North Carolina Newspapers

    The Roanoke Beacon
* + * * * * 4 and Washington County News ★★★★★★★
VOLUME LIII NUMBER 45 Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, November 5, 1942
tbr Victory,..
J. Roy Manning, president of the
Washington County Farm Bureau, is
appealing to sportsmen to bring in
at least one more deer and a big
bunch of squirrels for the Armistice
Day good-fellowship dinner here.
“We wish to have plenty, so that the
dinner will be the biggest success of
any similar event ever held in Wash
ington County," Mr. Manning said.
A flue fire at the home of Emma
Jenkins, colored. 4th and Monroe
streets, called out the fire depart
ment Wednesday morning. A few
shingles were scorched, but the dam
age was slight, firemen reported.
Quite a number of local sports
men went to the Mattamuskeet
Lake section Monday for the
opening of the waterfowl shoot
ing season, but the weather was
“too good’’ and, so far as learned,
not a goose was bagged. One
party got a few ducks, while two
other men called off the goose
hunt and collected 15 squirrels on
the way home.
Mrs. W. S. fBill) Davenport and
little daughter, Betty Blount, left
Monday for San Francisco, Calif.,
where they will join Mr. Davenport,
who is attending the Navy Radio
Material School at Treasure Island.
Mrs. Davenport and little daughter
will reach San Francisco sometime
Emmett S. Harrison, of Hunting
ton, W. Va., was in Plymouth last
week, the guest of his uncle, G. H.
Harrison, of Washington Street. It
has been 12 years since he was last
in his old home town, and he said
he enjoyed greeting his old friends
and seeing once familiar places again.
He returned home Monday.
Commander B. G. Campbell, of
the local American Legion post,
has summoned Legionnaires to
assemble in front of the Legion
Hall Sunday morning at 10:30 so
they may march in a body to
Grace Episcopal church, where
they have been invited to attend
a special Armistice Day service
at 11 o'clock.
P. M. Arps and Lloyd Owens went
geese and duck hunting last Sunday
and Monday and are said to have
had fairly good success in their ef
forts to introduce wild game into
their home larders.
Marvin Spruill and Bailey Felts, of
the New Land community near Rop
er, were visitors in Plymouth last
Thursday. They report deer plenti
ful on that range and at least ten
killed by various hunters recently.
On: of thiza is Lipt on ice for
the Farmers Good Fellowship dinner
on Armistice Day, they said.
James Bell, a brother of Mrs. Z.
V. Norman, had the role of a Holly
wood producer in the movie, “Holi
day Inn,” which was at the Plym
outh Theatre last Thursday and Fri
day. The picture featured Bing Cros
by in song and Fred Astaire in danc
ing. '
Recall Summons to
8 Colored Selectees
Orders were sent out Wednesday
cancelling the summons of 8 of the
60 colored selectees ordered to re
port to the local draft board Friday
morning, November 6, to go to Fort
Bragg for examination and possible
induction into the army. They were
deferred for cause, it was stated, but
will be summoned later. The eight
Willie Lee, Charlie Bell, jr„ Willie
Bert Lloyd and Ben Frank Rhodes,
of Plymouth; James Clark, Ralph
Cox and Charlie Lewis Davenport, of
Roper; and William Myers, of Cres
well. The other 52 are still expected
to leave as scheduled tomorrow morn
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ward
Lose Two-Mopth-Old Son
Allen Rudolph Ward, two-month
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley
Ward, died last Sunday morning at
2:30 o'clock at the home of his par
ents on Brinkley Avenue after an
illness of about three weeks. Funer
al services were conducted Sunday
afternoon by the Rev. O. L. Hard
wick, pastor of the Methodist church.
Burial was in tire Everett cemetery
at Robersonville.
The boy was bom on August 26 in
Martin County. He is survived by
his father and mother and a twin
sister. Shirley Virginia Ward. His
father came here from Norfolk, Va.,
and his mother was Virginia Everett
Ward, of Martin County.
610,019 Pounds Scrap Metal Collected
By Schools ot County During October
The Washington County scrap
metal army of school children
and their friends gathered 610,
019 pounds during October. Most
of it has been weighed and dis
posed of to agencies which trans
port it to centers designated by
the government, some going to
Norfolk, Va., and some to Rocky
Mount. A small portion of the
weigh was estimated by Scrap
Metal Chairman H. H. McLean
and several assistants.
This gives Washington County
a per capita average of 48.75
pounds, for second rank in the
First Congressional District race;
Perquimans County being in the
lead with 703,880 pounds and a
per capita average of 71.02. A
$100 war bonds is to be given to
the county in each congressional
district having the largest per
capita average.
Students of the Plymouth High
School collected 244,207 pounds,
for an average per pupil of 364.4
pounds. So far as learned, no
school in the state has equalled
that record. Mrs. Harry Gur
kin’s eleventh grade was leader
in the grades, bringing in 73,536
pounds. Harry McLean, son of
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. McLean, had
the largest individual collection,
38,581 pounds.
In the primary school, Bruce
Bateman, son of Mr. and Mrs.
P. B. Bateman, brought in 1,090
Richard West, who has been
directing the outgoing shipment
of scrap metal, said nearly all of
it has gone out.
New Low In Political
Interest Reflected by
County Vote Tuesday
War Bond Sales
Again Top Quola
War Bond sales in Plymouth
alone during October reached a
total of $29,450, H. E. Beam.
Washington County Chairman
for War Bond sales, reports. This
is almost twice the entire coun
ty’s Quota of $16,500 for the
month. No report has yet been
received of October sales at Rop
er and Creswell, Mr. Beam stated.
October sales of war stamps at
the local post office amounted to
$8,083.35, Postmaster John W.
Darden reports.
Final Riles Tuesday
For Mrs. Jack Hill
Mrs. BettyttutA downing Hill, the
wife of Jack Hill, died at her home
here at 2 o'clock Monday morning,
following one week’s illness with
what was diagnosed as Landry’s dis
ease, caused by poliomyelitis. Private
funeral services were conducted last
Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the
Homer Funeral Home by the Rev.
J. M. Johnson, pastor of Ludford
Memorial Baptist church here. Bur
ial was in the Baptist cemetery.
Mrs. Hill was born in Dawson, Pa.,
July 2, 1923, the daughter of the late
Frederick Browning and Mrs. Jessie
C. Browning, of Brownsville, Pa. She
was married about one year ago at
Eikton, Md., to Jack Hill. She was
a member of the First Presbyterian
church of Brownsville, Pa. She and
Mr. Hill, who is employed at the pulp
mill, came to Plymouth about one
year ago.
Surviving members of her family
are her husband, a month-old son
and her mother.
Deferments Granted
To Several Farmers
Temporary deferment to permit
them to finish harvesting their crops
was granted by the local selective
service boarti, at its meeting last
Tuesday night, to the following
Washington County farmers:
Until the December call: Sylves
ter Hassell and David Craddock.
Until the January call: Charles
McCoy Hassell, Albert Lee Hufton,
Dennis Rudolph Oliver, Grady Mod
lin. Lehman Pen Ambrose, Charles
Wesley Snell. Theodore Monroe Dav
enport, Philip Ward Bowen, Luther
Newman Allen and Henry Hoyt
Deferments were also granted, to
allow their employers time to train
men to take their places in industry,
to Aubrey Burl Gurganus, Joseph
Warren Alps and Farley Minter
In addition to the deferments
granted above the classification of
Archibald Joseph Craddock and Gil
bert Frederick Simpson was changed
to 2-A.
Farm labor is a pressing prob
lem in this section, but Dennis
Chesson, farmer of the Pleasant
Grove section, may have solv
ed it eminently satisfactorily, on
a temporary basis, at least. He
has no patent on the idea, and
farmers in the county may get
the germ of a suggestion from
his action.
The way it is told here, Mr.
Chesson caught a couple of local
squirrel hunters on his posted
property one day early in the
week. He was harvesting sweet
potatoes at the time; and, being
short-handed, he grave the hunt
ers their option oi' turning to and
helping to gather potatoes or be
ing reported to the authorities.
They pitched in and after they
had gathered and piled up about
45 bushels of “sweets,” Mr. Ches
son relented and let them off.
Everything turned out very
nicely: The hunters had their
sport, Mr. Chesson got his pota
toes harvested very reasonably:
and nobody suffered any irre
parable loss. Which only goes
to show the advantages of using
the old bean.
Less Than 500 Went
To Polls, Compared
With 2,000 in 1940
Smallest Vote Recorded at
General Election Here
In Many Years
Voting reached a new low level in
Washington County at the general
election Tuesday, when only about
480 votes were cast at the five pre
cincts. This is less than a fourth
of the more than 2,000 cast in the
1940 general election, only a little
over one-third of the vote in the
Democratic primary last spring and
less than one-sixth of the total reg
istered voters in the county.
Chief interest was centered in the
proposed constitutional amendments
affecting the state board of educa
tion, 457 votes bejng cast on that
proposition, 314 against and 143 for.
In the state as a whole, the amend
ment carried by a substantial ma
jority, as did the one relating to so
licitorial districts, which also re
ceived an adverse vote in the county.
Jack Homer, Democratic nominee for
coroner, led the entire ticket, receiv
ing 444 votes, the largest cast for
any individual.
Lack of Republican opposition was
one of the reasons for decreased in
terest in the election. There were
only two Republican candidates, Sam
J. Morris, nominee for U. S. Senator,
leading that party with 48 votes. His
opponent, Josiah W. Bailey, received
429. J. C. Meekins, jr., I jpublican
candidate for Congress, received 44
votes, while Herbert Bonner. Demo
cratic nominee, received 420. All
the Democratic candidates for state
and congressional offices were elect
ed. but Republicans made some gains
for legislative posts, principally in
the western part of the state.
Nationally, the Democrats barely
retained control of the House of Rep
resentatives and lost a number of
state governorships. The Republi
cans also made substantial gains in
the Senate, although control of that
body was not threatened.
In the county the amendment re
lating to solicitorial districts received
146 favorable votes and 150 against.
Candidates on the state and county
ballots who had no opposition re
ceived from a low of 310 votes to a
high of 444. The complete tabula
tion, by townships, appears elsewhere
in this paper.
Selective Service Officials
To Study Farm Problems
Members of the Washington Coun
ty Selective Service Board have been
asked to attend a district meeting
of selective service officials to dis
cuss farm problems affecting the
drafting of men needed on the farms,
with especial reference to harvesting,
dairying, livestock and poultry. The
request came from state selective
service headquarters in Raltigh. The
meeting probably will be held in
Washington November 12, it is said.
Several From Creswell
At Funeral in New Bern
Creswell.—Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Smith. Mrs. J B. Snell, Mrs. L. T.
Snell and Louise Snell, of Creswell,
recently attended the funeral of Rev.
John R. Smith. 78. minister of several
Christian churches in New Bern. The
services were held at Broad Street
Christian Church, and interment was
made at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.
The Rev. Mr, Smith had a host of
friends in Creswell, as he has held
services at various Christian churches
in the section.
The Rev, Mi'. Smith is survived
by his brother, Charles Smith, of
Creswell, and five grandchildren, of
New Bern.
Mileage Raiioning
Program Combines
Tires and Gasoline
All Car Owners Must Fill
Out New Blanks, Listing
Tire Serial Numbers
The mileage-rationing program, to
become effective throughout the na
tion November 22, will combine tire
and gasoline rationing, and rubber
will be made available to all gasoline
ration holders on the basis of the gas
ration issued, according to an OPA
statement issued this week. The new
plan will make it possible for even
A-card holders to be eligible for tire
recapping, it is understood, provided
all the regulations are complied with.
Blanks are being distributed to all
filling stations by the local ration
ing board this week, and they are to
be filled out and mailed to the ration
ing board as soon as possible. It is
explained that the rationing board
office will not be able to help car
owners fill out these blanks, but they
must be filled in completely by the
applicants themselves.
Other features of the new program
are as follows:
A 35-mile-per-hour speed limit
must be observed.
Tires in excess of five per passen
ger vehicle must be sold to the desig
nated governmental agency by deliv
ery to the Railway Express Agency.
On and after November 22 it will be
illegal to use gasoline rations unless
excess tires have been turned in.
All tires must be inspected periodi
cally, the first inspection to be made
during the month of December. Re
inspection thereafter for "A” ration
holders will be required every four
months; and for “B,” “C” and com
mercial ration holders, every two
months or 5,000 miles, whichever oc
curs first.
All “A,” “B” and “C” ration hold
ers must submit a new application
for basic gasoline ration, which will
show the serial numbers of tires re
tained. These application blanks
were put into the hands of garages
and filling stations this week and
may be secured there by car owners.
Commercial vehicles must have
Certificates of War Necessity from
ODT. Farmers can get help in filling
out these blanks from the county
farm transportation committee.
“A,” “B," “C and “D’ coupons
must bear the license number of ve
hicle for which issued. Bulk and in
ventory coupons must bear name of
dealer, and fleet coupons the name
of the fleet.
Non-highway ration applications
are to be submitted in duplication,
in order that a copy may be submit
ted to the revenue department.
Applicants for supplemental rations
who work in plants employing 100
or more will submit applications to
the transportation committees estab
lished in those plants.
Cars converted to trucks will re
quire Certificates of War Necessity,
but they will not be required for
By November 15, all commercial
vehicles must have had tires inspect
ed, make new applications for gas
ration (Form R-506, Revised), and
present ODT Certificates of War Ne
cessity to board, and this must be
done in person and not by mail.
Employers Urged to
Train Men To Take
Replacement Jobs
General Hershey Says Oc
cupational Deferments
Are Temporary
Occupational deferments are tem
porary and granted only to allow em
ployers to train replacements, ac
cording to Maj. Gen. Lewis B. Hers
hey, director of Selective Service,
who has warned employers to inves
tigate the Selective Service classifi
cation of all men on their pay rolls
who are between the ages of 20 and 45
and to maintain orderly programs
for replacement of those who are
physically qualified to enter the arm
ed force. He insists that an employ
er should appraise and analyze his
manpower just as he would inventory
his stock pile.
•■The army has to train a bomber
pilot within eight months to ope
rate a very technical machine with
an instrument board that challenges
the skill of an expert.” he said. “Why
should an industry assume that it
can take two or three years to train
men for tasks not nearly as com
General Hershey warns that em
ployers should not expect any tem
porary' deferment to be effective for
more than six months. He urges
that deferment be not asked for any
man who can be replaced by train
ing another person not likely to be
eligible soon for service in the
armed forces: that it is a duty owed
the nation to have replacements
“There is many a man over 45, or
a man physically unfit for the army,
or a woman, who can do that job the
20-to-22-year-old boy who took a 12
week course in a leam-quick school
is doing now,” he said.
Legion and Farm Bureau Plan
Big Armistice Day Observance
Here Wednesday of Next Week
E. S. Blount Elected To Fill Out Term
01C. E. Ayers on Town Council Here
E. S. Blount was elected a
member of the Town Council at
its monthly session last Monday
night. He will fill out the un
expired term of C. E. Ayers, who
has moved his residence beyond
the town limits, having bought a
place near the Country Club.
Only a short session was held
and the time was occupied mostly
with discussion of delinquent
taxes due the town and steps to
be taken to enforce collections.
Bills were approved and other
routine matters disposed of.
Mayor B. G. Campbell presided
and all councilmen were present:
J. W. Norman. A. J. Riddle, J. R.
Manning:, G. R. Leggett and E.
E. Harrell. None was late, so
none will be required to forfeit
his fee for attending:, it was
stated, that being: the penalty
for tardiness according: to a reso
lution adopted by the Council at
its October meeting:.
Mackeys Resident Is
Winner of $25 War
Bond Here Tuesday
Two Plymouth Men]
Get $6 in Stamps at
Merchants Drawing
Campaign To Boost Sale of
War Stamps To Continue
For Six More Weeks
With the High School band play
ing stirring marches, calling atten
tion to the second drawing in the
eighth-week campaign of the Plym
outh Merchants Association to pro
mote the sale of war bonds and
stamps in Washington county, an
interested assembly was gathered in
front of the American Legion hall at
3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon when
little Beverly Farmer drew from a
box the winning names of purchas
ers of war stamps last week from the
25 participating mercahnts of Plym
outh. The winners:
Matilda P. Whitfield, of Mackeys,
$25 war bond.
Harvey Wright, of Plymouth, $5 in
war stamps.
L. W. Zeigler, of Plymouth, $1 war
Mr. Zeigler, who directed the band,
was the only prize winner present at
the drawing.
E. E. Harrell, president of the
Merchants Association, and W. F.
Winslow, supervised the drawing, the
latter addressing the assembly brief
ly, stating he was glad to see the at
tendance increasing, that the band
would attend again next Tuesday at
3 o’clock for the third drawing and
the merchants hope the demand for
war stamps will be larger this week
in Plymouth than ever before. The
little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Farmer then drew the winning
names. A cheer went up when Mr.
Zeigler’s name was called.
The sum of $250 has been contri
buted by the 25 participating Plym
outh merchants to buy the prizes for
the eight drawings. There will be
six more and every purchaser of war
stamps from any of these merchants
during the next six weeks has a
chance to win a war bond or war
stamp. The participating merchants
Plymouth Furniture Company, L.
S. Thompson. Norman Furniture
Company, Western Auto Associate
Store, Campbell’s Store, Dave’s Cut
Rate Store, E. H. Liverman, Win
slow's 5s to $1 Store, Manning Mo
tor Company. M. H. Mitchell Furni
ture Company. The Roanoke Beacon.
L. N. Womble, Yellow Front Market,
Ganderson’s Quality Shop, C. E.
Ayers. Southern Hardware Company.
C. O. (Shorty) Kelly. Economy
Cleaners. O. R. Leggett’s Son, Keel’s
Service Station. S. Scherr's Depart
ment Store. Don G. Davis, Jeweler,
Central Garage. Allen's Store, and
House Chevrolet Co.
Mrs. Viola Smithson
Put on ABC Board
The Washington County Commis
sioners met in monthly session last
Monday, with all members, E. G.
Arps, chairman, J. C. Knowles and
E. F. Swain, present. Reports of
W. V. Hays, county farm agent, and
Mrs. Man- F. Darden, home demon
stration agent, were approved, bills
against the county were checked and
ordered paid, and other routine mat
ters attended to.
The county commissioners also met
in joint session with the board of
education and the county health
board to appoint a member of the
ABC board in place of Clyde Smith
son. whose term had expired. Mr.
Smithson's wife. Mrs Viola Smith
son. of Creswell, was the unanimous
choice of the three boards. So far as
can be learned here, Mrs. Smithson
is the first woman in the state to be
named member of an ABC board.
Proper Time To
Seek Deferments
For the information of em
ployers and registrants in the
county, some of whom have been
misinformed and others not in
formed at all as to the proper
time to request deferment of
draft registrants, it is stated at
the office of the local selective
service board that after issuance
of an order for induction it is too
late to ask for deferment.
The proper time is immediate
ly after the registrant has had
his physical examination, 10 days
being allowed for appeal or ap
plication for deferment after the
registrant receive s his 1-A clas
sification, it is stated.
Rationing Board Is
Able to Grant More
Tires and Tubes
Added Allotment Permits
Disbursement To Eli
gible Petitioners
Having received recently a big in
crease in Washington County’s al
lotment of recaps and a small in
crease of tires and t ibes, the local
Rationing Board has been able to
grant the applications of eligible pe
titioners more readily than for some
time heretofore. Th; increased al
lotment permitted the Board 76 pas
Parade, Speaking
And Free Dinner
Will Be Features
Stores To Be Closed From
10 to 1 for Exercises
Here November 11
American Legionnaires of the
James E. Jethro Post and Washing
ton County farmers, members and to
be members of the Farm Bureau, will
unite in observance of Armistice Day
next Wednesday, November 11, with
an elaborate program, featuring the
Legionnaires’ parade and memorial
exercises, addresses by State Sena
tor Tom Pearsall and others, and a
big free dinner of Washington Coun
ty game and farm products. Veter
ans of World War I and tillers of the
soil engaged in helping to feed the
soldiers of the present war by join
ing forces—in memory of an armis
tice of the past while praying for
another to follow victory soon—will
make the observance unique, and no
effort will be spared to make the
occasion a tremendous success.
In recognition of the holiday, the
bank, post office, courthouse offices,
town offices, and ABC store will be
closed all day, while local stores and
business establishments will be closed
from 10 a. m. until 1 p. m. for the
Post Commander B u. campDeu
asks all Legionnaires and all men
in the armed services of the nation
who are in Plymouth on Armistice
Day to assemble at the high school
building at 10:15 a. m. Wednesday.
Headed by the high school band, they
will parade to the Legion Hall, where
a brief memorial program will be held
when the whistle blows at 11 o’clock.
The roll of the dead will be called.
Then the Legionnaires will march to
the courthouse for the joint Armstice
Day exercises with Washington Coun
ty farmers and others assembled in
the courtroom. Post Commander
Campbell will preside. Congressman
Herbert C. Bonner has promised to
attend and speak if he is not pre
vented by important pending legisla
tion in the Congress. State Senator
Tom Pearsall, of Battleboro, will be
here to make the principal address.
He is widely known for his ability as
an orator, and it is expected a large
crowd will be on hand, to hear him.
The high school band will provide
music for the program, which is ex
pected to last about one hour.
Farm Bureau Dinner
Immediately following, between
12:30 and 1 o’clock, the Farm Bu
reau dinner will be served. Tables
will be placed on the Hampton lot,
back of the Texaco garage, and pre
sided over by wives, mothers, sisters
and daughters of Washington County
farmers. In the event of rain, ar
rangements will be made to have the
dinner served in the courthouse.
“All the farmers and business men
County Vote, by Precincts
Following is an unofficial tabulation of the vote cast in Washington
County, by precincts, in the general election last Tuesday. The figures are
not official, as the County Board of Elections had not completed its can
vass when they wrere obtained this morning. However, it is believed that
they are substantially correct:
o be
For United States Senator:
Josiah W. Bailey <d) _
Sam J. Morris <r> _
For Chief Justice Supreme Court:
Walter P. Stacy 'd) _
For Associate Justice Supreme Court:
Michael Schenck <d) _
For Associate Justice, Supreme Court:
Emery B. Denny (d) _
Fur Judges Superior Court:
R. Hunt Parker. 3rd Dist. <di _
Clawson L. Williams, 4th Dist. <d) _
W. C. Harris. 7th Dist. id) _
J. H Clement, lith Dist. <d) _
F. Donald Phillips, 13th Dist. (d> _
Frank M. Armstrong, 14th Dist 'd >_
1 Julius A. Rosseau, 17th Dist. <d> _
J. Will Pless. jr.. 18th Dist. id) _
Zeb V. Nettles. 19th Dist. <d>_
Felix E. Alley. 20th Dist <d) _
For Member Congress, 1st District:
: Herbert C. Bonner 'd)_
■ J. C. Meekins, jr. <r) _
For Solicitor. 2nd Judicial District:
Donnell Gilliam ' d < __
For State Senators 12), 2nd District:
Hugh G. Horton <d' _
E. A. Daniel id) -
For Representative:
!Ben A. Sumner <d> --
For Clerk Superior Court:
IW. M. Darden <d> _
For Judge Recorders Court:
W. Ronald Gaylord <d) _
For Sheriff:
J. K. Reid <d) ---
For Treasurer:
C. N. Davenport, sr. id) _
For County Commissioners:
E. G. Arps. District No. 1, ■ d» _
1 J. C. Knowles. District No. 2 'd> _
H Vtr. Pritchett, District No. 3 id)_
For Coroner:
Jack Homer id' _
Constitutional Amendments:
i Board Education. For Changes
Board Education. Against Changes_
Solicitorial Districts For Changes_
i Solicitorial Districts, Against Changes —
199 86
197 87
20 102
6 10
19 98
19 100
19 100
19 98
19 100
6 11
232 93
20 103
20 101
20 105
20 104
20 106
22 108
20 109
20 103
20 103
20 106
20 105
202 89 19 98 12 420
12 414
12 415
207 84 21 101 14 427
14 444

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