The Hoke County Newt
The Hoke County Journal
"VOLUME XXXIX NO. 38
RAEFORD, NTC, THURSDAY, FEB. 22ndri945
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news or OUR
Sgt. H. L. Pope Writes
From Jap Prison
A card has been received from Staff
Sergeant Howard L. Pope, a prisoner
in the Philippines. Sgt. Pope has
been in service since 1935. He spent
eighteen months at Fort Bragg and
from there was sent to the Philip
pine Islands. He became a prisoner
of the Japanese in May, 1942.
This is the first news that Mrs.
Lola Pope, his stepmother, has had
from him since January, 1944. The
following is the message: "I am
interned at Philippine Military pris
on camp No. 11. My health is ex
cellent. Am praying this card finds
all well and happy. Received youricost nin $6,439.75
package and several letters. I can
not express in words the happiness
I derived from your letters. I can
send but one card, so please explain
to friends and tell them to write."
Meet In Germany
Staff Sergeant Lamon Bruner and
Corporal Jim Bruner, sons of Mr.
and Mrs. B. F. Bruner of Red Springs
just bumped into each other in Ger
many on January 25th. according to
a recent message received by the
family. This was their first meeting
since March, 1944, when they met
in California just before going over
seas. Sgt. Bruner is with the 195th
Quartermaster unit, and is a member
of a gasoline supply company. The
unit was recently awarded the Dis
tinguished Service Cross and the
Meritorious Service Unit placque.
At Hospital '
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 15.
Pvt. Thomas L. Culburth. formerly
of Raeford, N. C, has recently ar
rived at Welch Convalescent hos
pital, the army's new reconditioning
center in Daytona Beach. The care'
fully planned reconditioning pro
gram here will speed his convale
cence and assist his return to the best
of health. The son of John Cul
burth, entered the army Feb., 1943
and has since served for some time
in the Southwest Pacific.
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE LIBER
ATOR STATION, England. Pvt.
Claude K. Jackson, RFD 1, West
End, N. C, is a member of the 392nd
Bombardment group, a Liberator
unit recently cited for "distinguished
and exceptionally outstanding per
formance of duty" on 200 missions.
WITH THE 26th INF. DIV. Pfc.
Richard E. Neely, of Raeford. has
been promoted to the rank of Tec 5
(or excellent qualities of leadership
and outstanding performance of duty.
He is the husband of Mrs. Jessie
Mae Neely of Raeford, and was em
ployed by Great Lakes Steel corpora
John Dune MoNeill, chief petty of
ficer, USNR, stationed at Pensaco
la.. Fla., is visiting his mother, Mrs.
Capt. Paul Dickson and Capt. Clyde
Upchurch have run into each other
again "overthere." Capt. Upchurch
had recently visited the grave of
Sgt. Joe Hancock, who was killed
in action in January.
Mrs. Graham Dickson has received
word that Major Dickson has been
quite sick with pneumonia and is
now in a hospital in Paris.
Jack Lee, S 1-c SK, who is sta
tioned at Vernalis, Calif., spent a
leave at home visiting his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lee. Here with
him was Eddie Edwards, S 1-c of
Asheville, who is also stationed at
the Vernalis Naval base.
Sgt. Hallie Haire has written his
parents of his safe arrival in France.
William Lester Seals has been
promoted to the rank of first lieu
tenan.. His promotion came through
on the seventh of February. Hilton
Seals who is with the Navy V-12
USNR, graduates this week at Chapel
Hill and will go to Duke university
where he will receive further train
ing. Both boys are the sons of Mr.
and Mrs. Luther Seals of Route 1,
Mrs. George L. Caddell arrived in
Reno, Navada, Saturday and will
spend some time with her husband
who is stationed there with the
Medical Air Corps.
' Pfc. John Lee Stephens of Fort
Jackson. S. C, spent a furlough at
Second Farm Loan
Repaid In County
Charlie McDonald of Route 1
Shannon, paid for his tenant-pur
chase farm in four years and nine
months, it was reported by Zeb E,
McDaniel, county FSA supervisor. He
was the second to pay for his farm
through the program in this county.
On March 8. 1940, a loan was made
to McDonald and his wife in the a
mount of $5828.00 to purchase a 130
acre farm and make necessary im
provements. The loan was made
at 3 per cent interest, and was to
be paid back in not more than 40
annual installments of $252.12 per
year. Had it taken Charlie the full
time to pay off his loan, the farm
would have cost $10,084.80. Due to
the time required, the farm only
In addition to paying for their
farm in less than five years the
family has bought much furniture and
farm equipment. Their equipment
and livestock today is valued at ap
proximately $1650. In 1944, they
canned 579 quarts of meats, fruit
and vegetables with the use of their
They have seventy-five hens, two
milk cows, two brood sows, a home
orchard consisting of peach, apple.
pear, cherry, and pecan trees, and
grapes. For the past year or so,
they have been doing a good job of
living at home.
War Fund Drive To Be Con
ducted From March 1 Through
10th; Quota $5,400.
Plans are being completed this
week for the annual Red Cross War
Fund Drive which will open on next
Thursday. March 1, and will con
tinue for ten days, it was stated yes
terday by H. L. Gatlin, Jr., county
Mr. Gatlin Announced the area
chairman foe Raeford yesterday also.
Leaders in the rural areas were
named last week by Mrs. H. A. Cam
eron, rural chairman.
Dr. M. R. Smith is chairman of the
special gifts committee, and he and
J. L. McNeill and Marion Gatlin will
have charge of the general solicita-
tion of the business district of the,
town. D. H. Hodgin is to make
the solicitation at the courthouse;
J. C. Hutchinson was assigned the
county building; M. T. Poovey is to
direct the campaign at Edinburgh
Mills; Archie Howard was assigned
the Hoke Oil and Fertilizer and the
Hoke Concrete plants; and Carson
Clippard was assigned the Raeford
For the residential sections:
Northeast section Mrs. Israel Mann;
Northwest section Mrs. C. L.'Thom
as; Southeast section Miss Agnes
Mae Johnson; Southwest section
Mrs. Tommie Upchurch.
Mrs. A. D. Gore is chairman for
Hoke High and Mrs. Larry Walter
is chairman for Raeford Graded
Mr. Gatlin stated that for areas
where assistance is needed in making
the canvass the area cnairman is to
secure such workers as are needed.
Funeral services for Leonard Tufts,
"4. one of the builders of Pinchurst,
were held Wednesday in the Com
munity church at Pinehurst. The
Rev. Roscoe Prince, assisted by the
Rev. Dr. T. A. Cheatham, conducted
Mr. Tufts died at Moore County
hospital Monday following an ill
ness from virus pneumonia. He was
the son of James Walker Tufts, foun
der of the famous midsouth resort.
He had retired from the active man
agement of the resort in 1930 and
his son, Richard S. Tufts, has had
charge of it since.
Mr. Tufts was the owner of one
of the outstanding herds of Ayrshire
dairy cattle and had become inter
nationally known as a breeder of this
breed of cattle. His farm also was
well-known for its excellent breed
of Berkshire hogs.
Miss Wilcox Will
On Friday February 23. at 8:00
P. M., Miss Marian Wilcox, a re
turned missionary to China, will
speak to the young people at the
Presbyterian church. All young
people are cordially Invited.
Give Generoatly To The Red Crow. J
Of Class Teams In
Progress At HHS .
On Thursday evening, February
22, the first round of the intramural
basketball tournament will get off
to a big start with the following
games scheduled: eighth grade girls
versus the ninth grade girls, eleventh
versus twelfth grade girls, and tenth
grade boys versus twelfth grade boys.
On the following Wednesday, the
tenth grade girls will play the win
ner of the eighth and inth game. The
eighth grade boys will play the win
ner of the eighth and ninth game. The
and the ninth grade boys will play
the eleventh grade boys. The finals
will be played on Wednesday, March
7th, beginning at 10:05 A. M.
Fully Paid, Reports
Liquidation Ass n
Trustees Acknowledge Receipt
Grantham Memorial and Linda
Vardell Scholarship Funds.
Highlighting the mid-winter meet
ing of the Board of Trustees of Flora
Macdonald college on Tuesday, Feb
ruary 13, was the presentation by
1 Dr. C. T. Johnson, treasurer of the
college debt liquidation association
of a check fpr $30,000, which cancels
the bonded indebtedness of the col
lege. The trustees adopted resolu
tions of appreciation for the effecient
work done by Edwin Morgan, chair
man, and Dr. Johnson, treasurer,
and for the friends who had con
tributed to this fund.
President H. G. Bedinger presen
ted the Grantham Memorial fund.
which was given in honor of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Grantham, by
their children, Hiram Grantham, Jr.,
Sgt. Reid Grantham, and Lt. Emma
Brown Grantham Willis. Mr. Gran
tham was for many years a valued
and Mrs. Grantham was an alumna,
and a former member of the music
faculty. Resolutions of appreciation
to Mr. and Mrs. Grantham's chil
dren were adopted by the board.
At this meeting, also, a sum 8'
mounting to $2500 was presented by
Mrs. Walter Bullock, through Miss
Mary McEachern, trustee, for the
establishment of the Linda Vardell
Music Scholarship, in honor of Mrs.
Linda Rumple Vardell. who found
ed the conservatory of music, was
its dean for 25 years, and is now
Dean Hmeditus. This scholarship
was sponsored by friends of Mrs.
Vardell and of the college, and reso-
lutions of appreciation were adopted
by the board, to the sponsors who
contributed to the fund, to Egon
iPetri, pianist, who contributed a
part of his fee in a benefit concert,
and to Mrs. Walter Bullock, through
whose efforts the fund was raised.
President Bedinger reported as the
most significant item in the progress
of the college, it's increasingly satis
factory financial condition, and the
boarding, enrollment for '44-'45
which is the largest in the history
of the college. Dr. Bedinger also
stated that the general spirit of tht
school and the work of the students,
is unusually good. He called th
attention of the board to the large
number of alumnae now in church
work, and said that in the past ten
years, the Assembly's Training School
in Richmond had enrolled more Flora
Macdonald graduates than from any
other college. Dr. Bedinger briefly
outlined the history and progress of
the college during the 49 years since
it was founded, and stated that defi-
jnite plans would be submitted to
the board at the spring meeting, for
the celebration of the semicentcn-
aial in 1946.
Dr. C. T. Johnson, recently elected
to the board of trustees, was ap
pointed a member of the executive
committee, replacing the late Mr.
President Emeritus C. G. Vardell,
made a report on the progress of
his work with the alumnae and the
Presbyterials, for increasing the en
dowment. He reported contributions
to his campaign endowment fund to
date, bonds in the amount of $12,000
Two Groups To Go
To Bragg For
Two groups of white and indian
men will go to Fort Bragg within
the next week for pre-induction ex
aminations, it was stated yesterday
by Mrs. Peggy Behrman, clerk of
the county draft board.
Those reporting tomorrow, Febru
ary 23, are Eddie Lawrence Walden,
Jr., James Eli Shankle. Eddie Lee
Batton, George Maynor, David A
vaughon Chason. Fred Grey McFad
yen. Clarence Dial and Joe Thomas.
Those reporting next 'Vednesdav.
February 28, are John Blue MeLeod.
Rudolph Angus Love, Willie C. Lock-
la ,11. r I W f : I I
Cherry And NCEA
Heads Agree On
Teacher Pay Plan
Base Salary Of $125 Per Month
Recommended, With Addition
RALEIGH, Feb. 20. Governor
Cherry last night announced that
following a series of conferences with
representatives of the North Carolina
Education association, an agreement
satisfactory to spokesmen for the or
ganization and to himself on a plan
for teacher salary increases for the
coming biennium had been reached.
At the same time, a joint statement
was issued by Dr. Ralph McDonald,
president of the North Carolina Ed
ucation association, and Alger B. Wil
kins, chairman of the legislative com
mittee for the NCEA, in which they
expressed their gratitude to the Gov
ernor for his "fine spirit" in work
ing out a solution to the salary prob
lem. Governor's Statement.
In his statement, the Governor
"Under this agreement I am now
ready to recommend to the General
Assembly that the contingent emer
gency salary shall be paid monthly
during the fiscal year 1945-46 if the
unapportioned surplus i the State's
general fund on June 30, 1945. is suf-
ficient to pay the full amount. If
funds are not on hand to pay the
full amount of the emergency salary,
then payment will be ma
ade in multi -
pies of $2.50 as the funds do permit.
Any part of the emergency salary un
paid June 30, 1946, shall be paid at
that time if the unappropriated sur
plus is sufficient. If on June 30,
1946, there is an additional unap
propriated surplus above the amount
necessary to pay the full bonus for
the fiscal vear. 1945-46. the emer -
gency salary shall be paid monthly
during the fiscal year 1946-47 in full
or in multiples of $2.50 and pay any
part of the bonus unpaid for the
fiscal year 1946-47 shall be paid
June 30, 1947, if the unappropriated
surplus at that time is sufficient.
"If the legislative acts favorably
on this recommendation it will give
the teachers of North Carolina the
largest monthly increase in salary
of any Legislature in the history of
No Salary Schedule
"The General Assembly will not
fix a salary schedule for teachers but
will appropriate a lump sum from
which the salaries will be paid. In
the matter of salaries for more ex
perienced teachers, it is left to the
State Board of Education to work out
a fair schedule for teachers who will
get a base salary of $125 per month
under the recommendation.
Complete List Of
Taxlisters For Hoke
Listtakers for the several town
ships of the county have been named
by the Board of Commissioners and
all have been supplied with books
and list-forms, according to John A.
McGoogan. tax supervisor.
Listing, usually completed in Jan
uary, must be done by March 1. The
delay this year was caused by de
lay in securing listtakers. Farm cen
sus figures must be listed at the time
property is listed, Mr. McGoogan
Carolina Men Honor
Colonel Robert Scott
MACON, Ga., Feb. 21. A father
and his sergeant son came here today
from Spartanburg, S. C. "just to
shake the hand of Col. Robert Lee
Alexander Elias told Scott "I have
dreamed of meeting the man who
wrote me the kind letter you did
when my son, who was with your
outfit, was killed.
Lieut. Henry Elias, a fighter pilot
with the Flying Tigers in China,
was shot by the Japanese as he
bailed out of his plane. Colonel Scott
saw his friend and comrade go down.
When he met Elias and another
son. Sgt. Victor Elias of the Green
ville, S. C. army air base, Scott
said: "It is your son and those others
who won't be back that I represent
here today. They did their jobs. We
who are left are only carrying on."
The Eliases remained by the side
of Colonel Scott today and shared
honors with him at a Kiwanis lunch
eon. Later, they took their places
with the Hollywood stars here for the
premiere of the movie version of
Scott's books, "God Is My Co-Pilot."
The premiere will take place tomor
Attends Board Meet
K. A. MacDonald county superin
tendent of schools, was at Davidson
College yesterday where he attended
the annual meeting of the trustees
of that institution.
Buyers Of Oil Curers
Warned By OPA
Panel Concerning Fuel
Tobacco growers installing oil-bur-ning
curer-units in their ba- 's
season, for the first time, t
vised by the Hoke County Ft
nanel that thev are makinff tl
st.nMatinn at thpir nwn riclr.
In a statement issued yesterda.
panel stated that it "wished to
tobacco growers that anyone ,
ting in oil burners for the first t.
this year do so at their own risk.
sofar as the panel knows now, su
burners will be eligible for oil. Bu
the mex.'bers of the panel wish t
warn that, owing to the scarcity oi
oil, the present regulations might be
changed at any time, and a new OPA
order might come out prohibiting the
issuance of fuel oil to new users."
Hoke Polio Fund
The amount of the Hoke County
polio fund reached a total of $14.86
more than double the quota, accord
ing to the final report of N. L. Mc
Fadyen, county chairman.
Mr. McFadyen hade his final re
port this week. A total of $1,384.61
was collected for the fund during
the drive which was brought to a
! close Iast Saturday. There were
totaJ expenses for the drive of $12.25.
cnetK Ior was sem lu
s,ate headquarters in Chapel Hill,
,and 692 30 retained by the Hoke
' u napier oi me rouiiaauoii
for Infantile Paralysis. The quota
for the county was $691.
Mr. McFadyen made his final re
indeed happy over the fine show
ing made by the workers in their
collection of this excellent amount
for the paralysis fund, and was very
! appreciative of the ready and hearty
:1"!"" ulc Hi" "
ty to the call for money for this
Help Prevent Woods
Fires This Spring
Forests are valuable property. They
benefit everyone by conserving our
drinking water, regulating stream
flow, keeping the soil from washing
away, sheltering wild life, and Pr0
viding us with fuelwood, building
material and other useful products.
Each of us has a perosnal stake m
the forest, resources of our locality,
whether we own any timber or not.
The income from the sale of forest
products creates employment, bo'h in
the country and in towns and villages.
The more forest products we can
produce, the greater will be our local
market for eggs, milk, poultry, Vive-
stock and other farm produce. Nev
er in the history of our country has
there been such a great demand for
forest products as that at the present
ime. Most of these are going direct
ly into the war program.
Fires in the forest kill little trees
and kill or injure larger trees and
retard their growth. Forest fires
destroy game animals and young
birds and their food. They kill the
fish in the streams and ponds, re
duce the fertility of the forest Mil,
destroy the natural beauty of the
countryside and create idle land that
is a tax burden.
Forest fires are practically all
man-caused. They are therefore pre
ventable. If all of us will try to be
double-careful with fire, ourselves,
and will do our best to persuade our
friends and relatives to be careful,
the fires in our county can be re
duced to a negligible amount. If wo
will all take a personal interest in
reporting and suppressing fires that
do start, we can confine their dam
age to a very small total acreage.
Trees which burn will never do
us any good; but trees that are pro
tected and allowed to grow to maturi
ty, can bring a great flood of new
money into our county each year tu
add to our farm income and help
us to enjoy a higher standard of liv
ing and a greater future prosperity.
Now that the season is approach
ing when woods fires are most apt
to occur, let us all resolve to do all
we can to precent and suppress fires,
both individually and collectively,
that we can make our country a
better place in which to live, both
for ourselves and for those who fol
low after us. Let's conserve our tim
ber resources for those buildings we
will need so badly after the war!
Two Mules Killed
By Gas Vehicles
Mayor Neill L. McFadyen had the
misfortune to lose two mules this
week, and operators of a car and a
truck suffered considerable damage
to their vehicles wbe nthey strucA
the mules. Mr. McFadyen had the
mules at his farm on trial, it was
said, and they broke out of the
stable yard. Shortly afterwards they
ran across the Fayetteville highway
'and were struck and killed.
Of Red Cross
Several Thousand Aided Locally
By Home-Service Department;
Many Articles Produced.
The report of activities of the Hoke
ounty Chapter of the Red Cross for
i past year provides some inter-
i-v ing reading and will show that,
c trary to the general idea that
U'y dollar given this organization
goes to help out somebody on the
battle front or in far off Chinaland,
much of its money and a great deal
of its activity is devoted to serving
the people right here in Hoke county.
The Home Service committee which
has to deal with cases of need, or
with securing information for the
people right here, reports that 301
telegrams were sent from Raeford
for service men and their families.
168 of these were for white people;
108 were for negroes and 25 were
for indians. The total cost of this
service was $244.55.
Investigations made as the result
of telegrams received from service
men, their families or military ad
ministrative officers totaled 385. 161
of these were of white people; 194
of negroes: and 30 of indians.
523 persons were assisted with:
allowance papers, letter writing, and
preparing dependency papers. Of
this number 200 were white, 251
negroes and 72 indians.
Eleven loans and one grant were
made to service men or their families
at a total cost of $304.
Assistance was given to the families
of four service men who had been
killed in action. This included the
filling out of forms for gratuity pay,
service insurance and pension ap
plications. Aided Six Families
The Disaster committee made
grants to six negro families who hid
been burned out by fire. These
grants totaled $289.69. This commit
tee also paid hospital bills amounting
to $100, and made a loan of $25; ex
pending a total of $414.69.
Camps And Hospitals.
One of the most active committees
was the Camp and Hospitals group
which made and distributed 1961
articles in the following manner- 262
articles sent to Fort Bragg hospitals;
64 to Camp Mackall hospitals; 9 to
Red Cross at Maxton airbase; 288
Kitt Bags to Hampton Roads; 288 to
FOE at New Orleans; and 432 on hand
rsady for shipment. These articles
were furnished at a total cost to
the chapter of $1,392.95.
This committee supplied 100 flower
arrangements to chapels at Camp
Mackall at no cost to the chapter.
195 Christmas packages were furn
ished by the people of Hok County
hrough the local chapter fo; patients
at hospitals at Fort Bragg and Camp
Mackall. 85 favors and Christmas
lights and decorations for hesp.tals at
Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall were
furnished through the chanter at no
cost to the chapter.
3,410 hours were required to knit
the 186 knitted articles which have
rcen made in the past year by mem
ber? of the Knitting comm.ttee. The
articles included 25 turtie-neck:
sweaters; 66 sleeveless sweaters; 4!
helmets; 39 mufflers and 15 pair
at my gloves.
Among various other service? in
which detailed records have nn bc?n
kept included the singing of Christ
mas carols at the hospitals at Fort
Bragg and the aiding fo stranded
One of the most familiar greet
ings heard in shattered behind-the-lines
towns is "Any gum. chum?".
Red Cross workers report. The ARC
field men meet the weary fighters
on invasion roads and beachheads
with hot coffee, fruit juices, cigar
ettes, gum and candy.
CULBRETHS TO CELEBRATE
On Wednesday, February 28, Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Flavius Culbreth
will celebrate their fiftieth wedding
anniversary at open house at their
Lome here from 5:00 to 8:00 P. M.
No invitations have been issued, and
the couple wish through this medium
to extend to all their friends a cordial
Mrs. D. Scott Poole
Mrs. D. Scott Poole had a quite
serious accident Monday when she
turned over a kettle of boiling water
badly scalding her feet. Quick ap
plication of sulfa drug has kept
the burns from being as serious as
it was first feared. She is unable
to get around.