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Casteen’s Life
An Eventful One
Staff Writer
Charles H. Casteen. chief of the
Wilmington Police department
whose retirement has been accept
ia by the Police Pension board
was scheduled to leave the city
ibis morning at 7:15 o’clock a-er
’3 years service with the force.
' Born in Wilmington January
19th, 1899, Casteen had his first job
in the machine shops of the At
lantic Coast Line railroad here
where he served for a short time
as handy man until he learned the
machinist’s trade.
He was later promoted to wreck
in0 engineer, duties of wdiicn con
sisted of reparing damaged cars.
During his eight years service
with ACL, he was elevated to tne
position of foreman of the Wreck
ing department.
The retiring chief was educated
in the public schools of New Han
over county and started to work
immediately after completing his
high school education.
He came to the police depart
ment as a rookie in 1923 where "he
served as an officer on the water
fiont patrol.
His beat consisted of Water
street and the section lying be
tween there and the water’s edge.
It was known as number eight,
and Casteen had the full swing
from well North of Nut
street south to Greenfield.
During his stretch of duty on
the water he recalls that things
“just rocked along from night to
night.” He went to work at 7^45
p.m. and was relieved at 4:45.
A policeman earned his money
back in those days.” Gasteen said.
After a short time on the beat
he was shifted to the downtown
area where he had a regular beat,
later being given special traffic
This beat was even quieter than
the waterfront rounds back m
those days, because of the small
number of motor vehicles operat
ing, Casteen said.
Real color came to his career
is an officer of the law when
about two years after joining the
force he was “promoted” to the
bicycle patrol “on the hill.” he
This was back in the days of
the “Black Maria,” the early pa
trol wagon. In those days when
a drunk was picked up on the
streets, there was not a call box
handy for the boys to call the sta
tion and have the wagon pick up
their wayward charge. The officer
had to lay down his bicyd'1,
trudge the eight to 15 blocks to a
telephone, and hold his charge- un
til the wagon came. On the bike
patrol, officers usually work
ed their beats in relays.
Present - day policemen don't
know when they’re well off, Cas
ten says. “Back in the old
days on these bicycles, in some
of those winter snow storms, our
hands would freeze to the handle
bars, “he recalled.
He worked these beats with
James Jordan, retired assistant
chief who is constable of Wilming
ton township, and Harry Fales. di
rector of the New Hanover Bureau
of Identification.
Casteen was made sergeant of
the force in 1929, six years after
entering the service, and from
then on his promotions came rgt
lar end rapidly.
Under Chief J. S. Lane, Casteen
was made lieutenant Sept. 1, 1935,
and on Feb. 2, 1937 he became
captain of the department, a posi
tion which was later replaced by
that of assistant chief.
He served as captain \ eight
months under Lane and under
former Chief Claude Cash well, now
living in California, and former
Chief J. C. Ruark, under whom
he became assistant chief, Novem
ber 1. 1937.
He served with Ruark until June
1, 1941 when he was made chief
of the department at the former’s
Casteen was married to Miss
Ruth Smith. He has two children.
His son, Charles Bernice, who
served in the armed forces during
World War II, is now studying at
the Southern Junior college. Col
lege Dale, Tenn.
Tlje daughter, Mrs. Frances
Schwantes, now lives in Indiana
polis, Ind. with her husband and
their daughter.
“I have been here nearly 24
years, and it has been a pleasure
working on the force. One be
comes attached to it, and we have
been one big happy family,” Cas
teen said last night, on the eve
of his depature for Fletcher,
where he will enter Mountain San
atorium for a rest.
He is neutral about his success
or, and emphasized that during his
years in administrative posts bn
the force he had no favorites. He
•aid that he made no recommen
‘‘I felt that it was my duty to
leave that up to officials, charged
Front and Dock Sts. Dial BOD
i with the responsibility,” he added.
Casteen worked under the oJc
commission form of government
has served with every city
manager, of whom there has been
three: James G. Wallace, now in
the Dakotas, A. C. Nichols now
living in Columbia, S. Ci, and J. R.
Benson present city manager.
He spoke highly of his regard
for Benson, but would not express
a preference of the three.
When asked what he will do he
declared ‘‘Just what my doc
tor tells me,” which, by the way
will not include sports of any type
at first, he opined.
Casteen tips the scales at 316
pounds today, having lost some
60 pounds in recent years, “but
I must lose about 75 pounds
more,” he said. ‘‘Of course, I've
been stout all my life." he added
Unlisted Securities
* _
These bid and asked quotations repre
sent prices at which one or more deal
ers, members of the National Association
of Securities Dealers. Inc., would trade
with the general public at the time the
' Quotations were gathered, 12 noon,
j Thursdsay, February 20.
; Description
Acme Alum Alloys Com 11 3-8 12 1-3
Acme Alum Pfd - 24 25 3-4
j Ala Great Sou RR -87 1-4 ill
American Bakeries —— 35 38
j American Enka -90 93 1-2
I Am La France F’mite Com 10 1-2 11 1-2
Amer Trust (Charlotte)-730 740
Am Yam & Pro Com 14 1-2 15 3-4
Am Yarn Sc Pro 4% Pfd 97 101
Bassett Furn Ind - 32 1-2 34 1-2
Bausch & Lomb Opt — 24 1-4 26 1-4
Bird Sc Son _18 19 1-4
Blue Bell x-d _ 17 3-4 18 3-4
Buffalo Bolt Com_10 1-4 10 3-4
Butler’s Com - 7 1-4 8 1-4
Butler’s 4 1-2% Pfd-25
Carolina Insurance- 33 35
Caro Mtn Telephone __ 3 3 1-8
Caro Power Sc Lt Com— 36 1-2 37 1-3
Caro Pow & Lt $5 Pfd —115 117
Chadbourn Hosiery Com 10 1-4 11 1-2
Chad Hosiery’ 4 1-2% Pfd 42 45
Cleveland Cliffs $5 Pfd__101
Coble Dairy 5% Pfd _ 50 1-2 52 1-2
Colonial Stores Com — 24 25 1-2
Colonial Stores 4% Pfd 51
Cross Co Common _ 2 2 3-4
Dan River Mills Com __ 15 2-4 16
Dm River 4 1-2% Pfd ..109
Dixie Home Stores -18 19 3-3
Dwight Mfg _ 27 1-2 28 1-2
Edison Thos A “B” Com— 16 3-4 18 3-8
Empire Dist Electric — 17 3-4 19
Erwin Cotton Mills Com. 43 44
Erwin Mills 6% Pfd _110
Foremost Dairies Com ._ 16 3-4 17 1-2
Foremost Dair»ss 6% Pfd 51
Funsten RE Com - 7 1-2 7 7-8
Gamble Bros Com _ 9 10
Gartinckel. Julius Com.. 2! 1-2 23 3-4
Gar Jul 4 1-2% Conv Pfd 24 1-2 26 1-4
Garlock Packing _ 22 1-4 24
Giddings Sc Lewis Mch T1 12 1-2 13 3-4
Qleaner Harvester - 23 1-2 24 1-2
Grinnell Corp _31 1-2 33
Hanes PH Knit Com_ 19 20 1-2
Inter Textbook Com _16 17
Jeff Stand Life Ins _ 29 30
Kendall Co x-d _ 26 1-2 28
Kingsport Press _12 12 1-2
Life Sc Cas Ins Tenn x-d 24 25
McBee Co _ 8 3-8 8 7-8
May-McEwen-Kaiser x-d 15 1-2
Monumental Life Ins_ 43 46
Morganton Furniture __ 21 22 1-2
Nat Cont 4 3-4% Pfd_ 57 58
New Britain Machine __ 32 34 1-4
N C Railroad _195 202
Northwestern Nat Life Ins 18
Occidental Life Ins _ 5 3-8
Ohio Water Service_ 19 1-2 20 1-4
O’Sullivan Rubber Com __ 7 1-4 7 3-4
O’Sullivan Rubber $5 Pfd 92 95
Peninsular Telephone_49 1-2
Peoples Sav Bk & Tr __ 80
Piedmont & Northern Ry 62 64
Pilot Full Fashion Com.. 13 1-2 14 1-2
Riegel Textile $4 Pfd __ 95 97
Robertson. H H _ 42 1-4 44 1-2
Rose’s 5-10-25c Stores __ 48
Saco-Lowe 11 Shops _ 38 1-2 40 1-2
Scott Sc Williams _82 [84
Seaboard Finance Pfd __ 34 86 1-2
Security Life Sc Trust __ 48
! Security National Bank _. 27
Solar Aircraft Pfd _17 1-2 18 5-8
Sonoco Products__ 30
South Atlantic Gas _10 11 1-2
Southern Webbing_11 12 1-2
Standard Forgings _12 1-2 13 1-4
Standard Stoker _ 27 1-4 29
Stevens J P Sc Co _ 32 1-2 33 1-2
Stonecutter Mills_ 7 3-4 8 1-2
Strom Carl 4% Cone. Pfd 41 1-2 43 1-2
Talon Inc - 49 51
Textiles Inc Com _15 1-2 16 1-2
Textiles 4% Pfd _24
Thiokol Corp _ 2 3 1-8
Tide Water Power _ 8 7-8 9 5-8
Towmotor Corp Com _. 20 3-4 22 1-4
Twin Coach $1.50 Con Pfd 39 1-4 32
Wachovia Bank Sc Tr __ 70 1-2 72 1-2
Warner & Swasey_11 12
Wilmington Sav & Trust 49
Mrs. Preston Named
Fund Drive Leader
Mrs, L. W. Preston has been ap
pointed head of the Residential di
vision of the Red Cross Funds cam
paign which opens March 4.
Mrs. Preston’s appointment was
announced by Nick Avera and J. H.
Carswell, co-chairman of the drive.
A member of the Red Cross Hos
pital and Recreation corps, Mrs.
Preston served as director of Volun
teers at the U. S. Army filter center
during the war and has been active
in Thalians, local thespian group.
NEW YORK, Feb. 22—(£>)—Major
security and commodity exchanges
closed today across the nation in
celebration of Washington’s birth
day. Among the exceptions were
various livestock trading centers,
including Chicago.
RALEIGH, Feb. 22. — (A>) —
(NCDA)—Raleigh egg and poultry
markets steady; U. S. grade A
large 46 to 48; fryers and broilers
RALEIGH. Feb. 22.— UP) —
(NCDA)—Hog markets stronger
with tops of 24.50 at Rocky Mount.
BELGRADE, Feb. 22.—()P)—The
Yugoslav government sent two
notes to the Allied Control Com
mission for Austria today protest
ing what were described as border
incidents and plans to settle 120,
000 to 140,000 German peasants in
Southern Austrian territory claim
ed by Yugoslavia.
(High Return Bonds)
Prospectus Upon Request

300 Southeastern Bldg. Phone 3-4478
48 Years Young
Chief of Police Charles H. Casteen, whose retirement has been
accepted by Wilmington’s Police Pension Board, leaves the city today
for Fletcher where he will rest for three months. (PHOTO BY
News Reviews
flello central—click, click, click
i —and sheepishly the Wrightsville
subscriber will hang his head for
a moment then dial his number.
This will happen many times
when the Southern Bell Telephone
company completes i t s dial sys
tem installation at the resort
sometime during the next several
months. Work on the improvement
in service has been going ahead
at a rapid pace, if evidence of
building on the site of the new
structure is a criterion.
*■ * * *
A picture during the week of
Mayor W. Ronald Lane dunking
doughnuts as he sat on a .‘••tool
dressed in the style of Jimmie
Walker, late mayor of New York,
brings back the doughnut days of
college when two sinkers for a
nickle and a cup of java kept one
going until hamburg-lunch time.
* * *
And Bluethenthal airfield still
remains a 1,200-acre landing field
for two airlines as the Civilian
Aeronautics Board in Washington
takes its “own sweet time” in giv
ing a decision on the Southeast
* * *
Word has it that the Thalianl
Workshop will produce "Ten Little
Indians” sometime during the
next six weeks Casting is now in
progress. According to the script
the director should have quite a
job, as the cast calls for one
female and” nine male roles.
* * *
Attracting the undivided at
tention of the reading public dur
ing the week was the trial of Roy
Grissett, former Wilmington po
liceman, tried in Superior court on
charges of larceny and receiving.
The trial was interspersed with
legal maneuvering by the defense
with S. Bunn Frink and Elbert
Brown throwing “I objects” witn
the Georgia-North Carolina Sugar
Bowl game. Grissett was found
not guilty by an out-of-Wilmington
• * •
Phil Parish
amiable desk
sergeant on the
first shift, was
named Chief of
Police Friday by
City Council dur
ing a special aft
ernoon session.
Earlier in the
week he had re
ceived a vote of
confidence from
fellow officers
PARISH during a secret
poll which reveald 77 per cent of
the force favored him to succeed
Charles H. Casteen who had an
nounced his in- j
tensions of retir
ing. Parish, by i
the way, has only
one love that re
ceives ijnore at
tention than his
job — his daught
er Sara Beth and
Mrs. Parish.
B a c k to Blue
thenthal airport—
and if Commis
sioner Georg*
irasK has his way the Airport
Authority, which body he claims
should never have been appoint
ed, should plant the acreage in
vegetables. Dame Rumor has it al
the same time that certain mem
bers of the authority would re
sign tomorrow in disgust were it
not for “stubbornness.”
Trask made his declaration dur
ing a meeting of the Board of
Commissioners last Monday when
the airport became subject mat
ter for heated discussion.
* * *
The eyes of the Naval Ordnance
Department were turned Camp
Davisward last Sunday as the first
of a series of tests were made
of secret weapons with military
personnel present.
Expected to produce a plane
that will roar skyward at super
sonic and hyper-sonic speeds—
1,500 to 7,500 miles an hour—the
tests are being centered around an
engine with no movable parts
which is being used for the pro
pulsion of “flying stovepipes” at
the present.
V * *
The New Hanover High school
band fund was augmented by $504
as members of the musical organ
ization and the Arab Shrine com
bined their efforts in a paper
scrap drive last Sunday. From
paper to uniforms will go the pro
ceeds of the 33-tcn collection.
* • •
And at long last members oi
City Council met wlili representa
tives^ of the Slate Highway cm
miss on and discussed the pro- ,
| posed truck lane. Under the pro- i
I postil the route would u-e Wcventh j
street as a connecting link with
Dawson and Dixon streets.
* * *
Plans for the June convention of
the state American Legion were
furthered as the city and county
granted $500 each for expenses to
be incurred in connection with the
bringing of the meeting to Caro
lina Beach.
Biggest headache facing the
champions of the get-together is
housing as 25,000 men and women
members of the organization are
expected to converge on the beach
* * *
Crime took a holiday for at least
a portion of the week with all law
enforcement agencies in the city
and county marking “all quiet” on
their records from midnight to
noon Thursday.
Included were Wilmington po
lice, Sheriff's -office, State High
way patrol, game warden and Al
coholic Beverage Control agents.
On the same day only one case
was tried in Recorder's court, that
being a case of public drunken
ness. The session was the shortest
since pre-war days.
* • *
Representative R. A. Kermon
informed the Star-News he was
planning to present a bill to the
General Assembly to stop seining
operations in Banks Channel and
in the ocean between Moore’s and
Masonboro inlets. Such a move
long asked for by sport fishermen
—will only hinder the commercial
fisherman by taking away two
miles of the 300 along North Car
olina's coast.
Castle Hayne residents were
brought face to face with the need
for a fire department Thursday as
flames leveled a service station
and store operated by C. L. Greer,
valued at $2,000 and the home of
J. P. Newton, Wilmington mule
dealer. The latter fire caused un
determined damage.
CHICAGO, Feb. 22—(/P)—(USDA)
—Salable hogs 500 (estimated) to
tal not given; cornfared week ago
barrows and gilts 1.00-1.50 higher;
weights above 260 lbs up most;
sows 2.00 higher.
Salable cattle 500 (estimated);
total not given; compared week
ago receipts smaller locally and
in aggregate and lower dressing
merits than normal years featur
ed general crop, especially steers
and heifers; trade generally active
and most of the time highly com
petitive; fed steers and yearlings
closed 50 higher; heifers strong
to 50, mostly 25 up; cows and bulls
25-50 over late last week; steers
and heifers predominated; killing
quality medium to average-good;
strictly choice stees and heifers
absent; strictly medium kinds,
both steers and heifers, at new
high on crop, dressing merits con
sidered; bulk medium and good
steers and yearlings 19.50-24.50
heifers 18.50-22.00; moderate sup
ply good and choice steers
sold at 25.00 - 26.50, low to
average-choice 1258 lb. steers top
ping at 27.25; very little above
25.50; low-choice heavy heifers top
ped for class at 23.50; most good
light heifers selling around 22.CO
23.00; very keen market on steers
at 19.00 down and heifers 17.00
and below, this situation tending
to make very few light stock cat
tle available; stockers 25 higher,
mostly 16.00-19.00 on medium to
choice offerings; cutter cows
closed at 11.50 down; most beef
cows 12.00-14.50, with strictly good,
young weighty fed offerings to
17.00; competitive race for saus
age bulls forced most sausage of
ferings with weight to 15.75-16.50
basis; heavy beef bulls reached
16.00; vealers, after losing 1.00,
strengthened up, closing steady
to week at 29.00, mostly 28.00
Fight Asthma
Mucus Coughs
Do you cough and cough, especially morn
ings and at night? At times do you feel like
you were tearing yourself to pieces trying to
get rid of strangling mucus and still you
choke, gasp for breath, wheeze and often
can’t sleep? The cause of these devitalizing
symptoms may be recurring attacks of Bron
chial Asthma. In such cases, the very first
dose of Mend.ico, a physician’s prescription,
usually goes right to work thru the blood
helping relax that clogged up stufTy feeling
in the bronchial tubes, then helps Nature
loosen and remove thick, strangling phlegm.
This helps you get g°°d fresn air into your
lungs and promotes restful ®le®pvjj,{jichi5 »
‘ :r’rr.-ichial
A^ma" '•°ut
dniBBlst to- Mendnen tod nr.
4Bookmobile9 Readers
Prefer Mystery Books
Mysteries closely follow best
sellers on the list of those books
most often asked for when the
“bookmobile” pulls up at some
scheduled spot in New Hanover
Operated jointly by city and
county funds, t h e rolling library
travels 200 miles a week lending
over 4,000 books a month to
The bookmobile, ope of 41
serving rural areas of North Caro
lina, is supervised by Mrs. Ella B.
Eak'ins and Mrs William Head, as
Books are arranged on the three
circular shelves of the big wheel
within the library according to
subject matter. Romances and his
torical novels fill the first shelve,
while western and mysteries come
in the center. The bottom shelve
is devoted to junior books.
An adult may take out four
books each week, while a child is
allowed two.
Monday is the day for clerical
work, Mrs. Eakins said. The
schedule for the rest of the week
is as follows:
Tuesday — Maffitt Village
school. 9:30-12; Vance build
ing (Southsideh 1-4:30 p. m.
Wednesday—Wrightsboro school,
9:30-11 a. m.; Colonial Village,
11:30 - 12:30 p. m.; Riverside
i Adams street), 2-3:15 p. m.;
Riverside (Jefferson street). 3:30
Thursday — Washington Catleti
school. 9:30-11; Winter Park
)W. Park grocery) 11:15-11:45;
Seagate cross roads, 12-12:30;
Wrightsville Sound (telephone
office), 13:45-1; Wrightsville Beach
ipostoffice', 1:30-4.
Friday — Carolina Beach road;
Plantation club, 10 a. m ;
Langley's store. 10:30-11; Mason
boro road, 11:15-11:45: Caro
lina Beach (city hall), 1-4 p. m.
Hletol © iisui ess cfu n 11 It i re
“Serves and Survives”
Coroner Savs Prisoner
Ended His Own Life
PLYMOUTH, Feb. 22. — (U.R) —
Earl D. Wolfe, 35. who died hang
ing from a belt wrapped around
his neck and a jail rafter, took his
own life, Coroner Jack Horner an
nounced today.
Sheriff J. K. Reid said Wilfe. an
employee of the North Carolina
pulp mill here, was arrested Wed
i—ii — -u
nesday night for driln '.^
was found dead ,
ing in his cell. Urs<Uy ^
bobmann HINteV ..."n
. Venice, l.alv. Fe*‘ ^'E
lief tnat Martin Boimd' 'H
deputy to Hitler i. : 1 1'
-in Uruguay, or B
in Spam.” has l:' BsrO
LI. Col. Alexan: er P
land, British imellbZ .
Pial MBU For Newspaw^
Proposals Invited For
Sealed proposals will be received bv the n,
Wilmington, N. C., until 10:00 o’clock A. M. \\J of
day, March 5, 1947. and then publ'cly opened
at a meeting of the City Council, for funi'-h;-, **f"
following articles of clothing for the Police -inf rne
Departments: ' " lre
8 — Officer’s Caps
56 — Private’s Caps
128 — Pairs Police Trousers
320 — Uniform Shirts
f 152 — Pairs Fireman’s Trousers
304 — Uniform Shirts
The above quantities are approximate, and the
City reserves the right to increase or decrease same
Detail specifications may be obtained from'tb
office of the City Purchasing Agent, and bids in order
to be considered must be made in accordance with said
specifications. Sample of material to be furnished
must be submitted with all proposals, and each bidder
must state in his proposal the name of the firm who
manufactures the uniform offered.
Any alterations necessary to insure proper fit are
Lo be included in the price submitted.
Sealed proposals should be submitted to Gilbert
F. Morton, City Purchasing Agent. Wilmington, N. c"
and marked on the outside of the envelope “Pro
The City reserves the right to reject am or all
bids, also to award Trousers, Caps, and Shirts sepa
Dated this 13th day of February, 1947.
Win A J. C. Higgins Bicjck!
Just Write a 50-Word Letter
1. The contest is open to all boys and girls in New Hanover county, 4th to 10th grade.
2. Just write SO words or less on the subject, “Why I Should Give to the Red Cross,” VinftftlP
on letter size paper. I2|. I jU V
3. Place your name, age, address, class room, grade and school at the upper left hand s*”®6"
side of paper.
4. Originaiity, neatness, composition will play an important part in the judging. WB
5. The judges will be officials of the Red Cross and their decisions will be final. FFR /0, |
6. Entries must be in not later than March 1st. *
7. Mail or bring all entries to Sears, Roebuck and Company, Wilmington, North
Carolina. AMT) P! H^ES
8. All letters remain the property of Sears, Roebuck and Company. AllU Li
9. In case of tie, duplicate prizes will be awarded..
10- case a bicycle has been purchased by the winner from Sears, Roebuck during MJf Jk D lf|
this contest a cosh award will be made. *“•
All Entries Musi Be Mailed To Sears, Roebuck
Not Later Than Midnight Saturday, March 1st.
~4nTM»B «■ ST' WILMINGTON, N. C. D,AL j.j«>

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