The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUMNE XXXIIII. 38.
RAEFORD, N. O, THURSDAY, FEB. 25th, 1943
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In County Dies
NEILL A. MacDONALD, OF
Neill A. MacDonald, prominent
business man and beloved citizen of
Hoke County, died at his home at
.Timberland, Ave miles north of Rae
ford at 10 o'clock Sunday morning,
following a stroke of paralyses on
He was a native of Moore County,
the ion of Will Angus and Mrs. Mac
Donald of the Bensalem Church vi
cinity on McLendon's Creek. He
was born on Feb. 9, 1863. He was in
the lumber business as well as farm
ing in his native county for years,
before becoming a merchant. He
was married to Miss Minnie Clark in
Moore County, on April 20, 1898.
Seven children were born of this
union all of whom survive.
Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald moved
to what is now Hoke County in 1983.
He lived at Timberland for nearly a
half century where he was a success
ful farmer and merchant ,and for
many years the Postmaster. He al
ways took a great interest in civic
and educational affairs and was ac
tive in getting Hoke County created.
He was the first chairman of the
Hoke Board of Education and served
on that board for ten years. He
was a .pillar in the Presbyteran
church and an elder in both Bethel
and Shiloh churches. In recent years
he was more active at Shiloh, being
the superintendent of that Sunday
School many years.
He was retired as Postmaster in
1940. He was in fairly good health
and about his work when he had a
cerebral hemorrhage at 7:00 A. M.
last Wednesday. He never regained
consciousness and little hope was
held for his Tecovery.
When the news spread that death
'ad come on Sunday morning neigh
2y rs and friends from far and near
' ime to pay their last tribute to one
who had long years been a friend.
The body was taken to Shiloh Church
on Monday where it lay until 3 o'
clock, at which time the funeral was
held. Services were conductel by
Rev. H. K. Holland, of Raeford, as
sisted by a former patsor, Rev. A.
D. Carswell of Sanford and Rev. Mr.
Ramsey, of Jackson Springs. Inter
ment was in the Raeford cemetery.
Pallbearers were D. H. Hodgin, H.
L. Gatlin, Jr., Crawford Thomas,
John Maultsby, J. L. McNeill, Luther
Tapp, Leon Cameron.
The deceased is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Minnie Clark MacDon
ald; four sons, Paul of Laurinburg,
Wilmer and Neill A. of Raeford, and
First. Lt. Robert of Langley Field,
Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Clyde
Covington, of Wagram, Mrs. David
MacJester of Thomasville, and Miss
Beth MacDonald of Greensboro; 1
brother, M. C. MacDonald, West End,
2 sisters. Mrs. Euphenia Monroe,
Hamlet and Mrs. Kate Ann Bruton,
A tribute to Neill A. MacDonald
by his life-time friend D. Scott
Poole is in this issue of The News
CiiILD BUKX3 TO DEATH IN
On last Thursday, 18th inst, Jack
Davis, of Stonewall Township, near
Davis's Bridge, lost his three months
old child in a fire which destroyed
his home and all its contents which
included all his household goods, his
meat and wheat which had been
stored in one room of his home.
Mis. Davis was at home at the
time. She had just dressed the baby
and put it away in its crib to sleep
while she went out and did the fam
ily wash. She returned to the home
and opened the door and fire flashed
up in her face and realizing what
was happening reached in and grab
bed the crip to save her baby, when
the crib fell apart, she failed to get
the child from the burnng room. In
a split second the whole house was
a burning inferno. Another child
was out in the yard with her mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis have four chil
dren, two of whom were in school
t the time. Mr. Davis was about a
ile from home but did not reach
jme until after the house was
$250.00 fire insurance was carried
on the home but nothing on the
household and, kitchen furniture. At
present Mr. and Mrs. Davis and their
children are living with thefr neigh
bors until some alrangement can be
made about rebuilding their home.
For This Week
New Air Raid Signals Will Be
Tested Some Time Between
February 22 and 26.
Raleigh, Feb. 19. Practice black
outs using the new air raid sgnals
will be held in North Carolina be
tween February 22 and February 26,
R. L. McMillan, state director of civ
ilian defense, announced today.
Announcement of the tests was
made on recommendation of the
army, McMillan said, to give the
public an opportunity to practice
under the new signals, which be
came effective February 17, before
undergoing a total surprise black
out. McMillan said the practice drills
would cover all air raid warning
districts in the state served from
the Wilmington and Norfolk infor
mation centers. This includes all
of North Carolina except the far
western counties of the Ashville
Exact time of the practice drills
will not be revealed until the sig
nal is flashed by district air raid
warning officers for transmission
to local control centers.
Under the new signals, the blue
or alert warning, which permits
traffic movement with dimmed
lights, wul be sound both before
and after the red, or air raid sig
nal. This is one of the principal
changes and greatly simplifies the
warning procedure, McMillan said.
The public audibly signal for the
blue alert is a a steady sound for
the locally accepted warning device,
The red signal is an intermittent or
quavering sound. There is no pub
lic audible white (a clear signal
under the new system. The red
(complete blackout) or blue (mod
ified blackout) will remain in effect
ifled blackout) will remain in effect
until daylight or until the public is
notified by radio, telephone or an
tagreed-upon visual signal for the
all-clear, which, under the old sys
tem, was given by public audible
signal similar to the present alert.
Kiwanis Club In
The Kiwanis chib met as usual at
Hotel Raeford. The hour of meeting
was changed from 7:00 to 7.30 p. m.
beginnning the frst Thursday in
Dave Hodgin had the program. He
callel on H. L. Gatlin, Jr., for a re
port on the ration meeting he at
tended in Raleigh on the prvious
Tuesday. After this report Tommie
Upchurch was recognized. Tommie
presented district Agent Brickhouse,
who made a forceful talk on the
"Three Fronts," Fighting, Agricul
tural and Industrial. Mr. Brick
house stressed the fact that we could
not be successful on the fighting
front without first winning on the
agricultural and industrial fronts.
by K. A. McDonald
A county wide teachers meeting
was held last Saturday morning for
the purpose of instructing all teach
ers as to the methods of registration
for, and the insurance of, War Ra
ton Book Two. This meeting was
not only attended by the teachers,
but other volunteer registrars, repre
sentatives of the Ration Board and
the chairman of civilian defense.
After this meeting president Ray
called a meeting of the local unit
of the N. C. E. A. for the purpose
of electing officers for the year 1943
44 and the appointment of delegates
to the state meeting in Raleigh Mar.
31, April 2. In additon to this the
election for state officers were held.
Dr. Malph McDonald received 39
votes for vice-president of the State
N. C. E. A., and Supt. Horace Siske
received 38 votes for president V.
R. White was elected president of
the local unit with R. A. Smoak,
vice-president and Mrs. Z. G. Ray
Antioch has ordered their supple
mentary readers for this year. We
are glad this is done as the pupils
will enjoy reading lots of nice new
The Hoke Educo Club held its
regular meeting in the cafeteria of
the Hoke High School Monday even
ing at 7:00 o'clock. The various
principals brought as their guests
arious school board members. Af
ter a most outstanding dinner serv-
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I Members of (he Order of Fellcian Sisters of St. Francis, Reading,
, Pa., have designed a special white uniform which they wear over
, their regular habits while serving as Red Cross Volunteer Nurse's
1 Aides, Here Sister Loretta feeds a patient in the children's ward
af St. Joseph's Hospital, where the nuns are always "oo tall."
SERVICES OF THE RED CROSS
REACHES TO ENDS OF THE EARTH
With workers to begin Monday
the task raising $5,200 in Hoke
County for the American Red Cross,
General Chairman, Mrs. H A Cam
eron, yesterday listed the services
of the organization. They are as
The Red cross acts as the medium
of communication between the peo
ple at home and the men of the na
tion's foreign forces in all parts of
The Red Cross is one of the few
agencies -which -can make contact
with, and render aid to, American
soldiers who are held as prisoners
The Red Cross is the only welfare
agency permitted to operate within
camps or with forces in the field,
and conducts programs of entertain
ment and recreaton, at the request
of the Army and Navy.
Every man in service has access
INFANT DIES AT
Helen Hobson, 13-months old dau
ghter of Beulah' Webb and "Harvey
L. Hobson, died night
at the home of her parents at Lum
The infant is survived by her par
ents; two sisters, Inez and Mary
Hobson; and four brothers, Tommy,
Robert, Haywood and Henry Hob
Funeral services were conducted
morning at 10 o'clock at
the residence of Rev. John Gibbs.
Burial was In the Parkton cemetery
ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC TO BE
HELD IN LUMBERTON
An Orthopedic Clinic will be held
in the basement of the Agricultural
Building in Lumberton on Friday,
March 5, beginning at 9 o'clock, and
is free to all indigent children under
twenty-one years of age.
Dr. Lenox D. Baker, of Duke Hos
pital will be the surgeon in charge.
ed by the ladies who run the cafe
teria the meeting adjourned to a
class room where a discussion of
school problems was held. W. J.
Coates, former principal of the Rae
ford Graeed school was a guest in
addition to those mentioned above.
Mrs. Neil A. McDonald, Jr., was
out of school several days this week
on account of illness and death of
Mr. Neill A. McDonald, Sr. We
sympathize with the family in their
Instructions have boon received
stating that all schools now receiv
ing surplus lommodities must regis
ter with the raton ooard as institu
All schools will cooperate with the
Hoke County War Price and Ration
Board in registering and distributing
War Ration Book Two.
On Thursday and Friday of this
week from 2:30 till 8:00 and on Sat
urday from 9:00 till 600. The schools
will register eveyone in their com
munities. Each person going to reg
ister should go to the nearest school
of their race.
to a Red Cross field director to whom
he can go with any specialc
he can go with any personal prob
lem. The Red Cross has established
service clubs throughout the world
for the benefit of American soldiers.
The Red Cross spends millions of
dollars for the relief of men, wom
en, and children made destitute and
homeless by aggression or hostilit
ies. The Red Cross surgical dressings
are now being produced at the rate
of 500,000 an hour.
Other Red Cross services include
production of garments and knitted
articles for soldiers, recruiting Red
Cross nurses, conducting first aid
courses, hospital and recreation
corps, motor corps, volunteer nurses
aides, home nursing course, and dis
aster relief to combat nature's sabo
tage. WHY THE LIGHTS WERE
OUT SUNDAY NIGHT
Circumstances that were unavoid
ableable caused the lights to be out
Sunday night. Work on the Hoff
man project and the West End Sub
Station during the day Sunday made
it necessary to switch from one sub
station to another, and some expect
ed trouble arose Sunday night when
switchinp bak was attempted.
JOHN A. LANG, JR.
JOHN A. LANG, JR., of Car
thage and State NY A Administra
tor in North Carolina! until he en
tered the V. S. Army at Fort
Bragg last summer as a back pri
vate. Mr. Lang graduatel from
the Air Corps Officers Training
School, Miami Beach, Florida and
was commissioned a Second lieu
tenant in the Army Air Corps sev
eral weeks ago. He was assigned
as Classification Officer at the
Fourth Air Force Replacement De
pot, Hammer Field. Fresno, Cal
ifornia, where he is now serving.
Lt, Lang says his work is very interesting.
Seventeen Cases In
John Lawson wj
uut int. ttiuiLi waa SV
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given six months suspjft1?. on pay
ment of $5 per week fr oort of
child and cost of court.SO cause
is retained for further Cn
tiued. John Marshall Thomas ft, C.
Fuller- were charged with driving
car under influence of liquor. Thom
as pled guilty and was given 60 days
suspended on fine of $50, cost and
driver's license taken for 12 months.
Fuller's case was continued to next
John Marshall Thomas, B. B.
Faulk, Major Marshall were charg
ed with violating road law. They
were given 30 days suspended on
Green Locklear was charged with
removing timber. He pled guilty
and was given 30 days suspended on
J. B. Fleishman, Barney Hopkins
were charged with speeding. They
were given thirty days on cost.
Charlie McDor.fld William Roy
Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Theodore
McLeod were charged with violating
pronation law. McDonald, Roy Wil
son and Charlie Wilson pled guilty
and were given thirty days suspend
ed on cost. Theodore McLeod pled
guilty and was given 6 months on
road suspended on fine of $25 and
Anthy Faulk, Willie Hasty, Charlie
Wilson, and Henry McLeod were
charged with drunk and disorderly.
All were given 30 days on road sus
pended on cost.
Ration Board Notes
The Hoke County War Price and
Ration Board held a meeting last
week for the retail merchants. This
meeting was handicapped -by the
fact that the board had not received
the proper information from Ral
eigh in time to be as much service
to the merchants as the board wish
ed. All insttutional users including
schools must register with the board
during the period March 1-10
Registration will be held for all
the residents of Hoke County who
a:e eligible to receive War Ration
Book Two at all schools in the coun
ty except the Hoke County High
school. In addition registration will
be held at the Little River Commun
ity House at Labelia. Dates and
hours will be Thursday and Friday.
February 25 and 26 from 2:30 to 8
p. m., and Saturday, February 27
from 9 a.m. to 6 p. m. All those
who do not register on these dates
will have to wait 10 days before go
ing to the office of the board to reg
ister. The Hoke War Price and Ration
Board held a meeting Wednesday
evening to make preparation for the
general registration taking place
Thursday, Frday, and Saturday.
All those who have applcations
of various kinds filed with the board
will be notified by mail as to the
action of the board as soon as they
The Library Board met in regular
session on Monday the 22nd. Mrs.
Ina Bethune was elected librarian
for the rest of the library year. She
is to be given a student assistant if
such person can be secured. The
hours for the rest of the year will
be from 10:30 to 6:00 each day with
an hour for lunch.
This arrangement will allow the
board to keep the library open thru
June 30, and receive the state aid
that has been allocated to Hoke
MRS. HOWARD THANKS
HOKE FOR CO-OPERATION
To: Hoke County Board of Educa
tion, Hoke County Board of Wel
fare, School Principal, and all
And to Hoke County folk at large
I wish to express my sincere thanks
for your hearty cooperation in the
lunch program. Mrs. Jennie P.
Smith will carry on until May 1st,
at that time all WPA assistance will
will be closed out.
SHEILA T. HOWARD, '
Laurinburg, N. C.
The Red Cross Enrollment Com
tees are getting ready for the big
gest membership drive in the his
tory of Red Cross. The following
committees have been set up jointly
by the Farm Bureau and Home Dem
stration clubs of the county:
Pine Forest Community
Mrs. R. E. Calloway, Mrs. N. A.
MacDonald, Sr.. Mrs. J. D. Tapp,
DeWitt Tapp, J. F. Jordan, -Arch
Tapp, Wll McDiarmid. .
J. W. Hasty, Mrs. J. W. Hasty,'
Mrs. Belle Currie, Mrs. h! F. Car
rie, Mrs. C. P. Nunnamaker, j. A.
Roper, Jr., L. A. McGougan, Arch
Ashley Heights Community
Mrs. Neil F. Sinclair, Mrs. Dela,
Wilson, neil F. Sinclair.
Mrs. Nellie Sinclair, Mrs. Duke
Marshall, Carl Riley, W. H. Gallo
way, J. A. Webb, Neil McFadyen.
Knox Watson, I. L. Newton, F.
C. McPhaul, D. W. Gillis, G. C. Lyt
tle, W. C. Hodgin, J. C. Gibson, J.
C. Campbell D. C. Newton, W. L.
Gibson, Mrs. Jack Hodgin, Miss Wil
lie Mae Lyles, Miss Maggie McPhaul,
Mrs. W. M. McNeill.
John Parker, E. G. Capps, Mar
shall Newton, Albert Guin, J. H.
Plummer, Louis Parker, A. K. Ste
phens, Will Monroe, Mrs. D. K. Par
ker, Mrs. James Gillis, Mrs. ' Dan
Ray, Mrs. Marshall Newton.
Blue Springs Community
R. J. Hasty, J. R. Henlrix,..Mrs.
Hector McNeill, Mrs. Wilbur Mc
Bryde, Miss Martha Walters, Mrs.
Lucy Smith, Neil Clark, Mrs. J. R.
Mrs. J. L. Beall, Miss Elizabeth
O'Brian, Nannie Blue.
M. D. Yates, Daniel Hendrix, O.
B. Maxwell, J. M. McGougan, W. I.
Culbreth, W. J. MeBryde, Mrs. W. J.
McBryde, Mrs. Jesse Gibson, Mrs. N.
H. G. Balfour.
Mrs. Cliff Conoly, Miss Irene
Downer, Mrs. Wallace McLean, Mrs.
Neil Maxwell, Marcus Culbreth, W.
The committees or Arabia and
Rockfish will be added next week.
A. S. Gaston, Upchurch school;
Garfield Coleman, Freedom school;
Mary E. McLaughlin, Edinburg
school, Fred Anders, Friendship
school; Mary B. Kilgore, Peachmont
school; Joseph F. Drake, Shady
Grov'e sdhool; Georgia MalDowell,
Timberland school; A. S. Gaston,
Buffalo school; L. V. Evans, New
Hope school; Awie Gordon, McFar
lanl school; Christine Patterson,
Calvin Martin school; Estella K.
Williams, Rockfish school; G. R.
Harrington, White Oak school; T.
V. Williams, Laurel Hill school; Ida
Belle Cole, Cedar Grove school; J.
H. Chalmers, Burlington school; Lil
lian D. Cleaves, Piney Bay school;
Emma Crawford, St. John school;
John Mumford, Millside school;
Alexander Gcddie, Bridges Grove;
Hancie Shipman, Lilly's Chapel;
Mable Shaw, Frye's Mission; Wes
ley Campbell, Bowmore.
Mildred Ponty, thirteen year old
daughter of M. T. Poovey, superin
tendent of the Raeford Cotton Mills,
was badly burned at her home early
this week. She is in a Fayetteville
hospital and at last reports her con
dition was serious.
She was standing in front of an
open fire and the house coat she was
wearing caught fire. First attemp
by the negro servant to extinguish
the flames were unsuccessful and
she was burned about the back and
HOME FROM TRINIDAD
Ralph Plummer, son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Plummer, arrived here
this week on a two week furlough
from Trinidad, B. W. I., where he
has been stationed with other men
from this area.