The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XXXIX NO. 35
KAEFOKD, N. C, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 1945
S2.00 PER YEAR
NEWS Of OUR
Report Sgt. Hancock
Killed In Action
Word was received here Friday
by Mrs. Joe Hancock that her hus
band, Sergeant Joe Hancock, had
been killed in action In France. The
previous week Mrs. Hancock had been
notified by the War Department that
her husband was missing in aotion
of January 11th.
Sgt. Hancock was serving with the
45th Infantry Division which is with
the 7th Army, and had been in com
bat since the first of October. He
entered the service in February, 1944
and was sent overseas the following
Sgt. Hancock was the son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. S. Hancock of ureens
boro. and the husband of the former
Marearet Morris of Raeford. He Is
also survived by three children: Pa
tricia, Martha Nell and Joseph Cam
eron Hancock, who are here with
their mother at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Bruce Morris.
Pvt. Zimmerman Is
Prisoner Of Germans
Mrs. Raymond E. Zimmerman, the
former Miss Kathleen Benjton of
Raeford has received four letters
from her husband, Pvt. Raymond
Zimmerman, who is a prisoner of
war In Germany. He had previous'
ly been reported missing In action.
Pvt. Zimmerman wrote that he
looked forward to the boxes of for-d
that he receive! from the Red Cross
every week or so and cooked most
of the food given him. He said he
was treated well, had books to read
and; sports equipment.
Word has been received by Mr?,
lalph D. Parks of Shannon that
e husband, Pfc. ' Parks, has ar
rived safely In England.' His par
ents are Mr; and Mrs. M. H. Parks
of Route 1. Shannon. : Pfc' Parks
was stationed In Fort Jackson, S. C.
and Fort Sill, Okla., before being
sent overseas in . December, 1944.
Prior to this he spent 11 months
with the 252n4 C. A. in the Carrib
bean area, returning to the States
in April, 1944. Pfc. Parks has a
brother-in-law, Lt. Charles C. Moore
stationed in England with the 1st
Legion Of Merit
Chester, S. C, Jan. 22. Informa
tion was received in Chester tonight
that Capt. Allen Crews McSween
had been awarded the Legion of
He is the son of Dr. and Mrs.
John McSween. Dootor McSween
was pastor of Purity Presbyterian
Capt. McSween is with Lt. Gen.
Mnrk W. Clark's Fifth army in Italy.
His decoration is the fourth highest
award that can be bestowed by the
United States on a service man.
Also, he has been promoted to
regimental chaplain. His father, Dr.
McSween is the former president
of Presbyterian college, Clinton and
Tu'cnulum college. Greenville, Tenn.
having lately resinned the latter and
gone to Babson Park, Fla., for sev
eral months in an effort to regain
Doctor McSween was a chaplain in;" 1, 7?' t"a e ?u e,7
the First World War in France
Captain McSween was formerly
regimental morale an recreation of
ficer of the 120th Infantry, 30th div
ision, at Fort Jackson. Before that
he was pastor at Forest City, N. C.
Captain Allen McSween will be
pleasantly remembered in Raeford
where he served as pastor's assis
tant to Dr. W. M. Fairley for two
years while a student at Union Theo
logical seminary, Richmond, Va.
Cpl. Huey Long, who has been
sta'ioned in the Aleutian Islands for
two years, has returned to the States
for reassignment. Cpl. Long is the
son of Mrs. M. C. Long of Laurin
burg, formerly of Hoke County.
Mrs. William Crenshaw received
word Saturday that her husband,
'pi. William B. Cpenshaw, had been
.lightly wounded in Belgium on Janu
ary sixth. He was with the Third
Army. Mrs. Crenshaw was the
former Miss Mary Ann Currie.
C?pt. anrt Mrs. T. B. Lester ar
rived Tuesday niEht from El Paso,
Texas, on a fifteen day leave.
C. E. Morrison. U. S. Navy, who
re-cn'ly returned from eighteen
months in the Parif aid Mrs. Mor
rison, tne former iviiss unsa tirown.
spent a few days with Mrs. Lt. W.
Court Of Honor
Number Of Raeford Boys
Awarded Promotions And
Merit Badges. Seven To
The January Court of Honor was
conducted in the Laurinburg Gym
Thursday evening, with good at
tendance of both scouts and scouters.
Raeford, East Laurinburg, Laurin
burg, Springfield, Gibson, Laurel Hill
and Wagram troops were present
with nearly 100 percent attendance.
The Maxton and Red Springs troops
were not present for the court.
Following a special ceremony, di
rected by the Laurinburg troops,
the troops were lined up for in
spection, and all
showed up well,
registering above 75. . The next
event was knot tying, and here the
scouts were to tie the ropes with
square knots so as to form a chain.
One knot tied wrong would disquali
fy the whole troop. The third con
test was one of First Aid. All troops
had the head bandage on correctly.
Most of the troops had the ankle
bandage on correctly. Only one
troop correctly used the four-man
carry. The fourth contest was sig
naling. From one end the sema
phore was being sent, and from the
other end the Morse was being sent.
Only one troop had the message
'correct. Some were able to work
out one or two words,
The Wagram Troop managed to
nose out Laurel Hill for first place.
Gibson was running a close third
place. Laurinburg was in fourth
East Laurinburg fifth, Raeford sixth
and Springfield in 7th place. The
slip in the knot tying threw both
Springfield and Raeford in the lower
The . highlight in the Court of
Honor came when Billy Butler of
Laurinburg, and Billy Peele of Laurel
Hill were awarded the ranks of Eagle
Scout, and the Eagle Badge was
pinned on, them. by.. their .respective
mothers. - r -. .
J. J. Pence, the new court of
honor chairman, presided, and auth
orized the following awards:
Second Class Rank: Troop 20 Mur
phy Evans, Bobby Lee, Earle Parker,
Bobby Inman nad .Billy Jenmette,
Troop 52 Harold Smith. "
' First Class Rank: Troop 20 Mc
Nair Evans. Troop 50 Bill Cov
ington. Troop 52 Bob McNeill, Ho
race Gibson, Jerome McDaniel. Troop
55 Tommie Gibson and Jackie Peele.
Star Rank: Troop 1 Joe Gulledge,
Jr., Buddy Blue, Milton Mann, Jim
my Sinclair, Paul Johnson, Neil Mc
Neill and Bobby McNeill. Troop 20
Gramling McGill, Jerry Morris.
Troop 50 Tommie Watson, Coleman
Russell and Neal Nicholson.
Life Rank; Troop 52 Alfred Caul
der, and Charles Smith.
Merit Badge Awards for one or
more badges was made to the follow
Troop 1 Bobby McNeill, Jimmy
Sinclair, Eugene Smith, Milton Mann,
Buddy Blue, Joe Gulledge, Jr., Paul
Johnson, Lockey McDonald, Neill
B. Sinclair, Bobby Murray, Neill Mc
Neill and A. J. Lundy. Troop 20
Gramling McGill, Jerry Morris, James
Culp, Thomas Carraway, and Clin
ton Willis. Troop 39 John C. Hasty,
Marshall James, Muck Jernigan and
Roland Seals. Troop 50 Neal Nichol
son, Tommie Watson, Coleman Rus
sell, Williams Purcell, Bill Coving
ton and Mitchell Rabil. Troop 52
Alfred Caulder, Ernest Meekins, Alex
Barber, Harold Smith, Billy Peele,
1 1 uu i u ueuigc oiiiiui, niiai.c
Ammnns, James Barnes,
and Herman Barnes.
A barbecue supper sponsored by
the Sandy Grove Methodist church
will be held at Mildouson school on
Thursday, February 8th. Serving
will begin at six o'clock. The pub
lic is cordially invited.
William Poole, who has just finish
ed training at North Georgia College,
arrived Saturday night on furlough.
He will report to Fort Bragg on Febr
The family of Lt. (jg) A. W. Gillis
received a letter from him dated
January 18th stating that he is safe
and well. Lt. Gillis is somewhere
in the South Pacific and this is the
first that has been heard from him
in quite sometime.
Cpls. Eugene R. Seaford and Jose
ph M. Pickler returned to Camp
Chaffee, Ark., Monday, after sev
eral days furlough spent with their
Thomas F. Davis. Jr., S 2-c, son of
Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Davis, spent the
week end at home.
Friday Is Second
Meeting For Teams
, Hoke county high school gym will
be the scene of an exciting basket
ball double-header here Friday eve
ning, February 2, at 7:30 when Rae
ford meets Biscoe. The Raeford
boys topped the Biscoe quintet in
a game there early in January, but
the Raeford girls were defeated.
Both Raeford teams are working
nard to come out first in the forth
County Nears Goal
In Polio Drive
Hoke county contributions to the
March of Dimes had reached a
40181 .' $657.34 at noon Wednesday,
according to Miss Jesse Bright Fer
guson, who is acting as treasurer of
the drive. This lacks but $33.66 of
equaling the quota of $691 assigned
Mayor Neill McFadyen, county
chairman, reports that there is every
indication that the county will great
ly exceed its goal. The county-wide
square dance to be held last night
was yet to be reported, of course,
and well over a hnnHrorf HMior.
was expected to be raised by this
event. Two dances given at the Blue
Springs Community House netted a
total of $112.50 for the fund, ac
cording to Mrs. J. W. McBryde, and
dances in several other communities
have contributed goodly sums to the
Infantile Paralysis fund.
With the children of all schools
and a committee of nearly one hun
dred fifty adults working in each
community of the county probably
the largest collection ever raised for
the fund is expected to be reported
by the end of this week. While some
communities are asking for extension
of time beyond the 1st of February
in order to raise their quotas and
the drive nationally has been extend
ed to February 15th, the drive here is
xpected to close with final, reports
to De made to the treasury by all
workers not later than Saturday of
An orthopeadic clinic will be held
Friday February 2 in the basement
of the agriculture building. This
clinic is free to all indigent children
under 21 years of age. Dr. O. L.
Miller of Charlotte will be the sur
geon in charge. Please register at
the desk between 9 and 11 o'clock
in order to see the doctor early.
Name Of Raeford's First Victim Of
Last War Again At Battlefront
Lt. Col. Ellis Williamson Of 30th ers kiUed or wounded that manyjt illumination which must be ex
r;. i.. xt l rc more Germans and knocked out ten tinguished, as follows:
For Whom Raeford
Post Is Named.
The name of Ellis W. Williamson
is again in the news from the battle-
iront, wnere Jt. (Jol. Williamson is
in command of a unit of the famed
30th Division. In the last war. the
first Ellis W. Williamson was a
member of a medical corp unit,
which was assitrned tn the Sfllh H'v-
ision. He had been at the front fantrv Division's 120th Regimen! I Outside sign lighting of mot types. I c,ing tnat ne regretted that "it took
but a few days in 1918 when a "But they had been in there onl r ' Exceptions are sifins needed for fire ! a war- international murder, to bring
German bullet took his life, and he a couple of hours when the Gcr- and Police protection, traffic con-j d(,,rc,lt Pni-'cs for farm commo
beeame the first soldier from Hoke mans counterattacked and sur- ,ml' transporting terminals or hns-! dlt'PSi '
County to make the supreme saeri- rounded them with ton tanks and two Pi'als. or other directional or iden- ,'!'U e:l1lvss;d 'nc opinion that
fice in that war. In his honor the companies of infantry. The Ger- i tification signs providing "essential I ''",diers returnms f 11 the war
post of the American Legion here mans wanted to hold 'this village as lniblic services." Also exempt are I s',"u'(' not attempt o find work on
is named. lone as possible berai.se it is n a , lights, not exceeding 60 watts, serving ,he farm' s:m e farmers have shown
The first Fllis Williarson was a
native of Troy who came
...vilii ms i.iiiit-i, wiiii ujiuraiea ire
Williamson of this war is the son Aldridge said that, because of
of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Williamson of heavily mined approaches, friendly
Raleigh, formerly of Raeford. He tanks were unable to break through
is 27 years old and is married to to the American garrison,
the former Margaret McNeill of "Many managed to slip through
Charlotte. He was a member of the lines after dark," he said, "We
the National Guard and has been were alerted and told to attack and
in service since 1940. He wears the retake the town at 2 o'clock Sunday
Silver Star, the Bronze Star and morning.
the Purple Heart. A recent ac- "We drove in from the flank and
count of some of the actions in attacked uphill, catching them so
which his outfit has participated, much by surprise that we were in
written from the battlefront in Bel- the outskirts before they woke up.
gium. by Hal Boyle, follows: We caught one 14-man patrol be-
THIRIFONT, Belgium. There are fore it could even give the alarm,
one hundred homes in this small "The Jerries had at least a bat
village between Malmedy and St. talion of paratroopers in the vil
Vith and it took almost a hundred age they were 17 to 23 years old,
battles to drive out teen-age Nazi tough, well trained, and good marfc
paratroopers defending the ap- men.
proaches to the key road network "They also had a number of as-
ai tt. Vitn.
.finer one American company had
been trapped in the village it finally
was taken by 27-year-old Lt. Co'.,
Ellis W. Williamson of 708 Boylnn
Drive, Raleigh. N. C, whose men
nnurs nan 10 pacK in ar.
tneir rood and ammunition on their
oatKS inroirpn Knee-deep snow and
fight off enery tanks with small
arms ana nazookas.
uunng tne two davs or housp-r
h"''; fighting, we took 150 prison-
Cotton Contest To
Offer $3,000 In
Prizes To Growers
Increased Yields And Lower
Production Costs Per Acreiwas stated yesterday by Mrs. Belton
Seen In New Methods.
High production per acre at
lower cost per unit is the goal of a
cotton production contest announced
this week for farmers of North
Carolina, by the State College ex
tension service and the state Seed
The farmers and the extension ser
vice are asked to work out new
methods of increasing yields dur
ing the' five-acre contest this year
and a special emphasis will also
be placed on production of quality
staple. Both tenants and landlords
are asked to enter the contests
through their county agents, with
whom they are required to register
before June first to be eligible for
There will be county-wide con
tests, district and state-wide prizes.
There will be a top state-wide prize
of $750; and $750 in prizes for each
of three districts of the state.
A crop of an accepted variety of
Ilve acres wm De necessary lor eacn
entrant, and full and accurate rec-
.rds of Preparation, cultivation, fer-
tilization and harvesting must be
kept according to requirements which
may be obtained from the county
agent. Fiber and spinning tests of
some of the cotton is planned.
North Carolina is leading In the
one-variety improvement program,
and it is hoped that the contest will
further emphasize the need for quali
ty seed, better fertilizer, better cul
tivation, and improvd harvesting
and ginning practices that lead to
greater money yields per acre from
the higher grade and improved quali
ty of staple grown in one-variety
A number of Important points
should be taken into consideration
by those farlmers ( who enroll in
the state five-acre cotton contest and
attempt to produce from 12 to 15
bales of cotton on 5 acres, say Ex
tension agronomists at State col
The very best land should be se
lected, land that is well drained.
has a high moisture holding capa
city, and is capable of using a rela
tively large amount of fertilizer to
advantage. The agronomists sug
gest that the area be carefully ex
amined to see that it has no weak
spots in it, as this will pull down
ithe total yields. Land that has
Continued on Page Four
Jerry tanKs, said Williamson.
Because his ears still were ring
ing from a close shellburst. Colonel
Williamson asked his assistant. Lt.
William J. Aldridge of Berkley, Cal.,
to tell the story of the battle.
120th Regiment Does It.
One company from another out-
fit attacked the village last Satur-,
day and took it." said AldridKe, an
nfriror in a hntf.niinn nf tho Qniv, t .
ridge-line only nine miles from St.
Vith. which thev are trvintr tn keen
open so mai ineir Troops can pull
sault puns sunonrtine them
o'clock in the mornine. we had taken
one-third of the village area, hut it! by his wife, the former MsS Selma
was the bitterest kind of fighting. 'Golf of Johnson Citv, Tenn., and a
"We couldn't pet by the tanks and twelve-year-old son, Jackie Lee; three
had to park everything we needed brothers. J. Recce and Thomas' E. of
on our backs. And we had to f'pht
their assault guns with hani v.-ea -.
pons irrenn 4es and hnonkns.
"F.nch hone was a pillbox. We
hnrl to kmvk 'hem out of erirh ho,i
as W" move- un and the casiiilV
12 More Pay Rent
For Year's Use Of
Twelve more persons paid their
$15 for the first year's rental ftr
freezerlockers in the proposed locker
storage plant .for Hoke county, it
Wright of the office of D. J. Dalton,
chairman of the locker sign-up com
This brings the total payments for
lockers to 120, or about one fourth of
the 500 sought by the committee.
Those renting lockers were: Mrs.
Laura Crowley, Mrs. Maggie B. New
ton. J. B. Mclntyre, J. F. Jordan,
Miss Carrie Liles. Miss Lettie Mc
Millan, C. H. Boahn, John Alec Wil
kes, Mrs. E. L. Cameron, G. C. Ly
tle, E. B. Campbell, J. B. Mason and
E. E. Smith.
With WPB "Brown
Out" Order Today
Commercial Outdoor Lighting,
Outdoor Signs, Showwindows
And Marquee Lights Go Brown
Tonight To Save Coal.
The Carolina Power & Light com
pany, although it makes most of its
power from water, will cooperate
fully with the War Production
Board "Brown-Out" Order, which be
comes effective February 1, said Reu
ben Dubose, district manager of the
The order has been issued to help
stretch the nation's coal supply,
which had reached such a low point
that on December 1 there was only
a 39-day supply on hand. Because
of the severe winter weather in the
north the supply is now probably
shorter than that.
"The Carolina Power and Light
company maintains coal generating
plants to assure its customers of un
interrupted service in event of a
dry period, but makes most Of Its
powers from water," Mr. Dubose
said. "At present most of our elec
tricity is being made by water, so
little coal will be saved there. How
ever," he explained, "the company's
lines are connected with other elec
tric companies that make a large por
tion of their electricity with coal.
Our excess water power is sent over
these lines to help other companies
to save coal. Thus, even though we
may not save much coal in the Caro-
linas, we are helping others save,
and m that way contributing to the
The "brown-out" order will re
main in effect as long as manpower
in coal mines remains tight and
there is insufficient coal to meet
The WPB lists seven types of elec-
Outdoor advertising and outdoor
Show window lighting, except
where it is necessary for interior il
lumination. Marquee lighting in excess of 60
watts for each marquee.
wnne way street lighting in ex-
cess of that "determined by local
Public authority to be necessary for
!to identify doctors, hotels and public
me oraer noes noi apply to elec
tricity used strictly for residential
Willful failure to comply with the
ruling may result in the discontinu
ance of all electric service, or jail or
fines, the order states.
R. H. Baxley Killed
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Baxley received
word last week that their son, Reuben
H. Baxley, of Los Angeles, Calif.,
had been accidently killed. The de
ceased was 38 years of age and was
a former resident of Raeford. He
had spent a year in Hawaii engaged
in defense work and later worked
on the Alcan highway in Alaska.
Prior to his death he was a driver
on a truck run from Albuquernue.
new Mexico to Los Angeles
Besides his nirento ho ie ,;..,
Raeford and Ji 1 mi
of the na v: two
- is'crs. Mr
M.ihrl McKav of Nor-
'. Ik. Va.
and Mild-cd of the horc:
grandmother, Mrs. Mary
7 p tne I i or, militnry information
First Farm Sold
In Hoke By FSA
Is Now Paid For
Duncan L. ti -Section
In Five I
as Of Antioch
i 40-Year Loan
Duncan L. T
non was the
of Route 1 Shan
n Security Ad-
borrower of t'.
or his farm in
. irted this week
by Zeb E. M
jSl, county FSA
"Dunk," as m knwon in the
Antioch sectioi S ; come a long
way since mo' P K i his farm in
1940. When he made application to
purchase a farm his total chattels
were valued at $755. Prior to 1940,
Dunk farmed on shares, and in spite
of tending large crops did not ac
cumlate any real estate and only a
fair amount of personal property.
On August 2. 1939. a loan was
made to Dunk and his wife in the
amount of $d790.00 to purchase a
114 acre farm and make necessary
improvements. The loan was made
at 3 interest to be repaid in not
more than 40 annual installments of
$293.74. But in spite of the maxi
mum time allowed, he repaid the
entire loan, both interest and princi
pal in five years. He and his family
today not only have a good farm
and home, free of indebtness, but
have saved $3972.91 in interest, had
it taken him the maximum time of
40 years to pay for his farm. In
other words, if he had paid one pay
ment each year the farm In 40 years
would have cost him $11,749.60
principal and interest but instead It
only cost him $777.69.
After paying for the farm, Dunk
states he has enough capital to run
him in 1945 and would have been
in much better shape had he not
lost a barn of tobacco by fire last
His personal property has been
increased considerably, too. Today
Dunk owns about $2000 worth of
livestock and equipment. He has
plenty of feed to run on this year,
and has his flour at the mill for
1945 use. Not long ago, he killed a
beef that dressed about 600 pounds,
and he has 1400 pounds of dressed
pork. In late years, it has become
his policy to kill his meat at home,
can vegetables and meat for family
Use. With their pressure cooker
they canned over 800 quarts in 1944.
Dunk says, "the only thing I
don't like is that I waited until my
old days to get started living. The
supervisors of the FSA have helped
us a great deal by working out our
plans early each year. Tell the other
people, if they have any questions
about FSA, they may write or come
to see me.
Kerr Scott Advocates
High Farm Prices
Richmond, Va., Jan. 31. Speaking
recently to the 500 delegates here
attending the annual convention of
Ruritian National, W. Kerr Scott,
North Carolina Commissioner of Ag
riculture, pleaded for a continuation
of "farm prices in line with pro-
I "National prosperity does not fol
low low prices," declared Scott, ad-
!tnc,r ilbnilv to moot ever-increasing
crop goais wim tneir sons away in
"The only way we can hope to
find agriculture work for our farm
boys after the war is to locate new
markets for our commodities through
out the world," asserted Commission
Other speakers at the convention
included Wade Marr, of Elizabeth
City, who spoke at the annual ban
quet, and Brig. Gen. J. Van Netts,
of Raleigh, head of Selective Ser
vice in North Carolina.
Four Hoke Students
At Wake Forest
Wake Forest, Jan. 31. Four Rae
ford students were among the 555
enrolled at Wake Forest College for
the season ending this week. They
are: Arthur D. Gore, Jr., William
Mi-Gee Harmon, Benjamin James
Kinlaw, and Edith Pearl Sanders.
Gore, who was taking pre-luw, is
now in the army at Ca.rp Croft,
S. C; Harmon and Miss Sanders
pre-me iii ill, ai d Kinlaw is enrolled
in the ,nini?Vri;il course.
. . n
Families of boys eoing into service
should turn in their raion books
within five days after they are inducted.