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VOLUME XX PUBLISHED EVERY SUNDAY & THURSDAY
AT HIGH SCHOOL
Sixty-Six Seniors Receive
Diplomas Wednesday Night.
Large Crowd Attends.
“Education”, said Dt. Thurman
D. Kitchen, in an address before
66 graduates of Roxboro high
school, “is a progressive search
for truth in the name of Christ,
for the benefit of mankind.’’
In concise form the President
of Wake Forest college, who was
introduced by Reginald Lee Har
ris, then continued his approxi
mation of truth in education as
one of the verities in a troubled
world by saying that the only or
dered force in the world today is
the Christian force.
Dr. Kitchen’s address, delivered
last night in Roxboro high school
auditorium, marked the culmina
tion of three days of commence
ment activities for the Seniors.
His appearance here, as indicated
in his preliminary remarks, was
in the nature of a home-coming
for Dr. Kitchen, and Roxboro,
once the home of two of his bro
thers, showed appreciation fori
his presence by crowding the aud
itorum to the doors.
Highest scholastic honors of
the evening went to Lois Mary
Pickering, valedictorian, and to
Louise Walker, salutatorian. Miss
Pickering also received the Ed
gar Long Scholarship medal and
. ...Mias Walker-receivedAhe Kiwanis
Citizenship medal. Both young
women were graduated “Summa
Winner of the Roxboro Wo
man’s club cup for the best es
say was Margaret Elizabeth
Green, while second, third and
fourth places in that contest were
accorded to Annie Laurie Day,
Kitty Ellmore and Ted Parker.
In recognition of high attain
ments in scholarship Annie Sue
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TAXI CODE AND
Delinquent Taxes Must Be
Paid. 1939 Taxes Will Be
Advertised In August
Consideration of an eight point
code for city taxi regulation,
which was, with the exception of
one clause pertaining to stipulat
ed fines and punishments for vio
lations of the code, virtually ad
dicted as read, was the chief item
of .business confronting Roxboro
City commissioners at their
monthly session Tuesday night.
The commissioners also author
ized a review of delinquent taxes
for 1939 through 1934, ordering
the City Attorney, F. O. Carver,
to take action in regards to col
lection of the same. It was report
ed at the session that back taxes
owing to the city total $23,689
and that unpaid and! delinquent
, street assessments now on the
city books total $9,695.
Advertisement of 1939 city tax
es will be made in August acdord
ing to plans made Tuesday night
and it was announced that for
closure proceedings will be insti
tuted after that time against all
persons failing to make proper
settlement wih the city. Members
of the council also stressed the
fact that settlements for previous
years must be made under pen
alty of similar action unless back
payments are made both in tax
es and street assessments. It is un.
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Shown above are some of the members of Roxboro First Baptist church, who were present at
and participated in the Monday Morning ceremony of breaking ground for the institution’s new edu
cational building, construction of which will begin soon. On the front row, from left to right arc J.
W. Noell. W. T. Daniel, Miss Patsy Beam, Rev. W. F. West, the pastor, and City Manager Percy
Bloxam. Also in the picture are E. E. Bradsher, A. M. Burns, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Whitfield, Mrs. W.
T. Pass, Mrs. W. E. Stewart, Mrs. Dave Gilliland, Ge rge W. Kane and Fred Masten.
Baptists Gather For Ground
Breaking For New Edifice
Baccalaureate Sermon For
Roxboro Seniors Delivered
Having as his theme the devel
opment of Christian character,
Dr. Hoyt T. Blackwell, president
of Mars Hill college, who chose
his text from Acts, 13: 36 and 37,
delivered the baccalaureate ser
mon to the graduating class of
Roxboro high school Sunday
night in the school auditorium.
“We all live”, declared the
speaker, “in three generations.
Youth, maturity and old: age are
the three natural divisions of
life and we should each one of
us take all possible advantage of
each stage in life, making our liv
es worthwhile through Christian
In expanding -his subject Dr.
Blackwell said that some people
are forward looking, some live
in the present and others have a
tendency to look toward the past,
but in his opinion those persons
are most vital and successful
who have the forward goal in
Dr. Blackwell was heard by an
appreciative audience and the au
ditorium was practically filled.
Introduction of the speaker was
made by the Rev. W. F. West, of
the First Baptist church, while
the invocation was given by Rev.
W. C. Martin, cf Edgar Long Me
morial Methodist church and the
benediction was pronounced by
the Rev. E. G. Overton also a
Methodist minister of this city.
Music was furnished toy the high
school glee club.
Second event on the commence
ment program was the seventh
grade finals Monday night at the
high school. On Tuesday evening
at 8 o’clock Roxboro seniors,
numbering 68, staged a high
school night program at the high
It is estimated -that speed was
responsible for more than 8,000
traffic fatalities in the United
States last year. i
Ceremony Held Monday
Morning At First Baptist '
Church For Educational
Ceremony of breaking ground
for the new Educational building
cf the First Baptist church, this
city, construction of which will
begin shortly, was held Monday
morning at 10 o’clock on the site
where the new building is to be
Participants in the ritual in.
eluded several members of the
church who were members of the
church when the present struc
ture was erected 42 years ago.
These older members included Mr.
and Mrs. W. T. Daniel, J. W.
Noell, and Mesdames Ida Mitch
ell, E. D. Cheek, H. H. Masten,
and John Morris, Sr.
Actual breaking of the ground
was performed by the pastor, the
Rev. W. F. West, while the first
earth wtas shoveled by W. T.
Daniel, 81 year old member of the
church. Attendant at the rites was
little Miss Patsy Beam, eight
year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs.
H. M. Beam, and youngest mem
ber of the ichunch.
A feature of the program was
an address pertaining to the his
tory of the church, which was de
livered by J. W. Noell, editor of
the Roxboro Courier and for
many years a prominent Roxboro
resident and member of the
church. Prior to the beginning of
the exercises the Rev. Mr. West,
read a scriptural selection and
rendered a prayer.
Two older members of the
church who were unable to be
present were J. H. Carver and W.
T. Pass. The educational building
will be erected on the site of the
present Sunday school building,
wheih will in a few days be torn
Commencement exercises for
the sixth grade, members of which
will go next year to the seventh
grade at the high school were
held Tuesday rooming at Central
Person Democrats are urg
ed to go to Raleigh tomorrow
to attend the State conven
tion that takes place at 11
o'clock In' the morning.
R. L. Harris, our coundi
date for Lieutenant-Gov
ernor, will ,be on hand and
there should be a large num
ber of fellow citizens with
E. G. Thompson, campaign
manager for Harris, and sev
eral others are expected to
leave for Raleigh tonight.
After the convention is
over those who have attend
ed are requested to come
home and attend the meet
ing that is being held in the
oourthouse at 7:30 in behalf
of the Harris’ candidacy.
Summer School To
Begin Next Month
Registrations for a summer
school session at which both
grammar and high school work
will be carried on, began this
morning at Roxboro high school,
where the work will be done un
der the direction of Frederick R.
Moore after June 1. Those per
sons who wish to attend the
school but were not present this
morning are requested to see Mr.
Moore at any time after May 24.
Appointments may be made
with him at his residence on La
mar street or at any other place
convenient to the parties con
icemed. Work in the summer
school will range from the first
grade through high school and
may be taken by students from
any school in Person county or
The Sunbeams of First Baptist
church will meet Monday after
noon at 3:30 with Sarah Thomas
at her home on Morgan street.
G. A.’S WILL MEET
On Tuesday afternoon at 4:00
o’clock the G. A_’s of First Bap
tist church will meet with Mrs.
J. «. Walker.
"National Cotton Week”
To Be Observed In Roxboro
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County Democrats Join Dc
crats In Convention At
Many Person Democrats will
tomorrow morning attend the
state Democratic convention which
will be held at Memorial audi
torium, Raleigh. Among those ex
pected to attend will be R. B.
Dawes, recently re-elected Chair
man of the Person Democratic
Executive committee, Mayor S. F.
Nicks, Jr., who is president of the
Young Democrats, Philip L. Tho
mas, chairman of the board of
county commissioners and others,
including R. L. Harris, candidate
for nomination as Lieutenant-
Governor in the primary of next
While no limit has been set as
to the number of delegates who
may attend, it is understood that
Person will have fifteen votes in
the convention and it was pointed
out that if as many as thirty per
sons from the county attend the
gathering each one will be entitled
to a half vote.
It is the hope of party leaders
that as many members of the
organization as can arrange to do
so will attend. E. G. Thompson,
manager for Mr. Harris, has an
nounced that there will be a meet
ing of Person friends of Mr. Har
ris Friday night at the county
court house, after the return of
the delegation from Raleigh. This
meeting will be called at 7:30 and
a full attendance is desired.
At a meeting of the executive
committee of the Person Council
of Social agencies held yesterday
afternoon plans for the May meet
ing of the council, which will be
held Wednesday, the 29, were
discussed. Rev. T. M. Vick, pre
sident of the council presided.
Members of the committee also
heard a report from Mr. Vick as
to Social Agency work being done
in Rochester and other New York
cities. Plans were made for in
clusion of representatives from
all social agencies in the county,
it being pointed out that a num
ber of such organizations have
not been previously represented.
Chairman of the membership,
who has been requested to pre
sent a report at a later meeting,
is Nathan Lunsford.
Painting of Zones
Work of completely repainting
parking zone areas on the main
streets of the city, in progress all
this week, is now practically com
pleted. Restricted zones are being
marked in yellow. Other areas are
designated by white lines.
It is expected that completion
of parking zone designations will
mean a more strict enforcement
of parking regulations than has
been heretofore observed in this
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1940
“Whereas, the Professional
and Service Division of the
Woman’s Work of WPA, has
contributed materially to the
health and welfare of all our
“Whereas, the week of May
20 - 25 has been designated as
National “See for Yourself
Week” cr “This Work Pays
Our Community Week” to call
attention of the people of ev
ery community in the nation
to the service rendered by
Now, therefore, I, S. F. Nicks,
Jr., Mayor of Roxboro, by vir
tue and the power and auth
ority vested in me, do hereby
proclaim the week of May 20-
25, 1940 as “This Work Pays
Our Community” in Person
county and urge our citizens
to visit their local WPA pro
jects during that week and
obtain first hand information'
on the splendid work being
S. F. NICKS, JR., Mayor.
MAD DOG SCARE
Two Children Bitten By
Dog Believed To Have Been
Rabid. All Dogs Should
Following reports that at least
two mad dogs have been recent
ly running at large in the city,
City Manager Percy Bloxam this
morning reminded citizens of an
ordinance requiring all residents
to keep their dogs muzzled. Bebe
Daniels Knight, small daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Knight, and
Dewey Yeung, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Dewey Young, are among
those reported to have been bit
ten by a dog once belonging to
the Knights, but more recently
staying with a neighbor.
Both children are taking anti
rabies treatment. The Knight dog
was shot by Mr. Knight and a
report was yesterday received
from Raleigh confirming belief
that the animal had rabies.
Mr. Bloxam in his statement
this morning urged all citizens to
keep their dogs confined and un
der observation. Mr. Bloxam said
he is urging this action as a pro
tection both to the children and
About two weeks ago two resi
dents in the city Were report
ed to have ben bitten. Treatments
were administered and the ani
mal was killed, although no of
ficial report was obtained.
No other persons have been re
ported as being bitten.
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Thomas Long, Martin Michie,
Jr., C. A. Harris, Jr., and Bud
Thomas, Roxboro Boy Scouts have
made application for attendance
at the World’s Flair soout camp
and it is expected that they will
leave here Sunday. The boys, who
have been very active in Scout
work throughout the year, will be
away about ten days.
THE TIMES 19 PERSON 1 *
A LEADER AT ALL TIMER
Stores Featuring Cotton
Materials For Two Week
ends; Special Values On
May 17th. to May 25th. has been
officially designated as “National
Cotton Week” over the U. S. and
this week is being observed in
In today’s Times many adver
tisements may be found calling
attention to this week and to the
fact that people in this county
are asked to buy cotton goods
during Cotton Week.
Many stores of this community
are featuring cotton materials
during the week and have arran— jj
ged special values for shoppers.
Cotton goods can be found in
practically every dry goods store
in the county.
Literally the purchasing power
of everybody in the United States
is directly or indirectly affected
by the status of cotton and the
cotton growers. It is, therefore,
essential to business generally
that an ever-increasing domestic
consumption of cotton be effect
ed. Acreage for growing cottott
has now been cut to, roughly, 25
million acres which represents!
pretty nearly the irreducible
minimum if people living Oft
farms in the Cotton Belt are to be.
given a chance for earning a-Kit-—*'
ing. This restricted acreage, aIX Y
lowing for the usual abandon
ment and' average yield, is ex
pected to produce normally about"
12 million bales. In no calendar
year has domestic consumption
ever pushed through the eight mil
lion bale level. Yet, if we reckon
with the realities of export pros
pects, we are confronted with tha ■
fact that in order to restore our
American cotton economy, we
must find a market annually in
the United States for apparel,
household items, and industrial
products in any single year.
The Palace theatre is featuring'
on Monday and Tuesday of next
week a short picture entitled
“Threads of a Nation”. This pic
ture shows that inside workings
of a cotton mill.
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Short Time Yet
The census drive that is now
being staged in Roxboro is show
ing some progress. This drive i*
being waged to add extna names
to the census list and thus in
crease Roxboro’s population. First
figures released last week show
ed that Roxboro had 4,599 peoples
James Carver, who has charge
of the census here, stated that bis
staff had made every effort to
list each individual, but added
that several could have been,
missed. Books will remain open,
for several days in order that any 1
who were missed can be added. -J
People who have not ben list. -»S
ed by the census takers are urg- i|g
ed to turn in their name to theOj
Chamber of Commerce, City
Roxboro, Roxboro Courier or Per
son County Times at once. ■
Any information concemmßlii
anyone who has not been UaMjjßH
will also be appreciated by ttMp
above concerns and'«rganizationfc. A I
Accident records show that 4 y
210,200 persons were injured
motor vehicle accidents fttijH
country last year. " •!