IP IT IS NEWS ABOUT
PERSON COUNTY, YOU’LL
FIND IT IN THE TIMES.
VOLUME XI PUBLISHED EVERY SUNDAY & THURSDAY
POPPY DAY WILL
BE OBSERVED IN
CITY AND COUNTY
Commander of Lester
Blackwell Post Issues An
.. . Appeal For United Sup
port By Citizens.
Call for every veteran of the
World Wair and for all other pat
riotic citizens to wear a memor
ial poppy on Poppy Day, Satur
day, May 25, was issued today by
R. H. Shelton, of Roxboro, com
mander of the Lester Blackwell
Post of the American Legion. The
Commander’s message stated:
“Twenty-two years ago the A
merican forces in France were
beginning a series of great bat
tles which brought victory and
peace to the United States and to
the world. In those battles 50,000
young Americans gave their liv
es, and many thousands more
wounded and disabled. Those
sacrifices assured our country the
peace, freedom and democracy
we have enjoyed since 1918.
“Bright red poppies studded the
fields where those men fell and
were the only floral tribute on
their bare battle graves. In tri
bute to them we wear the poppy,
their memorial flower, on Poppy
Day each year. This year when
world events have brought home
to us forcefully the value of our
American heritage, the poppy
will have increased meaning to
Wearing that little flower will
show that we still are devoted to
the ideals for which our war
—iVrH gave their lives. 50 gallantly
twenty-two years ago.
“I am calling upon every mem
ber of The American Legion to
wear a poppy on Poppy Day, Sat
urday, May 25, and I urge other ;
citizens to show their patriotic
remembrance for the dead in a
like manner. While remembering
the dead, do not forget those who
sacrficed health and strength in
the nation’s service and the fa
milies left in need by war death
or disability. Contribute for
your flower as liberally as your
means will allow and help make
the poppy a symbol of hope for
the living as well as of honor for
WPA BANQUET IS
HELD AT HOTEL
Chief Speaker At Event
Is F. O. Carver, Jr. Offi
cials and Workers Also
Joininig WPA units throughout
the nation in observance of “This
Work Pays at Home” Week, Per
son county WPA officials and
workers, with a number of spec
ial guests, Monday night had a
dinner at Hotel Roxboro, where
chief speaker was F. O. Carver,
Jr., of the Roxboro Courier.
Acting as toastmistress was
Miss Velma Beam, Person coun
ty Home Demonstration agent.
Brief talks were made by Mrs.
T. C. Wagstaff, of the Person De
partment of Welfare, by Superin
tendent of Schools, R. B. Griffin
and by Mrs. Margaret Howard
and Mrs. Zalle Barnette, project
Among special guests were Dr.
and Mrs. Neville Isbell, of Wake
Forest Mrs. Isbell is district
supervisor for WPA.
MR. BLOXAM ILL
City Manager Percy Bloxam,
who has been ill since Saturday
at his apartment at the E. E.
Bmdsher residence, is now
improved, although he is not yet
able to be at his office.
o o o— O
On Saturday Person voters will have an opportunity
to practice what they have been preaching since last
October—to vote for Reginald Lee Harris, distinguished
Person citizen, friend and neighbor who is leading can
didate for Democratic nomination as Lieutenant-Gov
ernor of North Carolina.
Modest gentleman that he is, Mr- Harris has faith
in his Person friends and the least that we can do is to
keep that faith with him on Saturday. His election to
the office of Lieutenant-Governor will be an honor, not
only to Mr. Harris, but to Person county, and from the
county standpoint, the assurance of his election is a
matter which cannot be treated with that indifference
sometimes accorded to political affairs. The Times, all
the way from editor to office boy, urges Person citizens
to give Reg Harris that united support which he, above
all other Person residents will on Saturday deserve.
FIREMEN STAGE I
AND HEAR TALK
State Marshal Sherwood
Brockwell Makes Address
At Gathering Here.
Discussing progress made in (
North Carolina in fire prevention
during the past quarter of a cen
tury, State Fire Marshal Sher
wood Brockwell, of Raleigh, told
members of the Roxboro and Ca-j
Vel fire departments at their an
nual banquet Tuesday night at
Hotel Roxboro that increased ef
ficiency of fire departments in
that time has brought about ma.!
teral reductions in insurance ra
tes and that annual losses over the
state have been reduced from
OpO££ than eight Lilian dollars j
per year to less than five million,
with a corresponding decrease:
in less of life, from 350 per year
to 125 or less.
: Speaking more directly to the
members of the local department,
Mr. Brockwell urged the neces
sity of fire prevention, saying it
has been determined most serious
damage and less of life occurs
within three and one half min
utes after the start of a eonflaga.
tion and that it has also been es.
t,im.ated that at least four and a
half minutes are required to ans
wer a fire and set up fighting
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Mrs. S. R. Young
Passes At Home
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Funeral services for Mrs. S. R.
Younig, whose death occurred ear.
ly Monday morning at home,
were conducted Tuesday afternoon
at 2:30 at the family cemetery
near Timberlake. Surviving are
her husband, two daughters,
Misses Lucy and Beatrice Young, :
of Roxboro, and two sisters. Miss
Emma Roycroft and Mrs. H. W.
Prior to her marriage Mrs.
Young was Miss Cornelia Roy- ,
croft. She was fifty-six years of .
age and had been in declining .
health for three years. On Satur
day she was stricken with an
other stroke of paralysis and
from then until her death, on
Monday, was in a serious condi
tion. She was a member of Hel
ena Primitive Baptist church.
Pailbeares were Clifton Rob- .
erson, Frank Whisnant, Ollie
Turner .Leonard Hobgcod. Dalton
Hob|good and Arthur Dunigan,
while flowerbearers were Mes
dames Frank Whisnant, Louise
Riabertson, Leroy Honeycutt, El
sie Hobgood, and Lera Turner and
Miss Mary Hlcbgood.
Bobby Ellmore, young son of
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Ellmore, is
recovering from an appendectomy
which he underwent Tuesday a /
For the convenience of those
Person citizens who may wish
i to be informed concerning
J county returns from the De.
mccratic primary of May 25.
A. M. Long, custodian of the
court house, has announced
that he will have a telephone
i established in the court house
auditorium; that the telephone
number will be 2524; that
those persons 'having precinct
returns to make may report
them over this phone and that
the court rdem will be open so
that voters may assemble to
| hear announcements of returns,
j It is hoped that precinct re
turns will be filed as soon as
possible in order that com
plete tabulations will be quick
; ly available.
R.H. SHELTON TO
Popular Resident No Lon
ger Associated With Rox
boro Furniture Company.
R. H. Sheltcn, prominent Rox
boro business man today announ
ced that he is no longer associat
ed with the Roxboro Furniture
company, and that on or around
June 10 he will go into business
for himself and will operate a
furniture store on Main street.
Mr. Shelton, who came to this
city in 1934 has since that time!
been manager of the Roxboro j
Furniture company, Court street, I
which was and is being conduct-!
ed as a branch lef the Reidsville
Furniture company. It is under-!
stood that the local business will
be continued under J. W. Clay- 1
ton, who has been associated with*
Mr. Shelton in its management. |
Mr. Shelton, who is a native!
of Waynesville, was in business J
in Virgina and Florida with the
American Automobile assocation
prior to coming to Roxboro. Since
his arrival here he and Mrs. Shel
ton have become popular resid
ents, entering into many civic and (
social activities. They have one
sf:m, R. H. Shelton, Jr.
Mr. Shelton is now commander
of Lester Blackwell Post of the
Mr. Shelton is a member of the
Roxboro Kiwanis club and of Ed-j
gar long Memorial Methodist
R. D. BUMP ASS ILL
R. D. Bumpass, popular Rox
boro business man, is a patient at
Community hospital, where he is
receiving treatment Mr. Bumpass
was taken ill Tuesday evening
while attending the Fireman’s
banquet at Hotel Rioxboro. Mrs.
Bumpass, who has also been at
the hospital, returned to her
home the first of the week.
On The Air
R. L. Harris will address the
voters of the state tonight over
radio station W. P. T. F. at 10:00
Miss Nelson Wins
At Palace Theatre
First place winner in a beauty
contest held Tuesday night at the
Palace theatre was Miss Nobie
Sue-Nelson, who as “Miss Rox
boro” will enter a state contest.
Second honors were awarded to
Mrs. John Melvin Long, Jr.,
while winner of the title of “Lit
tle Miss Roxboro” was Julia Anne
Cribb, two year old daughter of
"Mr. and •Mrs-Roy Cribb, of this
city, who participated in a con
test for children Monday night.
Winner of first place in an am
ateur act was Miss Margaret O’-
Briant, who sang two songs. Miss
Nelson, a recent graduate of Rox
boro high school will have an
opportunity to take a screen test
at the time the state contest is
held. About sixty entrants were
in the local contests, of whom
thirty were adults participating
in the contest won by Miss Nel
In a freak accident which oc
curred Monday night about 8:30
o’clock, an automobile belonging
to Thomas J. Shaw, Jr., city edi-j
tor of the Person County Times,
rolled away from the spot where
it was parked on Abbitt ave
nue, just off Main street, cut a
cross Main street and came to a
standstill against what until that
moment had been a plate glass
window of Henry’s department
Damage to the car was slight
tout the corner window of the
store was reduced to fragments.
Noise of falling glass attracted
-many spectators, including the
owner of the oar. who had been
standing on the porch of the Ho
tel Roxboro talking to friends.
The car had been parked in posi
tion for nearly three hours. It is
thought that some one had during
that time released the emergency
brake in order to create parking
space behind the sedan. The car
behind then moved away, another
in front gave the offending car a
push, and the city editor had a
story on himself.
Insurance estimates placed
window damage at less than SIOO.
DAUGHTER IS BORN
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Pulliam
Ford, of this city, a daughter, on
Tuesday morning. May 21.
The Person county scout coun
ci helds its regular monthly
meeting Tuesday night in the of
fice of Dr. A. F. Nichols with the
president, George Cushwa presid
Present for the meeting was
Cherokee Council executive, A. P.
Patterson, of Reidsville, who an
nounced that Camp Cherokee, for
Scouts in the council of that
name, including Person, Alaman
ce, Caswell and Rockingham
counties, will open its first period
on July 7, with three weekly per
iods following after the first
week, until August 4, when the
camp will close. Person Scouts
who will be leaders will include
Lawrence Moore and Bennie
Wright, of Ca-Vel, and George
J. Cushwa, Jr., of this city.
Camp Cherokee is located about
7 miles northwest of Reidsville,
near Wentworth, and has ade
quate recreational features and
sanitation standards meeting
state requirements. Mr. Patter
son urged early registration for
the camp, since space is limited.
Advance fees, with application
blanks must be sent to him at
Reidsville. The blanks have been,
or will be, distributed to troop
leaders, he said.
Dr. Robert Long reported on
the scout camporee that was re
cently held in Roxboro.
Clyde Swartz reported on the
Negro troop that is in the process
of organiaticn. He stated that the
Negroes were making excellent
Other “reports were'made on
cubbing and a report was given
of the condition of the treasury.
Plans were discussed at the
meeting for a training course for
sccut leaders for the weekend of
Plans To Be Made Then
For Campaign To Meet
Conditions of Duke Endow
Following ia meeting of the
board of Trustees of Community
hospital Tuesday evening, Nathan
Lunsford, chairman of the board
announced that on Monday even
ing at 7:45 at his office there will
be another meeting of the board
at which plans for the cam
paign to secure funds for the re
maining indebtedness on the hos
pital will be perfected.
At this meeting it is expected
that representatives from the Wo
man’s club, the American Legion,
the Junior Order, the Rotary
club, the Kiwanis club, the Em
ployees Council at Ca-Vel, togeth
er with others not yet contacted
will be present to confer with
board members in regard to the
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Fire of undetermined origin.
Tuesday morning about four o'-
clock destroyed a filling station
on South Main street, causing
damages estimated: at about one
thousand dollars. V. W. Hall, op
erator, reported stock losses of
SSOO, while Fire Chief Henry O’-
Briant, reported that the build
ing, property of Dr. A F. Nich
ols, while not burned to the
ground, was damaiged to the ex
tent of SSOO.
The flames gained such head
way that firemen could do little
but keep the fire under control.
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1940
Harris To Address State
Voters Over Radio Tonight
Polling places in various pre
cincts in the city and oounty
will open at 7 o’clock Satur
day morning and will remain
open until 7 o’clock that ev
ening for convenience of vot
ers wishing to oast ballots in
the Democratic primary which
will be held on that date, ac
cording to announcement made
today by S. F. Nicks, Jr., chair
man of the Person County
Beard of Elections, who has
requested all voters to notice
the hours at which the polls
will be open. The hours to be
observed are different from
those followed at • the general
election in November, when
the polls will be open from
sunrise to sunset.
Work Now Being
Work of digging foundations for
the new Educational Building
being erected on the Sunday
school site of the Roxboro First
Baptist church, is now in pro
gress under the direction of Fore
man Miller, in charge of the
wiork for the George W. Kane
company, and it is expected that
the erection of the building will
go forward without hinderance.
Conference with a Kane offi
cial disclosed this morning that
the tearing away of the old Sun
day school structure is virtually
completed. The new structure will
cover this area and considerably
more. Ground breaking exercis
es, participated in by the Pastor,
the Rev. W. F. West, and by
members of the church, were
recently held and since that time
Sunday school services of the
church have been held in the au-
ditorium at Central Grammar,
It is expected that the newj
educational building will be ready
for use in the early fall.
Renovation cf the Roxboro
City hall, including office alter
nations and interior and
ior painting have today
completed and it is expected that
improvements made will contri
bute to efficiency of operation of
the office, as well as to the com
fort of those who use it.
Glass partitions have been used
to create Offices for City Man
ager Percy Bloxam and Mrs.
Hattie Carver, secretary, and fil
ing and counter space has been
provided in the front where col
lections are received. Sanitary fa
cilities, in the rear of the build
ing, have also been modernized',
while the outside front has been
repainted, as has the adjacent
CAKE SALE SPONSORED
Members of Miss Claire Harris’
Sunday School class, of Edgar
Long Memorial church, will hold
a cake sale as a benefit for the
class benevolences at 9:30 o’clock
Saturday morning at the Palace
theatre. Orders may toe placed in
advance toy calling Mrs. Jack
Strum, who has announced that
whale or half cakes may be or.
THE TIMES IS PERSON 1 * _
PREMIER NEWSPAPBftf .
A LEADER AT ALL TIME*
Chamber of Commerce To
Assist In Getting Voters To
Polls In Order To Swell
R. L. Harris, Person county's
candidate far Lieutentmt-Gover
nor, will broadcast tonight at
10:00 p. m. over radio station W.
P. T. F. in Raleigh.
Prior to this time he will speak
over radio stations WRAL, Ra
leigh; WSTP, Salisbury; WAIR,
Winsticn-Salem; WSOC, Charlotte
at 7:00 p. m.
Mr. Harris will use about
eleven minutes for his talk.
Honorable William Umstead,
former Congressman of Durham,
will introduce Mr. Harris.
The speaker of the evening has
made no announcement concern.*
i ing what he will talk about.
In connection with the Harris
| Candidacy, E. G. Thompson, man
i ager of his campaign, requests
that all people who are willing
to use their cars Saturday for the
purpose of taking people to the
polls to vote for Mr. Harris, to
register their names with the
Chamber of Commerce. He also
stated that the Chamber of Com
merce would be glad to furnish
transportation to any person who
wished to vote for Mr. Harris and
had no way to get to the polls.
Call phone number 3671 for
Roxboro Chamber of Commerce-
R. L GRINSTEAD
KILLED BY BOLT
Orange County Youth of
Cedar Grove Community
Instantly Killed By Lightn
ing Monday Afternoon.
Funeral services for Robert Le
wis Grinstoaid, 13, who was kill
ed by lightning about two miles
northeast of Cedar Grove school.
Orange county, last Monday af
ternoon, when he, his father and
two brothers sought shelter at a
shed during a severe electrical
storm, were conducted Tuesday
afternoon at 3 o’clock at Mill
Crtek Baptist church, with the
pasor, Rev. J. F. Funderburke,
in charge of the rites. Interment
was in the church cemetery.
Reports of the accident reached
this city about eight o’clock Mon
day night, although the tragedy
occurred about five o’clock in the
afternoon. The lightning appar
ently struck an electric line lead
ing into a barn near the shed
where the boy and his compan
ions had taken refuge, and then
arced to the metal roof of the
shed and traveled down the wall
of the shed, passing where tha
boy was leaning against the walL
Although, the father, C. C. Grin
stead, two brothers and a Negro
helper, suffered only from shock
and did not require medical treat,
men, the boy was instantly kill
It was reported that the Grin
steads and their helper were
working in a nearby field when
the storm approached.
Surviving are the boy’s parents,
Mr. and l Mrs. C. C. Grinstead,
six sisters, Mrs. Hattie Mae Cham
bers, of Hurdle Mills, Mrs. A’mi
Lee Sharpe, of Burlington, Mrs.
Violet Gray, of Durham, and
Misses Mildred, Mary J-> and
Bobbie Grinstead, of the home,
and five brothers, George Pres
ton, Roy Clifton, Josie, Bennie and
Bedford Grinstead, also of the
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The Highway Safety Division
has revoked 27,367 North Caro,
line driver* Hoenae* since IMS.