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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
"Volume. HI. Number 32.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, August 7, 1936.
$1.25 Per Year
TO HEAR SOUND
Hoped to Clear Mystery
Of WieM Moans and !
Negro's Faint and Shrill
Voice Not That of
Two deaf mates appearing in Py
quimans Recorder's Court on Tues
day provided both pathos and humor
in the unusual situation which arose
.as Hilliary Bogue, Jr., , a Negro
.youth, took the sUnd o testify
-against his father in a case wherein
it was charged the father had as
saulted his deaf and dumb son with
"Dummy' Felton, a well-known
colored! youth, who has become very
friendly vwith the f Bogue .boy since
montns ago, and who was sworo to
interpret the-- testimony ot th;jwit
ness to the couiVis not! only ctiaver
ant with the deaf , and. dumb alphas
bet. and can. read and. write, but he
has learned to utter , sounds? .and to
trticulate a great many, words so as
3makft himself understood in con
versation. He was eloquent in pan
tomime and significant gesticulations
as be attempted to interpret the de
scription of the length and size of
the stick with which it was charged
the boy was attaojfed by his father.
The alleged victim of the assault,
a sixteen-year-old boy, though ap
parently . willing to exhibit . scars
which were alleged to have been
made by his father, was either re
luctant to testify against his father
or was puxxled by the questions.; On
more thav one occasion when the
boy indicated "no" or "I don't know,"
"Diamffy a vehenrat "m - Ms
statements, "He told me so."
The boy swore, through his inter
preter, that his father had hit him
with a stick and testified as to the
size of the stick.
"Said it was him holler at hotel'
stated "Dummy." This statement
was in reference to the strange and
awful cries which guests of the Hotel
Hertford reported hearing one night
last week. "All the time, all the
time," was "Dummy's" repley to the
question, how many times has his
father whipped him?
The crowd of . spectators in the
courtroom indicated their awareness
of the dramatic nature ' of the trial
by perfect silence. As court officers
endeavored to induce the Bogue boy
to holler, to keep whatever noise he
Was capable of making,' each ; man
present seemed to hold his breath as
they waited for the cry which it was
thought might clear-up the mystery
of the strange cries which have so
startled .residents of Hertford in the
dead hours of the jiigbt in recent
weeks. )"- , r , '-
As a climax this i was r a' distinct
disappointment. The . "cries which
have been described by., Hertford
folks who have'had their slumbers
rudely 4isturbed, and which : have
been described as moans and groans,
as cries of a human being in mortal
agony, in no way resembles the faint,
shrill sound made by Hilliary Bogue.
The defendant took the stand in
his own defense, and while he ad
mitted that he could not control his
son, that he stayed out for days at
a time,' or returned lte at night,
tint he had never one time whipped
Bogue's good reputation was set
forth by J. M. .White, of the White
Lasaiter Lumber Company, and stood
himin good stead. Mr. White atat
edf that the man had worked for the
company for more than 80 years and
t he was a good and honest work
er, and that he believed he took- care
of his family. - However; Mr. While
stated that he knew nothing of .the
. man's domestic affairs, though he
did not believe he could control his
son and thought it would be well if
the boy could be placed in an insti
. -tntion. The verdict was. not guilty.
iU N: Hollowell Breaks!
4 Nevr Car Sales Record
' L. N. Hollowell, head of the Hollo
well Chevrolet Company, one of the
oldest automobile dealers in this sec
tion of the; State, saya ; his j July
! sales of new cars was the 'largest
:that his : company has had in any
I one raori durirj ihtit nine years
tn t ' uVroict l jne-3. -Naturtl'
' ly, f I!r. C". . '1, I 3 i j r-r--
' . :or3, i July u i.3 fL.
o '.(ft 'r . r ' "y.
Second Floor Now Being Turned
Into .Attractive Department for
Extensive improvements are being
made in the store of Simon's. The
work of enlarging the store got un
der way this week, and the entire in
terior will be improved and re
modeled. The second floor of the building,
heretofore used only as a storage for
Stock is to be made into an attrac
tive ladies' ready-to-wear depart
ment, with ample space for showing
the full line of dresses, suits, coats
and lingerie. Mrs. Jake White's Mil
linery Store will also be on this floor.
The remodeling plans include
dressing rooms and rest rooms.
The first floor will be devoted to
men's wear and shoes.
For some time, Mr. Rutenberg
says, he has been badly cramped for
space, and as his business has ex
panded and his stock has' been en
larged to meet the demands, the
present quarters are entirely inade
Within the nex tthree weeks Mr.
Rutenberg expects to make a trip to
New York, where he will purchase a
new line of fall goods.
Mr. Rutenberg's step-son, W. Al
fred Williams, who has been with
the Continental Insurance Co. for the
past four years, has resigned his
position, and will be associated with
Miss Maude Pridgen
Resigns As Teacher
When Perquimans County schools
open on September 16 there will be
at least two new teachers in the
Perquimans High School.
Miss Maude Pridgen, who for six
years has taught home economics,
resigned this week. Miss Pridgen
will teach in Hendersonvflle.
Miss Nancy Woods, who for a
number of years taught Latin and
coached girls' athletics, resigned
some weeks ago and, will teach-in
her home city of Greensboro.
Both of these vacancies are to be
filled, but no announcement will be
forthcoming as to this until the re
turn from Canada of Superintendent
F. T. Johnson, which : will probably
be the latter part of next week.
Three of the county teachers have
resigned. They are Mrs. H. T. Bond,
who taught at Bethel; Mrs. Wendell
Mathews, who taught at Ballahack,
and Miss. Helen Morgan, who taught
at New Hope. " With the consolida
tion of six schools on the north side
of Perquimans River, it is probable
that- fewer teachers will be required
in the county, so that there may be
no teachers employed to replace
those who have resigned.
little Boy Injured
By Bicycle Rider
Clinton Trueblood, the nine-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton
Trueblood, of Winf all, suffered a
concussion of the brain on Saturday
when he was struck and knocked
down "by a bicycle ridden by Bob
.Dr. C. A. Davenport attended the
child, who was reported as recover
ing on Wednesday. '
Revival At Chappell's
Hill Begins August 17
The' annual revival meeting of the
Channel! Hill Baptist Church will be
gin this year at 8 p. m. ; on Monday
afternoon; after the Third Sunday in
this month; : It will continue through
out 'the week, concluding on the
Fourth Sunday afternoon, with two
services each day, the hours being 8
p. m.; and. 8:1$ p. m. The preaching
will, be done by Rev. Frank ; Cale.
The music win be in charge of the
pastor, Rev. W. J T. C Briggs. A
cordial' welcome ;ls extended to the
general public te atten each of
Again Selected f As
Keeper County Home
Simon tailings,, for more than 30
years keeper of the Comity Home in
Perquimans, was again appointed by
the Board of Commissioners, at their
regular meeting on Monday, as keep
er. The appintment is for one year.
' Mrs. R. T. White 1 entertained fa
number , of her fricncla at ; dinner on
Saturday even?? -r at ; hor home " on
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? r"' b included
.7,- c ' Greensboro:
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AAA OFFERS NEW
Planting of Soil Conser
vation Crops Now
Changes Enable Farm
ers Secure Maximum
An announcement made this week
by the Department of Agriculture
will be of interest to Perquimans
farmers, in that, two additional op
portunities are given for qualifying
for full payment under the soil con
servation act, as a result of amend
ments to the original program.
The date to which soil conservation
crops may be planted has been ex
tended to Septemberl, and corn and
other crops heretofore classed as
soil depleting have been classed as
soil conserving for 1936 only, be
cause of shortage of these crops
caused by drought.
The changes combined should
make it easy for every farmer to
obtain the maximum payments under
the soil conservation act.
The announcement follows:
"Attempting further to encourage
the production of soil-conserving
crops and to assist farmers in plant
ing such crops on land that might
otherwise be left bare this winter,
the Agriculture Adjustment Admin
istration announced today two new
provisions of the 1936 agriculture
conservation program for the East
"One change allows farmers to
qualify land to be classified as soil
conserving if seeded to soil-conserving
crops up to September 1, 1936,
provided no soil depleting crop is
harvested from the land in 1936.
This provision, will enable many
farmers to jncrease their soil build
ing allowable and earn additional
soil building payments. Also, it will
afford farmers an opportunity to
meet the minimum requirements for
soil-conserving acreage on their
farms aswell as the requirements for
new seedlings or soil-conserving
crops in 1936.
"In addition, the classification of
soil-conserving crops has been made
to include sowed corn, when plowed
or disced under and spring seeded
small grains for 1936 only including
spring oats, barley, buckwheat, and
grain mixtures, grown in combina
tion with or immediately followed by
a legume. Previously these crops
had been classified as soil depleteing.
"The other new provision permits
soil building payments to be made
in connection with the seeding of
perennial grasses, or growing green
manure crops, within the limit of the
soil building allowance for the farm,
on land on which there has been
failure of a legume of perennial
grass crop seeded earlier in the year.
"For exmaple, a producer who
seeded a field to lespedeza or clover
on which there was a failure may
carry out an additional practice by
seeding alfalfa or turning under a
green manure crop on the same field
in August or September and receive
payment for both practices, within
the limit of the soil building allowance."
Mrs. Emily Chappell
Mrs. Emily Anne - Chappell, ' 93,
widow of the late Thomas F. Chap
pell, died at her home in the Hunters
Fork , section ;' of the county, early
Tuesday morning. Funera ttervices
took place at the Hunters : Fmik
Church, with the Rev. Mrs. Elisabeth
White, pastor of the Up River
Friends ' Church, officiating, and bu
rial took place Wednesday after
noon in the family burying ground
near the home. '
Surviving Mrs; Chappell are six
daughters, Mrs. David F. White and
Mrs. James Davis, both of Wilming
ton Del.; Mrs. Edward Carey, of
Media; Pa.; Miss Sarah k Elizabeth
Chappell' and Mrs. R: O. Chappell, of
Tyner; and Mrs. ' Rj; C. Howitt, of
Elizabeth City; and one son, Jesse
E. Chappell, of Tyner. - ' v;
JOINT HOSTESSES ENTERTAIN
LADIES OF CHAPANOKE CLUB
:MW H;EWott;Mrs.5. Roy
Pierce and Mh" lillian Bright were
joint hostesses, at the home - of the
former, to the ladies of the Chapa
noke Home Demonstration - Club on
Tuesday afternoon. tH
The President, Miss Mildred Lewis,
presided, and very interesting pro
gram was rendered. 'Thirty-three
members were "present. ,'. v . 1
Cwlkious refreshment were serf
el at th ch.ef Ce program. '
Former Slave Recalls
Seeing Soldiers In
NOW ON RELIEF
Figures Age By The
Big Snow" In 1857;
He saw General Sherman's army,
on its famous march to the sea, and
he remembers well how the soldiers
looked as they marched through the
City of Greensboro, where he lived.
He saw Governor Zebulon B. Vance,
heard him make speeches before he
wis elected Governor.
Uncle Thompson Cunningham, 91
years old now and a resident of Per
quimans for nearly seventy years,
wsjs a slave, owned by Milton Cun
ningham, of Guilford County.
fio record was kept of Uncle
Taompson's age, but he reckons it
frim "The Big Snow," which came in
th year 1857. Everybody has heard
of J "The Big Snow," when fences
were covered and the roads were not
discernible and snow lay on the
ground for many weeks. No other
snow like that has ever fallen since.
They say there were chinquapin trees
in 'this section until that year when
they were killed by the long cold
spell. All the old folks referred to
"The Big Snow" as the great event
of that time. Few indeed remember
Uncle Thompson says his master
died that year, in January, and then
all but about half a dozen of the 75
slaves on the plantation were hired
out; that is, all who were twelve
years old. He lacked six months be
ing twelve, he says, but he was hired
oute with the rest, living in the City
of Greensboro for several years.
It was during that period that he
saw Governor Vance and other Sou
thern celebrities, and it was also
during that period that he saw Gen
eral Sherman's army on its famous
When Thompson was taken sick he
was sent back to his "Old Mistress."
"I fared good," said Uncle Thomp
son, reminiscently, "all my white
folks treated me good." Asked if
he had ever been whipped, he replied
only once, and the man was drunk
who whipped him.
Continuing, Uncle Thompson said,
"Old Mistress come out and told us
we were free." "It was April, 1 re
member," he said, "and she said we
could all go now, she said we were
free. But we didn't leave. We stay
ed right on there just as long as Old
Uncle Thompson can read and
write. He was taught to read by
one of the men to whom he was
hired, he said- "Yes, I got as fas ae
Baker." It will be remembered that
the old "Blue Back Speller" was the
book from which they learned to
read in those days. "As far as Bak
er" was a frequent expression of the
old folks and marked a definite
period in the course of study.
Uncle Thompson came to Perqui
mans with forty other Guilford
County Negroes to work on the
farm of the late Thomas Skinner in
Harveys Neck, in the year 1870. He
never went back. He married Annie
Skinner, who belonged to the Skin
ner family, and she has spent her
entire life in the neighborhood. onl
leaving the county twice in her life.
She went on an excursion to Nor
folk "when the railroad was first
built." ,Tha twas in the year 1882.
Once afterwards she went to Wash
ington County to visit.
At ninety-one Uncle Thompson
gets around remarkably well, but he
is feeble and he is blind in one eye.
His only son, who was his main
support, died last year. Uncle
Thompson came to town on Tuesday
to get the two dollars monthly al
lowance which the county provides.
Sometimes he gets something to eat
from the relief office.
Elizabeth Darden In
In addition to the many exciting
experiences of Elizabeth, the ten-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
D. S. Darden, who accompanied her
parents and her sister to the Texas
Centennial, 'at Dallas, this v summer,
she had the, thrill of taking part in
a radio broadcast. It was at Mus
kogee, Oklahoma, where the Dardens
stopped over for a visit to the fam
ily of Mrs. Darden'a sister, Mrs. W.
H. Jenkins, that Elittbethplayed a
piano sole as a 'part of a special
CONTRACT LET FOR
SCHOOL THIS MONTH
State School Commission Notified By
Superintendent F. T. Jqhnson
That All Is In Readiness
The contract to build the consoli-!
dated school at Winfall will pro
bably be let the latter part of the
month, as Superintendent of Educa
tion F. T. Johnson, following a meet
ing of the Board of Education on
Monday, notified the State School
Commission that all was in readi
ness for the letting of the contract.
Bids are to be advertised this week.
The deed for the land on which
the school will be built was filed for
record this week. The site, located
on the east side of the highway be
tween Hertford and Winfall, consists
of ten acres of land, formerly a
portion of the A. R. Winslow estate,
and was purchased from Mrs. Cor
Trial Continued By
When the trial of Lloyd Felton,
colored youth charged with larceny,
was begun in Recorder's Court on
Tuesday, the defendant plead guilty
and in his confession accused Percy
Davis, also colored, of participation
in the theft of meat from Percy
Stewart. A bench warrant was is
sued for Percy Davis and the trial of
Overton was continued until next
Herbert Stewart, colored, convict
ed of larceny, was sentenced to &
months on the roads, sentence to be
suspended upon good behavior for
two years and payment of the court
J. Frank Miller, who plead guilty
to the charge of reckless driving,
was taxed with the court costs.
John A. Felton, colored, plead
guilty to the charge of operating a
car with insufficient brakes. Felton's
driving license was suspended for
four months and he was taxed with
the costs of the court.
Baptists Meet In
According to George W. Lassiter,
associational chairman, on Sunday
afternoon at three o'clock in the
Hertford Baptist Church, there will
be held the monthly meeting of the
Chowan Sunday School Convention
and with it the Executive Promotion
Committee of the Chowan Associa
tion, which consists of all the pas
tors, and one layman appointed from
The speakers will be mostly for
the Sunday School work, but one will
direct and explain the promotion
stewardship revival for the associa
tion. Every member of the committee,
and one representative from each
Sunday School is urged to attend.
Mrs. Cartwright Dies
In E. City Hospital
Mrs. Mary Gibson Cartwright,
widow of the late William Cart
wright, of this county, died in the
Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth
City on Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Cartwright. who had been
sick for several weeks, was carried
to the hospital on Monday. Mrs.
Cartwright's death is the second to
occur in her immediate family within
ten days. A son, LeRoy, died on
Sunday, July 26.
Funeral services were held for
Mrs. Cartwright at Berea Discrples
Church, in this county, on Thursday
afternoon and interment took place
in the churchyard beside, her son.
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Gibson, of the New Hope
section, two daughters and one son.
Independent Will Be
Issued As Daily Paper
A morning daily paper is shortly
to make its appearance in the Albe
marle. Announcement was made in
ent, edited by W. 0. Saunders, that
last week's edition of The Independ
on or about August 31, The Inde
pendent will enter the daily field
with a morning newspaper carrying
full telegraphic news reports and
planned to give the Elizabeth City
territory a- better news coverage.
"The Daily Independent will. not
be inclind etoward personal journal
ism," according to the announcement,
"personal journalism is for weeklies,
-It is, further stated that the week
ly edition of The Independent will be
continued, and the personality of its
distinguished editor preserved in its
Mr. and Mrs. V. N. Darden andlH. C. Stokes, Mrs. K. R. Newbold,
their daughter, Florence, are at Nags
Head for a couple of weeks. ,
OVER LAST YEAR
Increased Budget Calls
For $1.60 On Hund
OLD RATE $1.40
Property Valuation In
County Higher By
The tax rate of Perquimans Coun
ty was fixed at $1.60 by the Board of
County Commissioners at their regu
lar meeting on Monday. This repre
sents an increase of 20 cents over
the rate last year, which was $1.40.
The valuation, of taxable property
in Perquimans is. set this year at
$5,287,864.00, whereas last year the
valuation was $5,155,000.00, an in
crease of $132,000.00 being shown in
this year's valuation,, in spite of the
fact that there was an estimated loss
in taxes due to the live stock exemp
tion this year of approximately half
a million dollars.
The necessity to pay ten thousand
dollars on the principal of the bonded
indebtedness of the county, as well
as that of erecting a scheol building
at Winfall, was the chief cause of
the increase in the tax rate.
In addition to this, the amount to
take care of the County's portion of
the expense of a home demonstration
agent, and a welfare officer had to
Sixty Guests Attend
Wood Family Reunion
Sixty guests attended the family
reunion of the family of Mr. and
Mrs. J. T. Wood, at Woodland, on
Tables were arranged on the tree
shaded lawn and the dinner, which
was served cafeteria style, consisted
of all the seasonable good things
which Perquimans County folks know
how to provide.
Seven children of the couple were
present, twenty-nine grandchildren,
and seven great-grandchildren, in
addition to other relatives.
Those present included Mr. and
Mrs. J. T. Britt and children, Alvin,
Carl, Helen, Skinner, Julian, and
Bettie Lou Sutton, all of Hertford;
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Spivey and chil
dren, Catherine, John Edgar, Joe
Seth and Donald, of Petersburg, Va.;
Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Keaton and chil
dren, Ruby, Maude, Eloise and Bohj
of Bethel; Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Mathews, of Norfolk, Va.; Mr. and
Mrs. Edward Benton and children,
Lloyd and Barbara Ann, of Old
Neck; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mathews
and son, of Burgess; Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Fisher a:;d son, Bobby, of Nor
folk, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wood, of
Elizabeth City; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Wood and children, Sallie B., John
Elmer and George, of Woodland;
Mrs. Eddie Goodman, Miss Laura
Wood Goodman and Mrs. Haywood
Umphlett, of New Hope; Mrs. Phil
lip Jackson and children, Phillip
Hoggard, June and Jean, of New
Hope; Mrs. J. V. Halsey and daugh
ter, Jeannette, of Hertford; Miss
Carnie Lee Ward, of Burgess; Mrs.
George Mason; Mr. and Mrs. J. L.
Wood and son, Bobby, of Birming
ham, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. El
liott and children, Leon, Billy, Ray
mond, Norwood, Carlton and Bobby,
Boy Critically 111
After Fall From Tree
Falling from a tree-top to which
he had climbed at the home of his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Baccus,
in the Hurdletown section of Per
quimans, Lindsey, nine, was serious
ly injured late Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. I. A. Ward, Who was sum
monsed from Hertford, found the
child in such condition that he had
him carried at once to the Albemarle
Hospital in Elizabeth City. Thurs
day morning it was reported at
the hospital that his injuries includ
ed a fracture of the skull and a frac
tured arm, and that his condition
HONORED AT DINNER PARTY
Mrs. W. C. Winslow, of Greens
boro, who is visiting here, was guest
of honor at a delightful dinner party
given on Friday evening ' by Mrs.
F. T. Clarke at her home on Market
Mn.. Clarke's guests, in addition
to the honoree. were
MT. and Mrs.
Mrs. ft. T. White, andx Miss Emma
Mlllteer,' of Portsmouth, va.