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j XXIII, Number 1,
.The Board of Commissipners for
Perquimans County met in regular
session here . last1 Tuesday, the
meeting having been postponed one
day due to the holiday falling on
Monday. , '
: A. delegation of citizens of Win
fall, including Elijah White, J. F.
HoUowell, Sr., and Nathan Mat-
Inews, appeared before the board
f-'y to request approval'of an applica
tion for a street in Winfall to be
r returned to the State. Highway
-' system, . and this request was ap
; '. proved" by the Board. The street
. in question is one leading from U.
,:.B; 17 to Highway 37, and it is re
ported ; to carry a heavy traffic
. load, . . -
The Board was advised Mrs. T.
, E. Raper is resigning as registrar
U f or vitaly statistics for ;, Hertford
Township! and the "County Health
... Department -was named to fill out
this vacancy should the resignation
Bilas M. Whedbee, County Attor
ney, was authorized to confer with
v the clerk of recorder's court on the
, appointment of an additional depu
j. ty clerk of recorder's court in or
der to provide further service for
this court at nights and on week
I ends. The action followed a dis-
cussion by the board on the opera-
tion of the court, after, it has been
' reported additional service could be
beneficial to the operation of the
- recorder's court -
The Board denied a request for
a donation . to be made for furn
ishings for the Negro State44-H
Camp, after being advised by the
County Attorney the Board was not
empowered to make, such contri-
j ' During -, the . meeting reports
t were tendered to the Commission-
ers by members of the Extension
ervice and, by the Srinte-ndentt
in Double Header
Congress, which convened Tues
day, will hear the State of the Un-
ion message by President Eisen- j
hower ort Thursday and it1 is then
exoected to plunge into the vast
job ol'Considering legislation pro-j
posed through numerous bills al-
- ready introduced. Major programs
the attention of Congress.
4 reports say, will deal with the farm
'f if iaation, a road building! program
- e id federal aid for building
ohools. A-tax reduction bill is
also expected tfri considered and
''reports state sucn a, tax reduction
' Will likely be voted in this election
'..year, . i. ; ' V
. A riot In connetion with a West
Inghouse strike n Columbus, Ohio,
Tuesday resulted in the death of
one porson aiid injuries to eight
others. A picliet on duty died from
a hf art attack during the violence.
Eif'l-.ty-eighjt persona participating'
' ; 'jt wire jailed by Columbus
'eld an election Monday
s of -establishing a stable
t hut the - results were
l no party winning a suf
jority and reports indi
i iron will have to con
i a coalition form of gov
v.ldch may not prove ef-
Ti-edict a good year
1956" but state
t 1 out to tiormal
1 1 fshler, produc-
1 1 i t'.ere is pos
' C' !s lot r in the
First Snow Causes jj Vj
Highway Hazards : v
j Perquimans Cunty's first, snow
of the winter started falling last
Friday morning at about 11:30
o'clock, and continued until late af
ternoon, covering the ground with
approximately one to two inches
of snow,, '.' ;:.
. The snowfall attracted .consider
able attention, especially from the :
children and it also brought about
a number of problems. Highways
became slippery and a number of
minor accidents were reported due
to this condition.
The Highway Patrol o issued
warnings to motorists to drive with
caution in order to prevent acci
dents. ' -
Sasser Resijpis As
Ralph Sasser, Assistant Farm
Agent for Perquimans ' County
since May, 1953, has tendered his
resignation of the position to ac
cept a pposition with the Albemarle
Chemical Company, a new fertiliz
er business to be opened here early
next month. .
' Mr. Sasser tendered his resigna
tion to the Board of Commissioners
at a meeting -held here Monday.
The resignation is to become effec
tive February 15.
In resigning as Assistant Farm
Agent Mr. Sasser expressed his ap
preciation to the Board and to the
residents of the county for. the co-
operation he has rec,eiyd wMteJer-
I The Indians and Squaws of Per
' ouimana High School will open
their Albemarle Conference basket
ball schedule here on Friday night
. i ..... . 1- - 1 1 1 ln win
I playing me uuy bhu
! of Williamston. Game time has
been set for 7:30 for .the prenmi
nary contest between the girls.
Coach Ike rerry'S squad of girls
lost the first game of this season
0n Tuesday night when the Gates
vllle lassies scored a 68-47 win over
the Squaws. : Hobbs, scoring a to-
tal of '49 points, was the leading
scorer for the visitors. .Pierce hit
for the remaining nine points for
Jo Pat Stokes led the Penjjim
ans: scoring, with a total of 28
points. Kussell collected 10 points,
HoUowell six and Williams three.
The contest was a thriller from
start to finish with the teams be
ing tied at the half with the score
standing 27-all. Hobbs' sharp
shooting in the second half gave
the edge to the visitors.
' The Gatesville boys edged the
Indiana 56 to 55 in the final game
of the double header. Holding a
three-point advantage at the half
time, the visitors managed to main
tain a slight lead through the sec
ond 'period and finished ahead by
one point r , , , .
' Williams was nigh scorer or the
contest canning 24 points for Per-.
quimana while Pittman tallied 22
points for the visitors. Other scor-'j
ing . for i the Indiana included 16
points by Matthews, five by Miller,
four by Baker and Howell and two
point by pray,,;,
On Next Tuesday "night the In
dians and Squaws will travel to
TrW,i fM.lft.M ,'PWBent." The Department believes,
will play in Hertford1 again . next
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Friday night with the Aheskie
teams furnishing the opposition.
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EASTERN STAR KirTlNG
The Order of the Eastern Star
will-meet Monday nif '.t, January
9, at 8 o'clock in the Tasonio roomi
f i !' e v -t 'House. All members
i 1 to attend."
Hertford, Perquimans County North
AVIS MACADAMUS New specie for ornithologists to study in years to come is the "highway
bird." A prime example of the fowl is shown, above. Its tail feathers form" the approach to a
service plaza under construction at Lawrence, Kan.', for the new Kansas Turnpike. Bird's body is
outlined by lanes of the 236-mile route. They join to form the beak, which stretches into the
distance at uDDer rieht. "Perch" is a secondary road which will be brideed bv the new through.
my, slated 'for opening by October of'this year. ; .
' The marriage of Miss Shirley
Marie Butt, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. I. C. Butt of Du rants Neck, to
Nathan Carlton Spivey, son of Mr.
and Mrs. N. C. Spivey of Route 3,
Hertford, took place Sunday after-
jioon, December ib at 4 o clock in
the New Hope Methodist Church.
The Rev. Earl B. Meekins per
formed the double ceremony in a
setting of mixed white flowers,
palms' and cathedral candles. Mrs.
Melvin Wood played the wedding
music and accompanied Miss Ruth
Tucker, who sang "Because" and
. Given In marriage' by her father,
the bride wore a white wool dress
trimmed in white satin beaded Pe
ter Pan collar, , matching accessor
ies and carried a white prayer book
topped ; & !pink"'6rchid and
4 Mfo MadfieCRipe" of Eliza-'
be th City, the bride's : attendant,
chose a. pink wool diiess trimmed in
pink satin withmatching hat.', She
carried a bouquet of pink carna
tions showered with lavendar iris.
Nathan C. Spivey, the' bride
groom's father, was best man.
Groomsmen were Thomas R. Butt,
of Belvidere, brother of the bride;
Billy H. Jones, Bobby Jones and
Julian W. Hughes, all of Route 3,
Mrs, T. R. Butt, of Belvidere,
sister-in-law of the bride, was mis
tress of ceremonies. ,
The bride's mother chose a dress
of blue crepe with satin trim,
matching hat and black accessory's.
She wore a corsage of red roses.
The bridegroom's mother wore a
brown silk dress flecked in gold,'
brown accessories and a corsage of
yellow roses. ( . .
.After the ceremony the couple
left for a southern wedding trip af
ter which they will reside in Ga.
The district school physician is
now making physical examinations
on third grade students through
out the health district, it was re
ported by Dr. B. B. McGuire.
He . stated all white schools in
all counties have been comuleted 1
ertcept Elizabeth City. . Following
completion of the examinations in
the, city schools, the third' grades
in the 'colored schools of all four
counties will be seen. , '
The doctor said it is always re-
gretted that other grades cannot
be included in the examinations but
lack of time prevents it. :
Parents are urged to be present
at. the examinations, and are sent
written notices of the date and
time. ' However, the , Department
reports,far too few parents are
in order to have a" good program,
at least 80 per cent of parents
should be present for these exami
nations. ' " , i
v So far, this year, : Hertford
Grammar Sohool leads the district.
in this regard, with 58 per cent of I
parents being present at the time I
examinations were made at that
school.- i .
rh:rd Gr 2der s Get
County Ranks 56th
In Number Farms
From 1950 To 1954
According to the 1954 census of
agriculture, Perquimans County!
ranks 56th in North Carolina from I
April, 1950, to November, 1954, in
the percentage increase in number
of farms. In 1954 Perquimans was '
credited with 888 farms, which rep-'
resents a decrease of 7.6 since
1950. Person County heads the list
with a percentage of 26.2.
There are only 16 counties with
more farms in 1954 than in 1950.
The increases range from Person
with 26.2 percent to Currituck with
0.4 percent. One county.'Grcens,
reports exactly the same number of
farms at each census period.
Eighty-two k , counties reported
fewer farms: in 1954 thah; in 1950.
The losses range from 0.2 pfercent
iaSurry county to37.4ieeelMh
Gaston county. ; '
It is interesting to note that only
two counties in the state show in
creases of more than 10 percent in
number of farms, while 32 counties
show decreases of more than 10
percent during the 'approximately
five year period.
There does not appear to be any
particular conclusion asto what
parts of the state were most affect
ed by gains and losses. Most of
the counties that suffered heavy
losses are pretty well scattered
over the state. The number of
counties showing only nominal loss
es are chiefly cash crop counties.
However, there ara all kinds of ex
ceptionS to any geographic obser
vation. Several counties showed
gains, or only nominal losses, while
vuwi ucAi uour iieisiioors snowea
heavy losses. There simply is no
pattern to the gains and losses of
farms during the last five years or
so. The outstanding fact is that
83 counties report fewer farms
than in 1950. .
y Following the Trend
There is nothing to be alarmed
Tax School Here
On Monday Night ,
-There will be an Income Tax and
Social Security School for farmers
in the Agricultural Buildinir at
Hertford on Monday night, Janu
ary 9, at 7:30 o'clock. ' This is a
very pertinent school at the pres
ent time, as social security for
rarme Something new and the
changes in income tax are. such
that it will be beneficial to you to
b present ' to learn , more about
them. "These meetings on income
taxand social, security are in great (
demand throughout the state and
,W .L- Turner, Public Affairs Spe-
cialist, has spent a great deal of
time working up this meeting, in
which the latest information will
be given. I urge you to attend,"
said ' R. M. 'Thompson, County
Agent.' ' . .
birth of a son, Horn at Albemarle
tTiam'tnl Tn.n.a.. Tkf.
A Vaginal vujv..
MASONS TO MEET
The Perquimans Masonic Lodge
No. 106,' A. F. ?4 A. M., will meet
TuesdV night at T:30 o'clock.
.Carolina, Friday, January 6, 1956.
about in the decline of farms in
North Carolina. We are finally
f 0,10 w'nff the national trend. In
the United States the number of
j farms reached an approximate peak
about 1910 and remained rather
constant for the next 25 years.
The decline in farms set in after
1935, at which time the Census re
ported 6,812,350 farms. The num
ber of farms had declined to 6,382,
162 in 1950. The total for 1955 has
not been reported. Preliminary re
ports are out for about 30 states,
nearly all of which show fewer
afrms in 1954 than in 1950.
; North Carolina has experienced a
Iqss of from 288,508 farms in April
1950 to 267,906 farms in November
1654. This means a loss of 20.602
.rmsv. or ' slightly under,. 5,000
arms per year for the four and
one half year period.
While there has been a steady
decline of farms in the. United
States, and in almost every state
during the last 20 years or so,
North Carolina has shown increas
es. In fact, North Carolina is the
only state in the Union that show
ed increases of farms from 1940 to
1945, and from 1945 to 1950. The
1920 Census reported 269,763 farms
in North Carolina; the 1950 Census
reported 288,508 farms. The 1954
report of 267,906 is almost identi
cal with the 1920 number. During
this same period, the nation lost
more than one million farms, rep
resenting a decline of some -20 per
cent in number of farn
While there was a decline in the
total number of farms, there was
,an increase of about 2,000 in the
j number of farmers cultivating from
h to 9 acres. There was a decrease
- in all other brackets up to 200
acres of cultivated land per farm.
There was an increase of 209 farm
ers cultivating more than 200 acres
each. This again is following the
Passes In Richmond
Mrs. Hanna K. Stephens, 76, died
Sunday in a Richmond nursing
home following a long illness.
She was a resident of Hertford
for 50 years before moving to
Survivors include her husband,
P. L.' Stephens of Richmond; six
daughters, Mrs. W. S. Hooton of
Richmond, with whom the family
is" staying,. Mrs. N. C. Haskett and
Mrs. A. C. Shannonhouse of Eliza'
beth Mrg T C. j'ackson of
Edenton, Mrs. A. C. Hall of Trus
ville, Ala., and Mrs. D. D. Fuller
of Gainesville. l .'"'"' ! , J
, Funeral services were conducted
Tuesday morning at 1 o'olock in
Richmond, and interment followed
in a Richmond Cemetery.
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Some Stores To Close
. . ,' , IT . '. ' . ;
: IIUIIIUBI- Oi X1C1 HUJlS Will
closing Wednesday after
noons next week, it was announced
today, following a survey conducted
on Wednesday. . Several stores re-
ported tW will remain open Wed -
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nesday afternoons until a later date
when jthev, too, will join tha clns-
Building And Loan
Shows Fine Growth
Hertford Building and Loan As
sociation today reported that its as
sets now amounted to $145,001.25,
or about lu per cent more than
what they were on December 31,
A. W. Hefren, president of the
association, in releasing the annual
report, said that the institution's
progress continued to be based on
serving an increasing number of
Perquimans citizens, "and serving
"With each passing year," he
said, "we serve a growing number
of people, either by providing a
safe, convenient and profitable
place for their savings, or by
granting them loans on a sound ba
sis for the purchase of homes."
Mr. , Hefren listed highlights of
the specialized thrift and home fi
nancing institution's 1955 opera
tions as follows:
1. Net savings in 1955 increased
by $14,252.00, bringing total sav
ings to $127,713.00.
2. Dividends paid out to savers
3. Home loans increased both in
number and amount, witii such
loans numbering, 16, and totaling
$44,200.00 in 1955; Total home
loans outstanding now amount to
4. Reserves now amount to $10,
261.23, or $2,155.14 more than at
the end of 1954.
Mr. Hefren forecast an "unusual
ly good" year for business in 1950,
especially for the first six months.
Tho economic expansion of 1955
would continue, he predicted, bols
tered by a high level of plant and
equipment expenditures, expanding
inventories, a high rate of consum
er spending, peak employment, and
a high level of construction.
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TB Seal Chairman
W.' Jarvis Ward, Seal Sale
Chairman of Perquimans County,
urges all, that have received seals,
and have put off sending in their
contributions, to do so as soon as
Mr. Ward said, "so far, that the
method to raise the money by
Christmas seals was also a high
point to inform the public of pro
gress being made against tuber
culosis. It gives the TB Associa
tion the opportunity of telling the
people about community health pro
grams financed by Christmas Seals.
None of this could be done if it
were not for the extensive volun
teer help, and the important work
that volunteers play in the role of
TB control." One of the vital pro
grams in TB control is the chest
X-ray. In 1955, 220 people were
chest X-rayed in cooperation with
the TB Association in the District
Mrs. M. B. Taylor, representative
of Seal Sale reports the following
colored churches, that have help
ed with the program:
First Colored Baptist Church,
$5.05; Galatia Baptist Church,
Because of the Christmas Seal
democratic appeal, no pressure is
exerted to make people contribute.
The individual determines whether
or not he will contribute for the
Christmas Seal, and what it stands,
for it has its own appeal.
Town Board Fills
Hertford's Town Board met on
Tuesday night in special session ior
the purpose of filling a vacancy on
the town's police force. After con
sidering a total of five applications
the Board appointed Pete Riddick
to the job vacated by William Tar
kenton. Riddick will assume his
duties immediately, 1 ,
- Mrs. Steve Perry was appointed
as assistant to the Town' Clerk at
a meeting held by the Board on
! December 24. Mrs. Perry started
' T J She T
Iceeds Miss Kathenna Nixon who
resigned the position IaRt month.
Makes Final Appeal
For Regular And
Special Civil Courts
100 Gallon Still
Sheriff J. ICWhite captured and
destroyed a 100-gallon capacity
still on Saturday, December 24, af
ter having conducted a search of
the premises of Herman Haynes,
Negro of Route two, Hertford.
: Sheriff White reported about 200
gallons of mash was also destroyed
at the still site. Haynes was charg
ed with manufacturing of illicit li
quir and a hearing was set for
Fined By Court
George Reid, Negro, charged
with reckless driving in connection
with an accident which damaged
the W. M. Divers & Son store here
last Christmas morning was order
ed to pay a fine of $25 and costs
after he entered a plea of jruilty
to the charge. He was also order
ed to pay the sum of $50 to the
Town of Hertford for damage done
to two parking meters.
A hearing for Reid was held in
Perquimans Recorder's Court in
session here last Tuesday. Other
cases disposed of during the ses
sion included the one of Thomas
Sawyer, Negro, who paid the costs
of court after pleading guilty to
charges of failing to observe a stop
George Dayton was taxed with
the costs of court on a charge of
Robert Levendar, Negro, was
found guilty of reckless driving and
ordered to pay a,- fme of $50 and
costs of court. .
A number ofcases on the court
docket ;;Vre 'setf for hearing & "tfte
January 10 term of court.
Sani t a t i o n P la ns
Proposed As Means
For Better Health
Held Last Saturday
M arvin Hoyle Umphlett, 52, died
in Duke Hospital Thursday after
noon of last week at 3:30 o'clock
after a long illness.
He was the son of Daniel C
Umphlett and the late Ella Cof
field Umphlett, a member of Holy
Trinity Episcopal Church, Perquim
ans Lodge A. F. & A. M., Sudan
Temple, Masonic bodies and the
Survivors in addition to his fa
ther include his wife, Mrs. Char
lott Nixon Umphlett; four broth
ers, Clyde Umphlett of Durham,
Wallace W. Umphlett of Wilson,
Haywood S. Umphlett of Baltimore
and Charles Umphlett of Louisi
ana; one sister, Mrs. Harrell Thach
of Gordonsville, Va.
Funeral services were conduct
ed Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock
at the Lynch Funeral Home here
with burial in New Hope Ceme
Planned January 12
There will be a livestock school
held at the Agricultural Building
on Thursday afternoon, Jamiarg 12
at 2:00 P. M. ThiB school Will be
conducted by Jack Kelley and Sam
Buchanan,1 .livestock specialists at
State College. Part of the dis
cussion will be led by a panel made
up of the specialists, livestock
leaders, and possibly a veterinar
ian. "In the past a great deal of In
terest has been shown in livestock
and I think that these discussions
are very educational and enjoyable
to those thht attend," stated It. M.
Thompson, County Agent. "
5 Cents Per Cop?
A total of 74 residents of the
county were drawn for jury ser
vice at the regular and special
terms to be held here the last
week in January and the first week
of February during the meeting of,
the Board of Commissioners last
Both sessions of the Superior
Court will be devoted entirely to.
the handling of civil actions.
Drawn tor Jury service for tho
court term convening January 30
were: J. P. Chesson, Jr., Ulric C.
Caddy, F. R. Chappell, B. C.
Koonce, J. J. Phillips, James V.
Perry, Quincy Riddick, A dram h.
Hurdle, Norman Godfrey, John Har
rell, Lester Keel, W. H. Lam-,
Caleb Raper, Oliver Cartwnght,
Jessie Lee Harris, James T. Hall,
Jones Perry, M. M. Spivey, Sr.,
Carson Monds, W. A. Gay, Wilbert
Wilson, J. R. Jarvis, J. Alton
Pierce, Earl Taylor, J. P. Cart
wright, D. A. Winslow, Robert
Russell, W. L. Sumner, Carl N.
Owens, V. L. Proctor, Archie As
bell, Henry Edd Smith, Henry C. '
Sullivan, John O. White, Jr., E. S.
Fulghum, Abe Godfrey, Sr.
The jurors drawn to serve ;it the
special term of court, convening
February 6 were: James E. Greg
ory, James C. Burke,- John (). .
White, III, Erwin W. Wholli-V
Joseph Harrell, F. M. CopH.iWi
Melvin Forehand, Oliver "' 'nslow,
William E. Williams, J. ..Greg
ory, W. L. Gagley, VV. S. Lonir,
Mrs. J. R. Futrell, P. JJ. Thacli,
Vivian C. Dale, William Forivll, -John
E. Chappell, Lorenzo EIlioll,
James Brothers, Miss Audrey L'ni
phlett, Jarvis Henry, Ellis (i. By
rum, William A. Russell, T. W.
Wilson, James Barnes, J. H. lii.yccv
W. V. Brabble, Curtis Wilson, Ar
rie L.. Wilson, William S. . Uirph-,"
lett, Mrs. CorbiV Dozier Freeman;
Lon p, AI tut 1' tiT E. IV Kii by. '
iloydf " La yden, Ja"mes rWJ'.&ajiiBJ.'J
Jim L. Lamb and Charles E. Lautv-.
K. J. Eyer, Sanitarian for the
District Health Department, speak
ing before the Hertford Rotary
Club Tuesday night, proposed a
four-point program for better sani
tation in Perquimans County.
Stating that sanitation is ibp
foundation for better health every
where Mr. Eyer said he would like
to see a sewer and water ordinance
adopted for the Town of Hertford;-'
a year around rat control pi-ojrram
established and the construction of
a sewerage treatment plank The
last point of the proposed program
is the establishment of more dairy .
business within the county.
Describing his work as district
sanitarian, Mr. Eyer said the job is
more than simply inspecting food '
and drink establishments and plac
inK up of grade cards. Public health
laws, he said, provide certain codes
which must be observed for the
protection of public, health and the -sanitarian
must carry out a vast
tour of inspection in seeing these -laws
are fully observed.
Much work is carried out in con
nection with inspection of schools
and school lunchrooms' throughout.
t the district to maintain a hiprh
BLuuuuru oi neuun jor scnooi rnil-j
dren. Eyer said each, school ia
thoroughly inspected twice a year
and recommendations for improve
ment of conditions are made to
proper school authorities. '
Mr. Eyer was introduced to the
Rotarians by V. N. Darden, pre''
gram chairman. i . ,
' SERVICES FRIDAY
The Rev. P. E. Shultz, rector of ,
Holy Trinity Church announced
that Holy Communion will hi ob-V
served at the church at 10 A. M.,
Friday, January 6; Feast of the ;
Epiphany. At 7:30 Friday evening -a
color filmstrip, "Story of the
Other Wise Man" will he shown at :
the church. ' This will be a service
of interest to the community and ?
public is irvitud to attend. '
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