Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[Loaned for filming by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter, except June, July, November and December, which were loaned by the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University.]
(IMO=Reference book used by the abstracter: In Memory Of—An Index to Hyde County Cemeteries by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR.)
Vol. 14, #1
On Tuesday evening, December 15, 1936, Mr. and Mrs. Willie J. BAUM celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. An informal dinner was given to many of their relatives and friends. Mr. BAUM is 71 years old and Mrs. BAUM is 66 years of age. They have nine children and 20 grandchildren, all of which attended except for one. Those present were: Mrs. George SWINDELL, Rev. & Mrs. E.R. STEWART, Dr. & Mrs. A.G. HARRIS, Mr. & Mrs. Franklin MIDYETTE, Mrs. Fannie BAUM, Mr. & Mrs. S.A. BERRY, Mrs. Annie Roper, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie WILLIAMS, Maud SMITH, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie BAUM and family, Mr. & Mrs. Jessie HARRIS and family, Mr. & Mrs. Archie BAUM and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald BALLANCE and family, Mrs. R.S. SPENCER, Mr. & Mrs. Charles ARMSTRONG and family, Mr. & Mrs. Archie BERRY and family, Mr. & Mrs. Edison BAUM, Mr. & Mrs. Willie DUDLEY, JR., and Mr. & Mrs. Willie J. BAUM. All enjoyed a pleasant evening.
The senior class of Swan Quarter High School met on November 19, 1936, and selected their class superlatives as follows:
Most Popular Girl—Marjorie LEE
Most Popular Boy—Rouse LUPTON, JR.
Prettiest Girl—Marjorie WILLIAMS
Most Handsome Boy—Macon HARRIS, JR.
Cutest Girl—Pauline THOMPSON
Cutest Boy—Ben CREDLE
Most Studious Senior—Allen MIDYETTE
Best All Around Senior—Sandy WATSON
Most Athletic Girl—Margaret CARAWAN
Most Athletic Boy—Ben CREDLE
Best Dressed Girl—Marjorie LEE
Best Dressed Boy—Curtis HOWARD
Most Tactful Senior—Mazie SWINDELL
Most Agreeable Senior—Marie SAWYER
Rev. and Mrs. W.F. WOODALL announce the birth of a son, Wilber F. JR., on Friday, December 25, 1936.
William Bernice GIBBS to Miss Edna Lee McKINNEY, both of Engelhard—November 24, 1936
J. Hollis TINDLEY (should be QUIDLEY) to Miss Maxine HOOPER, both of Stumpy Point—November 27, 1936
Rupert SPENCER to Miss Dorothy G. SAWYER, both of Currituck—December 12, 1936
T. Frank SWINDELL to Miss Lillie HOOPER, JR., both of Engelhard— December 19, 1936
Luke M. NEAL of Engelhard to Miss Alma Gray GIBBS of Swan Quarter— December 21, 1936
Gratz SPENCER to Miss Margaret E. MASON, both of Swan Quarter— December 24, 1936
Ernest K. MANN of Swannanoa to Miss Milford SPENCER of Lake Landing— December 24, 1936
Benjamin E. MASON of Swan Quarter to Miss Lila E. GIBBS of Gulrock— December 24, 1936
Engelhard continues to grow. Mr. Romulous SANDERSON has recently opened a place which he calls "SANDERSON Farm & Boat Works". Mr. Carroll HODGES has just opened a business in a new building next door to Mr. R.S. COX'S store.
Mr. W.O. SAUNDERS, editor of "The Daily Independent" at Elizabeth City, recently spent a couple of days and nights in Hyde County. The purpose for his visit was to view the conditions of the roads.
Mr. J.L. TUNNELL grew one acre of tomatoes near Swan Quarter demonstrating and experimenting for The Beech Nut Packing Co. They specialize in tomato juice and catsup. Mr. TUNNELL tested 17 varieties of tomatoes. The John Bear tomato proved to be the most prolific, earliest, smoothest and best tomato and the most profitable. Second best was a late variety know as Scarlet Down. Mr. TUNNELL gathered 6 tons and then invited his neighbors to gather all they cared to. The fertilizer giving the best yield was 6-8-4.
It is time to get cabbage plants set out. Mr. R.S. SPENCER of Engelhard has around 500,000 plants ready for market. These plants are from a good quality seed purchased from T.W. WOOD of New York.
Mr. Ira BERRY celebrated his 77th birthday on Sunday, January 3, 1937, when a group of his friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. Jim BERRY, where Mr. Ira lives, and surprised him.
Mr. P.D. MIDYETTE of Engelhard says current is now available to the people on the road leading from Engelhard to Swan Quarter by way of Juniper Bay Road. Also the line has been extended to Middletown as far as Mr. Jule MANN'S home. The total line of 29 miles has been made available to current. The next extension hopefully will be to Fairfield.
Chowan people were shocked when they learned that Miss Valerie M. SCHAIBLE, Dean of Chowan College, died at her home during vacation. She became Dean and Professor of Mathematics in 1929. Her home was Hartsville, S.C. She succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage on December 27, 1936.
Major NEAL died most suddenly Wednesday, January 14, 1937. He cooked supper for his family and wife, who worked at the sewing room, took sick, and died that night. He was buried at Amity cemetery on January 15. Services were conducted by Rev. J.C. GRACE and Rev. A.B. CROCKER. Survivors are three children by his first wife and six children by his last wife. [IMO states Major Jerry O'NEAL was born October 6, 1865 and died January 14, 1937. He was the son of Hugh J. O'NEAL and Mrs. Agnes Tate Rew SERMONS. He was married first to Martha E. BROOKS then to Nancy Murray GIBBS.]
Mr. Rendsey WILLIAMS was accidentally killed on December 24, 1936, when he was struck by an automobile driven by Mr. Charlie ARMSTRONG. Mr. Williams was 77 years old and very feeble and it was thought that he started across the road and couldn't stop and ran into the car. He was born on October 27, 1859. Services were conducted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS. Burial took place at Mt. Olive Church. There survives him, one son, Sam WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter; one daughter, Mrs. Jennings SPENCER of Swan Quarter; one brother, Mr. Lonnie WILLIAMS; two sisters: Mrs. Mattie Cohoon of Kilkeney and Mrs. Elisha SEWELLS, all of Swan Quarter. [IMO states Lorenzo W. "Rensey" WILLIAMS was born October 29, 1859 and died December 24, 1936. He was the son of Samuel L. WILLIAMS and Mordicia SAWYER. He was married first to Sophia CARAWAN and second to Mittie SMITZ.]
Mr. W.P. SPENCER of Lake Landing Township died and was buried Monday, January 11, 1937. Services were conducted at Middletown Christian Church. The roads were so bad that a tractor had to pull the hearse from Middletown to the Middletown church, a distance of ½ mile. [IMO states William Pelege SPENCER, SR. was born November 5. 1853 and died January 10, 1937. He was the son of Sorrowful SPENCER and Elizabeth GIBBS. He was married to Henrietta Isabel SELBY.]
After a long illness, Mrs. T.B. JONES of Fairfield, died on December 17, 1936. She was 77 years old and was a member of the Fairfield Methodist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART of the Baptist Church. Interment was in Fairfield cemetery. Surviving are her husband; three sons: H.C. JONES and Roland JONES, both of Fairfield, and Murray JONES OF Durham; two half-brothers: Edward and Gaston MURRAY of Fairfield. [IMO states Margaret Isabella "Mag" JONES was born August 31, 1859 and died December 17, 1936. She was the daughter of William Durant MURRAY and Rebecca Jane WATSON and the wife of Thomas Brock JONES.]
Mr. ASBY was killed instantly on Christmas Eve night. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was buried near Washington at the church where he held his membership. Services were conducted by Rev. Mr. NOE. Survivors are one daughter and three sons.
After a long illness, Jack SADDLER, a young man of 31 years, died. He suffered for seven years or more. The end came January 7, 1936. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam SADDLER of Rose Bay. Services were conducted at Mt. Olive cemetery by Rev. Mr. NEWTON, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, pastor. Surviving are his parents; two brothers: Charlie and Cecil SADDLER, both of Rose Bay; two sisters: Mrs. Carlos BERRY of Swan Quarter and Mrs. W.P. HODGES of Scranton. [IMO states Jack Haven SADLER was born December 23, 1906 and died January 6, 1937. He was the son of Samuel Simmons SADLER and Elizabeth Ann CLARK.]
Mrs. A.C. CREDLE was killed suddenly by an automobile driven by David Simpson (CARTER) on the night of December 24, 1936. Her body was mangled. This slaughter was one of the most tragic events that has ever happened, and liquor was the cause of it. Services were conducted at the home on Saturday, December 26, at 2 o'clock by her pastor, E.R. STEWART, Rev. J.J. JOHNSON of Belhaven, and Rev. Row L. HARRIS. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Surviving are her husband and her mother, Miss Cora CARAWON; two sons: Sidney and Brice CREDLE; two daughters: Thelma and Edith Pearl, all of Rose Bay; one brother, Rufus GIBBS; two sisters: Mrs. Mattie Bell JARVIS of New Holland and Mrs. Rufus HARRIS of Pantego. [IMO states Sally Mary CREDLE was born December 22, 1893 and died December 24, 1936. She was the daughter of Henry W. GIBBS and Cora Eva CARAWAN and was the wife of Albert Cartwright CREDLE. She was buried in the CREDLE-WILLIAMS cemetery near Rose Bay Fork.]
Mrs. T.E. BRIDGMAN was among a group struck by a car on Christmas Eve night at Rose Bay Fork, while enroute to church for the Christmas program. She was rushed to the River View Hospital where she died about 2 a.m. She was born August 13, 1882 and died December 24, 1936 at 54 years of age. She was a member of the Rose Bay Baptist Church, having united in 1922 as the first convert of the present pastor. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, assisted by Rev. J.J. JOHNSON, pastor of Belhaven church, and Rev. R.L. HARRIS. She was laid to rest in the family burial grounds. Surviving are her husband; two daughters: Mrs. C.O. GIBBS and Miss Ruby Lee BRIDGMAN, who was also injured with a cut throat and broken jaw; two grandchildren: Carroll Dalton and Marjorie GIBBS; one brother, Mr. John A. TUTEN of Pinetown; two sisters: Miss Willie TUTEN of Washington, N.C. and Mrs. Henry HAMILTON of Washington, D.C. [IMO states Mary Elizabeth "Molly" BRIDGMAN was born August 13, 1882 in Beaufort County and died December 25, 1936. She was the daughter of Alfred TUTEN and Annie WARD and was the wife of Thomas Edward BRIDGMAN. She was buried in the BRIDGMAN cemetery at Rose Bay-Hodges's Fork Road.]
Card of Thanks:
We wish to thank our friends for their kindness during the death of out father, Lorenzo WILLIAMS. [signed: Mr. and Mrs. S.R. WILLIAMS]
We, the members of the Fairfield Missionary Society, wish to pay tribute to the memory of Mrs. Sarah MANN, who slipped away from earthly cares in the morning of October 6, 1936. [signed: Mrs. A.B. MIDYETTE, Miss Emily CARTER, and Mrs. A.L. CUTHRELL.]
Peacefully and calmly, on November 26, 1936, the death angel came and took our dear mother, Mary E. LEWIS. She was a faithful member of the Methodist church for 42 years. She was the mother of four children and was 66 years and 11 months old at the time of her death. Surviving are Miss Neta LEWIS and Mrs. Murrel GIBBS. [Written by a broken-hearted daughter, Mrs. Murrel GIBBS.]
Vol. 14, #2
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carlos BERRY of Swan Quarter a son on January 19, 1937. They call him William Timothy.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee MANN, a daughter on January 12, 1937. They call her Bettie Credle.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bennie CUTRELL, a daughter on January 18, 1937. They call her Frances Kay.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Whitford ALEXANDER, a daughter on January 22, 1937. They call her Mavis Aleene.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Webb SEARS, a daughter on February 9, 1937. They call her Marlis Edna.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O'NEAL, a son on February 11, 1937. (No name mentioned.)
Roscoe ALLIGOOD to Miss Annie Easter WINSTEAD, both of Washington, N.C.—January 14, 1937
Paul Allen LASSITER of Hardenville, S.C. to Miss Thelma M. WILLIAMSON of Lake Landing—(No date)
Charlie Henry MARSHALL to Miss Sallie Estelle MAYO, both of Washington, N.C.—January 18, 1937
Archie Lee O'NEAL of Engelhard to Miss Queenie M. ARMSTRONG of Fairfield—January 21, 1937
John Harold SWINDELL to Janie M. CUTRELL, both of Swan Quarter—January 28, 1937
Francis CREDLE of New Holland to Miss Mary Estelle HARRIS of Lake Landing—February 8, 1937
Edward Lee CLAYTON of Ransomville to Miss Annie B. SWAIN of Stumpy Point—February 8, 1937
Mr. O.S. HOWARD of Swan Quarter died at his home at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, after an illness of a year or more. He was a life-long resident of Hyde County and was partner to the HOWARD & WILLIAMS store and he and his wife operated the HOWARD Inn. He had passed his three-score years. Burial services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. NEWTON at the Providence Methodist Church. Interment was made at Soule cemetery. Surviving are his wife who was formally Miss Sheila TUNNELL and member of one of Hyde's oldest families; one son, Onslow HOWARD of Raleigh; one daughter, Miss Betsy HOWARD of the Women's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters: Mrs. Joe LEIGH of Belhaven and Mrs. J.J. BAXTER of New Bern. [IMO states Onslow Staton HOWARD was born October 17, 1876 and died February 3, 1937. He was the son of Richard Winslow HOWARD and Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Credle ABEL.]
After severe sickness for several weeks, Mr. John R. NEAL entered Duke Hospital on January 25. After treatment, which was hopeful for his recovery, he died January 27 and was laid to rest in the family burial ground near his home at Rose Bay. Services were conducted by Rev. P.E. GETSINGER of Jamesville and Rev. O.S. YOUNG of near Raleigh. The deceased was a life-long resident of Hyde County. Survivors are his wife, the former Miss Ella Carawan, daughter of the late D.M. CARAWAN; six children: Alvah NEAL, Paul NEAL, and Rachel NEAL, all of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Billie SPENCER of Scranton, Mrs. Fred ALLEN of Wenona, and Mrs. Henry TOOLEY of Pike Road. [IMO states John Robert NEAL was born January 29, 1871 and died January 27, 1937. He was the son of Benjamin Robert NEAL and Elizabeth CARTWRIGHT. He was buried in the D.M. CARAWAN cemetery at Rose Bay-Hodge's Fork Road.]
Vol. 14, #3
Mrs. Joe BERRY of Currituck Township in the section known as Gourd Ridge, died February 28 after a brief illness. She was the mother of eleven children. She is survived by her husband and family. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was buried at Gull Rock near her birth place. Services were conducted by Rev. J.T. STANFORD. Mr. D.L. BERRY, funeral director of the Beaufort-Hyde Association, proved his efficiency in handling the body in the face of bad roads and snow-covered ground. [ IMO states Aretha Arolina BERRY was born October 12, 1896 and died Feb. 27, 1937. She was the daughter of Christopher Jones Lupton MASON and Clarissa Jane MIDYETT and the wife of Robert Burrus BERRY. She was buried in the BROOKS-MIDYETT cemetery in Mount Pleasant.]
Mr. Henry PATRICK, son of Mr. and Mrs. William PATRICK of Middletown, died March 3 at Richmond Hospital of double pneumonia. There survives him a wife, eight children, his parents and the following brothers and sisters: William Charlie, K.P. PATRICK, Ella Mae TWIFORD, Olivia, Dora, Mrs. Bell WHITFORD and Mrs. Archie SPENCER. [IMO states Henry Ruel PATRICK was born Dec 1889 and died March 3, 1937. He was the son of William Lee PATRICK and Lillian Ella WILLIAMS. He was married to Katie __________. He was buried in Amity Church cemetery.]
Cecil SADDLER says he and his hunting parties killed 38 deer, 1 bear, 600 quail, and 50 doves.
Mrs. George CREDLE of Rose Bay has an 8-day clock. Mr. CREDLE bought it 56 years ago for $39. Mrs. CREDLE says they have never spent anything on it for repairs, just kept it greased. The name of the clock is "Fashion". The second-hand was patented April 16, 1878. The clock was patented December 28, 1875. The calendar was patented March 18, 1879.
Frank SPENCER has been declared the 4-H Club member with the best all-around record for 1936 in Hyde County and as a result will be awarded a free scholarship to the State Short Course held at State College the latter part of July. J. Albin ARMSTRONG of Fairfield has been declared the 4-H Club member with the best corn record for 1936 in Hyde County and as a result was given a 7-jewel watch by the Barrett Company, makers of Arcadian Nitrate of Soda.
Orvis A. GURGANUS to Mrs. Vama ADAMS, both of Pingo, N.C.—Feb. 18
Charles RESPASS of Ransomville to Miss Bertha Lee BERRY of Scranton— March 6
Willie K. GIBBS, JR. to Miss Avon Dell DOUGLAS, both of Lake Landing— March 8
Murrel JONES of Swan Quarter to Miss Iva Mae JONES of Ponzer—January 29
The wedding of Miss Mary Eleanor WHITE and Mr. Karl Franklin BRANDT was solemnized Saturday evening, February 27, 1937, at 8 o'clock in St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland by Rev. Carl HEMINGHOUS, the pastor of the church. Miss Ella Mae WHITE, sister of the bride, attended as Maid of Honor. The groom was attended by Mr. Paulus BRANDT as Best Man. The bride entered on the arm of her brother, Henry F. WHITE, of Goldsboro, N.C. The groom is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. BRANDT of Baltimore, Maryland. The bride is the daughter of the late Martin V.B. WHITE & Mrs. Rachel Hall WHITE of Middletown, N.C. The groom holds a position with the Proctor & Gamble Company. The bride received her education at ECTC in Greenboro, N.C. and is a R.N. at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The couple will make their home at 616 N. Ellwood Avenue in Baltimore.
Vol. 14, #4
Mr. Edison BROWN was struck and killed by lightning while out fishing on April 6 on Swan Quarter Bay. Mr. BROWN was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George BROWN. His father preceded him in death by only a few days. Surviving are his mother, his wife, who teaches in Swan Quarter High School, and some brothers. [IMO states Thomas Edison BROWN was born September 5, 1906 and died April 6, 1937. He was the son of George Washington BROWN and Cordelia BRIDGMAN. He was married to Essie DAVENPORT. He was buried in Soule cemetery.]
Swan Quarter—March 25—Funeral services were held early this week for Charlie C. CREDLE from the old home at Rose Bay. The Rev. R.Z. NEWTON, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, officiated. Death came at the present CREDLE home in Washington County on Saturday. The deceased was the son of Mrs. Martha CREDLE and the late George Tilson CREDLE. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Gertrude EVICH of Virginia; three brothers: J. Mack CREDLE of New York, Sidney CREDLE of Durham and A.C. CREDLE of Swan Quarter; one sister: Mrs. S.D. MANN of Greensboro. Pallbearers were: Charlie SADLER, Alton SAWYER, T. Alvah O'NEAL, Luke SAWYER, Manning JENNETTE, and A.R. PATRICK. [IMO states Charles Conway CREDLE was born December 4, 1887 and died March 20, 1937. He was the son of George Tilson CREDLE and Martha Etta May CARTWRIGHT. He was married to Gertrude FINNEGAN. He was buried in the CREDLE-WILLIAMS cemetery near Rose Bay Fork.]
On Sunday afternoon, April 4, 1937, Mr. Beatrice (should be Beecher) SPENCER, a young man of near 17 years, ends his life suddenly. Having eaten a hearty dinner, he later in the afternoon discussed his attitude to life then shortly ended it by shooting a pistol bullet through his heart. His father, Cason SPENCER, and his grandfather, Mr. Tom SPENCER, are in the state asylum at Raleigh. This untimely death comes as a shock to the entire community but more especially to his mother. He leaves his mother, his brother, Elwood, who is in the CCC Camp and his sisters, Ruth and Alice, who are at home. Interment was at Amity cemetery officiated by Rev. J.T. STANFORD. [IMO states Marvin Beecher SPENCER was born October 14, 1919 and died April 5, 1963. He was the son of Cason Gibbs SPENCER and Cynthia STOWE and grandson of Thomas Locker SPENCER and Beulah Benton WATSON.]
After several years of suffering, Mr. John R. O'NEIL, age 61, died on January 27, 1937 at Duke Hospital. He was a prominent Hyde County farmer and liked by everyone. Funeral services were held at his home Friday, February 29, 1937 (should be Jan. 29) by Rev. O.S. YOUNG of Angier, N.C., and Rev. P.E. GETSINGER of Jamesville, N.C. His body was laid to rest at the family cemetery. Pallbearers were: D.L. PATRICK, J.R. MASON, J.M. JENNETTE, D.L. DANIELS, S.B. CREDLE, and J.B. BENSON. Survivors are his wife, formerly Miss Ella CARAWAN; four daughters: Mrs. W.H. SPENCER of Scranton, Mrs. F.C. ALLEN of Wenona, Mrs. O.H. TOOLEY of Pike Road, and Miss Rachel O'NEIL of Swan Quarter; two sons: Alvah and Paul O'NEIL of Swan Quarter; one brother: W.A. O'NEIL of New Bern; one sister: Mrs. W.F. CARAWAN of Swan Quarter. [IMO states John Robert O'NEAL was born January 29, 1871 and died January 27, 1937. He was the son of Benjamin Robert O'NEAL and Elizabeth CARTWRIGHT. He was buried in the D.M. CARAWAN cemetery at Rose Bay-Hodge's Fork Road.]
Vol. 14, #5
Those attending the Grand Lodge meeting held at Raleigh in April from Fairfield Lodge were: Dr. A.G. HARRIS, Arthur B. HARRIS, A.B. BERRY, R.W. JONES, John G. HARRIS, and Rev. E.R. STEWART. It was a new experience for this group as no one had previously attended such a meeting.
Mr. RHODES of Washington has recently opened a nice clothing store in Belhaven next door to O'NEIL Drug Store.
SEELEY & SWINDELL of Belhaven have moved their garage headquarters to Main Street opposite the Ford Place. Mr. Guy SWINDELL is a native of Fairfield.
Mr. R.S. COX of Engelhard recently lost his dining room and kitchen to fire. Hard fighting by the neighbors saved his house.
On May 6 Miss Helen CUTRELL was taken to the hospital in Washington to be operated on for appendicitis.
Recently Thurmon EVANS, son of Mrs. Bettie EVANS of Rose Bay, underwent an operation for appendicitis at Taylor Hospital.
Rev. W.F. WOODALL, formerly pastor of Belhaven church and now pastor of Gatesville field, underwent an operation for appendicitis.
Hyde County High School Graduates:
Swan Quarter High School--Evelyn BERRY, Pauline THOMPSON, Ben CREDLE, Marie SAWYER, Margaret CAROWAN, Seth Blount HARRIS, Mazie SWINDELL, Marjorie WILLIAMS, Allen MIDYETTE, Ruby MASON, Kathleen COOPER, Marjorie LEE, Hazel GIBBS, Herma GIBBS, Sandy WATSON, Macon HARRIS, JR., Rouse LUPTON, JR., and Curtis HOWARD.
Fairfield High School--Helen CUTRELL, Willie Earl CUTRELL, Annie Nora DANIELS, Walter JONES, Winston CAHOON, and Zonnia Bell HUDSON.
Sladesville High Schoo--Edna GARRISH, class president; Frank SPENCER, valedictorian; Eudora O'NEAL, salutatorian; S.S. JENNETTE, Carl GIBBS, JR., Max FLOWERS, and Janis BRIDGMAN.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey SADDLER of Fairfield, a daughter on April 3. They call her Barbara SADDLER.
Vol. 14, #6
J.E. CUTRELL to Miss Estelle O'NEAL, both of Lake Landing—April 1
Allen S. HOPKINS to Miss Mary Lee PAYNE, both of Stumpy Point—April 2
Charles Edward MIDYETTE to Miss Sarah Elizabeth MOONEY, both of Fairfield—April 17
Henry Elwood CAHOON of Engelhard to Miss Claudie L. GIBBS, both of Lake Landing—April 22
Fred Edward CUTRELL to Miss Mary Elizabeth COWAN, both of Swan Quarter—May 8
Gherman Leon HARRIS of Hickory, Va. to Miss Hazel Lois HARRIS of Scranton—May 4
Cleatus CARAWAN to Miss Lucy Melborne ALLIGOOD, both of Rose Bay—May 6
Vol. 14, #7
It was a new experience to visit a farm near Bishop's Cross recently where Mr. Allen SWINDELL operates a farm of approximately 2500 acres. Mr. SWINDELL has 13 families on his farm, all colored save one. He has 1500 acres in corn, 300 in potatoes, between 300-400 in soy beans, 300 in oats, and 18 acres in rye. He has 75-100 hogs, 15 cows, 10 teams, and operates 6 tractors. Mr. SWINDELL is a progressive farmer.
Mr. Bryon BELL of Smith Creek near Sladesville, died Friday night, July 16. He leaves a wife and a family. He was buried at the home graveyard. [IMO states Bryan Homer BELL was born May 10, 1871 and died July 16, 1937. He was the son of Israel F. BELL and Ann Eliza SPENCER and husband of Patsy Neta BENSON. He was buried in the B.H. BELL cemetery.]
Mr. W.S. HARRIS, a prominent citizen and fisherman, died suddenly June 7. He went out to fish and was sitting on a fish box at Engelhard Fish House when he was struck suddenly with a heart attack. He was a member of the Engelhard Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Swindell HARRIS; four sons: Warren, Jr., Aubrie, Gilvrie and Billy; one daughter, Margaret; one brother, Rev. E.J. HARRIS of Grantsboro; one sister, Mrs. T.M. SELBY of Engelhard. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Engelhard by the Rev. A.B. CROCKER. Interment was in Fulford cemetery. [IMO states Warren Spencer HARRIS, SR. was born March 19, 1888 and died June 7, 1937. He was the son of Uriah HARRIS and Sarah Louise SAUNDERSON and husband of Lyda Emma SWINDELL.]
Mrs. Laura BROWN, a life-long citizen, passed away at Swan Quarter on June 6 after a long illness. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Interment was made at Soule cemetery with services conducted by Rev. Mr. TURNER of Lake Landing. [IMO states Laura Williams BROWN was born April 11, 1859 in Mocksville and died June 6, 1937. She was the daughter of Samuel Swann BARBER and Sarah Harding PATRICK. She was the wife of George Washington BROWN, SR.]
Vol. 14, #8
Joseph Mann PIGRAM (PEGRAM?) of Bath, N.C. to Miss Phyllis Inez BLOKE (BLAKE?) of New Holland—July 31
Mr. A.F. MYERS of Norfolk, Va. to Miss Elizabeth C. STEPHEN of Ocracoke— July 31
John Southall LAWRENCE, JR. to Miss Elizabeth __________ (nothing written in), both of Swan Quarter—August 6
J.H. SPENCER to Miss Lethall SILVERTHORNE, both of Scranton—August 12
Miss Nora WILLIAMS is now an inhabitant of Swan Quarter jail. After knocking a man down on the streets of Belhaven, she came into Hyde County and was arrested for drunkenness and cursing on the highway. She was placed in jail August 7 and a trial was set for August 9, at which time she cursed and tried to fight the officers, for which she was placed in jail for six months. She is a woman 26 years old and a native of Vanceboro, later of Swansboro. She goes under two names, Nora WILSON and Nora McFARLAND. From all reports, her life has been wrecked.
He was raised up with the slaves. His mother inherited two, then his father purchased one. She kept house and did the cooking. In those days the churches either built galleries or seats elsewhere in the churches, and these heard the same messages the white people heard. Mr. George W. SWINDELL, who was 79 years old April 6, 1937, was born near Hodges Fork. His grandfather, Mr. A.B. SWINDELL, was a Primitive Baptist preacher. His father was a farmer and merchant. Early in life, Mr. SWINDELL suffered four years from muscular rheumatism. When he grew up he taught school for 6 or 7 years at the head of the Lake, again about 2 miles from Fairfield, and also at Kilkeney and one year at Ocracoke. Early in life he merchandised at Swan Quarter and later at Fairfield and drank some and lost all he had. He decided to quit drinking and pay up his debts, for he owed almost everyone. While at Ocracoke teaching, he secured enough lumber from wrecked boats to build the home he now lives in at Fairfield. His wife, Sallie, is two years younger. There was born to them two sons, Becton Ellis SWINDELL and Preston E. SWINDELL. The former was struck by lightning when about 21 years old on the steamship "Berkley" in Newport News harbor. The latter lives in Fairfield and is one of Hyde's most progressive farmers. Mr. George SWINDELL has only one grandchild, Camille SWINDELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. SWINDELL. She graduated from ECTC at Greenville, N.C. last spring. He has one brother, Mr. Will SWINDELL, who resides at Wilkinson's Creek. [IMO states Beckton Ellis SWINDELL was born September 17, 1884 and died July 16, 1904. He was the son of George Washington SWINDELL, JR. and Sarah Matilda BAUM. He was buried in Fairfield cemetery.]
Mr. William McVAUGHN, "The Painter", as he was known, a resident of Hyde County, died at the home of his son, Vivian, at Bath, N.C. on July 21. He was a man of age. Early in life he was a drunkard but in the latter years he refrained from strong drink and reformed his way of living. Interment was made at the BALLANCE graveyard at Swan Quarter. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. He is survived by his children: Vivian, Sarah, Lula, Jessie, and Dorothy. During his lifetime as a painter, he beautified many houses, inside and out. [IMO states Malcolm William VAUGHN was born October 1861 in New Jersey and died July 21, 1937. He was the son of James PAIRTREE and Sarah Jane DOWDY. He was adopted by John VAUGHN, his step-father. His was married to Bettie ____________. He was buried in the J.C. BALLANCE cemetery on Mill Ditch, Road #1131.]
Carroll MARSHALL, a young married man of near Engelhard, was found in a ditch with a broken hip. He was carried to Tayloe Hospital where he later died. It was first thought he had been hit by a car, but later investigation led to the decision that while drunk, he fell into the ditch, breaking his hip. He had been under the influence of strong drink for several days. Funeral services were conducted from Amity Church. He leaves a wife to mourn his going. [IMO states Carroll Craven MARSHALL was born December 31, 1910 and died August 6, 1937. He was the son of Braxton Carroll MARSHALL and Annie Elizabeth COX and husband of Mary Winifred SILVERTHORNE.]
Vol. 14, #9
The Engelhard Banking & Trust Company is serving Hyde and Tyrrell counties. Mr. M.A. MATTHEWS is an efficient banker. Mr. E.K. MANN is now assistant cashier and operates at Swan Quarter. Mr. Colo C. LUPTON is assistant at Columbia and Miss Grace BERRY is assistant at Engelhard.
The PEDRICK Beauty Shoppe of Washington, N.C. is under the management of Mrs. Myra Pedrick HIGHSMITH and her husband, H.J. HIGHSMITH.
Eugene Edward BYRUM of Belvidere, N.C. to Hazel PEGRAM of Swan Quarter—Aug 27
Hatten WATSON of Rose Bay to Miss Myrtle Mae BALLANCE of Swan Quarter—Aug 27
Hallet BROWN to Margaret MORRIS—August 28
Mrs. G.H. WESTON of Swan Quarter announces the marriage of her daughter, Miss Fannie E. WESTON of Swan Quarter, to Mr. T.L. DRURY of Norfolk, Virginia. The marriage took place in Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. on July 14, 1937. Rev. John W. RUSTIN, the pastor, performed the ceremony.
Vol. 14, #10
Telephone lines using the dial system recently were run into Swan Quarter, Engelhard, and New Holland from Washington, N.C. through Belhaven. This system was completed and opened September 20. The toll system has been done away with. There were only about 10 phones in the county, now there are over 100. The line has been extended into Middletown and Sladesville. We hope to see the electric lights and phone lines both run to Fairfield soon.
The War Department is to dig three or more canals from Lake Mattamuskeet, with hopes of lowering the water 15" to 2 feet. It is hoped this will benefit the farmers around the lake by allowing them to cultivate hundreds of acres that they have been deprived of for the past five or more years due to the high water level. Fairfield township will be benefited most of all if the experiment works. These canals will be cut from the lake to the Inland Waterway or to the Sound with flood gates to keep the Sound water out, but at all times when the Sound water is lower than the lake water, these flood gates will automatically open and turn water out.
Chapter of Sorrow:
John W. HEATH, an 82 year old school teacher, was stricken with a heart attack while at his office and died in a few minutes. He was a native of Iredell County and taught in county schools for 50 years. He taught in Fairfield for five or more years, at which time he established a commercial school. In 1931 he gave up the school here to open the School of Commerce at Raleigh, where he labored until his death. He laid in state until Thursday, October 14, then was carried to Holly Springs Baptist Church near Harmony, where he held membership. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. J.H. FRIESLAND of Harmony; three daughters: Mrs. W.C. BOWDEN, Miss Carey HEATH and Miss Mary HEATH; three sons: Clyde, Carl, and Cooper HEATH.
Mr. Ira BERRY was born in 1862 and died October 3, after suffering for five years with cancer. He was 75 years and 9 months old. Surviving are two sons: Jim and Ruben BERRY; one daughter, Mrs. Tildon PLEDGER; one brother, Thomas BERRY of Kilkeney. Mr. BERRY raised Mr. Henry BERRY, his nephew, and also Mr. Joe HARRIS of Engelhard, his step-son. Services were conducted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER, assisted by Rev. J.T. GROSS and Rev. E.R. STEWART. [IMO states Ira BERRY, SR. was born January 3, 1862 and died October 3, 1937. He was the son of Ira A. BERRY and Delila [Rose]. He was married to Mrs. Puggy Rose HARRIS who died in 1920.]
On the night of September 25, at about 11 o'clock, the home of Mr. Will WAHAB was burned and Mr. Jim WAHAB burned up in the house. His brother had carried him home sometime earlier. Interment was made in Germantown cemetery with services conducted by Rev. A.V. NEWTON. Survivors are four children: Mrs. Macon SPENCER of Rose Bay, Mrs. Toy N. GOOLSBY of Cary, N.C., Mrs. Richard NEWMAN of Cash Corner, N.C. and Mrs. George Clafton WILLIAMS of Scranton; three brothers: Will and Charlie of Sladesville, and Harry WAHAB at Rittenhouse; one sister, Mrs. Carl WILSON of Belhaven. [IMO states James Howard WAHAB, JR. was born June 5, 1874 and died September 25, 1937. He was the son of James Howard WAHAB, SR. and Emma Winters SMITH and husband of Elizabeth Thatch BOOMER.]
After having a stroke, Captain Billy WATSON died October 9. He was buried at St. George's Episcopal Church. Services were conducted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER, Rev. J.T. STANFORD and Rev. Mr. TURNER. [IMO states William Benjamin WATSON was born June 11, 1860 and died October 9, 1937. He was the son of Jabez Kingsbury WATSON and Susan SELBY and husband of Alice Lee WILLIAMS.]
After several weeks of illness, Mrs. Joe VOLIVA, living near Hodges Fork, died October 6. Her husband preceded her by a couple of years. Rev. Z.V. NEWTON conducted the burial service. Mrs. VOLIVA had never united with any church but she was a fine woman. There survive her Willie and Johnnie and one daughter, Mrs. Jennie BRADY, all of Swan Quarter. Mrs. VOLIVA was buried alongside her husband in the family cemetery. [IMO states Sally Edith VOLIVA was born March 30, 1869 and died October 5, 1937. She was the daughter of William Riley WILLIAMS and Polly CUTRELL. She was the wife of Joseph Edmond VOLIVA who died in 1936. They are buried in the HOWARD-VOLIVA-WILLIAMS cemetery in Swan Quarter Township.]
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our appreciation to our friends and neighbors for their help and kindness shown during the illness and death of our dear mother, Mrs. Edith VOLIVA who died October 5, 1937 (newspaper obit states October 6) [signed Mrs. Hunter BRADY]
Toy N. GOOLSBY of Cary, N.C. to Isabell D. WAHAB of Scranton—September
Elvin James STYRON to Carry L. WILLIAMS, both of Ocracoke—August 31
Earl P. JOHNSON of Philadelphia, Pa. To Miss Mable STOWE of Hatteras— September 9
Edward WATSON of Belhaven to Miss Rosalie WILLIAMS of Currituck—(No date)
Harry W. O'NEAL to Miss Essie Mae PARSON, both of Ocracoke—September 18
Archie B. CARAWAN to Miss Grace A. MOORE, both of Currituck—September 25
Murl SADDLER of Swan Quarter to Miss Caddie Mae SMITH of Belhaven— October 2
Vol. 14, #11
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Luke NEAL of Engelhard, a big girl weighing 9 ¾ pounds on October 19, 1937.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ARMSTRONG of Fairfield, a girl on October 24, 1937.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edison BAUM, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Otis COX of Engelhard, a boy, on October 12. They call him Jimmie Lee.
Herman BLAKE of Scranton to Miss Bettie Gray COX of Belhaven—October 30.
Mr. J.B. CUTRELL of West Belhaven, has recently renovated his store building. He has added other clerks to help take care of his general merchandise business. Willie Earl CUTRELL of Fairfield, is now clerking in his store.
Mr. E.O. SPENCER, who was born August 10, 1866 at Juniper Bay, died Sunday, after an illness of more than five years. Mr. SPENCER was a very prominent man. He was a former Sheriff of Hyde County and assistant Fisheries Commissioner of North Carolina for years. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Past Master of Lodge #294 A.F. & A.M. He was buried by the Masons. He was married three times, first in 1886 to Miss Mary BALLANCE. Of this union eight children were born: Mrs. W.M. HARRIS, J.E. SPENCER and Branche SPENCER, all of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Harold BRINN of Creswell, J.S. SPENCER, Mrs. Sam BOOMER, JR. and Miss Thelma SPENCER of Washington, D.C. One son, Fred, died in 1931. In 1914 he married Miss Marie FITCHETT of Waverly, Virginia. Of this marriage one child, Miss Mary Page SPENCER of Washington, D.C., was born. In 1920 he married Miss Esther BROWN of Swan Quarter. She, with one daughter, Virginia, survives. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. Fred SPENCER of Salisbury; and all the following sisters: Mrs. Lyda SWINDELL, Mrs. Henry SWINDELL and Mrs. T.W. LEE, all of Swan Quarter, Mrs Joe ROBERTS and Mrs. W.J. SEARS, both of Raleigh. Funeral services were held from Providence M.E. Church on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment was in Soule cemetery. [IMO states Edward Orizon SPENCER was born August 30, 1866 and died October 17, 1937. He was the son of John Warren SPENCER and Mary Elizabeth FISHER. His first wife was Mary James BALLANCE, second was Marie FITCHETT, and third was Esther Swann BROWN.]
Willie K. GIBBS of Lake Landing, age 67, died of a heart attack. He was buried Saturday, November 6. He leaves a family of six children to mourn his departure. [IMO states Willie Kay GIBBS, SR. was born October 21, 1872 and died November 5, 1937. He was the son of Joseph Burns GIBBS and Emmaline W. SWINDELL and husband of Addie HALL. He was buried in St. George's Episcopal Church cemetery.]
Mrs. Joe MIDYETTE died November 2 after a very brief illness. She was the second wife of Mr. Joe MIDYETTE. He was formerly married to Miss Kizzie CUTRELL and to them were born ten children, of which four are still living: Mrs. (Sallie) Mayo SMITH, Mrs. (Keziah) Willie SPENCER, Mrs. (Annie) Clarence WILLIAMS, and Enoch MIDYETTE. To the last marriage were born five children, of which three are still living: Johnnie, Katie and Charlie MIDYETTE. Mr. W.E. LEWIS, a brother, and Miss Neita LEWIS also survive among others. She was a member of the Christian Church. Services were held by Rev. E.R. STEWART, assisted by Rev. Walter P. ARMSTRONG. Interment was made in the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. [IMO states Arabell MIDYETTE was born August 13, 1888 and died November 2, 1937. She was the daughter of John M. LEWIS and Mary Jane HARRIS and wife of Joseph Henry MIDYETTE, SR.]
Mr. J.M. HALL was born at Engelhard in 1855. He started in business at the early age of 19 with $50 and was the oldest active merchant in Hyde County. He died and was buried on his 82nd birthday. He stayed in his store until 9 o'clock the night before he died, which was in the morning while his daughter was preparing breakfast. He was a charter member of the Middletown Christian Church and had been a Mason for 34 years. He served on the board of County Commissioners for two terms. His wife preceded him in death by nearly two years. The marriage union was 55 years. He left two foster daughters: Mrs. T.C. BISHOP of Norfolk, Virginia and Mrs. E.C. MILLER of Middletown; five grandchildren: Lambert, Frank and Calvin BISHOP, all of Norfolk, Mrs. E.T. JONES of Norfolk and E.C. MILLER, JR. of Middletown. Services were held at the Christian Church by Rev. A.B. CROCKER, pastor of the Christian Church, assisted by Rev. J.C. GRACE and Rev. J.T. STANFORD. Interment was made in the church cemetery. Mrs. E.C. MILLER states the store will continue to do business. [IMO states Joseph Montier HALL was born October 28, 1855 and died October 27, 1937. He was the son of Gibbs HALL and Rachel BERRY. He was married to Mrs. Julia F. Cox JENNETTE who died November 1, 1935.]
Vol. 14, #12
After a long illness, Mr. William Aubert McKINNEY died, November 15, of heart trouble. He was a beloved citizen and neighbor but had never affiliated with any church. He was buried at Faskey's (Foskey in other places) Creek Primitive Baptist cemetery. Services were conducted by Mr. D.L. BERRY, undertaker. He is survived by his wife, mother, two sisters: Mrs. John LUPTON of Sladesville and Mrs. Newsome SAWYER of Washington, N.C. [IMO states William Albert McKINNEY was born April 10, 1893 and died November 15, 1937. He was the son of Robert McKINNEY and Mary Jane ROBINSON and husband of Effie Malissa SAWYER. He was buried in Beulah Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Currituck Township.]
Leland Graham WISE of Stumpy Point to Miss Alva Payne GIBBS of Swan Quarter—November 5
W. Metrah HARRIS of Swan Quarter to Miss Elnora LUPTON of Scranton— November 13
Wilbur GIBBS to Miss Rena V. HARRIS, both of Lake Landing—November 16
Malcolm SWINDELL to Miss Evelyn HARRIS, both of Swan Quarter—November 18
Henry HEATH, JR. of Greenville, N.C. to Miss Edna GARRISH of Scranton— November 20
For years, Dr. A.L. BELL and son operated a jewelry store. They have also given optical service. About a year ago Dr. BELL began to do optometry work alone. Recently he has accepted a call to Burlington, N.C. where he will open his place of business. His many friends in Belhaven will miss him.
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