ST IT IS NEWS ABOUT
PERSON COUNTY, YOU’LL
FIND IT IN THE TIMES.
ROXBORO’S POPULATION 4,599
A. G. Fears Electrocuted
]sy Live Wire Early Today
Thought That Lightning
Shattered Cross Arm On
Pole Thus Dropping 6,900
Volt Wire To Ground.
Albert Gibbs Fears, Timberlake
community wtas found
dead this morning about seven o’-
clock near his .home approximate,
ly six miles out On the Durham
road. Death was attributed to el
ectrocution from a live wire that
was suspended from a pole.
It is presumed that lightning
struck a pole of the local power
company thus, shattering the
cross arms and the live wire
dropped down. Mr. Fears left his
home early in the morning and
was later found dead near the
T. Miller White, manager of the
power company, stated that he
received a call about seven a. m.
today stating that the current was
off on this line. He immediately
sent a man to the sicene of trouble
Mid when he arrived the body of
Mr. Fears was at the above des
cribed place. Several otheh local
residents had gathered around.
The suspended wire carried
6,900 volts of electricity. It is
thought that Mr. Fears was walk
ing by and touched the wire. He
was burned on one hand, stomach
Mr. White does not know when
the pole or wire was struck by
elefctricity. His first knowledge of
any trouble was early this morn
Dr. A. F. Nichols, coroner, re
ported that the deceased was el
ectrocuted by a live wire that was
suspended across the road.
HEAR DR. ERWIN
Class Day Exercises Being
Held Tonight. Funderburke
Sermon Delivered Sunday.
Following class day exercises
which will be held this evening
in the school auditorum, grad
uation exercises will be held Fri
day night at Allensville, where
(the speaker will be Clyde A. Er
win, superintendent tcf public in
struction. Introduction of Dr. Er
win will be made by R. L. Har
ris, candidate for nomination as
Lieutenant-Governor in the De
mocratic primary May 25.
Invocation will be given by the
Rev. J. B. Currin, of the faculty,
who also gave the invocation Sun.
day night when the Rev. J. F.
Funderburke gave the baccalaur
eate sermon at the school before
a large and appreciative audien
ce. Presentation of diplomas will
be made by Person County Sup
erintendent of Schcols, R. B.
Griffin, while awards will be
given by S. B. Satterwhite, prin
cipal of Allensville school.
At the class day program today
the exercises will take the form
of a “Class Birthday Meeting”,
with the salutation being deliver
ed by Geraldine Moorefield.
Header of the history or minutes
wild be Erselle McCann, additions
or corrections will be furnished
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PUBUSmD EVERT SUNDAY ft THURSDAY
April Statistics Record
Completion of Dental Cli
nic Work With White Child
Monthly report of the Person
unit of the tri-county health de
partment shows that there were
57 oases of whooping cough dur
ing April, when eight cases of
chicken pox were also reported,
as were eight cases of measles and
four of syphilis.
Notable in the month’s work
was completion of the dental pro
gram in the white schools.
Whooping cough is still showing
some abetment, since February re.
ports showed that there were in
the county 109 cases and 66 in
March of this year.
In school hygiene 138 toxoid or
diphtheria vaccinations were ad
minstered. Dental examinations
totaled 121 and total dental epef
lations were 449, while dental
! cleanings were administered to
107 (children. Smallpox vaccina
tions were 25 in number.
Syphilis campaign work was
carried on with 59 blood-tests,
156 patients enrolled and 437
treatments given, and in Mater
nity care 24 mothers were given
examinations. 27 patients receiv
ed contraceptive advice and 41
vsiits were made, while in the
crippled children’s program five
wiere taken to the clinic.
Tuberculosis control field nurs
ing visits reached 27 and 38 pat
ients were fluorosccped. In sani
tation case inspections were
31 in number, 89 complaints were
answered and 64 privies were in
To Stage Drive
Following a successful re-orga
nization meeting last week at the
Person County courthouse, Young
Democrats cf the county, under
vice presidents, Mrs. R. H. Shel
ton, cf this city, and of Mrs. R. L.
Hester, of Bushy Fork, will stage
a membership campaign during
the next few weeks.
More than twenty-five member
ships were secured at the meeting
last week and it is expected that
the organization will be consider
ably increased before the May pri
mary. It was indicated by the
membership chairmen that fees
are moderate and that member
ship cards, giving full privileges
cf membership may be obtained
at any time Within the next few
Officers of the Person Young
Democrats are: S. F. Nicks, Jr..
president: Philip L. Thomas, and
Mia. Shelton and Mrs. Hester,
vice-presidents, and F. O. Carver,
Jr., secretary - treasurer.
GRADE PARTY HELD
Mesdames T. C. Wagstaff, R.
M. Spencer and O. T. Strum,
grade mothers far Mrs. B. G.
Clayton’s eigth grade room were
on Tuesday hostesses at the
American Legion hut at weiner
rout honoring the pupils and Mrs.
Clayton. Following the supper an
hour of games was enjoyed.
Flag Given To
High School By
Legion and Clubs
Marred only by the spring
shower which fell just as the pro
gram was getting underway,
i members of the Roxboro High
• school Parent-Teacher association,
1 held an enjoyable picnic Wednes
day evening at the high school.
■ Feature of the event was presen
tation of the American flag to
the school by the American Le
gion, the Rotary dub and the Ki
: wanis club, with R. H. Shelton,
, Commander of the Lester Black
well post, as speaker,
j Inclemency of the weather pre
vented the actual raising of the
flag, but Oammendter Shelton,
speaking in the high school audi
torium, told of the signifcance of
. the American flag and express
ed his pleasure in acting as spok
; esman for the three groups pre
senting the flag. Acceptance wa§
sipoken by supervising principal.
, H. C. Gaddy.
Following this part of the pro
gram, members of the hostess P.
, T. A. served a delicious picnic
supper to parents and friends.
The supper was served in the
main hall of the high school
building, where Mrs. R. H. Shel
ton, president of the newly or
ganized high school P. T. A. pre
sided and acted as spokesman for
the hostess group. Present for the
occasion, with parents and teach
ers, were several special guests
including representatives of the
Wednesday’s affair was the first
social event planned by the new
ly formed P. T. A. unit and was
greatly enjoyed by all who were
present. Music was furnished by
the high school band under the
direction of Frederick Moore, and
guests went into the auditorium
to enjoy their food and listen to
New Color Marks
Although action pertaining to
selection of taxi stands and park
ing space will not be taken be
fore next Tuesday evenirg at the
regular monthly session of the
city council, members of the mu
nicipal streets department have
fer the past two days been mark
ing parking zones and street in
tersections with yellow-orange
Work of covering previous
white lines has been .done at
night and has been virtually com
pleted in the downtown area.
R. L. Wilburn, popular -Roxboro i
resident, yesterday underwent an
operation at Duke hospital, where
it was reported this afternoon that
he is resting comfortably.
Knight’s Insurance agency has
recently installed a new system I
of bookkeeping. This system was
worked out by Ashlin and Hut
chinson of Durham, and is con
sidered one of the best
All records in Knight’s office
| are kept perfect and open for in
spection by the right party.
‘American Mother of 1940’
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“American Mother of 1940” was the title bestowed upon Mrs.
Edith Graham Mayo, widow of the late Charles Mayo, Rochester,
Minn., surgeon, at her Tucson, Ariz., winter home. Award was made
by the American mothers committee of the golden Rule foundation
of New York city. Mrs. Mayo is the mother of eight children.
Confederate Memorial Day
To Be Observed Tomorrow
Grocery Firms To
Starting at one O’clock in the
afternoon on Wednesdays during
June, July and August nine gro
cery stores in this Icity will close
for summer half-holidays. Only
cepticn will be Wednesday, July
3, when closing dates will be mov
ed up to Thureday, a general holi
day when all stores will be clos.
Announcement of the half-holi
day schedule for grocery firms
here was made today following
balloting by customers during the
past two weeks in which 647 cus
tomers favored* closing and 10
were opposed. Merchants who will
close have asked that all patrons
make their purchases in the morn
ings on Wednesdays.
Firms participating in the sum
mer schedule will be A. and M.
Food Shoppe, Longhurst Mercan
tile company. Carl Winstead’s,
S. C. Fisher, Sergeant and Clay
ton, Moore’s Cash Market, A. and
P. Tea company, D. Pender’s and
All Eligible Voters Whose
Names Are Not On Books
Are Urged To Register At
Chairman of the Person County
Board of elections, S. F. Nicks, Jr.,
today announced that registration
bocks will be closed after Satur
day, May 11, and urged all per
sons whose names are not on the
books and who are eligible, to re
gister before the closing day, as
only those voters who are duly
registered will be able to vote in
the May Primary and November
In connection with his state
ment Chairman Nicks observed
that any person who may reach
his twenty-first birthday prior to
November 5, 1940, or any person
resident in the state for a period
of one year prior to that date,
and otherwise qualified, is entit
led to register and to vote in the
primary and general elections.
W. B. Uinstead To Deliver
Principal Address; W. F.
Reade Only Surviving Vet
eran. , , - - • <
The United Daughters of the
Confederacy will observe Confed
erate Memorial Day tomorrow,
May 10th., With s pit-gram at Ho
tel Roxboro at 12:00 M. Mrs, R. G.
Cole, president of the organiza
tion, will be in charge of the ex
Principal speaker of the occas
ion will be W. B. Umstead, former
Congressman and prominent
lawyer of Durham, N. C.
The address of welcome will be
given by Mrs. Oveida Long, of
W. F. Reade is the only surviv
ing veteran in Person county, and
it is thought that he will make a
shjart talk. Mr. Reade is in excel
lent health and it is reported that
he is looking forward to Memor
ial Day with much pleasure.
Only members of the Daugh
ters of the Confederacy and a tew
invited guests will be present for
tomorikiw’s program that will con
sist of several short (talks and a
dinner which will be served prior
to the program.
RITES HELD FOR
Niece of George J. Cushwa
Passes Suddenly After
Cerebral Hemorrhage. In
terment At Kenbridge.
Funeral services for Miss An
nette Ripberger, 30, of Kenbrid
ge, Va„ and a niece of George
J. Cushwa, of this city, were con
ducted Wednesday morning at 10
o’clock at Kenbridge with inter
ment following at Kenbridge. Miss
Ripberger, who was well known
in Roxboro, where she had often
visited in the home of her uncle
and aunt, suffered a cerebral hem
orrhage Monday night and died
For a number of years she was
teacher of the first grade in the
Waynesboro, Va., school system
and while there made her home
with her sisters, Mrs. M. C. Coin
er and Miss Louise Ripberger.
Also surviving are her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Ripberger, a
brother, C. T. Ripberger, Jr., and
her maternal grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Cushwa, all of
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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1940
O—O— O O
Those Who Have Not Been
Counted Urged To Hand
In Names At Once
Three Groups To Be Parts
Os Re-organized Roxboro
and Person Cub-Pack.
Formal rc-organization of the
“Cub-Pack” of the Person and
Roxboro Sleout council was ef
fected Tuesday night at a meet
ing held at Roxboro Community
house. Leaders chosen included
three den mothers, Mesdames R.
B. Dawes. J. A. Long and Charles
Stewart, who with the assistance
of Cub-Master Joe Ellis, Scout
assistants and members of the re
organization committee will make
plans far weekly den meetings
and for the monthly pack meet
Formation of the dens was
made after a series of w ee H!y
training school meetings attend
ed by parents and boys. It was
announced Tuesday night that
date of the first den meetings,
held in homes (of members, will
be selected as soon as a prelimin
ary program can be mapped out.
“Cub-Pack” membership is lim
ited to boys between the ages of
9 to 12, beys of 12 or over being
expected to become members of
the regular Boy Scout organiza
Boys in the first den, of which
Mrs. Dawes is den mother, now
include: Scnny Dawes, Johnny
Horton, Bobby Blanks, Norman
Tapp, and Roy Jordan; in the sec
ond, of which Mrs. Stewiart is
den mother, are Charles Stewart,
Jr., Tommy Barnette, W. D. Fish
er, Robert Lee Clay, Clyde Cro
well, Jr., and R. H. Shelton, Jr.,
while those in the third den, of
which Mrs. Long is den mother,
will include Donnie Long, Ronnie
Thomas, Jack Blalock, and Jim
Attendance at Tuesday even
ing’s training course was usually
large and it is expected that with
the help of the parents of the
boys, the program will now take!
on unusual interest.
Sponsors of the “Cub-Pack”
are men of St. Mary’s and St. Ed-j
ward’s Catholic churfch. It was an- j
nounced that first monthly meet
ing of the new “Cub-Pack” will
probably be held in the educa
tion center at Edgar Long Me
morial Methodist church.
On Fair Grounds,
R. L. Perkins, president of the
Person County Fair, is making ra
pid progress in connection with
work that is now being done on
the fair grounds.
Certain portions of the fence
have been moved back giving
more room for fairs and the
grounds have been graded and
sloped in an attractive manner.
Work was started on an exhi
bit house this week and this house
will probably be finished within
two months. The house will be
large enough to care for all ex
Mr. Perkins plans to give the
people a nice lair this year with
plenty of amusement and a nice
array of exhibits.
THE TIMES IS PERSON 1 *
A LEADER AT ALL TIMES
LAST CENSUS OF 1930
GAVE 3,600 IN CITY
According to information re
leased today by the U. S. Bureau
of Census the population of Rox
boro is now 4,599. These new po
pulation figures come as a result
cf the new census that has just
been taken and the information
was released to this paper b/
James Carver, who has had char
ge of the census taking.
Mr. Carver pointed out that
there is still time for others to
be added to the above figures and
he urges any who have not been
counted to get in touch with him
at his home in Roxboro or report
to the Chamber of Commerce of
The last census of Roxboro,
which was taken in 1930 gave the
city a few over 3,600 residents.
Thus it can be seen that this city
has gained about 1,000 residents
during the past ten years.
Local residents, who have been
interested in Roxboro’s growth,
had thought that the eensiis Hg-~
ures for 1640 'Would go well over
5,000 and it is yet thought that!
there must be many more here
who have not been counted. M
Mr. Carver stated that his work
ers had made every effort to find
all the people, but he admitted
that there could be some who have
not been counted. He is very an
xious to find these.
Broughton Will Be Con
vention Guest Saturday As.
temoon. Local Leaders To
Beginning at 2 o’clock in the
afternoon, Person county Demo
crats will on Saturday hold their
County Convention at the court
house, where chief business w ill
be election of delegates to the
State (convention. Members of the
County Democratic Executive
committee will also meet. Chair
man R. B. Dawes said this morn
ing that time of meeting for the
committee would be either im
mediately before or after the con
Amnog special guests expected
to be present at the convention
will be J. M. Broughton, of Ra
leigh, regarded as a leading can
didate for Dem|c(cxatic -nomina
tion as governor. Mr. Broughton,
who will be recognized at the con
vention, will on Saturday morn
ing at 11 o’colck deliver the fin
als address at Bushy Fork school
and in the afternoon his county
manager F. O. Carver. Jr., and
others interested in his candidacy
will hold an open house at Ho
tel Roxboro between the hours'
of three to six o’clock.
In commenting on the Roose
velt third term Chairman Dawes
this morning said that undoubt
edly a resolution supporting the
nomination of the President far
a third term will be introduced,
since there has been throughout
the state and nation a concerted
third term movement in recent
weeks. Mr. Dawes, however, de
clined to make public comment
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