The Hoke County New$
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXIX NO. 34
RAEFORD, N. C, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 1945
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S-Sgt. D. E. Chason
Killed In Action
Mr. and Mrs. J. A.. Chason of
Lumber Bridge, Rt. 2, have received
the second notice from the War De
partment stating that their son, S-Sgt.
Daniel E. Chason, who was reported
missing, was killed in action on
S-Sgt. Chason entered the ser
vice with Co. L of the National
Guard in 1940. He received his
military training at Fort Jackson,
S. C; Camp Blanding, Fla.; and
Camp Atterbury, Ind., before being
sent overseas a year ago. He was
in the infantry, serving with a unit
of the 30th Division on the Western
front. He was in France in the
early days of the Normandy invasion
and participated in many of the
battle across France, Belgium and
S-Sgt. Chason was born near Lum
ber Bridge, and lived there practic
ally all his life. He had been a mem
ber of Ephesus Baptist church for
several years. He was a person with
a good character and high ideals.
He had many friends both old and
young. Surviving are his parents,
two brothers and several sisters.
An Air Transport Command Base
In England. The promotion of Sgt.
James E. Baker, son of C. M. Baker
of Raeford, N. C. to the grade of
Staff Sergean in the U. S. Army Air
Forces, has been announced by the
Headquarters of Brigadier General
Earl S. Hoag, commanding general of
the European Division, USAAF Air
S-Sgt. Baker entered the service
In September, 1942, and received his
basic training at Keesler Field. Miss.
He attended Armorer's school at
Lowery Field, Colo. He has served
in the British Isles with the European
division for the past 18 months and
is a member of the maintenance sec
tion of this ATC base.
S-Sgt. Baker's organization is the
trans-Atlantic aerial supply line be
tween the United States and Europe
which operates hundreds of cargo and
passenger planes monthly, carrying
important passengers, vital war car
go, the all-important soldiers' mail
and returning the wounded soldiers
to the United States.
' Staff Sergeant Luther W. Clarke
of Camn Chaffee, is spending a leave
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther
James Alexander, who is receiving
his boot training at the Naval Dase,
Bainbridge, Md., is spending a few
days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Alexander.
Cpl. and Mrs. Carlton Niven, who
have been visiting Mr. ana Mrs. J. t.
Niven, left yesterday for Roxboro,
where they will spend a few days with
Mrs. Niven's mother, Mr. M. D. Gen
try. Sgt. Jack Pope, Cpl. James Step
hens, Cpl. Tom Conloy, Sgt. Wilson
Yarborough and William Harris are
home on furlough from Camp Chaf
S 2-C Tommy T. Davis of Bain
bridge, Md., is spending a few days
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John
Mrs. Cyrus Thompson of Raleigh
spent the week-end with her sister,
Mrs. Sarah McEachem McNeill. Mrs.
Thompson and Arch McEachem at
tended the funeral of a cousin, Miss
Carolyn McNeill in Savannah, Ga.,
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Duck Yarns For Tents. Bed
Rolls, Leggings Listed Among
Materials Urgently Needed.
Eighty percent of the output of
the Edinburgh Cot'on Mills of Rae
ford is going into materials listed
as neeJed "critically," and the rest
of production is for "essential" ma
terial, it was s'ated here yesterday
bv J. C. McKinnon and M. T. Poovey,
manager and superintendent of the
So critical is the demand for cot
ton yarns for the making of duck
to be processed into tents, leggings,
bedding rolls and artic overshoes, it
was stated, that the War Manpower
Commission has given the locaKwar
plant a top rating for securing work
ers in this emergency.
Since the recent message of the
President in which he expressed the
need for some kind of legislation to
control manpower and a means to
stop absenteeism, the WMC has classi
fied all types of industries and their
products according to the present de
mands for their products by our
armed forces. Ammunition for guns
and duck cloth were placed on an
equal basis in this reclassification
it was stated., .
Mr. McKinnon stated that of the
total output of the local mills 80
percent is for "critical" yarns go
ing to processors who make the yarns
into the vitally needed duck cloth,
or into cordage for the navy, and
the other 20 percent is classified as
"Our bottleneck here is in absen
teeism," stated Mr. McKinnon. "We
have a potential production capa
city of about 20 percent more than
our present weekly output," he con
tinued. "If our present force were to work
full time this 20 perecent increase
in production could be obtained."
"We hope the recent ruling will
help us in impressing upon our em
ployees the fact that ours is a
vital war industryt and that each one
of them, in working full time each
week, is contributing directly to our
nation's war effort," he concluded.
Funeral Services .
For Mrs. Gibson
Mrs. Blennie C. Gibson, aged 67,
died last Thursday while a, patient
at a Fayetteville hospital. Mrs. Gib
son had been ill for about two weeks.
Funeral services were conducted from
the Antioch Presbyterian church on
Sunday afternoon with the Rev. J.
W. Mann, pastor, officiating. Burial
was in the family plot in the old
Antioch Methodist cemetery.
Mrs. Gibson was the widow of
J. C. B. Gibson, a prominent farmer
of the community who died several
years ago. A native of Cumberland
county, she was the daughter of Dan
iel and Allie Collom Biggs.
Surviving are her step-mother,
Mrs. Jane Biggs and two sons, John
C. and Walter Gibson of Red Springs
Rou'e I, three brothers, G. C. Bigg:
of Red Springs, Rt. I. L. A. Biggs
of Shannon and Wayne Biggs 01
California- two sisters. Mrs. Rubie
Shelton of High Point and Mrs. Hug:i
Thompson of Johnson City, Tenn.;
and three grandchildren.
Cpl. Joe Murrell Back In States
His friends in Raeford will be glad
to know that Joe Murrell, now in
the marines, and former State pa
trolman stationed here, is back in the
After 25 months in the South Pa
cific, and taking part in five island
engagments from the Solomons to
Saipan, he arrived at his home in
Jacksonville, N. C. last Tuesday for
a 30-day leave. After his leave he
will report to the Brooklyn navy yard
where he will be attached to a motor
When interviewed in Wilmington,
while on his way home, he said, "Tell
all the folks in Raeford I'm still
kicking, and sure would like to get
back up that way."
"I picked up a sun tan and managed
in some way to even gain a little
weight, but boy am I tired."
Damaged By Fire
Fire damaged the cookhouse in
the yard of the Clyde Unchurch
home Monday afternoon. The fire
had made considerable headway be
fore it was discovered. Quick re
spense of the fire company saved
the building from being a complete
Sgt. Joe Hancock
Missing In Action
Mrs. Joe Hancock received a mes
sage yesterday from the War De
partment stating that her husband.
Sgt. Joe Hancock had been missing
in action since January 11th. He
was with the 45th Division of the
Infantry serving with the Seventh
Army in france. tst. rtancocK naa
I ueen in comoai since me ursi 01
He entered the service in February
(1944, and had been overseas since
lJuly, 1944. Prior to his enlistment
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made his home in Raeford with his
wife, the former Miss Margaret Mor-'a
ris, and three children. Sgt. Han-
cock is me son 01 Mr. and Mrs.
; w. o. nancocK 01 tjreensooro.
I Soldiers In Paris
Sentenced To Hard
Labor For Looting
Major Graham Dickson Of Rae
ford Was Defense Counsel For
Ten more enlisted men, members of
a Railway operating unit serving in
France, were sentenced to serve from
20 to 30 years at hard labor by a
military court sitting in Paris this
The men were defended by Major
George Graham Dickson of Raeford.
An impassioned plea that the defen
dants were victims of extraordinary
temptation in the midst of unusual
conditions made, by Major Dickson
failed to move the members of the
court martial after the defendants,
in signed statements, admitted black
market deals in stolen eovernment
Quantities of coffee, meats and
(cigarettes taken from boxcars of
1 their trains were looted and sold, ac
cording to the evidence, and the men
i were found to have bundlles of French
j currency in their possession when
1 they were arrested.
Light Docket In
The car of George Rubith Lock
lear, Robeson county indian, con
fiscated recently on order of Judge
Henry McDiarmid upon conviction of
the indian on illegal liquor charges,
was returned to him this week and
the indian was fined $300. The
car was returned when invsetigation
showed that it was mortgaged.
Marley Martin Long, white, of
Jackson Springs, paid costs for speed-
I ing. David Cook, negro, paid costs
I on conviction of assault upon Bud
Steward, arid also paid $10 for re
pair of Steward's glasses and was
ordered to pay a medical bill.
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uaici u. ouiitjuaugu' auu uis wiie,
Jennie B Stinebaugh each paid costs
for an affray. The man also paid
costs for drunken and disorderly
Ernest Headen was given 60 days
for larceny of corn, which testimony
showed had been sold to two people
and collected for. though delivered
to only one of them. The sentence
was suspended upon payment of costs,
refunding the money for te corn.
and he was put on good behavior,
Growers Risk Losing
Future Cotton Rights
If 1945 Acreage Cut
How much cotton will a farmer
be able to plant in 1946 or 1947?
That may depend upon how much
acreage he plants in 1945, says A. L.
Ward, of the National Cottonseed
Products association, and this fact
should be weighed carefully in plan
ning acreage this season.
Cotton acreage is not restricted
this season, he points out, but in
past control programs "Acreage his
tory" has been used to determine a
grower's right to benefit payments,
loans and other benefits under gov
ernment program. Because future
programs may also be based upon
acreage history, a grower may en
danger his future opportunity to
grow cotton by failure to plant
enough acreage in 1945.
Ward added that some farmers
will not be able, due to conditions
beyond their control, to plant as
much cotton acreage this season as
in the past; and this may endanger
acreage goals established by the War
Food Administration unless growers
increase acreage where they are
able to do so.
"Because of the importance of cot
ton and cottonseed as a war crop.
source of food, feed and fiber, and lib-ary does not have.)
source of income to producers it is n
highly important that every effort Mrs. E. B. Young and Mrs. E. B.
be made to reach these acreage Voune, Jr., of Danville, Va., are visi
goals," he said. ting Mrs. Paul Dickson, Sr.
Robert E. Guin
Dies Of Burns;
j Five Year Old Child
Fire Pouring Gasoline
Can At Hoffman
Robert Earl Guin, aged 5, died
the Moore County hospital earivV 4 ,ocal sl'citat'on of funds for
yesterday morning as the result of ,- ?V J Infantile Paralysis fund
I severe burns received when his cloth-
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line which he had Doured out near
At about 8:30 Tuesday morning,
the child was playing near a fire,
used by pulpwood cutters employed
by the boy's father, Cecil B. Guin,
and his grandfather, J. L. Barbour,
of near Hoffman. The gasoline was
stored in cans for use in pulpwood
trucks. His father explained that
at times some of the workers would
pour oil on the fire which was con
tained in a steel, drum-type stove.
It is thought the child was imitating
these men and perhaps poured the
gasoline on the fire. When dis
covered by his grandfather the boy
was running towards the house near.
Mr. Barbour caught the child
and tried to extinguish the flames
with a sweater he was wearing. Theni"' . " "",c
Mrs. Guin rushed from the house
with a quilt and the blaze was
The child was taken immediately
to the post hospital at Camp Mackall.
two miles away, where first aid
treatment was given. He was later
removed to Moore County hospital
where he succumbed at 3 a. m. Wed
Funeral services will be conducted
from the home this afternoon at one
o'clock, and burial will folow in the
Mr. and Mrs. Guin are former resi
dents of Wagram, and moved to
Hoffman about three weeks ago. Be
sides his parents, the child is survived
by a brother and sister, Richard
Leroy and Linda Fay Guin, of the
The family is very appreciative of
the fine treatment given the boy
by the Mackall hospital doctors and
attendants, and for the many court
esiies shown them by the military
personnel of the base.
James B. McKenzie
Taken By Death
Funeral services for James B Mc-
K-onrie ed fin. were conducted
from the Sandy Grove Methodist
church yesterday afternoon by the
Rev. W. L. Maness and the Rev. J.
W. Mann. Burial was in the church
Mr. McKenzie died at his home
MnnHnv nftprnnnn after a brief ill
ness. A native of Robeson county, he
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minent farmer o Hoke county.
, Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Carrie
Men,.- four rfauehters. Mrs. Arch
Gentry of Clarkton, Mrs. Wiley Rus -
se, of Wagram, Mrs Cole Williams
0j pe(j springs, and Miss Mildred
McKenzie of the'home; two sons, Pvt,
james McKenzie of the AUS,' and
John McKenzie of the home'; one
brother John McKenzie of Shan-
non; 0 sjsters, Misses Ella and
i nTrr'v McKen7ie of Shannon- and
J. H. Mrlntvre Attends
J. B. Mclntyre attended the two-day
convention of Theatre Owners of the
Carolinas in Charlotte the first of thei
week. Mr. Mclntyre and the Paul
Dickson heirs, owners of the Raeford
theatre are at work on plans for en
larging, making more comfortable and
generally improving the present mov
ie house, in keeping with present de
mands and the original ideas of the
The book-stock in the Hoke county
library is 3211, or in other words,
one-fourth of a book for each per
son in the county. This is an in
adequate number of books. Anything
that can be done to increase the
stock would be a great help to the
cause of education and general cul
ture in the county.
The county, city, library board,
Woman's club, and the state cooperate
in the suport of the library and con
tribute to a yearly budget of near
ly two thousand dollars
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budget could be Increased, it would
allow the library board to increase
its purchase of books. (As this was
wri'ten a patron of the library came
n asking for a book which the
Armory To Be Scene
Of Birthday Ball
The annual dance for the benefit
of the "March of Dimes" on the oc
casion of the celebration of Presi
dent Roosevelt's birthday in Rae
ford will be helrf in the armory, with
a band from Maxton providing mu-
i!sic for a square dance.
1 The dance, set for Wednesday
ht, January 31, is being planned
mic ndciuiu cumuli litre in innigc
al-e, 'b, oroceeds will go for this
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mittee, , v asks that square dance
fans from the entire county attend
Customers Of Carolina Power
And Light Company Save 59
Millions In 11 Years.
(From The News and Observer)
"Tar Heel customers of the Caro-
lin Pw,er and Lih Compar
December 31, 1943," Rate Expert
Edgar Womble of the State Utilities
Commission said yesterday.
"Reasons for the hugh customers'
savings," Womble said, "were rate
reductions made in cooperation with
the State Utilities Commission and
the increased consumption of power
during the period.
"The company also operates in
South Carolina, about one-fifth of
its business is in that state. There
fore, without resorting to detailed
figures, we may say that the total
savings to all customers of the com
pany jn both states approximates
$75,000,000, a tidy sum for the 11
According to Womble, most of the
rate reductions were made in 1932.
1934, 1936, 1937 and 1939. And
the customers' savings jumped pro
portionately from $372,872.05 in 1933
to $495,602.93 in 1934; $3,812,696.91
in 1936- $3,937,513.93 in 1937; $7,554.
960.72 in 1939; and to $11,837,696 in
A breakdown of th total savings
shows the following savings by
classes: Residential, $24,240,872.88;
commercial, $18,745,256.34; and in
Simultaneously with the incease
, in savings to customers, the con
sumpuon 01 power increased. ine
sale of current jumped from 269,648.
460 kilowatt hours in 1943.
During the 11-year period the
company sold a grand total of 5.495,
484.087 kilowatt hours to all Tar
Heel users of current. Of this totat,
: 813,364,272 kilowatt hours were used
by residential consumers; 624,923,-
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did, commercial consumers; ana
057,196,005 by industrial consumers.
The total number of customers
grew from 47,607 in 1932, to 49,957
,m to juz.atm in ims.
The average cost of current to
residential customers dropped from
6.296 cents per kilowatt hour in 1932
to 2.76 cents in 1943: commercial
rates dropped from 5.823 cents per
kilowatt hour in 1932 to 1.846 cents
in 1943: and industrial rates dropped
from 1.358 cents in 1932 to .963 cents
ftonofi't Dance At
There will be a square dance Mon
day night at Hendrix's grill at Ara-
bia fo- the benefit of the Hoke county
Infantile Paralysis fund, it was
state yesterday by N. H. G. Balfour
of the Stonewall township Polio
Dan McKenzie and his breakdown
musicians have been engaged to pro
vide the music and some colorful
callers are expected to be present.
The committee arranging the dance
is composed of Mrs. Jesse Gibson,
Mrs. Bristow, Mr. and Mrs. Balfour
and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yates.
Polio Fund Nets
$55 At Dance In
The square dance at Blue Springs
Community house on last Wednesday
night netted $55 for that township's
Polio fund. A second dance for the
honnfit fun4 ma, tn Vin Ual , V.
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Church Of God
Marion Butler. Pastor
Sunday School 10 A M.
Preaching Service 11 A. M.
Evening Service 7:30 P. M.
Prayer Service Thursday, 7:30 P.
More Interest Is
Being Shown In 1
Over 100 Lockers Have Been
Rented, Says County Agent
During the week new interest has
been shown in renting individual
freezer lockers among farmers. Ac
cording to reports from A. S. Knowles,
county agent, over one hundred lock
ers now have been rented. Last
week only about one-fifth of the re
quired number had been rented. As
the paper goes to press, more than
one third of the necessary lockers
Farmers should pay their $15.00
rental fee at once, it was explained,
for by doing this, they can have ac
cess to the locker this summer, pro
vided all necessary lockers are rented
within the next few days. The $15
rental fee covers rental cost for the
first year after the plant starts its
operation. Fees may be turned in
to D. J. Dalton at the REA office.
The individual locker is of about
6 cu. ft. in size and will hold 200
to 250 pounds of meat that may con
sist of beef, pork, chicken and other
meats. Certain fruits and vegetables
may be stored in the locker also.
Some lockers have been rented to
farmers from every township in the
county and to several living in ad
joining counties. Any farfmer is
eligible to rent a locker, regardless
of race or where he lives. F. F.
McPhaul of Antioch community says:
"We Hoke County farmers want to
live as good as farmers anywhere.
We want to eat as good food as
other farmers, and if other farmer
can have access to freezer lockers, we
want a plant in our county."
Those renting lockers during the
past week are as folows: Mrs. Ina
P. Bethun, F. C. McPhaul, L. A.
McGugan, Clarence Lytch, W. F.
Brown, J. A. Hodgin, W. S. Maxwell,
D. H. Yarborough, C. F. Tapp, Mrs.
R. B. Slagle, W. L. Thornburg, K.
A. McDonald, Marion Gatlin, J. D.
Howell, H. L. Gatlin, Sr., Mrs. J.
A. Farmer, W. L. Poole, Myrtle L.
Johnson, Mitchell Epstein, J. L. Mc
Neill, C. L. Stephens. John F.' Mc
Fadyen, Jr., J. A. McGougan, R. A.
Smoak, N. F. Sinclair, and J. D. Ma
son. Hold Services For
Mrs, French A. Hall
Mrs. French Albert Hall died early
Tuesday morning at her home in
Raeford following a heart attack
about two hours earlier She wa
fifty-six years of age and had been
in declining health for several years.
Mrs. Hall was a native of Robeson
county, but for the past thirty years
had made Raeford her home. Before
her marriage she was the former
Miss Julia Chavis.
Surviving are her husband, French
A. Hall; five .daughters, Mrs. J. E. -
Short and Mrs. Jim Jenkins of Char
lotte; Mrs. R. L. Mc. Duke of Rich
mond, Va., Mrs. Berder Niven and
Mrs. Pauline Clark of Raeford: one
son, French Albert, Jr., of the home;
one brother, Jasper Chavis; and a
number of grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at four o'clock at the
People's Tabernacle with the Rev.
H. Gwyn Clayton, pastor, and the
Rev. J. H. Dellinger of Gibsonvillp,
conducting the services. Burial will
follow in the Raeford cemetery.
Pallbearers will be A. V. Sanders,
J. L. Teal, W. G. McQuage. Clayton
MeCrimmon, Harry Dees and Will
Ration Board News
Ceiline Driee on No. 1 whif ami
yellow corn for Hoke countv Is S1.3S
Scarcity of many items of merchan
dise is getting acute. The Hoke
county War Price and Ration Board
urges the citizens of the county to
use stamps ror all rationed article
and to assist the ration board in its
"Hold the Cost of Livintf Pamnaiffn H
Articles that are very critical at
the present are: tires, all rubber
goods, fuel-oil and coal, gasoline,
Annie Barnes Dies
At Shannon Home
Annie Barnes, aged 85, respected
negro woman of the Shannon com
munity, died at her home there last
Friday. Funeral and burial ser
vices were held at St. Johns Bap
tist church Sunday afternoon by the
Rev. McSwain, pastor.
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