The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVIII NO. 23
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 1943
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Army Air Base, Mountain Home,
Idaho, Nov. 10 Major Julian H. Blue,
son of Mrs. W. M. Blue, Raeford, has
been assigned to the Mountain Home
Army Air Base, as a squadron com
mander. Major Blue received his commission
Feb. 9, 1926, and held a reserve olfi
cer's commission until Sept. 16, 1910,
when Me entered active duty.
In civilian lite Major Eire was a
civil engineer in his home town. He
attended North Carolina State Col
lege, graduating in 1922. Major Blue
is married, and his wife, Mrs. Kathe
rine F. Blue, and their three children
are residing in Fairmont.
Lt. Herbert McLean spent several
days at home while enroute from
Camp Davis to Camp Stewart, Ga
Lt. and Mrs. James K. David and
baby, Knye, have moved from Kear
ney, Neb., to Sioux City, Iowa, where
Lt. David is now attached to an air
Cpl. Walker E. Webb, who spent
two years in the Cost Artiliery in the
West Indies, is now with an anti-air
craft unit at Camp Stewart Ga. He
is spendirg several days here with his
Cpl. Dan McKay and ljSgt. Ralph
Glummer, stationed in Trinidad, are
spending furloughs here with their
Lt. Catherine F. Pcele, formerly sta
tioned at Fort Bragg, has been trans
fered to the Northing) on General Hos
pital in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Cadet Jep Peele is hare on a five-
day leave from the Naval Air Train
ing base at Memphis. He will report
there Sunday and then be sent to Co
lumbia, S. C, to begin his pre-flight
Aviation Cadets, Eldred H. Helton
and Lawrence L. Helton have finished
flight training at Chester Field, Mc-
Bride, Mo. and Harris Field, Cape
Criraraeau, Mo, and have been trans-
'ered to Basic Training at M A A F
vBKS) Class 44-C. Maiden, Mo..
These brothers' after being separat
ed for two months are back together
TVt. Earl Dunn, of the Army Air
Foices, is at home on a 10-day
lough. He is visiting his parents, Mr.
and . Jason Dunn, and will also
spend several days with friends in
Grstonia. He is st.-tinned with the
302n;i bep. t R pair Sqdn, Tinker
Field. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Capt. Paul Dickson left Tuesday for
Fort Meade Maryland. His wife
went with him as far as Baltimore,
and will stay there while he is at Ft.
Lt. Lester Seals arrived from a
military post in Texas for a short visit
before taking further training at Fort
Captain Robert Gatlin left for Law
son General Hospital, Atlanta today
to report to the retirement board.
Masons Will Name
New Officers At
New officers of the Masonic Lodge
will be elected at the meeting to be
held on December 14th, it was stated
At the meeting Tuesday night a
committee was appointed to secure
contribution's for the Thanksgiving
offering to be presented to the Mason
ic Orphanage at Oxford. Ryan Mc
Bryde, Walter Baker and Frank Tapp
composed the Orphanage Fund com
mittee. Horace P. Andrews was given the
Reynolds "Does Not
Choose To Run
Senator Robert R. Reynolds, North
Carolina's leading isolationist, has
announced that he will not be a can
didate for the Senate next year. In a
statement on November 9th h said
that his exacting duties in Washing
ton Uiis winter would not give him
time to attend to them and wage a
political campaign for re-election.
Reynolds stated that he would not
retire from public life, and would
"continue to champion those princi
ples which I have always felt were to
the best interests of my state and
Former-Govenor Clyde Hoey,
Marvrn S. Ritch, and one Mr. Sim
mons of Burlington, have announced
their candidacies for the office to be
vacated by the Asheville man.
Writes His Thanks
A program on features of National
Education Week will be presented at
the Kiwanis Club this evening by K.
A. McDonald, V. R. White and Mrs.
Ina Bcthune, with Mr. McDonald in
charge of the program.
Principal White will give a brief
tulk on local and state activities of
the week; Mrs. Bethrn? will talk on
the libraries, program and Mr. Mc
Donald will discuss Book Week which
is being jointly observed by the
Following a sin rt program members
of the club will visit the Hoke County
Library "at the direction of Sheriff
D. H. Hoggin" and urdcr the cpreful
supervision of him and hit deputies.
On last week's program the princi
pal feature was a 1 ttcr read by Pres
ident Cecil Dew, which the club has
received from a British soldier on the
Italian front. The letter was one of
appreciation of this Tommy ar.d a
gr-up of his follows who had recr-ived
cartons of cigarettes sent by the club
to army units in this and the North
African area. They were bought with
money contributed by Hoke citizens
during the club's campaign last spring.
Members of the Kiwanis Club
and Citizens of Raeford
On behalf of my fellow comrades
I should like to express our sincerest
thanks for your recent kind gift of
Camel cigarettes. Out here in Italy
with the Eighth Army cigarettes are
more than welcome to the troops.
There is an instant response to the
Sergeant-Major's call for "One man
from each gun detachment to draw
cigarettes." A response much deeper
and more eager than the 'mere obeying
of an order. Much satisfaction is r'e
rived from receiving an issue of some
of the better brands of cigarettes and
Camels are a brand we rarely receive.
Besides being in itself a good "smoke"
it has the added charm of being a
king of novelty and a welcome change
from the Regular issue.
I am sure it is true when I say that
the British Tommy, together with his
comrade-in-arms, the American
Doughboy, can endure many hardships
with but a "few comforts and a good
cigarette is one of these little, every.
day luxuries whicVi mike life out b:re
so much more bearable.
We sincerely applaud the thouf ht
fulness of , th; se back in "Civvy
Street" who still remember their com-
fur-trades in uniform. In return we five
our best in battle; and the reward for
both jold'or and ci"i1inn will be best
reaped when, with joyful faces and
stout hearts, we lvj;in the great task
of rebuilding a Flee World.
We extend heartfelt good wi'hes
and greatful thanks to our American
I sign myself on behalf of my
comrades, J. Clark.
Gunner J. Clark, 1 153795
C. M. F.
(Censor eliminated station)
8th Oct. '43.
Open To W. A. C.
Pope Field, Fort Bragg, Nov. 10
Officers at this Troop Carrier Com
mand base were openet tocray for the
Army Air Forces WAC recruiting
drive under now under way all over
the country in an errort to enlist 46,
000 women badly needed at present to
fill behind-the-line jobs.
Faced with a critical shortage of
women to aid the soldiers on the road
to victory, the Army Air Forces have
designed a campaign which would re
cruit women from all walks of civi
lian life to work side by side the sol
diers in communications, such as tel
egraph operators; in Public Relations,
such as reporters; in radio, such as'
Army Air Force radio mechanics; in
Administration such as auditors,
bookkeepers and cryptographers and
in numerous other non-tactical duties.
For the first time since the incep
tion of the WAC, women have the op
portunity to sign for the Air Corps
specifically. Officees all over the
country are ready to take the names
of potential candidates and distribute
WACs on this base are contributing
their help by writing to friends they
feel might be interested and already
scores of these badly needed women
are answering the call.
Col. Clenn C. Salisbury of this
Troop Carrier Command base in com
mending the WACs here stated "Can
didates for the Women's Army Corps
are badly needed at all Air Corps Sta
tions. The women assigned to this
base have shown a hih aptitude for
a wide variety of appropriate assign
ments and have proven themselves
definitely as assets to the Air Corps."
AN ARMISTICE DAY THOUGHT FOR EVERY AMERICAN
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Each Service Man
Drive Starts To Day
Hoke County Committee
That Farmers Here Do
This is the slogan and goal of a new
national drive announced this week
by Walter M. Dear, chairman of the
Newspaper Pulpwood Committee, as
a climax to the Victory Pulpwood
Campaign which this newspaper has
The new drive begins today, Ar
mistice Day, and runs until December
11 when the Newspaper Pulpwood
Committee hopes to see the threaten
ed 2,500,000-cord pulpwood shortage
for 1943 averted.
This County has nearly 700 boys in
the Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast
Guard. That means our goarl of ex
tra cords of pulpwood to be cut be
tween November 11 and December
11 is 700 cords.
A. S. Knowles, county agent, who is
chairman of the Hoke County Victory
Pulp Wood Drive, states that the com
mittee has asked that the farmers of
the county join in this nation wide
drive to supply the wood demanded
by our war effort. 2,500,000 cords are
needed by January first and much ad
ditional wood, cut during this winter
by farmers, will be needed to keep up
the supply of wood cut by regular
pulpwood workers next year.
More than 1200 local pulpwood com
mittees organized as part of the news
paper Victory Pulpwood Campaign
are expected to enlist in the new drive
which will cover pulpwood producing
areas in 27 states of the Northeast,
South Appalachian and Lake States.
The idea for the new drive was sug
gested by one of the newspapers par
ticipating in the Victory Pulpwood
Campaign. It was the Jackson Her
ald, of Ripley, W. Va., of which Sattis
Simmons is publisher. So enthusias
tic was the response of the people of
Ripley and Jackson County that the
quota of 1700 cords for as many local
boys in the service was passed in a
To date. Ripley has cut more than
2200 cords of pulpwood, or better than
a cord and a quarter for every boy in
the service and has sold on the stump
and pledged to cut an additional 8,200
cords. Moreover, the town has de
veloped a new industry as a result of
the local drive. The West Virginia
Pulp and Paper Co., to obtain the
pulpwood more readily, has arranged
for a receiving yard where cash is
paid on delivery for all pulpwood cut
in the campaign.
"The Victory Pulpwood Campaign
has aroused the country to the reali
zation mat pulpwood is a necessary
and vital raw material for war. With
out its varied manufactured products
our fighting men overseas will be se.
verely handicapped in their drive
against the Axis powers still in the
"No one in this country wants to let
our boys in the service down, least of
all his home community where he will
return after the war. Cutting a cord
of pulpwood may seem a little thing
to do to show we're behind him, but
it may bnrg him home sooner or even
save his life or that of a comrade. It
certainly will make his job easier by
supplying him with equipment, food,
and supplies on time and in good con
Red Cross Unit
Be In Saturday
Any group or individual, who has
promised articles for the Hospital or
Day Rooms at Camp Mackall, is asked
to turn these articles in to Josephine
Hall's office by Saturday, Nov. 13.
Miss Hall is Chairman of the Hoke
County Red Cross Camp and Hospi
tal Committee. Such items as afghans
bedroom shoes, victrola records, pic
tures, victrolas, radios, card tables,
maps, rugs, etc., are among the things
The articles will be carried to Camp
Mackall early Monday and for this
reason it is important that the items
be in by Saturday.
Mrs. A. P. Dickson
Dies Quietly At
High Point Home
Funeral Services Conducted At
Hitrh Point and Raeford Mon
day For Prominent Local Wo
Funeral services were held Monday
for Mrs. Frances DeVane Dickson, 85,
for many years a leader in the educa
tional, religious and social life of
Hoke County, who died quietly at her
home in High Point Saturday.
A brief service was held at High
Point Monday morning conducted by
the Rev. O. C. Williamson, D. D., pas
tor of the First Presbyterian Church
of that city. The remains were then
brought to Raeford and lay m state
at the Raeford Presbyterian Church
from noon until just prior to the ser
vices conducted here at 3 P. M. The
Rev. Harry K. Holland, local pastor,
assisted by Dr. Williamson, conducted
the services. Burial was in the Rae
Pall bearers included those of her
sons who were able to attend the ser
vices: Rufus, Frank, Albert and Wil
liam and a grandson, Capt. Paul
Dickson, Jr., and a son-in-law, W. H.
Mrs. Dickson was the wife of the
late Dr. Albert P. Dickson, M. D.
She was the daughter of Col. Thomas
Wyatt and Frances Murphy DeVane
of Cumberland who in later life
moved to Red Springs. She was edu
cated at the Chowan Female Institute
at Murphreesboro. She was married
to Dr. Dickson Just prior to their com
ing to this section of what was then
Robeson County where they made
their home in the Edinbugh section
near Bethel Church.
Active in the religious, educational
and social life of this section, she was
instrumental, with others, in the
founding of the Raeford Institute, a
boarding school for bot h boys and
girls, which was operated here until
it was made a public school in 1911.
She was active in the organization of
the Raeford Presbytenan Church and,
though she had bought a home and
lived in High Point after the death of
her husband in 1921, she has main
tained her membership here since the
foundation of the church. Mrs. Dick
son was one of the very few remain
ing charter members of the church.
Surviving are ten of her thirteen
children: Rufus, Frank and Miss Hel
en Dickson, of High Point: Dr. Thom
as Dickson, professor at Syracuse (N.
Y). University: the Rev. A. P. Dick
(Contlnued on Page Eight)
Scho"?s Lead In
SalilL - . Nov. 10. Governor J.
Melvilf tj shton, at a recent con
ference t a '"Council of Church-Re-latid
Cof 'f North Carolina, cited
the fact l e were, in 1941, 5,500
more studc: a
O. oiled in Church-Re
lated Colli? d'n in
tions. Conft -ZTovi
ten, "We mis. ihMvrt to avoid the
tendency toward militarism. No
greater calamity could befall our
Church-Related colleges than that cf j
militarism." Governor Broughton
said that we must also guard against
streamlining education. Four years
in two years, will not give the culture,
refinement and breath of education
needed. We must guard against the
popular tendency that all education
must be technical, he said.
For Ration Book IV
12,189 Books Issued In First Re
gistration; Corn Prices Given.
With but 12,189 of the Fourth war
ration books issued during the first
registration two weeks ago, the War
Price and Ration board of the county
has announced that a special registra
tion for these books will be held on
November 16, 17, 18 and 19th.
It was stated (hat this will be the
last opportunity to secure one of these
books until some time early next year,
and all persons who have not secured
a Book Four are urged to make appli
cation on the above dates. The first
two days, November 16th and 17th,
are for whites to register, according
to the board and the 18th and 19th
are the days the negroes are to regis
Registration will only be in the af
ternoons, from 1 P. M. until 4 P. M.
If the county has maintained any
thing like its population in 1940, there
are approximately 3,000 people who
have no books, it was stated. There
were 14,978 people recorded in the
1940 census, and to date only 12,189
people have secured books.
The maximum price for corn for
Hoke county has been set as follows:
white corn $1.52; yellow corn $1.34;
Wholesale markup, 4c per bushel; re
tail markup, 8c, per bushel.
Current question about OPA regu
lations are being discussed ench
Thursday evening over station WPTF
To Be Discussed
Here Nov. 16th
"Although American farmers are
setting a new food production record
this year, there is still not enough
food to satisfy all the demands," says
Dean I. O. Schaub, director of Agri
cultural Extension work at State Col
lege, "and since America's food sup
ply represents perhaps the greatest
potential weapon in our fight against
the Axis we must produce more.
In outlining the objectives to be ac
complished in the 1944 "Food Fights
For Freedom" program which will be
launched in every county in the State
between November 15-19, Director
Schaub points out that it is up to our
people to cooperate in every way
possible in the production of more of
the right kind of food; to conserve
this food, and avoid waste.
"The demand for food has increased
from both civilians and military au
thorities. Civilians are doing more
work and have more money than they
have had in the past. We are taking
new territory from the enemy every
day. This territory has been stripped
of every vestige of food and the na
tives are starving. We must feed
them," until they can again produce
their own, Dean Schaub said.
Food American food can be the
deadliest weapon of all. Plans for
producing the right kind of food will
be discussed at a meeting held in
Raeford, November 16 at 1:30 P. M.
when those in charge of the program
in this section will draw up the coun
ty plans. Speakers will be Mrs. Ver
na Osteen, E. R. Collins and J. M. Os
Since the course and length of the
war may depend on how successfully
we produce this food, how willingly
and widely we share it, how carefully
we save it. how wisely we use it, ev
ery person able to produce a single
item of food should cooperate fully in
VII IUUU BlJVJlllu VWiare auuj I"
program. Director Schaub eon-
$3500 Reached By
War Fund; Drive
To End Saturday
Raeford Business Firms Respond
With 10Q Percent Contributing
Contributions for the War Fund
drii'e combined with a sub.'.tantial
part of the budget of the ITo!;e Coun
ty Soldiers Center had reached a to-
tal tf $.1,500 in cash received by the
treasurer yesterday afteinoon.
Chairman J. Lawrence M;Nni!l re
ported that the county only had to
raise about $700 more to reach the
goal of $4250 set for these two funds
in a drive that was originally sched
uled to end last Tuesday. Time was
extended at the request of a number
of the workers soliciting funds so that
they would have a chance to see all
the people in their assigned territories.
Mr. McNeill stated that the drive
had been extended until Saturday of
this week and that every indication
pointed toward the successful conclu
sion of the drive with the quota rea
ched, if not surpassed by a small mar
gin. Most every township organization
has met with splendid response, it
was said, and several have already
passed their community quotas. Per
haps the outstanding success of any
committee yet reporting was that as
signed to the business section of Rae
ford. This committee reports that all
houses were solicited by letter and a
definite amount requested from each
firm. Every firm contributed at least
the amount asked and many contri
buted more, some doubling the amount
requested, it was said.
Mr. McNeil explained that the
amount given was that of cash actu
ally received, and that several com
munity committee chairmen had funds
which had not yet been turned in to
Treasurers Wilmer McDonald and
Miss Jessie Bright Ferguson. "Peo
ple generally have given these causes
their most generous support and have
been most cooperative in every way '
Persons who have not yet been so
licited may mail their contributions
direct to the Treasurer of the Hoke
County United War Fund, care the
Bank of Raeford, or may give their
contributions in at the bank or
through their community chairman.'
Funeral Services For
Mrs. R. W. Turner
Funeral services for Mrs. R. W.
Turner, 65. of Route 3. were held at
Parker's Chapel Methodist Church
sterday afternoon at four o'clock by
the pastor, the Re. E. C. Crawford.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Turner died Sunday night.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Wilbur, and had been a
resident of Hoke county for the past
She is surv ived by her husband, two
daughters, Mrs. William Strickland
and Mrs. Edward Jerrells, both of
Hoke county, and a sister, Mrs. Dollie
Downing, of Rocky Mount.
Direct Mail Sale
The annual sale of Christmas Seals
for Tubercular aid will be conducted
by mail this year, it was announced
yesterday by Miss Aris Shankle,
chairman of the sale for Hoke County.
Batches of the seals will be mailed
to individuals on the mailing list of the
association and recipients will be re
quested to mail their money in pay
ment to Miss Shankle promptly upon
receipt of the seals. Other sales will
be made by the school children of
both the white and negro schools. The
sale among the negroes will be con
ducted by one of the teachers assisted
by the teachers and students of each
of their schools. A seperate record of
their purchases will be made in the
association's report so that special re
cognition can be given their effort in
this important annual work.
Miss Shankle states that the letters
will be mailed on November 22nd, and
that it is hoped that all people receiv
ing them will respond promptly so
that the campaign can be closed as
early as possible.
Cotton Ginning Still
Ahead Of Last Year
The November first report of J. R.
Shaw, special agent of the Bureau of
Census, shows that 11,724 bales of
. " - euicrva UJ LiiHl Qilie, UB
compared with 11,250 bales at that
date in 1942.