Published bi-monthly for employees of
The North Carolina State Highway Commission
By the Highway Commission
Public Relations Department
Public Relations Officer Keith Hundley
Editor Frances Newhouse
Associate Editor Jewel Adcock
Receptionist Jane Williams
DAN K. MOORE GOVERNOR
JOSEPH M. HUNT, JR CHAIRMAN
Don Matthews, Jr.
W. W. Exum
Ashley M. Murphy
J. B. Brame
Thomas S. Harrington
John F. McNair, III
George L. Hundley
George H. Broadrick
W. B. Garrison
James G. Stikeleatiier, Jr.
W. Curtis Russ
W. F. Babcock State Highway Administrator
C. W. Lee Chief Engineer
George Wllloughby Secondary Roads Officer
John L. Allen, Jr Controller
I don't believe that there is anyone among us who does-
n't look forward just a little bit to retirement days when
we may forget the eight to five schedule and do the things
we have wanted always to do, but just never before seem-
ed to find the chance to pursue a hobby, travel, or just
But like every thing else in life retirement calls for
some advance and serious planning. Relaxing is fine but
after a month or so relaxing may become just as tedious
as hard labor. Traveling is an exciting experience, but it
cost money and most retirees actually bring home less,
and if a way and a means of retiring aren't provided for
in advance retirement can be a total disillusionment.
What can be done to avoid the pitfalls of an ill-planned
retirement. First start planning now for your retirement,
but second don't sacrifice all pleasure now for what might
only be a few years in the future.
Roadways Magazine extends to all retiring and retired
employees of the SHC a long and happy new life in their
TABLE OF CONTENTS
IN THIS ISSUE
10 Years as Highway Administrator 1
A Day in the Life of W. F. Babcock 2
Legion of Merit Award 3
Veteran Highway Employees Awards 4
Pictorial Review of Ceremony 5
Highway Employee Contributes New Idea 6
Beaufort Ferry Repaired by Ferry Operations Crew .... 7
Planning Engineer James S. Burch Honored 8
N. C. State University's First Woman Engineer 9
Indian Burial Ground found by
Highway Commission Employees 11
Brazilian Engineers Tour Highway 13
1967 35-year Awards 14-15-16-17
NCSHPEA Association News 18
Hello Henry by Keith Hundley 19
Pot Luck 20
Highway Progress, February thru July 21
North Carolina Road Progress 24-25
Division News 32-49
The Cover for the July-August Is-
sue of Roadways is in honor of W. F*
Babcock (Highway Administrator)
L i «S and Major General Ivan Hardesty
(Legion of Merit Award winner). The
two faithful highway Employees are
1 4 pictured inserted in an aerial view
||J of a modern Highway around Dur-
ham, North Carolina.
10 Years As Highway Administrator
Mr. Babcock and Secy. Mrs. Nancy Hall who has been
Secy, to Mr. Babcock for 10 years.
July 1967 marked another milestone in the career of
Williard Farrington Babcock. It marked his tenth year
as chief administrative officer for the North Carolina
The state's highway system, its highway organization
has come a long way under the leaderhip of Bill Babcock.
It was the 1957 General Assembly which recognized
the highway commission, creating the position of Direc-
tor of Highways. W. F. Babcock, who had been teaching
in the School of Civil Engineering at North Carolina
State University since 1941, was asked to fill the posi-
tion. Babcock gave up a full professorship which he had
been granted by State in 1952 to come to the Highway
Commission, and here he has been since.
In his new position, Babcock sat at the head of an
organization 10,000 strong with an annual budget of
more than $150,000,000 and responsible for more miles
of streets and highways than any other single state
agency in the United States.
Bill Babcock was no stranger to the intracacies of
highway development. He had taught many of the en-
gineers employed by North Carolina's Highway Commis-
sion. He had himself been directly involved in transpor-
tation having acquired a fine reputation as a consultant
engineer through development of thoroughfare plans
and traffic studies for more than 50 North Carolina
communities between 1948 and 1957, and before that
developing a rapid transit program for the State of
Massachusetts just after World War II.
Bill Babcock comes by his love of engineering by al-
most hereditary means. His father, John Brazer Bab-
cock, III. was a professor of Civil Engineering at Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology, and Bill grew up in an
He received his BS degree from MIT in 1939, his Mas-
ter's Degree in Civil Engineering with Transportation
Option a year later. It was two years later that he moved
to North Carolina State as an instructor, setting into
motion the chain of events which ended in his being
named "Director of Highways" in 1957.
A great many changes have been wrought in the high-
way program under the watchful eye of W. F. Babcock,
and a great many Highway Commissioners and Chairmen
have depended on his skills and his knowledge in the
ten years since 1957. To list all the changes would take
a goodly portion of this magazine, but among some of
the more important ones are, the creation of a long
range master plan for highway development in North
Carolina (the first in the State's history which included
analysis of all highways and a cost analysis of highway
needs), the establishment of a Project Control Depart-
ment to handle pre-construction details and schedules of
the authorized projects each year, the creation of a Photo-
grammetry Department for aerial mapping, the develop-
ment of in-service training program, the use of a Plan-
ning Board to review projects and policies (The board is
made up of both state and federal highway people),
instituted use of computers in the highway research and
planning programs, and there are many others.
Bill Babcock is known to love hard work, there are
even those who say with admiration, "His work is also
his hobby". It's not unusual to find him at his desk at
7:30 A.M. any working day, or to discover that he's
been up since 5:00 dictating letters to be done that day
at the office, or to catch him at his desk on Saturday
mornings. Bill Babcock loves his work. He lives and
breathes the highway business.
Williard Farrington Babcock, this year marking his
10th year with the Highway Commission, has made him-
self a reputation known throughout the nation through
his association with the American Association of State
Highway Officials, is a man whose footprints will be
visible in North Carolina's paths of transportation for
many years to come.
Babcock at Highway Commission Meeting.
Mr. Babcock and Chairman Hunt going over a new set Babcock talking over project with Cam Lee
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF
W. F. BABCOCK
Mr. Babcock presiding at Planning Board Meeting. Full Length View of Planning Board
N. C. N. G. Head Receives
Legion of Merit Award
Lt. Gen. Throckmorton pinning the medal on General
Major General Ivan Hardesty, commander of the North
Carolina National Guard's 30th Division was presented the
LEGION OF MERIT award on June 7th, 1967. This
award is the nation's 2nd highest award presented to a
member of the Guard.
The presentation was made by Lt. Governor Bob Scott,
who was inspecting the Old Hickory Division's field train-
ing exercises on the Fort Bragg military reservation.
Lt. General John L. Throckmorton, commander of the
18th Airborne Corps and soon to become the 3rd Army
commander pinned the medal on General Hardesty.
A proclamation signed by President Johnson said the
award was made for "exceptionally meritorious service"
and because Hardesty "HAS SERVED AS AN INSPIRA-
TION TO ALL WHO HAVE COME INTO CONTACT
General Throckmorton said this is his fourth year
to visit the 30th Division during its field training exercises
and he was very much impressed with the smooth manner
in which the units moved from civilian occupations to
military life. The 30th Division had reached a high state
of combat readiness and the credit for this goes to Gen-
General Hardesty was born in Raleigh, North Carolina
where he now resides at 630 Woodburn Road with his
wife and two sons. Hardesty is employed by the State of
North Carolina as the Assistant Chief Engineer with
the Highway Department.
The General attended North Carolina State University
in Raleigh and is a graduate of the Army Basic Infantry
Officers School and the Advanced Infantry Officers
School at Fort Benning, Georgia; also the Command and
General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He
has attended eight consecutive National Guard division
refresher courses at Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth
Army War College at Carlyse Barracks and is a graduate
of the Senior Officers Atomic Employment Course there.
General Hardesty enlisted in the North Carolina Na-
tional Guard in June 1926 with the Service Company of
the 120th Infantry. He was called into active service with
that organization in September 1940 at which time he
was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was promot-
ed to First Lieutenant in April 1941 and to Captain in
February 1942 while serving with the 120th Infantry of
the 30th Infantry Division.
In September 1942, General Hardesty left the 30th In-
fantry Division and was assigned to the 334th Infantry
of the 84th Division. He remained with that organization
until June 1943 when he was transferred to the 333d In-
fantry as Executive Officer, and later as the Commanding
Officer while in the European Theatre of Operations.
His promotion to Major was in November 1942, to
Lieutenant Colonel in October 1943 and to Colonel in
December 1945. After being released from active duty in
January 1946, he was a member of the Army Reserve
until July 1947.
He rejoined the North Carolina Army National Guard
as the Executive Officer of the 119th Infantry as a
Lieutenant Colonel. He was promoted to Colonel in
March 1951 when he assumed command of the 119th In-
fantry. In July 1953, he was reassigned as Chief of Staff
of the 30th Infantry Division where he served until
March 1961 when he became Assistant Division Command-
er of the 30th. He was promoted to Brigadier General in
April 1962. In September 1964, he was appointed Com-
manding General of the 30th Division and promoted to
General Hardesty has been awarded the Silver Star,
Legion of Merit Award, the Bronze Star, the Combat In-
fantry Badge, the American Defense Medal, and the
Russian Order of Alexander Nevsky.
General Hardesty looking at a sign the men put up
during recent Guard training. The sign was 10 miles in
Governor Moore Presents 51 Veteran
Highway Employees Awards
Governor Dan K. Moore presented
service certificates to 51 veteran
Highway Commission employees in
ceremonies which began at 2:00
P.M., Thursday, June 22nd at the
Highway Building auditorium in Ra-
Thirty-eight men were honored for
40-years service to the Highway Com-
mission, and 12 men and one woman
received awards for 45-years service
during the annual awards program.
Highway Commission Chairman
Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. introduced Gov-
ernor Moore, with Highway Adminis-
trator W. F. Babcock who acted as
presiding officer for the occasion. The
invocation was delivered by The Rev-
erend W. H. R. Jackson, Chaplain at
Central Prison in Raleigh.
Former Chairman of SHC A. H.
(Sandy) Graham was called upon to
give a few remarks to the retiring em-
ployees. He congratulated the em-
ployees receiving the awards and ex-
pressed his delight to be back at this
memorable occasion, as the Highway
was always close to his heart.
Among those honored for 45-years
service was Clyde T. Carmichael,
Chief Chemical Testing Engineer,
and the last remaining member of the
original Highway Laboratory staff.
Mr. Carmichael began work with the
Highway Commission as a lab assist-
ant in 1922.
The Commission's State Bridge
Construction Engineer, Luther C.
Dillard was among those being honor-
ed for 40-years service. Dillard join-
ed the Highway Commission in 1925
after graduating with a BS in Civil
Engineering from N. C. State. His
first position with the Commission
was as a draftsman in the Bridge De-
Arrangements for the 1967 awards
program were made by State High-
way Commission Personnel Officer J.
Raynor Woodard, in cooperation with
the Public Relations Department.
Those who received 40-year awards
were: Sam L. Andrews. Atwood As-
kew, Allen L. Bass, David C. Bentley.
Roy D. Berry. William L. Bolick.
Martin A Bowers, Robert C. Bunch.
William A. Carter, Lester H. Correll,
Giles E. Crutcher, L. C. Dillard.
Glenn H. Duncan, Kirk M. Duncan,
Horace F. Edwards, Alfred G. Griz-
zard, John B. Hamilton, Daniel O.
Hewett, A. J. Hughes.
John E. Joyner, Isaac A. Korne-
gay, Joseph A. McLean, James E.
Moore, Marvin C. Newbern, Allen T.
Parsons, Herman E. Perry, Robert L.
Pinkham, Alvin W. Rader, O. C. Ro-
bertson, U. L. Sebastian, Henry C.
Sowers, Carl H. Spruill, Glen A. Sut-
ton, Andrew M. Thompson, Harry A.
Turner, Robert L. Vinson, Roger N.
Weaver and Marcellus P. Yount.
Those who received 45-year awards
were: Thomas R. Buchanan, Clyde T.
Carmichael, Robert L. Hickerson.
Clyde M. Jones, Harry L. Light,
Parks R. McCorkle, John L. McDon-
ald, Robert C. Speight, Lee M. Tay-
lor H. F. Waller, Clarence I. Wal-
ters, Floyd E. Whitener and Mrs.
Harriet W. Gossett.
Retirement of Division 4
Highway Engineer Sets
Up Chain of Promotions
The retirement of Division Four
Highway Engineer E. P. "Ed"
Koonce set up a chain of promotions
and transfers involving four other
Chief Engi neer C. W. Lee said that
Koonce, a veteran of 40-years service
to the Highway Commission, will
step down at the beginning of the
new fiscal year and will be succeed-
ed by his long-time assistant, R. W.
In addition to this change, Donald
T. Overman, now serving as Area
Maintenance Engineer for Divisions
One, Two, Three, Four and Six, will
succeed Dawson as Assistant Division
Engineer. J. I. Lynch, currently Dis-
trict Engineer at Goldsboro serving
Wayne and Johnston Counties, will
succeed Overman. Wade Pridgen,
currently serving as Traffic Services
Supervisor for Division Four, will
succeed Lynch as District Engineer
All changes become effective July
1, 1967, Chief Engineer Lee said.
Edgar P. Koonce was born in Le-
noir County June 7, 1902. He attend
ed the University of North Carolina
and the U. S. Naval Academy at
Annapolis, Maryland before joining
the Highway Commission in 1923.
He has been with the North Carolina
Highway Commission since that date
except for three years between 1929
and 1932. during which time he work-
ed for the Louisiana Highway De-
partment and a private construction
company in Mississippi. Returning to
North Carolina in 1932, Koonce held
several positions before being ap-
pointed Division Four Engineer in
August, 1953. Mr. Koonce is married
to the former Katherine Teackle Bell.
R. W. Dawson was born in Onslow
County December 16, 1911, and has
been with the Highway Commission
since 1932, the same year he received
his degree in electrical engineering.
Dawson has served in a number of
engineering positions for the High-
way Commission over the past 35
years, including junior and senior in-
spector. District Engineer and main-
tenance supervisor. He was appointed
Assistant Division Engineer for Di-
vision Four in July, 1960.
Mr. Dawson is married to the for-
mer Mildred Winstead. They have
Donald T. Overman joined the
State Highway Commission in March,
1953 after graduating from N. C.
State University and receiving a Mas-
ter's Degree in Secondary Education
at East Carolina College. Overman
also served in both World War II
and the Korean conflict before join-
ing the Highway Commission.
Overman's new appointment as As-
sistant Division Engineer in Division
Four marks his return to that area,
having served first as a Highway En-
gineer there in 1953. More recently,
Overman has been Safety and Emer-
gency Planning Engineer for the
Commission (July 1. 1963 to July 1,
1966) and was appointed Area Main-
tenance Engineer for the East.
Highway Employee Contributes New Idea
By GEORGE BRINKLEY
In MAINTENANCE, problems arise daily. Some are
solved and some are not, but experience has shown that
if you look far enough you will find that many dedicated
maintenance employees are working on most of them.
Such is the case with Bill Woodruff, Maintenance Super-
visor in Stanly County who has found a workable solu-
tion to protection of salt in storage.
Two years ago the Highway Commission began what
is known as the "Bare Pavement" method for snow and
ice control. This involves the use of salt on the trunk
and major primary system during snow and ice storms
to prevent the bonding of ice to the pavements and to
facilitate removal of accumulated snow and ice. Storage
facilities were limited the first year and it was soon found
that salt suppliers could not replenish our stocks in time
for us to be ready for the next storm. Consequently many
locations were out of salt when the second snow storm
Following this experience we increased our storage ca-
pacity by building additional cribs for reserve supplies
and planned to use light-weight covers or tarpaulins, but
soon found that durable covers were not available.
THE PROBLEM arose from the fact that salt deliver-
ies were made in 22 ton dump trucks directly to our stor-
age facilities. Although the trucks could dump directly
into our gravity bins, there was not enough height for
them to raise the body and dump into existing sheds. If
we built cribs which would accommodate the dump trucks,
no suitable cover was available and the salt was exposed
to the elements.
Bill Woodruff's idea worked and will provide long-
range, low-cost protection for salt stocks. The roof in
place, provides the same protection as a building. The
roof rolled back allows dump truck delivery and elimi-
Bill Woodruff in front of Salt Storage Bin.
nates the necessity for loader to push deliveries into
The walls are constructed of concrete blocks and the
floor is made of bituminous material, sloped to the front.
The roof is of convention design, made from salvaged
materials and mounted on angle iron track and steel
rollers which were salvaged bridge steel.
The Bridge Maintenance Department has drawn a
complete set of plans with slight modifications to in-
crease the capacity. The walls were raised to six feet and
the width and length may be varied to meet the needs
of a particular location. Walls may be constructed of
concrete blocks or poured in monolith wall and footing.
"Roadways" extends congratulations to Bill Woodruff
and suggests that he be considered for the HIGHWAY
Storage crib for reserve storage
with sliding roof in place
Sliding Roof For Reserve
Salt Storage Crib
Sliding roof rolled back
to receive truck delivery
Beaufort Ferry Repaired by
Ferry Operations Crew
On June 15, 1967 a rather severe vibration on the
Beaufort Ferry occurred. The ferry operates across Pam-
lico Sound between Bayview and Gaylord's Bay near
Texas Gulf Sulphur. The vibration caused very much con-
cern with the Ferry Operations Crew. Mr. E. Linzey Bell,
Mechanic Foreman I, stationed at Bogue Sound, who is
responsible for mechanical repairs at this location along
with the Ferry at Southport decided to rent a diver's
suit and make a personal inspection of the Ferry. He
found one blade on the starboard propeller completely
broken off and one blade on the port propeller bent down
at about three inches from the point of the blade.
It was determined that the Ferry was in no condition
to continue in operation and repairs would be needed im-
mediately. They thought at first of towing the Ferry to
Manns Harbor for repairs, but it was decided that the
railway at this point was not adequate. It was also sug-
gested to secure bids from the two shipyards at New Bern
to do the work which, of course, along with the other
consideration, would have been rather expensive and
time consuming. Also it was noted that the three Ferries
at the Bogue Sound, one of which would have replaced
the "Beaufort" were operating on full schedule during
this season of the year, and particularly during weekends.
Mr. D. E. Snow, the Equipment Superintendent for
the Ferries, had been away from work for several weeks
due to a heart condition. During his absence, Mr. Ivey
H. Evans, Mechanic Foreman II, had been Acting Super-
intendent, but early last week was admitted to the hos-
pital for an operation and was also away from work. In
the absence of the supervisory personnel referred to, and
after considerable consultations by telephone, Mr. Bell
suggested with the help of Mr. Ray Collins, skilled bridge-
man (diver) and Mr. Gordon Morey, semi-skilled bridge-
man (assistant diver), it might be possible to make re-
pairs to these propellers under water at the point of
operation. The Bridge Maintenance Department at Wil-
mington had the necessary propellers in the parts de-
partment. Mr. J. J. Powell, Bridge Maintenance Engineer,
agreed immediately and he arranged for Mr. Collins and
Mr. Morey to assist in the repairs.
The work got away early Saturday morning with the
support of operating personnel from the Ferry Depart-
ment, Bridge Maintenance Department and Equipment
Considerable difficulty was encountered in removing
the propeller with the broken blade. Equipment was im-
provised for pulling the propeller since this was not avail-
able otherwise. By nightfall, the damaged propeller had
been removed. On the next morning, Sunday, the operation
was continued and the new propeller was straightened. The
ferry was back in service fo rthe 3:00 p.m. scheduled trip
across the Sound on that afternoon.
These repairs were made in a depth of about 10 feet
of water and about 12 inch visibility and during a rain-
Above — The Ferry Beaufort
fall, and very windy weather which also added to the
problem. In spite of these conditions, the Highway per-
sonnel representing the different department, made these
repairs under most unusual conditions. We feel that the
dedication and loyalty displayed by all the personnel in-
volved was most unusual and we want to commend each
employee involved. Unquestionably this task was not
easy. We Thank Each of You for getting this ferry back
in operation in such a short length of time.
Two Department heads of the State
Highway Commission received the spot-
light of national publicity this spring.
Maintenance Engineer GEORGE
BRINKLEY's article on maintenance
appeared in the April, 1967 issue of
BETTER ROADS, and Equipment En-
gineer LAYTON H. GUNTER was fea-
tured on the cover and as guest column-
ist in the June, 1967 issue of DIESEL
EQUI P M E N T SUPERINTENDENT.
Both magazines are distributed to con-
tractors and agencies in the public
works field all across the country.
James S. Burch, Planning Engr.
Honored At Luncheon
Above (1 to r) Max R. Sproles, Mrs. Burch and Mr.
Burch receiving their gift certificate.
James S. Burch, who retired June 30 as State Highway
Planning Engineer, was given a luncheon by the Planning
and Advance Planning Departments of the State Highway
Commission on June 29 at Balentine's Restaurant in
Raleigh's Cameron Village.
Max R. Sproles, who succeeds Mr. Burch as Planning
and Research Engineer, acted as master of ceremonies
and presented a gift to Mr. Burch from the Planning and
Advance Planning Departments.
State Highway Administrator, W. F. Babcock presented
a Certificate of Retirement to Mr. Burch. Billy Rose,
Advance Planning Engineer, presented Mr. Burch a Cer-
tificate which contained signatures of all members of the
Planning and Advance Planning Departments who were
associated with the retiring engineer.
Mr. Burch said at the luncheon, which was attended by
nearly seventy people, that his career has been "a long
road, but one very interesting and challenging." As the
first State Planning Engineer, Mr. Burch established the
state's first Planning Department in 1936.
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN — A new season be-
gan for Grandfather Mountain on April 1, a traditional
sign that spring is in the highlands.
The famed Mile High Swinging Bridge, the visitor cen-
ter, and the museum displays, was opened Saturday,
April 1st to launch the 1967 season, and the facili-
ties will operate on a daily schedule, 8:00 A.M. to sunset,
until November 15.
On August 19-20, pictures and puchritude take over,
when the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic and the
Carolinas Press Photographers Queen Pageant are held.
Selection of the Queen highlights the two days.
Ceremonies celebrating the 15th anniversary of the con-
struction of the now-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge
will be held September 2. The bridge, stretching between
two of Grandfather Mountain's peaks, was dedicated by
the late Governor William B. Umstead on September 2,
By October 5, autumn foliage usually is approaching
peak beauty, and this kaleidoscopic extravagance remains
through October 25.
Grandfathers Mountain's facilities close for the season
on November 15. Then the old man watches winter settle
upon his crags and crowns, and waits hopefully for anoth-
er spring in the highlands.
First N. C. State University
Aeronautical Woman Engineer
When most Southern belle's were
busily thinking of frilly dresses and
rich husbands, Katharine Stinson, Ra-
leigh, North Carolina, chose a profes
sion in a man's world. Naturally,
many obstacles were placed in her
way, but Katharine had definite ideas
about being an Aeronautical Engi-
Katharine's love for airplanes be-
gan at an early age. She was build-
ing model airplanes by the time she
wasseven years old. Captain Eddie
Stinson learned of Katharine's inter-
est in airplanes and because she had
the same name as Captain Eddie's
sister, gave Katharine her first air-
plane ride when she was 10 years
old in 1927.
When Katharine tried to enroll in
North Carolina State College to study
engineering, she was refused admis-
sion and advised that she should ap-
ply for admission to North Carolina
Womens' College. After some con-
versation Katharine learned that
North Carolina State College would
consider her for acceptance as a jun-
ior after two years at another col-
lege. Katharine was very determined,
so after one year at Meredith Col-
lege and two sessions of summer
school (instead of two years) she re-
applied with enough credits to quali-
fy as a Junior at N. C. State College,
much to the amazement of the Dean
of the Engineering School. Thus.
Katharine was the first girl to at-
tend and graduate with a degree in
engineering from N. C. State College.
It is interesting to note that the
college which originally refused to
admit Katharine as an engineering
student later cited her as an out
standing engineering graduate from
N. C. State Col'ege. Katharine's engi-
neering background is not limited to
engineering theory. When most girls
were playing with dolls and attending
tea parties, Katharine was working
with mechanics at the airport to earn
airplane rides. She learned to fly and
qualified for her pilots certificate
while still in high school. As part of
the requirements for her engineering
degree, sheworked in the foundry
and machine shop.
After graduation, Katharine was
the first woman engineer hired by
the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Since her employment with CAA/
FAA, Katharine has progressively
handled many complex engineering
assignments. She has won the ad-
miration and respect of all her col-
leagues in government and industry
because of her outstanding engineer-
During World War II she was the
CAA engineer on a military project
for converting light airplanes to gli-
ders for pilot training.
Katharine served as the CAA pro-
ject engineer to investigate Boeing
Model 314 flying boar wing spar
Tailures. During this investigation, X-
Ray was used for the first time to
inspect inaccessible parts of aircraft
structures. Today X-Ray is one of
the major methods used to conduct
nondestructive inspection and testing
in the manufacture and maintenance
Oil aircraft. Katharine served as the
CAA engineering coordinator for the
certification of military surplus air-
craft at the end of World War II.
Katharine served as Chief of Spe-
cifications in CAA/FAA for over 10
years. In this capacity she was re-
sponsible for the preparation and is-
suance of specifications for all U. S.
civil aircraft, engines, propellers, and
equipment. In addition, she was re-
sponsible for and developed a system
which is still in use for expediting is-
suance of Airworthiness Directives
(AD). These ADs are actually "one-
shot" regulations used to legally no-
tify aircraft operators whenever an
unsafe condition is discovered in an
aircraft design and provides informa-
tion and requirements on corrective
action to be taken to keep all civil
aircraft up to FAA safety standards.
This is one of the most important re-
sponsibilities of the FAA in regulat-
ing and maintaining a high level of
safety for aircraft in service.
For two years prior to her present
assignment, she served as Chief, Reg-
ulations and Procedures for the En-
gineering and Manufacturing Divi-
sion. In this capacity she had primary
responsibility for determining techni-
cal accuracy and publication of all is-
suances released by the Engineering
and Manufacturing Division.
Katharine is presently serving in
the capacity of Technical Assistant
to the Chief, Engineering and Manu-
facturing Division. The Engineering
and Manufacturing Division is re-
sponsible for the development of safe-
ty regulations and standards for the
design, manufacture, and perform-
ance of aircraft and for the certifica-
tion of each aircraft found to meet
these standards. All civil aircraft are
required to have an FAA airworthi-
ness certificate to operate in the U. S.
As Technical Assistant, Miss Stin-
son is the principal engineering ad-
visor to the Division Chief on new
and complex technical developments
in aircraft design and certification.
She participates in the development
of policy and assists in determining
broad courses of action to be taken
by the Division which have long
term and worldwide influence on
aviation safety and economy.
As evidence of her outstanding abil-
ity, devotion to duty, dependability,
and many other desirable attributes
conducive to the type of employee
that every supervisor would like to
have on his staff, Katharine has re-
ceived many excellent efficiency rat-
ings and in the last three years re-
ceived a Sustained Superior Perform-
ance Award, and an outstanding per-
In addition to her professional en-
gineering responsibilities with the
FAA, Katharine finds time to pursue
many extra-curricular activities. For
1. Present Governor, South Atlantic
Region, Soroptimist Club. (Classi-
fied Service Club for Women —
Like Rotary Club.)
2. Member President Johnson's Wo-
mens Advisory Committee on
3. National President for two years,
Society of Women Engineers.
4. District Treasurer and Member
of Ninety-Nines (Membership is
limited to women with current
5. Charter Member and Secretary-
Treasurer of the Washington
Chapter of American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics.
6. Woman engineering member of
the District of Columbia Engi-
7. Engineer Member on the Joint
Board on Science Education in
the Metropolitan Washington
8. Member of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers.
To feed the world's hungry, food
will be grown increasingly from be-
hind the prop of an airplane rather
than behind the handles of a plow,
says the first woman engineer ever
graduated from North Carolina State
Miss Katherine Stinson, a native
of Raleigh, who now holds a high
position with the Federal Aviation
Administration will deliver her ideas
on airborne agriculture to the Second
International Conference of Women
Engineers and Scientists in Cam-
bridge, England early next month.
Miss Stinson, who qualified for her
pilot's license while in high school,
points out that aircraft are now per-
forming farm work — once reserved
to mules and men — in at least 45
Planes are used to help cultivate
270 million acres of croplands and
foress around the globe, she notes.
"By no other means," she says,
"can crops be treated so efficiently
Engineers and scientists from most
of the nations of the world will hear
Miss Stinson's recommendations at
the conference whose theme is
"Food." Delegates will discuss all as-
pects of the problems associated with
producing food for an ever-expand-
Miss Stinson, representing the Fed-
eral Aviation Administration of the
U. S. Department of Transportation,
will present a paper on "The Role of
Aircraft in Food Production."
As an example of the efficiency of
airplanes in farming. Miss Stinson
cites the fact that a plane can spread
fertilizer over 100 acres an hour. A
good tractor can cover only three to
five acres an hour.
"Through aerial sowing and the
application of top dressing alone,"
she says, "New Zealand mutton pro-
duction has been increased as much
as 60 percent."
Miss Stinson readily concedes that
"aircraft alone are not the answer"
to world hunger.
But, she concludes, "utilized to
their full potential and coupled with
the advancing medical and sociologi-
cal developments aircraft can contri-
bute much toward a peaceful and
Miss Stinson was graduated from
N. C. State in 1941 with a degree in
aeronautical engineering, breaking
the barrier against females in an en-
gineering school that had been re-
stricted to men.
After her graduation, she imme-
diately achieved another first, be-
coming the first woman engineer with
the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Since the early 40's, she has held
increasingly important posts with the
CAA and the Federal Aviation Ad-
ministration and today is technical
assistant to the chief of the engi-
neering and manufacturing division
of the FAA. She lives in Alexandria,
She will be accompanied to the
conference by her sister, Mrs. Maude
Morrow, who is housemother of Delta
Sigma Phi Fraternity at North Caro-
lina State University.
They will depart from Dulles Air-
port on June 30 and will tour Eng-
land, Wales and Scotland during
their two-week stay in the United
A Letter We Liked"
July 29, 1967
Please see that this letter gets to
the person who will get the credit
(or blame) for having US 17 im-
proved to the extent that it is from
the North Carolina- Virginia border to
I am a future taxpayer or a future
North Carolina highway casualty —
which ever comes first.
It is a pleasure driving on US 17
since the improvement and I am one
person who wants to thank the per-
Albert J. Brenner
510 Bell St.
Elizabeth City. N. C. 27909
Is it oranges or apples this time?
Yes, and even bananas sometimes
Back from lunch we come in a rush
Ahoy! Near the receptionist desk
there's fruit for us.
The Chairman has left apples and
oranges to take to our seats
Isn't he great to give us such
Thanks, Chairman Hunt
You have brightened our day
We enjoy your goodies
Muchos gracias. we say!
BENNIE C. KEEL
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
This report presents data and ob-
servations resulting from the salvage
of an archaelogical site destroyed in
the course of construction of a bridge
by the State Highway Commission.
The Research Laboratory of Anthro-
pology was informed on March 25,
1966 by the State Highway Commis-
sion that an Indian grave had been
uncovered in the course of fill opera-
tions by earthmoving equipment at
Hardins, Gaston County, North Caro-
lina. The writer visited the site and
learned that several artifacts were
found with the reported burial. A
search in the borrow pit failed to re-
veal any additional information. Earth
moving had been temporarily sus-
pended until engineers enlarged the
area to be excavated. It was arranged
for the Archaeologist to be present
when excavations were renewed. One
additional burial and three features
were encountered when operations
The site is bordered by a small
creek or branch on the north, to the
east by the Carolina and Northwest-
ern Railroad which runs along the
foot of a line of hills dividing Hoyle
Creek and the South Fork River
which in its turn forms the western
boundary of the site. The site is
designated in the North Carolina
Archaeological Survey and named the
Hardins site for the nearby commun-
The soil is Congaree fine sandy
loam, deposited by the South Fork
River over a gravel bed. The depth
of the soil ranged from one foot in
eastern edge of the site to approxi-
mately five feet along the natural
levee paralleling the South Fork
Above — Ground and Polished Arti-
The burials and features were lo-
cated in the northern portion of the
borrow pit. The exact size of the
site was not determined due to ex-
tensive borrow excavation. Surface
materials indicating Indian occupa-
tion were found along the edge of
the woods bordering the borrow exca-
vation and indicated that the major
area of occupation was between the
river and creek in what is the north-
ern portion of the borrow pit. Archae-
ological evidence shows that the site
was occupied twice for short periods
of time. The first occupation occurred
about 1500 B.C. the final and more
intensive settlement took place about
A.D. 1650 by Catawba Indians.
BURIALS AND FEATURES
The burials and features encounter-
ed at the Hardins Site are describ-
ed below. All of them date from the
Catawba occupation of the site.
This burial was disturbed by earth
moving equipment. The burial was
of a child of age three or four years.
Accompanying the burial were two
ceremonial axes, a celt, shell beads,
a shell pendant, and a piece of mica.
One shell bead, pendant, and one of
the axes and the celt were collected
by Mr. Edwin Hoyle of the State
Highway Commission and turned
over to the writer for study. The re-
maining ceremonial axe was collected
by one of the construction workers
and was not examined by the writer.
The piece of mica was not collected,
but was described by Mr. Hoyle who
supplied the above information.
This burial was also discovered in
the process of fill excavations. This
burial was that of a second child aged
five or six years. The disturbed re-
mains indicate that the body was
placed on its left side in a flexed po-
sition, the knees were drawn up to
the chest and the right arm placed
over the right knee, the left arm un-
der the left knee. In the area be
tween the chin and knees a cere-
monial axe and a polished stone dis-
coidal were placed as grave offerings.
The graves encountered at Gaston
both contained the remains of
young children. Both corpses were
evidently flexed and both contained
grave goods. The grave goods will
be further described below.
Three features were encountered
by fill removal in the presence of the
writer; undoubtedly others were des-
troyed but escaped notice during pre-
vious borrow excavations.
A circular, round bottomed post
hole which contained the base of
a Savannah River projectile point
made of quartzite. This post hole
measured nine inches in diameter and
one foot deep. The Savannah River
point was an accidental inclusion.
The feature dates from the middle
This cooking pit measured 24 x
40 inches with a depth of eight inch-
es. It contained the largest amount
of material found in the course of
archaeological salvage. Identifiable
food remains consisted of deer and
turtle bones, mussel shells and a
walnut shell. Daub or house plaster
and a mud dauber nest which had
been built in a section of cane were
present. Ceramics consisted of sixty
sherds representing at least ten dif-
DESCRIPTION OF ARTIFACTS
A wide, though not numerous,
vanity of artifacts were recovered
from the Hardins Site. It is note
worthy that only the chipped stone
artifacts can be classed as tools. The
two projectile points and one blade
are evidence of pre-ceramic inhabi-
tants of the site. The triangular ar-
row point used by the pottery makers
are absent and point out that the
collection is in no way an adequate
sample. The remaining artifacts left
by the middle seventeenth century
cccupants are ceremonial, recreation-
al, or ornamental with the exception
of the chipped stone hoe and tobacco
pipe. The description of artifacts
The poll portion of a chipped stone
hoe was found on the surface. This
specimen is somewhat larger than
Chipped Stone Artifacts
Three spatulate shaped ceremonial
axes were recovered from the two
graves encountered during borrow ex-
cavation. One of these was found by
Mr. Edwin Hoyle with the first bur-
ial; the second was removed from the
same grave by a construction worker
and was unavailable for study. The
first axe measured 13.2 cm. in length,
having a maximum width of 11 cm.
and a thickness of 1.7 cm. This spe-
cimen was unpolished except along
the blade and probably was consider-
ed unfinished at the time it was
placed in the child's grace. The sec-
ond axe recovehed but not available
for study was reported as being well
polished and slightly larger than the
A small thin highly polished celt
of Carolina banded slate was re-
covered by Mr. Hoyle from the grave.
It measured 7.2 cm. in length, 3.5
cm. wide at bit, 0.9 cm. at poll and
has a maximum thickness of 0.4 cm.
This small well-made artifact must
be considered as a ceremonial object
due to its small size and fragility.
It could not have been used as a
utilitarian wood-working tool.
The ground stone game disc found
with the grave is made of a fine-
grained white quartzite. It is well
shaped and has a tolerance of 1
mm. in its diameter of 7.0 cm. It is
2.5 cm. thick. A large fragment was
chipped from the edge of one side
prior to its use as a grave offering.
Steatite Vessel Fragment:
A single fragment of a steatite or
soapstone vessel was recovered from
the surface on the river side of the
borrow pit. This is the common ves-
sel used during the late Archaic
A single spherical bead made of
mussel shell was recovered from the
Pendant or Pin:
The pointed end of a shell pendant
or ear pin was found. The fragmen-
tary nature of the artifact precludes
its full identification.
About one third of the stem por-
tion of a clay pipe was recovered
from the surface. This fragment rep-
resents the typical tobacco pipe made
during the late prehistoric and his-
toric periods by Indians living in the
Ceramics Stone Artifacts
Piedmont and mountain sections of
North Carolina. This particular spe-
cimen is decorated with a series of
thin incised lines around the circum-
ference of the stem.
DESCRIPTION OF CERAMICS
By the seventeenth century the in-
digenous ceramics of the North Caro-
lina Piedmont had begun to exhibit
certain traits which originated fur-
ther to the south. The standard coni-
cal or subconical pot form with cord,
fabric, or net impressed surface fin-
ish was replaced by a wider variety
of forms and surface finishes. Dur-
ing this period a group of ceramics
appear in the Catawba River basin
that can be traced directly to those
made by the historic Catawba In-
The Hardins Site data imply a
small agricultural settlement during
the middle of the seventeenth cen-
tury. Ceramics are directly compar-
able to those found on historic Ca-
tawba sites and indicate that the
tradition of Catawba pottery was al-
ready well developed at this time.
The dead were interred in pits and
with grave goods. This is true, at
least, for children though there may
be differences in mortuary customs
for adults. Ceremonialism, it would
seem, was well advanced with spe-
The writer would like to acknowl-
edge the excellent cooperation of th?
State Highway Commission and es-
pecially Mr. Edwin Hoyle of the
Bridge Construction Division who
originally reported the site, for his
interest and considerable aid in carry-
ing out the salvage project.
FOUR RULES FOR SUCCESS
1. Put yourself into your work.
2. Try to improve on your best.
3. Cultivate a keen interest in what
you are doing.
4. Don't worry.
Somebody's inventing new things
every day. They have new traffic-
lights in Las Vegas: Stop, Go, and
Eight to Five You Don't Make it.
Brazilian Engineers Tour
W. F. Babcock and the Brazilian Engineers.
It looked like a small United Na-
At the head of the big table in the
meeting room of the N. C. State
Highway Commission sat Highway
Administrator W. F. Babcock. Strung
out along the table were the various
department heads with stacks of
planr. and papers before them. Just
behind them along the outer perime-
ter of the room sat a group with
small, receivers in their ears.
After each statement made by Bab-
cock, an interpreter repeated what
he had said in staccata Portugese,
and. those along the wall would nod,
nudge and look at each other know-
This was planning Board on Mon-
day, June 26, and for the second
June in a row, the North Carolina
Highway Commission was playing
host to a group of Brazilian Engi-
neers. This time there were 16; last
time 15, but again they came under
the auspices of the Agency for In-
ternational Development and the U.
S. State Department. Again there
was one lady in the group. This year
she was Senora Dalva Nou Schneid-
er, Chief Engineer of the Bituminous
and Soil Laboratory of the Sergipe
Province (State) Highway Depart-
ment. More about her later.
After a first day of orientation and
learning about the North Carolina
Highway Commission Organization,
the Brazilians, in the care of Con-
struction Engineer John Davis and
Maintenance Engineer George Brink-
ley, set out via bus to see what's
going on and how it's done in North
Carolina's highway program.
The four days of travel included
looking at construction along the
east-bound lane of US-70 between
Raleigh and Durham, construction
of roads in the Research Triangle
Park, construction on the urban sec-
tion of the Durham Expressway, con-
struction of Interstate 95 in Nash
County just north of Gold Rock, con-
struction of the Clinton Bypass, and
secondary road construction and
maintenance over Wake, Durham,
Sampson, Johnston and Duplin
It's interesting to note that while
our friends from Brazil were greatly
impressed by the amount and magni-
tude of "super-highway construction"
going on in North Carolina they were
most impressed and most interested
in secondary road construction which
is very similar to the kind of con-
struction going on in Brazil at pres-
In interviews with Raleigh-area
newspapers, radio and television
newsmen, the Brazilian engineers
said there are more similarities than
differences in the composition of
state highway commissions and fed-
eral highway agencies here and there,
the thing which impresses them most
is the fact that we get things done
in a hurry, that we go from planning
to actual construction in such a rela-
tively short while. They were very
much amazed to learn that North
Carolina's highway system is the
largest under the control of a single
agency among all the states.
In an interview with Mary Jo
Cashion of the RALEIGH TIMES,
Senora Schneider, who has traveled
widely, said she was amazed to find
so few women involved in engineer-
ing pursuits in the United States.
"I met women engineers in Europe
and Africa", she told Mary Jo
through her interpreter, "but so far
I have not met one here. I would
like to." Our attempts to get Senora
Schneider and Traffic Engineer
Emily Blount together failed.
Senora Schneider was proud of
her role in the overall highway pro-
gram of Sergipe Province, but to
the Raleigh Times Woman's Page
writer apparently prouder of the
fact that, "I have many men working
for me", she said it in Portugese
smiling broadly, and then winked at
Mary Jo as the interpreter told her
what it meant.
The group, which left Raleigh via
jetliner for Texas and points west
on June 30, was in the States through
July, and missed an opportunity to
see the Highway Commission in ses-
sion. The June meeting was in Wash-
ington, N. C.
Before departing, a spokesman for
the group said, "We are very much
impressed by your highway adminis-
tration and by the results you get. Al-
though this was the first state on our
tour, we don't expect to see anything
any more impressive, or to receive
better treatment than we have here.
We have learned a lot we can use to
make Sergip'e Highway System bet-
ter. We thank you."
We look forward to a new group
of ROADWAYS WILL FEA-
TURE "ROADWAY DESIGN"
BY W. A. WILSON, JR. STATE
Left to Right: Division Engineer D. W. Patrick, George
D. Ashbell, Luther L. Austin, Harry S. Phelps, Robert L.
Pinkham and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irving.
Absent: John E. Crain, George W. Daniels, Leon Har-
ris, Wayland Joyner, Gurley W. Lawrence, William C.
Sexton and Delmar W. Williams,
Left to Right: Division Engineer D. W. Patrick, George
W. Cartwright and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irving.
35- YEAR AWARD
Left to Right: Division Engineer D. W. Patrick, Eu-
gene G. Credle, Phillip L. Jackson, Hartwell T. Liverman,
Robert L. Pinkham, Preston Steadman and Assistant Chief
Engineer H. D. Irving.
Left to Right: Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty,
John Q. Adams, Major Daughety, James R. Gray and
Division Engineer C. W. Snell, Jr.
Absent: Louis L. Johnson, George A. Phillips and Carl
35- YEAR AWARD
Left to Right: Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty,
John Q. Adams, Joseph Batchelor, Charles T. Bell, Syl-
vester V. Catlett, William S. Clements, John O. Hardy,
John B. Jennette, John R. Martin, Warren E. Wethering-
ton and Division Engineer C. W. Snell, Jr.
Absent: David P. Joyner.
Left to Right: Group I — Commissioner Ashley M. Mur-
phy, Harold J. Butterfield, William C. Cooper, Waldo E.
Hewett, Andrew W. Ivey, Malcolm M. King and Division
Engineer Paul J. DuPre.
Left to Right: Commissioner Ashley M. Murphy, Robert
A. Ashworth, Jr., Loman M. Mitchell (Bridge), Theodore
J. Page (Equipment), Raymond T. West and Division En-
gineer Paul J. DuPre.
Group II — Commissioner Ashley M. Murphy, Maxwell
A. Morton, William B. Pelletier, Arthur L. Rochelle, Glen
A Sutton, Lee M. Taylor and Division Engineer Paul J.
Absent: Charles W. Findeisen
Left to Right: Division Engineer R. W. Dawson, Clif-
ton R. Cherry, John E. Delbridge, E. P. Koonce, Stans-
bury S. White and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irving.
Absent: Willie Sykes, Jesse R. Taylor and Moses D.
35- YEAR AWARD
Left to Right: Division Engineer R. W. Dawson, Frank
H. Edwards, Leonard L. Mohorn, Arthur E. Morris, Wil-
liam H. Wiggins and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irv-
Absent: Isaac A. Kornegay, Moses D. Wallace and Gadi
Left to Right: Assistant Division Engineer C. C. Painter,
Harry Buster Royster and Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan
Absent: Taze A. Matthews, Philip G. Stainbuck and
Douglas F. Williams.
35- YEAR AWARD
Left to Right: Assistant Division Engineer C. C. Painter,
John B. Harris, William Alvin Laws, James T. Robertson
and Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty.
Absent: Roy W. Gupton, Ralph King and Ben F.
Left to Right: Shepp Hall, Garland D. Hewett, Kenneth
S. McCaskill, James L. Nance and Division Engineer N.
Absent: A. T. Hight
35- YEAR AWARD
Left to Right: Group I — Division Engineer N. S. Day,
Julian M. Andrews, John F. Cannon, A. E. Cox (Equip-
ment) and Kenneth Hester.
Group III — Equipment Superintendent R. A. Averitt
and A. E. Cox.
Group II — Division Engineer N. S. Day, Dossie Martin,
Archie N. Mclntyre, Samuel M. Wilson and Willie P.
Absent: Donald W. Taylor (Bridge).
Left to Right: Highway Personnel Officer J. Raynor
Woodard, Elgie G. Bush, Robert V. Graham, John W.
Hooper and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irving.
Absent: Frank A. Campbell, William A.
Mrs. Margaret L. Howell.
Left to Right: Highway Personnel Officer J. Raynor
Woodard, Robert V. Graham, C. H. Goodwin (Equipment)
and Assistant Chief Engineer H. D. Irving.
Absent: Frank A. Campbell, John Dillon, Emery C.
Hughes, James E. Moore, Arthur R. Piner, John W.
Rainey and Clyde I. Roberts.
Left to Right: Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan Hardesty,
Homer R. Early (Bridge Maintenance), James L. Stewart,
Roy S. Webster, Thomas M. Williams (Equipment) and
Division Engineer T. C. Johnston, Jr.
Absent: Grifton M. Brooks (Equipment).
Left to Right: Division Engineer T. C. Johnston, Jr.,
Howard P. Hoover and Assistant Chief Engineer Ivan
Absent: Grifton M. Brooks (Equipment).
NCSHPEA. ASSOCIATION NEWS
A REPORT TO THE EMPLOYEES
By OTIS M. BANKS & DAVID W. KING
UNIT 1 — NCSHPEA meeting at Hertford June 29,
1967. L to R: K. B. Bailey, 1st Vice President installing
new Unit Officers: D. W. Patrick, Unit Chairman; W. Earl
Moore, Unit Vice Chairman and Ted Willard, Unit Secre-
UNIT 2 — NCSHPEA annual meeting at Greenville
June 30, 1967. L to R: K. B. Bailey, 1st Vice President,
installing Mrs. Iris Sutton, Unit Vice Chairman; E. D.
Credle, Unit Secretary, and Mr. Charles Snell, Division
Engineer. Absent in picture: C. W. John, Unit Chairman.
UNIT 3 — NCSHPEA meeting at Burgaw July 14,
1967. L to R: K. B. Bailey, 1st Vice President installing L.
F. Dail, Unit Chairman; Eugene Woodring, Unit Vice
Chairman and Marie Ferrell, Unit Secretary.
UNIT 4 — NCSHPEA meeting at Wilson July 6,
1967. New Officers — L to R: Archie Worley, Unit Vice
Chairman; Pat Abernethy, Unit Secretary and W. H.
Swart, Unit Chairman. 1st Vice President K. B. Bailey,
UNIT 5 — NCSHPEA meeting at Durham, July 7,
1967. New Officers — L to R: 1st Vice President K. B.
Bailey, installing W. C. Grimes, Unit Chairman; G. E.
Crutcher, Unit Vice Chairman and Doug Waters Unit Sec-
UNIT 6 — NCSHPEA meeting at Fayetteville July 19,
1967. L to R: W. L. White, Unit Chairman; Leroy Cain,
Unit Vice Chairman and S. F. Ammons, Unit Secretary.
A f A* ,
UNIT 7— NCSHPEA Meeting at Greensboro July 20,
1967. L to R: K. B. Bailey, 1st Vice President — installing
Carl Wilkins, Unit Chairman; J. B. Taylor, Second Vice
Chairman; A. L. Coltrane, Unit Secretary.
Absent: Clyde Jones, 1st Vice Chairman.
UNIT 8— NCSHPEA Meeting at Sanford July 21,
1967. L to R: K. B. Bailey, 1st Vice President— installing
Fred Whitesell, Unit Chairman; Richard Siler, Unit Vice
Chairman; Virginia Williamson, Unit Secretary.
By KEITH HUNDLEY
It's just like on "To Tell the Truth".
Both guys say, "My name is Henry Hammond", and
they both mean it.
I ran into this interesting situation the other day when
I discovered via a telephone call that there are two Henry
Hammonds working for the Highway Commission. Both
of them are working in Raleigh. Both are involved in
design work. Both have initials involving combinations
of the letter "h" and "c".
I wouldn't even bring up this whole confusing matter
except that these fellows constantly get each others tele-
phone calls and mail, and, well, I've put it off as long
as I can, so, I might as well get on with the explanation.
Let's do it the Army way!
Henry Hammond Number One is HAMMOND, Henry
C. Employed in the Highway Commission's Landscape De-
partment, works on the design of such facilities as road-
side rest areas and scenic overlooks. He has worked for
the Commission for three years, was graduated from the
University of Georgia at Athens and was born on the
military reservation at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Henry Hammond Number Two is HAMMOND, Clyde
H. Employed in the Highway Commission's Roadway De-
sign Department designing roadways, has been with the
Highway Commission since January 1, 1967, was grad-
uated from the University of South Carolina and is a na-
tive of Columbia, South Carolina.
C. HENRY HAMMOND
HENRY C. HAMMOND
Now, if we could keep this thing as we have it here
with the simple military type sketches and the military-
type names: HAMMOND, Henry C, and Clyde H, we'd
be all right. No problem. But no. Both these guys want
to be called Henry. They prefer it, demand it. Even the
listing in the State telephone directory is confusing. Then
landscape Hammond is listed as "Henry C." The design
Hammond is listed as "C. H." So, people who want to
speak to Henry Hammond call Henry Hammond, it's
just that they don't always get the right Henry.
Am I making myself clear?
Anyway, Henry C. get C. Henry's phone calls. C.
Henry gets mail intended for Henry C. Roadway problems
and landscape problems mix and blend. Everybody gets
My point — if I can get back to it now after all this —
is if you want to speak to Henry Hammond on the tele-
phone, or if you want to write to him, make darn sure
that your "H" and "C" are in the right position before
you dial or take pen in hand.
Look, before I leave the typewriter here to go get an
aspirin, let me try out one more thought on you. Why
don't we look around for one more guy named Henry
Hammond, take all three to New York and really drive
Bud Collyer nuts. When he says, "Will the REAL Henry
Hammond please stand up", it'll look like a standing ova-
WORTH IT ALL — It's a long drive from Asheville to
Raleigh, but a fine Highway Lady found it all worth while
on June 22nd. Mrs. Harriet W. Gossett who has given
the Highway Commission 45 years of diligent and com-
petent service was here with 50 men to receive her serv-
ice award from Governor DAN MOORE. After the cere-
monies she was glowing, and well she might. In her own
words, here's what happened: "Not only did Mr. Babcock
introduce me as the real Division 13 Engineer, but I got
a big kiss from the Governor". I guarantee that's one time
Mrs. Gossett felt like staying on as a "flatlander".
FISHING FEVER — That expected and enjoyable
summer disease hit the Hundley household on June 24.
Two-thirty A.M. found the Hundley bunch on the road
for one of its '"vest-pocket vacations" on Emerald Isle.
We had no difficulty making the first ferry run at Bogue
Sound, and then at the Iron Steamer Pier parlayed a full
moon, a rising tide and cool cloudy weather into a full
fishbox. At cleaning time they totaled 56 mullet, trout
and spots with a hogfish or two tossed in. Wife Shirley
caught her share as did daughters Vickie and Leithie. The
old saying goes: "If you can't fish . . . cut bait" ... I
took a knife along.
EUREKA — On a previous outing, this column asked
the searching question of Division 14 Engineer A. J.
Hughes, "Mr. Red, who's got them scissors?" That all
referred to the fact that Mr. Hughes had carried the
scissors used to cut the ribbon for the dedication of the
1-26 Hendersonville Bypass and was jokingly accused of
trying to add them to his personal archives. I needled him
about while he was in Raleigh to get that 40-year award,
he pulled up short, snapped his fingers, and said, "I'm
glad you said that Keith. I've got to stop by the equip-
ment depot and pick up five pairs of engraved scissors I
left down there". Well, I'm good for something.
FISH TALE — Big Vernon Branch back in the Re-
production Dept. in Raleigh was the butt of a joke the
fellows were telling around here the other day. Seems
Branch, who towers to well over six feet and weighs ac-
cordingly, fishes a good deal off the ocean piers. Way the
story goes some of his friends saw him at the pier fish-
ing through a knothole not an inch and a half across.
Smiling, the friend said, "Vernon, you can't pull a
fish up through that knothole". Old Vernon just grinned
and said, "Yeah, but he can't pull me down through it
cither". It appears whales must be his usual fare.
LONG LIST — I heard right much comment lately
about what a long list of honorees there was at the last
service award ceremony here in June. Thirty-eight 40-
year and 13 45-years. That kind of long association speaks
well for both the organization and the individual em-
POW WOW — Word gets back to this camp that only a
last minute pow wow with leaders of the Cherokee Na-
tion saved Chairman Hunt, Administrator Babcock and
Secondary Roads Man George Willoughby from being
scalped at Waynesville. It's a good thing Commissioner
Russ speaks their language when it comes to roads.
WHAT? — Some of the King Kong Koffee Klatch,
made up of highway employees working mainly on the
second floor, give me the word that Phil Hefner drove
all the way to Maiden a weekend or two ago just to
get a chocolate shake at "Slick's". Fascinating the way
they hand them out that little window, ain't it, Phil?
LETTERS — Remember how old Perry Como used to
sing, "We get letters, lots and lots of letters . . . ? I'm
sure we all do, but none of them are much rarer than the
one the ever-interesting Alyce Cunningham included in
her Division 14 news last issue. I laughed 'til I cried,
CAST OFFS — If any of you folks have any old stale
— even slightly off color — jokes, send them to Mr. Poe
Cox, Location Dept., State Highway Commisison, Ra-
leigh. Cox was recently named editor of the JAYCRIER
for the Garner JayCees and needs all the help he can get.
Highway Progress Feb. thru July
The period between February and June has been an
extremely busy time for the North Carolina State High-
way Commission with the State's greatest program of
road building and improvement swinging into high gear.
Looking back over the first half of the calendar year,
I have picked out some figures and data which I felt
would be of interest to you, and which would provide
the basis for a numbe rof stories and features over the next
First, let me give you a general picture of some of the
Commission's activities during the past six months.
A total of 174 contracts were awarded, having a cash
value of $47,931,666 and involving 1,625 miles of road
construction and other improvements.
Of this overall total, two contracts were awarded on
the Interstate System with a cash value of $5,102,457.
These call for the grading and construction of two of
three links of 1-40 between Winston-Salem and States-
ville across Davie County. The sections total more than
17 miles. The third section of some 10.4 miles to tie into
the completed Statesville Bypass will be let to contract
on July 25th and reviewed for award by the full Highway
Commission on August 4th, 1967.
On the Appalachian Highway System, three contracts
totaling $4,800,000 were awarded. They involve construc-
tion along US 19-23 from Lake Junaluska to Clyde and
from Hazelwood to Balsam Gap. (The Waynesville By-
pass), and the construction of the west approaches to the
new Smoky Mountain Bridge over the French Broad at
In addition to these projects, there were other impor-
tant contracts awarded across the State:
The relocation of US 421 at Wilkesboro, the Wilkes-
boro Bypass, 11.5 miles. A Federal-aid project.
The construction of two additional lanes in the four-
laning of the US 70 Bypass at Kinston, 2.5 miles. A
Construction of West Boulevard from Airport Drive to
near Cliffwood Drive in Charlotte, 3.6 miles. A bond
Widening and resurfacing of two sections of NC 12
on the Outer Banks, one section just south of the
Herbert Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, the other
just north of Buxton, 3.5 miles. A bond project.
The construction of a segment of the Durham Express-
way in the City of Durham between Alston Avenue
and Chapel Hill Street, 2.3 miles. A Federal aid pro-
The widening and resurfacing of the east-bound lane
of US 70 between Bethesda in Durham County and
Duraleigh Road in Wake County, 8.8 miles. A bond
Construction of the lift-span bridge across the Cape
Fear at Wilmington. A Federal-aid project.
Construction of the superstructure and approaches
along Secondary Roads 1300 and 1508 in Washington
and Bertie Counties. A Federal-aid project.
These eight projects are indicative of the large amount
and wide range of highway construction let to contract
during the first half of the year, construction supported
by both bond funds and regular State-Federal matching
The following tables show some of the activities of the
Highway Commission during the period February 1
through June 30, 1967:
Status of Interstate Mileage in North Carolina
as of June 30, 1967
Miles open to traffic 385.9
(does not include routes presently in use
as temporary Interstate)
Miles presently under contract 133.2
Miles in Right-of-Way acquisition and/or design stage 251.0
Total Interstate miles allotted to North Carolina 770.1
ULTIMATE COST OF AUTHORIZED
as of JUNE, 1967
PRIMARY SECONDARY URBAN
Division 1 $ 11.5C0.000 $ 2,252,000 $ 1,838,000
Division 2 9,600,000 3.750,000 3,425.000
Division 3 10,700,000 3.600.000 3,255,000
Division 4 13,324,000 2,013,000 6,125.000
Division 5 10,192,0:0 2,802.000 4,636,000
Division 6 14,373,600 3.950,000 2,043,000
Division 7 9,721,(00 3,410,000 9,506,000
Division 8 9,900,000 4,752.000 2,009,000
Division 9 8,377,1(0 3,160,000 5,202,000
Division 10 8,095,700 2,751,000 9,494.000
Division 11 10,251,600 6,515,000 1,743.000
Division 12 8,506,200 2,670,000 5,425,000
Division 13 10,161,200 4,952.000 2,941,000
Division 14 9,456,300 5,425,000 1,322,000
$144,158,900 $52,002,C00 $58,964,000
THOROUGHFARE PLANS FEBRUARY-JUNE, 1967
THOROUGHFARE PLANS PLANS
1. Cullowhee 1. Greenville
2. Leaksville-Spray 2. Madison-Mayodan
3. Hendersonville 3. New Bern-Bridgeton
4. Taylorsville 4. Sanford
REVISIONS TO PLANS
AGREEMENTS ON CITY-STATE SYSTEM
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THOROUGHFARES
INCLUDED IN ADOPTED PLANS
1. New Bern
5. Southern Pines
6. Spruce Pine
8. Tarboro (revised)
Thoroughfare Plans mutually adopted by the Highway Commission
and the municipalities totaled 87 as of June 30 1967, and involved
some 104 separate communities. (There are several multi-city plans.)
CONTRACT AWARDS BY
THE STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION
A breakdown of the completed mileage on each of the State's five
Interstate Corridors is available now on the Highway Commission's
Interstate Status Map as of February. 1967. A new map showing pro-
gress to July, 1967 is now being prepared.
SECONDARY ROAD ACTIVITY
IMPROVEMENT ULTIMATE COST
75.8 Miles $ 866,604.00
PROGRAMMED FOR PAVING
121.4 Miles $2,247,830.00
MILES ADDED TO STATE SYSTEM
HIGHWAY SYSTEM PROGRESS
Lake Junaluska to Clyde-US 19-23 $2,100,000
Hazelwood to Balsam Gap 875,000
West approach to New Smoky Mountain
Bridge, French Broad. Asheville _ 1,825,000
Total Mileage Involved — 6.6 miles
During the period February to June, the 9.1 mile Waynesville By-
pass between Lake Junaluska to Hazelwood was opened to traffic,
and right-of-way authorization was approved for the 18-mile section
between Murphy and the Tennessee State Line.
The Interstate System
The 11.000 mile National System
of Interstate and Defense Highways
was authorized by Congress in 1956
following a series of studies and de-
bates stretching back to late 1930's.
The system was to be developed t;>
connect the nation's major cit es and
to provide for the free flow of com-
merce, to cut travel time between
cities and to reduce traffic conges-
tion, to improve highway safety and
to strengthen the national defense
capabilities. It is the biggest road-
building program the world has ever
North Carolina is no "johnny-
come-lately" to the interstate high-
way construction scene, having done
the corridor locations for its five
routes as early as 1947, and having
expended some $60,000,000 on con-
struction of the system before Con-
gress made 90 per cent Federal fi-
nancing available in 1956.
Neither is North Carolina giving
up its traditional role as a national
leader in interstate highway construc-
tion today. Since funds were first
made available from the Highway
Trust Fund, the State has spent more
than $174,000,000 on the Interstate
System, exclusive of right-of-way
and other engineering costs. In addi-
tion, the State has completed approxi-
mately half the Interstate mileage
allocated to it.
The Interstate System in North
Carolina breaks down into five
routes: Interstate 26, Interstate 40,
Interstate 77, Interstate 85, and In-
terstate 95 total allocated mile-
age is 770.
Interstate 85 is the "long route"
on the North Carolina System, com-
prising almost a third of the total al-
located mileage. The route begins in
Virginia and ends at Interstate 65
in Alabama and traverses North
Carolina for some 233 miles, enter-
ing just north of Henderson and leav-
ing just south of Kings Mountain.
This route serves the major cities of
the so-called "Piedmont Crescent",
including Henderson, Durham,
Greensboro. High Point, Lexington.
Charlotte and Burlington.
Only slightly shorter than 1-85 is
1-40, which rises at Interstate 85 in
Greensboro, serves Winston-Salem as
the State's only urban Interstate
section, winds its way west to Ashe-
ville, then up the rugged Pigeon
River Gorge of Haywood County.
and exits into Tennessee. When fi-
nally completed the route will
stretch all the way to Barstow, Cali-
fornia, with 219 miles of it in North
The third longest of the Interstate
routes in North Carolina is Inter-
state 95. This is the Eastern North
Caro'ina Interstate, running for some
182 miles along a north to south line
between Roanoke Rapids-Weldon,
where it enters from Virginia, to just
south of Lumberton, where it makes
its way into South Carolina.
There are two so-called "short in-
terstate routes" in North Carolina.
The first of these is 1-77, which en-
ters the state near Mt. Airy from
Virginia. The route's northern ter-
minus is in Cleveland, Ohio, but it
traverses this state for only 96 miles
across Surry, Yadkin, Iredell and
Mecklenburg Counties. The route
ends at Charlotte.
The other of the two is 1-26. This
one could be called the "Interstate
of the Carolinas". It rises at Inter-
state 40 at Asheville, heads south
through the Saluda Valley and en-
ters South Carolina near the Polk
County town of Columbus, a distance
of only slightly more than 40 miles.
The route continues on, however, to
the South Carolina port city of Char-
When the Interstate System was
originally planned, it was anticipated
that the 41,000 mile system would be
completed by 1972, but recent drains
on the Highway Trust Fund, the war
in Vietnam and other economic fac-
tors have combined to change that
Currently the huge system is
scheduled for completion in 1975,
provided there are no additional fund-
Cost of Highways
"The best things in life are free"
is a fine sentiment. However, in our
present highly developed, urbanized
society almost everything — like it or
not — costs money. Look around you
and think about your daily life.
What is free?
"Ah-hah," you may say — "the air
is free to breathe. Nature is free,
and anybody can take a ride in the
But let's look at these things more
closely. It doesn't cost anything to
breathe air, but cities are at this
moment having to perform costly re-
search to develop costly control de-
vices for preventing air pollution and
purifying air. You don't put money
in an inhalation meter with every
breath you take, but tax money is
being spent for research and control
of our precious air.
What about nature — is it free?
The nature that people in urban areas
have readily available to them is
confined to parks and playgrounds.
These may be free to romping chil-
dren and strolling teenage couples,
but they are not free to the tax-
payer. Large sums of tax revenu?
are spent every year establishing and
maintaining parks and playgrounds.
If your family is lucky enough to live
next to acres of open fields, ideal for
running games and kite flying, you
are among the favored few. With the
rapidly increasing urbanization of
our nation, the neighboring sand lot
or vacant field is sure to become al-
most a phenomenon. For large mass-
es of our present population the
great out-of-doors is only accessible
via an auto trip some distance out-
side the city. Here the cost is invest-
ment in an automobile.
Which brings us to our next item
— a free ride in the country. What
does a "free" ride really require. Ba-
sically, it requires two items. One is
investment in an automobile, which I
just mentioned. But that is putting
the cart before the horse. The chief
item is roads; an investment must be
made in building and maintaining
roads so that taking a pleasure drive
Roads are necessary, however,
whether going for a pleasure drive,
to work or on a business trip. Roads
are of considerable importance to our
American way of life. Both in terms
of the freedom of movement which
mobile America enjoys and of eco-
nomic prosperity, modern highways
play a vital part. When we speak of
transportation, we are speaking to a
massive degree about highways. As
most everything else of consequence
in our lives, highways cost money.
Our estimated national transporta-
tion bill in 1965 was a little over $140
billion. Highway passenger and
freight transport accounted for about
$115 billion, or 82 percent of the total.
Private automobiles accounted for
more than 88 percent of the 1965
passenger dollar. Seventy-three per-
cent of the freight dollar was spent on
highway transport. Highways now
account for 92 percent of intercity
In the past ten years the United
States has spent more than $114 bil-
lion on roads and streets. $150 bil-
lion is expected to be spent for high-
ways in the next ten years. Thus
highway expenditure will probably
top a quarter of a trillion dollars in
a 20-year period.
A program of this magnitude
should and does stir interest and con-
People frequently asks what it
costs, on the average, to build, main-
tain and operate a mile of road. On
the surface of the matter, this seems
to be a simple and reasonable ques-
tion, but there is no easy answer. It
is a case where averages are almost
Many road construction projects
are actually projects of reconstruc-
tion; that is, the modernization and
renewal of roads that already exist.
In such cases, there may be no new
investment in land for right-of-way,
or, if the road is to be widened, it
may be necessary to acquire addi-
tional land. Depending on the cir-
cumstances, this land may be quite
cheap or very expensive. In the case
of an urban highway built on new
right-of-way, the cost of the land may
be the largest item of expense.
Then there is the question of how
to amortize the capital investment
so as to be able to calculate the cost
of the highway on an annual basis.
The various elements of the highway
have different life spans. The excava-
tion, grading and compaction of the
right-of-way constitutes a more-or-
less permanent part of the highway.
The surfacing, on the other hand, will
In spite of the obvious difficulties
involved in arriving at a meaningful
average, calculations of this sort
have been made, with the object of
finding out, as accurately as possible,
what it costs to provide a mile of
service to the individual motorist.
It is quite obvious that it costs a
great deal more to build and main-
tain an expressway than it does to
build and maintain a secondary road.
On the other hand, when the cost is
divided among the vehicles using the
roads, the expressway, because of its
much greater volume of traffic, is
the cheapest investment on a per-
Calculations by the Bureau of Pub-
lic Roads, based on the 1964 High-
way Program, indicated that Inter-
state System highways cost, per mile,
per year, an average of $25,467, while,
on the same basis, local secondary
roads cost only $2,552 per mile per
year. When this cost was divided by
the number of vehicles using the
highways, it was found that the Inter-
state road cost four tenths of a cent,
per vehicle mile, while local secon-
dary roads cost 1.38 cents per vehicle
mile. Other categories of roads fell
between the two extremes.
One break-down of highway capital
expenditures indicated that 49 per-
cent of the investment was in right-
of-way and grading, 24 percent for
bridges and other structures, and 27
percent for paving and shoulders.
Highway users are the fount of
highway funds. State and Federal
highway funds are derived primarily
from motor fuel and vehicle taxes and
other charges levied on highway
users. The revenue from Federal
highway-user taxes which are ear-
marked for highway purposes goes
into a special Highway Trust Fund,
from which is paid the 90 percent
Federal share of Interstate construc-
tion and the 50 percent Federal share
of construction costs on other Feder-
The unit costs of highway con-
struction have remained relatively
stable since 1960, but lately have
been moving up. Stability of costs
through the years has been made pos-
sible largely through sustained in-
creases in productivity. The highway
construction industry has largely es-
caped the gradual creep in prices and
costs experienced during the last de-
cade by most other sectors of the
economy. Transportation Secretary
Alan S. Boyd, in a recent speech, at-
tributed the relative stability in the
highway industry to a combination
of improved techniques, materials,
equipment and management tools,
all of which greatly increased produc-
tivity. There are some indications
that the period of relatively stable
construction costs has ended and
we are entering a period in which
we will not be able to realize in-
creases in productivity sufficient to
offset other rising cost factors. Main-
tenance costs have also been increas-
ing at an accelerated pace.
The situation points toward the
need for increased research. Research
has proved valuable in the past. Slip-
form paving, a method of surfacing
highways which was a novelty not
many years ago, is now widely used
to produce durable concrete pave-
ments at reduced costs. With rapidly
rising excavation costs, an answer
must be found for more efficient ex-
cavation methods. Research in new
excavation methods is being conduct-
ed right now. In connection with this,
experimentation is going on in the
use of lasers for blasting rocks. Nu-
clear gauges for faster, non-destruc-
tive field tests of soil compaction are
already in use, thanks to research.
The National Program of Research
and Development for highway trans-
portation, begun in 1965, is responsi-
ble for most of the highway research
being conducted. This is a coopera-
tive effort of the Bureau of Public
Roads and the State highway depart-
ments, administered by the Highway
Research Board, an arm of the Na-
tional Academy of Sciences. Research
sponsored by and coordinated with
the extensive research efforts of pri-
vate industry aimed at producing
more efficient equipment and im-
proving the characteristics of high-
Research, however, will by no
means alleviate the entire problem
of rising costs, especially in urban
construction; and urban construction
accounts for the great majority of
all highway construction that will be
done in the future. Urban construc-
tion involves many complications.
Right-of-way acquisition is a costly
and complicated element of building
The best path is one that will not
cut neighborhoods in two but will
follow along neighborhood lines, will
often tunnel under an area rather
than wipe out a lovely residential dis-
trict, will skirt historic and scenic
sites rather than cut through them as
the crow would fly. No one can dis-
pute that this policy of weaving high-
ways into urban environment is de-
sirable. However, planning highways
in such a manner usually involves
considerable additional cost. At one
time Americans had to make the
choice between economy and ultimate
desirability and they customarily
chose economy. Today the scales have
shifted to demand for a more desir-
able environment. Increased cost of
providing transportation means is the
liy Jewel Adeock
received a lovely
enjoyed two weeks
camp at Fort
Jackson, S. C.
booming in the
spent a week visiting her parents in
Kentucky. LINDA EDGERTON
went to Florida for a week's visit
with her sister. Myrtle Beach, S. C.
was the scene of MARY ZIMMER-
MAN'S vacation, while JUDY MOR-
RIS enjoyed four days at Topsail
Island. MILDRED TIPPETT thinks
fishing is a lot of fun since landing
a 25 lb. dolphin at Morehead City.
PHIL YARBROUGH took his fam-
ily to Atlantic Beach for a week.
Florida was the vacation site for
MARILYN LONG and her family.
Touring the mountains of Western
North Carolina was a nice vacation
for SHERRY McCLUNG. Atlantic
Beach was a lot of fun on a recent
weekend for MARY PRICE. FAYE
JENNETTE spent a week in Bos-
ton, Massachusetts visiting her broth-
er and friends. SALLY MOSS went
to Carolina Beach for several days.
MARY JANE COPPEDGE toured
the mountains of Western North
Carolina for a week. BRENDA
LEWIS enjoyed a few days at At-
lantic Beach. ELISE PARRISH
spent a recent weekend with friends
and her family at Carolina Beach.
It's nice to have T. L. AMMER-
SON back on the job after a recent
hospitalization. Best wishes to MARY
LEONARD who resigned July 14th
to take up full-time housekeeping and
await the arrival of the stork.
EQUIPMENT — Department
Head L. H. GUNTER and wife,
Ruth, vacationed at Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania during July. A high-
light of the trip was a visit with Col.
and Mrs. John W. Irving at Cumber-
land Depot, where Col. Irving is cur-
rently serving as Post Commander.
Billie and HENRY LOWERY,
daughter Miriam, and other family
members vacationed for a recent
week at Ponderosa Fanrly Camp
Grounds near Myrtle Beach. MARY
JANE and Bob MacGILLIVRAY
were weekend visitors of Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Newcome in Charleston,
South Carolina the weekend of July
4th. Other July vacationers were
PEGGY and Bill SUTTON, who
journeyed to Washington, D. C.
Welcame to summer employees
JUDY KEITH, VICKI WADE,
DONNA WILLIAMS and JEAN H.
BRANNAN. JO ANNE BASS and
husband, Robert Earl, enjoyed dining
at the North Hills Steak House re-
cently. Robert Earl was honored as
"Boss of the Day" by Radio Station
WRNC on July 6th and was the
lucky winner of tickets for two steak
dinners. Another lucky winner re-
cently was PEGGY SUTTON, who
received a General Electric Radio in
a. local sweepstakes.
EQUIPMENT DEPOT — Good
luck to A. E. JONES from the Truck
Shop and W. R. HIGHSMITH of the
Machine Shop who retired June 30th.
It's nice to have GERALD D. HILL,
HENRY O. YOUNG and Mrs. GER-
ALDINE LACEY as new employees
at the Depot.
LANDSCAPE — Welcome to
SANDRA BYRD. new stenographer
in the Department. Congratulations
to the HENRY C. HAMMONDS,
who are the proud parents of their
first child, a son, Henry C. Ham-
mond. Jr. KAY DAVIS enjoyed a
week's vacation with her family in
Clyde T. Carmichael, Chief Chem-
ical Testing Engineer for the Mater-
ials & Tests Division of the State
Highway Commission, retired June
30th with more than 45 years of con-
tinuous service with the Commission.
Mr. Carmichael is the last survivor
of the original Highway Laboratory
Staff, which was set up in 1921-22 to
test the large quantities of materials
to be used in the extensive road and
bridge-building program authorized
by the 1921 General Assembly.
He began work as a laboratory as-
sistant in 1922, became assist-
ant chemical testing engineer in
June, 1925, and was promoted to
Chemical Testing Engineer in Jan-
uary, 1929. The designation was later
changed to Chief Chemical Testing
Mr. Carmichael worked on several
ASTM Technical Committees for
many years, and frequently contri-
buted to committee work of the
American Association of State High-
way Officials. He is a member of the
Sphinx Club, Raleigh Engineers'
Club, Milburnie Fishing Club, N. C.
Society of Engineers and William G.
Hill Lodge 218, AF&AM.
Before Mr. Carmichael's departure,
he was honored at several parties, a
steak dinner and presented with
many nice gifts.
Highway employees will greatly
miss a man of Mr. Carmichael's sta-
ture. He was a dedicated and loyal
highway engineer and all his friends
wish for him many happy years of
Above — Raymond Crouse (Design Engineer)
LOCATION — Now a professor at
the University of Maryland is R. L.
P. CUSTER, who recently resigned
from the Geology Section. It's nice
to have CARLEEN CAMPBELL as
a new summer employee and NAN-
CY ELAINE ROGERS as a new
draftsman in Property Survey.
Recent vacationists were LOUISE
and Roy HIGH, Atlantic Beach; the
R. J. WILSONS, Cherry Point; the
JOE CREECHS, Kure Beach; the
HORACE JERNIGANS, Connecti-
cut; and the CARTER DODSONS,
RIGHT OF WAY — Best wishes
to Mrs. ALEX MAGNER, secretary
to Mr. Webb, who resigned from
Right of Way August 4th to become
a mother and housewife. Welcome
to Mrs. DEBBIE MOONEYHAM,
who is Alex's replacement. Employ-
ees will also miss Mrs. LOIS ENNIS.
W. D. MOON'S secretary, who re-
signed to become a housewife-mother.
JESSIE GARDNER is Lois' re-
Boyce Midgette, Jr.
Howard Boyce Midgette, Jr. is a
June graduate of the North Carolina
School for the Deaf in Morganton.
During his school years, "Butch" was
a Boy Scout, an Explorer, a member
of the Goodwin Literary Society, the
Jr. NAD, and the Monogram Club. He
participated in football, basketball and
track. Having had five years of study
in the graphic arts department at NC-
SD, Butch plans to get a job doing
printing or linotype operation next
fall. He is the son of Chief Locating
Engineer Boyce Midgette, Sr.
Raymond Crouse, a design engineer
for the Highway Commission, has
been chosen for the United States
team that will compete for the Palma
Trophy match and the world long
range rifle championships.
The competition will be near Ot-
tawa, Canada, August 10-19, with
Canada, Great Britain, South Africa,
and possibly New Zealand providing
Crouse, a sergeant in the Army Re-
serve, fired 599 out of a possible 600
from 600 yards last August at Camp
Perry, Ohio, and holds the rating of
distinguished rifleman, highest honor
given to any shooter.
In advising Crouse of his selection,
James C. Whitney, captain of the
Palma team, wrote: "You can well
be proud of your ability as a rifle-
man as you are now a member of
the most select team of long range
riflemen ever assembled."
This is Crouse's fourth year of
competitive shooting, but it will be
his third year on the All Army Re-
serve team of 18 that will compete
in the national matches at Camp
He is a graduate of New York
Military Academy and attended
State. He is the training NCO and
survey section chief for Hq. & Hq.
Btry. 4th Bn. 17th Arty, of the Army
Reserve here. He is a member of the
Sir Walter Gun Club and the Na-
tional Rifle Association.
BRENDA PRICE left the Depart-
ment in a whirlwind, taking a week's
vacation in Nassau, and then return-
ing to her new job in Traffic Engi-
neering. Mrs. SARA WATTS re-
places Brenda. Congratulations to the
BUDDY CAGLES who became the
proud parents of a son April 23rd;
and to the BEN BROWNS upon the
arrival of their little son, June 28th.
Back from a six-months stay in the
Army are FRED BARKLEY and
ALVIE PATTERSON. Co-workers
are glad to see LUCILLE JONES
back at work after a recent hospital-
W. H. WEBB, JR., M. E. WHITE
and JOHN HOLMES attended the
American Right of Way Association
Seminar in Boston, Mass. during the
week of May 21-26th. Congratulations
to JOE McSWAIN who was married
to Burgess Murphy July 10th in
Chapel Hill. New faces in the De-
partment are BECKY JONES. RI-
CHARD B. CONELY, BOB COON
and HAROLD BYNUM.
Vacationists abound in Right of
Way! JOHN HOLMES took his
family to Kure Beach for a week.
PAT BRYANT and children vaca-
tioned at Buckroe Beach in Virginia.
W. D. MOON and family went to
Nags Head and Williamsburg, Vir-
ginia. JUDY BISHOP and family
spent a nice week vacationing at Ja-
neiro on the Neuse River. WAR-
NER POWELL took a week off,
stayed home and reports are he
probably spent most of the week on
the golf course. Virginia Beach was
a lot of fun for PAT WILKIE and
BETTY RADFORD the first week
in August. W. J. MURRAY and fam-
ily went on a 'fishing expedition to
Kure Beach and found out that was
the week the fish weren't biting.
KATHERINE FORREST and
family spent a relaxing week at the
beach on Pamlico River. EVELYN
PARTIN and her family toured
Tennessee, South Carolina and Geor-
gia. LIB TALTON enjoyed a nice
week at Carolina Beach. The JOHN
HONBARRIERS had a nice long
visit in Dobson with his in-laws. The
BRANTLEY MURRAYS went to
Kure Beach, fishing, of course. BOB
McCOY and family spent a week at
Kure Beach. CHARLES TIMBER-
LAKE took his family to New York
and also toured the New England
states. Holden's Beach was the scene
of ELEANOR TAYLOR and family's
vacation. Members of Right of Way
and their families had a nice cook-
out at Pullen Park in June. Reports
are the hot dogs were just great. For
the employees who couldn't afford to
go out of town July 4th, a swinging
party was held at BETTY RAD-
FORD'S place. Everybody is still
raving about how great it was!
ROADWAY DESIGN — Our
deepest sympathy to RONALD DA-
VIS in the recent death of his
brother, and to BOB BROWN whose
father passed away July 25th.
Roadway welcomes the following
new employees: TERESA D. COLE-
MAN, EZRA H. RASNAKE, MARY
JANE EGBERT, WILBUR BERN-
SHOUSE, CARL RAY BANKS,
KENNETH FUNDERBURK, AR-
THUR CLYDE BRANNAN, III,
PHILLIP LESNIAK, ARCHIE F.
CARTER, RONALD DAVENPORT,
WILTON R. DRAKE, JR., DAVID
G. HALL, WILLIAM H. LEAVELL,
BRUCE R. PARK, HENRY B.
SHORE, MARTHA H. U S R Y,
JUDY KAYE YOUNGBLOOD and
GARY F. JESSUP.
Congratulations to the DAN Me-
PHERSONS on the birth of their
first child, a girl, Christine Marie,
who arrived in June, and to Mr.
and Mrs. RAMEY F. KEMP on the
birth of a boy, Michael Lyle, born in
Recent vacationists in the Depart-
ment were: Mr. and Mrs. MANUEL
RODRIGUEZ, three weeks in Miami,
Florida visiting relatives and friends;
Mr. and Mrs. SAM BROWN, a fly-
ing trip to Washington, D. C. to
spend a week with their two sons;
the CHARLES BARNDT family.
two weeks in Chicago visiting rela-
tives and attending his younger
brother's wedding; Mr. and Mrs.
GERALD SMITHERMAN, two
weeks with relatives in Jemison, Ala-
bama; Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD
PLUMMER, several days in Ohio;
Mi. and Mrs. BILLY VEAZEY and
family, several days in Clanton and
Montgomery, Alabama; Mr. and Mrs.
TONY HAMERKA, a week in Tus-
caloosa, Alabama and the FRANK
PACES, a week in South Carolina.
ALLEN ATKINS spent two weeks
at summer camp at Sandia Base,
New Mexico, attending the Army Re-
serve Officers Career Course. Friends
are wondering if that new sparkling
diamond is the reason SARAH
BROWN has suddenly become left-
BRIDGE — New permanent em-
ployees in the drafting room are
JANE McCOTTER, SUE ROYAL
and JUDY BLEVINS. Jane, whose
husband is a student at State Uni-
versity, is from Elizabeth City. Sue
lives with her parents in Benson and
commutes each day. July lives in
Fuquay-Varina and also commutes
daily. Her husband, Roger, is an em-
ployee for the City of Raleigh. It's
nice to have JERRY TWIGGS in
the drafting room as a new trainee.
C. B. PATTON, JR. transferred
August 5th from Bridge Design t3
replace MAX COLLINS, JR. as
Area Bridge Construction Engineer
in Divisions One and Four. Collins
transferred to Bridge Maintenance
where he will replace K. R. SCOTT,
Assistant State Bridge Maintenance
Engineer, who retires September 1st.
GERALD WHITE assumed Patton's
position in the drafting room as squad
The BILL ROGERS family
spent a restful vacation in the moun-
tains at Whittier. CHARLIE KING
and his family also vacationed in the
mountains. While visiting at Boone,
they enjoyed the ever popular sur-
rounding attractions: Horn in the
West, Tweetsie Railroad, Grand-
father's Mt., and the swinging bridge.
After leaving Boone, they toured the
Parkway, visiting Blowing Rock and
Linville Falls. KEN CREECH re-
ports his little daughter, Mary Yvon-
ne, was so impressed with "Tweet-
sie" that she is still playing "Indians"
and the novelty railroad is her favor-
ite topic of conversation.
The GERALD WHITES and the
JOHN SMITHS had fun at the
races in Daytona Beach, Florida. AN-
NIE RUTH and Howard SUGG met
Meet Pfc. Buddy Brownd, son of
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Brownd of Ra-
leigh, who is stationed in Germany
with the U. S. Infantry. Buddy receiv-
ed his eight-weeks basic training at
Fort Bragg. His father is Mechanic
Foreman in the Engine Rebuilding
Department of the Equipment Depot.
with ten other couples for a recent
weekend of fun at the St. John's Inn,
Myrtle Beach. All members of a
dance club, the trip was their "first"
together. Since it was such a suc-
cess, the group is busy planning a
J. L. NORRIS and wife. Jessie
Ruth, spent several days at Pawley's
Island visiting friends. They reported
a wonderful time and delicious food.
GEORGE HOLDSWORTH and
his wife, accompanied by his wife's
family, drove up to Expo '67 in Ca-
nada. On the way, they camped at
Lake Welch, New York, a state park
about 40 miles north of New York
City. They spent two days at Expo
'67 and saw about one-third of it,
enjoying the theme pavilions most of
all. These pavilions portrayed and
demonstrated the overall theme of
Expo '67, "Man and His World."
The Late W. S. Wilson
The many friends and associates
of Mr. W. S. Winslow were saddened
by his untimely death on June 24,
1967. He had retired as Assistant
Chief Engineer-Bridges in July 1963.
Mr. Winslow was born in Waldo-
boro, Maine, on May 31, 1898. He
was educated in the Waldoboro pub-
lic schools and the University of
Maine, where he graduated with
honors in 1919 with a B.S. degree in
A World War I veteran, Mr. Win-
slow was a member of the Raleigh
Engineers Club, the North Carolina
Highway Research Board and TAU
BETA PI, the national honorary en-
Mr. Winslow came to the North
Carolina State Highway Commission
in April 1923. In September 1924 he
became the State's first Hydrographic
Engineer, a position he held until
appointed to the Assistant Chief posi-
tion in November, 1960.
Mr. Winslow's untiring devotion to
his work has left many footprints
in the sands of time of North Caro-
lina's Highway Network. He will
be long remembered and always ad-
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Edith R. Winslow, two daughters,
Mrs. Edith Bourne; Mrs. Ann Brock
and one son, Dr. Paul Winslow, and
Welcome back to ROLAND NOB-
LIN, Area Bridge Construction En-
gineer, who was out for several weeks
with a broken arm and shoulder, re-
sulting from a fall. Roland cautions
everyone to beware of low-strung
property line markers that some-
times go unnoticed.
Star catcher WORTH BAILEY of
the Bayleaf Community Softball
Team says he really enjoys the week-
ly game on Saturday, but there is a
rumor going around that it takes
him all week to get over the Satur-
day game to get in condition for the
next, and Monday is especially bad.
Fellow employees wonder how BUD-
DY WIGGINS likes flying since he
acquired a new Thunderbird.
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE —
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
BILL FREEMAN on the birth of
their little daughter, Bethany Jo,
June 27th. Mrs. Freeman is an em-
ployee in Bridge Maintenance. The
RONNIE JOHNSONS report a won-
derful weeks' vacation in Gatlinburg,
MAINTENANCE — Our heart-
felt sympathy to Department Head
GEORGE BRINKLEY, whose fath-
er, John Gilbert Brinkley, passed
away in Wilmington July 17th. Fun-
eral services were held at the Ma-
sonboro Baptist Church in Wilming-
ton July 19th, and several Highway
Welcome to J. I. LYNCH, JR.,
former District Engineer at Golds-
boro, who recently transferred to
Maintenance as Area Maintenance
Engineer for Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4 and
6. Lynch replaces DON OVERMAN,
now Assistant Division Engineer at
Good luck to RAYMOND CATH-
EY, personable staff engineer in
State Maintenance Engineer's Office,
who resigned to accept a position
with Henningson, Durham & Ri-
chardson, Consulting Engineers in
Department Head G. BRINKLEY
attended the Highway Research
Board Maintenance Personnel Com-
mittee Meeting in San Francisco,
California August 17-21st. Mr. Brink-
ley is Chairman of the Highway Re-
search Board's M-3 Maintenance
PURCHASING — New York City
was an exciting trip for BETTY
PEARCE recently where she saw the
play, "Hello Dolly", and enjoyed
Charming little Jenny Elizabeth
Cato is contemplating blowing the
candle out on her very first birthday
cake, while mother Sandy watches.
Jenny Elizabeth's daddy, Chuck, is in
the Bridge Drafting Department.
SUE DAVIS reports a wonderful
time visiting her sister in Philadep-
phia, Pa. RAOUL MAYNARD took
his family to the Blue Ridge Moun-
tains on a recent vacation. Raoul
reports a grand time, especially view-
ing the "Go Go" girls at "Tweetsie".
PERSONNEL — Several employ-
ees of the Personnel Department
have enjoyed vacations during the
past two months. CAROLYN WAL-
LACE had a wonderful time in Wil-
kes Barre, Pennsylvania and Ocean
Grove, New Jersey, where she visited
with friends for a week. JOYCE
CLARK saw red spots on her vaca-
tion. It seems that her children de-
cided this was the time for the meas-
les. CLOYCE ALFORD and his fam-
ily journeyed down to Crescent Beach
S. C. for the week of July 23-30th.
Cloyce returned sporting a nice sun-
tan and reports everyone had a ball.
While in the area, they visited Myr-
tle Beach and Brookgreen Gardens.
Cloyce, to the delight of the people
on the beach, wore his topless bath-
ing suit every day.
TED AUSTIN, traveled to Cherry
Grove Beach for a nice week's vaca-
tion and relaxation necessary to re-
cover from battle fatigue, resulting
from two-weeks active duty in Co-
lumbus, Indiana with the National
Several members of Personnel at-
tended the Unit Association meetings
held in various parts of the State.
The purpose of these meetings is to
present the thirty-five year, forty
year and retirement awards.
Double vision? No, but almost!
Robyn and Rhonda Radford are the
vivacious, four - year - old indentical
twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. W. E.
Radford of Louisburg. Robyn and
Rhonda are real proud of "big sister"
Betty, who is a stenographer in Right
PATSY PEARCE celebrated her
third wedding anniversary July 10th.
Department Head RAYNOR WOOD-
ARD was honored on his birthday
with a delicious cake and luncheon
PHOTOGRAMMETRY — Con-
gratulations to DAN BEARD of the
Field Party who was married in June
and is now living in Lexington; and
to W. D. CUTHRELL of the Field
Party who was also married in June
and now lives in Asheboro.
Deep sea fishermen from Photo-
grammetry in July were: JIM BAI-
LEY, TOM FAHNESTOCK, VAL
TRASK, FRANCIS LEDFORD and
EARL GARRETT. No report was
made on the number and size fish
LEONARD ROMSKA took his
family to Detroit Michigan for a va-
cation with family and friends. The
JACK MATTHEWS enjoyed a week
of fishing and fun at Kure Beach.
MARLENE CAULBERG and fam-
ily spent a week's vacation at the
Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach, S. C.
TOM THROWER took his wife to
I I »rida for a week. The JOHN MC-
DONALDS spent a long weekend in
the North Carolina mountains.
New York City and lots of sight-
seeing was fun for a week for
.JOYCK POYTHRESS and her hus-
band. CONNIE WEBSTER and
family spent a week touring Virginia,
West Virginia. Pennsylvania, Ohio
and Maryland in July. Connie has
just received his private Pilot's li-
cense and is working on his com-
mercial license. Artist E L I S E
SPEIGHTS had a delightful week's
vacation at Oriental attending the
Annual Painting Class, and extra-
curricular activities included sailing
on beautiful Pamlico Sound.
Friends are glad to know that
PETE EDWARDS' wife is recup-
erating nicely at home after under-
going surgery at Rex Hospital. Wel-
come to PAM HOLTHOUSER of the
Stereo Section. Pam is from Moores-
ville and recently graduated from
UNC-G, Greensboro, majoring in
BRUCE CLARKSON and VAL
TRASK, JR. attended a special
school for patrol leaders at Camp Du-
rant for one week. They are members
of Scout Troop 345. FRED ROSEN-
DAHL of the Engineering Section is
Scoutmaster and Chester Grey and
Val Trask are committeemen.
PLANNING & RESEARCH —
Mr. and Mrs. LeROY V. JAY of
122 South Dixie Trail attended the
recent Law School Commencement
Exercises at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill where their
son-in-law, Dwight H. Wheless, re-
ceived the degree of Doctor of Juris-
prudence. Mr. Wheless introduced
Earl F. Morris, President-Elect of
the American Bar Association, who
gave the graduation address.
Mr. Wheless was president of the
Student Bar Association and was
honored in April at the Holiday Inn
in Durham with one of the American
Law Student Association's highest
awards, the Silver Key, for outstand-
ing service to the Association. Only
fourteen such awards were given in
the United States this year. In ad-
dition, Mr. Wheless has laid the
foundation for a special observance
to be held at the Law School in the
fall, which will be attended by mem-
bers of the United States Supreme
Mr. Wheless is married to the for-
mer Lou Jay of Raleigh and they
have a three-year-old son. Jay.
MATERIALS & TESTS — The
Physical Testing Lab of the Depart-
ment has had several employees on
the sick list recently. FRED WAL-
LER was hospitalized recently at
Rex; BOBBY BAKER is now back
on the job after several days in the
hospital; a bad case of mumps kept
MARSHALL MATTHEWS at home
for a week; and WILEY STEPHEN-
SON was on crutches for several
weeks as the result of breaking a
bone in his left foot. We sincerely
hope that by now all have recuperat-
ed and are feeling fine.
JARVIS DUKE became a proud
grandfather July 19th, when a fine
8 lb. 10 oz. boy was born to his son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley Duke of Cary.
J. E. THOMPSON and Mrs.
Thompson spent several days visiting
their son, Robin, and his family in
St. Albans, Vermont. Expo '67 cli-
maxed a New England-Canada va-
cation enjoyed by C. E. MITCHELL
and his family. W. T. THOMPSON
and his wife also traveled through
the New England states and parts
of Canada to the Expo '67 Fair and
had a wonderful trip.
In the recent Soap Box Derby held
in Raleigh, Frankie Waller, son of
F. E. and Mrs. WALLER, won a
trophy for having the best construct-
ed racer in the Derby; Gary Hicks,
grandson of DALE EASTER-
BROOKS, was awarded a trophy for
having the best brake. Congratula-
tions to both boys, and best wishes
for even greater succeess next year.
Mrs. ALMA CONE has become
quite a baseball fan since her son,
Johnny Cone, Jr., is playing Little
League ball on the Leon Byrum team.
Last summer, at age nine, he played
shortstop, made one error, and had
a fair batting average. This sum-
mer he has pitched the team to sev-
eral victories. The following employ-
ees enjoyed short vacations recently:
LUCILLE CRAWFORD. ALMA
CONE, F. T. WAGNER and M. D.
TRAFFIC ENGINEERING —
RUTH PARKERSON. who had been
in charge of the stenographic work
of the Department since it was es-
tablished in 1945 retired July 1st
of this year. Ruth's many friends will
miss her and hope for her a happy
retirement in New Bern, where she
is making her home with a sister
and brother. MARY HINES has as-
sumed Ruth's duties in the Depart-
Several new faces have been added
to the TED staff. KENNETH MI-
LAM, former trainee, is an assistant
design engineer in the Design Sec-
tion. Formerly of Burlington, Ken
and wife Lynda, have a four-month-
old daughter Cynthia Lynn. CHAR-
LES O. WOODALL has also joined
Design as an engineering technician.
He attended Campbell College for
three semesters and was a student at
W. W. Holding Technical Institute
for a year. BRENDA PRICE is a
new stenographer, transferring from
Right of Way. RONNIE WEBBER,
a native of Farmville, is an engineer-
ing technician in the Signing Sec-
tion. His wife, Brenda, is a graduate
of East Carolina College and present-
ly is studying at Rex Hospital to be
a medical technician. Ronnie will at-
tend classes at W. W. Holding Tech-
nical Institute this fall. EARLEEN
MEDLIN, formerly temporary, re-
cently filled a vacancy among the
Temporary employees include
LOS, a native of Greece and civil en-
gineering student at N. C. State Uni-
versity, who is working with the Sign-
ing Section this summer. Summer em-
ployee R. G. (Pete) HOFFMAN is
working with the Signal Section and
plans to enter NCSU this fall.
A group of ACE workers are
helping out in Special Studies this
summer, earning money to continue
their education. The employees and
schools they plan to attend this fall
are: MYRNA DWORSKY, Camp-
bell College; JUDY POOLE, UNC-
Chapel Hill; PATRICIA TURNER,
Bennett College; JOHN SHAW, and
GERALD WOODS, UNC - Chapel
PETE DEAVER and family spent
a week at Atlantic Beach the first
week in August. CHARLIE SES-
SOMS and family vacationed at At-
lantic Beach for a few days the last
of July. EMILY BLOUNT and her
mother, Mrs. Clayton Brown, spent
a few days at Wrightsville Beach.
SARAH WHITE and husband, Lynn,
attended the annual Scottish Games
and "gathering of the clans" at
Grandfather Mountain as part of
their vacation schedule.
The JAY OWENS visited relatives
in Florida over the Fourth of July
holidays. Some of the fishermen in
the department have been trying
their luck in the vicinity of Atlantic
Beach. CHRIS STAFFORD and ED
BUTLER went to Emerald Isle for
a few days, and a trip to Harker's
Island was taken by TERRY HAR-
RIS, JIM BRYAN, TOMMY
KNOX and DON DuPREE.
CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE — High-
way friends miss Mrs. HELEN
What's up Dad? I didn't know you
were going to take my picture," says
surprised little Brian Heath Smither-
man. Five-months old Brian is the
son of Gerald and Wanda Smither-
man, and dad works in Roadway De-
SMITH, Secretary to Chairman
Hunt, who has been ill for several
weeks, after an operation in Wake
Memorial Hospital. At this writing,
Helen is reported to be recuperating
nicely at home and plans to return
to work about the middle of August.
Mrs. MARGARET SEAGROVES
has been helping out in the Chair-
man's Office while Helen has been
Miss LINDA LUNDY and her
fiance, Bob Hawkins, were injured
in an automobile accident in July
when the car they were driving ran
into a speeding train. Linda's fiance
was hospitalized for two weeks with
serious injuries, but Linda was able
to return to work with minor injur-
ies. At this writing, Linda and Bob
still plan to get married on the date
set — August 27th.
PUBLIC RELATIONS — Public
Relations Officer KEITH HUND-
LEY took his wife, Shirley, and lit-
tle daughters, Vickie and Leith, way
out west to Waco, Texas for a two-
weeks vacation during August.
JEWEL and Jim ADCOCK enjoy-
ed a week's vacation the last of July
at Bayside Shores, Little Washing-
ton, and Myrtle Beach, S. C.
JANIE WILLIAMS and her fam-
ily had a delightful time at Myrtle
Beach for several days in July.
FRANCES NEWHOUSE and her
family went on a camping trip the
week of July 4th. From all reports of
the congested conditions and mosqui-
to bites, Frances wants to know if
anyone is interested in a good Cox
Proving that the big ones don't al-
ways get away, Mrs. Mildred Tippett
proudly displays the 25 lb. dophin
she caught aboard the King Fisher
while fishing at Morehead City. Mil-
dred is in the Key Punch Section of
By JEWEL ADCOCK
What am I saving — it couldn't be
And I look at the clock as it strikes
Just three hours til it's time for bed
But it's only eight o'clock or I've lost
It's still light outside, and you can't
fool the chickens
They, too, must hate it like the very
The clock strikes twelve and I jump
It seems the alarm goes off soon as I
cover my head
Time to get up at the crack of dawn
DST is for the birds I mutter with a
For their many highway friends
who might like to write or visit
them sometime, retired Highway
Commission Secretary, Miss Ina
Ferrell, and her sister, Mrs. Ethel
Ferrell MacNeill, have left their
residence in Raleigh and are now
making their home at Hayes Bap-
tist Home in Winston-Salem.
Miss Ferrell was the Highway
Commission's first Commission
Secretary and was greatly respect-
ed as a loyal, dedicated member of
the staff. She served the Commis-
sion efficiently and diligently for
many years before her retirement
several years ago.
M. G. Carawan
to Mr. R. C.
Oil Supervisor, on
the loss of his
ees in District 2
who are helping
out with the over-
abundance of work
Division Correspondent are as follows:
RODNEY BOULDIN, BOBBY
TAYLOE, RONALD DUNNING,
GENE BURKETT, DOUGLAS
PEELE, STEPHEN WOOD, HAR-
VEY RUMFELT, HAROLD Mc-
COY, BERNARD ROBERTSON,
DONALD RAY POPE, DONALD
RAY HARRELL, FRED SAMS,
and DAVID COOLEY.
Get well wishes are extended to
FRANK DANIELS, Machine Oper-
ator III, and JOHN A STRICK-
LAND, Machine Operator I.
Mrs. J. H. WILLOUGHBY, Steno-
grapher in Construction Department,
recently enjoyed attending a Junior
Woman's Club meeting in Elizabeth
Numerous employees in District 2
that were recent visitors at various
locations are as follows: CLIFFORD
RAY ASKEW, Clerk II, and wife-
Nags Head; J. O. SELLARS, Right-
of-Way Agent, wife, and family —
Winston -Salem; GLENN CARA-
WAN, Staff Engineer, wife, and girls
—Atlantic Beach; R. E. MILLER,
Landscape Supervisor, and wife —
Florida and Baltimore; MARK
LAWRENCE, Construction Depart-
ment, and LUCY LAWRENCE,
Stenographer i n Right -of-Way —
guests of their son and family in
Fuquay-Varina; NEDRA HOLLO-
MAN. Stenographer — Nags Head
and Newport News; NED BIVENS.
Traffic Engineer, wife, and boys —
guests of their parents in Kannapolis;
L. L. RAWLS, Assistant District En-
gineer, wife, and family — Lake Gas-
ton; Mrs. JIM WHITE, Stenograph-
er, Mr. White, and family — guests of
Mr. White's parents in Statesville; C.
B. MUMFORD, JR., Maintenance
Foreman IV, and wife and daughter
— Brunswick, Georgia and Jekyll Is-
land; J. B. GARRIS, Laboratory
Technician II, wife, and family —
Myrtle Beach, S. C; GENE ALLS-
BROOK, Road Oil Department, wife,
and son— Atlantic Beach; EUGENE
LINDSAY, Sign Supervisor, and wife
— Outer Banks.
Mr. and Mrs. BILLY BRIDGERS
and family are vacationing in Wies-
barden, Germany. This is Mrs. Brid-
gers first return to her home in ten
years. Mr. Bridgers is with the Con-
Following are employees in Dis-
trict 1 who have returned from their
vacations at the locations mentioned:
L. H. BUNCH of Gatesville— Expo
67; R. C. BUNCH and family— New
England States; DOT GARD— Ard-
more, Pa.; L. F. REEDER and fam-
ily — guests of Mr. Reeder's parents
in Dade City, Fla.; CARSON SPIV-
EY and family— Nags Head; ALVIN
HALL, Elizabeth City Construction
Office — camped with his family at
Hanging Rock; DONNIE WOOD and
wife — traveled in western part of
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ily of J. W. PROVO who died July
12th. Mr. Provo lived in Elizabeth
City and was employed with the
Commission for 37 years, during
which time he served as Section Fore-
man in Pasquotank.
Pictured above is Carrie Lynn
Twine at six weeks of age. She is
the first child of her proud parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Twine of Ri>i<t<!
1, Belvidere. Mr. Twine is .» (ruck
driver in District One.
WILLIE E. LOWE, Bridge Tend-
er on the Camden Bridge, is confin-
ed to Albemarle Hospital.
Mrs. P. L. JACKSON, wife of Sup-
ervisor Jackson, is a patient in the
Norfolk General Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Ned Bivens and
children, Timothy Ray, age 5 J /2, and
Jeffrey Scott, age 2.
Mr. Bivens is Division Traffic Engi-
neer and the family reside at Route 1,
Aulander. Their previous home was
in Cary prior to coming to Division
One the first of this year.
LIPS, from New
a Bridge Tender
H since 1951. retired
, as of June 30th.
Mr. Phillips serv-
ed the "Neuse"
and "Trent" brid-
ges in a fine way
Division Correspondent for some 16 years.
Mr. C. W. YOHN, Engineer I in
Mrs. William Curtis Rogers, the for-
mer Brenda Sue Denby, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Denby of Choco-
winity. Sgt. Rogers is in the Air Force
and is stationed at Langley Air Force
Base, Virginia where the couple will
make their home. Mr. Denby is Dis-
trict Mechanic Foreman at Washing-
Construction in Mr. J. B. JENET-
TE'S office, and his family enjoyed a
two weeks vacation trip to Florida in
June. They were guests of Mr.
Yohn's parents in Lakeland and
toured many Florida attractions while
on their trip.
JIMMY SHUFFLER, Temporary
Engr. Aide in Construction, was mar-
ried to Miss Lynn Watson, also of
New Bern, on July 22nd at the First
Baptist Church in New Bern. Con-
gratulations to Jimmy and Lynn.
Jimmy is a Senior at ECC in Green-
ville and also plays on the first-string
football team of ECC. He and his
bride will reside in the Methodist
Student Center in Greenville for the
next year and assume the duties of
counselors to students who visit the
Mrs. HELEN T. BRILEY assum-
ed the duties of Stenographer I in
the office of Mr. C. Y. GRIFFIN,
District Engineer, in New Bern on
June 26th. Mrs. Briley replaces Mrs.
MELVA H. PRIDGEN who did an
excellent job during the four years
she served as Steno in District 2.
Mrs. Pridgen resigned in order to
become a full time housewife and
spend more time with her "almost"
year old son.
JOHN BANKS (Right of Way De-
partment) and family are vacationing
Best wishes to JANET AN-
DREWS, secretary in the Appraisal
Department, who is leaving Aug-
ust 4th to become a full-time house-
Mr. WILLIE CLEMENTS of the
Road Oil Department is a patient in
the Wilson Sanatorium. Best wishes
for a speedy recovery.
ROBERT DUKE JENKINS, Engr.
Tech. II left July 21st to go back to
school at VPI. We wish for he and
Sarah the best of luck. We will miss
Out on Sick Leave: W. M. ED-
MUNDSON, hope he is feeling bet-
ter and will be back to work soon.
Vacation Recently: L. E. DAW-
SON, vacationed a week with his
Above is the lovely Virginia A.
Craft, a June graduate of Rose High
School in Greenville, who has been
selected to attend the Academic Cen-
ter for Latin American Studies June
19-29th at East Carolina College. Vir-
ginia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Richard L. Craft of Greenville. Mr.
Craft is the carpenter for the 2nd Di-
vision. Congratulations, Virginia.
sister and family at Gaston, Alabama.
He reported a wonderful time "Down
C. I. LUCAS, vacationed in Penn-
EARL DANIELS reports he en-
joyed his vacation.
MARK WORTHINGTON reports
that he vacationed in Florida. These
highway people do get around.
Miss Diane Briley, daughter of Mrs.
Mae Briley of the Appraisal Section,
poses just before a prom. Diane is »
sophomore at Rose High School.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
Vernon E. Carawan on their marriage
June 11th in the Salem Methodist
Church at Simpson. After honeymoon-
ing in Williamsburg, Va. they are
making their home near Greenville.
Vernon is employed in the Traffic
Services Department for the summer.
Both Vernon and wife, Glenda, are
students at Lenoir County Community
College and will return to school in
Vacation time is
here again and we
have a few to re-
j y „ tary at the Dist. 1
'& office at Burgaw,
and family went
in the mountains,
making their head-
Division Correspondent q Uar terS at Holly
Cove Camp Ground near Sylva. Af-
ter visiting Fontana Dam and other
scenic spots, the highlight of their
trip was mining for rubies and sap-
phires. Since this was their firit ex-
perience in mining, they were quite
exciting about their valuable "finds".
RUBY CAMPBELL, secretary in
the Right-of-Way, recently went
camping with her family to Myrtle
Beach, S. C. BOBBY POWELL, Dis-
trict 1 Engineer of Burgaw, recently
took his wife and boys camping to
Asheville and nearby places. PAUL
J. DuPRE, our Div. Engr., has just
returned from a vacation. He and his
family visited his wife's relatives in
Yours truly and family vacationed
with a trip to the mountains of North
Carolina and Virginia, the Shenan-
doah Valley, Natural Bridge and
ROSE DUNCAN, secretary in Div.
Office, has just got moved in her love-
ly new home. We know she's going to
enjoy it very much.
Continuing on the vacation list is
STANLEY HORRELL, Auto Parts
Clerk II, in the Equipment Dept. He
reports a nice vacation to the moun-
tains, visiting Asheville, Maggie Val-
ley, Cherokee Reservation and taking
the Blue Ridge Parkway from Ashe-
ville to Blowing Rock. While at Mag-
gie Valley, he visited Ghost Town
and at Cherokee, he saw the pageant,
"Unto These Hills".
We are glad to have JAMES O.
MURPHY back in our division again.
He is a trainee and was with us
sometime back in the Construction
Dept. and is now with us serving in
Dist. 1. Maintenance. This is his
last trainee assignment before being
assigned to something permanent.
Congratulations to ALBERT
GRIMMER, of Dist. 1 Maint. Office,
and wife on birth of their first
child, David Clark Grimmer on July
7th. Also congrats to CHINNIS S.
McCOY of Construction on birth of
his second child, a boy.
Congratulations to FLOYD J.
BASS, our Asst. Div. Engr., who has
gained a son-in-law. Daughter Mary
Frances was married in a lovely wed-
ding on July 1st in Elizabethtown.
We had quite a few employees to
retire on July 1st. They are as list-
ed: WALDO E. HEWETT, Bridge
Tender, Dist. 1; M. M. KING, M. F.
IV, Dist. 1. Mr. King is sick and we
hope he'll be feeling better soon.
LEE MACK TAYLOR, Bridge Ten-
der, Dist 1; HAROLD J. BUTTER-
FIELD, M. Y. F., Dist. 1; ARTHUR
L. ROCHELLE, M. O. I, Dist 1; G.
A. SUTTON, M. F. II, Dist. 1; A.
W. IVEY, M. O. Ill, Dist. 2. Mr.
Ivey is also sick and we hope he'll
soon feel better; H. L. ROBINSON,
Cook I, Road Oil; CHARLES W.
FINDEISEN, G. U. M., Traffic Serv-
On the sick list is ARTHUR G.
CADDELL, Bridge Tender in Dist.
1; also EDWARD E. SHEPARD, M.
O. I of Landscape Dept. We wish
them a speedy recovery. We welcome
back from the sick list RODNEY L.
CLAYTON, M. O. I of Road Oil
and FRED J. MINTZ of Dist. 1.
MARVIN E. STARLING, JR. of
Dist. 2 returned back to work recent-
ly after a tour of active duty with the
N. C. National Guard.
We wish to extend our sympathy
to the families of WOODROW R.
SMITH and MILTON W. WAG-
STAFF of Dist. 1. Mr. Smith died
on June 14th and Mr. Wagstaff on
June 4th. It was also a great loss to
We sure miss W. E. KENNEDY
of Dist. 2 and RAYMOND F. JOHN-
SON and NATHAN W. JOHNSON
of Road Oil who have resigned for
Brenda and Linda Tew, together
with father, Elliott Tew, who is Main-
tenance Yard Foreman in Division
Three, District Two.
Brenda, left, is a Junior at Camp-
bell College and has better than a
'B' average. She is majoring in Ele-
Linda, right, attended Southwood
Junior College, Salemburg, last year.
She will enter Wilson Memorial Hos-
pital in August to begin nursing train-
ing. Linda was on the honor roll at
really been buzz
ing in Division
Four this past
Our very best
to Mr. E. P.
May you and Mrs.
Koonce have a
Marearet Barefoot long and happy
Division Correspondent |jj 0 g y ^he w gy
they have sold their home in Wilson
and are moving to Jacksonville. We
will all miss you.
Congratulations on promotions to:
R. W. DAWSON, Division Engineer:
D. T. OVERMAN. Assistant Division
Engineer; J. I. LYNCH, JR., Area
Maintenance Engineer; W. H. PRID-
Top to Bottom: Koonce, Dawson
GEN, JR., District Engineer at
Goldsboro and K. R. HILL, Traffic
Also congratulations to SHIRLEY
HAYES (Road Oil Clerk) on her
promotion to Stenographer in Divi-
sion Office and to Miss ROSE FEL-
TON, Clerk in Road Oil Department.
SHIRLEY HAYES has just re-
turned from a glorious week in the
sun at Atlantic Beach. She has a
beautiful tan to show for it.
Celebrating birthdays in July were:
ROY ARMSTRONG, JACK CRICK-
MORE, JIMMIE CULLOM, JR.,
ANN G R I F F I S, LINDBERGH
HARLOW, JESSE JACOBS, BEN
MAYO, JOHN PITT, O. C. RO-
BERTSON, EDWARD SWEAT,
JAMES WARD and JOSH WEBB.
Get well wishes to EDWARD
SWEAT, who is recuperating at his
home in Weldon following hospital-
ization in Roanoke Rapids.
LINDBERGH HARLOW is the
proud possessor of a camper unit
which he and his son, John Richard,
designed, constructed, and fitted to
his new pickup truck body. The Har-
low family has already enjoyed using
it for several overnight trips to the
Sincere sympathy is extended to
the family of CLYDE WALDEN
LITTLE who died recently. Mr. Lit-
tle was a former Machine Operator
in Halifax County until his retire-
ment in 1962. His brother, William,
is a Truck Driver for Halifax County
Maintenance and another brother,
Lloyd, was a Truck Driver here until
his retirement in 1964.
Vacations: Mr. J. W. EVANS, M.
F. IV, Wayne County, recently
spent a week visiting his son in the
N. C. Mountains and upon his re-
turn to Eastern Carolina spent some
time fishing at Southport. We hear
he had real good luck bringing in the
Sick: Best wishes for quick recov-
ery to DANIEL TAYLOR, who is in
Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Sympathy is extended to Mr.
WILLIAM HENRY WIGGINS in
the recent loss of a brotheer, James
The Construction Department in
District Three wishes to welcome Mr.
HUGH MATTHEWS, Tech. II,
who recently transferred to their De-
partment from the Training program.
Mr. C. R. CHERRY retired on
July 1st after 42 years service with
State Highway Commission. Mr.
Cherry began service with the State
October 12, 1925. Congratulations to
Cliff Cherry for his many years of
M. W. MOORE, Resident Engineer
at Nashville has three young men
taking that big step into the married
world within a three week span —
July 28th— Mr. VAN CHAMBLEE,
Engineering Technician I; August
6th— Mr. DONALD FLY, Engineer-
ing Aide and August 11th — Mr. H.
N. COBB, Engineering Technician I.
All three couples will make their
homes in Rocky Mount.
The stork visited two of our em-
ployees lately. Resident Engineer R.
F. COLEMAN became a father for
the fourth time, a baby girl, on May
13th. Engineering Aide H. H. SKIN-
NER became a father for the first
time, a baby boy.
New Employees: RALPH N. HOL-
LOMAN, M. O. I, and L. E. STAN-
LEY, M. O. I, welcomed by the
Johnston County Maintenance forces.
D. M. ARNETTE and D. D.
BEST, Truck Drivers, welcomed by
Wayne County Maintenance forces.
Retirement: Best wishes are ex-
tended to PAUL MITCHELL, M. F.
IV, Wayne County, retired August
1st due to disability.
AWARD FOR HEROISM
Sp. 4 Ronald Rhea, 20-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Mack White Rhea
(Halifax County Maintenance Fore-
man) of Rt. 2, Roanoke Rapids, has
been awarded the Bronze Star medal
for heroism while serving in Viet Nam.
Ronald arrived there in November of
1966 and has already received two
Purple Hearts while overseas. The ci-
tation, presented while Sp. 4 Rhea
was Private First Ctass, states that
Rhea distinguished himself by heroic
actions, fearlessly exposing himself to
enemy fire as he laid down a heavy
volume of suppressive fire for his
squadron and remained exposed to
enemy fire until every member of his
squad was aboard an armored person-
nel carrier. Due to his personal cour-
age and devotion to duty, all of his
comrades were able to board the ve-
hicle without sustaining any casualties.
His actions are in keeping with the
highest traditions of military service
and reflect great credit upon himself,
the 25th Infantry Division, and <he
United States Army.
ETTEE and Wife
West Virginia re-
CLAY and Wife
vacationed in Ohio
on vacation recent-
GLENWOOD BROGDEN, GAR-
LAND ELLINGTON and EAR-
EARNEST C. ADCOCK purchased
a new automobile recently.
WILLIAM GRADY was sick and
hospitalized recently. He has im-
proved and has returned to work.
Good luck to H. B. (Buster) ROY-
STER who retired on disability re-
cently after serving approximately
31 years with the Maintenance De-
Employees receiving Service
Awards recently included: ROY
BLACKWELL— 30 years; E. B. DA-
VIS, G. L. ELLINGTON, W. A. EL-
LINGTON, H. E. HICKS, V. V.
MORTON, and H. G. WHEELER—
20 years; G. J. BROGDEN— 15 years;
C. P. WILSON— 10 years; B. F.
HILTON, L. E. OAKLEY and G. W.
WOODY— 5 years; GILES CRUT-
CHER was awarded a plaque for 40
years service with the Commission.
Crutcher, Mayor of Stovall, got his
first job in his late teens.
SAM AVERETTE was on the sick
list and was hospitalized recently.
W. F. THOMAS and CLARENCE
WILSON were also on the sick list
for a few days recently.
BRUCE HOCKADAY, ALBERT
MAY and PENDER WOODLIEF
were on vacation recently.
GEORGE BAILEY'S new hobby is
bicycle riding. He rides bicycles when
he is in the proper mood.
VENCEN MORTON'S new hobby
is marble shooting.
WILLIAM REAMS is being ad-
vised and assisted by GEORGE
BAILEY in the development of
William's cattle ranch.
Watts Street Baptist Church was
the setting Saturday, June 17th for
the wedding of Miss Linda Caroline
Brame and Dr. James Davenport
The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. James Ballard Brame. Mr.
Brame is Commissioner for Division 5.
The bridegroom is the son of Dr. and
Mrs. Deane Hundley, Jr. of Wallace.
Best wishes to
visor and Mrs. R.
who were married
July 21st at Con-
Church near Sted-
man. Mr. and
_ _ _. will make their
W. S. Kin*
Division Correspondent home at 3206 Na-
to Road, Fayette-
ELIZABETH MELVIN, along
with her husband, Getty; daughters,
Kay and Ann; and niece, Julie Mc-
Donald of Jacksonville, spent a week-
long vacation camping in the moun-
tains of North Carolina and on into
Kentucky. "Lib" is Steno III in the
BILLY DEES, Division Traffic-
Engineer, attended the U. S. Open
Golf Tournament in New York,
while on his vacation.
SWAIM KING, Office Manager,
along with his brother Glen, of the
Location Department, spent a recent
Saturday deep-sea fishing at Little
River, S. C.
Get well wishes are extended to
CLARENCE SMITH who is still out
sick, also to Mrs. JEEMAH BUDD
who is recovering at home after an
Our sympathy is extended to ORIS
AUTRY and J. C. AUTRY, employ-
ees in the Road Oil Dept., in the
death of their father in June, also
to AVERY FAIRCLOTH in the
death of his brother in July.
The Road Oil Chapter of the N.C.
S.H.&P.E.A. held its annual meeting
to elect new officers on June 23rd.
Elected as officers were S. P. RI-
LEY, Chairman; W. L. WHITE,
Vice Chairman and LEROY FAIR
The Unit Chapter held its annual
meeting, at the Downtowner Motel
on July 19th, and the following new
officer were elected — W. L. WHITE,
Chairman; L. R. CAIN, Vice Chair-
man and STEAVE AMMONS, Sec-
Nice to see N. B. SINGLETARY.
A. J. JORDAN and S. H. SPELL
back on the job after recovering
from injuries received on the job.
They are employed in the Road Oil
We wish a long and happy retire-
ment to James L. Nance, above, Main-
tenance Foreman II, who retired on
June 30th. Mr. Nance is from Bladen
E. H. McClure, Maintenance Fore-
man II caught the above catch at
Lake Moultrie at Cross, South Caro-
lina. The bass averaged 6 lbs., and
were caught from Chestnut's Fishing
Mr. J. R. ADAMS and family had
a very good fishing trip to the Outer
Banks. Mr. Adams is Maint. Fore-
man I in Harnett County.
Mr. C. L. HOUGH and wife made
a trip to Maryland to visit their son.
Mr. Hough is a Machine Operator
III in Harnett County.
Mr. R. W. DARROCH and family
spent the week of July 4th at their
cottage at Carolina Beach. Mr. Dar-
roch is a Truck Driver in Harnett
Mr. G. L. JOHNSON and family
had a very nice trip to the moun-
tains of North Carolina and Virginia.
Mr. Johnson is Maint. Yard Foreman
in Harnett County
We wish Mr. W. M. BETHUNE
speedy recovery, and wish to see
him back with us soon. Mr. Bethune
is a Machine Operator III in Har-
We all wish to express our deep-
est sympathy to Mrs. F. T. Gilbert
in the loss of her mother. Mrs. Gil
bert is the wife of F. T. GILBERT,
Machine Operator in Harnett Coun-
Maintenance Foreman IV and Mrs.
H. K. AUTRY recently spent their
vacation in Texas.
Best wishes to HORACE BRITT,
WELTON COLLINS, and M. L.
KINLAW who were transferred
from the Road Oil Dept. to the
Maint. Dept., also to D. E. BROWN,
who was transferred from Road Oil
We were glad to have Mr. D. W.
WEAVER back at work after a
short stay in Rex Hospital. Mr.
Weaver is Maint. Foreman III in
Mr. S. D. TYNDALL, General
Utility Man in Harnett County, had
a very nice vacation with all of his
children and grandchildren home
with he and his wife.
Mr. R. L. SENTER and wife spent
an enjoyable weekend at Myrtle
Beach. Mr. Senter is Machine Oper-
ator II in Harnett County.
Division Correspondent 1
Employees o £
are proud of their
was formally dedi-
cated on Friday.
June 23, 1967.
tended to GEO.
W. FAULK in the
t death of his moth-
er, Mrs. Nettie B.
Faulk in Sanford on June 16th, and
to C. D. KIMES in the death of his
father on July 5th.
Here's hoping Mr. J. E. MOORE
will enjoy his retirement. He retired
on July 1st, after 36 years of service
with the State.
Mr. R. V. GRAHAM also retired
on July 1st, after 38 years of service
with the State.
Welcome to R. G. COMPTON, who
joined us on July 3rd, as Highway
Inspector and who is living at 2003
Employees enjoying vacations re-
cently were — the R. D. GREENS,
Introducing Julie Anne McPherson,
one-year-old granddaughter of James
G. Wood, Alamance County Mainte-
nance Foreman. Her parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Clyde McPherson.
OSCAR WILSONS, R. H. ROBIN-
SONS, J. A. ROACHES, W. R.
KNIGHTS, L. W. SHARPES, J. C.
MARTINS, T. J. STEPHENS, H.
W. JOYCES, C. R. ROBERTS,
HELEN PRINGLE, H. R. BOY-
ETTES, W. W. WHITES and AR-
J. B. SNYDER and D. M. HAW-
KINS are back at work after extend-
Miss Sarah Allen, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. R. J. Allen, arrived June
28th, in Seoul, Korea, for a two years
period in the Peace Corp. Sarah grad-
uated from Southeast Guilford High
School in 1963, and from UNC-G in
June, 1967. She received her Peace
Corp training at Peabody College in
Nashville, Tenn., the summer of 1966.
She will teach in a Korean High
to the BOB
BRITTS on the
birth of a baby
boy on June 16th.
Mr. Britt is a
member of the
We regret that
W. G. GARNER,
Virginia Williamson [if p x
Division Correspondent MOOre O O U n t V
partment, is confined to bed at the
McCain Sanatorium. We hope that
his stay in bed will soon be over and
Mr. Garner will be able to return to
Among those vacationing have
been: ROBERT SMITH, Assistant
District Engineer, and family, to
White Lake; the HENRY JORDANS
to Wrightsville Beach; C. F. WIL-
LIAMS, Maintenance Foreman II,
Randolph County, and wife sightsee-
ing in the mountains; ED WILLET-
TE, Machine Operator I, Randolph
County, trying his luck at fishing;
BILL ALLRED with the Sign De-
partment, Asheboro, and family va-
cationing at Surf City Beach fishing,
eating, and relaxing; FRED BALL,
Sign Shop Foreman, Asheboro, and
family sightseeing in the mountains;
Mrs. WALTER DELONG, Secre-
tary in the Division Office, vacation-
ing with her family at Windy Hill
Beach; GENTRY MORGAN, va-
cationing in New Orleans; Mr. and
Mrs. ED DARDEN vacationing at
Welcome to W. R. CRAVEN, JR.,
who recently reported for work as
Clerk II in the Asheboro District Of-
All of us in the Division Office are
missing JOE ADAMS who for many
years has been in the Road Oil Of-
fice here at the Division Office. Joe
has assumed the duties of Road Oil
Foreman, and we wish to congrat-
ulate him on this new position. Also,
Mrs. Joseph Donley Joyner was
Miss Phyllis Anne Brown before her
marriage on Sunday, July 16, 1967.
The double-ring ceremony occurred in
the First Baptist Church in Hender-
She graduated from the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro with
a B.S. degree. For the last two years
she has been teaching health, physical
education and biology at North Moore
High School in Robbins. She will be
teaching the same subjects there this
Mr. Joyner is Right of Way Agent
with the Highway Commission in
Aberdeen. The couple will be making
their home in Aberdeen.
Following the wedding, Mr. and
Mrs. Joyner left for a wedding trip to
the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.
we welcome HAROLD MATTHEWS
into the office as Road Oil Clerk in
the position formerly held by Mr.
It was very good to talk recently
with BOB SOUTHALL, Resident
Engineer in Wagram, by telephone,
when Mr. Southall called to thank
me for sending him a copy of Career,
which he was enjoying. Mr. Southall
has been having some trouble with
his leg for the past few months and
is now at his home, Prince Street,
Laurinburg, trying to give this leg
some special attention. All of us
hope that Mr. Southall is going to
enjoy that new riding lawn mower
(which he admits is one of the lux-
uries he has given himself) while he
takes care of his leg. Mr. Southall
has been with the State Highway
Commission for 31 years, and is one
of our most valuable employees —
and one who is loved by all. While
Mr. Southall is recuperating. BUD-
DY NELSON is helping look after
the construction work of the Wag-
Employees of Division Eight, as
well as other State Highway Employ-
ees, wish JIMMY STEWART
(James L. Stewart) many happy
years of retirement. Mr. Stewart re-
tired July 1st from his position as
Maintenance Supervisor in Lee Coun-
ty, after having been with the State
Highway Commission since March
15, 1922. Mr. Stewart was honored on
June 30th with a surprise retirement
dinner held at Campbell's at San-
ford. About 90 fellow employees were
present. Following a most delicious
buffet dinner, Mr. T. C. JOHN-
STON, Master of Ceremonies, called
on some of the old-time employees
(that is in years of service) for some
reminiscing about the good-ole days
with the Commission. Many interest-
ing and humorous facts were brought
out about life with the Commission
through the years. Mr. Stewart was
presented a fishing rod and reel, a
beautiful service placque, and an
electric shoe shine kit by his fellow
employees. On his last day of active
duty with the Commission. Mr. Ste-
wart came by the Division Office
with a large box of chocolate candy
inviting everyone to have candy. I
hope he remembers he promised to
do this each year. Best of luck,
health, and happiness. Mr. Jimmy.
Mr. R. S. WEBSTER, Machine
Operator 3. Chatham County, retired
July 1st, after having been with the
State Highway Commission since
1946. Mr. Webster has been a faith-
ful and hard-working employee and
has rendered much valuable service
to the work of the Commission. We
will miss you Mr. Webster and wish
you the best of luck, health, and
Congratulations are in order for
Z. V. (Bill) TOLA on his promotion
to Maintenance Supervisor for Hoke
and Lee Counties. Mr. Tolar has
been associated with the Commission
for many years and his wide exper-
ience and capable manner will be ap-
preciated by all in this new work.
Also, our congratulations to N. W.
(Nip) SINGLETARY upon his pro-
motion to Road Oil Foreman, filling
the position formerly held by Mr.
Tolar. We wish both of these employ-
ees the best of luck in their new posi-
Mrs. William Thomas Hancock of
Asheboro, the former Miss Shirley
Haywood, is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Benson Haywood of Norman.
The couple were married in the Arm-
field Heights Baptist Church in A*he-
boro on June 25.
Mr. Haywood, father of the bride,
is Gang Foreman in Richmond Coun-
Mr. LLOYD A.
ervisor in Rowan
County, and his
enjoyed a weeks
vacation at Ocean
Drive Beach, S. C.
We wish to ex-
tend a long, heal-
DiviFion 0 Co y rr P espo P ndentthy and happy re-
tirement to Mr. E.
L. EVERHART who retired on July
31st. Mr. Everhart was a Machine
Operator in Davidson County.
Mrs. CAROLINE HONEY-
CUTT, Stenographer in the Salis-
bury District Office, and her family
recently spent two weeks visiting her
parents at Long Beach, N. C.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
JAMES SIDNEY MABE, who be-
came proud parents of a 7 lbs. 7 oz.
daughter born on July 3rd. Mr. Mabe
works in Stokes County and is em-
ployed in the Traffic Services De-
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ily of HERMAN WESLEY JOHN-
SON. His sudden death came as a
shock to all in Winston-Salem, Road
Oil Department. Mr. Johnson was
employed with the Commission only
a short time.
Get Well Wishes are expressed to
Mrs. Joseph Gregory, who was hos-
pitalized for surgery. Mrs. Gregory
is the wife of J. W. GREGORY, M.
O. Ill, Road Oil Department, For-
syth County. A speedy recovery to
both her and Mrs. R. Hart, a pa-
tient at Ashe Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Hart is the wife of RICHARD
HART, M. O. I, Road Oil, Rowan
Mr. and Mrs. WALTER B.
PUGH, Leonard and Paul will be
journeying to Wrightsville Beach for
a few days relaxation and a refresh-
ing pause in mid-summer.
We learned that JULIE INABI-
NET "rubbed shoulders" with T.V.
Star, "Illya" who appears on "Man
From Uncle" while both were dining
at the "Brasserie" in New York.
During her brief visit there, she at-
tended the revival of the play "South
Pacific" at the Lincoln Center Thea-
tre. Her report — Superb!
Mr. V. C. FREEMAN'S retire-
ment has resulted in the following
changes: Mr. R. A. WILLIAMS re-
placed Mr. Freeman, Mr. I. W.
MORRIS replaced Mr. Williams and
Mr. REX ANDERS replaced Mr.
Mr. H. C. BOWMAN, Welder in
the Division Shop, enjoyed a visit
from his daughter, her husband and
children who reside in Oklahoma
The son and family of Mr. G. H.
LEWIS, Mech. II, District Shop,
have returned to Missouri after hav-
ing spent their vacation with parents
in North Carolina.
Mr. G. D. WALLER, Mech. II,
spent a week on the coast fishing,
but to date no fish fry has been
Congratulations: It seems Mrs.
EDITH CARPENTER made all
our Right of Way news this month
and many rewards have come to this
deserving girl for her achievements.
She was awarded a lovely pin for 10
years of Secretarial Service to the
N. C. State Highway Commission.
Again, the W. R. CARPENTERS
have become proud grandparents.
Their daughter Judy Wiles and son-
in-law Jerry Wiles announced the
arrival of a five-pound five-ounce
baby girl on July 17th. Little Allen
Wiles, 3-year-old grandson also wel-
comes his little sister, Pamela Denise.
Mr. V. C. Freeman, who retired ef-
fective July 1st, is shown holding a
plaque which was presented him by
fellow employees from Division 9
Equipment Department. Mr. Freeman
began work July 5, 1924.
WILLIAM REYNOLDS has re-
signed from the Right of Way De-
partment to pursue a career in For-
estry, which was his Major at N.
C. State. Best of Good Luck, Bill.
Mr. and Mrs. EARL SMITH from
Eastern North Carolina are both as-
sets to this area. Earl is an Agent
in Right of Way and Dianne, who
teaches in the public schools here, is
continuing her teaching this Sum-
mer with the Elementary Secondary
Education Act for pre-school chil-
dren. This program is designed to
prepare children for the FIRST
Edith Carpenter, and husband, Wil-
liam R., have recently been elected as
Governor and Senior Regent of the
Loyal Order of Moose in Winston-Sa-
lem. In this capacity they attended the
National Meeting in Jacksonville,
Florida and enjoyed a lovely business
meeting and vacation for one week.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. SHAW trans-
ported their guest, his 9-year-old
niece Lenise Shaw of up-state New
York to Bluefield, W. Va. where she
will visit her grandparents. Lenise
had been a patient in Duke Hospital
with a broken arm.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. BROOME.
Ill, and son Robbie, IV, spent a
week's vacation at Cherry Grove
Beach, S. C. It ended all too soon
Right of Way Agents A. OWEN
BESSELLIEU and C. EARL
SMITH assisted the Shelby Division
on temporary duty for one week.
Sympathy: Our deepest sympathy
is extended to JAMES H. MAYS
and family in the loss of his father-
in-law, Sam William Martin of San-
dy Ridge, who passed away on July
9th at Annie Penn Memorial Hospi-
tal, Reidsville. Mr. Mays is employ-
ed as a Maintenance Yard Foreman
with the Stokes County Maintenance
Department, Walnut Cove.
TUCKER A. HESTER and family
in the loss of his rmther, Mrs. Nancy
Pegram Hester, Route 1 . Belews
Creek, who passed away May 29th
at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Win-
ston-Salem. Mr. Hester is employed
as a Machine Operator III with For-
syth County Maintenance Depart-
Mrs. Ruby Lock Young, 67. of Ru-
ral Hall, passed away on June 5th
at John Umstead Hospital, Butner.
Mrs. Young was the mother of WIL-
BURN LEE YOUNG, employed by
Forsyth County Maintenance Depart-
ment, Winston-Salem, as a Heavy
Truck Driver and wife of LEE BRY-
ANT YOUNG, a former Mainte-
nance Foreman II with the Forsyth
County Maintenance Department,
Winston-Salem, who retired on Oc-
Retired Employees: A long and
happy retirement to JOHN HENRY
WRIGHT, Truck Driver with the Da-
vie County Maintenance Department,
Mocksville, who retired on July 1st.
WILLIE EDGAR SAIN, Mainte
nance Foreman II with the Davie
County Maintenance Department.
Mocksville, who has been out of
work since July of last year due to
extended illness, is retiring on dis-
ability retirement August 1st.
Congratulations: Miss Phyllis
Anne Moorefield became the bride
of Paul O. Young, Jr., Saturday,
June 17th, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist
Church of Walnut Cove. The Rev. J.
M. Johnson officiated.
Mrs. Young, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. C. E. Moorefield of Walnut
Cove, is a graduate of South Stokes
High School and has just completed
the one-year commercial course at
the University of North Carolina,
Mr. Young, Jr., the son of Mr.
and Mrs. PAUL O. YOUNG, SR..
Route 1, Walnut Cove, is a graduate
of Walnut Cove High School, has
completed the machinist course at
Forsyth Technical Institute and join-
ed the U. S. Coast Guard in August,
1966. He is presently attending the
Coast Guard Aviation School at Eli-
zabeth City, where they are presently
making their home.
Mr. Young, Sr., is employed with
the Stokes County Maintenance De-
partment, Walnut Cove, as a Main-
tenance Foreman II.
Mr. and Mrs. WILBURN LEE
YOUNG proudly announce the birth
of a son, Darin Lee. June 23rd. Mr.
Young is employed as a Heavy Truck
Driver with the Forsyth County
Maintenance Department, Winston-
Returned to Work: RUSSELL
SWAIN returned to work on July
10th as a Machine Operator I with
the Forsyth County Maintenance De-
partment, Winston-Salem. Mr. Swain
has been out of work since April 5th
clue to extended illness.
Sick List: LUTHER S. GIBBONS.
Truck Driver for the Forsyth County
Maintenance Department, Winston-
Salem, is recuperating at his home
after being hospitalized for several
months due to an on-the-job accident,
February 6th. We hope that he will
continue to improve.
This picture shows progress being made on the new Equipment Shop be-
ing constructed on the Maintenance Yard at Salisbury. This new Shop is to
replace the one which was completely destroyed by fire in December, 1966,
Visiting: Robert Lee Chew, IV,
made his first visit to North Carolina
in July along with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Lee Chew, III, of
Merritt Island, Fla. Little Robert,
IV, born May 15th, visited his grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT
LEE CHEW, JR., of 923 S. Haw-
thorne Road, Winston-Salem. "Grand-
daddy" Chew is District Engineer at
Vacations: ALICE GREESE,
stenographer, and husband Bob
spent their vacation in the Cape Cod
Area and at "Expo 67" at Montreal.
JIM MOORE, Area Appraiser,
spent his vacation in Lexington, Ken-
tucky and Bristol, Virginia.
TOM WHITLOCK and wife Pat
and children Sandy and Cindy spent
their vacation relaxing in the sun
at the beach.
BILL TOMLINSON and wife Sue,
who are newlyweds since June 18th,
spent their honey moon- vacation at
Williamsburg and Washington, D. C.
Our congratulations are extended to
Bill and Sue.
DON COX and family vacationed
at the beach for a week.
LINDA WILLIAMS, Stenograph-
er, vacationed a few days at Boone
where she treated her litt'e niece,
June Russell, to a visit to Tweetsie
CAROL DOTY, Stenographer, and
family spent a few days at Sanford.
JIM BRADFORD and family
spent a week at the beach relaxing
in the sun.
Appraisal School: BOBBY
HEATH, Appraiser, spent two weeks
(July 10 21) attending Rider College
in Trenton, New Jersey where he
took AIREA Course I.
SOAP BOX DERBY WINNER!
Other News of Interest: Mr. JIM
MOORE, Area Appraiser, is a very
proud father these days and he has
every reason to be. His son, Jimmy,
won the Soap Box Derby in Lexing-
ton, Kentucky. Jimmy spent 850
hours designing, building and painting
his soap box racer and his work cer-
tainly paid off. He covered 1,100 ft. in
29.7 seconds to bring the Lexington
All-American Soap Box Derby title
back to Lexington. Last year Frank-
lin, Kentucky took the title home.
Jimmy won a $500.00 savings bond
and a trip to Akron, Ohio to compete
in the national finals on August 19th.
and the winner there will receive a
$7500.00 scholarship. BEST OF
Our congratulations go to Mrs.
JAYNE JONES, Stenographer in
the Appraisal Section, who was nam-
ed "Secretary of the Day" on July
18th. The "Secretary of the Day
Award" is sponsored by local radio
station WSJS. The winner receives a
framed gold seal certificate and a
beautiful flower arrangement for her
desk. Keep up the good work, Jayne!!
Dust Thou Art
By RACINE VAN DUSEN
Division 9— R/W
My very first experience as a new
Secretary with the Right of Way
Department was how to correctly
spell "privy" and a briefing on how
to "resurrect" the dead!
Speaking of the dead . . . they have
been "resurrected" and reinterred by
our expert C. P. SHAW. Able In-
spectors were A. OWEN BESSEL-
LIEU, ROSCOE J. LEFTWICH and
J. L. GOINES. I would be remiss
not to mention that LOUIS S. AL-
LEN, JR. did a lot of "digging" in
the early stages of this project which
is part and parcel of clearing the
right of way here in the City of Win-
ston-Salem for the North-South Ex-
pressway (U.S. 52).
It all really began long, long ago
in about the year 1837 when Mather
Susan Johnson was born. Her heri-
tage was to be born a slave; live and
die a slave. She expired in 1919 and
was buried in the old Bellview Ceme-
tery. However, she was not the first
person known to be buried there but
according to records, she lived 72
years and was the oldest person to be
buried there. The first burial was
Mary M. Reynolds who was born in
1853 but expired in 1894 at the age
of 41. 1869 is the only date on the
marker of General C. Pickard and it
is not known if this is the date of
birth or burial. It is known that a
number of persons interred were
members of the ZION TABERNA-
CLE FIRE BAPTIST HOLINESS
CHURCH OF GOD OF THE
Preliminary work was extensive
and tedious, as much so as anyone
part of the other stages of this pro-
ject. One of the first prerequisites for
moving a cemetery is identifying
the names on the grave markers and
notifying the nearest of kin by pub-
lic advertisement, in order to secure
their permission and insure their
peace of mind and contentment in
moving these persons. The SHC pro-
vides a new location or the living
relatives may designate where they
wish the remains reinterred. It was
most difficult and in some instances
impossible to determine names, dates,
etc. on the old stone grave markers
as "time and tide" had defaced them.
Some merely had a rock at the head
or foot without any designation and
some could have had a marker of
wood as parts of same were found al-
most completely deteriorated. There
was no evidence of care or mainte
nance of the cemetery for ages. How-
ever, from the responses of our ads,
we feel all known living relatives
were reached. Permission was grant-
ed to reinter all remains from both
the Happy Hills and Belleview Ceme-
teries to the three locations provided
by the SHC — Evergreen. Watkins
and Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Every person formerly buried was
reinterred whether known by marker
or unknown because of no marker or
identification at all. The new loca-
tions have insured the SHC of per-
petual care. The contractor furnished
new grave markers, engraving those
with information found on the origi-
nal ones and a service was held for
those reinterred, where requested.
The headaches of the living really
began with the onus of complying
with rules and regulations. FIRST
off, do what Federal - Aid Contracts
specify. SECONDLY, do as Raleigh
specifies. THIRD, do as the N. C.
State Board of Health and Forsyth
County Health Department specifies.
FOURTH, comply with the City of
Winston-Salem Code, Chapter 6
(Cemeteries); AND FIFTH, a four-
page N. C. SHC Proposal and Con-
tract written and re-written and fi-
nally approved. However, these laws
and technicalities are necessary pri-
marily to protect peace of mind of
any living relatives. C. P. SHAW
initiated this project as early as
1965 and the cost so far is estimated
at $40,789.00. Progress being assured,
one may drive down this proposed
highway in the future and perhaps
see a marker reminiscent of an era
I must say, the next step really
"spooked" my sensitive nature — Ad-
vertising for professional grave dig-
gers which come under the title of
Funeral Director, Licensed Embalm-
er, Mortician-Contractor, etc. Also
lots (spaces) had to be acquired from
cemeteries who would accept the re-
mains of colored persons for reinter-
ment. Through channels (Attorneys)
it was determined the persons own-
ing cemeteries where reinterment was
to take place, had title to the land.
We feel the price for exhumation and
reinterment was reasonable, consider-
ing today's high cost of burying the
The entire process of exhumation
and reinterment was private. There
were no sightseers or photographers,
with the exception of one newsman
from WSJS. A State Inspector super-
vised and accompanied each body to
the new destination. Two local City
Policemen made regular appearances.
A majority of the work of exhuma-
tion was done by hand with long steel
rods from necessity of locating any
minute articles or clothing, etc.
which by law must be reinterred with
the remains. A bulldozer was permit-
ted only to remove underbrush,
stumps, overburden, etc. to permit
access to the cemeteries. Some graves
appeared to be "tall" while others in
one section were "short" indicating
children perhaps. A complete map
of the Cemetery is on file, showing
those bodies identified and numbers
indicating those not identified and
the area from which all were exhum-
ed. No work was accomplished on
Saturday or Sunday.
In most cases where the body had
been buried for say around 100 years,
it had returned to DUST FROM
WHENCE IT CAME.
A PSALM OF LIFE
Tell me not, in mournful numbers
Life is but an empty dream
For the soul is dead that slumbers
And things are not what they seem
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest"
Was not spoken of the soul
Not enjoyment and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way
But to act that each tomorrow
Finds us farther than today
Art is long and Time is fleeting
And our hearts though stout and brave
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave
In the world's broad field of battle
In the bivouac of Life
Be not like dumb, driven cattle
Be a hero in the strife
Trust no Future, however pleasant
Let the dead Past, bury its dead
Act — Act in the living Present
Heart within and God o'erhead
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time
Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing o'er life's solemn main
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother
Seeing, shall take heart again
Let us, then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labor and to wait.
. . . Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The way things are being speeded up in this country, it won't be long before
a person can take a two-week vacation in four days.
The best thing to do behind a person's back is pat it.
You ought to be able to live within your income — you can't live without it!
Many employees spend time shining up to the boss that they should use in
polishing off some work.
About the best method of climbing higher is to remain on the level.
The smartest person is not the one quickest to see through a thing, but to
see a thing through.
Few of us can stand prosperity, especially if it's another man's.
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
Friends and em-
ployees of the
Tenth Division ex-
tend to Machine
Opr. I and Mrs.
LESLIE M. KEL-
LY sympathy in
the death of their
- ft son. PFC Harry
Allen Kelly, who
""" was killed in Viet
DivisioACoV^spondentNam July 15th
when his jeep hit
a landmine. He was serving as a ra-
dio operator with the 919th Engineers
Cavalry. Harry Allen was a 1964
graduate of North Mecklenburg High
The entire Tenth Division and
friends of the Highway Commission
were deeply shocked at the sudden
death of EDWIN M. FINISON, Dis-
trict Engineer for Mecklenburg and
Union Counties. Mr. Finison died
Saturday, July 8, 1967. at his cabin
on Lake Tillery in Stanly County.
He is survived by his wife, Helen W.
Finison, and a son, Edwin Bryant
Finison, a 2nd Classman at the U. S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis, Mary-
Ed was born August 27, 1911 in
Randolph County. He attended Troy
High School and Guilford College be-
fore coming with the Highway Com-
mission in 1935. He also received a
diploma in Engineering from Inter-
national Correspondence School. In
1936, he was transferred to our Con-
struction Department, where he re-
mained until his transfer to the
Maintenance Department as Road
Maintenance Supervisor in Stanly
County in 1953. In 1957, Mr. Finison
was transferred and promoted to Dis-
trict Engineer in Charlotte.
Ed had many friends throughout
the entire Highway Commission as
well as organizations associated with
the Highway Commission, and will
be greatly missed by these associates.
We extend our sympathy to Act-
ing District Engineer C. N. WHIL-
DEN, JR. and wife in the sudden
death of Mrs. Whilden's father.
Karen Lee Thomas, age 3 years and Sherry Jane Thomas, age l]/ 2 are the
adorable granddaughters of J. P. Thomas, M. F. II in Anson County.
Our best wishes for a speedy re-
covery to W. L. PENNINGER and
C. A. BARBEE, both are ill and in
Stanly County Hospital. Both men
are with Cabarrus County Mainte-
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ilies of V. L. RITCHIE, B. B.
BLACK and T. L. PATTERSON,
employees in Cabarrus County who
recently had a death in their family.
J. A. MILLS enjoyed a nice trip
to Brunswick, Georgia to visit his
daughter, and got in some good fish-
ing while he was down. Mills is
M. F. I in Cabarrus County.
Best wishes to T. D. BROWN,
T. D., who was married recently.
Congratulations to the following
Stanly Maintenance men who re-
ceived service pins: J. H. HUNEY-
CUTT, M. O. II, 15 years; C. A.
FRICK, M. O. II, 15 years; C. L.
BURRIS, Truck Driver, 15 years;
E. M. HINSON, M. O. II, 20 years;
G. D. LOWDER, M. O. I, 20 years;
P. A. SMITH, M. F. II, 20 years;
J. M. BYRD, M. F. IV, 30 years and
R. W. LANIER, M. F. II, 35 years.
J. W. KENDALL, M. O. Ill, in
Stanly County, along with Mrs. Ken-
dall and their two daughters enjoyed
a two week vacation visiting Vicks-
burg, Mississippi, Civil War battle-
ground; Las Vegas, Nevada; the
Grand Canyon, "Temple Square" in
Salt Lake City and many other
places of interest.
Stanly County Road Maintenance
Supervisor, W. E. WOODRUFF and
Mrs. Woodruff, along with their two
daughters, Kim and Leslie, spent an
enjoyable week in the Nation's Capi-
tal, visiting the White House, The
Capitol and all the Memorials to our
great men of history. They were ex-
tremely lucky to be able to hear the
Marine Band in Concert.
Division 10 Unit of State Highway
Commission and Prison Employees'
Association held their annual meet-
ing at the Employees' Clubhouse in
Monroe on Friday. July 28th at 4:00
Our Asst. Chief Engineer, Admn.,
Mr. IVAN HARDESTY, presented
Service Awards to our personnel, as
follows: 40 Years Award to M. A.
BOWERS and 35 Years Awards to
J. R. BROWN, J. F. CARPENTER
and R. W. LANIER, respectively.
Mr. Hardesty also presented State
Highway Commission Retirement
Certificates to M. A. BOWERS.
CHARLIE DENSON, D. H. HA-
GER and CICERO MORRIS.
Mr. K. B. BAILEY, Asst. Direc-
tor of Prisons, presented Service
Awards to the following: 30 Years
Award to GEORGE C. NEWTON
and 20 Years Award to J. M. WIL-
Mr. J. R. WOODARD, Personnel
Officer of the State Highway Com-
mission, was present and made a
short talk to our group. With Mr.
Woodard was one of his assistants,
TED AUSTIN, Training Officer.
A business meeting was held and
the following were elected as officers
for the coming year: T. V. STATON.
JR., Chairman; JACK T. COLEY,
Co-Chairman and DUDLEY D. Mc-
SVVAIN, Secretary and Treasurer.
At the close of the meeting, a de-
licious barbecued chicken supper was
enjoyed by all and appreciation for
the preparation of same was express-
ed to our Union County hosts, whose
culinary arts can hardly be surpass-
Resident Engineer L. P. "Buck"
ALLMAN and wife are the proud
parents of a 10 lb. baby girl, born
July 29th. They now have a three-
year-old son and the baby is named
Members of the Right of Way De-
partment and their families enjoyed
a cook out July 20th in honor of DA-
VID W. PLUNKETT, who resigned
from the Right of Way Department
to work for State Insurance Commis-
sion in Charlotte. We hope David will
like his new job and the golf cart the
Right of Way Department gave him
as a going away present.
Welcome to W. B. WILLIAMS
who recently moved here from Ahos-
kie. Since Bill and Gail have been
living here, they have had a new ad-
dition to their family. They have a
little boy, Baxter, age three years
and the little girl, Lee Ann, was
born June 16th.
Congratulations to JERRY L.
HARRIS, M. O. I of the Traffic Serv-
ices Dept. who recently got married.
Jerry married the former Miss Flor-
ence Drenda Barbee. They are living
Mr. CLYDE S. HUNEYCUTT,
Traffic Services Supervisor, Division
10, his wife and son, Gregory, enjoy-
ed a recent vacation trip to the Out-
er Banks. The Huneycutt's visited the
National Seashore Recreational Area,
Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke Island,
where they saw wild ponies, and
Manteo where they saw the Lost
Colony play. The saw many wreck-
ed ships in which is called the
Graveyard of the Atlantic. The Hun-
eycutts also spent quite a lot of
their time fishing.
Congratulations to THOMAS W.
SHAVER of the Traffic Services
Mrs. Diane Kindley, above, Typist
in Office of Resident Engineer, L. P.
Allman, in Charlotte — Mr. Dave Ro-
berts, Area Construction Engineer,
with headquarters in Albemarle, was
visiting in the newly opened Construc-
Dept., Division 10, and wife, Kath-
leen, who have a new baby girl nam-
ed Lori Anne.
Condolences to Mr. and Mrs. LES-
LIE M. KELLY and family (he is
with Huntersville Maintenance in
Mecklenburg County). Son, Harry
Allen Kelly, age 21, was killed in
Viet Nam on July 15th. Full military
rites were accorded at the graveside
in the church cemetery in Northern
Mecklenburg County on July 24th.
Condolences to the family of Mrs.
Bleeker Ferguson Estridge, widow
of CHARLIE ESTRIDGE, formerly
employed in the Maint. Dept. of
Hwy. Comm., who passed away in
the hospital, on July 29th. Her only
son, EDWARD ESTRIDGE, is in
the Parts Dept. of the 10th Division
Equipment Office. She is also sur-
vived by a brother, PERRY H.
FERGUSON, who is employed with
the District 2 Maintenance Depart-
ment, in Mecklenburg County.
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ily of EDWIN M. FINISON, who
died suddenly July 8th in Stanly
County. Mr. Finison was District
Engineer of the second district of the
North Carolina Highway Commis-
Best wishes for
a long and happy
retirement go out
to Mr. C. W. FOS-
TER, District 3
employee who re-
ti red effective
Sympathy is ex-
tended to Mrs.
Division Correspondent rapher m the Dig .
trict 2 Office, who lost her mother re-
cently; to Mr. JAMES ATWELL,
Assistant District Engineer for Dis-
trict 1, whose wife, Mary, died July
4th; to the family of Mr. R. W.
(Sam) BROWN, Maintenance Fore-
man II in Yadkin County, who died
June 15th; to the family of RUBIN
WOOD, Truck Driver in Surry Coun-
ty, who died June 1st; and to B. R.
PARDUE, Machine Operator II in
Surry County, who lost his father re-
In the Right of Way Department,
W. E. WINSTEAD is at home and
improving after suffering a heart at-
tack and K. R. CONNER in at home
following surgery. We wish them both
a speedy recovery.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
F. D. TRIVETTE on the birth of a
baby boy on July 6th. Mr. Wood is
a Truck Driver in Yadkin County.
Mr. A. B. CRIST, Right of Way
Agent, is back at work after spending
two weeks at summer camp in Fort
Mr. C. V. JONES, Machine Oper-
ator III in Surry County, retired ef-
fective July 1st, with 22 years of serv-
ice with the Highway Commission.
We wish Mr. Jones a long and happy
Welcome to HARVEY LEE
PARKS, Engineering Trainee, who
is working in the Elkin District Of-
I am quoting below a letter which
Mr. JAMES ATWELL. Assistant
District Engineer for District I,
found in his files. Mr. Atwell throught
it might be interesting to our readers
to compare salaries at that time and
COMPARISON OF 1941 SALARIES
October 25, 1941
Mr. C. C. Ashby
Elkin, N. C.
Dear Mr. Ashby:
I wish to advise you that you have
been officially promoted from Main-
tenance Supervisor to District Engi-
neer, and Mr. James Atwell, Instru-
mentman, has been promoted to the
position of Maintenance Supervisor.
It is with pleasure that I notify you
of these promotions as I have known
you both for a good many years and
your work has been entirely satisfac-
tory. I wish you both success in your
new work and I am thoroughly satis-
fied that you will both make a suc-
cess in your new positions.
Mr. Baise did not see fit to ap-
prove my recommendations to the
Budget Bureau, and the Budget Bu-
reau in return did not approve Mr.
Baise's recommendations as to your
salaries. Your salary will be $2,400
per year and Mr. Atwell's will be
$1,980. These salaries are effective
I assure you that from time to
time, I will try to get these salaries
Yours very truly,
Z. V. Stewart
W. F. BABCOCK
Mr. Babcock as he looked 10 years
ago when he first came with the
Rodney Thomas Gwyn, son of Resi-
dent Engineer and Mrs. T. E. Gwyn,
Mount Airy, N. C, has entered the
Air Force Academy in Colorado where
he will have a four-year course of
study and training that will culminate
with a commission in the U. S. Air
Upon entering the Academy, Rod-
ney received an "Honors at Entrance
Award" for distinguished achievement
at Mount Airy High School and was
recognized as ranking in the top tenth
of a group of one thousand young men
who will join the Air Force Cadet
Wing this year. A 1967 graduate of
Mount Airy High School, he main-
tained a scholastic average of 95 or
above; he was President of the Stu-
dent Council, Secretary of the Math
Club, Treasurer of the Photography
Club and served as Head Photograph-
er for the Annual Staff. Rodney was
a member of the Monogram Club,
Dramatic Club, Honor Society, Hi-Y
Club and Wrestling Team.
Upon graduating from high school
he received awards for Best All
Around Student, American Legion for
Best Citizen, a trophy voted by the
wrestling team as most valuable play-
er and a gold medal for a regional
wrestling win. Rodney was one of
three local nominess for the More-
head Scholarship. He was President
of the Senior Hi Fellowship at the
First Presbyterian Church in Mount
Airy and attended the Governor's
School in the summer of 1966, spe-
cializing in the area of Math.
New Baby —
Born to Mr. and
Mrs. H . D .
Truck Driver in
Gaston County —
Mr. and Mrs.
Asst. District En-
One Office — va-
cationed at White
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. WELLMON
— ■ Maintenance Supervisor. Camped
week at Camp Arrowhead — Enjoyed
this very much, in fact so much he
came home with blistered feet, sittin'
propped up, just restun'.
DON BLANTON — Clerk — Dis-
trict One office. Weeks vacation at
Myrtle Beach — Had a good time
even though he is sweating out call
from Uncle Sam.
J. W. McSWAIN, District One em-
ployee, two weeks visit in San An-
gelo, Texas with daughter and grand-
Sickness — F. C. Abernathy, Gas-
ton County employee, returned to
work after extended illness. This
due to car accident, he was working
on his car and it rolled over him, but
he seems to be doing fine now.
Sympathy is extended to the fam-
ily of Mr. RAY A. SHOEMAKER.
Mr. Shoemaker, who passed away
June 17th, was a retired, former em-
ployee of the State Highway Com-
mission in Iredell County.
Mrs. ROSEMARIE SNAVELY,
Clerk II in the Statesville District
Office, has rerently had visitors from
Lancaster, Pennsylvania — her sis-
ter and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Patterson, with little
daughter, Cindy Ann.
Mr. C. C. MAUNEY, Resident En-
gineer of Statesville spent two weeks
vacationing in Oklahoma with his
family, visiting relatives and friends.
Mr. NEIL DYSON, Engineering
Aide, of Stony Point will be leaving
the month of July for the Army.
We're sorry to see you leave but
wish you luck and hope you'll return
to the department soon.
Amy Louise Reaves — age 3 months.
Vance B. Reavis and Isaac M. Patter-
son, Iredell County employees, are
the proud grandparents of this ador-
able little girl.
It's a rumor that JIM SPRINKLE
is going to be Papa again. Congrat-
KENNY KESS also returned from
vacationing this week in Florida with
Mrs. BARBARA ANDERSON
from Mooresville has been employed
by the Construction Department,
working for CHARLES MAUNEY,
ED COOKE and RALPH
GREENE of Right of Way Depart-
ment are welcomed back after a stay
this summer in the 14th Division.
MIKE BREWER of the Right of
Way Department is back at work
after recuperating from injuries suf-
fered in a recent automobile acci-
MILES HUGHES of the Division
Office and family vacationed at the
beach in July.
It was good to see R. J. ALBERT,
retired Highway employee, who visit-
ed in the Division Office in July. Mr.
Albert is now living in Richmond, Va.
Retired Office Engineer E. R. Mc-
GIMPSEY is enjoying a three week
tour of the Northwest.
BILL ESKRIDGE of the Equip-
ment Department and family are va-
cationing at White Lake.
BETTY JOHNSON of the Divi-
sion Office and family will vacation
at Myrtle Beach the first week in
Wedding Bells in the Equipment
Department — BEN PALMER of
the Equipment Department and Mrs.
Ruth Blanton of Shelby were married
Saturday, July 29, 1967. Congratula-
tions to Ben and wishes for many,
many Happy Years of Married Life.
The couple will reside 905 E. Marion
New employees in Construction
Dept.: ANDREW BLOUNT AL-
LEN — Civil Technology Trainee;
MICHAEL NEIL PARROTT— Civil
Technology Trainee and JOHN
DORSET EARLE — Engineer Tech.
We are happy to have R. R. NI-
CHOLS, Resident Engineer, back to
work after undergoing surgery in
ASHLEY COOPER HUFFSTET-
LER retired from Construction Dept.
effective July 1st after 18 years of
service with Highway Comm.
CHARLES E. ANDERSON, High-
way Engineer I, is at home after a
major operation at Bowman-Gray
Hospital in July.
WILLIAM M. ANDREWS, Engi-
neering Technician II, is a new em-
ployee in the Shelby Construction
office of W. H. MANLEY, Resident
Engineer. Bill comes to Shelby on
transfer from the Bridge Design De-
partment in Raleigh.
FELIX A. PRUITT, Civil Tech-
nology Trainee, was a June bride-
DATHER H. SPANGLER, High-
way Inspector II, will be leaving the
Shelby Construction office in Sep-
tember on retirement. We wish for
him many, many Happy Years of
Several of the Statesville Construc-
tion Party employees left the Com-
mission in July with W. D. PITTS,
T. E. HASTINGS and NEIL DY-
SON being drafter into the Army
and GEORGE C. CHAMBERS
joining the Navy.
Welcome to the following new em-
ployees in the Statesville Construc-
tion Party: JERRY RUPPE, Hwy.
Eng. I; ERNEST R. BRYAN, JR..
Trainee; D. W. BRINKLEY, C. P.
COCKRELL and G. R. HOL-
BROOK. Engineering Aide.
Someone in our Division went fly-
ing during the month of June. Why,
of course, it was Resident Engineer
Mr. John Frank Morrison, above,
Machine Operator 3 in Iredell Coun-
ty, retired on June 30th. In his honor,
the Iredell County employees gave a
dinner on June 30th at which time a
watch was presented to him. Mr. Mor-
rison has been a most loyal and de-
pendable employee of the Highway
Commission for nearly forty years
and we wish him many happy years
JOHN W ATKINS and wife. The
Watkins went by car from Statesville
to Florida and from Florida they
flew to Nassau for a fun filled vaca-
AMBROSE and JEAN CLINE
and daughter. Amy, vacationed to
Montreal, Canada for a "look-see" of
Expo 67 going via Niagara Falls and
returning through Vermont and
other northeastern states.
C. R. ACKER. JR., R. E.
GREEN, R. STANLEY MORGAN,
MIKE BREWER, OTTIS E.
COOKE, MARSDON BLANTON
and EARL LUTZ of the Right of
Way Department attended a ball
game in Atlanta in July to see the
Atlanta Braves play Philadelphia and
JACK FINCH of Right of Way
Dept. attended appraisal course at
Rider College in Trenton, New Jer-
sey in Julv.
Then there was the fellow who
wanted to know if he could have a
day off with pay. When asked why,
he replied, "I want to catch up on the
time I missed for coffee breaks when
I was on vacation."
Esta Lee King
BERTS of the
and his wife,
Pearl, are vaca-
tioning in Califor-
nia during the
month of July. Ri-
chard and Pearl
drove t o Louis-
V i 1 1 e , Kentucky
for a few days
with their two
daughters and their families. They
then flew to California by jet. By
the sound and looks of post cards re-
ceived in the Division, they are cer-
tainly taking in all the sights. But
we wonder about the trip to Tijuana,
Mr. and Mrs. GUS HEDDEN re-
cently spent a week in Texas with
their son. Gus evidently enjoyed his
trip, but we thought he would be
herding cattle rather than chasing
and catching horned lizards. Gus is
an employee in the Landscape Dept.
CLYDE ORR has been vacation-
ing- He and his wife and daughter
made the rounds of several camp
grounds in Western North Carolina
and Eastern Tennessee. Of course the
fishing rod went along too.
PAUL LANKFORD and family
spent a delightful and hot vacation
The distinguished gentlemen are In-
spectors for Mr. P. R. Robison, Resi-
dent Engineer. On the left is Mr.
Jack Buckner, Structure Inspector. On
the right is Mr. John Gossett, Chief
week in Georgia during the month of
ALINE ALLMAN of the Right of
Way Dept., along with husband and
son, spent her vacation in Albany,
Georgia and Panama City, Florida.
While there Aline and son, Jeffrey,
celebrated their birthdays. Would you
believe Aline had a birthday cake too.
It is good to have EDNA RAM-
SEY back to work after having spent
a week home with a very sick son
who had the mumps.
Mr. SHOBER KEARNEY is en-
joying a vacation playing golf.
Mr. BOB ADAMS, Resident Engi-
neer, participated recently in the
golf tournament held here in Ashe-
Mr. MERYL COMPTON has gone
into the trapping business. He made
a gum to catch rabbits, but is catch-
ing opossums. Meryl, we hope you
don't catch a skunk
Congratulations to Mr. JIM
CREASMAN on his marriage to
the former Miss Brenda McMahan
on June 16th. Mr. Creasman is em-
Patricia Ann Rice, Typist I in Mr.
C. J. Ball's Office. Welcome to you,
Patricia, and may you enjoy your
work with us.
The Dept. of Materials & Tests
here in Asheville report they are
happy to have two fine young men
employed in their laboratory during
the heavy construction season this
summer. They are Mr. RONALD S.
ROBINSON, son of Mr. PAUL RO-
BINSON, Resident Engineer in Di-
vision 13, and Mr. G. E. BASKER-
VILLE, JR., son of Mr. G. E. BAS-
KERVILLE, Road Oil Supervisor
for Division 13. "Good Luck" to both
of you in college this fall. Mr. Ro-
binson is attending Clemson College
and Mr. Baskerville is attending
Mars Hill College.
We only got the back of this Divi-
sion 13 Construction employee. It may
be that someone will recognize him.
ployed in the Dept. of Materials and
Tests, Asheville Laboratory, and is
the son of MARVIN CREASMAN
in the Equipment Dept., Division 13.
A speedy recovery is extended to
Madeleine Weaver, wife of Mr. J.
C. WEAVER, Highway Engineer I.
Mr. A. L. NEAL, Resident Engi-
neer, would like to welcome Mr. R.
E. GREENWOOD, Engineering
Aide, and Mr. T. W. GOWAN, JR.,
Highway Engineer I, who was trans-
ferred from Mr. K. W. RABB'S of-
W. R. HAWKINS, Engr. Tech. I
in Mr. Neal's office, has purchased a
new Larson Boat and is having fun
teaching his fellow employees how
to water ski.
Welcome to Mrs. ALENE P.
ENGLAND, Typist I in Mr. A. L.
NEAL'S office. Alene, we hope you
enjoy your work with us.
Congratulations to Mr. L. R.
WE STALL upon his transfer to
Maintenance Supervisor. We are sure
Mr. Neal is sorry to lose a good
Messrs. George Prescott, Dannie
Turner, and Edd Buchanan of Divi-
sion 13 Construction were among a
party of six that motored to Manteo
on July 7th and went deep sea fishing
on the 8th. The party caught 256
pounds of fish. Pictured are some (or
maybe all) of the fish that were
in July! In fire-
pi a c e, that is.
JACK BECK and
I a few friends at a
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fl house 4 —
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Allyce Cunningham Hpck on hack
Division Correspondent sun aecK on DacK
of house. That was
all right for awhile but go so "cool"
had to go in to a nice warm fire in
fireplace. Temperature dropped to 45
degs. that night. As the Floridians
say, "Unusual weather".
STEWART SYKES has joined the
Staff Engineer's office as trainee.
Stewart finished State University in
June — ■ And girls, take note, he's sin-
gle and quite good looking. All trans-
fers to our office will be accepted by
DON RAXTER in Personnel. BILL
WARE, another single guy with us,
and Stewart rented a trailer. Bill says
if Stewart will do all the cooking he
will do all the eating — fair enough,
eh? By way, Stewart hails from Dur-
ham, and that's no bull!
OTTIS E. COOKE, the last of our
men loaned to us for a few months,
has returned to home ground in Shel-
by. We miss him. Mr. Cooke seemed
to like our part of the country up
here, so one day in conversing with
a property owner, he told him would
like to own a little land up here —
the man said he had some and about
how much he like — "Oh, about $500
worth", replied Mr. Cooke, "Fine",
said the man, "bring your wheelbar-
row around tomorrow and you can
DON RAXTER took vacation re-
cently, stayed home and hoed out
his garden, between showers. If the
price of tomatoes fluctuates, blame
Don. He also said he went black-
berry picking but ended up catch-
ing more red bugs than getting black-
berries. Whatta vacation!
BOB PATTILLO, District Engi-
neer, refuses to smile these days.
Bob says he is removing the dam-
age done by playing football when
his front teeth were pushed out of
shape — It's a little difficult eating
this good ole mountain corn as was
observed by Red Hughes at lunch
other day — Bob left more grains on
cob than ate.
BILL RAY, Asst. Division Engi-
neer, and family spent a couple of
weeks visiting in Florida. Bill "says"
he caught some large fish — Said ho
caught some red snappers but
thought they belonged to Castro and
threw them back in.
Resident Engineer GEORGE
CLAYTON has a few boys working
this summer before returning to col-
lege. They include GARY BISHOP
who will be a sophomore at Western
Carolina University; BRIAN GAR-
RETT will be a sophomore at N. C.
State University this fall; DANNY
FISHER, a senior at Western Caro-
lina University; GERALD GREEN,
freshman this fall at Western Caro-
RALPH BARGER, Right of Way
Department, and family toured Flor-
ida during vacation, sightseeing all
the way to Miami and back. Ralph
said he would have seen more but
the kids wanted to say on beach all
FRANK BRYSON, Sign Supervi-
sor, has had his grandsons from Dela-
ware with him for a few weeks. They
do a mess of fishing and hunting
while they are here. Camping was
scheduled but with all our rain and
wet weather, I don't imagine they
got in much of that. Can YOU re-
member the summers spent at
KEN DRIVER who spent a few
months on his training program in
the Division Office has now been
transferred to Location Department
in Asheville — we sure miss the
good ole cakes he use to bring that
his wife baked — and Ken, we miss
We are glad to have J. W. PITTIL-
LO, Road Maintenance Supervisor
for Haywood and Transylvania Coun-
ties, back at work. Mr. Pittillo has
been out since May 1st with a back
injury and was hospitalized approxi-
mately a month. Also, JOHN
PLOTT, Area Foreman, Haywood
County, is back on the job after
about six weeks absence because of
Following the retirement of Mr.
FLETCHER H. EDWARDS, HEN-
RY S. HUNTSINGER was promoted
to Area Foreman, Polk County;
Steve Brady, with Daniel Boone
Council Troop 221, Franklinton, N. C,
attended camp at Camp Daniel Boone
in Haywood County and while there
earned the harpshooter's Medal and
Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Merit
Badge. Steve was tapped for the Or-
der of the Arrow. This young man is
the grandson of A. E. Snelson, Area
Right of Way Agent and is the son of
Mrs. John Brady and the late Mr.
RENZO JONES to Construction
Foreman; WILLARD JOLLEY to
Patch Foreman; and WILLIE WAL-
KER to Truck Foreman.
Division 14 Office held a picnic on
lawn of Highway Office and the men
did all the cooking, serving and en-
tertaining. Nice, eh? Red Hughes and
Don Raxter did a good job of char-
coaling hamburgers and hot dogs. Bill
Ware is very handy at opening "bot-
tles". It was such a success that have
ordered another one soon. Catch the
next issue for further details.
HENRY HUNTSINGER IS
HENRY HUNTSINGER of Mill
Spring has been made County Fore-
man of the N. C. Highway Dept. He
succeeds Fletcher Edwards who has
retired. Mr. Huntsinger has been
serving as Grade Foreman and has
been with the Highway Dept. for
He is married to the former Miss
Hazel Bradley and they have one
son, Michael, age 14, who will enter
Polk Central this fall.
A native of Mill Spring, he is a
graduate of Stearns High School in
Columbus. He is a deacon in the Mill
Spring Baptist Church, and has serv-
ed as a member of the Polk County
Election Board for the past 14 years.
He is a former Worshipful Master of
Jeff L. Masonic Lodge No. 605 and
at present is District Deputy Master.
He is a former member of the Mill
Spring Local School Committee.
FLETCHER EDWARDS RETIRES
FROM HIGHWAY DEPT.
FLETCHER EDWARDS, who
went to work with the N. C. State
Highway Dept. as a truck driver in
1926, has retired as County Foreman,
e. position he held for the past 11
years. He succeeded the late Clayton
A native of Polk County, he is
married to the former Miss Chressie
Burnette. They have two children.
A daughter, Mrs. Norman G. Foster
(June Edwards) is a graduate of
Western Carolina University and she
and her husband live in Houston,
Texas where Mr. Foster works for
the space program. They have one
son, Norman, Jr., who is 16 years
old. Their son, Horace Edwards, who
is also a graduate of Western Caro-
lina is married to the former Miss
Joe Ann Caldwell of Campobello and
they have one son, Richard, who is
six months old. They live in Inman
and he is the production supervisor
at the Landrum Plant of Bigelow-
In addition to his job with the
State Highway Commission, Mr. Ed-
wards has been active in civic affairs.
He served on the Mill Spring Local
School Committee for 14 years and
on the Polk Central School Commit-
tee for six years. He is Chairman of
the Board of Stewards and on the
Board of Trustees of the Bethlehem
Methodist Church. He also served as
election judge at the White Oak Pre-
cinct for many years.
Coming up through the ranks, Mr.
Edwards was familiar with all phases
of highway work. In addition to serv
ing as truck driver, he was a motDr
grader operator for 14 years and was
tar patch foreman for 6 years before
taking over as County Foreman.
Mr. Edwards said that he has en-
joyed the work (through good and
bad times) and that the people of
Polk County had given him wonder-
ful cooperation during his years with
tho highway dept. He also said that
he had enjoyed his association with
the men of the Highway Department.
JAMES M. (Bill) WELLS
Mr. BILL WELLS retired June
30th as Maintenance Foreman 2 in
Haywood County. He began work-
ing with the Highway Commission
in Division 10 under Mr. J. C. Wal-
ker in 1922. He left the Highway
Commission for a period of time and
returned in 1941, working as a
Gang Foreman, Motor Grader Oper-
ator and Maint. Foreman II.
He and his wife, Florence, and
their youngest daughter, Mary, live
in Canton. Mary plans to be
married in August. He has four other
children: Mrs. Ned Brown, a house-
wife in Canton; Joe Wells, employed
at Enka; Walter Wells, employed at
Champion Paper & Fibre Co.; and
Burton Wells, an Engineer with the
Soil Conservation Service in Colum-
bia, S. C.
Mr. Wells states he does not hunt
or fish, but will keep busy working
on his place and gardening. He also
states that his 35 years with the
Highway Commission have been
pleasant ones and values the friend-
ships he has made. We all wish him
a long and happy retirement.
Said Jane Addams (1860-1935),
American social worker and founder of
the famed Hull House of Chicago:
"PROGRESS IS NOT AUTOMATIC.
The world grows better because peo-
ple wish that it should and take the
right steps to make it better. If things
are ever to move forward, someone
must be willing to take the first step
and assume the risk." With this quote
in mind, we would like to compliment
our own Mr. W. F. Babcock, who has
guided the Highway Commission on
the road of accomplishments with
leadership and success for the last ten
years. We extend to you, Mr. Bab-
cock our THANKS AND APPRE-
CIATION and HOPE for another ten
years equally as successful.
W. F. BABCOCK
Mr. Babcock as he looks today at
his desk in the Raleigh Office of
Highway Commission Building.
A recent aerial view of "Death Valley" near Greensboro.
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