Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles
for Hyde Co., NC


George Edwards MIDGETTE, son of P.D. MIDGETTE, JR. of Engelhard, was on of many Tar Heels sworn in recently by the Navy as an aviation cadet. Young MIDGETTE, a graduate of the Engelhard High School, is at present attending school at the Citadel. The young Hyde County man will begin his training sometime next summer after he completes his second year of college study. It is not known where he will be sent for training.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 1, 1943; pg. 3)


Geo I. COX, SR., 75-year old Middletown storekeeper, has been in business for some 40 odd years in the same community and is one of the oldest merchants in Hyde County today.  Mr. COX has lived at Middletown all of his life and except for one year, has lived in the same house during this time.  It is the old Cox homestead and the building is more than a century old.  The Middletown storekeeper is widely known for his generosity.  There are few people who live near his store whom he had not at sometime helped in one way or another.  Salesmen who visit his store often sit for sometime and talk with him.  Visitors linger to hear some of the interesting stories of everyday happenings that he has observed during his many years of dealing with the public and study of human nature.  Mr. COX is know by the people in his community as a good neighbor.  The aging Hyde merchant is a good salesman.  People from miles around come to his well-stocked general store to purchase their needs.  Mr. COX married the late Darcus BROOKS of Lake Landing.  There were four children born to them, two boys, George of Norfolk, Va. and Thomas of Elizabeth City, and two girls, Julia of Portsmouth, Va. and Mrs. Thad SELBY of Lake Landing.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 1, 1943; pg. 4)


Pvt. Jack COX of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, son of Mr. & Mrs. Monroe COX of Middletown, thumbed 1700 miles from Fort Sam Houston to Hyde County to spend one day--Christmas Day--of his 15-day leave with his mother and father.  The Hyde County man is attached to the medical department of the Army and at present is assigned to duty at the Evacuation Hospital at Fort Houston.  COX was a barber before his induction into the Army.  He operated his own shop at Middletown for many years.  At the time of his induction he was working in Washington.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 1, 1943; pg. 4)


FAIRFIELD - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bailey OSGOOD announce the birth of a daughter, Jane Lindsey, at the Tayloe Hospital on Saturday, January 2.  Mrs. BAILEY [should be OSGOOD] is the former Miss Suzanne MIDYETTE of Fairfield.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 15, 1943; pg. 1)


Miss Elma Aline CUTRELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. CUTRELL of Engelhard, to Harry Archer NASH, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. NASH of South Mills.  At home in Elizabeth City where the bridegroom is employed at the Naval Air Station.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 15, 1943; pg. 1)


Ralph L. ROPER, Hyde County Clerk of Superior Court, who last week was notified by the Navy department that his son was missing in action, is still hopeful that the boy is still alive.  "I am still hopeful that Sidney may turn up alive and alright," says Mr. ROPER, pointing out that numerous men reported "missing" have later shown up.  The Hyde County man is writing all the survivors of the Juneau on which his son was doing duty with the hope of contacting someone who might have been with him during the final hours which the ship was afloat.  "He may be in some hospital or on some island," says the Hyde County official, a veteran of the last war, as he talks of the report which has brought grief to both he and Mrs. ROPER.  Sidney Lee, who joined the Navy in 1941 shortly after completing a course in journalism at Louisburg College, was among Hyde County's best liked young men and aspired to become an editor.  He graduated from the Engelhard High School in 1939.  The young man was doing duty with the navigation division of the crew of the Juneau.  The Juneau, one of Uncle Sam's newest cruisers, was sunk last November in the battle of Guadalcanal, in which the Japs took a terrific beating.  It was on this ship that the five SULLIVAN brothers of Waterloo, Iowa, were reported also "missing in action", the largest single loss of any single family so far in this war.  Bossie Aydlett BATEMAN of Creswell, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. BATEMAN, was also reported missing from the cruiser.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 22, 1943; pg. 1)


Pvt. Elbert W. O'NEAL, who joined the U.S. Army on November 27, 1942 at Lake Landing, has arrived at Camp Chaffee where he is assigned to the 14th Armored Division.  Pvt. O'NEAL is the son of E.T. O'NEAL and Mattie O'NEAL of Lake Landing.  In civilian life Pvt. O'NEAL was employed as welder by Marshall BAKER, Elizabeth City.  He attended Engelhard High School and finished in 1938.  The fourteenth, which was activated November 25, is commanded by Major General Vernon E. PRICHARD and is one of the newest of the hard hitting armored divisions to be organized by the Army.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 22, 1943; pg. 1)


Bainbridge, Ga., Jan. 20 - Having completed pre-flight and primary training, John Jesse MASON, son of Joseph R. MASON of Swan Quarter, is now a basic flying cadet at Bainbridge, Ga. Army Air Field.  A graduate of the Swan Quarter High School, Cadet MASON, who played football as a student, was a lumber mill foreman before joining the Air Forces in November 1939.  The local flying field, a unit of the vast Army Air Forces Southeast Training Center, is commanded by Colonel R.E.L. CHOATE, a veteran of 23 years Army experience.  After completing courses here in flying, airplane and engine operations, radio code, radio communications, military law, military hygiene, and meteorology, Cadet MASON will be sent to another field for advanced training, his last before receiving the wings and bars of a flying officer.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 22, 1943; pg. 4)


Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma - Private Mervis C. CREDLE, formerly of Scranton, N.C., is one of the soldiers stationed at this Army Air Force bombardment base.  Private CREDLE is assigned to a Guard Squadron here for duty with the military police.  He is the son of Mrs. Annie Z. CREDLE of Scranton.  Before entering the Army Private CREDLE was employed as a truck driver in Sladesville.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 29, 1943; pg. 3)


Mr. and Mrs. E.S. FISHER were called to Washington, N.C. recently due to the death of Mrs. FISHER's son, Herbert MANNING, who resided in Florida and went to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment recently.  Pneumonia set in and death followed shortly.  He was buried in Washington from the home of his sister, Mrs. Dick PERRY.  Mr. MANNING was born and raised in Sladesville.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 29, 1943; pg. 3)


Of interest to a wide circle of friend in Swan Quarter and Hyde County is the marriage of Mrs. Essie BROWN and Harry P. BARNES, prominent businessman of Creswell, on Sunday, January 17.  The ceremony characterized by simplicity and beauty, took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. & Mrs. U.G. DAVENPORT, at Creswell with the Rev. L.B. BENNETT, Creswell minister, officiating.  The ring ceremony was used.  Mrs. BARNES received her education at East Carolina Teachers' College and for the past several years has been a member of the Swan Quarter school faculty.  Mr. BARNES is the son of Mr. & Mrs. W.M. BARNES, SR. of Creswell where he is prominently identified with various business interests.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 29, 1943; pg. 4)


Carson TUNNELL, manager of the Quinn-Miller Furniture Store at Swan Quarter, R.S. SPENCER, Engelhard furniture dealer, and F.L. VOLIVA of F.L. Voliva Hardware Company in Belhaven, attended the Southern Furniture Exposition in High Point this week.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 29, 1943; pg. 4)

(The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 1)


Aviation Cadet Thomas A. HOOD, son of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey L. HOOD of Clinton and Swan Quarter, has entered the Army Air Forces Pre-Flight School at Selman Field, Monroe, Louisiana.  Trained navigators are graduating by the hundreds now and soon will be finishing in thousands at the Navigator School.  Cadet Thomas A. HOOD attended Wake Forest College, received a BA degree in 1940 and since has been teaching.  Before joining the armed forces he was employed in Swan Quarter High School as a teacher of history and coach of athletics.  He married the former Miss Janet CREDLE of Swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 1)


Mrs. Naomi Simpson O'NEAL of Ocracoke Island, was sworn in as a WAAC at Ft. Bragg on January 15.  Mrs. O'NEAL's husband, Sgt. B.L. O'NEAL, is with our armed forces in Australia and her uncle, Maj. Gen. Ira T. WYCHE, is at Camp Blanding, Fla.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for William DeVane MAULTSBY, 40, of Carver's Creek community, Bladen County, former principal of Fairfield High School, were held last Wednesday afternoon at Carver's Creek Methodist Church near Elizabethtown.  Rev. Z.V. COWAN, pastor, and Rev. C.D. BARCLIFT of Wilmington, officiated.  Mr. MAULTSBY died in Bullocks Hospital, Wilmington, Tuesday morning at one o'clock following a stroke of paralysis suffered last Saturday afternoon.  At the time of his death he was teacher in the New Hanover High School in Wilmington.  The deceased was well known in Hyde County where he served as principal of Fairfield school last year.  He was a native of Bladen County and served as county historian for a number of years.  He was a graduate of Duke University and considered a well informed student of history.  He was a Mason and had taught in schools of the state for 16 years.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Warren MAULTSBY; three sons: W.D. Jr., Jack and Thomas Neil MAULTSBY of Wilmington; two sisters: Mrs. G.E. MORGAN of Wilmington and Mrs. H.V. SANDERLIN of near Council; two brothers: Robert G. of Richmond and Thomas N. of New Bern.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 4)


Rev. J.T. LENNON, Hyde County Baptist minister, was officially ordained last Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the Swan Quarter Baptist Church in an impressive service with Dr. O.T. BRINKLEY, head of the School of Religion at Wake Forest College, preaching the ordination service.  A large congregation was present.  O.J. LENNON of Wake Forest, brother of Rev. J.T. LENNON, served as organist.  [Lengthy article]  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 4)


C.B. MIDGETT died at the Carteret County home Monday morning at 1:30 after an illness of about three weeks.  Mr. MIDGETT was born in Hyde County in 1850 and moved to Morehead City about 33 years ago.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock by his pastor, the Rev. J. HERB____, assisted by Capt. F_______ of the Salvation Army of New Bern.  Surviving is one daughter, Lillie Mae MIDGETT, a Captain in the Salvation Army of Roanoke, Virginia.  [NOTE: Council Brown MIDYETT was the son of Benjamin Harvey MIDYETT, JR. and Margaret A. SPENCER.]  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 5, 1943; pg. 4) 


A group of men, including many 18-year olds, the first to be inducted from Hyde County, left swan Quarter Saturday for Fort Bragg to begin service in some branch of military service, and another group will leave today for Fort Bragg to be examined in order that their physical fitness many be determined by army doctors.  Those leaving Saturday were inducted at Fort Bragg on January 30.  They included Flave F. SPENCER, James W. SIMMONS, Joseph W. CUTHRELL Edward E. O'NEAL and Delbert T. CUTHRELL of Fairfield; John GASKINS and Norman H. STYRON from Ocracoke; Spencer E. PAYNE of Engelhard; John S. GIBBS and Walter W. CARAWAN of Ponzer; and Flavious P. CARAWAN of Swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 12, 1943; pg. 1) 


Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, native of Fairfield, will take over her duties in Hyde County on February 13th as county health nurse, it was announced from the Swan Quarter office this week.  Miss SWINDELL succeeds Miss Minnie WHITEHURST who resigned in the fall to take a position in Robeson County.  Miss SWINDELL has recently been taking special training with the State Health Dept. in Raleigh.  She comes to Hyde County well qualified for her duties, being a graduate of the Sarah Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va., with special work at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.  She is the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Frank SWINDELL of Fairfield.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 12, 1943; pg. 1)


Sam H. BARBER, 47, popular Lake Landing man, died at the Marine Hospital in Norfolk on Sunday of injuries received in an accident in the Norfolk area where he was working.  Full details are not know as we go to press.  Mr. BARBER was well know and liked in Hyde for his friendly manners.  Until recently he had operated Barber's Shanty, a recreation center, which he started several years ago.  He also operated tourist cabins for tourists coming to Lake Mattamuskeet.  Funeral services were held from St. George's Episcopal Church Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jean Mitchell BARBER; three sons: Sam, Billy and Jack; one daughter [not named]; and two sisters: Mrs. T.E. SANDERSON of Lake Landing and Mrs. A.C.D. NOE of Bath.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 19, 1943; pg. 1) 


The home of John C. RESPASS, Engelhard farmer and Justice of the Peace, burned to the ground Monday afternoon about two o'clock.  Most of the furnishings were saved.  The fire caught from a faulty chimney.  The blaze whipped by a strong north wind quickly enveloped the two story house and the kitchen annex.  Volunteers from Engelhard and Middletown fought the blaze for more than an house and kept it from spreading to the other farm buildings.  The Engelhard fire truck arrived too late to be of assistance.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 19, 1943; pg. 1)


Mrs. Thomas H. WAHAB of Ocracoke, 37, died Monday night at 7 o'clock in a Morehead City hospital where she was taken the day before in a critical condition. Surviving are her husband and five children. The body was taken to Atlantic where it was carried by mail boat to Ocracoke for funeral rites and burial.  [NOTE: Mrs. Thomas Harvey WAHAB was the former Virginia O'NEAL.]  (The Dare County Times - Friday, February 26, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie SPENCER, 68, a Fairfield resident who died at her home last Wednesday night following six weeks' illness, were held at the home Thursday afternoon at 3:30 with Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery near Fairfield.  Surviving are her husband, Lonnie SPENCER; one daughter, Mrs. W.P. LEWIS; and one son, Ralph SPENCER, both of Fairfield.  There were 6 grandchildren, one brother, Charlie WILLIAMS, and one sister, Mrs. Susan W. GIBBS of Fairfield.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 5, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Mrs. Rena Sparrow JENNETTE, 72, who died at her Lake Landing home Saturday morning, March 13, at 7:30 a.m. following a three weeks illness, were held at the home Sunday morning at 11 o'clock with the Rev. Sidney MATTHEWS of New Bern officiating.  Interment followed in Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter.  The deceased was a well-known citizen of Hyde County and was the widow of T.H. JENNETTE.  Prior to her marriage she was Miss Rena SPARROW of Aurora.  For many years she was a faithful member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Lake Landing and was prominent in civic affairs of her section all of the years spent in Hyde County.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. W.H. ROBBINS of Burgaw; two sons: T.A. JENNETTE of the home and Major S.E. JENNETTE, U.S. Army, now in foreign service; four grandsons, one granddaughter; three sisters: Mrs. Nita STYRON and Mrs. Cora CHERRY, both of Aurora, and Mrs. W.C. PIVER of New Jersey; one brother, Paul T. SPARROW of Aurora.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 19, 1943; pg. 1)


Young Howard BLAKE, son of Mr. & Mrs. J.L. BLAKE of Fairfield, recently scored the highest average grade among 1200 men taking examinations at the Notre Dame Midshipmen's School, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, it was learned this week from official headquarters.  An article appeared in the Hyde Herald last week from Notre Dame stating that the young Hyde County boy, who graduated from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson last January, was there for training and that he had had an outstanding record in scholarship and activities while in school.  It is also interesting to note that in addition to this that he worked most of his way through college and finished in three and a half years.  BLAKE is only 20 years old.  He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1939.  When the Fairfield man completes his four months course, which include seamanship, navigation and ordnance and the duties of a naval officer, he will become an officer with the rank of ensign and will be assigned to active duty.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 19, 1943; pg. 4)


Thieves broke into the store of D.W. CUTHRELL, Fairfield merchant, Wednesday night, March 17, shortly after one o'clock and stole the cash register, a number of pairs of stockings, cigarettes and gas from the gas tank, it was reported this week by Sheriff Pratt WILLIAMSON of Swan Quarter.  The cash register was found the following day in a canal ditch in the New Land section near Fairfield.  It had been beaten open and the 600 pennies and few checks which had been in the register at closing time were missing.  The Hyde sheriff also stated that he was working on the case and that several suspects were being spotted and would be investigated.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 26, 1943; pg. 1)


Staff Sergeant Robert BROWN of the U.S. Army and Mrs. BROWN wish to announce the birth of a daughter, Ora Jean, on March 3 at a hospital in Tampa, Fla.  Sergeant BROWN, who is now stationed at Tampa, is formerly of Swan Quarter.  Mrs. BROWN was the former Miss Ora Banks ROBERTS of Suffolk, Va.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 26, 1943; pg. 4)


Mrs. Don HARRIS of Swan Quarter received a telegram Saturday from the Navy Department advising her that her son, William Jay JONES (Billy), fireman first class, has been killed in action.  Young JONES, who was 18 years old on January 4, volunteered for service two years ago last August.  He attended Swan Quarter and Belhaven High Schools, graduating from the latter in 1941.  On entering the Navy, he was stationed at the Mechanic's School, Norfolk Navy Yard.  After completing his training there he was ordered to sea duty where he had been serving up until the time of his death.  Surviving in addition to his mother are his father, Radford JONES of Belhaven; one sister, Mrs. John MOORE of Southport; a brother, Clifton JONES of Swan Quarter; paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Cale JONES of Belhaven; maternal grandfather, George CARAWAN of Swan Quarter; one nephew, John MOORE, JR. of Southport.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, March 26, 1943; pg. 4)


Funeral services for Capt. Richard SWINDELL, 72, of Swan Quarter, were held from the home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Interment was in Soule Cemetery.  Captain "Dick", as he was commonly known around Swan Quarter, passed away Friday morning at Fowle Memorial Hospital after an illness of three weeks.  Capt. SWINDELL, until recent years, operated a freight boat from Swan Quarter to Washington, New Bern and other points.  His was a familiar face around the waterfronts of many coastal towns where he sailed to carry produce and bring back merchandise.  Surviving are his wife, who before marriage was Miss Alice BERRY, of Swan Quarter; one son, E.H. SWINDELL; one sister, Mrs. C.F. BENSON; and two grandsons: Wade and Ralph SWINDELL, all of Swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 2, 1943; pg. 1)


The Clyde BERRY's of the North Lake section of Hyde County have been pointed out by the Farm Security Administration as a typical farm family in wartime.  It is symbolic of what many other families just like this family in Hyde County and other counties are doing on their farms to help increase food production in face of wartime obstacles.  For the past 47 years Mr. and Mrs. BERRY have been citizens of this county and since marriage have been farming.  "We've had some good years as well as bad years:, said Mrs. BERRY, "but I tell Clyde that the Lord will help provide when things appear the darkest".  As an example she pointed to what happened in 1942.  "The Agricultural Adjustment Administration cut our cotton allotment from 2 to 1.7 acres", Mrs. BERRY continued.  "Clyde and I picked cotton ourselves and after weighing it, we had picked 1300 pounds of lint cotton from the 1.7 acres".  Full service does not stop at home with the BERRYs.  Handicapped by an arm needing an operation, Mrs. BERRY canned 446 quarts of a good quality and variety of fruits and vegetables, even including soybeans for her own family, and assisted her neighbors in canning over 3000 quarts in 1942.  During the year before she helped can around 2000 quarts.  The BERRYs own a farm consisting of 43 acres with only 18 acres in cultivation, which is usually considered too small a unit.  However, they produced 78 bushels of soybeans, 155 bushels of corn and 20 bushels of wheat.  They also sold one calf, one hog, some poultry and 1200 dozen eggs for an income of $439.00 in addition to their crop sales.  They now have 250 laying hens, two sows, 18 shoats, two cows, two calves, one mule and a few plows.  They keep a record of income and expenses on the regular record book furnished by the Farm Security Administration.  For 1943 they plan to enlarge their poultry house and produce more poultry and eggs for sale.  When asked about their future plans, they both brightened and said that they planned to buy more land when their son, who is now serving in the armed forces, returns home so that the farm would be large enough to support them.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 2, 1943; pg. 4)


Funeral services for Mat BERRY of Engelhard were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Engelhard Christian Church with the Rev. J.T. BROWN, pastor, officiating.  Interment was in the Fulford Cemetery.  Mr. BERRY died early Saturday morning following an illness of several months.  He had been critically ill for many weeks.  Mr. BERRY, a life-long resident of Hyde County, was well liked in his community where he was known as a good neighbor and a good citizen.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Harris BERRY; two daughters: Miss Mattie BERRY of Engelhard and Miss Magdalene BERRY of Manteo; four sons: William and Cecil of Manteo, Beamon of Engelhard, and Bryan, a prisoner of war in Japan.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 9, 1943; pg. 4)


Mrs. Adeline PAYNE of Gulrock, who celebrated her 89th birthday Sunday.   Mrs. PAYNE was 89 Saturday, April 10.  She is one of the oldest citizens in Hyde County.  The party Sunday, which was much on the order of a family reunion, was the ninth such celebration to be held in as many years.  127 guests registered.  Most of them were relatives.  All of Mrs. PAYNE's children were present.  They are Mesdames J.J. WHITE of Belhaven, T.M. CREDLE of Swan Quarter, Mollie CASON of Lenore and Addie GIBBS, J.M. PUGH and W.B. PAYNE of Gulrock.  Also at the celebration were 2 great-grandchildren, Leslie and Bette SIMMONS, children of Mr. & Mrs. J.L. SIMMONS of Fairfield.  Mrs. PAYNE, who has been ill for the past month, was not able to be out with the guests.  Mrs. PAYNE has lived in Hyde County all of her life.  She was born at Lake Landing, near Nebraska, the daughter of the late Sam BROOKS and Penelope Swindell BROOKS.  She has been living at Gulrock for 63 years and is the oldest member of the Methodist church there, which is said to be the oldest Methodist Church in Hyde County.  [A photo of Mrs. Payne accompanied this article but was too light to scan.]  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Miss Nelia WESTON, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. S.W. WESTON of swan Quarter, who is at present a member of the Rockingham school faculty, has been accepted for service with the WAACS, having recently enlisted at the recruiting station in Charlotte.  At the close of her present school term in June she will report to Daytona Beach, Fla. for training.  It is understood that Miss WESTON made an exceptionally good showing on her mental tests and that she has a good possibility of being considered as a candidate for officer's training.  She holds an A.B. and Master's degree from Duke University.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Linwood B. MARSHALL, 36, Engelhard man who died Monday, April 5th at State Sanatorium where he had been a patient for the past three and a half years, were held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at Amity Church at Lake Landing with the Rev. J.R. REGAN, pastor, in charge.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.  Survivors include his father, S.S. MARSHALL; his step-mother, Mrs. Patsy Stowe MARSHALL; three brothers: John and Fred of Engelhard and Lloyd of Norfolk; one sister, Mrs. R.L. PATRICK of Engelhard; five half-sisters: Mrs. Shaw BONNER of Washington, N.C., Mrs. Ephron CAHOON of Charlotte, Edla and Annie of Engelhard and Thelma of the WAAC; and two half-brothers: Sam of the U.S. Army and Billy of Engelhard.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Mrs. Caddie McKINNEY, 61, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Len GARRIS in Scranton last Saturday, were held Monday afternoon at the home with Elder J.L. ROSS of the Primitive Baptist Church in Scranton, officiating.  Interment followed in Soule Cemetery.  The deceased had been in failing health for some time but her death came suddenly last week.  Survivors are as follows: sons, Robert Linwood and Edward McKINNEY; daughters: Misses Carrie, Thelma and Mesdames Len GARRIS and Romas McKINNEY, all of Hyde County.  Two children preceded her her in death.  She is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS of swan Quarter and Mesdames Sula and Lula HARRIS of Roanoke Rapids.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


John GIBBS, son of Mrs. S.M. GIBBS of Engelhard, reported to Fort Bragg Wednesday for military service.  GIBBS, a student at State College, was called up in a class of reserves.  P.D. MIDGETTE, III, son of P.D. MIDGETTE, JR., also of Engelhard, reported to Fort Bragg Saturday, April 3.  MIDGETTE, a student at The Citadel, was also called up by the Reserve Corps.  Both men have received military training at college.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Mrs. Laura SPENCER of Middletown, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the Rev. J.T. BROWN officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery.  Mrs. SPENCER died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.C. McKINNEY in Middletown Monday morning at 10 o'clock after an illness of several weeks.  Mrs. SPENCER was a life long resident of Hyde County.  She was twice married.  Surviving are her daughter and one son, Dennis SELBY of Engelhard.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Norfleet L. MANN, Lake Landing postmaster, will soon be relieved of his duties with the Post Office Dept. because of neglect in handling office affairs.  W.W. WATSON has been appointed to serve as acting postmaster when MANN is officially relieved of his duties.  MANN, well-liked and highly respected in his community, is reported to have neglected to attend to the duties of his office during the Christmas rush making his reports incomplete when the post office inspector made a check-up visit to Hyde County during January.  Mr. MANN was notified last week that he would shortly be relieved of his duties and W.W. WATSON was notified of his appointment as acting postmaster.  MANN has been postmaster at Lake Landing for more than 7 years.  He was appointed acting postmaster in February 1936 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ed SWINDELL and received his regular appointment in July of the same year.  Mr. WATSON, widely known farmer, former chairman of the Hyde County Board of County Commissioners, has served as assistant RFD mail carrier at the Lake Landing office for S.M. FISHER and has therefore had some experience in postal work.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, April 23, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Phyllis Ann SWINDELL, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin SWINDELL of Swan Quarter, were held Friday afternoon at the home with Rev. J.T. LENNON assisted by Rev. C.W. GUTHRIE officiating.  Interment was in Soule Cemetery.  The young girl died at the Tayloe Hospital in Washington last Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. following a long illness.  Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Georgia Carawan SWINDELL; her father, Marvin SWINDELL; and three brothers: Roy, W.J. and Arene SWINDELL; one sister, Sandra SWINDELL.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, May 21, 1943; pg. 3)


Roxana REYNOLDS, Negro housewife of the Green Hill section of Lake Landing township, who shot and killed Charlie MACKEY, colored, when he entered her yard after she ordered him not to November 21, 1942, was found guilty of manslaughter in Hyde County Superior Court last week and sentenced to not less than two and not more than four years in the state prison.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, May 28, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Samuel GIBBS, 56, who died Thursday morning at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lena MIDGETT of Skyco, were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Wanchese Methodist Church with Rev. J.W. SNEEDEN officiating.  Mr. GIBBS was buried with Masonic honors conducted by the Wanchese Lodge #521.  Pallbearers were R.S. COX, J.S. HARRIS, N.L. MANN, B.B. FULFORD, J.H. HARRIS and J.M. LONG, all of Engelhard, and members of the Masonic Lodge there.  Mr. GIBBS was a native of Engelhard, Hyde County, and had lived there until about two years ago when he and Mrs. GIBBS moved to Skyco to care for Mrs. GIBBS' invalid mother.  He had been in poor health for some time prior to his death.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Midgett GIBBS of Skyco; and one daughter, Miss Olga GIBBS of Washington, D.C.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, June 4, 1943; pg. 1)


Dr. J.S. GUY of Washington, N.C. is locating in Hyde County with his office in the Williams Building at Swan Quarter.  He is installing the first ex-ray equipment to be brought to the county to be used in general practice.  Dr. GUY, the son of an Army officer, spent his youth in Virginia.  He was educated in Europe.  He is a graduate of the Kirksville, (Mo.) College of Osteopathy and the Ecole de Medicine in Paris, France.  He did post graduate work in London, Berlin, Florence and Vienna.  Dr. GUY, who says he prefers the practice of osteopathy to medicine, although he is also a medical doctor, has done some work in Hyde County before.  He worked Dr. J.W. MILLER's practice at Engelhard while the latter was away on vacation during the early spring.  Mrs. GUY and their two children, Peggy and Edward, will make their home at Swan Quarter with Dr. GUY.  Mrs. GUY is a native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Before her marriage she was Countess Elizabeth VAN HOLLENKAMP, the descendant of a well-known Dutch family.  Dr. GUY says he prefers the small community to the large city.  He reports that he had found the people in Hyde County very friendly.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, June 4, 1943; pg. 2)


The June 16 marriage of Mrs. Lillie ETHERIDGE of Roanoke Island to Mr. Addison B. SWINDELL of Engelhard, Hyde County, is of much interest because of the prominence of the couple.  Mr. SWINDELL is a well known contractor and farmer of Hyde County and has been engaged in work on Roanoke Island for more than a year.  Mrs. ETHERIDGE, who has been an active church and community worker, is the widow of the late Capt. Adam ETHERIDGE of Roanoke Island.  They will make their home principally on Roanoke Island although they plan to spend some time in Hyde County.  Both parties are very popular and have a wide circle of friends.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, June 18, 1943; pg. 2)


The number of Hyde County boys held prisoners of war by the Japanese jumped from two to three last week when the War Department revealed that Benga Green CARAWAN of Scranton had been captured by the Japs in the Pacific War.  CARAWAN, who lived with Daniel David SPENCER of Scranton, who was his guardian, was a pharmacist's mate third class in the Navy.  He is the second man from Scranton to fall prisoner of the Japanese.  Pvt. Travis FLOWERS was captured during the fall of the Philippines.  Bryan BERRY, son of Mrs. Nancy BERRY and the late Mat BERRY of Engelhard, was the first Hyde boy to gall into the hands of the Japs.  He, also a pharmacist's mate, was captured when Guam fell early in the war.  The list of Hyde County men reported killed, missing or prisoners grows as the war spreads to all corners of the earth and the fury of the fighting increases.  It is said that the number lost in this war already exceeds that of the last war, and many leading men see the end of the present struggle as being something of the far-distant future.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, June 25, 1943; pg. 2)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth DUNBAR, 78, of New Lake, were held Sunday afternoon at the home with the Rev. Allen WILSON officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery.  Mrs. DUNBAR died Saturday morning at 7:30 o'clock in the Tayloe Hospital in Washington.  She had been a patient there for the past week or ten days.  Surviving are one son, Leon DUNBAR of Pinetown; five daughters [only 4 named]: Mrs. Beatrice ADAMS of Pungo, Mrs. Della OWENS of Virginia Beach, Mrs. Dell SEXTON of Kilean and Mrs. Cora ARMSTRONG of New Lake; and 22 grandchildren.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, July 2, 1943; pg. 1)


William HARRIS, 21 year old son of Mrs. Mattie HARRIS of Engelhard, was a member of the crew of the transport McCawley which was recently sunk in Pacific fighting, but good news fro HARRIS' family and friends was the announcement that all the crew was saved.  HARRIS, a boatswain mate, second class, has been in the Navy three years.  He entered the service shortly after graduating at the Engelhard High School and received his basic training at Norfolk, Va.  The McCawley was sunk in offensive fighting in the Solomons which began July 1.  The shop was badly damaged by an aerial torpedo and later sunk by an enemy submarine.  All crew memebers were reported saved.  Lost in the operations which lasted several days was the light cruiser Helena and the destroyer Strong.  The first was sunk on the morning of July 6 and the latter on the night of the 4-5th.  The HARRIS family received a letter from him 2 weeks ago.  It was written before the ship was sunk.  No word has been received from him since the sinking.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, July 16, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Leigh BARNES of Cherry, Washington County and native of Engelhard, were held last Wednesday afternoon from the Mount Tabor Baptist Church near Creswell with the Rev. S.W. WILSON officiating.  Interment was made in the cemetery at the Mount Tabor Church.  Mrs. BARNES passed away in the Columbia Hospital last Monday afternoon at 4:36 o'clock following al illness of many months.  She had been in failing health for quite some time but was confined to her bed only a short time before her death which was ascribed to rheumatic fever.  She was 21 years old.  Surviving are her husband; one son, Larry Wade BARNES age 15 months old; her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Gibbs BERRY of Engelhard; three sisters: Mrs. Sophie SHEPARD of Pungo, Mrs. Lenora HARRIS of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mrs. Eva Gray SPRUILL of Columbia; and four brothers: Bliss BERRY of Philadelphia, Pa., O.W. BERRY of Engelhard and Ben and Bill BERRY of Norfolk.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, July 23, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for Samuel PUGH of Belhaven, native of the Juniper Bay section of Hyde County, were held Thursday afternoon from the home of his sister, Mrs. Jesse GURGANUS in Washington with the Rev. MIZELLE officiating.  Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery.  PUGH passed away in a Washington hospital last Wednesday as the result of injuries received last Sunday morning about one o'clock when he was struck by a hit and run driver on the Belhaven-Sidney road.  A companion, Rodelle SAWYER, of Sidney, Beaufort County, received minor injuries.  The dead man was born in the Juniper Bay section of Hyde County on March 25, 1893, a son of Mrs. Nancy Jones PUGH and the late Samuel PUGH.  He had been living at Belhaven for the past several years where he was employed with the A.G. Boyd Logging Company.  He was a veteran of World War I.  Surviving are his mother; two sons: Geo. L. PUGH of Greenville and N.L. PUGH of Rocky Mount; two daughters: Mrs. Nita Mae ASBY of Bath and Miss Margaret PUGH of Rocky Mount; one half-brother, Jamie SILVERTHORNE of Washington; and three half-sisters: Mrs. Minnie GURGANUS, Mrs. Annie WOOLARD and Mrs. Maggie GURGANUS, all of Washington.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, July 23, 1943; pg. 1)


Bessie GREEN, elderly colored woman of near Swan Quarter, was injured in a wreck near Lake Landing Saturday night to be the second person hurt in an automobile accident in Hyde County in two weeks according to Patrolman C.E. WHITFIELD.  The colored woman was hurt when the automobile of her son, Elisha GREEN, with whom she was riding, collided with one driven by Robert SELBY of Engelhard between Barber's Shanty and the Lake Landing post office Saturday night about 10:15.  According to information gathered by Patrolman WHITFIELD who investigated the wreck, SELBY was driving on the wrong side of the road and was traveling at a rapid rate of speed.  Witnesses told the patrolman that the GREEN car left the highway in an effort to avoid the collision.  SELBY was arrested for reckless driving and will be tried in the August term of County court on Monday, August 9th.  The wreck Saturday night was the second in two weeks.  The other one occurred near Nebraska when an automobile driven by Malcolm GIBBS ran into a truck belonging to R.L. Gibbs & Co.  A colored by was seriously hurt in this highway mishap.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 6, 1943; pg. 1)


Ensign Thurston J. MANN, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. MANN of Lake Landing, took part in the historic invasion of Sicily, thereby winning for himself the honor of having participated in the greatest fleet operation in history. MANN is the first Hyde County boy reported to the Herald, to have taken part in this great military move. MANN, who taught agriculture at Columbia in Tyrrell County before enlisting, came out of the engagement without a scratch, although he says he was a bit scared. Here is how he told it in a letter to editor Tom SPENCER, a schoolmate and close friend: "Well, old boy I am pretty lucky. You see I happened to take part in the invasion of Sicily and although I know what it means to be dive bombed, strafed and shelled, I consider it quite an honor to have had a hand, small as it may have been, in what we all hope is the beginning of the end of this war. Yes, I came out without a scratch, but I must admit I spent some uncomfortable hours."  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 6, 1943; pg. 4)


Nash. Army Air Center (AAFCC) - Sergeant Roy CARAWAN, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus H. CARAWAN of swan Quarter, has just been promoted from the grade of corporal here.  He is a graduate of Swan Quarter High School.  Sgt. CAHOON [should read CARAWAN] has been visiting his parents in Swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 20, 1943; pg. 4)


Swan Quarter and Hyde County lost one of its largest mercantile firms when Misters B.W. and E.A. WILLIAMS sold their entire stock of merchandise to a New York Jewish establishment last week.  The firm of Williams & Williams had served Hyde County people since 1919 when it was started by Messrs. B.W. WILLIAMS and O.S. HOWARD and known as Howard & Williams.  Mr. E.A. WILLIAMS became a partner in the firm in 1937, taking over the Howard interest.  The partners carried a complete line of merchandise, feeds, seeds, farm implements, building supplies, hardware, dry goods, notions and groceries.  It employed from one to four people the year around besides the owners who were always on the job serving their customers.  It was only after much thought that they sold their stock, but [smudged] for help and finding merchandise scares they decided to go out of business.  The wife of Mr. B.W. WILLIAMS is sick a great deal of the time, making it so that he could not be on the job as much as he should.  Reports reaching The Herald said that several other merchants were considering selling out their stocks.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 27, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral services for C.L. DUNBAR, about 70, native of Hyde County, were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Mount Olive Christian Church at Ponzer with the Rev. Dennis Warren DARRIS? officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Mr. DUNBAR was born in Hyde County a son of the late Benjamin and Mary Gowers DUNBAR.  He moved to the Wenona community when a young man and late became on of that community's most prominent farmers and in addition held wide logging interest.  He was a member of the First Christian Church of Wenona and was highly regarded by all who knew him.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Smithwick DUNBAR; two sons: Hilton DUNBAR of the Army and Hubert DUNBAR of Wenona; one daughter, Mrs. Golden WILLIAMS of Newport News, Va.; five brothers: Jay DUNBAR, Wheeler DUNBAR and Rufus DUNBAR of Elizabeth City, Hertford DUNBAR of Scranton and Eddie DUNBAR of Ponzer; one sister, Mrs. Blanche SATTERTHWAITE of Ponzer; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death some years ago by two brothers: Ben DUNBAR and Dallas DUNBAR of Wenona; and by two sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth BISHOP and Mrs. Margaret BAYNOR of Ponzer.  Active pallbearers were Kinsie SMITHWICK, J.E. SMITHWICK, Cleveland SMITHWICK and G.L. SQUIRES, all of Ponzer, D.L. SMITHWICK of Belhaven and R.W. PAUL of Pike Road.  Honorary pallbearers were A.P. LEFEVER, Ernest ROSE, W.E. ALLEN, C.S. HYNEN, D.J. ALLEN, C.B. MANNING, J.F. CARTER and Staton HARRIS, all of Wenona, F.L. VOLIVA and Raleigh JACKSON of Belhaven, N.L. PAUL, Stephen FLETCHER, and E.L. DUNBAR of Pike Road, Jesse DAVIS of Ponzer and Golden WILLIAMS of Newport News, Va.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 27, 1943; pg. 1)


Miss Margaret BURRUS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. BURRUS of Engelhard, became the bride of Mr. Denton GIBBS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben GIBBS of Lake Landing in a quiet ceremony at her home last Saturday evening.  Only a few close relatives were present.  The Rev. J.R. REGAN officiated.  The couple will make their home at Lake Landing.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, August 27, 1943; pg. 1)


Funeral rites for Mrs. Mary BURRUS, 86, native of Hyde County, were held Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the graveside in the Fairfield Cemetery with the Rev. GUTHRIE officiating.  Mrs. BURRUS died at the home of her son, Jim BURRUS, in Belhaven Saturday following a critical illness of two days.  She had been in failing health for some time.  Surviving are a son, Jim BURRUS of Belhaven and one grandson.  NOTE:  In Memory Of indicates Mrs. Mary BURRUS was the former Mary Jane MANN, daughter of Thomas MANN and Dorcas Jane GIBBS.  Her husband was James Carter BURRUS who died in 1926.  In Memory Of indicates Mary was buried in the Thomas Mann Cemetery.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, September 3, 1943; pg. 1)


J Roland DUNBAR, 62-year old farmer of Rt. 2, Swan Quarter, died suddenly Monday while out in the field working.  He was working along with his son when death, attributed to a heart attack, came.  Coroner D.L. BERRY was called but after an examination he held that no inquest was necessary and that the death was due to a heart attack.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Mt. Olive Cemetery.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, September 10, 1943; pg. 1) 


Funeral services for Willis R. SWINDELL, 77, of the Rose Bay section of Hyde County, were held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Mount Olive Christian Church at Ponzer with the Rev. Joe SAUNDERS officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Mr. SWINDELL passed away in Tayloe Hospital in Washington Sunday morning at 2:10 o'clock following the removal of his right leg which had been giving him trouble for some time, apparently as the result of a stroke of paralysis several years ago.  He did not survive the operation.  Mr. SWINDELL was a life long resident of Hyde County.  He was born April 17, 1866, the son of the late John and Allie Clock [Clark] SWINDELL of Swan Quarter.  He was well liked and highly respected in his community as a good citizen and a good neighbor.  The Rose Bay man was a leader in the work of his church and was one of the oldest members of the Swan Quarter Christian Disciple Church.  He has one son who is a minister in South Carolina.  Mr. SWINDELL was twice married.  His first wife died in 1935.  He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Jennie Sawyer SWINDELL; two sons: Allen D. SWINDELL of Pantego and Rev. Willie SWINDELL of South Carolina; and one daughter, Mrs. J.B. HODGES of Swan Quarter.  NOTE:  Willis Redden SWINDELL died September 12, 1943.  His first wife was Mrs. Rebecca Frances (Linton) PORTER who died November 16, 1935.  His second wife was Jennie Lee (Sawyer) SWINDELL who died March 15, 1952.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, September 17, 1943; pg. 4) 


Thos. W. HOWARD, the beloved and genial retired Ocracoke postmaster, after 35 years of service to his people, decided upon a Labor Day holiday and went to Baltimore to visit his nephew, Stanley WAHAB, the Ocracoke boy who has gone up in the world in the furniture business.  Before he saw Stanley, he stopped at a lunch counter and when he reached for his pocketbook to pay his bill, he discovered it gone through a razor slit in his hip pocket.  There was missing $65.  He reported his troubles to a nearby policeman who loaned him $3.  Mr. HOWARD was amazed to find a manifestation of such trust on the part of a stranger.  The next day Stanley sent the policeman a check and a note of thanks for the courtesy to his uncle.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 1, 1943; pg. 1)

[from the Hyde County Herald]

Engelhard and Hyde County suffered a great loss with the passing of Closs GIBBS last Wednesday, the effects of which will be felt for some time to come.  Few Hyde Countians have been more devoted to the county or done more for it.  It saddens a community to see such a citizen go on.  Closs GIBBS was devoted to this section of North Carolina where he spent his entire life.  He loved every inch of it and he always boosted it.  No one worked harder for the advancement of the community than he.  Mr. GIBBS had unusual business talents and because of these he acquired a great amount of worldly wealth, which he unselfishly shared with his community.  He always gave more than his share to worthy undertakings.  Mr. GIBBS was a lover of the soil and devoted much time to agriculture.  He was a progressive farmer and he passed on his idea to those of the county that they might benefit by his knowledge.  He did much toward helping bring a better system of farming to Hyde County, which in the future will mean more wealth for the citizens.  It was the thinking and working of Closs GIBBS that brought many community projects to Engelhard and Hyde County.  His whole life was built around making his home a better place to live, for he knew that when his neighbors progressed, he would progress and there would be happiness for all.  Mr. GIBBS passes away at a time when such qualities of leadership are needed more than ever before.  Men like him are needed to carry on while the men are away so that the community will advance and grow and be able to take care of returning servicemen.  Never before in history have community leaders with progressive ideas and qualities of leadership been needed more than they are now.  The death of such men are keenly felt.  The curtain has been pulled down on the life of Closs GIBBS, but the results of his deeds stand as a shining monument to one devoted to his community and his neighbors.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 15, 1943; pg. 2)


    Funeral services for Closs GIBBS, 64, of Engelhard, were held Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Amity Methodist Church at Lake Landing with the Rev. J.R. REGAN, pastor, assisted by the Rev. J.T. BROWN, Christian minister, officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Mr. GIBBS passed away shortly after noon Wednesday in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. following an illness of several months.  He had been ill since early Spring and had been in a critical condition for the past few weeks.
    Engelhard and Hyde County lost one of their most progressive, valuable and outstanding citizens with the passing of Mr. GIBBS.  It will be hard to find someone to fill his place.
    Closs GIBBS was born September 12, 1879, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.E.P. GIBBS of Engelhard.  He spent his entire life in Hyde County.  Mr. GIBBS married a prominent Engelhard woman, Miss Maude GIBBS, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.S. GIBBS.  She passed away in 1938 following a long illness.  There were four children by this marriage.  Two of them, Lancy Wade and Gilbert, are surviving.
    Mr. GIBBS had many interests in the county, including farming, merchandising, banking and lumber.  He was one of the oldest and largest merchants in Hyde County, succeeding his father in business.  The Engelhard man was one of Hyde's largest land owners, and for years, was its largest individual tax payer.  He farmed hundreds of acres and few had more knowledge about agriculture in Hyde County than he did.  He was a great stock farmer and had many cattle and hogs on his farms.
    In the field of merchandising, Mr. GIBBS became widely known along the coast country, and hundreds of buyers came to his large two-story, well-stocked store in Engelhard to trade and sell their farm produce.  He kept good merchandise and advertised it.
    Mr. GIBBS was a leading stock holder in the Engelhard Banking and Trust Company and was one of its directors.  Lumber was another business in which Mr. GIBBS engaged and at times owned his own mills, and at other times was in partnership with other men.  He was owner of much swamp and wood land.
    Mr. GIBBS was well known in Hyde County political circles.  he served one term in the State House of Representatives and before that served on the Board of County Commissioners.  He was the first Mayor of the town of Engelhard and served in that capacity until he was succeeded by J.M. LONG in 1940.
    Closs GIBBS was an active church worker and took great interest in the activities of the Engelhard Methodist Church of which he was a member.  He donated money to have the church rebuilt after the first frame to the walls became rotten from a leaky roof.
    Mr. GIBBS was a charter member of the Engelhard Rotary Club and was an active member until he was taken ill several months ago.  He served one term as President of the club.
    Mr. P.D. MIDGETTE, manager of the Pamlico Ice and Light Company and civic leader said of Closs GIBBS, "He was one of the most progressive citizens in Hyde County and was more receptive of progressive ideas than anyone I know."  Tony SPENCER, a contemporary and life-long friend, said "He was a worthwhile citizen who was always ready to work for the community good, although often his work was not appreciated.  When some project was undertaken for the community you could always count Closs GIBBS in to give ten percent.  That is what you can call a free-hearted, public spirited citizen."  J.H. JARVIS, another contemporary and life-long friend and community leader said "He was the most public spirited man I have ever known.  He was always planning something to help the community without regard to what it would cost him."
    Surviving are two sons, Lancy Wade and Gilbert and one brother, Frank, all of Engelhard.  Pallbearers were S.S. NEAL, Glenn MARSHALL, Charles BAYNE, Roy MARSHALL, A.J. NEAL, and Fred MARSHALL.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 15, 1943; pg. 4)


Funeral services for Foster L. JARVIS, 45, native of Swan Quarter, were held at the graveside in the family cemetery near Swan Quarter Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with the Rev. C.W. GUTHRIE officiating.  Mr. JARVIS, who has been employed as an engineer on a merchant vessel for many years, died last Thursday in the Roosevelt Hospital in New York following a short illness.  He was the son of the late Capt. Foster JARVIS of Swan Quarter.  Surviving are his wife [not named]; three sons [not named], all in the Navy; and two sisters: Mrs. SMYTH who lives in Canada and Mrs. Seth B. CREDLE of Swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 22, 1943; pg. 1)


Ex-Sheriff S.O. JONES of Hyde County and Merle JONES, mail carrier of Engelhard and Swan Quarter, were indicted for fighting in the village of Swan Quarter Tuesday, October 12 and each are being held under $100 bond for their appearance at the November Term of Recorder's Court.  The warrants were sworn out by Sheriff WILLIAMSON.  Merle JONES got the worst of the bargain in the fight, which is said to have come about after a quarrel.  His face was badly scratched in the tussle.  Details will be aired in court.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 22, 1943; pg. 1)


A fire which caught in the roof of the Hyde County courthouse from a faulty chimney Monday afternoon about 2:30 temporarily stopped the session of Superior Court which had convened that morning, when it appeared that the building would be destroyed or at least badly damaged by the blaze.  Before a volunteer crowd with buckets and axes put out the fire, the courtroom was vacated with the judge, members of the bar and spectators leaving the building which appeared doomed.  They were able to return in about 15 minutes.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 22, 1943; pg. 1)


The engagement of Miss Alvera ENSLEN of St. Louis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. ENSLEN of Mexico, Missouri, to Lieut. Avery WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter, was announced Sunday, October 3 at a tea given by the prospective bride's mother at their home in Mexico, Mo.  No date has been set for the wedding.  Miss ENSLEN, who recently visited Lt. WILLIAMS' parents at Swan Quarter, attended the school of fine arts at Washington University.  She is now employed as dress designer for the Jo Jane Frock Company, St. Louis.  Lt. WILLIAMS attended the Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton and graduated from N.C. College, Raleigh.  He was formerly employed in Mexico, Mo.  He is now stationed with the Army in the Pacific.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 22, 1943; pg. 1)


Lancy Wade GIBBS, 28, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Closs GIBBS of Engelhard shot and killed himself just before dawn Friday morning nine days after his father died in the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.  Young GIBBS had been in ill health for several years and it is thought that his and the loss of his father caused him to commit the act of suicide.  He returned from Duke Hospital Thursday night about 10:30.  There was no one home and he entered the house by breaking a window.  GIBBS shot himself in the head with a 12-guage shotgun.  He was seated on the floor in his father's bedroom.  He was found shortly before noon Friday by his brother Gilbert, his uncle Frank GIBBS and a cousin, Robeana GIBBS.  The young man left Duke Hospital Thursday morning and came to Washington by bus.  He ran up with a friend, Buster MANN, and came on to Engelhard with him.  relatives who expected him to arrive on the evening bus in Engelhard thought possibly he had failed to make connections and was staying with friends upstate.  It was not until they learned of his arrival Friday morning that they went to his home to look for him.  Coroner D.L. BERRY was called in and in an inquest it was ruled a case of suicide.  Young GIBBS was associated with his father in the mercantile business and was well liked and highly regarded in his community.  He was one of the most popular young businessmen in Engelhard and had many friends throughout Hyde County and Eastern North Carolina.  Lancy besides being connected in the mercantile business with his father, owned a number of farms.  He was also a stockholder and director of the Engelhard Banking and Trust Company.  The young man, like his father, was progressive and took interest in community activities.  He was interested especially in the Engelhard Volunteer Fire Department of which he was a member.  Before he was taken ill several months ago and forced to drop all of his activities, he was attempting to see that this badly needed community organization was reorganized.  He was a member of the Engelhard Rotary Club and was vice-president at the time of his death.  Young GIBBS was a graduate of the Engelhard High School and attended State College.  He was forced to drop his studies because of ill health and later associated himself with his father in the mercantile business.  Funeral services were held at the Amity Methodist Church at Lake Landing Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock with the Rev. J.R. REGAN, pastor, assisted by the Rev. J.T. BROWN, officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Surviving are one brother, Gilbert, and one uncle, Frank, both of Engelhard.  Pallbearers were Murrell MARSHALL, Clement MILLER, Roy MARSHALL, Ben MIDGETTE, Jack BRITTAIN and Earl HARDISON.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 22, 1943; pg. 1)


FAIRFIELD - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. HARRIS of Fairfield announce the birth of a daughter, Martha Hyman, on October 14 at the Columbia Hospital.  Mrs. HARRIS is the former Miss Ada TUNNELL of swan Quarter.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 29, 1943; pg. 2)


  Hyde County people welcomed the heavy rains of Monday afternoon and Tuesday which helped stem forest fires which were raging in some sections and fill empty cisterns upon which they depend for much of their water.  There had been no rain in Hyde in many weeks that amounted to more than a shower.  A large fire had been burning in the swamps North and East of Swan Quarter for several days before the downpour Monday.  It threatened the crops of some farmers neighboring the burning land.  The dry, smoke-filled air that hovered over Swan Quarter Monday morning and which had settled over the village many times during the past week was sickening.  Nor was swan Quarter the only community so affected in Hyde County.  On Friday morning Engelhard and part of the Lake landing section were visited with a heavy pall of smoke which came from a swamp fire in that section.  Most cisterns in the county were dry with people having to haul water from deep well pumps.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 29, 1943; pg. 2)


The following pupils from the Swan Quarter High School made the honor roll for the first report period:

(The Dare County Times - Friday, October 29, 1943; pg. 4)


Mr. and Mrs. W.J. SPENCER celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, November 7th, at their home in Engelhard.  They were married November 12th, 1893.  There are five children [only 4 were named], Mrs. H.V. GIBBS of Bath, Mrs. B.C. SPENCER and Mrs. D.H. SELBY of Engelhard, and Mrs. J.D. MASON of Williamston.  All of them were present at the celebration.  There are 10 grandchildren.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, November 12, 1943; pg. 2)


Miss Katie SWINDELL of Engelhard became the bride of H.C. HARRIS of Engelhard in a ceremony in South Mills Wednesday, November 3.  Mrs. HARRIS is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albin SWINDELL and Mr. HARRIS if the son of Mrs. Mattie HARRIS and the late Henry HARRIS.  The couple are making their home with the bride's parents.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, November 12, 1943; pg. 4)


    Frederick Edward LEE, formerly of Swan Quarter and now of Portsmouth, Va., and Charlie Mac CAHOON of Swan Quarter, were critically injured when the car in which they were traveling turned over near Rose Bay bridge Sunday morning.  Both men died in a Washington hospital where they were rushed for treatment.  Two Swan Quarter Negroes, Thomas and Bennie BLOUNT, who were in the car with the two young white men, received only minor injuries.  The young men were traveling from Swan Quarter toward Belhaven when the accident occurred.  The car which was driven by LEE and which was apparently going at a rapid rate of speed, failed to make the curve, hit and knocked down a tree, turned over several times, landing bottom-up in the road canal.
    Both white men were rushed to a Washington hospital for treatment but little hope was held for their recovery upon their entry into the institution.  LEE died shortly after being admitted and CAHOON succumbed about 11 p.m.  LEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. LEE, formerly of Swan Quarter, had resided in Hyde until several years ago.  At the time of his death he was employed at the Berkley Machine Company in Portsmouth, Va. and had been spending the week-end at his former home.  He was 28 years old.
    Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the graveside in Soule Cemetery with the Rev. C.W. GUTHRIE officiating.  Surviving are his parents; one brother, John Thomas LEE; and a sister, Miss Wilhelmina LEE, both of Norfolk.
    CAHOON, 29 at the time of his death, was engaged in farming and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Viola CAHOON of Swan Quarter; three brothers: Gilbert CAHOON of the U.S. Navy stationed at Yorktown, Va., Henry CAHOON, JR. of Swan Quarter, and John Franklin CAHOON with the Army stationed in England; and a half-brother, Sammie CAHOON of Swan Quarter.
    Last rites were held from the home Tuesday morning at 10:30 with the Rev. C.W. GUTHRIE officiating.  Interment was in Soule Cemetery.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, November 19, 1943; pg. 4)


Pre-war dads made up the greater part of the last two groups of men to leave Hyde County for induction into the armed services.  Two of the group of three white men accepted in October were pre-war fathers and three of four Negroes who have been accepted and will report for service in a dew days, were pre-war dads.  The white men accepted in October were Malcolm Stots  SIMMONS of Scranton and Macon Ottis HOWARD of Ponzer, reported for Army duty November 6. Dick O'NEAL, the only single man in the group, was accepted for Navy service October 14.  Pre-war Negro fathers who will report for duty within a few days were Moses Henry CHADWICK of Scranton, William Arnold WHITFIELD of Swan Quarter and Rufus SPENCER of New Holland.  William F. GREEN of Swan Quarter, single, will report for Army duty December 3.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, November 26, 1943; pg. 1)


Mr. and Mrs. Dewey ARMSTRONG of Engelhard announce the wedding of their daughter, Georgia, to Pvt. Robert B. MASON of Brooks Field, Ala., on November 9, 1943.  Mrs. MASON is now employed in Baltimore, Md. with the Glenn Martin Aircraft plant.  Pvt. MASON is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.M. MASON of New Holland and is now stationed at Brooks Field serving as air corps mechanic with the United States Army.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, November 26, 1943; pg. 3)


Mrs. Mary Isabelle WYNN, 65, native of Hyde county and a resident of Beaufort county for the past 55 years, died in Washington Monday after a lingering illness.  A daughter of the late William Henry GIBBS and Sarah Ann GIBBS, Mrs. WYNN was born in Engelhard on August 27, 1878.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Washington, having moved her membership from the Athens Chapel Christian Church.  On February 15, 1903, she was married to H.S. WYNN.  In addition to her husband she is survived by one daughter, Dallas Mae WYNN of Washington; one brother, William Walter GIBBS of Hyde county; and one sister, Mrs. Martha ELBORN of Bath.  Funeral services were held from the Athens Chapel Christian Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. J. Curtis JONES, pastor of the Washington First Christian Church, officiating.  Burial was made in the church cemetery.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 3, 1943; pg. 2)


Thomas R. SPENCER, 78, died at his home at Gum Neck Sunday night, November 21, after being seriously ill for the past three months.  He was a native of Hyde County but had lived in Tyrrell County for the past 32 years.  He was a prominent farmer and a member of the Christian Church.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maggie SPENCER; two daughters: Mrs. Atwood ARMSTRONG of Columbia and Mrs. William VOLIVA of near Columbia; seven sons: W.J. SPENCER of Engelhard, J.M. SPENCER of Gum Neck, J.C. SPENCER of Columbia, R. SPENCER of near Columbia, L. SPENCER and Rupert SPENCER of Gum Neck, and Thomas SPENCER of the U.S. Navy of Norfolk; 27 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 3, 1943; pg. 4)


Funeral services for Samuel L. SAWYER, 83, of Belhaven, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Trinity Methodist Church in Belhaven with the Rev. O.C. HAAS officiating.  Interment was in Mount Olive Cemetery at Ponzer.  Mr. SAWYER, a native of Currituck township, died at his home in Belhaven Friday morning.  He had been ill for several days.  The Hyde County native was engaged in the lumber business.  He was employed as timber estimator for the John L. Roper Lumber Co. until it moved from Belhaven, and then he followed the same trade for various concerns.  Surviving are his wife, Miranda CUTHRELL; four sons: Chester of Belhaven, Clyde of Norfolk, Reuben of Ponzer and Harry of Princess Anne; one daughter, Mrs. Tom EDMUNDSON of Princess Anne.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 10, 1943; pg. 1)


Sgt. Flave B. GIBBS, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. GIBBS of Engelhard, gunner on an American bomber with the North African command, was credited recently last month while on a raid over Austria.  Sgt. GIBBS shot down the Nazi fighter over Weiner Neasdadt, Austria.  Fifty Nazi planes were shot down.  The Allies lost 11.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 10, 1943; pg. 2)


Mr. and Mrs. T.D. BLAKE of Fairfield have picked 5,578 pounds of cotton this year and their sons, 8 and 11 years old, have picked 1,000 pounds.  Mr. BLAKE is a veteran of World War I and lost his right arm while serving in the army.  The work of himself and his family was done in a spirit of patriotism more than for financial gain for Uncle Sam pays a pension to Mr. BLAKE for the disability which came about while in service.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 10, 1943; pg. 2)


Miss Midlred CAHOON of Norfolk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. CAHOON of Engelhard, and Carrol HODGES of Norfolk, son of Mrs. Cora HODGES of Engelhard, were married in a simple ceremony in South Mills last Friday.  The couple will make their home in Norfolk.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 31, 1943; pg. 1)


E.C. MILLER, JR. of Middletown left Monday for service in the army.  He was the only one of a small group of Hyde County men recently up for examination that passed.  MILLER was associated with R.L. Gibbs & Company of Engelhard.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 31, 1943; pg. 1)


Floyd GIBBS, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.P. GIBBS of Engelhard, has recently been released from the army because of disability received while training in England.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, December 31, 1943; pg. 1)


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