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What WPA Is Doing
For Rowan County
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(By Julia Goode Eagan)
WPA in Rowan County is one year
old this month. As it has touched
almost every phase of community
life, it is timely to glance briefly at
its accomplishments during thi:
period and to consider their value tc
the average citizen—to you, fot
If you live in the western pari
of the county, no doubt rhe WPA
activity which affects you most i:
the drainage project. Perhaps yoi
have been following the progress ol
this project and know that survey
ing for it began under CWA, wa:
completed, and construction begur
under ERA, but that actual worl
upon it is to be credited largely t<
WPA. Despite the fact that westerr
Rowan is one of the richest farm
ing sections in the state, parts ol
, it have had two great handicaps
first malaria, and second, periodic
freshets or overflows.
No doubt your grandfather, a:
was usual in his day, believed tha
malaria, with its chills, agues, fev
er and other discomforts and dang
ers, came from poison generated bt
decomposition of animal or vege
table matter caused by heat anc
moisture. Of course, we knov
that this old idea has been discarded
and that science has proven tha
malaria is due to the bite of a cer
tain type mosquito which abounds
in rich, low, swampy, undrained
lands as Rowan ^ounty creek bot
toms. As its name implies, the
Rowan County Drainage Project is
undertaking to properly drain these
lowlands, to eradicate the mosquito,
and to do for Rowan County what
, general Goethals and his mosquito
i eradication experts did many years
ago when they reclaimed the Pana
ma Canal Zone and transformed it
from one of the worst malaria in
fested regions imaginable into a
vertiable garden spot of the tropics.
To cite an instance nearer home.
Rumple’s History of Rowan Coun
ty (that volume dear to the heart
of every Rowan citizen) tells how
as early as 1770, "deadly miasma”
1 rose from the baoad, quiet surface
of Frohock’s mill pond a few miles
distant from Salisbury. Mr. Fro
hock was a man of means, for his
time. and. his residence, later called
"The Castle,” stood on a hill above
the mill pond. It must have been a
beautiful site, but it was recognized
as an unhealthful one. Every yeai
many of Mr. Frohock’s slaves died
of fever. It was not until long
after his death, when his mill and
residence had passed to other hand,
that the difficulty was remedied.
At last the dam was cut, the mug
gy waters drained, and the breeding
place of the mosquitoes destroyed,
after a span of 100 years. Thus
was the community, says Dr. Rum
ple, "restored to its ancient condi
tion of healthfulness.”
The WPA Dranage Project i
proceeding along most modern
scientific methods. Along the low
lands bordering our creeks in west
ern Rowan, it has constructed lat
eral trenches to divert the swam
water to the main creek channe
which has been deepened anc
j straightened to prevent clogging
and to promote free movment oi
the water. Mosquitoes do not breec
in moving water, and thus, when
stagnation is prevented, malaria i:
wiped out.
These rich, broad acres along
Rowan’s creek banks were useles:
for farming purposes as long as fre
shets each year caused the water t<
fj spread and stand over a wide ex
\ panse, and to back up toward th<
higher land. All of this unfortun
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Black-Draught as soon as you notice
that bowel activity has slowed up oi
you begin to feel sluggish. Thou
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refreshing relief it has brought them
Mrs. Ray Mullins, of Lafe, Ark.
writes: "My husband and I both tab
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It splendid for constipation, bilious
ness, and the disagreeable, aching
tired feeling that comes from thil
condition.” With reference to Syrui
of Black-Draught, which this mothei
gives her children, she says: “Thej
like the taste and it gave such gooc
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A nurse writes that she
suffered from frequent
| headaches. Nothing stop
ped them until a friend re
commended DR. MILES
NERVINE She says Nerv
ine stops headaches before
5 they get a good start
Three generations have
ji INE effective for
Nervousness, Sleepless
ness due to Nervous Ir
ritability, Nervous In
digestion, Headache,
Travel Sickness.
INE at your drug store in
liquid or effervescent tab
let form.
SmaD bottle or package 25 cents
Large bottle or package $1.00
i —____
j E. Seymour-Bell, Company's Rep
' resentative aboard the new Cunard
: White Star superllner Queen Mary.
: j has organized the first sea-going
. unit of Rotary International. The
i Queen Mary Rotary Club was or
, ganlzed on the initial voyage with
’ j 41 Rotarians from the United States
. | and the British Empire present On
,: each voyage of the new ship so far,
both eastbound and westbound,
j there have been numerous Rotari
ans. Temporary officers are elected
.1 tor each sailing: with Mr. Seymour
' Sell, permanently stationed aboard
ate and costly overflow will be pre
vented, as th^. drainage project,
through cutting lateral ditches,
deepening the creek channel, and
directing the course of the water,
provides a safe course for these sur
plus flood waters. It is recognized
not only as a safety but also as an
economic measure.
Three large, floating dredge
boats, 22 by 82 feet, each with
shovel dippers of 1 1-2 yards capa
city, are operated on this project.
They run sixteen hours a day, rain
or shine, and are stopped only by
high water. They are manned by
laborers, oilers, fireman, cranemen
and operators. The dredge boats
are supplemented by two drag lines,
whose huge masts and buckets as
sist from either bank. In the wee
small hnnrc of rhp niohr fhp watrli
man’s song and whistle mingle with
the croaking of the frogs and the
lonesome chirping of the swanp life,
while his flickering lantern reflects
its yellowness in the waters of the
creek. Already lands drained by
WPA and thus reclaimed for agri
culture, have been put under culti
vation and a bumper crop reported.
Thus WPA is saving for Rowan
farmers thousands of her most
beautiful and most fertile acres,
upon which they and their families
can live in safety and with profit.
With schools opening all over the
I county, our thoughts naturally turn
; to school children, school houses,
! and school books. What is WPA
t doing for them, you ask? Under the
I heading of Women’s and Profes
sional Projects comes the Rowan
! Library Project. This project has its
headquarters in the Rowan County
, Piikl in T iKrirtr Knt if
groups at work in many of the Sal
isbury City schools, in the Spencer
school, and is hoping to place work
ers in the county consolidated
schools where possible. Since up to
I the present, it has not been practi
! cable to place workers in the county
! schools, because of the problem of
j transportation, still the county
] consolidated schools have had their
share of the benefits of the WPA
book-mending program. Early in
the summer, the supervisor of the
I project visited the various countv
' school principals and arranged to
have such of their books as needed
mending sent in to a central work
1 shop in Salisbury. Accordingly,
i boxes and bundles, with books by
! the hundreds, poured into the pro
ject workshop from every section
, of the county. As large a group
of book menders as possible was
assigned to these county books, and
as a consequence when the county
schools opened, their text books and
library books were in first class
order, thanks to WPA. In view of
the rental text book system, book
mending is proving of greatest
, value and economy.
| WPA has had several school
I ground projects, notably those at
Dukeville and at Price High. Last
I year red mud on the Dukeville
| school ground was most objectional,
not to mention the tact that gullies
and washes made the grounds un
usable for play. Top soil to the
thickness of 4 inches, contributed
by the community, was placed over
these grounds after grading. Grass
sewed is growing nicely, and the
appearance and usefulness of the
play grounds are now a delight tc
the patrons of th# school. At Price
High play grounds were properly
drained and graded, and a standard
athletic field built.
Both WPA and Rowan County
officals are gratified at the results
of the Community Sanitary Project
; undertaken some months ago by
; WPA. This is a county-wide pro
gram to provide sanitary toilet., foi
' rural communities. It will benefit
| urban centers as well, for in this in
stance, as in most instances, the
i welfare of one of us concerns the
Stop that Shimmy, Wandering, Weaving, and Excessive
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<<rjTHE Log Cabin Dade Ranch is
-■-open for business!’* smilingly
remark Louise Massey and The'
Westerners as they lean over the
railing at the main' lodge. Their
business is entertaining the Dude
Ranch visitors with lilting Western
melodies and cowboy tales over the
NBC-WJZ network every Tuesday
evening at 8:00 p.m., E.S.T., begin
ning September 29. (Rebroadcast
for Western listeners at 11:30 p.nu,
E.S.T.) Jim Babcock, insert, is fore
man of the ranch and a mighty
good yarn spinner-as well.
- I
The Westerners: Left to right:
Larry Wellington, Dott Massey, ,
Louise Massey, Allen Massey and
Milt Mabie. Inset; Jim Babcock.
Besides good food and rest, the
Dude Ranch promises unforgettable
entertainment for Its weekly vis
itors. The repertoire of The West
erners includes authentic Western
ballads, love songs of the ranch
lands and humorous numbers. ;
To Advise Growers
On Fall Problems
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\ /
The coming of fall and winter |
brings before the farm people of
North Carolina new problems and,
new tasks.
How to prepare for and meet '
these things will be described byi1
State College specialists during the
next few months on the Carolina
Farm Features program. j'
For instance, the poultryman
finds one of his chief worries dur
ing the winter is keeping up egg I
production. Careful management
,and feeding practices will keep the
'production of eggs up to the high-1
est possible level. Slipshod methods j
results in few eggs and devitalized
poultry. *
I Another imnortanf task of the
j farmer is the planning of fall Cover]
'crops. These winter legumes and I
■ small grains aid in controlling ero- j
j sion, supplying pasture for farm
] welfare of all of us. Since it is im- j
possible to supply all individuals in
the county who need these modern |
toilets those persons living in groups,
have been chosen first tor attention.;
Under the State Board of Health,
and through our local county |
Health Officer, Dr. C. W. Arm
strong, WPA has built 275 sani
tary toilets, where water for plumb
ing is not available. The labor is
furnished by WPA, the material by;
the property owner. This item!
amounts to about $12.00. These!
i toilets are scientuicany constructed. i
They are set on concrete, and pro
vide for proper ventilation, etc. 1
Not only have they been supplied
for many private premises, but even
more important, have been built
for all county schools needing them,
j Writing recently of the value of
; this project, Walter H. Woodson
I said in part, "This project is costing
\ very little money, and splendid re
sults are being obtained. We have
succeeded in cutting the Typhois
Fever rate in this country down to
; a minimum ... A continuation of
this type of work will be of great
value to thepeople of this county.” j
When one thinks of WPA Wo
men’s Projects, one thinks of Sew-:
I ing Rooms. Though Rowan Coun-1
ty’s five sewings units are located (
within a radius of Salisbury, Spenc
er, and East Spencer, the project
nevertheless serves the entire coun
ty, as all garments and articles made
in them are turned over to the
County Welfare Agency for distri
bution. Thus these articles find
their way into the most remote and
needy corners of the county. Fur
thermore, the economic value of the
project to the whole county is ap
parent in the added buying power
of the workers and in the general
contentment and security of the
county at large.
Under Geo. W. Coan, Jr., WPA;
State Director and Mrs. May E.|
Campbell, State Director of Wo-|
men’s and Professonal Projects, and,
also under E. W. Cole of Salisbnry, j
Acting Director of District No. 6,j
and of Miss Euzelia Smart, District’
Director of Women’s and Profes-!
sional Projects, WPA is endeavor- j
ing to make its projects for both!
men and women of real use to our:
people, and of lasting benefit to'
I the counties which they serve.
nimals, and in preventing the,
caching our of plant food from j
he soil.
The farm housewife also finds'
multitude of new tasks confront-1
ng her at the beginning of fall.
Probably the most important is
hat of getting the children ready
or school. Clothing has to be
nade and purchased and the daily
chool lunches provided.
The schedule for Thursday; Miss
Vlary E. Thomas, "The School
Lunch”; Friday, T. T. Brown,
Poultry at the State Fair”;. and
Saturday, Agronomy department.
Stay, "I Saw It in
to train for
Look ahead. Get out of the
small salary rut. Plan to get
your share in the fastest grow
ing industries in the country.
For consideration you should
be mechanically inclined and
have fair education. For inter
view write giving age, phone
and present occupation.
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Applicant: "No, I don’t like in
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Pedestrian "Which is the quickest
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Officer: "Jump out of that win
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