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VOLUME NUMBER EIGHTEEN
Bates HnnoHJiced Qd-Century
S::::;!ng Of "The Puplin Story"
Sept. 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12;
Byrd And Rife Be Here
, A fain; Only Few Minor
Changes To Be Made.
;::iyi'A By: 1. K. GRADY
Kenansville, April 12. "The
Duplin Story", Duplin County'
dramatic hit of last year during
the bl-centennlal celebration of the
county's history, will be repeated
thla 'year a the Mid-Century pro
duction of "The Duplin Story".
. Again, Sam Byrd of "Tobacco
Road" fame will direct and play
the leading role in the drama he
' wrote, directed and acted in last
year. Corwin Rife of Dock Street
Theatre, Charleston, S. C, will
again be the technician, artist and
. mechanical director. Dates for the
V 1950 showing will be Septemger 7,
8, 9. 11, and 12th.
" Officers of the Duplin County
- Historical Association, Inc., which
will produce the play are: O. -P.
' Johnson, Dupllns Superintendent
of Schools, president; J. Oliver
' Stokes, Kenansville businessman,
. vice-president; Garland P. 1 King,
- secretary of the KenansVHle Pro
: ductlon Credit Association, secre
' tary; Falson W. McGowen, Duplin
County Auditor, ' treasurer.
The mammoth amphitheatre ad-
jacent to v the Kenansville High
School' wilt be enlarged, and plans
made to take care of much larger
. crowds than last year.
The decision' to repeat the "Du
. plin Story" was due to the great
demand after the sensational suc
cess of last season. This-demand
came not ' only; from within the
county : but ' throughout , North
Carolina. Many critics have' classed
it as evesrHbipter. thanV3W..4oit
, p Colony" and "Common OtorV Ed
' itorialtcln Wilmington, Mt Olive,
- , Kinston, Goldsboro and other pa-
v . pers last fall definitely reflected
: the thought that It should be shown
again In order to give everyone In
jMortb Carolina who cares to, an
opportunity to see it. "The Duplin
Is.. wA Story" Is not Just a play, but a
iTMt-S1 1 . I 1 ... , tt .
K.. iihiwiwm Will, UIUB1U .9
' J "V -.Tar. HmI 1ournIit nut It Th
) Duplin Story" will be the story of
any Southeastern Carolina county
during Its pioneering days and
down through - World War I and
World .War II. In describing the
- pageant in a feature article in a
Wilmington newspaper, James H.
McKoy wrote thus: "The Duplin
Story Is no mere pageant. It is
vast production on a tremendous
seal The vivid, spectacular
scene at the Commend Post of Col.
James Kenan at RockfUb Creek
u thrilling and awe Inspiring
" " . asn on any
inany movie "The sight
..twin little band of col-
o! the pathetic little band l of eofc
the oncbmlng might
the oncbmlng nugni " '
. I. .nine tickling,
, jiiinsl ssiTTKCLal w
. . am a- n9 ul
nn Ant seen Di
yoVKu.ee the Red Co.U
come over tne wp
5Sto fight in formation as they
Srtv. bck the brave colonists -It
was ml'", a miracle in a
com field that you must see . and
,o on as McKoy described scene
after scene of the . enchantln
"'Stony in Duplin who have seen
" on the screen "The Lawton Story"
of rruePrinc. of Peace" beUev.
ufha nuniin cyiury
- , iii.t nroDortions as
The Lawton Story" . "
1 A group of businessmen and far
mers throughout the county , have
underwritten the 1950 production.
Sam Byrd was In the county over
the week-end beginning the ground
work for the next showing Mr.
Byrd says there will be very Utile
- change. In the most part U actors
- and actresses, numbering about
1 000 will plsy the same roles they
did last year. The play will be
tightened Up in .some places he
says. X2rs. Naomi Wood of Duplin,
It ia hoped Will direct the 100 voice
"Duplin Story Choir", a perma
nent organization that grew out of
last year's production. Marietta
Richards of Cleveland, Ohio will
be here at the organ as will
"Blossom Gavin" of Charleston, S.
C. Edith Hlnnant, colored soprano,
will agam feature the opening to
bacco seen when she sings "Yes,
Ined". ' V
I "n County plans again to
r j f "t to see that this year's
i )r f "-n a b'rier suo
Outlaw's Bridge Universalis! Church
Destroyed By Fire Sunday Morning
Sunday morning about 10 o'clock,
just a few minutes before Sunday
School was to convene, the church
building of the Outlaw's Bridge
Universalist Church and education
al building, caught fire from sparks
on the roof. Mrs. Herman Outlaw
was approaching the church when
She spotted the fire. She rushed in
and told the SuhdaySchool gather
ing and they beagn at once an ef
fort to extinguish it Sparks had
fallen on the .old wood shingle
roof and a swift March. wind fan
ned the fire out of control. The
high pitched roof made It almost
Impossible for the bucket brigade
to do anything about it. Fire ex
tinguishers were brought from
nearby Blizzard's mill and after a
ten mile drive to the nearest tele
phone the Mt. Olive and Goldsboro
fire trucks responded. Together
they managed to save the manse
and all church pews and furniture.
In less than an hour the entire
structure, including the almost com
pleted educational annex lay In
ruins. The annex was built at an
estimated cost of $7500. The church
was built in 1906 and 07.
As soon as the fire was over Rev.
Mr. Prater, the pastor, called his
congregation together and went
ahead with an outdoors Easter pro
gram, following which a business
meeting was held and plans set in
motion to rebuild. The following
letter was received by the Times
this week from Mrs. Annie Max
-RFD 2, Seven'Springs, N. C.
April 10th, 1950
Pear Bob:- '
... As you have no' doubt learned by
now, our church was destroyed by
fire yesterday hiorning just as we
were assembling for church school
from sparks given off by the furn
ace chimney. A brave effort to
bring the fire under control could
npt succeed because water was dif
ficult to socure from the hydrant
and carry to the top of the church
Water was brought in barrels
and buckets by neighbors and pour-
SMOULDERING RUINS are all
that Is teft of the famous old Out
law's Bridge Universalist church.
The Reverend L. C. Prater is atand-
DUPLIN CIRCUIT r
''J. MurreU K. Glover, pastor :
Church services for nextSunday,
April 16, on this Circuit wi)l be:
11:00 a.m. . Wesley; 7:30-p.m. at
Friendship. - '.-. '
Church and Sunday Schooi were
well attended at the new Unity
Church on Easter Sunday m6rnlng.
Seven ; new members were s recei
ved into the Church membership,
three adults and four children.
One of these was a transfer from
another Church and; six were re
ceived on profession of faith, i.
The Women's Society of Christ
ian Service of. the Magnolia Church
Is having a study course on two
nights,' April 20 and 21 at 7:30,
in the church. Text to be used Is.
"We tlie Ppople of the Eoumpnlrnl
C) '";," t-'.' t'-e com ? v"l 1-e
f t ! I " t ."'
iVjJ J. 'y C. LMi I -fj!" "1
ed on the walls of the parsonage
saving it. A large group of loyal
friends gathered promptly. They
moved all furnishings out of the
parsonage when it was thought that
it would burn. "
We owe more than we can ex
press to the great crowd of people
who helped us save the parsonage.
Outlaw's Bridge Church began
as a Universalist Church School
as the 19th century was closing.
In 1905, Rev. Thomas Chapman,
of South Carolina did some preach
ing in our school house and orga
nized the church. In 1907, the
church was built and dedicated In
October of that year. Since that
time our church has played a prom
inent part in the life of this North
Duplin Community. Its people
have taken a leading part in every
community program, and many of
its members being community lead
ers. It has been the church at the
heart of the community through
In 1949, the size of our church
plant was doubled when the people
and their minister, Rev. I C. Prat
er, built the educational annex to
the rear of the church. It had been
used only since last September.
We held a short Easter service
at 11:30 in front of the parsonage.
Our visiting minister, Rev. Maurice
Cobb, now a graduate student at
the University of N? C.l and Mr.
Prater spoke briefly on the Easter
During the afternoon, a meeting
was called by our. Moderator, Mr.
Cleo Outlaw, to consider making
plans for the future. We want our
many friends to know that we-will
rebuild the church as soon as we
can raise some money and perfect
plans. If there are those reading
this article who would like to help
us, we shall be very grateful and
they can send such contributions
to Mr. Nelson Outlaw, our Building'
Fund Treasurer. His address is
Route 1, Seven Springs, N. C.
With all good wishes to you and
our other friends
Annie M. Outlaw.
ing in the center looking over the
loss. His parsonage was saved by
quick thinking church members.
Services will be held in Outlaw's
study course with them.
In order that the membership of
the churches on this charge may
know something about the meet
ings of their officers, the following
schedule is here given: :
Board of Deacons: Friendship -Friday
night before the Third Sun
day of each month;' Magnolia
Wednesday night before the Fourth
Sunday; Unity The Third Tuesday
night of each month; Wesley the
First ' Thursday night of each
month. V'"' ". ",'"'..:-y'-
Board of Education: Unity the
First Tuesday bight of each month.
Killed Mar. 31 Apr. 3 - -' 8
Injured same dates 167
Killed thru Apr, 3 this year S21
Killed thru Apr. 3 last year S01
Injured thrj Apr 3. this yesr 2876
Injured thru Apr. 3, 1S'9 18S1
KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
The Beulaville Lions Club held
its charter night program in the
Beulaville school lunch room on
Tuesday night with nearly 200
Lions and guests present.
The new club, Duplin's sixth
Lions Club, has 33 charter mem
bers. Officers are: W. F. (Bud) Mil
ler, president; Wm. G. Jones, Jr.,
1st vice-pres.; I. J. Sandlin, Jr., 2nd
vice-pres.; James Miller, 3rd vice
pres.; Richard S. Bostic, sec-treas.;
Arthur Kennedy, Lion Tamer; and
Cecil A. Miller, Tail Twister.
Charter members in addition to
the above are: Bob Demorest, Dan
iel Lanier, S. P. Bostic, Macon
Brown, W. G. Jones, Sr., Marvin
Rhodes, Lehman Kennedy, Ashe
Miller, Gordon Muldrow, Arnold
Thomas, Horace Brinson, Herman
Miller, Clinton Campbell, Wm. D.
Thigpen, Gurman Guy, Ray Humph
rey, Grady Mercer, Ralph Miller,
Wm. D. Brown, Bertis Brown,
Raleigh Lanier, C. C. Raynor, Le
roy Albertson, Aron Sharp, and P.
President "Bud" Miller presided.
The meeting opened with all sing
ing "America". Rev. Walter Good
man gave the invocation. Lion Sid
Gordon of Goldsboro, Deputy Dist
rict Governor, introduced Lion Joe
Hood of Wilmington who acted as
toastmaster. Lion Hood then rec
ognized guests from all the visiting
clubs of Jacksonville, Goldsboro,
Clinton, Rocky Mount, Warsaw,
Calypso, Wilmington, Kenansville,
Wallace and Mt. Olive.
Lion S. P. Bostic, mayor of Beu
laville, welcomed the guests! Lion
M. F. Allen, president of the spon
soring club, Kenansville, presented
the gong and gavel on behalf of
the Kenansville club which was ac
cepted by Lion Tamer Arthur Ken
nedy. L. G. Crumpler of the Clin
ton club presented the extension
award to Lion -Gilbert Alphln of
Kenansville, Zone Chairman. Mr.
Alphln then introduced District
Governor L. K. Day of Rocky
Mount who presented the charter
to the new club. Lion president
W. F. (Bud) Miller accepted the
charter on behalf of the club. Tail
Twister prizes were awarded and
the meeting adjourned.
Forty-five head of registered
Hereford cattle brought $28,970, in
the 10th annual sale of the N. C.
hereford Breeders Association at
Bridge school until the church is
photo by Llnepln Kan).
Last Friday officials and directo
rs of the Branch Banking and Trust
Company from Wilson, Warsaw,
and Wallace, gathered in Mitch
ner's private dining room in War
saw for a fellowship luncheon.
President H. a Bateman and Chair
man of the Board. Selby Anderson
from Wilson were present E. C.
Thompson of Warsaw played host
In addition to Messrs. Bateman,
Anderson, and Thompson, the fol
lowing were present:
Roy Cates, John Croom, Gard
ner Edwards, Ralph Jones and W.
R. Brltt, directors of the Warsaw
branch; Wayne Jordan, cashier, Dr.
Desne Hundley and Dr. Chaa.
Deerlng, direct&rs of the Wallace
tie ' '-dtiPtl
WILMINGTON HAS AZALEAS, TABOR CITY HAS POTATOES
Women To Meet
The 19th Distrist Federation of
Home Demonstration Clubs will
meet in Jacksonville on April 21.
Club women from Duplin, Pen
der, Onslow and Lenoir Counties
wll meet in the High School there
on Friday, April 21 at 10 A. M.
The meeting will open with song
and devotional followed by the wel
come by Mrs. Elbert Barbour and
others of Onslow. Response by Mrs.
L. G. Williams, vice-pres. of the
Duplin Federation HDC. Special
music by Mrs. Milton Humphrey of
Pender. Then come greetings, re
cognition of guests, reading of thel
Minutes, Roll Call, announcements,
etc. After introduction of the spea
ker. Miss Iris Davenport, Editor
Womans' Dept. Southern Agricul
turist, will address the group on
"You Are Important". Her address
will be followed by reports of com
mittees and an Installation Service.
Lunch will be served in the High
School gym at 1:00 P. M.
The afternoon program, 2:00 to
4:45 P. M. will be a tour of Camp
Lejeune which promises to be very
Bob Demorest, owner and mana
ger of Model Theatre in Beulaville,
has entered vXational Contest of
Theatre Managers to see who will
put on the best advertising cam
paign on the motion picture "The
Heiress". Winner of the contest
will receive a new Kaiser Travel
er automobile, and an expense
paid trip to Michigan by air to
receive the ear.
A second Kaiser Auto will be
given to the patron who writes the
best essay on "Why I liked "The
Heiress". Details and rules of the
contest will be on display at the
Rev. C. H. Trueblood will leave
for Oxford Saturday to engage with
other denominational workers in a
Rural Church Development Pro
gram in the Flat River Baptist As
sociation. Rev. Trueblood will bp
away for a week.
Outlaw's Bridge Club
Meets Monday Afternoon
1 The Outlaw's Home Demonstra
tion Club will meet with Mrs. Gor
don Outlaw Monday afternoon
April 17th with Mrs. Grover Adams
joint hostess. All members are in
vited and urged to be present.
Father Of Local
T. A. Banks, 72, of Richlands
died at his home Tuesday after
noon. Funeral services were held
Thursday morning at 10:30 at the
home, conducted by Rev. E. H.
Cannady, pastor of the Richlands
Baptist Church. Interment followed
in Golden. Grove Cemetery in Ke
nsttsville. Survivors include the
widows two sons, Marvin and
Wayne Banks of the home; two dau
ghters, Mrs. I. C Burch of Ke
nansville, and Mrs. Plato Barwick
of Kinston; two brothers, Luther
and Charles Banks; one sister, Mrs.
S. A. Cox and three grandchildren.
branch; Rots Watson, Fred Carr
and F. N. Bridgers, directors from
Wilson; B. Walker Stevens .and
Early Sanderson,, attorneys. O. C.
Blanchard and Don Smith of Wal
lace were Invited but could not at
tend. The occasion was not exactly a
celebration but It developed that
on that date Mr. Thompson had
been with the Branch Banking and
Trust Company as cashier of the
V.'arw r-ntnch snd vice-president
rB : I j nrs. it Is expected to
MISS IRIS DAVENPORT
Miss Iris avenport is to be the
guest speaker at the 19th District
Meeting of Home Demonstration
Clubs to be held in Jacksonville
on April 21 at 10 A. M. The topic
of her talk will be "You Are Im
portant." Miss Davenport, outstanding ca
reerist in Home Economics, was
recently chosen one of the top 7
Southern Women; she brings to
Southern Agriculturist readers both
a scope and a surety in interpret
ing domestic and economic prob
lems. A native North Carolinian, Miss
Davenport came to Southern Agri
culturist in 1942 as Associate Wo
man's Editor and was made wom
an's Editor in January of 1946.
A graduate of University of Ga.,
she earned her Master's degree at
Columbia University, and then con
tinued her studies at Paris, France,
and at Louisiana State University.
Inaugurating her Home Economics
wrk as a Voacber,she soon became
head of the Home Ec Department
at Georgia State Normal, furthered
her program with Extension work
in Louisiana, ultimately serving as
Specialist in Extensioon Service at
the University of Kentucky.
Miss Davenport contributed to
many other magazines prior to the
Southern Agriculturist -- Ladles'
Home Journal. Agriculturist -
and has written over 200 pupuljr
bulletins and leaflets.
Miss Davenport brings to lur
readers of Southern Agi '.cu luist
mg experience in helping farm
wuiiien in domestic problems, in
which she h;is thorough under
stands g and genuine interest. She
is an acc.iinplished speaker, and
is in demand for farm, college and
civ.c g.oups and for national, state
and l...al organizations, and as a
j.' ,"c a i contests and state fairs
n ilic Southern area.
i:i I. if recent poll of a million
Southern women conducted by the
A'ai'a Co:: million and the At
la.il.i Women's Chamber of Conv
in ric, mi.s.s iris uavenporl was
named one of the seven most dis-
ii: .n il Southern women in the
On Thursday. April 6, the Lenoir
'.iu.'.i.v Cancer Clinic examined 39
ers. 'i. . 20 white women, 7 white
oi I ,i colored women and 2 color
ed mull. Twenty-four were refer
red to their physicians for medi
Persons attending were from Le
noir and .'urrounding counties.
The clinic is held each Thursday
in the Health Department in Kinv
ston. Registration is from 10:45 to
11:45. Examinations are free.
Persons living outside Kinston
and desiring an examination should
address their request for an ap
pointment to Cancer Center Secre
tary, P. O. Box 49, Kinston, N. C,
and Indicate two date on which you
can come for examination.
T. B. Association
To Hold Meeting
The Duplin County Tuberculosis
Association will hold its annual
meeting on Tuesday night, April
18th at 8:00 o'clock at the Health
Department in Kenansville.
Mr. Frank Webster, Executive
Secretary of the North Carolina
Tuberculosis Association Jitll ad
dress the group. He is a veryiin
terestlng and able ;peftjief and
'tis hoped that there will a a large
attendance, ";V.' vi't :v JnM'"
By: FRANCES C. GREGORY
Wilmington has its azaleas . . .
Tabor City has its yams . . . Calif
orn a has its weather . .". and Hol
lywood lias Betty Grable. And
Wallace? Why, in Wallace we got
strawber.ies. Yes. and on May 4
ar:l 5 the whole town of Wallace,
and surrounding territory, will be
paying tribute to that beautiful,
luscious, templing dish . . . no, not
Betty Grable, but strawberries.
The Wallace Strawberry Festival,
an annual fete honoring the pro
duct that has made Wallace the
world's largest strawberry auction
market, is being taged this year
on May fourth and fifth.
A well rounded program, featur
ing events both entertaining and
edit; 'timial, will get under way at
one o'clock Thursday afternoon,
May 4, with a gigantic garade thru
the town's busine .s section. High
lights of the first day's program
will be addresses by prominent
stale officials, invitations having
been sent to Governor Kerr Scott,
Senator Frank Jraham, State Com
missioner of Agriculture L. Y. BaU
lentine and other dignitaries.
Thursday's activities will be cli
maxed with an old fashioned square
dance in Hussey's Tobacco Ware
house Number One, which is ser
ving as Festival Headuarters dur
ing the two-day event.
The second day's proceedings
will begin at ten o'clock Friday
morning with farm demonstrations
and judging of home canning,
needlework and other home pro
jects. Livestock judging will take
place at Festival headquarters at
one o'clock Friday afternoon. 4-H
boys and girls from Duplin, Pender.
Sampson, New Hanover, Onslow
and Bladen Counties will exhibit
their prize dairy animals before
Professor R. H. Ruffner of State
College, judge of the livestock
show. TWjSsJJV DtaAc to ache
uled for 7:00 P. M. the ssme day
in the Wallace Community Build
ing. The grand finale will be the
Strawberry Festival Dance, being
held this year in the beautiful new ,
American Legion Building la WaW-r
lace. Dance time Is nine o'clock
These are just a few of the fea
ture events being Included la this
year's Festival. In addition, there
will be a talent sbow, a baseball
game between the Wallace and
Franklin High School teams, a
fashion show, pie-eating contests,
the traditional strawberry auction
and other attractions.
The Wallace Agricultural and
Charitable Corporation Is acting
as steering Committee for the Fes
tival, with the following civic or
ganizations assisting in plans and
details: Woman's Club, sale of
booths; Lions Club, agricultural
exhibits; V. F. W. and American
Legion, parade; P. T. A., talent
show; Junior Chamber of Com
merce, dances; Wallace Associates,
publicity; Home Demonstration
Agents of Duplin and Pender
Counties, home canning, needle
work and other exhibits; Wallace
Sorosis, fashion show; and V. F. W.
and American Legion Auxiliaries,
0. E. S. Gives
Monday evening, April 3rd, a
regular meeting of Beulaville chap
ter 237, OES was held In the Ms
sonic Hall. Business wss transacted
after which the doors were opened
for a special program with Mrs.
Mary Mercer In charge. The pro
gram was presented by several
high school seniors and consisted
of songs, readings, etc. which was
very impressive end enjoyed by all.
A social hour was enjoyed at the
EVERT DAT LIFE
By; Mrs. Howard Joiner
A man who lived out in the coun
try received a very indignant note
from his neighbor. It read:
This is to warn you that I had
better not catch any of your cows
on my land and if it happens again,
I will call the law or else shoot
them myself. So let this be my last
You know who. v ;
By the way. Bud, the Preacher
said, tell you that he wanted aa
descoul to met at the church te
- --'t iouBa.'clocvr ' dont
" to stop by for t i yon
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