News - Journal
The Hoke County News
The Hoke (^ounty Journal
VOLUME XLHI; NUMBER 51
THURSDAY, MAY" 19, 1949
RAEFORD. N. C.
By K. A. MacDonald
We are glad to announce that
a meeting of the Ashemont school
committee last week the entirfe
faculty was re-elected for the
school term of 1949-50.
All Cases In
Last Friday night the senior
class of Hoke High presented its
play, “Aunt Tillie Goes to Town”,
under the direction of Miss Mir
iam Watson, senior claSs adviser.
The play, a farce-comedy, was
given to a large and apprroiative
audience. The members of the
cast were all selected for their
parts and everyone did his part
well. The performance was smooth
running frora start to finish. Each
character was well portrayed.
Everyone acclaimed it as one of
the best senior plays given in a
long time. Both the seniors and
their adviser, deserve a lot of cre
dit for all the work that was done
jto make it a success.
' It is a pleasure to announce
that its spring meeting last week
the Rockfish school committee re
elected the entire faculty for the
school year 1949-50.
Miss Ruby Wood, primary
teacher at Rockfish who under-.
went,^ an operation at .Highsihith
hospital, is now recuperating at
All cases tried before Judge
Henry MoDiarmid in Hoke coun
ty recorder’s court Tuesday morn
ing dealt 'with violations of the
motor vehicle laws of- some sort.
Avery E. Daniels, white man
of West End, was tried on a
charge of driving drunk. He was
found not guilty.
Clarence McGregor, and Leroy
Murchison, colore'd, paid $10 and
the costs for careless and rdckless
driving and Preston Moore, also
colored, was found not guilty on
the same charge. ■ ^ '
Matthew - McLauchlin and Lem
Leach, both colored, paid $10 and
the costs each for driving with
improper br^es, f James: Harris,
colored, paid $10 and the costs for
violating the road laws by hav
ing an exhaust , whistle on his
auto. William J. Armstrong, col
ored of Southern Pines, paid the
costs for having improper equip
ment on his car. Walter Covington,
colored of Fayetteville, and Boyce
C. Builington, colored of South
Carlina, each got 30' days sus
pended on payment of $25 and
the costs for having no drivers
Grady E. Jones, white* of South
Carolina, forfeited a $25 bond for
. Ashemont school will present
its operetta tomorrow night', Fri
day, May 20, at 8:39 O’clock at
To Promote Bond
Issue In County
County’s C •
Schools and '
ed in Raleigr
‘.hose who have i
i manship of Hoke 1
.::ee for Better 1
'.s were announc- j
1:= week by John 1
exec:u:;ve secretary of 1
69 Teams Entered In State;
Play To Begin June 6th;
First Game Here June 10th
^ Interest in the 1949 corn-growing contest between North Carolina and Virginia is growing.by leaps
and bounds. Farmers from both States are enrolling, anxious to increase their own corn yields and
to help their respective States come out on top. The exhibit shown above is being displayed in various
localities. In the center appears the trophy which will be presented to the winning State by the Corn
Committees of North Carolina and Virginia. It is donated by The National Fertilizer Association.
Better Schools and Roads, Inc.
They are Harry Greene, Rae-
ford, N. C., Neal Sinclair, Ashley
Heights, N. C. and Sam McGou-
gan. Lumber Bridge, N. C.
The co-chairmen will spearhead
a county drive for voters’ sup
port bf the Better Schools and
Roads program, which faces its
biggest test on June 4 when the
people of North Carolina will
.vote on the issuance of bonds for
school and road building.
By their acceptance of co
chairmanship they also became
directors in the non-profit, non
partisan citizens’ organization.
Better Schools and Roads, Inc.
A Raeford team is among 69
American Legion Junior baseball
teams representing 71 Legion
posts in the State which - have
been entered for competition in.
the 1949 Junior Baseball program,
according to announcement this
w'eek by Dr D. R.” P.erry, •bf ’Dur-,'
ham. State chairman for Junior-
baseball. Additional entries are
expected before the closing'.-.date
-Area cdm.missioners are holding,
meetings this ^onth with -Ford
Motor company*.- representatives
and Post athletic officers to plan
PTA To Sponsor
and pupils have worked hard on
its production. A delightful hour
is in prospect for all who attend.
Last week Mrs. Roberts’ fourth
grade of the Raeford Graded had
a picnic at the ball park. /.les-
dames Lewis Upchurch and N. A.
McDonald served the children a
picnic dinner. The association
was a highlight for the children.
Dr. Dorset of Meredith College
and the State Health Department
will be in the county on June 2
to hold a clinic for school child
ren. We are delighted that Dr.
Dorset is coming* as he is an emi
nent specialist in his field.
Mrs. Stephens’ 4th and 5th
grade room won the attendance
prize at PTA Monday night for
getting the most parents out. The
prize wlil be a picnic for ,the
The Jeans Supervisor spent
four days in Greensboro last wmek
attending a conference called by
the State Education Commission
for the purpose tesVng sixth grade
' teachers and pupils in the Greens
boro and Guilford county sys
tems. The education commission
is making a study under the di
rection of Dr. McCall of Columbia
University to try to evolve a sys
tem of rating for teadhers.
John A. Oates, prominent Fay
etteville attorney and historian
jvho is at ..present writing a book
^^n .the history of the Cape Fear
ion of North Carolina,' will
wi Raefisfd' srtRefTfotdl at two
o’clock on Friday afternoon of
next week. May 27.
Mr. Oates is coming to Raeford
to get information on this sec
tion for his work and he wants
people of the county who have
old papers, family, business or
church information to bring it to
Mrs. Neill McFadyen, president
of the Hoke-Raeford Parent-
Teacher association, said this
week that the association had de
cided at its last meeting to again
promote the summer recreation
program for children here.
She said that the project would
take about $500 and that the as
sociation hoped that the parents
of children taking advantage of
the program would donate enough
money to finance it. Donations
may be sent to Mrs. Israel Mann,
The program will consist of
.sufi^rv^^ jBl^y.on:th^-,hi,gh school
ground^ dturing the mornings and
at night, and supervised swim
ming at the creek in the after
noons. A bus will be provided to
transport the children to the creek
Men Of eSurch
Men of the Raeford Presbyter
ian church held their, monthly
meeting and supper at the church
on Tuesday night. About 75 were
present and enjoyed a fine meal.
The program Was presented by
K. A. MacDonald. The speaker
was Roger C. Kiser, educator,
farmer and State legislator from
Laurinburg. He was introduced
by L. M. Peele, former Scotland
County school superintendent,
and his address was interesting
■the hotel Where he will look it ARRIVING NEXT WEEK
over. He would like to have in
formation on the oldest churches,*
OPEN HOUSE HELD
BY COUNTY LIBRARY
The annual McFarland, New
Hope and' Timberland May Day
exercises were held at McFarland
’school last Friday." A Ma^ pole
dance and other folk dances were
put on by the schools in a beau
tiful woodland setting that was
very fitting for the occasion. Al
ter the exercise refreshments
were served on the grounds.
Teachers and pupils are to be
congratulated on the good pro
Last Friday the Lilly’s Chapel
school held their spring exercises.
The festivities started in the af
ternoon with dinner being serv
ed on the grounds then a ball
game was played. In the evening
a pageant was put on in the
building. A large concourse' of
parents enjoyed the occasion.
Teachers and pupils were, highly,
The Hoke County Library was
thrown open to the public on the
first Thursday in May; the lib
rary association holding open
In the rooms recently painted
the Raeford Garden club had
placed choice flowers from the
gardens of its nlembers. Mts.
Luke Bethune, librarian, and Miss
Anne Gore of student association,
greeted the callers. Mrs. A. K.
Currie was at the register and
Miss Josephine Hall and Mrs. G.
B. Rowland served punch and
cookies from a w^ell appointed
table placed in the children’s
The visiting hours were from
2-5 in the afternoon and 7:30 .to
9 at night. At night K. A. Mac
Donald, who is chairman of Hoke
County Library Board of Trus
tees, assisted Mrs. Bethime in re
ceiving and Mrs. J. M. Andrews
assisted at the punch bowl.
Those that took this occasion
to visit the library were much
pleased. The library is a source
of pride to the county and this
occasion impressed its worth and
value to the community. .
REV. AND MRS. MANN
Miss Alice Longenecker, Miss
ionary to China who is sent out
by ^the Raeford Presbyterian
church, will arrive in Raeford
next Tuesday. Her time in Rae
ford will be divided among the
liiembers of the auxiliary. She
will be the guest of Mrs. Julian
Johnson for the first two weeks
of her visit. On Sunday night.
May 29th, the regular birthday
program of the Woman’s Auxili
ary will be given with Miss Long
enecker the speaker.
BAND TO PLAY
AT PAGE’S LAKE
Members of the Raeford, Laur
inburg, Sandhills and Sanford
Kiwanis clubs enjoyed a chicken
supper at Lakeview Hotel Wed
The picnic was sponsored by
the Sanford Kiwanis club and
some 225 Kiwanians from the
four clubs enjoyed the occasion.
After the program there was
dancing with music furnished by
a string orchestra.
LOSES HOME IN FLA.
Mrs. R. A. Matheson was noti
fied Sunday that her mother’s
home in Live Oaks, Florida, had
burned down the night before.
Mrs. Matheson’s mother, Mrs. L.
B. Sutton, was visiting her son’s
family in Asheville at the time.
Mrs. Matheson left Sunday morn
ing. meeting her mother in Co
lumbia, S. C. and going to Live
Oak. They both expect to return
to Raeford this week.
1948 Cotton Crop
Over 14 Million Bales
The 1948 cotton crop was esti
mated at 14,868,0Q0 bales of 500,-
pounds gros^ weight in a final
report by the Agriculture De
partment. This compares with
11,857,000 bales produced in 1947
and with a 10-year average of
Cottonseed production was put
at 5,941,000 tons compared with
4,681,000 in 1947.
The combined value of cotton
lint and cottonseed from the 1948
crop was estimated at $2,641,336,-
000, the highest on record. The
figure in 1947 was $2,294,543,000.
-jv.*,T^>vgl«e:of*the 1948 crop of
lint was put at $2,241,077,000 com
pared with $1,892,528,000 in 1947.
The value of the 1948 crop of
coittonseed was placed at $400,-
259,000 or about the same as that
for the 1947 crop.
The 1948' average price received
by farmers for cotton sold prior
to May 1, 1949, was 30.1 cents a
pound against an average of 31.93
cents for the 1947 crop. The sea
son average price of cottonseed
was $67.40 a ton or about $18.50
below the 1947 average.
The yield of cotton per acre
last year reported at 313.1 pounds
compared with 267.3 in 1947.
schedules of first round' play, the-
The co-chairmen took as their L®S^bn s * High Commissioner” of,'
first job the encouragement of jutdor • baseball said.
Raeford^-Jras been placed in
voters to register for the election.
In this connection, however, they
pointed out that no special regis
tration is required. Any citizen
now on Sie registration books _can
vote, and citizens who are not al
ready registered may do so on
May 14 and May 21, at their poll
ing places. The bond issue vote
will not be “against the registra
tion” as some elections have been
in the past but will be a straight
for-or-against proposition. In oth
Arch 2 of the. State and wUl com
pete with _seyen'.,other teams for
the area title.' For the first round
play wUl be in two districts of
the area. Raeford is , in district 2
with Whiteville, Tabor City,.* and
Laurinburg.'Entries in District 1
of the area . are Dunn, Clinton and
Fort Bragg with one vacancy, still
The season will open with Rae
ford playin Whiteville' there on
er words, if more people vote for 6 and- Tabop City playing
'the bond issue than against it, - it
wiU carry; if more vote against
it than for it, it will not. Regis
tered voters who do not vote will
■have, no effect on &e outcome.
JUNIOR CHORUS GIVES
Sgt. L. A. Morrison, of the
United States Army Recruiting
service, will be at the Post' Office
in Raeford every Tuesday from
12:00 noon to 4:00 p. m. He will
be able to furnish complete in
formation on Army and Air Force
The Red Springs-Raeford High
school band will give a concert
at Page’s Lake at 2:30 p. m. on
Sunday, May 22, U. S. Page, own
er of the lake, has announced
that the grounds and buildings
will be open to the public for the
concert. The lake opens the 1949
bathing, dancing and picnicking
season on Saturday.
A & R MOVES OFFICE
By Eula Nixon Greenwood
The Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Mann
of Antioch attended a demonstra
tion entitled “Let There Be Light”
at the Morehead Planetarium m
Chapel Hill last Thursday after
noon. The planetarium is one of
six in North America and it was
formally opened' on Sunday, May
8. Its value is increased by the
fact that it is one of 25 such in
struments made by the Zeiss
works in Germany before the war
in which the Zeiss plant was de
The Aberdeen & Rockfish rail
road has moved its office to the
recently renovated depot building
nearer Main street than the ware
house they have been using for
an office for some years. The
Western Union office and Mrs.
Dezerne’s flower business also
moved along wifh them.
Do Your Part
RIGHT BEHIND — Four chortl
ing and chattering women, ob
viously completely carried away
by the balmy weather,|the spring
styles, and an opportunity to get
out of the house for an hour or
so, were bouncing along hardly
noticing where they were going
on Raleigh street last Saturday
morning. Just in front of them
in solemn majesty walked Mr.
Law of North Carolina.
“Aren’t We right behind Hud-
son-Bfelk?” sang out one of the
“No,” came the thimdering
voice from in front, “right be
hind Walter P. Stacy.”
As he graciously stepped aside
for them to pass, he bowed slight
ly, and four fluttering hands—as
if lifted by one huge hand—^flew
to blood-red faces.
WORST SINCE 1938 — This isn’t
the kind of thing one likes to
write home about, but officials of
the N. C. Employment Security
Commission are privately very
much worried about employment
conditions in the State. Unem
ployment in North Carolina is
now at its highest level since
1938. With the exceptioiuof a few
isolated spots, it is still climbing.
The first three months in the
year are normally poor for em
ployment, and conditions usually
improve with the coming of
spring. Not so this year. Unem
ployment as of last week was
still on the upswing in North
For PTA program Monday ^v^
ening. May 16 Miss Bradley pre
sented the Junior chorus in a
spring concert at 8:00 o’clock at
the Raeford Graded School. From
the beginning number. “Bless
this House” by Brahe to the con
cluding song, “Evening Prayer”
by Humperdinck, the pupils de
lighted the audience with their
Included in the program also
were “The Primrose” by Grieg;
“Joys of Spring” by Vogel; “Gon-
diliers” by Eduards di Capua; “To
a Robin” by Mohr; and “The
Brooklet” by Franz 'Schubert.
John Davis did the soloist part
in “Little Bit of Heaven.” The
junior sextette also sang “Spring
■ The entire program was render
ed in an excellent manner. Miss
Bradley, the director. Nell Myers,
the accompanist, and every one
of the pupils are to be congratu
lated for such a splendid concert.
At the conclusion of the pro
gram Mrs. Neill McFadyen, pres
ident, presided over a brief busi
ness session. Mrs. McFadyen an
nounced the plans for summer
recreation program. All the offi
cers: Mrs. Neill McFadyen, presi
dent; Mrs. M. R. Smith, vice-
president; Mre. H. C. Roberts,
secretary; and Mrs. N. A. Mc
Donald, treasurer were elected
to serve for the ehsuing yar. Mrs.
James Stevens’ room won the
FERTILIZER SALES — On the
other hand, fertilizer sales have
been booming in North Carolina
for the past six months. The
State Agriculture Department
had prepared for a big letdown
this season, but sales are ap
proaching the record peak estab
lished in 1947. This may mean
that farmers, anticipating lower
prices for their crops, plan to
make up for the loss by growing
Another thing, fa^ people in
this State have been tau^t that
the application of ferilizer is a
good investment. More and more
(Conttauied oa pafe 4)
Laurinburg at Tabor City, th.e
same date. First' game to be play- -
ed in Raeford will- be against
Tabor! City on-June' 10. The teams
will play' two games weekly^
through July 15 and the district
champions' will play a best twei-
of-three series during the week
of July 18-23 for .the ^area title:
The regional toumamentT" will
be held in Kannapolis this year
and the Little World series will
be in Omaha, Nebraska. W. L.
Poole will^co^ch the Raeford en
try, and he has aimounced that a'
practice game with Aberdeen will
be played in Armory Park at 4:00
0 -r- ,
MISS BLUE HONORED
AT QUEENS COLLEGE
Miss Bonnie Kate Blue, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Neill B. Blue,
Raeford, N. C., has recently been
elected to membership in Val-
kyrie^ honorary sophomore lead
ership fratenity, at Queens CoL
lege, Charlotte, N. C. This organi
zation is composed of the six
members of the rising sophomore
class who have ekhibited the
most outstanding leadership and
citizenship on the campus for the
Miss Blue was also elected re
cently to serve as treasurer of
hoarding student council for the
Mrs. C. F. Suddreth received
word Tuesday afternoon of the
death of her mother, Mrs. Tuttle,
in Lenoir. Mrs. Tuttle was 83
years of age and h$d - been sick
for some time. 'Mr. and Mrs.'
Suddreth . and daughter. Miss
Elizabeth- Suddreth, left for Lenoir
Tuesday soon after receiving the
message. , .
Slie was the widow of a widely
known Methodist minister who
fomerly ’ was Caldwell county
sheriff. A native of Glen Springs,
S. C., she was the daughter of the
late Rev. and Mrs. James Sher
Funeral arrangements were not
_ Surviving are six sons, R. E.
Tuttle. Baltimore, Md., Ben^n
H. Tuttle, Hamlet, W. D., Davis
F.. and James Sherrod Ttuttle,
Lenoir, Commander Magruder H.
Tuttle, Jr., USN; two daughters,
Mrs. E. M. Bruner, Louisville,
Ky., and Mrs. C. R. Suddreth,
Raeford; three sisters, Mrs. W.
B.Menzies and Miss Annie Mc
Dowell Ervin, Hickory, and Mrs.
Emma Douglas, Bristol, Ba.; and
a brother, W. C- Ervin, Morgan-
ton, attorney, former mayor o£
Lenoir and former editor.
Alfred Cole, commander of the
Flli.s Williamson American Le
gion post, has announced that the
monthly meeting of the post will
be held at the High school cafe
teria at seven-iHiirty tomofxow
night. Supper will be served. Cole
urged aU menabers to ettrad es
nominations for ofttetfs of the
post will be made «t the neetiBg.
Election will be hdd et the tol-