The Roanoke Beacon
****** *and Washington County News *******
VOLUME LIII—NUMBER 40
Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 1, 1942
Next Sunday, October 4. will be
Orphanage Day at the Methodist
Sunday School, and Superintendent
J. W. Norman expresses the hope
that every member of the church
and Sunday school will make a sub
stantial contribution at that time.
Major Brook F. Read, son of Mrs.
Claudia Read, is now camp exchange
officer at Camp Campbell, Clarks
ville, Tenn.. so his mother has been
informed. He is charged with super
vising the vast post exchange sys
tem which serves enlisted men and
officers of one of the large army
camps. After volunteer service in the
first World War, he became district
manager for Firestone at New York
City, reenlisting again and entering
the army this year. While it is long
since he lived in Plymouth, he has
many friends here.
Rupert E. West, of Moyock, dis
trict game protector, was in
Plymouth Wednesday. He said
the requirement for identification
cards would be waived if other
sufficient identification is avail
able in upland game hunting.
However the identification cards
are required when hunting on
rivers, marshes and other places
connected with coastal waters.
Police Chief and Mrs. P. W. Brown,
Elmer Browning. Bill Roebuck, sec
retary of the Washington County Ra
tioning Board, and Will Clifton left
this morning for New York to at
tend the World Series baseball games
to be played there. They went by
car to Norfolk, thence by boat to Bal
timore and then on by rail. They
expect to be away about a week.
Private Wilbur M. Darden, former
clerk of superior court and represen
tative for Washington County, has
been transferred from post to post
so much since he entered the army
that many of his friends have not
been able to keep track of him. His
present address is: 313 Technical
School Squadron, Barrack 706, Shep
pard Field. Texas.
Police Chief P. W. Brown com
mented on fewer cars being seen
on the streets of Plymouth.
“Thinning tires and scarcity of
rubber are proving persuasive
factors for less driving when
walking can be done,’’ he said.
“Perhaps before long cars on the
streets will be almost a curiosity.”
Sergeant Tom Brown of the State j
Highway Patrol, formerly of Plym
outh and now of New Bern, was in
town for a little while last Monday.
He will get possession of a comfor
table dwelling house in New Bern
about the middle of October, he said,
and will take his family there to
J. Shephard Brinkley was in
Plymouth for a little while last
Monday, making arrangements for
removal of his Hammond electric or
gan from his home here to the camp
at Port Bragg so that he may en
tertain comrades in the army with or
War Bond Sales
Well Over Quota
Sales of War Bonds in Plymouth
during the month of September to
taled $19,625, being $3,125 more than
the entire Washington County quota
for the month. Sales at Roper and
| Creswell will increase the oversub
scription, but no reports had been
received by the county chairman, H.
E. Beam, from those places up to
War Stamps sold in Plymouth dur
ing the month totaled $7,654.80, it
was learned at the post office.
48 Colored Selectees
Sent To Fort Bragg
Colored selectees to the number of
48 responded to the summons of the
Washington County Selective Serv
ice Board and left at 7:15 o’clock
Wednesday morning for Port Bragg,
there to be examined as to fitness,
physically and mentally, for service
in the army. One man, a transferee,
did not go with the contingent. The
names of the selectees were published
two weeks ago. Fred Jenkins, regis
tered at Creswell, was transferred to
Norfolk and inducted there.
All who prove their fitness and are
accepted for service will be inducted
^ into the army, then a 14-day fur
™ lough will be given to those desir
Governor to Address
Meeting October 15
Farm Bureau To
Meet October 6
Members of the Washington
County Farm Bureau will meet
in regular session next Tuesday
evening at 8 o’clock in the Agri
culture Building. _A good speak
er from the State Federation will
Local bureau officials were in
formed today that Flake Shaw,
executive secretray of the State
Farm Bureau Federation, and Joe
Williams, another well-known
farm leader, would be here to ad
dress the gathering Tuesday.
The Farm Bureau has nearly
100 members. A drive is now on
to increase the roll and J. Roy
Manning, president, urges all
Washington County farmers to
join and help maintain the farm
program which has been help
ful and will continue to benefit
all those who till the soil.
As Candidate For
Washington Attorney Pre
fers To Enlist In
U. S. Navy
John C. Rodman, Washington at
torney nominated in the Democra
tic primary last March for the State
Senate from the second district, has
enlisted in the United States navy
and announces his withdrawal as a
nominee for the Senate.
Tire Democratic second district
senatorial committee will name a
candidate to take Mr. Rodman’s place
on the ticket. He was unopposed in
the May primary.
The Second senatorial district in
cludes the counties of Washington,
Beaufort, Martin, Dare, Hyde, Tyr
rell and Pamlico. It is entitled to
two State Senators. Hugh G. Hor
ton, of Williamston, is the other
Democratic nominee. Attorney O. L.
Williams, of Swan Quarter, has be
come an active candidate for the of
fice since Mr. Rodman announced he
Mr. Rodman wrote to the Roanoke
“Last March you were kind enough
to run an announcement of my can
didacy for the State Senate from the
Second District. I was nominated
without opposition, but have recent
ly enlisted in the United States Navy
and am compelled, therefore, to
withdraw as a nominee. I have given
official notice to the State Chairman
of the Democratic Executive Com
mittee, and the Senatorial Commit
tee will, I assume, meet promptly to
name my successor. The people of
your county will, of course, be inter
ested in the selection of my succes
sor and the matter ought to be given
publicity so that interested parties
can contact the member of the Sen
atorial Committee from Washington
J. E. Davenport, Plymouth, is the
Washington County member of the
committee. Others on the committee
are: Harold Whitley, Pantego, Beau
fort County; Clarence Midyette,
Manns Harbor, Dare County; E. A.
Williams, Swanquarter, Hyde Coun
ty; T. B. Slade, Hamilton, Martin
County; J. C. Wiley, Grantsboro,
Pamlico County; W. J. White, Colum
bia, Tyrrell County.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Revival and^ Homecoming
Revival services will begin at Mt.
Zion Free Will Baptist Church near
Roper, Monday night, October 5, and
will continue ten days. The Rev. R.
P. Harris, of Enfield, will conduct the
Homecoming Day will be held at
this church Sunday, October 11. The
public is cordially invited.
Local Store Will Display Photographs
Oi County Men Now in Armed Service
Pictures of all Washington County
men in the various branches of the
armed forces of the nation are being
sought by E. E. Harrell, owner of the
Plymouth Furniture Company, to be
displayed in the show windows of his
store so that all who pass may see.
Parents of every soldier, sailor, ma
rine, coast guardsman, or flyer who
hails from Washington County are
asked to bring their pictures and
leave them with the firm for display.
Every parents who does will be given,
without cost or obligation, an attract
ive military service plaque, a glass
framed emblem with radium back
ground that glows in the dark, which
can be displayed in the home as a
constant reminder that some mem
ber of the family is serving his coun
try in the armed forces.
The display will be inaugurated
next Monday at the store, and each
picture will carry a notation as to
name, rank and service identity of
the man. Such information should
be written on the back of the photo
graph for positive identification.
Mr. Harrell asks that the pictures
be brought to him as soon as possible
after this week. Being proud of the
Washington County men in the mili
tary services of the nation, all will
want to see this group as complete
as possible. At the close of the dis
play the pictures will be returned.
County Is Expected
To Have Number at
Session in Columbia
Local Man, W. L. Whitley,
Is President of 4-County
Governor J. M. Broughton will be
guest of honor and the principal
speaker at the annual meeting of the
Southern Albemarle Association in
Columbia Thursday, October 15, two
weeks from today. The invitation to
him to attend and speak was extend
ed several weeks ago, and his accept
ance was announced this week.
Members of the State Highway
Commission will also attend the
meeting and address the association.
This will be in line with other years.
The work of the association has cen
tered largely around improved high
ways and communication between the
four county members, and the coop
eration of the highway commission
has been valuable, as it will be this
year, though road building in gen
eral must be relegated to the rear
for the duration of the war, it is said.
Washington County is expected to
be represented at the Columbia meet
ing by a large delegation. Not all of
those named by John W. Darden,
vice president for Washington Coun
ty, may be able to attend, but all
who can go are expected to do so.
Hyde, Dare and Tyrrell Counties, the
other three members of the associa
tion, are also expected to send large
W. L. Whitley, of Plymouth, is
president of the association and will
preside at the sessions October 15.
Much worth-while development has
been inspired and carried through
by the organization, he said. How
ever, he does not look for any new
projects of major importance to be
taken up this year, war interests hav
The Southern Albemarle Associa
tion, devoted to the welfare and de
velopment of Washington, Dare, Tyr
rell and Hyde Counties, is rounding
out its sixth year. Last year, at the
meeting in Swan Quarter, Josephus
Daniels was guest of honor and prin
cipal speaker. Mr. Whitley is end
ing his first term as president. Pre
ceding him was Melvin R. Daniels,
of Manteo, who served two terms,
and before him was C. W. Tatem, of
Columbia, president for three terms.
Each county is represented by a vice
president, who are this year: John
W. Darden, Washington County: C.
Earl Cohoon, Tyrrell County; P. D.
Midgett, Hyde County; and D. Vic
tor Meekins, of Dare County.
Dolpheus B. Lamb
Is Killed Insianily
In Crash Saturday
Driving Alone Near His
Home When Tragedy
Dolpheus B. Lamb, 33. of the Pleas
ant Grove section, was instantly
killed, his neck being broken, about
9 o’clock last Saturday night when
the car in which he was driving
alone went off a curve on the left
hand side into a ditch, plunging
about 78 feet, then veering into the
woods and striking trees. It was
stopped against a tree standing on
its front end.
The accident was seen by a bus
driver who stopped to give help, sev
eral of the bus passengers rushing to
the wrecked car and lifting Lamb
out. He was dead.
The tragedy occurred on Highway
64 about three-quarters of a mile
from Lamb's home. He and his fam
ily had been to Plymouth, his wife
and the others getting out at their
home and Lamb driving on alone to
wards Columbia. Patrolman Stew
art and Coroner Jack Horner made
an investigation and decided no in
quest was necessary.
Delpheus Lamb was a son of Vir
ginia and L. D. Lamb, born in Wash
ington County, August 28, 1909, and
a resident of the county all his life.
By trade he was a carpenter and for
the last three or four years an em
ployee of the North Carolina Pulp
Company. He married Evelyn Wil
son, of Pleasant Grove, about 13
years ago and three children were
born to them: Rosalyn, now aged 11;
Mary Carol, aged 8, and Clara Idell,
aged 6. He was a member of the
Pleasant Grove M. E. Church.
Besides his widow and children the
deceased is survived by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Lamb: three sis
ters, Miss Doris Lamb of Roper, Mis.
Arthur Anze of Jamesville, and Mrs.
Fred Chesson of Williamston, and
by two brothers, Wallace Lamb of
Roper and Carlton Lamb of Wil
Funeral services were conducted in
the home at 3:30 o’clock last Mon
day afternoon by the Rev. G. C.
Wood, pastor of the Roper M. E.
Church. The pallbearers: Mack Mc
Connell, Corbitt Hassell, Eli Ayers,
Tommy Tarkenton, Edison Knowles
and Charlie Snell. Interment in the
family cemetery in the Pleasant
Rationing Board Holds
Brief Meet Last Night
Meeting Wednesday night this
week instead of on Thursday night, as
usual, the Washington County Ra
tioning Board adjourned after a short
session, without action on any ap
plications for tires, tubes or recaps.
The October allotment has not yet
been received from the State Ration
ing Board, so all applications were
deferred until the board meets next
Scrap Metal Drive Gets Underway
In County Next Monday; All-Out
Effort Is Required To Meet Needs
Town Dark Tuesday Night, From 9:15
To 10, Observing State-Wide Blackout
The Town of Plymouth, like a
great part of North Carolina, was
in darkness Tuesday night be
tween 9:15 and 10 o’clock, ob
serving the state-wide blackout.
Chief Air Raid Warden P. W.
Brown said it was observed here
very effectively, many lights be
ing extinguished before the siren
ceased blowing and all others be- I
fore the echo died away.
All deputy air raid wardens
and auxiliary police were on duty
patrolling their districts and all
reported that blackout regula
tions were strictly observed.
An unannounced blackout can
now be expected at any time.
The enemy gives no notice of his
approach and the surprise test
blackout is to simulate the com
ing of a foe. When the siren
sounds, citizens are warned to put
out all lights immediately.
Rationing Board Is
Named For County
Temporary Program For
Following a meeting of the Wash
ington County USDA War Board, of
which W. D. Phelps of Roper is
chairman, held last Friday evening
in the office of County Agent W. J.
Hays, announcement of the person
nel of the Washington County Ra
tioning committee to handle tem
porary rationing of new farm ma
chinery until November 1, 1942, was
made by Mr. Phelps.
C. W. Bowen, of Plymouth will
serve as chairman of the rationing
body and other members named by
the County USDA War Board are:
J. H. Allen, of Plymouth; Roy C.
Chesson, of Roper. Alternate mem
bers are P. B. Belanga, of Creswell
and Herbert R. Chesson of Roper.
Responsibility for administering
the new farm machinery rationing
program was delegated to the Ag
ricultural Department by the OPA.
Secretary of Agriculture Wickara
named Fred S. Wallace, chief of the
AAA and special War Board assistant,
to handle the program nationally,
and directed State USDA War Boards
to be responsible for rationing on
The order setting up the rationing
program provided that the chairman
of the County AAA Committee should
be chairman of the rationing com
mittee, and that two representative
farmers should be selected to serve as
regular members. ,W. D. Phelps, AAA
Committee chairman, did not choose
to serve as a member of the Farm
Equipment Rationing Board. Nam
ing of two delegates also was provid
ed in the order.
LET'S TALK ABOUT DEATH!
Lei's Not Dodge the Issue — Let's Face Facts:
A Lot oi Good American Fighting Men May
Very Soon Have To Die for Want of Scrap!
T7IT E’RE talking
* * facts, remem
ber! Such as the fact
that steel for every
tank, ship, and gun
must be made of 50%
scrap. And the terri
ble fact that Amer
ica’s mills are starv
IF YOU FAIL
ing for this scrap — without
enough on hand for even 30 days
Which puts it up to you!
The big scrap metal drive is
now underway. And you, as a
businessman, have a double job
to do. Clean out your home—
and scour your place of business,
factory, office or store . . . for
every single bit of scrap.
And when you see the stock
pile grow—for the mills to take
when it’s needed—be glad that
you’ve done your part . . . that
your work may have saved some
boy from a needless death!
Read This Paper for Details of the Scrap Drive and Your Part in Helping!
NEWSPAPERS' UNITED SCRAP METAL DRIVE
THIS SPACE CONTRIBUTED BY THE ROANOKE BEACON
Party oi Hunters
Here After Bear
Occupying five cars, a party of
hunters arrived in Plymouth yes
terday morning from Asheville.
They remained only a short time,
going into camp about 5 or 6
miles away, where they expect to
remain while on the hunt in this
Members of the party are aft
er bear, but probably will not
refuse to take a deer if they run
upon one. The season on bear,
deer and squirrel opens in this
While the party came here
from Asheville, it is understood
that a number of them are from
northern states. They plan to
remain several days, it is said.
35 White Selectees
Ordered To Report
Friday, October 9
Another Washington Coun
ty Group Summoned for
Notices were sent Wednesday to 35
white selectees of Washington Coun
ty to report to the local draft board
at 8:30 a. m„ Friday, October 9. to
go to Fort Bragg for examination
and probable induction into the
army. Included in the number is
one volunteer, Edwin Long, of Plym
The other 34 to receive notices to
report are as follows:
From Plymouth: Walter Rhodes
Clark. Harvey Mitchell Wright, Wil
son Harrell Thomas, John David
Oliver, William Randolph Gardner,
Heber Respass, jr., Benjamin Owen
Dupree, Allen Warren, jr., James
Herbert Shivley, William Sterling Mc
Comb, Allen Leroy Spruill, William
Garrett Smith, Russell Marvin Ange,
Conway Sherman Weed, Curtis Minor
Ayers, Thomas Crowell Burgess, Jo
seph Clinton Snell, Denzil B. Keener,
Harry Levert Garrett, Luther Adolph
From Creswell: Harold Mitchell
Davenport, Daniel Richard Rhodes,
Hallett Robert Comstock, Gordan
Leigh Stepney, Pender D. Armstrong,
Frederick I. Spring, Chester Allen
From Ror>er: Rudolph Davenport,
Benjamin Carl Brey, jr., Tim Leon
Warren, William Nicholas Sitterson,
Benjamin Franklin Norman, Charlie
From Wenona: William Eddie
Bishop Darst Will Preach
In Creswell Next Sunday
Creswell.—The Rt. Rev. Thomas C.
Darst, D. D., Bishop of the Episco
pal Diocese of Eastern Carolina, will
preach at Christ church here next
Sunday morning at 11 o'clcok.
Bishop Darst will preach at Gali
lee Mission, Lake Phelps, Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, and at St.
Andrews church in Columbia Sun
day night at 8 o’clock.
Plans for Campaign
Worked Out at Meet
Here Last Saturday
Cooperation Is Assured by
School, Farm, Business
P. Bruce Bateman, chairman of
the Washington County Civilian De
fense Council, presided at a meeting
of citizens in the courthouse Satur
day morning, when details of plans
for an intensive scrap metal collec
tion drive throughout Washington
County, beginning October 5, were
reported and cooperative plans ar
ranged. Everyone present showed
much enthusiasm for the county cam
paign as a part of the nation-wide
effort to collect all junk metal pos
sible so that the production of vital
war material may not be slowed up.
Recognizing that the situation is cri
tical and this is an opportunity for
those at home to help the armed
forces, each promised to do his part
to the best of his ability.
"Tire metal scarcity is one of the
most serious problems before us to
day,” declared Mr. Bateman. "We
have done something, but not near
ly enough; we must make greater
effort. We have an individual res
ponsibility to put this campaign over.
We may have to make many sacri
fices before this war is over, but this
is not a sacrifice that is now asked:
it is merely to do whole-heartedly ail
wc can do to help this war effort, for
that is what it is. Scrap metal may
be found about every home and farm,
in some places it is abundant; there
are thousands of tons scattered over
Washington County, frequently old
machinery, even steam boilers that
have outlived their usefulness as
such. We can collect this scrap me
tal; let's do it.”
H. H. McLean, chairman of the
Salvage Committee, stressed need
of volunteers to help move uie sal
vage. Many families have 100 or
200 pounds of scrap metal, but no
way to move it, he said. The child
ren in all the schools of Washington
County are organized and already are
at work collecting the scrap metal,
he reported. Some enthusiastic fam
ilies have moved it a mile and more
in wheelbarrows to collection cen
ters. he said.
C. E. Ayers spoke of the way the
campaign is being conducted in Rich
mond, Va., where the city has been
divided into districts, the household
ers are piling the scrap on the curb
and city trucks are moving it to the
salvage depots. That plan could be
worked in Plymouth, he said.
"That is part of the present plan
in Plymouth, but it does not apply to
moving it from country homes,” said
Mr. Bateman suggested that the
county be divided into districts and
cooperation of truck owners in each
district be asked to cooperate in
bringing the scrap to the salvage
"That has been done to some ex
tent, but is not functioning well’,
said Mr. McLean, mentioning instan
ces of failure at Roper and Creswell.
He added that many of the children
were trying to get cooperation of
their fathers to move the scrap.
American Legion Prizes
Mention was made of the American
Legion's offer of prizes in each school
to the grades making the best rec
ord in collecting and delivering scrap
Robt. B Trotman, principal of
Plymouth High, reported collection
centers arranged along each school
bus route and some of the children
bringing in small lots in sacks. He
suggested prizes of $1 in War Stamps
to the children in each grade bring
ing in the most scrap.
Mr. Ayers reported a number of
old autos in Washington County on
ly fit to be turned into scrap, but
said he had found owners in most
i See SCRAP DRIVE. Page 4)
Bishop Darsi Will Make Annual Visit
To Local Parish Next Monday Night
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Darst, D
D., Bishop of the Diocese of East
Carolina, will administer the Order
of Confirmation and deliver the ser
mon on the occasion of his annual
visitation to Grace Episcopal church
Monday evening, October 5. The
service will begin at 8 o'clock.
A class of eight young people and
three adults will be presented to the
bishop for confirmation at this serv
ice by the Rev. William B. Daniels,
jr.. minister in charge.
A feature of the service will be the
music, which will be led by the com
bined junior and senior choirs of the
parish, which number 25 voices. The
senior choir will render “Jerusalem,"
by Hubert H. Parry, an adaptation
of a portion of William Blake’s “Pro
phetic Books.” as an offertory.
Bishop Darst has been the episco
pal authority of the Diocese of East
Carolina for more than a quarter of
a century, and through his long
years of service and leadership he has
endeared himself to a host of friends
of every religious communion. Mem
j bers of all local churches are espec
ially invited to attend the service
! Monday evening,.
Bishop Darst Will be at St. Luke’s
| Episcopal church,- Roper, for service
I Friday night, October 2. This serv
j ice will begin at 8 p. m. He will visit
i Creswell and Columbia Sunday and
' return to Plymouth for service Mon