The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVIII NO. 15
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 1943
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NEWS OF OUR
Corporal FuHord McMillan return
ed to Camp Bainbridge, Ky. after
spending a week's furlough at home.
David Harvey has arrived in Eng
land and is doing fine according to a
leter received this week by his fam
Lt. Hartman Yarborough, who has
been in the Caribbean area is at home
, Pvt. Lewis B. McBrayer of the
Univeristy medical school at Chapel
Hill , spent the past weekend with
friends at Sanitoriuni.
Phil Johnson of U. S. A. is at home
for a visit.
Lt. Col. Poole was at home Sunday.
TWO RAEFORD BOYS
IN V-12 AT DUKE
Durham, N. C Sept. 15 Included
among the 1,600 navy, marine, and
coast guard trainees enrolled at Duke
University in the Navy V-12 College
training program are two students
from Raeford, they are: Hugh' Charl-J
es McLauchlin, Navy: Christopher
Gerbert Giles, Jr., Marine.
Tech-Sgt. Buist Bethune spent sev
eral days here last week. , Buist was
enroute from Washington to Kelly
Field, Texas, where his is gunnery in
Sgt. McKenzie Award
ed Conduct Medal
Sgt. James C. McKenzie, son of
"Mr. and Mrs. A. B. McKenzie of
Raeford was awarded the Good Con
duct Medal of the U. S. Army. This
award was made at Fort Bragg, N. C.
yesterday, September, 15.
Lt. Hartman Yarborough is spend
ing some time here with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Yarborough. He
is on furlough from his station in the
"MacAdoo Bozeman and Herman
Crowley, arrived this week on fur
lough from the West Indies. They
are with their families in the Rock
Corp. Irwin Currie, who has been
-with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L.
'Currie in Blue Springs for the past
two weeks, left this week for Camp
The executive committee of the Boy
Scout movement in the western dis
trict of the Cape Fear Council met in
Laurinburg on September 9th, and
nfcde some far reaching plans for the
Charles McNair Gaskins, the new
field executive, was present and in
troduced to the group and reports
show he has made a line start in his
Very encouraging reports were giv
en by the scouters on the work in the
various communities. Laurinburg is
awakening to the challenge of the
boys and plan to organize one or two
new troops as soon as leadership can
be secured. Gibson is going line with
great interest and enthusiasm. Laurel
Hill and Wagram are beginning their
fall prgram with good hopes.
Mr. Baker gave a report of the ac
tivities of the year: At the beginning
of the year the committee set certain
goals, and Mr. Baker gave the attain
ments at the end of eight months.
Planned for 9 troops and have reach
ed 10. Planned for 200 scouts ana
have now 195, planned for 38 scout
ers and now have 52, hoped to have
iwo cub packs but now have none,
Jng lost the one we Had at Raeford.
JJuring the year the scouting program
has reached 224 scouts, 53 scouters,
12 cubs and 4 cubbers which gives us
A total of 293.
W. R. Sutherland announced that
some of the communities were still
having lost the one we had at Raeford.
to try to get this in so as to close the
year on Oct. 1st wim all obligations
E. H. Evans announced that plans
were made to include the scout bud
get in the general community drive in
Scotland County for the next year.
Mr. Baker spoke of the need for
irariershiD training, and suggested
that the training school be conducted
in the district. The time and place of
the training school will be decided at
the October Council district meeting
to be held in Laurinburg on October
7th. All scoutmaster! and troop
Sgt. Lester McMinis
Of Hoke County Ha
What It Takes
Ed. Note: In a recent news story
by Vern Haugland, A. P. writer, a
Hoke County lad, Lester McMinis,
was praised highly for his daring as
sistance to members of his B-24 crew.
Sgt. McMinis is a native of Hoke
County and the son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. L. McMinis of Blue Springs town
ship. He is accredited in the story to
Red Springs, as that section of Hoke
county is served by a rural mail route
from Red Springs.
Somewhere in New Guinea, Aug.
27 Things happened fast after a Li
berator bomber, lost in a storm, start
ed running out of fuel.
Nobody wanted to be first to bail
out. Finally, Second Lt. Eugene Fil
ip, the bombardier, of Chicago, led off.
The ripcord failed to open his 'chute
So he pulled the shroud out by hand
until his parachute finally billowed
'Chute Too Small.
The assistant engineer. Staff Sgt.
Louis Linkiewiez, Johnson City, N.
Y., jumped in a parachute that was
too small for him so he had it buck
led only around his chest; the leg
straps wouldn't reach. But he made
it on his 24th birthday
The tail gunner, Staff Sgt. George
Bailey of Rochester, N. Y
with frost bitten feet. His parachute
failed to open at first but he finally
got it working at 200 feet and fell
into a tree 100 feet high.
Full of Holes.
Others tried to coax the radio op
erator, Tech. Sgt. Charles Zipay (ad
dress not given) to jump. He refused
Later it was discovered that his par
achute was riddled with holes.
The engineer. Tech. Sgt. Lester
McMinis of Red Springs, N. C, crank
ed open the bomb bay doors and held
them open while the jumps were
made. He waited so long the plane
was. too low for him to try it.
Air Strip Appears.
Just as the plain was losing alti
tude badly with four men still aboard,
the Liberator came out of the clouds
directly over an Allied forward air
strip and landed safely. The four
men, fearing they were at a Japan
ese field, jumped out with guns load
ed. Then they saw Americans run
ning toward them.
The four were Second Lt. Paul La
mos, Chicago, the pilot; Second Lt.
Kenneth Bennett, Long Beach, Calif,
the co-pilot, McMinis and Zipay.
Filip said he had to make two at
tempts before getting up the courage
to jump. He expressed great admi
ration for McMinis for standing on
the slippery catwalk, sticking one
foot out the bomb bay door to hold
"McMinis moved around without
a parachute since it was too crowded,
for him to do this work with it on."
"He had more guts than I ever saw
.Organized troop movements by
rail require the constant service of
over half the Pullmans and one-fourth
of all the day coaches in the Unit
When vanadium, the mineral that
toughens steel, was first discovered
in 1801, it was called erythronium.
Hoke Citizens Purchase $59,450 In War
Bonds During First Six and Half Days
28 Per Cent Of Third War Loan Quota
During the first six and a half days
of the Third War Loan Drive which
began last Thursday morning, Hoke
County buyers purchased a total of
$59,450 worth of bonds, according to
J. Lawrence McNeill, county drive
This amount is all series issued was
slightly over 28 per cent of the
county's quota of $209,000.
The amount of pledges for purchas
es was rising higher each day, accord
ing to Mr. McNeill, as reports were
reaching his office from township
committee chairmen and their com
mittees have really buckled down to
the job of seeing and getting pledges
from every person in the county. A
number of committee reports from
Raefrrd show that workers have al
ready interviewed and pledged near
ly every person in their district, it
Persons not knowing who is can
vassing their community may, find
the complete list of War Drive work
ers on page eight of this issue of the
News-Journal. The list Is reprinted
this week for your convenience. You
are urged to make your pledge now,
jumped"""or be ready when the worker comes
to your home to save as much time
and wear n his or her means of travel
North Carolina Is
Third In War Drive
Washington, Sept. 14 With $2,
369,000,000 already in the till, treas
ury officials expressed confidence to
day that the full $15,000,000,000 quo
ta for the third War Loan will be met
No breakdown was available for the
latest total, but officials said an ana
lysis of $1,802,000,000 in sales during
the first three days indicated that $1,
474,000,000 of that amount represent
ed subscriptions by corporations, as
sociations and other large investors.
Sales of individuals accounted for
only $28,000,000. .'
On the basis of these three-day to
tals, Delaware led the nation on a
percentage basis. Its $14,000,000 in
sales represented 28 per cent of its
quota. New York with $1,120,000,000
or 24 per cent was second and North
Carolina, accounting for 16 per cent
of its quota with $24,000,000 in sales,
The treasury did not provide totals
for other states.
Draft Board To
Be Closed In
The office of the Hoke Board of the
Selective Service System will be
closed to the public each afternoon,
beginning today until October first, it
was announced yesterday, by Miss
Peggy McFadyen, clerk.
Miss McFadyen explained that they
were taking their annual inventory
during the next two weeks and that
all persons having business with the
board should attend to it during the
Speeding . ivers
Furnish Bfe Of
Court Case X
Speeding cases in r- ty court
Tuesday furnished theSiwst of the
defendants to appear before Judge
Henry McDiarmid. Those exceeding
the 35 mile-an-hour limit, ,who were
caught by Patrolman J. Barnes, in
cluded: W. G. W. Clodfelter, white,
of Troy; Bert Wade, negro, of Fayette
ville; James Lynch, negro, of Red
Springs route 2; Sink McFadyen and
Roscoe Daniel McMillan, negroes, of
Raeford; and Joseph Conly, white, of
A preliminary hearing was waived
by George Maynor, negro of Puppy
Creek, who is held on charges of car
nal knowledge brought by a 12 year
old negro girl, Mildred Stuart, also
of the same community. Trial of the
case will probably be held in the No
vember term of Superior court.
The indictment for assault with
deadly weapon against Connie Rogers,
negro, was nol pressed when the pros
ecuting witness, Odell Watson, failed
Alex Brigman, white, paid cost af
ter pleading guilty to simple assault
on Lillie Baxley. Alpha Mae Price,
white woman of North Wilkesboro,
was found guilty of driving drunk.
Her license was suspended and she
was fined $50 and costs. Sammie
Chambers, Ashley Heights negro, al
so paid $50 and costs for driving
James McKinnon, negro, was order
ed by the court to pay the costs and
the doctor's bill of Buddie Wallace for
injuries inflicted by McKinnon in a
fight last week. McKinnon was put on
good behavior by the court for a pe
riod of a year.
Farm Boys In Class
If Enter School
A ruling of General J. Van B.
Metts, state director of the Selective
Service System, has clarified the sta
tus of farm boys now in Class II C
who wish to enter school this fall.
General Meets has ruled that as
long as deferments are granted for
the boys to work on farms, the boys
will have to work on the farms. If
they enter school, trey will lose their
Class II C ratings and be subject for
call into service. ,
The ruling states: High school stu
dents spending from 7 to eight hours
Der dav in school could hardly be
found '-to be necessarily and regular
ly engaged in an agricultural occu
pation." Where registrants do return
to school their action should be prima
facie evidence that they are not enti
tled to II C classification.
Chaplin Pickard In
Service At Shiloh
And Bethel Sunday
Chaplin George M. Pickard, of Fort
Leonard Wood, Mo., will preach at
Bethel Church Sunday morning at 11
On Sunday evening, Chaplin Pick
ard will conduct services at Shiloh.
Chaplin Pickard is here on a short
leave from his station in order to bring
Mrs. Pickard and George, Jr., to
Charlotte. Before entering the ser
vice about eight months ago he was
the popular pastor of the Bethel and
Shiloh churches and it is expected
that large congregations will be pres
ent for the two services.
Dr. R.D. McMillan
To Be Speaker At
The view of the Medical Society of
North Carolina toward certain pend
ing Federal Legislation to control
practising physicians, hospitals and
the people who require their services
will be explained to Raeford Kiwan
ians in an address by Dr. Roscoe j
Drake McMillan to the Kiwanis club-
Dr. McMillan, physician of Red
Springs, will be the guest of Dr. R. A.
Matheson, program chairman, and the
club. Dr. McMillan is the secretary
and treasurer of the state Medical
Society and one of the South's out
standing "country" physicians. On
our editorial page today we reprint
an editorial from yesterday's Char
lotte Observer in which Editor Julian
Miller deals with this subject as dis
cussed in phamphlet form by Dr. Mc
Millan. Committee For Economic
On last Thursday's program D. B.
Gillis, chairman, provided the club
with a large dose of "thought mater
ial" when he had Chairman Tom Cam
eron of the Hoke Committee For Eco
nomic Develpment explain the aims
of this committee.
Mr. Cameron explained that units
of this nation-wide group were be
ing organized in every county throu
ghout the nation. It has as its pur
pose a systematic planning of postwar
operation of industry and commerce
which will provide for the re-employ'
ment, education and rehabilitation of
men and women who will be jobless
when the war is over, either through
discharge from the armed services or
from the closing of defense plants.
Mr. Cameron pointed out that these
folks were working and fighting for
freedom, and that freedom was made
up, in part, by a freedom from being
fed and clothed by made government
work, such as the WPA. It is the
plan of industry and commerce, he
said, to forestall any revival of such
government works by providing an
efficient service, available to all,
which will place them in jobs for
which they are fitted and in which
they will be self-sustaining and rea
G. W. Parks Celebrates
G. W. Parks of Red Springs. Rt. 3
celebrated ris 79th birthday Sunday,
Sept. 12th with a big picnic dinner
given by his children. He received
many useful gifts.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs.
Rex Currie and children, Mr. and
Mrs. C. J. McNeill and children all of
Red Springs, Rt. 1., Mr. and Mrs. Ros
coe Currie of Raeford, Mr. and Mrs.
Willie Parks of Cherry Point; Arthur
Parks of Norfolk, Va., Mr. and Mrs.
George Parks and children, and Ro
bert Currie of Baltimore, Md., and
Alton Parks of the home.
Star McMillan, Jr. left Monday for
Campbell College, Buies Creek, where
will resume his studies.
County Schools To
Open Sept. 27th
With Full Schedule
Opening with a full day of class
work already planned, the white
schools of Hoke County will open with
regular class schedules in effect on
Monday September 27th, it was an
nounced yesterday by K. A. McDon
ad, superintendent of schoos.
Mr. McDonald explained that all
former high school pupils had regis
tered for this term at the close of the
1942-43 session, and only those stu
dents who have moved into the coun
ty since last term will be required to
register. These students may com
plete their registration on Saturday,
September 25th, by reporting to the
office of Principal V. R. White at the
high school building.
The grammar schools will also have
full-day schedules on opening day, it
was pointed out, and the lunch rooms
will be open for services the opening
The county schools will open at 8 A.
M. and the schools in Raeford will
open at 8:30. Buses will leave Rae
ford at 2 P. M. and the country
schools will close at 2:30. Mr. Mc
Donald explained that as the days
grow shorter the opening hour will be
moved back as was done last year.
These hours were discussed at a meet
ing of principals last Friday and this
arrangement was approved as the
most satisfactory in all communities.
A county-wide teachers' meeting
has been called for Friday evening,
September 24th, at 8 o'clock. Patrons
of the several schools are invited to
Mr. McDonald explained that An
nie w. i'ridgen, supervisor of Negro
Schools of Hoke County, had been
here for some days now making an
effort to get the opening date for Ne
gro schools moved forward. This date
has been tentatively set for October
25th. However, Supervisor Pridgen
is working throughout the county pro
moting the earnier picking of the cot
ton crop and is meeting with consid
erable success. It is hoped that this
date may be moved forward at least
one week. No definite date will be
set before the middle of October, it
Teachers for the white schools of
the county are:
W. D. B. Coon, and Mrs. Bertha C.
R. A. Smoak, Mrs. Tom McLauch
lin, Mrs. Marjory Townsend, and Mrs.
R. A. Smoak.
Hoke High School.
Miss Margaret Adcock, English
Art; Miss Buena Baldwin, Band-public
school music; Miss Annie Lee
Cress, typing; J. W. Dowd, agricul
ture; Miss Blanche Fisher, math-science;
Miss Lucy Glc-nn Gill, English;
Mrs. A. D. Gore, English-Latin-Library;
Mrs. Mary Helton, lunchroom;
Mrs. N. A. McDonald, math-history;
Mrs. M. L. McKeithan, history-science;
Mrs. J. C. McLean, English
French; Miss Mary F. Peele, home
economics: Mrs. V. R. White, history
math; and V. R. White, principal-science.
Miss Esther Parker, teacrer.
T. C. Jones, Mrs. Nora McDavid,
Mrs. W. M. Morgan.
Raeford Grammar School,
Mrs. Leone Currie Walters, Miss
Aris Shankle, Miss Louise Fletcher,
Miss Mary McPhaul, Miss Anne Buie,
Miss Thclma Wilson, Miss Alma Fer
?uon, Miss Margaret McKenzie and
Miss Lillian Johnson.
Mrs. Z. G. Ray, Mrs. Malcolm Gil
lis, Miss Esdale Currie.
W. W. Roberts Hurt
In Head-On Wreck
W. W. Roberts, register of deeds of
Hoke county, was pretty badly shak
en up when his car and that of Sam
Myles met in a head-on collision
near Dundarrach Saturday evening.
Mr. Roberts received bruises about
tre knees and chest and has been in
bed since the accident.
It is reported that neither car was
going very fast and that neither
Myles nor Jay McKenzie, who was
said to be riding with him, were in
Has Leg Injured
Chandler Roberts, Norfolk and Sou
thern railway executive, was painful
ly injured last week, when a small
bone was broken in his leg by a fall
Mr. Roberts is reported to be back
on the job now, though he has to get
about on crutches.
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