THE HARRIS HERALD
Only Negro Newspaper in
VOLUME 2 — NO. 4
-HARRIS, NORTH CAROLINA, MARCH 1947
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Annual Red Cross Drive Is Underway In Rutherford County
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Appeal Is Made For Liberal i
Support of Organization |
In Campaign |
AN IMPORTANT CAUSE I
During tlie month the national j
Red Cross has on its annual drive |
for funds to carry on its import-1
ant work. In Rutherford county ]
it is hoped that all that are asked I
to aid will give and give liberal
ly to this worthy and important
The campaign among Negroes
of Rutherford county is under
the leadership of Prof. J. 0. Gibbs
principal of Grahamtown high
school, Forest City, and V. C.
Ramsaur, Jr., principal, New Hope
high school, Rutherfordton. Give
today and give liberally.
FROM NEW HOUSE
Mrs. Mae Etta Hill
Those visiting Mr. and Mrs.
Roosevelt Hill recently were: Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Vinson, Mr. and
Mrs. Andy Gantt, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Davis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Lemon Tug
gle, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Tuggle.
Margaret McFuffie spent the
night with Edna MeShade.
Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Driskell
have moved into their new house,
and Mrs. Driskell spent the night
with her sister Mrs. Mae Etta
Mr. Andy Gantt has been sick
hut is able to do his work now.
Major Fuller spent the night
with Norma Hill.
Miss Willie Johnson was mar
ried recently to Mr. James Moon,
.son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moon
Lawndale, N. C., Willie Pearl is
Ihe niece of Mrs. Roosevelt Hill.
Holden Smith and the General
Four rendered a program at the
White Oak church March 2nd.
.$118.47 was raised and an enjoy
able time was had by all. The
(piarterly Sunday school conven
tion of the Gold Hill district will
meet with White Oak church on
March 29-30. Wo hope that we
will have with us our editor and
founder of the Harris Herald, Mr.
M. U. Robinson.
Norma Hill spent the night with
Mr. and Mrs. Miller Spikes was
invited to the -home of Mr. and
Mrs Henry Withrow on their 19th
wedding aniversary. An enjoy
able time was had by all.
We are sorry to hear of the ill
ness of Mrs. Emma 0. Spikes and
Mr. Weasley Boykins. We wish for
them a speedy recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Gantt, Mr.
Will Beebe and sons, went to Eat-
onton, Ga., to the funeral of a
Mrs. Lucille Brown has return
ed home from Gaffney, S. C.,
where sh%, went to await the ar
rival and ■ burial of her brother
who died in Germany, Sgt. J. W.
Misses Lucrlle and Aline Lat-
timore and Mrs. Vernon Gantt
gave a birthday dinner recently
in honor of Mrs. Idella Gantt.
Dinner was served and some use
ful presents were presented.
Messrs Wilbur and Bubber
Smith, of Detroit, Mich., visited
their aunt Mrs. Idella Gantt on
their way home from Eatonton,
Ga., from the funeral of their
Mrs. Clars Clemmons, widow of
the late Rev. G. T. Clemmons is
visiting her children in Detroit,
We regret that Mrs. Sophilla
McDuffie have moved out of our
community. We wish for her much
Mr. John Lattimore has return
ed to his job on the railroad after
taking a vacation.
. Mr. Charlie Harvey, Detroit,
Mich., is visiting his parents Mr.
and Mrs. Evan Harvey.
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FROM ZIONS GROVE
Miss Mary Miller
Services are being conducted at
Zions Grove church every first
and third Sunday afternoon at
2:00 o’clock by the pastor, Rev.
W. R. Bomar, pastor New Bethel
church, Forest City. You are in
vited to attend at any time.
Visitors to Zions Grove church
Sunday February 16th were,
Messrs Jackson, Taylor and Price,
Forest City, Mr. and Mrs. James
Carson, John Briscoe, Montreat,
N. C., Mrs. J. D. Wilkins, Tryon,
N. C. and Mr’, and Mrs. Willie B
Hill, Spindale, N. C
Mr. Rufus Wilkins has been
spending a few days in Montreat,
Miss Ruth ^Carson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Miller Carson Flack
was married recently to Mr. Clark
Moore, and after a brief honey
moon they will be at home in
Tryon, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. James Carson and
Mr. John H. Briscoe spent Sun
day evening; February 16, with
their grandmother, Mrs. Mary
Mrs. J. D. Wilkind spent Sun
day February 16th with Mr. and
Mrs. James D. Wilkins.
The weather has been very un
favorable the last few weeks and
farmers plowing have been dis
rupted, however we are looking
forward to some more fair weath
er toward spring.
NEWS ITEMS FROM
Mrs. Janatte Logan
All of us regret the death of
Mr. Marsh Carpenter, who died
recently. Our sympathy to the
New Hope school is progressing
along nicely. The teachers are do-
irtg a fine job of instructing our
children and we are thankful. We
are also grateful to the young
man that comes from Shelby each
Wednesday night with the moving
Boost The Herald And Also Your
On Goodwill Tour
Jessie Lee Miller, circulation
manager of the Harris Herald
has been traveling a great deal
in western North Carolina re
cently. His contacts has made
many friends and boosters for
Mrs. Marion Randell
The Rogers and Watkins chorus
rendered a fine program at
Brooks Chapel church February
13th, sponsored by Samuel Brooks
and Millard Brooks.
Mr. and Mi^. Ed Lattimore are
very ill at this writing.
The Stewardship class is being
taught now by the principal of
Brooks Chapel school, Mr. R. L.
Miss Corine Brooks, of New
Jersey is visiting her father, Mr.
R. D. Brooks, of near Shelby.
The Union Singing convention
will meet with New Vernon
church April 12-13. The public is
invited to attend.
Mr. Will Maddox is ill at this
The Watkins and Rogers chor
us will sing at Brooks Chapel
church Sunday March 23, at 2 p.
m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Morris’s son is
expected to be sailing home soon.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John L. Morris was married Mar
ch 9, in Gaffney, S. C., to Mr. Wil
lie Edwards Roberson.
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CAMP NAMED FOR
NOTED NEGRO MAN
WITH THE EIGHTH ARMY IN
KOBE, Japan—On February 12,
birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the
West Camp area at Kobe was ded
icated as “Camp George Washing
ton Carver.” Colonel J. B. Clear
water, Syracuse, New York, com
manding officer of the 3rd Quar
termaster group, officiated at the
Renaming of the area was
made possible through the efforts
of Negro personnel from the 98th
Quartermaster battalion, a Trans
portation Corps Trucking com
pany, the 15th army ground for
ces band and the 118th malaria
control detachment. The names
of numerous Negro leaders in
fields of education, public service,
music and sports were considered
before the troops chose Dr. Car
ver’s name to be honored. Com
prising the final ballot were the
names of Dr. Carver, Joe Louis,
Marian Anderson, Booker T.
Washington, Paul Robeson, Jessie
Owens, William H. Hastie, Dorie
Miller, Crispus Attucks, Jackie
Robinson and Dr. Charles R.
Lieutenant Cglonel J. M. Smith,
Cincinnati, Ohiqj, commanding of
ficer of the 98th Quartermaster
battalion and camp commander,
was instrumental in the designa
tion of the area as “Camp George
Washington Carver” and assisted
the troops in their selection of a
name for the camp site. f
Highlighting the impressive j
ceremony was an inspection of
troops by officers of the 3rd
Quartermaster group and a dedi
catory address by Colonel Clear
water. Benediction by Camp
Chaplain, Captain Clifton M.
Morgan, Sumter, South Carolina,
preceded a review of troops with
music by the 15th army ground
Colonel Clearwater, in his ad
dress, lauded the choice of a
name for the camp and urged that
the men exert every effort to ex
emplify the ideals for which it
Eunice Blount Tuggle
Miss Hester Walker has re
turned home from visiting rela
tives in New Jersey. She reported
a fine trip.
The Union Singing convention
met recently with Webbs First
Baptist church. Aside from the
member choirs, of New Vernon,
Webbs church. Friendship, White
Oak, a visiting choir was present
from Asheville, N. C. The Caro
lina Jubilee Singers also appeared
on the program. Total amount
raised was $32.60.
Mr. Lemon Tuggle, Willie Lee
Sr., and Willie Jr., have returned
from Monroe and Atlanta, Ga. and
Chattanooga, Tenn. where they
Little Marvie Lou Laster spent
the week-end with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Laster.
Miss Lynch is able to teach
again after an illness. Mrs. Lomax
taught in her place.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Bridges
have moved into their new house:
Mr. Lemon Tuggle have re
turned home after visiting in Bal
timore, Md. and Washington, D.
C. where he visited friends.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Frederick, a son.
Mr. Ed Roberts is getting along
nicely, but is still ill. Mr. Husher
Long and Mrs. Calinder Gardner
remains about the same.
Mrs. Magnolia Tuggle is visiting
in Fallston, N. C., with her sick
mother Mrs. Susan Gardner.
Mr, Eugene Tuggle, of Shelby
spent the week-end with his uncle
and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Lemon
Mrs. Lois McMullin and chil
dren spent two weeks with her
sister Eunice Tuggle and brother-
in-law Willie L. Tuggle, Sr.
Mrs. J. Y. Brooks is spending
a while with her mother Mrs.
Miss Jannie Mae Thomas spent
the week-end with Mr. and Mrs.
Willie L. Tuggle.
Mrs. Earline Whiteside
Mr. Abraham Brown, age 88
years, 11 months was buried at
New Vernon church, March 5th.
Mr. Brown has been a faithful
member and Sunday school teach
er at New Vernon for 35 years.
He is survived by the follow
ing children, Mrs. Texie Logan,
Mr. W. K. and Monroe Brown,
Bostic; Mrs. Junie Davis, Buffa
lo, N. Y., Mr. George Brown,
-Morganton, N. C., 40 grandchil
dren several great-grand children
and a host of relatives and friends.
Messrs. O’Dell Heart and Roos
evelt Freeman are improved after
the car in which they were riding
collided with a truck driven by
Eugene Hollifield, (White). The
car was damaged beyond repair.
Mr. Freeman and Mr. Heart were
treated at the Rutherford hospi
tal for cuts and other injuries.
Mrs. Cora Brown is on the sick
list also. We wish for all of them
a speedy recovery.
An epidemic of mumps in this
section at this writing.,
Mr. Emmis Freeman and Miss
Grace-Fuller were married March
Miss Eunice Logan is back in
school after a long illness.
Miss Elsie Brown spent a night
recently with Emma Whiteside.
We have had some fine gospel
ministers at New Vernon church
Mr, Raleigh McEntire spent the
week' end with Mr. and Mrs. Hill.
Our pastor Rev. R. S. Burgess
hasn’t been well for some time.
He has also had a lots of sickness
in his home. We wish for all of
them a speedy recovery.
Grahamtown high has two
basketball teams. When the call
was made the following girls* an
swered''the call, Marie Brooks, Eli
zabeth Watkins, Mamie Thomp
son, Eugenia Hill, Julia M. Wells,
Elizabeth Moore, Louise Thomp
son, Velma Littlejohn, Patricia
Petty and Beatrice Roberts. Ten
boys have answered the call: Al
fred Lynch, Fleming Williamson,
Edward Johnson, Charles Thomas,
J. W. Metts, William Surratt,
George White, Bill Brooks, Char
lie Hill and Henry Lee Camp.
We have not played as many
games as we wish to, however we
are planning on playing a large
number before the season is over.
The games we have played were
uniformly played. Our appoint
ments have been Tryon, Hender
sonville and Shelby.
The members of the athletic
club are looking forward to the
banquet which will be the high
light of the season. Letters and
certificates will be presented to
players who merit them.
We haye had lots of fun every
where we have played, being en
tertained after the game with a
social, thus causing us to enjoy
ourselves more. We are working
hard to uphold the traditions of
dear old Grahamtown high school.
—Fred Thompson, Jr.
C & S FURNITURE
The C & S Furniture store.
Forest City, formerly Jones Furni
ture Co., was opened to the buy
ing public Nov. 16, 1946. The
store is owned by Messrs. Howard
and Arnold Carpenter and John
Neal. The store was remodeled
at a cost of $2500.00 and is one
among the most complete and
modernly equipped furniture
stores in Rutherford county. Mr.
Carpenter was with C & S Furni
ture store in Shelby and Mr. Neal
was assistant manager of Jones
Following are a few items to be
found there: bedroom suites from
$98.50, a complete assortment of
baby supplies and needs, an en
tire section of dinette room
suites and scores of new and up-
to-date items to numerous to men-
tin. Be sure to read their ad in
another section of this issue of the
Jessie Lee Miller
We have had some cold weath
er for the past month. The
groundhog saw his shadow accor
ding to the tradition and it was
Mr. Rufus Wilkins, of Polk
county went to Montreat to work
at Montreat College cafeteria.
Mrs. James Wilkins is planning
on attending Livingstone college,
Salisbury, N. C., this fall.'
Mrs. Carelee Baxter has return
ed from the Asheville hospital
and is resting fine at this writing.
Rev. Style preached at Mt. Zion
Methodist church, March 9th.
Mr. Joe Dickerson, of New York
is visiting his parents at Montreat.
Miss Babber Gardner is plan
ning on going to Washington, D.
Mrs. Georgia Boins went to
Lincoln hospital, Durham for an
Miss Elizabeth Lawton spent
the week end in Montreat, N. C.
Miss Gonia Baxter, of Lilling-
ton, N. C., spent the week end in
Montreat, N. C. She is a mem
ber of the faculty of Lillington
The second quarterly confer
ence will meet with Mt. Zion
church, March 29-30. Rev. B. F.
Lester, is pastor and Rev. C. G.
McKinney is presiding elder.
Founders Day was observed at
Livingstone College, Salisbury, N.
C., February 12, with Bishop W.
J. Walls presiding. When the
celebration was begun in 1932 by
the late Bishop L. W. Kyles about
$2,000.00 was reported. .$50,000
was reported this year.
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Several of our subscribers,
whose sub.scription expired with
the February issue have renewed.
Wliy not get yours in the mail
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Many outstanding events were
celebrated during February; the
birthdays of George Washington,
Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Doug
lass, .Joseph C. Price, the cele
bration of “Negro Histoi'y Week,”
“Brotherhood Week,” “World Day
of Prayer” and other outstanding
events and commemerations.
Mr. and Mrs. James Clayton,
Greer, S. C., visited Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Laney last Sunday.
Mrs. Ola Roberts has returned
to her home in Washington, D. C.,
after visiting her father Mr. B.
Miss Gary Morgan is doing fine
after an operation. She is now
Mrs. Mattie Littlejohn, Gaffney,
S. C., spent the week end with
her brother and sister-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. James Littlejohn. Mrs.
Littlejohn has been very ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Junie Webster
and aunt visited Mr. and Mrs.
Clara Littlejohn in Gaffney, S. C.
Miss B. M. Hicks spent the week
end at her home in Dunn, N. C.
Miss F. E. Holt spent the week
end at her home in Asheville, N.
C. Both of them are teachers in
Haynes Grove school. .
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Curry and
daughter from Statesville, N. C.,
visited Mr. and Mrs. John Camp
Mrs. Cusston MeSwain, Miss
Gary Morgan, Mrs. James Little
john, and Mr. J. Lewis are on the
sick list. We wish for them a
Rev. H. H. Watkins preached a
fine sermon for the men’s bible
class last Sunday evening.
The Sunday school of Haynes
Grove is doing fine under the
leadership of Mr. E. 0. Hamrick.
75 members are enrolled.
Hon. 0. Max Gardner, who was
appointed the ambassador to the
court of St. James in London,
England, died the day that he
was to have sailed for his new
post. North Carolina and the na
tion lost one among its most
famous progressive citizens. His
will, probated in his beloved home
town of Shelby, stated among
other things that $10,000 was left
to beautify Sunset cemetery,
where the ambassador is buried.
$10,000 was also left for the Ne
gro cemetery, Webb Memorial
lavyii. Mr. Gardner also asked the
directors of the Gardner Founda
tion “to bear in mind my love
and affection for the people of
Cleveland county, both white and
Dr. R. Farley Fisher, former
pastor of St. John A. M. E. Zion
church, Rutherfordton, N. C. and
more recently pastor of St. Stev
ens church, Asbury, Park, N. J.,
has been appointed by the board
of bishops as general secretary-
auditor of the A. M. E. Zion con
nection succeeding Hon. S. M.
Dudley, who passed away recent
ly. We predict that Dr. Fisher
will prove an able and progres
sive general officer.
Parish Jail, New Iberia, La.,
February 18, 1947.
The Editor, The Harris Herald,
Harris, N. C.: Please give a fel-
! low like me a chance to^ say
something in your fine paper. My
case in the supreme court was
turned down. I thought it was the
end, but my lawyer told me ho
already took my case to the par
don board to try to change my
sentence from the chair to life
in prison. They will hear my case
in New Orleans on March 10.
No society to help the poor peo
ple ever gave me or my lawyer
any money to help fight my ca.se.
Money is needed now. There are
lots of expenses and I had to de
pend on the good ministers and
people to help. If anybody wants
to help me, please send money to
me at the Parish jail in New
Iberia, La. I wrote and thanked
all them that helped me already
and 1 am going to write to them
that wants to help me now.
I’m not afraid to die as I wont
through it once before. Also I
made my peace with God, but it
I ^o to jail for, life I will try to
live right and maybe I can help
some other fellows like me there
to live right too.
People say you have a fine pa
per. Thanks a lot for printing
The saying “the king can do no
wrong” seems not to refer to
Bisliop M. H. Davis of the A. M.
E. church, whose episcopal resi
dence is in Baltimore, Md. He
has been called into the council
by the bishops of his church.
Many witnesses claimed that he
has passed his usefulness as bish
op of the second Episcopal dis
trict, and charged him with mis
appropriation of funds and other
acts not becoming the high office
of bishop. If he is guilty he
should be unfrocked, because a
bishop has no more right to break
the law than the laymen or hum
ble preacher. As much unfavor
able publicity as this is bringing
the A. M. E. church, it will help
the church after all if some faults
inside of the executives council
can and will be corrected.
Mrs. Eugene Whiteside
We had such beautiful weather
during January until some people
felt that we wouldn’t have any
more cold weather, but when Feb
ruary came in we realized that
winter was still with us. We are
thankful for this season o£ the
Mrs. Mattie Whiteside and son,
Donald, recently visited her sis
ter, Mrs. Coy Finger, of Lincoln-
toriy N. C. They reported an en
We are sorry to have on the
sick list Mrs. Maggie Lynch and
Mrs. Emma Lynch. We wish for
them a speedy recovery.
Our pastor, Rev. J. L. Smith,
of Mt. Nebo church announced
that he would begin having serv
ice two Sundays at Mt. Neho
church. The Sunday has not been
set yet. We invite all of you 1o
come to our church at any time.
A welcome awaits you.
A 57-year-old bachelor, Lewis
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AROUND mNATION'S CAPITAL
By DR. H. T. MEDFORD
Washington, D. C,
Dr. R. Farley Fisher, pastor St.
Stephen A. M. E. Zion church,
Asbury Park, N. J., has been
elected by the Board of Bishops
to fill the unexpired term of the
late Attorney S. M. Dudley as
general secretary-auditor of the
A. M. E. Zion church.
Dr. Fisher was in Washington,
February 5th and 6th preparatory
to entering upon the duties of his
new position. He will have office
in the Clinton building 1421 You
St., N. W. Dr, Fisher has been
runner-up for the position in Gen
eral Conference of 1940 and ’44;
it seems therefore, the will of the
General Church that he be
brought to the position.
Dr. Fisher has been a pastoral
leader of long and widely known
standing in the church. He is of
the “old school” trained Zion
Methodists, who has kept abreast
—Turn to Page Four
Four Sons , Quartet
The Four Sons quartet, of
Mooresboro, N. C. is one among
the leading quartets of western
North Carolina. They are al
ways engaged somewhere singing,
following is their schedule, March
16th, Shelby, N. C.,armory 2 p.
m. Ellis chapel 8 p. m. March
23rd, Mooresboro church 2 p. m.
8 p. m. at' New Bethel church,
Forest City. April 20th 3 p. m.
at Zions Grove church near Kings
Mountain, N. C. It will pay you
to see and hear these singer.s
when it is possible for you to do
Recent reports state that an
alliance was organized at W’ells
Spring Methodist church. Rev. J.
A. Dulla, pastor. If the reports
are true that is a fine move. We
advocated that very thing in these
column last year, because we felt
the need of such a move. More
about the alliance in our next is