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Prof. W. R. Gentry Passes
One Of Alleghany County's Most Pro
(By Glenn Nichols.)
W. R. Gentry died at his home at
Edwards Cross Roads on June 19,
after several days illness.
He was born in Surry County Jan.
29, 1863. He lived 70 years, four
months and 20 days. These years had
been filled with unusual activity in
the different endeavors that he was
engaged in in this community.
Hft had a hard struggle securing
an education during the days of Re
construction, but he did not falter
when hard times stared him in the
face. He had a determination to win,
and pressed on toward his goal and
secured a good education.
He engaged in teaching school in
(M« county for several years. While
teaching at Laurel Springs he start
ed hi the mercantile business in a
small way. He moved to Edwards
Cross Roads and established one of
the largest stores in the county and
wSS successful as a country mer
chant for years. He began buying
re4l estate around him until he be
came one of the largest land owners
in. the county. After he began to
tam o* * large scale, there were
very large crops of wheat, com and
other grain .produced there...
• He was public spirited and,always
helped in . educational matters when
possible. He was committeeman at
his home school for a long period of
time and took a great deal, of pride
in his little country school.
He was a member of the County
Board,. of Commissioners one time
where his good Judgment was needed
in guiding the policies©* the county,
He was married to MisS Lena Ed
wards on December 23, 1890. To this
union were born two daughters, Mrs.
urace noicomoe or uaeene, ukb
hrspn and l(rs. Ruth Cox of Galax,
He was very effectibnate with
j§gt children and was always ready
to do anything he could to make
&em comfortable and happy.
He was converted while attending
school at Sparta as a student of Prof.
S. W. Brown and Joined the Metho
dist Church and lived a faithful mem
ber until death. He very often talked
about the future add was heard tc
quote scripture and the .following lit
“In the BUn, the moon and in the sky
On the mountain, world and high,
In the thunder and in the rain
In the grove the wood the plain,,
In the little birds that sing
God is seen in everything.”
The funeral was directed by Stur
divant Brothers and the services were
conducted Wednesday from the Spar
ta Methodist Church by his Pastor,
Rev. C. W. Russell, assisted by Rev.
W. H. Handy. R. A. Doughton read
the obituary^ and Judge Padgett, of
Independency spoke a very beautiful
tribute on his life and character,
j A. large crowd attended the ser
trices with a great Horal offering t
show their love and respects for thi
His death brings sorrow to tht
hearts of numbers of people that ha.
shared his kindness and generosity
especially those that have been inti
mately associated with him.
The Active pall bearers were: R. A
Doughton,f D. C. Duncan, T. J. Car
son, M. A. Higgins, Emmett Cox, ano
W. P. Poole. i
The Anal rites were observed at the
PINKY CREEK FARM NOTES
' V . ..
(By ft. E. Black, Voc. Teacher.)
The farmers of the Plney Creek
community have sold their wool to
the Chatham Manufacturing Co. for
32 cents per pound. 3,650 pounds were
sold through the local pool.
There Is quite a difference of opin
ion amongffthe farmers as to the beat
variety of oata to grow. Mr. Carlis
Lee Mitchel! has a good demonstra
tion with Norton, Fulghum, and
Swedish varieties. He also has home
grown seed planted alongside Ohio
grown seed. This is an excellent de
moiistration and as many farmers as
possible should visit this field and
see for themselves the results ob
Mr. John R. Halsey has one to tell
about* chickens. He bought 575 chicks
and when market size he had 588.
Now* don’t accuse him of being a
chicken thief; the hatching just gain
ed a few extra and Mr. and Mrs.
Halsey know their “stuff" on brood
TIMES INSTALLS NEW
Type Was Set By Hand 47 Years
This issue of the Times marks a
change in the history of the county
paper of Alleghany County in that
the Times is set up and printed with
modern machinery in Sparta. Since
its establishment forty-seven years
ago the Times has been set by hand.
After the disastrous fire, which des
troyed its plant in January of this
year, the Times was set up and
printed in an adjoining county. Now
for the first time in the history of Al
leghany a modern type-setting ma
chine has been installed, and from
now on the Times expects to publish
home news, printed at home for home
With the installation of modern
machinery the Times has changed to
a new type face, which is very pop
ular with leading newspapers of the
country. Some of the newspapers us
ing this type face are: New York
Times, New York Sun, Chicago
American, Denver Post, Los Angeles
Examiner, Detroit Free Press, and
the New Orleans Times-Picayune^
Recommendations of this type by
leading educators and optometrists
are given below: Dean Homer P.
.Little, Qlark University says: “There
are: several improvements which one
nq.te* readily with, the new tjp* One
very noticeable thing is legibility. It
also makes a neater looking paper."
Ralph T. Barton, optometrist: ‘The
new type is so. easy to read that it
will make it Impossible for us to sell
glasses. Seriously, however, I think
the change is a yery good one. The
new type is pleasing in appearance
and easy to read,"
The management of the Times ex
tends to the public a cordial invita
tion to visit the plant in Sparta to
see how the paper is set up. I
Sparta lost another hard fought
ball game Saturday to Scottsville.
The contest went ten innings. The
score was tied in the last half of the
ninth. Gene Carpenter was on third
base after hitting a three bagger,
Nichols singled and Carpenter fell
between home and third with the
winning run but was thrown out at
the plate. The visitors scored and
the locals did not score.
The box score is as follows:
k. McMillian, c.
W. Shepherd, 2b.
E. McMillian, lb.
3. Shepherd, If.
Ab. R. H.
W. Joines, lb.
J. Carpenter, c.
G. Carpenter, rf.
E. Joines, 2b.
H. Carpenter, 2b.
Ab. R. H.
The batteries for the visitors were
Perkins and Absher pitching, and
McMillian catching. For the Horde
team, Wyatt, Edwards and Nichols
pitching and Carpenter catching.
The locals will journey to Laurel
Springs Saturday and Grassy Creek
wil come to Scottsville.
PINEY CREEK CITIZENS
ON PLEASURE TRIP
To Visit Chicago Exposition and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Gambill,
Prof. L. K. Halsey, and Miss Sarah
Parsons, al of Pinely Creek, N. C.,
eft the County Thursday morning by
automobile for a two weeks trip to
northern points. They plan to spend
a week at the Chicago exposition, to
go from Chicago through Canada
to Niagara Falls, then back to Wash
ington for two days, and returning
by the Natural Bridge in Virginia.
Several other places of interest will
be visited. They expect to return
to the County about the 10th of July.
Miss Edna Edwards, of Winston
Salem, spent the week-end with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Ed
wards, of Sparta.
* The Times is late get- *
* ting into the mail this *
* week due to difficulties *
* in getting our plant lined *
* up and adjusted. Hereaf- *
* ter we expect to get The *
* Times in the mail each *
* Thursday morning. *
...(By W. B. Collins, County Agent.)
Our Pooled wool was sold for 32
cents per pound this year. The 4 cts.
per pound which was held back, has
been dej&sited at the bank for pay
ing the balance due. To facilitate ex
pense in paying out this money, de
posits were made at the Bank to the
account of each farmer who had an
account there, and receipts for the
deposit were given to the County
Agent. Those who do not have an ac
count at the Bank of Sparta may get
their checks from the County Agent.
Last week, H. G. Green, Will Pugh,
Prof. Jackson, and I attended a pota
to meeting at the farm of Mr. J. T.
Albritten, Calypso, N. C., about 70
miles below Raleigh in Duplin coun
ty. This meeting was held to compare
the results obtained from Mountain
grown-certified, seed Irish Cobbler po
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Wildcat Reunion to be
Held At Winston-Salem
The Wildcats are once more on the
rampage and from every section of
the country the response to the call
for the Reunion to he held in Win
ston-Salem, North Carolina, July 2-5,
has been answered by thousands of
veterans of this historic Division.
The Reunion will open on Sunday,
July 2nd, with memorial services in
all of the churches at 11:00 A. M.,
and the Division memorial services
to the honored dead will be held at
3:00 P. M., in Reynolds Memorial
Auditorium. A smoker will be held in
the Robert E. Lee Hotel on Sunday
night. Monday, July 3frd, the conven
tion will get under way with the op
ening exercises at 9:30 A.M. A busi
ness session and unit dinners will be
held in the afternoon and a benefit
ball game, between Winston-Salem
and Wilmington of the Piedmont
League, will be held -at 7:45 P. M.
The Divisional ball and reception will
be held at the Robert E. Lee Hotel
at 10:00 P. M. On Tuesday, July 4th,
there will be a patriotic meeting at
9:30 A. M., followed by a general
celebration of Independence Day in
the afternoon. The Divisional parade'
and review will be held at 6:00 P.M.
and a carnival and dahce will be held
that night in one of the large tobacco
warehouses. On Wednesday, July 5th,
the business sessions of the Associa
tion will be held and the Reunion
will end with a Divisional banquet at
the Robert E. Lee Hotel.
All former members of this Divi
sion are requested to write to the Re
union Headquarters, Robert E. Lee
The Board of Education met in
special session Saturday, June 17, lo
consider redistricting the County, in
accordance with therequirements of
the new school law. It is the duty of
the Board to recommend to the State
changes of any district lines or the
School Commission the proposed
retention of all present district lines.
No great changes were recommend
ed in the districts of Alleghany Coun
ty by the Board. The majority of the
districts, it was recommended, re
main as they are.
Four districts were recommended
to be consolidated with other schools
if transportation can be arranged for
next year. Other consolidations were
proposed, to take effect in the year
1934-1935. This would leave in Al
leghany County thirty white and four
Committeemen for Alleghany Coun
ty cannot be appointed until all dis
tricts are set up by the State School
All who are interested in the Ceme
tery at Mt. Zion, are requested to
meet there on Thursday June 29th, to
clean off the cemetery. Sunday, June
30th will be the regular Decoration
and Memorial service.
Hotel, Winston-Salem, N. C., for full
Local Gov. Officials
Invited to Attend Institute
Governor to Open Program at Chapel
Hill Friday—Main Theme of Meet
ing Will Be Interpretation and
Discussion of Legislation Passed
By General .Assembly-Congress
City and county officials in Al
leghany County have been invited to
attend the 1933 sessions of the In
stitute of Government which are to
be held at the University of North
Carolina on Friday and Saturday of
this week, June 23 and 24.
Members of the North Carolina
delegation in Congress and represen
tatives of city, county, state, and fed
eral officials will participate in the
The main theme of the two-day
program, which has been announced
by Albert Coates, director of the In
stitute, will be detailed interpretation
and discussion of legislation passed
by the North Carolina General As
sembly and the National Congress of
1933, for the benefit of governmental
units and all groups of officials af
The formal opening of the Insti
tute will be held in the Graham Me
morial Friday night at 7 o’clock,
when Governor J. C. B. Ehringhaus,
Lieut.-Gov. A. H. Graham, and Spea
ker R.L.Harris will address the gath
ering. Presidents of groups of officers
and citizens affiliated with the Insti
tute will outline the work done dur
ing the past year and indicate the
program for the future.
Preceding the formal opening will
be a luncheon meeting in Graham
Memorial at 1 o’clock Friday of the
State Board of Advisers and abuffet
supper on the, University campus un
der the Davis Poplar at 6 o’clock.
Features of the second day’s ses
sions, when the several groups will
continue their discussions, will be a
buffet luncheon under the Davis Pop
lar in honor of North Carolina’s Con
gressional delegation, after which
members of the delegation will dis
cuss national legislation bearing on
state and local governmental units
and private citizens of North Caro
lina, including federal unemployment
relief, public "'works program, farm
relief bill, home mortgage bill, bank
ing legislation, and possible federal
assistance in local government refi
Following the formal opening Fri
day night, the Institute will break up
into group meetings for the discus
sion of Legislation of the General
Assembly of 1933.
The county commissioners, county
managers, county accountants .coun
ty attorneys, city aldermen, city
managers, city auditors, will meet
jointly to discuss:
Revenue legislation including valu
ation and listing of property for tax
ation, collection of taxes, interest anc
penalties on unpaid taxes, tax fore
closures, installment payments, de
linquent taxes, amendments to muni
cipal and county fijiance acts and
other laws providing Ipr funding and
refunding of indebtedness of local
governmental units, purpose and
functions of newly created county re
adjustment commission, consolida
tion and annexation of counties, and
merger of specific administrative
To Lead Discussions
Discussions will be led by Charles
M. Johnson, and W. E. Easterling of
the Local Government Commission,
Allen J. Maxwell, Commissioner of
Revenue, Attorney General Dennis G.
Brummitt, Assistant Attorney Gen
eral A. A. F. Seawell, and other ad
The following other groups, whose
programs will get under way Friday
afternoon at 2 o’clock, will hold meet
ings for discussion of pertinent legis
lation of the 1933 General Assembly.
Police officers, sheriffs, and other
law enforcing officers; Clerks of
Court, Register of Deeds, Association
of Prison Officials and Public Wel
fare Officers, Teachers of Govern
ment, including superintendents of
city and county schools, Coroners,
and Tax Supervisors.
REWARD OFFERED FOR
EVIDENCE OF SEINING
Non-Observance of the Game Laws
Carries Heavy Penalties.
As there has been some misunder
standing as to fishing laws in Al
leghany county, the following infor
mation has been given by game war
den R. D. Gentry, from Statewide In
land Fishing Regulations:
“It shall be unlawful for any per
son or persons, firm or corporation
to set or place fish traps, fish slides,
or fish baskets, or to take or kill fish
in any of the waters of North Caro
lina designated as “Inland Fishing
Waters” by any means or method
whatsoever, except with hook and
line, rod and reel or by casting.”
License requirements are that any
person over the age of 16 is required
to have a license to fish in the waters
of the following counties: Alleghany
Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke,Cald
well, Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Hen
derson, Jackson, Macon, Mitchell,
McDowell, Polk, Swain, Transylva
nia, Watauga, Wi'.kes, and Yancey.
Seining for broodatoek will be per
mitted, under written permission
from the Department of Conservation
and Development, within the county
from which fish a re taken; provided
said seining is done under the super
vision of the County Warden. Mr.
Gentry states that all persons violat
ing the Inland Fisheries Laws will be
i delat with according to law
RESOLUTIONS OP APPRECIA
Whereas, Mr. M. A. Higgins, Eu
nice, N. C., has recently retired from
the County Board of Education of
Alleghany County, after having serv
ed in the capacity of chairman of this
Board for many years, and, whereas,
the County Board of Education de
sires to record its appreciation for the
services which he has rendered in be
half of public education in the Coun
Be it resolved by the Board of
Education now in session 1. That
we express to the former Chairman
of the Board, Mr. M. A. Higgins, the
sincere appreciation of the members
of the present Board and, we believe,
also of our citizenship at large for
the long continued and valuable ser
vices which he has rendered in pro
moting good schools, in the economi
cal use of all public school money,
and in keeping our County from in
curring large school debts for any
purpose, while, at the same time,
standing for progressive school mea
2. We tender to him our sincere
wishes for continued good health,
further success in his business under
takings, and lasting usefulness in all
forms of his activities.
3. We request the Alleghany
Times to make publication of this re
cord, which we also spread upon the
minutes of our Board.
Dated at Sparta, June 17, 1933.
M. E. Reeves, Chairman.
Jno. C. Halsey.
G. N. Evans.
The Board of Education.
Jno. VV. Cheek,
County Supt. of Schools.
STATE RELIEF FUNDS
May Expenditures iS Per Cent Less
Raleigh, N. C., June 23—A total of
$1,043,666 was spent for relief pur
poses throughout North Carolina dur
ing the month of May, according to
statistics made public today by the
Governor’s Office of Relief. This
sum is approximately $50,000 less,
or about five per cent, of the $1,091,
835 spent during April and nearly 23
per cent less than the $1,323,346
spent during March.
Alleghany County spent $1,721 of
the total amount spent in the State. '
OPEN AT ROARING GAP
The children’s hospital is now open
at Roaring Gap, and Dr. L. J. Butler
will hold his first clinic Saturday,
June 24th between the hours of two
and four. Any child in our County
under twelve years of age may re- ;
ceive a free examination. Miss Fow- ,
ler, the County Nurse, will be glad
to make arrangements for the ex- ;
Mrs. Rebecca Doughton
Receives High Honors
NOTED ORNITHOLOGIST VISITS
PINEY CREEK YOUTH
Captain H. L. Harllee, noted orni
thologist, oologist, taxidermist, anc
naturalist returned to home in Flor
ence, S.C., after spending severa
days with Claude J. Smith of Pinej
Capt. Harllee has a collection ol
over six thousand bird eggs and skins
and mounted specimens of over 2<X
species of birds. While visiting Mr
Smith he collected several rare birds
and somee ggs of rare species. To
gether with Mr. Smith, he colleitec
a pair of prairie horned larks neai
Nathans Creek and saw an adull
male goshawk. Neither of these birds
have ever before been recorded ir
He holds a permit from the Federa
Government as well as one from the
Dept, of Conservation and Develop
ment at Raleigh, to collect birds, birc
nests, and eggs, in North Carolina.
Capt. Harllee has traveled widely
He has visited every state in the un
ion except three, Canada, Mexico, Eu
rope, Asia, Africa, South America
and many islands of the seas. He has
visited eighteen nations in Europe
He has killed lions in Africa anc
hunted tigers in Asia.
While at Piney Creek he praisec
his host highly for the excellent wort
he has been doing for the last three
years along the line of bird observa
tion. Mr. Smith has identified ovei
185 birds near his home at Piney
Creek, N. C.
NUMBER OF FAMILIES
ON RELIEF SHOWS DE
CREASE IN MAY
Per Cent For Alleghany Greater
Raleigh, N. C., June 21—The total
number of families receiving aid from
public relief funds showed still an
other decrease during May, according
to figures released today by the Gov
irnor's Office of Relief. A total of
L11.778 families were aided during
May, a decrease of more than 23 per
:ent under the 138,000 families aided
luring April. The decrease as com
pared with March is approximately
iO per cent, 164,000 families having
seen aided during March.
Although the decrease in the num
ber of families aided was general
:hroughout a majority of the counties
:here were 15 counties in which the
relief load was greater than during
:he previous month, the report show,
rhe 15 counties include both urban
ind rural, Eastern, Piedmont, and
Western, as the list will reveal.
Alleghany, Avery, Camden, Dare,
Davie, Franklin, Haywood, Madison,
Mecklenburg, Moore, Pender, Perqui
mans, Stanly, Transylvania, and Wa
Alleghany County had 203 families
in April and 213 in May receiving aid
from relief funds.
The schedule for the relief meet
ings next week is as fololws:
Air Bellomsschool house, Monday,
June 26th, at 7:30 P. M.
Pine Swamp schoolhouse, Tuesday,
June 27th, at 7:30 P. M.
Wednesday, June 28th, at 7:30 P.
M., Whitehead schoolhouse.
These meetings are being held by
Mr. C. A. Miles and. me. We would
like to thank the people in the com
munities where these meetingA ha Vi
t>een held for their good attendance
ind the splendid interest they have
shown in these meetings.
Mrs. Edna Wagoner Johnson,
Emergency Home Demonstration
A.gent held a canning demonstration
nere Thursday, June 15th in the home
)f Mrs. W. F. Hoppers. She was
issisted by Mrs. Cornelia C. Morris
ind Miss Sadie Hendley, of Raleigh,
There were twenty-two ladies pre
ient. Practically every community in
;he county was represented. This de
monstration was held for the pur
pose of instructing leaders who will
each the relief women of their com
nunity improved methods of can
Miss Mabel Miller was married to
Mr. Bryan Douglas on May 1, 1933,
it Jefferson. Mr. Douglas is the son
>f Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Douglas, and
Miss Miller is the daughter of Mr.
ind Mrs. Edd Miller. Both reside in
State and Na
DOUGHTON FAMILY IN RE
The annual reunion of the Dough
ton family was held at the old home
place near Laurel Springs on Sunday,
June 18, celebrating the 95th birth
day of Mrs. Rebecca Dough ton.
About seventy-five relatives, immedi
ate members of the family, and
friends were present. Dinner was
spread on a table in the . shade of a
great sugar maple in the yard, .
After dinner the children of Mrs.
Doughton gathered, in the- dining
room which was decorated with roses
and ferns and cut the pink and. white
birthday cake. Afterwards the grand
children, the great grandchildren,.and
visitors were served.
Mrs. Doughton, whose -health : , is
very good, was the recipient o&mqpy
congratulations on having lived such
a long life of usefulness. Among, the
letters of congratulations were .those
of President Franklin D.- Roosevelt,
Senator Josiah Bailey,, and . the Com
missioners of Rowan. County. Hie
President’s letter is as. follows;
The White House
May 27, 1933.
My dear Mrs. Dough ton:—
Your boy Bob tells me that -you
will be ninety-five years old in June
and I want to send you this lino to
wish you many happy returns of the
day and also to tell you that I am
leaning very heavily on your son
and that he is doing a splendid work
for his country.
Very sincerely yours;4'’**
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Mrs. Rebecca Doughton
Senator Bailey sent hisgood wish
es and congratulated, her on being,
the mother of six noble children. He
said that Gov. R. A. Doughton had.
served North Carolina to a greater
extent than any living man and that
Congressman R. L. Doughton was
serving the nation well in his task as
Chairman of the powerful Ways and
Means Committee of the House.
All the children were present at
the reunion, together with members
of their families. They were' as fol
Mr. and Mrs: W. F. Doughton, Mr.
and Mrs. R. L. Doughton, Mr. and
Mrs. R. A. Doughton, Mrs. W. A.
Fender, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Carson,
Mr. and Mrs. F. Miller.
Grandchildren present: Dr. and
Mrs. K. c. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. James
H. Doughton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wayne
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Grady P. Miller,
Claude Doughton, Mr. and Mrs. G. E.
Carson, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Britt
Mrs. L. C. Boyer, Mattie Doughton,
George Doughton, Mr. and Mrs. Van'
Miller, Reece Miller, Mr. and Mrs.
T. S. Moxley, Ivy Grace Doughton,
Mrs. J. Horton Doughton, and Mrs.
B. O. Edwards.
Great grandchildren: 'Bill Miller, t
Rufus Ogbum Miller, James Miller,"'
Virginia Miller, Susan Jones Dough
ton, Jimmie Doughton, Jr., Mary Mil
ler, J. Wayne Miller, Jr, Daniel Mil
ler, Betty Miller, Rufus Miller, Lillian
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. John H.’ Winkler
Cora Catherine Boyer, Bobby Dough-"
ton Edwards, Van Miller, Jr., Betty
Ann Miller, Billy ' Fielded Miller, .
Tommie Sue Moxley, Wendell Mox
Great great granchildren: John H.
(Other relatives present: Dr. and .
M^s. J: L. Doughton, Erline R£g*7et^
Mrs.'^»usic-E,ip’ds, Dr:3mi-^fra B. C.
Waddell, Mrs. A. F. Stevens, and A.
F.i Stevens, Jr.
Visitors: Miss Janie Gooch, Mr. and
James ’Hawthorne, Mrs. Beverly ::
Mrs. Jonas and family, MisS Spicer,
Mr. Spicer, Emaline Hawthorne,
Jones, Rev. and Mrs. J. F. Fletdder.
METHODIST CHURCH NEW’S
C. A. Russell, Pastor. ••
Decoration service will he observed
at Cox’s Chapel Sunday, at 11 A. M.V
The Sunday School hour will he -
given to a “Father’s Day’’ program
at Cox’s Chapel Sunday.
Regular services at Potato Creek
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 P. M.
Professor W. R. Gentry, a member
fo the Sparta Church, was buried last
Mrs. C. W. Higgins, who under
went an operation at Roanoke, Va.,
is back home again.
The Missionary Society v of Sparta
Church has adopted a little girl to
clothe at the Methodist Childrens’