North Carolina Newspapers

"The Best Little Town
in North Carolina"
VOL. No. XXX. No. 6
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TIM and
MANTEO, Dec. 17— W. J.
Tate, assistant postmaster at
Kitty Hawk when Wilbur and
Orrille Wright made their first
successful flight in a heavier
than-air craft 37 years ago to
day, urged Americans today to
bestir themselves to obtain the
Wrights' original plane for
display in a museum in this
country. In a statement on
the 37 th anniversary of the
flight, Tate said this country
wanted the plane, now in Ken
sington museum in England,
"but I doubt If it will ever
come." "Orville Wright has
said that there is but one place
for it, the Nation museum at
Washington," Tate said. "If it
does not come back during his
v lifetime it will never come, and
| he will never agree for It to
* § come until certain things are
I done by the Smithsonian insti
tute along the line of certain
corrections of statements em
anating from that institution
which were calculated to de
prive his brother and himself I
of being the true discoverers of
Contracts have been let for 40
more destroyers than the navy 1
originally contemplated for its
two-ocean fleet. Secretary
Knox announced today, swell
ing the total of such vessels
planned to 365. Contracts for :
constructing the 40 ships and
for expansion of facilities to
build them totalled $261,684,-,,
875. The navy originally In-' ]
• tended to build 325 destroyers. ,
* The expansion, officials said,
was made possible by utllixa- '
> tion of tonnages already au
thorised by Congress but inl
tially earmarked for other cat- '
egories of fighting ships. De
tails of the tonnage transfers
were not disclosed.
blast that left almost no two
bricks joined by mortar, nor
timbers by spikes, killed 12
men, women and children of
five families in an old down
f town tenement before dawn
I today. Included among the
I dead was a baby born to Mrs.
\ * Lillian Schnetser, 42, while
she lay buried in wreckage.
Mrs. Schnetser, her husband,
Frank, and four other children
In the family also perished. A
dozen other persons, saved
because they lived on upper
floors of the three-story
building and came down on
top of the rubble Instead of
under it, were injured, none
seriously. A 12-year-old child
was missing.
Britain's pleas for "financial
assistance" from America is to
) be met with loans from our fu
ture production of military
equipment and munitions and
merchant shipping, rather than
the advance of money or cred
its, under a program revealed
today by President Roosevelt
to help that nation win the war.
The materials would change
hands on lease or mortgage
basis to be repaid In kind after
the war. Under the plan,
planes guns, for example,
would be leased to the British.
After the war. If they were still
In good condition, the British
... would be expected to give them
back. If they had been des
• troyed, the British would be
JT obligated to furnish this coun
f try with equivalent weapons.
The President likened it to a
man lending a neighbor a hose
to put out a fire in his house.
MIAMI, FLA. Dec. 17.—The
Duke of Windsor said last night
he would accept the British
ambassadorship If it were G f_
fered him. His statement was
>made at a press conference a
board the yacht Southern Cross,
shortly before he sailed for the
! Bahamas after » week In Mi
ami, where his American-born
duchess underwent a major
dental operation. "I have not
been offered the job," the duke
said, "bat If It were offered to
me, I certainly would accept If
I thought It would best sore
the Interests of our two coun
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Sarah Click, above, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. E. G. Click, of
this city, has been chosen to di
rect "The Silver Cord," a se
rious play by Sidney Howard,
which will open soon at the
Yale University theatre. A
graduate of Elkin high school
and the Woman's College of the
University of North Carolina,
Miss Click is an advanced stu
dent of directing and will this
year study under several fa
mous Broadway directors. After
graduation from the Tale De
partment of Drama, Miss Click
plans either to pursue profes
sional directing or devote her
self to college theatrical work.
Elk Pharmacy and Phillip
Greenwood's Service Sta
tion Are Entered
Two robberies occurred here
during the past week-end, the Elk
Pharmacy, on East Main street,
and Phillip Greenwood's service
station, in North Elkin, being the
victims. /
Thieves entered the service
station sometime Saturday night,
stealing several new automobile
tires and a quantity of oil, a check
has revealed.
At the Elk Pharmacy, the
thieves entered the building from
the rear, Sunday night, gaining
admission through a small hole
over which had been used a suc
tion fin. They took approximate
ly $5.00 in small change from the
cash register, and several pack
ages of cigarettes. Roland A.
Glenn, manager of the store, said
he could find no further evidence
of loss.
An attempt to break in the 8-
Ball pool room, located next door
to the Elk Pharmacy was foiled
when the would-be intruders were
unable to gain admission.
The annual Christmas program
at the Presbyterian church will be
held" Sunday evening, December
22, at 7 o'clock and will be a can
dlelighting service, presented by
the Sunday school and young
people of the church.
A cordial welcome is extended
the public.
The Bank of Elkin will observe
two holidays for Christmas. De
cember 25 and 26, according to a
statement Wednesday morning by
Franklin Folger, cashier of the
Tribune Is to*
Appear Monday;
Plan Holidays
In order that next week's
Tribune may reach subscribers
prior to Christmas day, and so
that employees of the news
paper may enjoy a wen-earned
holiday, this newspaper will be
published next Monday instead
of on the usual date.
Advertisers planning copy in
next week's issue are urged to
release it early so that The
Tribune may make the mail
late Monday afternoon.
In observance of Christmas,
the newspaper staff will take
from Tuesday at noon until
Friday morning as holidays.
The Tribune building to be
closed during that time. Other
than at Christmas, Tribune
employees observe no holidays.
Surry Man Placed Under
Judge Hands Out Numerous
Fines and Sentences in
Dobson Court
A true bill against Alf Thomas,
Surry county farm owner charged
with the murder of a tenant farm
er, Will Mathis, was returned the
first of this week. by the Surry
county grand rury, in session at
Dobson. Bond was set at SIO,OOO,
and the case was docketed to be
tried during the January term of
Mathis died about two weeks
ago following a gun shot wound
alleged to have been inflicted by
Numerous fines and sentences
have been imposed in Surry
court up until Wednesday by
Judge Hubert Olive, presiding
jurist, who included in his list a
sentence of six months oh the
roads for Marshall Soots, Eklin
man, on a charge of resisting an
officer. Soots was arrested here
several weeks ago by Night Police
man J. L. Darnell, who experi
enced considerable difficulty in
taking his man.
Other cases disposed of were as
James Gaither, assault on fe
male, 2 years suspended sentence
upon payment of the costs.
Broadus Shuff, driving while
drunk, 4 months on roads.
Doughton Eller, possession df
liquor for purpose of sale, 2 years
suspended sentence upon payment
of costs.
Claude Ingram, larceny of auto,
6 months in jail.
Edward Allen, assault with
deadly weapon, $15.00 and costs.
Foy McHane, robbery with fire
arms, 18 months on roads.
Dennis Smith and Frea Patton,
robbery with firearms, 12 months
on roads each.
Poindexter, Chatham Homes
Suffer Minor Damages
Result of Blazes
The Elkin fire department an
swered two alarms here Tuesday,
going first to the home of C. C.
Poindexter, Gwyn avenue, where
a small blaze which originated in
the kitchen was extinguished, and
next, several hours later, to the
home of Dick Chatham, Hospital
At the Chatham home a quan
tity of highly imflammable liquid
was ignited in the basement by a
blow torch being used by work
men. The blaze was quickly extin
guished, doing only minor damage.
The blaze at the Poindexter
home could have proven serious,
had not Mrs. Poindexter returned
home at the moment she did.
Upon enterting the house she
found the flames had gained con
siderable headway in the kitchen,
burning a built-in cabinet and a
hole in the wall. The blaze was
quickly cheoked.
Ted Brown, local fire chief,
said Tuesday that citizens should
be careful of their Christmas trees
and other decorations in which
the use of electrical equipment is
Nine marriage license have
been issued during the past week
from the office of the Surry
county register of deeds at Dob
son. License were issued as fol
lows: Raymond Wade Collins to
Arlie L. Gentry, both of Mount
Airy; Roland Bishop to Sarah D.
Lowe, both of Mount Airy; Lewis
A. Martin to Mary Gertrude Hall,
both of Mount Airy; Henry J.
Shoof to Thelma Harrell, both of
Winston-Salem; Garnet W. Gold
en to Lois Booker, both of Mount
Airy; B. J. Moore to Ruby Ben
nett, both of Mount Airy; Hasten
Hudson, Mount Airy, to Rachael
Dickerson, Hamptonville; Glenn
Norman, Low Gap, to Roxie Mar
tin, Mount Airy; Rufus Barnes,
Slloam, to Elsie Mae Ester, Mount
Heads Society
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Dr. C. L Haywood, Jr., of
Hugh Chatham Memorial hos
pital, was re-elected president
of the Surry-Yadkin Medical
Association at a dinner meet
ing held in joint session with
the Forsyth County Medical
Association. Other officers, all
re-elected, were Dr. Flippin,
Pilot Mountain, vice-president;
Dr. Charles Sykes, Pilot Moun
tain, secretary-treasurer. Dr.
C. T. Britt, of Mount Airy, was
elected representative to the
North Carolina Medical Asso
ciation convention.
Elkin Once Sold
For Sum
Old Deed
Away back yonder in the year
1869, a certain tract or parcel of
land containing six hundred and
forty acres more or less, was sold
by Richard H. Parks, of Iredell
county, to Richard Gwyn, county
of Surry, "for and in considera
tion of the sum of five hundred
This tract or parcel of land
was described in an indenture
dated September 28, 1869, as lying
on the north side of the Yadkin
river. Its boundaries were mark
ed by the usual sourwood tree,
black oak, pine tree, etc., to be
found in almost any deed to a
piece of property.
Five hundred dollars was the
price then, and no doubt Richard
H. Parks, who wis Dr. R. H.
Parks, father of J. B. Parks, local
man, thought he had sold at a
real bargain. And no doubt, too,
Mr. Gwyn, who was the great
grandfather of Paul Gwyn, also
of this city, thought he had
bought at a good price.
Anyway, upon that land that
was described as "a certain tract
or parcel" away back in 1869,
now stands the town of Elkin!
According to J. B. Parks, who
has the old deed, the property in
question was about one mile
square, and was bounded on the
south by the Yadkin river and on
the west by Big Elkin creek. It
takes in where today stands
Elkin's business district, the
Chatham Manufacturing Com
pany and a large part of the
residential section.
And it sold for five hundred
Goering, chief of the German
airstaff, has 91 uniforms.
$113.00 Is Contributed
To Aid To Greece Fund
Donations totaling sll3 have
been received for aid to the civ
ilian population of Grece through
an organization headed by Mrs.
Gavin Dortch here. Contribu
tions will be received by Mrs.
Ruth Byrd Crater, treasurer of
the organization, at The Tribune
office, or at The Bank of Elkin.
Contributors to the fund to the
present are:
Louis Mitchell $25.00
Graham & Click 1.00
O. L. Brown 1.00
E. W. McDaniel 1.00
E. S. Spainhour 1.00
W. M. Maxwell 50
E. P. McNeer 5.00
Mattie Brendle 1.00
Andrew Greenwood 2.00
Western Auto Store .50
Mrs. W. M. Wall *. .50
Joe Bivins 1.00
P. M. Norman 1.00
Leonard's £0
Dr. W. B. Reeves 1.00
J. P. Moseley 1.00
C. N. Bodenheimer Passes
Away Saturday Night
Suffers Heart Attack Follow
ing Severe Attack of
Charles Newton Bodenheimer,
71, one of Elkin's best known and
esteemed citizens, passed away in
the local hospital about 11 o'clock
Saturday night. Mr. Bodenheim
er had been ill for ten days, suf
fering from pneumonia and pleu
risy, and he was apparently re
covering from the illness when he
was stricken with a heart attack.
His death was a distinct shock to
his family and friends.
He had been a resident of Elk
in and Jonesville for 62 years,
coming here from his native
county of Davidson. He served
as postmaster here for 20 years,
one term of 12 years and another
of eight years. He was also op
erator at one time of the old ho
tel at Roaring Gap and was also
associated with Elkin Shoe com
pany, the Elkin National Bank
and the Farmers and Merchants
bank here. He had also served
as a member of the county board
and city board of commissioners.
A constant reader, he was
one of the best informed men of
the town and was keenly inter
ested in political and world af
fairs. He also possessed a re-
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Club To Judge
Lighting Contest
On December 23
Judging in the Woman's Club
annual Christmas lighting contest
will be made on the evening of
December 23, from 7 until 9
o'clock, according to Mrs. R. C.
Freeman, president of the club.
This year prizes are being given
for both outdoor and indoor light
ing. Those who plan to enter
mantles and tables for the indoor
prizes, are requested to call Mrs.
P. M. Greene, at Hotel Elkin.
Two prizes are being offered in
the indoor contest and also two
prizes for the best outdoor light
ing effects.
All Yadkin county schools will
close Friday for the Christ
mas holidays. Most of these
schools will close for a week's
time, and will come back to work,
December 30.
Beginning Friday, December
20, and continuing through
Christmas Eve, all stores will re
main open in the evening until
9 o'clock in order to aid Christ
mas shoppers.
Mattie Mae Powell 1.00
Hoke P. Henderson 1.00
D. G. Smith 1.00
Abe Harris 1.00
Cashwell's Store - 1.00
The Elkin Tribune 3.00
Hayes & Speas 5.00
Eagle Furniture Co 75
W. B. Lankford 1.00
Rogers Shoe Shop .50
George Royall 3.50
Hugh Royall 5.00
Marion Allen ....... 5.0 Q.
E.-J. B. & L. Association 2.50
Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Dortch 5.00
G. L. Hill : 3.00
L. G. Baker 1.00
A. O. Bryan - .. ... 1.00
Dixie Graham .50
P. W. Chevrolet Co 5.00
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Roth 5.00
Mrs. G. T. Roth 5.00
Mrs. Raymond Chatham 1.00
Mrs. Annie Pauls 1.25
Employees and officials
The Bank of Elkin .. 10.00
Total : $113.00
British Trap Crack
Italian Troops In
Advance Into Libya
Passes Away
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C. N. Bodenheimer, promi
nent Elkin man and former
postmaster, who passed away
here Saturday night.
Local Chapter of Hunters
and Fishers Association
Formed Here
An Elkin Chapter of the North
Carolina Hunters and Fishers
Association was organized here
Thursday night following a bar
becue at Neaves Park. A hun
dred or more citizens of Surry
and adjoining counties were
Henry Dobson, of Elkin, called
the meeting to order, after which
Attorney Milton Cooper acted as
chairman. A rising vote of thanks
was given W. A. Neaves for the
use of the park and the excellent
barbecue served. Several present
made short talks, including T. N.
Woodruff, of Low Gap; D. C.
Rector, of Mount Airy; Guy Wal
lace, of Roaring Gap, and others.
Mr. Wallace paid tribute to
Thurmond Chatham, of Elkin,
and John McLauglan, of States
ville, for the work tftiey were do
ing in the work of game con
servation ip the state.
Officers elected elected to serve
the Elkin Chapter are as follows:
W. A. Neaves, president; R. W.
Harris, vice-president; Worth
Gray, secretary; Sam Atkinson,
treasurer, and Dick Chatham,
Are To Ob
White Chris
Methodist Church
Sunday morning at the Meth
odist Sunday school at 9:45 a
White Gift service will be observ
ed, in charge of Mrs. E. F. Mc-
Neer. The silver offering at the
11 o'clock hour of worship and
the white gifts Will be given to
the Associated Charities Christ
mas fund.
Rev. A. C. Gibbs, superintend
ent of the Elkin district of the
Methodist church, will bring a
Christmas message at the 11
o'clock hour of worship.
Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock
the senior church choir will pre
sent the annual Christmas can
The church extends a cordial
welcome to the public.
There will be no mid-week
prayer service next week, since
the meeting date falls on Christ
mas Day.
Town officials have ordered
that all punchboards within the
city limits of Klkin be outlawed,
it has been announced by Corbett
Wail, chief of police.
, Operators Of punchboards have
been notified that such boards
are unlawful after midnight to
night (Thursday), and that all
persons found grating them or
having them in their possession
will be liable to prosecution.
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Bardia Is Important Naval
and Supply Center
Fresh Empire Troops Said to
Be Putting Great Pressure
on Italians
London. Dec. 18—Two Italian
divisions and thousands of Fascist
Blackshirt militiamen, "Musso
lini's pride," have been bottled up
at Bardia. on the Libyan coast, it
was reported today.
It was believed here that the
announcement of capture of
Bardia, an important naval and
supply base in Italy's richest
colony, might come at any time.
According to reports, British
Empire forces have driven be
yond Bardia and, in an operation
similar to that in which they took
Sidi Barrani at the start of their
offensive, trapped the entire 62nd
Italian Division, which escaped
from Egypt intacj;; the remaining
part of the 63rd Division, which
left an enormous amount of ma
terial on the Egyptian sands;
part of a Blackshirt division
whch fled Sidi Barrani, and num
erous miscellaneous units includ
ing many tank companies.
Fresh Empire troops were re
ported to be putting tremendous
pressure on the Italians at Bar
dia and were believed here to
have surrounded the defenders
on the land side while British
warships bombarded the city
from the sea and Royal Air Force
planes bombed and machinegun
ned it.
Yule Pageant Is
To Be Pre
At Local
A Christmas program in scrip
ture and song will be presented
at the First Baptist church Sun
day afternoon, December 22, at
5 o'clock, by the adult and Junior
church choirs, under the direction
of Mrs. J. H. Beeson, director of
the adult g r qji p, and Mrs.
Stephen Morrisett, director of the
junior group, with Miss Effie
Crater playing the organ accom
The church' extends a cordial
invitation to the public to attend
the service. An outline of the
program follows:
Organ Prelude, "March of the
Magi Kings" (Dubois.*; Proces
sional, "O Come All Ye Faithful";
Antiphon, "Hark, the Olad
Sound"; Prayer; Scripture, Isaiah
40:1-10; Anthem, "Prepare Thy
self, Zion" (J. S. Bach);* Scrip
ture, Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Carol, "A
.Boy to Us Is Bom" (O. Shaw);
Scripture, Matthew 2:1-12; Trio,
"The Birthday of a King" (Neid
linger); Scripture, Luke 2:8-20;
Organ, "Pastoral Symphony" (O.
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On Fireworks
Are Announced
Although Corbett Wall, chief
of police, and Mayor J. R.
Poindexter don't wish to throw
a damper on the Joy of young
sters and their fireworks at
Christmastime, it has been
pointed out that a local ordi
nance prohibits the shooting
of fireworks 'n the business
district and within the entire
citjr limits on Sunday.
Police have been instructed
to firmly enforce this law and
to arrest all violators. Espe
cially severe will be the penal
ty for shooting fireworks on
Sunday, it was stated, and
anyone eaaght breaking this
any day will be subject to flan. }
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