the HARRIS HERALP Oniy N^gra Npwspappf in Rutherford County. VOLUME 2 — NO. 2 THE mums HEMID i^VJHERrORO COUNTY i^opuUticn 45,577- Ag^lcuiturai M^Rufscturirs?: Center,. $u miner resertf. P >■■» M'- ■ HOSPITAL HARRIS, NORTH CAROLINA, PERRUARY 1917 SUBSCRIPTION .$1.00 PER YEAR PUBLISHED MONTHLY ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 3,010 PATIENTS IN 1946 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ^ it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it ■ David Jones Becomes First Negro To Head Methodist Body BENNETT COLLEGE PRESIDENT HEADS METHODIST BODY First Negro to Serve in This Important Church Post u. s. Employment Service Gives Its Report For Year Boston — Dr. David D. Jones, president of Bennett college at j Greensboro, N. C., has become the first Negro to head the National Association of Schools and Col leges of the Methodist church. Ills election to succeed Dr. Charles B. Ketchara of Mount Union college at Alliance, Ohio, was announced by the associa tion’s executive committee. Other national officers elected were: Fred E. Holloway, president of Western Maryland college, vice president; Boyd BcKeown, board of education of the Methodist church, Nashville, Tenn., secre tary; and Hurst Anderson, presi dent of Centenary Collegiate In stitute, treasurer. FUNERAL HELD FOR HARRIS MAN •Report Show?, That Unem ployment Is Growing in Rutherford County PERSONAL ITEMS FROM HARRIS J. H Camp Dies After A Long Illness JURY HOLDS MAN IN WRECK DEATH T. J. Philson, Forest City Negro, Held For Grand Jury Action 117 NEGROES EMPLOYED IN ARMY THEATRE Evelyn Robinson (Staff Correspondent) Messrs Othernell Harris and Ervin Camp, students at A. & T. college, Greensboro, N. C. spent a few days with home folks re cently. Mr. and Mrs. II. M. Procter it^ve aiinost iinisiied their new house and will move into it be fore long. Rev. W. L. Goode, pastor Hope- well church spent Satui-day night wftli Miss .Mattie McEntire and family. Wilfort J. Camp is spending 30 days at home on furlough. He has been serving in the European oc cupation zone. He also served about four years in the Pacific theater, before re-enlisting and going to Europe. Mr. Camp also had the misfortune to lose control of his car near Bethany church recently and turned over twice, luckily no one was hurt and the damage done was small. Mrs. Evelener Harris, Mrs. Car rie Harris and Mrs. Lois Robinson visited Mrs. Ella Mosley at Grahamtown last Saturday. They found Mrs. Mosley greatly im proved. We are happy to see the fine weather that we have now, after having had so mucli cold weather. Mr. and Mrs. Marshell Shell, Spindale, N. C. visited Editor and Mrs. M. B. Robinson last Sunday. Co-Operation Is Needed By Miss Louise Jones, Harris Co-operation is a wonderful thing. Clo-operation among indi viduals accomplishes what often cannot be done by one person. The early pioneers of this sec tion co-oper'Med, and thereby de veloped this from a wilderness to a progressive section of America. The Harris Herald represent, a co-operative effhrt for the good of all the people. With the pur pose of giving information to ev eryone about the opportunities open to them. The war is over and co-opera tion along with sacrifice brought victory to us. Let us step forth and make an honest effort to take a part and work hard to improve conditions among ourselves and others. We need people of action. To help solve our many problems. ford county and Harris commun ity. He was also chairman of the deacons board of Jerusalem church for about 30 years, and he was also chairman of the build ing committee that built the beau tiful cement block church last year at Jerusalem. His funeral was attended by hundreds of friends from over western North Carolina and sev eral other states. The funeral wa^ conducted by Rev. E. 0. Bass, pas-, tor, assisted by several ministers.; Mrs. Bessie sang a solo. Cards,; telegrams and messages of con dolence were numerous, attest- ? ing tc the high cDtecm in v.’hieh ho was held. The floral offering was largo and beautiful. The deceased is survived by ills widow, Mrs. Mattie Camp, and Clyde at home, also Lee, Asburn, Thomas, Daniel, Wilfort, Ervin,, Cornelius, Mrs. Evelener Harris,! Mrs. Odessya Lynch, Mrs. Susie’ Hodges and Mrs. Luvenia Wilker son. Seven sisters, two brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. Marsh Carpenter Buried On Spnday Marsh Carpenter, 74, well known local colored man was buried Sunday at 2 p. m. Funeral services were held at St. John’s church with the pastor, Rev. A. M. Goodwin in charge. Burial fol lowed in New Hope cemetery. Marsh was a loyal member of St. John's church and is survived by his widow and several children. He suffered burns some time ago and never recovered. He held the respect of both races in this section. Rutherfordton—An analysis of the operations of the United States Employment Service in this area disclosed that in the year T Ti ,-1 „ TT . 43,381 persons contacted the . J. II. Camp, of Hams, died | office in Rutherfordton concern- January 15th after a long illness ing the many matters handled by and was buried at Jerusalem Bap- the Employment Service. During tist church, January 20. Mr Camp y®®*" the office placed 447 per- was a leading citizen of Ruther-! ^67 of these being veterans. 2411 new applications for work were taken during the year, and 2600 persons were re- interviewed with reference to em ployment opportunities. The above information was re leased by Mr. Earle W. Justice, Manager of the USES in Ruther fordton, N. C., after making a survey of the activities of the of fice for the past year. Mr. Justice further disclosed that the number of active applicants for work lias increased from 954, January 1, 1946 to 1080 on January 1, 1947. This is an increase of 126 during the year. The number of veterans now actively seeking work has de clined from 871 to 660 during the same period. A large proportion of those applications now active arc skilled' and seuu-skilled per sons, while another element of applications consist of those with no work experience, or those who are partially qualified and whom a little training will fully qualify, in many instances. The number of placements made in local industry shows that employers of tlie area are using the Employment Service to greater advantage. These place ments range from skilled, highly- trained persons to unskilled types of workers. The office has also promoted on-the-job training for veterans and has given asistance to the veterans in connection with the many problems a’oout whicli they contact the office. A Veter ans Employment Representative is a member of the staff of the office and his special duty is to aid veterans in all matters in which they can he rendered assist ance through the office. The of fice has many specialized services which it is equipped to render the public. Among them being that Just mentioned, the assistance of veterans, and also rendering as sistance to handicapped workers. The staff is especially trained to perform these functions and good results were shown during the year just closed. If the employers will increase their use of the Employment Serv ice by filing orders for needed workers, the service that the of fice is able to render veterans, handicaps, and other types of workers can be greatly Increased, as it will present a larger number of openings into which these ap plicants can be placed into gain ful employment. On November 15, 1946, the USES was returned to State op eration, and the Employment Service is the State Employment Service Division of the Unemploy ment Compensation Commission. FUNERAL FOR MRS. MARY WILKINS Henrietta Woman Is Buried at the Zion Hill Church Mrs. Mary Wilkins, Henrietta, died recently and was buried at Zion Hill A. M. E. church, with Rev. J. D. Gladden officiating, as sisted by other ministers, Mrs. Wilkins was the widow of the late Dolf Wilkins. Mrs. Wilkins was one among the most respected and oldest women in Rutherford county and was for a number of years a member of Zion Hill churcli. She Was faithfully cared for by her granddaughter, Miss Hazel Philips. Mrs. Wilkins is survived by the following children, Mrs. Ona Mc Dowell; Mrs. Corine Sims; Mr. Will Wilkins, several grandchil dren and a host of other relatives and friends. Ellenboro Boy Died Jan. 2 T. J. Philson, Forest City Neg ro, was bound over to the next term of criminal court for a grand jury hearing, by a coroner’s jury Monday afternoon, following Wil lie Boyd’s death in an automobile wreck. Boyd, 21-year-old Forest City, R-1 Negro, died in the Ruther ford hospital January 23rd, of in juries received January 21,st when the car in which he was rid ing wrecked near Union Mills. According to the evidence, Boyd and five other occupants of the car had been to Marion ear lier in the evening. It is alleged that Philson was driving the car early on the morning of January 21st, when it was wrecked nortii of Union Mills. All occupants of the car were taken to the Ruther ford hospital for treatment, and all but Boyd were discharged shortly afterward. Coroner T. E. Hi.jhtower im- pannelled a jury, which visited the scene of the wreck several days ago. The inquest was com pleted Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the court house. The members of the coroners jury were Russell Nanney, Horace Wa ters, John Lail, George Bridges, Forest City; Claude Jolley, Caro- leen and W. C. Hightower, Jr., Avondale.—Forest City Courier. PERSONAL ITEIS FROM FOREST CITY Negro Civilians Employed by Army in Europe Items Of Interest Gathered In County And Elsewhere (ANNUAL REPORT I GIVEN FOR THE ( YEAR OF 1946 Haywood Ray died January 2 and was buried at Webbs church January 5th. A large crowd at tended the funeral. He was a member of the seventh grade of Ellenboro school and was an ex cellent student. He is survived by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Spikes, his guardians and a host of friends. Good ski jumpers must be fair ly level-headed folks, though they’re up in the dir most of the time. MAIL THIS COUPON TODAY Please send me The Harris Herald one year In Rutherford Co. ?1.25 Elsew’here $1.60 Enclosed find .$ Name Address City and State... Send check or money order to Herald Subscription Department, Harris, N. C. Mrs. Bernice Cannon (Staff Correspondent) Funeral services wore held at New Bethel A. M. E. Zion church, January 7, for Mrs. Johnie Mac Hilton, of Charlotte, but formerly of Forest City, who died in Char lotte recently. She was the widow of the late Luster Hilton. She leaves to mourn her loss three sisters, one brother, eight een children and a host of rela tives and friends. The funeral was in charge of Rev. J. W. Hill, P. E., Statesville district. Burial was in St. Paul cemetery. Dockery Funer al home, Shelby, was in charge of the body. . Mr. 'Walter Simmons visited his two sons Leonard and Grady in Johnson City, Tenn., recently. A car driven by J. T. Philson, of Forest City and containing four other persons overturned be tween Rutherfordton and Marion Friday, January loth. All of the occupants were carried to the Rutherford hospital. Three have been released, Lee Carpenter, Homer Robson and Albert Jack- son, T. J. Philson has been car ried to his home and the fifth member, Willie Boyd, died. Funeral services for Willie Boyd was held at New Bethel A. M. E. Zion church January 26, with the pastor Rev. W. R. Bomar in charge. Mr. Boyd was the son of Mrs. Lula and the late Tom Boyd, of Forest City. He is sur vived by his mother, four sisters, two brothers and a host of rela tives and friends. The Thompson Bros. Funeral home was in charge of the body. Burial was in Gold Hill cemetery. Mr. Gill Peeler suffered a bro ken foot while at work at the lumber plant recently. He is im proving nicely. A birthday party was given for Lee Norris Cannon and L. C. Wright on January 24th, celebrat ing their 5th birthday. Many chil dren were present and several gifts were received by them. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Watkins visited Mr. and Mrs. Asa Watkins recently. Mrs. Estel Green, of Knoxville, Tenn. visited relatives here. Frankfurt, Germany—On Janu ary 1, 1947, a total of 117 Negro War department civilian employ ees were working in Europe with the United States forces, Euro pean theater, that Headquarters has announced. They were distributed among the various commands as follows: Headquarters, U. S. Forces, European Theater 46 Office of Military Govern ment for Germany (US)..... G American Graves Registration Conunand 16 Continental Base Section 9 Civil Censorship Division 11 U. S. Air Forces in Europe 6 U. S. Forces in Austria 6 Western Base Section 14 Third U. S. Army 3 Over one hundred of the War department employees were men, the majority of them being World War II veterans who had been sep arated from the service in Europe and had acquired the civilian job.s. In addition to employing almost half of the Negro civilian workers in Europe, Headquarters, U. S. Forces, European theater, also had n-Jiy among the highest paid, they included a department man age.-, ai: exchange manager and an a.ssi.stant exchange manager, a shop foreman and a lithograph pressman. Two administrative assistants were among tlie‘ nine Negroes em ployed by the Continental Base Section, in addition to a produc tion expediter, court reporter and a storekeeper \vith a CAF (Cleri cal; Administrative and Fiscal) rating of 6. Among the 14 Negro employees of the Western Base Section were an administrative and personnel supert’isor, a medical technician and a storekeeper. Ilighest paid Negro civilian employee of the American Graves Registration Command was an embalmer su pervisor. The majority of the Negro em ployees in the-various commands were clerks, stenogl-aphers ■ and typists. Their CAF ratings ranged from 2 to 6. Civilians employed by the War department and serving in Europe receive a 25 per cent differential in their base pay. WINS HH ARMY BOXING CROWN Member of Parachute In fantry Unit Wins Championship Fort Bragg—Private First Class Jimmie Jones, of Oakland, Cali fornia, a member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion won the 7th Army’s Lightweight championship crown in a title bout held here in January and has thus qualified to represent his outfit in the Golden Gloves elimination tournament being fought this month. The California soldier possesses considerable boxing skill in addi tion to being a hard hitter. He has knocked out 18 opponents in his last 40 fights. In the coming months the box ing team „of the 555th will tour New ’ifork, Mas.sachusetts, Penn sylvania, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. PERSONAL ITEMS FROM ELENBORO GOLD HIE DIST. IN FINE SESSION Burdin Ledbetter. Presides Rev. Sullivan Preaches, Camp Raises Largest Hog Thomas Camp, well known farmer of the Harris community raised the largest hog grown in this section and killed this winter. The hog was killed at the Harris brothers vat, and weighed 546 pounds when dressed. The quarterly convention, of the Gold Hill convention No. 2, met recently at New Zion Bap tist church, Spindale, with Burgin Ledbetter, presiding and Rev. H. Carter, secretary. Rev. R. H. Car ter preached the opening sermon. A model Sunday school was con ducted on Sunday and the morn ing message was delivered by Rev. R. B. Sullivan. Miss M. K. Costner presided at the piano. Several visiting ministers were present: Revs. D. A. Costner, Kings Mountain; Stewart, Green ville, S. C., E. H. Wood, James Roberts, Beaty and Carter, Spin- dale, and F. T. Williamson, Ellen boro. . Total amount of money raised in the session was $25.05. The next session of the convention will meet with Mt. Nebo church March 29-30, with Rev. J. L. Smith host-pastor. Eunice Blount Tuggle (Staff Correspondent) A Christmas program was given at Webbs school by the teacher,' Miss Lynch arid the children. It was enjoyed by all. . , Mrs. Amanda King is, visiting her sister Mrs. Lela Stevens, At lanta, Ga. Mr. Husher Long and Mr. Eddie Roberts are ill at this writing. Mrs. Willie L. Frederick is slowly improving. Mr. C. T. Roberts is home with a discharge after serving in the South Pacific. Everyone was glad to see him home again. Mrs. Cylinder Gardner is still confined to her bed. Willie Lee TUggle, Jr., .spent the night with Norman Hill and Margaret McDuffie. Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Wright, Atlanta, Ga., spent the holidays with his sister, Mrs. Jessie Laster and relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Bacus. Mr. and Mrs. James Cheats, of Shelby, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lemon Tuggle. Margaret McDuffie and Nor man Hill spent the night with Willie L. Tuggle, Jr. Mrs. Sarah Jones, of the lower section of Rutherford county is not only a subscriber to the Har ris Herald, but she is also a boo.st- er for it. Relatives of hers in three sections of the United States are subscribing for the Herald be cause of her interest and encour agement. Eunice Blount Tuggle, staff cor respondent of Harris Herald from Ellenboro, is fast becoming one of among the many leading corre spondents of the Herald. She is not only prompt in her corre spondence and news, but she is also securing some subscribers, and boosting the^Herald whenever po.ssibIe. Miss Pauline Watkins, Forest City, was married" December 29th to Mr. Furman Foster, of Spin- dale. Mrs. Foster is. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Watkins, For est City. Mr. Foster Is a brick- mason and he and Mrs. Foster arc at homo with his parents in Spin- dale. Prof. II. H. Hudson, Alexander, supervisor of the Rutherford and Polk county singing convention and also supervisor of the Union Silver Circle convention renders efficient service to the choirs and conventions of this section of Western North Carolina. He is also in great demand as a singing' school teacher. of 1833 Days Service i Given Negro Patients During Year Patients Spent Total 17,520 Days in Hospital Says Report NEGRO HISTORY WEEK PLANNED Southern "IM-Nut Shop Now Open R. C. Deal, formerly of Green ville, S. C., opened the Southern Do-Nut Shop, 325 E. Main St., last Saturday, in the building formerly occupied by Home Finance Co. Mr. Deal is originally from Kings port, Tenn., but has been in busi ness in Hickory an^^Greenville for a number of year.^ Killed Many Hogs The Harris brothers, Goler and Booker T. have had fine success ith their hog killing this winter, having killed over one hundred and sixty hogs (160) and the sea son not over yet. Dear : We are hoping that you will join us in the celebration of Negro History Week that began February 9, 1947. The theme for the year is “Democracy Possible Only Through Brotherhood.” His tory -does not show that democ racy has ever been attained by such methods as we are using tO' day. We are holding conferences and pa.ssipg resolutions and de, ciding by a majority , what shall be done or what shall not be done without laying a foundation on which we can build a new structure. What the representa tives of the nations are now doing may be destroyed overnight and soon forgotten in the mad rush for more selfish gains. The thing for which we should now be working is brotherhood. People never live together in peace and will never keep the peace with neighboring nations. Respectfully yours, C. G. WOODSON, Director, Association of the Study of Negro Life and History. —The New South Appearing at a theater, Stalin we read, was “thunderously ap plauded.” Naturally, since he’s the whole show in Moscow. Cold Hill Sunday School Conveutiott Meets At BHonbon The quarterly Sunday school convention met recently at Webbs’ First Baptist church, El lenboro, with Mr. Plato Bridges, presiding and Mrs. Lillie M. Mayse, secretary. The Saturday afternoon session was well attend ed with many helpful ideas brought to us by several speakers. The following churches enrolled with $1.00: Friendship, Jerusalem, Webb’s First Baptist, White Oak Springs and Oak Grove. The convention discussed the possibilities of having a Bible school. The proper officials will be seen about it. Teachers were elected for the school that con ducted in the afternoon. A union Sunday school was con ducted Sunday that was enjoyable to all. A fine sermon was preached persons enrolled with $1.00: Bros. Plato Bridges, R. B. Blanton, Rev. Barner, J. Y. Brooks and James L. Jones. With 50c: Bros. Fuller, S. B. McKinney, Alfonso Bridges and for 25c, Mrs. Ada McKinney, Miss Lynell Jones, Mr. Bubble Carson, Mr. James L. Jones, Mrs. Bridges, Miss Gardner, John Husher and Mrs. Laster. Total amount $12.00; total amount raised in the convention, $24.64. The following money was paid out. President $4.00; vice-presi dent $4.00; secretary $4.00; treas urer $1.00; section $1.00; cor. sec. $1.00; sermon $3.00. Balance in treasury $43.21. The next convention will meet with White Oak Springs Baptist church, Hollis, Saturday before the 5th Sunday in March. Bene- by the pastor, then the following j diction and dismissal. The annual report of the Ruth erford Hospital for the year 1946 show.s that there were cared for in the hospital 2,763 white and 247 colored patients, a total of 3,- 010 for the year, says Dr. M. H. Biggs. The number of days of care of these patients, including newborn, was 15,687 for white pa tients and 1,833 for colored pa tients, or a total of 17,520 days for the year, he .says. In. the maternity department there were born 367 white and 25 colored babie.s, a total of 392 new born. In the out-patient department there were received G,6.59 new pa tients and 7,374 old patients, mak ing a total number of visits to this department of 14,033. In this department tiiero were performed 1,596 operations. In the X-ray department there Were received 1,396 patients and 2,849 films and fluoro.scopic exam inations were made. In the Radium department there were received' 586 patients and the number of treatments given wa.s 783. 'The total nimiber of examina tions'rriSdc in the laboratory was H,4.63. The combined .structural bed capacity of the liospital is 59, in cluding white ami colored. In Jan uary . 1947 the daily average num ber of patients wa,s05, which rep resents over 93% occupancy. On one day recently there were ip the hospital 70 patients; 10',o above the rated bed capacity, says Dr. Biggs. PESONAL ITEMS EOM BOSTIC Mrs. Earline Whiteside (Staff Correspondent) Watch night meeting was held at the home of Mr. Charlie Latti- more, for New "Vernon church. Rev. Surratt preached a fine sermon at New Vernon church re cently. A song service was also rendered by the Glee club led by Mrs. Hester Brown. Also a topic was discussed “What Can We Do to Put More Christianity Into Our Young People.” Mr. Edgerton led the discussion and Rev. Bur gess also spoke on the topic. A delightful reception was held recently at the home of Mrs. Mary Wray. Those present were Rev. W. R. Bomar; Rev. C. G. Mc Kinney; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Martin; Mr. McKinnIey Twitty; Mrs. Wade Hill; Mrs. Earline Whiteside and daughter, Emma; and Mr. Harri son Procter, Harris. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Foster and daughter and Mr. Charlie Hill, Knoxville. Tenn.; Mrs. Nora Hamilton and daugh ter, Forest City; and Mrs. Creola Foster, Youngstown, Ohio. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Mat Bi'ooks (white) gave some fine gifts to Mrs. Mary Wray for her two years service. The gifts included a rocking chair, a hand kerchief and some gloves. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lawrence; and Mr. Spurgeon Reil spent the night recently with Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Graham and children, of Washington, D. C. visited Mrs. Graham’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Brown. Mrs. Minnie Varner has been visiting her daughter and son-in- law Mr. and Mrs. Wells Eaves, in Asheville. Haynes Grove Church News Haynes Grove church is getting $long nicely. We have a wonder ful Bible class and Sunday school. Our enrollment is 75. Mr. E. 0. Ramrick is superintendent and Aible teacher. Rev. E. W. Bonner, of Gaffney, S. C. is pastor.