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BY SAM MORRIS
The comment in this column last week
concerning the Rev. John C. Ropp and
the rain brought a howl from our good
friend, the Rev. Jack Mansfield of the
First Baptist Church. At the Civic Center
last Thursday night at the meeting of the
Raeford Kiwanis Club the Rev. Mr. Ropp
was guest of John Campbell and it
happened that we faced each other at the
table and in our course of conversation
the article about rain was mentioned. Mr.
Ropp stated that he mentioned the
comment at prayer meeting last
Wednesday night. We can't be sure, but
we believe Jack Mansfield heard this
comment because a little later he told me
that he had offered a special prayer for
rain on Sunday morning and that
everyone would agree that the Baptists
and water went together like bread and
We don't care who got the rain, but we
appreciate everyone's efforts and if the
Methodist minister didn't get in on the
act, all we can say is he missed a golden
opportunity. So we hope that this closes
another chapter in this column.
While writing about the Baptists we
know that the members of that church
will miss Ashwell Harward. He is leaving
for Lexington and it will be hard for the
communitv to replace him. Ashwell is the
type of fellow that when asked to do
something, stays on the job until it is
complete. We have worked with him in
Chamber of Commerce work, United
Fund and especially the Booster Club. We
know that these three organi^tipns will
miss him and the fine work >tUM he lias
done during the past eight years. The
only thing we ever found wrong with
Harward was that he was a Repbulican
and we were thankful that Hoke County
had just a few of them. We know that he
would have been active in politics and his
other good work would have been left
We wish for Ashwell Harward and his
family the best in every way and know
that the city of Lexington has gained by
We Juve read in a couple of columns in
other papers about the awful jobs that
the Republicans were doing taking the
1970 Census. We agree with them, but we
disagree when we read that the
Democrats took the I960 Census. We
believe that the 1960 Census was also
taken by the Republicans as John F.
Kennedy did not become president until
January 1961. It seems to me that the
practice of 1960 would have helped, but
of course there is little difference
between the administration of 1960 and
We hope that the Census Bureau will
double check in Raeford and Hoke
County as forms are turning up every day
that were not picked up. If you have a
form, turn it in to the Auditor's office at
Mrs. Bruce Holland, receptionist and
bookkeeper for the Dickson Press, is out
for three months and Robert Dickson will
substitute for her. So please bear with
Robert until he gets his feet on the
ground and can answer your questions.
Carol's shoes will be hard to fill and we
hope that she will soon be back on the
The Bloodmobile visit netted 122 pints
of blood last Thursday to end the fiscal
year exactly as planned with a small
surplus, Bloodmobile chairman Clyde
Last week's visit was an in-plant
collection at Burlington Industries - the
first such for Raeford.
"Burlington really deserves a pat on
the back for the planning and facilities
for this visit," Upchurch said. "Doug
Wallace was instrumental in planning the
collection and the volunteers under Mrs.
Betty Bamhart did a fine job, as usual."
Upchurch also praised the doctors and
nurses who donated their services.
"Both of Raeford's doctors were able
to take part because we held it in the
afternoon this time," he said.
The hours of the visit were changed in
order to make donations from second
Shift employees more convenient.
Burlington employees donated 101
ptaU pf the 122 total. Other donors
noMM 13 from the Sanatorium, two
from lUeford Turkey Farms, three from
Upchurch Mills and three who were not
onnnected with an industry.
Other in-plant visits may be scheduled
later at other industries, Upchurch said.
The county should have adequate
blood supplies because of the successful
visit, he sail.
RUINS - This is the back paction of the Hunter Carroll home which was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning. An outbuilding
at the rear of the home also burned down. Firemen were unable to determine the cause of the fire.
A fire which apparently began while no
one was at home destroyed the Hunter
Carroll home off the Aberdeen highway
last Thursday morning.
Roy Brock saw the blaze and drove to
a phone in Raeford to report the fire,
Racford chief J.D. McMillian said. The
North Raeford fire department answered
the call and then called the Raeford
department for help in trying to save the
The h*Mne was a total loss and the
inside was burned so badly that firemen
were unable to determine where the fire
started, McMillian said. A building at the
rear of the house also caught on fire and
burned to the ground.
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll were both
reported to have been away from home
when the fire started.
The inside of the house was completely
destroyed. Nothing was saved from the
flames, McMillian said. Mrs. Carroll's
small house dog was believed to have
been in the house when it burned, he
North Raeford's fire chief, Johnny
Baker, expressed the appreciation of the
department to Burlington for allowing
time off for the firemen who worked at
the plant to answer the alarm.
The regular monthly meeting of the
Hoke County Board of Commissioners
will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the
Board of Education Building.
The city council will meet July 13 at
7:30 in City Hall.
Both meetings have been postponed
due to the Monday holiday.
W.P. Phillips Retires
After 39 Years T caching
w.K. Phillips, agriculture teacher at
Hoke High School, retired this year after
39 years of teaching. He taught 26 years
in Hoke County.
During that time, he lias watched the
changes in both the school and the
When he began teaching here in 1944
Hoke High was much smaller. He
tstimated the student body at about 300
then. The agriculture -program was
designed entirely for production farming
and was available only to rural students.
Now the program includes 13 areas of
specialization besides production farming,
such as forestry and horticulture. In
addition, he said, "agri-business" is
w P. PHILLIPS
STATf: WORKSHOP - The new state highway malntenanc* slioptoffN.C. 211 near the Burlington plant art n earing completion
and should be rmdy for use by the end of the month. The state garages will rtmabi at the present location off Prospect Street,
httwevcr, until state funds art available to move the entire operation to the new site.
important because there are so many
businesses directly related to agriculture.
Students who live in town can now
"There are far more people in
agriculture who are not farmers than
there are farmers," Phillips said.
Agriculture had changcd tremendously
since lie came to Hoke County, Phillips
"Mechanization hits been, the biggest
Change. It has revolutionized larming.
When 1 first started teaching, a tractor
was the only kind of machine we had.
Now, of course, there are cottonpickers,
combines and all such machines," he said.
Improved technology is another change
he noted. Chemicals have been a big
boom to farming despite some of the
problems that have come from their use,
A native of Moore County just outside
Southern Pines, Phillips first came to
Raeford in 1941 as an agent for the Farm
Security Administration. He worked for
that organization, which is now the FHA,
until 1944 when a vacancy in the school
He had previously been a school
teacher but had left teaching to go to
work for the farm agency.
"I thought I wanted something other
than teaching," he said. "So 1 tried it. But
I didn't like it."
Phillips was born on a farm and has
always been involved in agriculture.
Raeford is the largest city he has ever
lived in, he said.
He has plans for his retirement and
they include agriculture. Phillips enjoys
gardening and horticulture and plans to
See PHILLIPS, Page 9
A wreck on 211 Sunday ended the
lighthearted pursuit of a newly married
Robert Clark, 18, of Raeford was
driving south on 211 just inside the city
limits about 4:50 Sunday afternoon. He
had been to a wedding and the bridal
couple was in the car just ahead of him,
Police Chief L.W. Stanton said.
Clark approached a curve at a fast
speed and lost control of his car m the
curve, Chief Stanton said. He struck u car
driven by Mrs. Pauline Hancock of
She and her two small children were
taken to Moore Memorial Hospital. No
one was seriously injured, Chief Stanton
Damage to Clark's car was estimated at
S700 and to the Hancock car at SI500.
Clark was charged with speeding faster
than was reasonable and prudent for the
conditions then existing.
Seven Delegates from Hoke County
attended the District Democratic
Convention in Fayetteviile last Saturday
at which John Beasley, a Fayetteviile
businessman, was elected chairman of the
Seventh Congressional District
Democratic Executive Committee.
Delegates from New Hanover,
Cumberland, Robeson, Hoke, Bladen and
Columbus counties attended the brief
Attending from Hoke were Sam C.
Morris, county Democratic Executive
Committee chairman: Rep. Neill
McFadyen, Pete Sawyer, Mr. and Mrs.
W.T. McAllister,; G.A. Robinson and
Also elected at the convention were
Sneed High, Democratic nominee for the
State House of Representatives, who will
represent the district on the Stale
Convention Committee on Credentials
and Appeals; Mrs. Flora Singletary of
Whiteville, who will serve on the State
Convention Committee on Permanent
Organization, Rules and Order of
Business and Lewis Poisson of
Wilmington, who will serve on the state
convention Council of Review.
Mrs. Vera Lowcry of Robeson County
was elected to the State Legislative Policy
Luther Britt of Lumberton, the
conventions chairman for 1969-70 was
unable to attend and Beasley was
appointed to fill in for Britt to open
Saturday's session. The state convention
will be held July 14 in Raleigh.
Most Places Closed Monday
Mucn ot Kaetord will celebrate July
Fourth two days later as most stores will
be open as usual on Saturday and closed
Monday, July 6.
City and county government offices
will close both Saturday and Monday for
a three ? day weekend. The library na. ill be
closed on Saturday only.
Mrs. Willa Ray Parker, 95,
Buried At Galatia Friday
Mrs. Willa Ray Parker, a life ? long
resident of Hoke County, died last
Thursday morning, at the age of 95. at
the Cape Fear Nursing Home m
Funeral services were held last Friday
at Cialatia Presbyterian Church by the
Rev Russell Flemming Burial was in the
MRS WILLA RAY PARKER
Census forms that were not picked up
by (lie enumeiator are being brought to
the county manager's office this week.
Foui forms were turned in by Monday
and three more were added to tUe
"I think people are ji:?t now beginning
to get them in," county manager T.B.
Lester said. "1 hope we'll get a lot more
An appeal was published in The
News Journal last week for residents
who still had census forms to bring them
to the county courthouse. County
officials will collect the forms and send
them to the district census regional
census office in Charlotte.
According to the preliminary figures
announced by the district census office
two weeks ago, Hoke County now has
110 fewer residents tlian it did ten years
The preliminary count for the county
is 16,246. The 1960 census listed the
population at 16,356.
County officials have voiced disbeliet
at the recent census figures. They cite the
growth in the school population and in
the tax role as evidence that the
population has not decreased.
An informal survey taken this week of
people who came to the social services
offices turned up a number of
uncollected census forms.
One resident who lives in the Hawkeye
section, reported that lus form had not
been pickH up by census workers. There
are 14 In r?>iiousehold.
Most of his neighbors in that thickly
populated section were not counted
either, he said.
Several persons said tliey had not
received a census form. The forms were
supposed to be mailed to residents and
then collected by an innumerator.
Several other persons who were asked
at the social services office said that they
still had census forms at home. Thev were
asked to bring the forty to the county
manager's office where it would be
turned over to the census office.
According to a press release last week
t>; ijw Bureau of. Census, a double check
of tne county would be made by
checking the census cards returned
against the mailing list at the post office.
However, Postmaster Charles Morrison
said the Raeford post office was only
checking the city delivery unit. He did
not know how the rest of the county
would be checked, he said.
The News Journal wrote to the
Bureau of Census last Friday asking how
the county would be checked. However,
an answer has not been received.
The ccnsus is the only set of statistics
thai counts the population of the county.
Most of the births and deaths are
recorded outside Hoke County since
there is no hospital here.
Voter registration, school population
and tax roles increases are only
indications that the population has
The ccnsus total is used to establish
revenue based on population from the
state and federal governments.
Both banks will be open as usual on
Saturday and will close Mondav.
Downtown merchants are divided on
closing, with the majority closing on
Monda\ instead of Saturdav .
A few, such as Home Food and Pope's,
will be open both days.
Mrs. Parker was born June 17. 1875, in
what was (lien a part ol Cumberland
Count} before Hoke County was formed.
She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs.
Ci.W. Ray and her great uncle was Dr.
Hector McLean, who founded
Idinborough Medical Institute at
Mrs. Parker was an active homemaker
throughout her life and was well known
for her Southern cooking She was a
charier member of the Wayside Home
Demonstration Club and remained an
active member until recent years. She
attended almost every meeting of the
club and was honored for perfect
attendance in I960 with a trip to the
Southeastern Garden Show in Raleigh.
She was a member of Galatia
Presbyterian Church and also attended
services at Parker Methodist Church,
which her husband. Lewis Parker, helped
She is survived by four daughters, Miss
Caroline Parker and Mrs. Richard Ncely
of Raeford. Mrs R.C. Boutwell of
Fairbom. Ohio and Mrs DanieJ Jones of
Falls Church. Va: and seven
Pallbearers at the funeral were Wade
McDouglad. Joe Lovett, David Scull,
Graham Monroe, Gillis Ray, Bruce Ray,
Thomas Ray and Malcolm Gillis.