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VOLUME XLIV, NUMBER 14
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1,949
The Hoke County Journal
RAEFORD. N. C.
Cecil Dew Killed In Laurinburg
Last Wedne^ay; Buried Friday
Local Ciyic, Church and
Business' Leader Dies
Soon After Aato Accident
News that Cecil Dew had been
killed in Laurinburg Wednesday
night was received with a feeling
of personal tragedy by all who
knew him last Thursday morn
Mr. Dew had been to Gibson
and was returning to Raeford a-
lone at about nine o’clock. As
he entered ^he main street of
Laurinburg (Highway 15) at what
is known as the X-way intersec
tion his car was,struck.by a Pon
tiac driven by Corporal Utah
CaldweU of Fort Bragg. Mr. Dew’s
car was hit in the door on the
driver’s side, turned over, and
smashed against a lighi pole, com
ing to rest with its wheels up. He
was removed •dfrom .it and died
in an ambulance on the way to
Marcus Cecil Dew was born in
Raeford on June 27, 1902, a son
of Mrs. M. W. Dew and the late
Marcus Wellington De\^ who
passed away in March! of last
year. He attended Raeford Hlfeh
school until his last year and was
graduated from high school in
Asheboro. He attended ' Davidson
college and graduated in 1922'.
after which he held a position
with the National Bank of'Char-
lotte for several years.
He was associated* for a time
with the late Paul Dickson as as
sociate editor of this newspaper
- and after the death of the editor
in 1935 "Mr. Dew l^vfe^generous-
ly of his time and effort to keep
the paper going and in training
Mrs. Dickson to rim it.
He became associated with
Johnson and McNeill ( later The
Johnson Co.) ..about 1932, and
was active manager of the comp
any from 1939 until his death.
' The late J. S. Johnson became iU
in 1939 and died in 1940.
In his church, the Raeford
Presbyterian church, Mr. Dew
was a ruling elder and clerk of
the Session, as well as a past
moderator of Fayetteville Presby
tery. He was a Mason aifd Past
Master of the Raeford lodge, a
Shriner, a Kiwanian and past
president of the Raeford Kiwanis
club, a director and treasurer of
the Raeford Chamber of Com
Of him the Rev. Harry K. Hol
land, former pastor of the Rae
ford Presbyterian church, has
written: “Cecil was a good man.
As a matter of fact, I believe he
was the best man I have ever
known. No one who knew him
ever questioned the sincerity of
his Christian character ot the
purity of his motive. His life was
an open book and* it revealed no
thing ugly or sordid, or even
tainted. His was a positive good
ness. He had the knack of being
good without smugness. He knew
how to be true and faithful with
out assuming an overbearing at
titude. He was tolerant of the
fauUs of others, yet for himself
he insisted upon no compromise
with his ideals and standards.”
Funeral’ service was conducted
at the home at five o’clock Friday
afternoon by his pastor, the Rev.
^V. B. Heyward and the Rev. W.
A. Wilkers’Sn of Rutherfordton,
Presbyterian minister and fri
end of the family, Pallbearers
were N. A. ' McDonald, D. H.
Hodgin. D. H. Yarborough, C.,L.
Thomas. Henry Maxwell. Dr. M.
R. Smith, H. A. Greene and A.
K. Stevens, Jr. Elders and dea
cons of the Raeford Presbyterian
church . were honorary pallbear-
' ers. Burial was in the Raeford
M. C. DEW
Prayer Offered By
ICiwanians In Memory
Of Cecil Dew
Surviving are his mother, of
the home; one brother, James
Marion Dew of Charlotte; two
sisters, Mrs J. J. Renn of Ru'Ui-
erfordton and Miss Kathleen
Dew of Charlotte.
At the regular meeting of the
Raeford Kiwanis club last Thurs
day night after the meeting was
opened by the singing of America,
President Robert Gatlin asked all
Kiwanians to remain standing for
a minute of silence in memory of
Cecil Dew, "wdiF had been killed
the night before, at the conclu
sion of which he asked the Rev.
Judson Lennon, of the Raeford
Baptist church, to say a prayer
.Cecil Dew joined the Raeford
Kiwanis club in January, 1937.
He was treasurer in 1940 and was
president of the club in 1943. At
the time of his death he was in
his sevenflh year of perfect at
tendance at the club’s ijieetings.
Mr. Lepnon’s prayer follows:
“Sunset and evening star.
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning
of the bar
When I put out to sea.”
Our Heavenly Father, thou hast
come and called for Thy servant,
Cecil. We rejoice in his promotion
but at the same time our hearts
are saddened because of his ab
sence from us.
We pray thy divine blessings
upon his loved ones. May Thine
eternal love be their comfort and
stay and may they find Thine
everlasting arms bearing them
up and giving them strength for
this trial, We thank Thee that
Thou art our Refuge and Streng
th—a very present help in time
We thank Thee ^that we were
permitted to know Ceccil. one so
devoted to Thee, sO devoted to
his church, so devoted to the
Christian way of Ife, so devoted
to the welfare of mankind and so
devoted to that station in life to
which it did please Thee to call
May the memory of his grac
ious life continue to be a blessing
and. benediction in our lives and
in tb/"' lives of all who knew him.
Our Father we know that the
world is a better place in
to live because Cecil live;
We also know that heavt
joices at the homecoming of one
to bless iieaven even as he has
blessed the earth. May the in.
fluepce of his life help us to so
live thr.t when our summers
romes to bin '
“The innunierable caravan, which
moves To that .rnysterious realm,
where each shall take His cham
ber in the silent halls of death.
May we go not, like the quarry
slave at night, Scourged to his
dungeon, but sustained and sooth
ed By an unfaltering trust, ap
proach our grave. Like 'one who
wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to
And now, O Lord, when the
sense of sorrow and loneliness
weighs heavily upon us, and the
shadows deepen, and faith falt
ers, and hope grows dim, draw
us closer unto Thee, O God; en-
(Continued on back page)
Post Will Sponsor
Fair Sept 19-24
Commander Julius Jordan Of
the E?/is 'Williamson American
Legion Post here, has announced
that the post will sponsor a fair
here* at the ball park during the
week of September 19 through 24.
Committee making the arrange
ments consists of Jordan, Mayor
W. L. Poole, and W. Moore, of
the Twin State shows.
Entertainment during the wejek
will be provided by the ^Twin
State shows and will include
shows, rides, concessions and free
acts in front of the grandstand
Contests will be promoted also.
On Monday there is to be a fid
dler’s contest. Tuesday is to be
children’s day. Wednesday will be
Farmer’s day with contests and
competetions especially for and
by farmers, and there will also
be a baby contest on Wednesday.
Thursday will be Mayor’s day and
on Friday the beauty contest -will
be held. A public wedding is to
be arranged for Saturday.
Mr. Moore is here helping with
the arrangements and can be
contacted at the armory by those
wishing to enter farm products,
merchants wishing to display e-
quipment and others wishing to
get information about the fair.
A premium list is being prepared
and will be made public later.
Officials of the Legion post
state that if the fair is a success
they will attempt to make it an
Officers Make It
Hard On County’s
Five Tried By Recorder
For Having Still; Two
For Having and Selling
High winds accompanied by rain
vented themselves on most of
North Carolina Sunday in what
was supposed to be the playing
out of the most severe hurricane
the state of Florida has had in
some years. Damage was done
but not to a great extent in this
section, although two houses are
reported to have been consider
ably damaged near Laurel Hill.
On Tuesday afternoon there
was rain several parts of the
county with the heaviest being
in the neighborhood of Bowmore
and just north of there where,
according to accounts of those
that flaw it, several inches of rain
must have fallen.
The Rev. P. O. Lee, Methodist
minister has announced that the
subject of his sermon for dfext
Sunday morning is to be “I Be
lieve in Gambling”. He says
“Whether we gamble or not is
not optiqnal. We all hhve t» gam
ble. It is optional with us as to
the horse we pick—the thing we
select to risk our all up bn. What
are you betting on, right or 'wrong?
All gamblers are cordially in’vited
to hear this message on gambling.”
MAKE VETERANS SURVEY
Miss Marion Maxwell, local vet
erans service officer, stated this
week that the, veterans commis
sion is how making a survey of
the status of all veterans and that
forms are being distributed to all^
veterans. She asks that veterans
fill out these forms, which amount
to a history* of each veterans con
nection with the services, and
turn them in to her at the court
HERE FRIDAY NIGHT
Officers of the Hoke county
sheriff’s department had a speU
of making it hard to handle
‘block” liquor around Hoke coun
ty in the past week. They captur
ed four stills and five defendants
were convicted, as well as two for
having and selling illegal liquor.
Daniel Goins. Indian, plead guil
ty of having a still and got six
months sentence suspended on
payment of $50 and the costs.
James McNeill, colored, pleaded
guilty of having a still and got six
months suspended on payment of
$25 and* the costs. His partner,
Quilla McRae, colored, plead not
guilty and was found guilty. His
six months sentence was suspend
ed on payment of $50 and the
costs. Rubeth Locklear, Indian,
got 90 days suspended on payment
of $25 and the costs for having a
still, as did Alfred Chavis, also'
an Indian. For having and sel
ling liquor David Cherry and WU-
Ite Smift, both colored, each got
60'days suspended on payment of
$25 and" the costs.
Other liquor violators included
Tom Baxley, white, drunk and
disorderly and violating the pro
hibition laws, $10 and the costs;
Charlotte Blue, colored, having
home brew, 80 days suspended on
payment of the costs; William F.
Shepherd, wiite of the army, driv
ing dtunki-'fe^’ days suspended on
payment of $100 and the costs.
Richard, Ralph, Maggie Lee and
Van Evans, all colored, each paid
the costs for participating in an
affray, instead of assaulting D.
A. Graham as they were charged.
John Henry Johnson, colored,
was charged with shooting Fred
Campbell. He was bound over to
superior court under a $300 bond.
Jrimes Springfield, white, got
30 days suspended on paym'ent of
the costs for trespassing.
James MePhatter,, colored, got
60 days suspended on payment
of $25 and the costs for stealing
$35 from Leslie’s store. He re
turned the $35.
Sam Clark and Amos Locklear,
Indians, got 90“ days each to be
suspended on payment of $10 and
the costs for stealing some beans.
Clark also got six months for as
saulting his wife, sentence sus
pended on payment of $25 and
the costs and two years of good
Hubert McFadyen, colored, paid
the costs for assaulting Willie An
drew Purcell? Purcell was found
guilty of assaulting McFadyen’s
father and got 90 days to foe Sus
pended on payment of the costs
and two years of good behavior.
The state took a nol pros in
the case against Richard Dock
Ivey for having no brakes.
Paul McNeill, colored, was found
not guilty on charges of having
no driver’s license or tags.
For improper brakes or license
plates Revel Henderson,. Indian,.
Jesse James Jones and J. C. God
win, colored, each got 30 suspend
ed'on payment of $10 and
Roosevelt Johnson, colored of
the army, got 90 days SiUspended
on payment of $35 and the costs
for having no driver’s license arid
no brakes. C. V. Hedrick, white
of the army, paid $25 and the
costs for no driver’s license. Ge-
In Chapel Hill
Ro’oert Gatlin, president of the
Raeford Kiwanis club, and Youn
ger Snead, president-elect, ac
companied by Mrs. Snead, at
tended the Carolinas Kiwanis
convention in Chapel Hill Sun
day, Monday and Tuesday of this
week. They ret)ort a highly enjoy
able and educational trip.
The meeting was opened Sun
day night by Dr. Frank Hickman
of Duke University and on Mon.
day morning the Kiwanians were
welcomed to Chapel Hill by
Chancellor Robert B. House of
the University of North Carolina.
At luncheon on Monday the group
was addressed by John Wright,
Kiwanis International trustee of
Lakeland, Fla. His subject was
“Aggressive Citizenship-Our Re
On Monday afternoon the dele
gates enjoyed a show in the
Morehead Planetarium entitled
“The Sun, Our Star.” The banquet
which was the highlight of the
convention was at eight o’clock
Monday evening. Speaker there
was Wayne Guthrie, editor of the
Indianapolis “News” who spoke
on “Ringside at Bikini,” an ex
pository of the tremendous por
tent of atomic energy and the
resulting necessity for patriotism
and religion. Following the ad
dress the group was entertained
by Controller W. D. Carmichael
and football players Bob Cox and
Charlie Justice, and a musical
group from the University.
The convention was closed
Tuesday morning \tith an address
by Dr. Charles Armstrong of
Salisbury, past president of Ki
BE PAVED IN COUNTY 70.8
Start New Term
Schedule Teachers, Bus
Drivers Meetings iWing
Week; Principals Tuesday
Guard Unit Goes To
Southern Pines Mon.
Three officers and about 50 en
listed men of Battery A, 130th
AAA Battalion, local unit of the
North Carolina National Guard,
went to Southern Pines Monday
afternoon and carried four of their
40 millimeter anti-aircraft guns
and two of the multiple 50 caliber
machine gun mounts
The men were served a buffet
supper by the ladies of the 'VFW
auxiliary in Southern Pines and
afterward the men displayed their
equipment during a program par
ticipated in by the Mayor of
Southern Pines and others. The
trip was for the purpose of show
ing people there the weapons and
equipment of the local battery,
as a similar battery of the 130th
battalion is in the process of be
ing organized there.
MURDOCH M’DUFFIE OUT
Preliminary Work Begins^
Some Roads Expected To
Be Finished By Winter
The white schools of Hoke
County will open for the 1949-
50 term on Thursday, September
8 at 9:00 A. M. A full faculty at
all schools will be in attendance.
Previous to the opening of
schools there will be a county
wide principals meeting at 3:00
P. M. on Tuesday, September 6.
That evening at 8:00 o’clock there
will be a county-wide teachers
meeting. On Wednesday, Septem
her 7, at 9:00 A. M. there will be
a county.wide bus drivers meet
ing after which the bus drivers
will get their buses. At 10:00 o’
clock that morning there will be
held a faculty meeting at Rae
ford Graded school and a high
school faculty meeting at 2:00 P.
M. the same day. Time for fac
ulty meetings at Ashemont, Mil-
douson and Rockfish will be an
nounced at the teachers meeting
The faculties of the various
schools are as follows: Ashemont:
R. A. Smoak, principal, Mrs. R.
A. Smoak, Miss Mildred Womble
and Miss Nannie Thornburg;
Hoke High: W. T. Gibson, District
Principal, W. P. Phillips. Miss
Erma. Williams. Mrs. Margaret
McGoogarf, Mrs. J. C. McLean,
Mrs. A. D. Gore, Mrs. Tom Cam
eron, Miss Doris Bradley, H. A.
Faircloth, Miss Miriam Watson,
Mrs. M. L. McKeithan, Miss
Mayme McKeithan. New teachers
and home addresses - Mrs. Bel
ton Wright, Raeford, William D.
Kibler, Newberry, S. C.. Miss
Hilda Priest, Elizabethtown, N. C.,
T. B. Wrenn, Henderson, N. C..
Mildouson: W. S. Bray, principal,
Dobson. N. C., Miss Hortense Mc-
ASHEBORO. Aug. 31.—High
way Co.mmissioner George
Coble today announced seiectiott
of 1,476.8 miles of secondary roads
to be hard-surfaced under th*
S200.000.000 'oond issue program
in the nine counties in his Sixth
Coble’s announcement marked
the official opening of a state
wide accelerated road - building
program sanctioned by the June
4 bond election.
The Sit^th division commission
er’s release, issued from the di
vision headquarters here, included
a sizeable hard-surfacing schedule
for each county. ■ . j
Harnett county , will get 203.5
miles; Lee county, 80.6; Davidson
county, 180.2 ;Scotland county,
82.6; Hoke coilaty, 70.3; Ro’oeson
county. 278.1; Moore county. 201-
.3; Chatham county 133.5; and
Randolph county. 224.2 miles.
Coble said selection of the hard,
surfacing projects had been made
following visits to each of the
counties in the division, public
meetings in each county, exten
sive on-the-3cene surveying of ^
the roads and long conferences
with each board of county com- •
A special yardstick tor select
ing roads was set, up, he said,
based on factors which he amd his
engineers considered would guai^
antee attention to the “higher
priority” roads first.
Factors considered . under the
yard-stick system were school
bus routes, traffic counts, recom
mendations from county commis
sioners^ petitions from delegations^
number of persons living along
the road, feeder roads and rela
tion of the road to the highway
The roads selected have been
reviewed by each group of coun
ty commissioners and they have
approved the system used.
1 The Sixth Division commission-
Gregor, Mrs. Irene Thrower. Rae-1 qj. gai(i preliminary work has al-
At a meeting in Aberdeen
last night final arrangements
for the playoff games for the
^championship of the Sand-
clay baseball league were
made. First game is here in
Armory park tomorrow night
between Raeford and Aber
deen. G^c^tiiiiAef 8:00 P. M.
„ Murdoch McDuffie, who has
been a patient at the 'Veterans
hospital since February, came
home Monday, and : was down
town yesterday. He says he’s
feeling better than he has in
SQUARE DANCE FRIDAY
ford Graded: J. W. Turlington,
building principal. Miss Ollie Biggs
Mrs. James Stephens, Mrs. Ruria
Shelton, Mrs. W. W. Roberts,
Miss Mildred Hamilton, Mrs. E.
H. Robinson, Mrs. Dwight Brown,
Mrs. Bertha C. Hardesty, Mrs.
Carl Freeman, Mrs. A. H. Mc-
Phaul. New teachers and their
home addresses - Miss Martha
Sue Black, Matthew's, N. C.. Miss
Betty Little, Union, S. C., Mrs.
Nat White, Raeford, Mrs. L. W.
Turner. Raeford. Rockfish: T. C.
Jones, principal, 'Mrs. B. B. Cole,
Miss Jeanne Shiel and Mrs. Geor
ge Monroe. Lunchrooms will be
operated by Mrs. Lucy Smith,
Hoke High. Mrs. M. L. Wood,
Rockfish, Mrs. Aganora Andrews,
Raeford Graded. We do not have
information regarding Ashemont
Bus drivers by communities are
as, follows: Ashemont - Archie
Walters, David Jones, Tiffany
orge Hedi’ick, white, paid SIO
and the costs for speeding.
344 X-RAYS SO FAR
In the first three days of opera
tion in Hoke County the mobile
x-ray unit sponsored by the
county health department and
tuberculosis association took 344
chest x-rays. The unit x-rayed
90 at Brown’s store Friday, 130
at Calloway’s Saturday and '124
at Arfiley Heights Tuesday.
The fall series of square dances
at the armory on Friday nights
will begin' tomorrow night. The .
dances will be sponsored by Bat- Cothran. E\eret .Bo.\en, . mioc. .
tery A. local National Guard , R., H. Gioson. r..
unit, and music will be furnished ' Aic.iie Maxwe .
bv Elmo Stanton’s string ’oand. ! tpn Dean; Raeford: Edward M.-
Q _ [Girt. Davis Currie. Doug Clarx:
^ Rockfish: Roy Brock. Donald
SCOTLAND CELEBRATION |,W;od and Marion Wood.
ready begun in all nine countiea
on the building program. Many of
the roads will be completed before
the winter weather. He set qpt
definite time limTl on completing
the first phase of the c^nstructioa
program. “We will move along
as quickly as w'e can,” he said.
“As soon as this part of the pro
gram is well along, we ■■will an
nounce the second group of roads
to be improved. The stabilization
program will be carried on edcxig
with the hard-surfacing jobs.”
Special master maps have been'
made for each, county showing
roads to be hard-surfaced and
factors used in . selecting thesn
roads. The various factors am
shown in different colors. By us
ing this system, Coble said, any
interested citizens can be shown
immediately why certain roads
were chosen for first consdieration
and others left until later. Spe-,
cial maps 'wili be posted in the
courthouse of each county seat in
the S.xth -iivision. showing which
reads the hig’nway commissioa
w'i.i- 0 LI I. iirst.
No estimate was set on the cost f
of this initial phase of the pro-'.".A.
^ram. Coble pointed out. Cost
•.vill depend in large part on the?^'!
availa'oility of .materials and other
ing all out to make SOLDIER UNDER BOND IN | factors as the ^^^gram moves jyi
thing in Scotland
County’s 50-year history.
The pageant will run for five'
performances on a 300 foot stage
in Laurinburg’s American Legion
Park, starting Monday September
5th. It will depict life in Scotland
county at the turn of the cen
The event w sponsored jointly
by the Laurinburg Merchants
Association and Chamber of Com-
DEATH OF CECIL DEW
Cpl. Utah Caldwell of Fort
Bragg was placed under a bond
of $2,000 awaiting -iction of the
Scotland county grand jury, by
a coroner’s jury at an inquest
into the death of Cecil Dew held
in Laurinburg last Thursday.
There was evidence that Cpl.
Caldwell was possibly going 60
miles am hour at the time of the
accident, and also that there was
liquor in the car.
The commissioner also said Im,'-'-
and his engineeri.ng staff .will visifiy,
the governing bodies in eaich mu-'
nicipality in ’nis division during
the next few months to discuaip
the highway program inside theeg-i^
communities Some visits havg
already ’oeen made.
Roads to be hard-surfhced in
Hoke county are as follows:
From 211 via Arabia to
son county line. 8JI tnilss;
(Continusd on Mdt fll