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VOLUME NUMBER SEVENTEEN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th., 1949
KENANS V1LLE, NORTH CAROLINA
First Phase Hew Paving Project
Getting Underway; Clark Says
The State Highway Commission's
Third Division today announced
selection of 429.1 miles of roadway
to be hard-surfaced under tne sec
ondary road bond program. The con
, structlon work will take place in
"Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus,
Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover,
Pender and Sampson counties.
; A. Wilbur Clark, Third Division
Commissioner, said the roads pick
ed constituted about one-third of
the total bond program in the eight
.counties of his division. Work on
some of the projects is already in
progress and more will start later
this month.- -
Mileages allotted to the various
counties, based on the Division's
portion of the 12,000 miles to be
paved in the state, are as follows:
Bladen, 52 Ji; Brunswick. 1 42.0;
Columbus, 64.1; Cumberland, 57.1;
Duplin, 60.8; New Hanover, 26.0;
fender, 45.2; and Sampson, 77.0.' .
"We selected roads for this first
phase of our program after giving
special consideration to high traf
f is counts, commercial and residen
tial development along the roads,
school bus routes, areas lying a
great distance from "hard-surfaced
roads and also requests from citi
zens. We also chose roads which
would help build an intergrated
road system In each county," Com
missioner Clark Said. This method
of selecting roads has been discuss
ed with each Board of County Com
missioners." .. '
. The Third Division Commissioner
also said that special county maps
showing the first part of the road
program have been posted in each
county courthouse..; : ' W
. The Division's stabilisation -pro?
gram will be carried on simultan
eously with the construction work.
Because of the sandy soil and flat
terrain of the Third Division, con
struction work may, in some In
stances, continue tnrougn me win
ter season unless there is unusual
ly bad weather. ,c ' v '
J- Announcement of the first road
Selections In the Third Division
came after a period of extensive
surveying and planning by Division
Engineer L. -E. Whitfield and his
Staff at Fayetteville. a V
i Boads chosen Xoi hard-surfacing
in Duplin County are as follows:
- ; BeauUncus to Snmmerlin, 5 A ml;
Bed Hill via Scott's Store to a point
1 JX miles rorth of Scott's Store, 2.4
xaii From NC 11 near Kornegay via
Scott's Store to Kenansville-Mounl
live Road, 10.4 ml; Beulaville to
ie no ir County line near Pink Hill,
8.0 ml; Magnolia to Concord, 5.2 ml;
Kenansville SE to NC 41 near Chin
quapin, 7.7 mi; Hallsville north to
4NC 24r 2.3 ml; From Sloan NW to
NC 41, 2.6 ml; From Wallace to
Blanton's Bridge, .5 mi; From 2.5
miles east of Faison'to Friendship,
4.7 ml; From Duplin County line
iHear Mt. OUve to Calypso-Beautan-cusBoad,
3.1 ml; From Reaves'
Store to Willie Best's, 4.2 mi; From
US 117, 1.2 miles south of Charity
least to NC 41, 8.4 ml. Total 60.3 mt
i More About ' :
"The Duplin Story
The- following letter was recent
ly received by J. L. Williams, local
Post Master (root W. CCrmand,
Post Master at Ayden: "
! V Berber S, 104
Dear Pop, vl SIS' "
One thing I hated to miss above
all others was the Historical Page
ant, celebrating the 200th anniver
sary of Duplin County. Things just
happened that I couldn't make the
Pageant A number of folks went
from here and came back with such
glamorous accounts of the pageant
that my regrets at sot seeing It
really hurt me. Those who- have
see Paul Green's tost Colony and
the Common Glory say that the
Kenansville event far surpassed
these two affairs In every way.
They have gone so far as to say that
they hope it will, be reproduced
next year. Of course it would not
he the 200th anniversary, but it'
would be something everybody
would want to see. Though it iis
local County affair, the scenery,
the message and theme of the page
t nt as weU as the acting and repre
r tatlon jot history, all would make
a fine thing for continued annual
S wings. That is the highest com
l liment that can be paid. So you
n see why I would regret very
h that I was unable to1 sit snd
t" glorious occasion v 'i
- , r ' -r f "
in the Greensboro Dally News, I
don't read the Observer, Raleigh
paper, very much anymore. A lot
of advertising in the papers of the
western part of N. C. would and
should draw many folks from there.
My heart was bent on seeing, tin
pageant, but we just could not make
It this year. And I was very sorry.
My condition is improving f iViy
well, and I hope to live through
the winter without too much trou
ble In my arms.
1 hope you are enjoying good
health and your family is fine. My
very best wishes always.
(Bill) . , I
W. C. Ormanil
Falson, N. C. i
Oct. 2, 1949
The Duplin Times j
Kenansville, N. C. j
Dear Mr. Grady, I
The Pageant was superb. You,
Kenansville people, by your vis-!
ion and loyal support to Mr. Byrd,
have done a real service to Duplin
County and North Carolina. I con
gratulate you. .
With thanks and best wishes,
Mrs. W. I. Thompson
Washington, N. C.
September 30, 1949
Mr. J. R. Grady,
Kenansville, N. C.
it must feel like the day and
week after Christmas up your way
since the pageant and everything.
If the newspapers are to be be
lieved I mean The News & O. - -we
always .believe The Duplin
Time but if the N&O was cor
rect about the pageant having to
be given two additional ..evenings,
then there must nave neen line
attendance, and I am as glad of It
There evidently was fine co-oper
Hnn frnm all sections involved,
and certainly you and your paper
were tireless In promoting it. inai
special edition was tops, and as
good as I ever saw anywhere, big
paper or small.
My good wishes to all concern
v John G. Bragaw.
Hold 3 Day Meet
A large number of delegates
from all over the State attended
the three-day annual State Conven
tion of the Universallst Church,
which was held at Outlaw's Bridge
Church on- Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, it jwas reported Monday.
President James A. Ward of Rose
Hill, convention president, was re
elected for another year, along
with other officers. ' Mrs. W, C.
Grady of Klnston was named the
president of the Association of Uni
versallst Wonfen, succeeding Mrs.
James A. Ward of Rose Hill.
Highlights of the convention in
cluded the official reports and the
roll call of delegates on Friday. The
Association of-Uatveraajisjt Women
met Friday afternoon and" heard
its initial committee - reports and
nominations for new officers. World
relations, mission .study, social ac
tion and othef groups made reports,
and Rev. Maurice Cobb, formerly
of Rose Hill and Clinton, delivered
an address." He spoke to the youth
fellowship group at 3 p.m. ;
Rev, Horton Colbert, head of the
Department of Education, of the
Universallst Church was heard in
outstanding addresses Saturday
evening and at the 11 a.m. Sunday
worship service. His inspirational
address Sunday morning was de
scribed as. the climax of the con
vention. i " ..; .
,,' :;',--'T:", .,"'''.:
. There was a large delegation at
tending from Kinston and Wood
ington churches In Lenoir county.
Pastor Thomas C. Turrell appear
ed on the program for devotlonals
Friday morning and in the Friday
evening service. He also served on
the convention program,, ;v 'I; ;
Convention officers are as fol
lows: President Ward, Secretary
Karl P. Mathews of Clinton and
- 'nrer Horace G. Ward of Rose
' '. i.. c. r K t r"
CLIFFS ON THE NEUSE PARK -
This picture was snapped by photo -
grapher Charlie Kraft of Mt. Olive
a few days ago. It Is one of the
many hundreds of natural beauty
Legionaires Making Plans For Warsaw
Armistice Day Celebraficn
The Charles R. Gavin Post No.
127 of the American Legion held
its regular meeting Friday night in
the Vegion Hqme. A barbecue sup
per was served prior to the general
meeting. ', -
' Com. Woodrow Blackburn pre
sided at the business meeting. He
made the request that all legion
aires have their caps by Armistice
Day. A meeting of all committee
Well Known Man
01 Wallace Killed
AtBurgaw Sat. Eve,
Charles J. Snyder, 77 of Wallace
was killed instantly near Burgaw
Saturday night when the auto in
which he was riding crashed after,
skidding more than 425 feet on
According to J. Porter Ward of
the Burgaw Police Department, H.
Ed Proctor, Wallace service station
operator and driver of the death,
car, is being held for manslaughter,
reckless driving, speeding and trans'
porting tax-paid whiskey. Proctor,,
who was injured, was carried to
James Walker Hospital in Wilming
to for treatment. Late reports say
his condition is "good."
Chief J. P. Ward said the car, a
1949 Oldsmobile sedan was ob
served traveling at a high rate of
speed through Burgaw. Ward, in
company with J. R. Lewis, mayor of
Burgaw, gave chase. At times the
speed reached 95 miles- an- hour,
Ward said. Proctor apparently lost
control of his heavy car and It car
eened across the highway, skidded,
crashed into an embankment and
snapped a guy wire on a telephone
pole .before coming to' a hald.
Chief ward said ne louna u
pints of tax-paid whiskey in the
ftrsveslde fiinefal services were
held at 3 p.m. Monday in Rockfish
Cemetery. Members of the Wallace
Fire Department served as pall
bearers. There are no immediate
Mr. Snyder was well known In
the Southern section, of Diplin.
Most of his latter years have been
spent in jiurslng and waiting on
sick and elderly people.
5. At a regular meeting of the Town
Board of Warsaw it was announced
that the town was now free . of all
indebtedness except hte bonded por
Hon. Every member was .present.
Ten new street lights are to be
erected at corners where lighting
is most heeded. A discussion and
plans are underway to install stop
and go light on the corner of Hill
and Railroad St, and to repair the
blinker on the corner of College
and Pine. . , v. ''':'r.j
Items to be purchased include a
now fire hose, root cutter for the
: - nrtmont find new . Unl-
sights to be found in the park. The
' park is attracting more attention
yearly from Duplin and adjoining
' counties. Although actually in
' Wayne County it is just across the
members for the Armistice Day
Celebration was scheduled for Tues
day night. All American Legion
Posts in Duplin County and Clinton
Post are invited to participate in
J, C. Ptfge, a formeommander
of this post gave an"Jlhteresting re
port on the National' -Convention
held in Philadelphia.
Missing Man Found
The body of Mainley (Hoover)
Smith, age 27, of Smith Township,
was found in a woods behind the
store of Raymond Rogers, near
Sarecta, at dark Wednesday night.
He had been missing since last
Friday afternoon when he borrowed
a rifle from Herman Smith and
stated that he was going squirrel
hunting. He was discharged from
the Army last week. '
Coroner C. BVSitterson reports
that the rifle- was under the body
and that he had) in his pockets
about $150 in cash and a box of
32 cal. rifle cartridges from which
one cartridge had been removed.
One fired .cartridge was in the
chamber of the rifle. It is the op
inion of Coroner Sitterson that Mr.
Smith had stumbled and accident
ally discharged the rifle and that
death was Instantaneous; It is re
pprted that he still held the rifle
by the barrel when found.
funeral services were held at 11
a.m. Thurs. morning and interment
was in the family cemetery . in
Smith Township. He Is survived hy
his wife, four sisters, Mrs. Grover
Rhodes, Mrs. Ray Smith, of Smith
Township, and Misses Gladys and
Dorothy Smith of the home; and
'one brother, Travis, in the Navy.
He was the son of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Frank, Smith.
j,. .I-1' t'
JJjiplin To Get More
Power Lines Soon
Electric , service will be made
available to 65,1 families in Duplin
near Charity, Beulaville and Ke
nansville within thej next two
months by the Four County Electric
Membership Corporation, Burgaw.
This contract embracing .174
miles of new lines will result In
the availability of electric service
to 90 of Duplin families.
ON M. C'i I CMW AITS
killed Oct t thru 3 'vi",
Injured same dates'
Killed thru Oct 3 1P49
Killed thru Oct. 3, 1 :i ' ,
1 !ur l 1 i M. 3, 19") j" 6,
I " ,",K 1 8,
line and Duplin can proudly ad
opt it as her park and recreation
center along with other counties in
Ruel Jarman, postmaster
and former Mayor of Seven
Springs, passes this along; and
asks that we express the
thanks of himself ana his com
panion, Johnnie Ivey, mall
carrier of Rt 2, Seven Springs.
Tuesday night of last week
they drove to Kenansville to
attend the pageant As they
' drove along in front of the
school house they spotted an
opening in the line of parked
1 cars and headed inta it 'for
the evening. As the 'ear was
about to come to a stop the
front end dropped Into a gul
.ley and the left rear wheel
swung up off the ground. They
got out and looked the situa
tion over. Jarman spotted a
deputy sheriff, Herbert Sum
merlin, he thinks,' and told
him what happened. Summer- -i
- lin summoned Patrolman Lane
7 ho was directing traffic near
the spot who looked the situa
tion over. Seeing the car was
sufficiently clear of the road
he told the couple to go on to '
the pageant, that he would get
help to get It out when the .
play was over. They thanked
the patrolman and went on to
Returning to their "car after
the play they found it had '
been pulled out and righted
up ready for them to drive
off. They looked for Mr. Lane
but could not spot him.
Mr. Jarman said "if all our
patrolmen, policemen and
peace officers as well as the
sheriffs officers were cour
teous and accomodating as
'those two, he saw no' reason
for having courts in Duplin
Heads Roy Rogers
Club In County
Mrs. Bob Demorest of the Model
Theatre in Beulaville was today ap
pointed by Roy Rogers, "King of
the Cowboys", as a chapter head of
the Roy Rogers Riders Club. Mrs.
Demorest, who is to be, Ranch Fore
man of the Club, will conduct meet
ings at regular intervals, during
special week-end matinees at this
Details of the Club's activities
fill be announced shortly. Members
will be notified Of the events to
take place from time to time. Spec
ial short subjects, stage entertain
ments, games and contests are to be
featured. On the educational and
good-citizenship side there will be
talks on Safety and Good-Fellow-ship
by prominent citizens and offi
cials. Of interest 'to parents and club
members are the nine. Roy Rogers
Riders Club rules, which are: v
1., Be neat and clean.
2. Be courteous and polite.
3. Always obey your parents.
4. Protect the weakand help
them. .y i'i
' 5. Be brave but never take chan
ces. ,V"SV A-iV '
8. Study hard and learn all you
Can. .: V y
. :7. Be kind to animals and care
for them. ;. ;.y
8. Eat all your food and never
waste anv. . ' .n- .'''- -
9. Always respect the flag: and
"The Duplin Story"
"The Duplin Story was a sensational success."
"The Duplin Story will live on." "The Duplin Sto
ry" was "A miracle in a corn field". "The Duplin
Story was a dramatic success" -- and on and on.
We do not have the adjectives to describe it so in
last week's Times we let neighboring papers de
scribe it for you editorially.
"The Duplin Story" to me is Duplin today so I
would sum it up and say that Duplin County to
day is a success. "The Duplin Story" was a success
because Sam Byrd and Corwiri Rife collaborated
with all of Duplin and everyone worked together
in harmony. The result was continuing proof that
"in unity we stand, divided we fall". It is the old
story of man's labors against man's conflicts. It is
the story of North Carolina's high and rising star
in the American Union and it is the story of the
United States of America, a pioneering people, of
whom Duplin was an early and formidable part,
establishing rnd proving itself as the leader in a
torn and distraught world. We have proven our
place under the sun in a short span of time.
When we viewed "The Duplin Story" we viewed
a brief panorama of what has taken place all over
this land to make our country what it is. I will not
attempt to go over the beginning, development and
presentation of "The Duplin Story" for you. It is
too long and would require too much .space. The
readers of the Times need no such review for they
were the participants in the pageant. They were
' The Duplin Story". We all have the satisfaction of
knowing, and being part, of a job well done. If not
actually acting in it every citizen of this great coun
ty had a hand in it and played his or her part in its
success. No one individual can or wants to claim
any conspicious credit. Sam Byrd led us but with
out the followers he could not have led. A great
spirit of cooperation and devotion to what Duplin
County is and stands for was stirred and Sam was
the man of destiny, so to speak, who came along
and held forth that torch and led us forward. The
spirit of our forefathers, that noble heritage of ours
which we treasure so dearly, spoke out and proved
itself as it did with the settlers at Sarecta; our brave
men who fought the Red Coats; the boys who died
with Tom Carr; Charlie Gavin and his thousands
of buddies in World War I; and those who marched
to the four corners of the earth in World War II.
With a fresh and revived memory of our distant
and close past; with an understanding knowledge
that Duplin lives today greater than ever; with a
determination and fortitude to go forward into a
greater day," to make our contribution even great
er than our forefathers', we dedicate ourselves, our
aims and our fortunes. J. R- GRADY
Monday morning the Duplin County Board of
Welfare received the resignation of Mrs. Juliette
Highsmith, Superintendent of Public Welfare. This
job is now open and must be filled.
The office of Superintendent of Public Welfare
carries the obligations and responsibilities the name
implies. It is, or should be, one of the most impor
tant jobs in any county. It's primary function is
dealing with human beings, not things. Its subjects
are humans, its problems are human and they must
be solved in a human way. Who could more effi
ciently and more understanding fill this job here
in Duplin than Sam Byrd?
Byrd is a student of human nature. His long suit
is working with and for people. He is a playwrite
and author in his own right and his works in the
past bear out that his primary interests are with
people and he leans to the unfortunate and the more
"common" man. At present he is professor of So
ciology in the College of Charleston. We do not
know his salary but if it is in keeping with most
college professors' salaries he does not make as
much as Duplin can afford to pay a first class Wel
fare Officer Whether Mr. Byrd would consider
an offer we do not know but we believe that 99 per
cent of the people in Duplin, white and colored,
; would be pleased to see him brought back here in
this capacity. - ' .,
, The Duplin Times nominates Sam Byrd to fill the
vacant post of Welfare Superintendent and for some
reason believes he will consider a proposition.
J. R. GRADY,