THE HARRIS HERALD
Only Negro Newspaper in
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VOLUME 1 — NUMBER 10
HARRIS, NORTH CAROLINA, OCTOBER, 1946
SUBSCRIPTION $1.00 PER YEAR
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First Negro Group Enters Piedmont Soii Conservation Test
BY LARGE GROUP
J. H. Green Is Elected Lend
er And Rev. Goode And
FIRST GROUP IN TEST
Rutherfordton, Oct, 23 — Ne-
gi-o farmers of the Harris Com
munity formed the first Negro
soil contest group to enter the
Piedmont soil districts program
at the Harris school tonight.
The group of 22 Negro farme
rs is the largest of the 63 groups
organized to date in the 6 coun
ties of the area, contest officials
The entire Negro community
of some 80 men,' women and
children gathered to see a soil
conservation movie “For Years
The large gathering was attri
buted to enthusiasm of the Rev.
Ellis Goode who, it was reported,
had gone into “the highways and
hedges” rallying his people to the
cause of soil conservation. “I’m
proud of soil conservation,” the
minister told the gathering to
night. “I believe it will create
more interest than anything in
Leader Henry Greene, when
elected, .stated, “Soil conserva
tion will help us regardless of
Entering the contest w.ere
farmers: R. E. L. Greene, Melton
Roberson, Henry Greene, Clyde
Camp, Golar Harris, R. B. Camp,
S. M. Goode, J. R. Sellers, E. L.
Goode, Herbert Simmons, B. T.
Harris, Robert Wilkerson, C. H.
Camp, W. W, Abrams, Odell
Goode, Pete Mosely, Lee Camp,
Ray Gamp, Tom Camp, J. L.
Mosely, Henry Lynch and Hen
County agent F. E. Patton
thanked The Herald- Journal
for efforts in soil conservation,
and urged tenants to stop mov
ing and to build land. Ten Ne
gro farm owners were present.
■Contest rules were explained
by Agriculture Teacher Allen
Jobe. Soil Conservation Service
Technician C. W. Whitlow ex
plained the score card. Mr. Jobe
stated that merchants and farm
ers of the county had offered
additional prizes for Rutherford
Others attending’ were Conser
vation Aide W. H. Hayes and
Harold McGraw' who showed the
Gold Hill Sunday
Meets In Ellenboro
Of County Fair
We wish to thank all persons
who helped to make the begin
ning of a Negro Pair. We are de
sirous to have all suggestions
that will help in future planning
of such an enterprise.
We believe by the enthusiasm
shown by the people of the coun
ty that ■you will support and
build up dk strong sentiment for
a continuatvon -of a fair. Many
person.s time and energy to put
over the fair .this year. As was
well known th^*period of prepara
tion was very limited, yet you
wrought well. On the other hand
there were no funds or organiza
tion to promote the fair.
Premiums were donated by the
various merchants of the three
towns Forest City, Rutherford
ton and Spindale, 'The Gate City
Shows and Mr. L. C. Price. We
wish to thank every donor and
those who would have helped had
they been given the opportunity.
The spirit of your cooperation far
exceeded the value of your mer
chandise. We of the sponsoring
committee express our thanks to
each of you personally. Your con
tributions made for us a success
We wish to pay special tribte
to Mr. John Jones, Mr. F. E. Pat
ton and Mr. L. C. Price of the
Rutherford County Fair Associa
tion for their support and guid
ance given us in this undeidak-
Many thanks to all who in any
capacity rendered us help.
J. C. Gibbe, 'V. C. Eamseur, Jr.,
P. W. Wallmen.
Profitable Session Is Held
And Financial Show
ing Is Good
The quarterly Sunday school
convention of the Gold Hill As
sociation met Sept. 28-29 at
Webb’.s First Baptist churci, with
Mr. Plato Bridges presiding. Af
ter a spirited devotional service
echos were heard from the mem
ber churche.s. The delegate to the
annual convention which had
convened at Charlotte, N. C., Mr.
Alfonso Bridges made a fine re
Webb’s First Baptist $1.00;
White Oak $1.00; Oak Grove $1;
Friendship $1.00; and Jerusalem
A fine discussion centered
around a bible school in this as
sociation with Mr. S. B. McKin
ney leading it. Rev. J. T. Duke
also lead in a discussion about
organizing a Sunday school.
A union Sunday school was
taught with a large attendance
and $1.91 raised.
Rev. J. T. Duke, pastor preach
ed the sermon on Sunday from
the 3rd chapter of l.st John, 9th
verse. He delivered a fine mes
sage that was well received by
the large audience there.
The followng persona were
placed on the honor roll with
50c: Bros. Bridges, S. B. McKin
ney, J. Y. Brooks, Fuller, Rev.
Duke Alfonso Bridges, Ralph
Spikes, and those for 26c were:
Bros. Laster and Sisters Annie
Bell, Hester Walker, Lynell
Jones, Elsie Lomax, and Arene
McKinney. Total amount raised
Following this all committees
reported. All reports adopted.
Disbursements:: pres. $4.50, sec.
$4.50, sermon 6.00, vice-pres.
$1.50, treas. $1.50, correspond
ing sec. $1.00, sexton, $1.50,
reporter $1.00, press 50c.
Final remarks and adjourn
Pres. Plato Bridges, sec Mrs.
Lillie M. Maise, treas. J. Y.
Mrs. Eugene Wliiteside
Among the August visitors te
this community were Mr. and
Mrs. Leon Brown, Winston-Sa
lem. They were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank L. Logan. Mr.
Brown and Mrs. Logan are sis
ter and brother.
Mrs. Verda Welcome, of Bal
timore, M,d. and Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond Oliver and son, of
Winston-Salem, N. C. were guests
of their father, Mr. J. N. Free-
Mrs. Dyson Ledbetter visited a
sister in Chicago, III.
Pvt. Kenneth Wilkerson is
home after serving for a while
in the South Pacific. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Wil
kerson. Mrs. Wilkerson is in the
Rutherford Hospital. We wish
for her a speedy recovery.
Cpl. and Mrs. Bobly Allen wish
to announce the arrival of a son,
Robert Lee, who was born at the
Rutherford Hospital Sept. 24.
Cpl. Allen is stationed at Seattle,
Miss Pauline Freeman, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Free
man recently became the bride
of Mr. J. C. Whiteside, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William Whiteside.
Homecoming day was cele
brated at Mt. Nebo church 2nd
Sunday in August. The offering
for the day was over $400.00.
The revival meeting began the
following Monday night with the
pastor. Rev. J. H. Smith doing
the preaching. Seven were added
to the church with $140.00 raised.
We wish to congratulate the
sponsors of the Negro fair for
their foresight and their interest
sho'wn in their race. They have
m#dp a fine start and we wish
th^m auecess in the future.
MRS. HATTIE G. MARTIN
Shown above is Mrs. Hattie
Glenn Martin, who lor the
past sixteen years has been a
faithful and honorable servant
in the home of Dr. and Mrs.
W. L. Stallings, Forest City,
N. C. Mrs. Martin was highly
honored Sunday, Oct. 20th at
a banquet given in her honor
at New Bethel A. M. E. Zion
church. She was given high
praise for her faithfulness.
Dr. and Mrs. Stallings gave
the party for her.
Bridges Jewelry Store
Bridges Jewelry Co., Main St.,
Forest City, is owned and oper
ated by Mr. Bridges, a native
of this county and a veteran of
World War II.
The Bridges Jewelry Co. was
established during this year 1946
and has shown remarkable grow
th and development since it’s
establishment. A complete line
of jewelry is carried at this up-
to-date store including wrist
and pocket watches, silver and
chinaware, and everything that
is usually found in an'up-to-date
store such as this one is.
Christmas is just around the
corner. The purchasing of some
much needed gifts or articles for
ones own use can be found and
purchased at that progressive
You can use their Lay-away-
Plan, cash "with purchase, terms
or any way that suits the pur
chaser. The aim of Mr. Bridges
and his employees is to serve and
When you are in need of any
of the services mentioned it will
pay you to remember the “Her
ald Shoppers Column” and visit
the Bridges Jewelry Store in
Forest City, N. C.
NEGRO FAIR WAS
Large Crowds. Attended and
Exhibits Were Excellent
The Rutherford county Negro
Fair held at the fair grounds
at Spindale, Sept. 24-28 was
highly successful. The midway
was very good with a special feat
each night that was breath-tak
ing. A baseball game was featur
ed Friday afternoon and a horse
race Saturday afternoon. Be
sides other feature attractions
that made the fair more intere.st-
Wednesday was school child
ren’s day and they literally took
the place. The time for the ro-
motion and advertising of the
fair was limited, but the attend
ance was excellent.
The farmers and other civic
minded people of the county fill
ed about two thirds of the large
exhibit hall on short notice,
some beautiful prizes were given,
however a list of the winners was
not available at press time. Pro
gressive and civic minded mer
chants gave the prizes.
The people of this county are
to be commended for the fine
way that they followed leader
ship. Profs. J. 0. Gibbs, 'V. C.
Ramsaur, and P. W. Wellmon
are to be commended for their
foresight and courage in under
taking this large responsibility
that a job pf this kind was.
Finally, with the proper man
agement and support the Ruth^fr-
ford county Negro Fair will be
much better and bigger next
year than it was this year. Our
slogan could well be “A bigger
and better fair in 1947”.
JESSIE LEE MILLER
Shown above is Jessie L.
Miller, staff correspondent of
the Harris Herald and circula*
tion manager for the western
district. Mr. Miller plans to
take a lengthy trip for the
Herald. His trip will take him
to the western section of North
Carolina. He also plans to at
tend the Blue Ridge conference
which meets in Morristown,
Tenn. in November. He will
also visit other points in the
interest of Western North
Carolina’s newest and most
From Union Mills
Mrs. Annie Childers,
Mrs. Annie Childers and son,
Lester Childers, of Rutherford
ton, visited her daughter, Mrs.
Elizabeth Morris, Glenview, Ky.
They were highly entertained by
friends there including dinner
with Mrs. Ruth Cox and break
fast with Mrs. Bertha Brooks.
Mrs. Morris is the former Miss
From Green Creek
• We have been very busy here
trying- to gather our crops before
frost gets them.
Mrs. Margaret Wjilkie and Miss
Catherine Copeland sponsored a
singing contest at Greens Creek
church Oct. 6th for the benefit
of the church.
Mr. Bill McEntire, a member
of Greens Creek church, died
Oct. 6lh after a long illness, and
was buried here Wed., Oct. 9,
with Revs. E. 0. Bass and G. W.
Driskell officiating. He is sur
vived by his wife Mrs. Sadie
McEntire, son Henry, and one
daughter, Mrs. Sallie Ramsey, of
Mooresville, N. C., one brother,
Jim, of Shelby, 26 grandchildren,
one greatgrandchild and a host
of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Violet Blacky, of Cal., is
visiting her mother, Mrs. Martha
Mrs. Penola Simpson and son,
of New York spent a few days
with her father, Mr. Arthur
The annual singing convention
of the Gold Hill group met here
Oct. 12-13 with Prof. H. H. Hud
The preaching days at Gi-eens
Creek is the 1st and 3rd. You
are welcome to attend.
Little boy seeing a skeleton:
Gosh Mama, I guess he lost his ra
Annie Martin: How come you
call Fat Hudson “Bermuda On
Shirley: ’Cause he’s so big and
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Harris, N. C.
Dr. H. T. Medford, Washing
ton, D. C., sec. foreign missions
and editor of The Missionary
Seer was an active member of
the committee preparing for the
great celebration held in New
York a few days ago. He was
also a member of the press com
mittee and did a great job pub
licizing that great event.
Dr. Medford is leading candi
date for the office of Bishop in
the A. M. E. Zion church general
conference 1948. He in all prob
ability will be elected. His friends
are legion and they are deter
mined that a worthy son of the
church shall be rewarded for his
great work in and for the cause
of the church of his choice.
More about him later.
The pastor of Zion Hill, Rev.
J. D. Gladden has on a fall drive
that will close Oct. 20. Rev.
Gladden and choir recently ren
dered services at Metropolitan A.
M. E. Zion church. Gaffney, S. C.
New Zion Baptist Missionary
met with Mrs. Mamie Logan re
Rev. J. T. Laster filled his
regular appointment at New Zion
church Sept. 29. The Rutherford
ton quartet also sang several
The pastor, choir and members
attended the singing convention
at Russell’s Tabernacle, and also
at Doggetts Grove.
Mr. and Mrs. George Deck, of
Spindale were the Sunday guests
of Mr. and Mrs. SrnUie Wilkins
Pfc. L. C. Surratt has return
ed to the U. S. Army after spend
ing some time with relatives and
■Mr. Madison Littlejohn and
friends, of Spindale visited Mr.
and Mrs. David Bristol recently.
Mrs. Edna Mae Martin, of
New York is visitijig her mother.
Mrs. Victoria Coleman gave a
birthday party at her home Sept.
30 in honor of her daughter.
Geneva, Lillian and Baxter
Harris spent the week-end in
Mrs. Blanche Harrill and fam
ily spent Sunday, Sept. 29, visit
ing her son in Gastonia.
Miss Pauline Hart visited her
parents. Sept. 28-29. She was ac
companied by Mr. Buddie Hart’s
Mrs. Corine Sims has gone to
Virginia to visit her husband,
Cpl. Richard Sims, stationed at
Camp Lee, Va.
A large number of people
from here -visited the Rutherford
County Negro fair held at Spin-
Local And Personal
Items Of Interest
Gathered In County
Aged Lady Passes
Spindale—(Special to the Har
ris Herald) Funeral services for
Mrs. Sallie Miller, who died
Sept. 18th, was held at Russell’s
Tabernacle C. M. E. church
Sept. 21, Rev. W. F. Jones, pas
tor and Rev. W. R. Bomar pre
siding. The eulogy was delivered
by Dr. H. A. Keaton, a friend
of the -family and an outstand
ing preacher. The letters of con
dolence and telegrams were num
erous. Remarks were made by
H. L. Foster. Interment was near
Zions Grove church.
Zion Grove News
Jessie L. Miller
Local And Personal Items
Assembled By Editor
In His Rounds
Mr. Ivan Warner, New York,
attended the service at Zions
Grove A. M. E. Zion church near
Kings Mountain last Sunday. He
was visiting in that section and
expressed pleasure at being pre
sent in the community. He also
.stated that the 150th anniversary
celebration of the A. M. E. Zion
church that closed in New York
recently was one of the greatest
meetings ever held in that great
metropolis. “Zion certainly made
an impression,” said he.
Mr. Lee Camp, progressi.ve
farmer of the Bethany section
and tenant on the farm of M,r. S.
Doggett is one among the best
farmers in this county. He has
out 25 bales of cotton and ex
pects to make 35 or more. He
Our Sunday school is moving hopes to build himself a house
along nicely. Superintendent Jes- ! io a year or so., which is a wise
L. Miller, Secretary, Rufus ^4ea for others to follow.
OBSERVED IN NEW
YORK CITY EVENT
Great Progress Of Church
Is Shown Over Period
Of 150 Years
Wilkins, treasurer, Mrs. Pearlie
Lynch. Rev. S. W. Brice is pas
tor. We have 25 members enroll
ed. Our pastor is- always with us
in Sunday school and gives us
■good .instructions. We hope to
send him to the annual confer
ence with a round report.
Rev. G. W. Driskell, pastor of
Greens Creek Baptist church
pi-eached at Zions Grove in the
afternoon of Oct. 6th. Amount
raised $28.00. Total for the day
The last quarterly conference
will convene with Zion Grove
church Oct. 19-20 with Rev. C.
G. McKinney presiding, and Rev.
S. W. Brice, pastoi-.
A singing concert will be given
at Zions Grove church Sunday,
Oct. 27. Choirs include Greens
Creek, Russells Tabernacle, Union
Grove, and other classes. Rev.
E. O. Bass will preach at 3:00 p.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wilkins
announce the marriage of their
son J. D. to Miss Dovie Wilkerson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Wilkerson. Both the bride and
groom are graduates of New Hope
Mr. Clifford Twitty and Miss
Ida K. Davis were married Sept.
11. Miss Davis is the daughter
of Mrs. Florence Davis of Mel-vin
Hill and Mr. Twitty is the son
of Mrs. Etta Twitty of Greens
Vera Gray and son spent the
week-end with home folks.
Mrs. Arnola Thompson has re
turned to Asheville after attend
ing the funeral last Saturday.
The Dixie Hummijig Birds, of
Gastonia, and the Friendly Four,
of Shelby rendered a program
at Zions Grove Sept. 27, amount
Oct. 1-2 we had a heavy frost.
This was the earliest that a frost
has been here since Oct. 7, 1938.
The Harris Herald will cele
brate its first anniversary in the
November issue. We have come
a long ways, but have further
to go. For a full account of the
prsgFBSs; of the Herald read a
copy of the November issue.
In a contest conducted by the
Record Shop, Mr. G. B. Harrill,
owner. Forest City, three weeks
ago when three albums were
given away, two of them were
won by ladies from Henrietta.
Misses Naimo Logan and Lula
Mae Prince. Mr. Harrill stated
that t'ne contest was conducted in
an honest way and that he was
ijust as glad for the two of the
three prizes to be won by colored
girls as for any one else to
Messrs Joe McEntire, Indian
apolis, Ind., and Bryant Eaves,
Louisville, Ky., are visiting i n
this community at present. This
is Mr. Eaves first trip here in
18 years and he expressed plea
sure at being home again.
Rev. C. E. Rice, Chesnee, R.
F. D. 1 and pastor of two Bap
tist churches, has shown his inter
est in the Harris Herald by sell
ing a large number of copies to
his friends. He i,s also alert and
civic-minded, being vice-president
of the Chesnee branch of the Na
tional Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People.
H'e stated that he is interested
in anything that is for the up
building of his race.
Mr. W. W. Abrams returned
home from visiting his children
and other relatives in New York.
He reports a pleasant and profit
Mr. J. H. Simmons, of Wayne,
Pa. is visiting friends and rela
tives in this conununity this week.
Reports are that he plans to
build a fi,lling station and gener
al store in Harris on Highway
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AROUND THE NATION’S CAPITOL
By DR. H. T. MEDFORD
Waihington, D. C.
It is reported that the District
of Columbia Council of Social
Agencies in its annual report last
week; recommended that Chris
tian Churches of this city open
their doors for memberships for
people of any, and all races in
the Nation’s Capital, without dis
crimination. We understand the
same has been approved in prin
ciple by Washington Federation
of Churches. This .is a long step
forward in race relations and
In taking the above action the
Local Council of Social Agencies
and the Church Federation fol
lows the lead of the Federation
of Churches of Christ in Amer
ica; when in Us annual meeting
in Columbus, Ohio, February
1946, the Federal Council passed
a resolution calling upon its
member bodies; about thirty in
number, to open their churches
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DR. H. T. MEDFORD
The Great Sesqui-Centennjal
of the A. M. E. Zion church is
now history, as it relates to the
great Celebration in New York,
Sept. 8-22, 1946.
Perhaps no church event in the
world’s largest city ever attract
ed more attention of the citizens
a7ijl the pres.s. Our constituency
from all sections of the country
converged on the city in large
numbers, and departed greatly
inspired, informed, and more loy
al to the A. M. E. Zion church.
Bishop W. J. Walls, the Gen
eral chairman, the business man
agers, the staff and others who
worked under his leadership, was
extolled by hi.s colleague, anS
praised by all who could appre
ciate the difficulties met and
overcome in bringing a glorious
culmination to the epoch making
Di’. ,Tames W. Eichelberger,
cha.i.rman of the program com
mittee and those with him
achieved additional fame, as a
master program builders.
Govei-nor Dewey’s address, and
the National Solo Conte.st at Car
negie Hall, where Bishop B. ^F.
Gordon presided. The Interna
tional Oratoi-ical Contest organ
ized and presided over by MVs.
Ola M. Martin of Chicago, at the
Great Manhattan Center, were
easily some of the most thrilling
events of the celebration.
The celebration climaxed with
“Freedom Night” at the world
famed Madison Square Garden,
which was secured and used for
events of the celebration all day
Saturday and Saturday night,
Sept. 21. It was “Youth Day” and
among the features was a noon
day message by Dr. S. P. Perry
of Durham, N. C., and the crown
ing of “Miss A. M. E. Zion”, the
result of a popularity contest
conducted by Miss Lillian Brow
der. At night a great array of
Nationally and Internationally
known speakers including Paul
Robeson were heard by the
thousands who rushed to that
mammoth world Forum.
Dr. Jame^ W. Eichelberger,
presided grandly. The singing of
the great thousand voice choroua
under the direction of Prof. J.
A. Monday was sublime.
The spetacular and historic
pageant “The A. M. E. Zion
Church in Freedom Lead” with a
hudred participants simply grip
ped and thrilled the multitude.
The Garden roared as Mrs,
Emma C. Clement of Louisvillej
Ky., “American Mother for 1946’’
was introduced and Mrs. M. Anna
Hauser o Sa&bury, N. C., genel
ral resident of the W. H. F. M.
Society, with a neat speech pre
sented her a bouquet of flowers
on behalf of the A. M. E. Zion
Sunday high-spots of the great
celebration was the memorable
opening sermon at Mother Zion
church, Sunday morning. Sept.
8th at 8:00.
The memorial service arranged
and led by Bishop C. C. Alleyne.
The celebration moved to the
First Church, Brooklyn, for Sun
day and Monday, Sept. 15 and
16, where Bishop B. G. Shaw was
heard in a sweeping message at
11 a. m.; and a great address by
Dr. Daniel A. Poling, president of
the International C. E. Society
at 3 p. m., and Bishop W. W.
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Nttw Radio Station
For This County
The cheering news comes to
us that a radio station is to be
built in Rutherford county on
highway 74 between Forest City
and Spindale, N. C., providing
the authority .is given by federal
officials. Mr. Ed Anderson, pub
lisher of Forest City Courier,
and Mr. Clarence Griffin, editor
of the Courier and some others
are officials of the new company.
The station should prove profit
able to Rutherford county.
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