The Roanoke Beacon
* * * * * * *and Washington County News *******
VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 39
Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, September 24, 1942
The Elizabeth City golf team will
come here Sunday to play a team
match with members of the Plym
outh Country Club. According to re
ports, they will bring a team of 12
members, and the match will get un
derway about 1:30 o'clock.
The local board will discon
tinue issuing supplementary al
lotments of sugar for home can
ning after next Wednesday, Sep
tember 30, it was announced to
day by W. A. Roebuck, clerk to
the board. Attention is also called
to the fact that such certificates
are valid only up to 60 days after
date of issuance, and unless they
are used within that time they
Captain James Clinton Tarkenton,
jr., of Fort Jackson, S. C., this week
wired his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
C. Tarkenton, of Pleasant Grove, that
he was leaving for Fort Leavenworth,
Kan., to attend the command and
general staff school for nine weeks.
Strolling about the high school,
an observer saw a piece of tubing
six feet long or thereabouts, near
two inches in diameter, twisted
and bent and of no use as tub
ing; also a considerable length of
old barbed wire, broken, unserv
iceable and more or less a hazard
where it was stretched. A little
search might reveal other scrap
metal which might well be con
tributed to the scrap metal pile
(. for use in the war effort.
Lieutenant (Senior Grade) Cecil
Blount, of the United States Navy,
is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Blount, in Roper this week.
Lieutenant Blount graduated from
Annapolis several years ago and after
a tour of sea duty is now serving
as skipper of one of the Navy blimps
used in anti-submarine patrol work
along the Atlantic coast.
President E. E. Harrell, of the
Merchants Association has called
a special meeting of members
for tomorrow (Friday) night at
8 o’clock in the Municipal
Building. The purpose is to
work out a definite plan for the
War Bond prize selling campaign
which was endorsed in principle
at the recent annual meeting of
Z. V. Norman, T. W. Earle. P. J.
Humbert, Jack Spruill, Julian Brink
ley, Guy Watson and P. B. Bate
man spent last Saturday fishing on
Swan Quarter Bay. The party caught
a large number of croakers, hog
fish. sea mullets and a few trout.
During Next Week
Rev. Leon Russell, Out
Pastor To Preach
Revival services will be held each
night next week in the Plymouth
Methodist church, beginning Sunday
morning. The Rev. O. L. Hardwick,
pastor, will preach the opening ser
mons, at 11 o’clock Sunday morn
ing and 8 o'clock Sunday evening,
and then assist the Rev. Leon Rus
sell, pastor of Centenary Methodist
church, of New Bern, who will ar
rive in Plymouth Monday. Services
will be held each night at 8 o’clock
and Mr. Russell will preach.
Mr. Russell is regarded as one of
the outstanding Methodist ministers
in North Carolina. Before going to
New Bern, he was four years pastor
of a church in Raleigh, which ad
vanced during his pastorate to be
come one of the leading churches
there. He is eloquent and convincing
and keeps his audiences interested.
An invitation has been extended to
all to attend these revival services.
Two Young Creswell
Men Enlisted in Navy
Creswell.—Elton Ainsley, son oi
Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Ainsley, and Har
old Sawyer, son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Henry I. Sawyer, enlisted in
the United States Navy at Norfolk
last week and reported Monday ol
this week for active duty at the Lit
tle Creek, Va., Naval Base.
Plan Intensive Drive for Scrap in County
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Civilian Defense Salvage Committee Will Sponsor Effort
Still Has Plenty of
Old Metal on Hand
Over 10 Tons Shipped Out
Of County During Cur
There is plenty of scrap metal in
Washington County, and a little
search about every home will reveal
it, often in unexpected abundance,
according to Richard West, experi
enced in handling junk, and who
classifies and ships the bulk of the
scrap metal gathered in Plymouth or
brought here for disposal. Mr. West
suggests that it is no trick at all to
go into any yard and find 10 pounds
and more of metal junk and make
no more than a superficial search.
It is announced that an intensified
campaign to collect scrap metal will
be launched all over North Carolina
on October 5, but the salvage com
mittee of the Washington County
Council of Civilian Defense is not
planning to wait for that date. This
county will join in with the state
wide drive, but already a large quan
tity has been collected and shipped
out. Two and a half tons of scrap
tin were sent to Rocky Mount early
this week and eight tons of metal
junk to Norfolk, Va., Wednesday. The
scrap tin is not worth as much as
metal junk, but the government has
plenty of uses for both.
H. H. McLean, chairman of the
salvage committee, says he is expect
ing the school children of Washing
ton County to do some real effective
work in gathering scrap metal. About
10 days ago he sent an appeal to the
schools for help in gathering scrap
and plans to search for and collect
it have been made in several of them.
It is said that some people have
an idea that the junk dealers are
profiting from the campaign, but
those in position to know deny this.
After the dealers have paid for the
junk, they have to pay the expense
of sorting and classifying it, and
there is a very small margin of profit
between what it has cost them and
the established price they are paid.
The bulk of the money goes to the
collectors who gather the junk and
turn it over to agents of the salvage
Temporary deferment of registrants
now subject to induction in the army
has been granted by the local select
ive service board to the following
Washington County men:
Farmers to enable them to house
their crops: Lee I. Davenport, Plym
outh, until November call; Louis
Stanton Bateman, until December
call; Walter Ashley Grimes, Plym
outh, until November call; Joseph Si
mon Bland, Plymouth, until Novem
ber call; Russell Roper Swain, Roper,
until January call.
Occupational registrants: Eli Jack
Spruill, Washington County auditor,
until December call to enable him to
complete certain work in connection
with closing out old tax books and
setting up new ones for fiscal year;
Alston Lee Bardwell, Plymouth, un
til December call, to give the pulp
mill time to replace him; William R.
McCombs, Plymouth, until January
call, to give pulp mill time to replace
Holding Revival Services at
Creswell Methodist Church
Revival services are being conduct
ed at the Creswell Methodist cnurch
this week by the pastor, the Rev. R.
N. Fitts. The public is cordially in
vited to attend.
County Price Ceiling Board Named To
Take Charge of Enforcing Regulations
Within a few days the Price Ceil
ing Board of Washington County ex
pects to receive instructions relative
to its work and will obey orders. So
stated C. L. Bailey, chairman, who
was sworn in last Friday together
with his two associates, J. S. West
ray and W. T. Freeman, the latter
of Roper. They were appointed by
the Washington County Ratiofifcig
The Price Ceiling Order, issued by
Price Administrator Leon Henderson,
became effective last May 18, follow
ing which the Price Administrator
issued a bulletin, "What Every Re
tailer Should Know about the Gene
ral Maximum Price Regulation,” for
general distribution among the re
tailers. Following a short period of
worry, during which some Washing
ton County retailers posted price
ceiling schedules in compliance with
regulations, many of the merchants
became apathetic and a recent survey
showed more than one-half of the
150 or so merchants in the county
had failed to post their schedules.
October 10 has been fixed as the
deadline for posting these price ceil
Local merchants generally, how
ever, have been trying to comply
with the price ceiling order, follow
ing instructions in Bulletin 2 on the
general maximum price regulations.
But many of them do not agree on
interpretations of the law and the
display of ceiling prices has been
varied. The Price Ceiling Board is
expected to settle this difficulty, also
adjusting the price variance that has
been a weighty stumbling block.
Washington County To Take Part in
Stale-Wide Blackout Tuesday Night
Participating in a State-wide
test blackout announced in ad
vance, Washington County is ex
pected to make a record for effic
iency when the siren sounds next
Tuesday night, September 27,
sometime between 7 o’clock and
midnight. It is possible that an
unannounced blackout may be
ordered before then, and quick
response must be made whenever
the siren blares; but, even so, the
entire state will take part in the
blackout test next Tuesday night.
The trial will be on a much larg
er basis than any yet attempted.
Chief Air Raid Warden P. W.
Brown orders all air-raid war
dens, auxiliary police and mes
sengers to be ready for duty next
Tuesday at any moment between
7 o’clock and midnight. None
here knows the time fixed for the
blackout, and it will be for 15
minutes’ duration, but when the
blasts of the siren are heard in
Plymouth—and warnings sound
ed by various methods in other
parts of the county—all lights
must be extinguished and dark
ness must prevail on the streets
and in all homes and other build
ings until the “all-clear" signal
is sounded. Car lights must be
switched off and the cars turned
to the curb and pedestrians must
seek shelter indoors quickly. It
is understood that the blackout
will not apply to local industrial
plants which are engaged in war
Talks Here Last Night
Grid Team Nay
Unable to get a game at home
Friday night, the Plymouth High
School football squad has tenta
tively accepted an Invitation
from Washington to play there.
The hesitation is because of
transportation difficulty. If that
can be solved, the local will play
Washington there tomorrow.
“We regret that the season's
opening game could not be ar
ranged in Plymouth,” said Rob
ert B. Trotman, principal of the
high school “One prospect aft
er another fell down. The boys
want a game, and so we shall
play in Washington if we can get
To Get Work Bone
Expect To Be Much Busier
When Fuel Oil Is Add
ed To Duties
W. L. Whitley, chairman, A. J.
Riddle and E. F. Still compose the
Washington County Rationing Board
with W. A. Roebuck, secretary. The
Board meets every Thursday evening
at 8 o'clock in the County Com
missioners room at the courthouse.
Applications for tires, tubes, recaps,
cars, bicycles and supplementary
rations of gas are studied, discussed,
the merits of each considered and
the application then granted or de
ferred for further investigation.
This takes time and although all
members of the board work fast it
is often midnight or later before the
task is completed.
Within a few weeks the Board will
also have to ration fuel oil and then
really expects to be busy, may have
to hold two sessions each week.
Necessarily applications are in writ
ing, properly authenticated, and
nothing could be gained by supple
mental verbal requests. Each ap
plication goes to and is scrutinized
by each member in turn and each
notes his views regarding it. One
may be more lenient than the others
on some and see cause for non-ap
proval of others. If they cannot
agree the application may be defer
red. The hands of the clock move
on and on, but they do not stop to
note the time. They just work on.
Finally the last application has
been passed to the secretary and the
board members lean back in their
chairs, take deep breaths. “What
time is it? Midnight! We’ve been
working four hours. Well, ’tis an
Washington County Men
Report For Army Duty
Their furloughs expiring, 13 Wash
ington County white men who passed
the required tests and were inducted
into the Army two weeks ago, left
Wednesday morning by bus for Fort
Bragg to report for duty. They in
cluded: William Ronald Gaylord, of
Plymouth, acting corporal in charge
of the party; Carl R. Fisher, Alfred
S. Johnston, William E. Craddock,
James S. Marriner. James M. Hardi
son, Church W. Styons, Thomas G.
Gardner, all of Plymouth; Walter Lee
Skitftletharpe, Roper; Theodore R.
Haire, William H. Davenport, Cres
well- George G. Phillips, Mackeys;
and Hoyt T. LeFever, Wenona.
Wood Producers Are
Guests of' Pulp Mill
To Hear Leciurer
Illustrates With Pictures
Good and Bad Forestry
Wood producers serving the North
Carolina Pulp Company and some
of the company's staff, especially
those having to do with forestry, were
guests of the company at a dinner
served Wednesday night at the Plym
outh Country Club T. W. Earl,
manager, presided and introduced
the several speakers.
The occasion was to hear an ad
dress, illustrated by stereoptican
slides, by Frank Heyward, Jr„ of At
lanta, Ga.. manager Southern Pulp
Woods Conservation Association. Mr.
Heyward is a forester and knows the
timber industry, has a personal ac
quaintance with this country’s for
ests and facts and figures at his com
mand. Forest conservation is one of
the North Carolina Pulp Company's
dominant interests to the tune of
about $75,000 a year, so Mr. Earl
stated, and the company wishes to
impress the wood producers with the
necessity for conservation methods.
Later an effort will be made to
arouse the owners of timber lands
to cooperative thinking and action.
“We are interested in conservation,
particularly in pulp wood,” said Mr.
Earl. He called attention to a dis
play of cases in which shells for the
armed forces are shipped, water
See, CONSERVATION, Page 4
49 Colored Men To
Leave Next Week
In addition to the 45 colored regis
trants of Washington County whose
names were published last week, three
other registrants and one transferee
from Norfolk have been sent notices
by the Washington County Selective
Service Board to report here and be
ready to leave at 7:15 a. m. Wednes
day of next week. September 30, for
Port Bragg. They are:
Joseph Jerome Garrett, transferred
from Norfolk, Va., so that he might
be inducted with his brother; Joseph
Arthur Watson, of Plymouth; Wilbert
Norman, of Roper; Riddick Earl Wil
kins, of Roper.
The next group of Washington
County colored men will be called up
to leave October 27.
Needs 120 Men
Call No. 32 for Washington
County registrants has been re
ceived by the local Selective Serv
ice Board, giving notice of No
vember requirements, as follows:
November 6, 60 colored men; No
vember 24, 60 white men.
Notices were mailed this week
to 49 colored men to report Sep
tember 30, the number having
been increased from 45; and an
additional 40 colored men are to
be called to report October 27.
Notices arc also to be sent to
35 white men to report on Oc
This makes a total of 95 white
and 149 colored registrants to
complete the September calls and
HU the calls for October and No
SAA Annual Meet
Four-County Trade Better
ment Session October
15 at Columbia
Washington County delegates to
the annual meeting of the Southern
Albemarle Association at Columbia
Thursday, October 15, as certified to
the county commissioners by John W.
Darden, vice president, are as fol
Plymouth Township: E. G. Arps, H.
H. McLean, Mrs. Mary Cahoon, W.
B. Cox, J. K, Reid, J. E. Davenport,
W. V. Hays, Mrs. Frances M, Dar
den, John H. Allen, W. H. Gurkin,
S. F. Darden, E. H. Liverman. L. S.
Thompson, B. G. Campbell, P. W,
Brown, C. L. Bailey, Z. V. Norman,
E. F. Still, T. W. Earle, W. R. Hamp
ton, J. W. Norman, R. B. Trotman,
Ben A. Sumner, E. J. Spruill, Dr. S.
V. Lewis, E. L. Owens, Dr. C. Mc
Gowan, Dr. T. L. Bray, and A. J.
Scuppernong Township: A. L.
Holmes, H. P. Barnes, E. F. Swain,
C. N. Davenport, sr„ C. N. Daven
port, jr., W. D. Peal, O. D. Hatfield,
E. S. Woodley, W. B. Gaither, J. B.
Davenport, Mrs. W. B. Gaither, and
H. R. Davenport, all of Creswell.
Lees Mill Township: L. E. Hassell,
J. J. Hassell, Mrs. Eva Harrell, J. A.
Chesson, W. T. Freeman, H. S. Ev
erett, J. C. Knowles, R. C. Peacock,
all of Roper: W. B. Davenport, of
Mackeys; and J. L. Rea, of Wenona.
Skinnersville Township: W. W.
White, C. L. Everett, Will Patrick and
E. O. Arnold.
The Southern Albemarle Associa
tion serves as a chamber of com
merce or organization for civic de
velopment and betterment in the
counties of Washington, Dare, Hyde
and Tyrrell. Its chief efforts thus
far have been directed to better
ment of roads, but this particular
phase will doubtless receive little con
sideration in the immediate future
on account of the war.
W. L. Whitley, of Plymouth, is
president of the association. Each
of the four counties has a vice presi
dent, and one of the duties of this
officer is naming delegates to the
regular conventions, which list is
submitted to the respective county
commissioners for approval. E. G.
Arps, chairman of the Washington
County Commissioners, has certified
approval of the delegates named from
Tires and Tubes
Are Parcelled Oul
Applications for tires, recaps and
tubes were granted last week by the
Washington County Rationing Board
and also some gas in addition to the
rations previously granted when real
need for the supplementary portion
was shown. Applications for the for
mer were approved as follows:
F. E. Cleveland, Plymouth, two
truck pick-up tires, 100 x 15 mail
service, and two tubes.
Sterling Johnson, Plymouth, one
L. L. Bowen, Plymouth, one trac
T. S. Lucas, Plymouth, two truck
tires and two tlibes.
T. H. Rosenthal, Wenona, one truck
tire and one tube.
J. B. White, Roper, two recaps for
L. C. Spruill. Roper, one tube.
H. J. Woolard, Plymouth, one tube.
Richard Cedar Works, Creswell,
two track tires and tubes.
Action on an application for a bi
cycle was deferred.
Through an error it was reported
last week that the application of Eh-.
Alvin Papineau to buy a car had been
granted. Dr. Papineau did not seek
a permit to buy a car. He has a good
one and does not need another at this
time, he said. The application he
made was for a passenger car tire
and it was granted.
The Board has only a few tires,
tubes and recaps to be parcelled out
this month, but there is only the
meeting of tonight remaining for
September. A new allotment will be
made for October.
Tire and Tube Thief Raids
House Chevrolet Company
Gaining admittance through a
window after removing a pane of
glass, a thief broke into the House
Chevrolet Company’s garage Sunday
night and stole three tires and three
tubes. This was the second raid, the
first one having been made several
weeks ago when one tire and one
tube were taken. Chief of Police P.
W. Brovin said the thief left no
clue either time, but a line is being
followed that may lead to his cap
Complete Details Will
Be Outlined at Meet of
Group This Week-End
War Bond Sales
Ahead of Quota
Bond sales in Plymouth this
month up to noon today were
slightly in excess of $17,000,
which is in excess of the county's
quota of $16,500, according to
H. E. Beam, Washington Coun
ty chairman for War Bond sales.
Mr. Beam said he had not receiv
ed a report of sales at Creswell
This included $6,550 War
Bonds sold at the Plymouth post
office. Postmaster John W. Dar
den reported War Stamps sold,
Meet October 3-6
First Annual Session Held
At North Creek Church
In 114 Years
The Primitive Baptist Kehukee As
sociation will hold its annual session
with the North Creek Baptist Church,
beginning on Saturday before the
first Sunday in October, which will
be October 3, and continuing three
Eider A B. Denson, of Rocky
Mount, is moderator of the Associa
tion, Elder B. S. Cowan is clerk.
It has been 114 years since the as
sociation was held with the North
Creek Church. Elder S. Gray, of
Kinston, is pastor of the church and
says there will be present at North
Creek as many as eight able minis
ters from different states.
The church at North Creek is ask
ing the citizens of Belhaven, Bath
and all of Beaufort County to Coope
rate with them in taking care of the
visitors attending the Association.
The public has a cordial invitation to
Dinner will be served on the ground
the three days of the session and
the people have been asked to bring
baskets of food to help feed the con
gregation. This request has been
made by the church at North Creek,
Elder S. Gray, moderator; J. W.
Tire Primitive Baptist Kehukee As
sociation was organized a few years
before the Revolutionary War.
Lions Will Aid In
Selling War Bonds
Postmaster John W. Darden ad
dressed the Plymouth Lions at their
regular meeting last Thursday eve
ning on the sale of War Stamps and
War Bonds at the Plymouth post
office and in Washington County.
He spoke so effectively that the Lions
delegated a committee to give added
stimulus to sales in Plymouth. Presi
dent Thompson named J. R. Man
ning, T. W. Earle and E. F. Still.
For the first time in three years
the Lions failed to have attendance
of all members during the anniver
sary week of the birthday of Inter
national Secretary Melvin Jones, in
part due to illness, in part to war
conditions. But only a few were ab
sent and some of them may be at the
meeting tonight and give explana
Schools Already in
Forefront of Drive;
Need Grows Urgent
All Civilians To Be Regis
tered For Some Phase
The Civilian Defense Council is to
meet sometime during the week-end
to work out complete details for an
intensive scrap metal collection drive
throughout Washington County dur
ing the next few weeks, according to
P. Bruce Bateman, chairman of the
county council. H. H. McLean is
chairman of the Salvage Committee
and W. V. Hays is co-chairman.
The county campaign will be a
part of the nation-wide effort to col
lect all the junk metal possible. The
shortage of scrap is becoming almost
a national scandal, with production
of vital war materials threatened by
lack of steel.
The county schools will take an
active part in the campaign, begin
ning next week, with a junior army
being enlisted and rank dependent
on the amount of scrap collected by
the individual "privates.'’ Other
proposals for the county campaign
include the location of scrap metal
collection depots on each block in
town, and local officials have already
indicated their willingness to coop
erate by having the town trash trucks
collect old metal and take it to a
cevTal receiving poinf <■ E. Ayer
has volunteered to send a truck for
scrap metal anywhere in the county
where a full load can be assembled.
It is prubable that all organizations
will be asked to aid in the campaign,
in the country as well as in the towns.
Local women’s clubs, civic organiza
tions. labor unions, the merchants
association and others will be called
on to help, as need for scrap metal
becomes ever more urgent, with steel
mills said to be closing already be
cause of the shortage. An appeal
will likely be addressed especially to
the Boy Scouts to take part in the
Mr. Bateman also said this week
that plans soon will be announced for
a county-wide registration of all ci
vilians for some phase of service with
the civilian defense organization.
Major Craig, of the State Council at.
Raleigh, is expected to come here to
help plan the registration on a coun -
ty-wide basis. Such registrations
have already been held in neat j all
North Carolina Counties, and Mr.
Bateman said that Washington Coun
ty was one of the last, if not the last,
to approach this task.
Workers are needed for Red Cross
activities, to take first-aid training,
man aircraft spotting stations, help
in salvage work, conduct campaigns
for various phases of war work, in
cluding the sale of War Bonds, and
there is some job for every person
in the county, according to the chair
5. ]. Gibbs Suffering
From Paralytic Stroke
S. J. Gibbs, proprietor of the City
Fish Market, suffered a stroke of
paralysis Monday night and has
since been confined to his bed. At
his home on Jefferson street it was
stated today that he was able to talk
but unable to sit up. One arm and
one side were affected.
T. W. Earle Heads Drive Here to Raise
Funds lor Seoul Program Next Year
President Roosevelt, Leon Hender
son and other high officials of the
government have stated that scout
ing has been invaluable to the war ef
fort to date and that everything
should be done to strengthen the Boy
Scout movement for the days ahead.
Keeping that in mind, the East
Carolina Council believes the citizens
will give their hearty support to the
annual Simultaneous Finance Cam
paign, opening October 12, when
communities in 20 East Carolina
counties will participate in a simul
taneous effort to raise funds for Boy
Scout necessary expenses during the
year 1943. The Steering Committee,
headed by F. E. Winslow, Rocky
Mount attorney, met recently and
made plans for the greatest finance
drive ever experienced by the council.
At this meeting were R. Brookes Pe
ters, Jr., of Tarboro; Rev. Gordon C.
Price, of Roanoke Rapids; C. G.
Morris, of Washington: Lowell K.
Powell, of Ahoskie; Dr. Maynard O.
Fletcher, council president; and J. A,
Rev. Mr. Price was schosen gen
eral chairman; R. M. Wilson of
Rocky Mount, chairman of major
gifts: K. R. Curtis, chairman of pros
pects; A. D. Shackelford, of Wilson,
To serve with the Steering Com
mittee the following were named: T.
W. Earle, of Plymouth; C. H. Bow
man, of New Bern; K. R. Curtin, of
Wilson; L. L. Getsinger, of Kinston;
X. E, Pittman, of Beaufort.