North Carolina Newspapers

    The Roanoke Beacon
* * * * * ★ *and Washington County News *★★★***
Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, June 25, 1942
News was received here this week
of the death last Thursday morning
of Mrs. R. L. Patterson at ner home
in Mooresville. Mrs. Patterson was
the mother of Mrs. Eugenia Van Lan
dingham. of Tarboro, who was home
agent here for several years.
Owners of North Carolina regis
tered cars who have lost their re
gistration cards are urged to apply
for duplicates before the gasoline re
gistration on June 9. 10 and 11. as
no ration cards will be issued unless
the applicant presents the card when
he goes to register.
Sale of use stamps for motor
vehicles is rapidly picking up at
the post office here. Over 100
have been sold so far. They
must be purchased for all cars
and trucks before the owner is
entitled to receive a gas ration
ing card next month. They cost
So each and are good from July
1. 1942, until June 30. 1943.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Cheshire, of
Maryville. Tenn.. are spending their
vacation with relatives and friends in
Rocky Mount a'nd Plymouth. They
visited Mrs. Cheshire's father, A. A.
Bryant, here last week. Mr. Cheshire
is employed as inspector for the Navy
Department at the Alcoa aluminum
plant near Maryville.
The vestry of Grace Episcopal
church will meet at the home of P.
B. Bateman, Friday night, June 26,
at 7:45 o'clock. All members are
urged to be present.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Burgess re
ceived a card Sunday from their son,
Walter C. Burgess, who is in the Army
at Fort Francis D. Warren, near
Cheyenne, Wyo., stating that he nad
undergone an operation for appen
dicitis there Tuesday, June 16. Young
Burgess said that he was in the Armv
hospital there and that he was getting
along very well following the ope
P. W. Brown, tax collector,
again reminds those who have
not paid their 1941 town taxes
that the list of delinquents is
due for publication in July, with
their property to be sold to the
highest bidder in August. Pay
ment should be made before
July 1 to avoid publication and
William E. Hays, son of County
Agent and Mrs. W. V. Hays, made his
first solo flight last week, according
to a recent letter to his parents.
Young Bill, who is in training for
the Army Air Corps at Carstrom
Field. Arc&iici, Fla., said that he
had 81/2 hours in the air last Satur
Doris Mae Lewis, of Roper, was one
of 115 girls from 47 counties of North
Carolina, who have received appoint
ments in the Army Signal Corps in
recent months. She has entered up
on her work at the signal corps’
general development laboratories at
Fort Monmouth, N. J.
Joey Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John S. Brown, returned Wednes
day to his post with the Eighth Di
vision at Fort Jackson, S. C., after
spending several days with his par
ents here. He has been in the serv
ice for about 10 months.
Name H. H. McLean
Deputy for District
Past Grand Master Edward Allen,
of Warrenton, will install H. H. Mc
Lean, of Plymouth, as district depu
ty Grand Master of the 3rd Masonic
district at a meeting to be held by the
local lodge, Perseverance, No. 59, next
Tuesday night, June 30, at the com
munity building, according to John W.
Darden, secretary of the lodge here.
Mr. McLean was recently appoint
ed district deputy by the master of
the North Carolina Grand Lodge of
Masons. This is considered a signal
honor in Masonry, and makes the
second time the district deputy grand
master for the district has come from
Perseverance Lodge, the Rev. Rich
ard H. Lucas having served in that
capacity a few years ago.
The third district embraces the
lodges of four counties; Beaufort,
tyrell, Hyde and Washington. Repre
sentatives from all lodges in the dis
trict have been invited to attend the
installation ceremony here next Tues
day, which begins at 7 p. m. Refresh
ments will be served by the local
Second Primary Will
Be Held Saturday To
Fill 2 County Offices
Polls Close at 6:30
P. M. Saturday
Attention of Washington Coun
ty citizens who plan to vote in
the second primary Saturday is
again called to the fact that the
polls will close at 6:30 p. m.,
Eastern War Time, instead of at
sundown, as many evidently
thought at the first primary. It
is stated that a number of voters
presented themselves at the polls
after the closing hour on May 30
and were thus denied the oppor
tunity of casting a ballot.
Under a law passed by the last
legislature, polling places will
open at 6:30 a. m., and close at
6:30 p. m. for primaries. The
hours at the general election in
November are from sunrise to
sundown, but don’t get mixed up
Saturday and reach the polling
places after 6:30 p. m.. because
then it will be just too bad!
Parade Planned for
Fourth July Here to
Boost Rubber Drive
Shep Brinkley Offers War
Stamp Prizes for Best
Decorated Bicycles
A street parade and public speak
ing is planned here on Saturday,
July 4th, with everyone urged to
take part and at the same time to
bring some article of rubber for do
nation to the national salvage drive.
Shep Brinkley has been designated
to head the parade program by H. H.
McLean, co-chairman with W. V.
Hays of the County Civilian Defense
Council salvage comittee.
According to Mr. Brinkley, it is
planned to v^jage the parade at 3 p.
to., starting file sclroolhouse and
winding through the downtown busi
ness section. It will be led by the
Plymouth High School Band and at
its conclusion, former State Senator
Carl L. Bailey will make a brief ad
dress to the assemblage in front of
the community hall. The parade
will incorporate a number of special
features, including some surprises
being cooked up by Mr. Brinkley.
It is the aim of the sponsors to
organize old-time “hay rides,’’ with
those in each of the participating
trucks bringing some object of rub
ber for donation to the salvage cam
paign. Mr. Brikley invites all those
taking part in the hay rides
and bringing scrap rubber to at
tend the show at the Plymouth The
atre without cost immediately af
ter the parade and speaking. He is
also donating three prizes for the
best-decorated bicycles in the parade.
The first prize will be $5 worth of
War Stamps; second, $3 in War
Stamps; and third, $1 in stamps.
More complete details of the pa
rade will be published next week as
the plans are developed.
Begin Receiving Green
Tomatoes Next Monday
The Welaga Pish and Produce
Company, of Mackeys, this week an
nounced that it would be open to
receive tomatoes for green wrapping
beginning Monday, June 29. This
firm has contracts with growers in
the section for several hundred acres
of tomatoes this season.
Farmers are urged by the company
to use care in seeing that all toma
toes brought in for green wrapping
have been fully matured.
Singing Class To Give
Concert at Creswell 1st
Creswell.—The Free Will Baptist
orphanage singing class, from Mid
dlesex, will give a concert in the
Creswell school auditorium next
Wednesday night, July 1, at 8:30.
Sale of War Bonds Slows Up, Bui Goal
For Nonih of June Just About Reached
The sale of War Bonds has
almost come to a standstill in
Plymouth, it was learned yester
day. After getting off to a fast
start in the early days of the
month, the bond sales have de
clined steadily, and very few
were reported sold so far this
week. Nevertheless, the county
quota of $14,900 is believed safely
passed, since total sales at the
post office here alone were more
than $9,000 the first of the week.
In reporting sales of war bonds
it is noted that some of the sur
rounding counties are claiming
total sales of both stamps and
bonds. Since the stamps are
presumed to be bought for the
purpose of being turned in later
for bonds, no credit against the
county quotas are given for
stamp sales, and the totals re
ported by this newspaper have
been for bond sales only.
Postmaster John W. Darden
said yesterday that stamp sales
at the local office are averaging
around $6,000 each month. Up
to this week, sales for the month
of June were $4,893. If stamp
sales were added to bond sales,
the county quota would be more
than reached at the post office
here, without taking Into con
sideration the stamps and bonds
sold by other post offices in the
county and bond sales by the
local bank.
Nominees for Sheriff
And Representative
Will Be Determined
Vote of Around 1,200 Fore
cast; Interest Is Said
To Be Mounting
While war news has shoved poli
tics. almost entirely into the back
ground during the past few weeks,
considerable interest is mounting in
the second primary to select county
Democratic nominees for the offices
of sheriff and representative to the
General Assembly. The primary will
be held Saturday of this week, the
hours being from 6:30 a. m. to 6:30
p. m., Eastern War Time, and it is
expected that about 1,200 voters will
turn out that day.
J. K. Reid and Edward S. (Ted)
Blound are the contenders for the
nomination as sheriff, while Edward
L. Owens and Ben A. Sumner are
fighting it out for the office of repre
sentative. An intensive campaign
has been waged by all four candi
dates, and a fairly representative
vote is expected. Since the Republi
cans made no nominations for county
office this year, the Democratic no
mination is tantamount to election.
In the first primary there were
three candidates in the contests for
both offices. Sheriff Reid was high
man in the race for sheriff, with 778
votes; Mr. Blount was second with
544; and Richard C. Peacock, of Rop
er, who received 265 votes, was eli
minated. For representative, Mr.
Owens was high, with 627; Mr. Sum
ner was next with 470; and W. T.
Freeman received 355.
A second primary contest for treas
urer was made unnecessary when W.
Linwood Hassell, who ran second in
a field of five, decided not to oppose
C. N. Davenport, sr„ of Creswell, who
was high. There are no district or
state contests in this primary to add
interest, and the vote is not expect
ed to be as large as it was on Many
30, when there were three candidates
for Congress and two for United
States Senator in addition to the
county races.
Dr. E. W. Furgurson
First Lieutenant in
Army Air Service
Leaves for Post at Morris
Field, Near Charlotte,
Last Tuesday
Dr. E. W. Furgurson, who has been
practicing medicine in Plymouth
since March, 1939, left Tuesday
morning for Morris Field, near
Charlotte, where he was commission
ed a first lieutenant in the Medical
Corps of the Army Air Forces and
entered immediately upon active duty.
He was accompanied by Mrs. Fur
gurson, and they will have an apart
ment in Charlotte as long as Lieu
tenant Furgurson is st' tioned at Mor
ris Field.
Dr. Furgurson thus became the
second Washington County physician
to enter the armed forces during the
past two weeks. Dr. J. M. Phelps,
of Creswell, was commisioned a first
lieutenant in the same service at
Morris Field Friday, June 12.
Dr. Furgurson is a native of Louis
burg and graduated from Wake For
est Medical School in 1934. After re
ceiving his M. D. degree at Syracuse
University College of Medicine in
1936, he served a one-year rotating
interneship at Syracuse Memorial
hospital, Syracuse, N. Y. He then
received a surgical appointment at
Duke hospital in Durham and took
a post-graduate course in public
health work at the University of
North Carolina. He was director of
the Martin County health depart
ment for one year and then had two
months of study at the Mayo Clinic,
in Rochester, Minn., before coming
here to enter general practice of
medicine in 1939. He became asso
ciated with Dr. A. Papineau here, and
the two physicians built the Plym
outh Clinic about two years ago.
Mrs. Furgurson was the former
Miss Clara Louise Jones, of Red
Springs. She came here from Wil
liamston and taught public school
music in the local schools for two
terms. She has also served as di
rector of the local Methodist church
choir for some time, and both Dr. and
Mrs. Furgurson will be missed in the
professional, civic and religious life
of the town. _
Program of Services at
Local Episcopal Church
Rev. WM. DANIELS, Rector
Following is the program of serv
ices for Grace Episcopal Church for
next Sunday, the fourth Sunday after
Church school, 10 a. m.
Morning prayer and sermon, 11
Evening pr ayer and sermon, 8 p. m.
No Instructions Yet
Received To Defer
Married Men Here
Prospect Is Number Called
Will Be Increased in
Near Future
Despite the fact that a great deal
has appeared in newspapers recent
ly to the effect that maried men are
not likely to be drafted for military
service until the latter part of the
year, the local selective board has re
ceived no new instructions governing
the method of choosing men to fill
the quotas called from this county
during July. Some married men have
already been inducted into the serv
ice from this county, and judging by
present indications, the percentage
will be incerased rather than decreas
ed in the immediate future.
The reason for this is that there
is an insufficient number of single
men on the selective service rolls of
the county to fill the quotas called
for. Therefore the local board has
had to reclassify men originally
placed in class 3 and put them in
class 1, subject to immediate serv
ice. Married men whose wives are
working or who have worked in the
past year and are considered capable
of earning their own living or who
have independent sources of income
will be called up first. Those who
were married since last December 7
are not even considered to have a
claim for deferment, since the law
provides that dependents acquired
since the nation went to war do not
constitute valid reason for deferment.
Tire local board has received no
instructions to alter its rules for re
classification of men with depen
dents, regardless of recent statements
made on the floor of Congress. In
reclassifying, the board now seeks
the following information: Date of
marriage, if marriage took place
since first questionnaire was sent
out; whether a child is expected;
whether a wife works, her salary;
whether wife formerly worked and
reason for her quitting work; whe
ther wife has an income of her own;
whether there is any reason why the
wife should not work; and with
whom the wife will live if her hus
band is called into service.
In addition to the married men in
ducted through the selective service
channels, a numberjof county mar
ried men have volunteered for Naval
Reserve where they received ratings
which would enable them to sup
port their families. At least half a
dozen married men from Plymouth
alone have entered the service
through this method.
The result of an attempt to add
all angles of the current draft situa
tion gives these answers;
Married men who have children are
not likely to be called up for service
within the nejft few months, but
those who have only their wives or
single men with nominal dependents
are subject to be called up this
week, next week and every week un
til th war is over.
There will be no assurance that
they ./ill not be called unless and
until the local selective service
board receives instructions from state
headquarters to revise its regulations
on classification.
And. should instructions come
through deferring married men un
til 1943, they would have to have a
postscript telling Washington Coun
ty officials how to fill big quotas with
small numbers of men.
Roper Young Man
Gels Navy 'Wings'
Ensign and Mrs. James A. Ches
son, jr„ are visiting Ensign Ches
son’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A.
Cheson, sr., near Roper. The young
officer graduated from the Navy’s
largest air training base at Corpus
Christi, Texas, on June 11th and
was married the following Tuesday.
He has been ordered to active duty
at the Naval Air Station at Pensa
cola, Fla., and he and Mrs. Chesson
will make their home there after Ju
ly 1st.
Ensign Chesson received his edu
cation at the Roper High School,
Mars Hill Junior College and George
Washington University in Washing
ton. D. C. He was with the HOLC at
Washington until he volunteered as
a Naval air cadet last September 17,
receiving his Navy "wings of gold”
and commission as ensign eight and a
half months later.
Five Get Certificates for
Tires From Ration Board
Certificates for the purchase of
new truck tires were granted to the
following last Thursday night at the
weekly meeting of the Washington
County Rationing board:
Leroy Furlough, Roper, two tires
for truck used in farm work.
T. H. Williams. Piymouth, two
truck tires and tubes, for ice and
fuel delivery.
John Furlough. Roper, two tires
for truck used in farm work.
T. H. Williams, Plymouth, two
tires and tubes for truck used in log
ging operations.
J. L. McAllister, Roper, two tires
for truck used i» fsrnt work.
New Gas Rationing Program
To "Clamp Down” July 22nd
All Men Between 18 and 20 Years Old
Must Register Next Tuesday. June 30
Arrangements have been com
pleted by the county selective
service board for holding the fifth
registration, applying to men be
tween the ages of 18 and 20, next
Tuesday, June 30. Officials have
estimated that approximately 350
men in Washington County will
be affected by the registration.
Those under the age of 20 are not
subject to immediate military
service, but it is considered likely
that Congress will adopt legis
lation later in the year which
will call most of them into the
armed services.
The registration will be con
ducted in substantially the same
manner as the four previous re
gistrations at three places in the
county: At the courthouse in
Plymouth: at the place of busi
ness of Mrs. Eva Harrell in Ro
per; anti at the schoolhouse in
Those who are required to re
gister next Tuesday are defined
as follows: Every male person
who has attained the eighteenth
or nineteenth anniversary of his
birth on or before June 30, 1942,
or the twentieth anniversary of
his birth after December 31, 1941.
and on or before June 30, 1942,
and who has not heretofore been
24,000 Pounds Scrap
Collected To Date in
Rubber Salvage Drive
$10 in War Stamps
Offered in 3 “Prizes
To Boys and Girls
Will Be Given To One Who
Turns in Most Scrap
By July 4th
War Stamp prizes, totaling $10, are
offered to the boy or girl who col
lects the most scrap rubber and
turns it over to a filling station dur
ing the salvage campaign now under
way in the county, by C. E. Ayers,
chairman of the petroleum scrap rub
ber drive committee, he announced
this morning. The campaign will be
extended in this county through
July 4, when a parade and other fea
tures designed to spur collection of
old rubber is to be staged in Plym
Mr. Ayers, who is acting in coope
ration with the Civilian Defense
Salvage Committee, said that up to
this morning about 24,000 pounds of
rubber had been collected in and
around Plymouth in connection with
the drive underway. He has not re
ceived reports from down the county,
and it is hoped the total will be ma
terially swelled when the returns are
all in. Most filling stations in the
county are receiving tne rubber and
paying 1 cent a pound for it. The
campaign was scheduled to end June
30, but Mr. Ayers said it would be
continued in this county through
Saturday of next week in order to
get maximum results.
The war stamp prizes will be
awarded as follows: $5 in stamps to
the girl or boy turning in the most
rubber; $3 in stamps as second prize
and $2 third prize. Boys and girls
are asked to get receipts from their
fiilling station operators showing the
number of pounds of old rubber turn
ed in.
Most of the rubber gathered here
was turned in early in the drive, and
deliveries have dwindled almost to a
standstill today. Everyone is urged
to make a search for the old rubber,
which is urgently needed in the war
program. Even little scraps are
wanted, and a tremendous amount of
rubber will be collected if everyone
does his part.
It will probably be the latter part
of next week before definite reports
on the success of the drive as a whole
are available. In the meantime, those
who have already contributed rub
ber should make another effort right
now to find some additional rubber
and turn it in immediately.
The bulk of the collection so far
is composed of old tires, but pieces of
garden hose, rubber toys, overshoes
galoshes, rubber heels, hot water
bottles, and the like are also turning
up and are welcomed. No matter
what it is, if it is a piece of rubber,
the nation needs it.
Cattle in County
Being Examined
Dr. T. V. Dahl, veterinarian with
the state and federal departments of
agriculture, of Raleigh, has been in
the county this week on a periodic
inspection of cattle for evidence of
Bangs’ disease or tuberculosis. So
far as known, this county is free of
both these diseases, since every head
of cattle was examined about two
years ago and the county accredited
as entirely free of the maladies.
A certain percentage of cattle in
accredited counties is checked every
two or three years to see that there
is no evidence of either disease; and
all cattle, dairy or beef, brought into
the county for use as breeding stock
are required to have certificates show
ing that they are free from such in
Harry W. Pritchett, prominent
merchant of Creswell, who has
been certified as nominee for
county commissioner to succeed
E. F. Swain. Mr. Pritchett at
tended State College and taught
school for two years before going
into business at Creswell, where
he has also served on the local
school committee anil town
Cucumber Season
Opens; Getting 400
Bushels Day Here
Crop in Section Said Only
Fair; Peak in Deliveries
Around July 4th
The cucumber harvesting and mar
keting season is now underway in this
section, and deliveries are totaling
several hundred bushels daily at the
local receiving plant of C. C. Lang
& Son, pickle manufacturers of Bal
timore, Md. C. W. Dinkins, who has
been helping in this work for the past
several years, is manager of the lo
cal station as well as a similar plant
at Columbia.
The first cucumbers from the cur
rent crop were delivered here Satur
day, June 13, when 85 bushels were
received, and the amount has increas
ed daily until last Monday, when 408
bushels were delivered at the local
plant. Tlie Columbia plant receiv
ed 10 bushels Thursday of last
w'eek to open the season there and
deliveries now total about 200 bush
els daily. The peak of the season will
not be reached until about the first
week in July, Mr. Dinkins stating
that maximum daily deliveries were
expected about July 4tli. There are
(See ‘-CUCUMBERS'’ Page Pour)
Stringent Rationing
Advanced To Save
Both Cars and Tires
Unessential Driving To Be
Cut To Maximum of
3,000 Miles Yearly
About 50 to 75 members of ration
ing boards, school superintendents,
principals, gas and oil distributors,
and volunteer registrants from Wash
ington, Martin and Tyrrell Counties
attended the meeting at the court
house here last night, when Don L.
Leach, field representative of the
fuel division of OPA for 17 eastern
Carolina counties, outlined tentative
plans and details for the gas regis
tration and permanent rationing
program to be instituted July 22.
It was emphasized by Mr. Leach
that all plans are tentative at this
time, and they may be altered con
siderably by the time the program
actually becomes effective. The re
gistration is to be held at various
places in all counties Thursday, Fri
day and Saturday, July 9, 10 and 11.
and the program becomes effective
July 22. Basic A and D cards will be
issued on the registration dates for
all privately owned passenger cars
and motorcycles, respectively. No
other type cards will be issued at
that time.
A quick resume of the proposed
program indicates that automobile
driving is to be drastically reduced,
considered necessary to conserve both
cars and tires. It was stated that if
the present rate of driving is con
tinued, at least 25,000,000 cars will be
off the road by 1944, which would
put nearly everybody on foot. Al
in um of unessential driving maxi
mum of unnessential driving totalling
3.000 miles per year, and regulations
governing issuance of supplementary
allotments will be very strict. A
forced of trained investigators will
check all phases of the program, and
it was explained that the new plan
really “has teeth in it.” Violators
subject themselves to severe penal
ties and every effort will be made to
precent “chiseling.”
There will be sufficient gasoline for
necessary driving by farmers, doc
tors, nurses, ministers and persons
engaged in work essential to the war;
but the average small businessman
who has been driving over 570 miles a
month is "out of luck.” The main
burden will fall on the latter class,
since cars used purely for pleasure
can still be used about 3,000 miles a
year, but a man ■who needs his car
to carry on his business, unless it is
considered “essential,” can get a
maximum supplement of only 320
miles per month in addition to his
basic ration which permits about
250 miles per month.
The basic A card will consist of
six pages of coupons and it must last
each car owner for a period of 12
months. The unit value of each
coupon has not been set, but will call
probably for four gallons of gasoline,
and all mileages discussed at the
meeting were based on that premise.
Neither has the number of coupons
to each page been definitely decided
at this time, but original plans called
for eight to the page, and this figure
was also tentatively used. Each
page in the basic A book will be good
for a two-month period; and, like the
sugar ration book, coupons not used
during the period specified will be
come valuless after the date has ex
Sheet No.l w’ill be good for a twro
month period beginning July 22; then
sheet No. 2 is good for the next two
months, and so on.
Supplementary Allotments
It is believed the basic A book will
entitle each car owner to about 16
gallons of gas per month, estimated
to be sufficient for an average of 250
miles driving. The D book for motor
cyclists is similar, except that cou
pons will be worth but 40 per cent of
the amount of gas in the A book.
In addition to the basic ration,
those whose work requires driving
more than the A book permits may
apply for supplementary cards under
two classes, B and C. They will be
issued only by the rationing boards
and after proof of necessity is sub
iSee "RATIONING" Page Four)
Applications for Sugar Allotments for
Canning Must Be Made by Noon July 3
Applications for supplementary
sugar allotments for canning pur
poses must be made to rationing
board office here before 12
o'clock noon Friday, of next
week, July 3, it was announced
this week by W. A. Roebuck,
clerk to the board. No applica
tions will be received after that
time until further notice, ac
cording to the clerk.
Halting issuance of supplemen
tary allotments is brought about
by the necessity of the clerk de
voting the following week to the
gasoline registration program,
which will be held Thursday. Fri
day and Saturday, July 9, 10 and
11. Mr. Roebuck said that he
would need extra time to get
ready for it, and that he would
not have time to devote to is
suance of supplementary sugar
allotments after 12 o’clock noon.
Friday, July 3.
Those who have not secured
their extra sugar allotments for
canning purposes are advised to
see the clerk before that time in
order to be sure of getting the
canning allotments they are en
titled to.

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