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Volume VULNumber 18.
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina. Friday, May 2, 1941.
S1.25 Per Year.
Vacation For County
School Children To
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Graduation Week Exer
ts cises Get Under Way
With Baccalaureate
Sermon Sunday Night
ext Friday
i T TI T1 ? Will
Deliver Address at
Approximately twelve hundred
Perquimans County school children
are anxiously watching the calendar,
and wondering if Friday, May 9th,
will ever come.
The reason for all this anxiety is
due to the fact that Perquimans
school children begin their summer
vacation on that date, and most
likely all of them have a full sche
diyk set for that first week of vaca
ticM? The graduation exercises, which
will officially close the schools until
the opening for the next term, will
t under way on Sunday evening,
'hen the Rev. C. E. Hobgood, pastor
Kof the Hertford Baptist Church, will
deliver the baccalaureate sermon at
the High School auditorium at 8
. o'clock.
On the following Thursday night,
May 8, Class Night will be observed,
the theme of which will be "Isle oi
Our Dreams," written by Mary
Sullivan Kelly.
" Minnie Wilma VTood has been se
r looted as Valedictorian, and Pauline
J" White has the honors of being the
Commencement will be held on Fri
day night, May 9, and 68 Seniors
"mil be handed diplomas on that
night, signifying their completion of
' the required work. After this exer-
- ciae schools will be officially closed.
Wi !5:.Snh.' nrafnutr of re-
r-fciojt; of IDuipa University, will de-
-1it JJawuftenesient, address,' tv
was announced 'this week by F. T;
Johnson, Superintendent of Schools,
Of the graduating class 37 ere
girls and 31 are boys.
A music recital under the direc
tion of Mrs. R. M. Riddick will be
. held tonight and the public is cor
dially invited to attend.
The Negro schools of the county,
the Hertford High School and the
Winfall Training School, will also
close the current year with exercises
dh May 9.
Mission Study Class
Held At Baptist
Church Wednesday
A county-wiae mission siuay ciass
was held at the Hertford Baptist
Church on Wednesday.
The class, which convenes here
annually, lasted all day, with a rnid
4ay recess, when 7a picnic lunch was
Mrs. I. A. Ward, president, presid
ed over the sessions.
The Rev. C. E. Hobgood, pastor
of the Hertford Church, lead the
.morning devotional.
The morning lesson, from the study
book for the year, "The Trail of the
Seed," was conducted by the Rev.
Prank Gale, of Tyner.
Mrs. Mattia Macon White conduct
; ed the afternoon lesson, using the
second half of the same book.
' ' Baptist churches from every sec
tion of the county were well repre
sented at the Btudyclafls,
; Delinquents And V
Late JstersMmim
f w Axtion ' on the part of the Courts
"i' Mndghboring counties in the hand'
'.ling1 of delinquent and non-listers of
- taxes 4ed a Perquimans County, om
clal to warn all Perquimans people
v . that such action may be taken In
this county by the next term of 'Su
perior Court - -
The last grand jury took the mat-
, ter of non-listers up with the Regis
, ter of Deeds -and reported to ' the
B Court, sitting during the April Term,
' fthat a list would be presented to the
next grand Jury.
" Those guilty of this violation
', should heed the warning now before
, it may be too late.
Chapanoke Hortie
Damaged By Fire ,
The home of J. C. Wilson, at Chap-
-anoke, was slightly damaged' brnre
1 1st noon on Monday, v? The fire was
quickly extinguished by the Chapa
noke Fire Department which used a
bucket brisrade in fighting1 the
flame. ' ;
Durants Neck Club
Sponsors Play At
New Hope Monday
The Durant's Neck Home Demon
stration Club will sponsor the play
"An Old Maid's Convention," Mon
day night, May 5, at 8 o'clock, U the
New Hope Community House.
The cast in the play is composed
of members of the Judson Memorial
Sunday School Class of the Hertford
Baptist Church, who presented the
play to a large audience in Hertford
on Tuesday night.
The proceeds of the play at New
Hope will go to the New Hope Com
munity House.
Many Stores Start
Summer Closing
Next Thursday
Majority of Stores Close
Half Days; J. C. Blan
chard's to Start May
In keeping with the custom of the
past several years Hertford mer
chants will again observe half-holidays
on Thursdays throughout the
summer months.
A petition for the summer closing
was circulated among the many
stores and the majority of the mer
chants and offices of the town sign
ed for the closing which will start
with most of the stores on Thursday,
May 8. The stores will close at noon
each Thursday and reopen Friday
The J. C. Blanchard Company has
signified that its store will start the
summer closing on May 15, instead
of the 8th.
The following merchants and of
fices have signified their intentions
to close beginning Thursday, May 8,
at noon; Dr. J. W. Zachary, Johnson
White A Co., Charles E. Johnson,
fL Q. Skinner, R. S. Jordan, Paragon
uswuttm- ttP" cannon Cleaning
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Works,' Hertford Banking Company,
Grocery Sales Company, Davenport
& Blanchard, D. Pender, Darden
Brothers, M. J. Gregory's, The Per
quimans Weekly, Morgan's Grocery,
Goodwin's Dress Shop, H. C. Stokes,
The Southern Cotton Oil Co., Mrs.
Jake White, Hertford Hardware &
Supply Co., Z. A. Harris, D. J.
Pritchard, Hilda's, Rose's 5 & 10,
W. M. Morgan, Simon's, Hertford
Town Office by W. G. Newby.
According to the petition, the mer
chants agreed that the stores will be
closed at noon each Thursday and this
arrangement will continue through
September 18, when the half-day
holidays will come to an end.
Fire Destroys Car
And Furnishings
Of Former Resident
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Doughty, form
erly of Hertford, and Mr. and Mrs.
Ervin Leary were completely bumed
out of their home by a fire of un
determined origin on April 14, in
Norfolk, Va. The fire also destroy
ed the automobiles owned by the two
Mrs. Doughty and Mrs. Leary are
sisters and resided in the same
house in Norfolk, Va., and they nar
rowly escaped from the building when
the fire was discovered. They are
sisters of Mrs. John Asbell of this
Charminade Music
Club Met Monday
The Senior division of the Charmi
nade Music Club met Monday even
ing at the home of Miss Anne
Matthews, with Misses Matthews,
Minnie Raye ' Dail, Mary Proctor,
Helen Wray Baker and Delia Evans
as hostesses.
Katherine White, Allene Yeates,
Helen .Wray Baker, Genie Jo White
and Dorothy Oakey played piano
solos, and Buena May Godwin, Leila
Ruth Nobles and Barbara Winslow
read ' stories of musical Interest
Mrs.' R. M. Riddick, counselor, told
the story of the "Headless Horse
man! and illustrated it by playing
Tam-o-shanter. At the close of the
program, Dorothy Oakey took charge
of the , meeting, - and made every
member not initiated at the- last
meeting do stunts, after which re
freshments were served by: the
hostesses. ,, , v ,
Major James ETotten, TVS, A
and Mrs. Totten formerly of Panama,
who have been visiting with Mrs
Totten's relatives In Perquimans,' left
Thursday for 'their new 'post at
March Field. Southern California. V
Mrs. Totten's niece, Miss , Alice
Roberson, accompanied them and will
be their guest for some time.
Recorder's Court
Disposes Of Minor
Cases On Tuesday
Reckless Driving Costs
Roper Man Consider
able Sum
Judge Granberry Tucker sentenced
U. C. Swain, of Roper, to sixty days
on the roads, sentence to be sus
pended upon payment of a $100 fine
and costs, after having found him
guilty of reckless driving, causing
damages to a car owned by Sidney
Sutton, Negro.
Swain entered a plea of guilty to a
charge of driving without a permit,
but contended he was not guilty of
hitting the car driven by Sutton.
Fifty dollars of the fine imposed
on 'Swain is to be turned over to
Sutton for damages to his car.
In a lengthy hearing, drawn out
by the defense council, Thomas Ed
ward Chappell was found guilty of
reckless driving and taxed with the
costs of court. The State took a nol
pros as to a charge of driving with
out lights. Chappell was stopped by
Patrolman Gaskill while driving af
ter his lights had burned out due to
a short circuit, and he was on his
way to get them fixed, according to
the testimony offered.
Annie Goodwin, Negress, entered
a plea of guilty to having in her
possession non-tax paid liquor and
was taxed with the costs of court.
Mildred Johnson, Negro, entered a
plea to having non-tax paid liquor
and was taxed costs of court. Both
the above named defendants were
placed in jail awating payment of the
Three cases were continued by the
Court at the Tuesday hearing:
David Johnson, Negro, charged
with failure to stop at the scene of
an accident and assault on Nathan
Trueblood was granted a continuance
until the May 13th term of court.
The Winslow-White Motor Com
pany, charged with illegal parking,
was granted a continuance.
The case of H. E. Kirby charged
with assault will be heard at the next
term of Recorder's Court
Election Of Town
Officials Tuesday
Although the candidates for Town
Offices are unopposed, the machinery
for the coming Town Election is all
set for the election day next Tues
day, May 6, when the townspeople
will elect the Mayor and Town Com
missioners for a two-year term.
Mayor V. N. Darden is a candidate
to succeed himself, as are Town Com
missioners W. H. Hardcastle, M. J.
Gregory and Z. A. Harris.
B. C. Berry is a new candidate for
Town Commissioner and will replace
A. W. Hefren, who has served on the
Board for the past twenty years.
Berry is Adjutant of the Perquimans
Post of the American Legion.
Little interest in the Town Elec
tion has manifested itself this year
and it is not likely that a large vote
will turn out to cast ballots at the
Tuesday voting, however, the Town
Clerk has ordered a sufficient num
ber of ballots to take care of any
rush that might come at the polls.
Inasmuch as the candidates were
unopposed, the primary election was
not held on April 28, as called for,
but the candidates were certified in
stead. A total of 407 ballots were oast in
the first primary held In Hertford
two years ago, but unless the inter
est in voting increases by leaps and
bounds before next Tuesday, the
present election will not come any
where near that mark.
Town Takes Over
Retailing Of Ice
At Town Plant
Mayor V. N. Darden announced this
week that effective May 1, the Town
of Hertford -will take over the retail
ice business at the municipal plant
located on Grubb Street.
- Heretofore that concession has
been handled under a sub-lease and
has not proven entirely satisfactory,
and Town officials believe that the
new arrangement will be a better
set-up all around.
Mayor Darden, in announcing the
change, explained that all ice sold
by the Town at the ice plant will be
for cash only, 1 , ...
The retail home delivery ale of
ice will continue along? the same
method that has been in force in the
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' Perquimans Lodge, No. 106, A.-F-
A A. M., held a regular meeting1 in
the- Court House Tuesday night ,
Perquimans Farmers
Approve Peanut Plan
By A Huge Margin
Total of 754Voters Ap
prove While 4 Oppose
Plan Which Carried
Peanut growers in Perquimans
County voted overwhelmingly in
favor of the peanut marketing quo
tas for the next three years in the
referendum held Saturday. County
Agent L. W. Anderson announced
Monday that of 1,100 eligible voters
in the county a total of 754 voted
for the proposal while only 4 vofoea
against it.
The plan was approved throughout
the entire peanut growing section by
approximately 87 per cent of the eli
gible voters casting their ballot in
favor of the quotas which will in
sure a guaranteed price on the pro
duction during the years 1941, 1942
and 1943. In order for the quotas
to be effective it was necessary for
at least 66 2-3 per cent of the grow
ers to favor the action.
States with the heaviest peanut
growing population turned out a vote
well above the required minimum, off
setting less enthusiastic approval in
other states.
The marketing quotas will be ap
plied during the next three years
Peanuts are grown for a dual mar
ket, edible nuts generally going at
higher prices than those crushed for
oil. Expanded production in recent
years has crowded both markets, AAA
officials asserted. Last year's di
version of 275,000 tons into oil cost
the Government more than ten mil
lion dollars.
Under the control plan that will
now be effective, individual acreage
allotments will be given, similar to
those for cotton and tobacco, and
farmers will be permitted to sell all
peanuts grown on the allotted acre
age but a tax of three cents a pound
will be invoked on any peanuts mar
keted in excess of the quotas.
Easter Seal Sales
Net Sum Of $43.25
The Easter Seal Sale for Crippled
Children netted a sum of $53.25, ac
cording to Mrs. Lucius Blanchard,
Jr., County Welfare officer, who di
rected the drive. This sum is some
what larger than the amount raised
last year, and Mrs. Blanchard credits
the school children of the county,
who aided in the drive, for the in
creased success.
The Hertford Grammar School
children sold a total of $13.69 worth
of the Seals and were the outstand
ing children in the drive. Two
classes at this school were awarded
one-half hour off their classes for
having achieved a record set at the
beginning of the drive.
The Hertford Colored School was
second high in the reports, having
sold $12.19 worth of Seals.
The Perauimans County Central
Grammar School turned over a sum
of $9.07; New Hope School reported
$1.78, and Perquimans High School
forty-nine cents.
The Boy Scouts sold pins to aid in
the drive and they reported the sum
of $3.03.
One half of the funds raised
through ithis drive remains in the
county while the remaining half is
forwarded to State headquarters.
The money that is kept at home is
used to buy .braces and to pay for
operations and for transportation to
and from clinics in the effort to aid
crippled children, Mrs. Blanchard
stated this week.
Lions Club Meeting
At Hotel May 6th
The regular meeting of the Hert
ford Lions Club, scheduled for to
night (Friday) at the Hotel Hert
ford, has been postponed until next
Friday night, May 6. A very in
teresting program has been arranged
for that date.
Circle Number Four of the Wom
an's Missionary Society of the Hert
ford Bantist Church will meet Mon
day evening, May 5, at the home of
Mrs. Robert white. Mrs. ta. w.
Mayes, chairman, urges all members
to be present.
New officers were installed at a
meeting Monday night of the Per-
mlmnTia DiantAr nf t.Vie Order of the
Eastern Star held in their lodge
room in the Court House. tThe meet
ing was an enjoyable anair.
Charles Skinner Gets
AppointmeriKAs Rural
Mail Carriei
Charles Skinner, clerk in the Hert
ford postoffice for the past five
years, has been notified of his ap
pointment to fill the vacancy on thtf
Rural Delivery Service created when
C. B. Parker retired from Route One
on January 1.
Mr. Skinner will assume his new
duties as carrier for Route One on
May 12. according to an announce
ment by S. M. Whedbee, local post
master. Legion Post Holds
Important Meeting
On Thursday, May 15
Meeting Date Changed
Due to Commence
ment Exercises; Of
ficers to Be Elected
In order not to conflict with the
Commencement Exercises to be held
at the High School on May 9, the
Perquimans Post of the American
Legion will hold its next regular
meeting at the Courthouse on Thurs
day night, May 15.
This will be an important meeting
and all members are urged to remem
ber the date and plan to be present.
The meeting will bring to a close the
final Roll Call and canvass for mem
bership before the State Convention.
Officers for the coming year will
also be chosen at the next meeting,
as well as delegates and alternates
for the State Convention to be held
in Durham on June 23.
The new officers chosen at this
next meeting will take their offices
sometime after the State Convention.
The State of North Carolina has
just received a cup for leading all
other States in increase in member
ship to the Legion during the year
1941 over 1940 and within the State,
the First District, of which the Per
auimans Post is a part, now leads
all other districts in the State in
membership increase. If the First
District can continue to hold this lead
it will lead the parade at the State
Convention in Durham.
The local Post has given permis
sion to the Legion Auxiliary of Eden
ton to have the privilege of selling
Poppies in Hertford on Memorial
Day. This program is usually car
ried out by the local Legion Posts
but due to the insufficient time the
Perquimans Post can not get the sit'
uation readied in time and for this
year has granted the Edenton Auxil
iary the right to carry on as it has
in the past several years.
The local Post held an enjoyahle
meeting last Thursday night at the
Belvidere Community House and was
served a "Dutch" supper by the la
dies of the Belvidere Home Demon
stration Club. Thirty-four members
were present at this meeting.
Lieutenant Commander J. A. Burke
of the U. S. Coast Guard Station in
Elizabeth City, gave the members a
very interesting demonstration of the
life preserver and parachute. He
explained the functioning of the two
articles as well and answered ques
tions asked by the Legionnaires.
Rotarians Hear Talk
On Game Birds And
Animals Tuesday
The Hertford Rotary Club, hold
ing its regular meeting on Tuesday
evening at the Hotel Hertford, was
entertained with an illustrated talk
on game birds and animals.
B. H. James, of Robersonville, of
the Cooperative Farm Game Pro
gram of the North Carolina Division
of Game and Inland Fisheries, was a
Mr. James showed an interesting
series of pictures of North Carolina
wild life and its habitat to illustrate
his talk on how game birds and ani
mals can be protected.
The cooperative farm game pro
gram, he told Rotarians, urges farm
ers to use idle fields and thinly
wooded sections to plant food crops
for game, and to leave hedge-rows in
large fields as cover for game birds
The next meeting of the Rotary
Club will be held next Tuesday night
at .New Hope. The ladies of the New
Hope community will serve the sup
per on this occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. White an
nounce the birth of a son, Walter
Wellington White, Jr., on Saturday,
April, 26. Mother and baby are do
in nicely.
Four Negro Draftees
Leave For Fort Bragg
Thursday, May 8th
No Call For White Men
For May Has Been
Received By Local
Reports Request That
All Questionnaires Be
As a result of mailing fifty ques
tionnaires to registrants under the
Selective Service Act during last
week, the local draft board had a
lengthy session Wednesday after
noon classifying the men who had
returned their questionnaires.
Four Negro selectees are schedul
ed to leave Hertford next Thursday,
May 8, for Fort Bragg, where they
will be inducted into the armed
forces. The men are: William Banks,
Robert Winslow, Russell Gilliam and
Limuel Vaughan.
At the present time the board
does not have a call for white men
for the month of May. J. R. Stokes,
chairman of the local board, stated
that he is not certain that this coun
ty will be asked for men during the
At the present time over six hun
dred men in the county are register
ed but have not been mailed ques
tionnaires. However, this may soon
be changed as reports coming from
Raleigh state that the iState Selec
tive Sendee headquarters have in
structed local draft boards to send
questionnaires immediately to all
registrants who have not been classi
fied. Officials explained that those in
class "One" will be placed in a group
waiting physical examination. There
will be no change in the rule re
quiring physical examinations within
less than i$ days of induction time. .
Reports aiso have it that a w.w
registration will be held sometime in
July for all men who have reached
their 21st birthday since the regis
tration day last October 16. Offi
cials in Washington estimate that
approximately one million young men
have become 21 since this time and
a large number of these can be called
for service immediately due to the
fact that they are in a healthy con
dition and are less encumbered with
duties and dependents.
However, the local board has re
ceived no notification as yet of these
two actions.
Pasquotank County
Chosen As Site For
Dirigible Base
Announcement was made from
Washington on Wednesday that a site
located in Pasquotank County, near
Elizabeth City, will be the spot
where the Navy Department will
construct its new dirigible base.
The site chosen for the base is lo
cated approximately three and a
half miles from the U. S. Coast
Guard Station constructed last year.
The cost of the new blimp base will
be in the neighborhood of five mil
lions of dollars and will maintain a
personnel of some three to four
hundred men.
The base in Elizabeth City will be
one of a chain of bases to be con
structed and used for experimental
coastal patrol.
President Roosevelt disclosed on
Tuesday that he had approved the
plan for the construction of the bas
es and the choice of the site was an
nounced Wednesday.
All of the counties of the Albe
marle section offered sites for the
base, when Navy officials visited
this locality about six months ago
but aside from rumors of location
nothing definite was known until the
announcement was made Wednesday.
Registration Books
Open Thru Saturday
Mrs. P. H. Small, registrar for the
Town Election, stated Wednesday
that the registration books for the
coming election to be held Tuesday,
May 6, will be opened at the Court
house throughout Saturday, May 3.
All residents of Hertford, now on
the County's registration books,- are
not compelled to register for the
election, but new comers to the Town
must register before Saturday night
in order to vote Tuesday.
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