The Hoke County Journal
The Hoke County Newt
VOLUME XXXIX NO. 41
RAEFORD, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1945
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Raeford Man Helps To
Build B-29 Air Bases
21st BOMBER COMMAND HEAD
QUARTERS, Guam, (delayed). Sgt.
Armond D. Black of Raeford, N. C,
! na nf hundreds of enlisted men
at a huge Superfortress base in the
Marianas whose aiugeni euuns nac
made it possible for the giant B-29
bombers of Major General Curtis E,
LeMay's 21st Bomber Command to
-or,iiai-lv at the heart of Ja
pan's war industry. Sgt. Black is in
ordnance in a comDai umt mm
m.nj.H hv Rrieadier General Em-
mett O'Donnell, Jr., who led the
first B-29 striking force irom aai
pan to bomb Tokyo's aviation indus
try on November 24, 1944.
Tribute has been paid Sgt. Black
and the others for thetr toil in con
structing their B-29 bases. They ar
rived last August and September
and, since aviation engineers were
busy with the high priority task of
airstrip building, they constructed
homes for themselves and for the
aerial combat crews who arrived
Sgt. Black, whose mother, Mrs.
Maggie P. Flow, lives on Route One,
Sanford, entered the army in August,
Rockfish Soldier Awarded
Combat Medal In Italy
WITH THE FIFTH ARMY, Italy.
Private First Class John D. Stubbs
of Rockfish, N. C, has been cited
by the 3olst "Speardhead" Infantry
Regiment of the 88th "Blue Devi!"
Division and awarded the Comba.
Infantryman Badge for actual parti
cipation in combat against the en
emy with the 5th army in Italy.
Standards for the badge are high.
The decoration is awarded to the
infantry soldier who has proved his
fighting ability in combat. The hand
some badge consists of a silver rifl'J
set jgainst a background of infan
try blue, enclosed in a silver wreath.
Pvt. Clavton Bouyer is spending a
fifteen-day furlough with his pa
vrr anrf Mrs. John Bouyer. He
has just completed ms Dasic nam
, rsmr. RianHin. Florida and
will report to Fort Meade, Md., after
Pvt. Dan Campbell, son of Mr. and
Ar- n .T Cunnbell. is spending a
nine day furlough at home. He has
just completed basic training ai ump
Wheeler, Ga., and will report back
to duty at Fort Meade, Md.
Mrs. William Crenshaw has re
ceived the Purple Heart awarded her
husband who was wounded on Jan
uary 6, while serving in Belgium
with the 6th Armored Division of
Patton's 3rd Army. Cpl. Crenshaw
is now convalescing in a hospital m
England. His wife is the former
Miss Ann Currie of Raeford.
Sgt. James M. Maxwell, who has
been at home with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Clayton Maxwell for the
past two weeks, has returned to
Jackson, Miss., where he is stationed.
ft. L. Poole, Jr., stationed with an
Infantry training unit at Camp Blan
ding, Fla., has recently been pro
moted to the rank of corporal, ac
cording to message received this
week by his parents, Col. and Mrs.
Srt. Eugene Gordon, now stationed
at Camp Butner, is spending a 21-day
furlough with his parents, Mr. and
Mri. H. H. Gordon.
T-B Matho D. Cunningham, son
of R. C. ana Hattie Cunningham,
who is serving in Italy, was recently
awarded the good conduct medal by
his commanding officer.
Private Flying Committee
WASHINGTON. A twelve man
advisory committee on non-scheduled
flying to represent both the private
flyer and the aviation industry has
been created by T. P. Wright, CAA
administrator. This committee is to
be composed of seven leaders in pri
vate flying activity and one repre
sentative each from aircraft manu
facturers, airlines, aviation consum
ers, fixed base operators and state
aviation officials. In announcing the
creation of this committee, the ad
ministrator call for nominations
frem the general public and stated
that members' terms of service will
be staggered and of short periods
so as to obtain a wide cross section
of opinion from private flyers and
other non-scheduled operators.
One of- the cost factors favorable
to aviation is that airline distances
between cities in most cases are ap
proximately 20 per cent less than
either the highway or rail routes.
County Passes Red
Cross War Fund
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Most Communities Have Report -
ed Generous Gifts As Drive
Nears Final Stages.
$5,879.85 was reported received by
the county organization in the Ret
Cross War Fund drive yesterday as
the drive enters the last few days,
according to County Chairman H.
L. Gatlin, Jr. This amount is well
over the $5400 quota for the county,
and additional reports to be filed this
week are expected to carry the total
to well over $6,000.
With but barely half of the quo'a
reported last Wednesday, conclusion
of the drive by the end of this week
appeared doubtful, according to Mr.
Gatlin. However, he states, all com
munity chairmen and area leader;
are asked to make their final calb
this week and report total collec
tions for the fund as early as possi
ble. The Sanatorium area, while last
wa'K reacneu us goal, now reports
that the quota has been doubled by
gifts received within the past few
days. Edinburgh, the first
pass its quota, has also repor
additional receints. Edinhnrph n
Upchurch negro schools were amcigl
the earlier groups to reach quotas.
Additional areas passing heir quotas
included: Allendale, Antioch. Mon
trose, Pineforest. Rockfish, Raeford
(Residential), Wayside, Arabia, and
Little River. Other schools go'nj
over the top are: Macedonia, In
dian; and Shady Grove, negro.
In Little River, where Sam Comer
was township chairman, the canvass
was made by him. He states that
he received wonderful cooperation
and secured a generous subscription
from every person seen, except one
lone man, who failed to contribute.
That should be something of a rec
ord," he stated. "I have nevor hid
that near a perfect record in any
other sort of campaign I ever worked
in, and I sure appreciate th? won
derful support given the Red Cross
ly our folks."
In reply to his notification of the
national chapter that the county had
exceeded its quota to hter vc
exceed its quota for the drive. Chair
man Gatlin received a messaee of
congratulations from the Atlanta
John Gunther, author of Inside
Europe, Inside Asia and Inside Latin
America, has written a novel, The
Troubled Midnight, which is now in
the library. Other books of fiction
are: Great Son, by Ferber; The
World We Live In, Bromfield; Fare
well to Tharrus, MacLean; Mother
Went Mad On Monday, Hueston;
The Brother, Wilson; The Head
mistress, Thirkell; Appleby's End,
Innes; This Man and This Woman,
Brush; and Nan Thursday, Dale.
Non-fiction: Keep the Peace Through
Air Power; Parents Can Be People,
Baruch; Anything Can Happen, Pa
pashvily; and And God Was There,
Regular Dances Are
Planned At Wrights
The new entertainment center erec
ted by Bill Wright was opened on last
; - V:r...". , a" ";,'the piece the Andrews Sisters
north of Raeford, the new concrete
structure was. filled with a gay
The place will feature two dances
a week, according to Mr. Wright,
and these dances will be held on
both Friday and Saturday nights of
this week with music by the Southern
Night Owls. Barbecue, dancing and
billiards are featured each day from
1Z noon to midnight.
Farmers should make a special
effort to get their lespedeza seeded
during this month, urges County
Agent A. S. Knowles. Other hay
crop seeds are scarce and high in
price. Plans should be made now
to have adequate hay production forljnfantry division has been in the Pa
livestock available on the farm. If
lespedeza sed has not been purchased,
this should be done now as seed is
Farmers having small grain eligible
for certification by the N. C. Crop
Improvement Association must file
an application before April 15, it
was stated today by A. S. Knowles,
county agent. Application blanks
may be secured at the county agent's
OPA Requires Form
R 596 Of Truckers
Before an operator may be able
to get gasoline coupons for his truck
for the second quarter, he is required
.... . Form R 596 which he
mav eet bv calling by the local War
! Price and Rationing Board. These
'forms are to be completed and re-
turned to the office the week of March
26th when coupons will be issued for
second quarter. Everyone is urged
to apply during this period.
This office has had several in
quiries in regard to sugar for can
ning this season. To date we can
only give the following information.
There will be two registrations April
and June dates and places to be an
nounced later. Each person is al
lowed twenty pounds for preserving
and canning; however, the amount is
sued will be based on amount can
ned last year. Applications will be
taken at registration sites, sent in
to the board, and board members
will determine and approve a
mount to be issued.
Hearing Waived By
Nesro Held For
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Lawrence Jones Blasts David
Bethea With Shotgun At Close
Lawrence Jones, negro, is hH in
the county jail without bon for
grandjury action during the April
term of Superior court charged with
the first degree murder of David
Bethea Saturday night after Jones'
wife refused to leave Bethea and
go home with her husband.
Bethea received the full charge
of shot and wadding in the abdomen
from a shotgun fired at close ringe,
and according to investigating of
ficers, died almost instantly. A
short while later, Jones was arrested
by J. C. Wright, deupty sheriff, an--:
Chief W. J. McQuage of the Raefcrd
Officers report that Jones and his
wife were visiting in the negr; sec
tion near Sanders sawmill Sanvday
night about nine o'clock. Jones pre
pared to go home but his wife is
said to have told him to go on home
that she was going to stay a wnile
longer with "her man" nodding to
David Bethea. After some aipu
ment, Jones left, went to the home
of his mother, securefl a shotgun,
and returned to the sawmill section.
!He told officers that he got out of
the car, asked his wife to get in
and leave, but she insisted on stay
ing with BethTa. Jones is said to
have pulled out the concealed shot
gun and fired on Bethea without fur
ther ado. He returned to the car
and drove home, where he was ar
rested a short while later.
D C V't,
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For 252nd C. A.
Danton Walker, New York colum
nist, says that one of the popular
songs of today, was written for, up
and about the 252nd Coast Artil
lery while it was serving in Trini
dad . Walker quotes Lt. Paul Bethel
brother of Fred Bethel, a radio ad
man as his authority. Bethel writes:
"The song was made up about and
for the 252nd Coast Artillery Regi
ment; being the first in Trinidad, we
made the biggest impression on the
native population. That portion of
Isle' should be 'From Chacahacare to
Monos Isle.' The former, pronounced
Chack-a-chu-care-ee,' a small island
which stretches from the northern
part of Trinidad to the Cape of Paria.
Venezuela, and was the headquarters
of the 252nd C. A. Monos was Hq.
of the 1st Bn. of the same regiment.
Chac has a large leper colony, to
which the men of the 252nd C. A.
contributed several thousand dollars
the Christmas of 1942."
Poll Among 598 Vets
WITH THE U. S. 41st DIVISION,
Philippines, March 14. An Army
poll among 598 veterans of the 41st
cific three years with 20 months of
combat from New Guinea to the Phili
ppines, shows the following postwar
One hundred eighty want to go
back to their civilian jobs, 87 former
students plan to return to their
studies, 61 want to win college de
grees under the "G. I. Bill of Rights",
36 intend to make the army a career,
45 are going back to the farm, 12 non
farmers want to till the soil, 36 ex
farm boys look forward to city work,
50 will take technical training for
new jobs, and 93 were undecided.
None thought the world owes him
a living as a civilian.
Of Charges Against
Sidney L. Lewis
Soldier Witnesses From Fort
Brace Fail To Appear Follow
ing Assurance That The Armv
Would Present Them.
The hearings of the two assault
against Sidney L.
otel operator, were
"Diarmid, on the
by Judge Hei
request of H.
dant's counsel, '' . an associate
attorney, Lewis of Fayette-
ville was unable U.P' resent.
Chief state's w. O, s Horton
Goff and Luther P soldiers
stationed at Fort Bra,. SV. re also
absent when the case v called.
In consenting for the .notion for
postponement, Solicitor McNair Smith
told the court that Goff, wounded in
the abdomen by a bullet from Lewis'
gun. had phoned stating that he was
unable to attend the hearing, and
had requested that the solicitor re
quest a non-suit in the case brought
by him. Goff is also reported to
have said that Pelfrey was out on
bivouac and was unable to appear.
Chief of Police W. J. McQuage.
states that he had been assured of
the appearance of the soldiers at
the hearing by Col. Larsen, provost
marshall of the fort, and this turn
in the case was unexpected.
Lewis is charged with assaul
with a deadly weapon with irtent
to kill Goff, and with assault with
a deadly weapon upon Pelfrey. He
has sworn out a warrant against
Goff charging drunken and disor
derly conduct. Goff is a veteran of
three years army service, two nf
which were served in the South Pa
cific. Both soldiers have excellent
army records, according to the Pro
vost Marshall s office.
In cases disposed of by the court,
Theodore Cheek and Marvin Jones,
negroes, each paid $10 and costs for
an affray; Lonzo Alford paid cost.
for drunkeness; Carlee Shaw, negro
woman, drew two 60 day sentences
for drunkeness and for transporting;
she was then ordered for further
investigation on charges brought by
Federal agents. Lonnie Johnson
lost his drivers license and paid $50
and costs for driving drunk, and
paid costs in lieu of a 60-day sen-"
tence for transporting". Lonnie Mor
rison, negro, paid costs for drunk
eness; Donald Shaw, former tenant
of H. R. McLean, was ordered to pay
costs of a hearing for removing
crops witout satisfying liens on crop
held by Mr. McLean, and to pay
him $10.63 for corn removed and
Top-Dress Small Grain
At Once Says Agent
Small grain should be top-dressed
at once with 61 to 32 pounds of soluble
nitrogen per acre, says A. S.
Knowles, county agent. This amount
of nitrogen can be supplied by ap
plying 100 to 200 pounds of Nitrate
of Soda, or 80 to 160 pounds A. N. L.
or Cal-nitro or sulphate of Ammonia,
or 50 to 100 lbs. ammonium nitrate.
Where the soil is deficient in pot
ash, 50 to 100 lbs. of nuriate of pot
ash per acre should be added to the
Names Of Servicemen
The following names have been
added to the Honor Roll:
Ellis, John Jr.,
Correc'ion: published last week,
Wattens, Hubert Lee: should be Wal
ters, Robert Lee, white.
The Koke County Fuel Oil Panel
has receded instructions saying that
a fuel oil ration will be available
for thoF-1 farmers who install oil
burning toV.ncco curers this year.
The Panel wishes to make it clear
that the issuance of fuel oil stamps
does not guarantee the availability
of oil. The panel suggests that you
go to your dealer for this informa
P.j, You Make That Much?
WASHINGTON, March 14. Did
you mako $362,880 last year? If you
didn't, says a report from Iwo Jima,
your income tax would not pay the
bill for one day's firing by Just one
artillery unit on that island. Sgt. Bill
Ross of the Marines did the figuring
and said that one day the 12th regi
ment of the Third Marine division
fired 21,000 howitzer shells at the
Japanese. That's $315,000 worth. The
tax on a salary of $362,880, with
only a $500 deduction, figures out
School Board To
Plans for the replacement of faci
lities of the Upchurch High School,
the county's only high school for
negroes will be discussed at a .meet-
Ui Lilt cuuniy sliiuui uuai ,1 j-vjjj 11
2, it was stated yesterday by K. A.
MucDonald, county superintendent.
Two of the four buildings of the'
plant were destroyed by an early j
morning fire, last Thursday.
Supt. MacDonald states that classes
have been carried on regularly since
the day after the fire, though the
use of the Rockfish and Silver Grove
churches near the school property.
These buildings will probably be used
by the school for the rest of this
term, it was said.
25 More Recruits
Needed To Fill
Rov McMillan Makes Appeal To
Women To Help Staff Army
Raleigh, March 14. North Caro
lina women can ill afford to let the
State fall short of its quota of 105
a . . . i"
lit was stated today by R. L. McMil-
lan, director of the N. C. Office of j
McMillan emphasized that the army
nfmtl hJS ' h rfte,i Tut
quota oy March 20, less than a
week from now, in order to assure
sufficient army hospital technicians
to care for the ever-increasing stream
of ill and wounded soldiers returning
to this oountry from battlefronts
"The lengthening casualty lists
show many of these heroes to be
North Carolinians, men of our own
flesh and blood," stated McMillan,
a veteran of Wor War I. "It be
hooves North Carolina women to con
sider seriously the patriotic contri
bution they can make by joining the
WAC to serve in army hospital;,
where these returriTrig heroes ur
gently need their help. They have
given the utmost required of them,
and the least we can do is to see that
they get adequate hospital care."
McMillan appealed to interested
women to contact immediately the
Army Recruiting Station nearest to
them for information about joining
The state must provide about 25
additional recruits to meet its quo'a
for hospital technicians. The drive,
in progress for a month, has the en
dorsement of Governor Cherry, who
designated OCD as the State agercy
to cooperate with the army in secur
ing the desired number of recruit.
Governor Cherry nas urged every
eligible North Carolina woman to
consider seriously the service she
can render in the WAC as a hospital
Pick Trustees At
RALEIGH, March 14. The Legis
lature, in joint session, today con
firmed the following as trustees of the
Pirenter University of North Caro
For terms expiring March 31, 1937:
J. R. Fearing of Bertie. William H.
Sullivan of Guilford, Lionel Weil of
Wayne, for terms expiring March 31,
1053: Warle Earbcr of Chatham, Sam
uel M. Blount of Boaufnrt, Victor
Brvant of Durham. Ger'rudc Carra-
wav of Craven, John W. Clark of
Guilford, Collier Cobb, Jr.. of Or
ange, George S. Coble of Davidson.
Mrs. Laura W Cone of Guilfort,
John G. Dawson of Lenoir, Joseph C.
Eagles of Wilson, Samuel J. Ervin of
Burke, W. Roy Hampton of Washing
ton, J. Q. LeGrand of New Hanover,
Henry A. Lineberger of Gaston, Fran
cis M. Newsom of Forsyth, Glenn C.
Palmer of Haywood, Edwin Pate of
Scotland. J. C. Pittman nf Lee, J. E.
Rnmsnv of Rowan, Roy Rowe of Pen
der, J. Benton Stacy of Rockirgham,
Kenneth S. Tanner of Rutherford,
and William B. Umstead of Durham.'
Planes Scare Sharks
LOS ANGELES. A Catalina flying
boat crew saved the lives of 23 Ameri
can merchant seamen whose vessel
had been torpedoed by a Japanese
submarine. Unable to land on the
ocean because of heavy seas, the
crew of the flying boat circled over
the helpless seamen, who were drif
ting in lifeboats, throughout the
night, dropping life preservers, rafts
and food, and scaring off a school of
man-eating sharks. In the morning
two other Catalinas appeared and
kept diving almost into the water
until a Naval sloop arrived and res
cued the seamen.
Eyander B. McNeill
Dies At Home Here
Fllneral Services For Prominent
Businessman-Farmer To Be
Held Friday Morning At Home
j Evander Blue McNeill aged 77,
i Passed away quie'ly at aoout lime
o'clock last night last night after
an illness of about two years.
Funeral services will be held at the
home on Friday morning at eleven
o'clock, with the Rev. Harry K. Hol
land, pastor of the Raeford Pres
byterian church officiating. Burial
will be in Raeford cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John McKay
Blue, C. L. Thomas, N. A. Mc
Donald, A. K. Stevens, T. B. Up
church, Jr. Archie McKeithan and
W. J. Coates.
Mr. McNeill was a native of Moore
county, having been born there on
January 29, 1868. He was the son
of Dr. John Norman and Mary Eliz.i
Blue McNeill. He attended the we!l
I'" u Hn:rsch"o ?f whlch
John E, Kelly was headmaster.
j As a young man he was in the
turpentine business in Cumberland
and Montgomery county of this state
.'and also in Alabama. Returning to
j this state in 1901, for some time he
made his home at Timberland with
his sister, Mrs. J. A. Blue and in
1902 he moved to Raeford to be
come associated with the late J. W.
McLauchlin, J. C. Thomas and Dan
r-i : ,1 hkt
I which they organized and built into
one of the leading mercantile busi
nesses of this section. He was also
interested in a number of other com
mercial concerns and server as presi
dent of the Bank of Raeford, vice
president of the Upchurch Milling
and Storage company, and was a
large stockholder in the Hoke Oil
and Fertilizer company and the Rae
ford Power and Manufacturing com
pany. Besides, he owned and op
erated a number of farms in the
county. Due to failing health he
had given up much of the actual
operation of these interests several
A devoted an active member of
the ; Raeford Presbyterian church,
Mr. McNeill gave liberally to its sup
port, and was instrumental in the
erection of the present handsome
building. He had served the church
as an elder for a number of years.
He was a former town commissioner.
served two terms on the Board of
County Commissioners, and in 1937
and 1939 represented the county in
the General Assembly.
Mr. McNeill was married to Miss
Matie Scales of Monroe in 1304. She
died in 1908. Since that time he
has kept his own home open but
spent much time with his sister, Mrs.
Blue. His last years have been spent
in his home with his one son, J. Law
rence McNeill and family. Though
quite sick for the past few weeks, he
never complane and was conscious
until the last. Mrs Blue visited him
earlier in the evening and he ap
peared quite cheerful during then-
Surviving are one" son: three grand
children: two sisters, Mrs. Blue and
Mrs Smith McKeithan of Raeford;
and a brother, the Rev. Malcolm
Daniel McNeill of Sanford.
Lunchroom equipment installed in
the Rockfish school this year has
been purchased by the Rockfish
Parent-Teichers association at a
cost of $135, according to a report
read Monday night by Mrs. A. W.
Wood, treasurer of the organiza
tion, which met at the school.
The lunchroom was planned early
last year, and throughout the sum
months much food and supplies
were conserved by members, in pre
paration for the opening of the room
last fall. Equipment was installed
early in the school year and suc
cessful operation of the lunchroom,
with hot meals at very low cost
to the children, was reported.
The program was opened by a re
port of the president, Mrs. M. S.
Gibson, of the part the children ot
the school are taking in promo
ting matters related to our nation's
war effort. This report was ampli
fied y County Superintendent K.
A. MacDonald, who gave a summary
of the war activities of children ot
tha schools of the county.
Mrs. Thomas McLauchlin, Bible
teacher of the Raeford and Hoke
high schools, exhibited work done
by students of her classes In relig
ious education. Mrs. McLauchlin
presented also fifteen students of the
school, whose program exemplified
the Bible instruction work with a
I summary of elements covered in th
course of instruction.