Thursday, December 12, 2019

Stories by Louisburg 8th Graders Emma Joyner, Maurice Clifton, Virginia Perry, Annie Boddie, Dec. 12, 1919

From The Franklin Times, Louisburg, N.C., Dec. 12, 1919. Physical Geography students in ninth grade at Louisburg High School wrote essays that wove facts learn in class into an interesting story. The following essays were printed in the paper.

A Play House by the Brook

By Emma Lawrence Joyner         

One bright June day while out walking in the woods, I came to a little brook which immediately attracted my attention, for there, on one side of it was a charming play house, made, no doubt, by Mother Nature.

This which was so wonderful to my child-like mind a large tree whose numerous branches extended almost to the ground and found an admirable swing. In the middle was an old stump on which moss grew. This furnished an ideal table.

The most interesting feature of this attractive little play house however, was a very comfortable rock chair, sculptured by the weather. I sat in this and found it a very good resting place after so long a tramp through the woods.

Pretty wild flowers surrounding tis play house further beautified it and made it complete.

On a Lonesome Trail

By Maurice Clifton

“Gee, this is some walking. These little round stones hurt my feet,” said a scout to his fellow scout, who was just behind him. “I wonder how much father it is to the top of this mountain,” said the same scout, who was becoming a little more discouraged.

“I don’t know, but I hope it isn’t far, because it is so troublesome walking on rocks, in gulleys, and a 12 inch plank over a creek, I’ll tell you, it isn’t much fun,” said the other scout.

The trail began to get narrower and narrower the farther they went. They had to go through thick bushes, and walk in washouts, and sometimes the trail led them right up to an old stream bed. At times they had to step over old logs which were across the path. They saw small fragments of rock which had come from some larger rocks which had weathered and crumbled.

They were near the top, they had one more creek to cross, they had to go through a forest about a quarter of a mile, through some tall broom straw, and then they could see the top of the mountain. When they had reached the top, they could view in the distance a river meandering its way through the foot of the mountains. They could see for miles around in all directions. They could observe great rocks which were being worn away by the weather. One boy saw a lake and he asked his scoutmaster what it was doing up there. His scoutmaster told him that it was probably a crater lake.

Most of the boys had studied “Physical Geography,” and because of this they discovered many very interesting things on top of the mountain on the “Lonesome Trail.” One boy said, “That trail deserves its name.”

After the scouts had devoured what little food they had, they started down the trail to their camp at the foot of the mountains, both leader and followers ready to proclaim a most delightful as well as a profitable experience.

A Play House by the Brook

By Virginia E. Perry

One bright July morning, a friend and I planned to go out tramping to see what we could find to amuse ourselves. After wandering for a time, we came to a beautiful meadow through which a tiny stream flowed. We started up stream and found that the stream started from a spring at the foot of a gentle slope. We then started down stream and suddenly we saw where the water had begun cutting the banks away. The farther we went we found it cutting more until it had cut a real gorge, not very deep, but the water was rushing through swiftly doing as much work as possible. We continued our journey until we came to where the stream flowed through an almost level plain and on account of this the rate of the stream was checked greatly.  Jutting from the bank was a medium size tree limb. This held the sediment because the stream had lost nearly all its power to move its load along. Day after day the sediment was deposited there until finally there was a bar about a foot wide, the top just above the water, extending from one part of bank to another, forming a complete lake. On the bank facing the lake was a small cave. I imagine it was caused by the stream flowing against it and cutting away all the material it could, leaving only the hard strata and rock. The top of the cave was formed by an overhanging rock. My friend suggested that we build a play house in the cave and one on the bar. We did so. We used the lake as our highway from the home of the shore to the one on the bar of sediment.

A Play House by the Brook

By Annie Willis Boddie

It was a beautiful play house, situated on the large rock overhanging the picturesque little brook. The rock was of special interest to us because of the scratches and worn places on it, which go to prove that it was brought down by the great glacier which once covered our great continent. The brook, too, was interesting and unusually convenient for washing the broken bits of china we used as dishes. Sometimes little islands would form in the very middle of the stream. Whenever this would happen we would desert our dolls and domestic life and become pirates as bold and as blood thirsty as ever reached the pages of a history book. Although our play house was not as attractive in winter as in summer, we loved to play on its icy surface and see the water of the book hurrying on under the layer of frozen snow. One day we took one of mother’s glasses out with us, filled it with water and left it. The next morning we hurried out after it but the water had frozen and the glass was broken in two. 

When spring came it rained for 10 successive days. Needless to say we had to remain indoors. When the water subsided we immediately visited the play house but Alas! the brook had become flooded and overflowed its banks and our play house was no more.

Business of Hertford County Commissioners, Dec. 12, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Friday, Dec. 12, 1919

Meeting of Hertford County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners of Hertford County met on the 1st day of December, 1919. All members of the Board were present.

The committee on courthouse and tank and jail are continued.

The committee to build the bridge at Deep Creek is still continued.

The official bond of S.E. Vaughn presented to the Board which was unanimously accepted. Books of the Ahoskie township turned over to said Vaughn for collection of taxes.

T.T. Parker paid into the Board the sum of $20 and G.B. Storey the amount of $30 for hire of prisoners.

The Board examined, in compliance with the law, all bonds of the County officers which were passed or sufficient.

The Board received the sum of $24 as premiums from the fairs on products from the County Home and the Board voted unanimously to give the sum of $10 to Mr. M. Brown, keeper of the Home, as a reward.

On motion and carried, the taxes on $3,500 cotton listed by Jno. Jenkins, St. Johns township, is allowed refunded; said amount being a liability and cotton being in Norfolk; and said Jenkins taking the necessary oath.

On motion and carried Mr. C.W. Winborne is allowed refund of taxes on $200 error in listing.

On motion and carried J.H. Hall is refunded taxes on $800 in cotton the said Hall taking the necessary oath.

A petition received from the Board of Education asking for an election to be held in Murfreesboro Graded School District No. 1 and on motion and carried the following order, to-wit: An election is hereby ordered in Murfreesboro Graded School District No. 1 on the 6th day of January, 1920, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 55 public law 1915 of North Carolina, the amount of said bonds to be issued is $25,000, the rate of interest they are to bear 6 per cent, payable semi-annually, the length of the time the bonds are to run is 20 years and the tax is to be 30 cents on $100 valuation of property and 90 cents on the poll.

It is also ordered that a new registration be had in said school district and that C.W. Garner be Registrar for securing the new registration in said District, and that J.J. Parker and J.R. Evans be appointed Judges of that election.

On motion the Board votes to make an additional appropriation of $150 per year for Home Demonstration work.

It is ordered that the Clerk of the Board publish in the Hertford County Herald the law regarding the payment of dog taxes and the tax collectors to use every means possible to collect the tax and continue to collect.

The matter of selecting the Bank for County Treasurer was taken up and the Bank of Winton submitted proposition to pay 4 per cent on daily balances for all funds in their hands from the County, their bid being the highest, and the bank was declared the Treasurer.

The Board orders the Clerk of the Board to write the Boards of Road supervisors that they will be required to make report of their receipts and disbursements by the first Monday in January, 1920, and all failing to make said report will be reported to the Grand Jury at February term of court.

The farm demonstrator, E.W. Gaither, gave to the Board a recapitulation of his work as Demonstrator during the time he has been in the County.

All county officers made their official reports to the Board required by law.

Superintendent of Health made his monthly report.

The following accounts presented and ordered paid, to-wit:

J.H. Hines, repairs to Liverman’s mill, $294.45

A.S. Mitchell, services as Road Supervisor of Ahoskie, Building bridge Horse Swamp, $50
Board of Review, $63

R. Scull, Sheriff, salary to December 1st, $300

W.E. Cullens, salary, Supervisor, $150

W.E. Cullens, expense account for November, $104.06

M.M. Browne, amnt. paid for work, $2

J.A. Horton, work at county home, $10.60

J.T. Askew, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $31.50

Turner Taylor, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $16.50

Dan Browne, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $18

Paul Lewis, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $12

Jno. Parker, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $3

T.W. Hill, work at Stoney Creek bridge, $8

C.E. Boyette, services County Commissioner, 1919, $118.70

J.R. Evans, repairing gutters at courthouse, $100

J.M. Eley, services as County Commissioner, 1919, $144.96

Charlie Rountree, keeping Parkers’ ferry, November, $35

J.E. Jones, board, etc., prisoners, $19.35

F.G. Tayloe, Services County Commissioner, $48.90

Town of Winton, light bill, $1.50

Edwards and Broughton, stationery, Register of Deeds, $5.44

J.T. Barnes, lumber of Stoney Creek bridge, $119.12

Edwards and Broughton, stationery, C.S. Court, $6.18

Ernest W. Teague, tax book, $36.80

I.J. Debose, keeping B.H. ferry, November, $40

Askew Bros, supplies, $84.55

Ben Stephens, Hill’s ferry for November, $40

Matthew Wilson, Tar Landing ferry, November, $40

I.F. Snipes, services, Board of Review, $138.35

Jno. E. Vann, services on Financing committee, $10

Winton Cooperage Co., lumber for Winton ferry, $70.88

J.H. Hines, dressing lumber, $9

E.J. Gerock, supplies for County Home, $47.89

R.J. Britton, services as welfare officer, $41.66

W.D. Browne, services as colored demonstration agent, $10

F.G. Tayloe, extra services as County Commissioner, 1919, $55.40

W.M. Marsh, support to Mary Lassiter, $3

J.C. Benthall, support to Carter children, $1.50

Mrs. J.W. Minton, support for self, $3

C.E. Boyette, support for Mary Vaughan, $2

H.H. Taylor, support for Mrs. Hill, $5

H.V. Parker, support for Jno. Griffin, $3

Judie White, support for self, $3

Pauline Lassiter, support for self, $3

Adament Joyner, support for self, $2.50

Starkey Hare, support for Annie Burch, $5

Henry Lassiter, support for self, $5

S.J. Dilday, support to Dorsey Holloman, $4

Andrew Sessoms, support for self, $5

No further business before the Board, it adjourned to meet again on the first Monday in January, 1920.

--S.P. Winborne, Chairman
--Jno. A. Northcott, Clerk to Board

Women's and "Girls' Clubs Making Great Strides, Says Jane S. McKimmon, Dec. 12, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Friday, Dec. 12, 1919. The women's and girls' clubs in this article are the earliest version of Home Demonstration Clubs for women and 4-H Clubs for girls. 

Women’s and Girls’ Clubs Are Active. . . Preliminary Report Shows Great Gains. . . Mrs. Jane S. McKimmon, Now in Charge of This Work, Makes Preliminary Report, Which Evidences Great Growth in Every Department

Raleigh, December 10—The preliminary report of Mrs. Jane S. McKimmon for the year 1919 shows that the girls and women enrolled in the club work of the Home Demonstration Division have again accomplished great things during the year. The work has been greatly extended, as there are now 62 counties organized with home agents in charge. They have established 666 woman’s clubs, 424 girls’ clubs and 226 community clubs, with a total membership of 77,194.

As to some of the things which these women and girls have accomplished, reports show that there were 1,966 poultry club members who raised 70,828 fowls. At the State Fair club members representing Anson County won $75 in premium money, and Mrs. A.M. Redfern reports that these members now have on hand a good supply of poultry and poultry products for sale and use during the winter. A number of the girls have stored eggs in waterglass for home use this winter.

Others, to the number of 588 girls and women, produced 54,612 pounds of butter, which they sold at an average price of 59 cents per pound.

In canning work, the preliminary report shows that 1362,890 quarts of vegetables and fruits, worth $405,242.83 were canned during the year; 37,070 pounds of vegetables worth $5,441.07 were dried; 45,151 pounds of fruits and vegetables worth $5,530.86 were brined during the same period.

It is not canning alone, however, that the girls and women in the home demonstration work have concerned themselves. At the present time the school teachers in many of the rural communities are cooperating with the home agents in giving demonstrations as to how to prepare and serve balanced meals and wholesome school lunches.

The shortage of help in the household has caused considerable interest to be shown in demonstrations of electrical plants for the operation of washing machines, church, home lighting systems and home water works. As a result of the activity of the home demonstration agents, at least 1,115 of these electrical plans have been put in, and to date 493 washing machines have been installed. Many other conveniences, as a result of this electrical power, have also been added to the farm houses.

Another new activity of the division which is proving to be very popular is the work with the muscadine type of grape. With the James variety, it is reported that club members in 11 counties have planted 2,274 vines during the year. Club members in 29 counties report that they have made 6,030 gallons of the grape juice and 1,744 gallons of other grape products.

Seventeen girls received scholarships in schools and colleges during the past year, while 272 are paying a part or all of their educational expenses by work, which they are doing in canning, basketry, grape culture or gardening.

Prison for Franklin People Making Illicit Whiskey, Dec. 12, 1919

From The Franklin Times, Louisburg, N.C., Dec. 12, 1919

Prison Terms for Franklin People. . . Four White Farmers and Three Negroes go to Prison for Making Illicit Whiskey

Franklin county defendants had a bad day in Federal court the past week and seven convicted blockaders received combined sentences of 16 years and 4 days in prison. It was a good showing during the session which disposed of many cases.

Sid Driver and Joe Horton were found guilty of operating an illicit distillery and were sentenced to four years in prison each.

Twitt Robbins was also found guilty under a similar charge and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Will Tharrington, a well known white farmer of Franklin, was given a term of one year and a day in the Atlanta prison for distilling. He was found guilty Friday.

Isaac Warren, Jake Tralor and June Harris, negroes, were sentenced to one year and a day each in prison. They were convicted of making liquor at the same still. Whiskey was found in Harris’ house. Tralor was caught in possession of sugar and meal while Warren was the “watchman” of the kettle, according to evidence.

C.J Sutton, for receiving and concealing whiskey, was fined $100 and costs and placed under a bond to show good behavior at the next term of court.

G.W. Strickland was taxed with the costs for removing and concealing.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Xmas Specials, Barker's Dry Goods & Shoe Store, Dec. 11, 1919

Disabled Soldiers Slowly but Surely Repaying Elks Club Loans, Dec. 11, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 11, 1919.

American Soldiers Will Meet Their Obligations

“Be it said to the ever-lasting credit of the American veteran that there does not show on our books that any one of them has shown a disposition to deny his obligations or refuse to meet them,” says Aronnoff, secretary for the Federal board for vocational education.

The statement was made by the secretary of the board while being interviewed regarding the use of a revolving fund of $200,000 advanced by the Elks for use of the disabled soldiers. The books show that more than $230,000 has been loaned, the more than $100,000 has been returned in small payments and that the fund was of great benefit to every disabled man. This money was advanced to the veterans to tide them over the interval between the time they went into training and the arrival of their first bi-monthly check. They are allowed to take from one to six months to refund the loan.

The Elks distributed this $200,000 loan among the 14 districts of the Federal board for vocational education, giving each district vocational officer monies to use at his discretion. In speaking of the loan the district officers united in saying, “The loan has been a God-send to us and to the disable men.”

Rising Waters Provide More Hydroelectric Power, Dec. 11, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Dec. 11, 1919

Creek Is Up at Raleigh

Raleigh, Dec. 11—A telephonic message from the regional coal committee of Atlanta received at the local offices of the Carolina Light and Power Company and the Yadkin River Power Company yesterday brought the news that the closing order as to light and power that these companies furnish for the city is lifted again.

On account of the rise in the waters of the Cape Fear and Yadkin rivers the principal plants located on these rivers have notified the regional coal committee that the use of coal could be dispensed with, the hydro-electric power now being sufficient to care for the customers. In the case of the receding of the Cape Fear and Yadkin rivers, the Jones street plant of the Carolina Power and Light Company which now is inactive, will continue so until the hydro-electric plants become unavailable to handle the situation.

As far as lighting and power is concerned, the fuel order in Raleigh is again suspended, it is said, the regulations on the use of coal, wood, gas and coke for fuel continuing. Offices, stores and other business establishments must bank their fires according to the fuel regulations, but may observe the usual hours.