The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
"Volume xxxix no. 31
RAEFOKD, N. C.. THURSDAY JANUARY 4, 1945
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NEWS or OUR
Lt. Eldred Helton
Missing From Air
Action December 17
Mrs. Mary Anne Helton of Tim
berland and Mars Hill college, re.
ceived a message Tuesday from the
War Department stating that her son
Lt. Eldred Helton of the AAF, was
missing from an air action over Ger
many since December 17th.
Lt. Helton, with his brother, en.
tered the service In 1942, and the
two boys were together throughout
the greater part of their army life
until they were commissioned as pilots
in the airforces on March 12 of this
year. Lt. Lawrence Helton was killed
in a plane crash near Bono Field,
Ark., on June 1st while he was
serving aa an instructor at the field
Some weeks ago Lt. Eldred Helton
reported to an American field in
England and he had been in combat
only a short time before the date
on which he is now reported as mis
sing. He is the son of Mrs. Mary Anne
Helton, who is a matron at Mars Hill
college! Mrs. Helton was enroute to
Mars Hill when the message arrived
here, having spent the Christmas
holidays in Raeford.
Pvt. Carl T. Taylor In Hospital
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 28.
Pvt. Carl T. Taylor, who formerly
Jived in Raeford, has recently ar
' rived at Welch Convalescent hospital,
the army's new reconditioning center
in Daytona Beach. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Taylor of
Haeford and served 35 months in
Trinrdad before his return to the
States and his assignment here. His
wife, Mrs. Ruby Irene Taylor, is
also a resident of Raeford.
Hoke Negro Woman Joins Army
Mamie L. Frierson, daughter of Wil
liam Friers'on and Queen E. Frierson
left New York City to be inducted
into the army on Dec. 18. She is a
graduate of Upchurch high school and
St.-Agnes Hospital of Nursing, Ral
eigh. She served as supervisor at
the N. C. Sanatorium for Negroes
and later worked at Jamaica Island,
N. Y. She was inducted at Camp Mc
Pvt. Robert W. Weaver was among
the class of soldier clerks who re
cently graduated from the Armored
School's Clerical department, Fort
A-C and Mrs. Paul L. Davis are
spending a few days with their pa
rents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis of
Raeford and Mr. ani Mrs. R. W.
Gaddy of Wagram. Cadet Davis is
stationed at Williams Field, Ariz. ,
Seaman 1-C Frazier Hare of Aber
deen, Rt 1, has been visiting his
mother, Mrs. W. H. Hare for thirty
days after having served on an LST
boat for several months. Seaman
Hare will report to New York again
on Januray IS.
Pfc Herbert Parks arrived home
Saturday after having spent twenty
months in the Aleutian Islands. He
was in combat on Attu and has been
presented . the Presidential Citation
and good conduct medal. This is
Pfc. Park's first furlough since en
tering the army in July. 1942. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W.
Parks of near the Sanatorium.
Request 288 Kit
Bags Of Red Cross
The Hoke County Red Cross has
been requests! for a new quota of
288 more kit bags. , Anyone who
has a kit bag in possession, please
get them in at once.
Power Lines Is
Plans For Future Construction
Additional Farm Power Lines
Heard By Hoke County Farm
Over one hundred people attended
a meeting held yesterday morning
in the Hoke county court house,
when post war plans for electrifying
all rural homes of the county were
discussed. This meeting was in re
sponse to letters sent out by the
county and home agents, calling to
gether leaders in unservefd areas
and a news article in last week's
paper. The various sections of the
county were well represented.
A. S. Knowles, Hoke farm agent,
called the meeting to order and brief
ly discussed purposes of meeting and
the need for a complete area survey.
R. H. Glazier, representative of the
Rural Electrification Administration,
explained the area sign.up program
and REA's interest in using this type
of approach as a means of coming
nearest to making service available
to all rural people.
F. E, Coxe and Reuben DuBose,
representatives of Carolina Power and
Light company, were present and gave
brief talks on their desire to serve as
many rural families as possible.
They also indicated their willingness
to cooperate with the Extension Ser
vice, agricultural leaders and local
REA cooperative to bring about com
plete area coverage.
Marshall Newton, one of Lumbee
River Coop., was present and stated
that the board of directors of the co
operative was 100 percent back of
the sign-up program.
D, J. Dalton, Lumbee cooperative
manager, explained how original lines
of cooperative were signed UP by
volunteer workers and that it is their
viesire to use volunteer workers to
sign up the undeveloped territory.
The response from those present
was very good and a large number
agreed to work up their territory.
Persons interested in securing electric
service for their farms should see
their community leader or a repre
sentative of the power service com
panies so their farm will be included
in future rural power construction
Speaker Of House
RALEIGH. Jan. 2. Representative
Oscar L Richardson of Union county,
who served his first term in 1939, re
ceived the Democratic nomination
for Speaker of the House tonight
over Representative George Uzzell
of Rowan. The vote was 70 to 31.
McBryde On Committee
Named to the Senate Rules com
mittee were Senator Gay, chairman;
ani Price of Rockingham, Clark of
Edgecombe, Smith of Stanly. Blythe
of Mecklenburg, Weathers of Cleve
land Hodges of Buncombe. Carlyle
of Forsythe. Eagles of Wilson, O'-
Perry of Wayne, Ward of Craven.
Rowe of Pender, McBryde o Hoke,
Long of Person, Pittman of Lee, Pate
of Scotland, Corey of Pitt and Aiken
Funeral services for Evander Mc
Millan. 72 who died Thursday after
noon at his home, were held r nday at
3:30 from San'iy Grove Methodist
church with the Rev. A. E. Brown
officiating. Burial followed in Arabia
Baptist chu'eh cemetery.
Surviving are his son. Frank Mc
Millan of Raeford. Rt. 2.; three daugh
ters Mrs. D L. McGugan of Lumber
Bridge, RL 1, Mrs. N. S. Stubbs of
Fayetteville. Rt. 3, and Miss Dela
McMillan .of the home; thirty-one
grandchildren and thirteen great
J. E. Harvey Hurt
J. E. Harvey, former resident of
Raeford and former owner of H. & S.
Distributing company, met with an
unfortunate accident recently. In ma
king an adjustment on some machin
ery at his plant in Biloxi, Miss.,
something went wrong throwing a
bottle which broke, cutting off two of
his fingers on his left hand. The
thirH finiw wan not so badlv hurt.
Three weeks after the accident, the
second finger which had been cut
off just below the first Joint, became
further infected and it was necessary
to have more of the finger amputated.
William B. Gaston, minister
Sunday School 10 A. M.
Morning Worship 11 A. M.
The sacrament of the Lord's Sup
per will be celebrated at this service.
Sweet Potatoes To
Be Subject Talks
At Meeting Monday
J. E. Lassiter and Howard Garris,
plant and marketing experts of State
college, will conduct informal dis
cussions of the production and mar
keting of sweet potatoes at a meet
ing to be held Monday afternoon at
2 o'clock in the office of County Agent
A. S. Knowles.
Emphasis will be placed on the
production of higher quality potatoes
in the county this year, and both
quality of product and price will be
'discussed from the farmers view
point, according to Mr. Knowles.
Five Injured When
Two Cars Crash
On Turnpike Road
Three Members Connell Family
And Two Of Adcox Family
With their vision obscured by the
neavy log of late Sunday afternoon,
C. J. Connell of Raeford and Elbert
Adcox of Laurinburg, were painfully
injured when their cars crashed
together about 4:30 o'clock on the
Turnpike road about six miles from
After being treated by Dr. A. L.
O'Briant, Mr. and Mrs Connell and
their daughter were taken to Moore
County hospital, and Mr. and Mrs.
Adcox were taken to the Laurinburg
hospital. Mr. Connell was found
to be suffering from concussion as
the result of a slight fracture of the
skull. Mrs. Connell who was treated
for minor cuts and bruises, returned
to the hospital for further examina
tion Tuesday and remains a patient
there. June Connell, aged nine, sus
tained a fractured jaw bone.
Mr. Adcox received a broken nose
and a chest injury and his wife
sustained a severe cut on the knee and
minor cuts about the face and neck.
Their two children, riding in the
back seat, were not injured, it is re
ported. Phillips Tells PTA
Group State Must
Pay Teachers More
"Effective education needs leader
ship" said Mr. C. W. Phillips presi
dent of the North Carolina Congress
of Parents and Teachers, in a talk
to the Hoke-Raeford P. f . A Mon
day night, Jan. 1, at the Hoke county
nign school; and he added that
North Carolina cannot keep com
petent leadership in her schools un
less the teachers receive 'decent
wages." Supporting his statements
with astounding figures. Mr. Phil
lips showed why he felt that the
Five-Point Legislative program sup
ported by the P. T. A. the North
Carolina Education Association, the
State School Board association, and
the Grange is so important. This
Legislative program includes the fol
lowing points: 1) increased salary
for teachers, 2) a compulsory at
tendance law which raises the age
from 14 to 16 and definitely has
teeth in it, 3) a health program, 4)
a program for vocational and special
education, and 6) the employment of
principals on a ten-month basis.
Mr. Phillips pointed out that one
of the jobs of the PTA in the past
has been to supplement the shortcom
ings of tax.supported institutions
which are not adequately provi'ied
for by the state. The main job of the
PTA now is to build up public opin
ion to instruct and inspire our leg
islature so that the state will ade
quately provide for these educational
Mrs. B. B. Cole presided over the
business session, and the Rev. H. K.
Holland conducted the devotional ser
vice. Resolutions supporting the five
point legislative program were sub
mitted by L. M. Lester and adopted
by the Hoke-Raeford PTA.
Club To Sponsor Dance
The Raedeen Home Demonstration
club will sponsor a square dance at
the Blue Springs community building
on Wednesday evening, January 10,
at 8:00 o'clock. Proceeds will be in
vested In war bonds and used for
the construction of a community buil
ding in the Raedeen community.
There will be a square dance in
the gym of the Hoke High school on
Tuesday, January 9th, beginning at
8 o'clock. The dance will be spon
sored by the Hoke-Raeford Parent
Teachers association. The public is
Hoke Exceeds "E"
An Overall Bond
Chairmaj, . Hodgin Reports
County . '5 Over Quota
Hoke county Ki 0t ' exceeded
its quota for the .yTodical War
Loan Drives, accord in Jto D. H. Hod
gin, chairman of the 5th and 6th
campaigns. The county has exceeded
its 6th War Loan overall quota of
$168,000 by $89,561.75 to make the
total purchases accredited to the
county equal S250.561.75.
The county also exceeded its "E"
bond quota of $113,000. by about
$1500. according to Mr. Hodgin, who
stated that the most recent report
he has received from the Federal
Reserve System, bond purchase re
porting agency, did not include the
last days of the campaign.
"All townships of the county came
through with their share of bond
purchases," stated the chairman, "and
nearly all reached their "E" quotas,
too. The doorknockers working with
the committee have done an excellent
job, particularly in the matter of
"E" Bond sales." Mr. Hodgin has
a special word of praise, too, for the
fine work done by the negroes of the
county under the direction of Prof.
Gaston of the Upchurch school. Each
negro school district met its quota
and most of them oversubscribed their
Hoke High Divides
Two Games With
Biscoe Floor Teams
Hoke High got a fifty-fifty break
in their first basketball games of the
iseason Tuesday night when they
divided a pair of encounters with
Biscoe on the floor at Biscoe.
Hoke girls, boasting but one regu
lar from last season, dropped a 27 to
17 contest. Klouse with 8 points,
McNeill with 6 and Moss with 3 ac
counted for the scoring for the locals,
while Biseoe's star MeCaskill with 14,
and Cagle with 6 points led for the
The boys contest wound up with
another lop-sided score, but this was
in favor of the Hoke lads, who paced
by Warner with 13 counters, defeated
their hosts 26 to 8. A Cole, 4, L.
McNeill,4 ,and W. Clarke. 3. went the
route for Hoke and their fast work
promises some heated contests as the
Both teams have booked games
together so far, though the roster is
as yet incomplete, the schedule for
the season as now arranged is as fol
lows: January 12th, Wagram there; 16th,
Hamlet here; 19'h, Red Springs there;
30th. Parkton there.
February 2nd Biscoe here; 9th,
Red Springs here; 13th, Hamlet there;
lbth, Farkton here.
March 2nd, Wagram here.
Other games for the remaining
Tuesday and Friday nights are plan
ned to give a season of 22 games, ac
cording to Principal White.
A reward of $25 is offered by
i members of the Raeford Fire depart
jment for substantial and reliable in
! formation leading to the apprehension
I of the person or persons who turned
in the false fire alarm on New Year s
Members point out that, while it
probably was meant as a practical
joke, youngsters celebrating the ad
vent of the New Year who were on
the streets were endangered by the
act and that the act was both illegal
and quite thoughtless of the well being
of the New Year celebrants and the
members of the department.
Friday, Jan. 3
An orthopaedic clinic will be held
Friday, January 5, 1945, in the base
ment of the agricultural building.
This clinic is free to all indigent
children under 21 years of age. Dr.
L. D. Baker of Duke, will be the
surgeon in charge. Please register at
the desk between nine and eleven
oclock in order to see the doctor
Suspend USO Dances
At the U. S. O. meeting on Tuesday
afternoon at which Wade N. Cashion,
district area representative, was pres-
ent, a motion was passed that the
USO dances at the Raeford armory
be suspended at present. They can
be opened at the request of the local
Officers In Open
Roy L. McMillan And H. M- Mc
Keithan To Be Speakers At
Ladies Night Program.
Dr. M. R. Smith, popular Raeford
dentist, will be installed as president
of the Raeford Kiwanis club Friday
evening to succeed H. C. McLauchlin.
The meeting will be a "Ladies
Night" affair, and Lieutenant Gov
ernor H. M. McKeithan of Fayette
ville, will preside over the installation
Roy L McMillant Wagram native
and prominent Raleigh attorney, will
be the speaker for the evening. Mr.
McMillan is one of the state's most
popular orators and the meeting was
set back one night so that his en.
gagement here would not conflict with
the ceremonies of the inauguration
of R. Gregg Cherry as governor.
Other officers to be installed in
clude V. R. White as vice president
and J. C. Hutchinson, secretary and
treasurer. Directors for the new year
who will also be inducted into their
offices are: H. C. McLauchlin, past
president. F. J. Coats, Donald Da
vis, K. A. McDonald, Marion Gat
lin, Israel Mann, W. A. McDonald,
C. L. Thomas, and Lewis Upchurch.
The dinner 'will be served at 7:30
in Kiwanis Hall, and the installation
ceremony will be held at the con
clusion of the meal, after which Mr.
McMillan will speak.
Hold Services In
Hoke High Building
Due to the construction work on
the church now in progress the Pres
byterian church will conduct their
service Sunday morning in the High
School auditorium. The communion
Service ordinarily held on the first
Sunday in January will be postponed
until the congregation moves back
into the church. It is anticipated
that the congregation will worship in
the high school auditorium only one
or two Sundays. There will be no
The Sunday school will be held in
the church as usual. Purine the
month of J.mua'y lessons will be
dispensed with in order to give the
various departments and classes an
opportunity to study Missions, books
and courses of study for the various
departments have been mapped out
and it is anticipated that unusual
interest in the cause of missions will
be developed through this course of
study. On the first Sunday in
February a special offering will be
taken for the church s Mission work.
The Pioneer and Young Peoples
vespers wil be conauctea sunaay
evening in the usual places. The con
struction work will not interfere
with these departments.
REA Board Meets
The board of directors of the Lum
bee River F.lectric Membership Cor
poration heM their regular monthly
meeting in the office of the Coopera
tive at Raeford January 2, 1945, at
3:00 P. M. Eight of the nine di
rectors were present. Mr. Knowles
and Miss Hall, farm and home agents
for Hoke county, and R. H. Glazier,
from Rural Electrification Admini
stration, St. Louis, Mo., also were
present. The area sign-up program
for post war development was fur
ther discussed and a detail program
made for completion of post war
Thp hnnr.i was unanimous in
desire to get electric service to all
rural areas within bounds of the
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Plans For Construction Of Plant
To Be Presented Here Bv Dr.
D. R. Brady of State College
Plans for the erection of a freezer
locker storage plant will be discussed
at a meeting to be held in the court
house Monday evening, Jan. 8, it was
stated yeste.day by A. S. Knowles.
Dr. D. E. Brady, freezer-storage
specialist at State college, will dis
cuss advantages of such a plant to
farmers and business houses, and will
present general plans for organization
of operating companies. Dr. Brady,
a native of the midwest where storage
plants have been in operation in
many small communities for a num
ber of years, will have a story which
should be of wide interest to the far.
mers of Hoke county, and Mr.
Knowles urges all persons who are
interested to be present at the meet
ing. Tentative plans for the unit here
call for a locker room of some 250-300
lockers of six cubic feet storage
capacity each, and a rental fee of
$15 per year for each locker. Mr.
Knowles states that at least 60 per
cent of these lockers must be rented
by farmers, and that 75 percent of
them must be actually rented and
the first annual fee paid before the
War Production Board will grant
the project a priority for the con
struction of the building and allot the
necessary freezing equipment.
There has been a lot of discussion
of a plant of this nature for Hoke
county, one which will have locker
storage, a quick freezing unit for
the preservation of fruits, vegetables
and meats, and also a plant for the
curing of meats. Mr. Knowles state
that this meeting is being called so
that the genuine interest of the people
may be carefully sounded out, and
plans for its construction may b
worked out immediately, or whether
the project should be dropped for
the time being. The interest shown
Monday night will determine the re.
suit, he stated.
Takes Oath Of Office And Charts
RALEIGH, Jan. 4 R. Gregg
Cherry of Gastonia, lawyer legis
lator and former soldier, today took
his oath of office as Governor of
North Carolina and delivered an
inaugural address that embraced his
recommendations to the general as
sembly. The legislative body, in
joint session, heard the address.
Speaking for an hour, Governor
Cherry presented a program of out
lined growth and development for
the state during the next four years.
!when he will be North Carolina !
chief executive. Emphasis was given
to matters of finance, health, educa
tion, highways, agriculture, welfare,
labor and the 'handling of veterans
and their affairs at the close of the
Governor Cherry is the second
governor of the state to be inau
gurated during wartime.. Zeb Vance,
the other such governor, took his oath
of office while the civil war was in
In his statement of fiscal policy,
Governor Cherry said that appro
priations for the coming binennium
"mut be kept within the availablity
of revenues esti rated to be received
during the biennium." The present
general fund surplus, he added, will
amount to $70,000,000 by June of
1945, because of abnormal wartime
business conditions. "This surplus
must not be dissipated in current ex
penditures," he said. He added that
this money should be used to provide
for the retirement of state debts, to
come due in future years.
His recommendations along this
line are for the setting aside of a
uffrcient portion of this surplus
to meet all general rund Donaea
debt payements as they come due,
both principal and interest. He said
this would take $52,000,000 and
would, by provision, also reduce
current levies of taxation by $5,000,
000. The remainder of the surnlui
should 8 I"'0 a., postwar regerve
fund, he continued, to serve as a
cushion against a sudden decline In
revenue, or for other possible needs
and purposes that might arise.
As a fiscal policy for the im
mediate future, the Governor came
out strong against any new taxes,
and for holding unchanged (for the
most part) the present tax structure.
Tax structure changes suggested
were to make drugs used by doctors
and patients exempted from tax, and
permitting the income tax structure
to exempt expenses for medical care,
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