The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXVHI NO. 27
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, DEC. 9tli, 194II
$:.00 PER YEAR
Lt. Jimtnie Stone was at home on
leave for a few days the first of the
week. He has returned to Camp
Pvt. Ernest F. Dunn of the 949th F.
A. Bn. is now stationed at Ft. Bragg.
He spent the week end with his aunt
and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Jason Dunn
of Raeford, N. C.
Majnr Henry Monroe of MeDill
Field was at home for a short visit the
past week end.
Capt. Robert Gatlin has received
his discharge from the Army on ac
count of a physical disability. He
returned to Raeford Wednesday. The
Gatlins will move at once into their
home on Harris Avenue.
Cpl. Armond Black is at home for a
ten-day furlough from Eglin Field, 111.
Pfc. Joseph Chasey left this week
for his station in Arizona after a fur
lough at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Will Rose. Mrs. Chasey returned with
Cpl. Hestn L. Rose arrived home
Sunday from an Arizona training cen
ter of the army. He has been given a
discharge. Mr. and Mrs. Rose and ba
by will make their home with Mr, and
Mrs. Will Rose.
Cpl. James N. Maxwell returned to
his post at Venice, Fla., Sunday night
after spending a fifteen-day furlough
here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Sgt. Herbert C. Gillis has notified
his wife and parents that he has land
ed safely overseas. Though he could
not tell where he is it i, thought he isanti Placed on eood behavior for two
somewhere in the Pacific.
Pfc. Lloyd W. Gillis is spending a
ten-day furlough at home. He is now
stationed at Colorado Springs, Col.
tto State Policies
Declaration Of Teheran Confer
ence Calls For Destruction Of
London, Dec. 6 Following is the
text of the declaration of President
Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill
and Premier Stalin at the conclusion
of their Teheran conference:
We, the President of the United
States of America, the Prime Minis
ter of Great Britain and the Premier
of the Soviet Union, have met these
four days past in this capital of our
ally Iran and have shaped and con
firmed our common policy. We ex
pressed our determination that our
nations shall work together in the
war and in the peace that will follow.
As to the war, our military staffs
have joined in our roundtable discus
sions and we have concerted our plans
for the destruction of the German for
ces. We have reached complete
agreement as to the scope and timing
of operations which will be underta
ken from the east, west and south.
The common understanding which
we have here reached guarantees
that victory will be ours.
And as to the peace, we are sure
that our concord will make it an
ending peace. We recognize fully the
supreme responsibility resting upon
us and all the United Nations to make
a peace which will command the good
will of the overwhelming masses of
the peoples of the world and banish
the scourge and terror of war for
With our diplomatic advisers we
have surveyed the problems of the fu
ture. We shall seek the co-operation
and active participation of all nations
large and small, whose peoples in
heart and mind are dedicated, as are
our own peoples, to the elimination
of tyranny and slavery, oppression
and intolerance. We will welcome
them as they may choose to come in.
to a world family of democratic na
tions. No power on earth can prevent our
destroying the German armies by
land, their U-boats b; sea and their
war plants from the air. Our attacks
will be relentless and increasing.
From these friendly conferences we
look with confidence to the day when
all the peoples of the world may live
untouched by tyranny and according
to their varying desires and their own
We came here with hope and de
termination. We leave here friends
in fact, in spirit and in purpose
Signed at Teheran.
December 1, 1943
Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill
Ground pottery waste may ,oon be
uwu in maiwiiLB paim in Britain.
4 Night Hunters
Fined $550 In
Faycttcville Man And Army Ser
geant To Be Tried Next Tues
day For Hunting Deer at Night
Four white men convicted of hunt
ing at night in wild game areas, hunt
ing with spotlights and hunting on
Sunday and carrying firearms on Sun
day were fined 8 total of $550 and
court costs of $122.95 by Judge Hen
ry McDiarmid in county court here
Sam Clark of Manchester, J. A
Monroe of Lillington, and Marvin and
James West of Bunn Level were
found guilty of carrying firearms on
Sunday and hunting wild game on
Sunday and were fined $25 each and
costs on these two counts; they were
also found guilty of hunting game by
artificial lights in the nighttime and
fined $100 and costs each; and Marvin
and James West were also found guil
ty of hunting withcut licenses and
fined $25 and costs each. On the
hunting at night charges sentence of
6 months on the reads w,pre imposed
on each defendant with the sentences
suspended upon payment of the fines
and costs. Their attorney entered no.
tice of appeal to Superior court.
Night hunting cases against John
H. Kellum, Fayetteville taxi operator,
and Sergeant Lee Oneal G. Carter
were c .ntinuedaintil next Tuesday.
Other cases heard Tuesday were:
Clyde Brake paid costs for speeding;
Henry McDonald, John McLauchlin
and Nathaniel McRimmon, all negroes,
each was found guilty of operating il.
licit distilleries and find $50 and costs
Flora Hunter and James Johnson,
negrces, were found guilty of fornica
tion and adultery. The Hunter wo
man paid costs in lieu of a 30 day jail
sentence and Johnson paid a fine of
$10 and costs. J. D. McGeachy paid
costs for violation of the road laws;
Julius Johnson, negro, paid costs for
drunkeness; as did both Hezekiah
Watscn and Paul Williams, also ne
John Robeson, negro, was found
guilty of driving drunk and paid $50
fine and costs. Hubert McLean and
Austin McFadyen, negroes, were
found guilty of careless and reckless
driving and each paid $10 and costs.
Maxton Air Base
Open House Is
Salute To WAC
Base Open To Public Sunday
Afternoon Honoring Women
Maxton, N. C, Dee. 8. Declaring
himself intensely proud of the Wo
men's Army Corps and the fine job it
is doing at this installation, Colonel
Y. A. Pitts, commanding officer of
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base,
is inviting the general public and per.
sonnel of the Base to an "open house"
this Sunday from 2 to 5 o'clock in
honor of the women soldiers.
The commanding officer has extend
ed special invitations to the citizens
of Laurinburg, Maxton, Red Springs,
Fairmont, Wagram, Laurel Hill, Rae
ford, Lumberton, Hamlet, St. Pauls
and Bennettsville to visit the Base
Sunday and meet members of the
WAC detachment at a reception to be
held in the WAC Day Room. Later,
the visitors will be taken on a tour of
the area occupied by the women sol
diers. A special guard will be stationed at
Gate No. 1, where the visitors will en
ter, and they will be directed to the
automobile parking area.
During the reception, a concert will
oe given by the 364th AAF band
which is winning quite a reputation
for itself in this section of the State
To further recognize the women
soldiers, Colonel Pitts has ordered a
special retreat parade of troops in
their honor for Saturday afternoon at
'Members of the Women's Army
Corp; are doing a remarkable work
at this Ba.c and I welcome the op
portunity to invite the citizens of this
section of North Carolina and person
nel of this Base to meet them person
ally at 'open house' in their honor."
said Colonel Pitts.
"The Wacs at Laurinburg-Maxton
as well as at many other AAF instal
lations are carrying out their assign
ments in a manner that reflects great
credit upon themselves and upon the
mmy as a wnoie ana we are very
proua 01 tnem.
"These young women are excellent
soldiers and have aptly proved that
they can do more than carry their part
of the war effort on any Army post.
(Continued on page eight)
Mrs. Young Wood
Of Rockfish Dies
At Age Of 88
Mrs. Young Wood died at her home
in Rockfish at noon Saturday after an
illnetss of several weeks duration.
She was 8? years old.
Funeral services were held at the
home Sunday, 4 p. m., by the Rev.
E. B. Booker, pastor of Rockfish Bap
tist church. Burial was in the Wood
family cemetery at Rockfish.
Surviving are seven sons; A. W.
J. E., M. L C. L., and W. E. Wood,
all of Rockfish, and E. B. and Joe
Wood, both of Asheboro; two daugh.
ters, Miss Lillie Wood of Rockfish,
and Mrs. Neill D. Ray of Asheboro;
and two sisters, Mrs. Lou Jackson of I
Dunn, route 2, and Mrs. Sylvanie
Lee, of Clinton. .
Hoke Red Cross
Unit Will Cheer
Will Prepare 150 Gift Packages
For Men In Camp Hospitals.
The American Red Cross Camp and
Hospital Committee of Hoke County
has been given a quota of at least 150
Christmas packages to be distributed
to sick soldiers in the hospitals at
camps in this area on Christmas day.
Every sick soldier in the hospitals
will receive a box that will let him
know that regardless of how far away
from home he is, he is surrounded by
friends who want him to have a happy
The boxes dre to be simple, and
should contain three types of gifts.
These should be first something use
ful as shaving cream, razor blades,
handkerchicfts, tooth paste, talcum
powder, soap, writing paper and enve
lopes, etc. Second something to en
tertain the soldier as books, puzzles,
games, or playing cards and third
something to eat which might include
salted nuts, candy, fruit cake, home
made cookies and other Christmas
goodies. Cigarettes may also be in
cluded. It has been requested that the sen
der will not spend over $1.00 on the
contents of the box so there will not
be too much difference in them. The
sender's name and address should be
placed on the inside of the box and a
list of the articles contained in the
box should be written on a tag on the
outside. This is required so that the
packages may be distributed to the
best advantage. In some cases the
person receiving the package might be
on a special diet and could not eat the
particular food contained in the pack
age. Various organizations in Raeford
and in the county are being asked to
furnish a number of the packages.
The Woman's Club, the Garden Club
Church circles, the girls working at
the Courthouse and the County Office
building and the Home Demonstration
Clubs in the county are among the
groups filling the packages. Any in
dividual who has not been asked to
furnish a box but who would like to
make such a contribution may take
her package to Josephine Hall's office
by Dec. 14th. Miss Hall is Chairman
of the Camp and Hospital Committee
for the county and all packages must
be in her office by the above date.
Read Dickens Carol
At Flora Macdonald
Playmakers' Founder Appearing
At Ked springs Monday Even
ing, December 13.
Dr. Frederick H. Koch, of Chapel
Hill and founder of the nationally fa
mous Carolina Playmakers, will give
his equally famous interpretation of
Dicken's more famous "Christmas
Carol" at Flora Macdonald College on
Monday evening, December 13.
The performance will begin at 8:15
o'clock with a program of special mu
sic by members of the college music
department under the direction of
Dean Wilgus Eberle.
For some 39 years now "Proff" has
been touring the States and Canada
during the Christmas season in this
one-man performance of the beloved
Christmas story and in many famous
theatres in Canada, the New England
states, New York and the South
crowded house have received his read
ing with acclaim. For six consecu
tive years he has appeared in Raleigh
and each year there is a greater
scramble for seats.
Dr. Koch's appearance at Flora
Macdonald is sponsored by the fresh
man English classes and is under the
supervision of Professor Edna Shel-ton.
Ernest Graham Of
Red Springs Died
Prominent Merchant Succombs
To Heart Attack At Edenton;
Funeral Arrangements Incom
plete. Ernest Graham, 53, prominent busi
ness leader and former legislator of
Red Springs, died suddenly early
Wednesday morning at Edenton after
suffering a heart attack while enroute
home from Currituck Sound.
Mr. Graham had accompanied a
party of Red Springs, Raeford and
Maxton businessmen to the coastal
hunting grounds earlier this week for
duck hunting. The party made a
brief stop about 10 P. M. Tuesday at
Hertford on their return trip and at
that time he was apparently in good
spirits. Almost immediately after
leaving the town he was taken quite
ill and was rushed to a hotel in Eden
ton where his personal physician, Dr.
Roscoe D. McMillan, was addressing
a meeting of the Albemarle District
Medical Society. His death came
about four hours later.
Funeral arrangements had not been
completed Wednesday afternoon
while word of the arrival of his eldest
son, Ernest Graham, Jr., an aviation
cadet at the Santa Ana, Cal., aii'base,
Mr. Graham was the owner of Gra
hams, a department store of Red
Springs. An extensive farmer he
owned considerable acreage in both
Hoke and Robeson counties. He was
an elder of the Presbyterian church,
a Mason, a Shriner, a member and
past commander of the Charlie Hall
post of the American Legion, chair
man of the board of trustees of the
special charter school district of Red
Springs, a director of the Scottish
Bank and the Red Springs Building
and Loan association.
He served as business manager of
Flora Macdonald college for 10 years,
serving six years without salary while
he was president of the Production
Credit Corporation of the 4th district
at Columbia, S. C.
This latter position he resigned be
cause of a heart condition which de
veloped five years ago. Since return
ing to Red Springs he had acquired
entire interest in the department store
which he was operating at the time of
his death. He also was chairman of
board two of the Robeson County War
Price and Rationing system.
As a member of the State legisla
ture in the sessions of 1931 and 1933
he headed the powerful educational
committee which was responsible for
the legislative acts which placed the
entire public school system under the
present state-controlled act and pro
vided for the eight-months term for
all schools and paved the way for the
nine-months, and twelve grades
school law which is now in effect
throughout the state.
Surviving are his wife, the former
Miss Carrie McNeill, three sons, Er
nest, Jr., Pvt. George Robert Graham
of the Maxton airbase, and David of
Red Springs, and a daughter Carolyn
of the home. Surviving also are his
mother, Mrs. D. McN. Graham, of Red
Springs, and four brothers John and
James A. Graham of Red Springs, Dr.
Charlie Graham of Clio, S. C. and D.
Luther Graham of Asheville.
Stalin Gives U. S.
Share Of Credit
Teheran (Delayed) Premier Sta
lin solemly got to his feet one night
at a dinner attended by President
Roosevelt and Prime Minister Church
ill. He looked soberly about him at the
assembled military and diplomatic
leaders of the United States, Great
Britain and Russia and lifted his glass
to American war production.
"Without American production the
United Nations could never have won
the war," the Soviet leader was re
ported to have declared.
The response to Stalin's unexpected
gesture was terrific.
List $10,000 As Cost
Of Rearing Each Child
Washington. Dec. 7 Next time
your 18-year-old wants to know how
much he is worth, tell him $10,000, if
you are an American father in the
middle income group earning $2,500
annually. Metropolitan Life insur
'ance statisticians today came out of
, the huddle with the estimate that
middle income fathers invest that
(much in rearing a child from birth.
According to the statisticians costs
include: food, $2,272; shelter, $2,648;
transportation and recreation, $710;
medical care, $297 and education, $82.
New Zealand expects its shortage
of dentists to, continue after the war.
John A. McGoogan
4th War Loan
John A. McGoogan, county auditor,
received notice this week of his ap
pointment as chairman of the Hoke
, ... ,. :. "'(. ,u f H,
vouniy eoruiiiii l ; inc iuuiui
War Loan Drive 'i i will be held in
the latter part ot ary.
Mr. McGoogant '. ts to attend a
district meeting V Jy ." near future
when quotas for ti jOve will be giv
en for each count ns area.
County B(Js Ask
State To Submit Plan In Janua
ry; Recorders Court Report
Shows Big Sum Received.
After transacting routine business
business Monday morning the Board
of Commissioners and the Board of
Health of Hoke county held a joint
session at which the plan for a health
department of the county submitted
by the State Health Department failed
to get approval.
The plan, as submitted, would not
have given the service needed by the
fniintv it slated liv memhpre of
thn hn.'irric an 1 the state Honartinpnt !
was requested to present a more ade
quate plan for consideration on the
first Monday in January.
Under the plan discussed Monday
the county would have been served by
the district health officer one-half day
per week; by the Health Officer of
Scotland one day per week; by the
Health Officer of Richmond county
one-half day per week; by a sanita
rian for inspection of eating places,
dairies and school building, three
fifths of his time with a full-time
nurse and a full-time office clerk.
In disapproving the plan as sub
mitted the members of the board ex
pressed the need for a department in
the county but felt that there would
be such a division of time and duties
among the several health officers that
administration would become confus
ed. It was felt generally that this was
not the type of operation that would
meet the demands or the approval of
the people of the county.
K. A. McDonald, acting as spokes
man for the joint boards, then asked
the representatives of the State health
department to submit a more compre
hensive plan with less division of du
ties for administrators for submission
at another joint meeting to be held on
the first Monday in January.
The county commissioners received
and approved the November report of
John H. Cameron, clerk of the Recor
der's Court. It was shown that this
was, from the financial standpoint the
best report yet made in the 12 years
history of the court. The report
showed $824.05 received from fines:
$295.95 received by county for its di
vision of the court costs; and $1,114.10
received by the court and paid to the
State for costs and to sheriff's of
ficers and to witnesses; a total of $2,
224.10 received1 by the court during
Bonds for several of the county of
ficials were approved. They were:
Sheriff D. H. Hodgin (tax Collector)
$15,000; John Cameron, Clerk of Su.
perior Court, $10,000; N. H. G. Bal
four, chairman of the Board of Com
missioners, $5,000: and W. W. Roberts.
Register of Deeds, $5,000. Bonds of
other officers of the county were ap
proved in July.
The commission ordered the sale of
72 acres of land in Little River town
ship to R. L. Brooks for $10 per acre.
This land was a part of the Armfield
farms on which taxes suits were fore
closed. The trust fund report of the clerk
of court was approved and ordered
Agent Revenue Dept. Here
Monday Aid In Filing Tax
P. T. Allen, agent of the Internal
Revenue Department, will be at the
courthouse again Monday, December
13, to assist Hoke Countians in filling
out their income tax returns. Mr.
Allen was here three days this week
and has been of great assistance, es
pecially to the farmers who are mak
ing their first return of the year.
There are no charges for his services.
The several Raeford stores that
have been closing each Wednesday
afternoon will remain open all day
for the last two Wednesdays before
Lt. Conover On
Women At War
Recruiting Officer's Excellent
Account Of Services Rendered
By Women's Army Corps
"The best answer to your question
"Are women really filling important
places in the Army" is the fact that
the Army wants 500,000 women for
home and foreign service, now," stat
ed Lt. Marjorie T. Conever, in her
talk to members of the Raeford Kiw
anis Club last Friday evening.
"It hasn't been an easy job for us,
and we've been called a lot of un.
kind things in a lot of unkind re
marks," the speaker continued, "but
we have proved ourselves in spite
of these remarks. Much of this criti
cism is unjust," she explained, "and
the higher officers know it. We have
convinced them that we are willing
and are able to carry our share of the
load and even the men of the line
are beginning to approve of women
Lt. Conover told the club that it
was nothing new for women to help
in war but that it is new to the United
States to have women in uniform.
WAC Drive Ends Soon
The speaker stated that enlistment
of women in recent months had been
disappointing and that few counties
of this state were enrolling their
quotas for the North Carolina WAC
company which is to begin training
as soon as the present drive ends next
week. As enlistment officers we can
only interview the girls and women
and try to show them what the WAC
is doing. We cannot innoculate them
with the patriotism it requires to in
duce them to give up their well-pay
ing jobs and their ease of home life
to accept the army routine.
She pointed out that when the
auxiliary unit was first organized
only a limited number of jobs were
open to women. Now, Lt. Conover
stated, all of the special training
schools of the Army are open- to
women and members of the WAC are
filling, successfully, 155 diflerent jobs
of the army.
Pfc. Burgess, also assigned to re
cruiting for the campaign now in pro
gress, presented some interesting
facts about' women in the army and
told of the proposed landings on North
Africa to show that women in the
army are intrusted with much vital
information.Miss Burgess read a num
ber of interesting excerpts, too, from
a letter of a WAC member who served
for sometime in North Africa who is
now at home going to an officer can
The speakers were presented by
Mrs. W. L. Poole, Hoke county civ
ilian chairman of WAC enlistments.
The program was in charge of Mar
The Rev. W. L. Maness, pastor of
the Methodist Church, was received
as a new member of the club. Daniel
Mclnnis and N. L. McFadyen were
guests of the club.
Miss Audrey Brunkhurst and Miss
Buena Baldwin will give the program
at the meeting tonight.
Plans for the annual ladies night
and installation program when the
new officers will be inducted were
discussed and the program committee,
Tommie Upchurch, Tom Cameron and
Arch Currie, were instructed to pre.
pare the program.
County School News
By K. A. McDonald.
The Board of Education tranactcd
only routine business at its session
Monday, December 6th.
All school people deeply sympathize
with Chairman A. W. Wood of the
Hoke County Board of Education in
the loss of his molher, Mrs. Young
W. M. Monroe, member of the coun
ty board of education, is in High
smiths hospital this week for obser
vation and examination.
Ryan McBryde, member c.f the State
board of education, is in Raleigh to
day attending a meeting of the board.
High School Music
There is a great opportunity for the
youth of Hoke County High School to
discover and develop any musical tal
ent he might have through the vari
ous branches of music offered through
out the school
Public school music is taught from
the first through the eighth grade.
This program includes such phases of
music as singing, appreciation, feeling
for rhythm, and creative work. It
aims to give the child a repertoire of
songs to sing individually and with
others. It alco provides through the
hearing of good music a richer expe
(Continued on Page Four)