The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia on September 11, 1958 · Page 15
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 195S NEWS Eanes By HOWARD EANES Thoughts that go through a ' column writer's mind: " : Do you often wonder why first impressions are so often unlasting? Why is it to know some people is to dislike them and others wh'om at first you disliked you seem to. think more of as time passes? Why do things and situations change ;so much once we become more familiar '.with 'them? .; Do you ever wonder why one fellow can go lickety-split down the highway and not a policeman in sight and then you (a law-abiding soul to the end) get '..caught going five miles over the speed limit? ; ' . ' You wonder, too, why you keep reading the best selling novels and then when they are made into movies you can't wait to rush to see them. Often you are dis-.. appointed, but you keep going anyway. And that suit or dress you thought you looked fine in last year. I wonder how I allowed myself on the street in that thing? I must have been blind. .* * * * Why don't thing's taste or look the same after a period of time? Have you ever eaten at -a little out-of-the-way spot and enjoyed it so much that you bragged about it to air your friends and then a year later you chance to patronize the 'same little out-of-the-way spot fn the company of some of the .bragged-to friends and HORRORS! There are sickly smiles all around as you'all sit there choking down the food that obviously has been left over from your last visit. Speaking of eating, have you ever been maneuvered into eating in a restaurant with a hard,;of-hearing relative and throughout the whole meal he discusses a mutual acquaintance who's seated two tables behind the hard of hearing relative? You stay red in the face so long that after a few days people begin to look at you and wonder. Have you "ever wondered what's the use when after you struggle and plan and just as you're about to reach your goal something comes along and dashes all your careful plans to bits? Have; you'ever wondered how dull life would be if things went along smoothly EVERY dav? * * * * ' Have you'ever wondered how you picked the rainiest week of the summer for a" vacation at the --'beach or on the river? !What with all that sunny- hot weather and you pick a week with four cold rainy days. Why is it that the newest, less experienced member of a .well-established group thinks he has the solutions-to all of the problems which have been confronting the group for years? Furthermore, without any encouragement he can tell you why everything you've done for years- has been wrong. ' i ·Why is it that" 10,000 people haven't bought tickets to the Hampden-Sydney - Emory Henry', football game to be played at Cameron Field September 27 at 8 p. m.. It is to be sponsored by the Petersburg Rotary Club, which is handling the advance sale of tickets and their community service projects are among the best. Why is it that some people make the % same mistakes over and over again . . . and others just seem to find new ones each day? * * * " * But I guess that's the way it goes. Hopewell's Golden Age Club Meets on Tuesdays (Hopewell Bureau) The Golden Age Club of Hopewell is now meeting each Tues-. day afternoon in the Community Building. The club was organized by the City Recreation Department in 1954, for the senior citizens of this area. · The only requirement for membership in the club is to be at least GO years old. There are no dues. The club has about 35 active members and 15 new-, members. This club in some ways is different from other organizations as Its members are mostly retired business men and women. The purpose of the club is to bring the "oldsters" together for an afternoon of pleasure and companionship with other people their own age. After a brief. business meeting each week the Golden Age Group settles down to an afternoon of checkers, chess,,cards or'just .visiting. . . it's up to the individual how he spends the time as no one is forced to participate in any activity.. At present the club is compiling prayers for a prayer book which will be placed in each room "of the John Randolph Hospital. In; the prayer-, book, which is entitled "Prescription for Peace", there will be prayers of all faiths including some original ones by one of the',club members, Mrs.- Gertrude Boss; : In^addition to other activities enjoyed.by...the group throughput thc'yea? the .club has -an Christmas banquet, or luncheon. Members also enjoy, three or four picnic* each year. Once each year a trip is scheduled to some point of interest which is usually the highlight of the year's activities. Last year the group attended the Jamestown Festival and this year a trip was made to the azealea gardens in Norfolk- Anyone in this area 60 or older desiring the companionship of a group of "adult teenagers," as they are called by the Recreation Department staff, may call the department or contact any member of the club. Mrs. Lydia Cole is president; Mrs. Anna So- dac, vice president; Mrs. Hattie Tatum, secretary; and Jack Dibling, Snake-Bite Victim Not of His Church, Bishop Declares . . HOPEWELL AP) - The,presiding bishop of the Pentecostal Holiness Church said today a minister who died of a rattlesnake bite at a religious meeting at Norton, Va., was not a member of his denomination. ' The'Rev. Eli Sanders, 52, died Tuesday" at his Harlan, Ky. f home o' the bite received Sunday in a snake-handling faith''; demonstration. : · ... · "We have no minister by that name," said Bishop -Joseph A. Syrian, the general supeVintendent of the' P e n t c c o s t a 1 Holiness Church.' "Our denomination docs not condone snake-handling jn any way." ; * Lumber Company, Boxcar Fire Damage Estimated At $15,000 (Staff Photo by . * ' vomtj. ru.uia uy j^7.xeilj Firemen Pour Water Into One Of Several Boxcars Which Caught Fire Yesterday Damage To The Inside Qf Railroad Equipment Was Estimated At Approximately $4,000 Surv/vor of Plane Crcfch Said In Satisfactory Condition Here Mrs. Margaret Cole, 24, wife of a young Englishman ' who was killed in the crash of their plane yesterday in DInwiddie County, today was reported in fair condition in Petersburg General Hospital. The attractive blonde, who miraculously escaped death in the crash of the plane just seconds after its takeoff from the Petersburg Municipal Airport, is reported as suffering from a brain concussion and fractured ribs along with cuts and bruises. Her husband, Nigel Cole, 26, of London,.England, was killed when the single engine Seabee- Republic, amphibious plane fell .into 50 feet high pines at ( the south.end of the airport. The Coles were on an extended trip from Montreal, Canada, to the Bahamas where they reportedly planned to spend the next six months at a home they own there. Mrs. Cole is the daughter of a New York shipping executive while her husband was the son of a British electronics manufacturer. Pulled Body From Plane The crash scene was a densely wooded area and rescuers had to slash their way through the area to reach Mrs-Cole. The first person on the scene was Donald West-, moreland and he. said* he and Mrs. Cole pulled her husband's body from the wrecked plane. Mrs. Cole said: "The/irst high branches hit the wings and I think my husband lost control. I think I must have blacked out. When I came to we were on the ground. I,can't understand why it didn't burn. Gasoline from the sleek aircraft had spilled over the .plane after the crash but it did not catch fire." ' Mrs. Cole said after the crash, she freed he'rself from'the plane and was walking around in a daze ' when Westmoreland a n d Benjamin Franklin, Negro, of Petersburg, came up. The plane was just off the runway and had started to climb when the engine failed to give enough power. It then nosed over and came down into a clump of pines. Plummer Wamsley, manager of the airport, said it was a normal takeoff and the engine seemed to be all right but the plane would not gain altitude. Wamsley, a veteran-pilot, said "It strained just to get-lp 50 feet and continued to lose altitude until it settled into the pines." He said the Coles arrived at the airport .around 5 p. m. Tuesday and immediately gassed their aircraft. They spent the night in a Petersburg hotel. Wamsley, · who described t h e couple as "very nice" said they Chesterfield County Fair Opens Today The 45lh annual Chesterfield County Fair began today and will run through Saturday. Tomorrow will be "school dav" and -county white schools will be closed. An estimated" $3,000 in prizes will be offered in various exhibit categories. These categories, include vegetables, canned goods, livestock, 4-H clubs, home demonstration clubs, and fancy work. The fair, being held at the courthouse, will feature square dancing each night in a big barn/Volunteer fire departments will stage a . fire-fighting demonstration at 8 p. m. tomorrow. ·Glades Amusements will furnish merry-go-round and- other rides. took off front the airport at iO:30 a. m. and the crash occurred seconds later. The last fatal accident at the local airport was in 1945 when a twin-engine Navy plane crashed, killing two men. Crews Begin Clearing Land For NW Yard (Hopewell Bureau) Norfolk and Western Railway engineering crews 'are busy with final details of the new switching yard to -be built west of Main St., in Hopewell. Actual clearing of the site will start within the next few days and rapid progress on the laying of tracks is expected. A work crew has been moved to the city for the project. The clearing operations were held up .until all the land had been acquired. Action of the City Council, at its meeting Tuesday night, which transferred to the railway a^ strip owned by the city and vacated portions of streets entering the area completed,the right- of-way phase. - ' ; Completion of the new yard will'-mean" the end of numerous switching crossings pf Randolph Road. The ladder" track to the east end of the new yard will be 20 car lengths west of Main St. which will obviate repeated crossings of that street. Construction of the new yard is considered one of the most important advancements here in many years. Traffic,: over the Randolph Road crossing, which is Route 10, is growing steadily and the change not only will eliminate a nuisance but remove a hazard, it -is pointed out. · Origin Said Unknown; Probe Pushed Petersburg fire prevention bureau officials today went about the task of attempting to determ- 'irie the origin'of a fire late yesterday that- destroyed a lumber warehouse of _the Hobbs 'Lumber and Coal Company, 624 S. Jones St. and damaged three railroad boxcars. Damage in the blaze'was estimated at around $15,000 by Fire Chief J. N. Farmer who directed more than 30 firemen in fighting the fire. Chief Farmer, said around $10,000 damage resulted to the warehouse and its contents and "more than $4,000 to three boxcars which were standing on a siding of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad near the lumber yard. E. Raymond Hobbs, president of the lumber firm said the loss was partially covered by insurance. '· " Captain A. L. Gibbs, of the fire prevention bureau, said today the origin -has not been determined but that men of his bureau are making an investigation as they d!o in all fires. First Alarm at 3:20 p. m. The first alarm came in at 3:20 p. m. and brought out three companies consisting of seven pieces of equipment and around 30 firemen. Later, a truck from the Colonial Heights Volunteer Fire Department arrived to assist local firemen. Smoke from "the blaze billowed 500 feet into the air and when firemen a r r i v e d at the scene flames leaped nearly 200 feet high. Firemen battled the blaze for nearly an hour-before bringing it under control. The heavy, black smoke, which could be seen easily from the downtown section of Petersburg, brought a large number of spectators to the scene and pupils from s e v e r a l nearby schools which had just let out for the day flocked to the scene in droves. Many climbed on boxcars to see firemen fight the blaze. Capt. Gibbs said the boxcars were empty at the time of the fire but were heavily damaged in the interior. A switch engine failed to push, the railroad cars out of danger, a railroad spokesman said. Firemen stayed at the scene until late last nig^ht pouring water on the smouldering ruins fo prevent a flareup. INSC'RE TO BL SUltE Fire - Marine - Auto Harry Hartman G. C. WILSON ' GENCY RE 3-3123 (Adv.: 107 IV. Tubb St (Staff Photo by , Charred Remains Of Hobbs Lumber Co. Warehouse Smoulders After $10,000 Observance of Rosh Hashanah To Begin in Petersburg Sunday The observanse of Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, will begin Sunday at 8 p. m. in Temple B'rith Achim and Temple Ro- dof Sholom. . Rabbi Solomon Jacobson will conduct the services at Temple B'rith Achim and Benjamin Gas- fel, a student at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, will officiate at Temple Rodolf Sholom. There will be services at Temple B'rith Achim at 8 a. m. Monday and Tuesday with the main service at 10:15 a. m. and other services at 5 p. m. 5n the same days. Sunday from 2 p. m. to 3 p. m. Rabbi Jacobson will c o n d u c t prayer services at B'rith Achim Cemetery as part of the annual visitations at this season. A service will be conducted in Temple Rodolf Sljolom Monday at 10:30 a. m. and next Friday at 8 p. m. September 23 is Day of Atonement and a service will be held at 8 p. m. Another service is scheduled September 24 at 10:30' a. m. with memorial services at 4 p. m'. The significance of the festival of the New Year, as explained by Rabbi' Jacobson, is that at this time of year each member of the Jewish faith is called upon to review his life during the past year Lions Club Hears Haggai at Meet The Rev. John Edmond Haggai, who is conducting a two-week revival in Colonial Heights, spoke before the Petersburg Lions Club yesterday at its Juncheon meeting in Hotel Petersburg. : Club officials said the next two meetings will be concerned primarily with the Soiithside Virginia Fair, which begins September 29. The fair is sponsored by the club. and reflect upon his weaknesses and-give serious thought to his duty to lead a Godly life. Day of Introspecfion. Rosh Hashanah is universalistic in character. It does not commemorate a historical event as do" many other holidays, but is a day given over to introspection, self-scrutiny and penitence. Although ,a solemn occasion, Rosh Hashanah is not a mournful holiday. The feeling that the New Year "presages new life imbues all with' the hope the coming months will be better ones and free of troubles. Another name for the day is the Day of the Blowing of the Trumpet. -Blowing of the ram's horn, or Shofar, has the lofty purpose of reminding man of his ethical responsibilities, Rabbi Ja cobson said. Aroused to a consciousness of the mortality of man and grateful for having been permitted to see the completion of the, year just passed, Jews will give earnest thought to moral position and. pray the coming year wili see the end of all evil, and the beginning of peace for all man kind. Repenfance Is Theme Of Evangelist's Talk The Rev. John Edmond Haggai last -night in Shepherd Stadium, Colonial Heights, told his congregation" of approximately 400 persons "Why Many Baptists Will Never Get To, Heaven." "The answer is simply this," the evangelist said, "because they will not repent. . "Repentance means a roundabout face, and always results in the absolute transformation of life. It is not facing sorry for sin, nor is it being religious, but repentance is an actual turning to God for one's entire life. "Man cannot come, to Christ with any reservations." · Again last night, a number of persons made "decisions f o r Christ" following the Rev.;' Mr. Haggai's sermon. Tonight's service is designated as All-Men's Night, and the announced subject is ; "Thfr Rock That Docs Not Roll" Persons wishing to attend any of the services but aro without transportation, are s asked to cal REgent 3-1977 between 6:30 and 7:15 p. m. An estimated 2,000 persons have attended the first four services of the two-week crusade. Petersburg School Board Clerk Resigns; Carden Appointed Police Recover Gash Registers Stolen From Here . Petersburg detectives have recovered four cash registers stolen recently from a parked truck at the National Cash Reg ister Company, 23 Wythe St. The cash registers were] recov ered in Richmond yesterday, Po lice Chief W. E. Traylor said. J Detectives have returned to Richmond today to check if other stolen goods from this area- is in a large amount of property re covered early this week by Rich mond police. The stolen good: is valued at $10,000 and range; in size from tiny pieces of jew elry to television sets. James Aubrey"Sorrell, 47, of the 2600 block E. Main St., Richmond is the only person charged thus far by Richmond police. Peters burg police are checking on pos sible charges for theft of t h e theft of the cash registers. Ezzcll) Fire Building Materials, Bags Of Coal Went Up In Flames In Yesterday Afternoon's Blaze By THACHER LASCELLE Lawrence A. Azlin, clerk of the Petersburg School Board for the past seven ' years, has resigned effective September 30. John D. Meade, Petersburg superintendent of schools, read Azlin's letter of resignation at yesterday's school board, meeting. The board accepted "with deep regret" the resignation. Azlin said he was leaving to go into private industry. Lester I. Bowman, commenting on Azlin's resignation said, "it's a real shock. . .we've been very fortunate to have him with us. . . and we hate to see 'him go." Following the meeting Meade added that both the school board and the school administration regret Azlin's leaving and "wish him every success." To take Azlin's place the board a c c e p t e d the application ot Charles P. Carden, of 1753 Oakland St. Carden was a teacher at Petersburg High School from 1948 to 1950; director of buildings and grounds from 1950 to 1956, and since then has been in private industry. Carden is a graduate of Roanoke College and received his mas- ters degree from the University of Virginia. In other action, the school board approved three resolutions, two pertaining to the proposed West End Elementary School and one for the Walnut Hill School. They are: (1) authorizing the type of lighting to be used in classrooms at the proposed west end. school; (2) that the number of feet of chalk and tack board be provided; and (3) that the classroom next to the library in the Walnut Hill School .be used for expanding the library only when adequate space becomes available. The board awarded the one- year $250 Bartlett Roper Scholarship to Howard A. Bass Jr., of 216 Old Lyons Road, Colonial Heights, on the recommendation of Russell B. Gill, principal of Petersburg High School. Bass", a 1956 graduate of Petersburg High School, is attending the University of Virginia. The board accepted the resig nation of Mrs. Frances D. Sanford, a secretary in the school administration office, effective September 30. Mrs. Sanford is joining her husband overseas. No me has been appointed as" her uccessor. ·. «·· Also accepted by the board was he resignation of Thomas R. Moore, a teacher at Petersburg High School. Meade said Moore las accepted a position at Fort Lee. Abbitt Speaks Before ALMC Class at Ft. Lee The Virginia member of the U. S. House of Representatives, whose district includes Fort Le'e, the.Honorable Watkins M. Abbitt, was a visitor here yesterday. Representative Abbitt came to Fort Lee to address the senior group of students at the U. S. Army Logistics Management Center, the S u p p ly Management Course. In his address the Congressman emphasized the need to develop Congress and the military. "Almost every crisis has seen a conflict between the legislature and the executive branch in matters of appropriating funds," he said. Yet; Representative Abbitt said he believed Congress and the mil- i t a r y, basically, are getting along well: "The military has gotten much of what it has asked for." Commending the Army Supply Management students on the job Hdggai To Teach YMCA Bible Class The Rev. John E. Haggai, evangelist who is conducting a citywide: revival at, Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights, sponsored by the Baptist churches of Colonial Heights, will teach the Businessmen's ,YMCA Bible Ciass tomorrow at l*p. m. in the Vir : ginia Room of Rucker-Rosenstock. All visitors wishing -to attend (his meeting arc asked to call Regent 3-9333 no later than. 10 a. m. tomorrow and make reservations for this meeting. (U. S. Army Photo) MILITARY HONORS '-- Accompanied by Major General Alfred B. Denniston, commanding general of the Quartermaster Training Command and Fort Lee, the Representative Watkins M. Abbitt, of the Fourth District of Virginia, is accorded military honors at the Fort Lee Court of the Nalion today prior to-addressing senior students of the Army Logistics Management, Center. they are doing, he added that he is convinced that the United States would have had to figh World War III if it did not have such such a powerful military machine. "The fear of the United States destructive power has -stoppec totalitarian nations from making aggressive moves," he said. Representative Abbitt . praisec the ALMC and said: "we in the Fourth District of Virginia are proud to have this facility locat ed here. It means much to the country." Mr. Abbitt arrived at Fort Le late Wednesday night, and wa accorded the honors given at mil itary installations to visiting members of the Congress at : a. m. yesterday. Arriving at the Court of ttu Nation from Post Headquarters with his host, Major General Alfred B. Denniston, commanding general of the Quartermaster Training Command and Fort Lee, Representative Abbitt took his place facing the QM Training Command. The v i s i t i n g Congressman "trooped the line" at the Escort of Honor . ceremony with General Denniston before going to the USALMC auditorium for his address. At the Center he was greeted by Col. Bernard S. Waterman, the commandant. SCC Takes ACL Motion Under Advisemeht The State Corporation Commission has taken under advisement a request by the Atlantic loast Line Railroad for authority to discontinue two passenger trains between Petersburg and Richmond. - The company yesterday told the SCC the line lost $33,000 on operation of the two trains during the year ended March 31, 1958. It said revenue was less than wages of the train crews. The commission was told that "adequate" transportation service between the two cities would remain if the two trains are cut off. No objection to the proposed discontinuance was offered. Train^No. 27 now leaves Rjch- mond ,;at :2;Q5 p. : m. ;-and£-_arnyes in Petersburg at 2:50 p. nv'daily. Train No. 32 leaves Petersburg at 3:35 p. m. and arrives at Richmond at 4';15 p. m. dapy. ·.!,:' 2 Fined, Jailed On Fraud Counts Two persons were fined and jailed today after a hearing in Petersburg Municipal Court on charges of obtaining state unemployment compensation fraudent- ly- Ralph M. Thomas, 36, Negro, of the 500 block Plum St. was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $15, and ordered to return the money involved. ' In another case, Harvey D. Wriglit, of near Wilson, was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $15 and costs, and also ordered to repay the money involved. In another case, Wilson Carter, 29, Negro of the 600 block Grissett St., was sentenced to. 30 days in jail and fined $5 and costs for theft of money from Susie Prentis. Daytime Break-In Probed by Police Police are investigating a daytime break-in at the home of Raymond Hall. 1239 Hamilton St. The break-in occurred yesterday afternoon. .A screen was cut at a back w i n d o w - a n d the bedroom entered. The intruder ran- sackerif several roofns, but nothing is reported ^-missing. Maid of Virginia Entries Omitted From Final List - In yesterday's list of entrants for the Maid of Virginia contest two names were omitted and one sponsor · \vas carried with t h e wrong name. The omitted names and sporf sors are: Betty Lou Traylor, 18, 769 Myrick Ave., -- Petersburg Shrine Club. n Barbara Bonney Trees, 17, 2422 Boulevard, Colonial Heights -- Lillian Leitzel Tent, of the Circus Saints and Sinners. Joyce Stanford, of Colonial Beach, was listed, but the correct sponsor should hav^e read -- Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce. A new entry, submitted before the deadline, Sallie Wright. 17, 1688 Fairfax Ave. -- Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. NewDevelopment Grading, Street Paving Finished All grading and street installations for Westview Subdivision, a Negro housing development in Petersburg's West End, have been completed. Only work remaining is that of staking out lots: Streets have been graded and graveled; curb, gutter, sewer and. water lines installed and sidewalks laid. Before the property is offered for sale the City Council will set UP regulations as to how sales are to be handled and restrictions on type of houses to be constructed. The plan is tOidevelop a 30 to 40-acre tract, formerly a portion of City Home property, to provide 10!) lots with 50-frontage and variable depths. The subdivision is to be developed for single-family better-type housing. Roper To Attend Va. Jaycee Affair Bartlett Roper III, first president of the Petersburg Juniof Chamber of Commerce, wD] be; among those attending dedication ceremonies Sunday of the Virr,' ginia State Junior Chamber of' Commerce headquarters building in Lynchburg. : Prior to the dedication cer'e^ mony Tom Baldridge, of Winches^ ter, will be host at a luncheon in the Virginia Hotel, honoring the first year's state officers, past. national presidents and past national vice president*.

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