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First Issue Of Daily Herald Slated To Appear Monday
' Two Littleton Men Killed In Wednesday Morning Highway Crash 1 riicK L-omaes With Car Near Roanoke Rapids Two Littleton men, Robert Lee , Edmonds, 41, and Clarence Tay 1 lor, Negro, 43, lost their lives in a car-truck collision two miles west of Roanoke Rapids on US highway 158 about 5:45 Wednes day morning. Both men were employees of the Littleton Sales Company and were in a truck operated by the company when the truck col lided with a car driven by W. B. Copenhaver of route one Roa t noke Rapids. State Highway Patrolmen who investigated the accident said both the truck and Copenhaver's ear were proceeding toward Roaroke Rapids, when Copen haver made a left turn to go into his driveway just as the truck was about to pass. The truck hit the car in the left side, caromed off into a telegraph pole which was snapped from the force of it the impact and finally came to rest upside down in the ditch. Officers said the truck was al most completely demolished and said the Copenhaver car was se verely damaged. Copenhaver, who suffered a shoulder injury and abrasions about the head told officers that he had plainly indicated that he intended making a left turn and had no idea the truck would * try to pas3. No charges were preferred by the officers pend ing a coroner’s inquest on the accident. Both Edmonds, who was em ployed as a traveling salesman, and Taylor, who was a driver tor the Littleton company, were rushed to the Roanoke Rapids hospital by ambulance. Edmonds died about 7;45 of a crushed , chest, internal injuries and a ■ possible skull fracture, and Tay lor died shortly after nine o’ clock from severe head injuries. Funeral services for Mr. Ed monds will be conducted from the Littleton Baptist Church at 4 00 p. m. Thursday, with Rev. Julian H. 'King, pastor, official Ing. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Fleming Edmonds; one $ son, Bobby; one sister, Miss JjV’ ther Edmonds of Littleton;-., three brothers, William, Errfbat and Clyde, all of Littleton. Taylor was unmarried and a list of survivors was not imme diately available. Funeral ar rangements were incomplete pending the arrival in Littleton of New York relatives of the dead Negro driver. Officers said they did not f learn which of the fatally-injur ed mer was driving the truck at the time the accident occurred. Wednesday morning’s wreck ran the total highway fatalities in Halifax County to five for the y' -r.__ Buses To Carry Crowds To Jaycee •Thrill Act Sunday It was announced today by the Roanoke Rapids Junior Chamber of Commerce, spon sors of the famous Hell Driv ers thrill show which will take place at the Chockoyotte Fair Grounds at two p. m. Sunday, September 12, that Roanoke Transit buses will be available to take crowds to and from the f Fair Grounds for the show. Buses will start operating at noon Sunday to take people to the.Fair Grounds and will be avialable after the two-hour thrill show to return the crowds to town. The daredevil show, which is headed by Johnnie Hand, ace auto stunt man, will feature 15 thrill acts THE ROANOKE RAPIDS i VOLUME XXXIV ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C„ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1948 •»NUMBER 3 .;..—— — - TWO HALIFAX BOY SCOUTS, Vernon Bradley (left) and Harold Twisdale. members of Troop 53 at Halifax have been presented awards for the greatest advancement in Scouting in the Halifax district during 1947. The awards were made at a recent meeting of the Roanoke Rapids Lions Club at which the two Boy Scouts were special guests. Lion D. E. Bennett, Commissioner of the Halifax district. Boy Scouts of America, made ihe presentation on behalt '•'f the Lions Club. . , .. .. . . . .. Each year the Roanoke Rapids Lions Club awards a placque or suitable trophy to the l Swoui ;in the district who shows the most advancement in Scouting rank during the year* 1 Brau.'ey and Twisdale t'.od.-'Jr th<_ honor in 1947, since both boys advanced from Second Class Scout to Life Scout in the same time and on the same dates. For that reason both received duplicate awards. In winning the awards Scouts Bradley and Twisdale showed more advance ment than any other Boy Scout in Enfield, Halifax, Weldon, Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Aurelian Springs and Littleton. ___ M. McRae Faison Is First Again as Herald Subscriber M. McRae Faison, well-known Roanoke Rapids insurance and real estate operator and form er postmaster of Roanoke Rap ids holds the distinction of be ing the first founder-subscriber to the new Daily and Sunday Herald, the first edition of which is scheduled for publication on Monday. “Mac” as he is known to his many friends has a record of be ing first as far as subscribing to the Herald is concerned. He was the first subscriber to the Herald when it began publication as a weekly back in 1914. “Mac” tells the story of how he happened to be the first subs criber to the Herald. “The little house back of the Joyner home on Hamilton Street was the first office of the Herald. One day in 1914, I don’t recall the exact day but it was while I was postmaster, I happened to be going by the then Herald of fice and noticed much activity. FIRST SUBSCRIBER to the new Daily Herald is M. Mc Rae Faison of Roanoke Ra pids, who was the first sub scriber to the Herald when it was founded in 1914. I stopped in and Mr. Proctor, who was then editor of the pa per, was getting ready to make his first press run. “I asked Mr. Proctor if he had any subscribers and the answer was no. So I asked to be allowed to be the first and paid $1.00 for a year’s subscription.” Mac” said that he kept that firsc copy of the Herald for many years sealed in an envelope marked do not destroy. He said ihat he once told Carroll Vilfon, a former owner of the Htiu.*.’ about it and Wilson ask ed for the paper, since there was none in the Herald’s files, but the paper was missing when “Mac” went to look for it. Came Here in '95 Faison recalled that he came to Roanoke Rapids in 1895 with the rest of his family and said, ’We were the 13th family to ar rive here." His father, H. B. Faison, was a carpenter and came here to work on the first knitting mill, in the building located where the Manchester Board and Paper j Box Company is today. “Mac” said that he, his father; and his brother walked from Northampton County to Roanoke Rauids and drove the family cows. There was no facility for trans portation into Roanoke Rapids at that time and the rest of the Faison family cime to Weldon by train and then walked to Roa noke Rapids. In the little village of those days of 1895 there were no busi ness buildings and the home into which the Faisons moved was not complete. The home was lo cated at what is now 120 Jeffer son street. On completion of the knitting mill, which was operated by the United Industrial Company, in 1896, “Mac” went to work in the mill. He said that his early school ing was had in a one room school which was located near where the hospital now stands and was in a grove of woods. Most of the trading was done in Weldon and later when there was a method of transportation between Weldon and Roanoke Rapids the trade between the two towns grew. The transportation was by horse-drawn boat down the old canal and much freight was mov ed via barge and boat. The peo ple walked along the canal bank between Roanoke Rapids and Weldon in those early days. Faison recalls that in 1895 and 1896, Roanoke Avenue of today was nothing more than a road, fringed by trees and marshland. He says that he grazed cattle over the area around what is today Second and First streets and that there were no buildings in the area. The one business building in (Continued on page 12) Town Seeks Use Of Surplus Parking Meter Profits For Recreational Purposes Roanoke Rapids Commission ers, meeting here Tuesday after noon in their regular meeting, passed a motion to request the General Assembly to pass an act enabling the Board in its dis cretion to use surplus profits from parking meters for recrea tional purposes. Under the existing setup, all parking meter profits are ear marked for traffic regulation en forcement, however Board mem bers expressed the hope that a special local act would be en acted in the 1949 General Assem bly to allow the city to use the surplus profits for recreation. The Commissioners again dis cussed the comic-book influence on children in the city, and Mayor W. B. Allsbrook read a ruling he recently received from State’s Attorney-General Harry McMullan in which it was stated that any publications which are not acceptable in the U. S. mails can be barred from newsstand sales. The mayor said he has discussed the matter with local postmaster L. G. Shell and added that he is obtaining a list of pro hibited publications from the U. S. Postmaster-General. He said this list of publica tions will be used to remove any prohibited books from sale in the city. The Commissioners officially adopted the proposed budget re cently submitted, and they dis cussed with engineers and con tractors the current street pav ing project in the city, however no definite action was taken on the streets. Rev. Walker Named Drive Chairman; The Rev. John M. Walker, pastor of the First Presbyter ian Church, has been named drive chairman of the annual Community Chest campaign in Roanoke Rapids, Henry Ak ers, chairman of the campaign committee announced today. Akers said that the dates for the campaign, which will be held sometime during October, will be announced later. The annual Red Feather campaign raises funds for the various civic organizations in Roanoke Rapids, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, school room lunch program, the Asso ciated Charities and other or ganizations. The goal for this year’s cam paign has not been set, but the various participating or ganizations are working on their budgets and the cam paign committee plans to an nounce the goal at a later date. Tax Revaluation Question Deferred By County Board Halifax.—The Halifax County Commissioners reached a stale mate on the issue of having a new valuation made on property in the county for tax assessments when two members of the com mission were unable to attend the afternoon session of the meeting here Tuesday. At the time Ralph D. Stout represent ing the Southern Mapping and Engineering Company appeared at the meeting to give an esti mate of the cost of such a sur vey. Although all the members were present at the morning ses sion in the court house, J. R. Yv'renn and M. H. Mitchell were unable to be present when the meeting resumed after lunch. The remaining three members, D. G. Dickens, C. S. Alexander and John B. Davis, felt that the matter before the Board of Com missioners with regard to hav ing the survey made was of such importance to the entire coun ty that all commissioners should be present when a decision was Stout pointed out that if the revaluation of property were to be completed in fttime to affect next year’s tax levy, it must be started immediately. Since time was so important, a special meet ing was called for the early part of next week. At that time Mr. Stout is expected to be pre sent to give an estimate of the cost of >such a survey by his firm, and a representative of the Cole-Layer-Trumble Company of Ohio is also expected to be pre sent. The revaluation of property has been under consideration for several weeks and if done is expected to remedy many dis crepancies in the present tax le vies by making the valuations on a scientific basis. Daniels Will Speak To Rotary Club Frank Daniels, president of the North Carolina Press Asso ciation. will be the principal speaker at the Roanoke Rapids Rotary club Monday evening. Daniels, who is business man ager of the Raleigh News and Observer, is coming here to honor the inauguration of the Herald as a daily and Sunday paper. Founder SKbscrSbers Here is a list of • . .. f_. ? the first Founder-Subscrib s to the new Daily Herald. These are among the first people in this area who have joined the new Daily Herald “family”: (1) M. McRae Faison, Roa noke Rapids (2) R. L. Towe, Roanoke Rapids (3) H. L. Rook, route one, Roanoke Rapids (4) James A. Hawkins, route one, Roanoke Ra pids (5) A. E. Powell, route one, Roanoke Rapids (6) B. C. Pair, route two, Roanoke Rapids (7'i Mrs. J. B. O’Briant, route two, Roanoke Ra pids (8) Mrs. Nina H. Powell, route two, Roanoke Ra pids (9) E. D. Jenkins, route two, Halifax (10) Annie Boyd Morecock, route two, Halifax. (11) Jacob M. Carter, Chapel Hill Us) Kaymona J. umson, route two, Littleton (13) James F. Smith, route two, Littleton (14) J. R. Dickens, route two, Littleton (15) J. J. Haskins, route two, Littleton (16) G. W. Hardee, route two. Littleton (17) J. A. Rowland, route two, Littleton (18) Mrs. L. J. Hux, route two, Littleton (19) W. C. Dickens, route two, Littleton (20) Marvin S. Wright, route one, Littleton (21) Daniel Hux, route two, Halifax (22) Suitor Brothers Store, Garysburg Lions See Movies Of World Series A movie of the 1947 World's Series afforded an interesting program for the Roanoke Rapids Lions Club at the last regular club meeting. Andy Reilly was a guest of the club at the meeting, and Ben Israel and Kenneth Brewer were new members present for the first time. During the business session, Bernard Allsbrook made an ap peal to the club to aid in any way possible in securing help in the registration of boys 18 thfo ugh 25 for the current post-war draft. Roanoke Rapids Will Have First Daily Paper The first issue of the Daily and Sunday Herald will ap pear next Monday, September 13th. This statement is subject to the qualification that Associated Press wires have yet to be installed in the building; contingencies could arise to delay the first day’s publication. But odds are against such delay. To assure continuous publication under current condi tions when newsprint will cost the Herald $200 per ton for a large part of its requirements as against a $105 *yr ton for long-established dailies, 100 god-fathers, business and professional firms who would agree to advertise every week, were deemed necessary. Eighty-eight firms have sig ned contracts. The 12 more needed are near enough in sight to warrant this announcement. Forty-five hundred FOUNDER-SUBSCRIBERS are es sential for successful operation, but there is every indi cation that the circulation will equal or exceed that num ber. iiarolcl Muthig, county circulator, oegan a canvass oi rural routes Monday morning and added 30 new subscrib ers in three days, in each case collecting in advance for at least three months. His calls indicate that 75 per cent of the farmers within 20 miles of Roanoke Rapids will be eager and enthusiastic subscribers to the new daily. Muthig expects to add two or three thousand to the present rural circulation of the Herald. This is part of the Herald’s goal to build farm trade for the Roanoke Rapids Weldon community. Buying power from peanuts alone in the 20 mile radius is eleven million dollars; other crops also are big money producers. Newsboys yesterday began canvassing their routes to obtain signatures from FOUNDER-SUBSCRIBERS, those willing to sign up for 13 week subscriptions. Many of the boys reported a near 100 per cent subscrip tion on their routes. Boys turning in a 100 per cent subscription list will re ceive a $10 bili from the Herald. The carriers, of course, are enthusiastic about the op portunity afforded them by a daily paper. Routes of 80 customers will enable the carrier to make $6.40 a week; of 100 customers, $8; and of 150 customers, $12 a week. Such earnings for an hour or two a day of work by 14 year-olds are reminders to older men of a different day, they recall that in the days when they delivered newspaper routes, they counted themselves lucky to make a dollar or two a week. The daily and Sunday Herald will be delivered by car rier for 30 cents a week. The normal issue will be 10 pages. On account of the newsprint shortage, the Monday and Tuesday issues may have to be held to 8 pages in weeks when both Thursday and Sunday issues are larger than 12 pages. The Herald will be a complete Daily carrying inter national, national and state news, sports, society, and 10 daily comics. The Sunday Herald will carry eight tabloid pages of colored comics. The first issue will be Jar *han usual, being at pre sent scheduled for 36 pages. -*i\11 be an historic issue. The first issue of any daily is sa-'ed; hundreds of homes will keep their bofjy and feifh* it out fr>t display for 25 or 50 years. The “ftrs+ ’lL S$®e dailies 100 years old or more are still t /wrought out on special occasions. To meet the special i mand for this first issue, 10,000 will printed. Extra copies may be obtained for 5 cents apiece. Your newsboy will call on you during the next three days to invite you to become a FOUNDER-SUBSCRIBER. If you accept the invitation he will present you with a FOUNDER SUBSCRIBER certificate when he makes his first collection on Saturday September 18. Attach it tr “>e “first issue” as evidence of your part in founding the Daily and Sunday Herald. White Elephant Party To Launch Woman's Club Year Next Monday A White Elephant Party de signed to obtain furnishings and other materials for the Roanoke Rapids Woman’s Club will be held next Monday afternoon at 3:30 at the club building as the first activity of the Woman’s Club year. Mrs. John T. Gilbert, president of the club, said that all mem bers and prospective members of the club are invited to Monday’s White Elephant Party and are urged to bring with them any pieces of furniture, drapes, cur tains or any other articles which have become “white elephants” in their home. The lub, which has not been active since the recent war, will get back into operation officially at Monday’s meeting, in which complete plans for the year will be formulated. Chief activity on the Woman’s Club list is the raising of funds to take care of a heating plant which has been installed in the club building on Jackson street, Until May the club was rented I by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. At that time the Woman’s Clut was reorganized by a group ol interested members and the fol lowing officers were elected tc head it: Mrs. John T. Gilbert president; Mrs. Henry A. Ricks first vice-president; Mrs. Cleorg* F. Pappendick, second vice president; Mrs. Hugh Godwin recording secretary; Mrs. Edwii Akers, corresponding secretary and Mrs. Robert A. Michie, trea surer. Ordinarily the club installs of ficers and starts the year’s busi ness each fall and suspends ac tivities during the summei months, however this past sum mer the club members have en gaged in a number of venture: including a benefit bridge parti recently, the operation of par of the concession shared by th< Exchange Club at the Harves Festival, and will have a con cession in operation at the forth coming Lions Club Festival . Mrs. Gilbert said she is en couraged by the cooperatioi which the club has received ii its efforts to become activ» i again, and she said the member are particularly grateful to th* Exchange Club and the Lion for their aid in helping the lad ies to raise funds for club ac tivity. She said the members ar looking forward to a highly-suc cessful year ahead, and said sh hopes all members will rail; around next Monday and be oi hand for the White Elephan Party. 2,252 Registered For Draft George N. Taylor, chairman of the Halifax County Draft Board, announced today that 2,252 young men had register ed at the seven selective ser vice registration centers in the county since registration be gan on August 30. Taylor said that according to the state selective service headquarters’ estimate for the county this “is about half of the number of young men ex pected to register for the draft.” The list showed that 925 re gistered in Roanoke Rapids; 228 in Weldon; 195 in Sotlcand .-Neck; 16Z in r.nneiu; 163 in Liltleton; 30 in Aurelian Springs and 249 in Halifax. The draft board chairman said that questionnaires on which the board was to base its classification of the men would be mailed today. He es timated that it would take sev eral weeks before all of those registered would receive their questionnaires, saying that ‘we will mail about 100 each day.” The registration of the vari ous age groups will continue according to the schedule as set by the national selective service headquarters. Roanok Rapids Schools Show 2,489 Now Enrolled \ Vacation ended here Tuesday morning for 2,489 school-age children, as the first day of schoo rolled around again and the kids started that long trek back tc u nine months of readin’ ritin’ anc all the rest that goes with mod em education. Enrollment figures for the Roa noke Rapids schools showed i slight increase over those of the opening of schools last year, Sup erintendent of City Schools I. E Ready said here Wednesday aft ernoon, with new first-graders ir the white schools amounting t< an increase of five students. He ^said last year there were 174 en Tolled in the first grade on the first day of school and said ther« were 179 children to enter schoo for the first time Tuesday. Overall totals for the white schools show 1,891 students ii all 12 grades as compared to 1, 849 last year at the opening of school. High school enrollment in the junior and senior high school departments increased over last year from 805 students to 854 while there was a slight drop from 1,044 to 1,037 in the gram mer grades. Enrollment at the John Arm strong Chaloner Negro school th year shows an increase from. 1941 enrollment of 588 to this year . 596. The Superintendent said the slight increase in first-grade en rollment this year was “just about what can be expected from the birth statistics, ect.” He predicted further increases in . first-graders to a peak in 1952, when, he sajd, “The first graders i will be almost bulging at the i seams.” * .Why Not Become a Founder-Subscriber To The Daily net aid!