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plans for troops
Creational house
7rE started here
{C(l„(inued from Page One)
lion facilities, traffic
tiao-'P01 ncj control of undesirables
i!Btr° fl0ck here are also on
sat „ list for the citizens and
foments of the city and
tfUnt'tinted out that a large num
Hep, campS, beer joints and
161 ■°t cabins will spring up along
^vthway between the city and
ii*inRidge and that definite steP:
«:ch places orderly and
1C should be made.
iJC To Seek Cooperation
, connection with this sugges
“ chairman Page named a com.
composed of Harry Gard
5lt!e chairman. Addison Hewletl
'er; cheriff C David Jones, tc
Jllu .,iir n-A^rovnintf hnorrl
f Onslow and Per.der counties
eek their cooperation relative
setting UP supervision of camps,
7- "beer joints," and such in
^unties adjacent to the camp.
::!ieut Speed said that traffic
, „ the highway between the
7‘°nd tlio camp constitutes a
'dor problem right now, and he
Zt that the committee proceed
• discourage sight-seeing around
,]7 Ridge until a time when
7|1 ]ias been completed or until
road facilities have been
^regards to a better highway,
tods Fisher, city commissioner
fmance and president of the
“ Highway association, stated
7; a request that highway 17
' Jnade a four-lane highway from
Wilmington to Holly Ridge has
jjjjdy been filed. This action
01!St ' wait congressional appro
bation of funds, however, he said.
SJ tke meantime, a study will be
"iii to turn as much traffic as
7sible on an alternate route be
7een Jacksonville and Wilming
Transportation facilities were
termed a necessity for both work
ire engaged on the project and
soldiers that are to follow. W. D.
fiCaig. comptroller of the Atlan
rc Coast Line Railroad company,
aid that the ACL stands ready
to run as many trams as neces
"We'll run a passenger train
every hour if it becomes neces
ary," he said.
lain tmeriainmeni
However, most talk at last
tight's meeting developed around
provisions for the entertainment
ad comfort of the soldiers and
the workers that will be engaged
a: the camp. Following the sug
gesn'on by Lieut. Col. L. L. Simp
son that a recreational house be
Wit and that adequate comfort
stations be erected, the city com
since took steps to start work on
tee structures immediately.
Bruce B. Cameron urged im
lediate action, describing the
wd as an “emergency proposi
tion. ' He said that the money for
sach a building should be made
available by the city and county
prernments and declared that he
believed the taxpayers of the city
sod county will unanimously ap
prove of such expenditures. 5
Commissioner Fisher and Chair
man Addison Hewlett, of the county
Mid, said that the money could be
sade available, but suggested Chat
Phns for such a structure be sub
Bitted first.
Ihder tentative plans the building
FI be erected at the rear of the city
ti® at Fourth and Princess streets.
‘• 5-l contain recreational rooms,
"■"■'■A rooms, comfort stations, and
bunging rooms, with a matron in
<-sive from early in the morning to
•ltf each night.
tot. Specs said that between 1,
* an|ti 2,000 soldiers will come to
"A city on the week-end and he de
•ared that tliey would certainly wel
** suc*1 a place to spend their
I-nless it is provided for them,
,ty."111 seek other places, which in
®'‘ likelihood will turn *ut to be un
stable both for them and for the
G'V he said.
High Class Soldier
a said that the average soldier
*ay's a high class. Most of the
en at Hie Holly Ridge camp, it is
^tposed now, will come from the
■Jrch 1, selective service draft, he
J-fairman Page said that he would
contact some leading members of the
colored race to make some arrange
ments for the approximately 4,500
negro soldiers that will be stationed
at the camp in two negro regiments.
There will be six white regiments at
Holly Ridge.
Mayor Thomas E. Cooper assured
members of the committee that the
city will have sufficient police pro
tection. Col. Montgomery said that
military police will be on detail in
Wilmington and will take care of the
situation so far as the soldiers are
However, he pointed out that many
undesirables, including pickpockets,
gamblers, crooks and prostitutes, will
flock to the city—are beginning to
arrive now—and that some steps
should be taken to care for them.
In regards to the problem of pros
titution, several members suggested
that strict regulation be put into ef
fect immediately.
But above all, the soldiers in the
city should be provided with some
form of entertainment, he said. In
connection with this, Lieut. Spees
said that Wilmington "most certain
ly” should have Sunday movies. He
expressed surprise that the city
didn’t already have them.
In regards to the problem of rent
and food price increases, Col. Mont
gomery said that his experience in
similar situations were that food and
rent prices were increased. He urged
that the Wilmington committee do
something to prevent this, pointing
out that a majority of the persons
coming here cannot afford prices
any higher than now exist.
Lieut. Spees termed such practices
a “vicious circle” and said that in
practically all cases* the practice of
raising rents and food prices boom
eranged on the person that started
i ana on tne city as a wnoie.
W. M. Hewlett, a member of the
Wilmington real estate board, said
that his board wag trying to hold
down rent prices as much as possible
and that a survey is being conductel
in regards to providing housing for
Lieut. Spees estimated that there
will be 900 officers stationed at Hol
ly Ridge and that half of these will
probably1 bring their families here.
He said that it is probable that the
Public Housing Authority will erect
homeg for the non-commissioned of
ficers and their families near the
post reservation.
Chairman Page said that every
member of the various committees
t ill be called on to render all the
assistance possible in meeting the
emergencies as they rise.
Members of the executive commit
tee are: Chairman Page, Fred Wil
letts, the Rev. Walter B. Freed,
Louis T. Moore, F. P. O’Crowley,
Chief of Police J. C. Rourk, Sergeant
J. R. Smith, W. M. Hewlett, W. D.
McCaig, B. B. Cameron, Julian W.
Fields, John N. Alexius, Albert E.
Jones, Sheriff C. David Jones, J.
Holmes Davis, Sr., with members of
the city and county boards of com
missioners as ex-officio members.
(Continued from Page One)
the three-story building and came
down on top of the rubble instead
of under it, were injured, none se
What caused the explosion, which
splintered windows for blocks and
drove bricks through nearby walls,
only one man apparently knew, and
he was dead.
Joseph Feldman, deputy state fire
marshal, investigated a report that
three crocks filled with a high ex
plosive fluid had been stored in the
basement by a tennant. Others the
orized that leaking gas was responsi
ble, although A. C. Moorhaus, vice
president of a utility firm, said a pre
liminary investigation indicated such
was not the case.
The man who might have been able
to say what happened was Joseph P.
Koebbe, 32, operator of a general ap
pliance shop on the ground floor.
Koebbe’s business partner, Elmer
"Jack” Campbell, 42, who was work
ing late with him on a pre-Christmas
inventory, also perished.
Acting Fire Chief Edward Shear
wood said Koebbe and Campbell must
have been the only persons awake
in the building. After the explosion,
Koebbe was one of the first victims
located, but he was buried in the
debris and dyinf ' >
(Continued from Page One)
night that no further developments
have arisen in the camp construc
He said that just as soon as plans
for streets and sidewalks have been
approved by the quartermaster corps
area commander, that work will be
started along these lines. Streets
and sidewalks will have to be laid
off before any building construction
can be started, he said.
Good Speed
He said that good speed is being
made by the Carolina Telephone and
Telegraph company which is putting
in additional lines to Holly Ridge
from both Wilmington and Jackson
ville, but added that before phone
service can be installed, an office
must be built at Holly Ridge and
that it will probably be “several
weeks” before the expanded phone
service is completely installed.
Two crews of linemen from the
Tide Water Power company were
also making fast time on the in
stallation of an 11,000 volt, three
phase line, being installed tempo
rarily for construction purposes. The
work was begun Monday morning
at Topsail Church, a village south
of Holly Ridge, where the first pole
was put in place.
South of there workmen were
busy installing the third line for
the three-phase line and north ol
there others were busy staking out
a right of way, clearing it, and
erecting poles.
In all 15 tons of copper wire will
be used on the project and a large
number of creosoted poles. The
work is expected to be completed
in ten working days in the absence
\JJL uau TV V.** .
Yesterday afternoon A. E. Jones,
general manager of the Tide Wa
ter Power company, and Claude H.
McAllister, superintendent of the
transformer department of the
company, went over the line and
found work progressing speedily.
The line is being run up the side
of the Ocean Highway and will
provide ample power for all con
struction purposes at Holly Ridge
as soon as it is completed.
This line is not to be the per
manent line which will supply the
camp when it is completed but is
being run solely to provide power
for construction purposes.
Col. Montgomery said there are
"rumors” a bus line will install pas
senger service between Holly Ridge
and Wilmington and between Holly
Ridge and nearby towns but there
has been nothing official said about
it yet as far as he knew.
However, he said, he anticipated
that railroad passenger service will
be instituted and indicated that such
service will be along the lines re
ported recently as tentatively con
sidered—three trains a day from
Wilmington, through Holly Ridge
to Jacksonville and return.
Indications are that wells already
drilled on the camp site will be suf
ficient to supply the camp, he said.
Monday workmen were working on
one of the wells located near U. S.
Highway 17 but north of the dirt
road which runs to Maple Hill.'
Though there is nothing of mili
tary importance on the camp site
yet, visitors are not allowed to go
over the site. A guard is kept on the
road leading to Maple Hill, which
has been closed to traffic from here,
except trucks bringing materials for
the camp.
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
company forces yesterday continued
their work of installing a 50-car
storage spur track. Monday and
yesterday workmen were unloading
heavy grading and ditching equip
ment and unloading rails for the
And while all this activity was
going on real estate values here
boomed. C. C. Hines reported that
he had been deluged with offers
from men who wished to rent . or
buy my property, some of them “of
fering me even more than I was
asking but I had to tell them all 1
couldn’t do anything right now."
• Hines is planning a bit of build
ing himself. He said he expects his
architect to arrive soon and that in
a few days he will be ready to move
his store, which contains the postof
fice, back from the hgihway and be
gin «onetf action ot ft large building
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Local Junior Firemen Attend
Demonstration At Oil Terminal
About forty members of the jun
lor firemen’s organizations from
Tileston, Hemenway, and Isaac
Bear schools yesterday witnessed
f fighting demonstration at
the Texas company terminal, near
Sunset Park.
The demonstration was staged
by employes of the terminal, un
der the supervision of W. E. Cur
tis, through arrangements made
by the Wilmington Junior Cham
ber of Commerce with the Texas
L. C. LeGwin, Jr., told the junior
firemen the two methods of ex
tinguishing fires are by cooling
and smothering. On wood or trash
fires, he said, water is used to cool
the substance that is burning.
The blaze* is extinguished when
the substance that was afire is no
longer hot enough to give off in
flammable vapors. The second
method smothering, is used tc
fight oil fires.
Using drums and tubs to repre
sent storage tanks, the exhibition
began with the proper and im
proper way to use the common
place two and a half gallon foam
ite extinguisher. Next exhibition
was the putting out of an open
head drum of gasoline by using a
water-soaked blanket, which is the
same procedure used to put out a
fire of a loaded tank car or tank
Net phase of the exhibition fea
tured the Physter extinguisher.
The liquid, when thrown into the
fire, became heated, forming a
dense gas which cut off the air
supply and smothered the fire.
The Physter extinguisher is the
type used to fight electrical fires
because the liquid is a non-con
ductor of electricity. Demonstra
tors said it is most efficient
when used in a closed space for
example, auto or truck motors, and
any electrical motors.
Junior firemen were advised that
the main thing to remember about
an electrical fire is to cut off the
current first. Final demonstration
was a much larger vat of gasoline
which was extinguished by means
of foam generation.
The stream of foam was shot
across the vat to the opposite side
where it accumulated and gradu
ally slid back across the surface
of the burning gasoline and smoth
ered it.
Visitors attending the demonstra
tion were: Fire Chief J. Ludie
Croom, W. E. Bunn and Bill Glis
son of the fire depr tment; H. V.
Chadwick, teacher at T i 1 e s t o n
school; and Russell *Stone, of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce, or
ganizer of the junior firemen. Glis
son is also instructor for the' junior
firemen teaching them first aid,
artificial respiration, and other
fire prevention information. 1
to house a modern cafe and perhaps
a, theatre.
Other private building is seen just
south of the reservation where con
struction has been begun on a build
ing in which a businessman plans
to feed 200 workers a meal. The
building is being erected on a piece
of property fronting on the highway
for 240 feet just south of the reser
The temporary offices of the con
tractors, engineers and quartermas
ter corps, now located in Wilming
ton, will be moved to Holly Ridge as
soon as the office buildings are com
pleted. The office structures are be
ing erected at the intersection of U.
S. Highway 17 and the dirt road lead
ing to Maple Hill.
Dr. E. S. Bulluck said yesterday
that Dr. O. J. Lightheiser, of New
York City, will arrive here Sunday
afternoon to take charge of the dress
ing station and medical office at Hol
ly Ridge during the time of the con
struction. He is a former surgeon at
St. Vincent’s hospital in New York.
Meanwhile, additional army offi
cera began to arrive in the city. Re
cent transfers include Captain Ger
ald F. Botsford, MC, Reserve, from
Camp McCoy, Wis., to Wilmington
and Captain Harry B. Cooper, Jr.,
CAC, Fort Lewis, Wash., to Holly
dulsiuiu xia.& itxxeauy ■
rived in the city and has assumed
duties with the office of Col. Mont
gomery. Capt. Cooper will help train
field artillery tpen and act as liason
Meanwhile, R. Mayne Albright, di
rector of the NCSES. said in Raleigh
yesterday that all men seelang jobs
on the $10,000,000 Holly Ridge pro
ject should first register with the5"
home employment office and then
wait until they are called.
Albright said it was expected
that 10,000 persons would be em
ployed on the construction which,
would be completed within three
months. In addition to the persons
to be put to work at Holly Ridge,
Albright said there were more
than 125 immediate job openings in
defense industries in the state. He
urged qualified persc"s to apply
quickly to local employment offi
ces as the openings must be filled
at once. He listed the needs as:
Five senior male clerks with
pay of $2,000 yearly; seven male
accounting clerks, salary of $1,800;
16 male assistant clerks, salary $1,
620; five male material inspectors,
salary $2,000; 75 male junior ma
terial inspectors, salary $1,620; 25
male and female under clerks, sal
ary $1,620: and six female junior
stenographers, salary $1,400.
me A'ortn Carolina state Em
ployment Service office here yester
day issued a call for a number f
highly skilled men needed at the
Holly Ridge anti-aircraft camp con
struction job.
The call was for six shovel op
erators, six dragline operators, 15
bulldozer operators, 15 motor patrol
and 20 Le Tourneau Pan operators.
Shovel and drag lin» operators
must be thoroughly experienced in
the use of Northwest, Koehring,
Lorraine, Lima or General machines,
all with caterpillar tread, either gas
or diesel powered with a capacity
of a half-yard to a yard and a half.
Only experienced men need ap
ply, NOSES officials said, but those
who are qualified should apply to
the Wilmington NOSES office in
the Wallace building at Third and
Princess streets.
Ancient Greeks ate only two meals
a day—one of fruit and wine at mid
day and the other in the evening.
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St. John’s Men’s Club
To Meet Thursday Night
The Men’s club of St. John's Par
ish will hold its December supper
meeting in the parish house Thurs
day night at 6:15 o’clock, -with J. B.
Huntington, secretary of the Y. M.
C. A. to be the principal speaker.
At the beginning of the meeting
the newly elected president, John
Q. LeGrand will be installed in of
wTi it ~ :
fice. A special program of Christ
mas music will be presented and a
supper will be served by the Wom
an’s Auxiliary.
All of the men of the parish and
their guests are urged to attend.
Those who have not made reserva
tions are asked to do so by calling
the Rev. E. W. Halleck or Nathan
S. Haskett, Jr., secretary of the club.
It’s against the law to give away
a cigar in Nebraska unless you have
a license.
Riley Wins First Place
In Speaking Contest
Roger Riley was awarded first
prize in a public speaking contest
held at the Y. M. C. A. last night,
with members of the public speak
ing class of Rabbi M. M. Thurman
His subject was, "Shall We Feed
the Starving People of Europe.”
John Fox was awarded honor
able mention in the contest. Judges
were Mrs. Wayne Spencer, Mr*.
Zlecil Appleberry and the Rev,
James Lawson.
The class will meet a week from
iext Monday, December 30, Rabbi
rhurman announced.
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