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Successor To Historic ‘Atlantic’ Arrives Here Monday
CHAGBOURN PLANS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Merchants To Sponsor Brightly Colored Street Lights During Yule CHADBOURN, Nov. 28 — Brightly colored lights will dec orate the main business section of Chadbourn during the ap proaching Christmas Season for the first time since before t h e war. Local merchants are sponsor ing the project this year through the Retail Merchants committee of the Chamber of commerce, with assistance from Tide Wa ter Power co. and the town council. Handling details of the promotion project are L. P. Cook, chairman of the mer chants committee and Wm. S. Edmunds, executive secretary cf the chamber. Approximately a thousand lights of various colors will be strung diagonally across the streets from Britts Hardware on RR avenue to Brown street, from there to Jolly’s stables and from D. M. Carter and sons to G. O. Boyette’s on First avenue, for a total of four blocks. Several local electricians have agreed to contribute their labor for hanging the lights. To date these include Stack Turner, Lacy Mercer, F. G. Nobles, Gomery Strickland arid Charlie Williams. , Present plans are to erect the lights on Friday of this week provided materials on order ar rive by that time. They will re main lighted until after New Year’s. Centerian Straightens Bell Puzzle Out MILLVILLE, N. J. (U.PJ —Mrs. Jennie Bingham is oyer 100 years old and she didn t know why the fire bell rang four times at six o’clock every morn ing. When the question was brought up, Fire Chief Tom Corson was puzzled, too. Mrs. Bingham snorted, “I don’t see any sense in it. Why don’t they make it ring six times as it should.” Chief Corson admitted it was & rather silly arrangement. To all puzzled Millville residents he proclaimed, “The fire bell will be rung six times at six o’clcok from now on.” The Flowers Bloom In The Fall, Tra-la ROCK ISLAND, 111. <U.R>—Vio lets were blooming on the sunny side of the street in Rock Island a day before Hallowe’en. Mrs. Russel E. Parker thought her four-year-old son was seeing things. “Please, mother, can’t I pick the little blue flowers” “Why, Johnny,” she replied “there aren’t any flowers like that at this time of year.” . _I COMPLETE LINES Men, Women and Children’s Wear KOTLER'S 601 Castle St. CADILLAC ... OLDSMOBILE SALES AND SERVICE MOTORS INC. 10M Market St Dial 3301 FIREBOAT CREW—Looking out toward their 35-year-old fireboat, the “Atlantic,” are the crew members of the boat who soon will be transferred to the P-76 fireboat, recently purchased by the city, after a six year hunt, from the U. S. Maritime Commis sion in Charleston, S. C. The six regular crew members work on a two platoon shift with three men to each shift and one man having a day off each week. These men are on duty 24 hours a day and answer an average of 35 calls a year. Shown above with their re spective number of years’ service in the Wilmington fire department are: E. E. Casteen, 11; Captain Charles Register, 29; Eimer Jones, 13; Chief J. Ludie Croom, 40; Harry Waters, 22; Lt. Alonzo Russ, 19; and Ralph Powell with 19 years’ service. (Staff Photo by Maynard) “ATLANTIC” COMMANDER—Captain Charles Register, above, for 29 years a member of the Wilmington fire department and four years Captain of the fireboat, “Atlantic,” is shown at his desk making plans for the new and more modern P-76 fireboat. Captain Register has served on the fireboat the entire 29 years service to the department and since he has been in command of the vessel he has pulled 15 bodies from the waters of the Cape Fear. He suc ceeded Captain L. R. Frost, Sr., who became fire inspector in 1943. Cape Fear Queen To Give Way To More Modern Boat By ROBERT MILLER Star Staff Writer The historic “Atlantic,” whose battles along Wilnr'ng ton’s waterfront have been varied and many during the past 35 years, will start down her last’mile Monday as the queen of the Cape Fear when her successor arrives. The P-76 recently was purchased by the city as gov ernment surplus property from the U. S. Maritime Com mission in Charleston, S. C., after a six year hunt. She will be commissioned immediately after she has been fully equipped with fire fighting material. With a 141/2 foot beam and 50 feet in length, the “At lantic” will bow out to a more powerful boat which has a 21 foot beam and is 64 feet, eight inches in length. The P-76, with a draft of six or seven feet of water, is equipped with a 225 horsepower diesel engine, a ship to shore radio, and lifeboats. Yet, the history of the “Atlantic” will forever remain in the hearts of Port City citizens and the six firemen who nave SKipperea ner down through the years. Captain Jim Arnold, a South port fisherman, built the “At lantic” from a converted shrimp boat in 1911 and the vessel was put into service in 1912. “I put my ‘soul’ and tnr very best pine and oak timbers avail able into the ‘Atlantic’,” the vet eran shipbuilder said. Immediately upon arrival i the “Atlantic” to her station at the foot of Chestnut street, the fire chief appointed four men to serve as crew members. The men were transferred from the firehouses to the fireboat because they had lived mostly on the sound and had a lot of expire nce in the various operations of boats. Also, the members said they enjoyed the atmosphere and felt at home while serving aboard the fireboat, which was assigned Its Not Too Late If You Act Now! You Can Enjoy The Miracle Of Gas In Your Home This Winter PROPANE — BUTANE GAS PORT CITY GAS & APPLIANCE CORP. _ Opposite Shipyard duty from Josey’s fertilizer plant to the shipyard. At the present time Chief Croom has Captain cnaries Reg ister as commander of the “At lantic,” with six men forming a two platoon shift. Captain Register has been on the water for 37 years and with U. S. licenses to operate boats along with 29 years of service in the fire department. He has com manded the vessel for the past four years. Captain J. H. Litgen, former skipper in charge of the “Atlan tic,” originated the two-platoon system of working the water shift in 1919 and an additional two men were added to the former four man crew. The six man department work three to a shift, at two shifts each day with one fireman having a day off each week. The “Atlantic” is on duty 24 hours a day. It has answered 36 bell and telephone alarms since January, including trips scouting the Cape Fear for drowned per sons. Carrying 1,000 feet of hose, the “Atlantic’s” powerful pumps can shoot a stream of water from the waterfront. to Fifth avenue, and the crew members re called the time when the pumps shot water from the station over the top of the Murchison build ing on Front street. The ship as reported by Cap tain Register has been deteriorat ing for the past five years, bi the apparatus and pumps are still considered in top condition. Once the old vessel proved to be one of the faster boats on the Cape iFear when it made the two mile FIREBOAT ATLANTIC—North Carolina’s only fireboat, the “Atlantic,” is shown in the middle of the Cape Fear river ready to pull into its battle station at the foot of Grace street. Standing on the deck of the 35-year-old fireboat are Lt. Alonzo Russ and Chief J. Ludie Croom. Captain Charles Register is shown inside the cabin. The boat will be replaced by the P-76, recently purchased at Charleston, S. C. The “Atlantic” was built in 1911. trip to the shipyard in 14 minutes flat. The battle-scarred “Atlantic” answered an average of 35 alarms each year. One of the most dramajc calls it answered was during the war when an oil tanker, the “Oleney,” limped in to port with a jagged hole in her bottom. Then a secret, crew man of the tanker told Captain Register that the tanker had rammeo a German submarine not so far iff shore Defore she put in at the mouth of the Cape Fear river. One of the departments of the “Oleney’ was flooded and the “Atlantia1 pumped wateo out of the hold for 10 1-2 hours before repairmen could go down and mend the damage. Another event, Captain Regis ter recalled, was Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when a tanker put in port on fire with thousands of barrels of oil aboard. Before the flames reached the oil, the crew of the “Atlantic” had the blaze extinguished. This feat took exactly 45 minutes. Also, said the genial Captain, “in the past years we have re covered a numDer or Doaies irom the Cape Fear and I, command ing the Atlantic, have found 15 bodies in the last several years.” The Atlantic is painted red and carries a hose pointed skyward. Those were the only means of id entification to the other vessels along the waterfront when she an swered calls. Yet, she maintained the right-of-way and command ed the respect of other vessels when reporting for duty. The Atlantic has done her duty, said Captain Register. The av erage life span of such a ship is 25 years, but we have manned this old vessel for 35 years. “It is just like losing a dog or moving from your house,” said Captain Register, “but things have changed since the Atlan tic was built and we feel she is not fully qualified to protect Wilm'ngton’s port.” The members of the Atlantic crew added they were glad to get a new boat that was well equipped to combat fires along the waterfront. KNOWS HIS WINES ST. LOUIS <U.R) William Fsich er, wine steward at the Hotel Jefferson, was the only one of 100 contestants who could ident fy all 13 wines presented in a wine-tasting contest. His nearest competitor coul d name only nine. The amoeba has no eyes, but its entire body is sensitive to light. Jacksonville Kiwanis Present Minstrel JACKSONVILLE, Nox. 28—The Jacksonville Kiwanis club, Rev. Carl B. Craig, president, Tues day and Wednesday evenings presented its 1947 Minstrel with Billy Arthur as interlocutor. The end men were Turner Shaw, George Buchanan, Dean Sullivan, Rod Jones, G. E. Maul tsby and Albert Ellis. The mem bers of the Minstrel Chorus were Robert Kalet, W. D. Star ling, Lonnie Reavis, W. R. Page, Tom Gresham, Weston Willis, Deane Taylor, Morris Miller, Harvey Boney, Harry Potte,r M. Trachtlenberg, Ramon As ikew, Wesley Conkling, Steve Ste stefanou, Bruce Downey, R. E. Smith, Joyner Lewis, Syd Fishel, Fred Harmon, Carl Ven ters, Jack Koonce, Gort Wilbur, Maurice Margolis and George McDonald. Two genuine ovations were accorded by the large audiences to Billy Arthur for his singing of specialty numbers and bal lads and to the glee club from Camp LeJeune directed by Gort Wilbur. Young Convict Dies From Dynamite Blast RALEIGH, Nov. 28. — (ff) — Clarence Lyerly, 29-year-old con vict who was a native of Wash ington, D. C., was killed instant ly early this afternoon in a pri son quarry cave-in near Frank lin, according to state prison of ficials. Lyerly was drilling holes in anticipation of setting up some dynamite sticks, prison officials said. No other convict was injured, according to the prison state ment. The dead man was sentenced last June in Cumberland Superi or Court to six to eight years for participating in an armed robbery. GETS PROMOTION AUGUSTA, Ga., Nov. 28—Sgt. Alchron L. Rhodes, Sneads Ferry, N. C., was one of 16 enlisted men at Oliver General Hospital re cently to recieve a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant upon successfully passing the medical department examination for pro motion. He has been in the serv ice five years and has been sta tioned at this hospital for a year. During the war he served in England, France and Belgium with the 194th General Hospital. OBITUARIES CHARLES INGLESBY Funeral services for Charles Inglesby, 75, Savannah who died Thursday afternoon as a result of a heart attack follow ing an operation, will be con ducted this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the First Baptist church Savannah. , Survivors include: One daugh ter, Mrs. Frank K. Bruce, Wil mington; and five sons, Charles A. , John F., Henry F., Thomas S., and Robert H., all of Savan nah. JOHN D. BIGFORD Funeral service for John Daw son Bigford, 80, who died Thurs day night, at his home in East Arcadia, will be held Saturday at 11 a. m. in the Weyman Metho dist church, six miles east of Acme. He was a native of Blac...i county and was a prominent merchant and farmer until his retirement three years ago. Surviving are his widow, three sisters, Mrs. Edward Kelly, Wil mington, Mrs. Ella Johnson, Elizabethtown, and Mrs. C. A. Almond, Kelly. MRS. CLARA F. ROBERTS Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Fulton Roberts, 223 South Sec ond street who died Thursday morning at 10:30 in James Wal ker Memorial hospital after a long illness, will be conducted from the chapel of Andrews Mor tuary Saturday morning at 11 o’clock by the Rev. S. A. Fann. Interment will take place in Mc Kennon cemetery, Abbotsburg. Mrs. Roberts was born in Ab bottsburg, April 22, 1892, the daughter of the late Ashford and Catherine Thompson Smith and has made her home in Wilming ton for the past 40 years. Surviving besides her husband, Frank B. Roberts, are two daughters, Mrs Raymond Horn ing and Mrs. M. S. Szafranskn, both of Wilmington. One sister, Mrs. Ferry Godwin of Dunn: two brothers, W. G. Smith of Ab bottsburg, and Carl Smith, of Bladenboro; seven grandchil dren and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers will be nephews. CARL LEWIS KUHL Funeral services for Carl Lewis Kuhl, 72, who died Wednes day afternoon in Portsmouth Va., will be held Saturday morn ing at 11 o’clock from Yopp Fun eral Home. The Rev B.C.Reavis will officiate and interment will follow in Bellevue cemetery. Mr. Kuhl was a veteran of the Spanish-American war and is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Robert Young, Mrs. W. N. Hoffler and Mrs. Carl Host, all of Portsmouth, Va., one son, H. R. Kuhl of Hopewell, Va.; 'e sister Mrs. George Smith of Charlotte; one brother, F. W. Kuhl of this citv, and stepmother, Mrs H, R. Kuhl. Active pallbearers will be Marion B. Jordan, J. M. Horne, R. M. Kermon Jr., W. H. Seb rall, F. H. Merritt, and R. L. Fullwood Honorary pallbearers will be veterans of the Sp^nish-Ameri can war. THOMAS H. SKIPPER Thomas H. Skipper of 1912 Church street, died in James Walker Memorial hospital Friday afternoon after a long illness. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Hazel Z. Skipper, one daughter, Mrs. D. B. Robinson, Jr., one son, Thomas H. Skipper, Jr., two sis ters Mrs. T. L. Huggins of Wil mington and Mrs. Harry Rickel of New York City; four brothers, Isaac and Joseph Skipper of New York City, Irving of U. S. Navy and Lawson Skipper of Wilming ton. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ward's Fun eral home. .. DANIEL GENE MAULTSBY .. Funeral services for Daniel Gene Maultsby, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Maultsby, 2427 Monroe street, Sunset Park, who died at 12 p. m. yesterday, will be held today at 1 p. m. from the graveside in Bellevue cemetery. The Rev. R. J. Rasberry will of ficiate. The baby will remain at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maultsby, 524 S. Front street, until the funeral hour. Surviv^pg are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maultsby, and Mr. S. J. Coker; brother, James Thomas Maultsby; sister, Gloria Faye Maultsby, all of this city. EDWARD J. ROBESON WAYNESVILLE, Nov. 27. — (^P) —Funeral services for Edward J. GUARANTEED Watch Repairing Service R Days Only *M05W With this Electronic Ma chine we are now able to give 5 Day Guaranteed Service on all WATCH REPAIRS. 1 day on Watch Crystals All Work Guaranteed geSaBox WVIOB It FRONT STRUT Wilmington’s Largest Credit Jewelers_ Robeson, 87, an educator in the schools of North Carolina, Vir ginia and Georgia for over a half century, were conducted Fri day at 11 a. m. in the First Metho dist church. The Rev. R. L. Young, pastor, officiated, as sisted by the Rev. L. R. Akers of Brysor. City. Robeson, who re tired in 1936 after instructing three generations of Haywood county students, died Wednesday morning after a lingering illness. FRANK C. JONES FAIRMONT, Nov. 23—Frank Carr Jones, 42, Fairmont busi ness man died unexpectedly Fri day at 10 A. M., at a Lumberton hospital where he was entered as a patient the day before. Funeral services will be con ducted from Trinity Methodist church of which he was a mem ber Saturday at 3:30 P. M. by his pastor the Rev. Daniel Lane. Interment will be in Fairmont cemetery. Mr. Jones was the son of F. C. Jones and the late Mrs. Maude Pitman Jones. He was unmarried. Surviving are his father, two brothers, Wright O. and Gerald Jones of Fairmont; one sister Mrs. E. L. Faulconer of Greens boro. Husband Rules Roost, Georgia Court Says MACON, Ga. (U.R)—Judge A. M. Anderson has ruled that the man is the head of the rouse under Georgia law. The Bibb County Superior Court jurist was hearing a case in which George Davis, alias George Ingram, was charged with burglarizing the home ol Rosa Mae Collins. It was bought out that the complainant was married and lived in the house with her hus band. So Davis’ attorney moved that the charge of burglary be quashed, since the woman’s house actually belonged to her husband. Judge Anderson upheld the don. The charge was re duced to simply larceny of a ra dio, which everybody agreed be longed to the woman. REALTY TRANSFER G. C. Mclntire to M A » bern, part of lot two m ' s* Wilmington. ' 0CK 135, J. W. Reaves to th Hunter, tract in j/asonk? township. ias°nborc G. W. Williams to Arab n Gore, tract of Gore estate m Fear township. Della Hardin Thush to A„.i , la Gore, tract 31-9 of G - °ei' tate, Cape Fear township 4 . Arabedda Gore to Intern',,■ al Paper company, t; - , 43A of Gore estate, Cape township. pe Ffat Hugh MacRae and comnan, Louis C. Stone, lot six J'' 0 der. exs-' L. W. Swinson to H F si 3K tract m CaP£ Fear'Sj L. W. Swinson to Claudia » Swinson, tract in Cape v township. L. W. Edens, to Nell B r more, tract on River roarl o.1"' Fear township. Amont M. Bel! to Francis it Moore, part of lots one and J' block 145, Wilmington. M. J. Evans to Hubert r Cavenaugh, part of lot one bU 34, Wilmington. E. Cooper Person. Jr t0 r H. Berry, lot 20. block seven W ilmington Beach. MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED Nancy Pope Wright, 20. M,n. ticello, Ark., and Robert Edward Mitchell, 20, Rock island. Ill' Mary Elizabeth Alderman, jj and Robert S. Hufham, Jr . ^ both of Wilmington. Lucille Alberta Sink, 15, 8n,j Hubert W. McGee. 23. b o t"h of Castle Hayne. Ida Elizabetli Brown. ;o Richlands, and Olen C. Pierce. 21, Wilmington. The human eye can dis tinguish about 100 million dif ferent colors. OPENING TODAY-NOON CLAUD JEWELL S J DRIVE-IN-GRILL 1401 Old Wrightsville Road JIST BEYOND INTERSECTION, FOREST HILLS DRIVE AND OLD WRIGHTSVILLE HIGHWAY Featuring ALL KINDS OF SANDWICHES BARBECUE, HAMBURGER, HOT DOGS, ETC. HOT AND COLD DRINKS CURB SERVICE - SERVED OR TO GO COME OUT AND EAT — MEET YOUR FRIENDS HERE DIAL 6522 _ J A. AXLER 909 N. FOURTH ST. 1201 N. FOURTH ST. DIAL 7830 OIAL 5559 - Save Money - SOME MORE GOOD SPECIALS IN STORE THE AXE CUTS PRICES DOWN IN THE AXLER STORE* PACKAGED LARD 3 LBS. $1.00 — BULK LARD.lb. He BUTTER -.lb. »t MARGARINE.... lb. 35'j GOOD RICE.lb. lift T-BONE, SIRLOIN STEAK AND PORK CHOPS.ib. 49c 5 LBS. 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