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Volume II-Number 34.
Paving Causeway
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Present Improvements
Should Remedy Sink
ing of Road
Ferry and Floating
Bridge In Old Days
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
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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.
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
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. .' - .
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-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,
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t t 1 t'I ti f' .i roslon
Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, August 23, 1935.
Opening of the Colored
Schools Delayed to
September 30
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
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
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.
Will Present Petition to
State Highway Com
mission MANY SIGN
Calculated to Be Link In
Road If Bridge Is
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
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
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
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.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
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."
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Mr. Oakey In Drive Will
Not Impose Only
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
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.
; 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.

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