North Carolina Newspapers

    The Roanoke Beacon
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VOLUME LI 11—NUMBER 33 Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday. August 13, 1942
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Miller Warren, local fire chief, and
E. Durand Keel, left Sunday to at
tend the state firemen’s convention
in Greensboro this week. Sessions
were held by the firefighters Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday, and the
representatives of the local depart
ment returned today.
Mrs. Tom B. Brown, of the county
agent’s office force here, has been
invited to be one of the hostesses at
the Southern Farm Bureau Training
School, which is to be held at the
Sir Walter Hotel in Raleigh from
August 16 to 18. The program fea
tures addresses by noted national
agricultural leaders, and represen
tatives are expected to attend from
16 southern states and Puerto Rica.
Fourteen county white men, who
have been home for their 14-day
furlough since being inducted into
the army recently, left yesterday for
Fort Bragg to begin active training.
Three others left this morning, com
pleting the contingent of 17 from
this county inducted from the quota
called for July.
No successor has yet been se
cured to fill the place of W. S.
Moore as agriculture teacher in
the local school, and County
Superintendent H. II. McLean
said yesterday that up to this
time he did not even have a pros
pect for the place. Agriculture
teachers are becoming increas
ingly difficult to find throughout
the country.
Walter C. Burgess, son of Mr. and
Mrs. T. C. Burgess, was recently
transferred from Port Francis D.
Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo.. to Fort
Chaffee, Aik Young Mr. Burgess
completed a course as draughtsman
while at the Wyoming post and hai
been assigned to the architect’s office
at Fort Chaffee.
Technical Sergeant Aubrey W.
Liverman, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H.
Liverman, of Plymouth, arrived home
Monday. He has been stationed in
the Panama Canal zone and in the
British West Indies for the past two
years and will be home for about 30
George Sexton, local left-handed
barber, may have to give up his work
tor the duration of the war. For the
past eighL months he has been try
ing unsuccessfully to buy a pair of
left-handed shears. Formerly made
in Germany, Mr. Sexton says they
are now unobtainable. He and
"Vic" Modlin went to Newport News
Monday to set about getting work in
the sl'.pyartS;.
Harold H. Brinn, proprietor 01 the
Band Box Beauty Shop, who is leav
ing for the Army today has closed
his shop here and moved the equip
ment to tlie home of his father in
Creswell. Mr. Brinn was unable to
sell or lease his business here and de
cided to store the equipment “for the
Revival at Creswell
Closed 'Last Sunday
Creswell.—T h e revival services
conducted last week at the Creswell
Baptist church closed with the 11
o’clock serivce Sunday morning, af
ter an interesting series of meetings.
Nine persons presented themselves
for membership in the church, three
by letter and six by baptism.
Services were held each morning at
11 o’clock and each evening at 8:30.
In addition to presenting forceful
messages at each of the services, the
Rev. Mr. Mauney, of London Bridge,
Va., who conducted the series, added
interest and enjoyment with the
singing of the junior choir under his
Those presenting themselves for
membership by letter were Mr. and
Mi'S. Fred Thrift and J. W. Razor;
by baptism: Dorothy Spruill, Iris Ray
Craddock, Ruth A. Spruill, Marlene
Spruill, Whit Cooper,- and David
Creswell Minister To Hold
Missions in Hyde County
Creswell.—The Rev. B. W. Gaither,
local Episcopal minister, left this
week for Hyde County, where he
will conduct missions at his several
churches throughout the remaining
weeks of August.
It was announced that regular
services will be held at Christ church
in Creswell at 11 o’clock next Sun
day morning.
W. B. Cox Becomes Acting
Clerk Superior Court Here
As Darden Goes Into Army
W. B. Cox this week assumed the
duties of acting clerk of the super
ior court of Washington County, hav
ing been appointed by Wilbur M.
Darden, the Clerk, prior to the lat
ter leaving today to enter the Army.
Mr. Cox’s appointment was approved
by Judge Walter J. Bone, of Nash
ville, resident judge of the second
district, and his bond was approved
by the county board of commission
Mr. Cox is a prominent local citi
zen who has been working recently
at the Marine Base at Cherry Point,
near New Bern. He was cashier of
the Washington County Bank and the
United Commercial Bank here dur
ing the 1920's, and is widely known
throughout the county.
When Mr. Darden learned he was
to be included in the August group
of selectees for the Army, he applied
to Judge Bone for leave of absence,;
which was granted and later approv
ed by the board of county commis
sioners. Mr. Darden has served as
clerk of the superior court since
March 1. when he was appointed by
Judge Bone to succeed C. V. W. Aus
bon, veteran clerk who resigned on
account of his health after serving
the county as clerk for 35 years.
Mr. Darden announced for nomi
nation prior to the Democratic pri
mary in May and was declared the
nominee without opposition. He will
have no Republican opposition in the
November general election, and his
election for the four-year term be
ginning in December this year is au
tomatically forecast. His leave of ab
sence is “for the duration,’’ and he
will resume the work where he left
off if the war does not last more than
four years from the date his new
term commences in December.
Post Office Building
Here To Be Enlarged
And Alterations Made
To Survey Area
Added To Town
The town council, at a special
meeting this morning, employed
\V. W. Ange to make a survey of
all the property embraced in the
extension of the city limits last
fall. This action is necessary
before the town can fix its tax
rate for the current year, since
the amount and valuation must
be determined before the levy can
be worked out.
The contract with Mr. Ange
provides that lie is to make an
accurate survey and enter on the
new town map the exact acre
ages included ... orporatc
limits since me extension elec
tion. The survey will require
about four weeks, and it must be
approved by the council before
payment is made of the contract
price. Mr. Ange plans to begin
work immediately.
Merchants Will Set
Up Credit Bureau;
Store Hours Fixed
Also Make Plans for Ban
quet and Fall Trade
About a dozen members of the
Plymouth Merchants Association met
in the municipal Building Monday
night to consider a number of im
portant matters affecting local busi
ness establishments. Decision was
reached to hold a banquet for all
merchants in September, when plans
for a fall business campaign will be
made; a credit reporting bureau will
be sponsored by the association; and
store opening and closing hours after
the first of September were agreed
upon. It was also decided that all
local business houses would be closed
all day Monday, September 7, in ob
servance of Labor Day.
J. R. Manning ana J. R. Campbell
were delegated to make arrange
ments for the banquet, which will be
held on the next regular meeting
date of the association, the second
Monday night in September. Not
only members of the association, but
all local merchants will be invited
and urged to attend this banquet,
and a number of merchants have in
dicated they expected to bring some
of their clerks with them to the
At the banquet plans for a cam
paign to stimulate trading in Plym
outh will be discussed. A committee,
S ee? ME RC H A NTS, Page Pour
Masons To Have "Open House" Next
Tuesday Night in New Quarters Here
The local Masonic lodge, Per
severance, No. 59, will show off
its new quarters in the old
Brinkley Hotel Building Tues
day night of next week, with an
"open house.” All Masons, their
wives and members of the local
tlastern Star chapter are invited
and urged to visit the new lodge
rooms at that time. Refresh
ments will be served, and the
weekly Masonic meeting has
been called off so that members
may show their guests over the
new quarters. No formal invi
tations are being issued, this
notice being regarded as suffi
cient, according to John W. Dar
den, secretary.
The opening of the new lodge
room was originally scheduled
lor Tuesday of this week, but due
to difficulties in completing the
wiring it was postponed until
next Tuesday. The first formal
meeting of the order will be held
there the following Tuesday,
August 25, with a double initia
tion of two candidates for the
first degree.
Station officers of the local
lodge are J. Linwood Knowles, of
Dardens, master; Tom B. Brown,
senior warden; W. J. Highsmith,
junior warden; B. G. Campbell,
treasurer; and John W. Darden,
Begin Next Week on
Work Estimated To
Require 30-60 Days
12-Foot Brick Addition To
Be Built at Rear of Pres
ent Structure
Work will get underway next week
on enlargement and renovation of
the post office building here, it was
stated this week by John W. Darden,
postmaster, and H. E, Beam, repre
sen ing the Brinkley estate, owners
of the building. A 12-foot addition is
to be built at the rear of the present
building, a new floor will be placed
in the entire office, and the partition
at the front will be changed and re
modeled. It is estimated that the
work planned will cost between $2,
500 and $3,000.
The 12-foot addtion at the back
is being built to provide additional
working space for the postal work
ers. The present partition contain
ing the service windows and lock
boxes will be removed and a new one
placed entirely across the building,
providing a lobby 15 feet deep across
the front. The postmaster’s private
olfice will be located at the rear of
the new quarters, instead of at the
front, as at present.
All of the service windows in the
remodeled office will face the street,
and an additional panel of lock box
es will be provided. No other ad
ditional new equipment is provided
for in the plans.
For sometime the present quarters
have been cramped for space, and
when the old lease on the building
ran out recently, the improvements
were agreed upon before a new lease
becomes effective. The Post Office
Department is entering into a 10
year agreement to occupy the reno
vated quarters.
Mr. Darden said that laying a new
floor in the building will call for a
lot of night nork, since the office
must be continued in use during the
daylight hours. Robert L. Tetter
ton, local contractor, will be in
charge of the work, which it is esti
mated will require from 30 to 60 days
to complete.
May Continue Tent
Series of Services
The revival services being held by
the Rev. Raymond Brovtning, of the
Church of the Nazarene, under the
big brown tent on Jefferson Street
is said to be continuing with grow
ing interest. Mr. Browning said he
had his largest attendance last Mon
day night, when he preached his
"Bear Story” sermon to the children.
He told the youngsters that he would
preach them another sermon before
the campaign closes on the subject,
"The Ant, the Rabbit, the Grasshop
per, and the Spider.”
Mrs. Fred Saneholtz, of Charlotte,
is not only a most unusual pianist,
but her gospel songs are greatly en
joyed by the congregation. During
the campaign the workers have
taught the children some delightful
Because of the interest in the serv
ices, Evangelist Browning is serious
ly considering the possibility of con
tinuing the series another week.
Important Meeting of
Scouts Monday Night
A scout meeting will be held at the
courthouse here next Monday night
at 8 o'clock. All boys 12 years of
age and over, who are interested in
becoming a scout, are invited to at
tend. according to the Rev. B. E. Tay
lor, scoutmaster.
28 White Men Left
This Morning for
Induction in Army
Number Only About Half
Of Quota Originally
Called This Month
Unable to completely fill the Au
gust quota of 55 white men origi
nally called for by state selective
service headquarters, the Washing
ton County board at 7 o'clock this
morning sent 28 to Port Bragg for
examination and possible induction
in the army. It was announced last
week that 31 would go to Fort Bragg,
but since that time temporary defer
ments were granted to three men.
The three men deferred are Ervin
Washington Ambrose and Robert
Davenport, of Creswell; and William
Randolph Gardner, of Roper. All of
them were given deferments until
November to enable them to harvest
their farm crops.
Those who left at 7 o'clock this
morning, if accepted for service, will
possibly return tomorrow or next day
for the 14-day furlough now granted
selectees before beginning their act
ual training. Other schedules of
departure in the near future are as
follows: August 27, 65 colored men;
September 8, 25 white men; and
September 30, 45 colored men.
The list of those leaving this morn
ing is as follows:
From Plymouth: Hilliary Sexton
Tetterton. Hartwell Marion Ramsey,
Clyde Felton Patrick, jr., Joe Denver
Cruickshank, Frank Winesett, Alton
C. Davenport, Hilton Harris, Carl
Raymond Fisher, Wilbur Mattingly
Darden, Rufus Swain Sitterson, Al
bert Ross Chesson, John Shepherd
Brinkley, George Bruce -Tetterton,
Carley Rufus Marriner.
From Creswell: Sam William Corn
stalk, James Clyde Davenport, Thom
as Daniel Woodley, Erenel Moran
Clifton. Henry Calop Bateman, Mel
vin Rascoe Gibbs, Jarvis Overton
From Roper: Charlie Frank Swain.
Joe Thomas Furlough, William Lloyd
Dunbar, Rolano M. Chesson, James
David Clifton, Benjamin Frankling
Mackeys: William Halsey Rid
Local Ration Board
Issues 8 Certificates
For Tire Purchases
Does Not Get To Bicycle
Applications at Meeting
Last Week
Eight certificates for the purchase
of new tires and tubes or recapping
of old tires were issued by the coun
ty rationing board at its meeting last
Thursday night. The board was
unable to consider any of the pend
ing applications for bicycle pur
chases at that time, as other mat
ters took up most of its time.
Some applications for supple
mentary allotments of sugar for
home calming are being received and
granted at this time, although the
amount is considerably smaller than
it was early last month, when the
big rush developed. Some applicants,
when informed that 8 pounds of su
gar per person was the maximum
amount that would be allotted, have
declined to accept any supplementary
allotments at all.
Certificates for tire purchases and
recaps were issued to the following
last week:
Rev. R. N. Pitts, of Creswell, one
tire and tube for passenger car used
in ministerial work.
Mrs. Gerald Gaylord, Roper, one
new tire and tube for truck used in
delivery of ice and fuel.
Washington County Board of Edu
cation, Plymouth, two recapped tires
for school busses.
J. R. Manning, Plymouth, two new
tires and tubes for truck used in farm
John Askew, Plymouth, two new
tires and tubes for farm truck.
R. C. Jackson Plymouth, one re
cap for farm trailer.
North Carolina Pulp Co., Plymouth,
one new tire and tube for truck used
in essential industry.
W. J. Higlismith, sanitary inspec
tor, Plymouth, one new tube for car
used in health work.
Revival To Begin
Sunday at Roper
A series of revival services will be
gin at the Roper Methodist church
next Sunday night at 8:30, continu
ing throughout the following week, it
was announced today by the Rev. G
C. Wood, pastor of the Roper charge
The guest preacher for the revival se
ries will be the Rev. S. E. Mercer, of
Franklinton. described as one of the
outstanding young ministers of the
Methodist conference.
Mr, Wood urges members of the
local demon inat ions to give the serv
ices their whole-hearted support.
Services will be held each night next
week at 8:30 by the Rev. Mr. Mer
cer, the revival closing with the sen -
ice Sunday nig tit. August 23.
Campaign for Scrap Metal Is
Begun in County This Week
Draft Board Has Three Calls Pending;
One More This Month and Two Next
At the weekly metting of the
local selective service hoard
Tuesday night, the clerk was
ordered to immediately begin
making preparations to fill the
county's quota of 25 white men,
called to leave here Tuesday,
September 8. Work is also un
derway on the August quota of
65 colored men, who will leave
Thursday, August 27th; as well
as the quota of 45 colored men
called for Wednesday, Septem
ber 30.
The board does not anticipate
any difficulties in completly fill
ing the August quota of colored
men; but it is likely that some
single men with dependents will
be ealled up in September.
Practically all white men who
have been classified as 1-A have
already been called from this
county; and the board indicated
that calls in the near future will
be made up of single men with
dependents and married men
without children. There are
about 30 men in the county
classified as 1-B. due to minor
physical defects, but so far no
calls have been received from
men in this category, although
three men classed as 1-B were
accepted for the army this
Budget and Tax Rate
Of $ 1.80 Is Approved
By State Commission
Valuation Increase
Of $157,201 Shown;
Rate Same as in 1941
Budget Is Also About Same
As Last Year; Calls for
Total of $137,174
Washington County's tax rate for
the current fiscal year will be $1.80.
exactly the same as for the last se
veral years, it was determined this
week, when approval of the budget
estimate was given by the Local
Government Commission at Raleigh.
The county commissioners had pre
viously considered and tentatively
fixed the rate, subject to approval by
the state commission.
The $1.80 total rate will raise an
estimated $101,292.63, needed to bal
ance the budget, on the total coun
ty valuation of $6,399,905. Tire total
county budget for the 1942 fiscal
year is estimated at $137,174.40, but
$35,881.63 will come from sources
other than ad valorem taxation.
The county valuation this year is
$157,201 higher than it was a year
ago, and the total budget require
ment is $2,214.05 less than last year;
but the estimated yield from taxa
tion is less than $3,000 greater than
it was during the 1941 tax year,
which was not considered enough to
effect a reduction in the rate.
A breakdown of the budget require
ments for the various departments
shows but little difference from that
of last year, although there are some
variations, of course. The only de
partmental fund showing a decreased
budget from the tax levy for the
current year is the county health
fund, reduced from $3,433.48 to $3,
199.95. effecting a rate reduction
from to 5 cents on the $100 valu
ation. The debt service fund, al
though requiring nearly $8,000 less
than last year, will call for a tax
levy substantially the same, due
to loss of revenue other than by
taxation. Tire rate for this purpose
is lowered from $1.25 per $100 valu
ation to $1.22 this year. This item
is by far the largest in the entire
budget. In other words, bond re
tirements and interest require a tax
rate of $1.22, while only 58 cents is
required for all the other county ac
tivities and programs.
Other comparisons with last year’s
budget and tax rate follow: County
general fund, $31,018.68, against
$27,556.92 last year; rate, 15 cents
per $100, same as for 1941. County
poor fund, $12,028.16. against $11,
321.92 last year: rate, 14 cents,
against 12cents in 1941. Old-age
assistance fund, $3,600, against $3,
145 last year; rate, 5Scents, same
as for 1941. Aid dependent children
fund, $1,732.50, against $1,950, rate
3Vh cents, same as last year; School
current expense, $16,942.95, against
$14,880.61, rate 15 cents, against 13
cents last year.
The total budget requirements for
this year are $137,174.40. against
$139,388.45 for 1941: estimate of rev
enue from sources other than taxa
tion. $35,881.63. against $32,719.50;
total amount needed from taxes to
balance budget, $101,282.77, against
$106,668.95 last year; total levy.
$115,198.28. against $112,368.67 last
Creswell Churches Hold
Joint Picnic This Week
Creswell.—Three Creswell church
es, the Episcopal. Methodist and
Baptist, held a joint picnic at Co
lonial Beach Wednesday of this
week. This is an annual event which
is looked forward to every year by
members of the three congregations.
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Wilbur M. Darden, clerk of the
Washington County Superior
Court, was among the group of
selectees who left this morning
for Fort Bragg for induction into
the Army. Mr. Darden was re
nominated without opposition
for a four-year term as clerk of
court recently, and will have no
opposition in the November gen
eral election. He has been grant
ed a leave of absence “for the
duration” by Resident Judge
Walter P. Bone, of the second
judicial district, and the duties
of the office will be performed
by W. B. Cox, whose appoint
ment as assistant clerk has been
approved by judge Bone.
Change Announced
In Rules for Peanut
Marketing This Fall
Farmers May Sell Quantity
Equal To Normal Yield
From Allotted Acres
A change in peanin marketing quo
ta regulations to permit the sale,
without penalty, of a quantity equal
to the actual or normal production
of a farm’s acreage allotment, which
ever is greater, was announced this
week by County Agent V. V. Hays.
Last year the marketing quota was
the actual production of a farm's
acreage allotment.
This provision, Mr. Hays said, is
included in new marketing quota
regulations issued for the 1942 crop
by the United States Department of
See, PEANUTS, Page Pour
Collection Centers
Located in Each of
Towns in County
Local Committee Hopes To
Secure at Least Million
Pounds During Drive
To meet the nation's war needs
for scrap iron and steel and other
salvage materials, a new intensive
drive is being launched this week in
Washington county to obtain at least
1,000,000 pounds of scrap materials,
it was announced this week by W. V
Hays and H. H. McLean, co-chairmen
of the local salvage committee. The
local drive is part of the nation-wide
drive announced recently by Donald
M. Nelson. WPB chairman.
“As the war becomes more inten
sive on the various foreign fronts,"
Mr. McLean said, “the need for scrap
materials has steadily increased" He
declared that while collections of
various types of salvage have already
been made here from time to time,
the expanding requirements of the
war program have made it necessary
to obtain much larger amounts of
“Tlie American steel industry tills
year hopes to produce a record
breaking 85,000,000 tons of steel—as
much as all foreign countries put to
gether can make. Our country alone
this year is going to produce three
tons of steel for every two lions the
Axis can turn out.
“To bring steel production up to
the industry's full capacity of 90.000
000 tons in 1942, however, our steel
indust/v needs an extra 6,000,000
tons of scrap steel for its furnaces.
Every ton of scrap we can send them
will swell our national production ol
tanks, ships, planes and guns.”
Headquarters of the local salvage
committee are at the courthouse here
However, collection depots will be set
up in each of the three county
towns. At Creswell, the depot will
be at C. N. Davenport’s store, in
charge of Mr. Davenport. It is uu •
derstood that Mayor H. S. Everett, ot
Roper, is in charge of the scrap iron
collection there; while in Plymouth
the collections may be carried di
rectly to the yard of the Richard
West Wrecking Company on Wilson
Street Extended. C. E. Ayers will
also buy scrop for cash at the
Standard Service Station here.
At the yard of Mr. West, cash will
be paid on delivery of scrap metals,
while at the other two receiving
points in the comity it has been sug
gested that receipts be issued for de
liveries of scrap, and payment will
be made on basis of weight shown in
See. SCRAP METAL. Page Four
One New School
Bus for County
H. H. McLean, county superinten
dent of public instruction, said yes
terday that Washington County had
been allotted one new school bus by
the state commission recently, and
the superintendent expects the new
vehicle to be delivered here Wednes
day of next week. The new bus was
badly needed and Mr. McLean wras
elated over its allocation to the school
system in the county.
The superintendent also said that
all school busses used in the county
system had been worked over during
the summer and made ready, as far
as possible, for the opening of schools
on September 3. All bus drivers in
the county attended a two-w'eeks
course last April and received certi
ficates attesting their ability and
proficiency in the operation and care
of the trucks. The course of instruc
tion included both textbook study
and actual driving under the super
vision of highway patrolmen.
Mr. McLean said that there would
be few changes in the drivers' per
sonnel this term; the only ones he
knew about at this time being senior
student drivers w'ho graduated at the
close of school last spring.
P. Bruce Bateman Named Chairman
Civilian Defense Council by Governor
P. Bruce Bateman was today
appointed ehairman of the
Washington County Civilian De
fense Council by Governor J. M.
Broughton, and he will assume
the duties of the office imme
diately, it was stated. Mr. Bate
man was named to succeed Wil
bur M. Darden, who resigned re
cently in order to enter the mili
tary service.
Mr. Bateman is a member of
the local school board and has
been very' active in affairs of the
local American Legion post for
a number of years. He has serv
ed as commander of the local
post, and at the present time is
| commander tor the second dis
trict of the North Carolina De
partment of the Legion.
The duties of the Civilian De
fense Council are becoming in
creasingly important in connec
tion with the county’s war effort
At the present time the salvage
eommittee of the council is
launching an all-out drive for
the collection of scrap materials
of all kinds, especially metals, in
order to keep defense industries
running at full blast.
Miss Pauline Biggs is full-time
clerk for the Civilian Defense
Committee, and it is understood
that she will continue her work
in the office of the eelrk of the
superior court in the courhtouse
here for the present, at least.

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