The Hoke County New
The Hoke County Journal
VALUME XXXVIII. No. 41.
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY. MARCH 18. 1943
$2.00 PER YEAB
Dr. Alex Bethune
j The death of Dr. Alec Bethune at
.s home in Raoford last Friday
brought sadness to his many friends
in Raeford, Hoke County, and
throughout this entire Sandhills
Section where he was one of its best
Dr. Bethune had a stroke of par
alysis on December 4, 1942 and was
carried to Highsmith Hospital where
he remained until his condition
showed decided improvement when
he returned to his home. He had
grown very feeble however and on
Monday night, March 9th, he had
another stroke from which he never
rallied. He passed away about noon
Friday of the same week. Simple
funeral services were conducted
from the home Saturday afternoon at
2 o'clock by Rev. H. K. Holland and
interment was in Aberdeen at Be
thesda Church grave yard, the
church of his ancestors since the set
tlement of the Sandhills. Pall bear
ers were all cousins. They were
Henry, Frank and Eston Blue, Mai
colm and Frank Pleasants and Ed
Bethune. A short service was held at
the grave side.
Alexander Calvin Bethune was
born in 1872 in what was then Cum
berland but is now Northwest Hoke,
near the Moore county line. The
home of his birth, named Montrose
from which the village got its name,
is now standing and belongs to the
Sanatorium being occupied by em
ployees. He was the son of M. D.
and Margaret Blue Bethune. He was
directly descended from John Be
thune who came to the Sandhills
from the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Another great grand father was Co
lin Bethune on whose tombstone at
Old Bethesda is the famous epitaph
"Born in Scotland by Accident,
Citizen of America by Choice." He
was a grandson of Lauchlin Bethune,
one of Cumberland's esteemed Con
gressmen. As a boy he attended the old Cab
. J School. He went to Davidson one
year, graduated from the University
of Va., in 1893, had two years of
medicine at the University of Penn
sylvania and received his M. D. at
the old medical college in Char
lotte. He practiced medicine for 40
years, but throughout his life he was
an ardent student, an authority on
history and the folk lore of this sec
tion. He gave the government its his
torical information about Fort Bragg
and was interviewed many times
by novelists and historians.
He was twice married. First to
Miss Lena Adams of Wake county.
She died in 1914 leaving four chil
dren, Marion (Mrs. Anderson) Bos
well, Buist, and George. In 1925 he
married Miss Mary Annette Thomp
son of Surry County, who was the
faithful companion of his later years
and who survives. Also surviving are
the four children, Mrs. L. B. Ander- j
son of Greensboro, Boswell of the I
Po'lqrpv Drue Co.. Wi' :n-(r"l
Sum' Sgt. Buist EUaiuie of Kelly
Field. San Antonio, Texas and War
S. Navy, Camp Perry, Williamsburg.
Sam And Spec
Lts. Sam and Spec Morris were
guests of the Raeford Kiwanis Club
at their meeting held in Raeford
Hotel last week
Spec made a most interesting talk
on the training at Officer Candidifte
School. Both Officers have recently
received their commissoin at Fort
Monroe where they were Candidates.
Sam told the Kiwaniani many in
teresting things about Curacao, the
island in the Dutch West Indies on
which they were stationed. He said
Spec ate a very choice piece of nat
ive treat, thinking it was chicken,
but turned out to be lizard. A stra
nge thing about Sam't talk was that
he wasn't a bit nervous, when he
as planning, and did take upon
y limsrlf a wife within forty eight
All -ul.-riptions for men in serv
ice brinring this week will be $1.50.
Govm.imnt regulations for hand
ling n.kr- this a necessity.
1 That Hoke County and Raeford
have a very nearly 100 percent set
up for blackouts was proved Thurs
day night. This set up has been per
fected under the direction of the lo
cal defense council of .which H. L.
Gatlin, Jr., is chairman.
The yellow signal came in at 8:37.
Everything then was on the alert
and the control center which is man
ned 24 hours a day was immediately
activated. Tom Cameron, chief mes
senger notified all doctors wko were
to man the first aid center, which is
i t the High School gymnasium, all
police officers and other key per
sons. Boy scouts immediately pro
ceeded to the outskirts of the town
and various highways to assist in
At 8:50 the Blue signal came in
and the Red came in at 9. At. 9:05
a fire was reported in Lawrence Mc
Neill's lot. Harry Green, Fire Chief,
sent a truck out with full crew un
der Clyde Upchurch, Assistant Fire
Chief. In nine minutes they reported
that the fire had been extinguished.
At 9:07 a casualty was reported at
Israel Mann's corner to Dr. Murray.
In 5 minutes the ambulance picked
up the casualty and took it to the
gymnasium where Dr. O'Briant and
a full corps of nurses was in charge.
At 9:12 Hotel Raeford reported
that, what was thought to be a spy,
was caught in an act of sabotage.
Dave Hodgin, chief of auxiliary po
lice sent officers at once and within
five minutes the spy was arrested
and brought to jail.
At 9:13 night watchman at Oil
Mill reported a power pole down at
the Hoke Cotton Warehouse. In 9
minutes a crew under Edwin Smith,
repaired the damage and reported.
The next blue was at 9:10 and all
clear at 9:22.
Air raid wardens reported lights
in two private homes and one place
of business. These were extinguish
Immediately after key men in
Raeford were notified. Dundarrach
and State Sanatorium were notified.
They were immediately on the alert
and went through the same proce
dure as in Raeford. All orders were
given in writing and there was no
confusion. The officers are Chief
Auxiliary Police, Dave Hadgin, Chief
Messenger Tom Cameron, Chief Fire
Warden, Cecil Dew, Chief Medical
Officer, Dr. Murray, Fire Crief,
Harry Green and Utility Chairman,
FOR CONTROL CENTER
For News Journal to be published
week of March 15th. Those in charge
of Control Room for following week:
March 19, Friday Mrs. E. E.
Smith; March 20, Saturday Mrs. A.
S. Knowles; March 21, Sunday Mrs.
Agnes U. Johnson; March 22, Mon
day, Mrs. A. L. O'Briant; March 23,
Tuesday Mrs. J. A. Bauconi; March
24, Wednesday Mrs. W. P. Baker;
March 25, Thursday Mrs. H. K.
NEWS JOURNAL' LATE
If you are reading of, hearing of
and having trouble; if you know
what absenteeism is; and 'what it
means to be without a mechanic
when the most complicated machine
in the world cuts up, then you have
a FAINT idea of what the News
Journal has so'ne through this week.
We just CAN'T HELP IT That is
BEING LATE. Our GOOD neighbor,
The Pilot, helped us out. That ac
counts for difference in type.
Again Favors Hoke
Congressman W. O. Burgin, who is
the representative from the Eighth
Congressional District has again
shown Hoke a favor. This time he
has appointed as his principal to the
United States Naval Academy at
Annapolic, James Gillespie Dickson,
Jr., son of Capt. James Dickson, U.
Young Dickson is now at Severn
Preparatory School for the Academy
at Annapolis. The News-Journal
was informed of this appointment by
Mr. Burgin Tuesday.
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Hoke County Red
Cross Drive Lagging
On the 15th day of Hoke County's
Red Cross War Relief Drive Reports
showed about $1322.00 collected on
the $5200.00 goal That is about 28
per cent of the goal the first 15 days,
leaving the other 72 per cent to be
raised the remainder of the 15 days
Reports indicate that less thani 40
per cent have contributed to date.
The Campaign Committee is urging
every canvasser to see every person
in his community. The town of Rae
ford and the Edinburough Mills have
a goal of $2100.00, the Colored Poeple
a goal of $500.00, and the Rural
Communities of the County a goal
The goal for the Rural Section
of the County has been broken down
for the various communities as fol
lows. Sanatorium $300.00, Wayside
300.00, Antioch 275.00, Stonewall
250.00, Rockfish 225.00, Ashley Hei
ghts 200.00, Blue Springs 200.00, Rae
deen 20.00, Montrose 200.00, Allen
dale 200.00, Pine Forest 200.00, Ara
bia 175.00 .
A report elsewhere in the paper
shows the progress made on these
goals. Chairman of each community
committee is to unify the canvassing
in the comunity, making reports to
H. L. Gatlin, Jr.. each week of a
mounts collected. Use the school,
church, and every agency possible
to put the drive over the top. To
reach the Rural Goal, the Rural
workers will have to average alpu
$40.00 each throughout the County.
Mrs. Mary Pegram, District Direct
or of Red Cross for Eastern Caro
lina, spent two days this week work
ing planning with the Local Com
mittee for an "Over-the-Top" cam
paign in Hoke County.
Reports from our boys in Africa
say tha the most home like encour
aging, morale-building thing they
have found in Africa is the work of
The Red Cross. Remember that the
Axix are on the hill tops in North
ern Africa bearing down on our boys
in the mud below. Let every Citizen
of Hoke County who has as much
as $5 or a checking balance of $5 in
the bank, pass that to he Red Cross
War Fund now.
Visiting at Old Home
Cari Freeman, efficient town
Cleck, and member of Hoke County's
Draft Board has been much indis
posed recently. He resigned from the
Draft Board, but as yet no one has
been found to take his pl.ice. He is
now on a visit to his old home In
Randolph County and Mrs. Freeman
is in the Town office.
CALL TO THE COLORS And the WVj
Army Auxiliary Corps marches to the field to replace
able bodied enlisted men in rear-line jobs. li 1 10
WAAC rc opportimif.es for American women 111
to 14 years old, inclusive. Those who enroll receive:
pay equal to a soldier's for equal rank and prf.do.
Every woman who enrolls has an equal opportunity
to advance to specialist rutin?, non-rommissioned
officer grades or Olhcer Candidate School. Addi
tional information and application blanks for en-,
roll men t may be obtained at any United States
Army Recruiting Station. WAAC officers are on
duty at many of them.
Week-End at the
Sixty-five service men were en
tertained at the Center during the
week-end, as well as thirty-one civil
ians which made it quite the gayest
since the Second Armored Division
Thirty-seven soldiers were served
refreshments, three cakes and several
quarts of milk AND a pound of cof
fee having been received.
Lovely flowers from two Raeford
friends graced the lounge and a most
welcome package of kindling arrived
in time for the cooler evening on
The hostesses, for the boys as well
as for themselves wish to say,
"Thanks, friends, for everything."
Prices Set For Milk
In Hoke County
To prevent the diversion of milkj
supplies from normal channels and to
avert the threat of-shortages in in-'
dividual communities, the OPA has
issued an order setting specific prices
for fluid milk sold in Hoke county,
T. S. Johnson, state OPA Director
at Raleigh, announced today.
The order issued by the national
OPA office divides the state into
three zones and sets a price schedule
for each zone. Only fluid milk prices
are affected by the new o.der. But
termilk, chocolate milk and other
flavored milks remain at present
In general, the effect of the new
pricing schedule will be to level off
relatively high prices and to increase
relatively low prices, Johnson said.
Changes in prices to the consumer
are not expected to be great
Hoke county falls into zone 2,
where the following maximum prices
are established, delivered to homes,
17c per quart; retail from stores,
17c per quart: wholesale to stores,
restaurants, etc., 15c per quart, 8c
per pint, and 4V4 per Vi pint.
NUTRITION CLINIC AT
A two day Nutrition clinic will be
held at Hoke High next week on
Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 3 and
24. Tuesday will be especiall for
professional workers in nutrition.
Wednesday will be for workers from
town and country. Invitations for
the Wednesday meeting are being is
sued by H. L. Gatlin, Chm. of Civil
ian Defense Council and Miss Ter
rine Holloman, Chm. of the Nutrition
CAPT. SNEAD SICK
Capt Younger Snead, who is at
home on leave from Trinidad has
been quite sick for the past several
Boy Scout District
Courtland Baker, the new Scout
Executive for the Cape Fear Coun
cil announced his new program for
the Western District in a meeting of
the officials at Laurinburg on Friday
March 12th. This was Mr. Baker's
first appearance in the Western Dis.
trict since coming to the Council' to
succeed David Liles, and he made
a fine impression on the scouters.
There are now 7 troops in the West
ern district with an enrollment of 168
scouts. The goal for next year is one
new troop and an enrollment of 190
scouts. There is now one club pack,
and the goal for the new year is
two packs with an enrollment of 24
The District Committee Is the door
through which scouting is opened to
the boys. The duty of the Council
organization is to inspire the local
committee to support the troop, and
lay upon them the responsibility
of carrying on the work. Too many
troops fail because the troop com
mittee and the sponsering organiza
tion do not realize that they are re
sponsible for the promotion of the
troop, and not some outside set up
Mr. Baker is a progressive type of
leader. His business is to work
through the commissioners for the
promotion of scouting in the com
The Western District was favor
able impressed by Mr. Baker, and
voted to him the wholeheart support
and confidence of the Western DiS'
The District will plan to hold
monthly meetings. The First Thurs
day after the First Monday in each
month will be the date of the meet
ings, and they will rotate through
out the district with the April meet
ing to ba held in Red Springs on a
date to be announced. After that the
meeting will be held on schedule,
Officers for the new year were
elected, for Commissioner, one of
the most important offices in the
District, W. C. Covington of Wagram
was recommended to the Council.
The Commissioner is elected: by the
Council. For local officers the fol
lowing were elected, Chairman, V.
C. Mason, Vice Chairman, E. H.
Evans, Publicity Clerk, F. L. Good
man. The Committee chairman were
elected with the permission to choose
their committee from the Committee
at large. Organization, Dawson Jalk
son, Health and Safety, Dr. H. H.
Sutherland Camping; W. N. Weaver,
Leadership and Training, W. H. Has
ty, and V. R. White, Court of Honor.
The Committeemen at large are, Ed
win Morgan, Rev. S. H. Fulton, W.
D. Reynolds, Dr. Peter John, Henry
McLeod, H. C. MdLaudhlin F. E. Cox,
M D Livingston, J N. Gibson, Ryan
McBryde, Rev H. G. Bedinger, R. S.
Cochrane, and H D. Baxsley.
lied Cross Funds
Collected in Hoke
Funds collected in the County up
to Monday, March 15th, was
$1,374.85. The amount turned in by
each member of a committee by
Raeford High Schol, Mrs. A. D.
Hoke Oil Mill, T. B. Lester $42.00
'HOI31VH' Rus'ness District, I.
areiS nx $356.50
nuiuiL-ust Raeford, Mrs. I.
Mrs. Arah Stuart $81.50
Mrs. W. P. Baker $8.75
Mrs. H. M. McKeithen $9.00
Mrs. Charlie Baker $24.10
Mrs. C. M. Baker $9.00
Mrs. J. D. Howell $14.00
Mrs. J. H. Blue .. $32.50
Mrs. R. B. Lewis $54.00
Mrs. Don Davis $9.00
Mrs. Lewis Upchurch $231.50
Mrs. T. B. Upchurch, Jr.... $50.00
Raeford Grammar School,
Miss Leone Currie $27.50
Mrs. Belle Currie $7.00
Miss Willie Mae Liles $14.25
W. S. Gibson $18.00
J. C. Gibson $14.00
D. W. Gillis $10.00
G. C. Lyttle $16.00
Blue Springs Township,
Mrs. Dewey Smith $6.00
Miss Martha Walters $6.25
A. K. Stevens $23.00
W. M. Monroe $15.00
Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Sinclair $56.75
Miss Elizabeth O'Brian $24.00
Lynn B. Dees $5.26
Mr. and Mrs. Z. G. Ray $7.00
Mrs. R. P. Ritter $3.00
J. H. Plummer $33.60
Mrs. Marshall Newton $17.25
Mr. Marshall Newton $6.00
John Parker $15.00
Miss Mary Alice Pernell and Lt.
Sam Morris were married in Ben
nettsville, S. C, last Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris and Lt.
Spec Morris accompanied them to
tsennettsville. Mrs. Morris is a very
popular member of the Raeford
School faculty. This is her second
year here. She is a graduate of E.C.
T.C., Greenville, N. C, and is a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Per
nell of Franklin county, near Louis
burg. Sam has been in the active Army
Service since 1940. Several month
ago he returned from the Carrib
ean area and entered Officers' Can
didate School at Fort Monroe, where
he received his commission. The cou
ple have been in Raeford since their
marriage. Lt Morris left Thursday
for Fort Crockett Texas, and Mrs
Morris will continue to teach for this
MRS. R. B. LEWIS
Mrs.R. B. Lewis is a patient in
Moore County Hospital. She under
went an operation there Tuesday.
BAPTIST YOUNG PEOPLE TO
MEET WITH MISS BENNER
The Y. W. A. of the Baptist church
will meet nextt Monday evening
with Miss Ina Mae Benner.
METHODIST CIRCLES TO
The Circles of the Society of
Christian Service of the Methodist
church will meet Monday March 22
at 3:30 at the church.