VOL. 17, ; No. 38
KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd. 1950
Kenansville Soldier Wins Bronze
Star For Courcge In Korean War
THANKS TO "THE DUPLIN STORY" CAST
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, Il:rp2r - Souhferland Church - ,
D; JicolicSemces To Be Held Sunday
The parper-Southerland Memo-
i rial Presbyterian cnurcn win noia
, special dedication aervlce Sunday
at 11:00 A. M. of the new brick
: church in memory of the members
- of the. Harper .and Southerland
families who were killed by light
ening in 1938 during a church
erviee being held in a frame
building used temporarily for wor-
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Th church will be dedicated in
memory of Asa Harper, Ada Harp
er, Woodrow Harper' and J. B.
Southerland who so tragically lost
their lives at a Sunday afternoon
service twelve years ago.
.- The building. has been in the
process of construction over a per
iod of eleven years and was fin
ally completed' this spring when
the church was Ugtored,tServicei
were .held in, the trollding. before
t'cLjl Wiih Loss
"Beulaville inaugurated its first
football of the se'ason last Friday
5 in Warsaw by taking a beating 27
" - to 0. Some might say, this was a
drubbing but not t5" the supporters
of "Snatchlt". Considering this was
' the first football game the. boys
ever played and the ,flrtt I team
Beulaville ever fielded, the school
' and supporters were -well pleased
,. - with the showing. - a ; ..
Beulaville, the county's largest
- school, has felt for some time that
x' they should have a football team.
Many believe that in the past some
' , Beulaville Jtoys' names might have
, been seen in headlines as college
football players If they had a team
- to develop 'the local talent.. This
year it wai decided to do some
, thing about it The school, the boys
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vByj A. M. DAVIS
Again we come to the end of
The Duplin Story.- The 1 curtain
rang down last Saturday night to
perhaps the last showing of a great
story and an exhibition seldom sur
passed in these parts. It makes us
feel a little sad that it has endecT
We are sorry that -many people
k ; even in our own county, failed to
aee It in the. two years it was play
r ed. Many wanted to . see- it and
" '"could have gene but just couldn't
get around to gotaj-- .
- The Duplin Story as many of
' , , you are aware, required ; a' lot' of
hard work and -cooperation from
the 1 people' of the county. We
, should be proUd -of the way in
which all the people who were con
nected with it put everything they
had into the effort.
When the production was being
planned in tne early part of the
summer I was doubtful whether
the same characters could be as
sembled again. Many of them had
expressed the. fact 'tit, the .end of
last year's showing t : they never
would be brought into 'anything
like that again. They didn't. have
the time, they didn't i we themai
ney or they didn't, have, thls.'qr
i, that to drive to Kenansville again
"!'' another year. But r- ardless "of
urtint thpv KA A Inst,,,, fir. mnnt ftt
them were right back again this
year and at the end of the show
ve could hear the same story all
niin. If the r' nw Is given
yenr t?" ill l;o r; ' !
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It was finished. f ; v f
Dr. G. A. Wilson of Nashville,
Tenn., Superintendent of Home
Missions, will deliver, the sermon.
Mrs. Nick Smith' will -give the his
tory of the church and J. Blan
chard Southerland will give a brief
building report of the church. The
services will be conducted by the
pastor of the church,, the Rev. N.
. Invitations to attend the service
have, been extended to Mr. W, H.
Eubank,, the niinister- speaking at
the time the lightening struck and
the pastor who followed film, Rev.
fay Ray Dickens. The Women of
the Church of the Covenant in ,Wil
mington plan to attend the .dedica-
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-tA picnic lunch will" follow, jthe
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To Varsov It
and Beulaville merchants all-went
together. Jn a cooperative spirit
and came out with a football squad
fully equipped. J The merchants
bought the uniforms which) cost
around $30.00 each. Each player
bought his shoes and sox on around
with all the help they could get
.itntil "gnatchlts fotball eleven
took to the ffehi. Not too optimistic
about this season they believe they
will come out with some wins
and in good shape to point towards
a good second year. Teams, in and
around Duplin will do well to keep
on the look-out for Beulaville in
the future. A school as large as
"Snatchlt" is bound Jo turn out
some good - football teams. ' The
"Snatchlt" boys intend to snatch
some victories. , , .,
Clutch The Lavhr
' It Isn't -unusual for a person to
be caught driving drunk bit it
certainly isn't the usual for a man
With one leg to ride' a motorcycle
while drunk. This is what William
Hunter Sloan was doing Saturday
afternoon when Patrolman Cooke
overtook him on the highway be
tween Kenansville and Chinqua
pin. Patrolman Cooke, naturally,
did not give him the straight-line
test but the Negro could not effi
ciently use the one good leg. When
he stopped the motorcycle it re
mained standing because someone
with forethought had him buy a
3-wheel cycle, but the Negro top
pled over, , ,
The oase was reported to Justice
C. B. Sitterson who bound him over
to -County Court. ' . i t
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Another case of polio developed
last week in Wallace. Victim of
this attack was little Linda Blan
ton, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Walter J. Blanton. '
Linda is in Rex Hospital, Ral
eigh; where se was sent following
pv-Moinfition -y Pr. pvine Hiind
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With the United Nations' Forces
in Korea;, The demonstration of
outstanding., ability . and coolness
under fire during the early days of
the KnRed Invasion In Korea won
a Bronze Star Decoration for a
United. States Army Officer from
Kenansville, N. C.
1 The Officer, 1st Lieutenant Wil
liam H. Grady.Of Rt., 1, Kenans
ville, while serving within advance
command for the General Head
quarters Group . In Korea, as assist
ant communications officer, was
responsible for setting up com
munications, at;Suwon, . Korea.
With limited facilities available,
Lt. Grady assisted In setting up and
operating a message center which
was the only means of communi
cations between Korea and General
Headquarters, Far East Command.
The Citation read, in part: "He
assisted In the unloading of cryp
tographic and radio equipment
during an enemy air ' attack on
June 29, 1950, and : contributed
materially :: in the establishment,
supervision, and operations of cryp
tographic facilities.". 7;. p, .
" The Citation continued: "On
30 June 1950, when, ii became nec
essary to destroy "'these facilities
to prevent their capture by the
enemy, Lt. Grady remained behind
with a small group to -Insure com
plete destruction of vital classi
fied cryptographic materials. Later
he assisted in the reestablishment
of a communication ' center and
cryptographic service at Taejon
Korea . . -. through his initiative,
technical skill,: and disregard for
personal safety he assisted in pro
viding the staff of V . ; with the
Communications weans essential
to their mission f coordinating the
urgent requirements Jojrjpersontnel,
supplies, and equipment in Korea."
Lt. Grady Entered the military
service in juay i47 ana arrived
in th Far East Command in April
1949. .During World War II he
served i with the United States
Navy: 'V - -.. v . .
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs,
Stephen H. Grady, of Rt 1, Kenans
ville, and is the Husband f Mrs,
Claudine Lee Grady, who resides
In Tokyo, Japan, with their six
year old daughter,' Donna Louise.
Man bites dog? No, officer at
tacked by hand-cuffed man.
Tuesday Deputy Sheriff W. O.
Houston was called into Glisson
Township, to subdue one Norman
Holmes, white man of Beautancus,
who was : causing quite a disrtir-
Before he was finally landed In
Jail in TCenansvllle the drinking
offender had disturbed the peace
of 'a quief community: trespassed
on the premises of R. C. Harrell,
making Improper remarks to Mrs.
Harrell, using profane and -vulgar
language and ; exposing his pri
vates in the presence of ladies.
After having been handcuffed by
Deputy' Houston and placed in an
auto he Attacked the deputy in a
deadly manner with his handcuff
ed fists, the cuffs inflicting ugly
and painful scars and wounds. As
sisting Deputy C. L. Nicholson es
caped 'unscathed.. ...-
X After being, placed in jail he
broke up a bed in the jail cell.
(-Following,-. this- incident Deputy
Nicholson placed him in the crazy
cell where ' there was nothing to
break Hp but himself. 1
Lasf-reports were to the effect
that he. was slowly and painfully
sobering up. - , . ;
' Justice of the Peace bound him
over to County Court on three dif
ferent charges' to be tried on Oct.
9th where he will receive further
directions. ' . '
He has been recently released
from a two-year term on the roads.
ONE OUT OF Zt
One out of 32 persons in the
United States was disabled one
or more days by injuries received
hi home accidents during 1949.
Home injuries totaled 4,650,000,
according "to the 1950 edition of
"Accident Facts," the statistical
ON COTTON - '
. NOT SUSPENDED .'
' Information reaching this
" office from various sources ,
indicates that rumors are pre
valent that the Secretary of
Agriculture suspended Mar-,
keting Quotas on the 1950
. Crop of Cotton states Joe E. ,
Sloan, Chairman Duplin Coun- '
ty PMA Committee. This is
not -true as quotas are on cot
ton and all cotton producers
will -need a Marketing Card'
on which to sen. -f1"; ' f
A producer having excess I
cotton will be charged a pen- .
alty of 15 Vi cents per pound '
on an estimated boll epunt of
his excess cotton. This pen
alty will be paid at the -Coun- '.
i ty Office In advance.' .
Farmer should call by the'
County Office for their Mar- :
netlng Cards, states Chair;
A meeting of the Executive
Board of the Duplin County Chap
ter, American Red Cross was held
on Friday night, Sept. 15 at 8 o'
clock in Kenansville: Chairman
Harry H. Kramer called the meet
ing to order.
Among those present in' addition
to the chairman were: Dr. H. W.
Colwell, Disaster Chairman; Mrs.
L. ;' Southerland, Home Nursing.
Chairman; Mrs. Sato Newtoh,.Pro-
duction & Supply cptinnan; Miss
Dorothy Wightman, Advisory com
mittee member; and ' Executive
Secretary, Mrs. N. B. Boney.
"In the absence of the Recording
Secretary, Mrs. James S. Murphy,
the former Isabel Jones, the Ex.
Sec. .read the minutes of the an
nual meeting held tn June which
were duly approved: She also sta
ted" that the reply to our letter
written to National' Headquarters
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Charlie Ragby, Jr 42, of Rich
lands, 'a lineman foe a high tension
wire installatioh . contractor, was
accidentally electrocuted near War
saw Thursday of last week when
he came in contact with a 2,300
Bagby was employed by R. H.
Boulingny, Inc of Charlotte, a firm
which was installing lines for the
Tide Water Power Company, asso
ciates stated. He had been a line
man for about 20 years.
, It was "reported that Bagby was
aiding in the installation of a new
transformer. -He was said to have
been standing op Uie, cross bars at
the top of -the pole, with one hand
gripping the guy Wire. Apparently
he.r, thoughtlessly grabbed a hot
Wire and was Instantly killed. .
: Funeral services were conducted
from the Edwards Funeral Home
in Kinston at 11 o'clock Saturday
mornirig. Burial was in Maplewood
Cemetery The-Rev. Rufus B. Hunt
of Kinston and the Rev. E. B. Quick
of Richlands officiated. - ' "
- i Surviving are his wife, Eula Mae
Harper Bagby 'of ''Richlands; to
children; a stepdaughter; his mo- Druggist, Mr. Robert L, McMan
ther; Mrs. Carrle3agby of Kinston; us of Chesterfield, S. C, who be
three" sisters, Cynthia Dunn Bagby work the .first of the week,
of Kinsfon, Mrs. Edwards Bubact He replaces Robert Lanier who is
of-jChlcago, and Mrs. James F. leaving for new work in Raleigh.
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Two weeks of , Superior Court
will open here Monday morning
for the trial of criminal cases.. The
first week is the regularly schedu
led term and the week .beginning
October 2nd is a racial term'call
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Frank Phillips of Charlotte who
has accepted appointment as State
Chairman of North Carolina's 19-
1 March of Dimes campaign. The
appointment was made by Basil
O'Connor, New York, president of
the National Foundation for In
fantile Paralysis. Mr. Phillips suc
ceeds Dr. Ralph W. McDonald.
MSgt. John R. Creech, Duplin
County's Army and Air Force Re
cruiting Sergeant for the past six
months has been relieved of that
duty and ordered to duty in his
reserve rank of First Lieutenant,
with his corps at Ft. Bragg.
Sgt. Creech is being replaced by
one of Kenansville's own citizens.
Air Force Technical Sergeant,
Early C. Newton. Sgt. Newton is ex
pected to make his home 'in Ke
nansville while "ssigffji' o- this
duty. . vr;.v..
( Forty-thre telephones were re
cently Installed for new subscrib
ers in Beulaville it was announced
today by W. Y. Vann, Warsaw
Group Manager of the Carolina
Telephone and Telegraph Com
The new subscribers are attached
to the Kenansville office which is
in the Warsaw telephone exchange
The telephone company substant
ially enlarged the old line to BeuH
laville to provide service to the
43 new customers .Two cross arms
and six wire circuits were placed
on the existing line. The company
also constructed distribution faci
lities in Beulaville to reach those
subscribers who live off -the main
Mr. Vann stated that the total
cost of the project was almost $14,
000, not including the cost of the
telephone sets and other necessary
j This project is part of the large
rural expansion program in which
the company is engaged to keep
up with the greatly increased de
mand for rural telephone service.
i Bill Sheffield, proprietor of War
saw Drug ' Company, . announced
this week the employment of a new
wife expects to join him this week.
He is a druggist Of much experien
ce,. Mr. Sheffield stated.
SOLDIER AVVOL . .
: Sergeant ; Rudolph Hargroves,
who had been AWOL since June
26th from Washington, D. C. was
taken into custody Sunday morning
at 7:30 in Beautancus by H. J.
Summerland to be turned over to
the Provost Marshal at Ft. Bragg.
He had served in the Army for 3
C'oi"-t w '
case. The Supreme
1 a new t-'-l n t
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The Mid-Century production of "The Duplin
Story" is now history. For the second time Du
plin has done the impossible. Last year we were
celebrating our 200th anniversary. The primary
purpose -was the celebration. Duplin rolled up
its sleeves and came forth in successful triumph,
the like of which had never been seen before in
this section. The success was so great that most
of the leaders and members of the cast wanted
to repeat the "Story" in 1950.' After many
months of hard work the second edition of "The
Duplin Story" went off in fine style. In spite of
the weather we" came out on top in more ways
than one. On the whole the play was better than
last, exemplified by the press reports. In spite
of the rain enough people attended to pay all ex
penses and leave a small profit. The rain again
showed that Duplinites will pull together when
it becomes necessary. The cast lived up to its
heritage that once a job is begun it must be fin
ished. There is no doubt that a greater finan
cial profit would have resulted if it had not rained
but the test ofthe mettle of our people would
not have been proven so well. Last year it was
expected that they would face almost any hazard
but this year it was different. There was no
celebration. It was just plain hard work and
nearly 1000 Duplinites responded as they were
The officers of the Association, O. P. John
son, F. W."McGowen, J. O. Stokes and Garland P.
King join me in thanking every member of the
cast and the entire personnel for the fine man
ner in which they displayed themselves. The
smallest part was as important as the largest.
Like a chain, each link had to hold. The Lead
ers in the program have been acknowledged and
thankgd and .we wish here to thank thenv again.
but to as thVinTpxjrtant people were the rank and '
file of the cast who stuck through thick and thin,
taking orders rather than haying a say so in how
the show was to be run. Like soldiers in the ranks
"it wasn't theirs to reason why it was only theirs
to do or die" and they DID. Thanks again folks.
If- there should never be another "Duplin
Story" the people of Duplin should have no re- .
grets for the two years they devoted to the play.
Leading business men of the county claimed .
their faith in our people when they advanced .
more than $5000 to help finance the play this
year and every dollar of it was refunded.. The
play has given Duplin a name throughout North
Carolina that Wfll live with the ages. J. R. Grady.
McLELLAN'S REOPENS IN KINSTON
First Store Of Chain
A special ceremony will open
the doors of the completely re
modeled McLellan's store Friday
at 9:00 A. M. in Kinston. This is
the first store ever opened of the
vast chain of McLellan stores in
the country today. . .
The store will be formally open-
ed with the cutting of the ribbon
by the Mayor of Kinston with a
special gold scissors made for the
occasion. The scissors will then be
presented to the Mayor by the Mc
Present for the reopening of
the new, modern unit in Kinston
will be the first manager of the
store, W. L. Nolan, who is now
Chairman of the Board of Direct
ors for MoLellans. . Also here for
the event is R. A. Robbins, former
manager of the store from 1931-33,
who is a buyer for' McLellans;
and R. P. Walsh, 'manager of Mc
Lellan's 5th Avenue store in New
York. The present' manager is
George Turner who' has been with
The Board of Directors and Offi
cers of the Duplin County Tuber
culosis Association met in the
Court House Wednesday night of
Thta anerlal mo.tlno called
at the request of 'Dr. H. W. Col-1 the Beulaville' Auditorium, spon
Fund Chairman: hut not hav-isored by the Beulaville Eastern
lng had a- meeting since acquiring
quarters of -its own, the association
had many matters of, business to
attend to. Dr. E; P, Ewers, presi
dent, presided. "t
Dr. ColvHell, practical minded
as he U, Impressed the group with
" Irr-nrtnnce of putting on a
"i money Is
McLellan's for thirteen years.
The store was acquired from the
Interstate Chain in 1916 by W. W.
McLellan and by 1917 had grown
to a chain of 9 stores in North
By 1950 the chain has grown to
231 stores operated in 29 states
with a total sales of over $54,000,-
000.00 for the year 1949. ; Over
7500 people are employed by the
McLellan Company. McLellan looks
forward to continued "moderlnl
zation, and enlargement of existing
stores, and expansion program."
Special features of the remodel
ed store in Kinston includes ' a
start nl ss steel candy case,-, see-r'ru-ough
picture front, and for -weary
shoppers convenient benches
in the front part of the store. ' '
The manager wants the "people ,
of the community to feel that Mo
Lellans is their store and that they
made this store." . .
The store will be open for busi
ness following the ceremonnies.
some much needed activities which
are being held back because of
Plans are now" being made for
this drive and will be announced ;
later. , ,. . .
There's going to be a genuine
Fiddler's Convention Friday night.
September 29th at 7:30 o'clock in
Star, Chapter No. 237.
The program Includes fiddlers,'
guitar . players, banjo pickers.
string bands, and quartet singers. .
There wlU be, plenty of music for
all to enoy ; '
Prizes will be awarded to the
winners. Judges for the event will
be selected from other communities
The admission is 40c for a :?.!
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