IF IT IS NEWS ABOUT
PERSON COUNTY, YOU’LL
FIND IT IN THE TIMES.
VOLUME XI PUBLISHED EVER! SUNDAY A THURSDAY THURSDAY, APRIL 11. 1939 NUMBER THIRTY-EIGHT
H. E. Stacy Delivers Vital
Address At School Dinner
Lawyer and School Board
'Man Tells Freely But To
Soint On School Problems.
Presenting a layman’s analysis
of virtues and defects in the
North Carolina public school sys
tem, H. E. Stacy, Lumberton at
torney, who is president of the
North Carolina association of
school boards, Tuesday evening
told members of the Person
County Schoolmasters’ club and
additional dinner guests that
many of the progressive steps in
public education have been tak
en, not by teachers but by lay
Present at the affair, held at
Hotel Roxboro, were more than
two hundred Person teachers,
school committeemen and repre
Going deeper into his subject,
Mr. Stacy declared one of the
greatest needs of the day to be a
proper emphasis on vocational
training. Members of school
boards in the state are, in his op
inion bedoming increasingly a
ware of the necessity of caring for
educational needs of the estimat
ed eighty-five percent of state
high school students who do not
go to college.
“There is in North Carolina to
day” he said,” an aroused inter
est in education, an interest that
p crying out for lay leadership and
understanding of school problems
such as vocational training and
the matter of the addition of a
Many of those present at this
meeting were school committee
men from various schools in Per
son county and to them Mr. Stacy
addressed his most pointed re
marks. Mr. Stacy said that he
was not at all proud of the state’s
“economy” record, as such, in
education and pointed out the
hazards of cramming children
into sch'col buses which have no
restrictions as to load limits. He
also said that many school auth
orities have expressed an opinion
that consolidation of elementary
schools has been carried too far,
a view now being shared by many
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TO HAVE FEATURE
ROLE IN DRAMA
Production At Greensboro
College Will Also Have Miss
Carrie Lupton of Leasburg
Greensboro, April 11 The
Greensboro College Players, in as
sociation with the school of mu
sic, announce a production of
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” to be presented on
two evenings, Friday, April 19,
and Saturday. April 20, at 8:15 o’-
clock in Odell Memorial auditor
ium. The play is being directed by
Miss Elba Henninger.
Many will remember a former
production of this play presented
at Greensboro college in April,
1934 and again on May 26 by spe
The acting company this year
is made up of forty-five players
many of whom have been seen
in former productions and others
who make their first appearance
in this play. Playing a featured
role will be Miss Frances Win
stead, of Roxboro, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Winstead,
Assisting in the production of
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
is Miss Charlotte Saarles, at the
dramatic department, who, with
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Rites For Mother
Os G. R. Melton
Held At Church
Funeral services for Mrs. Nan
nie Melton Ramsey, 85, of Route
2, Woodsdale, the Olive Branch
Church community, whose death
occurred Tuesday afternoon at 3
o’clock at the home of her son.
G. R. Melton, following a stroke
of paralysis, were conducted at
Olive Branch church at 3 o’clock
yesterday afternoon by the Rev.
J. B. Currin, pastor of the church.
Interment took place in the
Mrs. Ramsey had been in til
health for six weeks and on last
Thursday afternoon suffered a
stroke of paralysis, since which
time her condition had been criti
cal. She had been a member of
Olive Branch church for more
than 60 years.
Mrs. Ramsey was twice mar
ried; first to William Henry Mel
ton, who died in 1891, and then
to E. J. dtapisey, whose death oc
curred in 1900. For many years
she had made her home with G.
R. Melton, who survives, as does
another son. S. W. Melton, of
Route 2, Woodsdale. Also surviv
ing is a daughter by the first
marriage, Mrs. Lum Poole, of
Route 1, Virgilina, Va., and a
number of grandchildren. From
the union with Mr. Ramsey there
were no children.
Chub Lake Group
Meeting Will Be
Held Friday Night
Sponsored by the Community
Council, there will be a meeting
of residents of the Chub Lake
community, on Saturday evening,
April 13, at 7:30 o’clock. The ses
sion will be held in the old stone
house near the Luther Clayton
Speaker of the evening will be
A. G. Bullard, of Bethel Hill high
school faculty, who will present
an illustrated lecture on poultry
raising. A program of music and
games will also be presented end
the public is invited to attend.
Norris Rites Held
Final rites for Mrs. Emma Burns
Norris, 73, erf Raleigh, a sister of
A. M. Burns, Sr., of Roxboro, and
aunt of R. P. and A. M. Burns, Jr.,
and of Mrs. Curtis Oakley, also of
this city, were conducted in Ra
leigh Tuesday morning at 11 o’-
clock at Brown’s Funeral home.
Ministers in charge were the Rev.
Dr. S. L. Stealey, of the Raleigh
First Baptist church and the Rev.
James McDowell Dick, Rector of
the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Interment took place in Oakwood
Mrs. Norris died suddenly Sun
day afternoon at her Raleigh re
Mrs. Norris, widow of Hubert
E. Norris, prominent Raleigh at
torney and former solicitor, was
a native of Chatham county and
was a daughter of the late Robert
and Martha S. Bums, of Pitts
boro. Surviving, in addition to
Roxboro relatives, and one son,
Hubert B. Norris; a sister, Mrs. E.
C. Winchester, of Monroe, and R.
H. Bums, of Whiteville, another
brother. Also surviving are five
Pall 'bearers were nephews of
Royal Artillery Tunes Up for Action
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Both men and guns become rusty through inactivity, according to
the British censor, so the royal artillery keeps tuned np by regular
gunnery practice while awaiting action on France’s western front. This
crew is at loading' exercises In a camouflaged gtm pit, somewhere in
the forward cone.
Resolutions of Respect For
Late W. I. Newton Presented
Bar Association Memorial
Exercises For Judge of
County Court Held Tues
Adoption of resolutions of res
pect for the late Judge W. I. New
ton, of the Person county court,
and the receipt of the oath of of
fice by his successor, R. B. Dawes,
were features of the opening ses
sion of the April term, which was
continued jesterday after an all
day session Tuesday. Court offl
oads indicated that work of the
court might not be completed be
Few cases of unusual signifi
cance have been tried but there
has been a heavy docket because
of previous delays during the
period of Mr. Newton’s illness and
Presiding |cfficer during the
memorial exercises for Judge
Newton was W. D. Merritt, pre
sident of the Person Bar associa
tion, who recognized F. O. Car
ver, Sr., of the resolutions com
mittee. Following reading of the
resolutions, motion as to their a
dopticn as road was made by Mr.
Carver, who presented them to
the court. Other members of the
resolutions q.mmittee were R. P.
Burns and S. F. Nicks, Jr.
Other members of the bar who
spoke in tribute to Judge New
ton were T. F. Davis, solicitor of
the court, Mr. Carver, Mr. Mer
ritt and Mr. Nicks.
Administration of the oath of
i-ffice to Judge Dawes was made
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Plans for a conference session
of the Church of Christ of the
Latter Day Saints, to be held in
this city Saturday evening, April
13. at 8 o’clock, in the Kaplan
building were today announced
by Bennie T. Soloman, supervis
ing Elder, the Roxboro branch.
Princpal speakers will be David
Hiatt, attorney at law, of Mt.
Airy, and Kenneth L. Duke, of
Presiding over the session will
be James L. Bennett, president.
The public is invited to attend.
DR. LOVE IMPROVING
Dr. B. E. Love is reported to
be steadily improving at Watt’s
Hospital where he underwent an
operation some time ago.
Dwight Gentry Os
This City Wins
Honors At Elon
El-op, College,.April 10—Dwight
Gentry, of Roxboro, was named
president of the men’s senate of
Ell n college in the annual spring
This position is perhaps the
most important office in the stu
dent government setup of the col
lege since it controls activities
of the men students on the cam
Gentry \M:n by a landslide mar
gin over his opponent, polling a
vote of more than two to one, in
dicating the high esteem with
which he is held by his fellow stu
dents. His margin in the primary
was also wide.
He is taking a pre-law course
at Ell n where he has been a stu
dent for three years.
In addition to other honors,
Gentry is serving as president of
the Dr. Johnson Literary society
of the college, a student group for
the advancement of public ex
Bethel Hill Boys
And Girls Plan
Trip To Raleigh
Bethel Hill seventh grade stu
dents are in Raleigh today on a
sight seeing trip, including a visit
to the State Museum, Capitol
Building, Hall of History, News
and Observer building, Blind
school, Dix Hill, and the State
penitentary. They will also go
to station W. P. T. F. where they
will broadcast twin songs during
the Birthday Party program also.
The students will ride through
the grounds at State college and
also visit the Chapel at Duke.
One of the highlights of the trip
is expeoted to be a call to see
Governor Clyde R. Hoey.
The children wil be under sup
ervision of their teacher, Mrs. L.
S. Cannon. Parents and others
who will take cars and make the
trip are J. Mack Long, Sr„ Mr.
and Mrs. Clyde Woody, W. D.
White, Mr. and Mi's. Robert
Wade and C. T. Hall, Jr.
MRS. JACKSON ILL
Mrs. J. W. Jackson, of Rloute
1, is confined to her home due to
a severe cold or influenza.
JUDGE R.B. DAWES
ENDS TERM OF
Three Cases Held By Him
To Go To Superior Court
To Be Tried By Judge Har
After disposing of more than
twenty-five cases during the past
three days, R. B. Dawes, newly
appointed Judge of Person county
court, this morning about 11 o’-
clock completed his first service
on the Leal bench.
Three cases heard before Jud
; ge Dawes were by mutual agree
, lent or appeal transferred to Sup
! erior court, the April term of
I which will be convened on Mon
day, the 22, by Judge W. C. Har
ris, of Raleigh, for one week for
trial icf civil and criminal cases.
In the case of Jack Redman,
charged with assault with a dead
ly weapon on Ward Alkins in the
late fall of last year, Redman,
who entered a plea of not guilty,
was found guilty of pointing a
weapon at Alkins and received
sentence of six months on the
heads, but an appeal was pre
sented for trial in Superior court
and bond set at SIOO.
Mack Lyon, George Hedgepeth,
James Miller and James Hayes,
alias Joe Hayes, Durham Negroes,
pleaded! guilty to charges of
breaking and entering and lar
ceny of two mercantile establish
ments in Roxboho and were
bound over to Superior court,
with bonds of S3OO each, which
they have been unable to raise.
| By agreements of counsels con
, cerned the Harry Lockhart case,
j being tried before Judge W. I.
Newton at the time of the latter’s
j last illness, was transferred to
Superior court. The appeal of
Harry Scott, Negro, charged with
larceny of wheat, was withdrawn
and he will serve sentence of 8
months on the roads. Enoch A.
Camp, white truck driver, was
j found guilty of drunken driving
and received three months on the
roads and was debarred from op
eration of vehicle on state high
ways for 12 months, sentence sus
pended upon payment of SSO and
RENDER AID IN
Members of Troop 32, This
City, Fight Grass Fire Near
Going cn a hike to Hagar’s
mountain near here, 10 Boy
Scouts of troop 32, this city, Sat
urday afternoon fought a field
and forest blaze which they dis
covered in an area estimated to
have been a mile wide and three
miles long. The boys fought the
blaze for three hours but were
unable to extinguish it, although
they did hold it in check until
a party of twenty-five older men,
who had been summoned, arrived
on the scene.
The burned area was mostly in
grass and broom straw. Scout
master Lawrence Rynd, who was
with the boys, assisted them in
their fire-fightng expediton. Boys
who took part n the unexpected
“good-turn” of the afternoon were
Norfleet Umstead, Cecil James,
Arthur Chambers, P. M. Wilkins,
Samuel Walker, Charles Harris,
Jr., Dewey Holleman, Penick Gen
try, Roy Cates and Bill Daniels.
Spokesmen for the troop said
thait the blaze was sighted near
ly two miles away from the spot
where the boys were playing.
After the fire fighting episode was
ended the boys had supper and
S. B. Winstead Announces
For Commissioner’s Position
S. B. WINSTEAD
Also Considers Other Mat
ters In Long Tuesday Night
In regular mlcnthly session Tues
day evening members erf the Rox
bor City council heard represen
tatives for Community hospital
and appropriated for the institu
tion the sum of $1,500, to be
in two allotments of $750 each
from the budgest for 1940-41 and
1941-42, although in view of the
needs of the hospital, payment of
the total appropriation will be
made shortly from the surplus
Restrictive measures as to the
j use of the appropriation were
j discussed, adopted and incorpor
| ated into the resolution as to
manner of payment, it being un
! derstood that the rnony will be
: given to Community hospital for
debt-service if and when the pro
| posed campaign to meet the re
| maining debt is successful,
j The city’s position in making
| the appropriation was clearly sta- 1
ted in a resolution introduced by!
! Councilman George W. Kane, se-;
! conded by Preston Satterfield, Sr.,!
j and amended by Gordon C. Hun- 1
j ter. Securing of the city appro- j
priaton marks the second public
j appropriation for the hospital, l
one for $2,500 having been secur-l
ed from the Person county com-
I missicners last week.
Following the council meeting
it was announced that members
of the board will have a represen
tative in the Chamber of Com
merce; that Gilbert Oakley, of the
police department will be auth
orized to attend a police training,
schocl to be held at Chapel Hill;!
that taxi drivers and bus line op-1
erators will be asked to meet with
City Manager Bloxam and other
city officials at some date in the
near future in order to discuss
proposals for regulation of taxi
and bus service and that in the
near future a committee compos
ed of Mr. Bloxam, Mayor S. F.
Nicks, Jr., and City Attorney, F.
O. Carver, Sr., will recodify the
city ordinances and public laws.
It was announced that new
street lights are to be placed on
Barnett avenue and on a small
street near Depot street.
Walter W. Morris, of this city,
has accepted *a position with Till
man and Zimmerman Motor Co.,
Main street, where he will be
connected with the body painting
and repair department.
There are a few sets of cutlery
left in the Times Subscription
THE TIMES IS PERSOIft.
A LEADER AT ALL TIMm
Four Candidates Now In
Field For Three Positions;
Primary To Be Held May
S. B. Winstead, prominent to
bacconist of this city, yesterday
announced that he would be a
candidate for the position of coun
ty commissioner of this county,
subject to the Democratic prim
ary in May.
Mr. Winstead’s entry into the
field makes four candidates for
the three commissioner’s posi
tions. The others are Philip Tho
mas, Frank Whitfield and D. M.
Cash. There have been rumors
stating that others might announ
ce, but so far this list is complete
as far as has been reported to
Mr. Winstead has been active
in business and civic affairs of
this city and county for some
time, but this is his first venture
into the field of politics.
He is a graduate of the Univer
sity of North Carolina and has
operated a warehouse here lor
many years. His annlouncemeut
may be read on an inside page of
SIREN TEST TO
BE MADE DURING
Monthly Fire Department
Report Presented By Chief 1
Henry E. O’Briant.
Plans for testing the municipal
fire siren located on the fire de
partment next to the city halt
were today announced by Fine
Chief Henry E. O’Briant, who sakE
that the tests will be made abouF
three o’clock Saturday afternoon,
in order to arange a system a £
individualized signals for varions
fire zones in the city.
It was pointed out by Mr. OT-
I Briant that with the establish,
j ment of such a system, firemen.
| here wil be able to locate firm
| by the number of siren-blasts ghr-
I In presenting the March report.
|of the fire department Mr. O’.
I Briant said that there were dur
ing the month six alarms; that the
j blazes reported wore two gram
. fire 6, one rubbish fire out of coo.
I trol, one automobile blaze caused*
by poor ignition, one fire result
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Bethel Hill P/T. A.
A large number of people, es
timated at 250, attended the regi
ular meeting of the Bethel Hill
Parent-Teacher association Mon
day evening. Mrs. J. H. Merritt;
president |cf the association, pret
sided. Officers for the next year
were elected as follows: Mrs. Joe
Humphries, president; Mrs. C. T.
Hall, vice-president; Mrs. Brooks
Carver, secre tary-treasqirer, and
Mrs. E. L. Wehrenburg, historian.
After the business meeting, Mrs.
Lewis S Cannon’s seventh grade
had charge erf the program, which
consisted of Songs and a play. The
seventh grade won the banner for
having the most parents present.
Mrs. Merritt led a discussion on
“Social Life or Entertainment cf
Boys and Girls in the Bethel Hill
Community.” Miss Carol Leigh
Humphries read a paper giving
the student’s viewpoints.
Following this program Lewis
S. Cannon shewed a technicolor
film, “Tulip Time”, taken at tbs
Golden Gate International asp*,
sition in San IVancioda.