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VOLUME NUMBER SEVENTEEN
W. E.CURRIE ;
In the passing'of W. E. Cuyrie of Warsaw Monday-night
ofrthis week the town of Warsaw lost a
faithful and hard working citizen. Mr. Currie had
been Mayor only one year but his administration
had seen many improvements in the town. He was
instrumental in opening. new streets and paving
others, When the fatal attack struck him his first
thoughts were for his work, intimates said. He suf
fered a severe heart attack but it came on him grad
, ually over a period of a few hours. Members of the
family report that he complained at the breakfast
table and remarked that he had three phone calls .
that must be made. He went to the office and made
the calls. He was complaining in the office. From
there he went to the Post Office for his mail and
then home. On arriving home he just could make it
Currie remained conscious almost up to the last
minute and told members of the family and friends
thatthe end was here. He held a brave countenance
and went away with that cheerful smile that always
marked his presence.
Just two days before his death he attended the
. convention of the North Carolina League of Muni
' cipalities and a meeting of the Star Route Carriers.
. He had a contract for carrying the Star Route from
Wersavf. to Kenansville, Camp Lejeune and Jack
""sonyUle. ; .
Mr .Currie was faithful to his duties and to his
family. He was loved by a host of friends in East
ern Carolina.; He was a" man among men. He loved
people. arid would lend ahelping hand to any man-
none -wasjtoo high nor top
zest 'fori jiving and really
be missed. - , ' . .
By: VIRGINIA PHILLIPS
Mrs. Carl Davis of Mt Olive is
in the Henderson-Crumpler Clinic
suffering a broken collar bone and
head injuries, and her daughter
Dorothy, is in' Wayne Memorial
Hospital with a possible brain con
cussion, bruises and lacerations as
a result of an auto-train collision
between Calypso and Mt. Olive on
Tuesday morning. Mrs. Davis, dri
ver of the car, had with her her
twin daughters Catherine and Dor-
.tk. ! Imii alatar Mm C T. Lit-
- ton and her son. All are Mt. ouve cum uu
Duplin Seniors To Be Guests At Camp
Lejeune For One Day Seminar
" ton November 8th all seniors in
Duplin County Schools will be the
guests of Major General Franklin
A. Hart, U. S. Marine Corp Com
mander of Camji Lejeune, at Le
jeune for a one day seminar. Gen
eral Hart wrote the following letter
to the Times this week, which ex
plains the day:
29 October 1049
My Dear Mr. Grady: v
On November 8th, 1949, the Ma
rines of Camp Lejeune will be
hosts to over 2000 High Seniors
from- 45 schools in Southeastern
North Carolina. Many noted edu
cators from North Cdroliaa will
also be' our guests. The Honorable
H. P. Taylor, Chairman of the State
Board of Education, and the Honor
able Graham A. Barden, Member
of Congress, will be present for the
-'occasion. '-',. V
Wt have endeavored to plan a
very interesting program for our
-guests, starting with a Division Pa
; rade and Review at 11:00 a.m., and
' a display of Marine Combat equip
ment on the parade ground. Dinner
will be served at 12:00 p.m. guests
will assemble in the Camp Theatre
' to hear addresses by the Honorable
H. P, Taylor, and the Honorable
Graham A. Barden, who will be
the guest speaker. v . 4
At; 2:00 p.m. a -guided tour. of
"points of interest in the Hadnot
Point Area will be conducted with
a stop at the Protestant Chapel to
view the beautiful stained-glass
memorial windows. 'At 8:00 P.in.
out guests will witness a surprise
demonstration be staged by the
6th Marines (Reinforced). Artillery,.
Units, flame throwers, etc., will as
sault fortified positions for 45 min
ute. A team of Jet planes will also
put on an air show. ,
I blowing the demonstration a
visit to the Camp Lejeune High
Ediool wlth a tour of the class
r will end the day's activities.
1 purpose of this seminar Is to
t e seniors firsthand know-
i . .,, ,n functions
low for him. He had a
enjoyed living. He will
J. R. GRADY.
The automobile stalled on the
tracks, the wheels catching on the
rails, prohibiting the car from rol
ling back into the clear. The women
saw the Deisel locomotive approach
ing; they got out of the car and
got the children out except one,
who was the least injured of all.
When the car was struck by the
engine it was overturned falling on
Mrs. Davis and her daughter Dor
othy. It brushed Mrs, Sutton and
the others. All suffered bruises,
and the part it plays in the ecpnom
le life of Southeastern North Caro
lina. We. of Camp Lejeune are also
vitally interested In a broad educa
tional, program to train our Ma
rines. We maintain four service
schools with 20 courses on an all-
year-round basis, with Marines at
tending from ' the entire Marine
ttorps. ' ' '
With ail' good wishes, I am
F. A. Hart, .
Maj.-Gen., U. S.
s , Commanding.
(0H . C. HIGHWAYS .
Killed thru Oct. 18-21 8
Injured same dates 52
Killed thru Oct. 21, 1949 647
Killed thru Oct. 21, 1948 553
Injured thru Oct. 21, 1949 7,152
Injured thru Oct. 21, 1948 5,811
Killed Oct. 22-24
Injured same dates '-- " 80
Killed thru Oct 24, 1949 659
Killed thru Oct 24, 1948 . . 584
Injured thru Oct. 24 1949 7,242
Iiltflred thru Oct. 24, 1948 5,904
The Warsaw Rotary Club at their
weekly luncheon last week had a
number of guests. President E. C.
Thompson presided. Highlighting
the meeting was a talk on Scouting
by Lee Brown, Warsaw Scout Mas-
' 1 Rotarlan Earl Wall who recently
returned from a tour of 1 "'"T'e.
Payor Bias SuanS
Funeral services for William El
dridge Currie, 53, Mayor of Warsaw
and son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Dan Currie of Hoke County were
held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00
o'clock from the Methodist church.
Interment was in Pinecrest Ceme
tery. The services were conducted
by the Rev. R. L. Crossno, pastor,
assisted by the Rev. 3. M. Newbold.
Graveside services were conducted
by the Masonic Order of Warsaw.
Mr. Currie had been a resident
of Warsaw for the past 13 years,
going there from Roseboro. He op
erated the Ford Automobile Agen
cy in Warsaw for a number of
years. He wall a recently-elected di
rector of the N. C. Star Mall Car
riers Association. He was a member
of the Methodist Church, a Shriner,
member of the Uons Club and Jus
tice of the peace. At the time of his
death he was Mayor of Warsaw,
having gone into office in June of
He is survived by his widow,
Sudie Dail Currie and three chil
dren by a former marriage. They
are Mrs. Harry Pridgen, Warsaw,
David E. Currie and Erma Lee Cur
rie, Hollywood, Calif.; Five sisters,
Mrs. Kate Owens, Mrs. Ada Poole
and Miss Made Currie of Roseboro;
Mrs. Eula Underwood and Mrs.
Irene Turlington, Salemburg; Thre
brothers, Dan Currie, Roseboro;
Duncan Currie, Pinehurst, and
John Currie, Clinton.
THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOU
Here is what careless driving
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killed in this wreck. The car, driven by Gurney Miller, colored, of K&
nansvllle; crashed Into the tree in
telephone pole. No doubt, the car
with the pole it kept traveling for
The wreck occurred October 14th.
B.& P. M. Club Sponsor Xnias Lights;
Purebred Pig Chain; Appropriate $150
By: IKE STROUD
The Pink Hill Business and Pro
fessional Men's Club held Its Oct
ober meeting at the VFW Hut. The
members were treated to a delici
ous chicken stew supper, served by
President J. A.'Worley and Mrs.
After dinner the President called
the meeting to order, and several
important matters1 were discussed.
The merchants voted in favor of
having a community Christmas tree
and street decorations .with lights
for the Christmas holidays.
Tom Davis made an Interesting
report on the progress of road con
struction In this part of the county.
He also urged that everyone check
on any children' not attending
school and report it to the principal.
; The agricultural teacher, John
Johnson. asked the club to go on
record as. sponsoring a purebred
pig chain for the Pink Hill Voca
tional Agriculture Department The
members donated ' approximately
$150 for the purchase of five pure
bred Digs. A committee was ap-
oolnted fa supervise, the selecting,
purchasing, and 'placing , of these
nlas. The committee, will set up
rules governing the operation of
this project. They will also select
from the 40 boys talcing Vocational
Agriculture training the five boys
who meet the qualifications and
these boys will return pigs to the
chain from the first litter and they
will be distributed to other quall
'fled agriculture students. . j i
The boys will be encouraged to
follow the most up-to-date methods
of swine product'"": V ' 1' "
KENANSVILLE. NORTH CAROLINA FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th., 1949
MAX UK W. K. UIIWUE
Mrs. Clarence Brown, noted
musician and organist In War
saw, says she will be glad to
play special requests on the
organ and chimes In the War
saw Baptist church. All you
have to do Is write your re
quest on a postal card and
drop it in the mall to Mrs.
Brown. She play daily for 15
minutes or more, beginning
at 5:30 pjn. o
does for you. Fortunately no one was
. MJh AHA III
Warsaw after haying knocked down a
was not creeping. After the impact
90 feet before the tree stopped it.
program will be keeping of breed
ing records, weight gains, and learn
ing the value of feeding a well
balanced ration, .which necessarily
includes good pasture. They will
also learn how to select, fit, and
show these animals.
The president recommended that
the club hold Ladies' Night every
three months. No definite action
was taken on this 'but I am looking
forward to having the ladles with
us often. : .i , s
'Plans are already under way for
a good meeting in November.
Pvt. Milton S. Miller, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Miller of Beula
vllle is now taking" part in Opera
tion "Mikl." ; .
Operation "Mikl" is designed as
a training maneuver for the troops
of the Second Division, N. S. Army.
It consists of the assimilated re
taking of the island of Oahu, Terri
tory of Hawaii. Oahu has supposed
ly been taken and held by the
troopiof a mythical foreign nation.
Joe Vall:ce Named
Joe ; Wallace of Kenansville and
H. E.' Kennedy of .Wallace have
been named members . of the di-
r- fur IV!i Carot'na Fox
Wilmington News Endorses Proposal
For 1950 Production "Duplin Story"
Rockfish Spectacular Battle Scene
In "The Duplin Story" Drama
BY: A. T.
You saw the oncoming might of
the British Red Coats over the hill,
the flag, the shot and shell, and
company after company of the dra
goons coming into Duplin on a tour
of Intimidation and destruction.
And you saw Colonel Kenan's pa
triotic little band bravely trying to
defend their own door steps but
were powerless to keep out the in
vaders. The Battle of Rockfish, a thrill
ing and spectacular scene In "The
Duplin Story" drama of last month.
was fought at a time when every
thing looked very gloomy for the
Americans. Already, during that
year, Lord Cornwallis had passed
through the section on his march
from Wilmington to Yorktown.
The British forces had moved into
this State from South Carolina.
Major James H. Craig had taken
possession of Wilmington, then a
small town of about one thousand
people, in the early part of the
year. Near the town he set up what
was called a "bull pen" for his
captives and it is said that some
were very harshly treated, inclu
ding Thomas Burke, the Governor
of the State. About the same time
he established an outpost at Ruther
ford's mill in what is now Pender
County. He was very active in en
listing the natives, called Tories,
and carried on a campaign of
cruelty, plunder and destruction.
In July he declared that all who
tailed to enlist under the British
banner by the first of August would
be destroyed and their property
taken. His numbers, supplies, arms
and ammunition could not be suc
cessfully resisted. The result was
general destruction throughout the
In the meantime Colonel James
Kenan of Duplin, an able and ex
perienced leader in the American
cause, gathered all his forces at
Rockfish bridge, near the present
town of Wallace. There he com
menced preparation to prevent, if
possible, any further invasion of
eastern Carolina. He was joined by
Major Griffen with about 150 men
who were sent to his aid by order
of General Caswell, making a total
of about 400 men. Immediately fol
lowing Major Craig's last day of
grace for all men to join the Brit
ish colors, he set out on a tour of
subjugation and destruction, and
his plans were very successful. He
reached Rockfish bridge on the sec
ond day of August, 1781, and prom
ptly opened the artillery on Colonel
Kenan's breastworks. At the same
time Kenan's men were completely
surprised to find themselves at
tacked in the rear by Captain Gor
don, an experienced British Cav
alryman, with about 60 last horse
Congressman Barden Will Deliver
Annual Armistice Day Address Nov. 11
Congressman Graham A. Bar
den this, week accepted an invita
tion to deliver the annual Armistice
Day speech in Warsaw November
11th. Congressman Barden is a vet
eran of World War I and was ser
ving in Congress during World War
II. Dupllnltes will look forward to
hearing him on Armistice Dal.
Plans are shaping up nicely for
the celebration. A mammoth parade
is being planned Including many
attractive floats. Miss Evelyn Da
vis of Warsaw, Queen of the 1948
Armistice ' celebration will' help
lead the parade and will crown the
1949 queen at 8:30 that night at
the annual - Armistice Dance. All
schools in. the county are selecting
local queens to participate In the
program and from them will be
chosen the Armistice Queen and
Miss Duplin for 1949.
' Paving Is about completed on (he
stretch of road from the Outlaw's
Bridge church across 'North East
at Outlaw's Bridge to the Fred Out
law place. Shoulder work is to be
comoleted. . . .," "'"
. The bridge construction on the
paved road from Holt's Store to
W ' y ft h r-'? cv '"Hon.
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men and two companies of artillery.
In such a situation Kenan's offi
cers and men acted with becoming
bravery but there was no hope for
holding back the invaders. Without
an immediate escape, certain de
struction would have been the re
sult for the American soldiers.
Only a small number of them were
wounded, captured and made pris
oners, and only two or three of the
number were killed. Reports vary
as to the number. Colonel William
Dickson, then Clerk of the County
Court, reported that he narrowly
escaped being captured. Captain
Thomas James received special
mention from Colonel Kenan for
bravery in action.
Major Craig proceeded on his
march and spent several days In
Duplin. In the Grove settlement
(Kenansville) he selected the home
of Colonel Thomas Routledge for
his headquarters and during his
stay the men were engaged in burn
ing the homes of patriot leaders,
destroying crops, stealing livestock
and provisions, etc. The homes of
Captain Gillespie and Lieutenant
Houston were burned, and they
even stole the rings from Mrs. Wil
liam McGowen's fingers and forced
her to give information of patriot
leaders. Captain Gordon, who led
the horsemen at Rockfish, was kill
ed on the march, near New Bern.
Major Craig was considered one
of the best of the British officers.
SoaMtime after the war he was
Lfeeaared by his country with an ap
pointment as uovernor-uenerai oi
the British Dominion of Canada.
Colonel Kenan was a very able
and conspiclous military leader.
Soon after the close of the war he
was appolnteed Brigadier-General
for the Wilmington district of the
State militia and from that time he
Is referred to In the public records
as General Kenan. He was Sheriff
when only 22 years of age, Legisla
tor, member of State Constitutional
Conventions, Councilor of State and
a trustee of the State University.
His tomb is on a plantation near
Baltic station and near the Duplla
Sampson county line. After the war,
a son of General Kenan married a
daughter of Captain James.
At a point where the State High
way crosses the old Wilmington
road, a short distance from Rock
fish bridge on the Duplin side,
stands a State highway-historical
marker designating the site of the
Battle of Rockfish. It has been there
An application by the local his
torian for another State highway-
historical marker to the memory of
General Kenan was recently ap
proved by State authorities and will
soon be erected.
Duplin Take Honors
At State Fair
The Duplin Square Dancers, com
posed of dancers from Albertson,
Limestone, Rockfish nad Rose Hill,
16 couples In all, took second place
in the state-wide contest among
square dancers at the State Fair
last week. The Duplin Dancers ap
peared in Raleigh on Thursday.
They were so good they were called
back a number of times. It was the
same group who danced in The
Duplin Story. Music was furnished
by the same musicians who hale
from over Rose Hill way.
Also taking second place in the
state-wide contest at the fair were
the Duplin Highland Fling Dan
cers from B. F. Grady and Faison
Smith In the clog dancing contest.
The Highland Fling Dancers were
under the direction of Mrs. Audrey , Louis Outlaw, Duplin's represen
Alphin Butler who organized and tative in the State Senate has had
coached them in the Colonial many years experience In working
Dames program. with donkeys. Do you think you can '
: ; j - - I hit a ball astride a donkey, Lewis?
' The N. C. Agriculture Expert-1 Come on fellows, from all sections '
ment Station announces publics- of the county, let's go to Warsaw
tion of an 8-page circular which
tells the story of the new Atlas
wheats - - how they were develop-
ed and what they will do in resist-
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Will there be a "Duplin Story"
next, year? This question is being
asked almost as frequently today
as it was the day after the last
showing. The answer as yet is not
known: It will not be known until
the public mind in the county
makes Itself up. We can only pass
on reports and suggestions as they
come to us.
Before the last showing of the
Pageant the Kinston Free Press,
editorially, called for a continuation
of the Pageant or that it be filmed
so that every one who wanted tu
see it might get an opportunity.
Monday night in the News and
Observer office in Raleigh Sam
Ragan, State News editor and other
members of the N&O Staff express
ed hope that it would be given
again next year.
A few days ago the following
editorial appeared in the Wilming
ton News, a newspaper in conjunc
tion with the Morning Star with a
total circulation in Eastern Caroli
na of more than 30,000:
"Whenever a festival or pageant
has strong purpose for its presenta
tion, is accorded wholeheartedly
community support, enjoys capable
and enthusiastic leadership and is
shared with others beyond its lo
cality, it invariably closes its ledger
with a surplus.
"Wilmington's Azalea festival is
good illustration of that situation.
It has "finished out of the red" in
each of the years it has been held.
It has not been a financial threat
or burden as some similar projects,
missing in the aforementioned qual
"Now, from Duplin county comes
report of another example. The
bookkeeping dn ''The Duplin Story"
is being closed out and the net
profit stands at $9,600. Thus, not
only did Sam Byrd's historical pro
duction provide considerable en joy
men in recall of the region's event
ful 200 years but its revenue will
mean much to early completion of
the proposed Kenan Memorial Au
ditorium. "Equally as important as the
pleasure of staging the pageant
and counting its revenue is the in
ner satisfaction to Duplin's citizens
which stems from a job exception
"Not only was "The Duplin Sto
ry" a cultural contribution to East
ern North Carolina but, if repea'ed
over the years, would become an
important addition to the region's
other historical attractions. For
that reason alone, should its pres
entation in 1950 be consideredThe
News would be among the first to
voice a hearty endorsement of
All indications point towards
Sam Byrd being permanently loca
ted In Duplin County next year.
It appears that events are shaping
in favor of another showing of
"The Duplin Story' 'next season.
Donkey Ball Game
The Warsaw Lion's Club will
sponsor a Donkey Baseball game at
the Warsaw high school athletic
park Monday night, October 31st.
If you can't ride come and get a
good laugh from those who think
they can ride. Remember how Wal
ker Stevens and the donkey had it
out a year or so ago? Can't you
see Graham Phillips, Forrest Mart
in and G. S. Best astride the don
key? Maybe Bobby Ingram, Ken
ansville's growing baseball pitcher
would like to pitch. Warsaw Lions
say they are anxious to have Gilbert
Alphin of Kenansville do the Char
leston on the donkey. And Early
Sanderson, Wallace's matter of
fact Lion can give a good account
of himself we bet.
if I fW-
. Monday night and have plenty of,
fun and at the same time help th ,
Warsaw Lions raise money to aid
the blind and handicapped In Du-
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