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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume IV. Number 45.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina; Friday, October 29, 1937.
$1.25 Per Year.
"TOllClllEfinJALiE OF NEWEST CIVIC
ORGANIZATION FORMED IN HERTFORD
Purpose of Group Is to
See That "All Is Well"
First Quarterly Meeting
. Will Be- Held On
At an executive meeting of the
board of directors f , Hertford'
newest civic organisation Monday
, night, the body, formed in June, .was
given a name, "Hie Town Criere."
The first quarterly meeting of the
. Town Criers, starting ' with a large
group ;f paid-up - members, 63 or
more, has been called for November
6th, at the courthouse at 7:30 P. M.
At the 'Monday night meeting of
the board of directors, with Chairman
S. M. Whedbee presiding, the name,
f,x "Town Criers" was suggested for the
title of the civic interest league and
accepted by unanimous vote.
Starting with the largest number
of members ever assembled in an
organization of this nature, the
Town Criers include representatives
of every section of the town, every
business and profession. Every age
S;' is represented from 21 and over.
f. Not to be confused with a cham
ber of commerce or a city council,
v j this newest body chose the name "The
'f, Town Criers" a group of citizens
f on the alert, like the town criers of
old 4 see that "all's well," and if
it isnt, to sound the warning.
" :' Not included in the regulations or
by-laws - drawn up by Chairman
Whedbee and adopted by the dlrec
tors at the Monday night meeting,
V's, are a set of blanket; purposes to see
v i and ferret out the ynong hat; exists
; I ' or threatens, to correct those wrongs
1 ;'. , uones which threaten, to see tine good
ji"fhat in, in the town and support it,
'tQ,aes$he good that may be and to
'.b'ring-tt, to pass. s
TheW by-laws wili be presented at
- the November meeting of the main
- organization along with other plans
j to be submitted by the planning com
' mittee or board of directors. Every
member of the Criers, regardless of
his financial rating and the mem-
' bership rating runs through poor,
' noorer, Doorest--will have his say
in whatever' is to be undertaken and
' . though political complexion does ex
ist and may vary, it is not recog
nized in this organization.
Serving on the board of directors
are": S. M. Whedbee,, chairman; A.
; W. Hefren, W. T. Elliott, J. G. Rob
; erson, the Rev. E. T. Jillson, Dr. J.
: W. Zachary and L. W. Anderson.
Plan Beautify School
Grounds At Winfall
' - The Parent-Teachers Association of
the new Central Consolidated Gram
mar School at Winfall has appointed
a special committee ;- to eanvass i aU
communities represented at the hew
educational center to secure funds
for buying shrubbery, for the grounds,
according to an - announcemeht. y
Rupert Ainsley, principaL: 1
. It fc reported that several ' contri
butions hve been.; offered ' withoirt
solicitation, vThe Consolidated School
is seeing its first year of service;
rXft'H ' , , , '
t Wfiliani are luh
if 9 oldest citizen and the last Con -
f aderate vef erah " in the Albemarle,'
at 2:45 Tuesday morning after a long
illness. Mr. Mardre was ; 93 . years
' "VFaral'Viwvicei -wx)t;..lisld' 'isV,'tii
- 3 o'clock the Rev, A. A. Butler oM
nciatmg. : curiai was m ueaarwooa
" The choir of . the Hertford Baptist
j; Church! sang at the homer-The , Old
v p.r-jed Cross" and "Asleep in Jesus"
jet the traveside f; "Sometime
t : : Wi. Unicra.l''.;;.-; i,'V:: .
': Active pi.:; ..,rers were: R. , M.
Fiddick, Jr., T. H. Winslow, J. P,
I I crry, J. E. Whiter Ci' Rt Holmes,
Charles ZYr::::r, CI.aries K.( Johnson,
- mi ? " ''"ttwn&
) .. .- j- .era were: -w. F.
, r. v J. r.
Charms Audience At
Mrs. Howard Etheridge
Speaks on "Education
Camden Club Wins Ban
ner; Nearly 100 Per
In elaboration of the motto this
year of the Woman's Club, "Educa
tion for Living," Mrs. Howard Ethe
ridge, of Asheville, president of the
North Carolina Federation of Wom
an's Clubs, charmed her hearers at
the annual meeting of the Sixteenth
District, held in Hertford on Friday,
when she talked on the subject of
"Education for Living the More
Abundant Life," touching upon ali
the departments of club work.
Mrs. W. W. Stinemates, of Eliza
beth City, District President, pre
sided at the session, which was held
in the Hertford Methodist Church,
and where representatives of ten
clubs assembled, including the two
clubs in Elizabeth City, the Camden
Club, the Manteo Club, the Gates
ville, Murfreesboro, Winton, Chowan,
Moyock and Perquimans Clubs.
There was special music by the
Elizabeth City delegation which was
ah important feature of the enter
tainment. " . .
The largest representation was
from the Camden Club, which turned
e4itmo8t400;ffccn4; Mrs. Etfre
ridge, the State president, is a native
of Camden County, the former Miss
Ethel Godfrey, and the women from
her home county won the banner
After the business and entertain
ment program the ladies went over
to the Community House, where home
demonstration club members from
the Belvidere and the Durants Neck
Clubs had prepared luncheon. There
was a general .fellowship session
during the luncheon hour when old
friends got together, and the deli
cious meal prepared as only Perqui
mans County women know how to
prepare such a meal was enjoyed.
The same officers which had served
for one year, and which are elected
for two-years terms, will continut
in office for another year.
For Dennis Wood
Dennis Wood, 16, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Dennis Wood, died Tuesday
night at seven o'clock at the home
of his parents, after an illness of
Funeral services took place at the
home near Hertford, on Thursday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, with the Rev.
A A. Butler officiating, assisted by
the Rev.t P. M, Sharpe. Burial was
hi the family cemetery,
f Besides his parents, two sisters
Mary Ruth and Minnie Wilmer Wood,
both of Hertford, survive. , i
, ; '5,; iWW.ft'Ww' f iV V,
- J. Copeland,; W. IV Hoffle Dr.X, A.
Vvm&nJtMvWi s' v
Prichardi: ':i C. t M, Haill, a .Charles
Nachman, Sr., T..S. "White and H. p.
Elliott. , :mMmW-M $V4
ii.-u..i'mi'i' natlvai anil ff-
Mmnlwaiti. native and life
long resident f yro,uiina bounty.
He was born in the Bethet'pminun
ityf a soii of thriate' Mr and; Mrs.
William Mardre, -and in his; : youth
served in the Confederate Army.
While he had been retired for ft long
time, he wai for many' years; in the
r.ie -antile business in. Hertford.'
r 1:3 1. nLi Miss Harriett; Elliott,
who. tr-ther with their daughter,
I" J mrtt Frances ;Mardre, sur
vi. . '1: .. i rck' :llrs.i-J.J S. Mc
I!' ' -T, Kisses Nancy
f. V a. Korf," Va.,
November Term Of
Interest Will Center
Criminal Docket Ex
pected to Consume
When the November term of Su
perior Court convenes here Monday,
the Honorable J. Paul Frizzelle, of
Snow Hill, presiding over the mixed
term of criminal and civil actions,
will face a criminal docket of drunk
en driving cases, a manslaughter
charge, two embezzlement cases, one
larceny and receiving case, and a
dog vaccination appeal.
Probably the greatest interest will
center around the case of Benjamin
Thatch, young Hertford man charged
with manslaughter and reckless driv
ing. The charges against Mr. Thatch
prew out of the death of Rice Miller,
Perquimans high school youth, who
died as the result of injuries sustain
ed when the Thatch and Miller cars
collided on the Elizabeth City High
way on the afternoon of May 9th.
Heard first in the county court
Recorder Walter H. Oakey, Jr.,
found grounds for probable cause in
the manslaughter count and ordered
the defendant held for action of the
November Grand Jury.
On the reckless driving charge Mr.
Thatch was found guilty by the Re
corder and ordered to serve six
months in jail and assigned to thi
roads for work. Mr. Thatch appealed
through his counsel to Superior
It was at first thought the criminal
docket could be disposed of the first
day of the term, but another appeal
from Recorder's Court at the Tuesday
session will lengthen the docket and
probably run it on over into Tuesday
when the first civil actions are calen
George Winslow, county Negro. !
tried at this week's county court,!
was found guilty of obtaining goodi j
under pretense to work and drew aj
sixty day road sentence at the hands
of Recorder Oakey. He also appeal
ed to Superior Court.
Convicted in Kecorder s Court last
week of driving drunk,, M. T. Gre
gory, Elizabeth City equipment com
pany truck driver, appealed from a
judgement which gave him sixtv
days on the roads. Gregory was ar
rested on Friday, October 15, by City
Patrolman C. E. Walker, who testi
fied in the county court hearing.
The Recorder, on October 19,
found grounds for probable cause in
an embezzlement hearing against
Josiah Elliott, Hertford man, which
dealt with Elliott's fraudently and
knowingly embezzling and converting
to his own use, one cow belonging
to Ellie Simmons, Perquimans County
Negro. Mr. Elliott was ordered held
for action of the November Grand
If the grand jury returns a true
bill in the first case, Mr. Elliott will
face Judge Frizzelle a second time
on a charge of failing to have his
dog vaccinated. After the case was
first heard before Recorder ; Oakey,
who found the defendant, guilty and
ordered that he pay a ten dollar fine
and the costs of court, Mr. Elliott
appealed. ' '
- Continued from the Aprjl Term of
Superior ' Court is the case of T. S.
McMidlan;' Jr., Elizabeth City; man
charged . with', embezzlement,; i
'A Mr.' McMullan waivedf jl hearing
before the County Recorders who or
dered that he be held; for action' of
the April Grand '-JvOf jmd the" case
; wssv continued at 'taatt tetnt pf Superior-Court;;
-The defendant is al
leged to liave . appropriated' certain
items of farm equipment and a small
truck J fronv'" the - Farm - Equipment
Company: while, he was a, r. salesman
fox' tiiat company. v'r -.Kif
Leroy Nixon ..and J. F. MeDaniel
will faca charges "of larceny -and re
ceiving; the goods specified & ih the
warrant as "one raft of pilings, num
bering 357: and valued .m at; twenty
: four ..hundred- 'dojlainiiiai'fa j ;
; Assembly On Sunday
:. The Rev. L. Sigsbee Miller, former
pastor of the Pearl Street Assembly,
Elizabeth City, will preach at the
Hertford Assembly Sunday, - October
31st. ) f Ha. v will hold services r Sunday
morning at 11 o'clock, and in the
evening at 7:CD o'clock, . Miss Alma
Howell, pastor of the Assembly, is
E'.::i at Pitcairn, Ta,
Bob Bates Grooms
1 For Columbia Tilt
Coach Hopes to Add
Second Victory For
FIRST HOME GAME
Johnson Detains Busses
So Students Can Wit
By L. BLANCHARD, Jr.
When the strong Potato Bug
eleven from Columbia lights on the
local gridiron this afternoon, it won't
be a patch of defenseless potatoes
they're picking on, if Coach Bob
Bates is not mistaken.
"If the boys play anywhere near
as well as they did in Plymouth
week before last we'll trim 'em eas
ily," said the coach Tuesday after
a light session of pass defense prac
tice and scrimmage.
"Based on the comparative scoring
of Windsor, Plymouth, Columbia and
Hertford, the Indians are a cinch to
win," he continued. Here's how it is:
Regardless of Columbia's landslide
over Englehard last week, Windsor
swamped Columbia .'56 to 12, then
Windso.- and Plymouth fought it out
0-0, in turn, the Hertford Indians
nosed out over Plymouth 8-6.
This is Columbia's first football
season. This is the first winninp
season the Indians have seen in a
good many years. This is Hertford's
first home game, and although the
Potato Bugs' previous scoring is
more impressive, the locals will be
playing on a familiar field. Evenly
matched, I calls it, with the makings!
of a bang-up football game and one- j
I don't want to miss.
Coach Bates' tentative starting!
lineup, lor today calls for Dox Dixon,
Walter Bond, Galloping Mac White
and Freddie Campen in the backfield.
Rex Gault has been shifted from the
backfield to the right tackle position,
replacing Paul Tucker, who busted a
leg in the Plymouth tangle.
Nixon will be at the quarterback
position, Bond and White at the
halves, and Campen at the fullbacl:
!;ost. In the line will probably bo
Hilly Arnold at left end, Perc
(Toar) Byrum, left tackle, Jarvi?
Ward at left guard, Bill Feilds, cen
ter, David Broughton, right guard.
Gault at right tackle, and Zach Har
ris at the right end position.
It's useless to deny that the losr
of Tucker weakens the whole squad,
but the mishap is having a differenl
effect from the result one would ex
pect. Instead of takine Paul's un
lucky break for a signal to disband,
the boys are more determined than
ever to make the whole season a suc
cessful one. A noble aim indeed
and one which, I'm sure, will gladden
the heart of Tucker, the fallen war
rior. The hostilities are scheduled to take
place in the high school park at 2:30
o'clock, and Superintendent F. T.
Johnson has decreed that the rural
buses may stay over in town for the
event, which starting at 2:30 will
allow them plenty of time to reach
home before dark.
Judge Frizzelle To
Preside Over Court
The Honorable J. Paul Frizzelle of
Snow Hill, will be the judge presid
ing at the November Term of Per
quimans Superior Court, instead of
the Hon. R. Hunt Parker, as was
The civil calendar, as released from
the clerk of court's office, reads as
follows: Tuesday, November 2, Grow
ers Peanut Company vs T. S. White
et als; Hollowell Chevrolet Company
vs Joseph ' H. Small et als; Nettie
L. Spruill vs W. E. Spruill; R. E.
Chappell vs Jordan Nixon etals (for
order); P. C. White vs L. P. Chap
pell; W. G. Bright vs Josiah Elliott;
Leroy Spruill vs Thurman, Madre et
al; J. R. Stokes vs T. S. White et
al; Minnie L. Felton et al vs E. A.
Feltoir, Admrx. et al. .
Wednesday, November 3, James E.
Hendricks vs Mack L. Lupton et al;
Ellsberry Whedbee vs Mack L. Lup
ton etal; W.' Rufus Harrell vs Mack
L. Lupton et al; Louise N. Harrell
vs Mack L. Lupton et al; James
Johnson vs J. L. Harrell et al; F.
W, Hobbs et al vs Madison . True
blood. - ' "
Motions In any cause are to be
heard at -the pleasure of the court
and eases not reached on day set
will take precedence on next : day s
calendar, . . ; , t ,
A thief stole 35 cases containing
2,500,000 pieces of t jig-saw puzzles
from a freight car near Denver, Colo.
HOME-COMING WILL BE OBSERVED AT
METHODIST CHURCH ON NEXT SUNDAY
Will Meet In Hertford
Next Monday Night
Session WUlBe Held In
Every Member Asked to
Invite a Friend to
The Schoolmasters Club, composed
of the superintendents and principals
of high and elementary schools of
the Albemarle counties and the spec
ial charter districts of Edenton and
Elizabeth City, will meet at Perqui
mans High School in a regular
monthly session Monday, November
first, at 6:30 P. M., according to an
announcement by Superintendent P.
T. Johnson yesterday.
Dinner for the schoolmasters will
be prepared and served by members
of the home economics department
of the high school, under the super
vision of Mrs. Helen li. Ilarrell, head
of that department.
It is guest night for the school
masters club and each member is ex
pected, or at least invited, to bring a
Tucker Is Improving
After An Operation
Paul Tucker, high school senior
who suffered a compound fracture of
the left leg in a football game at
Plymouth recently, is reported show
ing considerable improvement after
undergoing an operation at the Al
bemarle Hospital Friday.
Paul has been a patient in the hos
pital since October 15, but physicians
were unable to set the injured mem
ber until the swelling around the 1
knee, above which the break was '
located, subsided sufficiently to allow 1
them to operate. Barring complica-!
tions Paul is expected to return to 1
his home in about a week.
11 Old Age Assistance
Eleven more old age assistance
applications have been approved by
the county welfare board and sent
to headquarters in Ealeigh for final
approval. The approval of these ap
plications brings the number of per
sons now receiving old age benefits
to a total of forty.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore
Rountree, at their home near Suffolk,
Va., on October 13, a daughter,
Ramona Jean, weighing 9 pounds.
Mrs. Rountree was before her mar
riage Miss Thelma Riddick, a' resi
dent of the Pender Road community
TRAVEL EXECUTIVES WERE DELIGHTED
WITH THEIR BRIEF VISIT TO HERTFORD
Visitors Remain Half Hour Instead of Scheduled
15-Minute Stop; Unique Souvenir Presented
By Charles Whedbee
Without attempting to put on anyl
show, Perquimans County folks, -with
great simplicity and good taste,
managed such an agreeable reception
of the party of travel bureau execu
tors, writers and others who stopper
over in Hertford on Thursday that
the party was thrown off their sche
dule for the first time during their
fourteen-day trip through the Statu
and visited here for about three
quarters of an hour instead of stay
ing the allotted time of fifteen min
utes as per schedule.
It was easy to see the visitors en
joyed their brief visit, and without
hurry or bustle, so smoothly wa
everything arranged and so naturally
did things move along, that the few
highlights of history which the guests
were shown glimpse of went over
big, with many of the big daily newb
papers which, chronicled the affah,
referring to the ancient courthouse
and to the old records. ; , r .
- That the , refreshments served,
Bishop Paul Kern Will
Speak at Morning
TO BURN NOTES
Invitation Extended to
Everybody to Attend
Bishop Paul B. Kern will hold the
morning services at the Methodist
Church Sunday, and the Rev. D. E.
Earnhardt, president of Louisburg
College, will hold the evening ser
vices. It is planned to hold dedication
exercises of the Sunday School Build
ing at the morning service in con
junction with home-coming day, when
all members and former members
and their friends are invited to be
The people of the county are also
invited to attend this service when
the cancelled notes on the building
will be burned. Bishop Kern presid
ed over the North and South Carolina
The Methodist board of stewards
and leaders of the church are re
questing that the membership mak.'
special efforts to finish paying
pladges for the year.
Interesting Program At
Winfall P. T. A. Meeting
The Parent-Teachers Association
of the Winfall Consolidated Schools
met in the school auditorium Monday
night. The president, Mrs. W. F.
Morgan, was in charge of the meet
ing. Several committees were ap
pointed and the grade mothers were
named. The roll was called and the
minutes of the last meeting were
read by the secretary, Mrs. C. P.
Quincy, of Chapanoke.
Mr. Ainsley was in charge of the
program, which included songs, reci
tations and string music by members
of his class.
During the social hour candy was
The meeting was largely attended.
E. I. Warren Dies Very
Suddenly In Edenton
Friends in Hertford were shocked
Wednesday night shortly after fi
o'clock, when thev learned of the
sudden death of" E. 1 Warren, in
Edenton, who succumbed to a heart
attack in his' home. Deceased had
been in ill health for some time and
only a few days ago returned from
Norfolk. Va., where he went for
Mr. Warren was a former mayor
of Edenton, and a vestryman in old
St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Funeral services were held Thurs
Condition Mrs. Nixon
Friends will be delighted to know
that the condition of Mrs. Sue Nixon,
who underwent an operation in the
Norfolk General Hospital Wednesday
morning, is reported to be satisfac
tory. Her daughter, Mrs. S. P. Jes
sup, who was with her during the
operation, returned home Wednesday
beaten biscuit and old ham sand
wiches, with coffee, representing the
simple fare of Perquimans folks, hit
the spot was proven according to trib
time-honored method of the "proof
of the pudding."
"We have looked for beaten bis
cuit all the way," one woman in the
party exclaimed, "and these are tfte
first that we've had." And the way the
Northern folks exclaimed over tht
biscuits and ham was music to the
ears of the women who had prepared
the food. "Why are they calleu
beaten biscuits?" asked one man.
When he learned it was because they
had to be beaten, he wanted to know
how they were made, and he got the
recipe. . v-'
The souvenirs, too, presented hy
Hon. Charles Whedbee, were just a
little different from anything the
travelers had had in the way of a
souvenir elsewhere, and when ft was
announced by the, director of the
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