North Carolina Newspapers

    The Roanoke Beacon
* * * * * * * and Washington County News *******
Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, Thursday, December 17, 1942
Mr. and Mrs. J. Prank Jordan, of
Dardens, and Miss Evelyn Arps, of
Plymouth, spent the week-end in
Rocky Mount with Hugh Frank Jor
dan, wlio graduated from advanced
flying school at Spence Field, Ga„
last Friday, with the rating of "Pi
lot.” He was returning to the United
States Military Academy at West
Point, N. Y., where he will graduate
early next year.
James Wood Norman, jr., of Rich
mond, son of Mr! and Mrs. J. W.
Norman here, received a commission
as lieutenant fj.g.) in the U. S. Naval
Reserve last week and has entered
upon an indoctrination course at
Princeton University preparatory to
beginning active service with the
Navy. Mr. Norman is a chemical en
gineer. His wife and daughter will
continue to live in Richmond for the
The Washington County Pub
lic Library will be closed Decem
ber 24, 25 and 26, it was an
nounced today by Mrs. Jackson,
the librarian. Books dated to be
returned December 26 may be re
turned Monday, the 28th, with
out penalty, Mrs. Jackson said,
as it was not known at the time
they were issued that the library
would be closed on the 26th.
Pfc. Nathan Walter Spruill, jr., of
the Quartermaster Corps, stationed
at Fort Cam Houston, San Antonio,
Texas, spent a few days recently with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. W.
Spruill, near Roper.
A degree team from the Skewarkee
Masonic Lodge at Williamston visit
ed Perseverance Lodge here Tues
day night and conferred the third
degree on a candidate. There were
about 15 visitors in the party. Light
refreshments were served by the
local Masons.
P. W. Brown, said today that
he had been advised there would
be no test blackout for the
Plymouth section between now
and January 2nd. If a blackout
is ordered before then, it will be
the real thing, he said. After
January 1, a test many be called
at any time without warning.
Tire 1042 town tax books have been
turned over to Chief of Police P. W.
Brown, and he is busily engaged in
getting out the notices this week—
possibly as a sort of Christmas
“present” for local people. Taxes
are payable at par during December
and January, after which the penal
ties start accumulating.
County Game Warden J. T.
Terry said today that the open
season on deer would end Janu
ary 1, with the last day of hunt
ing these animals permitted on
New Year's Day. He stated that
some county people have the
mistaken idea that the season
has been extended until January
10, but this is not the case.
The following students at Mars
Hill College from Washington Coun
ty have returned to spend the holi
days at home from December 18 to
January 5: John Edward Davis, of
Roper; John Rea, of Wenona; and
Duncan Getsinger, of Plymouth.
Abraham Morgan, colored em
ployee of the North Carolina Pulp
Company, suffered a broken left leg
last night, when he slipped on a
plank at the plant and was thrown
into a hopper. He was given medi
cal attention by Dr. T. L. Bray.
Theatre Seats Cut;
Rank Hoodlumism
Shep Brinkley, owner of the Plym
outh Theatre, home from the Army
on a few days’ furlough, discovered
this week that some unknown per
sons had cut the upholstery of 11
theatre seats here within the past
two weeks.
Mr. Brinkley expressed himself in
very vigorous language concerning
the perpetrators of the outrage,
stating that it was work similar to
that of German and Jap sympa
thizers, since destruction of any ma
terial today—either government or
private—is assistance for the Axis in
their attempts to see that this nation
may be caught without materials
The theatre owner said he would
be very grateful to anyone for in
formation leading to apprehension of
the vandals. Some of the damaged
seats are about midway of the house,
and Mr. Brinkley doubts that it was
done by children.
Change Rationing Board Office Hours;
Kerosene Allotments Are Mailed Out
All kerosene allotments for
cooking and lighting purposes
have now been mailed out by the
local rationing board, except
where the applications included
requests for fuel for tractors and
brooders, it was stated at the of
fice of the rationing board this
morning. Those who did not ap
ply for fuel for tractors and
brooders are requested to notify
the board, in writing preferably,
if they have not received their
coupons for cooking and lighting
oil. Where tractors and brooders
were included, there will be a de
lay of a few days until instruc
tions are received by the board.
Mrs. J. K. Reid, secretary to
the board, said this morning
that due to the overwhelming
amount of clerical work, the of
fice of the board would be open
to the public only from 10 to 12
a. m. and from 1 to 3 p. m. daily,
beginning next Monday. The
remainder of the time will be
used in keeping up with the oth
er office work. Mrs. Reid said
that for the special convenience
of those employed in local in
dustrial plants, she would have
the office open from 5 to 5:30
p. m. daily, but that only those
who are unable to get there at
the regular office hours would
be served during this special
half-hour period.
Receive 1943 Quotas
Of Farm Machinery
Beacon To Print
Early Next Week
Next week’s issue of The Ro
anoke Beacon will be published
Tuesday night and distributed
over the county Wednesday, so
as to give advertisers an oppor
tunity to get their Christmas
messages before the readers In
time for last-minute shopping,
and also in order that the entire
force may be given a few days
off during the holidays.
News and advertising copy
must be in the office by Satur
day in order to assure publica
tion in next week’s issue. Cor
respondents are particiularly
asked to get their news in as
early as possible.
Peanut Prices Over
8 Cents This Week as
Market Strengthens
[ --
Eelieved Large Majority of
Farmers Have Already
Sold Crops
The peanut market has gained
considerable strength in the past
week, and the price for farmer’s stock
today was quoted at about 8 1-4
cents. For most of the marketing
season the price remained fairly sta
tic around 7 cents, but the demand
has increased during the past few
days, boosting the price. It is believ
ed that most of the farmers of this
section have already disposed of their
crops, estimates ranging up as high
as 80 to 85 per cent.
J. E. Davenport, who is operating
the warehouse here for the storage of
peanuts to be diverted to the oil
crushing program, said early this
week that only about 3,000 or 4,000
bags had been received for this pur
pose. The oil peanuts are bringing
around 3 1-4 to 3V2 cents, depending
on oil content and type. Many farm
ers are holding peanuts raised in ex
cess of their allotted acreage for
edible purposes in the hope of higher
The local peanut plant is operating
regularly now, after undergoing dif
ficulties in getting the machinery
and equipment in shape.
Services Sunday at Zion
Chapel Christian Church
Regular services will be held Sun
day at Zions Chapel Christian
church, near Roper, next Sunday,
December 20, by the Rev. D. W.
Arnold, of Washington, who will con
tinue to hold services there on the
third Sunday of each month
throughout the next year. Services
will be held Sunday at 11 a. m. and
8 p. m.
Sunday school will be held at 10
a. m., under the direction of J. C.
Knowles, superintendent.
The public is cordially invited to
all of these services.
Nrs. E. H. Liverman Wins $25 Bond ai
Final Drawing in Stamp-Selling Drive
The final drawing in the mer
chants association campaign to
boost sales of War Savings
stamps was held in front of the
community building here Tues
day afternoon. Mrs. E. H.
Overman won the first prize, a
$25 War Rond; R. G. Hardison
won second prize, $5 in War
Stamps; and Mrs. Sallie M.
Gardner won the third prize, $1
in stamps. Music for the oc
casion was furnished by the
Plymouth High School Band.
Beginning in October, a group
of 25 merchants cooperated to
give away $31 in bond and stamp
prizes each Tuesday for eight
weeks. That the campaign was
a success is shown by the steady
increase in stamp sales at the
local post office each week while
the campaign was in progress.
Participating merchants express
their appreciation to purchasers
for the success of the drive.
It is also announced that War
Savings Stamps will continue to
be sold by the same merchants,
although no prizes are to be of
fered for future purchases. Pa
trons may continue to buy their
stamps from their favorite mer
chants, who arc glad to cooperate
as a patriotic endeavor.
! Applicalions'Should
Be Filed by Those
Needing Equipment
Amount Available Is Very
Low in Most Instances;
List of Items
The Washington County Farm Ma
chinery Rationing Board this week
received the county’s quotas of farm
machinery available for the year
1943. The list is being made public
so that farmers who need any of the
specified equipment may make their
applications in the near future. Mem
bers of the committee are C. W.
Bowen, chairman, John H. Allen and
Roy C. Chesson.
Following is the list of equipment
which may be allotted to county
farmers during the coming year: 4
(Cole) or one-row type planters: 1
grain drill; 3 one-horse turning
plows; 1 two-horse turning plows; 1
tractor-drawn moldboard type plow;
2 spike-tooth or section harrows; 1
spring-tooth harrow; 1 disc harrow;
4 two-in-one dultivatois; 2 walking
two-horse cultivators; 4 farm wag
ons; and 2 tractors. No tractor
equipment has been allotted for
Washington County.
It was stated that the equipment
listed above will be allotted to those
persons whose farming operations
are considered to make the greatest
contribution to the war effort. Ap
plications for purchase certificates
may be secured at the office of the
County Agent W. V. Hays. The com
mittee meets as the occasion de
mands, and applications will be con
sidered at these meetings.
It was stated that there is a cer
tain amount of farm equipment, in
cluding planting, seeding and fer
tilizing machinery, in the hands of
dealers which may be bought now
where it is found without a certifi
i Christmas Seal Sale
Little Nearer Quota
The Red Cross Christmas seal cam
paign is nearing its goal in Wash
ington County, with the amount
collected to date standing at about
$120 against a quota of $175, accord
ing to Mrs, A. J. Byrd, chairman of
the Woman's Club committee which
is sponsoring the drive this year.
Last Year $161 worth of seals were
sold in the county.
Mrs. Byrd said that no reports had
yet been received of sales in the
various schools of the county out
side of Plymouth. The booth for the
sale of seals again will be open Fri
day afternoon in the post office here.
Everyone is urged to buy seales and
help in the fight against tuberculosis.
A percentage of the receipts will be
retained for work against tuberculosis
in this county, it is said.
Schools Closed To
Help Ration Board
Plymouth school children secured
an unexpected holiday Tuesday,
when classes at the local elementary
and high schools were suspended in
order for the teachers to assist the
rationing board in issuing allotments
of fuel oil for heating purposes. Tire
entire teaching staff, including Prin
cipal R. B. Trotman, reported at the
rationing board here that morning
and assisted in working out the
amount of allotments from informa
tion contained in the application
Permission for the teachers to as
sist in the work was granted by State
Superintendent Clyde Erwin at the
request of state OPA officials. All
the quotas were competed and noti
ces mailed to consumers to call for
their coupons by Wednesday noon,
and pupils reported back to their
classrooms Wednesday morning af
ter the unscheduled holiday.
School Bus Routes
May Be Changed as
Result ODT Order
Study Being Made by Rep
resentatives of School
Pursuant to instructions from the
Office .of .Defense -Transportation,
the state school commission has or
dered all school bus routes in the
state resurveyed and routed to con
form to the new regulations. A study
of bus routes in this county is now
being made by representatives of the
commission, and it is quite possible
that some extensive changes will be
made about the time the schools re
open after the Christmas holidays.
Under the regulations handed
down by the ODT, children who live
within a two-mile radius of the
schools are not supposed to be pro
vided transportation. Tills compares
with a radius of l'i miles formerly
provided by state law. The ODT
regulations will also require children
living within 1 '/2 miles of a route to
walk that far to catch the bus un
less it comes closer on its regular
run; in other words, a bus cannot be
operated out of its regular way un
less the children to be served live
more than a mile and a half from
the nearest point of the route.
Other changes to be required are
fewer stops. No stops can be made
closer than on-eighth of a mile, with
a quarter of a mile between them
The necessity for saving gasoline
and rubber fs cited by the ODT as
reasons for the new regulations,
which will very likely work hard
ships on some children. It was ex
plained by the state school commis
sion representatives that every effort
is being made to give the best serv
ice possible and still comply with the
new regulations. It is hoped to have
the new routings completed by the
time school opens after the holidays.
Two County Young
Men Commissioned
In Army Air Corps
William E. Hays and Doug
las W. Davenport Grad
uated Last Week
Two Washington County boys were
among the several thousand gradu
ating and receiving their comissions
as second lieutenants in the Army
Air Corps from advanced flying
schools in the South and Southwest
last week-end.
Lieutenant William E. Hays, son of
County Agent and Mrs. W. V. Hays,
of Plymouth, received his wings and
commission at Napier Field, Ala
bama. A graduate of the Plymouth
High School, he also attended State
College and was employed at the
plant of the North Carolina Pulp
Company here at the time he was
accepted for flight training last Jan
uary. Lieutenant Hays and two
classmates were here for a few hours
Monday on their way to the station
assignments. Young Hays was as
signed to the Army Ferrying Com
mand and left here to report for duty
at Wilmington, Del.
Lieutenant Douglas W. Davenport,
23, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Daven
port of Cherry, received his wings
and commission at the Columbus,
Miss., Army Flying School. Lieuten
ant Davenport attended George
Washington University, Columbia
University, and the Air Corps School
of Photography at Lowry Field before
entering pilot training last January
26. His father, A. W. Davenport, is
principal of the school at Cherry and
is also a member of the Washington
County draft board. It could not be
learned here where he had been as
signed for duty.
Former Resident
Died Last Friday
John William Skiles, 62 years of
age, died last Friday morning in an
Elizabeth City hospital as the result
of an attack of appendicitis follow
ing a period of ill health that con
tinued during the past two years. Mr.
Skiles was a native of Washington
County, but had been living in Eden
ton since 1927.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon in the Zion Chapel church
in this county and interment was
made in the Bateman family ceme
tery adjoining the country club pro
perty in Plymouth.
Mr. Skiles is survived by Iris widow.
Mrs. Cottie Myrtle Skiles; and two
sons, John Speight Skiles, who is in
the United States Army and station
ed at Phoenix, Ariz.; and Dr. Swain
Skiles, of Edenton.
War Stamp Sales Grow
At School in Creswell
Creswell.—A total of $591.55 worth
of War Bonds and Stamps has been
sold at the Creswell High 8chool
since Monday of last week, when
$398 worth was sold in that one day.
It Is Too Late To Mail Early, But Post
Office Asks Mailing Soon as Possible
It is too late to mail early,
but overworked employees at
the Plymouth post office hope
patrons here will at least mai'
as early as they can from no
until Christmas. In common
with other post offices. Postmas
ter John W. Darden is experienc
ing a shortage of help, which
may materially affect the dis
patch and delivery of mail here
until after the holidays.
Mr. Darden said that he be
lieved postal patrons were really
mailing earlier than usual this
year. Parcel post in particular
has been very heavy for more
than a week, and he said that if
the rate of increase holds up for
the next few days, the office will
a' it be blocked by the vol
.e. Both incoming and outgo
ng mails have been much hea
vier so far this December than
they were in the same period last
The postmaster especially urg
es local people to mail their
Christmas greeting cards as
early as possible, even for local
delivery. Stamp receipts are
running about 15 per cent ahrad
of last year, which indicates a
record crop of greetings is in
prospect. Last year the local
office sold 40,000 1'4-cent
stamps, used largely for greeting
cards, while so far this season
more than 20,000 already have
been sold.
Allotments of Fuel Oil
Being Issued by Board
Many Applications
Not Properly Made
Out, Causing Delay
Persons With Central Heat
ing Systems Also Will
Have To Wait
-eft -
After working day and night for
the past few days, the office of the
local rationing board this morning
began the distribution of fuel-oil ra
tioning allotments. Mrs. J. K. Reid,
secretary to the board, stated that
all those who had properly complet
ed their applications for oil for space
heaters had been notified when to
call for their coupons. No allot
ments have yet been completed for
those who own central heating
plants, but work is going forward on
these applications as rapidly as pos
sible, and it is expected they will be
ready to go out within a few more
Allotments are not being mailed
out directly, but notices are being
sent to consumers to call at the office
of the board for them. Mrs. Reid
explained that this was done in order
that the method of using the cou
pons could be explained.
Each sheet of coupons contains a
certain number of units which are
good during specified periods, and
the method of using them, while not
unduly complicated, can best be ex
plained in person.
Many applications have been held
up because all of the information
called for has not been provided.
About half of the applicants for fuel
oil to be used in heating commercial
or industrial establishments failed to
furnish the certification of the
amount of oil consumed last year,
and the secretary to the board stat
ed that it was absolutely impossible
to issue allotments until that infor
mation wras furnished.
Don L. Leach, of Greenville, depu
ty administrator of the State OPA,
came to Plymouth to instruct the
clerical force of the local board in
the proper manner of working out
the allotments. He checked the work
that had been done and set up the
basis on which allotments were figur
It is quite possible that a great
many consumers will not receive al
lotments for amounts to which they
consider themselves entitled, but Mrs.
Reid said that all applications were
treated alike, based on the informa
tion furnished. This information in
cluded the amount of space to be
heated, type of heater, the amount
of fuel oil used last year, etc. So
far, no provision has been made for
appealing from the allotments issued.
Begins Work Here
As Sanitary Officer
William B. Gaylord, of Jamesville
and Williamston, this week entered
upon his duties as sanitary officer
with the district health department
here, succeeding W. J. Highsmith, jr.,
who recently entered a Naval officer's
candidate school in New York City
and is now in training there.
Mr. Gaylord has had a number of
years’ experience in public health
work and was for several years with
the Bertie County Health Depart
ment at Windsor. A native of
Jamesville. he is well known in this
section. As "Hack" Gaylord he is
best remembered as an outfielder
with semi-pro and professional base
ball teams of this section. He play
ed several seasons in the old Albe
marle and Coastal Plain leagues.
Only One Case Before
Recorder Last Tuesday
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There was only one case in re
corder’s court here this week. Perlie
Lee Phelps, colored, of Plymout, en
tering a plea of guilty to operation
of an automobile without proper
equipment and being fined $5 and
costs by Recorder Edward L. Owens
Only 6 Days Left
For Buying Gills
Christmas shoppers now have
only Friday, Saturday, Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs
day left in which to complete
their gift selections, but they will
find Plymouth merchants just as
eager and well equipped to serve
them now as they were when the
shopping season began.
While stocks may not be as
complete as they were a couple
of weeks ago, new goods have
been arriving, and there arc still
plenty of gift suggestions to be
found in the stores here.
For last-minute gifts, give the
local merchants first chance. Not
only will you get as much for
your money as anywhere else, but
you will find them truly giateful
for the chance to serve you.
Registration County
18-Year-OlSs' Going
Forward Very Slow
Only 8 Registered Here Up
To Today; No Report
From Other Towns
The registration of 18-year-old
youths for possible military sendee
has started off to a slow start in this
county this week, the office of the
local board stating yesterday that
only six subjects had signed up at
that time. No reports had been re
ceived as to the registration in
Creswell and Roper up to today.
Young men who were born in the
months of July and August, 1924,
have until tomorrow to register.
Beginning Friday, youths who were
born in September and October, 1924,
will have a week to register; and
then, beginning December 26. those
born in the months of November and
December, 1924, will have until
January 1 to get their names on the
The registration is being handled
in Plymouth at the office of the draft
board; in Roper at the dry cleaning
plant of Mrs. Eva Harrell; and in
Creswell at the store of H. W. Prit
chett. Those subject are requested
to register at their nearest point.
Bond Sales Continue at
Rapid Pace This Month
Washington County War Bond sales
continue to hold their pace, and in
dications this morning are that the
county qutoa for the month will be
surpassed easily. Up to shortly be
fore noon, the local bank had sold
$12,550 worth of bonds, while sales
at the post office totaled an even
$5,000 for the month. This makes
a total of $17,550 so far to be applied
against the December quota of $21,
000 and does not take into account
sales at other towns in the county.
45 Colored Men To
Report Monday for
Trip'To Fort Bragg
Original Call Was for 50,
But Number Reduced by
Last-Minute Changes
Forty-five colored men have been
summoned to report to the office of
the Washington County Selective
Service Board here next Monday, De
cember 21 They will be sent to Fort
Bragg for their final physical and
mental examinations to determine
their fitness for induction into the
United States Army. Tire original
call was for 50 men, but. due to some
last-minute changes, the number
available has been reduced to 45.
Plymouth and Roper furnish prac
tically all of the men called up next
week, Plymouth having 19 and Roper
18 of those on the list. Five others
will come from Creswell. with Mack
eys to furnish three.
Following are the names of those
ordered to report Monday:
From Plymouth: Rosie Benjamin
Fagan, Johnny Small, General Rob
ert Downing. Wilbert Tredwell, Elmo
Camp. Herbert Allen, Alexander
Blount. Robert Holley, Henry Milton
Simmons. Elmo Spruill, Robert Ches
son, Herman Spruill, James Denes
Blount, Wilbert Channell, Jesse Jul
ius Lucas, James Kermit Brown,
Henry March Combs, Alustus Louis
Holley, and William Ivory Ruffin.
From Roper: William Norman, Roy
Hampton King, Haywood Norman,
Nathaniel Dixon. Lorenzo Walton
Hall, Albert Will Arnold, James
Thomas Norman. Lete Gilliam. R"1
ert Chesson, Isaac Grimes
Wrighton, Herman Webb
Norman, William Her.. -ne,
Christopher ColumbU" ' -*n. Sam
Pierce, William Me*-—„-y Webb and
Elmer Lee Norman. j
From Creswell: Iredelle Roberts,
Willie Bouton. James Hardy Kenne
dy, Leroy Ervin Halsey, ar.d Earl
James Jones.
From Mackeys: Lorenzo Midgett,
Ross Jones and Willis Henry Paxton.
Brief Deferments
Granted To Three
Three temporary postponements of
induction were granted by tJ , - Wash
ington Cov.nty 3*nice Board at its
regular meting here Tuesday night,
and then the board proceeded to the
classification of the 18 and 19 year
old registrants, practically all of
whom were placed in class 1-A. It
is probable that most young men of
this age will be called up to go to
Fort Bragg within the next few
The three temporary postpone
ments of induction, all to colored
registrants, granted Tuesday night
were as follows:
Gurvis Lee Bryant, of Roper, 2-A
until January:
George Nathaniel James, of Plym
j outh, 2-A until January;
Robert E. Lee Webb, of Plymouth,
j 2-A until January.
j County Votes for Cotton
Quotas by Big Majority
Rallying behind the planned agri
cultural program. Washington Coun
ty farmers turned out in greater
numbers than expected last Saturday
! to cast an overwhelming vote in fa
vor of cotton quotas for another sea
son. The vote in the county was 207
for quotas and only" 8 votes against.
County Agent W. V. Hays estimated
that around 500 fanners were eligi
ble to vote in the referendum, and
while less than half participated it
was more than expected.
Sugar Stamp No. 10 Now
Valid Until January 31st
Sugar Stamp No. 10 in all War
! Ration Books No. 1 became valid
Tuesday of this week. December 15,
i and w'ill be good for three pounds of
! sugar during the six-week period
lending midnight January' 31. 1943.
1 Although the amount of sugar each
stamp is good for and the time dur
ing which it may be used has varied
several times since the book was is
sued. the basic ration of one-half
pound per person per w’eek has re
mained the same.
Be Sure Take Old Registration Card
When Applying ior New Auto License
Auto licenses for the year 1943
are now on sale at the various
licening stations throughout the
state, and the little tabs which
are being issued this year in lieu
of new license plates may be at
tached to the old tags at any
time. The nearest license bu
reaus for Washington County
motorists arc located in Edenton.
Williarnston and Washington.
There is one important re
quirement this year which has
not been necessary in former
years. In addition to the card
mailed out by the Motor Vehicles
Department at Raleigh, it is
necessary that the old registra
tion card be presented when ap
plying for the new license tabs.
License cannot be issued unless
the 1942 registration card is pre
sented. A great many county
motorists have made trips in
vain to the license bureaus be
cause' they did not have their old
registration cards with them.
In the event registration cards
have been lost, the information
contained on them, inclding the
old license number, must be se
cured from Kaleigh. and under
no circumstance can tabs for
1943 be issued without this in
foramtion. The tabs must be
displayed on all cars by January

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