The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVni NO. 8
RAEFGRD, N- C, THURSDAY, JULY 29th, 1943
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Headquarters Panama Canal De
partment, July 18. Private first class
Thomas F. McBryde, of Raeford, N.
C, was awarded the Army's Good
Conduct Medal a few days ago by
Major General E. F. Harding for ex
emplary service as an enlisted man in
the Mobile Force Artillery unit to
which he is assigned.
Tom received the award during a
review of his troops at which the gen
eral, a veteran of the Buna campaign
in New Guinea, praised the efficiency
of the artillery troops under his com
mand. Because of a shortage of materials,
no Good Conduct Medals will be
struck until after the war. In the
meantime, Tom will be entitled to
wear the red ribbon with three verti
cal white stripes at either end, signi
fying that he has received the medal.
Lt. Joseph R. McAnulty of Timber
land is attending the Antiaircraft Ar
tillery School, Camp Davis, North
Told in the following letter:
July 16, 1943.
It's been a long time since you
have heard from me, but at least I
have plenty to write about now.
J. T. Yarborough and I have been
on furlough for ten days in Maracar
hn, Venzuela. We stayed at the Gulf
o. over there with all the Amer-
people. They really did treat us
s .'oyalty too. The first day we
e there they gave us a car and
driver, so we Just looked the town
over. That night we went out to din
ner at one of the swanky clubs. The
next day we went across Lake Mara
carbo and met some American girls.
Their families arranged for us an over
night picnic. We went out to the
most picturesque spot I have ever
seen and put hammocks up between
coconut trees, that's.the way we slept.
We did more dancing and swimming
than sleeping though. We had every
thing to eat including a good old N.
C. brunswick stew. The picnic broke
up about 4 o'clock the next afternoon
and then we went out to dinner with
a young couple; after dinner we went
to a show and then got a good night's
The next morning J. T., our girl
friends and I went for a swim in this
swell swimming pool. I just wish you
could have seen J. T. doing his comic
diving. He really kept everybody
In the afternoon we took a trip
through the oil fields. It was all new
to us and we found it to be very in
teresting. The next day our friends
on the other side of the lake were ex
pecting us back so we went back
across and had another swimming
party after that we had a swell picnic
over in Mrs. Lockards back yard.
She was formerly a school teacher at
Meredith College in Raleigh. She was
the nicest lady I think I ever met.
She has three sons in the army and
well understands soldiers. She re
minded me so much of you I almost
called her mother. I especially liked
her daughter too because she was
with us most of the time. Mrs. Lock
ard is going to write you soon I think.
One night this Venzuelan lady
threw a party for us. We really did
have a swell time there. You should
have seen J. T. and me doing the con
ga with those Venzuelan girls. That
really was fun
Although we had been in the tro
pics for nearly 18 months this was the
first time we have seen just what It's
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To Open Aug. 5th
Lumberton, July 27. Lumberton's
tobacco market is all set for the open,
ing of the 1943 sales season on ThurS'
day, August 5th, with seven ware'
houses and a big group of buyers rea
dy for the first chant of veteran auc
tioneers. Sales cards are now being
distributed, and it is expected that the
first of next week will find the many
highways leading to Lumberton well
filled with tobacco loads en route to
this big and popular market.
Only minor changes have been
made in the set up of the long estab
lished and widely-known Lumberton
warehouse organizations. There are
five organizations in charge of auction
houses, made up as follows:
Carolina-Banner Warehouse John
ny E. Johnson, Leroy Townsend, Mar
vin Roycroft and Adrian McRae.
Liberty Nos. 1 and 2 Warehouses
Ed. Wilkins, Paul Taylor, Hermon
Bouldin, Neill McKeithan, Rufus Mc
Qeen, R. H. Livermore and David
Britt-Farmers Warehouse Capt.
Ed. Hodges, Lee P. Woody and Ed.
Hedgpeth Nos. 1 and 2 Warehouses j
(Formerly Hobgood's) Rom A.
Hedgpeth, Johnny K. Roycroft, Leroy
Rollins and Horace Hicks.
Smith-Carlyle Warehouse Tom J.
Smith and Paul Sands.
Jasper C. Hutto continues on the
job as Sales Supervisor of the mar
ket. Lumberton's market moved up an
other peg with the 1942 season from
eleventh to tenth place in the big list
of seventy-five flue-cured markets of
the nation. Ten years ago Lumberton
was down to sixteenth place. Last
yeaT the market sold 27,500,000 pounds
for more than $10,000,000.
One of those delightful occasions
for which Raeford has become widely
known was enjoyed last Thursday
evening when the Kiwanis Club was
host to the Col. B. G. Oldsmith, com
manding officer of Camp Mackall,
Mrs. Oldsmith, and members of his
The supper was served at the Ar
mory. The main dish was fried chick
en with plenty of those fine Hoke
grown extras which make such a
'meal replete with goodness. It was
prepared by John McGoogan and
Company and served by the younger
A special guest was Lt. John K. Da
vid, bomber pilot of Salters, S. C. and
Mrs. David, formerly Miss Carolyn
McLean of Raeford. Lt. David is at
home on leave after having served a
number of months on the English and
African fronts from which he has par
ticipated in some 51 successful bomb
ing raids over enemy territory.
The supper was presided over by
Cecil Dew, Kiwanis president. Brief
remarks -were made by Mr. Dew, Col.
Oldsmith, Lt. David, Col. Bryan, head
of the Mackall quartermaster dept.;
and Col. Smith, post surgeon. One
hundred and fifty plates were served
to Mackall officers and their wives,
Kiwanians and their wives and other
guests from the county.
North Carolina Ballots 2,057 For and
Only 85 Against 3 States Not
Atlanta, July 24. Partial returns
from three states in today's six-state
referendum showed tobacco growers
strongly in favor of continuing quta
controls over production of the flue
Early returns from Georgia, South
Carolina, and North Carolina gave a
wider margin than the two-thirds ne
cessary o continue the Government
In North Carolina, the vote was
2,057 for and 85 against. In Georgia,
scattered returns gave 206 favorable
votes and 45 unfavorable. South Car
olina's early returns gave 808 for con
trol, 32 against, with 30 of those in fa
vor votinff foil continuation for one
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three-year program similar to the one
expiring this year.
No returns had been reported from
Alabama, Virginia, and Florida, other
states in the flue-cured belt.
Bridal gowns have been exempted
from New Zealand's wartime cloth
Results For Hoke Co.
Tobacco farmers voted in tobacco
quotas for three years, 1944, 194S
and 1946. The number voting for
three years In Hoke County was 330,
15 producers voted for one year quo.
tas, and 14 producers voted against
Deadline July 31st
It is evident that a large number
of motor vehicle owners and operators
have not purchased their Federal Mo
tor Vehicle Taxi Stamp for the year
July 1, 1943 to June 30, 1944. Motor
ists must have these stamps on dis
play on their motor vehicles before
July 31, 1943 to avoid liability for a
severe penalty. These stamps are on
sale at all post offices.
Rain and Hail
In East Hoke
A heavy fall of hail and rain and a
high wind which swept some sections
of the eastern section of the county
ddi heavy damage to crops last Thurs
day night according to reports.
Damage to tobacco was estimated
to have reached as high as 90 per cent
on some farms while a number of oth
er farmers lost approximately half of
their weed crop. Considerable dam
age was also done to cotton, corn and
truck crps in the section. Heaviest
losers were the Upchurch farm at
Dundarrach, N. H. G. Balfour and
Sam McGougan, according tr Mr. Bal
four. Monday afternoon one of the hea
viest rains of the past several years
fell over the eastern section, with es
timates as high as four inches in some
places. Continued heavy rains on the
area which is drained by the upper
runs of Raft Swamp resulted in the
breaking of the Hodgin pond dam.
Fishing, under state permit, was al
lowed and fish frys were held Tuesday
and Wednesday. Thousands of
pounds of fish were caught during the
two days, according to J. W. McPhaul,
manager of the pond.
In Short Game
The Flying Robins lost an abbrev
iated contest- here Sunday to the
65th General' Hospital of Fort Bragg
by a score of 1 to 0 in a 5 inning
game that was called in the first
of the 6th because of rain. Red Nor
ris and Thierult hooked up in a pit
chers battle, Norris striking out 7 and
allowing 2 hits, while Thierult al
lowed 2 hits and struck 5. Lach
illieo, Robin centerfielder was out
standing on defense, making two
magnificent throws to nip runners at
Robins 0 runs 2 hits 2 errors
65th I run 2 hits 0 errors
Batteries: Robins Norris and Maus
65 Thierult and Tuttle
Next Sunday afternoon in Robins
park the Flying Robins play the
strong Bowman Field team of Louis
ville, Kentucky. The Kentuckians
are flying to Maxton Air Base Satur
day and will come over to Red
Springs for the game Sunday after
noon. 'Back The Attack'
Washington. July 27. President
Roosevelt today urged the people to
support the $15,000,000,000 Third War I
Loan Drive to encourage and inspire
the men "who are under fire on a do
zen fronts all over the world."
Scheduled to begin September 9
under the slogan "Back the Attack,"
the third loan campaign will be the
largest yet undertaken.
The President said in a proclama
tion that it will give every American
"opportunity to express voluntarily
and under the guidance of his consci
ence, the extent to which he will back
"As Commander-in-Chief, I hereby
invoke every citizen to give all possi
ble aid and support to this Third War
Loan Drive, not only so that our finan
cial goal may be reached, but to en
courage and inspire those of our hus
bands and fathers and sons who are
under fire on a dozen fronts all over
the world. It is my earnest hope that
every American will realize that in
buying War Bonds in this Third War
Loan, he has an opportunity to ex
press voluntarily and under the guid
ance of his conscience, the extent to
which he will 'Back the Attack.' "
Glasgow, Scotland, issued licenses
to two retailers of fireworks in the
last year, compared to 105 in the 12
months preceding the war.
In County Court;
Take Another Car
Pernell Locklear, Indian, and Hin
sort Cummings, colored, were hailed
into county court Tuesday on charges
of wife-beating Locklear was given
a 6 month suspended sentence upon
payment of court costs and put on
good behavior for two years. Cum
mings was sentenced to serve 30 days
on the roads, the sentence being sus
pended upon payment of costs and
good behavior for six months.
Melvin McRimmon, Alexander Mc-
Rimmon, Dan Corry Leach and John
Thomas Marshall, each charged with
transporting non-tax paid liquor were
found guilty and fined $10 and costs,
the driver's license of Thomas was
revoked, his car confiscated by the
county, and each was given a 60 day
suspended sentence and placed on
good behavior for 6 months.
Willie McNeill, colored, was found
guilty in two cases in which he was
charged with forcible trespass and as
sault and of using profane language
and assault. He was given three
months on the roads in each case to
Tom Chappell, brought into court
on non-support charges was ordered
by the court to pay $16 per month to
wards the support of his wife, Mrs.
Nonie Chappell, and their child.
John Vincent Sharpe and Fred Mc
Iver, each paid costs for speeding.
Sandy McNair was given 60 days on
the roads, suspended upon payment of
$50 and costs on charges of driving
car under influence of liquor and
careless and reckless c'riving.
Bernice Chavis paid court costs
when found guilty of the temporary
larceny of the auto of Leon Morrisey.
May Haul To
Mullins. S. C, July 24. Tobacco
growers are greatly pleased to know
that there are no restrictions on ob
taining gasoline to haul their tobacco
to any market on which they desire to
Conflicting reports have been cir
culated. One that gasoline will not
be available to growers to haul their
curing to market; another is that gas
oline will be available to formers to
haul tobacco, provided it is marketed
on the market nearest the grower's
home. The other is that gasoline will
be available to farmers to haul crops
to any market desired.
The Office of Price Administration
reported that there is no regulation
against growers hauling their tobacco
to any market they want to sell their
Released From Quotas
The State War Board has announc
ed that the following farm machinery
has been released from County quo
tas. However it will be necessary to
obtain purchase certificates in order
to buy the equipment. The following
machinery has been released:
Lime spreaders, Manure spreaders,
Spike tooth harrows, Disc harrows,
Riding cultivators, Pea and bean har
vesters, Corn huskers and shredders,
Ensilage harvesters, Feed cutters,
Engines, Tractor-drawn and mounted
planters, Tractor-drawn and mounted
cultivators. Tractor-drawn or mount
ed moldboard plows. Tractor-drawn
or mounted disc plows, One-way til
lers, Transplanters, Garden tractors.
Burr mills, Horse-drawn mowers,
Dump rakes, Side delivery rakes.
Pick-up balers. Grain binders, Grain
threshers, Ensilage cutters, Corn shel
ters, Hay presses. Tooth weeders.
Spring tooth harrows, Power take-off
tractor mowers, Traction sprayers,
Power dusters, Traction dusters, Ham
Equipment that was not released
from quotas is as follows:
Tractors, Wagons, Combines, Grain
Farmers desiring any of this equip
ment should make application at the
AAA office as soon as possible. It is
necessary in all cases to first locate
the equipment before the purchase
certificate can be issued, says A. S.
Knowles, County Agent.
When 40 rabbits and seven chick
ens were dug out unharmed from the
ruins of a London home after a raid,
it was found that while imprisoned
the hens had laid five eggs, all of
which were recovered intact.
In Houston a negro boy was
drowned and 40 persons were hosp
italized. Galveston police reported a
negro woman was crushed to death
by a falling radio tower.
From Office Of
Dr. R. L. Murray
A partly filled bottle of morphine
tablets, valued at about $5, was re
moved from the narcotics cabinet in
the office of Dr. R. L. Murray last
Wednesday afternoon, according to
Entrance into the consultation room
was gained by sliding back a thum
bolt, it was stated. The robber then
smashed the glass door of the unlock
ed cabinet and removed the narctics
The robbery is believed to have ta
ken place about 3:30 P. M. when nei
ther Dr. Murray nor his office assis
tant, Mrs. Cox, were present. A pa
tient awaiting the doctor was sitting
in a car when two men entered the of
fice. One came back to the door and
evidently stood watch while his ac
complice sceured the drug. Dr. Mur
ray states that one of the men was
probably in his office earlier in the
week seeking a shot of the stuff, but
was refused at that time. The theft
evidently the work of morphine ad
dicts, he stated, as nothing else in the
office was disturbed.
Scout News Camp
Boy Scout activities entered the
third week on last Sunday at the
Camp Chickagami on White Lake. V.
C. Mason of Laurel Hill is directing
the camp, and doing a fine job. We
are interested in what the camp is of
fering our boys so lets peep in: The
sun is creeping over the horizon, but
all is quiet. We look at our watch.
It is 7:29. Suddenly there is the first
call and the boys begin to twist, grunt
and finally get up and dress for the
raising of the flag at 80. Breakfast
is at 8:05, and the boys are back in
camp cleaning up and getting ready
for the instruction periods which be
gin at 9:00. The scouts are divided
into four groups. Each group spends
a 45 minute period in each of the four
activities taught by trained leaders.
The courses are: Handicraft, nature,
waterfront, and advancement. By the
time he has gone through these four
classes, it is lunch time and he is rea
dy for it. He must rest for a while af
ter lunch and then scout training be
gins in four different fields. He can
choose swimming or boating for one
period, and Scout craft or pioneering
for the other period. From the activ
ity period he is free until supper pre
parations, so he can do what he likes
except he must stay out of the water.
After supper there is a period of su
pervised games and contests, and then
the evening activities by the campfire
which are different each night. He
must be in his quarters by 9:45 and in
bed by 10:00, and after such a full
day, and with a full stomach he is
soon fully in the land of Nod.
Rules of the day call for "Please"
and "Thank You" by all scouts in
their conversations. Each scout must
take his turn in the dining room
wating on the tables, but the cooking
is all done by the camp cooks.
It is gratifying to us to learn that
Grace for each of the three meals is
worked out and memorized by each
of the scouts and given unison just
before they partake of the food. A
special evening prayer is given to
each of the boys that can be used in
the cabins if they so desire.
We have a camp bank. The boys
can deposit his money there and draw
it out as he needs it. The Camp
store will use the ticket system which
makes it unnecessary to have money
on ones person to make the little pur
chases. The whole water front activity is
kept strictly under regulations. All
who cannot swim must stay in water
less than three feet deep, and are
called "Sinkers". Those who swim
but not as much as to pass off swim
ming requirements are dubbed
"Floaters," and those who can swim
and pass off the swimming require
ments are called "Swimmers". All
must practice the buddy system, so
commonly used in scout camps, and
any violation of any of the rules and
any pushing, shoving or ducking re
sults in the guilty scout's removal
from the water.
The camp is putting out a camp
bulletin each week which is being re
ceived back home by many of the
soouters. It is very interesting and
carries the names of the boys who at
tend the camp each week. From the
western District., the troops at Laur
inburg. Laurel Hill, Gibs-in and Wa
gram have had representatives at the
The camp will close at the end of
four weeks. Any scout having not re
gistered and wanting to get in on that
last week, can wire Mr. V. C. Mason
Red Springs. July 28 The Presby
terian Synod of North Carolina will
meet on the campus of Flora Mac
Donald College Sept 7-9.
C. J. Seaford Dies
Death claimed one of Hoke county's
most substantial citizens and a promi
nent farmer last Saturday morning
when C. J. Seaford succumbed to a
heart attack. He had been in declin
ing health for about two years but
was never seriously ill until about two
weeks ago when he had a bad heart
attack. He got much better and last
Friday, the day before his death drove
his truck himself, when he went to
look over his farm and see to the to
bacco curing in barns. That after
noon he was taken violently ill and
was very sick all that night. He died
Saturday morning between six and
Funeral services were conducted
from Sliiloh Presbyterian Church
Monday afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. A.
D. Carswell, a former pastor and Rev.
H. K. Holland of Raeford. Interment
was in the church cemetery. Pall
bearers were neighborhood "boys", as
Mr. Seaford would have called them.
They were Tom McFadyen, Lee
Maultsby, John Maultsby, Bill Cam
eron, David Hanner and Buck Thorn
berg. All day Saturday and Sunday
friends and neighbors for miles
around called to express their sym
pathy and to say good things about
C. J. Seaford was the son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. John Seaford. He was
born in Cabarrus county near Concord
in 1879. In 1902 he was married toMiss
Cora Rogers of Rowan county. Living
children of this union are, Mrs. Ina
Seaford McLeod, now living in Balti
more, Mrs. Edwin Pickler, of Raeford,
Mrs. Graham Smith of Wilmington,
Alvin Seaford of the home and Eu
gene Seaford. of the U. S. A. now sta
tioned at Curacao in the Caribbean
Mr. Seaford moved his family to
Hoke county in 1912. He at once
made his adopted county his own and
was interested at all times in its wel
fare and educational advantages. He
lived at several different places before
building his permanent home. At
what is now the Poole orchard, near
Timberland and at the Currie place
at Turnpike he and W. L.
Thornberg ran a cotton gin.
After building the present home
about eighteen years ago he became
interested in tobacco and was consid
ered one of the county's successful to
He joined the Presbyterian church
in his youth being a member of Gil
wood church in Cabarrus county, be
fore moving his membership to Shi
loh. Many old friends, neighbors, and
relatives from his and his wife's na
tive counties came to his funeral.
All of his children, except the son
in foreign service and all his brothers
and sisters except one came.
Besides the children mentioned he
is survived by four grand children,
two brothers L. O. and E. P. Seaford
of Concord and three sisters, Mrs. J.
Frank Goodman, of Concord, Mrs.
Minnie Smith f Huntersville, and Mrs.
Florence Smith of Mooresville.
Salem, Ore., July 27. Two soldiers,
awaiting grand jury action here on
assault and robbery charges, today
were under investigation also for pos
sibly being absent without leave from
Camp Mackall, N. C. They were
Kermit Barkhurst, 31, and Carl S.
Bates, 22. both of Los Angeles.
Control Room schedule for coming
Friday. July 30 Mrs. R. L. Murray.
Saturday. July 31 Mrs. J. H. Blue
Sunday. August 1 Mrs. R. H. Chap
Monday, August 2 Mrs. Ryan Mc
Bryde. Tuesday. August 3 Mrs. L. S. Mc
Millan. Wednesday, August 4 Mrs. Donald
Thursday, August 5 Mrs. C. E.