, . ' . v . . , . j .; . ..'.a. , .. I i. v . . . r ' V 111 P1EUIMANS WEE T IF V i Volume II-Number 34. Paving Causeway ruzzlmff to ung " jf. Present Improvements Should Remedy Sink ing of Road ALWAYPROBLEM Ferry and Floating Bridge In Old Days Recalled The tops of the tall cypress trees on either side of the road through the causeway just outside of the Town of Hertford leaning to almost form an arch above the road have always seemed to indicate that the soil in which the roots of the trees are set lacks firmness. Engineers of the North Carolina State Highway Commission who planned the hard surfacing of this bit of road in 1925 took into consid eration this condition when they specified a foundation of deeply driv en piles to support the steel-reinforced concrete surface. But for all their pains, the sup port was insufficient, and sections of the road began some years ago to k settle, until it became increasingly evident that the road was unsafe and this year steps were taken to correct the trouble. The work being done at present is something more than repairing. It carries out the former idea of the engineering project, but in a more intensified manner. The idea of building a foundation of closely driv en piling at a great depth on which to rest the steel-reinforced concrete pavement is a most ingenious bit of engineering. But whereas the- orig inal plan included the driving of only two rows of piles in the road, with concrete caps and steel-reinforced concrete surfacing, the plan now be ing, put into effect places three ad ditional rows of heavy cypress piles at 11-foot intervals, driven in some instances to a depth of as much as 55 feet. The "caps': referred to are formed by cutting off the piles ' sev eral feet below the surface of thf ground and forming a pit extending several feet around the top of the Bile, the pit being formed of con crete. When this is dried sufficient ly there is placed over the entire surface a heavy network of steel Concrete is then poured over the en tire network, filling in the pit and covering the steel. That there is quicksand far below the surface of the causeway has long been suspected by those familiar with the road. If this condition exists only in certain spots, however, there is everv probability that the rein forcement made to the original foun dation should take care of the trouble. The causeway, that stretch of tree- lined marsh land which has excited so much comment and admiration, on either side of which for a mile is af forded a view of the picturesque Perquimans River,, was first utilized as a road when the old ferry which used to be operated across the river to "Phelps Point," where Hertford now stands, was discarded for the "float bridge." The causeway was covered with water at high tide. The construct ' inc of a road through the narrow stretch of low land was a problem, even when to build abroad , meant onlv the reinf orcement of the 'na tural soil with extra dirt hauled, upon- it, and the laying of poles-acros the deep places. They say tnai enougn (yirt has been hauled upon the .toad of the old causeway to form a small mountain if it had not sunk. The road wasn't so bad, as roads nt. in those days.) There were no automobiles to get stuck. . Probably one of the reasons why there was no more complaint of the road then was TiMird was because the citizens ' re membered the inconvenience of the ' ferry which the7' road through the causeway and - the ' .float bridge re- - placed. ' ' ' j ; . . ' The float bridge was unique ar rangement, constructed on e:rpty barrels, which 'kept the atrr.'.are afloat And. if somet!;s Ur"i ' balked or refused to be d '.ven en V ' bridge, at least tie t- il- ways there and the traveler fed not have to wait for a ferry.- He was glad to lead his horse upon the rude bridge. '' The ferry probably landed George Washington in Hertford, unless he made his trips through the country where he owned farm lands by boat The ferry had been In use "since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary" and was in use' until after the Civil V.rar. An old l-7 v, eome years ago clt')! 1 ( t 1-r ere We fct 1 " M i ' ' ' 1 c - ' " T (C ' ' ) '.A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY Hertford, ineers BRIDEGROOM DR. T. P. BRINN, Dr. Thomas treston Brinn, promi nent young Hertford physician, whose marriage to Miss Mary Embry Glas son, of Durham, took place in the Duke University Chapel, Durham, on Tuesday of this week. MAYOR E. L. REED ORDERS WEEDS CUT Unless Owners Cooperate, Work Will Be Done By City Employes and Charged as Taxes Mayor E. L. Reed is giving notice in today's issue of The Perquimans Weekly that weeds must be cut down on property in the Town of Hertford. There are comparatively few va cant lots within the town limits, but there are several spots which are unsightly because of the growth of weeds. These places must be clean ed up. If the owners do not have the work done, the Town will do the work and charge the cost to the own ers, including the amount in the taxes due. This is in accordance with a Town Ordinance which pro vides for this procedure- So no weeds or undergrowth will be left to grow on town property. William Crawford Speaker At Rotary Cadet William R. Crawford, of West Point, who is spending his sum mer vacation with his mother, Mrs. L. R. Crawford, in Hertford, w; guest speaker at the Rotary CI meeting on Tuesday night Cadet Crawford's remarks, which were both entertaining and enlight ending, concerned the activities of the Military Academy. He gave a gene ral outline of the academic affairs, speaking briefly of the mode of dis cipline and the hours of work. In the class with Cadet Crawford were orginally enrolled 440 men, of which approximately 25 per cent have been eliminated, most of the elimi nations being due to academic fail pres. The Rotarians expressed them selves as delighted with Cadet. Craw ford's contribution to the program -JPresidentr Luther H. .1 Butler, who presided! announced that, contrary to the previous procedure of naming one Rotarian as - head of the program committee for an entire year, he was placing four on tills committee, each one to be responsible ; for the pro- gram for a period of three months. Silas M. Whedbee will serve the first three months, F. T. Johnson, the se cond, A. W. Hefren the third and D. S. Darden the ofurth. : The only absentees on Tuesday night were Tim Brinn, Chas. Whed bee, Silas M. Whedbee, and $. N. times. .' - . " ' ' - '' !:..- -V-v-' lit nii ni- linn i r 1 i ; ' Attend Brinn-Ghsscn Vdanff In Durham ': Hertford r people . attending the trinn-Glasson wedding, which took 'z9 in the Duke University Chapel, L;ham, on Tuesday, included the : a trcthers of the . bridegroom, lwLert VI. and Jack Brinns Mrs. Beverly Tucker and her daughter, Miss -Anna Penelope T Tucker, and Miss Esther Evans. A Lyman Shepherd On - State Jlfehway Patrol Lyman Shepherd, of Hertford, who has been in training for a position on V i I'-l'i C !Ir.a f te Eirhway fr'. I : ( , t t Z7il weeks, i - 1 L'j t jns saticfac- t t 1 t'I ti f' .i roslon a bib Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, August 23, 1935. WHITE SCHOOLS IN TO OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 18 Opening of the Colored Schools Delayed to September 30 NEWCOACH Carl Rogers of Massa chusetts In Charge Of Athletics September 18 is the date set for the opening of the white schools of Per quimans County, according to County Superintendent of Education F. T. Johnson, who returned this week from his vacation spent in Western North Carolina. The colored schools will not open until September 30. Mr. Johnson reports that he has secured a new science teacher and athletic coach for the Perquimans High School, in the person of Carl Rogers, of Natick, Mass. Mr. Rogers is a graduate of Springfield College, in Massachusetts. He comes highly recommended by former Coach Hughes, who resigned the position in Perquimans to take a similar one at Maury High School in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Rogers made an outstanding record in athletics at Springfield. He has been director of athletics in a boys' camp in Massachusetts this summer. T HIT OR MISS They were on a house party at Nags Head, several young married couples of Hertford. At the cottage where they were staying there is a shower bath in a small inclosure off -the back porch, the shower being op erated by means of a pump outside the inclosure which is worked by hand. One of the ladies, the most timid one of the group by the way, whose pet aversion is snakes, went in to take a shower after her dip in the ocean. The small room was dark, there being very little means of lighting the place, and the bather had discarded her bath suit and was under the shower before she spied the five-foot snake on the floor. erhaps the rest of the story may st be left to the imagination, but he lady says it was a fortunate thing for her that it was her husband manipulating that pump outside where her bath robe was hanging. A grasshopper lighted on Bill Jor dan one night last week and he thought the big creature was a mos quito. I wonder if mosquitoes do grow to the size of grasshoppers in Bagleys Swamp. "Hello!" responded B. C. Bery when the telephone at Morgan's Modern Grocery rang one day last week. "Number Ten," came the voice over the wire, "please tell me what time is it." Mr. Berry obligingly gave the requested information, but he didn't know what had happened at the other end of the wire. It seems that Mrs. T. S. White had a new maid. Every day the girl had heard Mrs. White take down the receiver and ask for Number Ten. The giil, unaccustomed to using the telephone, thought that was a necessary part of the procedure, and when Mrs. White instructed her to call over tho tele phone and ask the time, she just ask ed for Number Ten, as she had heard Mrs. White do.' "She's been looking for you to come like a thief in the nightr That was what an old colored woman told Miss Maude Prigden who went to call on one of the girls of her home econom ica class last week.; The young lady's home project is home beautiftcation, and it seems that for some time she has been all prepared for the, super visory visit of her teacher. -Kiss Prigden reports that she found everything in shipe shape,, al though Ae didn!t go "like a thief inJ the night" 1 x , Church C3 Allowed To : Hold Revival Meetings According to jra -. aimouncement made by- Dr G. A. Davennort.' actlnsr health' officer of Perquimans County,1 the order forbidding1 the holding of revival, meeting in the county on ac count of the darker cf spreading in fantile paraly&.a Las ceen revoked.; The i:' j cf e.!s restriction will r tt ( ...i f - -y, Ar t 3. COUNTY MM. A I GROUP SEEKING ROAD NOW PLAN TRIP TORALEIGH Will Present Petition to State Highway Com mission MANY SIGN Calculated to Be Link In Road If Bridge Is Erected A delegation of representative citi zens, including a number of residents of Durants Neck, will go to Raleigh during the first week in September to appeal to the State Highway and Public Works Commission to extend the hard surface road from New Hope to Durants Neck. To a petition circulated by Mr. and Mrs C. W. Griffin, prominent Du rants Neck residents, hundreds of names of prominent Perquimans citi zens have been signed. This will be presented to the commission. It has been suggested that, not only would the extension of this road to Durants Neck give an outlet for the more than a hundred families iso lated by bad roads at times during the winter months, but that it might serve as a link in connecting a bridge aeross the Albemarle Sound, in the event it should be decided to build this bridge, with the hard surfaced road at New Hope, which leads to Hertford. It has been suggested, in connec tion with the three-bridge state pro ject, one to cross the Alligator River, one to cross Croatan Sound and the other to cross the Albemarle Sound, that the bridge across the Albemarle Sound be built from a point in Tyr rell County to Reed's Point, which is a part of Durants Neck, in Perqui mans. In the event it should be decided to build this bridge across the Albe marle Sound at this point, the hard surfacing of the Durants Neck Road, which the residents of Perquimans have been urging, would become a Slate project, instead of a county project. Promoters of the idea to build the hard-surfaced road in Durants Neck have stated that the idea is a county project and not a community affair. Hertford Physician Married On Tuesday Miss Mary Embry Glasson, daugh ter of Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Glasson of Duke University, Durham, was married to Dr. Thomas Preston Brinn son of Mrs. J. T. Brinn and the late Mr. J. T. Brinn of Hertford on Tues day morning at 11:00. The wedding took place in the Duke University Chapel with only members of the two families present. Rev. W. A. Stan bury, former pastor of the Duke Me morial Church, Durham, performed the ceremony. The bride entered on the arm of her father to the strains of the bri dal march from Lohengrin. She wore a Bermuda blue crepe suit with navy blue accessories and a shoulder cor sage of white gardenias. During the ceremony Meditation from Thais was softly played, and afterwards, as a recessional, Mendelssohn's Wed ding March. Paul D. Robinson, Duke University organist, furnished the music for the ceremony; and immed iately following, Anton Brees, caril loneur of the Bok Tower in Flordia, played Ah Sweet Mystery of Life on the Duke University Chapel caril lon. Mrs. Brinn was graduated from Duke University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She received her M. A. from Duke in 1934. For, the past several years she has been head of the science de partment in the : Perquimans High School at Hertford. Dr. Brinn was graduated from the University of North Carolina, took two years in medicine there, and re ceived his M D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta KppaJnd of Phi Chi, med ical fraternity, fle. has. for several years, been, practicing - medicine in Hifbri;;5 i ; :.',;. The couple will be at home in Hert ford, North Carolina afjtet September K" "'' .i.... UNDERGOES OPERATION FOR APPENDICITIS IN E. CITY .Mattie. the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Reed, who live, near Hertford, wa taketv to the Albemarle Hqspital fit Elizabeth City on Sunday, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. The ' little girl's condition is . reported as very satis factory. ' , t Judge Cracks. Down On Drunken Drivers HAT IN RING DB. RALPH Mcdonald Dr. Ralph W. McDonald, of Winston-Salem, leader of the antisales bloc and champion of the schools in the 1935 General Assembly, has an nounced his candidacy for the Demo cratic nomination for governor of North Carolina. In his brief announcement Dr. Mc Donald calls for a definite choice be tween "machine government for the benefit of the few" and "genuine de mocratic government for the benefit of all." Dr McDonald stated that he is un concerned over reports that an unli mited amount of money would be spent in an effort to defeat him. "I have had that experience before," said McDonald. "The day when a North Carolina election could be bought is gone forever." DRUG STORE SOLD TO FRANKLIN MAN Louis Anderson Sells "Anderson's on the Corner" to J. G. Roberson This Week Anderson's Drug Store, known as "Anderson's on the corner", has been sold to J. G. Roberson, of Franklin, Va. The deal was consummated this week and the new owner has already assumed control. Mr. Roberson, the new owner of the drug store, is a registered pha racist. Mr. Roberson's wife, who was the t'orrr.Dr Miss Laura Spivey, is a na tive of Perquimans County. She is a sister of Mrs. Herman Winslow, of Hertford. Miss Maude Pridgen Back From Vacation Miss Maude Pridgen, who has charge of the Home Economics De partment of the Perquimans High School for the past five years, has re turned from her vacation and resum ed her duties in connection with home economics. Miss Prigden's program of work this summer includes the supervision of the home projects which the girls of the Home Economics class of the school are engaging in this summer. There are numerous projects, includ ing home beautification, canning and preserving, house management, and family relationships. Miss Prigden will visit in the homes of the girls and supervise the work being done before the opening of the school in September. House Party Returns w. From Nasrs HeadJonn3on chas- E- Johnson, d. s. The members of a house party composed of Hertford folks came up from Nags Head Sunday after a week spent at the popular resort. Those in the party included Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson and their son, Har rell; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E- John son, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Raper, Misses Marian Raper, Edith Everett and Martha Elisabeth Jordan; Clarke Stokes, Edison Harris and Jaift.es Divers. Mer Mrs. T. W. Perry Dies At Kitty Hawk Mrs. W. S. PerrrV of Kitty Hawk, a sister of Mrs. T. w. ferry of Hert ford, died at her home v after a long illness on Tuesday night-JIrs. .T. W. Perry, Who had been called sisters bedside a few days previous ly, was with her sister at the last Funeral services for Mrs. Perry took place at Kitty Hawk on Thurs day and. buried, followed in the fami ly burying ground, r ' Mrs. Perry, who was W years of age, had been sick for a long; t!ss, $1.25 Per Year Says Driving While Drunk Worst Menace To Human Life ROAD SENTENCE Mr. Oakey In Drive Will Not Impose Only Fines Taking the position that the drunk en driver of an automobile is one of the most serious menaces to human life that we have in North Carolina today, Judge Walter H. Oakey, Jr., in Recorder's Court on Tuesday sen tenced Will Spruill, well known Hert ford resident, to 60 days in jail, to be hired on the roads, and fined him $50, taxing him also with the court costs, and in addition revoked Mr. SpraiU's driving license for the period of one year. Mr. Spruill appealed to Superior Court. "It is just a blessing of God Al mighty that you did not kill some child instead of running into a truck and doing only minor damage," stat ed Judge Oakey to Mr. Spruill, who plead guilty to the charge of driving while drunk, pleading not guilty to the charge of reckless driving. He was convicted, however, o the latter charge, when evidence was intro duced to show that he was driving down Grubb street at an excessive rate of speed. "I must say," continued Judge Oakey, "that if you people who get into cars and drive while under the influence of liquor would kill only yourselves there wouldn't be so much damage done. When you kill inno cent people, however, it is a tragedy. The courts of North Carolina do not seem to take enough notice of these tragedies." In referring to the circumstances of the death of the late Dr. G. E. Newby, of Hertford, Judge Oakey said, "One of the finest men who ever lived in this county was killed only a few weeks ago by a man who got under the wheel of an automo bile while drunk."' "I have thought this over careful ly," continued Judge Oakey, "and I have decided that as long as I am on this bench I am going to try to do something to protect the people. There have been over a thousand per sons killed on the highways of this State already this year. I want the people of this county to realize that any one convicted in this court of driving while under the influence of liquor is going to get a jail snetence, or a road sentence- I don't care who it is, if it is my own brother." "It is just as dangerous," he said, "to drive an automobile while drunk as it would be for a man to run up and down the street shooting a gun with his eyes shut." Winners Named In Stewardship Contest Mabel Spivey, of Hertford, was the winner in the Stewardship Contest, representing the Girls Auxiliary, and Pencie Ward, of Bethal, was the win ner for the Young Woman's Auxili ary, at the county-wide meeting, .of the Woman's Missionary Society of the Baptist Church held at Mt. Sinai on Wednesday. Among the Hertford ladies attend ing were Mesdames J. E. Everett, C. W. Reed, B. W. Thach, Mark Grego ry, Robert White, J. H. Pruden, Matt Mathews, Ellie White, Sidney Brouo-hton. R. L. Jordan. Charles vempsey, i. r- rerry, v. a. nuiarcn, Reginald Tucker, L. N. Hollowell, Carlton Cannon, T. L. Jessup, D. Spi vey, H. T. Broughton, Josiah Elliott, Charles Elliott, S. T. Sutton, E. W. Mayes, J. J. Fleetwood, C. R. Holmes, and Misses Margaret Marde, Lucille Sutton and Bertha Chappell. Winslows Entertain Friends On Yacht Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow, of Winfall, are entertaining a party of friends on their yacht "Gypsy" at. Nags Head this week. The party, composed of Mr. and Mrs. Winslow, Miss Mary Webb, Miss Ruth Hollo well, Miss Ruth Hasel i Ward and Ashley Fieetewood, left Hertford on Saturday night. They expect to re turn on imaay pi tnia week. JORDAtfvjXILDBEN 'IMPROVING ; MargawOmdMilton, children of Mr. and Mrs. W. ltfoidan, Who have ' been aick with an attackormalaria, ' are improving, lira. Jordan and Ed : , ward are still confined to their beds,;;; riTT-rinj from malaria.