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The Hoke County News
The Hoke County Journal
VOLUME XLI NO. 47
JilSDAY, APRIL 24th, 1947
RAEFORD, N. C.
‘2.00 PER A^EAR
By K. A. MacDonald
The school committee of the,
Rockfish school met last Wednes-
. day night and unanimously re
elected the entire faculty con
sisting of Mrs. Lela McDowell,
principal, Mrs. Treva T. Koonce,
Mrs. Isabella Ritter and Mrs.
Francis B. Capps, -»
On last Friday night the Ashe-
niont school committee met and
urianimously re-elected the Ashe-
iir.ont faculty, R. A. Smoak, prin
cipal, Mrs. R. A. Smoak, Miss
Nan Thornburg and Miss Mildred
The grand jury in session this
week called the county superin
tendent of schools before it for
a report, on School transportation.
The superintendent was glad to
be able to report that during last
week the state school bus inspec
tor was here and made a detailed
inspection of each bus and found
them in good, safe^ mechanical
condition. He complimented head
mechanic, Luck, for the way in
which he was keeping the buses.
Last Friday night the Ashemont
PTA put on a chicken supper in
the school lunchroom for the ben
efit of the lunchroom. Something
over $50.00 clear was made. All
those who attended enjoyed the
FTA Has Meeting Monday
On Monday night the Hoke.
Raeford PTA met in the home ec-
onomics rooms of the high school
with the president, Mrs. Youn-
After a report by a ocmmittee
(Continued on back page)
Drive For Old
Chas. M. Johnson
Speaks At Kiwanis
Peach Belt Opens
Here May 2l8t‘
Clyde Upchurch, Jr. /.a.; accept-i
ed the chairmlihship ' i the old ^
clothing drive that is ■;.:jnsored ini
North Carolina by the North Car- STATE TREASURER GIVES
91ina Council of churc’res and na
tionally . by the C'.urch World
Service. The Kiw.anis club through
the committjee Suppoi: of Church
es assisted iby the coc mittee on
rLJn^er-ih*iviiedg!ed Children is
RESUME OF STATE’S
ized Peach P*
me;' here . la.s'
pleted plans ic
the season. P
that the seasu:
Charles M.. Johnson, treasurer
of the State of North Carolina
since 1932 and first to announce
sponsoring in Hoke County. Mr.' candidacy for governor of the
Upchurch is a member of the first state in the primary'and general
named committee of the Kiwanis j ^^^‘^tion of 1948, 'vvas guests speak-
dub. i ^t the regular weekly^ meeting
Rev. W. L. Maness, chairman! of the Raeford Kiwanis club last
of the committee on support of Thursday.
'DR. H. S. WILLIS
Dr. H, S. Willis assumed his du- . Until his appointment as sup-
ties as the new superintendent of srintendent of N. C. St^e Sana-
the three North Carolina State toria, Dr. Willis had b^en super
Tuberculosis Sanatoria on Tues-j intendent of the William H. May-
day, April 15. Dr, Willis succeeds bury Sanatorium. Northville, Mi-
the late Dr. P. P. McCain 'who chigan, since 1933. Prior to this
was killed instantly last November he was director of the research
25 in an automobile accident j laboratories of that sanatoriujn
while en route to Raleigh for a; for three years.
Born in High Point, N. C., on
July 19, 1891, he graduated High
churches, is in charge of the
church participation in the drive.
W. t. Gibson, Jm,, chairman of
the “Vocational Education Com
mittee” is in charge, of school
Miss Josephine Hall, Home De
monstration agent, will work
through the Home Demonstration
The Key club of the Hoke Coun
ty High school has accepted the
responsibility of the house to
house canvass in Raeford.
T, B. Upchurch, Jr. has offered
his seed storage warehouse which
joins the Baker-McFadyen garage
and this will be used for the col
lection point. Lacy McFadyen has
agreed to act as custodian for
ar. WilUs was selected by a
by the Board of Directors of the
N. C. State Sanatoriay^embers
of the committee were: Dr. Paul
Point High School in 1910 and
from there went to the Univer
sity of North Carolina where he
received his A. B. degree ih 1914.
... -1, T-. Before entering nrfedical school,
H. Ringer of Asheville, Dr. Thur- . , f i
® . ihe served as assistant in biology
Mrs. Catherine P.
Cheek Dies At
Mr. Johnson, who released his
announcement to the press of the
state on the day he was here, was/
a guest of Israel Mann. In pre
senting his guest .to the club Mr.
Mann told oi his friendship of
over 26 years with Mr. Johnson
and how they had been friends
before he (Mann) could even
The address was of conside^
able interest to the gathering, it
being a fairly represen(ta'tive
group of North Carolina taxpayers.
He covered the financial condih
tion of the state and its financial
plans in general - and easily un
First item mentioned were the
interesting points that this is the
only state which, maintains all
roads and does not levy a land
tax for the support of this work.
It is also the only state in the 48
whidh maintains a nine-month,
12-grade school system under the
The speaker then stated that
there were two figpds in the state
! Iday ani com-
the opening of
would open on
May 21 with games in Raefogd.
Hamlet and Sinithem ■ Pines. The
announcement was .released by
John S. Ruggle;: of Southern Pines,
president of the league.
The league play will begin
May 21 with .Aberdeen vs. Sout
hern Pines at Southern Pines;
Bennettsviile '/s. Hamlet at Ham.
let, and Laui-inburg vs. Raeford
at Raeford. |
Ensuing games well be played'
on Wednesdays and
Judge Bone i
Four Cases In
.1 DIVORCE^ r.KANTED
IN CIVIL TERM
Judge ■.'.■-n'e:- II. E,
viile. N. C' . ■:
preside;; ■ ve.' t.'.e
Hoke Cour.'.y S.pe.-,.;
the first twyw ; ■
The four :-es .on
docket -.verr .ompieten
day and •r.'ee d.- orte
were hearc .~*y tne ,
civil session on TL.es;;,.,
Joe Scott, '.vhite .ma!
Saturdays, entered a plea
’ ■ '.ns
■with extra games on Mondays, ientering and mr-
Each team will play 30 games.’l5!connection with the re-
away and 15 at home. I moval of so.me sugar and e.gar-
Member teams are now in pro.i?^^®^ fro.m Gathrie Longs f.llrng
cess of organization, and are, with! Laurmburg i'i>a4
their officials; Aberdeen, Haney months ago. He was
Harris, director, P. B. ParriSh, serve nine .ronttis
business manager and coach;
on the roads
man D. “^tchen of Wake Forest,
and Lee L. Gravely of Rocky
Last week Texas City, Texas, but we built and put in good re-
was almost destroyed by an eje-
plosion of a shipload of high ex
plosives in the bay. When a child
I thought old people died, I did
not thifik of young people dying,
but one day my chum died at the
age of ten and I was distressed.
Later Pread something the great
Dt. March said. “J>eath walkis
at our side from the cradle to
the grave within easy reach ready
to grasp our hearts and cease
Learning to adjust yourself to
yourself surrouhidings is your
first duty. Whether your income
is pmeh or little^ you can live in
ease and comfort and peace, and
be happy. ’
Or you can make of yourself
a nuisance, and fill your fellow
creatures ears with the sad tale
of all your woes and disappoint
/ ■ „ ■
Give to the winds your cares,
Hope on, be not dismayed,
God hears thy sighs and counts
God will lift up your head.
pair all the strset.s and built
sidewalks all over town, and
paid expenses and the two $500
notes on the 15 cents tax.
Trees do not^grow like they
used to. I have seen trees reach
a diameter of two feet size, of
twenty four inches through in
About 1884 Richmond county
- adopted “stocklaw” in the wes
tern half of the courtty. In a
short time therelwas a good grow
th started thick as was the or
iginal growth cutaway by the
sawmills, and when we left Rock
ingham and came to Raeford those
pines were twenty feet tall. They
have grown but little since .
I have been told most young
i^en gamble, but I hope it js not
true. But it seems to be an Amer
ican weakness and I think gam
bling has a strangle hold on this
nation from markets, cotton pro
■John K. Moore althougl} he had
not been a citizen of Cumberland
County long, was one of two
Representatives in the House in
the General Assembly of 1901,
and he passed a law chartering
the 'Town of vgaeford. It had a
population of 150, The first tax
rate was 15 cents on $100 valu
ation. There was not very much
property. The tax rat^ was not
raised for 16 .^ears.
I was elected Mayor in 1911,
and the outgoing board of com-
missio;iers had Just borrowed
$5,099 front each of the two banks
in tdwni I was Mayor-6 months,
ey play baseball, golf, and
er ga.res on Sunday now and
no one says a word against it.
They gather waste paper on Sun
day and think they aVe doing the
right thing. If I were Mayor of
a town or city, they would not
violate that Holy Day.
Liquor, beer and wjhe contain
alcohol, and alcohol is a habit
forming drug, and few live to re
cover from the revage of alcoho
Prices of most things we all
need daily are •^higher than any
of us ever knew, and prices are
gradually creeping pp—on an av
I said in this column that strikes
would follow the death of the
OPA. Now you see.'Apples "are
about $5.50 a bushel. But they
are good food even if expensive.
As I write I take a look at the
Raeford I found here forty years
ago. There has been much im
provement. We have 'had oppor
tunity for improvement, and won
der is “have we improved our
opportunities”? I hardly suppose
for a tire at John? Ho^ins and
received his M. D. degree from
that university in 1919, and an
M. A' in 1920. He remained at
Johns Hopkins until 1928 as an
instructor in medicine.
In 1928 he dropped most of his
teaching duties to spend part of
his time in private practice in
Baltimore, but remained at Johns
Hopkins as lecturer in medicine
and as a visiting physician. This
he continued until he went to
Michigan to take charge of the
research laboratories at the Wil
liam H. Maybury Sanatorium in
Dr. Willis became a consultant
for the U. S., Public Health Ser
vice in 1945 and in 1946 became
Vice-President of the National
Tuberculosis Association.; Dr. Wil
lis is a membef of many medical
societies, taking an active part
as chairman or member of com
mittees, particularly in medicfel
With North Carolina in the
midst of its Good Health cam.-
paign, and with efforts being in
tensified to combat tuberculosis.
Dr. Willis arrives at a time when
his knowledge, ability and ser
vices can be^ put to their fullest
Mrs. Catherine Pittman Cheek,
53, died suddenly Tuesday morn-
ning, April 15, at her home, Rae
ford route 2.
iShe was born in Bladen county
but lived in the Raeford route
2 community since, she was a year
old, Her parents were M. W. Pitt
man and Mrs. Catherine Smith
Pittman, both of Bladen county were not available
and both no^V deceased.
Surviving are her husband,
Jorn R. Cheek; daughters, Mrs.
B. R. Walters, of Red Springs,
and Mrs. Jam es Smith, of Park-
ton; brothers, George Pittman, of
Raeford, and Fred Pittman, of
Vero Beach, Fla".'"'' ' and sisters,
Mrs, Hattie Sessoms, of Rockfish,
and Miss Annie Pittman, who re
sided v^th Mrs, Creek.
Services were conducted Wed
nesday, April 16. at Pittman
Grove church by the bSIv. Mr.
Taylor. Bdrial was in the church
0 ^ .
Bennettsviile, S. C., H. H. San-j William C. C.ark. a.so -.vbite,
ders, director and business man- charged with abondonii ent
ager; Hamlet, V. P. Nettles, di- ^nd non-suport. He entered a plea
reator, ‘Vic’ Snipes, business nolo contendere. Judgment 'vas
manager; Raeford, Lawrence Po_ j suspended for two years on c^di-
ole, director, Clyde Upcrurch,-Sr., | defendant pay ffie
business manager, Bill Upchurch, | court $30 monthly
club manager, Julian McLeod, support of his two child,
assistant manager^ ■Southern Pines, j cos^s of
C. N. Page business in anager, A.' trial.
.C. Dawson, coach.
Of Raeford Burns
To Death In Va.
Robert Smith, colored man ’.vh«
shot Leroy Shaw, also colored,
I death after a card game a few
j weeks ago, was charged with
degree murder. The state accept
ed the defendant’s plea of guilly
of second degree murder and h«
Funeral services were conduct- sentenced to serve net less
treasury, the highway fund and I ed in Aberdeen yesterday after- more than 25 years
the general fund. The highway I noon for W. L. (Will) Tugwell, prison,
fund,'-ire was ■ ki evccellant-^Aberdeen wan and fencer'aesb-i mm*
Mrs. W. E. Blue, Miss Louise
Blue and William Blue spent the
week end in Graham in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. G. M Moon
Mrs. Jesse Gibson and Miss
condition due to an ^ccilmula-j ejent of Raeford who was burned
tion during the war ybars when i to death follovvirg a collision
the materials and labor to build ^ with an oil truck north of Alex-
and maintain the state’s roads andria, Va., last Sunday.
Mr. Tugwell was traveling a-
lone at the time of *rhc accident
The genera] fund, Mr. Johnson
said, was the fund from Which all
state expenses other than the
roads are paid. He said that for experience,! in ascertain-
and was towing a Ehiverless car
behind him Theie was som.e dif-
ing his identity. He operated a
service station md tire recap-
the first ti.me in the history of
the state i? showed a surplus
While there are still state bonds;
outstanding the .money is at hand
to pay them when due, he said.
This money is in some cases .in-
' an automobile dealer.
He was a resident of Raeford
for about a dozen years imredi.
vested in U. S. bonds ^hich will preceding the first World
mature at the same times as the
state’s bonds. He said that the
state would in all likelihood be
able to operate on a cash basis
in the future and save the inter
est paid out by issuing bonds:
HIGH POINT COLLEGE
QUARTET TO SING
The locrd national guard unit,
which last week received its of
ficial Federal recognition as such
from the National Guard Bureau
in Washington, begjan receiving
its equipment jocn after the of-
TO HOLD UNION
Sunday evening, April 27, at
7:30 o’clock, there will- be a union
church service held in the Rae
ford Graded school auditorium
with the Baptist congregation.
Rev. J. D. Whisnant will preach
on “Service to Others.”
A^ter the sermon a documen.
tary newsreel film prepared by
the U. S. Army will be shown
that depicts the crying need for
help in the war-ravaged lands
of Europe and the Far East. This
film “Seeds of Destiny” received
the motion picture academy a-
ward for the excellence of its
production. - '
Rev. and Mrs. Ht K. Holland
of Marietta, Georgia, were guests
of Dr. and Mrs. Marcus Smith
this week. They came especially
foir the Stevens-'Hassell wedding.
They- are leaving today for Char
lotte where Mr. Holland will of
ficiate at a wedding at Meyers
Paijk Presbyterian church.
The High Point College Quartet | ficiab,notice -n't ived.
Clara Gibson attended the funeral j will be at the Raeford Methodist j Equipment revtived so far in-
of Mrs. E. C. McCall at-Laurin- Church Sunday morning at 11:00 ^ eludes trucks, vlcthing, and in-
burg last Thursday. j o’clock. The public is cordially in-i dividual equipn-ent of
— ' vited to hear them. Dr. N. M. i kinds. No weapons have been re.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Coates spent Harrison, Vice president of the col- ceived as yet. The unit will be
the week end in Leaksville visit- lege, will speak briefly on Chris- eventually~eqiupped the same as
ing relatives. tian Education. ia similar unit ir. the regular army.
who killed another named i»fc-
Donaid. was charged with setond
degree .murder. He entered a plea
of nolo contendere to manslaugh
ter and the state .accepted this
plea. Sentence '.vas fro.r. three to
five eyars to be suspended oa
payment of the costs and good'
behavior for three years.
A. 3. Knc-wles
The photo to the left is of Dr. and Mrs.
Watson M. Fairley; and while v/e don’t know
how old this picture is we feel sure almost
everyone in this community will recognize
The,., rat control campaign
seers to ha\'e a success on farms
where the Red Squill bait •.V3S
distrib'iited. G. C. Hales, if the
Wayside co.m.munity. says it did
the work. He says that ;t kille|
eno'ugh rats to save S125.Ci) on
his’corn alone. N. H. G. Baifeur,
of the Dundarrach community,
picked up twenty-five dead and
dying rats in one building. Wil
liam Lentz says that the bait kill
ed a beculiar ani.mal which u eigb_
ed eight pou.nds that is beb’eved
guilty of killing three pigs re
cently. J. C. Wright says that the
rats are gone at his farm. A. S.
Gaston. Negro principal, reported
that the bait got the rat he had
been after for two years. The
next campaign will profaac'y be
next fall. '
these two familiar figures, lo.Tig dear to us all.
At eleven o’clock next Sunday morning
Dr. Fairley will preach the sermon which
will conclude the supply pastorale he began,
at the Presbyterian church here after Rev*
Harry K. Holland left in February. Dr. Fajjr-
ley was pastor of the churc.h from 1925 to
The new pastor, Rev. W. B* Heyward, will
be in the pulpit the following Sunday, May 4.
The Fairleys expect to move from Raeford
early next week.
‘ Business Developments: Feb
ruary sales of retail stores are e».
tinuited at 15 per cent above Febu
ruary a year ago. The wholesale
price index, covering 900 oonio-
dities. on March 22 reached 149.0
or 37.5 per cent higher than
year ago. Inventories of indepen
dent retailers at the dose cf 1946
were 46 per cent higher than at
the end of 1945
Cull out the laying flocks Eiftea
to conserve feed and save a or.ey.
Chicks for next winter’s laying
flock should be obtained not later
than May 1 if they are to dev«u
lop into good layers.
Farmers are urged to plant only
good cotton seed of the Oeker
100 Wilt variety.
Plant an acreage of hybrid cofig
of the N. C. 27, N. C. 26, or TJ " ''