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IF YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU READ THF PERSON COUNTY TIMES—IT IS A PAPER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF PERSON AND ADJOINING COUNTIES.
LARGEST FIRE IN YEARS
SWEEPS ROXRORO TODAY
Blaze Started About 10:00 A. M. In Base
ment of Raiff Store or G. W. Thomas and
Spread Over. Both Stores in Short Order.
Estimated Damage to Buildings and
Merchandise Approximately SIOO,OOO.
CA-VEL FIRE DEPARTMENT RUSHED TO SCENE
OF ACTION IN EXACTLY THREE MINUTES
AFTER THE CALL HAD BEEN PLACED
Three Stores and Stock Damaged; Raiff’s Store, Thomas Hard
ware and Hambrick, Austin & Thomas Drug Store.
The largest fire in-a number of years swept two stores in
Roxboro today, a number of offices over one store and an untold
amount of smoke and heat damage to a third.
The fire started in the basement of G. W. Thomas Hardware
or in the basement of Raiff’s Store. No one appeared to know
Exactly where it started. It was
discovered about 10:00 a. m. and
Raiffs Store and G. W. Thomas
Hardware was the scene of the fire
although Hambrick, Austin and
Thomas suffered smoke and heat
damage that will run into a large
amount of money. The estimated
damage by conservative business
mein of this city has been placed at
a hundred thousand dollars. It may
run over that.
The Ca-Vel fire department was
called to help in the fight soon after
the fire began to spread. Ca-Vel
reached Roxboro in exactly three
minutes after the call was put in
and they rendered most valuable
assistance from that time until the
fire was out.
Fire Chief Frank Bennett wad
called from Durham to render ad
vice. The report is that Chief Ben
nett drove from Durham to Rox
t>oro, 30 miles, in twenty-two min
For a long time it looked as
though the entire block from Wil
burn and Satterfield through the
First National Bank would be
swept away. The fire actually did
not rfepch the drug store of Ham
brick, Austin and Thomas, but the
heat was so terrific in this building
that paper in it burned to a crisp.
There was also a large amount of
Hundreds of jteople lined the
streets to watch the firemen and
to render what assistance they
could. Every person in the crowd
was afraid that Roxboro might lose
■one entire section of Main street.
The firemen fought thfc) fire from
the rear of the buildings for a short
while and then surrounded it on
three sidfes as well as on top. They
were not able to play the stream
of water directly on the fire as it
could not bet located on account of
the smoke. It was impossible to
enter Raiffs Store after the fire
men had been on hand ten minutes.
Eight offices over Raiffs Store
were practically destroyed and their
contents are either destroyed or
badly damaged. The merchandise
in Raiffs Store is in bad shape.
The hardware stock in Thomas
Hardware is damaged to a large ex
tent and may be considered prac
Both stores, in one building, are
in terrible shape with the exception
of the walls. Damage thenei cannot
yet be determined.
A number of the stores and of
fice wfcre covered by insurance.
Some did not have much coverage.
Shortly before twelve o’clock the
fire was brought under control.
(Continued on Page Eight)
CAKE AND PIE SALE
Circle No. 4 of tHq First Baptist
church of Roxboro will have a cake
and pie sale at Pass Furniture store
Saturday morning, November 21st,
at 10:30 o’clock.
Come, buy your Sunday cakes.
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, ROXBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1936 USE PERSON COUNTY PRODUCTS
TAG DAY FOR CENTRAL
Saturday, November 21, 1936
will .be known to all as “Tag
Day” for Central School Libra
Some boys and girls will see
you next Saturday, therefore
prepare for their visit and please
do not refuse to let thieve boysi
and girls tag you. Any silver
(or greenback) offering you feel
willing to give will help a very
worthy cause and will be appre
ciated. Central School needs
new library books.
Your help thqy will solicit.
SCHOOLS TO CLOSE
DEC. 18TH FOR
Will Take Thursday and Friday
of Next Week For
The schools of Person County will
close for the Christmas holidays on
Dec. 18th, and will re-open on Jan.
4th. These dates have been fixed
as official, but will be optional
with each school. If it is important!
that other dates be observed the
schools have the permission of
the school authorities to do so.
Thursday and Friday of nexti
week have also been designated as
Thanksgiving holidays. Work will
be resumed on Monday morning.
All of the schools in the county
have had a good year. There are
several new buildings which have
helped t)o relieve congestion in
many buildings thus making pro
gress easier. New equipment has
been secured for several schools
which also helps.
So far attendance has been good.
This, in part, is due to the fact
that there has been no bad weather
and trucks have been able to run
WOOD FOB SALE
Mr. W. J. Huff, Roxboro, N. C.,
is announcing in this week’s Times
the opening of a riqw concern for
the people of this community.
Mr. Huff has on hand a large
supply of dry pine and oak wood
that he is offering to the public.
This new concern also has a saw
and will be glad to saw and split
the wood that you now have on
For details see ad in today’s
Bertie County farmers have plant
ed one of the largest acreages of
winter legumes ever before seeded
in the county, advises C. W. Over
man, assistant farm agent.
P.T.A. PRIZES WON
BY MISS HARRIS’S
ROOM AND DUNLOP
Membership List Grew From
75 Members to 121 Members
During This Drive.
Miss Claire Harris’s fifth grade
and Mr. Dunlop’s home room won
the prizes offered in the P.T.A.
Both rooms won pictures. The
prize pictures were offered by Mrs.
R. C. Hall and Mr. B. B. Knight to
the grade having the greatest num
ber of “paid-up” P.T.A. members.
Mrs. Hall’s prize was a picture of
a beautiful hunting scene and Mr.
Knight’s an oil painting of the
“Whistling Boy.” Congratulations
to Miss Harris and Mr. Dunlop and
their pupils. Thanks and deep ap
preciation to Mrs. Hall and Mr.
The membership list grew from
75 to 121 members. That was a very
nice increase yet more parents and
friends should join.
Mrs. V. O. Blalock and her 6 B
pupils’ program, carrying out the
Book Week idea, was both inter
esting, worthwhile, well given and
thoroughly enjoyed by the large
number present for the meeting.
Please notice the change in the
dalle for the next P. T. A. meeting.
Due to the date of Christmas holi
days the meeting will Bq held in
the Central School auditorium on
Tuesday afternoon, Dec. Bth. Watch
your newspaper for other notices
BE OBSERVED IN
Many Places of Business Wilt
be Closed on This Day as
People Take General
The people of Roxboro and Per
son County will again observe
Thanksgiving this year. Many will
spend the day quietly at home, but
will do their best to make life mis
erable for the turkey clan in this
A large number of business plac
es will be closed during the entire
day. Some will remain opbn for a
few hours in the morning, but will
close after lunch.
Many people will leave the city
for the week-end. Many will at
tend football games, but a majority
will remain at home and enjoy the
A partial list of the stores to be
closed is in today’s Times. Others
will probably be closed, but failed
to notify the paper.
MRS. MONK RETURNS HOME
Mrs. W. R. Monk returned home
this week after being a patient at
Watt’s hospital for some time.
MANY THANKS AND A FEW TEARS
To the many people who have renewed their subscription
to this paper this fall we render our sincere thanks. For those
who have not yet done this nice thing we shed a few tears and
urge you to please do so at once.
The expiration date of your subscription is on the label
of your paper. Please turn to it now 1 and if it reads that it
has expired will you not make our heart rejoice by sending
us a dollar?
Many thanks We know you will.
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MICHIGAN SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE FINGERPRINTED
With the consent of their parents, Sergeant Ray Sullivan, of the
.u Michigan State Police, is recording the fingerprints of two pupils
of the East Grand Rapids public schools. Many states are adopt
ing this form of permanent identification among school children.
Average For Season is $25.21
and Appears to be Going
Up Every Day.
AVERAGE $20.26 FOR
SEASON LAST YEAR
The Roxboro tobacco market has
sold 2,395,078 pounds of tobacco
this year at an official average of
$25.51. Last year, for the entirfe
season the market sold over four
million pounds of tobacco at an
average of $20.26.
The average for this year is stead
ily climbing. Many houses are av
eraging from 32 to 34 cents a sale.
This should bring the average up
much higher before the season
ends. Roxboro had a large amount
of common tobacco on hand at the
opening of the season. This started
the average rather low.
Some say that the crop in this
county is seventy-five percent sold.
Some say mortq, some say less.
Everyone expects heavy sales be
tween now and Thanksgiving and
the crop will be\ about sold by
Roxboro hoped to sell six million
pounds this year, but it is doubt
ful if the market will reach that
figure. Roxboro will sell a larger
per cent of what remains in the
county than it sold of what has al
ready gone into the hands of the
The Library at the Community
House will bej open every Monday
and Thursday from 10:00 a. m. to
4:30 p. m.
ANNUAL DRIVE FOR
SCOUTS ON TODAY
Ten Teams in Field Meeting
With Excellent Response
From Business Men of
MUCH INTEREST SHOWN
IN PERSON COUNTY
Members of the Roxboro Boy
Scout Council art}, today, making
their annual drive for funds for
scout work in this county for an
This drive takes place once a year
and local citizens respond very
freely to this plea. Several hundred
dollars are required in order that
scout work may continue here
from year to year.
Last night the solicitors for this
drive met at Hotqi Jones where
they were served supper and later
had a little pep meeting. Today,
ten teams are making a round of
the city and practically everyone
is being asked to contribute some
thing to this work.
Person County has seven Scout
troops and there is a large amount
of interest in Scouting. The busi
ness organizations behind Scouting
is composed of about thirty promi
nent men of the city and county
who meet once a month in order
to discuss the affairs that relate to
Latq reports today indicate that
the drive has been successful so
far. A few people will not be seen
today, but all will be a chance
CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY
The following stores will be clos
ed on Thanksgiving; you are re
quested to make your purchases be
fore this day.
Aubrey Long St Co.
Moore’s Meat Market.
Sergeant St Clayton.
A. St P.
Chas. Holeman & Co.
L. W. Roark.
Wilburn St Satterfield.
Harris St Burns.
Leggett’s Dept Store.
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DR. PEARCE TO BE IN
OFFICE OF DR. LONG
Dr. R. J. Feprce will meet all of
hia patients in the office of Dr. R.
E. Long on Monday and will be
there until further notice.
NIGHT WILL BE ON
DECEMBER 141 V
George Currier Chairman of
Program; Elaborate Plans
Being Made to Enter
tain Ladies and
YEAR ENDS ON THIS
DATE FOR CLUB
On Monday night, December 14th,
the Roxboro Kiwanis Club will ob
serve it annual charter night and
ladies night. Thq place of the meet
ing has not yet been decided upon.
This occasion is a big event in
the life of the Roxboro Kiwanis
Club and always provep to be the
best meeting of the year. Many
visitors are expected to attend as
well as the) wives and sweethearts
of all the Kiwanians.
The meeting will be held either
in the Community House or the}
After this meeting the club will
be turned over to the nqw officials
for the coming year. Officially the
year ends January Ist but the rule
has been to wind it up with chart
Visiting Kiwanians are expected
to attend from Oxford, Durham,
Burlington, Reidsville and other
cities near hfejre.
The principal speaker of the oc
casion will be announced soon.
HAS BEEN GIVEN
Ca-Vel School Will Receive
Credit Rating as Soon as
Central School of Roxboro has
bee)n given a standard rating by the
state school authorities at Raleigb.
For several years this school has
been striving for this rating but
only it this year. The work
that has been done in the past haa
been saticfactory, but conditions
were so crowded that it was im
possible for this rating to be ob
tained. Extra room at the high
school enabled Central School to
move a number of students to the
high school building.
Ca-Vel school will be given a
credit rating as soon as the sixth
teacher arrives which will be in a
very short time.
These two new ratings speak
well for the schools in Person Coun
ty and mean much in the eyes of.
If you need additional insurance
on any property I will be glad to
call and explain what complete
I represent a number of old line
companies and am at your service.
KNIGHTS INSURANCE AGENCY
Roxboro, N. C.
Read our special silver ad on the
back page. Take advantage of this
special sale of 34-pc. sets of silver
for $13.75, ($24.50 value), made by
Holmes & Edwards, International
Silver Co. One of the best buys of
You will want your table to look
good for Thanksgiving and Christ
mas. So why not buy a set today.
“Jewels From The Newells”