The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVIII NO. 18
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 1943
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S5 IN UNIFORM
Clark and Baxley
James W. Baxley, 18, seaman 2 c,
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Baxley and
H. G. Clark, 17, fireman l'c, son of Mr.
and Mrs. H. G. Clark, have completed
their basic training at the Submarine
school at the Naval base at New Lon
don, Conn., for duty with our growing
fleet of submarines.
Clark and Baxley are now entitled
to wear the twin dolphin insignia of
the submarine service.
Clark graduated from the Hcke
High school last May, 1942. After
joining the Navy nine months ago he
was given preliminary training at
Bainbridge, Md. He says: "I like the
informality on submarines. Aside
from the good pay there is a lot to
Bavley, abo a Hoke High student
joined the navy last January and took
his initial training at the Maryland
Pfc Paul Davis
Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., Oct. 6
Pfc. Paul L. Davis of Raeford, has
qualified as an expert B-24 Bomber
mechanic, and will graduate from
Keesler Field airplane mechanics
school on October 9th.
Private Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs.
F. F. Davis, Route 2, Raeford, was
one of scores of soldier-students who
finished the course of approximately
17 week today, - He will either be
assigneU o duty teryicing one cf the
great four-engined .Liberators, sent
to a factory school for advanced study
in some phase of Iheir maintenance,
or sent to one of jfc Army Air Forces
Training Command's aerial gunnery
schools to. Joan to shoot Axis fighters
out of the skies'" "
LuBen. Currie Now y
Ben Currio, Naval flying officer
who has a number of Jap planes to
his credit, has recently been promot
ed to lieutenant, senior grade. Currie
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Scott
Currie of Raeford.
Promoted To First
Jamie Woodrow Stone has been re
cently promoted from second to first
lieutenant according to a War Depart
ment announcement released yester
Seaman James Baxley of Raeford
is now at the Naval submarine school
at New London, Conn. His mother,
Mrs. J. W. Baxley and Miss Mabel
McKay Baxley, left Wednesday for
New London to visit him.
"J. G." Now
""Jake" (that's not his Navy name)
Austin has recently been promoted
from Ensign to Lieutenant, junior
grade, according to "Dee" who re
ceived the news.
From Insurance To
Major and England
Raeford's J. Robert Covington, for
mer special New York reporter for
the News-Journal, who was doing
pretty well in the insurance business
in New York before the war came
along seems to be doing alright in the
Army too. He has been upped a
grade in the army since he arrived in
England recently. Cap'n Bob is now
a) major, according to a special dis
patch to the N-J from the office of
Brig-Gen. F. L. Andersbn, command
ing general of the 8th Air Force Bom
Major Covington is the son of Mrs.
W. T. Covington of Raeford and the
grandsf n of R. R. Covington of Laur
Sgt. Caddell Home
Sgt. George L. Caddell returned to
Reno Army Air Base Monday after
spending 6 days with his mother, Mrs.
E. G. Wickline, Route 2.
R. O. Cothran, Jr., seaman U. S
Navy, has notified his parents that he
has arrived safely over-sea and that
he is getting along fine. His letter
states that after the rigoours of basic
training he is now getting what he
joined the Navy for, and he is well
satisfied with his assignment
Pvt. Hardy Willis is home on 15
day furlough from a California camp.
(By Elmer L. Schuyler)
Williamsport, Pa., Oct. 6. Believ
ing that the good people of Raeford,
with whom the Williamsport Grays
made their temporary home during
spring training in 1938, 1940, 1941 and
1942, might like to know something
about the Eastern League in 1943, and
the chances that Williamsport may be
back in the fold in 1944, here's the sit
uation: The League has just closed a most
successful season, with Scranton win
ning the pennant in the regular sched
ule, but losing to Elmira in the post
season Shaughnessy playoff. Elmira,
which finished second in the regular
season, thus wins the coveted govern
ors' cup, a trcphy awarded yearly and
which involves the four clubs finish
ing highest in the pennant race.
The Williamsport club's business
organization is still intact. Bowman
Field is available and the fans are
avid for Eastern League Baseball af
ter being deprived of it during the
1943 season. If Willia:r.6port gets
back it will be via the Springfield
(Mass.) franchise which, it is under
stood, will be for sale.
Utica (N. Y.) bought the Williams
port franchise last spring, but the
Williamsport players were sold to El
mira. Only four appeared in the line
up, however Alex Mustaikis, Sammy
Zoldak, Barney Lutz and Art Jones.
All of'the others either joined up
with the Army or Navy or remained
on good-paying war industry jobs.
As it turned out, Mustaikis, Zoldak,
Lutz and Jones figured largely in put
ting Elmira in second place in the
pennant race and, later, in winning
the governors' cup. Mustaikis and
Zoldak were 20-game winners; Lutz
played in the infield and outfield and
was a powerhouse with the bat. Jones
was late getting in the lineup, but did
well after he got started.
The longest and most exciting game
of the whole campaign was the fifth
in the finals of the playoff, going to
seventeen innings and being halted,
3 to 3, on account of darkness. In the
final game, Mustaikis held Scranton to
five hits and Elmira won, 8 to I. El
mira hails Mustaikis as "Alex the
Great," and he could easily be elected
mayor cf that city if the election were
J. Roy Clunk, of Williamsport, was
business manager for Elmira during
All members of the present board
of directors of the Lumbee River
Electric Membership corporation
were renominated for 1944 at a meet
ing of the nominating committee held
in the company's offices in Raeford
The committee reported that "due
to their outstanding work in the past
year and the fine condition of the co
operative this whole-hearted and un
animous endorsement was the opin
ion of the entire committee."
Those making up the present board
are: Carl A. Alford, Mrs. Lucy
Smith, Dan T. McGirt, Marshall New
ton, C. L. Ballance, J. McN. Gillis, J.
E. Morrison, Lambert Lewis and J. R.
Members of the nominating com
mittee present for the meeting Tues
day were: W. K. Culbreth, Lonnie P.
Smith, D. H. Wilkerson, R. B. Tclar,
Louis Parker and J. A. Mclntyre. A.
J. Cook and R. T. Cobb were unable to
The officers of the association will
be voted upon at the annual member
ship meeting to be held in Raeford
November 3rd. Other nominations
for the directorship may be made by
fifteen or more members by petition,
or from the floor at the annual meet
ing, it was pointed out by D. J. Dal-
ton, superintendent of the company,
CAPT. PLOTKIN BACK
IN THE STATES
Capt. O. M. Plotkin and Mrs. Plot
kin, who lived here for some months,
are now in Texas, according to a re
cent letter to Mrs. Bentoi Thomas.
Captain Plotkin, who has been in
foreign service for a number of
months, has been very ill'. He is in an
Army hospital in Texas at the present
Clark Goodman is home from Trin
idad on a 30 day furlough. He has
been in the West Indies for about
The Only War Bond youll ever re
gret is the one you didn't buy!
Captain Jack Knight
Cited For Bravery
A recent citation for bravery was
that of Capt. Jack Alvey Knight, 2nd
Armored officer who was a popular
resident of Raeford for several months
before the African invasion.
Cited for walking through an enemy
mine field, marking a track for his
tanks, after having led his tanks for
ward himself through heavy shellfire
in a jeep, Captain Knight received
the British Military Cross at ceremo
nies last week at the command of
Generals Isenhower and Patton.
"It was one of the worst moments
in my life, when I had to walk out in
front of the whole regiment," he
wrote his wife who is now at her
Georgia home. "Earning that decora
tion was much easier than getting it."
The citation stated that after he had
positioned his tanks Capt. Knight
evacuated some 20 severely wonded
men in his jeep, and that all his ac
tions were carried out under fire and
he displayed a high standard of per
sonal bravery. The history of his ac
tions and the recommendation for the
citation was made by the English
commanding generals, with whom his
unit was serving at the time.
The Board of Education held its
October meeting Monday. Bus routes
and schedules were approved, as the
principal work of the meeting.
The Mildouson P.-T. A. met Tues
day evening. Misses Terrine Hollo-
man and Mary Falls Pecle and J. W.
Dowd met with the association.
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All wives of Army personnel, who
have been teachers, are requested to
register with Principal V. R. White at
the Hoke High School if they are
available for substitute teachers'
HOKE HIGH NEWS
Army and Navy Qualifying Test
The second qualifying test for the
Army Specialized Training Program
and the Navy College Program V-12
which will be given throughout the
country on Tuesday, November 9, will
be administered at Hoke High at 10
A. M., Principal V. R. White has an
nounced. A phamplet of general in
formation which contains an admis-sion-identificatien
form may be ob
tained at the high school. This form
properly filled out, will admit to the
test students between the ages of 17
and 21 inclusive who are recent high
school graduates or who will be grad
uated by March 1, 1944. Intent to
take the test should be made known
immediately to Mr. White.
The same examination will be ta
ken by both Army and Navy candi
didates. The examination is designed
to test the aptitude and general knowl
edge required for the program of col
lege training and all qualified stu
dents are urged to take the test. At
the time of the test each candidate
will be given a choice of service pref
erence, but taking the test does not
obligate the candidate to enlist in the
On Tuesday, September 28, the
Journalism Club held its first meeting
of the year. The following staff mem
bers were chosen for the Hoke Hi-:
Editor-in-chief Leonora Currie;
Business Manager Fnye Baker; As
sistant Business Manager Allyne
Smith; Society Editor Mildred Car
ter; Sports Editor Angelo Sorrenti
no; Club Editor Doris Norton; Liter
ary Editor Cora Lee Crouch; News
John McGregor, William Sipfle.
The club is enthusiastic about be
ginning the work on the school paper.
It is also planning an exhibit in con
nection with National Newspaper
Week, October 1-8.
The Beta Club completed the elec
tion of new officers for the year at a
call meeting held Monday, October 4.
The list follows:
President Betsy Ann Cole; Vice
President George White; Secretary
Cora Lee Crouch; Treasurer Harriet
The old members of the Beta Club,
a national honor society for high
school students, are: Leonora Currie,
Faye Baker, Cora Lee Crouch, Allyne
Smith, Betsy Ann Cole, Betty Lou
McGregor, Bennie Lee McGougan,
Christine Hodgin, Jacqueline Hodgin,
GeraMine Maxwell, and Hazel Gray
McFarland. The new members to be
initiated are: Dcnnio Lytle, Harriet
lor.es. Vera King, Grace Jones, Ruth
Dawson, George White, Ina Mae Ben
ner, Laura McDougald, Margaret Ray,
and Jewel Klouse.
The club has started work on two
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County Goes Well: t Bond Quota In
Final Week; Total 60f $233,000
Reported By ChairmlV L. McNeill
Total bond sales in Hoke county
during the 3rd War Loan Drive went
to $233,000 last Saturday evening to
put the county nearly 12 per cent over
its quota of $209,000, it was stated
yesterday by J. L. McNeill, county
Mr. McNeill said that practically
every township went over its assigned
quota in the drive and the results of
the final week of the campaign show
ed that plenty of work was done by
the township and zone chairmen and
their committee members throughout
Hoke county. Speaking for himself
and for Mrs. W. L. Poole, chairman of
women's activities in the drive, Mr.
McNeill praised in the highest terms
the fine cooperation they had received
from these workers who spent their
time and used their cars and their
gasoline in getting around into every
community seeing people and selling
them bonds. Their work accounts for
the fact that we can still say that Hoke
has answered every appeal made to
it in this war, he concluded.
October Purchases Will
In a recent letter from the Treasu
ry Department, it was announced that
purchases of bonds and stamps made
on or before October 16th will count
on the 3rd War Loan Quota, Mr. Mc
Neill explained in his statement, and
though there will be no more concert
ed sales activity in the drive, this will
mean that we can expect the county
to go even more over its quota than
we were able to report at the close of
the actual drive last Saturday.
The Rev. J. D. Whisnant, who as
sumed his duties this week as pastor
of the Raeford and Wagram Baptist
churches, will ttonduct the worship
services at the Raeford BaptistChurch
Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, when all
the congregations join in a Union Ser
vice in his honor.
The first regular preaching service
at the Raeford church to be conduct
ed by the new pastor will be held Sun
day morning at 11 o'clock.
Foods: UVW, Oct. 20.
Meats: Red XYZ, Br'n AB, Oct. 2.
Sugar: Stamp 14, 5 lbs. Oct. 31.
Shoes: Stamp 18, October 31.
Gasoline: No. 6-A coupons, Nov. 21.
A Gas coupons expire midnight
Nov. 8. The board requests Hoke
Countians get application blanks at
nearest service station, fill it out, at
tach back sheet of present A book,
with old tire inspection blank and
mail to Ration Board, Raeford, N. C.
Registration for Ration book 4 will
take place in Hoke county October 28,
29 and 30th. Registration will be at
all school buildings in current use ex
cept Hoke High building.
Hours will be Thursday and Friday,
October 28 and 29 from 3:15 to 6:00
P. M. Saturday Oct. 30 from 9 A. M.
to 6 P. M. except the Little River
community house where registration
will be only Friday from 4 to 6 P. M.
and Saturday from 10 A. M. to 6 P. M.
The Home Front pledge campaign
will be started at the same time.
Effect Oct. 11th
Wilmington, Oct. 6. Operators of
rubber tired vehicles making whole
sale and retail deliveries of property
within the Wilmington district were
reminded today by G. T. Musselman,
district manager of ODT's division of
motor transport here, that restric tions
on deliveries under Amendment 3B
to General Order ODT-17, becomes
effective next Monday, Oct. 11th and
were urged to become familiar with
the provisions of that amendment so
they might be in a position to comply
with its provisions on the effective
The restrictions made by the a
mendment include: (1) A prohibi
tion against the retail delivery of
packages which weigh five pounds or
less or which measure 60 inches or
less in length and girth combined;
(2) limitations upon the frequency of
retail and wholesale deliveries of cer
tain commodities; (3) a prohibition
against Sunday retail deliveries with
the exceptions of ice, milk and cream,
and a prohibition cf all Sunday
wholesale deliveries with the excep
tion of ice.
M!$ftl. A. McGugan
Mrs. Mary A. McGugan, 72, died
early Saturday morning at her home
in Allendale Township near Red
Springs. Funeral services were held
at the home Sunday afternoon at 4
o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Troy
E. Jones of Red Springs, pastor of the
Baptist church of which Mrs. McGu
gan was a member, assisted by the
Rev. S. F. Hudson of Lillington. Bur
ial was in-Alloway cemetery. Red
Daughter of the late John D. Brown
and Elizabeth Graham Brown of Red
Springs, Mrs. McGugan was born Au
gust 26, 1871.- On January 5, 1893,
she was married to the late John Gra
ham McGugan, who preceded her in
death on February 20, 1942. To this
union were born the following chil
dren, all of whom survive: Layton of
Fayetteville, Charlie T., of Dunn; J.
G., Jr., and L. A., of Red Springs; D.
B. of Rockingham; W. H. of Winston
Salem and two daughters, Mrs. F. M.
Ammons of Red Springs, and Mrs. C.
A. Everleigh of Lumberton. Also
surviving are four sisters, Mrs. W. B.
Matthews and Mrs. T. A. Mclver of
Cordele. Ga.; Mis. J. W. Matthews of
Aberdeen; and Mrs. J. E. Williford of
Lumber Bridge, and a brother, W. A.
Brown of Willard. In addition Mrs.
McGugan is survived by 29 grandchil
dren, four of whom are in the armed
In early life the deceased was unit
ed with the Red Springs Baptist i
church and served at a faithful mem
ber as long as her health permitted.
She was known for her Christian
character and gentle disposition.
Drive Begun In
Raleigh, Oct. 6. A concerted cam
paign to increase the enlistment of
young women in the Women's Army
Corps was started throughout North
Carolina following Governor Brough
ton's proclamation urging cooperation
with the special Wac drive lasting
from Sept. 27 to Dec. 7.
The Governor, responding to a re
quest by General George C. Marshall,
U. S. Army Chief of Staff, designated
the North Carolina Office of Civilian
Defense as the state agency to assist
the Women's Army Corps in the cam
paign, which is part of a national
drive to recruit women for the wacs.
Plans for securing the cooperation
of local defense councils by R. L. Mc
Millan, State OCD director, and Mrs.
Walter G. Craven, State director of
OCD's Service Corps. Local defense
chairmen have been asked to appoint
special committees to assist in recruit
ing Wacs, who may enter the service
at Army enlistment stations at Dur
ham, Asheville or Charlotte.
Headquarters during the all-out
campaign will be maintained in OCD
offices in Raleigh by Lieut. Lucy Page,
of the Asheville recruiting office, who
is serving as liaison officer between
the Governor, OCD and the Wacs.
To Be Here Each
Saturday At P. O.
I.t. E. Scott Dyer and Cpl. Helen
Cook from the Women's Army Corps
Kecruiting unice in Charlotte will be
at the Raeford postoffice each Satur
day until further notice.
There are 155 different types of jobs
that the army is asking the WAC to
fill, and the need for them is urgent.
Women between the ages of 20 to 50
with no dependents under 14 are eli
gible. Lt. Dyer and Cpl. Cook are most en
thusiastic about their own experiences
in the WAC, and they believe that wol
men can do their country a great ser
vice in the organization to which they
Revival Begins At
Church Of God
The fall revival services of the Rae
ford Church of God will start Sunday
evening, October 10th, it was an
nounced this week.
The Rev. Al. nzo Creech, of Erwin,
pastor of the local church, will con
duct the services. They will be held
each evening at 7:30. All are cordi
ally invited to attend.
To Speak Tonight
State Forester R. W. Graeber, of
Raleigh, will be the speaker on to
night's program of the Raeford Ki
wanis Club, it was stated yesterday
by A. S. Knowles, program chairman.
Mr. Graeber's subject was not an
nounced but it is expected that he will
dwell to some extent on the current
pulpwood cutting campaign which is
in progress throughout the Southern
states. This campaign is lagging
somewhat in Hoke county due to the
demands of cotton, hay and tobacco
crops which are being harvested at
the time many other sections are mak
ing much progress in pulpwood pro
duction. On last Thursday's program Neil A.
McDonald presented two Hoke coun
ty boys in the army. Pfc. Tom Mc
Bryde gave the club some interesting
facts and sidelights concerning life in
the Army during his fourteen months
in Panama. Pfc. McBryde was a
me:nber of the first contingent of men
drafted from the county and after a
brief basic training was attached to
a unit of coast artillery in the Canal
John K. McNeill, Jr., corporal in the
AAF, tcld the club of his duties as
crew chief on a B-25. He is stationed
at Greenville Air Base, and is in the
last stage of advanced training before
being assigned to active duty.
At the close of the program Bond
Chairman J. L. McNeill told of the
progress of the county campaign.
Members of the club pledged to pur
chase additional bonds in the amount
of $5,000 before the drive ended on
Number Of Cases
Heard In County
Judge Henry McDairmid heard a
number of cases Tuesday in county
court. All sentences were suspended
and a number of the defendants were
put on good behavior of from one to
Willie Davis, negro, paid $25 and
costs for assault on Willie May Mc
Rimmon, and is on good behavior for
2 years. Lock Maynor, negro, was
found not guilty of assault on his wife.
Neill Maynor, negro, pleaded guilty
to assault on John Henry Johnston
with a knife. He was ordered to pay
Johnston's doctor bill, court costs and
put on good behavior for a year.
Albert Norton, white, was found
guilty of forcible trespass and paid
the court costs. James Smith, negro,
was fined $50 and costs for operating
a car while drunk. Willie Arnold,
was found guilty of the larceny of a
shotgun two years ago. He paid costs
J. C. Evans, negro, was convicted
of driving slowly past a school bus
while it was unloading. He was
warned by the court and ordered to
pay the costs. George McEachern,
Theodore McLauchlin, Willie Mc
Phaul, and James Johnson, negroes,
each was found guilty of possession of
small amounts of non-tax paid liquor.
Each paid costs of his case.
Sidney Monroe, negro, drew 12
months sentence suspended upon pay
ment of $100 and costs for possesion
of liquor for sale. His wife, Mary,
and his sister, Flora Monroe each drew
six months suspended upon payment
of $25 and costs on similar indict
ments. All were put on probation for
Last Tuesday the following cases
Fred Douglas, negro, and Cullen
English, white, each paid costs for
speeding; Paul McNeill, negro, paid
costs for liquor law violation.
Robert Cunningham paid costs for
road law violation. Connie Rogers
paid $25 and costs upon conviction on
assault charges brought by Lawrence
Jones. Jones paid costs for drunken
ness. J.hn A. Shaw pleaded guilty
to using indecent and profane lan
guage in a public place and paid costs.
lUSO Council And
Leaders To Meet
There will be a joint meeting of
the Hoke County VSO Council and
the Soldiers Center Committee tonight
at 8:30 o'clock, according to Mrs. H.
A. Cameron, council chairman.
The meeting will be held in the
Commissi! ners room in the court
house and all members are urged to
attend. Mrs. Cameron states that the
business to be discussed is of great
importance but should require little
time if all members are present
promptly at 8:30.
While money is plentiful, renew
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