The Roanoke Beacon * * * * * ★ *and Washington County News *★★★*** MAKE EVERY PAY DAY BOND DAY JOd THt MT-BOU UVUMI FUI ESTABLISHED 1889 VOLUME LIII— NUMBER 26 Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, June 25, 1942 Town opics 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 ration. 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 sale. 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 day. 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 Masons. 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 -<s> 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. -<s> 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 Trinity: 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 Creswell. 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 registered. 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 outh. 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 fection. COMMISSIONER 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 board. 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 -3> 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 pired. 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.