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'A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
.Volume V. Number ill;
; Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, March 18, 1938.
$1.25 Per Year.
i L L.' 1 W
a& njiw if if rwi rwin. rwi JJs
Project Aimed Relieve
Traffic In Business
Eliminates Necessity of
Trucks Stopping In
Front of Stores
A; fifteen-foot alley connecting
iMarket and Grubb Streets, to inter
met Market .Street between the
Hertford Clinic and the Stokes Build
ing, and to meet the intersection of
. Punch Alley on Grubb street, will oe
open to traffic in about two weeks.
- Hie project, devised chiefly to re-
. lieve traffic congestion on Hertford's
main business thoroughfare, Church
Street, will be open to traffic in about
two weeks, according to Mayor bilas
The town has already accomplished
s great deal by draining the area
with ditches recently cut, and a force
is engaged in the work of filling in
where it is necessary. Frame build
ings will have to be moved in order
to open up the road-way and other
When this alley is opened it will
i be a convenient stopping place for
trucks servinsr stores on the west
side of Church Street and will elimi
nate the necessity of trucks stopping
in front of the stores, which now
causes much traffic congestion.
It will also be very convenient for
- the new postoffice to be opened in
the old Carolina Bank Building next
Church Street is a link in the
Coastal Highway and there is always
- a great deal of foreign traffic, with
isometimes many as -a hundred
foreign' cars passing wrougn ut- u
hour, so that it is particularly urgent
that the traffic lane be kept open at
all times. Keeping it open has been
a problem with trucks and busses
stopping between two lines of parked
. Is Highly Praised
Charles M. Griggs Com
pliments Local Lodge
On Recent Affair
Peraulmans Lodge No. 106 of
Masons received the following ac
knowledgement this . week , from
Charles M. Griggs, Mas tor of Eureka
Lottos No. S17 of Elizabeth City!
."It is a human characteristic for
individuals and. organisations to en-
I Joy reciprocal . social and fraternal
intercourse. , s 1
, "But it too frequently happens
that the individual, if not the organ-
itation, forgets, or is dilatory in ex
: dressing pleasure to his host
" "Therefore, I am writing, to ex-
nrexii to Perauimant Lodge . as a
whole, and all others who- contributed
to the success of the first Masonic
y.l pjstrict meeting last Tuesday night,
tlflWJ . . " . i ' hi " '
; ; "I Just' want you to know that in
' ' my opinion this was an outstanding
success, splendidly conducted, not too
y ' long drawn out, nor dia it oecome
" tiresome .liu any particular. Con-
v tluded-vithv.' a ; splendid supper at
which there was not too much speak
ing to make yopr guests fidgety.
. "In fine, I Versonally consider this
' It particularly : outstanding meeting
-; and I want you brethren to know it
i ' ;"Reassurmg you of my highest re
' 'gard and every good wish,- and thank
ing you for a most pleasant evening,
am, a V'vw.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
ClIARIJS M. GRIGGS, P. M. ;
r i:.--.ka Lodge No. 817."
Revive! In Progress ll"
, At L;.;:.: "ft Church
' A very cordial iiv
i is extend
ej to all to atti.-.J t i
wines row In progress at t
"?'" iC'.rt Church. ,
1 . C. 2. Earnhar-1", r
Lc. Cu"ere, f" -
j i7 ml -reached 1 s i
' ' Yr
Uen 1 0 Foot
County Turns In
Big Vote Saturday
For Cotton Control
The country voted overwhelm
ingly In favor of crop control in
Saturday's two-crop referenda.
Perquimans County's vote was
was 894 for and 22 against. In
Perquimans there was only one
farmer eligible to vote for or
against tobacco control. H. G.
Wilder, of Belvidere Township,
who ,had grown the only tobacco
grown in Perquimans last year,
cast his vote for control.
The voting in the six precincts
was as follows: Nicanor, 92 for
and 2 against; Belvidere, 98 for
and 8 against; Parkville, 207 for
and 2 against; Hertford, 178 for
and 5 against; Bethel, 110 for and
5 against; New Hope, 209 for and
High School Closes
Earlier This Year;
Last Day May 4th
50 IN CLASS
Junior Banquet Upper
The Perquimans High School will
close earlier this year than has oc
curred in any previous year of its
schools of the county will close at the '"v ul "lu v
same time, on May 4. I ' ?bb.e Weeks, Nehi
The first of the commencement ex-1 5-?'" DlvT?rs , &e"e, P,erry
prr.iP nf th hiiri, mImaI was held ec Wheeler, Beverly Blanchard,
on Wednesday night of this - week,
when the Senior play was given.
Next on the program will be the
junior-senior banquet, which wilr be
held on Thursday night, March 24,
when the junior class will entertain
the senior class at a colorful affair
which is the high light of the year
from the standpoint of the juniors.
On May 1, the baccalaureate ser
mon will be preached, with the class
day exercises being held on Tuesday
following, and on Wednesday, May 4,
the graduation exercises will be held.
Jl KloUUslblVIl OACIVlOCO Will UO HClUi I
, No snnouhcement has been made J
by County Superintendent F. T.
Johnson" as to who will make the
address to the graduating class this
year, which numbers about 50. '
Weather conditions have been so
favorable this winter that the school
buses have had little trouble in trav
eling the. dirt roads which in other
years have caused so much trouble.
Though measles has kept many chil
dren from school at various times,
nq time has ..been lost, by the school
as a whole. .
The closing, of school was delayed
lasto year , because" of the necessity
of closing the schools when roads
became impassable" during the whiter
months, and the High School closed
on May 21. . .
Tim Rufus Brinn
" Named life Guard
Tim Rufus Brinn was appointed
life guard at the Bathing Beach for
next summer at the meeting of the
Town Council on Monday night The
young man, who is a
Puke University, held the job last
summer and -his services were very
satisfactory. : His was the only ap
plication on file, i -. i
. A breakwater,' to be constructed
Term ) with the breakwater on the
property of H. C Stokes, will be
built by the Town at the foot of
Punch Alley, and the area will be
drained and filled in and furnished
with benches and made attractive
' those who wish to see and en..
? the view of the river. , , ..
ere irw wm suggestion that
ef the . othier streets of the;
v ' ich - lead ! to the river,
X and Grnlb tr t,
tually- bo ; put i i o
''a public to rave ei
Game on Sunday After
noon Between Two
Enough Teams Expect
ed to Organize Local
By LUCIUS BLANCHARD
Hertford's newest summer pastime
is scheduled to get underway with
full steam ahead when the Bill and
Viv-Hertford Hardware Softball ag
gregation collides with the Stato
Theatre Aces on the city recreation
lot Sunday afternoon.
boftball was first introduced to
Hertford last summer when the city
council graciously equipped the park
ing lot with a battery of floodlights.
The pastime proved so popular that
this season before activities even
started two local clubs had already
been formed. The winners in Sun
day's game will probably tangle on
the same afternoon with Dillman's
Winfall Sluggers, who performed
last summer with sensational success
against a Hertford all-star organiza
tion. Rumor has it that the Masonic
I Order will put a team in play and if
tne high school comes through with a
club, Softball interest will no doubt
hit a new local high this season.
The State Theatre boys. Winfall.
the Bill and Viv-Hertford Hardware
clan, the high school lads and the
Masonic Lodge should be able to
form an exciting Big Five Softbal'
To date Bill and Viv's has signed
R. S. Monds, Jack Brinn, Vivian
Mathews, Haiel. Mathews, Crafton
Mathews, Corbin Dozier, Bob Bates,
Louis Nachman, Jim Newbv. Fred
Chalk and Hollowell Nuxon, while the
State Theatre has secured the ser-
VIMAa nf I iHIaI.h f . U V. TO 1 f
UHii.. 11 M..n
Ashley Fleetwood and Lucius Blanch
ard. Both clubs are looking for new
Word from Winfall has it that the
same boys who made things interest-
.jf iii in au circles last year, will
probably enter the affray in almost, The four points in the ratified pro.
tne same batting order again this;gram f0now;
summer. 1. To insist that all gasoline and
v A roup of local girls were re-motor vehicle tax revenues be used
cently bitten by the baseball bug for highway purposes only and to
and enlisted Louis Nachman to coach ! urg the adoption of an amsndment
mew in Uie ruuimeiiuj oi me sou-
a H ., . . ,
am . K the teke form
Coach Nachman, as manager, plans!
to match the lassies with other
bemarle clubs during the summer.
Among those having voiced ambi
tions to pit their strength and skill
I T Z.AWna, Jr :'( the federal gasoline and lubricat
Bernlce White, Grace Knowles, Edith ing oiI taxe8
Everett, Blanche Everett, Jeanne! Tn nnn' ii tnv anH ntw
White, Ruth Nachman, Virginia
White, Helene Nixon, Hazel Mayes,
Hilda Knowles and Ruth Nowell.
Ttios. i Long Dies
At Home In Bethel
Funeral Held In Bethel
. Church on Friday
. Thomas J Long, l 74, died at his
home in the Bethel . Community of
f the county on Wednesday night, fol
lowing a years- yiness.
j Funeral services .Will be held on
Friday, afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at
the Bethel Baptist Church, of which
he was a member. . i.
Mr. Long was a native of Per
quimans and a prominent citizen.
Be ,vks .for several years a member
of the Board of County Commission
ers and took an active interest in
county affairs. , - .
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs.
J. 'M. Fleetwood and Mrs. Mary L.
Hayman, both,., of Bethel; and two
sons, J. H. Long and T. A. Long, both
bf .Washington, D. C, Jf
vuii ; uiilli u Y UKU-. -:
Carl Britt, who is a student at the
Textile Institute. at
ur?, s .V., v s recently vot-
el i d
l t d tudent on: the
r r ' , nex highest
(Use State Tax Money
In Dining Room at
Diversion Cited Unjust
; And Very Dangerous
.'Use of the state income from au
tomotive taxes exclusively for high
way financing, the purpose for which
these levies were imposed, and the
adoption of a Constitutional Amend
ment to accomplish that, was advo
cated Tuesday by J. E. Winslow,
Chairman of the Perquimans County
Petroleum Industries Committee, up
on nis election as chairman at a
meeting held in the dining room of
the Hotel Hertford following a lunch
eon at which there were 24 guests,
including nas and oil distributors
service station men, automobile deal
ers and others.
'Diversion of automotive tax in
come to purposes unrelated to the
highways is one of the most unjust
3Bd dangerous financial policies a
state could adopt," declared Chair
man Winslow. "It is unjust to the
motorist taxpayers because it means
spending lor something else the tax
money that has been paid for roads.
16 is dangerous because it means
neglect of roads, with resulting in-
clfease in highway accidents, deaths
I ahd injuries
Officers of the county organization
iipe as follows:
tJ. E. Winslow, chairman; L. N.
Hollowell, vice chairman.
; Legislative Committee: J. H. Towe,
etowiian, and Fred- Winslow.
Local Affairs Committee: Vivian
Mathews, chairman, and E. A. Good-
I Public Relations Committee: D. F.
I Reed, chairman, and George Jackson.
S. Gilmer Sparger, of Raleigh
secretary of the North Carolina
Petroleum Industries Committee, as
sisted the local men and addressed
I the meeting. Other speakers were:
I Jno. E. Dozier, of Raleigh; J. H.
Conger, of Edenton; S. P. Smith, of
i Elizabeth City; J. E. Winslow, J. H.
I Towe, D. F. Reed, L. N. Hollowell,
i and j. T. Renton. of Hertford
. ,u0 ; omnliah.
- "lc UllOblLUblU
ment of that end
2. To render assistance to state
Al-jand federa, authorities in detection
and elimination of gasoline tax eva-
I 2. To work toward
proposals inimical to the petroleum
industry and its motorists customers.
Mr. Sparger stated: "The rapid
growth in the cost of special addi
tional taxes paid by motor vehicle
owners and other consumers of gaso
line, and the rising cost of taxation
imposed upon the activities and pro
ducts of the petroleum industry it
self, have forced oil men throughout
the country to organize for the pro
tection of their customers and them
selves. Their activity represents no
attempt to -dodge fair and reasonable
taxation, but it is a nationwide move
ment for tax justice, economical gov
ernment, and effective administra
tion of public revenue. North Caro
lina oil men, forming Petroleum In
dustries Committees for every coun-
ty, are prepared to work with other
organizations of taxpayers which be-
lieve that a sound financial policy is
essential for the continued develop-land
ment and progress of the highway
svstem of our state." Adoption of
an Amendment to the State Constitu
tion "positively and permanently"
prohibiting the use of all special mo
torist taxes for any purpose other
than the construction and mainte
nance of highways and the retirement
of bonds issued for the construction
of same was advocated.
Mr. ..Sparger also said that an in
creasing proportion of the State's
revenues from special additional tax
es paid for highway financing is be
ing diverted to other purposes, and
Warped' that I if this practice con
tinues, the stats soon will have no
money whatever for roads and will
be asking motor vehicle owners and
operators to pay higher taxes.. '
Those attending the. luncheon in
cluded Chairman J. E.' Winslow, of
,-.-.,.! on tj Five) . 1
Weighty Matters Confront
j HAT IN RING I
J. T. Iienton, Perquimans
County's Representative in the
last General Assembly, who has
announced his candidacy for re
election. Plans Outlined For
Better Homes Week
Goal to Make Perquim
ans Cleanest County
All Organizations Lend
Support to Campaign
Keeping step with the nation-wide
movement, Perquimans County is
falling in line in preparation for the
observance of National Better Homes
Week, which is to be observed in this
county as "Clean-Up Week," the
week of April 24-30.
Miss Gladys Hamrick, home dem
onstration agent, who was appointed
county chairman of the movement,
is enthusiastic about the plans, which
were discussed on Friday night at the
meeting held at the Agricultural
Building when Mayor Silas Whedbec,
Mrs. J. G. Robereon, president of t!,p
Hertford Woman's Club; W. H
Hardcastle and A. W. Hefron, of the
Town Council; G. C. Buck, teacher of
vocational agriculture in the Perqui-
mans High School; the home beauti-
ncation leaders of the various home
demonstration clubs of the to'mty,
and others, were present.
The meeting was called by Miss
Hamrick and Mrs. Roberson, acting
jointly, and was presided over by
Miss Hamrick, who, after stating th?
purpose of the meeting and outlining
briefly her plan to enlist the coop
eration of every interested citizen as
well as the head of every organiza
tion in the county, to make Perquim
ans County the cleanest county in the
State, called on various persons pres
ent for expressions of ideas.
And ideas there were, with sugges
tions which ranged from cleaning
the hideous signs from the highways
and cleaning up unsightly piles of tin
cans and other debris from about
service stations, to planting shrubs
and flowers along the highways.
Mayor Whedbee stated that the
town would cooperate in every possi
hie way and to the fullest extent,
with the job of cleaning up the town,
promised to see that all trash
' collected would be promptly hauled
away at the time desired.
Mrs. J. G. Roberson, speaking for
(Continued on Page Five)
The. State Highway & Public
v Works Commission, will be peti
tioned for a highway patrolman to
be stationed at Hertford.
; The petition,- which originated
in the Town Council, and in which
l the Board of County Commission
ers are Joining, will be presented
in person . to the Highway Com?
mission by t number of represen
tative citisens of the town and
county,, headed by - Mayor Silas
M. Whibesu , ' 5 - j
Fire Hazard at Gram
mar School Claim
MEET MARCH 25
Formation of Municipal
Planning Board Also
At 'the next quarterly meeting of
the Town Criers, that organization
formed last fall for the avowed pur
pose of making Hertford ahetter
place in which to live, whichw! be
held on Friday night of netfiVeek,
there will be presented some matters
vitally important to Hertford.
The first ana most urgent matter
to be taken up is that of the fire
hazard at the Hertford Grammar
The second will be a report from
the Sports and Recreation Commit
tee, consisting of A. Y. llef'ren, A.
L. Skinner, Jack iirinn, and Dr. J. W.
Zachery, which should develop some
thing interesting in connection wiih
various branches of sports.
The third matter will be the report
of a committee, consisting of J. G.
Roberson, Dr. C. A. Davenport and
1!. C. Berry, appointed by the direc
tors for the purpose of tha forma
tion of a municipal planning board.
All of these matters were gone
into at length on Thursday night of
last week, at the meeting of the
With refenmce to the fire hazard
at the Grammar School, which has
been the subject of discussion for
some months, Silas M. Whedbee, who
had been appointed a committee of
one to make an investigation of con
ditions, made a report. Mr. Whed
bee stated that there was an asbestos
covering over the. boiler and that he
found the floors of the furnace room
were kept free of paper and trash.
He also reported that the outer doors
of the building opened outside, and
that in a fire drill held it took only
a little over two minutes to get the
children out of the building, with
the exception of those of one room.
The matter of no fire escapes, with
particular reference to the auditor
ium, which is on the second floor,
was discussed. There was also some
discussion of securing a special offi
cial inspector to look the situation
over, Dr. J. W. Zachary, who has a
little girl in the school, and who has
made considerable investigation on
his own responsibility, stated em
phatically that, no matter who were
to tell him that the building is safe,
he would not believe them.
Dr. Zachery and Mayor Whedbee
were appointed a committee to coop
erate with the Parent-Teacher Asso
ciation with a view to making the
school building as safe as possible,
and were instructed to report to the
Town Criers what progress they
County Council Of
P. T. Organized
Mrs. M. T. Griffin Elect
ed President of New
Mrs. I. A. Ward, chairman of Dis
trict Nine of the Parent-Teacher As
sociation, organized a County Coun
cil of the Parent-Teacher Associa
tions of Perquimans on Monday even
ing, with the following officers being
elected: Mrs. M. T. Griffin, president;
Mrs. Steve Perry, vice-president; T.
C. Perry, secretary, and Clinton A.
The County Council is formed from
officers and members of the various
county units, the objectives of the or
ganization being that ideas for .better
work and information which may be
helpful may be passed on in order to
spread to other units of the organi
zation. Onlyiwo meetings of the County
Council will be held annually, the first
meeting to be held in April of this
year, when it is hoped there will be
an interesting speaker to address the
large audience expected.
D. S. Darden Enjoying
Sunshine In Florida
The latest news from D. S. Darden,
prominent Hertford merchant who is
spending sometime in Florida in the
,'ntereat of his health, indicates that;
he is steadily Improving. Mr. Dat
den," who is staying near Clearwater,
is . enjoying , fishing, and baseball
games,,,- ...'.v,...'., . !