North Carolina Newspapers

VOL. NO. 19
Ttiree Fishermen Tailing Drinks Results
n ill Pond
Two Mount Olive Negro men,
Wilbur Baynor and David John
Durham, were drowned in - about
eight or 10 feet of water. Sunday
afternoon when tneir smau iisn
ine boats capsized in the old Cook'
Albritton mill pond in Wolfserape
Gordon Merritt, White man of
the Bear Marsh section, who oper
ates the pond, saved their compan
: Ion, Raymond McMillan, also of
Mount Olive, from what might have
been the same fate, when he res
cued the exhausted Negro as he
clung to a small tree limb.
Sheriff Ralph Jones and Deputy
Sheriff Murray Byrd of Faison, in-
, vestigated the accident ana cor
oner Gurman Powell ruled an in-
auest unnecessary.
According to Merritt the three
' men were alone on the pond, while
be and a companion were standing
- on the dam. Merritt said he heard
someone shouting up near the
head of the pond, 'but figured at
first one of the trio had' either
bad a bite, or else had hung a fish.
In a few minutes, however, he
distinguished the shouting as be
ing calls for help, and he and his
companion used a motor boat to
reach the scene. When they arrived
they found McMillan clinging by
lis finger tips to a small tree limb
near where- his companions had
i gone down.
Instructing McMillan to hold on
to the edge of his boat, Merritt eas
ed to the .shore where others who
bad arrived in the meantime drag
ged the exhausted, man ' onto the
bank. -- .
' While bystanders went to Mount
Roy Rove Out
For Lt. JSqvernor
V..' .- f'. - .":""
(Burgaw, Jan. 16, Roy Rrwe, of
Burgaiw, Pender County, Veteran
North Carolina legislator, proml-
nent businessman and farmer, to
day formally announced bis can-
dldacy for Lieutenant Governor
in the Spring Democratic Primary.
1 He said be would conduct an
energetic campaign, speaking or
appearing in each of the state's 100
counties before the vote, on May
" "I solicit the support of all North
Carolina Democrats on the basis
of my record as a member of the
legislatures . during , more than ; a
dozen years of the state's greatest
. f'The office of Lieutenant Gov
ernor Is noe of high responsibility.
If elected, I will strive to continue
Che trjlition, set by some of North
Carolina's most able men, of dig-
r ,r"f
AnolLer $Z2Z$
Last Saturday Supt of schools
O. P. Johnson received three thou
1 dollars from the Kenan fam
' wards completion of I"an
'1 Auditorium. Mr. ..Win.
anan, Jr., bis sister Mrs.
i Kenan and Mrs. Jemie
- a sent yi.uoo each, ibis
a total $28 000 the three
i towards the building.
f . miiy have been very
. i i their thoughtfulness
f ! t their old t-"n'
' " ? ia receui !
' ; -stinted . . . .
Taking Two
County Ranger Miller Issues Burning
Permit Order; List
County Ranger 1 Ralph Miller
would like to remind the citizens of
Duplin County that beginning Feb
ruary 1, 1952, it will again be
necessary to obtain a burning per
mit before doing any burning.
The following is a copy of Chap
ter 14-139 of the 1943 General
Statutes of North Carolina provid
ing that: Section I. It shall be un
lawful for any person, firm or cor
poration to start or cause to be
started any fire or ignite any mat
erial, in any of the areas of wood
lands under the protection of the
State Forest Service or within five
hundred feet of any such protected
areas, between the first day of
February and the first day of June,
inclusive, in any year, without first
obtaining from the State Forester
or one of his duly authorized agents
a permit to set out fire or ignite
any material in such above mention"
ed protected areas; no charge shall
be made for the granting of said
permit. Section II. This Act shall
not apply to any fires started or
caused to be started within five
Magnolia Negro Held Without Bond
In The Pistol Slaying Of His Wile
Ernest-Bright Magnolia Negro,
is being held in Jail without priv
ilege of bond, as ordered by the
coroner's jury, In the murder of
his 25 year old wife, Inez, at their
home Monday morning about 12:15.
According to officers the Sheriff
was called from a doctor' office in
Rose Hill telling him thoMwas
a. dead woman at bis office. Jones
sea Psssr
Visit indJviseloMilieailiSSfers
Duplin County health Depart-
ment had as guest from the State
Board of Health last Friday Miss
Anne Lamb, : nurses ' consultant,
Miss Sarah Goggins, field director
of clerical staff and Dr. Robert F.
Murphy, Pediatric consultant.
. The purpose of their visit was to
Help in the planning ol tne depart
ments- activities for 1952. " mr.
Murphy put a special stress on the
importance of promoting better
care of prenatals and infants, em
phasizing - the fact that Duplin's
infant death rate last year was
among the highest in the state 61 J
as compared with that of the state
which is 34.7. The alarming mat
ernal death rate in Duplin County
is 4.7 as compared with State ma
ternal death rate of 12,
Of 1002 births in Duplin In 1952,
5 per cent were delivered in the
borne and 43 per cent in hospitals.
This statistical fact rates Duplin
along with the state average, thus
assuring us that Duplin -mothers
bad as good as average care at de
livery, but leaves an unanswered
question as to how much prenatal
care these mothers bad,: and bow
well their babies were cared for
after birth.
Recent : scientific studies -, (how
that mothers with the proper pre
natal care enjoy better health, have
fewer birth complications, and give
birth to healthier babies, better
developed, and with greater resis
tance .to disease, ,..,
- The Duplin Health Department
is working In coordination with
For Auditorhan
help in completing installation of
water works, sceptic tank and dres
sing rooms. Any money left over
will be spent towards completion
of other parts of the project The
heating plant has been installed
and is said to be working fine. A
good deal more will be needed be
fore the building is flnaMy com
pleted and now that the county has
acquired all prr-rtjft iiind it
we hope that f i c v J
not be t" long :
ed J..' I
er ii I
of i t
County Jr.
Lives Sunday
Of Permit Agents
hundred feet of a dwelling bouse.
Section III.' Any person, firm or
corporation violating this Act shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor, and
upon conviction shall be fined not
more than fifty (50) dollars, or
imprisoned for a period of not
more than 30 days. Section IV. All
laws and clauses of laws in conflict
with th'sysrovisions of this Act are
hereby repealed.
You can obtain burning permits
from the -following permit agents:
G. R. Ctwan, Beulaville, R.F.D.;
Edgar English, Wallace, R.FJJ.;
Chinquapin Fire Tower; A. C. Hall
Hardware--Store; Wallace; Leland
Sheffield, Rose Hill Tower; Farm
ers Hardware Store, Warsaw; H. A.
Parker, Bowden; Jessie Grice Store,
Calypso; John W. Waters, Mt. Olive,
R. F. D.; C. E. Stephens Hardware
Store, Kenansville: Graham Chest
nut Store, Warsaw, RFD.; Thur
mari Evans, Rose Hill, R.F.D.; Al
vin Smith, Pink Hill Fire Tower;
Woodrow Smith Store; M. R. Oats,
Faison Hardware Store; James Mil
ler, Hardware Store, Beulaville,
N. C.i Ralph Miller. .
and deputy
Perry Smltn called
Coroner? Gunman Powell and went
to.. Investigate. -"iThey found the
woman had been shot through the
left side with a 32 pistol and ap
parently died soon thereafter. Cor
oner Powell said there were ample
signs .In the home to indicate a
severe scuffle. The woman was
pregnant. They had no children.
private physicians and midwives
in urging all -expectant mothers
to begin prenatal care as early as
possible In pregnancy.
Special maternity ' and infant
clinics are held at the health de
partment in Kenansville each 4th
Thursday afternoon at the health
department, with Dr. John J?.
Powers, part time health officer in
- Miss Mary Lee Sykes and Mrs.
Helen' Ballard of this department
attended a two day meeting at
James Walker Hospital in Wilming
ton last Wednesday and Thursday.
The meeting was sponsored by the
State Board of Health and James
Walker Hospital, cooperating. The
purpose of the meeting was to give
public health nurses some instruc
tions in the most up to date meth
ods of caring for premature babies.
Mr. J. L. Higgens, from the Divi
sion of Sanitary Engineering, State
Board of Health visited this de
partment last week and assisted our
local sanatarian in making plans for
a new abbatior in-Duplin.
'Mrs. Louisa C. Bullock, from the
State Blind Commission, Raleigh,
visited this department ' Tuesday
in the interest of an eye clinic for
Duplin school children.
iwo group meetings were visit
ed by Mrs. Gordon Kornegay of
this department last week with
health movies. A movie on mental
health was shown at Warsaw P.T.A.
meeting and one on the activities
of a health department was shown
at the monthly meeting of Frank
lin Home Demonstration Club.
Dr. C. C. Anolewhite and Dr.
Coker from the division of local
JPiealth administration State Board
Viiil Health .were recent visitors to
Duplin Couny in the interest of
hiring a full time health officer for
Duplin County., ,
Home From Korea
. 'Mrs. J. Robert Jones has receiv
ed word fro mher husband, Capt
J. Robert Jones who has been in
Japan that be Is enroute home
fro mKorea. Mrs. ; Jones is the
former Helen Parker of Outlaw's
Bridge. Sbe and their two child
ren. Donna Lou and Bobby reside
with ber parents at , Outlaw's
Bridge. ,
New Drive
What Is said to be the largest
drive-in-theatre in Duplin County
Is scheduled to open Thursday
niaht February 7th. Twfllte Drive-
In Theatre, all new in every de
tail, has been attracting the inter
est of oasainc motorists as it nas
been under construction on high
way 24 about one mile East of
-ljiwlile towards Kenansville.
stm covers several acres
1 on f r 1 "tti side
Lady, have you lost
A Week End.. Bag?
.Mondy, the Sheriff's office re
ceived an attractive lady's week
end bag and a nice top-coat. The
bag was -packed with adequate
week-end clothing of some, appar
ently young, lady. Night clothes,
toiletries etc, a dress or two.
The bag was sent in by Robert
Lee Russell of 507 Pollock Street,
New Bern, saying he found it 3
miles East of Rlchlands on highway
258. The bag, it was said, was on
the side of the road just as if it
had been placed there. No identifi
cation was found o nthe bag or
clothing. Not even a trade mark
or dry cleaner s name or numb
er. iZ.
Mr .and Mrs. Ellis Torrans re
ceived word this week that their
son, Thomas urey Torrans of tne
U. S. Navy, was leaving San Diego,
California for the State of Washing
ton, having completed his training
there. ' Thomas leaves with the
honor of being the outstanding man
of his company. Says his Com-
my association with him the past
three months, I am sure he will
be a, uwTm. and of great service to
ms country. I am very proud of
him." ",,
Home Dem. Women Asked To Write
Recipes Of Colonial Days; Stcry
Forest Fires Due
To Carelessness
Forest Ranger Ralph Miller re
ports that many farmers are be
ing too careless with burning tob
acco beds and new ground. On last
Friday he was called to five fires.
Large fires he said were on War
saw Rt,2 Kenansville, Rt. 1, Pin-
hook, near Teachey. Anos Lanier's
and Walter Rhodes. The Rhodes
fire was small.
Warsaw Man Buys
' Henry Rivenbark, formerly with
the Duplin Supply Company in
Warsaw, has recently purchased the
business in -Wallace known as Mac's
Farm Supply. ' Mr. Rivenbark has
affiliated with the FCX and the
business now goes under the name
of IVallace Farmers Exchange, lo
cated next to the Minchow Buick
' The new business is equipped to
supply the farmers in seeds, feeds,
fertilizers, IbaJby chicks, and groc
eries. :.:;':
Henry especially invites his
friends in the area covered by the
Times to Visit his place on their
next trip to Wallace. ..
Rivenbark' was born and raised
In Warsaw and was with the Duplin
Supply Company for four years.
He attended school in Warsaw. Dur
ing the war be saw 27 months ser
vice in the army 24 months of
which were spent overseas In the
Pacific area. He is living In War
saw at present but expects to move
to Wallace as soon as living quart
ers are available, -
- In Theatre
A. Y. York, have gone all out toloons and candy will be provided
bring the very latest in equipment
to theatre goers or xnipun. Farc
ing space and loud speakers have
been provided for 208 cars with
room to add more as the demand
Increases. A new 39-41 ft. screen
baa been put up. Simplex project
ion equipment has been Installed.
Four modern aanttary rest rooms
have been provided.
For the opening night the opera
tm i n't? - d orchids for the
' i ' t 250 to ent r
a a ore' a J. L 1-
bspital Site Selected.
(county Purchases Entire IMIome
SixeQvM.B. Williams; 31 Acres
In Town;Plan School Expansion
Dr. Gooding Case
Not To Grand Jury
Solicitor Walter Britt announced
this week that the case against Dr.
G. V. Gooding, former Health Of
ficer, would not be presented to
the Grand Jury this week as ex
pected. Mr. Britt said he had
hoped to nave it prepared and
ready but heavy court cases in the
winter and since Christmas have
not permitted time for sufficient
preparation. He hopes to be able
to present it to the April Grand
Marley Merritt
Not Guilty Of
Killing Father
Marley Merritt, 15 year old Mag
nolia white boy was exonerated in
the killing of his father Creto Mer
ritt in Superior Court here this
week. A jury was called but never
empanneled for the case. Judge
Q. K. Nimmocks heard the evidence
in the matter and ordered the plea
of nolo contendre which had been
entered by the boy's attorney, be
struck out and a directed verdict
of not guilty be entered. Judge
Nimmocks said he had never had
a case before nim just nice tnis
one. Quoting the law that a man
had the right to protect his home
and himself he said the boy was
protecting the home and his moth
er, as well as himself, from a
drunken father. . Evidence showed
(tithe mother and the boy had been
fctjhreatened by the father at other
g Rimes. When the boy entered he
house on Saturday night, Jan. 12th,
be found his father unmercifully
beating up his mother and he see
ured a gun and shot him.
Mrs. J. B. Torrans, President of
the County Council of Home Dem
onstration Clubs of Duplin Coun
ty, presided over their meeting
Friday afternoon, January 25 in
Kenansville. Mtrs. Billie Blan
chard acted as secretary. Mrs.
Mary McAllister, District Agent,
discussed the new ventures of the
clubs for this year. All persons
with recipes of the Colonial Days
are 'requested to give a copy of
those recipes with a human in
terest article to the Foods leader of
the local clubs at an early date.
The Times would like copies to
publish. Those selected will go
in a Federation Cookbook. we
are urged to sell and buy stamps
valued at 25c to support the Unesco
Gift Pan to send a Home Freez
er Unit to the .Philippine islands.
Each club woman is urged to enter
the Rural Home Essay Contest
and the Homemaker's Creed Con
test. The essay is to contain less
than, two thousand words and the
local winner's essay should be in
the . hands of the County Commit
tee before June 1.
w -
The women have a treat in store
February 14 when Paul Green au
thor, and lecturer, will speak on
his recent trip around the world
at the Second Annual Conference
on International Problems to be
held in ChapetHlll.
Mrs. Torrans reminded all wom
en to keep the accomplishments
record in the back of their club
books for the period of Oct. 1, 1951
to Oct. 1, 1952. She appointed
Pauline Outlaw as CounbiciuP tytly
Pauline Outlaw as County Pub
licity Chflitiman. Local clubs are
asked to serve on the committee of
their choice for the District Meet
ing to be held in Kenansville this
- Everyone is Invited to visit the
Civilian Defense Exhibit in Pep
pers', Warehouse in Winston Salem
February 1, 2, 3, Admission is
free.-.' - .. '
Opens In
free to all children.
Mrs, Archie Lanier will be In the
bootb selling tickets with York
and Lanier taking them up at the
gate. Mr. Humphrey of Rlchlands,
an' experienced operator, has been
secured, to run the projection ma-
' For more details about the thea
tre and opening nights' program see
Twill' - Theatre ad on an Inside
pa?. atch for the weekly sche
dule i week on the theatre page
ia t . . .Ia Times - .
of the Church of Jesus Christ of i the Central Atlantic States Mission.
Latter Day Saints who are leaving)
Church Group Bid Farewell To Mission
President And Wife At Colfax Meeting
Snow Was Pretty
But Tough On Kids
It was tough on the kids as well
as some older folks with kid's ideas
Tuesday when old man winter
brought a nice snow fall to Duplin.
In Kenansville snow began falling
about mid-morning and continued
pretty generally until well on
in the afternoon. At times large
flakes would come whirling down
and at others small snow drifting
in the wind. But warmer weather
the night before brought rain apd
it didn't turn cold enough to freeze
the ground before the snow fell.
So all we had was a pretty snow
fall not enough sticking to turn the
roof tops white.
Tuesday and Wednesday nights
brought hard freezing weather.
I The thermometer in Kenansville
each night registered about 18 de
Carnival Man
Goes Free
Irvin John Talmage, carnival
worker, who has been in jail in
Kenansville since the week follow
ing Armisitce celebration in War
saw, wast freed this week when the
Grand Jury failed to return a true
bill of indictment against him. Tal-
madge, reportedly from New Jer
sey, thanked the Sheriff for all he
had done for him and said every
one in Duplin had been very nice.
When released he asked permissoin
to spend the night in jail as he
had no immediate plans. He visited
the Times offices and expressed his
appreciation to the public in Du
and Deputy ,
plin and especially the sheriff and
Deputy Sheriff and jailer Oliver
Home. He said be had gained 20
lbs. while in Jail on the good food
served him.
He was locked up on charges of
abducting Evelyn Blackburn, young
Warsaw high school girl. When the
case came (before court the girl nor
her father wished to prosecute so
it died for lack of evidence.
Hospital Trustees
Meet llexfVeek
The Board of Trustees of the
Duplin County Hospital will meet
In the Court House here on Friday
night of next week and formally
organise. A chairman will be elect
ed and various committees will be
appointed. Regular meeting dates
will be decided. By-laws of the hos
pital require that the board meet
at least once every three month.
Probably a major subject of discus
sion at next week's meeting will
be a program of membership
drives for a Blue Cross Hospital
ization insurance. ... .
Sunday January 27, a mission
conference was held at the Col
fax Chapel of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Colfax
is located 11 miles out of Greens
boro, N. C. on the Winston-Salem
highway. President J. Robert
Price and his wife, who have pre
sided over the Central Atlantic
Mission for the past four
years, have been released and a
new mission president and his wife
have come to preside over this mis
sion. The chapel at Colfax has beir.
built since President Price came
to this mission. It is a beautiful
building and beautiful flowers
were arranged for the occasion.
There were over 1000 in attend
ance at the first session which be
gan at 10:00 a.m. and over 1100 at
the second session which began at
1:30 p.m. Of this number 175
were missionaries.
The Central Atlantic States Mis
sion includes North Carolina, Vir
ginia ,and part of W. Va. The mis
sion is divided into districts and a
district president, presides over
each district. Talks were made
by these district presidents and
also by others.
During the second session Pres.
Price read a letter he had written
to the Fir s t Presidency of the
Church in Salt Lake City Utah
asking them to consider the build
ing of a Temple in this mission
The Church now has 8 Temples
and those who have seen these
Temples or pictures of them will
agree that they are very beautiful.
. Pres. Pricj was known as the
little dynamo. He has really had
a building program underway and
under his leadreship there have
been 26 new chapels .built or are
under process of being built.
Just before the second session
of conference was closed Pres. Dav
id Hyatt .first counselor to Pres.
Price .presented President and Sis
ter Price a book from the mission.
It includes names and home ed
dresess of all missionaries who
have served under their leadership
and many pictures of new chapels
and a brief history of the branches
and districts in the mission. They
will always be remembered and
i!t About Mr. Williams
Mr. H. D. Williams of Kenans- endeavored to get something start-
vllle all of his life has been a pub-led.
lic spurted citizen. He was one
of the promoters of our public
road system when it was in its in -
fancy. : - .. .
When the question of a site for
The Duplin Story arose Mr. Wil
liams gladly donated the site, free
of charge, and was a loyal sup
porter of the Pageant. v .
In working out a trade with the
County Commissioners on the hos
pital site he said he was giving bis
office building, situated just above
tne Spring, to the county for use
by the County Library. It wijl
probably be moved. : i. ' . .
Several years ago be says be
received the idea of a Countv Hos
pital and convalescent homo and
No. 5
After about two hours of discus
sion and visiting three approved
sites in the town of Kenansville for
the new Duplin County Hospital
Monday afternoon the Board of
County Commissioners decided to
purchase the home place o H. D.
Sites offered for the Duplin
County Hospital were: E. A. New
ton site on Beulaville Highway 8
acres, price $4 000; Ben Stroud site
on Beulaville Highway 6 acres,
price $6,000: D. S. Williamson site
on Chinquapin Highway 8 acres,
price $6,400; D. J. Murray site on
Warsaw Highway 8 or 10 acres,
price $1 000 per acre; C. E. Quinn
James Sprunt School site 7 fr-10
acres, price $6,000 and tear down
one old building and remove an
other; Bowden, Heirs, J. J. Bow
den home site 64 acres price $15,
000; and H. D. Williams home site
about 31 acres, price $22,500 and
remove house.
On January 4, 1952, Staff Mem
bers of the State Medical Care
Commission inspected each of the
sites that had been offered. On
January 14, the State Medical Care
Commission recommended approv
al of either of three sites, viz: the
James Sprunt School site, the Bow
den property site and the H. D.
Williams site.
The Town of Kenansville had
agreed to put water to either of
the three sites tentatively ap
proached by the State Medical Care
Commission, and to enlarge the
Town wat retank and put down
I another well.
'ine estimated cost or a sewer
age treatment plant Is $10,000. The
cost of 8-inch sewer outfall is esti
mated at $2 per foot.
Monday afternoon the Board of
County Commissioners met with
the Hospital Building Committee
and the Hospital Trustees. Thir
teen members of the Board of
Trustees were present and one
member who was absent sent In his
vote. The three sites tentatively
approved by the State Medical Com
mission were discussed. The Trus
tees and Building Committee in
spected the sites and afterwards
were each asked to recommend
their first, second, and third choice
of the three approved sites. The
'.ally of these recommendations
showed: James Sprunt School site,
first choice 7, Second choice 5,
third choice 1; H. D. Williams pro
perty first choice 7, second choice
7, third choice none.
After discussion the Board of
County Commissioners decided to
purchase the H. D. Williams pro
perty for the hospital site in ac
cordance with Mr. Williams' offer.
The original Resolution appoint
ing the Duplin County Hospital
Building Committee provided that
"The Board of County Commission
ers, with the advice of the Hospital
Building Committee and the Execu
tive Director and staff of the State
Medical Care Commission, will sel
ect the site for the County Hospital
including relating facilities."
TWr WilUnmc' cito that uroe col
J ected by the Board consists of about
31 acres of land, and is his entire
home in the Town of Kenansville.
He reserved all of the trees and
timber on that part of said tract
of land lying in the Grove Swamp;
with the right to cut and remove
the same from the land at any
time prior to the 1st day of Janu
ary, 1960, with the usual rights-of-way
and other easements for the
purpose of cutting, manufacturing
and removing said timber.
The offer further provides that
Mr. and Mrs. Williams reserve to
themselves and to the survivor of
them a life estate in the house in
which they now reside, together
with a lot not larger than one hun
derd and fifty feet square sur
rounding it, all of which house and
lot shall revert to the County upon
their death as aforesaid. It is
expressly understood that said
house may remain at its present
site, but if it shall be found to in
terfere with the most desirable use
of the remainder of said land for
the purposes for which it is beini
purchased, It may at the election
of the County be removed to any
other suitable place on said land
with like use and revsilon as above
set out, the cost and expense of
such removal shall be borne by the
Then when this hospital build-
ing program developed he and Mrs.
Williams took an interest. They
1 first offered to give a tract of land
150 feet by 1000 feet for the hoe-
i pital site, and coupled this with
a statement that they would sell
any part or all of their home sit
if needed. Mr. Williams said that
he would like to be able to give all
of the site but that be was not a
wealthy man. - - ",- v
Mr. and Mrs. Williams are mak
ing a real sacrifice to give up their
borne,' but feel that they are be
ing compensated by the thought of
.doing something for their county
and of relieving the suffering of
our people.

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