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The Farmville Herald
Established 1890
Single Copy, 5 cents
Honor for the Past, Help for the Present
Hope for the Future
NO. 23
with wWt German Chancellor
Ludwig Erhardt at his Texas
jrjHCh over the week end.
‘•There is nothing more impor
tant than East-West relations."
Johnson said Friday noting that
this topic would be foremost on
their agenda. "We are going
down the road that will lead to
peace." the President said. Bo h
Johnson and Erhardt have taken
over the helms of their respec
tive governments within the last
three months, and this meeting
provided their first real oppor
tunity to get acquainted.
FIGHTING broke out in Ni
cosia, the capital of Cyprus, on
Dec. 22 and continued sporadi
cally during the past week. The
Turkish minority is angry over
the Greek majority's efforts to
change ttv» constitution. The<a
changes, the Turks sav, wminf
virtually end the dual system
under which their rights have
been protected. Three unidenti
fied jets buzzed Nicosia Satur
day morning. It was the third
such incident in four days, and
Cvorus save th° Turkish air
force is responsible. Greece,
Turkey and Britain are respon
sible for helping to keep order
in the former British protector
ate. All three nations are mem
bers of NATO, and U S. and
British diplomats are working
hard to sett'e the dispute before
it jeopardizes the alliance.
was shot by Communist border
guards Christmas Day as he es
caped to West Berlin. He di^d
cn route to the hospital. A com
panion survived. Russia reject
ed a U. S protest over the n
cident maintaining it is the con
cern of the East German gov
ernment. a regime which the
U. S. does not recognize. Mean
while at least 11,000 West Ber
liners have visited relatives in
East Berlin under special one
day passes issued by the Com
munists. Three of these were ar
rested as they attempted to re
turn to the Western sector last
Thursday. No explanation has
been given. Both sides have in
dicated a willingness to talk
about extending the agreement
under thwich the visits a r e
made beyond Jan. S.
BULGARIA has been told by
the U. S. to pay for damages
caused when 3,000 Bulgarians
demonstrated outside the Ameri
can legation in Sofia Friday.
They overturned four U. S. cars
and smashed all windows on the
first three floors of the biuldmg
with chunks of ice hurled from
the streets. The demonstration
was apparently caused by th
trial of a high-level Bulgarian
diplomat who confessed he sold
secrets to the U. S. while work
ing at the UN m New York But
the "riot" seemed to be care
fully "staged."
opened Saturday in Athens,
Greece, into the burning- of the
Greek cruise ship Lukoeia on
the night of Pec 23. At least
f»1 persons died, ti-l were miss
ing of the I .(Ml passengers an 1
crewmen aboard the UO.itt-l-ton
ship when it caught fire tttn
miles north of Madeira, near the
northwest tip of Africa. The l.a
konia s skipper, ('apt. Mathios
Zarbts. G. was summoned !>e
foiv th<- investigators shortly aft
er he arrived from Madrid. Most
Of the passengers were Britons,
and seme said the crew panick
ed as they and the passengers
abandoned ship.
F O R M K K l’RFS1I)K\T Kl
SEMIOWKK may bt' partially
responsible for the renewed em
phasis on economy m govern
ment by the administration.
President Johnson hinted at this
in his informal news conference
on the LBJ ranch Friday. John
son said he had instructed CIA
director John McCone to bring
Eisenhower np to date on ac
tions taken Rn some <>f (In
former President's suggestions
which he made betore Johnson
addressed Congress on Nov. JV
Pressed for details, Johnson said
these included the forthcoming
federal budget. economy m jmi
ernnient. attempts to limit th«
increasing number ot teders!
employees, the economic oijtinni,
and general intelligence Iron
around Uv- world
er governor of Minnesota ane
now a lawyer in Philadelphia
said last week he had been urg
ed by former President Eisen
hower to consider running foi
the Republican nominat on foi
Preside it. Stas.-vn. .a GOP hope
ful at earlier conventions, saic
he was making a survey among
Republican leaders throughout
lik: country and will announce
his decision in mid-January. Ei
senhower :s apparently deter
(Continued on ?ttge
Jayeees Will
Sponsor Service
Award Contest
Annual Contest To
Pick Distinguished
Young Man In Area
Nomiration b’anks have been
sent out to all civic clubs,
churches, businesses and organi
zations in the community for the
19f>3 Junior Chamber of Com
merce Distinguished Servic e
Award, announced Robert M
Mason, chairman of the DSA
committee for the Jayeees.
This award was begun in
Farmville two years ago with
Jacob H. Wamsky. business
manager of Longv.ood Collet; ■
receiving the first annual Dis
tinguished Service A'v.rd. C. IT
"Mike" Lafoon. president cf
Longwood Realtv Company, we
last year's winner.
>• I wo r'irj)««(»(;
Tho I)SA has two purposes: to
honor nublielv young m n f"
outs'anding service and to cal’
attention, to the vital and impn-’
'ant role of young men in im
0 roving their communities in to
day's fast-changing world.
The lodging committee t^ ''
composed of distinguished citi
zens of the communi v. wi’’
choose a winner on the foliow
1 s accomplishments: contrib’’
tions to tho general commumtv
w- lfare during the year; evi
deuce of leadership ability, and
evidence of personal or business
Any citizen can make a no’”:
nation for the DSA. provided he
fills out the proper nominatin'’
blank. These are available from
any Javcee member. Deadline
for nominations is Jan. 10.
The DSA winner from Fr.nn
ville will be entered in the Vir
ginia Javcee contest. The slate
winners will then be entered in
the n dional competition. which
chooses America's Ten Out
standing Young Men.
The local winner will be an
nounced at the February diniv-r
meeting of the Ja.vcees. which
i will also be bosses night.
Chairman Mason said this me- n
Chairman Mason said this morn
ing that he had received several
nominations from organizations
in Farmville. and added that the
committee which will choose
llHi.Ts Distinguished Young Mm
from those nominated will nr
picked shortly.
Tho Javcee commi’tee in
charge of the Distinguished Ser
vice Award asks that nomina
tions be returned to them as
soon as possible.
J. WATSON ELLIOTT, left, who retired
last month afte r -12 years' of service with the
1 . S. Postal Service, hears his work com
mended by I’ostni ester General John A
Gronouski. He holds a watch presented him
by fellow employees here, including post
master B. S. Hamersly, Frank Jones, Aubrey
Morrissett, Buddy Jarrctt and 11. N. Garner.
Delivers 189 Tons:
Mail Carriers 25 Times
\ round W orld Is Enough
■ 1 V.'a: on Ellio! i s art* t; his
Postal !)«•;';>nt career in
the me yt a/ th: t Warren
(i. .:ia .i i Hardin;; . ”.U red til '
w11:' •' House as iiRtii President
ui tiie i;i::.cd States.
Tii.' di-l'a:. d Pn sident lived
Out i S. ■) 1 am r.itel ill:, in..UnUl'
<;iion in ia.;i mom n when
ir.ii.)P made ;i:s final run ns a
in mail carrier from tiie
!’.truvila I*. Of! er. hr had
..ma.v.d . trial of 41' y■airs of
•service. He letiri'd as No. 1 man
at the office here in point of
In the interim. the silver-top
ped h. rely perennial postal em
ployee head used tip 21 c;us,
outset ved seven postmasters,
and drove the equivalent of 25
tunes around the world while
performing as an actor in the
great America drama entitled,
'the mail must go through.*
ISO Tons
Now t»6 and in lohusi health
enough in en.ioy his 500-acre
farm, lie afpibutes a portion of
tii.s happy siatc la the regular
daily exercise accomplished
while handling and delivering
3.780.000 pounds of mail. That’s
Spessard Retires At Dillwyn Bank
After X\ Years In Banking Business
BUCKINGHAM. Dor. :«»- .1 H
Spossard. f*i Arvoma. veteran
banker will end yr t • <if
banking \\ hrn hr ret.;:'*', hr; .
tVrc'nbrr ;;i. 1‘ iv.<■ \ w--’
pivsid'-'n* f>i Hio P’iluyn yjt.r.- .r
the Virginia Nit,tonal B
Spessard. in a.n interview
commented tin1 b*' 'v.s always
bad two banking a mint ions on**
was to get. a merger, and the
other Man to .re t.ital trs bank
had a larger ami a bolter bniid
"The first has Ivon realized
and the second is m the proc
ess.' Spessard said, but t am
sorry I'm not go'ng to be around
to <\ijoy it.. The new bank is
' really going to be nice.' he said
referring to the bank winch is
under construction at Diliwyn.
Spessard was president of the
Buckingham County Bank for 10
years before it merged witb
i’< \ it;.->>) ■) 1 K i'i;. nf On
i V; :;pr..i :n June i-*hj Hr
’ ’i"’ hei a me *. :» * pi r -irjrpl.
Alter IV if'i-njirj !PI'""IT 111 Julv
V. . i.h I’m nj-'.i;.. r<T-i Uo ’ 11
Bank o[ (iiminrn'e inrt Trusi,
h*' I'.mo. -ip-rf o11 .4.:. \ u'r pjr [.
firni rij the hi!!'.
ri'.r Nnijolf. N'.iil'i'Pii B-iilk ot
C"nui'rri-^ jjid ! p;. i v. t.iii
•rcord largest b:*!if; m Virspvji
w Hi ;* !'* mine fr ;ip|"n\'ii|.itrlv
I * »t»r Ini lull ik J n i >11 io!i dollars,
serving the u 'ii*- su,u- of Vn
This past week, Spessrad who
has readied the bank's manda
tory retirement aye of ti."> was
honored with a si uprise party at
the Weyanoke Hotel, by the em
ployees of the bark. He iva.
preseiiid a gold watch
Spessard, who will l'emain oil
Uie advisory board will be suc
i Contained on Page 7)
laa tons, calculated on a daily
aw i a ye of about 300 pounds.
When he retired, the Prince
Ehw.rd county carrier had ac
cuinl.ited 370 days of unused
rick leave . . . and he was glad
it worked out that way. A bout
with a carbuncle and some time
of. to recover from a badly
mangled hand sustained in a
farm accident are about the.
whole story of job absence by
tne carrier whose .30 to 66-mile
daily rounds during nearly a
half-century of service made
one oi the community's most
idiniliar sights.
This record hasn't gone un
noticed. for last week both his
Nc.. 1 superior. Postmaster Gen
(ral John A. Gronouski. and his
fellow employees at the Parm
viile office took note of the oc
casion of his retirement.
Service Praised
The Postmaster General's
participation came by way of
an "official commendation."
Presented by Postmaster Bur
ton S. Hamersly, it reads:
"Honorary Recognition to
James Watson Elliot! for devo
tion to duty m the course of an
honorable career in the Undted
States Post: 1 Service. An of
ficial commendation and ex
pression of esteem from co
v. oik rr " Signed. John A.
Gronouski. Postmaster General.
Tli*’ fell w employees here
p:. seated Elliott with a gold
tupped pocket watch, enscribed
with the extremes of his ser
vice. December 21. 1921 to No
vember. ]<!63.
Hamers,y called it "an en
viable record." and said the
' Continued on Page 7»
New Year’s Day
To Be General
Holiday Here
New Year's Day, Wednesday.
January 1. 1964, will be a gen
eial holiday in Farmville One
exception to this holiday w:ll be
The Farmville Herald, which
will observe its regular schedule
tor publication this week, so will
be open all day Wednesday.
Retail stores in Farinville, ac
cording to agreement of the Re
tail Trade Committee of t h e
Farmville Chamber of Com
merce. will observe the New
Year's holiday. For banks, coun
ty and state offices and the
post office, the day wi'l be ob
served as a legal holiday.
For the young in spirit there
will be a variety of dances to
welcome the New Year and
usher out the old. In Farmville,
there wall be the annual New
Year’s eve dance at the Modem
Woodmen Centre, starting at 9
p m. The Moose will also have
their annual New Year’s c v e
dance at the Moose Lodge, start
ing at 10 p.in. Carroll Kay and
his Kaydets will provide the mu
The Farmville Jaycees will
have their annual dance at the
Farmville Memorial Armory,
starting at fl:30 p.m. The Jay
cees will serve breakfast follow
ing the dance, winch is to end
at 1:30 a.m. in the New Year.
Teenagers in Buckingham
County are invited to ring out
the old and ring in the new, .at
a dance at the Dillwyn Elemen
tary School from 8:30 p.m. to
12:30 a.m. This is undei spnnsor
slrp of the Buckingham County
Woman’s Club.
Now Year's day will provide
a variety of entertainment and
i Continued on Page 71
Farmville Pines To Be Cut
To Halt Beetle Infestation
Pine trees will soon be top
pling here as the woodcutter's
saw provides the final drastic
remedy for an infestation of the
Southern Pine Beetle.
The infestation is in a 30-acre
tract w i th i n the bounds of
Farmville lying in a triangular
area extending south from Buf
falo Creek and Southside Com
munity Hospital to High street.
The tell - tale sign of the
beetle's killing work . . . the
brown, dead and falling needles
. . . abounds in the tract. Fores
ters have advised the six prop
erty owners involved that the
timber should be cut.
District Forester R P. Brier
ley said Saturday that most
have agreed to remove the
pines,'-' and that some have al
ready contracted for c u 11 in g
which will begin within a few
Poses Threat
"In its present condition, the
area poses a threat to every
pine stand within two or three
miles." Brierley states. He
pointed out that an infestation
spreads unless cliecked since the
beetles move on to attack living
trees after the dead ones cease
providing food.
The D strict Forester said that
the dead timber will deteriorate
m va'ue the longer left uncut.
He estimates that the property
owners already have lost several
thousand dollars through wood
The timber tract here, bearing
a considerable number of over
mature trees, lias advanced well
beyond the beetle 1 n v a si o n
stage. Inspection of it shows
that tlie inevitable "secondary
invaders" have been at woik on
the dead or dying trees, the tree
borers and blue stain fungus.
The beetles kill the tree; the
secondary invaders degrade the
value of the timber. If left uncut
long enough, stricken trees lose
value even as pulpwood let
alone as marketable timber.
Feed on Cambium
The Southern Pine Beetle, a
bark beetle, lays its eggs under
the bark. When, the young ap
pear as larv.ae they sustain
themselves by eating the cam
bium, the tender, soft growing
part of the tree just under the
bark. This consumption of the
cambium, equivalent to girdling
tlie tree, cuts off water and nu
trients to the tree top so impor
tant to the life processes of a
living, growing tree, according
to Brierley.
The beetles are dormant in
winter, but survive in all stages
or life during this period to
emerge as adult beetles with the
first warmth of spring ... to
b°gin the life cycle over again.
.'Jothhig stops them except ex
treme cold or extreme wet
periods, neither of which is
characteristic of this area. Heal
thy trees normally defend them
selves by exuding pitch and
drowning the bect’e in pitch
tubes protruding from the tree.
But tlie tree requires moisture
Business And Financial For 1%1
I .un Mill emotionally upset, us
1 make tins forecast after the
brutal assassination of Presi
' dent Kennedy. I however, will
: try to submerge my emotions
! and base this forecast of 1M on
: the facts as I interpret them.
1. Our New President. I state
! emphatically that President
Johnson may accomplish far
more constructively before No
vember 1%-f than our late Prcsi
! dent would have been able to do.
President Johnson understands
i better how to handle Congress,
and has the confidence of busi
nessmen. Therefore. I am reas
sured as to the first ten months
of 1%-f.
Flection In November. At
the R- publican Convention ill
the summer of I'M, there will
be a conflict, bel.w.-en Goldwater
and Rockefeller, and perhaps
other; Fer this reason. Mr. Nin
on may slip in and get, the Re
publican nomination. Certaialv
Pjv'udent Johnson will secure
the nomination ni the Democrat
ic Party; lie is a farsighted man,
cod kui 'is politic; Therefore,
with the Republicans nominating
any one of tlie three leading
names mentioned above, 1 now
forecast that President Johnson
will be elected President of the
. United States in November 196-1.
All of this gives me more as
surance that 1964 should lie a
good year
3. Ta* Cut. A t.a-\ cut. will be
enacted some time during the
coming session of Congress; and
it. will surely be made retroac
| Uve to January 1, 12&4. The tax
About- Babson . .
Rog-T \V. Hubson. internationally-known business com
ment-ator and investment adviser, is road by millions of iol
lowers. His weekly releases are used by over 400 newspapers,
including The Pannville Herald, and his financial reports by
20.000 corporations and estates. His research work is carried
on by a large staff of experts.
He has engaged in business and financial management
and analysis since his graduation from Massachusetts In
stitute of Technology. He is widely recognized as having done
more than perhaps any other analyst to create among his
readers an interest in business problems and to instill a
broader vision in businessmen. An outstanding feature of his
philosophy has been his lifelong insistence on the importance j
of both religion and advertising in business.
nil should ludp consumrr buy.
in*:: it may oven increase gen
eral business.
•t. Civil Rights. Some sort of a
cavil-rights biU will be passed by
Congress during 1%4. The Ad
ministration wants to please, the
South and hold its Democratic
voles there, put the civil rights
bill now before Congress is not
satisfactory to the white p o
p!<; of the North Therefore. 1
forecast that, whatever civil
rights bill is passed''-’before the
election of 1W1 will be consider
able watered down.
j. Negro People. The Negroes
will continue to make progress
and get more, but I predict that
the gains will have to come
largely through changing ati
tudes of the people. Otherwise,
the situation will be much like
the prohibition problem which
the good people of the. nation
thought could be solved by leg
islation. Such reform' take place
only as the minds and hearts of
the people an' charmed for tin*
H. (lovermni'iit Spending. Of
course, in the long run. the sur
vival of a nation should deDend
upon its spending lesa than it
takes in. Nowauays, uowou, it
is unfashionable — for coDsutn
crs or government — to have
balanced budgets Therefore. I
predie* that. rtr.i w ill see j big
ger deficit Mian this year's
, 7. Depression Whether lor bet
ter or for worse, the voters ha'.e
been taught to believe they ca.n
and should get something tor
nothing, and only a severe de
pression could ultimately change
■his belief. I. however, look for
no depression in l%4.
8. Agricultural Outlook. Al
though crops, prices, and farm
income may be basically de
pendent on the weather, much of
the world is short of food. Rus
sia's and China’s heavy pur
chases of grains will do more to
bolster U. S. farm income than
will gov ('it.ment-supported pn
ccs m r.Kil.
it. Dnw-.lones lniliislimls. I
forecast that the stock market
as measured by the Dow-Jones
Average will make a new high
in 1 !H?4. but may sell lower after
the elections. However, readers
must remember that the Do»v
Jones Industrial list, which ev
eryone seems to think represents
the market, may be very decep
10. Speculative Stocks. Of the
approximately 1550 stocks listed
on the New York Stock Ex
change. a majority have been
going down while the I)ow .lor. -s
list, of ;’.il w h i r. h everyone
watch'-: have hern going up.
This is due to Hie purchase of
Dow-Jojics issue;, today largely
by trusters, pen .ions funds, mu
tiia! companies, and othr rs that
pi-ofr r fa.'ejv conservative .ud
dividend - pa’ ieg companies !
forecast that stocks rot in t.li»■
I_>r ■ .loin , h i will do belter
prop,1irtioi rite tv in ipr.j than they
did this year
It. Snitching, 1 ’ ; '''! on rn.v
above forecast, and havi >.y
learned that only buying can
send stocks up, 1 predict that
1%-i may prove to be a good
year to switch from some of the
overcrowded Dow-Joues stocks
into other issues that are now
Id. Government Bonds. Trie
only government bonds that in
terest me are the long term
ones which may now be pur
< Continued On Page 2)
to manufacture pitch, and the
summer droughts of recent
years have cut this natural de
fense drastically.
Blui Stain Fungus
While numbers of still green
trees are found am'd the dead
ones in the area here, District
Forester Brierley reports.
"There's a 90 per cent chance
that all the trees are infected."
He implied all would be doomed
in time.
A walk through the tract
amazes one at the devastation
worked by the beet.'e . . . hard
ly as big as a pinhead. The
borers, which do not kill the
tree but enter after the tree is
dead, have literally riddled
many of them.
The bark, stripped down by
woodpeckers seeking the beetles,
exposes another secondary in
vader . . . the blue stain fun
i. Continued on Page 7)
DEAD, DAMAGED PINE. The lingers of Forest Warden
Jack Dowdy, left, point to streaks of Blue Stain fungus, a
| secondary invader that progressively cuts the value of dead
| pine timber. At right. District Forester K. P. Brierley points
out a pitch tube through which the tree sought vainly to ward
off the killing beetles by drowlng. Near the hands are other
I evidences of former living and eating quarters of the Southern
Fine Beetle which killed this tree.
Four “Total Loss” Fires Occur.
In Area During Holidays
Members of Farinville’s Volunteer Fire Department answered
four alarms between Dec 22 and Dec. 28. Each of these four
blazes resulted in total losses for their owners.
On Dec. 22 the fire-fighting squad was called to a fire in
the home of Joe Randolph at Hampden-Sydney. By the time
the trucks arrived the blaze was out. of control and the home was
completely destroyed. The cause of the fire was unknown.
Firemen were called to t. h e
home of Johnny Asal in Cumber
land county December 2:5. The
$10,000 home, located ten miles
north of Farnivi'le on Route 070.
was a total loss. The house was
covered by insurance.
On Christmas Eve the Fire
Department was called to t h e
Norfolk and Western railroa 1
tracks on Main Street. A car
hart stalled on the tracks an 1
been struck by a train. The sev
en occupants of the 1953 Fori
escaped unharmed before the
car was struck. The car was
compF-tely demolished by the
impact and the resulting fire. This
was the only accident of any
significance -reported to the
Farmviile P o 1 i c e Department
during the holiday period.
file latest fire to winch the de
partment was called was on Sal
nrday nigh'. The department was
called at 0:20 p.m. Saturday
night to a lire in a barn belong
ing to War Put\ . Tin lights
from the fire, which complete
ly d \stroved the Ikiv--filled barn,
could be seen for several miles.
Police Will
Enforce Siren
And Fire Laws
Town manager T. w Bloom
field ; aid this morning t, li a t
Farmviile police have been in
structed to issue tickets to ve
hicles that ntlerfer with the ap
proach of a fpe tnirk or other
emergi-ticv veh.ele ou call
L-Uoomtii-ld sari cars ha v c
blocked lire irucks going to sev
eral recr-m HIT-:., the latest br
ing t tied a V riellt whet! tile bam
burred on l.hr- ;.oi]l ha in rrj.:
ot Farmvide
Tito T,*,'A o|-r ji 11:j! ier- r !r;j r1
Jah Plat -n'i uhjolo c.j.n Inflow
a fire lee; or any lire a.p
l-aioins cIom i than son loot and
cannot park within ww fret, ot
(tie joe truck, Th~ distance of
."itlil loot )s ;j-i a!.rr Uiatt a nor
mal city block. Bloomfield point
ed out.
Another town ordinance re
quires the driver of any vehicle
to pull over to Live side of the
road and STOP, when a fire,
police, or other emergency ve
hicle sounds the siren. Drivers
that lad to obey this law will
also be given tickets, or tn;
license number of the car will
t Continued ou Fa*o 7)

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