The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVIII NO. 14
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 1943
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Details Of Raeford
Man's Heroism Given
An announcement from Charleston,
S. C. last week states that George G.
Bethune of Raeford, now a warrant
officer of the Naval Seabees, has been
commended for bravery during an ac
tion off North Africa some weeks ago.
Lieut-Commander W. A. Burke re
vealed the details of Bethune's hero
ism In the commendation. During a
bombing attack on their ship Bethune
and several others were thrown into
the water. Though an ankle was frac
tured and his back was badly wrench
ed, Bethune squirmed out of his life
jacket and used It to support Robert
J. Hughes of New Brunswick, N. J.,
and saved him from drowning, reach
ing Hughes just in the nick of time.
He kept him afloat for some rime un
til they were both picked up by a res
Mrs. Bethune, the former Miss Jen
nie Clark, was notified" of her hus
band's injuries soon after the attack
but details of the rescue were not
known until the commendations were
Warrant Officer Bethune is the son
of the late Dr. and Mrs. A C. Be
thune of Raeford.
Hearings For Two
Hearing of two cases against Hoke
county persons charged with attempt
ing to dodge service in the armed,
forces were on the calendar of Feder
al court at Rockingham this week.
Raws Graham and Needham Mc
Bryde, both negroes, were the men
against whom the Selective Service
system had brought the indictments.
Rockingham, Sept. 8. The semi
annual term of Federal court conven
ed Sept. 7, inasmuch as Monday is a
legal holiday. Judge Johnson Hayes
has a full docket of criminal cases,
many of them whiskey violations.
Fifty-six jurors have been summoned
from the five counties of Richmond,
Hoke, Scotland, Moore and Montgom
Mrs. W. I. Davis Dies
While Asleep; Was
Funeral services for Mrs. W. I. Da
vis were held Friday afternoon at
four o'clock at the Sandy Grove Meth
odist Church. The services were
conducted by the Rev. E. C. Brown,
of Parkton. He was assisted by the
Rev. H. K. Holland and the Rev. E.
Her grandsons were pall bearers.
Mrs. Davis, who was 75 years of
age, had died quietly in her sleep
sometime during the night of Wed
nesday September 1st, apparently
having had a heart attack.
She was the daughter of the late
John A. and Mary Ann Adcox of Ro
beson County. Her husband died in
September 1936, and since that time
she had spent most of her time here
with her son, Jasper Davis and his
She is survived by four sons: Jas
per, E., Carson, T., and John T. Davis
of Raeford, and J. W. Davis of Che
raw, S. C, and two daughters: Mrs
Frank Owen of St. Pauls and Miss
Gertrude Davis of Raeford. Three
brothers also survive: Gus Adcox,
of Fayetteville, Chess Adcox of Bla
denboro, and Joe Adcox of Pine Bluff.
Lee-Mar r Turkey
Farm Has 2,600
Judson Lee, Sr., of Aberdeen,
Route 1, was in Raeford last week to
renew his subscription to the News
Journal. In passing the time of day with him
he mentioned the fact that he had
about 2,600 turkeys on his place, rais
ed up to some 18 poundeyi out of 3,000
chicks bought last April.
He is associated with Dr. W. M.
Marr of Southern Pines in the ven
ture. Mr. Lee says that it takes about
nine lacks of mash and 600 pounds of
(rain per day to feed his Thanksgiv
Cabbage prices were set this week,
for September. Dealers are allowed
to pay as high as $3.40 per hundred
pounds. The maximum price for
which they can sell to the customer Is
two pounds for 10c.
Country butter points have been
reduced to 6 per pound while points
for creamery butter have been upped
to 12 per pound.
Hoke's quota of tires for the month
is: 71 No. 1 grade; 61 No. 3 grade and
SI tubes. There was a carry-over of
S3 applications for grade 1 tires and
of 120 applications for tubes from Au-
The county abbatoir, which is be
ing constructed at the armory here,
is nearing completion, according to the
report of John A. McGoogan to the
Board of Commissioners which was
Mr. McGoogan stated that the work
of rearranging a section of the gar
age was nearly complete, and that in
stallation of the conveyor and con
veyor track would be finished this
week. Other equipment is being in
stalled as rapidly as it is obtained and
the report stated that the slaughter
house would probably be ready for
operation early next week.
Improve Mac kail Road. n
The commission adopted a resolu
tion which will request the Highway
Commission to make repairs and im
provements on the road from Camp
Mackall to the Aberdeen highway.
Reports to the board state that the
roadway is in bad condition.
Work Or Fight
Since Governor J. M. Broughton has
succeeded in getting some sharp teeth
put into the vagrancy laws of the
state, the county ha approved the
employment of a full-time rural po
liceman who will have as his princi
pal duty the enforcement of the Gov
ernor's Work Or Fight edictv Chair
man N. H. G. Balfour, Sheriff D. H.
Hodgin, J. M. McGoogan, Neil Mc-
Fadyen and Tommie Upchurch, the
latter the chairman of the Hoke Work
Or Fight committee, were appointed
by the commissioners to select a man
for this job and employ him.
gust, according to the Rationing
board. The board announces that
since there is such a wide difference
between the amount of tires and
tubes available and the number of
applicants that some one is bound to
be disappointed. They are making
every effort allocate purchase certifi
cates on the basis of need, and those
needing t'res most will be given cer
tificates during the month.
IT'S UP 10 US HOW
The armies of the United Nations have recovered North Africa . . They
have occupied Sicily .... Last week they entered upon the conquest of Itlay
.... The attack has begun. INVASION of Continental Europe is now an
actuality. Italy has fallen. Hitler is quaking in his much-filed boots . . .
but the war is by No means over. The boys of the fox-holes and the bom
bers, of the pig-boats and the battle wagons are doing their part. It's up to
us to do some more of ours before September ends.
For the folks here at home there begins today one of their
biggest tasks1, in a financial way, of the war. Uncle Sam' says
he needs just $15,000,000,000 to carry the supplies needed to the
battlefronts. That's a lot of money. It's the biggest financial
undertaking ever proposed anywhere in the world. To raise
it is going to take some scrimping, a lot of it, too, on the part
of many people. It means that every individual is going to have
to buy his regular monthly quota of War Bonds, and then buy
another $100 Bond in addition. For many that's going to hurt
. . . but not nearly so much as if you were struck by a German
shell, or as if your home was shattered to splinters by a Japan
Today, September 9th, (it seemed a long way off when this
drive was first announced) is upon us . . . and the fiendish eyes
of cruel dictators are upon us too. They're hoping against hope
that America will fail in this stupenduous undertaking. They
know, as you and our boys know, that if America fails to reach
its goal in this drive that our country is really not "all-out" in
its war effort, and that there will be a great possibility for them
to finally overcome us. But they also know that if we come
through with our part on the home front, their end will be far
more quickly determined by our fighting men on the battle
front. Hitler wants us to let them down. Those boys, from
Hoke County, and all those other counties of our state and the
rest of the Nation are asking that the people back home come
Hoke county is asked for $209,000. That is only about
$14.00 per individual if every one of our total of 15,000 popula
tion . . infants, aged, lame halt and blind . . . were to subscribe
their share. Many will be unable to bear their load. So, you
can't just say I'll buy my prorata share. No. You've got to buy
all you can, and then scrimp until it hurts, and buy some more.
Hoke county has met every call for men or money. Let's take
this one in our stride, too.
3rd War Loan Committees For Hoke Co'ty
J. Lawrence McNeill-General Chairman
Mrs. W. L. Poole Chairman Of Women
J. W. Hasty, Chairman, L. A. Mc-
Googan, D. N. McGoogan, N. P. Wat-
son, F. K. Everleigh, J. A. Roper, lie, Mrs. L. A. McGugan.
(Continued on Page Six)
Mrs. J. S. Currie, Chairman, Miss
Bennle McLauchlin, Mrs. H. F. Cur-
Bagdolio Tells Countrymen To Resist Germans:
General Dwight D. Isenhour Announces
Unconditional Surrender At 12:30
Eastern War Time
At 12:30 yesterday General Dwight D. Isenhour, Commander of
the United Nations' armies in the
nounced that he had granted an armistice, to the one-time follow
ers of Mussolini in Italy.
Thus, the first of the trio of nations comprising the Axis comply
ing with the terms of the Casablanca ultimatum surrendered un
conditionally to the United Nations.
Marshall Bagdolio announced the surrender to his people at the
same time, and asked the men of his armies to resist the Allied ar
mies no more. Shortly after the official pronouncement, it was re
ported that the premier of Italy had wirelessed his naval forces for
all ships to procede to Allied ports and had told the Italians that
they were, to resist all German aggressions.
In just five days after Italy proper was invaded, the Italians
agreed to come to terms while the overrunning of Sicily had taken
some 37 days.
Rumors of a new continental invasion have been flving fast and
thick since early yesterday, but the whereabouts of the U. S. 7th
Army is still a mystery. Military observers, however believe that
a new invasion point somewhere on the west coast of Eurooe mav
'be attacked very soon.
Flake Shaw Tells Hoke Bureau
Ceiling Fight Is Politicians'
State Secretary Admits
Car-Va. Belt Treated
Unfairly As Fla-Ga.
Belt Was In 1942
Ceiling prices for tobacco are
unfair to growers in the Carolina-Virginia
Belts this year and
favor the Florida-Georgia grow
ers, stated Flake Shaw, execu
tive secretary of the N. C. Farm
Bureau, but we must remember
that the growers of the far
South last year got nearly $10
per hundred less than we got in
' Tobacco is selling fairly well in
its relationship to other commodi
ties," continued Mr. Shaw, who spoke
to some two hundred and fifty Hoke
Countains here last Thursday night,
"and the effort to get the ceiling price
raised is principally a grandstand
performance of politicians."
Mr. Shaw was the principal speak
er for the annual meeting of the Hoke
County Farm Bureau which was held
Thursday evening at the Armory
here. Other speakers on the pro
gram included E. Y. Floyd, former
state AAA director and now connect
ed with the Plant Food Institute of
North Carolina and Virginia, and J.
Lawrence McNeill, chairman of the
War Bond Sales committee of Hoke
County and of the United War Fund
President N. H. G. Balfour, presid
ing over the business session, welcom
ed the members, their wives and oth
er guests. He explained that the
membership of the Hoke unit of the
Bureau now stood at 163 plus 17 as
sociate memberships. This he called
"excellent" for the first year of op
eration. He added, however, that the
quota for the new year had been set
at 2S0 and that a drive would be made
soon for this number and more.
Mr. Balfour discussed some of the
objectives of the county organization
and then introduced Mr. Shaw, whom
he described as a farmer who had
been working and fighting tor the
In speaking of cotton Mr. Shaw said
that he had attended the recent con
ference of the National Cotton Coun
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Mrs. W. W. Ellis
Dies At Hartsville
Mrs. W. W. Ellis, mother of Mrs.
Ernest Campbell, died at her home in
Hartsville, S. C. Saturday. Funeral
services were held Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Ellis visited her daughter and
her family here last week and had on
ly returned home on Thursday.
Lt.-Col. Henry Ward
Listed As Casualty
In Wednesday's release of Visual
ties by the War Department, Lieut-
Col. Henry P. Ward, of Georgetown,
S. C , was listed among the wounded
Col. Ward and his wife made their
home in Raeford for some time dur
ing 1941 while he was stationed at
Fort Bragg. They were both well
known and very popular here.
Mediterannean theatre, an
Dr. C. H. Storey
Impressive Service Held In Bethesda
Church August 29th,
Rev.C. H. Storey, D. D., was offi
cially installed as pastor of Bethesda
Presbyterian Church Sunday night in
a very simple but impressive service,
attended by a goodly crowd.
Rev. Frank S. Blue of Linden de
livered the sermon of the occasion.
The charge to the minister was made
by Rev. R. R. Ramsey pastor of the
Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church.
l tie charge to the congregation was
made by Rev. C. M. Gibbs of Dunn,
Executive Secretary in Fayetteville
Presbytery. Hawley Poole of West
End was the elder on the installation
At a called meeting of Fayetteville
Presbytery held in Raeford on Thurs
day afternoon, August 19, Dr. Storey
was received into the Fayetteville
Presbytery from the Wilmington
Presbytery. At the meeting, Rev. S.
B. Chiselin of Olivia who was to be
received from Wilmington Presbytery
had not obtained his letter of dismis
sal from Wilmington Presbytery so
his reception was postponed until a
later date. He serves the Olivia Cy
press and Cameron Hill group of
churches. Sandhill Citizen.
Only three cases and five defen
dants faced Judge Henry McDiarmid
in county court Tuesday du in h
fact that county officers and some of
the defendant's attorneys were in
Federal Court. ,
Joe Carlisle, white, paid cosU in an
assault case preferred but not nrAEu
cuted by members of his family.
oeiiers Bauer, Negro, pleaded guil
ty to charges of assault brought by
W. A. McNeill. F. D. Cw
Elijah Priest, white men, pleaded
guilty to possession of a small amount
of non-tax-paid liquor and paid court
A number of other cases were con
tinued for hearings next wek.
Fish Landed By
"That fish was this-s-s long ....
and at least that big around." Yep!
It was just that big. It measured 26
1-2 inches in length, and scales of in
dubitable integrity attested that it
weighed 9 pounds and S ounces. It
was a large-mouth bass.
It was caught last week by Harry
Green in Hoke County waters - the
actual spot he refuses to reveal be
cause he says there are one or two
more that he wants to try and hook
before the season closes. Harry says
he fed the old boy a "Crazy Crawler"
and used a 20 lb test line and four
ft steel rod. "Dee" Austin was along
but he did not have such good luck.